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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 10 June 2002

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


 

MONDAY 10th JUNE

1  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures are (a) in place and (b) under discussion in his Department in order to ensure compliance with the WE Directive.

 A (60747)

2  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many computers were replaced in his Department in each of the past three years; how the replaced units were disposed of and by which companies; and at what cost.

 A (60746)

3  Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the future of the Millennium Dome.

 A (60811)

4  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to introduce for full TV licence fee payers the opportunity to receive a full service with the option of (a) 100 per cent subtitling and (b) British Sign Language translation.

 (60109)

5  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February, Official Report, column 987W, how many overseas visitors came to Scotland in each year since 1998.

 A (60801)

6  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd May, Official Report, column 518W, on the television licence fee, which organisations and people will be part of the review process of future funding arrangements; how the Government will ensure that public service broadcasting is protected under the Royal Charter Review Process; and if she will exempt those aged 65 years and over from paying the licence fee.

 A (60800)

7  Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the outcome was of the Culture and Audio Council held in Brussels on 23rd May; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if she will make a statement.

 (60491)

8  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures are (a) in place and (b) under discussion in her Department in order to ensure compliance with the WE Directive.

 A (60743)

9  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many computers were replaced in her Department in each of the past three years; how the replaced units were disposed of and by which companies; and at what cost.

 A (60742)

10  Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assistance is being given to support the bid of Scotland and Ireland to stage the 2008 European Football Championships.

 (60232)

11  Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost would be of removing the requirement for a TV licence for people between 70 and 75 years.

 (60482)

12  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of the sum given in each of the last three years to Sport England was allocated to model aircraft flying.

 (59781)

13  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money has been granted under the Green Spaces and Sustainable Communities Programme, broken down by region.

 (59778)

14  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she last visited (a) Wembley, (b) Coventry and (c) Birmingham.

 (60159)

15  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 (59461)

16  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the public consultations undertaken by her Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded.

 (60140)

17  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the performance targets that her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if she will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it.

 (60466)

18  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on her proposals for the marketing of tourism in England.

 (60035)

19  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people work in the parts of her Department responsible for (a) the Royal Parks Agency, (b) strategy and communications, (c) education, training, arts and sport, (d) museums, galleries, libraries and heritage, (e) creative industries, media and broadcasting, (f) regions, tourism, Millennium and international and (g) corporate services; and for each what (i) their Civil Service grade and (ii) their role is.

 (60036)

20  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which (a) individuals and (b) companies or organisations her Department consulted on the proposals for the marketing of tourism in England.

 (60034)

21  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the pay grades are for officials in her Department.

 (60033)

22  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many animal experiments, broken down by recorded category, were carried out at Porton Down in 2001.

 (59716)

23  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what legal advice he has sought on the administration of armed forces pensions, regarding section 315 of the Income and Corporation Tax Act 1988 and preceding laws, since 1972.

 (60544)

24  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the agencies that have been responsible for the administration of armed forces pensions since 1972.

 (60543)

25  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that individuals who have been identified as having been incorrectly taxed on retired pay awarded since 1952 have been correctly reimbursed in accordance with section 315 of the Income and Corporation Tax Act 1988 and preceding statutes which shared the same wording.

 (60545)

26  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he estimates that the heading and track of Chinook ZD 576 was represented with complete accuracy in the simulation conducted by Boeing; and if he will make a statement.

 (60503)

27  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's estimate is of the all-up weight of Chinook ZD 576, including variables and passengers, baggage and fuel, at (a) 30 seconds prior to the initial point of impact, (b) five seconds prior to impact and (c) at the point of impact; and if he will make a statement.

 (60504)

28  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's estimate is of the speed and rate of climb of Chinook ZD 576 (a) 30 seconds prior to the initial point of impact, (b) five seconds prior to impact and (c) at the point of impact; and if he will make a statement.

 (60501)

29  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he estimates that the all-up weight of Chinook ZD 576, including variables, was represented with complete accuracy in the simulation conducted by Boeing; and if he will make a statement.

 (60502)

30  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's estimate is of the heading and track of Chinook ZD 576 (a) 30 seconds prior to the initial point of impact, (b) five seconds prior to impact and (c) at the point of impact; and if he will make a statement.

 (60500)

31  Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many nuclear facilities, storage areas, fixed equipment and reactors (a) have been in the last 30 years and (b) are planned to be decommissioned by his Department; and, in each case, what the cost was.

 (60394)

32  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the decision to award the Saab Bofors Dynamics team the preferred supplier status for the NLAW programme.

 (59653)

33  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the anti-armour capability is of British Army infantry regiments.

 (59652)

34  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with which countries the Government has memoranda of understanding on defence procurement.

 (59654)

35  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement setting out the reasons why a simulation was commissioned for the investigation into the final flight of Chinook ZD576.

 (60103)

36  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which (a) present and (b) future Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm aircraft will be fitted with JTIDS; and at what cost.

 (59790)

37  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what further upgrade work will be undertaken on the Tornado F3 fleet; and what the planned cost is of this upgrade work.

 (59783)

38  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost per aircraft is of upgrading the Harrier GR7 to GR9 standard.

 (59784)

39  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the information, other than the parameters issuing from the AAIB technical report, that was provided to Boeing for the purposes of the simulation of the final seconds of the flight of ZD576.

 (60102)

40  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the maximum number of Harrier GR7 pilots is that can be trained for aircraft carrier flying operations at any one time.

 (59787)

41  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether all new Harrier GR7 pilots will be trained for aircraft carrier flying operations.

 (59788)

42  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of the information that was provided to Boeing by the (a) MoD, (b) RAF Board of Inquiry and (c) AAIB for the purposes of constructing a simulation of the final seconds of the flight of Chinook ZD576.

 (60101)

43  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when work to upgrade Harrier GR7 to GR9 will commence; how many aircraft are planned to be upgraded; and what the yearly delivery schedule is for the upgraded aircraft.

 (59789)

44  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Harrier GR7 pilots are trained for operations from aircraft carriers; and what plans he has to increase the numbers of Harrier GR7 pilots trained for flying operations from aircraft carriers.

 (59785)

45  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what level of accuracy Boeing stated it achieved in its simulation of the manoeuvres of the final five seconds of flight of Chinook ZD576, in the outline report Boeing presented to his Department to accompany the simulation results.

 (60106)

46  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who commissioned the original Boeing simulation of the final seconds of the flight of ZD576.

 (60104)

47  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the replacement of the capabilities provided by the Canberra PR9.

 (59791)

48  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the length is of the training period required for Harrier GR7 pilots to qualify for flying operations from aircraft carriers.

 (59786)

49  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what values were used by Boeing for matching to the final aircraft attitude in its simulation of the final five seconds of the flight of Chinook ZD576; and if he will list the values established as 100 per cent. verifiable from the wreckage of the aircraft in respect of (a) rotor speed, (b) rotor torque, (c) rudder pedal and (d) initial rate of climb set by the pilots.

 (60105)

50  Matthew Green (Ludlow): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilians have been (a) killed and (b) injured in the military action in Afghanistan to date; how many of these have been children; and if he will make a statement.

 (60063)

51  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people working in the armed forces are directly employed in the area of nuclear deterrent.

 (60284)

52  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the cost (a) of retaining the nuclear deterrent by the UK in each year since 1990 and (b) of being a part of NATO and the percentage this was of the defence budget in each year since 1997.

 (60283)

53  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent in each of the last three years on (a) rent and (b) maintenance of empty service family properties; and if he will make a statement.

 A (60718)

54  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures are (a) in place and (b) under discussion in his Department in order to ensure compliance with the WE Directive.

 A (60741)

55  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many computers were replaced in his Department in each of the past three years; how the replaced units were disposed of and by which companies; and at what cost.

 A (60740)

56  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken, following the announced early retirement of the Sea Harrier FA2 from service, to ensure that the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force benefit from a common standard of upgraded engine across the Harrier aircraft fleet, with the objective of improving the aircraft's performance and operational efficiency and reducing its cost of ownership.

 (60563)

57  Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what written instructions the Chief Executive of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency has given to employees of that agency on speaking to their Members of Parliament or local councillors.

 (60183)

58  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the parameters provided to Boeing for its simulation of the final five seconds of Chinook ZD576.

 (60391)

59  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is to QinetiQ of its sponsorship of the QinetiQ I manned space balloon.

 (60614)

60  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department is giving to the organisers of the Farnborough Airshow taking place in July; and if his Department is providing assistance to enable overseas visitors to attend it.

 (60616)

61  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded.

 (60143)

62  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 (59452)

63  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on compensation for the families of nuclear test veterans.

 A (60780)

64  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the performance targets that his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if he will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it.

 (60467)

65  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action the Government will take in respect of schools which do not have a written statement of race relations policy in place by 31st May.

 (60511)

66  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of (a) number and (b) percentage of (i) secondary and (ii) primary schools which will have a written statement of the race relations policy by 31st May.

 (60512)

67  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the additional workload for teachers and heads arising from the new statutory requirement to (a) publish a race relations policy, (b) collect data on pupil performance, admissions and discipline by racial group, (c) analyse data on the criteria in (b) and (d) assess and monitor the data which has been collected and analysed.

 (60513)

68  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if her Department will issue guidance to schools as to the circumstances in which (a) permanent exclusion and (b) fixed period exclusion are appropriate for pupils found to be taking or in possession of illegal drugs at school.

 (59903)

69  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of maintained schools with no ethnic minority pupils.

 (60510)

70  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 16th April, Official Report, column 895W, how (a) vocational and (b) academic GCSEs are defined.

 (60560)

71  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 16th April, Official Report, column 895W, and with reference to Sir Gareth Robert's Review 'Set for Success—The supply of people with science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills', if vocational qualifications are treated as non-academic.

 (60561)

72  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether she intends to include British Sign Language within the personal, social and health education component of the National Curriculum.

 (60127)

73  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to offer British Sign Language as an option for an additional language as a vocational certificate of education or an advanced vocational certificate of education.

 (60126)

74  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many British Sign Language tutors there are in the UK; and what are their qualifications.

 (60125)

75  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) total teachers pay costs and (b) average teachers pay were in each LEA in 2001-02.

 (60238)

76  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research she has commissioned into the effectiveness of the national literacy and numeracy strategies; and if she will make a statement.

 (60244)

77  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the effect of the reduction in the availability of maintenance grants on the participation in higher education of students from poorer social classes.

 (60251)

78  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of applicants for higher education places have come from low income families in each year since 1997.

 (60252)

79  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the average level of debt faced by students on leaving higher education in the last 12 months.

 (60253)

80  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many computers were replaced in her Department in each of the past three years; how the replaced units were disposed of and by which companies; and at what cost.

 A (60738)

81  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures are (a) in place and (b) under discussion in her Department in order to ensure compliance with the WE Directive.

 A (60739)

82  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answers of 18th March, Official Report, columns 113-4W, on higher education, if she will provide a further breakdown of the participation in higher education for each year group of those aged beween 18 and 30, showing the percentage attending (a) full time and (b) part-time and (i) degree and (ii) sub-degree courses of higher education.

 (60453)

83  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students in absolute numbers and as a percentage of the total were admitted to study medicine in UK medical schools from (a) independent schools, (b) public sector schools and (c) abroad, broken down by medical school in each year since 1997.

 (59776)

84  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether a Scottish Executive Minister will be a member of the UK delegation to the Education and Youth Affairs European Union Council of Ministers meeting on 30th May; and what information is being provided by her Department to the Scottish Executive in connection with pre-council scrutiny by the European Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

 (60276)

85  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with Gloucestershire County Council about their policy towards special schools; and if she will make a statement.

 (60110)

86  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children have been statemented in Gloucestershire in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.

 (60113)

87  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of statementing in Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement.

 (60112)

88  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of special needs provision in Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement.

 (60111)

89  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when the chairs of the sector skills councils will be announced; when all the members of the sector skills councils will be confirmed; and what arrangements have been made for the staff of national training organisations during the transitions to sector skills councils.

 A (60772)

90  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many days elapsed between the departures of chief executives and the arrivals of successors for each non-departmental body funded by her Department and its predecessor departments since 1979.

 (59711)

91  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many modern apprenticeships were (a) commenced and (b) completed in each year since the scheme's inauguration; what percentage of modern apprenticeships are not completed; and what the annual cost has been of the modern apprenticeship scheme.

 A (60773)

92  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the outcome of the EU Education and Youth Council held on 30th May.

 (59708)

93  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many traditional apprenticeships were (a) commenced and (b) completed in each of the last three years that they were running.

