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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 13 December 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 13 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.
 


 
THURSDAY 13th DECEMBER
1  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many times the Inter-Ministerial Group on Ageing has met in this session of Parliament.
(23099)
2  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to review the mandatory date of retirement for civil servants.
(23100)
3  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants have retired in the last 12 months because they reached the mandatory retirement age of 60 years.
(23101)
4  
  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the contribution which the Government Car Service can make towards the promotion of automotive manufacturing in the United Kingdom.
(23093)
5  
  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list, by manufacturer and country of manufacture, the composition of the Government Car Service fleet for (a) 1994-95, (b) 1995-96, (c) 1996-97, (d) 1997-98, (e) 1998-99, (f) 1999-2000 and (g) 2000-01.
(23094)
6  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, which European Community-funded bodies receive funding from the Church Commissioners, with particular reference to the Commission of the Bishops' Conference of the European Community.
(22878)
7  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action she is taking to encourage UK holiday makers to take holidays in the UK over the coming year.
(22905)
8  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many public libraries there were per head of population for each year since 1979.
(23071)
9  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what efforts she has made to increase the use of book-lending facilities in public libraries; and if she will make a statement.
(23197)
10  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the Government Art Collection is open for viewing by members of the public.
(23074)
11  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent by the Government since 1st May 1997 on acquiring works of art; and how much has been realised from the sale of works of art.
(23073)
12  
  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact of boundary changes on eligibility for deprivation related funds, with particular reference to the New Opportunities Fund; and what was the outcome of that assessment.
(23089)
13  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her Answer of 6th December, Official Report, column 502W, on digitally originated graphics, what assessment she has made of the (a) benefits and (b) disadvantages to television viewers of the use of on screen digitally originated graphics, other than electronic programme guides, to identify and promote (i) television channels, (ii) programme strands, (iii) internet links and (iv) other programmes.
(22797)
14  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she will make an announcement on the funding arrangements for Culture Online; and when it will open.
(22843)
15  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers, sailors and airmen participated in the London celebrations of the Silver Jubilee in 1977.
(22670)
16  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will ensure that the numbers of armed service personnel participating in the London celebrations of the Golden Jubilee match those for celebrations relating to the Silver Jubilee in 1977.
(22672)
17  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military bands participated in the Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977; and how many will be available and eligible to participate in the London celebrations of the Golden Jubilee.
(22671)
18  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 10th December, ref 21516, how many soldiers, sailors and airmen will be available to participate in the London celebrations of the Golden Jubilee.
(22673)
19  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many C-17 Globemasters are owned by the British Armed Forces; if Globemasters are deployed in Afghanistan; what plans his Department has for further purchase of the Globemaster; and if he will make a statement.
(23223)
20  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many joint strike fighters the United Kingdom is planning to buy; what the projected cost and final delivery date is; and if he will make a statement.
(23226)
21  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much Smart Procurement has saved his Department since its inception; how much it is projected to save over the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(23225)
22  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much British involvement in the design, development and production of the EuroFighter has cost; what plans his Department has to purchase EuroFighters; and if he will make a statement.
(23224)
23  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual running cost of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is; and if he will make a statement.
(22269)
24  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the health risks associated with material containing depleted uranium in the last 10 years; if he will publish the results; and if he will make a statement.
(22315)
25  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on reducing the number of fixed wing fighter and ground attack aircraft in operational use by the Royal Air Force; and if he will make a statement.
(22388)
26  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on reducing the number of tanks and armoured fighting vehicles in service with the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.
(22318)
27  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) tanks, (b) armoured personnel carriers and (c) armoured fighting vehicles have been owned by the Army in each year from 1985 to 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(22271)
28  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, further to his Answer of 5th December, Official Report, column 359W, on fixed wing aircraft, how many and what type of fixed wing aircraft there were in the Royal Air Force in each year from 1985 to 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(22387)
29  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the annual running cost of the Royal Navy's non-Trident submarines; and if he will make a statement.
(22270)
30  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) UK military personnel and (b) UK defence industry employees have been (i) confirmed as suffering from and (ii) suspected of suffering from depleted uranium poisoning, in each year from 1980 to 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.
(22317)
31  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what investigations his Department has made in the last 10 years into whether (a) UK military personnel and (b) employees within the defence industries of the United Kingdom, have suffered from (i) depleted uranium poisoning and (ii) other medical conditions caused by exposure to depleted uranium; and if he will make a statement.
(22316)
32  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the (a) number and (b) purpose of the Challenger 2 main battle tanks based in Germany.
(22273)
33  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on coalition plans for the removal of unexploded ordnance from Afghanistan.
(23046)
34  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report produced by the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down in 1973, entitled, Wind Speed and Miosis from Nerve Agents.
(22930)
35  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what dates the Health and Safety Executive has conducted formal inspections of the chemical and biological defence establishment, Porton Down since 31st May 2000.
(22934)
36  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many films are held by the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment at Porton Down of its biological warfare trial known as Operation Cauldron; and if he will place a list of the titles and dates of the films on this trial in the Library.
(23129)
37  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer 9th April, Official Report, column 364W, on Porton Down, if former service volunteers invited to visit Porton Down to view the original record books and discuss their experiences with current members of Porton Down staff are refunded for their travel expenses by his Department.
(22875)
38  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a list of the common and chemical names of the incapacitants which have between tested on service volunteers at the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, during the service volunteer programme; and how many service volunteers were tested with each of these incapacitants.
(22932)
39  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 15th November, Official Report, column 823W, on Porton Down, if further staff from his Department are to be assigned to work full-time to conduct the comprehensive survey of the service volunteer programme at the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down.
(22874)
40  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report produced by the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down in 1971 entitled, Estimation of the concentrations of nerve agent vapour required to produce measured degrees of miosis in rabbit and human eyes.
(22933)
41  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 15th November, Official Report, column 824W, on Porton Down, if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) minutes, (b) agendas and (c) papers of the meetings between his Department's staff and the Medical Research Council on 2nd and 3rd August to discuss the epidemiological study into volunteers who took part in experiments at the Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down.
(22873)
42  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 19th November, Official Report, column 10W, on Porton Down, on what dates the in-depth searches of his Department's archives were conducted.
(22876)
43  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel who took part in experiments at the chemical defence establishment at Porton Down have been given copies of technical reports relating to their own experiments since the establishment of the Porton Down Helpline in February 1998.
(22931)
44  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the compensation scheme is for civilians who are (a) killed, (b) injured and (c) maimed by unexploded munitions on military training grounds.
(23132)
45  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what regulations are in place to govern the clearance of live ammunition from military training grounds.
(23131)
46  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures are being taken to ensure that Kenyan civilians are not killed, disabled and injured by unexploded munitions on military training grounds used by the British Army in the central part of Kenya.
(23130)
47  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions his Department has made a formal objection to the siting of wind turbines in tactical training areas; which sitings were objected to; and on what grounds.
(23136)
48  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is regarding the siting of wind turbines in tactical training areas.
(23138)
49  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the procedure is for clearing live ammunition from military training grounds in the UK.
(23133)
50  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what records the British Army keeps during training exercises with live ammunition, of the number of rounds of ammunition fired and the number of unexploded ammunition; and if these records are published.
(23134)
51  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had, and with whom, concerning the location of the headquarters of the Territorial Army in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(23201)
52  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of children of armed forces personnel have special educational needs.
(23206)
53  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which local authorities in Scotland have been consulted regarding the location of TA brigade headquarters in Scotland.
(23204)
54  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Territorial Army were involved in assisting the regular army with operations during the foot and mouth outbreak in Scotland.
(23205)
55  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had regarding the amalgamation of 51 and 52 Brigade of the Territorial Army in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(23202)
56  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he has had discussions with (a) the Scottish Executive and (b) Scottish local authorities on the siting of TA Brigade headquarters in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(23203)
57  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make it her policy to require Oxford and Cambridge Universities to publish information in respect of student admissions to constituent colleges for the year 2001-02 in standardised format, indicating the number and percentage of (a) applications and (b) acceptances from (i) private schools, (ii) state selective schools, (iii) state comprehensive schools, (iv) sixth form colleges, (v) tertiary colleges and (vi) other places; and if she will make a statement.
(20737)
58  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what is the eligibility of the landscape contracting sector for payment of the Contruction Industry Training Board Levy; and if she will make a statement.
(22910)
59  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the arrangements for training in the landscape contracting sector.
(22907)
60  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the sources of funding for schools and local education authorities paid by her Department to schools and local education authorities; which of these sources of funding are available in Worcestershire; and if she will make a statement.
(22909)
61  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make it her policy to bring spending per pupil in Worcestershire closer to the average for the shire counties; and if she will make a statement.
(23085)
62  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what responsibility the Construction Industry Training Board has for the landscape contracting sector; and if she will make a statement.
(22908)
63  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the per pupil standard spending assessment is for (a) secondary and (b) primary pupils of (i) shire counties, (ii) other local education authorities and (iii) the average English education authority for (A) 2000-01, (B) 2001-02 and (C) 2002-3.
(23082)
64  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which local education authorities in the West Midlands have access to sources of European funding to supplement the grants they receive from the Government.
(22980)
65  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with the British Association of Landscape Industries about training and certification of qualifications; and if she will make a statement.
(22906)
66  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what criteria the Government follows in determining the suitability of (a) publications and (b) materials to be used in the teaching of sex eduction.
(22881)
67  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the educational purposes for which a financial means test is required.
(22795)
68  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will publish information by family income bands showing the average contributions of parents to the student support and tuition fee costs of one student (a) before 1997 and (b) in 2000.
(22794)
69  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information she has collated on the proportion of total expenditure on (a) education, (b) higher education and (c) higher education student support met by (i) private funding, (ii) public funding in (A) each EU country, (B) the USA, (C) Australia and (D) New Zealand.
(22793)
70  
  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the position of a tenant who is eligible for an improved heating system under the home energy efficiency scheme but is unable to have work implemented free of cost because the landlords have refused to enter into a no rent rise agreement with the scheme manager in the area.
(23098)
71  
  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many households have benefited from better heating systems through the home energy efficiency scheme.
(23095)
72  
  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many tenants who are eligible for improved heating systems under the home energy efficiency scheme have been unable to have work implemented free of cost because the landlords have refused to enter into a no rent rise agreement with the scheme manager in the area; and what representations she has received on their behalf.
(23097)
73  
  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of those households which have had work done under the home energy efficiency scheme did so after the properties' landlord entered into a no rent rise agreement with the scheme manager in the area concerned.
(23096)
74  
  
