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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 10 May 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 10 May 2002, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 

FRIDAY 10th MAY

1  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues about the conduct of consultation exercises; and if he will make a statement about conformity with Criterion 6 Cabinet Office Guidelines.

 (55707)

2  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many households, broken down by (a) class, (b) age and (c) region, have a PC; and what figures he has collated on other major European countries in terms of rates of household and workplace access to the Internet.

 (55873)

3  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what is being done to increase the usage of government departments and agencies websites and the take-up of their electronic services.

 (55989)

4  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what progress has been made by each government department and agency towards the Prime Minister's target for electronically available services by 2005.

 (55984)

5  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps are being taken to encourage Government sector agencies to put in place management information to monitor usage of their websites and electronic services, and to play back this information to the content providers and divisions responsible for originating web materials and Internet services.

 (56001)

6  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, of the central government departments and agencies required to meet the Prime Minister's target for electronically available services by 2005, how many hits the (a) most and (b) least used have received in the last year; and what steps are being taken to analyse user behaviour.

 (56000)

7  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the role played by the development of electronic public services in making the UK a congenial location for e-business and e-commerce to develop.

 (55874)

8  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what information he publishes about the development of central government services on the web.

 (55988)

9  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what progress the Government has made towards meeting the objective that the UK be the best environment in the world for e-commerce by 2002.

 (55872)

10  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, of the central government departments and agencies required to meet the Prime Minister's target for electronically available services by 2005, what common problems have been revealed through the regular e-business strategy documents; and how they are being addressed.

 (55985)

11  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the percentage increases in Civil Service pensions in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002; and on what basis the increases are calculated.

 (55306)

12  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 19th April, Official Report, column 1251W, on refurbishment and the Answer to the honourable Member for Gordon of 24th April, Official Report, column 272W, if he will make a further statement in respect of progress on the chain of supply, procurement policy and the contract relating to the Cabinet Office and other continuing refurbishment and construction projects on the Government estate.

 (55913)

13  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of Government funding provided to each region is for tourism marketing.

 (56023)

14  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the cost of providing broad band services per (a) urban dwelling and (b) rural dwelling.

 (55822)

15  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department has spent organising events at (a) the Labour Party's, (b) the Conservative Party's and (c) the Liberal Democrat Party's (i) autumn and (ii) spring conference in each of the past five years; what the purpose of events organised at party conferences is; what form these events took; and if she will make a statement.

 (55750)

16  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when (a) her Department's officials and (b) she received Sport England's report on the technical evaluation of athletics proposals for the National Stadium project; and if she will make a statement.

 (55749)

17  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons the proposed Contents Board was not included in the original Bill to set up the Office of Communications; what the composition of the Contents Board will be; and what the remit of the Contents Board will be in relation to radio.

 (56031)

18  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the Queen's Jubilee medal will be issued to the Royal Parks Constabulary in time for the Jubilee weekend; and if she will make a statement.

 (55800)

19  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated cost is of construction of the Remote Ammunition Facility in Tamar.

 (55805)

20  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated date is of completion of the Remote Ammunition Facility in Tamar.

 (55806)

21  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what average landing fees were paid by the RAF in respect of aircraft landing at (a) RAF airfields and (b) airfields operated under licence by third parties during the last complete year.

 (55817)

22  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many aircraft movements were handled by air traffic control at West Freugh airfield in each of the last 10 years.

 (55818)

23  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future of Royal Ordnance.

 (55786)

24  Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye & Inverness West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 10th April, Official Report, column 31W, what his policy is on the inclusion in the arrangements, negotiated with QinetiQ, of guarantees that levels of current provision by the BUTEC and Rona range will be maintained for the full term of the arrangement and that levels of investment will be maintained; and if he will make a statement.

 (56002)

25  Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance is issued governing the giving of media interviews by serving members of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

 (55754)

26  Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Army's policy is on the tethering of horses; and if he will make a statement.

 (55877)

27  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the European Air Chiefs Conference meeting of 18th April.

 (55695)

28  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the postcodes are of low participation neighbourhoods in Cornwall that have been identified by HEFC(E) for their performance indicator purposes.

 (55807)

29  Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of claims made by learning providers, following the closure of the Individual Learning Accounts Scheme, have been paid; when the rest will be paid; and what factors underlie the delay in completing payments.

 (55981)

30  Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether it is her policy that small learning providers should continue to supply training under the new Individual Learning Account Scheme; and if she will make a statement.

 (55980)

31  Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether she has been notified of closures of small firms providing learning or training following the closure of the Individual Learning Accounts Scheme; and if she will make a statement.

 (55982)

32  Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if it is her policy that Capita should be the provider of the support infrastructure for the new Individual Learning Account Scheme.

 (55979)

33  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her policy is on the creation of a sector skills council to service the tourism industry.

 (56029)

34  Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers were in service in Buckinghamshire in (a) January 2001 and (b) January 2002.

 (55690)

35  Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment has been made of the impact on SAT results of greater inclusion in mainstream schools.

 (55187)

36  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers applied for medically-supported retirement for the Teachers' Pension Scheme in each of the last three years; and what the average time to reach a decision on these applications was.