 A (60774)

94  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the estimated level of expenditure on training in the private sector was in each of the last 10 years.

 A (60775)

95  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what account is taken of the income of (a) resident step-parents or (b) non-resident parents in applying means tests to students in higher education.

 (59710)

96  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): 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 Isle of Wight since 7th June 2001.

 (57676)

97  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information she collects by LEA on racially motivated attacks in schools.

 (60256)

98  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information she collects on the social composition of entrants to undergraduate courses in higher education.

 (60255)

99  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list those initiatives of her Department which have been applied in (a) Lewisham and (b) the Isle of Wight, indicating the level of financial support she has provided in each case and the number of pupils in each LEA.

 (60229)

100  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the public consultations undertaken by her Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded.

 (60141)

101  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average weekly earnings were in the last year for which figures are available, of each decile of those whose highest educational qualification is (a) a higher degree, (b) a first degree, (c) A Level or equivalent, (d) GCSE/O Level or equivalent, (e) GCSE below grade C and (f) no qualification.

 (59115)

102  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of pupil days were lost through absence in (a) each LEA and (b) England in each year since 1997.

 (59116)

103  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the target proportion of pupil days to be lost through absence was for (a) each LEA and (b) England in each year since 1997.

 (59117)

104  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list, for the most recent year in which both sets of information are available, (a) the targets agreed by each LEA with her Department and (b) their performance against those targets.

 (59239)

105  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 26th October 2001, to the honourable Member, Official Report, column 453W, on early years' education, if she will publish information on the number of places in early years settings taken up by (a) three year olds and (b) four year olds.

 (59240)

106  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 (59451)

107  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many representations she has received in each month since August 2001 about (a) non-payments or delayed payments to ILA providers, and (b) imminent bankruptcy, liquidation or administration of ILA providers.

 (60230)

108  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what payments (a) have been claimed, (b) have been paid, (c) are outstanding and (d) are in dispute with ILA providers in each month since August 2001.

 (60231)

109  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the higher education institutions showing the proportion of undergraduate students of each social class.

 (60254)

110  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much additional resources have been given to (a) Rusley Mead School, Green Academy, (b) Judgemedow School and (c) Northfields House Primary as a result of their new status.

 A (60779)

111  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental education programmes include infection control and anti-microbial prescribing.

 A (60790)

112  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many days (a) primary school teachers and (b) secondary school teachers took in sickness absence in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2001, broken down by (1) full-time and (2) part-time teachers.

 (60528)

113  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) primary school teachers and (b) secondary school teachers took sickness absence in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2001, broken down by (1) full-time and (2) part-time teachers.

 (60527)

114  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the performance targets that her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if she will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it.

 (60468)

115  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list her Department's appointees to DCMS sponsored bodies, broken down by age group.

 (60037)

116  Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will spend the match-funded money raised from the introduction of modulation under the New Direction in Agriculture package before the end of the present spending round.

 (60383)

117  Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research projects sponsored and undertaken by her Department have been (a) cancelled and (b) postponed in the last three months.

 (60385)

118  Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent changes have been made to her Department's research budget.

 (60384)

119  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will list the (a) meat and poultry products imported into the United Kingdom and (b) country of origin of products subsequently found to be unsuitable for human consumption in the United Kingdom in the last three years.

 (60330)

120  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, from which countries meat and poultry products have been imported into the United Kingdom in the last three years.

 (60329)

121  Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in reducing fuel poverty through the Warm Front Scheme; how many households have been assisted in (a) 1999-00 and (b) 2000-01; how much the average cost was in (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01 of assisting each houshold via the Warm Front Scheme in terms of (A) actual cost of the measures carried out and (B) the average cost of the administration which enabled households to receive the measures; what the measures, the planned expenditure is on warm front in (1) 2002-03 and (2) 2003-04; and what the percentage change has been in expenditure in each region of the UK since 1999-00.

 A (60668)

122  
N  
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she will take to ensure the continued operation of the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine in Edinburgh.

 (59298)

123  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 15th May, Official Report, column 654W, on the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, if she will outline how the risk-based selection system works; and what monitoring is in place to identify risks.

 A (60674)

124  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of countryside stewardship agreements her Department's Rural Development Service has visited in each year since the scheme began.

 A (60673)

125  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of countryside stewardship agreements the Rural Payments Agency has visited in each year since the scheme began.

 A (60671)

126  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Harrow West, on 16th May, Official Report, column 830W on the Water Frarmework Directive, what measures the Government is (a) taking and (b) intending to implement prior to 2012 to prevent deterioration of water quality in the United Kingdom.

 A (60669)

127  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of farms with countryside stewardship schemes agreements have had their scheme compliance checked during the first year of the agreement by farm visits from her Department's Rural Development Service.

 A (60672)

128  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will examine the case for the protection of trickle irrigation in consultations on the draft Water Bill; and if she will make it her policy that trickle irrigators are (a) granted time-limited licences equivalent to their current abstraction and (b) equally treated with other abstractors when licences are reviewed under the Environment Agency's Catchment Abstraction Management Process.

 A (60680)

129  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the Policy Commision on Food and Farming.

 A (60683)

130  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if ragwort covered is by the Injurious Weeds Act 1959.

 A (60679)

131  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the letter signed by the honourable Member for Scunthorpe of 7th April, what progress is being made in the drafting of regulations that will apply the EU Habitats Directive beyond 12 nautical miles, with particular reference to the situation of the Darwin Mounds and coral reef off Rockall.

 (57132)

132  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to consult on her proposed revisions to the Fuel Poverty Strategy; and if she will make a statement.

 A (60713)

133  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to review the way in which Scottish agriculture issues are dealt with by the UK Government at the EC level.

 (60058)

134  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department had with the Scottish Executive in formulating the UK's negotiating position on the mid-term review of the CAP.

 (60057)

135  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures are (a) in place and (b) under discussion in her Department in order to ensure compliance with the WE Directive.

 A (60757)

136  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many computers were replaced in her Department in each of the past three years; how the replaced units were disposed of and by which companies; and at what cost.

 A (60756)

137  Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli, Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of payments made under the CAP went (a) directly to farmers and (b) to other sectors, with specific reference to (i) the food processing industry and (ii) storage companies, in the most recent year for which statistics are available.

 (60555)

138  Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli, Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the average UK family of four contributed to the CAP in the last year for which estimates are available.

 (60558)

139  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the risks of foot and mouth disease being brought into the United Kingdom by (a) travellers and (b) goods from South Korea.

 (60275)

140  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to improve the biosecurity arrangements for the arrival at ports of (a) travellers and (b) goods from South Korea.

 (60274)

141  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice she has given to port health officers about the risks of foot and mouth disease being introduced to the United Kingdom by (a) travellers and (b) goods from South Korea.

 (60270)

142  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice on biosecurity she has issued to British tourists visiting South Korea.

 (60269)

143  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on (a) the hazards to shipping, (b) the impact of global warming and (c) changes in sea levels in connection with the floating away of iceberg numbers (i) C19 and (ii) C10 from Antarctica.

 (58214)

144  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to make the irresponsible spread of ragwort a prosecuteable offence; and if she will make a statement.

 A (60763)

145  Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support she offers the bee keeping industry in relation to bee disease; and if she will make a statement.

 (60320)

146  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the EU Committee for the adaptation to scientific and technical progress and implementation of the directives on waste is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; when it is next due to meet; what the UK representation on it is; whether any experts nominated by the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (60390)

147  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether a Scottish Executive Minister will be a member of the UK delegation to the Agriculture European Union Council of Ministers meeting on 27th May; and what information is being provided by her Department to the Scottish Executive in connection with pre-council scrutiny by the European Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

 (60277)

148  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what investigations she has made into alternative ways of disposing of unwanted (a) hazardous and (b) non-hazardous items; and if she will make a statement.

 (60100)

149  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which organisations are responsible for clearing (a) hazardous and (b) non-hazardous items left through fly-tipping; what ability local councils have to charge organisations for the removal of items; and if she will make a statement.

 (60099)

150  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with district councils about fly-tipping; and if she will make a statement.

 (60098)

151  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): 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 Isle of Wight since 7th June 2001.

 (57675)

152  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proposals she has to protect fisheries in British inshore waters from January 2003; and if she will make a statement.

 (60157)

153  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if (a) her Department and (b) it agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 (59584)

154  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has of the (a) value and (b) destination of EU grants for (i) new fishing vessels and (ii) decommissioning of fishing vessels in each year since 1997.

 (60156)

155  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the public consultations undertaken by her Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded.

 (60149)

156  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what was the (a) value of and (b) number of jobs in the UK inshore fishing industry in each year since 1997.

 (60158)

157  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will list for each NDPB or agency sponsored by his Department (a) the maximum retirement age adopted for most employees, and that age and (b) whether they have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age, and that age.

 (59583)

158  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received on anti-competitive practices in the purchasing of horticultural produce by supermarkets.

 (60108)

159  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that fishing for tuna does not endanger the lives of other sea creatures.

 (60781)

160  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the letter of 25th April from the honourable Member for Northavon regarding bovine TB.

 (60185)

161  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the performance targets that her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if she will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it.

 (60469)

162  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total revenues were he would have received during 2001-02 as a result of the climate change levy, had all those eligible paid the levy at the full amount.

 (60479)

163  Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total revenues were which he received during 2001-02 as a result of the climate change levy.

 (60478)

164  Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money is held in trust for highly indebted poor countries.

 (60287)

165  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Government's support for the manufacturing industry in Greater London.

 A (60709)

166  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with business representatives on the performance of the Greater London economy; and if he will make a statement.

 A (60711)

167  Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest assessment is of the results from the 2001 Census; and if he will make a statement.

 (60075)

168  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letters of 23rd January and 15th April from the honourable Member for Huntingdon concerning compensation for tax on further distributions to be made by the Thalidomide Trust.

 A (60712)

169  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taking to ensure that there is parity of treatment between men and women in the application of the NIC rules.

 (60061)

170  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will include a question on British Sign Language usage in the 2011 census, in the format of Question 9 in the 2001 census.

 (60115)

171  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he expects to raise from national insurance contributions from employers for the years 2001 to 2004 in (a) Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) England and (d) Wales.

 (60310)

172  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he expects to raise from national insurance contributions from employees for the years 2001 to 2004 in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) Wales.

 (60311)

173  
N  
Mr David Heyes (Ashton under Lyne): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the prescription prepayment certificate scheme with reference to the evidence cited in paragraph 6.74 in the Wanless Report.

 (60402)

174  Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone & Hythe): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the non-revenue benefits for (a) the self-employed and (b) the Treasury which derive from the trend of greater incorporation of self-employed businesses.

 (60589)

175  Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone & Hythe): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of self-employed likely to incorporate as a result of the corporation tax changes and changes to national insurance contributions for the self-employed announced in the Budget.

 (60588)

176  Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone & Hythe): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the French Government about the operation of the growth and stability pact.

 (60591)

177  Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone & Hythe): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the new supplementary tax on North Sea Oil profits announced in the Budget on oil industry employment in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK.

 [R](60590)

178  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures are (a) in place and (b) under discussion in his Department in order to ensure compliance with the WE Directive.

 A (60735)

179  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many computers were replaced in his Department in each of the past three years; how the replaced units were disposed of and by which companies; and at what cost.

 A (60734)

180  Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli, Pembrokeshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the role of international trade in the reduction of poverty in the poorest countries.

 (60559)

181  David Maclean (Penrith & The Border): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the policy of the Government on changing the fees paid by industrial and provident societies; and if he will make a statement.

 A (60760)

182  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the changes to the tax burden on unincorporated small businesses and of that on incorporated small businesses since 1997.

 (60319)

183  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd. regarding the impact of tax and regulatory costs.

 (60321)

184  Mr Kerry Pollard (St Albans): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans she has to extend the reduction in corporation tax to small companies that trade as unincorporated businesses; and if he will make a statement.

 (60245)

185  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many penalty notices for £0.00 have been issued by the Inland Revenue in respect of late submission of self-assessment forms in each year for which figures are available since the self-assessment regime was introduced.

 (59904)

186  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will raise the threshold at which inheritance tax is paid; and if he will make a statement.

 (60114)

187  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what total funding allocation has been awarded to the Invest to Save Budget for the financial years (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2002-03 and (d) 2003-04; and what the breakdown was of expenditure in monetary terms and percentage terms per annum for (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland.

 (60636)

188  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what total funding allocation has been awarded to the Capital Modernisation Fund for the financial years (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2002-03 and (d) 2003-04; and what the breakdown of expenditure was in monetary terms and percentage terms per annum for (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland.

 (60635)

189  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) boys and (b) girls were born in England in each year from 1980 to 1992.