Patsy Calton (Cheadle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what type of (a) therapeutic and (b) non-therapeutic drugs were regularly given to chickens to prevent the spread of infection in the broiler chicken industry between 1995 and 2001.
(22928)
75  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the resumption of (a) full road traffic survey and testing of dead badgers and (b) full scale TB99 questionnaire forms will take place.
[R] (22848)
76  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the geographical spread of tuberculosis in cattle in the last three years.
[R] (22845)
77  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of tuberculosis in cattle have been reported in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) each month this year.
[R] (22847)
78  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the financial projections contained in Annex A of the Government's response to the Agriculture Select Committee, Session 2000-01, HC 92, have changed.
[R] (22849)
79  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research has been commissioned into finding a vaccine for tuberculosis in cattle; what plans there are to increase Departmental spending in this area; and what progress has been made in finding such a vaccine.
[R] (22846)
80  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the number of all categories of staff devoted to tuberculosis in cattle will be returned to their pre foot and mouth levels (a) in total and (b) in Gloucestershire; what the percentage drop was in each case between February and the latest month for which figures are available; what effect this will have on the projected date for publishing the results of the Krebs Trials; and when that is estimated to be.
[R] (22844)
81  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will propose amendments to the Protection of Animals Act 1911 to allow earlier intervention by enforcement authorities.
(22903)
82  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers are waiting for subsidy payments from the Rural Payments Agency (a) in Norfolk and (b) in England.
(22612)
83  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of subsidy payments were paid within three weeks in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.
(22613)
84  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons there have been delays in subsidy payments to farmers by the Rural Payments Agency.
(22614)
85  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the regional reports on the performance of the home energy efficiency scheme.
(22891)
86  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what priority the home efficiency scheme gives to (a) the elderly and (b) low-income priority groups.
(22890)
87  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average time is (a) for processing Eaga Partnership home efficiency contracts and (b) between the initial application and the completion of a contract in the (i) North West and (ii) UK.
(22897)
88  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what is the average installation cost of an Eaga central heating system in the (a) North West and (b) UK.
(22898)
89  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what responsibility her Department will have concerning the level of water bills in Scotland after the formation of Scottish Water.
(22787)
90  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what role her Department has had in the scheduled transfer of the existing water authorities to Scottish Water.
(22786)
91  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what channels of communication she will have with the Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland after the formation of Scottish Water.
(22789)
92  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Scottish Executive will be represented as part of the United Kingdom delegation at the North Sea Conference in March 2002.
(23238)
93  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact on farm gate milk prices of change to the temperature attained in the pasteurisation of milk process.
(23064)
94  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health and the Chairman of the Food Standards Agency on changes in the pasteurisation of milk process; and what recent representations she has received from milk producer organisations regarding proposed increases in the temperature attained in the pasteurisation of milk.
(23063)
95  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her Department's definition of (a) uncultivated land and (b) unimproved land for the purposes of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive.
(23069)
96  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to improve surveillance measures on imports of Belgian beef in order to ensure the prevention of specified risk material entering the UK.
(23058)
97  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her Department's decision to implement the uncultivated and semi-natural areas provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive.
(23067)
98  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the impact of a pesticides tax on the profitability of UK agriculture.
(23065)
99  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the reasons why her Department has chosen not to utilise an indicative minimum area threshold for the implementation of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive.
(23068)
100  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support her Department has given to (a) the development and (b) the dissemination of information on rhizomania-tolerant varieties of sugar beet.
(23062)
101  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list by country the sources of beef found to have traces of specified risk material in consignments of beef imported into the UK in the past 12 months.
(23059)
102  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the sugar beet industry; and what steps her Department has taken to ensure that the UK's rhizomania-free status remains.
(23061)
103  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the future impact of the Welfare of Laying Hens Directive on the (a) operations and (b) profitability of the UK egg producing industry.
(23066)
104  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on recent changes to the level of the annual ewe premium.
(23057)
105  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry about the Competition Commission's recommendation for a code of practice to be introduced governing the relationship between supermarkets and their suppliers; and when she expects the code to be introduced.
(23060)
106  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the duty points for diesel in the United Kingdom.
(21764)
107  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the outcome is of the Inland Revenue benchmarking exercise to establish the level of fraud in tax credit claims; if he will place a copy of reports received from the Inland Revenue (a) relating to this exercise and (b) otherwise concerned with fraud in tax credit, in the Library; by what criteria the seriousness of fraud cases is assessed with a view to prosecution; and if he will make a statement.
(23228)
108  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff are employed by the Inland Revenue in investigating fraudulent claims for tax credits.
(22941)
109  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will reply to the question of 15th October from the honourable Member for Hertsmere, on the subject of fraud and the WFTC.
(23151)
110  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value is of (a) overpayments and (b) penalties recovered by the Inland Revenue as a result of fraud investigations in respect of each tax credit in each year since their introduction.
(22929)
111  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December, Official Report, column 328W, on the airline industry, if he will extend the scheme beyond January.
(23237)
112  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the effect on the yield from the upper income tax rate of 40 per cent. as a consequence of the introduction of a capital gains tax rate of 10 per cent.; and if he will make a statement.
(22476)
113  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the yield from the upper rate of income tax for each of the years (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02, (d) 2002-03, (e) 2003-04, (f) 2004-05 and (g) 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(22477)
114  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the reduction in the level of capital gains tax receipts in each of the next five years as a result of the reduction in the capital gains tax rate from 40 per cent. to 10 per cent. for assets held for longer periods; and if he will make a statement.
(22475)
115  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on progress towards introducing a system of progressive beer duty.
(22912)
116  
N  
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations his Department has received on his proposals on progressive beer duty; and if the sliding scale of relief will apply to local brewers who produce up to 200,000 hectolitres per annum.
(22611)
117  
N  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money HM Treasury has made from stamp duty on property sales in each of the past five years.
(22610)
118  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what EU funds are available to (a) train and (b) facilitate the activities of journalists; and what representations he has made on them.
(22935)
119  
N  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account he will take of the 2001 census in Scotland in assessing funding under the Barnett Formula.
(22237)
120  
N  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the total number of employees with earnings above the national insurance contribution ceiling.
(22241)
121  
N  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the total value of earnings by employees in excess of the national insurance contributions ceiling.
(22240)
122  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contact there has been between his Department and (a) Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum and (b) the Dubai authorities in relation to the allegation made by Sheikha Shamsa.
(22606)
123  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are being taken to investigate the allegations of kidnapping made by Sheikha Shamsa.
(22605)
124  
  
