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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 10 July 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 10 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.
 


 

WEDNESDAY 10th JULY

1  Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the advantages of the system of the area cost adjustments within the local government finance system.

 (68893)

2  Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to impose transitional arrangements on the implementation of changes to the local government finance system; and if he will make a statement.

 (68890)

3  Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average SSA per head of population for local services after discounting area cost adjustment is in each (a) metropolitan area, (b) government office region and (c) local authority.

 (68897)

4  Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average amount of Council Tax paid per household at Band D is in each (a) metropolitan area, (b) government office region and (c) local authority.

 (68896)

5  Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many asylum seekers are supported by (a) each local authority and (b) local authorities in each government office region.

 (68901)

6  Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average SSA per head of population for local services is in each (a) metropolitan area, (b) government office by area and (c) local authority.

 (68898)

7  Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average amount of Council Tax charged per household is in each (a) metropolitan area, (b) government office region and (c) local authority.

 (68895)

8  Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to ensure that regional wage differentials are reflected in the local government finance system.

 (68892)

9  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what has been the average percentage increases in social services budgets in London boroughs; and what were the increases in (a) social services SSAs and (b) revenue support grants (i) for each local authority and (ii) for London as a whole in each of the last five years.

 (69151)

10  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what has been the change in expenditure from original budget allocations in London boroughs on (a) children's social services, (b) older people, (c) learning disabilities, (d) mental health and (e) services for physically disabled in the last five years.

 (69152)

11  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list those London boroughs that are anticipating overspending on their social services budgets in this financial year.

 (69150)

12  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average variation is from SSA for London local authority social services budgets (a) in cash and (b) as a percentage for (i) each borough and (ii) London as a whole in each of the last five years.

 (69146)

13  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list actual spend against original budget estimates for London boroughs' social services budgets (a) in cash and (b) as a percentage (i) for each borough and (ii) for London as a whole in each of the last five years.

 (69149)

14  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what level of demand he estimates there will be for social care beds in each London borough area over the next three years; what resources will need to be made available to meet that demand; and if he will make a statement.

 (69148)

15  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what action he is taking to improve recruitment rates of foster carers for London boroughs; what has been the change in use of agency foster placements (a) for each borough and (b) for London as a whole in the last five years; what steps he is taking to limit the cost of agency foster care placements in London; and what representations he has received on this subject.

 (69153)

16  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many looked-after children there were in the care of each London borough and how many were (a) in borough foster care, (b) fostered with family or friends, (c) in agency foster placements and (d) in care homes in each of the last five years.

 (69216)

17  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement about the Government's strategy to tackle delayed discharge in London; and what resources will be needed to meet the level of demand.

 (69147)

18  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of residential housing is planned to be (a) social housing and (b) housing for essential key workers in the proposed development of the Dome.

 (66894)

19  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what progress has been made on providing key workers with affordable housing in central London.

 (66895)

20  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures are in place to help key workers find affordable housing in London.

 (66896)

21  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what targets have been set, and what progress has been made, on the Street Wardens Initiative.

 (66892)

22  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many and what proportion of the public service agreements of his Department set out in the document Public Services for the Future 1998 have been met; and if he will make a statement.

 (68717)

23  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) total expenditure and (b) expenditure in capacity building was in each year in each New Deal for Communities area; what the (i) total planned expenditure and (ii) planned expenditure on capacity building will be until the end of each project; and if he will make a statement.

 (69187)

24  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the total acreage of urban allotments in (a) 1972, (b) 1990 and (c) the latest year for which figures are available.

 (68882)

25  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June, Official Report, column 820W, on the Millennium Dome, if he will (a) commission from Jones Lange Lasalle and (b) publish estimates of the value of the Millennium Dome site to Meridian Delta Limited (i) with and (ii) without the Dome.

 (69202)

26  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent representations he has received from unitary authorities in respect of changes to the standard spending assessment formula.

 (68888)

27  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the honourable Member for Middlesborough, representing the Church Commissioners, what the cost was of maintaining the Bishops' residences for the most recent year for which figures are available.

 (68879)

28  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she had made of the cost to voluntary sports organisations of undertaking Criminal Records Bureau information checks; and if she will make a statement.

 (68873)

29  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the status is of (a) referees and umpires, (b) referees' assistants, (c) match officials and (d) others who receive remuneration for their involvement in sports matches with regard to Criminal Records Bureau disclosure information checks.

 (68870)

30  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her definition is of a volunteer for whom Criminal Records Bureau disclosure information checks are necessary.

 (68871)

31  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had on broadening the Criminal Record Bureau's access to criminal records from other countries with regard to child protection for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.

 (68830)

32  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent meetings she has had with Ministers in other departments with regard to (a) child protection in sport and (b) inter-agency working on child protection in sport.

 (68833)

33  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will issue guidelines to voluntary sporting organisations who lack funding to undertake Criminal Records Bureau disclosure information checks.

 (68832)

34  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what additional funding has been made to enable sporting organisations to implement the Criminal Records Bureau disclosure information checks on the use of volunteers.

 (68872)

35  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will share information with other countries about UK citizens who have been convicted of offences against children within sport.

 (68831)

36  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with voluntary organisations and non-governmental bodies on the cost of Criminal Records Bureau disclosure information checks for volunteers; and if she will make a statement.

 (68869)

37  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps are taken to minimise the possibility of an accidental attack on civilians by British troops on active service; and what his policy is on reparations to families of civilians accidentally killed by troops of the United Kingdom.

 (67803)

38  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the last refit of HMS Nottingham was; how long she has been deployed on her current deployment; what task she is carrying out; and if he will make a statement.

 (68771)

39  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Type 45 destroyer could offer a ballistic missile defence capability.

 (68774)

40  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he plans with the missile defence delegation from the US shortly to visit the UK.

 (68772)

41  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) planned capabilities and (b) strategic purposes and systems for Type 45 destroyer.

 (68773)

42  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a timetable has been established for the completion of the WMD response initiatives suggested by the US on the 6th to 7th June meeting of the NATO Defence Ministers; what the estimated cost is of the initiatives; and if he will make a statement.

 (69071)

43  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mechanisms exist for ensuring that Defence Housing Executives achieve value for money; what criteria are used to assess their performance; and if he will make a statement.

