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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 4 July 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 4 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.
 


 

THURSDAY 4th JULY

1  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures he is taking to improve the recording of homelessness in rural areas.

 (66782)

2  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of rural districts had emergency accommodation for young people in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region.

 (66784)

3  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of rural local authorities have used bed and breakfast accommodation to house young people for each of the last 10 years, broken down by region.

 (66783)

4  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to assist local authorities in the implementation of their duties under (a) the Homelessness Act 2002 and (b) Government targets on the reduction of families supported by local authorities in bed and breakfast accommodation.

 (67498)

5  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to ensure that local authorities in London are consulted in relation to proposals for the development of affordable housing on major regeneration sites.

 (67499)

6  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to ensure that (a) the development of affordable housing on major regeneration sites in London is economically sustainable and (b) households will choose to move to such developments.

 (67500)

7  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how he plans to ensure that in (a) the financial year 2003-04 and (b) future years the Housing Corporation investment programme for London reflects housing need.

 (67496)

8  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to ensure that in financial year 2003-04 the London boroughs are consulted about the Housing Corporation investment programme.

 (67497)

9  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the criteria by which the recent additional grant to the Housing Corporation Draft Programme in London will be allocated; and what steps he will take to ensure that those areas with the most acute levels of housing need and homelessness derive the maximum amount of additional assistance.

 (67495)

10  Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on pay negotiations for firefighters.

 (67531)

11  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what action he is taking to increase the supply of affordable housing in South Somerset; and if he will make a statement.

 (66296)

12  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effects of the increase in property prices in South-West England since 1999; and if he will make a statement.

 (66299)

13  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many new (a) homes and (b) social houses were built in (i) England, (ii) Somerset and (iii) South Somerset in each of the last 15 years; and if he will make a statement.

 (66298)

14  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people were homeless in (a) England, (b) the South-West, and (c) the Yeovil constituency in each year since 1985-86; and if he will make a statement.

 (66297)

15  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the future of Best Value as a means of assessing the performance of local authorities.

 (67446)

16  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the progress made in the nine pathfinder projects on social housing announced earlier this year; and if he will make a statement.

 (67439)

17  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many civil servants there are in his Department, broken down by pay band; and if he will make a statement.

 (67454)

18  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the cost to English local authorities of clearing away abandoned cars over the past year; and if he will make a statement.

 (67452)

19  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities of complying with the comprehensive performance assessment system; and if he will make a statement.

 (67437)

20  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to extend the pathfinder projects on social housing to other areas of England; and if he will make a statement.

 (67440)

21  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to review the Barnett Formula for local authority finance; and if he will make a statement.

 (67441)

22  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities of clearing away abandoned cars over the next five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (67450)

23  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to implement the proposals on planning tariffs set out in the Planning Green Paper; and if he will make a statement.

 (67443)

24  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which minister in his Department has responsibility for regeneration; and if he will make a statement.

 (67444)

25  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many special advisers serve in his Department; and what the total of their annual salaries is.

 (67551)

26  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what bilateral discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry regarding the provision in the Enterprise Bill which includes housing associations in the proposed insolvency law; and if he will make a statement.

 (67445)

27  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the progress made in reaching the Government's target for improving the standard of council homes by 2010.

 (67442)

28  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans the Government has to review regional boundaries in areas which reject a directly elected regional assembly based on the regions set out in the Government's Regional Government White Paper; and if he will make a statement.

 (67453)

29  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of how many people were employed by local authorities in England in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (67448)

30  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he last met the Government's special adviser on urban policy; and if he will make a statement.

 (67449)

31  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the relationship between the role of Best Value assessments in local authorities and the new comprehensive performance assessment; and if he will make a statement.

 (67438)

32  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which companies submitted bids for the grant awarded to Northcote KeyStart Homes under the second round of the Starter Home Initiative; and if he will make a statement.

 (67447)

33  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the number of cars abandoned in each local authority in England in the past year; and if he will make a statement.

 (67451)

34  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to improve housing conditions in North-East Lancashire; and if he will make a statement.

 (67205)

35  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of housing supply for the next 10 to 15 years; and if he will make a statement.

 (67217)

36  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee, how much beer was sold to the House in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02.

 (65238)

37  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the names and amounts paid by (a) sponsors and (b) contributors to the Dome who did not make confidentiality a condition of their donation; and (i) how much money and (ii) how many donations remain subject to confidentiality.

 (65570)

38  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who will lead the review of the New Opportunities Fund for Children's Play; what the review process will be; how she proposes to involve children and young people in the review; and when it will conclude.

 (66776)

39  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding Sport England gives to (a) football, (b) hockey, (c) men's football, (d) women's football, (e) men's hockey and (f) women's hockey.

 (66771)

40  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she last met television executives to discuss the broadcasting of (a) football and (b) hockey.

 (66768)

41  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding per participant Sport England gives to (a) football, (b) hockey, (c) men's football, (d) women's football, (e) men's hockey and (f) women's hockey.

 (66772)

42  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many coaches Sport England funds for (a) football, (b) hockey, (c) men's football, (d) women's football, (e) men's hockey and (f) women's hockey.

 (66769)

43  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people participate in (a) football, (b) hockey, (c) men's football, (d) women's football, (e) men's hockey and (f) women's hockey.

 (66770)

44  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons the Budget proposal to offer mandatory 80 per cent. rate relief to amateur sports clubs has been limited to clubs prepared to register as charities; and if she will make a statement.

 (67080)

45  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the proposals of the Charity Commissioners to restrict eligibility for charitable status to those sports that in the opinion of the Charity Commissioners are beneficial to physical health; and what discussions her Department has had with the Charity Commissioners over the criteria they are using to determine the eligibility of different sports for charitable status.

 (67081)

46  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has discussed with the Charity Commissioners the recognition for the purposes of charitable status of those sports already recognised by the Government through Sport England and Sport UK as eligible for Lottery and Exchequer funding; and if she will make a statement.

 (67082)

47  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what tax concessions will be available to amateur sports clubs that do not have charitable status, with particular reference to those relating to mandatory rate relief; and if she will make a statement.

 (67083)

48  Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees there were in each of the past seven years in each national museum; and how many of these were over the normal age of retirement.

 (67178)

49  Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department's policy is on retirement age in national museums.

 (67179)

50  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many oral questions she transferred to other departments in each of the last 18 months.

 (67031)

51  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action her Department has taken since July 2000 to ensure that those in receipt of grants for construction, restoration and refurbishment projects conform to government requirements regarding timber procurement; and if she will make a statement.

 (67079)

52  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether grants for construction, restoration and refurbishment issued by the Lottery are covered by government requirements regarding timber procurement; and if she will make a statement.

 (67033)

53  Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the cost to the tourist industry of the changes in the national insurance regime in the last budget.

 (67017)

54  Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list those activities which her Department recognises as sport.

 (67018)

55  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is of repairs being made to HMS Victoria; how much of this cost the UK will bear; and if he will make a statement.

 (67422)

56  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are to use the SanEagle for British reconnaissance missions; and if he will make a statement.

 (67423)

57  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many companies submitted expressions of interest to his Department to provide the UK with a MoDAS; and if he will make a statement.

 (67417)

58  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is of the Canberra PR9 reconnaissance aircraft; and if he will make a statement.

 (67142)

59  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the refit of HMS Monmouth will be complete; what the total cost of the refit will be; when she will return to service; and if he will make a statement.

 (67143)

60  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the jobs created by the new anti-armour technology contract will be established; whether these will be permanent; and if he will make a statement.

 (67418)

61  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the value of disposals from the Defence Estate for each year from 1993-94 to 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.

 (66292)

62  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there is full manning of the (a) Royal Air Force and (b) Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement.

 (66293)

63  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the book value of non-munition stocks was in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) April 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (66294)

64  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of his departmental budget he estimates is spent on staff pay; and if he will make a statement.

 (66266)

65  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the average annual rise in pay for individuals employed in the armed forces in each year from 1990-91 to 2000-02; what the increase in the defence budget was in each year; and if he will make a statement.

 (66267)

66  Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on future military aid to the FYR of Macedonia.

 (67183)

67  Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what British military aid is being given to the FYR of Macedonia.

 (67182)

68  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost and benefits of offset obligations incurred by United Kingdom defence companies as part of export defence agreements were in each year since 1992, broken down by nations and regions of the UK.

 (67308)

69  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the content of British manufacturing in vehicles used by the Army.

 (67140)

70  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the proportion of the rise in government liabilities resulting from unfunded parts of the armed forces pension scheme in the last five years due to (a) wage inflation, (b) longevity, (c) extension of the rights of part-time workers and (d) other factors; and if he will make a statement.

