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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 24 June 2002

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Tuesday 25 June 2002 see Part 2 of this Paper.

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


 

MONDAY 24th JUNE

1  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on recent representations he has received about firefighters' pay.

 (64268)

2  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make it compulsory for stunt co-ordinators and performers in film and television work to obtain certificates of qualification in health and safety.

 (64309)

3  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funds he is providing to enable local councils to make pavements accessible by wheelchairs in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire; and if he will make a statement.

 (64444)

4  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the reviews he is undertaking of firefighters' pension arrangements.

 (64218)

5  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what requirement there is for people looking to sell their houses to remove asbestos from roofing before doing so; and if he will make a statement.

 (64442)

6  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his policy towards allowing firefighters to retire from the force through (a) ill health and (b) injury sustained while on active service with full pension rights; and if he will make a statement.

 (64217)

7  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding he is providing to local councils for housing improvement grants in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire; and if he will make a statement.

 (64443)

8  Christine Russell (City of Chester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to guarantee the conditions of local government workers where they have been transferred to the private sector.

 (64340)

9  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of the national allocation to tackle homelessness, announced in the March 2002 report, More Than a Roof, has been allocated to Castle Point Borough Council.

 (64264)

10  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if Castle Point Borough Council has submitted an action plan to show how it will reduce numbers and length of stay for homeless families with children in bed and breakfast accommodation.

 (64266)

11  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if the Homeless Directorate in his Department has received a bid for funding to help local homeless people, from Castle Point Borough Council.

 (64265)

12  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of the additional money per year provided to local authorities in the revenue support grant to help them meet their new statutory obligations under the Homelessness Act 2002 has been allocated to Castle Point Borough Council.

 (64263)

13  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the oral Answer of the Minister for Sport, of 13th May, Official Report, column 493, what studies she is making of structural weaknesses, including facilities, in the provision of community sport facilities.

 (62102)

14  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the members of the Ministerial Group for the Golden Jubilee.

 (64214)

15  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the future availability of the analogue television signal.

 (61226)

16  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the contribution to the UK economy of British interior and garden design in the last 12 months.

 (64491)

17  
N  
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the impact which her policies have on theatre in the regions.

 (61218)

18  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the ITC on the change in hours for regional broadcasting which they are proposing for the Meridian area; and if she will make a statement.

 (63865)

19  
N  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action the Government is taking to link receipt of funding to improve buildings of historical interest to increased access for members of the public; and if she will make a statement.

 (63938)

20  
N  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which properties in London have received funding from (a) English Heritage and (b) the Heritage Lottery Fund in each of the last 10 years for improvement works; and how many of these properties allow access to members of the public for (a) one day a year, (b) one week a year and (c) more than one week a year.

 (63937)

21  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list those applications for wind farms in Scotland since January 2000 that his Department have (a) objected to and (b) not objected to.

 (64346)

22  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Gulf War veterans in the Portsmouth South constituency have been diagnosed with symptoms connected to Gulf War Syndrome; and if he will make a statement.

 (64481)

23  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the projected contract schedule for the Meteor BVRAAM missile programme is; and if he will make a statement.

 (64282)

24  Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures have been taken to prevent further outbreaks of illness among British forces in Afghanistan.

 (64489)

25  Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the field hospital at Bagram has re-opened following its closure as a result of illness.

 (64490)

26  Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on hygiene standards of sanitary facilities used by British troops in Afghanistan.

 (64488)

27  Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the condition of the Royal Marines in Afghanistan who were struck down by illness during May.

 (64487)

28  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for increased spending on health provision in the armed forces.

 (64316)

29  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to use the connexions card as the basis for a national proof-of-age scheme for young people.

 (63213)

30  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils were educated on the music and ballet assisted places scheme in each academic year since 1997; and at what cost in each year.

 (62782)

31  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average teacher to pupil ratio was in each year since 1997 in infant classes.

 (62854)

32  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) average infant class size was in each year since 1997 and (b) total number of infants in classes in each of these years was.

