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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 21 May 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 21 May 2002, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 

TUESDAY 21st MAY

1  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 26th March, Official Report, column 828W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of unpaid advisers who have assisted the work of his Department since June 1997 but are not included in the Cabinet Office's annual report 'Task Forces, Ad Hoc Advisory Groups and Reviews 2000-01'.

 (57039)

2  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 10th April, Official Report, column 306W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of unpaid advisers who have assisted the work of her Department since June 1997 but are not included in the Cabinet Office's annual report 'Task Forces, Ad Hoc Advisory Groups and Reviews 2000-01'.

 (57042)

3  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of (a) the number of people who play hockey, (b) the number of children and young people who play hockey and (c) the trend in levels of participation in hockey.

 (58323)

4  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the effect of the financial situation of English Hockey on the organisation and promotion of hockey among young people.

 (58322)

5  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the state of hockey in England.

 (58324)

6  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to promote and develop hockey among young people in the inner cities.

 (58325)

7  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether a Scottish Executive minister will be a member of the United Kingdom's delegation to the Culture/Audiovisual European Union Council of Ministers meeting on 23rd May; and what information is being provided by her Department to assist pre-council scrutiny by the European Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

 (58304)

8  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the advice that her Department gives people in receipt of Lottery funds on conflicts of interest.

 (58108)

9  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she received a copy of the report by Tropus about the proposed English National Stadium at Wembley; and if she will publish it.

 (58113)

10  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list those reports on an English National Stadium received by her Department, stating for each one (a) the date on which it was received, (b) the name of the person, or company responsible for the compilation of the report and (c) the date on which it (i) was published or (ii) will be published.

 (58112)

11  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list those reports on an English National Stadium commissioned by her Department, stating for each one (a) the date on which it was commissioned, (b) the date on which it was received and (c) the date on which it (i) was published or (ii) will be published.

 (58111)

12  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will place in the Library a copy of correspondence between ministers and officials in her Department and Mr Ken Bates on the subject of (a) Wembley National Stadium Limited and (b) an English National Stadium since 1st May 1997.

 (58115)

13  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will place in the Library a copy of correspondence between Ministers and officials in her Department and the (a) Chairman and (b) directors of Wembley National Stadium Limited since 1st May 1997.

 (58114)

14  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the United Kingdom armed forces from the (a) Royal Navy, (b) RAF and (c) Army are assigned to operations in and around Afghanistan; what percentage of coalition forces in Afghanistan this represents; and if he will make a statement.

 (57517)

15  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of UK operations in Afghanistan has been since 11th September; and if he will make a statement.

 (57603)

16  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of upgrading the Harrier GR7 to include an advanced air defence radar capable of using AMRAAM; what the cost is estimated to be; and if he will make a statement.

 (56535)

17  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what investigation has been carried out into the security implications of the suggested commercial use of RAF bases in Scotland; what the outcome was of this investigation; and if he will make a statement.

 (58291)

18  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the conclusions of Strike Command's feasibility study were for each of the Scottish RAF bases; and if he will make a statement.

 (58292)

19  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations his Department made to commercial airline companies concerning the possibility of commercial use of RAF bases in Scotland; if he will list these representations by (a) date and (b) airline concerned; and if he will make a statement.

 (58167)

20  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what costings have been made with regard to the commercial use of (a) RAF Kinloss, (b) RAF Lossiemouth and (c) RAF Leuchars; if these costings were passed on to commercial airline companies; and if he will make a statement.

 (58168)

21  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations have been made to his Department by private airline companies with regards to RAF bases in Scotland, including the dates of representations and the bases discussed; and if he will make a statement.

 (58169)

22  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 10th April, Official Report, column 129W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of unpaid advisers who have assisted the work of her Department since June 1997 but are not included in the Cabinet Office's annual report 'Task Forces, Ad Hoc Advisory Groups and Reviews 2000-01'.

 (57033)

23  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she expects the School Workforce Remodelling Working Party to report.

 (57289)

24  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to introduce a career structure for teaching assistants.

 (57287)

25  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to ensure that teaching assistants receive adequate ongoing training throughout their careers.

 (57290)

26  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to encourage more people to enter into a career as a teaching assistant.

 (57288)

27  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, where an academy is created involving (a) the Church Schools Company and (b) any other faith-based organisation, whether the school will be allowed to select and dismiss teachers in accordance with sections 58 to 60 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

 (58106)

28  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11th April, Official Report, column 598W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of unpaid advisers who have assisted the work of her Department since June 1997 but are not included in the Cabinet Office's annual report 'Task Forces, Ad Hoc Advisory Groups and Reviews 2000-01'.

