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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 22 May 2008

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 22 May 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 22 May 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 22 May of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Thursday 22 May of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 22 May see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps he has taken to appoint a new member to the Dust Reference Panel.
(207403)
2
N
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the effects of post office branch closures on local businesses.
(206950)
3
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether the Ministerial Group on Over-Indebtedness (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake work on people with mental health problems who face financial difficulties; and if he will make a statement.
(207356)
4
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much each major energy supplier has agreed with his Department to contribute towards the total agreed commitment of £225 million to tackle fuel poverty over three years.
(207366)
5
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment his Department has made of the likely effects of difficulties in obtaining credit on the commercial construction industry in the next three years; and what steps he plans to take to support the industry over that period.
(207535)
6
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many and what percentage of items posted by the public were lost by Royal Mail in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(207658)
7
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207470)
8
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many written representations were received in the Resolving Disputes in the Workplace consultation; and if he will place copies of them in the Library.
(207093)
9
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the reasons were for not considering tidal stream as one of the options to be evaluated by the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study.
(207455)
10
N
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the number of households in Halifax with a broadband connection to the internet at the latest date for which figures are available.
(206983)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
11
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely effect on economic growth of the reduction in income tax revenues arising from the proposed increase in the personal allowance.
(207097)
12
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the likely additional cost to the public purse of higher rate tax relief for pension contributions arising from the proposed reduction in the threshold for higher rate tax.
(207098)
13
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the revenue from auctioning allowances for large electricity producers under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (a) in the period up to 2012-13 and (b) following the auctioning of 100 per cent. allowances from 2012-13.
(207037)
14
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, to what uses the revenue from auctioning allowances under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme will be put.
(207163)
15
N
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans HM Revenue and Customs has for the usage of Dukes House in Southport in the next 10 years.
(207081)
16
N
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what revisions HM Revenue and Customs has made to its plans to relocate its offices in Dukes House, Southport, following the outcomes of appeals against its original proposals on the part of employees.
(207294)
17
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of (a) the likely trend in house prices over the next 12 months and (b) the impact of that trend on the United Kingdom economy.
(207660)
18
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effects of levying aviation duty on business in the UK.
(206996)
19
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of Band C cars on which vehicle excise duty (VED) was payable in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09 will be liable for (i) a higher rate, (ii) a lower rate and (iii) the same rate of vehicle excise duty in (A) 2009-10 and (B) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.
(207086)
20
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the change in the tonnage of aggregates extracted as a result of the operation of the aggregates levy, in each year since 2002, broken down by materials (a) subject and (b) not subject to the levy.
(207701)
21
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of revenue raised from the aggregates levy was contributed to the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund in each year since 2003.
(207702)
22
N
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was of producing his Department's staff magazine in the latest year for which figures are available.
(205875)
23
N
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff of (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs have visited Australia in an official capacity since 1st January 2008; and what the purpose of each such visit was.
(205876)
24
N
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse was of tax credits awarded to deceased persons in the last financial year.
(205877)
25
N
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many nationals of each A8 country were receiving child benefit for a child or children living in another EEA member state at the end of March; and at what average cost to the public purse in each month.
(205878)
26
N
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the value in terms of reduced costs to (a) business and (b) HM Revenue and Customs of alignment of the upper earnings limit for national insurance contributions with the higher rate threshold for income tax.
(207096)
27
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207474)
28
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of registered keepers of vehicles in Peterborough constituency who will pay more graduated vehicle excise duty between 2008-09 and 2011-12 for vehicles in (a) Band A, (b) Band B, (c) Band C, (d) Band D, (e) Band E, (f) Band F and (g) Band G; and if he will make a statement.
(207073)
29
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the number of £5 notes in circulation; whether he has taken steps to encourage the banking industry to make £5 notes available through cash machines; and if he will make a statement.
(207492)
30
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy to release the home addresses of (a) senior and (b) middle-ranking officials, if requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and what assessment he has made of the implications for personal security resulting from the release of such data.
(207216)
31
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether a reduced rate of VAT applies to the installation of external cladding on houses; and if he will make a statement.
(207400)
32
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to apply a reduced rate of VAT for the installation of (a) double or triple glazing and (b) energy efficient boilers; and if he will make a statement.
(207401)
33
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to apply a reduced rate of VAT on retail sales of (a) energy efficient lightbulbs, (b) insulation and (c) other energy saving products for self installation; and if he will make a statement.
(207402)
34
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the interaction of refunded work expenses and the assessment of a person's eligibility for working tax credits.
(207385)
35
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether expenses incurred and refunded as part of a job are counted as income when assessing yearly earnings in order to award tax credits.
(207386)
36
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what procedures are in place to assist people who wish to claim tax credits based on their yearly earnings but also have refunded expenses detailed on their P60s which may be misinterpreted as income.
(207387)
37
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the leaflet from the early 1970s which women opting to pay the married woman's stamp were required to certify that they had read.
(207205)
38
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consideration the Government has given to the possible effect on (a) the competitiveness of the UK biotechnology industry and (b) spending on health and biotech research and development of the removal of taper relief and the imposition of an 18 per cent. rate on capital gains in his recent budget report.
(207553)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
39
N
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects the Youth Justice Board to publish the Youth Justice Annual Statistics for 2006-07.
(207074)
40
N
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of breaches of a (a) community rehabilitation order, (b) supervision order, (c) community punishment order, (d) attendance centre order, (e) curfew order, (f) reparation order, (g) action plan order and (h) referral order led to a court appearance in each of the last five years.
(207094)
41
N
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the (a) breach rates and (b) completion rates were for young offenders sentenced to a (i) community rehabilitation order, (ii) supervision order, (iii) community punishment order, (iv) attendance centre order, (v) curfew order, (vi) reparation order, (vii) action plan order and (viii) referral order in each of the last five years.
(207095)
42
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207467)
43
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of children in young offender institutions has (a) special educational needs and (b) a special educational needs statement; and if he will make a statement.
(207502)
44
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what information his Department holds on the reading age of people in young offender institutions; and if he will make a statement.
(207503)
45
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether schools and colleges are permitted to conduct selection interviews with pupils before accepting them on to a diploma course; and if he will make a statement.
(207504)
46
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what methods schools and colleges may employ to select students for diploma courses; and if he will make a statement.
(207505)
47
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many Sure Start children's centres were open on (a) 31st March and (b) the latest date for which figures are available.
(207078)
48
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will make a statement on funding for the Newham Sports Academy.
(207269)
49
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much (a) Building Schools for the Future and (b) other capital expenditure relating to the Isle of Wight has been brought forward to (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10 from his Department's original plans.
(207293)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
50
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether the Cabinet Secretary's review of data security will specify which Departments have notified the Information Commissioner of data breaches in the last 12 months in light of the Commissioner's recent statement on departmental breaches.