 (62855)

33  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children have been statemented in Buckinghamshire and (b) the Chesham and Amersham constituency in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

 (62856)

34  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the ethnic ratio is for schools in the Portsmouth South constituency; and if he will make a statement.

 (64479)

35  Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many performance targets she has set for her Department; and how many that were set for last year have been dropped this year.

 (64273)

36  
N  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the rate of absenteeism among pupils at (a) primary level and (b) secondary level during the days of SATS tests has been in this academic year; and what differences there were between these rates and dates before and after the SATS tests.

 (63622)

37  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the estimated cost is of damage caused by fires at schools for each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.

 (64303)

38  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will estimate how many schools have been fitted with fire sprinkler systems; what percentage of schools this represents; and if she will make a statement.

 (64302)

39  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make it a requirement that all new schools and extensions should be fitted with fire sprinkler systems.

 (64304)

40  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of education SSA was included in schools' delegated budgets in each local education authority in each year since 1999-2000, ranked by order of the most recent year.

 (63891)

41  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimates she has made of the number of criminal records checks which need be carried out each year by school, colleges and early years settings.

 (63884)

42  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which local education authorities failed to passport increases in education SSA; and what the extent of the shortfall was in each of the years 1999-2000 to 2002-03.

 (63890)

43  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information she collates on the number of new staff recruited each year by schools, colleges and early years settings.

 (63885)

44  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information she has on the number of hours of voluntary support provided in schools and early years settings.

 (63886)

45  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of pupils gained (a) 5 GCSEs at grade A-C and (b) 2 A-Levels in each local education authority in each year since 1999-2000, ranked by order of the most recent year.

 (63888)

46  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will estimate the annual cost of criminal records checks to schools, colleges and early years settings.

 (63887)

47  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the funded initiatives which have been introduced by her Department since 1997, stating (a) the level of funding in each year for each initiative and (b) whether those resources were provided direct to (i) schools, (ii) local education authorities and (iii) other bodies outside her direct control.

 (63939)

48  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which local education authorities (a) spent and (b) proposed to spend less than SSA on education, showing the extent of the shortfalls, in each of the years 1999-2000 to 2002-03.

 (63889)

49  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department and its predecessors have spent on animal welfare in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by category.

 (63648)

50  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has paid private veterinary surgeons for contract work with her Department (a) in total and (b) per hour in each of the last ten years for which figures are available.

 (63647)

51  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress she is making in securing an extension to the agreement in place between the Government and the Association of British Insurers to provide cover in flood affected areas, with particular reference to Lewes.

 (63547)

52  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason no preferred scheme for improved flood defences in Lewes has been announced by the Environment Agency; when such an announcement is expected; and if she will make a statement.

 (63548)

53  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when and where she advertised the positions for special adviser in her Department.

 (63644)

54  Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to ensure that the EU packaging Waste Directive is fully (a) implemented and (b) complied with and that it is done so in a way that helps consumers return packaging to suppliers.

 (64308)

55  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to answer the question tabled on 10th May from the honourable Member for Hertsmere, ref 56555.

 (64475)

56  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of the implementation of EC Directive 92/65/EC on breeders of alpacas and other camelids in the United Kingdom.

 (64466)

57  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from the UK pig industry about overseas restrictions on the export of British pigs.

 (64463)

58  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the target time is for processing an application for an import licence for camelids from non-EU countries; and if she will make a statement.

 (64359)

59  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is towards the recruitment of veterinary surgeons to replace those retiring from the State Veterinary Service.

 (64470)

60  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average time taken over the last 12 months was to process an application for a bull to be licensed for artificial insemination.

 (64461)

61  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people are employed and at what grades in the International Trade Unit of her Department.

 (64468)

62  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has made, and to which countries, to remove restrictions on the export of pigs from the United Kingdom.

 (64462)

63  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has made to (a) the European Commission and (b) her counterparts in other member states about the implementation of Directive 92/65/EC.

 (64467)

64  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which interested parties received an invitation to contribute to the consultation on the future of fox hunting; which of those bodies she (a) has met and (b) plans to meet before the consultation finishes; and if she will make a statement.

