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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 6 December 2001
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.
 


 
THURSDAY 6th DECEMBER
1  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if his Department maintained expenditure and receipts within the voted provision in 2000-01.
(21465)
2  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if new electronic tools for cross-Government communication, presentation, policy analysis and development were delivered by April.
(21462)
3  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if his Department achieved the key peformance target in 2000-01 for increasing sales revenue for every pound of expenditure on direct labour costs.
(21466)
4  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Department broke even on an accruals basis in 2000-01.
(21464)
5  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make a statement on progress with testing and refining the Knowledge Pool approach to evidence based policy.
(21463)
6  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to ensure that government and agency websites are easily accessible to disabled users.
(20950)
7  
N  
Mr Tony Banks (West Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what provisions exist for the private hire of Apsley House; and which events have been held there in the last 10 years.
(20870)
8  
N  
Mr Tony Banks (West Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make it her policy to exclude members of the Wellesley family from sitting on the proposed private trust for Apsley House.
(20869)
9  
N  
Mr Tony Banks (West Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what annual financial contribution is made by the Wellesley family towards the upkeep of Apsley House.
(20871)
10  
N  
Mr Tony Banks (West Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what accommodation is provided for the Wellesley family in Apsley House; and what rent is paid.
(20868)
11  
N  
Mr Tony Banks (West Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when Apsley House was handed to the nation by the Wellesley family; and how much has been spent out of public funds to (a) maintain and (b) refurbish Apsley House in the last 30 years.
(20872)
12  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) single pensioners have taken out free television licences, (b) pensioner couples have taken out such licences, (c) pensioners are entitled to such licences but have not taken them out and (d) pensioners have no television.
(20951)
13  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure all regions of the United Kingdom are represented on the content board of the Office of Communication.
(20551)
14  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what appointment criteria she proposes for the content board of the Office of Communication.
(20550)
15  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what has been the cost of establishing the Yorkshire Cultural Consortium.
(21438)
16  
N  
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has made to seek to ensure that the 2002 Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens are open to teams from both codes of rugby; and if she will make a statement.
(20977)
17  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the oral Answer from the Minister of State for Sport on 3rd December, Official Report, column 14, who (a) attends and (b) chairs the ministerial meetings on sports issues.
(21598)
18  
N  
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action the Government is taking to facilitate the provision of accessible WCs for people with disabilities visiting historic buildings.
(21003)
19  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the non-parliamentary events at which (a) she and (b) other Ministers in her Department have made a speech in an official capacity since 8th June; and what was the (i) purpose and (ii) date of the attendance.
(21379)
20  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many civil servants have left her Department as a result of (a) voluntary, (b) statutory retirement, (c) dismissal and (d) employment outside the Civil Service in each of the last five years.
(21388)
21  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which film showings (a) she and (b) other Ministers in her Department have attended in an official capacity since 8th June; and what was the (i) purpose and (ii) date of each attendance.
(21378)
22  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her estimate is of the (a) number and (b) percentage of people living in the United Kingdom who have a television at their primary place of residence.
(21384)
23  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what announcements her Department is planning to make between 19th December and 8th January.
(21375)
24  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what percentage of households in the United Kingdom (a) pay for and (b) receive a free television licence.
(21381)
25  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her estimate is of (a) the number and (b) the percentage of (i) people and (ii) households in the United Kingdom that (A) receive and (B) can receive digital television by (1) digital terrestrial, (2) digital satellite, (3) digital cable and (4) other means ; and what the equivalent figures are for reception at people's primary place of residence.
(21386)
26  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on opportunities for staff training in her Department.
(21389)
27  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which (a) museums, (b) theatres, (c) art galleries and (d) sporting events (i) she and (ii) other Ministers in her Department have visited in an official capacity since 8th June; and what was the (1) purpose and (2) date of each visit.
(21377)
28  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which countries (a) she and (b) other Ministers in her Department have visited in an official capacity since 8th June; and what was the (i) purpose and (ii) date of the visits.
(21380)
29  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the process which resulted in Manchester City Football Club being chosen as the final occupier of the Commonwealth Games Stadium in Manchester.
(21355)
30  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many civil servants have (a) transferred at their own request and (b) otherwise been transferred (i) from another Department to her Department, and (ii) from her Department to another Department, in each of the last five years.
(21387)
31  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is her estimate of the number of (a) analogue and (b) digital television sets bought in each of the last five years; and how many sets there are in the United Kingdom.
(21382)
32  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost of converting the Commonwealth Games Stadium in Manchester into a football stadium will be.
(21351)
33  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the design of the Commonwealth Games Stadium in Manchester.
(21350)
34  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the use of on screen digitally originated graphics to identify and promote (a) television channels, (b) programme strands, (c) internet links and (d) other programmes.
(21372)
35  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will estimate the number of (a) analogue and (b) digital (i) radio and (ii) television sets in the United Kingdom.
(21383)
36  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the cost of (a) the Commonwealth Games Stadium, (b) the Manchester Commonwealth 50 Pool, (c) each other sporting facility and (d) each non-sporting facility to be used in the 2002 Commonwealth Games; and which bodies own each facility.
(21353)
37  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what determines (a) whether a press notice issued by her Department is placed on the Department's website and (b) how long a press notice issued by her Department remains on the Department's website.
(21374)
38  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on (a) the process and (b) the timing of the renewal of the BBC Charter.
(21373)
39  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her estimate is of the (a) number and (b) percentage of (i) people and (ii) households in the United Kingdom that can receive (A) publicly and (B) commercially funded digital radio by any means; and what are the figures for reception at people's primary place of residence.
(21385)
40  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the 2002 Commonwealth Games and on the cost of its organisation.
(21352)
41  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will (a) make a statement on (i) direct and (ii) indirect government funding of films and (b) publish a list of films that have received such funding in each of the last five years.
(21371)
42  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects to announce her decision on plans for BBC Broadcast.
(21376)
43  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the timing of the process of transferring the Commonwealth Games Stadium in Manchester from its current owners to Manchester City Football Club.
(21354)
44  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when Manchester Airport submitted an expression of interest in acquiring the RAF Finningley site for development as a civil passenger airport; what meetings with his Department were held; and if he will publish the documents relating to the expression of interest.
(21436)
45  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if C-17s have the capacity to drop cargo by parachute.
(20392)
46  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the operation of the C-17s is constrained by the Health and Safety regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(20395)
47  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if paratroop insertion for C-17s is possible.
(20394)
48  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many flying hours are permitted per annum for C-17s.
(20393)
49  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) establishment strength, (b) actual strength and (c) level of undermanning in percentage terms of establishment against actual strength was for the (i) Highlanders, (ii) Black Watch, (iii) Royal Scots, (iv) Royal Highland Fusiliers, (v) King's Own Scottish Borderers, (vi) Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, (vii) Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and (viii) Scots Guards on 1st November; what initiatives are under way in Scotland to address issues of (A) recruitment and (B) retention; and if he will make a statement.
(18931)
50  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what dense metals are used in the hard-target penetrators of the (a) GBU-24, (b) GBU-32 (upgraded), (c) GBU-37, (d) AGM-86D, (e) AGM-65G, (f) AGM-154C and (g) M220-TOW weapons systems.
(20340)
51  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what dense metals (a) are and (b) have been used in the (i) development, (ii) testing and (iii) operational use of the BEe/RO BROACH MWS warhead systems.
(20333)
52  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what warnings about depleted uranium hazards have been given to (a) UK and other allied forces troops, (b) UK and international aid and media organisations and (c) civilian communities and military organisations likely to be exposed to depleted uranium contamination in Afghanistan.
(20341)
53  
  
Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the future occupancy of Whale Island, Portsmouth, with special reference to the (a) Royal Marines and (b) Royal Marine Band.
(21413)
54  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of the defence budget was spent in Scotland in the most recent year for which figures are available (a) in actual terms and (b) as a percentage of the total defence budget.
(21358)
55  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel have been treated in the independent healthcare sector at his Department's expense in each of the last eight years; and if he will make a statement.
(18431)
56  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on treatments in the independent healthcare sector by his Department in each of the last eight years.
(18432)
57  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on (a) the Eurofighter and (b) the Joint Strike Fighter and when they will be in service.
(21621)
58  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people in Glasgow are employed in defence work.
(21620)
59  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Type 45 destroyers will be constructed in Scotland.
(21619)
60  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people were employed by her Department under the New Deal for the Over 25s; and at what cost to the public funds in 2001-02.
(21688)
61  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information she collates on the educational attainments of young people with disabilities and special educational needs compared with their peer group, with particular reference to (a) qualifications attained and (b) access to higher education.
(20952)
62  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools (a) opened a new sixth form and (b) closed their sixth form in each of the last three years; in which learning and skills councils area they are located; and what the average A level points score was of each school listed under (a).
(18380)
63  
  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the heads of secondary schools with sixth forms who sit on each learning and skills council.
(21437)
64  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what actuarial assessment has been made of the shortfall in the Astra Group pension scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(21416)
65  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will estimate the average weekly earnings of (a) a fully qualified teacher, (b) a primary school head teacher and (c) a secondary school head teacher in 2001-02.
(21102)
66  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children between ages of 5 and 18 years who are domiciled outside the United Kingdom were educated within the private sector for each of the years 1997-98 to 2000-01.
(21362)
67  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the value is of the (a) VAT and (b) council tax deferred as a result of the economic impact of foot and mouth disease for which payment is being sought.
(20908)
68  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the delays in making IACS payments.
(21106)
69  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received on the compatibility of the Animal Health Bill with the European Convention on Human Rights.
(21103)
70  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is towards the request for pre-action disclosure of departmental papers relating to the Government's handling of the foot and mouth outbreak; and if she will make a statement.
(21105)
71  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 30th November, Official Report, column 1172W, on industrial action, if she will list the measures her Department will use to ensure that all payments are made within the 16th November to 31st January window.
(21359)
72  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions her Department has had with the Department for Trade and Industry about funding the development of the peat replacement industry.
(21613)
73  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 30th November, Official Report, column 1172W, on industrial action, if she will list the (a) total and (b) per capita amount of payments by category that have been delayed since the dispute began.
(21360)
74  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 30th November, Official Report, column 1172W, on industrial action, if she will list the targets on service standards that are likely to be missed.
(21361)
75  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions her officials have had with other departments about action to promote sustainable alternatives to peat use.
(21611)
76  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions her Department has had with the Treasury about fiscal incentives to reduce consumer demand for peat products.
(21612)
77  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many targets set for her Department she (a) will and (b) will not meet by the set date.
(20947)
78  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 29th November, Official Report, column 1090W, on rural affairs, how many people received support through the England Rural Development Programme in 2001-02, broken down by category and amount.
(20940)
79  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action she is taking on the EU's proposals to make veterinary medicines dependent on prescription; and what assessment she has made of their impact in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland.
(20949)
80  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 29th November, Official Report, column 1091W, on rural affairs, which organizations received support through each scheme of the Vital Village Programme grants in 2001-02; and how much each received.
(20941)
81  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to introduce a rural equivalent of the Excellence in Cities scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(20911)
82  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to reduce the cost of administering departmental payments; and if she will make a statement.
(20948)
83  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Treasury on how to improve co-ordination of controls on food imports.
(20813)
84  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what controls the Government has to prevent (a) unsafe and (b) inferior food imports; and what plans she has to tighten those controls.
(20812)
85  
  
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of her Department's budget in 2001-02 is spent on administration costs; and if she will make a statement.
(21677)
86  
N  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the letters dated 18th March and 18th June from the honourable Member for West Derbyshire concerning Mr A. Tabbenor of Brooklands, Youlgrave, in Derbyshire and his suckler cow premium.
(21002)
87  
  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the letter of 8th October from the honourable Member for West Debyshire on the export of sheep and sheep meat to continental Europe.
(21472)
88  
N  
Mrs Marion Roe (Broxbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the letters from the honourable Member for Broxbourne of 4th September, 5th October, 2nd November and 29th November relating to correspondence from the East Anglian Region of the National Farmers' Union.
(20954)
89  
  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the letter dated 10th October from the honourable Member for Banff and Buchan regarding livestock movement and traceability.
(21477)
90  
  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the scientific basis is for the ban on the use of chlorfenvinphos and carbofuran in pesticides; and if she will make a statement.
(21478)
91  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to increase the capacity of local projects to recondition white goods appliances.
(21674)
92  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department in encouraging Government departments to take part in the pilot project to use only wood from sustainable sources.
(21669)
93  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take to implement her Department's policy of using only sustainable timber for public buildings.
(21672)
94  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the European Directive concerning the recycling of components parts of white goods; and what plans the Government has to ensure that the Directive does not obstruct the recycling of whole appliances for re-use by those on low income.
(21675)
95  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to improve the consistency of local re-use projects for white goods.
(21676)
96  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government plans to continue to encourage the re-use of whole white goods appliances to supply to people on low incomes.
(21673)
97  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research the Government is conducting into the use of sustainable timber.
(21671)
98  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the progress of the Government's plans to use sustainable timber only, whenever possible, as part of the materials used in the construction of public buildings.
(21670)
99  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many local authorities have completed their review of flood defence assets and provided that data to the Environment Agency.
(21415)
100  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of people between 16 and 60 years old in rural areas had been unemployed for (a) six, (b) 12 and (c) 18 months in (i) 1996, (ii) 1997, (iii) 1998, (iv) 1999, (v) 2000 and (vi) 2001.
(20910)
101  
  
