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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 10 December 2001

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

For other Written Questions for answer on  Monday 10 December, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Tuesday 11 December see Part 2 of this Paper.

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


 
MONDAY 10th DECEMBER
1  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by the Cabinet Office were the subject of a holding answer in the last three sessions of Parliament.
(22014)
2  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the operation of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1994 as it applies to central Government; and if he will make a statement.
(21647)
3  
  
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance is given to Government departments on the purchase of car fleets.
(21986)
4  
  
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many, and what make and model of cars have been purchased by each Government department since 1997.
(21988)
5  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.
(21837)
6  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by her Department were the subject of a holding answer in the last three sessions of Parliament.
(22013)
7  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money has been allocated for each of the programmes provided by the New Opportunities Fund (a) in total and (b) in each financial quarter since the date for which the first grant was awarded.
(22262)
8  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money has been allocated for each of the programmes provided by the New Opportunities Fund broken down by local authority district, in rank order according to the index of multiple deprivation, in each financial quarter since the date for which the first grant was awarded until the most recent date for which details are available.
(22339)
9  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of sports clubs likely to be eligible for charitable status following the Charity Commission's announcement of 27 November.
(21715)
10  
  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what initiatives her Department (a) has implemented and (b) plans to implement that encourage youth participation in sports and cultural activities in the Ilford North constituency.
(22292)
11  
  
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many regulations her Department has proposed to Parliament since June; what regulatory impact assessments have been made for those regulations her Department has implemented in 2001; and what plans her Department has to reduce the number of regulations affecting small businesses.
(21970)
12  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps have been taken to ensure sufficient soldiers, sailors and airmen are available to celebrate the Golden Jubilee in London.
(21516)
13  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Commonwealth troops are expected to participate in the London celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and how many participated in 1977.
(21522)
14  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) military bands and (b) armed service personnel will participate in the London celebrations of Her Majesty's the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2001.
(21524)
15  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Commonwealth countries have been invited to send troops to participate in the London celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
(21523)
16  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.
(21833)
17  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by his Department were the subject of a holding answer in the last three sessions of Parliament.
(22012)
18  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will choose the contractor who will deliver the Skynet 5 Project; and when he expects it to be operational.
(21932)
19  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people are employed in the Basil Hill and Copenacre sites in Corsham by (a) the Defence Communication Services Agency and (b) other units; how he expects the totals to change in the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(21933)
20  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the compulsory retirement age is for (a) executives and (b) administrative officers in his Department, if the MoD's policy on retirement of (i) executive officers and (ii) administrative officers, complies with (A) the Government's Code of Practice on Age Diversity in employment and (B) the EU Employment Directive on Equality; if his policy is the same as other Government departments; and if he will make a statement.
(22336)
21  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many training exercises have been carried out by the armed forces (a) in and (b) from Gibraltar during the last three years; and how many of these were (i) Royal Navy, (ii) RAF, (iii) Army and (iv) all services.
(22125)
22  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) executive and (b) administrative officers in his Department may be promoted at the age of 58 years or over.
(22335)
23  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy ships have docked in Gibraltar in the last three years.
(22126)
24  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the effect in military activity in and around Gibraltar as a result of the Brussels process.
(22128)
25  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British troops are based in Gibraltar.
(22127)
26  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to speed up the United Kingdom's future aircraft carrier programme; and if he will make a statement.
(22442)
27  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to move the Commandant General's Headquarters for the Royal Marines from HMS Excellence on Whale Island; what the timescale for this move is; how much the move will cost; and if he will make a statement.
(22197)
28  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel applications for a war pension from the War Pension Agency are outstanding; and if he will make a statement.
(22198)
29  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what sites around Portsmouth have applied for outline planning consent for MoD housing; which sites are being considered for the PFI building contract for 160 houses; what the cost will be of building these houses; and if he will make a statement.
(22358)
30  
  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the number of applicants to the (a) Army, (b) RAF, (c) Royal Navy and (d) Royal Marines turned down on medical grounds in each quarter of the last seven years.
(21818)
31  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consideration has been given to the suspension of nuclear transport since the terrorist attacks on the USA on 11th September.
(22150)
32  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his Department's policy to draw up a specific memorandum of understanding governing the presence of the USVF at RAF Menwith Hill.
(22149)
33  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the number of (a) civilians and (b) members of military organisations killed in Afghanistan in the last two months.
(22130)
34  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd October, Official Report, column 114W, on RAF Menwith Hill, when the additional confidential arrangements were signed; how many there are; who the parties to these arrangements are; who has been informed of them; and when Parliament was first informed about the existence of these arrangements.
(22148)
35  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the (a) RAF, (b) Army and (c) Royal Navy he expects to be (i) serving abroad and (ii) deployed on front-line duties between 24th December and 2nd January 2002; what percentage of trained strength of each force this represents; what provisions he has made to ensure family contact over that period; and if he will make a statement.
(18932)
36  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) locations and (b) inventories of chemical and munition dumps in the coastal waters of the United Kingdom.
(21855)
37  
  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that are dependent on defence spending in the Ilford North constituency.
(22293)
38  
  
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many regulations his Department has proposed to Parliament since June; what regulatory impact assessments have been made for those regulations his Department has implemented in 2001; and what plans his Department has to reduce the number of regulations affecting small businesses.
(21973)
39  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in what respects the terms of service of (a) regular servicemen and (b) reservists, including members of the Territorial Army, on full-time service differ.
(22109)
40  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much grant was given to fund (a) army cadet forces and (b) Harrow School cadet force in each of the last three years.
(22163)
41  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will undertake to publish her Department's consultation paper on 14 to 19 education before relevant clauses of the Education Bill have been considered in committee.
(21856)
42  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many, and what proportion of letters received by the Department from honourable and Right honourable Members between 20th June and 20th July were replied to in (a) under 15, (b) under 20, (c) under 30, (d) under 40 and (e) over 40 working days.
(22008)
43  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she expects to come foward with a new scheme to replace the individual learning account scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(22155)
44  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of learning providers who have ceased business as a result of the ending of the individual learning account scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(22158)
45  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many local investigations in relation to alleged fraud in the operation of the individual learning account schemes are proceeding, and where; how many such investigations have been concluded, and where and when; and if she will make a statement on the outcomes of such investigations.
(22156)
46  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of students who would have taken advantage of the individual learning account scheme in 2002 but who will not now owing to its closure.
(22154)
47  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she has been informed of the conclusions of the police investigations in Durham into alleged fraud in the operation of the individual learning account scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(22157)
48  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what inquiry she has commenced into the circumstances of closure of the individual learning accounts scheme; what the terms of reference of the inquiry are; and when she expects it to report.
(22153)
49  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) criminal charges and (b) arrests have been made in relation to allegations of fraud in the operation of the individual learning account scheme; at what (i) times and (ii) locations; and if she will make a statement.
(22162)
50  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.
(21836)
51  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list each college of further education subject to a recovery plan, together with the allocation to each college from the LSC standards fund; and if she will make a statement.
(19618)
52  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list (a) the criteria used for categorising the financial health of further education colleges and (b) the number of colleges, in each of the last five financial years, in each of the categories; and if she will indicate which existing colleges are in category C.
(19909)
53  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the number of students resident in Scotland who attend further education in England and Wales.
(21542)
54  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by her Department were the subject of a holding answer in the last three sessions of Parliament.
(22011)
55  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will publish the findings of the PriceWaterhouseCoopers report into teachers' workload before 24th January 2002.
(21958)
56  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many new schools were opened in each of the last 10 years.
(21957)
57  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if work has begun on the research project into why teachers leave the profession.
(21862)
58  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the terms of reference were for the PriceWaterhouseCoopers report into teachers' workload.
(21959)
59  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the new regulations affecting pre-school playgroups and nurseries introduced since 1997.
(21954)
60  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many Ofsted-inspected pre-school nurseries and playgroups have closed in each of the past three years.
(21953)
61  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in which years the pupils researched for the recent OECD survey of educational achievement (a) began their education, (b) reached Key Stage 1 and (c) reached Key Stage 2.
(22042)
62  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what is her latest assessment of the number of hours being worked by teachers each week; and if she will make a statement.
(21956)
63  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent representations she has received about the workload in pre-school nurseries and playgroups.
(21955)
64  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many full-time equivalents per 10,000 population work in social services in (a) Portsmouth South and (b) Hampshire; and if he will make a statement.
(21798)
65  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made in the promotion of homework clubs in schools in Portsmouth; and if she will make a statment.
(22439)
66  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures she is taking to promote family learning.
(21809)
67  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures she is taking to upgrade the standards and status of vocational education.
(21813)
68  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to ensure that health support and advice is made available through schools to young people in their teenage years.
(21814)
69  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to increase awareness of information communication technology in schools and further education colleges.
(21811)
70  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department is taking to support the role of unions in developing skills.
(21810)
71  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what role learning mentors play in supporting gifted and talented students.
(21815)
72  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what structures exist to facilitate communication between her Department and small businesses.
(22152)
73  
N  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she will reply to the Question from the honourable Member for Beckenham (ref. 16181) of 14th November.
(21659)
74  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make it her policy to publish data on levels of indiscipline in state schools.
(22258)
75  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 6th December on levels of indiscipline, for what periods since 1987 data on levels of indiscipline in state schools are available on a consistent basis; and if she will publish such data.
(22257)
76  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will negotiate mutual recognition of teaching qualifications with other Commonwealth countries.
(22280)
77  
  