(207354)
51
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what recent discussions he and his officials have had with the Attorney General's office on initiatives to combat online fraud.
(207355)
52
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the top 20 nationalities in the category, Rest of the World in table three of the ONS document, Employment of Foreign Workers in the United Kingdom (1997 to 2008) were in each year since 1997.
(207629)
53
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many (a) UK born and (b) non-UK born people of working age there were in employment in each year from 1997 to 2007, reflecting before and after reweighting as set out in table one of the ONS document, Employment of Foreign Workers in the United Kingdom (1997-2008).
(207631)
54
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 19th May 2008, Official Report, columns 50-51W, on population, what the projected (a) population and (b) population density of (i) the UK, (ii) England, (iii) Scotland, (iv) Wales and (v) Northern Ireland is for the most distant projection made by the Office for National Statistics; and what assumptions about migration have been made in calculating such projections.
(207695)
55
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in his Department in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207471)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
56
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) wholly private, (b) part rented/part purchased, (c) local authority and (d) housing association new dwellings were completed in the Borough of Islington in each of the last three years; and how many of each she expects to be completed in 2008-09.
(207685)
57
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have had with Transport for London on the proposed Thames Gateway Bridge.
(207362)
58
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was taken from Leeds City Council in negative housing subsidy in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.
(207506)
59
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in (i) her Department and (ii) its agencies in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207468)
60
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make it her policy to review the granting of funds under the Faith Community Capacity Building Fund to the New Kadampa Tradition; and if she will make a statement.
(207497)
61
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of planning decisions by (a) Wolverhampton City Council, (b) Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, (c) Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council, (d) Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, (e) Birmingham City Council and (f) local authorities in England were (i) appealed to and (ii) successful following appeal to the Planning Inspectorate in (A) 2003, (B) 2004, (C) 2005, (D) 2006 and (E) 2007.
(207536)
62
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 26th February 2008, Official Report, column 1426W, on regional planning and development: South East, what progress she has made on establishing when her response to the South East Plan will be published.
(207080)
63
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 18th March 2008, Official Report, columns 974-5W, on the local authority business growth incentives (LABGL) scheme, how much will be provided to local authorities under the LABGI scheme in 2011-12.
(207517)
64
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 23rd April 2008, Official Report, column 2107W, on non-domestic rates, how much was provided to local authorities under the local authority business growth incentives scheme in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.
(207518)
65
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 12th May 2008, Official Report, column 1393W, on the green belt, if she will list each of the specific special circumstances in which development is permitted on green belt designated land, according to planning guidance and regulations.
(207519)
66
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment the Audit Commission has made of the reasons for recent trends in levels of benefit fraud.
(207522)
67
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what date the new networked fire control rooms provided by EADS will be in operational use.
(207524)
68
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what effect she estimates the FiReControl project will have on the council tax precept on individual fire and rescue authorities over the next three years.
(207525)
69
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Improvement and Development Agency is subject to the provisions of (a) the Environmental Information Regulations and (b) the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
(207526)
70
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding has been set aside by her Department to finance any new burden costs associated with the implementation of regional control centres.
(207527)
71
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what liability fire and rescue authorities will have for the costs of each regional control centre (RCC) company (a) before and (b) after each RCC becomes operational.
(207528)
72
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will publish the FiReControl project timetable for each (a) Government Office region and (b) fire authority; and on what anticipated dates fire and rescue authorities will become responsible for the operating costs of each regional control centre.
(207529)
73
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made of the cost of ensuring that planned accommodation moves as part of the FiReControl project comply with critical national infrastructure requirements.
(207530)
74
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the FiReControl business case will next be updated.
(207531)
75
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what liability or financial burden fire and rescue authorities will bear for any cost overruns in delivery of the FiReControl project.
(207532)
76
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what changes will be made to the funding of fire and rescue authorities as a consequence of the FiReControl project.
(207533)
77
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in what circumstances a local authority (a) could and (b) should award an additional pension under the new Local Government Pension Scheme provisions.
(207534)
78
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have directly participated in the (a) Social HomeBuy, (b) New Build HomeBuy and (c) Open Market HomeBuy schemes.
(207554)
79
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated difference in a build cost of a family home is in cash terms of meeting level 6 on the Code for Sustainable Homes, and meeting the minimum requirement under building regulations.
(207555)
80
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consultations (a) have taken place and (b) are planned by her Department on the definition of zero carbon.
(207556)
81
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which of the proposed eco-town locations would involve development on land classed as green wedges or green gaps.
(207557)
82
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what projects or research have been commissioned from the Institute for Public Policy Research by her Department and its agencies in the last 12 months; and on what topics.
(207558)
83
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what role (a) the restructured regional development agencies and (b) the Homes and Communities Agency will play in the planning process for the (i) first and (ii) second wave of eco-town developments.
(207559)
84
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the requirement for planning permission to pave over a front garden will be retrospective.
(207560)
85
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she is taking to prevent front and back gardens from being over-developed in the form of blocks of flats replacing gardens.
(207561)
86
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what research (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have commissioned on council tax revaluation in the last 12 months from (i) within her Department and its agencies and (ii) external bodies.
(207562)
87
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Community Empowerment White Paper will be published before the summer recess; and what the timetable is for subsequent legislation.
(207563)
88
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what changes or reviews of Green Belt designation the East of England Regional Spatial Strategy proposes; and in which locations.
(207564)
89
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the number of parking spaces within the curtilage of a retail development is taken into account by the Valuation Office Agency and contributes as a value significant or site positive feature towards its rateable value.
(207565)
90
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated average cost of a planning permission application for a typical household is likely to be under the requirement for a planning permission to pave over a front garden.
(207566)
91
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of planning applications that will be made each year as a consequence of her proposals to require planning permission to pave over a front garden.
(207567)
92
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 15th May 2008, Official Report, column 1685W, on departmental procurement, when the purchase order department became operational; and whether the database covers expenditure by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
(207599)
93
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 15th May 2008, Official Report, column 1685W, on departmental procurement, what the financial trigger for a purchase order being required for expenditure is.
(207600)
94
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will estimate the revenue which would accrue from a two pence business rate supplement on businesses with a rateable value of over £50,000 if such a supplement were levied in each local authority in 2008-09.
(207616)
95
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 16th May 2008, Official Report, columns 1798-9W, on local government: pensions, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the increase in the cost of the Local Government Pension Scheme to local authorities between 1996-97 and 2006-07.
(207627)
96
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 16th May 2008, Official Report, columns 1798-9W, on local government: pensions, what the estimated (a) total cost and (b) total cost excluding non-local authority employer costs is for (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09.
(207628)
97
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which recommendations of the 2005 Office of Fair Trading market study report on local searches have been implemented; which recommendations have yet to be implemented; and what the timetable is for implementation.
