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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 2 July 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 2 July 2002, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 

TUESDAY 2nd JULY

1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, under what circumstances Ordnance Survey are permitted deliberately to omit information from OS maps; who is empowered to require this; and if he will make a statement.

 (65165)

2  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what statutory obligations are in force for inspection of health and safety standards in (a) residential homes, (b) boarding schools and (c) university halls of residence; and if he will make a statement.

 (66653)

3  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many houses in multiple occupation have had their licences revoked in areas where local authority, licensing schemes are in place, broken down by local authority, in the last year.

 (66677)

4  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) houses, (b) houses in multiple occupation and (c) other dwellings were declared unfit for human habitation, broken down by (i) failure of gas appliance, (ii) failure of kitchen amenities, (iii) failure of bathroom and drainage facilities, (iv) structural failure and (v) other failures, in each of the last five years.

 (66676)

5  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library the minimum requirements for (a) houses, (b) flats, (c) hotels and hostels, (d) houses in multiple occupation, (e) prisons and (f) university halls of residence for (i) space, (ii) lighting, (iii) ventilation, (iv) bathroom and toilet facilities and (v) fire escapes.

 (66679)

6  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which local authorities have compulsory registration schemes for houses in multiple occupation; and how long each of these schemes has been in place.

 (66678)

7  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the role of English Heritage in planning applications.

 (66516)

8  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Investment Advisory Board has given consideration to the Colchester Garrison PFI; and if he will make a statement.

 (66255)

9  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proposals were made by the US Adminstration prior to the recent NATO defence ministers' meeting; and if he will place the relevant papers and letters from the US Adminstration in the Library.

 (66256)

10  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will respond to the letter of the honourable Member for Hexham of 2nd April on the stay warm scheme.

 (65644)

11  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will respond to the letter of the honourable Member for Hexham of 7th March, ref. 167576.

 (65646)

12  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will respond to the letter of the honourable Member for Hexham of 25th April, ref. 168998.

 (65643)

13  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will respond to the representations of the honourable Member for Hexham of 2nd January on cattle passports.

 (65645)

14  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will respond to the letter of the honourable Member for Hexham of 3rd December 2001, ref. 160528.

 (65647)

15  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to seek compensation from the French Government for the ban on British beef exports.

 (66657)

16  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons her recommendations for nitrate vulnerable zones are different from those suggested in her Department's consultation paper.

 (66655)

17  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Scientific Steering Committee will next meet to decide locations for the farm scale evaluations of genetically modified crops.

 (66170)

18  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what compensation is made available to farmers in the interim of a positive test for bovine TB and the subsequent cull; and how much has been paid for this each year since 1992, including 2002-03 to date.

 (66670)

19  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, from where the pig suspected of foot and mouth and swine vesicular disease which was slaughtered in Leicestershire on 21st June originated.

 (66168)

20  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the French ban on export of beef has cost British farmers in each year since 1999.

 (66656)

21  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average waiting time between a herd reacting positively to bovine TB and the subsequent cull of the animals per constituency has been in each of the last 24 months; and if she will make a statement.

 (66671)

22  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's policy is on deciding which press releases to make available to the Government News Network.

 (66654)

23  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures her Department is taking to identify the origin of the pig suspected of foot and mouth disease and swine vesicular disease.

 (66169)

24  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent changes have been made to the European Union's policy on vaccination-to-live relating to foot and mouth; and what research she has recently commissioned on tests to differentiate between vaccinated and infected animals.

 (66149)

25  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farms in the Scottish Borders receive (a) available support payments and (b) livestock support payments from CAP schemes in excess of £200,000 per year.

 (66047)

26  
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 judgement of the High Court in the case of DEFRA, Asda Stores and others.

 (66150)

27  
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 recent trends in arable farm prices.

 (66517)

28  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how long, on average, it has taken in the last year for which figures are available to compensate a farmer whose cattle have contracted bovine TB in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) England; and if she will make a statement.

 (66512)

29  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from interested parties regarding the implementation of the proposals contained in the Curry Report; and if she will make a statement.

 (66520)

30  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total CAP underspend was in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.

 (66513)

31  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money has been spent on (a) testing and (b) investigating TB in cattle in (i) Gloucestershire and (ii) the UK in each of the last four years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.

