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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 12 December 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 12 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 12th DECEMBER
1  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the contribution made by the New Audiences Fund to the efforts to widen access to the arts.
(22540)
2  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards meeting the revised Public Service Agreement target for internet connections in public libraries.
(22554)
3  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement to devolve decision-making to the regions.
(22561)
4  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target to work with the British film industry to implement a new joint funded strategy for the development of the industry.
(22543)
5  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what standard performance targets have been incorporated in the funding agreements of her Department's sponsored museums and galleries.
(22559)
6  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target of extending social inclusiveness by increasing the involvement of identified priority groups in each of the sectors for which her Department has responsibility.
(22552)
7  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target to develop film culture and a sustainable domestic film industry.
(22564)
8  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on performance against the target to improve her Department's procurement practices.
(22569)
9  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the funding for digitisation which has so far been awarded.
(22576)
10  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the Public Service Agreement target to transfer her Department's responsibility for underwater archaeology to English Heritage.
(22563)
11  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the margin of failure to achieve the target for reduced sickness absence in the Royal Parks Agency in 2001.
(22571)
12  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the performance target is for the Public Service Agreement target of facilitating and promoting competetiveness in the creative industries.
(22548)
13  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the progress towards the target for the payment of undisputed invoices.
(22581)
14  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target of increasing visitor numbers in major national museums.
(22525)
15  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target of promoting quality tourism development.
(22547)
16  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the target for improving strategic mechanisms for influencing anti-fraud standards in sponsored bodies.
(22523)
17  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the target for answering external correspondence.
(22579)
18  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on performance against the target for the reduction of sickness absence in 2001.
(22573)
19  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target to promote the competiveness of UK broadcast-related industries and the early take-up of digital broadcast services.
(22545)
20  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of improved performance as a result of redeveloped funding agreements with non-departmental public bodies.
(22565)
21  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the target for the effective use of her Department's estate.
(22575)
22  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason the Public Service Agreement target for Lottery distributing bodies to develop strategic plans does not apply to the Millennium Commission.
(22562)
23  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of invoices to her Department in 2000-01 were undisputed.
(22580)
24  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the target for the review of her Department's services and activities.
(22574)
25  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to assist the Royal Parks Agency in meeting its 2003 target for reduced sickness absence.
(22570)
26  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for performance related funding agreements of non-departmental public bodies.
(22560)
27  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target to increase access to the performing arts by attracting new audiences.
(22542)
28  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to meet the Department's target for reduced sickness absence by 2003.
(22572)
29  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for long-term savings in the support for heritage, sport and tourism.
(22557)
30  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the New Opportunities Fund has established a network of regionally based staff in pursuit of the PSA target to devolve decision-making to the regions and strengthen regional bodies.
(22582)
31  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target of ensuring that public service broadcasters sustain the quality and range of their output.
(22544)
32  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target to maintain standards and diversity of broadcasting output and ensure that content is socially inclusive to secure wide access to broadcast material.
(22556)
33  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the target to develop and introduce the Library element of the New Opportunities Fund Lottery funding stream for literacy learning.
(22577)
34  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the (a) new companies, (b) new work and (c) new venues that have been funded by her Department in order to increase access to the performing arts in the last 12 months.
(22541)
35  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for the number of new educational sessions undertaken by arts organisations.
(22555)
36  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the target for the disposal of surplus properties at St. Pancras has been achieved.
(22568)
37  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the target for the reduction of running costs as a proportion of the departmental expenditure limit.
(22578)
38  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on performance against the target for the Millennium celebrations.
(22524)
39  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progess towards the Public Service Agreement target to develop proposals for a future regulatory systems for broadcasting which recognises market and technological developments.
(22546)
40  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target to raise standards of care of museum collections and public access to them.
(22553)
41  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government has taken to participate in the International Year of Ecotourism 2002; and if she will make a statement.
(22496)
42  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent on fees for advisers to the (a) Government and (b) New Millennium Experience Company for the Dome project.
(22693)
43  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many competitive grant schemes administered by his Department and its agencies were open in each of the last 10 years to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22436)
44  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate has been made of the administrative cost to the (a) state, (b) unsuccessful applicants and (c) successful applicants of the competitive grant schemes, provided by her Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22400)
45  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the competitive grant scheme, administered by her Department and its agencies, open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion; and, for each scheme in each year (a) the number of applicants, (b) the number of successful applicants, (c) the total of grants awarded, (d) the number of pages in the application form and (e) if the grant can be used to fund the core costs of the applicant organisations.
(22423)
46  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will place in the Library a copy of the application form for each of the competitive grant schemes administered by her Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22415)
47  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish a list of the grants made under the competitive grant schemes administered by the Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22421)
48  
N  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding her Department provided to local boxing centres in the last 12 months.
(22077)
49  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many bombing raids in Afghanistan did not hit their intended targets; and how many civilians he estimates have been (a) killed and (b) wounded by these raids.
(21880)
50  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 17th July, Official Report, column 145W, on locally engaged staff, what reference is made in setting pay levels of locally engaged civilian staff to the local poverty datum line; whether the pay levels can fall below local poverty datum lines; and if he will make a statement.
(22775)
51  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the additional cost of extending his scheme of ex gratia payments to all surviving British passport holders and their spouses who were interned by the Japanese.
(20321)
52  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the numbers of surviving civilian internees of the Japanese and their spouses who do not qualify for payments under the rules of his scheme.
(20322)
53  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the review of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme; what restrictions have been placed on the review in respect of its potential cost; and if he will make a statement.
(22800)
54  
N  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Review of Warship Maintenance and Support; what discussions are being held on privatisation; and what assessment has been made of potential job losses.
(22076)
55  
N  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the names and locations of the shipyards that provide maintenance and support to RN warships and auxiliaries; and how many people are employed at them.
(22082)
56  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 3rd December, Official Report, column 81W, on departmental underspend, on what specific purposes the remaining £530 million left from underspend in 2000-01 will be spent in the current financial year.
(22776)
57  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many letters she has received in 2001 on tuition fees from residents of the Buckingham constituency.
(22650)
58  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 3rd December, Official Report, column 81W, on departmental underspend, if she will break down the main projects for which the unspent £1.44 billion available in end-year flexibility from the former Department for Education and Employment had been intended in financial year 2000-01.
(22774)
59  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children have been statemented as having special educational needs in the constituency of Buckingham.
(22651)
60  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools have operated four day weeks in the constituency of Buckingham in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001.
(22652)
61  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils have been excluded from schools in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997.
(22649)
62  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, (a) how many and (b) what percentage of those schools which have chosen for the current year to select up to 10 per cent. of pupils by aptitude, have selected by the means of (i) standardised tests, (ii) reports from primary school, (iii) interview with pupil, (iv) interview with parents and (v) a combination of the above.
(20736)
63  
  
