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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 14 May 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 14 May 2002, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 

TUESDAY 14th MAY

1  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee, when the prefabricated buildings to the north of the House of Commons adjacent to Bridge Street will be removed; and if he will make a statement.

 (56639)

2  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement of 9th May, what proportion of the £730 million annual budget for a regional assembly in the North West would be constituted of funds at present spent by (a) local government and (b) central government departments.

 (56489)

3  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many days of sick leave were taken in his Department last year; how many related to employees suffering from (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems; and what the cost was to his Department.

 (56482)

4  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what regulations govern (a) the proportion of television programmes that have subtitling and (b) the provision of televison services for deaf people.

 (55582)

5  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what bilateral discussions she has had with (a) the Foreign Secretary and (b) the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry regarding raising the profile of the British film industry overseas; and if she will make a statement.

 (56607)

6  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many days of sick leave were taken in her Department last year; how many related to employees suffering (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems; and what the cost was to her Department.

 (56483)

7  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government will reimburse Birmingham City Council for the cost of the Birmingham bid for the National Football Stadium.

 (56573)

8  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answers of 19th December 2001, Official Report, column 343W and 28th February, Official Report, column 1462W, on correspondence, when he intends to provide a substantive reply.

 (56605)

9  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answers of 19th December, Official Report, column 340W, and of 28th February, Official Report, column 1463, on Army HQ, when the final assessment of the cost of moving the Army's northern headquarters from York to Edinburgh will have been made.

 (56640)

10  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what occasions P.W. Pains Wessex have attended MOD-organised sales and marketing events in the past two years; and what was the nature of their attendance.

 (56572)

11  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many days of sick leave were taken in his Department last year; how many related to employees suffering (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems; and what the cost was to his Department.

 (56484)

12  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his assessment is of the way in which military ethos has changed since 1997.

 (56530)

13  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his assessment is of the benefits of a distinct military ethos to the effectiveness of the British Army.

 (56529)

14  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers are able to teach deaf children; and how many are able to teach using sign language.

 (55335)

15  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures are in place to ensure that deaf students are able to continue their education to the level of their choice.

 (55336)

16  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if the teachers' pension index is linked; and if she will make a statement.

 (55730)

17  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many days of sick leave were taken in her Department last year; how many related to employees suffering (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems; and what the cost was to her Department.

 (56485)

18  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the amount of pesticide sprayed in each of the last five years on UK fields.

 (56019)

19  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment (a) has been and (b) is being made of the impact of the Water Framework Directive and what measures will be required as a result; and if she will make a statement.

 (56553)

20  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the level of nitrates were in rivers in each year since 1990, broken down by (a) region and (b) river; and if she will make a statement.

 (56554)

21  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made by her Department of levels of phosphorous in rivers; and if she will make a statement.

 (56560)

22  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations her Department has received from (a) local authorities, (b) the Association of Charity Shops and (c) businesses; and what discussions it has had with other organisations regarding the role and impact of recycling credits in meeting recycling targets; and if she will make a statement.

 (56561)

23  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what role recycling credits have in ensuring businesses meet recycling targets; what assessment her Department has made of their impact on local authorities, businesses and charitable organisations; and if she will make a statement.

 (56562)

24  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what changes she proposes to the regulation of the water industry; if her preparatory work included consideration of their effect on sustainable development; and if she will make a statement.

 (56549)

25  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultations (a) have been undertaken and (b) are planned by her Department relating to the water industry; and if she will make a statement.

 (56550)

26  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made by her Department of the quality of rivers; and if she will make a statement.

 (56557)

27  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made by her Department of nitrate levels in rivers; and if she will make a statement.

 (56556)

28  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on (a) the levels of phosphorous in and (b) the quality of rivers in each year since 1990; if she will break the information down (i) by region and (ii) by river; and if she will make a statement.

 (56559)

29  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library a copy of the speech she made to Water UK on 2nd May on the Water Framework Directive; and if she will make a statement.

 (56548)

30  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what European Directives relate to levels of nitrates in groundwater; what steps (a) have been taken and (b) are planned to meet the deadlines of such directives; and if she will make a statement.

 (56558)

31  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the speeches which (a) she and (b) other Ministers from her Department have made to external organisations and businesses since 7th June 2001, in each case saying where the speech is publicly available; if she will place copies of speeches not available in the Library; and if she will make a statement.

 (56552)

32  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department plans to take to tackle diffuse pollution from (a) agricultural sources and (b) other sources.

