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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 5 July 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 5 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.
 


 

FRIDAY 5th JULY

1  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) council tenants and (b) RSL tenants were evicted for (i) rent arrears, (ii) anti-social behaviour and (iii) other reasons in each year from 1992-93 to 2001-02.

 (67683)

2  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many families with children have been evicted in each of the last 10 years.

 (67857)

3  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many families with children have been assisted with accommodation through the provisions of the Children Act 1989 in each of the last 10 years.

 (67684)

4  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent guidance he has given to the Planning Inspectorate regarding the weight to be given to health fears; in how many appeals this has been a determine factor in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (67781)

5  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to take account of the costs of council tax collection within the review of the local government finance system.

 (67828)

6  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to take account of the costs associated with homelessness within the review of the local government finance system.

 (67812)

7  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to take account of the costs associated with visitors in the allocation of formula grant to each local authority.

 (67824)

8  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the financial effects of the removal of the density indicator within the environmental, protective and cultural services formula grant, broken down by local authority.

 (67826)

9  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to take account of the costs associated with services to non-residents in the allocation of formula grant to each local authority.

 (67827)

10  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the impact of his proposed changes to the environmental, protective and cultural services block within the local authority formula grant on London.

 (67717)

11  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which (a) local authorities, (b) environmental groups and (c) other groups have been consulted on the revised Code of Best Practice for mobile phone operators on mast development.

 (67616)

12  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a list of the respondents to the Planning Green Paper.

 (67651)

13  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the EU Advisory Committee on the implementation of the community action programme to combat social exclusion is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (67750)

14  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will introduce legislation to reform local government terminology to make clear the difference between administrative boundaries and the historic boundaries of the traditional counties of the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

 (67727)

15  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, to which level of authority he plans to give structure planning powers upon their removal from county councils where the unitary authority is a county.

 (67190)

16  Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make it her policy to place a duty upon OFCOM (a) to ensure that inclusive design principles inform the development of all future digital communication technologies, facilities, services and equipment, (b) to promote the need for disability awareness and equality training throughout the communication industries and (c) to ensure that accessible communications services, equipment and facilities, with special emphasis on training and continuing support in their use, are made readily available to consumers who are disabled at no extra cost.

 (67783)

17  Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that OFCOM takes into account the rights and needs of disabled consumers and reflects best practice on access standards.

 (67782)

18  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the work of Supporters Direct; and what government resources are available to it.

 (67677)

19  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to improve community access to participation in dance; and if she will make a statement.

 (67678)

20  Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her expenditure has been on the promotion of tourism in Britain in the last 12 months.

 (67785)

21  
N  
Mr Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take measures to require future Ashes cricket series in Australia to be available on terrestrial television.

 (67247)

22  Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the report produced for the Chief Executive of UK Sport by Dr Roger Jackson on the UK system of drug testing; and if she will place a copy in the Library.

 (67682)

23  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received on the creation of the Contents Board as part of the Office of Communications; and if she will make a statement.

 (67856)

24  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received on alternative sources of revenue for the BBC to the licence fee; and if she will make a statement.

 (67830)

25  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to take action to require the ITC to ensure that ITV companies in Scotland do not decrease the number of hours of regional programmes which they broadcast annually.

 (67089)

26  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what private military companies have been granted licences to operate from the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

 (67841)

27  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to conduct a cost and effectiveness comparison of alternatives to using depleted uranium in gun-launched kinetic energy penetrator projectiles to defeat threats from tanks; and if he will make a statement.

 (67840)

28  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is of the Storm Shadow air launched cruise missile; and if he will make a statement.

 (67835)

29  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the consultation period will end on his proposal to close Dean Hill Munitions Depot; and if he will list the consultees.

 (67833)

30  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to bring back Skyguard radar to the Somerset area in the next year.

 (67590)

31  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the impact Apache training will have on Somerset; and if low-flying will be conducted in the county.

 (67589)

32  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what extra costs (a) have been and (b) will be incurred by the delayed introduction of the Eurofighter into RAF service until the end of the year.

 (67707)

33  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the testing of a new naval nuclear reactor core that will power Royal Navy submarines for their full operational life; and what problems have been experienced.

 (67708)

34  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the expansion of his Department's sponsored Skill Force initiative to assist under-achieving youngsters in schools.

 (67705)

35  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Eurofighter will be delayed beyond the end of the year.

 (67706)

36  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the procurement of a further five shipsets of the principal Anti-Air Missile System; and if he will make a statement.

 (67709)

37  Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what capacity of fixed wing aircraft work will be required for the Red Dragon Project in the Defence Aviation Repair Agency; and from where a shortfall will be made up by rotary wing aircraft work.

 (67733)

38  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 1st July, Official Report, column 36W, if he will re-evaluate the terms of the Private Finance Initiative of the new Colchester Garrison; and if he will make a statement.