Mr John Baron (Billericay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the present relationship between the Zimbabwean Government and the Southern African Development Community.
(23092)
125  
N  
Roger Casale (Wimbledon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to increase the role and influence of national parliaments in EU decision-making.
(22081)
126  
N  
Roger Casale (Wimbledon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his European counterparts in preparation for the EU summit in Laeken with a view to strengthening the contribution of EU member states to international efforts to re-establish the Middle East peace process.
(22083)
127  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the impact of British support for Ugandan and Ethiopian forces on diplomatic relationships.
(22319)
128  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what impact the conflict over cottan is having in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(22320)
129  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the situation of Christians in the Moluccas Islands.
(23142)
130  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on UK participation in (a) the European Journalism Centre Maastricht, (b) l'Association pour la Formation au Journalisme EuropeĞenne, Bordeaux, (c) la Foundation Journalisme en Europe, Paris and (d) the European Journalists' Association.
(22936)
131  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his policy towards European Community (a) financial and (b) other support towards the Association Jean Monnet; and if he will deposit a list of Community-funded material published by this body in the Library.
(22888)
132  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the business contracted out by his Department to Carabiner since May 1997.
(22886)
133  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the locations of (a) EU Info-Points and (b) Rural Information and Promotion Carrefour in the UK; what (i) EU and (ii) UK funding they receive; and if he will make a statement on their activities.
(22937)
134  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he is taking to ensure that the protection of children's rights is incorporated into the international communities action regarding Afghanistan.
(23045)
135  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 6th December, Official Report, column 468W, what assessment he has made of the analysis of the risks posed to Sellafield from terrorist intervention as set out by the authors of the European Parliament's scientific and technological options assessment programme study to which he refers.
(23215)
136  
  
Bob Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made on the use of capital punishment against people who transgress blasphemy laws in Pakistan.
(23125)
137  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a paper on what was discussed at the recent meeting in Barcelona under the auspices of the Brussels Agreement.
(20452)
138  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the names of persons who were on the shortlist for the position of Permanent Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
(23232)
139  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many race discrimination cases there have been against his Department in the last four years.
(23229)
140  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next plans to visit Oman.
(23231)
141  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's position for the date of entry to the European Union of the applicant countries.
(23230)
142  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abattoirs and meat processing plants have failed to pay inspection charges in the last 12 months for completed inspections in the last two years.
(22668)
143  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the UK's progress towards meeting the EU's meat hygiene legislation with particular reference to the levels of (a) veterinary controls and (b) supervisory measures implemented.
(22669)
144  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he has taken advice on the composition and independence of social services tribunals in the light of Beesson v Dorset County Council QB, 30th November; and what plans he has to issue a circular to local authorities on the matter.
(22915)
145  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to health authorities and NHS healthcare trusts in respect of the provision of adequate post-discharge care for coronary patients; what budget has been allocated for this service in the current three year spending programme; and if he will make a statement.
(21452)
146  
  
