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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 22 May 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 22 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.
 


 

WEDNESDAY 22nd MAY

1  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

 (56987)

2  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many employees under contract from temping agencies were working in his Department and how much was spent on temporary staff (a) as a total and (b) as a percentage of the total staffing budget in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 (58187)

3  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many written submissions the Special Advisers Remuneration Committee has received from Cabinet ministers asking for a special adviser to be appointed on a point scale above the lowest point scale of each of the Special Adviser Pay Bands since 2nd May 1997.

 (58718)

4  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many times the Special Advisers Remuneration Committee has met since 2nd May 1997.

 (58716)

5  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, who the members are of the Special Advisers Remuneration Committee.

 (58717)

6  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 his (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (58725)

7  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many special advisers fall into Band (a) A, (b) B and (c) C of the Special Adviser Pay System.

 (58715)

8  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the equivalent Civil Service grade is of a special adviser on (a) Band A, (b) Band B and (c) Band C of the Special Advisers' Pay System.

 (58719)

9  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve her Department.

 (56983)

10  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the subject of each gender impact assessment drawn up by her Department since June 1997, indicating in each case whether the outcome has been (a) put out to consultation and (b) published.

 (58179)

11  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she has established a baseline for policy appraisal against which to measure progress on equal treatment; and what progress has been achieved.

 (58180)

12  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the women's organisations which have been consulted over the proposed legislation by her Department during the 2000-01 and 2001-02 sessions; and if their responses have been published.

 (58181)

13  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what new data series separated by gender, race, disability and age have been commissioned by her Department since August 1997.

 (58201)

14  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has made to the Department for Trade and Industry about the support regional development agencies should give to capital infrastructure projects which benefit tourism.

 (58580)

15  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her Answer of 10th May, Official Report, column 385W, what her latest assessment is of the wage costs of the tourism industry.

 (58663)

16  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish her response to the recent report of the Tourism Alliance commissioned by her.

 (58661)

17  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport about the expansion of regional airports.

 (58534)

18  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her Answer of 7th May, Official Report, column 63W, what her latest assessment is of the wage costs of (a) community amateur sports clubs and (b) the fitness industry.

 (58662)

19  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her Answer of 2nd May, Official Report, column 919W, what her latest assessment is of the wage costs of museums, galleries and arts organisations.

 (58660)

20  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to strengthen the role of local authorities in tourism development.

 (58533)

21  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what bilaterial discussions she has had with Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on the importance of improving transport links between London and the regions of England to help make London the gateway to the regions for tourism.

 (58531)

22  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to assist organisations investing in tourism infrastructure projects to secure funding from the European Union.

 (58532)

23  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure choice of access for digital broadcasting services in Scotland.

 (58548)

24  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what key tasks she has set for her Department for improving access to digital television; and if she will make a statement.

 (58549)

25  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will abolish the television licence fee; and if she will make a statement.

 (58551)

26  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many new digital television installations there were in 2001; and if she will make a statement.

 (58550)

27  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what monies have been provided (a) directly and (b) via agencies for which her Department has responsibility to the Luton South constituency since 1997.

 (58583)

28  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the contribution made by the Commission for Architecture in the Built Environment to (a) reducing school truancy, (b) reducing traffic congestion and (c) improving patient dignity.

 (58788)

29  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of projects (a) approved and (b) rejected by the Commission for Architecture in the Built Environment involved the external use of vernacular materials.

 (58787)

30  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many publicly owned playing fields have been sold in each of the last 15 years.

 (58780)

31  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by local authorities on sport facilities in each of the last 15 years.

 (58667)

32  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (58726)

33  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assumptions have been made about inflation in the PFI deal for the redevelopment of his Department's main building.

 (57827)

34  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what he estimates the total amount of cash paid by his Department to the Modus consortium will be over the lifetime of his Department's main building PFI project using his Department's inflation assumptions for the redevelopment of his Department's main building.

 (57828)

35  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total (a) refurbishment and (b) operating costs are in the PFI project for the redevelopment of his Department's main building, broken down by the principal cost headings used.

 (57826)

36  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total professional fees were for the redevelopment of his Department's main Building, broken down by the (a) payer and (b) payee.

 (57810)

37  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

 (56984)

38  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many employees under contract from temping agencies were working in his Department; and how much will be spent on temporary staff (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of the total staffing budget in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 (58185)

39  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Gulf War veterans live in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

 (58564)

40  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the strength is of the Territorial Army in Scotland; and what the MoD is doing to recruit more soldiers into the TA.

 (58565)

41  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people there were in the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Air Force in (i) 1980, (ii) 1985, (iii) 1990, (iv) 1995 and (v) 2000.

 (58572)

42  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many houses the armed forces have in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland.

 (58576)

43  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd April, Official Report, column 9W and 15th May, Official Report, column 640W on service accommodation, and with reference to paragraph 5.14 of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body Thirty-First Report 2002; what information his Department holds centrally with regard to repeat repairs undertaken in (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation; what information held by his Department with regard to (i) the cost to his Department and (ii) the number of repeat repairs can be supplied at proportionate cost; and if he will make a statement.

 (58658)

44  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what monies have been provided (a) directly and (b) via agencies for which the Department has responsibility to the Luton South constituency since 1997.

 (58587)

45  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) RAF budgets were for medical provisions in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

 (57971)

46  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on access to medical services within the armed forces.

 (57972)

47  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received from the Canadian Government on the state of purchased former RN submarines; what the cost was of estimated repairs; what the recommended cost was of maintaining these submarines in mothballs; what the actual cost was; what assessment he has made of the operational readiness of other mothballed assets; and if he will make a statement.

 (58771)

48  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Turkish/US/UK Joint Paper on the Rapid Reaction Force.

