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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 16 April 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 16 April 2002, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 

TUESDAY 16th APRIL

1  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many vehicles are owned by the Government.

 (49300)

2  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of Government-owned vehicles use (a) liquid petroleum gas, (b) electricity, (c) compressed natural gas, (d) diesel, (e) unleaded petrol and (f) leaded petrol.

 (49301)

3  
N  
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she will announce Britain's choice for European City of Culture 2008; and if she will make a statement.

 (49998)

4  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the average amount of Lottery money awarded to constituencies was in the last 12 months.

 (50592)

5  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in her Department and the areas which it is used in; and what discussions she has had with private companies about the use of smart card technology within her Department.

 (50476)

6  Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assistance will be provided to those who are unable to take up digital television in Suffolk on the grounds of (a) affordability, (b) access and (c) reception.

 (50584)

7  Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, by what criteria she will assess the continuing need for the statutory ban on Christian broadcasters holding different categories of broadcasting licence when reaching a conclusion on these issues prior to the publication of the Communications Bill.

 (50579)

8  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for North Essex, of 25th March, Official Report, column 562W, if he will list the 19 industry respondees to the DERA PPP consultation process; how many of them were supportive of the PPP and how many opposed; and how many of them were proposing an alternative structure to the PPP.

 (49997)

9  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much unexploded ordnance he estimates has been left by British forces in Kenya in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and (f) 2002; and if he will make a statement.

 (49991)

10  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have received compensation from the Ministry of Defence for injuries inflicted by unexploded ordnance; and how much that compensation has totalled in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and (f) 2002; and if he will make a statement.

 (49993)

11  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the countries in which British forces have used live ammunition in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and (f) 2002; and if he will make a statement.

 (49995)

12  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what heavy lift aircraft have (a) been used in the deployment of British troops for ISAF and (b) are being used to deploy 45 Commando to Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

 (49999)

13  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British troops involved in ISAF will be reallocated to Operation Enduring Freedom; and if he will make a statement.

 (50001)

14  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of (a) how many people are expected to receive compensation from the Ministry of Defence for injuries inflicted by unexploded ordnance in Kenya and (b) how much that compensation will total; and if he will make a statement.

 (49992)

15  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the overseas training areas in which the Ministry of Defence uses live ammunition; and if he will make a statement.

 (49994)

16  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much unexploded ordnance he estimates has been left by British forces; how much money has been spent by the Ministry of Defence in clearing unexploded ordnance in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (49996)

17  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which nations have contributed forces to (a) Operation Enduring Freedom and (b) ISAF; how many troops each of these nations has contributed; and if he will make a statement.

 (50000)

18  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) types and (b) amounts of ordnance have been used during each British Army training deployment to Kenya during the past 12 months.

 (49304)

19  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements are in place to clear up ordnance left unexploded following British Army training exercises in Kenya.

 (49305)

20  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much unexploded ordnance has been left on the ground following British Army training exercises in (a) Kenya and (b) in foreign countries other than Kenya, broken down by type.

 (49306)

21  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the terms of the agreement between the UK and Kenyan governments under which British Army troops are regularly deployed to Kenya for training purposes.

 (49307)

22  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will (a) list the dates of British Army training exercises in Kenya during the past 12 months and (b) make a statement on the training undertaken during each of these deployments.

 (49308)

23  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the safety arrangements are for British Army training exercises in Kenya, with regard to protecting civilians from unexploded ordnance.

 (49309)

24  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his written Answer of 20th March, Official Report, column 558W, on UN peacekeeping, how many students have attended the Army's 10-day international peace support briefing programmes; and from what countries.

 (50596)

25  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in his Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what discussions he has had with private companies about the use of smart card technology within his Department.

 (50486)

26  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) applications and (b) available places for schools in the East Riding there (i) are in the current academic year and (ii) were in the past three academic years.

