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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 8 November 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 8 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.
 


 
THURSDAY 8th NOVEMBER
1  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Advocate General, what discussions she had with the honourable Members for Glasgow, Anniesland and Edinburgh North and Leith, prior to Questions to the Advocate General for Scotland on 6th November, regarding the content and wording of their supplementary oral questions to her.
(13540)
2  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the allocations this year to each London local authority area under the UK on-line project.
(13661)
3  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive by (a) primary legislation and (b) Order in Council.
(13819)
4  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government will fulfill its commitment to establish creative partnerships linking schools with arts organisations in disadvantaged areas.
(13449)
5  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the projects in her Department which have been considered as potential public private partnerships since 1997 which have not been undertaken because the public sector comparator had a lower net present value than the public private partnership proposed; and if she will make a statement.
(13452)
6  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many black and Asian people were shortlisted for the post of Chairman of the BBC.
(13610)
7  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the type and number of UK armoured vehicles and tanks that were in Oman for Saif Sereea II, stating in each case the percentage of those vehicles that were considered (a) fully serviceable and (b) unserviceable during the exercise; and if he will make a statement.
(11768)
8  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many missions or training packages involving UK armoured vehicles and tanks as part of Saif Sereea II were (a) cancelled and (b) reduced in package due to (i) serviceability shortfalls and (ii) technical malfunctions in the vehicles; what percentage of missions or training packages involving UK armoured vehicles or tanks this represents; and if he will make a statement.
(11769)
9  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the US Defense Secretary on the issue of air exclusion zones over civil nuclear plants; whether there is to be a joint US-UK policy on this issue; and if he will make a statement on current RAF plans to defend the Sellafield nuclear site from aerial attack.
(13235)
10  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what instructions have been issued to UK forces in Afghanistan in the event of them taking prisoner a UK citizen fighting for (a) the Taliban and (b) Al Qaeda; and if he will make a statement.
(13623)
11  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what instructions have been given to service personnel engaged in Afghanistan in the event of them encountering UK citizens fighting for (a) the Taliban and (b) al Qaeda; and if he will make a statement.
(13629)
12  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions and in what circumstances planes have been scrambled to deal with perceived emergencies at nuclear or other installations since 11th September.
(13720)
13  
  
Mr George Galloway (Glasgow, Kelvin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the (a) quantity and (b) category of defence equipment purchased from Israel for each year from 1997.
(13671)
14  
  
Mr George Galloway (Glasgow, Kelvin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at what stage is the proposed purchase from Israel of the Gill-Spike anti-tank missile; what the results are of the tests of the missile by his Department in the UK and Canada; and if he will make a statement.
(13667)
15  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when HMS Ocean will be ready for deployment.
(13423)
16  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether repairs other than routine maintenance are required on HMS Ocean.
(13424)
17  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Sea Harrier ferry will leave Yeovilton; what discussions he has had with the RAF Association about the move; what the overall cost of the move will be; and how many Sea Harrier pilots resigned their commissions in (a) 2001, (b), 2000, (c) 1999, (d) 1998, (e), 1997 and (f) 1996.
(13422)
18  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for New Forest West of 30th October, Official Report, column 659W, for what reason the docking period for HMS Ocean planned for early 2002 has been brought forward; if its four month duration can be shortened; and which Lloyd's Survey Standards it it is designed to achieve.
(13428)
19  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received from ground support staff at Yeovilton about the proposal to relocate the Sea Harriers; and if he will make a statement.
(13425)
20  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will create an accessible Board of Appeal for the award of defence medals, in order that evidence that is acceptable to a Court of Law is not disregarded.
(13544)
21  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will instruct the Adjutant General's Office to instigate a review of the rules covering the issue of the Defence Medal.
(13543)
22  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he delegates to the Officer-in-Charge, Army Medal Office, full authority for the decision making process for medal applications.
(13542)
23  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the new date for the withdrawal of HMS Fearless is; and if he will make a statement.
(13282)
24  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to meet the capability requirement of the European Security and Defence Policy's Headline Goal.
(13285)
25  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what security is offered to UK forces in the Balkans to protect them from possible asymmetric assault.
(13280)
26  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the percentage rate of serviceablity of helicopters on exercise Saif Sareea was; what the principal cause of helicopter non-serviceability was; and if he will make a statement.
(13293)
27  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to publish the conclusions of the evaluation of equipment deployed in Operation Saif Sareea.
(13279)
28  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to deploy (a) armed forces personnel and (b) reservists for key point duty to guard nuclear power stations; and if he will estimate the full cost of such a deployment over one year.
(13278)
29  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of converting the tanks of 1st UK Armoured Division for desert conditions.
(13272)
30  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the next meeting between the European Security and Defence Policy's political and military committees and their NATO counterparts will take place.
(13284)
31  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to announce an initial acquisition contract for the SABR project; and if he will make a statement.
(13281)
32  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what types of vehicles are used by the armed forces in connection with NBC defence; and of these, how many are operational.
(13283)
33  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the cost of the munitions used in each week of the Afghanistan campaign.
(13523)
34  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about the role of the Territorial Army in guarding UK installations against terrorist attack.
(13679)
35  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 28th June, Official Report, column 132W, on war pensions, if he will state (a) how many expert caseworkers there are and (b) whether all the caseworkers are qualified medical doctors.
(13745)
36  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many servicemen and women are living with partners to whom they are not married but who are recognised as falling within the scope of benefits payable under the Armed Forces Pension Scheme.
(12641)
37  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed forces occupy married quarters with partners to whom they are not married.
(12639)
38  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the rules governing death-in-service benefits for the non-married partners of servicemen and women are within the scope of the review of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme.
(12640)
39  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the projects in his Department which have been considered as potential public private partnerships since 1997 which have not been undertaken because the public sector comparator had a lower net present value than the public private partnership proposed; and if he will make a statement.
(13435)
40  
N  
Mrs Annette L. Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many qualified teachers left the profession, having completed between three and seven years of service in (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.
(12687)
41  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of this year's Children Fund allocation went to local authorities in London.
(13662)
42  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list those authorities receiving allocations this year under the Children Fund, indicating the value of the allocation in each case.
(13663)
43  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance is given to education authorities on the rights (a) parents and (b) step parents have to send their children to the same school as older siblings.
(13653)
44  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive by (a) primary legislation and (b) Order in Council.
(13821)
45  
  
