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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 12 November 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 12 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.
 


 
MONDAY 12th NOVEMBER
1  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many full-time employees work in the Civil Service.
(14331)
2  
  
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings of the British-Irish Council there have been since December 1999, broken down by meeting format; and what subjects were discussed at each meeting.
(14525)
3  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many special advisers leaving the Government since May 1997 have made applications before taking employment elsewhere to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments; and if he will make a statement.
(14703)
4  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications for lottery grants have been made, in each year since 1997 by organisations and individuals based in Morley and Rothwell constituency.
(14337)
5  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures Sport England will take to retrieve money given to the Wembley project.
(14291)
6  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with (a) the Premier League and (b) the Professional Footballers Association regarding the dispute between the two bodies; what role her Department can play in resolving the dispute; and if she will make a statement.
(14292)
7  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many football clubs have received financial support from Sport UK in the last 12 months.
(14290)
8  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 1st November, Official Report, column 802W, on departmental assets, if he will estimate the value of the Government art collection; and if he will make a statement.
(13125)
9  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to implement the findings of the Cunningham Report; and if she will make a statement.
(14286)
10  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to merge the New Opportunities Fund for Sport organisation with Sport England; and if she will make a statement.
(14106)
11  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the (a) start up and (b) operating costs are of the New Opportunities Fund for Sport.
(14107)
12  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions were held with Sport England on the establishment of the New Opportunities Fund for Sport.
(14108)
13  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the spare capacity in the military spectrum for commercial use; and if he has valued that spare capacity.
(14420)
14  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the strategic role of Gibraltar.
(14293)
15  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has in relation to the naval hospital in Gibraltar.
(14294)
16  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many small and medium enterprises his Department has signed procurement contracts with.
(14115)
17  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what levels of smallpox antidote are held by his Department.
(14120)
18  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by whom the review of military supplies will be conducted; and if he will make a statement.
(14124)
19  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to divest Qinetiq; and when the funds derived from the sale will be credited to his Department's budget.
(14626)
20  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date he expects the Bowman Personal Role Radio to be in service.
(14121)
21  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the UK's nuclear warfare strategy.
(14117)
22  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) acts and (b) costs of artists performing for UK forces overseas, entertainment in the past five years.
(14122)
23  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what procurement spending commitments implicit in the Strategic Defence Review he will meet.
(14123)
24  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Indirect Fire Precision Attack project.
(14116)
25  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what military protection is being offered to UK airports; and if he will make a statement.
(14125)
26  
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 to protect critical elements of the civil national infrastructure, other than nuclear power installations.
(14118)
27  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which divisions of his Department are contributing to the Forces Review; and if he will make a statement.
(14119)
28  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which MoD sites are under consideration for the siting of a new Army Foundation College.
(13932)
29  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the security of personal items of servicemen at RAF Coltishall, Norfolk; and if he will make a statement.
(14325)
30  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance has been provided to the (a) print and (b) broadcast media in respect of the (i) publication and (ii) broadcast of details of the activities of (A) British armed forces and (B) the SAS since military activities started in Afghanistan.
(14690)
31  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with English Heritage over conferring listed status to the former Government's nuclear control and operations bunker in the Cotswolds.
(14681)
32  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations his Department has received in respect of the security of nuclear installations since 11th September.
(14684)
33  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason logistical aspects of Saif Sareea 2 were carried out in non-tactical settings.
(11748)
34  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if halt drills for Challenger II require filters to be cleaned.
(13764)
35  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes in halt drills have taken place since the introduction of Challenger II.
(13765)
36  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many desert combat suits are held at command ordnance depots.
(14031)
37  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost has been to public funds of re-branding her Department to accommodate its name change following the last General Election.
(14435)
38  
  
Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the amount of each item of funding outside the revenue support grant which her Department has made available to (a) Telford and the Wrekin Council and (b) Shropshire County Council in 2001-02 to date.
(14475)
39  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations her Department has received from parents who have been denied a school place for their child as a result of the class size limits since their introduction.
(14397)
40  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list, for each of the last five years, the number of (a) primary headteachers and (b) secondary headteachers dismissed on the grounds of gross professional misconduct.
(14699)
41  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority with respect to their procedures relating to allegations of cheating in Key Stage 2.
(14502)
42  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list, for each of the last five years, the total number of (a) primary headteachers and (b) secondary headteachers found guilty by their governing body of gross professional misconduct but not dismissed.
(14700)
43  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 7th November, Official Report, column 237W, on education spending, for what period this information is available.
(14680)
44  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer to the honourable Member for Epsom and Ewell of 7th November, Official Report, column 246W, if she will make a statement on the circumstances that led to those closure proposals.
(14676)
45  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 2nd November, Official Report, column 898W, on costs of living, what estimates the research gave of total required living expenses in (a) London and (b) other parts of England and Wales.
(14677)
46  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average annual (a) subsistence and (b) study costs were of taking a degree at (i) Oxford, (ii) Cambridge, (iii) London and (iv) other English universities in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(14536)
47  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for what reasons student loans are provided at a lower than commercial rate of interest.
(14535)
48  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she will publish the Student Funding review.
(14532)
49  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance has been issued by her Department to (a) local education authorities and (b) teachers in respect of discussion of (i) the global campaign against terrorism and (ii) the use of military force in Afghanistan.
(14687)
50  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if ministers will give evidence in person to Professor Anderson's inquiry into the foot and mouth outbreak.
(14113)
51  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what powers Professor Anderson has to summon (a) officials and (b) ministers to give evidence to his inquiry into the foot and mouth outbreak.
(14114)
52  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost has been to the public purse of re-branding her Department to accommodate its name change following the last General Election.
(14449)
53  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on how the Government will test for scrapie-causing agents in apparently scrapie-resistant sheep.
(14531)
54  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the level of consultation on the Animal Health Bill before its publication.
(14530)
55  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to introduce the concept of rural ministers in different Government departments.
(14529)
56  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information she has collated on (a) how many vets in each of the last five years have been struck off or disqualified and (b) how many were struck off or disqualified for mistreating domestic pets.
(14284)
57  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information she has collated on (a) how many complaints have been made about vets in each of the last five years and (b) how many of those complaints were about the mistreating of domestic pets.
(14285)
58  
  
