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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 19 November 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 19 November, 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  Monday 19 November, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Tuesday 20 November see Part 2 of this Paper.

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.
 


 
MONDAY 19th NOVEMBER
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the purpose of the Delivery Unit is; and what its aims, objectives and workplan are for (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03.
(15885)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the material published in relation to the work of the Delivery Unit; what his policy is in respect of the publication of such material; and if he will make a statement on the public accountability of this unit.
(15882)
3  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the budget is for the Delivery Unit in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; and how many (i) officials and (ii) special advisers are in this unit.
(15881)
4  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the advisers who have been brought into the Cabinet Office since December 2000 who give their (a) time and (b) expertise on an unremunerated basis.
(16351)
5  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is the total cost to public funds of answering the questions tabled on 12th November by the honourable Member for Buckingham for answer on the 14th November.
(15696)
6  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action her Department has taken to tackle discrimination against older people.
(16329)
7  
  
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the English Tourism Council spent on marketing when it harmonised the grading standards in 1999.
(16383)
8  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will consider relaxing regulations requiring football stadia to be all-seated.
(15782)
9  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action she has taken to encourage schools to set-up girls' rugby and football teams with trained coaches.
(16266)
10  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received concerning the proposals to remove gambling machines from non-profit-making members' clubs.
(16217)
11  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the number and social background of beneficiaries from the New Opportunities Fund in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.
(15783)
12  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to promote tourism in the coastal resorts in the North East.
(15781)
13  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, from which (a) individuals and (b) bodies the Gambling Review Body received advice regarding problem gambling among (i) children and (ii) adults.
(16571)
14  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent representations she has received concerning problem gambling among (a) children and (b) adults.
(16570)
15  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the impact on (a) small businesses, (b) private clubs and (c) other organisations of the implementation of Recommendation 70 of the Report of the Gambling Review Body.
(16572)
16  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the impact on (a) small businesses, (b) private clubs and (c) other organisations if all recommendations of the Gambling Review Body were implemented.
(16573)
17  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many employees of (a) her Department and (b) agencies sponsored by her Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU Objective 1 status, (iii) areas with Objective 2 status and (iv) other areas.
(16103)
18  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what alteration in (a) number and (b) value of lottery awards to Cannock Chase has occurred as a result of recent initiatives to increase awards to coalfield areas.
(16423)
19  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who made the decision to support the staging of the 2005 World Athletics Championships.
(16654)
20  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what venues were considered by her Department as possible venues for the hosting of the 2005 World Athletics Championships after the decision was taken not to host the games at Lee Valley.
(16653)
21  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which (a) Ministers and (b) officials from (i) her Department and (ii) other Departments attended the 2001 World Athletics Championships in Edmonton on an official visit; and what were the (a) dates and (b) purpose of such visits.
(16651)
22  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish the programme of all (a) events and (b) activities that the Right honourable Member for Sheffield Central attended at the 2001 World Athletics Championships in an official capacity.
(16652)
23  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which Minister in her Department has Ministerial responsibility for the hosting of the 2005 World Athletics Championships.
(16650)
24  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date the Right honourable Member for Sheffield Central was removed from decision-making regarding the staging of the 2005 World Athletics Championships; and if she will make a statement on the nature of that removal.
(16649)
25  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the Film Council will be made subject to the (a) rules and (b) methods of accountability of the Civil Service.
(16647)
26  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date Sheffield became a potential contender for hosting the 2005 World Athletics Championships.
(16648)
27  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost has been to his Department of the use of MoD police in connection with RAF Menwith Hill since 5th July; and what the preset departmental budget was for this function.
(15878)
28  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what languages were used for the labelling of (a) cluster bombs, (b) food parcels and (c) leaflets dropped in Afghanistan.
(15773)
29  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the labelling on (a) cluster bombs, (b) food parcels and (c) leaflets dropped in Afghanistan with reference to the literacy rate among the Afghan population.
(15820)
30  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Army's Lynx AH7 helicopters will be withdrawn from service.
(16555)
31  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the oldest airframes of the (a) Sea King HC4, (b) Sea King HAR3 and (c) Puma HC1 operational with Her Majesty's forces.
(16552)
32  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which warships will be in the Caribbean on anti-drugs patrol from mid-November to mid-February.
(16549)
33  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which (a) Type 22 frigates, (b) Type 42 destroyers, (c) Type 23 frigates, (d) aircraft carriers and (e) fleet submarines are (i) operational, (ii) in refit and (iii) in maintenance or repair.
(16550)
34  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons HMS Cromer has been decommissioned; and what plans there are to dispose of her.
(16548)
35  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had about the effectiveness of the C-17; whether he has considered buying the four C-17s which are leased; what plans he has to expand 99 Squadron, using further C-17s; and if he will make a statement.
(16262)
36  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to sponsor trials of the F35 in connection with developing UK requirements; what trials of the aircraft will take place in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(16558)
37  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what effects environmental conditions had on Army and Fleet Air Arm helicopters during Exercise Saif Sareea II; and if he will make a statement.
(16556)
38  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the battlefield light utility helicopter programme; and what is its in-service date.
(16553)
39  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Army's Gazelle helicopters will be withdrawn from service.
(16554)
40  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to make a decision on the (a) STOVL and (b) CV variant of the Joint Strike Fighter; and if he will make a statement.
(16557)
41  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which helicopters are under consideration for the SABR programme.
(16551)
42  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what missile trials involving live firing of missiles have been undertaken by (a) HMS Marlborough, (b) HMS Lancaster and (c) HMS York in the past three years.
(14627)
43  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what missile trials involving Trident Class submarines have taken place in the past three years.
(14628)
44  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what provision has been made for UK forces' overseas entertainment in the current financial year; and if he will give equivalent figures for each of the past five financial years.
(16205)
45  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the recent discovery of notes for the design of nuclear weapons in houses captured from al-Quida in Kabul.
(16422)
46  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he notified (a) Aylesbury Vale District Council, (b) Halton Parish Council, (c) Wendover Parish Council and (d) Buckinghamshire County Council of the decision of Defence Estates to submit a planning application for the Princess Mary Hospital site, RAF Halton.
(15709)
47  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the cost to date to (a) his Department, (b) Defence Estates, (c) their agents and (d) representatives of (i) preparing and (ii) making representations to the public inquiry into the Aylesbury Vale Local Plan.
(15711)
48  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his officials last met (a) Wendover Parish Council, (b) Halton Parish Council and (c) the Wendover Society to discuss the future of the Princess Mary Hospital site, RAF Halton.
(15717)
49  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by whom (a) his Department and (b) its agents were legally represented at the public inquiry into the Aylesbury Vale Local Plan; what was the cost of such legal representation; and if he will make a statement.
(15712)
50  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who authorised the planning application to Aylesbury Vale District Council for the Princess Mary Hospital site, RAF Halton.
(15710)
51  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is towards submitting planning applications for his Department's sites the use of which is already subject to a local plan public inquiry.
(15713)
52  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the evidence about the future of RAF Halton submitted by his Department to the public inquiry into the Aylesbury Vale draft local plan.
(15716)
53  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons Defence Estates has submitted a planning application for the site of the Princess Mary Hospital, Halton, before the outcome of the public inquiry into the Aylesbury Vale local plan is known.
(15714)
54  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when (a) his Department and (b) its agents decided to submit a planning application to Aylesbury Vale District Council for the redevelopment of the Princess Mary Hospital site, RAF Halton.
(15708)
55  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he has conducted a review this year of Defence Estates' disposal programme; what was the conclusion of that review; and if he will make a statement.
(15715)
56  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many homes Defence Estates was seeking permission to build on the site of the Princess Mary Hospital, RAF Halton, in (a) its evidence to the Public Inquiry into the Aylesbury Vale Local Plan, and (b) its recent planning application to Aylesbury Vale District Council; and if he will make a statement.
(15707)
57  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made with placing a contract for the additional two alternative landing ships logistic.
(16268)
58  
  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the consultant's report recommending the relocation of the fixed wing aircraft repair business of DARA from RAF St Atham to Cardiff International Airport.
(16389)
59  
  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Chief Executive of DARA first met the First Secretary to discuss the relocation of the fixed wing aircraft repair business from RAF St Atham to Cardiff International Airport.
(16390)
60  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which firms are providing his Department with (a) expertise and (b) advice with respect to the flotation of QinetiQ.
(16405)
61  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's budget is for professional advice on the flotation of QinetiQ.
(16406)
62  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the contract between his Department and EDS for army payroll services was rewritten; and if he will make a statement.
(16591)
63  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which risks that his Department considered transferred in the contract between his Department and EDS are disputed by EDS; and if he will make a statement.
(16592)
64  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many employees of (a) his Department and (b) agencies sponsored by his Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU Objective 1 status, (iii) areas with Objective 2 status and (iv) other areas.
(16104)
65  
  
