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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 25 June 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Wednesday 25 June 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 25 June 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 25 June 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 Wednesday 25 June of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 25 June see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, for what reasons the UK has not signed the International Labour Organisation Convention on Homework; if he will make it his policy to sign the Convention; and if he will make a statement.
(214234)
2
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people in his Department and its predecessor worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the last five years.
(214132)
3
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what response he has made to the Italian objection to the UK application for protected designation of origin and protected geographical indication for Isle of Man Manx Loaghtan lamb.
(214154)
4
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what advice he has received on the extent to which state aid to the Post Office is permissible under EU law.
(214156)
5
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the use of goods imported by Iran since 2001 relating to the nuclear industry.
(214164)
6
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the (a) role and (b) budget is of the European Chemicals Agency.
(214167)
7
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what funding his Department has provided for the construction of carbon capture and storage demonstration plants; what discussions he has had with his G8 counterparts on construction of such plants in other G8 countries; and if he will seek to include the subject on the agenda of the forthcoming G8 summit in Japan.
(214120)
8
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the number of items of mail posted by (a) large companies, (b) domestic consumers and (c) small and medium sized enterprises in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what assessment he has made of the effects of the introduction of market competition in the postal service on each category of user.
(214141)
9
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much the Government plans to spend on renewable energy over the next 10 years.
(214200)
10
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what percentage of bio-fuels in ordinary petrol and diesel is made up of bio-fuel; and what bio-fuels are primarily being used for these purposes.
(214201)
11
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of use of biofuels in petrol and diesel on food prices.
(214202)
12
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will hold discussions with the Anglers' Conservation Association, the National Trust, the RSPB, the Salmon and Trout Association, the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, and WWF UK on the implications for the environment and wildlife of proposals to build a Severn Barrage.
(213888)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
13
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the last five years.
(214123)
14
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the end location of money underspent within the EU budget since 1997; what the sum was in each year; and whether any overspend was returned to the Exchequer.
(214163)
15
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what UK participation there will be in the TARGET2 infrastructure of the Eurozone; and what estimate he has made of the cost of any UK changeover.
(214166)
16
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will allocate some of the tax credits work due to be undertaken at St Helens HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) office to Chorley HMRC office.
(214089)
17
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account was taken of the fact that HM Revenue and Customs office in Chorley is in a purpose built building in deciding whether to close the office.
(214100)
18
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account was taken of standards of accommodation in Blackburn HM Revenue and Customs office in deciding whether to keep the office open.
(214101)
19
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will meet staff at Chorley HM Revenue and Customs office to discuss the decision to close the office.
(214102)
20
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely effects on residents of Chorley of the closure of Chorley HM Revenue and Customs office.
(214103)
21
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account was taken of current and future population growth in Chorley in the decision to close the Chorley HM Revenue and Customs office.
(214104)
22
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the HM Revenue and Customs office in Chorley was (a) originally earmarked to remain open and (b) subsequently scheduled for closure.
(214107)
23
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the performance of the HM Revenue and Customs office in Chorley against its objectives.
(214108)
24
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the decision to close the HM Revenue and Customs office in Chorley was announced on a later date than decisions to close other tax offices.
(214109)
25
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many jobs are expected to be lost if planned closures to HM Revenue and Customs offices take place in (a) Chorley and (b) the North West; and if he will make a statement.
(214117)
26
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what conclusions were reached as a result of the initial consultation and feasibility work on whether Chorley HM Revenue and Customs office should be scheduled for closure.
(214176)
27
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons (a) Bolton, (b) Blackburn and (c) St Helens HM Revenue and Customs office will now remain open.
(214177)
28
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps (a) his Department and (b) the Office of Government Commerce is taking to promote the use of project bank accounts.
(214033)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
29
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people in his Department and its predecessor worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the last five years.
(214133)
30
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of pupils in each secondary modern or equivalent school in England gained five grade A*-C GCSEs in each year since 2003.
(214028)
31
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which projects in the UK are funded under the Youth in Action programme of the European Union.
(214168)
32
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children's centres are operational in Chorley; how many are due to be opened; and how much will be spent on such centres in the next 12 months.
(214113)
33
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the effects of children's centres to local communities.
(214114)
34
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether schools are required to conduct health and safety assessments in workplaces agreeing to take pupils on work experience placements; and if he will make a statement.
(214077)
35
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) newly qualified teachers (NQTs), (b) mathematics NQTs and (c) science NQTs were teaching in secondary schools as a proportion of all teachers in each category in each of the last 10 years.
(214193)
36
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many high performing specialist schools he estimates will lose that status as a result of the changes made to the designation criteria for such schools in March 2008.
(214198)
37
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils took advanced extension awards in (a) the state sector and (b) the independent sector in each of the last five years.
(214025)
38
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of pupils taking GCSEs obtained three A*-C passes in separate science subjects in (a) the state sector and (b) the independent sector in each of the last five years.
(214026)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
39
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the standard retirement age in the Prime Minister's Office is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the last five years.
(214137)
40
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much the Cabinet Office (a) spent in each of the last three years and (b) spent in 2008-09 to date on (i) commissioning and (ii) funding the production of television programmes; what programmes these were; and which companies made them.
(213831)
41
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people were diagnosed with cancer in (a) Romford and (b) Essex in each of the last five years.
(214189)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
42
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make exceptional funding available for the provision of allotments.
(213887)
43
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what mechanisms exist to ensure that local authorities provide an adequate number of allotments.
(213890)
44
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to ask local authorities for information on local quality and quantity provision standards for allotments as referred to in Planning and Policy Guidance Note 17.
