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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 6 February 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 6 February, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on  Wednesday 6 February, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Thursday 7 February see Part 2 of this Paper.

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.
 


 
WEDNESDAY 6th FEBRUARY
1  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Advocate General, what the total cost to her Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34172)
2  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Advocate General, if she will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) her Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34406)
3  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Advocate General, what legal costs have been incurred by her Department in each of the last four years.
(34343)
4  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Advocate General, if she will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from her Department in each of the last four years.
(34226)
5  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Advocate General, if she will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by her Department and how much reclaimed.
(34458)
6  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Advocate General, if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by her Department and which took place on non-Departmental premises in each of the last four years giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34302)
7  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Advocate General, if she will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if she will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if she will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34383)
8  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Advocate General, if she will list the publications issued by her Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.
(34199)
9  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from his Department in each of the last four years.
(34220)
10  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by his Department and how much reclaimed.
(34452)
11  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if he will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if he will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34390)
12  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his Department and which took place on non-departmental premises in each of the last four years, giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34187)
13  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) his Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34394)
14  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the publications issued by his Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.
(34194)
15  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what legal costs have been incurred by his Department in each of the last four years.
(34291)
16  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34166)
17  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the results of the reviews of the mandatory age of retirement undertaken by each department.
(32667)
18  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his Answer of 19th December 2001, Official Report, columns 335-6W, on older people, when he expects the Cabinet Office to have completed collecting the data from departments; and when he will write to the honourable Member for Sutton and Cheam.
(32760)
19  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what percentage of administrative fast stream entrants to the Civil Service in each of the last four years has been (a) female, (b) members of ethnic minority groups, (c) from independent schools and went to Oxford and Cambridge and (d) have (i) arts and (ii) science degrees.
(34045)
20  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had private medical insurance provided for them in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost is; and if he will make a statement.
(32314)
21  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on the co-ordination of rural policy.
(34011)
22  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the (a) running cost and (b) total budget is of the English Government regional offices in 2001-02.
(33993)
23  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidelines exist regarding the propriety of personal employees of a Minister receiving payments from an organisation with which a department is involved in negotiations; and if he will make a statement.
(34323)
24  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what the average age of retirement of clergy was in the last ten years; and what their average length of retirement was.
(32674)
25  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what the average length of retirement for clergy who serve until the mandatory retirement in the last 10 years was.
(32675)
26  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, how many farms the Church owns; and how many it owned in 1997.
(34465)
27  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by her Department and which took place on non-Departmental premises in each of the last four years giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34301)
28  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Culture, Media and Sport, what legal costs have been incurred by her Department in each of the last four years.
(34282)
29  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by her Department and how much reclaimed.
(34456)
30  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the publications issued by her Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.
(34197)
31  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if she will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if she will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34381)
32  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from her Department in each of the last four years.
(34224)
33  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Culture, Media and Sport, what the total cost to her Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34170)
34  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) her Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34398)
35  
N  
Andy Burnham (Leigh):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding has been received from the National Lottery by (a) rugby league and (b) rugby union since its inception.
(32880)
36  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Culture, Media and Sport, how many Queen's Golden Jubilee Medals will be struck; to whom they will be distributed; what the total cost of this exercise will be; and if she will make a statement.
(34050)
37  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent representations she has received from the Youth Hostel Association; and what recent discussions she has had with the Youth Hostel Association on help to individual youth hostels affected by foot and mouth-related loss of business.
(34472)
38  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Culture, Media and Sport, how many employees in (a) her Department and (b) her Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had private medical insurance provided for them in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost is; and if she will make a statement.
(32315)
39  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to increase the number of mobile libraries.
(34097)
40  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Culture, Media and Sport, when she last met representatives from the (a) Nationwide Conference, (b) Doctor Martens' League, (c) Unibond League and (d) Ryman League.
(34102)
41  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Culture, Media and Sport, how the Government plans to mark the occasion of the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
(34049)
42  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, if he will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from his Department in each of the last four years.
(34212)
43  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, if he will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by his Department and how much reclaimed.
(34446)
44  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34159)
45  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his Department and which took place on non-departmental premises in each of the last four years, giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34180)
46  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, what legal costs have been incurred by his Department in each of the last four years.
(34284)
47  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, if he will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if he will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if he will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34433)
48  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, in respect of the publications issued by the Central Corporate Communications Division in each of the last four years, what was (a) the circulation, (b) the cost and (c) the purpose of each.
(34434)
49  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, if he will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) his Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34317)
50  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, what research his Department has commissioned into the incidence and causes of homelessness amongst ex-service personnel; and what recent changes he has made to policy and practice to assist ex-service personnel.
(32666)
51  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, what activities are deemed violations of the no-fly-zones in Iraq; from what date every such activity has been deemed to be a violation; what changes have been made to the definition of a violation of the no-fly-zones since January 1998; what changes have been made to authorised reaction to any particular violation since January 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(31013)
52  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, what acitivities are deemed to be threats to coalition aircraft in the no-fly-zones in Iraq; from what date every such activity has been deemed to be a threat; what changes have been made to the definition of a threat in the no-fly-zone since January 1998; what changes have been made to the authorised reaction to any particular threat since January 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(31014)
53  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, on how many occasions (a) coalition aircraft and (b) UK aircraft patrolling the southern no-fly-zone in Iraq have (i) detected violations of the no-fly-zones, (ii) a direct threat to coalition aircraft and (iii) released ordnance, in each quarter since January 1999 to date stating for each quarter the tonnage of ordnance released; in percentage terms what has been (A) the nature of the violation detected, (B) the nature of the threat detected and (C) the category of target attacked; and if he will make a statement.
(31015)
54  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, when, since January 1999, coalition aircraft patrolling the (a) northern and (b) southern no-fly-zones in Iraq have hit targets that were different from the intended target, stating in each case (i) the nature of the intended target, (ii) the nature of the actual target hit, (iii) the estimated number of civilians killed and (iv) the reason why the unintended target was hit; and if he will make a statement.
(31016)
55  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, what assessment he has made of changes to the nature and strength of Iraqi air defences since January 1998; whether improvements to the Iraqi air defence system constitute a threat to coalition aircraft patrolling the no-fly-zones; what contribution strikes against Iraqi air defences by coalition aircraft in response to violation of the no-fly-zones have made to his assessment; and if he will make a statement.
(31017)
56  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, what assessment he has made of the deployment of (a) soldiers from the Ninth Special Chemical Weapons Unit of the Czech Republic to Kuwait over the next two months and (b) German chemical warfare specialists to the area at the request of the United States; whether the United Kingdom Government has responded to related requests from the US; what assessment he has made of the purpose of such requests; and if he will make a statement.
(34467)
57  
  
Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, what arrangements his Department has made to obtain tritium supplies in the event that tritium production is halted in the UK.
(34000)
58  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, how much was spent on private sector housing for service personnel in the last 12 months, broken down by constituency; and if he will make statement.
(34033)
59  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, how many MoD houses are empty; and if he will make a statement.
(34032)
60  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, how many service personnel are seeking married quarters accommodation; and if he will make a statement.
(34031)
61  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, how many complaints have been received about the (a) suitability and (b) condition of MoD married quarters each year since 1997; and if he will a statement.
(34034)
62  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, how many Tornado F3s are on loan to Italy; when they will be returned; where they will be based and with which squadron when returned; and if he will make a statement.
(33644)
63  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, where the Tornado F3s from RAF Coningsby will be based when 5 Squadron is declared down in January 2003; with which squadron they will be available for operational duty; and if he will make a statement.
(33642)
64  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, how many Tornado F3s will be based at (a) RAF Leeming, (b) RAF Leuchars, (c) RAF Coningsby and (d) other sites in February 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(33641)
65  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, how many Tornado F3s are based at (a) RAF Leeming, (b) RAF Leuchars, (c) RAF Coningsby and (d) other sites; and if he will make a statment.
(33643)
66  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had private medical insurance provided for them in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost is; and if he will make a statement.
(32313)
67  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, how many (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers working in his Department are provided with private medical insurance; how many individuals have been covered in each year since 1997-98 and at what total cost to the Exchequer; and if he will make a statement.
(32311)
68  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, how many members of the UK armed forces have been provided with private medical insurance in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost has been in each of these years; and if he will make a statement.
(32310)
69  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, what continuing role he plans for the armed forces in Afghanistan.
(34041)
70  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, what recent representations he has received on conditions of pay and pensions in the armed forces.
(34013)
71  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, what progress has been made to replace the Army's fleet of Alvis 4 Mamba vehicles.
(34403)
72  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, if HMS St Albans will enter service in September.
(34401)
73  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, if he will make a statement on the introduction of the TSC 503 satellite system.
(34400)
74  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, if he will list the PPPs in which his Department is engaged.
(34399)
75  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, what progress has been made with the ASRAAM Project.
(34402)
76  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, if he will make a statement on the death of British soldiers in Sierre Leone on 27th January.
(34411)
77  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, if he will make a statement on the nature of the demonstration of military capability given to the Afghan Government's ministers at Copehill Down on 1st February.
(34417)
78  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, if he will make a statement on agreements reached at the UK/French Government's industry conference on defence procurement.
(34415)
79  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Defence, whether the current establishment of civil search and rescue capability will be maintained at HMS Gannet, Prestwick after MoD withdrawal from the site.
(33936)
80  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Education and Skills, if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by her Department and which took place on non-Departmental premises in each of the last four years giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34298)
81  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Education and Skills, if she will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by her Department and how much reclaimed.
(34462)
82  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Education and Skills, if she will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) her Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34410)
83  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Education and Skills, if she will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from her Department in each of the last four years.
(34207)
84  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Education and Skills, if she will list the publications issued by her Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.
(34203)
85  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Education and Skills, if she will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if she will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if she will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34387)
86  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 102W, on theft and fraud, if she will make a statement on the circumstances of the incident of direct contractor fraud; and what assessment she has made of reasons for the increasing trend of theft and fraud in her Department between 1997-98 and 2000-01.
(34281)
87  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Education and Skills, what legal costs have been incurred by her Department in each of the last four years.
(34347)
88  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Education and Skills, what the total cost to her Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34176)
89  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Education and Skills, how the decision on the cut-out point for incentive payments to PGCE students was arrived at.
(34044)
90  
  
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Education and Skills, whether Capita staff at the ILA computer centre have been (a) arrested and (b) investigated by the police in the last six months.
(33984)
91  
  
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Education and Skills, what the reason was for the closure of the Independent Learning Account scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(33986)
92  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Education and Skills, how many employees in (a) her Department and (b) her Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had private medical insurance provided for them in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost is; and if she will make a statement.
(32317)
93  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the level of fraud discovered in individual learning accounts.
(34012)
94  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Education and Skills, what research she has commissioned into the reasons for teachers leaving the profession.
(34005)
95  
  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Education and Skills, what proportion of 16 year olds in Romford have opted to continue into further and higher education in each of the past five years.
(34143)
96  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Education and Skills, how many teachers will reach the age of 60 in each of the next five school years.
(33961)
97  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Education and Skills, if the results of the statistical impact of Right to Time Off for Study for 16-17 year olds have been published.
(34094)
98  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by her Department and which took place on non-Departmental premises in each of the last four years giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34299)
99  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from her Department in each of the last four years.
(34208)
100  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by her Department and how much reclaimed.
(34463)
101  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) her Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34413)
102  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total cost to her Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34177)
103  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what legal costs have been incurred by her Department in each of the last four years.
(34348)
104  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if she will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if she will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34388)
105  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the publications issued by her Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.
(34204)
106  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer to the honourable Member for Stroud of 27th November 2001, on the Rural White Paper, what proportion of the announced funds and schemes, broken down by category, has been spent to date during 2001-02.
(33778)
107  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 29th January, Official Report, column 240W, on genotype test errors, if she will list the contracts that her Department and its predecessor Department has had in the last five years with LGC.
(33776)
108  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 29th January, Official Report, column 240W, on genotype test errors, what plans she has to review the work carried out by LGC on the potential contamination of sheep brains with bovine material in October 2001.
(33775)
109  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 29th January, Official Report, column 240W, on genotype test errors, if she will list (a) the total number of samples that were originally tested, (b) the number of samples that were originally tested that were found to have been wrong, (c) the total number of samples that have been retested and (d) the total number of samples that have been retested that were subsequently found to be wrong.
(33777)
110  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will set out for each Civil Service grade within her Department the (a) total number of staff employed and (b) the number aged (i) 16 to 25, (ii) 26 to 35, (iii) 36 to 45, (iv) 46 to 60 and (v) over the age of 60 years.
(32885)
111  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) parliamentary questions, (b) letters and (c) other representations she has received from honourable Members regarding delays in responding to correspondence in 2001-02.
(32558)
112  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many employees in (a) her Department and (b) her Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had private medical insurance provided for them in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost is; and if she will make a statement.
(32318)
113  
  
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will provide funds to the Exmoor National Park to help with the damage caused by foot and mouth disease.
(34129)
114  
  
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the time it takes for ESA payments to be made to farmers; and how many farmers are awaiting payment.
(34132)
115  
  
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many days were lost in strike action in her Department (a) in Somerset and Devon and (b) in the UK in 2000-01.
(34130)
116  
  
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her plans for the provision of ESA payments.
(34131)
117  
  
