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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 11 March 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 11 March, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
MONDAY 11th MARCH
1  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minster, what estimate he has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to his Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42480)
2  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minster, how many and what proportion of the staff of his Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42419)
3  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minster, how many staff have been employed by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42466)
4  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minster, if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42447)
5  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minster, what his Department's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42575)
6  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minster, what arrangements his Department has made to celebrate (a) St Patrick's Day, (b) St George's Day, (c) St Andrew's Day and (d) Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and how his Department celebrated St David's Day.
(42297)
7  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of the staff of her Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42428)
8  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff have been employed by her Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42453)
9  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on energy costs incurred by her Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42433)
10  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to her Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42485)
11  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42582)
12  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the groups and organisations which are restricted from being able to broadcast by radio and television; and on statutory restrictions on material which can be broadcast.
(41370)
13  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what regulations govern introduction of new radio stations.
(41369)
14  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when regulations will be laid to bring into effect the television licence fee increases due to come into force on 1st April.
(42701)
15  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to amend the fees for gaming and lotteries.
(42700)
16  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will withdraw consent for ploughing on the archaeological site of Verulamium in Hertfordshire until an agreement on compensation is reached.
(41840)
17  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what arrangements her Department has made to celebrate (a) St Patrick's Day, (b) St George's Day, (c) St Andrew's Day and (d) Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and how her Department celebrated St David's Day.
(42294)
18  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects to announce future funding plans for the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
(42367)
19  
N  
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the independent review of the gambling controls in Great Britain on (a) jobs, (b) businesses and (c) Government revenue.
(41497)
20  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 1st March, ref. 39191, on non-governmental organisations, what information he collates on the funding of non-governmental organisations by his Department, with particular reference to those operating on a regional level; and if he will make a statement.
(42541)
21  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the Ethiopian artifacts that remain in British possession from the raid on Mogdala in 1868.
(42723)
22  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Government plans to release papers, previously due for release in 1995, held by the Public Records Office concerning experiments into Bacillus globigii spores; and if he will make a statement.
(41978)
23  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the use of the London Underground to carry out experiments on the release of substances originating from Porton Down; and if he will categorise those carried out.
(41979)
24  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the experiments conducted on the spread of bacterial spores by Porton Down.
(41976)
25  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many experiments have been conducted by the Ministry of Defence, into freeze-dried spores of the microbe Bacillus globigii; and of those, how many involved exposure of the microbe to the general public.
(41977)
26  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42581)
27  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff have been employed by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42463)
28  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of the staff of his Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42414)
29  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to his Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42474)
30  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42443)
31  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Apache attack helicopters are in service; and how many are due to become operational.
(41379)
32  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which operations the Apache helicopter has been used.
(41381)
33  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the armaments of the Apache helicopter and on how much each helicopter is worth.
(41380)
34  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many years it will take to bring the A400M into service; whether the retendering process for the A400M's engines will delay its introduction into service; what discussions he has had with his German counterpart about the Bundestag Finance Committee's discussions on the A400M; how many United Kingdom jobs are dependent on the A400M; and if he will make a statement.
(41922)
35  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the manufacturer of the A400M about the aircraft's engines; what assessment he has made of the power to size ratio of the A400M engines; what steps he has taken to promote Rolls Royce engines for the A400M; when the first A400M will come into service; and when the first A400M will come into service in the UK.
(41936)
36  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many representations he has received in the last three years regarding the re-opening of the inquiry into the sinking of HMS Sheffield; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (42611)
37  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if all the statements taken from the crew were later presented to the Board of Inquiry into the sinking of HMS Sheffield; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (42607)
38  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what evaluation he has made of the evidence gathered in the last 12 months into the sinking of HMS Sheffield; and if he will set up a new inquiry.
[R] (42610)
39  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if all the evidence held by his Department at the time of the inquiry into HMS Sheffield was put before the inquiry.
[R] (42609)
40  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the centrifuge at RAF Henlow begins operations; how overdue is the start of operations; and what measures he will take with regard to the contractor responsible.
(42338)
41  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are to allow former DERA properties to be developed for (a) housing and (b) commercial development outside the normal business of QinetiQ.
(42347)
42  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much he has spent on external advisers in connection with the transfer of parts of DERA to the private sector.
(42340)
43  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what provisions exist to stop QinetiQ gaining access to classified information after it has been transferred to the private sector that is not available to other companies.
(42349)
44  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list (a) real estate properties and (b) intellectual property rights that the Government has transferred or plans to transfer to QinetiQ, indicating (i) how each property has been valued, (ii) if he plans to make such transfers at full market value and (iii) what arrangements there will be to claw back increases in the value of such properties.
(42344)
45  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many patients are waiting for treatment at the joint services rehabilitation centre at Headly Court.
(42337)
46  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements he proposes to maintain a separation of work conducted by the Defence Science and Technical laboratory on behalf of (a) QinetiQ following its transfer to the private sector and (b) his Department.
(42342)
47  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civil service jobs will be taken over by private consultants as a result of the transfer of parts of DERA to the private sector; how many public sector redundancies there will be; what the cost of those redundancies will be; and who will bear the costs of those redundancies.
(42343)
48  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what interest the management of QinetiQ are permitted to hold in the shares of QinetiQ.
(42346)
49  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who the shareholders in QinetiQ are; and who has rights to acquire shares in QinetiQ.
(42345)
50  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who are the main contractors bidding for work from (a) the Defence and Science Technical Laboratory and (b) QinetiQ.
(42348)
51  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assets, business and shareholdings not previously owned by the Government have been acquired by QinetiQ.
(42336)
52  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what he estimates will be the total proceeds of sale of shares in QinetiQ to the private sector.
(42341)
53  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received from the US Administration concerning the transfer of parts of DERA to the private sector; what concerns they raised; and how they will be resolved.
(42339)
54  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are to issue shares in QinetiQ on a recognised stock exchange.
(42350)
55  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements his Department has made to celebrate (a) St Patrick's Day, (b) St George's Day, (c) St Andrew's Day and (d) Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and how his Department celebrated St David's Day.
(42302)
56  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, further to his Answer of 15th October, 2001, Official Report, column 947W, on Northern Ireland, if he will provide (a) the information requested up to the end of 2001 and (b) the information on injuries and fatalities to include incidents of Army use of firearms outside Army property.
(42539)
57  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to extend golden hello payments to all teachers appointed as shortage-subject specialists in primary schools.
(42605)
58  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what additional rewards are available to teachers trained to teach in primary education who subsequently become shortage-subject specialists.
(42606)
59  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many staff have been employed by her Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42454)
60  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her Department's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42566)
61  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on energy costs incurred by her Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42438)
62  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to her Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42490)
63  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of the staff of her Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42431)
64  
  
Valerie Davey (Bristol West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the category and amounts of each grant which her Department has provided to Bristol Education Authority in the last two years.
(42712)
65  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the outcome was of the Employment and Social Policy Council held in Brussels on 7th March; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if she will make a statement.
(42706)
66  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the pupil to teacher ratio for maintained primary schools was each local education authority from 1979 to date.
(42545)
67  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what arrangements her Department has made to celebrate (a) St Patrick's Day, (b) St George's Day, (c) St Andrew's Day and (d) Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and how her Department celebrated St David's Day.
(42300)
68  
  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what requirements there are for drug education and awareness in (a) schools, (b) colleges and (c) universities.
(42552)
69  
  
Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the gender breakdown is of those involved in (a) IT for All and (b) Wired Communities projects.
(42667)
70  
  
Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to continue the wired communities projects.
(42658)
71  
  
Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what evaluation she has undertaken on the wired communities projects; and if she will place a copy in the Library.
(42665)
72  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with Gloucestershire County Council about proposals to sell land of Woodmancote Primary School to developers; and if she will make a statement.
(41913)
73  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 29th January, Official Report, column 231W, on school land sales, what rules govern whether a local education authority has to obtain permission to sell school land to developers; and if she will make a statement.
(41912)
74  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with the National Assembly for Wales concerning the establishment of a veterinary science department at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth; and if she will make a statement.
(42672)
75  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations she has received on the absence of a veterinary department in universities in Wales; and if she will make a statement.
(42673)
76  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students from Wales study veterinary science in (a) England and (b) Scotland; and how many are Welsh speakers.
(42656)
77  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the amount of headteachers' time spent preparing bids for her Department's special funding.
(42138)
78  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which information local provider databases within a Connexions partnership they are required to retain about 13 to 19 year olds, which they are required to pass on to the partnership, regional databases and national database; and what right individual data subjects have to prevent information being passed on.
(42135)
79  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information on the Connexion Card database may be passed to (a) other parts of Connexions and (b) other public or private agencies (i) with and (ii) without the agreement of the data subject.
(42136)
80  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information on (a) PLASC and (b) the Connexions national database is intended only for use by technical staff.
(42335)
81  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, to what extent data subjects, their parents, have the right (a) to access to their information, (b) to correct that information and (c) to control access to that information on (i) PLASC and (ii) the Connexions databases.
(42333)
82  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, with which other Government operated databases the national Connexions database will be cross-matched; and if data subjects on those databases will (a) be informed and (b) have the right to opt out of such matching.
(42332)
83  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether her Department obtained the agreement of the Data Protection Commissioner for (a) the Pupil Level Annual Schools Census and (b) the Connexions Service's information gathering.
(42132)
84  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Connexions Service has power to obtain information about individual young people from (a) the Benefits Agency, (b) youth services, (c) social services departments, (d) local education authorities, (e) youth offending teams and (f) the police.
(42131)
85  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Connexions Service retains information relating to young people's sexual orientation.
(42134)
86  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, under what powers the Pupil Level Annual Schools Census seeks to record the ethnicity of each pupil; and for how long that information may be recorded other than in aggregated form.
(42141)
87  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information is collected (a) through the Pupil Level Annual Schools Census and (b) through the Connexions service about children educated otherwise than at school; and by what statutory authority that information is collected.
(42388)
88  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the schools which piloted PLASC under SI, 1999, No 989.
(42334)
89  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether (a) maintained and (b) independent schools are required to collect information for the Pupil Level Annual Schools Census; and if she will list the information required.
(42143)
90  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what right individual pupils and parents have to decline to provide information to schools which may be passed on through the Pupil Level Annual Schools Census; and whether sanctions may be taken by (a) her Department and (b) local education authorities against schools which failed to obtain information from parents.
(42144)
91  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the group she identifies as young people at risk of becoming lost to the system includes children educated otherwise than at school; and whether she expects Pupil Level Annual Schools Census and the Connexions Service to capture all young people.
(42133)
92  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which organisations she consulted on the introduction of PLASC.
(42331)
93  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will state, for each local education authority, whether they (a) have beacon status and (b) have failed an OFSTED inspection.
(42140)
94  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list, for each local education authority, the schemes through which (a) the authority, (b) some or all maintained schools and (c) both are eligible to bid for additional funding; and what the aggregate additional funding paid through such schemes was, in the most recent year for which information is available.
(42139)
95  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, to which (a) Government and (b) other agencies information in the Pupil Level Annual Schools Census may be passed (i) with and (ii) without the agreement of the individual data subject or his parents.
(42142)
96  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information is collected by the Connexions service about children and young adults (a) with and (b) without the agreement of the data subject; from what sources; and whether data will be (i) retained and (ii) passed on to other agencies without the agreement of the data subject.
(42145)
97  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information she has collated on the number of schools which make provision for access to drinking water throughout the school day.
(42694)
98  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding there is to meet the costs of the installation of drinking water supply to schools in Stoke on Trent North; and if she will make a statement.
(42695)
99  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance she has issued in respect of access throughout the school day to drinking water.
(42677)
100  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what surveys she has conducted into the access to, and availability of, drinking water in schools.
(42696)
101  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has given to establishing an independent regulator for multiple food retailers.
(42170)
102  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish a strategy for increasing levels of organic farming.
(42169)
103  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of (a) organic and (b) non-organic (i) dairy products, (ii) meat, (iii) fruit, (iv) vegetables, (v) cereals and (vi) eggs sold in the UK in the last 12 months were imported; what assessment she has made of the proportion of these products that could be grown in the UK; and if she will make a statement.
(42168)
104  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the maximum time period sheep can be held on board a ship during a live transport is.
(42128)
105  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the safety standards are for the transport of live sheep on ships; when they were last reviewed; and if she will make a statement.
(42127)
106  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times the ship The Calipha has breached safety guidelines when carrying sheep since January 2000; and if she will make a statement.
(42130)
107  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what percentage of sheep exports from the UK to (a) France, (b) Germany and (c) the Netherlands have been refused entry since 1st October 2001.
(42126)
108  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times the ship The Calipha has been refused entry to a European port whilst carrying sheep; and if she will make a statement.
(42129)
109  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on energy costs incurred by her Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42439)
110  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff have been employed by her Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42455)
111  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to her Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42489)
112  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of the staff of her Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42432)
113  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42567)
114  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much ruminant feed was imported into the UK from (a) Belgium, (b) Germany, (c) Spain, (d) France, (e) Ireland, (f) Italy, (g) Luxembourg, (h) Portugal and (i) Finland in each of the last five years; and what proportion was found to be contaminated.
(41918)
115  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 5th March, Ref. 37795, on culls, what measures she is taking to compensate those animal owners whose appeals against culls were upheld; and if she will make a statement.
(41970)
116  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 5th March, Ref. 38862,on foot and mouth disease monitoring, how many sentinel animals have been tested for foot-and-mouth since restocking of culled premises began; and what proportion were identified as carrying the foot-and-mouth (a) live virus and (b) antibody.
(41973)
117  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 5th March, Ref. 39508,on plant and meat imports, what proportion of checks between November 2000 and October 2001 were for (a) commercial and (b) personal purposes; and if she will break down the illegally imported products since April 2001 by category.
(41972)
118  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in what circumstances compensation is available to workers in the shellfish industry if they are unable to pursue their livelihoods.
(42699)
119  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the economic and employment consequences of the outbreaks of atypical diarrhetic shell fish poisoning in (a) the Thames Estuary, (b) the Wash, (c) Whitstable, (d) the Menai Straits and Anglesey, (e) the Bury Inlet and (f) Strangford Lough.
(42698)
120  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the Environment Agency's proposal in respect of technetium-99 discharges; what process she has established to consider representations on the proposal; and when she expects to take a decision in respect of the proposal.
(40495)
121  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the costs of (a) introducing technetium-99 abatement technology and (b) storage facilities in order to reduce Sellafield's discharges to 10 terabecquerels per year; and if she will make a statement.
(40496)
122  
N  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the objectives are of the Environment Agency BRITE proposals; what effect she estimates they will have on the resources devoted to all aspects of freshwater fisheries; and if she will make a statement.
(41231)
123  
N  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will set out the Government's response to Recommendations of the Freshwater Fisheries Review; how far the Government's position is informed by the BRITE proposals of the Environment Agency; and if she will make a statement.
(41233)
124  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Minister of State will reply to the letter of 18th December 2001 from the honourable Member for Salisbury about the Hampshire Avon, abstraction and the Habitats Directive.
(42508)
125  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications have been made for assistance from the Community Service Fund, broken down by county, for the provision of (a) village shops and (b) pubs
(41445)
126  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many payments have been made from the Community Service Fund, broken down by county, for the provision of (a) village shops and (b) pubs; and what the total sum has been paid out to date.
(41444)
127  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what arrangements her Department has made to celebrate (a) St Patrick's Day, (b) St George's Day, (c) St Andrew's Day and (d) Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubliee; and how her Department celebrated St David's Day.
(42197)
128  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proposals she is considering to strengthen the powers of (a) local authorities and (b) the Environment Agency in dealing with fly tipping; and if she will make a statement.
(42556)
129  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much, and what proportion, of municipal waste has been (a) landfilled, (b) incinerated, (c) composted and (d) re-cycled in the United Kingdom in each year since 1990; and if she will make a statement.
(42562)
130  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what mechanisms for appeal will exist against legal enforcement of the Welfare of Laying Hens Directive 1999/74/EC.
(41226)
131  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of how much the Welfare of Laying Hens Directive 1999/74/EC will cost the British egg industry.
(41228)
132  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the scientific evidence upon which the Welfare of Laying Hens Directive 1999/74/EC was based.
(41230)
133  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact on (a) jobs, (b) productivity and (c) profitability of the Welfare of Laying Hens Directive 1999/74/EP.
(41223)
134  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if all the systems detailed in the Welfare of Laying Hens Directive 1999/74/EC will be available to UK producers.
(41224)
135  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she intends to incorporate Directive 1999/74/EC (Welfare of Laying Hens) into domestic legislation.
(41225)
136  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will ensure that in implementing the Welfare of Laying Hens Directive 1999/74/EC the requirements in the United Kingdom are the minimum laid down in the Directive.
(41413)
137  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with her counterparts in each EU member state on the Welfare of Laying Hens Directive 1999/74/EC; and what her estimate is of the (a) speed and (b) vigour with which the Directive will be implemented in other member states.
(41227)
138  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will review the impact of the Welfare of Laying Hens Directive 1999/74/EC on the British egg industry five years after its implementation.
(41229)
139  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings her Department had with (a) scientists and (b) vets prior to agreement of the Welfare of Laying Hens Directive 1999/74/EC.
(41232)
140  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will announce the organic action plan.
(42179)
141  
  