 (59712)

190  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of men and women in England who will be at each age from 18 to 30 years in 2010.

 (59714)

191  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the numbers of (a) men and (b) women in England at each age from 18 to 30 years.

 (59713)

192  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the percentages of 17 year olds in England who reside (a) with both their natural parents, (b) with one parent and a step-parent, (c) with a single parent, (d) with adoptive or foster parents, (e) in custody or in care and (f) independently.

 (59709)

193  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 2nd May, Official Report, column 933W, on projected revenues, what proportion of the change in forecast capital receipts is due to the maturing of capital gains tax taper relief; and if he will make a statement.

 (60395)

194  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 22nd April, Official Report, column 92W, to the honourable Member for Glasgow Pollock, on state pensions, if he will disaggregate the value of unfunded public pension liabilities by scheme; what assessment he has made of the reasons for the changes in the values of unfunded public pension liabilities in recent years; and if he will make a statement.

 A (60807)

195  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 1st May, Official Report, column 886W, on stamp duty, how many properties in financial year 1999-2000 were sold in designated wards where the consideration did not exceed £150,000; and if he will make a statement.

 (60416)

196  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will update his Answer of 20th July 2001, Official Report, column 559W, on national statistics, to cover financial year 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (60417)

197  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded.

 (60153)

198  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 (59456)

199  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total amount paid by Scotland's (a) health trusts and (b) local authorities in employers' national insurance contributions in (1) 2001-02, (2) 2002-03 and (3) 2003-04, assuming current levels of employment.

 (60068)

200  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the performance targets that his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if he will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it.

 (60463)

201  Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Office of Government Commerce Broadband Feasibility Group's report on the aggregation of public sector demand will be published.

 (60067)

202  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he will be raising the UK's sale of Hawk jets to India during his forthcoming visit to the region.

 (60419)

203  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of Liberia's use of revenue generated by its shipping register to purchase arms in breach of the UN embargo.

 (60169)

204  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he will take in relation to reports of Liberia's violations of the UN arms embargo on it.

 (60160)

205  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met members of the Turkish Government; what issues were discusssed on their progress towards possible membership of the European Union; and if he will make a statement.

 A (60707)

206  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British citizens spent more than seven days in prison in each EU country, in each year since 1997; and how many were subsequently acquitted.

 (60386)

207  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Australian Government concerning the UN investigation into the deaths at Balibo, East Timor in 1975.

 (59898)

208  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when Her Majesty's Government was informed of Indonesia's plans for a full scale invasion of East Timor in 1975.

 (59900)

209  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he next plans to meet representatives of the Indonesian Government; and if he will raise the case of the deaths of Malcolm Rennie and Brian Peters in East Timor in 1975 at that meeting.

 (59897)

210  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next plans to meet representatives of the Chinese Government; and if he will raise the case of Nganang Sandrol at that meeting.

 (59782)

211  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role his Department has played in the UN investigation into the deaths at Balibo, East Timor in 1975.

 (59895)

212  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make his Department's non-intelligence papers on the Balibo case available for study by the UN, the relatives and independent experts.

 (59896)

213  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the status is of the UN investigation announced in September 2000 into the Balibo case, including the deaths of Malcolm Rennie and Brian Peters in East Timor in 1975; and if he will make a statement.

 (59894)

214  Eric Joyce (Falkirk West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received in respect of a mass killing and mutilation of soldiers and policemen in Kisingari, Democratic Republic of Congo.

 A (60726)

215  Eric Joyce (Falkirk West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the nature and extent of the recent uprising in the city of Kisingari and on the Haut Plateau in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and what representations he has made to the Government of Rwanda and the Rassemblement Congolais pour la Democratie about the reponsibility for maintaining order.

 A (60725)

216  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many computers were replaced in his Department in each of the past three years; how the replaced units were disposed of and by which companies; and at what cost.

 A (60732)

217  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures are (a) in place and (b) under discussion in his Department in order to ensure compliance with the WE Directive.

 A (60733)

218  Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the UK's diplomatic staffing will be in East Timor.

 (60484)

219  Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what involvement the UK Government will have in the preparations for peace talks in the Middle East.

 (60481)

220  Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last raised the imprisonment of Ngawang Sangdrol with his Chinese counterpart.

 (60071)

221  Mr Kerry Pollard (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards restoring democracy in Zimbabwe.

 (60246)

222  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adherence of the Zimbabwean Government to the constitution in respect of (a) section 18(1) on the protection of the law and (b) section 18(9) on entitlement to a fair hearing within a reasonable time by an independent court.

 (60184)

223  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures have been taken to ensure that those who commit violations of human rights in Zimbabwe are brought to international justice; and if he will make a statement.

 (60407)

224  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what preparations the Government has made in advance of the G8 Summit in June, with regard to (a) Zimbabwe and (b) Nepal.

 (60196)

225  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to prevent President Mugabe from buying (a) arms and (b) anti-riot gear for the internal security purposes.

 (60195)

226  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimates the Government has made of the number of economic refugees from Zimbabwe in (a) South Africa, (b) Zambia, (c) Botswana, (d) Mozambique, (e) Madagascar and (f) the United Kingdom.

 (60189)

227  Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the (a) 12 UN conventions related to terrorism and (b) countries that have both signed and ratified all 12 conventions.

 A (60778)

228  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded.

 (60151)

229  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list for each NDPB and agency sponsored by his Department (a) the maximum retirement age adopted for most employees and (b) their practice on not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 (59453)

230  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what further proposals he has to apply pressure to the Zimbabwean Government to respect human rights and property rights.

 (60175)

231  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimates he has made of the number of persons (a) killed and (b) injured as a result of politically motivated violence in Zimbabwe in each month since January 2001.

 (60176)

232  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimates he has made of the number of members in farmworkers' families who have been evicted from their homes in Zimbabwe in each month since January 2001.

 (60173)

233  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Palestinians from the Church of the Nativity resident in (a) the Irish Republic and (b) other parts of the EU will be free to travel to the United Kingdom; and what steps will be taken to monitor attempts to enter the United Kingdom.

 (60178)

234  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 (59454)

235  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the farms from which he is aware of farmworkers' families being evicted in Zimbabwe since January 2001.

 (60174)

236  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times a United Kingdom delegation has been led by Ministers from devolved administrations in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001 and (d) 2002; who attended in each case; who led in each case; and in what percentage of overall council meetings the United Kingdom delegation has been led by a devolved administration.

 A (60787)

237  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the performance targets that his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if he will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it.

 (60470)

238  
N  
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of people in the UK who smoke, broken down by region.

 (59793)

239  Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when care home providers received the requests for information and documents required by the Care Home Regulations; and by which date the providers were required to respond.

 A (60797)

240  
N  
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the effect on health outcomes of smoking in the last five years, broken down by region.

 (59792)

241  
N  
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the relationship between the incidence of smoking in particular regions of the UK and the amount of NHS health funding allocated to that region.

 (59794)

242  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on fibromyalgia; and what assistance is available through the National Health Service for sufferers of fibromyalgia.

 (60072)

243  Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under what circumstances information on (a) medical and (b) other clinical records may be released without the knowledge and consent of the patient concerned; and if he will make a statement.

 (60387)

244  John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the results of the 200/01 survey of violent incidents, accidents involving staff and sickness absence in NHS trusts and health authorities in England.

 A (60667)

245  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that epilepsy deaths and SUDEP are reduced as far as possible.

 (60085)

246  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines on the treatment of patients with epilepsy have been given to primary care trusts; and if he will make a statement.

 (60082)

247  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will undertake a national confidential inquiry into sudden epilepsy deaths in order to obtain data on this condition; and if he will make a statement on the quantity of data he has collated on SUDEP.

 (60081)

248  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if further research will be undertaken into the causes of sudden death of epilepsy sufferers.

 (60079)

249  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government is doing to address the deficiencies they have identified in the care and management of people with epilepsy.

 (60083)

250  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what further research he plans to undertake into SUDEP and epilepsy.

 (60084)

251  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations the Department has received following the announcement that continence pads would be provided free of charge to all care home residents from October 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (60094)

252  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what allocation the health authorities have received from the money earmarked for palliative care under the Cancer Plan in 2001-02.

 A (60676)

253  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received regarding inappropriate use of the prescription of Ritalin for children.

 (60090)

254  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if neurology will be included in the remit of the National Service Framework for Long Term Health Conditions; and if he will make a statement.

 (60087)

255  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the amount made available for NHS continence services for 2003-04 will be earmarked for (a) continence adviser recruitment, (b) continence adviser training, (c) continence pads and (d) other continence products and services.

 (60093)

256  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether an equivalent amount to the money made available in the period April 2002 to April 2003 for NHS continence services for self-funding residents will be made available for non self-funding residents post April 2003; and if he will make a statement.

 (60097)

257  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions of Ritalin were issued in each of the last five years for (a) attention deficit disorder and (b) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in each (i) region and (ii) health authority.

 (60088)

258  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what factors were taken into consideration when deciding to allocate the initial £6 million for NHS continence care in the period October 2001 to April 2002 to all care home residents.

 (60095)

259  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the relative costs and benefits of stents and drug eluting stents in (a) reducing the need for open heart surgery, (b) increasing the number of treatments undertaken and (c) reducing the incidence of restenosis after angioplasty.

 (59777)

260  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funds will be made available for NHS continence services in the period (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.

 (60092)

261  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what projections he has made of numbers of (a) long-term care beds, (b) nursing and residential beds and (c) acute care beds; what implications this will have for funding arrangements for care budgets (i) in general and (ii) with respect to continence care; and if he will make a statement.

 (60086)

262  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each of the last five years were diagnosed with (a) attention deficit disorder and (b) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in each (i) region and (ii) health authority, broken down by age group.

 (60089)

263  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to use the services of independent state regulated chiropodists and podiatrists in meeting local service needs.

 A (60682)

264  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the drug CPHPC in the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and adult onset diabetes; and if he will commission further research into the effectiveness of the drug CPHPC in the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and adult onset diabetes.

 A (60684)

265  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he plans to give to strategic health authorities and primary care trusts on the minimum levels of chiropody and podiatry services that should be provided in each area.

 A (60681)

266  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions his Department has had on the co-ordination of policies to reduce alcoholism in the United Kingdom.

 A (60708)

267  Ross Cranston (Dudley North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, further to his Answer of 7th May, Official Report, column 100W, on alcohol abuse, what advice his Department gives to primary care trusts on assessing local needs for alcohol treatment services and on ensuring that those needs are met through commissioning services.

 (60389)

268  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the letter of the honourable Member for Pontefract and Castleford of 16th April (ref DOH/3/5653/16), what action the Human Genetics Commission is recommending in relation to Japan Tobacco, Corixa, and lung cancer vaccine licensing.

 (57133)

269  Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) intermediate care beds and (b) registered care homes there were in (i) London and (ii) Kingston Borough in (A) 1997 and (B) 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (60076)

270  Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence underlay the statement of his noble Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary that international research contradicted the claims made by Dr David Paton of Nottingham University, in his paper on teenage pregnancy in the Journal of Health Economics, March 2002.

 (60265)

271  Julia Drown (South Swindon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, to which government targets foundation hospitals will now have to adhere.

 (60517)

272  Julia Drown (South Swindon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what extra flexibility foundation hospitals will have in pay over other NHS trusts.

 (60516)

273  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Meriden of 20th July 2001, Official Report, column 738, on neonatal screening, when his Department will make an announcement setting out a timetable for the national implementation of universal newborn hearing screening.

 (60107)

274  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what conditions as to future usage were applied to the handover of the Epsom Hospital cluster sites to the NHS; and whether covenants remain which require areas of the sites to be used for specific purposes.

 (60239)

275  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were re-admitted to hospital more than once during the year suffering from the respiratory syncitial virus in the last three years in the South East region, broken down by age; how many of these were re-admitted to the intensive care unit; and if he will make a statement.

 A (60717)

276  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were waiting for orthodontic treatment on 1st May in each year since 1996.

 A (60722)

277  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department gives on which orthodontic treatments should be made available on the NHS.

 A (60720)

278  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Warrington North, of 24th May, Official Report, column 691W, what the terms of reference were of the review of chiropody services, Feet First II; and if he will list the members of the task force assembled during the research of the review of chiropody services, Feet First II.

 A (60723)

279  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people per 1,000 of the population were provided with orthodontic treatment in each year since 1996, broken down by health authority.

 A (60721)

280  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were waiting for an appointment with an NHS chiropodist, broken down by health authority, on 1st May in each year since 1996.