(213891)
45
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the likely effect on (a) administrative and (b) other costs if Gloucestershire was to become a unitary authority area.
(214225)
46
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the standard retirement age in her Department is; and how many people in her Department and its predecessor worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the last five years.
(214134)
47
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities had elected mayors at the latest date for which information is available.
(214115)
48
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations she has received from local authorities in Lancashire seeking to establish an elected mayoral system.
(214116)
49
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the composition of Comprehensive Performance Assessment inspector panels is when assessing (a) district authorities, (b) county councils, (c) Metropolitan authorities and (d) unitary authorities.
(214183)
50
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when Chorley Borough Council entered into partnership with NCH for delivery of the vulnerable families scheme; and what progress has been made in identifying vulnerable families in the Chorley area under the scheme.
(214203)
51
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Party Walls Act 1996 to increase the efficiency with which its provisions can be enforced.
(214149)
52
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department plans to review current planning applications and assess flood risk and flood defences in respect of any house building, as laid out in Planning Policy Statement No. 25; and if she will make a statement.
(214078)
53
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many houses, in each region are (a) in and (b) due to be built in areas of high flood risk; and if she will make a statement.
(214079)
54
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the community infrastructure levy will be chargeable upon extensions to domestic dwellings.
(213885)
55
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, by what means she plans to accelerate the planning process for eco-towns.
(213886)
56
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to make home condition reports a compulsory component of home information packs.
(213892)
57
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether houses built in eco-town developments will count towards the house building targets in the relevant local authority's core strategy.
(213894)
58
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how an increase in (a) the number of residential dwellings and (b) the local population arising from the construction of additional residential dwellings is taken into account in determining revenue support grant allocations.
(213895)
59
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department has allocated to support the development of eco-towns in the current spending review period.
(213896)
60
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of local searches being duplicated by the buyer and seller as a consequence of the introduction of home information packs.
(213920)
61
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to issue a formal response to the Carsberg review on home information packs.
(213921)
62
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the take-up rates of home condition reports as part of the voluntary element of home information packs.
(213922)
63
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effects of current housing market conditions on meeting the Government's house building targets.
(213923)
64
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities are being instructed to undertake green belt reviews as a consequence of the provisions of each regional spatial strategy.
(213924)
65
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the research used to select the local areas chosen for the housing market renewal pathfinders.
(213925)
66
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the criteria were by which each of the locations were chosen for the housing market renewal pathfinders.
(213926)
67
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to issue a (a) national policy statement and (b) planning policy statement on eco-towns.
(213927)
68
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations she has received on the repair costs borne by leaseholders as a consequence of the Decent Homes Initiative; and if she will make a statement.
(213928)
69
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what restrictions there are on physically opening windows in homes with a Level 6 Code for Sustainable Homes.
(213929)
70
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 4th June 2008, Official Report, column 983W, on eco-towns, whether regional spatial strategies will include plans for eco-town developments where the development is not supported by the local planning authority.
(213932)
71
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 6th June 2008, Official Report, column 1176W, on eco-towns, whether the (a) Maps on Taps and (b) MAGIC databases hold information on green gaps and green wedges.
(213933)
72
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 6th June 2008, Official Report, column 1176W, on eco-towns, how many hectares of greenfield development are included in each of the proposed eco-town developments.
(213938)
73
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what grounds Birmingham was added to the locations for the Housing Market Renewal pathfinders; and what role the right hon. Member for Tyneside North played in the decision as Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions.
(213942)
74
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent representations Essex County Council has made to her on the Environment Agency's flood risk assessments and their effect on development in (a) Canvey Island and (b) Essex.
(213914)
75
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which councillors are engaged in the Thames Gateway project; what positions they hold; and how much each received in expenses from the Thames Gateway organisation in each of the last three years.
(213915)
76
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much each county council spent on communications and marketing in the last year for which figures are available.
(213916)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
77
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions the Government had with (a) the London Borough of Sutton, (b) other London councils and (c) the Local Government Association on his free swimming proposals prior to his announcement of the policy.
(214121)
78
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what records he holds of viewing figures for BBC World TV in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007, broken down by country.
(213935)
79
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what records he holds on the profits derived from the broadcasting of BBC World TV in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(213936)
80
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the funding arrangements for BBC World TV.
(213937)
81
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, by what procedure local authorities will be able to apply for funds for the provision of free access to swimming pools; and what steps he is taking to ensure that there is sufficient capacity to make such provision.
(214038)
82
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the last five years.
(214131)
83
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether National Lottery outlets may be established in British overseas territories.
(214110)
84
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether funding or grants from the National Lottery may be allocated to heritage sites in British overseas territories.
(214111)
85
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the maximum per item expenditure limit for each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies is before a (a) Departmental, (b) Ministerial and (c) HM Treasury sign-off is required.
(213833)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
86
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of troop numbers required in Afghanistan in (a) 2009 and (b) each of the subsequent five years.
(213768)
87
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of all UK military operations in Afghanistan has been since 2007.
(213769)
88
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the last five years.
(214130)
89
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 17th June 2008, Official Report, column 849W, on berths, if he will list those berths with safety plans in place as specified in the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2001 which are available to nuclear powered submarines in (a) the UK and (b) overseas.
(213950)
90
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 5th June 2006, Official Report, column 44W, on nuclear submarines, what role his Department has played in the formulation of safety plans for berths as specified under the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2001.
(213951)
91
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many appointments of one star and above there are within the EU military command structure.
