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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 17 January 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 17 January, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
THURSDAY 17th JANUARY
1  
  
Tony Baldry (Banbury):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to visit India; and if he will raise the issue of BAe System's bid to supply Hawk jets with his Indian counterpart.
(28303)
2  
  
Tony Baldry (Banbury):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what representations he has received from BAe systems concerning the sale of arms to (a) South Africa and (b) India.
(28293)
3  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by his Department since August 2001; and if he will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making.
(28397)
4  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the properties used by Ministers for (a) residential and (b) business purposes that are owned by government organisations.
(28280)
5  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by her Department since August 2001; and if she will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making.
(28398)
6  
  
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will introduce a betting levy for the financial year 2002-03 to help support the horse-racing industry.
(28309)
7  
  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on her policy towards making funds available for (a) the National Tramway Museum and (b) the other six museums which have been designated through her Department as having outstanding collections and which are not in receipt of core funding from central or local sources.
(28507)
8  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the number of locations and length of pre-1945 tramways which survive under tarmac or are otherwise intact; and what her policy is on their preservation.
(28577)
9  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of United Kingdom homes have digital television services; when she expects (a) 50 per cent., (b) 70 per cent. and (c) 90 per cent. of homes to have digital television services; what recent discussions she has had with the retail sector about the promotion of digital television; and if she will make a statement.
(28381)
10  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress she has made in the development of facilities at the regional centres of excellence for the UK Sports Institute.
(28605)
11  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much she is making available to Supporters Direct in 2001-02; how much she will be giving in 2002-03; how many supporters trusts have been established by Supporters Direct; and what plans she has to fund Supporters Direct after 2003.
(28604)
12  
  
Tony Baldry (Banbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment was given to sustainable development when the sale of the BAe Systems air-traffic control system to Tanzania was considered by the Arms Working Party under the MoD form 680 procedure.
(28300)
13  
  
Tony Baldry (Banbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the sale of the BAe Systems air-traffic control system to Tanzania was first raised with the Arms Working Party under the MoD form 680 procedure.
(28298)
14  
  
Tony Baldry (Banbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Government departments and agencies are represented on the Arms Working Party under the MoD form 680 procedure.
(28297)
15  
  
Tony Baldry (Banbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when a judgment was made by the Arms Working Party on the suitability of the sale of the BAe Systems air-traffic control system to Tanzania under the MoD form 680 procedure.
(28299)
16  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the difference in planned expenditure between the 25 (a) A400M aircraft for the RAF and (b) C130J aircraft over the lifetime of the programme; and what the in-service date would be of the last aircraft.
(28366)
17  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by his Department since August 2001; and if he will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making.
(28399)
18  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Antonov cargo planes are on charter to the RAF; how long those charters will last and what their total cost is; for what reason chartering Antonov is necessary; what assessment he has made of the possibility of using C-17s; and if he will make a statement about RAF transport requirements.
(28182)
19  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent by the RAF in training Flight Lieutenant A. L. Adams.
(28384)
20  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the costs incurred in the process of redress initiated by Flight Lieutenant A. L. Adams.
(28385)
21  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the personal files recently supplied to Flight Lieutenant A. L. Adams.
(28387)
22  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the reasons for no conclusion having been reached through process of redress initiated by Flight Lieutenant A. L. Adams.
(28386)
23  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with other EU member states about the establishment of a council of European defence ministers; and if he will make a statement.
(28497)
24  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with other EU member states about the creation of a European concept of Special Forces; and if he will make a statement.
(28495)
25  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures his Department has taken in order to improve medical monitoring of UK personnel deployed in and around Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(28496)
26  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the role of British peacekeeping forces in Bosnia in relation to the hunt for war-crime suspects, with particular reference to Dr. Karadzic.
(28369)
27  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the establishment requirement in the Royal Air Force for qualified technical personnel responsible for the maintenance of equipment serviceability in operational units and maintenance depots, stating in each case the (a) specialty requirement, (b) manning levels and (c) percentage difference from establishment requirement; and if he will make a statement.
(25897)
28  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the establishment requirement in the Army for qualified technical personnel responsible for the maintenance of equipment serviceability in operational units and maintenance depots, stating in each case the (a) specialty requirement, (b) manning levels and (c) percentage difference from establishment requirement; and if he will make a statement.
(25898)
29  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the establishment requirement in the Royal Navy for qualified technical personnel responsible for the maintenance of equipment serviceability in operational units and maintenance depots, stating in each case the (a) specialty requirement, (b) manning levels and (c) percentage difference from establishment requirement; and if he will make a statement.
(25899)
30  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the complement, gender and ethnic balance of the Operational Support Unit of the Ministry of Defence Police is; what the OSU's annual running costs are for the current financial year; if he plans to increase the budget for running costs for 2002-03; if he will make a statement on the base of the OSU; and what changes are planned in these arrangements.
(28587)
31  
  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to change his Department's normal retirement age policy; and when he will make an announcement.
(28586)
32  
  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Army and (b) RAF personnel were medically downgraded on 1st April 2001; how many of these have postings which would require them to be operational or on rapid reaction duties if fit; and how many of these in each category are (i) awaiting an initial medical consultation, (ii) awaiting treatment following an initial medical consultation and (iii) receiving treatment.
(28729)
33  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will grant the funds necessary to finance (a) blood and (b) saliva tests for radiation pioneered by Dundee University.
(28058)
34  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had on changes to the Government's position on nuclear test veterans following the decision of the Pensions Appeal Tribunal in the case of Tom Duggan.
(28057)
35  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy vessels have been brought into service since 1997; and for how long they are estimated to remain in service.
(28349)
36  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Royal Navy vessels have had modifications and upgrades since 1997; and how long each of them were in port for that purpose.
(28350)
37  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy vessels have been decommissioned since 1997; and what the age of each of the vessels was.
(28348)
38  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on enrolment of personal advisers for the Connexions Service.
(27667)
39  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many foundation degree places are available; and what proportion of them have been filled.
(27666)
40  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by her Department since August 2001; and if she will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making.
(28400)
41  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much of Swindon's standard spending assessment per pupil was allocated on the basis of pupil numbers alone for the years (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02 and (d) 2002-03.
(28356)
42  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of additional university staff required to meet the target of increasing the proportion of 18 to 30 year olds who take higher education courses to 50 per cent. by 2010.
(28527)
43  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of primary school heads are estimated to earn more than £60,000 per annum.
(28572)
44  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information she has collated on the number of teaching vacancies which have to be re-advertised.
(28528)
45  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information she has collated on the costs of commission paid by schools to recruitment agencies.
(28529)
46  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to abolish the requirement for schools to raise £50,000 from local sources before securing specialist status; what assessment she has made of the difficulties of raising such funding in areas of high deprivation; and if she will make a statement.
(26539)
47  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools have taken on specialist status in each quarter since May 1997, broken down by different specialist areas chosen; and if she will make a statement.
(26542)
48  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what financial provision her Department has made in the next three years to support additional specialist schools; what her estimate is of the number of specialist schools in each quarter over the next three years; what her estimate is of the proportion of all schools which will be specialist-status in each quarter over the next three years; and if she will make a statement.
(26543)
49  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list schools which have been granted specialist status without having to raise £50,000 themselves from local private sources, showing the amount they raised locally and the sources of other monies raised to meet the £50,000 threshold; and if she will make a statement.
(26545)
50  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her estimate is of the total expenditure on specialist schools in (a) England and (b) Somerset for each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 (planned); and if she will make a statement.
(27043)
51  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the application process for the next round of specialist school awards.
(26546)
52  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the proportion of pupils achieving (a) one or more A* to C, (b) five or more A* to C and (c) five or more A* to G grades was (i) in the UK, (ii) in Somerset schools and (iii) in Yeovil constituency schools in each year since 1994-95; and if she will make a statement.
(27042)
53  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she will announce the amount of the additional payment she will make to the Worcestershire local education authority to compensate for the amount transferred to the Learning and Skills Council for sixth-form education in Worcestershire; and if she will make a statement.
(28596)
54  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to extend the education maintenance allowance pilot scheme to the London Borough of Hillingdon.
(28488)
55  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils in the Uxbridge constituency have been statemented in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each of the last five years.
(28487)
56  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average percentage of special needs children is in (a) all schools in England and (b) faith schools in England.
(28609)
57  
  