Bob Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if (a) chloraphenicol and (b) streptomycin have been found in Chinese honey imported by the UK.
(42495)
142  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will provide a breakdown by district of revenue received by the Forestry Commission in the last 12 months, by way of grants for sporting rights.
(42680)
143  
N  
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many replies she has received to the consultation paper on nitrate vulnerable zones; and if she will place a list of consultees in the Library.
(41496)
144  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research has been undertaken in respect of access throughout the working day to drinking water.
(42678)
145  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42451)
146  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42571)
147  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of the staff of his Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(41415)
148  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to his Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42484)
149  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff have been employed by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42471)
150  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the expenditure on alcohol in the family expenditure and resources surveys in each region and nation in the last five years in (a) cash, (b) real and (c) percentage of household expenditure terms.
(42614)
151  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held in Brussels on 5th March; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.
(42705)
152  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what annual tax revenues resulted from receipts under the I-E formula in (a) 1997 and (b) each subsequent financial year to date.
(42494)
153  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library copies of responses to his consultation paper on vehicle excise duty for motorcycles.
(41838)
154  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he plans to make changes to the presentation of the accounts of Government departments to comply with accountancy standard FRS17.
(41839)
155  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the organisations consulted by the Government about possible changes to vehicle excise duty for motorcycles.
(41837)
156  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the honourable Member for East Worthing and Shoreham can expect an answer to his Question tabled on 28th January, ref 31887.
(42310)
157  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many teenage pregnancies there were in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) region.
(42329)
158  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the yield rates on premium bonds in each of the last five years.
(42311)
159  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what arrangements his Department has made to celebrate (a) St Patrick's Day, (b) St George's Day, (c) St Andrew's Day and (d) Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and how his Department celebrated St David's Day.
(42296)
160  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much inheritance tax has been deferred under the conditional exemption scheme in each year since 1984.
(42560)
161  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) buildings and (b) works of art are covered under the conditional exemption scheme for inheritance tax; how many visitors there have been to each in each of the last 10 years, including an estimate for the current year; and if he will make a statement.
(42561)
162  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the global sum of capital expenditure on public services, as a proportion of gross national product, is calculated in respect of sums provided under schemes of private-public partnership, in calculations made by the European Commission when issuing warnings and infraction communications to member states, indicating the treaty and legislative basis for distinctions in the source of capital and revenue expenditure.
(42511)
163  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the impact on the level of fraud of the use of strip stamps on whisky.
(42729)
164  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 12th December 2001, Official Report, column 889W, on capital assets, on what occasions since 1997 the accounting treatment of a PPP in the Departmental accounts has differed from the accounting treatment in the national accounts; and if he will make a statement.
(42499)
165  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what has been (a) the maximum and (b) the average underpayment to pensioners adversely affected by NIRS2 since its introduction.
(42516)
166  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families have applied for the children's tax credit; and how many of these applications have (a) been successful and (b) failed.
(42518)
167  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government of Turkey concerning the cultivation and trafficking of poppies originating in Afghanistan.
(41627)
168  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government of Pakistan concerning the measures it is taking to prevent the trafficking of poppies and heroin between Afghanistan and other countries in Central Asia.
(41625)
169  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government of Kazakhstan concerning the measures it is taking to prevent the trafficking of poppies and heroion between Afghanistan and those countries in Central Asia.
(41641)
170  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government of Iran concerning the measures it is taking to prevent the trafficking of poppies and heroin between Afghanistan and those countries in Central Asia.
(41636)
171  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government of Kyrgyzstan concerning the measures it is taking to prevent the trafficking of poppies and heroin between Afghanistan and other countries in Central Asia.
(41634)
172  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government of Kyrgyzstan concerning the cultivation and trafficking of poppies originating in Kyrgyzstan.
(41635)
173  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government of Tajikistan concerning the measures it is taking to prevent the trafficking of poppies and heroin between Afghanistan and other countries in Central Asia.
(41633)
174  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the United States Government concerning the cultivation and trafficking of poppies originating in Afghanistan.
(41628)
175  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on changes in the level of cultivation and trafficking of poppies in (a) Afghanistan and (b) other Central Asian countries since the establishment of Afghanistan's interim government.
(41626)
176  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government of Afghanistan concerning the measures it is taking to prevent the trafficking of poppies and heroin between Afghanistan and other countries in Central Asia.
(41631)
177  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his European Union counterparts concerning the cultivation and trafficking of poppies originating in Afghanistan.
(41629)
178  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government of Pakistan concerning the cultivation and trafficking of poppies originating in Pakistan.
(41624)
179  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government of Uzbekistan concerning the cultivation and trafficking of poppies originating in Uzbekistan.
(41640)
180  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government of Kazakhstan concerning the cultivation and trafficking of poppies originating in Kazakhstan.
(41642)
181  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government of Uzbekistan concerning the measures it is taking to prevent the trafficking of poppies and heroin between Afghanistan and other countries in Central Asia.
(41623)
182  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussion his Department has had with the Government of Turkmenistan concerning the measures it is taking to prevent the trafficking of poppies and heroin between Afghanistan and other countries in Central Asia.
(41639)
183  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussion his Department has had with the Government of Iran concerning the cultivation and trafficking of poppies originating in Iran.
(41637)
184  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government of Tajikistan concerning the cultivation and trafficking of poppies originating in Tajikistan.
(41632)
185  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the interim government of Afghanistan concerning the cultivation and trafficking of poppies originating in Afghanistan.
(41630)
186  
N  
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government of Turkmenistan concerning the cultivation and trafficking of poppies originating in Turkmenistan.
(41638)
187  
N  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure that there will be a resolution condemning the use of the death penalty at the forthcoming session of the Commission on Human Rights.
(41284)
188  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many civil servants in his Department have used the services of Cendent or its subsidiaries (a) to relocate in London and (b) to be housed in London since May 1997; what the name was of the company employed in each case; and what the dates were on each occasion.
(42362)
189  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which relocation companies his Department has used when relocating civil servants since May 1997; which relocation companies hold contracts with his Department for the relocation of civil servants; when the contracts were last renewed; where the contracts were advertised; and what the (a) length and (b) value of each contract is.
(42363)
190  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42450)
191  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff have been employed by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42467)
192  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42577)
193  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of the staff of his Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42421)
194  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to his Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42478)
195  
  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh to be put on trial; and if he will make a statement.
(42681)
196  
  
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 6th March, ref. 40849, if he will conduct an internal analysis on the future of the various recurring annual direct and indirect (a) costs and (b) benefits arising from UK membership of the European Union.
(42608)
197  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome was of the General Affairs Council held in Brussels on 18th-19th February; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed, including its voting and record; and if he will make a statement.
(42704)
198  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Angolan Government concerning restrictions on freedom of expression; and if he will make a statement.
(42524)
199  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish a list of arms exports to Angola for each of the last five years.
(42522)
200  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if representations are being made to the Angolan Government against its continued military offensive against Unita; and if he will make a statement on what is being done by the international community to achieve new momentum in the peace process.
(42519)
201  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the British Government has done to show its condemnation of human rights abuses by (a) the Unita rebel movement and (b) the ruling MPLA government in Angola; and if he will make a statement.
(42520)
202  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what arrangements his Department has made to celebrate (a) St Patrick's Day, (b) St George's Day, (c) St Andrew's Day and (d) Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and how his Department celebrated St David's Day.
(42303)
203  
  
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the level of UK investment in Gibraltar has been in each of the last five years.
(42405)
204  
  
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the authorities in Burma regarding the situation of Aung San Suu Kyi.
(42404)
205  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he has taken to encourage the 2002 Commission on Human Rights to adopt a resolution calling on all governments to implement the Declaration and Programme of Action of the World Conference against Racism.
(40015)
206  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to encourage the adoption of the Draft Protocol to the Torture Convention at the 2002 Commission on Human Rights.
(40016)
207  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 6th March, ref. 39187, on non-governmental organisations, what information he collates on the funding of non-governmental organisations by his Department, with particular reference to those operating on a regional level; and if he will make a statement.
(42540)
208  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many United Kingdom citizens are held (a) on remand and (b) in custody following convictions within France.
(42716)
209  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Hawk aircraft have been exported to India in the last six months.
(42767)
210  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the governments of (a) Poland, (b) Hungary, (c) the Czech Republic and (d) Slovenia on EU enlargement.
(42721)
211  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the development of the open method of coordination in the European Union.
(42714)
212  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received on the treatment of UK citizens held in prison in France, with particular reference to (a) access to legal representation, (b) access to an interpreter and (c) time taken in proceeding to trial.
(42715)
213  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many United Kingdom lorry drivers are held (a) on remand and (b) in prison following conviction in France.
(42717)
214  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the reports on Colombia presented to the Human Rights Commission by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Human Rights Defenders and the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women.
(42675)
215  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to monitor the actions of the self-defence forces in Colombia against human rights organisations; and if he will make a statement.
(42676)
216  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the information which underlay the statement of the honourable Member for Exeter on 6th March in Westminster Hall that the Prime Minister has spent more time in the House answering questions and making statements than either of his two predecessors.
(42187)
217  
N  
Vera Baird (Redcar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements exist for paying the travel costs of people from outside London who travel to London for specialist NHS treatment not available in their region.
(41285)
218  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of the staff of his Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42422)
219  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff have been employed by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42469)
220  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42449)
221  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to his Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42477)
222  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42578)
223  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on folic acid dietary supplementation.
(42165)
224  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the definition of registered used for a (a) residential and (b) nursing home.
(41438)
225  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where new (a) nursing and (b) residential homes have been registered in each of the last three years.
(41437)
226  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mixed sex wards there are at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford.
(41920)
227  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which bed and breakfast accommodation has been utilised in place of registered or nursing home beds in the last 12 months.
(41435)
228  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many local authorities have utilised bed and breakfast accommodation for (a) registered and (b) nursing home facilities in the last 12 months.
(41436)
229  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were waiting (a) over six months, (b) over nine months, (c) over 12 months, (d) over 15 months and (e) over 18 months for in-patient treatment in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area for (i) the latest available month and (ii) the previous month.
(41921)
230  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 5th March to the honourable Member for Blackpool North and Fleetwood, ref 41128, on parliamentary questions, what the average time taken is (a) to draft an answer for submission to a Minister for approval, (b) for the Minister to approve and (c) from approval to providing the answer to the honourable Member, for parliamentary questions tabled since June 2001.
(41775)
231  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 5th March to the honourable Member for Blackpool North and Fleetwood, ref 41128, on parliamentary questions, what evidence he has of the systematic falsification in recording the handling of parliamentary questions in his Department.
(41774)
232  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many parliamentary questions have been (a) answered and (b) unanswered in each month the House has been sitting since July 2001.
(41780)
233  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 5th March to the honourable Member for Blackpool North and Fleetwood, ref 41128, on parliamentary questions, what systems his Department uses to monitor the number of unanswered parliamentary questions.
(41777)
234  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 5th March to the honourable Member for Blackpool North and Fleetwood, ref 41128, on parliamentary questions, what form his investigation into the systematic falsification of records in his Department will take; when he expects to complete the investigation; how much the investigation will cost; and if he will place a copy of the report in the Library when the investigation has been completed.
(41779)
235  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 5th March to the honourable Member for Blackpool North and Fleetwood, ref 41128, on parliamentary questions, if he will break down by political party, the number of questions that were systematically recorded as being answered but were not.
(41778)
236  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Blackpool North and Fleetwood, of 5th March, ref 41128, on parliamentary questions, when he first was informed of the evidence suggesting systematic falsification in recording the handling of parliamentary questions.
(41696)
237  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 5th March to the honourable Member for Blackpool North and Fleetwood, ref 41128, on parliamentary questions, how many extra civil servants he has drafted into the Department's parliamentary section to reduce the backlog of unanswered parliamentary questions; and what he estimates the additional costs to his Department will be.
(41776)
238  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 5th March to the honourable Member for Blackpool North and Fleetwood, ref 41128, on parliamentary questions, if he will list the roles and responsibilities of the civil servant who has been suspended in his Department.
(41781)
239  
N  
Patsy Calton (Cheadle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to ensure adequate funding of area child protection committees; and if he will make a statement.
(41938)
240  
N  
Patsy Calton (Cheadle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision is being made to ensure that there are sufficient specialist breast cancer consultants, surgeons and nurses in the North West in the next 10 years.
(41939)
241  
N  
Patsy Calton (Cheadle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide a specialist breast cancer centre of excellence in the North West.
(41940)
242  
N  
Patsy Calton (Cheadle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will allow Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport to be one of the next group of sites to provide digital hearing aids.
(41941)
243  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients have been treated for (a) alcoholism and (b) alcohol-related disease in each region in the last five years.
(42613)
244  
N  
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many posts will be made redundant when the East Riding and Hull Health Authority is terminated.
(41377)
245  
N  
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of constructing the East Riding and Hull Health Authority HQ in Willerby.
(41371)
246  
N  
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost of establishing the North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire Health Authority -Designate has been.
(41373)
247  
N  
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost has been of provisionally locating the Strategic Health Authority HQ for North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire on the York Science Park.
(41372)
248  
N  
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list by local authority the cost of administering the registration of care homes in the last 12 months.
(41374)
249  
  