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to lift the suspension on fox hunting with dogs; and if she will make a statement.
(14403)
59  
  
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the risks of spreading foot and mouth disease associated with (a) fox hunting with dogs, (b) riding a horse, (c) walking a dog and (d) rambling; and if she will make a statement.
(14402)
60  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessments she has made of the proposals by the European Commission that medicines for food-producing animals will become prescription only medicines; and if she will make a statement on the consequences of this proposal for rural agricultural businesses.
(13860)
61  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she plans to propose amendments to the Animal Health Act 1981 to give the Government powers to seize and destroy any animal; what right of appeal will be proposed; and what assessment she has made of compatability with the Human Rights Act 1998.
(13846)
62  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement about the future of livestock farming in the UK.
(13939)
63  
  
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what regulations govern (a) the export of game, and (b) compensation for game exporters whose business was affected by foot and mouth.
(14308)
64  
  
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received regarding illegal hare coursing; and if she will make a statement.
(14309)
65  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what communications have been received from local authorities in respect of the availability of resources to implement flood defence plans.
(14686)
66  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will set targets to reduce the release of (a) cancer-causing chemicals and (b) other harmful chemicals.
(14527)
67  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to introduce comprehensive pollution inventories.
(14528)
68  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions regarding pre-Budget representations received from interest groups representing the elderly concerning the pension credit.
(14446)
69  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of the climate change levy is paid by engineering; and if he will estimate the percentage of economic output produced by engineering.
(14431)
70  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from interest groups representing the elderly regarding (a) the marginal tax rate in the pension credit and (b) the pension credit savings limit.
(14445)
71  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money was spent by the Government on research into the name of the Share Incentive Plan.
(14434)
72  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the possibility of selling or licensing the military spectrum to the private sector.
(14419)
73  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the climate change levy is revenue neutral for the engineering sector.
(14424)
74  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will quantify in real cash terms the total change in the amount of income tax paid by higher rate taxpayers between May 1997 and the latest date for which information is available.
(14425)
75  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of the combined burden of taxation on motoring is borne by industry.
(14418)
76  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish figures indicating the effective upper earnings limit on the equivalent of national insurance contributions for each EU member state in the latest year for which figures are available.
(14390)
77  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact on the reserves of using them for compensation payments for Equitable Life policy-holders.
(14387)
78  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many manufacturing jobs have been lost since April.
(14392)
79  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many firms have paid corporation tax at no more than the 10p rate in each year since its introduction.
(14421)
80  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received from BP; and if he will place them in the Library.
(14443)
81  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on, and what plans he has to reduce, the qualifying period for SIPs.
(14440)
82  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of how employee share ownership can be encouraged in sectors of the economy with relatively high employee turnover.
(14441)
83  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been raised by the abolition of tax relief on private medical insurance in each year since its abolition.
(14393)
84  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to introduce new anti-avoidance measures in respect of stamp duty.
(14439)
85  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many recipients will pay an effective marginal tax rate of 40 per cent. as a result of the pension credit.
(14444)
86  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effects of national insurance rates on the supply of labour.
(14388)
87  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money was raised in the last financial year from penalties imposed on firms where employees have cashed in employee share ownership schemes too early.
(14442)
88  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many regulations were introduced by his Department in each year since May 1997.
(14427)
89  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to widen the discount schemes for the climate change levy.
(14432)
90  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of the total tax burden was borne by business in each year since May 1997.
(14433)
91  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the level of higher rate taxation as a factor in attracting senior management to the UK (a) public and (b) private sectors.
(14426)
92  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been raised on insurance premium tax in each year since May 1997.
(14394)
93  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the total cost to business that will result from the changes to company car tax from April 2002.
(14391)
94  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much of the total cost of tax relief for approved pension schemes in the last financial year was provided to higher rate taxpayers.
(14417)
95  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce targets for reducing the number of regulations issued by his Department over the next four years.
(14429)
96  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to simplify the administration of corporation tax.
(14422)
97  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what impact the reduced rate of output in manufacturing since January has had on (a) corporation tax receipts and (b) VAT receipts.
(14423)
98  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many checks on national insurance numbers will have been completed by the end of 2001.
(14130)
99  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what has been the total cost to local government pension schemes resulting from the abolition of advanced corporation tax relief on pension funds.
(14698)
100  
  
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has made to the European Commission regarding the proposed Prospectus Directive.
(14405)
101  
  
