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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 7 May 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 7 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.
 


 

TUESDAY 7th MAY

1  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when, by whom, and on what basis, it was agreed that sapele timber would be used in the refurbishment of 22 Whitehall.

 (54353)

2  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will set out the steps which he took to ensure that all timber for the refurbishment of 22 Whitehall derived from legally certified and sustainable sources.

 (54352)

3  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if outstanding orders of sapele timber for the refurbishment of 22 Whitehall have been cancelled.

 (54351)

4  Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on (a) the circumstances in which an accounting officer should seek a direction from a Minister before authorising expenditure, (b) the number of occasions since 1st May 1997 that such directions have been sought by accounting officers and (c) the department and sum involved and the purpose of the expenditure for which a direction was sought in each case.

 (54833)

5  
N  
Mrs Annette L. Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what research projects have been commissioned by his Department into electronic voting since June 2000, stating in each case (a) the organisation or consortium members carrying out the research, (b) the cost, (c) the purpose and title, (d) the date on which the research was or is due to be delivered to his Department and (e) the date or expected date of publication of the results.

 (54137)

6  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) his Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) his Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.

 (54700)

7  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) her Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) her Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.

 (54704)

8  Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of the population in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) each United Kingdom region and (c) the High Peak constituency is able to receive a digital terrestrial television signal; and if she will make a statement.

 (54619)

9  Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures the Government will take to ensure that the quality of the analogue signal is maintained during digital roll-out; and if she will make a statement.

 (54618)

10  Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what mechanisms the Government will implement to ensure that (a) consumers on low incomes, (b) consumers who live in rural areas and (c) other consumers who live in areas which cannot presently receive digital terrestrial television will continue to have access to television services after analogue switch-off.

 (54617)

11  Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what definitions of (a) access, (b) availability and (c) affordability the Government will use to determine when analogue switch-off will take place; and if she will make a statement.

 (54620)

12  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment has been made of the impact of the work of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

 (54572)

13  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her future funding intentions are for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

 (54573)

14  
N  
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what impact her Department's policies have had on the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency since 1997.

 (54334)

15  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement about the future funding of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

 (54806)

16  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent representations she has received regarding the future of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

 (54807)

17  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what British service personnel are deployed in the Republic of Cyprus.

 (54732)

18  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much military service personnel housing is owned by his Department in (a) the UK and (b) overseas.

 (54643)

19  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) men and (b) women from ethnic communities were serving in the British forces on 1st May.

 (54640)

20  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many women are serving in each of the armed forces.

 (54634)

21  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the oldest ship in commission in the Royal Navy is.

 (54641)

22  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what financial provision has been made for the training of Territorial Army units in the Greater London area in 2002-03; and if he will list each financial provision.

 (54631)

23  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many foreign military personnel, and from which countries, have been involved in military training in the United Kingdom in the last 12 months.

 (54630)

24  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many submarines are operational in the Royal Navy.

 (54642)

25  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military service properties in the United Kingdom are waiting to be sold.

 (54633)

26  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) men and (b) women are serving in the Territorial Army.

 (54692)

27  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British service personnel are involved in land mine destruction; and in which countries such personnel are working.

 (54632)

28  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the President of the Western European Union; and what issues were discussed.

 (54629)

29  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British armed forces are stationed in Sierra Leone.

 (54636)

30  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Gurkha troops are serving in Gurkha regiments based in the United Kingdom.

 (54635)

31  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) his Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) his Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.

 (54703)

32  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24th April, Official Report, column 260W, when his Department was informed by Surrey Police of the re-opening of the investigation into Private Gray's death; what the terms of the investigation are; what his Department's involvement in the investigation is; and if he will make a statement.

 (54811)

33  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are for the Multinational Brigade Centre led by the United Kingdom in Kosovo to be merged with the French-led Multinational Brigade North; and if he will make a statement.

 (54834)

34  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for New Forest West of 22nd November 2001, Official Report, column 373W, what savings accrued from the cancellation of the exercises.

 (54901)

35  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 5th March 2002, to the honourable Member for Tewkesbury, Official Report, column 166W, on war cemeteries, if he will place in the Library copies of the correspondence between the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the French Ministry of the Interior concerning plans to build on a war cemetery for a new Paris airport.

 (54881)

36  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many successful applicants for RAF pilot officer have been unable to secure a flying training position in each of the past three years.

 (54885)

37  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) manning requirement and (b) strength is of the Submarine Service.

 (54882)

38  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the complement is of (a) HMS Cardiff, (b) HMS Edinburgh, (c) HMS York, (d) HMS Nottingham, (e) HMS Glasgow, (f) HMS Exeter, (g) HMS Southampton and (h) HMS Newcastle.

 (54884)

39  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Submarine Service has sufficient manpower to crew all operational submarines; and if he will make a statement.

 (54883)

40  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the operating costs were of the Defence Logistics Organisation in (a) 2002-03 and (b) each year since it was established.

 (54900)

41  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are to use SHAPE military experts for planning a Turkish-led ISAF in Kabul.

 (54837)

42  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what savings to the Defence Budget accrued from the delay in the delivery of the ASRAAM missile.

 (54902)

43  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received from his (a) Turkish and (b) EU counterparts regarding the possibility of using SHAPE's military experts for planning a Turkish-led ISAF; and if he will make a statement.

 (54836)

44  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what savings accrued to the Defence Budget from the reduction in the planned order of Merlin helicopters.

 (54903)

45  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department was for the use of the North Port Split by British forces between September 1992 and January 2002.

 (54835)

46  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what conditions need to be met by his Department prior to Turkey agreeing to lead ISAF in Kabul.

 (54838)

47  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Royal Navy are in the medical categories (a) baby, (b) PO, (c) P2, (d) P2X, (e) P2U3, (f) P2L3, (g) P3R, (h) P3P, (i) P7RA, (j) P7RB, (k) P7RC, (l) P7RD and (m) P8; in each case what percentage of (i) establishment and (ii) actual manning this represents; and if he will make a statement.

 (54130)

48  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to ensure that the conditions of service, pay and pension right of Gurkha soldiers are commensurate with the pay and conditions and pensions of other UK armed forces personnel; and if he will make a statement.

 (54314)

49  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what criteria armed forces personnel have been selected for medical treatment in the private sector; and if he will make a statement.

 (54134)

50  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the cost to his Department if surviving former Gurkhas who are drawing pensions related to their service in the UK armed forces were paid in a lump sum additional monies in order to make up the difference between what they have been drawing in pension and what they would have received if they had the same pension rights as UK members of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

 (54317)

51  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the reason underlying the number of service personnel who are medically downgraded; and if he will make a statement.