 (55706)

37  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils in Luton have benefited from the educational maintenance allowance pilot scheme since its introduction.

 (55755)

38  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the validity of the use of the number of children receiving free school meals as an indicator of need in garrison towns.

 (56048)

39  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to introduce education maintenance allowances nationwide.

 (55703)

40  Mr John Taylor (Solihull): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer given by the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department on 23rd April, Official Report, column 207W, on census information, what action she has taken to protect the interests of History National Curriculum (Key Stages 2 to 5) pupils and teachers, following the provision of inaccurate information on the website at http://www.learningcurve.pro.gov.uk/FocusOn/census/; and what action has been taken to ensure that recent amendments to the website meet the schools' requirements for information from the Public Record Office.

 (55912)

41  Mr John Taylor (Solihull): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer given by the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department on 23rd April, Official Report, column 207W, what her estimate is of the number of History National Curriculum (Key Stages 2 to 5) schools with internet access to the website at http://www.learningcurve.pro.gov.uk/FocusOn/census/.

 (55911)

42  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 30th April, Official Report, column 662W, on departmental communications, what the cost was of (a) preparing; (b) printing and (c) processing the consultation papers, information documents and forms.

 (55603)

43  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of household waste in the last 12 months, comprised plastic bags.

 (55484)

44  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she is taking to ensure the continuation of the six and 12 mile fishing limits after 31st December.

 (55485)

45  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to introduce a retirement scheme for tenant farmers.

 (55486)

46  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Joint Meetings of Management and/or Regulatory Committees dealing with agrimonetary questions 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.

 (55663)

47  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Standing Forestry 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.

 (55660)

48  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 organisations of agriculture markets for raw tobacco 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.

 (55671)

49  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 organisations of agricultural markets for live plants and floriculture 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.

 (55668)

50  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 organisations of agricultural markets for 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.

 (55667)

51  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Joint Meetings of Management and/or Regulatory Committees in the promotion of 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.

 (55664)

52  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Committee on the conservation, characterisation, collection and utilisation of genetic resources in agriculture 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.

 (55659)

53  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 organisations of agricultural markets for wines 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.

 (55672)

54  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Implementation Committee on aromatised wine-based drinks 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.

 (55665)

55  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Joint Meetings of Management and/or Regulatory Committees dealing with trade mechanisms 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.

 (55662)

56  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Committee on the supply of agricultural products to the population of the former Soviet Union 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.

 (55657)

57  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on the management of the research programme for management and storage of radioactive waste and management of the community plan of action in the field of radioactive waste 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.

 (55687)

58  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 organisations of agriculture markets for hops 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.

 (55670)

59  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 organisations of agricultural markets for seeds 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.

 (55669)

60  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Implementation Committee for spirit drinks 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.

 (55666)

61  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Committee on agricultural structures and rural development 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.

 (55661)

62  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund Committee (and working party on irregularities) 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.

 (55658)

63  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what data she has collated relating to the statutory programme on multiple veterinary medicines residues for (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999 and (e) 2000; and if she will make it available.

 (55470)

64  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will provide the declaration of interests for the members of the Veterinary Products Committee.

 (55471)

65  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) farmyard and (b) feral (i) cats and (ii) dogs have been tested in TB endemic areas by constituency in the last 30 years; and what proportion of these turned out to be TB reactors.

 (55811)

66  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will provide the declaration of interests for the members of the Veterinary Residues Committee.

 (55472)

67  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she routinely tests free-roaming farm animals when a TB breakdown occurs.

 (55845)

68  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what new funds her Department will provide to the statutory nature conservation agencies and Sea Fisheries Committee to allow them to meet their responsibilities to manage, protect and monitor the marine environment and its natural resources.

 (55768)

69  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government's Review of Marine Nature Conservation will report on its findings.

 (55769)

70  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what extra resources her Department will provide to meet the objectives of the Government's Marine Stewardship report.

 (55767)

71  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what level of nuclear waste will be created as a result of Hinkley Point A power station in Somerset; and what plans she has to dispose of this waste.

 (56028)

72  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many vehicles operated by Forest Enterprise are (a) cars and vans and (b) other forestry vehicles; and how many are obliged to have a valid current tax disc.

 (55813)

73  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the value is of contracts awarded by Forest Enterprise to Mechanical Engineering Services in each of the last three years.

 (55814)

74  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what procedures are in place in Forest Enterprise for ensuring best value in (a) procuring and (b) disposing of forestry capital equipment contracts.

 (55815)

75  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what procedures are in place for ensuring fair competition for contracts issued by Forest Enterprise.

 (55820)

76  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on Forest Enterprise procurement procedures for forestry harvesting and transport equipment.

 (55819)

77  Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to call upon further agrimonetary compensation to compensate dairy farmers for a fall in milk prices.

 (55824)

78  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to support organic yoghurt and cream farm producers.

 (55630)

79  Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received from travellers groups regarding (a) horse management and (b) the tethering of horses.

 (55878)

80  Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to publish the report of the inquiry into sewage discharges from Whitburn and Hendon; and if she will make a statement.