 (67023)

71  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many oral questions he has transferred to other departments in each of the last 18 months.

 (67049)

72  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will cut back the higher trees and gorse on the Browndown site between Portsmouth Road and the sea at Lee-on-Solent.

 (67194)

73  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the extent of specialisation of secondary schools in rural areas.

 (66785)

74  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what (a) environmental assessment and (b) assessment of the traffic implications she has made with respect to the specialisation of secondary schools in rural areas.

 (66780)

75  
N  
Roger Casale (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many reception places are available at each primary school in Merton, broken down by parliamentary constituency; and how many applications there have been in each case for the school year 2002-03.[R]

 (66777)

76  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will provide detailed information on PFI schemes, withheld on the grounds of commercial confidentiality, to bona fide research bodies to make objective assessments of their value for money.

 (67076)

77  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what advice is made available at school to pupils who do not wish to continue into further education and want to enter work.

 (66157)

78  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the AS Level examinations; and what changes will be made in the structure of sixth form studies.

 (66155)

79  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of students continue into further education after their GCSEs; and what efforts the Government has made to encourage pupils to stay on at school after their GCSEs.

 (66156)

80  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average teacher to pupil ratio in infant classes in South Tyneside was in each year since 1997.

 (67045)

81  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average infant class size in South Tyneside was in each year since 1997; what the average sizes were in England in those years; and how many infants there were in classes in South Tyneside in each of these years.

 (67046)

82  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the local education authorities in which (a) primary and (b) secondary school class sizes have risen since 1st May 1997, ranking these from largest to smallest increase in class sizes; and if she will make a statement.

 (66275)

83  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether value-added league tables are available for all schools; and if she will make a statement.

 (66283)

84  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers were teaching in English schools in each year from 1979-80 to 2001-02; and if she will make a statement.

 (66269)

85  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to provide funding for a nurture group for each English primary school; and if she will make a statement.

 (66271)

86  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to specify a minimum level of non-contact time for teachers who are teaching the core subjects of maths and English; and if she will make a statement.

 (66274)

87  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her estimate is of the change in (a) school truancy and (b) school exclusions between 1998 and 2002; and if she will make a statement.

 (66284)

88  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to increase the level of the standard spending assessment per pupil in Somerset to the average such figure for England; and if she will make a statement.

 (66273)

89  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils left school or formal education at the age of 16 years as a proportion of the total cohort in each local authority area, in each year from 1990-91 and 2001-02; and if she will make a statement.

 (66277)

90  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many education action zones exist; where they are; and if she will make a statement.

 (66285)

91  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she plans to announce the results of her Department's review of student funding; and if she will make a statement.

 (66268)

92  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to increase capital expenditure on pre-schools; and if she will make a statement.

 (66270)

93  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to give schools greater flexibility over allocating monies received from central government.

 (66272)

94  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools applied for specialist school status in the latest round; how many of these applications were accepted and in which specialisms; if she will list the successful schools; and if she will make a statement.

 (66276)

95  Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people have enrolled on LearnDirect Plus in West Derbyshire constituency since it began.

 (67431)

96  Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average pupil to teacher ratio was in Derbyshire in each year between 1996 and 2001 in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

 (67430)

97  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what mechanisms she has to guarantee fair admissions in the secondary school system as restructured according to her plans.

 (66364)

98  Phil Sawford (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her Department's policy is on the sale of school playing fields.

 (67227)

99  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the proportion of the rise in government liabilities resulting from unfunded teacher pension schemes in England and Wales in the last five years owing to (a) wage inflation, (b) longevity, (c) extension of the rights of part-time workers and (d) other factors; and if she will make a statement.

 (67024)

100  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many oral questions she has transferred to other departments in each of the last 18 months.

 (67032)

101  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the reasons for which no English county council has met the national target of easy-to-find pathways.

 (66778)

102  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent on improving ease of use on pathways in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region.

 (66763)

103  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how her Department measures ease of use on country paths.

 (66764)

104  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the reasons why the conditions of (a) lowland and upland calcareous grassland, (b) upland acid grassland, (c) upland heathland and (d) bogs in England are generally unfavourable; and what measures she is taking to improve them.

 (66779)

105  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to introduce a system of bag limits for sports anglers fishing around the UK coast.

 (67306)

106  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to prevent sports fishermen and women selling their catches to the retail and restaurant trade.

 (67307)

107  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to introduce a licensing system for the sale of fish and lobsters from inshore waters so as to make it illegal to purchase fish or lobsters from anyone not holding a DEFRA licence.

 (67304)

108  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of sale of fish caught by sports fishermen and women to the retail and restaurant sectors on the viability of the inshore fishing industry in the UK.

 (67305)

109  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government has done to encourage farmers to adopt more wildlife-friendly farming techniques.

 (66645)

110  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures have been taken since the foot and mouth epidemic to ensure that if another outbreak were to occur it could be efficiently dealt with.

 (66647)

111  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what legislation is in place to control the welfare of (a) livestock and (b) other species.

 (66646)

112  Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement about her policy with regard to inshore sand and gravel excavation; and whether environmentally sensitive areas will be protected.

 (67478)

113  Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Usk valley has been identified as an area for sand and gravel extraction.

 (67479)

114  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the subjects of the gender impact assessments drawn up by her Department since its creation, indicating in each case whether the outcome has been (a) put out to consultation and (b) published.

 (66732)

115  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what new data series, separated by (a) gender, (b) race, (c) disability and (d) age have been commissioned by her Department since it was created.

 (66730)

116  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the women's organisations which have been consulted on proposed legislation by her Department since its creation; and whether their responses have been published.

 (66734)

117  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she has established a baseline for policy appraisal against which to measure progress on equal treatment; and what progress has been achieved.

 (66731)

118  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farms there were in England in each reporting period from 1979-80 to 2002; and if she will make a statement.

 (66278)

119  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she intends to change the 20 day standstill rule on livestock movements in time for autumn sales.

 (65571)

120  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce the complexity of forms that have to be filled in by farmers.

 (67556)

121  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to protect harvested molluscs from pollution.

 (67204)

122  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which government ministers will attend the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

 (67016)

123  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will undertake a study of sand deposits and extraction in Ceredigion.

 (67027)

124  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many licences have been issued for sand extraction in (a) the UK, (b) Wales and (c) Ceredigion in each of the last 10 years.

 (67030)

125  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to (a) increase and (b) reform sand extraction in (i) the UK, (ii) Wales and (iii) Ceredigion; and if she will make a statement.

 (67028)

126  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what volume of sand was extracted through licences issued by her Department in (a) the UK, (b) Wales and (c) Ceredigion in each of the last 10 years.

 (67029)

127  Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 2nd July, ref 64247, what financial aid is being made available to each local authority in 2001-02 to help with the storage and disposal of refrigerators

 (67533)

128  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to raise public awareness about the World Summit on Sustainable Development over the next three months.

 (67078)

129  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what budget has been allocated by her Department to raise awareness on environmental issues linked to the Johannesburg Summit.

 (67077)

130  Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of the foot and mouth disease livestock movement restrictions, with special reference to the 20-day standstill rule, on the operation and profitability of livestock producers in Cheshire; and if she will make a statement.

 (67200)

131  Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the reasons for the maintenance of the foot and mouth disease livestock movement restrictions, with specific reference to the 20-day standstill rule.

 (67199)

132  Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she intends to remove foot and mouth disease livestock movement restrictions, with particular reference to the 20-day standstill rule; whether she proposes to lift the 20-day standstill rule in time for the marketing of the lamb crop at the autumn sales; and if she will make a statement.

 (67201)

133  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to make provision to enable lone parents to maintain stable childcare arrangements during a period of temporary unemployment once the new tax credits have come into force in April 2003.

 (67244)

134  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what responsibilities (a) his Department, (b) the Contribution Agency and (c) the Department of Work and Pensions have for ensuring collection and prompt payment by employers of national insurance contributions, including those with contracted in pension schemes; and if he will make a statement on efforts being made to ensure compliance by employers.

 (65798)

135  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what evidence there is from the evaluation of the education maintenance allowance pilots of the effect on family income of replacing child benefit on participation in education by young people aged 16 to 19 years.

 (67528)

136  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the proportion of aggregates used in the United Kingdom that will be exempt from the Aggregates Levy.

 (67228)

137  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) mini and (b) maxi ISAs were purchased in the last tax year.

 (67229)

138  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many opencast mines have applied for exemption from the Aggregates Levy in respect of their sales of surplus aggregates by-product.