 A (60724)

281  Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for heart by-pass operations for patients from Essex hospitals was in each year since 1995.

 (60542)

282  Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many heart by-pass operations were carried out in NHS hospitals in each year since 1995.

 (60546)

283  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of (a) the provisional findings of the EU Scientific Committee on Food on the upper safe levels of nutrient intake for vitamin-B6 and Niacin and (b) the levels accepted as safe in the UK by health food manufacturers; and by how much and for what reasons he expects those levels to be further reduced under the Provisions of Article 5 of the European Food Supplements Directive when being used as the basis for setting maximum permitted levels of nutrient content in food supplements.

 (60197)

284  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action the Food Standards Agency and his Department plans to take (a) to promote to other European Member States and Commission officials the conclusions of the forthcoming report from his Ad Hoc Expert Advisory Group on Vitamins and Minerals, (b) to commence a dialogue with Commission officials and the EU Scientific Committee on Foods about the information requirements for dossiers submitted for consideration in relation to the safety of vitamins and minerals which have been on the market for many years and (c) to use intergovernmental contact with other EU Member States to pursue his objectives in relation to the interpretation of the provisions of Article 5 of the Food Supplements Directive.

 (60198)

285  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list (a) those nutrients and nutrient sources which are permitted for inclusion in food supplements under the annexes of the European Food Supplements Directive and (b) those nutrients and nutrient sources which are available on the UK market but which are not included in those annexes.

 (60194)

286  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will respond to the request of 25th April by Consumers For Health Choice for a meeting with his Parliamentary Under Secretary of State to discuss regulation of the Natural Health Products Sector.

 (60201)

287  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, upon what basis the Medicines Control Agency included in its Regulatory Impact Assessment of the European Traditional Herbal Medicines and Products Directive the statement that for many retailer, herbal remedies currently constitute a relatively limited proportion of shelf space; with whom they consulted before presenting this statement; and what calculations they have made of the percentage of turnover such products represent for a typical specialist health food retailer.

 (60200)

288  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultations the Medicines Control Agency has had with (a) the National Association of Health Stores, (b) Consumers for Health Choice, (c) Holland & Barratt Retail Ltd., (d) General Nutrition Centres and (e) other representatives of the specialist health food sector and its consumers, prior to producing its Regulatory Impact Assessment of the European Traditional Herbal Products Directive.

 (60199)

289  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many computers were replaced in his Department in each of the past three years; how the replaced units were disposed of and by which companies; and at what cost.

 A (60758)

290  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are (a) in place and (b) under discussion in his Department in order to ensure compliance with the WE Directive.

 A (60759)

291  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what studies have been carried out into the anticipated incidence of chronic hepatitis B over the (a) next 5 years and (b) next 10 years.

 (60520)

292  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list (a) the members of the Steering Group on hepatitis C and (b) the terms of reference of the group.

 (60406)

293  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out the National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines for implementing the antiviral treatment for hepatitis C.

 (60524)

294  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what studies have been carried out since 1997 to monitor the changes in the epidemiology of hepatitis C infection in England following the introduction of an effective antiviral treatment with interferon and ribvarin; and if he will make a statement.

 (60526)

295  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 10th May, Official Report, column 406W, on hepatitis C, what proportion of those cases identified had persistent viraemia.

 (60404)

296  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 10th May, Official Report, column 406W, on hepatitis C, if the figures given included testing carried out in virology departments of teaching hospitals and private laboratories.

 (60403)

297  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of patients have chronic liver diseases in the UK owing to chronic infection with hepatitis C virus.

 (60522)

298  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with acute hepatitis (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) D, (e) E and (f) G in each year since 1990; and if he will make a statement.

 (60521)

299  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if additional funding will be made available to primary health trusts for the use of pegylated interferon for the antiviral treatment of chronic hepatitis C, and if he will make a statement.

 (60523)

300  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the consultation paper on a strategy for hepatitis C.

 (60405)

301  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) percentage and (b) sums of the budgets of each health authority and primary health trust in England are allocated for the treatment of hepatitis C.

 (60525)

302  Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated cost would be of removing prescription charges in the UK.

 (60483)

303  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the new graduate primary care mental health worker posts have been (a) created and (b) filled in (i) England and (ii) North Yorkshire.

 (60508)

304  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the new primary care trusts have employed graduate primary care mental health workers to assist GPs (a) in England and (b) North Yorkshire.

 (60505)

305  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the difference is between (a) earmarking and (b) ringfencing in the context of the additional revenue and capital allocated to mental health services in 2002-03 to ensure that the funding reaches front line services in (a) England and (b) North Yorkshire.

 (60507)

306  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the new primary care trusts have employed gateway workers to provide a round the clock co-ordinating service to specialised care in (a) England and (b) North Yorkshire.

 (60506)

307  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the mental health gateway worker posts have so far been (a) created and (b) filled in (i) England and (ii) North Yorkshire.

 (60509)

308  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding allocated to primary care trusts for mental health services has been ring-fenced.

 (60567)

309  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are being taken within primary care trust areas to ensure that sufficient information is given to mental health service users to enable them to make informed choices before drugs are prescribed and throughout treatment.

 (60565)

310  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the new primary care trusts have a mental health specialist responsible for commissioning mental health services.

 (60568)

311  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recourse is available to people requiring particular mental health services at primary care level, when those services are not accessible (a) through their general practitioner and (b) within the area of their primary care trust.

 (60564)

312  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts have commissioned (a) counselling, (b) cognitive therapy, (c) psychotherapy, (d) complementary therapy and (e) exercise on prescription for people with mental health problems.

 (60566)

313  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much extra funding he plans to provide for the prevention of diabetes over the next five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (60122)

314  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training medical students receive in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes; and if he will make a statement.

 (60121)

315  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much is spent in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire on the treatment of diabetes; and if he will make a statement.

 (60120)

316  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what extra funds he is providing to fund the National Service Framework; and if he will make a statement.

 (60119)

317  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research into motor neurone disease the Government is funding; and what financial assistance the Government gives to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

 A (60764)

318  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the 35 per cent. design component of his Department's capital projects.

 (60318)

319  Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been made available to the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency for NHS dental provision.

 A (60776)

320  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter of 20th March from the honourable Member for Totnes regarding Mrs B. A. Bence of Kingsbridge, Devon, a constituent.

 (59795)

321  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there was a change in the basis for calculating the numbers of people waiting 13 weeks or more to see a consultant between the statistics for 31st December 2001 and those for 31st March 2002; and if he will make a statement.

 (60458)

322  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): 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 Isle of Wight since 7th June 2001.

 (57674)

323  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources have been allocated for the public relations strategy to reduce suicide.

 (60532)

324  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each NDPB or agency sponsored by his Department (a) the maximum retirement age adopted for most employees, and that age and (b) whether they have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age, and that age.

 (59581)

325  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded.

 (60145)

326  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 (59582)

327  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the waiting time is for operations in Leicester.

 (60573)

328  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the structures in place to ensure that adverse drug reactions in patients are picked up at the earliest possible stage in situations where there are concerns about potential side effects of a drug.

 A (60788)

329  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the performance targets that his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if he will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it.

 (60471)

330  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what national standards exist on the local implementation and monitoring of community policing.

 (60634)

331  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that local partners in crime and disorder partnerships must be consulted by the chief constables on significant changes in policing practice; and if he will make a statement.

 (60593)

332  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he last visited the City of Nottingham Division of the Nottinghamshire Constabulary; and if he will make a statement.

 (60592)

333  Andrew Bennett (Denton & Reddish): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the research on burial space and the state of cemeteries will be published; and what follow-up action will be taken.

 A (60809)

334  Andrew Bennett (Denton & Reddish): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the work of the Burial and Cemeteries Advisory Group; who is on it; what its terms of reference are; how many times it has met; when it will next meet; what it has discussed; what it has done; and when it will have completed its work.

 A (60808)

335  Andrew Bennett (Denton & Reddish): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government will publish the public consultation on burial legislation.

 A (60810)

336  Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of claims by police officers of adverse effects on their health since the installation of the new telecommunications masts in the North West of England.

 (60530)

337  Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action his Department has taken in light of the report by the Trade and Industry Committee on testing of the police communications radio system.

 (60529)

338  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter of 29th January from the honourable Member for West Chelmsford concerning Mr Wong of Chelmsford.

 A (60675)

339  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the procedure is relating to the production of documents at a police station within seven days of being stopped in a motor vehicle; and whether a receipt or NCR copy should be provided on production of an HORT2 form.

 (59449)

340  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the street crime initiative courts in London; how they are proposed to operate and for what purpose; what role is envisaged for the Witness Service in relation to them; and if he will make a statement.

 (60540)

341  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what benefit to the residents of Leyton and Wanstead the actions and policies of the Chairman of the Government's Youth Justice Board has been; and if he will make a statement.

 (60323)

342  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been refused permission to leave the United Kingdom to attend the World Cup football matches in view of their possible involvement with violence.

 A (60705)

343  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15th May, Offical Report, column 700W, on Damilola Taylor, if he will define vulnerable or intimated witnesses; what his criteria are for this definition; and which agents and agencies he consulted on this definition.

 (60080)

344  Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to bring forward legislation on corporate manslaughter.

 A (60799)

345  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the remit of the Civil Contingency Secretariat is; and to whom they report.

 A (60715)

346  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are being taken at the UK end to reduce the use by illegal immigrants of the Channel Tunnel to enter the UK.

 (60241)

347  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average number of voluntary constables was in each of the past 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

 A (60716)

348  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he received the report of the Expert Group on Efficient Regulation concerning the licensing of animal research in the UK; when he formally responded to the report; and what steps the Government has taken to improve the efficiency of the licensing process.

 A (60719)

349  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of persons granted leave (a) to enter and (b) to remain as refugees during March following a successful asylum appeal had had their asylum appeals disposed of as defined in section 94(4) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 within (i) 28 days, (ii) two months, (iii) three months and (iv) more than three months prior to the issue of papers granting leave to enter or remain; and if he will make a statement.

 (60538)

350  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons were granted leave (a) to enter and (b) to remain as refugees during March following a successful asylum appeal; and if he will make a statement.

 (60537)

351  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he is entitled to provide asylum support to persons who have won their asylum appeals but where the period since their asylum appeal was disposed of exceeds 28 days; and if he will make a statement.

 (60539)

352  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average delay was between disposal of the appeal as defined in section 94(4) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and issue of papers granting leave to enter or remain as a refugee with respect to persons who won their asylum appeals in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

 (60536)

353  
N  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he is taking to tackle persistent youth offending.

 (57064)

354  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are (a) in place and (b) under discussion in his Department in order to ensure compliance with the WE Directive.

 A (60755)

355  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many computers were replaced in his Department in each of the past three years; how the replaced units were disposed of and by which companies; and at what cost.

 A (60754)

356  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library (a) tender documentation and (b) other information given to potential contractors for asylum accommodation centres, including a note of the verbal briefing provided.

 (60291)

357  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he has received the interim report by Mr Stephen Moore into the Yarl's Wood disturbances; and if he will make a statement.

 (60288)

358  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd May, Ref 57343, when the first asylum accommodation centre will be open.

 (60293)

359  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the full criminal record of all those detained at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre was known to the (a) police, (b) Immigration Service and (c) contractors.

 (60290)

360  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the criminal record of those admitted to the proposed asylum accommodation centre at Throckmorton will be known to (a) the police, (b) the Immigration Service and (c) the contractor.

 (60289)

361  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long Wychavon District Council will have to consider the planning notification for the proposed asylum accommodation centre at Throckmorton after its receipt.

 (60292)

362  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the several letters from the honourable Member for Woking on DANGA, born 9th November 1973, ref D1009062 and B554916.

 (60515)

363  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation he intends to undertake in respect of guidance to police authorities on dealing with perpetrators of domestic violence within their ranks.

 (60449)

364  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to publish guidance to police authorities on dealing with perpetrators of domestic violence within their ranks.

 (60452)

365  
N  
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if accommodation centres for asylum seekers will have a statutory obligation to (a) have a child protection policy and (b) have a designated member of staff with responsibility for child protection.

 (59717)

366  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to speed up the process of granting work permits to supply agencies and supply teachers.

 (60062)

367  
N  
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase the number of special constables.

 (57050)

368  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Yeovil of 18th December 2001, Official Report, column 237W, on the Private Finance Initiative, what savings are expected for each project listed in his Answer; and if he will make a statement.

 (60418)

369  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded.

 (60150)

370  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department enforces a maximum retirement age of most staff; and whether it has a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age, and those ages.

