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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 29 January 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 29 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.
 


 
TUESDAY 29th JANUARY
1  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee, what contractual limits have been placed by the architect on the use of Portcullis House by honourable Members and their staff.
(29449)
2  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee, how many clocks have been purchased for installation in honourable Members' rooms and those of their staff in Portcullis House; and at what cost.
(29450)
3  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee, if honourable Members and their staff are entitled to configure their offices in accordance with their personal preferences.
(29451)
4  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee, what the policy of the Committee is towards the supply of clocks for honourable Members' rooms and those of their staff in Portcullis House; and what advice has been received from the architect of the building.
(29452)
5  
N  
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, when she will publish rules on the criteria by which individuals may hold 28A Lobby, other Press Gallery, and other House of Commons passes.
(30813)
6  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with representatives of Christian organisations on the subject of broadcasting.
(31261)
7  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will review broadcasting legislation to re-define access for Christian broadcasting stations.
(31263)
8  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on what reasons there are for preventing the setting up of Christian radio and television stations.
(31262)
9  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assistance he is planning to give to local authorities to make memorials in cemetries safe.
(31270)
10  
N  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what status Iraqi prisoners who were captured during the Gulf War had.
(31271)
11  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what studies have been carried out by his Department into alternatives to cluster munitions for replacement of the BL 755 when it reaches the end of its service life.
(31633)
12  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether guidance on the handling of prisoners in Afghanistan is issued by each coalition member for its own armed forces; and what standardisation has taken place.
(31636)
13  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the guidance on the handling of prisoners in Afghanistan issued by his Department takes into account the 1977 Additional Protocols to the 1949 Geneva Conventions.
(31635)
14  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether members of Her Majesty's armed forces are operating in areas of Afghanistan subject to recent attacks with cluster bombs; and what guidance has been issued to personnel on safety in relation to unexploded submunitions.
(31632)
15  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether guidance on the handling of prisoners in Afghanistan was updated after the uprising at Qala-I-Jhangi fort.
(31634)
16  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he had with the German Defence Minister on the subject of the A400 M during the meeting in Ashfield on Friday 18th January.
(31290)
17  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on which of the expert panels taking work forward on the Helsinki Headline Goal the UK will chair; and if he will make a statement.
(31619)
18  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are for a central pot of European funding for the extra investment needed to achieve the Helsinki Headline Goal; and if he will make a statement.
(31621)
19  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of the Helsinki Headline Goal will be contributed to by non EU countries; what negotiations have taken place to secure such contributions; and if he will make a statement.
(31618)
20  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are to pursue bilateral arrangements along the lines of the UK/Netherlands Amphibious force with other European countries; and if he will make a statement.
(31620)
21  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the relevance of the Helsinki Headline Goal in the post 11th September security environment; and if he will make a statement.
(31617)
22  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the new in-service date for the advanced short-range air-to-air missile is; and if he will make a statement.
(31098)
23  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what budget cuts have been made to the Next Generation Light Anti-Armour Weapon programme.
(31102)
24  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Common Missile Programme Memorandum of Understanding.
(31100)
25  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department intends to place the demonstration and manufacture contract for the Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air missile with MBDA in the Library.
(31104)
26  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what extra expenditure has been incurred by his Department as a result of the failure of the advanced short-range air-to-air missile to achieve its original in-service date; and if he intends to claim back the extra expenditure from the manufacturer.
(31099)
27  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the European Technology Acquisition Programme Memorandum of Understanding.
(31103)
28  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the safety of the first contingent of Royal Marines to be flown in to Bagram in Afghanistan in November 2001 while they were being deployed.
(31106)
29  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what budget cuts have been made to Project Falcon; and if he will make a statement.
(31101)
30  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department intends to place the demonstration and manufacture contract for the A400M with Airbus Military Company in the Library.
(31105)
31  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions the Armed Forces Pay Review Body has taken into account the non-pensionability of specialist pay when setting rates of specialist pay in each of the last five years.