 (50599)

27  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children living in the Kingston upon Hull Local Education Authority area (a) are enrolled and (b) were enrolled in the past three academic years in East Riding schools.

 (50600)

28  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many applications there were for places in East Riding schools from households in the Kingston upon Hull Local Education Authority for the (a) current academic year and (b) past three academic years; and how many of these applications were (i) accepted and (ii) rejected.

 (50601)

29  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many applications were made by households in the Kingston upon Hull Local Education Authority area for school places in the East Riding of Yorkshire using a false address in the (a) current academic year and (b) previous three academic years.

 (50602)

30  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding has been given by the Government to each university in (a) Wales and (b) the North West in each year since 1997.

 (50640)

31  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what analysis has been completed on the destinations of teachers who leave the profession and retire early; and if she will place a copy in the Library.

 (50493)

32  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her policy is on the use of commercial materials in schools.

 (50597)

33  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many civil servants are employed in the Business Development Unit in her Department; what the Unit's annual budget is; and if she will make a statement on the Unit's activities.

 (50598)

34  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in her Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what discussions she has had with private companies about the use of smart card technology within her Department.

 (50475)

35  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what requirements have been (a) placed on and (b) removed from (i) head teachers, (ii) school governors, (iii) local education authorities, (iv) universities, (v) further education and sixth form colleges, (vi) the Office for Standards in Education and (vii) Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in each year since 1997.

 (49799)

36  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she is taking to publicise the opinion of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Secretariat contained in a memorandum dated 13th March, regarding the import of mahogany from Brazil; and if she will make a statement.

 (50498)

37  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on when she intends to allow the use of pet passports for the USA and Canada; and how the scheme will operate.

 (48803)

38  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average cost was per household treated of administering the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme.

 (50623)

39  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average cost is per household treated of administering the Warm Front Scheme, incurred by each of the two scheme managers appointed for England, excluding the cost of the actual measures carried out.

 (50622)

40  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has for the future assessment of community vibrancy according to parish.

 (50616)

41  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the World Wildlife Fund about the protection of endangered species; and if she will make a statement.

 (50469)

42  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in her Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what discussions she has had with private companies about the use of smart card technology within her Department.

 (50471)

43  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what checks are made on illegal imports of products made from endangered species; what plans she has to extend the ban on the import of products made from endangered species; and if she will make a statement.

 (50470)

44  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the economic prospects for small businesses within the Greater London area.

 (50589)

45  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the total expenditure on working families tax credit went to each income decile in each year since the introduction of the working families tax credit.

 (50061)

46  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the total expenditure on family credit went to each income decile in each of the last five years of family credit payments.

 (50060)

47  Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone & Hythe): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he received the final Wanless Report.

 (50642)

48  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the yield from capital gains tax in each of the years (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-01, (f) 2001-02, (g) 2002-03 (estimated) and (h) 2003-04 (estimated); and if he will make a statement.

 (48804)

49  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in his Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what discussions he has had with private companies about the use of smart card technology within his Department.

 (50477)

50  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state the aggregate proportion of PSA targets across all departments which were (a) met, (b) on target to be met, (c) not met and (d) not on target to be met for financial years (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.

 (50618)

51  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the political situation in Kosovo.

 (50588)

52  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in his Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what discussions he has had with private companies about the use of smart card technology within his Department.

 (50479)

53  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the latest figures are for the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area for the (a) number of people waiting for hospital treatment and (b) number of people waiting less than (i) 18, (ii) 15, (iii) 12 and (iv) six months for hospital treatment.

 (48802)

54  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) atypical and (b) traditional prescription items were dispensed in the community in England in 2001; and how many prescription items were dispensed in total, broken down by health authority.

 (50059)

55  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people living in the Greater London area are on hospital waiting lists.

 (50590)

56  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans there are to fluoridate drinking water in (a) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (b) Hull.

 (50608)

57  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has for the purchase of new CT scanners.

 (50593)

58  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans there are to distribute fluoridated milk in schools.

