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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 16 July 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 16 July, 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.
 


 
MONDAY 16th JULY
1  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his Answer of 11th July, Official Report, column 573W, on ministerial replies, if he will list by Department, the number of letters from members of the public not replied to since May 1997.
(4734)
2  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps were taken to ensure that the information collected under the Knowledge Network Project was not used for party political campaigning in the 2001 General Election; and if he will make a statement.
(4309)
3  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will (a) list by subject the statistics that have been collected for the first time at constituency level under the Knowledge Network Project, stating in each case the date on which the first in the series was completed and (b) place a copy of the most recent of each set of statistics listed in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(4370)
4  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the first report of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission will be published.
(4468)
5  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had since 15th February with (a) Mr Robert Bourne and (b) his associated parties regarding the future of the Dome.
(4257)
6  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what payment has been received by NMEC from the Hinduja brothers to cover the value-added tax due in connection with their donation to the Faith Zone of the Millennium Dome.
(4178)
7  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when consumers will be able to choose the specific television channels they wish to purchase without having to take other channels as part of a package; and if she will make a statement.
(4731)
8  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the advisory committee referred to in the guidelines for the European City of Culture will be appointed; who will appoint individuals; what selection procedures will be used to select and appoint committee members; what the deadline is by which interested cities must declare an interest in bidding; how many cities will be short listed; if there will be a programme of visits to bidding cities; and if there will be a limit on the nature and the extent of illustrative material which can be submitted to support a bid.
(4371)
9  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures she plans to put in place to enable amateur archaeologists to continue with their work without contravening Article 3 of the Valletta Convention.
[Transferred] (4313)
10  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what consultations are planned to develop appropriate procedures for the authorisation and supervision of future archaeological work in accordance with Article 3 of the Valletta Convention.
[Transferred] (4312)
11  
N  
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures she intends to introduce to ensure plurality of voice in digital radio broadcasting.
(4307)
12  
N  
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she intends to announce her decision on the applications of the BBC to run (a) a new children's television channel and (b) Network Z.
(4256)
13  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what has been the total amount spent on the Dome by the Millennium Commission and NMEC Ltd since 31st December 2000; and what is the estimated total for the end of the current financial year.
(3648)
14  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money was allocated to NMEC Ltd during 2000 by the Millennium Commission; and from which of the Commission's budgets this sum was drawn.
(3650)
15  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, from what date the Millennium Commission set aside reserve funds as a contingency against the financial problems of the Dome; how much was set aside; and from which budgets those funds were drawn.
(3652)
16  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what purpose the money set aside by the Millennium Commission for unforeseen contingencies and unforeseen costs of the Dome was used.
(3649)
17  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what budget was set aside by the Millennium Commission for 2000 for other good causes, excluding the Dome; and what proportion of this sum was spent on such projects.
(3651)
18  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what was the total value of grant applications turned down by the Millennium Commission during (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000; and how many applications were refused during this period.
(3638)
19  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what was the sum total of all funds paid by the Millennium Commission to (a) NMEC Ltd and (b) other organisations involved in the design, construction, management and decommissioning of the Dome; and what were the total amounts authorised for these purposes by Parliament.
(3639)
20  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on and plans for the implementation of the Valletta Convention.
(4462)
21  
  
Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham & Morden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what evaluation methods are in place for projects designed to nurture sporting talent amongst young people competing at a national level, with special reference to cricket, rugby and tennis; and what results evaluations have shown about the success of such projects.
(4592)
22  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) PFI and (b) PPP contracts have been agreed by her Department in the last five years; how many have been satisfactorily completed; and in how many has compensation been (i) paid and (ii) claimed for performance failure.
(4604)
23  
N  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her Answer of 10th July, Official Report, column 448W, on S4C, if she will make a statement clarifying the definitions of (a) estimated weekly reach and (b) weekly viewing figures.
(4314)
24  
N  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proposals she has to encourage domestic tourism in England.
(2435)
25  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the advice of the Medical Research Council on the feasibility of an epidemiological study on the effect of research on service volunteers at Porton Down; what his response was to the advice; and if he has plans to establish an independent inquiry.
(4586)
26  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) US and (b) UK (i) military and (ii) civilian personnel are deployed at RAF Menwith Hill.
(4176)
27  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the space-based infra-red system radomes to come on line at RAF Menwith Hill.
(4175)
28  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many United Kingdom personnel were involved in the exercises known as Roving Sands; and for what purpose.
(4172)
29  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date a Minister from his Department last visited (a) RAF Menwith Hill and (b) RAF Fylingdales.
(4174)
30  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the legal status is of the United States personnel stationed at RAF Menwith Hill.
(4180)
31  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason US Menwith Hill was renamed RAF Menwith Hill.
(4173)
32  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research his Department has undertaken into the presence of explosives on the bed of the River Tamar, with particular reference to the risks to the local population; if he will publish the outcome of the research; and if he will make a statement.
(4445)
33  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish his forthcoming study into the Government's subsidisation of the military export and defence sector; when this study is expected to be completed; and when Parliament will be able to review the findings of the study.
(4739)
34  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the Sovereign base areas which would be defended under the terms of the Strategic Defence Review; and what plans there are to withdraw from these bases.
(3915)
35  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will contribute to the funding of the European Trans-sonic Wind Tunnel.
(4551)
36  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will publish the review of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(3490)
37  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the 4th Armoured Reconnaissance Unit will be stationed at Stanley Barracks, Bovington; and which regiment will be fulfilling that role at that time.
(3488)
38  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which British overseas defence establishments locally-engaged staff are paid below local poverty datum lines; and if he will make a statement.
(4538)
39  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures he is taking to facilitate the enlargement of NATO at the Alliance's 2002 Prague summit.
(4429)
40  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what will be the impact of the failure of the full mission simulator software on the date for operational readiness of the WAH 64 helicopter.
(3572)
41  
  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the future of DARA at RAF St Athan; and if he will make a statement.
(4638)
42  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of apprentices trained at DERA, Aberporth were employed by his Department (a) on completion of their apprenticeship, (b) after two years and (c) after five years, for each of the last 10 years.
(4537)
43  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proposals he has to ensure the continuation of the apprenticeship scheme at Qinetix, Aberporth after 2004.
(4535)
44  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the training budget is being transferred from DRE Aberporth to his Department; and what the timetable for the transfer is.
(4536)
45  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the policy is for fast-tracking of service personnel for medical treatment (a) in Ministry of Defence hospital units and (b) elsewhere.
(2862)
46  
  