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what was the average size of classes in primary schools in (a) the UK, (b) the North East and (c) South Tyneside at the most recent date for which figures are available.
(22666)
64  
  
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers were working in South Tyneside local education authorities on 1st May; and what are the projected figures for 1st May 2002.
(22665)
65  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list by local education authority in England the amount per pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary education paid out of the standards fund in (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02 to date.
(22682)
66  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what contributions local education authorities have been required to make to the Teachers' Superannuation Scheme in each of the last three years; and what contributions they will be required to make in 2002-03.
(22745)
67  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the amounts (a) allocated to and (b) spent from the Standards Fund in each of the last three years.
(22683)
68  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list by local education authority in England, the amount per pupil for (a) primary and (b) secondary education of the formula-funded allocations in the provisional settlement for 2002-03.
(22743)
69  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportions of her department's Schools Revenue Budget for 2002-03 are (a) special grant, (b) standards fund and (c) formula-funded allocations.
(22744)
70  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate has been made of the administrative cost to the (a) state, (b) unsuccessful applicants and (c) successful applicants of the competitive grant schemes, provided by her Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22404)
71  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will publish a list of the grants made under the competitive grant schemes administered by her Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22407)
72  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will place in the Library a copy of the application form for each of the competitive grant schemes administered by her Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22412)
73  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many different competitive grant schemes administered by her Department and its agencies were open in each of the last 10 years to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22434)
74  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the competitive grant schemes, administered by the Department and its agencies, open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion and, for each scheme in each year (a) the number of applicants, (b) the number of successful applicants, (c) the total of grants awarded, (d) the number of pages in the application form and (e) if the grant can be used to fund the core costs of the applicant organisation.
(22425)
75  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list, for each university, (a) the number of undergraduate students admitted and (b) the number of units of student accommodation provided, and what is figure (b) as a percentage of figure (a).
(22784)
76  
N  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will introduce boxing into schools as a specialist part of the sports curriculum.
(22078)
77  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers in the Buckingham constituency have received agri-monetary compensation since 1997; and what is the total amount that has been paid out.
(22640)
78  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the methodology employed to determine the additional sum of money required to deal with the extra costs to local waste service companies of dealing with unwanted refrigerators and freezers.
(22220)
79  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how the additional funding for the storage of old refrigerators containing CFCs will be allocated, broken down by county.
(22223)
80  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received concerning the management of Britain's waterways, with particular reference to those in the North East.
(19993)
81  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what allowance has been made in the Revenue Support Grant for 2002-03 for the November 2000 floods in North Yorkshire.
(22662)
82  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason the letters of the honourable Member for Vale of York of (a) 15th May on behalf of Mr R Corner of Bedale, concerning the foot and mouth epidemic, (b) 5th June on behalf of Mr and Mrs Pearson of Bedale, concerning the foot and mouth epidemic, (c) 21st June on behalf of Mrs P Crosby of Thirsk, concerning the foot and mouth epidemic, (d) 11th July on behalf of Mr Peter Winston of Sullivan Agriculture Ltd., York, concerning the foot and mouth epidemic, (e) 17th July on behalf of Mr D Creer of Wigginton, York, concerning the Policy Commission on Food and Farming, (f) 3rd August on behalf of Mr R J H Cobbold of Harrogate, concerning the foot and mouth epidemic, (g) 8th August on behalf of Mrs I Wilkinson of York, concerning the foot and mouth epidemic and (h) 18th September on behalf of Mr John Trenholme of Thirsk, concerning the foot and mouth epidemic, have not been replied to; and if she will send responses to each constituent before 19th December.
(22779)
83  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent by the Government in 2001 on encouraging CHP schemes.
(22595)
84  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with EU partners to reach agreement to the European Commission's proposals for a Framework Directive for Minimum Efficiency Requirements for End-Use Equipment.
(22600)
85  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with EU partners to reach agreement to complete the Review of Council Directive 92/75/EEC on the indication by labelling and standard product information of the consumption of energy and other resources by household appliances.
(22601)
86  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent research has been commissioned by the Government into the effects of not leaving electrical appliances on standby in terms of energy saved.
(22597)
87  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of changes in employment in the CHP sector in the UK in 2001.
(22594)
88  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact on the viability of CHP of reducing the level of the climate change levy on CHP.
(22596)
89  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress the Government has made to date in improving the energy efficiency standards of white goods.
(22599)
90  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her Department's plans to improve energy efficiency standards in white goods.
(22598)
91  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress the Government has made towards reaching its CHP target of 10000 MW by 2010.
(22618)
92  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will achieve the Packaging Waste Recovery and Recycling Targets for 2001.
(22593)
93  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to place an obligation on suppliers to purchase from CHP units.
(22602)
94  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations the Government has received from industries on employment levels in the CHP sector.
(22592)
95  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for each year since the introduction of NETA, by what percentage the export of power from CHP has changed compared with the preceding year.
(22617)
96  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library a copy of the application form for each of the competitive grant schemes administered by his Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22413)
97  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many competitive grant schemes administered by her Department and its agencies were open in each of the last 10 years to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22437)
98  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the competitive grant schemes, administered by the Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion and, for each scheme in each year (a) the number of applicants (b) the number of successful applicants, (c) the total of grants awarded, (d) the number of pages in the application form and (e) if the grant can be used to fund the core costs of the applicant organisation .
(22424)
99  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will provide a list of the grants made under the competitive grant schemes administered by her Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22420)
100  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate has been made of the administrative cost to (a) the state, (b) unsuccessful applicants and (c) successful applicants of the competitive grant schemes, provided by her Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22380)
101  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will call for a world-wide ban on asbestos as part of his campaign against world poverty and deprivation in the developing world; and if he will make a statement.
(22235)
102  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 4th December, Official Report, column 203W, on working families tax credit, how many people are in receipt of the various components of working families tax credit with a final income of (a) 20 to 30 per cent., (b) 30 to 40 per cent., (c) 40 to 50 per cent., (d) 50 to 60 per cent., (e) 60 to 70 per cent., (f) 70 to 80 per cent., (g) 80 to 90 per cent. and (h) 90 to 100 per cent. more than initial income.
(22667)
103  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will amend the rules governing annuities so that it is not compulsory for pensioners to translate all relevant funds into an annuity at the age of 75.
(22738)
104  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate has been made of the administrative cost to the (a) state, (b) unsuccessful applicants and (c) successful applicants of the competitive grant schemes, provided by her Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22406)
105  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a list of the grants made under the competitive grant schemes administered by his Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22419)
106  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many competitive grant schemes administered by his Department and its agencies were open in each of the last 10 years to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22431)
107  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the competitive grant schemes, administered by the Treasury and its agencies, open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion; and, for each scheme in each year (a) the number of applicants, (b) the number of successful applicants, (c) the total of grants awarded, (d) the number of pages in the application form and (e) if the grant can be used to fund the core costs of the applicant organisation.
(22430)
108  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the application form for each of the competitive grant schemes administered by his Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22414)
109  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what factors underlay the decision to review the consistency of incentives to budget holders with guidance to budget holders through the Green Book, as described in the Treasury document, 'Planning sustainable public spending', paragraph 61; and if he will make a statement.
(22500)
110  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what factors underlay the decision to review the consistency of guidance to budget holders through the Green Book with best practice as described in the Treasury document, 'Planning sustainable public spending'; and if he will make a statement.
(22499)
111  
  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the loss incurred to public funds as a result of drivers not being insured in the past five years.
(22772)
112  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target to prepare an overseas estate rationalisation programme.
(22549)
113  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target performance indicator for the percentage of passports issued within five working days.
(22514)
114  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for the British Council to keep overheads as a proportion of turnover below 5 per cent. over the period 2001-02.
(22583)
115  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for making savings through improved procurement procedures.
(22590)
116  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for securing alignment of financial legislation in the UK's Overseas Territories with international standards.
(22511)
117  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress in 2000-01 towards meeting the Public Service Agreement target performance indicator for the percentage of posts meeting target times for decisions on non-settlement visa applications.
(22512)
118  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for the consolidation of business units that supply services within his Department into a service organisation to yield efficiency gains.
(22509)
119  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for the proportion of business undertaken electronically.
(22538)
120  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for progress towards implementation of the White Paper on Overseas Territories.
(22510)
121  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards the use of a scorecard approach in pursuit of the Public Service Agreement target for building a modern NATO.
(22586)
122  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress in 2000-01 towards meeting the Public Service Agreement target performance indicator for the percentage of posts meeting target times for interviewing applicants for non-settlement visas.
(22513)
123  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress in 2001 towards meeting the Public Service Agreement target of contributing to the Government's target to reduce Civil Service sickness absence rates.
(22587)
124  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for BBC World Service efficiency savings in 2000-01 following restructuring of the BBC supplier directorate.
(22584)
125  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the use of a scorecard approach for monitoring progress with the Public Service Agreement target for increasing public support for European Union activities.
(22518)
126  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for reducing accommodation running costs in London.
(22508)
127  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards the performance indicator of posts fulfilling consular action plan targets based on the Citizen's Charter.
(22515)
128  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target performance indicator for the percentage of his Department's internal services to be reviewed under Better Quality Services guidelines by 2001-02.
(22588)
129  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.
(22516)
130  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for prompt payment for goods and services.
(22539)
131  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what practical benefits have resulted from achieving the Public Service Agreement target for obtaining commitments from other countries to co-operate with the UK in combating drugs, crime, abuse of human rights and environmental degradation.
(22585)
132  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target to achieve full cost recovery by the Government Hospitality Fund by 2000-01.
(22589)
133  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for reform of the EU's structural funds.
(22517)
134  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what alternatives to the Brussels Process are under consideration to ensure participation in talks on the future status of Gibraltar by the Government of Gibraltar.
(21653)
135  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the US Government on the future status of Gibraltar.
(21655)
136  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the policy of creating a stable, inclusive government in Afghanistan; and what the British contribution to this effort will be.
(21881)
137  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 20th July, Official Report, column 485W, on diplomatic staff, what reference is made in setting pay levels of locally engaged civilian staff to the local poverty datum line; whether the pay levels can fall below local poverty datum lines; and if he will make a statement.
(22778)
138  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Southern African governments about the situation in Zimbabwe.
(22721)
139  
N  
Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of funding for health action zones will be in financial years (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04.
(21989)
140  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were employed in the National Health Service in each of the last four years; and how many were (a) doctors and (b) nurses.
(22521)
141  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the identified spending for mental health referred to in the Wanless Report will be allocated to (a) preventive interventions, (b) increased use of atypical antipsychotic drugs, (c) increased staffing and (d) spending on capital projects; and if he will make a statement.
(22619)
142  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportions of the provision of residential and nursing home bed spaces are (a) public sector and (b) private sector in (i) England and (ii) Staffordshire.
(22681)
143  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many school-age children were resident in hospitals in each of the past five years in (a) the UK, (b) Teesside and (c) the constituency of Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland; and if he will make a statement.
(22491)
144  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many school-age children suffer from mental health problems; and if he will make a statement.
(22489)
145  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to support children's hospital schools for the hospitalised (a) over 16s and (b) children who are too ill to return home; and if he will make a statement.
(22492)
146  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what educational provision exists for over 16 year old children in hospital; and if he will make a statement.
(22488)
147  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many school-age children suffered from (a) chronic illness, (b) asthma and (c) cancer in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement.
(22490)
148  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients were referred to the Dental Examination Board (a) in the UK and (b) in each nation and region in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(22506)
149  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether referrals of NHS patients to the Dental Examination Board are based on the potential cost of the treatment.
(22661)
150  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients referred to the Dental Examination Board were consequently assessed by the Regional Dental Officer (a) in the UK and (b) in each nation and region in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(22505)
151  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the average cost incurred by the NHS whilst the Dental Examination Board was considering a case which had been referred to them (a) in the UK and (b) in each nation and region of the UK in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(22503)
152  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the average length of time NHS patients waited before their treatment resumed following their case being referred to the Dental Examination Board (a) in the UK and (b) in each nation and region over the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(22504)
153  
  
