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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 16 October 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 Thursday 16 October 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 16 October 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 16 October of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Thursday 16 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 16 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many powers of entry have been (a) introduced and (b) abolished by legislation introduced by his Department since 1997.
(228042)
2
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many inspectors were employed by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228092)
3
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the cost was of (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy to his Department in 2007-08.
(228151)
4
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assistance his Department makes available to help rural businesses meet energy bills.
(227739)
5
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the volume of UK-Sudan trade was in each of the last five years.
(228207)
6
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the volume of trade between the UK and Somalia was in each of the last five years.
(228208)
7
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many UK-based companies have investments in Colombia.
(228209)
8
Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether he has had discussions with representatives of citizens' advice bureaux to discuss potential closures of citizens' advice bureaux; and if he will make a statement.
(227964)
9
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent representations he has received on increasing the number of bank holidays.
(227730)
10
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment the Better Regulation Executive has made of the effect on the food supplements industry of setting maximum permitted levels under the Food Supplements Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(227890)
11
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps he is taking to promote the interests of UK manufacturers of specialist food supplements and herbal remedies within the European Union.
(227891)
12
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many post offices situated within the secure areas of military establishments have been closed or are scheduled for closure as part of the Post Office Network Change programme; and if he will list their locations.
(227358)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
13
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total cost was of Government in the UK, including local government, in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(227883)
14
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what net revenue was generated in 2007-08 from excise duty on (a) petrol, (b) diesel and (c) red diesel.
(227884)
15
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's overall potential financial liability is as a result of the measures taken to support the British banking system in the last 12 months.
(227886)
16
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely extent of nationalisation of the British banking system which will be necessary.
(227994)
17
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many powers of entry have been established in legislation introduced by his Department since 1997; and how many have been abolished.
(228060)
18
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many inspectors were employed by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228095)
19
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was of (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy to his Department in 2007-08.
(228161)
20
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the average financial effect on seafarers if the seafarers' earnings deduction is removed.
(228223)
21
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the decision of HM Revenue and Customs to remove the seafarers' earnings deduction.
(228224)
22
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department last reviewed the notional cost of capital used in departmental resource accounts; what recent estimate he has made of the difference between the notional cost and the actual cost of financing Government borrowing; and when he plans next to review the notional cost used.
(227912)
23
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, from which budgets capital was made available to (a) support and (b) invest in banks; what considerations were given to presenting a Bill to put the provision of money to banks on a specific legislative footing; and if he will publish on his Departmental website the minutes of meetings held with chief executives and other senior executives from banks and Treasury Ministers, officials and Financial Services Authority officials since 1st September 2008.
(227919)
24
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it a condition of British banks being in receipt of financial support from public funds that they permit the release of land being landbanked for early use for housebuilding.
(227921)
25
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what directions he has given to the Financial Services Authority to improve and make more transparent securitisation and credit default swaps markets.
(227923)
26
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will direct his appointees as non-executive directors on the boards of banks in receipt of recapitalisation from the public purse to establish lending rules which prohibit the provision of sub-prime mortgages; and if he will instruct the Financial Services Authority to oversee implementation of this instruction.
(227924)
27
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will instruct the non-executive appointees to the boards of banks in receipt of funding from the public purse to enforce a carbon audit of the investments made by their banks; and if he will make it a condition of recapitalisation of banks that they minimise their investments in and loans to projects involved with high levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
(227925)
28
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has considered the merits of setting up a compensation scheme to assist mortgage holders facing negative equity as a result of the mis-selling of mortgages by banks.
(227926)
29
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on advertising in each of the last five years.
(227604)
30
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) benefit expenditure, (b) balance, (c) surplus above one-sixth of annual benefit expenditure and (d) revenue of the National Insurance Fund was in each year since 1997.
(227663)
31
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Government has borrowed from the National Insurance Fund to pay for non-national insurance-funded programmes in each year since 1997.
(227664)
32
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many repossessions have been (a) sought and (b) secured by Northern Rock in each (i) week and (ii) month since May 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(227726)
33
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff employed by the Financial Services Authority were paid over £100,000 including bonuses in the last year for which figures are available.
(227665)
34
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the pay scales (a) before and (b) after bonuses are of staff employed by the Financial Services Authority earning above £100,000.
(227666)
35
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total remuneration package is of each of the directors of the Financial Services Authority.
(227667)
36
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employees of the Financial Services Authority were paid bonuses in the last 12 months.
(227668)
37
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) people and (b) full-time equivalent staff have been employed by the Financial Services Authority in each year since it was established.
(227669)
38
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding between HM Revenue and Customs, Guernsey Port and the Government of Guernsey which establishes the conditions for participation in the scheme to allow low value consignment relief from value added tax for imports of products to the United Kingdom from Guernsey; and what assessment he has made of the applicability of that scheme to products which (a) contain illegal ingredients and (b) about which claims are made which would be illegal were the products to have been placed on the United Kingdom market.
(227746)
39
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding between HM Revenue and Customs, Jersey Port and the Government of Jersey which establishes the conditions for participation in the scheme to allow value consignment relief from value added tax for imports of products to the United Kingdom from Jersey; and what assessment he has made of the applicability of that scheme to products which (a) contain illegal ingredients and (b) about which claims are made which would be illegal were the products to have been placed on the United Kingdom market.
(227747)
40
N
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to provide a substantive response to Question 222243, on taxation of mobility scooters, tabled on 21st July 2008.
(227545)
41
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will remove the negative control which has been placed on the assets of Landsbanki in the UK.
(227454)
42
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 8th October, Official Report, column 800W, on bank notes: visually impaired, if he will introduce paper currency with marks identifiable by touch to assist visually impaired individuals.
(227609)
43
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking in association with his international counterparts to extend financial regulation to tax havens.
(227967)
44
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to take steps to protect commercial depositors in the event of a bank collapsing.
(227627)
45
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action in relation to the activities of Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander Limited the UK authorities took prior to the collapse of the company.
(227628)
46
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the likely effect on small businesses of the collapse of Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander Limited.
(227629)
47
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has taken steps to protect commercial depositors in Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander Limited.
(227630)
48
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government has taken following the collapse of Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander Limited.
(227631)
49
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether bodies that are (a) registered charities only, (b) both registered charities and also companies limited by guarantee and (c) unincorporated associations are included within the Government's commitment to protect bank deposit holders up to the sum of £50,000.
(227368)
50
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether British citizens resident in the UK with deposits in Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander bank held in the Isle of Man will be included in his compensation scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(227451)
51
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what additional funding the Government will make available to the Scottish Executive to meet the cost of pension changes for police and fire and rescue services in Scotland as a result of the recent Ministerial decision.
(227818)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
52
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in England offer competitive sports as part of their curriculum.
(227887)
53
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what average proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary school teacher's working time was spent (i) completing government-originated forms and (ii) classroom teaching in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(227897)
54
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what surveys his Department has conducted to estimate the proportion of the school student population which wishes to stay on in full-time education beyond the age of 16 years; and what the findings were.
(227898)
55
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of school students were dyslexic in 2007.
(227899)
56
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of funding for schools in England was directed to students with special needs and learning difficulties in 2007-08; and what proportion of the school student body they comprised.
(227901)
57
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools for pupils with special needs have (a) been opened and (b) closed in England since 1997.
(227902)
58
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of academies linked to schools associated with military establishments.
(227903)
59
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of the total student entry to secondary education in England in 2008 enrolled in grammar schools.
(227904)
60
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of sixth form students (a) in the state sector and (b) at grammar schools achieved three or more grade A at A-level in 2008.