 (67090)

39  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of young people who received an educational maintenance allowance in each year since 1999 were identified as rural.

 (67085)

40  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many young people received educational maintenance allowance (a) by variant and (b) by region in each year since 1999.

 (67086)

41  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the piloting of Connexions in rural areas.

 (67087)

42  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the advice on impact absorbing surfaces contained in Building Bulletin 85 on school premises; if she will make a statement on the extent to which reprocessed scrap tyres have been used for safety surfaces in schools; and what plans she has to increase such use.

 (67681)

43  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 10th June, Official Report, column 1057W, on the National Child Care Strategy, if she will break the figures down by London borough.

 (67761)

44  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proposals she has to improve opportunities for disabled school governors to fulfil their role; and if she will make a statement.

 (67679)

45  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement concerning the impact of her proposed changes to the area cost adjustment on schools in London.

 (67825)

46  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to reflect the costs of high population density in relation to school transport.

 (67818)

47  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to reflect the costs associated with educating children in areas of high social exclusion and deprivation (a) in the education service block in formula grant and (b) by specific grant.

 (67820)

48  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the financial effect of changing the measure of ethnicity within the education formula grant from a country of birth indicator to an English as a second language indicator, broken down by local authority.

 (67815)

49  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to ensure that the costs associated with high pupil turnover in schools in London are compensated for (a) in the education service block in formula grant and (b) by specific grant.

 (67813)

50  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the financial effect of changing the measure of ethnicity within the education formula grant from a country of birth indicator to school census data indicator, broken down by local authority.

 (67819)

51  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to reflect the costs associated with educating children in areas of high ethnicity in (a) the education service block in formula grant and (b) by specific grant.

 (67814)

52  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to redirect education funding to ensure that the Government's national child poverty targets are met.

 (67816)

53  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to reflect problems associated with the recruitment and retention of teachers in London (a) in the education service block in formula grant and (b) by specific grant.

 (67817)

54  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many part- and full-time employees under contract from temping agencies work within her Department; and how much was spent on temporary staff (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of the total staffing budget for each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 (66744)

55  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to ensure that the public funds allocated under the current Comprehensive Spending Review are spent on (a) new schools and (b) refurbishment of schools.

 (67810)

56  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures are being taken to ensure that the additional funds provided to local education authorities secure a significant reduction in the backlog on school building repairs identified in the 2001 Asset Management Plan.

 (67807)

57  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to monitor annual progress towards the delivery of (a) new schools and (b) the refurbishment of schools as promised in the 2000 Comprehensive Spending Review.

 (67809)

58  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she will set a timetable for the elimination of the backlog on repairs to the school building stock.

 (67808)

59  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the estimated timetable is for the opening of the proposed London academies; and if she will make a statement.

 (67838)

60  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what safeguards there will be in the school census following the inclusion in the list of children in care.

 (67587)

61  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in Somerset provide up to two hours of sport and physical education each week.

 (67588)

62  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 1st July, Official Report, column 15W, on the pupil - teacher ratio, what the overall average pupil-teacher ratio in Suffolk was in each year since 1997.

 (67469)

63  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her policy is on the (a) keeping of pets in schools and (b) development of school farms; how those activities are compatible with her Department's guidelines on health and safety; and if she will make a statement.

 (67198)

64  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information she collates on the proportion of pupils of ethnic minority heritage selected to attend grammar schools in (a) Kent, (b) Buckinghamshire, (c) Bexley, (d) Wiltshire, (e) Torbay, (f) Lancashire and (g) Birmingham, compared with the proportions of those groups in the appropriate age cohort.

 (67188)

65  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which local education authorities are taking part in the diversity pathfinder scheme.

 (67189)

66  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list for each LEA where EMAs have been introduced the amount of resources allocated for discretionary awards in each of year since 1997.

 (67470)

67  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department and its predecessors have spent on country sports, broken down by category, in each of the last 10 years.

 (67252)

68  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the use of feed additives for animals reared for country sports; and if she will make a statement.

 (67251)

69  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent (a) representations and (b) discussions she has had; what assessment she has made regarding game excise licences; and what plans she has to change them.

 (67250)

70  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received regarding the funding and implementation of the Curry Report on the future of food and farming; and if she will make a statement.

 (67088)

71  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who will make up the United Kingdom's delegation to the Rio+10 Summit in Johannesburg.

 (66742)

72  Mr Tony Colman (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the exemption for combined heat and power from the climate change levy, as announced by the Chancellor in his Budget, will become operational; and whether the value of the exemption will be realised by the qualifying combined heat and power generator.

 (67602)

73  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many part- and full-time employees under contract from temping agencies work within her Department; and how much was spent on temporary staff (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of the total staffing budget in her Department and its predecessors for each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 (66743)

74  Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the outcome was of the Agriculture Council held on 27th June; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if she will make a statement.