Mr George Mudie (Leeds East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what is the cost to Leeds City Council of the contract awarded to Capita.
(13736)
46  
  
Mr George Mudie (Leeds East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what is the salary paid to Mr Peter Ridsale in his capacity as Chairman of Education Leeds.
(13737)
47  
  
Mr George Mudie (Leeds East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what additional financial support will be awarded to Leeds City Council to implement Capita's educational policies.
(13738)
48  
  
Mr George Mudie (Leeds East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the contracts and their financial value awarded by (a) her Department and (b) the local education authorities to Capita.
(13735)
49  
  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many special needs status primary school children there were in (a) the UK, (b) England and (c) Shropshire in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999, (iv) 2000 and (v) 2001.
(13813)
50  
  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what changes have been made to the criteria qualifying primary school children for special needs status in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001.
(13814)
51  
  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average extra funding per primary school pupil in (a) the UK, (b) England and (c) Shropshire was in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999, (iv) 2000 and (v) 2001.
(13812)
52  
  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average percentage of children with special needs status in (a) English and (b) Shropshire primary schools was in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999, (iv) 2000 and (v) 2001.
(13809)
53  
  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the funding regime for primary school pupils with special needs status was in (a) England and (b) Shropshire in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999, (iv) 2000 and (v) 2001.
(13810)
54  
N  
Mrs Gillian Shephard (South West Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which secondary schools in Norfolk had no spare capacity to admit new pupils at the latest available date.
(13240)
55  
N  
Mrs Gillian Shephard (South West Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which secondary schools in Norfolk had unfilled teacher posts at the latest available date.
(13239)
56  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the projects in her Department which have been considered as potential public private partnerships since 1997 which have not been undertaken because the public sector comparator had a lower net present value than the public private partnership proposed; and if she will make a statement.
(13451)
57  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will reconsider the criteria relating to the award of bursaries to higher education students so that students living in Excellence in Cities areas and attending further education colleges outside that location are not excluded from eligibility.
(13778)
58  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what powers she has to monitor the effectiveness and performance of border inspection posts.
(13276)
59  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to record centrally (a) the number of people employed in border inspection posts and (b) where they are deployed.
(13275)
60  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to public funds to date has been of the measures to assist in farm diversification as set out in Planning Consultancy Advice for Farm Diversification, published by her Department.
(13274)
61  
N  
Mrs Annette L. Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assistance and guidance she has given to local councils for the disposal of refrigerators after 1st January 2002.
(12688)
62  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the annual energy savings which would result from the application of minimum energy performance standards as envisaged by the proposed EC Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings to new residential and commercial buildings.
(12101)
63  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list those members of the Carbon Trust Board who represent (a) the energy supply industry, (b) the energy efficiency industry, (c) local government and (d) the rest of the public sector.
(12102)
64  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate the annual energy savings which would result from the application of minimum energy performance standards as envisaged by the proposed EC Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings to renovation projects on buildings (a) larger than 1000 square metres, (b) larger than 500 square metres and (c) larger than 100 square metres.
(12103)
65  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many mink farms were operating in England and Wales on 28th February; and if she will list their locations by county.
(13805)
66  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many mink farms were inspected during the slaughter period in November and December 2000; and what were the methods of slaughter observed.
(13800)
67  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list all movements of farmed mink that took place in England and Wales during (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.
(13802)
68  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what dates each of the mink farms operating in England and Wales were inspected during 2001; and what plans there are to inspect farms after 30th September.
(13801)
69  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) breeding female and (b) other mink were present at each of the mink farms operating on 28th February; and if she will show the figures by (i) farm and (ii) county.
(13804)
70  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many mink farms were operating and contained live mink in England and Wales on 1st October; and if she will list their locations by county.
(13803)
71  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to encourage more diversification of farmed land into (a) fuel growing, (b) aqua culture, (c) coppicing, (d) organic and biomass farming and (e) leisure uses in the next five years; and what changes she expects in the levels of employment as a result.
(13717)
72  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the (a) energy saving and (b) pollution cutting potential of replacing conventional boilers in the UK with condensing boilers.
(12938)
73  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assistance the Arthur Rank Foundation is giving to farmers in Chorley affected by foot and mouth.
(13228)
74  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive by (a) primary legislation and (b) Order in Council.
(13825)
75  
  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on (a) the conditions in which zoo animals are kept and (b) the consequences for the safety of their keepers.
(13816)
76  
  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, under what powers the foot and mouth contiguous cull was carried out.
(13815)
77  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many maximum tolerable daily doses of dioxin, as defined by the WHO, 1.1g represents.
(13439)
78  
N  
Mrs Gillian Shephard (South West Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the letter of 5th September from the honourable Member for South West Norfolk, on the creation of a large disposal site in Norfolk.
(13238)
79  
N  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of the total UK volume of radioactive wastes has been produced by the nuclear power sector in the last five years.
(13289)
80  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the projects in her Department which have been considered as potential public private partnerships since 1997 which have not been undertaken because the public sector comparator had a lower net present value than the public private partnership proposed; and if she will make a statement.
(13429)
81  
  