Patsy Calton (Cheadle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Barnett Formula was last reviewed as regards Northern Ireland funding, with particular reference to regeneration in areas of civil disturbance; and if he will make a statement.
(21681)
102  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Crown Estate spent on corporate sponsorship in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001.
(20549)
103  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will announce his decision on the future of the distraint work of the Inland Revenue; and if he will publish his assessment of the financial evaluation of the options.
(20396)
104  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the tax relief he proposes to extend to community and amateur sports clubs will include mandatory relief from business rates.
(20946)
105  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 30th November, Official Report, column 1150W, to the honourable Member for Loughborough, on sports clubs, if he will list the taxes paid by community and amateur sports clubs on which he intends to grant tax relief.
(20945)
106  
  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has been made of the number of community amateur sports clubs which would qualify for (a) charitable status and (b) Inland Revenue administered tax relief under the proposals contained in consultation paper.
(21718)
107  
  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria, additional to those required by Inland Revenue administered tax relief a community amateur sports club must comply with to qualify for charity status under the proposals contained in the consultation paper.
(21719)
108  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will publish the review by Sir Gareth Roberts into the supply of scientists and engineers; and if he will make a statement.
(21506)
109  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the main areas in which the Roberts Review into the supply of scientists and engineers will make recommendations.
(21507)
110  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with members of the Scottish Executive since 3rd May on free care for the elderly in Scotland; and what was the outcome of such discussions.
(21629)
111  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the ratio of value added tax receipts to consumptions was, setting out the variation between the forecast VAT/consumption ratio and its actual outturn, in each of the last four years; and if he will make a statement.
(20219)
112  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the change in the working age inactivity rate over the past 12 months; what reasons underlie this change; and if he will make a statement.
(20223)
113  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the real growth rate of net investment, as used to produce the estimates of future public borrowing set out in Table B2, page 165, of the Pre-Budget Report, November 2001.
(20304)
114  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his latest estimate of the change in the tax burden from 2001-02 to 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(20314)
115  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the level of public sector investment as a share of gross domestic product in each year from 1978-79 to 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(20214)
116  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of public sector net borrowing for the fiscal year 2001-02 to date; what the position was at the same stage of the fiscal year 2000-01, excluding the proceeds of the sale of mobile (Spectrum) phone licences; and if he will make a statement.
(20215)
117  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which assumptions underlying his forecasts for public borrowing have been designed to be deliberately cautious, due to high levels of uncertainty; and if he will make a statement.
(20217)
118  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimates he has made of the level of capital gains tax paid in each year from 1997-98 to 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(20307)
119  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of net taxes and social security contributions as a share of gross domestic product for each year from 1999-2000 to 2005-06; how these estimates have changed over the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(20311)
120  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the effects on the public finances of a 10 per cent. increase in UK equity prices; and if he will make a statement.
(20315)
121  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimates he has made for privatisation proceeds over the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(20320)
122  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of debt interest payments by central government in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what effect there has been on these forecasts as a consequence of the new forecasts for interest rate levels as set out in the November 2001 Pre-Budget Report; and if he will make a statement.
(20338)
123  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the change in the trend growth of output in the UK since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(20221)
124  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Pre-Budget Statement of 27th November, Official Report, column 829, whether it is the policy of his Department to increase expenditure on the National Health Service to the average level of health spending in European Union countries; and if he will make a statement.
(20302)
125  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy to raise taxes to increase NHS spending; and if he will make a statement.
(20310)
126  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the methodology used to calculate value-added tax missing trader fraud in 2000-01.
(20332)
127  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on his plans to consult with patients and others on the conclusions of the Wanless Review of Long-Term Health Trends.
(20336)
128  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what allocations have been made from the Government's contingency reserves for (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(20331)
129  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out spending plans for the NHS beyond 2005-06 in the 2002 Comprehensive Spending Review; and if he will make a statement.
(20335)
130  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the proportion of the market share of UK consumed cigarettes accounted for by smuggled product for the latest year for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.
(20339)
131  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assumptions for the level of unemployment in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004 were used in drawing up the economic and budgetary forecasts made in the Pre-Budget Report; and if he will make a statement.
(20319)
132  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the percentage increase in council tax revenues between 2001-02 and 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(20337)
133  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the size is of the safety margin built into future borrowing forecasts, referred to in paragraph B3, page 164, of the Pre-Budget Report, for each of the next three financial years; and if he will make a statement.
(20218)
134  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the change in the trend growth of labour productivity since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(20220)
135  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what are his latest estimates of the level of non-North Sea corporation tax for each of the years 1997-98 to 2002-03; how these estimates vary from those made at the time of Budget 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(20301)
136  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimates he has made of financial sector employee bonuses for upper rate taxpayers for each of the years (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000, (c) 2000-01 and (d) 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.
(20306)
137  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of total expenditure on all forms of tax credit in each year from 1998-99 to 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(20316)
138  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to request that the National Audit Office should carry out an audit of all assumptions underlying the changes in the current receipts set out in Table B8, p.174 of the Pre-Budget Report between the Budget and the Pre-Budget Report; and if he will make a statement.
(21001)
139  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the level of public sector net investment was as a share of GDP in (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000, (c) 2000-01 and (d) 2001-02; what estimates were made by his Department in the Budgets of (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999 and (iv) 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(20342)
140  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimates of the growth of total managed expenditure for 2004 to 2007 underlie the forecasts for public borrowing as set out in Table B2, page 165, of the Pre-Budget Report; and if he will make a statement.
(20216)
141  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of the growth of current expenditure in the total departmental expenditure limit, in real terms, for the period 1998-99 to 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(20303)
142  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the pound sterling was overvalued against the euro on 27th November; and if he will make a statement.
(20309)
143  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimates he has made of the change in bonus payments made to financial company employees between 2000-01 and 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.
(20313)
144  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out his latest estimates of the underspends by each departmental expenditure limit for 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(20317)
145  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish his latest assessment of each Government department's performance in relation to its public service agreement targets; and if he will make a statement.
(20334)
146  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of (a) whole economy productivity growth and (b) manufacturing productivity growth for each year from 1975-76 to 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.
(20222)
147  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons his Budget 2001 estimate of total departmental expenditure limit spending was £3.4 billion higher in 2000-01 than the estimate given in his November Pre-Budget Report; and if he will make a statement.
(20318)
148  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assumptions and calculations he has made in order to derive the lower estimates for financial company profits which are used to calculate the new public borrowing estimates in Table B7, page 173, of the Pre-Budget Report; and if he will make a statement.
(20312)
149  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue which will be forgone following implementation of the Charity Commission's proposals on community amateur sports clubs.
(21698)
150  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total revenue which would be forgone if the Government implemented its proposals to reform the taxation of community amateur sports clubs as set out in paragraphs 21-22 of Promoting Sport in the Community.
(21699)
151  
  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will reply to the letter of 8th November from the honourable Member for West Derbyshire on the working families tax credit.
(21469)
152  
N  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many unitary authorities have a population of less than 100,000; and if he will list them together with their respective populations.
(20543)
153  
N  
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what impact the additional costs resulting from measures taken in response to the events of 11th September have had on plans for funding the expansion of the National Health Service.
(18689)
154  
  