Patsy Calton (Cheadle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action she will take to ensure that those teachers who crossed the payment threshold as a result of threshold allowance awards in the financial year 2001-02 will pay the same level of taxation on their increased salary as those who passed the payment threshold in the previous financial year.
(16420)
66  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the total cost of administration in each of the local learning and skills councils in the current financial year.
(13335)
67  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the total cost of administration of each of the former training and enterprise councils in each of the last three years.
(13336)
68  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the total cost of administration of the former Further Education Funding Council in each of the last three financial years.
(13337)
69  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many adults have inadequate basic skills.
(16415)
70  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many 11 year olds failed to reach expected levels in (a) Maths and (b) English in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(16416)
71  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the percentage of school leavers (a) nationally and (b) in the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency who have entered higher education in each of the last four years.
(16212)
72  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people have taken out student loans per year since their inception; what is (a) the average amount per loan, (b) the average amount loaned to each student, (c) the average time taken before repayments begin, (d) the running costs per year of the Student Loans Company and (e) the annual income from repayments of the Student Loans Company.
(16216)
73  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what specialist support is available to young women who are (a) pregnant, (b) have children and (c) have other caring responsibilities to enable them to continue their education (i) in England, (ii) in the Teeside region and (iii) in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.
(16263)
74  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list for each (a) area based and (b) other regeneration-related initiative for which her department is responsible (i) the amount budgeted and (ii) the total expenditure in each financial year for the planned lifetime of each initiative (1) nationally and (2) in the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.
(16213)
75  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance has been issued to careers teachers to challenge preconceptions about girls' and boys' subjects and employments.
(16264)
76  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the cost and performance of the Sure Start programme (a) nationally and (b) the boroughs of Middlesbrough, (ii) Redcar and (iii) Cleveland.
(16215)
77  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps have been taken to provide female students at all levels with women role models who have succeeded in traditionally male dominated fields.
(16265)
78  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the number of schools with internet access (a) nationally and (b) in boroughs of (i) Middlesbrough, (ii) Redcar and (iii) Cleveland; and what were the Department's targets in each case.
(16214)
79  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has for secondary education in Retford.
(16260)
80  
N  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much her Department has spent in real terms on advertising campaigns to promote training and education policy in each of the last 15 years.
(16098)
81  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many statemented pupils were excluded from school on an (a) permanent basis and (b) temporary basis in (i) Durham and (ii) England.
(16258)
82  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many, and what percentage, of pupils at (a) Key Stage 1 and (b) Key Stage 2 in Durham are statemented.
(16256)
83  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the expenditure on statemented pupils in last five years was in (a) Durham and (b) England excluding pupils in special schools.
(16257)
84  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she will publish the guidance for schools advising them how to apply for specialist school status in maths and computing; and what the core aims at such specialist schools will be.
(16561)
85  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she will reply to the letter of 11th October on bullying from Reverend Alan Burgess of New Milton.
(16412)
86  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent guidance he has issued to local authorities in respect of their powers and duties under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.
(15391)
87  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) use by the local authorities of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 in relation to the sale of animals subject to the Act.
(15392)
88  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the areas of outstanding natural beauty in the Buckingham constituency.
(16254)
89  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the dispute between her Department and the Public and Commercial Services Union; and if she will make a statement.
(16587)
90  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will provide a breakdown of the cost of (a) settling the dispute between her Department and the Public and Commercial Services Union and (b) charges by the European Union for not meeting (i) foot and mouth compensation and (ii) other support payments.
(16588)
91  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the level of spending by visitors to the countryside in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001.
(16589)
92  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of people between 16 and 60 years old in rural areas in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001 were active in (i) full-time, (ii) part-time and (iii) seasonal work.
(16586)
93  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to fund public transport interchanges at train and bus stations in rural areas.
(16585)
94  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of young people living in rural areas in the United Kingdom gained five GCSEs at grade levels A* to C compared to the national average in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001.
(16582)
95  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of rivers in England were in (a) good, (b) fair and (c) poor quality in (i) 1996, (ii) 1997, (iii) 1998, (iv) 1999, (v) 2000 and (vi) 2001.
(16581)
96  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to provide door-to-door public transport services for those unable to walk to rural bus stops.
(16584)
97  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what was the population of farm birds in rural areas in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001.
(16580)
98  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which local authorities in England and Wales she classifies as rural.
(16583)
99  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of the population in local authorities defined as rural were assessed as being in priority need for housing in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001.
(16539)
100  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were employed in agriculture in the United Kingdom in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000, and (f) 2001; and what proportion were (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c) seasonal.
(16536)
101  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of young children living in rural areas in the United Kingdom did not reach the national average for Key Stage 2 assessment in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001.
(16534)
102  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of sites of special scientific interest were in (a) good, (b) fair and (c) poor condition in (i) 1996, (ii) 1997, (iii) 1998, (iv) 1999, (v) 2000 and (vi) 2001.
(16537)
103  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what was the turnover of businesses based in rural areas in the United Kingdom in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001.
(16542)
104  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of people in rural areas claimed to feel safe from crime in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001.
(16541)
105  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of rural bus services ran over the weekend in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001.
(16540)
106  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the levels of ozone in rural areas in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001.
(16538)
107  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of young people living in rural areas in the United Kingdom went into post-16 education compared to the national average in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001.
(16535)
108  
N  
Mr Ian Cawsey (Brigg & Goole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will implement the European Commission's decision of 16th October 2000 relating to imports of wild caught birds.
(16091)
109  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will establish an independent appeal system for farmers in disagreement with her Department over the processing, interpretation or assessment of applications for financial support and other statutory services and procedures.
(16400)
110  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to ensure that the responsibilities of Lord Haskins within the Prime Minister's office are co-ordinated with the priorities, objectives and work of her Department.
(16395)
111  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the Prime Minister regarding (a) the future of farming and (b) the future prospects of small family farms; and if she will publish the record of those discussions.
(16394)
112  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what targets she has set to remove the backlog of cattle due for slaughter under the over 30 month scheme.
(16393)
113  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what risk assessment she has received on the reopening of cattle markets; when she plans to allow Chippenham Cattle Market to reopen; and if she will make a statement.
(15531)
114  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will relax the regulations which prevent farmers moving livestock on the hoof in the area surrounding their farms.
(15532)
115  
  