 (55708)

81  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the removal from role of the Director-General, Fisheries.

 (55694)

82  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings (a) she and (b) other departmental ministers have held recently with senior executives from BNFL.

 (55986)

83  Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the numbers of families and persons receiving (a) the working families tax credit, (b) the childcare tax credit supplement to WFTC and (c) the disabled persons tax credit.

 (55791)

84  Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what publicity he plans to give to the increase in the child component of the working families tax credit in June; and how many extra families will become entitled to the working families tax credit as a result of the increase.

 (55792)

85  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what support has been given to LPG conversion in terms of (a) the cost of conversion, (b) fuel tax and (c) vehicle excise duty (i) prior to and (ii) in the Budget; and if he will make a statement.

 (55851)

86  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was received from house sales in the United Kingdom; and what proportion was received from rural areas in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

 (55303)

87  Martin Linton (Battersea): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children are in lone parent families in (a) London, broken down by borough and (b) in the Battersea constituency.

 (55803)

88  Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has to assess the impact of the 2002 Comprehensive Spending Review on sustainable development; and if he will make a statement.

 (55689)

89  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value is of orphan assets held in the life assurance sector in the UK.

 (55640)

90  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his recent visit to Gibraltar.

 (55858)

91  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had regarding (a) shared sovereignty and (b) the Spanish claim to full sovereignty of Gibraltar with the Spanish Foreign Minister during the talks in Valencia.

 (55861)

92  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the aim of resolving the status of Gibraltar before the summer.

 (55859)

93  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to change the status of Gibraltar; and if he will make a statement.

 (55860)

94  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what actions Her Majesty's Government is taking to support the peace deal agreed in the Molucca Islands of Indonesia in February.

 (55704)

95  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the situation in the Molucca Islands of Indonesia.

 (55705)

96  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 of 22nd November 1967; and if he will make a statement.

 (55992)

97  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the meetings held between (a) himself, (b) the staff at his Department and (c) British diplomatic staff with representatives of (i) the Italian Government and (ii) the Vatican since 22nd April, including the participants of each meeting, the subjects discussed and the conclusions agreed upon; and if he will make a statement.

 (55993)

98  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the meetings held between (a) UK diplomatic staff in the Middle East and (b) staff from his Department with representatives of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine since 1st September 2000; and if he will make a statement.

 (55995)

99  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the incidents in which British citizens have been (a) killed and (b) wounded in (i) Israel and (ii) the territories controlled by the Palestinian Authority since 1st September 2000; and if he will make a statement.

 (55996)

100  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those (a) social partners, (b) professional associations, (c) consumer associations, (d) academic and student/youth associations, (e) Church representatives and (f) other foundations and associations of European interest, engaged in the Civic Forum for the Convention on the Future of Europe on behalf of the United Kingdom; what criteria were used for their selection; who selected them; and if he will make a statement.

 (55697)

101  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to Eurostat for the inclusion of polling questions on repatriation of powers.

 (55696)

102  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the requirement for Turkey to reform the National Security Council prior to accession to the European Union.

 (55698)

103  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the submission of Mr John Bruton to the Convention on the Future of Europe, with respect to improvements to parliamentary scrutiny.

 (55752)

104  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his definition is of the Federation of Nation States as discussed at Council meetings; and if he will make a statement.

 (55693)

105  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the Specified Risk Material (Amendment) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (55760)

106  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the North Middlesex Hospital National Health Service Trust (Change of Name) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (55761)

107  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the Sweeteners in Food (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (55762)

108  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the Health and Social Care Act 2001 (Commencement No. 1) (England) Order 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (55759)

109  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the National Health Service (General Dental Services) Amendment (No. 5) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (55766)

110  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the Primary Care Trusts (Membership, Procedure and Administration Arrangements) Amendment (England) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (55763)

111  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the National Health Service (Dental Charges) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (55758)

112  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the National Health Service Trusts (Membership and Procedure) Amendment (England) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (55765)

113  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the Health Authorities (Membership and Procedure) Amendment (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (55764)

114  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of cardiac care units in the NHS operate upper age limits or other restrictions in accessing heart by-pass operations on grounds of age; and what percentage of units have age-related policies for treatment of thrombosis.

 (55318)

115  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Health Service across England will be ready to implement the prescription-plus-monitoring scheme for beta interferons from its start date of 6th May.

 (55317)

116  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people he estimates will receive beta interferon under the prescription-plus monitoring scheme.

 (55307)

117  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the prescription-plus monitoring scheme for disease-modifying drugs for MS.

 (55308)

118  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long he estimates it will take for all people who may benefit from beta interferons have been assessed by a neurologist for the prescription-plus-monitoring scheme.

 (55309)

119  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he estimates that all people who may benefit from beta interferons will be in receipt of them.

 (55310)

120  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the centres that will be authorised to prescribe beta interferons through his Department's prescription-plus-monitoring scheme.

 (55311)

121  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what predictions each centre authorised to prescribe disease-modifying drugs for MS has made on how long it will be before all people who may benefit from beta interferons and glatirimer acetate have been assessed by a neurologist for the prescription-plus-monitoring scheme.