 (54128)

52  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Gurkhas are in service in the UK armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

 (54312)

53  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel by regiment have had medical treatment in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002 to date under contracts with private sector providers; and if he will make a statement.

 (54132)

54  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average (a) in-patient waiting time and (b) out-patient waiting time was for armed forces personnel in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2002 treated in (A) the NHS and (B) the private sector; and if he will make a statement.

 (54136)

55  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 25th April, Official Report, column 425W, on service personnel, how many service personnel (a) with children and (b) without children in (i) the Army, (ii) the Navy and (iii) the RAF are earning under £92.90 per week after tax and national insurance deductions; and if he will make a statement.

 (54180)

56  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Army are in the medical categories (a) FE, (b) FT, (c) LE, (d) LT, (e) BE, (f) BT, (g) HO, (h) HO (UK), (i) HONI and (j) HO (UK) NI; in each case what percentage of (i) establishment and (ii) actual manning this represents; and if he will make a statement.

 (54131)

57  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department was of pensions for former Gurkha soldiers in each of the last five financial years; if he will estimate in each case the cost to his Department if Gurkha pensions were paid at the rates paid to UK members of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

 (54318)

58  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the (a) standard of treatment (b) in-patient waiting time, (c) out-patient waiting time and (d) cost of the current medical treatment of armed forces personnel in (i) the private sector and (ii) the NHS.

 (54135)

59  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what pay, conditions of service and pension rights are offered to recruits from Commonwealth countries that differ from those offered to UK-born recruits; and if he will make a statement.

 (54315)

60  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to make the short-term measure announced in December 2000 temporarily to supplement NHS treatment of armed forces personnel with private provision into a permanent policy; and if he will make a statement.

 (54129)

61  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the additional annual cost to his Department if Gurkhas were offered the same pay, conditions of service and pensions as UK armed forces personnel; and if he will make a statement.

 (54316)

62  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which private sector providers were selected in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002 to date for the treatment of armed forces personnel, stating in each case (i) the number of personnel treated in that year and (ii) the cost to his Department; and if he will make a statement.

 (54133)

63  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many former Gurkhas drawing an armed forces pension are resident in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) Nepal and (c) elsewhere; and if he will make a statement.

 (54313)

64  
N  
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost will be of the refund to disabled ex-servicemen formerly in the RAF and Royal Navy because of the error made by his Department in deducting tax wrongly from their pensions.

 (54320)

65  
N  
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many widows of Royal Navy servicemen have been affected by his Department's error in deducting tax wrongly from their pensions.

 (54319)

66  
N  
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for how many years his Department has known about its error in deducting tax from the pensions of disabled ex-servicemen formerly in (a) the Royal Navy and (b) the Royal Air Force.

 (54322)

67  
N  
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many disabled ex-service (a) men and (b) women formerly in the Royal Navy have been affected by his Department's error in deducting tax wrongly from their pensions.

 (54321)

68  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military personnel were stationed in Gibraltar in (a) October 2000, (b) April 2001, (c) October 2001 and (d) April 2002.

 (54355)

69  Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK military personnel he estimates were exposed to dangerous and harmful gases resulting from destroyed Iraqi chemical factories in the Gulf War; and what changes there have been in this number in the last three years.

 (54580)

70  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 29th April, Official Report, columns 535-6W, on fluorescent particle trials, if he will place in the Library the conclusions of the subsequent defence trials involving simulant organisms referred to; what assessment he has made of the implications of the impact of the trials on human health; and if he will make a statement.

 (54343)

71  Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on the supply of arms to Israel.

 (54731)

72  Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what British-made military equipment has recently been supplied to Israel.

 (54730)

73  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in what circumstances the obligations under education legislation (a) to provide schooling and (b) for parents to ensure school attendance may be disapplied for children of compulsory school age resident in the United Kingdom.

 (53943)

74  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what post-16 budget support grant is payable to each local education authority in England; and in each case what the category is under which the grant is payable.

 (54327)

75  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 23rd April, Official Report, columns 163-7W, on LEA funding, what the comparable figures are for each of the last five years.

 (54357)

76  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) her Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) her Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.

 (54702)

77  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children were benefiting from nursery vouchers in 1997.

 (54887)

78  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children are in maintained nursery education.

 (54888)

79  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average number of exams sat by a pupil in (a) 1991-92 and (b) 2001-02 was.

 (54889)

80  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the recent Ofsted report on ICT in schools.

 (54890)

81  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the reports she expects Ofsted to publish in the next six months.

 (54891)

82  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information she has collated about the presence of protection rackets in secondary schools involving teenage pupils.

 (54892)

83  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of the relative performance of non-selective schools in areas with grammar schools, by comparison with comprehensives.

 (54893)

84  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average class sizes were for each age group in each of the past five years.

 (54894)

85  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent in total by local education authorities on transport for special needs pupils in the latest year for which figures are available.

 (54865)

86  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures she has introduced to encourage schools to employ teaching assistants on all-year-round contracts.

 (54097)

87  
N  
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what impact her Department's policies have had on the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency since 1997.

 (54337)

88  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with the Chief Inspector on the examination of the AVCE course in engineering.

 (54545)

89  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action she is taking to ensure that students undertaking the AVCE engineering course will attain grades appropriate to their achievement in their course of study.

 (54544)

90  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of whether the new AVCE engineering course has been introduced as intended; and if she will make a statement on the opportunity the course gives students to achieve grades that will enable them to follow their chosen career paths.

 (54543)

91  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action she has taken to ensure high quality assessment of students undertaking the AVCE course.

 (54546)

92  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with further education colleges on the AVCE engineering course examinations assessment.

 (54547)

93  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action she is taking to ensure that examination boards for the AVCE course in engineering are able to evaluate the course content that students have studied.

 (54548)

94  Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers (a) applied for and (b) were refused early retirement on the grounds of ill health in (i) 1992-93, (ii) 1993-94 and (iii) 1995-96.

 (54613)

95  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement about the accountability to her Department of Capita Business Services Ltd regarding the administration of the Teachers' Pension Scheme.

 (54805)

96  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to equalise the London weighting allowance for staff working in further education and tertiary colleges.

 (54595)

97  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to ensure that the central London weighting allowance applies to teachers living in outer London boroughs.

 (54596)

98  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will take steps to ensure parity of pay scales between teachers working in further education and teachers working in schools.

 (54625)

99  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the truancy figures are for secondary schools in Surrey for each year since 1997; and how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for non-attendance at these schools there have been since 1997.

 (54325)

100  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school buses are in use in England.

 (54861)

101  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures she has introduced to improve the safety of playgrounds at (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

 (54795)

102  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to improve the safety of children on their journeys to and from school.

 (54796)

103  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures she has introduced to increase transport for children on the daily school run.