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will give National Parks the right to be represented on regional assemblies.
(34128)
118  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to improve the controls on the import and labelling of meat.
(33931)
119  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what agricultural shows licences farmers need to apply for; and what are the regulations governing animals at such shows.
(33934)
120  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from sugar beet farmers about the price of the crop in 2001-02; and what action she has taken as a result.
(33933)
121  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the 20-day standstill rule has been amended to apply to animals that have been moved onto the farm and are not already on the farm itself.
(33935)
122  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many water meters were installed in domestic properties in the London Borough of Hillingdon in each of the last five years.
(34101)
123  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the estimated annual cost was to (a) agriculture and (b) the food industry of damage and losses as the result of rat infestations in the last 10 years.
(34066)
124  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment has been made of the contribution of wild brown rats to the spread of foot and mouth disease; and what the result of such assessment was.
(34067)
125  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what proportion of farms affected by foot and mouth disease steps were taken to eradicate the brown rat population; and how many rat bodies were recovered as the result of treatments.
(34068)
126  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she intends to take to review the Water Industry Act 1991.
(34069)
127  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action her Department is taking to ensure that OFWAT improves its serviceability criteria.
(34070)
128  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) his Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34397)
129  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what legal costs have been incurred by his Department in each of the last four years.
(34294)
130  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from his Department in each of the last four years.
(34223)
131  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if he will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if he will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34380)
132  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34169)
133  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by his Department and how much reclaimed.
(34455)
134  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide a breakdown for each financial year since April 1992 of (a) the proportion and (b) the amount in real terms spent from the reserves.
(34141)
135  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his Department and which took place on non-Departmental premises in each of the last four years giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34304)
136  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the savings gateway proposal on credit unions.
(34351)
137  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the support the Government has given to establishing a central services organisation for credit unions.
(34312)
138  
  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost will be of granting mandatory rate relief to community amateur sports clubs as set out in Annex B in the consultation paper.
(34338)
139  
  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the estimated cost is of the tax exemptions for the Charity Commission proposals contained in the consultative paper Promoting Sport in the Community.
(34336)
140  
  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list those sports in which community amateur sports clubs would have difficulty in qualifying for charitable status because they are (a) not considered healthy, (b) considered dangerous and (c) considered too costly.
(34339)
141  
  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list those sports recognised by the Sports Council which are eligible for the Inland Revenue CASC tax concessions.
(34340)
142  
  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of granting 80 per cent. mandatory rate relief to community amateur sports clubs based on the criteria set out in Annex A of Promoting Sport in the Community would be.
(34337)
143  
  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the estimated cost is of the tax exemptions for the Inland Revenue proposals contained in Promoting Sport in the Community.
(34335)
144  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether special advisers have sight of replies to written parliamentary questions from honourable Members before the replies are sent; and if he will make a statement.
(32977)
145  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers working in his department are provided with private medical insurance; how many individuals have been covered by such insurance in each year since 1997-98 and at what total cost to the Exchequer; and if he will make a statement.
(32312)
146  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list those university academics and economic research establishments he has asked to carry out work relating to the technical preparations for the five economic tests for euro entry; what this work consists of; what cost to public funds is involved; and if he will make a statement.
(32874)
147  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what use is being made by his Department of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research's global economic model; and if he will make a statement.
(33612)
148  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 29th January, whether the names of the Treasury management units which are involved in the preliminary technical work for evaluating the five economic tests are being withheld under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information; and if he will make a statement.
(33074)
149  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what work has been commissioned by his Department from outside Her Majesty's Treasury on the appropriate long-term exchange rate of the pound against the euro; and if he will make a statement.
(33611)
150  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had private medical insurance provided for them in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost is; and if he will make a statement.
(32319)
151  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce tax concessions for shops, post offices and pubs in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.
(34008)
152  
  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on his plans to review the Barnett formula following the findings of Census 2001 about Scotland's population.
(34309)
153  
  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the (a) individuals and (b) organisations with whom he has had meetings about the future of the Barnett formula in the last 12 months; and what meetings on this subject he has planned for the next six months.
(34310)
154  
  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish forecast receipts for (i) 2002-03, (ii) 2003-04 and (iii) 2004-05 from (a) income tax, (b) VAT, (c) corporation tax, (d) capital gains tax, (e) inheritance tax, (f) total taxation in Scotland and (g) North Sea oil and gas revenues.
(34311)
155  
  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the factors he will take into consideration when deciding if the Barnett formula will remain the basis upon which changes in public spending totals resulting from the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review will be applied to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
(34308)
156  
  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Northern Ireland, (e) each English region and (f) each local authority in the United Kingdom (i) GDP per head of population, (ii) average gross weekly full-time earnings, (iii) average gross weekly household incomes, (iv) VAT registrations as a percentage of stock business and (v) VAT registered business per 10,000 population aged 16 and over.
(34305)
157  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the meetings that (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers in his Department have had since 7th June 2001 with representatives of Seeboard; and if he will make a statement.
(34059)
158  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers in his Department have had with senior members of energy companies since 7th June 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(33976)
159  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he sought advice from the Cabinet Office before approving the sponsorship arrangements for the April 1999 Conference, Creating Knowledge: Creating Wealth; and if he will make a statement.
(34062)
160  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the dates of meetings that (a) special advisers and (b) Ministers in his Department have had since 1st January 1999 with representatives of Global Crossing; and if he will make a statement.
(34055)
161  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what resources were made available to the (a) Disability Rights Commission, (b) Equal Opportunities Commission and (c) Commission for Racial Equality in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2001.
(33941)
162  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) his Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34391)
163  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the publications issued by his Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.
(34190)
164  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if he will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if he will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34375)
165  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by his Department and how much reclaimed.
(34449)
166  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34162)
167  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from his Department in each of the last four years.
(34216)
168  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what legal costs have been incurred by his Department in each of the last four years.
(34287)
169  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his Department and which took place on non-departmental premises in each of the last four years, giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34183)
170  
N  
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Parliamentary Under Secretary's oral statement of 8th January, Official Report, column 414, on Israel, what assessment he has made of the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Dr Mustapha Barghouthi by Israeli forces.
(32761)
171  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement about the case of Elchanan Tenenboim.
(34063)
172  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the situation in Liberia, with specific regard to human rights abuses.
(34427)
173  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the USA with regard to the referendum on the right to self-determination in Western Sahara.
(34428)
174  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had private medical insurance provided for them in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost is; and if he will make a statement.
(32320)
175  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on the future of Afghanistan.
(34004)
176  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the dates of meetings that (a) special advisers and (b) Ministers in his Department have had since 1st January 1999 with representatives of Global Crossing; and if he will make a statement.
(34058)
177  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what provision he is making to respond to the forthcoming request from the UN High Comissioner for Human Rights for a report on the UK's implementation of the International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights.
(34133)
178  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, if he will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from his Department in each of the last four years.
(34217)
179  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, if he will list the publications issued by his Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.
(34191)
180  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his Department and which took place on non-departmental premises in each of the last four years, giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34184)
181  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, if he will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if he will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if he will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34376)
182  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, if he will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by his Department and how much reclaimed.
(34450)
183  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34163)
184  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, if he will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) his Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34392)
185  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what legal costs have been incurred by his Department in each of the last four years.
(34288)
186  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, how many full-time equivalent inspector posts there are in the establishment scheme for the National Care Standards Commission for each type of establishment and agency covered by regulations laid down under the Care Standards Act 2000; how many will be in post as at 1st April; and when all posts will be filled.
(32671)
187  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what the proposed establishment numbers are for the National Care Standards Commission for each category of staff.
(32673)
188  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, how many of the calls to the help line and visits to the website resulted in job applications in respect of the first phase of the social care recruitment campaign announced on 19th October 2001.
(32660)
189  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what has been the (a) average length of time and (b) longest time it has taken to (i) process applications by nurses to be put on its books and (ii) pay nurses for placements by NHS Professional for each month since its establishment.
(32882)
190  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what arrangements have been made to publicise the seminars planned as part of the Victoria Climbie Inquiry; who has been invited to attend; and when they will take place.
(33989)
191  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what outcome measures have been set for each phase of the social care recruitment campaign announced on 19th October.
(32672)
192  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, when the London Regional Office will conclude its review of the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust in respect of its management of in-patient waiting lists; and if he will publish the findings.
(32665)
193  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, how many whole-time equivalent social work staff there were on local authority establishments in each of the last 10 years; and how many of these posts were left unfilled in each year.
(32662)
194  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, if NHS Professional will be required to comply with the Nurse Agency National Minimum Standards and Regulations; and if NHS Professional will be inspected by the National Care Standards Commission.
(32884)
195  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what assessment her Department has made of the trends in the use made by social services departments of agency staff in each of the last four years.
(32663)
196  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what statistical information is collected by the Medicines Control Agency to enable it to monitor the adverse effects associated with inappropriate use and overuse of medication.
(32661)
197  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what the latest forecast figures are for (a) underspending or overspending for the present financial year, (b) recurring funding pressures which impact on the 2002-03 planning round and (c) deficits in the local health economy in each health authority in London submitted to the London Regional Office.
(32677)
198  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, if nurses registered with NHS Professional but not directly employed by an NHS organisation will be covered by the nurse agency standards and regulations.
(32883)
199  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, when he will answer the question tabled by the honourable Member for Sutton and Cheam on 6th November 2001, ref. 13108, concerning beta interferon.
(32668)
200  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, if (a) the Commission for Health Improvement and (b) the National Care Standards Commission will be responsible for monitoring compliance with standards for agency nursing staff supplied by a private agency but placed by NHS Professional.
(32881)
201  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, when he expects the Victoria Climbie Inquiry to conclude its evidence gathering.
(34046)
202  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, to what extent direct observation of service delivery will form part of the routine inspection of establishments by the National Care Standards Commission.
(32669)
203  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, how many pharmacists the National Care Standards Commission employs; and when the full complement of pharmacists will be in post.
(32670)
204  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what new outcome measures for residents in care homes will be collected by the National Care Standards Commission.
(32889)
205  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, if guidance based on the report on liquid-based cytology will be available by May; and if he will make a statement.
(34091)
206  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what (a) plans he has made and (b) budgets he has put in place in advance of the NICE decision on liquid-based cytology.
(34090)
207  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what assessment he has made of the underprovision of palliative care; what plans he has to expand the provision, increase expertise and move toward 24 hour care; and if he will make a statement.
(34468)
208  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what representations he has received from MacMillan Cancer Relief about training district nurses; and if he will make a statement.
(34476)
209  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, how he will ensure that every hospital that cares for older people with strokes will have established clinical audit systems by April 2003, as required by the National Framework for Older People.
(32975)
210  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what resources will be made available to support the continuation of the National Sentinel Audit for Stroke.
(32976)
211  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what steps he will take to further (a) his Department's policy research and (b) the NHS Research and Development Programme to deal with strokes; and if he will make a statement.
(32974)
212  
  