(28718)
32  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that capabilities of the Falcon system remain as specified in the operational requirements issued in November 2000.
(28719)
33  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the specification for the Falcon system will retain the requirement to avoid a single point of failure.
(28720)
34  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what capacity for battlefield integrated system applications Falcon is specified to support; and if he will make a statement.
(28721)
35  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the down selection for the Falcon project will be made.
(28722)
36  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what provision has been made to adapt AFV 432 vehicles to carry the Falcon system; and if he will make a statement.
(28723)
37  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the cost to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme of increases to future pension payments to bring them to the level which would have applied but for the pay restraint policy in the mid 1970s.
(28724)
38  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what encryption system has been specified as part of the Falcon project; and if he will make a statement.
(28725)
39  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if down selection for the Falcon project will be made on the basis of the original specifications set out in November 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(28726)
40  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role the new study required by 4th February will play in the down selection for Falcon; and if he will make a statement.
(28727)
41  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what provision is being made to integrate the Apache attack helicopter into the Falcon system; and if he will make a statement.
(28728)
42  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent consultations she has held with the Learning and Skills Council and other interested parties concerning the future financing and delivery of Investors in People.
(30810)
43  
N  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to reduce the variation of education standard spending assessment per pupil between local education authorities.
(28450)
44  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what grants have been made from the Technology Colleges Trust in each of the last four years to contribute towards the £50,000 of sponsorship money needed by schools seeking specialist status, broken down by (a) year, (b) school and (c) amount; and if she will make a statement.
(30420)
45  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her definition is of higher education.
(31373)
46  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what criteria the Government uses for determining which higher education courses qualify for meeting the university participation target of 50 per cent. of people under the age of 30 years.
(31269)
47  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the animal welfare implications of circus practices involving the use of animals within the UK; and if she will make a statement.
(30443)
48  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the extent to which the treatment of elephants in zoos within the UK is consistent with good practice in animal welfare; and if she will make a statement.
(30450)
49  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the environmental impact of the domestic game industry; and if she will make a statement.
(30444)
50  
N  
Mrs Annette L. Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the expected cost to local authorities is of providing temporary storage for refrigerators.
(30321)
51  
N  
Mrs Annette L. Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of refrigerators per day being added to storage by local authorities; and when she expects appropriate recycling plants to be operating in this country.
(30320)
52  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action she (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to reduce the number of abandoned cars; and if she will make a statement.
(31587)
53  
  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action she has taken with regard to the European End of Life Vehicle Directive; and if she will make a statement.
(31586)
54  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what studies she has conducted into the implications for wildlife of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 since its enactment; and if she will make a statement.
(31616)
55  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what incentives are being provided by her Department to farmers and landowners practising environmentally conscious methods of land use on their property; and if she will make a statement.
(31615)
56  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what role the Department has in the Dibden Bay Public Inquiry; and if she will make a statement
(31631)
57  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what resources are being put towards teaching school children about environmental conservation; and if she will make a statement.
(31614)
58  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the 2001 report of the Countryside Agency on the quality of parish councils; if she will estimate how many parish councils were classed as (a) sleeping and (b) barely active; and if she will make a statement.
(30561)
59  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to deal with domestic refrigerator decommissioning following the recent European Directive.
(31272)
60  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to review the partial exemption from VAT of prescription spectacles; and if he will make a statement.
(30880)
61  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 439W, on Eurozone, if he will list the interest rate forecasts prepared by the Treasury which are not for publication; and if he will make a statement.
(30666)
62  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 437W, if he will list the Treasury management units which are involved in the preliminary technical work for evaluating the five economic tests for membership of the euro; and if he will make a statement.
(30700)
63  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of insurance premium tax on the ability of British insurance companies to compete against foreign insurance suppliers for British customers.
(31549)
64  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was of collecting and administering insurance premium tax in 2000-01.
(31550)
65  
  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has for (a) simplifying tax law and (b) reducing the volume of tax law.
(31627)
66  
  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what timescale was originally set for the Tax Law Rewrite Project; and if this timescale will be met.