Ann Taylor (Dewsbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether there is a barrier to a school's PFI partner sponsoring a bid for technology status by that school.
(28353)
58  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent representations she has received on the establishment of a Children's Rights Commissioner.
(27431)
59  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the most common reason was for expulsion for (a) boys and (b) girls in each of the last five years.
(28343)
60  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children from (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were expelled from their school in each year since 1997.
(28340)
61  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures are in place to ensure that an expelled pupil is able to carry on in education; and what steps are taken if a pupil continues to disrupt.
(28344)
62  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what process is to be followed if a child is to be expelled from school.
(28342)
63  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of children expelled from school were (a) boys and (b) girls in each year since 1997.
(28341)
64  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to confiscate animal passports of cattle which are the offspring of animals with BSE and are awaiting slaughter.
(28185)
65  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many offspring of BSE-infected cattle were awaiting slaughter in January 2001; and what is the present number.
(28186)
66  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 23rd October, Official Report, column 164W, on the costs of the foot and mouth outbreak, what the present estimate is of the total cost to public funds of the foot and mouth outbreak.
(28243)
67  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what requests she has received from Northumberland County Council for her Department to provide evidence to Professor Dover's inquiry into the foot and mouth outbreak; what response she has made; and if she will make a statement.
(28187)
68  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what efforts she made to ensure value for money from contractors employed to assist with culling and farm clean-up work during the foot and mouth outbreak.
(28184)
69  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the firms of contractors employed by her Department and its agencies to assist with clean-up work during the foot and mouth outbreak; and what payments were made from public funds in each case.
(28183)
70  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by her Department since August 2001; and if she will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making.
(28401)
71  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Parliamentary Under Secretary, The Noble Lord Whitty, will reply to the letter of 18th November 2001 from Ms Anne Parker concerning the implementation of the recommendations of Task Force for the Hills.
(28285)
72  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the letter of 18th November 2001 from Ms Anne Parker concerning the implementation of the recommendations of Task Force for the Hills.
(28283)
73  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish figures showing the volume of correspondence received by Ministers in her Department throughout 2001, indicating the target times set for replies and the number of replies sent within those target times.
(28282)
74  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Minister of State, the Honourable Member for Cardiff South and Penarth, will reply to the letter of 18th November 2001, from Ms Anne Parker concerning the implementation of the recommendations of Task Force for the Hills.
(28286)
75  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Director of the Government Office for the North West will reply to the letter of 18th November from Ms Anne Parker concerning the implementation of the recommendations of the Task Force for the Hills.
(28281)
76  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Parliamentary Under Secretary, the Honourable Member for Scunthorpe, will reply to the letter of 18th November 2001 from Ms Anne Parker concerning the implementation of the recommendations of Task Force for the Hills.
(28284)
77  
  
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to bring into force section 57 and schedule 6 of The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
(28581)
78  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her estimate is of the cost of installing (a) detectors and (b) staff to eliminate the illegal import of meat into the United Kingdom.
(28114)
79  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect on the competitiveness of UK vegetable growers if chlorofenvinphos and carbofuran are banned in the UK before they are banned in the rest of the EU.
(27045)
80  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has sponsored into alternatives to chlorofenvinphos and carbofuran.
(27046)
81  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will ensure that the ban on the use of chlorofenvinphos and carbofuran, used in the control of cabbage root fly, comes into force at the same time as in the rest of the EU.
(27044)
82  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to improve flood protection in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
(28486)
83  
  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she next intends to meet the Fishermen's Association Ltd to discuss their concerns on proposed changes in the enforcement of fisheries policy; and if she will make a statement.
(28649)
84  
  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the European Commission policy on administrative sanctions in enforcing fisheries policy; what assessment she has made of the compatibility of this approach with the European Convention on Human Rights; and if she will make a statement.
(28675)
85  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the dates are for the forthcoming second North Sea Conference; where the conference will be held; what inter-governmental preparatory meetings have been held; what non-governmental organisations have been consulted in preparation; and if she will place in the Library copies of papers and documents that (a) will be submitted to the North Sea Ministerial Conference, and (b) constitute background material for the conference.
(28494)
86  
  