 (58775)

49  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to preserve serving (a) aircraft carriers and (b) landing craft platforms for the nation; and if he will establish such as the basis for a museum.

 (58774)

50  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (58730)

51  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve her Department.

 (56989)

52  
N  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will indicate the proposals in the national child care strategy which will most benefit Londoners.

 (55936)

53  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list Learndirect centres operating in the Crosby constituency.

 (58046)

54  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many individuals in Crosby have enrolled on Learndirect; how many courses are provided; and of the number of people enrolled how many (a) are new learners and (b) have no previous qualifications.

 (58044)

55  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many SME's are sponsoring Learndirect learners within the Crosby constituency; and how many individuals from Crosby have contacted the Learndirect freephone advice line.

 (58045)

56  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what consideration she has given to investigating the effects on primary schools' performance statistics resulting from children who have been registered for year 6 SATS but are subsequently unable to sit them through illness or unauthorised absence.

 (58543)

57  Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research her Department has conducted into the levels of awareness of HIV/AIDS among 10 to 24 year olds between 1987 and 2002.

 (58784)

58  Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average age is at which children in the UK learn about HIV/AIDS in school; and what guidelines are given to teachers on the context of such sessions.

 (58783)

59  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the women's organisations which have been consulted over the proposed legislation by her Department during the 2000-01 and 2001-02 sessions; and if their responses have been published.

 (58184)

60  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the subject of each gender impact assessment drawn up by her Department since June 1997, indicating in each case whether the outcome has been (a) put out to consultation and (b) published.

 (58183)

61  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what new data series separated by gender, race, disability and age have been commissioned by her Department since August 1997.

 (58338)

62  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she has established a baseline for policy appraisals against which to measure progress on equal treatment; and what progress has been achieved.

 (58182)

63  Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the activities pursued by her Department that have had a particular impact on the Wycombe constituency since 17th June 2001.

 (58626)

64  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students are on assisted places in the 2001-02 academic year; how much is being spent on these places; and if he will make a statement.

 (58652)

65  
N  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will report on progress with the childcare strategy.

 (55926)

66  Mr David Miliband (South Shields): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total budget is for (a) training and (b) childcare to help adults in (i) South Shields and (ii) South Tyneside into work.

 (58755)

67  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what monies have been provided (a) directly and (b) via agencies for which the Department has responsibility to the Luton South constituency since 1997.

 (58586)

68  Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action she is taking to increase funding for further education colleges in line with funding for school sixth forms.

 (58370)

69  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (58729)

70  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will identify the local education authorities whose information on teacher vacancies had not been validated when the statistical first release was issued.

 (58041)

71  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what mechanisms are in place for information-sharing between social services and schools regarding children and young people who sexually abuse.

 (58039)

72  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what provision is made within initial teacher training to provide trainee teachers with assistance in responding to children and young people who sexually abuse.

 (58038)

73  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost was of producing the new logo of the Teacher Training Agency.

 (58040)

74  Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to amend the Seed (National List of Varieties) Regulations 2001; and if she will make a statement.

 (58738)

75  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many import licences she has authorised for the import of consignments of exotic animals, broken down by month, in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

 (57669)

76  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve her Department.

 (56986)

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

 (58438)

78  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what preparations her Department made for the International Whaling Commission annual meeting in Japan.

 (58577)

79  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action her Department took before the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission to build support for the continuation of the ban on commercial whaling.

 (58578)

80  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he will respond to the letter from the honourable Member for Eastleigh dated 18th March, regarding the funding for supply chain companies constructing the A380.

 (57521)

81  Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the activities pursued by her Department that have had a particular impact on the Wycombe constituency since 7th June 2001.

 (58625)

82  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what targets she has set her Department for (a) business packaging waste recovery and (b) business packaging recycling; and if she will make a statement.

 (58664)

83  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the impact of the merger of MAFF and DOE on her spending plans for research and development, as set out in Forward Look 2001.

 (58379)

84  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to publish a domestic energy efficiency strategy.

 (58540)

85  John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what priority she accords to high standards of animal welfare in her Department's strategy for the future of farming.

 (58823)

86  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what monies have been provided (a) directly and (b) via agencies for which the Department has responsibility to the Luton South constituency since 1997.

 (58591)

87  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the letter of 2nd July 2001 from the honourable Member for Torbay concerning the welfare of pigs in indoor intensive units.

 (58749)

88  Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason the Angling and Canoeing Liaison Group of the Environment Agency's meeting on Wednesday 8th May to discuss access for canoeists was cancelled; and if she will make a statement.

 (58369)

89  Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Environment Agency has published research into the impact of canoeing on (a) fish and (b) the environment; and if she will make a statement.

 (58368)

90  
N  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department has applied for a Castle award.

 (57605)

91  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (58721)

92  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to change the procedure for approval of GM foods and seeds.

 (58544)

93  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 counterparts in the EU at which plans to change the procedure for approval of GM foods and seeds within the EU was discussed.

 (58547)

94  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to alter the rights of members of the public who object to the approval of GM foods and seeds to protest against such moves.

 (58546)

95  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive regarding plans to change the procedure for approval of GM foods and seeds.

 (58545)

96  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the development of e-procurement in government purchasing.

 (55940)

97  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total professional fees were for the Treasury Building PFI deal, broken down by (a) payer and (b) payee.

 (57829)

98  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many consignments of exotic animals HM Customs and Excise have checked and inspected, broken down by month in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (57666)

99  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many investigations HM Customs and Excise have undertaken into illegal imports of wild animals since 1997; what has been the outcome of prosecutions undertaken; and if he will make a statement.

 (57668)

100  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Customs officers are trained in CITES-related issues; and if he will make a statement.

