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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 17 June 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 17 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.
 


 
1  Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many reports have been made to his Department through the Government Office of the North East by the North East Assembly accounting for expenditure of money provided under the Strengthening Regional Accountability Initiative; and if he will publish them.

 (62549)

2  Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance his Department has given the North East Assembly on spending government funds given to it under the Strengthening Regional Accountability Initiative.

 (62550)

3  Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the final draft consultation on Manufacturing and Storage of Explosives Regulations will be completed; when the regulations will be published with supporting evidence; under what powers the regulations will be implemented; and whether they will comply with the Health and Safety Executive's Mission Statement.

 (62566)

4  Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how the planned manufacturing and storage of explosives regulations will improve safety for (a) the general public and (b) those that handle explosives; what scientific advice he has received and how the regulations will apply to that advice; and what (a) explosives site controls and (b) explosives frequency controls the regulations will include.

 (62567)

5  Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his policy relating to the acceptable level of danger of uncontrolled risk to the public relating to the storage and manufacture of explosives; and if he will list (a) serious injuries and (b) deaths caused by explosives in each of the last five years, broken down by (i) domestic and (ii) commercial premises.

 (62568)

6  Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will complete his departmental website; what steps is he taking to meet the Government's e-commerce targets; and what his target is for answering correspondence with ministers.

 (62554)

7  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average response time was to departmental correspondence from Government departments to (a) members of the public and (b) honourable Members in the last 12 months.

 (62826)

8  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the marginal cost is of tabling a parliamentary question.

 (62825)

9  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the target response time is to departmental correspondence in Government departments; and what percentage of letters exceeded the target response time in each year since 1998.

 (62828)

10  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of letters from (a) members of the public and (b) honourable Members exceeded the average response time in each year since 1998.

 (62827)

11  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on how many occasions in the last 12 months the requirement to engage in a competitive tendering process has been waived by his Department due to national security obligations under paragraph 6(h) of the supply regulations.

 (62824)

12  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will publish the latest Government statistics on the volumes of and performance on departmental correspondence.

 (62829)

13  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on how many occasions during the last 12 months an official photographer has accompanied him on official visits (a) overseas and (b) within the UK; what (i) travel expenses, (ii) costs of equipment and processing, (iii) staff payment and (iv) other costs were incurred on each occasion; what publications official photographs have appeared in during the last 12 months and what terms and conditions were attached to the publication of such photographs; and whether photographs taken on official visits are available for use in non-governmental literature.

 (62834)

14  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he received on his Department's consultation document on second homes and council tax since January.

 (62588)

15  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he intends to bring forward legislation to allow local authorities the power to remove the 50 per cent. council tax discount for second home owners.

 (62590)

16  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what level of (a) central government and (b) local government monies have been used to provide the necessary subsidy for the delivery of the council tax rebate for (i) second homes and (ii) all other residential properties entitled to a council tax discount rebate in each of the past five years for which records are available in (A) each of the six districts of Cornwall, (B) Cornwall County and (C) the Council of the Isles of Scilly.

 (62619)

17  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what financial and other incentives the Government has provided to social housing providers developing new accommodation units provided on a shared equity basis in each of the last five years for which records are available.

 (62591)

18  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent assessment he has made of the demand for (a) social rented, (b) private rented, (c) part purchase/part rent, (d) other forms of managed partly-owned accommodation and (e) private market housing from (i) newly formed family units and (ii) first time occupiers and purchasers.

 (62617)

19  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the extent of (a) central government and (b) local government finance employed to subsidise the costs of the council tax rebate for (i) second homes and (ii) other residential properties entitled to a council tax discount or rebate for each of the past five years for which records are available.

 (62618)

20  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many new accommodation units have been created by (a) local authorities, (b) registered housing associations and (c) other government registered housing providers in the form of (i) council houses, (ii) housing association units for rent, (iii) shared-equity properties, (iv) social housing as a conditional proportion of new private sector development and (v) other forms of affordable social housing in each of the past five years for which records are available.

 (62596)

21  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with his colleagues in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the case for the specifying of the Cornish language in the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

 (62594)

22  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the response to his Department's consultation document on council tax and second homes this year.

 (62589)

23  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) advice he has received from (i) local authorities, (ii) the Housing Corporation, (iii) other statutory agencies and (iv) government departments about and (b) estimate he has made of the level of unmet housing need in each of the districts of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in each of the last five years for which records are available.

 (62593)

24  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what timetable he has set for the implementation of a removal of the right of second home owners to council tax discounts.

 (62587)

25  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what evidence he has collated that supports the conclusion that Cornish is not an appropriate language to be specified for the purposes of the European Charter for regional or minority languages.

 (62648)

26  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answers of 20th November 2001, Official Report, column 216W, and 19th March, Official Report, column 227W, on the Cornish language, when his Department will complete its assessment of the case for specifying the Cornish language within the provision of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

 (62611)

27  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the planning process being undertaken on land development around Norwich airport.

 (61769)

28  Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total cost was of sending out the literature from the Standards Board to all parish councils; and if he will make a statement.

 (62650)

29  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will publish a consultation document on his proposals for a new system for the distribution of funding to local authorities.

 (62344)

30  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what arrangements he is making for the consideration of local authorities' objections to the provisional financial settlement for 2003-04.

 (62345)

31  
N  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) purpose was of visits by ministers in his Department to Wales since 1997; and when he next intends to visit Wales.

 (62081)

32  Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his plans are for reducing the voting age to 16; and if he will make a statement.

 (62690)

33  Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has for allowing 18 year olds to stand for election to local councils.

 (62689)

34  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the revised Code of Best Practice for mobile phone operators on the development of mobile phone masts will be completed.

 (62915)

35  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people left the employment of the Fire Service in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) gender, (b) ethnic origin, (c) natural retirement, (d) early retirement, (e) retirement due to ill health and (f) dismissals.

 (62927)

36  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average years of service with the Fire Service were for fire-fighters leaving the service in each year since 1997.

 (62926)

37  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people were accepted for employment with the Fire Service since 1997, broken down by (a) gender and (b) ethnic origin.

 (62928)

38  Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, to which Minister English Heritage is accountable in respect of London planning matters.

 (62269)

39  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to abolish the protection of the title of architect, as recommended by the 1993 Warne Report; and if he will make a statement.

 (61881)

40  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to publish a policy paper on planning reform.

 (62790)

41  Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will publish his analysis of responses to the Green Paper, Planning: Delivering a Fundamental Change.

 (62851)

42  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many lone parents aged 16 and 17 years reside in local authority accommodation with (a) on-site support, (b) floating support and (c) no specialist support.

 (62578)

43  Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the investigation into prize competitions will include (a) Women Empowering Women and (b) other gifting schemes.

 (62436)

44  Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the remit will be of the investigation into prize competitions under the gambling review; when it will begin; and when it will report.

 (62432)

45  Fiona Mactaggart (Slough): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her estimate is of the cost of refurbishment of Clarence House; and how it will be funded.

 (62349)

46  Fiona Mactaggart (Slough): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what profit has been made from admission charges to (a) Windsor Castle and (b) Buckingham Palace in each year since 1992.

 (62350)

47  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received from local authorities regarding Public Library Standard 18.

 (62679)

48  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make it her policy in the forthcoming Communications Bill to place a duty upon (a) the Regulator, (b) Ofcom and (c) the media to promote good race relations in the performance of their functions; and if she will make a statement.

 (62305)

49  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his Department's personnel houses have been sold in (a) each of the last five years and (b)2002; and how many were sold (i) to private developers and (ii) to social landlords.

 (62429)

50  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his Department's personnel housing units have been sold in the Twickenham constituency in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002 so far; to whom they were sold; for what purpose; and at what price.

 (62430)

51  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions during the last 12 months an official photographer has accompanied (a) him and (b) other Ministers in his Department on official visits (i) overseas and (ii) within the UK; what (A) travel expenses, (B) costs of equipment and processing, (C) staff payment and (D) other costs were incurred; what publications official photographs have appeared in during the last 12 months and what terms and conditions were attached to the publication of such photographs; and whether photographs taken on official visits are available for use in non-governmental literature.

 (62831)

52  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions in the last 12 months the requirement to engage in a competitive tendering process has been waived by his Department due to national security obligations under paragraph 6(h) of the supply regulations.

 (62815)

53  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications to join the Army in each year since 1998 were rejected with no reason given to the applicant; and in what circumstances the Department refuses to give reasons for rejection of applicants.

 (62640)

54  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications to join the Army from Northern Ireland were rejected on national security grounds in each year since 1998.

 (62642)

55  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications to join the Army were made in each year since 1998.

 (62641)

56  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about individual educational allowances for the armed services.

 (62467)

57  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what extra training Sea Harrier pilots will have to undergo to convert to Harrier GR9; and what the cost will be of that training per pilot.

 (62336)

58  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what would be the total cost of individual educational allowances if each serviceman made use of it.

 (62339)

59  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value is to an individual serviceman of the individual education allowance.

 (62337)

60  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the uptake of individual educational allowances in each year since 1997.

 (62466)

61  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what categories of educational opportunity the IEA has been used for since 1997.

 (62338)

62  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the likely preferred variant type of Joint Strike Fighter for the future aircraft carriers.

 (58677)

63  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to continue RAF involvement in (a) the Joint Elementary Flying Training Service and (b) university air squadrons; and if he will make a statement.

 (62278)

64  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has had from the families of soldiers killed at the Princess Royal Barracks at Deepcut Surrey; and if he will make a statement.

 (62279)

65  
N  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) purpose was of visits by ministers in his Department to Wales since 1997; and when he next intends to visit Wales.

 (62074)

66  
N  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what powers of arrest military authorities will have in assisting civilian authorities in the event of a terrorist attack as described in the role of the reserves in Home Defence and Security; and if he will make a statement.

 (62627)

67  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has had from the government of Nepal concerning the Maoist rebellion; what advice his Department has offered; and if he will make a statement.

 (62893)

68  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance he has offered to India and Pakistan to help secure the border of Kashmir; what assistance has been requested; and if he will make a statement.

 (62910)

69  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what specialist troops Finland, Italy and Sweden have contributed to the ISAF; how long they will remain at ISAF's disposal; and if he will make a statement.

 (62894)

70  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what date has been set for the transfer of the leadership of ISAF from the UK to Turkey; how many UK forces will stay in Afghanisation after this transfer; and if he will make a statement.

 (62895)

71  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the submission of his Department to the War Pensions Appeal Tribunal in the case of Mr Shaun Rusling, with an explanation for the change in description of his illness from Gulf War Syndrome; and if he will make a statement.

 (61872)

72  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government plans to (a) reward financially Sri-Lankan soldiers who took part in the Second World War and (b) otherwise assist financially surviving Ceylonese War veterans.