 (54862)

104  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will exempt agricultural shows from the 20 day standstill period for animal movements.

 (54346)

105  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government adopted its timber procurement policy.

 (54438)

106  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment was in possession of relevant data when assessing T25 maize under the genetically modified foods approval procedure; and if she will make a statement.

 (54344)

107  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the financial impact of movement and biosecurity regulations on agricultural shows; and if she will make a statement.

 (54347)

108  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of public attitudes towards the commercial growing of genetically modified crops; and if she will make a statement.

 (54348)

109  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many overnight stays were undertaken by her officials working on the foot and mouth epidemic.

 (54339)

110  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the veterinary assessment of the risk to bio-security posed by cow-pats at agricultural shows; and if she will make a statement.

 (54340)

111  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the number of farm businesses in receipt of compensation during the foot and mouth epidemic which have since (a) been sold and (b) ceased to trade as farms.

 (54341)

112  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the economic value of game shooting; and if she will make a statement.

 (54342)

113  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18th April, Official Report, column 1058W, for what reasons she does not intend to recruit additional veterinary surgeons in 2002-03; and if she will make a statement.

 (54220)

114  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the proportion of her departmental budget allocated to the State Veterinary Service broken down by main category of expenditure, in each of the last 10 years.

 (54226)

115  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent research her Department has undertaken to investigate whether organic and conventional farms differ in total factor productivity growth and its composition; and if she will place copies in the Library.

 (54591)

116  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many veterinary surgeons have (a) entered and (b) left the Department and its predecessor in the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

 (54225)

117  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list by category, the number of key sector workers living in affordable housing in rural areas in each of the last 10 years.

 (54815)

118  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) measures and (b) methodology she uses to assess the relative (i) efficiency and (ii) productivity of (A) organic and (B) conventional dairy and livestock farms; and if she will make a statement.

 (54593)

119  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the relationship between a farmer's yield and their decision to switch to organic production; and if she will make a statement.

 (54594)

120  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to increase the uptake of affordable housing in rural areas by key sector workers; and if she will make a statement.

 (54816)

121  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the (a) efficiency and (b) productivity of (i) organic and (ii) conventional dairy and livestock farms; and if she will make a statement.

 (54592)

122  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of private veterinary surgeons have received training for each notifiable disease from her Department and its predecessors in the last five years.

 (54224)

123  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farm assurance schemes are open to farmers in the United Kingdom; and if her Department's regional offices are equipped to advise farmers on these farm assurance schemes.

 (54812)

124  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research (a) her Department and (b) its predecessors have undertaken in the last five years to assess and measure the commercial impact of genetically modified foodstuffs; and if she will place copies in the Library.

 (54589)

125  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to review the notice period on annual targets under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997; and if she will make a statement.

 (54802)

126  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations her Department has received (a) between September and December 2001 and (b) since 1st January regarding the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997; and if she will make a statement.

 (54841)

127  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date her Department was first informed of an (a) potential and (b) actual problem with Wastepack meeting its obligations for 2001 under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997; and if she will make a statement.

 (54791)

128  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what levels of (a) business packaging waste recovery and (b) business packaging recycling in the United Kingdom were in each year since 1997; what assessment has been made of how the United Kingdom compares with Europe; and if she will make a statement.

 (54828)

129  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason the targets for packaging and packaging waste for 2002 did not appear until 19th March; when she expects to publish targets for 2003; and if she will make a statement.

 (54843)

130  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people have been taken on by the State Veterinary Service since the end of the foot and mouth outbreak; and how this has affected the establishment figure.

 (54519)

131  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish her Department's strategy for coping with a new outbreak of foot and mouth.

 (54521)

132  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many nitrate-sensitive areas have been designated.

 (54859)

133  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) her Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) her Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.

 (54701)

134  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the Marine Stewardship Report.

 (54868)

135  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to prevent trawling damage to seabed communities.

 (54870)

136  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure that the National Environment Research Council fund research into deep seabed impacts by trawling.

 (54867)

137  Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will respond to the letters from the honourable Member for Croydon South of 16th August 2001, November 2001 and January 2002 concerning points raised by Mr G. W. Thynne, a constituent, about inquiries into foot and mouth.

 (54615)

138  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what new arrangements will be necessary to meet the recovery monitoring requirements outlined in the EU WEEE Directive; and if she will make a statement.

 (54557)

139  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what part a reduction in HFC emissions in the UK will play in the United Kingdom's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto agreement.

 (54626)

140  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of municipal waste was composted in the years (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54583)

141  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department intends to make use of the optional five-year exemption for SMEs from the provisions of the EU WEEE directive relating to producer responsibility.

 (54556)

142  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to introduce best practice guidelines and safety regulations for the composting of household waste.

 (54550)

143  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to promote community waste composting initiatives; and if she will make a statement.

 (54587)

144  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what type of composting facilities are in operation in each local authority; and if she will make a statement.

 (54598)

145  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the proportion of household waste which (a) could potentially be composted and (b) is composted; and if she will make a statement.

 (54601)

146  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to promote composting as a central part of the UK's waste management strategy; and if she will make a statement.

 (54551)

147  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10th April, Official Report, column 272W, on timber, if she will place in the Library the confirmation given by the Brazilian Government that the mahogany shipments in question did not breach CITES regulations.

 (54644)

148  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultations she has had with producer and sectoral groups about the practical implications and likely cost of compliance with the EU WEEE directive; and if she will make a statement.

 (54558)

149  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received on statutory safety regulations in the UK for the composting of household waste; and if she will make a statement.

 (54549)

150  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the adequacy of recovery and recycling infrastructure in the UK in respect of EU Directives shortly to be introduced with specific reference to those dealing with (a) end of life vehicles, (b) waste electrical and electronic goods and (c) packaging waste.

 (54561)

151  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to encourage home composting of domestic waste.

 (54584)

152  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the scope for increasing composting capacity in the UK as a means of meeting EU Landfill Directive targets; and if she will make a statement.

 (54600)

153  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the derogations granted to Greece and Ireland in Article 15.4(a) of the Common Position on WEEE (2000/0158(COD), Doc 11304/1/01+ ADD1).

 (54560)

154  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the statistics for waste recovery in the United Kingdom for the categories of WEEE as outlined in Annex I of the common position on WEEE (2000/0158(COD), Doc 11304/1/01 + ADD1).

 (54554)

155  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which local authorities have offered home compost bins to their residents.

 (54585)

156  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of whether the new recovery and recycling facilities made necessary by the EU WEEE Directive will be in place by the time the legislation becomes UK national law.

 (54552)

157  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what strategies her Department intends to adopt to communicate to the public the need to sort and recover WEEE.