 (59335)

371  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will respond to the letter from the honourable Member for the Isle of Wight of 25th April, concerning immigration case G350999.

 (60579)

372  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each NDPB or agency sponsored by his Department, whether they have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age, and that age.

 (59334)

373  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have made complaints about IND since 1st January.

 (60570)

374  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14th May, Official Report, column 604W, on appeals, how many cases were sent from IND to the Immigration Appellate Authority in 2001.

 (60613)

375  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he next plans to visit India and Pakistan.

 (60571)

376  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he last met the chairman of the CRE; and if he will make a statement.

 (60569)

377  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, why the road signs directing the public to Haslar Detention Centre have been replaced by signs reading Immigration Removal Centre Haslar; and whether these changes reflect a change of purpose for the establishment.

 (60398)

378  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detainees have been allocated to Haslar Detention Centre in the last year; how many have been granted political asylum; how many have been given exceptional leave to remain; and how many have been deported.

 (60397)

379  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the performance targets that his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if he will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it.

 (60472)

380  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost to public funds is of the Accommodation Review being undertaken by HOK International Limited; and for what reason the review is not being undertaken in-house.

 (59780)

381  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what research her Department has carried out on the proposal for introducing a development box in the WTO agreement on agriculture; and if she will make a statement.

 (59891)

382  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on her Department's policy on the proposal to introduce a development box in the WTO agreement on agriculture.

 (59893)

383  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to discuss with EU colleagues research on the proposal to introduce a development box in the WTO agreement on agriculture.

 (59892)

384  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to increase spending on tackling HIV/AIDS in Central Africa.

 A (60727)

385  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid her Department plans to make available to Burundi in the next five years.

 (60249)

386  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department has allocated in 2002-03 for projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if she will list them.

 (60248)

387  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what help she provides to assist the development of primary education in the Great Lakes Region.

 (60247)

388  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures are (a) in place and (b) under discussion in her Department in order to ensure compliance with the WE Directive.

 A (60737)

389  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many computers were replaced in her Department in each of the past three years; how the replaced units were disposed of and by which companies; and at what cost.

 A (60736)

390  Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli, Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what research her Department has carried out on the proposal for introducing a development box in the WTO Agreement on Agriculture.

 (60557)

391  Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli, Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to discuss with EU colleagues the findings of the research paper by Oxford Policy Management, commissioned by her Department, on the proposal for introducing a development box in the WTO Agreement on Agriculture.

 (60556)

392  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures the Government is taking to ensure that international aid given to Zimbabwe is linked to (a) allowing UN observers into the country and (b) land reform.

 (60190)

393  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funds the Government has made available to the Zimbabwe Government to implement the land reform programme that complies with the principles established by the September 2001 Commonwealth Abuja Agreement and the 1998 international donors' conference on land reform.

 (60188)

394  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures have been taken to ensure that international aid is given to known MDC supporters as well as Zanu-PF supporters.

 (60408)

395  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which organisations which assist evicted farmworkers' families in Zimbabwe have (a) sought and (b) received assistance from (i) her Department and (ii) through international aid supported by Her Majesty's Government.

 (60170)

396  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the public consultations undertaken by her Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded.

 (60148)

397  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimates she has made of the extent to which the reported famine in Zimbabwe results (a) from natural causes and (b) from disruption of agriculture.

 (60172)

398  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 (59458)

399  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimates she has made of the number of children who have been moved from primary schools in Zimbabwe.

 (60171)

400  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the performance targets that her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if she will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it.

 (60473)

401  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the technical enhancements on the 1901 Census Online site will be completed.

 (60124)

402  Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans the Department has to take measures to discourage the tactical not guilty plea in youth courts.

 (60328)

403  Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment the Department has made of the effect on the attendance of witnesses of youth court adjournments.

 (60327)

404  Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans the Department has to reduce the number of trials in youth courts that are adjourned.

 (60325)

405  Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans the Department has to reduce time spent in the pursuit of evidence and documentation in youth courts.

 (60326)

406  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many computers were replaced in his Department in each of the past three years; how the replaced units were disposed of and by which companies; and at what cost.

 A (60750)

407  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what measures are (a) in place and (b) under discussion in his Department in order to ensure compliance with the WE Directive.

 A (60751)

408  Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the average (a) cost for legal aid for and (b) number of briefings in contested private law contact or residence proceedings regarding children for cases of domestic violence was in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000, (iii) 2001 and (iv) 2002.

 (60396)

409  Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much funding was provided for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Services supporting the provision of (a) supervised contact and (b) contact centres offering supported contact in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000, (iii) 2001 and (iv) 2002.

 (60399)

410  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20th March, Official Report, column 414W, if he will make a further statement on his plans to reform (a) criminal and (b) magistates' court.

 (60191)

411  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to introduce a White Paper on the reform of (a) criminal and (b) Magistrates' Courts; when he intends to publish that White Paper; and if he will make a statement.

 (60192)

412  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what representations he has had from (a) magistrates and (b) magistrates' courts committees, following his review of the criminal and magistrates' courts system; and if he will a statement.

 (60193)

413  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 (59457)

414  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded.

 (60152)

415  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many staff there are in his Department, broken down by ethnicity.

 (60576)

416  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the performance targets that the Lord Chancellor's Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if he will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it.

 (60474)

417  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many baton rounds were discharged by the British Army (a) in each year since 1st April 1999 to 31st March 2002 and (b) from 1st April 2002 to 24th May 2002.

 A (60762)

418  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the guidelines under which the British Army operates when firing baton rounds in their support of PSNI operations.

 A (60761)

419  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the attendance record for (a) elected and (b) non-elected members of the Police Board of Northern Ireland has been at (i) full Police Board meetings and (ii) Police Board sub-committee meetings since the Board went live.

 A (60765)

420  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded.

 (60144)

421  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 (59455)

422  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the performance targets that his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if he will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it.

 (60475)

423  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the President of the Council, if he will ask the Commission to amend the rules concerning spouse warrants to enable honourable Members' families to travel more often.

 (60066)

424  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the President of the Council, how many e-mail responses have been received by the mediator of the pre-legislative scrutiny regarding the Joint Committee on the Communications Bill's first session of evidence taking; how they have been acknowledged; and if he will make a statement on how successful the pilot has been.

 (60064)

425  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the President of the Council, if he will ensure that each new bill undergoes pre-legislative scrutiny similar to that of the Communications Bill.

 (60065)

426  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the President of the Council, what measures are (a) in place and (b) under discussion, in his Department in order to ensure compliance with the WE Directive.

 A (60729)

427  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the President of the Council, how many computers were replaced in his Department in each of the past three years; how the replaced units were disposed of and by which companies; and at what cost.

 A (60728)

428  Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok): To ask the Prime Minister, what his policy is on giving up Britain's seat on the United Nations Security Council in favour of collective representation by the European Union; and if he will make a statement.

 (60586)

429  Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok): To ask the Prime Minister, what his policy is on the proposal by the President of the European Commission for the Commission to be given powers to issue binding instructions to governments that deviate from the policy guidelines adopted by Euro Zone members and to be the sole representative of the EU in international economic and financial meetings.

 (60583)

430  Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok): To ask the Prime Minister, what his policy is on the proposals of the President of the European Commission to give the Commission powers to recommend action on national budget deficits that could only be overturned by a unanimous vote of all EU governments; when he was first informed of this proposal; and if he will make a statement.

 (60580)

431  Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok): To ask the Prime Minister, if he was consulted before the President of the European Commission's proposals for additional economic powers to be given to the Commission were publicised; and if he will make a statement.

 (60587)

432  Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok): To ask the Prime Minister, what his policy is on the call by the President of the European Commission that Britain should give up its place on the IMF and G7 to a representative of the Commission; and if he will make a statement.

 (60585)

433  Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok): To ask the Prime Minister, what his policy is on the proposal by the President of the European Commission for the national veto on taxation matters to be abolished; and if he will make a statement.

 (60584)

434  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 30th April, Official Report, column 658W, if MoD pensioners may continue to draw cash at post offices if they have an account with the Halifax Bank of Scotland, the Royal Bank of Scotland or Clydesdale Bank plc under the revised arrangements introduced from April.

 (60096)

435  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Prime Minister, what measures are (a) in place and (b) under discussion in his Office in order to ensure compliance with the WE Directive.

 A (60731)

436  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Prime Minister, how many computers were replaced in his Office in each of the past three years; how the replaced units were disposed of and by which companies; and at what cost.

 A (60730)

437  Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will prioritise debt cancellation at the G8 Summit in Canada; and if he will make a statement.

 A (60766)

438  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the conclusions of the report prepared by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on Social Issues in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

 A (60777)

439  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Prime Minister, if his Office has a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 (59586)

440  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans her Department has to regulate counselling, psychotherapy and clinical psychology services provided in Scotland.

 (59899)

441  Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if she will place in the Library a copy of the annual report of the Scottish Criminal Review Commission.

 (60388)

442  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether her Department enforces a maximum retirement age for most staff; and whether it has a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 (59295)

443  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when she last met representatives of (a) Legalise Cannabis Campaign Scotland, (b) Amnesty International, (c) Scottish Human Rights Centre, (d) Unison Scotland, (e) WWF Scotland, (f) Cancer Research Campaign Scotland, (g) National Asthma Campaign Scotland, (h) Transform Scotland, (i) Charter 88 Scotland, (j) Equality Network, (k) BDA Scotland, (l) Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (m) Capital Rail Action Group, (n) Children 1st, (o) Help the Aged Scotland, (p) Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, (q) Ash Scotland, (r) Shelter Scotland, (s) Church of Scotland, (t) Scottish Trades Union Congress, (u) Friends of the Earth Scotland, (v) Scottish Refugee Council, (w) Age Concern Scotland, (x) Equal Opportunities Commission, Scotland and (y) Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmanent; what was discussed; and what future plans she has to meet them.

 A (60785)

444  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment she has made of the importance of securing a Eurostar link from Scotland to the continent.

 A (60789)

445  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if she will list the performance targets that her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if she will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it.

 (60459)

446  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what inquiries are being held by the CPS concerning the measures needed to enable vulnerable or intimidated witnesses to give their best evidence.

 (60228)

447  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, pursuant to her Answer of 27th February, Official Report, column 1330W, what (a) educational, (b) technical and (c) professional qualifications are required for the business managers who head each operational unit.

 (60207)

448  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what steps have been taken by each CPS authority to progress the Gladwill recommendations for reorganising its work into functional units colocated with police units; and where and when this colocation has been achieved.

 (60223)

449  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what good practice has been identified in the CPS complaints handling procedure; where examples of good practice arose; and what action has been taken to share good complaints handling practice throughout the CPS regions.

 (60220)

450  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make a statement on variations in the pace of progress between CPS areas noted by HMCPSI.

 (60211)

451  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make a statement on how each CPS region is improving its own performance management.

 (60216)

452  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, when the thematic review of all aspects of casework having a minority ethnic dimension was published; and if this thematic review included the London area.

 (60226)

453  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what analysis she has undertaken to determine the reasons for (a) judge-ordered and (b) judge-directed acquittals.

 (60202)

454  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what changes in inspection methodology have been undertaken by HMCPSI following publication of the Report entitled Review on Evaluation of HMCPSI Programme and Methodology 2001.

 (60222)

455  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what externally approved quality standards have been gained by each CPS region, with specific reference to BS5750 ISO 9000.

 (60206)

456  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what action has been taken by the HMCPSI to ensure that scrutiny is consistent across the areas to provide objective assessment and comparisons between areas.

 (60210)

457  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make a statement on (a) the number of women and numbers of minority-ethnic groups working at SCS level within the HMCPSI and (b) the number of men working in an administrative or secretarial capacity with HMCPSI.

 (60217)

458  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, how each area has responded to the CPS action plan on diversity; and how this response addressed the issues raised in the report by Sylvia Denman and the Commission for Racial Equality.

 (60225)

459  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, which categories of important cases require the CPS to communicate directly with complainants; and what the purpose and outcome is of these communications.

 (60221)

460  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, which inspectorates have been involved in the thematic inspections undertaken by the HMCPSI; and what the title was of each thematic inspection.

 (60208)

461  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, which HMCPSI inspections have reviewed discontinuance rates in magistrates' courts since 1999.

 (60204)

462  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make a statement on the inappropriate attribution of agents' costs to the CPS non-cash limited vote.

 (60214)

463  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, which CPS areas have not reduced the time taken from arrest to sentence of persistent young offenders from 142 to 71 days; and what action has been taken by each failing region to comply with Government targets.

 (60224)

464  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, if she will list the reports which have been produced by HMCPSI since the inception of the service for the DPP and the Law Officers.