Mr Charles Hendry (Wealden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the letter of the honourable Member for Wealden of 26th July relating to a petition on genetically modified foods.
(16385)
116  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 7th November, Official Report, column 306W, if she will make it her policy to send a copy of the code of practice on relationships between supermarkets and suppliers to all farmers and growers in Worcestershire after the agreement of the four major retailers to the code has been obtained.
(16244)
117  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she has taken to assist homeowners whose houses are not on flood plains but who have been flooded in the last year who are required to pay the same insurance premiums as those homeowners who are.
(16567)
118  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from owners of properties that were flooded last year for the first time and have been designated by insurance companies as at risk.
(16568)
119  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the remit of the Rural Task Force.
(16527)
120  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date it was planned for the Rural Task Force to be wound up.
(16528)
121  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the conclusions of the Rural Task Force.
(16529)
122  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will encourage insurance companies not to charge excessive premiums to homeowners who possess properties at risk from flooding.
(16569)
123  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has for flood protection in the Newark area.
(16259)
124  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list those members of the Carbon Trust Board with (a) skills and (b) experience gained from (i) central government and the devolved administrations, (ii) local government, (iii) the energy supply industry, (iv) the energy efficiency industry, (v) the non-governmental sector and (vi) other sectors.
(16320)
125  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of the employees in (a) her Department and (b) agencies sponsored by her Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU Objective 1 status, (iii) areas with Objective 2 status and (iv) other areas.
(16105)
126  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many households in the Isle of Wight have benefited from the (a) home energy efficiency scheme and (b) HEES Plus since 1st June.
(16121)
127  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of the £260 million of funding for the home energy efficiency scheme has been spent on people living in fuel poverty.
(16118)
128  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many households in the Isle of Wight spent over 10 per cent. of their household income on fuel and were living in fuel poverty in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001.
(16123)
129  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many complaints have been received in (a) England, (b) the South East and (c) the Isle of Wight in respect of work carried out in the home energy efficiency scheme.
(16124)
130  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many households have made a financial contribution to work carried out under the home energy efficiency scheme since 1st June.
(16119)
131  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures are being taken to ensure that (a) Eaga Partnership Ltd and (b) Eastern HEES Ltd monitor the independent installers employed in relation to the home energy efficiency scheme.
(16122)
132  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many households in (a) England and (b) the Isle of Wight have qualified for the full grant of £2000 in respect of the home energy efficiency scheme.
(16117)
133  
  
