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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 29 November 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 29 November, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
THURSDAY 29th NOVEMBER
1  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will estimate the total unallocated funds within his departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and (b) to date; and what was the month seven forecast on outturn underspend against his departmental expenditure limit in (i) real and (ii) percentage terms.
(19435)
2  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list those areas of NHS reform under this Government which he described as having gone backwards on 25th November.
(19081)
3  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many regulatory measures the Government (a) introduced and (b) abolished in the last year.
(16474)
4  
N  
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the cost to businesses of regulations introduced since 1997.
(16488)
5  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will estimate the total unallocated funds within her departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and (b) to date; and what was the month seven forecast on outturn underspend against her departmental expenditure limit in (i) real and (ii) percentage terms.
(19437)
6  
  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which areas of the country are able to access the transmission signal of Channel 5 via a terrestrial television; what plans she has to increase the coverage of Channel 5; and if she plans to upgrade the television transmitters unable to broadcast Channel 5's signal.
(19620)
7  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how the amount paid to Sport England's former chief executive, Derek Casey, upon the termination of his contract, was determined; what the amount was; what conditions were placed upon the payment; what form the payment took; for what reasons the amount was not disclosed earlier; what part (a) her Department and (b) Sport England played in arriving at the amount and nature of the payment; and if she will make a statement.
(19518)
8  
  
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects legislation to be introduced to implement the recommendations of the Time for Reform consultation exercise.
(19449)
9  
  