 (67730)

75  Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial help her Department is giving to county councils with the task of disposing of used refrigerators.

 (67687)

76  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what checks will be carried out to assess the success of the Parrett Catchment project.

 (67586)

77  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what control her Department will have over the chairman of the Parrett Catchment project.

 (67585)

78  Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans there are to increase the number of ports that will allow the import and export of animals that have been vaccinated against rabies.

 (67581)

79  Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's policy is on controlling the spread of Japanese knot-weed.

 (67922)

80  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he will respond to the letters from the honourable Member for Banff and Buchan of 31st January, 10th April and 5th June regarding the corporate sector's role in delivering sustainable development.

 (67649)

81  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he will respond to the letter from the honourable Member for Banff and Buchan of 17th May regarding the future of farming.

 (67698)

82  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of fraudulent claims for working families tax credit which result in prosecution in each of the last three years.

 (67775)

83  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the administrative cost of replacing the working families tax credit with the working tax credit and the child tax credit.

 (67776)

84  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the extent of fraud in the child care element of working families tax credit; and how many (a) investigations and (b) prosecutions have been instituted into fraud in the childcare element of WFTC since 31st December 2001.

 (67773)

85  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much compensation has been paid as a result of working families tax credit fraud since 31st December 2001.

 (67774)

86  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 25th June to the honourable Member for Havant, Official Report, column 763W, on Working Families Tax Credit, when the Inland Revenue completed its compliance benchmarking exercise; when it began to analyse it; when he expects to receive it; and what the administrative cost was of the benchmarking exercise.

 (67935)

87  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) investigations, (b) penalties and (c) prosecutions have been instituted since 31st December 2001 in respect of working families tax credit fraud.

 (67777)

88  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many air journeys to and from (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Scottish airports were subject to the (i) standard and (ii) higher rate of air passenger duty in each of the last five years.

 (67845)

89  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if the questions asked in the follow-up sessions that were held for pupils taking the PISA 2000 tests were the same as those in the original tests.

 (67844)

90  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 1st July, Official Report, column 117W, whether schools were permitted to remove pupils from the selection made by PISA; and whether pupils were omitted from the list of students born in 1984 and on what basis.

 (67864)

91  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer who in (a) the Department for Education and Skills, (b) the Office of National Statistics and (c) other departments was responsible for (i) devising the sample selection, (ii) making the sample selection and (iii) compiling the list of schools used in the PISA 2000 survey.

 (67843)

92  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 1st July, Official Report, column 117W, if he will make a statement on the timing of the test in relation to GCSE exams.

 (67863)

93  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of pupils in the PISA 2000 Survey achieved the correct answer in the Reading Unit 1 section of the literacy test in (a) Question 1, (b) Question 2, (c) Question 3, (d) Question 4 and (e) Question 5.

 (67842)

94  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on designing, producing and distributing the Budget 2002 summary leaflet; and to whom it was distributed.

 (67811)

95  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many infant deaths per 1,000 live births there were in each constituency in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (67870)

96  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the adequacy of staffing levels at customs declaration desks at ports and airports of entry to the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

 (67780)

97  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff within his Department are allocated to consideration of regional funding mechanisms.

 (67930)

98  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will respond to the letters from the honourable Member for Banff and Buchan of 12th April and 5th June regarding tax incentives for pharmaceutical corporations that donate medicines overseas.

 (67647)

99  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the 2002-03 Scottish Executive budget is affected by the Barnett Formula.

 (67931)

100  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter being issued to working families tax credit recipients in advance of the renewal of their six-monthly awards regarding method of payment.

 (67860)

101  Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total cost is in the latest available year of the (a) European Union, (b) Council of Europe, (c) Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and (d) Western European Union, including their respective parliamentary assemblies; and how much the United Kingdom contributes to each.

 (67760)

102  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Bolton South East of 10th June, Official Report, column 814W, on India, if he will make a statement on the effect of the disturbances in Gujarat on British citizens and their relatives; and what further assistance the High Commission has given them.

 (67762)

103  Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funding he gave to promote (a) high quality and (b) other British goods and services abroad in the last 12 months.

 (67786)

104  Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome was of the General Affairs Council held on 17th and 18th June; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.

 (67731)

105  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what grounds it was decided not to hand out leaflets on Gibraltar during the overseas territories exhibition organised by his Office on Britain's overseas territories; and who took the decision.

 (67218)

106  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 29th May from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Keith Marks.

 (67865)

107  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British passport holders in Zimbabwe have a right of entry into the UK.

 (67580)

108  Fiona Mactaggart (Slough): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the contribution of an average UK family to the EU budget in 2000.

 (67796)

109  Phil Sawford (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will review the Civil Service Commissioners Recruitment Code in order to allow self-employed people to be considered for secondment positions at his office.