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has made to the European Commission regarding the proposed directive on occupational pension funds.
(14404)
102  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action is being taken to bring the Hawala exchange system within the scope of his new arrangements to combat the funding of international terrorism; and if he will make a statement.
(14382)
103  
N  
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will publish the Carter Review of payroll costs to business; and if he will make a statement.
(13699)
104  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the NIRS2 computer system to be fully operational.
(11686)
105  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the term of secondment of each secondee in his Department; and if they are renewable.
(14701)
106  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many secondees in his Department are paid by (a) their previous employer and (b) his Department.
(14702)
107  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what taxes and excise duty are payable on fuels used by providers of internal UK passenger services by (a) bus, (b) coach, (c) local train, electrically powered, (d) local train, diesel powered, (e) ferry, (f) hovercraft and (g) aeroplane.
(14278)
108  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Treasury is taking to monitor the impact of the climate change levy on (a) manufacturing industry and (b) the service sector; and if he will publish the results.
(14333)
109  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Customs and Excise officers the Rosyth ferry terminal will employ; and what special measures will be included in their roles to prevent smuggling and the entry of illegal immigrants.
(13938)
110  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the change in the internal stability of Pakistan since 11th September; and if he will make a statement on the control of Pakistani nuclear weapons.
(14244)
111  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy not to alter the sovereignty of Gibraltar without the consent of the people of Gibraltar.
(13900)
112  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Zimbabwean Government's plans for foreign and independent monitoring of the upcoming presidential elections; and what plans he has to help ensure free and fair elections in that country.
(14395)
113  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he raised the matter of the continued imprisonment of Mordecai Vanunu in his recent meeting with his Israeli counterpart.
(14682)
114  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what attempts he is making to ensure that foreign observers will be present to monitor the lead up to the elections in Zimbabwe.
(14522)
115  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what efforts he is making to ensure that foreign observers are present to monitor the registration of voters in Zimbabwe.
(14523)
116  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to ensure that the registration of voters in Zimbabwe is free and fair.
(14524)
117  
  
Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the amount of each item of funding over and above the annual budget settlement, made by his Department to (a) Shropshire Health Authority and (b) other health providers in the country in 2001-02 to date.
(14474)
118  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria he will use to determine when an NHS trust might be made subject of a franchise arrangement.
(13510)
119  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what performance measures will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of a franchise arrangement.
(13509)
120  
N  
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the Scottish Executive's Health and Community Care Committee regarding financial assistance to haemophilia sufferers infected with hepatitis C as a result of receiving contaminated blood transfusions.
(13700)
121  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the UK is spending on health as a percentage of GDP in the current financial year; and what the comparable figures are for (a) Spain, (b) France, (c) Germany and (d) Italy.
(13479)
122  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what public health measures there are to deal with large scale anthrax contamination in the UK; and what consideration has been given to the use of a vaccination.
(13483)
123  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applicants there were on average for a general practitioner's partnership in 1985; how many there were on average in the last 12 months; what representations he has had from general practitioner about difficulties filling vacancies in their practices; and what is the avarage time taken to fill such vacancies.
(14241)
124  
N  
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what kind of blood substitute therapies and alternatives to blood transfusions the National Blood Services Appropriate use of Blood and Blood Components Group is examining; and who it is consulting on these matters.
(13505)
125  
N  
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the National Blood Service's Appropriate use of Blood and Blood Components Group contingency plans for prolonged periods of blood shortages will be published for consultation.
(13507)
126  
N  
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the National Blood Service's Appropriate use of Blood and Blood Components Group plans to minimize the risk of transfusion-transmitted vCJD.
(13506)
127  
N  
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which organizations and individuals make up the National Blood Service's Appropriate use of Blood and Blood Components Group.
(13508)
128  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nursing posts there are (a) in the UK and (b) in London; and how many unfilled vacancies there are.
(14111)
129  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what statistics he has collated on the spread of ages at which doctors have retired in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001.
(13853)
130  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he last met the (a) Chairman of the Council of the BMA, (b) President of the Royal College of Physicians, (c) President of the Royal College of Surgeons, (d) President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, (e) President of the Royal College of General Practitioners, (f) President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and (g) President of the Royal College of Nursing.
(13857)
131  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of clinical outcomes in mental health in the UK in comparison to other EU countries.
(13854)
132  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his assessment is of the number of people with severe mental illness who could benefit from assertive outreach; and if he will make a statement.
(13848)
133  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he intends to take to change the residence requirements for funding of GP training for overseas doctors; and if he will make a statement.
(13852)
134  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many low cost housing units for nurses in London have been found by the Department's housing czar.
(14112)
135  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if it is his policy that by 2004 all young people who experience a first episode of psychosis should be offered the choice of being prescribed atypical medicines.
(13849)
136  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the amount by which Hertfordshire will overspend on the NHS budget in the current financial year.
(13244)
137  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the NHS budget was spent on mental health in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-01 and (e) the current year to date.
(13855)
138  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many episodes of clinical psychology treatment occurred in (a) 1996-1997 and (b) 1999-2000.
(14109)
139  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he supports closer partnership working between statutory services and the churches in the field of mental health; and if he will make a statement.
(13847)
140  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about the latest results from the CUTLASS review.
(13856)
141  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what implications the EU Working Time Directive has for the staffing of acute mental health wards; and if he will make a statement.
(13858)
142  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people living in the community with schizophrenia are on long-term medication.
(13850)
143  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many episodes of community psychiatric nursing care took place in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1999-2000.
(14110)
144  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representation he intends to make to the European Commission about the proposed Traditional Medicines Directive.
(13851)
145  
  
