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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 5 December 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 5 December, 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.
 


 
WEDNESDAY 5th DECEMBER
1  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what action has been taken in pursuit of the public service agreement target for improved government regulation to establish a baseline of compliance with the regulatory impact assessment process.
(21344)
2  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the performance of (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) other departments in meeting the Public Service Agreement for electronic service delivery by government.
(21349)
3  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the Public Service Agreement target for the answer of correspondence to ministers.
(21257)
4  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on progress with the public service agreement target to introduce new pay systems to improve Departments' performance.
(21348)
5  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on progress with the Public Service Agreement target for openness and diversity in the Civil Service.
(21249)
6  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on progress in securing departments' compliance with the regulatory impact assessment process as part of the Cabinet Office's Public Service Agreement target on the subject.
(21342)
7  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many days were lost due to sickness absence in the Department in each of the last four years.
(21331)
8  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the performance of his Department in meeting its (a) breakeven and (b) other public service agreement targets this year.
(21329)
9  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the initial targets to be met by April 2001 in pursuit of the public service agreement target for the delivery of new programmes.
(21343)
10  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on progress with the Public Service Agreement target for introducing new development and training packages for departments' staff.
(21250)
11  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on progress since April 2000 in meeting the Public Service Agreement target for promoting the needs of women in society.
(21258)
12  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people are employed by the Department under the New Deal for Young People; and at what cost to public funds.
(21316)
13  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on progress this year with the public service agreement target for the saving on administration revenue.
(21248)
14  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of the increase in the departmental expenditure limit from 2001-02 to 2002-03 will be accounted for by wage costs.
(21234)
15  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on progress with the Public Service Agreement target for delivery of the Civil Service reforms programme.
(21238)
16  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on progress on the Public Service Agreement target for the review of corporate human resources systems which was subsumed within the Civil Service reforms programme.
(21275)
17  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what action has followed fulfilment of the public service agreement target to publish a white paper on modernising government.
(21345)
18  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what opinion research he has undertaken for ascertaining progress in meeting the Public Service Agreement target on responsiveness of public services to the views of users.
(21341)
19  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, in pursuit of the PSA target on women's interests, by what means his Department has involved the Treasury in realising the potential of women in addressing the productivity gap.
(21259)
20  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many days were lost owing to sickness absence in her Department in each of the last four years.
(21347)
21  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the increase in the departmental expenditure limit from 2001-02 to 2002-03 will be accounted for by wage costs.
(21240)
22  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people are employed by the Department under the New Deal for Young People; and at what cost to public funds.
(21310)
23  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the (a) amount and (b) nature of debts incurred by the Millennium Dome; and what is the timetable for repayment.
(21397)
24  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the estimated cost of administering the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme over its first year.
(20990)
25  
  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of pools industry money went to the (a) Foundation for Sport and Arts and (b) Football Foundation in (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02; and what the percentage will be for 2002-03.
(20988)
26  
  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate has been made of the income to the (a) Foundation for Sport and the Arts and (b) Football Foundation from the pools industry in 2002-03.
(20989)
27  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many days were lost due to sickness absence in the Department in each of the last four years.
(21298)
28  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people are employed by the Department under the New Deal for Young People; and at what cost to public funds.
(21311)
29  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to agree (a) common military testing programmes and (b) common use of testing sites with other European nations.
(20904)
30  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contracts in excess of £5 million have been signed, awarded or novated to (a) Matra BAE Dynamics and (b) consortia in which Matra BAE Dynamics is a member since January 1997; what the approximate value is of each contract; what the in-service dates were when contracts were announced; and what they are now anticipated to be.
(21217)
31  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel have been granted a war pension from the War Pension Agency in the last year; and if he will make a statement.
(21215)
32  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received on the exclusion of Polish pilots from the Battle of Britain war memorial at Dover; and if he will make a statement.
(20993)
33  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) heritage and (b) historic buildings are owned by his Department; and what is their value is in each case.
(18812)
34  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many helicopters are in service in the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Air Force; if he will break these down by number and type; and if he will make a statement.
(18804)
35  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the level of expenditure on armed forces based in Northern Ireland for each of the years 1984-85 to 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.
(18808)
36  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) underspends and (b) overspends have been recorded against his Department's total budget in each of the years 1996-97 to 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(18838)
37  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the additional planned spending which would be needed to stabilise the share of UK defence spending in relation to UK gross domestic product at the 2001 level until 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(18815)
38  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) items of equipment, (b) munitions and (c) all other property of his Department (i) which contain depleted uranium and (ii) in which depleted uranium has been used in each of the past 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(18819)
39  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military personnel have been allocated to service in Northern Ireland for 2001-02; and how many there have been in each of the last 20 years.
(18823)
40  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the orders for new warships which he has (a) placed and (b) plans to place for delivery prior to 2015; what his estimate of the cost of these new ships is; when the in-service expected date is in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(18795)
41  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military personnel are serving (a) in and around Gibraltar, (b) in and around Cyprus and (c) in and around the Falkland Islands; and if he will make a statement.
(18797)
42  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many submarines are in service in the Royal Navy; and how many there were in each of the past 25 years.
(18799)
43  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his plans to order a new tank for the Army.
(18801)
44  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) tanks, (b) fixed wing aircraft and (c) military personnel are serving in (i) Germany and (ii) other European union countries; and if he will make a statement.
(18802)
45  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) aircraft carriers, (b) cruisers, (c) destroyers, (d) frigates and (e) mine-sweepers have been in operation with the Royal Navy in each of the last 25 years; and if he will make a statement.
(18806)
46  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the annual running costs of the Trident submarines; and if he will make a statement.
(18810)
47  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the cost of placing the order for four new roll-on, roll-off transport ships for the Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement.
(18814)
48  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the number of personnel in the (a) army, (b) navy and (c) air force for each year from 1975 to 2001 and for 2002 to 2004 (planned); and if he will make a statement.
(18816)
49  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of total United Kingdom defence spending over the last 25 years; what value for money assessment of defence expenditure he has conducted; and if he will make a statement.
(18818)
50  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the proportion of the United Kingdom army serving overseas as at 31st December in each of the past 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(18820)
51  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many tanks are in service and how many have been operational in each of the past 20 years; and if he will make a statement.
(18822)
52  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to make a submission to Her Majesty's Treasury on his Department's expenditure plans for the next comprehensive spending review; and if he will make a statement.
(18824)
53  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his latest estimate is of the value of the armed forces housing stock; and if he will make a statement.
(18811)
54  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he will make a statement on the guidelines which his Department issues in relation to low-flying by (a) helicopters and (b) fixed wing aircraft in UK airspace.
(18813)
55  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the efficiency savings that have been secured by the United Kingdom armed forces in each of the last three years.
(18803)
56  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assets owned by (a) his Department and (b) the armed forces have been sold over the last three years; which of these assets were registered in the National Asset Register; what the sale proceeds were from these assets; and if he will make a statement.
(18805)
57  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of spending on defence procurement for the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Air Force for each of the years from 1980-81 to 2001-02.
(18809)
58  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent action he has taken to reduce the number of civilian employees of his Department and of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.
(18817)
59  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the percentage share accounted for by procurement costs as a portion of the total budget of his Department for (a) each of the past 10 years and (b) the next three years; and if he will make a statement.
(18821)
60  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the 10 most expensive procurement projects planned by his Department for the period 2001 to 2011; and if he will make a statement.
(18825)
61  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to order (a) the eurofighter and (b) heavy lift transport aircraft; and if he will make a statement.