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the relationship between incentives to work for a second earner and the introduction of the employment tax credit.
(21626)
155  
  
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of how the employment tax credit could be combined with training to increase the earnings potential of the low paid.
(21625)
156  
N  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Truro and St. Austell, of 19th July, Official Report, column 381W, what exchange rate between the pound and the euro will be stable and competitive in the medium term.
(18698)
157  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish the paper on public services productivity mentioned in paragraph 1.13 of 'Productivity in the UK: The evidence and the government's approach'; and if he will make a statement.
(21417)
158  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of (a) single childless people and (b) childless couples who will be entitled to the proposed employment credit.
(21100)
159  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had about the dual use of Gibraltar's airport.
(21369)
160  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the responsibilities of the Governor of Gibraltar concerning the policing of Gibraltar.
(21366)
161  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Governor of Gibraltar on Spain's access to the airport in Gibraltar.
(21368)
162  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many enquiries his Department has received concerning the future of Gibraltar since 7th June.
(21370)
163  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Governor of Gibraltar about delays in crossing the border with Spain.
(21367)
164  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what monitoring systems are in place to guarantee that UK manufactured and licensed equipment, components and spares are not used against civilians in Israel's Occupied Territories; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (19563)
165  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the setting up of an international monitoring presence in Israel's Occupied Territories; what specific proposals have been put forward by the British Government; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (19564)
166  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which aspects of agreement on the future status of Gibraltar with Spain (a) will and (b) will not be subject to a referendum in Gibraltar.
(21432)
167  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Russian Government on its decision to place troops within Afghanistan.
(20807)
168  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the role the Government is playing at the Bonn Conference on the future of Afghanistan.
(20808)
169  
  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next plans to enter into discussions with Spain over the future status of Gibraltar.
(21683)
170  
  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what form consultations with the Government of Gibraltar will take prior to the next meeting with Spain under the terms of the Brussels Process.
(21684)
171  
  
Mr Dennis Turner (Wolverhampton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next plans to raise the issue of border delays with the Government of Spain.
(21601)
172  
  
Mr Dennis Turner (Wolverhampton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) his officials next plan to meet the Chief Minister of Gibraltar.
(21600)
173  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has discussed with the Department of Work and Pensions to develop a National Service Framework for vocational rehabilitation.
(20814)
174  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residential and nursing home beds were available in (a) Essex and (b) Mid-Essex in March 1997; and how many were available at the latest date for which figures are available.
(20913)
175  
  
Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether a safer recombinant treatment product will be made available to haemophilia sufferers in England and Northern Ireland.
(21720)
176  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the prospect of securing an extension to the deadline proposed in the forthcoming European Directive on Food Supplements for the submission of detailed safety dossiers to the Scientific Committee for Foods in relation to safe nutrients which are available in the United Kingdom but which are not provided for in the proposed Directive.
(21695)
177  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what position his Department has taken in relation to amendments to European medicines Directives that would require food supplements to be considered to be medicines; and if he will make a statement.
(21696)
178  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to meet (a) Consumers of Health Choice, (b) the National Association of Health Stores and (c) the Health Food Manufacturers Association to discuss the implications of the proposed EU Food Supplements Directive for United Kingdom (i) consumers, (ii) retailers and (iii) manufacturers.
(21682)
179  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the forthcoming EU Food Supplements Directive would (a) permit and (b) require the setting of maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals at or close to the upper safe level for such nutrients.
(21693)
180  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of the proposed EU Food Supplements Directive on the United Kingdom specialist food supplement (a) market and (b) consumers; and if he will make a statement.
(21686)
181  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the meaning and practical implications of the requirement in Article 5 of the proposed European Directive on Food Supplements to take account of specified factors.
(21721)
182  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ask the European Commission to indicate the way in which it intends to interpret Article 5 of the proposed European Directive on Food Supplements.
(21722)
183  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the timetable for the publication of the proposed (a) draft and (b) final versions of the forthcoming report from the Ad Hoc Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals; what the scope is of that report; and what steps he is planning to take to promote its findings to (i) the European Commission, (ii) the European Union's Scientific Committee for Food and (iii) other member states of the European Union.
(21694)
184  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nutrients and (b) nutrient sources would be permitted under the forthcoming European Directive on Food Supplements; what steps he is taking to identify safe nutrients which are available on the United Kingdom market but are not on the lists in the Directive; and how he plans to ensure that United Kingdom (i) manufacturers, (ii) retailers and (iii) consumers may use these nutrients once the Directive is implemented.
(21691)
185  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on which health services he defines as world class, indicating what their characteristics are.
(20397)
186  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what expenditure on diabetes was in each year since 1997 in the Tees Health Authority.
(20939)
187  
  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter of 5th October from the honourable Member for West Derbyshire on the current position regarding single dose and MMR triple vaccinations.
(21473)
188  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have used the service provided by NHS Direct in each year since its introduction.
(21606)
189  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) female and (b) male trainee nurses have been recruited into the NHS in the last 12 months.
(21599)
190  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) health service staff working in accident and emergency departments and (b) ambulance staff have suffered (i) verbal and (ii) physical abuse whilst carrying out their duties in each of the last five years.
(21467)
191  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients received treatment in the accident and emergency departments of UK hospitals in each of the last five years.
(21468)
192  
N  
Mrs Marion Roe (Broxbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letters from the honourable Member for Broxbourne of 6th August, 21st September, 25th October and 29th November relating to correspondence about her constituent, Mrs Doris May Johnston, of Belmont View.
(20912)
193  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the average weekly earnings of a qualifed nurse in 2001-02.
(21101)
194  
N  
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action the Government is taking in relation to progress with the development of the Dental Access Centre in Kington, Herefordshire.
(21004)
195  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will offer separate funding for local closed circuit television schemes apart from the Safer Communities Initiative.
(21476)
196  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will announce the budget allocations for local crime and disorder reduction partnerships under the Safer Communities Initiative.
(21667)
197  
  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Criminal Justice Cabinet Committee met to discuss the recommendations of the Halliday review of sentencing and the Auld review of the criminal courts; when he intends to publish his proposals based on the reviews; whether it is the intention to publish draft legislation based on the review; and if he will make a statement.
(21642)
198  
  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders have been sentenced under (a) section 109, (b) section 110 and (c) section 111, of the powers of the Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(21641)
199  
  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to publish the inquiry into the scope for further privatisation of services within the prison estate; and if he will make a statement.
(21638)
200  
  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for future contracts for new prisons to be agreed on the basis of private sector design and building and public sector management; and if he will make a statement.
(21639)
201  
  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average crime clear up rate was in England and Wales in 2000-01, broken down by force; what assessment he has made of the reasons for the differences in crime clear up rates between forces; and if he will make a statement.
(21624)
202  
  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to what extent the costs incurred for developing the bids for the running of HMP Wold by each bidder are included in the overall tender; whether this is a factor in the consideration of the bids; and if he will make a statement.
(21646)
203  
  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements have been made for individuals to be received by local prisons beyond normal hours in pilot areas for extended court hours; and if he will make a statement.
(21637)
204  
  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the drug abstinence order pilots began in each pilot area; how many orders have been (a) commenced and (b) breached in each area; and if he will make a statement.
(21640)
205  
  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to put to tender local probation service facilities; and what consultation has taken place with employers and employees concerning such reform.
(21622)
206  
  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the criteria used are in assessing whether local probation services facilities should be the subject of tendering; and if he will make a statement.
(21623)
207  
  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if bid and tender documents relating to the (a) design, (b) build and (c) management of prisons are published; and if he will make a statement.
(21636)
208  
  
