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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 9 May 2002

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


 

THURSDAY 9th MAY

1  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the action programme to tackle discrimination is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55239)

2  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the action programme to promote gender equality is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55238)

3  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the mandate is of the Advisory Committee on the implementation of the Community Action Programme to combat social exclusion; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55231)

4  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library certificates showing that timber used for the doors, doorframes and window frames in the refurbishment of Norman Shaw South came from a certified sustainable source.

 (55261)

5  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what contracts the Government has with Balfour Beatty; which ones are underway; and what the start dates are of ones on which work has not started.

 (55293)

6  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract between the Government and Balfour Beatty for the refurbishment of 22 Whitehall.

 (55259)

7  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what publicly owned accommodation is made available to him in his official role; how many nights he has been in residence at each of these properties in the last 12 months; and what the total cost was of maintaining each of these properties in the last 12 months.

 (55091)

8  Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent discussions the Government Office for London has had with the Aga Khan Development Network about sites in London suitable for purchase by it.

 (55412)

9  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the estimated expenditure by regional observatories is in England in the current financial year; and what proportion of this expenditure will by financed by central government.

 (55191)

10  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which Government department has responsibility for overseeing the regional observatories; and if he will make a statement on their purpose.

 (55190)

11  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list members of local and national public appointments commissions, stating in each case (a) what other public appointments each has held and when, (b) what political affiliation each has recorded, and when, and (c) the postal district of their place of residence.

 (55291)

12  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee for Co-operation in the Field of Tourism is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55355)

13  Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will announce the name of the person chosen to be Chairman of the European Capital of Culture 2008 Advisory Panel.

 (55454)

14  
N  
Sir Patrick Cormack (South Staffordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total sum paid to claimants under the Government Indemnity Scheme covering loans of works of art to museums, galleries and other such public institutions has been since the inception of the scheme in 1988.

 (55026)

15  
N  
Sir Patrick Cormack (South Staffordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many indemnity undertakings were given under section 16 of the National Heritage Act 1980 for the six-month period ended 31st March; and what the value was of (a) contingent liabilities in respect of such undertakings given at any time under that section which remained outstanding as at 31st March, (b) non-statutory Government indemnities in respect of loans handled by the Government Art Collection which remained outstanding as at 31st March and (c) non-statutory undertakings of Her Majesty in respect of loans from the Royal Collection which remained outstanding at 31st March.

 (55027)

16  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what publicly owned accommodation is made available to her in her official role; how many nights she has been in residence at each of these properties in the last 12 months; and what the total cost was of maintaining each of these properties in the last 12 months.

 (55105)

17  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received on English Heritage's decision not to support the restoration of All Saints Church, Kingston-upon-Thames; and if she will make a statement.

 (55415)

18  Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost will be of the athletics platform referred to in the Sport England report on Athletics in Wembley Stadium; and how long it will take to build and install.

 (55595)

19  Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who produced the Sport England report on Athletics in Wembley Stadium; when it will be published; and if the members of the Sports Council Athletics Committee considered the report.

 (55594)

20  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list those bids for funding which have been turned down by her Department because they have failed to include a sustainability component in the last five years.

 (55174)

21  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list projects which have been funded by her Department in the last five years which have had an environmentally sustainable component, indicating what it is in each case.

 (55177)

22  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she has taken to promote environmental sustainability in the last five years.

 (55172)

23  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures she has taken to encourage public involvement in sustainable initiatives.

 (55176)

24  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what indicators her Department uses when assessing the sustainability component of funding bids to her Department.

 (55173)

25  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by her Department since 1997.

 (55438)

26  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department introduced a normal retirement age of 60 years for senior and professional technology officers; whether his Department has completed its review of its age retirement policy; and if he will make a statement.

 (55023)

27  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what publicly owned accommodation is made available to him in his official role; how many nights he has been in residence at each of these properties in the last 12 months; and what the total cost was of maintaining each of these properties in the last 12 months.

 (55104)

28  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd April, Official Report, column 9W, with reference to paragraph 5.14 of the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body Thirty First Report 2002, what estimate has been made of (a) the number and (b) the cost of repeat repairs in (i) single living accommodation and (ii) service family accommodation in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (55270)

29  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to put into reserve HMS Cornwall, HMS Campbeltown, HMS Chatham and HMS Cumberland in Portsmouth naval base.

 (55433)

30  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average length of service has been for (a) British nationals, (b) Gurkhas and (c) foreign nationals, broken down by country serving in the British Army.

 (55453)

31  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many foreign nationals left the British Army in each of the last 10 years broken down by nationality; and what their average length of service was.

 (55446)

32  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many foreign nationals were recruited to serve in the British Army in each of the last 10 years, broken down by country from which recruited.

 (55445)

33  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many foreign nationals are serving in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy, and (c) Royal Air Force; which countries they were recruited from; and how many were in each service in 1995.

 (55447)

34  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Gurkhas were recruited to serve in the British Army in each of the last 10 years; and how many are serving.

 (55461)

35  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the Chief of the EU military staff regarding organisational change in NATO; and if he will make a statement.

 (55569)

36  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representations he has received from his US counterpart regarding a creation of European Mobility Command to coordinate existing and future European airlift assets; and if he will make a statement.

 (55570)

37  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his (a) EU and (b) NATO counterparts regarding organisational change in NATO; and if he will make a statement.

