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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Friday 2 November 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 2 November, 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.
 


 
FRIDAY 2nd NOVEMBER
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the improvements being carried out to accommodate him at the Cabinet Office indicating the cost of each item of improvement; and when he expects the improvements to be completed.
(12000)
2  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what was the budget of the Regional Coordination Unit (a) last year and (b) this year; and what the projected figure is for next year.
(12522)
3  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the commercial value of the spectrum which will become available following the switch-off of analogue television.
(12340)
4  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action her Department is taking to promote digital television to consumers who do not wish to take out a pay TV subscription.
(12339)
5  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to recognise chess as a sport.
(12330)
6  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the Government's policy in relation to the switchover to digital television.
(12382)
7  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, by what date she expects (a) Channel 5, (b) digital terrestrial TV and (c) cable TV services to be available in the High Peak constituency.
(12334)
8  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to promote coaching skills among parents.
(12530)
9  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with DEFRA and the water companies about the protection of water supplies from chemical and biological attack.
(12338)
10  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria are used to settle targets for bombing in Afghanistan; what definition of fixed military target is used; how many fixed military targets have been (a) identified and (b) attacked; how many such targets have been attacked more than once; and what assessment he has made of unintended damage to (i) property and (ii) people resulting from such attacks.
(12245)
11  
  
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans Her Majesty's Government has made for the armed forces to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty's reign; and if it is proposed to issue medals.
(12299)
12  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of desert-proofing equipment used by the UK military in Oman; and if he will make a statement.
(12399)
13  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the defence agencies, the location of each of their headquarters, the staff totals of each, the numbers of each of their staffs in Scotland, their annual expenditure, and their annual expenditure in Scotland, in the last available year.
(12179)
14  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans exist to house Scottish regiments in Scotland.
(12176)
15  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress is being made on the contractorisation of his Department's civilians at HMNB Clyde; and what the timescale is for the change.
(12174)
16  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the Scottish regiments are stationed; and where their postings will be in the future.
(12178)
17  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what defence contracts are placed in Scotland; what is their total value; with what firms they have been placed; what is the value to each firm; and what is the timescale over which each contract will be paid to the contractors.
(12175)
18  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the defence agencies that have trading status.
(12177)
19  
  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the outcome was of the investment appraisal conducted by the Defence Aviation Repair Agency into options to provide modern infrastructure for its Aircraft Business Unit, referred to in column 8W, 20th November 2000.
(12445)
20  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about the manufacture of ammunition for the Challenger II main battle tank.
(11048)
21  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is to be the cost of issuing the Queen's Jubilee Medal to members of the armed forces with five years service; what the cost of issuing the medal to all members of the armed forces would have been; and if he will make a statement.
(12161)
22  
N  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy not (a) to authorise and (b) to condone the use of cluster bombs in Afghanistan.
(12296)
23  
  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the Gurkha reinforcement companies in the British Army and the units to which they are assigned.
(12617)
24  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funds will be made available to maintain Glencorse Barracks pending announcement of plans for its reuse.
(12188)
25  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when a decision will be made on the establishment of an Army Foundation College in Dundee; and where the other proposed sites are for this establishment.
(12186)
26  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the options for Glencorse Barracks include stationing an infantry battalion there.
(12185)
27  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if disinfectants and repellents for use by HM Forces in hot climates are hazardous to health; and to what extent the instructions for their use are clear to users.
(12183)
28  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what safeguards will be put in place to protect (a) UK and other military personnel and (b) civilians from hazardous residues from depleted uranium in the current conflict in Afghanistan.
(12184)
29  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the vaccinations available to service personnel as protection against chemical and biological warfare have been (a) tested and (b) improved since the Gulf War; and if they are free from hazardous side effects.
(12182)
30  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if UK military personnel involved in the conflict in Afghanistan will be obliged to be vaccinated against exposure to chemical and biological warfare.
(12181)
31  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to house an infantry battalion in Glencorse Barracks; and when this will take place.
(12189)
32  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list Scottish firms that have had negotiations with the Defence Diversification Agency since its inception.
(12187)
33  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of specialist schools selected pupils by aptitude in each of the last five years.
(12088)
34  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent representations she has received on her policy relating to the provision of support towards the cost of independent school fees by her Department.
(12005)
35  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list overseas visits undertaken by Ministers in the (a) Department for Education and Employment and (b) Department for Education and Skills since 1st May 1997.
(12333)
36  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what new civil defence guidance has been issued to schools since 11th September.
(12087)
37  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which local education authorities had agreed new targets in literacy and numeracy for 11 year olds by 26th October; and what the targets were in each case.
(12090)
38  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what level of fraud involving Individual Learning Accounts has been detected in the London Borough of Sutton.
(12525)
39  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 30th October, Official Report, column 619W, on Individual Learning Accounts, when she first ordered (a) an audit and (b) an inspection into a complaint that learning providers were misusing the operation of the individual learning account scheme.
(12288)
40  
  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which organisations her Department has identified to be approached as possible trailblazer sector skills councils; and what discussions her Department has held with each organisation.
(12619)
41  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 30th October, Official Report, column 619W, on Individual Learning Accounts, what evaluation she has made of the system she introduced to monitor the operation of the individual learning account scheme.
(12287)
42  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 30th October, Official Report, column 620W, on Individual Learning Accounts, on what date her Department first received a complaint about the operation of the individual learning account scheme; and if she will provide a monthly breakdown of all subsequent complaints received to date.
(12290)
43  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 30th October, Official Report, column 618W, on Individual Learning Accounts, when she first received complaints from individuals alleging that providers had claimed individual learning account incentives without their knowledge.
(12289)
44  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the number of jobs that will be lost as a result of the suspension of the Individual Learning Account programme from 7th December, in England.
(12394)
45  
  