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the budgets for the provision of electric powered indoor/outdoor wheelchairs to health trusts.
(42525)
250  
  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the level of service provided to cancer and non-cancer lymphoedema patients at St George's Hospital, Tooting.
(42755)
251  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the use to which the funding announced on 27th March 2001 to provide communications aids to children with hearing difficulties has been put.
(42657)
252  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance has been given to (a) health authorities, (b) primary care groups and (c) social services departments about the provision of communications aids for those who are hard of hearing; and if he will make a statement.
(42684)
253  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the guidelines given on 27th March 2001 about the provision of communication aids to those with hearing difficulties.
(42683)
254  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will announce whether the targets of (a) a maximum one month wait for breast cancer treatment and (b) a maximum one month wait for urgent GP referral to treatment for children's and testicular cancers and acute leukaemia have been met in England.
(42498)
255  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to answer Questions numbers (a) 9513, (b) 17418, (c) 16461, (d) 13966, (e) 13780, (f) 12020, (g) 10511, (h) 13967, (i) 13968, (j) 13853, (k) 13856 and (l) 14110.
(41971)
256  
N  
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in his negotiations over NHS consultants' contracts, including the proposed seven year commitment to whole-time NHS work; and if he will make a statement.
(41378)
257  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those appointed as non-executive directors of the new Five Boroughs Mental Health Care Trust; and what proportion of those members are from the Warrington North constituency.
(41440)
258  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reduction in waiting times for cataract operations there has been in South Staffordshire since 1997.
(42509)
259  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on the promotion of mental health services (a) in the UK and (b) in target specific groups in the last three years; and if he will list the campaigns.
(42392)
260  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what statistics he collates on the rates of depression, self-harm and suicide amongst Asian women; and what services and resources have been made available to tackle this issue in the last three years.
(42407)
261  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent Government research (a) has been planned and (b) has been conducted into (i) existing mental health services, (ii) take up of existing mental health services by members of Asian, black and ethnic minority communities in the UK and (iii) the future of mental health services.
(42394)
262  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve access to medical services for individuals whose first language is not English.
(42406)
263  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department has given to Mind in the promotion, operation and analysis of its yellow card scheme.
(42393)
264  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve access to mental health services for women from Asian, black and ethnic minority communities.
(42391)
265  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list each health authority area where anti-TNF therapy is (a) available and (b) unavailable.
(41443)
266  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for increasing access to anti-TNF therapy.
(41442)
267  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason the Adur/Worthing/Arun PCT has not qualified for additional allocations from the intermediate care investment programme.
(42212)
268  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the purpose is of the instructions from his Department to NHS trusts requiring complaint departments to compile data about the ethnicity of persons making a complaint since April 2001.
(42208)
269  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contracts his Department has placed in the last two years or expects to place in the next two years for IT improvements in the NHS; and with which providers.
(42291)
270  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how Ministers in his Department ensure that answers to parliamentary questions are given as speedily as possible.
(42273)
271  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost of office moves resulting from NHS reorganisation in the last three years.
(42214)
272  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his definition is of operations cancelled for non-clinical reasons.
(42306)
273  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS trusts have applied for extra funding to implement the Department's policy of partitioning hospital wards to ensure non-mixed sex wards; and if he will make a statement as the the level of the financial settlement received by individual authorities and name those authorities in receipt of this extra funding.
(42263)
274  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review the target payments paid to general practioners for MMR vaccination rates.
(42269)
275  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the budget for IT in the NHS in each of the last five years.
(42290)
276  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many oral contraceptive pills were dispensed to teenage girls in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) region.
(42328)
277  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account he took of the need to tackle antibiotic resistance before deciding to extend the nurse prescribing scheme to include nine oral antibiotics.
(42312)
278  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost is of producing and distributing NHS Plan News; and how many copies were distributed.
(42307)
279  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many parliamentary questions have been answered by his Department since 7th June 2001 by each of the Ministers responsible; and how many are awaiting answer.
(42202)
280  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many formal complaints have been received by the Brighton Health Care NHS Trust in each of the last five years.
(42284)
281  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures are in place in his Department to pursue answers to parliamentary questions which have not been given a substantive reply by a named day.
(42203)
282  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made about the cost to (a) individual NHS trusts and (b) his Department of requiring trusts to compile data about the ethnicity of patients making complaints; and how many staff are involved.
(42210)
283  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many qualified radiographers (a) joined and (b) left the NHS in each of the last five years.
(42288)
284  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients of (a) Brighton Healthcare NHS Trust and (b) Worthing and Southlands NHS Trust have received treatment for cancer of the (i) breast, (ii) uterus, (iii) cervix, (iv) bladder, (v) prostate, (vi) non Hodgkin's lymphoma, (vii) bowel, (viii) all leukaemias, (ix) ovary, (x) stomach, (xi) lung, (xii) pancreas, (xiii) oesophagus and (xiv) other cancers in each of the last five years; and how many patients are currently awaiting these operations.
(42271)
285  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many officials in his Department are involved in answering parliamentary questions; and how subject responsibilities are allocated amongst those staff.
(42201)
286  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance has been provided to hospital trusts from his Department for requiring NHS patients to pay for private ambulance services for transfer between hospitals to obtain specialist treatment within the NHS; and on what basis NHS ambulances will not be provided.
(42278)
287  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he proposes to publish the findings of his Department's instructions to NHS trusts to compile data regarding the ethnicity of patients making complaints.
(42204)
288  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost is of producing and distributing Primary Care magazine; and how many copies have been circulated.
(42351)
289  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of patients requested to give details about their ethnicity subsequent to making a complaint about treatment by an NHS trust have returned their survey form having ticked the decline to state box.
(42206)
290  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria he uses to judge the success of the Better Hospital Food programme being implemented in NHS hospitals.
(42264)
291  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to announce the figures for recorded violent incidents against NHS staff for 2000-01.
(42199)
292  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer given to the honourable Member for East Worthing and Shoreham on 8th January, Official Report, column 676W, on the NHS Leadership Centre, when he expects the appointment to be made on a permanent basis.
(42387)
293  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer given to the honourable Member for East Worthing and Shoreham on 26th February, Official Report, column 1087W, to how many inpatient deaths the MRSA superbug has been a contributory factor.
(42309)
294  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the information his Department collects centrally; and what steps the Department takes to obtain the desired information to answer honourable Members' written parliamentary questions.
(42261)
295  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many copies of NHS Plan News were returned for recycling by NHS premises.
(42308)
296  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he anticipates spinal cord stimulation treatment will be available in the Mid Sussex NHS Trust.
(42211)
297  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS hospital trusts are able to offer Indium III Octreotide imaging tests.
(42276)
298  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how Ministers in his Department check the appropriateness of their answers to parliamentary questions.
(42272)
299  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the procedures within his Department for (a) registering parliamentary questions when received in the parliamentary unit, (b) monitoring the progress made in answering them and (c) registering that they have been answered.
(42207)
300  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many qualified NHS radiographers per head of population there are in each health authority area.
(42289)
301  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action his Department will take with NHS trusts who are found to be persistently re-using single-use surgical instruments having previously been advised to cease such actions.
(42262)
302  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with GP bodies about the safety of advice offered by NHS Direct.
(42352)
303  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many working time equivalent oncology specialists have been employed in each of the last five years by (a) the Worthing and Southlands Hospital Trust and (b) the Brighton Healthcare NHS Trust.
(42279)
304  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to respond to the Audit Commission/CHI report on cancer care in England and Wales.
(42285)
305  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will define what categories of staff come under the heading Administration and Estates Staff.
(42330)
306  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department monitors the time it takes to answer parliamentary questions.
(42200)
307  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the number of hardcopy patient records going missing in hospital departments; and what steps he is taking to reduce it.
(42327)
308  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from general practitioners expressing concern about the standard of advice offered by NHS Direct.
(42353)
309  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what facilities are available in (a) the Brighton Healthcare NHS Trust and (b) the Worthing-Southlands NHS Trust to administer (i) Indium III octreotide imaging, (ii) fasting gut hormone profile, (iii) plasma chromogranin test, and (iv) 5HIAA urine tests; and how many such tests have been carried out there in the last 12 months.
(42213)
310  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many working time equivalent physiotherapists were employed by the Brighton Healthcare NHS Trust in each of the last five years; and what the current vacancy rates are.
(42282)
311  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his plans are to replace NHS Plan News.
(42368)
312  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) vacancy rates and (b) full role figures are for physiotherapy posts for NHS hospitals in Sussex.
(42283)
313  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the procedures followed by Ministers for signing off answers to parliamentary questions.
(42274)
314  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those European hospitals which have received official visits from his Department since 1st January 2001.
(42313)
315  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list vacancy rates and full role calculations for radiographer posts by hospital trust.
(42287)
316  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the policy is of the Brighton Healthcare NHS Trust for isolating patients who contract hospital-acquired infections.
(42281)
317  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer given to the honourable Member for Wyre Forest on 26th February, Official Report, column 1077W, if he will make a statement on the progress being made to reach the target of eliminating mixed sex accommodation in 95 per cent. of national health service trusts by December.
(42359)
318  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which commercial agencies have been used for matching NHS patients with treatment centres on the continent; and what the basis is of their remuneration.
(42268)
319  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer given on 22nd January, Official Report, column 763W, if he will define the meaning of partitioning in mixed-sex wards in hospitals.
(42360)
320  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements his Department has made to celebrate (a) St Patrick's Day, (b) St Georges's Day, (c) St Andrew's Day, and (d) Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and how his Department celebrated St David's Day.
(42270)
321  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from the Brighton Healthcare NHS Trust about shortage of funds restricting availability of ambulances to transfer NHS patients to alternative hospitals for treatment.
(42280)
322  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the latest level of bed availability in each hospital trust.
(42215)
323  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how he proposes to use the data collected from NHS trusts regarding the ethnicity of patients making complaints.
(42205)
324  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the official in his Department suspended for alleged falsification of recording answers to parliamentary questions was suspended; if he will name him; and what grade his post is.
(42275)
325  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS trusts have been instructed to compile data about the ethnicity of patients making complaints.
(42209)
326  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are awaiting referrals to consultants in the oncology department in the Brighton Health Care NHS Trust.
(42277)
327  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to achieve greater co-operation between NHS Direct and general practitioners.
(42354)
328  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average response times were for the medical services to reach an accident on (a) a motorway and (b) an A-road in each of the last three years.
(42785)
329  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what duties the medical services have to carry out before an accident site can be cleared from (a) an A-road and (b) a motorway.
(42786)
330  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average length of time was which it took the medical services to complete all their official duties at an accident site on (a) an A-road and (b) a motorway in each of the last three years.
(42787)
331  
  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made by the NICE on the effectiveness of TFN alpha blockers in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
(42537)
332  
  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to tackle shortage of orthodontists in (a) Lincolnshire and (b) England.
(42536)
333  
  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of health authority spending was, per 1,000 of the population, on drug abuse services in (a) Lincolnshire Health Authority and (b) other health authorities in England in the last three years.
(42550)
334  
  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the shortfall of NHS orthodontists is in (a) Lincolnshire and (b) England.
(42535)
335  
  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure equal access to treatment and support for drug abusers in England.
(42549)
336  
  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure that drug abusers can access help from general practitioners when necessary.
(42548)
337  
  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether TFN alpha-blockers are available on NHS prescription.
(42538)
338  
  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what investigations he has made into the number of drug abusers refused treatment by general practitioners; and if he will make a statement.
(42547)
339  
  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average delay for patients with delayed discharges was in the third quarter of 2001-02.
(42702)
340  
  