 (56551)

33  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she intends to write to the honourable Member for Hertsmere regarding the case of Mr T Haworth of Radlett, as referred to in the letter from the then Minister of State in her letter of December 2000, ref. 148710.

 (56555)

34  
N  
Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the guidelines relating to the establishment of the Advisory Group on Veterinary Residues in 1995 and the Veterinary Residues Committee in 2001.

 (55731)

35  
N  
Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the membership of the Advisory Group on Veterinary Residues between 1995 and 2001; and if she will give their dates of membership and the register of their interests.

 (55732)

36  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many days of sick leave were taken in her Department last year; how many related to employees suffering (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems; and what the cost was to her Department.

 (56486)

37  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proposals she has to amend Schedule 2 of the Deer Act 1991 to permit the use of a rifle of a calibre less than .240 inches for the safe and humane killing of static injured deer.

 (56332)

38  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) amount and (b) proportion of the estimated total revenue to be raised in 2003-04 from the increases in national insurance contributions on (i) employees and (ii) the self-employed announced in the Budget he estimates will be raised from individuals who have salaries below the upper earnings/profit limit.

 (56470)

39  Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what agreement has been reached for aviation insurance terrorism cover from 1st April.

 (56634)

40  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many days of sick leave were taken in his Department last year; how many related to employees suffering (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems; and what the cost was to his Department.

 (56471)

41  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for each year since 1997, (a) contributions and (b) receipts between each member state and the European Community, and figures relating thereto, as were published in (i) the Official Report, Written Answers 19th February 1997, columns 57376 and (ii) those of 17th December 1998, Official Report, columns 757-60.

 (56635)

42  
N  
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what savings public sector pension schemes are predicted to make from the projected growth in single pension households on a like for like basis; and what the estimated costs are of introducing unmarried partner pensions across the public services.

 (55474)

43  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement as to whether the allegations of a massacre in Jenin were accurate.

 (56217)

44  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of evidence produced by the Israeli Government supporting their allegation of support by Chairman Arafat for terrorists.

 (56218)

45  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment has been made of the independence of the judiciary in Zimbabwe.

 (56564)

46  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the UK Film Council to increase its profile abroad.

 (56606)

47  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the military objectives that Israeli armed forces have achieved by their siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

 (56576)

48  
N  
Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port & Neston): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on United Kingdom citizens detained in Saudi Arabia.

 (54392)

49  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what precedents and rules have been adopted by institutions of the European Community in coming to a decision as to whether actions are better achieved by national or Community action, with reference to Article 5 TEC.

 (56633)

50  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the state is of the peace talks in Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.

 (56161)

51  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact the peace talks in Cyprus will have on Cyprus' accession to the European Union; and if he will make a statement.

 (56162)

52  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many persons died in the last year for which figures are available from the side-effects of prescribed drugs.

 (56022)

53  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent studies he has commissioned in respect of the number of persons suffering side effects from prescribed drugs; and if he will make a statement.

 (56015)

54  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he takes to ensure, in the testing of drugs for potential carcinogenicity, commercial companies do not select animal species and strains of species where the incidence of carcinogenicity is low.

 (56017)

55  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent studies he has commissioned relating to the health dangers from chronic low-level exposure to a mixture of pesticides; and if he will make a statement.

 (56020)

56  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what rules apply to the use of animal material in the production of vaccines.

 (56021)

57  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the link between pesticide exposure and Parkinson's Disease.

 (56016)

58  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the prescribing budget is for the Chelmsford PCT in 2002-03.

 (55735)

59  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what accumulated deficit has been identified by the Chelmsford PCT from 1st April.

 (55737)

60  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area have been waiting (a) over 12 months and (b) over 15 months for treatment.

 (55738)

61  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of delayed discharges in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area was for the most recent period for which figures are available.

 (55740)

62  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the latest calculation of the average waiting time at the accident and emergency department at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford is; and what the equivalent figure was 12 months before.

 (55733)

63  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) general practitioner and (b) practice nurse vacancies there are with the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area.

 (55736)

64  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations have been cancelled at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford in the last available month; and what percentage of the cancelled operations were carried out within four weeks.

 (55734)

65  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there are in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area for (a) nurses and (b) doctors.

 (55739)

66  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the proposed charges will be to social services departments to cover the costs of beds needlessly blocked through delayed discharges, as set out in paragraph 8.10 of 'Delivering the NHS Plan'.