John Mann (Bassetlaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessement she has made of the need for an early introduction of a level playing field for the funding of work-based learning to help meet Level 2 targets.
(21768)
78  
  
John Mann (Bassetlaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the Learning and Skills Council's proposed timetable for an intergrated funding system for post-16 learning.
(21784)
79  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list for each local education authority (a) the sum spent on post-16 education in 2000-01, (b) the sum budgeted for post-16 education in the current year and (c) the sum top-sliced from the SSA in 2002-03 for post-16 education.
(21725)
80  
  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research her Department has commissioned into the underlying causes of school exclusions.
(22294)
81  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to (a) monitor and (b) improve the standard of teaching in universities.
(22285)
82  
  
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many regulations her Department has proposed to Parliament since June; what regulatory impact assessments have been made for those regulations her Department has implemented in 2001; and what plans her Department has to reduce the number of regulations affecting small businesses.
(21974)
83  
  
Mr Mike Wood (Batley & Spen):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the findings of the pilot areas for education maintenance allowances; and when the scheme will be extended to the rest of the country.
(22179)
84  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to give financial assistance to retailers to help dispose of old fridges and freezers.
(21525)
85  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many heifers will be slaughtered at or near birth in 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(21853)
86  
  
Andrew Bennett (Denton & Reddish):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how far each United Kingdom water provider has reduced water leakage from the supply system; and which companies have met the targets set by the Deputy Prime Minister in 1997.
(22165)
87  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to conduct a Quinquennial Review of Horticulture Research International.
(22256)
88  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to improve the monitoring of the wild mammal population.
[R] (21422)
89  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 26th November, Official Report, column 688W, on warm front grants, if she will publish for each quarter since 1st June 2000 by region (a) the modal, (b) the median and (c) the mean cost of HEES and HEES plus grants; and why the average cost of grant for England in 2000-01 for HEES was 26 per cent. and for HEES plus 17 per cent. of the total grant available.
(21788)
90  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.
(21825)
91  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she wll seek the support of her European colleagues to press the WTO for a worldwide ban on all forms of asbestos; and if she will make a statement.
(21857)
92  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the results of her consultation on the permit conditions to allow resumption of hunting with hounds.
(22052)
93  
N  
Mr David Curry (Skipton & Ripon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to recover the public money committed to the Institute of Animal Health study into sheep TSEs.
(21425)
94  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if pet owners may apply for (a) sheep and (b) cattle subsidies.
(21447)
95  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what monies remain outstanding to auctioneers and valuers subcontracted to MAFF in Scotland during the foot and mouth outbreak; and if she will make a statement.
(21541)
96  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the relative importance of the fishing industry to (a) Scotland and (b) the rest of the UK.
(21870)
97  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by her Department were the subject of a holding answer in the last three sessions of Parliament.
(22010)
98  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the operation of the concordat between the Scottish Executive and the UK Government on co-ordination of European policy issues concerning agriculture; what representations she has received from the Scottish Executive to amend the concordat; and if she will make a statement.
(21869)
99  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who will lead the UK delegation to the EC Fisheries Council in December.
(21867)
100  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how the negotiating position of the UK delegation to the December EC Fisheries Council will be determined.
(21868)
101  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will inform honourable Members when the independent inquiry into the lessons to be learnt from the foot and mouth epidemic has begun its work.
(22337)
102  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will respond to the written Questions of the honourable Member for Vale of York tabled on 29th November, Refs. 20777, 20778, 20779 and 20780.
(22055)
103  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will respond to the written Questions of the honourable Member for Vale of York tabled on 27th November, Refs. 20822, 20823, 20825 and 20826.
(22056)
104  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will ensure that outstanding correspondence with her Department will receive a reply by 19th December.
(21964)
105  
  
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 Derbyshire on the export of sheep and sheep meat to continental Europe.
(21860)
106  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures are in place to manage deteriorating chemical weapon and munition dumps in coastal waters of the United Kingdom.
(21854)
107  
  
John Mann (Bassetlaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farm workers and other rural tied workers have no security of tenure.
(21760)
108  
  
John Mann (Bassetlaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received since January on security of tenure of farm workers and other rural tied workers; and what proposals she has on this subject.
(21761)
109  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the full year cost to local authorities of the new regulations on the recycling of fridges.
(22072)
110  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations her Department has received on the impact on local authorities of the regulations on the recycling of fridges which come into force on 1st January 2002.
(22071)
111  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many recycling plants in the United Kingdom are equipped to handle fridges under the new regulations being introduced on 1st January 2002.
(22073)
112  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings she has had in 2001 with agencies involved in flooding; what assessment she has made of the performance of flooding agencies (a) in relation to the reconstruction work made necessary by the winter 2000-01 flood damage and (b) the work done to prevent a recurrence of these events this winter; and if she will make a statement.
(21648)
113  
  
