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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 5 February 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 5 February, 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 5th FEBRUARY
1  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33880)
2  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many contracts were let by his Department and agencies for which he is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen for consultancy services for the financial years (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000, (iv) 2000-01 and (v) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the remuneration in each case.
(33843)
3  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and his Department in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available.
(33862)
4  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the appointments made by her Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if she will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33895)
5  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and her Department in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available.
(33863)
6  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many contracts were let by her Department and agencies for which she is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen for consultancy services for the financial years (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000, (iv) 2000-01 and (v) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the remuneration in each case.
(33844)
7  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what legal advice she has sought on the policy in the Royal Parks Constabulary to set retirement age levels depending on length of service.
(32659)
8  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether it is her policy to permit some officers in the Royal Parks Constabulary to work until 65 years of age and not others; and if she will make a statement.
(32655)
9  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money has been allocated by Sport England to (a) Bradford, (b) Leeds, (c) Sheffield, (d) Manchester and (e) Hull.
(33950)
10  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what instructions British special forces have received from his Department on the transfer of prisoners to US forces.
(33608)
11  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether detainees in Afghanistan (a) captured and (b) held by United Kingdom forces have been transferred to US forces.
(33636)
12  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33891)
13  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 19th December 2001, Official Report, column 337W, on submarine officers, what the specific disciplines necessary to conduct a warfare officer's first appointment are; and if he will make a statement.
(33857)
14  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 19th December 2001, Official Report, column 337W, on submarine officers, how long the training period for general naval duties is; and if he will make a statement.
(33858)
15  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 19th December 2001, Official Report, column 337W, on submarine officers, what the maximum length of time allowed is between a naval officer having a physical assessment and joining a ship; and if he will make a statement.
(33859)
16  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 19th December 2001, Official Report, column 337W, on submarine officers, what tests a submarine officer undergoes in the physical assessment conducted before joining a vessel; and if he will make a statement.
(33860)
17  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what tests a naval officer undergoes in the physical assessment conducted before joining a vessel; and if he will make a statement.
(33919)
18  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment was made of the physical ability of Lieutenant Ashley Philpott and Lieutenant Ian Tabberer before joining HMS Triumph; and if he will make a statement.
(33921)
19  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) RAF were considered to be medically downgraded on 1st February, stating in each case the (i) number deployable to the front-line, (ii) number deployable on military operations other than the front-line, (iii) percentage of establishment this represents and (iv) percentage of trained forces in each service this represents; and if he will make a statement.
(31817)
20  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to reduce the over 35 years of age restriction on accessibility to the long service advance of pay for Army and RAF personnel to over the age of 23.
(33764)
21  
  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what UK defence expenditure was in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region and expressed as expenditure per head of population.
(33951)
22  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement listing the changes in tax legislation the interpretation of which has led to the mistaken tax treatment of some war disability pensions and service attributable pensions.
(33610)
23  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the appointments made by her Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if she will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33894)
24  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and her Department in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available.
(33866)
25  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many contracts were let by her Department and agencies for which she is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen for consultancy services for the financial years (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000, (iv) 2000-01 and (v) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the remuneration in each case.
(33846)
26  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how the funding for the graduate teacher scheme has been allocated; how many places are being provided on the scheme; and how many people have applied for the scheme.
(32636)
27  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when schools were given details of the number of places on the graduate teacher scheme.
(32637)
28  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the number of teachers taken on by schools who have not received funding under the graduate teacher scheme.
(32639)
29  
N  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average annual funding per student aged 16 to 18 is in 2001-02 in (a) school sixth forms, (b) sixth form colleges and (c) further education colleges; and what the average annual funding is per mature student studying for level 3 courses in colleges.
(32263)
30  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many learning providers under the ILA scheme fall into each decile measured by the value of their work for the department; and what was the upper and lower value of each decile.
(33787)
31  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answers of 31st January, how many learning providers fall into each decile measured by the amount owed to them by her Department (a) on 23rd November 2001 and (b) on 24th October 2001; and what was the upper and lower value of each decile.
(33786)
32  
  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the correspondence from the Right honourable Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed dated 20 June 2001 relating to the future prospects of livestock auctions.
(33877)
33  
N  
Mrs Annette L. Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to announce the level of assistance to councils for the storage of refrigerators for the financial year 2002-03.
(33604)
34  
N  
Mrs Annette L. Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice she will give to councils in setting their budget for 2002-03 in advance of the Government deciding how much assistance will be given for the storage of refrigerators.
(33602)
35  
N  
Mrs Annette L. Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she intends to make up shortfalls between individual councils' expenditure on the storage of refrigerators and the grant given for that purpose to each council for the period December 2001 to March 2002.