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how far below the water table the playing surface is of the proposed National Football Stadium in the Birmingham bid.
(19701)
10  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the redundancy payment to Derek Casey, former Chief Executive Officer of Sport England.
(19084)
11  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which Ministers represented her Department at the IAAF Annual Award ceremony in Monte Carlo on 25th November.
(19083)
12  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the total unallocated funds within his departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and (b) to date; and what was the month seven forecast on outturn underspend against his departmental expenditure limit in (i) real and (ii) percentage terms.
(19439)
13  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out the timescale for ratification of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; and what plans the Government has for the deployment of under-18s after its ratification.
(19534)
14  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the security issues associated with the Peel Circus/Pockeridge Lane development adjacent to Basil Hill Barracks, Cariton, and DCSA, Copenacre; and if he will make a statement.
(19574)
15  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he perceives a heightened risk of terrorist attack on private houses located adjacent to high security military bases; and what consideration he has made of whether proximity to high security military bases should be a consideration during the planning process.
(19575)
16  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to reassess the benchmark of capabilities set out in the Strategic Defence Review; what the timescale is for this re-assessment; and if he will make a statement.
(19770)
17  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what drugs were combined in the vaccine used in the immunisation programme for armed forces personnel in the Gulf War; how many personnel were immunised with the vaccine; whether there were any advance tests done of the effects of combining the drugs into one vaccine; and if he will make a statement.
(19765)
18  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel have applied to the War Pensions Agency for a war pension; and if he will make a statement.
(19771)
19  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the UK will pay to NATO as its share of NATO's overall costs in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04; and what the equivalent figures are for other NATO member countries.
(19822)
20  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how often the NATO-ESDP Working Groups on capabilities have met; and if he will make a statement.
(19823)
21  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Major Projects Report.
(19824)
22  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the slippage rate of the 18 major procurement projects outlined in the Major Projects Report.
(19825)
23  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the annual cost to the EU of the EU structures that have been created to support the European Security and Defence Policy.
(19826)
24  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on what discussions his Department had prior to 11th September with Pakistan Government officials regarding Osama Bin Laden.
(19414)
25  
N  
Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what talks have taken place with the Spanish Government on its refusal to permit British military aircraft to fly over its airspace to Gibraltar; and what reason has been given by the Spanish Government for refusing to permit British military aircraft to fly through Spanish air space en route to Gibraltar.
(19139)
26  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the decision process for determining which line infantry battalions should be put on increased alert for deployment in Afghanistan.
(19586)
27  
  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what were the annual overhead costs of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency of (a) RAF St Athan, (b) RAF Sealand, (c) Fleetlands and (d) Almondsbank in (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-2001 expressed in (1) cash terms, (2) real terms and (3) as a proportion of the income of each site.
(19421)
28  
  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made with Project Whirlwind; and if he will make a statement.
(19417)
29  
  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the cost of repairing the sewerage and water systems of RAF St Athan.
(19422)
30  
  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what were the repair turnaround times in the Defence Aviation Repair Agency, at (a) RAF St Athan, (b) RAF Sealand, (c) Fleetlands and (d) Almondsbank in (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.
(19420)
31  
  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel were employed at Ara in (a) RAF St Athan, (b) RAF Sealand, (c) Fleetlands and (d) Almondsbank on 1st November.
(19418)
32  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Her Majesty's Government has evidence that Iraq is in breach of United Nations resolutions on the (a) procurement, (b) possession and (c) manufacture of weapons of mass destruction.
(19885)
33  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if, pursuant to his Answers of 26th November, Official Report, column 668, on Afghanistan, if he will provide details of (a) the number of British armed force casualties suffered to date, (b) where, and under what circumstances, the casualties were caused, (c) when the injured personnel were evacuated back to the United Kingdom and (d) what injuries were suffered; and how many (i) injuries and (ii) deaths have been caused to allied forces operating in Afghanistan.
(19877)
34  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his estimate of the value of liabilities owed by his Department arising from radiological contamination at or arising from (a) nuclear submarine bases and berths, (b) nuclear weapons manufacture, (c) nuclear weapons design and developments, (d) military nuclear materials production and processing, (e) radioactive waste conditioning and strorage, (f) nuclear weapons explosive testing wtihin the United Kingdom and abroad and (g) nuclear propulsion reactor research, development and manufacture.
(19882)
35  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people (a) joined and (b) left the Army in each month between 1st May and 1st September.
(16468)
36  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what instructions he gave to joint chiefs of staff not to proceed with exercise Saif Sareea II; and if he will make a statement.
(19375)
37  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about the work of the Services Families Task Force.
(19815)
38  
N  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the (a) number and (b) nature of the casualties sustained among British armed forces in Afghanistan.
(19082)
39  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she expects to spend the £1.44 billion that was allocated to her Department for 2000-01 but not spent.
(19528)
40  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she had made of the deadweight cost of individual learning accounts.
(19526)
41  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will estimate the total unallocated funds within her departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and (b) to date; and what was the month seven forecast on outturn underspend against her departmental expenditure limit in (i) real and (ii) percentage terms.
(19436)
42  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made for the current financial year of the average cost per student following a two year curriculum 2000 programme in (a) a school sixth form, (b) a sixth form college and (c) a tertiary college.
(18348)
43  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school sixth forms there are with (a) 50 and (b) 100 or fewer pupils in each local learning and skills council.
(18430)
44  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will ensure that existing sex discrimination legislation is enforced in respect of single faith schools.
(19630)
45  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to improve the information available by the Student Loans Company about the balance on an individual's outstanding loan.
(19814)
46  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what facility exists to pay off the outstanding balance on a student loan.
(19811)
47  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to require the Student Loans Company to issue regular statements to individuals about the outstanding balance, repayments made and the projected term of the loan.
(19813)
48  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many individuals are repaying student loans through the Student Loans Company.
(19812)
49  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what method of auditing applies to the administration of student loans.
(19810)
50  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to assess the parameters of the Research Assessment Exercise.
(19460)
51  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to include university interaction with the community when assessing the allocation of resources to universities.
(19459)
52  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information she has collected on growth in research income for universities in (a) the sciences and (b) the arts over the last five years; and if she will publish the figures for such growth, broken down by department.
(19458)
53  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will review the process by which universities appoint their vice-chancellors and make a statement on best practice.
(19457)
54  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the Government grant allocation for capital spending on schools by LEA in each year since 1997, excluding centrally managed initiatives.
(19710)
55  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of grant allocation for capital spending in schools is (a) discretionary and (b) must be spent on items stipulated by the Government.
(19709)
56  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many new education initiatives that require action by headteachers have been launched by her Department in the current financial year.
(19708)
57  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total annual public funding is for academic institutions which charge student tuition fees.
(19720)
58  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) headteachers and (b) university lecturers have left the profession in each of the past five years.
(19645)
59  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she will publish the Government's conclusions following the consultation paper, Curriculum Online; and if she will make a statment.
(19609)
60  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether she consulted training providers before bringing forward the suspension of the Individual Learning Account scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(19325)
61  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many complaints had been received in relation to the operation of individual learning accounts (a) before 30th October and (b) at the latest available date.
(19324)
62  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people were under investigation in relation to individual learning accounts (a) before 30th October and (b) at the latest available date.
(19323)
63  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the public expenditure consequences of the operations of the individual learning account scheme between 30th October and 23rd November.
(19327)
64  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what considerations informed her decision to bring forward the suspension date for individual learning accounts.
(19326)
65  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of the average (a) primary and (b) secondary school budget in England was covered by specified funding streams in 2000-01.
(19610)
66  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will place in the Library copies of representations received in connection with the Department plans for faith schools.
(19200)
67  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance she gives to local education authorities to enable them to determine the allocation of funds to schools.
(19202)
68  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils attended faith schools in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997, (d) 1998, (e) 1999 and (f) 2000.
(19199)
69  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average secondary school class size was in (a) the County of Somerset and (b) the constituency of Yeovil in (i) 1996, (ii) 1997, (iii) 1998, (iv) 1999, (v) 2000 and (vi) 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(18373)
70  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many UK students are studying at (a) the European Union Institute, Florence and (b) at Community colleges of a similar nature; what subjects they are studying; and if she will make a statement.
(19599)
71  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what arrangements are in place for students who have started ILA courses but were not booked into the system before the programme was shut down.
(19551)
72  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how she will inform learning providers of her decision to shut down the ILA programme early.
(19550)
73  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when ILA providers will receive funding for learners booked into the system before the programme was shut down.
(19549)
74  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will summarize the responses to all consultations associated with the Education White paper, including (a) the number of responses to each question, (b) the number and percentage supporting each provided response to each closed question, (c) a summary of the responses to open questions and (d) a list of those replying to each consultation.
(19306)
75  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the (a) DTLR and (b) DTI regarding the environmental impact of third generation mobile phone masts.
(19303)
76  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 23rd November, Official Report, column 514W, on scientific research, what quality assessment is undertaken by her Department into the work of contractors, and through them sub-contractors, commissioned by her Department.
(19304)
77  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to announce the results of her review into the financial and institutional arrangements governing flood defence matters; and if she will make a statement.
(19088)
78  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list (a) the level of funds available for the regeneration programme for the next three years, (b) the number of market towns that have received support in 2001-02 and (c) the number of market towns, as defined by the Government.
(18786)
79  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to introduce legislative proposals to extend the mandatory rate relief scheme for village shops to (a) small food shops, (b) pubs and (c) petrol filling stations.
(18789)
80  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which town and parish councils have received financial assistance for (a) training and (b) preparation of local plans in 2001-02, stating in each case the level of funding made available.
(18791)
81  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 22nd November, Official Report, column 425W, on ozone levels, if she will provide a breakdown of (a) the different measures of pollution and (b) their levels in rural areas in (i) 1996, (ii) 1997, (iii) 1998, (iv) 1999 and (v) 2000.
(18833)
82  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what was spent on (a) the England Rural Development Programme, (b) the Farm Business Advisory Service and (c) other services for farmers in 2001-02.
(18836)
83  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farm businesses received Regional Development Agency support in 2001-02, stating in each case the level of funding made available.
(18681)
84  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) people have been helped by the England Rural Development Programme by category and (b) farmers have received free consultancy advice from the Farm Business Advisory Service.
(18785)
85  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the extent to which delivery has been achieved on (a) provision of new service standards, (b) additional Sure Start schemes and (c) increasing police visibility and accessibility in rural areas.
(18787)
86  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the (a) funds available in the Countryside Agency grant scheme for village services launched in April and (b) proportion spent through the scheme in 2000-01.
(18790)
87  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 22nd November, Official Report, column 425W, on ozone levels, if she will list the number of days per site in rural areas on which pollution levels were (a) at and (b) below national air quality standards in (i) 1996, (ii) 1997, (iii) 1998, (iv) 1999 and (v) 2000.
(18832)
88  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 22nd November, Official Report, column 425W, on countryside visits, how many people visited the countryside in (a) 1996 and (b) 1998.
(18834)
89  
N  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge & West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what microbiological studies have been carried out in relation to Ash Moor Petrockstowe; and if she will place the studies in the Library.
(19136)
90  
N  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge & West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the grid references are of the site on which a geological survey was carried out in relation to Ash Moor Petrockstowe and if she will place the survey in the Library.
(19138)
91  
N  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge & West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the environmental impact assessment in relation to Ash Moor Petrockstowe; and if she will revoke the decision to allow the site to be brought into use for the disposal of animal carcasses.
(19135)
92  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many instances there were in each English region in each month since June 2000 of (a) HEES and (b) HEES Plus grant being topped-up by the recipient to pay for the full costs of the improvements; what was the average amount of the top-up; and what was the average administration cost to Eaga Partnerships and Eastern Warm Front to process each top-up.
(19348)
93  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) HEES and (b) HEES Plus grants were paid out in each local authority area in each month since June 2000; and what targets were set for the number of grants to be paid out over the period in order to meet her Department's target of 800,000 grants received by 2004.
(19374)
94  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) is the predicted and (b) was the average period between initial application for a (i) HEES and (ii) HEES Plus grant and completion of the home improvements in (A) England, (B) each English region and (C) each local authority area in each month since June 2000; and what performance targets have been set regarding waiting times for HEES customers.
(19349)
95  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate the total unallocated funds within her departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and (b) to date; and what was the month seven forecast on outturn underspend against her departmental expenditure limit in (i) real and (ii) percentage terms.
(19440)
96  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the current review of the levels of HEES grants, with particular regard to (a) the scope of the review, (b) the timetable and (c) which organisations will be consulted; and if she will abolish the grant maximum levels and set an average grant level instead.
(19373)
97  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list for each of the last 10 financial years the government's annual expenditure on flood prevention and flood defences.
(16633)
98  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the Government's long-term strategy to deal with tuberculosis; and how much she is planning to spend in each of the next three years on this.
(19801)
99  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the leter from Mr V. Patrick, of Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, a constituent, which was acknowledged by her Department on 25th June, Reference 156734.
(19804)
100  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff from her Department have been assigned to deal with tuberculosis in cattle in each of the last 12 months.
(19800)
101  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what are the objectives of the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme.
(19629)
102  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the outcome was of the Fisheries Council held in Brussels on 27th November; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if she will make a statement.
(19644)
103  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will publish the report of the freight study group on the potential usage of the waterway system for the carriage of freight.
(19530)
104  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what policies she has for maximising the use of inland waterways for (a) carriage of freight, (b) leisure and (c) tourism.
(19532)
105  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what arrangements her Department has for co-ordinating policy relating to canals with the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions.
(19531)
106  
N  
Jim Knight (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when auction markets for cattle will be restored in (a) Dorset and (b) areas that have been spared infection by foot and mouth disease.
(16308)
107  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what impact she anticipates (a) flood clean-up expenditure and (b) flood prevention expenditure will have on level of council tax in English local authorities in the next financial year; and if she will make a statement.
(19750)
108  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what impact she anticipates (a) the increase in landfill tax in (i) 2001 and (ii) 2002, (b) national recycling targets for local authorities, (c) the implementation of the EU directive on fridge recycling, (d) the implementation of the EU directive on end of life vehicles and (e) the implemention of the EU directive on landfill will have on the level of council tax in English local authorities; and if she will make a statement.
(19594)
109  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on the phasing out of farrowing crates for sows; and if he will make a statement.
(19764)
110  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that all timber imports into the UK come from sustainable sources.
(19605)
111  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects the national flock to be free of scrapie; and if she will make a statement.
(19602)
112  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to require all livestock farmers to be licensed; and if she will make a statement.
(19604)
113  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which household chemicals have been permitted to be tested on animals in live experiments in the UK in the next two years.
(19423)
114  
N  
Mrs Marion Roe (Broxbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the honourable Member for Broxbourne will receive a reply to her letters of 31st July, 29th August, 26th September, 25th October and 22nd November to the Minister for the Environment relating to correspondence from Hertfordshire County Council.
(18926)
115  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many community vessels, by nationality, received Community grants for modernisation while flying non-EU flags of convenience in the last year for which figures are available.
(19579)
116  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her policy on extending MAGP IV by a year; and what measures she will take to assist payments to UK fishermen from this budget line.
(19580)
117  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much new public money (a) has been spent in 2001 and (b) will be spent in 2002 on improving flood defences in (i) Bewdley, (ii) Hertfordshire, (iii) Shrewsbury, (iv) Malton, Yorkshire, (v) Norton, Yorkshire and (vi) East Anglia.
(19540)
118  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the overall cost of flooding in the last three years in (a) Bewdley, (b) Shrewsbury, (c) East Anglia, (d) York, (e) Hertfordshire, (f) Stratford upon Avon, (g) Leamington Spa, (h) Yalding, (i) Uckfield, (j) Lewes, (k) Malton, Yorkshire and (l) Norton, Yorkshire.
(19533)
119  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Bathing Water Directive on (a) rural beaches and (b) tourism policies.
(19542)
120  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to enable local authorities to collect and dispose of old fridges and freezers free of charge.
(19539)
121  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has for facilities to recycle foam from fridges.
(19538)
122  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will be able to comply immediately with the EC Regulation on the disposal of fridges.
(19541)
123  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to promote a national recycling strategy, with particular reference to the targets set for recycling within councils' waste (a) collection and (b) disposal policies.
(19707)
124  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the policy of managed retreat in maintaining coastal flood defences during the winter months.
(19543)
125  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice has been issued by her Department to consumers on buying fridges and freezers before the issue concerning the disposal of their ozone-damaging contents is resolved; and what action she is taking to prevent the dumping of fridges and freezers.
(19553)
126  
  