 (69070)

44  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the findings of work commissioned by the US Administration that N-acetylaspartate levels are reduced in the right and left basal ganglia of Gulf War veterans compared with those in a control group, resulting in reduced dopamine production.

 (68767)

45  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the findings of work sponsored by the US Administration that Gulf War veterans have a reduced ability to metabolise organophosphates due to reduced levels of the PON1 enzyme (paraoxonase) in their blood.

 (68766)

46  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the findings of the research commissioned by the US Administration from Robert W. Haley of the University of Texas relating to variants of Gulf War Syndrome.

 (68768)

47  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) factors and (b) criteria were used by Defence Estates Organisation in their table-top evaluation of the likely sale value of Dean Hill Munitions Depot.

 (68912)

48  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date the closure of RAF Chilmark was announced; what was the (a) planned date and (b) actual date of closure; what was the (i) estimated and (ii) actual date of disposal; what was the (A) estimated and (B) actual sale value of the site ; what was the (1) estimated and (2) actual cost of remediation; who calculated the estimated sale value of the site and on what basis; what the (x) estimated and (y) actual annual running costs of the site were between closure and disposal; and what the annual costs have been of decontamination work since the announcement of closure.

 (68927)

49  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the (a) estimated sale proceeds, (b) estimated redundancy lump-sum payments, (c) Ministry of Defence police transfer costs, (d) staff transfer costs, (e) costs of movement of stock, (f) cost of replacement facilities, (g) operating costs transferred to other locations and (h) T and H storage reprovision relating to the closure of Dean Hill Munitions Depot.

 (68907)

50  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what modifications were made to the terms of reference for Defence Munitions Rationalisation Study 2 after 11th September 2001.

 (68913)

51  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the team responsible for Defence Munitions Rationalisation Study 2 presented their final report.

 (68910)

52  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Director of Military Operations participated in Defence Munitions Rationalisation Study 2.

 (68908)

53  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Defence Munitions Rationalisation Study 2 included a strategic analysis.

 (68909)

54  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated monthly maintenance costs to Defence Estates are from October 2003 in respect of Dean Hill Munitions Depot.

 (68915)

55  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if private sector commercial advice was sought by (a) Defence Estates Organisation and (b) the Defence Munitions Rationalisation Study 2 team in their assessment of the likely sale value of Dean Hill Munitions Depot.

 (68911)

56  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of whether the recommendations of Defence Munitions Rationalisation Study 2 will achieve a 20 per cent. reduction in operating costs by March 2004.

 (68914)

57  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of the public service agreements of his Department set out in the document Public Services for the Future 1998 have been met; and if he will make a statement.

 (68711)

58  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 4th July, Official Report, column 525W, on married quarters, if he will make a statement on the safety attribute used by the Defence Housing Executives and if he will list the married quarters that are unsatisfactory using this criterion, indicating for what reasons.

 (68802)

59  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 4th July, Official Report, column 525W, on married quarters, if he will list the married quarters that fail the safety attribute; and if he will list the Standard 4 married quarters.

 (68803)

60  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the involvement of British personnel in southern Oruzgan in Afghanistan for the week of 26th June to 1st July.

 (68924)

61  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on contact between US bomber planes and British personnel on 1st July in Afghanistan.

 (68922)

62  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on contact between the US gunship AC-130 and British personnel on 1st July.

 (68926)

63  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether British (a) troops and (b) support services were involved in gun battles in southern Oruzgan in Afghanistan during the week of 26th June to 1st July.

 (68925)

64  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish a list of authorised exporters of military supplies based in (a) mainland UK, (b) the Channel Islands and (c) the Isle of Man.

 (68810)

65  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if it is his policy to treat POWs and captured unlawful combatants in the same manner.

 (69008)

66  Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of school children are entitled to free school meals in each (a) government office region and (b) local education authority.

 (68904)

67  Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of children speak English as an additional language in each (a) government office region and (b) local education authority.

 (68903)

68  Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers vacancies there are in each (a) government office region and (b) local education authority.

 (68902)

69  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her Department's estimate is of the total financial reserves held by schools in the (a) last year for which figures are available and (b) preceding five years.

 (68516)

70  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of (a) colleges of further education and (b) sixth form colleges in England and Wales were trading at a deficit in each financial year from 1997-98 to 2001-02; and if she will make a statement.

 (68512)

71  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of (a) colleges of further education and (b) sixth form colleges in England and Wales were in the Learning and Skills Council's weakest financial category at some point in each financial year from 1997-98 to 2001-02; and if she will make a statement.

 (68513)

72  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the reasons for the delays in notifying colleges of their funding allocations for 2002-03; and what instructions she has given the Learning and Skills Council to ensure that colleges, have adequate time to fulfil its requirement that corporations must approve a budget before the beginning of its funding year on 1st August.

 (68514)

73  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of the public service agreements of her Department set out in the document Public Services for the Future 1998 have been met; and if she will make a statement.

 (68716)

74  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what personal information the annual school census collects.

 (69009)

75  Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when the national register of childminders and daycare providers will be available online.

 (69119)

76  Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what OFSTED'S draft satisfaction criteria for childcare providers are.

 (69143)

77  Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many professional staff she estimates need to be transferred from local authorities to OFSTED as a result of the transfer of responsibility for the regulation of childcare to OFSTED.

 (69141)

78  Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many childcare professionals are listed on the national register of childminders and daycare providers.

 (69132)

79  Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action has been taken to advertise the existence of the national register of childminders and daycare providers.

 (69118)

80  Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what further training is necessary for staff as a result of the transfer of responsibilities for childcare regulation to OFSTED; and what plans there are for its provision.

 (69144)

81  Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when assessment of childcare providers against OFSTED's satisfaction criteria will (a) commence and (b) be completed.

 (69142)

82  Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans there are to advertise the existence of the national register of childminders and daycare providers.

 (69117)

83  Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when OFSTED's satisfaction criteria for childcare providers will be finalised.

 (69145)

84  Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many childcare professionals the Government estimates are working in the UK.

 (69139)

85  Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many childcare professionals are listed on the national register of childminders and daycare providers within the area of the Devon County Council.

 (69140)

86  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how the figure of £165,000 compensation paid to UK Coal in respect of the Widdrington carcass disposal site was arrived at.

