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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 2 May 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 2 May 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.
 


 

THURSDAY 2nd MAY

1  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when his Department will establish rural targets and monitoring as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54422)

2  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when his Department will introduce measures to raise rural awareness through staff (a) training, (b) development and (c) secondments as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54414)

3  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which public bodies have been (a) set up, (b) abolished, (c) announced but not yet established and (d) targeted for future abolition since 1997.

 (54242)

4  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the public bodies which are required to report to Parliament.

 (54244)

5  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if he will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54077)

6  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the honourable Member for Middlesborough, representing the Church Commissioners, how many redundant churches have been sold in each of the last five years.

 (54200)

7  Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she has received (a) Patrick Carter's report into the National Football Stadium and (b) the other information from the Football Association, WNSL, Sport England and other Government departments to enable her to make an assessment of Wembley's National Stadium bid in accordance with her statement to the House on 19th December 2001.

 (54472)

8  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what help she is giving community and amateur sports clubs in applying for the tax reliefs announced in the budget.

 (54121)

9  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how the money from the Capital Modernisation Fund to provide new or refurbished community sports facilities will be allocated.

 (54122)

10  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has held with UK Sport and the Greater London Authority regarding a future London Olympic bid.

 (54123)

11  Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money from the National Lottery has been distributed to projects related to ethnic minorities in each of the last five years.

 (54466)

12  
N  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on her policy on the United Kingdom joining the World Tourism Organisation.

 (54069)

13  Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take steps to increase the share of Lottery proceeds given to the Community Fund for distribution; and if she will make a statement.

 (54468)

14  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when her Department will introduce measures to raise rural awareness through staff (a) training, (b) development and (c) secondments as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54415)

15  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when her Department will establish rural targets and monitoring as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54423)

16  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the grounds on which the identity of the individual acting as the Government's shareholder in the New Millennium Experience Company was decided.

 (54070)

17  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her Answer of 25th March, Official Report, column 578W, what was the method by which the shares in the New Millennium Experience Company were transferred from one shareholder to another.

 (54109)

18  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the written questions asked of her between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if she will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54093)

19  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many air traffic movements were reported at West Freugh airfield in each of the last 12 months.

 (54251)

20  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, under what regulations it is permissible for non-service personnel to be given overnight accommodation at MoD bases; who has to agree to the stay; what notice has to be given; what notification must be given to security services; and if he will make a statement.

 (54263)

21  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what special inquiries have been undertaken in relation to two recent deaths from bullet wounds at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, near Camberley, Surrey; and if he will make a statement.

 (53885)

22  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will (a) complete and (b) publish the Medical Manning and Retention Review; which outside organisation and individuals he will consult in the preparation of the Review; and if he will make a statement.

 (53800)

23  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers in (a) the Army and (b) the 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment have been subject to manning control in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (54231)

24  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers subject to manning control were subsequently offered short-term (S-type) engagements in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (54232)

25  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel (a) with children and (b) without children in the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Navy and (iii) RAF are earning under £92.90 per week after tax and national insurance deductions; and if he will make a statement.

 (53762)

26  Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) disabled ex-servicemen and (b) disabled ex-servicewomen in the Royal Air Force have been affected by his Department's error in deducting tax wrongly from their pensions.

 (54164)

27  Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many widows of Royal Air Force servicemen have been affected by his Department's error in deducting tax wrongly from their pensions.

 (54163)

28  
N  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 16th April, Official Report, column 825W, on deployment, what account was taken of army personnel serving with (a) BATUS Suffield and (b) BDLS Washington.

 (53801)

29  
N  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel are serving with (a) BDLS Washington and (b) BATUS Suffield, broken down by service.

 (53778)

30  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to implement the recommendations of the Second Report of the Defence Committee, HC 348, on the threat from terrorism.

 (54165)

31  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on compensation claims made by former servicemen in respect of exposure to radiation in atmospheric nuclear weapons tests.

 (54213)

32  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if he will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54087)

33  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to regulate the private tuition industry; and if she will make a statement.

 (54198)

34  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to introduce a system of inspection for the private tuition industry; and if she will make a statement.

 (54197)

35  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what reasons underlie the changes in the number of teacher training places since 1997.

 (54276)

36  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the reason for the change in the number of retirements due to ill-health by teachers since 1997.

 (54277)

37  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her written answer of 29th April, Official Report, column 572W, where such assets are held if the scheme is unfounded.

 (54275)

38  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what happens to the money paid by teachers and employers as pension contributions if their pension fund is unfounded.

 (54274)

39  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the proportion of a school's budget in the current financial year which is available as discretionary spending for the head teacher.

 (54273)

40  
N  
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to raise the level of skills in UK manufacturing.

 (52017)

41  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children's places there were in (a) Southwark, (b) London and (c) England in (i) May 1997, (ii) May 2001 and (iii) April 2002; and if she will make a statement.

 (52033)

42  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations she has made to further education colleges regarding time taken off each month by students waiting for their asylum applications to be processed to report at Gatwick.

 (54158)

43  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when her Department will introduce measures to raise rural awareness through staff (a) training, (b) development and (c) secondments as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54416)

44  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what requirements were (a) placed on and (b) removed from the Office for Standards in Education in the last year for which information is available.

 (53892)

45  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 Further education and Sixth Form Colleges in the last year for which information is available.

 (54436)

46  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many prosecutions have taken place for non-attendance at school in each year since 1997; how many have resulted in convictions; and what sentences were passed.

 (53890)

47  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what targets were agreed by Henry Box School, Oxfordshire, at the time of its acquisition of specialist status; and which have not yet been achieved.

 (54426)

48  Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if the Government will increase the level of financial support to families whose children take work-placed training.