 (57041)

29  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the administrative costs of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme as a proportion of its total expenditure have been in each year since its introduction.

 (55745)

30  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of priority score data for approved countryside stewardship agreements was not logged on the Countryside Stewardship Scheme database in each year since the scheme's introduction.

 (55746)

31  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) cost per point of priority score, (b) average agreement cost and (c) average area for the Countryside Stewardship Scheme was in the last year for which figures are available.

 (55747)

32  
N  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the letters sent to her on 12th and 21st March written on behalf of Devon County Council regarding the reinstatement of the Ash Moor mass burial site, the Ascott Farm pyre and holding site and the intended holding site at Westlake Farm.

 (58326)

33  
N  
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department will make a decision regarding 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.

 (58321)

34  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many items of incoming mail (a) from honourable Members and (b) in total in each month since June 2001 have been (i) received, (ii) fully responded to, (iii) are held pending for response and (iv) are untraceable.

 (58116)

35  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) median, (b) upper and (c) lower decile times taken to reply fully to letters received (i) from honourable Members and (ii) from all sources were in each month since June 2001.

 (58117)

36  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 10th April, Official Report, column 246W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of unpaid advisers who have assisted the work of his Department since June 1997 but are not included in (i) the Cabinet Office's annual report 'Task Forces, Ad Hoc Advisory Groups and Reviews 2000-01' and (ii) his previous Answer.

 (57043)

37  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received to waive value added tax payments for charities; and if he will make a statement.

 (58176)

38  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the increased employers' NI contribution on charities.

 (58175)

39  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what study he has made of the effect on the (a) timing and (b) number of North Sea oil and gas projects of tax changes introduced in the Budget.

 (58164)

40  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representations he has received from non-UK oil companies operating in the North Sea on the effects of preventing companies from claiming funding costs against profits under the Budget tax changes on their overall liability for tax.

 (58165)

41  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the effect of the decision not to allow financing costs against profits when assessing the 10 per cent. budget tax levy on North Sea profits.

 (58166)

42  Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the effect which corporation tax changes announced in the Budget of 2002 will have on UK small businesses which are (a) incorporated and (b) unincorporated.

 (57969)

43  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the review of non-domiciled tax status; who is leading this review; and what its remit is.

 (56227)

44  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations the Government has made to the Government of Pakistan on the protection of women's rights.

 (58342)

45  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10th April, Official Report, column 62W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of unpaid advisers who have assisted the work of his Department since June 1997 but are not included in (i) the Cabinet Office's annual report 'Task Forces, Ad Hoc Advisory Groups and Reviews 2000-01' and (ii) his previous Answer.

 (57036)

46  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the states that he described in his letter of 19th March to JoseĢ Bustani as OPCW's main member states were.

 (58331)

47  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what complaints were made by the Chief Financial Officer of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in respect of the financial management of the organisation.

 (58320)

48  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the differences between OPCS's main member states and JoseĢ Bustani referred to by the Foreign Secretary in his letter to Mr Bustani dated 19th March were.

 (58330)

49  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent complaints were made about the Chief Financial Officer to member states of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in respect of the financial management of the organisation.

 (58307)

50  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what occasions Dame Rosemary Spencer made representations to JoseĢ Bustani on behalf of Her Majesty's Government that were critical of his stewardship, or the direction, of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons during her period as ambassador.

 (58308)

51  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what occasions the UK Ambassador to the Hague made representations to JoseĢ Bustani that were critical of (a) his stewardship and (b) the direction of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons prior to the latter's dismissal.

 (58306)

52  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when meetings have taken place since 1st April between members of his Department and (a) Israeli officials and (b) members of the Israeli diplomatic staff in the United Kingdom; what topics were discussed on each occasion; and if he will make a statement.

 (58295)

53  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when meetings have taken place since 1st April between members of the British diplomatic staff in Israel and Israeli officials; what topics were discussed on each occasion; and if he will make a statement.

 (58293)

54  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason no devolved administration minister attended the 2425th European Union Council of Ministers meeting (General Affairs) on 13th May; which particular suggestions and matters of concern from the Scottish Executive were raised in their absence by the United Kingdom Government delegation; and what information and evidence was provided by his Department to enable post-council security by the European Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

 (58305)

55  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 18th April, Official Report, column 1177W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of unpaid advisers who have assisted the work of his Department since June 1997 but are not included in the Cabinet Office's annual report 'Task Forces, Ad Hoc Advisory Groups and Reviews 2000-01'.