 (66510)

32  
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 what constitutes agricultural usage when considering the setting of business rates; and if she will make a statement.

 (66521)

33  
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 workings of the Access to the Countryside legislation, with particular reference to farm land.

 (66518)

34  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the possibility of bovine TB being transferred to humans; and if she will make a statement.

 (66511)

35  
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 progress made on farm diversification.

 (66519)

36  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what checks are carried out on (a) people and (b) animals travelling from (i) North and (ii) South Korea to test for diseases related to animals.

 (66514)

37  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many fridges are awaiting disposal in each (a) waste collection authority and (b) waste disposal authority.

 (66509)

38  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the 1993 Memorandum of Understanding, if he will list the categories of taxation where (a) the treatment of the monarch is indistinguishable from that of other citizens, (b) the monarch is exempt and (c) the monarch is exempt but chooses to make voluntary contributions.

 (65154)

39  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the implications for Civil List annuity payments of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

 (65158)

40  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanism is in place to distinguish between gifts received by (a) the Queen and (b) other members of the Royal Family in (i) their official roles and (ii) their private capacities; what rules govern the receipt of gifts donated to members of the Royal Family in their official capacities; and whether such gifts are exempt from taxation.

 (65160)

41  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what public funds were expended in 2001 on gifts given by (a) the Queen and (b) other members of the Royal Family in their official roles.

 (65161)

42  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the present level is of the Civil List Reserve.

 (65162)

43  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether requirement procedures for notification of the death of recipients of Civil List annuity payments upon the death of those recipients are the same as those for recipients of state pension payments.

 (65163)

44  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reason is for the delay in introducing the Extra Statutory Concession to reduce VAT on home care services supplied by private businesses; and when he expects to introduce the regulation.

 (66147)

45  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his definition of (a) domestic and (b) personal care in relation to VAT on home care services.

 (66148)

46  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, at what level, and under what circumstances, it can be decided within MI6 that information held may not be seen by Ministers.

 (65153)

47  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the (a) purpose and (b) accountability of the 1948 UK-USA Security Agreement.

 (65155)

48  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy that, where a foreign security agency is asked by a UK body authorised to carry out interception of communications on its behalf relating to a UK citizen, there shall be a requirement for permission to be sought as if the interception were to be carried out by the UK body itself.

 (65157)

49  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what mechanism exists to ensure that the exchange of information undertaken between (a) MI6 and (b) GCHQ and sister organisations within friendly countries, and to which ministers do not have access, is conducted in a manner consistent with the national interest.

 (65159)

50  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will respond to the letter of the honourable Member for Hexham of 20th February on diabetes and isley research.

 (65649)

51  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will respond to the letter of the honourable Member for Hexham of 30th April on NHS dental treatment.

 (65648)

52  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will respond to the honourable Member for Hexham's letter of 18th March on food security in the UK, ref. MCHANH001761.

 (65650)

53  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether statistics relating to cancelled operations include those cancelled at cottage and community hospitals.

 (65167)

54  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were cancelled in each quarter of 2001, broken down by NHS trust.

 (65166)

55  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 24th June, Official Report, column 733W, on care homes, when he is planning to issue guidance on qualified nursing input.

 (66145)

56  Mr Bruce George (Walsall South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical nurse specialists there are in the field of skin cancer.

 (66658)

57  Mr Bruce George (Walsall South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the number of clinical nurse specialists in skin cancer.

 (66659)

58  
N  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what grounds the MCA in May ordered the destruction of mumps vaccines made in Switzerland that had been bought by Direct Health 2000 in the UK; and if mumps vaccines, in the same batch were delivered to pharmacies in the UK.

 (66258)

59  
N  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what instructions the Department has given to Farrillon on the amount of single rubella vaccines to be issued to private clinics in the UK.

 (66257)

60  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letters from the honourable Member for Maidenhead of 19th February and 25th April regarding a constituent, Mrs Preston on the MMR vaccine and autism.

 (66346)

61  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will respond to the letter of the honourable Member for South West Hertfordshire of 14th March, Ref 1005934.

 (66254)

62  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much extra funding will be made available to the Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust to enable it to implement its franchise plan.