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many horses have died from ingesting ragwort in each of the last 10 years.
(13597)
82  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to review the 5 per cent. ceiling for tax exempt expenses under IR35.
(13496)
83  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of forms from the (a) 2001 and (b) 1991 Census were returned.
(11678)
84  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to write off debts owed by the poorest countries; and if he will make a statement.
(13459)
85  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received as to the effect of fuel duties on businesses in the Greater London area in the last 12 months.
(13441)
86  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if part-time employees or ex-employees who have been awarded backdated access to their occupational pension schemes, will be permitted to take the relevant tax relief for the year in which the contribution applied; and if he will relax sections 592 and 594 of the Taxes Act 1988 to permit such persons to make a one-off tax-free contribution of greater than the annual permitted amount.
(13652)
87  
N  
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent measures he has put in place to help charities.
(11583)
88  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken by the Valuation Office to reduce delays in rating appeals.
(13233)
89  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average delay is in valuation officers considering rating appeals (a) in each Valuation Office area and (b) nationally.
(13232)
90  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the time taken before rating appeals are considered by the Valuation Office.
(13234)
91  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held in Brussels on 6th November; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.
(13437)
92  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive by (a) primary legislation and (b) Order in Council.
(13823)
93  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many operations conducted by HM Customs and Excise in relation to controlled deliveries are under legal review by independent counsel.
(13716)
94  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much heroin seized in the last year in the United Kingdom was supplied from Pakistan; and whether this includes controlled deliveries by Customs and Excise from Pakistan to the United Kingdom.
(13714)
95  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Customs and Excise officers are suspended over allegations relating to a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice; and in which areas of the country they were based.
(13715)
96  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 30th October, Official Report, column 623W, on the Mott MacDonald study, if any public private partnerships will be examined by the study; for what reasons he is unable to place the terms of reference in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(13456)
97  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the projects in his Department which have been considered as potential public private partnerships since 1997 which have not been undertaken because the public sector comparator had a lower net present value than the public private partnership proposed; and if he will make a statement.
(13453)
98  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 5th November, Official Report, column 71W, on individual pension accounts, how many individual pension accounts have been taken out to date.
(13294)
99  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the numbers of UK citizens held prisoner by (a) the Northern Alliance and (b) countries neighbouring Afghanistan as a consequence of activities with (i) the Taliban and (ii) al Qaeda; and if he will make a statement.
(13630)
100  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the numbers of UK citizens killed or injured in Afghanistan whilst with (a) Al Qaeda and (b) the Taliban; and if he will make a statement.
(13624)
101  
N  
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contribution his Department has made to the Plan for Africa.
(11349)
102  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will publish his green paper on private military companies.
(13427)
103  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives of the Indian Government since 11th September; and if he will make a statement.
(13727)
104  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the risk of former Soviet bloc (a) nuclear and (b) chemical/biological warfare scientists selling their skills to foreign regimes.
(13681)
105  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the projects in his Department which have been considered as potential public private partnerships since 1997 which have not been undertaken because the public sector comparator had a lower net present value than the public private partnership proposed; and if he will make a statement.
(13432)
106  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the level of staffing is at the Joint Entry Clearance Unit.
(13641)
107  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has for advertising the posts of ambassadors.
(13642)
108  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visa applications refused by entry clearance officers were subsequently granted on appeal in each of the last five years.
(13643)
109  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions have taken place between NHS officials and the District Valuer about the planned Widdrington Health Centre, Northumberland; and whether agreement has been reached in time for the funds available from the single regeneration budget to be used for the project.
(13122)
110  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of whether proposals to raise the level of fluoride in drinking water involve the use of hexafluorosilic acid.
(13685)
111  
  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason the consultation period for the discussion document, Involving Patients, and the Public in Healthcare, was six weeks; what consideration was given to the Cabinet Office code of conduct on written consultations relating to minimum standard periods; and if he will make a statement.
(13666)
112  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of (a) midwives and (b) health visitor training is dedicated to breastfeeding support; and how many hours training this involves.
(13519)
113  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about the provision of cranial osteopathy in the NHS.
(13658)
114  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about the post natal care of mothers of multiple births.
(13657)
115  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the numbers of individuals who have been prescribed heroin in each of the past 12 years.
(13721)
116  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals are taking part in the Red Card Scheme; how many (a) red and (b) yellow cards have been issued; and what changes have been observed in the levels of violence to staff in the hospitals involved.
(13722)
117  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of (a) a CHI report and (b) the star-ratings as indicators of a hospital's performance.
(13545)
118  
  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many responses to the public consultation on eligibility for impotence treatments were (a) against and (b) in favour of the current restrictions in prescribing treatments.
(13489)
119  
  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Stafford of 11th July, Official Report, column 508, on digital hearing aids, at what date following the presentation of the Institute of Hearing Research's final evaluation report he will make an announcement about extending charges in hearing aid services to all NHS audiology departments.
(13746)
120  
  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for North Devon, on 25th April, Official Report, columns 171-2W, on hearing aids, what plans his Department has to ensure funding for the continued provision of digital hearing aids under the modernising NHS hearing aids services project throughout the financial year 2002-03.
(13779)
121  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, at how many places it was possible to treat coronary heart disease (a) in each health authority and (b) in total in England for the last two years for which figures are available.
(13616)
122  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were waiting for admission to hospitals, including suspended patients but not including self-deferred cases, in (a) England and (b) each NHS trust in England in the year ending 31st March.
(13621)
123  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each health authority area in England, the expenditure on health, by weighted head of population, expressed in real terms for each of the last two years for which figures are available.
(13619)
124  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the outstanding repair and maintenance backlog figures in each health authority in England are for each of the last two years.
(13620)
125  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of patients presenting with breast cancer are seen within 14 days when GP written referral request was received within 24 hours for (a) each health authority and (b) in total in England for the last two years for which figures are available.
(13615)
126  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the total annual (a) surplus and (b) deficit for each NHS trust in England in each year since 1997 for which figures are available.
(13622)
127  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies per health authority there were in England, broken down by (a) dental and medical staff, (b) nursing and midwifery staff and (c) professions allied to medicine, in each of the last two years for which figures are available.
(13612)
128  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the inpatient waiting list is, expressed as per 1,000 head of weighted population, for (a) each health authority and (b) in total in England for the last two years for which figures are available.
(13617)
129  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioners, expressed as whole time equivalents per 100,000 weighted population, there were for (a) each health authority and (b) in total in England for the last two years for which figures are available.
(13614)
130  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) cancelled operations in total, (b) operations cancelled on the day of operation and (c) operations cancelled and not readmitted within one month there were in each health authority in England in each quarter during the last two years for which figures are available.
(13611)
131  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, at how many places elective surgery was available (a) in each health authority in England and (b) in total for England, in the last two years for which figures are available.
(13613)
132  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of those aged 18 years and over were registered with a general dental service dentist in (a) each health authority and (b) in total in England for the last two years for which figures are available.
(13618)
133  
  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the Cutlass review of medicines.
(13787)
134  
  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if it is his policy that treatments should not be available in the NHS unless they have been subjected to randomised controlled trials.
(13782)
135  
  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of treatments used in the NHS have been subjected to randomised controlled trials.
(13781)
136  
  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made as to the likely occurrence of (a) tardive dyskinesia and (b) other side effects from the use of (i) atypical anti-psychotic medicines and (ii) older treatments.
(13784)
137  
  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the main side effects are from the use of typical anti-psychotic medicines; and if he will make a statement.
(13785)
138  
  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been recruited to the Cutlass review (a) to take the existing medicines and (b) to take the atypical medicines.
(13786)
139  
  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he has received the provisional findings of NICE in respect of atypical medicines for the treatment of schizophrenia; and if he will publish them.
(13780)
140  
  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made as to the opinion of psychiatrists on the efficacy of atypical anti-psychotic medicines.
(13783)
141  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many more consultants, broken down by specialty, will be appointed by 2004, above the number in post in 2000.
(13059)
142  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, from which sources extra consultants will come in accordance with targets for 2004 detailed in the NHS Plan.
(13060)
143  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what translation services he ensures are available for health trusts in (a) England and (b) Staffordshire.
(13497)
144  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive by (a) primary legislation and (b) Order in Council.
(13827)
145  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the role of vaccination in countering terrorist biological threats.
(13828)
146  
  