Tony Cunningham (Workington):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what financial arrangements are in place to help dentists set up NHS practices by way of (a) a grant and (b) a preferential loan.
(34042)
213  
  
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what plans he has to propose amendments to the legislation regarding adoption and fostering of children.
(34352)
214  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what his estimate is of the expenditure by weighted head, in real terms using 2000-01 prices, by health authorities and primary care trusts in (a) Somerset and (b) Dorset for each year from 1985-86 to 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(32559)
215  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what is his estimate of the total cost to the NHS of the knee replacements to be carried out on three patients from West Sussex at the Lu≠tterhaus Hospital in Germany in February, including travel costs and accommodation costs; and if he will make a statement.
(32876)
216  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, for what reasons the expenditure by weighted head by health authorities and primary care trusts is different in Dorset Health Authority from that in Somerset Health Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(32560)
217  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had private medical insurance provided for them in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost is; and if he will make a statement.
(32321)
218  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, if he will list the 10 health authorities with the (a) highest and (b) lowest expenditure by weighted head; and if he will estimate the number of people waiting for more than six months in each of these health authority areas for (i) in-patient treatment and (ii) out patient treatment; and if he will make a statement.
(32561)
219  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, for what reasons he has not replied to the letter from Somerset County Council, dated 29th November 2001, to his Department on social services funding; and if he will make a statement.
(32875)
220  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, how many people have been waiting for more than (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) nine months, (d) 12 months, (e) 15 months and (f) 18 months for (i) in-patient and (b) out patient treatment in (A) Somerset and (B) Dorset health authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(32562)
221  
  
Patrick Mercer (Newark):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, if he will make a statement on how the £12 million dedicated to countering ageism in the NHS has been allocated.
(34404)
222  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what assessment he has made of the NHS GP Golden Hello scheme.
(34137)
223  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what progress has been made under the comprehensive development programme referred to in Issue 7 of The Bulletin dated January 2002 in ensuring that primary care trusts are able to handle functions devolved from health authorities.
(34138)
224  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, if he will list the respondents that have expressed concerns over the capacity and capability of primary care trusts to handle the functions to be devolved from the existing health authorities after April, according to Issue 7 of The Bulletin dated January 2002.
(34139)
225  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, how much the leaflet The Bulletin issued to general practitioners has cost since its inception.
(34140)
226  
  
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what research his Department has conducted into the beneficial effects of probiotics; and if he will make a statement.
(33965)
227  
  
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what the level of prescription of probiotics by the NHS was in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(33967)
228  
  
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, if his Department plans to encourage the prescribing of probiotics; and if he will make as statement.
(33966)
229  
  
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what recent research he has commissioned into the effect of aircraft noise on young children.
(34275)
230  
  