(33603)
36  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the letter of 14th December 2001 from the honourable Member for Christchurch to the Minister of State on the Biocidal Regulations 2001.
(33639)
37  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the letter of 23rd October from the honourable Member for Christchurch to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State on the use of refrigerants in Government departments.
(33637)
38  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what monitoring and evaluation systems she has in place for measuring the progress of EAGA.
(33132)
39  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the complaints procedures EAGA have in force.
(33130)
40  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on what procedures EAGA have for developing liaison with (a) energy advice offices at local level and (b) installers, with particular reference to warm zones.
(33131)
41  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many consignments of imported meat products have been rejected on inspection, and from which countries they originated, in each of the last five years.
(33070)
42  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the appointments made by her Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if she will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33884)
43  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and his Department in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available.
(33864)
44  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many contracts were let by her Department and agencies for which she is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen for consultancy services for the financial years (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000, (iv) 2000-01 and (v) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the remuneration in each case.
(33845)
45  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish a diary of events leading to the implementation of the EU Directive on the disposal of refrigerators and freezers; what discussions her Department has had in the last five years with the retail industry on this matter; and if she will make a statement.
(33600)
46  
N  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to set targets to reduce the number of residential properties not connected to mains sewerage.
(32264)
47  
N  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many residential properties in each region have been connected to mains sewerage for the first time in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(32265)
48  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of fuel poverty in the ethnic minority communities; and if she will commission a study.
(33597)
49  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she has taken to increase the amount spent on flood defences in 2003-4 to the levels necessary to meet her Department's standards of service.
(33901)
50  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she has taken to cap premiums imposed by insurance companies on homeowners in high-risk flood areas.
(33900)
51  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will answer the letter to her of 26th November 2001, from the honourable Member for the Vale of York, on the statement in the House on 12th November on the number of farmers who opposed the contiguous culls in Thirsk during the foot and mouth epidemic.
(33897)
52  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to publish the report on flood funding arrangements.
(33899)
53  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what definition of epidemic (a) is used by her Department and (b) was used by its predecessor.
(33714)
54  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when a substantive reply will be made (a) to HF Holidays' letters to her of 20th June and 27th July 2001, (b) to the letter to her from the honourable Member of the Isle of Wight dated 15th August 2001 and (c) to questions on these letters by the honourable Member for the Isle of Wight tabled on 6th and 23rd November 2001; when he will correct the Answer to the honourable Member for the Isle of Wight dated 17th December 2001 which referred to a different constituent and a different subject; and if she will make a statement on the cause of her delay in responding.
(33713)
55  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many press releases were issued about foot and mouth disease between 19th February and 18th March 2001; and how many refer to an epidemic.
(33711)
56  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when MAFF (a) started and (b) concluded its investigation into whether pigs identified as suffering from foot and mouth disease on 19th February 2001 had been fed on illegally imported meat; and what their conclusion was.
(33712)
57  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, using the Treasury's inflation assumptions for the Treasury Building PFI deal, what he estimates the total amount of cash paid by the Treasury to Exchequer Partnership will be over the lifetime of the Treasury Building PFI deal.
(32205)
58  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Treasury Building PFI deal ends, how much at current prices he estimates the Treasury will pay in annual rent.
(32208)
59  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, under the terms of the Treasury Building PFI deal, who owns the freehold of the Treasury Building.
(32212)
60  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what he estimates the total amount of cash paid by the Treasury to Exchequer Partnership over the lifetime of the Treasury Building PFI deal would have been if the discount rate had been (a) 3.50 per cent., (b) 3.75 per cent., (c) 4.00 per cent., (d) 4.25 per cent., (e) 4.50 per cent., (f) 4.75 per cent., (g) 5.00 per cent. and (h) 5.50 per cent.
(32201)
61  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by how much he estimates the bond spread of the Exchequer Partnership bond issued for the Treasury Building PFI deal would have had to widen before the project had become unviable.
(32203)
62  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for the 10 years prior to the Treasury Building PFI deal, how much the Treasury has paid in annual rent for the Treasury Building.
(32207)
63  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total (a) refurbishment and (b) operating costs are of the Treasury Building, broken down by the principal cost headings used.
(32210)
64  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total costs involved in the Exchequer Partnership bond issue for the Treasury Building PFI deal were including total fees paid to banks, professional advisers and others, showing for each amount paid the (a) payer and (b) payee.
(32214)
65  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assumptions have been made about inflation in the Treasury Building PFI deal.
(32204)
66  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what he estimates the total amount of cash paid by the Treasury to Exchequer Partnership will be over the lifetime of the Treasury Building PFI deal assuming a constant inflation rate of (a) 2.00 per cent., (b) 2.25 per cent., (c) 2.50 per cent., (d) 2.75 per cent., (e) 3.00 per cent., (f) 4.00 per cent. and (g) 5.00 per cent.