 (62654)

73  David Wright (Telford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to consider the replacement of armoured personnel vehicles in use by the UK armed forces.

 (62901)

74  David Wright (Telford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions members of the UK armed forces have entered Pakistan during current operations based in Afghanistan.

 (62902)

75  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the community schools that in each of the last five years have become voluntary aided schools, with any resulting religious affiliation, and stating in each case the (a) estimated value of the land and buildings transferred from public ownership and (b) amount paid by the voluntary organisation for those assets.

 (62841)

76  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she plans to publish for consultation her draft guidance to school organisation committees on the effect of proposals for new schools on community cohesion.

 (62840)

77  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the initial capital costs of (a) Emmanuel City Technology College in Gateshead, (b) each approved city technology college and (c) each approved city academy, together with the proportion of (i) capital costs and (ii) running costs met in each case by the sponsors of those colleges and academies; and if she will list the continuing financial obligations in each case.

 (62839)

78  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what arrangements are made for the transfer of assets, land and buildings, when voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools close.

 (62842)

79  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the financing of modern apprenticeships with particular reference to differences of treatment relating to age.

 (61340)

80  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action she is taking to improve access for disabled students to overseas courses, with particular reference to (a) physical access problems and (b) access to disability specific benefits.

 (61345)

81  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance her Department issues to (a) schools and (b) local education authorities on identifying and supporting young carers.

 (62539)

82  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will include in future OFSTED inspections an assessment of (a) school and (b) local education authority policies and practice in identifying and supporting young carers.

 (62540)

83  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 28th February, Official Report, column 1542W, if she will provide details of the (a) destination and (b) purpose of the overseas trip undertaken by a special adviser in her Department between 1st April 2000 and 31st March 2001; and if she will provide a breakdown of the costs incurred on the stated trip, including (i) travel, (ii) accommodation and (iii) subsistence allowance.

 (62959)

84  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many errors have been found in examination papers set by Edexcel for examinations in the current year.

 (62795)

85  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether teachers of the deaf are given British Sign Language training at public expense; and to what extent they are required to pay fees to achieve that training.

 (61875)

86  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with the British Deaf Association and RNID about whether teachers of the deaf should be required to have a BSL qualification; and if she will make a statement.

 (61874)

87  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the role and responsibilities of Learning and Skills councils in regard to funding private training providers which provide courses accredited by official examination boards.

 (62678)

88  
N  
Mr Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what support her Department gives for the use of music therapy to assist people with disabilities.

 (62089)

89  Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the role parents of school age children can play in helping improve children's academic performance at home.

 (62858)

90  Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her policy is towards parents supporting school age children by providing appropriate help at home.

 (62774)

91  Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make it her policy to require children to declare that they have received parental support on the cover sheet of public examinations.

 (62857)

92  Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her policy is on penalising children who have had parental assistance with schoolwork.

 (62773)

93  
N  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) purpose was of visits by ministers in her Department to Wales since 1997; and when she next intends to visit Wales.

 (62070)

94  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost was in 2001 to (a) the universities and (b) the Government of administering university tuition fees, broken down by (i) publicity and information costs and (ii) costs incurred as a result of non-payment of fees.

 (61879)

95  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to review the pay levels of college lecturers; and if she will make a statement.

 (62563)

96  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the pay levels of (a) college lecturers and (b) school sixth form teachers.

 (62562)

97  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students have been awarded an education maintenance allowance in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Stoke on Trent North for the academic year 2001-02.

 (62384)

98  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total roll number was of the (a) January 2001 Year 10 and (b) January 2002 Year 11.

 (62660)

99  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the contracts awarded by her Department since January 2000 for (a) the Fast Track Teaching Programme, (b) the Teachers' International Professional Development Scheme and (c) leasing laptop computers to teachers, stating in each case (i) the name of the successful contractor and (ii) whether the contracts were subject to open tender.

 (62957)

100  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what financial assistance is offered to children who leave care at the age of 16 years to remain in full or part-time education.

 (62657)

101  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 23rd May, Official Report, column 468W, on unpaid advisers, if she will list the steps that were taken to ensure no conflicts of interest arose as a result of this appointment.

 (62970)

102  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the percentage point gap is between the 2001 Key Stage 2 results separately and the statutory EDP targets for (a) English and (b) maths in 2004 in each local education authority.

 (62661)

103  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of pupils living in (a) a residential care home and (b) with foster parents were (i) in special schools and (ii) excluded from school in the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by (A) Government Office Region and (B) LEA.

 (62658)

104  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many primary schools and how many secondary schools reported zero per cent. for unauthorised absence in her Department's absence tables in academic year 2000-01.

 (62659)

105  David Wright (Telford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to announce the result of the quinquennial review of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

 (62310)

106  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 21st May, Official Report, column 200W, if she will list the commitments that (a) the UK and (b) the European Union undertook and the timetable for meeting them.

 (62171)

107  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent by her Department on research into (a) all forms of farming and (b) local-based farming initiatives in the developing world in each of the last 10 years.

 (62084)

108  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons she did not attend the World Food Summit in Rome; and if she will make a statement.

 (62085)

109  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to commission an economic assessment of the costs and benefits of GM crops.

 (62321)

110  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library a record of the priority scores given to each countryside stewardship scheme approved in the past five years.

 (62323)

111  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications the Environment Agency has received for further fixed plant recycling sites in the UK in 2002.

 (62635)

112  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will support the proposal from Nicaragua and Guatemala to upgrade mahogany from CITES appendix III to appendix II at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES in November.

 (62322)

113  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the outcome of the recent ministerial conference in Bali.

 (61772)

114  
N  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much public money has been spent on the Holsworthy Biogas project; what steps her Department took to ensure that all licensing requirements were in place before public money was spent; what steps her Department took to vet the business plan for this project and when the steps were taken; what assessment she has made of the (a) viability of the business plan and (b) profitability of the project; and if she will make a statement.

 (61770)

115  
N  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge & West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will discuss with the managers of the Holsworthy Biogas project the recently published Composting Risk Assessment; and if she will instruct the Environment Agency to discuss with the managers of the project the Provisional Pollution Prevention and Control Permit BK 5088 issued in relation to this project; and if she will make a statement.

 (61771)

116  Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to publish guidance to local authorities on the best means of collecting and recycling (a) plastic bottles and (b) cardboard boxes; and if she will make a statement.

 (62272)

117  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions in the last 12 months the requirement to engage in a competitive tendering process has been waived by her Department due to national security obligations under paragraph 6(h) of the supply regulations.

 (62816)

118  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of domestic residences in England and Wales have no connection to mains water.

 (62415)

119  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many confirmed cases of bovine TB have been recorded in (a) Scotland and (b) Dumfries and Galloway region in each of the last 12 months.

 (62412)

120  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will derogate from the EC Directive on carcase disposal in respect of farms in Dumfries and Galloway.

 (62411)

121  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received from the Scottish Executive in respect of measures to control the spread of the bovine TB virus.

 (62413)

122  Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received about the decision by Esure to stop providing flood insurance for households in areas at risk of flooding; and if she will discuss this with Esure.

 (62603)

123  Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what agreement exists for the present year with the Association of British Insurers about maintaining insurance cover for households in areas at risk of flooding.

 (62602)

124  Mr Michael Foster (Worcester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of insurance payouts made as a result of the floods of Autumn 2000.

 (62331)

125  Mr Michael Foster (Worcester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the impact on householders of the withdrawal of flood insurance cover.

 (62334)

126  Mr Michael Foster (Worcester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the local authorities who have not yet provided a High Level Target 1 policy statement for Flood and Coastal Defence.

 (62908)

127  Mr Michael Foster (Worcester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has held with the Association of British Insurers regarding insurance cover for those affected by flooding.

 (62335)

128  Mr Michael Foster (Worcester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many properties in England are at risk from a 1 in 50 year flood event.

 (62332)

129  Mr Michael Foster (Worcester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will name the local authorities who have indicated that they are not prepared to produce a policy statement under High Level Targets for Flood and Coastal Defence.

 (62906)

130  Mr Michael Foster (Worcester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to assist householders to find insurance cover for properties affected by flooding.

 (62333)

131  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her departmental scientists have made, or been advised of, of the (a) stock levels, (b) fishing mortality levels and (c) estimated biological limits for each of the commercial species known to be caught by UK fishermen in the deep water at or beyond the continental shelf.

 (62625)

132  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice she has received from the European Commission on the extent of competence which it may be possible to convey under the existing regulatory framework to proposed regional advisory councils as set out under its reformed Common Fisheries Policy.

 (62598)

133  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with (a) the European Commission and (b) other EU fishing nations in respect of the maintenance of the relative stability parameters throughout the period of the reformed common fisheries policy commencing in January 2003.

 (62623)

134  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications of the proposed European road map for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy in respect of (a) in-shore fishermen, (b) the future management of shellfish, (c) the management of multi-annual quotas, (d) the future market for the trade in quotas, (e) the confidence in retaining relative stability, (f) the opportunities to give fishing industry stakeholders executive power to make policy and management decisions and (g) the prospects for the future of the United Kingdom fishing industry.

 (62597)

135  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions in the past year (a) UK fisheries enforcement officers have visited and inspected the enforcement regime of another EU fishing nation and (b) enforcement officials from other EU fishing nations have visited the UK to inspect the enforcement re«gime in the UK.

 (62624)

136  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the expected cut in the United Kingdom fishing fleet following the publication of the indicative figures contained within the European Commission's monthly published road map for the future reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.

 (62595)

137  Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to answer the letters sent to the Environment Minister on 5th October 2001 and 20th February 2002 by the honourable Member for Wakefield regarding the Welbeck Tip.

 (62309)

138  Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the outcome of the Fisheries Council held on 11th June was; what the Government's stance on the issues discussed, including its voting record was; and if she will make a statement.

 (62931)

139  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of Common Agricultural Policy funding went to UK farmers broken down by (a) under eight European size units, (b) eight to 39 ESUs, (c) 40 to 99 ESUs, (d) 100 to 199 ESUs and (e) 200 and over ESUs in the last 12 months.

 (62536)

140  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much subsidy was received in the last 12 months per head of UK dairy cattle through the CAP.

 (62533)

141  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the contribution made by the average UK family to the CAP by (a) contributions made through tax, (b) increases in prices and (c) other means in the last 12 months.

 (62535)

142  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of payments made through the CAP went to (a) farmers, (b) the food processing industry and (c) other sectors in the last year for which figures are available.

 (62534)

143  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of introducing a development box into the World Trade Organisation agreement on agriculture; and if she will make a statement.