 (64362)

65  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many ungulates, broken down by species, were imported from non-EU countries into the United Kingdom in each of the past three years; and if she will make a statement.

 (64360)

66  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many veterinary surgeons are employed by the State Veterinary Service; how many such posts are vacant; and how many vets are due to retire from the SVS within the next 12 months.

 (64469)

67  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she was advised by the European Commission that in the absence of an approved third country list under Directive 92/65/EC ungulates covered by this directive cannot be legally imported into a Community country.

 (64361)

68  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to change the licensing procedure for the import of camelids; and if she will make a statement.

 (64358)

69  
N  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will review the Countryside Stewardship Scheme.

 (63623)

70  
N  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to offer continuous advice to farmers for improvements to their countryside stewardship schemes.

 (63625)

71  
N  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers have fully completed Section 1, No. 5, on the Beef Special Premium Scheme 2002 claim form; and how many have not complied and are stating only the holding address.

 (63627)

72  
N  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to change the 10 year timeframe of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme.

 (63624)

73  
N  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the need for the changes that the Rural Payments Agency have made to Section 1, No. 5 of the Beef Special Premium Scheme 2002.

 (63626)

74  
N  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what costs have been incurred by the Rural Payments Agency as a result of the extra information required of farmers in Section 1, No. 5, of the Beef Special Premium Scheme 2002.

 (63628)

75  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to announce the budget allocation for the financial year 1st April 2002 to 31st March 2003 for organisations sponsored by her Department; and if she will make a statement.

 (64280)

76  Roger Casale (Wimbledon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held on 20th June; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.

 (64363)

77  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths there were in each of the last 10 years in (a) Buckinghamshire, (b) Chesham and Amersham and (c) the UK from (i) heroin overdose, (ii) other drug overdose and (iii) suicide other than by a drugs overdose.

 (62792)

78  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding has been given to investigating tax evasion in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (64251)

79  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what amounts are involved in the prosecutions for tax evasion in the financial year 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.

 (64249)

80  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many prosecutions there have been for tax evasion in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (64250)

81  
N  
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to extend the reduction of VAT on the renovation and repair of historic buildings.

 (63546)

82  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the proportion of people with endowment mortgages who have policies which are unlikely to pay off the loan.

 (64313)

83  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much compensation has been given to consumers who were mis-sold endowment mortgages since 1992.

 (64315)

84  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce legislation to compel the publication of the commissions earned by sellers of endowment policies.

 (64314)

85  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to arrange discussions with the assurance sector concerning their orphan funds.

 (64474)

86  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the assurance sector concerning the use of orphan assets in the Life Assurance Sector in the United Kingdom.

 (64357)

87  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met representatives of the insurance sector to discuss the use of orphan funds.

 (64476)

88  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Zimbabwean Government concerning surveillance and the British High Commissioner in Harare.

 (63652)

89  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British High Commission staff based in Harare are entitled to diplomatic immunity.

 (63651)

90  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to increase security (a) at the British High Commission and (b) for High Commission staff based in Harare.

 (63650)

91  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings were held between Government officials and Nelson Mandela during his recent visit to the UK to see Mr Abdul Bassett al-Megrahi.

 (63649)

92  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 5W, on the High Commission, Harare, which members of the Zimbabwean Government attended the Jubilee celebrations at the High Commission.

 (63653)

93  Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will estimate the cost of answering the parliamentary questions tabled by the honourable Member for Buckingham on 19th June concerning correspondence received by his Department; and if he will make a statement on ways in which honourable Members may make enquiries of his Department and the cost of each method.

 (64279)

94  Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many prisoners were taken during coalition operations in Afghanistan; and how many of these are thought to be Chechen.

 (64455)

95  Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent of Chechen involvement in al Qaeda; and if he will make a statement.

 (64456)

96  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made recently of the human rights situation in Turkey, with particular reference to the use of torture.