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to recruit (a) general consultants and (b) consultants in neurology in rural areas.
(13492)
147  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many private beds were available in each of the last five years.
(13602)
148  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many private beds have been used by the NHS in the last five years.
(13603)
149  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has to ban smoking in (a) the work place and (b) all public places.
(13605)
150  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many private hospitals there were in each of the last five years.
(13601)
151  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been admitted to NHS hospitals from non-NHS hospitals in the last five years.
(13604)
152  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set up a dedicated fast-track elective surgery centre in the North Kent area.
(13491)
153  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made towards setting up the fast-track elective surgery centres he announced in February; and if he will make a statement.
(13490)
154  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if chiropodists and podiatrists in private practice will be represented on the Health Professions Council; and if he will make a statement.
(13729)
155  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if podiatrists and chiropodists in private practice will be recognised for the purposes of state registration; and if he will make a statement.
(13730)
156  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the projects which have been considered as potential public private partnerships since 1997 which have not been undertaken because the public sector comparator had a lower net present value than the public private partnership proposed; and if he will make a statement.
(13454)
157  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Leicester East, Official Report, 24th October, columns 306-7W, what statistics are kept on the average waiting time on a trolley before admission to a Leicestershire hospital in the last 12 months.
(13546)
158  
  
David Wright (Telford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he gives to NHS trusts on ordering their priorities between waiting (a) lists and (b) times.
(13463)
159  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which local authorities in the North West of England have not received funding for both CCTV and street warden schemes.
(13648)
160  
  
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will update the information given in his Answer to the honourable Member for Worthing West of 19th July, Official Report, column 345W, concerning the National Black Police Association.
(13708)
161  
  
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many telephone conversations of Dr Ali Dizaei, legal adviser to the National Black Police Association, were (a) recorded and (b) transcribed by the investigation team; and what proportion contained legally privileged information.
(13706)
162  
  
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what legally privileged information has been seized or obtained by surveillance of Dr Ali Dizaei.
(13710)
163  
  
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if surveillance of Dr Ali Dizaei included the recording of his telephone calls with members of the media.
(13711)
164  
  
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the standards of promptness and diligence he expects in the investigation of the National Black Police Association complaints against DAC Hayman and Superintendent Norman.
(13712)
165  
  
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action will be taken in relation to the investigating officer who authorised the interception of legally privileged conversations of Dr Ali Dizaei in his role as the legal adviser to the National Black Police Association.
(13707)
166  
  
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will assess the impact on black staff in the Police Service who sought legal advice from Dr Ali Dizaei by the recording, transcription or use of privileged conversations of the legal adviser to the National Black Police Association.
(13709)
167  
  
Colin Burgon (Elmet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is with regard to the provision of new cemeteries.
(13488)
168  
  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many decontamination units there are and in what locations; how many people are employed in these units, indicating how many of these are women officers undertaking active decontamination duty; and how many women are undergoing training to enable them to join decontamination units.
(13664)
169  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many frail elderly (a) men and (b) women at present are serving prison sentences in England and Wales.
(13447)
170  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women serving prison sentences in England and Wales are confined to a wheelchair.
(13448)
171  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Sri Lankans have sought political asylum in the UK in each of the last three years.
(13446)
172  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the prisons being constructed in England and Wales, and the date when these prisons are expected to come into use.
(13445)
173  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will investigate the links between (a) Medina Ltd, TransGlobal Security International, Mark Yates and Paul Field and (b) Sakina Security Services Ltd, Al Muhijiroon, and Omar Bakri Mohammed; and if he will make a statement.
(13626)
174  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 24th October, Official Report, column 285W, when he formed his policy of not answering questions on immigration matters.
(13521)
175  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will investigate the activities of TransGlobal International; and if he will make a statement.
(13625)
176  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will investigate the alleged terrorist training camps (a) in the North of Scotland and (b) at Yetgoch in Hebron, Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(13628)
177  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will investigate the links between Anil Shah and Sakina Security Services; and if he will make a statement.
(13627)
178  
  
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the investigation by the Criminal Cases Review Commission into the case of Mr Nick Tucker to report.
(13440)
179  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the percentage of heroin imported into Britain that originates from (a) Taliban controlled Afghanistan, (b) Northern Alliance controlled Afghanistan, (c) Burma and (d) other countries.
(13723)
180  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what translation services he ensures are available to (a) prisons and (b) probation services in (i) England and (ii) Staffordshire; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the translation facilities available to the police.
(13495)
181  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive by (a) primary legislation and (b) Order in Council.
(13824)
182  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the links between Mr Salha Idris and security firms providing equipment to government sites.
(13149)
183  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has given to the UK news media on the handling of sensitive security issues during the conflict in Afghanistan.
(13675)
184  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the role of Salah Idris in security companies engaged at sensitive sites in the United Kingdom.
(13678)
185  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the extent of support for Osama bin Laden by (a) organised groups and (b) individuals within the United Kingdom.
(13677)
186  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the security implications of access by terrorists to UK media reports via the Internet.
(13676)
187  
  