 (54555)

158  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department plans to allow local authorities to count domestic composting towards their recycling targets; and if she will make a statement.

 (54599)

159  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the various potential uses of compost produced from household waste.

 (54588)

160  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the scope for encouraging composting initiatives within the retail sector.

 (54586)

161  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to encourage the development of a market for recovered waste electrical and electronic equipment.

 (54553)

162  Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to fund the repairs to flood defence systems identified as government targets following the Bye Report into the 1998 floods.

 (54637)

163  Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if resources will be made available to improve the accuracy of the Environment Agency's maps and website relating to flood risk assessments.

 (54639)

164  Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action the Government is taking to ensure that sustainable urban drainage systems are adopted and maintained by water companies.

 (54638)

165  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the implementation of ECJ decisions concerning the eligibility of part-time public service employees to participate in their public service pension scheme.

 (53941)

166  Ross Cranston (Dudley North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he will take to implement Recommendation VII (information whose originator to be included in funds transfer messages) of the Financial Action Task Force Recommendations on Terrorist Financing.

 (54683)

167  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) his Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) his Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.

 (54707)

168  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many records of individuals were stored in the national insurance record system as at 31st December 2001; how many of these records concerned individuals who are known to be deceased; and in how many of these records there has been no contributions activity since 1st January 2001.

 (54723)

169  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many records of individuals stored in the national insurance record system were removed because the identities concerned were found to be bogus in 2000-01.

 (54724)

170  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the percentage of (a) alcohol, (b) tobacco and (c) pornographic material that escaped detection and was imported illegally into the United Kingdom in each of the past three years.

 (54817)

171  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the percentage of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine and (c) cannabis that escaped detection and was imported into the United Kingdom in each of the past three years.

 (54818)

172  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many millionaires in the United Kingdom had a nil tax contribution in 2000-01.

 (54844)

173  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer which department will be administering the new Community Development Venture Capital Fund announced in the Budget; who the intended recipients of this fund are; what guidelines have been drawn up for those wishing to bid for this fund; and if he will place a copy of these guidelines in the Library.

 (54727)

174  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses participate in the VAT Annual Accounting Scheme; what his estimate is of the total number of businesses eligible to participate; and if he will make a statement.

 (54459)

175  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses have participated in the Farmers Flat Rate VAT scheme in each of the last three years; what his estimate is of the total number of businesses eligible to participate; if he will make a statement.

 (54458)

176  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimates are of (a) the number of businesses eligible to participate and (b) the revenue that would be foregone in a full year, if the upper turnover limit on the proposed flat-rate VAT scheme were raised to (i) £200,000 and (ii) £250,000.

 (54457)

177  
N  
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what impact his Department's policies have had on the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency since 1997.

 (54333)

178  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times his Department has discussed the two Whitehall budgets for conflict prevention, referred to by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary in a speech to the Royal College of Defence Studies on Thursday 25th April, with (a) the Ministry of Defence and (b) the Department for International Development; when these discussions took place; and what (i) spending commitment and (ii) countries were discussed on each occasion.

 (54142)

179  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Dutch government concerning cooperation regarding the British and Dutch plane-spotters in Greece.

 (54147)

180  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what requests his Department has made since 10th December 2001 for information concerning smuggling between Gibraltar and Spain.

 (54182)

181  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what advice his Department is preparing for UK citizens who will visit Greece (a) this summer and (b) for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games with regard to activities which are legal in the United Kingdom but illegal and imprisonable in Greece; and if he will make a statement.

 (54139)

182  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department was first informed of the arrest of the Britons related to bombing incidents in Saudi Araba; and when he and officials in his Department made representations to the Saudi Government on behalf of the accused.

 (53916)

183  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will widen the scope of the UK/EU travel ban against Zimbabwean officials to include businessmen.

 (54146)

184  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral statement of 29th April, Official Report, column 668, on Israel, what risk assessment has been made regarding the protection of the deployed supervisory wardens from radical groups in the West Bank.

 (54622)

185  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of information it has received prior to 10th December 2001 concerning smuggling between Gibraltar and Spain.

 (54184)

186  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the two Whitehall budgets for conflict prevention, referred to by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in a speech to the Royal College of Defence Studies on Thursday 25th April 2002, have been spent on (a) by date and (b) by spending commitment.

 (54143)

187  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which countries have benefited from the two Whitehall budgets for conflict prevention, referred to by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in a speech to the Royal College of Defence Studies on Thursday 25th April; and in what ways.

 (54144)

188  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department last received information from the Spanish authorities concerning smuggling between Gibraltar and Spain.

 (54183)

189  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, from which existing funds the money for the two Whitehall budgets for conflict prevention, referred to by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in a speech to the Royal College of Defence Studies on Thursday 25th April, was taken.

 (54141)

190  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department was informed of the sentences passed on the Britons accused of the bombing campaign in Saudi Arabia; and what sentences were passed against each of the accused.

 (53917)

191  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of information it has received since 10th December 2001 concerning smuggling between Gibraltar and Spain.

 (54181)

192  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will next meet his Greek counterpart on a bilateral basis.

 (54148)

193  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral statement of 29th April, Official Report, column 668, on Israel, what contingency plans are in place to ensure the evacuation of the British personnel deployed as supervisory wardens.

 (54621)

194  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to spend the two Whitehall budgets for conflict prevention, referred to by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in a speech to the Royal College of Defence Studies on Thursday 25th April.

 (54140)

195  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the (a) size and (b) nature is of the two Whitehall budgets for conflict prevention, referred to by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in a speech to the Royal College of Defence Studies on Thursday 25th April.

 (54145)

196  Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the damage caused, and likely costs of repair, to the Palestinian (a) Ministry of Information, (b) Ministry of Culture, (c) Ministry of Industry, (d) Ministry of Higher Education, (e) PLC, (f) Ministry of Local Government, (g) Presidential Compound, (h) Al-Bireh Municipality, (i) Beitunia Municipality, (j) Ministry of Economy and Trade, (k) Ministry of Social Affairs, (l) Ministry of Health, (m) Ministry of Interior, (n) Ministry of Finance, (o) Ministry of Agriculture, (p) Ministry of Environmental Affairs, (q) Ministry of Education, (r) General Personnel Council, (s) Ministry of Transportation, (t) Ministry of Supply, (u) Ministry of Public Works, (v) Ministry of Civil Affairs, (w) Ramallah Municipality and (x) Vegetable Market building during Israel's military incursion into the West Bank during April.

 (54612)

197  Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of damage caused to, and the likely costs of repair, to projects in the West Bank and Gaza which are funded by Her Majesty's Government and EU institutions during (a) Israeli military incursions in April and (b) Israeli military action between September 2000 and April 2002; and if he will list the projects involved.