(214150)
92
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the role of the military staff of the European Union is; and what UK contribution there is to that staff.
(214151)
93
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Portsmouth South of 5th June 2008, Official Report, column 1062W, on nuclear disarmament, what (a) structure and (b) timetable he plans to establish for the technical conference of P5 nuclear laboratories on the verification of nuclear disarmament.
(214002)
94
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when a decision will be made on the company which will construct the (a) Hawk advanced jet trainer and (b) Typhoon tranche 3; and where each will be manufactured.
(214088)
95
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what timetable he has put in place for awarding the contract for the future provision of the airbridge to the Falkland Islands.
(214090)
96
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which organisation operates the flights on the Falkland Islands airbridge.
(214091)
97
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many tenders his Department has received for the new contract to provide the Falkland Islands airbridge.
(214092)
98
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many airbridge flights to the Falkland Islands there were each week in each of the last three years; and how many flights per week he expects under the new contract to provide the service.
(214093)
99
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many C17 aircraft are operated by the Royal Air Force; and how many of those are (a) leased and (b) owned by the Royal Air Force.
(214094)
100
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many heavy lift aircraft have been hired by the armed forces in the last three years, broken down by aircraft type.
(214095)
101
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many C130 aircraft are operated by the Royal Air Force; and what proportion of these are owned by the Royal Air Force.
(214096)
102
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12th June 2008, Official Report, column 424W, on Suez: Navy, on what basis his Department's historic Royal Navy personnel records are organised.
(214097)
103
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average occupancy rate on a Falkland Islands airbridge flight was in (a) 2008, (b) 2007, (c) 2006 and (d) 2005; and what proportion of such occupancy was accounted for by (i) military and (ii) non-military passengers.
(214098)
104
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel from each country were serving in the International Security Assistance Force at the latest date for which information is available.
(214140)
105
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many regiments have been based in the North West over the last three years; and how many are planned to be based there in the next three years.
(214211)
106
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have been recruited to the armed forces from each region in the United Kingdom in the last three years.
(214212)
107
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which regiments (a) have and (b) have not conducted operational tours in the last five years.
(214213)
108
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of Army service personnel have not performed frontline duty during their service.
(214214)
109
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contribution his Department has made to (a) the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and (b) training Lebanese armed forces since August 2006.
(214034)
110
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance on counter-terrorism his Department has provided to the Lebanese army since August 2006.
(214035)
111
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department last reviewed the level of its contribution to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.
(214036)
112
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, under which vehicle category the Husky mine detection/clearance vehicle falls; and under what conditions it is classed as a C vehicle.
(213983)
113
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much training time for future officers at Sandhurst comprises counter-insurgency tactics and operations.
(213984)
114
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much training time for (a) regulars and (b) Territorial Army personnel on pre-deployment to theatre is given to counter-insurgency tactics and operations.
(213985)
115
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) ventilation and (b) cooling systems other than air conditioning are incorporated into the Panther Command and Liaison vehicle.
(213986)
116
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Panther Command and Liaison vehicle has (a) flaps and (b) windows which open to allow ventilation.
(213987)
117
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether supplies of the 4-wheeled Cougar vehicle, when converted to a Ridgback, will be sent to theatre in batches immediately they are available.
(213988)
118
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to replace the Snatch Land Rover with another vehicle of similar size and capacity.
(213989)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
119
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, of 2nd April 2008, Official Report, columns 913-4W, on bovine tuberculosis, what progress he has made in his consideration of the conclusions of the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle Tuberculosis on the potential role of badger culling in controlling tuberculosis in cattle.
(214175)
120
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to improve biosecurity.
(213192)
121
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to increase public understanding of biosecurity.
(213193)
122
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assistance the Common Agricultural Policy provides for production of (a) biofuels and (b) tobacco; and if he will estimate the hectarage given over to each crop in the EU in the latest year for which figures are available.
(213934)
123
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's policy is on the adoption of different measures to manage (a) biosecurity and (b) biosafety threats.
(214222)
124
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for the management of which (a) endemic and (b) exotic animal disease threats his Department has developed a specific strategy.
(214223)
125
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the scientific evidence relating to badger to cattle transmission of bovine tuberculosis evaluated by his Department in the last 10 years.
(214224)
126
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what procedures are in place for the Environment Agency to co-ordinate catchment flood management plans with river basin management and the EU Water Framework Directive, with particular reference to policy on land use changes.
(214230)
127
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding has been provided to implement each Catchment Flood Management Plan.
(214231)
128
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Environment Agency on its six policy choices for the Catchment Flood Management Plan; and what guidance the Agency has provided on the suitability of policy choices for particular areas.
(214232)
129
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the modelling of the Environment Agency on individual Catchment Flood Management Plans is available for consultation by the public.
(214233)
130
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on EU targets on levels of biofuels use in the EU, with particular reference to their effect on food prices and food security in the EU.
(213846)
131
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the last five years.
(214129)
132
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will compensate beekeepers who lose their livelihoods as a result of declining bee populations.
(214029)
133
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will estimate the costs and benefits stated in the final impact assessment of the Climate Change Bill with reference to the (a) highest and (b) lowest interest rate used in the Stern Review.
(213830)
134
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department will publish noise maps for major roads in England as required in the EU Environmental Noise Directive; and which roads in (a) Hampshire and (b) Basingstoke constituency will be mapped.
(213949)
135
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the public consultation will be held on noise maps developed to meet the requirements of the Environmental Noise (England) Regulations 2006 and Directive 2002/49/EC on environmental noise; and how the consultation will be conducted.