 (55313)

122  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which authorised centres have begun prescribing beta interferon and glatirimer acetate under the prescription-plus-monitoring scheme for disease-modifying drugs for MS.

 (55314)

123  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the deadline of 8th April for the reassessment of preserved rights of residents in nursing homes was met.

 (55320)

124  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what new proposals and additional resources he plans to allocate to deal with mental ill health and (a) drug use, (b) ethnic minority communities and (c) children and youth; and if he will make a statement.

 (55804)

125  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will instigate an investigation into the change of treatment for haemophilia patients in the 1970s from a cryoprecipitate treatment originating from a single donor to an unheated treatment derived from large donor pools.

 (56024)

126  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has had to hold a public inquiry into how haemophiliac patients in the 1980s contracted hepatitis C and the HIV virus.

 (56026)

127  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he undertakes of the extent to which patients and professional groups who lobby for the increased use of pharmaceutical drugs are (a) financed and (b) influenced by pharmaceutical companies.

 (55849)

128  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the possible (a) side effects, (b) benefits and (c) risks of prescribing the pneumococcal vaccine Prevenar to children who are not identified as at high risk of paediatric pneumococcal disease.

 (55821)

129  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Government will introduce legislation to prevent genetic discrimination by insurers, with specific reference to the refusal of insurance on the grounds of adverse genetic test results.

 (55633)

130  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the increased spending earmarked for mental health has been allocated in the current year.

 (55628)

131  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission an independent body to undertake an independent scientific peer review of the scientific protocol for Biobank UK.

 (55635)

132  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Government will introduce legislation for the protection of personal genetic information before members of the public are asked to donate blood samples to Biobank UK.

 (55631)

133  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Government intends to sign and ratify the European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine 1997.

 (55632)

134  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will withdraw the plan to construct a new roundabout on Christchurch Road in Epsom as part of the proposed West Park Development.

 (55638)

135  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will meet union representatives from Lancashire care homes to discuss the proposed closure of care homes by Lancashire County Council.

 (55787)

136  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the role and responsibilities are of the National Cancer Institute.

 (55868)

137  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in meeting staffing goals for cancer specialists; and how future progress will be assessed.

 (55865)

138  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he takes to monitor the way in which NHS trusts deploy funds allocated to deliver on Cancer Plan targets; and how trusts are made answerable for cancer funding spent on other services or financial requirements.

 (55863)

139  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to publish annual figures for national expenditure on cancer research, indicating where money is spent.

 (55862)

140  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to raise the profile of the National Cancer Institute amongst those not directly involved in its work.

 (55864)

141  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken towards setting up the Patients' Information Advisory Group; and when it is expected to be operational.

 (55871)

142  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to develop more extensive and accessible clinical trials databases for cancer research to inform researchers and patients.

 (55866)

143  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he plans to publish a map of the regional cancer networks.

 (55869)

144  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review his policy on a national cancer act, with specific reference to (a) cancer registration, (b) funding for the cancer research infrastructure and (c) a cancer research strategy.

 (55867)

145  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the core funding of the national translational cancer research networks is determined; and how frequently it is to be reviewed.

 (55870)

146  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 29th April, Official Report, column 622W, on mental health, if he will make a statement on the range of initiatives being introduced to address issues of inequalities in access to mental health services for people from Asian, black and minority ethnic groups with special reference to how such initiatives are being developed and implemented; and where and when professionals and members of the public can learn more.

 (55999)

147  Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the funding by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Health Authority of proposed crisis and home treatment services for the mentally ill in 2002-03.

 (55636)

148  Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has given to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Health Authority in respect of (a) ring-fencing NHS funding for the modernisation of mental health services and (b) the allocation of NHS funding for mental health between the provision of (i) medium secure units and (ii) crisis and home treatment services.

 (55637)

149  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will rank in order of non-attendance the level of failed appointments in each health authority for each hospital in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (55789)

150  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he plans to take to reduce the number of failed appointments in the NHS due to non attendance.

 (55790)

151  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of appointments at GP's surgeries were not kept by patients in (a) England, (b) Bedfordshire and (c) Luton in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (55756)

152  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of failed GP appointments as a result of non-attendance was in each PCT in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (55757)

153  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of over-75 health checks.

 (56049)

154  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many medical consultants (a) are suspended and (b) have been suspended in each of the last five years.

 (55691)

155  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to provide incentives for dentists to stay in the NHS.

 (55328)

156  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding for botulinum toxin injections is available to patients in Fordingbridge; and if he will make a statement.

 (55901)

157  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about (a) the effectiveness and (b) the availability on the NHS of botulinum toxin injections; and if he will make a statement.

 (55900)

158  
N  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide extra funds to Cheshire Social Services and the Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust to enable them to increase support for the East Cheshire Hospice.

 (55417)

159  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to announce the appointment of new GPs to the GP surgery attached to the Sheppey Community Hospital.

 (55465)

160  Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department's inquiry into the incident at Yarl's Wood will convene; what its terms of reference will be; whether it will be held in public; and if he will make a statement.