 (54860)

198  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with European and United States counterparts about the situation in Israel.

 (53938)

199  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with European colleagues regarding military action against Iraq; and which European countries have made a commitment to supplying troops for military action against Iraq.

 (53939)

200  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, at which meetings of the UN Security Council Professor Hans Koechler's report on the appeal proceedings at the Scottish Court in the Netherlands was (a) on the agenda and (b) discussed.

 (53542)

201  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) his Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) his Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.

 (54710)

202  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his visit to Gibraltar on 3rd May.

 (54329)

203  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he has asked Spain to relinquish its claim to full sovereignty of Gibraltar as part of the talks under the terms of the Brussels Process on the future status of Gibraltar.

 (54354)

204  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Government of Gibraltar was advised of his intention to visit Gibraltar in May.

 (54328)

205  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the recent findings by the European Commission of breaches by Spain of EU law which affect Gibraltar; and if he will make a statement.

 (54574)

206  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 30th April, Official Report, column 649W, on Tanzania, for how long it has been the practice of the Department not to disclose details of individual entry clearance cases in a public forum.

 (54866)

207  Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take on the Middle East crisis with his European partners.

 (54880)

208  Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he is taking to ensure that Israel complies with its obligations under the 4th Geneva Convention.

 (54879)

209  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. 4) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54530)

210  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the National Blood Authority (Establishment and Constitution) (Amendment) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54529)

211  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the National Patient Safety Agency Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54526)

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

 (54536)

213  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the Retained Organs Commission (Establishment and Constitution) Amendment Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54531)

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

 (54537)

215  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the Health Act 1999 (Commencement No. 11) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54540)

216  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the Residential Accommodation (Relevant Premises Ordinary Residence and Exemptions) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54533)

217  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the Chiropractors Act 1994 (Commencement Order No. 5 and Transitional Provision) 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54541)

218  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the General Social Care Council (Appointments and Procedure) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54527)

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

 (54538)

220  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the Medicines (Aristolochia and Mu Tong etc.) (Prohibition) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54532)

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

 (54539)

222  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 (Functions of Health Authorities) (General Dental Services Incentive Scheme) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (54525)

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

 (54535)

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

 (54534)

225  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on augmenting the personal allowances from pensions payable in care homes to take into account the level of savings of the individual pensioner.

 (53940)

226  Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to require existing hospitals with only one operating theatre to upgrade by the addition of extra theatres; and if he will make a statement.

 (54809)

227  
N  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Buteyko method of asthma treatment.

 (52553)

228  Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what clotting factors are available in recombinant products for people with haemophilia; and what assessment he has made as to whether all clotting factors with the least side effects are available to all haemophilia sufferers.

 (54858)

229  Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many acute psychiatric beds were available for (a) children, (b) the elderly and (c) other ages in secure units within the Newcastle and North Tyneside Health Authority Area in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) the most recent available period; what the occupancy rate was; and what delayed discharge issues occurred.

 (54691)

230  Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) crisis resolution teams, (b) early intervention teams and (c) assertive outreach teams have been set up since the NHS Plan; and how many such teams have been set up, and where, in the Northern and Yorkshire NHS region.

 (54684)

231  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ambulances there are in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Coventry; and how many on average have been operational at any one time in the last 12 months.

 (53936)

232  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many military hospitals have been used in the past two years to supplement the National Health Service.

 (53935)

233  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he has taken since 1997 to increase the number of available ambulances.

 (53937)

234  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) his Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) his Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.

 (54721)

235  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts had chief executives in post on 1st April, who were professionally qualified as general practitioners, dentists, pharmacists or opticians.

 (54714)

236  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts had finance directors in post on 1st April; and what the total budget is for these organisations with finance directors in place.

 (54715)

237  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the position of consultant surgeons on 10/11 contracts with the NHS; and what the average time is they spend personally undertaking operations and supervising others in undertaking this work.

 (54713)

238  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts were in place on 1st April; and what the total budget is for these organisations.

 (54716)

239  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients who received a bare stent in a percutaneous coronary intervention were re-admitted for a repeat re-stent or coronary by-pass grafting procedure in the last five years for which figures are available; and what estimate he has made of the total cost to the NHS of such re-admissions.

 (54349)

240  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if re-admission procedures for in-stent restenosis are recorded as separate patient episodes.

 (54350)

241  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what new data series separated by gender, race, disability and age have been commissioned by his Department since August 1997.

 (54832)

242  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what rights an NHS patients has to demand treatment overseas as a result of the recent European Court ruling.

 (54896)

243  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the future of the original Horton hospital site and corrugated iron buildings in Horton Lane, Epsom.

 (54899)

244  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been treated overseas at the expense of the NHS in the past six months.

 (54895)

245  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes have taken place to invoicing arrangements for care homes since the introduction of payments for nursing care.

 (54898)

246  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirement there is in the new National Care Home Standards for minimum corridor widths; and how this will apply to homes in older properties.

 (54897)

247  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contact his officials have had with Impfstoffwerke Dessau Tornav in connection with the supply of smallpox vaccine.

 (54863)

248  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where the smallpox vaccine to be acquired under the contract with PowderJect Pharmaceuticals is to be manufactured; and which company will be responsible for its manufacture.

 (54864)

249  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd April, Official Report, column 120W, how many applications were received for non-executive appointments to the Board of Warrington PCT from each ward in Warrington; what percentage of applicants from each ward were interviewed; and what percentage of applicants from each ward were appointed.

 (54219)

250  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications were received for the post of Chairman of Warrington PCT from (a) Warrington North Constituency and (b) Warrington South Constituency; and what percentage of applicants from each constituency were interviewed.

 (54227)

251  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will answer the Question tabled by the honourable Member for Edinburgh North and Leith on 11th January, regarding the potential risks to health caused by the chemical treatment of Christmas trees.

 (54869)

252  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received from local authorities on the funding of the ambulance services; and if he will make a statement.

 (54441)

253  
N  
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what impact his Department's policies have had on the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency since 1997.

 (54335)

254  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the World Health Organisation report on macroeconomics and health, published on 20th December 2001, in respect of its implications for his Department's policies.

 (54803)

255  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about the provision of chiropody and podiatry services in the South East of England in (a) 1997 and (b) 2000.

 (54808)

256  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter of 10th January from the honourable Member for New Forest West.

 (54356)

257  
N  
Mr John Taylor (Solihull): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate (a) the additional revenues accruing to Her Majesty's Government in national insurance contributions from the constituency of Solihull and (b) the additional resources which will be available to improve health services in Solihull as a result of the Budget.

 (52488)

258  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on incentive schemes that are (a) in place and (b) planned to encourage the study of medicine by students.