(31622)
67  
  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received relating to the Tax Law Rewrite Project.
(31628)
68  
  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many pages of tax law have been published since the inception of the Tax Law Rewrite Project; and of that number, how many have been drafted as part of the Tax Rewrite Project.
(31625)
69  
  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many pages of tax law were in existence following the Finance Acts of (a) 1980, (b) 1990 and (c) 2000; and what the projected total is for (i) 2010, (ii) 2020 and (iii) 2030.
(31624)
70  
  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many parliamentary draftsmen are employed on the Tax Law Rewrite Project; how many are on secondment from other government departments; and what the standard period of secondment is.
(31626)
71  
  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff are employed in the Office of Parliamentary Counsel; on average how many are employed to deal with tax matters; and how many are trained in the Tax Rewrite Project.
(31623)
72  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 15th January, Official Report, column 224W, on pension tax codes, whether the rate of increase in the basic state pension supplied by the DWP is applied to all state pension income for tax code purposes; and if this will result in an amount in excess of people's actual state pension income being included in tax codes in years where the basic state pension is indexed by more than any additional state pension in payment.
(31273)
73  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact on the manufacturers of added value aggregate products of the introduction of the Aggregates Levy.
(31573)
74  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the USA to encourage them to accede to the treaty establishing the International Criminal Court.
(31264)
75  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress is being made through the ICC on agreeing an international definition of genocide.
(31265)
76  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the number of anti-personnel mines on the India-Pakistan border.
(31280)
77  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 21st January, Official Report, column 581W, which senior management structure positions are held by non-career civil servants; when the terms of their appointment end; and whether either has been promoted during their current employment in his Department.
(31590)
78  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many new business ambassadors he has appointed since 7th June 2001; and if he will list them.
(31591)
79  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what percentage of applications for visas to the UK Embassy in Prague, have been rejected in each year since 1st January 2000.
(31575)
80  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many persons have applied to the UK Embassy in Turkey for visas to (a) visit and (b) work in the UK in each year since 1st January 2000.
(31577)
81  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many persons have applied to the UK Embassy in Prague, for visas to (a) visit and (b) work in the UK in each year since 1st January 2000.
(31576)
82  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many persons from (a) the Czech Republic and (b) Turkey have been refused entry to the United Kingdom at ports of entry in each month since 1st January 2000.
(31578)
83  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what percentage of applications for visas to the UK Embassy in Turkey have been refused in each year since 1st January 2000.
(31574)
84  
N  
Mrs Annette L. Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in Dorset were registered with an NHS dentist in April (a) 1991, (b) 1996, (c) 1997 and (d) 2001.
(30319)
85  
N  
Mrs Annette L. Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists in Dorset were taking new adult NHS patients in each of the years between 1991 and 2000 for which information is available.
(30318)
86  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the penalties that apply to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Warrford if surgical waiting list targets across all surgical disciplines are not met.
(31547)
87  
N  
Andy Burnham (Leigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the expected level of the overspend is on the general practitioner prescribing budget in the Wigan and Bolton Health Authority; and what the expected average overspend is on the prescription budget for health authorities in England.
(31109)
88  
N  
Andy Burnham (Leigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been treated to date under the NHS concordat in (a) the South East, (b) the South West, (c) London, (d) Trent, (e) the West Midlands, (f) the North West, (g) North and Yorkshire and (h) England.
(31107)
89  
N  
Andy Burnham (Leigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which health authorities have advised general practitioners to suspend temporarily the prescribing of statins in order to reduce the expected overspend on the general practitioners prescribing budget.
(31108)
90  
N  
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS hospitals in England and Wales use (a) Cidex and (b) Glutaraldehyde as a disinfecting agent; what assessment he has made of the safety implications for staff and patients of its continued use; and if he will make a statement.
(30879)
91  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he will take to ensure that no personal information about NHS patients will be disclosed by ministers, and officials acting on their behalf, beyond that which has been made public as a result of steps deliberately taken by the patients themselves, or with their explicit consent.