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the (a) recruitment and retention of university staff and (b) total funding figures for universities in England and Wales per university for the last five years.
(12321)
46  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many Individual Learning Accounts have been taken up by residents of the Isle of Wight in each year since their inception; and what their total value was.
(12562)
47  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many employees of (a) her Department and (b) agencies sponsored by her Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU Objective 1 status, (iii) areas with Objective 2 status and (iv) other areas.
(12244)
48  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many individual courses funded by individual learning accounts have been provided on the Isle of Wight in each year since the inception of the scheme; what their total value was; and how many were completed.
(12563)
49  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information is collected on the (a) age, (b) gender, (c) employment record, (d) acadamic/vocational attainment, (e) social class and (f) location of users of Individual Learning Accounts.
(12560)
50  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many cases were referred to SEN tribunals in each local education authority in England in (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000 and (c) 2000-01; what proportion they represent of the school age population of each authority; and how many appeals were (i) upheld or partially upheld, (ii) withdrawn and (iii) turned down.
(12243)
51  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many individual courses, funded by individual learning accounts, have been (a) commenced and (b) completed in each year since the scheme's inception.
(12565)
52  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many individual courses have been (a) commenced and (b) completed in further education each year since 1997-98.
(12566)
53  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many places were provided for three-year-olds in each local education authority in (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01 (i) in LEA-funded settings, (ii) in Government-funded settings and (iii) in other settings; and how many were taken up in each category.
(12242)
54  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information is collected on the (a) size, (b) capitalization, (c) corporate status, (d) qualifications of staff and (e) range of courses offered by providers under the Individual Learning Account Scheme.
(12561)
55  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many Individual Learning Accounts have been taken up nationally in each year since their inception.
(12564)
56  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) male and (b) female university teachers are aged (i) 20 to 25, (ii) 25 to 30, (iii) 31 to 35, (iv) 36 to 40, (v) 41 to 44, (vi) 45 to 49, (vii) 50 to 54, (viii) 55 to 59, (ix) 60 to 65, (x) 66 to 70 and (xi) 71 years and over.
(12307)
57  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what monitoring is carried out by her Department of the payment by higher education institutions of nationally recommended pay awards.
(12309)
58  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many unfilled vacancies there were in the higher education sector for all grades of lecturer posts in (a) 1995 and (b) 2000.
(12308)
59  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how she will monitor expenditure on rewarding high quality teaching over the next three years; and if she will publish the results.
(12310)
60  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teaching staff have been employed (a) full-time and (b) part-time in higher education in each of the last five years.
(12306)
61  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has for the provision of emergency heating for pensioners on the waiting list for heating insulation under fuel poverty schemes.
(12519)
62  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many representations she has received for arable compensation from British farmers in the year prior to the 31st October deadline; and from whom they came.
(12301)
63  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps she has taken to secure agri-monetary compensation from the European Union.
(12300)
64  
  