Brian White (North East Milton Keynes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress of Project Aquatrine.
(4452)
47  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will define the phrase 'disadvantaged areas' as used for determining resources via the National Childcare Strategy.
(4623)
48  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils living in the London Borough of Wandsworth have not been allocated a secondary school place within the borough for the autumn term.
(4529)
49  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if the guarantee that school sixth form funding will be maintained in real terms, once learning and skills councils take responsibility for them, will still apply if pupil numbers fall.
(4296)
50  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers left the profession in the last year for which figures are available; and what percentage of the total this represents.
(3702)
51  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school decisions to exclude pupils were reversed by local education authorities in the last year for which figures are available.
(3642)
52  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, to what extent, and according to what timescale, school budgets are reduced following the exclusion of pupils from schools.
(3644)
53  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the reasons for teachers leaving the teaching profession.
(3645)
54  
  
Mr Charles Hendry (Wealden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she expects the Education Funding Strategy Group to report; and if she will make a statement.
(4615)
55  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many specialist schools there are in England; how many are in areas within the worst 20 per cent. of wards in England according to the DETR's Index of Deprivation; and what specialisms have been chosen by the schools which are situated in such areas of deprivation.
(3491)
56  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if it is her policy that the maximum increase in student tuition fees in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05 will be equivalent to the rate of inflation.
(3859)
57  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answers of 9th July, Official Report, column 389W, on 'Schools-Building on Success' if she will list the organisations with which officials have held meetings to discuss the Green Paper 'Schools-Building on Success'.
(4365)
58  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) PFI and (b) PPP contracts have been agreed by her Department in the last five years; how many have been satisfactorily completed; and in how many has compensation been (i) paid and (ii) claimed for performance failure.
(4603)
59  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has for ensuring that the skill-mix of school governing bodies is sufficient for the proper discharge of their responsibilities.
(4428)
60  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has for improving the recruitment of school governors.
(4427)
61  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of students (a) paid the full cost of, (b) paid the partial cost of and (c) were exempt from contributing towards the cost of, tuition fees, each year since 1998; and if she will make a statement.
(4069)
62  
  
Mr Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what has been the percentage increase in the amount of funding per full time equivalent student in the further education sector since (a) the incorporation of further education colleges and (b) 1997 in (i) England and (ii) Bedfordshire.
(4710)
63  
  
Mr Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to reduce the number of sources from which (a) further education colleges and (b) schools have to bid for funds.
(4709)
64  
  
Mr Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of the Teacher Training Agency's budget was spent in (a) the Eastern Region and (b) Bedfordshire in the last financial year.
(4715)
65  
  
Mr Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many unfilled vacancies there are in the further education sector for lecturer posts in Bedfordshire; and how many there were in 1997.
(4712)
66  
  
Mr Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) lower, (b) middle and (c) upper school teachers there were in Bedfordshire on 1st May; and how many are projected for 1st May 2002.
(4719)
67  
  
Mr Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time teaching vacancies there are in (i) lower, (ii) middle, (iii) upper and (iv) special schools in Bedfordshire.
(4716)
68  
  
Mr Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in South West Bedfordshire have school meals provided by the local authority.
(4718)
69  
  
Mr Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to enable schools in Bedfordshire to fund more programmes to tackle drug abuse.
(4711)
70  
  
Mr Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment has been made of the requirement for new (a) lower, (b) middle and (c) upper schools in the South West Bedfordshire consituency to take account of anticipated house building in the area until 2011.
(4717)
71  
  
Mr Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the class sizes for (a) lower, (b) middle and (c) upper schools were in Bedfordshire on 1st May; and what they are projected to be on 1st May 2002.
(4720)
72  
  
Mr Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of three year olds in (a) Bedfordshire and (b) England have free early years places.
(4713)
73  
  
Mr Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average annual standard spending assessment is per pupil for each (a) primary school and (b) secondary school pupil in England; and what the comparable figures for pupils in Bedfordshire are for the most recent year for which figures are available.
(4714)
74  
  