 (57037)

56  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the question from the honourable Member for Tiverton and Honiton, ref. 51604, tabled on 17th April.

 (58178)

57  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area were awaiting in-patient treatment in the last two available months; and how many were waiting (a) over 12 months and (b) over 15 months for treatment.

 (57242)

58  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area are waiting for an out-patient appointment; how many have been waiting more than (a) 13 weeks and (b) 26 weeks in the latest available quarter.

 (57243)

59  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from foreign governments about recruitment for the NHS of (a) nurses and (b) doctors in their countries; and if he will place copies in the Library.

 (58034)

60  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual (a) salary and (b) support costs are of his Department's Director of International Recruitment for Health Services.

 (58031)

61  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the take-up rates for flu vaccine were at (a) 1st November and (b) 1st December 2001 for each health authority.

 (58035)

62  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets have been set for the Director of International Recruitment for Health Services for the number of foreign recruited nurses working for the NHS.

 (58033)

63  
N  
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Food Standards Agency will report its findings on the results of mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid.

 (57822)

64  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish figures for violent incidents against NHS staff.

 (58348)

65  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on (a) local authorities and (b) other care home owners imposing charges on residents for services which were intended to be free of charge under the Health and Social Care Act 2001.

 (58029)

66  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has commissioned into the use of sport and exercise in tackling obesity.

 (58309)

67  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the number of episodes of care in respect of tissue breakdown infection and/or ulceration of the foot by region in each year since 1997.

 (58288)

68  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on how the increased allocations to health authorities for 2002-03 will be spent.

 (58302)

69  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he expects to meet his target on mixed sex wards by December.

 (58299)

70  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for the NHS to develop a partnership with private sector state registered chiropodists.

 (58285)

71  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding is allocated for general practitioner exercise referrals in the financial year 2002-03.

 (58318)

72  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what he is doing to promote sport and exercise for health purposes; and if he will make a statement on the role of sport and exercise in tackling obesity.

 (58310)

73  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the GP exercise referral schemes.

 (58311)

74  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on (a) the steps which he is taking to ensure that Hepatitis C is diagnosed and treated and (b) the budget for health awareness promotion concerning Hepatitis C.

 (58300)

75  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what he is doing to promote GP exercise referral schemes.

 (58313)

76  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued about the circumstances in which patients should receive NHS chiropody services.

 (58290)

77  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the date was of the last meeting held between ministers in his Department and ministers in the Department of Education and Skills at which child mental health services were discussed.

 (58297)

78  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has commissioned into general practitioner exercise referrals.

 (58316)

79  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioner exercise referral schemes exist.

 (58315)

80  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is part of the job of the Director of Finance of the NHS Executive to ensure that up to date management information is made available to the Executive routinely and to ministers on request.

 (58296)

81  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been the subject of general practitioner exercise referrals.

 (58317)

82  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the name and salary is of the Finance Director of the NHS Executive.

 (58303)

83  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list (a) the initial contacts and (b) the first contacts in respect of chiropody by region in each year since 1997.

 (58289)

84  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 14th May, ref 56283 on expenditure, what assessment he has made of the money necessary to meet (a) increases in pay, (b) increases in prices and (c) the other pressures faced by health authorities; and if he will make a statement on how the increased health authority allocations will meet each increase and pressure.

 (58335)

85  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about (a) the reasons for substantial regional variations in the episodes of care in chiropody and (b) what steps he is taking in respect of such variations.

 (58286)

86  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the trend in foot health of persons aged over 75 years.

 (58287)

87  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the Nurses Agencies Regulations upon which he has been consulting.

 (58319)

88  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what benefits exercise referral schemes offer in the field of mental health treatment.

 (58314)

89  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the written Answer of 15th May, ref 56282, for what reason basic management information in respect of the 2001-02 outturn figures is not available; and if he will make a statement on the steps he intends to take to ensure that up to date management information is available to the NHS Executive and to Ministers.

 (58341)

90  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the use of (a) art and (b) counselling in the care and treatment of those with mental health problems.

 (58312)

91  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what change there has been in the backlog of maintenance for the NHS estate in 2001-02.

 (58298)

92  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new automated defibrillators will be installed in public places in the current financial year.

 (58301)

93  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd May, Official Report, column 994W, on disability facilities, if the provision of walk-in showers is included in the national project; and if he will make a statement.