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what agreement was reached at the Council of Ministers' meeting on 29th October on amendments to the Recreational Crafts Directive, with particular reference to exhaust noise emissions levels.
(12311)
65  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what was the average daily fee and commission paid to (a) valuers, (b) slaughtermen and (c) vets for their work in the slaughter of herds owing to FMD between March and October.
(12294)
66  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the amount of FMD vaccine (a) held in the UK and (b) available from elswhere in Europe.
(12291)
67  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will commission a study on the efficacy of marketing animals (a) over the Internet and (b) via video link in reducing (i) the cost, (ii) animal suffering and (iii) infection risks of livestock markets.
(12283)
68  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the (a) subsidies paid to agriculture, (b) environmental costs of agriculture and (c) contribution of agriculture to GDP in each of the last five years; and what estimate she has made of the projected contribution of agriculture to GDP in each of the next five years expressed as a percentage of total GDP.
(12292)
69  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the contribution that livestock markets made to the spread of FMD infection.
(12295)
70  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her estimate is of the percentage of FMD cases where transmission of the disease was (a) from animal to animal, (b) airborne, (c) from contact with persons who had handled infected animals, (d) from contact with persons who had no contact with infected animals and (e) due to other causes.
(12293)
71  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to allow fox hunting to resume; and if she will make a statement.
(12337)
72  
  
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the unavailablity of Welsh medium forms for use by local authorities in Wales at the commencement of the autumn movement of livestock scheme.
(12545)
73  
  
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, at what dates and times the autumn movement of livestock scheme helpline has been unavailable; and if she will make a statement on the impact on applicants of the unavailability of that helpline.
(12542)
74  
  
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the help available from her Department to local authorities to deal with the backlog of applications in respect of the autumn movement of livestock scheme.
(12544)
75  
  
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, at what dates and times the autumn movement of livestock scheme website has been unavailable; and if she will make a statement on the impact on applicants of the unavailability of that website.
(12543)
76  
  
