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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 20 May 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 20 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.
 


 

MONDAY 20th MAY

1  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he plans to improve the opportunities for (a) members of the House and (b) members of the public to become members of task forces and other ad hoc and review bodies.

 (58004)

2  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the membership is of task forces and other ad hoc advisory and review bodies broken down into (a) public servants, (b) members of the House of Commons, (c) members of the Houses of Lords, (d) representatives of business, (e) representatives of trade unions, (f) representatives of consumers, (g) representatives of the voluntary sector, (h) representatives of local government and (i) volunteers for pubic appointments on the list maintained by the Cabinet Office.

 (58003)

3  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he plans to (a) increase public knowledge of task forces and other ad hoc and review bodies, with particular reference to when they are first appointed and (b) invite greater contributions from the general public to their work.

 (58005)

4  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, who the members of the Better Regulation Task Force are; what their other occupations are; and what the date of their appointment was.

 (58006)

5  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many air miles he has been awarded from flights at public expense since 1st June 2001.

 (57837)

6  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost is to public funds of (a) hotel expenses and (b) flights for overseas visits made by his Department since 1st June 2001.

 (57843)

7  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many overseas visits he has made since 1st June 2001; to where; for what purposes; and at what cost to public funds.

 (57844)

8  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many international flights he and his officials have taken since June 2001.

 (57845)

9  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) officials, (b) ministers and (c) special advisers from his Department will be travelling to Bali at public cost.

 (57841)

10  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) air miles and (b) other airline rewards members of his Department have been awarded in total since 1st June 2001.

 (57834)

11  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people will accompany him at public expense on his forthcoming trip to Bali; and what the total cost of the visit will be.

 (57655)

12  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many claims for work-related illness were settled by his Department in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was in compensation.

 (56084)

13  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many employees of his Department retired through work-related ill-health in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56085)

14  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in his Department in the last year for which records are available; what proportion of those were due to work-related illness or injury; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56086)

15  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001-02; if he will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if he will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if he will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years.

 (57355)

16  
N  
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the items in the British Museum's collection that have been (a) sold and (b) otherwise disposed of since 1972.

 (57687)

17  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the training programme for professionals in the European audiovisual programme industry and of the programme to encourage the development, distribution and promotion of European audiovisual works (MEDIA III) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57495)

18  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme concerning co-operation policy in the youth field, including European voluntary service and youth exchanges within the Community and with third countries (YOUTH) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57493)

19  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the programme establishing a single financing and programming instrument for cultural co-operation (Culture 2000) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57494)

20  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many employees of her Department retired through work-related ill-health in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56101)

21  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many claims for work-related illness were settled by her Department in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was in compensation.

 (56100)

22  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in her Department in the last year for which records are available; what proportion of those were due to work-related illness or injury; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56102)

23  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with Southwark Council on flying the Union Flag to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and if she will make a statement.

 (57788)

24  
N  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will provide a breakdown by site owner type/category of planning consultations received by Sport England in relation to change of use on playing fields received in the years (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02; and how many had planning permission granted.

 (57629)

25  
N  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many consultations were received by Sport England in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02 in relation to change of use of playing fields; on how many in each year Sport England raised no objections; and how many had planning permission granted.

 (57630)

26  
N  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to create an accurate record of playing field losses and their cause over the last five years.

 (57631)

27  
N  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will provide a breakdown by region in England of the number of planning consultations received by Sport England in relation to change of use of playing fields in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02; and how many of these had planning permission granted.

 (57628)

28  Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what payment was made to CITEX/Sport Concepts for their report to Sport England on athletics' provision at the English National Stadium, Wembley.

 (57503)

29  
N  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the Playing Fields Monitoring Group first met; how often it has met; and when the details of playing field losses will be published.

 (57627)

30  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to promote tourism in (a) Greater London and (b) Enfield; and if she will make a statement.

 (57921)

31  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) Grade I and (b) Grade II listed buildings there are in (i) Greater London and (ii) the London Borough of Enfield; what public funds including Lottery funds have been spent on them in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.

 (57920)

32  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to establish another round of sports action zones; and if she will make a statement.

 (57923)

33  Mr Calum MacDonald (Western Isles): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many hours of Gaelic programmes per year are required of (a) the BBC, (b) Grampian Television and (c) Scottish Television under the Multiple Licence (Broadcasting of Programmes in Gaelic) Order 1996; and how many hours have been provided by each of the above broadcasters in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999, (iv) 2000, (v) 2001 and (vi) 2002.

 (57891)

34  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 15th May, ref 56031, when it was decided to propose the Contents Board in the draft Bill.

 (57846)

35  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria she uses to ensure fair competition in the provision of internet services by broadcasters.

 (57936)

36  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she will publish the terms of the agreement reached with the BBC on the provision of BBC Online services.

 (57935)

37  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which Ministers have met representatives of (a) the BBC, (b) ITV, (c) Channel 4 and (d) Channel 5 to discuss Government communication policy since October 2001.

 (57847)

38  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria she uses to ensure the observance of the fair trading commitment by broadcasters.

 (57937)

39  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding has been granted to Sport England from the National Lottery in each of the last three years, broken down by the sports which have received funding.

 (56599)

40  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding has been granted by Sport England in each of the last three years to (a) local authorities for sports facilities and (b) independent sports clubs.

 (56598)

41  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by her Department on paying pensions to retired employees of her Department in 2001-02; if she will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if she will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if she will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years.

 (57360)

42  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the management of Channel 5 Television as to the feasibility of extending the range of their analogue television service since the collapse of ITV digital.

 (57940)

43  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of the (a) population and (b) land mass of (i) Scotland, (ii) Wales, (iii) Northern Ireland and (iv) England are able to receive Channel 5 Television by means of the analogue signal.

 (57941)

44  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many claims for work-related illness were settled by his Department in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was in compensation.

 (56081)

45  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many employees of his Department retired through work-related ill-health in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56082)

46  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in his Department in the last year for which records are available; what proportion of those were due to work-related illness or injury; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56083)

47  Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the information memorandum sent to potential bidders for Qinetiq refers to QinetiQ's contract with the Public Record Office for the 1901 Census website; and if he will make a statement.

 (57797)

48  Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the information memorandum sent to potential bidders for QinetiQ; and if he will make a statement.

 (57796)

49  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will make an announcement about the A400M project.

 (57240)

50  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials have held with representatives of local authorities to discuss options for RAF Lyneham.

 (57238)

51  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will announce the outcome of the study into the future of RAF Lyneham, Brize Norton and St Mawgan.

 (57241)

52  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the length is of the PFI contracts for (a) the River class offshore patrol vessels and (b) the RN ro-ros; and what criteria he uses to decide the optimal length of PFI contracts on such ships.

 (57237)

53  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what impact the delay to the A400M project will have on his consideration of the future of RAF Lyneham.

 (57239)

54  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding will be made available for the facilitation of multinational brigades and possible multinational battalions for international operations as agreed in the meeting between the defence ministers of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway and the UK in Alesund, Norway; what are the terms of the agreement; and if he will make a statement.

 (57681)

55  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future military support vehicle contract.

 (58159)

56  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many companies were invited to tender for the military support vehicle contract plan to manufacture the vehicle in the United Kingdom.

 (58161)

57  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many companies have been asked to tender for the military support vehicle contract.

 (58160)

58  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the employment opportunities in the United Kingdom created by the contract for military support vehicles.

 (58162)

59  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what financial checks will be made on each of the companies bidding for the contract for military support vehicles by his Department before a decision is taken.

 (58163)

60  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place a copy of the latest Monthly Manning State in the Library; and if he will make it his policy to place each new edition in the Library immediately it is printed each month.

 (57636)

61  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the infantry wastage rate for Army recruits embarking on Phase I of their infantry training was in each of the last five years; and what measures are in place to combat wastage.

 (57637)

62  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Royal Navy ships and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships will be involved in events connected with Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations; and if he will make a statement.

 (57802)

63  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the dispute between Greece and Turkey concerning the relations between ESDP and NATO has been resolved; and if he will make a statement.

 (57635)

64  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the contracted June 2002 delivery date for the Eurofighter will be achieved; and if he will make a statement.

 (57648)

65  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role the NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe plays within the European Security and Defence Policy.

 (57792)

66  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of continuing the Harrier FA2 in service until 2012 without an engine upgrade; and what estimate he has made of the cost of this.

 (57231)

67  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of Iran's missile development programme; and if he will make a statement.

 (57535)

68  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representation he has received concerning the future use of (a) Menwith Hill and (b) Fylingdales base for the purpose of anti-missile systems; and if he will make a statement.

 (57534)

69  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to upgrade the air-to-air capability of the Harrier GR7; and if he plans to fit the aircraft with AMRAAM missiles.

 (57646)

70  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ASTOR aircraft he plans to procure.

 (57805)

71  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the remaining Harrier GR7s will be upgraded to GR9; and how many GR9s will be in service at the end of the upgrade programme.

 (57229)

72  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soliders have been affected by dysentry in the last 12 months; if it is clear what caused it; how many soldiers have been put into quarantine in Afghanistan; if the source of any poisoning has been found; and whether other coalition forces have been affected.

 (57795)

73  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the (a) French, (b) Spanish, (c) Italian and (d) German defence ministers in respect of his decision to withdraw the Sea Harrier from service.

 (57645)

74  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cadets there are in the (a) Army Cadet Force, (b) Air Cadets, (c) Sea Cadets and (d) Combined Cadet Force.

 (57806)

75  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers are awaiting training.

 (57639)

76  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what targets are in place for numbers of cadets.

 (57808)

77  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the complement is of each Type 23 and Type 22 frigate.

 (57643)

78  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the NATO standard of flying hours per year per pilot is.

 (57804)

79  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are to assimilate NATO planning structures with the EU.

 (57790)

80  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he had with the (a) US Defense Secretary and (b) NATO Secretary General in respect of his decision to withdraw the Sea Harrier from service.

 (57644)

81  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average number of flying hours in each of the last 12 months for pilots in (a) 9 Squadron, (b) 12 Squadron, (c) 14 Squadron, (d) 31 Squadron, (e) 617 Squadron, (f) 11 Squadron, (g) 25 Squadron, (h) 43 Squadron, (i) 111 Squadron, (j) 6 Squadron, (k) 41 Squadron, (l) 54 Squadron, (m) 1 Squadron, (n) 3 Squadron and (o) 4 Squadron was.

 (57803)

82  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made towards arrangement of EU access to NATO assets and capabilities; and when the arrangements will be finalised.

 (57791)

83  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many schools have had cadet forces in each year since 1997.