 (56620)

67  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the proposed incentive charges will be to NHS trusts to cover the costs of emergency readmissions to ensure patients are not discharged prematurely as set out in paragraph 8.10 of 'Delivering the NHS Plan'.

 (56619)

68  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library the evidence that he has collated that NHS hospitals are discharging patients prematurely as set out in paragraph 8.10 of 'Delivering the NHS Plan'.

 (56618)

69  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list each prescription drug and medical appliance subject to multiple prescription charges; and if he will make a statement.

 (54366)

70  John Cryer (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many outpatient referrals from general practitioners were made within the Barking and Havering Health Authority area in (a) each year from 1994 to date and (b) each month of the last year.

 (56526)

71  John Cryer (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many emergency patients attending Oldchurch A and E department received in-patient treatment in (a) each half-yearly period from 1994-95 to date and (b) each of the last 12 months.

 (56520)

72  John Cryer (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients failed to attend for in-patient and day-care treatment in each of the past 10 years in England.

 (56527)

73  John Cryer (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many elective patients received in-patient treatment within the Barking and Havering Health Authority area in (a) each year from 1994 to date and (b) each of the past 12 months.

 (56519)

74  John Cryer (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people attended the A and E department at Oldchurch Hospital in Havering in (a) 1992-93 and in each subsequent year to 2000-01 and (b) each of the last 12 months.

 (56521)

75  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the names and positions of the senior members of staff who from 1st April have responsibility for children's services in each strategic health authority, PCT and NHS trust.

 (56160)

76  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been achieved towards the target of implementing the National Strategy to Tackle Alcohol Misuse by 2004.

 (56565)

77  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 8th May, Official Report, column 269W, on value for money, if he will publish the information used to establish that the Department was on course to deliver the target on value for money changes in the 1998 public service agreement.

 (56608)

78  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) number and (b) proportion of people (i) sleeping rough and (ii) living in temporary accommodation were looked after by local authorities when they were children.

 (56566)

79  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the percentage of homeless people who have presented themselves at accident and emergency departments where the visit was inappropriate in the last 12 months.

 (56568)

80  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of (a) rough sleepers and (b) people living in temporary accommodation are registered with a general practitioner.

 (56567)

81  Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the closure of long-stay beds for dementia patients.

 (56582)

82  Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on demand for NHS long-stay provision in respect of Alzheimer's disease if the Cantab Paired Associates memory test for Alzheimer's disease were more widely used.

 (56578)

83  Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on (a) the NHS long-stay provision for severely demented patients in North Hertfordshire and (b) the closure of beds at Elizabeth Court and Victoria Court.

 (56580)

84  Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement setting out (a) the matters to be covered by the Code of Practice for NHS Professionals, (b) when it is to be completed, (c) how he intends to publish it and (d) the timetable for publication.

 (56616)

85  Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he estimates that NHS Professionals will meet its target of operating across all NHS organisations and staff groups by April 2003.

 (56615)

86  Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many call centres have been set up for NHS Professionals.

 (56612)

87  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS staff, broken down by employment type, are expected to take premature retirement during 2002-03.

 (56280)

88  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what cash releasing efficiency savings NHS trusts and primary care trusts are required to achieve in 2002-03.

 (56288)

89  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if, on the basis of the information currently available to his Department in respect of the 2001-02 outturn figures, he will list the NHS trusts and other bodies which used brokerage to remain within their revenue resource limits, capital resource limits and cash limits; and the amount of that brokerage.

 (56281)

90  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the cash releasing efficiency savings achieved by (a) NHS trusts and (b) other NHS bodies, (i) in monetary terms and (ii) expressed as a percentage of the annual expenditure of those bodies on the basis of the information currently available to his Department in respect of 2001-01.

 (56289)

91  Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement setting out the timetable for the merger of the National Care Standards Commission and the Commission for Health Improvement.

 (56610)

92  Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the appraisal by NICE of the Cantab Paired Associates memory test for Alzheimer's disease; and if he will make a statement.

 (56577)

93  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he last met the Secretary of State for the Home Department to discuss child and adolescent mental health services for young offenders; and if he will make a statement on future mental health provision for young offenders.

 (56322)

94  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the allocation for 2002-03 for each primary care trust is earmarked for (a) mental health, (b) coronary heart disease, (c) cancer, (d) information management and technology, (e) primary care and (f) capacity.

 (56284)

95  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he last met the Secretary of State for Education and Skills to discuss the promotion of mental health in schools; and if he will make a statement.