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what dates and at which times the autumn movement of livestock scheme website at www.fmdamll.defra.gov.uk/logon.asp has been unavailable; and if she will make a statement on the impact on applicants of the unavailability of the website.
(16331)
134  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (a) for what reasons and (b) on what date her Department introduced new rules regulating the issuing of movement licences by trading standards officers for cattle direct to slaughter for human consumption; if she will list the adminstrative changes introduced; and what steps her Department took to inform (i) farmers and (ii) the agriculture industry of the adminstrative changes prior to their introduction.
(16657)
135  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what instructions have been issued by her Department to the chairmen of the foot and mouth disease inquiries (a) to concentrate on the handling of future animal disease outbreaks and (b) to exclude the handling of the outbreak from their inquiries and final reports; and if she will make a statement.
(16659)
136  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (a) for what reasons and (b) on what date her Department introduced new rules requiring (i) the completion of application forms and (ii) the supply of ear tag numbers to trading standards officers in advance of the issuing of movement licences for cattle direct to slaughter for human consumption; and what steps her Department took to inform (A) farmers and (B) the agriculture industry of the administrative changes prior to their introduction.
(16658)
137  
N  
Mr Ian Cawsey (Brigg & Goole):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the aggregates levy on the rural economy.
(16089)
138  
N  
Mr Ian Cawsey (Brigg & Goole):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assistance he will provide to those whose employment is affected as a result of the aggregates levy.
(16090)
139  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate how much revenue would accrue annually if cannabis were taxed in the same way as tobacco, assuming consumption by two million users.
(16126)
140  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the consumer benefits accruing from the proposed implementation of Rule 4.7.1(1) in the draft Mortgage source book and the likely implementation of Rule 4.7.1(1) by mortgage lenders; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (15784)
141  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement giving the reasons for not publishing monthly estimates of all forms of tax receipts.
(16261)
142  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the likely cost in financial year 2002-03 of (a) an incremental research and development tax credit for all companies paid only on additional spending and (b) a research and development tax credit for all companies covering all relevant spending.
(15702)
143  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representatives he will send to the manufacturing summit to explain the operation of the climate change levy.
(15700)
144  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the total weight of aggregates used by public or public/private projects in the last financial year for which information is available in (a) road building and (b) rail infrastructure.
(15697)
145  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the proportion of companies paying the climate change levy which will pay an excess charge over and above NI rebates.
(15706)
146  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has held with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills regarding the impact of fraud on tax credits for (a) education and (b) training.
(15703)
147  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, from how many (a) companies and (b) business organisations he has received pre-budget representations regarding the impact of the climate change levy.
(15699)
148  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of administering the (a) aggregates tax and (b) climate change levy in their first full year of operation.
(15704)
149  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the incremental approach to the operation of research and development tax credits.
(15701)
150  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if (a) he and (b) other Treasury Ministers will attend the Manufacturing Summit in early December.
(15698)
151  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the average excess charge for all companies paying the climate change levy with an excess charge over and above NI rebates in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by industrial sector.
(15705)
152  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what involvement his Department has had with the renegotiation of the Ministry of Defence contract with EDS for the Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(16590)
153  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date the Office of National Statistics was asked to examine the accounting treatment of the successor organisation to Railtrack; and if he will make a statement.
(16593)
154  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employees of (a) his Department and (b) agencies sponsored by his Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU Objective 1 status, (iii) areas with Objective 2 status and (iv) other areas.
(16112)
155  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact on the quality of public service which would result from the privatisation of the Inland Revenue's distraint work in England and Wales; what plans he has to introduce a regulatory framework for bailiffs working on behalf of the Inland Revenue; and if he will make a statement.
(16356)
156  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from the Public and Commercial Services Union on his Department's proposal to privatise the Inland Revenue's distraint work in England and Wales; for what reasons his Department has introduced the proposal; and if he will make a statement.
(16355)
157  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what have been the costs of operations undertaken by his Department in connection with events following the 11th September terrorist attacks on the United States; and if these costs will be met from his Department's budget.
(16563)
158  
N  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the EU Association Council of 20th November will consider to stop the import into the EU under preference of goods labelled as made in Israel but which originate in Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.
(15893)
159  
N  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has been made of Israel's responses to post-verification requests by the EU in respect of imports suspected to originate outside the internationally recognized borders of Israel.
(15892)
160  
N  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Israeli authorities have responded fully to EU post-verification requests for certificates of origins for goods alleged to be from illegal settlements; and if he will detail those responses.
(15891)
161  
N  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who will represent the British Government at the EU Association Council of 20th November reviewing the EU-Israel Association Agreement.
(15890)
162  
N  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library, the agenda for the meeting of the EU Association Council to be held on 20th November to renew the EU-Israel Association Agreement.
(15888)
163  
N  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what mechanisms are available to the EU to review the operation of the EU-Israel Association Agreement.
(15889)
164  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish details of the recent discussions he has had with the Russian Government concerning NATO expansion in (a) the Baltic states and (b) East-Central Europe.
(16566)
165  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans there are for a future meeting between the Indian Prime Minister and the Pakistani President as a follow up to their meeting in Agra earlier this year.
(16564)
166  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the content of his discussions on (a) nuclear safety, (b) stability in Kashmir and (c) the future make up of a government for Afghanistan during his meeting with (i) the Indian Prime Minister and (ii) the Pakistani President.
(16565)
167  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to assist the economies of (a) Israel, (b) Jordan, (c) Syria, (d) the Palestinian Territories and (e) Lebanon.
(16579)
168  
  
David Hamilton (Midlothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans there are to extend the military action in Afghanistan to other countries.
(16665)
169  
  
David Hamilton (Midlothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what instructions will be given to British troops relating to the protection of local people from violence perpetrated by future governing regimes.
(16666)
170  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the role of states other than Afghanistan in having assisted Osama bin Laden and al-Quaeda; and if he will list those states.
(16421)
171  
  
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if it is his policy that change in the constitutional status of Gibraltar will only occur after the agreement of the majority of the resident community.
(16411)
172  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government is opposed in principle to an EU constitution; and if he will make a statement.
(16407)
173  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had about the inclusion of a possible EU constitution in the forthcoming Laeken declaration on the future of Europe.
(16408)
174  
  
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria he will apply to determine whether a future Palestinian state is viable.
(16271)
175  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his United States counterpart regarding the United States decision to freeze the assets of the Somali-owned money-transferring company, Al Barakat.
(15776)
176  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representatiosn he has made to the government of Sudan on the UN Special Rapporteur's report on human rights abuses in Sudan; and if he will make a statement.
(15777)
177  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on plans to offer the people of Gibraltar a referendum on the subject of a change to the status of their territory; and if the result of such a referendum will be binding on the United Kingdom Government.
(16222)
178  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many employees of (a) his Department and (b) agencies sponsored by his Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU Objective 1 status, (iii) areas with Objective 2 status, and (iv) other areas.
(16107)
179  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received from the people of Gibraltar about the future status of their territory.
(16120)
180  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action his Department has taken to tackle discrimination against older people.
(16328)
181  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the breakdown of the costs to public funds in 2001-02 of the Prescription Pricing Authority.
(16253)
182  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the expected cost to public funds is of ending long waits in accident and emergency departments.
(16251)
183  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the expected cost to public funds is of ensuring that by the end of 2005 the maximum waiting time for an out-patient appointment will be three months and for in-patients, six months.
(16252)
184  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the expected cost to public funds is of enabling all patients to have GP appointments within 48 hours.
(16250)
185  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to public funds is in 2001-02 of the patient advocates in hospitals.
(16249)
186  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress with, and the cost to public funds of, the policy of enabling patients whose operations are cancelled on the day they are due to take place either to choose another date within 28 days at the hospital or to have it carried out at another hospital.
(16248)
187  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are in hospital in England awaiting nursing accommodation at the latest available time.
(15385)
188  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost is per week of (a) keeping a person in hospital and (b) keeping that person in a nursing home.
(15386)
189  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 5th November, Official Report, column 111W, what restrictions on doctors within the non-consultant grades with potential to become consultants he regards as unnecessary; when he plans to remove these restrictions; and if he will make a statement.
(16219)
190  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward legislation to allow medicinal cannabis to be prescribed in the same way as heroin.
(16125)
191  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients there were on in-patient waiting lists waiting over 12 months for the quarter ended (a) March 1997 and (b) September 2001.
(16403)
192  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the percentage of patients on in-patient waiting lists waiting over 12 months for the quarter ended (a) March 1997 and (b) September 2001.
(16402)
193  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times agency staff were used to fulfil shifts in acute hospitals by (a) authority area and (b) trust presented (i) numerically and (ii) as a proportion of all nurse shifts for each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(16396)
194  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by each acute trust on agency nurses as (a) a total annual amount and (b) a proportion of the annual expenditure in each of the last three years for which records are available.
(16397)
195  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) registered and (b) formerly registered nurses have taken up a full or part-time contract with the NHS after a break in their nursing career in each of the last three years for which records are available.
(16398)
196  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the number of registered and formerly registered nurses who are not employed as nurses and who are (a) under 30, (b) under 40, (c) under 50 and (d) under 60 years of age.
(16388)
197  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to appeal against the judgment in the case of R v Quintavalle and the Secretary of State for Health.
(16267)
198  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the outcome was of the Health Council held in Brussels on 15th November; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.
(16530)
199  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines his Department issues on the provision of care for transexual people.
(16384)
200  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, further to his holding reply, if he will explain the reason for his delay in replying to the letter to him dated 3rd October from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr J. Titterington.
(16245)
201  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to promote awareness of prostate cancer nationally; and if he will make a statement.
(16210)
202  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people are registered for NHS dental care (a) in England and (b) in the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.
(16207)
203  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the number of older people (a) in England and (b) in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland who have benefited from (i) subsidised and (ii) free pneumococcal and flu vaccinations.
(16211)
204  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of men (a) in England, (b) in the North East region and (c) in the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency have been checked for prostate cancer in the last 12 months.
(16209)
205  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to ensure that all those who want to are able to register for NHS dental care.
(16208)
206  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his proposals to redraw regional health area boundaries so that they are coterminus with regional government boundaries.
(16206)
207  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of (a) the lives saved, (b) the hospital bed days saved and (c) the hospital costs saved by extending the availabilty of the pneumococcal vaccine; and if he will make a statement.
(16524)
208  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to make the pneumococcal vaccine more widely available to the under 65 age group; and if he will make a statement.
(16523)
209  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in which health authorities in England and Wales the pneumococcal vaccine is available to those aged (a) over and (b) under 65 years.
(16522)
210  
  