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many regulations her Department has proposed to Parliament since June; what regulatory impact assessments have been made for those regulations her Department has implemented in 2001; and what plans her Department has to reduce the number of regulations affecting small businesses.
(21969)
114  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what changes she plans to introduce to the requirement of form OTM22 for the signature of the producer of the animals; and if she will make a statement.
(22116)
115  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to consider the tethering of horses; and if she will make a statement.
(22110)
116  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 3rd December, Official Report, column 96W, on nuclear accident, what assessment has been made of the need to distribute iodine tablets to the population; and how long it will take average prevailing winds to carry fallout from France to the south coast of England.
(22353)
117  
N  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on the Fluvial Trent Strategy; and if she will make a statement.
(21450)
118  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will publish the Financial Managment and Policy Review of the National Forest Company.
(21877)
119  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she had with the (a) Executive of the National Assembly for Wales, (b) Executive of the Northern Ireland Assembly and (c) Scottish Executive prior to the approval of the MOX plant at Sellafield.
(21820)
120  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she had with the governments of (a) the Irish Republic, (b) Norway and (c) Iceland prior to the approval of the MOX plant at Sellafield.
(21821)
121  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to distinguish, for the purpose of treatment of royal finances, between the private wealth of the sovereign and that held in trust by the sovereign in her capacity as head of state; and if he will make a statement.
(21535)
122  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the taxation provisions where the treatment of the sovereign in her private capacity differs from that applied to the rest of the population.
(21533)
123  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to make mandatory the arrangement under which Her Majesty the Queen pays tax on her private income.
(21532)
124  
  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason Ulgham was not included in the list of disadvantaged wards in Northumberland eligible for stamp duty relief; and whether it was his policy to include in that list any ward which met the Objective 2 measure of deprivation.
(21746)
125  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the level of manufacturing investment in the economy.
(22075)
126  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the average proportion of the purchase price of a bottle of whisky that is accounted for by tax and excise duty.
(22161)
127  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will announce his policy on charitable status for community amateur sports clubs.
(22032)
128  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the cost to public funds of the pension tax credit in each of the next three years.
(22037)
129  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the revenue to the Exchequer was in each of the last four years from tax and excise duty on (a) alcohol, (b) tobaco and (c) fuel.
(22160)
130  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the level of productivity growth in (a) the UK and (b) other members of the G7 and the OECD over the last three years.
(22036)
131  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the average proportion of the purchase price of a litre of unleaded petrol that is accounted for by tax and excise duty.
(22159)
132  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of people over the age of 16 in rural areas had been unemployed for over 12 months in June of each of the last four years.
(22034)
133  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is his policy to raise the level of one tax in order to pay for increased expenditure on the National Health Service.
(22035)
134  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the cost to public funds of value-added tax missing trader fraud in each of the last four years.
(22038)
135  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations the Treasury has made to (a) London Underground and (b) the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions on the incentive regime for PPP in the last three months.
(21742)
136  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many, and what proportion of letters received by the Department from honourable and Right honourable Members between 20th June and 20th July were replied to in (a) under 15, (b) under 20, (c) under 30, (d) under 40 and (e) over 40 working days.
(21993)
137  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.
(21822)
138  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by his Department were the subject of a holding answer in the last three sessions of Parliament.
(22018)
139  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was (a) the total expenditure on HM Customs and Excise and (b) the total expenditure on counter-fraud work within HM Customs and Excise in the last year for which figures are available.
(21732)
140  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answers of 25th October, Official Report, column 374W, 21st November, Official Report, column 360W, and 30th November, Official Report, column 1217W, on international tax recoveries, how much of the £499m recovered in tax by International Division from the taxpayers paying more than £100m in the year ended 31st March 2000, was made up of (a) interest and (b) penalties; and what the totals paid by them were for each of these categories of payment in that year.
(22124)
141  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held in Brussels on 4th December; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.
(22057)
142  
  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone & Hythe):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the annual volume of (a) cigarettes, (b) cigars and (c) rolling tobacco legally brought into the United Kingdom by other EU nationals for their personal use on short-stay visits in the UK.
(22040)
143  
  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone & Hythe):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people entering the UK were questioned by HM Customs and Excise in each of the last five years on suspicion of alcohol smuggling; how many were carrying more alcohol than the suggested guidelines for imports for personal use; and how many of these were allowed to enter the country on the grounds that the alcohol was for personal use.
(22041)
144  
  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone & Hythe):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance is issued to officers of HM Customs and Excise on the use of bulk x-ray equipment.
(22039)
145  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which areas within the European Union are not part of the Customs Union.
(21443)
146  
  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the rates of child benefit for the first and subsequent children from April 2002 required to ensure that if a higher rate taxpayer in receipt of child benefit paid tax on it at (a) the higher rate or (b) the standard rate, the net cash amount of benefit received remained at the level already announced from April 2002; and if he will estimate (i) the gross annual programme cost of increasing child benefit to those levels and (ii) the net cost to the Exchequer of raising child benefit to those levels (1) with no taxation and (2) with higher rate taxpayer recipients paying tax on the benefit at the higher rate, taking into account the consequential effects on working families tax credit, income support payments and other means-tested benefits.
(22058)
147  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what structures exist to facilitate communication between his Department and small businesses.
(21806)
148  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what are the one year projects on taxes and duties other than VAT or corporation tax, referred to in the HM Customs and Excise website as planned for inclusion in the compliance costs programme of research.
(21785)
149  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which organisation has been awarded the contract from the Inland Revenue for a study of the compliance costs of corporation tax for UK businesses; what is the cost to public funds of that contract; and if he will make a statement.
(21772)
150  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what were the dates on which the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise awarded the contracts for studies of the compliance costs to UK businesses of (a) corporation tax and (b) VAT.
(21769)
151  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which organisation has been awarded the contract by Customs and Excise for a research study of the compliance costs of VAT for UK businesses; what is the cost to public funds of that contract; and if he will make a statement.
(21773)
152  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will publish (a) the emerging findings report and (b) the final reports of (i) the VAT Compliance Cost Project and (ii) the Corporation Tax Compliance Cost Project.
(21771)
153  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when HM Customs and Excise intends to issue revised guidance on the implications of VAT for sport clubs and associations.
(21714)
154  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what advice the Treasury has received from the office for national statistics on the treatment of government loans to Railtrack while in administration in the national accounts.
(22065)
155  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date the Treasury (a) provided new information to the Office of National Statistics on the structure of Renewco; and (b) subsequently requested confirmation of the classification of Renewco.
(22070)
156  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what basis loans may be made for a departmental budget to a private company in administration; on how many occasions this has occurred in the last four years; and how such loans would be treated in the national accounts.
(22062)
157  
  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the public's willingness to pay a hypothecated NHS tax.
(22302)
158  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what involvement members of the Council of Economic Advisers have had in the value for money assessment of the London Underground PPP; and if he will make a statement.
(22255)
159  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason he does not assume recent changes in (a) equity prices, (b) oil prices and (c) financial corporation (i) profits and (ii) bonuses to be cyclical for the purposes of his public finance forecasts.
(22190)
160  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the reason for the change in the seasonal pattern of social security contributions in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2000-02; and if he will make a statement.
(22193)
161  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the reference to contingent risks as set out in Treasury Guidance document: Appraisal and evaluation in central government; paragraph 4.42 includes political risks; and if he will make a statement.
(22254)
162  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd December, Official Report, column 55W, on Treasury investment capital appraisal, when he expects the review to conclude; if he will place the terms of reference in the Library; what representations he has received; and if he will make a statement.
(22264)
163  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the change in the cost of taper relief for financial years (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02 between November 2000 and November 2001 tax ready reckoners; and if he will make a statement.
(22191)
164  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the Capital Modernisation Fund made no allocations in 2001.
(22196)
165  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what will be the cost of taper relief for financial years (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04.
(22192)
166  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd December, Official Report, column 55W, on capital assets, what record the Office of National Statistics keeps of the advice it gives to Departments regarding the accounting treatment of PPPs.
(22289)
167  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd December, Official Report, column 54W, on London Underground, for what reason he is unable to state what involvement officials from HM Treasury have had in the value for money assessment of the London Underground PPP; and for what reason the Office of National Statistics has not made an assessment of the accounting treatment of the London Undergrornd PPP; and if he will make a statement.
(22288)
168  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the reasons underlying his policy on charging VAT on the operations of (a) further education colleges and (b) schools.
(19619)
169  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the air passenger duty has been since 1997.
(21787)
170  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has for Gibraltar to be (a) a constituency and (b) integrated into UK constituencies for the purposes of voting in the 2004 European Parliamentary elections.
(21763)
171  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many, and what proportion of letters received by the Department from honourable and Right honourable Members between 20th June and 20th July were replied to in (a) under 15, (b) under 20, (c) under 30, (d) under 40 and (e) over 40 working days.
(21996)
172  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.
(21824)
173  
N  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what joint statements with the Spanish Government were made regarding the sovereignty of Gibraltar during the talks in Barcelona on 20th November.
[R] (21547)
174  
N  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the action he has taken in respect of the resolution on Gibraltar passed at the European Council in Gothenburg.
[R] (21423)
175  
N  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions were held with the government of Gibraltar about the future status of Gibraltar before the date for the talks under the Brussels process was agreed.
[R] (21424)
176  
N  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last spoke to his counterpart in Spain; and what was the subject of discussion.
[R] (21548)
177  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by his Department were the subject of a holding answer in the last three sessions of Parliament.
(22026)
178  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Indonesian authorities regarding the actions of Laskar Jihad in the Christian villages surrounding Tentena.
(21765)
179  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he is taking regarding the attacks on religious minorities in the Poso region of Sulawesi in Indonesia.
(21766)
180  
N  
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the laws by which Gibraltar is a member of the European Union allow for its inhabitants to have access to health and education services in other European Union countries.
[R] (21418)
181  
N  
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what conditions Spain is attaching to removing Gibraltar's suspension from the EU (a) Single Sky Agreement and (b) Regulation on Aviation Security.
[R] (21420)
182  
N  
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the laws by which Gibraltar is a member of the European Union allow for the free movement of (a) goods and services and (b) people between Gibraltar and the rest of the European Union.
[R] (21419)
183  
N  
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what changes will be required in the laws of Gibraltar for it to achieve full rights of membership of the European Union.
[R] (21421)
184  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of European involvement in dealing with the flow of illicit narcotics from post-Taliban Afghanistan; what assessment has been made of the role of the restructuring of Afghanistan in curtailing drug production; and if he will make a statement.
(22356)
185  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects Spain to allow direct flights to Gibraltar from airports outside the UK to over-fly its airspace.
[R] (21545)
186  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether legislation giving the people of Gibraltar the right to vote in the 2004 European parliamentary elections will require the (a) unanimous approval and (b) approval of the other member states of the European Union.
(21530)
187  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when consultations will begin with the Government of Gibraltar to ensure that the people of Gibraltar have the right to vote in the 2004 European parliamentary elections.
(21531)
188  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd November, Official Report, column 404W, on al-Qaeda, if he will rule out support for military action against states where there is no evidence of state support of the terrorist activities of al-Qaeda.
(22151)
189  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 5th December, Official Report, column 315W, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the level of preparedness up to 11th September for the willingness of suicide terrorists to use aircraft and other vehicles to inflict substantial loss of life.
(22129)
190  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what evaluation his Department has made of the role of Russia in the decision by the Northern Alliance to occupy Kabul.
(22170)
191  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the Government of Georgia concerning Russian aerial bombardment of Georgian territory in November.
(22166)
192  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the expected nature and extent of Russian influence in post-conflict Afghanistan.
(22172)
193  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on Russian military action against Chechens located on the territory of other sovereign states of the former Soviet Union.
(22168)
194  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's policy is on the post-conflict construction of strategic oil pipelines across Afghanistan.
(22171)
195  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what inquiries his Department has made into allegations by the Government of Georgia that Russian aircraft bombarded the Pankisi Gorge.
(22167)
196  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of relations between Russia and the Northern Alliance (a) before and (b) since 11th September.
(22169)
197  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how long in advance he receives agendas for meetings of the EU Council of Ministers.
(21963)
198  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what jurisdiction the International Court of Justice has over the status of Gibraltar.
(21747)
199  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what changes to the constitution of Gibraltar will be subject to primary legislation in the United Kingdom.
(21744)
200  
N  
Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria he will use to assess success in talks with Spain over the future status of Gibraltar.
(21663)
201  
N  
Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if European legislation will be required to ensure that the people of Gibraltar have the right to vote in the 2004 European elections in addition to domestic legislation.
(21662)
202  
N  
John Robertson (Glasgow, Anniesland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what further aspects of self-government for Gibraltar have been discussed during talks with (a) Spain and (b) the Government of Gibraltar since the start of the Brussels Process.
(21544)
203  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will seek to amend the Brussels Process to allow the Government of Gibraltar a veto over changes in the status of Gibraltar.
(21706)
204  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if a date for further talks with Spain under the Brussels Process has been arranged; and if he will make a statement.
(21707)
205  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last requested the Spanish Government to produce evidence of smuggling between Gibraltar and Spain; and what was the outcome of that request.
(21434)
206  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what changes in the status of Gibraltar within the European Union are being considered
(21435)
207  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many, and what proportion of letters received by the Department from honourable and Right honourable Members between 20th June and 20th July were replied to in (a) under 15, (b) under 20, (c) under 30, (d) under 40 and (e) over 40 working days.
(22002)
208  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if health authorities obtain the consent in writing of patients to become self-funders before free continuing care as defined by Coughlan v North Devon Health Authority is withdrawn.
(21396)
209  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list, by date of publication, guidance he has given on the role and duties of the ward housekeeper (a) internally and (b) externally; and if he will place the guidance in the Library.
(21789)
210  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when community health councils were given the information about Coughlan v North Devon Health Authority, C.A. 1999 contained in circular HSC 1999/180: LAC (99) 30 of 11th August 1999.
(21395)
211  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out by NHS region, health authority and NHS trust the (a) number of out of area patients treated and (b) cost of out of area treatments in each of the last four years for which information is available.
(21005)
212  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what statistics his Department has collected on the operation of the extra contractual referrals system.
(21006)
213  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the health authorities which have sought his Department's advice over applications for refunds made by self-funders since the decision in Coughlan v North Devon Health Authority, C.A. 1999.
(21391)
214  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has given to community health councils to assist them in advising self-funders in nursing homes of the decision in Coughlan v North Devon Health Authority, C.A. 1999.
(21392)
215  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department (a) has commissioned and (b) plans to commission in respect of polysaccharide vaccine; when it was commissioned; when it will report; which (i) persons and (ii) organisations are undertaking the research; and what the (A) remit and (B) aims of the research are.
(21393)
216  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if health authorities pass confidential medical information to social services about potential self-funders before any decision accepted by the patient has been taken to withdraw free continuing care.
(21394)
217  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.
(21830)
218  
  
Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Haemophilia Society; and what action he plans to take in respect of people who have contracted HIV and Hepatitis C from contaminated blood products.
(21975)
219  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by his Department were the subject of a holding answer in the last three sessions of Parliament.
(22016)
220  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was (a) the total expenditure on the NHS and (b) the total expenditure on counter-fraud work within the NHS in the last year for which figures are available.
(21733)
221  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what circumstances he will alter the name of a strategic health authority created under the NHS Reform Bill.
(22328)
222  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the use of confidential information held by community health councils following the implementation of the NHS Reform Bill.
(22324)
223  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of nursing posts are vacant in the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Health Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(21797)
224  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists were providing NHS treatment in the Braintree District in (a) 1979, (b) 1989, (c) 1997 and (d) 2001.
(21755)
225  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the latest estimate for EU countries' expenditure on health in 2005 in (a) cash terms and (b) as a percentage of the relevant GDP.
(21939)
226  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost benefits of expanding the use of medical robotics in the National Health Service.
(22144)
227  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the use of medical robotics in the National Health Service.
(22143)
228  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice is available to NHS trusts on the medical and cost benefits of using medical robotics.
(22145)
229  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to reply to the letter of 24th October from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr A. Battersby.
(22189)
230  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to reply to the letter of 31st October from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs E. Johnson.
(22186)
231  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the NSPCC's report on Betts Way Children's Residential Centre, SE20; and what plans he has to review the law on evidence given by children with severe learning difficulties.
(21762)
232  
N  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the Question from the honourable Member for Beckenham of 14th November (ref. 16184).
(21660)
233  
  
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli, Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many UK-resident patients over the age of 16 are being treated with rcFVIII.
(22325)
234  
  
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli, Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what figures he has collated on the price paid in (a) the UK, (b) each other EU country, (c) the USA and (d) Japan for rcFVIII for the treatment of haemophiliacs.
(22326)
235  
  
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli, Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when sufficient supplies of rcFVIII will be available to match demand from United Kingdom-resident patients requiring this treatment.
(22327)
236  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter of 16 October from the Member for Aylesbury (ref. POH (4) 5009/18).
(21716)
237  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his oral statement of 6th December on waiting lists, if individuals in Worcestershire who have removed themselves from NHS waiting lists and paid to have major heart surgery performed will be able to seek reinbursement for their local health authority or elsewhere; and if he will make a statement.
(22259)
238  
  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her policy is on direct pharmaceutical advertising.
(21861)
239  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each local authority (a) the sum spent on regulation of inspection of care homes in 2000-01, (b) the sum budgeted for regulation of inspection of care homes in 2001-02 and (c) the sum top-sliced for regulation of inspection of care homes in 2002-03.
(21731)
240  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will answer the question of the honourable Member for Maidenhead on bed blocking tabled for answer on 2nd November (No. 12240).
(21724)
241  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his discussions with the pharmaceutical industry over the provision of beta interferon.
(22177)
242  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he next plans to review the wheelchair voucher scheme; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (21792)
243  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many accidents have been caused by (a) powered wheelchairs and (b) electric two seater scooters in each of the last two years.
[R] (21793)
244  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place a copy of the 1999 UK Neonatal Staffing Study in the Library.
(21700)
245  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what systems are in place to ensure that social services and NHS trusts have agreed budgets for community equipment services by April 2002.
[R] (21794)
246  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what figures his Department collates on waiting times for NHS occupational therapy treatment; and if he will list these for each of the last five years.
(21701)
247  
  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to reform emergency healthcare.
(22301)
248  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action his Department is taking to tackle obesity in children; and if he will make a statement.
(22111)
249  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has given to the learning disability partnership boards regarding the need to establish intentional community provision in Hampshire under the provisions of the Valuing People Paper.
(22275)
250  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the extra funding under the Winter Supplementary Estimates to the Supply Estimates 2001-02 for the Department of Health Teenage Pregnancy Unit is to be spent.
(22248)
251  
  
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds are available in the London Heart hospital; and what have been the bed occupancy levels since 3rd September.
(21985)
252  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the European Commission regarding the time period for submission of safety dossiers on nutrients to the EU Scientific Committee for Feeds; and if he will make a statement.
(22350)
253  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the European Commission on how it intends to interpret Article 5 of the Food Supplements Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(22352)
254  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the nutrients included in the Annexes to The Food Supplements Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(22351)
255  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many, and what proportion of letters received by the Department from honourable and Right honourable Members between 20th June and 20th July were replied to in (a) under 15, (b) under 20, (c) under 30, (d) under 40 and (e) over 40 working days.
(21997)
256  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.
(21826)
257  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he has plans to issue guidance relating to the penalties imposed upon cyclists riding without lights.
(22181)
258  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will issue guidance relating to the penalties imposed upon cyclists who ride through red traffic lights.
(21838)
259  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what communications (a) his Department and (b) affiliated organisations have had in the last four years with the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions and the Rough Sleepers Unit concerning rough sleeping headcounts in London.
(22051)
260  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers have (a) the police and (b) local authorities to issue parenting orders; and if she will make a statement.
(21782)
261  
N  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letters from the honourable Member for Putney of (a) 26th October with regard to his constituent Mrs Violeta Stojanovic (Ref. S801051), (b) 17th October with regard to his constituents Mr J. Dorksen and Ms V. Hilliard (Ref. D272972) and (c) 10th July with regard to his constituent Mr Patrick Onwuokwu (Ref. O 1006991).
(20398)
262  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there are in Coventry; how many are from ethnic minorities; and what measures there are to encourage more people into the police service.
(20957)
263  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the diet of prisoners.
(20959)
264  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the range and provision of education to prison inmates; and what type of work is made available in prisons.
(20961)
265  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the most frequent types of crime in Coventry are; what the level is of violent crime; and how many reports of these crimes there were (a) in 1998 and (b) at the last date for which figures are available.
(20956)
266  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the (a) use and (b) role in punishment and rehabilitation of youth offender institutes run by the Army.
(20958)
267  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison ships are in use; and what plans there are to increase the number.
(20960)
268  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by his Department were the subject of a holding answer in the last three sessions of Parliament.
(22025)
269  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the basis upon which the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, the honourable Member for Wallasey, made her statement of 21st November, Official Report, column 422, on the powers of co-decision of the European Parliament on some Third Pillar measures.
(21866)
270  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Crime Fighting Fund officers were projected to be allocated to Hampshire in 2001-02; how many officers were allocated; how many Crime Fighting Fund officers will be allocated for 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(22438)
271  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many 15 and 16 year-old boys were remanded in custody during (a) 2000 and (b) January to June 2001, broken down by age and ethnicity, on the last date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(21549)
272  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Immigration and Nationality Directorate is meeting its target for granting applications for indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom as a spouse; and if he will make a statement.
(22146)
273  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Immigration and Nationality Directorate is meeting its target for granting applications for extensions to visas to study in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(22147)
274  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he last reviewed the operation of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate; and if it met its target in respect of applications for leave to remain in the United Kingdom.
(22140)
275  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the application from Ms Tetyana Vasylchenko, a constituent, of Southern Road, Cheltenham, for an extension to her visa to study in the United Kingdom, will be logged on the system of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate; and when he expects a decision to be made on her application.
(22142)
276  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the application from Mrs Susan Crwys-Williams, a constituent of Cheltenham, sent by recorded delivery (Ref: RB13663205GB) on 15th October, for indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom as a spouse of a UK citizen, will be logged on the system of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate; when he expects a decision to be made on her application; and what compensation is payable by his Department to those applicants who have purchased air tickets in advance to travel abroad at Christmas on the expectation that applications will be dealt with in the time period advertised.
(22141)
277  
N  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the question from the honourable Member for Beckenham of 14th November (ref. 16179)
(21661)
278  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what definitions are used for (a) convicted after trial rate in Crown courts in quarterly Business Information and (b) percentage of those pleading not guilty convicted for persons tried at the Crown Court in Table 6C of Criminal Statistics.
(22281)
279  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures his Department is taking to (a) identify and (b) remove barriers to the take-up of Internet proof of (i) age and (ii) identity authentification services by (A) individuals and (B) business users.
(21940)
280  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long in advance he receives agendas for meetings of the EU Council of Ministers.
(21962)
281  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 4th December, Official Report, column 230W, when the solicitor was changed; and for whom he was acting.
(21748)
282  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent guidance he has issued to police forces on the handling of travellers and traveller encampments.
(21728)
283  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason he has registered the Terrorism (UN Measures) (Channel Islands) Order 2001 of 9th October 2001 in advance of the provisions of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill being passed by Parliament.
(22253)
284  
  