 (64318)

97  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department will make to Turkish Government officials during their meetings in June about (a) the continuing use of torture by Turkish authorities and (b) the implementation of the European Court of Justice ruling on Leyle Zana and her fellow imprisoned members of Parliament.

 (64319)

98  Andy King (Rugby & Kenilworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with colleagues in the European Union concerning religious freedom in Bhutan; and if he will make a statement.

 (64301)

99  Andy King (Rugby & Kenilworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 30th April, Official Report, column 655W, what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of the Royal Government of Bhutan concerning the persecution of Christians in Bhutan.

 (64299)

100  Andy King (Rugby & Kenilworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK Government is taking to encourage Bhutan to provide constitutional guarantees for religious liberty in accordance with Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

 (64298)

101  Andy King (Rugby & Kenilworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK Government is taking to encourage Bhutan to ratify (a) the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, (b) the International Covenant on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights and (c) the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

 (64300)

102  Andy King (Rugby & Kenilworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans (a) Her Majesty's Government and (b) the European Union have to encourage the Royal Government of Bhutan to draw on the expertise of the international community, particularly with regard to (i) shared legal expertise and (ii) good practice on constitutional drafting.

 (64297)

103  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the UK Government will support the extension of the United Nations sanction against Liberia to cover the Liberian timber trade; and if he will make a statement.

 (64354)

104  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to ensure that money provided to East Sussex County Council social services to relieve bed-blocking in local hospitals has been used for that purpose.

 (63549)

105  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the incidence of bed-blocking in East Sussex.

 (63550)

106  Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received recently from Mencap about housing for older people with learning disabilities; and if he will make a statement.

 (64473)

107  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the development of a national programme of cosmetic prosthesis services.

 (63212)

108  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 168W, on hospital discharges, in which paragraph and page number in the NHS Plan the target to reduce the number of delayed discharges from hospital by 20 per cent. between March 2002 and March 2003 is set out.

 (63871)

109  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many lives were lost in NHS hospitals as a result of MRSA in the last year.

 (63812)

110  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he is planning to issue guidance on standard 27.3 of Care Homes for Older People National Minimum Standards to (a) set out the ratios of care staff to service users and (b) provide a system for calculating staff numbers required.

 (63816)

111  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 167W, on long term care beds, how much in cash terms the six per cent. in real terms increase in personal social services will be in each of the next three years.

 (63867)

112  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 167W, regarding long term health, what generic issues relevant to people with long term conditions will be set out as part of the NSF for long term health conditions.

 (63869)

113  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the proposed budget is for the Director of International Recruitment for Health Services in the next two years.

 (63874)

114  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his target to reduce delayed discharge by 20 per cent. in the period March 2002 to March 2003 is for (a) the number of people that experience delayed discharge and (b) the number of bed days that a person is kept in hospital awaiting discharge.

 (63814)

115  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who will be the next Director of International Recruitment for Health Services.

 (63875)

116  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 151W, on children in care, if he will provide such information as the Department has on the numbers of (a) mentally and (b) physically disabled children in care.

 (63872)

117  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions of (a) dextroamphetamine saccharate, (b) amphetamine aspartate, (c) dextroamphetamine sulfate and (d) amphetamine sulfate (dexidrine) were issued in each of the last five years for (i) attention deficit disorder and (ii) attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder dispensed in the community broken down by (A) health authority and (B) region.

 (63813)

118  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 167W, on long term care beds, what resources and local priorities will prevent primary care trusts and NHS trusts from providing continence services.

 (63866)

119  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 167W, on long term care beds, if he will set out the factors he considers other than number of beds in his determination of planning expenditure on long term care.

 (63868)

120  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he plans to review the sale of kava.

 (64281)

121  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 148W, on childcare staff, if he will provide a breakdown of whole time equivalent staff in child and family services by (a) grade, (b) job description and (c) salary band; and if he will estimate how many of these staff are front line staff.

 (63877)

122  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 151W, on children in care, which survey the information regarding the number of children in care births came from.

 (63870)

123  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will (a) set out the targets set out for the director of international recruitment and (b) list the performance against targets of the international recruitment for health for 2001-02.