 (62537)

144  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to commission and publish a veterinary risk assessment of the greater inter-farm movements of manure arising from the proposals in the Government's consultation document on nitrate vulnerable zones.

 (61594)

145  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the maximum timescale permitted between the laying of a statutory instrument and its publication (a) on her Department's website and (b) by HM Stationery Office.

 (61592)

146  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the compatibility of the Government's commitments concerning the EC Nitrates Directive made in the Action Plan for Farming of March 2000 and the proposal made in her recent consultation document on the Nitrates Directive.

 (62086)

147  
N  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish a record of serological testing carried out by her Department since 1st January 2001, on a regional basis, indicating (a) what animals were tested on each farm, (b) the percentage sample which were taken, (c) the results of the tests taken and (d) what consequential actions were taken.

 (62538)

148  
N  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) purpose was of visits by ministers in her Department to Wales since 1997; and when she next intends to visit Wales.

 (62073)

149  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent research her Department has undertaken into possible causes of tuberculosis in cattle other than through badgers.

 (62838)

150  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will suspend the badger cull until it has been established that badgers are the cause of bovine tuberculosis.

 (62814)

151  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent research her Department has undertaken into the effect of production announcers given to cattle on the development of bovine tuberculosis.

 (62813)

152  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps she has taken to solicit views on the Government's proposals on hunting with dogs; and if she will make a statement.

 (62692)

153  Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether goats are under the same classification as sheep for the purposes of SI No. 843.

 (62555)

154  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the EU Implementation Committee for Spirit Drinks is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; when it is next due to meet; what the United Kingdom representation on it is, whether experts nominated by the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (62921)

155  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 technical and scientific progress of the Directive on the protection of the environment is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; when it is next due to meet; what the United Kingdom representation on it is; whether experts nominated by the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (62920)

156  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the EU Committee on Geographical Indications and Protected Designations of Origin for agricultural products and food-stuffs is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; when it is next due to meet; what the United Kingdom representation on it is; whether experts nominated by the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (62916)

157  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the EU Joint Meetings of Management and Regulatory Committees in the field of agriculture is; how many times such meetings have taken place over the last 12 months; when it is next due to meet; what the United Kingdom representation on it is; whether experts nominated by the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (62922)

158  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 of the Directive on bathing water is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; when it is next due to meet; what the United Kingdom representation on it is; whether experts nominated by the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (62919)

159  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandates of (a) the EU Committee on conservation, characterisation, collection and utilisation of genetic resources in agriculture is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; when it is next due to meet; what the United Kingdom representation on it is; whether experts nominated by the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (62924)

160  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 of the Directive on the quality of fresh water is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; when it is next due to meet; what the United Kingdom representation on it is; whether experts nominated by the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (62918)

161  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandates of (a) the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund Committee and (b) the working party on irregularities are; how many times they have met over the last 12 months; when they are next due to meet; what the UK representation on them is; whether experts nominated by the Scottish Executive (i) have been and (ii) are members of them; and if she will make a statement.

 (62923)

162  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the EU Committee on organic production of agricultural products is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; when it is next due to meet; what the United Kingdom representation on it is; whether experts nominated by the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (62912)

163  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the mandate of the EU Committe on the Directive on packaging and packaging waste is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; when it is next due to meet; what the United Kingdom representation on it is; whether experts nominated by the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (62917)

164  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the cost of disposing of end-of-life vehicles; who has responsibility for dealing with end-of-life vehicles; and if she will make a statement.

 (62559)

165  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what extra funding she is providing to local authorities to deal with the disposal of fridges; when this extra funding will become available; and if she will make a statement.

 (62561)

166  Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her reply of 10th June, ref. 53704, on illegal meat imports, how many (a) operational enforcement officers were employed in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999, (iv) 2000, (v) 2001 and (vi) 2002 to date and (b) seizures of illegal meat imports there were in each of those years.

 (62612)

167  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action she intends to take on the conclusions contained in publications issued by the Government and on behalf of the Government which were distributed at the United Kingdon Noise Forum's inaugural conference held on 20th May; and if she will make a statement.

 (62571)

168  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to support the frozen peas industry and pea producers in East Anglia; and if she will make a statement.

 (62270)

169  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the United Kingdom Noise Forum's inaugural conference on 20th May.

 (62573)

170  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to make publicly available the publications issued by the Government and on behalf of the Government which were distributed at the United Kingdom Noise Forum's inaugural conference on 20th May.

 (62570)

171  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason the press was excluded from the United Kingdom Noise Forum's inaugural conference.

 (62572)

172  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to ensure a swift conclusion to the debate in Europe on the review of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (94/62/EC); and if she will introduce interim targets for recovery and recycling over the next three years in advance of new EU targets.

 (62362)

173  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the increase in domestic recycling required in order to achieve new packaging and packing waste recycling and recovery targets under discussion in the EU; and what discussions she has had with local authorities in relation to increasing domestic and kerbside collection of packaging waste to meet recovery and recycling targets by 2006.

 (62363)

174  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures the Government intends to take to ensure that the requirements of the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997 are uniformly enforced across the UK.

 (62364)

175  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total costs have been of storing powder resulting from foot and mouth and BSE.

 (62798)

176  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the anticipated schedule is for the final disposal of powder stored in Devon and Lincolnshire.

 (62799)

177  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had regarding the continuation of financial assistance to the Food Standards Agency to enable the agency to reduce meat inspection changes for small and medium meat plants after 31th March 2004; and if she will make a statement.

 (61878)

178  Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to promote the use of peat alternatives in horticulture; and if she will make a statement.

 (62268)

179  David Wright (Telford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action her Department is taking to promote the production of free range eggs in the United Kingdom.

 (62903)

180  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated annual cost to the Treasury is from illegal use of red diesel.

 (62938)

181  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer which countries are listed as non co-operating countries and territories under the Financial Action Task Force process; which countries have been identified as not co-operating with the new recommendations to tackle terrorist financing; how he estimates that non-compliance will affect the UK's relationship with such countries; and if he will make a statement.

 (62326)

182  Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if, pursuant to his Answer of 10th June, Official Report, column 848W, to the honourable Member for Glasgow, Cathcart, he will state the equivalent figures for credit card (a) in total and (b) per head for each year since 1996.

 (62933)

183  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average cost is of a litre of (a) unleaded petrol and (b) diesel fuel in (i) Northern Ireland and (ii) the rest of the United Kingdom; and what proportion of the cost is made up of fuel duty in each case.

 (62639)

184  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the amout of duty lost because of smuggling between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland over the last 12 months.

 (62936)

185  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of cross border fuel smuggling on the Northern Ireland economy.

 (62644)

186  Mr Michael Foster (Worcester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of working family tax credit claimants (a) per constituency and (b) per head of population per constituency.

 (62645)

187  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures have been taken to deal with the level of false self-employment tax claims; how much has been spent investigating such claims in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

 (62342)

188  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate has been made of the cost of false self-employment tax claims in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

 (62340)

189  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to combat the falsification of tax claims by the self-employed; and if he will make a statement.

 (62341)

190  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate has been made of the number of false self-employment tax claims in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

 (62343)

191  
N  
Mr Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many coaches returning from trips abroad have been stopped by Customs and Excise, in the past year for searches to be carried out; and what locations away from ports have been used for such searches.

 (62088)

192  Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held on 4th June; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.

 (62929)

193  
N  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) purpose was of visits by ministers in his Department to Wales since 1997; and when he next intends to visit Wales.

 (62080)

194  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what statistics have been collected by the National Statistician to determine the rate of self-inflicted death and suicide among (a) members of HM Armed Forces, (b) police officers and staff, (c) prison officers and staff, (d) firefighting officers and staff and (e) ambulance service staff.

 (62672)

195  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what statistics have been collected by the National Statistician to determine the rate of self-inflicted death or suicide, broken down by (a) sex, (b) ethnic origin, (c) occupation, (d) age and (e) religion.

 (62652)

196  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he plans to cancel debt owing to the UK by Uganda.

 (62354)

197  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what responsibility he has for setting Government policy with regard to the independence of the economic regulators of the privatised utilities.

 (62301)

198  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from (a) the DTLR, (b) the SRA, (c) the Office of the Rail Regulator and (d) train operating companies with regard to the Government's policy towards the independence of the economic regulators of the privatised utilities.

 (62302)

199  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when Her Majesty's Customs and Excise first stopped the export of second-hand fridges in response to the Europen Regulation; when it lifted that ban, and why; when it restored it; and what the total value was of second-hand fridges exported in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001.

 (62609)

200  Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of full-time workers in (a) Scotland, (b) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (c) Great Britain earned gross pay (i) including and (ii) excluding overtime less than (A) £302.12 per week, (B) £277.24 per week, (C) £203.85 per week and (D) £155.39 per week who were (1) male manual (2) male non-manual, (3) male, (4) female manual, (5) female non-manual, (6) female, (7) manual and (8) non-manual workers.

 (62914)

201  Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average weekly earnings based on gross pay (a) including and (b) excluding overtime were for full-time workers in (1) Scotland, (2) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (3) Great Britain for (A) all manual, (B) all non-manual and (C) all workers in the last 12 months.

 (62913)

202  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to prevent the issuing of penalty notices for £0 by the Inland Revenue.

 (61880)

203  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money was collected in taxation from motorists in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

 (62674)

204  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax revenue has been collected from the sale of (a) tobacco and (b) alcohol in each of the last three financial years.

 (62370)

205  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the budget of the Portsmouth Inland Revenue Contact Centre was in each of the last five financial years.

 (62622)

206  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what performance measures there are at Inland Revenue call centres; if they are being met; and if he will make a statement.

 (62621)

207  Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has asked that products which offer an alternative to natural resources be considered in the 2003 EU review of products qualifying for reduced VAT; and if he will make a statement.

 (62905)

208  
N  
Mr Robert N. Wareing (Liverpool, West Derby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many customs officers are under suspension; in which regions of the country they are employed; what reasons led to their suspension; and if he will make a statement.

 (61337)

209  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Tooting of 10th May, Official Report, column 396W, on income tax, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of pensioners paid income tax in each year since 1992 broken down into figures for each tax bracket.

 (62579)

210  
N  
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer from which taxes members of the Royal Family are exempt.

 (62610)

211  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 10th April, Official Report, column 246W, on unpaid advisers, if he will list the steps that were taken to ensure that no conflicts of interest arose as a result of this appointment.

 (62969)

212  David Wright (Telford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what action is being taken by his Department to support credit union development in the UK.

 (62899)

213  David Wright (Telford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the level of funds loaned in each of the last five years by credit unions in the UK.

 (62898)

214  David Wright (Telford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many credit unions are registered within the UK; and how many people are members.

 (62900)

215  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if it is Government policy to seek a Spanish commitment to operate unhindered red and green customs channels between that country and Gibraltar.