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines he issues on the number of people employed in firearms departments of police forces; and what steps he takes to ensure that these are complied with.
(13458)
188  
  
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what statistics he collates on the time for applications for firearms and shotgun licences to be processed, from the time they are submitted to the time they are approved and returned to the applicant by firearms departments of police forces.
(13457)
189  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of salary differences and the free rail travel offer to those officers within a 70 mile radius of Charing Cross Station on the number of police officers transferring from Bedfordshire Police to the Metropolitan Police.
(13438)
190  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the projects in his Department which have been considered as potential public private partnerships since 1997 which have not been undertaken because the public sector comparator had a lower net present value than the public private partnership proposed; and if he will make a statement.
(13433)
191  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been deported from the United Kingdom since 1st January.
(13633)
192  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the backlog of cases is in each division at the Immigration and Nationality Department; and what the waiting time is for naturalisation, from application to determination.
(13632)
193  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions there were against persons who have injured others with fireworks in each of the last five years in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK.
(13163)
194  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reported incidents of injuries to (a) domestic pets and (b) other animals due to the sale of fireworks have been reported (i) prior to 5th November, (ii) on 5th November and (iii) after 5th November in each of the last five years in (A) Scotland and (B) the United Kingdom.
(13179)
195  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions have been brought against persons who are alleged to have damaged property with fireworks in each of the last five years in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK.
(13189)
196  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reported incidents of damage to property with fireworks in each of the last five years have involved (a) minors and (b) adults as alleged perpetrators of the incidents in (i) Scotland and (ii) the UK.
(13191)
197  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions have been secured against those prosecuted for sales of fireworks to underage children in each of the last five years in (a) Scotland and (b) the United Kingdom.
(13186)
198  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions have been brought against suppliers of fireworks for sales to underage children in each of the last five years in (a) Scotland and (b) the United Kingdom.
(13185)
199  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions have been secured against persons who have damaged property with fireworks in each of the last five years in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK.
(13190)
200  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions have been brought against persons who have injured others with fireworks in each of the last five years in (a) Scotland and (b) the United Kingdom.
(13187)
201  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of damage to property with fireworks in the last five years have occurred (a) prior to 5th November, (b) on 5th November and (c) after 5th November in each year in (i) Scotland and (ii) the UK.
(13192)
202  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of injuries to (a) domestic pets and (b) other animals have been reported due to the sale of fireworks in each of the last five years in (i) Scotland and (ii) the United Kingdom.
(13183)
203  
  
Brian White (North East Milton Keynes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Horrocks Report on data retention; and when it will be published.
(13645)
204  
  
Brian White (North East Milton Keynes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to make data retention compulsory for internet and communications service providers.
(13644)
205  
  
Brian White (North East Milton Keynes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with Internet and communications service providers about new anti-terrorist legislation.
(13646)
206  
N  
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will put in place measures to ensure that children and young people are prevented from participating in paramilitary style training organized by political parties.
(13426)
207  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive by (a) primary legislation and (b) Order in Council.
(13817)
208  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to make the results of the interception of telecommunications admissible in evidence.
(13674)
209  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what translation services the Lord Chancellor ensures are available to courts in (a) England and (b) Staffordshire.
(13499)
210  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what his policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive by (a) primary legislation and (b) Order in Council.
(13822)
211  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he intends to renew the lease on Hereford Crown Court; and if he will make a statement.
(13194)
212  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the projects in his Department which have been considered as potential public private partnerships since 1997 which have not been undertaken because the public sector comparator had a lower net present value than the public private partnership proposed; and if he will make a statement.
(13434)
213  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he next plans to meet the President of the Law Society.
(13635)
214  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much money has been raised for charity by granting permission for outside bodies to use the Lord Chancellor's apartments in each year since 1997.
(13634)
215  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he has taken to appoint a judge of international standing from outside the jurisdiction to undertake the investigation of allegations of collusion in the cases of the murders of Pat Finucane, Robert Hamill, Rosemary Nelson and Billy Wright; when he expects these investigations to be completed; when he will publish the terms of reference for them; what powers he will give the judge to compel potential witnesses and interview people disapplying the Official Secrets Act; what arrangements will be made to hear the views of the victims' families; and what commitment he has made to publish the terms of his agreement to establish a public inquiry.
(11492)
216  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the projects in his Department which have been considered as potential public private partnerships since 1997 which have not been undertaken because the public sector comparator had a lower net present value than the public private partnership proposed; and if he will make a statement.
(13436)
217  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Prime Minister, what recent representations he has received from the Performance and Information Unit regarding progress towards meeting the Government's targets for renewable energy supply; and if he will make a statement.
(13273)
218  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many civil servants working directly for (a) the Prime Minister, (b) the Deputy Prime Minister and (c) Ministers in the Cabinet Office are responsible for the central co-ordination and progress of policy.
(13180)
219  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Prime Minister, in respect of each Government department which has been re-named or had its responsibilities altered since the last general election, what the purpose of the changes was; and if he will make a statement.
(13182)
220  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Prime Minister, what the (a) names and (b) functions are of the the units dealing with the formulation and the delivery of public policy which are answerable to (i) the Prime Minister, (ii) the Deputy Prime Minister and (iii) Ministers in the Cabinet Office.
(13181)
221  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many overseas visits he has undertaken and to which countries, since 11th September.
(13636)
222  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his meeting with European leaders at 10 Downing Street on 4th November.
(13637)
223  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions she had with the honourable Member for Glasgow, Anniesland, prior to Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland held on 6th November, regarding the content and wording of his supplementary oral question to her.
(13541)
224  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what her policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive by (a) primary legislation and (b) Order in Council.
(13818)
225  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the future funding of the Your Guide pilot scheme.
(13651)
226  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with the Post Office Regulator on the impact of anthrax scares on the performance of the Royal Mail.
(13650)
227  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received on the services condition of the European Union and UK postal services regulatory regimes.
(13649)
228  
N  
Mrs Annette L. Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact on small businesses of the requirement to take refrigerators to scrap yards after 1st January 2002.
(12689)
229  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list by (a) grade and (b) number the officials employed in her Department monitoring the retail petrol market in Scotland.
(12690)
230  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the B215 Building at the Sellafield site has been designed to resist a plane crash.
(13231)
231  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representatives her Department had at the International Atomic Energy Agency's Conference on Nuclear Terrorism in Vienna; what recommendations for action by the United Kingdom Government were made at the conference; and what further discussions she intends to have with the IAEA in respect of security at civil nuclear installations.
(13230)
232  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to extend the no fly zone at Sellafield.
(13229)
233  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what quantities of fur have been imported into the United Kingdom as parts of made-up garments for the last five years; and if she will list (a) the exporting countries involved and (b) the type of fur involved.
(13792)
234  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what quantities of material classified as other fur were imported into the UK from (a) China, (b) the Phillipines, (c) Korea and (d) Hong Kong in the last five years.
(13799)
235  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures are in place to combat potential consumer fraud with regard to the sale of fur (a) garments and (b) items.
(13796)
236  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average value is of material classified as (a) other fur and (b) all fur imported into the UK from (i) all countries and (ii) China in the last three years.
(13797)
237  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures exist to ensure that consumers are not sold items made of or containing domestic (a) dog and (b) cat fur by (i) mistake and (ii) fraudulent practices.
(13794)
238  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what quantities of domestic (a) dog and (b) cat fur have been imported into the UK over the last five years.
(13806)
239  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what information (a) is given and (b) has to be given by law to consumers regarding the origin by (i) species and (ii) country of (A) fur garments, (B) garments containing fur trim and (C) items made from fur in the United Kingdom.
(13793)
240  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people are employed by her Department to ensure that fur products on sale in the United Kingdom are accurately described; and what is their annual budget.
(13795)
241  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will ban the trade in domestic (a) dog and (b) cat fur.
(13798)
242  
  