 (54173)

49  Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans the Government has to protect the level of child maintenance of families whose children take the work-placed training option.

 (54174)

50  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the written questions asked of her between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if she will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54092)

51  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of flood defences damaged in autumn 2000 have been (a) reinstated, (b) returned to their original level and (c) enhanced.

 (54233)

52  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, by what criteria flood defences are graded in terms of being (a) maintained at their current level or (b) in need of enhancement.

 (54234)

53  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken to ensure (a) detailed mapping of areas at risk from flooding, (b) that insurance companies recognise the difference in flood risk within post-code areas and (c) that households are graded in accordance to direct risk.

 (54236)

54  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) homes and (b) commercial properties are at risk from coastal or inland flooding in (i) England, (ii) the South East and (iii) East Sussex; and what the total value of assets are.

 (54271)

55  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the annual investment plan for spending is (a) on maintenance of flood defences, (b) to meet the guideline defence standards and (c) to account for possible climate change following the 'National Appraisal of Assets at Risk from Flooding and Coastal Erosion, including the Potential Impact of Climate Change'; and what further allocations the Government plans to make in each of the next three years.

 (54272)

56  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what contingency plan her Department has to deal with two or more separate animal disease epidemics at the same time; and if she will make a statement.

 (53799)

57  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers were waiting for bovine TB tests, broken down by constituency, in each month since January 2001.

 (53759)

58  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much compensation has been (a) allotted and (b) paid for bovine TB for (i) slaughtering and (ii) restriction of movement of cattle in each year since 1980.

 (53761)

59  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January, Official Report, column 355W, on the Rural White Paper, what proportion of announced funds and schemes was spent, broken down by category, during 2001-02.

 (53780)

60  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place the study (a) to identify the key drivers of economic development and social exclusion in rural areas and (b) into rural statistics relating to the Rural White Paper in the Library.

 (53887)

61  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farms have had animal movement restriction orders placed on them due to bovine TB in each year since 1980.

 (53760)

62  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the names, locations and percentage out of the total number of those commercial incinerators deemed adequate for the disposal of animals following a future animal disease outbreak.

 (53798)

63  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on progress with the Silkstream Flood Defence project in the Hendon constituency.

 (54479)

64  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of (a) the reopening of livestock markets and (b) other increased animal movements on the incidence of TB and other animal diseases.

 (54461)

65  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the latest research she has commissioned on the linkage between bovine TB and badgers.

 (53910)

66  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what effect foot and mouth had on the Krebs experiment.

 (53911)

67  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average interval was between tests for TB in dairy cattle over the last 12 months; what the longest time recorded was; and what the optimum is.

 (53909)

68  Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total area of genetically modified crops to be grown in the farm scale evaluations in England in 2002 is; and how many trials there are for (a) spring oilseed rape, (b) winter oilseed rape, (c) fodder beet, (d) sugar beet and (e) fodder maize.

 (54477)

69  Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what payments were made in each of the last five years broken down by (a) scheme, (b) county and (c) farm size, for (i) the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, (ii) arable stewardship (up to 2000), (iii) the Energy Crops Scheme, (iv) the environmentally sensitive areas, (v) the Farm Woodland Premium Scheme, (vi) the Hill Farm Allowance scheme, (vii) the Organic Farming Scheme, (viii) the Woodland Grant scheme, (ix) the processing and marketing grant, (x) the Rural Enterprise Scheme and (xi) the Vocational Training Scheme.

 (54476)

70  Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when ACRE formed its sub-group to look into the impact of releasing genetically modified organisms on soil ecology; how many times the group has met; which (a) laboratories and (b) trial sites are being used for the monitored research; and when the research findings will be available.

 (54475)

71  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost to farming in the United Kingdom of radioactive contamination from Chernobyl.

 (54170)

72  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research projects are continuing on the environmental impact of Chernobyl on the United Kingdom.

 (54171)

73  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what land acreage is covered by restrictions imposed in 1986 following the Chernobyl accident.

 (54169)

74  Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the proposed date of implementation of European Directives on the Welfare of Laying Hens.

 (54162)

75  Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from small producers on the implementation of the European Directive on the Compulsory Labelling of Eggs.

 (54161)

76  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department will implement proofing and checklist measures as part of overall rural proofing measures set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54434)

77  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department will introduce measures to raise rural awareness through staff (a) training, (b) development and (c) secondments as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54417)

78  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department will establish rural targets and monitoring as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54424)

79  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department will have rural proofing embedded in policy-making procedures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54429)

80  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library scientific advice received from the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment on Field Crop Trials and Other Research for T-25 and Other Genetically Modified Maize.

 (53814)

81  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the grid references are of locations in which T-25 genetically modified maize (a) has been and (b) is the subject of field crop trials; and if she will make a statement.

 (53815)

82  Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what forms of financial assistance are available to farmers intending to grow flax; what assessment she has made of the levels of flax production in the UK; what percentage of agriculturally productive land was under flax in the last year for which figures are available; what steps her Department is taking to encourage flax production; and if she will make a statement.

 (54490)

83  Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what quantity of illegal food and plant imports was seized at (a) (i) Heathrow, (ii) Gatwick and (iii) Manchester airports and (b) (A) Southampton, (B) Dover, (C) Felixstowe and (D) Liverpool seaports in each of the last three months; and what the nature was of the products seized.

 (54495)

84  Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many herds of cattle were overdue their six or 12-month test for bovine TB in each of the last 12 months; how many herds are overdue their six or 12-month test for bovine TB; when the backlog of bovine TB testing will be cleared; and if she will make a statement.

 (54492)

85  Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the total level of funding required to implement the recommendations of the Policy Commission Report on the Future of Farming and Food; and when she plans to begin implementing the report's recommendations.

 (54489)

86  Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she last met representatives of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation.