 (62320)

216  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the setting up of a common European Diplomatic Service.

 (62319)

217  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the people of Gibraltar's rights in the free movement of services, capital and persons as (a) EU citizens and (b) a constituent territory of the EU.

 (62317)

218  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on (a) the provision of more telephone lines for Gibraltar and (b) recognition from Spain of the Gibraltar international dialing code.

 (62420)

219  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which international organisations Zimbabweans subject to an EU travel ban are allowed to attend.

 (62318)

220  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if it is Government policy to seek Spanish commitment to open up maritime and air links between that country and Gibraltar.

 (62315)

221  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if it is Government policy to seek the recognition of Gibraltarian identity cards by Spain.

 (62316)

222  Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Turkmen authorities concerning the renewed persecution of Christians in Turkmenistan.

 (62787)

223  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to provide the first of the monthly updates for the honourable Member for Sutton and Cheam concerning the case of his constituent Mr Jason Clark's father.

 (62542)

224  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what UK diplomatic representation there is in the five central Asian republics; what plans are in hand to improve this representation; and if he will make a statement.

 (62325)

225  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to visit the five central Asian republics; and if he will make a statement.

 (62324)

226  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which countries the UK delegation to the Human Rights Commission in Geneva has (a) voted for and (b) voted against with regard to a visit by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (62419)

227  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions in the last 12 months the requirement to engage in a competitive tendering process has been waived by his Department due to national security obligations under paragraph 6(h) of the supply regulations.

 (62817)

228  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions during the last 12 months an official photographer has accompanied (a) him and (b) other Ministers in his Department on official visits (i) overseas and (ii) within the UK; what (A) travel expenses, (B) costs of equipment and processing, (C) staff payment and (D) other costs were incurred on each occasion; what publications official photographs have appeared in during the last 12 months and what terms and conditions were attached to the publication of such photographs; and whether photographs taken on official visits are available for use in non-governmental literature.

 (62832)

229  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd October 2001, Official Report, column 19W, on the BBC World Service, what extra funding has been given to regional language services to the Muslim world; and what further action he proposes to take in relation to such services.

 (62170)

230  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library the Government's assessment of the economic and social impact on the United Kingdom of the accession to the EU of the Eastern European applicant nations.

 (61765)

231  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he made to Vice Premier Wen Jiabao and other Chinese leaders concerning the situation in Tibet during his recent visit to China; and what replies he received.

 (61767)

232  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) discussions he had with and (b) representations he made to Li Ruihuan, Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, concerning the situation in Tibet, during Chairman Li's recent visit to the UK; and what response he received.

 (61768)

233  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason the Government has not petitioned for conditional bail in the case of Richard Ward.

 (62952)

234  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects legal proceedings against Richard Ward in Dubai to be completed

 (62949)

235  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions since his arrest consular officials in Abu Dhabi and Dubai have visited Richard Ward.

 (62950)

236  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Dubai about the length of time that Richard Ward has been held in custody without the completion of legal proceedings against him.

 (62955)

237  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department will release Richard Ward's file to his representatives in the UK.

 (62956)

238  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the legal position of Richard Ward in Dubai; and if he remains liable for retransfer from prison in Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

 (62951)

239  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason his Department informed Dr Paul Meconi that Richard Ward's case had been attached to another case and did not give him access to the file of Mr Ward's case on 13th June.

 (62953)

240  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to secure full legal representation for Richard Ward.

 (62954)

241  Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome of the General Affairs Council meeting of 10th and 11th June was; what the Government's stance on the issues discussed, including its voting record was; and if he will make a statement.

 (62930)

242  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects the NEPAD initiative to be implemented.

 (62093)

243  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he plans to take further measures against the Government of Zimbabwe following the re-election of President Mugabe.

 (62094)

244  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with governments in Africa concerning the NEPAD initiative.

 (62092)

245  John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the support provided to the family of Surjit Kaur Atwal in the search for her as a missing person in India.

 (62616)

246  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the status accorded by the United Nations to (a) Ceuta, (b) Melilla and (c) Gibraltar.

 (62361)

247  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consideration is given to resolutions from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in shaping Government policy on enlargement of the EU.

 (62691)

248  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Nepal concerning the Maoist rebellion; what advise his Department has offered; if he has offered to mediate between the two sides; and if he will make a statement.

 (62891)

249  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, under what circumstances asylum seekers would be handed over by the staff in UK overseas missions to the local authorities; if he will list how often this has happened in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (62897)

250  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many asylum seekers have entered a United Kingdom overseas mission in China in each year since 1997; what their nationality was; how many were granted asylum; and if he will make a statement.

 (62909)

251  Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what purpose money was allocated to Luton Borough Council by the European Union, which is now to be spent in Pakistan; and what criteria his Department will use to authorise the spending of this money in this way.

 (62892)

252  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the conclusions of the General Affairs Council at Luxembourg on 10th June.

 (61876)

253  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what penalties can be imposed on an EU member state which does not enforce the travel ban imposed on members of the Zimbabwean Government.

 (62166)

254  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the prospects for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy in the light of the conclusions reached at the General Affairs Council at Luxembourg on 10th June.

 (61877)

255  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what procedures are in place to monitor whether a person, subject to an international travel ban by either the EU or the United States, transits via a UK port en route to another destination.

 (62165)

256  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which EU body oversees the implementation by member states of the travel ban restrictions imposed on the various members of the Zimbabwean Government.

 (62167)

257  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has taken to assist Mr Ian Stillman in India.

 (62620)

258  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much it cost to rebrand the visa operation as UK Visas.

 (62785)

259  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the names of the business ambassadors, and how many business ambassadors he has appointed since 7th June 2002.

 (62786)

260  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on relations with Peru.

 (62783)

261  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visitors' liaison officers were dismissed from their posts in each year since 1990.

 (62784)

262  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 10th April, Official Report, column 63W, on unpaid advisers, if he will list the steps that were taken to ensure no conflicts of interest arose as a result of this appointment.

 (62971)

263  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of the 9th May, Official Report, column 310W, on East Timor, what further information regarding the deaths of Malcolm Rennie and Brian Peters he has received from the new investigation.

 (62592)

264  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action is being taken by the National Health Service Pensions Agency (a) to identify and (b) to pursue and recover overpayments.

 (61344)

265  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking to improve the (a) monitoring and (b) prevention of sudden deaths owing to epilepsy.

 (61341)

266  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking to encourage the use of technology in improving dementia care.

 (61342)

267  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area were awaiting in-patient treatment in the last two available months; and how many were waiting (a) over 12 months and (b) over 15 months for treatement.

 (60137)

268  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the latest available figures for the number of people waiting more than six months for in patient treatment in Dorset.

 (62569)

269  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what cost benefit analysis his department has undertaken of bare stints compared to drug eluting stints.

 (61362)

270  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) agency staff, (b) positions unfilled for (i) one month and (ii) three months and (c) staff in children in care settings there were in each quarter of each of the last three years.

 (61368)

271  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the (a) percentage and (b) number of children in care in each (i) region and (ii) health authority broken down by ethnic background, in each of the last five years.

 (61353)

272  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out the (a) number of children placed and (b) reasons for children being placed in (i) foster care and (ii) care for each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 (61357)

273  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) types and (b) number of prescriptions of medication that have been given to children in care over the last five years.

 (61361)

274  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the funding was for each of the last five years for childen in care in England (a) broken down by health authority and (b) expressed as an average per head.

 (61365)

275  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will develop a fund to help local authorities produce tailored care packages to back up the results of carers' assessments under the Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000.

 (62541)

276  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out for each local authority the average amount paid to a foster family per week for each child fostered in each of the last five years.

 (61338)

277  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children have been placed in foster families broken down by (a) region and (b) health authority in each of the last five years.

 (61354)

278  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average length of stay in (a) foster care and (b) children in care settings has been in each of the last five years.

 (61356)

279  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many placements of foster children have taken place in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 (61358)

280  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cardiac interventionists there were in the UK who are able to perform percutaneous coronary interventions using stints; and how many vacancies exist for (a) one month, (b) one to three months and (c) three months or longer.

 (61360)

281  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cardiac surgeons there are in the UK who are able to perform open heart surgery; and how many vacancies have existed for (a) one month, (b) one to three months and (c) three months or longer.

 (61367)

282  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the (a) percentage and (b) number of children in care in each (i) region and (ii) health authority broken down (a) mental and (b) physical disability, in each of the last five years.

 (61352)

283  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many foster parents were registered by (a) region and (b) health authority in each of the last five years.

 (61355)

284  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) percentage and (b) number of children in care in each (i) region and (ii) health authority (A) had an abortion and (B) gave birth whilst in care in each of the last five years.

 (61359)

285  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the relative cost effectiveness of the (a) coronary artery bypass graft for coronary heart disease and (b) percutaneous coronary intervention; and if he will make a statement.

 (61363)

286  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the average number of bed days for recovery from percutaneous coronary interventions in the last year for which figures are available.

 (61366)

287  Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors from the European Economic Area have been appointed as associate specialists in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

 (62698)

288  Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what period of training doctors from the EEA are required to complete before being eligible for consultant positions in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

 (62673)

289  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of NHS care for (a) adults and (b) children who suffer from epilepsy; and if he will make a statement.

 (62329)

290  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) guidelines he has issued to health professionals relating to and (b) arrangements are in place for effective pain control for people sent home from hospital in their dying weeks; and if he will make a statement.

 (62327)

291  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assssment he has made of the extent of under-investment in core mental health services (i) in London and (ii) nationally over the past 20 years; and if he will make a statement.

 (62911)

292  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government's response has been to the National Sentinel Audit of Epilepsy Related Death; and if he will make a statement.

 (62328)

293  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions in the last 12 months the requirement to engage in a competitive tendering process has been waived by his Department due to national security obligations under paragraph 6(h) of the supply regulations.

 (62818)

294  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been conducted by his Department into false memory syndrome since 1997; who undertook the research; and when the papers were published.

 (61871)

295  Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists have ceased to perform NHS work since 1st May 1997; and what the net effect of this has been on the NHS budget.

 (62647)

296  Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) children and (b) adults are registered with an NHS dentist within Leicestershire Health Authority; and what percentage of people covered by Leicestershire Health Authority are registered with an NHS dentist.

 (62646)

297  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average life expectancy is of a myeloma patient.

 (62688)

298  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the ownership of patent rights following the identification of individual gene sequences from blood samples donated to the project Biobank UK.

 (62276)

299  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the most common form of treatment is for myeloma patients.

 (62719)

300  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of myeloma patients in the UK are (a) men and (b) women.

 (62686)

301  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to allow the disclosure of personal genetic information from Biobank UK and NHS sources to third parties.