(18796)
62  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the need to renew and refit Lynx helicopters; and if he will make a statement.
(18798)
63  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many operational fixed wing aircraft there are in the Royal Air Force; and if he will break down this figure by aircraft type and number.
(18800)
64  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Apache helicopters he has ordered; and what plans he has to increase this order.
(18827)
65  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the defence budget as a share of UK gross domestic product; and how this compares with other (a) European Union and (b) NATO countries; and if he will make a statement.
(18807)
66  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the (a) purchase cost and (b) running cost of the two aircraft carriers which he plans to secure for the Royal Navy.
(18826)
67  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the specialised reservists called out on 11th October were mobilised; and if he will make a statement.
(20926)
68  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on recruitment and retention in the (a) (i) Coldstream Guards and (ii) Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters' Regiment and (b) (1) Royal Scots and (2) Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.
(20927)
69  
  
Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what studies have been carried out in the Defence Aviation Repair Agency which recommends the closure of (a) Fleetlands, (b) St Athans and (c) Sealand in Flintshire.
(20915)
70  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 21st November, Official Report, column 293W, what financial arrangements exist to encourage NHS trusts to achieve waiting time targets set by the Defence Secondary Care Agency.
(18239)
71  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on financial arrangements to encourage NHS trusts to achieve waiting time targets set by the Defence Secondary Care Agency in each year since the arrangements have been in place.
(18240)
72  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on external expertise and advice in connection with the flotation of Qinetiq.
(18242)
73  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what delays have taken place when providing air transport to evacuate service casualties from Kosovo in the last month.
(20450)
74  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what transfers of servicement evacuated from Kosovo have taken place between Birmingham hospitals in the last month; and if he will make a statement giving reasons for the transfers.
(20451)
75  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what occasions injured servicemen have been evacuated from Kosovo in the last month.
(20449)
76  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements his Department has in place to assist school students researching defence topics.
(21302)
77  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the administration costs of the Further Education Funding Council were in 2000-01; and what she expects them to be in 2001-01.
(21292)
78  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the administration costs of the Disability Rights Commission were in 2000-01; and what she expects them to be in 2001-02.
(21295)
79  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the administration costs of the higher education funding council for England were in 2000-01; and what she expects them to be in 2001-02.
(21291)
80  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the administration costs of the Teacher Training Agency were in 2000-01; and what she expects them to be in 2001-02.
(21297)
81  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost was to her Department of the use of external consultants in each of the last four years.
(21261)
82  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the administration costs of Investors in People were in 2000-01; and what she expects them to be in 2001-02.
(21301)
83  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the administration costs of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority were in 2000-01; and what she expects them to be in 2001-02.
(21300)
84  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many days were lost owing to sickness absence in the Department in each of the last four years.
(21335)
85  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the administration costs of the Student Loans Company were in 2000-01; and what she expects them to be in 2001-02.
(21299)
86  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the administration costs of the Funding Agency for Schools were in 2000-01; and what she expects them to be in 2001-02.
(21293)
87  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people are employed by the Department under the New Deal for Young People; and at what cost to public funds.
(21325)
88  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the administration costs of the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency were in 2000-01; and what she expects them to be in 2001-02.
(21296)
89  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the administration costs of the equal opportunities commission were in 2000-01; and what she expects them to be in 2001-02.
(21294)
90  
  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average turnover has been of teaching staff in higher education institutions in each year since 1997.
(21271)
91  
  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of schools in England and Northern Ireland have internet access.
(21268)
92  
  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of higher education lecturing staff are on non-permanent contracts.
(21269)
93  
  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much her Department has spent on health and safety in the workplace in each year since 1997.
(21270)
94  
N  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on progress in improving language teaching in primary schools.
(20386)
95  
N  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what studies her Department has made of the impact on language learning in the UK of the emergence of English as a world language.
(20389)
96  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what criteria she has established for the distribution of the Learning and Skills Council's standards fund in 2002-03.
(19617)
97  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether she proposes to approve the conventionally financed capital allocation for the Sacred Heart High School, Newcastle.
(20292)
98  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teacher vacancies there are at each (a) primary and (b) secondary school in the Portsmouth South constituency.
(21222)
99  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the outcome was of the Employment and Social Policy Council held in Brussels on 3rd December; what the Government position was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if she will make a statement.
(21219)
100  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list specialist colleges in the secondary school sector by subject area.
(20976)
101  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assistance is available to schools wishing to establish links with other schools in the (a) European Union and (b) Commonwealth.
(20867)
102  
  
John Mann (Bassetlaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average spending per pupil is in Bassetlaw in (a) primary and (b) secondary education compared to the national average.
(21304)
103  
  
John Mann (Bassetlaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what has been the change in spending per (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil in Bassetlaw since 1997.
(21212)
104  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in Romford are not opening for a full five day week on a regular basis.
(21011)
105  
  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action she plans to take in respect of individuals who have been defrauded of their individual learning accounts when they have applied for courses with genuine learning providers.
(21059)
106  
  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, by what means the Government intends to enable genuine learning providers to access monies that have been diverted to bogus learning providers.
(21078)
107  
  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what is the first date her Department was informed of alleged misuse of individual learning accounts.
(21305)
108  
  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance is given to those students whose applications for individual learning accounts had been submitted prior to the deadline of 7th December.
(20999)
109  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the impact on (a) learning provider companies and (b) applicants of her decision to close the individual learning account scheme earlier than the published date of 7th December.
(21306)
110  
  
Donald Anderson (Swansea East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consideration she has given to instituting specific procedures to check on the background, including criminal convictions, of new relevant persons once a waste management licence has been granted.
(21210)
111  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many days were lost due to sickness absence in the Department in each of the last four years.
(21336)
112  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people are employed by the Department under the New Deal for Young People; and at what cost to public funds.
(21326)
113  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 28th November, how many rural households were within 10 minutes walk of an hourly bus service in (a) 1992 to 1994, (b) 1995 to 1997 and (c) 1998 to 2000.
(20703)
114  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the changes in foot and mouth (a) management and (b) eradication policy since the previous significant outbreak; and if she will make a statement.
(20991)
115  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what submission her Department has made to the Performance and Innovation Unit's inquiry into long-term energy policy.
(18238)
116  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what grounds she will not provide a breakdown by name or holding of those who are claiming subsidy for sheep or cattle.
(20714)
117  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the figures for the numbers of people claiming (a) sheep subsidy and (b) cattle subsidy for (i) one animal, (ii) two to five animals, (iii) five to 10 animals, (iv) 10 to 20 animals, (v) 20 to 100 animals, (vi) 100 to 200 animals and (vii) more than 200 animals.
(20712)
118  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many holdings in each of the last 10 years had (a) one animal, (b) two to five animals, (c) five to 10 animals, (d) 10 to 100 animals, (e) 100 to 200 animals and (f) more than 200 animals.
(20715)
119  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people claim (a) sheep and (b) cattle subsidy broken down by the geographical areas used by her Department for payment purposes.
(20713)
120  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to improve flood protection in the Portsmouth area.
(21214)
121  
  
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of household waste was recycled in (a) the UK, (b) the North East and (c) South Tyneside in each year from 1998 to 2001.
(20969)
122  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the working relationships of the UK Xenotransplantation Interim Regulatory Authority, the Farm Animal Welfare Council and the Agriculture Environment Biotechnology Commission.
(20925)
123  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice she has received from the Food Standards Agency regarding the labelling of GMOs.