 (57807)

84  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the European Security and Defence Policy procedures testing top-level-coordination and the decision-making procedures of the ESDP bodies will be exercised.

 (57793)

85  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the European Union will be ready to take over in the autumn operation Amber Fox in Macedonia.

 (57794)

86  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the financial consequences of the Lewis ECHER case.

 (57642)

87  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where each of the (a) Astute class submarines and (b) EF2000 will be based.

 (57647)

88  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is of upgrading the Harrier GR7 to GR9; and what estimate he has made of the cost of upgrading he engine of the Harrier FA2.

 (57230)

89  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what conclusions were reached at the EU Defence Ministers' meeting on Monday 13th May; and if he will make a statement.

 (57533)

90  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Tomahawk missiles have been fired in Operation Veritas.

 (57532)

91  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Army recruits will wait for more than one month until they can be admitted to those waiting to be admitted to Phase 1 of infantry training.

 (57638)

92  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long HMS Ocean has been at sea on her current deployment; and when she will return to the UK.

 (57799)

93  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what technical difficulties HMS Ocean has experienced on her current deployment.

 (57800)

94  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when HMS Albion will enter into service with the Royal Navy.

 (57801)

95  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the impact on spending on the Defence Medical Services of the Chancellor's recent announcement on NHS funding.[R]

 (57510)

96  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will identify the units designated by each participant in the European Peacekeeping Force, with total of possible commitments by each country.

 (57880)

97  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training courses run by his Department have been attended by overseas military personnel from (a) China and (b) Zimbabwe since May 1997.

 (57917)

98  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of Parachute Regiment personnel deployed in Afghanistan were Territorial Army; and what was the overall personnel shortfall.

 (57878)

99  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if there are annual flying mile restraints on the leased C17s.

 (58133)

100  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many C130J aircraft are on order; how many are operational; and when they will all be in service.

 (58154)

101  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how far lack of availability of C17 aircraft has increased dependency on C130 Mk1 and C130 Mk3; what effect this has had on forces' training that would normally involve C130 Mk1 and C130 Mk3; and what resulting cancellations there have been in training in the last two years.

 (58153)

102  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how far limitations on the use of C17s have been compensated for by the lease of heavy lift civilian aircraft; and what the costs have been for operations in (a) Afghanistan and (b) the Balkans.

 (58080)

103  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what restrictions there are on the use of the leased C17s; and if these differ from restrictions imposed on the USAF in their lease of the C17.

 (58134)

104  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the contribution of nuclear weapons to the security of the United Kingdom.

 (57982)

105  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what opportunities exist for United Kingdom defence companies and research bodies to assist Russia in (a) the dismantling of its redundant nuclear warheads and (b) immobilization of surplus plutonium from dismantled warheads, arising from the new nuclear weapons reduction agreement between Russia and the United States.

 (57989)

106  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what opportunities exist for British technology and defence companies to assist the United States in the immobilization of surplus plutonium from dismantled redundant nuclear warheads arising from the new nuclear weapons reduction agreement between Russia and the United States.

 (57988)

107  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what types of weapons of mass destruction are held by the United Kingdom.

 (58079)

108  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what communications his Department has had with the Chemring Group in respect of the manufacture of fragmentation landmines; and if he will list the contracts with their respective values his Department has had each year since 1997 with the Chemring Group.

 (57980)

109  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the United Kingdom's (a) possession and (b) use of nuclear weapons and the basis for this policy.

 (57991)

110  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the contribution of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty to strategic stability.

 (57978)

111  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made regarding the ratification of the optional protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; and what plans the Government has for the deployment of under 18s after its ratification.

 (58022)

112  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001-02; if he will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if he will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if he will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years.

 (57366)

113  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if teachers who teach in accommodation centres for asylum seekers will be required to have completed initial teacher training.

 (57618)

114  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what provision for special educational needs statementing will be in place for children in accommodation centres (a) on arrival at the accommodation centre and (b) before entering mainstream schools.

 (57623)

115  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the vacancy rates for each of the last five years for (a) primary teachers and (b) secondary teachers in each of the eight local education authorities in which the Government is proposing to locate an accommodation centre for asylum seekers.

 (57619)

116  Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of those students in higher education who carry the post code premium were assessed to pay (a) full tuition fees and (b) no tuition fees in each of the last three calendar years.

 (57514)

117  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many claims for work-related illness were settled by her Department in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost in compensation was.

 (56054)

118  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in her Department in the last year for which records are available; what proportion of those were due to work-related illness or injury; and what the cost to the Department was.

 (56056)

119  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) teachers in primary and secondary schools and (b) other staff in those schools retired through work-related injury or ill health in the last year for which records are available; and what the total cost to the Department was.

 (56058)

120  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many days of sick leave were taken by (a) primary and secondary school teachers and (b) other staff in those schools in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was.

 (56059)

121  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many employees of her Department retired through work-related ill health in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost to the Department was.

 (56055)

122  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many claims for work-related injury or illness were settled on behalf of (a) teachers in primary and secondary schools and (b) other school staff in the last year for which figures are available; and what the total cost in compensation was.

 (56057)

123  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average amount spent on youth services is by local authorities per 13 to 19 year old per year in each of the last three years.

 (57595)

124  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list by local authority the amount spent on youth services per 13 to 19 year old for (a) the last year for which figures are available and (b) the preceding three years.

 (57596)

125  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many representations she has received from local authorities concerning sections 39 and 40 of the Education Bill 2001.

 (57591)

126  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what amounts were allocated for sixth forms to each of the secondary schools in Hendon for academic year 2001-02; and what amounts are being allocated by the Learning and Skills Council for sixth forms to each of the secondary schools in Hendon for academic year 2002-03; and if she will make a statement.

 (57616)

127  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on Sure Start projects in Barnet.

 (57890)

128  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many nursery places have been available in Lancashire in each year since 1997.

 (57282)

129  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many nursery staff have been in service in Lancashire in each year since 1997.

 (57281)

130  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers have been in service in secondary schools in Lancashire in each year since 1997.

 (57284)

131  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers have been in service in primary schools in Lancashire in each year since 1997.

 (57283)

132  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the financial consequence is to a secondary school of excluding a pupil.

 (57499)

133  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many places in after-school clubs were provided in each of the past five years.

 (57716)

134  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many registered childminders there were in each of the past five years.

 (57719)

135  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) boys and (b) girls from ethnic minority backgrounds reached the required standards of (i) English and (ii) Maths at key stages (A) (1), (B) 2, (C) 3 and (D) 4 in each year since 1997, broken down by local education authority.

 (57713)

136  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent representations she has received in relation to the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies.

 (57722)

137  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many places were provided in school holiday schemes in each of the past five years.

 (57715)

138  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many family centre places were provided by local authorities on 1st April.

 (57714)

139  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many places were provided by playgroups in each of the last five years.

 (57717)

140  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many playgroups there were in each of the past five years.

 (57718)

141  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which recent studies of literacy and numeracy standards among primary school children her Department has analysed; and what assessment she has made of these studies.

 (57721)

142  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many places there were in day nurseries in each of the past five years.

 (57720)

143  Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to reduce the pay gap between school teachers and college lecturers.

 (58264)

144  Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what strategy she has in place to recruit and train new staff in further education colleges.

 (58266)

145  Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to bring the level of funding in colleges up to that of schools.

 (58265)

146  Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school exclusions of one term or more there have been in the past year, broken down by local education authority.

 (57954)

147  Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many recorded truants have missed more than 33 per cent. school days in the past year, broken down by local education authority.

 (57953)

148  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of ICT training funded by the New Opportunities Fund.

 (57830)

149  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will discuss with software companies whether they would be prepared to waive rights and let licences be passed from one user to another when personal computers are reconditioned or similarly second-hand and the recipients are schools and educational facilities.

 (57691)

150  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans there are to increase access to IT training for children and adults in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.

 (57692)

151  Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many further education colleges have not implemented the 2001 pay award for further education lecturers.

 (57508)

152  Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans the Government has to change the balance in pay levels between further education colleges and secondary schools.

 (57509)

153  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans the Government has to make use of courses run by the dyslexia treatment centres; and what assessment she has made of the research carried out by DDAT on inner ear balance disorder and its relationship with dyslexia.

 (57564)

154  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many parents have been prosecuted in each of the last 10 years for failing to send their children to school; and what the average fine was for parents who have been successfully prosecuted and fined.

 (57505)

155  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress there has been on the agreement at the European Council's meeting at Lisbon to establish a new Europe-wide database on jobs and learning opportunities.

 (57547)

156  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) after school and (b) holiday clubs achieved financial sustainability within three years; and what steps she is taking to ensure that new clubs are not set up at the expense of those already in existence.

 (57539)

157  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) after school and (b) holiday clubs have been (i) closed, (ii) established and (iii) supported by funding from her Department on the Isle of Wight in each year since 1997.

 (57538)

158  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent by her Department on paying pensions to retired employees of her Department in 2001-02; if she will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if she will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if she will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years.

 (57363)

159  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what arrangements she has made to ensure that private sponsors of academies and city academies do not have a majority of places on the governing body of a school.

 (58075)

160  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what powers and benefits can be received where an organisation or individual provides substantial sponsorship to an emerging school.

 (58074)

161  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when her Department invited the Church Schools Company to sponsor the proposed Moss Side City Academy; which other schools have been offered to the Church Schools Company; and what the criteria are for such approaches.

 (58077)

162  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, where an existing school is taken over by (a) a faith based organisation and (b) a group sponsored by a faith based individual, what provision there will be for existing pupils and teachers to opt out of faith based teaching and arrangements.

 (58078)

163  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, where an academy is created involving the (a) Church Schools Company and (b) other faith-based organisations, what control they will be able to exercise over admissions.

 (58073)

164  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what approaches she has made to individuals, organisations and companies to sponsor academies and city academies; and what criteria are used to determine such approaches.

 (58076)

165  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to tighten controls on imports of beef and beef products from the EU relating to the risks posed by BSE.

 (57811)

166  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total budget is for the UK delegation to the Bali pre-conference.

 (57842)

167  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's budget is for the Bali pre-Conference.

 (57839)

168  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hotel rooms have been booked for the WSD Conference in Bali by (a) her Department and (b) the UK delegation; and at what cost to public funds.

 (57836)

169  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) 1st class, (b) club class and (c) economy tickets have been booked for (i) ministers, (ii) officials and (iii) special advisers attending the WSD Conference in Bali.

 (57835)

170  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the criteria are for the (a) level and (b) cost of hotel accommodation for the ministers and officials travelling to Bali.