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were treated at the accident and emergency department at Mayday Hospital, Croydon in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what the capacity is for that period.
(22680)
154  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the adult population in (a) Devon and (b) Torbay was registered with NHS dentists in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000 and (iv) 2000-01.
(22802)
155  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will break down by (a) interventions and (b) drugs for clinical condition and tumor type, the money announced on 5th December; and how many patients will be treated in each category.
(22765)
156  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects NICE to consider Viagra and its availability by NHS prescription.
(22764)
157  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the proposed funding for diabetes care outlined in the interim Wanless Report is broken down; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (22766)
158  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the proposed funding for diabetes care outlined in the interim Wanless Report is earmarked for (a) eye screening and (b) eye complications associated with diabetes and if he will make a statement.
[R] (22767)
159  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate has been made of the administrative cost to (a) the state, (b) unsuccessful applicants and (c) successful applicants of the competitive grant schemes, provided by his Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22385)
160  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish a list of the grants made under the competitive grants schemes, administered by his Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22384)
161  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the competitive grant schemes, administered by his Department and its agencies, open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion in this country; and, for each scheme in each year (a) the number of applicants, (b) the number of successful applicants, (c) the total of grants awarded, (d) the number of pages in the application form and (e) if the grant can be used to fund the core costs of the applicant organisation.
(22382)
162  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library, a copy of the application form for each of the competitive grant schemes, administered by his Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22383)
163  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many competitive grant schemes, administered by his Department and its agencies were open in each of the last 10 years to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22381)
164  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to reply to the letter of 24th July from the honourable Member for New Forest West regarding placements for young people with learning difficulties.
(22737)
165  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about the availability of anti-TNF therapy within the NHS.
(22739)
166  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list (a) those schemes which have received funding under the Targeted Policing Initiative in the Buckingham constituency, (b) the amount received and (c) the targets set to reduce crime under the schemes.
(22625)
167  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding has been awarded to schemes under the reducing burglary initiative in the Buckingham constituency in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what targets have been set to reduce crime under the schemes.
(22624)
168  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to visit the Buckingham constituency to meet police officers.
(22658)
169  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many special constables there have been in the constituency of Buckingham in each year since 1997.
(22627)
170  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been awarded to provide home security improvements for low income pensioners living in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997.
(22630)
171  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) antisocial behaviour orders and (b) curfew orders have been made in the Buckingham constituency since the commencement of the schemes.
(22621)
172  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many breathalyser tests were carried out in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997; and what percentage resulted in convictions.
(22634)
173  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase the funding available for CCTV schemes in the Buckingham constituency.
(22623)
174  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of crime prevention partnerships in reducing crime in the Buckingham constituency.
(22628)
175  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of domestic violence were investigated by the police in the Buckingham constituency in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.
(22633)
176  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders were dealt with for supply offences in respect of Class A drugs in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997.
(22632)
177  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding has been awarded for neighbourhood warden schemes in the Buckingham constituency in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what targets have been set to reduce crime under the schemes.
(22626)
178  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of (a) violent crime, (b) burglary and (c) vandalism in the Buckingham constituency were reported to the police in each year since 1997; and how many investigations resulted in a conviction.
(22635)
179  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many youths under the age of 18 from the Buckingham constituency have been held in young offenders rehabilitation centres in each year since 1997.
(22620)
180  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the level of spending on police resources on an average per capita basis is (a) nationally and (b) in the Buckingham constituency for the current financial year.
(22629)
181  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list (a) the close circuit TV schemes that have been (i) funded and (ii) part-funded by the Government in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997, (b) the cost of each and (c) targets set to reduce crime under the schemes.
(22622)
182  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the percentage of recorded crime in the Buckingham constituency that was drug-related in the last five years.
(22631)
183  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals seeking asylum in the UK have been located in the Buckingham constituency since the introduction of the Government's dispersal policy.
(22657)
184  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list (a) those schemes which have received funding under the Communities Against Drugs Initiative in the Buckingham constituency, (b) the amount received and (c) what targets have been set to reduce crime under the scheme.
(22656)
185  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the annual budget for the Assisted Prisoner Visits Unit in respect of visits to (a) British nationals and (b) foreign nationals; and under which vote the funds are provided.
(22815)
186  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the level of accuracy is, on average, of speed cameras over the calibrated distance marked on the road.
(22229)
187  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money has been raised by fines on drivers caught speeding by speed cameras; and how the money is apportioned between (a) local police forces, (b) local authorities and (c) the Home Office.
(22230)
188  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what degree of tolerance to speed is allowed by the speed cameras; and whether this differs between counties.
(22228)
189  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison officers serving in prisons in England and Wales have been suspended from duty owing to allegations as to their conduct for more than 18 months.
(22486)
190  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people under the age of 16 years from overseas countries have entered the UK during the last 12 months and have claimed political asylum on entry.
(22480)
191  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals are waiting to be extradited from the UK; and what is the longest period such a person has been waiting.
(22482)
192  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many new police stations opened in each of the last five years in the Metropolitan Police area.
(22487)
193  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Board of Visitors annual reports for prisons in England and Wales for 2001 have been received by his Department.
(22481)
194  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers living in the UK first entered the country in (a) 1990, (b) 1992, (c) 1994, (d) 1996, (e) 1998 and (f) 2000 and made application for asylum, and have yet to have their cases resolved.
(22479)
195  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women were being held on Rule 43 in prisons in England and Wales on 1st December.
(22483)
196  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Metropolitan Police officers have (a) retired, (b) resigned and (c) been dismissed in each of the last three years.
(22485)
197  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the early retirement of the Deputy Chief Constable of Sussex.
(22781)
198  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on Government policy towards police officers taking early retirement while disciplinary charges are pending.
(22782)
199  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the publication of information concerning the fatal shooting of James Ashley in 1998.
(22783)
200  
  
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he has taken to ensure that the views of students and young people are taken into account in the Government review of the criminal courts.
(22603)
201  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the competitive grant schemes, administered by the Home Office and its agencies, open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion; and, for each scheme in each year (a) the number of applicants, (b) the number of successful applicants, (c) the total of grants awarded, (d) the number of pages in the application form and (e) if the grant can be used to fund the core costs of the applicant organisation.
(22428)
202  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many competitive grant schemes, administered by his Department and its agencies, were open in each of the last 10 years to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22386)
203  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish a list of the grants made under the competitive grant schemes administered by his Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22417)
204  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a copy of the application form for each of the competitive grant schemes administered by his Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22410)
205  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate has been made of the administrative cost to the (a) state, (b) unsuccessful applicants and (c) successful applicants of the competitive grant schemes, provided by his Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22402)
206  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's policy is towards asylum seekers from Zimbabwe in Spring 2002.
(22474)
207  
  