 (54581)

259  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the honourable Member for Leominster will receive a response to his letter of 24th January, about the distribution of funds raised from the sale of surplus hospital sites.

 (54582)

260  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department have to increase awareness regarding the dangers of obesity and the need for exercise; how many cases of obesity have been diagnosed in each year since 1997 in (a) children and (b) adults; what the cost has been of treating obesity since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (54793)

261  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures the Government has taken to encourage people to walk more and use cars less for health reasons.

 (54792)

262  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals have specialist units for treating obesity; and what plans he has to increase their numbers.

 (54794)

263  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the strength of the Hertfordshire constabulary was on (a) 1st May 1997, (b) 1st April 2000, (c) 1st April 2001 and (d) the latest date for which figures are available.

 (54616)

264  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the recent anti-Semitic attacks on Jews and Jewish property in London.

 (54221)

265  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes the Metropolitan Police have recorded as being anti-Semitic (a) in the last four weeks, (b) in the previous three months and (c) in the last year; and if he will make a statement.

 (54223)

266  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the timing of the publication of the conciliation details following negotiations with the Police Federation, on his Department's website; and what negotiations he has had with the Police Negotiating Board as a result.

 (54886)

267  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the procedures for information appearing on his Department's web site.

 (54520)

268  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) his Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) his Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.

 (54722)

269  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of child asylum seekers, broken down by (a) those seeking asylum with an adult and (b) those unaccompanied were from each country in each year since 1995.

 (54111)

270  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the terms of reference are for the Review Committee of Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001; to whom it reports; what its annual budget and proposed staff are in its first year; what its sphere of competence is; what immunities its members enjoy; and what powers the body has (a) to compel witnesses, (b) to seize documents, (c) to demand disclosure, (d) to initiate its own inquiries, (e) to publish its reports and address the media by other means, (f) to create its own sub-committees and (g) to consider complaints by individuals and groups.

 (54542)

271  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 18th April, Official Report, column 1155W, on the UN Convention on Rights of the Child, what measures are in place to inform (a) adult asylum seekers with children and (b) unaccompanied children asylum seekers about the United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child.

 (54110)

272  
N  
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what impact his Department's policies have had on the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency since 1997.

 (54332)

273  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of the money allocated to his Department in the Budget will be used to tackle retail crime.

 (54569)

274  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of violent assault there were against (a) rail workers, (b) benefits agency staff and (c) retail staff in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (54624)

275  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures his Department is taking to tackle retail crime.

 (54562)

276  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of (a) shop lifting, (b) armed robbery and (c) assault there have been in high streets shops in the past 12 months.

 (54563)

277  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many instances of violence to retail staff there were in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (54568)

278  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the correlation between retail crime and street crime.

 (54570)

279  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of violent crime was against shop staff in the last year for which figures are available.

 (54571)

280  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the annual cost of retail crime to (a) business, (b) local authorities and (c) the police has been in the past three years.

 (54564)

281  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his assessment of the correlation between retail crime and drug abuse.

 (54566)

282  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many instances of retail crime there were in each of the metropolitan boroughs in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (54567)

283  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to make retail crime a best value indicator for police force performance.

 (54623)

284  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to offer funding to local retail crime prevention initiatives in town shopping centres and secondary shopping areas.

 (54726)

285  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of recorded crime in the last three years have been classed as retail crime, broken down by police force.

 (54565)

286  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which prisons have sprinklers fitted in the residential parts of the prisons.

 (54324)

287  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women who are on the Sex Offenders Register reside in (i) Spelthorne and (ii) Surrey.

 (54326)

288  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the fire precautions that will be required in the contract to build the new women's prison at Ashford, Middlesex.

 (54323)

289  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if sapele wood was used in the recent refurbishment of 1 Palace Street.

 (54345)

290  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) her Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) her Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.

 (54720)

291  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she has established a baseline for policy appraisal against which to measure progress on equal treatment; and what progress has been made.

 (54829)

292  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what new data series separated by gender, race, disability and age have been commissioned by her Department since August 1997.

 (54830)

293  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the women's organisations which have been consulted over the proposed legislation by her Department during the (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02 sessions; and if their responses have been published.

 (54831)

294  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 24th January, Official Report, column 1002, on Tanzania, what further information she has collated on the impact of the purchase of an air traffic control system on the sustainability of Tanzania's debt servicing obligations and the achievement of anti-poverty targets.

 (54842)

295  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects she has financed in the last three years to improve electricity supply in developing countries, indicating the cost of each and which use renewable technologies.

 (54614)

296  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the performance of the Commonwealth Development Corporation against its objectives for 2001-02.

 (54686)

297  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress is being made in reforming the EU aid budget.

 (54688)

298  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she will take to improve the performance of the EU aid budget.

 (54687)

299  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress is being made on debt relief for poor countries.

 (54685)

300  Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the Implementation Group meeting in Kabul on 10th and 11th April

 (54597)

301  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the expenditure by his Department on taxi fares in the last year has been audited; and if he will make a statement.

 (53782)

302  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much has been spent by his Department on taxi fares in the last financial year.

 (53816)

303  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much has been spent on taxi fares for the Lord Chancellor in the last year for which figures are available.

 (53783)

304  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what criteria have to be met in order for a taxi journey by the Lord Chancellor to be paid for from public funds.

 (53817)

305  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) his Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) his Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.

 (54698)

306  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many summonses using Civil Procedure Rules in possession cases have been issued to local authority housing benefit departments in each year since 1997.

 (53045)

307  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the de Chastelain process is responsible for monitoring terrorists groups' acquisitions of new weapons.

 (54825)

308  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) his Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) his Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.

 (54697)

309  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Prime Minister, what meetings he plans to hold with the Prime Minister of Spain to discuss the future of Gibraltar within the Brussels process; and what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister of Spain about Gibraltar since the European Council's meeting at Barcelona.

 (54602)

310  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Prime Minister, when he next plans to meet the Prime Minister of Spain; and what will be on the agenda for discussion.

 (54243)

311  Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 28th February, Official Report, column 1450W, on the No 10 Delivery Unit, if he will list the names of the full-time and part-time civil servants employed in the No 10 Delivery Unit working in the areas of (a) transport, (b) health, (c) crime and asylum and (d) education.

 (54689)

312  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) her Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) her Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.

 (54696)

313  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Solicitor General, what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) her Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) her Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.

 (54699)

314  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 25th March, Official Report, column 695W, on trading scheme exemptions, whether her Department determines that an individual or a company is operating a UK master franchise in a trading scheme via inspection of the contract between (a) the franchisor and the UK master franchise and (b) the UK master franchise and its franchisees; and if she will make a statement.

 (54507)

315  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what basis the targets under the Packaging Waste Directive were established for (a) plastics, (b) aluminium, (c) steel, (d) glass and (e) paper.