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there are in consultant child psychiatric posts (a) nationally and (b) in North West Lancashire.
(14537)
146  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of how many (a) refugees and (b) those with special immigration status with medical qualifications have been prevented from working in the National Health Service by their inability to speak English to an adequate level in the last five years.
(14315)
147  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the contribution that could be made to the National Health Service by (a) refugees and (b) those with special immigration status holding medical qualifications.
(14314)
148  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GPs there were in (a) Berkshire and (b) the Slough PCT area in (i) 1992, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 2001.
(14320)
149  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the number of (i) dental practices and (ii) dentists in (a) Berkshire and (b) Slough.
(14319)
150  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists there were in the Berkshire constituencies in (a) 1992, (b) 1997 and (c) 2001.
(14318)
151  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the work of his Department's Working Party on ME/CFS; and when he expects that working party will publish a report.
(14708)
152  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on how the higher travel costs and average basic pay of health workers in rural areas is reflected in the NHS funding formula.
(14378)
153  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for including ruralty as a factor in the NHS funding formula.
(14379)
154  
  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on waiting times for opthalmology referrals at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.
(14332)
155  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under what circumstances it is lawful for patients to be tested without their knowledge or consent; and if he will make a statement.
(14127)
156  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance and legislation applies to staff of accident and emergency departments on testing girls under age 10 years for pregnancy without their knowledge or agreement or that of their parents.
(14126)
157  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of the consultation exercise on the proposed merger of Hampshire and Surrey ambulance services.
(13503)
158  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the incidence of meticillin resistant stephylococcus aureus in hospitals was in each of the last five years.
(13504)
159  
  
Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the amount of each item of funding outside the revenue support grant which his Department has made available to (a) Telford and the Wrekin Council and (b) Shropshire County Council in 2001-02 to date.
(14476)
160  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reclassify gamma hydroxy butyrate as a drug; and what recent representations he has received on this issue.
(14289)
161  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he gives police authorities on investigating allegations of date rape involving use of GHB.
(14288)
162  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase the use of youth offender panels; what steps he has taken to increase participation in the scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(13482)
163  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for which offences teenagers may be referred to a youth offender panel.
(13480)
164  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the use of civilian casework officers in the police force to help reduce the paperwork of police officers; and what plans there are to increase their numbers.
(13501)
165  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the extent is of the powers of youth offender panels; and how binding their judgements are.
(13481)
166  
  
Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for political asylym in the United Kingdom were made in the three months to (a) 1st October 2001 and (b) 1st October 2000.
(14310)
167  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what issues were raised in the representations received by (a) him and (b) NASS in relation to (i) Landmark and (ii) Inn on the Park in Everton, Liverpool.
(14457)
168  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for residency on behalf of sponsors of British citizens were granted in 2000; how many such applications were received in 2000; how many such applications have so far been received in 2001; how many have so far been granted; and what is the average length of time between such an application being received by the Home Office and its granting.
(14242)
169  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for spouses of British citizens for residency are pending; and how long on average it took between applications being received, and their being opened in the last 12 months.
(14243)
170  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his officials received an application on behalf of Mrs Melissa Gryspeerdt of Chippenham, Wiltshire; when they expect to process it; and if he will make a statement.
(14246)
171  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received regarding the BBC televising the Holocaust Memorial Day national event; and if he will make a statement.
(14501)
172  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made ofthe impact that the televised commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day had on the understanding of the general public of the issues raised.
(14500)
173  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce legislation to strengthen the law in relation to protecting children and vulnerable people from sexual abuse; and if he will make a statement.
(13893)
174  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his plans in relation to reforming the law on sex offences and the recommendations of the report, Setting the Boundaries.
(13892)
175  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of how many (a) refugees and (b) those with special immigration status in each of the last five years have medical qualifications.
(14313)
176  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to fast-track (a) refugees and (b) those with special immigration status with medical qualifications through English language classes.
(14316)
177  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the cost of a fast-track system to teach (a) refugees and (b) those with special immigration status with medical qualifications to speak English.
(14317)
178  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum were made in each of the last 12 months by (a) Afghans, (b) Sri Lankans, (c) Somalians and (d) Iraqi Kurds; what proportion were (i) granted and (ii) refused; what proportion were granted exceptional leave to remain; and what proportion have been removed.
(14022)
179  
N  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make badger baiting a recordable crime.
(13891)
180  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers in the atomic energy constabulary are licensed to use firearms; and what conditions apply to their use of firearms beyond licensed nuclear facilities.
(14689)
181  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his timetable is for the implementation of the recommendations of his Department's consultation paper entitled, Setting the Boundaries: Reforming the law on sex offences.
(14453)
182  
  
Derek Twigg (Halton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on passport fees.
(14334)
183  
  
Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the outcome was of the Development and Co-operation Council held in Brussels on 8th November; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if she will make a statement.
(14396)
184  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the outcome of the talks between the presidents of Uganda and Rwanda on Tuesday 6th November.
(14534)
185  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has received from the Ugandan Government about buying arms.
(14533)
186  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will set out the policies she plans to put forward at the World Trade Summit in Doha; and if she will place in the Library copies of all documents (a) submitted by the United Kingdom to the Doha Summit and (b) distributed at Doha by (i) other countries and (ii) international bodies.
(14694)
187  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which non-governmental organisations she has invited to accompany the United Kingdom delegation to the world trade negotiations in Doha.
(14683)
188  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she has taken to help combat the AIDS epidemic in South Africa.
(14454)
189  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much financial aid the UK Government has allocated to help combat the AIDS epidemic in South Africa.
(14455)
190  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many students from Southern Sudan have been awarded Commonwealth scholarships in 2000-01.
(14400)
191  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many Commonwealth scholarships have been awarded to students who were nominated by bodies other than the student's own government in 2000-01.
(14399)
192  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on progress made by the UN panel in Zimbabwe on the report into resource exploitation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(14401)
193  
  
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 31st October, Official Report, column 754W, if he will publish the full results of the pilot study run in nine Magistrates' Courts Committee areas between 2nd April and 29th June; and if he will make a statement.
(14458)
194  
  
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many injuries from fireworks there were in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.
(14323)
195  
  
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many incidents of criminal damage were recorded in each year since 1997 in Northern Ireland relating to the use of fireworks.
(14324)
196  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he will publish the Performance and Innovation Unit report on workforce development.
(14240)
197  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what was the cost of his travel on Concorde on 7th November; and if this was at a reduced rate.
(13974)
198  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the Performance and Innovation Unit's review of the legal and regulatory framework for voluntary organisations.
(13897)
199  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Prime Minister, which (a) prime ministers and (b) heads of state he has met since 11th September; when he met each of them; and where the meetings were held.
(14692)
200  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has received since September from his Irish counterpart in respect of Sellafield; and what response he has made.
(14695)
201  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has made to President Bush about signing up to the Kyoto Agreements; and if he will make a statement on the results of these representations.
(14456)
202  
  
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps she took prior to 1st July to encourage members of ethnic minorities in Scotland to register to vote.
(14327)
203  
  
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what response she is making to the Scottish Executive's Discussion Paper on Scottish Economic Development in light of the Cohesion Report.
(14406)
204  
  
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions she has had with the First Minister on the development of Community Banking in Scotland.
(14526)
205  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Solicitor General, how many investigations were conducted by the Serious Fraud Office into alleged fraud on the Internet in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(14383)
206  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Solicitor General, pursuant to her Answer to the honourable Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak of 5th November, Official Report, column 1W, on cluster bombs, if she will make it her policy to change the convention covering advice given by the law officers; and if she will set out the reasons for the current policy of non disclosure of law officers' advice.
(14691)
207  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many regulations were introduced by her Department in each year since May 1997.
(14428)
208  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will introduce targets for reducing the number of regulations issued by her Department over the next four years and for consequent financial savings.
(14430)
209  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) thefts and (b) unexplained losses of (i) letters and (ii) parcels were recorded by the Post Office and how much compensation was paid by the Post Office in each case in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(12465)
210  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received on the draft Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2001; what assessment she has made of the effect of such regulations on employment agencies and businesses; and if she will make a statement.
(14223)
211  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures have been undertaken by her Department since 1997 to assist British manufacturing.
(13502)
212  
  
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many equal value claims have failed for being over the six month time limit rule since the Equal Pay Act became law.
(14287)
213  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to give employees the right to request flexible working hours; and if she will make a statement.
(11696)
214  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the annual cost of storing plutonium at Sellafield; and what proportion of the cost is recovered from overseas customers.
(14693)
215  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list each of the buildings at Sellafield which have facility arrangements and particular safeguards provisions in place for the application of international safeguards; and, for each building or group of buildings, when the safeguards provisions came into effect.
(14688)
216  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the funding of sub-post offices.
(13061)
217  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the costs of the Health and Safety Laboratories' estates in Sheffield and Buxton in 2001-02.
(13934)
218  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the annual costs of the Health Safety Laboratories' estates under the proposed PFI scheme on the Buxton site.
(13933)
219  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the total cost has been to public funds of re-branding his Department to accommodate its name change following the last General Election.
(14450)
220  
  
Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the items of additional funding and their levels over and above the revenue support grant which his Department has made available to (a) Telford and the Wrekin Council and (b) Shropshire County Council in 2001-02 to date.
(14477)
221  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) council and (b) RSL properties, and what percentage of all properties in each case, in each region in England and Wales will have target rents above their actual rent at the end of the 10 year transition period, assuming that target rents rise in line with RPI over the same period.
(14479)
222  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) council and (b) RSL properties, and what proportion of the total stock in each case, in each region in England and Wales will see (i) a reduction in their target rent as against their current rent, (ii) an increase in their target rent as against their current rents of under £10, (iii) an increase in their target rents as against their current rents of £10-£20, (iv) an increase in their target rents as against their current actual rents of £20-£30, (v) an increase in their target rents as against their current rents of £30-£50 and (vi) above £50 under the Government's rent restructuring proposals.
(14478)
223  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects the Health and Safety Executive to complete consideration of the safety case for the PPP for London Underground.
(14492)
224  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place in the Library correspondence he has had with the (a) Health and Safety Commission and (b) Health and Safety Executive on the London Underground PPP.
(14481)
225  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, at what level of cost overrun under the PPP for the London Underground Infracos will be able to demand additional financial support; and if he will make a statement.
(14482)
226  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the detailed arrangements under the works in default step-in powers for (a) notifying Infracos of the need to take action on safety grounds and (b) performing works not carried out by Infracos under the London Underground PPP.
(14480)
227  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects to (a) receive and (b) publish the Ernst & Young report on the value for money of the proposed PPP for London Underground; and if he will make a statement.
(14483)
228  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many people at or above state retirement were placed in (a) bed-and-breakfast accommodation and (b) temporary local authority accommodation in the last year; how many were (i) permanently rehoused, (ii) placed in long-term residential care and (iii) found intentionally homeless, broken down by (A) sex and (B) age; and what the average length of stay was, in each responsible local authority, grouped by county.
(13511)
229  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many do it yourself shared ownership scheme purchases there were by each housing association in each of the last five years.
(12463)
230  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which housing associations participated in the Do It Yourself Shared Ownership Scheme; and how many (a) Do It Yourself Shared Ownership Scheme purchases and (b) transactions by shared owners there were in respect of (i) additional shares and (ii) outright purchase in each of the last five years.
(12464)
231  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how the budget for London Underground step-in inspection and maintenance powers will be set; who will be the responsible for funding that budget; and if he will make a statement.
(14518)
232  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will deem approval by the HSE of the safety case for the London Underground PPP arrangements to be a guarantee that the PPP regime is safe; and if he will make a statement.
(14519)
233  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how long Infracos will be allowed to comply with a notification of the need safety works, before London Underground can invoke its step-in works to default powers under the PPP arrangements; and if he will make a statement.
(14516)
234  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the arrangements that London Underground will have available to them to inspect the tube for safety concerns under the (a) proposed works in default and (b) step in powers process under the PPP arrangements.
(14517)
235  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the percentage of (a) council and (b) RSL tenants in London whose rents will rise as a consequence of the introduction of the target rents set as a consequence of the introduction of the rent restructuring proposals.
(14521)
236  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proposals he has to request the National Audit Office to review, prior to the award of the contracts, the value for money of the proposed PPP for the London Underground; and if he will make a statement.
(14514)
237  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to (a) order and (b) publish an independent review of the value for money of the proposed public private partnership of the London Underground; and if he will make a statement.
(14515)
238  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, under the (a) actual and (b) proposed (i) contracts and (ii) understandings, what level of compensation will be payable to the Infracos who have submitted bids for the PPP for London Underground in the event of the PPP Scheme being found not to represent value for money; and if he will make a statement.
(14512)
239  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many staff will be employed in (a) the Inspection Team and (b) the Maintenance Team available to London Undeground to carry out its step in powers under the PPP arrangements; and if he will make a statement.
(14513)
240  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many council properties in London have rents above £100 per week; and how many he estimates will have target rents above £100 per week under the rent restructuring proposals.
(14520)
241  
  
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the incentives he provides for people to live in town centres; and if he will make a statement.
(14330)
242  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what contingency plans he has made to improve transport services in the West Midlands if a national stadium is placed there.
(13533)
243  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to promote the regeneration of deprived areas in the West Midlands.
(13534)
244  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many hotels in (a) London and (b) the UK have failed health and safety inspections in the last 12 months; and what mechanisms there are to ensure that health and safety guidelines are adhered to.
(13535)
245  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many vacancies there are for fire personnel in the UK; and what steps he has taken to encourage more people into the service in the last five years.
(13536)
246  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the instructions given to Ernst & Young to prepare the review of the value for money of the PPP for London Underground.
(14486)
247  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what definition of a fair return on investment is being used for the private sector Infracos investing in the London Underground PPP; and if he will make a statement.
(14488)
248  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what projections he has made as to fare increases after the London Underground PPP contracts are signed; and if he will make a statement.
(14489)
249  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of (a) the management structures proposals for London Underground PPP from the point of view of safety and (b) the conclusions reached by Sir Desmond Fennell in his report on the Kings Cross fire as to the management structure operated by London Underground.
(14490)
250  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what contingency plans he proposes to put in place in the event of insolvency by one or more of the Infracos in the London Underground PPP; and if he will make a statement.
(14487)
251  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will indicate (a) for each year of the first 7 year period and (b) for the total of the first 7 years of the Infraco contracts for the PPP of London Underground, what proportion of investment will come from (i) the private sector and (ii) the public sector; and if he will make a statement.
(14484)
252  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with London Underground on the future membership of its board post PPP; and if he will make a statement.
(14491)
253  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects the NAO to report on the London Underground PPP; and if he will make a statement.
(14485)
254  
  
Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what contingency plans are in place for the London Underground in the event that PPP is found not to be value for money.
(14499)
255  
  
Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how disputes between Transport for London and Infracos as to the exercise of step-in powers by London Underground will be resolved; and if he will make a statement.
(14495)
256  
  
Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement as to the phasing of works under the London Underground PPP between different tube lines and between (a) stations, (b) track and signalling infrastructure and (c) rolling stock.
(14494)
257  
  
Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement as to the guarantees under the London Underground PPP which will ensure (a) replacement and (b) upgrading of the tube infrastructure.
(14498)
258  
  
Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the credit rating is of Transport for London; and if he will make a statement.
(14496)
259  
  
Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions the Government has had with the National Audit Office over the value for money of the London Underground PPP; and if he will make a statement.
(14493)
260  
  
Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement as to which risks will be transferred to the private sector under the London Underground PPP, and the extent to which those risks will be transferred.
(14497)
261  
  
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what has been the cost to public funds of the Westminster Auditor's inquiry into Westminster City Council's designated sales policy for the period since 30th April 1999.
(14329)
262  
  