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to what locations the asylum seekers who left Cardiff prison last month were dispersed.
(22184)
285  
  
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of women in the prison population are from Wales; and what the equivalent figures were for each of the last five years.
(22185)
286  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Report on allegations of bullying at Blantyre House will be published before the end of the year.
(21843)
287  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the budget was for education at Blantyre House in (a) 2001 and (b) the preceding three years.
(21842)
288  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug tests have been undertaken on inmates at Blantyre House in the last 12 months; and how many were undertaken in the preceding 12 months.
(21845)
289  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the (a) Prison Service officials, (b) inmates and (c) former staff interviewed as part of the investigation into allegations of bullying at Blantyre House; and on what dates they were interviewed.
(21844)
290  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hours were spent by inmates at Blantyre House in colleges of further education outside the prison in 2001; and what the figures were in (a) 2000 and (b) 1999.
(21841)
291  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many resignations there have been by members of staff at Blantyre House in the last 12 months; and if he will list them.
(21840)
292  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the ratio of short-term to long-term inmates at Blantyre House is; and what the ratio was in (a) 2000 and (b) 1999.
(21839)
293  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total annual cost is of the contract with Capita Services for the operation of the Criminal Records Bureau.
(21702)
294  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the percentage change in funding allocation to each police authority per head of resident population in each police authority between 2001-02 and 2002-03.
(21703)
295  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what rent will be paid for the premises of the Criminal Records Bureau in Shannon Court, Liverpool
(21705)
296  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost of establishing the Criminal Records Bureau in financial years (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03.
(21704)
297  
  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the criminal justice system as it relates to corporate manslaughter.
(22291)
298  
  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Metropolitan Police Authority's oversight of the work of the Metropolitan Police Service since June 2000.
(22298)
299  
  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the levels of staffing and IT provision in the Police Services' Criminal Justice Units on a regional basis.
(22300)
300  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to collect and publish information on re-offending rates by penal institution.
(22286)
301  
  
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many regulations his Department has proposed to Parliament since June; what regulatory impact assessments have been made for those regulations his Department has implemented in 2001; and what plans his Department has to reduce the number of regulations affecting small businesses.
(21971)
302  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action his Department is taking to tackle child pornography on the internet.
(22113)
303  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action his Department is taking to raise public awareness of the dangers of children being targeted by paedophiles using internet chat rooms.
(22112)
304  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the proposed transfer of money from police and crime reduction funds to research and statistics current spending and on the (a) research and (b) evaluative projects which this funding is intended to support.
(22135)
305  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial steps his Department has taken to prepare for the (a) setting up and (b) running costs of the proposed Assets Recovery Agency.
(22136)
306  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will give (a) the reasons for the projected change in net provision of money for police and crime reduction in 2001-02, (b) details of those areas of action which have received less funding than was provided for at the commencement of financial year 2001-02 and (c) examples of measures which are funded under Request for Resources 1-A.
(22131)
307  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total costs to date are of publicity campaigns for (a) police recruitment and (b) vehicle crime prevention.
(22134)
308  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase the capacity of reception centre accommodation; and what financial provision he has made for this purpose.
(22138)
309  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average annual administrative cost of the UK Anti-Drugs Co-ordination Unit in the Cabinet Office was over the last three years.
(22139)
310  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will give (a) the reasons for the projected change in net provision of money for fire and emergency planning in 2001-02, (b) details of those areas of action which have received less funding than was provided for at the commencement of financial year 2001-02 and (c) examples of measures which are funded under Request for Resources 1-H.
(22132)
311  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will give (a) the reasons for the projected change in net provision of money for criminal policy and programmes in 2001-02, (b) details of those areas of action which have received less funding than was provided for at the commencement of financial year 2001-02 and (c) examples of measures which are funded under Request for Resources 1-B.
(22133)
312  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the transfer of £22 million from the criminal justice system reserve to the Crown Prosecution Service set out in the Winter Supplementary Estimate 2001-02.
(22137)
313  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to answer the letters from the Right honourable Member for Rochford and Southend East of 9th July and 19th November about Mr Fuat Altunyurt.
(21756)
314  
  
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance is given to police forces for purchasing (a) cars and (b) vans.
(21983)
315  
  
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the findings of the technical feasibility study into photocard passports.
(21987)
316  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions have been recorded for offences under the Explosives Acts in each of the last five years.
(22349)
317  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if employees of local authorities who carry out duties within Dungavel Detention Centre have (a) been finger-printed and (b) had photographic records taken.
(21817)
318  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone & The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contract price was agreed by the Prison Service when the public sector took over HMP Blakenhurst at Redditch; and what additional sums have since been agreed.
(22261)
319  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone & The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the running of HMP Blakenhurst since it was taken back into public sector control.
(22260)
320  
  
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what information is available to the Commission of the average standard days worked each week by the Parliamentary Commissioner.
(21979)
321  
  
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he has made available to honourable Members the assessment that led the Commission to decide to reduce the Parliamentary Commissioner's days of pay to three days a week.
(21978)
322  
  
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission intended to make the contents of the recent letter from the Parliamentary Commissioner available to honourable Members and to the public.
(21982)
323  
  
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, when members of the Commission or the Chairman's office was informed of the Parliamentary Commissioner's intention to make her letter available in full to the media if part of its contents were communicated to the media.
(21981)
324  
  
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, who first briefed the media of the contents of the recent letter to the Chairman of the Commission from the Parliamentary Commissioner.
(21980)
325  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what communication he has received from the Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life regarding the post of Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.
(21446)
326  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, when it is proposed for the Commission to next discuss the post of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards; and if he will make a statement.
(21445)
327  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if further discussions are to take place with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards regarding her continuation in office; and if he will make a statement.
(21444)
328  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 14th November, Official Report, column 776W, if she will outline the conclusions reached at the CARICOM meeting held in St Lucia in November regarding future HIV/AIDS prevention and mitigation programmes in (a) the Turks and Caicos, (b) the UK Virgin Islands, (c) Montserrat, (d) Anguilla and (e) US Virgin Islands of the Caribbean.
(21390)
329  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.
(21827)
330  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by her Department were the subject of a holding answer in the last three sessions of Parliament.
(22024)
331  
  
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the work of her Department in the Palestinian territories.
(21875)
332  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many tonnes of humanitarian aid have been deployed in Afghanistan since 11th September; what impact the military advances in Afghanistan have had on humanitarian missions; if the military campaign has opened up supply routes into Afghanistan; what steps she is taking to ensure that the public is informed of humanitarian advances in Afghanistan; and if she will make a statement.
(22355)
333  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the number of deaths from malnutrition in Zimbabwe in 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(21519)
334  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when the Government will ratify the Optional Protocol on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of Children in Armed Conflict; and if she will make a statement.
(22263)
335  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what actions her Department has taken to further good governance in the oil producing states of Nigeria.
(21858)
336  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the OECD convention on bribery and the impact it will have on the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill.
(21859)
337  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the money her Department spends multilaterally in the Palestinian territories goes towards furthering peace and security in the region.
(21873)
338  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the measures taken by her Department to encourage free and fair elections in Zimbabwe.
(21874)
339  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the work of her Department in Sierra Leone.
(21871)
340  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how she expects her Department's development policy to be affected by the war against terrorism.
(21872)
341  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the (a) number and (b) value of deals completed by the Commonwealth Development Corporation in each of the last five years, stating in each case the country concerned and grouped by the OECD developing countries and territories measurement of (i) least developed countries, (ii) low income countries, (iii) lower middle income countries and territories, (iv) upper middle income countries and territories and (v) high income countries and territories; and if she will make a statement.
(21520)
342  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many British Council scholarships have been awarded to students from Southern Sudan in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.
(21521)
343  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many, and what proportion of letters received by the Department from honourable and Right honourable Members between 20th June and 20th July were replied to in (a) under 15, (b) under 20, (c) under 30, (d) under 40 and (e) over 40 working days.
(21995)
344  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what steps his Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.
(21823)
345  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by the Lord Chancellor's Department were the subject of a holding answer in the last three sessions of Parliament.
(22022)
346  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to make the national registry and voting data electronic; and if he will make a statement.
(22440)
347  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what proposals he has to facilitate geographic access to magistrates' courts in the County of Essex.
[R] (21752)
348  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the future of Witham Magistrates' Court.
[R] (21751)
349  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many magistrates' courts were operating in the (a) County of Essex and (b) unitary boroughs of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea in (i) 1971, (ii) 1981, (iii) 1991, (iv) 1999 and (v) 2001.
[R] (21753)
350  
N  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what representations he has received in 2001 from (a) the Countryside Agency and (b) the rural advocate on proposed closures of magistrates' courts; and if he will make a statement.
(21451)
351  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many, and what proportion of letters received by the Department from honourable and Right honourable Members between 20th June and 20th July were replied to in (a) under 15, (b) under 20, (c) under 30, (d) under 40 and (e) over 40 working days.
(22003)
352  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps his Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.
(21831)
353  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by his Department were the subject of a holding answer in the last three sessions of Parliament.
(22021)
354  
  