 (57667)

101  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

 (56982)

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

 (58445)

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

 (58437)

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

 (58439)

105  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mandate of the Committee on the mutual assistance in customs and agricultural markets, including operation of the CIS is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (58436)

106  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mandate of the Committee on the harmonisation of the compilation of gross national product at market prices is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (58444)

107  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mandate of the European Advisory Committee on statistical information in the economic and social spheres (CEIES) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (58442)

108  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mandate of the Committee on monetary, financial and balance-of-payments statistics is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (58443)

109  Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what legislative arrangements are necessary for the abolition of royalty tax on UK oil and gas production.

 (58743)

110  Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on double taxation treaties of disallowing the discounting of financial costs against the supplementary charge on oil and industry corporation tax.

 (58744)

111  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees under contract from temping agencies were working in his Department and how much was spent on temporary staff (a) as a total and (b) as a percentage of the total staffing budget in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 (58186)

112  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Government has to review UK environmental taxes and their impact both on (a) business and (b) the environment.

 (58538)

113  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what monies have been provided (a) directly and (b) via agencies for which the Department has responsibility to the Luton South constituency since 1997.

 (58584)

114  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of mortgage holders experiencing negative equity in each of the last 20 years.

 (58635)

115  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average mortgage rate was in each of the last 20 years.

 (58665)

116  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what sports are not eligible for the Inland Revenue tax exemptions and charitable status for voluntary sports clubs; and if he will make a statement.

 (58659)

117  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the percentage of additional Class 1 secondary national insurance contributions to come from (a) public sector employers and (b) private sector employers in 2003-04.

 (58042)

118  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the activities pursued by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise that have had a particular impact on the Isle of Wight since 7th June 2001.

 (58362)

119  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (58737)

120  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for South Dorset, of 9th May, Official Report, columns 342-3W, on family income (south west), how many families will be eligible for the child tax credit in each region of the United Kingdom.

 (58785)

121  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Sheffield, Hillsborough of 9th May, Official Report, column 399W on pensioner income, if he will break down the figure given for the increase in the income of the average pensioner household, by the different tax and benefit changes to which he attributes the increase.

 (58782)

122  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people he expects to start claiming (a) the child tax credit and (b) the working tax credit, in (i) April 2003, (ii) October 2003 and (iii) April 2004.

 (58753)

123  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families are expected to be eligible for the increased children's tax credit because they have a child born during 2001-02.

 (58762)

124  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit applications have been identified as appropriate for further investigation; how many have been investigated; how many of these investigations have proved fraudulent or non-compliant activity; how many penalties have been levied as a result; how many unsuccessful prosecutions have occurred; how many successful prosecutions have occurred; and how many custodial sentences have been passed in each of the last three years for the (a) WFTC and (b) DPTC.

 (58767)

125  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to publicise the increased children's tax credit for families in which a child has recently been born.

 (58764)

126  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

 (56990)

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

 (58474)

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

 (58502)

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

 (58481)

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

 (58487)

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

 (58512)

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

 (58429)

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

 (58495)

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

 (58476)

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

 (58510)

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

 (58423)

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

 (58420)

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

 (58430)

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

 (58492)

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

 (58491)

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

 (58488)

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

 (58499)

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

 (58505)

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

 (58422)

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

 (58475)

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

 (58489)

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

 (58421)

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

 (58431)

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

 (58435)

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

 (58428)

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

 (58485)

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

 (58483)

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

 (58479)

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

 (58490)

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

 (58496)

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

 (58418)

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

 (58433)

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

 (58503)

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

 (58480)

160  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the mandate of the Joint Council (EEC-Countries of the Gulf Co-operation Council) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (58417)

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

 (58427)

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

 (58424)

163  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the mandate of the Association Committees with the countries of central and eastern Europe (EEC-Hungary/Romania/Czech Republic/Slovak Republic/Poland/Bulgaria) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (58434)

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

 (58501)

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

 (58500)

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

 (58497)

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

 (58419)

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

 (58416)

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

 (58426)

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

 (58484)

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

 (58478)

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

 (58498)

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

 (58425)

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

 (58486)

175  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the mandate of the Joint Committee (EEC-Central America) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if 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.

 (58493)

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

 (58477)

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

 (58432)

178  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what Her Majesty's Government's policy is towards the title and status of Mr Yasser Arafat.

 (58656)

179  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what issues will be given priority by the Government's representatives on the UK delegation to the International Labour Conference in Geneva in June.

 (58374)

180  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the Government has taken to implement the resolution on Myanmar adopted at the 88th session of the International Labour Conference in 2000.

 (58375)

181  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the Government is taking to ensure that states sign the fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organisation.

 (58373)

182  Denzil Davies (Llanelli): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the legal status will be within the EU of the 13 Palestinians who were brought out of Palestine following the end of the siege of the Church of the Nativity.

 (58654)

183  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he is taking to bring to justice those who have murdered British citizens during the recent disturbances in the Indian State of Gujarat.

 (58384)

184  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will press the Indian Government to bring to justice those who have murdered British citizens during the recent disturbances in Gujarat.

 (58385)

185  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the British High Commission report on the disturbances in the Indian State of Gujarat.

 (58380)

186  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Indian Government about the conclusions of the British High Commission report on disturbances in Gujarat.

 (58386)

187  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his estimate is of the (a) number of refugees living in camps in the Indian State of Gujarat and (b) number killed in the recent disturbances in Gujarat.

 (58381)

188  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the British Government has provided (a) to help bring peace to the Indian State of Gujarat and (b) to help those made homeless by the recent disturbances there.

 (58382)

189  Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the recent presidential and parliamentary elections in Sierra Leone.

 (58745)

190  Fiona Mactaggart (Slough): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on permitting police officers charged with human rights abuses who request visas to come to the UK for official training.