(207389)
98
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what mechanisms are in place to ensure that (a) the contents of home information packs are accurate and (b) the providers of home information packs have satisfactory arrangements for dealing with complaints and redress.
(207390)
99
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether, following the expiration of the current transitional arrangements, homes will not be able to be marketed for sale without a full home information pack.
(207391)
100
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is planning to make it easier for buyers and sellers of leasehold homes and their agents to obtain information about service charges and other matters relating to the management of the property.
(207392)
101
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the merits of requiring management information regarding leasehold homes to be held by the Land Registry in the same way as information held about commonhold homes.
(207393)
102
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether it remains Government policy that the home condition report should be a component of the home information pack.
(207394)
103
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to make the home condition report a mandatory component of the home information pack in the event that the industry does not secure its inclusion by voluntary means.
(207395)
104
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps are being taken to assist home owners to carry out energy efficiency improvements recommended in energy performance certificates.
(207396)
105
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many qualified and registered home inspectors are in practice; and how many are in training.
(207397)
106
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of qualified and registered home inspectors which would be needed if every home information pack contained a home condition report.
(207398)
107
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of local authorities did not provide access to records required to complete a local search report in the latest period for which figures are available; and what effect this is having on competition and choice in the local searches market.
(207399)
108
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what grounds local authorities can reject applications for planning permission for developments in back gardens.
(207270)
109
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will introduce measures to require all landlords letting residential property to register with their local authority.
(207453)
110
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the merits of establishing a statutory council tax discount for service personnel; and if she will make a statement.
(207545)
111
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to establish a statutory council tax discount for service personnel; and if she will make a statement.
(207546)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
112
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207469)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
113
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15th May 2008, Official Report, columns 1715-6W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, when each member of the Serious Crimes Unit was taken into the custody of UK forces; when each was released; whether any legal proceedings were initiated against any of them; and if he will establish an investigation into the circumstances leading up to their detention by UK forces and during the period of their detention.
(207680)
114
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on private security contractors for UK military facilities in Iraq in each year since 2003.
(207693)
115
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government plans to increase troop numbers in Afghanistan.
(206717)
116
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the Defence Medical Training Establishment to be operational at the Whittington Barracks near Lichfield; what assessment he has made of progress to date; and if he will make a statement.
(207597)
117
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will visit the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield to discuss issues arising from increased visitor numbers; and if he will make a statement.
(207598)
118
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times the (a) Royal Air Force and (b) Army have trained for conducting humanitarian airdrop operations in each of the last five years.
(207373)
119
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department was of certifying the UK EU Battlegroup for July to December 2008.
(207375)
120
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the expected cost to his Department is of providing the UK's commitment to the EU Battlegroup in July to December 2008.
(207376)
121
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of producing and publishing the inquiry into the National Recognition of the Armed Forces Study was.
(207377)
122
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15th May 2008, Official Report, column 1702W, on armed forces deployment, how the figures for the (a) army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy and Royal Marines break down between regular and reserve personnel.
(207405)
123
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19th May 2008, Official Report, column 7W, on Air Force: military aid, how baseboards are (a) replaced and (b) recovered after use in humanitarian airdrop operations.
(207413)
124
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19th May 2008, Official Report, column 7W, on Air Force: military aid, in which Royal Air Force fixed wing cargo aircraft baseboards can be used; and how many baseboards each such aircraft can accommodate at one time.
(207414)
125
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19th May 2008, Official Report, column 7W, on Air Force: military aid, what the maximum load capacity of a single baseboard is.
(207415)
126
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the maximum weight of cargo able to be carried by all variants of the CH-47 helicopter used by British forces in Afghanistan is.
(207540)
127
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20th May 2008, Official Report, columns 15-18WS, on helicopters on operations, what the budget for the Helicopter Fund is in 2008-09; and what percentage of that budget will be met by the UK.
(207650)
128
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20th May 2008, Official Report, columns 15-18WS, on helicopters on operations, where training will be conducted as part of the helicopter support initiative.
(207651)
129
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20th May 2008, Official Report, columns 15-18WS, on helicopters on operations, whether (a) NATO or (b) the EU is responsible for the Helicopter Fund.
(207652)
130
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20th May 2008, Official Report, columns 15-18WS, on helicopters on operations, how much the UK contributed to the seed fund for the helicopter support initiative.
(207653)
131
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20th May 2008, Official Report, columns 15-18WS, on helicopters on operations, which company provides the new contract for the civilian air transport used by ISAF in southern Afghanistan; on how many occasions UK troops have flown in aircraft so provided; how the contract is funded and what the UK's contribution is; what percentage of the assets used by the contractor to date has been (a) rotary and (b) fixed wing; and if he will make a statement.
(207654)
132
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207464)
133
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the order for the future aircraft carriers has not been placed; and what conditions will have to be fulfilled before it will be placed.
(206626)
134
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the latest date is by which a seventh Type 45 destroyer would have to be ordered to avoid an interruption in production.
(206627)
135
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 6th May 2008, Official Report, column 840W, on the Navy: piracy, whether pirates arrested at sea by the Royal Navy are (a) taken on board Her Majesty's ships and (b) rendered to UK jurisdiction; and what discussions his Department has had with officials in the Home Department on the potential for such pirates to claim asylum in the United Kingdom.
(206628)
136
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to write to those hon. Members who raised issues but did not receive a response from the Minister for the Armed Forces during the debate on defence in the world on 8th May 2008.
(206629)
137
N
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the peacetime establishment was of (a) 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, (b) 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and (c) The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland before deployment to Iraq; what the strength on deployment of each unit is; how many reinforcements each received from (i) the regular Army, (ii) the Territorial Army and (iii) the regular Army Reserves; and how many of all ranks in each are remaining in the UK (A) on recruitment duties, (B) physically unfit to deploy and (C) in barracks in reserve.
(207088)
138
N
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the peacetime establishment was of (a) 7th Parachute Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery, (b) The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland and (c) The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland before deployment to Afghanistan; what the strength of each on deployment was; how many reinforcements were received by each from (i) the regular Army, (ii) the Territorial Army and (iii) the regular Army Reserves; and how many of all ranks of each are remaining in the UK (A) on recruitment duties, (B) physically unfit to deploy and (C) in barracks in reserve.
(207089)
139
N
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what headings are used to sub-categorise troops unfit to deploy; and how many troops from (a) 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, (b) 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, (c) The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, (d) 7th Parachute Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery, (e) The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland and (f) The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland are classified under each of those headings.
(207090)
140
N
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many troops from 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery have been sent to Afghanistan; and whether he plans to transfer these troops to Iraq to rejoin their regiment.
(207091)
141
N
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, from which battalions or regiments reinforcements have been taken to provide troops to (a) 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, (b) 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, (c) The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, (d) 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, (e) The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland and (f) The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland; and how many reinforcements have been taken from each battalion or regiment.