(227905)
61
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many new (a) female and (b) male teachers have entered the teaching profession in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in 2008 to date.
(228008)
62
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department spent on (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy in 2007-08.
(228084)
63
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many inspectors were employed by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228089)
64
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent per head of the population on education in (a) rural and (b) urban areas in 2007-08.
(228110)
65
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many powers of entry have been (a) introduced and (b) abolished by his Department through legislation since 1997.
(228157)
66
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when his Department expects the current backlog of education maintenance allowance applications to be processed.
(227900)
67
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what progress has been made on plans for the proposed Crayford Academy.
(227823)
68
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Department is taking to ensure the provision of high-quality hot meals in schools.
(227961)
69
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many students in maintained schools in September have begun working towards (a) the Cambridge Pre-U examination and (b) the International Baccalaureate.
(227962)
70
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of (a) boys and (b) girls in year (i) 7, (ii) 8, (iii) 9, (iv) 10 and (v) 11 have received (A) fixed-term and (B) permanent exclusions in the last three years for which figures are available.
(227963)
71
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average length of time was between permanent exclusion of a pupil and their placement in another mainstream school or pupil referral unit in the latest year for which figures are available.
(227996)
72
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, in how many maintained mainstream schools more than (a) 10 per cent., (b) 15 per cent., (c) 20 per cent., (d) 25 per cent., and (e) 30 per cent. of pupils have been excluded in any one 12 month period in each of the last five years.
(227997)
73
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many incidents of violence towards (a) staff and (b) pupils were reported in the 10 per cent. of (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools with the (A) lowest and (B) highest levels of free school meal entitlement in the latest year for which data is available.
(227998)
74
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many incidents of violence towards (a) staff and (b) pupils were reported in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in the 10 per cent. of areas of (A) lowest and (B) highest deprivation in the latest year for which data is available.
(227999)
75
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools which do not have a kitchen capable of providing hot meals.
(228057)
76
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 1st April 2008, Official Report, column 818W, on truancy, how many pupils have had a recorded unauthorised half-day absence while in Year (a) 9, (b) 10 and (c) 11 in each of the last three years.
(228080)
77
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 16th July 2008, Official Report, column 498W on pupil referral units: truancy, how many and what percentage of (a) male and (b) female pupils received (i) temporary and (ii) permanent exclusions from pupil referral units in the school year 2006-07.
(228120)
78
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his plans are for national indicators (a) 95, (b) 96, (c) 97 and (d) 98 following his announcement of the abolition of key stage 3 tests.
(228128)
79
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when the independent evaluation of the Making Good Progress pilot will be published; and if he will make a statement.
(227722)
80
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many private sponsors of (a) existing and (b) planned academies have had discussions with his Department about withdrawing from the programme; and if he will make a statement.
(227723)
81
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he plans to publish an estimate of the number of children studying for diplomas in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.
(227725)
82
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many consultations were completed by his Department in each year since 1997.
(227440)
83
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) adequacy of the funding for the extension of the free entitlement to nursery care to all two year olds nationwide and (b) the ability of the private, voluntary and independent sector to meet the costs of these places.
(227441)
84
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether any women have acted as individual sponsors of academy schools.
(227749)
85
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what powers he has to dismiss any academy sponsor; and when those powers have been exercised.
(227750)
86
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether his Department encouraged schools to celebrate St. David's Day in 2008.
(227731)
87
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what teaching about animal welfare takes place in schools.
(227738)
88
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many resources, how many facilities and how much funding announced in the Children's Plan is not yet committed; what (a) facilities and (b) funding he plans to make available to organisations in Herefordshire, including Herefordshire Council, under the Children's Plan; and if he will make a statement.
(228156)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
89
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many affordable homes for rent or sale to local people were built in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(227978)
90
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many empty houses suitable for occupation there were in each region in England in 2007-08.
(227988)
91
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent from the public purse per head on housing in (a) rural and (b) urban areas in 2007-08.
(227989)
92
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many inspectors were employed by her Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228090)
93
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost was of (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy to her Department in 2007-08.
(228144)
94
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will discuss with the Chancellor of the Exchequer options for providing support for homebuyers in negative equity as a result of the mis-selling of mortgages by banks.
(227927)
95
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she has considered the merits of implementing a scheme to narrow the gap between house prices and wages.
(227928)
96
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she is considering to mitigate the financial effects upon traders of the recent change in rating methodology for docks and harbours.
(227548)
97
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many press officers her Department has employed in each year since its establishment.
(227433)
98
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which fire and rescue services provide smoke alarms free of charge to domestic dwellings.
(227434)
99
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 17th July 2008, Official Report, column 580W, on departmental press, if she will break down the budget for each year by (a) press and (b) communications.
(227460)
100
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her policy is on the funding by (a) her Department and (b) local authorities of groups or organisations that form, operate or advertise themselves on the basis of ethnicity.
(227360)
101
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions she has had on a review of the liability of credit unions for business rates; and what consideration she has given to extending the dispensation currently applied to charities to credit unions and other social enterprises.
(227728)
102
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many Grade (a) I and (b) II listed buildings have been demolished in each year since 2000; and if she will make a statement.
(227965)
103
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will (a) set a deadline for the formal submission of Castle Point Borough Council's Local Development Scheme and (ii) set out what process of public consultation will be undertaken for the scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(226832)
104
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance she has provided to local authorities on the time it should take to (a) investigate planning transgressions and (b) implement planning enforcement where necessary.
(227932)
105
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities in (a) England and (b) the East Midlands have budgeted for insulation improvements to their housing stock in 2008-09.
(227547)
106
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authority-owned non-decent dwellings there were in (a) the East Midlands and (b) North West Leicestershire in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(227550)
107
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of current economic conditions on the financial position of private finance initiative housing schemes.
(227889)
108
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consideration was given to including (a) the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway and (b) the Dolphin Barge Museum in the vision framework set out in her Department's Green Cluster Study for Milton Creek; and if she will make a statement.
(227431)
109
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent reports she has received on local development and regeneration plans of Swale Borough Council; and what her policy is on the future development of (a) the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway and (b) the Sittingbourne Dolphin Barge Museum.
(227432)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
110
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of expenditure on the arts which was funded by (a) public money, (b) sponsorship and (c) other sources in 2007-08.
(227983)
111
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent from the public purse per head on the arts in (a) rural areas and (b) urban areas in 2007-08.
(227990)
112
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent from the public purse per head on sport in (a) rural areas and (b) urban areas in 2007-08.
(227991)
113
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of expenditure on sport which was funded by (a) public money, (b) sponsorship and (c) other sources in 2007-08 .
(227992)
114
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy in 2007-08.
(228081)
115
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many inspectors were employed by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228086)
116
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many powers of entry have been (a) introduced and (b) abolished by his Department through legislation since 1997.
(228160)
117
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many additional free or discounted swimming lessons will be provided as a result of the additional Government funding for swimming.
(228221)
118
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings have taken place with the Swimming Teachers' Association to discuss the Government's free swimming proposals.
(228222)
119
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many closure notices have been issued under section 169A of the Licensing Act 2003 for persistently selling alcohol to children.
(226019)
120
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to review the fulfilment by broadcasters of their public service obligations.
(227736)
121
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Football Association in respect of recent allegations of match-fixing and unusual betting activity on a Football League Championship match.
(228104)
122
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason Government funding has been withdrawn from the British team for the 2009 Deaflympics in Taiwan; how much has been withdrawn; how many deaf athletes will be affected; and if he will make a statement.
(227066)
123
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions on the possibility of introducing a UK-wide British Day; and if he will make a statement.
