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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 10 April 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 10 April, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
TUESDAY 10th APRIL
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what percentage of sheep exported in the last year for which figures are available were exported to Greece; and what arrangements were put in place to ensure that the journey complied with the requirements of Directives 91/628 (as amended) and the Welfare of Animals During Transport Order.
(157887)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will reinstate the special central unit of officials monitoring and enforcing statutory provisions relating to sheep exports.
(157886)
3  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland and Lonsdale):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what advice he is issuing in relation to the foot and mouth epidemic to farmers disinfecting their vehicles when entering and leaving farm land.
(157020)
4  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what part illegal movements of animals have played in the spread of foot and mouth in the United Kingdom.
(157784)
5  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the value was of exports of pig and sheepmeat in the last year; and what he estimates the value to be in the first year following the end of the outbreak.
(157785)
6  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the average amount paid to date to farms in compensation for the culling of animals in the foot and mouth outbreak; and what estimate he has made of the final average payment.
(157787)
7  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what role the Environment Agency played in contingency planning for the foot and mouth outbreak; and if he will make a statement.
(157997)
8  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what guidance he has given the Environment Agency about its role in the contingency planning for a foot and mouth outbreak.
(158000)
9  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the farm gate price of (a) vegetables, (b) fruit and (c) non-edible products in Lancashire.
(157989)
10  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the value to the Lancashire meat trade of the licensed movement to slaughter scheme.
(157991)
11  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the value of EU payments to Lancashire horticulturalists in the last five years.
(157990)
12  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what date is to be set for movements to slaughter in the Chorley area.
(157992)
13  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will take steps to ensure that no dead farm stock will be dumped at landfill sites adjacent to land on which sheep and livestock are kept.
(157780)
14  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement setting out the factors so far identified in the EU enlargement negotiations which could lead to a breaching of the current agricultural budgetary guideline.
(157524)
15  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what information (a) has been and (b) will be provided to parish councils in the vicinity of Throckmorton airfield about his Department's plans for carcass disposal; and if he will make this information available to all interested parties.
(157782)
16  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if carcasses from (a) Wales and (b) English counties other than Worcestershire or Herefordshire, (i) have been sent and (ii) will be sent to the Throckmorton airfield disposal site.
(157891)
17  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the public health effects of the burning of old railway sleepers associated with the disposal of culled animals.
(157890)
18  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what impact the drainage system at Throckmorton airfield (a) has had and (b) will have on (i) excavating trenches for carcass disposal, (ii) discharges into local watercourses and (iii) the amenity lakes on the south side of the airfield.
(157781)
19  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the effect of burning culled cattle on the possible spread of BSE to neighbouring farms.
(157889)
20  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if the disposal of carcasses at Throckmorton airfield will affect the status of the surrounding area for foot and mouth control purposes; and if he will make a statement.
(157867)
21  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of (a) wind strength and direction and (b) the presence of birds and rats attracted to Hill and Moor landfill site on the suitability of Throckmorton airfield site for the burning and burial of carcasses.
(157892)
22  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many farms have been involved in the cull of livestock as a result of the foot and mouth crisis; and if he will make a statement.
(158055)
23  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the number of contiguous farms which will be closed down as a result of the foot and mouth crisis; and if he will make a statement.
(158056)
24  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much of the package of aid to the English fishing industry contained in the press release on this Department's website (Ref: 1219/01) is funding which has already been announced.
(157881)
25  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the criteria used for awarding the package of aid to the English fishing industry for decommissioning.
(157880)
26  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the landing sites for fishing ports in order of value of landings.
(157879)
27  
N  
Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what has been the total cost of BSE to public funds.
(158002)
28  
N  
Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the total payment has been to date, of payments made to farmers in England in respect of the arable area payment scheme.
(157877)
29  
N  
Dr David Clark (South Shields):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what are the terms of reference of the People's Panel Support Group.
(158008)
30  
N  
Dr David Clark (South Shields):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list the members of the People's Panel Support Group, indicating those who are civil servants.
(158006)
31  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will initiate consultations upon the proposals made by the Arts Council of England to wind up the regional arts boards prior to their implementation; and if he will make a statement.
(157988)
32  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what British troops are stationed on the Macedonian border; and what their rules of engagement are.
(157863)
33  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many jobs in Coventry are dependent on the UK defence industry.