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the representations (a) made to and (b) received from the European Commission in respect of the Sellafield MOX Plant since 1st January.
(19408)
127  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will establish an assessment, in respect of its relevance to environmental protection policy, of the report published on 23rd November by the European Parliament's Scientific and Technological Options Assessment Programme on the possible toxic effects from the nuclear reprocessing plants at Sellafield and Cap de la Hague, France.
(19873)
128  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she set up the Radioactive Waste Management Information Needs Research Project; what arrangements are in place for its co-ordination; what resources have been made available, covering what time period, for the research project; who has been appointed to the Steering Committee of the Research Project; and what criteria were used in making the appointments.
(19883)
129  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish a table showing (a) the attendance by Ministers at Green Ministers' meetings held since December 2000 and (b) the percentage energy savings achieved by each Department across its respective estate over the same period.
(19884)
130  
N  
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to spend some of the money for flood relief announced by the Deputy Prime Minister when he visited Upton on Severn on projects in Upton on Severn.
(18923)
131  
  
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to support the Welsh livestock industry.
(19895)
132  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what basis he determines whether a tax credit is classed as public expenditure.
(19808)
133  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much excise duty was raised from the sale of (a) petroleum and (b) diesel at petrol stations in the local government ward of Crossmaglen in the financial year 2000-01.
(19806)
134  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much excise duty was raised from the sale of (a) diesel and (b) heating oil in (i) Northern Ireland and (ii) the rest of the United Kingdom for the last financial year for which records are available.
(19807)
135  
N  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge & West Devon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will explain the VAT treatment given to VAT invoices rendered for work done for the Treasury by outside contractors.
(19137)
136  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the total unallocated funds within his departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and (b) to date; and what was the month seven forecast on outturn underspend against his departmental expenditure limit in (i) real and (ii) percentage terms.
(19441)
137  
N  
Mr David Cameron (Witney):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the operation of the climate change levy; and if he will make a statement.
(16499)
138  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects all 2001 Census forms to be (a) processed and (b) analysed.
(19879)
139  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what FSA regulations apply to the activities of Irish European Reinsurance Company when reinsuring UK companies.
(19632)
140  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions the FSA has had with its Irish counterparts about Irish European Reinsurance Company's (a) activities and (b) reinsurance of Independent Insurance.
(19639)
141  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the FSA conducted an investigation into all reinsurance contracts held with UK companies by the Irish European Reinsurance Company following the disclosure of its reinsurance of Independent Insurance.
(19637)
142  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action he proposes the FSA should take to prevent company executives failing to inform (a) their own auditors and (b) the FSA of major solvency decisions.
(19634)
143  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the FSA took two months to issue a public statement after being informed on 24th September of a previously undisclosed letter dated 1st April 1999 from Mr Christopher Headdon, then Actuary to Equitable Life, to Irish European Reinsurance Company.
(19887)
144  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what responsibilities non-UK EU reinsurance companies have to inform the FSA of major changes in the solvency of UK companies.
(19640)
145  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidelines the FSA has issued to companies about reinsurance practices following the disclosure of Irish European Reinsurance Company's involvement with (a) Independent Insurance and (b) Equitable Life.
(19633)
146  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how regularly the FSA communicates with its Irish counterpart; and by what means.
(19631)
147  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action the FSA took when it was informed of Irish European Reinsurance Company's involvement in reinsuring Independent Insurance.
(19638)
148  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with other Government departments on the (a) level of illegal meat imports to the UK and (b) effectiveness of port controls and enforcement measures to tackle illegal meat imports, in respect of his role in assessing the work of HM Customs and Excise.
(19544)
149  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with regard to Section 32 of the Inland Revenue Regulation Act 1890, what criteria the Commissioners of Inland Revenue employ to determine whether to exercise their discretion afforded by the Inland Revenue Regulation Act 1890 to reward an informer; when these criteria were established; and how they differ from the criteria previously in force.
(18927)
150  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answers of 25th October, Offical Report, column 375W, and 21st November, Official Report, column 360W, on international tax recoveries, how much in total the International Division of the Inland Revenue recovered in compliance cases in the tax year ending 2000 from tax payers paying at least £100 million; whether those tax payers were individuals or corporations; and what was their national domicile.
(19785)
151  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the incidence of smuggling from Andorra to the UK and the consequent loss to the Exchequer in each of the last five years.
(19134)
152  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost is of each (a) tax allowance and (b) benefit given to pensioners in the current financial year; and what assessment he has made of the cost of each retirement allowance and benefit for future years (i) at current prices and (ii) in total as a percentage of gross domestic product.
(19779)
153  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the cost-effectiveness of additional spending on the NHS since 1997.
(19286)
154  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for the Public Sector Borrowing Requirement for financial years (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03 of Railtack remaining in administration; and if he will make a statement.
(19607)
155  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action he is taking to inform working women of the consequences of paying the married women's rate of national insurance.
(16503)
156  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the average charge for a cross border bank transfer of 100 euros (a) in the Euro zone and (b) involving a UK bank; and if he will make a statement.
(19587)
157  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what arrangements exist for (a) Customs and Excise and (b) immigration officials to be present at a port which does not have a permanent presence of such officials when a request is made for foreign tourists to disembark at that port; and if he will make a statement on what restrictions geography imposes on such officials being present.
(18924)
158  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many council tax payers there were in each year since 1997; and what his estimate is of this figure for the 2001-02 financial year.
(19646)
159  
  