 (50607)

59  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which care homes in the East Riding of Yorkshire do not comply with the new National Care Standards Regulations.

 (50617)

60  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time is for an ambulance to reach an emergency after the initial 999 call is made in the East Riding of Yorkshire over the last available period.

 (50621)

61  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter from the Right honourable Member for Haltemprice and Howden dated 19th February concerning cancelled operations in Hull and the East Riding.

 (50609)

62  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of cancer were detected using (a) x-rays and (b) CT scanners in each hospital trust in the last 12 months.

 (50614)

63  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of lung cancer were initially misdiagnosed in Hull and the East Riding since 1st January 2000.

 (50615)

64  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many resignations, broken down by job description, there have been from NHS employment in Hull and the East Riding since 1st January 2001.

 (50612)

65  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what call statistics have been collated for the East Riding NHS Direct call centre in Willerby for the last 12 months.

 (50603)

66  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans there are to combat child tooth decay in the West Hull Primary Care Trust area.

 (50606)

67  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of patients were seen by a doctor or consultant within one hour of their arrival at accident and emergency in Hull and the East Riding in (a) 2002 to the latest available date and (b) each of the last three years.

 (50611)

68  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts/groups have met the national target for tooth decay in children.

 (50605)

69  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were waiting 13 weeks or more for an out-patient appointment in Hull and the East Riding in each of the last three quarters.

 (50613)

70  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions ambulances have been called to an emergency in the East Riding of Yorkshire since 1st January 2001.

 (50620)

71  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many representations he has received from the (a) East Yorkshire Primary Care Trust and (b) West Hull Primary Care Trust concerning operational status prior to 1st April.

 (50619)

72  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what appraisal his Department has made of the efficiency of the dental records system; and what plans there are to improve it.

 (50638)

73  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the nature, extent and timetable of his review of the workings of NICE.

 (50055)

74  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the number of people who will purchase photodynamic therapy privately in each of the next four years.

 (50057)

75  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the amount of money spent privately in the last 12 months by patients on treatments which are being assessed by NICE.

 (50056)

76  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on the treatment of patients of the length of time taken by NICE to assess treatments.

 (50054)

77  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will go blind in each of the next four years whose sight could be saved by photodynamic therapy.

 (50058)

78  
N  
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated total NHS expenditure was on pathology services in 2000-01; how many pathology services there are in England; how many public health laboratory services there are; and what estimate he has made of the number of private sector pathology laboratories.

 (49041)

79  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government's target figure is for the number of (a) GPs and (b) NHS dentists per thousand population; and what the number for the Bolton South East parliamentary constituency is.

 (50594)

80  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the number of clinics which treat lymphoedema in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire.

 (50490)

81  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in his Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what discussions he has had with private companies about the use of smart card technology within his Department.

 (50483)

82  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training doctors receive in the diagnosis and treatment of lymphoedema; and if he will make a statement.

 (50489)

83  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the resources allocated to the diagnosis and treatment of lymphoedema, in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire.

 (50491)

84  Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average number of doctors is per 100 beds in the Suffolk Health Authority.

 (50585)

85  Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average number of doctors is per 100 beds in NHS hospitals in England and Wales.

 (50586)

86  Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times the Suffolk Health Authority has reached its bed blocking targets since February.

 (50580)

87  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the cost effectiveness of the drug naltraxone as a means of rehabilitating heroin addicts.

 (50628)

88  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the benefits of the drug naltraxone being taken in implant form in the rehabilitation of heroin addicts.

 (50629)

89  
N  
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the capital and annual revenue costs of (a) a CT scanner and (b) an MRI scanner; what the annual repair costs are on average for each type of scanner; how much down-time following breakdowns are experienced on average by each type of scanner; and what his estimate is of the number of such scanners in the non-NHS health sector.

 (49801)

90  
N  
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the average cost of (a) chemotherapy, (b) radiotherapy and, (c) aggregated medical costs in relation to the treatment of patients suffering brain cancers.