(157864)
34  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the capabilities will be of the amphibious landing vessels that will replace the existing ones.
(157865)
35  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many heavy lift aircraft there are in the UK; and how many more will be acquired as a part of the Strategic Defence Review.
(157862)
36  
N  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to award a general service medal to veterans of the Suez emergency.
(157987)
37  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has for the involvement of teachers employed by local education authorities in central support services, in membership and registration on, and the work of, the General Teaching Council.
(157866)
38  
N  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what discussions he has had with teacher unions about resolving the dispute over working hours; and if he will make a statement.
(157778)
39  
N  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the success of the education achievement awards; and if he will make a statement.
(157776)
40  
N  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he is taking to reduce administrative burdens in schools.
(157775)
41  
N  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he is taking to help teachers support pupils with social and emotional difficulties in schools; and if he will make a statement.
(157906)
42  
N  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what appeals procedure is available to schools that feel unfairly excluded appeals from the list of those regarded as eligible for an achievement award.
(157777)
43  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much money will be paid to head teachers in schools in Coventry South as a part of the education funding announced in the budget.
(157857)
44  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people in Coventry have found jobs through the New Deal.
(157858)
45  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people with learning disabilities are unemployed.
(158091)
46  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people with severe learning difficulties are in work (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of the total number of people with severe learning difficulties.
(158102)
47  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many of the teaching assistants providing classroom support for children with learning difficulties have received training in special needs education.
(158081)
48  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the number of people with learning disabilities who have experienced bullying and harrasment at work in the last year.
(158077)
49  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many children have been excluded from school because of their health needs in the last 12 months.
(158082)
50  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the effects, with statistical information on (a) Hampstead and Highgate and (b) the London Borough of Camden of his Department's policies since 2nd May 1997.
(158014)
51  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the data for the most recent figures which are available for (a) literacy and (b) numeracy in the London Borough of Camden.
(158017)
52  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people in Hampstead and Highgate are benefiting from each strand of the New Deal.
(158021)
53  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the progress of the Education Maintenance Allowance scheme in the London Borough of Camden; and how many students have taken up the allowance since its introduction.
(158019)
54  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the average class size was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) March 1997 and (ii) March 2001 in North Yorkshire.
(157868)
55  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the average class size was in the Bury St. Edmunds constituency for (i) middle schools and (ii) upper schools in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000; and what is it at present.
(157975)
56  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the average class size was in Suffolk local education authority for (i) middle schools and (ii) upper schools in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000; and what is it at present.
(157976)
57  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the pass rate of students at (a) unit 4 and (b) unit one of the recent GNVQ intermediate art and design Edexcel unit tests.
(157895)
58  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Truro and St. Austell of 9th February, Official Report, column 746W, if he will estimate the nominal rate of interest required to hold the net present value of student loans at £590m if the threshold of student loans repayment were increased to £15,000.
(157872)
59  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Cannock Chase constituency, the effects on Cannock Chase of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158068)
60  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many projects in Coventry, funded by his Department, are designed to improve levels of recycling.
(157860)
61  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress is being made to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in accordance with the Kyoto protocol.
(157859)
62  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many organisations indicated their views on the exclusion of elements of housing costs from the calculation of household income used to define fuel poverty (a) by making submissions to the consultation on the new HEES scheme and (b) by appending their names to other submissions; and how many organisations supported (i) the exclusion of housing costs, (ii) the inclusion of housing costs, (iii) other suggestions and (iv) making no comment.
(158003)
63  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what information the Environment Agency holds about safe burial sites for foot and mouth infected carcases; and if he will place this information in the Library.
(157998)
64  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many businesses in rural areas have applied for rate relief under the terms of the Rural Task Force package announced on 20th March.
(158001)
65  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many of the measures announced by the Minister for the Environment in his statement on foot and mouth of 20th March, Official Report, columns 191-3, have been implemented in full; and if he will make a statement.
(158004)
66  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from the Local Government Association about (a) the cost of district councils' contribution to the rate relief package announced on 20th March and (b) the list of councils whose business ratepayers are eligible for relief.
(157996)
67  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from district councils about the cost of their contribution to the rate relief package announced on 20th March.
(157995)
68  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many times the Rural Task Force has met; and what budget has been allocated to it.
(157994)
69  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many Environment Agency staff have been diverted from their normal duties to work on the foot and mouth crisis.