 (55568)

38  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his US counterparts regarding creation of a Special Operations Coordination Centre at SHAPE; and if he will make a statement.

 (55571)

39  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the original target flying hours were for the leased C17s; what the actual flying hours have been; and if he will make a statement.

 (55205)

40  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many flying hours have been bought under the leasing arrangements for the C17s; when he expects these bought hours to have been flown at the current rate of flying hours; and if he will make a statement.

 (55206)

41  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military aircraft movements have taken place at the West Freugh new DEFRA facility in Wigtownshire in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

 (55106)

42  Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has made and to whom against proposals for offshore wind farms off (a) Cromer and (b) the coast of Lancashire; and if he will make a statement.

 (55578)

43  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by his Department since 1997.

 (55437)

44  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future use of Glencorse Barracks.

 (55170)

45  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is of basic training for one enlisted recruit in the British Army.

 (55169)

46  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) drug tests, (b) positive results of drug tests and (c) subsequent dismissals there have been in the British Army, broken down by (i) regiment and (ii) division in the last five years.

 (55167)

47  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many naval vessels have been sold in the last five years; and what records are retained.

 (55166)

48  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the average length of service by new recruits in each regiment since 1990; and if he will provide a breakdown of the results of exit interviews with personnel over the most recent period for which figures are available.

 (55168)

49  Tony Cunningham (Workington): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will review the revised targets for Key Stage 2 national tests for 2004.

 (55567)

50  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of schools have access to broadband internet access in (a) Lancashire, (b) the North West of England and (c) England.

 (55112)

51  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will estimate the number of school days lost to truancy each year in (a) the Lancashire Education Authority area and (b) England.

 (55109)

52  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what publicly owned accommodation is made available to her in her official role; how many nights she has been in residence at each of these properties in the last 12 months; and what the total cost was of maintaining each of these properties in the last 12 months.

 (55099)

53  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the spending is (a) per head of population and (b) per pupil in each local education authority in England for 2001-02.

 (55107)

54  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the oral Answer to the honourable Member for Bolton South-East of 25th April, Official Report, column 448, on the Learning and Skills Council, what the cost is of bringing funding for the education of 16 to 19 years olds in further education colleges in line with that of school sixth forms.

 (55276)

55  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 2nd May, Official Report, column 906W, on the Business Development Unit, what proportion of the £7.3 million sponsorship was (a) in cash and (b) in kind; and if she will list examples of the latter.

 (55405)

56  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the funding allocations for special educational needs (a) in the East Midlands and (b) in Nottinghamshire are in 2002-03; and what the average is in England.

 (55416)

57  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children per 1,000 in Nottinghamshire are issued with a statement of special educational needs; and what the figure is per 1,000 children in England.

 (55414)

58  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many local authorities operate their own schemes to supply teaching staff to schools; and if she will list the authorities which do not operate schemes to provide teaching staff to schools.

 (55180)

59  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by her Department since 1997.

 (55436)

60  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what new requirements have (a) been removed from and (b) been placed on school governors in the last year for which information is available.

 (55184)

61  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 7th May, ref 53890, how many prosecutions have taken place for offences under the Education Act 1996 in each year since 1997; and what those offences were.

 (55602)

62  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many classes at Key Stage 1 have more than 30 children in them; how many Key Stage 1 children are in classes of over 30; and when all Key Stage 1 children will be taught in classes of under 30 children.

 (55020)

63  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has for the future funding of the work done by neighbourhood support fund youth projects.

 (55019)

64  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which chief education officers and other interested organisations were consulted on removing some asylum-seeking children from sections 13 and 14 of the Education Act 1996; and if she will place their responses in the Library.

 (54736)

65  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Committee on organic production of agricultural products and indications referring thereto on agricultural products and foodstuffs is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55245)

66  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Management Committee of the common organisation of agricultural markets for cereals is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55246)

67  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Management Committee of the common organisation of agricultural markets for fresh fruit and vegetables is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55256)

68  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Management Committee of the common organisation of agricultural markets for products processed from fruit and vegetables is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55257)

69  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Management Committee of the common organisation of agricultural markets for poultrymeat and eggs is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55255)

70  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Management Committee of the common organisation of agricultural markets for milk and milk products is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55251)

71  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Management Committee of the common organisation of agricultural markets for beef and veal is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55252)

72  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Management Committee of the common organisation of agricultural markets for natural fibres is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55250)

73  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Management Committee of the common organisation of agricultural markets for oils and fats is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55249)

74  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Committee on geographical indications and protected designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55243)

75  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Committee on certificates of specific character for agricultural products and foodstuffs is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55244)

76  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Standing Committee on agricultural research is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55241)

77  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Community Committee on the farm accountancy data network is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55242)

78  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Management Committee of the common organisation of agricultural markets for dehydrated fodder is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55247)

79  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Management Committee of the common organisation of agricultural markets for sugar is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55248)

80  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Management Committee of the common organisation of agricultural markets for sheep and goats is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55253)

81  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Management Committee of the common organisation of agricultural markets for pigmeat is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55254)

82  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what actions her Department is taking to ensure that no illegally logged timber enters the United Kingdom.

 (55294)

83  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of farms taking part in the Countryside Stewardship Scheme staff from the (a) Rural Payments Agency and (b) Rural Development Service visit after the first year of taking part in the scheme; and how regularly individual farms have been visited by the agency.

 (55295)

84  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers in the United Kingdom have participated in the Countryside Stewardship Scheme in each year since it started.