(21209)
124  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of EU proposals to introduce a traceability system that ensure all GMOs can be identified through the food chain.
(21208)
125  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are employed by the Department under the New Deal for Young People; and at what cost to public funds.
(21328)
126  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many days were lost due to sickness absence in the Department in each of the last four years.
(21338)
127  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out the plans for 2000-01 on the basis of the Department's listed resource/capital distinction set out in Table B.16 of the Pre Budget Report.
(20291)
128  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the recommendations are of the KPMG report on the state of financial regulation in the British overseas territories; and what steps have been taken to implement them.
(20208)
129  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to define quality standards for retail financial products.
(20207)
130  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he takes to monitor and scrutinize the regulatory standards in the Crown Dependencies.
(20209)
131  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research the Treasury has undertaken into the impact upon Northern Ireland of the introduction of the aggregates tax.
(20717)
132  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the reasons are for the levy of £1.60 per tonne on the extraction of (a) sand, (b) gravel and (c) rock.
(20706)
133  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to simplify the regulations for the new aggregates tax.
(20707)
134  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the full list of exemptions from the aggregates list will be published.
(20716)
135  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what evaluation he has made of the impact of the proposed aggregates tax on (a) the rural economy and (b) rural employment.
(20710)
136  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions has he had with (a) the Quarry Products Association, (b) the British Aggregates Association and (c) other representative bodies on the subject of the proposed aggregates tax.
(20705)
137  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what studies he has undertaken of the impact of the aggregates tax upon the international competitiveness of the United Kingdom.
(20708)
138  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish studies he has undertaken of the impact the new aggregates tax will have on public sector infrastructure projects.
(20709)
139  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his forecast is of the savings ratio for the next two quarters.
(20997)
140  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, where the debts of Railtrack will appear in the National Accounts if Railtrack is in administration next April.
(21060)
141  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his current target date is for the introduction of (a) the Savings Gateway and (b) the Child Trust Fund.
(20995)
142  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what has been the cost of consultation on the (a) Saving Gateway and (b) Child Trust Fund.
(21022)
143  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what he expects to be the cost of (a) the savings Gateway pilot projects and (b) the follow-up report, Delivering Saving and Assets; and when he expects each of them to be completed.
(21023)
144  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to increase the percentage of GDP spent on private healthcare.
(20994)
145  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what impact he expects the exemption from stamp duty to have on the prices of houses valued below £150,000 in wards in which an exemption from stamp duty will apply.
(21009)
146  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library in respect of each ward where an exemption from stamp duty will be introduced the (a) average property price and (b) percentage of properties purchased where no stamp duty was paid in the last year for which information is available.
(21112)
147  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received (a) tax credits and (b) means-tested benefits in the constituency of Portsmouth South in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(21218)
148  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the value for money of public expenditure on (a) education, (b) defence and (c) healthcare; and if he will make a statement.
(18882)
149  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implication of judgement of the European Court of Justice against the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Case C-338/98) for (a) the policy of HM Customs and Excise with regard to input-VAT deductions for taxable employers on the expenses of their employees and (b) annual irrecoverable VAT revenue for HM Treasury; and if he will make a statement.
(20387)
150  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many days were lost due to sickness absence in the Department in each of the last four years.
(21265)
151  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people are employed by the Department under the New Deal for Young People; and at what cost to public funds.
(21314)
152  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in rebuilding the Balkans, with particular reference to the Serbian oil, chemical and motor manufacturing industry.
(18197)
153  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are employed by the Department under the New Deal for Young People; and at what cost to public funds.
(21274)
154  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was to his Department of the use of external consultants in each of the last four years.
(21262)
155  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many days were lost due to sickness absence in the Department in each of the last four years.
(21340)
156  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many strategic health authorities will be created in England under the powers in the NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Bill.
(20012)
157  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where pathology services will be placed in the new NHS structures under the NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Bill.
(20010)
158  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many shortlists have been drawn up for Chair (designate) and Chief Executive (designate) for the proposed strategic health authorities in England.
(20013)
159  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if draft orders emanating from the NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Bill will be published before 18th December.
(20011)
160  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether products are derived from blood donations from outside (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Western Europe.
(20295)
161  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths have occurred as a result of the supply of contaminated blood products to haemophiliacs in the last 10 years; and how many of these deaths were from (a) AIDS alone, (b) hepatitis C alone and (c) from co-infection.
(20294)
162  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the (a) creation and (b) use of alpha-1-antitrypsin; and what Government research has been conducted into the effect of humans using the compounds.
(20918)
163  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement of the possible use of GM animal tissue and organs for xenotransplantation.
(20917)
164  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) inpatients and (b) outpatients have been treated by the NHS for each six month reporting period since 1990; and if he will make a statement.
(18883)
165  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance is given to clinicians for the purposes of determining which patients receive expedited out-patient opinions within the NHS.
(18241)
166  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to a pharmacy contractor of supplying a prescription.
(21079)
167  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the (a) projected percentage volume change in prescriptions to be issued in 2001-02 and (b) the percentage change in the fee per prescription payable to pharmacy contractors in 2001-02 after allowing for clawback of payments related to 2000-01 activity; and if he will make a statement.
(21081)
168  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received concerning the availability of (a) trained pharmacists and (b) other staff within pharmacy.
(21080)
169  
  
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where the money raised from the sale of surplus hospital sites has been spent; and what plans he has for the use of future proceeds.
(21000)
170  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the public service agreement target to ensure by March 2001 that charities are able to operate for their proper purpose by increasing the percentage of cases where legal authority is exercised at Charity Commission instigation was achieved.
(21280)
171  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the public service agreement target for efficiency gains in the Charity Commission was achieved in 2000-01.
(21285)
172  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assistance his Department provided in 2000-01 to those charities which are on the central register of charities but did not receive guidance under the public service agreement target set out on page 169 of the 2001 Department report.
(21283)
173  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are employed by the Department under the New Deal for Young People; and at what cost to public funds.
(21319)
174  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Public Service Agreement target to plan and meet electronic government needs was achieved.
(21288)
175  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the role of the Charity Commission in the cases in which it does not initiate the provision of substantive guidance on governance and administration.
(21290)
176  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the public service agreement target for the staff cost per charity monitored was achieved by March 2001.
(21277)
177  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the public service agreement target to monitor 85 per cent. of the target grant of charities by March 2001 was achieved.
(21278)
178  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the public service agreement target for bench marking a single unit cost measure for operational work to establish an interim figure by April 2001 was achieved.
(21284)
179  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many days were lost due to sickness absence in his Department in each of the last four years.
(21346)
180  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the public service agreement target for the average staff cost per investigation where an irregularity is corrected was achieved by March 2001.
(21289)
181  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Public Service Agreement target to benchmark impact indicators for the Charity Commission and implement them from January was achieved.
(21287)
182  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress was made in 2000-01 in reducing absence on sick leave by staff of the Charity Commission.
(21286)
183  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was to his Department of the use of external consultants in each of the last four years.
(21263)
184  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the public service agreement target to improve by March 2001 the effectiveness of charities' operations by the Commission initiating the provisions of substantive guidance on governance and administration was achieved.
(21279)
185  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Public Service Agreement to increase the cost effectiveness of the Charity Commission's investigative results to 90 per cent. was achieved.
(21276)
186  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the public service agreement target to determine by March 2001 charities status within 95 working days of the application for registration being received was achieved.
(21281)
187  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the public service agreement target to provide guidance by 31st March 2001 to 58 per cent. of charities which are placed on the central register of charities was achieved.