 (54486)

87  Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to increase production of oilseed rape; what is the 2001-02 value of oilseed rape production to UK farmers; what percentage of agriculturally productive land is under oilseed rape in the last year for which figures are available; and what discussions she has had with (a) the Food Standards Agency and (b) the Department of Health about the promotion of oilseed rape oil as a healthy dietary oil.

 (54493)

88  Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the findings of investigations carried out by her Department on the risks posed to animal health by illegal consignments of meat imported into the UK.

 (54496)

89  Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has made to HM Treasury in advance of the Comprehensive Spending Review on funding to assist the transition from direct subsidies to sustainable environmental schemes; and if she will make a statement.

 (54488)

90  Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) formal and (b) informal meetings her Department has undertaken with the European Commission since 1st January; and if she will make a statement.

 (54487)

91  Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she (a) last met and (b) will next meet representatives of the Country Land and Business Association to discuss issues relating to the future viability of agriculture and the rural economy.

 (54494)

92  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the written questions asked of her between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if he will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54090)

93  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the contribution made by immigrants to United Kingdom GDP since 1972; and if he will make a statement.

 (54513)

94  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of migration of people into the Greater London area from the rest of the UK was in the last three years.

 (54188)

95  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 29th April, Official Report, column 541W, on terrorist suspects, if he will identify the individuals and organisations referred to in the assets freeze list published by the G7 finance ministers.

 (54509)

96  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what contributions to English GDP were made in 2001-02 by the (a) farming, (b) tourism and (c) manufacturing industries (i) gross and (ii) net of subsidies and compensation.

 (54463)

97  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether film tax relief is available for pornographic films made in the UK (a) before and (b) after the restrictions on film tax relief introduced in the April 2002 Budget; and if he will make a statement.

 (53335)

98  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the origin was of the motor fuel seized by HM Customs and Excise in Basildon in February; and how much fuel was seized.

 (54300)

99  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings have been held between Ministers or their officials and their Irish counterparts since 1997 to discuss the smuggling of petroleum products into Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

 (54298)

100  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the evidence submitted to HM Customs and Excise by the fuel retail industry on the smuggling of motor fuel oils into Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

 (54295)

101  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many vehicles, with what carrying capacity, have been seized by HM Customs for alleged smuggling motor transport fuels into Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

 (54296)

102  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the origin was of the motor fuel seized by HM Customs and Excise in November 2001 on the M6; and how much fuel was seized.

 (54299)

103  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to stop cross-border smuggling of motor transport fuels into Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

 (54297)

104  
N  
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on the competitiveness of the UK aerospace industry of recent changes to the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

 (53243)

105  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department will have rural proofing embedded in policy-making procedures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54433)

106  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department will establish rural targets and monitoring as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54412)

107  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money the Bank of England has spent on legal fees to date in defence of the proceedings against it by the liquidators of BCCI SA.

 (54125)

108  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters he has received (a) in favour of and (b) critical of his Budget.

 (54491)

109  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the legal costs of the Bank of England defending the proceeds brought by BCC1 SA, up to and including trial and subsequent appeals.

 (54124)

110  
N  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will amend the pension rules to remove the ability of companies to take contribution holidays from their employees' pension scheme.

 (52027)

111  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if he will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54078)

112  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met representatives from the World Service to discuss its plans for the future.

 (54428)

113  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations Her Majesty's Government has made to the Government of Uganda about human rights with specific reference to the conduct of the police towards opposition supporters at a rally in Kampala on 12th January; and if he will make a statement.

 (52112)

114  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of the Secretary of State for International Development to the honourable Member for Richmond Park on 11th March, Official Report, column 684W, what representations have been made by his Department to the Israeli Government to seek financial compensation for EU-financed development projects in Gaza and the West Bank damaged and destroyed by Israeli military action.

 (53472)

115  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in other European Union countries on seeking compensation from the Israeli Government for damage to or the destruction of EU-financed projects in Gaza and the West Bank as a result of Israeli military action.

 (53436)

116  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss with the Saudi ambassador to the UK the poem he has published praising a Palestinian suicide bomber; and if he will make a statement.

 (54195)

117  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has had from (a) the Government of Israel and (b) the Board of Deputies of British Jews about the recently published poem and letter to the Board of Deputies by the Saudi ambassador to the UK.

 (54201)

118  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss with the Saudi ambassador to the UK the letter he wrote to the Board of Deputies about a former prime minister of Israel; and if he will make a statement.

 (54196)

119  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on involving the United Nations in a decision to take military action against Iraq.

 (54291)

120  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the decision of Her Majesty's Government to vote to remove the Director General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

 (54237)

121  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether advice to UK citizens intending to travel to the Middle East has been amended as a result of the wounding of Kate Edwards in Israel.

 (54211)

122  Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been made to Saudi Arabia over the case of Mr Alexander Mitchell.

 (54126)

123  
N  
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people from Fiji have received entry clearance to reside in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.

 (53908)

124  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the United Kingdom voted on 22nd April at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for the removal of the OPCW Director General from his post; and if he will make a statement on Jose Bustani's replacement.

 (54168)

125  
N  
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on referring the issue of self-determination of the Gibraltar people to the International Court of Justice for an advisory opinion.

 (53959)

126  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Derby North on 11th April, Official Report, column 525W, on Gibraltar, whether the sums mentioned that Gibraltar is to receive under European Union structural funding are in pounds or euros.

 (52487)

127  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what help the Government has given to the British planespotters in Greece (a) in assisting with providing expert witnesses for their case, (b) in helping them to meet their legal costs and (c) in ensuring that all relevant parties were aware of cultural differences that might be relevant to the case; and if he will make a statement.

 (54218)

128  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts regarding the Chinese one child policy; and if he will make a statement.