(227732)
124
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on days of (a) religious and (b) cultural celebration in the last 12 months.
(227733)
125
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department allocated funding to the promotion of World Religion Day in each of the last five years.
(227734)
126
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department (a) promotes and (b) funds the promotion of days or weeks dedicated to animal welfare.
(227735)
127
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was raised from the sale of poppies in his Department for Remembrance Sunday in each of the last five years.
(227737)
128
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will bring forward proposals to amend the legislation relating to applications for licences under the Licensing Act 2003 so that (a) hon. and right hon. Members and (b) local councillors can (i) make representations to and (ii) speak at application hearings on behalf of their constituents without the necessity of first being asked by a constituent to do so; and if he will make a statement.
(227671)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
129
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of casualties of (a) insurgents and (b) civilians in Helmand Province in Afghanistan in 2007-08.
(227973)
130
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many attacks there were by insurgents against British armed forces in Helmand province in Afghanistan in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(227974)
131
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many servicemen and women were recruited to (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force in 2007-08; and how many left each service in the same period.
(227975)
132
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of helicopters used by British armed forces was contracted from private operators in the latest period for which figures are available.
(227976)
133
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research has been carried out by his Department into the kinetic energy of hypersonic mass over the last five years.
(228111)
134
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to promote multilateral nuclear disarmament.
(228112)
135
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps the Government has taken to uphold the military covenant.
(228113)
136
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the most recent time projection is for the completion and commissioning of the two new aircraft carriers.
(228114)
137
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy to his Department in 2007-08.
(228143)
138
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the EU Code of Conduct on Conventional Arms Transfers.
(228171)
139
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on the establishment of common international standards for the export, import and transfer of conventional arms.
(228172)
140
N
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) computers and (b) hard drives in his Department contain non-encrypted data.
(227438)
141
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are to increase levels of the recruitment, training and retention of Apache helicopter crews.
(227356)
142
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the first plate of metal for each of the two new aircraft carriers will be cut.
(227357)
143
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on progress on the Future Rapid Effects System.
(227867)
144
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has for a new defence review.
(227868)
145
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current (a) in-service date and (b) cost of the Future Rapid Effects System is.
(227869)
146
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the number of attack submarines in service in the Royal Navy in each of the next 10 years.
(227870)
147
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current (a) in-service date and (b) cost of the Nimrod MRA4 is.
(227871)
148
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on maintaining its works of art in each of the last three years.
(227872)
149
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) aircraft and (b) helicopters his Department has leased from commercial contractors in each year since 2003; and what the total cost in each year was.
(227873)
150
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many break-ins were reported at UK military bases in each of the last 12 months.
(227874)
151
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel opted not to extend their service in each year since 2003.
(227875)
152
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) regular and (b) Territorial Army (i) officers and (ii) personnel of other ranks have been mobilised for service overseas within six months of completing their basic training in each year since 2003.
(227876)
153
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reservists have been (a) mobilised for service and (b) discharged due to injury in Iraq in each year since March 2003.
(227877)
154
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members and what percentage of the (a) Territorial Army, (b) Royal Navy Reserve, (c) Royal Marine Reserve and (d) Royal Auxiliary Air Force were available for deployment at the most recent date for which figures are available.
(227878)
155
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many days each Type 42 destroyer in service spent at sea in each year since 2003.
(227933)
156
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many days each attack submarine in service has spent at sea in each year since 2003.
(227934)
157
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many days each Type (a) 22 and (b) 23 frigate in service spent at sea in each year since 2003.
(227935)
158
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessments have been made of the vulnerability of future frigates to missile strikes; what studies have been undertaken of the relative resilience against such strikes of (a) trimaran and (b) conventional frigate hull designs for the Future Surface Combatant (FSC); and if he will make a statement on progress in the design of the proposed variants of the FSC.
(227065)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
159
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of the national electricity requirement the Government envisages being met by nuclear generation by 2020.
(227914)
160
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps will need to be taken for the EU to achieve a 30 per cent. reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2020 from a 1990 baseline.
(227838)
161
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the Government's policy is on whether the EU should reduce emissions by 30 per cent. against 1990 levels if an international agreement on climate change is reached.
(227839)
162
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what his policy is on whether countries outside the EU supplying renewable energy to the EU should also have adopted a renewable energy target of similar scale to that adopted by the EU.
(227856)
163
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what his policy is on whether renewable energy should be given priority access, subject to maintaining network reliability, to connection to the National Grid network and to priority transmission and distribution.
(227857)
164
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what his policy is on whether 5000 MW is an appropriate threshold for renewable energy projects that will not be completed by 2020 in the context of the Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.
(227858)
165
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Government will take to maintain investor confidence in the EU's commitment to renewable energy if a major review of the Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources takes place in or around 2014.
(227859)
166
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what his policy is on whether the 20 per cent. renewable energy target should continue in force following any review of the Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources in or around 2014.
(227860)
167
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the greenhouse gas emissions of the UK, including shipping and the UK's aviation sector, including domestic and international flights, were in the latest period for which figures are available.
(227861)
168
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what his policy is on whether the aviation sector's energy requirements should be counted towards the total final energy demand of the UK for the purposes of the Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.
(227862)
169
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what his policy is on the percentage of greenhouse gas emissions reductions which should be delivered through the Clean Development Mechanism or Joint Implementation under EU climate change measures.
(227863)
170
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what his policy is on proposals from the French Presidency for a co-decision procedure for the EU to adopt a 30 per cent. reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2020 from a 1990 baseline.
(227864)
171
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what his policy is on proposals from the French Presidency of the EU that more than 65 per cent. of greenhouse gas emissions reductions under the non-traded sector should be delivered through the Clean Development Mechanism or Joint Implementation.
(227865)
172
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what his policy is on proposals from the French Presidency of the EU that more than 45 per cent. of emissions reductions under the Emissions Trading Scheme should be delivered through the Clean Development Mechanism or Joint Implementation.
(227866)
173
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much the Government has spent on research into climate change since 1997.
(227851)
174
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much the Government has provided by way of grants or subsidies to organisations, companies and people involved in climate change research in each financial year since 1998.
(227853)
175
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much the Government has provided by way of grants or subsidies to the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit in each financial year since 1998.
(227854)
176
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that falls in the price of oil are passed on to drivers via the pump price.
(227362)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
177
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he made of the number of (a) homes and (b) business premises at risk from coastal erosion in each region.
(227847)
178
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he made of the area of farmland at risk from coastal erosion in each region.
(227848)
179
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what sea defence projects are planned to be implemented in the next three years.
(227849)
180
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent per head on flood protection in (a) rural and (b) urban areas in 2007-08.
(227915)
181
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to protect and support the sustainability of village life in England.
(227916)
182
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to create a national water grid within the UK.
(227917)
183
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of central gas government grants went to (a) rural and (b) urban areas in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(227918)
184
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many powers of entry have been (a) introduced and (b) abolished by legislation by his Department since 1997.
(228041)
185
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to increase national self-sufficiency in food production.
(228075)
186
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many inspectors were employed by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228091)
187
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that imported food meets the (a) quality, (b) hygiene, (c) safety and (d) animal welfare standards required from food producers in England.
(228142)
188
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost was of (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy to his Department in 2007-08.
(228152)
189
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to pay single farm payments to all farmers at the same time; and if he will make a statement.
(228176)
190
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of animals have been vaccinated as a protection against bluetongue.
(228180)
191
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which car parks under the control of the New Forest National Park Authority are being considered for designation as dog-free car parks; and what evidence there is to justify such a designation in each case.