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how the autumn movement of livestock scheme applies to movements between different parcels of land held by the same person.
(12541)
77  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many apple processing plants have closed in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) England since 1991.
(11979)
78  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what has been the average crop harvested of Bramley apples in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) England since 1981.
(11977)
79  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much subsidy from the (a) UK and (b) EU Bramley apple growers have received in (i) Northern Ireland, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) England each year since 1981.
(11976)
80  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many apple processing plants have been given grant in aid in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) England since 1981.
(11978)
81  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what sum from the proceeds of the minting of £5 coins in 1999 in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales has been paid over to the Princess Diana Memorial Fund.
(12537)
82  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the loss recorded in the Royal Mint Annual Report for 2000-01 includes a sum which is owed to the Princess Diana Memorial Fund.
(12536)
83  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the World Economic Forum calculation of the change in the ranking of the United Kingdom in the league table of competitiveness from 1998 to 2000.
(12538)
84  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the accountability to EU member states of the European Central Bank.
(12554)
85  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the progress of the Carter Report into payroll services.
(12085)
86  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the Institute of Management Development calculation of the change in the ranking of the United Kingdom in the league table of competitiveness from 1997 to 2001.
(12535)
87  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to change the taxation of charities.
(12331)
88  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to reduce the costs to business associated with (a) current and (b) future payroll obligations.
(12086)
89  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on his position in regard to the proposed EU Market Abuse Directive.
(12392)
90  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the forecast cost to the UK Financial Services Industry is of the proposed EU Market Abuse Directive.
(12391)
91  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the level of social security contributions in Scotland over each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of the United Kingdom total.
(12173)
92  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for the Isle of Wight of 30th October, Official Report, column 625W, on working families tax credits, how many applications have been selected for further inquiry.
(12329)
93  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the Royal Mint directed banks not to accept £5 commemorative coins from their customers, but to direct customers to the Post Office.
(12336)
94  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the introduction of regional tax incentives for broadband communications in the Objective 1 areas.
(12395)
95  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the provision of business start-up tax credits in the Objective 1 areas.
(12397)
96  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the letter of the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales on fiscal variations; and if he will make a statement.
(12396)
97  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to introduce fiscal incentives to encourage the use of bio-fuel to meet the EU target for 2005.
(12004)
98  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action he intends to take following the ruling in the case of Joseph Lowery v Ian MacLeod (HMIT) relating to the foreign earnings deduction status of offshore jack up rigs; and if he will make a statement.
(12192)
99  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which areas of new comparable expenditure have been applied to Scotland under the Barnett Formula and when, since 1979; and what has been the annual impact of each of these spending lines on the Scottish budget allocation.
(12191)
100  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, under the application of the multiplier to each area of comparable expenditure under the Barnett Formula, which spending areas contributed to a reduction in Scotland's allocation in the last financial year.
(12190)
101  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd October, Official Report, column 204W, on bank disclosures, what information he has received on the lending patterns in under-invested communities of (a) Lloyds TSB, (b) HSBC, (c) Nat West and (d) Barclays.
(12447)
102  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd October, Official Report, column 204W, on bank disclosures, what (a) barriers to and (b) opportunities for growth in the individual banks' lending activities in disadvantaged communities he has identified; and if he will make a statement.
(12446)
103  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the average post-tax income of full-time employed (a) graduates and (b) non graduates aged (i) 18, (ii) 22, (iii) 30, (iv) 40, (v) 50 and (vi) 60 years in (a) 1960, (b) 1970, (c) 1980, (d) 1990 and (e) 2000, based on 2000 purchasing power.
(12278)
104  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the average earnings of full-time employed (a) graduates and (b) non graduates aged (i) 18, (ii) 22, (iii) 30, (iv) 40, (v) 50 and (vi) 60 years in (a) 1960, (b) 1970, (c) 1980, (d) 1990 and (e) 2000, based on 2000 purchasing power.
(12277)
105  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make provision for Zimbabwean farmers who have had their land removed from them, and have been forced to leave their home country, to receive compensation for their loss.
(12095)
106  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he (a) last met and (b) next plans to meet representatives of the Spanish Government to discuss the future of Gibraltar.
(12383)
107  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the future of Gibraltar.
(12381)
108  
  
Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made to establish the British Consulate Office in Jallander, Panjab.
(12540)
109  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what access to consular services is available to British citizens serving with the Taliban.
(11973)
110  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he was informed of the Russian submission to the United Nations Security Council in March on Al-Qaeda's infrastrcture; and what action he took.
(12180)
111  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what means the published figures for the proposed establishments for (a) GPs, (b) nurses and (c) consultants are collated; and what account is taken of drop-out rates.
(12518)
112  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on funding for the care of the elderly in Buckinghamshire.
(12390)
113  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd October, Official Report, column 159W, how many residential nursing homes have closed and beds been lost in Great Britain and Northern Ireland since 1st May 1997.
(11944)
114  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd October, Official Report, column 159W, how many individuals (i) of pensionable age and (ii) 75 years or older in each year since 1st May 1997 to the latest available date have been living in (a) residential care homes and (b) residential nursing care homes; and in each category how many were (i) self-funding the fees, (ii) partially funding the fees and (iii) being funded wholly by the state in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
(11945)
115  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd October, Official Report, column 160W, which client groups have been included in the figures provided in written answers N115 and N113 tables 1 and 2.
(11946)
116  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his written Answers of 23rd October, Official Report, column 160W, whether the figures provided include small residential homes of less than four beds.
(11947)
117  
  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many unfilled consultant posts there are within the NHS in England and Wales, broken down by region.
(12618)
118  
  
Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the supply of insulin pumps to people with uncontrolled diabetes.
(12548)
119  
  
Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the average length of time taken by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to report on the cost effectiveness of drugs referred to them by the National Health Service.
(12549)
120  
  
Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the prescribing of beta interferon.
(12550)
121  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government campaigns in the past 15 years in reducing the consumption of (a) alcohol and (b) tobacco.
(12286)
122  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the average waiting time for treatment for drug addicts in (a) the last 12 months and (b) each of the previous five years.
(12279)
123  
  
Matthew Green (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to encourage the retention of nursing staff.
(12378)
124  
  
Matthew Green (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the work of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.
(12376)
125  
  
Matthew Green (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve access to NHS eye tests.
(12377)
126  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, to what extent the additional funding to be provided to local authorities to tackle bed blocking will be ring-fenced; and what categories of expenditure will be permitted for the funding.
(12240)
127  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria were used in determining which local authorities would receive additional social services funding to tackle the problem of bed-blocking; and how the criteria differ between the councils targeted for extra help and the others.
(12230)
128  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will make an assessment of the re-organisation of ambulance services in Hampshire.
(11975)
129  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many free eye tests were undertaken in Pendle in each year since 1995.
(12401)
130  
N  
Mr Richard Shepherd (Aldridge - Brownhills):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what level of treatment for lymphoedema is available (a) nationally, (b) within the West Midlands and (c) in Walsall.
(11998)
131  
  
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the honourable Member for West Worcestershire will receive an answer to the letter written to the Secretary of State for Social Security on 24th April on behalf of Mrs Copson, which was transferred to his Department on 8th May (ref: POH (3)5505/6).
(12384)
132  
  
Mr George Stevenson (Stoke-on-Trent South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the conclusions of the California Health Department report on the possible health risks associated with power frequency electric and magnetic fields published in April 2001.
(12385)
133  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what stocks of iodine doses are held against the possibility of nuclear accidents.
(12616)
134  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what further proposals to develop services at Northwood and Pinner Community Hospital he has considered; and if he will make a statement.
(12375)
135  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which air ambulance services receive public funding.
(12529)
136  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received regarding public funding of air ambulance services; and if he will make a statement.
(12528)
137  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many salaried dentists are employed (a) by the National Health Service and (b) by the Personal Dental Service.
(11913)
138  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the gross fee is paid for (a) an MOD amalgam and (b) a root canal filling on the lower first molar to an independent contractor dentist in the NHS.
(11914)
139  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the unit cost of provision by the salaried dental service of (a) an MOD amalgam and (b) a root canal filling on the lower first molar, taking into account all management, rental and other overheads.
(11915)
140  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people, and what proportion of the population, had no access to an NHS dentist in May of each year since 1997.
(11916)
141  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what date he expects to be able to provide universal access to an NHS dentist.
(11917)
142  
  
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provision exists to inspect the standards on telephone response times in the Metropolitan Police.
(12539)
143  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the level of support within ACPO for his police reform programme, with particular reference to proposals relating to the responsibility for charging suspects.
(12002)
144  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will provide a breakdown of how many convictions there have been for money laundering in total across the EU, and in each individual member state, in each of the last 10 years.
(12393)
145  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the funding of rape crisis centres.
(12332)
146  
N  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he had with the police prior to the amendment of the Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 to the effect that only alcohol in unsealed containers may now be seized; and if he will make a statement.
(12092)
147  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the (a) size and (b) case load of police fraud teams in each year since 1996.
(12648)
148  
  
Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of 999 calls made in London over the past 12 months were dealt with by the police as emergencies; how many were made accidentally from mobile phones; what discussions he has had with mobile phone service providers; and if he will make a statement.
(12320)
149  
  
Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to charge people for accidentally calling 999; and if he will make a statement.
(12319)
150  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the administrative costs of the Metropolitan Police Authority for (a) last year and (b) this year.
(12521)
151  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what statutory powers govern the rights of UK citizens to serve with foreign armed forces.
(11972)
152  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what statutory powers he has to take action against British citizens serving with foreign armed forces.
(11980)
153  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking concerning British citizens who serve with the Taliban forces.
(11981)
154  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to proscribe Al Muhajiroun; and if he will make a statement.
(12160)
155  
N  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his reply to the honourable Member for Ceredigion of 24th October, Official Report, column 67W, on police suspensions, what is the cost of the suspension of the officers in the Aberystwyth division of Dyfed Powys Police since September and December 1999.
(12284)
156  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received regarding the costs to West Yorkshire Police of dealing with civil disturbances in the current financial year; and if he will make a statement.
(12532)
157  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the (a) humanitarian situation and (b) situation of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(12322)
158  
  