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers the police have to remove air weapons from individuals.
(22502)
208  
  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions there were for driving without motor insurance in the past five years.
(22803)
209  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is giving to civil society organisations in Zimbabwe.
(22690)
210  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department is doing to support (a) internally displaced persons and (b) refugees within the federal Republic of Yugoslavia during the winter.
(22691)
211  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on changes in the levels of humanitarian assistance to Serbia in the post-Milosevic era.
(22692)
212  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian situation in Somalia.
(22685)
213  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the security situation in Afghanistan and its effect on the delivery of humanitarian aid.
(22686)
214  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the outcome of the Reconstruction Afghanistan Conference in Islamabad; and if she will make a statement on the future of Afghanistan.
(22687)
215  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the (a) protection and (b) assistance her Department is providing for Afghan refugees.
(22688)
216  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial assistance her Department has given to aid agencies working in Somalia in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001; and if she will list the assistance according to type.
(22689)
217  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, on how many occasions sums in excess of £10 million were erroneously paid by the Local Chancellor's Department into the Consolidated Fund in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(22550)
218  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the size is of the eligibility package for legal aid for (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; and when it will take effect.
(22551)
219  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many days were lost due to sickness absence by staff in his Department in each of the last four years.
(22834)
220  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what new conditions an applicant will be required to agree to before appointment as (a) head of the Civil Service and (b) Cabinet Secretary.
(20399)
221  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make a statement on the legal implications for the United Kingdom of the adjudication of the United Nations International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea, Ireland v United Kingdom, on the Sellafield MOX plant, given on 3rd December in Hamburg.
(22825)
222  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many companies in the constituency of Buckingham have received funding from (a) SMART, (b) the Phoenix Fund, (c) the Enterprise Fund, (d) the Regional Venture Capital Scheme, (e) the Incubator Fund, (f) Carbon Trust, (g) the Regional Innovation Fund and (h) the Innovative Clusters Fund in the last 12 months; and what the total level of funding received from each scheme was.
(22526)
223  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much funding has been granted to help sustain and improve post offices in the constituency of Buckingham in the last 12 months.
(22519)
224  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if her Department plans to extend the (a) Government General Practitioner and (b) Internet Learning and Access Point trials to the constituency of Buckingham.
(22531)
225  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of (a) first and (b) second class mail was delivered within the target time in the constituency of Buckingham in each year since 1997.
(22520)
226  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many businesses have gone into receivership into the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997.
(22647)
227  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the number of small businesses in the constituency of Buckingham that are trading online.
(22530)
228  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much funding has been granted to assist with one-off capital costs associated with the refurbishment or relocation of rural post offices in the constituency of Buckingham in the last 12 months.
(22507)
229  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of (a) the availability and (b) the take-up of broadband services by (i) individuals and (ii) businesses in the constituency of Buckingham.
(22532)
230  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what business support services funded by her Department are based in the constituency of Buckingham.
(22529)
231  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) individuals and (b) small businesses from the constituency of Buckingham have written to the Small Business Service in the last 12 months; and what the average number of working days taken to respond was.
(22527)
232  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many working days were lost through (a) unofficial and (b) official industrial action by the Post Office in the constituency of Buckingham in each year since 1997.
(22533)
233  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) individuals and (b) small businesses for the constituency of Buckingham have used the Small Business Service services in each quarter since April 2000.
(22528)
234  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the level of trade union membership among firms in the Buckingham constituency.
(22642)
235  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the amount of foreign direct investment in the constituency of Buckingham in each year since 1997.
(22648)
236  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many employment tribunal cases there were in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997; and what was the total level of compensation paid.
(22644)
237  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the reviews that commenced in (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01 of non-departmental public bodies.
(22567)
238  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claims have been registered, broken down by coalfield area; how many live claimants there are; and how many (a) widows and (b) estates are claiming.
(22233)
239  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many chronic obstructive pulmonary disease medical assessments have been made by Health Call in each of the coalfield areas, showing the level of diagnosed disability in each case.
(22234)
240  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many miners claiming chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have been diagnosed by Health Call to be suffering with asthma, broken down by coalfield area; and how much money has been paid to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claimants, broken down by coalfield area, showing how many (a) final and (b) expedited settlements have been made; and how many interim payments have been made.
(22232)
241  
  
Sue Doughty (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 10th December to the honourable Member for South Swindon, Ref. 20856, what information and advice was contained in the communications; and if she will make a statement.
(22755)
242  
  
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what further measures she will take to enforce the age restrictions on the sale of fireworks at (a) New Year and (b) fireworks night 2002.
(22663)
243  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the outcome was of the Research Council held in Brussels on 10th December; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if she will make a statement.
(22679)
244  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the rates of VAT are in each EU member state on mobile phone (a) handsets and (b) services.
(21555)
245  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the timetable is for the Renewable Obligations.
(22616)
246  
  
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the Government has to issue guidance to businesses concerning compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1999's requirements for labelling which is user friendly for visually impaired and blind people; and if she will make a statement.
(22495)
247  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the implications of the problems faced by Enron for the UK electricity market, with particular reference to (a) volatility, (b) liquidity and (c) pricing; and if she will make a statement.
(22591)
248  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will publish a list of the grants made under the competitive grant schemes administered by her Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22418)
249  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many competitive grant schemes administered by her Department and its agencies were open in each of the last 10 years to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22433)
250  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the competitive grant schemes, administered by the Department and its agencies, open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion and, for each scheme in each year (a) the number of applicants, (b) the number of successful applicants, (c) the total of grants awarded, (d) the number of pages in the application form and (e) if the grant can be used to fund the core costs of the applicant organisation.
(22427)
251  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate has been made of the administrative cost to the (a) state, (b) unsuccessful applicants and (c) successful applicants of the competitive grant schemes, provided by her Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22403)
252  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will place in the Library a copy of the application form for each of the competitive grant schemes administered by her Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22409)
253  
  
Mr Siôn Simon (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she is taking to speed up the procedure for the processing of applications for export licences.
(22813)
254  
  