(227622)
192
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the carbon footprint of the New Forest National Park was in the latest period for which figures are available; and (a) by what means and (b) to what extent it will be reduced if the draft Recreation Management Strategy is adopted.
(227623)
193
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the draft New Forest Recreation Management Strategy, if he will publish the evidence upon which the New Forest National Park Authority concludes that many people who live locally and use the New Forest take its tranquillity and high environmental quality for granted.
(227624)
194
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the draft New Forest Recreation Management Strategy, if he will publish the evidence justifying the proposed policy of the New Forest National Park Authority that the use of horses for recreation in the New Forest needs to be restricted.
(227625)
195
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which consultants were employed by the New Forest National Park Authority to advise on the draft New Forest Recreation Management Strategy; whether the process of appointment was subject to competitive tender; and if he will place a copy of the terms of reference given to the consultants in the Library.
(227626)
196
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of deer in the New Forest National Park; and whether it is the policy of the National Park Authority to impose restrictions on the deer population.
(227960)
197
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much milk was imported in each of the last 10 years; and from which countries such milk was sourced.
(227607)
198
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much milk was produced in England in each of the last 10 years.
(227608)
199
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of (a) the size of the UK rat population and (b) the areas most affected by rat infestation.
(228011)
200
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been distributed by Yorkshire Forward under agricultural schemes in each of the last three years.
(227767)
201
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Environment Agency has spent on building flood defences in 2008.
(227768)
202
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to regulate the farming of ducks.
(227910)
203
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consideration his Department has given to the use of contra bait or other measures to control breeding in the management of badger populations infected with tuberculosis.
(227774)
204
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to introduce angling-only areas; and if he will make a statement.
(228047)
205
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which organisations and interests will be represented on the proposed Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities under the Marine Bill, if enacted; and if he will make a statement.
(228048)
206
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the reasons are for reducing the budget for the Joint Nature Conservation Committee in 2009-10 compared to 2008-09.
(228049)
207
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 712W, on seas and oceans: biodiversity, whether he has finalised the network of Natura 2000 marine area sites; and if he will make a statement.
(228050)
208
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he last discussed reforming the sea fishing quota system with his counterparts in the devolved administrations; and if he will make a statement.
(228051)
209
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to introduce primary legislation to implement the recommendations of the Report of the Review of Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Legislative Project 2006, as recommended in the report; which recommendations of the Review of Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries 2000 have been implemented; and if he will make a statement.
(228052)
210
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the stock of native migratory and freshwater fish, broken down by species, in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(228053)
211
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what stock management plans he plans to implement to improve migratory and freshwater fish stock numbers; and if he will make a statement.
(228054)
212
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department and its predecessor gave to the Environment Agency in grant-in-aid for the Environment Agency's fisheries functions in England and Wales in each year since 1997; how much he plans to provide over the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(228055)
213
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of non-native invasive species identified in UK waters in each year since 1997; what types of non-native species were identified in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(228056)
214
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the forthcoming Commons Fisheries Policy reform is likely to lead to further decommissioning within the UK fishing fleet; and if he will make a statement.
(228062)
215
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what dates there have been no River Class offshore patrol vessels operating as part of the Fishery Protection Squadron since April; why there were no River Class offshore patrol vessels operating on each such date; what alternative provision was made available; and if he will make a statement.
(228063)
216
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28th February 2008, Official Report, columns 1865-6W, on fishing catches, what progress has been made on the development of the EU Discard Atlas; and if he will make a statement.
(228064)
217
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the provisions of the European Commission Communication The role of the CFP in implementing an ecosystem approach to marine management (COM(2008) 0187 final); and if he will make a statement.
(228065)
218
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the provisions of the Commission Communication Fishing Opportunities for 2009 (COM(2008) 331 final); and if he will make a statement.
(228066)
219
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much European Fisheries Fund money will be available for projects to reduce discards and bycatch in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(228067)
220
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many marine conservation zones he plans to establish under the provisions of the Marine Bill if enacted; what sea areas this will cover; and if he will make a statement.
(228068)
221
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 19th June 2007, Official Report, column 1660W, on fisheries: quotas; what his estimate is of the fish stocks in UK waters that are (a) outside safe biological limits, (b) within safe biological limits, (c) have no safe biological limits defined and (d) have had no scientific assessment made; and if he will make a statement.
(228069)
222
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6th March 2008, Official Report, column 2715W, on the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture (CEFAS): finance, how much he intends to allocate to CEFAS in (a) 2008-09 and (b) each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(228070)
223
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of UK fish stocks that have been discarded in each of the last three years, broken down by species; and if he will make a statement.
(228071)
224
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will (a) update and re-issue the Protecting Whales - A Global Responsibility document and (b) send the document to all governments intending to attend the 61st annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Portugal between 22nd and 26th June 2009; when he next plans to discuss whaling with his foreign counterparts; and if he will make a statement.
(228072)
225
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd January 2008, Official Report, column 2021W, on fisheries, when he expects to formulate and announce UK policy in relation to the future of the 0-12 nautical mile zone under Article 17 of Council Regulation 2371/2002; and if he will make a statement.
(228073)
226
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the provisions in Article 9 of Council Regulation 2371/2002 on the provisions in the Marine Bill; what recent discussions he has had with (a) the European Commission and (b) his European counterparts on the establishment of measures to protect the marine environment beyond the six nautical mile limit; and if he will make a statement.
(228074)
227
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his latest assessment is of the effect that non-native species are having on the UK's marine environment and freshwater fisheries; and if he will make a statement.
(228076)
228
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to (a) prevent non-native invasive species entering the UK and (b) remove non-native invasive species already present in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(228077)
229
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to retain the provisions relating to coastal access in the Draft Marine Bill in the Marine Bill; and if he will make a statement.
(228078)
230
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what reports he has received on allegations that the fishing vessel Prolific discarded in UK waters fish that were caught in the Norwegian Exclusive Economic Zone; and if he will make a statement.
(228132)
231
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the amount of fish caught within the Norwegian Exclusive Economic Zone by UK vessels and discarded in UK and other EU member state waters in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(228133)
232
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to prevent the spread of koi herpesvirus outbreaks; what estimate he has made of the number of koi herpesvirus outbreaks in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(228134)
233
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28th February 2008, Official Report, column 1863W, on fisheries: quotas, whether an assessment has been made on the catch composition of the catch from vessels involved in the Irish Sea Discard Pilot; what the difference between the catch composition and the quota allocation was; and if he will make a statement.
(228135)
234
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been allocated to research on improving the selectivity of fishing gears in each year since 1997; how much he plans to allocate to research on the selectivity of fishing gears in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(228136)
235
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 708W, on fishing: catches, whether there has been an improvement in the discard data received by the European Commission; whether the provisions of Council Regulation 1543/2000 in relation to collecting discard data are now being met by all member states; whether the Commission has taken any action against those member states not providing discard data; and if he will make a statement.
(228137)
236
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of animals which have been infected with M. bovis in each year since 1997, broken down by species; and if he will make a statement.
(228139)
237
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14th January 2008, Official Report, column 856W, on the Animal Welfare Act 2006, when he expects to complete the review of the timetable for the delivery of secondary legislation and codes under the Animal Welfare Act 2006; when he expects to implement secondary legislation in relation to (a) racing greyhounds, (b) pet fairs, (c) primates as pets, (d) wild animals in circuses, (e) the cat code, (f) the dog code, (g) pet shops, (h) game birds, (i) animal (cat and dog) boarding, (j) tethering of horses, (k) livery yards, (l) riding schools, (m) animal sanctuaries and (n) performing animals; and if he will make a statement.