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the cost to public funds of the Westminster Auditor's inquiry into Westminster City Council's designated sales policy was from 18th July 1989 to 31st October 2001.
(14328)
263  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to reform local government final salary pension schemes.
(14696)
264  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what was the total cost of local government final salary pensions in the last financial year.
(14697)
265  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what regulations exist to oblige train operating companies to make working toilets available to passengers on trains; and what plans his Department has to make the provision of toilets on trains an obligation in future train operating franchises.
(14706)
266  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what powers the Rail Regulator has to oblige train-operating companies to make working toilets available to passengers on trains.
(14705)
267  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what powers the Strategic Railway Authority has to oblige train-operating companies to make working toilets available to passengers on trains.
(14704)
268  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place in the Library the report he received from the Strategic Rail Authority on the proposed lorries-on-trains freight railway put forward by the Central Railway plc.
(14707)
269  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessments he has made of security procedures as they apply to (a) general aviation and (b) regional airports within the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(13484)
270  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 1st November, Official Report, column 781W, what advice the agencies gave officials about their requirements to give investment grade rating to the proposed successor to Railtrack.
(14678)
271  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 1st November, Official Report, column 782W, on rail freight, if the Draft Directions and Guidance to the Strategic Rail Authority specifically mention the 50 per cent. target for freight.
(14679)
272  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the cost to industry in Hertfordshire of delays in the consideration of rating appeals in the last three years.
(13243)
273  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the events of 11th September on insurance premiums to be paid by local authorities.
(13898)
274  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the improvement in the performance of the planning department of Wychavon District Council; and if he will make a statement.
(14283)
275  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 6th November, Official Report, column 135W, on Railtrack, what action he will take to ensure the administrators of Railtrack conclude the proposed sale of the Oswestry branch line from Gobowen to Llanymywech to the Cambrian Railways Trust.
(13859)
276  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) fatal and (b) serious, road traffic accidents involving monocular commercial drivers there were in each of the last five years where the monocular vision of the driver was a contributory factor.
(14267)
277  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the cost was of the planning inquiry into the application to build a fifth terminal at Heathrow Airport.
(14021)
278  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on job losses at Heathrow Airport as a result of the events of 11th September.
(14020)
279  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, who (a) was invited to meet and (b) met the Minister of State during his visit to Heathrow Airport on 5th November.
(14019)
280  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the (a) short-term, (b) medium-term and (c) long-term plans for the proposed Rosyth ferry terminal.
(13937)
281  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what date his Department first informed the European Commission of plans for the Rosyth ferry terminal; what correspondence took place between his Department and the European Commission; and if he will place copies in the Library.
(13935)
282  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place in the Library the proposals for the ferry terminal at Rosyth including (a) the initial investment plans and (b) the (i) short, (ii) medium and (iii) long-term plans.
(13936)
283  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate the Government has made of the value of the Millennium Dome site.
(14503)
284  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the Government will publish the requirements for potential buyers of the Millennium (a) Dome and (b) site.
(14504)
285  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, by what date the Government expects to have sold the Millennium Dome.
(14511)
286  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans the Government has to allow residential building on the Millennium Dome site.
(14510)
287  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the factors which will influence the costs incurred by the Millennium Dome after 31st December.
(14507)
288  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate the Government has made of the costs that will be incurred by the Millennium Dome after 31st December.
(14506)
289  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans the Government has to regenerate the Greenwich peninsula; and what role it expects the Millennium Dome to play in this regeneration.
(14509)
290  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans the Government has to dismantle the Millennium Dome.
(14505)
291  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what has been the total cost to date to (a) the Treasury and (b) the National Lottery of the Millennium Dome.
(14508)
292  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what area of land in Wales is affected by the radioactive fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident; and what estimate he has made of how long it will take for all restrictions arising from Chernobyl to be lifted.
(14685)
293  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many persons had their state pensions cut as a result of a hospital stay of more than (a) six weeks and (b) 52 weeks in each year since May 1997.
(14384)
294  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures he has taken to ensure that advice is available to benefit recipients on the interaction between housing/council tax benefit and the pension credit; and what is the anticipated cost of that advice.
(14448)
295  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on how entitlements to housing and council tax benefit will be affected by the pension credit.
(14447)
296  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost has been to public funds of re-branding his Department to accommodate its name change following the last General Election.
(14436)
297  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to review the practice of docking state pensions as a result of a hospital stay of more than six weeks; what representations he has received on the issue; and if he will make a statement.
(14386)
298  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) cases were referred to OPAS, (b) complaints about OPAS were referred to the Pensions Ombudsman, (c) other complaints were referred to the Pensions Ombudsman and (d) complaints were upheld by the Pensions Ombudsman in respect of (i) OPAS and (ii) others and (e) complaints were rejected by the Pensions Ombudsman in each of the last three years.
(12104)
299  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who is responsible for carrying out risk assessments in the new Jobcentre Plus offices; and if this process is subject to reassessment following (a) appeal from office staff and (b) review at designated time intervals.
(14237)
300  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of the new Jobcentre Plus offices (a) have been risk assessed and (b) are awaiting risk assessment to determine the necessary level of security to be employed following the removal of glass screens.
(14238)
301  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what was the approximate cost of vandalism in Benefits Agency offices in each year since 1997.
(14239)