 (54484)

129  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place within the UN during the last two years about the Chinese one child policy.

 (54506)

130  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many First Secretaries (Immigration) he has met since 7th June.

 (54503)

131  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people exercised their right of appeal in visitor visa cases in 2001.

 (54502)

132  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many decisions by entry clearance officers he has overturned since 7th June.

 (54501)

133  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on (a) the activities of the UN force in East Timor and (b) the elections there.

 (54249)

134  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met representatives from Indonesia; and what was discussed.

 (54248)

135  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will initiate a further inquiry into the deaths of Malcolm Rennie and Brian Peters in East Timor in 1975; and if he will make a statement.

 (54247)

136  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if he will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54080)

137  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department have made to other departments on the SSA in relation to Oxfordshire.

 (54155)

138  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has made to other departments on funding for social services spending by counties in preparation for the Comprehensive Spending Review.

 (54156)

139  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the National Health Service (Pensions Scheme and Additional Voluntary Contributions) (Pension Sharing) Amendment Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54309)

140  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the South Tees Acute Hospitals National Health Service Trust Change of Name and (Establishment) Amendment Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54307)

141  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the North Mersey Community National Health Service Trust (Establishment) Amendment Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54302)

142  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the Care Standards Act 2000 (Commencement No. 6) (England) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54308)

143  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the Adoption of Children from Overseas Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54311)

144  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the Lowestoft Primary Care Trust (Establishment) Amendment Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54306)

145  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the Gelatine (Intra-Community Trade) (England) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54305)

146  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the Southampton East Healthcare Primary Care Trust Change of Name and (Establishment) Amendment Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54303)

147  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the Adoption (Inter-Country Aspects) Act 1999 (Commencement No. 5) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54310)

148  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the Southern Derbyshire Mental Health National Health Service Trust Change of Name and (Establishment) Amendment Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54304)

149  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the National Health Service (General Dental Services) Amendment (No. 3) Regulation 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54301)

150  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost has been to date to the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust of the suspension of the transfer of health services between Crawley Hospital and East Surrey Hospital.

 (51929)

151  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list which individuals and bodies he understands to be represented by the phrase 'all concerned' in Sir William Wells' letter to him of 28th February 2001 as being content to publish the draft statement appended to that letter.

 (51930)

152  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the advice given to the South East Region NHS Executive by the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust before his decision to suspend the transfer of services between Crawley and East Surrey Hospitals announced on 27th March 2001.

 (51931)

153  Mr David Borrow (South Ribble): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role the Department of Health plays in the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's review of the evidence on salt; in what form the SACN will publish the results of their consideration of evidence on salt in the diets of adults and children; and whether consultees will be given the opportunity to comment on the draft of SACN's report on salt prior to publication.

 (54245)

154  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of mycobacterium bovis (bovine TB) there have been in humans in each year since 1987; and how many fatalities there have been.

 (53758)

155  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have died as a result of hospital-acquired infection in (a) the most recent year for which figures are available and (b) each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (54154)

156  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there were for (a) occupational therapists, (b) physiotherapists and (c) speech and language therapists in each NHS region in each year from 1997.

 (53473)

157  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what monitoring is undertaken by his Department of National Health Service trusts' infection control policies; and if he will make a statement.

 (54116)

158  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) occupational therapists, (b) physiotherapists and (c) speech and language therapists were employed in the NHS in each NHS region in each year since 1997.

 (53471)

159  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost to the NHS of hospital-acquired infection in (a) each of the last five years and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.

 (54160)

160  
N  
Mr John Butterfill (Bournemouth West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he will take to restore operations on the neurosurgical lists of the Wessex Neurological Centre; and if he will make a statement.

 (54030)

161  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the recommendations of the Carson Report will be implemented by 2004; and if he will make a statement.

 (54269)

162  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of general practitioners in respect of the additional costs related to the healthcare of the families of asylum seekers; and what plans he has to recognise such costs in the allocation of funds to primary care trusts.

 (54270)

163  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to develop joint triage protocols between NHS Direct and GP out-of-hours cooperatives.

 (54268)

164  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP out-of-hours cooperatives there are; and how many of these are connected to the NHS intranet.

 (54267)

165  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) red cards and (b) yellow cards were issued in each hospital taking part in the trials to reduce violence; and what changes have taken place in the levels of violence in (i) those hospitals using the schemes and (ii) those who are not.

 (54462)

166  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (a) has a website and (b) makes its minutes available on a website.

 (53899)

167  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which population of humans will be targeted in clinical testing of smallpox vaccines; and what tests will be used to determine immunity protections.

 (53902)

168  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25th April, Official Report, column 460W, on the smallpox vaccine, who the members of the specially convened sub-group of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation are; what their institutional and commercial affiliations are; and how often the sub-group meets.

 (53897)

169  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Government plans to set up its own vaccine production organisation.

 (53894)

170  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what facilities are available in the United Kingdom for anthrax vaccine production; and if it is produced by biotechnological methodologies.

 (53900)

171  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he plans to issue information on smallpox vaccination quantities and deployment to (a) local authorities, (b) local hospitals and (c) the police.

 (53903)

172  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who the members of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation are; and what their institutional and commercial affiliations are.

 (53896)

173  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long it will take Powderject to develop the plant and methodology to produce smallpox vaccine.

 (53901)

174  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what precautions the Government plans to take in the event of (a) plague and (b) Ebola attack.

 (53898)

175  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of women were recorded as being dependent on alcohol in each of the last five years.

 (54115)

176  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the percentage of women aged between 16 and 24 years who drank more than the recommended daily benchmarks in (a) the most recent year for which figures are available and (b) each of the last five years.

 (54114)

177  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the costs of siting renal transplant services at (a) St George's and (b) St Helier hospitals.