(207092)
142
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of administering the Pay As You Dine scheme was in 2007-08.
[R] (207568)
143
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment has been made of the effects of the Pay As You Dine scheme on nutrition of young soldiers; and what steps he is taking to ensure that young soldiers reliant on the Pay As You Dine scheme consume an adequate diet.
[R] (207569)
144
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment has been made of whether the Pay As You Dine scheme has promoted healthy eating.
[R] (207570)
145
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what customer satisfaction surveys of the Pay As You Dine scheme have been undertaken; and if he will publish the results of the surveys.
[R] (207571)
146
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of food provision in the armed forces was in each year since 1997.
[R] (207572)
147
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) estimate he has made of the volume and (b) assessment he has made of the types of outputs that arise from treatment by pyrolysis of wastes from Royal Navy vessels at sea; how these outputs are treated; and if he will make a statement.
(207512)
148
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) assessment he has made of the types and (b) estimate he has made of the volume of residues from the treatment of wastes which were discharged at sea by Royal Navy vessels in each of the last five years.
(207513)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
149
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the environmental impact of non-implementation of EC Regulation 2037/2000 in so far as it relates to building foam.
(207223)
150
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average age of dairy farmers was in the UK at the most recent date for which figures are available.
(207450)
151
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many tenanted or managed farms are owned by each of the local authorities.
(207083)
152
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the tonnage of aggregates extracted in each year since 2002.
(207696)
153
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was contributed to the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund in each year since 2002.
(207697)
154
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent on projects under the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund in each year since 2002.
(207698)
155
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions from the aggregates industry in each year since 1997.
(207699)
156
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of aggregates tonnage was recycled in each year since 1997.
(207700)
157
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207465)
158
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent on flood protection measures in (a) rural areas and (b) urban areas in each year between 2001 and 2008 (i) in cash terms and (ii) as a percentage of total flood protection expenditure in each of those years.
(207364)
159
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance is given to members of his Department's scientific advisory committees on taking into account all studies and data submitted in support of applications for approval of genetically-modified organisms and pesticides before providing advice to Ministers.
(206909)
160
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Common Agricultural Policy prior to the 13th May 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(207220)
161
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on air quality of increasing use of biofuels.
(207451)
162
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on recreational fishing of the introduction of new licences under the draft Marine Bill.
(207266)
163
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of levels of emission of bio-aerosols from open windrow composting sites in the last period for which figures are available; what assessment he has made of implications for (a) human and (b) animal health of such emissions; and what guidelines his Department issues to planning authorities on applications for new open windrow composting sites.
(207158)
164
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to complete the consultation on the transfer of private sewers to sewerage undertakers; and if he will make a statement.
(207159)
165
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much waste was classed as hazardous in each of the last five years; and how much hazardous waste was sent to landfill in each year.
(207514)
166
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many households are deemed to be at high risk of flooding in England and Wales; and of these (a) to how many households the Flood Warnings Direct system is available and (b) how many are registered with it.
(207515)
167
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to increase the number of people in England and Wales at high risk of flooding to whom Flood Warnings Direct is available.
(207516)
168
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Flood Warnings Direct system cost to (a) develop and (b) install.
(207601)
169
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people at risk or high risk of flooding in England and Wales are estimated to be unaware of the risk.
(207602)
170
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken to allocate responsibility for the ownership and long-term maintenance and renewal of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems infrastructure; and if he will make a statement.
(207603)
171
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the recommendation of the National Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) working group regarding allocation of responsibility was for the ownership and long-term maintenance and renewal of SUDS infrastructure.
(207604)
172
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the estimated shortfall in the Environment Agency's budget for operating and maintaining its navigations is for 2008-09.
(207605)
173
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the estimated cost is of completing the backlog of capital work on the Environment Agency's waterways structures.
(207606)
174
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the likely effect of the Environment Agency's charging increases for craft registrations on craft numbers over the three years of the proposed charging plan; and by how much registration income is expected to rise.
(207607)
175
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons his Department stopped providing funding for the Atmosphere, Climate and Environment Information Programme in 2005.
(207608)
176
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on programmes to combat deforestation in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(207609)
177
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of bass stocks in (a) the Tamar, (b) the Solent, (c) the Thames and (d) nationwide in each year since 1977; and if he will make a statement.
(207590)
178
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to introduce measures to conserve bass stocks for anglers; and if he will make a statement.
(207591)
179
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on the designation of bass as a wholly recreational stock; and if he will make a statement.
(207592)
180
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the total bass biomass in UK waters in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(207593)
181
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what bass sampling his Department undertakes; and if he will make a statement.
(207594)
182
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on the spawning stocks for bass in the UK.
(207595)
183
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Scottish counterpart on the decision taken by the Scottish Executive to introduce a moratorium on fisheries licence and quota transfers; when he was notified of the moratorium; and if he will make a statement.
(207621)
184
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact on the UK fishing industry of the decision by the Scottish Executive to implement a moratorium on licence and quota transfers; and if he will make a statement.
(207622)
185
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to review the terms of the concordat with the Scottish Executive on fisheries following the decision by the Scottish Executive to implement a moratorium on licence and quota transfers; and if he will make a statement.
(207623)
186
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has taken legal advice on the decision taken by the Scottish Executive to implement a moratorium on fisheries licence and quota transfers; and if he will make a statement.
(207624)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
187
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the financial solvency of the Zimbabwe government.
(207483)
188
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold discussions with his European counterparts on taking steps against the (a) manufacture and (b) transfer of paper for the printing of Zimbabwe dollar bearer cheques by European countries.
(207484)
189
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will request the European Commission to investigate whether the delivery of paper by MK Airline for the printing of Zimbabwe dollar bearer cheques is in breach of EU rules relating to Zimbabwe.
(207485)
190
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on whether the cargo of weapons from China destined for Zimbabwe has been delivered to that country.
(207486)
191
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost of the UK diplomatic presence in Iraq was in each year from 1998 to 2007.
(207692)
192
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to encourage overseas governments not to force children to become soldiers.
(206718)
193
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had on co-operation to tackle boiler room fraud with his counterparts in (a) the United States, (b) Ireland, (c) Hong Kong, (d) Singapore, (e) Gibraltar, (f) Canada, (g) Belize, (h) Nevis, (i) Cyprus, (j) Tanzania, (k) Lebanon, (l) Latvia and (m) Spain.
(207271)
194
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve co-operation at bilateral level to tackle boiler room fraud operations targeting British people but based in other EU member states.
(207277)
195
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207466)
196
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to seek to secure the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners in Burma.