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when national standards will be set for the treatment of endometriosis.
(42670)
341  
  
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the number of women with endometriosis in (a) Warrington South and (b) North Cheshire; and how many women have been diagnosed with endometriosis in those areas in the last five years.
(42669)
342  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research his Department has commissioned into the numbers of children diagnosed with type II diabetes resulting from obesity.
(42722)
343  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the NSF for diabetes delivery strategy will include a commitment to a systematic approach to targeted screening of at risk groups for Type II diabetes.
(42711)
344  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the long-term potential financial savings to the NHS to be made from screening for Type II diabetes.
(42710)
345  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the British Thoracic Society concerning the number of respiratory specialists in the NHS.
(42707)
346  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those health purchasing authorities which were overspent in 2000-01.
(42195)
347  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those health service budget heads which (a) were underspent in 2000-01 and (b) are expected to be underspent in the current year, in each case showing the extent of underspend.
(42194)
348  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the purchasing health authorities which were headed for a current year overspend between October and December 2001, stating (a) the then estimated overspend and (b) the latest estimated overspend.
(42193)
349  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in respect of each health purchasing authority in the South-East and South-West regions in 2000-01, whether they improved their budget position during that year by deferring admission of patients for certain procedures.
(42196)
350  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 7th February, Official Report, column 1153W, on teenage pregnancy, which of the recommendations in the Social Exclusion Unit's report on teenage pregnancy have been completed; and which of the rest have target completion dates.
(42551)
351  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what safeguards the Government has in place to ensure the well being of genetically modified animals being produced and maintained for experiments; and if he will make a statement.
(41983)
352  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures are in place to regulate the transgenesis process used to create genetically modified animals; and if he will make a statement.
(41982)
353  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) percentage and (b) proportion of genetically modified animals, which were killed during experiments, were classed as failures in those experiments in each year since 1987.
(41981)
354  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will amend the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 to provide greater protection for genetically modified animals.
(41980)
355  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Banbury of 5th March, Official Report, column 160W, on asylum seeker accommodation centres, what health facilities will be made available to asylum seekers; and what role (a) local hospitals and (b) other health institutions will be expected to take in the provision of such health care.
(42728)
356  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department contacted City of Edinburgh Council to inform them that RAF Turnhouse was being considered as a potential site for an asylum seeker accommodation centre; by what means the information was conveyed; and if he will place the correspondence in the Library.
(42731)
357  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the first asylum seeker accommodation centres to be opened.
(42738)
358  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Banbury of 5th March, Official Report, column 160W, on asylum seeker accommodation centres, what education facilities will be made available to asylum seekers; and what role (a) local schools, (b) colleges and (c) other education institutions will be expected to take in the provision of education.
(42727)
359  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for St. Helens South of 5th March, Official Report, column 160W, on asylum seeker accommodation centres, whether those who are housed in accommodation centres will be given an allowance for use on public transport.
(42746)
360  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with BAA Lynton regarding the use of the former RAF Turnhouse site for an asylum seeker accommodation centre.
(42733)
361  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the transport facilities available for asylum seekers housed in an accommodation centre at Turnhouse in Edinburgh.
(42732)
362  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been dispersed to areas in Scotland in the last 12 months, broken down by local authority; and what percentage of these have had their asylum applications approved.
(42737)
363  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member of Banbury of 5th March, Official Report, column 60W, on asylum seeker accommodation centres, what purposeful activities he envisages asylum seekers will undertake through volunteering.
(42726)
364  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Mid Worcestershire of 13th February, Official Report, column 461W, on asylum seeker accommodation centres, when the final criteria for selection of the four accommodation centres will be decided; who will draw up the final criteria; and how this information will be announced.
(42747)
365  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the City of Edinburgh Council following its decision to pull out of negotiations with the National Asylum Support Service.
(42730)
366  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what freedom asylum seekers who are housed in the proposed new accommodation centres will have to leave the sites.
(42725)
367  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to his Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42475)
368  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the policy of his Department is towards age discrimination.
(42584)
369  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff have been employed by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42459)
370  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42444)
371  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of the staff of his Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42413)
372  
N  
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional resources are made available to receiving authorities for known sex offenders who are allocated to areas other than those of their known offending.
(42191)
373  
N  
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who is notified of plans to allocate sex offenders allocated to areas other than those of their known offending.
(42190)
374  
N  
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what criteria and on what authority sex offenders are allocated to areas other than those of their known offending.
(42189)
375  
N  
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are put in place to monitor the movements of known sex offenders who are allocated to areas other than those of their known offending.
(42192)
376  
  
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the performance of the 24 hour turn-around postal service for urgent straightforward cases announced in October 1997 for third party users of the IND office in Croydon.
(42496)
377  
  
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many third party users have taken advantage of the 24 hour turn-around postal service for urgent straightforward cases for third party users of the IND office in Croydon.
(42497)
378  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many court cases have been determined without a jury since the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act came into force.
(41367)
379  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which a court can proceed without a jury.
(41366)
380  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been held under suspicion of being a terrorist under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.
(41368)
381  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the progress of the investigation headed by Detective Superintendent Luckett into allegations of past criminal activity at DSTL Porton Down.
(39318)
382  
  
Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate has been made of the total annual cost to the EU Budget of establishing a European network for the protection of public figures as proposed by the Kingdom of Spain in a draft Decision (Brussels 29th January 2002) (S361/02).
(42493)
383  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of reported mobile phone thefts which were insurance fraud in the last 12 months.
(42791)
384  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons are serving a sentence in gaol in England and Wales for (a) driving whilst disqualified and (b) actual bodily harm.
(42788)
385  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many National Probation Services accredited programmes have been completed, broken down by probation area.
(42790)
386  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken between arrest and sentencing of (a) young offenders and (b) adult offenders was in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(42505)
387  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of young offenders broke the terms of their bail conditions in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(42506)
388  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons were committed to custody in 2000 for (a) driving whilst disqualified and (b) actual bodily harm; and what were the average sentence lengths.
(42789)
389  
N  
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions have been brought under section 24(2) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 paragraph (g) as amended by section 71 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001.
(39806)
390  
N  
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the monitoring systems he has put in place to evaluate the effectiveness of section 71 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001.
(39807)
391  
N  
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of section 71 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001.
(39808)
392  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what requirements he sets for the conspicuity of speed cameras.
(42510)
393  
  
Mr David Lammy (Tottenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) young offenders were sentenced to serve non-custodial penalties, (b) offenders were sentenced to serve custodial penalties and (c) offenders were sentenced to serve non-custodial penalties in the last 12 months broken down by the Metropolitan Police divisional area in which they were arrested.
(42769)
394  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements his Department has made to celebrate (a) St Patrick's Day, (b) St George's Day, (c) St Andrew's Day and (d) Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and how his Department celebrated St David's Day.
(42298)
395  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will announce his preferred sites for asylum accommodation centres.
(41933)
396  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the initial sites for possible asylum accommodation centres were identified; which outside consultants were involved in the process; and how much they were paid.
(42654)
397  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sites are under consideration for the proposed asylum accommodation centres; and for what reason the sites originally proposed are no longer being so considered.
(41935)
398  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will begin the local consultations on the proposed asylum accommodation centres.
(41934)
399  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what duties the police have to carry out before an accident site can be cleared from (a) an A-road and (b) a motorway.
(42749)
400  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of time was which it took for the police to clear an accident on (a) a motorway and (b) an A-road, in order to return the road to normal use.
(42750)
401  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average response times were for the police to reach an accident on (a) a motorway and (b) an A-road in the last three years.
(42748)
402  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many road accidents involved police investigations which led to criminal proceedings in each of the last five years.
(42183)
403  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average length of time it took the police to complete all their official duties at an accident site on (a) an A-road and (b) a motorway in each of the last three years.
(42751)
404  
  
Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken by his Department to improve domestic violence services for perpetrators and their partners; and if he will make a statement on the progress of the Probation Service domestic violence Pathfinder scheme.
(42664)
405  
  
Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the results of the Duluth domestic violence Pathfinder evaluation to be published.
(42659)
406  
  
Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice is available to probation areas on changing their domestic violence services from established perpetrator programmes with central partner support services in favour of the Duluth Pathfinder.
(42662)
407  
  
Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what circumstances the Duluth domestic violence Pathfinder will be rolled out before the results of the evaluation are known.
(42663)
408  
  
Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what further measures he is taking to prevent racist content on the internet.
(42661)
409  
  
Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what domestic violence perpetrator programmes and linked partner support services are provided in the London probation area.
(42660)
410  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to publish a White Paper on Police Reform; and if he will make a statement.
(41924)
411  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to abolish visa requirements for visiting students from Romania; what discussions he has had with that country's government on the abolition of the requirement for UK students to have visas when visiting Romania; and if he will make a statement.
(41914)
412  
  
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will order an investigation as to why telephone conversations between Superintendent Ali Dizaei, the legal advisor to the NBPA and other officers and their lawyers were monitored and transcribed by officers investigating him.
(42744)
413  
  