 (60212)

465  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what weaknesses have been identified in the CPS complaints handling procedure; what has been done to address the weaknesses; and what performance evaluations have taken place in each CPS region to ensure that corrective action has been effective.

 (60219)

466  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what training CPS staff have received in achieving Best Evidence guidance on preparing for and conducting interviews with vulnerable and intimidated witnesses; and which and how many staff have been trained on each CPS area.

 (60227)

467  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what action is being taken in each CPS region to develop qualitative and quantitative performance indicators.

 (60215)

468  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what action has been taken to reduce the number of (a) judge-ordered and (b) judge-directed acquittals since 1999.

 (60203)

469  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what action has been taken relating to management information about committal proceedings which failed because the prosecution was not ready to proceed.

 (60213)

470  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, which CPS areas have been identified as sources of good practice; and what the nature is of their expertise.

 (60205)

471  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what criteria the HMCPSI uses to determine the quality of CPS casework.

 (60209)

472  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make a statement on the use of lay inspectors within HMCPSI inspections; and if she will list the nominating bodies.

 (60218)

473  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Solicitor General, how many public engagements she has undertaken since 7th June.

 (60574)

474  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Solicitor General, when she last met the DPP; and if she will make a statement.

 (60575)

475  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Solicitor General, if she will list the performance targets that her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if she will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it.

 (60460)

476  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people aged (a) between 18 and 21 and (b) over 21 years are receiving the national minimum wage in Scotland, broken down by parliamentary constituency or nearest available area.

 (60271)

477  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what systems her Department has in place to track Brazilian mahogany in the UK for the purpose of issuing re-export licences where necesary.

 A (60670)

478  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what performance standards she sets for delivery of first class letters by the Post Office.

 A (60678)

479  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been granted since 2nd May 1997 for technology transfers to Turkey for the licensed production of the T-40 HK33E 40mm grenade launcher.

 A (60691)

480  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been granted since 2nd May 1997 for the export of small arms production equipment to Iran.

 A (60694)

481  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been granted since 2nd May 1997 for the export of CS pellets to Malaysia where the final end-use destination was in a different country.

 A (60696)

482  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been granted since 2nd May 1997 for the export of Pains Wessex CS pellets to Malaysia; and what the (a) quantities and (b) end-users were in each case.

 A (60697)

483  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been granted since 2nd May 1997 for the export of components or sub-assemblies for the G3 rifle and MP5 sub-machine gun to Iran.

 A (60688)

484  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been granted since 2nd May 1997 for the export of components for sub-machine guns to Germany where the final end-use destination was (a) Turkey, (b) Switzerland, (c) Finland and (d) Pakistan.

 A (60689)

485  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been granted since 2nd May 1997 for the export of components or sub-assemblies for the MP5 sub-machine gun to Pakistan where the final end-use destination was in a different country.

 A (60702)

486  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been granted since 2nd May 1997 for the export of components for the MP5 sub-machine gun to Germany where the final end-use destination was (a) Turkey, (b) Switzerland, (c) Finland and (d) Pakistan.

 A (60699)

487  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been granted since 2nd May 1997 for the export of CS pellets to Malaysia; and what the (a) quantities and (b) end-users in each case were.

 A (60695)

488  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been granted since 2nd May 1997 for the export of components or sub-assemblies for the HK33 rifle to Turkey where the final end-use destination was in a different country.

 A (60704)

489  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support has been provided by Trade Partners UK to assist PW Defence to (a) attend and (b) exhibit at MSP exhibitions or conferences in the UK and overseas since 1st May 1997; which exhibitions or conferences were attended; and what amounts were provided.

 A (60698)

490  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been granted since 2nd May 1997 for the export of components or sub-assemblies for the MP5 sub-machine gun to Switzerland where the final end-use destination was (a) Turkey, (b) Finland and (c) Pakistan.

 A (60700)

491  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been granted since 2nd May 1997 for the export of components for the MP5 sub-machine gun to Turkey where the final end-use destination was a different country.

 A (60701)

492  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been granted since 2nd May 1997 for the export of small arms production equipment to MKEK in Turkey.

 A (60692)

493  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been granted since 2nd May 1997 for the export of small arms production equipment to Pakistan ordnance factories.

 A (60693)

494  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been granted since 2nd May 1997 for the export of components or sub-assemblies for sub-machine guns to Turkey where the final end-use destination was a different country.

 A (60690)

495  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been granted since 2nd May 1997 for the export of components for the MP5 sub-machine gun to Finland where the final end-use destination was in a different country.

 A (60703)

496  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how the Export Credits Guarantee Department's financial support for British industry complies with the Government's policy of world trade negotiation for the elimination of subsidies; and if she will make a statement.

 (60322)

497  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received regarding the (a) reform and (b) repeal of the Pedlars Act 1871; and what plans she has to amend legislation relating to street trading.

 (60498)

498  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support schemes are available from the European Union for small and medium sized enterprises in Britain; how much funding is available; and what proportion of this funding has been taken up by small firms in the last three years.

 (60499)

499  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she last met the National Federation of Retail Newsagents to discuss wholesaler monopolies of newspaper and magazine distribution.

 (60496)

500  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will meet the Chief Executive of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents to discuss the wholesaler monopolies of newspaper and magazine distribution.

 (60497)

501  Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will republish the table in the Official Report, column 464W, 12th June 2000, to include data for 2000-01 and 2001-02.

 (60410)

502  Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how she proposes to achieve the phasing out of subsidies by the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

 (60514)

503  Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to introduce legislation to establish a new legal framework for a public interest company; and if she will make a statement.

 (60074)

504  Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent work her Department has undertaken on new corporate identities; and if she will make a statement.

 (60073)

505  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to improve the process for granting arms export licences.

 (60240)

506  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much opencast coal has been produced in (a) Scotland, (b) England and (c) Wales in each year since 1997.

 (60280)

507  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much deepmined coal has been produced in (a) Scotand, (b) England and (c) Wales in each year since 1997.

 (60279)

508  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 26th March, Official Report, columns 698-9W, on compensation applications, if she will provide a breakdown of the top 100 companies and organisations and the amounts paid to those lawyers dealing with vibration white finger and carpal tunnel syndrome.

 A (60803)

509  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many miners were employed in the coal industry in each year since 1990 in (a) Scotland, (b) England and (c) Wales.

 (60309)

510  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much coal was imported into England in each year since 1997.

 (60282)

511  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many collieries have closed in each year since 1997 in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) England.

 (60308)

512  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much coal has been imported into (a) Scotland and (b) Wales in each year since 1997.

 (60281)

513  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much anthracite has been produced in Wales in each year since 1997.

 (60307)

514  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 26th March, Official Report, columns 797-8W, on legal costs, if she will provide a breakdown of the top 100 companies and organisations and the amounts paid to those lawyers dealing with bronchitis and emphysema.

 A (60802)

515  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of energy consumed in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland was provided by (i) nuclear power, (ii) coal, (iii) gas, (iv) oil and (v) renewables.

 (60285)

516  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people were employed in opencast production in each year since 1997 in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) England.

 (60286)

517  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures are (a) in place and (b) under discussion in her Department in order to ensure compliance with the WE Directive.

 A (60753)

518  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many computers were replaced in her Department in each of the past three years; how the replaced units were disposed of and by which companies; and at what cost.

 A (60752)

519  Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people in Strathkelvin and Bearsden are receiving the minimum wage.

 (60534)

520  Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the Government has to introduce legislation to restrict the sale of fireworks.

 (60480)

521  Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to remove the lower rate of the minimum wage.

 (60533)

522  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) guidelines are given to and (b) requirements are placed on regional development agencies, with regard to their allocation of government money to their different areas of responsibility; and if she will place copies in the Library.

 (60424)

523  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the (a) powers and (b) responsibilities are of regional development agencies with regard to (i) land use planning, (ii) transport issues and (iii) social inclusion.

 (60423)

524  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what figures she collates on support to textile exporters offered by other EU countries on (a) a per capita basis and (b) based on the volume of textile exports from each country.

 A (60771)

525  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much her Department has spent on promoting textile exports from the United Kingdom in each of the past five years.

 A (60770)

526  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what changes her Department plans to make in the support for the Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad Scheme.

 A (60769)

527  Helen Southworth (Warrington South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will give a higher priority in her review of employment legislation to the position of employees as creditors in relation to their contractual entitlements in situations where the employing company becomes insolvent.

 (60091)

528  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support her Department is giving to the organisers of the Farnborough Airshow taking place in July; and if the Department is providing assistance to enable overseas visitors to attend it.

 (60615)

529  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which UK companies the Export Credits Guarantee Department (a) has and (b) is supporting regarding their involvement in the Sual plant since it began operations; and how much financial assistance each company has received.

 (60618)

530  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which coal-powered plants British businesses have been involved in for which they have received ECGD support; and what was (a) the name and location of, (b) the company involved, (c) the nature of the involvement of the British company, (d) the capacity in MW, (e) the estimated annual carbon dioxide emissions and (f) the amount of financial assistance provided by the ECGD in each case.

 (60617)

531  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much financial assistance was provided by the ECGD for British companies involved in the Sual power plant in the Philippines while it was being built; and how much of this money was (a) used by the companies involved and (b) returned to the ECGD.

 (60619)

532  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): 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 Isle of Wight since 7th June 2001.

 (57672)

533  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many jobs have been lost in aerospace since 11th September 2001, broken down by constituency; and when she plans to visit those constituencies.

 (60180)

534  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 (59450)

535  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proposals she has to assist aerospace businesses and their employees made redundant since 11th September 2001.

 (60179)

536  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the public consultations undertaken by her Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded.

 (60142)

537  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether she will seek the co-operation of other European ministers to establish a co-ordinated programme of assistance for areas suffering the aerospace downturn.

 (60181)

538  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she is taking to remove the potential harm presented by the supply of furniture that is in non-compliance with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended).

 A (60782)

539  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the number of incidences of pieces of furniture being sold in the UK which are non-compliant under the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988.

 A (60784)

540  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to review the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988.

 A (60783)

541  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent research her Department has underaken into the comparative costs of alternative methods of electricity generation; and what reports have been published setting out the detailed assumptions on which the calculations have been made.

 (60186)

542  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 20th May, Official Report, column 48W, on the New Direct Bank, for what reason she was unable to provide information on whether all benefit claimants will have access to the New Direct Bank; when she expects the New Direct Bank to be established; which (a) banks and (b) building societies have agreed to deliver the New Direct Bank services; and with which company a contract has been signed for the benefit payment card account.

 (60451)

543  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the performance targets that her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if she will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it.

 (60461)

544  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment has been made by (a) the Health and Safety Executive and (b) the Civil Aviation Authority of the operation of the new air traffic control centre at Swanwick; if he will place copies of related documentation in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (60400)

545  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had with and representations he has received from (a) the Health and Safety Executive, (b) the Health and Safety Commission, (c) the Civil Aviation Authority, (d) National Air Traffic Services and (e) other organisations relating to health and safety issues associated with the operation of air traffic control centre at Swanwick; and if he will make a statement.

 (60401)

546  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many groundings of boats in Scottish waters have been attributed to the watchkeeper falling asleep in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997, (d) 1998, (e) 1999, (f) 2000, (g) 2001 and (h) 2002 to date.

 (60182)

547  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment has been made of trends in the number of lives lost at sea in UK waters.

 (60163)

548  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps are being taken by the Department to monitor the effects of the implementation of the EU Working Time Directive in the maritime sector.

 (60165)

549  Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will review the regulations governing ship classification societies regarding the inspection and certification of oil tankers entering British territorial waters.

 (60582)

550  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the UK's compliance with its obligations under the International Labour Organisation Convention 147.

 (60168)

551  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action the Department will take in relation to the OECD's Maritime Transport Committee's proposals to eradicate substandard shipping.

 (60162)

552  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many lives have been lost at sea in UK waters in each year since 1990.

 (60161)

553  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the length of time taken by the Maritime Coastguard Agency in approving stability information on the ferry P&OSL Canterbury.

 (60164)

554  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress the Department is making in implementing the EU Working Time Directive in the maritime sector.

 (60167)

555  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 21st May, Official Report, column 149, how many of the merchant ships which have joined the UK shipping register have met the target of increasing UK cadet numbers by 25 per cent. each year.

 (60250)

556  Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will commission an independent third party to review the evidence available concerning the loss of the tanker Braer.

 (60581)

557  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the need in implementing the EU Working Time Directive to include measures to limit the maximum number of hours worked in the maritime sector.

 (60166)

558  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what benchmarks are laid down for staffing levels in PTAs.