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what further steps are being taken to reduce the levels of illligal imports of (a) beer and (b) alcohol.
(19450)
160  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what changes he plans to make to Treasury investment appraisal guidance; and if he will make a statement.
(19521)
161  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what studies his Department has undertaken on the impact of working families tax credit on the levels of (a) income tax paid, (b) national insurance paid and (c) other benefits paid by recipients; and if he will make a statement.
(19520)
162  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what involvement officials from HM Treasury have had in the value for money assessment of the PPP for the London Underground; if he will place in the Library the assessment he has received from the Office of National Statistics concerning the accounting treatment of the PPP for the London Underground; and if he will make a statement.
(19519)
163  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 19th November, Official Report, column 27W, on the Scottish Executive, if the Minister of State for Europe discussed the timing of a referendum on the euro with the former Education Minister in Scotland.
(19816)
164  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will estimate the total unallocated funds within his departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and (b) to date; and what was the month seven forecast on outturn underspend against his departmental expenditure limit in (i) real and (ii) percentage terms.
(19448)
165  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings he has held with the joint sovereigns of Andorra in the last three years, with specific reference to the use of Andorra as a route for smuggling into the UK.
(19133)
166  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the need for an inquiry into international preparedness for the willingness of suicide terrorists to use aircraft and other vehicles to inflict substantial loss of life.
(19775)
167  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking within the UN Security Council to establish a tribunal to try for crimes against humanity persons allegedly responsible for preparation and commission of (a) the 11th September attacks in the US and (b) other international terrorist crimes.
(19894)
168  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on what discussions his Department had prior to 11th September with Pakistan Government officials regarding Osama Bin Laden.
(19413)
169  
  
Mr George Mudie (Leeds East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many appeals have been lodged since October 2000 by overseas visitors against refusal of visas; of these, how many have requested (a) oral and (b) written appeals; and what is the success rate in both categories.
(19642)
170  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the (a) purpose, (b) funding and (c) activities of European Houses in the UK.
(19584)
171  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Albanian Government with respect to the assassination attempt on Mr Azzan Haklaj.
(19581)
172  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the activities in the United Kingdom of (a) Sources d' Europe, (b) the Jacques Delors Information Centre and (c) CIDE: Information and Documentation Centre, as identified in Com (2001) 354; and what recent representations he has received from these bodies.
(19590)
173  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the level of gun running into Kosovo from Bosnian sources.
(19583)
174  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the planned activities of the Your Britain, Your Europe Roadshow.
(19593)
175  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his position towards the establishment of conventions for joint information activities between (a) the European Commission, (b) its agencies and (c) his Department as proposed in Com (2001) 354.
(19588)
176  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his policy towards maintaining political impartiality in the Your Britain, Your Europe programme.
(19578)
177  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, further to his Answer of 5th November, Official Report, column 1W, on departmental assets, if he will make a statement on what (a) quantities, (b) countries of origin and (c) maximum bottle price of fine wines are available for use at home; and what was the cost by department for the last year.
(19799)
178  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his assessment is of the recent parliamentary elections in Albania, with special reference to (a) organisation and (b) conduct.
(19582)
179  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 21st June 2000, Official Report, column 230W, on small businesses, how many of the improvements listed have been instigated; and what is his assessment of (a) the costs and (b) benefits to business therefrom.
(19627)
180  
  
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the representations (a) made to and (b) received from the European Commission by his Department in respect of the Sellafield MOX Plant since 1st January.
(19407)
181  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to enter into discussions with Argentina about the future status of the Falkland Islands; and if he will make a statement.
(19529)
182  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what techniques are available to distinguish between a blastocyst stage cloned human embryo and a blastocyst stage embryo created by fertilisation in (a) the petri dish, (b) the cryopresentation facility and (c) the womb of a woman.
(19753)
183  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of chiropody services in Buckinghamshire.
(19802)
184  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to spend the £510 million that was allocated to his Department for 2000-01 but not spent.
(19522)
185  
  
Mr Paul Boateng (Brent South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action his Department is taking to ensure that deaf patients who seek treatment with an NHS dentist have access to an interpreter.
(19415)
186  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many unborn children were (a) placed on the Child Protection Register and (b) taken off the Child Protection Register in the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will list the reasons given for (i) placing an unborn child on the Child Protection Register and (ii) removing an unborn child from the Child Protection Register.
(19434)
187  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the total unallocated funds within his departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and (b) to date; and what was the month seven forecast on outturn underspend against his departmental expenditure limit in (i) real and (ii) percentage terms.
(19447)
188  
  
Patsy Calton (Cheadle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the provision of fast food and drinks machines in school corridors.
(19537)
189  
  
Patsy Calton (Cheadle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what interim measures he plans to take to ensure continuity of service for those who have benefited from digital hearing aids in the 20 trial hospitals while awaiting the evaluation report from the Institute of Hearing Research.
(19536)
190  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will request the Prescription Pricing Authority to enable pharmacists to be informed of the specific reasons for transferring individual prescription items from exempt to chargeable groups without requiring them to travel to health authority premises to obtain the information.
(19809)
191  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussion he has had with colleagues in other Government departments on (a) the level of illegal meat imports into the UK and (b) the effectiveness of controls and enforcement measures at (i) ports, (ii) airports and (iii) elsewhere to tackle illegal meat imports; and what assessment he has made of the need for further action.
(19305)
192  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the start dates for those commissioning abortion services; and if he will monitor the process.
(19451)
193  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on those health authorities which offer a choice between early medical and surgical abortion.
(19454)
194  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources have been committed to the improvement of abortion services following the National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV.
(19452)
195  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the health authorities which do not offer abortions within 10 weeks.
(19455)
196  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the criteria which have to be met before a public enquiry is set up within the health service.
(19456)
197  
  
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects NICE to publish clinical guidelines on the assessment and prevention of falls in older people.
(19641)
198  
  
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that the clinical guidelines on the assessment and prevention of falls in older people will include specific guidance on osteoporosis.
(19635)
199  
  
Matthew Green (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the viability of a West Mercia Strategic Health Authority based on Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
(19577)
200  
  