 (66491)

63  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when Ashford (Middlesex) Hospital accident and emergency department was downgraded to an emergency department.

 (66489)

64  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many extra (a) beds and (b) staff will be provided by the implementation of the Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust Franchise Plan.

 (66490)

65  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce legislation relating to the interception of communications and the use of computers which use selected keywords and numbers to determine which communications are intercepted.

 (65156)

66  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what controls govern the interception from within the UK of communications originating from outside the UK.

 (65164)

67  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the outstanding disclosure applications from Wirral Borough Council Social Services Department to the Criminal Records Bureau will be processed; how large the backlog is of applications awaiting processing; and what the most recent average figure is for how long the processing procedure takes.

 (66652)

68  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the subject of each gender impact assessment drawn up by his Department since June 1997, indicating in each case whether the outcome has been (a) put out to consultation and (b) published.

 (66607)

69  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he has established a baseline for policy appraisal against which to measure progress on equal treatment; and what progress has been achieved.

 (66606)

70  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what new data series separated by gender, race, disability and age have been commissioned by his Department since August 1997.

 (66608)

71  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which women's organisations have been consulted on proposed legislation by his Department during 2000-01 and 2001-02 sessions; and if their responses have been published.

 (66524)

72  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what extra resources have been made available since 16th April to fund the expected increase of remands into custody of juvenile offenders; and if he will make a statement.

 (66625)

73  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the search of the Yarl's Wood site has been completed; and whether fatalities have been discovered.

 (66612)

74  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications have (a) been made and (b) been successful to the hard cases fund; and if he will make a statement.

 (66609)

75  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the maintenance charges are for the probation STEPS contract during normal working hours; what the call out charge is between 6 pm and 10 pm; what the charge is for a Saturday and a Sunday call out; what the charge is in relation to an office relocation; what assessment he has made of the value for money of the contract with Bull/Integris for these matters; and if he will make a statement.

 (66619)

76  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of those who were detained at Yarl's Wood (a) have subsequently been removed from the UK and (b) have since been granted refugee status or exceptional leave to remain; and if he will make a statement.

 (66623)

77  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many violent crimes were committed in each police authority area in each (a) month and (b) year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.

 (66614)

78  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the hard cases fund used to support asylum seekers in exceptional circumstances is cash limited; and if he will make a statement.

 (66610)

79  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals in the last 12 months had their licence revoked and were consequently recalled to prison in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

 (66616)

80  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police stations (a) closed and (b) opened in each police authority area in each year since 1979; and if he will make a statement.

 (66615)

81  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who will pay insurance for future new prisons in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

 (66620)

82  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the financial position of Bull/Integris was taken into account before the Standard Technical Environment for the Probation Service contract was let on 1st January; and if he will make a statement.

 (66618)

83  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many probation areas in England and Wales operate bail information schemes; in how many cases by probation area information on bail was provided to the courts in the last year that figures are available; in how many of these cases the court ordered conditional bail; and if he will make a statement.

 (66621)

84  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what a grant made under the hard cases fund consists of; and if he will make a statement.

 (66611)

85  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of those who were detained at Yarl's Wood are detained (a) in a prison and (b) in an immigration detention centre; and if he will make a statement.

 (66622)

86  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what average delay was incurred in the last year for which figures are available before prisoners receive representation packs after they are recalled to prison; and if he will make a statement.

 (66617)

87  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average annual cost is of accommodating a person in (a) a prison and (b) a youth offender institution; and if he will make a statement.

 (66624)

88  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 12th June, Official Report, column 1308W, on asylum accommodation centres, when he will place in the Library the documentation for the Bidders' Conference.

 (66144)

89  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will respond to the letter of the honourable Member for South West Hertfordshire of 4th February, Ref 2513/2.

 (66253)

90  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the steps the police take to track down the owners of dumped vehicles.

 (66515)

91  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) found guilty, (b) cautioned and (c) imprisoned for drugs offences in respect of (i) cannabis, (ii) amphetamines, (iii) LSD, (iv) cocaine, (v) ecstasy, (vi) heroin and (vii) crack in each year since 1981.

 (66667)

92  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what he estimates to be the value of the (a) domestic and (b) international trade in (i) cannabis, (ii) amphetamines, (iii) LSD, (iv) cocaine, (v) ecstasy, (vi) heroin and (vii) crack in the most recent year for which figures are available.