 (55978)

161  Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) he, (b) a minister and (c) an official from his Department will attend the select committee inquiry of the Bedfordshire County Council into the Yarl's Wood fire; and if he will make a statement.

 (55983)

162  Ross Cranston (Dudley North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if it is his policy to cancel the passport of a child in circumstances where one parent of an estranged couple refuses to transfer it to the parent with sole custody of that child; and if he will make a statement.

 (55700)

163  Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) detention and training orders and (b) referral orders have been imposed in each police force area in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

 (55854)

164  Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued to date.

 (55857)

165  Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes resulted in a conviction as a proportion of total recorded crime in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

 (55855)

166  Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) reparation orders and (b) action plan orders have been made to date in each police force area in England and Wales; how many have been (i) discharged and (ii) breached; and if he will make a statement.

 (55856)

167  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the laws governing the ownership of lost property; and if he will review them.

 (55788)

168  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in prison have served in the Armed Forces, not including National Service; and if he will make a statement.

 (55315)

169  Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent guidelines he has issued on the tethering of horses by police forces; and if he will make a statement.

 (55876)

170  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what child welfare frameworks and inspection regimes will apply to accommodation centres under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill; and to what extent it is his policy that the provisions of the (a) Children Act 1989, (b) Children (Scotland) Act 1995, (c) Care Standards Act 2000 and (d) Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 will apply.

 (55331)

171  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the factors which led to the decision to grant asylum seekers 70 per cent. of the basic income support to meet their living costs.

 (55330)

172  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make enquiries into the passport of Mr Mohammed Umer of Southend, which is with the IND office in Croydon.

 (55312)

173  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent representations her Department has received on the siting of an airport for Montserrat.

 (55702)

174  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what Palestinian refugee camps in (a) Lebanon and (b) Syria are (i) run directly by her Department, (ii) run by organisations with DFID involvement and (iii) run by UK non-governmental organisations; and if she will make a statement.

 (55998)

175  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what Palestinian refugee camps in (a) Lebanon and (b) Syria are (i) directly funded by her Department, (ii) funded by projects co-funded by her Department and (iii) funded by UK non-governmental organisations; and if she will make a statement.

 (55991)

176  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with Commissioner Patten regarding the destination of EU aid to the Palestinian Authority.

 (55896)

177  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the possibility of famine in Southern Africa this year.

 (55899)

178  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with the Israeli Government regarding the destination of UK funds provided to the Palestinian Authority.

 (55895)

179  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid is being provided to each country in Southern Africa this year (a) through her Department's bilateral aid budget and (b) via the EU aid budget.

 (55879)

180  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the poppy fields used for drug cultivation in Afghanistan have been destroyed.

 (55890)

181  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to reduce levels of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe.

 (55884)

182  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what policy her Department is pursuing to encourage the restoration of democratic government to Zimbabwe.

 (55881)

183  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has evidence that (a) EU aid and (b) UK aid has reached (i) the Fatah movement and (ii) the al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade; and if she will establish an investigation into allegations relating to the diversion of aid to those organisations.

 (55894)

184  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she last held meetings with officials from the Government of (a) South Africa and (b) Nigeria to discuss the political situation in Zimbabwe.

 (55888)

185  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many refugees have returned to Afghanistan from (a) Iran and (b) Pakistan in the last six months; and what proportion of these have been provided with adequate food and shelter when they return.

 (55891)

186  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the New Partnership for African Development in bringing good government to Zimbabwe.

 (55885)

187  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what actions she is taking to promote democracy in Burma following the release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

 (55889)

188  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she last held discussions with representatives from the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe.

 (55886)

189  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the value was of CDC investments in agribusiness in (a) Africa and (b) China in (i) 1998, (ii) 1999, (iii) 2000 and (iv) 2001, (A) in money terms and (B) as a proportion of all new investments; and if she will make a statement.

 (55990)

190  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what organisations her Department supports which are working for the disarmament, demobilisation and rehabilitation of child soldiers.

 (55898)

191  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to improve food security levels in Zimbabwe.

 (55882)

192  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action she is taking to improve food distribution by NGOs in Southern Africa, with particular reference to Malawi.

 (55892)

193  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the levels of political violence in Zimbabwe; and if she will make a statement on her Department's strategy to deal with political violence in Zimbabwe.

 (55887)

194  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what asssessment she has made of reports that EU aid to the Palestinian Authority has been misappropriated for terrorism.

 (55897)

195  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the level of cholera in Malawi; and what is being done to reduce levels of cholera.

 (55880)

196  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what NGOs and charities her Department supports in Zimbabwe.

 (55883)

197  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what actions her Department is taking to prevent the occurrence of famine in Southern Africa this year.

 (55893)

198  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the level of unpaid fines is at Merseyside Magistrates' Courts.

 (54855)

199  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans his Department has to reduce the number of unpaid fines in England and Wales.

 (54856)

200  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his policy towards the direct election of the President of the European Commission.

 (55692)

201  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the safety of nuclear installations in the countries participating in the Tacis programme (SURE) 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.