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the officers monitoring Dr Dizaei's telephone conversations on the police telephone network between September 1999 and January 2001 were part of the team investigating him.
(21687)
209  
  
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received in the past four years in respect of British summer time being retained throughout the year.
(21501)
210  
  
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce GMT plus one hour in England and Wales throughout the year.
(21500)
211  
  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter of 2nd November from the honourable Member for West Derbyshire on the state of roads and pathways under the control of the Prison Service relating to the Sudbury Park Estate, Ashbourne in Derbyshire.
(21470)
212  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers where available for ordinary duty on 30th November in the London Borough of Havering.
(21399)
213  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action his Department is taking to deal with the illegal employment of those who have entered the country illegally.
(21398)
214  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will reply to the letter of 25th September from the honourable Member for Poole on behalf of Avtaz Singh, Reference 51037677.
(20546)
215  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what help is available in the Government's action plan to those who do not wish to make public the fact that they are being forced into marriage.
(21616)
216  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the practice of forced marriage among British Muslims.
(21618)
217  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures in the immigration rules protect British Muslims from being sent abroad to marry against their will.
(21617)
218  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many British Muslims have complained to the Department about being forced into marriage against their will in the last five years.
(21614)
219  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures there are to ensure that British Muslims are able to choose their marriage partner freely.
(21615)
220  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans he has to review the number of passes available to the honourable Members for their staff following the recent changes in staffing levels consequent on the SSRB report; and if he will make a statement.
(21400)
221  
  
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what were the (a) terms of reference, (b) scope and (c) conclusions of the British Geological Survey Technical Report WD/92/43R prepared for the ODA and dated 1992, Short Term BGS Pilot Project to assess the Hydrochemical Character of the Main Aquifer units of Central and North Eastern Bangladesh and Possible Toxicity of Groundwater to Fish and Humans; and if she will make a statement.
(21430)
222  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the aid agencies that are active within Afghanistan; where they are operating; and what level of food aid they are providing.
(20811)
223  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions are taking place between the Government and aid agencies on how to gain entry to Taliban-controlled areas.
(20810)
224  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement as current aid provision for Afghanistan, with particular reference to the parts of the country which (a) are receiving aid and (b) are not.
(20809)
225  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what has been the daily average of food aid being transported into Afghanistan in each of the last six weeks; and what is her estimate of the rate of transport needed to ensure sufficient food stocks for the winter.
(21685)
226  
  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what are the (a) start and (b) expected completion dates for extended courts sittings hours pilots; what the planned extended hours are in the pilot areas; and if he will make a statement.
(21645)
227  
  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when members of the public will have rights to access information held by public authorities as set out in the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(21643)
228  
  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, which magistrates' courts in England and Wales closed in each year since 1992; what plans there are for future closures; and if he will make a statement.
(21644)
229  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will publish in draft his proposed legislation on mental capacity.
(21414)
230  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 29th November, Official Report, columns 1135-6W, on judges' accommodation, if he will list for each of the judges' lodgings in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2000-01, (i) the capital value and date of last valuation, (ii) the rent paid, (iii) the number of staff employed, their job titles and whether full or part-time, (iv) the cost incurred on (A) security and (B) non-security staff, (v) the amount spent on refreshments, (vi) the running and maintenance costs, not covered by (ii), (iv) or (v) above, (vii) the number of bedrooms for judges' accommodation, (viii) the number of days that judges were in residence and (ix) the number of days that one or more of the bedrooms for judges' accommodation were empty.
(21602)
231  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 29th November, Official Report, columns 1135-6W, on judges' accommodation, what (a) sporting, (b) recreational and (c) leisure facilities are provided in each of the judges' lodgings listed.
(21604)
232  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 29th November, Official Report, columns 1135-6W, on judges' accommodation, what assesssment has been made of the scope that exists for savings to be obtained by his Department if it accommodates judges on circuit other than in the judges' lodgings listed.
(21603)
233  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the capital expenditure was in each of the past five years on (a) court buildings and the court estate, (b) police stations and the police estate and, (c) prisons and the prison estate, broken down into categories of spending.
(21408)
234  
  