 (67231)

139  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what systems are in place to detect fraudulent avoidance of the Aggregates Levy.

 (67230)

140  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason aggregates created as by-product from open cast mining are excluded from the Aggregates Levy.

 (67232)

141  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the (a) date, (b) purpose and (c) cost of each reception held at No 11 Downing Street since 7th June 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (66279)

142  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how the Government is meeting its commitment to report regularly on the progress made in delivering the targets for public service improvement as set out in Cm 4011; and if he will make a statement.

 (66281)

143  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has succeeded in delivering on the Government's plans in Cm 4011 to reduce public sector sickness absence by 20 per cent. between 1998 and 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (66282)

144  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his Department's assessment of the success of other departments in meeting the Public Service Agreement targets set out in December 1998; and if he will make a statement.

 (66280)

145  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the progress of the HIPC initiative; and what steps he is taking to enhance the debt management capacity of HIPC in order to meet the UN development goals.

 (66874)

146  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what level of military assistance is to be offered to the Government of Nepal; and if he will make a statement.

 (67426)

147  Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives of the government of the FYR of Macedonia regarding membership of NATO.

 (67181)

148  Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the United Kingdom Government will ratify the Association and Stabilization Agreement with the FYR of Macedonia.

 (67180)

149  Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the Government considers applications for export licences for the supply of military equipment for incorporation into final products for possible onward export; and if he will make a statement.

 (67534)

150  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will break down the £30 million package for the Nepalese Government according to (a) development aid and (b) military assistance.

 (67038)

151  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the international community's freezing of ZANU-PF's assets.

 (67131)

152  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to assist the enforcement of the Southern African Development Communities Programme for free and fair elections in Zimbabwe; if he will hold discussions on this issue; and if he will make a statement.

 (67122)

153  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had on an unconditional asset freeze and travel ban on ZANU-PF members, unqualified by international treaty obligations.

 (67120)

154  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's obligations pertaining to refugees under the 1951 Geneva Convention.

 (67126)

155  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what issues will be discussed at the forthcoming meeting of European foreign ministers; and when it is.

 (67124)

156  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what he discussed at his recent meeting with South African Foreign Minister Zuma; and what the outcome was.

 (67130)

157  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the commitments are of the G8 regarding the situation in Zimbabwe.

 (67128)

158  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action was taken by the Government to ensure that Zimbabwe would follow the Southern African Development Community's programme for free and fair elections.

 (67133)

159  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with Nelson Mandela on his potential inclusion in seeking a solution to Zimbabwe's problems; and what his response has been.

 (67123)

160  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings with non-EU countries he has scheduled in the next six months on the topic of Zimbabwe.

 (67121)

161  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) Commonwealth, (b) European Union and (c) other countries have sanctions against Zimbabwe; and what form they take.

 (67127)

162  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when and where the ZANU PF members who are under travel sanctions have travelled since the inception of the travel sanctions.

 (67416)

163  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) Government colleagues and (b) other governments about potential measures the international coalition could take regarding the actions of the Mugabe regime.

 (67125)

164  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was discussed at his meeting with the Southern African Development Community concerning Zimbabwe; and what the outcome of this meeting was.

 (67132)

165  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met a member of ZANU-PF; and what was discussed.

 (67129)

166  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the smallpox contract awarded to Powderject and supplied by Bavarian Nordic is to be subcontracted to IDT.

 (67557)

167  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long he estimates it would have taken to complete the tendering process for the smallpox vaccine order if the usual tendering process had been used.

 (67548)

168  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the smallpox contract awarded to Powderject is estimated to represent profit for Powderject.

 (67547)

169  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason he has chosen to purchase a smallpox vaccine which is of a different strain from that ordered by the US Administration.

 (67544)

170  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Bavarian Nordic were approached directly and invited to bid during the negotiations to award the smallpox vaccine contract.

 (67549)

171  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much he estimates it would cost to test clinically the smallpox vaccine to be supplied by Powderject.

 (67542)

172  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether during the negotiations for the smallpox vaccine contract he was informed of which company was to manufacture the smallpox vaccine should Powderject be awarded the contract.

 (67541)

173  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the smallpox vaccine ordered from Powderject will need to be trialled before it can be used.

 (67546)

174  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether other bidders for the smallpox vaccine awarded to Powderject committed themselves to supply a vaccine that was free of BSE agents.

 (67543)

175  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether IDT were approached directly during the negotiations to award the smallpox vaccine contract and invited to make a bid.

 (67540)

176  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Powderject has guaranteed that the smallpox vaccine to be supplied by them will be free of BSE.

 (67539)

177  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the relevance of the nationality of the supplier to national security was considered during the tendering process for the smallpox vaccine contract.

 (67545)

178  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he intends (a) blood products, (b) oxygen and (c) clinical waste to be financed by the NHS in connection with voluntary hospice authorities.

 (66365)

179  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the costs borne by the National Health Service as a result of illness caused from air pollution, in each Government Office Region, in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (67491)

180  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide information on PFI schemes, withheld on the grounds of commercial confidentiality, to bona fide research bodies, to make objective assessments of their value for money.

 (67075)

181  Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the likely changes in cost to the NHS of the creation of monopoly suppliers through the licensing of orphan chemicals following the implementation of UK legislation on the EU Directive on Orphan Chemicals.

 (67576)

182  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government is doing to ensure that councils' policy on charging for domiciliary community care is in line with the national guidance by (a) 1st October 2002 and (b) 1st April 2003.

 (66154)

183  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are in place to ensure that local authorities consult users of domiciliary community care services when deciding on their charging policy.

 (66153)

184  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether funding and co-ordination of liquid based cytology training for pathologists, screeners and smear-takers will be organised centrally through the NHS Cervical Screening Programme following the NICE review.

 (67071)

185  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if funding for setting up liquid based cytology cervical screening services will be provided direct to the laboratories, and if such funding will be ring-fenced.

 (67070)

186  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who will be responsible for reviewing the requirements for liquid based cytology processing centres in England and Wales following the NICE review.

 (67068)

187  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if it is anticipated that every laboratory which wants to offer liquid based cytology screening will be appropriately funded following the NICE review.

 (67069)

188  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if companies will be allowed to work in partnership with the NHS to provide a better cervical screening service for women in the UK.

 (67072)

189  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans have been put in place to train staff in preparation for the roll-out of liquid based cytology cervical screening within six months of a positive NICE review.

 (67073)

190  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional data relating to liquid based cytology is expected as a result of the English cervical screening pilot trials.

 (67066)

191  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when NICE's review of the English pilot trials will be published; and who will be consulted as part of the review.

 (67607)

192  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Health Authority in each of the last five years; what the local survival rate is; how much funding has been given to breast cancer treatment in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (67421)

193  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures have been implemented to reduce racial harassment of NHS staff; how many incidents of racial (a) abuse and (b) attacks have been recorded in the last year in each health authority; and if he will make a statement.

 (67420)

194  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many psychiatric outpatients from the Portsmouth South constituency have committed suicide in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (67419)

195  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the criteria being used to determine which herbal products will be included on the positive list of herbal substances under Article 16f of the amendment proposed to Directive 2001/83/EC regarding traditional herbal medicinal products.

 (66773)

196  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21st May, Official Report, column 310W, when the next bilateral ministerial meeting between health and education to discuss child and adolescent mental health is to take place.

 (66846)

197  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirement as to health and safety audit he intends to impose on nurses' agencies in respect of patients' homes prior to commencement of care; and if he will make a statement as to how this will operate in cases of urgency.

 (66790)

198  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21st May, Official Report, column 309W, what funding is available in 2002-03 for the strategy for hepatitis C.

 (66847)

199  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the progress to the changes proposed to the definition of a medicinal product and the Government's position on these changes.

 (66854)

200  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress that has been made to secure Her Majesty's Government's policy for no change to the scope of the centralised procedure with regards to the EU proposed amendments to the authorisation of human and veterinary medicines.

 (66850)

201  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the proposals to extend the use of the centralised system for the authorisation of human medicines.

 (66853)

202  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, he will place in the Library the evidence of people being harmed by unregulated herbal medicines referred to by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, European Standing Committee C on 18th June, Official Report, column 11.

 (66851)

203  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to make amendments to the draft Nurses' Agencies Regulations prior to laying them.

 (66793)

204  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the Kosmed system of treatment produced by Eumedic Limited.

 (66795)

205  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 20th May, Official Report, column 159W, what research the Department has commissioned into CAMHS in primary care; and if he will place the preliminary, emerging and final results in the Library.