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the principle embodied in the European Charter for Small Enterprises relating to the exemption of small enterprises from certain regulatory obligations.
(13683)
243  
  
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made in implementing the principles behind the European Charter for Small Enterprises in the United Kingdom.
(13682)
244  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the total amount of public money given to support (a) farming, (b) the steel industry and (c) all manufacturing industries in each of the last 10 years.
(13718)
245  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost is of additional security arrangements at nuclear installations since 11th September; and what her calculation is of the annual future costs of these arrangements if they are continued.
(13719)
246  
  
Mr George Galloway (Glasgow, Kelvin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many standard individual export licences have been issued for exports to Israel during (a) May, (b) June, (c) July, (d) August, (e) September and (f) October; and if she will make a statement.
(13670)
247  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) financial investment and (b) other assistance the North West Regional Development Agency has put into Chorley in each of the last three years.
(13747)
248  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, wha assessment the North West Regional Development Agency has made of the benefits involved with the use of the Royal Ordnance site in Chorley.
(13748)
249  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what priority the Royal Ordnance site has been given in order to promote the use of a brownfield site.
(13749)
250  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations she has received proposing the building of new nuclear power stations; and what plans she has for the construction of new nuclear power stations.
(13271)
251  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has for the future use of the site at Bradwell Power Station.
(13378)
252  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with Corus management in the last six months regarding the future of the steel industry; and if she will make a statement.
(13728)
253  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive by (a) primary legislation and (b) Order in Council.
(13820)
254  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with the Prime Minister in relation to export credit guarantee to underwrite the Ilisu Dam project; and when the last discussion took place.
(13464)
255  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what advice and assistance she is giving to the (a) airline and (b) aerospace industries in coping with the aftermath of 11th September; and if she will make a statement.
(13713)
256  
  
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many regulations her Department has proposed to Parliament since June; what regulatory impact assessments have been made for those regulations her Department have implemented since June; and what plans her Department has to reduce the number of regulations affecting small businesses.
(13631)
257  
  
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many licences have been issued by Postcomm within the reserved area; and what assessment she has made of their impact on Cosignia's ability to meet its universal service obligations.
(13743)
258  
  
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of Consignia's profits will be paid to the Government this financial year.
(13732)
259  
  
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action Consignia is taking to improve recruitment and retention in areas where this is more difficult.
(13733)
260  
  
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact of anthrax scares on Consignia's quality of service targets.
(13731)
261  
  