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers are allocated to the investigation into the affairs of Superintendent Ali Dizaei.
(42745)
414  
  
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many members of the Independent Advisory Group were consulted by the Metropolitan Police Service when investigating Superintendent Ali Dizaei.
(42742)
415  
  
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will conduct an independent inquiry into the manner in which the Metropolitan Police's Internal Investigation Command (CIB3) investigates black police officers.
(42743)
416  
  
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) members of the Metropolitan Police Authority, (b) business associates of those members and (c) companies in which such members have an interest have been in paid employment by the Metropolitan Police Service.
(42740)
417  
  
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) members of the Metropolitan Police Independent Advisory Group, (b) business associates of those members and (c) companies related to them have been in paid employment of the Metropolitan Police Service.
(42741)
418  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date the report by the Commission for Racial Equality on the draft Code of Practice on the duty to promote race equality will be placed before Parliament; how many consultees received the document (a) before 1st January 2002, (b) between that date and 25th January and (c) after that date; how many from each category have responded to the consultation; what the total cost was of the consultation pack and the cost per pack distributed; and if he will make a statement on the ability of elected authorities to respond within limited time.
(41926)
419  
N  
Patsy Calton (Cheadle):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what procedures are in place to promote race equality and equality of opportunity for employees in the Palace of Westminster.
(41937)
420  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many and what proportion of the staff of her Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42425)
421  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to her Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42488)
422  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff have been employed by her Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42456)
423  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42568)
424  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on energy costs incurred by her Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42440)
425  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the (a) existing and (b) target rate of return is on development projects undertaken by CDC Capital Partners.
(41986)
426  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much private sector investment has been committed through the PPP of the Commonwealth Development Corporation.
(41985)
427  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the impact on the development of Tanzania of the terms of the loan provided by Barclays Bank to fund the purchase of the air traffic control system for Tanzania; and if she will make a statement.
(41450)
428  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she has had discussions with representatives of Barclays Bank concerning the provision of a loan to the Tanzanian Government for the purchase of an air traffic control system from BAe; and if she will make a statement.
(41451)
429  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she has made an assessment of the bidding process conducted by the Tanzanian Government to select a supplier of an air traffic control system; and if she will make a statement.
(41449)
430  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much humanitarian aid the UK has sent to Angola in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement on (a) the humanitarian situation in Angola and (b) international efforts to alleviate the situation.
(42521)
431  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what arrangements her Department has made to celebrate (a) St Patrick's Day, (b) St George's Day, (c) St Andrew's Day and (d) Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and how her Department celebrated St David's Day.
(42295)
432  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action she is taking to achieve the target of universal primary education in Cameroon.
(42766)
433  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money her Department has provided to the government of Cameroon (a) bilaterally and (b) multilaterally in each of the last five years.
(42763)
434  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of United Kingdom funds for reconstruction in Afghanistan have been allocated to mirco-credit agencies.
(42760)
435  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on mortality rates in refugee camps in Afghanistan in the last six months.
(42765)
436  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assesment she has made of the potential security concerns for refugees returning to Afghanistan.
(42757)
437  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what actions her Department is taking to combat Government corruption in Cameroon.
(42762)
438  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action her Department is taking to bring good governance to Cameroon.
(42761)
439  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what provision is being made for the safety of refugees returning to Afghanistan.
(42758)
440  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the level of Government corruption in Cameroon.
(42764)
441  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action is being taken to improve provision of public health clinics in Afghanistan.
(42756)
442  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the number of refugees who have returned to Afghanistan in each of the last six months.
(42759)
443  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 6th March, Official Report, column 341W, on EBRD projects, if she will list the names of the projects that officials from her Department told UK representatives at the EBRD to support and the value of each of these projects in each of the last five years.
(42770)
444  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many African countries are in receipt of debt relief; and which have applied but have yet to receive help.
(42709)
445  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the progress made in achieving the international development targets, with particular reference to ending child poverty by (a) the UK and (b) the international community.
(42674)
446  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, under what circumstances schedule one sex offencers are allowed unsupervised contact with children.
(41974)
447  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many and what proportion of the staff of his Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42427)
448  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many staff have been employed by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42458)
449  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what his Department's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42570)
450  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what estimate he has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to his Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42486)
451  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42434)
452  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he expects an announcement on the bestowing of city status to celebrate the Golden Jubilee.
(41439)
453  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the pilot extended courts in Manchester and London will commence; when the courts will start and close business; and for how long the pilots will run.
(42793)
454  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many warrants in respect of breach of community orders have been outstanding for (a) less than 12 months, (b) 12 months to two years, (c) 2 to 3 years, (d) 3 to 4 years, (e) 4 to 5 years and (f) 5 years or more.
(42792)
455  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what recent discussions he has had with the police and magistrates' courts committees concerning the enforcement of warrants for the breach of community court orders; and if he will make a statement.
(38886)
456  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what arrangements his Department has made to celebrate (a) St Patrick's Day, (b) St George's Day, (c) St Andrew's Day and (d) Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and how his Department celebrated St David's Day.
(42304)
457  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he expects to place details of the 1901 Census onto the internet; and if he will make a statement.
(41925)
458  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the announcement will be made as to which applicants have been granted the status of city to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen's accession.
(42146)
459  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what proportion of the staff of his Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42417)
460  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42445)
461  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff have been employed by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42464)
462  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his Department's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42573)
463  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to his Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42481)
464  
N  
Lady Hermon (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many paramilitary attacks there were between 31st January and 28th February by (a) Loyalists, (b) Republicans and (c) others.
(41836)
465  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Council, how many Government bills were announced in the Queen's Speech and were not introduced in the same session of Parliament in the (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2000-01 sessions of Parliament; and if he will make a statement.
(42123)
466  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Council, how many Government bills were introduced in each Parliamentary Session since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(42122)
467  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Council, if he will list the average number of days of consideration for Government bills in (a) the House of Commons and (b) the House of Lords in each parliamentary session since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(42125)
468  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Council, if he will list each bill introduced by the Government which failed to complete its passage through Parliament in each Parliamentary Session since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(42124)
469  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Council, what estimate he has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to his Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42479)
470  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Council, if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42448)
471  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Council, how many and what proportion of the staff of his Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42420)
472  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Council, how many staff have been employed by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42468)
473  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Council, what his Department's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42576)
474  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the President of the Council, what representations he has received on the responsibilities of honourable Members under the Data Protection Act 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(42121)
475  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, who (a) organised and (b) proposed the signing ceremony at 10 Downing Street involving BP on 18th November 1997.
(41975)
476  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many and what proportion of the staff of his Office are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42418)
477  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many staff have been employed by his Office in each of the last 10 years.
(42465)
478  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to his Office of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42483)
479  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what his Office's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42583)
480  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Office in each of the last 10 years.
(42446)
481  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement on the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting of 6th March, if he will make a statement on the outcome of his discussions regarding the exclusion of Zimbabwe from the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
(41919)
482  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 5th March, refs 40634-7, what consideration he gives to the application of the Ministerial Code of July 2001 paragraph 1(iv), when answering written parliamentary questions.
(42401)
483  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions he has spoken in the House, other than in statements or Questions, and for how long, in each year since May 1997.
(42137)
484  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if she will make a statement on energy costs incurred by her Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42435)
485  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many and what proportion of the staff of her Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42426)
486  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what her Department's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42569)
487  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate she has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to her Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42487)
488  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many staff have been employed by her Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42457)
489  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive on the consequences for energy supply of section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989; and if she will make a statement.
(41984)
490  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if all documentation provided by her Department is available in formats accessible by the visually impaired.
(41988)
491  
N  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what action she is taking to encourage insurance companies to reduce the delay in making payments to those with asbestos-related diseases in Scotland.
(41434)
492  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Solicitor General, how many and what proportion of the staff of her Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42429)
493  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Solicitor General, how many staff have been employed by her Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42460)
494  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make a statement on energy costs incurred by her Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42437)
495  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Solicitor General, what her Department's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42564)
496  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Solicitor General, what estimate she has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to her Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42492)
497  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Solicitor General, if she will list the areas (a) where competence is shared with the European Community and (b) which are the exclusive competence of member states.
(42507)
498  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead)‹bj526›what plans the Electoral Commission has to review the electoral system used for elections to (a) the office of London Mayor, (b) the Greater London Assembly, (c) the Scottish Parliament and (d) the Welsh Assembly; and if he will make a statement on the structure and timing of the reviews.
(42772)
499  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead)‹bj526›what plans the Electoral Commission has to review the closed list electoral system for the European Parliament; and if he will make a statement on the structure and timing of the review.
(42771)
500  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead)‹bj526›what plans the Electoral Commission has to review the electoral system used for electing the House.
(42774)
501  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead)‹bj526›what plans the Electoral Commission has to evaluate electoral systems that may be used for electing the elected element of a reformed second chamber in Parliament.
(42775)
502  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead)‹bj526›what plans the Electoral Commission has to review the electoral system used for electing directly-elected mayors in England and Wales.
(42773)
503  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she intends to review the operation of the Retailer Code of Practice.
(42167)
504  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures are in place to monitor the operation and impact of the Retailer Code of Practice.
(42166)
505  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which relocation companies his Department has used when relocating civil servants since May 1997; which relocation companies hold contracts with his Department for the relocation of civil servants; when the contracts were last renewed; where the contracts were advertised; and what the length and value of each contract is.
(42365)
506  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many civil servants in his Ministry have used the services of Cendent or its subsidiaries (a) to relocate in London and (b) to be housed in London since May 1997; what the name was of the company employed in each case; and what were the dates on each occasion.
(42366)
507  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursaunt to her Answer of 14th February, Official Report, column 520W, on the single tier exemption, what representations were made to her Department for an additional exemption from the relevant provisions of the trading schemes legislation for trading schemes with more than a single master franchise in the UK during (a) the Consultation in 1996 and (b) lobbying for the amending SI 1997 No. 1887; and if she will place in the Library the description of Government policy on multi level trading provided to those requesting additional exemptions during the lobbying for SI No. 1887; and if she will make a statement.
(39319)
508  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to her Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42491)
509  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her Department's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42574)
510  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many staff have been employed by her Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42461)
511  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many and what proportion of the staff of her Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42430)
512  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on energy costs incurred by her Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42436)
513  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures she is taking to enable sub-post masters to diversify the range of services available in their post offices; and if she will make a statement.
(41915)
514  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of (a) internet and (b) e-government access in rural areas; and what measures she is taking to broaden access.
(41917)
515  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to ensure banking services are made available through the Post Office network; and if she will make a statement.
(41916)
516  
  