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many District Judges (magistrates' courts) sit in England and Wales, broken down by county; and what plans he has to increase this number.
(12386)
159  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what percentage of the total land area of Great Britain is not registered; and when he expects all land to be registered.
(12553)
160  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make it his policy to make Islamic marriages undertaken by UK citizens abroad registerable in the UK upon the return home of either party to the marriage.
(12400)
161  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will publish details of the arrangements for the inquiries into the murders of (a) Chief Superintendent Breen, (b) Superintendent Buchanan, (c) Lord Justice and Lady Gibson and (d) Billy Wright; and if he will make a statement.
(12001)
162  
  
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the definition of equal and free access to sexual and reproductive health care as included in the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's document, Making a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland.
(12313)
163  
  
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he will take to assist the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission reconcile different views on abortion in the proposed bill of rights for Northern Ireland.
(12314)
164  
  
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) individuals and (b) organisations made submissions to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission calling for the inclusion of a right to equal and free access to reproductive health care; and if he will list these organisations, together with the number of people represented by them.
(12312)
165  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was, in real terms and for each year since 1999 (a) the annual charge to monies paid into the Scottish Consolidated Fund as a result of the operation of the Barnett Formula and (b) the total annual sum received by the Scottish Executive from the Scottish Consolidated Fund.
(12558)
166  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much public money, in real terms, was received in each year since 1979 by the (a) Scottish Office, (b) Scotland Office and (c) Scottish Executive that was external to the block grant and Barnett Formula; and what was for each year (i) the single largest item of such expenditure and (ii) the total amount of such expenditure.
(12557)
167  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was, in real terms and for each year between 1979 and 1999 (a) the annual change to the budget of the Scottish Office arising from the operation of the Barnett Formula and (b) the total annual expenditure of the Scottish Office.
(12559)
168  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the respective responsibilities are of her Department and the Department of Work and Pensions in relation to the Universal Bank.
(12389)
169  
  
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if initial findings submitted to the strategic steering group as part of the Helping the UK get to the Future First and Business Support reviews will be made available to opposition parties.
(12520)
170  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what arrangements have been made to consult on the OFT report on the legal profession; how many representations have been received (a) in support and (b) against the OFT recommendations; and if she will make a statement.
(12621)
171  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what UK patents relating to genetically engineered animals and processes for creating such animals have been (a) applied for and published since 9th July 1999 and (b) granted since 28th July 2000.
(12568)
172  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the Government's position on the Telecoms Data Protection Directive (97/66/EC) in relation to unsolicited e-mail.
(12380)
173  
N  
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli, Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the initial findings of the Office of Fair Trading's inquiry into BSkyB's position in the pay TV market will be made public.
(12091)
174  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made on the three point strategy in relation to gas price increases and their effect upon UK industry.
(12448)
175  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the effect of increased gas prices on (a) the expansion of combined heat and power plants and (b) future emissions targets.
(12442)
176  
  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much public money the South West Rural Development Agency has received in each of the last three years.
(12298)
177  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures she proposes to improve the Postal Service; and if she will make a statement.
(12591)
178  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures she is proposing to prevent more sub-post offices closing in the next 12 months.
(12592)
179  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list those parts of the country in which the Royal Mail has withdrawn a morning collection in the last 12 months.
(12590)
180  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress on the Universal Bank.
(12589)
181  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many sub-post offices closed in the second quarter of the current financial year.
(12588)
182  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the holding answer of 22nd October, ref: 2001/664, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a substantive reply to his question.
(12096)
183  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what amendments to Govia's proposals for the new South Central franchise have been put forward since Railtrack went into administration with particular reference to (a) start date and (b) levels of investment.
(12526)
184  
  