Lady Hermon (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to use national insurance numbers to help eliminate electoral fraud in Northern Ireland.
(21819)
355  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Council, if he will list the orders made through the Privy Council under the Royal Prerogative in each year from 1997 to date.
(21402)
356  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will amend the Act of Settlement 1700 to allow a non-protestant to succeed to the throne.
(21537)
357  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will introduce legislation to repeal the Royal Marriages Act 1772.
(21536)
358  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will take steps to ensure that succession to the throne is henceforth based on primogeniture irrespective of gender.
(21534)
359  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will investigate the circumstances surrounding the decision taken by the Right honourable Member for North Tyneside to expend departmental funds to pursue an action against Associated Newspapers and Simon and Schuster.
(21741)
360  
  
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what the revised terms of reference of the Senior Salaries Review Body are.
(22329)
361  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to require persons raised to the peerage on his recommendations to serve as ministers in the House of Lords, to relinquish their peerage when they cease to be ministers of the Crown; and if he will make a statement.
(22284)
362  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Prime Minister, if the results of a future referendum on UK membership of the euro will be broken down by each (a) nation and (b) region of the UK.
(21779)
363  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many, and what proportion of letters received by the Department from honourable and Right honourable Members between 20th June and 20th July were replied to in (a) under 15, (b) under 20, (c) under 30, (d) under 40 and (e) over 40 working days.
(22006)
364  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps his Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.
(21834)
365  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment she has made of the implications for private clubs and societies in Scotland of the proposals in the Budd Report.
(21538)
366  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many (a) licensed fishing boats and (b) people employed directly in offshore fishing there were in Scotland in each of the past 10 years.
(21539)
367  
  
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if she will bring forward measures to provide for half-price fares for older and disabled people on long-distance coach journeys between Scotland and England.
(21876)
368  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Solicitor General, what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by the Law Officers' departments were the subject of a holding answer in the last three sessions of Parliament.
(22023)
369  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Solicitor General, on how many occasions she has appeared in court for the Government since her appointment; and if she will make a statement.
(22283)
370  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she has prepared a regulatory impact assessment on the impact of the draft Wireless Telegraphy (Control of Material Substances forming part of the Telecommunications System) Regulation 2001 on the introduction of micro-CHP boiler systems to the UK market.
(22360)
371  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the Draft Wireless Telegraphy (Control of Material Substances Forming Part of the Telecommunications System) Regulation 2001 on the Government's fuel poverty strategy.
(22357)
372  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the draft Wireless Telegraphy (Control of Material Substances forming part of the Telecommunications System) Regulation 2001 on the viability of the UK powerline technology industry.
(22359)
373  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints her Department has received about radio interference from products compliant with standard EN50065-1.
(22274)
374  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations she has received from BP in relation to her Department's energy review; what has been the nature of such representations; and if she will make a statement.
(21401)
375  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the action initiated by her predecessor against the Daily Mail in respect of comments made in that newspaper on 19th March; for what reason the action initiated was not pursued to the courts; what assessment was made of the likelihood of a successful outcome to the action before it was embarked upon; and if she will make a statement.
(21740)
376  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the occasions since 1st January 2000 when (a) she and any of her predecessors, (b) Ministers within her Department and (c) officials within her Department have had discussions with representatives from BP.
(21406)
377  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many, and what proportion of letters received by the Department from honourable and Right honourable Members between 20th June and 20th July were replied to in (a) under 15, (b) under 20, (c) under 30, (d) under 40 and (e) over 40 working days.
(22007)
378  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.
(21835)
379  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact on (a) women's and (b) men's wages of years spent outside the labour market for educational reasons.
(21778)
380  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the gender pay gap in the private sector for women in (a) full-time and (b) part-time employment.
(21780)
381  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will publish the most recent figures to show women's mean hourly earnings as a proportion of men's broken down by occupation.
(21777)
382  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of equal pay legislation; and if she will make a statement.
(21776)
383  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will publish the results of the review of enterprise grant areas; and if she will make a statement.
(21783)
384  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by her Department were the subject of a holding answer in the last three sessions of Parliament.
(22020)
385  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what contingency planning her Department undertakes with (a) the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, (b) Transco, (c) the National Grid Company and (d) the Health and Safety Executive to prepare for distruption to supplies of gas; and if she will make a statement.
(22342)
386  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions during the last 24 months the monthly average price of (a) oil, (b) gas and (c) coal has been within the range of the medium/long term high and low fuel price projections contained in Energy Paper 68; and on how many occasions prices of each of the fuels have been (i) above and (ii) below these ranges.
(22343)
387  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment she has made that the projections in Energy Paper 68 remain credible; and what plans she has to produce new projections.
(22344)
388  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage loss of gas supply (a) during a 1 in 20 peak demand and (b) during an average peak demand on the gas system in (i) winter 2001-02 and (ii) winter 2005-06 would trigger emergency measures under the Emergency Powers Act 1920 or Energy Act 1976.
(22340)
389  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the emergency gas stockholding capacity is in days of use at full levels of generation for each of the combined cycle gas turbine power stations commissioned since 1990.
(22341)
390  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many local firms are involved in the Manufacturing Advisory Service in Portsmouth South.
(21795)
391  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the outcome was of the Telecommunications Council held in Brussels on 6th and 7th December; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if she will make a statement.
(22182)
392  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what EU legal requirements governed the transfer of 70,000 telephone lines from Spain to Gibraltar.
[R] (21546)
393  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what structures exist to facilitate communication between her Department and small businesses.
(21807)
394  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the information contained in recent correspondence from the honourable Member for the Vale of York on the health effects of electromagnetic fields; and if she will impose a moratorium on the proposed Lackenby to Shipton overhead transmission line.
(21951)
395  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment the Secretary of State has made of the implications of the new ownership of the former Enron power station in Teesside; and if she will make a statement.
(21965)
396  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will (a) revoke her decision to proceed with the Lackenby to Shipton overhead transmission line and (b) enhance the power of the existing line through the Vale of York.
(21952)
397  
N  
John Mann (Bassetlaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to review the arrangements for apportioning surpluses in the pre-privatisation pension schemes for the former employees of British Coal.
(19341)
398  
  
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions the Government has had with BAe Systems about job losses at their Woodford site; and if she will make a statement.
(21770)
399  
  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she has taken to protect consumers from unscrupulous traders on the internet.
(22297)
400  
  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the need for Government subsidy of the energy industry.
(22296)
401  
  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the need for international agreements on the practice of e-commerce.
(22299)
402  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 5th December, Official Report, column 303W, on Ofgem, if he will place copies of the consultation responses in the Library.
(22354)
403  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what financial contribution BNFL will make towards the decommissioning of (a) THORP and (b) the Sellafield MOX plant; and if she will make a statement.
(22114)
404  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when (a) THORP and (b) the Sellafield MOX plant will be transferred to the Liabilities Management Authority; and if she will make a statement.
(22115)
405  
  
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportions of energy supply is supplied by combined heat and power schemes.
(22332)
406  
  
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of the UK's energy requirements were produced by combined heat and power schemes in each of the last 10 years.
(22334)
407  
  
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she has taken to encourage the development of off-shore wind farms in the United Kingdom.
(22333)
408  
  
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many combined heat and power schemes are under construction.
(22331)
409  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the reasons for which the annually managed expenditure of the Export Credit Guarantees Department has risen.
(22195)
410  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to ensure that those employers who lost out because of the improper implementation of European Directive 77/187 in the TUPE regulations of 1981 will receive compensation; and if she will make a statement.
(21938)
411  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with BNFL regarding identification of new storage sites for nuclear waste; and if she will make a statement.
(22345)
412  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she plans to consult the (a) Executive of the National Assembly for Wales, (b) Scottish Executive and (c) Executive of the Northern Ireland Assembly prior to the Government's submission to the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea by 17th December.
(21800)
413  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with BNFL regarding removal of nuclear waste in Scotland from current storage; and if she will make a statement.
(22346)
414  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which parties she plans to consult prior to the UK Government's submission to the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea on 17th December.
(21801)
415  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive regarding proposals to remove nuclear waste from current storage containers in Scotland and the construction of new storage containers.
(22347)
416  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has for discussions with the (a) Executive of the National Assembly of Wales, (b) Scottish Executive, (c) Executive of the Northern Ireland Assembly, (d) Government of Iceland, (e) Government of Norway and (f) Government of the Irish Republic following the decision of the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea on MOX.
(21790)
417  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive regarding storage of nuclear waste at nuclear installations in Scotland.
(22348)
418  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the savings have been resulting from hedging the cost of interest make-up on fixed rate export finance loans offered by the Export Credits Guarantee Department in each of the last 20 years.
(21976)
419  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 29th November Official Report, column 1039-40W, on venture capital funds (RDAs) which companies SEEDA has invested in using the regional venture capital funds.
(22330)
420  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many bus routes in Cornwall have benefited from Government funding in the last 12 months.
(21757)
421  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) village pubs, (b) post offices and (c) petrol stations in the Buckingham constituency have received rate relief in (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02.
(22033)
422  
  