 (67735)

110  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the status of joint proposals agreed by the United Kingdom and Spain on the future of Gibraltar, should they be rejected by the people of Gibraltar in a referendum; if such proposals would form the basis of future negotiations; and if he will make a statement.

 (67559)

111  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has undertaken into psycho-surgery in the last five years.

 (67610)

112  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on not-for-profit organisations contributing to the running of (a) hospital trusts and (b) primary care trusts.

 (67608)

113  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings (a) ministers and (b) special advisers have held with Kaiser Permanente in the last six months.

 (67607)

114  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his assessment is of the effects of the changes to the calculation of personal social services block formula grant in 1999-2000 on the performance of social services authorities.

 (67822)

115  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to direct resources towards under-performing social service authorities.

 (67823)

116  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to add an ethnicity element to the foster care adjustment in the childrens' personal social services formula grant.

 (67821)

117  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the use of sedation, with specific reference to withholding food and fluid from a patient.

 (67215)

118  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on withholding food and fluid from patients and the notice to be taken of relatives' wishes.

 (67214)

119  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice his Department offers on the use of drugs that suppress the symptoms of terminal dehydration.

 (67216)

120  Julia Drown (South Swindon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to ensure NHS staff are involved in deciding on the future work programme of NICE.

 (67686)

121  Mr Bruce George (Walsall South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to fund a nationally co-ordinated sun awareness programme for the United Kingdom.

 (67769)

122  Mr Bruce George (Walsall South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to launch a follow-up campaign to the sun know how campaign.

 (67768)

123  Mr Bruce George (Walsall South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been allocated annually to sun awareness campaigns since April 2000.

 (67767)

124  Mr Bruce George (Walsall South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of the Health Education Authority's sun know how campaign from April 1999 to April 2000.

 (67765)

125  Mr Bruce George (Walsall South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Government has invested in sun awareness campaigns in each year since 1995.

 (67766)

126  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on staffing shortages at the NHS Direct walk in centre in Shirley, Southampton.

 (67603)

127  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he is taking to address staff shortages in NHS Direct walk in centres.

 (67606)

128  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the vacancy levels are at each NHS Direct walk in centre.

 (67604)

129  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of the flights of the NHS Direct nurses who travelled from Manchester to Southampton; and what their accommodation costs were.

 (67605)

130  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he plans to extend the availability of recombinant drugs to all haemophiliacs in England; and if he will make a statement.

 (67839)

131  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the percentage occupancy rate was of mental illness beds in (a) England and (b) each region in each of the last six years.

 (67712)

132  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 1st July, Official Report, column 152W, on the NHS Cancer Plan, if he will list the members of the working group; if he will publish the recommendations of the group; and what the evidential basis was for the group's recommendations.

 (67772)

133  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average daily availability of beds in wards open 24 hours for mental illness was in (a) England and (b) each region in each of the last six years.

 (67711)

134  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the vacancy rate was for consultant psychiatrists in (a) England and (b) each region in each of the last six years.

 (67710)

135  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many inmates in British prisons were suffering from (a) severe and (b) other mental illness on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many there were in each of the previous six years.

 (67704)

136  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Wealden, of 25th June, Official Report, column 864W, on cancelled operations, how many operations were cancelled in the past three quarters in each NHS trust.

 (67176)

137  Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the outcome was of the Health Council held on 26th June; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.

 (67732)

138  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding will be made available to rural hospitals across the new strategic health authorities.

 (67617)

139  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many medical oncology patients were waiting for elective admission for (a) ordinary and (b) day cases in each (i) quarter and (ii) year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (67869)

140  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the underlying reasons are for the change in the number of finished consultant episodes between 1997 and 2001 for the treatment of (a) malignant neoplasm of lip, (b) Kaposi's sarcoma, (c) leukaemias of specified and unspecified cell types, (d) carcinoma in situ of cervix uteri, (e) benign neoplasm of mouth and pharynx and (f) benign neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage; and if he will make a statement.

 (67868)

141  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact on the NHS of the compulsory mobilisation of reserve forces doctors on 16th May.[R]

 (67685)

142  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the reliability of junior doctors' time-sheets.

 (67701)

143  Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Government will report on the operation of the Children Act 1989.

 (67829)

144  Phil Sawford (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to receive advice from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on Somatropin.

 (67734)

145  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the Laming Report has not been published; when and by what mechanism it will be published; and when she will respond to the Report.

 (67779)

146  Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to improve recruitment to nursing in the NHS since 1st May 1997.

 (67618)

147  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the co-ordination of neonatal intensive care with the paediatric surgical sub-specialisation of (a) cleft lip and palate, (b) ophthalmology and (c) otolaryngology.

 (67662)

148  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on establishing a set of national care standards for neonatal intensive care.

 (67671)

149  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the recruitment, retention and career progression of neonatal intensive care nurses.

 (67672)

150  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he makes of the staffing levels for doctors and nurses in neonatal intensive care; and what plans he has to increase these.