 (49800)

91  
N  
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the average length of time which patients with suspected cancerous tumours wait to be scanned following reference by a hospital consultant.

 (49802)

92  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he collates on (a) the cost of procedures in NHS hospitals and (b) the charges for procedures in private hospitals and private beds in NHS hospitals.

 (50063)

93  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what deficit or surplus was carried forward by each NHS trust, health authority and primary care trust and group in England at the beginning of financial years (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03.

 (50064)

94  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what powers regional NHS officials have to claw back (a) unspent allocations at the end of the year for which they have been allocated and (b) ring-fenced allocations and special purpose grants during the year for which they have been allocated.

 (50067)

95  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which health bodies have bid for allocations to support the provison of digital hearing aids following his Christmas Eve 2001 announcement on the subject; for how much each has bid; what resources are available centrally for this purpose; and when he expects to respond to these bids.

 (50068)

96  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the ring-fenced allocations and special purpose grants made by him in financial years (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03, together with the amount of each allocation; what arrangements are in place to ensure that allocations are spent for the purpose intended; whether unspent resources are clawed back; and if he will make a statement.

 (50065)

97  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much ring-fenced money was made available for spending on mental health services on the Isle of Wight in financial years (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03.

 (50066)

98  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by which procedures he collects activity information disaggregated by (a) private hospitals, (b) private beds in NHS hospitals and (c) NHS hospitals.

 (50062)

99  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he is taking to ensure that smaller voluntary and community organisations can access criminal record checks.

 (50624)

100  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average charge made by umbrella bodies registered with the Criminal Records Bureau for processing applications for disclosure is.

 (50625)

101  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter from the Right honourable Member for Haltemprice and Howden dated 29th January concerning funding for the Humberside Police Authority.

 (50610)

102  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many probation officers there have been in (a) Lancashire and (b) the North West, in each year since 1997.

 (50636)

103  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on government plans to tackle youth crime in Lancashire.

 (50635)

104  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on government plans to tackle youth crime in Wales.

 (50634)

105  
N  
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the changed circumstances are that have led to the decision not to use the special urgency provisions of circular 18/84 relating to proposed accommodation centres at Hemswell Cliff.

 (50497)

106  
N  
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultations have taken place with the Ministry of Defence about using Hemswell Cliff as a possible site for an accommodation centre for asylum seekers.

 (50545)

107  
N  
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether evaluations of the sites proposed for asylum seekers' accommodation centres will be published.

 (50494)

108  
N  
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the asylum seekers' accommodation centres in mainland Europe on which he is modelling the proposed centres to be established in the UK.

 (50495)

109  
N  
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what checks have been made on the services infrastructure at Hemswell Cliff as part of the assessment process to determine whether Hemswell Cliff is a suitable site for an asylum seekers accommodation centre.

 (50496)

110  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in his Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what discussions he has had with private companies about the use of smart card technology within his Department.

 (50480)

111  Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many 999 calls have been made to Suffolk Constabulary since July 1997; and how many of these calls needed an emergency police response.

 (50582)

112  Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many funded police officers there have been in each year in the Bury St Edmunds parliamentary constituency since 1998.

 (50583)

113  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) governing governors and (b) governor grades of prison establishments in England and Wales are from an ethnic minority group.

 (50632)

114  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of staff in the Prison Service are from an ethnic minority group.

 (50631)

115  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money the Government allocated to drugs rehabilitation programmes and services in each of the financial years from 1997 to 2001; and how much of the allocated sums were spent.

 (50627)

116  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her written Answer of 26th March, Official Report, column 885W, if she will list the projects which constitute her Department's programme that seeks to reduce the uncontrolled proliferation of small arms and light weapons; and in which countries each of these projects operates.

 (50595)

117  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in her Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what discussions she has had with private companies about the use of smart card technology within her Department.