Tony Cunningham (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists are in practice in the town of Workington; and if he will make a statement.
(23102)
147  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the average annual full treatment cost of haemodialysis for haemodialysis NHS patients through (a) a privately managed and (b) an NHS managed unit.
(22676)
148  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many haemodialysis patients' usual treatment was administered in haemodialysis units in a different health authority region to where they reside in each year since 1990, broken down by regional health authority.
(22677)
149  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many haemodialysis patients were receiving treatment at haemodialysis units for each year since 1990, broken down by regional health authority
(22675)
150  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many haemodialysis units treating NHS patients within the United Kingdom there were for each year since 1999, broken down by regional health authority, indicating which are (a) privately managed and (b) NHS managed.
(22674)
151  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to extend the protection of the EU directive on pesticide residue levels in baby food.
(20570)
152  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a full copy of the interim evaluation results from the First Wave digital hearing aid sites.
(23236)
153  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken to implement the Tilt Report.
(22088)
154  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is of the planned Children's National Service Framework.
(22090)
155  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mental health services are made available to armed services' personnel; and if he will make a statement.
(22093)
156  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce exemption from prescription charges for those persons who suffer from severe mental illness.
(22095)
157  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultations took place with non-state registered podiatrists prior to appointment of the podiatry representative to the Shadow Health Professions Council.
(22097)
158  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many community pharmacists there were in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(22099)
159  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the time which it will take to process applications by non-state registered podiatrists for entry to the register of the Health Professions Council.
(22098)
160  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd November, Official Report, column 567W, if he will place in the Library the report from the Mental Health Act Commission and others on ethnic monitoring, racial harassment and training.
(22100)
161  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when it is planned to launch the toolkit to support mental health services in promoting mental health for people of ethnic minority communities.
(22084)
162  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will enquire of the NHS acute trusts in London in order to ascertain the occupancy rate of beds in acute mental health wards in each London hospital; and if he will make a statement.
(22085)
163  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) strengthened warnings, (b) restrictions on the terms of marketing authorisations and (c) revocations of medicines have been issued by the Medicines Control Agency in the current financial year.
(22086)
164  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the expenditure provided in 2001-02 to implement the Tilt Report has been spent.
(22087)
165  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have moved out of hospitals as a result of the implementation of the Tilt Report.
(22089)
166  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the number of community pharmacists who will leave the profession in the next financial year.
(22092)
167  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to ensure equality of treatment for those who are (a) black and (b) of ethnic minority backgrounds who are suffering from severe mental illness and are detained in special hospitals.
(22094)
168  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under what titles and descriptions non-state registered podiatrists will be able to practice after the transition period under the Health Professions Order has expired.
(22096)
169  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the change in the number of 999 emergency calls received by each NHS ambulance trust in the latest 12 months for which figures are available.
(22877)
170  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the level of NHS spending as a share of gross domestic product for each year from 1990-91 to 2003-04; what comparable figures he has for the average of European Union countries; and if he will make a statement.
(22272)
171  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his plans to progress towards a population-based distribution formula for social services expenditure by county councils.
(22268)
172  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has conducted in the last 10 years into illnesses caused by exposure to depleted uranium; what assessment has been made of the risks to health from exposure to depleted uranium used in munitions and military equipment; and if he will make a statement.
(22314)
173  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide additional financial support for social care for vulnerable people in Somerset; and if he will make a statement.
(22444)
174  
  
Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners and disabled people requiring long-term care in Battersea who will receive free nursing care next April.
(22945)
175  
  
Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the help available for autistic children and adults and their families in Wandsworth.
(22944)
176  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of surgical procedures on NHS patients in Worcestershire were carried out in private sector hospitals, in the most recent period of which figures are available; what plans he has to increase the use of the private sector in the county; and if he will make a statement.
(23087)
177  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his most recent assessment is of acute hospital bed availability in (a) Worcestershire, (b) Gloucestershire, (c) Herefordshire, (d) Warwickshire and (e) Birmingham; and if he will make a statement.
(23086)
178  
  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurse cadet schemes are in operation across the UK; and what plans he has to (a) continue to fund and (b) extend funding for such schemes.
(23075)
179  
  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what further plans he has to promote careers in nursing to young people; and if he will make a statement.
(23076)
180  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the average time ambulance crews have waited over the last 12 months with the patients they have brought to the accident and emergency unit at Oldchurch Hospital in Romford.
(22882)
181  
  
Bob Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of patients who see an orthopaedic surgeon went on to have an operation in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(23126)
182  
N  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he first discussed (a) the interim Wanless Report and (b) the conclusions of the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding the interim Wanless Report, with the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
(22245)
183  
N  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the NHS (a) treatments, (b) services and (c) prescriptions for which a charge is levied on the patient at the point of use.
(22239)
184  
N  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to remove charges on those NHS (a) treatments, (b) services and (c) prescriptions for which a charge is payable by the patient at the point of use.
(22238)
185  
N  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list per capita spending on the NHS for each region of England in the last 12 months.
(22243)
186  
  
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a further statement on the future of accident and emergency provisions at Solihull Hospital.
(22914)
187  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the care of Mrs Vyan Gresty by Harrow and Hillingdon Healthcare Trust.
(23042)
188  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to allow the Isle of Wight (a) hospital trust, (b) health authority and (c) primary care group (i) to purchase operations abroad, (ii) to offer assistance with travel costs to patients being operated on abroad and (iii) to offer assistance with travel costs for relatives of patients being operated on abroad; and what financial resources he is making available for those purposes and to meet additional administrative costs.
(22792)
189  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he has collated on the proportion of total expenditure on health which is met by (a) private funding and (b) public funding in (i) each EU country, (ii) the USA, (iii) Australia and (iv) New Zealand in 1998.
(22791)
190  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been commissioned in the last five years into the experiences of young people who have left the care system.
(23247)
191  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many young people who left the care system went into (a) full-time education, (b) further education, (c) higher education and (d) government training schemes in the last five years broken down by regions and nations; and what support is given to young people with multiple disadvantages to access job opportunities.
(23200)
192  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the United Kingdom by nation and region, are diagnosed as having Lou Gehrig's disease; and what percentage of these are veterans of the Gulf War in the last year for which figures are available.
(23207)
193  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Microsoft software to supply the NHS University will be an open system which will allow other suppliers to participate.
(22608)
194  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the tender document for the National Health Service University will be put into the public domain.
(22607)
195  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who will validate and check the new software system for the NHS University.
(22609)
196  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many speed cameras have been installed, and how much has been spent on (a) installing and (b) maintaining and replacing speed cameras in each year since 1995.
(23199)
197  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated backlog is in the prosecution of speeding related offences detected by speed cameras.
(23049)
198  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) speed-related and (b) other criminal prosecutions have been made by use of speed camera equipment in each year since 1995; and what the average cost of prosecution per speed camera is.
(23070)
199  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria the Government has set for money raised from fines arising from speed cameras being made available to meet the costs of that speed camera.
(23048)
200  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated financial saving is from the cost of road accidents which has arisen since the introduction of speed cameras in the UK.
(23051)
201  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the percentage change is in the number of (a) serious and (b) fatal accidents at sites where speed cameras have been installed in the last two years.
(23050)
202  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) pedestrian, (b) cyclist, (c) motor cyclist, (d) car driver and (e) passenger lives are estimated to have been saved by the introduction of speed cameras.
(23052)
203  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the system for the funding of speed cameras in selected police areas; and what plans the Government has to extend the system.
(23055)
204  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate the Government has made of the number of accidents caused by drivers cutting their speeds on approaching a signalled speed camera in the last five years.
(23054)
205  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of the introduction of speed cameras on the use of police time.
(23056)
206  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money has been raised in fines for speeding related offences, detected by speed cameras, in each year since 1995.
(23198)
207  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost is of (a) setting up and (b) maintaining a speed camera; and what percentage of the maintenance and set up costs of speed cameras is covered by revenue raised from fines and other charges, made through speed related offences.
(23053)
208  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what police force expenditure has been for each police authority (a) in total and (b) per head of population in each year since 1989.
(22981)
209  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what change there has been in funds allocated by his Department to Surrey Police in real terms since 1997.
(23079)
210  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will list funding per head of population for policing by force area.
(23072)
211  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6th December, Official Report, column 476W, on Downview Prison, what steps he will take to secure the immediate local transfer of male prisoners who are now in higher category prisons than Downview.
(23214)
212  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what circumstances Iranian citizens with family in the United Kingdom are allowed to visit the country.
(23135)
213  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has been made of the measures to counter cyber-terrorism; what timescale is planned to build on the assessment; how much extra funding will be allocated to countering cyber-terrorism; and if he will make a statement.
(23227)
214  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of the £11 million allocated for running costs and service development work in 2001-02 in respect of new places in the Prison Service High Security estate has been reallocated to other key Home Office priorities.
(22091)
215  
  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate has been made of the number of sports clubs that will apply for charitable status following the decision to recognise healthy recreation as charitable.
(22979)
216  
  
Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued by (a) Wandsworth Council and (b) other local authorities in Greater London between 1999 and 2001.
(22946)
217  
N  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will expedite the provision of relevant material relating to the 1974 Monaghan bombings to the Committee of Inquiry; and if he will make a statement.
(22389)
218  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his policy towards the establishment of a European Network of Contact Points in Respect of Persons Responsible for Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes; which will be the UK contact point; what nature of information will be forwarded to other EU member states; if material relating to cases occurring prior to UK legislation being passed pertaining to the accused's crime will be passed on to the states where retrospectivity is in force for those offences; and in which instances spontaneous transmission will occur under Article 5.
(22883)
219  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) criminal incidents were reported as occurring on London buses and (b) arrests have been made in (i) Havering and (ii) Greater London as a whole, in the past 12 months.
(22938)
220  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the projects planned under the Ghent Statement on Terrorism, Point 5, (a) to store evaluations of (i) risks, (ii) alert and (iii) intervention, (b) for the prevention of chemical and biological attack and (c) on the appointment of a European Coordinator for Civil Protection Measures.
(22887)
221  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on plans to integrate (a) cultural exchanges with the Islamic world and (b) the Barcelona Process into the fight against terrorism.
(22884)
222  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on projects planned under section 7 of the Ghent Statement on Terrorism.
(22885)
223  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which organisations are referred to as representatives of other Treaty bodies under Article 1.12 of 12442/01, Council doc COPEN 56. 9th October 2001, Belgian Initiative on Joint Investigation Teams; and what (a) privileges and (b) immunities will be granted to these organisations.
(22889)
224  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to update the Safe from Harm guidance booklet published by his Department.
(23047)
225  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department (a) briefed and (b) made copies of the reports available to the media on inner city riots and urban race relations before they were published on 11th December.
(23216)
226  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on the standard of proficiency in spoken English those from ethnic minorities who seek citizenship of the United Kingdom should attain as a norm of acceptability.
(22850)
227  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on the norms of acceptability those from ethnic minorities seeking citizenship of the UK should be expected to adopt.
(22913)
228  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if prison visitors to prisons run by private companies are subject to (a) fingerprints and (b) photographic records.
(23208)
229  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is giving to countries in the clearance of anti-personnel land mines; and if she will list the countries concerned.
(22977)
230  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the aid that her Department is giving to Kenya; and what projects are benefiting from that aid.
(22970)
231  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial assistance the UK is giving to Sudan.
(22976)
232  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the countries with which her Department works on the issue of street children.
(22974)
233  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial assistance has been given by her Department to Sri Lanka in each of the last two years; for what projects; and where in Sri Lanka they were.
(22975)
234  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions her Department has had with the Council of Europe to develop joint policies for the welfare and protection of children.
(22973)
235  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the projects which she is funding in (a) part and (b) whole in Pakistan; and what is the cost involved in each case.
(22978)
236  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial aid and advice her Department gives to countries to counter the spread of HIV/Aids; and if she will list (a) the countries and (b) the financial help being allocated.
(22972)
237  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which countries that allow child soldiers to be used in conflict within their countries receive financial assistance from the UK for aid projects.
(22971)
238  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid Britain is providing to the Democratic Republic of Congo; and what assessment she has made of the obstacles to delivering aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo, with particular reference to British support for Uganda and Ethiopian forces.
(22311)
239  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the number of Afghan children in danger of dying this winter; and what steps she has taken to provide assistance.
(23043)
240  
  
Eric Joyce (Falkirk West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on political developments in Northern Ireland since 1st December.
(23080)
241  
  
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in Nothern Ireland receive VIP police protection; how many officers are involved in providing this service; and what the annual cost of providing this service is.
(22920)
242  
  