 (67667)

151  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the needs of sick or premature new-born infants are categorised in the NHS; and what changes he proposes to make to these.

 (67668)

152  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the availability of capacity to meet demand in neonatal intensive care.

 (67675)

153  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the co-ordination of neonatal intensive care with the paediatric sub-specialisation of (a) cardiology, (b) neurosurgery, (c) neurology, (d) nephrology, (e) radiology, (f) hepatology, (g) gastro-enterology, (h) endocrinology and (i) haematology.

 (67663)

154  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements he will make to build networks to facilitate and exchange information on research into neonatal intensive care.

 (67664)

155  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he makes of the impact of restrictions on hours of work for junior doctors on the provision of neonatal intensive care.

 (67673)

156  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he plans to make available statistics on types of treatment given and outcomes in neonatal intensive care other than mortality.

 (67674)

157  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he intends to take to improve the co-ordination between neonatal intensive care facilities and general maternity facilities in the NHS.

 (67669)

158  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provisions are made in the NHS for parents of sick or premature new-born infants who require neonatal intensive care.

 (67670)

159  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the changes needed in the organisation of neonatal intensive care; and if he will make a statement.

 (67661)

160  Mr John Taylor (Solihull): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what new recruitment will be needed at Solihull hospital to facilitate its proposed improved accident and emergency service; and whether the necessary resources are in place to support that recruitment.

 (67613)

161  Mr John Taylor (Solihull): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that recruitment difficulties do not stand in the way of proposed improvements to accident and emergency provision at Solihull hospital.

 (67612)

162  Mr John Taylor (Solihull): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will reply to the letter written to him on 18th January by the honourable Member for Solihull, on behalf of his constituent Mr Colin Reynard, of which letter a reminder was sent to him on 9th April, joining the interest of another constituent, Mr Brian Clayton.

 (67583)

163  Mr John Taylor (Solihull): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish and make locally available a document setting out which services and specialties are (a) now and (b) prospectively available to patients of Solihull hospital, and in particular details of accident and emergency services at that hospital.

 (67614)

164  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list NHS maternity units in descending order of the percentage level achieved against the standards expected of such a unit.

 (67457)

165  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) extra beds and (b) extra staff he estimates will be required at the Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust to enable the new chief executive to achieve the franchise plan that he has approved.

 (67462)

166  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list NHS maternity units in descending order of the percentage of Caesarean deliveries in 2001.

 (67460)

167  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason general practitioners practising within the area covered by the North Surrey PCT have been refused permission by the PCT to refer expectant mothers to the maternity units of their choice.

 (67468)

168  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reduction in expenditure by Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust was required by West Surrey Health Authority's Sustainable NHS plan.

 (67463)

169  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) budgeted income and (b) planned expenditure of the North Surrey Primary Care Trust are for 2002-03.

 (67465)

170  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds have been blocked in Surrey hospitals in each month in 2002.

 (67467)

171  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many extra midwives are required by the Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust to achieve full establishment.

 (67461)

172  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many care home beds have been closed in Surrey in each of the last five years.

 (67466)

173  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by how much the funding of NHS services in West Surrey has been reduced since 1997 to bring it into line with the requirements of the Resource Allocation Working Party.

 (67456)

174  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the required reduction in expenditure arising from the merger of the Ashford Hospital NHS Trust and the St Peter's Hospital NHS Trust was (a) in the year the merger took place and (b) in each subsequent year.

 (67464)

175  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list NHS maternity units in descending order of the number of (a) live births and (b) stillbirths in 2001.

 (67459)

176  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list NHS maternity units in descending order of (a) the ratio of midwives in post to the total number of births and (b) the ration of the full complement of midwives to the total number of births in 2001.

 (67458)

177  Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children have looked-after children status in (a) the Isle of Sheppey, (b) Kent and (c) England.

 (67703)

178  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 102W, on crime and disorder partnerships, what sanctions he can impose if the police do not discuss with their local partners significant changes in policing practice which might affect how the partnership delivers its crime and disorder reduction strategy.

 (67778)

179  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children seeking asylum have arrived in the United Kingdom in the last five years.

 (67609)

180  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the cause of the clashes between detainees and Group 4 staff at Yarl's Wood prior to the fire; and if he will make a statement.

 (67676)

181  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent research he has commissioned on (a) improper influence of jurors and (b) intimidation of jurors.

 (67653)

182  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research since 1992 has been conducted into interviews with (a) witnesses and (b) vulnerable witnesses; who conducted the research; and when it was published.

 (67654)

183  Julia Drown (South Swindon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, What proportion of armed response team call outs were to (a) air weapons and (b) replica weapons incidents in the last 12 months.

 (67832)

184  Julia Drown (South Swindon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions there were for (a) carrying a loaded air weapon in a public place, (b) a person under 14 having an air weapon, (c) a person under 17 having an air weapon in a public place and (d) the sale of air weapons to minors in the last five years.