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the level of Government funding awarded per sixth form student in (a) a sixth form further education college and (b) a sixth form situated in a secondary school in the 2000-01 academic year.
(4463)
75  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the percentage variation was of (a) Staffordshire and (b) Hertfordshire from the shire county average in terms of SSA per primary pupil and secondary pupil in (i) 1992-93 and (ii) 2001-02.
(4550)
76  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the SSA per primary and secondary pupil is for (a) Staffordshire and (b) Hertfordshire.
(4549)
77  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on the animal welfare implications of the methods of disposal chosen for animals culled under the foot and mouth programme, where such disposal was undertaken by members of the armed forces.
(4177)
78  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions have been recorded in respect of offences concerning cruelty to animals in each of the last five years.
(4170)
79  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of the inability of water to escape from the upriver side of the Robertsbridge bypass on the repeated flooding of parts of the village; what account the Environment Agency has taken of evidence from the fire brigade of the differential levels of flooding on either side of the bypass; and if she will take steps to enlarge the culverts under the bypass before the autumn.
(3857)
80  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will instruct the Environment Agency to commence work immediately on the flood defence schemes for Northbridge Street and Rutley Close, Robertsbridge.
(3858)
81  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures are in place to (a) stop wild birds of prey being illegally sold in the United Kingdom and (b) detect and prosecute those responsible for the illegal sale of wild birds of prey; and what further action is planned.
(4167)
82  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many batches of seed have been (a) recalled and (b) stopped from growing this year because of the presence of unauthorised GMOs.
(3753)
83  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who will lead the commission to consider the future of food and farming.
(3855)
84  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the meetings she has had with (a) Aventis and (b) the Crop Protection Association to discuss access to information on experimental approvals for glufosinate ammonium.
(3755)
85  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the results of testing of (a) seed, (b) food and (c) feed that the Government and its agencies have carried out to identify the presence of approved or unapproved GMOs in the last 12 months.
(3754)
86  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the intended timetable is for the commission to consider the future of food and farming.
(3856)
87  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the locations of the (a) burial sites, (b) rendering plants, (c) incinerators, (d) licensed landfills and (e) pyres that have been used to dispose of carcasses from the foot and mouth outbreak, indicating the dates when each location was in use and the estimated number of carcasses.
(3854)
88  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations her Department has received from (a) the Department of Trade and Industry, (b) the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions and (c) the Cabinet Office regarding (i) ratification of the Kyoto Protocol and (ii) the UK Climate Change Strategy; and if she will make a statement.
(4067)
89  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if it is the policy of the Government that manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment should meet the cost of collecting such equipment from private householders when it is put out for disposal.
(3912)
90  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure that the Rolls Royce waste disposal site in Crich, Derbyshire, is securely lined and that unauthorised access to the site is prohibited.
(4303)
91  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent measurements have been taken of levels of radioactivity in (a) water and (b) air at the Rolls Royce waste disposal site at Crich, Derbyshire.
(4304)
92  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of emissions from the Rolls Royce site at Crich, Derbyshire, on (a) local residential properties and (b) schools.
(4305)
93  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to increase the number of national parks.
(3914)
94  
N  
Sue Doughty (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will pilot schemes for pyrolysis, gasification and anaerobic digestion as techniques of waste disposal; and if she will make a statement.
(4148)
95  
N  
Sue Doughty (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will introduce statutory separation at source of household waste in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.
(4153)
96  
N  
Sue Doughty (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure that incineration is only used to burn sorted, post-recycled waste and not mixed household waste; and if she will make a statement.
(4149)
97  
N  
Sue Doughty (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will accept the recommendation of the Fifth Report of the Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs on the Government's waste strategy 2000; and if she will make a statement.
(4150)
98  
N  
Sue Doughty (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the advantages and disadvantages of restricting incineration to those facilities of less than 100,000 ton/year capacity; and if she will make a statement.
(4151)
99  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken (a) to encourage energy conservation authorities to reach her energy efficiency target by 2010 and (b) to assist them in reaching that target.
(3864)
100  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she proposes to take in each of the next three years to assist energy conservation authorities to meet the energy efficiency target set under the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995; and what plans she has to publish a long-term strategy to help energy conservation authorities reach that target.
(3863)
101  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if energy conservation authorities are on course to reach the improvement target in energy efficiency by 2010 under the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995.
(3861)
102  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessments she has made of the method of reporting of progress by energy conservation authorities under the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995; and if she will work in conjunction with energy conservation authorities via the National HECA Forum to prepare a better reporting system of energy conservation authorities' progress under the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995.
(3862)
103  
  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will introduce legislation requiring tyre manufacturers to take back tyres at the end of their life.
(4498)
104  
  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure that additional tyre recovery and recycling facilities become available in the next three years.
(4556)
105  
  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what conclusions the Used Tyre Working Group has reached with regard to necessary steps to improve the United Kingdom's scrap tyre recovery performance to a target of 100 per cent; and if he will make a statement.
(4555)
106  
  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultation the Government has had with the tyre industry in order to implement the EU Landfill Directive; and if the requirements of the Directive will be complied with by the dates specified.
(4497)
107  
  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Used Tyre Working Group has completed the collection of statistics regarding used tyre disposal for 1999; how many waste tyres were produced in the United Kingdom in that year; by what means they were disposed of; and what other information was collected by the working group in respect of that year.
(4531)
108  
  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions in each of the last five years (a) the Environment Agency and (b) local authorities have exercised their powers under Section 59 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to remove illegal waste tyre dumps.
(4477)
109  
  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government intends to take to reduce fly-tipping of tyres.
(4476)
110  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in the coordination of functions and tasks by the relevant agencies to prevent flooding in the Vale of York.
(4433)
111  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received on increasing the Bellwin Scheme for parts of North York and the City of York most seriously affected by floods in November 2000.
(4438)
112  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding she will make available for a flood elevation scheme in Rawcliffe, York.
(4435)
113  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice her Department gives farmers on how to clean a field that has held infested livestock.
(4431)
114  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with (a) the Environment Agency, (b) Kyle and Upper Ouse Internal Drainage Board, (c) City of York Council, (d) Yorkshire Water and (e) other agencies and on floods management since November 2000.
(4434)
115  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what basis premises subject to contingency foot and mouth culling are decided.
(4430)
116  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received requesting a comprehensive review of the flood management system in the Vale of York, with particular reference to a flood elevation scheme at Rawcliffe, as part of flood defences.
(4436)
117  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made to repair damage to the flood defences in the Yorkshire and Humber region during the November 2000 floods.
(4437)
118  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what contingency plans she has to prevent flooding in the Vale of York on a scale similar to that experienced in November 2000.
(4432)
119  
  
John Mann (Bassetlaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support is to be given by her Department to the sugar beet industry over the next five years.
(4494)
120  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) PFI and (b) PPP contracts have been agreed by her Department over the last five years; how many have been satisfactorily completed; and in how many has compensation been (i) paid and (ii) claimed for performance failure.
(4602)
121  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the proposed 20 day standstill period on the movement of sheep and cattle.
(4426)
122  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of contingency arrangements to deal with future incidents of (a) flooding, (b) epidemics in farm animals, (c) contamination of food for human or animal consumption, (d) interruptions of water supplies and (e) other emergencies; and if she will place copies of the relevant contingency plans in the Library.
(4372)
123  
  