 (57840)

171  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) officials, (b) ministers and (c) special advisers in her Department are travelling to Bali at public cost.

 (57838)

172  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Standing Veterinary Committee is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57483)

173  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the review of the Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regulations 1997 will be completed.

 (57650)

174  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Standing Committee on zootechnics is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57482)

175  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Standing Committee on propagating material and ornamental plants is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57489)

176  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Standing Committee on feedingstuffs is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57484)

177  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Committee for Community protection of plant variety rights is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57486)

178  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Standing Committee on plant health is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57485)

179  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Standing Committee on propagating material and plants of fruit genera and species is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57488)

180  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Standing Committee for foodstuffs is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57490)

181  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the Standing Committee on seeds and propagating material for agriculture, horticulture and forestry is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57487)

182  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people will accompany her at public expense on her forthcoming trip to Bali; and what the total cost of the visit will be.

 (57654)

183  Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will answer the letter from the honourable Member for Canterbury dated 21st December 2001, ref radiation, emissions and pollution.

 (57783)

184  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what quantity of ash resulting from foot and mouth pyres was buried on farms in (a) England, (b) Devon and (c) Cornwall; what quantity has since been dug up; on which farms; and what has happened to this ash.

 (58066)

185  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice her Department has received on the desirability of re-incinerating ash from foot and mouth pyres before disposal.

 (58067)

186  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much meat and bonemeal was generated as a result of the foot and mouth disposal process; how much of this is stored; and at what (a) locations and (b) cost.

 (58068)

187  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what quantity of animal hides was disposed of as a result of foot and mouth; by what means; and at what cost.

 (58061)

188  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total value is of goods and materials recovered by her Department's value recovery team in the wake of foot and mouth; what has happened to these goods and materials; and what the total cost of this operation was.

 (58064)

189  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much coal and timber was recovered unused from foot and mouth operations and how much (a) was resold, (b) was landfilled and (c) is still stored.

 (58065)

190  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money the Department has paid contractors for foot and mouth related work; and how much further money is owed.

 (58063)

191  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received on her Department's interim contingency plan for foot and mouth; and if she will place them in the Library.

 (57445)

192  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what has been the cost of storing and disposing of meat and bonemeal since the over 30 months scheme began; and when the backlog will be disposed of.

 (58069)

193  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made of the risk to public health from the long-term storage of meat and bonemeal.

 (58054)

194  Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Treasury about funding for the recommendations of the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food; and if she will make a statement.

 (57515)

195  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many claims for work-related illness were settled by her Department in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was in compensation.

 (56078)

196  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in her Department in the last year for which records are available; what proportion of those were due to work-related illness or injury; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56080)

197  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many employees of her Department retired through work-related ill-health in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56079)

198  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the quantity and type of therapeutic and non-therapeutic drugs given to broiler chickens.

 (57933)

199  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 steps being taken to prevent the spread of the Colorado beetle.

 (57558)

200  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much over 30 months scheme compensation has been paid in each year since its interception.

 (57531)

201  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate the proportion of farm businesses which have no facilities for arranging off-farm carcass disposal.

 (57565)

202  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total value of capital equipment owned by Forest Enterprise disposed of by (a) public auction, (b) open tender and (c) other means was in each of the last five years.

 (58151)

203  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate the cost to the farming industry of complying with the EU Animal By-Products Regulations for off-farm carcase disposal.

 (57562)

204  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether vehicles owned by Forest Enterprise, exempt from vehicle excise duty under section 183 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, are used to service or deliver capital equipment sold to third parties.

 (58150)

205  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will apply for a derogation from the EU Animal By-Products Regulations (off-farm carcase disposal) in respect of remote areas.

 (57563)

206  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what formal procedures are in place for consulting the Scottish Executive's Environment and Rural Affairs Department on matters of agricultural policy.

 (57567)

207  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of cattle presented to the over 30 months scheme were rejected for lack of proper document in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (57557)

208  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the depreciation policies used in respect of Forest Enterprise capital equipment and vehicles.

 (58152)

209  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) number and (b) value of claims for foot and mouth disease compensation are outstanding in respect of animals subject to (i) confirmed infection and (ii) 3 km cull.

 (57566)

210  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent activities have been undertaken by her Department to improve scientific knowledge about whale numbers.

 (57501)

211  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on Article VIII of the International Convention in the Regulation of Whaling.

 (57498)

212  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the members of her Department's consultative forum on whaling.

 (57500)

213  Jane Griffiths (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the Government's position on the proposed EU Directive on Environmental Liability.

 (57621)

214  Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what conclusions of relevance to the future implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive her Department has drawn from the United Kingdom experience with end of life refrigerators.

 (58104)

215  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) gases and (b) emission levels have breached legal limits in each of the last five years from the Edmonton Incinerator; what impact this had on local air quality; and if she will make a statement.

 (57710)

216  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action is being taken by the Environment Agency to reduce emissions of gases from energy from waste incinerators; what improvements have been registered in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

 (57711)

217  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on which dates in each of the last five years London Waste has been found in breach of legal limits on emissions at its Edmonton incinerator; what penalties were imposed by the Environment Agency in response to each of those breaches; and if she will make a staement.

 (57708)

218  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she will take to improve the regulatory framework in which energy from waste incinerators operate in order to ensure breaches in emissions are minimised; and if she will make a statement.

 (57709)

219  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many successful prosecutions there were in (a) England and Wales, (b) Greater London and (c) Enfield for fly-tipping in each of the last five years; what steps she is taking to strengthen protection against this activity; and if she will make a statement.

 (57853)

220  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what basis she proposes increasing the importation of beef from Argentina under the the European Community's import tariff quota; and what checks are carried out to ensure that the beef is (a) high quality and (b) disease-free.

 (57516)

221  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the status of negotiations to extend the lifespan of the 12 mile limit derogation; which countries have indicated an aversion to so doing; and if delegations have made linkage between extension and UK agreement in different fields.

 (57875)

222  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the Commission Communication, A European Union Strategy for Sustainable Development, with particular reference to (a) social dialogue, (b) priority to market-based approaches to provide price incentives and (c) support for coal-fired power stations.

 (57894)

223  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidelines have been provided to the Chief Nuclear Inspector in respect of the information the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate is permitted to give MEPs in respect of safety at Sellafield.

 (57985)

224  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps her Department has taken to protect coral reefs.

 (57977)

225  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what role Nirex plays in the management of plutonium as a nuclear waste.

 (57976)

226  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she estimates that the European Commission will publish its proposals on the future of the European Common Fisheries Policy; and if she will make a statement.

 (57506)

227  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if a minister from her Department will meet Devon County Council to discuss the future use and full restoration of (a) the Ash Moor site, (b) the Ascott Farm pyre and holding site and (c) the intended holding site at Westlake farm.

 (58272)

228  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research the Government is conducting into tackling Japanese knotweed, with particular reference to natural biological methods of control.

 (57931)

229  Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she proposes to allow the use of enriched laying cages beyond 2012.

 (58145)

230  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent by her Department on paying pensions to retired employees of her Department in 2001-02; if she will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if she will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if she will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years.

 (57361)

231  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent meetings she has had with the Scottish Executive to discuss the Common Fisheries Policy; and if she will make a statement.

 (58122)

232  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what bilateral meetings she and her officials have had with the United States Department of Agriculture at which the subject of GM crops was discussed; and if she will make a statement.

 (58127)

233  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent meetings she has had with her EU counterparts to discuss regulation of GM crops; and if she will make a statement.

 (58128)

234  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent meetings she has had with the Scottish Executive Department of Rural Affairs on the subject of GM crops; and if she will make a statement.

 (58129)

235  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many GM crop trials are being carried out in each nation and region of the UK.

 (58131)

236  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which GM crops are being field-tested in each nation and region of the UK.

 (58130)

237  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the French ban of British beef; and what action her Department is taking to encourage the French Government to lift the ban.

 (57821)

238  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she last represented the United Kingdom at the European Union Agriculture Council; and what was discussed.

 (57818)

239  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proposals she has put forward to the EU Agricultural Council regarding reform of the CAP.

 (57820)

240  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what reforms have been made to the Common Agricultural Policy since 1997.

 (57819)

241  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of reductions in emissions of (a) carbon dioxide, (b) methane, (c) nitrous oxide, (d) hydrofluorocarbons, (e) perfluorocarbons and (f) sulphur hexafluoride which are attributable to the climate change levy.

 (57446)

242  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what weight of the drug yaba was seized by Government officials last year in the UK.

 (57688)

243  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the implication of the Budget for unincorporated small businesses.

 (58120)

244  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to tackle illegal imports of the drug yaba into the UK.

 (57689)

245  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from the Federation of Small Businesses regarding the implications of the Budget for small firms.

 (58121)

246  Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the analysis of the effect of changes in taxation of the oil and gas industry on (a) investment, (b) exploration and appraisal and (c) developments referred to in the oral statement by the honourable Member for Bolton West of 9th May, Official Report, column 362.

 (58008)

247  Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value is of the threshold of profitability referred to in paragraph 5 of the paper he published as part of his letter to the honourable Member for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine of 8th May.

 (57932)

248  Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff were employed at the HM Customs and Excise Coventry International Hub in each year since 1995.

 (58086)

249  Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue has been collected by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise from Customs (Import) duty and VAT charges paid by United Kingdom recipients of postal packages sent from countries outwith the EU in each year since 1995.

 (58060)

250  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims for work-related illness were settled by his Department in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was in compensation.

 (56087)

251  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in his Department in the last year for which records are available; what proportion of those were due to work-related illness or injury; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56089)

252  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees of his Department retired through work-related ill-health in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56088)

253  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to extend the reduction in corporation tax, extended to incorporated companies in the last Budget, to unincorporated businesses.

 (57232)

254  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer following implementation of the Budget, what corporation tax will be payable by (a) an incorporated and (b) an unincorporated company with turnover of £99,000 and with taxable profits of £40,000.

 (57233)

255  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from (a) motorists and (b) motoring organisations in relation to motorists who did not qualify for VED rebate because their VED was purchased before the qualifying date of 1st November 2000.

 (57275)

256  Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many written representations he has received from honourable Members in support of the (a) Industrial and Provident Societies Bill and (b) Employee Share Scheme Bill.

 (57549)

257  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement in response to the four points identified by the Council Recommendation 2002/178/EC on the implementation of member states' employment policies, pertaining to the United Kingdom.

 (57904)

258  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his policy towards Recital 22 of Council Decision 2002/177/EC (OJ L60, 1 Mar 02), on making visible a gender perspective across all pillars.