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for West Worcestershire to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State dated 3rd December 2001.
(28512)
87  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the scientific advice she has received concerning the designation of nitrate vulnerable zones; and if she will make a statement.
(28506)
88  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what compensation is paid to farmers whose applications are wrongly assessed by her Department.
(28365)
89  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many mistakes were made in calculating farming subsidy claims in 2001 by (a) her Department and (b) applicants.
(28364)
90  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what impact the foot and mouth hunt restrictions have had on the fox population in the United Kingdom.
(28362)
91  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what penalties are imposed on farmers who make mistakes when they are filling in claim forms for farming subsidies; and whether farmers can rectify mistakes on claim forms without a penalty being imposed.
(28363)
92  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress has been made in reforming the CAP.
(28358)
93  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to means-test CAP subsidy payments to farmers.
(28359)
94  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to concentrate financial support to help tenant and hill farmers.
(28360)
95  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department will clear outstanding correspondence with honourable Members.
(28361)
96  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by his Department since August 2001; and if he will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making.
(28412)
97  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of the working families tax credit was for each financial year to date; and what the projected cost is for (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04 and (d) 2004-05.
(28061)
98  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what rules apply to a bereaved partner in relation to the payment of (a) the state pension and (b) SERPS in cases where both partners have contributed fully to national insurance throughout their working lives.
(28550)
99  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will suspend Arthur Andersen accountants from Government contracts until the US Senate Committee investigation into Enron is completed.
(28518)
100  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what forecasts have been produced by his Department of euro-zone short-term interest rates over the period 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(26541)
101  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of (a) fiscal policy co-ordination in the euro zone and (b) monetary/fiscal policy co-ordinaton in the euro-zone; and if he will make a statement.
(26696)
102  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proposals he has made to reform the European Central Bank in order to (a) improve policy-making transparency and (b) improve the definition of the inflation target; and if he will make a statement.
(26547)
103  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the (a) officials, (b) special advisers and (c) ministers of his Department who are involved in the preliminary technical work for joining the euro; and if he will make a statement.
(26549)
104  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is (a) his estimate of the date on which the Treasury will complete its evaluation of whether the five economic tests for joining the euro have been met and (b) the latest date by which their evaluation is due to be completed; and if he will make a statement.
(26552)
105  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government's decision to join the euro will be affected by (a) the level of the pound against the euro and (b) the degree of progress on harmonisation in Europe; and if he will make a statement.
(26554)
106  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the presentation and slides produced by Mr Gus O'Donnell for a seminar with economics undergraduates and students on 30th November 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(26556)
107  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials of HM Treasury were involved in the preliminary technical preparations for joining the euro at (a) 1st January 2001, (b) 1st June 2001, (c) 1st December 2001 and (d) the latest date for which data is available; and if he will make a statement.
(26551)
108  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what reforms to the (a) fiscal policy rules and (b) operational arrangements for monetary policy, in relation to members of the Single European Currency, are being sought by the Government before Britain will join the euro; and if he will make a statement.
(26553)
109  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy to seek a devaluation of the pound Sterling against the euro before Britain joins the Single European Currency; and if he will make a statement.
(26555)
110  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who are the members of the cross-party HM Treasury Euro-Preparations Committee; how many times the Committee has met in the last four years; on which dates meetings are scheduled during 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(26540)
111  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what budget allocation has been made by his Department for (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03 for carrying out the preliminary technical work for evaluating the five economic tests for membership of the euro; and if he will make a statement.
(26544)
112  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff at the Bank of England are involved in working on the preliminary technical work for joining the euro; and if he will make a statement.
(26697)
113  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the five economic tests for membership of the euro will have to be met clearly and unambiguously if Britain is to join the euro; and if he will make a statement.
(26548)
114  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if there will be a political judgement involved in the decision as to whether or not Britain should join the euro; and if he will make a statement.
(26550)
115  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to respond to recommendation 9 of the McFadden Report on a regulatory regime for charities in Scotland.
(27142)
116  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is towards introducing reduced rates of VAT on organisations covered by Category 14 of Annex H to the Sixth Directive.
(26536)
117  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the total annual amount of irrecoverable VAT paid by charities.
(26538)
118  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he plans to extend to (a) charities and (b) voluntary organisations, the provisions of section 33 of the VAT Act 1994 on the recovery of import tax.
(26537)
119  
  
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if a person registered for VAT can reclaim from the Customs and Excise the costs of building (a) a mausoleum for himself and (b) a home for himself.
(28308)
120  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many copies of his consultation document, Promoting Sport in the Community were printed; and how many responses he has received to the consultation.
(28603)
121  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the total cost to United Kingdom businesses of additional administrative costs following the introduction of euro notes and coins.
(28396)
122  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of families in receipt of (a) the child tax credit and (b) the child care tax credit in the Loughborough constituency.
(28517)
123  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to allow United Kingdom businesses to make dual currency VAT returns to Customs and Excise where they trade in sterling and euros.
(28395)
124  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure that sustainable development concerns are integrated into the Comprehensive Spending Review process; and if he will make a statement.
(28296)
125  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will reply to the letters from the honourable Member for Truro and St Austell dated 6th August 2001 and 1st November 2001, addressed to the Economic Secretary, regarding data protection.
(28295)
126  
N  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Treasury will commence consultation on the proposed changes to the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(27665)
127  
  