 (58530)

191  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the United States Government about its stance on the position of Jose« Bustani in the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

 (58047)

192  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his policy on Spanish proposals for an EU armaments programme.

 (58769)

193  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list EU funds available for information campaigns in applicant countries; what the United Kingdom's share is; what measures exist to ensure impartiality; if he will list organisations which are recipients; and if he will make a statement.

 (58772)

194  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (58723)

195  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the recommended number of linear accelerators per one million population is.

 (58640)

196  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS health authorities provide treatment through linear accelerators; how many linear accelerators are operational within those trusts; and how old each linear accelerator is.

 (58639)

197  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinicians within (a) the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and (b) all NHS trusts operate outside the trust's communications loop.

 (58645)

198  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated cost is of updating computer equipment in (a) Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and (b) all NHS trusts to support Government IT strategies.

 (58646)

199  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the NHS health authorities whose entire computer network (a) supports and (b) does not support Clinician Connect.

 (58644)

200  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the vacancy rate is in therapeutic radiographers in (a) the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and (b) all NHS trusts; and what the figures were in May 1997.

 (58643)

201  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the recommended replacement age of linear accelerators is; and how old each linear accelerator in service within each NHS health authority that provide radiotherapy treatment is.

 (58641)

202  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce a national standard method of calculating radiotherapy waiting times for NHS health authorities.

 (58642)

203  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

 (56981)

204  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many PCTs have (a) appointed and (b) not appointed a Director of Public Health.

 (57670)

205  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many executive directors of NHS trusts were (a) made redundant and (b) retired early in 2001-02 as a result of reorganisations and mergers of NHS trusts; and what the total cost of the financial packages was, including redundancy payments and pension arrangements.

 (56499)

206  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many whole-time equivalent nurses are responsible for assessing patients for free nursing care.

 (57247)

207  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are awaiting an assessment for free nursing care; and what proportion that represents of people who have either been assessed for or are awaiting an assessment for free nursing care.

 (57246)

208  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GPs were registered as working within (a) the Weston Area Health Trust and (b) the Avon Health Authority in each of the past three years.

 (58824)

209  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the average number of patients served by each general practitioner in (a) the Weston Area Health Trust, (b) the Avon Health Authority and (c) England.

 (58821)

210  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department produces targets relating to the average number of patients served by a general practitioner.

 (58822)

211  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he has taken since 1997 to ensure that people (a) are not discharged from hospital too early and (b) do not stay in hospital longer than necessary.

 (57524)

212  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001 to be seen by a doctor for treatment in casualty.

 (57526)

213  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many casualty units have been modernised since 1997.

 (57525)

214  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals his Department has to promote the carrying of donor cards.

 (57527)

215  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will respond to the letter submitted by Mrs Taylor of Stroud in November 2001, which was subsequently passed to the NHS Information Authority.

 (58340)

216  Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the percentage of people below the age of 24 using a condom when engaging in sexual intercourse; what the average age is at which young people in the UK have their first sexual experience; and what percentage of new HIV infections in the UK since 1997 were among people under the age of 24 years.

 (58786)

217  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new mental health units have been built since June 2000.

 (58190)

218  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are being taken to adapt older mental health units to match the criteria laid down for the building of new mental health units.

 (58191)

219  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress to increase staff retention amongst midwives.

 (58189)

220  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will carry out an audit of the opinions of mental health service users in hospitals regarding mixed and single-sex wards.

 (58188)

221  Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the activities pursued by his Department that have had a particular impact on the Wycombe constituency since 7th June 2001.

 (58624)

222  
N  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of children who have been in care homes in the last five years have been convicted of an offence.

 (58118)

223  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children have been given the MMR vaccine; and what the Government's targets are.

 (58562)

224  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to investigate the use of (a) ultrasound and (b) biochemical tests in combination with Dexa scanning for identifying osteoporosis in (i) the population and (ii) a sub-set of the population; and if he will ask the National Screening Committee to commission a review of the area this year before its autumn workshop.

 (58394)

225  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision is made for ensuring that patients are not at risk in emergency situations when members of a full emergency medical team are on call rather than on duty on site; and if he will make a statement.

 (58397)

226  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what regulations are in place to ensure that hospitals that have the facility for full emergency theatre teams have such teams on duty on site during the night; and if he will make a statement.

 (58396)

227  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what monies have been provided (a) directly and (b) via agencies for which the Department has responsibility to the Luton South constituency since 1997.

 (58588)

228  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what products have been (a) approved and (b) rejected for use in the NHS by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence since its inception.

 (58789)

229  Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost has been of treating a patient (a) in a GP surgery and (b) through NHS Direct in the last 12 months.

 (58668)

230  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about the incorporation of EU directives on food supplements and herbal medicines into UK law; and what assessment he has made of the impact on the over the counter availability of food supplements and herbal medicines following the incorporation into UK law of the EU directives.

 (57973)

231  Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research his Department has sponsored into the causes of ME.

 (58739)

232  
N  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the National Strategy Report on Hepatitis C will be published.

 (57604)

233  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (58720)

234  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on the media campaign aimed at reducing teenage pregnancy in each year since 2000-01.

 (58766)

235  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of animal experiments carried out in the last year for which figures are available were mandatory, pursuant to legislative requirements and where the use of non-animal alternatives would not have met those requirements.

 (57924)

236  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to require the numbers of animals bred for experimentation purposes but subsequently found to be unsuitable for such purposes or surplus to requirements to be included in the annual statistics on animal use under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

 (57925)

237  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) the cost is of building accommodation centres at each of the three sites identified, (b) the cost is of providing facilities at those centres as set out in Clause 25 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill and (c) use is planned for the accommodation centres at the end of the experimental period if the evaluation of them deems them unsuitable.