 (54278)

178  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received about the proposal to transfer renal transplant services from St Helier to St George's hospitals.

 (54279)

179  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the relative benefits of transferring renal services from St George's to St Helier hospitals.

 (54280)

180  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the new system of management at Portsmouth Hospital Trust will be in place; what other assistance the Department is giving to the Trust; and if he will make a statement.

 (54250)

181  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been treated by the NHS for alcohol-related illness in (a) England and (b) each region in each of the last five years.

 (54215)

182  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the percentage of women who (a) drank more than the recommended daily benchmarks at least once a week and (b) drank more than twice the recommended daily benchmarks at least once a week in each of the last five years, including the most recent year for which figures are available.

 (54113)

183  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many persons died primarily as a result of the use of alcohol in the last year for which figures are available.

 (54214)

184  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost to the NHS of treating alcohol-related illness in each of the last five years.

 (54191)

185  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish details of the criteria to be used in order to make the next allocations of CT and MRI scanners.

 (53891)

186  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter of 17th January from the honourable Member for Manchester Central in relation to Mr B R, reference PO002718.

 (53933)

187  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the health consequences of the sale of genetic testing kits to the public.

 (54203)

188  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department will introduce measures to raise rural awareness through staff (a) training, (b) development and (c) secondments as part of overall rural proofing measures set out in the Countryside Agency's report Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54418)

189  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department will establish rural targets and monitoring established as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54408)

190  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department will have rural proofing embedded in policy-making procedures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54430)

191  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish a list of ambulance service reviews carried out in South East England in the last five years, stating (a) when each began, (b) when each was conducted, (c) how much each cost and (d) how much was spent on consultants on each occasion.

 (53914)

192  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost of the 1 per cent. increase in national insurance payments for each NHS trust in its first year of application.

 (53934)

193  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) income and (b) expenditure of the Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals was during the financial year ended on 31st March.

 (53912)

194  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been borrowed by the Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust to cover overspending in each of the past three years; and what arrangements are being made to repay this money.

 (53913)

195  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many franchising bids he has received for the post of Chief Executive of the Ashford and St Peter's Hospital NHS Trust.

 (53915)

196  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if he will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54084)

197  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the annual cost of retail crime to (a) business, (b) local authorities and (c) the police in each of the past three years.

 (54469)

198  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to offer funding to local crime prevention initiatives in Weston-Super-Mare.

 (54471)

199  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of money drawn from the Criminal Justice Reserve will be allocated to retail crime reduction.

 (54470)

200  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the total cost of (a) retail crime and (b) street crime in each of the last three years.

 (54467)

201  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to promote policies for instruction of the general public on personal safety from crime.

 (54190)

202  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of domestic violence were reported to the Metropolitan Police in each of the last three years.

 (54189)

203  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) police civilian staff are employed by the Metropolitan Police.

 (54199)

204  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the actions that he plans to take as a consequence of the Damilola Taylor case.

 (54120)

205  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the suspension of Abu Hamza by the Charity Commission from his position with the charity, the North London Centre Mosque, with special reference to the basis for the Charity Commissioner's action.

 (54202)

206  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the ruling in the Court of Appeal concerning Louis Farrakhan.

 (54478)

207  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the question from the honourable Member for Epsom and Ewell on the special voucher scheme (ref: 46319).

 (53886)

208  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers he estimates will pass through asylyum induction centres in each year; what estimate he has made of the costs of introducting the centres; and if he will make a statement.

 (53905)

209  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are being held in Prison Service accommodation; and if he will make a statement.

 (53906)

210  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the asylum induction centre in Dover will be fully operational; and if he will make a statement.

 (53907)

211  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the future of the Oakington Detention Centre site.

 (53904)

212  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will answer the letter from the honourable Member for Torbay of 9th January concerning Hazir Ymeri.

 (54241)

213  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letters from the honourable Member for Tonbridge and Malling on behalf of Mr P. J. Wright of Edenbridge, dated 3rd December 2001, 7th February 2002 and 15th March 2002.

 (54095)

214  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department will establish rural targets and monitoring as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54409)

215  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department will introduce measures to raise rural awareness through staff (a) training, (b) development and (c) secondments as part of overall rural proofing measures set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54419)

216  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what definition of (a) racism and (b) xenophobia is used by his Department.

 (53961)

217  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department will have rural proofing embedded in policy-making procedures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54431)

218  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what right asylum seekers have to nominate their own (a) psychiatrist and (b) psychologist for the production of reports on their suitability for deportation; how many have done so in the last 12 months; and in how many cases people have been found to be psychologically unsuitable for deportation.

 (53960)

219  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department will implement proofing and checklist measures as part of overall rural proofing measures set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54435)

220  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy towards arranged marriages, with special reference to immigration.

 (54497)

221  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Black and Asian officers there are in the (a) Metropolitan Police, (b) Leicestershire Police and (c) Derbyshire Police; and at which rank.

 (54499)

222  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the names of members of the Leicestershire Police Authority, their occupations and remuneration.

 (54498)

223  
N  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will investigate administrative arrangements put into place by the Criminal Records Bureau in respect of its pilot schemes affecting Stoke on Trent, including variations on date of commencement; what guidance was issued; and what compensation is available to those whose business is affected by delays in processing.

 (53331)

224  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if he will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54081)

225  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the value of childhood immunisation in developing countries.

 (53895)

226  Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total value was of aid and assistance given to her Department's regional programme in the Pacific in each of the last five years.

 (54465)

227  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the proposals to increase health aid budgets contained in the World Health Organisation's report by the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, published on 20th December; and what role her Department has played in the report's distribution in the United Kingdom and in British overseas territories and embassies.

 (54166)

228  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the impact of the political instability in Zimbabwe on regional security.