Tony Baldry (Banbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to visit South Africa; and if he will raise the issue of arms sales with his South African counterpart.
(28291)
128  
N  
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the situation in Sulawesi, Indonesia, with particular reference to recent bombings of four churches in the area.
(28062)
129  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by his Department since August 2001; and if he will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making.
(28402)
130  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the treatment of UK citizens who have been captured in Afghanistan and held by US forces, with special reference to (a) when consular officials will have access to them, (b) when the International Committee of the Red Cross will have access to them, (c) whether they will have legal representation, (d) whether they are prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions and who made the determination as to their status and (e) whether the UK citizens will be treated in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.
(28334)
131  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the source of funds that financed the arms shipment on Karine A; and if he will make a statement.
(28247)
132  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Palestinian Authority over the arms shipment detected on the Karine A; and if he will make a statement.
(28246)
133  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) source and (b) ultimate intended destination of the arms on the Karine A; and if he will make a statement.
(28245)
134  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the progress of his inquiries into the links between the arms shipment discovered on the Karine A and the Palestinian Authority.
(28244)
135  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the value of Plan Columbia; and what plans he has to promote a similar plan in relation to Afghanistan.
(28111)
136  
N  
David Hamilton (Midlothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if it is Her Majesty's Government's intention to reach an accommodation with Spain about Gibraltar irrespective of the will of the citizens of Gibraltar.
(28265)
137  
N  
David Hamilton (Midlothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what Her Majesty's Government's policy is on a referendum of the residents of Gibraltar on (a) independence, (b) integration and (c) joint sovereignty.
(28266)
138  
N  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will put forward proposals for further integration of Gibraltar into the United Kingdom.
[R] (28263)
139  
N  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on discussions on independence for Gibraltar.
[R] (28264)
140  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 19th December, Official Report, column 368W, on interception of communications, by what means a statement to the House would be made.
(28519)
141  
N  
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what possibilities Her Majesty's Government is studying for the future status of Gibraltar similar to Ceuta and Mellia.
(28267)
142  
N  
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has for a referendum to be held in Gibraltar on an agreement with Spain about the status of Gibraltar.
(28268)
143  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what training is available in his Department in the recognition of religious persecution.
(28644)
144  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what resources are available in his Department to monitor human rights violations of Christians.
(28643)
145  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it is policy to produce an annual report on the observance of human rights worldwide, with particular reference to religious freedom; and if he will make a statement.
(28606)
146  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what responsibility UK embassies have been given to monitor religious freedom in the host country.
(28607)
147  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of Christians persecuted across the world in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(28608)
148  
N  
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what public statements have been made concerning Gibraltar by British diplomats in the last 12 months.
(28269)
149  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information he has sought, and what communications he has received, from the United States Administration in respect of the circumstances surrounding the uprising and battle at the prison fort outside Mazar-E-Sharif in Afghanistan; how many prisoners were killed; if United Kingdom citizens are known to have been killed or captured; and what role British military personnel played in the action.
(28504)
150  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK citizens are in prisons outside the United Kingdom.
(28600)
151  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to reply to the letter of 12th September 2001 from the honourable Member for Rochford and Southend East about Heathrow Airport.
(28010)
152  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterparts regarding the treatment of al-Qaida prisoners captured in Afghanistan.
(28339)
153  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he has been informed by the Government of Pakistan (a) on what charges and (b) in which prison James Andrew McLintock is being held.
(28123)
154  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if (a) he and (b) the UK High Commission in Pakistan has requested that James Andrew McLintock receive legal representation.
(28122)
155  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date the UK High Commission in Islamabad first requested information from the Government of Pakistan on the case of James Andrew McLintock.
(28120)
156  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information has been received from the Government of Pakistan on the case of James Andrew McLintock.
(28125)
157  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when (a) he last contacted and (b) were his most recent discussions with the Government of Pakistan on the case of James Andrew McLintock; and what was the outcome of these discussions.
(28121)
158  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date representatives from the UK High Commission in Islamabad were first allowed consular access to James Andrew McLintock; and on how many occasions representatives have been granted such access.
(28124)
159  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Pakistan on the case of James Andrew McLintock.
(28119)
160  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent meetings there have been with Argentine officials over the future of Falkland Islands.
(28345)
161  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his policy on the sovereignity of the Falkland Islands.
(28347)
162  
  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the circumstances are under which an Argentine national is able to settle on the Falkland Islands.
(28346)
163  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he is making about the reported persecution of Christians in Indonesia.
(28338)
164  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will discuss with MENCAP access to services by persons with learning difficulties.
(27847)
165  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by his Department since August 2001; and if he will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making.
(28403)
166  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that the Westmorland General Hospital's emergency and minor accident department continues to operate on a 24-hour basis.
(28278)
167  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ambulance emergency cases were taken to the Westmorland General Hospital's emergency and minor accident department in each of the last five years; and how many of these were then taken to Lancaster Royal Infirmary.
(28277)
168  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what change in service levels has taken place at the Westmorland General Hospital's emergency and minor accident department in each of the last five years.
(28275)
169  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assistance he provides to recruit extra staff to work at the Westmorland General Hospital's emergency and minor accident department.
(28274)
170  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to extend services at the Westmorland General Hospital's emergency and minor accident department.
(28276)
171  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the recommended manpower level is for doctors in an emergency and minor accident department.
(28272)
172  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his plans are for the future of Westmorland General Hospital; and if he will make a statement.
(28271)
173  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the merits of operating a 24-hour minor accident department at the Westmorland General Hospital.
(28273)
174  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been treated at the Westmorland General Hospital's emergency and minor accident department in each of the last five years; and how many of these were treated between the hours of 11.00 pm and 6.00 am.
(28270)
175  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are employed by the Food Standards Agency in Wales.
(28656)
176  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what amount will be spent in the next financial year to assist (a) pre-teenagers and (b) teenagers in dealing with (i) alcohol and (ii) tobacco addictions.
(28113)
177  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects of (a) surgery and (b) medicinal drugs on the life expectancy of those who have rheumatoid arthritis.
(28116)
178  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessments she has made of the adequacy of the warning of the side effects of (a) roacutane and (b) anti-depressants; and what is his estimate of the effects of both.
(28118)
179  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) consultants were employed by NHS trusts in Worcesteshire in (i) 1998, (ii) 1999, (iii) 2000 and (iv) 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(28357)
180  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on pension rights for female GPs.
(25585)
181  
  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were waiting to leave hospital who were delayed by lack of availability of social services beds in (a) September 2001, (b) October 2001, (c) November 2001 and (d) December 2001 broken down by local authority; and if he will make a statement.
(28335)
182  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he agreed a price for the PPP deal at Redwood Hospital between the Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust and BUPA; if a final agreement had been signed off prior to his announcement of the deal on 4th December 2001; what the price is per patient of treatment in the PPP deal at Redwood Hospital; and what estimate he has made of the number of nurses who will need to be recruited to increase the capacity at the Redhill/Redwood Hopsital site following the BUPA deal.
(27846)
183  
  