 (63876)

124  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out the targets for the Government's Special Envoy for the National Heath Service.

 (63815)

125  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which general practitioner practices in (a) the Chesham and Amersham constituency and (b) Buckinghamshire were participants in the trial for assessing the assessment and management of elderly people.

 (62793)

126  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many delayed discharges there are in the Portsmouth South constituency that are waiting to leave; and if he will make a statement.

 (64478)

127  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he plans to introduce surveys similar to the NHS inpatients' surveys conducted this year for (a) outpatients and (b) other NHS organisations; and if he will make a statement.

 (64482)

128  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital trusts have conducted NHS inpatients' surveys this year as part of the national programme outlined in the NHS Plan; what the total cost of this exercise has been; and if he will make a statment.

 (64483)

129  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the results of the NHS inpatients' surveys conducted this year will be made available to the public; in what format they will be available; if patients will be able to compare ratings for their local hospital with other hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

 (64484)

130  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of persons affected by wet age-related macular degeneration in one eye only who will pay privately to be treated by photodynamic therapy.

 (63900)

131  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many persons have a treatable form of wet age-related macular degeneration.

 (63892)

132  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce speedy treatment of those with early wet age-related macular degeneration.

 (63899)

133  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he intends to issue on restricting the treatment of (a) cataracts, (b) glaucoma and (c) diabetic retinopathy to persons in whom both eyes are affected; and if he will make a statement.

 (63895)

134  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of draft NICE guidance that those with an eye in which the sight is worse than 6/36 should not be treated by photodynamic therapy for wet age-related macular degeneration; and if he will make a statement as to the number of persons who would go blind as a result of its implementation.

 (63896)

135  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many persons NICE recommends should be treated by photodynamic therapy for wet age-related macular degeneration; and if he will make a statement.

 (63893)

136  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he intends to issue to ophthalmologists concerning the treatment of patients with wet age-related macular degeneration in one eye only.

 (63894)

137  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the increased risk to a person with sight in one eye only of (a) injury and (b) disease leading to blindness.

 (63897)

138  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he intends to take to ensure early diagnosis of wet age-related macular degeneration affecting the other eye of a person in whom one eye is already affected.

 (63898)

139  
N  
Mr Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the latest average figures he has for the number of operations cancelled each week broken down by each NHS trust.

 (63878)

140  Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on making financial arrangements for sufferers, and their families, of Hepatitis C caused by infected blood products.

 (64262)

141  Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in drawing up the legal and financial framework for the Arms-Length Bank controlled by the NHS.

 (64317)

142  Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the usage of private, non-NHS hospitals by PCTs.

 (64338)

143  Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many three star hospitals have indicated a willingness to become a foundation hospital.

 (64325)

144  Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the incentives available to encourage graduates to enter the National Health Service.

 (64335)

145  Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money was earmarked for cancer and mental health treatments for (a) PCT and (b) health authorities in the latest year for which figures are available.

 (64337)

146  Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there are for non-executive directors of PCTs.

 (64339)

147  Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how may GPS are working in the NHS, broken down by age group in (a) England and (b) each health authority.

 (64327)

148  Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors were employed in the NHS in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001, broken down by nationality.

 (64336)

149  Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the progress of franchising the management of those hospitals with zero stars.

 (64326)

150  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the differences between the full costs of operating efficient, good quality care in care homes and the average fees paid by local authorities.

 (64270)

151  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce a care home modernisation grant payable to local authorities to be paid in line with local care homes' compliance with national minimal standards.

 (64271)

152  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money was received by health authorities in each year since 1988 as a consequence of agreements with financial services companies to market their products to NHS employees.

 (64312)

153  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether, with regard to bed blocking, local authority social service departments will be penalised if a patient in hospital is awaiting a place in a home of their choice.

 (64458)

154  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress is being made to make beta interferon available for MS sufferers by (a) primary care trusts and (b) hospital trusts serving North Yorkshire.

 (64457)

155  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on the discrepancies between health authorities in prescribing beta interferon and Interferon for MS; and if he will make a statement.