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were waiting (a) more than six months and (b) more than 12 months for in-patient treatment in the South Cheshire Health Authority in (i) March 1997 and (ii) September 1997 and in each reporting period in between.
(16532)
211  
  
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were waiting in accident and emergency units in the South Cheshire Health Authority in October (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.
(16533)
212  
  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contribution his Department will make to the World Health Organisation study into Deep Vein Thrombosis and Air Travel.
(16319)
213  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many employees of (a) his Department and (b) agencies sponsored by his Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU Objective 1 status, (iii) areas with Objective 2 status and (iv) other areas.
(16106)
214  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone & The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the money assigned to palliative care over three years has been spent; and if he will make a statement on how it was spent.
(16353)
215  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action his Department has taken to tackle discrimination against older people.
(16330)
216  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many failed asylum seekers have been returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1st May 1997.
(15821)
217  
N  
Hugh Bayley (City of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his Department's plans for co-ordinating the civil response to a major terrorist attack.
(13338)
218  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the prospects for the rate of change in the number of women prisoners since 1st May 1997 to be sustained; what assessment he has made of the reasons for the change; and if he will make a statement.
(14302)
219  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the capacity of each women's prison in the United Kingdom.
(14303)
220  
N  
Roger Casale (Wimbledon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to (a) ensure that adequate provision has been made for the accommodation of women prisoners, (b) reduce the risk of suicide amongst women prisoners and (c) ensure the safety of prisoners at Downview prison in Surrey.
(15288)
221  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will give guidance to police forces that they should give greater priority to penalising cyclists riding on pavements.
(16273)
222  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the recommendation of the Drug Advisory Council with regard to the classification of GHB.
(16272)
223  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce proposals to increase the level of fines imposed on law-breaking cyclists.
(16243)
224  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if it is his intention that belief in (a) the teachings of Osama Bin Laden, (b) Muslim fundamentalism and (c) the Reverend Moon are religious beliefs for the purposes of Part 5 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill.
(16664)
225  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the scope of the expression 'particular circumstances' in Clause 109 7(b) of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill.
(16418)
226  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many criminal offences punishable with imprisonment in excess of two years have been created by statutory instrument in each of the last 10 years.
(16223)
227  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will prepare a register of the religious beliefs to which Part 5 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill applies.
(16417)
228  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out the (a) essential characteristics and (b) definition of religious belief for the purposes of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill.
(16225)
229  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the criminal offences punishable with imprisonment which have been created by subordinate legislation under powers conferred by section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 since it came into force.
(16224)
230  
N  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement about his powers in relation to persons detained indefinitely.
(13861)
231  
N  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter of 25th September from the honourable Member for Putney with regard to his constituent Mrs Kulsoom Begum Gill (Refs. G339000 and B523773).
(14938)
232  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the changes in the numbers of people using recreational cannabis in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) other Council of Europe countries with populations of more than five million in the last five years.
(15817)
233  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact on availability of street heroin in the United Kingdom of the collapse of the Taliban regime.
(15818)
234  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the outcome was of the Justice and Home Affairs Council held in Brussels on 16th November; what the Government's policy was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.
(16531)
235  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on whether he takes into account (a) actual and (b) anticipated levels of external funding to police forces for the Neighbourhood Local Renewal Fund when allocating funds for the (i) recruitment and (ii) training of police officers.
(16354)
236  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the level of support for Muslim fundamentalism within the United Kingdom.
(16409)
237  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information he has collated on the extent to which the views and values of Osama bin Laden have been promoted in public within the United Kingdom since 1997.
(16410)
238  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress with work on the perimeter fencing at Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution.
(16316)
239  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Prison Service's assessment of the Kainos community projects.
(15819)
240  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the future of the healthcare centre at Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution.
(16312)
241  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his response to the annual report for 2000-01 of the Board of Visitors of Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution.
(16314)
242  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the number of (a) mentally and (b) personality disordered prisoners now held in young offenders institutions.
(16313)
243  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects work on C Wing, Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution, to be completed.
(16315)
244  
  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to secure a substantive reply from the National Asylum Support Service reference IMG/01247/1385/587 in relation to the letters of 18th October and 8th November from the honourable Member for Manchester Central regarding his constituent Mrs H. A. F.
(16317)
245  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many employees of (a) his Department and (b) agencies sponsored by his Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU Objective 1 status, (iii) areas with Objective 2 status and (iv) other areas.
(16108)
246  
N  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to tackle prostitution; and if he will make a statement.
(13777)
247  
N  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received with regard to applications for CCTV in locations where property crime and drug offences are closely connected with street prostitution.
(13776)
248  
N  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are being taken to prevent people from entering prostitution; and if he will make a statement.
(13775)
249  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, for what reason (a) the hours required from and (b) the salary paid to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards are being reduced.
(15535)
250  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make it his policy henceforth that the Commission will (a) meet in public and (b) publish agendas and minutes of its meetings.
(15533)
251  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, for what reason the decision to offer the next Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards an extension to his or her contract by mutual agreement was not taken in respect of the present postholder.
(15536)
252  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, for what reason it was decided not to renew without the requirement for open competition the contract of the current postholder of the post of Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.
(15534)
253  
  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list her Department's individual aid contributions to international sexual and reproductive health NGOs in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and the projected contributions for (f) 2002, (g) 2003 and (h) 2004.
(16646)
254  
  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list her Department's actual and as a percentage of GNP overseas expenditure on (a) human resources, (b) technical aid (c) commodities and (d) direct financial assistance for debt relief in each of the last four years.
(16637)
255  
  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list her Department's emergency relief aid contributions to sexual and reproductive health programme work for (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and projected contributions for (f) 2002 (g) 2003 and (h) 2004.
(16636)
256  