(157999)
70  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he is taking to ensure rail passengers affected by the recent disruptions are compensated; and if he will make a statement.
(158070)
71  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish the grounds on which the Strategic Rail Authority agreed to Virgin Trains' proposals for a 10 per cent. increase in rail fares.
(157783)
72  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out the effects, with statistical information on (a) Hampstead and Highgate and (b) the London Borough of Camden of his Department's policies since 2nd May 1997.
(158020)
73  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans there are to levy a charge on pleasure boat owners for the provision of emergency services; and if he will make a statement.
(158054)
74  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish the date for the commencement of the single rail franchise for Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(158096)
75  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Cannock Chase constituency, the effects on Cannock Chase of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158063)
76  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to extend the reduced rate of VAT on energy saving materials to energy saving materials sold direct for fitting by the purchaser.
(157888)
77  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd April, Official Report, column 154W, on tax credit fraud, if he will break down by (a) type of offence involved and (b) occupational group, the (i) penalties and (ii) prosecutions.
(157873)
78  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Hampstead and Highgate will benefit from the uprating of the national minimum wage.
(158022)
79  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Hampstead and Highgate will benefit from the recent rise in disabled persons tax credit.
(158012)
80  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) private sector and (b) public sector enterprises are eligible to pay the climate change levy in the Salisbury constituency.
(157788)
81  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many pay slip booklets for the 12 month period commencing April 2001 were re-issued by the Inland Revenue; for what reason the re-issue was necessary; and what the total cost of re-issuing the booklets was.
(157896)
82  
N  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the latest estimate is, measured in (a) resource accounting terms and (b) resource accounting terms at 2001 prices, of the planned increase in the annual total gross expenditure on administration by all departments from 1996-97 to 2003-04.
(157875)
83  
N  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the latest estimate is, measured in (a) cash terms and (b) cash terms at 2001 prices, of the planned increase in the annual total gross expenditure on administration costs by all departments from 1996-97 to 2003-04.
(157874)
84  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the (a) cost, (b) absolute gains and (c) relative gains by income decile of increasing the amount of income subject to basic rate tax by £1,000; and if he will make a statement.
(158073)
85  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the status of the negotiations with the ad-hoc group in Geneva for a protocol to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention.
(157114)
86  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action is being taken by Her Majesty's Government and other European governments to bring the United States back into the Kyoto Agreement.
(157861)
87  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what dates he has visited (a) Croatia and (b) Bosnia-Herzegovina since January 2000.
(157978)
88  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the objectives of the human rights dialogue between the United Kingdom and the People's Republic of China and the criteria he has established for the evaluation of its success.
(157528)
89  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those (a) honourable Members and (b) others who have made representations to his Department seeking a delay in the announcement of the fourth transplant unit to remain in operation after 1st April 2002.
(156683)
90  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if doctors are required to consult parents and carers before making decisions affecting people with a severe learning disability.
(158080)
91  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average weekly spending money given to people living in residential care is.
(158086)
92  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of women with learning difficulties receive cervical cancer screening.
(158092)
93  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many day centres for people with learning difficulties have been closed in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2000-01.
(158084)
94  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of women with learning difficulties over the age of 50 are eligible to receive breast screening services.
(158093)
95  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what studies have been undertaken on the assistance that people with severe learning difficulties and their carers receive in order to take short-term breaks.
(158090)
96  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with learning disabilities are resident in long-stay hospitals.
(158094)
97  
N  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of TB were reported in the UK in (a) 1999 and (b) 2000.
(157871)
98  
N  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of drug resistant TB were reported in the UK in (a) 1999 and (b) 2000.
(157870)
99  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the effects, with statistical information on (a) Hampstead and Highgate and (b) the London Borough of Camden of his Department's policies since 2nd May 1997.
(158013)
100  
  
Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will extend exemption from prescription charges to patients who have had an organ transplantation and require lifelong medication.
(158069)
101  
N  
Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average number of hours worked per week by general practitioners in England and Wales was in (a) 1971, (b) 1990 and (c) 2000.