 (64459)

156  
N  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to include primary headache disorders in the National Service Framework for Long Term Medical Conditions.

 (63694)

157  Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many performance targets he has set for his Department; and how many that were included last year have been dropped this year.

 (64274)

158  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 18th June, Official Report, column 247W, on NICE, what assessment he has made of the level of non-compliance by healthcare professionals with the recommendations of NICE.

 (64485)

159  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on medical devices of the presence nearby of mobile telephone masts.

 (64153)

160  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding the Government is making available to provide specialist nurses to treat Parkinson's Disease in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire; and if he will make a statement.

 (64448)

161  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist nurses to treat Parkinson's Disease there are in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire; and if he will make a statement.

 (64447)

162  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average wait is for a GP referral to a hospital specialist for a back pain appointment in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire; what steps he is taking to reduce this waiting time; and if he will make a statement.

 (64445)

163  Mr Robert Syms (Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy for flouridated toothpaste to carry health warning labels.

 (64464)

164  Mr Robert Syms (Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if disodium fluorosilicate and hexaflourosilicic acid are safe to use for the purpose of flouridating drinking water.

 (64465)

165  Mr Robert Syms (Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his policy on water fluoridation.

 (64471)

166  Mr Robert Syms (Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what restrictions there are on the concentration of flouride permitted in water used to manufacture baby foods.

 (64472)

167  
N  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received about the social services element of Harrow Council's local government settlement.

 (63901)

168  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what targets have been set within the police for the recruitment and retention of officers from ethnic minorities; and what the latest out-turns are in respect of these targets.

 (63621)

169  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the reporting of the methods used in research on primates at Cambridge University.

 (64259)

170  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of progress made in research on primates at Cambridge University in the past five years.

 (64258)

171  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what investigation he has made of non-animal alternatives to the research on marmoset brain research at Cambridge University.

 (64256)

172  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review research into primates at Cambridge University.

 (64260)

173  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors he took into account in assessing marmoset brain research at Cambridge University in order to evaluate (a) the potential benefits to be derived from the research and (b) the suffering likely to be experienced by the marmosets.

 (64254)

174  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of (a) the housing conditions and (b) the post-operative care of marmosets involved in research at Cambridge University.

 (64257)

175  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will refer the research into primates at Cambridge University to the Animal Procedures Committee.

 (64261)

176  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors informed his decision to give each of the project licences for marmoset brain research at Cambridge University a moderate severity band.

 (64255)

177  Ross Cranston (Dudley North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to Answer of 14th May, Official Report, column 611W, what the average delay was for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in relation to (a) deciding claims, (b) review of such decisions and (c) hearings challenging such decisions in each of the previous four years.

 (64477)

178  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases the Criminal Cases Review Commission are reviewing; how cases are classified; what percentage of all cases concern sexual abuse and of those, how many cases are (a) related to historic sexual abuse in care homes and (b) within a domestic context; and what period of time has elapsed between the sex crime being committed, the case being brought to court and the CCRC considering the case in each case.

 (64267)

179  
N  
Mr Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in each police authority area.

 (63879)

180  
N  
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in England and Wales on (a) 9th September 1999 and (b) 31st May 2002.

 (64090)

181  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken to process applications for indefinite leave to remain submitted by people admitted for settlement as the fiance(eĢ)s of British citizens was in the last 12 months.

 (64151)

182  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he changed the advice on his Department's website that applications by people admitted as fiance(eĢ)s for indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom, would be dealt with in six weeks; what the reasons were for that change; and if he will make a statement.

 (64152)

183  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to consult the freight transport industry over the recent amendments to the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill imposing fines on lorry operators.

 (64305)

184  Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many performance targets he has set for his Department; and how many that were included last year have been dropped this year.

 (64272)

185  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of (a) the aggregate liability for pensions and (b) the increase in liability for pensioners in the most recent year for which information is available for (i) the Police, (ii) the Prison Service and (iii) the Immigration and Nationality Service.