 (55652)

202  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for implementation of the multiannual framework programme for actions in the energy sector (1999 to 2002) 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.

 (55656)

203  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee for the technical adaptation of the community procedure to improve the transparency of gas and electricity prices charged to industrial end-users 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.

 (55648)

204  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the reinforcement of international energy co-operation (Synergy) 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.

 (55654)

205  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 measures on the indication by labelling and standard product information of the consumption of energy and other resources by household 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.

 (55646)

206  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee on the rational and efficient use of energy resources (SAVE) 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.

 (55650)

207  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for clean solid fuels technologies (CARNOT) 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.

 (55653)

208  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for granting community financial aid in the field of trans-European energy networks 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.

 (55641)

209  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for granting community financial aid in the field of trans-European telecommunications networks 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.

 (55688)

210  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on the labelling of household 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.

 (55649)

211  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the future development of energy policy (ETAP) 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.

 (55655)

212  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the series of guidelines for trans-European energy networks 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.

 (55647)

213  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee for the promotion of renewable energy sources (Altener) 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.

 (55651)

214  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) standard individual export licences and (b) open individual export licences have been issued for exports to Israel in each month since January 2001.

 (55794)

215  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what meetings her Department has had with senior officers of engineering institutions since January 2000.

 (56052)

216  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to improve the career packages offered to scientists and engineers working in research and development; and if she will make a statement on the recommendations in Sir Gareth Robert's Review, SET for Success, concerning the tackling of recruitment and retention problems.

 (56053)

217  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints have been received by the Competition Commission in respect of unfair trading in each year since its formation.

 (55812)

218  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what organisations are located in Carlton House Terrace and have the rent paid by the Government.

 (55987)

219  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether a Scottish Executive Minister will be a member of the UK delegation to the forthcoming Internal Market, Consumer Affairs and Tourism European Union Council of Ministers meeting on 21st May and what information is being provided by her Department to guarantee effective pre-Council scrutiny by the European Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

 (55997)

220  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the security implications of sensitive sites in nuclear installations, with special reference to high active liquor storage, being identified on non-secure web sites.

 (55325)

221  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what procedures her Department has in place to monitor companies accused of ignoring Government guidelines regarding employment law; and what action she is taking to review the effectiveness of such procedures.

 (55904)

222  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations she has received regarding a change in the law concerning probation periods; and what plans she has to review this part of employment law.

 (55902)

223  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what targets her Department uses to measure productivity in the UK (a) for year on year growth, (b) in comparison with other EU countries and (c) in comparison with other G7 countries.

 (55903)

224  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received from small businesses regarding the implementation of employment law introduced since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

 (55906)

225  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if her Department will review its unfair dismissal procedure; and if she will make a statement.

 (55905)

226  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations she has received from businesses regarding the 2002 Budget statement; and if she will make a statement.

 (55908)

227  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received from business groups regarding the effect of the 2002 Budget on the (a) competitiveness and (b) productivity of UK businesses.

 (55907)

228  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent research she has commissioned into the rights of employees working probationary periods prior to full-time contracts; and if she will publish the results of such research.

 (55910)

229  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations she has received from businesses regarding the competitiveness of the UK in comparison to (a) EU countries and (b) G7 nations.

 (55909)

230  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which local authorities provide free travel on public transport for old age pensioners and the disabled.

 (55701)

231  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Committee for the establishment of conditions for the interoperability of the trans-European high-speed rail system 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.

 (55679)

232  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Committee on the reciprocal recognition of national boatmasters' certificates for the carriage of goods and passengers by inland waterways 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.

 (55684)

233  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Committee on the system of charging for the use of transport infrastructure 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.

 (55643)

234  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee for the application of legislation on the development of the community railways 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.

 (55682)

235  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Committee for the adaptation to technical progress of recording equipment in road transport (tachographs) 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.

 (55677)

236  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Committee for a transparent system of harmonised rules for restrictions on heavy goods vehicles involved in international transport on designated roads 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.

 (55674)

237  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 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.

 (55645)

238  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Committee on implementation of Protocol 9 to the Act of Accession of Austria concerning transport by road and rail and combined transport (Ecopoints) 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.

 (55676)

239  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Committee for granting community financial aid in the field of trans-European transport networks 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.

 (55639)

240  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee for the application of legislation on the conditions under which non-resident carriers may operate national road passenger transport services within a member state 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.

 (55685)

241  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 aids to transport by rail, road and inland waterway 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.

 (55683)

242  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Committee—Switzerland Transport Committee (rail and road) 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 he will make a statement.

 (55644)

243  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 measures to be taken in the event of a crisis in the market in the carriage of goods by road and for laying down the conditions under which non-resident carriers may operate national road haulage services within a member state 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.

 (55686)

244  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee for the application of uniform principles on costing for railway 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 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.

 (55681)

245  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Committee on the adaptation to scientific and technical progress of legislation concerning the transport of dangerous 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 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.

 (55678)

246  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Committee on the driving licence 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.

 (55673)

247  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee for the harmonisation and comparability of the accounting and annual accounts of railway 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 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.