Mr Kerry Pollard (St Albans):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, if he will introduce a right of appeal for a patient against a decision made by an internal NHS inquiry following a complaint against a medical practitioner; and if he will make a statement.
(34142)
231  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, how many people had a trolley wait of four hours or more in Hillingdon Hospital in each of the last eight years.
(34099)
232  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, how many radiographers there were in the Hillingdon Health Authority in each of the last seven years.
(34098)
233  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what the running costs are of the primary care groups and the primary care trusts in 2001-02.
(33992)
234  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what measures he is taking to increase the number of home care packages for the elderly; and if he will make a statement.
(34136)
235  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, how many units of nursing or doctor accommodation were (a) sold, (b) put up for sale and (c) withdrawn from sale in each of the last 10 years by NHS organisations in London.
(34441)
236  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, pursuant to his Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 143W, on neurological conditions, what the timescale is for scoping, planning and implementing the Framework.
(34342)
237  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, pursuant to his Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 143W, on neurological conditions, whether motor neurone disease will have its own section within the framework.
(34313)
238  
  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, what the per capita expenditure on police in East Sussex was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001; and what the national average was in those years.
(34089)
239  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, if he will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from his Department in each of the last four years.
(34211)
240  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, if he will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) his Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) for telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) ministers and (y) staff.
(34316)
241  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, what legal costs have been incurred by his Department in each of the last four years.
(34283)
242  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, if he will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by his Department and how much reclaimed.
(34445)
243  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, if he will list the publications issued by his Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.
(34188)
244  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, if he will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) his Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34416)
245  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34158)
246  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his Department and which took place on non-departmental premises in each of the last four years, giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34179)
247  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, how much his Department (a) budgeted to spend and (b) spent in each of the last six years on entertaining; and if he will break down these figures into categories.
(32676)
248  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, if he will set out for each Civil Service grade within his Department the (a) total number of staff employed and (b) the number aged (i) 16 to 25, (ii) 26 to 35, (iii) 36 to 45, (iv) 46 to 60 and (v) over the age of 60 years.
(32888)
249  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, how many new entrants to the Civil Service employed in his Department in each of the last five years were aged 50 and over.
(32886)
250  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, what the average number of hours is per week that a prison inmate at a prison in England or Wales (a) spends out of their cell and (b) works in a prison workshop over the last 12 month period for which figures are available.
(34418)
251  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, if he will estimate the number of people from Kosovo who are claiming political asylum in the United Kingdom.
(34038)
252  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in the Greater London area in the last 12 months.
(34037)
253  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women have been convicted of football-related offences in England and Wales in each of the last three years.
(34036)
254  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, how many shopkeepers have been prosecuted for selling tobacco to under-aged children in each of the last three years.
(34035)
255  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, what definition is used for a female defective in the Criminal Statistics, England and Wales 1999.
(33980)
256  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, if he will take steps to prevent the further sale, distribution and copying of the audio tapes, 'No peace with the Jews', 'History repeats itself' and 'Jihad'; and if he will make a statement.
(34065)
257  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, if he will make a statement about what action he proposes to take concerning the audio tape, No peace with the Jews, and its producer, details of whom have been supplied to him.
(34093)
258  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the security services concerning a case, details of which have been supplied to him in a letter dated 1st Febuary; and if he will make a statement.
(34092)
259  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, what the average time taken to process permanent residence applications for spouses of UK residents is; and what the average time is in each quarter since January 1997.
(33970)
260  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of applications for permanent residence visas by spouses of UK citizens taking more than eight weeks to process at the latest date for which figures are available.
(33972)
261  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, what proportion of postal applications for permanent residence visas for spouses of UK citizens are processed in three weeks.
(33968)
262  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, what data underlies the statement on the Immigration and Nationality Department website that applications for permanent residence from spouses of UK citizens are taking up to six weeks on average and up to eight weeks in some cases.
(33971)
263  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, what representations he has received on the time taken by the Immigration and Nationality Department to process applications for permanent residence from people who are spouses of UK residents.
(33973)
264  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, for what reason applicants for permanent residence visas on the basis of being a spouse of UK citizens are advised not to send their applications more than five weeks before the previous visa expires.
(33969)
265  
  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, how many voluntary sports clubs are registered with the Charity Commission, broken down by nation and region of the United Kingdom.
(34341)
266  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had private medical insurance provided for them in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost is; and if he will make a statement.
(32316)
267  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, what statistics he has collated from English police authorities on their expenditure on purchasing private medical insurance for staff in each financial year since 1998-99.
(32873)
268  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, how many police there (a) were on 1st January and (b) will be on 1st January 2003 in (i) England and Wales and (ii) North Yorkshire.
(34010)
269  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, when the Security Industry Authority will be set up.
(34104)
270  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, what measures he is taking to reduce incidents of crowd-related violence at football matches.
(34100)
271  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, if he will list the dates of meetings that (a) special advisers and (b) Ministers in his Department have had since 1st January 1999 with representatives of Global Crossing; and if he will make a statement.
(34057)
272  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, how many units of police accommodation were (a) sold, (b) put up for sale and (c) withdrawn from sale in each of the last 10 years by the Metropolitan Police.
(34443)
273  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, International Development, what legal costs have been incurred by her Department in each of the last four years.
(34346)
274  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, International Development, if she will list the publications issued by her Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.
(34202)
275  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, International Development, if she will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by her Department and how much reclaimed.
(34461)
276  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, International Development, if she will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) her Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34409)
277  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, International Development, if she will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if she will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if she will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34386)
278  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, International Development, if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by her Department and which took place on non-Departmental premises in each of the last four years giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34297)
279  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, International Development, what the total cost to her Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34175)
280  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, International Development, if she will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from her Department in each of the last four years.
(34206)
281  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, International Development, if she will list the projects funded from the Global Conflict Prevention Pool since its establishment, indicating for each project the relevant countries and the total cost.
(34469)
282  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, International Development, what steps the Government is taking to monitor the activities of the Burundian rebel groups operating from refugee camps on the Tanzanian border.
(33983)
283  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, International Development, how many employees in (a) her Department and (b) her Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had private medical insurance provided for them in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost is; and if she will make a statement.
(32322)
284  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 17th December 2001, Official Report, column 5W, how many private equity funds were jointly managed by the CDC in the years from 1996 to 2000, broken down by country.
(34315)
285  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 17th December 2001, Official Report, column 5W, how much was invested in the private equity funds which are jointly managed by the CDC in (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000 broken down by country.
(34327)
286  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 17th December 2001, Official Report, column 5W, on the Commonwealth Development Corporation, whether the jointly managed series of private equity funds are subject to the same targets of 70 per cent. of new investments being made in poorer countries and 50 per cent. being made in sub-Sahara Africa.
(34329)
287  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 17th December 2001, Official Report, column 5W, how many of the investments made in poorer countries by the CDC were investments made in countries in sub-Sahara Africa in the years from 1998 to 2000; and if she will break these investments down by country.
(34328)
288  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 17th December 2001, Official Report, column 5W, how much of each sum invested in poorer countries by the CDC was invested in countries in Sub-Sahara Africa in the five years from 1996 to 2000; and if she will break these investments down by country.
(34314)
289  
  
Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to allow transsexual people to change their birth certificates.
(34052)
290  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the publications issued by the Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.
(34200)
291  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the total cost to the Lord Chancellor's Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34173)
292  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if she will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) her Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34407)
293  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what legal costs have been incurred by the Lord Chancellor's Department in each of the last four years.
(34344)
294  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by his Department and how much reclaimed.
(34459)
295  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if he will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if he will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34384)
296  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his Department and which took place on non-Departmental premises in each of the last four years giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34303)
297  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from the Department in each of the last four years.
(34213)
298  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, which department is paying the salary of Lord Saville of Newdigate; what the total capitation cost for a Lord Justice of his seniority was in 2001; and how much has been paid to him during the time the Saville Inquiry has been sitting.
(33075)
299  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on his plans for the future of wigs as part of court dress.
(34064)
300  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had private medical insurance provided for them in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost is; and if he will make a statement.
(32323)
301  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what reasons have been given by the DPP for NI for not prosecuting RUC Sergeant A for the killing of Pearse Jordan in 1992.
(34126)
302  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the findings were of the reserved judgement read in the Belfast High Court on 30th January 2001.
(34125)
303  
  