 (58395)

238  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

 (56980)

239  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the programme of exchange, training and co-operation between law enforcement authorities (OISIN) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (58450)

240  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the incentive, exchange, training and co-operation programme for the prevention of crime (Hippocrates) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (58449)

241  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the programme of incentives and exchanges for legal practitioners (Grotius general and criminal) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (58446)

242  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the incentive, exchange, training and co-operation programme for combating trade in human beings and the sexual exploitation of children (STOP) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (58447)

243  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the Joint Action establishing a programme of exchanges, training and co-operation for persons responsible for action to combat organised crime (Falcone) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (58448)

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

 (58453)

245  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme on preventive measures to fight violence against children, young persons and women (Daphne) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (58456)

246  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the programme of training, exchanges and co-operation in the field of asylum; immigration and crossing of external borders (Odysseus) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (58454)

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

 (58455)

248  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the establishment figure for (a) linguists, (b) administrative assistants, (c) generalists and (d) technicians in the security service is; how many are in post at each level; and what steps his Department has taken to increase recruitment.

 (57523)

249  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase the salary of administrative assistants working in the security service.

 (57522)

250  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the impact of the decision to end the Special Voucher Scheme on the UK's obligations under the Fourth Protocol to the ECHR, with special reference to the duties of a signatory under the Vienna Convention on the law of treaties.

 (58372)

251  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce legislation to enable the UK to ratify the Fourth Protocol to the ECHR.

 (58371)

252  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers in Greater London have less than two years' experience, broken down by borough; and if he will make a statement.

 (58560)

253  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers in Portsmouth have less than two years' experience; and if he will make a statement.

 (58561)

254  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many trainee Metropolitan Police officers are housed in non-police force accommodation; what accommodation is being used; and if he will make a statement.

 (58558)

255  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many trainee Metropolitan Police officers have had their 18 weeks' training extended to allow them to repeat written and practical assessments in each year since 1997; how much this has cost; and if he will make a statement.

 (58559)

256  Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on video identification as a replacement for identification parades.

 (58637)

257  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are estimated to have entered Britain from France on freight trains in the weeks of (a) 1st March 2001, (b) 11th November 2001, (c) 17th February 2002 and (d) 14th April 2002; and if he will re-enter the bilateral agreement with France on security arrangements near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel.[R]

 (58746)

258  Fiona Mactaggart (Slough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when NASS subcontracted its telephone inquiries function to an outside source; to which organisation it has been subcontracted, and for what period; for what reason the decision to subcontract the work was taken; what assessment he has made of the quality of information given out; and if he will make a statement.

 (58529)

259  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to reduce crime against pensioners.

 (58365)

260  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what monies have been provided (a) directly and (b) via agencies for which the Department has responsibility to the Luton South constituency since 1997.

 (58592)

261  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will review the one year concession in immigration rules in relation to domestic violence.

 (58596)

262  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners are in prison in connection with non-payment of television licences.

 (58638)

263  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many assaults on police officers there were, and what percentage were in each police authority, in 2000-2001.

 (58636)

264  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) attempted suicides and (b) suicides there were in prisons in England and Wales in each of the last 20 years; and what percentage of the prison population this represents.

 (58634)

265  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) attempted suicides and (b) suicides there were in each prison in the UK in the last 20 years; and what percentage of the prison population in each prison this represents.

 (58633)

266  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to the letter of 6th December 2001 from the honourable Member for Torbay regarding Mr Ian Broom of Torquay.

 (58747)

267  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (58722)

268  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve her Department.

 (56979)

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

 (58507)

270  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made towards the implementation of national strategies for sustainable development for developing countries; and what involvement she has had with the development of the United Nations policy guidance.

 (58570)

271  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much assistance the Government has given to the global environmental facility since 1997.

 (58567)

272  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which countries have received assistance from the global environmental facility since 1997.

 (58568)

273  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the progress of the Africa trade and poverty programme; and what the UK Government's policy aims to assist poverty reduction are.

 (58569)

274  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's priorities are for UNESCO, including the UK's share of UNESCO's assessed budget.

 (58566)

275  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will offer assistance to the Indian Government to provide (a) general aid and (b) food supplies, to those made homeless in the recent disturbances in the Indian State of Gujarat and who are now living in refugee camps.

 (58383)

276  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which resolutions were supported by the UK representatives at the recent annual session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

 (58628)

277  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the UK Government has provided to the UN Commission on Human Rights for each of the last five years.

 (58629)

278  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the outcome of the recent annual session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

 (58630)

279  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the impact of changes in commodity prices on debt sustainability and the HIPC Initiative.

 (58631)

280  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the impact of HIV/AIDS on debt sustainability in developing countries.

 (58632)

281  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many and what percentage of records eligible for release in 2001 under the 30 year rule were withheld; and for what reasons these were withheld, broken down by category of exemption.

 (57665)

282  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many and what percentage of records relating to the Royal Family eligible for release under the 30 year rule in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001 were withheld.

 (57664)

283  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the mandate of the Committee on the jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and in matters of parental responsibility for children of both spouses and on the jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (Brussels I and II) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

 (58452)

284  
N  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on promotion of open government.

 (55928)

285  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what monies have been provided (a) directly and (b) via agencies for which the Department has responsibility to the Luton South constituency since 1997.

 (58593)

286  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many court repossessions of homes because of default on mortgages there have been in each of the last 20 years.

 (58666)

287  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (58728)

288  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the Lord Chancellor will place a copy of the most recent Married Life magazine in the Library.

 (58761)

289  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

 (56978)

290  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the process of decommissioning of illegal arms and explosives will be completed.

 (58571)

291  Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on his policy on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland.