 (62274)

302  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent grants the Government has made available to treating and finding a cure for myeloma.

 (62687)

303  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the UK were diagnosed with multiple myeloma in (a) 1975, (b) 1980, (c) 1985, (d) 1990, (e) 1995, (f) 2000 and (g) 2001.

 (62682)

304  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of company access to anonymised genetic and lifestyle data from Biobank UK.

 (62277)

305  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research and studies the Government has undertaken to find the cause of multiple myeloma.

 (62683)

306  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of myeloma patients in the UK are under (a) 50, (b) 40 and (c) 30 years of age.

 (62685)

307  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list areas in the UK in which there are clusters of multiple myeloma sufferers.

 (62684)

308  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to commission an independent review of value-for-money of the genetic record project Biobank UK.

 (62275)

309  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the amount of inherited debt for each strategic health authority.

 (62845)

310  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were eligible for nursing care payments of (a) £35, (b) £70 and (c) £105 in each primary care trust; and if he will make a statement.

 (62843)

311  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much debt each primary care trust had at the beginning of the 2002-03 financial year.

 (62844)

312  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many whole-time equivalent general practitioners, excluding GP retrainees and GP registrars, per 100,000 population there were in each health authority in each of the last six years.

 (60826)

313  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average percentage annual increase of whole-time equivalent general practitioners was, excluding GP retrainees and GP registrars, in each health authority in each year since 1996.

 (60827)

314  
N  
Mr Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department gives for the use of music therapy to assist people with disabilities.

 (62090)

315  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the honourable Member for North Norfolk will receive a reply to his letter to the Chairman of the Food Standards Agency dated 30th January.

 (62087)

316  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reports the FSA has received from meat processors on which products contained mechanically recovered meat.

 (62532)

317  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many alleged incidents of condemned meat being illegally mislabelled and sold on for consumption have been investigated in each of the last five years; and how many prosecutions have been instigated for such offences in each of these years.

 (62095)

318  
N  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) purpose was of visits by ministers in his Department to Wales since 1997; and when he next intends to visit Wales.

 (62076)

319  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to allow hospital pharmacies to fulfill prescriptions from GPs.

 (62353)

320  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to develop electronic prescriptions.

 (62352)

321  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to develop an infrastructure for secure electronic health data communications.

 (62356)

322  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to develop electronic referral and discharge letters.

 (62351)

323  Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been paid by the North Cumbria Health Action Zone to the Countryside Alliance in the last two years.

 (62360)

324  Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who the Chair is of the board of the North Cumbria Health Action Zone; and if he will list its membership.

 (62358)

325  Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who is the landlord of the North Cumbria Health Action Zone headquarters; and what the annual rental cost is.

 (62359)

326  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the NHS GP Golden Hello scheme.

 (62653)

327  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on trends in waiting times for (a) orthopaedic outpatients appointments and (b) orthopaedic operations at the Royal United Hospital, Bath in the last 12 months.

 (62649)

328  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many neurologists were practising in the NHS in each year since 1995; and what the projected numbers are for each year to 2005.

 (62544)

329  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the UK suffer from age-related macular degeneration; what assessment he has made of the treatment available to them; and if he will make a statement.

 (62564)

330  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the prescribing of photodynamic therapy for sufferers of wet age-related macular degeneration.

 (62565)

331  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children have been adopted from Macedonia in the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

 (62557)

332  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the procedures involved in adopting children from Macedonia.

 (62558)

333  Helen Southworth (Warrington South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that carers are included in risk assessments relating to professional care providing teams with equivalent health and safety needs; and what recent research he has conducted into the health and safety needs of carers, with special reference to training needs.

 (62273)

334  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the staffing establishment is at the National Care Standards Commision: what the annual costs are of running it; how many nursing and residential homes were inspected by the NCSC in April and May; and if he will make a statement as to the reasons for delays in dealing with applications.

 (61348)

335  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of the application form for nursing and residential homes to be registered; and if he will explain what the procedure for registration is.

 (61350)

336  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated time is for the National Care Standards Commission to send out application forms for (a) residential and (b) nursing homes to register, if they are sent first or second class; how long on average it has taken to inspect (i) nursing and (ii) residential homes which have applied for registration; who carries out the inspection; what the criteria for inspection are; and how the criteria differ from the local inspection previously carried out by local authorities.

 (61351)

337  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement as to why the costs for registration and inspection of nursing and residential homes have risen since 1st April.

 (61349)

338  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, why the National Care Standards Commission has not dealt with requests made by Ravenscroft Nursing Home, Yelverton for dual registration.

 (61873)

339  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to restore relief and research funding to the National Endometriosis Society.

 (62801)

340  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date relief and research funding for the National Endometriosis Society was withdrawn.

 (62800)

341  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had concerning the European Commission's draft regulation on official controls on Products of Animal Origin; and if he will make a statement.

 (62097)

342  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will instruct the National Care Standards Commission not to inspect premises for adherence standards which are the responsibility of other agencies.

 (62964)

343  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those National Care Standards which are duplicated in the rules of other agencies.

 (62965)

344  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason local authorities remain the enforcing bodies for health and safety in care homes following the creation of the National Care Standards Commission.

 (62966)

345  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who were awarded work permits to recruit them to (a) UK police forces, (b) UK schools and (c) the UK NHS from (i) India, (ii) South Africa, (iii) Bangladesh and (iv) Jamaica have returned to those countries in the last five years.

 (62634)

346  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many work permits were awarded to persons from (a) India, (b) South Africa, (c) Bangladesh and (d) Jamaica recruited to UK police forces in the last five years.

 (62633)

347  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to (a) reduce delays in conducting Criminal Records Bureau checks and (b) maintain security of such checks when outsourced to other countries.

 (61346)

348  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures his Department is taking to maintain a police presence in rural and remote areas of England and Wales.

 (62168)

349  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police stations there were by region in England and Wales, in each of the last 10 years.

 (62164)

350  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with which companies the Prison Service have contracts for the transport of prisoners to court; if he will place the terms of their contracts in the Library; what assessment he has made of the effect of transport delays on the operation of courts and the associated costs to public funds; how many times penalty clauses have been invoked against each company, with the sums involved in each case; and if he will make a statement.

 (62599)

351  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions in the last 12 months the requirement to engage in a competitive tendering process has been waived by his Department due to national security obligations under paragraph 6(h) of the supply regulations.

 (62819)

352  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) part-time and (b) full-time coroners have been met by members of the review team examining the future of the coroner system as part of their work; and if he will make a statement.

 (62835)

353  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the shire counties visited by members of the review into the coroner system as part of their work.

 (62837)

354  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to publish the findings of the review of the coroner system; and if he will make a statement.

 (62836)

355  Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action is being taken to ensure that individuals are protected from invasion of privacy and personal rights when the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 is extended.

 (62675)

356  Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what he will do to warn users of the Internet that the Government will be monitoring them.

 (62676)

357  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the numbers of UK citizens who (a) have been and (b) remain with al-Qaida and Taliban forces in Afghanistan.

 (58701)

358  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive in respect of providing for the education of the children of asylum seekers in Scotland.

 (62414)

359  
N  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will conduct an inquiry into NASS's supervision of contracts related to landmark properties in Liverpool.

 (62423)

360  
N  
Mr Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what crime prevention projects in schools are funded by his Department.

 (62096)

361  
N  
Mr Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the offers he has received within the last two months of potential sites for asylum accommodation centres.

 (62422)

362  Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the outcome of the Justice and Home Affairs Council held on 13th and 14th June was; what the Government's stance on the issues discussed, including its voting record was; and if he will make a statement.

 (62932)

363  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information he has collated on the use of accommodation centres for asylum seekers in other EU countries on (a) decision times, (b) removal rates and (c) the welfare of applicants.

 (62529)

364  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects cash-only support for new asylum applicants to end.

 (62530)

365  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contingency plans (a) there are and (b) are being developed to prevent demonstrations on Parliament Square from disrupting traffic and endangering pedestrians.

 (62169)

366  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) deportees and (b) asylum seekers are in prison; and how many were in prison in each of the past five years.

 (62346)

367  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Police Standards Unit was established; how much it cost in 2001; how many staff it employs; and what its remit is.

 (62347)

368  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Police Reform and Bill Unit was established; how much it cost in 2001; how many staff it employs; and what its remit is.

 (62348)

369  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of meat and meat products purchased by HM Prisons Service is derived from (a) the United Kingdom, (b) other EU countries and (c) countries outside the EU.

 (61595)

370  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on the sourcing of meat and meat products for consumption in UK prisons.

 (61596)

371  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to increase the proportion of meat and meat products sourced from UK producers by HM Prison Service; what assessment he has made of the benefits to UK prisons of the purchase of UK produced meat; and if he will make a statement.

 (61593)

372  
N  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) purpose was of visits by ministers in his Department to Wales since 1997; and when he next intends to visit Wales.

 (62079)

373  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reduce the amount of paperwork for volunteers completing forms required by the Criminal Record Bureau.

 (61766)

374  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total annual budget was in each of the last five years, for the inspection of Her Majesty's prisons.

 (62368)

375  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on improving public access to police stations in local communities; and if he will make a statement.

 (62291)

376  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of people having been granted time-limited exceptional leave to remain in Britain have not left Britain when the permission expired in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

 (62366)

377  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the annual budget for prisons in England is designated for (a) education and (b) health care.

 (62287)

378  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inspections were carried out in each of Her Majesty's prisons in each of the last five years.

 (62290)

379  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police sub-stations were open in each constabulary in each of the last five years.

 (62365)

380  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police stations were open to the public 24 hours per day in each constabulary in each of the last five years.

 (62367)

381  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) Pakistan nationals and (b) Indian nationals have applied for asylum (i) on entry and (ii) after entry, in each of the last five years.

 (62288)

382  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refusals of extensions of exceptional leave to remain in Britain there were in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

 (62293)

383  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff were employed by or seconded to the Inspectorate of Her Majesty's prisons in each of the last five years.

 (62289)

384  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were granted exceptional leave to remain in Britain in each of the last five years for which statistics exist.

 (62292)

385  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the proportion of retail premises which were burgled in (a) Essex and (b) England in the last 12 months.

 (62369)

386  Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discretion is given to individual police services in recruiting police officers that do not match the prescribed eyesight criteria set by his Department.

 (62655)

387  Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what national standards are set by his Department for (a) unaided and (b) aided vision for new recruits to the police service.

 (62656)

388  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the level of staff absence through (a) short-term and (b) long-term sickness is in each prison, broken down by category, in the last 12 months for which information is available.

 (62378)

389  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the key performance targets are for training in each prison, broken down by category; and to what extent those targets have been met in the last 12 months for which information is available.