 (52610)

316  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the market for directory enquiries services will be open to new entrants.

 (54823)

317  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, by what method directory enquiry calls will be routed after the market is opened to new entrants.

 (54820)

318  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) her Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) her Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.

 (54709)

319  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will refer the matter of the sale of milk to the competition authorities.

 (54222)

320  Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reason the proposed transposition of the EU e-commerce Directive into UK law, as set out in the Government's consultation document, is materially different from the form of transposition adopted by Germany.

 (54877)

321  Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received from (a) the e-envoy and (b) the Cabinet Office with regard to the implementation of the EU e-commerce Directive.

 (54878)

322  
N  
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures her Department is taking to encourage the use of liquid petroleum gas.

 (54228)

323  
N  
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what incentives her Department offers to retailers to encourage the sale of liquid petroleum gas.

 (54229)

324  
N  
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what impact her Department's policies have had on the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency since 1997.

 (54336)

325  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received concerning the equity of international standards-setting guidelines for refrigerants; and if she will make a statement.

 (54628)

326  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has made concerning United Kingdom Government policy on HFCs to the international standards-setting body responsible for refrigeration standards.

 (54627)

327  Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been paid by her Department in coal health claims for (a) occupational respiratory disease and (b) vibration white finger in fees and other charges to (i) her Department's legal advisers and counsel, (ii) her Department's claim handlers, (iii) the medical service providers (A) Healthcall Limited and (B) SEMA, (iv) external and seconded consultants, (v) other contractors and (vi) claimants' solicitors, in the period up to 31st December 1997 and in each subsequent year.

 (54839)

328  Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what trading benefits accrue to (a) Israeli settlers in the occupied territories and (b) the Palestinian Authority through agreements with the European Union.

 (54729)

329  Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what favourable trading terms accrue to Israel through its agreements with the European Union.

 (54728)

330  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 29th January, Official Report, column 172W, on rural housing, what representations he has received on the (a) proposals for a tariff in rural areas and (b) level of such a tariff.

 (54804)

331  
N  
Mrs Annette L. Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research projects have been commissioned by his Department into electronic voting since June 2000; and if he will state in each case (a) the organisation or consortium members carrying out the research, (b) the cost, (c) the purpose and title, (d) the date on which the research was or is due to be delivered to his Department and (e) the date or expected date of publication of the results.

 (54138)

332  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what percentage of the train traffic on the (a) Kilmarnock to Dumfries and (b) Dumfries to Carlisle railway lines was (i) passenger and (ii) freight in the last 12 months.

 (54819)

333  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations have been received from the Scottish Executive regarding the upgrade of the West Coast Main Line.

 (54822)

334  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, at what percentage level of capacity the Kilmarnock to Dumfries railway line has operated in the last 12 months.

 (54821)

335  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his latest estimate is of the cost of upgrading the West Coast mainline (a) North and (b) South of the Scotland/England border.

 (54824)

336  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) his Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) his Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.

 (54708)

337  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the total bus subsidies paid in each of the past four years were in (a) urban and (b) rural areas.

 (54814)

338  Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the average time taken to replace lost vehicle registration documents was in the last 12 months.

 (54876)

339  Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will take steps to rectify the disparity in total external support to local authorities covering the Bromsgrove area in the Local Government White Paper.

 (54801)

340  Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how he will ensure that the new finance system for local authorities will provide an effective framework within which councils can initiate innovative ways of delivering customer-focused services.

 (54800)

341  Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure that district authorities have the flexibility to fund and deliver high quality public services to local people.

 (54797)

342  Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure that the new grant formula that will replace standard spending assessment will be (a) fairer, (b) simpler and (c) will address the needs of each classes of authority.

 (54798)

343  Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, for what reasons district councils are not directly involved in local public service agreements; and what plans he has to extend them to district councils.

 (54799)

344  
N  
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects the carriageway repairs on the A1 south of Newark to be completed.

 (52608)

345  
N  
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, for what reasons the carriageway repair work being carried out on the A1 south of Newark is not being carried out on a 24 hour basis.

 (52609)

346  Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, for what reason he is allowing the rebuilding of the motorway services at junction 15A of the M1 motorway on a site which would not permit motorway widening without its subsequent demolition.

 (54826)

347  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will introduce regulations to require bus operators to instal and keep in good order bus radio/alarm systems.

 (54874)

348  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will convene a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee to ensure a co-ordinated approach with the devolved administrations to prevent assaults on bus workers.

 (54873)

349  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will implement the recommendations contained in the report, Dangerous Driving and the Law; and if he will make a statement.

 (54872)

350  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will take steps to ensure bus companies provide improved security for bus workers against assault by passengers and other drivers.

 (54875)

351  Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made in reviewing the circumstances of the incident on board flight BA 2069 on 29th December.

 (54559)

352  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what work is planned on the A1 between Newcastle and Edinburgh.

 (54606)

353  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights on the proposals in his Planning Green Paper.

 (54443)

354  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what major infrastructure work has been carried out on the A1 between Newcastle and Edinburgh in the last 15 years; and in each case (a) what the aim and nature of the works were, (b) which Government body was responsible, (c) how long the works took and (d) how much the works cost.

 (54605)

355  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the contracts resulting from the SRA's freight innovation competition were signed with (a) Blue Circle industries, (b) Exel and (c) Minimodal.

 (54452)

356  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) cars, motorbikes and vans, (b) lorries and (c) camper-vans and caravans use the A1 between Newcastle and Edinburgh each day.

 (54607)

357  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which consultants were appointed to analyse the responses to the Planning Green Paper; and what are (a) their terms of reference and (b) the timetable for completion of their work.

 (54449)

358  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) other member states of the European Union, (b) Australia and (c) New Zealand on the safe levels of radiation from mobile phone masts.

 (54440)

359  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent analysis has been carried out into alternative routes for traffic using the A1 between Newcastle and Edinburgh.

 (54608)

360  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many planning applications for mobile phone masts have been determined under delegated authority in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority.

 (54445)

361  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will set out his definition of the amenity grounds on which local authorities may refuse planning applications for mobile phone masts.

 (54442)

362  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the contracts signed by (a) Blue Circle Industries, (b) Exel and (c) Minimodal have been renegotiated; and if he will make a statement.

 (54454)

363  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which of the deprived local authority housing estates referred to in DETR, Housing Research Summary No.91 (1998) have subseqently been part of a stock transfer to housing associations.

 (54611)

364  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will publish a Planning White Paper.

 (54447)

365  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the results were of the mechanical engineering checks that were carried out as part of the SRA's freight innovation competition.