 (66888)

87  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many businesses in the Widdrington area of Northumberland have received compensation or disturbance payments in respect of the carcass burial site there.

 (66889)

88  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the percentage of respondents to the recent consultation on nitrate vulnerable zones preferred the option of designating 100 per cent. of England as a nitrate vulnerable zone; and if she will make a statement.

 (68100)

89  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement regarding the Government's objectives for the Wood for Good campaign.

 (68098)

90  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding the United Kingdom Government has allocated to the Forestry Commission in each year since 1997; and how much of this allocation the Forestry Commission has dedicated to the Wood for Good campaign in each of the years the campaign will be running.

 (68102)

91  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department has provided on the Forestry Commission's Wood for Good website (a) to the public and businesses to help them ensure they do not buy wood which may have come from illegal or non-sustainable sources and (b) in the promotion of certified timber.

 (68101)

92  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the (a) loss and (b) creation of UK biodiversity action plan habitat since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit as a result of (i) inland flood defence schemes and (ii) coastal flood defence schemes.

 (68099)

93  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the administrative and regulatory costs to the Environment Agency of designating (a) 55 per cent. and (b) 100 per cent. of England as a nitrate vulnerable zone.

 (68103)

94  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to encourage recycling of (a) paper, (b) glass, (c) aluminium and (d) inkjet cartridges.

 (67804)

95  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of the public service agreements of her Department set out in the document Public Services for the Future 1998 have been met; and if she will make a statement.

 (68713)

96  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many feasibility studies have been (a) commissioned and (b) completed by the Environment Agency following the flooding of autumn 2000; what (i) flood alleviation measures have resulted and (ii) expenditure has been incurred up to April of this year; and if she will make a statement.

 (69191)

97  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research has been undertaken to update maps of indicative inland flood risk areas as a result of recent flooding; and if she will make a statement.

 (69193)

98  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what evaluation has been undertaken of the effectiveness of the Environment Agency in responding to the flooding of autumn 2000; and if she will make a statement.

 (69192)

99  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) representations she has received from and (b) discussions he has had with (i) local authorities and (ii) manufacturers with regard to cleaning up chewing gum; how many local authorities have charged people with chewing gum litter under the Environmental Protection Act 1990; what action she plans to take to ensure that local authorities take action against chewing gum offenders; what action she plans to take regarding cleaning up chewing gum litter; and if she will make a statement.

 (69160)

100  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the UK Government has applied for EU compensation under article 20 of council regulation 2759/1975 for farmers who were subjected to movement restrictions during the recent foot and mouth crisis; and if she will make a statement.

 (68916)

101  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how long it takes on average for farmers in (a) England and (b) Wales to receive the results of TB tests on their animals.

 (68919)

102  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what extra resources have been secured in order to clear the backlog in processing the results of TB tests in England.

 (68921)

103  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what resources are being dedicated to ensuring that the results of TB tests on animals in (a) England and (b) Wales are processed as quickly as possible.

 (68918)

104  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dairy (a) farms and (b) businesses have been (i) opened and (ii) closed in the last five years, broken down by region.

 (68992)

105  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with members of the European Parliament about a possible inquiry into bovine TB and its causes.

 (69002)

106  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received regarding GM foods; and if she will make a statement.

 (69213)

107  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent talks she has had regarding GM foods with members of the European Parliament; and what the conclusions from those talks were.

 (69015)

108  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which EU regulations govern the use of the gamma interferon test as applied to bovine TB.

 (69000)

109  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the stability of dairy farms and businesses.

 (69014)

110  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps she has taken to help British farmers remain competitive in international markets; and if she will make a statement.

 (69003)

111  Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement concerning the failure to meet the required targets set under MAGP IV for the pelagic sector and the effect this will have on future EU funding for fisheries from 1st January 2003.

 (69212)

112  Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 1st July, Official Report, column 71, on fishing, what assessment she has made of the impact of the United Kingdom not meeting the required targets set under MAGP IV in the pelagic sector on the quota allocations from 1st January 2003 for (a) pelagic species and (b) white fish species.

 (69211)

113  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will produce a timetable for raising UK official development assistance to the UN target of 0.7 per cent. of GNP.

 (68818)

114  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce a VAT refund scheme for charities; and if he will make a statement.

 (68877)

115  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he plans to make deaf employees exempt from paying tax on their hearing aids; and if he will make a statement.

 (66702)

116  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the steps he is taking to reduce global poverty.

 (68769)

117  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made on recent steps taken to alleviate child poverty.

 (68801)

118  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had on reducing the rate of VAT for fire prevention materials in the home.

 (66901)

119  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the increase in the Financial Services Authority fees for industrial and provident societies.

 (66902)

120  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of the public service agreements of his Department set out in the document Public Services for the Future 1998 have been met; and if he will make a statement.

 (68719)

121  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if the five economic tests will include an assessment of the short-term and long-term consequences for public spending and fiscal policy of joining the euro.

 (69065)

122  
N  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Treasury sets limits on the contingent liabilities into which the devolved administrations may enter.

 (68027)

123  
N  
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials from his Department were in attendance in Parliament to ministers during the proceedings on the Finance Bill on Wednesday 3rd July.

 (68666)

124  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the value of contraband brought into the UK through (a) canalised, (b) non-canalised ports of entry and (c) in total (i) in sterling and (ii) as a percentage of the total through each of (a)-(c) in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (69018)

125  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken, and what progress he has made, towards securing the support of EU governments for the lifting of barriers to imports from the poorest nations.

 (69019)

126  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer with which currencies sterling has maintained greatest exchange rate stability since 1997; and how that is measured.

 (69020)

127  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what obligation there is on (a) employers and (b) individual employees to inform the Inland Revenue of a change of employees' address; and if he will make a statement.

 (68989)

128  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the rules governing the publishing of (a) the Queen's accounts, (b) 10 Downing Street's accounts, (c) Chequers' accounts and (d) accounts relating to grace and favour apartments.

 (69012)

129  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes are planned in relation to the Government's poverty policy.

 (69010)

130  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if a defendant at a condemnation hearing is allowed to view evidence prior to the hearing being brought by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise in support of the case.