(207665)
197
David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Iran on the arrest on 14th May and the detention in Evin prison of Fabriba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afifi Naeimi, Saied Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakki and Vahid Tifzah, all of whom co-ordinate the activities of the Baha'i community in Iran; and if he will make a statement.
(207490)
198
David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Iran on the detention since 5th March of Mrs Mahuash Sabet, an Iranian Baha'i first held in Mashud and subsequently in Evin Prison; and if he will make a statement.
(207491)
199
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is the policy of his Department to release the home addresses of (a) senior and (b) middle-ranking officials, if requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and what assessment he has made of the implications for personal security resulting from the release of such data.
(207215)
200
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Government officials accompanied HRH the Prince of Wales on his official visit to the Caribbean in March 2008; what (a) travel and (b) accommodation costs incurred in respect of officials were met from public funds; and what costs were met by (i) his Department, (ii) the Department for Transport and (iii) another source.
(207682)
201
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what costs the Government met for each official visit made by (a) Her Majesty the Queen and (b) other members of the Royal Family to (i) Australia and (ii) Canada in each of the last five years.
(207706)
202
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) UK representatives in Uganda have had discussions with elected political representatives of the Northern Uganda districts during the Juba peacetalks process; and if he will make a statement.
(207482)
203
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the impact on the sustainability of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Uganda of the time taken to sign it.
(207507)
204
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the ability of the Uganda Special Court to provide trials for the leaders of the Lords Resistance Army in accordance with the principles of international humanitarian law; and whether the Government has offered legal advice to the government of Uganda on the constitution of the Uganda Special Court.
(207543)
205
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Indonesian government to encourage it to prevent violence directed at the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Indonesia.
(207501)
206
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the (a) government of Japan and (b) US administration on releasing the stores of US grain held in Japan.
(207452)
207
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16th May 2008, Official Report, column 1815W, on Pakistan: terrorism, what the Government's policy is on dealing with allegations of mistreatment made by British nationals in Pakistani custody; and if he will make a statement.
(207357)
208
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16th May 2008, Official Report, column 1815W, on Pakistan: terrorism, whether any of the six detainees are still in Pakistani detention.
(207358)
209
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16th May 2008, Official Report, column 1815W, on Pakistan: terrorism, in how many of the six cases the detainees were visited by other British officials.
(207359)
210
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16th May 2008, Official Report, column 1815W, on Pakistan: terrorism, whether allegations of mistreatment other than those made to UK officials were taken into account in providing the Answer.
(207360)
211
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16th May 2008, Official Report, column 1815W, on Pakistan: terrorism, for what reasons consular access was not sought in each of the six cases.
(207361)
212
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills on the changes in funding for Commonwealth scholarships announced on 23rd March 2008.
(207500)
213
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people from each country received Chevening scholarships in each of the last five years.
(207537)
214
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people from each country received funding under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan in each of the last five years.
(207611)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
215
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to discourage adults from purchasing tobacco on behalf of children as part of the Government's commitment to reduce smoking amongst young people.
(207378)
216
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to assist people with diabetes who are unable to insure against critical illness.
(207379)
217
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much revenue was generated by charges imposed upon (a) staff, (b) patients and (c) others for the use of car parks at (i) Broomfield and (ii) St John's hospitals in Chelmsford in each of the last five years.
(206923)
218
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on mental health services in Islington in each year since 1997-98; and how many mental health patients from Islington were cared for (a) as in-patients and (b) through care in the community in each of those years.
(207686)
219
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to make NHS services more personalised.
(206716)
220
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government intends to take to encourage primary care trusts to be more responsive to their local communities.
(206751)
221
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding for research and development related to (a) anti-cancer surgical procedures and (b) cancer drugs the Government has provided in each of the last five years.
(207076)
222
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the role the independent sector is likely to have in the provision of polyclinics.
(207077)
223
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207473)
224
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25th February 2008, Official Report, columns 1198-9W, on diamorphine, who the suppliers of diamorphine to the NHS are; how many ampoules of each strength were supplied by each company in the first quarter of each year from 2002 to 2006; and what these were in each case as a percentage of historic demand.
(207684)
225
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of (a) the annual cost to the Exchequer of abolishing all charges for dental checks and (b) the number of people who paid a charge for such checks wholly or in part in the last year for which figures are available.
(207520)
226
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of (a) the annual cost to the Exchequer of abolishing all charges for eye checks and (b) the number of people who paid a charge for such checks wholly or in part in the last year for which figures are available.
(207521)
227
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many school nurses are employed in each primary care trust region; and how much they cost in the last year for which figures are available.
(207641)
228
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on anti-tumour necrosis factor treatments for ankylosing spondylitis to be issued; and what the reasons are for the time taken to issue that guidance.
(207642)
229
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on palliative and end of life care in each of the last five years; and how many people received such care in each year.
(207643)
230
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health advocates he estimates there will be in each of the next three years; and what the estimated cost of employing them will be in each of those years.
(207644)
231
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the running costs of each strategic health authority were in 2007-08.
(207645)
232
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) over-prescription of drugs and (b) unused drugs to the NHS in 2007-08.
(207646)
233
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department achieved in efficiency savings in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.
(207647)
234
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department achieved in efficiency savings in (a) public funding and regulation, (b) productive time (including quality), (c) procurement, (d) social care, (e) corporate services and (f) central budgets between 2005-06 and 2007-08.
(207648)
235
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) self-employed staff and (b) outside contractors were employed in his Department in each year since 2004; and how much was spent on each category in each of those years.
(207649)
236
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance is given to members of his Department's scientific advisory committees on taking into account all studies and data submitted in support of applications for novel foods, medicines and veterinary medicines and data on the safety of additives, contaminants and potentially harmful organisms before providing advice to Ministers.
(206910)
237
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24th January 2008, Official Report, column 2163W, on community nurses, when the interim evaluation report for the Family Nurse Partnership Pilot Project's first year will be published.
(207079)
238
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7th May 2008, Official Report, columns 1023-4W, on social services, how many people of working age with a learning disability in each local authority area received state funded social care support in each of the last 10 years.
(207204)
239
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors have schedules of work which comply with the requirements of the European Working Time Directive as interpreted by judgements of the European Court of Justice.
(207587)
240
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the individuals pictured on his Department's website are employed by (a) his Department and (b) the NHS.
(207588)
241
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library the results of the independent research commissioned by his Department on the effect of the operation of the European Working Time Directive on medical training.
(207589)
242
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which junior doctor posts were discontinued in each of the last 18 months, broken down by trust.
(207612)
243
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the position of other EU member states in the Council of Ministers on the reservations expressed by the UK on the operation of the European Working Time Directive.
(207613)
244
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9th May 2008, Official Report, column 1258W, on doctors: working hours, what plans he has to propose an extension to the implementation of the European Working Time Directive beyond 2012.