 (50472)

118  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he will publish the response to the Review of Royal Peculiars.

 (50577)

119  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in the Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what discussions he has had with private companies about the use of smart card technology within his Department.

 (50478)

120  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in his Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what discussions he has had with private companies about the use of smart card technology within his Department.

 (50484)

121  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if she will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in her Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what discussions she has had with private companies about the use of smart card technology within her Department.

 (50473)

122  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 25th March, Official Report, column 695W, if she will place in the Library details of her Department's strategy and procedures for protecting small participants who do not opt to register for VAT, thus ensuring their continued protection via the regulatory controls under Part XI of the Fair Trading Act 1973 and its amendments; and if she will make a statement.

 (50468)

123  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 25th March, Official Report, column 695W, if she will place in the Library details of her Department's strategy and procedures for handling inquiries from the public on whether particular trading schemes are subject to the provisions of Part XI of the Fair Trading Act 1973 and its amendments; and if she will make a statement.

 (50466)

124  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 25th March, Official Report, column 695W, on representations to her Department for amendments to the definition of single tier established in the Fair Trading Act 1973, if she will place in the Library the description of Government policy on multi-level trading provided to those parts of the franchise industry lobbying for an additional exemption in S.I. 1997 No. 1887.

 (50465)

125  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 25th March, Official Report, column 696W, if she will place in the Library details of her Department's strategy and procedures for enforcing the regulatory controls under Part XI of the Fair Trading Act 1973 and its amendments; and if she will make a statement.

 (50467)

126  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 25th March, Official Report, column 695W, on representations to her Department for amendments to the definition of single tier established in the Fair Trading Act 1973, if trading schemes with more than one UK master franchise that do not comply with the regulatory controls are classified as illegitimate trading schemes; and if she will make a statement.

 (50464)

127  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on government actions to encourage business and industry to develop in the areas affected by Corus Steel plant closures.

 (50637)

128  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what information she has received from Consignia on the number of proposed closures of post offices in Norfolk.

 (48990)

129  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her policy is on the proposal by developing countries to incorporate a Development Box in the WTO Agreement on Agriculture.

 (50578)

130  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in her Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what discussions she has had with private companies about the use of smart card technology within her Department.

 (50474)

131  Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make representations on behalf of Clydesdale Bank employees and other UK staff whose jobs are under threat from plans by National Australia Bank to cut its European workforce; and if she will make a statement.

 (50573)

132  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will answer the Questions tabled on 11th March by the honourable Member for Maldon and East Chelmsford, refs 43210, 43211 and 43212.

 (50053)

133  Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether SEEDA has undertaken an audit of the infrastructure needs of the communities of the North Kent Coast, with particular reference to the constituency of Sittingbourne and Sheppy.

 (50626)

134  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to encourage the increase of freight by rail within the Greater London area.

 (50587)

135  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many parish councillors have resigned in each month since 1st January.

 (50604)

136  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many grants have been awarded under the Powershift Programme in each year since it was introduced.

 (49042)

137  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much has been paid out in grants under the Powershift Programme in each year since it was introduced.

 (49303)

138  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many LPG refuelling points there are in the UK; and how many sites there were in (a) April 2001 and (b) April 2000.

 (49302)

139  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK takes advantage of EU state aid guidelines to encourage national flag shipping.

 (50574)

140  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure the enforcement and application of international conventions covering pay, conditions, welfare, social security and other rights of foreign seafarers on UK ships.

 (50575)

141  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has made regarding the proposed EU Directive on minimum conditions of service and wages for seafarers on intra-community ferry services.

 (50576)

142  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what account is taken of (a) other family support and (b) the financial means of any manager of the property when means testing (i) landlords and (ii) tenants of a property who are applying for a renovation grant.

 (50657)

143  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many vacant dwellings there were and how many were privately owned in each of the last five years; and how many were vacant (a) for more than six months, (b) between three to six months and (c) for less than three months.

