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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 17 December 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 17 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.
 


 
MONDAY 17th DECEMBER
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance is provided to government bodies in respect of the expenditure on funds on lobbying activities; and if he will make a statement.
(23189)
2  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were employed in his Department in each of the last four years.
(23785)
3  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the merits of recruiting from the private sector to fill vacancies at permanent secretary level.
(23607)
4  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the annual report from the e-envoy will be published.
(23271)
5  
N  
Mr John Butterfill (Bournemouth West):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the church commissioners have provided support to the Bishop of Exeter in connection with his role as Chairman of the South West Regional Convention; and if he will make a statement.
(23627)
6  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people were employed in her Department in each of the last four years.
(23800)
7  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many libraries (a) nationally and (b) in the Buckingham constituency are linked to the National Grid for Learning.
(23746)
8  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many public libraries there were in the Buckingham constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.
(23749)
9  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many library service points (a) nationally and (b) in the Buckingham constituency are Internet connected; and what the figures were in 1997.
(23745)
10  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the percentage of adults in the Buckingham constituency that are library members.
(23748)
11  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the libraries based in the Buckingham constituency which have received funding from the DCMS/Wolfson Public Libraries Challenge indicating (a) the nature of the project, (b) the date of the award and (c) the amount of funding provided in each case.
(23747)
12  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the museums in the Buckingham constituency that have received funding from her Department allocated to cutting museum entry fees; and the amount awarded in each case.
(23744)
13  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the musuems based in the Buckingham constituency which have received funding from the Designated Museums Challenge Fund indicating (a) the nature of the project, (b) the date of the award and (c) the amount of funding provided in each case.
(23717)
14  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the libraries based in the Buckingham constituency which have received funding from the (a) Public Library Volunteer scheme and (b) People's Network programme indicating (i) the nature of the project, (ii) the date of the award and (iii) the amount provided in each case.
(23743)
15  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many pensioners over 75 in the Epsom and Ewell constituency received free television licences.
(23424)
16  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of staff turnover at (a) regional arts boards and (b) the Arts Council of England since the proposals outlined in 'Working Together for the Arts' were made; and if she will make a statement.
(23572)
17  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what has been the funding for the Arts Council of England in each year since 1995; what proportion of that funding in each of those years has been spent on salaries; what the Arts Council of England has spent in each year since 1995 on salaries; what the average salary of an Arts Council of England employee has been in each year since 1995; what the average salary of an employee of a regional arts board has been in each year since 1995; and if she will make a statement.
(23573)
18  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the evidence presented in the Arts Council of England's two consultation periods; and if she will make a statement.
(23570)
19  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimates she has made of the savings to be made by making changes proposed in 'Working Together for the Arts'; what evidence she has received that the savings proposed in 'Working Together for the Arts' are deliverable; and if she will make a statement.
(23571)
20  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) PFI and (b) PPP contracts her Department maintains; if she will list those contracts, giving their (i) length and (ii) value, and the businesses involved in fulfilling them; what assessment she has made of those contracts; and if she will make a statement.
(23575)
21  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Arts Council of England has distributed to each of the regional arts boards in each year since 1995.
(23574)
22  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for how long the PFI contract her Department holds with Royal Armouries (International) for the management of Leeds' Royal Armouries exhibition runs; what the total cost of the project has been to her Department; what funding was required to rescue the project; what estimate she has made of the future costs of the project to her Department; what estimates she has made of the value of RAI's new contract; under what terms the nature of the initial contract was changed; and what assessment she has made of the performance of RAI.
(23568)
23  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria she has set for the Arts Council of England to meet to ensure her Department's continued support for the proposals ACE sets out in 'Working Together for the Arts'; which of those criteria are being met; and if she will make a statement.
(23569)
24  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 6th November from the Right honourable Member for Manchester Gorton, with regard to Ms. Pamela Flynn.
(23807)
25  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she last met representatives of (a) Equity, (b) the Writers Guild and (c) other bodies representing the performing arts.
(23610)
26  
  
Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port & Neston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she will announce the outcome of the review of the English National Stadium project; and if she will make a statement.
(23914)
27  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she plans to have with the Motor Sports Association in connection with their investigation into the accident during the Brechja stage of the Newwork Q Rally of Great Britain.
(23961)
28  
  
Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough & Whitby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many responses the Government has received to recommendation (a) 60, (b) 61, (c) 62, (d) 63 and (e) 64 of the Gambling Report, indicating how many (i) supported, (ii) opposed and (iii) were in neutral in respect of each recommendation.
(23781)
29  
  
Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough & Whitby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the impact on the Government's policies to regenerate seaside resorts of the implementation of recommendations 60-64 of the Gambling Review Report.
(23780)
30  
  
Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough & Whitby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate the Government has made of the impact on jobs of the implementation of recommendations 60-64 of the Gambling Review Report.
(23782)
31  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations have been made by the Government to secure the continuation of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
(23906)
32  
  
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the use by the Betting Levy Board of its general funds to finance a pension shortfall.
(23767)
33  
  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many pensioners over 75 years in Hamilton South constituency receive a free television licence.
(23359)
34  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the costs to (a) the television industry and (b) the Exchequer of illegal copying in each of the last five years.
(22988)
35  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the costs to (a) the music industry and (b) the Exchequer of illegal copying of music in each of the last five years.
(22986)
36  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the costs to (a) the film industry and (b) the Exchequer of illegal copying of films in each of the last five years.
(22987)
37  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the costs to (a) the arts industry and (b) the Exchequer of illegal copying in each of the last five years.
(22989)
38  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were employed in his Department in each of the last four years.
(23797)
39  
  
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has made to the French authorities about the proposed building of a third airport for Paris on the Somme battlefields.
(23598)
40  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the total cost to the taxpayer in respect of the construction, including the amount paid to the shipyard and the cost of weapons and sensor systems, incurred by his Department of (a) HMS Argyle, (b) HMS Marlborough and (c) HMS Lancaster.
(23621)
41  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to convert further Lynx helicopters from Mark 3 to Mark 8 standard; and if he will make a statement.
(23624)
42  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the final cost was of moving the army's northern headquarters from York to Edinburgh; what estimates he has made of the economic consequences for York of this move; and what estimates he has made of the economic benefit to the area around Craigiehall.
(24021)
43  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which submarines will receive the final stage of the Swiftsure and Trafalgar Update; and for what reasons the remaining fleet submarines are not receiving this upgrade.
(23618)
44  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if Sea Dart anti-aircraft missiles on Type 45 destroyers can be used against surface targets; if Sea Dart missiles will be fitted to Type 45 destroyers; if the Aster anti-aircraft missiles on the Type 45 destroyers can be deployed against surface targets; what effect the move to littoral operations has on the need for anti-surface weapons capabilities; and if he will make a statement.
(24022)
45  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what decision his Department has reached with regard to a replacement for the (a) Rover and (b) Leaf class tankers; when these replacements will be ordered; and how many are planned to be ordered.
(23623)
46  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Merlin helicopter will be fitted with the Sea Shire missile; what other anti-ship capability it will have; and what anti-ship capability (a) Type 23 frigates and (b) Type 45 destroyers will have.
(24024)
47  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list those (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Airforce bases (i) whose closure has been announced since 1997 and (ii) where significant amounts of land or buildings have been sold since 1997.
(24019)
48  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when HMS Invincible's refit will be complete; and when HMS Invincible will be withdrawn from service.
(23614)
49  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list any major moves of (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Airforce bases since 1997.
(24020)
50  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if it is planned that the (a) Sea Harrier FA2 and (b) Harrier GR7 will be able to operate from the CVFs; and if he will make a statement.
(23619)
51  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the research and development costs are of the Astute class; and what the estimated cost of construction is for each Astute class submarine.
(23616)
52  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the sub-harpoon anti-ship missiles will be withdrawn from service; and what effect this will have on submarine capabilities.
(24026)
53  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent to date including research and development and manufacturing costs, on the (a) Type 45 and the PAAMS system, (b) CVF, (c) Astute class SSN and (d) Merlin ASW helicopter.
(23622)
54  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Sea Eagle anti-ship missile will be withdrawn from service; and what anti-surface capability the aircraft carriers will have after the withdrawal of the Sea Eagle missile.
(24025)
55  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when HMS Ambush's keel will be laid.
(23615)
56  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what studies the NAO has made of the (a) closure, (b) partial sale and (c) move of military bases since 1997.
(24055)
57  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has with other Government departments when considering the (a) closure, (b) partial sale and (c) move of a military base.
(24018)
58  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Sea Wolf systems are to be upgraded as part of the Sea Wolf MLU programme.
(23617)
59  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to place an order for primary casualty receiving ships; and if he will make a statement.
(23620)
60  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what action will be taken in regard to the Commanding Officer of HMS Triumph in relation to the events leading to the court martialling of Lieutenant Ashley Philpott and Lieutenant Ian Tabberer; and if he will make a statement.
(23301)
61  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the set number of hours given over to downtime for sleep and rest in every 24 hours are for submarine naval officers; and if he will make a statement.
(23288)
62  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training is expected to have been completed by submarine officers before being left as duty officers of a nuclear powered cruise missile-equipped submarine; and if he will make a statement.
(23286)
63  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment is made of the competency and physical fitness of officers before they are placed in charge of a nuclear powered submarine; and if he will make a statement.
(23291)
64  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what opportunities for service are left in the Royal Navy for Lieutenant Ian Tabberer and Lieutenant Ashley Philpott; and if he will make a statement.
(23304)
65  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he intends to hold an inquiry into the events which led to the court martialling of Lieutenant Ashley Philpott and Lieutenant Ian Tabberer; and if he will make a statement.
(23302)
66  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate has been made of the danger the (a) HMS Triumph and (b) crew of HMS Triumph were in as a result of the incident which led to the court martialling of Lieutenant Ian Tabberer and Lieutenant Ashley Philpott; and if he will make a statement.
(23303)
67  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role the Royal Ordnance factory in Chorley will play in defence contracts; and if he will make a statement.
(23552)
68  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will give guarantees on the security of supply of ammunition in the United Kingdom from Royal Ordnance factories.
(23553)
69  
  