 (66841)

206  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons it is necessary to conduct an agency providing nurses' services in a different office from one providing domiciliary care.

 (66792)

207  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 12th June, Official Report, column 1312W, if NHS Professionals' administration has been contracted to private nurses agencies; and if he will make a statement.

 (66848)

208  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for an outpatient appointment in the Maxilla/Facial Orthodontic and Restorative Department at the Lister Hosptial, Stevenage.

 (66765)

209  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact the reduction in the amount of mutual recognition work concerning medicinal products will have on the relevant UK regulatory bodies.

 (66857)

210  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans there are for capital development of the Maxilla/Facial, Orthodontic and Restorative Department at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage.

 (66766)

211  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account will be taken of experience in establishing the management ability of the owner or manager of a nurses' agency.

 (66789)

212  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to allow the National Care Standards Commission to have access to the premises of nurses' agencies at night.

 (66791)

213  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he plans to amend the draft Nurses' Agencies Regulations to (a) reduce the level of financial disclosure and (b) reduce the number of appraisals of nurses' overall performance.

 (66794)

214  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safeguards there are for the privacy of medical records of the managers and owners of the nurses' agencies produced to the authorities for the purpose of showing fitness to run an agency.

 (66788)

215  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress the Government has made in its negotiations within Europe to amend the drafting of the European Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive to ensure that account can be taken of herbal traditions from outside the EU in satisfying the 30 years qualifying period for herbal products without proof of efficacy.

 (66852)

216  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received to reduce the length of period that a herbal product or combination of herbal products must have been in use to 15 years; and if he will make a statement.

 (66858)

217  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 24th June, Official Report, column 735W, on chiropody, whether the shift in policy focus referred to has led to service reductions; and if he will make a statement.

 (66849)

218  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to inform the public of the difference between a licensed and a registered herbal product; and what this difference will mean in terms of the safety and efficacy of the herbal product.

 (66859)

219  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of herbal products available in the UK that will be excluded under the current draft of amendments to Directive 2001/83/EC concerning traditional herbal medicinal products.

 (66855)

220  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the Code of Practice for NHS Professionals.

 (66844)

221  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to make a decision on the provision of recombinant to haemophiliacs.

 (66842)

222  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21st May, Official Report, column 310W, whether the training of teachers in mental health issues was discussed at the bi-lateral ministerial meeting; and if he will make a statement on the outcome of the meeting and work to be taken forward.

 (66845)

223  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to assess the Kosmed system of treatment produced by Eumedic Limited.

 (66796)

224  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence his Department has received of products that have contained dangerous combinations of herbs; if he will list these combinations; and what harmful effect each combination had on humans.

 (66856)

225  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans there are to create a university teaching hospital in Hertfordshire; and if he will make a statement.

 (66767)

226  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will define the terms very high, high and medium in terms of pounds sterling, with regard to compliance costs referred to in the regulatory assessment for the prosposals amending Directive 2001/83/EC regarding traditional herbal medicinal products.

 (66774)

227  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to lay the Nurses' Agencies Regulations before Parliament.

 (66843)

228  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department is doing to help increase the early diagnosis of dementia; what support groups and services there are for people with dementia and their carers in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) England; and what his Department is doing to increase the availability of information about dementia to the public.

 (67040)

229  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many foster carers there are in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) the North East and (c) England; how many foster carers there were in each year from 1997 to 2001 in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) the North East and (iii) England; and what his Department is doing to address the need for foster carers.

 (67041)

230  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the annual growth rate of emergency admissions for people aged over 75 years for each year since 1997-98 to the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

 (66287)

231  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the in-patient hospital waiting list in (a) March 1997, (b) December 2001, (c) March 2002, (d) June 2002 and (e) the latest date for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.

 (66286)

232  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of MIND's prescribing protocol; and if he will make a statement.

 (67039)

233  Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the salary of the (a) Chair and (b) Chief Executive, and the total spending and capitation fee, of each of the Derbyshire primary care trusts; and if he will list the distance from target of the annual spending in each primary care trust area in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03.

 (67433)

234  Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ambulance vehicles were involved in (a) slight injuries, (b) serious injuries and (c) fatal accidents in the last five years.

 (67435)

235  Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many delayed discharges there were in (a) Derbyshire and (b) England in the last three months.

 (67434)

236  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) adverse incidents and (b) deaths have been reported under the yellow card scheme since 1997 involving (i) proprietary analgesics, (ii) aspirin-based products, (iii) paracetamol-based products, (iv) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug-based products and (v) anti-histamines.

 (67424)

237  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operating slots have been cancelled at the (a) Kent and Sussex Hospital and (b) Pembury Hospital since May 1997.

 (67047)

238  Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what epidemiology studies his Department have carried out to investigate the causes of cancer clusters.

 (67136)

239  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial assistance is available to pensioners when paying for dental treatment; and if he will make a statement.

 (67139)

240  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial resources are available for the treatment of ADHD; how many specialist staff are employed in the NHS to work with children with ADHD in (a) Gloucestershire, (b) England and (c) the average health authority in England; and if he will make a statement.

 (67141)

241  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when Copaxone will become available on the NHS.

 (66740)

242  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if Copaxone is available at St Bartholomew's hospital; and for what reasons a valid prescription for Copaxone would be inadmissable.

 (66741)

243  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to receive guidance from NICE on insulin pump therapy.

 (66739)

244  
N  
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been treated at the Minor Injuries Unit of Pershore Community Hospital in the last 12 months.

 (66862)

245  
N  
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of running the Minor Injuries Unit of Pershore Community Hospital has been in the last 12 months.

 (66861)

246  
N  
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken to find substitutes for staff whose illness has caused the closure of the Minor Injuries Unit at Pershore Community Hospital.

 (66864)

247  
N  
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff have been affected by illness resulting in the closure of the Minor Injuries Unit at Pershore Community Hospital; and for how long there has been a shortage of staff resulting in its closure.

 (66865)

248  
N  
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long he estimates that the Minor Injuries Unit of Pershore Community Hospital will be closed.

 (66863)

249  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the recommendations of the report 'Feet First Two' are regarding (a) removal of regional and local variations in service provisions and (b) improving the availability of services in the South of England.

 (66344)

250  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority 2001 Annual Report and Accounts diverged from previous practice in not providing performance data on (a) IVF data, (b) multiple births, (c) two and three embryo transfer and (d) donor insemination.

 (67137)

251  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's increase in licence fees; and if he will make a statement.

 (67138)

252  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what public consultation was undertaken by the HFEA on pre-implantation genetic diagnostics, prior to their HASHMI decision; what the results of the consultation were; and what conclusion the HFEA reported.

 (67135)

253  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason the publishing of the HFEA 2001 Annual Report and Accounts was delayed for nine months.

 (67052)

254  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his Department's proposals to prevent DNA samples being obtained from the public without consent.

 (66871)

255  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to receive guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on the use of photodynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration.

 (66877)

256  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the use of PC Spes as a treatment for prostate cancer.

 (66870)

257  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the proportion of the rise in government liabilities resulting from unfunded NHS pension schemes in England and Wales in the last five years due to (a) wage inflation, (b) longevity, (c) extension of the rights of part-time workers and (d) other factors; and if he will make a statement.

 (67021)

258  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets have been set for the reduction of (a) premature births, (b) stillbirths and (c) miscarriages.

 (67074)

259  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to address women's health issues regarding (a) premature birth, (b) still birth and (c) miscarriage.

 (67064)

260  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to include women's health issues relating to preganancy and birth in future funding priorities for research councils.

 (67065)

261  David Wright (Telford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS hospital trusts have been merged in the last five years.678185
262  David Wright (Telford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria he applies when deciding whether NHS hospital trust mergers may proceed.

 (67187)

263  Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the number of (a) admissions to hospital, (b) visits to a GP and (c) other interfaces with the National Health Service that were alcohol related and their combined cost in each of the last five years.

 (67020)

264  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Prison Service has a public interest disclosure policy.

 (67053)

265  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Prison Service keeps a certified record of allegations of assaults committed by staff.

 (67054)

266  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hours per day the (a) 16 to 18 year old and (b) over 18 year old prisoners at Feltham receive (i) compulsory education, (ii) extra-curricular education, (iii) sport and (iv) general exercise; and if he will make a statement.

 (67311)

267  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many qualified teachers are employed at Feltham Young Offenders Institute on (a) full-time permanent contracts, (b) part-time permanent contracts, (c) full-time temporary contracts, (d) part-time temporary contracts and (e) agency basis; and if he will make a statement.

 (67310)

268  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many new prisons have been built since 1997; and how many have had buildings modernised.