(21282)
188  
N  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers there are in the Metropolitan Police; what the budgeted workforce target is; and what the figures are for detective officers.
(20390)
189  
N  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Metropolitan Police officers left the service in the last month for which figures are available; and how many of these (a) retired for reasons other than sickness, (b) retired sick, (c) transferred to another police force and (d) left early to take other employment.
(20388)
190  
N  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Metropolitan Police recruits there were undertaking 18 weeks training and 10 weeks street duty course in the last month for which figures are available.
(20391)
191  
N  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter of 10th September from the honourable Member for Putney with regard to his constituent Mrs Marva Corrodus (Ref. C494223).
(20350)
192  
N  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letters of 11th and 25th October from the honourable Member for Putney with regard to his constituent Ms Megen Muller (Ref. M1002596).
(20349)
193  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many boroughs in the United Kingdom with a population of between 40,000 and 60,000 do not have a police station with a full custody suite.
(20935)
194  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of people arrested remained in custody for longer than two hours in the last 12 months.
(20929)
195  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimates he has made of the availability of custody suites in South East England.
(20932)
196  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on the retention of custody suites in police stations.
(20931)
197  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many custody suites have been closed (a) completely and (b) in part in the United Kingdom in each of the past five years.
(20930)
198  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he last met the Chief Constable of Surrey.
(20934)
199  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research his Department has carried out into the need for the provision of custody suites in urban areas.
(20933)
200  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter of 11th September from Mr John Slough, a constituent; and if he will make a statement.
(21221)
201  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Home Office inspectors there are with responsibility for scrutinising the impact of the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986; and what their duties are.
(20921)
202  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many licences have been issued for the use of GM (a) mice and (b) other animals in laboratory testing in each year since 1977.
(20919)
203  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the Government has invested in developing alternatives to animal testing in the last five years.
(20923)
204  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of each type of animal have been used in laboratory testing in each year since 1997.
(20922)
205  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to assess the effects of genetic modification in laboratory animals on the animals' welfare.
(20920)
206  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the implications of the Biocidal Products Regulation for animal testing
(20924)
207  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what preparations he has made to accommodate suspected international terrorists in the event of legislation before the House being enacted; which prisons and other buildings have been identified for use; which body has been tasked to prepare the administration of accommodation for suspected international terrorists in detention; what arrangements have been made to provide separate secure accommodation for (a) women and (b) persons under 18 years of age; what security regime will be put in place at these institutions; what arrangements are being made for suspected international terrorists (i) to receive visitors and (ii) to maintain family relations; what preparations he has made to allow those in detention to practise their religion and to meet their dietary requirements; and what special training he has established to prepare prison officers to treat detainees in accordance with international best practice.
(21309)
208  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date he appointed an independent reviewer for the operation of anti-terrorist legislation; in what manner the announcement was made; and what are the terms of reference for this post.
(21117)
209  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken since October 1997 to establish a central register of persons who have (a) applied for a licence and (b) to whom a licence to carry a firearm has been granted; what consideration he has given to extending the register (i) to Northern Ireland and (ii) to Scotland; and what information will be retained on this register.
(21307)
210  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison officers speak (a) Arabic, (b) Hindi, (c) Urdu, (d) Farsi or Dari and (e) Pashto as a first language; how many officers, and at what grades, are trained to speak each language; and how many translators are available for work in detention camps in each region of England and Wales.
(21308)
211  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the progress of Operation Shield in the Newark and Retford area.
(20928)
212  
N  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 28th November, if he will investigate the handling of Mrs Allen's case.
(20206)
213  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to reduce the level of street robbery in Romford.
(21013)
214  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the level of youth crime in the London Borough of Havering.
(21012)
215  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the level of violent crime in Romford.
(21015)
216  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to reform the asylum system, particularly in terms of the effects on the provision of housing.
(21016)
217  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on police morale in the London Borough of Havering.
(21014)
218  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the increase in the departmental expenditure limit from 2001-02 to 2002-03 will be accounted for by wage costs.
(21241)
219  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people are employed by the Department under the New Deal for Young People; and at what cost to public funds.
(21317)
220  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many days were lost due to sickness absence in the Department in each of the last four years.
(21332)
221  
  
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions her Department has had with the WTO on increasing the representation of developing countries in the WTO.
(20971)
222  
  
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which African countries will benefit from the UK's contribution to the African Trade and Poverty Programme; and what criteria were used to decide these countries.
(20970)
223  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what terms and conditions her Department attaches to agreements with non-governmental organisations working in China in relation to (a) human rights and (b) family planning policy.
(20972)
224  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many orders were made in county courts in England setting aside county court judgements in the last three years; and how many of the judgements had been obtained by (a) government departments, (b) utilities and (c) others.
(20938)
225  
N  
Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 27th November, Official Report, column 830W, on Gravesend County Court, how many cases were dealt with by Gravesend County court in each six month period beginning in January 1999.
(20821)
226  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many days were lost due to sickness absence in the Department in each of the last four years.
(21334)
227  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of the increase in the departmental expenditure limit from 2001-02 to 2002-03 will be accounted for by wage costs.
(21235)
228  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people are employed by the Department under the New Deal for Young People; and at what cost to public funds.
(21324)
229  
N  
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the level of threat posed by dissident Republican terrorist groups.
(18100)
230  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what request he has received for assistance from the Irish Government's Independent Commission of Inquiry into the 1974 Dublin bombing; when the request was received; what his response was; and if he will make a statement.
(20973)
231  
N  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on present levels of (a) terrorist violence and (b) community unrest.
(18881)
232  
N  
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with the Gaelic Athletic Association on its change of rules to allow fixtures against teams representing the police in Northern Ireland.
(18098)
233  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proportion of the increase in the departmental expenditure limit from 2001-02 to 2002-03 will be accounted for by wage costs.
(21236)
234  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people are employed by the Department under the New Deal for Young People; and at what cost to public funds.
(21313)
235  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many days were lost due to sickness absence in the Department in each of the last four years.
(21264)
236  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Solicitor General, what the prosecution costs were in the case against Graham Browne; what the result of the prosecution was; and what further costs arose from the result of the prosecution.
(20903)
237  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Solicitor General, how many of the cases of causing death by dangerous driving whose sentences were considered to be unduly lenient have been referred to her by the court of appeal in each of the last five years.
(20937)
238  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many days were lost owing to sickness absence in the Department in each of the last four years.
(21337)
239  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost was to her Department of the use of external consultants in each of the last four years.
(21247)
240  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people are employed by the Department under the New Deal for Young People; and at what cost to public funds.
(21327)
241  
  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimates she has made of the number of fraudulent home-working schemes in operation.
(21255)
242  
  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received on the financial and other costs of fraudulent home-working schemes on (a) the legitimate home-working industry and (b) victims of such schemes.
(21254)
243  
  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact of fraudulent home-working schemes on people with low incomes.
(21256)
244  
  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to increase employment opportunities for those who rely on schemes providing home-based work.
(21253)
245  
  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the provisions of the Outworking Bill introduced in the last parliament by the honourable Member for Birmingham, Northfield; and if she will incorporate similar provisions in the forthcoming Enterprise Bill.
(21252)
246  
  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to introduce legislation to safeguard consumers from fraudulent home-working schemes.
(21251)
247  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the (a) Ministers, (b) Government officers, (c) Members of Parliament and (d) delegates attending the Manufacturing Summit in Birmingham on 5th December; what criteria were used to select them; and what the terms of reference were for the event.