(207618)
245
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26th March 2008, Official Report, columns 205-6W, on medical records: data protection, which (a) current and (b) potential suppliers are to have access to records in the secondary uses service as part of the contract tendering process; and what the terms and conditions of access to the service are.
(207626)
246
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26th March 2008, Official Report, column 206W, on medical records: databases, for what reason Connecting for Health is unable to comment on the monitoring process that each Caldicott Guardian will employ.
(207636)
247
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 25th January 2007, Official Report, columns 2045-7W, on the Pregnancy Book, what criteria must be satisfied before the Pregnancy Book is revised.
(207637)
248
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd April 2008, Official Report, column 1990W, on medical records: disclosure of information, where each of the NHS care records service registers are held; whether each is held electronically; whether each is accessible through the internet or N3; what security measures are in place to protect them; and on how many occasions they have been illegally accessed.
(207657)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
249
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of those who escaped from the Yarl's Wood detention centre during the fire of 14th February 2002 remained at large for (a) three, (b) six and (c) 12 months; and whether any such prisoners remain at large.
(207295)
250
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer Question 188653, on indefinite leave to remain, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 20th February 2008.
(207630)
251
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will discuss the Metropolitan Police's policy on access to its Crime Museum with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner; and if she will make a statement.
(207681)
252
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports of missing people were made to West Midlands Police in 2007, broken down by local authority area; how many of them related to (a) vulnerable adults, (b) children under the age of 12, (c) children aged 12 to 16 and (d) young people aged 17 to 18 years; and how many of the reports of a missing person under the age of 18 years related to a child or young person (i) in the care of a local authority, (ii) with a learning disability and (iii) with a physical disability.
(207538)
253
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many serving members of police forces in England and Wales were seconded to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) length of secondment and (b) rank of officer.
(207659)
254
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had on cooperation to tackle boiler room fraud with her counterparts in (a) the United States, (b) Ireland, (c) Hong Kong, (d) Singapore, (e) Gibraltar, (f) Canada, (g) Belize, (h) Nevis, (i) Cyprus, (j) Tanzania, (k) Lebanon, (l) Latvia and (m) Spain.
(207272)
255
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) gating orders have been made under the provision of section 129A of the Highways Act 1980 and (b) public inquiries have been held into proposed gating orders when objections have been received from members of the public.
(207087)
256
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in (i) her Department and (ii) its agencies in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207472)
257
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, from which countries the UK imported non-human primates for the purposes of scientific research in the last 12 months.
(207499)
258
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer Question 202188, tabled by the hon. Member for North Southwark and Bermondsey on 23rd April 2008, on parking tickets issued by community support officers.
(207661)
259
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 28th April 2008, Official Report, column 88W, on identity cards: foreigners, for what reasons the fingerprint biometrics will be stored on an embedded chip in an identity card instead of holding fingerprint records centrally.
(207704)
260
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is her Department's policy to release the home addresses of (a) senior and (b) middle-ranking officials, if requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and what assessment she has made of the implications for personal security resulting from the release of such data.
(207219)
261
Martin Salter (Reading West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports of missing people were made to Thames Valley Police in 2007, broken down by local authority area; how many of them related to (a) vulnerable adults, (b) children under the age of 12 years, (c) children aged 12 to 16 years and (d) young people aged 17 to 18 years; and how many of the reports of a missing person under the age of 18 years old related to a child or young person (i) in the care of a local authority, (ii) with a learning disability and (iii) with a physical disability.
(207444)
262
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the UK Border Agency will reply to the letter sent by the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, on 8th April 2008, on behalf of Mamta Devi (Home Office reference number D1104208).
(207388)
263
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports of missing people were made to Wiltshire Constabulary in 2007, broken down by local authority area; how many of them related to (a) vulnerable adults, (b) children under the age of 12, (c) children aged 12 to 16 and (d) young people aged 17 to 18 years; and how many of the reports of a missing person under the age of 18 years related to a child or young person (i) in the care of a local authority, (ii) with a learning disability and (iii) with a physical disability.
(207690)
264
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many victims of internal human trafficking have been identified in the last three years.
(207265)
265
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will include checks for trafficked victims as part of the new watch list being introduced for aircraft passengers on high-risk routes.
(207267)
266
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign criminals were deported in 2007; and how many of these had convictions for offences related to trafficking, broken down by nationality.
(207268)
267
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports of missing people were made to Kent Constabulary in 2007, broken down by local authority area; how many of them related to (a) vulnerable adults, (b) children under the age of 12, (c) children aged 12 to 16 and (d) young people aged 17 to 18 years; and how many of the reports of a missing person under the age of 18 years related to a child or young person (i) in the care of a local authority, (ii) with a learning disability and (iii) with a physical disability.
(207691)
268
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports of missing people were made to the Metropolitan Police in 2007, broken down by local authority area; how many of them related to (a) vulnerable adults, (b) children under the age of 12, (c) children aged 12 to 16 and (d) young people aged 17 to 18 years; and how many of the reports of a missing person under the age of 18 years related to a child or young person (i) in the care of a local authority, (ii) with a learning disability and (iii) with a physical disability.
(207689)
269
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports of missing people were made to Sussex Police in 2007, broken down by local authority area; how many of them related to (a) vulnerable adults, (b) children under the age of 12, (c) children aged 12 to 16 and (d) young people aged 17 to 18 years; and how many of the reports of a missing person under the age of 18 years related to a child or young person (i) in the care of a local authority, (ii) with a learning disability and (iii) with a physical disability.
(207539)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
270
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether it is the Commission's policy to release the home addresses of (a) senior and (b) middle-ranking officials of the House of Commons, if requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and what the Commission's assessment is of the implications for personal security resulting from the release of such data.
(207218)
271
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make a statement on the High Court decision in relation to the details of hon. Members' allowances; whether a further appeal is planned against the decision; and how much has been spent on legal and tribunal proceedings in relation to disclosure of hon. Members' allowances since the commencement of the matter.
(207071)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
272
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate he has made of the proportion of students undertaking medical education with a view to qualification as a doctor under the Widening Participation Scheme who are from (a) white British and (b) black Caribbean backgrounds in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(207688)
273
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what guidance his Department has provided to local education authorities on the effects of the Age Discrimination Regulations 2006 on their funding arrangements for further education.
(207669)
274
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate he has made of the effect of the Age Discrimination Regulations 2006 on the number of people aged over 60 years undertaking further education.
(207670)
275
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will place in the Library a summary of his discussions with the Learning and Skills Council on the impact on the number of people aged over 60 years undertaking further education as a result of the Age Discrimination Regulations 2006.
(207671)
276
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207489)
277
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment has been made of the effect of Student and Technology Facilities Council funding cuts on university science departments with particular reference to (a) staffing, (b) student recruitment and (c) research development; and if he will make a statement.