Mr Kevin Hughes (Doncaster North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the comprehensive review of aircrew retention.
(23809)
70  
  
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how the Shegaird radar tests affected low flying in West Somerset; and how many low flying aircraft were caught.
(23550)
71  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the timescale for disposal of the RAF staff college site, Bracknell.
(23539)
72  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what action he has taken on trends in the percentage of service personnel testing positive for controlled substances.
(23693)
73  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many convictions there were for drug-related offences among armed forces personnel in each year since 1995.
(23694)
74  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which units have been subjected to compulsory drug testing since January 2000; and how many personnel tested positive in each unit, broken down by substance.
(23692)
75  
  
Sandra Osborne (Ayr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department has completed negotiations with NATS on the contract for the new Scottish centre.
(23560)
76  
  
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will establish an inquiry into the suspension of private contractors working at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston, following a police investigation and drug-testing amongst those working on the decommissioning of nuclear warheads.
(23394)
77  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will state the (a) establishment and (b) current strength of the Royal Scots regiment.
(23766)
78  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Territorial Army have served with regular army forces overseas in each of the last five years; and in which countries.
(23667)
79  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Territorial Army from Scottish bases have been called upon to assist the Army in overseas operations in each of the last five years; and on how many occasions.
(23357)
80  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what support will be available to students in England and Wales in the academic year 2002-03.
(23910)
81  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will publish comparisons of academic results between schools with equivalently socially deprived catchment areas.
(23350)
82  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many parenting orders have been sought by schools based in the Buckingham constituency.
(23731)
83  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many cases concerning schools in the Buckingham constituency were heard by the Special Educationals Need Tribunal in each year since 1997, indicating in how many cases the Tribunal ruled that additional support should be provided for children with special needs.
(23734)
84  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many days on average were lost per teacher due to sickness in each of the last five years (a) nationally and (b) in the Buckingham constituency.
(23725)
85  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding has been made available to schools in the Buckingham constituency from the Special Educational Needs Standards Fund.
(23736)
86  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many special needs status (a) primary and (b) secondary school children there were (i) nationally and (ii) in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997.
(23737)
87  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much National Grid for Learning funding has been granted to schools in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997.
(23728)
88  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many decisions taken by schools in the Buckingham constituency permanently to exclude pupils were reversed by independent appeal panels in each year since 1997.
(23733)
89  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teaching posts are (a) vacant and (b) filled by supply, temporary and agency teachers in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in the Buckingham constituency.
(23726)
90  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers were assaulted by (a) pupils and (b) parents in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997; and in how many cases a conviction was obtained.
(23723)
91  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimates he has made of the number of prescriptions issued for Ritalin for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder amongst children with a statement of special educational needs attending schools in the Buckingham constituency.
(23735)
92  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers working in the Buckingham constituency took early retirement under (a) premature and (b) ill-health retirement arragements in each year since 1997.
(23724)
93  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average number of pupils per computer was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997.
(23729)
94  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many unauthorised absences there were from schools (a) nationally and (b) in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997.
(23722)
95  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people were employed in her Department in each of the last four years.
(23794)
96  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the proportion of pupils achieving (a) one or more A to C and (b) five or more A to C GCSE grades was (i) nationally and (ii) from schools based in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997.
(23721)
97  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the (a) pupil referral units and (b) learning support units which are based in the Buckingham constituency indicating (i) staffing levels and (ii) number of places in each case.
(23732)
98  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many new teachers have been employed in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997.
(23730)
99  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the amount was (a) in total and (b) per pupil spent on ICT in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997.
(23727)
100  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers have (a) applied for, (b) been rejected for and (c) received the returnees bonus for teachers; and if she will make a statement on the numbers and nature of those applicants who have been disqualified from teaching in the interim since their last full-time post.
(23114)
101  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what advice she has received from Ofsted on the performance of faith schools.
(22321)
102  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what advice she has received from Ofsted on the performance of specialist schools; and when the advice was received.
(22322)
103  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 11th December, Official Report, column 814W, on the Individual Learning Accounts Centre, if she will set out the key operational indicators which give rise to fees being paid to Capita Business Services Ltd.
(23588)
104  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 11th December, Official Report, column 814W, on the Individual Learning Account Centre, how many shifts were worked on 23rd November; and how many people worked on each shift.
(23589)
105  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the statement by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Adult Skills of 11th December, Official Report, column 219W, on individual learning accounts whether the aim was that all holders should have used their accounts to embark on a course of eligible learning by March 2002.
(23542)
106  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of whether Capita Business Services Ltd has operated in compliance with the contract with her Department in their provision of services at the Individual Learning Account Centre.
(23579)
107  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many learning providers were registered with the individual learning accounts centre on 27th November.
(23109)
108  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many holders of individual learning accounts have complained to her Department about their account being been used without their authority.
(23108)
109  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action was taken by her Department following the advice received by those attending her Department's individual learning account focus group on 25th July on the exploitation of the system.
(23112)
110  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 11th December, Official Report, column 813W, on individual learning accounts, for what reason those account holders who had not used their accounts by 23rd November cannot be subject to a validation process as a condition of being able to undertake eligible learning.
(23582)
111  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 11th December, Official Report, column 814W, on individual learning accounts, if she will enable the individual learning account holders to use their accounts as soon as the system has been proofed against fraud and theft.
(23583)
112  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 11th December, Official Report, column 813W, on individual learning accounts, whether there were constraints upon the absolute exercise of the Secretary of State's discretion; and whether the power of the Secretary of State to close down the learning account scheme immediately and without notice was publicised to (a) learning account holders and (b) learning account providers.
(23581)
113  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people were employed by her Department on 23rd November on the supervision of the contract between his Department and Capita Business Services Ltd.
(23578)
114  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether her Department has contacted the Data Protection Registrar about possible unauthorised access to the ILA account holders database; and if she will make a statement.
(23577)
115  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 11th December, Official Report, column 814W, on individual learning accounts, by whom it is not expected that the Department should offer financial advice.
(23580)
116  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, to which individuals and organisations the individual learning account account holders database has been available since April.
(23543)
117  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 11th December, Official Report, column 813W, on individual learning accounts, if she will pay interest on sums due to learning providers but not paid on time.
(23586)
118  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 11th December, Official Report, column 814W, on individual learning accounts, if she will make it her policy to give such individual learning account holders priority in the new system after it is established.
(23585)
119  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for what reason the individual learning account system was not accessible by learning providers between 4.15 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. on Friday 23rd November.
(23107)
120  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, to ask the Secretary of State for Education, which learning providers attended the individual learning account focus group meeting at the Department of Education and Skills on 25th July; and what recommendations were made.
(23113)
121  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much Capita Services has been paid by her Department in respect of its work on individual learning accounts; and what payments remain outstanding under the terms of the contract.
(23110)
122  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 11th December, Official Report, column 814W, on the Individual Learning Account Centre, how many people were employed by Capita Business Services at the Individual Learning Account Centre on 23rd November; and how many of these were employed (a) full time and (b) part time.
(23590)
123  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 11th December, Official Report, column 813W, on individual learning accounts, if she will place in the Library a copy of the rules of the programme.
(23587)
124  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the statement of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Adult Skills of 11th December, Official Report, column 220W, on individual learning accounts, what the budget was for ILA by March 2002; and how many of the accounts were budgeted to be used.
(23541)
125  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 11th December, Official Report, column 814W, on individual learning accounts, if she will give reasons for not offering compensation in the circumstances described.
(23584)
126  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to encourage youth councils at a local level; and if she will make a statement.
(23326)
127  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to encourage more young people to vote; and if she will make a statement.
(23327)
128  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she will respond to the UK Youth Parliament Manifesto; and if she will make a statement.
(23324)
129  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the development of the UK Youth Parliament; and if she will make a statement.
(23325)
130  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information she has collated about the linkage between exclusion and the number of criminal offences committed by under 18s.
(23410)
131  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of recipients of student loans are in arrears with their repayments.
(23496)
132  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers were convicted of offences committed on school premises in (a) 1990, (b) 1995 and (c) 2000.
(23417)
133  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many primary school children in England and Wales are being taught in classes of over 35.
(23412)
134  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils were excluded in 2000-01 who had previously been excluded from maintained schools.
(23419)
135  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers were subject to criminal investigations as a result of incidents in schools in (a) 1990, (b) 1995 and (c) 2000.
(23418)
136  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pre-school nurseries and playgroups are registered with Ofsted in (a) Surrey and (b) England and Wales.
(23408)
137  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers were subject to violent assaults in schools in the last year for which records are available.
(23497)
138  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many initiatives requiring action by pre-school organisations have been initiated by the Government in 2001.
(23401)
139  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information she has collated about changes to average graduate earnings since 1997.
(23404)
140  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people completed certified courses for pre-school work in 2001-02; and how many she estimates are certified for pre-school work.
(23407)
141  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools applied for specialist school status in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001.
(23242)
142  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list specialist schools by constituency and specialism at the most recent date.
(23103)
143  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will permit clusters of schools to apply jointly for specialist school status.
(23599)
144  
  
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what meetings she has had with the Association of Colleges to discuss the shortage of (a) teachers and (b) lecturers in further education.
(23545)
145  
  
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent meetings she has had with the National Union of Teachers to discuss the performance of schools within education action zones.
(23676)
146  
  
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what meetings she has had with Ofsted to discuss the performance of schools within education action zones.
(23546)
147  
  
