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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Friday 16 November 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 16 November, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
FRIDAY 16th NOVEMBER
1  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13317)
2  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13298)
3  
  
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what action he has taken to promote the code of practice on equal pay in (a) the public sector and (b) the private sector.
(15729)
4  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his Answer of 14th November, ref 13819, what is the Official Report reference and column number.
(16204)
5  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list his Department's (a) budgeted and (b) actual expenditure on opinion and market research during each financial year since 1996; what recent assessment he has made of the need to continue to monitor public opinion; by what means he intends to do it; and if will make a statement.
(15375)
6  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with effect from which date the People's Panel has been wound up.
(15374)
7  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he will respond to the report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration of 13th November on Access to Official Information.
(15498)
8  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15201)
9  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) tennis clubs, (b) football clubs, (c) cricket clubs and (d) rugby clubs have received Lottery awards in each year since the National Lottery began.
(16166)
10  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many churches in the Buckingham constituency have (a) applied for and (b) received awards from the Heritage Lottery Fund in each year since the National Lottery began.
(16165)
11  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the total value of lottery ticket sales in the Buckingham constituency since the National Lottery began.
(15771)
12  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to her Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13315)
13  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to her Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13334)
14  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions her Department has had to develop cultural exchanges between the United Kingdom and Argentina; and if she will make a statement.
(15857)
15  
  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the funds made available by (a) her Department and (b) other agencies for the marketing of England as a tourist destination.
(15754)
16  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total value of Lottery ticket sales in the Cheltenham constituency is since the National Lottery began.
(16045)
17  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list, in real terms, for each year since 1979 (a) the total sums of money spent directly by her Department in Scotland and (b) the total sums of money allocated by her Department for spending in Scotland through (i) the Scottish Office, (ii) the Scotland Office and (iii) the Scottish Executive.
(16182)
18  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the reason is for the delay in the publication by her Department of monthly figures on the number of playing fields sold off; and when she will publish the figures.
(15854)
19  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received on the recommendations of the Gambling Review Body.
(15747)
20  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15202)
21  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the letter of 24th October from the honourable Member for Buckingham to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Armed Forces will be answered.
(15764)
22  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13311)
23  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13330)
24  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to review the pension entitlement of those second wives of ex-servicemen who become widows who are not entitled to a pension.
(15759)
25  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd November, Official Report, column 874, on Afghanistan, what his estimate is of how many civilians have been killed as a result of Coalition action; and how many actions have caused unintended (a) injury and (b) damage.
(15623)
26  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the deployment of British forces in Afghanistan.
(15343)
27  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd November, Official Report, column 874, on Afghanistan, how many claims of damage to civilian life and property have been carefully investigated; which agencies are responsible for investigating such claims; and if he will place (a) copies of those claims and (b) the results of the investigations made by the Coalition in the Library.
(15629)
28  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd November, Official Report, column 874, on Afghanistan, how many battle damage assessment reports he has received; and how many attacks on a target were over 50 per cent. successful.
(15628)
29  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what action he has taken to prevent the illegal trapping of migrant birds in the sovereign base areas within Cyprus; if he will make more resources available to control this activity; and if he will make a statement.
(15731)
30  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what analysis of the threats to UK airports requiring military protection he has made; and if he will make a statement.
(16157)
31  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what liaison takes place between his Department and the NHS regarding preparations for NBC attack.
(16160)
32  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many S10 NBC suits his Department has in stock and what its average life expectancy from first use.
(16159)
33  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans the Defence Procurement Agency has to centralise the information on the number of small and medium enterprises with which his Department has signed procurement contracts.
(16158)
34  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will announce the replacement to the proposed Trigat anti-tank guided weapon programme.
(16155)
35  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to publish the Defence Acquisition 2001 report.
(16156)
36  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the criteria which have shaped the review of the logistic stockholdings following 11th September.
(16161)
37  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the roulement of the British forces deployed to Afghanistan.
(15944)
38  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to improve recruitment to Gurkha regiments.
(16203)
39  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value of his Department's assets holdings is, broken down by asset holder, under the headings of (a) Land & Buildings Scotland, (b) Land & Buildings UK, (c) Land & Buildings Overseas, (d) Fighting Equipment, (e) Nuclear Submarine Fleet, (f) Nuclear Missile Capacity, (g) Heritage Assets, (h) Plant & Machinery, (i) Vehicles and (j) Investments, in the last financial year for which figures are available.
(15220)
40  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the job specification drawn up for the appointment of the head of the Defence Academy.
(15345)
41  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many candidates were interviewed for the post of head of the Defence Academy.
(15353)
42  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) salary and (b) budget of the Head of the Defence Academy is.
(15351)
43  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, to which top level budget holder in his Department the head of the Defence Academy reports.
(15347)
44  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who has been appointed as Head of the Defence Academy.
(15364)
45  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) academic and (b) military staff are employed at the Defence Academy.
(15349)
46  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the names and appointments held by the board selecting the head of the Defence Academy
(15346)
47  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Head of Defence Academy was an internal Ministry of Defence appointment.
(15352)
48  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what lessons learnt have been made available to DEFRA based upon the Army's experience of the foot and mouth outbreak.
(15365)
49  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the administrative and budgetary relationship between the head of the Defence Academy, the Commandant of RMC Shrivenham, the Commandant of the Joint Service Command and Staff College and the Commandant of the Doctrine Centre.
(15348)
50  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of the Defence Academy's budget is allocated for administration.
(15344)
51  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the Charter of the Defence Academy and list the members of the advisory board and constituent parts of the Academy.
(15350)
52  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the personnel operational and retained task requirement for each medical specialty within the Defence Medical Services, indicating the current strength in each specialty.
(13705)
53  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, of those recruited to the armed forces, how many have successfully completed initial training at depots in each of the last 10 years.
(14029)
54  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many troops have been stationed in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(13774)
55  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place a copy of the Director of Land Warfare's Rapid Effects paper in the Library.
(15514)
56  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the conversion rate of short service to regular commissions in each of the last 10 years.
(13704)
57  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many battle groups exercised within 1 Armoured Division during exercise Swift Sword II.
(14030)
58  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15203)
59  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teacher vacancies there were in maintained schools in Buckinghamshire at the beginning of the current school term.
(15770)
60  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many supply teachers are working in Buckinghamshire; and what percentage supply teachers comprise of the total number of teachers in Buckinghamshire expressed as full-time equivalents.
(15769)
61  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on average class sizes in secondary schools in Buckinghamshire Local Education Authority in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2000-01.
(15768)
62  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teacher vacancies there were in maintained schools in each local education authority area at the beginning of the current school term.
(15619)
63  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many supply teachers are working in each local education authority area; and what percentage supply teachers comprise of the total number of teachers in each local education authority, expressed as full time equivalents.
(15617)
64  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to her Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13314)
65  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to her Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13333)
66  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money was raised from tuition fees in England and Wales in the last 12 months.
(16187)
67  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much her Department has spent per student on (a) loans, (b) grants and (c) other maintenance support in each year since 1990.