Mr Siôn Simon (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what criteria need to be met by British manufacturers if they wish to obtain preferential status.
(22812)
255  
  
Mr Siôn Simon (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the process by which export licences are granted to manufacturers.
(22806)
256  
  
Mr Siôn Simon (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is being done to ensure that manufacturers are (a) promptly and (b) accurately informed of what stage their applications for export licences have reached.
(22811)
257  
  
Mr Siôn Simon (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the criteria that need to be met by British manufacturers, with special reference to the obtaining of export licences, in order to compete on level terms with their (a) European and (b) American counterparts.
(22805)
258  
  
Mr Siôn Simon (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment her Department has made of the effects of delays in the processing of applications for export licences.
(22810)
259  
  
Mr Siôn Simon (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of actions manufacturers can take to speed up the process by which their applications for export licences are granted; and if she will make a statement.
(22807)
260  
  
Mr Siôn Simon (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the difficulties faced by manufacturers with regard to their applications for export licences.
(22814)
261  
  
Mr Siôn Simon (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the security threat posed by the granting of export licences to manufacturers selling their products to states that form part of the coalition against international terrorism.
(22809)
262  
  
Mr Siôn Simon (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the effect on British manufacturers of difficulties in obtaining export licences in cases where they are in competition with their (a) EU and (b) American counterparts.
(22804)
263  
  