Mrs Annette L. Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 29th November, Official Reply, column 1067W, on council tax benefit, for what reasons the announcement on the council tax benefit subsidy limitation scheme has not been made; and if he will hold consultations for this year's settlement for Poole Unitary Authority.
(22338)
423  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps his Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.
(21829)
424  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what directions have been given to local authorities since May 1997 concerning the estimation of rough sleepers in their area.
(22045)
425  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps his Department and the Rough Sleepers Unit are taking to improve the quality of information on the numbers of people sleeping rough.
(22044)
426  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the figures for rough sleeping for each local authority area in England that are available, with the relevant HiP estimates, for each year since 1996 for which figures are available.
(22054)
427  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what changes his Department and the Rough Sleepers Unit have made to the methodology for counting rough sleepers since the guidance published in 1996.
(22043)
428  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what requirements the Government has placed on local authorities to engage in street counts of rough sleepers.
(22046)
429  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what are the new targets for 2002-03 in respect of local authorities handling planning applications; and what are the targets they replace.
(22053)
430  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received over the last four years concerning the manner in which rough sleepers headcounts are conducted.
(22048)
431  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact central Government action has had on reducing the number of (a) priority homeless and (b) homeless in bed and breakfast accommodation in England since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(22050)
432  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what communications his Department and the Rough Sleepers Unit have had with (a) the Metropolitan and (b) the City of London Police concerning the rough sleeping headcounts in London over the last four years.
(22047)
433  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when his Department set a new Best Value indicator for local authorities in 2002-03 that 90 per cent. of all planning applications should be delegated; if this will be measured by (a) number, (b) size, (c) controversy and (d) value; and what other changes to Best Value he plans to propose.
(22101)
434  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research his Department and the Rough Sleepers Unit have conducted into the movements of rough sleepers who are placed into (a) hostels and (b) other temporary accommodation; and if he will place a copy of the documents in the Library.
(22049)
435  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to allow local authorities to register private landlords; and if he will make a statement.
(21781)
436  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what strategy exists to help collaboration between fire brigades related to their role in civil contingencies and dealing with terrorist attacks.
(21229)
437  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many children are involved in the Youth Firefighters Association in the West Midlands; and what funding she has given to this organisation to assist it in expanding.
(21230)
438  
  
Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what consultations he has had with the National Assembly for Wales when preparing the forthcoming White Paper on regional government in England.
(22074)
439  
  
Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the role of regional development agencies has been considered in the preparation of the White Paper on English Regional Government.
(22061)
440  
  
Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment has been made of devolution in other EU member states when preparing the forthcoming White Paper on regional government in England.
(22060)
441  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discusssions he has had with (a) the Rail Regulator and (b) the Strategic Rail Authority on redefining their roles.
(21711)
442  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the importance of the railways to an integrated transport strategy, with particular reference to integration at a regional level.
(21745)
443  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much money (a) public and (b) private investment has provided for the railways in each year since privatisation of the railways.
(21712)
444  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the average annual increase was in (a) parish and (b) town council precepts in (i) each of the five years before and (ii) each year since the introduction of the uniform business rate.
(21449)
445  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Health and Safety Executive and Rail Inspectorate and (b) the Train Operating Companies on driver safety.
(21708)
446  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the prospects for a greater regionalisation of the railways.
(21735)
447  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the cost of restoring the policy of giving a share of the uniform business rate to (a) parish and (b) town councils.
(21448)
448  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the strategic rail plan will be published.
(21710)
449  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had with European Transport Ministers on greater co-operation between the different national railways; and what form such co-operation will take.
(21713)
450  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the importance of diversionary routes for the rail network.
(21736)
451  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which local authorities are not obliged to sell assets at best value.
(21526)
452  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had with the ROSCOs on how the supply of new rolling stock can be speeded up.
(21738)
453  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the Strategic Rail Authority's strategy for freight.
(21737)
454  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what limit he sets as the maximum hours a driver can safely drive a train.
(21709)
455  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which body is responsible for the completion of Irish Sea cable reference 360 Atlantic/C.
(21540)
456  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by his Department were the subject of a holding answer in the last three sessions of Parliament.
(22019)
457  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many new carriages will be ordered by London Underground by 2006 under PPP.
(21941)
458  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on how many occasions he has met the Railtrack administrator since 7th October.
(21942)
459  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many haulage (a) firms and (b) vehicles have moved from UK registration to overseas registration in the past three years.
(21943)
460  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many different point-to-point rail routes were operated in (a) 1993, (b) 1997 and (c) 2001.
(21944)
461  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what was the total number of timetabled rail services in the United Kingdom in (a) 1993, (b) 1997 and (c) 2001.
(21945)
462  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what is his latest estimate of the completion date for the new franchise agreements for (a) Chiltern, (b) South West Trains and (c) South Central.
(21852)
463  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many buses have been registered to operate in England and Wales in each of the past seven years.
(21947)
464  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what advice his Department has received from the Treasury about the phasing of infrastructure projects on London Underground under PPP.
(21948)
465  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received about the financial implications of delay to the completion of the new South West Trains and South Central franchises.
(21851)
466  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many trains are running per hour on the Jubilee Line at peak times.
(21848)
467  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions his Department has had with Virgin Trains since 7th October about the West Coast main line.
(21849)
468  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportion of the allocated public funds for light rail under the 10 year transport funds has not been committed.
(21850)
469  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the Jubilee Line is operating at the service levels originally envisaged; and if he will make a statement.
(21967)
470  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many different bus routes there were in England and Wales in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.
(21946)
471  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many new carriages were ordered by London Underground between (a) 1992 and 1997 and (b) 1997 and 2001.
(21966)
472  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the rate of (a) track and (b) signal failures has been on suburban routes into (i) Waterloo and (ii) London Victoria in each of the past six months.
(21949)
473  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many homeless people there are in the Portsmouth South constituency.
(21796)
474  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the outcome was of the Transport Council held in Brussels on 6th and 7th December; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.
(22183)
475  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will bring forward legislation to give the people of Gibraltar the right to vote in the 2004 European parliamentary elections.
(21529)
476  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many elderly persons' homes there were in the (a) County of Essex and (b) unitary boroughs of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea in (i) 1971, (ii) 1981, (iii) 1991 and (iv) 2001.
(21754)
477  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of Britain's national annual need for fluorspar; what proportion he expects to come from the British fluorspar industry; and what assessment he has made of future fluorspar need.
(21977)
478  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the cost of additional rail inspectors under the PPP arrangements for London Underground.
(21960)
479  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received about the deaths of employees at Enron power station, Teesside; and what recent measures he has taken to improve safety at power stations in the United Kingdom.
(21950)
480  
  
John Mann (Bassetlaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what timescale there is relating to the removal of the roundabouts between Blythe and Peterborough on the A1.
(21759)
481  
  
John Mann (Bassetlaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what further plans he has to improve the A1 motorway.
(21758)
482  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the figure for the council tax base of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead given in tables accompanying his statement of 4th December includes an estimate of non-collection.
(21723)
483  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the grant payment deed for (a) NGCL and (b) Renewco.
(22067)
484  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessments he has made concerning the use of local public service agreements; and if he will make a statement.
(21729)
485  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research his Department has conducted into the relative merits of on-line and junction motorway service areas.
(22064)
486  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the grant payment deed for NGCL formed part of the paper presented to the court on 8th October for consideration of his Department's petition to place Railtrack plc into administration.
(22068)
487  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish his department's definition of (a) affordable housing, (b) social housing, (c) key worker, (d) low income earner and (e) intermediate income earner.
(21730)
488  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if (a) ministers and (b) officials in his Department have recently met officers from Brighton and Hove Council to discuss issues relating to travellers.
(21727)
489  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the grant payment deed for NGCL was (a) drawn up and (b) passed to the Office for National Statistics.
(22069)
490  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions his Department has held with the Treasury on the treatment of Railtrack while in administration in the national accounts.
(22066)
491  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will publish the White Paper on Local Government.
(22108)
492  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received from local authorities on issues relating to travellers and traveller encampments; and if he will make a statement.
(21726)
493  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what basis he decided that the planning inquiry into motorway service areas on the M4 and M40 should be treated as six individual inquiries; and what implication this has for the budget of (a) his Department, and (b) the local authorities concerned.
(22063)
494  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will reconsider the guidance given in PPG8 in respect of the siting of mobile phone masts; and what further research he has commissioned into the effects on health following the Stewart Report.
(21749)
495  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many local authority social service departments have applied to his Department for financial support in the current financial year.
(21791)
496  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what measures he proposes to tackle graffiti on the London Underground; and what account is taken of graffiti in the formulae relevant to the calculation of environmental ambience.
(20963)
497  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what minimum measurements apply to (a) litter and (b) graffiti for qualification for inclusion in the periodic surveys of the ambience of London Underground stations and trains conducted by mystery shoppers.
(20964)
498  
  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent guidance he has issued to local authorities on the procedure for considering major planning applications.
(22290)
499  
  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate she has made of the financial costs involved in disposing of nuclear waste and decommissioning nuclear power stations over the last 20 years; and what future projections she has made for the next 10 years.
(22295)
500  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the Channel Tunnel Rail Link is due to be (a) completed and (b) operational.
(22287)
501  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what were the sums (a) agreed in 2000 and (b) at the latest date for which information is available for payments to Railtrack in (i) 2001-02, (ii) 2002-03 and (iii) 2003-04 by the (A) Government and (B) Strategic Rail Authority.
(22118)
502  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, in what form his Department holds figures on the proportion of freight going by (a) road and (b) rail over the last 10 years.
(22119)
503  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much money has been made available as (a) cash, (b) loan and (c) guarantee to Railtrack in administration.
(22117)
504  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action has been taken to ensure high safety standards by Railtrack in administration.
(22122)
505  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what reports he receives from Railtrack in administration concerning (a) finance and (b) safety; and how often he receives reports.
(22121)
506  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many miles of track are subject to speed restrictions pending repair or renewal; and how many speed restrictions are in place on the network.
(22120)
507  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which rail investment projects of over £10 million have been (a) agreed and (b) contracted since Railtrack went into administration.
(22123)
508  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent research he has undertaken to assess the impact of aircraft noise and sleep disturbance; and if he will make a statement.
(21816)
509  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much (a) Tewkesbury's, (b) Cheltenham's and (c) Gloucestershire's revenue support grant has been changed as a result of the area cost adjustment in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(21404)
510  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the local authorities which were net recipients under the area cost adjustment scheme in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(21405)
511  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to review the area cost adjustment; and if he will make a statement.
(21403)
512  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many motorists qualified for a VED rebate because they bought a licence for the year starting July 2000 with half yearly payments.
(21803)
513  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many honourable Members have made representations to his Department about constituents who missed out on a VED rebate because they bought their licences for the year starting July 2000 with a single payment.
(21804)
514  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many motorists did not qualify for a VED rebate because they bought a licence for the year starting July 2000 with a single payment.
(21802)
515  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list (a) each meeting held between his Department's Ministers or civil servants and the Strategic Rail Authority since 1st September, (b) those meetings at which the subject of current franchise performance was discussed and (c) those meetings at which the subject of specialist manpower shortages in the railway industry was discussed; and if he will make a statement.
(21767)
516  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research he has commissioned into the effectiveness of the goods vehicle excise duty relief scheme; and if he will publish the results of this research.
(22252)
517  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how the extra funding under the Winter Supplementary Estimates to the Supply Estimates 2001-02 for the Highways Agency is to be spent.
(22246)
518  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how the increased provision of money as set out on page 5 of the 2001-02 Winter Supplementary Estimates to the Supply Estimates for London Underground PPP advisers and rail consultants is to be spent.
(22251)
519  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many people have received a contribution from the pneumoconiosis compensation grant each year since 1979.
(22247)
520  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the total costs up to 1st December associated with the negotiations for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link are.
(22250)
521  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research was commissioned prior to the decision to decrease the housing revenue account subsidy, as outlined on page 5 of the Winter Supplementary Estimates to the Supply Estimates 2001-02; and if he will publish this research.
(22249)
522  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement summarising the changes in the responsibilities of local councils which led him to adjust the figures for the SSA and general grants for Essex County Council and the Rochford District Council for the current financial year.
(21774)
523  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what percentage increase in local rates will be required to be imposed by Essex County Council and Rochford District Council if they spend the full SSAs allocated to them for 2002-03 and receive the full general grant for that year announced on 4th December.
(21775)
524  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the project by the Building Research Establishment and Tree Advice Trust to develop an objective way of assessing the obstruction of light by hedges will be completed; and when the report will be published.
(221164)
525  
  