 (55680)

248  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Committee on the development of trans-European transport networks 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.

 (55642)

249  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Committee for the adaptation to technical progress of roadworthiness tests of vehicles 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.

 (55675)

250  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the speeches which (a) he and (b) other Ministers from his Department have made to external organisations and businesses since 7th June 2001, in each case providing details of where the speech is publicly available; if he will place copies of speeches not available in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (55844)

251  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd May, Official Report, column, 900W, on London Underground, if he will list the appropriate regulatory clearances required by (a) his Department, (b) London Transport, (c) Transport for London and (d) the INFRACOs, in each case listing the date on which application (i) has and (ii) will be made; and if he will make a statement.

 (55843)

252  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what technical support contracts were awarded by the Health and Safety Executive between 1st January and 31st December 1997.

 (55778)

253  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent reports he has received regarding the safety of the Blackwall Tunnel in London; what concerns have been expressed about emergency lanes and escape routes; what response he has made; and if he will make a statement.

 (55847)

254  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the latest estimated date is for the handover of the operation of the London Underground to the Mayor of London; and if he will make a statement.

 (55810)

255  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the results of the recent consultation regarding the proposed Private Public Partnership for the London Underground; and if he will place a full report of it in the Library.

 (55809)

256  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects (a) London Underground and the infrastructure companies to complete their draft final contracts for the London Underground and (b) to sign approval of the final contracts; what processes up to this latter stage are still to be (i) undertaken and (ii) completed; and if he will make a statement.

 (55808)

257  Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the level of access of pensioners to free bus transport.

 (55848)

258  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many empty homes there are in the South West Region.

 (56025)

259  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the role of bus services in the delivery of the Government plans for transport in London.

 (55816)

260  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the impact of rates of pay on recruitment and retention of public transport workers and the delivery of the Government's transport objectives in London.

 (55793)

261  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what statistics are collected by his Department on road safety; and if he will make a statement.

 (55853)

262  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the statement made by his Department on 7th May regarding the resignation of Mr Martin Sixsmith.

 (55850)

263  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many individuals working on street or road works were (a) killed, (b) seriously injured and (c) slightly injured in each year since 1990; and if he will make a statement.

 (55852)

264  Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 12th March , Official Report, column 906W, on resignations, if he will revise his response in relation to the resignation of Mr Martin Sixsmith.

 (55751)

265  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the financial risk to the Strategic Rail Authority of a future financial and management failure by Network Rail.

 (55780)

266  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when Network Rail's business plan will be published.

 (55784)

267  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if EU state aid rules allow the Government (a) to provide initial financial support to Network Rail and (b) to provide subsequent, additional aid through the standby facilities from the Strategic Rail Authority.

 (55711)

268  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what rights exist under EU law to permit the Government to provide state aid to Network Rail to acquire the assets of Railtrack.

 (55773)

269  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many allegations of fraud are being investigated in connection with the use of postal ballots in the local elections; and if he will make a statement.

 (55715)

270  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he estimates that the target to end Railtrack administration by the end of July will be met.

 (55712)

271  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the Strategic Rail Authority expects Network Rail's business plan to require an interim review.

 (55783)

272  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, through what mechanisms Network Rail's management will be held to account for their performance.

 (55781)

273  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received about his most recent proposals to replace gap funding.

 (55713)

274  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the legal status of the financial guarantees by the Government to the Railtrack administrator will be if administration lasts beyond 30th September.

 (55710)

275  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if contractual provisions will be made to offer rail freight operators the same protection against increased access charges as train operating companies.

 (55785)

276  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the rail franchise renewal process.

 (55770)

277  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, who took the decision to recruit each of the directors of Network Rail; and if he will list the directors.

 (55775)

278  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which members of Network Rail's management team have previous management experience in the heavy rail industry; and if he will make a statement.

 (55782)

279  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the bidders who have pre-qualified for rail franchise applications.

 (55771)

280  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what information he has received from the Office of National Statistics about the status of debt raised by Network Rail.

 (55776)

281  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of new homes in the South East that will be required as a result of (a) migration from other regions and (b) immigration from overseas.

 (55714)

282  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many salaried employees Network Rail has.

 (55777)

283  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, who will be responsible for the recruitment of board members to Network Rail.

 (55774)

284  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the balance was between (a) favourable and (b) unfavourable responses to the proposal in the Planning Green Paper to regionalise planning responsibilities held at county level.

 (55772)

285  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on progress made by Network Rail to raise sufficient funds to acquire Railtrack's assets.

 (55779)

286  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what definition he uses of the terms affordable housing and social housing; and if he will make a statement.

 (55304)

287  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportion of tenants have bought their homes through right to buy schemes in rural areas in the last 15 years; and if he will make a statement.

 (55332)

288  Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what restrictions govern the movement of slow-moving wide loads on public highways in England and Wales; and what steps he has taken to keep traffic disruption caused thereby to a minimum.

 (55795)

289  Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much has been raised in England and Wales from the issuing of parking tickets in the last financial year for which figures are available.