 (57905)

259  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on discussions which have taken place between officials in his Department and those from Sweden on the timing of referenda on EMU membership.

 (57882)

260  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the economic models through which the five economic tests will be assessed.

 (57885)

261  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has asked his officials to conduct assessments on the five economic tests for membership of the Euro.

 (57852)

262  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the reasons underlying Council Regulation 134/2002, on minimum reserves of the European Central Bank.

 (57909)

263  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list those (a) advisers and (b) departments within the Treasury, that will be responsible for analysing the five economic tests on the Euro; what outside experts will be consulted; and if he will make a statement.

 (57857)

264  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much gold has been sold by the Bank of England since he directed the bank to sell gold; on what dates it was sold; and what price was secured for each transaction.

 (57032)

265  Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the continued use of retentions in relation to public procurement contracts.

 (58141)

266  Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether government departments will continue the practice of requiring retentions when negotiating contracts with outside contractors.

 (58139)

267  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the key operating divisions of HM Customs and Excise are; and how many full-time equivalent staff are engaged in each.

 (57542)

268  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff of HM Customs and Excise were based in each county of the United Kingdom (a) in 1997 and (b) in 2001.

 (57540)

269  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the responsibilities (a) added to and (b) removed from HM Customs and Excise since 1997.

 (57541)

270  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001-02; if he will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if he will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if he will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years.

 (57356)

271  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the total cost to Scotland's (a) health trusts and (b) local authorities of the payment of the revenue in employees' national insurance in the year 2002-03.

 (57496)

272  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the criteria are for booking overseas hotel accommodation for (a) ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers when on publically funded visits.

 (57833)

273  
N  
Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many overseas hotel rooms have been booked on behalf of other government departments in the last two years; what the total cost was; and how many were not occupied.

 (57832)

274  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he plans to impose sanctions against Burma as a result of military action on behalf of the Burmese army against Karen, Kaenni and Shan people.

 (57662)

275  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the Government is taking to help bring democracy to Burma.

 (57659)

276  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his latest estimate is of the number of Karen, Kaenni and Shan people (a) internally displaced and (b) killed as a result of military action against them by the Burmese Army in the last 12 months.

 (57663)

277  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the level of military action taken by the Burmese Army against the Karen, Kaenni and Shan people following the release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

 (57658)

278  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people from his Department will travel to Bali to participate in the mini-summit for discussion of environmental issues.

 (57656)

279  Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has (a) to freeze and (b) to revoke export licences to Israel under the Consolidated Criteria; and if he will make a statement.

 (57546)

280  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many employees of his Department retired through work-related ill health in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost to the Department was.

 (56073)

281  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many claims for work-related illness were settled by his Department in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost in compensation was.

 (56072)

282  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in his Department in the last year for which records are available; what proportion of those were due to work-related illness or injury; and what the cost to the Department was.

 (56074)

283  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise the matter of Professor Hans Koechler's report on the appeal proceedings at the Scottish Court in the Netherlands in the United Nations General Assembly.

 (57130)

284  Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 14th May, Official Report, column 547W, on Lockerbie, whether the UN Secretary General sent (a) Professor Hans Koechler and (b) other representatives of the Internal Progress Organisation to observe the Scottish Court in the Netherlands.

 (57497)

285  Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will be governed until a replacement for Jose Bustani is appointed.

 (57950)

286  Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the contributions that have been made to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons by the (a) UK and (b) US since it was formed.

 (57951)

287  Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects a new Director General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to be appointed.

 (57949)

288  Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the countries that are members of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

 (57948)

289  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many chemical weapons inspectors have been employed by the OPCW in each year since its creation; and what the projected numbers are for 2003.

 (58088)

290  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the staff at directorate and branch head level in the OPCW, together with the nationality of the (a) current and (b) immediate past incumbent.

 (58087)

291  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to promote the principle that activities of international organisations should be in the interest of all member states, with equal weight given to each vote.

 (58092)

292  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Blaneau Gwent, of 8th May, Official Report, column 241W, on the organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, if he will make a statement on the reasons underlying his assessement that Mr Bustani has lost confidence of a significant number of the OPCW's Executive Council.

 (57938)

293  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his definition is of major shareholder in the context of member states of the OPCW; and what the implications are of the definition for the independence of the organisations.

 (58091)

294  Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the Football Association and (b) the England Supporters Club on the advice to be given to England football supporters travelling to Japan and South Korea for the World Cup Finals.

 (58089)

295  Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Japanese Government on British prisoner transfer arrangements during the course of and following the World Cup finals.

 (58090)

296  Andy King (Rugby & Kenilworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he will make to the Cuban authorities concerning the case of the imprisoned human rights campaigner, Juan Carlos Gonzalez Leiva.

 (57812)

297  
N  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Bangladesh regarding the case of Surat Miah, a former constituent, beaten to death in Dhaka's international airport after refusing to pay a bribe; and if he will ask them (a) when and (b) why those arrested in connection with the murder were released.

 (57277)

298  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met representatives from the Lebanon; when a minister next plans to visit that country; and if he will make a statement.

 (57851)

299  Mr Iain Luke (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance has been offered to British companies who retain an economic presence in Burma in the last 12 months.

 (58025)

300  Mr Iain Luke (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the military government of Burma.

 (58026)

301  Mr Iain Luke (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent meetings his Department has had with (a) the NLD and (b) Aung Sang Sin Kyi as to how the British Government may aid them in bringing about democratic government, equality before the law and enhanced human rights in Burma.

 (58023)

302  Mr Iain Luke (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with foreign ministers in other countries about future strategies to be adopted in partnership aimed at encouraging peaceful democratic change in Burma.

 (58024)

303  Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made about the case of the imprisonment of Chinese Christians who were imprisoned for bible transportation.

 (58157)

304  Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of persecution of Christians in China and if he will make representations to the Chinese authorities about the persecution of Christians in China.

 (58156)

305  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in Pakistan and India concerning recent attacks on Indian army personnel in Kashmir.

 (57641)

306  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on discussions which have taken place between officials in his Department and those from Sweden on the timing of referenda on EMU membership.

 (57881)

307  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which states applying to join the EU have indicated (a) willingness and (b) desire for an opt-out, with respect to accession to the Eurozone.

 (57883)

308  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the budget was for Europe Day events signposted on the dedicated website; and if he will make a statement on the maintenance of political neutrality thereon.

 (57912)

309  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason Annex II of EC 310/2002 of 18th February 2002 permits exports of bombs and grenades not other than those specially designed for military use; and if he will make a statement.

 (57871)

310  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the state of developments for the funding of trans-EU political parties; and what his position is thereon.

 (57860)

311  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his policy towards the European Commission spending of information monies in applicant states, with respect to impartiality.

 (57901)

312  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will deposit in the Library the current draft proposals under discussion with Spain on the future of Gibraltar.

 (57886)

313  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his policy towards monitoring public contributions to his Department's website.

 (57910)

314  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on paragraph I of Annex II of EC 310/2002 in the context of Article 7.

 (57872)

315  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list Europe Day activities that were arranged by his Department; and what the objective was of each.

 (57911)

316  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when EC 310/2002, on the prohibition of export to Zimbabwe of items which could be used in internal repression, was first (a) tabled and (b) discussed in permanent Council committees.

 (57870)

317  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the role of the European Union Institute for Security Studies.

 (57867)

318  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his policy within the discussions on the Convention on the Future of Europe as concerns development of (a) the Common Defence Policy, with particular reference to existing provisions for possible development of communal defence, (b) Justice and Home Affairs matters, (c) the Common Foreign Policy, (d) extension of qualified majority voting, (e) repatriation of powers, (f) the establishment of a set determination of powers and (g) extension of Social Chapter material.

 (57884)

319  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a list of organisations external to the European Communities which receive Communities funding for information campaigns (budget lines under B3).

 (57893)

320  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 26th March, to the honourable Member for Leicester East, Official Report, column 815W, if he will list the pay grades of those liaison officers identified; and if he will identify companies involved.

 (57889)

321  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on proposals he is seeking to include for discussion at the Convention on the Future of Europe for increased parliamentary participation in the legislative programme at European level.

 (57915)

322  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Basingstoke of 19th March, Official Report, column 196W, if he will list expenditure on his EU Information Campaign broken down by publication and project.

 (57888)

323  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his Department's planned role in publicising the (a) activities, (b) conclusions and (c) variety of opinions of the Convention on the Future of Europe.

 (57903)

324  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the implications of Council Common Position 2002/203/CFSP of 11th March, repealing 2001/83/CFSP, for the Zimbabwean military; and what steps he will take to ensure that EU aid is properly accounted for.

 (57876)

325  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his policy on discussions on (a) environmental issues, (b)(i) incorporation and (ii) extension of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, (c) treaty simplification, (d) introducing sunset clauses into EU legislation, (e) common fisheries policy, (f) common agricultural policy, (g) the role of national parliaments, (h) implementation and development of subsidiarity, (i) fiscal harmonisation, (j) employment law, (k) education, (l) culture, (m) budgetary control, (n) election of Commissioners and (o) ratification through referenda in the Convention on the Future of Europe.

 (57861)

326  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has (a) made and (b) received on the establishment of an agenda for discussions at the Convention on the Future of Europe.

 (57914)

327  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the nature of restraints permitted for export to Zimbabwe following EU sanctions agreement.

 (57874)

328  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the role of the European Union Satellite Centre, with particular reference to cooperation with UK-based image analysis agencies.

 (57868)

329  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason the European Community has banned exports of electronic jamming equipment designed to prevent the detonation by remote of improvised bombs to Zimbabwe under EC 310/2002 Annex II.

 (57869)

330  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many EU (a) directives and (b) regulations have been incorporated into UK law in each year since 1997.

 (57879)

331  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the obligations of applicant EU states with regard to accession to the Eurozone upon attaining membership.

 (57902)

332  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the (a) activities and (b) budget of the Administrative Commission of the European Communities on Social Security for Migrant Workers.

 (57899)

333  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the allocated budget is for entertainment for the Praesidium of the Convention on the Future of Europe; what representations he has made thereon; and if he will make a statement.

 (57896)

334  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his policy towards projecting plurality of opinion on the future direction of the EU in his Department's information campaigns; what input he receives from representatives of external organisations in developing his material; and if he will make it his policy to expand contact lists to represent organisations critical of the EU.

 (57877)

335  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to reply to the letter dated 13th March from the honourable Member for Banff and Buchan regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 (56677)

336  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has recently raised the matter of the possession of nuclear weapons by Israel with the Israeli government.