 (63883)

186  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences against (a) hunt personnel, supporters or their property and (b) opponents of hunting or their property (i) were reported, (ii) were prosecuted and (iii) led to convictions in each year since 1997.

 (63880)

187  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for how long the Criminal Records Office retains information sent to it in respect of those for whom criminal records checks in connection with work with children are sought, in the case of data subjects (a) with and (b) without criminal records.

 (63882)

188  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many questions are asked by the Criminal Records Office of those for whom criminal records checks in connection with work with children are sought; and of those which are essential to the conduct of a check.

 (63881)

189  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the impact the division of the Occupied Palestinian Territories into eight separate cantons has had on the humanitarian situation in the OPT.

 (64320)

190  Andy King (Rugby & Kenilworth): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid the UK has given to Bhutan in each of the last five years.

 (64295)

191  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to develop a programme of action to follow on from the memorandum of understanding between the UK and Indonesia to combat illegal logging signed in April.

 (64352)

192  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what estimate she has made of the additional cost of holding an all-postal ballot in a nationwide election or referendum.

 (64311)

193  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what consultations he had with (a) Right to Life, (b) Alert, (c) Care, (d) the Pro-Life Alliance and (e) the Hospice Movement, when preparing the document Making Decisions: Helping People who have Difficulty Deciding for Themselves; and if he will make a statement.

 (64446)

194  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will make a statement on his proposals to deal with the issue of on-the-run terrorists.

 (64216)

195  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will make a decision about the future of the Police Full-Time Reserve in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

 (64215)

196  
N  
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many police officers there were in Northern Ireland on (a) 9th September 1999 and (b) 31st May 2002.

 (64089)

197  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 13th June, Official Report, column 1376-7W, on stationery, when the next tender process is due to take place; and where it will be advertised.

 (64341)

198  Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to introduce section 107A of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988; and if she will make a statement.

 (64306)

199  Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received in the last 12 months asking that trading standards officers should take responsibility for enforcing copyright offences; and if she will make a statement.

 (64307)

200  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the workings of NETA during its first complete year.

 (64344)

201  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which factors have added uncertainty to her predicted future generating cost of power from (a) wind power and (b) photovoltaic cells.

 (64343)

202  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is her latest assessment of the cost of the Scotland/England West Coast Interconnector.

 (64342)

203  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what targets have been set for the development of combined heat and power plants.

 (64345)

204  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps are being taken to explain to UK electricity consumers the proportion of their energy costs due to the Renewables Obligation.

 (64347)

205  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she expects broadband to be introduced into service to all of England.

 (64275)

206  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether broadband will be available in rural areas.

 (64276)

207  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of geographical broadband coverage she expects to be available by 2005.

 (64277)

208  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussion she has had with the Director General of Fair Trading about the monopoly provision of broadband.

 (64278)

209  Andy King (Rugby & Kenilworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much bilateral trade there was between the UK and Bhutan over each of the last two years; and if she will make a statement.

 (64296)

210  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will extend the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment of Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999 to cover staff transferred from a local authority to a private contractor undertaking a contract longer than five years.

 (64310)

211  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what vetting procedures she employs to consider the suitability for export of (a) defensive and (b) offensive weapons; and if she will make a statement.

 (64219)

212  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the progress being made by the coal health claim with claims for compensation for (a) pneumoconiosis and (b) other non-smoking related respiratory diseases.

 (64220)

213  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what volume of timber from Liberia was imported to the UK (a) in 2001 and (b) in the first five months of 2002; and if she will make a statement.

 (64353)

214  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the members of each of the regional development agencies, together with any declared party political affiliation.

 (64454)

215  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will extend the deadline for claims under the Icelandic Water Trawlermen's Compensation Scheme to 31st December.

 (64453)

216  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures she is taking to increase awareness among potential claimants of the Icelandic Water Trawlermen's Compensation Scheme; and if she will make a statement.

 (64451)

217  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the take-up by potential claimants under the Icelandic Water Trawlermen's Compensation Scheme; and if she will make a statement.