 (56321)

96  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much, in terms of (a) value and (b) percentage, of the budget for 2002-03 of each primary care trust is expected to be spent on (a) specialist commissioning, (b) other consortia-based commissioning, (c) primary care prescribing and (d) meeting the deficits of local provider trusts.

 (56285)

97  Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what dedicated IT infrastructure is in place to support NHS Professionals.

 (56613)

98  Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of NHS temporary staff he estimates will be provided by NHS Professionals by April 2003.

 (56614)

99  Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the names of the Project Board members of NHS Professionals.

 (56611)

100  Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will visit Cambridge Cognition Ltd in order to see a demonstration of the Cantab Paired Associates memory test for Alzheimer's disease.

 (56579)

101  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if, on the basis of the information currently available to his Department in respect of the 2001-02 outturn figures, he will list those NHS trusts and other bodies whose recurrent expenditure exceeded their recurrent income; and if he will state for each such body (a) the amounts involved, (b) how the imbalance was funded in 2001-02 and (c) how the imbalance will affect the finances of the body in 2002-03.

 (56282)

102  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what amounts have been provided for in 2002-03 (a) primary care trust budgets and (b) strategic health authority budgets for the cost of premature retirements.

 (56290)

103  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if, on the basis of the information available to his Department in respect of the 2002-03 budgeted or projected figures, he will state which NHS trust, strategic health authority and primary care trust expects (a) exceed its recurrent expenditure, (b) to exceed its revenue resource limit, (c) to exceed its captial resource limit and (d) to exceed its cash limit; and what amounts are involved in each case.

 (56283)

104  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the need to amend legislation on mental health in order to implement United Kingdom obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; and if he will make a statement.

 (56320)

105  Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the Cantab Paired Associates memory test for Alzheimer's disease; and if he will make a statement as to what guidance his Department has issued as to the use of this test.

 (56575)

106  Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his assessment is of the effect on delayed discharges at the Lister Hospital Stevenage of the closure of NHS long-stay beds for patients with dementia at Elizabeth Court and Victoria Court.

 (56581)

107  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the allocation for 2002-03 for each primary care trust is (a) recurrent and (b) non-recurrent.

 (56287)

108  Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which private nurses agencies are administering NHS Professionals for NHS trusts.

 (56609)

109  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many days of sick leave were taken in his Department last year; how many related to employees suffering (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems; and what the cost was to his Department.

 (56481)

110  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total increase in allocations for 2002-03 is for the NHS; and how much of that, in (a) value and (b) percentage terms, is accounted for by (i) generic cost pressures (ii) increases in primary care prescribing costs, (iii) increases in medical negligence costs and (iv) increases in ear-marked funding.

 (56286)

111  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the primary care mental health workers he intends to recruit will work in children's and adolescents' services; and if he will make a statement setting out his plans for the recruitment of extra primary care mental health workers for children and adolescents

 (56323)

112  Martin Linton (Battersea): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultant electrophysiologists are employed in the NHS in each of the past five years; and how many are employed in the London region.

 (56541)

113  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were cancelled at Eastbourne district general hospital in each of the last 36 months.

 (56583)

114  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of safety tests where animal testing is required by law.

 (56018)

115  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the extent to which animal tests provide a reliable model on which to estimate likely reactions in humans.

 (56014)

116  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter of 30th January from the honourable Member for West Chelmsford on behalf of Mr. Taylor of Chelmsford; and if he will make a statement on the reasons underlying the time taken.

 (55833)

117  John Cryer (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to take a decision on the application for indefinite leave to remain of Marina Brookes (Home Office ref: B1099565).

 (56522)

118  John Cryer (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to take a decision on the application for leave to remain on the basis of marriage of Annie Millhouse (Home Office ref: M718839).

 (56524)

119  John Cryer (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to take a decision on the application for naturalisation as a British citizen of Yakin Haya (Home Office ref: K1020805).

 (56523)

120  John Cryer (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to issue a travel document to Alisa Masokha (Home Office ref: J1052415).

 (56525)

121  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the physical control and care methods which are used in secure training centres will be introduced uniformly across the juvenile secure estate.

 (56159)

122  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made with the Youth Justice Board's review of methods of physical control and restraint in juvenile secure accommodation.

 (56158)

123  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many days of sick leave were taken in his Department last year; how many related to employees suffering (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems; and what the cost was to his Department.

 (56480)

124  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 9th May, Official Report, column 329W, on the National Asylum Support Service, what the average time taken by NASS to respond to correspondence from (a) supported asylum seekers and (b) their representatives is.