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what date new recruits to the reformed Police Service of Northern Ireland will complete their training in 2002.
(22921)
243  
N  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Prime Minister, if his target for government spending on the NHS is (a) a fixed percentage of gross domestic product and (b) a specific sum of money.
(22244)
244  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions she has had with (a) airline companies and (b) others regarding the extra costs of flights to and from Scotland since 11th September.
(22969)
245  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions she has had with representatives of the airline industry regarding the noise of night flights arriving at or departing from Scottish airports.
(22966)
246  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment she has made of the impact on Scottish tourism of the additional costs imposed on flights to and from Scotland since 11th September.
(22968)
247  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what complaints the Government has received about the noise of night flights from people living under the flight path or close to (a) Edinburgh Airport, (b) Glasgow Airport and (c) Aberdeen Airport.
(22967)
248  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans she has to propose legislation to permit the Scottish Parliament to amend the abortion law in Scotland.
(22879)
249  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the Public Service Agreement target on the number of successful high growth business start ups.
(23175)
250  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the target on payment of presented bills within 30 days of receipt of goods or a valid invoice.
(23159)
251  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the public service agreement target on the overall international ranking of the science and engineering company base in terms of quality, relevance and cost-efficiency.
(23171)
252  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the target on the unit cost of administering bankruptcy and compulsory liquidation cases.
(23164)
253  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the public service agreement target on the number of companies spun out from universities.
(23170)
254  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the public service agreement target on UK performance in transposition of EU single market measures.
(23167)
255  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the Public Service Agreement target on the number of UK small and medium sized enterprises connected to the digital market place.
(23174)
256  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the target on the Radio Communications Agency financial efficiency, between 1998-99 and 2002-03.
(23161)
257  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the Public Service Agreement target on productivity and profitability of small and medium sized enterprises assisted by Business Link partnerships.
(23176)
258  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the Public Service Agreement target on the productivity gap relative to other industrialised countries.
(23178)
259  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the Public Service Agreement target on support for exporters, quality of service, exports and the business image of the UK.
(23173)
260  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the target on key services on-line.
(23156)
261  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the Public Service Agreement target on electronic trading.
(23169)
262  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the target on the unit cost of investigating bankruptcy and compulsory liquidation cases between 1999 and 2002.
(23163)
263  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the target to operate a zero.
(23160)
264  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the target on total overhead costs.
(23162)
265  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the target on routine procurement of goods to be conducted electronically was achieved.
(23157)
266  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the target on measures of efficiency.
(23166)
267  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the Public Service Agreement target on performance against a set of competitiveness indicators.
(23177)
268  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the public service agreement target on levels of energy, security, diversity, sustainability and competitive energy prices.
(23168)
269  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the target on services and activities as set out in the handbook Better Quality Services.
(23158)
270  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the target on unit cost reduction on document registration.
(23165)
271  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the Public Service Agreement target on foreign direct investment.
(23172)
272  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment she has made regarding the effectiveness of legislation controlling the (a) sale and (b) use of fireworks.
(23239)
273  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when her Department was informed about the proposed abolition of the second delivery of post.
(21232)
274  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when her Department was informed by Consignia of the proposal to charge for post delivered before 9.30 am.
(21233)
275  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the contracts under the Non Fossil Fuel Obligation which have been transferred from one site to another since March.
(23036)
276  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many requests to amend NFFO contracts to enable implementation OFGEM has (a) received, (b) granted and (c) refused; and in cases where they have been refused, for what reason.
(23041)
277  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the roles are of (a) her Department, (b) the Non Fossil Purchasing Agency and (c) OFGEM in approving requests for NFFO contract amendments.
(23038)
278  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many NFFO contracts which would otherwise have failed she expects to be brought to fruition through the new arrangements for site transfer; and what steps she is taking to maximize take-up.
(23040)
279  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, under what circumstances operators are permitted under the NFFO transfer provisions to aggregate two or more existing NFFO contracts from different sites into one project.
(23039)
280  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what guidance she has provided to (a) the Non Fossil Purchasing Agency and (b) to OFGEM defining the criteria for the transfer of NFFO contracts.
(23037)
281  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what regulations there are to control the importation of (a) depleted uranium, (b) munitions containing depleted uranium and (c) other products containing depleted uranium; and if she will make a statement.
(22313)
282  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the (a) volume and (b) value of depleted uranium and products containing depleted uranium, imported into the United Kingdom in each year since 1985; and if she will make a statement.
(22312)
283  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on funding for the Citizens' Advice Line for London beyond March 2002.
(22880)
284  
  
Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress with the implementation of Universal Banking services.
(23090)
285  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations were made to her by (a) her Irish counterpart and (b) the Irish Energy Minister, in respect of Sellafield, at the recent EU Energy Council; and what response was given.
(23191)
286  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Government plans to publish the summary of responses to its consultation document 'Modernising the Consumer Credit Act 1974'; and what plans it has to take the review of the Act forward.
(22785)
287  
  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made by Railtrack in fitting train protection and warning system to the rail network; how many miles of track have been fitted with TPWS in (a) Railtrack's southern zone, (b) the south eastern network and (c) Kent and Sussex; how many miles of track have been fitted with TPWS since 7th October; and how many miles of track were fitted with TPWS in the same period last year.
(22926)
288  
  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps Railtrack plc is taking to ensure that structural faults, with particular reference to the masonry of the Glottenham Lane overpass in Robertsbridge, are identified and repaired on the south eastern rail network.
(22923)
289  
  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many signal failures were reported in November on (a) the UK rail network, (b) Railtrack's southern zone, (c) the south eastern network and (d) Kent and Sussex; what the figures were for November 1997; and what steps have been taken to ensure that faults are identified and repaired before serious incidents arise.
(22924)
290  
  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many structural defects have been (a) identified and (b) repaired since Railtrack plc was placed into administration; and what the figure is for the same period in 1997.
(22925)
291  
  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many newly commissioned trains and carriages are unutilised within the South Eastern rail network with particular reference to Kent and Sussex as a result of the power supply in the southern zone.
(22918)
292  
  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many trains have been cancelled since 7th October in (a) the southern zone, (b) the south eastern network and (c) Kent and Sussex; and what the figures are for the same peroid in 1997.
(22916)
293  
  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much Railtrack has incurred in penalty charges for delays and cancellations since being placed into administration; and what the figure was for the same period in 1997.
(22917)
294  
  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken by Railtrack to improve the power supply for the south eastern rail network, with particular reference to Kent and Sussex; how much money was spent on the required up-grading (a) before and (b) since Railtrack plc was placed into administration; and how much is required before all new rolling stock can be utilised together.
(22927)
295  
  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many trains running in November were late in reaching their destination within (a) Railtrack's southern zone, (b) the South Eastern network and (c) Kent and Sussex; and what the figures were for November 1997.
(22919)
296  
  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much money Railtrack plc has spent on maintenance and repair of the south eastern rail network, with particular reference to Kent and Sussex, since being placed into administration; and what the comparative figures are for the same period in 1997.
(22922)
297  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations his Department has received from (a) airline companies, (b) providers to the airline industry, (c) honourable and Right honourable Members and (d) others requesting financial support other than the underwriting of third party war insurance to be given to airline companies.
(22965)
298  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what financial support the Government plans for UK airline companies following the events of 11th September.
(23083)
299  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with airline companies regarding Government financial support since 11th September.
(23084)
300  
  