(32206)
67  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total annual operating costs were for the Treasury Building in each of the four years prior to the Treasury Building PFI deal, broken down by (a) cleaning, (b) security, (c) electricity, (d) water, (e) gas, (f) non-domestic rates, (g) basic maintenance, (h) exceptional maintenance and (i) other significant operating cost items.
(32209)
68  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total capital sum involved in the Treasury Building PFI deal was, broken down by (a) equity and (b) the different layers of debt.
(32213)
69  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what will be the total amount of cash paid by the Treasury to Exchequer Partnership over the lifetime of the Treasury Building PFI deal assuming no inflation.
(32200)
70  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, at the time of issue of the Exchequer Partnership bond for the Treasury Building PFI deal, what the total extra cash paid by the Treasury to Exchequer Partnership over the lifetime of the Treasury Building PFI deal would have been for every change of 0.1 per cent. in the bond spread.
(32202)
71  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what he estimates the total net present cost of the annual unitary payments by the Treasury to Exchequer Partnership over the lifetime of the Treasury Building PFI deal would have been if the discount rate had been (a) 3.50, (b) 3.75, (c) 4.00, (d) 4.25, (e) 4.50, (f) 4.75, (g) 5.00 and (h) 5.50 per cent.
(32216)
72  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) gross and (b) net proceeds were from the Exchequer Partnership Bond issue.
(32211)
73  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discount rate was used for the Treasury Building PFI deal; and, using this discount rate, what the total net present cost is of the annual unitary payments over the lifetime of the Treasury Building PFI deal.
(32215)
74  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the total transport 10-year plan financial envelope has been increased by £2.2 billion, additional money; and whether it represents new money resulting from discussions between the Treasury and the Department of Transport, Local Govenment and the Regions.
(33768)
75  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12th December 2001, Official Report, column 890W, on the Financial Services Authority, if the new FSA powers will cover (a) residential mortgages, (b) commercial mortgages and (c) buy to let mortgages; and if he will make a statement.
(33772)
76  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12th December 2001, Official Report, column 890W, on the Financial Services Authority, what new regulations will apply to mortgage and insurance intermediaries.
(33773)
77  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of applications for tax credits have been identified as high risk for fraud or non compliance by the Inland Revenue since the inception of tax credits; and how many of the applications so identified turn out to be fraudulent or non compliant.
(32643)
78  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to receive the Inland Revenue report on benchmarking the level of fraud in the working families tax credit; what his timetable is for responding to it; and if he plans to make public an assessment of the level of fraud following receipt of the report.
(32642)
79  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has for a common prosecution policy for tax credit fraud and benefit fraud.
(32644)
80  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures have been introduced since 1997 to give tax and rate relief to amateur sports clubs; and what plans he has to give further assistance.
(32152)
81  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on delays in making the annual payment to the pension schemes of those who have opted out of SERPS.
(33069)
82  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he has estimated the amount of fraud and error in (a) working families tax credit and (b) disabled persons tax credit.
(33599)
83  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 24th January to the honourable Member for Hamilton South, Official Report, column 980W, on child poverty, if he will set out the assumptions behind the statement that there are 1.2 million fewer children in poverty than there were in 1997.
(33605)
84  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact which the abolition of advanced corporation tax relief has had on the annual savings gap of £27 billion between what people need to save and what they actually save for their retirement outlined in FSA consultation paper 121, paragraph 3.54.
(33957)
85  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role the Universal Bank will play in meeting the goals set out in FSA consultation paper 121.
(33956)
86  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he will consider using to ensure that the abolition of polarisation did not result in major tied distributors operating commission-bias in the provision of packaged products.
(33959)
87  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what impact he forecasts the abolition of polarisation will have on long-term trends in the savings ratio.
(33960)
88  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from consumers' representatives regarding FSA consultation paper 121 on the impact on the interests of consumers arising from a consolidation in the position of larger tied financial distributors as a result of the abolition of polarisation.
(33955)
89  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he will consider using to ensure that abolishing polarisation does not lead to a strengthening of the position in the marketplace of larger tied distributors of financial products such that there are adverse consequences for competiton.
(33952)
90  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what he expects to be the impact on the revenue arising from abolishing polarisation in respect of (a) VAT, (b) capital gains tax and (c) other taxes.
(33953)
91  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many IFAs are registered as operating in the UK; and what he estimates will be the number in operation five years after abolishing polarisation.
(33954)
92  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to limit the amount of product provided through an intermediary by a shareholder in that intermediary as part of the implementation of the proposal for abolishing limits on product-provider investment in FSA consultation paper 121.