(157882)
102  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Cannock Chase constituency, the effects on Cannock Chase of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158066)
103  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list, for the period between the commencement of the Home Detention Curfew scheme and 31st March inclusive (a) the number of prisoners released on the scheme, (b) the number of prisoners convicted of each offence who were released on the scheme, with a breakdown of the offences committed, including offences committed by prisoners normally classified under the categories (i) other homicide and attempted homicide, (ii) other violence against the person, (iii) drug offences, (iv) assaults and (v) other offences, including a breakdown of the prisoners normally classified in the sub-category of other offences called other offences, (c) the average sentence (i) received and (ii) served, and the average period spent on the scheme, in respect of each offence, (d) the number of prisoners released on the scheme, with a breakdown of the offences committed who (i) breached the conditions of the curfew, (ii) disappeared and were recaptured, (iii) disappeared and remain unlawfully at large and (iv) had their licences revoked with reasons, (e) a breakdown of the offences committed by prisoners released on the scheme while on the scheme, including offences committed by prisoners who committed more than one offence and (f) a breakdown of the specific offences committed by prisoners released on the scheme who committed a further offence while on the scheme that was similar in character to that for which they were originally convicted, including offences committed by prisoners who committed more than one offence; and if he will make a statement.
(157979)
104  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, ‹dc10›pursuant to his Answer to the Right honourable Member for Maidstone and the Weald, of 11th December 2000, Official Report, column 59W, on the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, when it is proposed that on-line access to the electoral register will be provided to registered political parties and the Electoral Commission to enable them to fulfil the requirements of Part IV of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000; and if he will make a statement about the progress being made in providing such access.‹dc0›
(158035)
105  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to ensure that registered political parties and the Electoral Commission are provided with updates of the electoral register to enable them to fulfil the requirements of Part IV of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.
(158005)
106  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Birmingham Hall Green, of 26th March, Official Report, column 496W, and to the oral statement of 4th April, Official Report, column 422, on updates of the electoral register, when he will publish amendments to paragraph 47 of the Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001 to provide for registered political parties and the Electoral Commission to receive copies of updates of the Electoral Register; when he proposes that the amendments will come into force; and in what form the updates will be provided.
(157984)
107  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Birmingham Hall Green, of 26th March, Official Report, column 496W, and to the oral statement of 4th April, Official Report, column 422, on updates of the electoral register, if he will instruct electoral registration officers to provide registered political parties and the Electoral Commission with updates of the electoral register to enable them to fulfil the requirements of Part IV of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.
(157985)
108  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to inform blind and visually impaired people of the new procedures to assist independent voting for blind and partially sighted people.
(158072)
109  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a copy of the ACPO manual of guidance on police use of firearms which immediately preceded that issued in January.
(157878)
110  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the full-time equivalent number of officers was who (a) transferred out of Metropolitan Police and (b) were seconded to other forces as a result of the major boundary changes in 2000; and if he will provide a figure for the number of officers in the Metropolitan Police, taking the changes into account, immediately prior to the boundary change which is comparable with subsequent equivalent figures.
(157779)
111  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Audit Commission report, 'Halfway Home: An Analysis of the Variation in the Cost of Supporting Asylum Seekers'.
(157981)
112  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average amount of purposeful activity per week per prisoner in 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(157982)
113  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of asylum seekers from Zimbabwe who applied for asylum in (a) each of the last six months and (b) in total have received a positive initial decision on their application (i) in total and (ii) of those who have been sent to Oakington; and if he will make a statement.
(157980)
114  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the effects, with statistical information, on Hampstead and Highgate of his Department's policies since 2nd May 1997.
(158015)
115  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on the holding of a borough by-election on the same day as the county council election and general election; and if he will make a statement.
(157869)
116  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cause was of each revision to the statistics on police numbers for 31st March 2000 published in November 2000; and what the impact of each revision was on the difference between total police numbers for 31st March 2000 published in (a) November 2000 and (b) the final figures published on 15th January 2001.
(157121)
117  
N  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) arrests and (b) successful prosecutions there have been of individuals suspected of illegal trafficking in women and girls for the purpose of prostitution in the last 12 months.
(157525)
118  
N  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been deported from the United Kingdom due to their involvement in the illegal importation of women and girls from abroad for the purpose of sexual exploitation or prostitution in the last 12 months.
(157526)
119  
N  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers he has to prevent the trafficking of women and girls in to the United Kingdom for sexual exploitation and prostitution; and what action is being taken at international level to combat such exploitation.
(157527)
120  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Cannock Chase constituency, the effects on Cannock Chase of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158067)
121  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what specific assistance is available within the legal system to adults with learning difficulties.