Mr William Cash (Stone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many council houses for rent were held on 21st April 1991 in (a) Cannock Chase, (b) East Staffordshire, (c) Lichfield, (d) Newcastle Under Lyme, (e) South Staffordshire, (f) Stafford, (g) Staffordshire Moorlands, (h) Stoke on Trent and (i) Tamworth; and what the current equivalent figures are.
(12567)
185  
  
Mr William Cash (Stone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many council houses for rent for each of (a) Cannock Chase, (b) East Staffordshire, (c) Lichfield, (d) Newcastle under Lyme, (e) South Staffordshire, (f) Stafford, (g) Staffordshire Moorlands, (h) Stoke on Trent and (i) Tamworth local authorities were transferred by a large scale voluntary transfer in each authority between 1st May 1997 and 31st August 2001.
(12443)
186  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many recent complaints he has received about the work of approved building inspectors.
(12646)
187  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement about the system of buildings inspection by approved inspectors.
(12645)
188  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the quality of work carried out by the National House Building Council as approved building inspectors.
(12643)
189  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to bring into force section 38 of the Building Act 1984; and if he will make a statement.
(12644)
190  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will undertake a review of the regulations on the permitted number of standing passengers on local buses.
(12318)
191  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will take steps to amend the Public Service Vehicle (Carrying Capacity) (Amendment) Regulations 1994 in order to end the practice of three seated children under the age of 14 years counting as two passengers.
(12556)
192  
  
Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on how capacity on rail services between London and north Kent can be increased; how the electricity supply for rail lines between London and north Kent can be improved; and how the length of trains can be increased to 12 carriages on rail services between London and north Kent.
(12551)
193  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much money is owed to his Department by Walton Group Plc in respect of Exchange Flags Liverpool; and if he will make a statement.
(12620)
194  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made in reducing the use of vehicles with non-flexible fronts.
(12285)
195  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to extend the yellow school bus pilot; and if he will make a statement.
(12305)
196  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research has been conducted (a) by and (b) on behalf of his Department on the yellow school bus pilot scheme; and when the results are to be published.
(12303)
197  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, in which local authorities the yellow school bus pilot scheme is in operation; and if he will make a statement.
(12302)
198  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much his Department has spent on the yellow school bus pilot scheme in financial years 2000-01 and 2001-02; and how much expenditure is projected for financial years 2002-03 and 2003-04.
(12304)
199  
  
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact on congestion of the variable speed limit system in operation on the M25 motorway; and if he will make a statement.
(12326)
200  
  
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will change the variable speed limit system in operation on the M25 motorway to permit the raising of speed limits above 70 mph in non-rush hour periods and lighter traffic.
(12327)
201  
  
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations have been made by the police in the past five years in respect of raising the maximum speed limit on motorways in the UK to 80 mph.
(12328)
202  
  