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, in how many cases the courts have (a) considered and (b) agreed to the withdrawal of nutrition and hydration for patients in a persistent vegetative state since the Bland judgement.
(34095)
304  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, if he will list the publications issued by his Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.
(34195)
305  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34167)
306  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, what legal costs have been incurred by his Department in each of the last four years.
(34292)
307  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, if he will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by his Department and how much reclaimed.
(34453)
308  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his Department and which took place on non-Departmental premises in each of the last four years giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34276)
309  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, if he will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from his Department in each of the last four years.
(34221)
310  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, if he will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) his Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34395)
311  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, if he will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if he will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if he will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34378)
312  
  
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, how much public funding has been provided to the legal representatives of the families appearing at the Saville Inquiry, broken down by each (a) barrister and (b) firm of solicitors involved.
(34444)
313  
  
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, what progress is being made in developing a new approach to policing in Northern Ireland.
(33974)
314  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had private medical insurance provided for them in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost is; and if he will make a statement.
(32324)
315  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, what recent progress has been made on decommissioning.
(34014)
316  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, how many construction projects are planned for use of agencies or organisations associated with the criminal justice system; for each project, what his estimate is of (a) completion date and (b) total cost to completion; what the involvement of the private sector is; and what provision has been made for the display of flags, emblems and other symbols on the exterior and interior of buildings within each project.
(34127)
317  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, if he will list the dates and subjects of meetings that (a) special advisers and (b) Ministers in his Department have had since 2nd May 1997 with representatives of Mackie Ltd; and if he will make a statement.
(34324)
318  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, if he will list the dates of the meetings and contacts that (a) special advisers and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with (i) Mr Roy Parker, (ii) Sir Richard Needham and (iii) Mr Shaun Harte since 2nd May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(34326)
319  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the collapse of Mackie; and if he will make a statement.
(34320)
320  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, what role Mr Shaun Harte played on behalf of the British Government; if he will place the terms of reference for his appointment in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(34321)
321  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, if he will place in the Library the information that his Department received from Mr Roy Parker regarding Mr Shaun Harte; and if he will make a statement.
(34322)
322  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, if he will list the dates of the meetings and contacts that (a) special advisers and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with Mr Shaun Harte since 2nd May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(34325)
323  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland, what resources have been made available for training for public authority staff on Human Rights Act compliance in Northern Ireland.
(33940)
324  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Council, if he will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from his Department in each of the last four years.
(34218)
325  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Council, if he will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) his Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34393)
326  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Council, if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his Department and which took place on non-departmental premises in each of the last four years, giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34185)
327  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Council, if he will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if he will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if he will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34377)
328  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Council, if he will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by his Department and how much reclaimed.
(34451)
329  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Council, what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34164)
330  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Council, if he will list the publications issued by his Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.
(34192)
331  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Council, what legal costs have been incurred by his Department in each of the last four years.
(34289)
332  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the performance of the Performance and Innovation Unit.
(30894)
333  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what legal costs have been incurred by his Department in each of the last four years.
(34290)
334  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his Department and which took place on non-departmental premises in each of the last four years, giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34186)
335  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what the total cost to his Office was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34165)
336  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the publications issued by his Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.
(34193)
337  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from his Department in each of the last four years.
(34219)
338  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library the most recent delayed discharge figures referred to in his Answer given to the honourable Member for Ross, Skye and Inverness West on 30th January, Official Report, column 283; and if he will make a statement.
(34016)
339  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the roles of the (a) Forward Strategy Unit, (b) Performance and Innovation Unit and (c) Policy Unit.
(30885)
340  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Prime Minister, what sales of UK-produced defence equipment he proposes to promote during his forthcoming visit to African countries; and if he will make a statement.
(34470)
341  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his talks with President Bush at Camp David on 23rd February 2001.
(31662)
342  
N  
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):    To ask the Prime Minister, whether the Performance and Innovation Unit's Energy Review considers the exploitation of coal bed methane vital to the UK's energy needs; and when the Review will be published.
(30888)
343  
N  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the Performance and Innovation Unit's role in relation to the cross cutting review of childcare.
(30890)
344  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many persons in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland were (a) knighted or equivalent and (b) admitted to each rank of the orders of chivalry in each Honours List since May 1997.
(34124)
345  
N  
Bob Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the recent work of the PIU on the Energy Review.
(30912)
346  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the dates of meetings that (a) special advisers and (b) Members of the Performance and Innovation Unit have had since 7th June 2001 with representatives of Seeboard; and if he will make a statement.
(34060)
347  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the dates of meetings that (a) his special advisers and (b) members of the Performance and Innovation Unit have had since 1st January 1999 with representatives of Global Crossing; and if he will make a statement.
(34054)
348  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will place the records kept of contacts between his special advisers and the media concerning the Performance and Innovation Unit energy review in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(33975)
349  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Scotland, if she will list the publications issued by her Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.
(34198)
350  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Scotland, if she will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if she will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if she will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34382)
351  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Scotland, what legal costs have been incurred by her Department in each of the last four years.
(34350)
352  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Scotland, what the total cost to her Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34171)
353  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Scotland, if she will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) her Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34405)
354  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Scotland, if she will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by her Department and how much reclaimed.
(34457)
355  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Scotland, if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by her Department and which took place on non-Departmental premises in each of the last four years giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34295)
356  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Scotland, if she will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from her Department in each of the last four years.
(34225)
357  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Scotland, how many employees in (a) her Department and (b) her Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had private medical insurance provided for them in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost is; and if she will make a statement.
(32325)
358  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Scotland, what steps his Department has taken to monitor the UK Airline Group's capability to fulfil its commitment to build a new Air Traffic Control Centre at Prestwick.
(33939)
359  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Scotland, what recent representations she has received from the National Air Traffic Services about the timetable for building the new Air Traffic Control Centre at Prestwick.
(33937)
360  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Scotland, what contingency plans Her Majesty's Government has to ensure that the new Air Traffic Control Centre for Prestwick goes ahead if the UK Airline Group cannot raise the necessary capital.
(33938)
361  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Solicitor General, if she will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if she will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if she will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34385)
362  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Solicitor General, if she will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by her Department and how much reclaimed.
(34460)
363  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Solicitor General, if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by her Department and which took place on non-Departmental premises in each of the last four years giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34296)
364  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Solicitor General, if she will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from her Department in each of the last four years.
(34210)
365  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Solicitor General, what legal costs have been incurred by her Department in each of the last four years.
(34345)
366  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Solicitor General, what the total cost to her Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34174)
367  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Solicitor General, if she will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) her Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34408)
368  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Solicitor General, if she will list the publications issued by her Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.
(34201)
369  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Solicitor General, for what reason the Crown Prosecution Service is citing public interest immunity as a ground for not disclosing a document requested in the case of Mr Ishtiaq Ahmed, HMP Coldingley; and if he will make a statement.
(34466)
370  
  
