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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 11 June 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 11 June 2002, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 

TUESDAY 11th JUNE

1  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans his Department has to include in the Indices of Deprivation statistics on access to local services and public transport for those over 65 and 75 years in the most deprived wards; and whether indicators on age-related issues will be included in the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit's review of how the Indices of Deprivation may be developed.

 (60623)

2  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many home-owners there were in (a) 1979, (b) 1997 and (c) at the latest date for which figures are available; and what percentage of the population this represented at each of these dates.

 (60792)

3  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the potential threat from (a) Iraq, (b) Iran, (c) Syria, (d) Libya and (e) North Korea.

 (60257)

4  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action she has taken to encourage more people to enter into a career as a university lecturer.

 (60130)

5  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to increase the salaries of university lecturers.

 (60129)

6  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance she has issued to appeals panels on overturning head teachers' decisions to exclude (a) bullies and (b) racist bullies.

 (60132)

7  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the requirements (a) removed from and (b) placed on local education authorities in the last year for which information is available.

 (60837)

8  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance (a) she and (b) the Higher Education Funding Council have issued to Oxford and Cambridge universities on admission policy with regard to the (i) social class origins and (ii) schools attended by undergraduate students; and if she will make a statement.

 (60131)

9  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of pupils were omitted from the calculation of the LEA average in KS2 performance tables in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001 because they met the criteria of having English as an additional language, being new to English schooling and having joined their primary school during years 5 or 6 in each.

 (60038)

10  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what number and percentage of pupils were allowed additional time for completion of KS2 tests in 2002 because of special needs or EAL needs for each LEA.

 (60039)

11  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the areas where reorganisation of 16 to 19 provision has taken place in each year since 1997, listing in each case the general further education colleges, sixth form colleges and school sixth forms involved.

 (60040)

12  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list for each year since 1997 the (a) capital resources committed and (b) additional revenue costs incurred on reorganisations involving 16 to 19 provision.

 (60041)

13  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the (a) capital costs and (b) additional revenue cost involved in the creation of new dedicated 16 to 19 provision in (i) Hackney, (ii) Islington and (iii) Lambeth.

 (60042)

14  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance has been given to the Learning and Skills Council on the action to be taken to deal with weaknesses identified following an area inspection and the circumstances under which reorganisation of provision ought properly to be considered; and if she will publish that guidance.

 (60043)

15  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the proposals under consideration involving changes to the organisation of 16 to 19 provision.

 (60044)

16  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent research has been undertaken by her Department into (a) cost effectiveness and (b) the impact on quality and standards of different forms of organisation of 16 - 19 provision.

 (60045)

17  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent discussions have taken place between her Department and (a) OFSTED, (b) ALI and (c) the Learning and Skills Council about the organisation of 16 to 19 and adult learning provision.

 (60046)

18  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average wage was in rural communities in the last 10 years, broken down by constituency.

 (60864)

19  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many income-deprived rural wards there were in England and Wales in the last 10 years; and what percentage of wards this was.

 (60862)

20  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many households in rural areas lived below the poverty line in each of the last 12 years, broken down by constituency.

 (60865)

21  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what percentage of (a) large, (b) small, (c) medium and (d) micro businesses have succeeded in NVQ implementation in each of the last 10 years in rural areas.

 (60863)

22  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions there have been under the Noxious Weeds Act 1959 since 1972; and what assessment she has made of the Act's effectiveness.

 (57250)

23  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken to monitor the flow of oestrogenic steroids into the human food chain.

 (60832)

24  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what is the maximum safe concentration of ethinyloestradiol in foods for human consumption.

 (60833)

25  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the five pesticides and plant treatments which are banned in the United Kingdom but most widely used elsewhere.

 (60836)

26  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the population lives in rural areas broken down by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) district and unitary councils.

 (60834)

27  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken to ensure that traces of (a) pesticides and (b) other plant treatments which are banned in the United Kingdom are not found on fresh imported produce.

 (60835)

28  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer given by the Foreign Secretary of 21st May, Official Report, column 255, on meetings with Embassy staff, what the economic benefit to the United Kingdom was of the Lakshmi-Mittal Romanian steel contract.

 (60553)

29  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if his Department will bring forward proposals to exempt VAT paid by charities on fuel for (a) the transport of out-patients to hospital in voluntary sector-run patient transport vehicles and (b) for accident and emergency transport which would otherwise be undertaken by NHS ambulance trusts.