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will take steps to ensure that private rail tracks are marked by signs placed at the border between the public rail network and private lines.
(12325)
203  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what records have been kept of conversations between ministers and Ms Jo Moore since 11th September.
(12237)
204  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what meetings and telephone conversations he has had with Ms Jo Moore since 10th September.
(12236)
205  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the departmental correspondence, including e mails, leading to the announcements (a) on councillors' allowances and (b) on councillors' pensions on 12th September.
(12235)
206  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the decision to place Railtrack in administration on the value of local authority pension funds.
(12239)
207  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions his Department has had with local authorties on the impact of the Government's intervention in Railtrack on the value of local authority pensions funds.
(12238)
208  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, who authorised the interview with Sky News given by Ms Jo Moore on 16th October.
(12241)
209  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if, before administering a personal reprimand to Ms Jo Moore regarding her e mail of 11th September, he received other e mails sent by her after 11th September.
(12234)
210  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will set out the process that would be followed in his Department if (a) a member of staff other than a special adviser and (b) a special adviser applied to leave their job through ill health.
(12232)
211  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if a personal reprimand from the Secretary of State is a formal part of the disciplinary procedure applying to special advisers in his Department; and if such a reprimand is included on the personnel record of these special advisers.
(12231)
212  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what changes he has made to the selection criteria for special advisers in his Department since 9th October.
(12233)
213  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what was the total budget for each regional chamber in England by region for (a) the last financial year and (b) this financial year; and what the projected figure is for next year.
(12523)
214  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportion of funding for regional chambers in England came from central government for (a) last year and (b) this financial year; and what the projected apportionment is for the next financial year.
(12524)
215  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what guidance he gives to local authorities on the proportionality of minority party representation on committees; and what information he collates on the action taken by local authorities to observe his guidance.
(12324)
216  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received about the effectiveness of local authority standards committees; and if he will make a statement.
(12323)
217  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce a third party right of appeal against the granting of planning permission.
(12531)
218  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to ensure (a) Arriva in West Yorkshire and (b) other train operating companies recruit and retain sufficient drivers to fulfil their timetable commitments.
(12533)
219  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the availability of new rail rolling stock; and if he will make a statement.
(12534)
220  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, in respect of the unitary development plan process (a) what review he has undertaken of the process since 1989, (b) what potential improvements he has identified and (c) how these will be incorporated in guidance to local authorities.
(12527)
221  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to assist the declaration of St David's Day as a public holiday in Wales.
(12281)
222  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on devolving further powers to the Welsh Assembly.
(12280)
223  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the total value of (a) subsidies and (b) other payments made out of public funds was in each of the past five years to (i) farming and (ii) the steel industry in Wales.
(12282)
224  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of attendance allowance there are broken down by each nation and region as at the most recent date for which figures are available; and if he will estimate the extent of underclaiming of attendance allowance.
(12647)
225  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the procedural steps for assessing eligibility, reviewing, appealing and making payment of (a) severe disablement allowance, (b) maternity allowance, (c) industrial injuries disablement allowance, (d) reduced earnings allowance/retirement allowance, (e) attendance allowance and (f) disability working allowance, indicating which of the offices of his Department and his agencies in Scotland handle each of these steps.
(12194)
226  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what was the level of spending on social security in Scotland in each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of the United Kingdom total, broken down to show spending on (i) benefit payments, (ii) Scotland's pro-rata share of United Kingdom administration costs and (iii) actual spending on central and local administration and the branch network for facilities in Scotland.
(12193)
227  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the measures the Government has brought in since 1997 to assist people who are carers for others.
(12335)
228  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the numbers of (a) jobs lost and (b) jobs under threat by the events of 11th September; and if he will make a statement.
(12552)
229  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to discuss recent trends in occupational pension provision with the occupational pension industry; and if he will make a statement.
(12441)
230  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what reason was given to him by the Social Security Advisory Committee for its decision not to examine the Social Security (Jobcentre Plus Interviews) Regulations 2001; what discussions he had with the Social Security Advisory Commitee prior to that decision; and if he will publish the minutes of such discussions.
(12159)
231  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of recent education policy changes in Wales relating to the publication of levels of attainment in schools.
[Transferred] (12089)
232  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the extended magistrates' sitting hours pilots in Manchester and London are expected to commence; what funding has been identified to facilitate these; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (12003)
233  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement about the pilot project for the introduction of yellow buses for home to school transport.
[Transferred] (12317)
234  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the legislative basis is of the three for two rule in the carrying of pupils under 14 years on scheduled bus services; and what plans he has to abolish this rule.
[Transferred] (12555)
235  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment the Health and Safety Executive has made of passenger overcrowding on buses transporting pupils to school.
[Transferred] (12444)
236  
  
Andrew Bennett (Denton & Reddish):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what arrangements are being made for the general public to view 1901 Census information.
[Transferred] (12379)
237  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assumptions regarding the cost to the public sector of cost overruns he is planning to include in the guidance for the public sector comparator for assessing the public-private partnership bids for London Underground.
[Transferred] (12387)
238  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to make changes to the assumptions underlying the public sector comparator for assessing bids under the public-private partnership for London Underground; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (12388)
239  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her policy is in relation to the provision of (a) operating aid, (b) employment aid and (c) investment aid in the Objective 1 regions under Article 87(3)a of the EC Treaty; and what representations she has received on this issue.
[Transferred] (12398)
240  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received regarding proposed EU legislation to prohibit machinery operators from driving plant and equipment for more than two hours per day; what assessment he has made of the cost of this legislation to the British construction industry; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (12615)


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