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will implement measures to ensure that industry is (a) consulted and (b) represented in attempts to replace the individual learning accounts scheme.
(23544)
148  
  
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to consult with Universities UK on the new system of student support.
(23549)
149  
  
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many arrests have been made in connection with fraud of the Government's individual learning accounts scheme.
(23548)
150  
  
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what meetings she has had with Ofsted to discuss her decision to abolish education action zones.
(23547)
151  
  
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the performance of schools within education action zones.
(23675)
152  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to pay a special education grant to Worcestershire for 2002-03 financial year; and if she will make a statement.
(23495)
153  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of female (i) primary and (ii) secondary school teachers who are Muslims.
(23810)
154  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what initiatives the Government is undertaking to reduce the incidence of abuse by parents against teachers.
(23974)
155  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures she plans to take to reduce the time teachers spend on administration.
(23977)
156  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what directions she is giving (a) local education authorities and (b) schools on how to finance the higher pay scale for teachers due in 2002.
(24016)
157  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans the Government has (a) to continue the restriction on class sizes for infant schools and (b) to fund the class size initiative in the long term.
(23907)
158  
  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of Leicestershire LEA's education budget was delegated to schools in the financial years (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01; and what percentage of the LEA education budget Leicestershire schools will receive in 2001-02.
(23314)
159  
  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what average percentage of the LEA education budget was delegated to schools in England and Wales in the financial years (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01; and what the projected figure is for 2001-02.
(23313)
160  
  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made in delegating LEAs' education budgets to schools in England and Wales for the year 2001-02.
(23312)
161  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 10th December, Official Report, column 643W, on pre-schools funding, if she will place the Ofsted and QCA advice referred to in the Library.
(23576)
162  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will seek a report from HM Chief Inspector of Schools on the level of success of specialist schools in achieving targets consequent on that status.
(23681)
163  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information she has collated on the targets agreed by specialist schools consequent on that status and their success in achieving them.
(23679)
164  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list for each specialist school (a) the names of sponsors, (b) the amont of money contributed in aggregate by external sponsors and (c) the additional resources contributed by her Department.
(23682)
165  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information she collates on the success of specialist schools in achieving targets agreed consequent on their status.
(23680)
166  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the number and type of each animal slaughtered at (a) Beirhope Farm, Jedburgh and (b) Rennieston, Jedburgh and on (i) contiguous premises and (ii) three kilometre premises in April.
(23260)
167  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many premises were tested for evidence of foot and mouth disease as a result of the outbreaks at (a) Beirhope Farm, Jedburgh and (b) Rennieston, Jedburgh in April; and what the result of the tests was.
(23258)
168  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) contiguous and (b) three kilometre premises were slaughtered out following outbreaks of foot and mouth disease at (i) Beirhope Farm, Jedburgh and (ii) Rennieston, Jedburgh in April.
(23261)
169  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many farms animals have been slaughtered in relation to foot and mouth disease; and how many animals have been slaughtered by type in each case since 30th September.
(23259)
170  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidelines exist to determine permitted distance between landfill sites and occupied private housing.
(23691)
171  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what evidence the Government has (a) commissioned and (b) assessed regarding reduced water tables in (i) Britain and (ii) internationally.
(23689)
172  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her latest assessment is of progess towards targets for the reduction of waste in landfill sites.
(23690)
173  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many breeding female mink there were at UK mink farms on 28th February.
(23180)
174  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the costs awarded to MAFF following the case of MAFF v TT Smith (Mink) Ltd (11th March 1999) have been paid by the defendant.
(23179)
175  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will issue guidance to waste disposal authorities to advise them not to enter into long-term waste disposal contracts prior to the conclusions of the review into waste policy being undertaken by the Performance and Innovation Unit.
(23187)
176  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list meetings held by (a) ministers and (b) officials with (i) pro-hunt organisations, (ii) anti-hunt organisations and (iii) other organisations as part of the consultation on the resumption of hunting after the end of the foot and mouth outbreak.
(23185)
177  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many official inspections of game rearing farms have been carried out in each year from 1995 to date.
(23188)
178  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many organic farmers are registered in the constituency of Buckingham.
(23741)
179  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on recent trends in farm incomes in the constituency of Buckingham.
(23740)
180  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were employed in her Department in each of the last four years.
(23796)
181  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people in the constituency of Buckingham have received funding from the (a) Rural Enterprise scheme, (b) Processing and Marketing Grants scheme, and (c) Vocational Training scheme since their introduction, indicating the level of funding received from each scheme.
(23742)
182  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers in the constituency of Buckingham have received free consultancy advice from the Farm Business Advisory Service.
(23739)
183  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the gross costs are for the acquisition of the land used as a holding/transit area for carcasses at Westlake Farm, Oakford, Devon.
(23534)
184  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the gross costs are for the construction of the holding/transit area for carcasses at Westlake Farm, Oakford, Devon.
(23535)
185  
  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the honourable Member for West Chelmsford will receive a substantive reply to his question, tabled on 19th November, ref 16824, concerning Dr Reza Hossam of St John's Hospital, Chelmsford.
(23663)
186  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cattle imports there have been in each of the last three years.
(23698)
187  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the food imports from each European Union country over the last 12 months, broken down by product.
(23712)
188  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many livestock markets were open in England and Wales on 1st December; and if she will list them.
(23710)
189  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much beef has been imported from Argentina in each of the last three years.
(23711)
190  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was paid from 1st January to the latest available date in respect of set-aside land.
(23709)
191  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what has been the largest single payment to an individual for having land in set-aside in this financial year.
(23708)
192  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much beef was imported from New Zealand in each of the last thee years .
(23715)
193  
  
Tony Cunningham (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will respond to all aspects of the Task Force for the Hills report; and if she will make a statement.
(23696)
194  
  
Tony Cunningham (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will publish (a) a report on the consultation responses and (b) the Government's proposals on greater protection and better management of common land.
(23695)
195  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her oral Answer of 15th November, Official Report, column 961, on BSE, what peer reviews the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee has used of the research work of Professor Ebringer on BSE.
(23268)
196  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her latest assessment is of the cost to be incurred by (a) private businesses, (b) local government and (c) the Exchequer of implementing the EU Directive on CFC disposal.
(23264)
197  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she has assessed for 2000 the impact of the economic link measures introduced for the fisheries sector on 1st January 1999; and if she will make a statement.
(23918)
198  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when Dr Iain Anderson's lessons learned inquiry into the foot and mouth outbreak is to start; and if she will make a statement.
(23915)
199  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to link future claims for compensation for loss of livestock to the implementation of biosecurity recommendations.
(23631)
200  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what biosecurity recommendations apply to the whole of the United Kingdom.
(23629)
201  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice her Department has issued for footpath users when footpaths cross fields and farmyards covered by biosecurity recommendations.
(23630)
202  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what was the cost to the Environment Agency and its predecessor bodies of inland flood defence in England and Wales in (a) 1971, (b) 1979, (c) 1989, (d) 1995 and (e) 2000.
(23652)
203  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of properties affected by inland flooding in 2000 were not given prior flood warning by the Environment Agency.
(23374)
204  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings she has had with insurers regarding the floods in October; and if she will make a statement.
(23650)
205  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criteria a watercourse must meet for it to become the responsibility of the Environment Agency; and if she will make a statement.
(23651)
206  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many properties in Essex suffered loss or damage from the floods on the rivers Blackwater, Colne and tributaries in October.
(23373)
207  
N  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the text of the game licence was written; and when it was last revised.
(22393)
208  
N  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the costs of issuing the game licence for the last year for which figures are available.
(22394)
209  
N  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many game licences were sold in the last year for which figures are available; and how much was raised, net of costs.
(22395)
210  
N  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when a Minister in her Department last met the organisations listed on the reverse of the game licence.
(22396)
211  
N  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the number of game licences sold in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(22397)
212  
  
Mr Jim Marshall (Leicester South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the outcome was of the Environment Council held in Brussels on 12th to 13th December; what the Government's position was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if she will make a statement.
(23887)
213  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress she has made in creating a market for recycled plastic; and if she will make a statement.
(23879)
214  
  
Mr Mike O'Brien (North Warwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what is the average annual contribution to council tax per council tax payer in England and Wales that is attributable to repayments and interest on borrowing.
(23805)
215  
  
Mr Mike O'Brien (North Warwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average total borrowing is for (a) all and (b) district councils in England and Wales.
(23804)
216  
  
Mr Mike O'Brien (North Warwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what is the total borrowing figure for Solihull District Council.
(23803)
217  
  
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how often since 1998 notifications with respect to work with asbestos have been lodged with the Health and Safety Executive where such work related to (a) materials containing crocidolite asbestos, (b) materials containing amosite asbestos and (c) materials containing chrysotile asbestos, but not crocidolite or amosite asbestos; and if he will make a statement.
(23892)
218  
  
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how often since 1998 inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive have (a) made (i) announced and (ii) unannounced visits to asbestos removal sites and (b) entered the asbestos stripping enclosure during both such types of visit; and if he will make a statement.
(23891)
219  
  
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what evidence the HSE has collected that Turner and Newall had adequate insurance coverage which complied with government legislation; who were the insurers; what were the policy numbers; and what were the dates of the policies.
(23889)
220  
  