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her policy relating to supporting a sustainable agricultural economy.
(4641)
124  
  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to grant an exemption to horticulturalists from the licensing scheme for trickle irrigation.
(4540)
125  
  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to relax the restrictions on employing seasonal workers in the horticultural industry.
(4539)
126  
  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to introduce a more transparent system of labelling for top fruit.
(4546)
127  
  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to exempt horticulturalists from pesticide taxes.
(4542)
128  
  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to increase the number of nationals from countries seeking to join the EU eligible to work in the horticultural industry under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme.
(4545)
129  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research is being carried out on soil ecology at the farm scale evaluations of GM crops.
(4470)
130  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on a threshold for the presence of authorised GM varieties.
(4467)
131  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farm scale evaluation sites for GM crops were planted for each crop type.
(4469)
132  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the United Kingdom will ratify the Cartegena Protocol on Biosafety.
(4472)
133  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the tests or trials on the (a) distinctness, uniformity and stability and (b) value for cultivation and use of the GM fodder maize variety, Chardon LL, which have been commenced in (i) the United Kingdom and (ii) elsewhere since October 2000.
(4465)
134  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what monitoring of glufosinate ammonium is being carried out in water courses and supplies in the vicinity of GM crop trials.
(4464)
135  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criteria are to be used in the risk assessments for the autumn-sown farm scale evaluations for GM crops.
(4471)
136  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the timetable for implementing EU Directive 2001/18 into UK law.
(4473)
137  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the antibiotic marker genes and the antibiotics to which they convey resistance, that have been used in the genetic modification of plant crops.
(4606)
138  
N  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of the Waste Recovery Action Programme's 2001/02 budget to stimulate recyling has been allocated (a) in total and (b) to each project involved.
(4070)
139  
N  
Bob Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the extent to which ash from (a) Pitsea Tip and (b) the Edmonton incinerator has been used in (i) civil engineering, (ii) other construction works and (iii) the manufacture of blocks for building, in Castle Point; and if he will make a statement.
(4066)
140  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total Government investment in inland waterways was in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.
(3748)
141  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if refurbishment of official residences is classified as benefits in kind for tax purposes.
(4171)
142  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the guidance issued by the Office of Government Commerce on PFI contracts.
(4475)
143  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the policy is of HM Customs and Excise in relation to targeted investigations of major cannabis trafficking into the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(4733)
144  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the FSA discussed with a director of the Independent Insurance Company the sale of shares to Independent's staff as a means to raise capital finance.
(4487)
145  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the information on Independent Insurance provided to the FSA by the French Commission de Controle des Assurances had already been supplied to the FSA.
(4482)
146  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, What plans he has to ensure that the Financial Services Authority make public (a) the operating restrictions, (b) the fines and (c) the other sanctions which it applies to the companies it regulates.
(4492)
147  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions the FSA had with the French Commission de Controle des Assurances regarding the activities of the Independent Insurance Group plc's subsidiaries.
(4485)
148  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what matters the FSA discussed with the French Commission de Controle des Assurances when they visited their offices in Paris in May.
(4488)
149  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what concerns the French Commission de Controle des Assurances has raised with the FSA regarding the Independent Insurance Group since January.
(4489)
150  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information the FSA made available to the French Commission de Controle des Assurances in response to French concerns about the Independent Insurance Group.
(4484)
151  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals have held the position of director of enforcement within the Financial Services Authority since 1st January 2000; for what periods they held office; and for what periods no postholder was in place.
(4503)
152  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to establish an (a) internal and (b) external inquiry into the role of the FSA in respect of the collapse of the Independent Insurance Company.
(4486)
153  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the French Commission de Controle des Assurances first raised with the FSA their concerns about the Independent Insurance Group; and what response the FSA made.
(4483)
154  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's income has been from insurance premium tax on motor policies over the last three years.
(4071)
155  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton can expect a reply to his letter dated 12th June to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury with regard to Mrs Denise Southworth.
(4502)
156  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, further to his Answer of 3rd July, Official Report, column 126W, if he will list those present at each meeting of the cross-party advisory group on preparations for the euro since January 2000; if he will provide a summary of discussions held at such meetings; if he will publish a list of the current membership of the advisory group; and if he will make a statement.
(3703)
157  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 4th July, Official Report, column 311w, on surveillance and security services, if he will break down the figures provided to distinguish between expenditure on (a) GCHQ, (b) the Security Service and (c) the Secret Intelligence Service; if he will make it his policy to publish the public service agreements relating to each agency; and if he will make a statement.
(3662)
158  
N  
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Tewkesbury of 3rd July, Official Report, column 126W, on the Financial Services Authority inquiry, when he estimates the report will be completed.
(4407)
159  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a list of the programmes for financial years 1999-2000 and 2000-01 where spending increases in England and Wales have resulted in an allocation under the Barnett formula of additional money to the Scottish block, indicating for each programme listed and in total, the amount allocated under the formula to Scotland in cash and percentage terms, and the equivalent increase in cash and percentage terms for each matching programme in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(3916)
160  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's policy is on purchasing from firms and individuals listed by the World Bank as ineligible for World Bank financed contracts for violating the fraud and corruption provisions of the World Bank Procurement Guidelines or the Consultants Guidelines; and if he will make a statement.
(4455)
161  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he intends to publish an updated National Asset Register; and if he will make a statement.
(4627)
162  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost would be to HM Customs and Excise of treating fees paid by individuals to nursing homes and registered residential homes for the elderly as VAT zero rated; and if he will make a statement.
(4640)
163  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the euro:sterling exchange rate on exports to the European Union since 1997; and what his policy is on the exchange rate.
(4633)
164  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assumptions his Department will make on the level and evolution of the exchange rate for the purposes of the (a) preliminary technical work on the assessment of the five economic tests on the euro and (b) assessment of the economic tests.
(4639)
165  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will update his estimate of proceeds from the sale of fixed assets contained in table C15 of the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2001; what estimate he has made of the outstanding stock of assets in the public sector; and if he will make a statement.
(4456)
166  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to improve the reliability of the conventions, assumptions and sampling methods used to calculate the (a) direct and (b) indirect tax burden on typical households; and if he will make a statement.
(4634)
167  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individual taxpayers who file self-assessment tax returns have registered for the Inland Revenue service for filing tax returns on the Internet in each month since the service became available; and if he will make a statement.
(4457)
168  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what monitoring his Department undertakes of the impact of the working families tax credit on work incentives for second earners in recipient households; and if he will make a statement.
(4454)
169  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Yeovil of 10th July, Official Report, column 501W on public service agreements, what the (a) percentage and (b) absolute savings from PFI projects would have been if all projects examined up until June had been examined by the NAO; and if he will make a statement.
(4614)
170  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of (a) the fixed cost and (b) the marginal cost of providing self-assessment tax returns on the Internet; and if he will make a statement.
(4458)
171  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the percentage change in income per income decile after tax as a consequence of changes to direct and indirect taxation from 1998-99 to 2000-01.
(4632)
172  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of landlords who benefit from the rent a room scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(4453)
173  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which organisations and individuals were consulted by Weatherall, Green and Smith in undertaking its work for HM Treasury on the planning system.
(4637)
174  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the research on the planning system undertaken by Weatherall, Green and Smith for HM Treasury.
(4636)
175  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of married or cohabiting couples with children where neither partner is a higher rate taxpayer whose combined taxable income exceeds the higher rate threshold by (a) less than £7,800 and (b) more than £7,800.
(4075)
176  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many votes have taken place at the (a) UN General Assembly and (b) UN Security Council since 1st January; and of those, on how many occasions the United Kingdom cast its vote, including by abstaining, for the same outcome as the United States.
(4179)
177  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received about whether Aung San Suu Kyi will be released from house arrest.
(4737)
178  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been made to the regime in Afghanistan about the proposed law which will require Hindus to identify themselves by wearing yellow badges.
(4736)
179  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Tunisian Government about the arrest and detention of the journalist Sihem Ben Sedrine; and when he last received reports about the human rights situation in Tunisia.
(4738)
180  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action is being taken by the Government to bring an end to the ill-treatment of civilians in Chechnya by Russian forces; and what human rights violations have been reported to have occurred last week during operations by Russian forces in the Chechen villages of Sernovodsk, Assinovskaya and Kurchaloi.
(4735)
181  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has held with Corporate Risk International; and if he will make a statement.
(4729)
182  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in which British diplomatic missions locally-engaged staff are paid below local poverty datum lines; and if he will make a statement.
(4541)
183  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish a consolidated version of the Treaty of Rome, as amended by the Treaty of Nice.
(4258)
184  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what independent survey is referred to in his Department's document, 'Your Britain, Your Europe, Your Wales'.
(4298)
185  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital acquired infections were detected in NHS hospitals in East Sussex in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.
(4020)
186  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations have been cancelled in East Sussex, in each quarter of 2000 and 2001, as a result of hospital beds being occupied by (a) delayed discharge patients who were awaiting social services funding or assessment and (b) delayed discharge patients who had fully funded social services packages arranged.
(4022)
187  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nursing and residential care (a) homes and (b) beds have closed in East Sussex in each year since 1997.
(4021)
188  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many acute hospital beds were unavailable in East Sussex to incoming patients as a result of their occupation by (a) delayed discharge patients who were awaiting social services funding and (b) delayed discharge patients who had fully funded social services packages arranged, in each quarter of 2000 and 2001.
(4023)
189  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients contracted hospital-acquired infections in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001 in East Sussex.
(4019)
190  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment his Department has made of the experience of health service privatisation in Australia.
(4752)
191  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of recent research into the (a) administrative costs of private hospitals and public hospitals in the USA and Australia and (b) relative efficiencies of public and private sector hospitals in the USA.
(4607)
192  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the evidence from the Centre for Health Programme Evaluation in Australia about (a) the cost and (b) appropriateness of care in (i) private and (ii) public hospitals.
(4600)
193  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals consistently have more patients with MRSA than isolation facilities; how the excess patients not in isolation are being treated; what protection is being provided for other patients in proximity; what guidelines he has issued to the relevant hospital trusts about this problem; what extra assistance he is providing to the hospitals with this problem; and if he will make a statement.
(4732)
194  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many acute beds there are at St George's Hospital, Tooting.
(4530)
195  
  