 (67831)

185  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the mechanism by which the holder of an asylum seeker's identification card can obtain access to the information contained on the card.

 (67763)

186  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated timetable will be for implementing the enhanced wages scheme for prisoners outlined in the Social Exclusion Unit's latest report; and if he will make a statement.

 (67837)

187  
N  
Mr Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his latest estimate is of the cost of the Criminal Records Bureau over its first 10 years; how far this varies from the initial estimates of the cost; and what he estimates accounts for this difference.

 (67248)

188  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what conclusions the British scientists investigating the 1994 Israeli Embassy and Balfour House bombings reached on (a) the type and amount of explosive and mechanism used in the bombings, (b) where the explosives were made up, (c) where the car bombs were assembled, (d) who wrote the letters claiming responsibility and (e) who drove the cars; and what reports were received from Israeli scientists following removal of samples from the sites.

 (67862)

189  Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list, for each police authority in England, the amount spent on pensions in (a) each of the last three years and (b) the current year, and the percentage each figure represents of that authority's total revenue spending in each of those years.

 (67659)

190  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when (a) the EU Advisory Committee on social security for migrant workers and (b) its working parties are next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members; and if he will make a statement.

 (67743)

191  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the EU Advisory Committee on the free movement of workers is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (67751)

192  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the EU Committee for implementation of the action programme to tackle discrimination is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (67746)

193  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the EU Technical Committee for the implementation of regulations concerning the free movement and employment of workers is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (67744)

194  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will respond to the letter from the honourable Member for Banff and Buchan of 1st May on animal experimentation.

 (67648)

195  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of deaths related to misuse of (a) alcohol, (b) tobacco, (c) cannabis, (d) ecstacy, (e) amphetamines, (f) LSD, (g) heroin, (h) cocaine and (i) crack cocaine in the past 12 months.

 (67615)

196  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the objectives and criteria for success were of the Brixton experiment on policing cannabis use.

 (67191)

197  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug offences were (a) recorded, (b) prosecuted and (c) the subject of convictions in each month since June 2000 in the Lambeth division of the Metropolis; on how many occasions in each month (i) formal and (ii) informal warnings were given to illegal users; and on how many occasions supplies of drugs were confiscated.

 (67192)

198  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on requiring the prioritisation of street crime by chief constables; and what statutory power he has to require them to prioritise specified categories of crime.

 (68022)

199  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on the provision of medical facilities within category B prisons; what the medical staffing complement is of each prison; how many fell below that for a substantial period in the last year for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.

 (67195)

200  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what statutory power he has to require chief constables to attend meetings with him on crime.

 (68023)

201  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visits from local probation officers prisoners in category B prisons are expected to receive in advance of release; and how many were received per prisoner released from each category B prison in the last year for which information is available.

 (67193)

202  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what statutory power the Government has to require the dismissal of chief constables; and what powers he exercised in respect of the dismissal of the Chief Constable of Sussex.

 (68020)

203  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many disciplinary adjudications and rulings under Rule 45 were made in each category of prison in the last year for which information is available.

 (67196)

204  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for how many prisoner days prisoners in each category B prison were held in segregation pending transfer to a secure mental hospital in the last 12 months.

 (67197)

205  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what statutory power the Government has to require the submission of (a) weekly and (b) other reports on specified categories of crime to (i) the Prime Minister, (ii) his Department and (iii) other Ministers.

 (68021)

206  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many work permits were granted in 2001 broken down by category.

 (67927)

207  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisons he has visited; and when these visits took place.

 (67928)

208  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he last visited the Public Inquiry Office of the Immigration and Nationality Department.

 (67926)

209  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many representations he has received concerning the banning of the International Sikh Youth Federation.

 (68016)

210  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people died in police custody in 2001.

 (68017)

211  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps he has taken to improve the performance of the Criminal Records Bureau.

 (67925)

212  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints he has received concerning the operation of the Criminal Records Bureau.

 (67923)

213  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of time from referral to answer by the Criminal Records Bureau was in the last 12 months.

 (67924)

214  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he last met the Chief Constable of Leicestershire in his official capacity.

 (68015)

215  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests he has received for extradition since 7th June.

 (68013)

216  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent by his Department on advertising for posts in the Immigration and Nationality Department in 2001.

 (68014)

217  Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she expects the World Bank's research, supported by the British Government, into the impact of service liberalisation in developing countries to be published.

 (67689)

218  Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she plans to publish the results of the public consultation on the General Agreement on Trade in Services which has been carried out since 1998.

 (67688)

219  
N  
Mr David Clelland (Tyne Bridge): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on instances of fraud in her Department in the last year.