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each regional health authority area are being prescribed anti-TNF drugs for arthritis.
(28502)
184  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost of implementing the management changes associated with the creation of the Essex Health Authority.
(28498)
185  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioner vacancies there are in (a) Tendring PCT and (b) Colchester PCT.
(28499)
186  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS trusts employ (a) stroke nurse consultants and (b) stroke liaison nurses.
(28051)
187  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent guidance he has issued on the balance of representation from different parliamentary constituencies in cases where several constituencies are covered by the same health authority or NHS trust.
(28047)
188  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase awareness of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning amongst the medical profession.
(28055)
189  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent guidance he has issued on increasing the representation of (a) women, (b) members of ethnic minority communities and (c) other under-represented groups on NHS trusts and health authorities.
(28049)
190  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS Trusts have in place a multi-disciplinary programme of secondary prevention and rehabilitation for those who have suffered strokes.
(28052)
191  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action is being taken to seek applications frm those living in communities with the greatest health needs for non-executive appointments on health authorities and NHS trusts.
(28048)
192  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the proportion of non-executive posts filled by people living in Warrington North in health authorities and trusts covering the Warrington North constituency (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest available date.
(28056)
193  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which stroke rehabilitation units admit people under the age of 55 years.
(28050)
194  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many candidates (a) applied and (b) were interviewed for (i) the chairmanship and (ii) the post of chief executive of the new West Midlands South Strategic Health Authority.
(28593)
195  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the chairmanship of the South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust will be announced; and if he will make a statement.
(28242)
196  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many candidates (a) applied and (b) were interviewed for the chairmanship of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust after the resignation of Mr Harold Musgrove.
(28592)
197  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria were used to select the Chairman of the South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust.
(28591)
198  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many candidates (a) applied and (b) were interviewed for the chairmanship of the South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust.
(28594)
199  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what announcement he made on the powers in Section 4 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001 to establish and support private firms to undertake tasks within the National Health Service, prior to the conclusion of the Second Reading of the Bill in the House of Commons.
(28678)
200  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the disposal of land and buildings and other assets deemed surplus to requirements by three star NHS trusts in England will require the consent or approval of other bodies.
(28673)
201  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been treated in the NHS for illnesses caused by the overuse of body building drugs in each year since 1997.
(28578)
202  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with pharmaceutical companies which manufacture disease modifying drugs for MS concerning their pricing policy for the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(28582)
203  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each three star NHS trust in England the estimated value of assets held in (a) land and (b) buildings at the latest date for which figures are available.
(28671)
204  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths in (a) the UK and (b) the London Borough of Hillingdon there have been in each of the last five years from (i) cancer, (ii) heart disease and (iii) stroke.
(28485)
205  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were employed in each NHS hospital within the London Borough of Hillingdon in each year since 1997 as (a) surgeons, (b) doctors, (c) nurses, (d) other supportive medical staff, (e) administrative staff and (f) ancillary staff.
(28536)
206  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nursing and (b) residential homes have closed in each London borough in each year since 1997.
(28490)
207  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Children's Hospice Movement about their funding from the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(28515)
208  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he plans to give to primary care trusts about purchasing care from children's hospices; and if he will make a statement.
(28516)
209  
N  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been set aside to compensate the children who survived the Bristol heart case affair.
(27881)
210  
N  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases where children were left mentally disabled resulting from the Bristol heart cases (a) have been settled and (b) are outstanding.
(27880)
211  
N  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been paid out to date by way of compensation to families resulting from the Bristol heart cases.
(27882)
212  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason the closure of the cancer unit at Southend General Hospital is under consideration; and which body or person has the responsibility for determining the minimum catchment area size of such units.
(28011)
213  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with primary care groups and trusts concerning the handling charge on monitored dosage medicines being introduced by Boots the Chemists.
(28655)
214  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients of the NHS receive monitored dosage medicines.
(28654)
215  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients of the NHS on monitored dosage medicines do not get free prescriptions.
(28653)
216  
  
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide additional support to community pharmacists.
(28304)
217  
  
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what performance targets he has set for the waiting time for a barium enema.
(28305)
218  
  
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have died from vCJD since August 1990; and how many were vegetarian.
(28390)
219  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will consult on establishing a children's rights director; and if he will make a statement.
(27432)
220  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether eligibility for the assisted prison visits scheme includes the travel costs of foreign nationals to visit relatives held in prison in the United Kingdom from overseas.
(28367)
221  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by his Department since August 2001; and if he will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making.
(28404)
222  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children who are the subject of supervision orders issued by each local authority in England and Wales are resident in institutions in Scotland.
(27733)
223  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the change in the availability of heroin on Britain's streets if the Government bought the stockpiles and new production of heroin in (a) Afghanistan, (b) Burma and (c) Pakistan.
(28117)
224  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the motivation of (a) child asylum seekers and (b) those who facilitate their journeys; and if he will make a statement.
(28112)
225  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been detained under Section 4 of the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001; and how many remain detained.
(28670)
226  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the standard spending assessment per head of population in each police authority area in England and Wales and the average figure for these authorities.
(28664)
227  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the recorded crimes per head of population for each police authority in England and Wales and the average figure for these authorities.
(28665)
228  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what statistics he collates on the average number of police officers (a) at headquarters establishments and (b) per 1,000 population.
(28669)
229  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average cost per head of the police element of the council tax.
(28666)
230  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the funding available per 1,000 population for each police authority area in order of spending.
(28668)
231  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list, by police authority, the police element of council tax per head for each year since 1995-96 and the percentage change (a) in each year and (b) for the whole period.
(28667)
232  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Tetra communications system is to be introduced in police forces nationwide; what recent discussions he has had with the Police Federation and others concerning its safety; and if he will make a statement.
(28576)
233  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reduce paperwork for police officers.
(28476)
234  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug-related offences were committed in the Uxbridge constituency in each of the last five years.
(28535)
235  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what reviews of the preparedness for terrorist attack against (a) chemical industry plants and (b) nuclear industry facilities have been conducted by the Civil Contingencies Unit following the terrorist activities in the United States on 11th Sepember 2001.
(28537)
236  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent measures have been taken to deal with unaccompanied children seeking asylum.
(28511)
237  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied children have sought asylum in each year since 1996.
(28510)
238  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on (i) the numbers of and (ii) factors leading to unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the UK.
(28513)
239  
  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions his Department has had with other EU governments about the list of aggravating circumstances relating to drug trafficking.
(28377)
240  
  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions his Department has had with Turkey regarding drug control measures.
(28378)
241  
  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions his Department has had with EU governments regarding the minimum and maximum sentence tariffs for drug trafficking offences.
(28376)
242  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Lucien Freud will be procured for the House for display in Portcullis House; and if he will make a statement.
(28674)
243  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by her Department since August 2001; and if she will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making.
(28409)
244  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) money and (b) logistical resources have been (i) donated to and (ii) committed to the reconstruction of the physical, environmental and institutional infrastructures of Afghanistan by the United Kingdom and other donor countries.
(28521)
245  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action her Department is taking to help street children living in Ethiopia.
(28602)
246  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on Britain's planned financial contribution to the reconstruction of Afghanistan (a) in this financial year and (b) over the next five financial years.
(28601)
247  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on Government plans to aid Afghan refugees in Quetta in Southwest Pakistan.
(28509)
248  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many pension sharing orders have been made to date.
(27671)
249  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by his Department since August 2001; and if he will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making.
(28408)
250  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what was the sum imposed as fines by magistrates' courts in the latest 12-month period for which figures are available; how much of that total was collected; and if he will make a statement.
(28595)
251  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 15th January, Official Report, column 172W, what progress has been made with the PFI scheme for a new court house in Colchester.
(28677)
252  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by his Department since August 2001; and if he will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making.
(28407)
253  
  