 (55296)

85  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will seek greater protection for big leaf mahogany under CITES.

 (55297)

86  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what preparations her Department is making for the CITES 12th Meeting of the Conference of the parties.

 (55298)

87  Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on measures she has taken to improve protection against flooding and to assist those affected in recent floods.

 (55175)

88  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what publicly owned accommodation is made available to her in her official role; how many nights she has been in residence at each of these properties in the last 12 months; and what the total cost was of maintaining each of these properties in the last 12 months.

 (55095)

89  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much milk produce was imported into the United Kingdom (a) in total, (b) as liquid, (c) as powder, (d) as cheese and (e) as yoghurt in (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2001-02.

 (55194)

90  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent guidelines have been introduced to monitor pesticides on vegetables and fruit.

 (55193)

91  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to bring forward legislation to implement the policy objectives of the Marine Stewardship Reports.

 (55186)

92  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps have been taken in the Government's Marine Stewardship Reports to balance social, economic and environmental interests in the marine environment; and if she will make a statement.

 (55185)

93  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the questions from the honourable Member for the Isle of Wight of 1st March, Refs 39938 and 40044.

 (55463)

94  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the level of strategic reserves of staple foodstuffs in the UK; and how many weeks supply of such foodstuffs are available.

 (55183)

95  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by her Department since 1997.

 (55435)

96  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures have been introduced since 1997 to reduce the amount of poisonous fumes people breathe in, with specific reference to those in urban areas.

 (55403)

97  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mandate of the Economic Policy Committee: Working Party and Reduced Compositions is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55351)

98  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mandate of the Economic and Financial Committee (including alternates and working party) Working Party and Reduced Compositions is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55352)

99  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what publicly owned accommodation is made available to him in his official role; how many nights he has been in residence at each of these properties in the last 12 months; and what the total cost was of maintaining each of these properties in the last 12 months.

 (55090)

100  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are expected to pay income tax in each of the next four years.

 (55413)

101  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax revenue was raised from the bingo sector in the latest year for which figures are available; and what his projections are for such revenue in each of the next five years.

 (55258)

102  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people he estimates will pay national insurance contributions in each of the next four years.

 (55262)

103  
N  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held in Brussels on 7th May; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.

 (55301)

104  Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to HM Treasury of reducing the liability for VAT to five per cent. for small museums; and if he will make a statement.

 (55585)

105  Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Treasury of extending the reduced rate of duty on beer from small breweries to those local breweries that produce between 30,000 hectolitres and 200,000 hectolitres, using the brewery rate formula published in the Finance Bill.

 (55599)

106  Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on how many European Union states apply a reduced rate of duty on beer for small brewers; and on which states apply the reduced rate up to the maximum production level of 200,000 hectolitres allowable under EU law.

 (55600)

107  Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much it would cost each year in lost tax revenue (a) to remove the cap on contributions to company pension schemes and (b) to increase the gap by the rise in the index of average earnings since it was introduced.

 (55457)

108  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter dated 1st April from the honourable Member for Banff and Buchan regarding the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

 (55165)

109  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to equalise taxes levied on brownfield sites with those levied on greenfield sites.

 (55179)

110  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by his Department since 1997.

 (55429)

111  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will increase investment in home energy efficiency to meet the improvement target proposed in the Energy Review.

 (55275)

112  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the mandate of the Committee on the Arrangements for Implementing Europe Agreements with the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Free-trade Agreements with the Baltic States is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55388)

113  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the mandate of the Committee on Implementation of the Programme of Assistance to Promote the Transition to a Market Economy and to Strengthen Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Partner States of Eastern Europe and Central Asia is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55389)

114  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the mandate of the Committee for Protection Against the Effects of the Extra-territorial Application of Legislation Adopted by a Third Country and Actions Based Thereon or Resulting Therefrom (anti-boycott) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55391)

115  Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the UN and (b) other governments on a role for international forces in peacekeeping between Israelis and Palestinians.

 (55575)

116  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what publicly owned accommodation is made available to him in his official role; how many nights he has been in residence at each of these properties in the last 12 months; and what the total cost was of maintaining each of these properties in the last 12 months.

 (55093)

117  Mr Michael Jack (Fylde): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, under what circumstances (a) British nationals and (b) British passport holders would receive official help to leave Zimbabwe.

 (55597)

118  Mr Michael Jack (Fylde): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department has drawn up contingency plans to help UK citizens and UK passport holders evacuate Zimbabwe in the event of a breakdown of law and order there.

 (55596)

119  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his policy towards export control licences for arms sales to Israel.

 (55025)

120  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British citizens are resident in Madagascar; and what relationships are established between Madagascar and the United Kingdom in the (a) economic, (b) political and (c) cultural fields.

 (55204)

121  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his assessment is of the political agreement reached on 22nd April by the rival presidential contenders in Madagascar; and what steps he will take to seek the investigation of human rights violations and the establishment of a permanent mechanism for the protection of human rights for all sections of the population.

 (55203)

122  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by his Department since 1997.

 (55459)

123  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of allegations of control by the Palestinian Authority of suicide bombers in Israel.

 (55431)

124  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the estimated costs to the National Health Service of treating asthma in (a) hospital expenditure, (b) primary care expenditure and (c) pharmaceutical expenditure in each of the last five years; and what research his Department has carried out into the potential contribution of improved (i) heating, (ii) insulation and (iii) ventilation in reducing the incidence of asthma.