 (67558)

220  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent analysis the World Bank and IMF have sent to her Department of the poverty and social impact of structural reforms supported by their programmes in poor countries; in how many instances the impact has been found to be negative; and what mitigating measures the World Bank and IMF have agreed to in order to support in such instances.

 (67771)

221  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on her Department's plans to target resources at supporting HIV/AIDS projects in developing nations.

 (67866)

222  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department has given for HIV/AIDS projects in each country in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

 (67867)

223  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the 1901 census web site will be available for access.

 (66048)

224  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, which members are undertaking work on the Child Contact Centre Working Group; and when it plans to set out standards for child contact centres.

 (67601)

225  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the response of organisations to the Consultation Paper, Making Decisions; and if he will list those that (a) supported the principle of doctors being able to withhold food and fluid from patients and (b) those that did not.

 (67249)

226  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29th January, Official Report, column 257W, when he will announce his decision concerning Law Commission Report No. 270.

 (68019)

227  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the definition of giving basic care to a helpless patient includes the provision of fluids.

 (67209)

228  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the draft guidance to doctors 'Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Prolonging Treatments: Good Practice in Decision Making', in particular the recommendation that a junior doctor be removed from the care of a patient should they have a conscientious objection to ending a patient's life by withholding fluids.

 (67211)

229  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, whether it has been assumed that ending the life of a patient on grounds of poor quality is standard practice in his consultation on 'Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Prolonging Treatments: Good Practice in Decision Making'; and for what reason those consulted have not been asked for their opinions on this.

 (67210)

230  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what advice will be given based on consultation on Making Decisions: Helping People Who Have Difficulty Deciding for Themselves in the advisory leaflets on the effects of dehydration.

 (67208)

231  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, whether the responses received from the consultation on 'Making Decisions' were analysed to determine how many respondents were (a) in favour and (b) against the withholding of food and fluids from incapacitated patients not actually dying; and whether such an analysis will be conducted following the consultation on 'Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Prolonging Treatments: Good Practice in Decision Making'.

 (67207)

232  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what damage has been sustained by court buildings in Somerset in the last two years.

 (67591)

233  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to require employers to give paid leave to Justices of the Peace in their employment; and if he will make a statement.

 (67666)

234  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will revise the provisions under the Guidance Notes on Justices' Allowances, so as to base the daily allowance for loss of earnings on actual earnings; and if he will make a statement.

 (67665)

235  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to meet the Independent Commissioner who will deal with complaints against solicitors.

 (67934)

236  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many complaints he has received from applicants for appointment as Queen's Counsel about the way the system operates in the last three years.

 (67932)

237  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the backlog of cases is at the Office of Supervision of Solicitors.

 (67933)

238  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Prime Minister, how many times he has travelled on official business by air within Great Britain since June 2001.

 (67473)

239  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 1st July, Official Report, column 81W, on official visits, on how many occasions he has travelled by rail on official business since June 2001.

 (67472)

240  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Prime Minister, what information and records, including mode of travel, he has kept on his official visits since June 2001.

 (67471)

241  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many staff within her office are allocated to consideration of regional funding mechanisms.

 (67929)

242  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she plans to meet the Local Government Association to discuss GATS; and if she will make a statement.

 (67593)

243  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she is making to the US Government on the proposed Farm Bill; and if she will make a statement.

 (67598)

244  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the GATS consultation process will include publication of the text of the requests made (a) by and (b) of the EU.

 (67595)

245  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the GATS consultation process will include consideration of its impact on development; and if she will make a statement.

 (67592)

246  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations the EU is making to the US on the likely effects of the proposed Farm Bill; and if she will make a statement.

 (67597)

247  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether, in the GATS negotiations, a country may reverse the commitment at any stage after commiting a service sector to be liberalised under GATS; and if she will make a statement.

 (67594)

248  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what negotiating requests the EU is making of other countries and trading blocs in the GATS negotiations; if the development effects are considered before requests are made; and if the record of that consideration is publicly available.

 (67599)

249  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the work of the joint Government/Industry Scrap Tyre Working Group since July 1999; and what the most recent figure is for the percentage of scrapped tyres from which the industry recovers value.

 (67680)

250  Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost was of secondees from her Department to British embassies and consulates overseas in the last 12 months.

 (67784)

251  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 24th June, Official Report, column 687W, on world trade, if she will make it her policy to make a specific assessment of the annual cost of TRIPS to developing countries.

 (67770)

252  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will publish a consultation paper on the reform of company law.

 (67660)

253  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the EU Technical Committee on information processing is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (67740)

254  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the EU Advisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (67752)

255  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the EU Advisory Committee on concentrations between undertakings is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (67749)

256  Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement with respect to (a) achieving and (b) building on the three hour target for rail journeys to Plymouth.

 (67600)

257  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 25th June to the honourable Member for Orkney and Shetland, Official Report, column 768W, on National Air Traffic Services, what actions with regard to software and equipment have been taken to prevent a recurrence of the problems experienced on 27th March, 10th April and 17th May.