Tony Baldry (Banbury):    To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he had with the Indian Government on his recent visit concerning the BAe Systems bid to supply Hawk jets; and if he will make a statement.
(28301)
254  
  
Tony Baldry (Banbury):    To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he held with the Pakistani Government on his recent visit concerning United Kingdom arms sales; and if he will make a statement.
(28294)
255  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Prime Minister, which special advisers have the authority to give directions to civil servants.
(28355)
256  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Prime Minister, what matters in respect of United Kingdom assistance to Russia in its weapons dismantlement and nuclear materials management programmes were discussed in his meeting with President Putin in December 2001.
(28538)
257  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made since 11th September 2001 of the security of nuclear plants and radioactive materials in transit against terrorist attack; and if he has discussed the security of nuclear facilities with (a) his European Union counterparts and (b) the United States President, since that date.
(28646)
258  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Prime Minister, what the (a) date and period of appointment, (b) qualification and (c) status of the contract is of each person appointed to (i) the Forward Strategy Unit and (ii) the Performance and Innovation Unit.
(28500)
259  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the progress of the Energy Review.
(25562)
260  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has made to the Government of Pakistan on the case of James Andrew McLintock.
(28127)
261  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Prime Minister, whether he raised the case of James Andrew McLintock with the Government of Pakistan during his recent visit there.
(28126)
262  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by her Department since August 2001; and if she will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making.
(28410)
263  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if she will agree to formal representation of the Scottish Executive in Dover House.
(27735)
264  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps she is taking to encourage greater participation by ministers of the Scottish Executive in European Council of ministers meetings on matters of policy which are devolved.
(27734)
265  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Solicitor General, what communications her Department has had with the United States Attorney General in respect of the legality of the conditions of detention of British citizens held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
(28647)
266  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Solicitor General, what discussions the Attorney General has had with the United States Administration on the establishment of ground rules for the military tribunals it is setting up to try suspected terrorists from the Al-Qaeda network.
(28648)
267  
  
Tony Baldry (Banbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received from BAe systems concerning the sale of arms to (a) South Africa and (b) India.
(28292)
268  
  
Tony Baldry (Banbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with the Indian Government concerning the BAe Systems bid to supply Hawk jets; and if she will make a statement.
(28302)
269  
N  
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many properties in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) Scotland, and (c) Dumfries and Galloway were exempt from the normal six days a week postal deliveries during the past four years; if she will investigate the reasons for these exemptions; and what action she will take to reduce the number of exemptions.
(28059)
270  
  
Mr Chris Bryant (Rhondda):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much the Government has paid in lawyers' fees in respect of miners' compensation in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland since 1997.
(28492)
271  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by her Department since August 2001; and if she will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making.
(28406)
272  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of the money paid out in industrial injuries compensation to former coal miners in the Easington constituency relating to chronic bronchitis and emphysema has been taken back by the compensation recovery scheme.
(28351)
273  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what approvals she has given to wind power stations with an output greater than 50 MW in the last 12 months; and what public consultation was undertaken in each case.
(28389)
274  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what landscape criteria she applies in determining applications for wind power stations with an output greater than 50 MW.
(28388)
275  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with BAe concerning the future of the plant at Broughton.
(28658)
276  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what outstanding financial commitments BAe has to Government agencies.
(28657)
277  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will suspend Arthur Andersen accountants from Government contracts until the US Senate Committee investigation into Enron is completed.
(28520)
278  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions since 11th September she has met the Director of the Office of Civil Nuclear Security to discuss the readiness of nuclear installations against attack.
(28493)
279  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the status of the dismantling and decommissioning programme for the Windscale Number One Pile at Sellafield.
(28522)
280  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what quantity of depleted uranium is in use in civil non- nuclear applications in the United Kingdom; to what uses the DU is put; what disposal facilities exist for waste DU metal and its undiluted compounds; and in what quantities and where unused DU is stored.
(28501)
281  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he intends to reply to the letter dated 24th September 2001 from the honourable Member for Rochford and Southend East on fines for the non-delivery of accounts to Companies House.
(28009)
282  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will commence planning for the review of assisted area status due in 2006.
(28650)
283  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with Consignia regarding their proposal to withdraw postal services from some rural homes in Scotland.
(28306)
284  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact on areas of the removal of assisted area status by the implementation of the Assisted Area Order 2000.
(28651)
285  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will give a breakdown by parliamentary constituency of the number of homes in Scotland from whom Consignia plan to withdraw postal services; and from how many homes in the Angus local authority area Consignia proposes to withdraw postal services.
(28307)
286  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by his Department since August 2001; and if he will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making.
(28411)
287  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the seaworthiness of the tanker the Braer when she left the Norwegian port of Mangstad on 3rd January 1993.
(27340)
288  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the opportunity the captain of the Braer was given of commenting on the Marine Accidents Investigation Board inquiry report prior to its publication.
(27339)
289  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make it his policy to publish the technical evidence along with the inspector's findings in future accident inquiries.
(27341)
290  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he last met the Director of Government and Political Relations; and what was discussed.
(28279)
291  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effects of sand dredging on coastal erosion.
(28115)
292  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the estimated annual running cost is of the proposed National Rail Academy.
(28563)
293  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, from which previous budget the additional £4.5bn of rail investment referred to in the SRA strategic plan has been drawn.
(28547)
294  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether his Department's statements and the SRA plan have taken into account the delays in establishing the first special purpose vehicles in estimating completion dates for infrastructure investments.
(28567)
295  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, for what reason the SRA plan makes no reference to ATP in its list of priorities.
(28543)
296  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, for what reason a two-year extension to the Central Trains franchise is expected to achieve an early increase in capacity.
(28573)
297  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the (a) capacity and (b) levels of usage of the rail network to carry individual services.
(28548)
298  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much new money has been allocated to the Rail Passenger Partnership in the SRA strategic plan.
(28539)
299  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many coaches are operating on the rail network; and how many are projected to be in operation in 2005.
(28562)
300  
  