(16188)
68  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what was the average loan taken out by students over the lifetime of their higher education in the last three years.
(16177)
69  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average gross repayment of student loans is over the lifetime of the loan, including interest costs.
(16172)
70  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list, in real terms, for each year since 1979 (a) the total sums of money spent directly by her Department in Scotland and (b) the total sums of money allocated by her Department for spending in Scotland through (i) the Scottish Office, (ii) the Scotland Office and (iii) the Scottish Executive.
(16181)
71  
  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures she is putting into place to ensure that key skills are integrated into all programmes of study in (a) schools, (b) further education colleges and (c) higher education institutions; and what monitoring of these measures is being carried out.
(16196)
72  
  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress her Department has made in the implementation of key skills in (a) schools, (b) further education colleges and (c) higher education institutions.
(16193)
73  
  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how the new funding arrangements for post-16 provision reflects the Government's commitment to key skills.
(16194)
74  
  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for what reason the addendum to key skills guidance issued in September by the QCA to ease the assessment burdens associated with key skills was changed.
(16195)
75  
  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the role of key skills in education.
(16192)
76  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information she (a) routinely collects and (b) has collected since 1st September on infant class sizes.
(15382)
77  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many infants are taught in classes with more than 30 pupils.
(15383)
78  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance she gives to (a) schools and (b) local education authorities on the course of action to be adopted where it appears necessary for infants to be taught in classes of more than 30 pupils.
(15384)
79  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15204)
80  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance she gives on school admissions arrangements that require children and their families to have practised a specified religion.
(15417)
81  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the impact of the climate change levy on carbon dioxide emissions (a) to date and (b) over the next five years.
(15503)
82  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she is taking to improve coordination between public bodies with special reference to local councils, over meeting the Government's waste recycling targets.
(15523)
83  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she is taking to support the development of photo-voltaic technology.
(15510)
84  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she is taking to support the development of biodiesel technology; and if she will make a statement.
(15505)
85  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she proposes to support the development of fuel cell research.
(15511)
86  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to extend additional protection to dry stone walls.
(15516)
87  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the percentage of carbon dioxide emissions derived from (a) transport, (b) domestic sources and (c) industry in the last 12 months.
(15506)
88  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she last met representatives of the distribution industry to discuss the use of low emission fuels.
(15524)
89  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of plant and equipment installed in her Department's offices in the last 12 months contains HFCs.
(15519)
90  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her plans for meeting the requirements of the Landfill Directive; and if she will make a statement.
(15497)
91  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has made to (a) her French counterpart and (b) the European Commission regarding proposals to ban beef imports into France during November.
(15521)
92  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will meet representatives of Belfast City Council to discuss sustainable development and procurement policies.
(15527)
93  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to amend regulations relating to the protection of hedgerows.
(15515)
94  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she has met green ministers from other government departments since May.
(15517)
95  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the evidence in her possession of cases where resistance by farmers to culling during the foot and mouth outbreak exacerbated the spread of the disease.
(15520)
96  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the impact of the moratorium on new gas-fired power stations on carbon dioxide emissions (a) to date and (b) over the next five years.
(15504)
97  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) plans and (b) targets she has agreed with green ministers for each of the next three years.
(15518)
98  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many new business start-ups there were in rural areas in the United Kingdom in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001.
(15909)
99  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of households in rural areas lived within 10 minutes walk of at least hourly bus services in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001.
(15908)
100  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of people living in rural wards in the United Kingdom were in low income bands compared to the national average in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001.
(15906)
101  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much social housing by local authority defined as rural was available to rent in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001; and what proportion of such housing was filled during these years.
(15907)
102  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on the latest date for which figures are available, what proportion of parishes in the countryside were classified as (a) vibrant, (b) active, (c) barely active and (d) sleeping, stating in each case the measures used.
(15912)
103  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) total income from farming and (b) total off farming income was in rural areas in the United Kingdom in (i) 1996, (ii) 1997, (iii) 1998, (iv) 1999, (v) 2000 and (vi) 2001.
(15910)
104  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures are being used to assess the programme of protecting and enhancing the countryside as set out in Objective 11 of Table 14.1 of the Rural White Paper in relation to (a) biodiversity, (b) tranquillity, (c) heritage and (d) landscape character.
(15911)
105  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of reported crime by category there were in rural areas in the United Kingdom in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001.
(15903)
106  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which local education authorities in England and Wales are classified as rural.
(15904)
107  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of people who visited the countryside in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001.
(15897)
108  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of people between 16 and 60 years old in rural areas in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001 were active in (i) full-time, (ii) part-time and (iii) seasonal work.
(15902)
109  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of market towns are classified as (a) thriving, (b) stable and (c) declining at the latest date for which figures are available, stating in each case the measures used.
(15901)
110  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of rivers were (a) good, (b) fair and (c) poor quality in (i) 1996, (ii) 1997, (iii) 1998, (iv) 1999, (v) 2000 and (vi) 2001.
(15895)
111  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of households in the United Kingdom were within 4km of (a) food shops, (b) post offices, (c) cash points, (d) child nurseries, (e) primary schools and (f) GP surgeries in (i) 2000 and (ii) for the latest date for which figures are available.
(15905)
112  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to her Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13323)
113  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to her Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13304)
114  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of progress in management of fishing effort in the Irish Sea.
(15869)
115  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of responses to her Department's proposed shell fish licensing scheme.
(15746)
116  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of (a) fishing stock health and viability and (b) indicative quota for 2002 by (i) species and (ii) fishing area or zone.
(15867)
117  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to extend the work of the (a) Irish Sea Management Committee, (b) cod recovery programme and (c) hake recovery programme.
(15868)
118  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to introduce a shell fish licensing scheme for those fishing areas under her authority.
(15745)
119  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of progress in meeting the objectives of the cod recovery programme in the North Sea.
(15870)
120  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the progress of the hake recovery programme in (a) area VII and (b) area VIII.
(15871)
121  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the illegal killing of badgers.
(16199)
122  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to protect Suffolk environmentally sensitive areas from flooding due to bad weather.
(15833)
123  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the shingle bank that protects the Alde and Ore esturary will be recharged.
(15814)
124  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent on sea and river defences in Suffolk between and including the rivers Blyth and Stour in each of the last 10 years.
(15835)
125  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the annual cost is of shingle bank recharge between and including the rivers Blyth and Stour esturies; and what the cost is of recharging the shingle banks that protect the Alde and Ore estuary.
(15813)
126  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in her discussions with the Environment Agency on coastal protection, what definition she has used for the phrase, Coastal Squeeze.
(15812)
127  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the loss of habitat in environmentally sensitive areas of Suffolk as a result of breached sea and river defences in the last 10 years.
(15834)
128  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list, in real terms, for each year since 1979 (a) the total sums of money spent directly by her Department in Scotland and (b) the total sums of money allocated by her Department for spending in Scotland through (i) the Scottish Office, (ii) the Scotland Office and (iii) the Scottish Executive.
(16180)
129  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she intends to reply to the letters of 25th June, 10th July, 5th October and 6th November from the honourable Member for Hitchin and Harpenden, concerning a constituent, Ms Carin Beumer, Finance Director of the Natural Health Company (International) Ltd., Hitchin, over her Department's handling of the company's applications for standard certification of bovine sourced product.
(15725)
130  
  