(33958)
93  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33879)
94  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and his Department in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available.
(33871)
95  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many contracts were let by his Department and agencies for which he is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen for consultancy services for the financial years (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000, (iv) 2000-01 and (v) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the remuneration in each case.
(33840)
96  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he allocated an additional £2.2 billion of funding for the 10 year transport plan; and if he will make a statement.
(33928)
97  
N  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the performance of the UK recorded in the Eurostat reports, Statistics in Focus, General Statistics, No 1/2002, 'Regional Gross Domestic Product in the European Union 1999' and Statistics in Focus, General Statistics No 2/2002, 'Regional Gross Domestic Product in Candidate Countries 1999'; and if he will make a statement.
(32870)
98  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 438W, for what reasons he will not 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.
(31660)
99  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 438-9W, if he will list the names of the members of the cross-party HM Treasury Euro-Preparations Committee; and if he will make a statement.
(31657)
100  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which members of the cross-party HM Treasury Euro-Preparations Committee attended the meeting on 5th December 2001; what the agenda of the meeting was; and if he will make a statement.
(31658)
101  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who produced, and at what cost to his Department, the four cartoons released by his Department on 17th January, in the selection of slides presented by Mr Gus O'Donnell on 30th November 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(31659)
102  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons UK productivity growth was described as lacklustre in the slides presented by Mr Gus O'Donnell at a seminar with students on 30th November 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(31661)
103  
N  
Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are being taken to issue new passports once the British Overseas Territories [Lords] Bill is enacted.
(30668)
104  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will request that the report of the ICRC into conditions at Camp X Ray be made available to the British Government.
(33763)
105  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the International Committee of the Red Cross has had access to detainees held at centres other than Bagram and Kabul.
(33606)
106  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33882)
107  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and his Department in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available.
(33873)
108  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many contracts were let by his Department and agencies for which he is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen for consultancy services for the financial years (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000, (iv) 2000-01 and (v) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the remuneration in each case.
(33849)
109  
  
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on (a) the peace process in Burundi and (b) the potential role of the UN in Burundi.
(33929)
110  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Resolution 1272(2002) adopted 24th January, what recent representations the UK Government has made to the Government of Azerbaijan to secure the release or retrial of political prisoners.
(33765)
111  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations it has made to the Government of Azerbaijan concerning the conscription into the military of Fazil Gazanfaroglu, Deputy Chairman of the Popular Front in Azerbaijan.
(33766)
112  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Azerbaijan concerning allegations that local authority permission is needed before representatives of the Azerbaijani Institute of Peace and Democracy can meet local NGOs outwith Baku.
(33770)
113  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK Government is taking to ensure the protection of women from violence in Afghanistan, with particular reference to sexual violence.
(30421)
114  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK Government is taking to (a) recognise and (b) act on the demands of Afghan women addressed to the international community, as set out in the Brussels Proclamation of the Afghan Women's Summit in December of last year.
(30422)
115  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK Government and the international community are taking to ensure that the interests and role of women are being acted on during the initial phase of peace-building in Afghanistan.
(30424)
116  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what training is funded by the UK Government for staff involved in projects working with women in Afghanistan.
(30426)
117  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK Government is taking to encourage the equal representation of women at all levels in diplomatic, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations.
(30427)
118  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK Government and the international community are taking to ensure that the monitoring of the reconstruction work within Afghanistan takes into account its impact on women.
(30428)
119  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people in his Department worked on Afghanistan in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001 and (d) January 2002; and on what tasks and in which policy areas they were deployed.
(33762)
120  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list (a) the average patient waiting time for every month from 1st January 2001 to 31st January 2002 at the Royal Devon and Exeter Accident and Emergency Department and (b) the monthly average of England's accident and emergency departments over the same period.
(33601)
121  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action has been taken to market the former Christchurch Health Centre premises since March 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(33640)
122  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, why the announcement of the CHI Progress Report into the investigation of the Walsgrave Hospital has been postponed.
(32657)
123  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason she has not replied to the written question on stroke research ref. 14028, from the honourable Member for Coventry South.
(32658)
124  
  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether an NHS trust with foundation status which has established a joint venture company will (a) have to meet financial liabilities from its own budget and (b) have recourse to NHS material funds.
(33947)
125  
  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the funds which will be spent by NHS trusts seeking foundation status in the (a) current and (b) next financial year.
(33948)
126  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress is being made on discussions with the drugs companies on the provision of beta interferon.
(33129)
127  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when a decision is expected on funding arrangements for beta interferon.
(33128)
128  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33888)
129  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contracts were let by his Department and agencies for which he is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen for consultancy services for the financial years (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000, (iv) 2000-01 and (v) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the remuneration in each case.