 (66663)

93  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drugs seizures there were by the police and Her Majesty's Customs of (a) cannabis, (b) amphetamines, (c) LSD, (d) cocaine, (e) ecstasy, (f) heroin and (g) crack in each year since 1981.

 (66661)

94  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in the United Kingdom aged (a) 34 years and younger and (b) 35 years and older are estimated to have taken (i) cannabis, (ii) amphetamines, (iii) LSD, (iv) cocaine, (v) ecstasy, (vi) heroin and (vii) crack.

 (66665)

95  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evidence he has collated of links between (a) acquisitive and (b) violent crime and the use of (i) cannabis, (ii) amphetamines, (iii) LSD, (iv) cocaine, (v) ecstasy, (vi) heroin and (vii) crack.

 (66664)

96  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) studies and (b) pilots have been undertaken since 1972 into the impact on (i) crime levels and (ii) health indicators of prescribing heroin.

 (66662)

97  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what quantities of (a) cannabis, (b) amphetamines, (c) LSD, (d) cocaine, (e) ecstasy, (f) heroin and (g) crack were seized by the police and by Her Majesty's Customs in each year since 1981.

 (66666)

98  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many motorists have been caught speeding by police cameras in Surrey in each of the last five years.

 (66492)

99  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the delay in signing the contract for the building of a privatised prison at Ashford (Middlesex).

 (66493)

100  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what women's organisations have been consulted on proposed legislation by his Department during 2000-01 and 2001-02 sessions; and if their responses have been published.

 (66528)

101  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what new data series separated by gender, race, disability and age have been commissioned by his Department since August 1997.

 (66527)

102  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the subject of each gender impact assessment drawn up by his Department since June 1997, indicating in each case whether the outcome has been (a) put out to consultation and (b) published.

 (66525)

103  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he has established a baseline for policy appraisal against which to measure progress on equal treatment; and what progress has been achieved.

 (66526)

104  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the President of the Council, what recent assessment he has made of the performance of government departments in providing timely answers to written parliamentary questions; and if he will make a statement.

 (65561)

105  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, for what reason the Ministerial Committee on the Intelligence Services has not been asked to endorse the UK's Requirements and Priorities for Secret Intelligence.

 (65152)

106  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on paragraph 30 of the Intelligence and Security Committee Annual Report 2001-02 with specific reference to the resources available to the Interception of Communications Commissioner.

 (65151)

107  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Prime Minister, what proposals he has for a National Energy Research Centre.

 (65093)

108  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many open individual export licence applications relating to exports to India have been (a) not renewed, (b) not extended on a temporary basis and (c) refused since 1st May; and if she will make a statement.

 (66506)

109  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many individual export licence applications for the sale of armaments to India have been received by her Department since 1st May; and how many have been approved.

 (66503)

110  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many open individual export licences are valid for the export of arms to India.

 (66502)

111  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many open individual export licences have been modified so as to exclude exports to India since 1st May.

 (66505)

112  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many individual export licence applications have been outstanding for more than (a) three months; (b) six months and (c) one year.

 (66504)

113  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on her policy towards full pints of beer being served in pubs.

 (66522)

114  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which post offices in the Spelthorne constituency Consignia is planning to close.

 (66494)

115  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which businessmen advised the Government to adopt the structure chosen for the Tube PPP; which companies they worked for; and who they work for now.

 (66495)

116  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his statement of 27th June, what his estimate is of the value of the relief to be offered to Railtrack Group PLC in respect of corporation tax on capital gains.

 (66508)

117  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his statement of 27th June, whether Railtrack employees with shares in Railtrack Group will be exempt from capital gains tax on the realisation of their shares pursuant to the proposals from Network Rail.

 (66507)

118  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place copies of his Department's appraisal summary tables relating to the local transport plan annual progress reports in the Library.

 (66674)

119  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the next national road traffic forecasts are due to be published; and if he will make a statement.

 (66675)

120  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department and its predecessors since 1997; if copies were available (a) online and (b) in print in each case; and on what date the period for responses (i) opened and (ii) closed.