  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list her Department's overseas aid contribution for (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and projected contributions for (f) 2002, (g) 2003, and (h) 2004 broken down by (i) bilateral, (ii) EU, (iii) multilateral and (iv) NGO aid contributions (A) in total and (B) as a proportion of GNP.
(16545)
257  
  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list her Department's sexual and reproductive health aid contribution, actual and as a percentage of GNP, for (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and projected contributions for the years (f) 2002, (g) 2003, and (h) 2004 broken down into (i) bilateral, (ii) EU, (iii) multilateral and (iv) NGO aid contributions (A) in total and (B) as a proportion of GNP.
(16546)
258  
  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list her Department's bilateral aid contributions to sexual and reproductive health aid for (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and projected contributions for the years (f) 2002, (g) 2003 and (h) 2004, broken down by country.
(16547)
259  
  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list her Department's sexual and reproductive health aid contribution in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and projected contributions for (f) 2002, (g) 2003, and (h) 2004 (i) in total and (ii) as a proportion of GNP.
(16544)
260  
  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list her Department's aid contribution to emergency relief aid in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and projected contributions for (f) 2002, (g) 2003 and (h) 2004.
(16643)
261  
  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list her Department's aid contributions that incorporate illiteracy reduction in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and the projected contributions in (f) 2002, (g) 2003 and (h) 2004 (i) in total and (ii) as a proportion of GNP.
(16642)
262  
  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list her Department's individual aid contributions to international sexual and reproductive health NGOs via the Civil Society Challenge Fund in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and the projected contributions for (f) 2002, (g) 2003 and (h) 2004.
(16645)
263  
  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list her Department's aid contributions specifically aimed at human rights issues and eliminating gender disparity in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and the projected contributions for (f) 2002, (g) 2003 and (h) 2004 (i) in total and (ii) as a proportion of GNP.
(16644)
264  
  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the developing countries visited by her Under Secretary of State for International Development in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and countries expected to be visited in (f) 2002, (g) 2003 and (h) 2004.
(16639)
265  
  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list her Department's aid contributions that incorporate human rights and gender disparity in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and the projected contributions for (f) 2002, (g) 2003 and (h) 2004 (i) in total and (ii) as a proportion of GNP.
(16640)
266  
  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list her Department's aid contribution specifically aimed at reducing illiteracy in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and the projected contributions in (f) 2002, (g) 2003 and (h) 2004 (i) in total and (ii) as a proportion of GNP.
(16641)
267  
  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the developing countries she visited in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and the countries she expects to visit in (f) 2002, (g) 2003 and (h) 2004.
(16638)
268  
  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list her Department's overseas aid contributions for the years (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and projected contributions for the years (f) 2002, (g) 2003, and (h) 2004 (i) in total and (ii) as a proportion of GNP.
(16543)
269  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action she is taking to ensure that exports of refrigerators to the Third World comply with the European regulations which come into effect on 1st January.
(16247)
270  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to the government of Zimbabwe regarding their decision to prohibit non-governmental organisations from operating in Zimbabwe.
(15778)
271  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many employees of (a) her Department and (b) agencies sponsored by her Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU Objective 1 status, (iii) areas with Objective 2 status and (iv) other areas.
(16109)
272  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what proportion of the additional money granted to the Lord Chancellor's Department to clear the backlog of asylum appeals will be made available to the Legal Services Commission for representation for appellants; and if he will make a statement.
(15953)
273  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what representations he has received from the Information Commissioner on a recommended timetable for implementing the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
(16387)
274  
  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many plastic bullets were procured for the (a) Royal Ulster Constabulary and (b) Police Service of Northern Ireland in each year from 1995 to present.
(16574)
275  
  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when Sinn Fein representatives will be able to join the Northern Ireland Police Board.
(16575)
276  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reasons he has not set an eight week period of consultation on the Government's response to the Criminal Justice Review.
(15537)
277  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many employees of (a) his Department and (b) agencies sponsored by his Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU Objective 1 status, (iii) areas with objective 2 status and (iv) other areas.
(16116)
278  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the methods by which public accountability of the Forward Strategy Unit is achieved.
(15880)
279  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, what mechanisms exist to prevent the use of the Forward Strategy Unit for party political purposes; and what independent checks exist to ensure such mechanisms are effective.
(15886)
280  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, in respect of the Forward Strategy Unit, what the budget is for (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; and how many (i) officials and (ii) special advisers are presently deployed to this unit.
(15883)
281  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, what the purpose of the Forward Strategy Unit is; and what its aims, objectives and workplan are for (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03.
(15884)
282  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, which constituencies he has visited on official duties since 1st May 1997; and on how many occasions in each case.
(15879)
283  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, what steps he intends to take to improve the public accountability of (a) Lord Birt and (b) Lord Levy; if he will take steps to enable them to answer Parliamentary questions in relation to their duties; and if he will make a statement.
(15887)
284  
N  
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on departmental responsibility for financial assistance to shipping services between a port within Scotland and one outside Scotland.
(15694)
285  
  
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which organisations she met during her participation in Scotland Week in Brussels.
(16560)
286  
  
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many businesses in Scotland, broken down by sector, have benefited from the First Steps e-business access programme.
(16559)
287  
N  
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when and where she will meet Scottish Executive and Northern Ireland Executive ministers to discuss the operation of a ferry service between Campbeltown and Ballycastle.
(15695)
288  
N  
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when she expects to finalise the evaluation of the expressions of interest received to operate the ferry service between Campbeltown and Ballycastle.
(15693)
289  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many employees of (a) her Department and (b) agencies sponsored by her Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU Objective 1 status, (iii) areas with Objective 2 status and (iv) other areas.
(16115)
290  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action her Department has taken to tackle discrimination against older people.
(16326)
291  
N  
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will place in the Library a copy of the agreement reached between her Department and the National Union of Mineworkers in April on the equal value pay claim of ex-British Coal women workers; and if she will make a statement.
(16093)
292  
N  
Mr Ian Cawsey (Brigg & Goole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what provision will be made to protect SMEs which are unable to pay the aggregates levy.
(16088)
293  
N  
Mr Ian Cawsey (Brigg & Goole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the ability of SMEs to fund the aggregates levy.
(16087)
294  
N  
Mr Ian Cawsey (Brigg & Goole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the effect of the aggregates levy on small and medium sized companies.
(16086)
295  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total solicitors' costs to her Department was of the Right honourable Member for North Tyneside's action against Associated Newspapers and Simon and Schuster.
(16391)
296  
  