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animals have been slaughtered, broken down by region, as a result of the welfare slaughter programme.
(16056)
131  
  
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) infected premises and (b) contiguous premises there were from which samples were taken during the foot and mouth disease outbreak; what was the total number of premises recorded by region in each category; how many animals in each category were culled; and, of those culled, how many returned positive tests.
(16055)
132  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate she has made of the benefits to the environment of capturing coal mine methane and using it to generate electricity.
(15723)
133  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the EU funding that would be lost if the landfill tax credit scheme were to be redefined as public instead of private money.
(15946)
134  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the (a) buildings and (b) lands owned by her Department.
(15357)
135  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what scientific evidence there is that vaccination can prevent the spread of foot and mouth disease.
(15363)
136  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which office in her Department is responsible for co-ordinating policy on foot and mouth; and how many civil servants are working in this policy area.
(15373)
137  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of her Department's stationery is recycled.
(15361)
138  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what standard operating procedures based upon previous outbreaks had been established by MAFF to deal with foot and mouth.
(15371)
139  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many civil servants (a) are employed in her Department and (b) were employed by its predecessor department at the latest date for which figures are available.
(15372)
140  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what standard operating procedures and contingency plans have been established by her Department based upon the experiences of the outbreak of swine fever in 2000.
(15369)
141  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of her Department's budget is for IT.
(15360)
142  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the PFI contracts which (a) have been agreed and (b) are under consideration.
(15355)
143  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many vets were employed by the (a) the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in May 1997 and (b) her Department in October 2001.
(15368)
144  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what contingency plans and resources were established within MAFF to deal with foot and mouth disease before the outbreak this year.
(15370)
145  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the special advisers employed by her Department and their relevant qualifications and experience.
(15367)
146  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many lap top computers held by her Department have been (a) stolen and (b) lost; how many have been recovered; and what is the total cost of replacements since June 2001.
(15354)
147  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of fraudulent claims have been proven against farmers during the outbreak of foot and mouth disease.
(15366)
148  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will publish her departmental plan.
(15358)
149  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what problems have been identified in the (a) installation and (b) management of her Department's IT programmes.
(15359)
150  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many civil servants there are in each division of her Department.
(15342)
151  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department has identified the origins of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease.
(15625)
152  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's latest annual efficiency target is; and if it has been achieved.
(15362)
153  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her head office intends holding a public open day.
(15356)
154  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if it is her policy to ensure that radioactive waste arising from the reprocessing of spent fuel for overseas customers under contracts signed since 1976 will be returned to countries of origin without any element of substitution.
(15898)
155  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the (a) issues discussed at and (b) outcome of the seventh meeting of the subsidiary bodies for scientific, technical and technological advice of the Convention on Biodiversity.
(15853)
156  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to introduce special movement pig licences for farmers in Devon.
(15626)
157  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to lift the ban on the movement of animals in Devon following the restrictions introduced as a result of foot and mouth disease.
(15627)
158  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15205)
159  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from the National Beef Association and other farming organisations on her Department's proposal to make permanent the 20-day standstill on cattle and sheep movements on farms; and if she will make a statement.
(16034)
160  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Ministry of Defence to bring about an increase in the proportion of British meat supplied to the UK armed forces; what role her Department takes in developing the core list of food products available to the armed forces; and if she will make a statement.
(16035)
161  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list by county the number of cases of resistance by farmers to culling during the foot and mouth outbreak which led directly to a spread of the virus amongst livestock.
(15036)
162  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what further steps her Department plans to take to promote public awareness of the red tractor symbol and related farm food assurance schemes.
(16038)
163  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her French counterpart on the imposition of a ban on the import of British beef into France during November; if she intends to raise the matter at the forthcoming Council of European Ministers meeting; and if she will make a statement.
(16033)
164  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Department for Transport, Local Government & the Regions on the planning guidance currently issued to local authorities relating to the siting of new generation mobile chicken units on poultry farms.
(16040)
165  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the number of cattle tested for BSE in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; what plans her Department has to increase the number of cattle tested annually for BSE; and what assessment she has made of the level of testing for BSE in (a) France and (b) Germany.
(16041)
166  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the level of borrowing in the agricultural industry.
(16039)
167  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of those cattle tested for BSE are (a) fallen stock, (b) casualty animals and (c) over 30 months old; and what assessment she has made of the accuracy of the results in indicating the present level of BSE in the national herd.
(16042)
168  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish her Department's contingency plan for combating future outbreaks of (a) foot and mouth disease and (b) swine fever.
(16037)
169  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact on farm (a) cash flow and (b) livelihoods in the Macclesfield constituency of delays in the despatch of sheep annual premium to farmers who have had a partial contiguous cull of sheep as a result of foot and mouth disease; and if she will make a statement.
(15809)
170  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the (a) efficiency and (b) promptness of the tasks carried out by the Rural Payments Agency; and if she will make a statement.
(15810)
171  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the industrial action carried out by staff employed at her Department's regional offices at (a) Crewe, (b) Nottingham and (c) Bristol; and what assessment she has made of the industrial action's effect on the (i) despatch and (ii) processing of (A) agricultural claim forms and (B) payments for farmers.
(15811)
172  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact on (a) farm cash flow and (b) farmers' livelihoods in the Macclesfield constituency of delays in the (i) despatch and (ii) processing of (A) livestock and (B) South West Peak ESA scheme (1) claim forms and (2) payments from the Rural Payments Agency in Worcester; and if she will make a statement.
(15808)
173  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how tax relief attaching to diesel fuels applies in the case of fuels comprising both diesel and biodiesel.
(15525)
174  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to improve fiscal incentives for the development of combined heat and power plants.
(15512)
175  
N  
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to (a) increase and (b) improve illegal drugs interception by Customs and Excise at the Port of Hull; and if he will make a statement.
(15690)
176  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the significance of the balance of payments deficit in goods in the second quarter of this year.
(16164)
177  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many representations he has received about Equitable Life from policy holders resident in the Buckingham constituency.
(16163)
178  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13318)
179  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13299)
180  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with the Governor of the Bank of England on the effects of and matters arising from the administration of Railtrack.
(15932)
181  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the impact on the status of friendly societies of the coming into force of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
(15916)
182  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was of administering and collecting (a) stamp duty on shares, (b) stamp duty on property and (c) inheritance tax in the last financial year.
(15926)
183  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of (a) debt investment and (b) equity investment in SMEs on growth in employment and output.
(15938)
184  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what has been the average loss to private shareholders as a result of the administration of Railtrack.
(16027)
185  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what has been the average loss to save as you earn schemes invested in Railtrack by employees of Railtrack since October.
(16026)
186  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage and what amount in real terms of inheritance tax was paid by each income quintile in the last year for which figures are available.
(15923)
187  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of all non-mortgage consumer debt is held by each income quintile in the last year for which figures are available.
(15937)
188  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total amount of non-mortgage consumer debt was in real terms in each year since 1992.
(15936)
189  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how he will define disadvantaged areas in relation to the operation of the community investment scheme for venture capital subsidies in deprived areas.
(15951)
190  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he last discussed the level of consumer debt with the Governor of the Bank of England.
(15934)
191  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total venture capital investment was as a percentage of GDP in the last year for which information is available in each member state of the European Union.
(15941)
192  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total venture capital investment was in real terms in the last year for which information is available in each region of the United Kingdom.
(15940)
193  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with EU Finance Ministers in relation to the impact of respective national taxes on share dealings on the development of the single market in financial services.