Bob Spink (Castle Point)‹bj526›if he will make a statement on the Commission's plans for changing the minimum age of voting.
(34047)
371  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, if she will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if she will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if she will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34389)
372  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, what the total cost to her Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34178)
373  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, what legal costs have been incurred by her Department in each of the last four years.
(34349)
374  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, if she will list the publications issued by her Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.
(34205)
375  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, if she will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from her Department in each of the last four years.
(34209)
376  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, if she will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by her Department and how much reclaimed.
(34464)
377  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by her Department and which took place on non-Departmental premises in each of the last four years giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34300)
378  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, if she will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) her Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34414)
379  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, how many (a) directly operated post offices, (b) other main post offices and (c) sub post offices there were in (i) each English region, (ii) Wales, (iii) Northern Ireland and (iv) Scotland in each year since 1979; how many of each category of post office in each case were opened or closed since 1979; and how many have changed their status since 1979.
(33779)
380  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, how many new entrants to the Civil Service employed in her Department were aged 50 years and over in each of the last five years.
(32887)
381  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, if she will list the responses received regarding the Manufacturing Summit of 5th December 2001; and if she will place the responses in the Library.
(33979)
382  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, what plans the Small Business Service has to publish and maintain a clear strategy backed by clear milestones and targets.
(33982)
383  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye & Inverness West):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, what measures the Government is taking to protect the (a) price and (b) frequency of postal services in remote and rural areas from the pressures resulting from increased competition in delivery of mail, with particular reference to the Highlands of Scotland; and if she will make a statement.
(34051)
384  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, further to the Answer to the honourable Member for Knowsley North and Sefton East, of 29th January, Official Report, column 60W, if she will list the recipients of regional assistance grants within the Liverpool, Walton constituency in each year from 1992 to 2001.
(34432)
385  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, how many employees in (a) her Department and (b) her Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had private medical insurance provided for them in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost is; and if she will make a statement.
(32327)
386  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, what recent representations she has received on the future of the Post Office network.
(34009)
387  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the future of rural post offices.
(34007)
388  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, what the annual pre tax profits of the Post Office were in each year from 1980 to date; and how much was made over to the Treasury in each year.
(34278)
389  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, how many sub post offices have closed in the London Borough of Hillingdon in each of the last four years.
(34096)
390  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, what the total running costs budget is for (a) her Department in 2001-02 and (b) the public bodies reporting to her Department.
(33990)
391  
  
Bob Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, on what date she will issue the Energy White Paper.
(34048)
392  
  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, if he will list for (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Northern Ireland, (e) each English region and (f) each local authority in the United Kingdom, the percentage of businesses surviving three years for the latest period for which figures are available.
(34307)
393  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, if she will list the dates of meetings that (a) special advisers and (b) Ministers in her Department have had since 1st January 1999 with representatives of Global Crossing; and if she will make a statement.
(34056)
394  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, if she will list the dates of meetings that (a) special advisers and (b) Ministers in her Department have had since 7th June 2001 with representatives of Seeboard; and if she will make a statement.
(34061)
395  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, if she will list the (a) dates and (b) subjects of meetings that (i) special advisers and (ii) Ministers in her Department have had since 1st January 1999 with representatives of General Electric; and if she will make a statement.
(34053)
396  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Trade and Industry, what advice Ministers in her Department have sought from the head of her Department regarding the propriety of members of their personal staff receiving payments from companies that are involved in commercial negotiations with her Department; and if she will make a statement.
(34420)
397  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34161)
398  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his Department and which took place on non-departmental premises in each of the last four years, giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34182)
399  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) his Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34319)
400  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what legal costs have been incurred by his Department in each of the last four years.
(34286)
401  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if he will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if he will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34374)
402  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from his Department in each of the last four years.
(34215)
403  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by his Department and how much reclaimed.
(34448)
404  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, in relation to the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, what the profits were in the last five years for which figures are available; what the estimated profit this year is; what the current surplus or deficit was (a) five and (b) three years ago and what it is today; how much has been invested in the college in each of the last five years, including this year's estimate; what recent orders the college has won and how many residential students weeks have resulted; and how many student weeks were provided in the each of the last five years, including an estimate for this year.
(34471)
405  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, in respect of the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, how much foreign contracts were worth in each of the last five years, including an estimate for this year; what consultations and working parties are in progress on the framework document on the future of the college and when they are due to report; what the mechanism is for revising the framework document; when last year's audited accounts are due to be presented to Parliament; and who will write the summary of the annual report.
(34473)
406  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent financial irregularities in the Department have been brought to his attention in the last three months; for how long investigations have been conducted; what action has been taken in response; and what external auditors or other advisers will be appointed to investigate.
(34474)
407  
  
Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with his colleague, the Secretary of State for Health, regarding safety actions which the Health and Safety Executive's Nuclear Installations Inspectorate will undertake in relation to graphite depletion in UK Magnox reactors.
(34001)
408  
  
Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the recent discovery of radiolytic corrosion in the graphite moderators of UK Magnox reactors will result in premature closures.
(34002)
409  
  
Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the recent events leading to the closure of the nuclear reactors at (a) Chaplecross and (b) Calder Hall.
(34003)
410  
  
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effect on revenue to London Underground of delay in implementing the proposed public-private partnership; and if he will make a statement.
(34043)
411  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the final report from the Urban Green Spaces Taskforce will be published in April this year as planned.
(33977)
412  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made since the publication of the interim report from the Urban Green Spaces Taskforce; and if he will make a statement.
(33978)
413  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had private medical insurance provided for them in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost is; and if he will make a statement.
(32328)
414  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the average time was to process planning applications by each planning authority in England over the last 12 months.
(34412)
415  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will ask the SRA to commission a study on the (a) feasibility and (b) benefits of re-opening the Colne to Skipton railway line.
(34280)
416  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much British Railways' debt was extinguished by the Government in the six months before rail privatisation.
(34279)
417  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the meetings that each of his ministerial team and himself had in (a) December 2001 and (b) January 2002 with representatives of London Underground.
(34103)
418  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if it is his policy that the not-for-profit limited company proposed for Railtrack will be 100 per cent. privately owned; and what option the Government will retain to buy back the company.
(34039)
419  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much money the Government has (a) lent and (b) made available to Railtrack in administration since 5th October 2001; and how much more money is available for Railtrack in administration to draw down by the end of March (i) 2002 and (ii) 2003.
(33998)
420  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the Government has received a request to guarantee or underwrite the finances of the proposed company limited by guarantee for Railtrack.
(33997)
421  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the (a) running costs and (b) total budget are for the English regional development agencies in 2001-02.
(33994)
422  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the budgeted running costs are of the Strategic Rail Authority in 2001-02.
(33991)
423  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) county, (b) district and (c) unitary councillors there are in England; and what the average amount they draw in allowances and expenses was in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(34040)
424  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the monthly investment spend is by Railtrack in administration; and what the monthly rate is of pre-tax loss after interest and depreciation.
(33999)
425  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportion of the public money going to the railways in the 10 year plan will support investment in new facilities.
(33996)
426  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportion of (a) public money and (b) the private finance set out in the 10 year plan for the railways is for Railtrack in administration and its successor company.
(33995)
427  
  