 (68122)

131  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations, and when, his Department has made to the governments of (a) Afghanistan, (b) the Bahamas, (c) Bolivia, (d) Brazil, (e) Burma, (f) Cambodia, (g) China, (h) Colombia, (i) Dominican Republic, (j) Ecuador, (k) Guatemala, (l) Haiti, (m) Hong Kong, (n) India, (o) Jamaica, (p) Laos, (q) Mexico, (r) Nigeria, (s) Pakistan, (t) Panama, (u) Paraguay, (v) Peru, (w) Taiwan, (x) Thailand, (y) Venezuela and (z) Vietnam, concerning the trafficking of illegal drugs to the United Kingdom through their territories; and if he will make a statement.

 (67696)

132  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's understanding of the meaning of the phrase 'political union' in the Laeken declaration; and if he will cite the previous occurrences of that phrase in documents agreed by the European Council.

 (67793)

133  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the Government has taken to ensure that the recommendations of the National Reconciliation Forum in Cote d'Ivoire have been implemented, including the granting of nationality to Alassane Ouattara; and if he will make a statement.

 (66691)

134  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the Government has taken to ensure that the election process in Cote d'Ivoire prior to the local elections on 7th July has been fair and free for all parties concerned, with special regard to the distribution of identity cards required for voter registration; and if he will make a statement.

 (66692)

135  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the recent tensions between government supporters and opposition party supporters in Daloa, Cote D'Ivoire.

 (66693)

136  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many opposition supporters he estimates were killed during the clashes between government supporters and opposition party supporters in Daloa, Cote d'Ivoire.

 (66694)

137  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which UK overseas territories (a) have and (b) have not produced timely, complete and reliable statistical abstracts annually since 1997; with which United Kingdom overseas territories his office has raised queries on the timeliness, completeness and reliability of their (i) annual statistical abstracts and (ii) other statistical reports since 1997; and from which United Kingdom overseas territories satisfactory responses are still awaited.

 (67642)

138  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to strengthen ties between the United Kingdom and the United States.

 (67795)

139  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage the United States to accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.

 (67795)

140  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of the public service agreements of his Department set out in the document Public Services for the Future 1998 have been met; and if he will make a statement.

 (68710)

141  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Rwanda; and if he will make a statement.

 (69190)

142  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Turkish Government regarding the European Union; and if he will make a statement.

 (69189)

143  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on which occasions since 1996, and how, the Government raised with the Government of Gibraltar matters of concern relating to pensions and related benefits.

 (67848)

144  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library the National Income Accounts for each overseas territory received by his Department; and if he will list the date of their last submission.

 (67852)

145  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library copies of the latest official statistics for each of the overseas territories that his Department has received.

 (67850)

146  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with whom the duty for publishing and submitting to his Department the National Income Accounts on Official Statistics for each overseas territory lies.

 (67849)

147  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the reforms put in place since 1996 in Gibraltar in relation to company law and practice; and what deficiencies these were aimed at correcting.

 (67847)

148  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on which occasions he has received official statistics over the past five years from each overseas territory; and if he will indicate, in each case, if they are of the standard that he requires.

 (67851)

149  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations personnel at the Foreign Office have made in the past year to the European Commission concerning the recruitment and appointment of personnel to positions in the Commission dealing with Zimbabwe, with special reference to representations made on behalf of British citizens to Commission appointment boards.

 (68876)

150  Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the report made to the Convention on the Future of Europe on the outcome of the UK national debate on the future of Europe.

 (68990)

151  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are being taken to monitor the use of Hawk jets by the Indonesian air force.

 (68923)

152  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if British-made Hawk jets have been deployed by the Indonesian air force in Aceh; and if he will make a statement.

 (68917)

153  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact dental charges are having on the provision of dental health care for people from low income backgrounds.

 (68825)

154  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to ensure necessary dental health care is provided to those who are working on low incomes and not receiving benefit.

 (68824)

155  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for West Chelmsford of 22nd April regarding the treatment of bowel cancer.

 (68289)

156  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has undertaken on children with (a) repetitive strain injury, (b) text message injury and (c) long-term injuries from playing gaming consoles.

 (68097)

157  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the funding given to the NHS in 2002-03 to expand acute capacity was used to pay for the consequential costs in social care.

 (68517)

158  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role his Department has played in the (a) release and (b) post-release arrangements of Eden Strang; and if he will make a statement.

 (67854)

159  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress is being made to make (a) beta interferon and (b) glatiramer available for MS sufferers by (i) primary care trusts and (ii) hospital trusts serving Sutton and Cheam.

 (68991)

160  Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many admissions there were of residents and former residents of each government office region to (a) NHS and (b) private hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983 in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) 2001-02.

 (68905)

161  Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure that regional wage differentials are reflected in the funding of the National Health Service.

 (68891)

162  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have died from AIDS in the United Kingdom in the last 12 months.

 (67798)

163  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been spent (a) on research and (b) on care in connection with AIDS in each of the past three years.

 (67799)

164  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the differences are in treatment for (a) colon cancer and (b) other cancers.

 (67802)

165  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the reasons underlying the lower survival rate for (a) cancer and (b) colon cancer in the United Kingdom than in (i) Germany and (ii) the United States.

 (67800)

166  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by the NHS on (a) cancer research and (b) cancer treatment in each of the last three years.

 (67801)

167  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of appointments to health trusts and authorities by the NHS Appointments Commission have been (a) women and (b) black or Asian.

 (68515)

168  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd July, column 303W, on mutual organisations, if he will make a statement defining the modus operandi of a public interest company.

 (68511)

169  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received regarding the amounts taken from local authorities to fund the National Care Standards Commission.

 (69170)

170  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about the projected numbers of individuals with learning disabilities requiring residential or living placements (a) for each London borough and (b) for London as a whole for the most recent three years for which figures are available.

 (69167)

171  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many carers in London are over the age of (a) 60, (b) 70 and (c) 80 years.

 (69168)

172  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients with learning disabilities will leave institutional care in the next three years who will require support in the community from London local authorities; and what additional resources have been identified as being required to meet this future demand.

 (69169)

173  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which sites have been selected for the second phase of the newborn hearing screening programme; and how he intends to publicise them.