 (64452)

218  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June, on Prestwick, what air traffic levels would make if financially prudent to commence further work at the New Scottish Centre; and what current levels are.

 (64460)

219  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 73W, on disability vehicle stickers, how many local authorities collect data on the number of charges and convictions for misuse of disabled persons' parking cards.

 (64449)

220  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 73W, on disability vehicle stickers, why records on the number of charges and convictions for the misuse of disabled persons' parking cards are not kept centrally; and how trends in the misuse of disabled persons' parking cards are recorded.

 (64450)

221  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action he is taking to prevent able bodied drivers using disabled parking spaces.

 (64356)

222  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what powers (a) the police and (b) local authorities have to deal with the abuse of disabled parking bays by able bodied drivers.

 (64394)

223  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the DVLA research project into visual field eye tests will be completed; and when the results of the study will be published.

 (64348)

224  
N  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether he plans to introduce legislation requiring rail network companies to introduce a specific type of safety mechanism onto rolling stock over a certain age; and if he will make a statement.

 (63695)

225  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what additional funds the Strategic Rail Authority plans to make available to (a) train operating companies and (b) Connex South East to upgrade stations to conform with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

 (64253)

226  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the Strategic Rail Authority will have completed its review of train operators' disabled people's protection policy to identify where station facilities need to be improved.

 (64252)

227  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the proposed direct rail link from Manchester to Waterloo.

 (64350)

228  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on Lord Birt's role regarding transport policy.

 (64486)

229  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action the Government is taking to reduce road congestion.

 (64351)

230  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make arrangements for the payment of bereavement benefits to widows who were otherwise qualified to receive them but were excluded on grounds of gender prior to the coming into force of the Welfare and Pensions Act 1999.

 (61370)

231  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants, by category, there were in (a) the UK and (b) rural areas for each of the last 10 years.

 (63645)

232  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much benefit was paid, by category, in (a) the UK and (b) rural areas in each of the last 10 years.

 (63646)

233  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were in receipt of incapacity benefit in (a) June 1997, (b) February 1999, (c) June 2001 and (d) May 2002.

 (64330)

234  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal capability assessments were carried out by the Benefits Agency in (a) the last six months and (b) the last 12 months.

 (64331)

235  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people leaving incapacity benefit in (a) the last six months, (b) the last year and (c) the last five years represented (i) transfers to other social security benefits, (ii) people moving from benefit into employment and (iii) people moving off benefit to unknown destinations.

 (64328)

236  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average period of payment was for claimants of incapacity benefit at 31st March.

 (64329)

237  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost of incapacity benefit payments was, and how many claimants were in receipt of incapacity benefit payments, in each year since 1997, broken down into payments of (a) short-term incapacity benefit at the lower rate, (b) short-term incapacity benefit at the higher rate and (c) long-term incapacity benefit.

 (64334)

238  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12th November 2001, Official Report, column 570W, how many participants in the New Deal have received training through Ambition IT Initiative since January.

 (64355)

239  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people attending work-focused interviews at Jobcentre Plus offices since 22nd October 2001, have (a) moved from incapacity benefit into employment, (b) transferred to other social security benefits and (c) remained in receipt of incapacity benefit at (i) the same level, (i) a higher level and (iii) a lower level.

 (64332)

240  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many incapacity benefit claimants have been referred for a personal capability assessment as a result of a work-focused interview at a Jobcentre Plus office since 22nd October 2001.

 (64333)

241  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the financial support available to jobseekers for the cost of travelling to interviews.

 (64269)

242  
N  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to allow the Child Support Agency the power of surveillance in tackling fraud; and if he will make a statement.

 (63693)

243  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the honourable Member for Middlesborough, representing the Church Commissioners, what were the (a) gross and (b) net costs to the Church Commissioners of running 1 Millbank in the last 12 months.

 [Question Unstarred]   (61207)

244  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what was the advertising budget for her Department's energy efficiency programmes for each of the (a) past five years and (b) next two years.

 [Transferred]   (64349)

245  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated annual losses were to businesses in the Portsmouth South constituency due to shop crime in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (64480)



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