 (62379)

390  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial contribution he plans to make to the reconstruction of sewers and drains on the Isle of Wight prison estate to facilitate the (a) adoption of roads, drains and lighting, (b) implementation of planning permissions for new housing on the estate and (c) construction of new prison places which have been announced.

 (62963)

391  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions fire services have attended each category B prison in the last 12 months for which information is available.

 (62377)

392  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of cells in segregation units in each category B prison have forced ventilation; and if he will make a statement.

 (62376)

393  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sessions of purposeful activity were (a) delivered and (b) lost (i) per prisoner and (ii) in total in each category B prison in the most recent year for which information is available.

 (62381)

394  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what way the EU Directive for shellfish waters is inhibiting the adoption of roads on the Isle of Wight prison estates.

 (62962)

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

 (62380)

396  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for how many hours, on average, non-segregated prisoners were confined to their cells in each category B prison in the last year for which information is available.

 (62383)

397  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many category B prisoners have been released on licence (a) tagged and (b) untagged from each category B prison in the last year for which information is available.

 (62382)

398  
N  
Mr Robert N. Wareing (Liverpool, West Derby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the review of the exercise of the Royal Prerogative of Mercy; what its findings have been; what action he plans to take; and if he will make a statement.

 (61339)

399  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if it is his policy that persons who have entered the United Kingdom and are found to be victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation are automatically granted exceptional leave to remain.

 (60825)

400  David Wright (Telford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) arrested and (b) successfully prosecuted for drugs-related offences in (i) Telford and (ii) the United Kingdom in 2001-02.

 (62907)

401  David Wright (Telford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals he has to strengthen sentencing measures in relation to people who deal drugs in close proximity to schools.

 (62904)

402  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures she is taking to help alleviate the famine crisis in southern Africa; and if she will make a statement.

 (62083)

403  Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on progress towards accelerating the debt cancellation programme under the HIPC process.

 (62960)

404  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions during the last 12 months an official photographer has accompanied (a) her and (b) other Ministers in his Department on official visits (i) overseas and (ii) within the UK; what (A) travel expenses, (B) costs of equipment and processing, (C) staff payment and (D) other costs were incurred on each occasion; what publications official photographs have appeared in during the last 12 months and what terms and conditions were attached to the publication of such photographs; and whether photographs taken on official visits are available for use in non-governmental literature.

 (62833)

405  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions in the last 12 months the requirement to engage in a competitive tendering process has been waived by her Department due to national security obligations under paragraph 6(h) of the supply regulations.

 (62820)

406  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the outcome of the European Heads of Government Meeting in Seville on 21st and 22nd June regarding trade and development.

 (62925)

407  Mr George Foulkes (Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the outcome of the Development Council held on 30th May was; and if she will make a statement.

 (62896)

408  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the number of people at risk of starvation in each country in sub-Saharan Africa; what steps her Department is taking to assist people at risk of starvation in each country in sub Saharan Africa suffering food shortages; how much money her Department is allocating for humanitarian relief in each of the countries; and how much the spend on these countries has increased since the last financial year.

 (62091)

409  Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with members of the Trade Justice Movement.

 (62308)

410  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the Government's policy is on the World Bank loan to Pakistan agreed on 11th June.

 (62697)

411  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether UK funds disbursed via the European Union are to be tied to a country's policy towards asylum seekers.

 (62424)

412  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she has discussed the famine in southern Africa with CDC Capital Partners.

 (62425)

413  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action she has taken (a) to provide food, (b) to support agriculture and (c) to combat HIV/AIDS in (i) Lesotho, (ii) Mozambique and (iii) Zambia; and what action she has taken to reduce trade barriers with (A) Lesotho, (B) Mozambique and (C) Zambia.

 (62426)

414  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the estimated amount of food aid required by the World Food Programme for the famine in Southern Africa is; and how much has been distributed.

 (62373)

415  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the World Food Programme's appeal for the famine in Southern Africa has been met; and how much the total UK contribution has been.

 (62375)

416  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her assessment of the current food crisis in Southern Africa is, with particular reference to (a) the number of people at risk of famine and (b) the prospects of adequate harvests later in the year.

 (62374)

417  
N  
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answers of 10th and 11th June, refs 57217 and 57416, on the abdication of King Edward VIII, if she will list which official papers relating to the abdication of King Edward VIII have not yet been released.

 (62433)

418  
N  
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answers of 10th and 11th June, refs 57217 and 57416, on the abdication of King Edward VIII, if she will list the categories of official papers relating to the abdication of King Edward VIII that will be reviewed by departments.

 (62434)

419  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the collection of fines by the Court Service.

 (62600)

420  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the level of arrears of fines was, and what percentage of fines had not been collected within the due time (a) in the last 12 months and (b) in the 12 month period before the change in the collection system; and if he will make a statement.

 (62601)

421  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will provide funding for the training of future legal aid solicitors.

 (62651)

422  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what recent advice the Lord Chancellor has received regarding (a) Articles 12, 3 and 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and (b) the Human Rights Act 1998 in respect of private law cases involving child contact orders.

 (62427)

423  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the targets for each year since 1997 set for the Lord Chancellor's Department to increase the number of contact orders in family proceedings.

 (62437)

424  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what recent discussions he has had with the judiciary concering the wearing of wigs in court.

 (62935)

425  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many children have been abducted from the UK since 1st January.

 (62780)

426  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many ethnic minority events (a) he and (b) his Ministers have attended since 7th June 2001.

 (62781)

427  Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many representations the Lord Chancellor has received concerning the (a) conduct of judges and (b) operation of the Legal Services Commission since 1997.

 (62779)

428  
N  
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many of those persons released from prison in Northern Ireland under the terms of the early release scheme have been (a) questioned regarding terrorist-related incidents that have taken place since their release, (b) charged with terrorist-related offences and (c) convicted of those offences.

 (62306)

429  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions in the last 12 months the requirement to engage in a competitive tendering process has been waived by his Department due to national security obligations under paragraph 6(h) of the supply regulations.

 (62821)

430  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the community background is in percentage terms of those juveniles prosecuted since 1st July 2001 arising out of disturbances in North Belfast.

 (62636)

431  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of personal injury claims submitted since 1st July 2001 have been successful; and how many are still under consideration.

 (62638)

432  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many personal injury claims have been submitted to the Northern Ireland office since 1st July 2001; and how many have been submitted from people living in North Belfast.

 (62637)

433  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many juveniles have been prosecuted since 1st July 2001 arising out of disturbances in North Belfast.

 (62643)

434  
N  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) purpose was of visits by ministers in his Department to Wales since 1997; and when he next intends to visit Wales.

 (62075)

435  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the President of the Council, what percentage of honourable Members' UK travel costs were for travel (a) by car, (b) by rail and (c) by aeroplane in the last financial year for which figures are available.

 (62357)

436  Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the responsibilities of Ministers and Government departments for electoral systems and electoral arrangements relating to elections for (a) councils, (b) the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly, (c) the European Parliament, (d) the London Assembly and future English regional assemblies and (e) the House of Commons, with particular reference to consideration of proposals for review and reform.

 (62958)

437  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish the correspondence between the Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Office concerning the Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence to which he referred at Prime Minister's Questions on 12th June; and if he will make a statement.

 (62410)

438  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions during the last 12 months an official photographer has accompanied him on official visits (a) overseas and (b) within the UK; what (i) travel expenses, (ii) costs of equipment and processing, (iii) staff payment and (iv) other costs were incurred on each occasion; what publications official photographs have appeared in during the last 12 months and what terms and conditions were attached to the publication of such photographs; and whether photographs taken on official visits are available for use in non-governmental literature.

 (62830)

439  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the attendees at the rail summit he held on 28th May.

 (62574)

440  Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Prime Minister, on what day the honourable Member for Swindon North offered his resignation as Parliamentary Secretary in the Lord Chancellor's Department; and on what day the honourable Member for Swindon North was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Home Office.

 (62421)

441  
N  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Prime Minister, what matters in respect of the sea bed disposal of radioactive waste from the United Kingdom in the Hurd Deep near the Channel Islands were discussed during his visit to Jersey on 14th June.

 (62082)

442  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 25th March, Official Report, column 620W, on unpaid advisers, if he will list the steps that were taken to ensure no conflicts of interest arose as a result of these appointments.

 (62968)

443  
N  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) purpose was of visits by ministers in her Department to Wales since 1997; and when she next intends to visit Wales.

 (62072)

444  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to her Answer of 8th May, Official Report, column 202W, on unpaid advisers, if she will list the steps that were taken to ensure no conflicts of interest arose as a result of this appointment.

 (62972)

445  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has made to the Department of Transport regarding section 74A of the New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991 and the potential effects the powers will have on the ability of telecommunication companies to build high bandwidth networks.

 (62632)

446  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what impact the use of illegally produced fuel is having on competitiveness within the UK haulage industry.

 (62948)

447  Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many prosecutions have been brought under the Trading Schemes Act 1996; and how many have been successful.

 (62431)

448  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many employment tribunal claims, where a deposit at a preliminary hearing was required as a condition of proceeding, were proceeded to a full hearing in (a) 2001 and (b) to date; and in how many such cases the (i) claimant won, (ii) case was withdrawn and (iii) case was settled before a full hearing.

 (62696)

449  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many rural network advisers there were for the Post Office on 31st March; and how many there are now.

 (62695)

450  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, in employment tribunal cases in 2001 where parties were required to pay a deposit, what the mean average deposit was at preliminary hearings as a condition of continuing to proceed with the case.

 (62694)

451  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, purusant to her Answer of 31st October 2001, on Post Office cash accounts, if she will make a statement on targets for accounts being operational.

 (62937)

452  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions in the last 12 months the requirement to engage in a competitive tendering process has been waived by her Department due to national security obligations under paragraph 6(h) of the supply regulations.

 (62822)

453  Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer to the honourable Member for Salisbury, of 10th June, Official Report, column 993W, if she will state (a) the preferred bidder, (b) the private sector source for the loan of a Director to the Liabilities Management Unit, (c) whether that source is meeting the staff costs involved and (d) the sources of loans and secondments of all other private sector staff within the LMU.

 (62934)

454  Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much was paid out from public funds in redundancy payments in lieu of companies in liquidation in the last financial year.

 (62791)

455  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures are being taken by the Manufacturing Advisory Service to inform domestic firms about lean manufacturing.

 (62680)

456  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how often during the past year the Manufacturing Advisory Service has (a) given advice to firms about lean manufacturing and (b) acted as a medium between firms implementing lean manufacturing and (i) lean manufacturing experts and (ii) firms that have already had success in this area.

 (62681)

457  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many sub-post offices in Scotland have changed proprietor in each of the last five years.