 (66651)

121  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many trains of each train operating company arrived late by (a) more than five minutes and (b) more than 10 minutes in each month from November 2001 to June 2002; and how many trains in each train operating company were cancelled in each month from November 2001 to June 2002.

 (66673)

122  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research and work has been conducted (a) by and (b) for his Department in relation to the revision of targets under the national road traffic forecasts; and if he will make a statement.

 (66672)

123  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will request the Health and Safety Commission to include amongst its targets contained in the Revitalising Health and Safety strategy a requirement to reduce the number of at work accidents each year on the roads.

 (66668)

124  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what targets the Government has set for reducing death and injuries to government employees at work while on the road.

 (66669)

125  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, under the administration order, whether Railtrack Group will be permitted to carry out the planned rollover of chargeable gains arising in the year, in connection with certain contingent tax liabilities arising from transactions entered into before 7th October 2001, for which no provision has been been made; and if he will make a statement.

 (66532)

126  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what percentage of section 1 of the CTRL is complete; on what date it is (a) due to be and (b) expected to be (i) completed and (ii) open; and what its expected final cost is.

 (66500)

127  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what funding guarantees have been given to the SRA by his Department.

 (66496)

128  
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 (a) the timing, (b) the responsibility for and (c) the basis of preparation of the asset maintenance plan.

 (66534)

129  
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 mechanism for selecting the members of the nominating committee for Network Rail members.

 (66542)

130  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what date he was notified by the Office of Fair Trading that the Network Rail proposal will not be referred to the Competition Commission.

 (66536)

131  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, under the Network Rail structure, which body would be held responsible with regard to corporate manslaughter charges.

 (66594)

132  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will give the proposed modifications to the bonds in connection with the Network Rail proposal; and if he will make a statement on each class of bondholder passing a resolution to authorise the modification of the terms and conditions of the bonds.

 (66537)

133  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list (a) the SRA's expenditure for the last year, including their provisions for liabilities and charges and (b) the SRA's budget for 2002-03, including budgeted provisions for liabilities and charges.

 (66597)

134  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the banks involved in the bridging finance for Network Rail.

 (66546)

135  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the Government's appeal against the decision of the European Court of Human Rights on the banning of night flights will be heard; and if he will make a statement.

 (65565)

136  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what basis Railtrack Group will waive its claims for compensation against Her Majesty's Government, the Secretary of State, his Department and others in respect of the making of the administration order; if he will place copies of related documentation in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (66499)

137  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the projects given in Railtrack's Network Management Statement 2001 that, by the end of March 2002, had (a) been completed, (b) been started but not completed, indicating the expected completion date and (c) not been started, indicating the expected start date.

 (66601)

138  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what duty is placed on the administrators of Railtrack PLC to provide accurate and timely information to Railtrack Group.

 (66529)

139  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the organisation structure of Network Rail.

 (66548)

140  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the estimated value is of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link owned by Railtrack.

 (66600)

141  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent representations he has received on noise relating to night flights at East Midlands Airport.

 (65563)

142  
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 mechanism by which members of Network Rail will be held accountable by (a) customers, (b) the general public, (c) the Executive and (d) Parliament.

 (66543)

143  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the new (a) statutory powers and (b) other powers that he has over the management of the rail network under the Newtrack Rail arrangements.

 (66595)

144  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research he has conducted into improving the pedestrian environment for the disabled; if he will place a copy of results in the Library; and if he will list schemes introduced in the last two years to improve the pedestrian environment for the disabled.

 (66613)

145  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what date he authorised the change in control of Railtrack; and if he will publish the authorisation.

 (66604)

146  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the statement by the Right honourable Member for North Tyneside, Official Report, 20th November 2001, column 178, on Heathrow Terminal 5, when he will open the consultation on extending the night quota period; and if he will make a statement.

 (65567)

147  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what date he expects to make an application to the court for the discharge of the Railtrack administration order; and if he will make a statement.

 (66539)

148  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what date he expects to receive a response from the European Commission with regard to whether (a) the money and (b) the guarantees being provided by the Government are acceptable under state aid rules.

 (66535)

149  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will estimate the cost of the West Coast Main Line upgrade; and if he will make a statement.

 (66549)

150  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assurances have been given that the existing employment rights, including pension rights, of employees of Railtrack plc will be safeguarded by the sale of Railtrack plc to Network Rail.