Frank Cook (Stockton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the Government has to collate statistics on the gender pay gap in the Stockton North constituency.
(42396)
517  
  
Frank Cook (Stockton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average gap between men's and women's pay is in the Stockton North constituency.
(42395)
518  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the group she has set up to review company auditing policy and practices will take evidence from outside government; which organisations have been asked to give evidence to it; and whether its report will be published.
(42616)
519  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will name the members of the group she has set up to review company auditing policy and practices, together with relevant interests or employment.
(42615)
520  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the proposed Universal Bank Account will be available to those who have existing banking facilities.
(41932)
521  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many enquiries were dealt with from potential United Kingdom exporters by the trade desks at United Kingdom embassies in (a) the USA, (b) Canada and (c) Mexico in the last 12 months.
(41923)
522  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the projected balance of trade in natural gas is for (a) this year and (b) each of the next five years.
(41987)
523  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what advertising budget will be made available for marketing the proposed Universal Bank Account.
(41929)
524  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many claims have been lodged by former miners for (a) vibration white finger and (b) respiratory diseases in Galloway and Upper Nithsdale constituency.
(41930)
525  
  
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will publish the fireworks injury statistics for 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(42754)
526  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to commission research into the gap between men's and women's pay in the Warrington North constituency; and what the average gap is.
(41441)
527  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the Department's policy is on granting export licences for arms to Angola; and if she will make a statement.
(42523)
528  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what arrangements her Department has made to celebrate (a) St Patrick's Day, (b) St George's Day, (c) St Andrew's Day and (d) Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and how her Department celebrated St David's Day.
(42293)
529  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assumptions about (a) energy prices, (b) improvements in energy efficiency standards and (c) household incomes were used to arrive at the reduced incidence of fuel poverty cited in the UK Fuel Poverty Strategy document published in November 2001.
(42198)
530  
  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will review the objectives of her Department.
(42502)
531  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 5th March, Official Report, column 453W, for what reason the limit for compensation is measured in imperial miles; and whether Working Mans Bank off Faeroes is within 200 (a) imperial and (b) nautical miles.
(42501)
532  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 5th March, Official Report, column 453W, on fishing, when this was (a) decided and (b) announced.
(42500)
533  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on her Department's monitoring of dot.com chemists and their supply of prescription medicines.
(42724)
534  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on her Department's policy on the development of Fallow Field oil and gas exploration licences.
(42718)
535  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will direct the Office for Fair Trading to inquire into the use by insurance companies' approved repairer schemes of language which prevents customers choosing to use alternative local garages.
(42655)
536  
  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions her Department has had with Patent Office officials regarding a campaign by the charity ActionAid.
(42752)
537  
  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what powers she has to ensure that the Patent Office acts in a fair and impartial way.
(42753)
538  
  
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department is taking to investigate Exchange Direct plc.
(42668)
539  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action her Department is taking to enable small traders to join the fenestration self-assessment scheme.
(42720)
540  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many civil servants in his Department have used the services of Cendent or its subsidiaries (a) to relocate in London and (b) to be housed in London since May 1997; what the name was of the company employed in each case; and what were the dates on each occasion.
(42364)
541  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which relocation companies his Department has used when relocating civil servants since May 1997; which relocation companies hold contracts with his Department for the relocation of civil servants; when the contracts were last renewed; where the contracts were advertised; and what the length and value of each contract is.
(42361)
542  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many rail freight services have been cancelled as a result of the SNCF Channel Tunnel restrictions.
(42739)
543  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had with the French Government regarding the SNCF Channel Tunnel restrictions.
(42734)
544  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 6th March, ref 40023, on motor vehicles, if data is available for the Drylaw, Inch and Mayfield wards.
(42768)
545  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what impact the SNCF Channel Tunnel restrictions are having on congestion on United Kingdom roads.
(42735)
546  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many and what proportion of the staff of his Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42423)
547  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his Department's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42579)
548  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many staff have been employed by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42470)
549  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42441)
550  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to his Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42476)
551  
N  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to raise the limit on the expenditure which the Electoral Commission can incur on promoting awareness of electoral and democratic systems; and if he will make a statement.
(41927)
552  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 5th March, Official Report, column 169W, on London Underground, under what powers he is able to put in place interim staff for an arbiter before a permanent appointment can be made.
(42292)
553  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what role his Department has played by means of (a) legislation and (b) direction in ensuring that London Underground makes the contractual documentation relating to the the PPP publicly available following completion of the competition.
(42118)
554  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what responsibility his Department (a) has had and (b) will have relating to the development of the PPP contracts for the modernisation of London Underground's infrastructure.
(42116)
555  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what role his Department has played in setting the level of performance required for the Infracos under the London Underground PPP.
(42117)
556  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the provision for taking over the work of Infracos under the London Underground PPP if the consortia fail; and with whom this provision will lie.
(42120)
557  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what correspondence was received from (a) Transport for London, (b) the London Mayor and (c) London Transport on the London Underground PPP in the week preceding 7th February; and if he will place the correspondence in the Library.
(42113)
558  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what powers he has to (a) place into administration and (b) take over work from the London Underground PPP Infracos; and under what circumstances he envisages it may be necessary to carry out such action.
(42114)
559  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, against what (a) test and (b) definition he measured the London Underground PPP to ensure that the plans did not involve privatisation.
(42115)
560  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his reply of 4th March, Official Report, column 86W, on value for money and safety assessments of the London Underground PPP contracts, if he will provide a list of the other information sent to the Mayor and Transport for London on 7th February; and how long before the LT Board meeting of 7th February the value for money analysis was completed.
(42112)
561  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 4th March, Official Report, column 91W, on research documentation, for what reason the Department does not hold this information centrally.
(42305)
562  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his reply of 4th March, Official Report, column 89W, on RIAC membership, (a) by whom and (b) when the review of RIAC was conducted; what conclusions were reached; by whom the role of the RIAC was refocused; and what form the strategic advice to the HSC (i) has taken and (ii) will take.
(42178)
563  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 4th March, Official Report, column 85W, on London Underground real estate and property, (a) by whom and (b) how the length of leases of infrastructure were measured as appropriate and necessary; what involvement is meant by the phrase, interest in the infrastructure; and by whom, and against what criteria, sufficient interest has been and will be measured.
(42265)
564  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 4th March, Official Report, column 85W, on contracts with Infracos, what the safety changes and qualifying law changes will include; and what the reasons are for the change in level of financing for these changes in the final contracts.
(42266)
565  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 4th March, Official Report, column 87W, on PPP cost overruns, what would be regarded as inefficient or uneconomic behaviour.
(42267)
566  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 4th March, Official Report, column 88W, on PPP contracts, for what reason the acceptance of a safety case as a condition precedent is a matter for London Underground Limited and the bidders.
(42177)
567  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, under what rules his Department must operate when (a) tendering, (b) awarding contracts and (c) commissioning (i) work, (ii) research and (iii) advice to ensure (A) that any (1) advice and (2) reports published remain independent of the Department's own views and (B) that reports published remain unaltered from the original.
(42119)
568  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 25th February, Official Report, column 785W, on financial investigations, what areas of his Department are involved; what the aggregate sum of money is; when they are expected to be completed; and if he will publish the results.
(40586)
569  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress he has made in introducing the national minimum half-fare scheme for pensioners with respect to coach travel; and if he will make a statement.
(42719)
570  
  
Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans the Government has to stop the practice of gazumping.
(42612)
571  
N  
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the adjustments made to each local authority standard spending assessment as a result of the transfer of care home registration to the National Care Standards Commission.
(41375)
572  
N  
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what adjustment was made to the East Riding of Yorkshire standard spending assessment as a result of the transfer of care home registration to the National Care Standards Commission.
(41376)
573  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much was spent by (a) central government and (b) local councils on (i) electoral registration, (ii) advertising and (iii) the conduct of elections in each of the last five years.
(40866)
574  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what date the Chief Inspector of Marine Arguments received representation from the Attorney General of the Isle of Man on the release of the MAIB report on the Solway Harvester sinking.
(41931)
575  
  