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what volume of mail was handled by Consignia and its predecessor in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999 and (e) 2000.
(13744)
262  
N  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the total (a) direct and (b) indirect government support for the energy sector, excluding oil and gas production, in each year since 1990.
(13287)
263  
N  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what has been the total amount of electricity generated from fossil fuel sources (a) in total and (b) for each fossil fuel type, in the UK in each year since 1990.
(13288)
264  
N  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what has been the proportion of electricity generated from (a) renewable and (b) UK-based renewable sources since 1990 (i) in total and (ii) compared to each fossil fuel type.
(13286)
265  
N  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the (a) total amount of electricity generated from renewable sources in the UK in each year since 1990 and (b) proportion of all electricity generated from (i) renewable sources and (ii) UK-based renewable sources in each year since 1990.
(13291)
266  
N  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what has been the total installed capacity of renewable energy generation in the UK in each year since 1990.
(13292)
267  
N  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what has been the installed capacity of fossil fuel generation for each fossil fuel type in the UK in each year since 1990.
(13290)
268  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the projects in her Department which have been considered as potential public private partnerships since 1997 which have not been undertaken because the public sector comparator had a lower net present value than the public private partnership proposed; and if she will make a statement.
(13431)
269  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she next plans to meet the liquidators of BCCI.
(13638)
270  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will call a meeting of the creditors of BCCI.
(13640)
271  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what are the total costs paid to (a) the liquidators of BCCI and (b) their legal advisers since 5th July 1991.
(13639)
272  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many reported incidents involving injuries with fireworks in each of the last five years have involved (a) minors and (b) adults as the alleged perpetrators of the incidents in (i) Scotland and (ii) the UK.
(13164)
273  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many reported incidents involving injuries with fireworks in each of the last five years have involved (a) minors and (b) adults as victims of the incidents in (i) Scotland and (ii) the UK.
(13165)
274  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many incidents involving injuries with fireworks have occurred in the last five years (a) prior to 5th November, (b) on 5th November and (c) after 5th November in each year in (i) Scotland and (ii) the UK.
(13188)
275  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the Government has to review the law on the sale of fireworks; and if she will make a statement.
(13184)
276  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which London-based organisations have received grants from (a) the Single Regeneration budget and (b) other sources to promote waste recycling in the past two years; and what the value was of grants in each case.
(13277)
277  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has for a further round of New Deal for Communities funding to assist the regeneration of post-industrial areas of intense social deprivation.
(13673)
278  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent meetings he has had with representatives of coach operators to discuss proposals for a half fare concessionary scheme for pensioners on long distance coach journeys; and if he will make a statement.
(13684)
279  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many planning inquiries there have been into applications for telecommunications masts over 15m by commercial operators that seek to replace a mast owned by Railtrack plc with one of their own.
(13665)
280  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 24th October, Offical Report, column 228W, on best value, how many building direct labour organisations transferred to the private sector have been given admitted body status to the Local Government Pension Scheme; and what pension provision will be made for those which will not remain in the LGPS.
(13811)
281  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, for what reason the Highways Agency no longer takes responsibility for the surfaces of major roads in London; what sum was specifically transferred for this purpose to Transport for London; and if he will make a statement.
(13538)
282  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what European Union guidelines he uses in evaluating the environmental impact of proposed bypass schemes.
(13150)
283  
  
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many council houses were sold in (a) Doncaster and (b) Barnsley in each of the last 10 years.
(13659)
284  
  
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many new social rented houses were built in (a) Doncaster and (b) Barnsley in each of the last 10 years.
(13660)
285  
N  
Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe & Sale East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) action he is taking and (b) further plans he has to support the civil aviation industry following the terrorist attacks on 11th September.
(13236)
286  
N  
Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe & Sale East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with (a) trades unions and (b) civil aviation industry representatives with regard to the problems facing the civil aviation industry since 11th September.
(13237)
287  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what translation services he ensures are available to local authorities in (a) England and (b) Staffordshire.
(13500)
288  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive by (a) primary legislation and (b) Order in Council.
(13826)
289  
  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his estimate is of (a) the number of home inspectors who will be needed to enforce the proposals in the seller's pack and (b) the cost to the taxpayer of policing compliance with the seller's pack.
(13808)
290  
  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to re-introduce legislation to make a seller's pack compulsory.
(13807)
291  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what timetable he has for (a) work on upgrades to rail track capacity around (i) Birmingham, (ii) Manchester and (iii) Coventry, (b) construction of the (1) Thameslink 2000 rail project, (2) West Coast mainline rail project, (3) upgrade to the London to Stansted train route, (4) upgrade to the North Transpennine train route, (5) Brighton train line upgrade, (6) East Coast main line, (7) Sunderland Metro and (8) rail flyover at Shortlands in Kent, (c) train station upgrades to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, (d) redevelopment of Gatwick train station and (e) implementation of (x) the programme of platform extensions and stations into London Waterloo and (y) the Train Protection Warning System; and which targets have been put back in the past month.
(13520)
292  
  
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with Central Trains about providing an improved service between Grantham and Skegness.
(13493)
293  
  
Mr Chris Smith (Islington South & Finsbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, at what date the one per cent. rise in levels above the rate of inflation will commence under his restructuring proposals for local authority rent levels; if it will apply equally to all local authorities; and whether mitigation will be introduced to dampen the effect where high-level rents are instituted in high-value areas.
(13791)
294  
  
Mr Chris Smith (Islington South & Finsbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his estimate is in relation to his proposals for the restructuring of local authority rent levels, of average rents for (a) London and (b) Inner London on the former ILEA boundaries (i) at April levels, (ii) for the initial restructured levels and (iii) in subsequent years.
(13790)
295  
  
Mr Chris Smith (Islington South & Finsbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, to what extent the average figures he has circulated in relation to his proposals for the restructuring of local authority rent levels reflect (a) reductions in rent levels for smaller properties and for those in less high value areas and (b) significant increases in rent levels for (i) family-sized properties and (ii) for those in higher-value areas.
(13789)
296  
  
Mr Chris Smith (Islington South & Finsbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, under his proposals for the restructuring of local authority rent levels, what account the restructured levels will take of the (a) nature and condition of an estate on which the property is located and (b) broad property values of the overall area.
(13788)
297  
  
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to improve road access to Morecambe and Heysham Port from the M6 Motorway.
(13741)
298  
N  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to increase the minimum distance between the seat back cushion and the back of the seat in front on all UK-registered aircraft over 5,700 kg MTWA which carry 20 passengers or more.
(11810)
299  
N  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to commission research into the need to alter the minimum vertically projected distance between (a) seat rows and (b) a seat and any fixed structure forward of the seat on all UK-registered aircraft over 5,700 kg MTWA which carry 20 passengers or more.
(11923)
300  
N  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of recommendations of the Anthropometric Study to Update Minimum Aircraft Seating Standards initiated by the Joint Aviation Authorities.
(11921)
301  
N  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to increase the minimum distance between the seat base and back of the seat in front on all UK-registered aircraft over 5,700 kg MTWA which carry 20 passengers or more.
(11922)
302  
N  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to commission prospective research together with clinical and basic scientific support, into the incidence and cause of thrombo embolic disease amongst air travellers.
(11919)
303  
N  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce compulsory foldaway foot leg rests in all UK-registered aircraft over 5,700 keg MTWA which carry 20 passengers or more.
(11920)
304  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the projects which have been considered as potential public private partnerships since 1997 which have not been undertaken because the public sector comparator had a lower net present value than the public private partnership proposed; and if he will make a statement.
(13455)
305  
N  
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the airline and aerospace industries.
(11335)
306  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what guidance he will issue regarding the level of fire and civil defence authority precepts for 2001-02.
(13599)
307  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the progress achieved by fire and civil defence authorities in metropolitan areas towards reducing (a) fire-related deaths and (b) malicious false alarm calls.
(13600)
308  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to mitigate the reductions in the 2001-02 budgets of fire and civil defence authorities arising from the fire call element of the standard spending assessment.
(13598)
309  
  