 (58366)

292  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (58731)

293  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the President of the Council, what formula is used to determine the average cost of answering a parliamentary question.

 (58777)

294  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the President of the Council, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (58727)

295  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, which Departments have lead responsibility for (a)(i) Royal, (ii) church and (iii) hereditary issues and (b) lords lieutenant.

 (57970)

296  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Prime Minister, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

 (56899)

297  Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife): To ask the Prime Minister, when he last met the Spanish Prime Minister to discuss Gibraltar.

 (58552)

298  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Prime Minister, when he will next meet the President of the United States of America to discuss the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change; and if he will make a statement.

 (58367)

299  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the Members who have requested statistical data, since 1st May 1997, on the effects of the Government's policies pertaining to their own constituency; what has been the average length of response to such parliamentary questions; what his policy is on length of response to parliamentary questions in general; what measures are taken to ensure political impartiality in such responses; and if he will make a statement.

 (58776)

300  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions (a) his Office and (b) the Government has held with the European Commission on the appointment of the next head of the Commission Representation in the United Kingdom; when that post will become vacant; if the role of the Commission in a single currency referendum has been discussed, with particular reference to influencing public opinion; and if he will make a statement.

 (58770)

301  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Prime Minister, when he was first informed of the (a) candidates and (b) short list for the replacement for the head of the Commission delegation to the UK.

 (58773)

302  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 special advisers of (a) the Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and (b) Minister without Portfolio and Party Chairman have travelled abroad in an official capacity.

 (58752)

303  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions his (a) Chief of Staff, (b) Director of Communications and Strategy and (c) other members of his office travelled abroad on official business between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (58732)

304  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions members of the Number 10 Policy Unit travelled abroad on official business between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (58714)

305  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve her Department.

 (56898)

306  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment she has made of the impact on Scotland if the United Kingdom joined the euro.

 (58657)

307  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (58781)

308  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve her Department.

 (56988)

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

 (58402)

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

 (58405)

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

 (58406)

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

 (58399)

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

 (58400)

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

 (58398)

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

 (58403)

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

 (58441)

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

 (58401)

318  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the mandate of the Committee on statistics relating to the trading of goods between Member States is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if 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.

 (58440)

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

 (58404)

320  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, to what extent the approval process for the shipment and the transport package for the MOX fuel due to be returned from Japan to Sellafield, and the nuclear safety case associated therewith, has taken account of (a) reasonably foreseeable actions from malicious intent that could arise in United Kingdom territorial waters and during docking, handling and onward transport from Barrow to Sellafield, (b) how such actions have been incorporated in the nuclear safety assessment and licensing process as specific design basis threats, (c) whether the personnel and systems involved in all elements of the transportation and transfer from one mode of transport to another have been tested and trialled against a simulation of the appropriate design basis threat and (d) how each element has been assessed in terms of the personnel and systems deployed being shown to be adequate to maintain the MOX fuel in a safe state.

 (56103)

321  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of full and final offers her Department aims to make to former miners seeking compensation in 2002 in the Cynon Valley.

 (58554)

322  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of miners' compensation claims registered in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) the Cynon Valley have been settled with regard to (i) respiratory disease and (ii) vibration white finger.

 (58555)

323  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures have been taken in South Wales to speed up the compensation process for former miners.

 (58557)

324  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what range of post-medical assessments procedure offers on vibration white finger and respiratory disease have been made in the Cynon Valley.

 (58553)

325  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage and what number of live claimants have undergone the full medical assessment process in the Cynon Valley.

 (58556)

326  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what further measures she plans to take to tackle corruption in the arms trade involving UK individuals and companies; and if she will make a statement.

 (58750)

327  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will respond to correspondence arising from Mr David Harrison of the Government Office North West in connection with Mr Robin Mathais, Freshfield, Merseyside.

 (58043)

328  Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the activities pursued by her Department that have had a particular impact on the Wycombe constituency since 7th June 2001.

 (58623)

329  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what guidance she is providing to regional development agencies on the importance of tourism in setting priorities for capital investment in their regions.

 (58582)

330  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if industrial participation in the new Foresight Round will be greater than in the previous round.

 (58376)

331  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she intends to publish the Transparency Review.

 (58378)

332  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how the main themes for the new Foresight Round were chosen.

 (58377)

333  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the G8 nations meeting in Detroit; which members of her Department attended; what discussions took place; and what conclusions were reached.

 (58539)

334  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what EU air pollutants limits the UK has not transposed into national law.

 (58541)

335  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the recent conference of the North Sea states in Norway; which members of her Department attended it; what discussions took place; and what conclusions were reached.

 (58537)

336  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much the UK has contributed to the European Space Agency budget in each of the last five years.

 (58535)

337  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the recent international convention on nuclear safety; which members of her Department attended it; what was discussed; and what conclusions were reached.

 (58536)

338  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact on the brewing trade's revenue of proposals to allow public houses and other establishments to serve a pint at 95 per cent. of volume.

 (57374)

339  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received from consumer groups about proposals to allow public houses and other establishments to serve a pint at 95 per cent. of volume.

 (57373)

340  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on Government policy towards ending short beer measures.

 (57375)

341  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the board memberships for each regional development agency; whom she has consulted as representatives of local authorities whose areas fall within the agency's area before making the appointments to the board for each regional development agency; against what criteria applicants to the board of regional development agencies were judged; and what representations she has received concerning her appointments of the board members of regional development agencies.

 (58388)

342  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of regional development agency boards are made up by (a) business representatives, (b) councillors, (c) trade union members, (d) voluntary organisation representatives and (e) others.

 (58387)

343  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what monies have been provided (a) directly and (b) via agencies for which the Department has responsibility to the Luton South constituency since 1997.