 (66644)

269  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what businesses have employment links with prisons; and what role the Government plays in cultivating these links.

 (66649)

270  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what education and training facilities are available in prisons; and what assistance is given to prisoners in getting a job on release.

 (66648)

271  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the safety aspects of the Tetra Communication System used by police forces.

 (66719)

272  Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the content of the newspaper al-Akhbar; and what plans he has to monitor anti-semitic propaganda.

 (67537)

273  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what response he has made to the Howard League's recent report on suicide following prison release; and if he will make a statement.

 (67015)

274  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he plans to take following recent convictions of offenders who had obtained duplicate passports; and if he will make a statement.

 (66738)

275  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effects on community safety and overall policing of the Lambeth cannabis relaxation pilot project; and if he will make a statement.

 (66737)

276  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department succeeded in reducing access to drugs for those aged between 5 and 16 years between 1998 and 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.

 (66290)

277  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the total amount of money seized from drug barons and put back into anti-drug programmes in each year since 1996; and if he will make a statement.

 (66291)

278  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of people aged under 25 was estimated to be using illegal drugs in each year since 1997, and if he will make a statement.

 (66288)

279  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the level of repeat offending by drug misusing offenders was in (a)1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (66289)

280  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce ID cards; at what estimated cost; and if he will make a statement.

 (67203)

281  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional steps he plans to take to restrict the use of fireworks.

 (66875)

282  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will bring forward legislation which would make the obtaining of DNA samples without consent an offence.

 (66872)

283  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what level of in-kind support is available to asylum seekers in NASS accommodation.

 (66873)

284  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the proportion of the rise in government liabilities resulting from unfunded parts of the police and fire pension scheme in the last five years due to (a) wage inflation, (b) longevity, (c) extension of the rights of part-time workers and (d) other factors; and if he will make a statement.

 (67025)

285  Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the number of crimes committed that were alcohol related and their cost in each of the last five years.

 (67019)

286  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many CDC Capital Partners' employees with (a) PhDs, (b) masters' degrees, and (c) bachelors' degrees have been made redundant since 1997.

 (67408)

287  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what meetings she had with CDC Capital Partners' executives in April; what was discussed; and if she will make a statement.

 (67350)

288  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list CDC Capital Partners' yearly expenditure, broken down by office, on corporate entertainment since 1997.

 (67375)

289  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list CDC Capital Partners-funded air flights of each CDC Capital Partners office director since 1997.

 (67370)

290  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the qualification requirements for each employment position at CDC Capital Group.

 (67397)

291  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list (a) those to whom CDC Capital Partners sold its enterprise investments in the last three years and (b) the enterprise investments sold to them.

 (67390)

292  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list CDC Capital Partners' agricultural investments in sub-Saharan Africa by country since 1997, describing the commercial activity in each case.

 (67361)

293  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list CDC Capital Partners' disposals of investments by (a) sector, (b) size and (c) country since 1997.

 (67342)

294  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list, by office, the salaries and remuneration received by CDC Capital Partners' (a) office directors, (b) other mid-level executives and (c) professional staff since 1997.

 (67403)

295  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of CDC Capital Partners' (a) retail and (b) healthcare investments are in (i) low-income and (ii) least-developed nations.

 (67392)

296  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what CDC Capital Partners' stock options are held by (a) each executive director, (b) each non-executive director, (c) each office director and (d) other mid-level executives.

 (67385)

297  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list, by office, CDC Capital Partners' expenditure on office equipment since 1997.

 (67383)

298  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the rate of return on each CDC Capital Partners' investment, by country, since 1997.

 (67346)

299  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the sub-Saharan agri-businesses advertised for sale in 2001 by CDC Capital Partners; and what proportion those businesses represented in 2001 in CDC Capital Partners' sub-Saharan agri-businesses.

 (67381)

300  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list CDC Capital Partners' investments by (a) sector, (b) size and (c) country since 1997.

 (67348)

301  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list payments to, and remuneration received by, financial advisors retained by CDC Capital Partners since 1997.

 (67357)

302  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the rate of return on each CDC Capital Partners' investment, broken down by sector, since 1997.

 (67352)

303  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations have been made to her Department since 1997 by non-commonwealth non-governmental organisations regarding the change in CDC Capital Partners' investment policy.

 (67406)

304  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list CDC Capital Partners' expenditure on (a) vocational training, (b) medical, (c) educational and (d) housing facilities, by (i) sector and (ii) country, since 1997.

 (67379)

305  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list CDC Capital Partners' expenditures related to website construction and maintenance.

 (67360)

306  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many visits there have been to the CDC Capital Partners' website.

 (67353)

307  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she expects to complete the privatisation of CDC Capital Partners.

 (67407)

308  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the average years of employees' service for each CDC Capital Partners office.

 (67402)

309  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the (a) target, (b) current and (c) projected rate of return on CDC Capital Partners' investments is, by sector, in (i) sub-Saharan Africa, (ii) South Asia, (iii) Latin America, (iv) Asia-Pacific and (v) China.

 (67349)

310  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reserved rights she would retain after the sale of the majority holding in CDC Capital Partners.

 (67396)

311  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the proportional growth of CDC Capital Partners' (a) retail and (b) healthcare investments has been since 1997.

 (67393)

312  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the (a) nationality and (b) age of each CDC Capital Partners' office director.

 (67374)

313  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) CDC Capital Partners' senior executives regarding the future tax position of CDC Capital Partners.

 (67347)

314  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list CDC Capital Partners executives' proportional (a) salary and (b) remuneration increases since 1997.

 (67356)

315  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total cost of severance packages paid to CDC Captial Partners' redundant staff has been since 1997.

 (67409)

316  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many CDC Capital Partners' offices are in non-Commonwealth countries; and if she will list (a) those offices and (b) when they were opened.

 (67415)

317  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list by (a) country and (b) sector the environmental impact studies (i) performed and (ii) contracted by CDC Capital Partners since 1997.

 (67378)

318  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what criteria are used in determining annual performance-related bonuses to CDC Capital Group executives.

 (67371)

319  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the CDC Capital Partners' (a) vocational training, (b) medical, (c) educational and (d) housing facilities closed by (i) sector and (ii) country, since 1997.

 (67380)

320  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list (a) the countries in which CDC Capital Partners has opened offices in the past three years and (b) the location of those offices.

 (67387)

321  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list, by office, CDC Capital Partners' travel expenses for (a) each executive director, (b) each non-executive director, (c) each office director, (d) other mid-level executives and (e) professional staff employed since 1997.

 (67384)

322  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the unsuccessful formal investment and sale tenders in which CDC Capital Partners has participated, by sector, since 1997.

 (67398)

323  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what CDC Capital Partners' criteria are for sustainability by (a) sector and (b) country; and what steps are followed to (i) approve and (ii) reject investments.

 (67343)

324  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list CDC Capital Partners' investment partners by (a) sector, (b) country and (c) size since 1997.

 (67344)

325  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on CDC Capital Partners' scheme for assessing the environmental impact of its investments.

 (67366)

326  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the monthly operating expenses of each CDC Capital Partners office in each year since 1997.

 (67391)

327  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list, by country, the publicly guaranteed debt owed to CDC Capital Partners.

 (67386)

328  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many Commonwealth nationals employed by CDC Capital Partners have been made redundant since 1997.

 (67413)

329  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the years of CDC Capital Partners service for each CDC Capital Partners office director.

 (67404)

330  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the countries where CDC Capital Partners (a) has received and (b) receives exemptions on environmental regulations on its investments.

 (67377)

331  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list, by office, the vehicles owned by CDC Capital Partners.

 (67358)

332  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations have been made to her Department since 1997 by non-United Kingdom Commonwealth non-governmental organisations regarding the change in CDC Capital Partners invesment policy.

 (67411)

333  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list CDC Capital Partners' investment directors' investments by (a) country, (b) sector and (c) size since 1997.

 (67340)

334  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the positions of employment at CDC Capital Partners' by office; and if she will give the positions (a) filled and (b) unfilled.

 (67401)

335  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list each CDC Capital Partners' employment grade; and if she will list the (a) total number of persons employed at each CDC Capital Partners' office and (b) percentage of this figure that is represented by (i) women and (ii) ethnic minorities.

 (67399)

336  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the investments visited by CDC Capital Partners for monitoring purposes; and how many times each has been visited since 1997.

 (67362)

337  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations have been made to her Department concerning hours worked per month by CDC Capital Partners' executives since 1997.

 (67355)

338  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the funds containing private capital (a) managed and (b) joint-managed by CDC Capital Partners; and how much capital has been in each fund since 1997.