Mr Siôn Simon (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to aid manufacturers that are attempting to obtain export licences; and if she will make a statement.
(22808)
264  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the documentation Her Majesty's Government plans to exchange with the Government of the Republic of Ireland on Sellafield as a result of the ruling of the United Nations International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea of 3rd December; and if she will place in the Library copies of all documents made available to Ireland following the ITLOS ajudication.
(22842)
265  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what she expects the start date for the renewables obligation to be.
(22720)
266  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she intends to waive dividend payments from Consignia for the current financial year.
(22762)
267  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the Your Guide pilot project in Leicestershire; and if she will make a statement.
(22763)
268  
N  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the outcome of her Department's Manufacturing Summit held on 5th December.
(22224)
269  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many speed cameras are located in the Buckingham constituency.
(22654)
270  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many people are employed in the construction of the Aston Clinton Bypass.
(22558)
271  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of local bus services in the Buckingham constituency; and if he will list the bus routes cancelled since 1997.
(22653)
272  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his most recent estimate is of the cost of construction of the Aston Clinton Bypass in the Buckingham constituency.
(22566)
273  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will give the total investment in the core London Underground infrastructure in each year since 1990-91; and if he will give an estimate for 2001-02.
(22701)
274  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many trains per hour are timetabled to run on each section of each London Underground line during peak hours; and what the maximum number of trains per hour to have run on each equivalent section in peak hours was in the past.
(22699)
275  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 19th November, Official Report, columns 37-8W, on London Underground, if he will publish line-by-line figures for London Underground (a) predicted average passenger journey time and (b) passenger excess journey time for (i) each year since 1998-99 and (ii) the whole of 2001-02 to date.
(22750)
276  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 13th November, Official Report, column 623W, on London Underground, what discussions took place between his Department and London Underground about the (a) recent and (b) continuing advertising campaigns to promote the public-private partnership for the Underground, giving details of which (i) ministers and (ii) officials were involved.
(22722)
277  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the changes were in the average real fare on London Underground in each year since 1990-91.
(22719)
278  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if (a) the companies and (b) their subsidiaries, including ones that have subsequently been taken over by other companies, that make up the consortia that are the preferred bidder Infracos for London Underground, have at any time in the past 10 years provided London Underground with (i) trains, (ii) signalling equipment and (iii) other (A) infrastructure and (B) service that has failed to achieve the level of performance required by the contract originally signed.
(22697)
279  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the comparative international data available to London Underground as a result of their membership of the COMET group of international metros.
(22758)
280  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 13th November, Offical Report, column 623W, on London Underground, for what reason his Department allowed London Underground to give a waiver to senior LU managers in regard to a legal challenge by infrastructure companies and bidders; and if the waiver will extend to such a challenge by a member of the public.
(22740)
281  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 19th November, Official Report, columns 37-8W, on London Underground, if he will publish the (a) predicted average passenger journey time and (b) passenger excess journey time for the whole of 2001-02 to date.
(22749)
282  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish (a) in which year new escalators were most recently installed at Angel station, (b) on how many occasions since these new escalators were installed the station has had to be closed because of escalator problems, (c) the length of time of each closure and (d) the name of the manufacturer of the escalators.
(22698)
283  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the private companies, consultancies and partnerships that have provided (a) his Department, (b) London Transport and (c) London Underground with consultancy advice concerning the public-private partnership for London Underground since the PPP negotiations began.
(22752)
284  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 19th November, Official Report, column 35W, on London Underground, what action has been taken against Westinghouse Rail Systems in response to the number of signal failures in the three years since that company introduced the new signalling system.
(22753)
285  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will give details of the improvements that will occur for passengers using the Northern Line between Morden and Kennington as a result of the public private partnership for London Underground in the first five years of the PPP, giving output targets to be achieved for (a) stations, (b) track and (c) trains.
(22718)
286  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 15th November, Official Report, column 831W, on London Underground, if he will publish the annual change in the gross operating costs of London Underground for each year since 1997-98.
(22742)
287  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answers of 13th November, Official Report, column 622W, on London Underground, whether his Department has undertaken a consultation exercise specifically to discover what (a) outputs and (b) outcomes the London public wishes to see achieved as a result of the public-private partnership for London Underground; and if he will place the results in the Library.
(22756)
288  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 19th November, Offical Report, column 38W, on London Underground, if he will publish the average annual percentage of peak hour trains that ran on each line of the London Underground for the whole of 2001-02 to date.
(22746)
289  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 13th November, Official Report, column 622W, on London Underground, which year will be used as the base-line against which performance by PPP Infracos will be measured; and what penalties will be incurred if an Infraco achieves a performance five per cent. (a) above or (b) below this base-year starting-point.
(22759)
290  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will give details of the improvements that will occur for passengers using the Jubilee line between Wembley Park and Baker Street as a result of the public private partnership for London Underground in the first five years of the PPP, giving output targets to be achieved for (a) stations, (b) track and (c) trains.
(22716)
291  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 19th November, Official Report, columns 33-4W, on London Underground, how many lost passenger hours in 2000-01 were attributable to the Infracos and how many to London Underground; what is the total equivalent number of Infraco-attributable lost customer hours for the whole of 2001-02 so far; what penalty would have been incurred by each Infraco during 2000-01 as a result of the attributable lost customer hours; and what the penalty would have been incurred by each Infraco for 2001-02 so far.
(22751)
292  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the annual service performance targets set for London Underground by his Department and its predecessors (a) for each year since 1996-97, showing the actual performance achieved in each and (b) for 2001-02, showing actual performance achieved so far.
(22700)
293  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 13th November, Offical Report, column 622W, on London Underground, if he will state, for each London Underground line, the past year in which it carried (a) 10 per cent. and (b) 25 per cent. fewer passengers than it does today.
(22741)
294  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will give details of the improvements that will occur for passengers using the Central Line between Marble Arch and Liverpool Street as a result of the public private partnership for London Underground in the first five years of the PPP, giving output targets to be achieved for (a) stations, (b) track and (c) trains.
(22717)
295  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 19th December, Official Report, column 36W, on London Underground, in which months since they were introduced the trains on the (a) Central, (b) Jubilee and (c) Northern lines have failed to achieve their original contractual requirements; and what the mean distance between failure figure for the most recent month available was.
(22754)
296  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many speed cameras are positioned on roads in the United Kingdom; and which county has the most.
(22227)
297  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what evidence he has collated on how speed cameras have contributed to reducing road accidents in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(22231)
298  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 4th December, Official Report, column 279W, on the Ordnance Survey, what further stages in the Quinquennial Review of the Ordnance Survey will follow stage one; what the timetable will be for completion of such stages; and whether a staged timetable was envisaged when the Government announced the Quinquennial Review on 15th February.
(22757)
299  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what financial commitment the Government has made to (a) the West Coast Phase 1 upgrade, (b) the West Coast Phase 2 upgrade and (c) the Virgin Cross Country Franchise upgrade.
(22773)
300  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received from the US Government on Spain's policy that the European Commission's proposal for a Regulation on Aviation Security should not apply to Gibraltar.
(21654)
301  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received from NATO on Spain's policy that the European Commission's proposal for a Regulation on Aviation Security does not apply to Gibraltar.
(21656)
302  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to revise and re-issue the consultation document for the 2002-03 Local Government Finance Settlement published on 4th December 2002, taking into account errors subsequently identified; and if he will make a statement.
(22709)
303  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if applications may be made for new neighourhood wardens schemes starting in 2004.