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how often since 1988 (a) the Health and Safety Executive and (b) other authorities to whom responsibility for enforcement of health and safety regulations has been transferred, have instigated formal enforcement actions where exposures to substances assigned control limits and maximum exposure limits have not exceeded the relevant limit but where exposures have not been further reduced to as low as was reasonably practicable; and if he will make a statement.
(23880)
221  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what further steps the Government is taking to encourage the growth of organic farming.
(23969)
222  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the change in the level of forest cover has been in the UK since May 1997.
(23958)
223  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to promote the use of small local abattoirs.
(23964)
224  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations the government has made in Europe since the last meeting of the European Union's Agriculture Council for reform of the sheep meat regime.
(23967)
225  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she is taking to ensure effective protection against bovine respiratory disease, and its most commonly involved bacteria, pasteruella haemolytica.
(24015)
226  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on lifting animal movement restrictions in Wales.
(24017)
227  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Secretary for Rural Affairs at the National Assembly for Wales on compensation for cockle gatherers in Carmarthenshire.
(23980)
228  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the National Assembly for Wales regarding (a) the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and (b) the implementation of its guidelines.
(23983)
229  
N  
Mrs Marion Roe (Broxbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the honourable Member for Broxbourne will receive a reply to her letters of 17th July, 16th August, 13th September, 11th October, 16th November and 12th December, relating to correspondence from her constituent, Mr Stan Kitchiner, of Cuffley, Hertfordshire.
(23609)
230  
N  
Mrs Marion Roe (Broxbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the honourable Member for Broxbourne will receive a reply to her letters of 14th June, 11th July, 10th August, 20th September, 18th October, 16th November and 12th December, relating to correspondence from her constituent, Mr I Dukes of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.
(23608)
231  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers have taken up the Department's offer of free advice to help them diversify.
(23702)
232  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to encourage (a) supermarkets and (b) consumers to buy produce from farm schemes which are (i) environmentally and (ii) animal welfare friendly; and if she will make a statement.
(23701)
233  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has funded in the last five years on the prevalence and impact of low frequency noise.
(23284)
234  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made as to the number of people who would be in fuel poverty in (a) England and (b) the Isle of Wight if there were a 5 per cent. rise in fuel prices.
(23678)
235  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the present minimum landing size for plaice in all sea areas will continue during 2002.
(23272)
236  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were employed in his Department in each of the last four years.
(23783)
237  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the expected cost to public funds is of raising United Kingdom expenditure on health to the EU average by 2005-06.
(23597)
238  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to introduce the experimental reduced VAT rate scheme for labour intensive services agreed in October 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(23105)
239  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information he has collated on which EU countries have elected to use the experimental reduced VAT rate scheme for labour intensive services.
(23106)
240  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) investigations, (b) penalties and (c) prosecutions in respect of (i) working families tax credit and (ii) disabled person's tax credit involved the child care tax credit in each year since the credit commenced.
(23306)
241  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employers have been (a) investigated and (b) prosecuted in respect of fraudulent claims for (i) working families tax credit and (ii) other tax credits in each year since the relevant credit commenced.
(23309)
242  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to (a) encourage and (b) enable the public to provide information about fraudulent or improper claims for working families tax credit or other tax credits.
(23308)
243  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance is given to resource officers concerning tax credit claims where the claimant is allegedly in receipt of payment at a rate beneath the minimum wage.
(23310)
244  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the regional breakdown was of the investigations carried out in respect of WFTC and DPTC in each year since the credits commenced.
(23307)
245  
  
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have been recruited to work within Her Majesty's Customs and Excise in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years.
(23565)
246  
  
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have been promoted in Her Majesty's Customs and Excise in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years; and how many years each person promoted had (a) served at their previous grade and (b) worked in Her Majesty's Customs and Excise.
(23564)
247  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what HM Treasury's estimate is of the asset mix of UK pension funds in (a) 2005 and (b) 2010.
(23764)
248  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to reform inheritance tax.
(23762)
249  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the VAT which will be foregone in this financial year as a result of the new stamp duty exemptions for properties where the price does not exceed £150,000.
(23761)
250  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the capital gains taper relief announced in the Pre-Budget Report will operate in relation to employee share schemes.
(23763)
251  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on his assessment of the implications of current trends in respect of the equity/bond asset mix of UK pension funds for (a) overall equity risk and (b) access to equity finance for small companies.
(23760)
252  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses in the Epsom and Ewell constituency are (a) administering WFTC, (b) providing access to stakeholder pensions and (c) administering repayment of student loans.
(23425)
253  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in the Fareham constituency (a) received and (b) were entitled to (i) WFTC, (ii) DPTC and (iii) child tax credit in (A) 2000-01 and (B) 2001-02.
(22983)
254  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assumptions concerning (a) rates and (b) tapers were used in preparing the regulatory impact assessment for the Tax Credits Bill.
(22985)
255  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to (a) monitor the incidence of and (b) take action against smuggling from Andorra to the United Kingdom.
[R] (23706)
256  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held in Brussels on 13th December; what the Government's position was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.
(23888)
257  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to seek an amendment to the Holding and Movements Directive to permit spirits producers a defence of due diligence when consignments are lost.
(23255)
258  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he has set a specific target for the rate of checks to be carried out by HM Customs and Excise on spirits consignments entering this country under duty suspension, pursuant to paragraph 4.23 of 'Tackling Indirect Tax Fraud'.
(23273)
259  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people arriving in the Channel ports in each of the last four years were found to have (a) alcohol and (b) tobacco in excess of EC-defined minimum guide levels; what proportion were unable to satisfy Customs that those goods were for their own use; and if he will make a statement.
(23257)
260  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were stopped by HM Customs at the Channel ports in each of the past four years.
(23256)
261  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to strengthen the controls on bonded warehouses within the United Kingdom.
(23275)
262  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will complete the review of excise warehouse approvals.
(23274)
263  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to allow the maturation, bottling and packaging of Scotch whisky to qualify for the climate change levy rebate scheme.
(23254)
264  
N  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the £100 million on defence expenditure he cited in his pre-Budget statement is the same money as the £107 million announced in the MoD's Departmental Expenditure Limit for 2001-02.
(22949)
265  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action he has taken in response to the 1998 IMF Article IV, Consultation Concluding Statement, regarding tax expenditures; and if he will make a statement.
(23757)
266  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the 2001 IMF Article IV consultation, Concluding Statement, regarding broadening the tax base; and if he will make a statement.
(23756)
267  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the 2001 IMF Article IV, consultation Concluding Statement, assessment of the impact of the level of the pound on the manufacturing sector; and if he will make a statement.
(23758)
268  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the 2001 IMF Article IV consultation, Concluding Statement, regarding user fees; and if he will make a statement.
(23759)
269  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has been raised by air passenger duty in each year since 1997.
(24027)
270  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made in ratifying the statutes establishing the International Criminal Court.
(23393)
271  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people were employed in his Department in each of the last four years.
(23802)
272  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking in conjunction with the international community to ensure those engaged in violence and murder in Zimbabwe are brought to justice.
(23533)
273  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations the Government has made to the South African Government in respect of the situation in Zimbabwe.
(23596)
274  
N  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the EU General Affairs Council with respect to the Middle East.
(23116)
275  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Government Ministers have visited Pakistan in each of the last three years.
(23713)
276  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with President Musharraf on the situation in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(23714)
277  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what future discussion he has planned with the Governor of Gibraltar.
(23913)
278  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome was of the General Affairs Council held in Brussels on 10th to 11th December; what the Government's position was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.
(23886)
279  
  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will issue fresh advice to UK citizens travelling to Greece on the activities that may lead to arrest.
(23317)
280  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had regarding the implications of European Union enlargement on regional structural fund programmes in Wales.
(23981)
281  
  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether Scottish Executive officers who work internationally under arrangements reached between the Scotland Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office report to the Scotland Office; and how many of them are accorded diplomatic status.
(23603)
282  
  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on how arrangements are made between the Scotland Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Scottish Executive to facilitate Scottish Executive officers working internationally.
(23604)
283  
  
John Robertson (Glasgow, Anniesland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he proposes to introduce legislation to allow Gibraltar to participate in the 2004 European elections; and when the next round of discussions under the Brussels process will take place.
(24030)
284  
N  
Mrs Gillian Shephard (South West Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter of 18th June from the Right honourable Member for South West Norfolk concerning Manwai Ahmed.
(23104)
285  
  