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many convictions there have been for paramilitary assaults in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(21460)
235  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the President of the Council, what provisions for honourable Members' pensions were in place in 1974; and what provisions there were in relation to former members of the armed forces in the House.
(21491)
236  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Prime Minister, if it is his policy to increase the level of spending on the NHS to the European average level by 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(20305)
237  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish (a) the standard form of contract for and (b) the disciplinary procedures for special advisors; and if she will state where these differ from those of career civil servants.
(21356)
238  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish in the Official Report the guidance available to civil servants minuting meetings between ministers and others.
(21357)
239  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions she has had with members of the Scottish Executive since 3rd May on free care for the elderly in Scotland; and what was the outcome of such discussions.
(21627)
240  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask the Solicitor General, if she will list each of the statutory provisions where a person wishing to appeal against a decision of a minister must, when lodging the appeal, pay the minister a sum of money.
(20815)
241  
  
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):    To ask the Solicitor General, when Crown Prosecutors advised the officers investigating Superintendent Ali Dizaei.
(21609)
242  
  
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):    To ask the Solicitor General, when the Crown Prosecution Service received the file from the Metropolitan Police investigating Superintendent Ali Dizaei.
(21608)
243  
  
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):    To ask the Solicitor General, what the reasons were for the delay by the Crown Prosecution Service in deciding whether there is sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against Superintendent Ali Dizaei.
(21607)
244  
  
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):    To ask the Solicitor General, what action she has taken to ensure that the Crown Prosecution Service has maintained its independence from the police and acted fairly and with impartiality when considering the case against Superintendent Ali Dizaei.
(21610)
245  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people were employed by her Department under the New Deal for the Over 25s; and at what cost to public funds in 2001-02.
(21680)
246  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the experience of France, Spain and Greece in gaining European structural funds for their domestic flights.
(20213)
247  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what level of structural funds are available from the European Union for subsidising domestic UK flights.
(20211)
248  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to obtain structural funds assistance for UK domestic routes.
(20210)
249  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what criteria have to be met by an air route in order to receive European structural funds.
(20212)
250  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of the voluntary code agreement regarding the sale of fireworks.
(21475)
251  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what guidance she has given to trading standards officers in local authorities throughout the United Kingdom to ensure that fireworks comply with British Standard 7144.
(21474)
252  
  
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the termination of the UK's involvement in the Ariane Programme on the manufacturing and service sector; and what effect this will have on Government funding for the Galileo project.
(21678)
253  
  
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment her Department has made of the relationship between the (a) amount of funding provided by European Space Agency member states to the EGNOS project and (b) amount and quality of work won by contractors from each ESA member state; if this assessment will affect UK funding for the Galileo project; and if she will make a statement.
(21679)
254  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the implications for trade with (a) the United States of America and (b) other non-European Union countries of the forthcoming EU Food Supplements Directive.
(21692)
255  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many specialist health food (a) retailers and (b) manufacturers there are in England and Wales; what figures she has collated on turnover of these sectors in the last year for which figures are available; what assessment she has made of the impact upon the profitability of these businesses of the forthcoming EU Food Supplements Directive; and if she will make a statement.
(21689)
256  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list, with dates, the engineering companies (a) she and (b) her ministers have visited since June.
(21503)
257  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if there will be engineers on her Department's Strategy Board.
(21505)
258  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the role of the Engineering and Technology Board is; who the Chairman is; and if she will make a statement.
(21504)
259  
  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will reply to the letter of 22nd October from the honourable Member for West Derbyshire on Harrington Generators International.
(21471)
260  
N  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much the Government received from mining pension fund surpluses in 2000-01; and if she will make a statement.
(18719)
261  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what was the estimated cost to public funds in 2000-01 of enforcement action by local authorities against travellers.
(21461)
262  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make statement on the SRA's responsibility for providing electrical power.
(21110)
263  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the London Underground activities for which he is responsible; what responsibility he has for London Underground's advertising; and if he will make a statement.
(21107)
264  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will last by region for each of the next 10 years the planned change in electrical power available to power electric train units.
(21109)
265  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he list by region for each of the last 10 years the electrical power available to power electric train units.
(21108)
266  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November, Official Report, columns 1094-5W, on rate relief (village businesses), what was the (a) total number and (b) proportion of sole village pubs and petrol stations of a rateable value of £9,000 or less that have received rate relief since April.
(20942)
267  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November, Official Report, columns 1094-5W, on rate relief (village businesses), what is the (a) total number and (b) proportion of food shops with a rateable value under £6,000 in designated villages of less than 3,000 population.
(20943)
268  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment his Department has made of the Deloitte & Touche report on the PPP for the London Underground's commentary on the concept of reputational externalities; and if he will make a statement.
(18690)
269  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what date the most recent head count of rough sleepers took place; and what requests were made by her Department to shelter providers to extend the nights in shelter over the period of the head count.
(21224)
270  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what consideration he has given to the future pension costs of English fire authorities; if he will list the total costs for the three financial years up to 2000-01; and what he estimates those costs to be in each of the three succeeding years.
(20907)
271  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list those local authorities that have failed to sell assets at best value within the last 10 years; and what discussions his Department and its predecessor have had with them on this subject.
(20789)
272  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with the National Association of Local Councils on the subject of developing partnerships; and whether this includes new funding arrangements.
(20906)
273  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with (a) the Local Government Association and (b) its predecessors on selling assets for best value; and if he will make a statement.
(20790)
274  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with the National Association of Local Councils on the question of restoring a share of the uniform business rate to (a) parish and (b) town councils.
(20905)
275  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the use of public funds by Manchester Airport to oppose the proposed airport at Finningley, Doncaster.
(21433)
276  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many road schemes costing more than £5 million were commissioned between 1992 and 1997.
(21496)
277  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what requests he has received for funding additional to those detailed in section 2 of the commercial loan agreement with the Railtrack administrator, as provided for in those clauses.
(21481)
278  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what amounts have been repaid to date under section 7.2 of the commercial loan agreement with the Railtrack administrator.
(21490)
279  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what applications he has made for state aid approvals as outlined in section 8.1.10 of the commercial loan agreement with the Railtrack administrator; and for what amounts.
(21483)
280  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what dates requests for advances were received from the Railtrack administrator under section 5 of the commercial loan agreement; and if these were (a) trust and (b) working capital advances.
(21480)
281  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what guarantees he has made to the Railtrack administrator under section 9.1 of the commercial loan agreement.
(21482)
282  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made by the Railtrack administrator in refinancing the facilities set out in the commercial loan agreement, as outlined in section 7.1.3.
(21489)
283  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to meet the Rail Regulator.
(21495)
284  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the Railtrack administrator has sought consents under section 8.1.2 of the commercial loan agreement.
(21488)
285  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much of the trust facility outlined in section 2.1 of the commercial loan facility with the Railtrack administrator has been drawn down.
(21494)
286  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what benchmarks are used to assess budget variations in section 8.1.6 (a) of the commercial loan agreement with the Railtrack administrator.
(21485)
287  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what management accounts have been supplied by the Railtrack administrator under section 8.1.6 (a) of the commercial loan agreement.
(21487)
288  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what financial forecasts have been made by the Railtrack administrator under the terms of section 8.1.6 (f) of the commercial loan agreement.
(21484)
289  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what variations in budget have been recorded in management accounts provided by the Railtrack adminstrator under section 8.1.6 (a) of the commercial loan agreement.
(21486)
290  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what rate of interest is being received by the Government under section 4.2 of the commercial loan agreement with the Railtrack administrator.
(21479)
291  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much of the working capital facility referred to in section 2.2 of the commercial loan ageement with the Railtrack administrator has been drawn down.
(21493)
292  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what limitations will restrict the amount the Railtrack administrator may borrow.
(21497)
293  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the Government has fulfilled its obligations under section 5.6 of the commercial loan agreement with the Railtrack administrator.
(21492)
294  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what financial help his Department is giving to local authorities who grant (a) mandatory and (b) discretionary rate relief to community and amateur sports clubs.
(20944)
295  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what provision he has made for early redemption penalties and setting up costs of successor organisations to be paid if transfer of Birmingham City's housing stock takes place; and if he will estimate the cost of central government subsidy towards them.
(21717)
296  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the outstanding debt is on Birmingham City Council's housing revenue account that he will write off if stock transfer goes ahead; and what was the annual cost of debt financing charges in the last three years.
(21597)
297  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement about the UK's membership of the Galileo global satellite navigation system.
(21223)
298  
  