 (67364)

339  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (c) current and (b) proposed (i) annual performance-related bonus programmes and (ii) long-term incentive plans exist for CDC Capital Partners' mid-level executives.

 (67373)

340  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations her Department has received regarding CDC Capital Partners' investments in African smallholders since 1997.

 (67368)

341  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the (a) current and (b) proposed pension schemes for (i) office directors, (ii) other mid-level executives and (iii) professional staff employed by CDC Capital Partners.

 (67382)

342  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many and what percentage of CDC Capital Partners' employees, broken down by office, hold (a) PhDs, (b) masters degrees and (c) bachelor degrees; and how many and what percentage of such employees are (i) women and (ii) ethnic minorities.

 (67395)

343  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list CDC Capital Partners-funded air flights of CDC Capital Partners' (a) Chairman and (b) Chief Executive, and of each member of the (i) Board of Directors and (ii) Management Committee since 1997.

 (67376)

344  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the countries where CDC Capital Partners (a) has received and (b) receives tax breaks on its investments.

 (67369)

345  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will break down by (a) region and (b) sector the representations her Department has received regarding the environmental impact of CDC Capital Partners' investments since 1997.

 (67367)

346  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations have been made to her by UK non-governmental organisations regarding the change in investment policy at CDC Capital Partners.

 (67410)

347  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the CDC Capital Partners expenditures related to (a) team-building and (b) staff-development exercises since 1997.

 (67365)

348  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many non-Commonwealth nationals have been employed by CDC Capital Partners in each year since 1997.

 (67412)

349  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the unsuccessful formal investment and sale tenders in which CDC Capital Partners has participated, by country, since 1997.

 (67341)

350  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the CDC Capital Partners' offices in the United States; and what the locations of those offices are.

 (67389)

351  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will describe CDC Capital Partners' criteria for assessing human rights conditions in the countries in which it invests.

 (67363)

352  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with CDC Capital Group board members regarding annual performance-related bonuses to CDC Capital Group executives.

 (67372)

353  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, by how much CDC Capital Partners' net debt increased in 2002; to whom the debt is liable; and at what interest rate in each case.

 (67345)

354  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations her Department has received from (a) the Commonwealth and (b) other nations regarding CDC Capital Partners' investment policy since 1997.

 (67351)

355  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations her Department has received regarding CDC Capital Partners' procedures for measuring the (a) infrastructure and (b) employment effects of its investments.

 (67394)

356  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the debts owed to the Treasury by CDC Capital Partners.

 (67388)

357  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations have been made to her Department regarding the effectiveness of CDC Capital Partners' website.

 (67354)

358  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the years of CDC Capital Partners service of (a) the Chairman, (b) the Chief Executive, (c) each member of the Board of Directors and (d) each member of the Management Committee.

 (67405)

359  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list, by office, CDC Capital Partners' expenditures related to (a) vehicle purchasing and (b) vehicle maintenance since 1997.

 (67359)

360  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the number of applicants since 1997 to CDC Capital Partners' by (a) office and (b) position; and if she will list the percentage of this figure that is represented by (i) women and (ii) ethnic minorities.

 (67400)

361  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of CDC Capital Partners' employees were non-United Kingdom Commonwealth nationals in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002.

 (67414)

362  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reforms in the UN Development Programme and the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation have been assisted by financial support from her Department.

 (67485)

363  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on the Asian Development Bank.

 (67509)

364  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on engineering in infrastructure and urban development projects.

 (67524)

365  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on the Caribbean Development Fund.

 (67506)

366  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on the African Development Bank.

 (67511)

367  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 2000-01 on the civil society bilateral programme entitled the Joint Funding Scheme.

 (67526)

368  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on CPI consultancies referred to on page 105 of the 2002 Departmental Report.

 (67513)

369  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on water and sanitation in infrastructure and urban development projects.

 (67521)

370  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 in (a) Anguilla, (b) Burma, (c) Jordan and (d) Vietnam.

 (67504)

371  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on Social Policy Initiatives.

 (67515)

372  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contribution her Department is making to the efforts to achieve quality epidemiology and behavioural surveillance in the fight against Aids in Asia.

 (67481)

373  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the investment made by her Department in information systems to improve her Department's communication links with overseas offices.

 (67488)

374  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on the Engineering Resource Centre.

 (67523)

375  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of the expenditure described as other bilateral on page 81 of the Departmental Report 2002.

 (67483)

376  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial contribution her Department has made as part of its work with the World Bank, the UN Development Programme and the European Commission on a joint analysis of the linkages between environment and poverty.

 (67490)

377  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 in Oceana Regional.

 (67502)

378  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on information development as part of infrastructure and urban development projects.

 (67519)

379  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on appropriate technology as part of infrastructure and urban development projects.

 (67517)

380  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on the Asian Development Fund.

 (67508)

381  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on the Caribbean Development Bank.

 (67507)

382  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on social development knowledge programmes.

 (67518)

383  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 2000-01 on the Knowledge for Development Challenge Fund.

 (67525)

384  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of the costs of the refurbishment of the Department's office in East Kilbride.

 (67487)

385  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on promoting private sector initiatives as part of infrastructure and urban development projects.

 (67520)

386  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 2000-01 on the Civil Society Challenge Fund.

 (67527)

387  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is giving to the UN Children's Fund in addressing child rights in its programmes.

 (67489)

388  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on the Inter-American Development Bank.

 (67505)

389  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial assistance her Department is providing in 2002-03 to (a) Bolivia, (b) Pakistan and (c) India in support of policy reforms and poverty reduction measures.

 (67484)

390  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on the Workers' Group Development Scheme.

 (67516)

391  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on IMF funds.

 (67535)

392  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on the African Development Fund.

 (67510)

393  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 in St Helena.

 (67501)

394  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the improvements in the work of international humanitarian agencies that have been assisted by financial support from her Department.

 (67486)

395  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on the European Development Fund VIII.

 (67512)

396  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 in Montserrat.

 (67503)

397  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on Statistical Capacity referred to on page 104 of the 2002 Departmental Report.

 (67514)

398  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial contribution her Department will make in 2003-04 and 2004-05 in support of Pakistan's Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility.

 (67482)

399  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total amount was of her Department's financial contributions in 2001-02 to the Millennium development goals.

 (67480)

400  Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998-99 on sustainable livelihoods in infrastructure and urban development policy.

 (67522)

401  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department allocated for (a) bi-lateral aid to Nepal and (b) non-governmental organisations working in Nepal for (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02; and if she will make a statement.

 (67428)

402  
N  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if the Government approved International Finance Corporation support for LNM Holdings in its acquisition of the Czech Nova Hut Steelworks.

 (65662)

403  
N  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent representations have been received in relation to the EBRD financing of LNM Holdings' acquisition of the Nova Hut Steelworks.

 (65663)

404  Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had recently with representatives of the government of Yugoslavia about refugees within Yugoslavia.

 (67184)

405  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on her Department's actions during the famine in Malawi.

 (66869)

406  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has committed in 2001-02 to control programmes for dengue fever.

 (67035)

407  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans are in place to provide funding for the development of a vaccine for dengue fever.

 (67034)

408  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in the Jenin Refugee Camp in the Occupied Territories.

 (67036)

409  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's assessment is of the security situation in Nepal; and what effect it has had on her Department's ability to provide development and humanitarian aid.

 (67037)

410  
N  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what recent guidance she has given to individual departments concerning the public release of documents relating to Edward VIII; and if he will make a statement.

 (66720)

411  Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the 1901 Census Online is expected to be available at service centres; and at what date he expects that internet access will be restored to the Census.

 (67577)

412  Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what repairs and maintenance is being carried out to Knutsford Crown Court; and how much the programme costs.

 (67186)

413  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what actions his Office is taking to address the problem of (a) paramilitary flags, (b) paramilitary murals and (c) kerbstone painting; and if he will make a statement.

 (67222)

414  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the role of the Terrorism Act 2000 in addressing the problems of (a) paramilitary flags, (b) paramilitary murals and (c) kerbstone painting; and if he will make a statement.

 (67223)

415  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what criminal offences are committed when persons (a) erect flags associated with proscribed organisations and (b) paint murals related to proscribed organisations; and if he will make a statement.

 (67221)

416  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many arrests have been made in the last five years against persons suspected of (a) erecting flags associated with proscribed organisations and (b) painting murals related to proscribed organisations; and if he will make a statement.

 (67220)

417  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Prime Minister, how many staff have been employed at No 10 Downing Street in each year from 1979-80 to 2002-03, broken down by department; what the total annual staff cost was in each year; and if he will make a statement.