 (67174)

258  Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his policy on debris on railway lines.

 (67729)

259  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the average expenditure on motoring per car per week was in the last 12 months for people living in (a) Wiltshire, (b) Dorset, (c) Hampshire and (d) Somerset.

 (67834)

260  Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, for what reason a tall fence is being erected adjacent to the hard shoulder on the southbound carriageway of the M1 motorway south of junction 25; what the total cost is of the works; who authorised the same; and who is bearing the cost.

 (67764)

261  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the financing and funding of (a) Renewco and (b) Network Rail for the purposes of what constitutes public expenditure under the assessment used by the Office of National Statistics.

 (67723)

262  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of safe limits on the number of passengers travelling in an individual railway carriage.

 (67702)

263  Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the projected costs are of upgrading the West Coast mainline to allow trains to run at 140 mph.

 (67582)

264  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the EU Restricted Committee of the Safety and Health Commission for the Mining and other Extractive Industries is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (67747)

265  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the EU Technical Adaptation Committee on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to chemical, physical and biological agents at work is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (67756)

266  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the EU Technical Adaptation Committee on the minimum safety and health requirements for improved medical treatment on board vessels is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (67755)

267  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the EU Advisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions in the shipping industry is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (67757)

268  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the EU Technical Adaptation Committee on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of workers at work is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (67754)

269  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the EU Advisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions in air transport is next due to met; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (67737)

270  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will provide for the marking of the historic county boundaries in the United Kingdom within the final draft of the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions.

 (67726)

271  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make regulations under section 64 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the erection and maintenance of suitable traffic signs to mark the boundaries of the historic counties of the United Kingdom where they cross motorways and class A and B roads; and if he will make a statement.

 (67728)

272  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what prediction he has made of the numbers of new cars on the road in the United Kingdom in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05 and (d) 2005-06.

 (67657)

273  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his timetable is for the introduction of car emission labelling on new cars; and if he will make a statement.

 (67655)

274  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the contribution the vehicle labelling scheme on car emmissions can make to the United Kingdom Kyoto targets.

 (67658)

275  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the contributions made by other EU countries on the subject of the emission ratings on new cars in order to meet Kyoto targets.

 (67656)

276  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the total cost was of producing the Wales Office departmental report in 2002.

 (67652)

277  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the cost of an average funeral; what the value is of the funeral grant; what items it covers; and he will make a statement.

 (67596)

278  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action he is taking to bring occupational pension schemes under the jurisdiction of TUPE.

 (67700)

279  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the EU Advisory Committee on incentives in the field of employment is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (67738)

280  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the EU Advisory Committee on employment is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (67739)

281  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will respond to the letter of 13th May from the honourable Member for Banff and Buchan regarding a constituent, Mrs P. Baker, New Dear, Aberdeenshire.

 (67650)

282  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out the basis for his statement in paragraph 20 of the Government's Response to the Second Report of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, on pension credit, that plans to improve the administration of housing benefit are well underway.

 (67806)

283  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list all of the circumstances in which (a) interim payments and (b) alignment payments are made.

 (67859)

284  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 1st July, Official Report, column 95W, on alignment payments, over what time alignment payments have to be repaid.

 (67861)

285  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to ensure that trained staff are always available in Jobcentre Plus offices to deliver pensions advice in areas where there is no local pension service in place; and if he will make a statement.

 (67858)

286  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Minister for Women, when the EU Committee for the action programme to promote gender equality is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (67745)

287  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people were taken prisoners in Kunduz since November 2001; when these arrests took place; what the nationality of these people was; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (67759)

288  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many prisoners-of-war were transported from Kunduz to (a) Sheberghan and (b) Mazar-i-Sharif since November 2001; when these transports took place; what the nationality was of the transported people; and if he will make a statement

 [Transferred]   (67758)

289  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the clawback of the state pension by occupational pension schemes.

 [Transferred]   (67836)

290  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the EU Audit Board of the Administrative Commission on social security for migrant workers is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (67742)

291  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the EU Advisory Committee on state aid for the application of Articles 92 and 93 of the EC Treaty to certain categories of horizontal state aid (exemption) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (67748)

292  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the EU Advisory Committee on state aid on the arrangements for applying Article 93 of the EC Treaty (procedure) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (67736)

293  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the EU Committee of the European Social Fund is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (67741)

294  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much public expenditure went to each of the excluded neighbourhoods defined by the Social Exclusion Unit in the last 12 months; and what the average sum was.

 [Transferred]   (67611)

295  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the EU Advisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions in the transport industry is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (67753)

296  Mr John Taylor (Solihull): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will reply to the letter written to his Minister of State on 30th May, by the honourable Member for Solihull, on behalf of his constituent Mr G. L. Cotton.

 [Transferred]   (67584)



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