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what road safety awareness schemes he plans in the next 12 months; and if he will estimate their cost.
(21499)
299  
  
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what provision he has made in the current financial year for his campaign against drinking and driving.
(21498)
300  
  
John Mann (Bassetlaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans his Department has to upgrade the A1.
(21605)
301  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what was the average cost associated with (a) job losses, (b) removal costs, (c) informing the resident population of the change, (d) changes to records, (e) administration costs and (f) election costs incurred by the establishment of the new unitary authorities in 1996.
(21634)
302  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the members of the Local Government Commission from its inception to the present date.
(21508)
303  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what figures he has collated on the average salaries in 2001-02 of the leader and other cabinet members of each English (a) city council, (b) county council, (c) district council and (d) London borough council.
(21412)
304  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many unitary authorities are buying in services from neighbouring authorities; and what the net effect is on expenditure for each authority of this action.
(21411)
305  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list (a) biographical details, (b) professional qualifications, (c) political affiliations and (d) salary, pensions and benefits of the members of the Local Government Commission.
(21514)
306  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what powers he has to change the local government structure in England and Wales; and on what basis he will exercise these powers.
(21631)
307  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what figures he has collated on (a) the total cost and (b) the cost per capita in the last year for which figures are available of running (i) London borough councils (ii) English county councils, (iii) English city councils, (iv) English unitary authorities and (v) English district councils broken down into (A) administration costs, (B) electoral costs, and (C) councillor salaries.
(21513)
308  
N  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many local councillors there are in each unitary authority with a population of less than 100,000.
(20545)
309  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what time-scale is set for the Local Government Commission to undertake a structural review of a local authority in England.
(21632)
310  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the factors taken into consideration by the Local Government Commission when conducting a structural review of an existing unitary authority.
(21510)
311  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what responsibility (a) local and (b) central government has for the costs associated with changes in (i) finance structure and (ii) administration structure when setting up a new unitary authority.
(21635)
312  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent research the Government has commissioned on the financing of changes in local government structure; and if he will publish the results.
(21512)
313  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what basis he will ask the Local Government Commission to undertake a structural review of an existing local authority.
(21630)
314  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what procedures are followed when he directs the Local Government Commission to undertake a structural review into an existing unitary authority.
(21511)
315  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the next round of periodic structural reviews for local authorities in England and Wales will take place.
(21509)
316  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research has been commissioned investigating the cost saving benefits of unitary authorities buying in essential services from neighbouring authorities; and if he will publish the results.
(21410)
317  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the Government will publish plans to change the local government structure.
(21633)
318  
N  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what is the applicable community charge or council tax charged by each unitary authority with a population of less than 100,000 (i) in the year immediately preceding their creation and (ii) in the following year.
(20544)
319  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the research supporting the decision to amalgamate the Local Government Commission into the Electoral Commission; and what the effect of this change will be in terms of (a) change-over cost, (b) administration costs, (c) employment and (d) responsibilities for structural and electoral reform.
(21515)
320  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what maintenance teams London Underground has dedicated to working around the clock to clean (a) buildings and (b) trains affected by graffiti; and how many staff are employed to perform these functions.
(20732)
321  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when (a) he and (b) one of his ministerial colleagues last met a mystery shopper employed to survey the environmental state of London Underground's stations and trains; and whether (i) he and (ii) they have ever accompanied such a person whilst performing their duties under the normal conditions experienced by those who commute to London.
(20726)
322  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what conclusions he and his ministerial colleagues have drawn from the conference held last March with experts from New York and with officials from the Home Office on tackling graffiti on the London Underground.
(20730)
323  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had with Transport for London about graffiti on the Underground.
(20723)
324  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether he expects Mr Bratton to pursue a zero tolerance policy on graffiti on the London Underground.
(20734)
325  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if it is possible to measure accurately changes in the level of recorded litter at London Underground's stations and to include the weighted results of surveys by mystery shoppers in the public-private partnership contracts.
(20728)
326  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 27th November, Official Report, column 950W, on the underground environment, if he will list the equipment used to measure the factors to make up the values of QUTAS j and QUTAS k; and which factors will be the product of human judgement.
(20548)
327  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many representations he has received from the Greater London Assembly, from London boroughs and other organisations since June on the need to tackle graffiti on the London Underground; and if he will allow local authorities to remove graffiti from London Underground's buildings and then to recover the costs from London Underground.
(20729)
328  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what formal qualifications are required for appointment as a mystery shopper employed to survey the ambience of London Underground's environment.
(20727)
329  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how those mystery shoppers appointed to undertake periodic surveys of graffiti at London Underground stations measure its level.
(20733)
330  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 27th November, Official Report, column 750W, on the underground environment, what are the (a) values and (b) limits of the letters applied to the weights which are in turn applied to London Underground to calculate a weighted average.
(20547)
331  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many high-pressure (a) jet washers and (b) gritting devices London Underground possesses for cleaning graffiti from bridges and brick walls at its stations; and what use has been made of them in the last three years for which figures are available.
(20731)
332  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the criteria used by the mystery shoppers employed to survey the levels of graffiti and litter at London Underground stations; and how their findings are weighted in order to calculate the quarterly average score for ambience at particular stations.
(20724)
333  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how often London Underground's stations and trains are subjected to environmental surveys by mystery shoppers; and whether these surveys are checked simultaneously.
(20725)
334  
N  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will ask the Civil Aviation Authority whether there has been an increase in (a) air traffic using and (b) night flights in the corridor four miles either side of Detling Beacon in Kent since 11th September.
(20412)
335  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement about the local finance settlement for the London Borough of Havering.
(21431)
336  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the total amount of Government funding to the Unitary Authority of Torbay since its creation.
(21697)
337  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what account he will take of train operators assuming a right to require staff to work their leave days unless specifically declaring their non-availability when renewing franchises.
(21439)
338  
  