 (66295)

418  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Prime Minister, which minister authorised the making of the complaint to the Press Complaints Commission concerning reports on the Lying in State of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother; and which minister authorised its subsequent withdrawal.

 (67051)

419  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the cost of replacing the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Department of Transport; and if he will make a statement.

 (67436)

420  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if she will list the subjects of the gender impact assessments drawn up by her Department since June 1997, indicating in each case whether the outcome has been (a) put out to consultation and (b) published.

 (66733)

421  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what new data series, separated by (a) gender, (b) race, (c) disability and (d) age have been commissioned by her Department since August 1997.

 (66735)

422  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if she has established a baseline for policy appraisal against which to measure progress on equal treatment; and what progress has been achieved.

 (66736)

423  Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if she intends to introduce orders into the House to implement the recommendations of the Scottish Boundary Commission in time for the next general election.

 (67114)

424  Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if she will set up a joint commission between the UK Parliament and Government and the Scottish Executive and Parliament to discuss the Scottish electoral process.

 (67113)

425  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment she has made of the proportion of the rise in government liabilities resulting from unfunded parts of Scottish (a) teachers and (b) NHS pension schemes in the last five years due to (i) wage inflation, (ii) longevity, (iii) extension of the rights of part-time workers and (iv) other factors; and if she will make a statement.

 (67026)

426  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent representations she has received from organisations in Scotland relating to reform of procedures relating to time orders under the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

 (67146)

427  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions she has had with the Department of Trade and Industry on possible reform of procedures relating to time orders under the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

 (67147)

428  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive on reform of procedures relating to time orders under the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

 (67145)

429  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to fund the costs of removing abandoned vehicles by local authorities.

 (67553)

430  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the cost to (a) local authorities in London and (b) all other local authorities if the European End of Life Vehicle Directive is implemented with the cost of (i) de-pollution, (ii) recycling and (iii) scrapping of the vehicle being placed on the last owner.

 (67552)

431  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 27th June, Official Report, column 988W, on Consignia, if she will list the total severance pay, broken down by (a) redundancy pay, (b) pension contribution and (c) other payments, for (i) Neville Bain and (ii) Mike Kinski; what notice period was served by each; and if she will make a statement.

 (67532)

432  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action her Department is taking to ensure that examples of false accounting in the USA are not repeated in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

 (66775)

433  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps Ofgem is taking to ensure that fuel companies offer fuel efficiency advice in line with their Social Action Plan at the point when salesmen contact customers with a view to transferring.

 (67312)

434  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps Ofgem has taken to ensure that fuel companies are training their marketing staff to ensure that they are not misleading customers, in line with licence condition 48.

 (67313)

435  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times consumers have been compensentated by fuel companies, following erroneous transfers, in line with licence condition 48; and if she will make a statement.

 (67314)

436  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to review the Industrial Training (Construction Board) Order 1964, amended by The Industrial Training (Construction Board) Order 1964 (Amendment) Order 1992 in respect of the Construction Industry Training Board levy; and if she will make a statement.

 (67429)

437  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action the Government has taken to attract businesses to Coventry since 1997.

 (66160)

438  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assistance has been given to manufacturing companies in Coventry since 1997.

 (66158)

439  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, in relation to pre-revolutionary debt owed by Iran to the UK Export Credits Guarentee Department, (a) what the total sum owed was, (b) how much has been paid back by Iran and (c) how much has been written off as a consequence of the accord signed with Iran this year broken down by (i) sector and (ii) public sector; and if she will make a statement.

 (67309)

440  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people are employed in the United Kingdom aggregates industry.

 (67455)

441  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which post offices in the Portsmouth South constituency Consignia is planning to close; and if she will make a statement.

 (67554)

442  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what advice her Department acted upon when deciding on paragraph 75 of the draft Enterprise Bill in relation to the three month limit for the appointment of an administrator.

 (66688)

443  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the impact of GATS on trade and industry.

 (66868)

444  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many oral questions she has transferred to other departments in each of the last 18 months.

 (67048)

445  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the Government's negotiating position with regard to (a) TRIPS and (b) GATS with the WTO framework.

 (66867)

446  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received from organisations in Scotland on reform of procedures relating to time orders under the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

 (67119)

447  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she has reviewed the rules relating to company auditors in light of the situation at Worldcom; and if she will make a statement.

 (67115)

448  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive regarding possible reform procedures relating to time orders under the Consumer Credit Act 1974; and if she will make a statement.

 (67118)

449  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what measures he is taking to encourage workers to make less use of their cars to travel to work.

 (66866)

450  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what measures he is taking to increase the take-up of concessionary fares on rural bus services.

 (66781)

451  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the average cost of (a) community transport and (b) public bus services was in (i) 1991, (ii) 1994, (iii) 1997 and (iv) 2000, broken down by region.

 (66786)

452  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to fund the full cost of concessionary travel schemes in (a) London and (b) all other local authority areas.

 (67493)

453  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to extend the eligibility criteria for concessionary travel schemes in the next four years.

 (67492)

454  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to reduce air pollution caused by car use in London.

 (67578)

455  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to fund travel awareness campaigns (a) this year and (b) in future years.

 (67538)

456  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of research by the Institute of Public Policy Research showing that children from socially excluded backgrounds are more likely to be involved in road collisions than children from other socio-economic groups; and what plans he has to take action to reduce road collisions affecting these children.

 (67494)

457  Jim Dowd (Lewisham West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to discourage car use by engineering greater road congestion.

 (67555)

458  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, in what circumstances commercial lenders will have the right to exercise the option described in note 2 on page 5 of the Network Rail Minute to Parliament.

 (67170)

459  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the future income streams that will be securitised, as described in paragraph 12 of the Minute to Parliament.

 (67167)

460  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what interest rates have been agreed for the different financial facilities being made available by the SRA to Network Rail.

 (67056)

461  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what total amount of state aid approval sought by the Government is for (a) financial and (b) other support to Network Rail.

 (67084)

462  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he proposes to amend the Financial Framework of the Strategic Rail Authority as provided for in paragraph 16 of Schedule 14 of the Transport Act 2000 following the issuing of the Minutes to Parliament and the House.

 (67063)

463  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the salary of the Chairman of the SRA counts as public spending.

 (67058)

464  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the status is of the SRA's accounts in relation to the accounting for departmental spending.

 (67057)

465  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the Strategic Rail Authority will remain a public sector body.

 (67246)

466  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what existing loans and related liabilities the SRA has on its balance sheet; and if he will make a statement.

 (67060)

467  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the estimates of the total revenues for Network Rail for each of the next five years that he used in assessing the viability of the proposal to securitise revenues described in paragraph 12 of the Minute to Parliament.

 (67169)

468  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the Government has sought state aid clearance for the sums paid to Network Rail in order to establish the company and meet its initial costs prior to the completion of the takeover of the assets of Railtrack plc.

 (67162)

469  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the rights of commercial lenders to exercise repayment rights by the SRA, will be determined; and what guidance he has given to Network Rail about these rights.

 (67173)

470  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the powers he has over the management of the Strategic Rail Authority.

 (67163)

471  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what role his Department will play in selecting a representative of the Strategic Rail Authority to sit on the board of Network Rail.

 (67164)

472  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the Government would allow the SRA to exceed the borrowing limit outlined in paragraph eight, sub-paragraph six of Schedule 14 of the Transport Act 2000 in order to meet its liabilities as outlined in paragraph 21 of the Network Rail Minute to the House.

 (67061)

473  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what commitments the SRA has made for the future grant scheme to Network Rail, as described in paragraph 14 of the Minute to Parliament; and for what amounts.

 (67171)

474  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the legal status will be of the operating subsidiary of Network Rail, as described in the Minute to Parliament.

 (67166)

475  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the Government has made a financial provision for the potential additional costs arising from an increased settlement to Network Rail resulting from an interim review by the Rail Regulator.

 (67165)

476  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if Network Rail will be required to repay the loan facilities to finance legacy costs on 30th September 2004.

 (67055)

477  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportion of Network Rail's future revenues he estimates will be securitised, as described in paragraph 12 of the Minute to Parliament.

 (67168)

478  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if capital spending by the SRA counts as government capital spending.

 (67059)

479  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the other sums referred to in line 7 of paragraph 13 of the Network Rail Minute to Parliament.

 (67172)

480  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the total value is of the tax indemnity outlined in paragraphs 24 and 25 of the Network Rail Minute to the House.

 (67062)

481  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) reliability and (b) punctuality of rail services between York and Penzance.