302  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department was involved in consultation with the Health and Safety Executive prior to the removal of glass security screens from new Jobcentre Plus offices.
(14236)
303  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what personal safety advice has been given to Jobcentre Plus staff following the removal of glass security screens in new offices.
(14231)
304  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many attacks on Benefits Agency staff have resulted in staff absence of (a) up to a week, (b) up to a month, (c) up to six months and (d) six months or more in each of the last five years.
(14228)
305  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of vandalism were recorded in Benefits Agency offices in each year since 1997; and how many successful prosecutions were brought in respect of such cases.
(14229)
306  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at what level of risk assessment it will be deemed necessary to provide a Jobcentre Plus office with security staff; and how many security staff he expects will be employed in Jobcentre Plus offices in the next 12 months.
(14230)
307  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many attacks on Benefits Agency staff were recorded in each year since 1997; and how many successful prosecutions were brought against the perpetrators of such attacks.
(14227)
308  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what consultation with Benefits Agency staff was undertaken before the decision to remove glass security screens from new Jobcentre Plus offices; and what were the results of such consultation.
(14224)
309  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much unpaid benefit is due in areas where Jobcentre Plus staff are undertaking strike action; and what his Department's estimate is of the amount of benefit that will be owed to claimants if strike action continues for (a) one week, (b) two weeks, (c) a month and (d) more than a month.
(14225)
310  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, according to what criteria new Jobcentre Plus offices will be risk assessed; and what protection will be offered to staff in offices determined to be high risk.
(14226)
311  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's policy is for dealing with claimants who act in a threatening or violent manner towards Benefits Agency staff.
(14235)
312  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many old Benefits Agency offices are fitted with CCTV cameras; and what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of such cameras in (a) deterring criminal acts and (b) helping to provide evidence following a criminal act.
(14232)
313  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's estimate is of the costs involved in equipping all new Jobcentre Plus offices with (a) CCTV, (b) panic alarms and (c) security staff.
(14234)
314  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many security staff are employed in Benefits Agency offices; and what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of such staff in (a) deterring criminal acts and (b) helping to protect office staff when a criminal act is committed.
(14233)
315  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department completed the planned checks on national insurance numbers in 2000; and how many of those checks resulted in anomalies that were passed to fraud investigators.
(14128)
316  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate how many national insurance accounts exist where no contributions are being made; and what assessment he has made of the actual or potential fraudulent use of such accounts.
(14129)
317  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures the Government takes to promote Fuel Direct; and what the uptake of Fuel Direct has been.
(13899)
318  
N  
Eric Joyce (Falkirk West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to improve liaison between the Benefits Agency and the Employment Service.
(11690)
319  
  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what items the budget for modernising the delivery of the social security system allocated in the 2000 Spending Review has been spent; and how the budget will be spent in 2001-02.
(14311)
320  
  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many responses to the Pension Credit consultation document he has received; who they are from; and if he will make them available in the Library.
(14312)
321  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the Jobcentre Plus computer system; and when he expects it to be fully operational in the new offices.
(14034)
322  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training has been undertaken by staff commencing work in the new Jobcentre Plus offices.
(14033)
323  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Jobcentre Plus offices have opened (a) with and (b) without protective screens; and what contingency plans the Government has to ensure that claimants who live in areas affected by industrial action continue to receive their benefit entitlement.
(14036)
324  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which Jobcentre Plus offices provide the facility for benefit claims to be made over the telephone; what length of time he estimates such telephone calls to take; and who is responsible for paying for the calls.
(14035)
325  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of using the administrative mechanisms that he uses to ensure that women receive their retirement pension as soon as they reach 60 years to allow him to pay winter fuel payments to women who reach 60 years after the qualifying date but before the end of the winter.
(14032)
326  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many save as you earn schemes are held by employees of Railtrack.
[Transferred] (14438)
327  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact of the 3G licensing sale conducted by her Department on (a) employment, (b) growth and (c) debt in the United Kingdom telecoms sector.
[Transferred] (14385)
328  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the impact on take-up of employee share ownership schemes resulting from the devaluation of employee share schemes held by employees of Railtrack.
[Transferred] (14437)
329  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money was raised in the last financial year as a result of docking state pensions because the recipients were in hospital for more than (a) six weeks and (b) 52 weeks.
[Transferred] (14451)
330  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) amount and (b) proportion of overall EU Objective 1 budget for the UK has been (i) committed and (ii) spent according to the latest records in each of the four Objective 1 regions.
[Transferred] (14452)
331  
  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people died from (a) meningitis and (b) carbon monoxide poisoning, excluding suicides, in each of the last four years.
[Transferred] (14407)
332  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive on the operation of the Scotland Act 1998 concerning the reduction of the number of MSPs as a consequence of a reduction in the number of honourable Members from Scottish constituencies.
[Transferred] (14398)
333  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he will take to make runway capacity available for increased regional air (a) services and (b) routes.
[Transferred] (14321)
334  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what change there has been in the amount of regional air travel in the last six weeks.
[Transferred] (14322)
335  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he is making of the impact of low-cost airlines on the running costs of airports; and what impact this has had on the provision of security for passengers.
[Transferred] (14335)
336  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the market for regional air services after the events of 11th September.
[Transferred] (14336)
337  
  
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the outcome of his consultation on road traffic penalties.
[Transferred] (14326)
338  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money would be raised for the Exchequer at current prices over one financial year as a result of the removal of the upper earnings limit on national insurance; and what discussions he has had on the impact of this change.
[Transferred] (14389)


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