(31381)
92  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he took to ensure that no information containing sensitive personal data relating to patients at Whittington Hospital, Mrs Rose Addis, Mr J. Scott-Faulkner and Mr S. Hockley was processed, beyond that deliberately made public by the patients themselves.
(31379)
93  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who (a) inside and (b) outside the NHS has had access to the patient records of Mrs Rose Addis, Mr S. Hockley and Mr J. Scott-Faulkner since 20th January; whether such access was for medical purposes; and if the explicit consent of the data subject was obtained for such access.
(31382)
94  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who the Caldicott Guardians and data protection officers are in respect of patient records at the Whittington Hospital for patients Mrs Rose Addis, Mr J. Scott-Faulkner and Mr S. Hockley.
(31378)
95  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that no information relating to NHS patients of a sensitive nature, covered by Schedule 2 of the Data Protection Act 1998, will be processed other than in accordance with Schedule 3 of that Act.
(31380)
96  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library details of the savings in expenditure which the NHS South-East Regional Executive is requiring each trust and health authority to make by 31st March; and if he will make a statement on the implications of those savings for the services and the capital expenditure programmes of each trust and health authority.
(31548)
97  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Nuchal Folds tests have been undertaken on expectant mothers aged over 35 years in each of the last three years in (a) the National Health Service and (b) the private sector.
(31546)
98  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have (a) Type I and (b) Type II diabetes; and what research his Department has (i) commissioned and (ii) evaluated on (A) the costs to the Health Service of diabetic care, (B) the numbers of undiagnosed diabetics and (C) the costs and benefits of a high risk screening programme for Type II diabetes.
(31279)
99  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds were available for use within the Ashford & St Peters Hospital NHS Trust on 1st January (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001 and (d) 2002.
(31588)
100  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the interim reply of 15th January (ref: PQ 4078/2001/2002), when the honorable Member for Walsall North will receive a substantive reply to his letter of 28th November 2001 (ref: POOO1146 (27311)).
(31287)
101  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to paragraphs 14.1, 14.2 and 14.3 of the Report of the Chief Surveillance Commissioner for 2000-01, for what reasons no codes of practice had been issued under section 71(1) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(31377)
102  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of CID officers were recruited in 2001 as a ratio against those who left.
(30457)
103  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the conditions at HMP Belmarsh in which those detained under anti-terrorism legislation are held.
(30448)
104  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the ratio between police officers of less than a year's experience and those of more than a year's experience in each police authority area.
(30456)
105  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers below pensionable age left the police force in England and Wales in 2001, broken down by police authority area.
(30453)
106  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what forms of restraint are used to control those detained at HMP Belmarsh under anti-terrorism legislation.
(30446)
107  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on changes made to the recruitment criteria for police officers in England and Wales in the last five years; and what further changes he plans.
(30451)
108  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the public authorities entitled at 1st January to carry out surveillance under the Regulation of Investigatory powers Act 2000, and which of those authorities have exercised such powers since the introduction of the Act.
(31374)
109  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of new recruits to the police force in England and Wales have laser-corrected vision.
(30455)
110  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how often and for how long were (a) those held under anti-terrorism legislation and (b) other prisoners (i) allowed out of their cells and (ii) held in cells with no access to daylight in HMP Belmarsh in the last 12 months.
(30445)
111  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason Muslim men held under anti-terrorism legislation at HMP Belmarsh have (a) been subject to body searches by female prison officers and (b) been denied daily prayer facilities; what proportion have been so subjected; and if he will make a statement.
(30449)
112  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to paragraph 2.4 of the Report of the Chief Surveillance Commissioner for 2000-01, to what reasons he ascribes the delay in recruiting assistant surveillance commissioners; what the appropriate establishment is for the Commissioner's Office; and on what date he expects this to be achieved.
(31375)
113  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the minimum time period for elementary training of a police recruit before he or she is permitted to take part in a street patrol.
(30454)
114  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the policy of MI5 is in respect of release of its post-1945 records to the Public Record Office.