 A (60677)

559  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if his Department is represented on the Railtrack Safety Executive.

 (60611)

560  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the development group meetings of key stakeholders of the rail industry safety body will be open to the public.

 (60608)

561  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what initiatives and management systems the rail industry use to ensure employee involvement in safety issues.

 (60609)

562  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the (a) timescale, (b) terms of reference and (c) costs are of the consultation exercise on the establishment of an independent rail accident investigation body; and if he will make a statement.

 (60595)

563  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what maintenance delivery and other improvements are being followed up by Railtrack as reported in the Cullen Report on the Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry.

 (60602)

564  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the 10 strategic maintenance principles developed by Railtrack that involve Railtrack directly managing inspection, appraisal and key work decisions as reported in the Cullen Report on the Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry.

 (60601)

565  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the reasons for non-completion of recommendations 4, 6, 9 and 72 of the Cullen Report into the Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry; and what timetable he has set for their completion.

 (60594)

566  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the deferred timescales of Railtrack for the revised selection process for prospective contractors.

 (60600)

567  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the shortcomings are in the scope of contract documentation reported in the Cullen Report on the Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry.

 (60603)

568  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the programme of safety tours that the Chief Executive Officer of Railtrack undertakes.

 (60610)

569  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what meetings he has had with Railtrack officials since the Southwell rail accident.

 (60597)

570  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the results of the centralised training and development team formed by Railtrack, as reported in the Cullen Report, will be made publicly available.

 (60612)

571  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the proposals for establishment of a railway industry safety body; and if he will place the consultation papers in the Library.

 (60596)

572  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the results of the enhanced basic questionnaire for prospective Railtrack contractors will be made available to the public.

 (60599)

573  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the terms of reference are for the two additional members of the Railway Industry Advisory Committee; and from which areas nominations are accepted.

 (60606)

574  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the (a) terms of reference, (b) timescales and (c) job description are for the successful candidate applying for the position of director in Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate.

 (60605)

575  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps are to be completed by Railtrack to comply with the recommendations of the Cullen Report into the Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry; and what (a) timescales and (b) costs are involved.

 (60598)

576  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the terms of reference are for the local management teams that monitor the implementation of contracts for the rail industry as reported in the Cullen Report on the Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry.

 (60604)

577  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the primary legislation required to set up the Railway Advisory investigation Branch will be published.

 (60607)

578  Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his policy is on promoting park and ride schemes; and if he will make a statement.

 (60078)

579  Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what policy guidance exists on procedures for restrictions of traffic and closures of the M48 Severn Crossing; whether the closures of the M48 Severn Crossing are monitored and recorded; and whether a risk assessment of the M48 Severn Crossing during adverse weather conditions has been carried out.

 (60476)

580  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many rail workers have been injured while working on rail lines, in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (60392)

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

 (60393)

582  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if it is his policy to restrict the siting of speed cameras to sites where serious accidents have already taken place.

 (60242)

583  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what work his Department has done into the technical feasibility of additional runway capacity at Heathrow.

 (60243)

584  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 25th April, Official Report, column 567W, on the Channel Tunnel, what recent discussions he has had with the French Government regarding the policing resources at Frethun; what British policing resources are in place to support anti-intrusion measures; if he will claim compensation from the French Government for the companies affected by asylum seeekers; and if he will make a statement.

 A (60806)

585  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had with the Airline Group about the (a) technical issues at and (b) the financing of NATS.

 (60298)

586  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the effects of the IT patterns at the Swanwick Air Traffic Control Centre on air traffic volumes.

 (60299)

587  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the implications for future air traffic volumes if NATS delivers its investment plan.

 (60296)

588  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when Swanwick will assume responsibility for all air traffic services from the centres at Manchester and West Drayton; and what conditions will need to be met before this takes place.

 (60297)

589  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with National Air Traffic Services concerning IT problems at Swanwick and West Drayton.

 (60302)

590  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the likely reliability of IT systems at Swanwick and West Drayton over the summer.

 (60303)

591  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assurances he has received from the Airline Group about the reliability of NATS IT systems.

 (60305)

592  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the status is of negotiations to increase investment by other parties in NATS; and what commitments the Government has made in connection with its intention to invest further sums of money in NATS.

 (60294)

593  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the impact on NATS' ability to take advantage of the commercial freedoms offered by the European Union's Single European Sky Policy of a lack of an investment plan.

 (60295)

594  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the reports by the Health and Safety Executive on IT systems in operation at Swanwick and West Drayton.

 (60304)

595  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps the Government has taken to assess the reliability of the air traffic control systems at Swanwick.

 (60301)

596  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many reports the HSE has issued in connection with the NATS in (a) 2002, (b) 2001, (c) 2000 and (d) 1999.

 (60300)

597  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on how many occasions in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001 and (d) 2002 the HSE has been notified of problems at NATS.

 (60306)

598  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to allow third parties to be granted entitlement to a retained vehicle registration number; and if he will make a statement.

 (59901)

599  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what was the value of sales by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for the sale of cherished number plates in each year since 1997.

 (59902)

600  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the new criteria are for the siting of safety cameras under the netting off scheme; on what research the new criteria were based; and if he will place a copy of the research in the Library.

 (60077)

601  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many computers were replaced in his Department in each of the past three years; how the replaced units were disposed of and by which companies; and at what cost.

 A (60748)

602  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what measures are (a) in place and (b) under discussion in his Department in order to ensure compliance with the WE Directive.

 A (60749)

603  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations of the Work-Related Road Safety Task Group concerning occupational road risk.

 (60123)

604  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his policy is on pedestrian protection in relation to the tests developed by the European Enhanced Vehicle Safety Committee.

 (60070)

605  Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made with the risk assessment of rail bridge safety he ordered as a result of the Great Heck incident.

 (60409)

606  Fiona Mactaggart (Slough): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the M4 bus lane on (a) motorcyclists, (b) traffic speeds at off-peak hours and (c) congestion between Junction 4 and Junction 7 of the M4.

 (60638)

607  Fiona Mactaggart (Slough): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will publish the results of his consultation on the use of the M4 bus lane.

 (60637)

608  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the right honourable Member for North West Cambridgeshire will receive a substantive reply to his letter of 28th March on behalf of his constituent Mr J. Germany.

 (59718)

609  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what planned works there are on the (a) A68, (b) A696 and (c) A7 between Newcastle and Edinburgh.

 (60644)

610  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many households he estimates include at least (a) one child under four and (b) adult over 65 in each fire authority area.

 (60446)

611  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when previous network management statements were published by Railtrack.

 (60649)

612  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many road haulage vehicles were inspected by the Vehicles Inspectorate in each of the last three years.

 (60457)

613  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he makes of the environmental cost resulting from aviation industry use of UK airports.

 (60432)

614  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many international flights there were from the UK (a) over the North Atlantic, (b) to other EU countries and (c) to other world destinations in each quarter of the last five years.

 (60655)

615  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much money has been set aside as part of (a) the SRA Plan and (b) the Ten Year Plan for the implementation of the EU directives on interoperability on the high speed network.

 (60413)

616  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimates he has made of the increase in carbon dioxide emissions from aviation over the next 20 years.

 (60430)

617  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his estimate is for the increase in traffic on the (a) A68, (b) A696 and (c) A7 between Newcastle and Edinburgh over the lifetime of the Ten Year Plan.

 (60646)

618  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) statutory duty and (b) guidelines have been given to fire authorities on giving fire safety advice to the public.

 (60439)

619  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what guidelines he has issued to the CAA on the relationship between the number of flights (a) over the North Atlantic, (b) to other EU countries and (c) to other world destinations, and the level of the price cap that the CAA places on the fees that NATS charges airlines.

 (60656)

620  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what percentage of secondary fires were (a) on grassland and heath, (b) in refuse, (c) in derelict buildings and (d) in none of the above in the last 12 months.

 (60448)

621  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the non-departmental bodies attached to his Department that have a responsibility for transport issues, listing their responsibilities in each case.

 (60422)

622  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the major infrastructure work carried out on the (a) A68, (b) A696 and (c) A7 between Newcastle and Edinburgh in the last 15 years, in each case giving (i) the aim and nature of the works, (ii) the name of the Government body responsible, (iii) the length of time the works took and (iv) the costs of the works.

 (60643)

623  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the costs of implementing the EU directives on interoperability on the high speed network.

 (60411)

624  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) cars, motorbikes and vans, (b) lorries and (c) camper-vans and caravans used the (i) A68, (ii) A696 and (iii) A7 between Newcastle and Edinburgh on an average day in the last 12 months.

 (60645)

625  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many households there are in each fire authority area; and what the population is in each area.

 (60441)

626  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the change in fuel efficiency of aircraft, using UK airports, over the last 30 years.

 (60428)

627  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what incentives he has given to encourage bus companies to convert their fleets to use more environmentally friendly fuels.

 (60642)

628  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimates he has made of the number of people using UK airports over the next 20 years.

 (60431)

629  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much private finance will be brought in under the proposal for company limited by guarantee made by Network Rail; and in what areas this money is budgeted to be spent.

 (60652)

630  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) statutory responsibility and (b) other responsibility Railtrack has to produce a network management statement.

 (60648)

631  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will estimate the average carbon dioxide emissions per passenger for a flight to (a) Miami, (b) Paris, (c) Tokyo, (d) Manchester, (e) New York and (f) Majorca, from a London airport, in each of the last six years.

 (60426)

632  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the assumptions used to set the five-year price cap regime for NATS in 2001.

 (60657)

633  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the increase in air traffic, over the last 30 years, using UK airports.

 (60429)

634  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) road and (b) rail accidents there have been in each of the last three years which involved vehicles transporting dangerous or hazardous materials.

 (60663)

635  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) fire stations, (b) full time fire-fighters and (c) part time fire-fighters there are in each fire authority.

 (60445)

636  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the percentage of the possible costs for implementing the EU directives on interoperability on the high speed network, that will be borne by (a) the Government, (b) the successor to Railtrack, (c) the SRA, (d) freight rail companies and (e) passenger rail companies.

 (60412)

637  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much was spent on maintenance by Railtrack in each of the last five years; and if he will publish the expected expenditure on maintenance for the (a) current and (b) next year.

 (60654)

638  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many kilometres were cycled per person in each of the last three years.

 (60455)

639  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, who has responsibility to ensure that (a) Railtrack and (b) its successor company carry out all necessary maintenance work on the rail network.

 (60647)

640  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place in the Library copies of the evidence that his Department has given to the Planning Inquiry at Dibden Bay.

 (60415)

641  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the modal share of transport is by numbers of trips made.

 (60454)

642  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the proposed funding arrangement for the successor to Railtrack, as given by the proposal for a company limited by guarantee made by Network Rail; and if he will make a statement.

 (60651)

643  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will estimate the average carbon dioxide emissions for a motorist using their car in the last 12 months in the UK.

 (60427)

644  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many full-time engineers were employed by Railtrack who worked on (a) maintenance and (b) enhancements and projects on 24th September 2001; how many there are; and how many have joined the company since the 5th October 2001.

 (60653)

645  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the planning inquiry at Dibden Bay will report.

 (60425)

646  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what resources were provided for inspections of road haulage vehicles with regard to overloading and vehicle drivers' hours offences, in each of the last three years.

 (60456)

647  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what powers the administrators of Railtrack have to sell (a) major stations, (b) other property and (c) other land assets independently of the remainder of the rail network.

 (60650)

648  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement regarding the proposal for the introduction of a community safety certificate as outlined in Council Document 5744/02.

 (60414)

649  Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the cost of making Junction 20 of the M6 fully directional.

 (60316)

650  Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will respond to the MIDMAN multi-modal study.

 (60313)

651  Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the cost of building the proposed M556.

 (60315)

652  Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent approaches Manchester Airport plc has made to his Department to alter departure routes from Manchester Airport.

 (60312)

653  Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to reduce traffic flows on the A556 between Junction 19 of the M6 and the M56.

 (60317)

654  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the allocation of the money under the 10 year transport plan for rail investment, broken down by region, including (a) total amount and (b) percentage allocated to each region.

 (60268)

655  Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on recent safety levels at the Air Traffic Control centre in Swanick with special reference to reports of the (a) Health and Safety Executive and (b) Civil Aviation Authority.

 (60272)

656  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the costs are of the London to South West and South Wales Multi-Modal Study, broken down by (a) staff and (b) other costs.

 (59779)

657  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the official note of his meeting on 12th September 2001 with the Paddington Survivors' Group; what matters were discussed at the meeting; and if he will make a statement.

 (60541)

658  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 (59459)

659  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded.