(20542)
248  
  
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people were injured by fireworks in (a) the UK, (b) the North East and (c) South Tyneside in each year since 1997.
(20975)
249  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent guidelines she has provided retailers selling fireworks.
(21061)
250  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures she has taken to ensure that fireworks are sold only close to specific dates such as 5th November and 31st December.
(21062)
251  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) children and (b) adults were injured by fireworks in (i) 1995 and (ii) 2001 to date.
(21303)
252  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the cost was to his Department of the use of external consultants in each of the last four years.
(21246)
253  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the expected reduction in vehicle movements through Aston Clinton that will result from the construction of the bypass there.
(21239)
254  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many days were lost due to sickness absence in the Department in each of the last four years.
(21330)
255  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many people are employed by the Department under the New Deal for Young People; and at what cost to public funds.
(21315)
256  
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 28th November, how much of the money spent on Rural Bus Challenge projects was spent in 2001-02; and where it was spent.
(20704)
257  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the reduction in anticipated carbon savings in 2010 resulting from the delay in implementation for a further five months of the requirements set out in part L of the Building Regulations for improvements to domestic central heating boilers.
(18243)
258  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to implement regulations in respect of vehicles' use of headlights during the hours of daylight; and if he will make a statement.
(19606)
259  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many Health and Safety Executives inspectors are working in the field carrying out inspections; and how many (a) routine visits and (b) accident site examinations they made in 2000-01.
(20722)
260  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the total funding provided to the Health and Safety Executive for 2001-02 is; and what the proposed funding is for 2002-03.
(20721)
261  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make extra funding available to fire authorities to pay for anti-terrorist strategies; and if he will make a statement.
(20720)
262  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, further to his Answer of 20th November, Official Report, column 182W, on the Beaumont Leys Stocking Farm Scheme, if he will indicate (a) how many of the jobs were taken by residents of the area covered by the SRB scheme and (b) how many of the jobs were sustained jobs; and if he will give a sectoral breakdown of the jobs.
(21213)
263  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether local authorities applying to run electoral pilot schemes in the May 2002 elections will be required to demonstrate how their schemes will be accessible to (a) visually impaired and (b) other disabled people before receiving approval.
(19844)
264  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether local authorities operating electoral pilots for the May 2002 local elections involving all-postal ballots will be required to (a) ensure that ballot papers are fully accessible to visually impaired voters through the use of (i) standard ballot papers which conform to clear print guidelines, (ii) tactile templates, and (iii) notices in alternative formats and (b) offer visually impaired and other print disabled people an alternative means of casting a secret ballot independently.
(19846)
265  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether his Department intends to initiate discussions with disability organisations over the accessibility of electoral pilot schemes for the May 2002 local elections to (a) visually impaired and (b) other disabled people.
(19845)
266  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the e-voting equipment to be procured by his Department for the electoral pilots in the May 2002 local elections will include an (a) screen magnification software, (b) screen reader software, (c) Braille displays and (d) other adaptive technology for visually impaired people.
(19843)
267  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that electoral administrators comply with the duty to display at least one large print notice and have available a voting template for the benefit of visually impaired voters at every polling station in the May 2002 local elections; and what assessment he has made of the availability of these devices at the 2001 General Election.
(19847)
268  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will outline the financial support given by his Department to the Local Government Association; and how this mechanism of funding operates.
(20718)
269  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will outline what (a) financial and (b) other support he gives to the National Association of Local Councils.
(20719)
270  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd December, Ref 19754, if he will simplify the criteria for determining the number of persons permitted to stand on scheduled buses.
(21017)
271  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received from the South East Economic Development Agency regarding traffic links in West Sussex; and if he will make a statement.
(21115)
272  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps are taken to ensure that the views of local economic development agencies and other stakeholders are given due weight in the provision of new roads and bypasses; and if he will make a statement.
(21116)
273  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his criteria are for areas affected by traffic congestion to be addressed by using fast track procedures for building roads and bypasses; and if he will make a statement.
(21113)
274  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the process to be followed in order to designate a road scheme under the fast track procedure.
(21114)
275  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received regarding changes in the (a) role, (b) organisation and (c) structure of the Railway Inspectorate.
(21057)
276  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken by Railtrack to introduce a system for the central tracking of those recommendations within Part 1 of the Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry Report directly made to Railtrack; and whether this has been extended in those cases where recommendations are directed to (a) train operating companies and (b) others.
(21064)
277  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made by Railtrack to improve the speed at which signallers are able to take action to move points in an emergency.
(21120)
278  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made towards ensuring that railway (a) signallers and (b) drivers jointly attend away days and other training; and if he will make a statement.
(21068)
279  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will state, for each train operating company, (a) when the franchise was first renewed, (b) the length of the original franchise awarded, (c) the dates on which the franchise has since been awarded, (d) when the franchise is next due to be awarded and (e) details of changes in the ownership which have taken place since the franchise was first awarded.
(21051)
280  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research on the understanding of human factors as they relate to train driving his Department conducted between June and November; and what steps are being taken to ensure further research is conducted in this area.
(21076)
281  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what consideration has been made by train operating companies of the possibility of providing snap wands as a supplementary means of providing lighting in an emergency.
(21184)
282  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made to extend the computerisation of information to be used by the police service, in co-operation with the emergency services, in the event of a major incident involving passenger rail services; and if he will make a statement.
(21018)
283  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made to ensure that the police service, in conjunction with emergency services, ensure that common telephone numbers are issued for the use of members of the public who are seeking to obtain or give information about persons who have or may have been involved in a major incident involving a passenger rail service.
(21020)
284  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received from (a) individuals, (b) non-governmental organisations and (c) companies regarding the feasibility of Railtrack plc operating as a company limited by guarantee (i) prior to and (ii) after Railtrack plc was placed into administration; and if he will place copies of the documentation in the Library.
(21042)
285  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken by Railtrack management to (a) set out and (b) apply the criteria for allowing signallers to exceed the maximum of 72 hours per week.
(21122)
286  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress Railtrack has made towards the introduction of simulators for the training of signallers in dealing with emergencies.
(21167)
287  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if instructions for railway signallers on their response to a SPAD provide a set of options, including the use of CSR, either to send an emergency stop message to a particular train or a general stop message; and whether such instructions are supported by full and regularly repeated briefing as to the type of circumstances in which each option is appropriate.
(21169)
288  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made to ensure that the computerisation of information in the event of a major incident involving passenger rail services is extended to all police forces.
(21019)
289  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many different types of rolling stock were operated by each train operating company in each year since 1994; and in what year each rolling stock type was due to be replaced.
(21052)
290  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when Railtrack conducted a safety examination of the layout within two miles of Paddington Station; whether this included a risk assessment; and if he will make a statement.
(21066)
291  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent research his Department has (a) conducted, (b) commissioned and (c) made reference to with regard to the future financial viability of train operating companies.
(21047)
292  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps (a) have been taken and (b) are planned, by train operating companies to ensure that all members of the on-board train staff, including those under contract, have been trained in train (i) evacuation and (ii) protection.
(21202)
293  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessments have been conducted (a) by his Department, (b) by other departments and (c) by other organisations for his Department to study the feasibility of Railtrack plc operating as a company limited by guarantee (i) prior to and (ii) after Railtrack plc was placed into administration; and if he will place copies of the documentation in the Library.