(33850)
130  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and his Department in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available.
(33867)
131  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many maternity units there are in England and Wales; how many have fewer than (a) 2,500 and (b) 2,000 births a year; how many with approximately 2,000 births a year are midwife only; and what his policy is on the size of midwife only units.
(33716)
132  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects NHS estates to put forward proposed terms to the Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association for the acquisition of the site adjoining St Ebba's Hospital.
(32652)
133  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many births there have been in Epsom Hospital's maternity unit; and what the average number was in maternity units in England and Wales in the last five years.
(33705)
134  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which postcodes are included in the catchment area for Epsom Hospital's maternity unit; and how many patients came from each of those postcode areas in the last year for which information is available.
(33706)
135  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library the information about the number of people living within 20 minutes drive prepared by the DTLR and presented to the management team of the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust as part of its strategic review in 2000-01.
(33707)
136  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many older people are waiting for an assessment before being admitted to a care home in the Portsmouth area; and if he will make a statement.
(33922)
137  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd November 2001, Official Report, column 410W, how many smallpox vaccine doses are held by his Department.
(33337)
138  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd November 2001, Official Report, column 410W, upon what estimates on the rate of transmission of the smallpox infection his Department has based its containment strategy.
(33334)
139  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd November 2001, Official Report, column 410W, whether Britain will have a smallpox vaccine stockpile ensuring a dose for every citizen by January 2003.
(33333)
140  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the population which has some protective immunity to smallpox.
(32973)
141  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd November 2001, Official Report, column 410W, how many small pox vaccine doses would be required to contain a smallpox outbreak in the UK.
(33332)
142  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the existing UK stocks of smallpox vaccine have undergone tests for efficacy and safety, with particular reference to TSE, in line with recommendations by the Medicines Control Agency and EMEA.
(32972)
143  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance has been issued to public health professionals in the event of a large scale smallpox outbreak.
(33338)
144  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) named day written questions and (b) ordinary written questions to his Department tabled before 30th November 2001 have yet to receive a substantive reply.
(33708)
145  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the tabling date was of the earliest written question to his Department which is still awaiting a substantive reply.
(33709)
146  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will state (a) the reasons why he has not replied to question 19322 tabled by the honourable Member for Aylesbury on 26th November 2001 and (b) when he intends to provide a reply.
(33710)
147  
N  
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will repeat the pledge made by the then Health Minister on 3rd March 1997 concerning Solihull Hospital and the services to be provided there.
(32260)
148  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 21st January, Official Report, column 680W, on asthma, what guidance the Government plans to give to (a) the National Health Service and (b) other organisations in order to address asthma and the (i) mortality and (ii) morbidity it causes.
(33856)
149  
  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time police officers (a) are employed by East Sussex Constabulary and (b) were employed in 1997.
(33917)
150  
  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many violent crimes were recorded in East Sussex in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.
(33918)
151  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with United States officials about the potential extradition of terrorist suspects to the USA.
(33609)
152  
N  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29th January, Official Report, column 302W, if he will place in the Library the two recent letters received from Merseyside Police in relation to the use of Landmark and Inn on the Park to house asylum seekers.
(33598)
153  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33883)
154  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many contracts were let by his Department and agencies for which he is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen for consultancy services for the financial years (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000, (iv) 2000-01 and (v) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the remuneration in each case.
(33851)
155  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and his Department in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available.
(33868)
156  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Wolvercote Clinic will move out of Epsom by the end of March according to schedule; and if he will make a statement.
(33717)
157  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reintroduce purposeful activity for the inmates of remand centres.
(33715)
158  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Health about contingency measures to be introduced in the event of a smallpox outbreak.
(33335)
159  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance has been issued to law enforcement agencies in the event of a large scale smallpox outbreak.
(33336)
160  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultations he will undertake with (a) local authorities, (b) providers of local services and (c) members of the local community before reaching a decision on the use of Throckmorton airfield as the site of a proposed asylum accommodation centre.
(33061)
161  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he intends to apply the special urgency provisions in paragraph 22 of Circular 18/84 (Development by Government Departments) to the development of the proposed asylum accommodation centres; and if he will make a statement.
(33064)
162  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will submit to Wychavon District Council a full environmental impact statement in accordance with the town and country planning regulations before proceeding with a decision on the use of Throckmorton airfield as the site of a proposed asylum accommodation centre.
(33062)
163  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If he will make a statement on the delays involved in the treatment of post received at the Immigration Office, Croydon.
(30492)
164  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to come to a decision on the recommendation of the adjudicator on 17th October 2000, relating to the possibility of exceptional leave to remain being given to Mr Mustaf Uka, his wife and children (Home Office Reference U48661 and Port Reference BDD/00/10800).