 (68929)

174  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd July, Official Report, column 624W, on mixed sex wards, what information he collates on the amount of mixed sex accommodation in the NHS; what information has been collated since 1997; and if he will place such information in the Library.

 (68770)

175  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS hospitals provide on-site nurseries; and what estimate his Department has made of the number of NHS hospitals that intend to provide on-site nurseries by (a) 31st December 2002 (b) 31st December 2003 and (c) 31st December 2004.

 (68285)

176  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health crisis resolution teams have been established since the publication of the NHS Plan.

 (68277)

177  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cardiologists are working in the NHS; and how many will be working in the NHS in 2002-03.

 (68273)

178  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of NHS trusts have a child-care co-ordinator.

 (68284)

179  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people benefited from the use of community equipment services in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.

 (68271)

180  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many written communications were sent to (a) NHS hospitals and (b) primary care trusts in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2001 by his Department.

 (68280)

181  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurse consultants are employed in the NHS.

 (68281)

182  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures his Department has put in place to ensure that members of staff at sites where automated defibrillators have been installed have been appropriately trained in the use of such equipment.

 (68275)

183  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the Electronic Record Development and Implementation Programme with regards to the national rollout of electronic personal medical records for all patients.

 (68288)

184  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of patients have access to their electronic medical records.

 (68287)

185  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the latest available figures for ambulance response times to category A calls, listed by ambulance trust, stating (a) what proportion of responses were achieved within eight minutes and (b) for those responses which took longer than eight minutes, how long it took for the ambulance to respond.

 (68278)

186  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of Datamonitor's recently published research on five year cancer survival rates.

 (68279)

187  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff at each of the sites where automated defibrillators have been placed have participated in training programmes in their use.

 (68274)

188  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of (a) primary care and (b) hospital trusts have put Improving Working Lives standard into practice.

 (68286)

189  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which health authorities offer women-only day centres for mental health patients.

 (68272)

190  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many written directives were sent to (a) NHS hospitals and (b) primary care trusts in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2001 by his Department.

 (68282)

191  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which health authorites' general practitioners are able to write prescriptions produced by computer and issued electronically.

 (68283)

192  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new automated defibrillators have been installed in public places since 1st May.

 (68276)

193  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) progress has been made, (b) targets have been set and (c) success has been measured, in the public-private initiative in the NHS.

 (66897)

194  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on ambulance response times for the Staffordshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

 (66898)

195  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the work of the National Care Standards Commission.

 (66899)

196  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of the public service agreements of his Department set out in the document Public Services for the Future 1998 have been met; and if he will make a statement.

 (68714)

197  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's estimate is of the average cost to the NHS of treatment for a diabetic in each of the last five years.

 (68008)

198  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the adequacy of funding for the Diabetes National Standards Framework to meet the costs of diabetics in the period up to 2010.

 (68009)

199  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his spending priorities relating to diabetes.

 (68011)

200  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment his Department's has made of the link between diabetes and CHD.

 (68010)

201  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's estimate is of the likely rise in cases of diabetes by 2010.

 (68006)

202  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's estimate is of (a) the number of patients awaiting diagnosis for diabetes and (b) the percentage of newly-diagnosed diabetics who show signs of complications.

 (68007)

203  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the number of live kidney donations.

 (69161)

204  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the training of new doctors and nurses in order to staff the opening of new renal stations; and when he expects to provide additional dialysis in East Lancashire.

 (69163)

205  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what impact the opening of new renal stations in Lancashire will have on the number of patients at Royal Preston Hospital; and if he will make a statement.

 (69217)

206  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to announce the decision on whether to establish a new NHS trust in East Lancashire following the consultation on hospital trusts merger.

 (69159)

207  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for primary care trusts to contribute to a permanent fund for live donors.

 (69162)

208  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of using ICD 10 codes to record traumatic brain injury in hospital accident and emergency departments; and if he will make a statement.

 (68874)

209  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings he has had with Ministers in other departments with regard to (a) child protection in sport and (b) inter-agency working on child protection in sport.

 (69123)

210  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients at the Royal Bournemouth & Poole Hospitals NHS Trust are awaiting treatment with steroids for the management of chronic pain; what financial constraints have affected the availability of the treatments; and if he will make a statement.

 (69063)

211  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is with respect to promoting alternatives to surgery for arthritic knee conditions; and if he will make a statement.

 (69064)

212  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement regarding how the Government will assess whether a hospital is failing.

 (68999)

213  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement regarding the Government's plan to change the management of failing hospitals, with specific reference to having a common pay scale.

 (68996)

214  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on how quickly the management changes in failing hospitals will occur.

 (68997)

215  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on how extensive the management changes in failing hospitals will be.

 (68998)

216  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements are in place to raise awareness about the problem of obesity; what recent representations he has received about obesity; and if he will make a statement.

 (68995)

217  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd July, Official Report, column 429W, on accommodation centres, for what reason he took almost four months to reply.

 (68808)

218  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd July, on accommodation centres, when (a) he and (b) representatives of his Department have discussed the use of the former Royal Air Force Turnhouse site with BAA Lynton; and if he will place in the Library the minutes of the meetings.

 (69194)

219  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what role his Department has played in the (a) release and (b) post-release arrangements of Eden Strang; and if he will make a statement.

 (67855)

220  Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the rate of violent crime was in each government office region at the latest date for which figures are available.

 (68899)

221  Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many ASBOs have been issued by South Yorkshire police in each of the last two years.

 (68866)

222  Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many acceptable behaviour contracts have been issued in South Yorkshire in the last 12 months.

 (68865)

223  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons arriving at a port of entry (a) from Zimbabwe and (b) claiming to be citizens of Zimbabwe from another port of embarkation have been refused entry by immigration officers and returned to Zimbabwe in the last six months for which figures are available.

 (69081)

224  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measurements are used to assess anti-social behaviour; and what targets are given for the police to tackle anti-social behaviour.

 (66891)

225  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to improve the asylum processing procedure.

 (66893)

226  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of the public service agreements of his Department set out in the document Public Services for the Future 1998 have been met; and if he will make a statement.

 (68712)

227  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests have been made as a result of the initiatives undertaken since September in the fight against terrorism; how much expenditure his Department has incurred in pursuing the fight against terrorism in the financial year 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.