 (57979)

337  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the member state submissions on their national counter-terrorism programmes made to the United Nations Security Council pursuant to SC resolution 1373 (2001).

 (57990)

338  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the planned prime ministerial and ministerial meetings with the Spanish Prime Minister and Spanish ministers in which it is expected that the future of Gibraltar will be discussed under the Brussels Process in the next month.

 (57551)

339  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the red lines which Britain will not cross in its negotiations with Spain on the future of Gibraltar under the Brussels Process; and if he will make a statement.

 (57550)

340  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much money the EU has provided to the Palestinian authorities in each of the past three years; what measures are taken by the EU to ensure that the money is spent on the issues to which they are directed; and if he will make a statement.

 (57030)

341  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss with the EU the allegations by the Israeli Government that sums contributed by the EU to the Palestinian authorities have been directed to funding members of Fatah and of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.

 (57031)

342  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001-02; if he will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if he will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if he will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years.

 (57368)

343  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence he has collated on whether sex selective abortions are taking place in the UK.

 (57685)

344  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mandate of the Committee on the action programme on rare diseases in the framework of the action plan for public health is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57472)

345  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme on the prevention of drug dependence in the framework of the action plans for public health is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57479)

346  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the Decision to set up a network for the epidemiological surveillance and control of communicable diseases is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57473)

347  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme on health monitoring in the framework of the action plan for public health is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57476)

348  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme on pollution-related diseases in the framework of the action plan for public health is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57478)

349  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme on health promotion, information, education and training is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57477)

350  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mandate of the Committee on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provision of the Member States concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months, what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57480)

351  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mandate of the Committee on the Community action programme on injury prevention is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57475)

352  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the Community action plan to combat cancer is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57481)

353  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme for the prevention of AIDS and certain other communicable diseases is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57474)

354  Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will answer the letter from the honourable Member for Canterbury dated 12th October 2001, regarding briefing on chemical and biological attacks.

 (57785)

355  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce a statutory code of practice governing the sale of mobility products for elderly people.

 (58021)

356  Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to alter the requirement for Commonwealth doctors to take an English language test before practising in the UK, with special reference to cases where English is already the first language of the doctor concerned.

 (57964)

357  Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to make it easier for doctors from Australia and New Zealand to practise in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

 (57962)

358  Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if it is mandatory for general practitioners from the Commonwealth coming to the UK to spend six months as a registrar; and if he will make a statement.

 (57963)

359  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many claims for work-related illness were settled by his Department in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was in compensation.

 (56075)

360  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in his Department in the last year for which records are available; what proportion of those were due to work-related illness or injury; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56077)

361  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many employees of his Department retired through work-related ill-health in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56076)

362  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if Taiwan has been granted observer status in the World Health Organisation; and if he will make a statement.

 (58137)

363  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the operations postponed due to osteoporotic hip fractures were cancer operations in (a) Hull and the East Riding and (b) England and Wales, in the last two quarters for which figures are available.

 (57575)

364  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the (a) East Yorkshire Primary Care Trust and (b) West Hull Primary Care Trust have a strategy for osteoporosis management.

 (57576)

365  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds were blocked as a result of osteoporotic hip fractures in (a) Hull and the East Riding and (b) England and Wales in the last two quarters for which figures are available.

 (57574)

366  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many elective operations were postponed due to osteoporotic hip fractures in (a) Hull and the East Riding and (b) England and Wales in the last two quarters for which figures are available.

 (57573)

367  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many DXA scanners there are in (a) Hull and the East Riding and (b) England and Wales.

 (57580)

368  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of fracture patients aged over 50 years received an osteoporosis risk assessment in (a) Hull and the East Riding and (b) England and Wales, in the last two quarters for which figures are available.

 (57571)

369  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have waited over (a) 12 months and (b) 15 months for an operation in Hull and the East Riding.

 (57592)

370  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of patients on 7.5 mg of corticosteroids for over six months are on osteoporotic preventative therapy in (a) Hull and the East Riding and (b) England and Wales.

 (57578)

371  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts and groups have a strategy for osteoporosis management.

 (57577)

372  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he has implemented to ensure standard six of the National Service Framework for Older People is met.

 (57583)

373  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets his Department has set in relation to standard six of the National Service Framework for Older People.

 (57584)

374  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many DXA scans have been completed in Hull and the East Riding since 1st January 2001.

 (57582)

375  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has for the purchase of new DXA scanners.

 (57581)

376  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many osteoporotic hip fractures there have been in (a) the East Yorkshire Primary Care Trust and (b) the West Hull Primary Care Trust since 1st January 2001.

 (57579)

377  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of orthopaedic beds were taken up with osteoporotic hip fracture patients in (a) Hull and the East Riding and (b) England and Wales, in the last two quarters for which figures are available.

 (57572)

378  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the prescribing budget is of the (a) East Yorkshire Primary Care Trust and (b) West Hull Primary Care Trust.

 (57594)

379  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of financial deficit is for the (a) East Yorkshire Primary Care Trust and (b) the West Hull Primary Care Trust.

 (57593)

380  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the availability of residential care home places in Lancashire.

 (57286)

381  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many MRI scanners the NHS has.

 (57513)

382  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of people in England diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer were entered into clinical trials in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 (57943)

383  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of people in England diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer received (a) surgery, (b) chemotherapy and (c) palliative care only in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 (57942)

384  Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists in the Chesham and Amersham constituency take NHS patients.

 (57994)

385  Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists there are per head of population in (a) the Chesham and Amersham constituency, (b) Buckinghamshire and (c) each other English county.

 (57993)

386  
N  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will answer the question from the honourable Member for Reading East tabled for Answer on 19th July 2001, on the use of bed strap restraints in nursing homes, ref 5538.

 (57640)

387  
N  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what efforts are being made by his Department to raise awareness of epilepsy as a life threatening condition.

 (56497)

388  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the Health Protection Agency to be operational; what funds will be available to the agency above the aggregated budgets of its component bodies; and if he will make a statement.

 (57682)

389  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role NHS Direct will have in providing advice on the threat of chemical and radiological attacks; what training has been provided to those staffing NHS Direct in providing this advice; and if he will make a statement.

 (57683)

390  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the action plan on Epilepsy Death recommended in the Chief Medical Officer's Report 2001.

 (56669)

391  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many myalgic encephalitis specialist neurologists work in the NHS in each region of England.

 (58057)

392  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people suffer from myalgic encephalitis in England, broken down by region.

 (58058)

393  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd October 2001, Official Report, column 151W, at the undertaking given in the adjournment debate on 7th December 2000, Official Report, column 246, if he will make a statement on the progress of the case of Mr Barrie Such.

 (57276)

394  Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses are employed in the NHS; and how many there were in 1997.

 (57617)

395  Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses are training; and how many were training in 1997.

 (57620)

396  Fiona Mactaggart (Slough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list each body which has been given funding to deliver the teaching PCT objectives, together with the sum involved in each case.

 (58085)

397  Fiona Mactaggart (Slough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources have been given directly to each teaching PCT for their work as teaching PCTs in 2002-03.

 (58084)

398  Fiona Mactaggart (Slough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts have been given teaching PCT status.

 (58083)

399  Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made about possible links between the use of chemicals in vegetables and cancer of the oesophageous.

 (58158)

400  Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress with support and treatment for people suffering with ADHD.

 (57622)

401  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ask the Social Services Department to undertake a review of Lancashire County Council's proposals to reduce the number of residential care homes, taking into account the responses of the county council's consultation on the issue.

 (58000)

402  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those organisations (a) within and (b) without the UK that will receive information under Commission Decision 2002/253/EC.

 (57854)

403  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the criteria for the selection of communicable diseases under Commission Decision 2002/253/EC.

 (57859)

404  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the post-analysis action to follow the sharing of data under Commission Decision 2002/253/EC.

 (57858)

405  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the effects of Commission Decision 18th of 27th June 2001, 2002/I55/EC, OJ L54 of 25th February 2002, on current practice.

 (57897)

406  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the effects of Commission Decision 179 of 18th April 2000, 2002/I54/EC, OJ L54 25th February 2002, on current practice; and what reasons underlie the delay in enactment.

 (57898)

407  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has (a) received and (b) called for, with respect to Commission Decision 2002/253/EC, from civil rights organisations; and if he will make a statement.

 (57855)

408  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the circumstances under which, under Commission Decision 2002/253/EC (OJ L86, 3 APR 02), patients' case histories may be circulated in the European Communities.

 (57856)

409  Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action is being taken to expedite the registration of recently trained nurses.

 (57947)

410  Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations the UK has made in respect of the EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive with specific reference to moves to bring herbal remedies into the regulatory regime dealing with pharmaceutical drugs; and what position the UK has taken on the proposal to extend this to cover combinations of herbs and nutrients.

 (57961)

411  Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what position the UK Government has taken on the proposed EU Food Supplements Directive, with specific reference to (a) possible banning of certain nutrients and (b) limits on the potency of others.

 (57960)

412  Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what response the United Kingdom has made to the EU proposals to bring food supplements under the Medicines Directive.

 (57959)

413  Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to produce proposals for reform of the complaints procedure used in the NHS when adverse medical events occur.

 (58143)

414  Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement as to the policy adopted in the NHS when adverse health care events occur.

 (58142)

415  Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has to amend the way in which provision for clinical negligence cases is made in the NHS accounts for England.

 (58144)

416  Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he takes to protect the NHS name and logo from use by companies for commercial gain.

 (57892)

417  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where in the National Health Service Dr Ali Malik (GMC No (5) 195377) is employed.

 (57956)

418  Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Glasgow, Baillieston of 25th February, Official Report, column 963W, on organ donation, when the consultation paper on the review of the law governing the taking, removal and use of human tissue will be published.

 (58263)

419  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001-02; if he will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if he will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if he will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years.

 (57371)

420  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many arts prosthotists there are per head of population in each of the National Health Service trust areas in England.

 (57965)

421  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals have specialist heart treatment units; and what proposals he has to increase this amount.

 (57815)

422  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has gone into research of drugs to aid in the treatment of heart failure; and which of these drugs have become available since 1997.

 (57816)

423  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what services are available to those who survive heart attacks; and how often these patients were observed after leaving hospital in the last 12 months.

 (57817)

424  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures have been taken since 1997 to address the incidence of heart failure; and if he will make a statement.

 (57814)

425  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 8th May, Official Report, column 234W on asylum seekers, if he will define suitably qualified staff for the management of education provision in accommodation centres.

 (57712)

426  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria will be used to assess the suitability of private contractors who will provide education in accommodation centres.