(213981)
136
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on a consultation to develop a national noise strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(213982)
137
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the position of the Government is on proposed changes to EU rules for approval and use of pesticides.
(214162)
138
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure flood defences are maintained on a regular basis; and if he will make a statement.
(214080)
139
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that adequate flood defences are in place before new housing is built in areas at risks from flooding; and if he will make a statement.
(214081)
140
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the use of section 106 agreements to ensure flood defence problems caused by new developments are resolved and funded by developers; and if he will make a statement.
(214082)
141
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect that Planning Policy Statement No. 25 has had on the development of housing in areas of high flood risk; and if he will make a statement.
(214083)
142
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of flooding where the Rivers Vyrnwy and Severn meet in the Llandrinio area; and if he will make a statement.
(214084)
143
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Environmental Agency's proposals to allow more flooding in the Llandrinio area as a flood mitigation measure for those living down stream; and if he will make a statement.
(214085)
144
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is compulsory for fishing boats off the English coast to use pingers to deter cetaceans and other sea life.
(213901)
145
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he was first informed that wing tagging and web tagging procedures may only be carried out by veterinary surgeons; and if he will make a statement.
(214235)
146
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on conservation programmes of veterinary surgeons being the only persons able to carry out wing tagging and web tagging procedures; and if he will make a statement.
(214236)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
147
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to support the government of Mahmoud Abbas; and if he will make a statement.
(214048)
148
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many notifiable offences were committed by foreign diplomats based in London in 2007, broken down by (a) offence and (b) country of diplomatic status; and if he will make a statement.
(214049)
149
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many notifiable offences were committed by British diplomats based abroad in 2007, broken down by (a) offence and (b) country; and if he will make a statement.
(214050)
150
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department, (c) officials in his Department, (d) the British Ambassador to Egypt and (e) officials in the British Embassy in Egypt have had with the government of Egypt on the trafficking of (i) weapons and (ii) people into Gaza from Egypt via under-border tunnels; what response was received; what reports he has received on the number of tunnels between Gaza and Egypt that have been (A) discovered and (B) closed; and if he will make a statement.
(214051)
151
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK citizens, broken down by (a) sex and (b) age were (i) injured and (ii) killed in Egypt as a result of terrorist activity in each of the last 10 years; what discussions he has had with the government of Egypt about improving security in Egypt for British tourists during the last 12 months; what response was received; and if he will make a statement.
(214052)
152
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken since January 2008 to secure the release of the Israeli soldiers kidnapped by (a) Hamas and (b) Hezbollah in June and July 2006; what representations he has received since January 2008 about this issue; what response he gave; and if he will make a statement.
(214053)
153
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to Iran since January 2008 on using its influence to try to secure the release of the Israeli soldiers kidnapped by (a) Hamas and (b) Hezbollah in June and July 2006; what representations he has received since January 2008 about this issue; what response he gave; and if he will make a statement.
(214054)
154
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take steps at the United Nations to seek to secure the release of the Israeli soldiers kidnapped by (i) Hamas and (ii) Hezbollah in June and July 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(214055)
155
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have had with (i) governments of Arab states and (ii) the government of Israel to secure the release of the Israeli soldiers kidnapped by (A) Hamas and (B) Hezbollah in June and July 2006; what response was received from each; and if he will make a statement.
(214056)
156
N
Mr William Cash (Stone): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to ratify the Treaty of Lisbon; what the procedure for ratification is; and when UK ratification will come into effect.
(213818)
157
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the recent conflict on the Eritrea-Djiboti border; what assessment he has made of the effects of the conflict on the prospects for (a) peace in the Horn of Africa and (b) a durable settlement between Ethiopia and Eritrea; and if he will make a statement.
(214226)
158
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the South African government on instances of violence against foreigners in that country; and if he will make a statement.
(214227)
159
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Czech government on its policy on the Lisbon Treaty.
(214228)
160
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions has he had with President Karzai of Afghanistan on pursuing Taliban insurgents in Pakistani territory.
(214229)
161
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on bringing pressure to bear on the Zimbabwe government to conduct free and fair elections.
(213842)
162
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on the conduct of British Council activities in Russia.
(213844)
163
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on bringing pressure to bear on the Zimbabwe government to conduct free and fair elections.
(213845)
164
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the last five years.
(214128)
165
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the instruments of ratification required under Article 6 of the Treaty of Lisbon are; when the Government plans to deposit the instruments of ratification with the depositary in Rome; and if he will make a statement.
(213841)
166
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who the European Union special representatives in post are.
(214153)
167
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what EU assistance is provided for the Guinea-Bissau security structure.
(214165)
168
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on (a) commissioning and (b) funding the production of television programmes (i) in each of the last three years and (ii) in 2008-09 to date; what programmes these were; and which companies made them.
(213832)
169
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which territories his Department considers as having being occupied at some time since 1954 for the purposes of the draft Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill; and for what period in each case.
(213834)
170
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which territories his Department considers to be occupied for the purposes of the draft Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill.
(213835)
171
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the situation of the Christian minority communities in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(213899)
172
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to promote religious tolerance in other contries in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(213906)
173
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received of incidents of the persecution of Christians in other countries on the grounds of apostasy during the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(213907)
174
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has raised the issue of the persecution of Chinese Christians with the Chinese authorities during the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(213908)
175
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the number of refugee camps in Darfur where the UN-AU hybrid force does not have a presence; and if he will make a statement.
(214147)
176
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the government of Sudan's compliance with the Status of Forces Agreement for the UN-AU hybrid force in Darfur; and if he will make a statement.