(21041)
294  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the documents on which he consulted (a) prior to and (b) after Railtrack plc was placed into administration when considering which alternative model for Railtrack plc to put forward to the Railway Administrator; and if he will place the documents in the Library.
(21043)
295  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list for each train operating company the proportion of services which make use of on-board announcements to draw attention to safety information.
(21176)
296  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, at which locations ambiguity in the meaning of very short duration, under the Railway Safety Group standard on signal sighting, has caused problems; whether a retrospective review of all such locations has taken place; and what action has been taken in those locations where problems have been identified.
(21082)
297  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the expression overhead line equipment, under the Railway Safety Group standard on signal sighting, has been clarified to refer only to wires and droppers.
(21083)
298  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made with the application of NVQs to the driver licensing scheme under the ATOC study on the central licensing of drivers.
(21073)
299  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many staff worked within his Department's Railway Inspectorate in each month since June 1997; and what changes in the number of staff within the inspectorate are planned.
(21025)
300  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many reported signal failures there were on the railway infrastructure controlled by Railtrack for each month from January 2000 to November 2001.
(21029)
301  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken by Railtrack to ensure that (a) signallers, (b) managers and (c) maintenance staff working at integrated electronic control centres are instructed as to the need to preserve CSR data disks in the event of a SPAD taking place.
(21179)
302  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken to ensure that the reports made by Railtrack about a SPAD include a report by the signaller as to (a) their actions and (b) the reasons for such actions.
(21168)
303  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the guidance provided by the Health and Safety Executive under the provisions in Schedule 1 of the Railway (Safety Case) Regulations 2000 regarding (a) evacuation and (b) escape.
(21192)
304  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what consideration has been made for turbo trains of (a) the enhancement of end pillar weld connections, (b) the possible enhancement of crashworthiness by weakening the ends and strengthening the saloon of the cars and (c) the fitting of (i) shear-out couplers and (ii) anti-overriding devices.
(21175)
305  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken by (a) train operating companies and (b) ROSCOs to ensure that emergency signs on-board trains are (i) luminous and (ii) capable of being understood by passengers without the necessity to read text.
(21177)
306  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, who has the responsibility to decide whether the recommendations of a signal sighting committee under the group standard on SPADs are to be implemented under Railtrack's safety management system.
(21088)
307  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken since the crash at Ladbroke Grove to review the standard for crashworthiness of (a) vehicles used on the rail network in order to ensure that there are adequate measures for safeguarding survival space and (b) new vehicles.
(21174)
308  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the definition of very short duration, under the Railway Safety Group standard on signal sighting, was revised between June and November.
(21095)
309  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made towards ensuring that Railtrack introduce a risk assessment when a material change to (a) track and (b) signalling is proposed; and whether this is being conducted on a holistic basis at the design concept stage and repeated at defined stages up to and including implementation.
(21028)
310  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if it is his policy that the company limited by guarantee he is proposing for Railtrack will seek to include property management as part of its core business.
(21046)
311  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps (a) have been taken and (b) are planned, by (i) train operating companies and (ii) ROSCOs to test the practicability of building emergency hammers into the passenger alarm system so that they can be released only after an alarm has been activitated.
(21204)
312  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research (a) has been conducted and (b) is planned by (i) train operating companies and (ii) ROSCOs into (A) the feasibility of, and risks associated with, removable windows, (B) the adequacy of windows as a means of emergency egress, (C) the number of dedicated windows that are necessary and (D) the provision as to the maximum distance between each passenger and bodyside door or emergency exit.
(21205)
313  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the steps included by train operating companies are in their daily routine check of every train.
(21207)
314  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will state the (a) number and (b) type of new rolling stock ordered in each year since 1994 for each train operating company.
(21050)
315  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which aspects of Railtrack Group plc's (a) operations and (b) assets he considers to be core business; and which aspects of its operations have been classified as public interest.
(21044)
316  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which train operating companies have conducted a review of the effectiveness of the systems which are in place to deliver the required level of driver competence over the six month period June to November; what these reviews have concluded; and what progress has been made to retest drivers against revised systems.
(21071)
317  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken by the Association of Train Operating Companies to obtain expert assistance on the advice which should be given to passengers as to what to do in the event of there being a known threat of serious danger to them remaining on board after an accident.
(21187)
318  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the use of the term disregard in the Railway Group standard on SPADs and its associated documentation was revised between June and November.
(21090)
319  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will provide details for each train operating company of (a) the criteria against which drivers are tested under their driver training and testing programmes, (b) the minimum standard that must be reached for each of these criteria for drivers to reach a definite pass standard, (c) what steps have been taken between June and November to develop these standards, (d) what further steps are planned to develop these standards and (e) what consideration has been made of how often drivers should repeat key steps in their training before submitting themselves for testing.
(21075)
320  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps to strengthen the (a) safety audit process and (b) quality of communication under the process under the Railway (Safety Case) Regulations 1994 (i) have been taken between June and November and (ii) are planned.
(21077)
321  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken by (a) train operating companies and (b) ATOC to ensure that the availability on trains carrying passengers of the items of emergency equipment mentioned in the standard on emergency and safety equipment is unrestricted.
(21198)
322  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans there are to develop the CIRAS confidential reporting system within the railway industry.
(21074)
323  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken to enhance the security of (a) seating in turbo trains and (b) tables in high speed trains.
(21171)
324  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what market research (a) has been conducted and (b) is planned with regard to railway safety related measures.
(21195)
325  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) assessment and (b) research his Department has made of the problem of shortages of trained and skilled staff within the railway industry with special reference to (i) drivers, (ii) signallers and (iii) engineers.
(21054)
326  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the Strategic Rail Authority is due to publish its strategic plan.
(21056)
327  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps (a) have been taken and (b) are planned, by (i) Railtrack, (ii) train operating companies and (iii) ROSCOs to study the possibility of installing on driver-only trains a telephone by which passengers can communicate with the signaller in the event of the driver being killed or incapacitated.
(21201)
328  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps (a) have been taken and (b) are planned, by (i) train operating companies and (ii) ROSCOs to review the (A) adequacy of the number of and (B) signage relating to emergency hammers on board trains.
(21206)
329  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made by the railway group to review (a) emergency planning, (b) liaison with the emergency services and (c) arrangements for the aftercare of survivors and provision of (i) support and (ii) facilities for the bereaved and injured of passenger rail accidents.
(21021)
330  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects the HSC to publish the outcome of the first six monthly review of Lord Cullen's recommendations within Part 1 of the Ladbroke Grove Inquiry Report.
(21197)
331  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps (a) have been taken and (b) are planned by (i) Railtrack, (ii) train operating companies and (iii) ROSCOs to study the feasibility of introducing remote broadcasting from outside the train where this is not already available.
(21199)
332  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what measures (a) have been introduced and (b) are planned within the railway industry to enhance protection against fire.
(21194)
333  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the Health and Safety Commission's working group looking at risks associated with road rail interface will publish its findings.
(21196)
334  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many safety visits were conducted by the senior management of Railtrack in each month from January 2000 to November 2001.
(21034)
335  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received regarding (a) the merger of and (b) closer co-operation between the Strategic Rail Authority and the Rail Regulator.
(21055)
336  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent steps Railtrack has taken to ensure that a supervisor is employed on a continual basis in all signal (a) boxes and (b) centres to manage the operation of workstations.
(21124)
337  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent steps have been taken to provide passengers with general safety advice (a) before and (b) after they have boarded their train; and what proportion of train operating companies provided this information (i) as of June and (ii) at the last date for which information is available.