 (57624)

427  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the level of use of the drug yaba in the UK.

 (57690)

428  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evidence he has collated on whether the UK is being targeted by producers of the drug yaba from Far East Asia.

 (57686)

429  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the mandate of the Committee on the introduction of a uniform format for visas is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57471)

430  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will meet residents of the Buckingham constituency who will be affected if plans proceed for an accommodation centre for asylum seekers in Piddington.

 (57653)

431  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 14th May, ref. 41412, what his reasons were for funding that proportion of the additional costs for Greater Manchester Police as a result of the Commonwealth Games.

 (57465)

432  Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Lewes of 6th November 2001, Official Report, column 175W, on the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, what progress has been made with the Government's review of section 24 of the Act; when he will announce his conclusions; and if he will make a statement.

 (57598)

433  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many days of sick leave were taken by the (a) police force, (b) fire service and (c) prison service in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was.

 (56065)

434  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in his Department in the last year for which records are available; what proportion of those were due to work-related illness or injury; and what the cost to the Department was.

 (56062)

435  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many employees in the (a) police force, (b) fire service and (c) prison service retired through work-related injury or ill-health in the last year for which records are available; and what the total cost to the Department was.

 (56064)

436  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many employees of his Department retired through work-related ill health in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost to the Department was.

 (56061)

437  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claims for work-related injury or illness were settled on behalf of the (a) police force, (b) fire service and (c) prison service in the last year for which figures are available; and what the total cost in compensation was.

 (56063)

438  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claims for work-related illness were settled by his Department in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost in compensation was.

 (56060)

439  Mr Tony Colman (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will make a decision on the case of Ms Christiana Olufunmolayo Olaifa (ref. O1010047), referred to his Department's Referred Cases Unit from Lagos on 19th September 2001.

 (58070)

440  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the officially designated maximum prisoner capacity is for HMP Wolds.

 (57587)

441  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what facilities are available at HMP Wolds for prisoners with mental health problems.

 (57588)

442  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many positive drug tests were recorded at HMP Wolds in the past three years.

 (57586)

443  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many assaults on staff there were at HMP Wolds in the last three years.

 (57585)

444  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will collect statistics on the numbers of anti-semitic attacks.

 (57625)

445  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress of the review of the coroners' system.

 (57698)

446  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in relation to criminal injuries compensation scheme applications on behalf of infants who have sustained catastrophic brain damage as a result of having been shaken by a third party in the last three years, how many applications are outstanding; of these how many have (a) outstanding decisions on liability and (b) decisions accepting liability in principle; what is (i) the longest delay and (ii) the average delay since the application was lodged; of payments made in each of the last three years, what was (A) the average value, (B) the lowest value and (C) the highest value; how many of those decisions which accept liability in principle are awaiting care reports from the applicants' advisers; what the average cost of a care report is; what contribution towards the cost of a care report is offered by the CICS; in cases where a decision has been made accepting liability in principle where a care report has been supplied (1) how many have resulted in additional care questions for the applicants' advisers, (2) what the average cost of the care report was and (3) what contribution was made towards the cost of the care report; what his policy is towards the requesting of additional expert evidence at the expense of the applicants; whether it may be accepted that a case clearly exceeds the maximum award without the need for a care report; and if he will make a statement.

 (57649)

447  Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what further appointments he has made to the Police Complaints Authority.

 (58072)

448  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letters from the honourable Member for Guildford of (a) 14th December 2001, (b) 7th April and (c) 10th April.

 (57934)

449  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behavioural orders have been issued in Lancashire in each year since their inception.

 (57279)

450  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidences of (a) theft from vehicles, (b) armed robbery, (c) criminal damage, (d) common assault, (e) vehicle theft and (f) vandalism have been reported in each police area in Wales in each year since 1997.

 (58028)

451  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behavioural orders have been issued in Wales in each year since their inception.

 (57285)

452  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations are being made to other European governments to ensure hooligans from other countries are stopped from travelling to the World Cup.

 (57536)

453  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what sums have been made available to London boroughs to cover the additional costs of asylum seekers returning to London.

 (57632)

454  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research his Department is conducting on the return of dispersed asylum seekers to the Greater London area.

 (57634)

455  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers dispersed from the Greater London area returned to live in London between April 2001 and April 2002.

 (57633)

456  Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons Venture International Projects did not secure a contract to provide accommodation services to the National Asylum Support Services; with reference to section 23 of the Public Services Contracts Regulations 1993.

 (57944)

457  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been settled in (a) each region of England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) Greater London by the National Asylum Support service in each quarter since it came into operation.

 (57849)

458  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to purchase residential properties at Throckmorton in the immediate vicinity of the site of the proposed asylum accommodation centre, where residents are attempting to sell their homes; and if he will make a statement.

 (57235)

459  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the timetable for the planning process in relation to the application for the asylum accommodation centre at Throckmorton.

 (57236)

460  John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the staff employed in Brixton prison in each year since 1996 have formerly been members of the security services in Northern Ireland.

 (58280)

461  John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action has been taken to ensure that the sabotage of cell bell alarm systems identified by the Chief Inspector of Prisons in his inspection of HMP Brixton on 26th to 29th June 2000 is not repeated.

 (58277)

462  John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the deployment of prison staff now in charge of Irish prisoners who have served in the security forces in Northern Ireland.

 (58279)

463  John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what disciplinary action has been taken against those involved in the sabotage of cell bell alarm systems identified in the inspection by the Chief Inspector of Prisons of HMP Brixton on 26th to 29th June 2000.

 (58276)

464  John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the deaths of Irish citizens in Brixton prison since 1996.

 (58332)

465  John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received in the last six months from the Irish Government, Irish community organisations and individuals on the deaths of Irish prisoners in British prisons; and what action he has taken as a result.

 (58275)

466  John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to include an Irish category based on CRE guidelines in the system for ethnic monitoring in Her Majesty's prisons.

 (58278)

467  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 29th April, Official Report, column 616W, if the guidance on policing of demonstrations issued to police forces by the Association of Chief Police Officers is in accordance with the report of the Metropolitan Police Directorate of Professional Standards arising out of last year's May Day demonstrations in London; and if he will make a statement.

 (57657)

468  
N  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department will lodge an appeal about the adjudicator's decision over the visa application by Ms Gracie Allen (HO ref A1127781; Appeal No. THS 1272/2001); and if he will make a statement.

 (57559)

469  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 13th March, Official Report, column 1100W, on European Documents, if he will make a statement on the nature of legislation under discussion in the fields of (a) visa policy, (b) information exchange and analysis, (c) pre-frontier measures, (d) border management, (e) improvement and co-ordination at operational level, (f) work of Europol and (g) aliens and criminals law and readmission and return.

 (57887)

470  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his policy towards the Initiative of Spain setting up a European network for the protection of public figures (2002/C42/08).

 (57864)

471  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his policy towards the Initiative of the Spanish Presidency on the setting up of a network of contact points of national authorities responsible for private security (2002/C42/09).

 (57865)

472  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress made towards the establishment of the European Police College.

 (57907)

473  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his policy towards the establishment of a European Institute of Police Studies (2002/C42/10); what the relationship is with the European Police College; what account he has taken of Recital 6 on expanding the role of the Institute; what plans exist to centralise the Institute after the initial period is complete; who will constitute the UK delegation to the governing board; for what reason external observers will attend; what manner of expert will attend board meetings; what manner of research activities will be excluded as ultra vires research; and for what reason socioeconomics and political processes will be included as areas of interest.

 (57866)

474  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the first drafts of the European Commission Communication on European Border Management will be released.

 (57919)

475  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the status of Eurojust officials with respect to immunities.

 (57906)

476  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on planned expenditure in the UK under budget line B5-831, combating drug trafficking; and what role Europol will play therein.

 (57862)

477  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the nature of activities envisaged under paragraph 17 of the Laeken Conclusions, referring to the Specialist (Counter-Terrorist) Services.

 (57913)

478  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the granting of immunities to Europol employees under 2002/C42/07, OJ C42 of 15th February.

 (57863)

479  Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are held under the Terrorism Act 2001; how long each has been held; how many face formal legal charges; how many have been convicted of a terrorist offence; and how many are being held in conditions where normal prisoners' rights do not apply.

 (57958)

480  Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been detained under the Terrorism Act 2001 since its introduction.

 (57957)

481  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the issue of the British plane-spotters tried in Greece was discussed by ministers or officials with the Greek Justice Minister on his recent visit to London.

 (58132)

482  Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Security Industry Authority will begin to operate a national register of those licensed to work within the security industry.

 (58171)

483  Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Security Industry Authority will enforce training standards for (a) door supervisors, (b) wheel clampers and (c) other sectors within the security industry.

 (58172)

484  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Totnes of 17th April about Mrs Roberta Parr and Miss Dominyka Gajauskite regarding their visa applications and the return of their Lithuanian passports for work purposes.

 (57507)

485  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the backlog of cases is at IND; and what the estimated length of time is that IND takes to reply to a letter from honourable Members.

 (58001)

486  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many letters are unopened at his Department's Public Enquiry Office in Croydon.

 (58002)

487  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001-02; if he will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if he will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if he will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years.

 (57370)

488  Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he plans to establish an independent documentation centre to provide information about countries from which people have fled.

 (57999)

489  Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill will allow families with children who are seeking asylum to be detained at the beginning of the asylum process.

 (57998)

490  Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the purpose is of the new asylum registration cards; and what statutory limits will be placed on their use.

 (57996)

491  Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if Clause 25 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill will ensure that adequate provision is made for asylum seekers with special medical needs.

 (57995)

492  Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he plans to increase support for asylum seekers to full income support rates; and if he will make a statement.

 (57997)

493  Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letters of 11th February, 12th March and 21 April from a constituent, Ronald Grover of Minster.

 (57992)

494  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance the Government will be offering Peru following the announcement by President Alejandro Toledo diverting military spending to basic social services for children.

 (57678)

495  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations the Government has made to the Government of Kenya for Somalian refugees from the town of Bula Hawa to be allowed to remain around Mandera until the fighting in their home areas subsides.

 (58099)

496  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance she has offered to the (a) United Nations and (b) Cote d'Ivoire to deal with refugees fleeing Liberia.

 (58102)

497  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on progress towards creating a Government of National Unity in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 (58096)

498  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action the Government is taking to get (a) food and (b) medical supplies to internally displaced Karen, Kaenni and Shan people in Burma.

 (57661)

499  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action the Government is taking to assist the Government of Kenya to deal with Somalian refugees from the town of Bula Hawa.

 (58101)

500  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many Somalian refugees are believed to be camped in (a) Kenya and (b) Ethiopia.