(228140)
238
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd July 2008, Official Report, column 1075W, on animals: electronic tagging, when he expects the proposed Exemption Order under the Veterinary Surgeons Act in relation to permitting lay persons and non-veterinarians to wing and web tag non-farmed birds for conservation purposes to be in force; whether the exemption order has been drafted; whether he has consulted the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons on the exemption order; and if he will make a statement.
(228141)
239
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 712W, on seas and oceans: biodiversity, what reports he has received on the Joint Nature Conservation Committee on offshore sites being damaged by fishing activities; and if he will make a statement.
(228164)
240
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 712W, on seas and oceans: biodiversity, whether he has submitted an initial tranche of candidate offshore special areas to the European Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(228165)
241
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10th December 2007, Official Report, column 41W, on special areas of conservation, whether Natural England has identified further sites that should be selected as special areas of conservation; and if he will make a statement.
(228166)
242
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd June 2008, Official Report, columns 855-6W, on fisheries: Scotland, whether an assessment has been made of the effects of the decision of the Scottish Executive to implement a moratorium on licence and quota transfers; what legal advice he has received on the matter; and if he will make a statement.
(228167)
243
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to introduce quota management reforms; and if he will make a statement.
(228168)
244
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what quota swaps have been made in 2008; which cross-year swaps will affect UK quota in future years; and if he will make a statement.
(228169)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
245
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has had discussions with Hezbollah in Lebanon.
(227971)
246
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has had discussions with Hamas in (a) Gaza and (b) the West Bank.
(227972)
247
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UK efforts to eradicate poppy growing in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(227977)
248
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has had talks with the PPK in the Kurdish area of Iraq.
(227980)
249
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has had talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka.
(227981)
250
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has engaged in talks with the Taliban in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Pakistan.
(227982)
251
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether diplomatic relations have been established between the UK and Kosovo since its declaration of independence.
(227993)
252
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost was of (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy to his Department in 2007-08.
(228162)
253
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the trade in small arms with Colombia.
(228170)
254
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Uganda about human rights abuses by the Lord's Resistance Army.
(228174)
255
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Ugandan government on its forcible disarmament programme.
(228175)
256
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Uganda.
(228177)
257
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Russian government and (b) the Chinese government on the political and security situation in Darfur.
(228178)
258
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UN arms embargo on Sudan.
(228179)
259
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Darfur, with reference to the incidence of human rights abuses; and if he will make a statement.
(228181)
260
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UN arms embargo on Somalia.
(228182)
261
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the political situation in Somalia.
(228183)
262
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the sale of arms to Ethiopia.
(228184)
263
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of India on arms sales to the government of Burma.
(228185)
264
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Sudan on the peace process in Darfur.
(228186)
265
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on (a) compliance with and (b) breaches of the UN arms embargo on Darfur.
(228187)
266
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the establishment of a no-fly zone over Darfur.
(228188)
267
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of activity of Chadian-armed opposition groups based in Darfur.
(228189)
268
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Darfur; and if he will make a statement.
(228190)
269
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Guatemala.
(228199)
270
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his European Union counterparts on the incidence of human rights abuses in Côte d'Ivoire.
(228200)
271
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made towards an international arms trade treaty.
(228201)
272
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Colombia on the incidence of human rights abuses in that country.
(228202)
273
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the prospects of securing an EU embargo on arms supplies to Colombia.
(228203)
274
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his United States counterpart on the political situation in North Korea.
(228210)
275
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Chinese government on the conduct of the government of Burma.
(228211)
276
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the number of political prisoners in Burma.
(228212)
277
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Burma about the incidence of human rights abuses in that country since 22nd July 2008.
(228213)
278
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the pursuit of a United Nations Security Council resolution on Burma since 22nd July 2008.
(228214)
279
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his ASEAN counterparts on the supply of military police and security equipment to the government of Burma.
(228215)
280
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the level of human rights abuses in the Republic of Guinea.
(228216)
281
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on extrajudicial killing in Guatemala.
(228217)
282
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Burma on the outcome of the most recent visit to Burma by the UN special rapporteur.
(228218)
283
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Burma on the detention of opposition parliamentarians.
(228219)
284
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to improve the political and economic stability of Commonwealth countries.
(227832)
285
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on whether Commonwealth states whose subjects frequently request asylum in the UK on grounds of political persecution should be suspended from the Commonwealth.
(227833)
286
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions UK diplomats have had with the governments of Commonwealth countries on claims for asylum on political grounds by people from those countries.
(227835)
287
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that other European Union states share responsibility for providing asylum to those from outside the EU who require it.
(227836)
288
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15th September 2008, Official Report, column 2186W, on Iraq: asylum, how many of the 422 applications received by the UK Border Agency from Iraqi nationals under the Gateway Protection Programme have now been approved; how many new applications have since been received; and how many of these applications have been approved.
(227906)
289
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15th September 2008, Official Report, column 2186W, on Iraq: asylum, of those applications (a) received by the UK Border Agency from Iraqi nationals under the Gateway Protection Programme and (b) for exceptional leave to remain under the Locally Employed Staff Assistance scheme, how many have included claims for dependants; what the total number is of dependants claimed on each scheme; and how many dependants are associated with those applications which have been approved.
(227907)
290
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15th September 2008, Official Report, column 2186W, on Iraq: asylum, how many applications under the Locally Employed Staff Assistance scheme have been rejected against the criteria (a) to have 12 months continuous service and (b) to have been employed from 1st January 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(227908)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
291
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many social workers per head of the population (a) there were in 2007 and (b) there are in 2008.
(227911)
292
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many powers of entry have been established in legislation introduced by his Department since 1997; and how many have been abolished.
(228058)
293
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of those employed by the NHS were employed in (a) medical posts, (b) administrative posts and (c) posts with both medical and administrative responsibilities in the latest period for which figures are available.
(228079)
294
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many inspectors were employed by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228093)
295
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of expenditure in the NHS was spent on (a) administration and (b) monitoring targets in 2007-08.
(228096)
296
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) administrators were employed by the NHS in 2007-08.
(228097)
297
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many minor injuries units there were (a) at the most recent date for which figures are available and (b) in 2006-07.
(228105)
298
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent per head on health in (a) rural and (b) urban areas in 2007-08.
(228107)
299
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS midwives have received redundancy notices in the last two years.
(228108)
300
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy to his Department in 2007-08.
(228150)
301
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mobile telephones have been bought by his Department in each of the last five years.
(227827)
302
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the provision of travel-related vaccines by the NHS.
(227828)
303
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to phase out mixed-sex wards in NHS hospitals.
(227829)
304
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost per head of population of the ambulance service was in Greater Manchester in the latest period for which figures are available.
(227830)
305
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps the Government has taken to ensure health practitioners are suitably qualified and trained.
(226774)
306
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve the skills of non-medically trained NHS employees.
(226775)
307
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve the skills of NHS contracted staff.
(226776)
308
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations his Department has (a) received from and (b) made to local NHS organisations on delays in receiving additional funding for improving maternity care.
(228173)
309
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Macclesfield of 5th February 2008, Official Report, columns 783-4W, on maternity services, how much of the £330 million will be available in (a) the 2008-09 financial year and (b) each of the next two financial years.
(228226)
310
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists have their surgeries on premises shared with private dental hygienists.
(227435)
311
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the NHS dentists' contract requires dentists offering treatment under the NHS to provide dental (a) polishing and (b) cleaning services under the contract.
(227437)
312
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the causes of health inequalities between men and women in the last 10 years; and whether any such research relates specifically to the Merseyside region.
(228010)
313
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to promote healthy ageing in the last 10 years.