 (62417)

458  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many sub-post offices in Scotland have reduced their opening hours in each of the last five years.

 (62416)

459  
N  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) purpose was of visits by ministers in her Department to Wales since 1997; and when she next intends to visit Wales.

 (62071)

460  Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what checks are made to ensure organisations funded through UK online give access to people with a disability.

 (62307)

461  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been paid by the Government for the handling agreement for compensation claims from the coal mining industry.

 (62355)

462  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to maintain aid to the UK coal industry.

 (62850)

463  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what responsibility she has for setting Government policy with regard to the independence of the economic regulators of the privatised utilities.

 (62303)

464  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations she has received from (a) the DTLR, (b) the SRA, (c) the Office of the Rail Regulator and (d) train operating companies with regard to the Government's policy towards the independence of the economic regulators of the privatised utilities.

 (62304)

465  Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on how the Government intends to address offshore arms trading through the mechanisms of the Export Control Bill.

 (62556)

466  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what extra funding has been provided to local authorities to finance the End-of-Life Vehicles Directive; and if she will make a statement.

 (62560)

467  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what help is provided to small and medium sized architectural businesses to facilitate their involvement in (a) government funded building projects and (b) urban regeneration projects.

 (62789)

468  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assistance is given to small and medium sized architectural businesses to enable them to make successful bids for urban regeneration funded projects.

 (62788)

469  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what criteria are used in the granting of the right to sub-post offices to issue vehicle licences where there is strong local demand.

 (62797)

470  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she is taking to encourage the development of interseasonal heat transfer technology in the UK.

 (62551)

471  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what incentives are (a) in place and (b) planned to ensure that local authorities and highway agencies are incentivised to complete street works as efficiently as possible.

 (62630)

472  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make it his policy that the powers contained in section 74A of the New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991 will not be made available to all local authorities until a full assessment has been made of the pilot schemes when they are completed in May 2004.

 (62631)

473  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many fines have been levied on telecommunication companies under section 74 of the New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991 in each year since the introduction of the scheme.

 (62629)

474  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what facilities in the supply of illegal fuel are estimated to exist in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK; and if he will make a statement.

 (62940)

475  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportion of fuel in the UK fuel market is illegally produced; and what targets have been set for reducing this market share.

 (62941)

476  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action the Government is taking to tackle fuel fraud; and how much has been allocated to this task in the last three years.

 (62944)

477  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many people were involved in road accidents whilst driving within one year of receiving their driving licence in each year since 1995.

 (62946)

478  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many roadside tests were carried out on motor vehicles to test for illegal petrol and diesel in each year since 1995.

 (62947)

479  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what restrictions exist on the use of red diesel in the United Kingdom; and whether these regulations were changed following shortages in fuel supplies in September 2000.

 (62939)

480  Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to liaise with the (a) Secretary of State for Education and (b) the devolved Parliament and Assemblies to find new ways of promoting sea safety and the sea smart code.

 (62435)

481  Andrew Bennett (Denton & Reddish): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many officers promoted from Band 6 to Band 5 at the HSE NW Regional Office, Manchester from January 1998 to December 2001, were successful at promotion panels in open competition; how many unsuccessful candidates were subsequently promoted; and if such promotions are in line with HSE policy and procedures.

 (62720)

482  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action he is taking to reduce (a) abuse of the Blue Badge Scheme and (b) the use of disabled parking bays by unqualified users.

 (61343)

483  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the discussions his Department has held with the EU about the PPP for London Underground and state aid.

 (62418)

484  Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on how many occasions in the last 12 months the requirement to engage in a competitive tendering process has been waived by his Department due to national security obligations under paragraph 6(h) of the supply regulations.

 (62823)

485  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 10th June, Official Report, column 780W, on rail safety, if he will have discussions with the British Transport Police on these and other incidents of vandalism on the railway.

 (62330)

486  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what advice he has received since 29th October 1999 from the Health and Safety Commission on its proposed Approved Code of Practice on Passive Smoking at Work; and when he intends to approve the Code of Practice.

 (62849)

487  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the Health and Safety Executive revised the Regulatory Impact Assessment which was contained in the Health and Safety Commission consultative document, Proposals for an Approved Code of Practice on Passive Smoking at Work; and if he will publish it.

 (62848)

488  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the Health and Safety Executive revised the draft Approved Code of Practice on Passive Smoking which was consulted on in the Health and Safety Commission consultative document, proposals for an Approved Code of Practice on Passive Smoking at Work; and if he will publish it.

 (62847)

489  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish a summary of responses to the Health and Safety Commission consultative document, proposals for an Approved Code of Practice on Passive Smoking at Work.

 (62846)

490  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what residual roles he retains over the administration and licensing of taxis and minicabs in London.

 (62677)

491  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make an assessment of the National Audit Office report Dealing with Pollution from Ships published on 12th June; and if he will make a statement.

 (62548)

492  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will amend the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 to remove the statutory defence against prosecution it confers upon masters of vessels who take reasonable steps to reduce or stop pollution after their vessels have been damaged.

 (62547)

493  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will amend the Merchant Shipping Prevention of Oil Pollution Regulations 1996 to extend their applicability to areas landward of the baseline designating the start of the UK's 12-mile territorial waters.

 (62546)

494  Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he willl make a statement on the role of tram and light rail schemes in integrated transport strategies.

 (62807)

495  Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list existing tram and light railway schemes indicating (a) how much revenue subsidy they have received for each year since they have been in existence and (b) the capital cost in each case.

 (62804)

496  Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) published on the respective costs and benefits of tram and light rail schemes compared to schemes to promote greater bus use.

 (62805)

497  Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the average public subsidy per journey is for (a) tram and light rail schemes, (b) bus routes and (c) underground railway schemes.

 (62810)

498  Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effect on pollution of (a) buses and (b) light rail schemes.

 (62812)

499  Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what procedures he applies for considering proposals for tram and light rail schemes.

 (62803)

500  Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what criteria his Department uses to assess proposals for tram and light rail schemes.

 (62802)

501  Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what evaluation his Department has made of the impact of (a) tram and light rail schemes and (b) bus routes on social exclusion.

 (62794)

502  Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his targets are for the numbers of (a) bus journeys and (b) tram and light rail journeys for each year of his Department's current plan's operation.

 (62775)

503  Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his assessment is of the benefits to business of tram and light railway schemes in (a) urban and (b) outer-city areas.

 (62806)

504  Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent representations he has made to the Comprehensive Spending Review on trams and light rail schemes.

 (62809)

505  Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received on tram and light rail schemes from (a) passenger transport authorities, (b) passenger groups, (c) trade manufacturing organisations and (d) trades unions during the last 12 months.

 (62808)

506  Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his Department's (a) capital and (b) revenue spending for each English region in each year since 1992 was.

 (62811)

507  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 10th June, Official Report, column 770W, on vehicle registration numbers, whether he intends to extend the vehicle registration number facility to cater for third parties through a regulatory reform order; and if he will make a statement.

 (62531)

508  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how often during the last five years the Council of Ministers discussed tram and light rail systems.

 (62890)

509  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research his Department has carried out on engineering developments for tram and light rail systems.

 (62882)

510  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what consideration he has given to the use of tram and light rail infrastructure as part of the European Electronic Railway under the RECITE—II Programme.

 (62888)

511  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, who is responsible for the regulation of tram and light rail systems.

 (62861)

512  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent studies his Department has carried out to establish the environmental impact of tram and light rail systems.

 (62871)

513  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on how many occasions since 1997 tram and light rail systems have been discussed with other departments as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review.

 (62884)

514  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many qualified tram and light rail drivers there are in the United Kingdom.

 (62867)

515  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many civil servants within his Department work on tram and light rail systems' policy.

 (62866)

516  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list each (a) tram and (b) light rail system operating within the United Kingdom.

 (62869)

517  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what criteria he employs, other than financial ones, in assessing and approving proposed tram and light rail systems.

 (62863)

518  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many proposals there have been for tram and light rail systems which his Department has rejected; and if will he list them.

 (62860)

519  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much his Department has spent on each tram and light rail system operation.

 (62885)

520  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list those tram and light rail systems visited by ministers over the last five years in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) overseas.

 (62870)

521  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many times he has met with (a) the Environment Minister and (b) the Housing Minister to establish the impact of tram and light rail systems on their policy evaluation.

 (62886)

522  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent studies his Department has undertaken to establish the impact of tram and light rail systems on crime figures.

 (62881)

523  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which manufacturers of components of tram and light rail systems have been consulted in drawing up departmental policy on tram and light rail systems.

 (62883)

524  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which local authorities have been consulted on tram and light rail proposals over the last five years.

 (62864)

525  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on the development of train and light rail systems.

 (62887)

526  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how his Department computes the cost-benefits of tram and light rail systems.

 (62862)

527  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what statistics he collates on the number of tram and light rail systems in each state in the European Union.

 (62889)

528  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible have a locus in the development of tram and light rail systems.

 (62859)

529  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what qualifications are required to drive a (a) tram and (b) light rail train.

 (62868)

530  Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many local authorities have sought guidance from his Department on tram and light rail systems.

 (62865)

531  
N  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) purpose was of visits by ministers in his Department to Wales since 1997; and when he next intends to visit Wales.

 (62077)

532  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the average reduction in traffic speeds resulting from the construction of (a) pelican, (b) puffin and (c) zebra crossings; and if he will make a statement.

 (62879)

533  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish (a) the guidance and (b) regulations he has given to the bodies responsible for the (i) maintenance and (ii) control of traffic lights; and if he will make a statement.

 (62874)

534  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the lifetime is of the different types of track used on the rail network.

 (62282)

535  
N  
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 guarantees within the franchise agreements to the train operating companies with regard to the Rail Regulator.

 (62299)

536  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list recent Government commissioned studies which have made recommendations for road user charging schemes; and if he will make a statement.

 (62880)

537  
N  
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 protection within franchise agreements for the train operating companies with regard to (a) discriminatory changes in law and (b) Railtrack non-performance; and whose responsibility it is to enforce such protection.

 (62300)

538  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when Railtrack's Network Management Statement 2002 will be published.

 (62576)

539  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the bodies responsible for the maintenance and control of traffic lights in each area of the United Kingdom, including a brief description of their (a) function and (b) statutory duties.

 (62873)

540  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) statutory rules, (b) guidelines and (c) regulations exist with respect to applications made to Railtrack for new freight connections.

 (62284)

541  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the oral statement of 25th March, Official Report, column 586, what the Number and/or column reference was of the written parliamentary question from the week of 18th to 24th March, to which the then Secretary of State refers to with regard to letters of comfort.

 (62294)

542  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of reducing accidents by the construction of (a) pelican, (b) puffin and (c) zebra crossings; and if he will make a statement.