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent meetings Government ministers have had with representatives of the New Local Government Network.
(21984)
526  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what freight factory grant money has been awarded to (a) the Port of Tyne and (b) DFDS since 1979.
(21786)
527  
  
David Wright (Telford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the arrangements for council tax benefit subsidy limitation for 2002-03 revenue support grant settlements.
(21846)
528  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many, and what proportion of letters received by the Department from honourable and Right honourable Members between 20th June and 20th July were replied to in (a) under 15, (b) under 20, (c) under 30, (d) under 40 and (e) over 40 working days.
(22004)
529  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps his Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.
(21831)
530  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary as to whether sufficient match funding can be allocated to enable the full use of Objective 1 funding to West Wales and the Valleys over the project period 2000 to 2006.
(22176)
531  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary on which projects in the Cynon Valley have been funded by West Wales and Valleys Objective 1 funding since October 2000.
(22174)
532  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of whether the distribution of grants is proceeding at a sufficient rate to ensure that all Objective 1 money allocated to West Wales and Valleys will stay in Wales and will not have to be returned to the EU Structural Fund under the conditions of the mid-term target review in 2003.
(22173)
533  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary on the amount of EU Objective 1 budget for West Wales and the Valleys that has been (a) committed and (b) spent on projects in the Cynon Valley since October 2000.
(22175)
534  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by the Wales Office were the subject of a holding answer in the last three parliamentary sessions.
(22017)
535  
  
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on how many regulations his Department has been consulted by other government departments since June; what regulatory impact assessments have been made by his Department of the cost of UK Government regulations to business in Wales over the last 12 months; and what representations his Department has made to other Government departments seeking to reduce the burden of regulations on small businesses in Wales.
(21968)
536  
N  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to monitor the effectiveness of the New Deal for Lone Parents.
(19147)
537  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the time limits for scheme minimum funding requirements.
(21442)
538  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on progress in implementing the Remploy 21 board strategy for business development.
(21517)
539  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with trade unions in connection with (a) delivery of the Remploy 21 strategy and (b) partnership working with management to deliver agreed objectives for that business.
(21518)
540  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if contracted-in stakeholder pension schemes will be deregistered.
(21441)
541  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.
(21828)
542  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on new bereavement benefits; what efforts have been made to publicise this benefit to the public; and under what circumstances someone would be eligible for the benefit.
(20962)
543  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 12th November, Official Report, column 554, if he will make a statement on progress in combating verbal and physical assaults on staff.
(19394)
544  
  
Valerie Davey (Bristol West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many awards of disability living allowance have been made in each of the last three years to people suffering with sickle cell anaemia.
(22178)
545  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent representations he has received from independent financial advisors regarding the implementation of stakeholder pensions.
(21543)
546  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by his Department were the subject of a holding answer in the last three sessions of Parliament.
(22015)
547  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what was (a) the total expenditure of his Department and its agencies and (b) the total expenditure on counter-fraud work within his Department and its agencies in the last year for which figures are available.
(21734)
548  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many childern were living in poverty in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(22441)
549  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people will receive winter fuel payments in 2001-02 in Portsmouth South.
(21799)
550  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the value was of the state retirement pension as a percentage of the average weekly wage in (a) 1971, (b) 1978, (c) 1981, (d) 1988, (e) 1991, (f) 1998 and (g) 2001.
(21750)
551  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made on the financial impact of the introduction of the bereavement on allowance on women under 55 years of age who have been widowed since 9th April and are in receipt of incapacity benefit.
(22278)
552  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made on the financial impact of the introduction of the bereavement allowance on women under 55 years of age who have been widowed since 9th April.
(22279)
553  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he intends to reply to the letter of 7th November from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr L. J. Sullivan.
(22187)
554  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he intends to reply to the letter of 2nd November from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr M. Willingham.
(22188)
555  
  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much of the budget for modernising the delivery of the social security system will be spent on (a) the Payment Modernisation Programme, (b) the New IT for the Child Support Agency, (c) new front end systems, (d) replacement of legacy systems, (d) improvements to management information, (e) PCs for all staff, (f) modernising services to pensioners, including preparation for the pension credit and (g) his Department's work on (i) the working tax credit and (ii) the child tax credit.
(22059)
556  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what structures exist to facilitate communication between his Department and small businesses.
(21805)
557  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the New Deal supports unemployed people who wish to start their own businesses, with special reference to Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.
(21812)
558  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proposals have been made by the Disability Rights Task Force; and how they will be implemented.
(21808)
559  
  
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many regulations his Department has proposed to Parliament since June; what regulatory impact assessments have been made for those regulations his Department has implemented; and what plans his Department has to reduce the number of regulations affecting small businesses.
(21972)
560  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to produce information about disability living allowance in a sign language video format.
(22027)
561  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to ensure that only qualified sign language interpreters are used during medical assessments for deaf people who claim disability living allowance.
(22030)
562  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to undertake research into the take-up of disability living allowance amongst deaf people.
(22029)
563  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to ensure that applicants for disability living allowance are able to request a face-to-face completion service for application forms.
(22031)
564  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many profoundly deaf people are panel members of the Appeals Service.
(22028)
565  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of people who became newly entitled for the 2001-02 winter fuel payment and made a claim before 21st September.
(21934)
566  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assumptions he proposes to make about the increases in claimants' pensions during the period between an initial pension credit claim and a routine reassessment of that claim.
(21649)
567  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of pensioners who would gain if the lower age limit for eligibility for the savings credit were reduced to 60 years.
(21650)
568  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for each of the new Jobcentre Plus pathfinder areas, how many new claims for incapacity benefit have been made since the introduction of the scheme, and of these, how many (a) waivers and (b) deferrals for work-focused interviews have been made; how many work-focused interviews have taken place; and how many claimants have (i) refused to attend an interview and (ii) been subjected to benefit sanctions.
(21961)
569  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what is the estimated saving to the Exchequer from those who were newly entitled to the 2000-01 winter fuel payment and did not claim before the cut-off date.
(21936)
570  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if recipients of the guarantee credit will be entitled to the same passported benefits as recipients of income support.
(21651)
571  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of eligible people who have not received backdated winter fuel payments for the first three years of the scheme and the value of such payments.
(21937)
572  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of people who became newly entitled for the 2000-01 winter fuel payment but did not make a claim before the cut-off date.
(21935)
573  
  
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli, Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many overseas patients in the UK (a) under and (b) over 16 years of age are being treated with rcFVIII products.
[Transferred] (22276)
574  
  
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the resources available to the Learning and Skills Council.
[Transferred] (22277)
575  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the reason for the change in the seasonal pattern of business rates receipts in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2000-01.
[Transferred] (22194)
576  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the Spanish authorities concerning the extradition of UK nationals.
[Transferred] (22282)
577  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to develop Third Age apprenticeships in the Wirral.
[Transferred] (22180)


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