Matthew Green (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the appointment process for the senior positions on the new strategic health authorities was started; and which stages have been completed.
(19576)
201  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of operations carried out under the NHS were performed in the private sector in the last 12 months.
(19381)
202  
N  
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average turnaround time is for cervical smear tests within the NHS in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(18372)
203  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria will be used to allocate funding to primary care trusts.
(19197)
204  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will answer the letters sent to him by Mr and Mrs Phillips of Fareham on 21st August and 1st October.
(19194)
205  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were waiting for (a) in-patient treatment and (b) out-patient appointments in each quarter of (i) 2000 and (ii) 2001 for (a) less than six months, (b) between six and 12 months, (c) between 12 and 18 months and (d) over 18 months.
(19196)
206  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds were unavailable in the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Health Authority to incoming patients as a result of their occupation by (a) delayed discharge patients who were awaiting social services funding and (b) delayed discharge patients who had fully funded social service packages arranged, in each quarter in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2001.
(19195)
207  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists accepted NHS patients in Fareham in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997, (d) 1998, (e) 1999 and (f) 2000.
(19198)
208  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for each health authority area, what was the September forecast by the Prescription Pricing Authority, indicating projected overspending or underspending during the present financial year.
(19318)
209  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of the NHS South East Regional Office's Atlas of NHS and Social Care Performance.
(19319)
210  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of (a) personal social services SSA per resident over 65 and (b) personal social services SSA per resident below 18 is for (i) Buckinghamshire, (ii) Milton Keynes and (iii) England.
(19313)
211  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for (a) each health authority and (b) in total, (i) the authority-wide resident-based (A) in-patient and (B) day-case waiting list target for March 2002, (ii) the authority-wide profiled target for such cases for October 2001, (iii) the number of patients waiting for (1) in-patient and (2) day-case treatment in October 2001, (iv) the difference between (i) and (iii) and (v) the difference between (ii) and (iv).
(19320)
212  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nursing home beds per 10,000 population over 18, (b) residential places per 10,000 population over 18 and (c) mental health nursing home beds (EMI) per 10,000 weighted population there are in (i) the Buckinghamshire Health Authority area and (ii) England.
(19312)
213  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the latest forecast figures for underspending or overspending for the present financial year that have been submitted by each health authority in the South East of England to the NHS South East Regional Office.
(19317)
214  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many funded critical care beds were closed in (a) each health authority area and (b) England at the latest available date.
(19322)
215  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of nursing posts are vacant in (a) the Buckinghamshire Health Authority area and (b) England.
(19314)
216  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time eqvuialents per 10,000 population work in social services in (a) Buckinghamshire, (b) Milton Keynes and (c) England.
(19316)
217  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many acute beds there are per 1,000 residents in (a) the Buckinghamshire Health Authority area and (b) England.
(19315)
218  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients admitted to hospital in October via an accident and emergency department had to wait more than four hours for a bed; and what proportion that figure represents of all patients so admitted to hospital during October.
(19321)
219  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment his Department has made of the state of preparedness from primary care groups becoming primary care trusts.
(19291)
220  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the average time during which looked after children were held in care under the responsibility of local authorities in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the trend.
(19203)
221  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will give his estimate for the number of looked after children in the care of local authority social services departments per calendar year in each of the last 10 years.
(19310)
222  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the operation of commercial services to members of the public to collect and freeze blood from umbilical cords with a view to stem cell use to treat children later in life; and what proposals he has to regulate commercial firms offering these services.
(19299)
223  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what activities he includes under the heading of Adoption Support Services.
(19227)
224  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish his Regulatory Impact Assessment of the Adoption and Children Bill.
(19210)
225  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued on the recommended average length of patient consultation times with (a) General Practitioners and (b) hospital consultants.
(19292)
226  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his assessment is of the likely impact of the Adoption and Children Bill within five years of enactment on (a) the number of children adopted, (b) the proportion of babies adopted as a percentage of the total and (c) the proportion of looked after children adopted as a percentage of the total compared with current figures.
(19232)
227  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his intentions are regarding increasing the number and nature of adoptions taking place across local authority boundaries.
(19223)
228  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he proposes to produce a report on the system of home studies for adoption placements.
(19213)
229  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the likely cost of regulation of voluntary adoption agencies under the terms of the Adoption and Children Bill as it relates to the Care Standards Act 2000.
(19208)
230  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when after Royal Assent he expects the terms of the Adoption and Children's Bill to come into force.
(19228)
231  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is regarding fees which may be charged by adoption agencies in respect of the provision of services to persons providing facilities as part of the adoption service resulting from the Adoption and Children Bill.
(19211)
232  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what study he has made of cases of criminal assault against birth parents by their adopted children; and how many such cases he has studied.
(19205)
233  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the effectiveness at tracking adopted children in the system operating in England and Wales.
(19309)
234  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which ombudsman will be responsible for complaints against adoption review panels proposed in the Adoption and Children Bill.
(19218)
235  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what basis he judges whether local authority social services departments are adequately providing services related to adoption and adoption support; and whether he proposes to compile performance tables as a result of the Adoption and Children Bill.
(19220)
236  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under section 12 of the Adoption and Children Bill, to which organisations he might delegate his functions in respect of the operation of review panels.
(19307)
237  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the representations he has received regarding adoption since publication of the draft Adoption Bill in March.
(19296)
238  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review the way his Department compiles tables for hospital waiting list numbers and times.
(19300)
239  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the meaning of child's welfare in the Adoption and Children Bill.
(19229)
240  
  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if it is the intention of Clause 2 of the Adoption and Children Bill for the review panel to have power to recover the (a) whole or (b) part of the costs of the review panel from the relevant adoption agency.
(19762)
241  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish a preliminary list of those overseas countries to which Chapter 6 of the Adoption and Children Bill will apply.
(19294)
242  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many overseas adoption applications have been processed by his Department in each of the last five years.
(19207)
243  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the procedure for appeal against the findings of a panel will be and what complaints procedure will be available to the applicants in his proposals for setting up review panels in Clause 12 of the Adoption and Children Bill.
(19217)
244  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what organisations he has met this year to discuss the Adoption and Children Bill.
(19297)
245  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his proposals are for which local authority should be responsible for the resourcing and provision of specialist educational provision for persons adopted outside of the original local authority's area.
(19222)
246  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of children subject to special guardianship orders which would be issued under Clause 110 of the Adoption and Children Bill as opposed to full adoption proceedings.
(19214)
247  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his proposals are for payment of allowances for the new special guardianship orders proposed in the Adoption and Children Bill.
(19295)
248  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average patient consultation times were in each health authority area for (a) General Practitioner and (b) hospital consultant appointments in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(19293)
249  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has for encouraging the provision of intermediary services to people connected with adoption as a result of the Adoption and Children Bill.
(19226)
250  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he proposes to publish regulations relating to the provision of assessments and support services for people connected with adoption.
(19221)
251  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the average time for completion of adoption for children identified as potential adoptees under the age of one in each of the last 10 years.
(19212)
252  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the procedures for obtaining a child's ascertainable wishes as set out in the Adoption and Children Bill.
(19231)
253  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if it is his intention to extend the right of adoption to (a) unmarried opposite sex couples and (b) same sex couples; and if he will make a statement.
(19224)
254  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many foster parents are on the register of social services departments in each local authority in England and Wales; and how many were on the register in (a) 1990 and (b) 1995.
(19215)
255  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the likely cost of implementation of the Adoption and Children Bill to (a) local authorities, (b) voluntary adoption agencies and (c) adopting parents.
(19209)
256  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what advice he based his proposals to restrict the right of access to an adopted person's birth certificate and birth parent details granted in the Adoption Act 1976 as set out in Chapter 3 of the Adoption and Children Bill.
(19204)
257  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what and how many representations he has received from individuals and voluntary adoption agencies regarding his proposed changes of access to birth information records as set out in the Adoption and Children Bill.
(19206)
258  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if it is his intention to change the number of (a) voluntary organisations and (b) informal groups providing adoption support services in England and Wales.
(19225)
259  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has for the (a) selection of members, (b) qualifications and training of members, (c) payment of members, (d) scrutiny and (e) likely operating cost, in relation to review panels set up under Clause 12 of the Adoption and Children Bill; and at what stages he envisages review panels will operate.
(19216)
260  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his assessment is of reasonableness for a period of delay as used in the Adoption and Children Bill.
(19230)
261  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has for funding centrally the operation of the review panels under the Adoption and Children Bill.
(19308)
262  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those capital spending projects being negotiated in the NHS where the lead on building and management involves an overseas firm or organisation.
(19298)
263  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice his Department issues to ambulance trusts on the need to ensure interoperability of radio systems with other emergency services.
(19703)
264  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will rank in terms of (a) numbers and (b) as a percentage of the total those countries whose citizens are employed by the NHS as (i) nurses, (ii) doctors and (iii) other professional clinical staff in the most recent years for which figures are available.
(19601)
265  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the Diabetes National Framework Standards by the end of November.
[R] (19552)
266  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS trusts provide treatment and which health authorities have purchased treatment for individual patients (a) inside and (b) outside their own area, for macular degeneration.
(19416)
267  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if hospital improvement plans submitted by the North Bristol NHS Trust are among the proposals by trusts that he has prioritised for capital investment under his 10 year plan.
(19193)
268  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what rules apply to whether serving officers of M15 may belong to private security firms or associations made up of them.
(19086)
269  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what rehabilitation and education programmes were being run at HMP Downview on 17th July; how many prisoners were on each progamme; and where those prisoners completed their programmes.
(19517)
270  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the total unallocated funds within his departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and (b) to date; and what was the month seven forecast on outturn underspend against his departmental expenditure limit in (i) real and (ii) percentage terms.
(19446)
271  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of Britain's anti-drug budget was devoted to treatment in each of the past six years for which figures are available.
(19711)
272  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the efficiency of the proportion of the drugs budget that has been spent on (a) treatment, (b) the criminal justice system and (c) anti-drugs education in (i) the United Kingdom and (ii) Council of Europe countries.
(19716)
273  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with other Government departments on the (a) level of illegal meat imports to the UK and (b) effectiveness of port controls and enforcement measures to tackle illegal meat imports in respect of his responsibilities for border control and immigration.
(19545)
274  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on policing unsuitable material on the Internet; and what legislation is in place to enable it to do so.
(19718)
275  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has given the Prison Service regarding the closure of Kairos wings; and if he will make a statement.
(19608)
276  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Police Complaints Authority review of police shootings since 1998 will take into consideration the need for appropriate procedures when the potential aggressor is known by the police to suffer from a mental disorder.
(19777)
277  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training is given by police forces in England and Wales to help their officers deal with mental health crises.
(19778)
278  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the willingness of terrorists to commit suicidal acts to inflict substantial loss of life was taken into account in the drafting of the Terrorism Act 2000.
(19776)
279  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which of the policy proposals set out in the document Supporting Families (a) have been implemented, (b) are timetabled to be implemented, (c) have no date for implementation and (d) have been abandoned.
(19535)
280  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice his Department issues to police authorities on the need to ensure interoperability of radio systems with other emergency services.
(19702)
281  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on how the Metropolitan Police calculated the number of demonstrators who took part in the Anti-War march from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square on 18th November.
(19433)
282  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the impact of the level of central government funding of the Metropolitan Police Authority in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002 on the expected increase in the MPA element of the GLA precept on council tax in London in 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(19595)
283  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the cost in the latest available year of the Best Value regime to (a) his Department and (b) police authorities.
(19597)
284  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list those proposals under discussion at JHA Council level that contain elements of the Corpus Juris package; and if he will make a statement.
(19589)
285  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many stolen vehicles have been recovered through use of the Schengen Information System.
(19591)
286  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will define nuclear weapon as it is used in the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill, Clauses 47 to 49.
(19875)
287  
  