(30665)
115  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what access to (a) medical facilities and (b) independent legal advice is available to those held at HMP Belmarsh under anti-terrorism legislation.
(30447)
116  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of police officers accepted into the Metropolitian Police in each year from 1997 have minor criminal records.
(30452)
117  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance has been provided to the Chief Surveillance Commissioner in respect of the determining of applications made to him by public authorities which involve eliciting matters subject to (a) legal privilege, (b) confidential personal information and (c) confidential journalistic material; and if he will make a statement.
(31376)
118  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will answer the questions from the honourable Member for Hendon, refs 25180 and 25186.
(31629)
119  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the head of the Police Standards Unit will be eligible for a bonus; and what the criteria are for the award of this bonus.
(30811)
120  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the pay and conditions of service and secondment arrangements are for the head of the Police Standards Unit.
(30812)
121  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his plans to legislate on trafficking people; and if the Government will incorporate the definition set out in the European framework.
(31638)
122  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what target has been set for responding to honourable Members' letters to the Immigration Department.
(31579)
123  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether there are United Kingdom-sponsored aid workers operating in areas of Afghanistan subject to recent attacks with cluster bombs; and what guidance has been issued by her Department to aid workers on safety in relation to unexploded sub-munitions.
(31637)
124  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department has taken to promote the convention on the prohibition of the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel. mines.
(31281)
125  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement regarding the promotion of generic drug use in developing nations.
(31277)
126  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to review the role and work of court reporting officers, with particular reference to the evaluation of the reports, complaints procedures and their ability to make recommendations.
(31289)
127  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the work and role of court reporting officers.
(31288)
128  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer to the Right honourable Member for Chingford and Woodford Green of 2nd January, Official Report, column 539, if he will publish the text of the letter to which he referred and state whether it had been (a) drafted, (b) signed and (c) sent at the time of his Answer.
(31267)
129  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer to the Right honourable Member for Chingford and Woodford Green of 23rd January, Official Report, column 880, if he will (a) give the name and title of the author or authors of the letter to which he refers, (b) publish the text and (c) state what assistance in the drafting of the letter was (i) offered by and (ii) received from government officials, including special advisers and NHS press officers.
(31266)
130  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Macclesfield of 15th January, Official Report, column 289, if the cost he quoted of the inquiry included (a) the cost to the Ministry of Defence, (b) the anticipated future costs to the Northern Ireland Office, (c) the cost of Lord Saville's salary and (d) the cost of legal aid; and if he will make a statement of the total cost (i) to date and (ii) which is anticipated.
(31268)
131  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to examine the restrictions upon Chapel Cross power station which prevent it from supplying energy to Scotland.
(31259)
132  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had recently with OFGEN on its proposal to reduce the amount of energy that Chapel Cross power station can supply to the market.
(31260)
133  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government will take to safeguard the future of postal services in rural areas.
(31275)
134  
N  
Mrs Annette L. Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress is being made on preparing for control of high hedges.
(30317)
135  
N  
Mrs Annette L. Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will take steps to separate precepting for combined fire authorities.
(31282)
136  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many speed restrictions were in place on the rail network in each week since 23rd October 2000 in (a) Great Britain and (b) each Railtrack operating zone (i) in total and (ii) caused by gauge corner cracking.
(31585)
137  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 11th December 2001, Official Report, columns 783-4W, on the company limited by guarantee as a model for Railtrack, if he will list (a) the failures of the existing regime from which lessons have been learnt and (b) the tried and tested cases of companies limited by guarantee to which he refers.
(31596)
138  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 11th December 2001, Official Report, column 784W, on minimum track standards, what proportion of track did not meet the minimum required standard for the (a) 35mm rail top profile and (b) 70mm rail top profile (i) in each year since 1994 and (ii) predicted for each year up to 2011, as illustrated in Figure 26 of the Railtrack Network Management Statement 2000.