 (58585)

344  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions she has had with the construction industry and UCATT about the abuse of C154 cards; what estimate she has made of the proportion of construction workers incorrectly categorised as self-employed; and what estimate she has made of the amount of tax lost by the incorrect categorising of self employment in the construction industry.

 (57248)

345  
N  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost is of the Government's guarantees associated with the report of the Asset Liability Study carried out by the Mineworkers Pension Scheme and the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme as a percentage of the surpluses over the next 30 years for each scheme.

 (57824)

346  
N  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the reports of the Asset Liability Study carried out by the Mineworkers Pension Scheme and the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme have been received by (a) the trustees of the two schemes and (b) her Department.

 (57825)

347  
N  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the faulty MOX fuel due to be returned from Japan to Sellafield will be categorised as radioactive waste; and if she will make a statement.

 (55839)

348  Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions she has had about the United Kingdom's renewable energy manufacturing industry with (a) the devolved administrations, (b) the regional development agencies, (c) her Department's sustainable energy policy unit and (d) other government departments; and if she will make a statement.

 (58542)

349  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations she has made to Consignia about the future of the current Chief Executive; and if she will make a statement.

 (58712)

350  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

 (56985)

351  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the EC-former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Joint Transport Committee is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (58414)

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

 (58411)

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

 (58409)

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

 (58412)

355  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the mandate of the Joint Committee on the carriage of goods and passengers by inland waterway (EC-Czech Republic-Republic of Poland-Slovak Republic) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 (58407)

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

 (58415)

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

 (58408)

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

 (58413)

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

 (58410)

360  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what evidence he has collated on UK airports as to the levying of differential handling charges for disabled travellers; and if he will take steps to prevent this practice.

 (57823)

361  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) contracts and (b) technical support contracts were (i) awarded and (ii) used by the Health and Safety Executive as part of their investigation into the derailment at Potters Bar in May; and if he will make a statement.

 (58651)

362  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) contracts and (b) technical support contracts were (i) awarded and (ii) used by the Health and Safety Executive as part of their investigation into the Southall rail crash in September 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (58648)

363  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) contracts and (b) technical support contracts were (i) awarded and (ii) used by the Health and Safety Executive as part of their investigation into the Ladbroke Grove rail crash in October 1999; and if he will make a statement.

 (58649)

364  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) contracts and (b) technical support contracts were (i) awarded and (ii) used by the Health and Safety Executive as part of their investigation into the derailment at Hatfield in October 2000; and if he will make a statement.

 (58650)

365  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) contracts and (b) technical support contracts were (i) awarded and (ii) used by the Health and Safety Executive as part of their process of monitoring and investigating signals passed at danger; and if he will make a statement.

 (58647)

366  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects to publish the report from the formal investigation into the Potters Bar rail derailment by the Health and Safety Executive.

 (58655)

367  
N  
Mr David Clelland (Tyne Bridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how he intends to ensure effective communication between regional assemblies, the devolved institutions of the United Kingdom and central government.

 (55945)

368  Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the major orders (a) won and (b) lost this year by the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh; what arrangements he is making for consultation on proposed changes to the Framework Document; and what the timescale is.

 (58735)

369  Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent research the Government has commissioned under the Pathfinder studies into fire brigades; what the conclusions were; and what action the Government proposes to take to meet the recommendations.

 (58713)

370  Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees were at the Fire Service College in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002.

 (58736)

371  Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what investigations he has commissioned in the current year into aspects of the (a) financial and (b) other forms of management of the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh; and what consequent reports he has received.

 (58733)

372  Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the Chief Executive of the Fire College Moreton-in-Marsh was suspended; when he will tell him what specific allegations he faces; and what guidance has been given to the acting Chief Executive as to how long his services will be required.

 (58734)

373  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received from (a) the Health and Safety Commission, (b) the Health and Safety Executive, (c) Railtrack, (d) train operating companies and (e) others regarding (i) trespass, (ii) vandalism and (iii) informed vandalism on railway lines; and if he will make a statement.

 (58197)

374  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many incidents of (a) terrorist activity and (b) suspected terrorist activity have been recorded by (i) the British Transport Police and (ii) other organisations relating to the railways in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (58192)

375  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the recommendations made by the Health and Safety Executive since 1997 which should have been implemented to date; what steps have been taken to ensure these recommendations will be implemented; when these recommendations are likely to be implemented; and if he will make a statement.

 (58193)

376  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many animals have been (a) killed, (b) injured and (c) retrieved from railway lines in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (58199)

377  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proposals he has to combat acts of vandalism on railway lines; and if he will make a statement on the implementation of anti-vandalism programmes on the railways.

 (58200)

378  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many incidents of motor vehicles colliding with trains on railway lines there were in each year since 1997; in which locations; and if he will make a statement.

 (58195)

379  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) incidents of and (b) prosecutions there were for (i) vandalism, (ii) informed vandalism and (iii) trespass on rail lines in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (58196)

380  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many children have been found trespassing on railway lines in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (58339)

381  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with (a) the Health and Safety Commission, (b) the Health and Safety Executive, (c) Railtrack, (d) train operating companies and (e) others regarding (i) trespass, (ii) vandalism and (iii) informed vandalism on railway lines; and if he will make a statement.

 (58198)

382  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the final report into the rail accident at Hatfield in October 2000 was originally planned to be published; when it will be published; and if he will make a statement.

 (58194)

383  Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the pavement condition assessment undertaken by the Highways Agency at Hendy Cross junction has been completed; and when it will be published.

 (58620)

384  Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the geotechnical investigation undertaken by the Highways Agency at Hendy Cross junction has been completed; and when it will be published.

 (58619)

385  Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether a pre-order exhibition concerning the Hendy Cross junction will be held in High Wycombe in the autumn.