Patrick Hall (Bedford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what guidance he has issued to local authorities on the use of public funds to support costs incurred by council officers who have pursued libel actions; and what plans he has to review such guidance.
(42666)
576  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the total expenditure to date has been from the budget of the New Deal for Communities in Kings Norton; and what have been the main achievements.
(42682)
577  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what measures are being investigated by his Department to protect commercial aircraft, their crews and passengers from terrorist hijacking.
(41448)
578  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what percentage of people living in (a) each predominantly rural constituency and (b) rural areas nationally live within 10 minutes' walk of a bus service operating at least hourly.
(41447)
579  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what additional funding is being made available to meet the target laid down in the Rural White Paper for the proportion of the rural population living within 10 minutes' walk of a bus service operating at least hourly by (a) 2004 and (b) 2010.
(41446)
580  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his policy is on congestion charging towards disabled drivers.
(42217)
581  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what reports he has received from Shoreham Port Authority about the spread of business usage at the Harbour.
(42324)
582  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with the Shoreham Port Authority about the establishment of cross Channel ferry services.
(42318)
583  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what environmental impact assessment has been carried out with regard to the establishment of cross Channel ferry services from Shoreham Harbour.
(42319)
584  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what feasibility study he has carried out into the provision of a road link between the A259 at Shoreham Harbour with the A27; and when he plans to publish the findings.
(42390)
585  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what information he has collated on the breakdown of harbour traffic throughput in Shoreham in the last year.
(42325)
586  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received from Shoreham Port Authority about extending their borrowing levels.
(42315)
587  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when his Department last met members of the Shoreham Port Authority; and where.
(42316)
588  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he has taken to ensure full access of people with disabilities to transport facilities during industrial action by staff of train operators.
(42216)
589  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with Shoreham Port Authority about the provision of a link road between the A259 at Shoreham Harbour and the A27.
(42356)
590  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the cost has been to (a) Shoreham Harbour and (b) SEEDA in consultation fees related to the Maritime Vision for Shoreham Harbour Project.
(42321)
591  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received about the establishment of cross channel ferry services from Shoreham Harbour.
(42317)
592  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the dates and minutes of meetings of the Maritime Vision for Shoreham Harbour Steering Group since its inception.
(42357)
593  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish remuneration figures for board members and executive employees of Shoreham Port Authority.
(42322)
594  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his policy is towards using areas of derelict land at Shoreham Harbour for housing.
(42323)
595  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what details he has received from Shoreham Port Authority about the number of people employed at Shoreham Harbour (a) by the Port Authority and (b) by businesses in the harbour in each of the last five years.
(42358)
596  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what details he has received from Shoreham Port Authority as to the proportion of Shoreham Harbour in operational use and on plans they have to increase this.
(42326)
597  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what arrangements his Department has made to celebrate (a) St Patrick's Day, (b) St George's Day, (c) St Andrew's Day and (d) Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and how his Department celebrated St David's Day.
(42301)
598  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what details he has received from Shoreham Port Authority about the average number of daily lorry movements on port-related activity in each of the last 36 months.
(42320)
599  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what information he has received from Shoreham Port Authority about their (a) debt levels and (b) bulk cargo levels for export and import.
(42314)
600  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to move to a system of continuous registration of all motor vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
(42558)
601  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the results have been of the pilot schemes for local authorities to assume responsibility for the clamping and removal of untaxed vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
(42555)
602  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action he is proposing to implement the European end of life vehicles directive; and if he will make a statement.
(42554)
603  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the results were of the consultation on the removal and disposal of vehicles regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(42563)
604  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what is the average response time for the fire services to reach an accident on (a) a motorway and (b) an A-road, in each of the last three years.
(42782)
605  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what duties the fire services have to carry out before an accident site can be cleared from (a) an A-road and (b) a motorway.
(42783)
606  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what this year's budget is for his Department's (a) press office and (b) Directorate of Communication.
(41997)
607  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the trunk roads on which day-to-day maintenance is carried out by private sector companies.
(42186)
608  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the average length of time was which it took the fire services to complete all their official duties at an accident site on (a) an A-road and (b) a motorway in each of the last three years.
(42784)
609  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what conditions are attached to the European Commission's agreement to the payment of state aid for Railtrack in administration.
(42188)
610  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans the Government has to review the electoral system used for elections to (a) the office of London Mayor, (b) the Greater London Assembly, (c) the Scottish Parliament and (d) the Welsh Assembly; and if he will make a statement on the structure and timing of any review.
(42777)
611  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the establishment level is of his Department's press office; and for how many months that level has been achieved since June 2001.
(41989)
612  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with the Department of Health regarding the impact on the Ambulance Service of his proposals to improve management of the road network.
(42184)
613  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to implement the recommendations of the Jenkins Commission on changing the voting system for the House.
(42780)
614  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many staff there are within his Department's press office.
(41990)
615  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when Ian Jones was first informed of his suspension on full pay.
(41995)
616  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what other nation states use the supplementary vote electoral system used for electing directly-elected mayors.
(42779)
617  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how long he expects it will take to establish an SPV on the railways once the specification for a project has been agreed.
(42185)
618  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what involvement Ian Jones had in drafting the Department's press release of 15th February entitled Stephen Byers' Statement on the resignations of Martin Sixsmith and Jo Moore.
(41996)
619  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans the Government has to review the closed list electoral system for the European Parliament; and if he will make a statement on the structure and timing of the review.
(42776)
620  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the impact on police investigations of his proposal to improve management of the road network.
(42182)
621  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he had with (a) the LGA and (b) the ALG on the impact of the banding of local authorities on their ability to recruit and retain staff.
(41991)
622  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the Government's proposals for the electoral system to be used for electing the elected element of a reformed second chamber.
(42781)
623  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) research he commissioned and (b) representations he has received on the impact of the banding of local authorities on their ability to recruit and retain staff.
(41992)
624  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans the Government has to review the electoral system used for electing directly-elected mayors in England and Wales.
(42778)
625  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many members of staff have been suspended on full pay in each of the last five years; and how many were subsequently re-instated.
(41994)
626  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many leak enquiries have been held in his Department and its predecessor in each of the last five years; and how many led to action against a member of staff.
(41993)
627  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much money has been allocated to disabled facilities grants in this financial year.
(42544)
628  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many disabled facilities grants have been processed for children in the last 12 months.
(42542)
629  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many disabled facilities grants have been processed for (a) adults and (b) children in the last two years.
(42543)
630  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff have been employed by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42472)
631  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many and what proportion of the staff of his Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42416)
632  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his Department's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42572)
633  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42452)
634  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to his Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42482)
635  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42442)
636  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to his Department of the Parental Leave Directive.
(42473)
637  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's policy is towards age discrimination.
(42580)
638  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of the staff of his Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working.
(42424)
639  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff have been employed by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(42462)
640  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will extend the arrangement for a non-dependent deduction, relating to those who are severely mentally impaired, to council tax.
(41782)
641  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if all documentation and forms issued by his Department are available in formats suitable for the visually impaired.
(41928)
642  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Scotland have been claiming benefits whilst staying in long stay hospitals in (a) each of the past five years and (b) the current financial year; and what the forecast is for the next three years.
(41834)
643  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total expenditure was on benefits for people in Scotland who stay in long stay hospitals in (a) each year of the past five years and (b) the current financial year; and what the forecast is for the next three years.
(41835)
644  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what arrangements his Department has made to celebrate (a) St Patrick's Day, (b) St George's Day, (c) St Andrew's Day and (d) Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and how his Department celebrated St David's Day.
(42299)
645  
  
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to introduce legislation on age discrimination in employment before the EU directive is implemented.
(42397)
646  
  
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new entrants to the Civil Service employed in his Department were aged 50 years and over in each of the last five years.
(42399)
647  
  
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what consultations his Department is having regarding the EU directive on age discrimination in employment.
(42402)
648  
  
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to review the state pension system.
(42398)
649  
  
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what initiatives his Department has in place to encourage (a) organisations, (b) companies and (c) the Civil Service to employ people who are aged 50 years and over.
(42400)
650  
  
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what organisations his Department is having discussions with regarding the EU directive on age discrimination in employment.
(42403)
651  
  
Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell & Wishaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to help unemployed people in Lanarkshire over 50 years of age back to work.
(42617)
652  
  
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number of pensioners eligible to receive the minimum income guarantee; how many pensioners are in receipt of the minimum income guarantee; and what is the average amount received in Warrington South.
(42671)
653  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many United Kingdom companies have ended their final salary pension schemes in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and (f) 2002.
(42713)
654  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston of 5th March, Ref. 40938, if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter and the accompanying leaflet that will be sent to those within 10 years of state pension age, explaining how the changes to inherited SERPS may affect them.
(42181)
655  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the (a) number and (b) total value of emergency benefit payments issued in each month since 1997.
(42180)
656  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 5th July 2001, Official Report, column 271W, on council tax, what proportion of pensioner households and how many pensioners in total, paid (a) more than five per cent. (b) more than 10 per cent. and (c) more than 15 per cent. of their gross income in council tax in 2000-01.
(42546)
657  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on advertising in 2001-02; which advertising campaigns (a) are running and (b) will begin before the end of the financial year; and what is the estimated final cost of his Department's advertising during 2001-02.
(42517)
658  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Northavon, of 29th January 2001, Official Report, column 261W, on benefit recipients, how many and what proportion of pensioner households are expected to be eligible for (a) pension credit, (b) housing benefit and (c) council tax benefit after October 2003.
(42565)
659  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the National Audit Office's comments in the Appropriation Accounts, HC 335, on the fall in WBS subsidies during 2000-01; and whether the Department intends to revise the weekly benefits savings rules.
(42512)
660  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much expenditure has been lost through fraud and error in each of the Benefits Agency's 13 area directorates and 118 districts that handle income support claims in each year since 1997.
(42513)
661  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total weekly benefit savings are for each local authority in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) each quarter of 2001-02.
(42515)
662  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what lessons have been learnt from the prosecution pilots in which DSS lawyers helped local authorities to prosecute people suspected of benefit fraud; and whether the scheme will be replaced.
(42514)
663  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will amend Regulation 30 of the Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations 1987 to extend the specified 12 month time period on compassionate grounds for making a posthumous industrial injuries disablement benefit claim.
(40497)
664  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest assessment is of the number of deaths from cancer which could be avoided in the UK each year if cancer survival rates were raised to the average level of other EU countries.
[Transferred] (42286)
665  
  
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what advice his Department provides to local authorities and the Inland Revenue concerning the collection of business rates from farms engaged in (a) share farming, (b) contract farming and (c) machinery rings.
[Transferred] (42679)
666  
  
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will define the meaning of contract farming in paragraph 7.52 of the White Paper, Strong Local Leadership-Quality Public Services.
[Transferred] (42703)
667  
  
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the Government plans to introduce legislation to extend agricultural exemption from business rates to share farming, contract farming and machinery rings as outlined in paragraph 7.52 of the White Paper Strong Local Leadership--Quality Public Services.
[Transferred] (42708)
668  
  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what impact the SNCF Channel Tunnel restrictions are having on the United Kingdom economy.
[Transferred] (42736)
669  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money has been given by the United Kingdom to the Zimbabwean Government as support of its 1991 Land Acquisition Act; and for what reason the United Kingdom ceased making payments in support of the Land Acquisition Act 1991.
[Transferred] (42697)
670  
  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the record of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise in preventing illegal drugs entering the United Kingdom in each of the past three years.
[Transferred] (42553)
671  
  
Bob Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will take steps to make available to all honourable Members a pro forma standard consent form, for use in discharging their constituency duties, giving legal authority and protection when personal information has to be made available to an honourable Member by a statutory body.
[Transferred] (42504)
672  
  
Bob Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make it his policy to review data protection legislation to allow personal information held by statutory bodies to be shared with honourable Members strictly in connection with their duties in helping constituents.
[Transferred] (42503)
673  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the outcome of the operation in respect of abandoned vehicles in Meadway; what proposals she is considering for its extension to other local authorities; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (42559)
674  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate the number of vehicles (a) abandoned and (b) scrapped in (i) Greater London, (ii) the UK and (iii) the London Borough of Enfield in each of the last four years and the projected figure for 2002-03; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (42557)


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