 (58100)

501  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many Liberians have fled their country following conflict between the Liberian government forces and the rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Development.

 (58103)

502  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Committee for Internally Displaced Karen People regarding the provision of humanitarian aid to internally displaced people in Burma.

 (57660)

503  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff from her Department will travel to Bali to participate in the mini-summit for discussion of environmental issues.

 (57652)

504  Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with other countries about co-operating in paying for the damage caused to Palestinian areas during the recent Israeli incursions with special reference to Jenin.

 (58020)

505  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many claims for work-related illness were settled by her Department in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was in compensation.

 (56094)

506  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many employees of her Department retired through work-related ill-health in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56095)

507  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in her Department in the last year for which records are available; what proportion of those were due to work-related illness or injury; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56096)

508  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will place in the Library the report from UNMAS on their programme of visits to sites where cluster bombs were dropped in Afghanistan; and if she will make a statement.

 (57699)

509  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 11th March, Official Report, column 685W, on Tanzania, what reports she has received from the (a) IMF and (b) World Bank, with regards to their assessment of the impact on development of Tanzania of the purchase of an air traffic control system; and if she will place copies in the Library.

 (57787)

510  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the impact of vulture funds on debt relief for countries; what action she is taking on this issue; and if she will make a statement.

 (57850)

511  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was spent by her Department on paying pensions to retired employees of her Department in 2001-02; if she will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if she will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if she will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years.

 (57362)

512  Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when the European Commission is planning to issue calls for projects in 2002 for budget line B7-6312 Aid for Population and Reproduction Health in Developing Countries funding.

 (58135)

513  Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether there will be an open call from the European Commission for non-governmental organisations to present proposals targeting HIV prevention in youth under budget line B7-6211.

 (58136)

514  Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the Lord Chancellor will answer the letter from the honourable Member for Canterbury dated 21st December 2001, ref Womans Aid Federation.

 (57786)

515  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he will publish his consultative paper on the OFT report on the legal profession; and if he will make a statement.

 (57696)

516  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on his policy on a separate new Supreme Court; and if he will make a statement.

 (57695)

517  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to review the (a) qualifications criteria, (b) age criteria and (c) method of appointment to the judiciary; and if he will make a statement.

 (57697)

518  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 7th May, Official Report, column 72W, on immigration advice, how many of the matter starts have been used in each area; and what the policy of the LSC is as to the balance between solicitors and not-for-profit agencies in the award of contracts.

 (57548)

519  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what guidelines he has issued to local authorities with regard to levels of payment due for public access to local authority land charges registers.

 (57702)

520  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what duties are placed on local authorities with regard to maintaining their land charges register.

 (57701)

521  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the required contents are of forms (a) CON 29, Enquiries of Local Authorities and (b) LLC1, Requisition and Certificate of Search; and what their status is.

 (57703)

522  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what statutory provision governs access to local authority land charges registers.

 (57700)

523  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what guidelines he has issued to local authorities with regard to charging for searches based on the forms (a) CON 29, Enquiries of Local Authorities and (b) LLC1, Requisition and Certificate of Search.

 (57704)

524  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to amend (a) the forms (i) CON 29, Enquiries of Local Authorities and (ii) LLC1, Requisition and Certificate of Search and (b) the regulations and guidelines associated with them; and if he will make a statement.

 (57707)

525  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the statutory requirement is for provision of public access to local authority information as found on the forms (a) CON 29, Enquiries of Local Authorities and (b) LLC1, Requisition and Certificate of Search.

 (57706)

526  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001-02; if he will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if he will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if he will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years.

 (57358)

527  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the Lord Chancellor will take steps to amend the law relating to succession to titles to allow equality of rights to succeed between men and women.

 (57813)

528  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many individuals who were successful in reaching the pool of approved candidates in both Police Service of Northern Ireland recruitment campaigns yet were not offered a position as a trainee were (a) persons treated as Roman Catholic and (b) persons who were not so treated.

 (57939)

529  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham & Stamford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people stand to benefit from the measures envisaged in paragraph 20 of the joint communique issued by her Majesty's Government and the Government of the Irish Republic on 1st August 2001 following their meeting at Weston Park.

 (56292)

530  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001-02; if he will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if he will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if he will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years.

 (57369)

531  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has received from the Prime Minister of Nepal during his visit to the UK concerning (a) the future of the Gurkhas in the British Army, and (b) the case made by the Gurkha Army Ex-Serviceman's Organisation for pay and pension equality for Gurkhas who are serving or who have served in the British Army.

 (57809)

532  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the military applications of Galileo; and what discussions he has had on this subject.

 (57900)

533  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his policy towards the role of Whitehall officials in referendum campaigns.

 (57918)

534  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy not to increase the budget to departmental information campaigns in the run-up to a referendum on UK participation in the single currency; and if he will make a statement.

 (57916)

535  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Prime Minister, whether the No 10. policy seminar on criminal justice addressed by the Director General of the Prison Service was an official function; and if he will make a statement.

 (57544)

536  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Prime Minister, what policy seminars attended by persons outside government have been held at No. 10 Downing Street since Christmas; and by whom each was attended.

 (57545)

537  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Prime Minister, how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001-02; if he will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if he will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if he will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years.

 (57357)

538  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was spent by her Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001-02; if she will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if she will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if she will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years.

 (57359)

539  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what meetings she has had since the Budget with representatives of the North Sea Oil industry in North East Scotland to discuss the impact of the new oil and gas tax.

 (58123)

540  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Advisory Committee for the implementation of the general framework for Community activities in favour of consumers is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57492)

541  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee on product safety emergencies is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom 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.

 (57491)

542  Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will answer the letters dated 14th November 2001, from the honourable Member for Canterbury regarding Pipeflex Limited-funding.

 (57784)

543  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reasons solar energy schemes are precluded from the Major Photovoltaics Demonstration Programme's allocation of grants to support the take up of solar power; and what plans there are for their future inclusion.

 (57502)

544  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what initiatives her Department has instigated to encourage the use of solar energy schemes in (a) domestic properties and (b) commercial properties since 1997.

 (57504)

545  Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make an announcement on the Commission proposal for a directive on temporary agency workers.

 (58081)

546  Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make an announcement on the Fixed Term Employees' (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002.

 (58082)

547  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Your Guide scheme will be introduced across the UK.

 (57946)

548  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which Government departments' and agencies are involved in discussions with Consignia about participating in the Your Guide scheme to use sub-post offices in a Government general practitioner role when it is introduced across the UK.

 (57945)

549  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many claims for work-related illness were settled by her Department in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was in compensation.

 (56097)

550  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many employees of her Department retired through work-related ill-health in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56098)

551  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in her Department in the last year for which records are available; what proportion of those were due to work-related illness or injury; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56099)

552  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations (a) she and (b) the Competition Commission have received regarding competition in the Scottish dairy sector.

 (57570)

553  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will estimate the annual additional employment costs of work-related regulations introduced since 1997.

 (55508)

554  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone & Hythe): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the classification by Consignia of Saltwood Post Office as an urban post office is in accordance with her policy.

 (57789)

555  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone & Hythe): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the closure of Saltwood Post Office is consistent with her policy on rural post offices.

 (57798)

556  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the net cost or profit was of the fixed rate export finance scheme in each of the last three years excluding (a) transactions that were supported by SDR-based interest rates, (b) aerospace business under the Large Aircraft Sector Understanding and (c) the cost of ECGD's hedging operations.

 (58027)

557  Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made by OFGEM in working with the leisure marine industry to produce guidelines for the implementation by marina operators of the maximum resale price provisions of the Utilities Act 2000.

 (58261)

558  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list items exported to Zimbabwe from the UK since June 2001 of military use, with particular reference to Hawk parts.

 (57873)

559  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on her policy towards Commission proposals for the adoption of an energy products tax directive.

 (57895)

560  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consultations she has had with representatives of leisure and residential caravan park operators on the maximum retail price provisions for electricity supply which are due to come into force on 1st January 2003.

 (57723)

561  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the basis and outcome of the ISIS nuclear emergency exercise held in May.

 (57981)

562  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps have been taken by BNFL since October 1993 to remediate the leakage from the B241 storage tanks at Sellafield; and what her estimate is of the cost incurred to date to rectify the problem.

 (57984)

563  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent communications her Department has has with NIREX in respect of options for the long-term management of plutonium.

 (57987)

564  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what investigations she has made into the manufacture and foreign sale of fragmentation grenade landmines by P.W. Defence Ltd.

 (57983)

565  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what United Kingdom policy is in respect of proposals contained in the European Commission proposal document com (2002) 99 for a council decision approving a Commission regulation on the application of Euratom safeguards; what cost compliance assessment has been made of the proposals; and what communications have been entered into with the Commission by United Kingdom Ministers in the drawing up of Commission proposals.

 (57986)

566  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what reduction there has been in the level of state aid since the European Council's meeting in Lisbon in (a) the European Union and (b) the United Kingdom; and if she will make a statement.

 (57555)

567  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of Government procurement is done online; and if she will make a statement.

 (57554)

568  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the level of electronic access to the main basic public services; and if she will make a statement.

 (57552)

569  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what visits to promote British business ministers from her Department have made to the candidate countries of the European Union in the last six months; and what plans ministers in her Department have to visit those countries in the next six months.

 (58119)

570  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of the world's electronic commerce business was conducted in Britain, (a) in March 2000 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available.

 (57553)

571  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much venture capital the European Investment Bank has made available to small businesses since the European Council's meeting at Lisbon; how much of this capital has been made available to British businesses; and if she will make a statement.

 (57556)

572  Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress is being made with the plans to introduce a universal banking system into Post Offices; and if she will make a statement.

 (58273)

573  Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact on the incomes of sub-postmasters of the switch to the payment of pensions and allowances through the automated credit transfer system.

 (58274)

574  Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the targets for the Renewables UK unit in Aberdeen will be published; and if she will make a statement.

 (58267)

575  Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact of retentions on the profitability of SMEs in the United Kingdom construction industry.

 (58138)

576  Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received on the practice of retentions in the construction industry.

 (58140)

577  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much was spent by her Department on paying pensions to retired employees of her Department in 2001-02; if she will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if she will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if she will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years.

 (57364)

578  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consultation took place between her Department and the Post Office concerning the change of name to Consignia.

 (57693)

579  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if her Department was asked to approve the change of name by the Post Office to Consignia.

 (57694)

580  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will ask the Office of Fair Trading to publish, in accordance with current practice, the advice given to the Secretary of State on the acquisition of the Express Newspaper business by the Northern and Shell Group.