(228012)
314
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the budgets of NHS organisations have been top-sliced in 2008-09; whether the top-sliced amounts held by the strategic health authorities at the end of 2007-08 have been returned to the organisations; and if he will make a statement.
(227455)
315
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the extent to which (a) primary care trusts, (b) strategic health authorities, (c) NHS trusts, (d) foundation trusts and (e) the NHS bank hold deposits in commercial banks; what advice he has given to such NHS organisations on the exposure of such investments to bank collapse; and if he will make such a statement.
(227456)
316
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what deposits foundation trusts held with commercial banks in the latest period for which figures are available.
(227457)
317
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what rules govern foundation trusts depositing funds other than with the Paymaster General.
(227458)
318
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether any foundation trusts have deposits in Icelandic banks.
(227546)
319
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list primary care trusts in the order of level of deprivation of the community each serves.
(228106)
320
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost to the public purse of a telephone call to NHS Direct was in each year since the service was established; and how many calls were made to NHS Direct in each such year.
(228109)
321
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date he expects the report of the Organ Donation Taskforce on presumed consent to be published.
(227544)
322
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many qualified school nurses there have been in each primary care trust in each year since 1997.
(228009)
323
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of new cases of hepatitis C in each of the last 10 years.
(227825)
324
Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve the performance of healthcare professionals in the early diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.
(227909)
325
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answers of 29th January 2008, Official Report, column 339W and 21st April 2008, Official Report, column 1795W, on health services: West Sussex, what assessment he has made of whether the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority and the West Sussex Primary Care Trust are allowing the panel reviewing services in the north east of West Sussex to consider all viable options.
(228119)
326
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on the adequacy of the supply and distribution of vaccines for children and babies.
(227439)
327
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether officials of the Food Standards Agency and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency have had discussions with Royal Mail on its involvement in the delivery of catalogues marketing food supplements and herbal remedies which (a) contain illegal ingredients and (b) about which claims are made that would be illegal were the products to be placed directly onto the United Kingdom market.
(227748)
328
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there are enough specialists to treat refractory angina.
(227781)
329
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department takes to inform patients of the National Refractory Angina Centre treatment option.
(227786)
330
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to assist Naomi House in recovering the funds it invested in Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander Limited.
(227363)
331
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department has provided to Naomi House in each of the last four years.
(227364)
332
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has given on the rules covering companies which both produce and conduct assessments of products for visually-impaired people to ensure there is no conflict of interest.
[R] (227452)
333
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which firms have been contracted to work on the (a) internal communication and (b) external communication with the public aspects of the NHS Next Stage Review; and what the value is of these contracts.
(228043)
334
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the value is of contracts awarded to K International by his Department for translation services in each year for which figures are available.
(228044)
335
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what use NHS Direct makes of the services provided by K International set out in Government contract 05/GEN/25 on translation and interpretation provision.
(228045)
336
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) bodies within his Department and (b) NHS trusts use the translation and interpretation services set out in Government contract 05/GEN/25; and what the total cost is of these contracts.
(228046)
337
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated in support of the 10 per cent. target for reduction in alcohol consumption mentioned in his Department's impact assessment relating to the Government's alcohol strategy.
(228129)
338
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether responsibility messages, unit labelling and other such information should be on the bottle or can or on the disposable outer packaging in which bottles and cans are packaged under the terms of the voluntary alcohol labelling agreement.
(228138)
339
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) national and (b) regional meetings were conducted during the course of his Department's policy consultation on alcohol strategy; and who (i) was invited to and (ii) attended each.
(228145)
340
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the criteria were for selecting those invited to attend the four regional consultation meetings on his Department's policy consultation on alcohol strategy.
(228146)
341
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimates have been made for the annual costs that would be incurred by local authorities under the policy options published as part of Safe, Sensible, Social - Consultation on Further Action Impact Assessments.
(228147)
342
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which Local Involvement Networks have been established but are not yet operational.
(227966)
343
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much revenue was raised in car parking by Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospital Trust area in the latest period for which information is available.
(227757)
344
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on cleaning by the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospital Trust in the latest period for which information is available.
(227758)
345
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many opticians there are per 1,000 people in the London Borough of Havering.
(227759)
346
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists there are per 1,000 people in the London Borough of Havering.
(227760)
347
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for cancer treatment in the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospital Trust area in the latest period for which information is available.
(227761)
348
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have contracted MRSA in hospitals in Havering in the last five years.
(227762)
349
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on developing anti-cancer drugs in the last 10 years.
(227763)
350
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on fuel for ambulances in each of the last five years.
(227764)
351
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many visits he has made abroad since taking up his position; and at what cost.
(227765)
352
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of the NHS budget was spent on ophthalmology in 2007-08.
(227766)
353
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwives were employed by Havering Primary Care Trust (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which information is available.
(227769)
354
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on security staff in hospitals in (a) England and (b) the London Borough of Havering in the last year for which information is available.
(227770)
355
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of security cameras at Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospital Trust locations have been found to be faulty in each of the last three years.
(227775)
356
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been prescribed ritalin in England in each of the last 10 years.
(227777)
357
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in England have been diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder in the last 10 years.
(227778)
358
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the incidence of liver disease caused by excessive consumption of alcohol in the UK.
(227780)
359
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the confectionery industry on the sugar content of their products.
(227782)
360
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the tobacco industry in the last 12 months.
(227784)
361
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are in place to protect patient records from data loss from (a) hospitals, (b) primary care trusts and (c) mental health trusts.
(227787)
362
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nurses and (b) allied health professionals work in GP practices in each London borough.
(227789)
363
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP practices there are in each London borough.
(227790)
364
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has spent on hospital libraries in the last five years.
(227791)
365
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals he has visited in an official capacity in the last 12 months.
(227792)
366
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many representations his Department has received from general practitioners requesting a further consultation in respect of proposals to establish polyclinics.
(227822)
367
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been paid in compensation to patients by each London-based hospital trust in each of the last three years.
(227824)
368
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he takes to audit funding provided to Action on Smoking and Health by his Department to determine what proportion is used to lobby his Department.
(227446)
369
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many meetings (a) he, (b) his Ministerial colleagues and (c) his officials have had on the future of tobacco control with (i) charities, (ii) professional bodies, (iii) retail businesses and (iv) manufacturers in the last three years; which of the charities with which meetings have been held are funded by his Department; and in each case how much funding has been allocated to each charity.
(227447)
370
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consideration he has given to providing support for participants who commenced re-training under the Return to Practice Programme for midwives in the financial years 2006-07 and 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(227772)
371
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost has been of investigations into alleged wrongfully claimed exemptions from prescription charges in the last 12 months; and how much the NHS received in penalty charges during that period.
(227929)
372
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he last met manufacturers of food supplements to discuss the impact upon their businesses of the setting of maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements; when he plans to have further discussions with them; what progress has been made in securing the Government's objectives for the interpretation and implementation of the Food Supplements Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(227892)
373
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Member States were consulted by the European Commission on the impact assessment of different options for the maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals under the Food Supplements Directive; and what assessment the Food Standards Agency has made of the impact of each of those options upon (a) specialist manufacturers, (b) specialist retailers and (c) consumer choice.
(227893)
374
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out the timetable for the setting of maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals under the provisions of Article 5 of the Food Supplements Directive.
(227894)
375
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the government of (a) Jersey and (b) Guernsey on the implementation of the Food Supplements Directive and European medicines law; and if he will make a statement.
(227895)
376
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people eligible for the seasonal influenza vaccine in winter 2008-09, broken down by primary care trust; and if he will make a statement.