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 changes to subsidy resulting from the implementation of cost plus agreements on the railways.
(28561)
301  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether additional funds are being made available to the relaunched freight facilities grant scheme.
(28558)
302  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the timescale required to establish special purpose vehicles for infrastructure investment in the railways.
(28544)
303  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportion of the money announced for the Rail Passenger Partnership scheme has been allocated.
(28575)
304  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which new recommendations from multi-modal studies have been included in the SRA plan.
(28565)
305  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress the Railtrack administrator has made on the development of an asset register.
(28540)
306  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of fuel taxes on road and rail passenger usage.
(28571)
307  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the average public subsidy per rail passenger journey has been in each of the past 10 years.
(28570)
308  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if it is his policy that rail links to Glasgow and Edinburgh airports will not receive public funding for completion before 2010.
(28569)
309  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made on how Thameslink 2000, South London Metro and the East London line would use common corridors; and whether this can be achieved in a way consistent with the SRA's goal of reducing the number of operators on key commuter routes in London.
(28566)
310  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which investment commitments in the SRA plan have not been announced previously by the SRA or the Government.
(28541)
311  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made on the impact of (a) Railtrack administration and (b) the move to two year franchise extensions on levels of new orders for rolling stock.
(28552)
312  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the cost to business of rail delays in each of the past five years.
(28531)
313  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many lorry movements occur in the United Kingdom each year.
(28559)
314  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much of the proposed East London line will be complete by 2006.
(28549)
315  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether he expects the East London line to be extended to Wimbledon by 2006.
(28564)
316  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when work on extending South West Trains suburban platforms will be completed.
(28555)
317  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the full cost of implementing the EU High Speed Interoperability Directive; and whether these costs are provided for in the £33.5bn strategic plan allocation.
(28554)
318  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, it is his policy to close rural or under-used passenger rail services or lines to create additional capacity on major routes.
(28553)
319  
  
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 common usage by light and heavy rail services of the Tyne and Wear metro route.
(28574)
320  
  
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 (a) time taken on the renewal of the Chiltern and South West Trains franchise process and (b) the Strategic Rail Authority estimate for the establishment of a final agreement for the Wales and Border franchise.
(28560)
321  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the impact on capacity at London rail termini of the presence of more than one train operator.
(28551)
322  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he estimates that increased operating costs that Railtrack has experienced post-Hatfield will have an impact on the financial projections in the SRA strategic plan.
(28545)
323  
  
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 circumstances in which he would delay the phasing out of slam-door trains.
(28556)
324  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the timeframe for (a) establishing a special purpose vehicle and (b) completing work on the planned extension of South West Trains suburban platforms.
(28542)
325  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, by what date a special purpose vehicle will be established in respect of the financing of Thameslink 2000.
(28589)
326  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether it is his policy to retain a single train operator at Waterloo.
(28588)
327  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what bonus scheme the Railtrack Administrator has implemented to replace employee share schemes.
(28530)
328  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, in what circumstances the European Commission would have decision-making rights over an application for a derogation under Directive 96/48/EC and 2001/16/EC.
(28557)
329  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if it is his policy that Airtrack will not receive public funding for completion before 2010.
(28568)
330  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what percentage real terms increase in each year he predicts for formula rents for council tenants in each individual local authority until 2011.
(28368)
331  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many prosecutions were initiated by the Health and Safety Executive under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 in 1999-2000.
(28053)
332  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the advantages are of stock transfer for housing authorities under the proposed local prudential capital expenditure regime.
(28336)
333  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had with industry regarding the Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive.
(25559)
334  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of impact on investment plans for the Cotswold Line between Worcester and Oxford of a two year extension of the Thames Train franchise; and if he will make a statement.
(28598)
335  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what impact the Strategic Rail Authority's new strategic plan will have on plans for the proposed Worcester Parkway Station at Norton; and if he will make a statement.
(28597)
336  
  
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what financial incentives are available to companies wishing to move freight from road to rail.
(28382)
337  
  
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the quantities were of freight carried on Britain's rail network in each of the last four years.
(28383)
338  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he last discussed with the SRA overcrowding on trains.
(28662)
339  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportions of slam shut carriages have been converted to the cone and cup safety mechanism.
(28660)
340  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the removal from the rail network of those slam shut carriages not converted to the cone and cup safety mechanism will be achieved by December.
(28645)
341  
N  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the state of bilateral negotiations between the USA and the UK on open skies.
(27430)
342  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he last discussed with the French Government the SNCF restriction of channel tunnel rail freight services; and when he expects the restrictions to be removed.
(28663)
343  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the train operating companies which are required to carry out passenger counts on commuters to meet the passengers in excess of capacity limits set by the SRA.
(28661)
344  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if slam shut carriages will be converted to the cone and cup safety mechanism by December 2002.
(28659)
345  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of (a) cars, (b) buses and (c) lorries which (i) run on LPG or similar clean fuels and (ii) are adapted to run on conventional and clean fuels.
(28579)
346  
  
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if, in advertising the Trans-Pennine Franchise, the Strategic Rail Authority will ensure that the service continues to stop at Stalybridge Station.
(28508)
347  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many businesses paid uniform business rates in the Uxbridge constituency in each of the last five years.
(28477)
348  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many delays were caused by signal failures on the Metropolitan line in each of the last five years.
(28482)
349  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to extend the Central line to Uxbridge.
(28479)
350  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the meetings he has had in the last 10 months with the Health and Safety Inspectorate to discuss safety on the London Underground.
(28480)
351  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what light rail schemes are under development and what their estimated completion dates are.
(28483)
352  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the meetings he has had in the last 10 months with London Underground.
(28481)
353  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many votes were cast by post in the (a) 1997 and (b) 2001 general elections, broken down by constituency as (i) a percentage of total votes cast and (ii) a percentage of the electorate.
(28475)
354  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many and what percentage of (a) Metropolitan and (b) Piccadilly line trains departed at least five minutes late from Uxbridge in each month in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2001.
(28478)
355  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many and what percentage of trains operated by Thames Trains departed late from West Drayton station in each month of (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.
(28484)
356  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many speed cameras are operating within the Uxbridge constituency.
(28491)
357  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many properties there were in each council tax band in each year since 1997, broken down by London borough.
(28534)
358  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many 20 mph zones are in place in England; and how many he estimates will be in place by the end of the 2002-03 financial year.
(28394)
359  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Glasgow Baillieston, 8th January, Official Report, column 601, on nuclear transportation, if he will list (a) the dates and (b) the reasons for the last five occasions on which the International Atomic Energy Agency radioactive materials transport standards have been revised as a result of reviews.
(28590)
360  
N  
Bob Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what opportunity there will be for the Strategic Rail Authority to provide a passenger station for Canvey Island on an extension of the Stanford le Hope-Tilbury East goods rail link when that link is upgraded.
(28131)
361  
N  
Bob Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make it his policy to allow bus companies to co-ordinate their services to improve integration of bus services with rail services.
(28130)
362  
N  
Bob Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what opportunity there will be to influence the plans of the Strategic Rail Authority to increase the capacity of Benfleet station.
(28128)
363  
N  
Bob Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he will take to secure better integration of bus and rail services.
(28129)
364  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the age of the oldest and newest rolling stock on each London Underground line; and if he will make a statement.
(28311)
365  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, by what means he intends to promote competition between train companies following the introduction of longer franchises and a single franchise serving each London terminus.
(28737)
366  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) days work by staff, (b) days work by passengers, (c) trains and (d) passenger journeys have been lost to railway strike action in each year since 1991.
(28734)
367  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what additional capacity is (a) planned and (b) under consideration for the railway lines between (i) London and Portsmouth, (ii) London, Southampton and Lymington and (iii) Bristol and Brighton, and for Island Line; when he expects each improvement to be complete; what the cost will be; and how much of the cost will be met from public funds.
(28732)
368  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if it is his policy for a not-for-profit company to replace Railtrack plc.
(28738)
369  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many extra commuters a day he estimates will travel to London from each county in the South East of England as a result of the meeting of his house building targets.
(28731)
370  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what improvement is (a) planned and (b) under consideration for major stations on the railway lines between (i) London and Portsmouth, (ii) London, Southampton and Lymington and (iii) Bristol and Brighton, and for stations on Island Line; when he expects each improvement to be complete; what the cost will be; and how much of the cost will be met from public funds.
(28733)
371  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of extra (a) rail passenger journeys per day into each London terminus and (b) road journeys on each motorway into London as a result of meeting his house building targets.
(28730)
372  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will protect former railway routes for future railway use.
(28735)
373  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much investment took place in the railways in each year between 1991 and 1997; and how much was met by public funds.
(28736)
374  
  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the railways in (a) other European countries and (b) Britain.
(28739)
375  
  
