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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 26 June 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 26 June, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
TUESDAY 26th JUNE
1  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the advertising campaigns conducted by the Cabinet Office between 14th May and 8th June which were publicly funded.
(396)
2  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the special advisers who (a) resigned and (b) remained in post in the period 8th May to 8th June inclusive.
(764)
3  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the names of special advisers indicating (a) the Department to which they are attached, (b) if they are paid or unpaid, (c) their date of appointment and (d) if they are political or expert special advisers.
(766)
4  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the Government agencies and units for which he is responsible; and if he will make a statement.
(768)
5  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the current pay bands are for special advisers; and if he will list, broken down by department, the number of special advisers who are in each pay band.
(765)
6  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the responsibilities of each minister in his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(767)
7  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total amount of severance pay, net of any repayments, was for special advisers who have (a) been re-appointed and (b) not been re-appointed following the General Election; and if he will make a statement.
(769)
8  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what date his Department received a request for documents under the Data Proection Act 1998 from Lord Ashcroft; and on what date his Department replied to the request.
(1001)
9  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will ensure that religious organisations are given the opportunity to obtain local digital radio broadcasting licences.
(983)
10  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the compatability of the Broadcasting Act 1996 with the freedom of expression provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights.
(985)
11  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if non-religious radio stations can automatically renew analogue licences by applying for digital licences.
(984)
12  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when applications for the last digital radio licence in London will be determined.
(982)
13  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish the most up to date figures available on the number of playing fields sold by public bodies since 1st May 1997.
(229)
14  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects to announce how schools can access the £750 million New Opportunities Fund budget under the Space for Sport and the Arts Initiative.
(230)
15  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects to appoint a new chief executive to Sport England.
(231)
16  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects to meet the Chairman of the British Horseracing Board to discuss the proposed abolition of the Horserace Betting Levy Board.
(232)
17  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects to bring forward legislation for the privatisation of the Horserace Totalisation Board.
(233)
18  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to meet the Chairman of the Horserace Totalisation Board to discuss the proposed privatisation of the Tote.
(234)
19  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects to bring forward legislation to abolish the Horserace Betting Levy Board.
(235)
20  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the overseas recruitment missions that have taken place over the last six months and which are planned over the next year, indicating in each case (a) the country (i) visited and (ii) to be visited, (b) the number of overseas nationals (i) recruited and (ii) expected to be recruited and (c) the cost of the mission; and if he will make a statement.
(228)
21  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the outcome was of the investigation into the shooting of Leslie John Douglas on 13th June 2000; and what actions he has taken subsequently.
(1038)
22  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a list of the titles and dates of films held by the chemical and biological defence establishment, Porton Down, which record the establishment's trials with biological warfare simulants in public places since 1971.
(997)
23  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what dates the Ethical subgroup of the Defence Scientific Advisory Committee Medical Committee scrutinised the experiment in 1989 in which service personnel were exposed to sarin nerve gas at the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down; and if he will place in the Library copies of the minutes of the committee which relate to the discussion of this experiment.
(986)
24  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his Department's officials are employed to conduct the comprehensive survey of the Service Volunteer programme at the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down announced on 1st May; from which branches of his Department these officials are drawn; and what the total budget is for the survey.
(990)
25  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what aspect of the comprehensive survey of the service volunteer programme at the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, announced on 1st May will be conducted in public.
(1002)
26  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the comprehensive survey of the service volunteer programme at the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, announced on 1st May will examine allegations that service personnel were misled into taking part in experiments at Porton Down.
(1003)
27  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of the correspondence from the Medical Research Council confirming that the Council is looking at the feasibility of carrying out an independent epidemiological study of Porton Down volunteers.
(988)
28  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of technical reports compiled by the chemical and biological defence establishment, Porton Down, to record the results of trials carried out between 29th September 1975 and 21st October 1975 in which two simulants were disseminated from the Fleet Tender Cockchafer in Lyme and Weymouth bays.
(996)
29  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel who took part in experiments at the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, have been referred to the Medical Assessment Programme since 21st November 2000; and how many of these have been seen by the Medical Assessment Programme.
(999)
30  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the protocol drawn up by the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, to carry out the experiment in 1989 in which service personnel were exposed to sarin nerve gas.