 (60621)

30  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if his Department will bring forward proposals to exempt from VAT, projects whereby voluntary organisations in the care sector extend their building in order to take on new partnership arrangements with a local authority.

 (60622)

31  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 16th May, Official Report, column 807W, on social care, if he will make a statement on the recommendation of the Wanless Report on a study of the trends affecting social care.

 (60819)

32  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer which members of (a) the Monetary Policy Committee and (b) his Office had communications by (i) personal meeting, (ii) telephone call, (iii) email and (iv) other forms of communications during the period 1st March 2001 to 31st March 2002; and how many such contacts occurred.

 (60258)

33  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend the Inland Revenue definition of a permanent place of work in respect of those employed in the construction industry.

 (60549)

34  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the married population was represented by those previously divorced in each year since 1997.

 (60839)

35  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many were divorced in the most recent year for which information is available,
broken down by year of latest marriage.

 (60838)

36  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average birth weight was of children of (a) married couples, (b) cohabitees and (c) single mothers in each of the last five years.

 (60841)

37  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the infant mortality rate is amongst children of (a) married couples, (b) cohabitees and (c) single mothers.

 (60840)

38  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 21st May, Official Report, column 255, on meetings with Embassy staff, what the benefit to the United Kingdom, in foreign policy terms, was of the Lakshmi-Mittal Romanian steel contract.

 (60551)

39  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much revenue has been generated by the sale of licences to fishing boats fishing in Chagos Island waters in the last 12 month period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

 (57249)

40  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of extra spending announced for the NHS in the recent Budget will be allocated for treatment of and research into strokes.

 (60128)

41  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 14th May, Official Report, column 624W, on mixed sex wards, how many mixed sex wards there are in the NHS.

 (60817)

42  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 10th May, Official Report, column 401W, on the NHS Cancer Plan, what consultations he undertook and what representations he received prior to developing the two-week-wait target for cancer diagnosis in the NHS Cancer Plan.

 (60818)

43  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what impact his Department's policies have had on the Kingston upon Hull North constituency since 1997.

 (60548)

44  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many parents are pursuing information about the whereabouts of their children's organs improperly removed at Alder Hey Hospital; and if he will make a statement.

 (59796)

45  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what powers he has to direct voluntary hospices.

 (60850)

46  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much time is required of (a) medical, (b) nursing and (c) management staff to develop a local cancer care plan.

 (60849)

47  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the difference is between (a) earmarked, (b) hypothecated and (c) ring-fenced in health service resourcing terminology.

 (60848)

48  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money was earmarked for palliative care for the three years ending 2003-04 (a) for the central south coast area and (b) for each other part of England; and how much of each sum was (i) committed and (ii) spent in 2001-02.

 (60847)

49  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals his Department plans to bring forward exemptions to compulsory registration of charities following the expiry of the Charity Act Regulations on voluntary registration in September.

 (60624)

50  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for leave to remain in the United Kingdom were outstanding at the end of each (a) month since June 2001 and (b) June since 1997.

 (60831)

51  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the standards of literacy and numeracy among prisoners; and what information he collects on these subjects.

 (60829)

52  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many appeals against refusal of entry clearance were outstanding at the end of each (a) month since June 2001 and (b) June since 1997.

 (60830)

53  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were in prisons run by the Scottish Prison Service, broken down by establishment, on 1st May; and how many are being held.

 (60821)

54  
N  
Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to strengthen the guidelines for judges for sentencing criminals.

 (57414)

55  
N  
David Burnside (South Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd May, Ref. 48766, on the IRA ceasefire, what activities (a) within and (b) outside the UK by the Provisional IRA he assessed in order to reach his determination on the level of threat to the ceasefire; and what activities he defines as constituting a breach of the ceasefire.

 (60259)

56  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) level of car ownership, (b) incidence of vehicle thefts, (c) level of stolen vehicle recoveries and (d) incidence of normal residence of individuals prosecuted for car theft was in each policing district in the last 12 months.

 (60854)

57  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, by what means he monitors joyriding as a specific aspect of vehicle crime; what recent studies have been conducted on the perpetrators of this crime; and how many (a) arrests and (b) prosecutions have been effected over the last 12 month period for which figures are available.

 (60853)

58  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the incidence was of drug rape in each of the past five years; and how many (a) arrests and (b) successful prosecutions were carried out.