 (56636)

125  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers being supported by NASS live within a 20 mile radius of each of the sites under consideration for the proposed asylum accommodation centres; and what proportion of the total of asylum seekers so supported this represents.

 (56574)

126  Fiona Mactaggart (Slough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long people granted naturalisation on grounds of (a) residence and (b) marriage in April or the latest month for which figures are available had waited before receiving the decision; and how long persons who have applied for naturalisation on each ground in 2002 can expect to wait for a decision.

 (56544)

127  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many victims of crime there were aged 65 and over in each year since 1997 in each constabulary.

 (56569)

128  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd May, Official Report, column 898W, on asylum seekers, who the experts referred to were.

 (56539)

129  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug treatment or testing orders have been made which require the use of Naltrexone.

 (56542)

130  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug treatment and testing orders have been made since they were introduced; and what appraisal has been made of their effectiveness.

 (56543)

131  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many days of sick leave were taken in her Department last year; how many related to employees suffering (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems; and what the cost was to her Department.

 (56479)

132  
N  
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much in (a) overseas aid and (b) debt relief assistance has been spent per year on Bangladesh by the Government since 1997.

 (55475)

133  
N  
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the Commonwealth debt initiative aided (a) Bangladesh and (b) other moderately-indebted countries; and what future plans the Government has to extend debt relief to Bangladesh.

 (55476)

134  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to resume public access to the Public Record Office's 1901 census website; if he will make it his policy to produce the name index to the 1901 census on CD-ROM; what plans he has to digitise census records prior to 1901; and if he will make a statement.

 (54367)

135  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many days of sick leave were taken in his Department last year; how many related to employees suffering (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems; and what the cost was to his Department.

 (56477)

136  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many days of sick leave were taken in his Department last year; how many related to employees suffering (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems; and what the cost was to his Department.

 (56476)

137  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the President of the Council, how many days of sick leave were taken in his Department last year; how many related to employees suffering from (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems; and what the cost was to his Department.

 (56475)

138  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many days of sick leave were taken in her Department last year; how many related to employees suffering (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems; and what the cost was to her Department.

 (56474)

139  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Solicitor General, how many days of sick leave were taken in her Department last year; how many related to employees suffering from (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems; and what the cost was to her Department.

 (56478)

140  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with representatives of consumers about future legislation relating to the electricity supply industry.

 (55044)

141  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her reply to the honourable Member for Hazel Grove, of 15th April, Official Report, column 748W, on British Nuclear Fuels, if she will place in the Library a copy of BNFL's safety case for the receipt, handling and storage of the faulty mox on the Sellafield site.

 (54363)

142  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many licences have been granted for the export of fragmentation grenades with trigger mechanisms which could be ground-based in each of the past three years; and to whom such licences were granted.

 (56570)

143  Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 30th April, Official Report, column 739W, on temporary workers, whether all parties who submitted responses to the original consultation have been included as consultees in the short consultation exercise to which she refers.

 (56528)

144  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many days of sick leave were taken in her Department last year; how many related to employees suffering (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems; and what the cost was to her Department.

 (56473)

145  Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the composition is of the board of the Eastern England Development Agency; and on what basis each member was appointed.

 (56547)

146  Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether county councils are required to adopt planning targets laid down by the Eastern England Development Agency.

 (56545)

147  Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the powers are of the Eastern England Development Agency.

 (56546)

148  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times her Department's personnel in the Oil and Gas Directorate have travelled from London to Aberdeen to meet representatives of the oil and gas industry in each year since 1994; and how much the travel costs were for these meetings.

 (56331)

149  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if responsibility for overseeing offshore operators operating in Quadrant 16 of the North Sea has been transferred from her Department's Oil and Gas Directorate staff based in Aberdeen to equivalent staff based in London.

 (56329)

150  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many of her Department's Oil and Gas Directorate posts are in (a) Aberdeen and (b) London; and if she will list the jobs in each location by grade of employment in each year since 1994.

 (56326)

151  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the oil and gas fields in the UK Continental Shelf which are overseen from (a) the London office of the Oil and Gas Directorate and (b) the Aberdeen office of the Oil and Gas Directorate; and if she will list the transfer of responsibilities between Aberdeen and London for overseeing quadrants and blocks of the North Sea that have taken place since 1994.

 (56330)

152  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many of her Department's Oil and Gas Directorate posts have been relocated from Aberdeen to London since 1997, broken down by grade.

 (56328)

153  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many of her Department's Oil and Gas Directorate posts that are in Aberdeen (a) have been transferred from London and (b) are new posts created in Aberdeen; and if she will list these jobs by grade of employment.