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much profit Railtrack declared shortly after being put into administration.
(34429)
428  
  
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on compensation for Railtrack shareholders, indicating how much compensation will be paid and when payment will be made.
(34430)
429  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action he is taking to allow voting on-line; and if he will make a statement.
(34331)
430  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the rents to mortgages schemes for public sector workers living in London; and if he will make a statement.
(34442)
431  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action he is taking to encourage higher turnout at elections; and if he will make a statement.
(34330)
432  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to propose an amendment of the law to allow voters to vote at any polling station; and if he will make a statement.
(34333)
433  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action he is taking to increase voter registration; and if he will make a statement.
(34332)
434  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many meetings have taken place in the last year between (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants and representatives from the aviation industry.
(34135)
435  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many meetings have taken place in the last year between (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants and representatives from non-governmental organisations regarding the environmental impact of the aviation industry.
(34134)
436  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Wales, if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his Department and which took place on non-Departmental premises in each of the last four years giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34277)
437  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Wales, what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34168)
438  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Wales, if he will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) his Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34396)
439  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Wales, if he will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by his Department and how much reclaimed.
(34454)
440  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Wales, what legal costs have been incurred by his Department in each of the last four years.
(34293)
441  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Wales, if he will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from his Department in each of the last four years.
(34222)
442  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Wales, if he will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if he will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if he will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34379)
443  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Wales, if he will list the publications issued by his Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.
(34196)
444  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Wales, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had private medical insurance provided for them in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost is; and if he will make a statement.
(32326)
445  
N  
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Wales, if he will make a statement on the provision of government information and publicity in Wales.
(30897)
446  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, what legal costs have been incurred by his Department in each of the last four years.
(34285)
447  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his Department and which took place on non-departmental premises in each of the last four years, giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each.
(34181)
448  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, if he will list for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by his Department and how much reclaimed.
(34447)
449  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, if he will list, for 1997-98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) his Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) for telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff.
(34318)
450  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.
(34160)
451  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, if he will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from his Department in each of the last four years.
(34214)
452  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, if he will list the publications issued by his Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.
(34189)
453  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, if he will list for 1997-98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if he will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if he will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case.
(34373)
454  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the work of the Pensions Schemes Registry in tracing lost pensions contributions.
(33718)
455  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, on what basis estimates of future contracting-out from the second state retirement scheme are prepared; and what the confidence limits are for such estimates.
(32879)
456  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of persons likely to contract out of the state second pension scheme within three years of its inception in April; and how many people are contracted out of SERPS.
(32877)
457  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, if the decision by an employer whether to contract-out from the state second pension scheme is (a) a matter of negotiation between the parties involved in that employment and (b) is subject to fiduciary duties to maximise benefit to employees.
(33720)
458  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, how many cases have been recorded since April 2001 of employers' (a) failure to set up a reward of when they were due to pay contributions to personal pension schemes and (b) failure to pay such contributions on time; how many cases have been completed; and how much has been raised in fines.
(33719)
459  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, what evidence he has collated to assess the relative attractiveness of (a) contracting out of the state second pension scheme and (b) remaining within it for those with average earnings of (a) 75 per cent., (b) 100 per cent. and (c) 125 per cent. of national average earnings.
(32878)
460  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, how many successful appeals there have been in each of the last four years against personal capability assessments involving people whose medical condition fluctuates or varies in severity; and what proportion this represents of the total number of successful appeals.
(32664)
461  
N  
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge & Chryston):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Disability Rights Commission on the work of government departments.
(30906)
462  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the Department's policy towards providing incentives for local authority procedures for reducing housing benefit fraud.
(34423)
463  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, how many people are in receipt of (a) disability living allowance, (b) attendance allowance and (c) incapacity benefit in (i) Gloucestershire and (ii) the Stroud constituency.
(34421)
464  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, what plans he has to review the removal of social fund applications and their processing from local benefits offices.
(34426)
465  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, how many appeals have been launched against loss or reduction in (a) disability living allowance, (b) attendance allowance and (c) incapacity benefit; and what percentage were successful in each year since 1996 in the Stroud constituency.
(34422)
466  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, what plans he has to review a person's loss of invalid care allowance when they become of pensionable age.
(34425)
467  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on GP compliance with the appeals system for benefit reduction.
(34424)
468  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, how many phsyical assaults there have been in the Jobcentre Plus Pathfinder Clusters since their establishment in September 2001; how many assaults there have been in offices with screened areas; and if he will make a statement.
(32758)
469  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, what plans he has to carry out a review of staff safety before removing screening from Benefits Agency offices; and if he will make a statement.
(32759)
470  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had private medical insurance provided for them in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost is; and if he will make a statement.
(32329)
471  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, what plans he has to introduce additional security measures for benefits offices after screens have been removed; whether these plans include (a) CCTV cameras and (b) security guards; and if he will make a statement.
(32762)
472  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, whether the recent dispute between the Public and Commercial Services Union and the Benefits Agency over screening in benefits offices will be referred to ACAS; and if he will make a statement.
(32763)
473  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, how many physical assaults there have been on Benefits Agency and Employment Service staff in each of the last four years; and if he will make a statement.
(32757)
474  
  
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, what the Government's policy is on providing compensation to those suffering from the effects of exposure to asbestos.
(34274)
475  
  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Work and Pensions, if he will list for (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Northern Ireland, (e) each English region and (f) each local authority in the United Kingdom (i) income support claimants as a percentage of the population over 16, (ii) employment rates as a percentage of the working age population, (iii) economic activity rates as a percentage of the working population and (iv) unemployment rates.
(34306)
476  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Minister for Women, if she will make a statement on the benefits to the economy of flexible working for women.
(33981)
477  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister for Women, when she last met ministerial colleagues in the Department of Health to discuss health issues relating to women.
(34015)
478  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how the amount that farmers incur in business rates when undertaking contractual work is calculated.
[Transferred] (33930)
479  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Health, what recent representations he has made to other EU countries on labelling the origin of meat and meat products.
[Transferred] (33932)
480  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Solicitor General, in how many cases referred to the Crown Prosecution Service it decided not to prosecute in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (34419)
481  
  
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Government contracts Capita has; and how much these are worth.
[Transferred] (33988)
482  
  
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether Her Majesty's Government plans to outsource future projects to Capita.
[Transferred] (33985)
483  
  
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much public money each Capita-administered Government scheme has paid out.
[Transferred] (33987)
484  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, the Home Department, what the five most common offences were for which young offenders were brought to trial in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (34006)
485  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the (a) attempted and (b) successful prosecutions of those accused of litter offences, broken down by offence for London boroughs in each year since 1995.
[Transferred] (34334)


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