 (55598)

125  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee for the Transparancy of Measures Governing the Pricing of Medicinal Products for Human Use is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55358)

126  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on Medical Devices is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55357)

127  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mandate of the Standing Committee on Medicinal Products for Human Use is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55369)

128  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mandate of the Standing Committee for Veterinary Medicinal Products is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55364)

129  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mandate of the Pharmaceutical Committee is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55371)

130  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter of 28th January concerning Mr Wong of Chelmsford from the honourable Member for West Chelmsford.

 (54678)

131  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if all hospitals in England (a) had in 2001-02 and (b) have for 2002-03 in place senior sisters or modern matrons with a ward environment budget of over £5,000.

 (55269)

132  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been spent on NHS dental treatment in each of the past five years in each of the health authorities of the North West of England.

 (55110)

133  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what publicly owned accommodation is made available to him in his official role; how many nights he has been in residence at each of these properties in the last 12 months; and what the total cost was of maintaining each of these properties in the last 12 months.

 (55102)

134  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provisions he is making for the future expansion of NHS dentistry.

 (55574)

135  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the allocation in the NHS Cancer Plan for palliative care has been spent on hospices for (a) children and (b) adults in 2001-02; how much expenditure is planned for 2002-03, and if he will make a statement.

 (55402)

136  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer, of 2nd May, Official Report, column 1003W, on primary care premises, how many separate premises were improved since March 1999.

 (55406)

137  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nurse vacancies there were in and (b) nurses left the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in each of the last three years; and what was the average level of absenteeism in each of these years .

 (55178)

138  Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent information he has collated on the extent to which smoking reduces life expectancy.

 (55404)

139  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will give priority in the provision of digital hearing aids to former servicemen whose hearing was damaged during the course of their service duties as defined by the War Pensions Agency.

 (54460)

140  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a further statement on the proposals in the European Food Supplements Directive relating to (a) the removals of certain minerals from free sale, (b) the removal of certain nutrient forms from free sale and (c) the setting of maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements.

 (54508)

141  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what impact the 2002 Budget allocation to the NHS will have on NHS dentistry; and if he will make a statement.

 (55464)

142  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will collect statistics on the religious affiliation of staff employed in the NHS with special reference to Muslim women in the workforce; and if he will make a statement.

 (55439)

143  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what correlation he has calculated exists between the incidence of undetected oral cancer and the number of NHS dentists in a given locality ; and if he will make a statement.

 (55444)

144  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many case reviews following serious or fatal abuse under the Working Together Safeguards Guidance have been held in each of the last five years; how many in each year involved (a) child deaths, (b) serious physical assaults, (c) serious sexual abuse and (d) serious neglect; and if he will indicate in each the (i) age and (ii) sex of the children concerned.

 (55189)

145  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd April, Official Report, column 108W, if he will make a statement on the differences between the role of a children's commissioner and the role of a children's rights director.

 (55302)

146  Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take into account when calculating widowers' pensions for women doctors in the NHS Pension Scheme their service since 25th March 1972.

 (55460)

147  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by his Department since 1997.

 (55422)

148  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of rheumatologists per head of population.

 (55274)

149  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what further plans he has to help sufferers of arthritis.

 (55273)

150  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure health authorities implement NICE's recommendations on the prescription of anti-TNF for children and adults with severe rheumatoid arthritis.

 (55271)

151  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the waiting times for operations for people in need of orthopaedic surgery.

 (55272)

152  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of eligible children in Surrey were vaccinated with the MMR vaccine in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02.

 (55033)

153  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds are blocked in Surrey hospitals because patients cannot be discharged; and what the average cost is per bed per day of these blocked beds.

 (55035)

154  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his plans to franchise the post of Chief Executive at the Ashford and St Peter's Hospital NHS Trust.

 (55042)

155  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many assaults there have been on NHS staff in Surrey in each of the past five years.

 (55034)

156  
N  
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what notification he has received as to the proposed dates for the visit by the European Commission Health and Consumer Directorate regarding shellfish hygiene; and which Government offices it will be visiting.

 (55018)

157  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the range is of life sentence tariffs; and what the average tariff for (a) women and (b) male prisoners convicted of murder is.

 (55278)

158  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women in prison in the United Kingdom are convicted of (a) murder and (b) manslaughter of male partners and former partners.

 (55277)

159  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the range of sentence lengths is and what was the average sentence for (a) women and (b) male prisoners convicted of manslaughter.

 (55279)

160  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many men in United Kingdom prisons have been convicted of (a) murder and (b) manslaugher of female partners and former partners.

 (55280)

161  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will announce his decision on the funding of policing costs which will be incurred by Greater Manchester Police in connection with the Commonwealth Games.

 (55043)

162  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women are electronically tagged in England and Wales.

 (55201)

163  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the last review was undertaken of procedures to be followed in prisons, for inmates considered as possible suicide risks; and if he will make a statement.

 (55199)

164  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women under the age of 20 years were serving a prison sentence in England and Wales as of 1st May.

 (55198)

165  Ross Cranston (Dudley North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average delay for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in relation to (a) deciding claims, (b) the review of such decisions and (c) hearings challenging such decisions in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

 (55188)

166  Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with EU partners on ensuring that the asylum and immigration process ensures equivalent standards of reception and accommodation throughout the European Union.