 (58351)

94  Mr Mike O'Brien (North Warwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will add cystic fibrosis to the list of medical conditions entitled to free NHS prescriptions.

 (58352)

95  Mr Mike O'Brien (North Warwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason cystic fibrosis was not added to the list of medical conditions entitled to free NHS prescriptions in the 1998 review.

 (58353)

96  Mr Mike O'Brien (North Warwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what medical conditions confer NHS prescription charge exemption; and in which year they were made exempt.

 (58355)

97  Mr Mike O'Brien (North Warwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of sufferers of cystic fibrosis are in receipt of free prescriptions because they receive income-related benefits or for other reasons.

 (58354)

98  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's criteria will be for the allocation of permanent addresses to those asylum seekers awarded leave to remain whilst residing in an asylum accommodation centre.

 (58343)

99  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will respond to the public petitions presented in the House on plans for an accommodation centre for asylum seekers near Bicester.

 (57966)

100  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions about the possibility of a public inquiry into plans for an accommodation centre for asylum seekers near Bicester.

 (57967)

101  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to his Answer of 11th April, Official Report, column 565W, how many community police officers there are on the beat, broken down by division.

 (58344)

102  Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to promote volunteering by older people.

 (58345)

103  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to secure a bilateral agreement with the French Government to permit the immediate return of cross-Channel illegal immigrants to France.

 (57601)

104  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the number of offences committed in each police authority area in England in each reporting period since 1995-96; and if he will make a statement.

 (56237)

105  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti social behaviour orders have been made in each local authority area in England since May 1997; how many of these orders have been broken by the offender; and what average prison term has resulted from such breaches of ASBOs.

 (56239)

106  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been serving prison sentences for drugs offences in each year since 1979; and what percentage of the prison population this represents in each reporting period.

 (56236)

107  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the reasons underlying the recent increase in street crime in England.

 (56238)

108  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimates have been made by his Department of the street prices of illegal drugs in each year since 1990-91.

 (56219)

109  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the connection between criminal activity and indicators of deprivation.

 (56229)

110  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there have been (a) in England and (b) in each police authority in each year since 1980-81.

 (56232)

111  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of anti social behaviour orders; and if he will make a statement.

 (56234)

112  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking permanently to refuse entry to the United Kingdom to individuals apprehended for attempting to bring illegal drugs into the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

 (56532)

113  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what co-operation is in place between his Department and the police service in Jamaica to reduce the amount of illegal drugs being smuggled into the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

 (56534)

114  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to reduce the volume of crack cocaine entering the United Kingdom from (a) Jamaica and (b) other countries; and if he will make a statement.

 (56538)

115  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the change in the amount of drug-related crime since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (56220)

116  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the (a) capacity of the English prisons system and (b) the number of actual prisoners in the English prisons system in each year since 1980-81.

 (56221)

117  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the annual change in the major categories of criminal offences in (a) England, (b) each English Police Authority in each year since 1985-86; and if he will make a statement.

 (56222)

118  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the key targets set for his Department are for each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement.

 (56223)

119  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of crime is (a) committed by and (b) committed against young males between the ages of 14 and 24 years; and if he will make a statement.

 (56224)

120  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many special constables were serving in (a) England and (b) each Police Authority in each year since 1980-81.

 (56225)

121  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the average hours worked by special constables in England for the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

 (56226)

122  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the ratio of police officers to notifiable offences in each English police force for each of the last 20 years; and if he will make a statement.

 (56228)

123  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to make 20 mph speed limits enforceable by the police with fixed penalty notices; and if he will make a statement.

 (56600)

124  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there have been in the (a) Avon and Somerset force and (b) the East Somerset force in each reporting period since 1980-81; and how many are planned for each reporting period to 2004-05.

 (56231)

125  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of police officers in Avon and Somerset have been on long-term sick leave in each year since 1985-86.

 (56233)

126  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been in prison in England in each reporting period since 1979; and if he will make a statement.

 (56235)

127  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the street price of crack cocaine in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (56533)

128  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the change in crime levels in Avon and Somerset over the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

 (56537)

129  Mr Mike O'Brien (North Warwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what reforms of the organisations dealing with anti-terrorist intelligence and investigation he plans in order to deal with the terrorist threat.

 (58357)

130  Mr Mike O'Brien (North Warwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the roles of (a) the Special Branch of Scotland Yard, (b) NCIS and (c) NCS in combating organised crime.

 (58359)

131  Mr Mike O'Brien (North Warwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the merger of Her Majesty's Custom and Excise investigation teams into drug and migrant trafficking with NCIS and NCS to create a new organisation relating to international and national organised crime.