(22222)
304  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with (a) the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit and (b) other bodies on marketing, expansion and funding opportunities for the Neighbourhood Wardens Scheme.
(22219)
305  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the budget is for the Neighbourhood Wardens Scheme for (a) 2001 and (b) 2002.
(22226)
306  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which areas are running the Neighbourhood Wardens Scheme, and what assessment he has made of the results of the scheme in each area.
(22225)
307  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what funding will be available for the (a) continuation of current and (b) creation of new neighbourhood wardens schemes after 2004.
(22221)
308  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list by local education authority in England, the amounts that he has (a) deducted for existing statutory responsibilities taken away and (b) added for new statutory responsibilities imposed in the provisional settlement for 2002-03.
(22747)
309  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his oral statement of 4th December, Official Report, columns 167-170, what measures of price increases he took into account in assessing the real terms increases to which he referred.
(22748)
310  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many written representations he has received from people in the New Forest East constituency expressing support for an elected regional assembly in the South East of England in the last 12 months.
(22801)
311  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received on the Commission authorising EU governments (a) to pay compensation for the four day shutdown of US airspace in the absence of insurance cover and (b) to pay for additional security to meet public policy objectives; and if he will make a statement.
(22780)
312  
N  
Mr John McWilliam (Blaydon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of (a) the economic impact of the Galileo Project for the UK transport sector and (b) the number of jobs the project will create for British industry; and if he will make a statement.
(22236)
313  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 10th December, Ref 21749, in what way he has significantly strengthened the planning arrangements for telecommunications development in respect of the siting of mobile phone masts in PPG 8.
(22768)
314  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the merits of establishing a not-for-profit company to run London Underground.
(22821)
315  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many potential bidders for the London Underground PPP (a) asked for documents to consider bidding and (b) sent in a bid.
(22704)
316  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, who will be responsible for safety in the PPP plan for London Underground.
(22818)
317  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his estimate is of the costs incurred by the bidders for the London Underground PPP in preparing the bids.
(22711)
318  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans the Government has to build new underground lines.
(22822)
319  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what public money the Government is promising in each of the first three years to each of the planned infracos for London Underground.
(22816)
320  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the costs of preparing bids for the London Underground PPP are an allowable cost against corporation tax.
(22707)
321  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what alternative to a PPP the Government is evaluating for London Underground.
(22824)
322  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many firms of consultants (a) the Government and (b) London Underground has used on London Underground matters in the last two years.
(22703)
323  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, who has overall responsibility for (a) policy, (b) performance and (c) funding of London Underground.
(22694)
324  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions ministers have had with the Mayor of London and the Transport Commission for London about the London Underground in the last month.
(22712)
325  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many changes to the requirements have been notified to bidders for the London Underground PPP since the original invitation to bid.
(22705)
326  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what is in the Public Expenditure budget for London Underground in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; and how much of the total is provision for capital spending.
(22823)
327  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his estimate is of the total cost of advisory fees in respect of the London Underground PPP.
(22702)
328  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what requirements the Government has requested of bidders for London Underground with respect to new capital investment.
(22819)
329  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the Government will reimburse part of the costs of (a) unsuccessful and (b) successful bidders for the London Underground PPP.
(22706)
330  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much has been spent to date by the Government on advisory fees for the PPP for London Underground.
(22696)
331  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what are the respective roles of (a) the Secretary of State, (b) the Mayor's Office, (c) Transport for London, (d) the Government Office for London and (e) London Underground Ltd in the creation of policy and management of the London Underground.
(22695)
332  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what is the length in pages of an Infraco franchise agreement for London Underground.
(22708)
333  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what financial guarantees the Government will seek from bidders for the London Underground infracos.
(22817)
334  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the deadline was for submitting bids for the London Underground PPP; and what the Government's estimate is of when a decision on the bids will be announced.
(22710)
335  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what requirements the Government has placed on bidders for London Underground with respect to safety.
(22820)
336  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proposals he has to assist victims of road crashes caused by drivers who are not insured; and if he will make a statement.
(22713)
337  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proposals he has to extend the scope of the planning acts to enable local authorities to deal with residential gardens which become dumping grounds for household and other rubbish; and if he will make a statement.
(22714)
338  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the competitive grant scheme, administered by the Department and its agencies, open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion and, for each scheme in each year (a) the number of applicants, (b) the number of successful applicants, (c) the total of grants awarded, (d) the number of pages in the application form and (e) if the grant can be used to fund the core costs of the applicant organisation.
(22426)
339  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate has been made of the administrative cost to the (a) state, (b) unsuccessful applicants and (c) successful applicants of the competitive grant schemes, provided by his Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22405)
340  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will provide a list of the grants made under the competitive grant schemes administered by his Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22422)
341  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many different competitive grant schemes administered by his Department and its agencies were open in each of the last 10 years to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22432)
342  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the application form for each of the competitive grant schemes administered by his Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22411)
343  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the restoration of regular ferry services between Newhaven and Dieppe; and if he will make a statement.
(22684)
344  
  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of uninsured drivers using the roads; and what plans he has to reduce this number.
(22769)
345  
N  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what percentage of Britain's national income is spent on (a) roads, (b) railways and (c) the underground.
(22079)
346  
N  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the future of the railways; what operations are under consideration for changes to their structure; and what funds will be allocated to Railtrack (a) during the period of its administration and (b) in the event that it is bought by a private company.
(22080)
347  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has received from the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales in respect of section 1 Part 1(1) of the Government of Wales Act 1998.
(22826)
348  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of individuals in (a) the constituency of Buckingham and (b) total UK population have found permanent employment as a result of the New Deal for (i) the Long-term Unemployed 25+, (ii) Lone Parents, (iii) Disabled People and (iv) 50+ in each of the years since they were introduced.
(22536)
349  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) the consituency of Buckingham and (b) the UK have been prosecuted twice or more for benefit fraud in each year since 1992.
(22522)
350  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of the Secretary of State for Education and Skills of 3rd December, Official Report, column 81W, on departmental underspend, how he intends to spend the money transferred to his Department from underspend in the Department for Education and Skills in financial year 2000-01.
(22777)
351  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of individuals in (a) the constituency of Buckingham and (b) total UK population are participating in the New Deal (i) for the Long-term Unemployed 25+, (ii) for Lone Parents, (iii) for Disabled People and (iv) for 50+.
(22537)
352  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of people in (a) the constituency of Buckingham and (b) total UK population claim (i) incapacity benefit, (ii) the children's tax credit, (iii) bereavement benefit, (iv) attendance allowance, (v) council tax credit, (vi) invalid care allowance, (vii) housing benefit and (viii) disability living allowance.
(22535)
353  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the constituency of Buckingham were successfully prosecuted for (a) housing and (b) council tax benefit fraud in each year since 1992.
(22534)
354  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners received the minimum income guarantee in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1998.
(22636)
355  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) women aged over 60, (b) men aged over 65 and (c) men aged 60 to 65 receive the winter fuel payment in the Buckingham constituency.
(22638)
356  
  