Hugh Bayley (City of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans the Rough Sleepers Unit has to improve support and services provided during the day for street homeless people.
(22982)
301  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many properties (a) in London as a whole and (b) in each London borough have rents above the relevant rent cap for their size; and what percentage these properties represent of the relevant categories of housing stock in both local authority and RSL sectors.
(23078)
302  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the oral statement of 5th December, Official Report, column 136 WH, (a) how he has calculated his assessment that the rents of one council tenant in five will fall under his rent restructuring proposals, (b) what assessment he has made of the regional variations in this figure and (c) what proportion of tenants in RSL properties he estimates will see a fall in real term rents as a result of his policies.
(23077)
303  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many planning applications were considered by planning authorities in the North West Region during 2000-01 in respect of land designated by the appropriate unitary development plan as Green Belt which were (a) approved and (b) refused by the local authority but subsequently approved at appeal.
(20738)
304  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answers of 5th December, Official Report, column 382W, on the Millennium Dome, for what reason the Government is committed to retaining the Dome structure; by how much the value of the site is affected by the Dome structure; if the Government will sell the Dome structure separately; what the Government's estimate is of the value of the peninsular site (a) with and (b) without the Dome structure; and when the honourable Member for Cotswold will receive an answer to his question tabled on 29th November, ref. 19849.
(22790)
305  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 5th December, Official Report, column 383W, on the West Coast Main Line, whether the Goverment has given financial guarantees to an organisation in relation to the Hartwell agreement on (a) the West Coast Main Line and (b) the Virgin Cross Country Franchise; what is the total cost estimated by the Strategic Rail Authority for the Virgin Cross Country Franchise upgrade; and how dependent this upgrade is on (i) completion of Phase I West Coast Mainland upgrade and (ii) Phase 2 West Coast Mainline upgrade.
(22796)
306  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish a full prospectus of sale for the Dome site; and if housing built on the Dome site will meet the Government's 10-year target for house building on brownfield sites in London.
(22760)
307  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, after the introduction of formula rents in spring 2002, if vacant properties will be relet at the full formula rent or at the lower figure then applying to similar property; and if he will make a statement.
(22678)
308  
  
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whom he has met to discuss the implementation of the Mayor of London's proposed congestion charging scheme; and what was discussed at these meetings.
(23139)
309  
  
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many representations he has received on the Mayor of London's proposed congestion charging scheme.
(23140)
310  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps his Department has taken to take account of the results from national passenger surveys in developing policies for the rail network; what conclusions have been reached by his Department on the findings on national passenger surveys; if he will place copies of documentation related to the national passenger survey published by (a) the Strategic Rail Authority and (b) his Department in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(23144)
311  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment has been made by his Department of the progress made by the Strategic Rail Authority since April 1999 to (a) protect the interests of users of railway services, (b) contribute to the achievement of sustainable development, (c) promote efficiency and economy on the part of persons providing rail services, (d) promote measures to facilitate journeys involving the use of services of more than one passenger service operator, including through ticketing, (e) impose on the operators of railway services the minimum restrictions which are consistent with the performance of the Authority's functions, and (f) enable persons providing railway services to plan the future of their business with a reasonable degree of assurance; if he will place copies of reports published in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(23150)
312  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research his Department has (a) carried out, (b) commissioned and (c) consulted upon into the future rail freight demand (i) for Great Britain as a whole, (ii) between different train operating companies, (iii) in relation to temporal variations and (iv) according to geographical variations; if he will place copies of published research reports in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(23149)
313  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research his Department has (a) carried out, (b) commissioned and (c) consulted upon into future rail passenger demand (i) for Great Britain as a whole, (ii) between different train operating companies, (iii) in relation to temporal variations and (iv) according to geographical variations; if he will place copies of published research reports in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(23143)
314  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps (a) his Department and (b) the Strategic Rail Authority (i) has taken and (ii) plans to take to change the nature and level of constraints placed upon the sale of strategic land and property by Railtrack; and if he will make a statement.
(23148)
315  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to improve (i) through ticketing between different modes of transport and (ii) a public timetable information service for all modes of transport; and if he will make a statement.
(23145)
316  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) representations his Department has received from and (b) discussions his Department has had with (i) train operating companies, (ii) Railtrack, (iii) the Rail Passenger Council, (iv) rail passenger committees, (v) the Strategic Rail Authority and (vi) others on the process by which the national rail travel timetable is created; and if he will make a statement.
(23147)
317  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the monthly performance figures are for the Railtrack public timetable information service since it became operational according to the criteria for performance as defined by (a) his Department and (b) the Strategic Rail Authority.
(23194)
318  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps have been taken by (a) his Department and (b) the Strategic Rail Authority to monitor the performance of the public timetable information service provided by Railtrack by (i) telephone and (ii) the internet; and if he will make a statement.
(23193)
319  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, by what process the national rail timetable is created; what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to modify the process by which the national rail travel timetable is created; and if he will make a statement.
(23146)
320  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps his Department has taken to improve the accountability of (a) customer views and (b) customer satisfaction on the railways; and if he will make a statement.
(23195)
321  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to (i) protect the interests of users of railway services, (ii) contribute to the achievement of sustainable developments, (iii) promote efficiency and economy on the part of persons providing rail services, (iv) promote measures to facilitate journeys involving the use of services of more than one passenger service operator, including through ticketing, (v) impose on the operators of railway services the minimum restrictions which are consistent with the performance of the authority's functions and (vi) enable persons providing railway services to plan the future of their businesses with a reasonable degree of assurance; and if he will make a statement.
(23192)
322  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportion of the expected investment in London's transport infrastructure is projected to come from (a) central government, (b) the Mayor and (c) the private sector between 2001 and 2010.
(22904)
323  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 10th December, Official Report, column 558W, on Railtrack, what estimates the Railtrack administrator has given him of the amounts likely to be drawn down under the working capital facility by 1st April 2002.
(23217)
324  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 10th December, Official Report, column 558W, on Railtrack, what representations he has received from the Railtrack administrator about likely draw downs under this facility before 15th April 2002; and from which departmental and government budgets the sum has been drawn.
(23211)
325  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what guarantees he has received from the Railtrack administration that funds will be available at the end of the administration period to repay the loans drawn down under the commercial loan agreement.
(23152)
326  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answers of 11th December, ref 18945 and 18957, when he expects the administrator to complete this review and make detailed representations to the SRA and the department.
(23222)
327  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 11th December, ref 21485, if the management accounts revealed major variances between the budget and actual results.
(23221)
328  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many passenger rail franchises he estimates will be contracted in line with the original timetable for renewals.
(22896)
329  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 10th December, Official Report, column 556W, on what dates his Department had discussions with the Treasury about Railtrack administration between 1st October and 30th October.
(23155)
330  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 6th December, Official Report, column 438W, on Railtrack, for what reason the provision of a drafting date is exempt from disclosure.
(23210)
331  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many staff parking places are provided in central London by his Department.
(23137)
332  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 11th December, ref 21487, what requirement the management accounts reveal for further draw downs of the facility.
(23220)
333  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has made to the French Government concerning the reduction of Channel Tunnel freight services since 7th November.
(22895)
334  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether he is planning changes to the amount allocated to roads under the 10 year plan.
(22900)
335  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many merchant ships are registered in the UK; and how many were registered in (a) 1991 and (b) 1996.
(22901)
336  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 10th December, Official Report, column 558W, on Railtrack, if he will list the consents applied for by the administrator.
(23213)
337  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on changes to the number of cancellations on the railways between September and December.
(23128)
338  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many out-of-town shopping centres have received planning consent since 1997.
(22902)
339  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much central government funding will be allocated to transport improvements in London as part of the 10 year plan.
(22894)
340  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations have been made by train operating companies to (a) him, (b) the SRA and (c) the Rail Regulator to secure reduced access charges as a result of underperformance of Railtrack since administration.
(23153)
341  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 10th December, Official Report, column 560W, on London Underground, if he will provide comparable information on signal failure for the remaining underground lines.
(23212)
342  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the sources from which funds could be obtained to secure the repayment of loans drawn down under the commercial agreement.
(23154)
343  
  
Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will issue an interim report on the trial to establish the feasibility of extending the runway alteration at Heathrow to include the hour from 6.00 am to 7.00 am.
(22942)
344  
  
Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many RSL tenants in (a) Battersea and (b) Wandsworth (i) pay rent above £100 per week and (ii) would have their rent reduced under rent restructuring in April 2002.
(22947)
345  
  
Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many new homes were built in Greater London between 2000 and 2001; and how many are (a) planned and (b) proposed between 2001 and 2003.
(22948)
346  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of Worcestershire's standard spending assessment for fire services; and if he will make a statement.
(23219)
347  
  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of boundary changes on eligibility for deprivation related funds; and what was the outcome of that assessment.
(23088)
348  
  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with other departments on the impact of boundary changes on eligibility for deprivation related funds.
(23091)
349  
N  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the (a) total investment, (b) total passenger numbers and (c) average daily number of trains were in each of the last 10 years for the Waterloo to Exeter railway line.
(22242)
350  
  
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he has received a proposal for the Ford Motor Company to construct a rail link between the Land Rover plant at Solihull and the West Coast Main Line; if the link has passenger potential; and if he will make a statement on road to rail.
(22911)
351  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to deter motor vehicle drivers from using mobile phones whilst driving.
(23081)
352  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations have been made to the government of France to remove SNCF's restrictions on the number of freight trains travelling from France to the United Kingdom through the Channel Tunnel; what reduction in freight traffic through the Channel Tunnel has taken place as a result of SNCF's decision; and what estimate he has made of the financial loss to UK operators.
(23209)
353  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many staff English Partnerships will have on duty at the Ministry of Sound's New Year's Eve Party at the Millennium Dome, broken down by the nature and purpose of their duty.
(22861)
354  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list each proposal to lease the Millennium Dome that has been received indicating (a) the date it was received, (b) the consideration it received, (c) the dates of the proposed lease and (d) the status of each bid.
(22858)
355  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many expressions of interest have been received by (a) people and (b) undertakings interested in holding an event at the Millennium Dome over New Year's Eve.
(22863)
356  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 6th December, Official Report, column 448W, on the Millennium Dome, for what reason the three holes in the internal lining of the roof of the Millennium Dome do not need repair; and if he will make a statement.
(22798)
357  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the process by which (a) bids for and (b) proposals to lease the Millennium Dome are considered.
(22855)
358  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many staff of English partnerships are working (a) full time and (b) part time on the (i) sale, (ii) leasing and (iii) maintenance of the Millennium Dome.
(22853)
359  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many people have visited the Millennium Dome since 1st July, indicating the nature and purpose of each visit.
(22856)
360  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the planning restrictions on the siting of satellite television dishes on residential properties, including the date upon which it came in to force; and what plans he has to change the planning restrictions to take into account the change in design of satellite television dishes.
(22851)
361  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many staff from the emergency services will be on duty at the Ministry of Sound's New Year's Eve Party at the Millennium Dome.
(22862)
362  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) guests and (b) staff of English Partnerships have been invited to attend the Ministry of Sound's New Year's Eve party at the Millennium Dome.
(22852)
363  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many staff were employed at the Millennium Dome in each month of this year, indicating for each member of staff (a) the length of their contract and (b) their responsibilities.
(22854)
364  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what information is given to those people and undertakings who have expressed an interest in (a) bidding for and (b) leasing the Millennium Dome; and if he will place a copy of this information in the Library.
(22859)
365  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the Ministry of Sound's period of hire of the Millennium Dome for their New Year's Eve Party will (a) start and (b) finish; and if he will make a statement.
(22860)
366  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list each bid received for the Millennium Dome, indicating (a) the date it was received, (b) the consideration it received and (c) the status of the bid.
(22857)
367  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will publish an analysis of the responses to the consultation document, Improving Health in Wales - Structural Change in the NHS in Wales.
(22962)
368  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on age discrimination in financial services.
(23218)
369  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the Government will make a response to the Evaluation of the Code of Practice on Age Diversity in Employment; and if he will make a statement.
(23127)
370  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the incidence of fraud in respect of (a) means tested and (b) other benefits in the last five years.
(23234)
371  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money has been recovered from persons believed to have fraudulantly obtained benefits in each year since 1997; and if he will give a breakdown of funds recovered as a result of (a) Benefits Agency fraud investigations, (b) local authority investigations and (c) other investigations.
(23233)
372  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many of the cases of fraud investigated by the Benefits Agency and dealt with by way of caution and administrative penalty since 1997 the person concerned has been previously subject to (a) caution and administrative penalty, (b) caution and administrative penalty witithin the preceding three years, (c) prosecution leading to conviction and (d) prosecution leading to conviction within the preceding three years.
(23235)
373  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will give the budget for (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02 for (i) the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate, (ii) BASIS, (iii) the Fraud Strategy Directorate and (iv) the Professional Standards Unit.
(22899)
374  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the units in his Department or its agencies whose primary function is (a) counter fraud policy work and (b) fraud investigation and detection.
(22893)
375  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the reformed Child Support Agency has a section dedicated to counter fraud work; and what the budget is of that section for the first year of operation.
(22892)
376  
  
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department will publish the results of the Quinquennial Review into the Independent Living Fund; and what plans he has to abandon its means test.
(23141)
377  
  
Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Battersea will receive the £200 winter fuel allowance this winter.
(22943)
378  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what channels of communication she will have with the Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland after the formation of Scottish Water.
[Transferred] (22788)
379  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for what reason South Gloucestershire has a negative SSA for post-16 education in 2002-03; how many other authorities are in the same position; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (22604)
380  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many children have been (a) killed and (b) maimed by cluster bombs in Afghanistan since 11th September.
[Transferred] (23044)
381  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many criminal incidents were reported as occurring on the London Underground in the past 12 months; and how many arrests there have been.
[Transferred] (22940)
382  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many criminal incidents have been reported as occurring on trains in (a) the South East, (b) East Anglia, (c) the South West, (d) the Midlands, (e) the North West and (f) the North East in the last 12 months.
[Transferred] (22939)
383  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money has been given to each airline to underwrite their third party war risk insurance.
[Transferred] (22964)
384  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total cost was of the Government's decision to underwrite the third party war risk insurance for UK airline and service providers.
[Transferred] (22963)


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