(214148)
177
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to ensure that the government of Sudan complies with the provisions of the Abyei Protocol.
(214170)
178
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government supports proposals for a permanent UN military and civilian presence in the Abyei region of Sudan.
(214199)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
179
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria are used by the Commission for Social Care Inspection to judge the performance of care homes; how many (a) care homes, (b) residential homes and (c) nursing homes in (i) Southend, (ii) Essex and (iii) England were ordered to close in each of the last five years; and for what reason in each case.
(214039)
180
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has (a) taken and (b) plans to take to prevent elder abuse; what recent discussions he has had with the Commission for Social Care Inspection on this issue; and if he will make a statement.
(214040)
181
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation covers the care provided to residents in care homes for the elderly; what changes are planned during the next 12 months; how his Department currently enforces these obligations; what representations he has received since January 2007 on this legislation; and if he will make a statement.
(214041)
182
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will (a) introduce and (b) support an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill extending the Abortion Act 1967 to Northern Ireland; what representations he has received from hon. and right hon. Members wishing to extend the provisions of the Abortion Act 1967 to Northern Ireland; what response he gave; and if he will make a statement.
(214042)
183
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003; what amendments have been made to this Act since receiving Royal Assent; and what amendments are planned during the next 12 months.
(214043)
184
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average period of employment for a Commission for Social Care Inspection inspector was in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) the most recent period available in 2008.
(214044)
185
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) inspectors and (b) full-time equivalent inspectors were employed by the Commission for Social Care Inspection in each year since 2004, broken down by (i) age and (ii) sex.
(214045)
186
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) private, (b) public and (c) voluntary sector care homes for the elderly in (i) Southend and (ii) Essex were inspected by the Commission for Social Care Inspection in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(214046)
187
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) title, (b) date of issue and (c) consultation period was of each document issued for consultation by the Commission for Social Care Inspection in each year since its creation; if he will place copies of each in the Library; how members of the public may obtain copies; at what cost; and if he will make a statement.
(214058)
188
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department is monitoring the implementation of the Abortion Act 1967; and if he will make a statement.
(214059)
189
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the abortion rate per 1,000 women aged (a) 19, (b) 18, (c) 17, (d) 16, (e) 15, (f) 14 and (g) under 14 years was in 2007; and what forecast he has made of the rate in each of the next 10 years.
(214060)
190
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what files his Department holds on (a) the Abortion (Rights of Ancillary Workers) Bill of Session 1988-89, (b) the Abortion (Right of Conscience) Bill of Session 1988-89 and (c) the Abortion (Amendment of Grounds) Bill of Session 1988-89; and if he will make a statement.
(214061)
191
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) budget and (b) staffing complement, broken down by (i) sex, (ii) age and (iii) grade of the Commission for Social Care Inspection was in each year since 2002.
(214062)
192
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance is issued by (a) his Department and (b) the Commission for Social Care Inspection to care homes on the prevention of elder abuse; what recent representations he has received about elder abuse; and if he will make a statement.
(214063)
193
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women aged (a) under 16, (b) 16 to 18, (c) 19 to 24, (d) 25 to 29, (e) 30 to 34, (f) 35 to 39 and (g) over 40 years of age in (i) Essex Strategic Health Authority and (ii) England who had an abortion in 2007 had (A) no children, (B) one child, (C) two children, (D) three children, (E) four children and (F) five or more children.
(214064)
194
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions were carried out at each week of gestation (a) between four and 17 weeks and (b) from 22 weeks in 2007, broken down by (i) age of mother, (ii) area of residency of mother, (iii) grounds for abortion, (iv) marital status of mother, (v) number of previous children and (vi) number of previous abortions; and how many and what percentage of those abortions were performed in the (A) public and (B) private sectors.
(214065)
195
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which 10 primary care organisations had the (a) highest and (b) lowest abortion rates in England per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 years in 2007.
(214066)
196
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions have been performed under the Abortion Act 1967, as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; and how many and what percentage were performed (a) to save the life of the mother and (b) where the child would have been seriously disabled in each year for which figures are available.
(214067)
197
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women in (a) Essex Strategic Health Authority and (b) England and Wales had an abortion in 2007 who had already had (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three, (iv) four, (v) five, (vi) six, (vii) seven, (viii) eight, (ix) nine and (x) 10 or more previous abortions.
(214068)
198
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the availability of the morning-after pill on the abortion rate in England; and if he will make a statement.
(214069)
199
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department (a) has commissioned, (b) plans to commission and (c) has evaluated on the reasons for trends in the abortion rate in England in 2006 and 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(214070)
200
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinics are registered to perform abortions in (a) Southend and (b) Essex; whether they receive public funding to carry out these procedures; and if he will make a statement.
(214071)
201
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the abortion rates among girls aged under (a) 18 and (b) 16 years were in 2007, broken down by region.
(214072)
202
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions were performed in (a) Southend and (b) Essex in 2007, broken down by (a) age of the woman, (b) grounds of the abortion and (c) gestation of the pregnancy.
(214073)
203
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department (a) has commissioned, (b) plans to commission and (c) has evaluated on the levels of abuse of older people who are (i) resident in care homes and (ii) suffering from dementia; what recent representations he has received on the issue; and if he will make a statement.
(214075)
204
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which 10 primary care organisations had the (a) highest and (b) lowest abortion rates in England per 1,000 women aged (i) under 16, (ii) 17, (iii) 18, (iv) 19, (v) 20 and (vi) 21 years in 2007.