John Cryer (Hornchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish an annual report under Section 22 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970.
(4626)
196  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the PFI contracts entered into since 1997, indicating (a) the value of the PFI, (b) the name of the successful contractor, (c) those PFIs which have benefited from refinancing arrangements, (d) the value of the benefit accrued to the company concerned and (e) the extent of the clawback.
(4534)
197  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he has received on the carcinogenic, toxic and psychotic effects of smoking cannabis; and if he will place it in the Library.
(4156)
198  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the proportion was of (a) women and (b) black and Asian non-executive members of health authorities and NHS trusts in May 1997; and what were the proportions appointed in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000 and (iv) 2000-2001.
(3489)
199  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the current state of the assessment by the Medicines Control Agency of the use of cannabis or cannabis derivatives for therapeutic purposes.
(4155)
200  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if evidence from (a) medical professions, (b) charities, (c) pharmaceutical companies, (d) patients and (e) patient groups will be accepted for the forthcoming review of NICE; and if he will make a statement.
(4480)
201  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the results of the forthcoming review of NICE will be published; and if he will make a statement.
(4478)
202  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the forthcoming review of NICE will be conducted in public.
(4479)
203  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the members of the review panel for the forthcoming review of NICE.
(4496)
204  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the start and completion dates for the forthcoming review of NICE; and if it will be conducted by an independent review body.
(4495)
205  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the membership of the Appraisal Committee following recent appeals against NICE.
(4166)
206  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact on women with breast cancer, who overexpress the HER2 marker, of non-prescription of Herceptin.
(4157)
207  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the Government's plans for the funding of the costs of nursing care for the elderly; when the first payments for funding will be made; and if payments will be made directly to elderly people.
(3646)
208  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what definition his Department will apply to nursing care in a residential home.
(3647)
209  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money NHS hospitals have claimed from motor insurance providers to recover the cost of treating road accident casualties over the last three years.
(4072)
210  
N  
Mr Douglas Hogg (Sleaford & North Hykeham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking to reduce waiting times for an appointment to see a consultant neurologist at the Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
(4018)
211  
N  
Mr Douglas Hogg (Sleaford & North Hykeham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the length of waiting times for an appointment to see a consultant neurologist at the Pilgrim Hospital, Boston; and if he will make a statement.
(4017)
212  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Uxbridge of 28th June, Official Report, column 171W, on food labelling, if he will ensure that the working group addresses the specific problems associated with the labelling of ice lollies.
(4554)
213  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to NHS trusts on ensuring that stroke patients are assessed by social services before discharge.
(3493)
214  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds were available in specialist stroke units in each of the past five years.
(3492)
215  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of under-25 year olds residing in England receiving free prescriptions in Wales since 1st April
(4547)
216  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to liaise with the National Assembly for Wales to prevent under-25 year olds residing in England from receiving free prescriptions in Wales.
(4543)
217  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to prevent under-25 year olds residing in England from receiving free prescriptions in Wales.
(4548)
218  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the savings made by his Department since 1st April in relation to under-25 year olds residing in England receiving free prescriptions in Wales.
(4544)
219  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the progress being made on the replacement of wards on Copthorne South Site at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.
(4442)
220  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent staff work in (a) legal services, (b) estates management, (c) IT services, (d) administration and (e) management in (i) Royal Shrewsbury Hospital NHS Trust, (ii) Community and Mental Health NHS Trust and (iii) Shropshire Health Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(4439)
221  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) PFI and (b) PPP contracts have been agreed by his Department over the last five years; how many have been satisfactorily completed; and in how many has compensation been (i) paid and (ii) claimed for performance failure.
(4601)
222  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the number of whole-time equivalent consultant vacancies in the NHS by specialty.
(4421)
223  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GPs were appointed last year.
(4424)
224  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the resource implications of the introduction of a national screening programme for type 2 diabetes.
(4423)
225  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he will take to tackle the rise in fraud in the NHS.
(4612)
226  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will define the phrase disproportionate effort as a justification for failure by GPs to provide medical records to solicitors.
(4425)
227  
  
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Government will report on the operation of the Children Act 1989.
(4628)
228  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to monitor the effectiveness of Community Equipment Services.
(4064)
229  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many local authorities have established agreed budgets with their relevant NHS trust in relation to Community Equipment Services.
(4065)
230  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets he has set for the number of additional people who will have access to Community Equipment Services.
(4063)
231  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what central monitoring his Department undertakes of value for money obtained in Private Finance Initiative projects; and if he will make a statement.
(4460)
232  
N  
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about the case of Kayleigh Glenn of Summerfield Road, Solihull, and her need for emergency surgery.
(4165)
233  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the health impact on patients of having to pay for prescriptions; and if he will make a statement.
(4630)
234  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to extend the existing exemptions from prescription charges; and if he will make a statement.
(4644)
235  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to allow patients an entitlement to free dental check-ups; and if he will make a statement.
(4643)
236  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to extend the hospital travel costs scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(4642)
237  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will hold a public meeting in Minster, Isle of Sheppey, to discuss the future use of the Sheppey Hospital site before it is put up for sale.
(4610)
238  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applicants who have held ELR status and who have applied for ILR have been refused in each of the last three years.
(4746)
239  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people (a) with exceptional leave to remain status and (b) whose exceptional leave to remain status has expired are awaiting a decision on an indefinite leave to remain application.
(4744)
240  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time is between applying for indefinite leave to remain following an earlier ELR decision and receiving a decision.
(4745)
241  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of fees on the number of family visitor visa appeals.
(4747)
242  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department will introduce a separate application form for family visitor visa applications which draws attention to the fact that any refusal will be subject to a right of appeal.
(4748)
243  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the fall in the number of family visitor visa appeals.
(4749)
244  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many family visitor appeals have been funded by the Legal Services Commission in the last 12 months.
(4593)
245  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate he has made of the numbers of successful family visitor visa appeals (a) at oral hearings and (b) via paper only.
(4750)
246  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are being held in each prison in England and Wales.
(4751)
247  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the PFI contracts entered into since 1997, indicating (a) the value of the PFI, (b) the name of the successful contractor, (c) those PFIs which have benefited from refinancing arrangements, (d) the value of the benefit accrued to the company concerned and (e) the extent of the clawback.
(4532)
248  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Youth Justice Board wil publish its Annual Review.
(4629)
249  
  