 (54260)

229  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with the Government of Tanzania regarding good government in Zimbabwe.

 (54258)

230  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of business links between Tanzania and Zimbabwe and their impact on (a) political stability and (b) international development.

 (54253)

231  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the impact of her decision to withhold aid from Tanzania; and when she expects aid to resume.

 (54254)

232  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the peace process in the Democratic Republic of Congo with respect to (a) Tanzania and (b) Zimbabwe.

 (54259)

233  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she last discussed political security in the Great Lakes region of Africa with the UN.

 (54257)

234  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with the Government of Tanzania regarding the peace process in the DRC.

 (54256)

235  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to promote good governance in Tanzania.

 (54261)

236  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when her Department last discussed the political situation in Tanzania with (a) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (b) the Department for Trade and Industry and (c) the Ministry of Defence; and what was discussed.

 (54262)

237  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Government of Tanzania regarding the purposes of the air defence system recently purchased by the Tanzanian Government.

 (54255)

238  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much food aid (a) her Department and (b) the EU has provided to Malawi in the last six months.

 (54252)

239  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the level of funding made available to the United Nations Population Fund in (a) 1980, (b) 1984, (c) 1988, (d) 1992 and (e) 2000.

 (54480)

240  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what oversight and scrutiny her officials have over the funding of the UN Population Fund; and if she will make a statement.

 (54485)

241  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the policy of the UN Population Fund with respect to the Chinese one child policy.

 (54482)

242  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funds are being made available by (a) the United Nations Fund for Population Activities and (b) the International Parenthood Federation to fund population control in Peru.

 (54483)

243  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was given by the EU to the UN Population Fund in each of the last 10 years.

 (54481)

244  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her estimate is of the cost in a full year of the budget changes to employers' National Insurance contributions to (a) her Department, (b) agencies of her Department and (c) charities in the overseas development sector.

 (53888)

245  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the written questions asked of her between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if she will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54094)

246  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many registered enduring powers of attorney there were in each year since 2000.

 (53781)

247  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when his Department will establish rural targets and monitoring as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54410)

248  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when his Department will introduce measures to raise rural awareness through staff (a) training, (b) development and (c) secondments as part of overall rural proofing measures set out in the Countryside Agency's report Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54420)

249  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the backlog of immigration cases in the IAA; what the backlog is of cases waiting for decision by an immigration adjudicator; and what the average length of time was for a case to be dealt with from receipt from the Home Office to the hearing in the last 12 months.

 (54500)

250  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many court houses have closed since 1997; and how many have had improvements made to them.

 (54208)

251  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what recent steps the Government has taken to renovate the criminal courts.

 (54206)

252  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what budget was of the Magistrates' Court Service in each year since 1997.

 (54207)

253  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many digital radios are owned by his Department for use in departmental buildings from which Ministers work; and what the (a) cost and (b) date of purchase of each radio was.

 (54073)

254  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the newspapers subscribed to (a) Monday to Saturday and (b) on Sunday by his Department, stating for each subscription (i) the number of copies taken and (ii) the annual cost.

 (54075)

255  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the magazines and periodicals subscribed to by his Department, stating for each subscription (i) the number of copies taken and (ii) the annual cost.

 (54074)

256  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the (a) number and (b) total cost of television licences paid for by his Department.

 (54072)

257  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if he will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54088)

258  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many subscriptions to (a) digital terrestrial, (b) digital satellite and (c) digital cable are held by his Department for services in departmental buildings from which Ministers work, stating for each subscription its (i) cost and (ii) purpose.

 (54071)

259  David Burnside (South Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will consult (a) the Northern Ireland Fireworks Association and (b) other interested parties before proceeding with the Explosives (Fireworks) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002.

 (54118)

260  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham & Stamford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people are categorised as supporters of organisations on ceasefire against whom there are outstanding prosecutions, for offences committed before 10th April 1998, as referred to in paragraph 20 of the joint proposals published by the British and Irish governments; and of these, how many are wanted in connection with (a) murder, (b) attempted murder and (c) conspiracy to murder.

 (53037)

261  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the size was of the road transportation retail fuels market for (a) diesel and (b) petrol in Northern Ireland for each year since 1997.

 (54292)

262  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many UK-duty paid litres of motor fuel products have been sold in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

 (54293)

263  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many successful prosecutions there have been in each year since 1997 for smuggling motor fuel products into Northern Ireland; and what penalties were imposed.

 (54294)

264  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if he will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54085)

265  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the President of the Council, if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if he will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54079)

266  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Prime Minister, when he last met (a) the Aga Khan, (b) the Aga Khan Development Network and (c) the Aga Khan Foundation; what the subject matter of the meeting was; and what discussions he had in advance of the meeting.

 (53807)

267  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Prime Minister, what recent representations he has received on the sale of the St Thomas's old medical school site.

 (53806)

268  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had on the St Thomas's old medical school site.

 (53805)

269  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on (a) security issues and (b) nuclear weapons in respect of his visit to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in January; and what representations he has received regarding the state of inter-governmental relations in the sub-continent.

 (54212)

270  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if he will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54076)

271  Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many applications have been received by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission; how many have been processed how many have been referred to the Court of Appeal; and with what result.

 (54175)

272  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if she will list the written questions asked of her between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if he will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54089)

273  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make a statement on the actions that she plans to take as a consequence of the Damilola Taylor case.

 (54119)

274  Mr George Galloway (Glasgow, Kelvin): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many SIELs have been issued, and in what categories, for military exports to Israel since 18th February; and if she will make a statement.

 (54127)

275  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what investigation has taken place into the level of service of the telephone system in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight on 25th April and its impact on emergency services.

 (54027)

276  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will instigate an inquiry into the service level of the telephone system in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight on 25th April and its impact on emergency services.