(15919)
194  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total VAT receipts from the corporate sector were for the last financial year; and what receipts had been anticipated.
(15930)
195  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Bank of England has made representations to UK mortgage lenders on current average mortgage income multiples.
(15928)
196  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if changes in the status of friendly societies arising from the coming into force of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 will affect the liability of friendly societies for particular taxes; and if he will estimate for each particular tax liability change the impact on revenues which will arise over the first year in which the changes are implemented.
(15917)
197  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made in introducing zero rates of stamp duty in deprived areas.
(15942)
198  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of stamp duty on shares on the competitiveness of the UK financial services industry.
(15918)
199  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to reform tax avoidance in relation to inheritance tax liabilities for persons in the upper earnings quintiles.
(15925)
200  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage and what amount in real terms of stamp duty paid by private investors on shares was paid by each income quintile for the last year for which figures are available.
(15924)
201  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much venture capital was invested in real terms in UK companies in each year since 1992.
(15939)
202  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total corporation tax receipts were in the last financial year; and what receipts had been expected.
(15929)
203  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the competition authorities of the European Commission on the Community investment scheme for venture capital subsidies in deprived areas; and if he will make a statement on compatibility of the proposals with European competition law on state aid.
(15952)
204  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average income multiple for mortgages agreed in the last financial year was for (a) individuals and (b) couples.
(15927)
205  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he authorised the payment of £162 million from the Strategic Rail Authority to Railtrack on 1st October.
(16162)
206  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the impact of stamp duty on shares on financial exclusion.
(15921)
207  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to reform stamp duty on shares.
(15920)
208  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the euro on stability in the UK housing market.
(15935)
209  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made in the review of corporate tax treatment of substantial shareholdings and intangible assets for large companies.
(15922)
210  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the proposals outlined on 12th November by the President of the European Commission on (a) EU budgetary powers and (b) the growth and stability pact.
(15931)
211  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the deadweight take-up of the community investment tax credit in its first full year of operation; and what measures he will take to ensure that deadweight impact is minimised.
(15933)
212  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on changes to insurance policies and premiums for small businesses since 11th September.
(16175)
213  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the distribution of the sustainability fund derived from the proposed aggregates levy.
(15339)
214  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what part will be played by local elected representatives in the distribution of the sustainability fund derived from the proposed aggregates levy.
(15341)
215  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the quarrying industry on the design of the proposed aggregates levy.
(15340)
216  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received in response to his proposals for (a) the new regulatory regime for mortgages and (b) the date for N3.
(15899)
217  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what will be the role of (a) the mortgage code and (b) the Mortgage Code Compliance Board under the proposed new regulatory regime for mortgages.
(15900)
218  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for each year since 1979 in (a) cash terms, (b) real terms and (c) as a percentage of the UK total, the total value of EU monies spent in Scotland.
(16178)
219  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Special Purpose Vehicles to facilitate public/private finance the Treasury has approved in the last 12 months.
(15803)
220  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to exempt coal mine methane generated power from the climate change levy.
(15721)
221  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the Government does not count incurring of liabilities through public private partnerships as the incurring of financial liabilities in the consideration of the achievement of the Government's fiscal rules; and if he will make a statement.
(16077)
222  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if capital assets where the ownership at the end of the contract reverts to the public sector are taken into account when calculating public sector (a) net investment and (b) net worth; and if he will make a statement.
(16078)
223  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason there is not a public sector accounting counterpart to the Statement of Standard Accounting Practice 21 concerning the accounting treatment of leases that UK companies enter into; and if he will make a statement.
(16076)
224  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Asian community events he has attended within the last 12 months.
(15914)
225  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proposals have been made for the settlement of the BCCI action against the Bank of England.
(15915)
226  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost is of the litigation by the liquidators of BCCI against the Bank of England.
(15913)
227  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15217)
228  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many letters he has received from residents of the Buckingham constituency (a) supporting and (b) opposing the Treaty of Nice.
(16167)
229  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many letters he has received from residents of the Buckingham constituency (a) supporting and (b) opposing military action in Afghanistan.
(16168)
230  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which members of the Scottish Executive the Minister for Europe met on his most recent visit to Scotland; and what subjects were discussed.
(15896)
231  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13321)
232  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13302)
233  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the UN Special Rapporteur for Sudan's recent comments to the UN General Assembly on the links between oil exploitation and conflict in that country; and if he will make a statement.
(15688)
234  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress the Government has made in reviewing the case to specify the inclusion of additional UK languages within the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
(15864)
235  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Council of Europe (a) conventions, (b) charters and (c) other agreements the United Kingdom (i) has signed and responded to with a report, (ii) has signed but not yet prepared a report, (iii) has under consideration for signature and (iv) has rejected for signature since 1971.
(15862)
236  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) number and (b) impact of refugees from Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo on the situation in Tanzania.
(16154)
237  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on (a) healthcare facilities and (b) education provision in each of the British Dependent Territories.
(16153)
238  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to encourage the Government of Sudan to promote human rights for all its citizens.
(15855)
239  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the backlog of cases is for each group in (a) Islamabad, (b) Karachi, (c) Lahore, (d) Bombay, (e) New Delhi, (f) Colombo, and (g) Dakka.
(16044)
240  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the case of Mrs Nawani, Bombay, case reference AP/01/05/158.
(16043)
241  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the Government has taken to facilitate the entry of Poland into the European Union; and if he will make a statement.
(15718)
242  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the parliamentary election in Poland on 23rd September.
(15719)
243  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15206)
244  
N  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he can take to encourage National Health Service trusts to fully adopt last year's recommendations of the Pay Review Body in respect of midwives' pay and conditions.
(15508)
245  
N  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps can be made to encourage midwives who have left the profession to return.
(15507)
246  
N  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the statutory instruments required for the implementation of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, due to come into place in April 2002, are to be laid before the House.
(15509)
247  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his Department's partnering relationships with the private sector to achieve better capital procurement and value for money.
(15762)
248  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which organisations have received allocations from the Performance Fund; and how much in each case.
(15766)
249  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress with implementing the recommendation in the 'Sold on Health' Report; and what savings to public funds (a) are planned and (b) have been achieved.
(15760)
250  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the expected saving is to public funds from the projects of his Department in Round 2 of the Invest to Save Budget.
(15763)
251  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Modernisation Agency was established; and what its cost to public funds is in 2001-02.
(15765)
252  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the cost to public funds in 2001-02 of individual learning accounts to staff in the National Health Service.
(15767)
253  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list all NHS estate disposals undertaken in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02, specifying the additions to public funds achieved.
(15761)
254  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been waiting more than 13 weeks for an out-patient appointment (a) on the latest day for which figures are available and (b) for the previous quarter, in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area.
(14966)
255  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13308)
256  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13327)
257  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were (a) waiting for inpatient treatment and (b) waiting more than 12 months for inpatient treatment, on the latest day for which figures are available in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area.
(14967)
258  
  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure that associate specialists in the UK obtain equal treatment to those from the EU (a) in gaining entry to the Specialist Register and (b) in the appointment of consultant posts.
(16198)
259  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are waiting for admission for orthopaedic treatment at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust; how many were waiting in November (a) 2000, (b) 1999, (c) 1998 and (d) 1997; and how many have waited (i) six months, (ii) six to 12 months and (iii) 12 to 15 months.
(15622)
260  
  