(21188)
338  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with the Health and Safety Executive on the (a) benefits and (b) outcomes that have resulted from the monthly publications of reports on SPADS.
(21030)
339  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many trains of each train operating company arrived late by (a) more than five minutes and (b) more than 10 minutes in each month from January 2000 to November 2001; in each case, what proportion of these delays were due to (i) train breakdowns, (ii) signal failures, (iii) track/points failures, (iv) leaves on the line, (v) staff shortages, (vi) adverse weather conditions and (vii) other factors; and what were the same figures for peak hours.
(21032)
340  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what was the (a) length and (b) proportion of track not meeting the minimum required standard for each month between January 2000 and November 2001 (i) in total, (ii) subdivided by zonal area and (iii) subdivided by train operating company area.
(21037)
341  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the (a) enhancement of the cabs on high speed trains to improve driver protection and (b) the enhancement of measures for the retention of bogies on the coaches of high speed trains.
(21178)
342  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken to establish a system for the collection of human factors information pertinent to issues of passenger safety following rail accidents.
(21189)
343  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken to update the code of practice on public information on train (a) safety and (b) emergencies; and what plans there are to update the code of practice.
(21191)
344  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had regarding the possible safety implications of (a) the Administration and (b) a possible successor organisation to Railtrack with (i) the Health and Safety Executive, (ii) the Health and Safety Commission, (iii) HMRI, (iv) Lord Cullen and (v) others.
(21031)
345  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when Railtrack carried out the (a) risk assessments and (b) consequent actions required under Group Standard GK/RT 0078 in respect of the signals in the Paddington area; and if he will make a statement.
(21065)
346  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment was conducted by his Department into the value of (a) assets and (b) separate groups within Railtrack Group plc prior to Railtrack plc being placed into administration; and if he will place copies of the documentation in the Library.
(21045)
347  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what reviews Railtrack has conducted of the work of signallers in order to identify non-essential tasks.
(21165)
348  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will provide details of the recommendations of WS Atkins' Initial Study of Signal Sighting, Issue 1, published on 6th March 2000, which his Department plans to act upon.
(21086)
349  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he is taking to improve the arrangements by which train operating companies (a) purchase and (b) lease rolling stock from ROSCOs.
(21049)
350  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what changes in the frequency in the briefing by driver standards managers of drivers from Thames Trains have taken place since the beginning of June.
(21069)
351  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken by (a) training operating companies and (b) ROSCOs to ensure that staff-only doors on all trains have an override device to enable them to be used by passengers in an emergency.
(21182)
352  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on arrangements for the (a) renewal and (b) replacement of rolling stock by train operating companies.
(21048)
353  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken by (a) Railtrack and (b) train operating companies (i) to examine the availability of signal sighters and (ii) to ensure an adequate supply of trained signal sighters.
(21087)
354  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made to consider, in the case of new vehicles constructed of aluminium used on the rail network, (a) the use of alternatives to fusion welding, (b) the use of improved grades of aluminium which are less susceptible to fusion weld weakening and (c) the further development of analytical techniques.
(21173)
355  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the expenditure (a) planned and (b) allocated by Railtrack plc on (i) office costs, (ii) expense accounts, (iii) entertainment budgets, (iv) workforce training, (v) staff promotion costs, (vi) information technology costs and (vii) other administration costs, for each month from January 2000 to November 2001.
(21035)
356  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will provide details of changes made in (a) the direction of running of line three from Paddington station and (b) speed limits on any of the lines between two and six miles out of Paddington Station; and in each case (i) whether a risk assessment has been carried out to the satisfaction of HMRI and (ii) if additional measures have been (A) implemented and (B) shown to have been effective.
(21067)
357  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research (a) has taken place and (b) is planned, by (i) train operating companies, (ii) ROSCOs and (iii) train manufacturers into developing a means of safeguarding emergency lighting systems from disablement by the forces involved in sudden deceleration.
(21185)
358  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken to standardise between (a) train operating companies and (b) rolling stock (i) the safety information issued to passengers and (ii) the means by which they can (A) be evacuated and (B) escape from a train.
(21190)
359  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what revisions of the Railway Safety group standard on signal sighting took place between June and November; and if he will list details of those (a) groups and (b) individuals involved in this process of revision; and what plans there are for further revision of these standards.
(21094)
360  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken by (a) train operating companies and (b) ROSCOs to develop signage in the form of pictograms similar to those used on aircraft and conforming to current human factors standards on signage depicting the correct operation of emergency door mechanisms.
(21181)
361  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken by (a) train operating companies, (b) ROSCOs and (c) the HMRI to assess the number of train coaches which have internal doors that slide in the same direction and will need to be replaced by 31st December 2003 under the terms of Lord Cullen's recommendations in Part 1 of the Ladbroke Grove Inquiry Report.
(21183)
362  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken to revise the railway safety group standard for crashworthiness with reference to (a) the design requirements for more realistic scenarios, (b) high speed accidents and (c) dynamic verification testing.
(21172)
363  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made by (a) Railtrack and (b) train operating companies towards the introduction of a national system of direct radio communication between trains and signallers.
(21180)
364  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what changes in the (a) role and (b) terms of reference of the Railway Inspectorate within his Department have taken place since 1997; what changes are planned; and what consultations on such changes have (i) taken place since June and (ii) are planned.
(21024)
365  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many speed restrictions on railways there were for each month between January 2000 and November 2001 (a) in total, (b) subdivided by zonal area and (c) subdivided by train operating company area.
(21036)
366  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken to make progress with the ATOC study on the central licensing of drivers over the six month period June to November; and what additional steps are planned.
(21072)
367  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken by (a) Railtrack and (b) train operating companies to train (i) signallers and (ii) drivers so as to appreciate the (x) nature and (y) demands of each other's work.
(21166)
368  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken by (a) Railtrack, (b) train operating companies and (c) other groups to train persons who (i) investigate and (ii) make recommendations as a consequence of SPADs in the (A) identification of human factors and (B) root cause analysis.
(21091)
369  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether instructions for railway signallers on their response to a SPAD dictate that the signaller should make an assessment and take action immediately.
(21093)
370  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list changes in Railtrack procedures, and the actions of management to enforce them, in response to Lord Cullen's recommendations within Part 1 of the Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry Report.
(21063)
371  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made towards the (a) teaching and (b) practice of defensive driving by train operating companies.
(21070)
372  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made by Railtrack to provide signallers with the opportunity to practise the controlling of train movements.
(21123)
373  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken by (a) train operating companies, (b) ROSCOs and (c) train manufacturers to carry out a (i) feasibility and (ii) risk assessment into the incorporation of escape hatches in (A) existing and (B) new carriages.
(21203)
374  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken by Railtrack to institute a system whereby all signallers in a signal (a) box and (b) centre are briefed by their line manager following a SPAD in their area; and what steps have been taken to ensure that there is appropriate dissemination of information which may be of assistance to signallers elsewhere.
(21170)
375  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made towards the introduction by Railtrack of a system in which there is an automatic replacement of a signal to danger where a SPAD takes place.
(21119)
376  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken by Railtrack to improve the alarm system for SPADs in integrated electronic control centres.
(21121)
377  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will provide details of how acceptable limits to the temporary obscuration of a signal are defined under the Railway Safety Group standard on signal sighting.
(21084)
378  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made by Railtrack towards the introduction of an arrangement whereby a train fitted with CSR sounds an audible warning automatically in the cab when a signal at danger is passed.