 (55753)

290  Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much in the last financial year for which figures are available each local authority in England and Wales has raised from the issuing of (a) parking permits, (b) parking meters and (c) pay and display systems.

 (55797)

291  Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what restrictions are in place in respect of the spending of monies by local authorities in respect of revenue raised by them from parking meters and paid parking schemes; what the basis is for such restrictions; and if he will make a statement.

 (55798)

292  Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what powers he has to prevent local authorities in England and Wales from issuing a greater number of residents parking permits than the number of residents parking places that have been made available by such local authority.

 (55796)

293  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when Railtrack will complete repairs on the road bridge over the railway at Easter Road, Edinburgh to enable it to carry heavy traffic again.

 (55709)

294  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 18th April, Official Report, column 1096W, on ferry services, what the nature is of the representation he has made regarding the proposed EU Directive on minimum conditions of service and wages for seafarer on intra-community ferry services.

 (56051)

295  Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to promote e-government at parish council level; and what funds are available to parish councils to achieve this.

 (55823)

296  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he plans to publish his Department's Annual Report.

 (56033)

297  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what role parish councils will play in the revised planning procedures envisaged by the Government for (a) major infrastructure projects and (b) other planning applications.

 (56032)

298  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action he takes to ensure that contractors accessing pylons are not endangering road bridges over railways.

 (56050)

299  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many members of his Department's press office are (a) under investigation and (b) suspended; and if he will make a statement.

 (55976)

300  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will set out his definition of key workers in the public services for the purposes of providing Government land for pre-fabricated key worker housing.

 (55321)

301  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportion of the housebuilding targets in each county will be provided by prefabricated key worker housing.

 (55324)

302  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the named planning rules will apply to the development of pre-fabricated key worker housing.

 (55316)

303  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the names and responsibilities of (a) his special advisers and (b) special advisers of his Ministers.

 (55977)

304  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the public land to be made available for the provision of pre-fabricated key worker housing will include land owned by (a) government departments, (b) local authorities and (c) government agencies.

 (55319)

305  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list those organisations to whom free public land will be made available for the provison of pre-fabricated key worker housing.

 (55323)

306  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the sites of Governerment land that will be made available for the provision of pre-fabricated key worker housing.

 (55322)

307  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to provide interoperability between emergency services and their radio communications systems.

 (55468)

308  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which organisations from industry are advising ministers on the procurement details for the fire and ambulance services for the replacement of their radio communications systems.

 (55469)

309  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which department has responsibility for taking decisions on the replacement of radio communication systems for fire and ambulance services.

 (55466)

310  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what consultations he has had to determine the procurement process for the fire and ambulance service for the replacement of their radio communications systems.

 (55467)

311  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance he has given concerning the independence of doctors serving on benefit tribunals since 2000.

 (55305)

312  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what powers he has to intervene against public sector employers who withdraw pension entitlements from their workforce.

 (55629)

313  Martin Linton (Battersea): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Battersea constituency have benefited from the New Deal.

 (55801)

314  Martin Linton (Battersea): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Battersea constituency found permanent employment as a result of New Deal for (a) long-term unemployed 25 plus, (b) lone parents, (c) disabled people and (d) 50 plus in each of the years since they were introduced.

 (55802)

315  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to inform employees whose employers have switched from final salary pensions to money purchase schemes about the impact of such changes.

 (55327)

316  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the retirement incomes of women who are married compared to the retirement incomes of women who are co-habiting; and if he will make a statement on the equal treatment implications of the research.

 (55326)

317  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, under what circumstances decisions taken on benefits by decision makers are reviewed; and by whom.

 (55580)

318  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, under what circumstances a Minister will decide to review a decision taken by decision makers on benefits; and if he will make a statement.

 (55581)

319  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to ensure students are informed about their eligibility to pay medical prescription charges when they arrive at university.

 [Transferred]   (55329)

320  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, in what circumstances the 10 year rule applies with regard to the pulping of ministerial papers; how long the rule has been in existence; and who is responsible for determining which material is to be destroyed.

 [Transferred]   (56027)

321  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 1st March, Official Report, column 1569W, on civil servants, on what basis the termination payment to Martin Sixsmith was made.

 [Transferred]   (55748)

322  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government has classified (a) Al-Amn al-Ri'asah, (b) the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, (c) the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, (d) the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command and (e) Sa'iqa as terrorist organisations; what changes in classification have taken place since 1st August 2000; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (55994)

323  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will take steps to ease parking restrictions which affect essential health workers in the performance of their emergency duties; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (55846)

324  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the Government will introduce legislation to prevent genetic discrimination by employers, with specific reference to the refusal of employment on the grounds of adverse genetic test results.

 [Transferred]   (55634)

325  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the Queen's Jubilee medal will be issued to the qualifying groups that will receive it.

 [Transferred]   (55799)

326  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many A Points were agreed in each year since 1997 at COREPER; and what proportion of overall items of legislation passed this represents.

 [Transferred]   (55699)

327  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will support the complaint made by EWS to the European Commission relating to France and the Treaty of Rome free movement of goods provisions in relation to the movement of rail freight through the Channel Tunnel.

 [Transferred]   (56030)



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