 (67212)

482  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) car, (b) bus and (c) rail journeys were made in the last 12 months.

 (67213)

483  Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews (Medway): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the trend of (a) fatalities and (b) child fatalities in traffic accidents in residential areas over the period 1997 to 2001.

 (67432)

484  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the scheduled journey time for each month, and for the period from 1st April to the end of each month, for each of the last three years, for the London Underground.

 (66797)

485  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, for how long the Strategic Rail Authority has been in negotiation with South West Trains for its franchise renewal.

 (67427)

486  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he intends to announce the South West Trains franchise renewal.

 (67425)

487  Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the re-opening of the Luton-Dunstable-Leighton Buzzard railway line is to be assessed as part of the transport strategy being developed in the London-South Midlands Multi-Modal Study.

 (67144)

488  Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 1st July, ref 65787, on seat belts, what plans he has to ensure they are used by pupils.

 (67225)

489  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects to make a decision on the proposed public service obligation between Gatwick and Inverness.

 (66878)

490  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many oral questions he has transferred to other departments in each of the last 18 months.

 (67050)

491  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assistance he intends Jobcentre Plus staff will provide to people who do not have the information and evidence of income they are required to provide in connection with an application for new tax credits.

 (67241)

492  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many cases the Secretary of State decided that a parent with care withdrew an application for maintenance after claiming good cause for not co-operating with the Child Support Agency in each year from 1993-94 to 2001-02.

 (67236)

493  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many cases a parent with care withdrew a claim for income support after action by the Child Support Agency in each year from 1993-94 to 2001-02.

 (67237)

494  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many cases the Secretary of State decided a parent with care (a) had and (b) had not good cause for not co-operating with the Child Support Agency in each year from 1993-94 to 2001-02.

 (67239)

495  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many cases a reduced benefit was given under section 46(5) of the Child Support Act 1991 in each year from 1993-94 to 2001-02.

 (67235)

496  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when quarterly statistical information on the performance of the Child Support Agency was last placed in the Library; and whether he plans to place such information on the performance of the Agency in the Library on a regular basis.

 (67234)

497  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what programme of training will be provided to Jobcentre Plus staff on the new tax credits.

 (67242)

498  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many maintenance application forms were (a) issued and (b) received by the Child Support Agency in each year from 1993-94 to 2001-02.

 (67240)

499  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it will be part of the duties of Jobcentre Plus staff to provide assistance with completing application forms for the new tax credits.

 (67243)

500  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many cases the Secretary of State considered whether a parent with care was required to co-operate with the Child Support Agency in each year from 1993-94 to 2001-02.

 (67238)

501  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received concerning the impact on young disabled people of the change from severe disablement allowance to incapacity benefit; and what action he is taking to mitigate this, with particular reference to (a) the low income scheme for health charges and (b) non-dependent deductions from housing benefit.

 (65797)

502  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures he is taking to increase (a) awareness and (b) accessibility of benefit entitlements in rural areas.

 (66787)

503  
N  
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases have been referred by the CSA to their special payments unit in each of the past five years, broken down by region; and of these, what percentage resulted in a compensatory payment being made.

 (66860)

504  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information the Government has collated about the use of child benefit in families where there are young people aged between 16 and 19 years.

 (67529)

505  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families failed to respond to the child benefit verification form sent to parents in the summer of 2001; and of these how many have lost benefit.

 (67530)

506  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, of the lone parents subject to sanctions for non-attendance at compulsory personal advisor meetings, what was the average value of the sanction in terms of lost benefit; how long, on average, the sanctions were applied for; what was the longest period of sanction; how many lone parents subject to suspension had their sanctions reversed and under what circumstances; what analysis has been undertaken of the reasons for non-attendance at interview; and what evaluation has been undertaken on the effectiveness and impact of sanctions.

 (67550)

507  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what sanctions have been applied against claimants over 24 on the Government's New Deal programme; and if he will make a statement.

 (67725)

508  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants had benefits sanctioned for failure to comply with a community service order in the last 12 months; what the sanction was; and over how long it operated, broken down by sex of claimant.

 (67729)

509  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data he has collated on fixed period sanctions to the income-related jobseeker's allowance for each year since the sanctions were first applied, subdivided according to whether claimants have without good cause (a) failed to carry out a reasonable jobseeker's directive, (b) failed to apply for a compulsory training scheme or employment programme where this has been notified to them, (c) given up a place on, or failed to attend, a compulsory training scheme or employment programme, (d) neglected to avail themselves of a reasonable opportunity of a place on a training scheme or employment programme and (e) lost a place on a compulsory training scheme or employment programme because of misconduct; and if he will break down these figures according to whether (i) two or (ii) four weeks' sanction was applied.

 (66721)

510  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants there were to whom deductions in their income support or income based jobseeker's allowance would have been made on their refusal to co-operate with the Department but where the sanctions were not applied because (a) their application would put the claimant or their children at risk of harm and (b) the claimant was in receipt of the disabled premium, disability premium, or a higher pensioner premium, in the latest year for which figures are available.

 (67727)

511  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, against how many claimants sanctions have been taken since the introduction of the jobseeker's allowance; how many cases were because (a) they lost their job through misconduct, (b) left their job voluntarily without just cause, (c) failed to apply or to accept a job notified by the Employment Service without just cause, (d) neglected to avail themselves of a reasonable opportunity of a job without good cause and (e) other causes; and if he will break this data down by whether the claimants were (i) men and (ii) women and by the age of the claimants, noting for each category the average length during which the sanction applied.

 (66723)

512  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants there were have had deductions of benefit on the grounds of their refusal to co-operate with the Child Support Agency; what sanctions have been applied; and for what average length of time the sanctions have been applied.

 (67726)

513  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants committing fraud have lost benefit on their second offence over the last 12 months; and if he will list the size of the benefit lost and the duration during which the sanction has been or is being applied, broken down by sex.

 (66722)

514  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the number and size of deductions which have been compulsorily made to benefits to help pay (a) fines, (b) council tax arrears, (c) child support arrears and (d) mortgage interest in each of the last 10 years, broken down by sex.

 (67728)

515  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, against how many people aged 18 to 24 on the New Deal a (a) two week, (b) four week, (c) 26 week and (d) 52 week sanction has been applied, broken down by (i) the reason for the sanction being applied and (ii) sex of the claimants.

 (67724)

516  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to give the Child Support Agency the power of surveillance in tackling fraud; and if he will make a statement.

 (67042)

517  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to introduce further measures to give the Child Support Agency power to take action against parents not paying their rightful alimony.

 (67043)

518  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action he will take to provide further support to single parents whose former partners are avoiding paying their rightful contribution to their child's upbringing.

 (67044)

519  Mr Douglas Hogg (Sleaford & North Hykeham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the value of the assets, including pension funds, which (a) a man aged 65 and (b) a woman aged 60 years would need in order to receive a higher income than if they had no such assets.

 (67226)

520  Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have had their driving licence withdrawn for failure to pay arrears to the Child Support Agency.

 (67315)

521  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Minister for Women, what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated which assesses discriminatory treatment experienced by women at private members' clubs open to both men and women.

 (66876)

522  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what help has been given to manufacturing workers who have been made redundant in finding alternative employment.

 [Transferred]   (66159)

523  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer since the international coalition began freezing ZANU-PF members' assets, what activity has occurred within each of the accounts.

 [Transferred]   (67134)

524  Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the expenditure was on (a) research and (b) teaching in each United Kingdom medical school in the latest year for which figures are available.

 [Transferred]   (67148)

525  Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what capital is being made available to the new medical schools for research laboratories and equipment.

 [Transferred]   (67150)

526  Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the capital value was of the (a) laboratories, (b) equipment and (c) other assets used for research in each United Kingdom medical school in the latest year for which figures are available.

 [Transferred]   (67149)

527  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what systems are in place to inform victims about the release from hospital of a person who has committed serious offences whilst insane.

 [Transferred]   (67152)

528  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, where he allocated the money for attendance allowance in Scotland following the decision of the Scottish Executive to implement free personal care for older people.

 [Transferred]   (67151)

529  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the proportion of the rise in government liabilities resulting from unfunded parts of the civil service pension scheme in the last five years due to (a) wage inflation, (b) longevity, (c) extension of the rights of part-time workers and (d) other factors; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (67022)

530  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to encourage businesses to ensure that their premises are fully accessible for disabled people; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (67116)

531  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assistance is available to those businesses who wish to make their premises more accessible to disabled customers.

 [Transferred]   (67117)

532  Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average weekly hours of work for part-time workers were in 2001 in the United Kingdom.

 [Transferred]   (67219)



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