 (66498)

151  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, by what mechanism people and groups will be appointed to be members of Network Rail; how many will be appointed; and on what date.

 (66540)

152  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether he will be publishing a revised version of (a) the SRA plan and (b) the Ten Year Plan to take into account the change from Railtrack to Network Rail.

 (66550)

153  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent research he has carried out with regard to the potential costs and benefits of the use of 20 mph zones in urban areas; and if he will make a statement.

 (66626)

154  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what criteria he used to determine that East Midlands Airport should not be designated under section 78 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 in relation to night flights.

 (65564)

155  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the incentive arrangements with regard to Network Rail and possible enhancement projects; and if he will make a statement.

 (66602)

156  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the letter of agreement of 27th June relating to the Government's undertaking to make sufficient funds available to ensure that the amount receivable by Railtrack Group by way of consideration in respect of the disposal of the shares in Railtack PLC on an after-tax basis is equal to £500 million.

 (66545)

157  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received from the ORR with regard to enforcement orders following breaches of the network licence; and if he will make a statement.

 (66605)

158  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the (a) subsidiary companies, (b) agencies and (c) other boards to the Strategic Rail Authority, giving their (i) responsibilities, (ii) powers and (iii) current turnovers.

 (66596)

159  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the statement by the Right honourable Member for North Tyneside, Official Report, 20th November 2001, column 178, on Heathrow Terminal 5, if he will make a statement on Government policy on the limit on the number of flights at Heathrow when Terminal 5 at Heathrow is built.

 (65566)

160  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what control the Government has over the sale of the CTRL to LCR; and if he will make a statement.

 (66501)

161  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, by what mechanism the board Network Rail will be held accountable to the members of Network Rail.

 (66541)

162  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish information required by Railtrack Group in order to enable it to identify whether adjusting post balance sheet events have occurred that would require amendments to the figures reported on 27th June by Railtrack Group.

 (66533)

163  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the credit rating is of the SRA.

 (66598)

164  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will give the proposed modifications to the notes in connection with the Network Rail proposal; and if he will make a statement on the noteholders passing a resolution to authorise the modification of the terms and conditions of the notes.

 (66538)

165  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what meetings he or his predecessor had with representatives of North West Leicestershire District Council prior to his decision not to designate East Midlands Airport under section 78 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 in relation to night flights.

 (65562)

166  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what date the bridging loans for Network Rail will (a) commence and (b) are due for repayment.

 (66551)

167  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the special purpose vehicles being developed for enhancement works on the railways.

 (66603)

168  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what tax liability Railtrack Group will incur as a result of the Railtrack plc disposal announced on 27th June.

 (66497)

169  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether Railtrack Group is required to purchase Section 1 of the CTRL at its net cost.

 (66530)

170  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the budgeted level of funding available to Newtrack Rail from the Government to cover future liabilities and unexpected expenditures.

 (66599)

171  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the terms of the loans associated with the bridging finance for Network Rail.

 (66547)

172  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, under the Network Rail proposal, what call there is on Railtrack Group PLC under the outstanding guarantees in respect of (a) the European Investment Bank facilities made available to Railtrack PLC and (b) the bank facilities which have been made available to London & Continental Railways Limited in connection with the CTRL.

 (66531)

173  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received on Network Rail's proposal from (a) the ORR and (b) the SRA.

 (66544)

174  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects the start of construction works on the southern extension of the East London Line.

 (64294)

175  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he is taking to improve co-ordination between local bus and rail services in West Sussex.

 (66146)

176  
N  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions he has held with local authorities regarding a new statutory duty for coastal emergency planning.

 (63748)

177  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the total production cost to the Wales Office was of the Departmental Report in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001.

 (66681)

178  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent on contributory maternity benefits in each of the last 30 years; and which categories of National Insurance contributions generated eligibility to such benefits in each year.

 (66523)

179  
N  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to promote safer driving.

 [Question Unstarred]   (63727)

180  Mr Bruce George (Walsall South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mortality rate was for skin cancer in the last year for which figures are available.

 [Transferred]   (66682)

181  Mr Bruce George (Walsall South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the incidence rates of cancers for the last five years.

 [Transferred]   (66660)



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