Jim Sheridan (West Renfrewshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when a decision will be taken on the model adopted by Gibraltar for the 2004 European elections; and what discussions he has had with the Chief Minister of Gibraltar on the participation of Gibraltar in the 2004 European elections.
(24028)
286  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which countries are subject to (a) an EU arms embargo and (b) a UN arms embargo.
(23685)
287  
  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the Spanish Government and (b) EU partners regarding participation of Gibraltar in the 2004 European elections.
(24029)
288  
  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK citizens will assist in ensuring that the Zimbabwe 2002 presidential elections are free and fair.
(23883)
289  
  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Zimbabwe authorities regarding the treatment of members of the foreign and domestic press.
(23884)
290  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the entertainment budget for each British embassy and consulate for financial year 2000-01.
(23778)
291  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visas have been issued for settlement for spouses from Egypt in the last five years.
(23777)
292  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on relations with Egypt.
(23776)
293  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to visit Yemen.
(23779)
294  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions since 1971 children have been injected with cholera vaccines in place of ones relating to whooping cough, diptheria and tetanus; and if he will make a statement.
(22991)
295  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to set up a dedicated fast-track elective surgery centre in the constituency of Buckingham.
(23720)
296  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were employed in his Department in each of the last four years.
(23793)
297  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the patient advocacy and liaison services that exist in the Buckingham constituency.
(23718)
298  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many home helps are working in the constituency of Buckingham.
(23719)
299  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered practitioners there have been in the constituency of Buckingham in each year since 1997.
(23716)
300  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 6th December, Official Report, column 486W, on digital hearing aids, by what date his Department will pass on the interim evaluation results of the first 20 first wave NHS trusts that are providing digital hearing aids to (a) the Scottish Executive, (b) the National Assembly for Wales and (c) the Northern Ireland Assembly.
(23554)
301  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) targets, (b) guidelines and (c) financial assistance his Department will provide to ensure health authorities under the Single Assessment Process address the risk of homelessness and the health and social care needs of homeless people.
(23289)
302  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many psycho-geriatricians there were in England in each of the last five years; and how many will be in post by 2004.
(23290)
303  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many small pharmacies have (a) closed and (b) opened in each of the last four years in England.
(23396)
304  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pharmacies dispensing NHS prescriptions there were in Dorset in 1997; and how many there are now.
(23395)
305  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the price per script paid to NHS pharmacy contractors for the first 1,700 items dispensed each month in (a) 1992, (b) October 2001 and (c) now.
(23397)
306  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy that the NHS should pay pharmacy contractors within 30 days of receipt of claims for the supply of drugs; and if he will make a statement.
(23398)
307  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the level of government support for research into the causes and treatment of dementia; and if he will make a statement.
(23323)
308  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with drug companies on the reduction of the cost of beta interferon in the UK to the level of other European countries; and if he will make a statement.
(23322)
309  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the shortages in the NHS of (a) nurses, (b) GPs, (c) consultants and (d) therapists and other specialist staff.
(23253)
310  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list by health authority area NHS spending per head of population.
(23403)
311  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has commissioned into the reasons for the closure of nursing and residential homes.
(23422)
312  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints have been made by NHS patients in Surrey in each of the past five years.
(23409)
313  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the Epsom and Ewell constituency suffering from multiple sclerosis have been refused treatment with Beta Interferon.
(23434)
314  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nursing homes have had their residents assessed for eligibility for Government contributions to their nursing care.
(23405)
315  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residential and nursing homes have closed because an inspection highlighted inadequacies in their facilities.
(23423)
316  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of residents of nursing homes who have been assessed for government contributions to their nursing costs have been judged as eligible to receive those payments; and in what bands of payment these residents fall.
(23420)
317  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has given to GPs about reducing notified waiting times for appointments.
(23433)
318  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GPs in Surrey have left the profession in each of the last five years.
(23311)
319  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds there were in the private care home sector in Surrey in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.
(23421)
320  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce a prostate cancer screening programme; and if he will make a statement.
(23381)
321  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been (a) allocated and (b) spent on cancer prevention projects in (i) each of the financial years since 1990 and (ii) future years for which budgets have been set, broken down by regional health authority.
(23382)
322  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been (a) allocated and (b) spent in the National Health Service on (i) breast cancer screening programmes and (ii) cervical cancer screening programmes in (A) each of the financial years since 1990 and (B) future years for which budgets have been set, broken down by the regional health authority.
(23379)
323  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will give a breakdown of how the money for the NHS (a) breast cancer screening programme and (b) cervical cancer screening programme is allocated.
(23380)
324  
  
Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been (a) allocated and (b) spent on palliative care in (i) each of the financial years since 1990 and (ii) future years for which budgets have been set, broken down by regional health authority.
(23383)
325  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) general and (b) acute beds are (i) provided at the Queen Elizabeth and Selly Oak hospitals in Birmingham and (ii) proposed for the replacement hospital; how many intermediate care beds (A) are provided by the NHS in Birmingham and (B) will be provided in 2007; and if he will make a statement on the definition of general, acute and intermediate care beds.
(23280)
326  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department was informed (a) that the Food Standards Agency planned to make its statement regarding sodium in bread on 29th November and (b) of the contents of the statement ahead of its release.
(23881)
327  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the membership of (a) the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition and (b) its sub groups.
(23882)
328  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which members of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition have participated in previous investigations into dietary salt and health conducted by (a) the Cardiovascular Review Group of the Committee on Medical Aspects and (b) other Government bodies since 1990.
(23885)
329  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what scientific evidence the Food Standards Agency based its statement on dietary salt and its effect on human health contained in its announcement on salt in bread on 29th November; and for what reason the statement was made by FSA before the salt review by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition had been completed.
(23890)
330  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter of 17th October from the honourable Member for Aylesbury (reference POH(4)5009/19).
(23276)
331  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Chairman of the NHS Appointments Commission (a) is and (b) has in the past (i) been a member of a political party and (ii) made a party political donation in the last three years.
(23813)
332  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter of 24th August from the honourable Member for North Shropshire, concerning the issue of beta-interferon and multiple sclerosis sufferers.
(22392)
333  
  
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mixed sex wards there are in NHS hospitals in each English region.
(23806)
334  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of those working in social services hold a listed qualification in (a) the UK and (b) each region.
(23976)
335  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spent on agency nursing staff in (a) the UK and (b) each component nation in the last year for which figures are available.
(23979)
336  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the Government's policy on the fluoridation of water.
(23968)
337  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review safety levels of pesticide residues in food.
(24014)
338  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent initiatives his Department has implemented to encourage people to become organ donors.
(23972)
339  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in the last two years in reducing incidents of bed blocking in the NHS.
(23965)
340  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many practice nurses are employed by general practitioners in (a) England, (b) West Midlands and (c) the Dudley area.
(23704)
341  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many community nurses are employed in the West Midlands.
(23703)
342  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on 24-hour community services care.
(23700)
343  
N  
Bob Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) average and (b) maximum waiting times were (i) to see an orthopaedic surgeon and (ii) between seeing an orthopaedic surgeon and having an operation where that was necessary in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(23244)
344  
N  
Bob Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what use is being made in the NHS of orthopaedic physicians to reduce waiting times for orthopaedic surgeons.
(23183)
345  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of the adoption of the proposed Traditional Medicines Directive on the future availability of products currently on sale in the UK.
(23285)
346  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications of omission from the proposed Annexe to the Food Supplements Directive on the future availability of products currently on sale in the UK.
(23375)
347  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the expenditure was on non-National Health Service nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff in the Isle of Wight Health Authority in the financial years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2000-01.
(23660)
348  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of National Health Service personnel was represented by (a) nurses, (b) doctors, (c) midwives, (d) other professions allied to medicine and (e) other employees, in the financial years (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000 and (iv) 2000-01.
(23662)
349  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of total NHS spending on personnel expenditure on non-National Health Service nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff represented in the financial years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2000-01.
(23661)
350  
  
Derek Twigg (Halton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average income is for (a) a hospital consultant and (b) a G.P.
(23896)
351  
  
Derek Twigg (Halton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of UK medical graduates entered general practice in the last five years.
(23893)
352  
  
Derek Twigg (Halton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate health spending per head of population by health authority for 2002.
(24011)
353  
  
Derek Twigg (Halton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much it costs to train (a) a nurse and (b) a doctor.
(23895)
354  
  
Derek Twigg (Halton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what figures he has collated on the number of (a) doctors and (b) nurses employed by the private health sector.
(23894)
355  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how far the UK has fulfilled its commitments under the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons.
(23352)
356  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce legislation based on the recommendations in the Sexual Offences Review Report, Setting the Boundaries.
(23351)
357  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many rape (a) complaints, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions there were (i) in total and (ii) in each county in England and Wales in (A) 2000 and (B) 2001.
(23354)
358  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress is being made in relation to the recommendations in his Department's Report, Stopping Traffic, published in 2000.
(23353)
359  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the possible health implications of the use of the terrestrial trunk radio systems within the airwave network; and what reports he studied in order to reach conclusions from his assessment.
(23182)
360  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were employed in his Department in each of the last four years.
(23784)
361  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average annual costs incurred policing (a) fox hunting, (b) deer hunting and (c) hare coursing events were in each of the last five years.
(23370)
362  
N  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the trend in the incidence of youth disturbance involving the intake of alcohol in the last three years.
(20984)
363  
  