(214076)
205
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent NHS general dental practitioners there are in York; and how many there were in each of the last two years.
(213909)
206
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of the (a) adult and (b) child population of (i) the North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust area, (ii) East Riding of Yorkshire Primary Care Trust area and (iii) England was registered with a dental practitioner in 2007.
(213910)
207
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) adults and (b) children are registered with NHS general dental practices in York; and how many were registered at York practices in each year since 1997.
(213911)
208
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on NHS general dental services in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) York in (i) cash and (ii) real terms in each of the last 10 years.
(213912)
209
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average remuneration of a full-time equivalent NHS general dental practitioner is in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) York; and what it was in (i) cash and (ii) real terms in each of the last 10 years.
(213913)
210
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people aged (a) under 16, (b) 17 to 25, (c) 26 to 45, (d) 46 to 65 and (e) 66 years or over who smoke on a regular basis, broken down by sex; what proportion of the total population of each age group these figures represent; and what the equivalent figures were in (i) 2003 and (ii) 1998.
(213918)
211
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged (a) under 16, (b) 17 to 25, (c) 26 to 45, (d) 46 to 65 and (e) 66 years and over have sought assistance from smoking cessation clinics in the latest period for which figures are available.
(213919)
212
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of patients who experienced serious side effects as a direct consequence of taking prescribed medicines in the last period for which figures are available and (b) cost to the NHS of dealing with this problem.
(213992)
213
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the last five years.
(214127)
214
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which programmes are being funded in the UK under the EU Programme of Community Action in the field of health.
(214158)
215
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects on public health of altering the operation of Greenwich Mean Time and British Summer Time.
(214086)
216
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of patients admitted to hospital in (a) Chorley and (b) the North-West needed treatment for excess drinking in each of the last three years.
(214118)
217
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on levels of (i) childhood obesity and (ii) children's levels of exercise; and what benchmarking his Department has done of the results of such research against equivalent figures for other European countries.
(214173)
218
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for hospital treatment was in (a) Chorley, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(214178)
219
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioner surgeries there were in the Peterborough City Council area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(214215)
220
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which decisions on hospitals scheduled for closure were referred to him in each of the last five years; and how many decisions were not upheld.
(213944)
221
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many sex change operations were performed in London in each of the last five years.
(214179)
222
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients resident in the London Borough of Havering have been referred to a private hospital for an operation in the last three years.
(214180)
223
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the financial position of Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust; and if he will make a statement.
(214181)
224
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data his Department collects on levels of obesity on a regional basis; and what estimate he has made of obesity levels amongst children in London in each of the last five years.
(214182)
225
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the GP to patient ratio within Havering Primary Care Trust was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(214184)
226
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many under 25 year-olds were admitted to hospital in London for alcohol-related illness in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(214185)
227
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints were (a) made and (b) upheld (i) at local level and (ii) by the Health Service Commissioner arising from services provided by University College Hospital in each of the last five years.
(214186)
228
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the Core Standards for Better Health were met by University College Hospital in the most recent period for which information is available; and which of the standards the hospital did not meet in that period.
(214187)
229
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals in London met each of the Core Standards for Better Health in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(214188)
230
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the per capita public expenditure on cancer care within Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(214190)
231
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for radiotherapy treatment in Havering Primary Care Trust.
(214194)
232
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists were employed in the London Borough of Havering in each of the last three years.
(214195)
233
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding Havering Primary Care Trust received for NHS dental provision in each of the last three years.
(214196)
234
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were treated for (a) gunshot and (b) knife wounds at hospitals in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(214197)
235
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms his Department has put in place to enable patients to provide feedback on their experience of local NHS services.
(214206)
236
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, to what extent his Department liaises with local authorities on the provision of bus routes serving NHS facilities.
(214207)
237
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th June 2008, Official Report, columns 523-4W, on HIV infection, how many diagnoses (a) as HIV positive and (b) of AIDS there have been in Sandwell in the last (i) 30 years and (ii) 12 months.
(214146)
238
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many haemophiliacs infected with HIV through contaminated blood products administered to them under NHS treatment (a) are still alive and (b) were still alive in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001, (iii) 2002, (iv) 2003, (v) 2004, (vi) 2005, (vii) 2006 and (viii) 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(213515)
239
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans National Health Service Blood and Transplant has to relocate cord blood collection sites to Bristol; and if he will make a statement.
(213994)
240
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many units of cord blood collected by the NHS Cord Blood bank since 2005 were not suitable for clinical use.
(213995)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
241
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 18th June 2008, Official Report, column 967W, on the British Nationality (Honorary Citizenship) Bill, if she will place in the Library a copy of the file; and if she will make a statement.
(214047)
242
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the mandatory retirement age in her Department is; and how many people were allowed to work beyond the mandatory retirement age in each of the last five years.
(214126)
243
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10th December 2007, Official Report, column 82W, on entry clearances: EU enlargement, what her policy is on Case C-16/05 of the European Court of Justice, 2007/C269/09, with particular reference to the consequences of the judgment for policy formulation.
(214152)
244
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what UK participation there will be in the Schengen Information System II programme.
(214157)
245
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what UK participation there will be in the expanded Eurojust programme.
(214160)
246
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what categories of information are to be shared between member states following Council Recommendation 2007/562/EC and subsequent related decisions, with particular regard to personal data; and for what reason this agreement was reached at EU rather than Interpol level.
(214161)
247
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many students participating in the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme did not return to their country of origin at the end of their placement under the scheme in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(213948)
248
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what account is taken of students visiting the UK from outside the EU on a six month visitor visa for immigration statistics purposes; and if she will make a statement.