(207368)
278
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment has been made of the effect of the £80 million shortfall in the annual Science and Technology Facilities Council fund announced in December 2007; what steps have been taken by his Department to address the shortfall; and if he will make a statement.
(207369)
279
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what progress has been made in the UK towards meeting the Lisbon agenda target that the EU should invest three per cent. of its gross domestic product in research and development by 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(207370)
280
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what progress has been made towards the Government's target to invest 2.5 per cent. of the UK's gross domestic product in research and development by 2014; and if he will make a statement.
(207371)
281
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment he has made of the Lisbon agenda target that the EU as a whole should be investing three per cent. of its gross domestic product in research and development by 2010; for what reasons the Government set a target of 2.5 per cent. by 2014; and if he will make a statement.
(207372)
282
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment has been made of the future effect of the recent reductions in funding for physics research and astronomy projects in the UK on the UK's industry and economy; and if he will make a statement.
(207456)
283
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many further education colleges have applied for degree awarding powers since 1st May 2008.
(207550)
284
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will provide a breakdown by main budget heading of the Train to Gain budget for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.
(207551)
285
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will provide a breakdown of the amount and proportion of his Department's budget which is not devolved to non-departmental public bodies by main budget heading.
(207552)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
286
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of Iraqi refugees in (a) Syria, (b) Lebanon, (c) Jordan and (d) Iran.
(207687)
287
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department spent on (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral aid to Iraq in each year since 1998.
(207694)
288
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what procedures for co-ordination between his Department and the Ministry of Defence are in place for training on humanitarian airdrop or relief operations.
(207374)
289
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in his Department in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207487)
290
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding his Department has provided to Burmese people displaced by the military regime.
(207662)
291
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding his Department has provided to cross-border groups which have been providing humanitarian assistance in Burma since Cyclone Nargis.
(207663)
292
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid his Department plans to provide to Burma in each year from 2008 until 2011.
(207664)
293
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which supplier or chain of suppliers is to provide the supply of 20 million bed nets recently announced by the Prime Minister; and on what criteria the supply contract will be awarded.
(207617)
294
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what arrangements have been made for the (a) procurement and (b) distribution of the 20 million bed nets recently announced by the Prime Minister; and in how many stages the nets will be delivered.
(207634)
295
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he plans to take to (a) ensure and (b) monitor the consistency of use of the 20 million bed nets recently announced by the Prime Minister.
(207635)
296
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the announcement of 20 million bed nets by the Prime Minister, what provision has been made for programmes of training in the (a) installation, (b) proofing and (c) use of the nets; and how much has been allocated for such training.
(207638)
297
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what mechanisms he has established to assess the effectiveness of the programme to provide 20 million bed nets.
(207639)
298
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether (a) he, (b) officials of his Department and (c) UK representatives in Uganda have had discussions with the government of Uganda on the closure of internally displaced persons' camps in Northern Uganda; and if he will make a statement.
(207480)
299
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether (a) he, (b) officials of his Department and (c) UK representatives in Uganda have had discussions with the government of Uganda on the provision of schooling in camps for displaced people and return areas for those affected by the conflict with the Lords Resistance Army in the northern districts of Uganda.
(207481)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
300
N
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which recommendations of the Carlile inquiry into the physical restraint of children in custody have been implemented.
(207075)
301
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent consideration he has given to simplifying the forms for incepting lasting powers of attorney.
(207416)
302
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether steps are being taken to reduce the costs of making lasting powers of attorney; and if he will make a statement.
(207417)
303
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what charges apply to setting up lasting powers of attorney.
(207446)
304
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207488)
305
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19th May 2008, Official Report, columns 68-9W, on prisoners release: overdoses, what initiatives are in place to reduce the risk of drug-related deaths following release from prison; how the effectiveness of those initiatives is measured; for what reasons data showing the number of ex-offenders who die from a heroin overdose within a fortnight of leaving prison are not routinely collected; and if he will make it his policy to collect such data.
(207703)
306
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners in adult prisons had previously been (a) children in care, (b) children in foster care and (c) adopted children in each of the last five years.
(207072)
307
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it is Government policy to release the home addresses of (a) senior and (b) middle-ranking officials in the Prime Minister's office, if requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and what assessment he has made of the implications for personal security resulting from the release of such data.
(207217)
308
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what allowances for (a) accommodation and (b) subsistence are payable to members of the judiciary required to stay overnight away from home in connection with their official duties; what rates apply to each category of judge; and if he will make a statement.
(207544)
309
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, under what circumstances are judges' lodgings made available to members of the judiciary; what criteria apply to their allocation; and if he will make a statement.
(207574)
310
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which holders of judicial posts are provided with official residences; and if he will make a statement.
(207656)
311
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8th May 2008, Official Report, column 1151W, on young offender institutions: mental health services, which young offender institutions do not provide child and adolescent mental health support (CAMHS) on site; and which institutions in England provide CAMHS treatment for inmates from young offender institutions in (a) England and (b) Wales.
(207367)
312
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons ballot papers for the London Mayoral elections instructed voters to vote for two candidates and did not mention their right not to cast a second preference.
(207523)
313
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance the Legal Services Commission gives to those wishing to make complaints about the Commission; and what undertakings it makes to complainants about the handling of their complaints.
(207406)
314
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what (a) training and (b) guidance is provided to staff of the Legal Services Commission on the Commission's complaints procedure.
(207407)
315
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complaints the Legal Services Commission has received concerning its Chief Executive since 1st April 2007; when each complaint was received; how it was processed; and what the outcome of each complaint was.
(207408)
316
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complaints concerning the Chief Executive of the Legal Services Commission are outstanding; and how many of these relate to failures to process complaints in accordance with the Commission's procedures.
(207409)
317
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what changes have been made to the Legal Services Commission's (a) targets for handling (i) correspondence and (ii) complaints and (b) quality control checking procedures since its establishment, and on what dates; how these changes were notified to (A) regional directors and (B) account managers; and what procedures are in place to advise the Commission's customers of such changes.
(207410)
318
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which categories of Legal Services Commission staff have job descriptions which include an element of customer service; what the paybands of each category are; what customer services are assessed; how staff performance against customer service objectives is measured; and what account is taken of customer service performance in staff remuneration.
(207411)
319
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether an element of the remuneration of (a) the Chief Executive, (b) members of the executive team, (c) regional directors and (d) account managers of the Legal Services Commission is linked to (i) the level of complaints made against the Commission and (ii) the Commission's customer service performance.
(207412)
320
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what percentage of the people housed so far in the ClearSprings Bail Hostel recently established in Weston-Super-Mare are convicted offenders.
(207454)
321
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to ensure that Peter Sutcliffe is never released from imprisonment; and if he will make a statement.
(207202)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
322
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will consider introducing dispersal orders in Northern Ireland.