 (55577)

167  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many young people were moved from local authority secure accommodation to Prison Service establishments in each month since January 2001, broken down by (a) age and (b) gender.

 (55040)

168  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many 12 year old children have been remanded to local authority secure accommodation in the last month.

 (55041)

169  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's policy is on the use of (a) handcuffs and (b) other implements of physical restraint on pregnant women under-18 when visiting hospitals from prison establishments.

 (55039)

170  Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons individuals are subject to exclusion orders.

 (55483)

171  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what publicly owned accommodation is made available to him in his official role; how many nights he has been in residence at each of these properties in the last 12 months; and what the total cost was of maintaining each of these properties in the last 12 months.

 (55094)

172  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will rank the performance of each police force in England according to the best value performance indicators relating to (a) violent offences under the influence of an intoxicating substance and (b) violent offences committed in connection with licensed premises.

 (55111)

173  Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will establish a public inquiry into the death of Christopher Edwards at Chelmsford Prison.

 (55407)

174  Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the decision by the European Court of Human Rights in the case of the homicide of Christopher Edwards at Chelmsford Prison.

 (55409)

175  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to what extent he has conformed to Criterion 6 of Cabinet Office guidelines on written consultations in relation to his consultation on the White Paper Secure Borders, Safe Haven; and if he will make a statement.

 (55401)

176  Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which umbrella bodies registered with the Criminal Records Bureau do not charge a fee for processing applications for disclosures from volunteers; and if he will make a statement.

 (55450)

177  Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria the Criminal Records Bureau uses to define umbrella bodies as (a) open and (b) closed.

 (55449)

178  Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list by (a) region and (b) county the number of open voluntary sector umbrella bodies registered with the Criminal Records Bureau.

 (55452)

179  Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements his Department has made to obtain information on the fees charged to process applications for disclosures by umbrella bodies registered with the Criminal Records Bureau.

 (55451)

180  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people (a) in total and (b) under the age of 25 years in Tunbridge Wells were found in possession of Class A drugs in each year since 1997.

 (55192)

181  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will collect statistics on the religious affiliation of civilian and uniformed staff in the Police Service with special reference to Muslim women in the workforce; and if he will make a statement.

 (55440)

182  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what linguistic tests are made of those claiming asylum to verify their country of origin; and if he will make a statement.

 (55443)

183  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 7th May, Ref. 52335, whether before 1st April, the police had discretion to record a reported crime; and if he will make a statement.

 (55584)

184  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the question from the honourable Member for Isle of Wight of 1st March, Ref 39915.

 (55430)

185  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress in the negotiations with the private sector to build and operate a women's prison at Ashford, Middlesex.

 (55038)

186  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were serving in the Spelthorne Division on 1st January in each of the past five years.

 (55036)

187  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the mandate of the Committee on the development and consolidation of democracy and the rule of law and on the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55384)

188  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the mandate of the European Development Fund Committee is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55383)

189  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on the Special System of Assistance to traditional ACP Suppliers of Bananas is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55382)

190  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the mandate of the MEO Committee Financial and Technical co-operation between the Community and Mediterranean non-member countries is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55386)

191  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the mandate of the Committee on Economic Aid to the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe and for the Co-ordination of Aid to the Candidate Countries under the Pre-accession Strategy Phase is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55387)

192  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the mandate of the Committee on Food Security and Food Aid is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55380)

193  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the mandate of the Committee on Co-financing Operations with European Non-Governmental Development Organisations in Fields of Interest to the Developing Countries is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55381)

194  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the mandate of the Committee on Implementation of Humanitarian Aid Operations is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55350)

195  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the mandate of the Committee on Financial and Technical Assistance and Economic Co-Operation with Developing Countries in Asia and Latin America is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55385)

196  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the mandate of the Committee on aid for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia (CAROS) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55390)

197  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will place in the Library certificates showing that timber used for the doors, doorframes and window frames in the refurbishment of her Department's buildings came from a certified, sustainable source.

 (55260)

198  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what publicly owned accommodation is made available to her in her official role; how many nights she has been in residence at each of these properties in the last 12 months; and what the total cost is of maintaining each of these properties.

 (55096)

199  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations her Department has made to the Israeli Government to secure the safe access of the Palestinian civilian population to (a) clean water supplies, (b) working sanitation and (c) medical care; and if she will make a statement.

 (55171)

200  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by her Department since 1997.

 (55427)

201  Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, which departments will be consulted and what criteria will be used to assess the release of the records concerning King Edward VIII.

 (55481)

202  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what estimate he has made of the cost to the Government of a failure of the Libra project to deliver on its core case management application.

 (55108)

203  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will place a copy of the consultation document, Making Decisions: Helping People who have Difficulty Deciding for Themselves (Cm. 05/2002), published in April, available in the Library.

 (55288)

204  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list those organisations and individuals who have been sent copies of the consultation document Making Decisions: Helping People who have Difficulty Deciding for Themselves.

 (55289)

205  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assistance he received from the Voluntary Euthanasia Society prior to publication of the consultation document, Making Decisions: Helping People who have Difficulty Deciding for Themselves.

 (55290)

206  Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many people summoned for jury trial last year were excused on the basis of the statutory exemption of their profession.

 (55458)

207  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by his Department since 1997.

 (55432)

208  Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what contractual obligations there are in the Libra IT deal with Fujitsu that would require it to fund an overspend.

 (55284)

209  Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he expects the Libra IT system to be up and running; and if he will make a statement.