 (56327)

154  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will ask the Director General of Fair Trading to investigate possible anti-competitive practices by mobile telephone network providers who prevent non-contracted pay as you go consumers from switching networks on their handsets until they have spent a minimum amount on calls.

 (56584)

155  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what payment each of the three consortia will receive in each year of the first seven years of the PPP contracts.

 (56208)

156  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what improvements in frequency of tube services will be delivered in each of the first seven years of the PPP contracts for each of the three consortia.

 (56216)

157  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the maximum annual bonus is that he estimates will be achievable under each of the three PPP contracts; and what the maximum annual penalty is that can be levied on each of the three PPP consortia.

 (56212)

158  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much London Transport has spent on consultancy costs for the London Underground PPP.

 (56210)

159  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when, for each line of London Underground, new trains will be introduced under the terms of PPP.

 (56214)

160  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assumptions were made during PPP negotiations about the level of fare increases on London Underground in each of the first seven years.

 (56209)

161  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the projected efficiency savings are in each of the first seven years of the PPP contracts for each of the consortia.

 (56213)

162  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the rate of return will be on each of the three PPP contracts.

 (56211)

163  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his reply of 2nd May, Official Report, column 900W, on London Underground, if the appropriate regulatory clearances relating to (a) the procurement process, (b) the competition aspects and (c) the state aid aspects have been obtained; and if he will make a statement.

 (56207)

164  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when, for each line of London Underground, new capacity will be introduced under the terms of PPP; and how much new capacity will be introduced for each line.

 (56215)

165  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the approval process for the shipment and the transport package for the mox fuel due to be returned from Japan to Sellafield has assessed the level of risk and consequences for all reasonably foreseeable incidents that could arise in United Kingdom territorial waters and during docking, handling and onward transport from Barrow to Sellafield, including (a) fuel criticality events, (b) flask drop and impact incidents, (c) fire and/or explosion on board the ship, (d) sinking of the ship and (e) significant incidents during the rail transport phase.

 (54364)

166  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether a change in the material used to fill the package to be used to transport the mox fuel from Japan to Sellafield from argon gas to water requires the flask to be re-certified, proven and tested in compliance with the IAEA Safety Series 6 Regulations of the Safe Transport of Radioactive Materials.

 (54365)

167  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will state, for each train operating company, (a) when the franchise was first renewed, (b) the length of the original franchise awarded, (c) the dates on which the franchise has since been awarded, (d) when the franchise is next due to be awarded, (e) the changes in the ownership which have taken place since the franchise was first awarded and (f) changes in the franchise since December 2001.

 (56563)

168  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the Register of Parish Councillors' interests are covered by the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

 (56617)

169  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many days of sick leave were taken in his Department last year; how many related to employees suffering (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems; and what the cost was to his Department.

 (56472)

170  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities and the Housing Corporation since 1st May 1997 on offering tenants incentives, apart from the cash incentive scheme and HOMEBUY, to relinquish a tenancy on move from an under-occupied property to more suitably sized accommodation.

 (56603)

171  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what information his Department has collated on the range of initiatives, apart from the cash incentive scheme and HOMEBUY, local authorities and registered social landlords in London offer to encourage tenants to relinquish a tenancy on move from an under-occupied property to more suitably sized accommodation.

 (56602)

172  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what information his Department has collated on levels of under-occupancy in social housing in London.

 (56601)

173  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what information his Department has collated on the number of ex-local authority tenants who have exercised the right- to-buy after their tenancy has been tranferred to a registered social landlord; and if he will make arrangements for this to be published on a regular basis.

 (56604)

174  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many days of sick leave were taken in his Department last year; how many related to employees suffering (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems; and what the cost was to his Department.

 (56488)

175  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to recognise British Sign Language as a language in its own right.

 (55337)

176  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many days of sick leave were taken in his Department last year; how many related to employees suffering (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems; and what the cost was to his Department.

 (56487)

177  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 7th May, Official Report, column 79W, on the Rent Service, if he will call for a report from the Rent Service on the basis of its estimate of the likely increase in the number of localities following the Court of Appeal judgment on local reference rent restrictions in Stockport; and if he will publish the report.

 (56540)

178  Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice he has given to Government departments on the disclosure of OGC Gateway reviews to honourable Members.

 [Transferred]   (56531)

179  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many export licences have been granted to P.W. Pains Wessex Defence in the past two years; and for what products they were issued.

 [Transferred]   (56571)



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