(987)
31  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many papers in the MRD Report series of technical papers produced by the biological defence establishment at Porton Down are unclassified; when this series of papers (a) started and (b) finished; how many papers in this series were produced in total; and if he will place in the Library a list of the titles and dates of each of the papers in this series.
(991)
32  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel took part in experiments at the chemical defence establishment at Porton Down in 2000.
(1004)
33  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will transfer films from the archives of the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, to the Imperial War Museum.
(998)
34  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what dates officials from his Department and the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, held meetings with the Medical Research Council since 5th April, regarding its advice on an independent epidemiological study for Porton Down volunteers.
(1005)
35  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will instruct the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, to conduct research to determine the long-term effects of a single dose of the oripavine derivative TL 2636 on the health of humans.
(989)
36  
N  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future of his Department's apprenticeships at Aberporth.
(843)
37  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if funding for the new Key Stage Three strategy will be paid directly to schools.
(844)
38  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many applications were (a) made, (b) granted and (c) refused, and in how many cases in which requirements or directions were made under Schedule 22(3) that proceeds or land should be paid or transferred to the local authority under Section 77 or Schedule 22 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 for (i) the disposal or (ii) the change of use of land used as playing fields by schools in each year since 1st October 1998.
(842)
39  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers were employed in (a) Essex and (b) the Boroughs of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea in each year from 1995 to 2000 inclusive.
(1071)
40  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the expenditure incurred in introducing the title of her Department.
(394)
41  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will establish an independent inquiry into how the new system of AS level examinations was introduced this year and the lessons for the future.
(771)
42  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library a copy of the report by Arthur D. Little Consultants on the economic case for the Sellafield MOX plant.
(955)
43  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animals on infected and contiguous premises, have been culled in the Ribble Valley as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak.
(1078)
44  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what has been the cost to date of the operation to eradicate foot and mouth in the Ribble Valley.
(1077)
45  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost of the foot and mouth outbreak has been to date.
(1076)
46  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the consequences for agriculture of the foot and mouth outbreak in Essex; and if she will make a statement.
(1070)
47  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the expenditure incurred in introducing the title of her Department.
(392)
48  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when and by what means the Government announced its intention to hold an inquiry into foot and mouth disease; if she will ensure that the inquiry considers (a) the merits of greater use of vaccination, (b) the role of the Environment Agency in specifying farms and other sites suitable for burial of carcasses and (c) the implication for local communities of mass burial sites; and if she will make a statement.
(841)
49  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people of pensionable age lived in (a) England and Wales, (b) the County of Essex and (c) the Boroughs of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea in each year from 1995 to 2000 inclusive.
(1067)
50  
  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much and what proportion, of the income of hospices in each of the past 10 years is derived from (a) charitable giving and (b) government sources.
(1042)
51  
  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much income he received in VAT receipts from hospices in each of the past 10 years.
(1039)
52  
  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what calculation he has made of the amount of money that the hospice movement saves the National Health Service because of its fund-raising efforts.
(1041)
53  
  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from the hospice movement about the taxation it pays; and if he will make a statement.
(1040)
54  
  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what changes would need to be made to the constitutional framework of hospices for them not to qualify for the payment of VAT.
(1043)
55  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what resolutions on mercenaries were put before the 57th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights in 2001; which were adopted; and what position the EU delegation took on each.
(980)
56  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures he is taking to monitor and regulate companies recruiting and selling the services of mercenaries; and when he will publish a consultative paper on options for future regulation.
(979)
57  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Minister will attend the UN Human Rights Committee hearings on the UK Periodic Report due to be discussed later this year.
(981)
58  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the Scottish Executive's commitment to direct access to the European Court of Justice included in the Political Declaration of the Constitutional Regions signed on 28th May.
(437)
59  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have been held between Her Majesty's Government and the Scottish Executive concerning direct Scottish Executive access to the European Court of Justice.
(438)
60  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date his Department received a request for documents under the Data Protection Act 1998 from Lord Ashcroft; and on what date his Department replied to the request.
(1000)
61  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will announce his decision on the future of the transplant unit at Wythenshawe Hospital.
(845)
62  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of total funds available to the cancer screening programme are available to the cervical cancer screening programme; and what that proportion is in cash terms.
(302)
63  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to financially compensate haemophiliacs infected with Hepatitis C by contaminated blood products.