 (55281)

210  Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many computer companies bid for the Libra contract in 1997.

 (55283)

211  Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much money additional to that already committed the Libra IT system will require before it is operational.

 (55282)

212  Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if his Department recommended Fujitsu for the Libra IT deal.

 (55285)

213  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what publicly owned accommodation is made available to him in his official role; how many nights he has been in residence at each of these properties in the last 12 months; and what the total cost is of maintaining each of these properties.

 (55103)

214  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will publish the protocols for cross-border information-sharing on child sex offenders and child abusers.

 (55286)

215  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by his Department since 1997.

 (55423)

216  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the President of the Council, what publicly owned accommodation is made available to him in his official role; how many nights he has been in residence at each of these properties in the last 12 months; and what the total cost was of maintaining each of these properties in the last 12 months.

 (55092)

217  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the agreement in force between the Government and the Royal Family on the payment of death duties by members of the Royal Family.

 (55572)

218  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what publicly owned accommodation is made available to her in her official role; how many nights she has been in residence at each of these properties in the last 12 months; and what the total cost was of maintaining each of these properties in the last 12 months.

 (55097)

219  Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which joint ministerial committees have met since 1999; what subjects each has discussed; and on what dates each has met.

 (55601)

220  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when she will answer the Questions from the honourable Member for Isle of Wight of 1st March, Ref 39912 and 40038.

 (55434)

221  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Solicitor General, what obligation rests on a defence lawyer to (a) ascertain and (b) believe the truth of matter pleaded in defence.

 (55456)

222  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Solicitor General, what rules of (a) procedure and (b) evidence may prevent a prosecution witness giving evidence of (i) the appearances of a defendant whom that witness has seen at the scene of an alleged crime, (ii) the fact of a defendant being of no fixed abode and (iii) the whereabouts of objects at the scene of an alleged theft which are not the subject of a charge of theft.

 (55455)

223  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of the Directive on The removal of Technical Barriers to Trade in Protective Equipment and Systems for Use in Explosive Atmospheres is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55375)

224  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee on Common Rules for Imports of Textile Products from Certain Third Countries (Autonomous Regime) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55397)

225  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of Directives on the Removal of Technical Barriers to Trade in the Lifting and Mechanical Handling of Appliances is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55373)

226  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on Common Rules for Imports of Products from Certain Third Countries is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55400)

227  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on state aid for the application of Articles 92 and 93 of the EC Treaty to certain categories of horizontal state aid (exemption) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to the public funding; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55223)

228  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of the Directive on the Removal of Technical Barriers to Trade in Colouring Matters which may be Added to Medicinal Products is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55216)

229  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on Protection against Subsidised Imports is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55345)

230  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of the Directive on the Removal of Technical Barriers to Trade in Agricultural and Forestry Tractors is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55210)

231  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the adaptation to technical progress of the Directive on the removal of technical barriers to trade in electric materials used in an explosive atmosphere is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55374)

232  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the Management of Generalised Preference is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55394)

233  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on Common Rules for Imports of Products from Third Countries is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55348)

234  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of the Directive on the Removal of Technical Barriers to Trade in Cosmetics is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55217)

235  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on concentrations between undertakings is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55222)

236  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the Implementation of Projects, Actions and Measures for the Interoperability Networks for the interchanged if data Trans-European adminstration is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55363)

237  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee for Implementation of the Community Market-access Strategy is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55396)

238  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Textile Committee (Conventional Regime) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55398)

239  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee on Implementation of the Multi-Annual Programme for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in particular, for small and medium-sized enterprises is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55353)

240  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of the Directive on the Removal of Technical Barriers to Trade in Explosives for Civilian Uses is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55378)

241  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the Harmonisation of Credit and Insurance Provisions for Transactions with Medium and Long-term Cover is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55393)

242  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the Harmonisation of National Legislation Relating to Recreational Craft is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55361)

243  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee on Conformity Assessment and Surveillance of the Telecommunications Market is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55356)

244  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee on the Implementation of Projects Promoting Co-operation and Commercial Relations between the European Union and the Industrialised Countries of North America, the Far East and Australasia is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55395)

245  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of the Directive on the Removal of Technical Barriers to Trade in Detergents is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55376)

246  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee on the Specific Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration on Promotion of Innovation and Participation of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55354)

247  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Restricted Committee of the Safety and Health Commission for the Mining and other extractive industries is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55240)

248  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of the Directive on the Removal of Technical Barriers to Trade in Construction Plant and Equipment is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55214)

249  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on Common Rules for Exports of Products is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55346)

250  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Management Committee on Horizontal Questions Concerning Trade in Agricultural Products is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55366)

251  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Standing Committee on the Approximation of the Laws of the Member States Relating to Machinery is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55368)

252  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on state aid on the arrangements for applying Article 93 of the EC Treaty (Procedure) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55224)

253  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Standing Committee for the Approximation of the Laws of the Member States Concerning Pressure Equipment is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55362)

254  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on Restrictive Practices and Dominant Positions is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55218)

255  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on Protection against Dumped Imports is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55344)

256  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of the Directive on the Removal of Technical Barriers to Trade in Motor Vehicles and their Trailers is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55211)

257  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Standing Committee on Technical Rules and Standards Including Rules Relating to Information Society Services is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55365)

258  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Standing Committee for the Approximation of the Laws of the Member States Relating to Lifts is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55360)