 (58358)

132  Mr Mike O'Brien (North Warwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will merge NCIS and the NCS.

 (58356)

133  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the UK contribution to European Union and World Bank activities in Israel has been for each of the past 10 years (a) by monetary value, (b) in terms of percentage of activity total and (c) in terms of percentage of her Department's annual spending total; and if she will make a statement.

 (58294)

134  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answers of 9th May, Official Report, column 290W, on humanitarian assistance (Middle East), what the UK contribution to European Union and World Bank activities in the Territories Controlled by the Palestinian Authority was in each of the past 10 years, broken down by (a) monetary value, (b) percentage of activity total and (c) percentage of her Department's annual spending total; and if she will make a statement.

 (58334)

135  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what analysis he has made of local authorities' charges for access to their land records and their opening of their records for public inspection; and if she will make a statement.

 (58109)

136  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the cause and extent of delay in the despatch of summons following their issue by the summoning officer at the Jury Central Summoning Bureau based at Pocock Street, London; and if he will make a statement.

 (58337)

137  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, for what reason the Jury Central Summoning Bureau in Pocock Street SE1 is using last year's electoral roll for Thurrock when selecting jurors; what year's electoral rolls are being used for these purposes in respect of other local authority areas; and if he will make a statement.

 (58336)

138  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 25th March, Official Report, column 620W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of unpaid advisers who have assisted the work of his Department since June 1997 but are not included in (i) the Cabinet Office's annual report 'Task Forces, Ad Hoc Advisory Groups and Reviews 2000-01' and (ii) his previous Answer.

 (57038)

139  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 25th April, Official Report, column 429W, on the Czech Republic, whether he discussed the proposed offset deal with the Czech Prime Minister.

 (58173)

140  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 25th April, Official Report, column 429W, on the Czech Republic, how many jobs in the United Kingdom would be protected and created if the bid by Gripen International to sell fighter/trainer aircraft to the Czech Air Force goes ahead.

 (58170)

141  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will have discussions with France on their adherence to the European treaties that require the free movement of goods between member countries of the European Union; and if he will make a statement.

 (57599)

142  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Prime Minister, when he intends to carry out a review of the voting systems used to elect the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly; and if he will make a statement.

 (56230)

143  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the Second European - Latin American and Caribbean Summit.

 (58364)

144  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the reasons were for the delay in answering the honourable Member for the Isle of Wight's question on budget changes to employers' national insurance contributions tabled on 22nd April, ref 52079.

 (58333)

145  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 10th April, Official Report, column 399W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of unpaid advisers who have assisted the work of her Department since June 1997 but are not included in the Cabinet Office's annual report 'Task Forces, Ad Hoc Advisory Groups and Reviews 2000-01'.

 (57040)

146  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when broadband will be available in the 01884 exchange area.

 (58177)

147  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her policy is towards the offer of credits and the apportionment of liabilities to support projects and exports which form part of multi-national defence export offset deals in which other European Union export credit agencies are involved.

 (57520)

148  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her policy is towards export credit and the apportionment of liabilities, projects and equipment produced on a multi-national basis and in which other European Union export credit agencies are involved.

 (57518)

149  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what rules are applied by the ECGD to the offer of export credit support where the British contribution to an export is less than 100 per cent.; what thresholds are required of British content where British content is less than 100 per cent.; whether those thresholds vary for different products and projects; who monitors the share of United Kingdom content; and what measures are used.

 (58107)

150  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her policy is towards the offer of export credits for the support of offset in defence deals arrangements.

 (57519)

151  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations her Department has made to the European Commission in connection with the free movement of freight through the Channel Tunnel; and if she will make a statement.

 (57600)

152  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which United Kingdom companies the Export Credits Guarentee Department (a) is supporting and (b) has previously supported regarding the (i) Mauban power plant and (ii) transmission networks associated with the Mauban power plant in the Philippines.

 (58361)

153  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 10th April, Official Report, column 85W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of unpaid advisers who have assisted the work of his Department since June 1997 but are not included in the Cabinet Office's annual report 'Task Forces, Ad Hoc Advisory Groups and Reviews 2000-01'.

 (57034)

154  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his oral Answer of 13th May, Official Report, column 508, on rail safety, if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter sent to the Chairman of the Health and Safety Commission on 1st May asking him to report by the end of May on the progress made on Cullen's recommendations to which he refers in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (57724)

155  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action he has taken in respect of reports of sleepers and other debris being left by contractors beside the main east coast railway line in Arlesey, Bedfordshire; and if he will make a statement.