 (57626)

581  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many posts in Railtrack Scotland are unfilled; and what impact these vacancies are having on Scotland's rail services.

 (58097)

582  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, for what posts in the Scottish rail network Railtrack has recruited people from (a) Romania and (b) the Philippines; and how many have been recruited.

 (58098)

583  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the estimated cost is of the implementation of the new train protection warning system on Scotland's rail network; and what percentage this cost represents of the total costs of the implementation of the Strategic Rail Authority's plan in Scotland.

 (58093)

584  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the number of trained staff in Scotland on the implementation of the Strategic Rail Authority's plan in Scotland.

 (58095)

585  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what additional training is required for people recruited from Romania and the Philippines by Railtrack to work on the rail network.

 (58094)

586  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the arrangements for internal and external auditing of local councils.

 (57651)

587  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the proposed aviation white paper will be published; and if he will make a statement.

 (57684)

588  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in local government in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was.

 (56071)

589  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many claims for work-related injury illness were settled on behalf of workers in local government in the last year for which figures are available; and what the total cost was in compensation.

 (56069)

590  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many employees in local government retired through work-related illness or injury in the last year for which records are available; and what the total cost was to the Department.

 (56070)

591  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many claims for work-related illness were settled by his Department in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was in compensation.

 (56066)

592  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many employees of his Department retired through work-related ill-health in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56067)

593  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in his Department in the last year for which records are available; what proportion of those were due to work-related illness or injury; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56068)

594  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which elements of the Stewart Report (a) have been and (b) will be implemented by his Department.

 (57590)

595  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many appeals he has received from mobile phone companies to erect transmission masts in the last 12 months; and how many appeals were upheld.

 (57589)

596  Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he intends to publish his response to the recommendations of the Panel that conducted the Public Examination of Draft Regional Planning Guidance for the North West; and if he will make a statement,

 (58148)

597  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans the Government has for housing development in Lancashire in the next 10 years.

 (57280)

598  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the medical assessment procedure set up under the compensation scheme for pneumoconiosis may be accessed by mesothelioma claimants, irrespective of whether they may be able to sue their former employer or not.

 (58260)

599  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 14th May, Official Report, column 520W, on road works injuries, what safety guidelines are issued to contractors working on the road; and what plans the Government has to introduce further safety measures for contractors working on the roads.

 (57930)

600  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the extent is of the legal relationship between the Strategic Rail Authority and Network Rail; and if he will make a statement.

 (58155)

601  Jane Griffiths (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 14th May, Official Report, column 516W on the QE II Centre, if the relevant Government policies include the climate change policy; and whether the financial assessment will be on the basis of the whole life costs including energy efficiency of the air conditioning chiller.

 (58262)

602  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has for the coastguard helicopter serving Lyme Bay in Dorset; and if he will make a statement.

 (57234)

603  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many cases of vandalism of railway tracks were reported in each of the past five years; what the average annual cost of repairing vandalism to the rail network has been in the last five years; and what initiatives are being pursued to prevent vandalism of the rail network.

 (58062)

604  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the backlog of disrepair of (a) local authority, (b) RSL, (c) private rented and (d) owner occupied housing in (i) Greater London and (ii) Enfield.

 (57922)

605  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the circumstances in which Railtrack has imported rail track components that are cheaper but require higher maintenance than those of established British suppliers; and if he will make a statement.

 (58147)

606  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, in relation to Railtrack's decisions on which rail track components to purchase, what criteria are set by the (a) Rail Regulator and (b) HSE as to how Railtrack should trade off complexity of maintenance and capital outlay.

 (58146)

607  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the deprived local authority housing estates and the local authority and local authority wards that those estates fall into, referred to in DETR, Housing Research Summary No. 65 (1997).

 (57568)

608  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which of the deprived local authority housing estates referred to in DETR Housing Research Summary No. 65 (1997) have subsequently been part of a stock transfer to housing associations.

 (57569)

609  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what right of access members of the public have to information on (a) building control, (b) environmental health, (c) drainage and (d) highways from local authorities; and if he will make a statement.

 (57705)

610  Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which body is responsible for (a) the regulation and (b) the auditing of expenditure of the regional assemblies.

 (58071)

611  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what road safety campaigns his Department has supported on the issue of driving whilst talking on mobile phones.

 (57537)

612  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much (a) private capital and (b) public money was spent on transport during the first year of the 10 year plan.

 (58013)

613  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what advice he has commissioned on rail safety and the state of Railtrack's assets since the appointment of an administrator for Railtrack.

 (58015)

614  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what incentives he proposes for rail safety in the scheme for a company limited by guarantee to take over the railways.

 (58007)

615  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many engineers and trained safety staff have left Railtrack Plc in the last seven months.

 (58018)

616  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what advice on safety he received in the weekly and four-weekly management reports from Railtrack in Administration.

 (58010)

617  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the consultants and external advisers used by the Government in the last year on railway matters.

 (58012)

618  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much the Government has paid in fees in the last year for advice on railway and underground matters.

 (58011)

619  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much money has been (a) lent, (b) granted and (c) guaranteed to Railtrack by the Government and SRA since Railtrack was placed in administration.

 (58014)

620  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what guarantees concerning (a) the state of the track and signals and (b) future safety are being sought by the consortium, Network Rail.

 (58016)

621  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what advice the former Deputy Chief Inspector of Railways gave to the Administrator of Railtrack and himself following his appointment last year to ensure that safety in the railways is maintained.

 (58009)

622  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the findings of the administrator as vendor on the condition of Railtrack assets.

 (58017)

623  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what alterations were made to Railtrack plc's safety case following the appointment of an administrator.

 (58019)

624  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effect of Regulation (EC) 417/2002 (OJ L64, 7/3/02), on the sales of oil tankers from the EU fleet to countries not covered by the Regulation; and if he will make a statement.

 (57908)

625  Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many local authorities have applied to his Department for funding to assist them in digitising their land records and obtaining the necessary computer equipment to connect to the National Land Information Service; and if he will make a statement.

 (58281)

626  Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many local authorities have digitised their local land charges and associated records and obtained the necessary computer equipment to connect to the National Land Information Service; and if he will make a statement.

 (58269)

627  Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he has taken to encourage local authorities to adopt a policy of differential charges for providing answers to conveyancing search enquiries; what further steps he will take; and if he will make a statement.

 (58271)

628  Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to digitise their land records and obtain the necessary computer equipment to connect to the National Land Information Service; and if he will make a statement.

 (58268)

629  Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many local authorities at 1st April were at level (a) 3 and (b) 2 in their development of links with the National Land Information Service; and how many local authorities he expects by December to be at level (i) 3 and (ii) 2 in their development of links with the National Land Information Service.

 (58270)

630  Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many applications by local authorities have been approved by his Department for funding to assist them in digitising their land records and obtaining the necessary computer equipment to connect to the National Land Information Service; and what the total value is of the approvals granted.

 (58283)

631  Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to apply to his Department for funding to assist them in digitising their land records and obtaining the necessary computer equipment to connect to the National Land Information Service; and if he will make a statement.

 (58284)

632  Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the total value is of the applications which have been made by local authorities to his Department for funding to assist them in digitising their land records and obtaining the necessary computer equipment to connect to the National Land Information Service; and if he will make a statement.

 (58282)

633  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the criteria are for determining the lowest permissible altitude of commercial aircraft operations around international airports; and which authority is responsible for them.

 (57543)

634  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how often (a) non-PSV minibuses and (b) PSV minibuses will be subject to a seat belt installation check.

 (57597)

635  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001-02; if he will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if he will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if he will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years.

 (57367)

636  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with members of the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Assembly government, regarding proposals for the expansion of the Craig Goch reservoir in the Elan Valley.

 (58055)

637  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has received regarding the proposed expansion of the Craig Goch reservoir in the Elan Valley; and if he will make a statement.

 (58056)

638  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has (a) made to and (b) received from the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regarding the proposed expansion of the Craig Goch reservoir in the Elan Valley.

 (58059)

639  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001-02; if he will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if he will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if he will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years.

 (57365)

640  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees of his Department retired through work-related ill-health in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56091)

641  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in his Department in the last year for which records are available; what proportion of those were due to work-related illness or injury; and what the cost was to the Department.

 (56092)

642  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what advice he has received from the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council on the question of dual diagnosis in mesothelioma cases.

 (56093)

643  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims for work-related illness were settled by his Department in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was in compensation.

 (56090)

644  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are in receipt of disability living allowance in respect of autism.

 (57560)

645  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are in receipt of higher rate disability living allowance on the basis of autism-related disruption during the night.

 (57561)

646  Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what contribution increases in child benefit have made to reducing the numbers of children living in poverty over the past five years.

 (57952)

647  Mr Calum MacDonald (Western Isles): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the total loss of income to local authorities that would result from disregarding war widows pensions when calculating the cost of residential and nursing care under the National Assistance Regulations; and how many people currently paying charges under the regulations would be affected.

 (58149)

648  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out the basis for the estimate in the Pensions Green Paper of the proportions of retirement income coming from state and from private sources; and what his latest estimate is of those proportions.

 (57511)

649  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the script used by staff at Pensions Service call centres to respond to new telephone claims for retirement pensions.

 (57512)

650  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001-02; if he will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if he will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if he will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years.

 (57372)

651  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many persons in receipt of benefits, other than retirement pension, in each parliamentary constituency in (a) Scotland and (b) Wales receive payment of their benefits (i) through local sub post offices and (ii) directly into their bank accounts.

 (58126)

652  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many persons in receipt of retirement pension, in each parliamentary constituency in (a) Scotland and (b) Wales receive payment of their benefits (i) directly into their bank accounts and (ii) through local sub post offices.

 (58125)

653  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact on payment to pensioners and those in receipt of other benefits of Consignia's plans for urban sub post offices.

 (58124)

654  
N  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Minister for Women, what assessment she has made about the applicability of employment law relating to a transsexual person who is now a woman.

 (57278)

655  Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Minister for Women, what assessment she has made of the effect on women's incomes of reducing child benefit for parents whose children truant.

 (57955)

656  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Minister for Women, what sources are employed by her Department for the statistics on domestic violence.

 (58105)

657  
N  
Eric Joyce (Falkirk West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to improve the physical environment of jobcentres.

 [Question Unstarred]   (55496)

658  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 9th May, Official Report column 304W, what Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons regulation permits the delay of payments by the US, Germany and Japan beyond the first day of the financial period to which they relate.

 [Transferred]   (57679)

659  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action the Government has taken in relation to breaches of OPCW financial regulations by other member states.

 [Transferred]   (57680)



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