259  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the co-ordinating Group for the Community Regime for the Control of Exports of Dual-use Goods is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55392)

260  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on Standardisation in the Field of Information Technology (Sogits) is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55359)

261  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of the Directive on the Removal of Technical Barriers to Trade in Aerosol Dispensers is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55379)

262  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of the Directive on the Removal of Technical Barriers to Trade in Measuring Instruments and Methods of Metrological Control is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55213)

263  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Quota Administration Committee is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55347)

264  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee on Defence against Obstacles to Trade which Affect the Market of the Community or a Non-member Country is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55399)

265  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the adaptation to technical progress of the Directive on the removal of technical barriers to trade in dangerous substances and preparations is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55209)

266  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Standing Committee on the Approximation of the Laws Relating to Construction Products is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55367)

267  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of the Directive on the Removal of Technical Barriers to Trade in Fertilisers is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55377)

268  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Technical Committee on information processing is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55237)

269  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of the Directive on the Removal of Technical Barriers to Trade in Electromedical Equipment used in Human or Veterinary Medicine is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55212)

270  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of the Directive on the Removal of Technical Barriers to Trade in Pressure Vessels is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55215)

271  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee on the Directive on Names and Labelling of Rectile Products is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (55370)

272  Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will decide on the development of the Edmonton B power station.

 (55349)

273  
N  
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when information relating to post office closures ceased to be made available on a constituency basis; and for what reason this was done.

 (55024)

274  Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made in the assessment and location of the CASIM project.

 (55482)

275  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what publicly owned accommodation is made available to her in her official role; how many nights she has been in residence at each of these properties in the last 12 months; and what the total cost was of maintaining each of these properties in the last 12 months.

 (55098)

276  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if Consignia has ended first collections in Epsom.

 (55573)

277  David Maclean (Penrith & The Border): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the Government has to regulate the practice of cold calling.

 (55181)

278  Sandra Osborne (Ayr): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the consultancies which have been commissioned by Consignia in each of the last three years, their remit and their cost.

 (55588)

279  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the grants and other help that she administers that are available to industrial and commercial businesses located in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Pendle.

 (55428)

280  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her objectives will be when entering discussions with Consignia and the Post Office Ltd. to determine the future of support branches of the Post Office in rural communities.

 (55287)

281  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many derogations there are for addresses in (a) Aberdeenshire and (b) Banffshire where Royal Mail are not obliged to provide a delivery service direct to the door; and if she will make a statement.

 (55164)

282  Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she will take to find other sites for offshore wind farms should any of the present sites be rejected on grounds of possible interference with military radar.

 (55576)

283  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by her Department since 1997.

 (55424)

284  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Standing Committee on the Harmonisation of National Legislation on Cableway Installations Designed to Carry Passengers is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55372)

285  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on Restrictive Practices and Dominant Positions in the Shipping Industry is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55220)

286  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions in air transport is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55221)

287  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on Restrictive Practices and Dominant Positions in the Transport Industry is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55219)

288  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 31st January, Official Report, column 448W, on affordable housing, what the Housing Corporation's budget was in each of the last 10 years; and what amount was allocated to its (a) revenue and (b) capital programmes.

 (54910)

289  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 976W, on affordable housing, what the proportion of affordable homes in rural areas was to the total number of affordable homes for each year since 1990.

 (54853)

290  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 976W, on affordable housing, how many affordable homes in rural settlements in England with a population of 3,000 or less were completed and funded by 31st March.

 (54852)

291  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with the Audit Commission in respect of the guidance contained in its publication Competitive Procurement relating to the operation of best value to the categorisation of the overall performance of local authorities; and if he will make a statement.

 (53918)

292  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether membership of New Dimension Group includes representatives of the Chief Fire Officers Association from (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland; and whether the Fire Brigades Union is represented on the Group.

 (55021)

293  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what levels of additional funding have been allocated to fire services to meet the needs identified by the New Dimension Group arising from the increased level of threat from terrorism since 11th September.

 (55022)

294  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what publicly owned accommodation is made available to him in his official role; how many nights he has been in residence at each of these properties in the last 12 months; and what the total cost is of maintaining each of these properties.

 (55101)

295  Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what meetings he has had with (a) the Aga Khan and (b) his staff in the last 12 months.

 (55411)

296  Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the Government Office for London has provided him with a brief on the site at St Thomas' Hospital known as Block 9.

 (55410)

297  Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many seats on parish and town councils in England and Wales were vacant on 1st January in each year since 1995.

 (55408)

298  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what extra funding will be made available to county councils for road improvement in the next financial year.

 (55195)

299  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what new planning guidelines will be introduced on the role of regional assemblies in planning applications.

 (55196)

300  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 30th April, Official Report, column 675W, on infrastructure charging research, if he will publish figures for the cost of research commissioned by his Department, or the DETR, in each year since 1997; if he will publish the estimated cost for the forthcoming year; and if he will publish a summary of the work so far on (a) user acceptance, (b) social-spatial inclusion and exclusion, (c) trade-off between practical and optimal cordon congestion charging and (d) economic geography of congestion charging.

 (55263)

301  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment was made of congestion levels in each region when determining the level of provision made for new additional housing; and what influence this had on the final level of provision made for new additional housing outlined in regional planning guidance.

 (54911)

302  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the estimated environmental costs is to each local authority arising from the level of provision made for new additional housing; and what influence this had on the final level of provision made for new additional housing as outlined in regional planning guidance.