 (58329)

156  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will raise with the Chief Executive of Railtrack at a meeting in the near future the issue of contractors' debris beside railway lines; and if he will make a statement.

 (58327)

157  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what information he has received from the Chief Executive of Railtrack about an initiative designed to ensure contractors clear debris from areas surrounding railway tracks whilst work is in progress; and if he will make a statement.

 (58328)

158  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proposals there are to provide a link between the Fire Service national radio communications system and the Police Radio System (Airwave); how they will be reflected in the competitive tendering process; and what plans there are to use common approaches to masts and other equipment between the fire, ambulance and police forces.

 (58110)

159  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he is taking to secure the restitution of normal freight services using the Channel Tunnel; and if he will make a statement.

 (57602)

160  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had on the removal of Crown immunity from prosecution for health and safety offences; and if he will make a statement.

 (58036)

161  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had on improving the effectiveness of union health and safety representatives; and if he will make a statement.

 (58037)

162  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to change the designation of Bristol airport so that the extra costs of policing the airport since 11th September 2001 are met by the airport authorities rather than Avon and Somerset police; and if he will make a statement.

 (56536)

163  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the consultation exercise on the establishment of an independent rail accident investigation body will begin; and what the deadline is for (a) completion of the exercise and (b) the report to his Department.

 (58174)

164  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if Humber Pilots Limited were consulted in the preparation of the document The New Humber Pilotage Service.

 (58349)

165  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, from which sources his Department derived its information in preparing the document The New Humber Pilotage Service.

 (58350)

166  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 10th April, Official Report, column 6W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of unpaid advisers who have assisted the work of his Department since June 1997 but are not included in the Cabinet Office's annual report 'Task Forces, Ad Hoc Advisory Groups and Reviews 2000-01'.

 (57035)

167  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will initiate the new CSA maintenance formula; and whether sums being calculated during the interim period from April represent (a) definitive and (b) provisional obligations on absent parents being assessed.

 (57244)

168  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information he collates as to the adequacy of (a) funded provision and (b) direct funding for public sector pension schemes to discharge their present and future obligations.

 (57245)

169  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the (a) number and (b) percentage of single pensioners with gross weekly incomes of between (i) £78 and £134 and (ii) £122 and £134; and if he will estimate the (1) number and (2) percentage of pensioner couples with gross weekly incomes of between (A) £124 and £200 and (B) £188 and £200.

 (58030)

170  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of (a) pension, (b) income support and (c) both have had their payment delayed as a result of the income support computer software being unable to calculate payment due to increases in retirement pension; if such problems in making payments had been anticipated; if similar failures in processing payments are expected at the beginning of the next financial year; and if he will make a statement.

 (58032)

171  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if home responsibilities protection will be given to foster carers.

 (56240)

172  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what pension arrangement foster carers are entitled to; and if he will make a statement on support for those who give up work to care for foster children.

 (56241)

173  
N  
Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact of Housing Benefit Regulation 5 on the receipt of housing benefit for a period of notice required by a landlord by a hospitalised claimant who is too unwell to return to their normal dwelling; and if he will make a statement.

 (57148)

174  
N  
Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if Housing Benefit Regulation 5 requires the benefits service of a local authority to treat a hospitalised claimant as no longer occupying their normal home and ineligible for benefit if the local social services believe that the claimant is not well enough to return to their normal dwelling.

 (57149)

175  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of (a) male pensioners aged 70 years and under and (b) male pensioners aged 81 years and over, had incomes in (i) the bottom, (ii) the second bottom, (iii) middle, (iv) second top and (v) top income quintile in each of the past six years.

 (57968)

176  
N  
Ann Coffey (Stockport): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on implementing the Local Government White Paper.

 [Question Unstarred]   (55544)

177  
N  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what effect neighbourhood and street wardens are having on curtailing anti-social behaviour in towns and cities.

 [Question Unstarred]   (55545)

178  
N  
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans his Department has to change planning law with regard to the Green Belt.

 [Question Unstarred]   (55547)

179  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what arrangements are in place to ensure that redundant oil installations from the North Sea are properly disposed of on-shore.

 [Transferred]   (58346)

180  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what international agreements to which the United Kingdom is party govern the long-term liability issues of contamination, accidents and maintenance of redundant oil installations that are left in place.

 [Transferred]   (58347)

181  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will introduce legislation to implement the recommendations of the Review of Byelaws for the Coast, published in 1998.

 [Transferred]   (58360)



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