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answers to the honourable Members for Lewes and Walsall North, of 21st November, Official Report, column 484W, on the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, how many days a week the first Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards was paid for in each year of his term of office.
(19818)
288  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will estimate the total unallocated funds within her departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and (b) to date; and what was the month seven forecast on outturn underspend against her departmental expenditure limit in (i) real and (ii) percentage terms.
(19445)
289  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 26th November, Official Report, column 590, on world trade rules, if she will set out the areas of (a) agreement and (b) disagreement she has had with the collective proposals put forward by NGOs in respect of world trade rules.
(19876)
290  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what measures he is taking to improve disability access to courts in England and Wales; and what financial resources are being made available for this purpose.
(19289)
291  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what cover is provided to court employees by court service insurance policies when dealing with people with disabilities.
(19290)
292  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what advice his Department has given to court staff on assisting disabled people attending court.
(19287)
293  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, which court buildings in England and Wales have been assessed as disability-friendly.
(19288)
294  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, for what reasons the Government has not established a joint committee of both Houses to consider the reform of the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement.
(19636)
295  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of the Saville Inquiry is to date; and what estimate he has made of the cost of the whole inquiry.
(19773)
296  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the implications are for other recruits in the event of Catholic recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland failing to complete recruit training.
(19772)
297  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the detection rate for each class of criminal offence in Northern Ireland for each year since 1997.
(19774)
298  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Prime Minister, what recent representations he has received from (a) the European Criminal Bar Association of Defence Lawyers and (b) Fair Trials Abroad, concerning the European Arrest Warrant; and if he will make a statement.
(19592)
299  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he had with the joint chiefs of the defence staff regarding (a) possible cancellation of and (b) reduction in the scope of exercise Saif Sareea II.
(19376)
300  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if she will estimate the total unallocated funds within her departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and (b) to date; and what was the month seven forecast on outturn underspend against her departmental expenditure limit in (i) real and (ii) percentage terms.
(19444)
301  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will estimate the total unallocated funds within her departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and (b) to date; and what was the month seven forecast on outturn underspend against her departmental expenditure limit in (i) real and (ii) percentage terms.
(19443)
302  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the total amounts of grant aid available in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02 for the installation of domestic solar water heating systems, together with (i) the name of each local project responsible for administering this budget, (ii) the targets set in these financial years for each local project and (iii) their budget allocation.
(16632)
303  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the total amount of grant aid available in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02, for the installation of photolvoltaic panels and roofing together with (i) the name of each local project responsible for adminstering the budget, (ii) the targets set in both of these financial years and (iii) their budget allocation.
(16634)
304  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the (a) financial and (b) employment situation in the British aluminium industry.
(17654)
305  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what arrangements her Department has made to support the celebration of the centenary of the first transatlantic radio signal.
(19572)
306  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with her counterparts in Canada and the US in respect of arrangements to celebrate the centenary of the successful transmission of a transatlantic radio signal.
(19573)
307  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will publish details of the research underlying the statement in her press release number 250/01 dated 21st November on the proportion of households without a gas supply living in fuel poverty.
(19628)
308  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 20th November, Official Report, column 163W, on BNFL, where BNFL inc's accounts are published in the United States; and if she will make a statement.
(19409)
309  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of energy supplies and the Middle East in response to the events of 11th September; and if she will make a statement.
(19768)
310  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make an assessment of the Russian-Kazakhstani pipeline schemes for the Caspian oil fields; and if she will make a statement.
(19767)
311  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of the UK oil supply comes from Middle East countries; what percentage comes from each such country; which other countries supply the UK with oil; and if she will make a statement.
(19766)
312  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the role of the Government Office for the North West is in helping businesses that have been taken into administration.
(18960)
313  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much funding from her Department has been allocated to help start small businesses in Chorley in each of the last five years.
(19756)
314  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will review the (a) operations and (b) procedures in the Government Office for the North West.
(18964)
315  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what personal vehicle is available to the Chief Constable of the Atomic Energy Police.
(19759)
316  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) advice and (b) support the Government Office for the North West can provide to businesses on management buyouts.
(18962)
317  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the financial position of Consignia for the current financial year; what resulting action she has asked the Chairman to take; and what action she plans to take in respect of the Chairman.
(18921)
318  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the advantages are of (a) not operating and (b) operating a central purchasing policy for the Atomic Energy Police.
(19757)
319  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reason no file was held at the Government Office for the North West on the closure of Thomas Whitter in Chorley.
(18961)
320  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the achievement of the Government target for first class post being delivered next morning.
(18920)
321  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the operational value is of running three Volkswagen, two Mitsubishi and one Peugeot vehicle for the Atomic Energy Police.
(19758)
322  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what role the Government Office for the North West played in relation to Thomas Whitter; and what procedures will be in place for staff at the Government Office for the North West to deal with the case of Thomas Whitter.
(18963)
323  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment she has made of the quality of the operation of the Government Office for the North West; and if she will make a statement on the future of the Government Office for the North West.
(18925)
324  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what specific concerns prompted the review of the Employment Agencies Act 1973.
(19853)
325  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many employment agencies specialise in recruiting (a) nurses, (b) secretaries, (c) IT professionals and (d) generalists.
(19869)
326  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions she has had with (a) representative organisations and (b) individual companies in the recruitment industry.
(19858)
327  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, by what date she expects to lay the draft of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2001.
(19856)
328  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what studies have been conducted into the number of temporary employees who have taken up permanent employment in the (a) nursing, (b) secretarial, (c) information technology and (d) transport industries in the last 12 months.
(19861)
329  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will she make a statement on the aspects of the Employment Agencies Act 1973 which triggered a revision of the present legislation.
(19863)
330  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she is planning to undertake further consultation on the draft of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2001.
(19854)
331  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of temporary information technology staff operate through personal service companies.
(19865)
332  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the (a) companies, (b) organisations and (c) individuals who have been invited to discuss the proposed draft of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2001.
(19852)
333  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what information she has collated on the number of IT staffing agencies which are privately-owned and managed SMEs; and if she will make a statement.
(19867)
334  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many IT agencies operate in the UK; and what percentage of these have a turnover in excess of £2 million per annum.
(19866)
335  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she last met the Association of Technology Staffing Companies; and if she will make a statement.
(19864)
336  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will publish the names of the (a) individuals and (b) organisations who have commented on the proposed draft of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2001.
(19857)
337  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average cost is for an information technology staffing agency to provide an IT professional to a client.
(19868)
338  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she has received representations from the IT industry about the proposed draft of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(19859)
339  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what evidence she has received that demonstrates that the quarantine period proposed in the draft of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2001 has been set at an appropriate time-scale for recruitment information technology personnel.
(19862)
340  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what criteria were used to select the Recruitment and Employment Confederation as the main negotiator for the UK employment industry.
(19855)
341  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she has completed a regulatory impact assessment on the proposed draft of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(19860)
342  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on what discussions her Department has had with oil companies regarding oil exploration projects in central Asia in the last 12 months.
(19411)
343  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on what discussions her Department has had with Shell UK on their interests in central Asia in the last 12 months.
(19412)
344  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on what discussions her Department has had with representatives of BP in the last 12 months.
(19410)
345  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on his policy towards the establishment of a temporary EU defensive mechanism for the shipbuilding industry.
(19585)
346  
  