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the plans for the construction of a further detention centre for asylum seekers at Heathrow Airport.
(4742)
250  
  
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he took the decision to construct a further detention centre for asylum seekers at Heathrow Airport.
(4743)
251  
  
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places for asylum seekers the planned detention centre at Heathrow Airport will contain.
(4740)
252  
  
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated cost is of the construction of the proposed second detention centre for asylum seekers at Heathrow Airport.
(4741)
253  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been obtained in each police division in England; and if he will make a statement.
(4443)
254  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) PFI and (b) PPP contracts have been agreed by his Department over the last five years; how many have been satisfactorily completed; and in how many has compensation been (i) paid and (ii) claimed for performance failure.
(4596)
255  
  
Mr James Plaskitt (Warwick & Leamington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the Prison Service has made towards improving its environmental performance; and if he will make a statement.
(4474)
256  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers, of sergeant rank and below were stationed at Belgravia Police Station, London in each year from 1996 to 2000; and what the numbers will be over the next three years.
(4589)
257  
  
Mr Richard Shepherd (Aldridge - Brownhills):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish Her Majesty's Fire Services Inspectorate's comments on the fire risk categorisation survey which have been made available to members of the West Midlands Fire and Civil Defence Authority.
(4500)
258  
  
Mr Richard Shepherd (Aldridge - Brownhills):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the result was of the West Midlands Fire Service's recent fire risk category survey in Aldridge and Bloxwich; which buildings' risk categorisation is (a) B and (b) C; which buildings in each category have been (i) upgraded and (ii) downgraded by the survey; and what proportion these are of the total.
(4499)
259  
  
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will pubish the Commission for Racial Equality's Annual Report for 2000.
(4557)
260  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the UK Passport Agency's criteria are for deciding to undertake a security check on a passport application.
(4409)
261  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will issue guidelines to local authorities for production of the 2002-03 electoral registers with special reference to legislative changes regarding opting out.
(4613)
262  
N  
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to support the teaching of English in Mozambique.
(3573)
263  
  
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he will publish the responses to the Consultation Paper Electronic Conveyancing: A Draft Order under Section 8 of the Electronic Communications Act 2000 (cp.5/2001) published on 16th March.
(4605)
264  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many pictures of the House of Commons he has signed since 1st May 1997 which were intended to be given as gifts to businessmen; and what his policy is in respect of such gifts.
(4306)
265  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the membership of the Ministerial Group on Biotechnology and Genetic Modification (MISC 6).
(3752)
266  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Prime Minister, on what dates the Government has published its annual report; what the total cost of producing and publishing each report has been; when the next report will be published; and if he will make a statement.
(3661)
267  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 11th July, Official Report, column 566W, which peers created since 2nd May 1997 were working peers; and which were not.
(4369)
268  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to formally distinguish between those peers that (a) were and (b) were not ennobled through the Appointments Commission.
(4368)
269  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Prime Minister, which department has responsibility for controlling estuarine maintenance dredging in England.
(4299)
270  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will meet national organisations representing the disabled to discuss changes to incapacity benefit; and if he will make a statement.
(4366)
271  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the costs and outcome of the advice given by departmental lawyers in respect of the allegations made in the Daily Mail on 19th March.
(4301)
272  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her Department's policy is on the proposed EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive; and if she will make a statement.
(3908)
273  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment her Department has made of the impact upon UK manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment of the requirement in the draft Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive that they should be responsible for products sold before adoption of the Directive and for products, the manufacturer of which has ceased trading.
(3901)
274  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact of the proposed WasteElectrical and Electronic Equipment Directive upon (a) the retail price of electrical and electronic goods and (b) the competitiveness of United Kingdom manufacturers of such goods.
(3910)
275  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what regulatory impact assessment (a) has been carried out and (b) will be carried out into the proposed EU Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.
(3909)
276  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if it is the policy of her Department that United Kingdom manufacturers should have legal liability for the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment which was (a) manufactured outside the United Kingdom and (b) manufactured by companies which have ceased trading.
(3900)
277  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the burden of European Union producer responsibility legislation upon the United Kingdom manufacturing industry; and if she will make a statement.
(3911)
278  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her policy is on assets purchased by a utility company in order to deliver its commitment under the Energy Efficiency Commitment; and to whom and in what manner the assets should accrue.
(4408)
279  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with Premium Credit about the compliance of their instructions to policyholders of Independent Insurance Company to continue payments with the terms of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
(4493)
280  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many appointments she has made since May 1997 in accordance with the Nolan criteria; how many appointees were aged over 60 years at the time of appointment; and how many declared a political affiliation for (a) the Conservative Party, (b) the Labour Party and (c) the Liberal Democrats.
(4708)
281  
  
Mr John Hutton (Barrow & Furness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which of the regional development agencies have published an action plan as part of their corporate/business plan for 2001-02 setting out how they propose to develop their evaluation and performance monitoring framework; and how many of those action plans contain a commitment to consulting the general public on the content of the frameworks.
(4608)
282  
  
Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham & Morden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment the Government has made of the impact on jobs and postal services of Royal Mail plans to restructure its provision of sorting offices in London.
(4591)
283  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list for (a) each county and (b) each region the percentage of electricity generated by renewable sources; and if she will make a statement.
(4440)
284  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the subsidy paid to (a) the UK nuclear industry and (b) renewable sources of energy for each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(4441)
285  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the Government's target is for the use of renewable energy by (a) 2020, (b) 2030 and (c) 2040; and if she will make a statement.
(4444)
286  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) PFI and (b) PPP contracts have been agreed by his Department over the last five years; how many have been satisfactorily completed; and in how many has compensation been (i) paid and (ii) claimed for performance failure.
(4597)
287  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the geographical distribution of applications from former Icelandic Waters trawlermen; and what steps she will take to encourage applications from all parts of the UK.
(3905)
288  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) average, (b) mean and (c) median length of time is taken to process (i) successful and (ii) unsuccessful applications from former Icelandic Waters trawlermen for compensation for each region and nation of the UK; and if she will make a statement.
(3906)
289  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many applications there have been for compensation from former Icelandic Waters trawlermen which have been (a) successful, (b) unsuccessful, (c) put on hold and (d) which are pending a decision for each region and nation of the UK.
(3902)
290  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the appeals procedure is for former Icelandic Waters trawlermen who have their requests for compensation rejected; and what the success rate is for such appeals for each nation and region of the UK.
(3907)
291  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received from fishermen from the north and north-east of Scotland about compensation awards made to former Icelandic Waters trawlermen from Scotland.
(3903)
292  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the number of former Icelandic Waters trawlermen who are eligible for compensation but who have not yet applied from each region and nation of the UK.
(3904)
293  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she intends to implement the proposals set out in February in the DTI Responses to Consultations and Final Proposals document concerning exemptions from the requirement for a licence to generate, distribute or supply electricity.
(4466)
294  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if revised estimates of emissions of carbon dioxide from the electricity sector have been made to reflect the changes in operational management of (a) combined heat and power and renewable electricity generating plant and (b) centralised power stations since the start of the New Electricity Trading Arrangements; and if these changes are reflected in the Government's UK climate change strategy.
(4753)
295  
  