(158079)
122  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what recent representations he has received in relation to the time limit for homeless applicants to appeal to the county court under section 204 of the Housing Act 1996; what research his Department has commissioned relating to this issue; what its findings were; and if he will make a statement.
(158071)
123  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, for what reason his Department advertises part-time appointments with an age limit for applicants of 62.
(158061)
124  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will indicate for each month since 1st January 1999 (a) the number of RUC officers in post at each rank, (b) the number who retired at each rank in each month and (c) his projection of (a) and (b) until the end of June.
(157885)
125  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the RUC contract for accommodation at the Ministry of Defence buildings at Laurel Hill, Coleraine expires; and what steps have been taken to extend that contract until the new police station in Coleraine is ready for occupation.
(157883)
126  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made with the building of the new police station in Coleraine; when he estimates the remaining contracts will be let; and when the new station will be completed.
(157893)
127  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many extra police officers, in each rank and in total, have been deployed to control the traffic at the disinfection points of vehicles entering and leaving Northern Ireland from the Irish Republic, since the outbreak of foot and mouth disease began.
(157884)
128  
N  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the changes in the handling of the foot and mouth outbreak which have resulted from his actions since he took personal charge of the matter.
(157793)
129  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the benefits system discourages people with disabilities from taking up work.
(158087)
130  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will give a breakdown in number and relevant percentage of the DLA decisions on (a) the number of claims received in (i) 1999 and (ii) 2000, (b) the number which went to appeal in (i) 1999 and (ii) 2000, and the number which were turned down, (c) the number which went to tribunal in (i) 1999 and (ii) 2000 and in each year how many were turned down and (d) the average time it took for a decision to be taken (i) initially, (ii) on appeal and (iii) on further appeal to the tribunal in (A) 1999 and (B) 2000.
(157983)
131  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people in Hampstead and Highgate are benefiting from the disability income guarantee.
(158018)
132  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on the effects, with statistical information, on Hampstead and Highgate of his Department's policies since 2nd May 1997.
(158016)
133  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people in Hampstead and Highgate will benefit from the latest rise in child benefit.
(158011)
134  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people in Hampstead and Highgate will benefit from the increase in minimum income guarantee.
(158010)
135  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he will make a far east prisoner of war compensation payment to Gnr. H. J. Wilson, 118 Field Regiment RA, number 2558494.
(157876)
136  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 5th April, Official Report, column 260W, how many decision makers in the Benefits Agency earn annually (a) between £10 and £12,000, (b) £12 to £15,000, (c) £15 to £18,000, (d) £18 to £25,000 and (e) more than £25,000.
(158009)
137  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 5th April, Official Report, column 260W, what is the average amount of time Decision Makers have been employed in the Benefits Agency prior to being appointed to that position.
(158007)
138  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 5th April, Official Report, column 260W, what the procedure is whereby honourable Members may establish direct contact on behalf of constituents with a particular Decision Maker.
(157977)
139  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many decisions made by Decision Makers in the Benefits Agency have been reversed in (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000.
(157993)
140  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Cannock Chase constituency, the effects on Cannock Chase of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158065)
141  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to introduce set aside systems for steel plants until the depression in the steel trade ends.
(157786)
142  
  
Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Eccles constituency, the effects on Eccles of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158062)
143  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Cannock Chase constituency, the effects on Cannock Chase of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158064)
144  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions regarding the commencement date for the single rail franchise for Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(158095)
145  
N  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on what date he received notification from the Department of the Environment, Transport and Regions of its recent decision to license GM crop sites in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(157986)
146  
N  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress is being made in preventing young people from taking up smoking.
[Question Unstarred] (156293)
147  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of closures within the private nursing home and residential care sector on bed blocking and cancellation of elective surgery in National Health Service hospitals.
[Question Unstarred] (156311)
148  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the percentage was of average income paid in council tax by Londoners (a) in 1996 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (157894)
149  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with severe learning difficulties live with their parents.
[Transferred] (158088)
150  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with learning difficulties do not have a day centre placement for (a) all and (b) part of the week.
[Transferred] (158083)
151  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of people with learning difficulties that have been sexually abused.
[Transferred] (158078)
152  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many disabled people are seeking work.
[Transferred] (158103)
153  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the reduction in the number of services for profound and multiple disabilities in the last three years.
[Transferred] (158085)
154  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many parents over the age of 60 years care for children with severe learning difficulties.
[Transferred] (158089)


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