(32261)
165  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the application for citizenship made by Mrs Mehar of Southend which was acknowledged by the IND of 28th February 2001, Reference M1103724CQ, to be determined; and if he will invite the IND to remove from such acknowledgements the phrase passed to a case worker who will contact you shortly.
(32262)
166  
  
Tony Baldry (Banbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, for what reason her Department's total aid programme for Angola has been halved over the last five years; and what resources her Department will commit to achieving the aims of the Peace Building and Civil Society in Angola report published by her Department.
(33946)
167  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what humanitarian aid is being provided by the United Kingdom Government to prisoners in Afghanistan.
(33607)
168  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the appointments made by her Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33885)
169  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many contracts were let by her Department and agencies for which she is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen for consultancy services for the financial years (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000, (iv) 2000-01 and (v) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the remuneration in each case.
(33852)
170  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and her Department in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available.
(33876)
171  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many refugee camps have been set up in Afghanistan; and what estimate she has made of the total number likely to be required.
(32746)
172  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many international troops are currently deployed to protect aid convoys in Afghanistan.
(32745)
173  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made about the amount of aid required in Afghanistan; and how much has been delivered.
(32743)
174  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in remote areas of Afghanistan.
(32744)
175  
N  
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what help the Government is giving to (a) the people of Goma and (b) the governments of Congo and Rwanda.
(30322)
176  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the programmes funded by the UK Government which are targeted to support women's needs and interests in Afghanistan.
(30423)
177  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department plans to give to micro-credit schemes for women in Afghanistan.
(30425)
178  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people in her Department worked on Afghanistan in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001 and (d) January 2002; and on what tasks and in which policy areas they were deployed.
(33761)
179  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the personnel appointed to her Department's Office in Kabul by (a) rank and (b) gender.
(30429)
180  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to increase the maximum daily allowance for loss of earnings for magistrates.
(33910)
181  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many magistrates have suffered substantial loss of earnings in order to ensure that they sit on their obligatory number of sitting days in the last five years.
(33904)
182  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what proportion of magistrates claimed loss of earnings in the last 12 months.
(33911)
183  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, whether section 50 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 is ensuring that working magistrates have sufficient time off work to fulfil their bench duties.
(33902)
184  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the employers who have discouraged their employees from undertaking bench duties in the last five years.
(33907)
185  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what discussions he has had in the past year with employers' organisations to encourage their members to give time off for bench duties.
(33906)
186  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what proportion of working magistrates work in (a) the public and (b) the private sectors.
(33913)
187  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to change the provisions of sections 50 and 51 of the Employment Rights Act 1996.
(33909)
188  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what percentage of magistrates are (a) full-time employed, (b) self employed, (c) part-time workers, (d) retired and (e) unemployed.
(33912)
189  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the maximum daily allowance is for loss of earnings for a magistrate.
(33905)
190  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many full-time employed magistrates have been (a) put onto the reserve list and (b) retired from the bench, in each of the last two years because of difficulties in getting time off for bench duties; and what proportion of working magistrates that represented in each year.
(33903)
191  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what proportion of the magistracy is aged under (a) 60 and (b) 40.
(33914)
192  
  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the provisions of section 51 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 have been used by a magistrate; and what the outcome was in each case.
(33908)
193  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33881)
194  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and his Department in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available.
(33869)
195  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many contracts were let by his Department and agencies for which he is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen for consultancy services for the financial years (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000, (iv) 2000-01 and (v) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the remuneration in each case.
(33853)
196  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33889)
197  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and his Department in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available.
(33870)
198  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many contracts were let by his Department and agencies for which he is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen for consultancy services for the financial years (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000, (iv) 2000-01 and (v) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the remuneration in each case.
(33854)
199  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask the President of the Council, if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33878)
200  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33896)
201  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Prime Minister, what key issues he raised with the group of Afghan women on his recent visit to the region; and if he will make a statement.
(30430)
202  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if she will list the appointments made by her Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if she will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33892)
203  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many contracts were let by her Department and agencies for which she is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen for consultancy services for the financial years (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000, (iv) 2000-01 and (v) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the remuneration in each case.
(33855)
204  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and her Department in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available.
(33861)
205  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what information he has collated on figures for the ratio of computer ownership per household in (a) the USA, (b) France, (c) Germany, (d) Japan and (e) the UK.
(33433)
206  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish figures for the ratio of computer ownership per household.
(33339)
207  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Your Guide system will be introduced throughout the United Kingdom at the same time.
(33065)
208  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many sub-post offices have (a) closed and (b) reduced opening hours which are located in (i) Galloway and Upper Nithsdale, (ii) the Dumfries and Galloway region and (iii) Scotland in each of the last five years.