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which countries refuse entry to those UK citizens who have a conviction for drug offences in the UK.
(23305)
364  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were prosecuted for criminal damage in the UK in 2000-01; and what proportion of these relate to acts of vandalism.
(23415)
365  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were prosecuted for committing acts of graffiti in 2000--01.
(23555)
366  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of people convicted for (a) acts of vandalism or (b) graffiti in 2000-01 received conditional discharges.
(23414)
367  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information is given to applicants for a new student visa about the length of time that they may be without their passport.
(23635)
368  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time taken to renew a one year student visa was in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(23632)
369  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of visitors on a one year student visa travelled to other parts of the European Union during the course of visa validating in the last 12 months.
(23668)
370  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to enable individuals to retain their passports while their visa renewal application is being processed.
(23634)
371  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what standards of service he sets for processing individual applications for visa renewals.
(23633)
372  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the Visa office estimate that the renewal of a one year student visa will take at least five weeks.
(23636)
373  
N  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the number of prosecutions there were in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available for shooting game without a game licence.
(22398)
374  
N  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make statement on his meeting with the French Minister for the Interior at the United Kingdom-France Summit held on 29th November in relation to cross-Channel illegal immigration and the effectiveness of checks conducted on persons and vehicles.
(22399)
375  
  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian staff there are (i) in total and (ii) for each police force in England and Wales at the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(23919)
376  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has made to his French counterpart on security on rail freight using the Channel Tunnel.
(23315)
377  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to reduce the prison population.
(23971)
378  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were released from prison without accommodation to go to in the last 12 months.
(23905)
379  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average distance was from commital court at the time of release for (a) male prisoners, (b) female prisoners and (c) young offenders in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(23902)
380  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many bail information schemes are in operation in women's prisons; and how many staff work in each of them.
(23901)
381  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what results were achieved by the Prison Service on each of its key performance indicators in each prison between April and October.
(23903)
382  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of women were refused bail by the courts in each of the last five years on the grounds that (a) they would fail to surrender to custody, (b) they would commit an offence while on bail, (c) they would interfere with witnesses or otherwise obstruct the course of justice, (d) they should be kept in custody for their own protection or welfare and (e) the case was adjourned for inquiries or a report.
(23908)
383  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to sign and ratify the 1990 UN convention on the Protection of Rights of All Migrant Workers and their Families.
(23686)
384  
  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many heroin addicts are on the methadone programme in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland; what the financial cost is of the programme in each country; and how many deaths have occurred whilst addicts are on a methadone programme in each country in each of the last three years.
(23878)
385  
  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many court cases have collapsed during the last five years because of technical law procedures.
(23877)
386  
  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the victim support scheme.
(21147)
387  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will consult the Committee on Standards in Public Life on where responsibilty should lie for the appointment of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards; and if he will make a statement.
(23321)
388  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people were employed in her Department in each of the last four years.
(23798)
389  
N  
Sue Doughty (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the humanitarian problems in the refugee camps in Bosnia Herzogovena; if she will provide funding directly to the refugee camps; and if she will make a statement.
(23196)
390  
  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to support internally displaced people and refugees within the former Yugoslavia during the winter months.
(23263)
391  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what steps the Lord Chancellor will take to increase the number of women appointed to the judiciary.
(23355)
392  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has for part-time, permanent judicial appointments.
(23349)
393  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many people were employed in his Department in each of the last four years.
(23790)
394  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many community legal service partnerships are operating without a specialist help provider in each category of law.
(23298)
395  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will break down the contract allocation for legal aid in London.
(23295)
396  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many full legal aid practitioners there were in (a) private practice and (b) not for profit contracts in (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01, broken down into (A) housing, (B) immigration, (C) employment, (D) welfare benefits, (E) education, (F) community care and (G) mental health.
(23296)
397  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much has been spent on setting up and maintaining community legal service partnerships in the current financial year; and which budget the funding comes from.
(23297)
398  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many (a) specialist help providers and (b) generalist providers are in operation; and how many specialist help providers were in operation when the Community Legal Service was set up.
(23299)
399  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the Civil Legal Aid budget was in (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01; and how much was spent on the different categories of law.
(23300)
400  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is the capital value of the Leasehold Lodging Estate in which his Department accommodates judges on circuit.
(23705)
401  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 11th December, Official Report, column 840W, on judges' accommodation (a) if the comparison made of the value for money provided by judges' lodgings examined each judges' lodgings individually and (b) which judges' lodgings were assessed not to provide value for money.
(23911)
402  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what guidance he issues to courts on sending their record of a remand decision to the prison where a defendant is remanded to custody; and which courts follow this practice.
(23904)
403  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to the Answer given on 11th December, Official Report, column 840W, on judges' accommodation, how many (a) butlers, (b) cooks and (c) security personnel are employed by the Lord Chancellor's Department to look after judges on circuit.
(23916)
404  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 11st December, Official Report, column 840, on judges accommodation, what action has been taken since publication of Lord Justice Auld's report to assess the value for money provided by individual judges' lodgings; and what action will be taken in respect of judges' lodgings assessed not to provide value for money in line with the recommendations of the Auld Report.
(23917)
405  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 11th December, Official Report, column 840W, on judges' accommodation, if he will publish (a) the terms of reference and (b) the comparison made of the value for money provided by judges lodgings undertaken as part of the Triennial Review of Judges Lodgings.
(23912)
406  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many days were lost owing to sickness absence by staff in his Department in each of the last four years.
(23376)
407  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people were employed in his Department in each of the last four years.
(23786)
408  
  
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the protocol to be followed by visiting heads of state to Northern Ireland in respect of (a) official visits and (b) private visits.
(23567)
409  
  
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the amounts paid to (a) senior counsel, (b) junior counsel, (c) judges and (d) secretarial and administrative support in respect of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry in Londonderry.
(23566)
410  
  
Lady Hermon (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress he has made in seeking to identify the source of the leak of the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman's unfinished report into the Omagh bombing; and if he will make a statement.
(23320)
411  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Council, how many days were lost owing to sickness absence by staff in his Department in each of the last four years.
(23377)
412  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Council, how many people were employed in his Department in each of the last four years.
(23792)
413  
N  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has made to the state of Georgia, USA, regarding the proposed execution of British national Tracey Housel; and if he will make a statement.
(23392)
414  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on contacts since 1st May 1997 between Ministers and the British-American project for the successor generations.
(23184)
415  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many BP employees are on secondment to the Government; for what purposes; and on what terms.
(22990)
416  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if his undertaking that announcements of Government policy should be made in the first instance in Parliament prevents (a) special advisers and (b) civil servants briefing the media before such an announcement.
(23181)
417  
  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, whether the published review of waste policy being undertaken by the Performance and Innovation Unit will constitute formal planning guidance to waste disposal authorities.
(23186)
418  
  
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to create a minister for retail.
(23319)
419  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone & The Weald):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many times he has met Mr. Simon Best, Deputy Chairman of the BioIndustry Association; and what the purpose of each meeting was.
(23243)
420  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission, if it is his policy to place in the Library advice on the accounting treatement of public private partnerships that the National Audit Office gives to (i) government departments and (ii) other governmental bodies; and if he will make a statement.
(23628)
421  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment she has made of the impact the restrictions on the movement of freight through the Channel Tunnel has had on the Scotch whisky industry.
(23262)
422  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people were employed in her Department in each of the last four years.
(23787)
423  
  
Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will take steps to ensure the publication of alternative proposals made by electoral boundaries commissions to the Boundaries Commissioners, at the same time as the Commissioners publish their proposals for boundary changes.
(23494)
424  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what weight will be given to public opinion in Scotland in completing her consultation on MSP numbers.
(23390)
425  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when she intends to conclude her consultation period on considering the number of Members of the Scottish Parliament; and how soon thereafter she will publish the results.
(23391)
426  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when she plans to publish her consultation document of the number of members of the Scottish Parliament.
(23808)
427  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if the Government gives direct financial support to fund Scottish Executive officers working internationally under arrangements made with the Scotland Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
(23606)
428  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people outside the United Kingdom have signed up to the Friends of Scotland initiative since it was launched.
(23605)
429  
  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many Scotland Office staff members are working full-time in the Friends of Scotland unit.
(23602)
430  
  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many target overseas participants the Scotland Office has for the Friends of Scotland initiative in the first (a) six months and (b) 12 months of operation.
(23601)
431  
  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what expenditure has been budgeted for by the Scotland Office to support the Friends of Scotland initiative during (a) financial year 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03.
(23600)
432  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Solicitor General, how many days were lost due to sickness absence by staff in her Department in each of the last four years.
(23378)
433  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Solicitor General, how many people were employed in her Department in each of the last four years.
(23791)
434  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will answer the Question tabled by the honourable Member for Sheffield, Hallam on 26th November, Official Report, column 753-4W.
(23318)
435  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people were employed in her Department in each of the last four years.
(23801)
436  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what power projects planned in (a) the Philippines and (b) Thailand, the Export Credits Guarantee Department has agreed to support; and which UK companies are involved.
(23282)
437  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what power projects the Export Credits Guarantee Department has provided support for in (a) the Philippines and (b) Thailand during the last five years; and which UK companies are involved.
(23281)
438  
N  
Mr John Butterfill (Bournemouth West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the South West Regional Development Agency has provided support to the South West Regional Convention; and if she will make a statement.
(23625)
439  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she last met Consignia to discuss the franchise arrangements for Parcelforce.
(23267)
440  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consultations have taken place between the Government and Consignia regarding the announcement of job cuts; when her Department was informed by Consignia that they were to make job cuts; what discussions have taken place to mitigate the effects of these job losses; what action the Government intends to take to save as many jobs as possible; whether the various post services where these cuts may take place have been identified; how many job losses there will be in Coventry; what discussions took place between Consignia and the postal unions prior to the announcement of job cuts; and whether there are any meetings planned with the postal unions regarding the announcement of job cuts.
(23656)
441  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if it is her objective that the minimum service standard for mainland telephone lines in the UK should be ISDN; and if she will make a statement.
(23356)
442  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much of the fund for broadband development has been allocated; and over what period it is expected to be fully allocated.
(23266)
443  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the cost of the name change to Consignia.
(23654)
444  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions she has had with Consignia concerning its business prospects; and if she will make a statement.
(23811)
445  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she is taking (a) to promote female entrepreneurs and (b) to create an enterprise environment that supports both men and women.
(23973)
446  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will provide a regional breakdown of innovation funding in the UK.
(23975)
447  
  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the projects (a) being undertaken and (b) completed by the South West of England Regional Development Agency.
(23752)
448  
  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the regeneration targets to be met by the South West Regional Development Agency.
(23750)
449  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment she has made of the impact of the processes of and terms offered by the Export Credits Guarantee Department on the competitiveness of UK aviation exports.
(23283)
450  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what advice she gives to UK companies considering investment in Sudan.
(23684)
451  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of persons injured by fireworks in each of the last five years were injured by fireworks in (a) category 3 and (b) category 4 of BS 7114.
(23655)
452  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of persons injured by fireworks in each of the last five years were injured by fireworks in (a) Category 1 and (b) Category 2 of BS 7114.
(23673)
453  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reasons the European Union has increased the quota allocation for imports from Pakistan's clothing and textile industry; and what assessment she has made of the impact on Pakistan's economy of the increased allocation.
(23920)
454  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many planning applications were called in by him in the last twelve months.
(23688)
455  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what percentage of planning applications served with an Article 14 holding direction have been subsequently called in by him in the last twelve months for which figures are available.
(23687)
456  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the content of the letter dated 6th December to himself from Sir Jeremy Beecham, with particular reference to the points relating to the local government settlement for Lewes District Council.
(22950)
457  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, for what reasons certain district councils will not benefit from the minimum increase of 2.3 per cent. provided to councils as part of his recent statement on the local government settlement.
(23190)
458  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much has been spent in the constituency of Buckingham on (a) installing road humps on established roads, (b) installing- mini roundabouts on established roads and (c) other traffic calming measures in each year since 1999; and what effect these measures have had on the number of road accidents.
(23738)
459  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many people were employed in his Department in each of the last four years.
(23795)
460  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the impact of the security situation at Frethun on railfreight traffic through the Channel Tunnel; and what steps he is taking to (a) reduce interruption to traffic and (b) mitigate the financial impact on British rail terminal operations.
(23115)
461  
  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the system-wide average mean distance between failure figures for trains operated by London Underground for each year between (a)1990-91 and 1993-94 and (b) the latest figure for 2001-02.
(23269)
462  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what reports the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit is planning to publish on (a) social exclusion and older people and (b) the involvement of older people in neighbourhood renewal initiatives.
(23292)
463  
  