(21118)
379  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what changes in scope in Schedule 1 to the Railway (Safety Case) Regulations 2000 took place between June and November; and what further changes are planned.
(21193)
380  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the group standard on signal sighting requires that explicit consideration be given to the readability of a signal.
(21097)
381  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the length of track on the railway network suffering from gauge corner cracking was for each month between January 2000 and November 2001 (a) in total, (b) subdivided by zonal area and (c) subdivided by train operating company area.
(21038)
382  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of research conducted into gauge corner cracking; and what action he has taken in response to the conclusions reached.
(21040)
383  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps his Department has taken to review the Railway Group standard on SPADs and its associated documentation.
(21089)
384  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent steps have been taken by Railtrack to (a) clarify and (b) improve the instructions for signallers as to their response to a SPAD.
(21092)
385  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many trains in each train operating company were cancelled for each month from January 2000 to November 2001; in each case what proportion of these cancellations were due to (a) train breakdowns, (b) signal failures, (c) track/points failures, (d) staff shortages, (e) adverse weather conditions and (f) other factors; and what were the same figures for peak hours.
(21033)
386  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will give details of the progress made in respect of each recommendation made by the Health and Safety Commission in its agreed action plan of August 2000 since its further progress report of February.
(20992)
387  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how the Railway Safety Group standard on signal sighting defines the cab sight lines within which signals must be positioned.
(21085)
388  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, in respect of which signals the Railway Safety Group standard on signal sighting deals explicitly with the additional time required for reading.
(21096)
389  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that all material and information on the activities of the organisation being audited in regard to the area of activity being audited is disclosed to the auditor under the Railway (Safety Case) Regulations 1994.
(21098)
390  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what arrangements are in place to assist train operating companies with the (a) purchase and (b) lease of new rolling stock in the latter years of their contracts as franchise operators.
(21053)
391  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the total length of track on the rail network which has been replaced was (a) in each month between January 2000 and November 2001 and (b) in each year between 1990 to 2001 (i) in total, (ii) subdivided by zonal area and (iii) subdivided by train operating company area.
(21039)
392  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportion of passenger rolling stock of each train operating company provides on-board explanatory information about the emergency facilities on the train.
(21186)
393  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps (a) have been taken and (b) are planned, by (i) train operating companies and (ii) ROSCOs to study the feasibility of introducing a roaming communication system for train staff.
(21200)
394  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) private rented units, (b) social rented units and (c) owner-occupied units there were in the Greater Portsmouth area in (i) 1990, (ii) 1995 and (iii) 2000.
(21216)
395  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the breakdown of funding to local authorities under the Supporting People Strategy is.
(20916)
396  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will state, on a monthly basis, from the date for which the most recent figures are available until December 2002, the (a) amount and (b) nature of any debts likely to be incurred by the Millennium Dome if by that time no arrangements have been made and put into effect for its lease or sale.
(21211)
397  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what was the (a) original budget and (b) final cost of the traffic light installation on the A40 at Lea, Ross on Wye ; and if he will make a statement on who audits the accounts.
(21220)
398  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many people are employed by the Department under the New Deal for Young People; and at what cost to public funds.
(21318)
399  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of the increase in the departmental expenditure limit from 2001-02 to 2002-03 will be accounted for by wage costs.
(21237)
400  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many days were lost due to sickness absence in the Department in each of the last four years.
(21333)
401  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many days were lost due to sickness absence in the Department in each of the last four years.
(21339)
402  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are employed by the Department under the New Deal for Young People; and at what cost to public funds.
(21312)
403  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 28th November, Official Report, column 901W, on the New Deal, to the honourable Member for Chatham and Aylesford, how many of the New Deal starts in his Department resulted in sustained employment for the person concerned in the Department; if he will give a breakdown of these starts by branch of the New Deal; and how many of the starts in other government departments resulted in sustained employment for the person concerned in the department in question.
(21267)
404  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 28th November, Official Report, column 901W, on the New Deal, to the honourable Member for Chatham and Aylesford, if he will give a breakdown by year of the New Deal starts in the government departments and agencies concerned and indicate what proportion of total recruitment was represented by New Deal starts (a) in each case and (b) for all government departments and agencies.
(21266)
405  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the earnings disregard is in the calculation of the pensioners' minimum income guarantee; and how the disregard has changed since the introduction of the guarantee.
(20293)
406  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the coverage of the proposed pension credit scheme if the pension credit was uprated in line with earnings to (a) 2005, (b) 2010 and (c) 2015.
(20299)
407  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the changes to cost and coverage of the proposed pension credit if the maximum savings credit were revised to (a) £14.80 single/£18.60 couple, (b) £15.80 single/£19.60 couple and (c) continuing for each £1 up to a maximum of £18.80 for single people and £23.60 for couples.
(20297)
408  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the changes to (a) cost and (b) coverage of the proposed pension credit if the withdrawal rate of the savings credit were (i) 10 per cent., (ii) 22 per cent. and (iii) 25 per cent.
(20296)
409  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the transaction charges agreed with the Post Office are for handling a benefit payment at a post office counter; and how these charges have changed since 1997.
(20300)
410  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the size of a pension fund which would generate an annuity capable of establishing eligibility to an element of pension credit on its introduction in 2003 on an (a) single life flat and (b) single life indexed basis for (i) men and (ii) women, assuming no change in current rates.
(20298)
411  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on take-up of stakeholder pensions among the target group.
(20998)
412  
N  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to extend the period of payment of bereavement allowance to widows and widowers following the death of a spouse.
(19328)
413  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each of the last five years were entitled to the (a) middle and (b) higher care component of the disability living allowance (i) in the United Kingdom and (ii) in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
(20936)
414  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what environmental impact assessment he has undertaken of the effects of the introduction of the new aggregates tax; and if this includes the cost of the disposal of unsaleable secondary aggregates.
[Transferred] (20711)
415  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what legislation has resulted from the establishment of the Performance and Innovation Unit.
[Transferred] (21245)
416  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the saving to public funds in 2001-02 from achievement of the Public Service Agreement target to transfer the essential functions of the Security Facilities Division to other departments.
[Transferred] (21272)
417  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the saving to public funds in 2000-01 from achievement of the Public Service Agreement target for the reduction of surplus buildings on the Government Estate.
[Transferred] (21273)
418  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what policies have followed fulfilment of the Public Service Agreement target to complete and publish reports on teenage pregancy for 16 to 18 year olds not in education.
[Transferred] (21260)
419  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will provide a breakdown of average pensioner incomes for each year between 1979 and the last year for which information is available.
[Transferred] (21027)
420  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of people subject to means-testing in the (a) current and (b) 2002-03 financial years.
[Transferred] (20996)
421  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the cost of the minimum state pension up-rating guarantee in 2004-05 for each half a per cent. if the September Retail Price Index were to undershoot by 2.5 per cent.
[Transferred] (21010)
422  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will provide a breakdown of the forecast cost of the Pension Credit by (a) 2010, (b) 2020, (c) 2030 and (d) 2040.
[Transferred] (21026)
423  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his latest assessment is of the average (a) private, (b) public and (c) total spending on health in EU member states expressed as a percentage of GDP; and what he expects those figures to be in 2004-05.
[Transferred] (21058)
424  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to award the Queen's Jubilee Medal to the (a) Fire and (b) Ambulance Service.
[Transferred] (20968)
425  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will appoint the head of the Liabilities Management Authority.
[Transferred] (20974)


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