(228154)
377
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many seasonal influenza vaccines are available for dispensing in in winter 2008-09, broken down by primary care trust; and if he will make a statement.
(228155)
378
David Wright (Telford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission further research into the possible effects of mobile telephones on health.
(228085)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
379
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the proportion of Class A drugs sold on the streets of the UK which had originated in Afghanistan in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(227930)
380
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the proportion of knives used in crimes for which charges were brought in 2007-08 which were domestic or kitchen knives.
(227931)
381
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many powers of entry have been established in legislation introduced by her Department since 1997; and how many have been abolished.
(228059)
382
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inspectors were employed by her Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228094)
383
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy to her Department in 2007-08.
(228149)
384
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons from Somalia applied to enter the UK for the purposes of seeking asylum in each of the last 10 years.
(228206)
385
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what conditions asylum seekers may work when their application has not been determined after 12 months through no fault of theirs.
(227549)
386
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drinking banning orders have been granted under the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006.
(226017)
387
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many summary reviews of a premises licence have been sought by the Police under section 53A of the Licensing Act 2003.
(226018)
388
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when sections 35 to 38 of the Police and Justice Act 2006 relating to computer misuse are expected to be brought into effect; and if she will make a statement.
(226020)
389
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to extend the application of serious crime prevention orders to offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990; and if she will make a statement.
(226021)
390
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of gang-related homicides in each of the last three years.
(226022)
391
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the extent and nature of gang-related criminal activity; and if she will make a statement.
(226023)
392
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) charged and (b) convicted of persistently selling alcohol to children under section 147A of the Licensing Act 2003.
(226025)
393
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on advertising in each of the last five years.
(227603)
394
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the (a) effectiveness of the technology to be used from 25th November to obtain biometric fingerprints from juvenile foreign nationals over the age of six for the Identity Cards Scheme for Foreign Nationals and (b) merits of obtaining biometric fingerprints from juvenile foreign nationals over the age of six; what advice she has received on the psychological effect of collecting biometric identifiers from juveniles over the age of six; and if she will make a statement.
(227984)
395
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have claimed asylum in the UK in each year since 2000; and how many of those people came from Commonwealth countries, other than Zimbabwe, in each year.
(227834)
396
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what venues were visited by KPMG during its review of the responsibility standards for the production and sale of alcoholic drinks, commissioned by her Department.
(228130)
397
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many permits were issued under the highly skilled migrant programme or tier 1 of the points based system in each month of 2008; which the top 10 countries of origin were in this period; and how many permits were issued to applicants from each of those countries.
(227449)
398
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will commission research into (a) the profiles of people buying gamma-butyrolactone and (b) the purposes for which they obtained that drug; and if she will make a statement.
(227751)
399
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports have been made to the police involving the possible use of gamma-butyrolactone as a date rape drug.
(227752)
400
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research she has commissioned into the use of gamma butyrolactone as a date rape drug.
(227753)
401
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many minors have been held in detention centres for the purposes of immigration control in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) age and (b) sex.
(227896)
402
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her estimate is of the number of security companies in the UK which are potentially subject to the regulation of the Security Industry Authority.
(227740)
403
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average number of employees was of companies with Security Industry Authority approved contractor status in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) the latest date for which data is available.
(227741)
404
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many companies had approved contractor status removed by the Security Industry Authority in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008 to date.
(227742)
405
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Security Industry Authority approved contractors there were on (a) 31st December 2006, (b) 31st December 2007 and (c) the latest date for which data is available.
(227743)
406
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Scotland on pension changes for the (a) police and (b) fire and rescue services.
(227819)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
407
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much his Department spent on (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy in 2007-08.
(228099)
408
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much the Government has spent on university physics departments since 1997.
(227850)
409
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much research funding the Government has provided to university physics departments in each financial year since 1998.
(227852)
410
N
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what plans he has to promote and develop the Union Learning Representatives Programme.
(227255)
411
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many expressions of interest have been made to the Higher Education Funding Council for England for new higher education centres under the Department's University Challenge initiative; and what the timetable is for assessing such bids.
(227430)
412
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will initiate a national audit of skills.
(227771)
413
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment he has made of recent trends in innovation in the public sector; and if he will make a statement.
(227754)
414
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what progress has been made in preparation of a White Paper on higher education; and if he will make a statement.
(227755)
415
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to offer apprenticeships.
(227756)
416
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what recent progress has been made in widening participation in higher education.
(227793)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
417
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost was of (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy to his Department in 2007-08.
(228153)
418
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in (a) the West Bank and (b) the Gaza Strip.
(228204)
419
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Darfur.
(228205)
420
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much and what proportion of UK aid was allocated to education projects in the most recent resource allocation round; what proportion of these projects are located in states affected by significant conflict; and if he will make a statement.
(227436)
421
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve the stability of the Kosovo government.
(226777)
422
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent support the Government has given to the government of Kosovo for economic growth.
(226778)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
423
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost was of (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy to his Department in 2007-08.
(228148)
424
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress he is making in his consideration of the extension of the applicability of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to include private companies delivering public services, with specific reference to the transport sector.
(228004)
425
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, under what circumstances the (a) existence and (b) content of a legal (i) practice direction and (ii) code of practice may not be placed in the public domain.
(228118)
426
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many penalty notices for disorder have been issued to 10 to 15 year olds in each year since 2005; if he will make a statement on the issuing of penalty notices for disorder to 10 to 15 year olds; what recent assessment he has made of the outcome of the pilot project in the seven pilot police force areas; and when the evaluation of the pilot projects will be published.
(226024)
427
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average sentence imposed by magistrates' courts for those found guilty of driving without car insurance was in the latest period for which information is available.
(227783)
428
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners released in 2007 had served less than half of their custodial sentence.
(228163)
429
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps are taken to maintain the support offered to young women within the Toscana Unit at HM Prison and Young Offender Institution Foston Hall after transfer to another institution or release; and if he will make a statement on the report of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on the work of the unit.
(227744)
Questions to the Leader of the House
430
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Leader of the House, how many hours the House spent considering (a) primary legislation on the floor of the House and (b) delegated legislation (i) in Committee and (ii) on the floor of the House in each session commencing in (A) 1980, (B) 1990 and (C) each session between 1996 and 2006.
(227367)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
431
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the effects of the shortfall in the policing budget of £88 million over the last three years identified by the Policing Board of Northern Ireland; what steps he plans to take to address those effects; and if he will make a statement.
(227727)
432
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which restorative justice groups have been approved by the Northern Ireland Office; where those groups are located; and which groups have subsequently fulfilled all the criteria required of them.
(227995)
433
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many private cars were searched by officers of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs or the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each month since October 2007 when crossing (a) from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland and (b) from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland.
(227359)
Questions to the Prime Minister
434
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will review the accuracy of the Answer given by his predecessor to the hon. Member for Mid Worcestershire on 12th November 1997 relating to Formula One sponsorship to ensure any inaccuracies and inadvertently misleading statements are corrected.
(227361)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
435
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many visits to his departmental website have been recorded from computers outside his Department and the parliamentary estate since May 2007.
(228115)
436
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many meetings overseas Ministers in his Department have attended since May 2007.
(228116)
437
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many meetings Ministers in his Department have had with members of the public since May 2007.
(228117)
Questions to the Solicitor General
438
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Solicitor General, in what initiatives arising out of the 13th Annual Conference of the International Association of Prosecutors, New Technologies and Challenges in Crime and Prosecution, relating to anti-semitic hate crime on the internet the Government is participating.
(227788)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
439
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from the business community about a third runway at Heathrow in the last two years.