(213996)
249
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which public bodies are entitled to request the right to intercept individuals' emails and correspondence; and if she will make a statement.
(213902)
250
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what use the UK Border Agency will make of data collected during biometric fingerprint checks at airports.
(214145)
251
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers are based in (a) Rhyl and (b) Colwyn Bay, broken down by rank.
(214142)
252
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU nationals deported from the UK were prohibited from return for a fixed period in each of the last five years.
(213917)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
253
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the statue of Oliver Cromwell outside Parliament will be restored before the 350th anniversary of Cromwell's death.
(214144)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
254
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what recent steps the Government has taken to increase the use of innovation in business.
(213191)
255
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age since his Department was established.
(214138)
256
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which programmes are being funded in the UK under the EU Erasmus Mundus programme.
(214159)
257
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what account the Higher Education Funding Council for England will take of areas of rapid population expansion in considering the location of 20 new universities.
(214006)
258
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many military apprenticeships were (a) undertaken and (b) completed in North Yorkshire in each of the last three years.
(213991)
259
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to support space science.
(213939)
260
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many (a) undergraduates and (b) postgraduates were studying (i) science, (ii) technology, (iii) engineering and (iv) mathematics at English universities in each of the last five years.
(214003)
261
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many foundation degree courses in English institutions were previously on offer as higher national certificates and higher national diplomas.
(214004)
262
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was spent on (a) maintenance grants, (b) student loans, and (c) teaching costs for students at English universities who did not complete their studies in the most recent 12 months, broken down by (i) UK-domiciled undergraduates, (ii) EU-domiciled undergraduates, (iii) international undergraduates, (iv) UK-domiciled postgraduates, (v) EU-domiciled postgraduates and (vi) international postgraduates.
(214005)
263
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many students dropped out of each UK university in each of the last 10 years, broken down by subject studied.
(214023)
264
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, whether any personal information held by the University and Colleges Admissions Service is sold for commercial use.
(214024)
265
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many students in each socio-economic group have left university without completing their course in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) age, (b) sex and (c) institution.
(214027)
266
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of university courses for which foundation degrees are not accepted as a basis for entry.
(214169)
267
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the Government's policy is on permitting medical students with a first degree from a UK institution to defer payment of up-front tuition fees.
(213893)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
268
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans his Department has to assist Zimbabwe in reconstruction when stability is re-established.
(214191)
269
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the potential of concentrating solar power technology to assist the fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goals in the Middle East and North Africa.
(213843)
270
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the last five years.
(214125)
271
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will hold discussions with his G8 counterparts to seek an increase in their funding of development assistance; and if he will make a statement.
(214139)
272
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid has been provided by his Department for members of Iraq's Christian minority who have fled the conflict in Iraq in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(213900)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
273
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people in his Department and its predecessor worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the last five years.
(214135)
274
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he will take to ensure that a balance is achieved between the need to protect witnesses in the prosecution of dangerous criminals and the defendant's rights when considering new legislation on witness anonymity.
(214106)
275
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to introduce legislation on witness anonymity; if he will make it his policy to ensure that such anonymity remains an option in certain circumstances; and what his policy is regarding witnesses who are (a) children, (b) members of the security services and (c) police informants.
(214112)
276
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent from the public purse on security measures at residences of judges in the last five years.
(214031)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
277
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations he has received since January 2008 from hon. and right hon. Members wishing to extend the Abortion Act 1967 to Northern Ireland; what response he gave; and if he will make a statement.
(214057)
278
N
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the security situation in Northern Ireland.
(212766)
Questions to the Prime Minister
279
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley): To ask the Prime Minister, what the evidential basis is for his statement on 18th June 2008, Official Report, column 942, that the right hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam opposed winter allowances when they were introduced.
(213889)
Questions to the Solicitor General
280
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Solicitor General, how many cases of (a) sexual and (b) racial harassment have been brought against her Department in each year since 1997; and what sum of payments resulted from such cases in each year.
(214216)
281
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Solicitor General, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 21st May 2008, Official Report, columns 28-30WS, on DNA profiles: disk inquiry, what disciplinary action has been taken against staff; against whom it has been taken; and what other management action and internal procedural changes have been put in place to prevent a similar occurrence in the future.
(213817)
282
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Solicitor General, how many Crown Prosecution Service personnel are employed in (a) Rhyl and (b) Colwyn Bay.
(214143)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
283
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will hold discussions with European Union partners on the introduction of common enforcement measures for unpaid (a) parking and (b) traffic fines incurred in respect of vehicles registered in another member state; and if she will make a statement.
(213946)
284
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will reduce the period within which a vehicle registered overseas and brought to Great Britain must be registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.
(213947)
285
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many parking tickets were issued by each local authority in respect of foreign registered vehicles in the last 12 months; how many were paid; and if she will make a statement.
(213977)
286
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much local authorities have failed to collect in respect of parking fines levied on vehicles registered overseas in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement.
(213978)
287
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will examine the introduction of a system of registration for foreign registered vehicles brought to Great Britain to prevent avoidance of (a) parking and (b) traffic offence fines; and if she will make a statement.
(213979)
288
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what mechanisms exist to enable the recovery of (a) parking and (b) traffic fines incurred in respect of foreign registered vehicles from the owners or registered keepers of the vehicles; and if she will make a statement.
(213980)
289
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what procedures there are for schools to apply for a 20 mph limit on the roads around their locations.