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the amount of green belt in a local authority area will continue to affect the level of settlement it receives after the 2003 Review.
(28391)
376  
  
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will extend the Tenancy Deposit Scheme nationally when the five local pilot schemes end; and which of the two piloted options will be used.
(28599)
377  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how each local authority performed against the local government performance indicators on housing benefit and council tax benefit in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(28393)
378  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by his Department since August 2001; and if he will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making.
(28413)
379  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the costs of registration of trustees under the Data Protection Act 1998 for self-administered pension schemes.
(27669)
380  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what is the take up rate for the minimum income guarantee for pensioners.
(27668)
381  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many job brokers have been appointed under the New Deal for Disabled People; what the average client-base is per broker; how many brokers have a case load (a) exceeding 100 and (b) less than 10; and what proportion of job placements have resulted in long-term employment.
(27670)
382  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by his Department since August 2001; and if he will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making.
(28405)
383  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received on the funding arrangements due to come into voluntary operation on 1st April about the sector option of New Deal.
(28060)
384  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures he is putting in place to meet targets for the answering of written parliamentary questions.
(28337)
385  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what changes he proposes to introduce before the introduction of pensioner credit in regulations affecting the assessment of entitlement to housing benefit, council tax benefit and income disregards; and if he will give example calculations of the effect of these changes.
(28379)
386  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed job seeker's allowance in the Uxbridge constituency in each September since 1997.
(28533)
387  
  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 6th November 2001, Official Report, column 195W, on industrial injuries disablement benefit, for what reason information is not available on claims for industrial injuries disablement benefit which have been refused as a result of the applicant's condition being caused through work processes and not as a result of accident or prescribed disease; and how the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council monitors this situation.
(28310)
388  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 14th January to the honourable Member for Buckingham, Official Report, column 43W on hospital stays, if he will provide corresponding estimates for 2000-01 for other benefits affected by the rules; and if he will provide a breakdown in each case between pensioners and non-pensioners.
(28676)
389  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Newbury of 10th December 2001, Official Report, column 590, how people can apply for backdated winter fuel payments; and whether the procedure differs according to the year to which the claim relates.
(28380)
390  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 12th December, Official Report, column 896-7W, when the Statutory Instrument referred to was revoked; and for what reason his Answer does not refer to the Statutory Instrument currently in force.
(28672)
391  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the publication dates of statistics and reports due to be released by his Department and its agencies during calendar year 2002.
(28392)
392  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) reviews, (b) task forces and (c) advisory groups have been established by his Department since May 1997; what their membership is; and what reports they (i) have published and (ii) are preparing to publish.
(28580)
393  
N  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston):    To ask the Minister for Women, what steps she is taking to make it easier for those mothers who want to return to work to do so.
(25581)
394  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what powers (a) she and (b) the Competition Commission have to investigate local monopolies of food retailing; and if she will make a statement.
[Question Unstarred] (25557)
395  
N  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations she has received on the Government's share of Coal Industry Pension Fund surpluses.
[Question Unstarred] (25567)
396  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to reduce accidents caused by the inhalation of carbon monoxide from coal and oil-fired appliances.
[Transferred] (28054)
397  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the frequency of the accidental triggering of landmines arising from the internal emigration of Afghans from the cities to the countryside following the start of the bombing of Afghan cities in October 2001.
[Transferred] (28652)
398  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the total cost of the school sports co-ordinator programme in 2001-02; and if she will estimate the total cost of the school sports co-ordinator programme in September 2004.
[Transferred] (28610)
399  
  
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many school sports co-ordinators will be in post by (a) September 2002, (b) September 2003 and (c) September 2004.
[Transferred] (28611)
400  
  
Ann Taylor (Dewsbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many driving test examiners were employed in each test centre in West Yorkshire in (a) January 2002, (b) July 2001 and (c) January 2001; and how many in each category were (i) full-time and (ii) part-time.
[Transferred] (28354)
401  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to help local authorities to control illegal meat imports at airports (a) in the UK and (b) at Heathrow airport.
[Transferred] (28532)
402  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to extend financial assistance to families visiting relatives in prison abroad.
[Transferred] (28514)
403  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the likely cost implications of Directive 200/53/EC and Regulation 2037/2700 on (a) county councils, (b) London boroughs and (c) district councils.
[Transferred] (28546)
404  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many CCTV schemes are operating in the Uxbridge constituency.
[Transferred] (28489)
405  
  
Ann Taylor (Dewsbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drivers were successfully prosecuted in 2001 for a driving offence; and how many of these offences involved the use of a hand-held mobile phone.
[Transferred] (28352)
406  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average hourly wage in each travel to work area is at the latest date for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (28505)


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