 (60860)

59  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) stinger and (b) similar devices used for the rapid arrest of a speeding vehicle have been purchased by the police in the past five years; and on how many occasions the occupants of stopped vehicles have been (i) arrested and (ii) succesfully prosecuted.

 (60855)

60  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will break down the operating costs of his Department by relative spending on each specialist (a) unit and (b) programme in each of the last three years.

 (60852)

61  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what specialist resources are available for the investigation of domestic violence and sexual attacks; what action has been taken in this area in the past three years for (a) research, (b) education; (c) crime prevention and (d) officer training; and how many staff and how many staff hours were employed in these areas, and at what cost, in each of the last three years.

 (60861)

62  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) units and (b) programmes he has established to develop the work of his Department since devolution; what units and programmes (i) ceased and (ii) began to be run down after devolution; and what functional units and programmes continue.

 (60851)

63  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many rape and sexual assault incidents were recorded in each year since 1993; and how many arrests and how many successful prosecutions were recorded in these years.

 (60859)

64  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his policy is on the use of children as police informants.

 (60856)

65  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer by the Foreign Secretary of 21st May, Official Report, column 255, on meetings with Embassy staff, what the overall benefit to the United Kingdom was of the Lakshmi-Mittal Romanian steel contract.

 (60550)

66  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the discussions he held with the Nepalese Prime Minister on his recent visit to London; and what commitments were made regarding military assistance and exports.

 (60628)

67  Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife): To ask the Prime Minister, how many times in the last three years he has discussed Gibraltar with the Spanish Prime Minister.

 (60791)

68  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in independent countries within the Commonwealth where the Queen is head of state about providing for (a) the Monarch and (b) the heir to the throne to enter into a morganatic marriage.

 (57415)

69  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions she has held with Scottish coal on the future of the Longannet deep mine in Fife.

 (60823)

70  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer given by the Foreign Secretary of 21st May, Official Report, column 255W, on meetings with Embassy staff, what the commercial benefit to the United Kingdom was of the Lakshmi-Mittal Romanian steel contract.

 (60552)

71  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what licences have been granted for equipment on the military list to (a) India and (b) Pakistan in each month since December 2001, including military list and dual-use ratings; what equipment is covered under these licences; and if she will make a statement.

 (60625)

72  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what licences have been granted for equipment on the military list to Israel in each month of 2002, including military list and dual-use ratings; what equipment is covered under these licences; and if she will make a statement.

 (60627)

73  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what licences have been granted for equipment on the military list to (a) Georgia, (b) Uzbekistan, (c) Kyrgyzstan, (d) Tajikistan, (e) Turkey, (f) the Philippines, (g) Kenya, (h) Ethiopia, (i) Djibouti, (j) Bahrain, (k) Oman, (l) Jordan and (m) Yemen in each month since September 2001, including military list and dual-use ratings; what equipment is covered under these licences; and if she will make a statement.

 (60526)

74  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list, for each of the last three years, each political donation made by British Nuclear Fuels Limited and each of its subsidiaries; what budget has been allocated by BNFL and its subsidiaries for political donations in 2002-03; and if she will make a statement.

 (59241)

75  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what national minimum standard she sets for coverage of rural post offices.

 (60828)

76  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the impact on (a) rural and (b) urban areas of a reduction in the number of post boxes.

 (60822)

77  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what impact the decision by Consignia plc to change arrangements for morning mail on train services will have on the viability of (a) freight only services and (b) freight and passenger services on the west coast mainline.

 (60824)

78  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many fires have occured on vessels within 12 miles of the Scottish coastline in the last three years; and how many such incidents involved requests for assistance from coastal fire brigades.

 (60820)

79  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit books were stopped in the last year for which information is available; and what the aggregate value was of unpaid benefit.

 (60842)

80  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on his policy on drawing benefits weekly in cash at a post office.

 (60845)

81  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether agreement has been reached with the banks on the cost to (a) his Department and (b) account holders of payment of benefits through bank accounts.

 (60844)

82  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the planned phases for the transfer of benefit payments to automated credit transfer.

 (60843)

83  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when it will be possible for benefit recipients to open accounts with the proposed universal bank.

 (60846)

84  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the policy is of the Court Service on the treatment of children as witnesses in criminal cases.

 [Transferred]   (60857)

85  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the reasons given by Mr Justice Burgess for awarding exemplary damages to Patricia Austin of Belfast in May.

 [Transferred]   (60858)



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