 (54026)

277  
N  
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has made to the Treasury on the review of the Export Credits Guarantee Department on the impact of changes to the ECGD on the competitiveness of the UK aerospace industry.

 (53242)

278  Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what meetings her Department (a) has had and (b) is planning to have with the DTLR regarding the impact of the line rental scheme on Government policies to encourage the roll out broad band and high band width networks.

 (54112)

279  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she plans to publish the annual report of her Department's Office for Civil Nuclear Security.

 (54172)

280  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 22nd October, to the honourable Member for Bury, North, Official Report, column 7, when she received the annual report from the Office for Civil Nuclear Security; and when she plans to place a copy in the Library.

 (54209)

281  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when her Department will establish rural targets and monitoring as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54411)

282  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when her Department will introduce measures to raise rural awareness through staff (a) training, (b) development and (c) secondments as part of overall rural proofing measures set out in the Countryside Agency's report Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54421)

283  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when her Department will have rural proofing embedded in policy-making procedures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54432)

284  Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the Government will introduce improved safeguards to stop employers requiring their employees to work overtime without payment.

 (54187)

285  Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the Government will introduce legislation to require employers to agree holidays with their employers on an annual basis.

 (54186)

286  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make it her policy to accept sworn statements from those wishing to make claims under the Icelandic Waters Trawlermen Compensation Scheme whose services records are lost; and if she will make a statement.

 (54512)

287  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assistance the Government has given to small businesses to help them through the global downturn.

 (54194)

288  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assistance the Government has provided since 1997 to small businesses starting up.

 (54193)

289  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures the Government has taken since 1997 to reduce regulations affecting small and medium enterprises.

 (54192)

290  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the written questions asked of her between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if she will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54091)

291  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 27th November, Official Report, column 861W, on rural housing, how many households were identified as being in priority need for housing in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000, (f) 2001 and (g) 2002 in local authorities defined as rural.

 (53779)

292  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many complaints were registered with each passenger transport authority against bus operators, broken down by name of operator, in each of the last three years.

 (54265)

293  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to support the development of a hydrogen infrastructure for fuel cell powered vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

 (54266)

294  Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the (a) total passenger capacity and (b) the theoretical maximum capacity of London Underground was at peak periods in 1996-97 and 2001-02; and what changes in capacity resulted from (i) new lines, (ii) new trains, (iii) signal upgrades, (iv) speed restrictions, (v) signal failures, (vi) supply failures, (vii) line failure and (viii) structural problems.

 (54264)

295  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to review back up mechanisms in the event of a 999 telephone failure; and if he will make a statement.

 (50428)

296  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what measures are in place to ensure availability of 999 services in the event of failure in the local telephone network.

 (54029)

297  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the Government will provide legally binding guarantees to support the finance raised by Metronet and Tube Lines.

 (54286)

298  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the maximum amount of financial support for the PPP contractors is that is covered by letters of comfort from the Government.

 (54284)

299  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 29th April, Official Report, column 569W, what contractual arrangements exist for access to the network by rail freight operators.

 (54281)

300  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many underground stations will be improved up to 2009; and how many were planned to be improved in the original PPP proposal.

 (54289)

301  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what protection exists, and whether it is his policy that protection should exist, to protect rail freight operators against increases in track access charges by the rail regulator.

 (54282)

302  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects the final safety case for the London Underground PPP to be completed.

 (54283)

303  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what capacity increases the PPP scheme will lead to during the first seven and a half years of operation.

 (54288)

304  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the application of the phrase minimum ambiguity to deciding who is responsible for tube assets under the PPP.

 (54287)

305  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on how many occasions his Department has issued letters of comfort to a private sector contractor.

 (54285)

306  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what rights the PPP providers have to withdraw from the contracts at the end of the first seven and a half year period.

 (54290)

307  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the categories and value of payments made to, by and on behalf of the proposed Company Limited by Guarantee as a successor to Railtrack which will be paid from public funds.

 (53802)

308  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on progess made on the review of political restrictions on local government officers.

 (54216)

309  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his proposals to alter the political restrictions on local government officers in England and Wales.

 (54217)

310  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list, by project, the total investment in housing capital improvements in the London Borough of Redbridge, (a) in each of the past five years and (b) expected for 2002-03.

 (54117)

311  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action has been taken to carry out the Stewart Report recommendation to appoint an ombudsman to examine decisions on the siting of base stations where there is disagreement at the local level.

 (54504)

312  Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he is taking to encourage best practice in the types of airport consultation that are required under section 35 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982.

 (54505)

313  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his estimate is of the cost in a full year of the Budget changes to employer's National Insurance contributions to (a) his Department, (b) agencies of his Department and (c) local government carrying out functions within the responsibility of his Department.

 (53889)

314  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the level of service of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight 999 services on Thursday 25th April with particular reference to (a) emergency service 999 calls, (b) the telephone landlines in Southampton and parts of the Isle of Wight and (c) back-up arrangements.

 (53893)

315  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the starting salary of a fireman is in (a) London and (b) the rest of England; and when this salary will next increase.

 (54176)

316  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to increase the pay of fire service personnel.

 (54177)

317  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the shortfall is in the number of firemen in the UK; and what measures he plans to introduce to increase numbers.

 (54178)

318  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many fire stations have (a) closed, (b) opened and (c) had improvements made to them since 1997.

 (54179)

319  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if he will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54083)

320  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if he will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54086)

321  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of pensioner couples had an income below 60 per cent. of the median income in each of the last 10 years where the head of the family was aged (a) 70 and under, (b) 71 to 75, (c) 76 to 80 and (d) over 80 years.