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 9th November, Official Report, column 442W, on Stop Now Orders, how many trading standards departments have received training in the legal and administrative requirements of the Regulations; whether more seminars are planned; and if she will make a statement.
(16577)
297  
  
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) training and (b) additional resources have been given to bodies, other than trading standards departments, towards the (i) legal and (ii) administrative requirements of the Stop Now Order Regulations; and if she will make a statement.
(16578)
298  
  
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 9th November, Official Report, column 442W, on Stop Now Orders, how much money has been transferred to cover the additional costs associated with the implementation of the Stop Now Order Regulations; from which bodies the money has been transferred; which bodies are receiving this money; and if she will make a statement.
(16576)
299  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions she has had with farmers and agricultural industry representatives regarding her Department's Code of Practice for supermarkets engaged in purchase policies with farmers and farmers' groups.
(16401)
300  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what mechanisms she has put in place to ensure that individual farmers and other food suppliers are protected from the effects of purchasing practices of large supermarkets.
(16399)
301  
  
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many former miners from the North Somerset coalfield have (a) applied for and (b) received compensation awards.
(16321)
302  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reason her Department did not allocate the funding requested by the Awel Amen Tame to develop Wales' first community owned windfarm.
(16663)
303  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the total amount of interest paid to sick miners and their dependants who have experienced delays in the payments of the amounts awarded them under the terms of the respiratory disease scheme; and whether the (a) Department and (b) the appointed claims handlers will be responsible for these interest payments.
(16660)
304  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what sums the Government has obtained annually as guarantors from surplus arising from the (a) mineworkers' pension scheme and (b) British Coal staff superannuation scheme since 1994, at constant prices.
(16661)
305  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage increases have been awarded annually to pensioner beneficiaries under the (a) mineworkers' pension scheme and (b) British Coal staff superannuation scheme; and what has been their total value annually at constant prices.
(16662)
306  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if Ukraine is off cover for official UK export credits.
(16322)
307  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what applications have been received for export credit support in respect of the KZR4 nuclear power station in Ukraine; and if she will provide details.
(16324)
308  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the Government carries any liability for potential damage in respect of investments they support in Ukraine.
(16323)
309  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the UK has indicated to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development that it is interested in the financing of a nuclear power station in Ukraine.
(16325)
310  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many employees of (a) her Department and (b) agencies sponsored by her Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU Objective 1 status, (iii) areas with Objective 2 status and (iv) other areas.
(16110)
311  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many cases are awaiting a hearing before an employment tribunal.
(16655)
312  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many cases were heard by employment tribunals in each of the last 10 years.
(16656)
313  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the average time before a case is heard by an employment tribunal over the last 12 months.
(16635)
314  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations she has received to amend the Equal Pay Act 1970 to allow for an extension of the time limit beyond six months from termination of employment for bringing an equal value pay claim before an employment tribunal.
(15072)
315  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action his Department has taken to tackle discrimination against older people.
(16327)
316  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the representations his Department has received since 1st May 1997 (a) in favour of and (b) against the reopening of the Lewes-Uckfield railway line.
(15389)
317  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will ask the SRA to consider the potential for switching freight from road to rail following the development of an improved railhead at Newhaven.
(15387)
318  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the South Coast multi-modal study is permitted to consider the impact of fare reductions on train services, underwritten by (a) the relevant train operating company, (b) the SRA and (c) his Department, as part of its remit to find ways to maximise use of the existing infrastructure.
(15390.)
319  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the status of, and progress being made on, in the feasibility study being undertaken under the auspices of the SRA into the possible reopening of the Lewes-Uckfield railway line.
(15388)
320  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if she will make a statement on the level of home ownership in the Buckingham constituency in each of the last five years.
(16255)
321  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects to introduce the Brit disc for foreign trucks; and if he will make a statement.
(16424)
322  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action the Government proposes to take in response to the final report of the Building Research Establishment and Tree Advice Trust on evergreen hedges; and if he will make a statement.
(16413)
323  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the final report of the Building Research Establishment and Tree Advice Trust about evergreen hedges.
(16414)
324  
  
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the United Kingdom's Government's policy for reducing emissions from international aviation was approved at the 33rd International Civil Aviation Organisation Assembly; and if he will make a statement.
(16269)
325  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the (a) organisations and (b) individuals who responded to the consultation on the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 section 64A--charges for occupation of the highway which closed on 12th October; and when the official Government response to that consultation will be published.
(15954)
326  
  