David Wright (Telford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportion of services provided by Central Trains in the last 12 months ran on time.
(13460)
310  
  
David Wright (Telford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the scale of English Partnerships land holdings is; and which proportion is earmarked for new housing in (a) Telford and (b) England.
(13462)
311  
  
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what was the average period for a planning application from date of application to decision by the local authority over the last five years.
[R] (13596)
312  
  
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the latest annual figures for the number of planning applications under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in England and Wales by (a) region, (b) the number of application passed, (c) the number sent to appeal and (d) the number of successful appeals; and if he will provide the same figures for the previous 10 years.
[R] (13595)
313  
  
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what was the average period for the consideration of an appeal to a planning application, up to a refusal to grant consent, under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 over the last five years.
[R] (13593)
314  
  
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the average cost is to the Government of hearing planning appeals under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990; and what is the (a) maximum and (b) minimum cost, for each of the last five years.
[R] (13594)
315  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the cost of abolishing the overlapping benefits rule for those over pension age in the case of invalid care allowance.
(13443)
316  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the cost, net of savings on means-tested benefits, of increasing the rate of invalid care allowance to the level of the basic state pension.
(13442)
317  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review the provision of child benefit for siblings of a multiple birth.
(13656)
318  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to award maximum child benefit to all siblings of a multiple birth.
(13655)
319  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what would have been the value of the basic pension for a single person and a married couple in each year from 1998-99 to 2002-03 if it had been increased each year in line with the average earnings index for (a) the previous September and (b) May to July; and what would have been the additional costs in each year compared with the actual pension rates.
(13724)
320  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the reports on (a) take-up of income-related benefits and (b) households below average income in 1999-2000 can be accessed through his Department's website; and if he will take steps to clarify the procedure to be followed by users of the site.
(13725)
321  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what was the backlog of Child Support Agency cases awaiting the attention of the Independent Case Examiner at (a) 1st January 2000, (b) 1st July 2001, (c) 1st January 2001 and (d) 1st July 2001.
(13726)
322  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what translation services he ensures are available to (a) Benefits Agency and (b) Employment Service staff in (i) England and (ii) Staffordshire.
(13498)
323  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive by (a) primary legislation and (b) Order in Council.
(13829)
324  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the money owed to parents by absentee parents in the City of Durham.
(13606)
325  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases in the Durham area have been dealt with by the CSA since it was established.
(13609)
326  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to compensate parents with care who have suffered financial loss as a result of the CSA not reflecting the amount they have been denied as a result of non-receipt of child support payments.
(13608)
327  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of how many CSA assessments will be being processed at the end of this financial year.
(13607)
328  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the projects in his Department which have been considered as potential public private partnerships since 1997 which have not been undertaken because the public sector comparator had a lower net present value than the public private partnership proposed; and if he will make a statement.
(13430)
329  
  
David Wright (Telford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the trends in unemployment amongst under 25 year olds have been in Telford since 1997.
(13461)
330  
N  
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent meetings he has had with the Governor of the Bank of England regarding interest rates; and if he will make a statement.
[Question Unstarred] (11356)
331  
  
John Mann (Bassetlaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which local authorities do not have (a) speed cameras and (b) plans for their early introduction.
[Transferred] (13494)
332  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Morley and Rothwell are receiving the minimum income guarantee; and how many pensioners he estimates are entitled to it.
[Transferred] (13450)
333  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which local authorities in the North West of England were successful in bidding for street warden funding; and which were unsuccessful.
[Transferred] (13647)
334  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will arrange for the release of all official documents relating to Mr Terence MacSwiney, former Lord Mayor of Cork; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (13539)
335  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK nationals are detained in overseas prisons.
[Transferred] (13444)
336  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will review the advice to returning officers regarding conduct at polling stations to accommodate the beliefs of members of the Assembly of Yahweh.
[Transferred] (13522)
337  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the human rights impact of the Ilisu Dam project in Turkey.
[Transferred] (13465)
338  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the progress made in providing relocation packages for people who would need to be resettled as a result of the Ilisu Dam project in Turkey.
[Transferred] (13467)
339  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on how the Ilisu Dam project in Turkey meets each of the four conditions that the Government has set for export credit guarantees.
[Transferred] (13466)
340  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the progress made in ensuring that the Ilisu Dam in Turkey will not cut off water supplies to Syria and Iraq in times of drought.
[Transferred] (13468)
341  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will establish a Royal Commission into vivisection.
[Transferred] (13672)
342  
  
Mr George Galloway (Glasgow, Kelvin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether British-made components are being used in the Israeli-occupied territories by the Israeli Defence Force on (a) Apache helicopters, (b) Merkava tanks, (c) Huey helicopters, (d) armoured personnel carriers and (e) F16 jets; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (13669)
343  
  
Mr George Galloway (Glasgow, Kelvin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the system for monitoring the end-use of British-made military components and equipment exported to Israel.
[Transferred] (13668)
344  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on homelessness in West Wiltshire.
[Transferred] (13680)
345  
  
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations have been received on the reform of the business rate system.
[Transferred] (13734)
346  
  
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to implement the Resorts Taskforce report on seaside towns, Sea Changes.
[Transferred] (13739)
347  
  
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will consider the (a) establishment and (b) funding of a Seaside Regeneration Trust modelled on the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
[Transferred] (13740)
348  
  
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to improve the infrastructure of British seaside resorts.
[Transferred] (13742)
349  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement about the provision of paternity leave for fathers of multiple births.
[Transferred] (13654)


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