(33067)
209  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive on the funding arrangements for implementing the Your Guide system; and if she will make a statement.
(33066)
210  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the appointments made by her Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if she will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33893)
211  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and her Department in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available.
(33865)
212  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many contracts were let by her Department and agencies for which she is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen for consultancy services for the financial years (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000, (iv) 2000-01 and (v) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the remuneration in each case.
(33847)
213  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many export credit guarantees were issued to support projects in Azerbaijan in the last year.
(33771)
214  
N  
David Cairns (Greenock & Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he is taking to monitor the security of airports abroad and to publish advice on this issue to British nationals.
(30520)
215  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the total transport 10-year plan financial envelope was increased from £179.7 billion to £181.9 billion; and when and by what means the increase was first announced.
(33767)
216  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his oral statement of 29th January, Official Report, column 149, on the 10-year plan financial envelope, if he will bring forward a supplementary estimate; and if he will make a statement.
(33769)
217  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on how many local authorities have produced urban capacity studies (a) before 7th March 2000 and (b) since 7th March 2000; and how many of these are in accordance with the good practice guidance in 'Tapping the Potential' published in December 2000.
(33424)
218  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the planning applications for housing development in England involving greenfield sites which have been referred to him as departure applications since 1st January 2001 and provide details of the number of houses and area of land involved in each case.
(33423)
219  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on what powers British Waterways has to grant itself planning permission and to carry out works in a conservation area without being subject to the normal planning procedures.
(33127)
220  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on whether the Government had carried out a national audit of greenfield allocations to complement the National Land Use database of brownfield sites.
(33426)
221  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many hectares of greenfield land previously allocated for housing in Local Plans and Unitary Development Plans have been de-allocated since 7th March 2000.
(33425)
222  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list planning applications for housing development in England on greenfield sites (a) which he has called in and (b) for which he has issued a holding direction since 1st January 2001, indicating the location, number of houses and area of land involved.
(33421)
223  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list planning applications notified to him under the Town and Country Planning (Residential Development on Greenfield Land) (England) Directive 2000 since 1st January 2001, indicating the location, number of houses and area of land involved in each case.
(33422)
224  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the ferry crossings from mainland Great Britain that are in receipt of central government financial support; and if he will give the extent of that support in each case, in each of the last three years.
(33072)
225  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the means used by his Department to determine relative deprivation.
(33073)
226  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33887)
227  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 54W, on train drivers, if he will state the locations at which information on train driver numbers is held; and if he will list the steps which the Strategic Rail Authority (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to encourage train operating companies to recruit sufficient drivers.
(33964)
228  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, for what reason no National Rail Summit took place in 2001; and when the next National Rail Summit is due to take place.
(33926)
229  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many contracts were let by his Department and agencies for which he is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen for consultancy services for the financial years (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000, (iv) 2000-01 and (v) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the remuneration in each case.
(33848)
230  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 29th January, Official Report, column 192W, on the National Rail Summit, if he will list the commitments agreed to by the industry in 1999 and place in the Library the related documentation; if he will place in the Library a copy of the summary of progress against the 1999 commitments produced for the 2000 Summit; and if he will state what further reviews of progress (a) have taken place and (b) are planned to take place and place any copies of related documentation in the Library.
(33839)
231  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he secured an additional £2.2 billion of funding from the Treasury for the 10 year transport plan; and if he will make a statement.
(33927)
232  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and his Department in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available.
(33872)
233  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the implications of the European Union Transport White Paper for vertical integration of the UK rail Industry.
(32653)
234  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how the building land for the Starter Home Initiative is being sourced.
(32656)
235  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many people in the Epsom and Ewell constituency have benefited from the Starter Home Initiative for key workers; and what the (a) average and (b) total amount granted is.
(32654)
236  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether Railtrack needed to raise more money during the current financial year than was envisaged in its business plan.
(32741)
237  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what grounds Government departments may disregard the Worcestershire Structure Plan when considering the location of a new facility built by departments or their agencies; and if he will make a statement.
(33063)
238  
N  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the proposed regulations extending fuel duty rebate to community transport services will come into force.
(33071)
239  
  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to extend the eligibility for transport action powershift grants for converting cars over five years old to use LPG.
(33949)
240  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the gross cost is in each local authority of concessionary fare schemes at the most recent date for which information is available; and what the cost is per (a) resident, (b) resident aged 60 years or over and (c) bus passenger mile in each local authority.
(33635)
241  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list by local authority those areas in which pensioners travel concessions are available (a) offering nil fares,(b) offering half fares and (c) offering concessions amounting to less than half fares.