Mr John Butterfill (Bournemouth West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the South West Regional Assembly has provided support to the South West Regional Covention; and if he will make a statement.
(23626)
464  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much additional money will be available for local authority recycling and composting in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04 and (d) 2004-05, as a result of the increases in SSA for environmental, cultural and protective services after allowing for (i) cost increases in landfill and incineration and (ii) inflation.
(22323)
465  
  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he proposes to consult on procedures for involving Parliament in speeding up the processing of major infrastructure projects in the planning system.
(23909)
466  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what weighting was given in the recent provisional rate support grant figures for West Sussex County Council to (a) pressures on social services for the elderly, (b) changes in transport costs for education and social services and (c) flood damage in West Sussex caused by last year's heavy rains; and if he will make a statement.
(23653)
467  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what guidance has been given to the Strategic Rail Authority with reference to the publication of monthly train punctuality statistics; if he will place copies of such guidance submitted by his Department to the Strategic Rail Authority in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(23524)
468  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will give details of the means through which (a) the Strategic Rail Authority, (b) Railtrack, (c) train operating companies and (d) other organisations and companies within the rail industry disseminate statistics on train punctuality to the travelling public; what steps his Department is taking to improve the dissemination of information on train punctuality to the travelling public; and if he will make a statement.
(23523)
469  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place in the Library copies of (a) the documentation related to the Railway Safety Cases for mark 1 passenger carriages submitted to the Health and Safety Executive and (b) the assessment of these safety cases by the Health and Safety Executive since December 2000.
(23526)
470  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many staff were employed by (a) Railtrack plc and (b) Railtrack Group plc in each month since September broken down by category of employee, including (i) senior management, (ii) electrical engineers, (iii) mechanical engineers, (iv) administration and (v) others.
(23525)
471  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the (a) collisions, (b) derailments and (c) SPADs involving mark 1 passenger carriages in the last four years broken down by (i) vehicle stock and (ii) train operating company.
(23528)
472  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what is the date by which all mark 1 passenger carriages will be replaced broken down by (a) vehicle stock and (b) train operating company.
(23527)
473  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will provide details of changes in the responsibilities of (a) himself, (b) other departmental ministers and (c) the Department in terms of day to day (i) direction and (ii) control of the activities of the Strategic Rail Authority; what plans he has further to change the nature of these relationships; and if he will make a statement.
(23514)
474  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many railway rolling stock leases involving mark 1 passenger carriages are in existence; and in respect of each lease, what is (a) the name of the rolling stock company owning the vehicles and (b) the name of the train operating company leasing them; and how many mark 1 vehicles are covered by that lease; and what is the date to which the train operating company is committed to leasing the vehicles.
(23529)
475  
  
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 on the progress his Department has made towards developing an integrated transport policy as outlined in (i) A New Deal for Transport and (ii) Transport 2010: The Ten Year Plan; if he will place copies of the documentation in relation to this research which is not publicly available in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(23520)
476  
  
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 in relation to progress made towards the development of (i) a real time travel information service, (ii) Transport Direct and (iii) a comprehensive travel information and retailing service; if he will place copies of documentation in relation to this research which is not publicly available in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(23519)
477  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will provide details of the conclusions of research his Department has (a) carried out, (b) commissioned and (c) consulted upon, into rail passenger (i) demands and (ii) requirements for information on (A) reliability and frequency of services, (B) fares and (C) real-time information; if he will place copies of the research reports published as a result of such research conducted in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(23522)
478  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he received between June and December relating to the publication of monthly train punctuality statistics from (a) train operating companies, (b) Railtrack, (c) the Rail Passenger Council, (d) rail passenger committees and (e) others; and if he will make a statement.
(23521)
479  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will provide details of progress which has been made by his Department with the delivery of Transport Direct against the timetable originally outlined; what further steps he plans to take to implement these plans according to the original timetable; what amendments to the original timetable (a) have been made and (b) are planned; and if he will make a statement.
(23518)
480  
  
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 review the performance of the Strategic Rail Authority against the directions and guidance provided by his Department in (i) September 1999 and (ii) July 2001; if he will provide details of the conclusions of the reviews which have taken place; and if he will make a statement.
(23517)
481  
  
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 and (v) others in relation to the update of directions and guidance given by his Department to the Strategic Rail Authority in September 1999 (A) between September 1999 and July 2001 and (B) since July; if he will outline what plans he has further to update his Department's directions and guidance to the Strategic Rail Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(23515)
482  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) directions and (b) guidance was given to the Strategic Rail Authority in July; and if he will make a statement.
(23516)
483  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will give details of the measure of overcrowding being used by the Strategic Rail Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(23504)
484  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment has been made by (a) his Department and (b) the Strategic Rail Authority of the levels of overcrowding (i) for each train operating company, (ii) temporally and (iii) geographically; and if he will make a statement.
(23503)
485  
  
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 on the measure of overcrowding levels of rail passenger services as used by the Strategic Rail Authority; if he will place copies of reports published as a result of such research conducted in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(23506)
486  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations his Department has received from, and what discussions his Department has had with (a) train operating companies, (b) Railtrack, (c) the Rail Passenger Council, (d) rail passenger committees, (e) the Strategic Rail Authority and (f) others on the measure of overcrowding levels of rail passenger services used by the Strategic Rail Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(23505)
487  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps (a) have been and (b) are planned to be taken by (i) his Department and (ii) the Strategic Rail Authority to improve the measure of overcrowding used by the Strategic Rail Authority to take account of variations (A) between train operating companies, (B) temporally and (C) geographically; and if he will make a statement.
(23502)
488  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made by (a) his Department and (b) the Strategic Rail Authority in reducing levels of overcrowding on the rail network; and if he will make a statement.
(23501)
489  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what targets the Strategic Rail Authority has set for the regulation of fare levels on passenger rail services; what progress has been made towards meeting the targets; what steps are planned to meet the targets; and if he will make a statement.
(23499)
490  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what targets the Strategic Rail Authority has set for improving the reliability of passenger rail services; what progress has been made towards meeting the targets; what steps are planned to meet the targets; and if he will make a statement.
(23500)
491  
  
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 ensure that the needs of disabled passengers are taken into account in the awarding of train operating company franchises; and if he will make a statement.
(23512)
492  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what guidance his Department gave to the Strategic Rail Authority on the renewal of rail passenger franchises in (a) September 1999 and (b) July 2001; what plans there are to make any amendments to this guidance; and if he will make a statement.
(23511)
493  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will provide details of research his Department has (a) carried out, (b) commissioned and (c) consulted upon on (i) the reliability of and (ii) regulation of fare levels on passenger rail services as measured by the Strategic Rail Authority; if he will place copies of reports published as a result of such research in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(23498)
494  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what deadline was imposed on the Strategic Rail Authority for delivery of its strategic plan within his Department's direction and guidance to the Strategic Rail Authority of (a) September 1999 and (b) July 2001; if he will outline what action (i) has been and (ii) is planned to be taken, as a consequence of the failure to meet a deadline; and if he will make a statement.
(23513)
495  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what role (a) the Rail Passenger Council, (b) rail passenger committees and (c) other rail passenger interest groups play within (i) the Strategic Rail Authority and (ii) the Rail Regulator; what plans he has to alter the nature of the relationship between these groups; and if he will make a statement.
(23510)
496  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions his Department has had with and what representations his Department has received from (a) Railtrack Group, (b) the Railway Administrator and (c) First Group, with regards to the operation of totaljourney.com; and if he will make a statement.
(23509)
497  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will provide details of the measure of overcrowding levels of rail passenger services outlined (a) in A New Deal for Transport, (b) in Transport 2010: The Ten Year Plan, (c) within his Department's direction and guidance to the Strategic Rail Authority of September 1999 and (d) within his Department's direction and guidance to the Strategic Rail Authority of July 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(23507)
498  
  
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 timetable information provided by Railtrack; what plans he has to assist in the improvement of timetable information systems in the railway industry; if he will place copies of reports published as a result of such research in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(23508)
499  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportion of social housing built in 2000-01 was funded entirely by the public sector.
(23406)
500  
  
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 use of remote-controlled model aircraft in areas used by the general public.
(23402)
501  
  
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 21495, what form this contact takes.
(23657)
502  
  
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 for the remaining parts of the lines.
(23658)
503  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answers of 10th December, Official Report, column 558W, for what reason a repayment has been made.
(23669)
504  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many delays on the rail network there were in the three months (a) before and (b) after the Hatfield crash.
(23413)
505  
  