(207672)
323
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which district policing partnerships did not meet the key performance indicator targets set by the Policing Board in 2006-07; and by how much they missed each target.
(207673)
324
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 21st April 2008, Official Report, column 1385W, on Hillsborough Castle: official hospitality, what the cost of each reception held in Hillsborough Castle was in the last three financial years.
(207674)
325
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what decisions were taken at the meeting held on 30th January 2008 between the organiser of the Belfast Pride parade and the Parades Commission.
(207675)
326
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many burglaries and robberies in Belfast North constituency involved the use of firearms in each of the last five years.
(207676)
327
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people were (a) killed and (b) injured in Belfast North constituency by the use of firearms in the last five years, broken down by (i) age and (ii) sex.
(207677)
328
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people committed suicide in Belfast North constituency in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) sex; and how many of these deaths involved the use of firearms.
(207678)
329
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) regular, (b) full-time reserve and (c) part-time reserve police officers of each (i) rank, (ii) sex and (iii) religion were based in Belfast North constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(207679)
330
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in his Department in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207477)
Questions to the Prime Minister
331
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his statement on 14th May 2008, Official Report, column 1392, on the draft legislative programme, to which decisions on airports he was referring.
(207082)
332
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his recent announcement on the provision of bed nets, what discussions he had with the All-Party Parliamentary Malaria Group prior to the announcement.
(207610)
333
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his recent announcement on the provision of bed nets, what the basis was for the announcement that US$200 million would be spent on 20 million bed nets; what estimate he has made of the market price of bed nets; and on what type of bed net this estimate was based.
(207632)
334
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Prime Minister, what arrangements he made to inform hon. Members of the arrangements for provision of 20 million additional bed nets.
(207640)
335
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Prime Minister, how many sessions of Ask the PM he plans to hold in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(207547)
336
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Prime Minister, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time officials will be working on the Ask the PM blog; and if he will make a statement.
(207548)
337
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Prime Minister, how much he expects the Ask the PM blog to cost in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(207549)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
338
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in his Department in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207478)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
339
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what obligations ship owners are under to inform the Maritime and Coastguard Agency of cargoes lost overboard in (a) British and (b) international waters.
(207296)
340
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will consider the merits of introducing legislation to transfer responsibility for Mersey Tunnel toll charges to her Department.
(207353)
341
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what her latest estimate is of levels of traffic pollution in (a) Merseyside and (b) the vicinity of the Dartford Crossing.
(207365)
342
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the effect of introducing Mode S transporters across the UK aircraft fleet, with particular reference to any effect on air sports; and if she will make a statement.
(207404)
343
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions she has had with BRB (Residuary) Ltd on the consultation draft of the Route Utilisation Strategy for Lancashire and Cumbria, published by Network Rail.
(207448)
344
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations she has received about the proposed disposal of the section of trackbed between Colne and Foulridge on the former Skipton to Colne railway route.
(207449)
345
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have had with Transport for London on the proposed Thames Gateway Bridge.
(207363)
346
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she expects the double rail tracking project on the Trent Valley section of the West Coast Main Line to be completed.
(207596)
347
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Highways Agency plans to resurface the Sevenoaks section of the A21 with low-noise surfacing.
(207221)
348
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been allocated to the Highways Agency for noise reduction measures in each of the three financial years from 2008-09; and what proportion of the Highways Agency's budget this represents in each year.
(207222)
349
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in (i) her Department and (ii) its agencies in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207475)
350
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will publish the noise maps for each airfield in Hampshire; and when each (a) was last and (b) will next be updated.
(207498)
351
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment her Department has made of the effects on driving ability of consumption of (a) cannabis and (b) alcohol; and if she will make a statement.
(206624)
352
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether her Department has a means by which to measure the extent to which driving ability may be compromised by the consumption of cannabis; and if she will make a statement.
(206625)
353
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding her Department and its predecessors provided for each official overseas visit by (a) HM the Queen and (b) other members of the Royal Family in each of the last 10 years.
(207655)
354
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7th March 2008, Official Report, column 2890W, on Caribbean: royal visits, what the cost was of the hire of the yacht Leander by HRH the Prince of Wales during his official visit to the Caribbean; and how much was incurred in (a) crew hire, (b) fuel, (c) provisions and (d) other related costs.
(207683)
355
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what arrangements there are for the apportionment of costs in relation to official travel overseas by members of the Royal Family between her Department, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other Government departments; and if she will make a statement.
(207705)
356
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many freight facilities grants were provided to waterborne freight operators in each year since 2000; and what the value of such grants was in each year.
(207541)
357
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many freight facilities grants were partially or fully repaid by waterborne freight operators as a result of (a) the proposed scheme failing to operate, (b) traffic passing through the facility failing to match the traffic commitment and (c) the grantee failing to provide information on the annual traffic carried through the grant aided facility in each year since 2000.
(207542)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
358
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in his Department in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207476)
359
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 21st April 2008, Official Report, column 1347W, on the departmental internet, how much bandwidth per month his Department purchases; how much of this is burst bandwidth; what the maximum burstable rate is; what resiliency has been purchased; how many servers host the website; and what backup solution is in place.
(207633)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
360
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of men over state pension age who will be entitled to the full basic state pension in each year until 2050.
(207160)
361
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to answer Question 195735, on pensioners eligible for means-tested benefits, tabled by the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey on 17th March 2008.
(207162)
362
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the basic state pension was as a percentage of average earnings in each year since 1978.
(207203)
363
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish the Jobcentre Plus review of the sanctions regime for benefit claimants announced on 20th February.
(207161)
364
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made.
(207479)
365
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library copies of the Health and Safety Executive's retention and recruitment plans covering policy capacity when it moves to a single headquarters.
(207273)
366
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff at the Health and Safety Executive office at Rose Court, London have expressed a firm interest in relocating to a single headquarters in Bootle.
(207274)
367
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether an equality impact assessment was carried out prior to the Health and Safety Executive's proposal to move to a single headquarters.
(207275)
368
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the changes in the number of posts which will result from the Health and Safety Executive's establishment of a single headquarters.
(207276)
369
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when parents who are making child support agency payments calculated under the framework in force prior to March 2003 will have their payments recalculated under the formula which now applies.
(207085)
370
N
David Tredinnick (Bosworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to provide state pension forecasts for people expecting to retire after April 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(207084)
371
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what arrangements are in place to ensure that claimants awarded a compensatory payment for errors made by his Department are (a) notified and (b) agreed to the claimant before payment is made; and what consideration is made of the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 during this process.
(207447)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
372
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what consultations his Department has held on policies relating to smart meters over the last five years.
[Question Unstarred] (206981)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
373
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will consider the merits of introducing a criminal offence of proxy purchasing of tobacco by adults on behalf of minors.
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