Mr David Cameron (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were cancelled in Oxfordshire in each of the last five years.
(16020)
261  
  
Mr David Cameron (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what were the average waiting times in each accident and emergency unit in Oxfordshire in each of the last five years.
(16021)
262  
N  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the sponsors for the public consultation to confer on the NHS plan referred to in Annex E (p112) of the Department's Annual Report 2001.
(15418)
263  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which initial PFI offers to acute trusts made in the last three years were (a) in response to a comprehensive and costed strategic outline case or plan and (b) following a general plan.
(15849)
264  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many PFI offers have been agreed between his Department and acute trusts in each of the last there years.
(15850)
265  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to those hospital trusts making strategic outhouse case bids for PFIs; and what scoring criteria will be used to measure (a) value for money, (b) existing social need, (c) existing medical service shortfalls, (d) innovation and (e) other factors.
(15863)
266  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which acute trusts have indicated an intention to complete a strategic outline cost for a PFI investment in the current year.
(15848)
267  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the prescribing of statins; and if he will make a statement.
(15792)
268  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he issued to press offices and Department of Health appointees, on dealing with BBC inquiries on surgical instrument decontamination.
(15419)
269  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he received the (a) interim report and (b) final report by Dr Hurrell into the adequacy of hospital decontamination of surgical instruments.
(15421)
270  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the views of the Chairman of the CJD Incidents Committee relating to the report of Dr Hurrell.
(15422)
271  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the projected cost is of providing free nursing care for the elderly in England in the next three financial years.
(15420)
272  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will answer the written question tabled by the honourable Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak on 25th October, ref. 10662.
(16170)
273  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the cost to the NHS of treatment of diabetes in the East Gloucestershire NHS Trust area in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(16150)
274  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new patients have been diagnosed with diabetes in the East Gloucestershire NHS Trust area in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(16151)
275  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many diabetic patients have died from heart-related conditions in the East Gloucestershire NHS Trust area in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(16152)
276  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list, in real terms, for each year since 1979 (a) the total sums of money spent directly by his Department in Scotland and (b) the total sums of money allocated by his Department for spending in Scotland through (i) the Scottish Office, (ii) the Scotland Office and (iii) the Scottish Executive.
(16184)
277  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the number of people who have decided to purchase digital hearing aids from overseas.
(15678)
278  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out the timetable for the evaluation of digital hearing aids under the 20 first wave sites.
(15680)
279  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has given to the 20 NHS sites providing digital hearing aids for the financial year 2002-03.
(15681)
280  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the July 2000 NICE guidance on NHS audiology services and digital hearing aids was published before the financial contract for the NHS bulk purchasing of digital hearing aids for the first wave sites had been completed.
(14677)
281  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 29th October to the honourable Member for Vale of York, Official Report, column 560W, on digital hearing aids, what evaluation has been made of the impact that an extra £25 million extra expenditure on audiology servies will have; and by what date his Department expects to make a decision as to the speed and scale of the modernisation of NHS audiology services.
(15676)
282  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered nursing beds in (a) general and mental nursing homes, (b) private hospitals and (c) clinics there were in the North Yorkshire Health Authority area in (i) 1999 and (ii) 2000; and how many there are now.
(15949)
283  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to waive the requirement for applicants for posts in the Ambulance Service to hold a category D1 driver's licence.
(15943)
284  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the next set of research into safety of mobile phone masts.
(15376)
285  
N  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of flooding of the River Roding on public health in Ilford North; and what steps he has taken in the last 12 months to minimise the impact.
(15529)
286  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the cost of the recent consultation on the future of Hampshire Ambulance Service.
(15221)
287  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish correspondence between the Chief Executive of NHS Estates and Dr David Hurrell concerning CJD in hospitals.
(15379)
288  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking on CJD in hospitals following reports by Dr David Hurrell.
(15380)
289  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when a minister saw a draft report from Dr David Hurrell on CJD in hospitals; and if he will make a statement.
(15381)
290  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when Dr David Hurrell was commissioned to investigate the risk of hospital patients developing CJD; what his terms of reference were; when a draft of his report was communicated to his Department; and what was his Department's response.
(15378)
291  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the national service framework for diabetes.
(15755)
292  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the expenditure on diabetes was in each year since 1996 in the Leicestershire Health Authority.
(15752)
293  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish a statement on his plans to identify the two types of diabetes.
(15757)
294  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent consultations he has had with people suffering from diabetes.
(15756)
295  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed in the National Health Service in Leicestershire in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2001.
(15751)
296  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people he estimates to be suffering from diabetes in each health area.
(15788)
297  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make the treatment of diabetes a higher priority.
(15753)
298  
N  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will announce his decision in respect of funding for smoking cessation for (a) 2002-03 and (b) subsequent years in respect of the North Staffordshire Health Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(15620)
299  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15207)
300  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures are being followed in respect of awarding the contract for smart cards for asylum seekers.
(16054)
301  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research is being undertaken into the compatibility of the proposed system of smart cards for asylum seekers with other smart card systems being developed in (a) the UK and (b) the EU.
(16051)
302  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the value of the contract for providing smart cards for asylum seekers.
(16053)
303  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the planned timetable is for the implementation of smart cards for asylum seekers.
(16052)
304  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13322)
305  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13303)
306  
  
Mr David Cameron (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places are available in (a) residential and (b) other centres for the treatment of heroin addiction.
(16022)
307  
  
Mr David Cameron (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many addicts are receiving methadone replacement treatment for heroin addiction.
(16023)
308  
  
Mr David Cameron (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his latest estimate is of the number of heroin users in the UK.
(16202)
309  
  
Mr David Cameron (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been jailed for possession of heroin in each of the the last five years.
(16200)
310  
  
Mr David Cameron (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people his Department has sought to have deported from the United Kingdom on national security grounds, broken down by the country to which they are being deported; and if he will indicate the proportion of those successfully deported in the last 12 months.
(15872)
311  
  