(33788)
242  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the anticipated gross cost would be to each local authority of concessionary fare schemes following implementation of the proposals in the Travel Concessions Bill [Lords]; and what the cost would be ‹dc20›per (a) resident, (b) resident aged 60 years or over and (c) bus passenger mile.
(33646)
243  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33890)
244  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many contracts were let by his Department and agencies for which he is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen for consultancy services for the financial years (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000, (iv) 2000-01 and (v) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the remuneration in each case.
(33841)
245  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and his Department in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available.
(33875)
246  
  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action the Government will take to facilitate the provision of (a) housing and (b) council tax benefit to single mothers who are deemed ineligible for such benefits on the grounds of co-tenanting the same premises with a member of the opposite sex with whom they have no relations.
(33915)
247  
  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action the Government will take to ensure that a single parent co-habiting premises with an unassociated member of the opposite sex is placed in the same position for provision of (a) housing and (b) council tax benefit as single parents co-habiting the same premises with a same sex partner.
(33916)
248  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what was the average time taken for a review of disability living allowance in the last 12 months.
(33638)
249  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research has been undertaken by his Department into the effectiveness of security screens in preventing physical assault upon staff in Benefits Agency and Employment Service offices.
(32651)
250  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what further risk assessments have been carried out on the new Jobcentre Plus offices since their establishment; and if they have resulted in the deployment of extra security measures or staff.
(32747)
251  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the results were of discussions held with the Health and Safety Executive prior to the removal of glass security screens from the new Jobcentre Plus offices; and what recommendations were made by the Health and Safety Executive.
(32638)
252  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many days will have been lost to industrial action since September 2001 as a result of the action taken by members of the Public and Commercial Services Union.
(32648)
253  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many incidents of (a) verbal assault and (b) physical assault reported in Benefits Agency offices in the last 12 months took place in (i) a reception area, (ii) an unscreened office and (iii) a screened office.
(32645)
254  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he last met the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus to discuss the industrial action by Public and Commercial Services Union staff; and what the outcome of the discussions were.
(32646)
255  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many incidents of (a) physical and (b) verbal asaults have been recorded in (i) Benefit Agency offices and (ii) Employment Service offices in each year since 1997; how many have been recorded in Jobcentre Plus offices in each month since the inception of Jobcentre Plus; and how many were recorded in the equivalent offices prior to the inception of Jobcentre Plus.
(32748)
256  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants have had personal adviser consultations postponed as a result of industrial action undertaken by Jobcentre Plus staff.
(32640)
257  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants have received interim payments at an amount equivalent to the full benefit rate as a result of industrial strike action undertaken by Jobcentre Plus staff; and under what terms and conditions such interim payments are being made.
(32641)
258  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what consultations he has had with leaders of the Public and Commercial Services Union regarding recent industrial action taken by their members; and if he plans to meet them following the latest 48-hour strike.
(32647)
259  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many prosecutions have been brought against perpetrators of physical assault on Benefits Agency and Employment Service staff in each year since 1997; and how many resulted in successful prosecutions.
(32649)
260  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's policy is for dealing with claimants who (a) verbally and (b) physically attack staff in Benefits Agency, Employment Service and Jobcentre Plus offices.
(32650)
261  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the annual saving in handling costs is anticipated when benefits payments are changed to automated credit transfer.
(33068)
262  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1st May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present.
(33886)
263  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and his Department in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available.
(33874)
264  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many contracts were let by his Department and agencies for which he is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen for consultancy services for the financial years (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000, (iv) 2000-01 and (v) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the remuneration in each case.
(33842)
265  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many widowers are estimated to have failed to claim bereavement benefit as a result of the confusion over form BD8.
(32742)
266  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people staff the Minimum Income Guarantee helpline; and if he will make a statement.
(33923)
267  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases have been dealt with in each year by the Minimum Income Guarantee helpline; and if he will make a statement.
(33924)
268  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Minimum Income Guarantee helpline cost in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(33925)
269  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the PCS Union has agreed to refer the dispute over safety at work in the Benefits Agency and jobcentres to arbitration; and what the view is of Her Majesty's Government on this process.
(32872)
270  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many members of staff at the Benefits Agency and the Employment Service took part in the recent industrial action; and what steps he is taking to resolve the dispute.
(32871)
271  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the (a) number and (b) percentage of (i) men and (ii) women over pension age who are entitled to a full rate of basic state pension.
(33774)
272  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to review the rating of agricultural buildings to ensure that those who perform more than 10 per cent. of their activities as contract farmers on other farms are rated on their agricultural building.
[Transferred] (33898)
273  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding is given to preventative support for older people; what assessment has been made of required resources for intermediate care; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (33920)


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