 (58669)

386  Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will publish the environmental statement in relation to the Hendy Cross junction.

 (58618)

387  Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will publish statutory orders under the Highways Act 1980 in relation to the Hendy Cross junction.

 (58617)

388  Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the activities pursued by his Department that have had a particular impact on the Wycombe constituency since 7th June 2001.

 (58622)

389  Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the Highways Agency has decided to use an early design and build contract for construction of the improvements at Hendy Cross junction.

 (58627)

390  Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether short-term improvements to Hendy Cross junction are complete.

 (58616)

391  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to support and facilitate the expansion of regional airports.

 (58581)

392  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what importance he attaches to the needs of tourism in his plans to improve England's road network.

 (58579)

393  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he last met representatives of the Irish Government to discuss safety at the Sellafield plant.

 (58575)

394  
N  
David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what benefits he estimates regional government will bring to the regions of England.

 (55943)

395  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what projects have been commissioned by his Department into electronic voting since June 2001; which local authorities used electronic voting in the May 2002 elections; and in each case what the voting levels were in (a) 2002 and (b) the previous local authority elections.

 (58573)

396  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the (a) safety precautions in force and (b) material used to transport MOX fuel from Japan to Sellafield.

 (58574)

397  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what Her Majesty's Government's policy is for reducing population growth in the South East of England relative to other regions.

 (55930)

398  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many freight trains operated between France and the UK in the week of (a) 1st March 2001, (b) 11th November 2001, (c) 23rd December 2001 and (d) 12th May 2002.[R]

 (58742)

399  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what monies have been provided (a) directly and (b) via agencies for which the Department has responsibility to the Luton South constituency since 1997.

 (58589)

400  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what measures he intends to take to encourage wider take up of the yellow bus transport to school schemes.

 (58594)

401  Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to review the operation of road traffic law in relation to the use of mobile telephones by drivers of road vehicles.

 (58741)

402  Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the number of road accidents in which the use of mobile telephones by the driver has been a contributory factor.

 (58740)

403  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, in which areas the housing pilots for lone parents under 18 years of age will be sited; who is running each of the pilots; how much the pilots have cost so far; what form the evaluation of the pilots will take; and when the pilots are due to finish.

 (58765)

404  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the (a) names and (b) the responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

 (56897)

405  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (58724)

406  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

 (56900)

407  Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received about changing the eligibility for winter fuel payments when couples separate after the eligibility date; and if he will make a statement.

 (58393)

408  Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the activities pursued by his Department that have had a particular impact on the Wycombe constitutency since 7th June 2001.

 (58621)

409  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners are in receipt of the minimum income guarantee in (a) Scotland and (b) Midlothian.

 (58563)

410  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many appeals against decisions made at (a) all-work tests and (b) personal capability assessments were (i) heard and decided and (ii) decided in the appellant's favour in each of the last 10 years.

 (58756)

411  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time was between lodging an appeal against (a) an all-work text and (b) a personal capability assessment decision and having that appeal heard in each of the last 10 years.

 (58757)

412  Mr David Miliband (South Shields): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total budget for helping adults of working age in (a) South Shields and (b) South Tyneside, into work is in 2002-03.

 (58754)

413  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to amend regulations to exempt survivors of domestic violence subject to the one year rule on immigration from the non-recourse to public funds rule.

 (58597)

414  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what monies have been provided (a) directly and (b) via agencies for which the Department has responsibility to the Luton South constituency since 1997.

 (58590)

415  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to amend regulations to provide benefits to survivors of domestic violence subject to the one year immigration rule.

 (58595)

416  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will reply to the letter of 31st December 2001 from the honourable Member for Torbay in response to his letter ref MOS(W)01/0038.

 (58748)

417  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Minister for Women, what assessment she has made of the rehousing criteria of housing authorities with respect to gender sharing and the effect this has upon young women and their mothers; and if she will make a statement.

 (58751)

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

 [Transferred]   (58461)

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

 [Transferred]   (58469)

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

 [Transferred]   (58506)

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

 [Transferred]   (58457)

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

 [Transferred]   (58473)

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

 [Transferred]   (58463)

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

 [Transferred]   (58471)

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

 [Transferred]   (58509)

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

 [Transferred]   (58459)

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

 [Transferred]   (58467)

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

 [Transferred]   (58494)

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

 [Transferred]   (58462)

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

 [Transferred]   (58470)

431  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the mandate of the Joint Committee (EEC-Co(r)te D'Ivoire) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (58508)

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

 [Transferred]   (58458)

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

 [Transferred]   (58466)

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

 [Transferred]   (58482)

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

 [Transferred]   (58464)

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

 [Transferred]   (58472)

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

 [Transferred]   (58511)

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

 [Transferred]   (58504)

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

 [Transferred]   (58460)

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

 [Transferred]   (58468)

441  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what subsidies have been provided in the financial year 2001-02 to public sector key workers for housing; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (58653)

442  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place a copy of the Bounty Pack issued to new mothers in the Library.

 [Transferred]   (58768)

443  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families receive child dependency increases for (a) retirement pension, (b) bereavement benefit, (c) incapacity benefit and (d) invalid care allowance.

 [Transferred]   (58763)

444  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the mandate of the Committee on the service in the Member States of judicial and extrajudicial documents and on co-operation between the courts of the Member States in the taking of evidence in civil or commercial matters is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (58451)

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

 [Transferred]   (58465)

446  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will restore the 1979 methods of calculating the official level of unemployment.

 [Transferred]   (58760)

447  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the level of current unemployment using methods of counting claimants used in 1979.

 [Transferred]   (58758)

448  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes were made between 1979 and 1997 to the way in which the official level of unemployment was calculated.

 [Transferred]   (58759)



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