 (50650)

144  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what facilities exist for local authorities to provide loans to people for renovation of their property.

 (50655)

145  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what major infrastructure work has been carried out on the (a) A12, (b) A14, (c) A140 and (d) B1113 in the last 15 years, in each case giving (i) the aim and nature of the works, (ii) details of the Government body responsible, (iii) the length of time the works took and (iv) the costs of the works.

 (50643)

146  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what works are planned on the (a) A12, (b) A14, (c) A140 and (d) B1113.

 (50644)

147  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many rails are listed as defective and in need of replacement.

 (50662)

148  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, under what circumstances a tenant can refuse to allow grant-aided renovation to a property to be carried out, if it has been applied for by the landlord.

 (50656)

149  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what investment has been made as part of the Ten Year Plan for improved detection techniques of broken rails.

 (50659)

150  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on how many days in 2001 the level of traffic on the (a) A12, (b) A14, (c) A140 and (d) B1113 was two or more times the daily average on these roads.

 (50646)

151  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what factors can lead to rails breaking.

 (50660)

152  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much funding has been granted to the Leasehold Advisory Service in each of the last five years; and what the appointment arrangements are for members of the LEASE board.

 (50649)

153  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many rail breaks per million there were for Railtrack in each of the last six years; and how many of these resulted from gauge corner cracking.

 (50658)

154  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the average time taken was to replace a rail once it has been identified as defective in the last 12 months; and in what way defective rails are prioritised for replacement.

 (50663)

155  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effect on the housing market of vacant dwellings (a) in England and (b) in the local area.

 (50652)

156  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many vacant dwellings there were and how many vacant dwellings were privately owned in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.

 (50653)

157  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) cars, motorbikes and vans, (b) lorries and (c) camper-vans and caravans use the (i) A12, (ii) A14, (iii) A140 and (iv) B1113 each day; and what the estimate is for the increase in traffic on each road over the lifetime of the Ten Year Plan.

 (50645)

158  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many vacant dwellings that have been (a) vacant for more than six months, (b) vacant for between three to six months and (c) vacant for less than three months, are waiting to be (i) sold, (ii) let and (iii) redeveloped.

 (50651)

159  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many lorries overturned on British roads in each of the last five years; and how many overturned on the (a) A12, (b) A14, (c) A140 and (d) B1113 in each of the last five years.

 (50647)

160  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, under what circumstances people are eligible for local authority renovation grants.

 (50654)

161  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent representations he has received from (a) the Highways Agency, (b) local authorities and (c) others, with regards to the (i) A12, (ii) A14, (iii) A140 and (iv) B1113.

 (50648)

162  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many rails were identified as defective in each of the last five years; and how many of these (a) were replaced before they broke, (b) broke and (c) have yet to be replaced.

 (50661)

163  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to relieve people of paying council tax when in hospital; and if he will make a statement.

 (50492)

164  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in his Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what discussions he has had with private companies about the use of smart card technology within his Department.

 (50482)

165  Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the timetable is for improving the road safety of the A14 crossroads at Rookery.

 (50581)

166  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in his Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what discussions he has had with private companies about the use of smart card technology within his Department.

 (50485)

167  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of benefit fraud has been in each year since 1997 in (a) Lancashire and (b) the North West.

 (50639)

168  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of benefit fraud in Wales has been in each year since 1997.

 (50633)

169  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in his Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what discussions he has had with private companies about the use of smart card technology within his Department.

 (50481)

170  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what access pensioners will have in person to Benefits Agency offices under the new Pension Service arrangements; and if he will make a statement.

 (50488)

171  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on his plans to create Pension Service and Job Centre Plus; and what access pensioners will have in person to these offices.

 (50487)

172  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Leominster dated 27th February on behalf of Mr W. J. Baber concerning non-payment of incapacity benefit in the first three days of illness.

 (50630)

173  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the estimated waiting time is for an immigration appeal to be heard.

 [Transferred]   (50591)



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