 (69188)

228  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the availability of empty housing stock owned by (a) local authorities, (b) housing associations, (c) public sector bodies and (d) the private sector in areas of industrial decline and its suitability to accommodate asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement.

 (68805)

229  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many clandestine entrants were found in (a) freight trains and (b) lorries in each year since 1997.

 (68806)

230  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total value is of the civil penalties issued under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 to the (a) UK and (b) foreign-based transport industry since April 2000.

 (68807)

231  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd November, Official Report, column 444W, on asylum seekers, when the study was commissioned; and if he will publish its conclusions.

 (68800)

232  Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is towards the requirement for preparation of pre-sentence reports by the London Probation Service; and if he will make a statement.

 (68878)

233  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent on English language teaching for (a) those from India and Pakistan settled permanently in the UK and (b) new arrivals with an inadequate grasp of English in each of the past five years broken down by constituency; and if he will make a statement.

 (68881)

234  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of people from (a) India and (b) Pakistan who are permanently settled in the UK and do not have a working knowledge of English.

 (68880)

235  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent communications he has had with voluntary organisations and non-governmental bodies with regard to the cost of Criminal Records Bureau disclosure information checks for volunteers; and if he will make a statement.

 (69130)

236  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the status is of (a) referees and umpires, (b) referees assistants, (c) match officials and (d) others who receive remuneration for their involvement in the context of the Criminal Records Bureau disclosure information checks.

 (69129)

237  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings he has had with Ministers in other departments with regard to (a) child protection in sport and (b) inter-agency working on child protection in sport.

 (69127)

238  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his definition is of a volunteer for whom Criminal Records Bureau disclosure information checks are necessary.

 (69128)

239  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he has put in place to facilitate other departments' involvement in implementing the Criminal Records Bureau disclosure information checks with regard to child protection in sport.

 (69124)

240  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had to increase the Criminal Record Bureau's access to criminal records from other countries with regard to child protection.

 (69125)

241  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will share information with other countries about UK citizens who have been convicted of offences against children.

 (69126)

242  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is towards granting leave to remain on compassionate grounds to people who are receiving NHS treatment for HIV or AIDS.

 (69017)

243  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce a buddy system for immigrants similar to the one practised in Canada.

 (69006)

244  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures the Government has in place to keep track of immigrants who enter the UK; and if he will make a statement.

 (69013)

245  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the definition used for each category of immigrant to the UK; and if the European Union has agreed upon these categorical definitions.

 (69206)

246  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers entered England in the past five years, broken down by country of origin; what proportion this total represented of the total number of immigrants to enter England in these periods; and how many emigrants to England were recorded from each of the countries listed in this period.

 (69210)

247  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will provide a specific grant to subsidise the retail cost of 'The History of Parliament: The House of Commons 1690-1715'.

 (68884)

248  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the House of Commons Commission is collaborating with the History of Parliament Trust and the Humanities Research Institute of the University of Sheffield in producing an electronic version of the House of Commons Journal.

 (68885)

249  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make a statement on the size of the House of Commons Commission's Grant-in-Aid to the History of Parliament Trust for each year since 1995-96.

 (68883)

250  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if the current performance of CDC Capital Partners' chief executive would trigger a bonus payment.

 (69053)

251  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what responses she has received, and when, to her Department's notice seeking expressions of interest from financial advice service providers in providing her Department with financial advice in relation CDC Capital Partners.

 (69057)

252  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the background investigations performed on service providers tendering expressions of interest in providing financial advice in relation to CDC Capital Partners.

 (69046)

253  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what tenders criteria her Department uses in selecting financial advice service providers in relation to CDC Capital Partners.

 (69042)

254  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the real terms expenditure of CDC Capital Partners was on (a) publicity, (b) advertising and (c) press and public relations in each of the financial years since 1997; and what the figures are for the present year.

 (69171)

255  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her assessment is of the implementation CDC Capital Partners privatisation plan.

 (69047)

256  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will renew the contract of CDC Capital Partners' chief executive.

 (69052)

257  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what criteria were used in selecting a financial advice service provider in relation to CDC Capital Partners.

 (69043)

258  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when her Department expects to complete the tender for providing financial advice in relation to CDC Capital Partners.

 (69054)

259  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations her Department has received regarding (a) erosion and (b) soil degradation resulting from the Pacific Rim Plantation.

 (69040)

260  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with CDC Capital Partners' senior executives regarding her Department's tender for financial advisers in relation to CDC Capital Partners.

 (69061)

261  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Treasury regarding her Department's solicitation of financial advice service providers in relation to CDC Capital Partners.

 (69060)

262  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations her Department has received regarding the Pacific Rim Plantations environmental effect on Queen Alexandra's Birdwing butterfly habitat.

 (69039)

263  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations her Department has received regarding private investors' expressions of investment interest in CDC Capital Partners since 1999; and which private investors expressed investment interest and when.

 (69049)

264  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which financial advice service providers followed up on their expressions of interest regarding providing financial advice in relation to CDC Capital Partners; and when the follow-ups took place.

 (69058)

265  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's criteria are for private investors in CDC Capital Partners.

 (69048)

266  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how long the contract is for the financial advice service provider in relation to CDC Capital Partners.

 (69045)

267  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, who (a) has participated and (b) will participate in selecting a financial advice service provider in relation to CDC Capital Partners.

 (69044)

268  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the financial advice service providers with whom her Department is negotiating to provide financial advice in relation to CDC Capital Partners.

 (69059)

269  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of CDC Capital Partners in improving the export competitiveness of lesser developed countries; and if she will make a statement.

 (69172)

270  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when her Department's review period for the financial advice service provider in relation CDC Capital Partners (a) began and (b) ends.

 (69056)

271  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when the contract of CDC Capital Partners' chief executive expires.

 (69051)

272  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the status is of CDC Capital Partners' (a) chief executive and (b) chairman.

 (69050)

273  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the external consultants and advisors retained and used by her Department in respect of its plans to tender for financial advice in relation to CDC Capital Partners.

 (69055)

274  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the abduction of UNHCR nurses from the Sinje refugee camp in Liberia by LURD rebels.