(227985)
440
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential economic effects of a third runway at Heathrow; and if he will make a statement.
(227986)
441
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent from the public purse per head on roads in (a) rural and (b) urban areas in 2007-08.
(227987)
442
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy in 2007-08.
(228082)
443
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many inspectors were employed by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228088)
444
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many powers of entry have been (a) introduced and (b) abolished by his Department through legislation since 1997.
(228158)
445
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the terms of Commission Directive 2008/89/EC, on the provision of daytime running lights on motor vehicles, permit (a) retailers before sale and (b) purchasers after sale to modify vehicles to remove the facility; and if he will make a statement.
(227957)
446
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many complaints his Department received from members of the public on matters which fall within the remit of the Approved Penalty Fares Scheme in the last year for which figures are available.
(227958)
447
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received from (a) passengers or passenger groups and (b) train operating companies advocating changes to the Approved Penalty Fares Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(227959)
448
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many stations (a) were accredited to (b) unsuccessfully applied for accreditation to and (c) were lapsed from accreditation to the Secure Stations scheme in each year since its inception.
(227968)
449
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many stations, which were working towards accreditation, subsequently failed to receive accreditation within 18 months, in each year since the introduction of the Secure Stations scheme.
(227969)
450
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the combined number of vehicle journeys per year likely to be made across the new Mersey Gateway Bridge and the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge if (a) a toll of £1.40 is payable and (b) no toll is payable; and if he will make a statement.
(228000)
451
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect that a toll of £1.40 on the new Mersey Gateway Bridge and the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge will have on traffic congestion in Warrington town centre.
(228001)
452
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effects on the local economy of a toll on the new Mersey Gateway Bridge and the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge.
(228002)
453
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Canterbury of 3rd July 2008, Official Report, column 1020W, on aviation: the Royal Family, if he will instigate an internal inquiry to establish for what reason the sum in question was spent on a cancelled project; and what steps he plans to take to prevent a similar occurrence.
(228003)
454
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on his Department's implementation of the EU First Railway package, with specific reference to the implementation of Directive 2001/14.
(228005)
455
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on further electrification of the rail network.
(228006)
456
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total expenditure on consultants by his Department was in each year since its creation.
(228083)
457
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many scheduled train services were cancelled in the six months from 1st April 2008, broken down by train operating company.
(228100)
458
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff parking spaces are provided by his Department, broken down by location.
(228101)
459
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many scheduled rail services were (a) delayed and (b) delayed more than 20 minutes in each of the first three quarters of 2008, broken down by (i) region and (ii) train operating company.
(228103)
460
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total expenditure on consultants by the Highways Agency was in each year since its creation.
(228127)
461
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many press officers were employed by his Department in each year since its inception; and what the total budget for press and communications in his Department was in each year.
(228131)
462
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has issued guidance on the desirable frequency of Sunday bus services.
(227729)
463
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many consultation exercises his Department has undertaken on airport expansion in the last three years; and at what cost.
(227821)
464
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce a national discount railcard linked to the proposed standardisation of rail ticket tariffs; and if he will make a statement.
(227773)
465
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on plans to use Access for All funding to make access improvements at Leominster railway station; and if he will make a statement.
(228220)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
466
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many inspectors were employed by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.
(228087)
467
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy in 2007-08.
(228098)
468
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many powers of entry have been (a) introduced and (b) abolished through legislation sponsored by his Department since 1997.
(228159)
469
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of future trends in the level of unemployment in the UK.
(227888)
470
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what date the decision was made to charge clients for telephone calls to the 0845 number for the benefits delivery centre at St Austell; and for what reason the decision was made.
(227365)
471
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what revenue Jobcentre Plus has received from the operation of the 0845 number of the benefits delivery centre at St Austell in each of the last three years; and how this revenue has been allocated.
(227366)
472
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on advertising in each of the last five years.
(227606)
473
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with HIV have had their (a) disability living allowance and (b) incapacity benefit reduced or removed in the last 12 months.
(227745)
474
Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people applied for pension credit in each month since January 2006.
(227970)
475
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that funeral payments from the Social Fund are made as quickly as possible.
(227831)
476
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department takes to ensure that serving and former servicemen receive the benefits to which they are entitled; and if he will make a statement.
(227837)
477
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the letter from his Department's central Freedom of Information team to the hon. Member for Yeovil dated 8th October 2008, which 25 questions from the hon. Member for Yeovil and 36 questions from other hon. Members were colour-coded red during his Department's use of a colour coding system for answering parliamentary questions; and if he will make a statement.
(227724)
478
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what restrictions there are on the use by students of disability living allowance to purchase equipment related to their disability.
[R] (227453)
479
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if, following the recent consultation in relation to the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit scheme, he will consider the merits of holding a further consultation on the new scheme relating to lump sum payments for those suffering from mesothelioma resulting from exposure to asbestos at work.
(227442)
480
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what conclusions have been drawn from the recent consultation on the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit scheme, on the merits of an extension of the period within which claims must be made after injury occurs in the light of the long gestation periods of some work-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.
(227443)
481
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what conclusions have been drawn from the recent consultation on the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit scheme with regard to benefits being awarded to those individuals who have retired from work or moved onto new employment and who later suffer disability as a result of injury at work.
(227444)
482
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what conclusions have been drawn from the recent consultation on the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit scheme in relation to those suffering from mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos at work.
(227445)
483
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many national insurance numbers were issued to dependants of work permit holders in each year from 2002 to 2007.
(227448)
484
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many national insurance numbers have been issued to dependants of work permit holders in 2008.
(227450)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
485
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much was received by UK companies for arms sales to Colombia in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (228225)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
486
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether, under the bank restructuring plan announced on 13th October, board members and other senior executives of banks in receipt of recapitalisation funds and investment capital from public funds will be permitted to receive any non-cash bonuses in the form of share options, pension benefits or other non-cash end-of-year benefits.
[Transferred] (227920)
487
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, under what legislative powers the Government recently froze the assets of Icelandic banks in the United Kingdom.
[Transferred] (227922)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
488
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the total cost was to the Exchequer of all quangos in 2007-08.
[Transferred] (227885)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
489
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for increasing the supply of affordable housing for local people to rent or buy in rural areas.
[Transferred] (227979)
490
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Government has provided by way of grants or subsidies to (a) the Met Office and (b) the Met Office Hadley Centre in each financial year since 1998.
[Transferred] (227855)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
491
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information he holds on the average pump price for (a) unleaded petrol and (b) diesel in each EU country on 1st October 2008.
[Transferred] (228102)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
492
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many local authority enforcement actions have been taken against excessive noise from fireworks on private property in the last three years.
[Transferred] (227820)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
493
N
Mr Andy Slaughter (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps his Department plans to take to increase public interest in science.
[Question Unstarred] (227259)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
494
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions there have been for the offences of (a) careless driving, (b) causing death by careless driving and (c) causing death by dangerous driving following inappropriate use of a satellite navigation device in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (228007)
495
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many attempted murders have taken place at HMP Whitemoor in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (227776)
496
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of staff working shifts was in each of the last three years at HMP Whitemoor.
[Transferred] (227779)
497
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been released early under the Government's early release scheme from HMP Whitemoor in the last 12 months.
[Transferred] (227785)
498
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what groupings of parliamentary constituencies are permitted for statistical purposes in (a) England, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales.
[Transferred] (227826)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
499
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13th October 2008, Official Report, column 894W, on motor vehicles: taxation, how many people are forecast to renew their vehicle tax (a) online and (b) at their local post office in each of the next five years.
[Transferred] (227913)

 
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