(304)
64  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when recombinant genetically engineered haemophiliac treatment will be available to all patients in England.
(306)
65  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who will hold the annual budget for liquid based cytology consumables in England and Wales referred to in paragraph 14 of NICE's appraisal of liquid-based cytology.
(303)
66  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will order a public inquiry into the infection of people with haemophilia with HIV and Hepatitis C.
(305)
67  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residential care homes in (a) the county of Essex and (b) the Boroughs of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea were (i) publicly-owned and (ii) privately-owned in each year from 1995 to 2000 inclusive.
(1066)
68  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many work permits were issued (a) last year and (b) in the period since 1st January; and if he will make a statement.
(947)
69  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on tackling religious discrimination.
(951)
70  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many work permits have been issued (a) under the fast track scheme for shortage occupations since the introduction of this scheme and (b) for shortage occupations expressed as a proportion of the total; and if he will make a statement.
(949)
71  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to introduce a green card scheme to govern the entry of workers into the UK.
(954)
72  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many work permits have been issued to IT professionals in (a) the last year and (b) in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(948)
73  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the incorporation into UK law of EU Directive 2000/43/EC on the principle of equal treatment on the grounds of race or ethnic origin.
(953)
74  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the issuing of work permits for seasonal agricultural employment.
(950)
75  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to involve representatives of specialist non-governmental organisations in the review of the coroner system; and how he will ensure the participation of NGOs from Northern Ireland in the review.
(977)
76  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many robberies of (a) post offices and (b) Royal Mail vehicles there were in each police division in the year 2000; and if he will estimate the total sum stolen.
(976)
77  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in upgrading the prisoner database; and what response has been given to the recommendation of the Searches on the Person Review concerning the statistical recording and monitoring of strip searches.
(978)
78  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on what date her Department received a letter from Lord Ashcroft and Carlisle Holdings regarding the remarks made at the World Trade Organisation meeting in Seattle in 1999; on what date her Department responded to the letter; if she will place copies of the correspondence in the Library; and if she will make a statement.
(1006)
79  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on what dates KPMG received letters from Carlisle Holdings during its study commissioned by her Department to review the regulation of offshore financial services in Belize and the effect of tax exemptions on pro-poor programmes; if she will place copies of these letters in the Library; and if she will make a statement.
(994)
80  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will place in the Library a copy of the report arising from the study commissioned from KPMG by her Department to review the regulation of offshore financial services in Belize and the effect of tax exemptions on pro-poor programmes; and on what date this report was (a) completed and (b) received by her Department.
(992)
81  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she plans to hold meetings with the Belize Government to discuss progress on the Commonwealth Debt Initiative and the effect of tax exemptions and public investment companies on pro-poor programmes.
(995)
82  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on what date her Department received a request for documents under the Data Protection Act 1998 from Lord Ashcroft; and on what dates her Department replied to the request.
(1008)
83  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what meetings KPMG requested with representatives of the two public investment companies during its study commissioned by her Department to review the regulation of offshore financial services in Belize and the effect of tax exemptions on pro-poor programmes; and if she will make a statement.
(993)
84  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on what date she asked the Permanent Secretary of her Department to investigate a possible conflict of interest by KPMG over a study commissioned by her Department to review the regulation of offshore financial services in Belize and the effect of tax exemptions on pro-poor programmes; on what date her Department met KPMG to discuss the issue of a possible conflict of interest; and if she will make a statement.
(1007)
85  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy toward Protocol 12 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
(952)
86  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will publish a draft Criminal Justice Bill for Northern Ireland; and what steps he is taking to improve the record of the police service in promoting parity of esteem.
(1075)
87  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he has taken to extend legislation on racially motivated crime to Northern Ireland.
(1074)
88  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to monitor sentencing of individuals according to (a) perceived community origin, (b) ethnic origin, (c) gender, (d) sexual orientation and (e) disability.
(1073)
89  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) given a custodial sentence for smuggling goods across the Irish border in each of the past 10 years.
(1072)
90  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Solicitor General, what conclusions she has reached concerning the three paratroopers alleged to have shot Fahri Bici and Avni Dudi.
(1079)
91  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations have been received by the Assistant Director of her Department's Economics and Statistics Directorate concerning the exchange rate at which the UK could join the euro.
(840)
92  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many applications have been received under the compensation scheme for former Icelandic trawlermen; how many duplicate applications there were; how many applications have been paid to date; and how many have been rejected.