 (68827)

275  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure the adequate provision of food supplies to people living in the northern and central provinces of Mozambique; and if she will make a statement.

 (68816)

276  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how she has responded to the appeal by the UNHCR for emergency assistance for Liberian refugees; and if she will make a statement.

 (68826)

277  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what impact the recent dry weather has had on the production of food in Mozambique; and if she will make a statement.

 (68815)

278  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of the Government's overseas aid budget was spent on low income countries in each year since 1995.

 (68817)

279  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what difficulties have arisen in the provision of humanitarian assistance in Somalia as a result of the recent violence in the country.

 (68814)

280  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department has given to the Government of Syria for the rehabilitation of the country's irrigation system since the collapse of the Zeyzoun dam.

 (68813)

281  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what priority is given to the quality of governance in determining the allocation of financial assistance to overseas countries.

 (68812)

282  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what impact the ban on livestock exports is having on the humanitarian situation in Somalia.

 (68819)

283  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures her Department is taking to (a) help with humanitarian aid and (b) educate people in areas with a high risk of AIDS.

 (67797)

284  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many and what proportion of the public service agreements of her Department set out in the document Public Services for the Future 1998 have been met; and if she will make a statement.

 (68709)

285  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people attended the G8 meeting in Calgary from her Department; and what the total cost of the visit was.

 (68392)

286  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking towards tackling hunger in Zimbabwe.

 (69011)

287  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8th January, Official Report, column 610W, when he will make his final decision about the conduct of Judge Hutton; and if he will make a statement.

 (69131)

288  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the Electoral Commission will be advised of the need to incorporate Gibraltar within a European Constituency in time for the next European Elections; and if he will make a statement.

 (67853)

289  
N  
Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent progress has been made in improving ethnic minority representation in the Police Service for Northern Ireland.

 (67330)

290  
N  
Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress the Northern Ireland Office has made in meeting objectives and targets in its PSA.

 (67332)

291  
N  
Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made by the Northern Ireland Office on political development in Northern Ireland.

 (67334)

292  
N  
Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent progress has been made in improving the gender balance in the Police Service for Northern Ireland.

 (67336)

293  
N  
Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in reviewing PSA targets.

 (67331)

294  
N  
Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made by the Northern Ireland Office with the Small Business Security Grant Scheme.

 (67333)

295  
N  
Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much is set aside for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for
2002-03.

 (67335)

296  
N  
Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in the implementation of the Belfast Agreement during 2001-02.

 (67337)

297  Lembit O­pik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the operation of CCTV cameras in the Short Strand area of East Belfast; and if he will make a statement.

 (68928)

298  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the President of the Council, how many questions to Ministers for Written Answer have been tabled this session by the honourable Member for Buckingham; and what has been the cost of responding to them.

 (68868)

299  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, whether special advisers are permitted to amend draft answers to written parliamentary questions prepared by civil servants in order to add a political dimension.

 (67694)

300  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, how many representations he has received since 1st January 2001 regarding Sellafield; and what steps he has taken as a consequence.

 (67640)

301  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will describe the stages in the administrative process followed in his Office following the receipt of a written parliamentary question prior to the final answer being provided to the honourable Member.

 (67695)

302  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd July, Official Report, column 330W, on summits, for what reason it was not possible for him to state the budget for the trip to the G8 Summit in June and the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in March.

 (68655)

303  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will place in the Library a copy of the conclusions reached by Andersen in their commissioned role as joint reporting accountants and assessors of BNFL's finances; when the reports were first delivered to her Department; and if she will make a statement.

 (67641)

304  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what security measures will be enforced to ensure the safe passage of the pending shipment of MOX plutonium via sea from Japan to the United Kingdom; and with whom this responsibility lies.

 (69134)

305  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many tonnes of nuclear waste was imported and reprocessed in the UK in each year since 1997; and what the projected amount is in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004.

 (69037)

306  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what security measures are employed, and at what cost, during the transportation of nuclear waste within the UK.

 (69133)

307  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department has taken to (a) review and (b) increase security measures for (i) nuclear facilities and (ii) transportation of nuclear materials including (A) MOX plutonium and (B) nuclear waste following the terrorist attacks on 11th September 2001.

 (69138)

308  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much nuclear waste was (a) generated and (b) reprocessed within the UK in each year since 1997.

 (69034)

309  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations her Department has received concerning the adequacy of security provision in the event of (a) an accident and (b) a terrorist attack involving the transportation of nuclear waste in (i) an urban and (ii) a rural environment.

 (69137)

310  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what testing procedures are employed, and at what cost, to ensure the safety of storage flasks used in the transportation of nuclear waste.

 (69038)

311  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations her Department has received concerning the length of time a train carrying nuclear waste may safely be left stationary and the (a) environmental and (b) health implications if this timescale is exceeded.

 (69041)

312  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many tonnes of nuclear waste were transported by rail in the UK in each year since 1997; and what was (a) the source and (b) the destination of the waste.

 (69135)

313  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what sanctions exist for energy companies which carry out transfers of fuel supply without customers' consent.

 (68822)

314  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government will take to replace the loss of revenue in urban post offices arising from moves towards automated credit transfer in pensions and benefits.

 (68828)

315  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment the Government has made of the trend in the number of transfers of fuel supply by energy companies without customers' consent.

 (68821)

316  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will require fuel companies' staff to be trained in consumer protection laws which relate to the fuel industry.

 (68823)

317  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the impact the Universal Bank will have on the number of post offices in urban areas.

 (68829)

318  Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to reduce the regulatory burden on public houses.

 (68867)

319  Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been paid in England and Wales by the Government in recompense for legal fees to solicitors in respect of industrial compensation claims for (a) vibration white finger and (b) chest disease for former mine-workers, (i) in total and (ii) broken down by (A) individual legal practices and (B) parliamentary constituency.

 (68875)

320  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average number of working hours per week is for full-time UK workers; what information she collates on the EU average for full-time workers; and what plans she has to move the UK average closer to the EU average.

 (66900)

321  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many and what proportion of the public service agreements of her Department set out in the document Public Services for the Future 1998 have been met; and if she will make a statement.

 (68708)

322  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much grant was paid to subsidise the retail cost of the Report of an Inquiry into the export of defence equipment and dual-use goods to Iraq and related prosecutions.