Mr David Cameron (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been jailed for supplying heroin in each of the last five years, where the sentence has been less than five years.
(16201)
312  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been abducted from the United Kingdom in each of the last three years; and what action is taken to seek to ensure their welfare.
(15856)
313  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the value was of the assets seized from convicted drug dealers in England and Wales in each of the last five years.
(15838)
314  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for political asylum were waiting to be heard on 1st February 2000.
(15749)
315  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the countries from which young children up to the age of five years were allowed entry into the United Kingdom for legal adoption by citizens of the United Kingdom in the last three years.
(15750)
316  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list, in real terms, for each year since 1979 (a) the total sums of money spent directly by his Department in Scotland and (b) the total sums of money allocated by his Department for spending in Scotland through (i) the Scottish Office, (ii) the Scotland Office and (iii) the Scottish Executive.
(16179)
317  
N  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the impact on civil defence procedures in Ilford North of the flooding of the River Roding; and what improvements have been made in the last 12 months in the event of further flooding.
(15530)
318  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15208)
319  
  
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the words were of the advertisement for the post of Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards on each of the occasions on which applications have been sought.
(15732)
320  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent consultations he has had with the Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life regarding the duties of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards; and if he will make a statement.
(15513)
321  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what discussions he has had with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards over the decision that her contract is not to be renewed as a matter of course.
(15549)
322  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to her Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13324)
323  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to her Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13305)
324  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with (a) her counterparts in other governments and (b) the UNHCR on the aid programme for Afghan refugees (i) within the borders of Afghanistan and (ii) in neighbouring countries.
(15865)
325  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the proposals put forward by non-governmental organisations in the development and environmental sectors to reform the world trade rules.
(15733)
326  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15209)
327  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if, in liberated parts of Afghanistan, she will take steps to arrange for children who are seriously injured as a result of the fighting to receive medical treatment where this has not so far been available.
(15618)
328  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what was the cost of producing the Departmental publication, Trade Matters, Eliminating World Poverty, Information Pack; and how many were produced.
(15691)
329  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what were the total (a) publication and (b) advertising costs for the Department in each of the past four years.
(15692)
330  
  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with UNHCR about the adequacy of provision for refugees outside Afghanistan.
(16067)
331  
  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the outcome of the WTO conference in Doha with respect to developing countries.
(16068)
332  
  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is on a moratorium on formal WTO disputes over TRIPS.
(16071)
333  
  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on her work with (a) serving and (b) former child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(16074)
334  
  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action she is taking with respect to Africa to prevent global patent rules having a negative effect on health.
(16070)
335  
  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if it is her policy that the TRIPS agreement should not impede developing countries from taking measures to protect their public health; and what assessment she has made of the obstacles to achieving this.
(16069)
336  
  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she supported the move by the United States Government for a compulsory licence to negotiate a lower price for the anti-anthrax drug, Cipro at the World Trade Organisation meeting.
(16072)
337  
  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on (a) recent developments in the supply of humanitarian resources in Afghanistan and (b) her priorities in the supply of humanitarian needs in Afghanistan over the next three months.
(16065)
338  
  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to encourage increased access of developing countries to generic drugs.
(16064)
339  
  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in what circumstances she has supported developing countries seeking a compulsory licence to negotiate lower drug prices; and if she will make a statement on her policy in such circumstances.
(16073)
340  
  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the European Union about its contribution to humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan; and what was the outcome.
(16066)
341  
  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussion there was in Doha about the impact of the patent system on health systems in developing countries; and which proposals for reform she supported.
(16063)
342  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 31st October, Official Report, column 752W, on smoking in jury rooms, if he will give instructions that all asthmatics who are allergic to tobacco fumes will automatically be exempted from jury service.
(15689)
343  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13301)
344  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13320)
345  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment the Lord Chancellor has made of the support available to barristers who are disabled at Nottingham Crown Court; and if he will make a statement.
(15758)
346  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many requests for legal aid have been received from persons disputing through the courts an asset-freezing order relating to the terrorist activities; and, what assessment he has made of the likely sums involved.
(16025)
347  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what his Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15211)
348  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13328)
349  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13309)
350  
  
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the paramilitary organisation responsible for the wounding of a man in the Limestone Road area of North Belfast on 21st October.
(15947)
351  
  
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which prison establishments in Northern Ireland do not use the Royal prefix.
(15948)
352  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15212)
353  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the President of the Council, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13300)
354  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the President of the Council, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13319)
355  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the President of the Council, what his Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15214)
356  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Prime Minister, what percentage of plant and equipment installed in 10 Downing Street in the past 12 months contains HFCs.
(15526)
357  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13297)
358  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Prime Minister, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13316)
359  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his discussions with the Prime Minister of India in London on 12th November.
(15748)
360  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to her Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13331)
361  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to her Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13312)
362  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what her Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15213)
363  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Solicitor General, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to her Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13295)
364  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Solicitor General, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13296)
365  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Solicitor General, what her Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15210)
366  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to her Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13332)
367  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to her Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13313)
368  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has (a) to underwrite insurance premiums and (b) to seek suspension of the operation of airline passenger duty following the events of 11th September.
(15621)
369  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to restrict the sale of fireworks to those organising professional fireworks displays; and if she will make a statement.
(15377)
370  
  
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she has taken to encourage business associations to produce guidance on voluntary equal pay reviews.
(15728)
371  
  
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average increase in the earnings index in the 12 month period to February was as a result of bonus payments; and (a) what proportion of that was due to a growth in the financial sector and (b) what proportion of those bonuses went to (i) men and (ii) women.
(15726)
372  
  
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she has taken to encourage employers and trade unions to work in partnership to achieve equal pay.
(15727)
373  
  
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):    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 Blackpool North and Fleetwood in each of the last three years.
(16057)
374  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list, in real terms, for each year since 1979 (a) the total sums of money spent directly by her Department in Scotland and (b) the total sums of money allocated by her Department for spending in Scotland through (i) the Scottish Office, (ii) the Scotland Office and (iii) the Scottish Executive.
(16183)
375  
  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many former miners in Amber Valley have (a) claimed and (b) received payments in compensation for vibration white finger.
(15816)
376  
  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many former miners in Amber Valley have (a) claimed and (b) received payments in compensation for chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
(15815)
377  
N  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment her Department has made in the last 12 months of the impact of flooding of the River Roding on businesses in Ilford North; and what assistance is available to businesses in the event of further flooding.
(15528)
378  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent dscussions she has had with representatives of the textile sector on the WTO talks.
(16084)
379  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent estimate she has made of the potential benefits of the use of coalmine methane to generate energy.
(15722)
380  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much BNFL paid the UK Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary for the police it provided to protect the MOX fuel exported to Japan.
(15852)
381  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of BNFL's liabilities for (a) radioactive waste and (b) decommissioning is attributed to THORP; and what proportion of the decommissioning costs estimated for THORP will be covered by overseas baseload contracts.
(15851)
382  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15215)
383  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many miles of new track were laid in each year between 1992 and 1999 relating to new rail lines in Scotland.
(15874)
384  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many representations have been received by the Government on the privatisation of Air Traffic Control; and of these, how many were classed as (a) supportive of privatisation and (b) against privatisation.
(15877)
385  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many miles of rail track were upgraded to allow for increased capacity in Scotland in each year between 1992 and 1999.
(15876)
386  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much was spent in support of rail services in Scotland in each year from 1992 to 1999.
(15873)
387  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many railway stations were opened in Scotland in each year between 1992 and 1999.
(15875)
388  
N  
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will estimate the additional average cost of providing pedestrian protection in the Honda Civic car; which car has the best pedestrian protection rating to date in the European New Car Assessment Programme; and which cars have been assessed at 65 per cent. or above in the EEVC Working Group 10 tests.
(15679)
389  
  
Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much a single share in Railtrack has earned in dividends and other payments from privatisation to 1st October.
(16062)
390  
  
Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what was the average value of one Railtrack share from privatisation to 1st October.
(16061)
391  
  
Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the value was of one share in Railtrack at (a) the time of privatisation and (b) at 1st October for each year thereafter.
(16060)
392  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans his Department has for road works on the A12 between Hatfield Peverel and Mountnessing in the next 12 months.
(14962)
393  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action he will take to alleviate the traffic jams on the A12 north of Boreham at Hatfield Peverel whilst the road works are in progress.
(14964)
394  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13326)
395  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the road works on the A12 to the north of Boreham at Hatfield Peverel will be completed; and when the A12 will return to normal traffic flows.
(14963)
396  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13307)
397  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the traffic jams being caused by road works on the A121 north of Boreham at Hatfield Peverel; and what has been the average time it takes vehicles to travel through the road works in each week since their establishment.
(14965)
398  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place in the Library the rankings of (a) Newcastle City Council and (b) each ward of Newcastle City Council on the Index of Local Deprivation for the index of multiple deprivation, and for each of the six domains of deprivation.
(16059)
399  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which local authorities in England have indicated that they have dropped the three for two rule regarding the seating of pupils under 14 years of age on scheduled bus services.
(15798)
400  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what powers (a) the Vehicle Inspectorate and (b) the Health and Safety Executive have to investigate passenger safety and overcrowding on (i) school contract bus services and (ii) scheduled bus services; and if he will make a statement.
(15801)
401  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what regulations govern seating, standing and the use of seat belts on (a) school contract bus services and (b) scheduled bus services.
(15800)
402  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what breaches of transport regulations have been committed by Stagecoach plc since 1997; and what action was taken by his Department against Stagecoach plc in each case.
(15799)
403  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many train operating companies are operating without interruption insurance; and if public funds would be used to fund a captive insurer.
(16028)
404  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the key recommendations were from the Strategic Rail Authority's most recent annual Channel Tunnel Strategy document; what account he has taken of these recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(15739)
405  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research his Department has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned concerning the (i) economic, (ii) social, and (iii) environmental impact of urban regeneration projects around St Pancras Station.
(15738)
406  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much government (a) expenditure and (b) investment there has been on (i) research for and (ii) building urban re-development projects associated with the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (A) in total and (B) in each year since the project was first proposed.
(15743)
407  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much government (a) expenditure and (b) investment there has been on (i) research for and (ii) building the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (A) in total and (B) in each year since the project was first proposed.
(15742)
408  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the cost was to the Strategic Rail Authority's budget (a) in total and (b) in each year since 1997, of producing (i) each of their annual strategies and (ii) their annual Channel Tunnel Rail Link Strategy.
(15741)
409  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place in the Library copies of each of the Strategic Rail Authority's Annual Channel Tunnel Strategies produced since 1997.
(15740)
410  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list (a) route management strategies underway and (b) those which are planned to commence.
(15730)
411  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the urban regeneration implications (a) around St Pancras Station, (b) for London and (c) for the United Kingdom as a whole, of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
(15737)
412  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much government (a) expenditure and (b) investment there has been on (i) research for and (ii) building development projects associated with the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (A) in total and (B) in each year since the project was first proposed.
(15744)
413  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will publish the green paper on planning reform; and whether the green paper will consult on a change to the use classes order system of planning regulation.
(16019)
414  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the Government will complete its assessment of the case for specifying the Cornish language within the European Charter for regional or minority languages.
(15861)
415  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which representatives of financial institutions he has met to discuss the future of the rail industry since June.
(16171)
416  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, who will be liable for any cost over-runs incurred in modernising London Underground under PPP.
(16190)
417  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what occasions since 1997 the Government has refused a request to use section 54 of the Railways Act 1993.
(16176)
418  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his policy is on the provision of free bus passes for pensioners in London.
(16173)
419  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on skill shortages in the road haulage industry.
(16189)
420  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much his Department has spent on roads in Surrey in each of the past seven years.
(16174)
421  
  
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what funding he has provided (a) to encourage employment opportunites and (b) to regenerate industrial estates in the Blackpool North and Fleetwood constituency in the last three years.
(16058)
422  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will announce the criteria and timetable for the Urban Bus Challenge; and if he will make a statement.
(16050)
423  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list, in real terms, for each year since 1979 (a) the total sums of money spent directly by his Department in Scotland and (b) the total sums of money allocated by his Department for spending in Scotland through (i) the Scottish Office, (ii) the Scotland Office and (iii) the Scottish Executive.
(16185)
424  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when his Department prepared the contingency plan relating to Railtrack.
[R] (16030)
425  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he prepared the emergency legislation to prevent an application for interim review from Railtrack.
[R] (16031)
426  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he last met Sir Alastair Morton, Chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority.
[R] (16029)
427  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, for what reason he rejected the advice of the SRA to grant a 20 year franchise to GNER.
[R] (16032)
428  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what date he instructed Parliamentary drafters to draft (a) the Railway Administration Order Rules 2001 and (b) legislation to give him powers to direct the Rail Regulator.
(15624)
429  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place the notes of his meetings with (a) the Chairman of Railtrack on 25th July and (b) the Rail Regulator on 5th October, in the Library.
(15499)
430  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what date he sought legal advice on the price at which it would be necessary to compensate shareholders if Railtrack were re-nationalised.
(15501)
431  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place copies of his Department's correspondence with the Strategic Rail Authority regarding negotiations on the development of Renewco and the payment of funds to Railtrack under (a) the resettlement procedure and (b) the arrangement for payment of network grant proposed by the Rail Regulator in October 2000 and agreed by Railtrack in January 2001, in the Library.
(15500)
432  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to change the powers of the Rail Regulator.
(15502)
433  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research his Department has commissioned into the connection between the closure of driving test centres and the number of unlicensed drivers on the road.
(15945)
434  
  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he next plans to meet the Euston-Northampton Rail Forum.
(15793)
435  
  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what are the (a) original and (b) latest estimates of the (i) cost and (ii) longevity of the West Coast Main Line works in Hertfordshire.
(15804)
436  
  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact that the PUG2 Agreement will have on the interests of South West Hertfordshire commuters who use Silverlink services into London.
(15806)
437  
N  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of inundation of the River Roding on transport in Ilford North; what steps his Department has taken in the last 12 months to minimise the potential impact; and what assistance is available from his Department in case of further flooding.
(15522)
438  
N  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment his Department has made in the last 12 months of Redbridge Council's procedures in the event of inundation of the River Roding; and what assistance is available from his Department to Redbridge Council in the event of further flooding.
(15550)
439  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what is the (a) procedure and (b) timetable for consideration of the bids for Railtrack; and what is the cut-off date for bids to be considered.
(15802)
440  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had since 11th September with the European Commission on state aid to airlines to compensate for (a) the four day closure of United States' air space and (b) insurance cover premiums.
(15805)
441  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the potential growth in demand for sleeper services between the north of England and (a) London and (b) the Continent.
(16169)
442  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent representations he has received on night flights at East Midlands Airport; and if he will make a statement.
(16082)
443  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, for what reason he has not extended environmental powers under the Civil Aviation Act 1982 to East Midlands Airport.
(16083)
444  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the medical basis for the European Commission's proposed physical agents directive; and if he will make a statement.
(15685)
445  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent representations the Government has made to the European Commission regarding the proposed physical agents directive; and if he will make a statement.
(15686)
446  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent meetings he has had with representatives of the (a) haulage, (b) construction and (c) engineering sectors regarding the European Commission's proposed physical agents directive; and if he will make a statement.
(15687)
447  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of the European Commission's proposed physical agents directive on engineering premises; and if he will make a statement.
(15684)
448  
  