(1064)
93  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many applications for compensation made to the Icelandic trawlermen's scheme have been referred to her for decision on the entitlement of those who continued in fishing; and when she hopes to reach a conclusion on those cases.
(1065)
94  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Walsall North of 30th April regarding a constituent.
(846)
95  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if Railtrack has applied to the Rail Regulator for an interim review of its access charges.
(1009)
96  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportion of delays to train services during the most recent month for which figures are available are attributable to temporary speed restrictions associated with gauge corner cracking.
(1011)
97  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action has been taken following the discovery of the overspend by the Highways Agency; and how many civil servants have been disciplined.
(1037)
98  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many temporary speed restrictions remain in place on the national railway network in connection with gauge corner cracking.
(1010)
99  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to reform the planning regulations and the Transport and Works Act 1992 to speed up the decision making process on new transport infrastructure.
(1029)
100  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the future role of the Commission for Integrated Transport.
(1032)
101  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects to announce the completion of contract negotiations with the preferred bidders for the London Underground public-private partnership.
(1034)
102  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the contracts of employment of the Chairman, Chief Executive and Board members of the Strategic Rail Authority are due to expire.
(1013)
103  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many air traffic controllers are at present in training; how many controllers are needed to initiate the new NERC Centre at Southampton; and when he expects to receive details of training schemes proposed by the new private partners of NATS.
(1015)
104  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to review the Government's policy regarding the ownership and structure of the railway industry.
(1018)
105  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made in the appointment of a public interest director to the board of Railtrack.
(1020)
106  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made by Railtrack in the creation of an in-house comparator for engineering work.
(1021)
107  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much money has been granted to Railtrack from public funds over the past year; and what contractual safeguards exist to ensure that the money is used for its intended purposes.
(1023)
108  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects to announce (a) the completion of contract negotiations for the new (i) Chiltern, (ii) South Central and (iii) South West Trains rail franchises and (b) the preferred bidders for the East Coast Main Line and Transpennine franchises.
(1026)
109  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps are being taken by his Department to promote the greater use of the railways for freight.
(1028)
110  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects the Strategic Rail Authority to publish its Strategic Plan.
(1012)
111  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects to publish the results of his consultation on aviation policy.
(1030)
112  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made in the contract negotiations for the National Air Traffic Services public-private partnership.
(1035)
113  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions have been held with the Highways Agency about the recovery of the overspend on financial consultants.
(1036)
114  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations of the Uff-Cullen inquiry into technical solutions to the problem of railway signals passed at danger.
(1017)
115  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the financial position of Railtrack.
(1019)
116  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the state of industrial relations in the railway industry.
(1022)
117  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will give details of contracts undertaken by his Department with private firms for transport projects which do not contain a clause to recompense public funds in the event of a re-financing deal entered into by the private partner.
(1024)
118  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish a list of the technical and financial consultants currently employed by the Strategic Rail Authority, the nature of the assignment for each consultant, and the value of each contract.
(1025)
119  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects the Strategic Rail Authority to (a) begin the next stage of the competition for the new Wales and Borders franchise and (b) recommence the competition for the Central Trains franchise.
(1027)
120  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made on the feasibility study for a second Channel Tunnel.
(1031)
121  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the progress of the multi-modal studies.
(1033)
122  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many additional employees have been recruited by the Strategic Rail Authority during the past year.
(1014)
123  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will respond to the recommendations of Lord Cullen's inquiry into the Ladbroke Grove rail disaster.
(1016)
124  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps his Department is taking to encourage bus companies in the South East of England to offer commuter services to London; and if he will make a statement.
(1068)
125  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans the Government has to introduce a mandatory 20 m.p.h. zone in areas close to schools.
(1069)
126  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the expenditure incurred in introducing the title of his Department.
(395)
127  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the expenditure incurred in introducing the title of his Department.
(393)
128  
N  
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the National Assembly concerning the use of private management in the health service in Wales.
[Question Unstarred] (485)
129  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what priority will be given in the NHS Plan to improving links with local government in environmental health, housing and transport.
[Question Unstarred] (489)
130  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the special advisers with executive responsibilities under the Civil Service Order in Council; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (763)
131  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to amend the terms and conditions of employment for special advisers; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (301)


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