 (54456)

366  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list (a) the deprived local authority housing estates and (b) the local authority and local authority wards that those estates fall into, referred to in DETR, Housing Reseach Summary No.91 (1998).

 (54610)

367  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the criteria were against which the entrants for the SRA's freight innovation competition were judged.

 (54451)

368  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the appointment of consultants to advise on the responses to the Planning Green Paper was subject to a competitive tendering process; when expressions of interest were invited; and how many firms tendered.

 (54446)

369  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the average cost to hauliers to transfer freight onto (a) the rail network and (b) the road network at deep sea ports in the United Kingdom.

 (54603)

370  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions his Department has had with telecom operators on the shared use of mobile phone masts.

 (54439)

371  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which proposals in the Planning Green Paper would require (a) primary legislation and (b) secondary legislation to be implemented.

 (54448)

372  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what guidelines he issues to ensure that planning gain for transport is balanced between rail and road modes when considering the development of deep sea ports.

 (54604)

373  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place in the Library the Heads of Agreement for the contracts signed by (a) Blue Circle Industries, (b) Exel and (c) Minimodal, following the SRA's freight innovation competition.

 (54453)

374  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what date the winners of the SRA's freight innovation competition were announced.

 (54450)

375  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the increase in traffic on the A1 between Newcastle and Edinburgh over the lifetime of the Ten year plan.

 (54609)

376  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much has been spent by (a) the Department, (b) the SRA and (c) other Government bodies as part of the SRA's freight innovation competition.

 (54455)

377  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Court of Appeal decision in Newport BC v Secretary of State for Wales on the application of PPG8.

 (54444)

378  
N  
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what impact his Department's policies have had on the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency since 1997.

 (54330)

379  Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the implications of the practice of foreign airliner wet-leasing by United Kingdom airlines on the economic well-being of the domestic aviation industry; what representations he has received about the practice of foreign airliner wet-leasing by United Kingdom airlines; what proposals he has to introduce regulations to restrict wet-leasing of aircraft; and if he will make a statement.

 (54690)

380  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many households with (a) one and (b) more than one vehicle there were in (i) St Helens, (ii) Merseyside, (iii) the North West, (iv) England and (v) Great Britain in (A) 1990, (B) 1995, (C) 1997, (D) 1998, (E) 1999, (F) 2000 and (G) 2001.

 (52256)

381  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) his Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) his Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.

 (54706)

382  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the ratio of income support and its precursor to basic retirement pension for a single person was in each of the last 30 calendar years.

 (53942)

383  Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to extend home responsibilities protection to all foster carers to cover the period over which they have fostered children.

 (54810)

384  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many prosecutions for fraud involving housing or council tax benefit were undertaken by local authorities in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-01 and (e) between 1st January and 31st December 2001.

 (54725)

385  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of the staff employed undertaking specific work on counter fraud policy issues on 1st April had less than (a) six months, (b) 12 months, (c) two years, (d) three years, (e) four years and (f) more than four years experience of working in this specific area.

 (54717)

386  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff were employed undertaking specific work on counter fraud policy issues from his Department's Vote 2 budget on 8th April.

 (54712)

387  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff in his Department are involved in work to investigate suspicions of fraud from his Department's Vote 1 budget.

 (54711)

388  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies with access to national insurance records were (i) disciplined, (ii) resigned and (iii) dismissed as a result of improprieties concerning their use of this access in 2000-01.

 (54718)

389  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) his Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) his Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.

 (54705)

390  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies (i) were disciplined, (ii) resigned and (iii) were dismissed after suspicions of fraud or corruption arose in 2000-01.

 (54719)

391  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications have been received for Access to Work money in (a) the Edinburgh East and Borders district, (b) Scotland and (c) England and Wales.

 (53038)

392  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money Access to Work has granted to applicants in (a) East Edinburgh and Borders, (b) Scotland and (c) England and Wales.

 (53039)

393  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average community care grant was for (a) high and (b) medium priority awards in each year since 1997 in (i) cash and (ii) real terms.

 (53040)

394  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) budget, (b) actual and (c) estimated outturn has been of the Access to Work scheme (i) in the UK and (ii) in the Edinburgh East and Borders district, in each year since creation.

 (53041)

395  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications have been received monthly since the creation of Access to Work; and what proportion of those applications have been (a) accepted and (b) rejected broken down by grounds for rejection.

 (53042)

396  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how Access to Work has been promoted (a) in the UK and (b) in Edinburgh East and Borders.

 (53043)

397  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how long the Access to Work scheme has been funded for; if he plans to end the scheme; and if he will make a statement.

 (53044)

398  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18th April, Official Report, column 1120W, on housing benefit, in what format information is available.

 (53046)

399  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made with his project on modernisation of disability living allowance.

 (54645)

400  
N  
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what impact his Department's policies have had on the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency since 1997.

 (54331)

401  
N  
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of how much money would be accrued by the delay in payment of pension-related benefits by two years at age 67 years.

 (54338)

402  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average annual salary of decision-makers deciding on benefit entitlements is.

 (54149)

403  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of service of decision-makers employed in deciding on benefit entitlement is.

 (54150)

404  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time that decision makers involved on benefit entitlement have remained in their posts before being transferred to other duties has been over the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (54151)

405  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will remove the overall responsibility from decision-makers on benefit entitlement to more senior officials; and if he will make a statement.

 (54152)

406  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with Russia concerning the proliferation of nuclear technology from that country to Iran; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (54813)

407  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her estimate is of the changes in revenues received by the (a) farming and (b) tourism industries as a result of foot and mouth disease and the events of 11th September 2001.

 [Transferred]   (54840)

408  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what total sums of public money, unavailable to urban areas, were paid in each of the past four years to rural areas in all forms of subsidies, compensations, concessions and reduced charges.

 [Transferred]   (54827)

409  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to the taxpayer of keeping dogs under the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 has been in the last 12 months.

 [Transferred]   (54522)

410  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average length of time dogs have been held by the police under the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was.

 [Transferred]   (54524)

411  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to review the terms of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

 [Transferred]   (54576)

412  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dogs are held by the Metropolitan Police Service under the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

 [Transferred]   (54575)

413  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what has been the total cost of keeping dogs under the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

 [Transferred]   (54523)

414  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his plans to allow local authorities to sell electoral registers to third parties.

 [Transferred]   (54590)

415  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will require the Health and Safety Executive to take steps to improve the safety at work of bus workers.

 [Transferred]   (54871)

416  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to regulate the sale of (a) cats and (b) dogs in pet shops.

 [Transferred]   (54694)

417  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to introduce licensing for (a) cats and (b) dogs that breed.

 [Transferred]   (54695)

418  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the cost to local authorities of dealing with stray dogs in the last 12 months.

 [Transferred]   (54693)



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