(213897)
290
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timescale is for First Great Western to work through its notice to improve; and whether the criteria for improvement include the number of journeys where trains have been replaced by bus or taxi.
(213898)
291
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the standard retirement age in her Department is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the last five years.
(214124)
292
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the likely effects on the incidence of death and serious injury on the roads of altering the operation of Greenwich Mean Time and British Summer Time.
(214087)
293
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will take steps to ensure an increase in the (a) number of trains stopping per day and (b) number of carriages per train stopping at (i) Chorley and (ii) Adlington.
(214099)
294
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the effect on the UK car manufacturing sector of policy on cars designated for ministerial use, with particular reference to the proportion of such cars manufactured (a) in and (b) outside the UK.
(214204)
295
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance her Department provides on the provision of hot food and drink at motorway service areas (MSAs); whether MSA operators are required to provide hot food and drink for 24 hours a day; and what guidance her Department provides to operators on prices of food and drinks at MSAs.
(214208)
296
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance her Department provides on the (a) provision and (b) cleanliness of public toilets at motorway service areas.
(214209)
297
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance her Department provides to motorway service area (MSA) operators on the provision of automated teller machines which do not charge for cash withdrawals; if she will hold discussions with MSA operators to seek an increase in the number of free-of-charge machines at MSAs; and if she will make a statement.
(214210)
298
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance her Department and its agencies have issued on the level of use and the suitability of noise retardant material to resurface (a) A roads and (b) residential roads.
(214192)
299
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents involving foreign-registered lorries there were in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available.
(213940)
300
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many drivers of foreign-registered lorries have been prosecuted for exceeding limitations on driving hours in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available.
(213941)
301
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether her Department supports training for the HGV industry on the efficient use of fuel.
(213943)
302
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate has been made of the cost of the effect on road infrastructure of the journeys made by non-UK-registered heavy goods vehicles in the latest period for which figures are available.
(213945)
303
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what change there has been in levels of traffic congestion in the 10 largest urban areas of England in the last three years.
(214030)
304
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the cost per mile of electrifying the rail network.
(214032)
305
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent by Network Rail on litter collection from land for which it is the responsible authority in each year since 2002.
(213903)
306
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether her Department monitors Network Rail's performance in fulfilling its duty under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to remove litter from the railway network; and if she will make a statement.
(213904)
307
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cases Network Rail have brought to a magistrates' court under the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 on litter and fly-tipping in each year since 2002.
(213905)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
308
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, pursuant to the Answer of 19th June 2008, Official Report, column 1071, on equal pay, which local authorities (a) have implemented pay reviews, (b) are currently undertaking pay reviews and (c) are yet to start pay reviews; and if she will make a statement.
(213930)
309
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, pursuant to the Answer of 19th June 2008, Official Report, column 1071, on equal pay, which local authorities have received capitalisation directions; how much each received; and if she will make a statement.
(213931)
310
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what the standard retirement age in the Government Equalities Office is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age since the Office's inception.
(214136)
311
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what recent discussions she has had with businesses on the elimination of gender discrimination in the workplace.
(214119)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
312
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much pension credit has cost to administer in each year since October 2003.
(213998)
313
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people made a claim for backdating of pension credit of (a) nine to 12 months, (b) six to nine months, (c) three to six months, (d) one to three months and (e) less than one month in each year since October 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(213999)
314
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost saving from the proposed reduction in the maximum period for claiming backdated pension credit from 12 to three months; and if he will make a statement.
(214000)
315
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid in pension credit to pensioners in each year since October 2003.
(214001)
316
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the last five years.
(214122)
317
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 15th May 2007, Official Report, columns 643-4W, on the New Deal 50 plus, how many participants there were on the New Deal 50 Plus in each month since September 2006; how many participants there have been on each other New Deal programme since the inception of each; and how many of these were completing each course for the (a) first, (b) second, (c) third and (d) fourth or more time.
(213847)
318
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 24th April 2007, Official Report, columns 1095-6W, on New Deal schemes, if he will provide equivalent figures for (a) the New Deal for Disabled People and (b) each other New Deal programme for each month since August 2006.
(213848)
319
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, columns 484-8W, on the New Deal for Young People, if he will provide equivalent figures for (a) the New Deal for Young People and (b) each other New Deal programme for each month since November 2006.
(213849)
320
Phil Wilson (Sedgefield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people used the Post Office card account for the payment of benefits and pensions in Sedgefield constituency in 2007-08.
(213993)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
321
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what support the Government is providing towards obtaining orders for the Hawk advanced jet trainer from (a) Singapore, (b) India, (c) Norway and (d) Japan.
[Transferred] (214205)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
322
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average time for new applications for child benefit to be processed was in the last period for which figures are available; what assessment he has made of trends in the average time; how many applicants have not had their child benefit payments activated; and what estimate he has made of the amount outstanding for payment.
[Transferred] (213997)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
323
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many girls under the age of 17 (a) gave birth and (b) had an abortion in (i) Essex and (ii) England in 2007.
[Transferred] (214074)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
324
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much European Union state aid was provided to tobacco producers in the latest period for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (214155)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
325
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon troops to prevent Hezbollah re-arming.
[Transferred] (214037)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
326
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will initiate a review of legislation on local authority monitoring of piercing businesses from 2010.
[Transferred] (214105)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
327
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether an agricultural policy is being established in Afghanistan under the command of (a) the International Security Assistance Force and (b) any other organisation; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (213990)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
328
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland First Minister on Government funding of the Northern Ireland Executive.
[Question Unstarred] (212551)

 
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