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will recognise emphysema and chronic bronchitis as industrial diseases for slate quarrymen and former slate quarrymen.
(4481)
296  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions she has had since 15th February with Mr Robert Bourne or associated parties regarding the future of the Dome.
(4152)
297  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) new miles of track and (b) new stations have been opened within the heavy rail network in each year from 1980.
(4168)
298  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will establish a method of independent oversight to ensure the study promised by GoVia into the viability of reopening the Lewes-Uckfield line is undertaken properly.
(4169)
299  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the proposed Bexhill Bypass.
(4068)
300  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will ensure that the storm drain for Silverhill on the A21 is reconstructed so that it drains into the river below the bypass.
(3860)
301  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he next intends to review the arrangements for supporting shared ownership housing options.
(4622)
302  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what percentage of households in each local authority in London was on the housing register in April 2000.
(4624)
303  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will estimate, for each region in England the percentage of households (a) with at least 1.5 rooms per person, (b) occupying properties consistent with the bedroom standard and (c) occupying properties at least one room below the bedroom standard (i) as owner occupiers, (ii) as council tenants and (iii) as RSL tenants.
(4625)
304  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the progress made by Nottinghamshire County Council regarding their plans for the A612 public transport corridor.
(4553)
305  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment of the relative priority in respect of the London Underground he has made of (a) refurbishing stations to incorporate shopping malls and (b) maintenance of rolling stock, track and signals; to what extent Transport for London's chosen priority in this regard will apply and how the infrastructure companies will influence such decisions; and if he will make a statement.
(4722)
306  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list penalty clauses and similar liability arrangements in the London Underground contract with the infrastructure companies; by whom they were drawn up; if they and performance relating to them will be published; and if he will make a statement.
(4723)
307  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what directions he has given to London Underground Limited and London Transport regarding future arrangements for the London Underground; what decisions by those organisations have been taken following discussions with Government representatives which complied with agreements reached at those discussions; and if he will make a statement.
(4724)
308  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how he expects new investment in the London Underground to be spent.
(4721)
309  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proposals there are to improve the roads and environment around Waterloo Station; and if he will make a statement.
(4730)
310  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many new housing developments in Coventry have been on (a) greenfield and (b) brownfield sites in the last four years; and how many are planned in each category in the next three years.
(3913)
311  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the PFI contracts on local authority leisure centres entered into since 1997, indicating (a) the value of the PFI, (b) the name of the successful contractor, (c) those PFIs which have benefited from refinancing arrangements, (d) the value of the benefit accrued to the company concerned and (e) the extent of the clawback.
(4533)
312  
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 introduction of public policy planning guidance on housing; and what advice has been issued to councils on responding to this guidance.
(4311)
313  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will complete his review of the electoral systems used in the last European parliamentary elections.
(4310)
314  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the definition of previously developed land in Annex C of the PPG3 guidance is to be applied uniformly throughout the country.
(4418)
315  
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 advice given to councils on withdrawing greenfield sites earmarked for housing development where no planning permission exists and where that withdrawal is in line with PPG3.
(4417)
316  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many programme trouble reports there are in the air system controls at the New En Route Centre at Swanwick; and in each case, what the details and severity of the programme trouble reports are.
(4616)
317  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, in what circumstances a programme trouble report can cause an aircraft not to be shown on a controller's screen.
(4618)
318  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much extra traffic will be accommodated by the new air traffic control systems at the New En Route Centre at Swanwick in the first year of operation.
(4617)
319  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many workarounds relating air system control there are at the new En Route Centre at Swanwick.
(4619)
320  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what work his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the viability of freight traffic using the Channel Tunnel rail link (i) on the tracks currently under construction and (ii) using the same corridor; and if he will make a statement.
(3641)
321  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what evaluations his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) reviewed into the operation of Central Railway.
(3640)
322  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what evaluations his Department has conducted into the advantages of extending southwards the railway line from Chessington South.
(3643)
323  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the total amount collected by the Motor Insurers' Bureau is from motor policies in the latest year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (4074)
324  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the average amount is that a motorist pays to the Motor Insurers' Bureau to compensate the victims of uninsured drivers.
[Transferred] (4073)
325  
  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action he has taken to improve the system of compulsory purchase and compensation; and if he will introduce reforming legislation at an early date.
(4595)
326  
  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will publish the Government's response to the consultation on the 'Fundamental Review of the Laws and Procedures Relating to Compulsory Purchase and Compensation' conducted by the former DETR last year.
(4594)
327  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action he has taken to change the use of his powers under the Local Government Act 1974 to achieve compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(4552)
328  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many empty homes there were in England broken down by region for the most recent year for which statistics are available.
(4631)
329  
  
Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham & Morden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what measures exist to require train companies to regulate the number of passengers that trains may safely carry (a) at peak times of travel and (b) at other times; and how such measures are enforced.
(4590)
330  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) PFI and (b) PPP contracts have been agreed by his Department over the last five years; how many have been satisfactorily completed; and in how many has compensation been (i) paid and (ii) claimed for performance failure.
(4599)
331  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the annual number of breakdowns on each line of London Underground involving signal, points and track failures has been since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(4611)
332  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the Maritime and Coastguard Agency workboat code was last revised; and what application the Maritime and Coastguard Agency workboat code has to the aquaculture and fishing industries.
(3751)
333  
  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects the study funded by the Civil Aviation Authority into research into deep vein thrombosis and air travel to be completed; and if he will make a statement.
(4587)
334  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what central monitoring his Department undertakes of value for money obtained in Private Finance Initiative projects; and if he will make a statement.
(4461)
335  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many penalty points have been accumulated for each PFI road scheme in his Department; for which reason each of these points was awarded; what penalties were invoked; and if he will make a statement.
(4459)
336  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what powers (a) he and (b) his agencies have to control maintenance dredging of estuarine channels.
(4300)
337  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what powers as harbour authority are held (a) by the Queen's Harbour Master and (b) by others in respect of Wootton Creek and Ryde, Isle of Wight.
(4297)
338  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the draft Revision of Planning Policy Guidance Note 8 will be implemented.
(4645)
339  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research his Department has undertaken into the potential for using powers under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to establish a Planning Inquiry Commission; and if he will publish the results.
(4635)
340  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what percentage of total UK freight was transported by inland waterway in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.
(3749)
341  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will decide on the recommendations of the Local Government Commission regarding the boundary changes in the Swale Borough Council area; and when he will issue an order with regard to such changes.
(4609)
342  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the size of the Welsh manufacturing workforce employed by foreign investors who have chosen Wales (a) as a centre for operations in the single market and (b) for other reasons.
(4302)
343  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 5th July, Official Report, column 270W, concerning hospital downrating, if he will estimate the annual cost of abolishing the reduction of state pensions, other contributory benefits and income related benefits for the first 12 weeks for (a) claimants and (b) pensioners.
(3747)
344  
N  
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge & Chryston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Disability Rights Commission submitted to him the draft Code of Practice on Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995; and when he intends to lay it before Parliament.
(4308)
345  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received the year 2000 winter fuel payment; and what the total cost was.
(4528)
346  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will provide a breakdown by (a) constituency and (b) region of the United Kingdom of the number of new claimants of incapacity benefit anticipated in each year until 2005-06.
(3917)
347  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the annual saving as a result of the Government's proposed changes to incapacity benefit in each year up to 2005-06, broken down by (a) constituency and (b) each region of the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(3920)
348  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new claimants of incapacity benefit will have their claims subject to the new rules proposed by the Government on entitlement to incapacity benefit in each year until 2005-06, broken down by (a) constituency and (b) region of (i) Scotland, (ii) England, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland.
(3918)
349  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants for each year until 2005-06 will receive their benefit under (a) existing eligibility criteria and (b) the Government's proposed changes to the entitlement rules.
(3919)
350  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what projection he has made of (a) the number of future claimants who will lose entitlement to incapacity benefit as a result of the proposed changes and (b) the average loss of entitlement per claimant, broken down by (i) constituency and (ii) region, of (A) Scotland, (B) England, (C) Wales and (D) Northern Ireland.
(4154)
351  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 12th June from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms S. B. Mqwayi.
(4501)
352  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people currently receive incapacity benefit ; how many have had no test of the status of their incapacity and their ability to work within the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(3659)
353  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will provide a breakdown of recipients of incapacity benefit by type of incapacity; and if he will make a statement.
(3658)
354  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will provide a breakdown of the recipients of incapacity benefit by each available age cohort; and if he will make a statement.
(3660)
355  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 4th July, Official Report, column 196W, what estimate he has made of the specific provision made in the disability living allowance for excess home heating costs; what proportion of people claiming (a) incapacity benefit and (b) other disability benefits presently receive the disability living allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(3663)
356  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) PFI and (b) PPP contracts have been agreed by his Department over the last five years; how many have been satisfactorily completed; and in how many has compensation been (i) paid and (ii) claimed for performance failure.
(4598)
357  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) permanent and (b) casual staff there were in his Department on (i) 1st May 1997 and (ii) the most recent date for which figures are available.
(4158)
358  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate, for each local authority, the total amount saved in benefit expenditure in the most recent year for which figures are available arising from anti-fraud initiatives; what this figure was as a percentage of the total expenditure on social security benefits administered by each local authority; and what his aggregate estimate is for Great Britian.
(4062)
359  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what was the average time taken by the Child Support Agency Independent Case Examiner to conclude each case given to him in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2000-01.
(4161)
360  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the information technology projects being undertaken by his Department and agencies responsible to his Department, including (a) the start date, (b) the planned completion date, (c) the current expected completion date, (d) the planned cost and (e) the current estimated cost; and if he will make a statement.
(4403)
361  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the progress made in (a) the purchase and (b) the implementation of the information technology system needed to support the new Child Support Agency maintenance calculation formula.
(4164)
362  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the rate was of non-compliance in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2000-01 with payment of maintenance assessments by the CSA; what the backlog of cases is at the CSA; how many cases have been outstanding for one year or more; what the level of outstanding debt is in the CSA and what percentage of that debt is considered unrecoverable; and what assessment he has made of the level of accuracy in maintenance assessments.
(4163)
363  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints in relation to Child Support Agency cases were received in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2000-01 by (i) the Child Support Agency, (ii) the Child Support Agency Independent Case Examiner and (iii) the Parliamentary Ombudsman.
(4162)
364  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases the Child Support Agency Independent Case Examiner dealt with in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2000-01.
(4160)
365  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd July, Official Report, column 7W, on the pension credit, if his response to the pension credit consultation document will include both a summary of the responses received and details of the organisations that provided submissions.
(4406)
366  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were employed by the Child Support Agency Independent Case Examiner in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2000-01.
(4159)
367  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place a copy of the new piloted minimum income guarantee claim form in the Library.
(4405)
368  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the three BAMS contracts awarded to SEMA with particular reference to their impact on (a) management and investment in BAMS, (b) the delivery of service improvements to customers including speedier appointments and reduced waiting times, (c) the maintenance and improvement of quality of service and (d) the value for money offered to the taxpayer.
(4404)
369  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of those in receipt of incapacity benefit are not subject to periodic medical tests because of their severe disability.
(4364)
370  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for incapacity benefit were refused in (a) 2000 and (b) this year to date.
(4367)
371  
N  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to allow libraries to bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for improvements to their buildings.
[Question Unstarred] (2427)
372  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has been made of the impact on the NHS of the removal of tax relief on medical insurance premiums for those aged over 60 years.
[Transferred] (3750)
373  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Operation Antler inquiry by Wiltshire Police into experiments on service volunteers at Porton Down.
[Transferred] (4588)
374  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the financial assessment of the methods of funding future capital investment in the London Underground over a similar period favoured by (a) Her Majesty's Government and (b) Transport for London.
[Transferred] (4726)
375  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what are the principal reasons for the cost overrun for the extension of the Jubilee Line from Green Park to Stratford; what his estimate of the total of that cost overrun is; what percentage of the original estimate that represents; what is the estimated cost; which parties overran in each case; what circumstances were responsible for the cost overrun; how much was paid to consultants in relation to the line extension; what assessment has been made of how inaccurate cost assessments contributed to cost overruns; what contractual mistakes were made and extra cost incurred from them; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (4728)
376  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many alternatives for the future funding of the London Underground were put to (a) him and (b) Transport for London; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (4727)
377  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much (a) public capital investment and (b) private sector investment is proposed to be made in each of the next 15 years into the London Underground; what will be the return on capital for the private sector investors; who will pay it; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (4725)
378  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans there are to ensure that occupational pension schemes have independent chairmen.
[Transferred] (4620)
379  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans there are to ensure that members of an occupational pension fund benefit from it in proportion to their contributions.
[Transferred] (4621)
380  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on her plans to increase recruitment into academic medicine.
[Transferred] (4422)
381  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to assist those companies who were policyholders of the Independent Insurance Company and who face liquidation as a result of the losses sustained by the collapse of the Independent Insurance Company.
[Transferred] (4491)
382  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential conflict of interests faced by Herbert Smith Solicitors in their capacities as solicitors to the (a) Independent Insurance Company, (b) Policyholders' Protection Board and (c) provisional liquidators of the Independent Insurance Company.
[Transferred] (4490)


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