(31595)
139  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 11th December 2001, Official Report, column 787W, on train operating companies, if he will provide details of the most recent advice from the Strategic Rail Authority to which his Department has had regard; and how often the Strategic Rail Authority monitors the performance of train operating company parent companies.
(31592)
140  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 10th December 2001, Official Report, column 586W, on rail safety, whether the supervision of rail signal boxes will be monitored by the Health and Safety Executive.
(31589)
141  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, where information is (a) held and (b) presented, regarding the total weekly rail delays, in minutes, caused by (i) Railtrack and (ii) train operating companies.
(31584)
142  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he last met the Chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority to discuss the 10 year strategic plan.
(28642)
143  
N  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on rail services to Romford since June 2001.
(29448)
144  
  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce legislation requiring companies advertising airline flights to provide information about the size of the pitch of the aircraft's seats in their advertisements.
(31567)
145  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the level of slot demand as a proportion of supply at Gatwick Airport for Summer 2002; and if he will make a statement on actual supply and demand for slots in (a) 2001, (b) 2000, (c) 1999, (d) 1998 and (e) 1997.
(31286)
146  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the level of insurance costs imposed on the air transport industry following the events of 11th September.
(31285)
147  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the numbers of (a) private and (b) commercial vehicles running on LPG fuel in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001, (f) 2002 and (g) 2003.
(31278)
148  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 24th January, Official Report, column 1041W, on special advisers, how many special advisers have left his Department since May 1997; on how many occasions the Head of his Department has recommended a gap between leaving employment in his Department and taking up outside employment; if he will list the gap for each occasion this has occured; and if he will make a statement.
(31594)
149  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he plans to announce the funding arrangements that will apply to community transport schemes in South Gloucestershire for April 2002.
(31258)
150  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 813W, on disability living allowances, in which constituencies (a) the revised arrangements for obtaining relevant information from claimants' general practitioners are being piloted and (b) the alternative system for extra-costs disability benefits based on activities for managing life are being tested; and what activities are encompassed within the phrase 'activities for managing life'.
(31284)
151  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the pension situation of people with periods of residence in Australia started during the currency of the social security agreement between Australia and the UK who retire permanently in the UK; and when he expects to introduce primary legislation in relation to this group.
(31583)
152  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 10th December 2001, Official Report, column 610W, on child support, for what reason the December 2001 edition of the Appeals Service suggests that all existing CSA clients will be assessed on the new basis some time in 2003; and if he will make a statement on the extra resources being devoted to the Appeals Service in preparation for the anticipated increase in CSA-related appeals.
(31257)
153  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the 2001 Pre-budget Report, if he will estimate the distribution by household income quintile of the additional expenditure arising from the introduction of the state pension credit.
(31283)
154  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate how many of the single pensioners who have failed to take up their entitlement to the minimum income guarantee are (a) male and (b) female.
(31274)
155  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many CSA cases from (a) the Angus Constituency and (b) Scotland have been considered by the Independent Case Examiner in each year since the creation of the post.
(31580)
156  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what is the average time taken by the Independent Case Examiner to issue a determination in cases referred to him from (a) Angus and (b) Scotland in each year since the creation of the post.
(31581)
157  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Minister for Women, what plans she has to make representations to the Department for Work and Pensions to secure a review of the operation and level of payment of bereavement allowance.
(31276)
158  
  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many CSA cases have been referred to the Parliamentary Ombudsman in each year since the creation of the agency from (a) the Angus constituency, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK.
[Transferred] (31582)
159  
  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will provide a breakdown of his latest estimate of the total cost to public funds of the foot and mouth outbreak; and if she will make a statement
[Transferred] (31593)
160  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many complaints have been received regarding applications for student visas by students from (a) China, (b) Russia, (c) Turkey, (d) Korea and (e) Latin American countries since 1997; how many applications from these countries have been turned down in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (31613)
161  
  
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers were (a) sent to and (b) withdrawn from Northern Ireland in each of the past five years; what plans he has for the further reduction of army presence; what provisions have been made for the return of military personnel; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (31630)


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