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how his Department plans to encourage private pension provisions.
(22664)
357  
  
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in South Tyneside were caught involved in benefit fraud in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001.
(22761)
358  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the competitive grant schemes, administered by the Department and its agencies, open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion; and, for each scheme in each year (a) the number of applicants, (b) the number of successful applicants, (c) the total of grants awarded, (d) the number of pages in the application form and (e) if the grant can be used to fund the core costs of the applicant organisation.
(22429)
359  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many competitive grant schemes administered by his Department and its agencies were open in each of the last 10 years to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22435)
360  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the application form for each of the competitive grant schemes administered by his Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22408)
361  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish a list of the grants made under the competitive grant schemes administered by his Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22416)
362  
N  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate has been made of the administrative cost to the (a) state, (b) unsuccessful applicants and (c) successful applicants of the competitive grant schemes, provided by her Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion.
(22401)
363  
N  
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli, Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with other Government departments about progress made by the Government in reducing pensioner poverty in Wales.
[Question Unstarred] (20041)
364  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she made of the impact of Scottish Enterprise on the business birth rate when deciding to increase the amount of money given to regional venture capital funds.
[Transferred] (22498)
365  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what business birth rate targets have been set for each of the regional venture capital funds; and how much additional private investment the ventures backed by the funds are expected to receive in subsequent funding rounds.
[Transferred] (22497)
366  
  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much money was collected by the sale of cherished number plates in the past five years.
[Transferred] (22770)
367  
  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how the income generated by the sale of cherished plates is distributed among (a) Government departments and (b) nations and regions of the United Kingdom.
[Transferred] (22771)
368  
  
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government has made of moon language for the blind; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (22494)
369  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is the payment made to justices of the peace for a daily loss of earnings is; and when this payment was last (a) reviewed and (b) increased.
[Transferred] (22484)
370  
  
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the Children's Fund budget for 2001-02 will be spent on, broken down into categories.
[Transferred] (22493)
371  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses there were in the Buckingham constituency with (a) 0 to five, (b) five to 20, (c) 20 to 49 and (d) more than 50 employees in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (22641)
372  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many businesses paid uniform business rates in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997; and what was the total amount paid.
[Transferred] (22645)
373  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many working days were lost through (a) official and (b) unofficial strike action in the constituency of Buckingham in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (22643)
374  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many business start-ups there were in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (22646)
375  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fines were levied for speeding in the constituency of Buckingham in each year since 1997; and what was the total sum raised.
[Transferred] (22655)
376  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she issued guidelines on the proximity of landfill sites to housing; and if they are retroactive.
[Transferred] (22659)
377  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she has powers to require the closure or containment of a landfill site which is closer to housing than the guidelines require; what discussions she has had with the European Commission about changes to those guidelines; and if the proposed EU Directive would be retroactive.
[Transferred] (22660)
378  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, under what powers local authorities can take action to deal with residential gardens which become dumping grounds for household and other rubbish; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (22715)
379  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many pensioners over 75 in the Buckingham constituency receive a free television licence.
[Transferred] (22637)
380  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses in the Buckingham constituency are (a) administering Working Families Tax Credit, (b) providing access to stakeholder pensions and (c) administering repayment of student loans.
[Transferred] (22639)


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