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the representations (a) made to and (b) received from the European Commission by her Department in respect of the Sellafield MOX Plant since 1st January.
(19406)
347  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is her estimate of the (a) current and (b) projected liabilities arising from radiological contamination owned by (i) BNFL, (ii) UKAEA and (iii) the oil industry; and if she will make a statement on what steps she plans to take to deal with these liabilities.
(19881)
348  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many person days per annum safeguards inspectors from (a) Euratom and (b) the International Atomic Energy Agency have spent at Sellafield since December 1993; if she will list the facilities inspected; and if she will list the reports arising from the application of safegaurds at Sellafield over this time
(19886)
349  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the report published on 23rd November by the European Parliament's Scientific and Technological Options Assessment Programme on possible toxic effects from the nuclear reprocessing plants at Sellafield and Cap de la Hague, France.
(19874)
350  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consultations have been undertaken since 11th September with (a) non governmental organisations and (b) independent academic experts on the security of nuclear installations and nuclear materials in transport by the Office of Civil Nuclear Security; and what were the (i) dates and (ii) matters covered in the meetings.
(19871)
351  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether his Department is undertaking investigations into potential insider dealing regarding Railtrack shares in the period immediately before the suspension of shares in Railtrack; and if he will make a statement.
(19784)
352  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations she has made to the Government of Turkey regarding the future of the Ilisu Dam.
(19382)
353  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her estimate is of the annual cost to employers of implementing the (a) Working Time Regulations 1998 (SI 1833), (b) employment provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1996 (i) excluding and (ii) including firms with between 15 to 20 staff, (c) national minimum wage, (d) reduction in the qualifying period for unfair dismissal from two years to one, (e) Public Interest Disclosures Act 1998, (f) rise in the upper limit for compensation for unfair dismissal from £12,000 to £51,700, (g) Maternity Leave etc. Regulations 1999 and other rights for parental leave and (h) the Part-Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000.
(19760)
354  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many applications to employment tribunals were (a) upheld, (b) dismissed and (c) withdrawn in the last year for which information is available.
(19761)
355  
N  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the next stage of funding for the Galileo project was discussed at the November European Space Agency ministerial meeting; what commitments were made by each member state; and if she will make a statement.
(19085)
356  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many planning applications were subject to an appeal against refusal; what percentages of appeals were (a) wholly allowed, (b) partially allowed and (c) dismissed; and in how many cases costs were awarded against the relevant council in respect of planning applications submitted to (i) Lewes District Council and (ii) Wealden District Council for each year from 1990 to date.
(19087)
357  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects to spend the £920 million that was allocated to his Department for 2000-01 but not spent.
(19527)
358  
  
Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the revenue lost (a) to each of the train operating companies and (b) in total in each of the last five years resulting from shortages of (i) booking office staff, (ii) ticket machines and (iii) on-board conductors to collect fares.
(19554)
359  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd November, Official Report, column 423W, on rural public transport, if he will list (a) the local authorities that have received local transport capital funding, (b) the organizations that received central government funding from the Rural Bus Challenge and (c) the organizations that received support from the Rail Passenger Partnership in 2001-02.
(18835)
360  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) number and (b) proportion of affordable housing units (i) have been built since March 2001 and (ii) will be built by March 2002.
(18788)
361  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps she has taken to introduce legislation to provide rate relief for small businesses on former agricultural sites.
(18784)
362  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what he estimates will be the average (a) council and (b) registered social landlord rent in (i) each region in England and (ii) each London borough in 2011-12 in constant prices, after adjusting for the effects of the Government's rent restructuring proposals.
(19817)
363  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will estimate the total unallocated funds within his departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and (b) to date; and what was the month seven forecast on outturn underspend against his departmental expenditure limit in (i) real and (ii) percentage terms.
(19442)
364  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list for each of the last 10 years the number of planning applications approved in the green belt for (a) residential and (b) commercial properties for each region of England.
(16631)
365  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what calculation he has made of the amount of lost interest per day arising from the lack of proceeds from the sale of the Dome site.
(19849)
366  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many staff have left Railtrack, broken down by grade since Railtrack was put into administration; what changes there have been in the number of delayed trains in each of the five weeks (a) prior to and (b) since administration; and what estimate has been made of the amount of funding to be allocated to Railtrack during the administration period, indicating how much capital investment has been allocated for each project.
(19803)
367  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, in relation to Statutory Instrument 2718 and the accompanying guidelines, what discussions his Department has had with all other Government departments on the number of portable buildings they use which will have to be disposed of after five years; and what the estimated cost to public funds of deposing and replacing these units will be.
(19878)
368  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if it is his policy to obtain the best possible value from the North Greenwich Penisular site; if he will publish the conditions of sale of the Dome site; and what discussions he is engaged in with potential bidders for the (a) site and (b) structure of the Dome.
(19851)
369  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what procedures the Government are putting in place to ensure that routine (a) track and (b) signal maintenance is carried on a scheduled basis during the period of administration.
(19850)
370  
N  
Mr Paul Daisley (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will abolish the council tax benefit subsidy limitation scheme before the 2002-03 settlement.
(18922)
371  
N  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he is taking to improve the safety of cars with regard to pedestrians.
(16491)
372  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what criteria determine the number of passengers permitted to stand on a scheduled bus; and how many people standing are permitted on an (a) 48 seater and (b) 53 seater bus.
(19754)
373  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with other Government departments on the (a) level of illegal meat imports to the UK and (b) effectiveness of port controls and enforcement measures, in respect of his own Department's responsibility in overseeing local authority ports and airports.
(19546)
374  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what was the total number of dwellings in each local authority in England and Wales in the last four years for which figures are available for which a business rate was payable in respect of their use as holiday accommodation.
(19431)
375  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what level of total council tax discount was made in each local authority in England and Wales for the last five years for which figures are available in respect of (a) furnished second residences privately owned for recreational investment or other private purposes, (b) all categories of privately owned empty properties, whether furnished or substantially unfurnished, (c) properties available to the armed forces or visiting forces accommodation, (d) halls of residence and (e) other categories subject to a 50 per cent. discount; and what was the total amount.
(19432)
376  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will curtail the right to buy in areas covered by urban regeneration initiatives.
(19719)
377  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the road schemes costing more than £5 million initiated in England and Wales since 1997 which are complete.
(19755)
378  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 26th November, Official Report, column 607W, on Renewco, for what reason this information is commercially sensitive.
(19717)
379  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many planning applications were awaiting a decision by him on (a) the most recent date, (b) 31st December 2000, (c) 31st December 1999, (d) 31st December 1998 and (e) 31st December 1997.
(19201)
380  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the timescale for introducing high speed trains on the West Coast Main Line.
(18918)
381  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the upgrade of the West Coast Main Line.
(18919)
382  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the Highways Agency's plans to cut back vegetation obscuring vision at the A41 roundabout at High Street and Stocklake, Aylesbury.
(19706)
383  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects the Highways Agency to replace missing signposts at the (a) A41 Henley roundabout at the left turn into Haydon Road and Weedon Road, Aylesbury, and (b) A41 High Street, Aylesbury, by Vale Park.
(19705)
384  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his timetable is for elected regional assemblies in England.
(19311)
385  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will publish his (a) proposals and (b) timetable for road safety improvements for pedestrians at the Boundstone College crossing on the A27 at Sompting in West Sussex.
(19301)
386  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his projections are for (a) traffic congestion, (b) the number of vehicles on the roads in the UK and (c) the number of car passenger and bus passenger miles travelled by (i) 2005, (ii) 2010 and (iii) 2020.
(19302)
387  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what advice his Department issues to fire authorities on the need to ensure interoperability of radio systems with other emergency services.
(19704)
388  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the elements of the £3.5 billion needed by Railtrack plc in administration, including that sum which was due to be paid to the company by the Government over that period under previous agreements.
(19798)
389  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd November, Official Report, column 390W, on consultants, if he will list for each of the consultants and advisers named (a) the length of their contract including start and finish dates, (b) whether they were appointed after open competition, (c) the job specification for their contract, (d) the cost to his Department of their contract, (e) other contracts which they have with his Department and (f) other contracts held with other Government departments.
(19781)
390  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd November, Official Report, column 496W, on Railtrack, what his Department's assessment of the value of the assets of Railtrack plc was as at 5th October.
(19780)
391  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 21st November, Official Report, column 277W, on Railtrack, what his Department's estimate of the cash needs of Railtrack plc in administration is in addition to the £3.5 billion already identified.
(19910)
392  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the anticipated average percentage change in Band D council tax in England in 2002-03.
(19889)
393  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the London Resilience Sub-Committee referred to by Lord Rooker, HL Debate of 5th November, column 5, is the same body as the London Civil Contingencies Committee mentioned in a DTLR Press Release of 10th October.
(19893)
394  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the likely use of his reserve powers to regulate council tax set by English local authorities in 2002-03.
(19890)
395  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which the Government would use its reserve powers to regulate the GLA council tax precept.
(19891)
396  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what impact the heightened state of alert against terrorism will have on the level of council tax in English local authorities in the context of increased civil defence and emergency planning expenditure; and if he will make a statement.
(19596)
397  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the date of publication of the (a) Regions White Paper and (b) the Local Government White Paper.
(19888)
398  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will review the role of English Partnerships in relation to the former new towns.
(18792)
399  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will return the assets in new towns held by English Partnerships to local authorities.
(18794)
400  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will ensure that regeneration of former new towns is assisted by reinvestment of assets realised by English Partnerships locally and without clawback.
(18793)
401  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what is the credit rating of Railtrack bonds.
(19425)
402  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the sum that would need to be granted to (a) Railtrack PLC and (b) Railtrack Group to give the bonds an A Credit rating.
(19426)
403  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much Government money was paid to Railtrack PLC (a) directly and (b) via the SRA in 2001-02 before the Administration Order; and how much was planned for the rest of the financial year.
(19427)
404  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many staff the Administrator of Railtrack employs.
(19428)
405  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many contracts for (a) lawyers, (b) accountants, and (c) consultants have been (i) let and (ii) advertised since 5th October on matters related to (A) Railtrack and (B) railway policy by (1) his Department, (2) the SRA and (3) Railtrack in Administration.
(19429)
406  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what are the day rates of the Administrator of Railtrack; and what different levels of staff has it been using.
(19430)
407  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what cash (a) guarantees and (b) sums have been made available to the Administrator of Railtrack PLC.
(19424)
408  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the changes made to the (a) measurements and (b) methodology used for determining the length of roads as used for the purposes of SSAs for local authorities since 1997.
(19547)
409  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the total mileage of roads for each local authority used for the purposes of calculating SSAs for each year since 1997 including the figures for 2001-02.
(19548)
410  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd November, Official Report, column 493W, on London Underground, for what reason the final assessment will be completed under Treasury Investment Appraisal guidelines; if it is his policy to ask Ernst & Young to conduct Monte Carlo simulations as an element of their robustness assessment; if the final agreement with Ernst & Young specified an end date of 17th December; and if he will make a statement.
(19870)
411  
  
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action the Government is taking in respect of the charging of council tax on empty homes.
(19603)
412  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will estimate the total unallocated funds within his departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and (b) to date; and what was the month seven forecast on outturn underspend against his departmental expenditure limit in (i) real and (ii) percentage terms.
(19438)
413  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the reasons for the increase from 1997-98 to 2002-03 in the administrative costs of the Office of the Pensions Ombudsman.
(19525)
414  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library a list of the sums which are not included in the 2001 Departmental Report and are indicated by the symbol .
(19419)
415  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the unallocated resource provision referred to on page 96 of the 2001 Departmental report.
(19523)
416  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the costs in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02 of the independent review service for the social fund.
(19524)
417  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of (a) council and (b) registered social landlord tenants in each region of England are in receipt of housing benefit; and how many of these are pensioner households in each case.
(19819)
418  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the (a) costs and (b) savings to the housing benefit budget in each region in England of the introduction of rent restructuring in (i) 2002-03 and (ii) 2003-04.
(19820)
419  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of all (a) council and (b) registered social landlord tenants in each London local authority are in receipt of housing benefit.
(19911)
420  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of (a) council and (b) registered social landlord tenants in each London local authority are pensioners and of these what proportion are in receipt of housing benefit.
(19821)
421  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children were living in poverty in (a) April 1997 and (b) April 2001.
(19805)
422  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, further to his Answer of 6th November, Official Report, column 195W, on industrial injuries disablement benefit, for what reason information is not available on claims for industrial injuries disablement benefit which have been refused as a result of the applicant's condition being caused through work processes and not as a result of accident or prescribed disease.
(18928)
423  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what was the estimated cost in the latest available year of the Best Value regime to (a) central government departments, (b) local government, (c) fire authorities and (d) non-department public bodies and executive agencies.
[Transferred] (19892)
424  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the political balance in percentage terms is of the Durham Magistrates' Bench.
[Transferred] (19453)
425  
  
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will give approval for a proof of age card in a standardised format.
[Transferred] (19461)
426  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans there are to create a Cabinet Minister for United Kingdom Security; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (19769)
427  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the letters of reflection that are to be prepared by Ministers as a result of the scrutiny of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill, indicating in each case when the letter is to be deposited in the Library.
[Transferred] (19872)
428  
  
John Cryer (Hornchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reach a decision on the application for leave to remain by Victor Dan Iliescu (HO Ref. JS33533/3(S); PO 01423/01).
[Transferred] (19643)
429  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the percentage of dropouts from residential treatment courses in (a) the first week of treatment, (b) the first month of treatment and (c) in subsequent weeks.
[Transferred] (19713)
430  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the calculated weekly cost of drug treatment programmes using (a) injectable heroin, (b) oral heroin, (c) injectable methadone and (d) oral methadone.
[Transferred] (19715)
431  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the use of Maltrexone in drug treatment programmes for heroin addicts.
[Transferred] (19714)
432  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the range of daily dosages in milligrams of methadone normally recommended for use in drug control treatments.
[Transferred] (19712)
433  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the basis of the criticisms of the competence of the authors of the report prepared for the European Parliament's Scientific and Technological Option Assessment Programme on possible toxic effects from nuclear reprocessing plants at Sellafield, that the Attorney General put before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea on 19th-20th November.
[Transferred] (19880)
434  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action was taken by the Government Office for the South West following the Southern Eye documentary, 'Anything to Declare' about the activities of Freemasons on West Dorset Council; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (19763)
435  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representatives from (a) devolved administrations, (b) local authorities and (c) London have been invited to sit on the (i) Civil Contingencies Committee and (ii) the Sub-Committee on UK Resilience.
[Transferred] (19598)


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