 (60146)

660  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many cherished plates have been transferred in (a) Angus and (b) Scotland in each of the last five years.

 (60069)

661  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the performance targets that his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if he will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it.

 (60462)

662  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if his Department has a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 (59585)

663  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the performance targets that his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if he will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it.

 (60464)

664  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are in receipt of (a) disability living allowance, (b) council tax benefit, (c) housing benefit, (d) incapacity benefit, (e) income support and (f) invalid care allowance in (i) the Edinburgh West constituency, (ii) Scotland and (iii) the UK; and what percentage these figures represent of the estimated numbers of the people who are eligible for the benefit in these respective areas.

 (60266)

665  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received to review the operation of housing benefit rules, with specific reference to the clawback threshold.

 (60059)

666  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received on the amendment of the housing benefit rules in respect of accommodation for homeless people.

 (60060)

667  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) mean and (b) median payment of SERPS has been in the five most recent years for which he has data.

 (60488)

668  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases have arisen in the past two years in which persons approaching pensionable age have been incorrectly advised in writing by the Benefits Agency that their additional pension will be nil.

 (60485)

669  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) mean and (b) median payment of SERPS will be in (i) five, (ii) 10 and (iii) 15 years' time.

 (60490)

670  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals (a) receive SERPS and (b) have contributed to SERPS but are yet to receive any pension.

 (60487)

671  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners he expects will be receiving SERPS in (a) five (b) 10 and (c) 15 years' time.

 (60489)

672  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data he has collated on the proportion of people earning above £10,000 per year who have been contracted out of SERPS and the state second pension over the past three years.

 (60486)

673  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to pay state benefits weekly into bank or building society accounts; and if he will make a statement on his policy in this regard.

 (60177)

674  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many British Sign Language interpreters there are in the UK.

 (60116)

675  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will commission an independent study of the demography of the British Sign Language community.

 (60118)

676  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to recognise British Sign Language as an official language; and if he will make a statement.

 (60117)

677  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15th May, Official Report, column 680W, on pension entitlement, how many cases have been referred to the (a) OPRA, (b) PAS and (c) Pensions Ombudsman since 1997.

 A (60805)

678  David Hamilton (Midlothian): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16th January, Official Report, column 367W, on pensioner poverty, how many pensioners are living in poverty in the Midlothian constituency.

 A (60804)

679  
N  
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Coatbridge and Chryston of 22nd May, Offical Report, column 374W, on the Medical Services Contract, if he will list (a) each of the key performance targets and the levels of performance against each of those targets, (b) each of the other performance measures and the levels of performance against those measures, (c) each of the further set of quality improvement measures, (d) each of the contractual milestones that have been agreed for each of the key improvement projects, (e) each of the other contractual improvements that have been secured and (f) for each of the last 12 months, the number of occasions on which a financial remedy has been applied to SchlumbergerSema, and the amount on each of those occasions.

 (60477)

680  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many computers were replaced in his Department in each of the past three years; how the replaced units were disposed of and by which companies; and at what cost.

 A (60744)

681  Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures are (a) in place and (b) under discussion in his Department in order to ensure compliance with the WE Directive.

 A (60745)

682  Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer from the Secretary of State for Health of 21st May, Official Report, column 302W, on smoking, if he will estimate the savings to public funds relating to pension payments as a consequence of premature deaths among smokers.

 (60267)

683  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a Scottish Executive Minister will be a member of the UK delegation to the Employment and Social Policy European Union Council of Ministers meeting on 3rd June; and what information is being provided by his Department to the Scottish Executive in connection with pre-council scrutiny by the European Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

 (60278)

684  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to allow the Child Support Agency to impose deduction from earnings orders on service personnel; and if he will make a statement.

 A (60768)

685  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to review the Child Support (Collection and Enforcement) Regulations 1992 with regard to service personnel; and if he will make a statement.

 A (60767)

686  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): 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 Isle of Wight since 7th June 2001.

 (57671)

687  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department enforces a maxmum retirement age for most staff; and whether it has a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 (59296)

688  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded.

 (60147)

689  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list for each NDPB and agency sponsored by his Department (a) the maximum retirement age adopted for most employees and (b) their practice on not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 (59297)

690  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will reply to the question from the honourable member for Northavon, of 17th April, Ref 50989.

 (60519)

691  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many letters have been issued to those people who will be affected by the reduction in SERPS on the sliding scale; and on what basis those people were identified.

 (60620)

692  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the amount of each means-tested benefit which is unclaimed by (a) all age groups and (b) pensioners for each region within Great Britain.

 (60187)

693  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Greenock and Inverclyde of 20th May, Official Report, column 32W, on the Pension Service, if he will list the areas in which a direct local service has been introduced since 1st April.

 (60518)

694  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action he is taking to improve the job prospects of those with mental health problems.

 A (60786)

695  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what circumstances benefits can be paid to polygamous spouses; and what benefits can be paid to polygamous spouses.

 (59905)

696  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the performance targets that his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if he will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it.

 (60465)

697  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the activities pursued by his Department that have had a particular impact on the Isle of Wight since 7th June 2001.

 (57673)

698  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will estimate the cost of awarding the Queen's Jubilee Medal to (a) Yeomen of the Queen's Bodyguard, (b) Gentlemen at Arms and (c) the Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland, The Royal Company of Archers.

 (59655)

699  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken by HM Customs and Excise to reduce the risk of foot and mouth disease being brought into the United Kingdom by travellers from South Korea.

 (60273)

700  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suicides took place (a) on the Isle of Wight and (b) in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

 (60531)

701  Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Department has to introduce (a) a hearings system and (b) an inquisitorial magistracy in youth courts.

 (60324)

702  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20th May, Official Report, column 48W, on the New Direct Bank, what the basis was for the statement by Baroness Hollis on 23rd April, regarding benefits being paid via new direct banks.

 (60450)

703  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what progress has been made regarding the consultation on the Government's proposals to give local authorities the discretion to reduce the 50 per cent. council tax discount for second homes and long-term empty homes.

 (60494)

704  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much of the Budget allocated for housing in 2003-04 will be allocated to (a) the South West Region and (b) North Somerset County Council.

 (60492)

705  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the progress and activities of the affordable housing unit with regard to its remit to provide more affordable homes.

 (60495)

706  Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what progress the Homelessness Directorate has made with regard to tackling homelessness.

 (60493)

707  Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to increase the provision of specially adapted housing for the elderly and the disabled.

 (60547)

708  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of primary fires were (a) in road vehicles, (b) in dwellings, (c) in other buildings, (d) outdoor fires, (e) in private garages and sheds, (f) in retail distribution premises, (g) in industrial and transport premises and (h) in none of the above in the last 12 months.

 (60447)

709  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people were (a) killed and (b) injured in house fires in the UK in each of the last six years, broken down by (i) deliberate and (ii) accidental fires.

 (60433)

710  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many house fires there were in each of the last six years broken down by (a) deliberate and (b) accidental fires in each fire authority.

 (60437)

711  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) guidelines and (b) requirements are placed on (i) regional chambers and (ii) Government offices of the regions, with regard to their allocation of government money to their different areas of responsibility; and if he will place copies in the Library.

 (60421)

712  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much money was spent on key workers' housing initiatives in the last year; how the money was spent; how many people benefited from it; and what their occupations were.

 (60443)

713  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the cost to business resulting from fire-related damage in each of the last six years.

 (60435)

714  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received on the proposal to give local authorities the power to reduce housing benefit for anti-social tenants; and if he will place related correspondence in the Library.

 (60442)

715  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many households were made homeless by house fires in each of the last six years.

 (60434)

716  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding was granted to the Fire Service, broken down by authority, in each of the last six years.

 (60438)

717  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding was made available to fire authorities to assist them to provide fire safety advice to the public in the last 12 months.

 (60444)

718  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many house fires there were in which people were (a) killed, (b) injured and (c) both, broken down by (i) deliberate and (ii) accidental fires, in the last three years.

 (60436)

719  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what are the (a) powers and (b) responsibilities, of (i) the Government offices and (ii) regional chambers of the regions, with regard to (A) sustainable development and (B) social inclusion.

 (60420)

720  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of house fires in each of the last six years were in (a) owner occupied housing and (b) rented housing.

 (60440)

721  Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what his responsibilities are for the organisation of referendums.

 (60314)

722  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what minimum participation level will be required in referenda to determine the establishment of a regional assembly.

 (60233)

723  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on what basis his Department estimates the cost of running a regional assembly.

 (60237)

724  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy that the people of Hertfordshire will be able to choose the region they wish to be a part of in his plans for regional governance.

 (60235)

725  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate his Department has made of the impact on employment in the East of England region, should an existing tier be abolished as outlined in his plans for regional governance.

 (60234)

726  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his policy is on the imposition of a regional assembly upon a shire county if a majority of its population rejected it in a referendum.

 (60236)

727  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what information he collects on the application of grants paid through the single regeneration budget, their efficacy and effectiveness.

 (60155)

728  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the grants paid through single regeneration budget V on the Isle of Wight, stating for each the (a) recipient organisation, (b) amount, (c) date of payments, (d) objectives and (e) performance against measurable performance indicators.

 (60154)

729  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many adoption orders were made in each year since 1991.

 (60572)

730  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to increase the availability of the Registrar General's information to family historians.

 (60577)

731  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the proposals for consultation on the SSA for the Fire Service, announced in his oral Answer of 23rd October 2001, Official Report, column 131, will be made available; and if he will make a statement.

 (60562)

732  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many tyres were scrapped in each of the last five years in the UK; how many tonnes this was; and what proportion of the tyres were (a) disposed of in landfill sites, (b) illegally dumped and (c) fly-tipped.

 (60640)

733  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the administration costs for the (a) National Homelessness Directorate, (b) BBU and (c) RSU were in the last 12 months.

 (60664)

734  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures she has put in place to ensure that whole tyres will be properly disposed of once they are banned from landfill sites.

 (60639)

735  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent estimate he has made of the cost per household of improving sound insulation in houses affected by poor sound insulation.

 (60661)

736  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what incentives she has given to encourage (a) recycling and (b) cascade use of scrapped tyres.

 (60641)

737  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of the money allocated to the (a) BBU and (b) RSU by him for the current financial year is expected to be spent on administration costs.

 (60666)

738  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made as to the impact on (a) children and (b) adults of being chronically exposed to loud noise.

 (60659)

739  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many domestic noise complaints were received by local authorities in each of the last three years.

 (60662)

740  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the population was exposed to noise levels of (a) 55-65 dBLAeq over 24 hours and (b) over 65 dBLAeq over 24 hours in the last 12 months.

 (60658)

741  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent estimate he has made of the number of households affected by poor sound insulation.

 (60660)

742  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the provision of free checks for volunteers wishing to work with young and vulnerable people in the voluntary sector.

 [Question Unstarred]   (57048)

743  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Cabinet Office, when he will complete the inquiry into the procurement of timber for the refurbishment project of 22 Whitehall.

 [Transferred]   (57131)

744  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Cabinet Office, if (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

 [Transferred]   (59460)

745  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Cabinet Office, what the median length of time has been between the departure of a chief executive and the commencement in post of a successor for all non-departmental public bodies since 1997.

 [Transferred]   (59715)

746  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Cabinet Office, if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his officials since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded.

 [Transferred]   (60139)

747  Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Cabinet Office, if he will list the performance targets that his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if he will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it.

 [Transferred]   (60535)

748  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Cabinet Office, what instructions are given to officials on responding to requests for papers by the Parliamentary Ombudsman.

 [Transferred]   (60578)

749  Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the letter CL/02/035437 of 7th May, when he expects to report to the House on his investigation of the circumstances surrounding the procurement of timber for the refurbishment of 22 Whitehall; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (60798)

750  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many export licences for military equipment have been granted by her Department in each of the last three years.

 [Transferred]   (60706)

751  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to have sign language recognised as an official language.

 [Transferred]   (60714)

752  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the financial contribution into the United Kingdom's economy has been in each of the last five years from the European Structural Fund.

 [Transferred]   (60710)

753  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, further to the reply of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State of 21st January, Official Report, column 572W, if he will announce the outcome of the review of the implications for the National Interest Mapping Service Agreement with the Ordnance Survey of the Ordnance Survey's decision in May 2001 to change to colour photography.

 [Transferred]   (60686)

754  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the National Interest Mapping Service Agreement funding makes (a) a direct and (b) an indirect contribution to the commercial activities of Ordnance Survey.

 [Transferred]   (60685)

755  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his policy is on cross subsidy from public funds for the Ordnance Survey Imagery Layer business.

 [Transferred]   (60687)



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