 (54912)

303  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if there is (a) current and (b) proposed European Union guidance on the implementation of (i) congestion charging, (ii) road pricing and (iii) workplace parking charging.

 (55268)

304  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 30th April, Official Report, column 675W, on infrastructure charging research, when the commissioned work will terminate; and what the estimated cost of such research is up to the termination date.

 (55265)

305  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if his Department produces guidance to local authorities on the recommended daily rates for (a) congestion charging and (b) workplace parking charging; and if he will make a statement.

 (55267)

306  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the estimated revenue is from (a) workplace parking charges and (b) congestion charging in each year of his Department's Ten Year Transport Plan.

 (55266)

307  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the assessment he has made of the effect of congestion charging on social-spatial inclusion and exclusion.

 (55264)

308  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps his Department has taken to monitor the incidence of mast sharing by mobile phone operators.

 (55207)

309  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what cost estimates have been prepared by the Strategic Rail Authority in relation to ensuring that all stations conform with the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 by 2004.

 (55202)

310  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will collect statistics on the religious affiliation of staff employed in local government with special reference to Muslim women in the workforce; and if he will make a statement.

 (55441)

311  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much the Strategic Rail Authority has spent (a) on its own account and (b) in grants to organisations on feasibility studies into the possible re-opening of closed railway lines; and if he will make a statement.

 (55442)

312  
N  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on recruitment levels and recruitment processes for railway maintenance workers in the nations and regions of the United Kingdom.

 (54854)

313  Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to hold discussions with the Strategic Rail Authority concerning the re-routing of the main railway line between Paddington and Penzance away from the sea wall down the Exe Estuary and the coast at Dawlish and Teignmouth; and he will make a statement.

 (55300)

314  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his oral statement of 26th February, Official Report, column 563, if he will make a statement on Mr Sixsmith's agreement to resign; and when he was told, and by whom, that Mr Sixsmith had resigned.

 (55622)

315  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by his Department since 1997.

 (55425)

316  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what publicly owned accommodation is made available to him in his official role; how many nights he has been in residence at each of these properties in the last 12 months; and what the total cost is of maintaining each of these properties.

 (55089)

317  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on the free movement of workers is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55233)

318  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on employment is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55225)

319  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the mandate of the Administrative Commission on social security for migrant workers (and working parties) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55235)

320  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the mandate of the Audit Board of the Administrative Commission on social security for migrant workers is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55236)

321  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the mandate of the Technical Committee for the implementation of regulations concerning the free movement and employment of workers is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55234)

322  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the mandate of the Committee of the European Social Fund is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55227)

323  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on social security for migrant workers is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55232)

324  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on incentives in the field of employment is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (55226)

325  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what publicly owned accommodation is made available to him in his official role; how many nights he has been in residence at each of these properties in the last 12 months; and what the total cost is of maintaining each of these properties.

 (55100)

326  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd May, Official Report, column 978W, if he will provide information on male pensioners on the same basis.

 (55299)

327  Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he last met the Low Pay Commission to discuss the minimum wage.

 (55208)

328  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when each international reciprocal social security agreement was entered into; and what the extent of the reciprocity is in each case.

 (55579)

329  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will reply to the questions from the honourable Member for the Isle of Wight of 1st March, Refs 39922, 39933 and 40040.

 (55462)

330  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many letters (a) he and (b) the Chief of Executive of the Benefits Agency have received from honourable Members about clients of each Benefits Agency local office; and how many (i) clients were dealt with and (ii) residents are covered by such local offices in the most recent year for which information is available.

 (55182)

331  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by his Department since 1997.

 (55426)

332  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Spelthorne claim the minimum income guarantee.

 (55037)

333  Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to reduce the liability for VAT to five per cent. for small museums; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (55587)

334  Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the impact of VAT on small museums.

 [Transferred]   (55586)

335  Hywel Williams (Caernarfon): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what arrangements are intended for the organisation, operation and accountability of the Caernarfon for Healthcare Audit and Inspection in Wales.

 [Transferred]   (55448)

336  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Technical Adaptation Committee on the minimum safety and health requirements for improved medical treatment on board vessels is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (55229)

337  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people were refused visitors' visas by British High Commission offices in (a) India, (b) Pakistan and (c) Sri Lanka in the last 12 months.

 [Transferred]   (55197)

338  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many (a) men and (b) women from ethnic minority backgrounds were selected for jury service at courts in Greater London during the last 12 months.

 [Transferred]   (55200)

339  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what power local authorities will have over hospital discharges when the penalty system on local authorities for delays in discharging elderly people from hospitals is in place.

 [Transferred]   (55591)

340  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he and his officials had with the Treasury prior to the Budget regarding the plan to penalise local authorities for delays in discharging elderly people from hospitals.

 [Transferred]   (55589)

341  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to set targets for the reduction in delayed discharges of elderly patients from hospitals for each local authority.

 [Transferred]   (55593)

342  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what will constitute a delay in discharge of an elderly person from hospital under the proposed penalties on local authorities for delayed discharge.

 [Transferred]   (55592)

343  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities of the proposed fines for delays in discharging elderly people from hospitals, broken down by category of authority.

 [Transferred]   (55590)

344  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Technical Adaptation Committee on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of workers at work is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (55228)

345  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Technical Adaptation Committee on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to chemical physical and biological agents at work is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (55230)



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