Mr Chris Smith (Islington South & Finsbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 13th November, Official Report, column 616W, on rent levels, what information he has collated on the impact of his proposals on the average level of rents in inner London boroughs.
(16197)
449  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 13th November, Official Report, column 614W, on Railtrack, for what reason he did not comment upon the advice that he has received on the extra cost to the government of the successor company to Railtrack achieving a credit rating of lower than A/A2; and if he will make a statement.
(16075)
450  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if LTP funding in 2002-03 will include funding for street lighting.
(16079)
451  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress he has made in developing (a) comprehensive inventories, (b) risk management strategies and (c) management systems to fund street lighting.
(16080)
452  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to deal with street lighting dereliction; and if he will make a statement.
(16081)
453  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15216)
454  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13329)
455  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13310)
456  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning in the National Assembly for Wales regarding the transport of pupils from Llandogo to Monmouth.
(15797)
457  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what contribution he has made to the Performance and Innovation Unit's Energy Review.
(15794)
458  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15218)
459  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15th October and 5th November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.
(13306)
460  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the West Chelmsford constituency have been caught involved in (a) social security benefit fraud and (b) housing benefit fraud in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what action was taken against them; and what was the total amount of money calculated to have been lost to the Treasury as a result of the fraud.
(14961)
461  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15th October and 5th November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
(13325)
462  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number of people eligible for New Deal 50 plus who are also entitled to claim the employment credit.
(15837)
463  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what campaigns have been undertaken to promote awareness of the New Deal 50 plus amongst employers.
(15844)
464  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number of people eligible for New Deal 50 plus.
(15847)
465  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many participants in the New Deal for 50 plus received training grants in each of the last 12 months.
(15843)
466  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal 50 plus participants are in receipt of the employment credit; and how many new credits have been recorded in each of the last 12 months.
(15846)
467  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what alternative to individual learning accounts is offered to New Deal 50 plus participants reaching the end of their 52 weeks on employment credit and in receipt of a training grant.
(15845)
468  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on progress with the New Deal 50 plus.
(15840)
469  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is given to New Deal personal advisers in respect of the New Deal 50 plus.
(15842)
470  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what campaigns have been undertaken to encourage greater participation in the New Deal 50 plus.
(15839)
471  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what targets he has set in respect of the New Deal for the over 50s in the next 12 months.
(15836)
472  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people receive support from the New Deal 50 plus; and how many starts to the scheme have been recorded in each of the last 12 months.
(15841)
473  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the case to extend winter fuel allowance to those under pensionable age in receipt of (a) the medium or higher rate care component and (b) the higher rate mobility component of disablility living allowance.
(15866)
474  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what mechanisms he has put in place to enable individuals to receive combined pension forecasts giving both state and private pension details.
(15795)
475  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information will be provided on combined pension forecasts to advise individuals of any loss of entitlement to means-tested benefits.
(15796)
476  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will answer the questions tabled by the honourable Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak on 15th October, ref. 8410 and 8th October, ref. 7989.
(16191)
477  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) deaf and (b) hard of hearing people who have received funding for digital hearing aids under the access to work scheme; and what is the average cost of each digital hearing aid that has been purchased.
(15682)
478  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what cost benefit evaluation his Department has made of the job retention benefits that would arise from (a) shorter waiting times for NHS hearing tests and the fitting of hearing aids, (b) higher quality hearing aids and (c) a reduction in the number of people who would benefit from wearing a hearing aid who do not have one.
(15683)
479  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the dates and subject matters of the circulars he has sent to local authorities on (a) housing benefit administration and (b) measures to tackle housing benefit fraud since April 2000.
(15860)
480  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason it is not possible for housing benefit administrators to share data with his Department on benefits other than income support and jobseeker's allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(15859)
481  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the date and nature of each of the changes to housing benefit regulations that have been made since April 1997.
(15858)
482  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.
(15219)
483  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is (a) the remit and (b) the membership of the Technologies Advisory Group.
[Transferred] (15200)
484  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what track access charges have been paid by Eurostar for use of tracks (a) between Waterloo and the Channel Tunnel, (b) within the Channel Tunnel, (c) on French rail lines and (d) on Belgian rail lines, for each year since the commencement of operations.
[Transferred] (15950)
485  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research his Department has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned concerning the (i) economic, (ii) social and (iii) environmental impact of the new Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
[Transferred] (15735)
486  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect the new Channel Tunnel Rail Link will have on (a) passenger numbers and (b) financial returns for (i) each train operating company and (ii) Eurostar.
[Transferred] (15734)
487  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what track access charges will be paid by Eurostar for use of tracks (a) on the new Channel Tunnel Rail Link and (b) on tracks between Waterloo and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, when the Channel Tunnel Rail Link becomes operational.
[Transferred] (15736)
488  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact on the environment of exhaust fumes produced by the use of chain saws.
[Transferred] (16148)
489  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of draft EU regulations relating to catalytic converters on chain saws; and if he will make a statement on the impact of such regulations on the arboricultural industry.
[Transferred] (16149)
490  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to reduce the delay in planning affecting on-shore windfarms; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (15720)
491  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the allocation of funding for the purchase of digital hearing aids; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (15807)
492  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will name the (a) grants and (b) laboratories awarded Medical Research Council funds for research into hepatitis C in the last five years; and what the amounts were in each case.
[Transferred] (15724)
493  
  
Mr David Cameron (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received about the planned national standards for care homes for young people.
[Transferred] (16024)
494  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she has taken since 11th September to guard against a terrorist attack on the Hartlepool AGR nuclear power station; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (16186)
495  
  
Mr Ian Cawsey (Brigg & Goole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department has made in implementing the recommendation in the Performance and Innovation Unit report on animal welfare and the WTO.
[Transferred] (16085)


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