 (62878)

543  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the programme developed by the ORR for Railtrack to create an asset register; and what stage (a) they had reached by 5th October 2001 and (b) they have reached.

 (62298)

544  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what types of tracks are used on the Railtrack Network, including their technical specifications, with the associated manufacturer; and if he will make a statement.

 (62280)

545  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will estimate the average cost of constructing (a) pelican, (b) puffin and (c) zebra crossings.

 (62877)

546  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many applications have been made to Railtrack, in each of the last three years, for the construction of new freight connections to the rail network.

 (62283)

547  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) statutory rules, (b) guidelines and (c) regulations control access to network information provided to companies who wish to put forward proposals for the development of new freight connections.

 (62285)

548  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the (a) guidance and (b) regulations he has given on the construction/erection of new traffic lights (i) at junctions and (ii) for pedestrian crossings; and if he will make a statement.

 (62875)

549  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) statutory rules, (b) guidelines and (c) regulations there are relating to the construction of new freight connections (i) by organisations other than Railtrack and (ii) that are sponsored by organisations other than Railtrack.

 (62286)

550  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place in the Library a copy of his guidance for officials on answering parliamentary questions.

 (62575)

551  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will estimate the average cost of upgrading a pelican crossing to a puffin crossing.

 (62876)

552  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the change in track access charges paid by each train operating company was from 1st April 2001, resulting from the increase in access charges granted to Railtrack as part of the last periodic review carried out by the ORR; and if he will make a statement.

 (62296)

553  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much the direct grants paid to Railtrack were, and when they were paid by the SRA, resulting from the increase in access charges granted to Railtrack as part of the last periodic review carried out by the ORR; and if he will make a statement.

 (62297)

554  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the increase was in access charges granted to Railtrack as part of the last periodic review carried out by the ORR.

 (62295)

555  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what technical standards the types of tracks used on the rail network have to adhere to; and who enforces these standards.

 (62281)

556  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what mechanisms are available to local authorities to influence the quality, accessibility and coverage of bus services.

 (62967)

557  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Prescribed Waste (Wales) Regulations.

 (62740)

558  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the National Health Service (General Medical Services) (Amendment) (No. 2) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62728)

559  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Restriction on Pithing (Wales) Regulations.

 (62763)

560  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the National Health Service (Payments by Local Authorities to Health Authorities) (Prescribed Functions) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62737)

561  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Education (Extension of Careers Education) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62722)

562  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Amendment) (No. 7) (Wales) Order.

 (62725)

563  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Valuation Tribunals (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62743)

564  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the the South Wales Sea Fisheries District (Variation) Order.

 (62760)

565  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Coffee Extracts and Chicory Extracts (Wales) Regulations.

 (62742)

566  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Learning and Skills Act 2000 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional Provisions) (Wales) Order.

 (62769)

567  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) and (General Ophthalmic Services) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62754)

568  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the National Health Service (General Dental Services) and (Dental Charges) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62757)

569  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Education (Nutritional Standards for School Lunches) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62731)

570  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Beef Labelling (Enforcement) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62756)

571  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Ancient Monuments (Applications for Scheduled Monument Consent) (Welsh Forms and Particulars) Regulations.

 (62744)

572  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Marking of Meat, Meat Products, Minced Meat and Meat Preparations) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62726)

573  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Amendment) (Wales) Order.

 (62753)

574  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Amendment) (Wales) (No. 6) Order.

 (62738)

575  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (No. 5) (Wales) Order.

 (62741)

576  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Wales) (No. 4) Order.

 (62759)

577  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62772)

578  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62758)

579  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Wales) (No. 6) Order.

 (62727)

580  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Ascertainment of Value (Wales) (No. 4) Order.

 (62770)

581  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Crab Claws (Prohibition of Landing) (Revocation) (Wales) Order.

 (62721)

582  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Local Government Act 2000 (Commencement No. 2) (Wales) Order.

 (62747)

583  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (Commencement No. 2) (Wales) Order.

 (62748)

584  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Products of Animal Origin (Import and Export) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62736)

585  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Adoption of Children from Overseas (Wales) Regulations.

 (62771)

586  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the General Teaching Council for Wales (Disciplinary Functions) Regulations.

 (62745)

587  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Housing (Right to Buy) (Priority of Charges) (Wales) Order.

 (62730)

588  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Animal By-Products (Amendment) (Wales) Order.

 (62733)

589  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Amendment) (Wales) (No. 5) Order.

 (62751)

590  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Disabled Facilities Grants and Home Repair Assistance (Maximum Amounts) (Amendment) (Wales) Order.

 (62768)

591  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the National Assistance (Sums for Personal Requirements) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62750)

592  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Wales) (No. 7) Regulations.

 (62723)

593  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Slaughter Premium (Wales) Regulations.

 (62762)

594  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Housing (Preservation of Right to Buy) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62765)

595  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Marking of Meat and Meat Products) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62739)

596  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) (Charges) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62764)

597  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62752)

598  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the the Processed Cereal-based Foods and Baby Foods for Infants and Young Children (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62734)

599  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Local Government (Best Value Performance Indicators) (Wales) Order.

 (62761)

600  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) and (General Ophthalmic Services) (Amendment) (No. 2) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62746)

601  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) (Amendment No. 2) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62749)

602  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Local Authorities (Capital Finance) (Rate of Discount for 2001-02) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62767)

603  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Marking of Meat, Minced Meat and Meat Preparation) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62732)

604  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the National Health Service (Penalty Charge) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62766)

605  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62735)

606  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (No. 6) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations.

 (62724)

607  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Miscellaenous Food Additives (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62729)

608  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the cost effectiveness of the Spreadable Fats (Marketing Standards) (Wales) Regulations.

 (62755)

609  
N  
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what responsibility he has for amendments to electoral law in relation to elections to the National Assembly for Wales.

 (62545)

610  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the (a) operations and (b) finances of the Motability Scheme.

 (61347)

611  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the organisations that he plans to consult in drawing up the national pension plan; and if he will make a statement.

 (61364)

612  Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent research he has carried out into flexible retirement.

 (62796)

613  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place the dossier of personal details held by his Department relating to the honourable Member for Linlithgow in the Library.

 (61882)

614  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 10th June, Official Report, column 880W, on the cost of the basic state pension if increased in line with prices, what assumptions he made regarding (a) fluctuations in the rate of inflation and (b) the incidence of inflation rates below 2.5 per cent.

 (62626)

615  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answers of 12th March, Official Report, column 959W and of 10th April, Official Report, column 242W, on winter fuel payments, if he has now concluded his discussions with the European Commission about the extent of the United Kingdom's legal obligations under European regulations on winter fuel payments; and if he will make a statement.

 (62428)

616  
N  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) purpose was of visits by ministers in his Department to Wales since 1997; and when he next intends to visit Wales.

 (62078)

617  Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money the Compensation Recovery Unit has reclaimed from those miners who have received compensation owing to ill health.

 (62552)

618  Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the administrative cost of the coal section of the Compensation Recovery Unit was in 2001.

 (62553)

619  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement about proposals to close Jobcentres in the New Forest district.

 (61921)

620  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been made of the additional cost to a person of caring for a disabled person; and what element of this is provided for in the state pension.

 (62371)

621  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received regarding the rule that invalid care allowance cannot be paid to people of pensionable age; and what plans he has to review this rule.

 (62372)

622  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether replacement offices for the present Gosport Jobcentre and the Gosport Social Security office will be located within Gosport.

 (61883)

623  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the guidance notes prepared for his officials on answering written parliamentary questions, for what reason officials are advised to consider whether the question is friendly; whether considerations of friendliness affect the content of written replies; and if he will revise this guidance.

 (61773)

624  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd May, Official Report, column 378W, on pensions, if he will update his estimates based on the Family Resources Survey 2000-01 of (a) median pensioner incomes, excluding means-tested benefits, by (i) age, (ii) sex and (iii) marital status, and (b) the size of each group.

 (62693)

625  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the profile of the honourable Member for Northavon referred to in section 4.3 of his Department's guidance notes on replies to written questions.

 (61774)

626  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many appeals against refusal of applications for carers allowance (formerly invalid care allowance) in (a) Angus and (b) Scotland have been successful in each of the last five years.

 (62386)

627  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for carers allowance (formerly invalid care allowance) have been refused in (a) Angus and (b) Scotland in each of the last five years.

 (62387)

628  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to publicise the second state pension to carers.

 (62385)

629  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in which locations within Scotland appeals against refusal of benefits are held.

 (62388)

630  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which assessment he has made of the cost of introducing a winter fuel allowance, equivalent to that received by pensioners, for those in receipt of disability benefits.

 (62389)

631  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Angus and (b) Scotland were in receipt of (i) carers allowance (formerly invalid care allowance) and (ii) both carers allowance and income support in each of the last five years.

 (62391)

632  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether persons over 65 who are to receive carers allowance will receive it in addition to their pensions.

 (62390)

633  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who will sit on his Department's Co-ordinating Committee for the European Year of Disabled People.

 (62607)

634  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were committed to prison because they had committed offences relating to the work of the Child Support Agency in each year since the Agency was established.

 (62577)

635  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many parents have faced criminal sanctions under the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000 because they have (a) failed to provide the Child Support Agency with required information and (b) provided false information.

 (62606)

636  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the target date is for the implementation of the new rules on vaccine damage payments.

 (62605)

637  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 20th May, Official Report, column 42W, why the practice of up-rating basic state pension increments in line with the percentage increase in the rest of the basic pension was not followed in April 2001; and why the practice was resumed in April 2002.

 (62608)

638  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) costs associated with moving in-work benefit administration from his Department to the Inland Revenue and (b) other costs his Department incurred in each year since 1999-2000 with regard to the working families tax credit.

 (62604)

639  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Cabinet Office, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies, covered by the Quangos, Opening the Doors document, indicating (a) those that hold annual open meetings, (b) those that release summary reports of meetings, (c) those that invite evidence from members of the public, (d) those that allow public access to their records and (e) those brought within the jurisdiction of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.

 (62271)

640  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what safeguards are in place to prevent the theft of radioactive material from (a) hospitals, (b) universities and (c) other establishments licensed to hold such material.

 [Transferred]   (62543)

641  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration has been given to the (a) chemical marking of and (b) addition of yellow dye to UK petrol and diesel to deter the sale and use of illegal fuel.

 [Transferred]   (62942)

642  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the use of illegally produced fuel in the financing of paramilitary organisations.

 [Transferred]   (62945)

643  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many motor vehicles were seized in (a) Scotland and (b) the United Kingdom as a result of fuel fraud, in each year since 1995.

 [Transferred]   (62943)



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