David Hamilton (Midlothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the current status of the Waverly Line railway proposals between Edinburgh and Carlisle.
(16521)
327  
  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, who is financing the current advertising campaign on the London Underground relating to the benefits of the public private partnership; and what is its cost.
(16562)
328  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 20th September from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr James Hamlett.
(16246)
329  
  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what procedure is followed when concerns are communicated to his Department about the propriety of the conduct of his special advisers in respect of their professional relationship with civil servants.
(16386)
330  
  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd October, Official Report, columns 93-4W, on departmental staff, if he will list (a) the departments and (b) the Ministers that were consulted prior to the transfer of Mr Alun Evans from his Department to the Cabinet Office; and if he will give the dates on which each of the consultations took place.
(16525)
331  
  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd October, Official Report, columns 93-4W, on departmental staff, if he will list the dates on which (a) Mr Alun Evans' transfer from his Department was agreed with the Permanent Secretary McIntosh, (b) Mr Alun Evans left his former post as Director of Communications in his Department and (c) Mr Alun Evans commenced work in his current post.
(16526)
332  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 14th November, reference 14783, on what basis his Department determined the value of assets of Railtrack plc for the purposes of assessing the company's solvency.
(16092)
333  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many fines have been imposed for failure to make a statutory off road notification since the scheme's inception.
(16310)
334  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the performance of the statutory off road notification scheme in reducing vehicle excise duty evasion.
(16311)
335  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, in how many instances trading standards officers have discovered since December 2000 Dutch mushrooms being sold in United Kingdom supermarkets as British mushrooms; what steps are taken to authenticate the source of mushrooms sold as British; and if he will make a statement.
(16392)
336  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what advice the Government sought about the timing of an announcement of the changed plans for Railtrack plc to the Stock Exchange.
(16378)
337  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what financial guarantees the administrator of Railtrack plc has sought from the Government concerning new investment projects.
(16366)
338  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his estimate is of the fees of the administrator for Railtrack plc.
(16372)
339  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory redundancies planned by Railtrack in administration.
(16361)
340  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what money is available for the successor Railtrack company in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04 from (i) government and (ii) SRA sources.
(16368)
341  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much of the financial guarantee to Railtrack in administration represents cash spent; and how much remains as a facility to draw down.
(16379)
342  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the investment projects over £5 million in value awaiting decision by the administrator of Railtrack plc.
(16357)
343  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much the Government has paid to Railtrack Group plc (a) directly and (b) via the SRA in 2001-02; and how much it planned to pay it over the balance of the year before the company was put into administration.
(16382)
344  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much Railtrack plc spent on investment in (a) 2000-01 and (b) between 1st April and being placed in administration.
(16352)
345  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what money was budgeted to be given to Railtrack (a) Group and (b) plc in 2002-03 prior to the decision to place Railtrack plc in administration.
(16363)
346  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his estimate is of the legal fees for advice to his Department (a) incurred so far and (b) likely to be incurred in the rest of the 2001-02 financial year on the issues arising from the Railtrack administration.
(16373)
347  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many separate rail investment projects are awaiting decision by the administrator of Railtrack; and what their combined value is.
(16358)
348  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which (a) creditors and (b) contractors of Railtrack plc have approached the Government for (i) letters of comfort and (ii) guidance concerning payments for work done for Railtrack.
(16367)
349  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the (a) Board and (b) auditors of Railtrack sought a letter of comfort concerning payments to Railtrack Group and plc before the directors and auditors signed the accounts for 2000-01 on a going concern basis; and if the Government granted such a request.
(16377)
350  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the external (a) consultants and (b) advisers which the Government has used in the last year on railway matters.
(16374)
351  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his estimate is of the time Railtrack plc will stay in administration.
(16380)
352  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which investment projects have been approved by the administrator since taking over Railtrack plc.
(16365)
353  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what accountancy advice he took on the financial position of Railtrack in connection with the petition for administration.
(16376)
354  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what investment expenditure was planned for the period from the end of September to 31st March (a) 2002 and (b) 2002-03 by Railtrack plc prior to being placed in adminstration.
(16359)
355  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will announce the (a) Board of (b) financial backers of and (c) advisers to the proposed not-for-profit company he wishes to take over the assets and liabilities of Railtrack plc.
(16369)
356  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when bids will close for the (a) assets and (b) liabilities of Railtrack plc in administration.
(16370)
357  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the average daily rate of (a) loss (PBT) and (b) cash outflow at Railtrack plc in administration has been since 5th October.
(16360)
358  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action he has taken with respect to the plan to cut costs at Railtrack plc drawn up by the board before the company was put into administration.
(16371)
359  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his estimate is of the cash needs of Railtrack plc in administration.
(16381)
360  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the forecast is of the investment expenditure of Railtrack in administration and its successor for (a) the period from being placed in administration to 31st March 2002 and (b) the 2002-03 financial year.
(16362)
361  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the specialist areas in which his Department has sought external advice in handling Railtrack over the last year.
(16375)
362  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) guidance and (b) instruction has been issued to Railtrack in administration by the Government on employment in the company.
(16364)
363  
N  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which councils operate private leasing of unsold homes as a means of housing homeless families; and how many families are housed by each local authority in private leasing accommodation.
(16097)
364  
N  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many hostel beds were available in (a) London and (b) the rest of the country in each of the last 10 years.
(16218)
365  
N  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what was the average cost in the last 12 months of housing a homeless family in (a) bed and breakfast and hostel accommodation and (b) private leasing of unsold properties from property developers.
(16096)
366  
N  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many landlords have been prosecuted for disregarding local authority repairs notices since 1990.
(16100)
367  
N  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many homeless people there were in each of the last 10 years.
(16220)
368  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether his Department maintains records on the safety record of monocular drivers.
(15772)
369  
  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what contribution his Department will make to the World Health Organisation study into Deep Vein Thrombosis and Air Travel.
(16318)
370  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that local authority schemes for recycling and disposing of fridges comply with EU regulations.
(16404)
371  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 7th November, Official Report, column 289W, if he will place the PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Ernst & Young studies in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(16594)
372  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many employees of (a) his Department and (b) agencies sponsored by his Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU Objective 1 status, (iii) areas with Objective 2 status and (iv) other areas.
(16111)
373  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many employees of (a) his Department and (b) agencies sponsored by his Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU Objective 1 status, (iii) areas with Objective 2 status and (iv) other areas.
(16114)
374  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many self-funders in (a) residential and (b) nursing homes are in receipt of attendance allowance; and what assessment his Department has made of the survey of self-funders undertaken by the Department of Health.
(15774)
375  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out the most recent figures he has for the proportion of preserved rights residents in (a) nursing homes, (b) residential homes and (c) nursing and residential homes whose (i) fees are equal to or below income support, (ii) top-up is less than their personal expenses allowance, (iii) top-up is between personal expenses allowance and £20, (iv) top-up is between £20.01 and £30 and increments of £10 thereafter up to £70.01 and over.
(15132)
376  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will answer the question (No. 7981) of 8th October from the honourable Member for Hertsmere concerning the number of persons on the New Deal for Young People recruited by government departments.
(15775)
377  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the operation of the Braunstone Community Association in respect of the New Deal; what the cost is of the scheme; what plans he has to inquire into the administration of the scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(15779)
378  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer from the Minister of Work to the honourable Member for the Vale of York, 12th November, Official Report, column 865, if he will place in the Library the evidence referred to on the number of people who have found work as a result of the New Deal for the under-25s.
(16221)
379  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the Beaumont Leys Stocking Farm scheme in Leicestershire; how many people obtained work as a result of the scheme; and what the cost was of the scheme.
(15780)
380  
  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the implementation of the New Deal 50+ in Coventry.
(16270)
381  
N  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children were living in poverty in each of the last 15 years; and what estimate he has of the number of children that will be living in poverty in each of the next three years.
(16099)
382  
N  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which 20 local authorities took the longest to pay housing benefit in the UK in the last three years; and what was the average lengths of time it took these local authorities to pay.
(16102)
383  
N  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many young people aged under 25 years have been (a) killed and (b) injured whilst on New Deal schemes in each of the last three years.
(16095)
384  
N  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average household income was for the poorest 10 per cent. of the population (a) in real terms and (b) as percentage increase in each year of the last 15 years.
(16101)
385  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees of (a) his Department and (b) agencies sponsored by his Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU Objective 1 status, (iii) areas with Objective 2 status and (iv) other areas.
(16113)
386  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what is the average state pension for (a) men and (b) women.
(16419)
387  
N  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many local authority home helps there have been in each of the last 15 years.
[Transferred] (16094)


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