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what guidance he gives to local authorities on (a) installing road bumps on established roads, (b) painting speed limits in block form on roads and (c) other traffic calming measures.
(21458)
339  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone & The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will resign.
(20953)
340  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the condition of the lining of the Millennium Dome; and what the estimated cost is of cleaning the lining.
(21364)
341  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what dates (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have visited (i) the Millennium Dome and (ii) the site surrounding the Dome since 1st July.
(21363)
342  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which of the unsuccessful bidders for the Millennium Dome have had (a) any and (b) all of their costs reimbursed; and if he will publish the names of each such bidder together with the amount of their reimbursement.
(21365)
343  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will ensure that the Appeals Service is prepared to fund appropriate communcations support for deaf applicants to hold preliminary meetings with their representatives in such appeals.
(20795)
344  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to improve training of disability employment advisers with particular reference to developments in (a) medical practice and (b) assistive technologies.
(20802)
345  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that examining medical officers acting on behalf of his Department are familiar with the problems of deaf people.
(20791)
346  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what is (a) take-up of winter fuel payments by males over 60 years not in receipt of a retirement pension and (b) the average delay between claims and payment for such persons.
(20798)
347  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will ensure that all those making decisions on awards of (a) Disability Living Allowance and (b) attendence allowance receive appropriate training in (i) deaf awareness and (ii) related problems for those wishing to claim benefits.
(20797)
348  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has for (a) establishing a centre of excellence for and (b) disseminating good practice in vocational rehabilitation.
(20804)
349  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that Disability Living Allowance medical reports based on assessments in which (a) a deaf examinee was not provided with communication support or (b) the examiner was not experienced in the problems of deaf people are set aside.
(20793)
350  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the Report of the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine 'Vocational Rehabilitation - The Way Forward'.
(20800)
351  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will ensure that each disability benefit centre within the Disability and Benefits Covers Directorate works towards accreditation with the Royal National Institute for Deaf People's 'Louder than Words' Charter.
(20796)
352  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to improve liaison with (a) the Department of Health and (b) relevant agencies in connection with the delivery of (i) vocational rehabilitation and (ii) occupational health services.
(20803)
353  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research his Department is undertaking into the take-up of Disability Living Allowance among deaf adults.
(20792)
354  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what studies he has conducted into the cost-efficiency of (a) early and (b) interim (i) rehabilitation and (ii) work preperation after (A) trauma, (B) illness and (C) degenerative conditions of employees.
(20799)
355  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information he collates on the amount and frequency of payments into stakeholder pension schemes.
(20955)
356  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what studies he has conducted into overseas (a) experience and (b) practice in connection with vocational rehabilitation.
(20806)
357  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to develop the role of care managers (a) in vocational rehabilitation and (b) in developing appropriate (i) training and (ii) qualifications for them.
(20805)
358  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of changes in the workload of disability employment advisers; and what plans he has to improve resources for this activity.
(20801)
359  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will amend the Decision Making and Appeals Regulations so that appeals from deaf claimants which are heard without the requisite communication support can be set aside by a tribunal chair.
(20794)
360  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in Regent's Park and Kensington North were in receipt of income related benefits in each of the last four years.
(21459)
361  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people will be entitled to the Pension Credit; and what the cost will be in (a) 2005, (b) 2010, (c) 2015 and (d) 2020 if the minimum income guarentee element of the Pension Credit is uprated in line with earnings from 2003 and the basic state pension in line with prices.
(21409)
362  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Social Fund payments made at the Wallasey or Hoylake offices which are paid off-line will be met from (a) additional departmental funds and (b) existing Social Fund allocation for the Wirral area.
(20909)
363  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to pay Wirral Young Carers' Group the money from the European Social Fund applied for in 2000.
(21407)
364  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with members of the Scottish Executive since 3rd May on free care for the elderly in Scotland; and what was the outcome of such discussions.
(21628)
365  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the level of social security spending for each year from 1996-97 to 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(20308)
366  
N  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the annual costs to his Department of reducing the pensions and benefits of people who have long stays in hospital caused by delayed transfer in those cases where the Department is late in being notified that the stay exceeded six weeks.
(21226)
367  
N  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the annual costs to his Department in making retrospective deductions from the incomes of people who have stayed in hospital for (a) more than six weeks and (b) more than 52 weeks in respect of (i) their pensions income and (ii) their benefits income.
(21227)
368  
N  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to review the rules relating to the pensions and benefits of people who stay in hospital for more than six weeks.
(21225)
369  
N  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proposals he has to (a) alleviate the administrative burden and (b) reduce the delays that pensioners leaving hospital following a stay of more than six weeks face when seeking to restore their pensions and benefits to former levels.
(21228)
370  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much of the proposed expenditure on the pension credit in 2003-04 is attributable to (a) the guarantee credit and (b) the savings credit.
(21099)
371  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the annual cost of extending entitlement to the savings credit to all those aged 60 years or over.
(21104)
372  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Glasgow (a) are unemployed and (b) have found work from the New Deal.
(21665)
373  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Glasgow receive the Sure Start maternity grant.
(21666)
374  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to extend the winter fuel allowance to disabled people.
[Transferred] (21440)
375  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the outcome was of the meeting of Coreper on 16th November on the Physical Agents Directive in respect of vibrations.
[Transferred] (21502)
376  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are employed in (a) the retail and (b) the manufacture of specialist health food products; and what assessment he has made of the impact on employment in these sectors of the forthcoming EU Directive on food supplements.
[Transferred] (21690)
377  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Glasgow have received (a) the working families tax credit, (b) the childcare tax credit and (c) the disabled persons tax credit.
[Transferred] (21664)


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