 (53804)

322  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of single female pensioners aged (a) 70 and under, (b) 71 to 75, (c) 76 to 80 and (d) over 80 years had an income in (i) the bottom income quintile, (ii) the second bottom income quintile, (iii) the middle income quintile, (iv) the second top income quintile and (v) the top income quintile, in each of the past 10 years.

 (53809)

323  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of single male pensioners aged (a) 70 and under, (b) 71 to 75, (c) 76 to 80 and (d) over 80 years had an income in (i) the bottom income quintile, (ii) the second bottom income quintile, (iii) the middle income quintile, (iv) the second top income quintile and (v) the top income quintile, in each of the past 10 years.

 (53810)

324  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of single female pensioners aged (a) 70 and under, (b) 71 to 75, (c) 76 to 80 and (d) over 80 years had an income below 60 per cent. of the median income in each of the last 10 years.

 (53813)

325  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many local authorities are operating the Royal Mail Do Not Redirect Benefit Mail scheme.

 (53808)

326  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of pensioner couples where the age of the head of the household was (a) 70 and under, (b) 71 to 75, (c) 76 to 80 and (d) over 80 years had an income in (i) the bottom income quintile, (ii) the second bottom income quintile, (iii) the middle income quintile, (iv) the second top income quintile and (v) the top income quintile, in each of the past 10 years.

 (53811)

327  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of pensioner households had an income below 60 per cent. of the median income in each of the last 10 years.

 (53812)

328  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of single male pensioners aged (a) 70 and under, (b) 71 to 75, (c) 76 to 80 and (d) over 80 years had an income below 60 per cent. of the median income in each of the last 10 years.

 (53803)

329  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when private sector providers who wish to make combined pensions forecasts available to prospective pensioners will be able to do so; and what information on forecasts is available to them.

 (54239)

330  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list those employers and pension scheme providers who have participated in pilot exercises to inform the design and development of combined pensions forecasts; and if he will make sample statements available in the Library.

 (54238)

331  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many prospective pensioners have received combined pensions forecasts to date; and what his target number is of recipients for each of the next three years.

 (54240)

332  
N  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Social Fund limits were last increased; and if he will make a statement as to when he next expects them to be increased.

 (54068)

333  Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many UK pensioners in receipt of pensions are living abroad, broken down by country of residence.

 (54464)

334  Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in which countries British pensioners living abroad (a) have and (b) do not have their pensions increased in line with inflation.

 (54473)

335  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department will implement proofing and checklist measures as part of overall rural proofing measures set out in the Countryside Agency's report Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54425)

336  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department will introduce measures to raise rural awareness through staff (a) training, (b) development and (c) secondments as part of overall rural proofing measures set out in the Countryside Agency's, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54437)

337  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department will establish rural targets and monitoring as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001-02.

 (54413)

338  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of carers (a) entitled to and (b) being credited into the state second pension.

 (54517)

339  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which categories of carer will be credited into the state second pension; and for each of those categories, who will be (a) credited automatically and (b) need to make a claim.

 (54516)

340  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of non-resident parents who have had their driving licences removed by the courts since April 2001 as a result of the provisions introduced under the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000.

 (45514)

341  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the (a) percentage and (b) amount of funding that (i) the government and (ii) the banks will invest to establish the new direct bank.

 (54511)

342  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 19th April, Official Report, column 1215W, on the Child Support Agency, what estimates he has made of the costs of new IT for the Child Support Agency in the period 2001 to 04.

 (54515)

343  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the cost of each of his Department's initiatives to encourage carer take-up of the state second pension.

 (54518)

344  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1st to 30th June 2001, (b) 1st to 31st July 2001, (c) 1st to 30th September 2001, (d) 1st to 31st October 2001, (e) 1st to 30th November 2001, (f) 1st to 31st December 2001, (g) 1st to 31st January 2002, (h) 1st to 28th February 2002, (i) 1st to 31st March 2002 and (j) 1st to 30th April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30th April; and if he will state (i) the name of the honourable Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer.

 (54082)

345  
N  
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore): To ask the Minister for Women, what progress the Government has made in narrowing the pay gap between men and women.

 (51994)

346  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps are being taken to recognise the contribution of women to British science.

 [Question Unstarred]   (52025)

347  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many houses (a) have been built in areas deemed as high risk of flooding in each year since 1997 and (b) are planned in such areas.

 [Transferred]   (54235)

348  Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the composition is of the Aviation Working Group looking into Deep Vein Thrombosis; and when it will report.

 [Transferred]   (54474)

349  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the proposed EU arrest warrant will apply to extradition requests by military tribunals.

 [Transferred]   (54210)

350  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) men and (b) women of British nationality are serving a prison sentence in an overseas country; and in which country the sentence is being served in each case.

 [Transferred]   (54246)

351  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will request the OFT to investigate the change in insurance premiums in areas at risk from flooding since autumn 2000.

 [Transferred]   (54427)

352  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to regulate the sale of genetic testing kits.

 [Transferred]   (54205)

353  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the voluntary system of regulation for commercially available genetic testing kits.

 [Transferred]   (54204)

354  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice and funds her Department is making available to local authorities to (a) devise and (b) implement zero waste strategies.

 [Transferred]   (54159)

355  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received in respect of proposals to change the planning system as they refer to radioactive waste disposal.

 [Transferred]   (54167)

356  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to provide financial assistance to students waiting for their asylum applications to be processed towards their monthly train fare to Gatwick to report to the authorities.

 [Transferred]   (54157)

357  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when and for what reasons the universal bank has been renamed the new direct bank; whether all benefit claimants will have access to the new direct bank; when she expects the new direct bank to be established; if she will list the (a) banks and (b) building societies that have agreed to deliver the new direct bank services; and with which company a contract has been signed for the benefit payment card account.

 [Transferred]   (54510)



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