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 basis on which applications for new housing resulting from Government housing targets for the South East will be permitted on green belt land.
(23416)
506  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement about Central Railway.
(23411)
507  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) procedure and (b) consultation took place in respect of the closure of the access to Ambassadors entrance to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and how long he expects it to be closed.
(23595)
508  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when and under what authority an order was placed to close Downing Street to public access; what discussions were held with interested parties; and if he will make a statement on (a) the public right of way and (b) the Highways designation in Downing Street.
(23649)
509  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what public right of way there is to the Ambassadors entrance to the Foreign Office.
(23674)
510  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the problems with the signalling system on the Jubilee Line; and what measures will be taken to resolve them.
(23551)
511  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects the automatic train protection scheme will come into effect throughout the system.
(23612)
512  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when and where officials from his Department last met US officials to discuss (a) an open skies agreement and (b) the proposed British Airways/American Airlines alliance.
[R] (23898)
513  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, for what reason he amended the Cullen Declaration on rail safety; and if he will make a statement.
(23613)
514  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how officials of his Department travelled to their last meeting in the United States with US officials to discuss (a) an open skies agreement and (b) the proposed British Airways/American Airlines alliance.
[R] (23899)
515  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent representations he has made to his French counterparts on security measures on rail freight using the Channel Tunnel.
(23316)
516  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans his Department has to consult with the aviation industry ahead of an open skies agreement with the United States.
[R] (23900)
517  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the decision not to create Renewco led to Railtrack entering administration; and for what reason his Department did not implement the Renewco agreement.
(23611)
518  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions his Department has had in the last four weeks with United States Officials and politicians on (a) an open skies agreement between the two countries and (b) the proposed British Airways/American Airlines alliance.
[R] (23897)
519  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make an assessment of the need for special consideration where water from a site drains to a flood plain in the context of the PPG 25 Guidance.
(23538)
520  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the calculation of his inspector in the report on the Bracknell Borough Local Plan regarding the limits on the number of dwellings in the development of the RAF staff college site in Bracknell.
(23540)
521  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will limit the built area of the site at the RAF staff college site, Bracknell, to 25 hectares.
(23536)
522  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the Inspector's report on the Bracknell Borough Local Plan, relating to the impact on local roads of the construction of housing on the site of the RAF staff college.
(23537)
523  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what legal requirement will be placed on the administrators of Railtrack under the strategic plan drawn up the the Strategic Rail Authority.
(23363)
524  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to provide funding to Railtrack from the roads budget as (a) loans and (b) other financial arrangement.
(23364)
525  
  
Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port & Neston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will set out the allocations he intends to make available next year under the Local Government Online Project.
(23876)
526  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he has responsibility for the former DoE building at 3 Marsham Street.
(23369)
527  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many votes were cast by post during the 2000 GLA elections (a) in absolute terms, (b) as a percentage of all valid and non-valid votes cast and (c) as a percentage of the London electorate.
(23367)
528  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will abolish the Best Value regime.
(23366)
529  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he has responsibility for civil contingency facilities underneath the QE2 Conference Centre.
(23368)
530  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what is the anticipated average percentage increase in Band D council tax across England for 2002-03, based on this year's Local Government Finance Settlement.
(23365)
531  
  
Sandra Osborne (Ayr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans NATS has to increase its prices to customers in line with other European countries following the events of 11th September.
(23563)
532  
  
Sandra Osborne (Ayr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the relationship between the CAA Economic Regulator and Safety Regulator, with particular reference to the means by which they communicate to ensure Air safety.
(23561)
533  
  
Sandra Osborne (Ayr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which centralised functions will go to Scotland as a result of the NATS facilities review.
(23562)
534  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will (a) introduce a spatial factor and (b) increase the total for Fire Service funding for Shropshire and the Wrekin.
(22390)
535  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the planning Green Paper will propose that spatial development strategies no longer be decided at county council level.
(22391)
536  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will call in for determination the appeals lodged in respect of the Jumbo Water Tower in Colchester; and if he will make a statement.
(23287)
537  
  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the value was of the Government's local government financial settlement for the (a) East Devon District Council and (b) Devon County Council in each year from 1978-79 to 2001-02; and what the percentage increase was on the previous year.
(23753)
538  
  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the East Devon constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(23751)
539  
  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many outstanding planning applications there are in the East Devon constituency.
(23754)
540  
  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997; and what the total cost to the Department is of each publication.
(23755)
541  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd December, if his Department (a) is testing and (b) has asked Ernst and Young to test alternative discount rates for the London Underground PPP; and if he has asked Ernst and Young to conduct Monte Carlo simulations as an element of their robustness assessment.
(23270)
542  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the targets agreed by the Isle of Wight Council for the delivery of transport services upon which his specific grant or borrowing permission is contingent; and what steps he takes to monitor the advertisement of those targets.
(24013)
543  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many people were employed in his Department in each of the last four years.
(23788)
544  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Health Secretary in the National Assembly about steps to reduce the waiting time for a heart operation similar to those announced for England on 6th December.
(23493)
545  
  
Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Assembly Education Secretary on the measures which have been put in place by Elwa in response to the job losses at Nantgarw in South Wales.
(23400)
546  
  
Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what co-operation he has had with the National Assembly in developing a response to the job losses at G.E. Aircraft Engine Services at Nantgarw in South Wales.
(23399)
547  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the level of child poverty in (a) Wales and (b) the United Kingdom.
(23982)
548  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made in establishing a Post Office card account system; and what factors underlay the decision as to who will receive these accounts.
(23707)
549  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were employed in his Department in each of the last four years.
(23799)
550  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action he is taking to improve take-up of benefits by older people
(23118)
551  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on preparation for the introduction of Pensions Service with particular reference to (a) access to services for users and (b) development of partnership working.
(23119)
552  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the (a) frequency of meetings and (b) priorities of the Interministerial Committee on Older People.
(23117)
553  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disability claimants there were in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the constituency of Gordon in November 2000.
(23293)
554  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people attended work-focused interviews as a result of the Social Security (Jobcentre Plus Interviews) Regulations 2001 in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the constituency of Gordon in November.
(23294)
555  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how long his Department keeps records of people who have signed on as unemployed and in respect of which they have received national insurance contribution credits.
(23111)
556  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research his Department has undertaken into the impact on benefit claimants in areas affected of industrial strike action.
(23277)
557  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department met the target of ensuring that all staff in new Jobcentre Plus offices were fully trained by the end of November.
(23278)
558  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many incidents of (a) physical and (b) verbal assault have been recorded in Jobcentre Plus offices since their introduction.
(23371)
559  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what additional risk assessments have been carried out in Jobcentre Plus offices following experience of their operation; and what the results were of such assessments.
(23279)
560  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 14th November, Official Report, column 785W, on Jobcentre Plus, what contingency plans are in place to ensure that customers continue to receive the benefits to which they are entitled in areas where Jobcentre Plus staff are undertaking strike action.
(23372)
561  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of those who have entered work through the New Deal programme have commenced unsubsidised employment in (a) Scotland and (b) the Galloway and Upper Nithsdale constituency.
(23265)
562  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applicants for carers benefit in the Epsom and Ewell constituency have had their claims refused in each of the past five years.
(23427)
563  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the Epsom and Ewell constituency receive (a) disability living allowance and (b) carers allowance.
(23428)
564  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) the Epsom and Ewell constituency and (b) the UK have been prosecuted at least twice for benefit fraud in each year since 1992.
(23426)
565  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in the Epsom and Ewell constituency received the minimum income guarantee in each year since 1998.
(23431)
566  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the Epsom and Ewell constituency were successfully prosecuted for housing benefit fraud in each year since 1992.
(23432)
567  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the Epsom and Ewell constituency receive housing benefit.
(23430)
568  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost of benefits paid to people applying for asylum in the UK was in 2000-01.
(23429)
569  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of appeals against the rejection of applications for incapacity benefit were successful in each year since 1997.
(22984)
570  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason he has not replied to the Written Question (ref 22187) from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to correspondence relating to Mr I. J. Sullivan.
(23697)
571  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to meet the Coalfields Community Campaign to discuss the issue of re-negotiating the surpluses received by the Government for acting as guarantors to the BCSS and MPS pension schemes.
(23966)
572  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, of those stakeholder pensions sold in Wales, how many have been transferred from existing pension plans.
(23959)
573  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many firms in (a) Wales and (b) the other regions of the UK, have made provision for stakeholder pensions for their workforce.
(24012)
574  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are entitled to more than one reduced earnings allowance entitlement as part of their industrial injuries disablement benefit.
(23963)
575  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many stakeholder pension plans have been sold in (a) Wales, and (b) the other regions of the UK.
(23962)
576  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Wales qualify for the minimum income guarantee; and how many are in receipt of it.
(23960)
577  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what reasons underlay his decision not to engage in discussions with the PCS Union on their concerns about the safety of staff; and if he will make a statement.
(23241)
578  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees of the Benefits Agency and job centres have been assaulted at work in each of the past three years; and what impact the introduction of Job Centres Plus offices has had on the level of assaults.
(23240)
579  
  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Hamilton South constituency found permanent employment as a result of New Deal for (a) long-term unemployed 25 plus, (b) lone parents, (c) disabled people and (d) 50 plus in each of the years since they were introduced.
(23358)
580  
  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what is the cost of amalgamating the Benefits Agency and the employment services in the current year.
(23361)
581  
  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what savings his Department will make over the next five years by amalgamating the Benefits Agency and the employment services.
(23362)
582  
  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Hamilton South constituency were caught in benefit fraud in (a) 1998, (b) 1999, (c) 2000 and (d) 2001.
(23360)
583  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the proportion was of decisions that rejected applications for benefit claims in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(23559)
584  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of rejected benefit claims were appealed against (a) in the UK and (b) in the West Midlands in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(23558)
585  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the percentage success rate of appeals against rejected benefit claims was (a) in the UK and (b) in the West Midlands in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(23557)
586  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the proportion of rejected benefit claims where the appellant was represented was (a) in the UK and (b) in the West Midlands in the last 12 months for which figures are available
(23556)
587  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason he has not introduced the integrated claim form that was piloted in the ONE Call Centre pilots into the new Jobcentre Plus offices.
(23677)
588  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to encourage greater participation in the labour market by Muslim women.
[Transferred] (23812)
589  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to eliminate badger baiting.
[Transferred] (23970)
590  
  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by how much the National Insurance Fund is in surplus.
[Transferred] (23978)


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