 (68887)

323  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she is taking to improve corporate attitudes to health and safety.

 (69173)

324  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received with regard to (a) introducing regulation in an attempt to prevent fraud by corporate executives, and (b) introducing penalties to further discourage fraud by corporate executives; and if she will make a statement.

 (69080)

325  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what deadline the Government have set for NTL to build a new cable and digital network to broadcast the channels of the Digital Terrestrial Alliance; and by what date NTL will put into operation their new digital and cable network.

 (69073)

326  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations she has received from British Business regarding the review of British accounting.

 (69074)

327  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) conditions and (b) restrictions will be placed on the BBC and Crown Castle in their promotion of digital television via marketing strategies.

 (69075)

328  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what extra financing has been secured for regional development agencies to create positive job creation in the manufacturing sector.

 (69076)

329  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses by introducing regulations that would lapse after a certain time period.

 (69077)

330  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to deal with complaints about mortgages in the financial year 2001-02, with specific reference to dual mortgage rates.

 (69078)

331  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what extra resources have been granted to the Official Receiver to ensure that the distinction between culpable and non-culpable bankrupts under the Enterprise Bill can be made.

 (69079)

332  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent steps have been taken to support British manufacturing.

 (69214)

333  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to modify the public procurement policy so public bodies have to buy local fresh food; what recent representations she has had on this subject; and if she will make a statement.

 (69016)

334  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the level of rail expertise in the Mersey Passenger Transport Authority.

 (69121)

335  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on rolling stock replacement on Merseyrail.

 (69120)

336  Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many vessels with hazardous cargoes have been allowed to transit a compulsory pilotage district since 12th December 2001 (a) in total and (b) without an authorised pilot on board.

 (68763)

337  Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how he defines a significant accident in the context of MAIB investigations.

 (68749)

338  Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to establish a marine regulatory body.

 (68751)

339  Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what contraventions of the Pilotage Act 1987 there have been in the Humber Estuary in the last five years.

 (68753)

340  Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which body will determine the competence of a Competent Harbour Authority under the terms of the Pilotage Act 1987; and what criteria this body will apply.

 (68750)

341  Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many times a ship's authorised pilot has debarked inside a compulsory pilotage district in the last five years.

 (68752)

342  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the progress of construction of the Birmingham Northern Relief Road.

 (66890)

343  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his policy is on the provision of transport infrastructure to large stadiums.

 (67263)

344  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many and what proportion of the public service agreements of his Department set out in the document Public Services for the Future 1998 have been met; and if he will make a statement.

 (68718)

345  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place a copy in the Library of the TRANSCO health and safety official report into the gas explosion in Newton Heath, Manchester on 17th November 2001.

 (68096)

346  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 1st July, Official Report, column 104W, on the Urban Bus Challenge Fund, if he will list the wards served by the projects which were given awards as part of the Urban Bus Challenge.

 (69181)

347  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the average frequency of buses in London during (a) peak, (b) off-peak and (c) night bus services was in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999.

 (69182)

348  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made as to the disruption to traffic caused by road and bridge maintenance in London in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999.

 (69183)

349  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many people whose cars were untaxed had enforcement action taken against them in each of the last five years.

 (69175)

350  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action he is taking to reduce numbers of untaxed cars on the road.

 (69174)

351  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to require the DVLC to introduce (a) on-line and (b) telephone notification of untaxed cars.

 (69176)

352  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales concerning the backlog in processing the results of TB tests; and if he will make a statement.

 (68920)

353  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 19th November 2001, Official Report, column 145W, on preserved rights residents, if he will give comparable figures for the previous three years for which figures are available.

 (67697)

354  Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to analyse the potential effects of council tax revaluation on the levels of council tax benefit restriction; and if he will make a statement.

 (68906)

355  Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to adjust arrangements for council tax benefit restriction (a) thresholds and (b) caps in 2003-04.

 (68889)

356  Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the measures that have been introduced by this Government to make it easier for people with disabilities to gain employment; how many residents in (a) Glasgow, Pollok and (b) the City of Glasgow Council area have benefited from each of these proposals; how many people with disabilities in (i) Glasgow, Pollok and (ii) the City of Glasgow are seeking work; and if he will make a statement.

 (68804)

357  Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the recent changes to the benefit linking rules; and how many people have taken advantage of these in (a) Glasgow, Pollok, (b) the City of Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) the United Kingdom.

 (68809)

358  Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to ensure that the rules for those receiving benefits and undertaking voluntary work do not prevent them receiving their benefits; and if he will make a statement.

 (68754)

359  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to reinstate benefits following suspension was in the Portsmouth South constituency in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (69069)

360  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants, broken down by age group, have had their benefits suspended in the Portsmouth South constituency for failing to keep an appointment at a Jobcentre in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (69068)

361  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the reasons for the suspension of benefits in the Portsmouth South constituency in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (69067)

362  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many suspensions of benefits were reversed following evidence of the medical condition of the applicant in the Portsmouth South constituency in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

 (69066)

363  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of the public service agreements of his Department set out in the document Public Services for the Future 1998 have been met; and if he will make a statement.

 (68715)

364  Martin Linton (Battersea): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will change the rules on payment of interest on mortgages for social security claimants, with special reference to pensioners, where the difference between the average local rate and the standard national rate is greater than two per cent.

 (69062)

365  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the number of children leaving local authority care homes that go on to claim social security benefits in the last year for which figures are available; and what recent research his Department has published into the number of children leaving local authority care homes that go on to claim social security benefits.

 (68986)

366  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when Pension Service staff (a) based in local pension surgeries and (b) carrying out home visits will be able to access central Pension Service IT records; and what arrangements for accessing pensioner records and adding new details will be in place until then.

 (68987)

367  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what circumstances a pensioner requesting a home visit through the Pension Service would be denied one.

 (68988)

368  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the recently started pension inquiry will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the methodology of this inquiry.

 (68993)

369  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the Government's pension policy will be reviewed to take account of the overestimation of contributions; and if he will make a statement.

 (68994)

370  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the supply of military equipment to Somalia from the UK.

 [Transferred]   (68820)

371  Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what risk assessment has been made regarding the safety of sub-aqua divers from Portland and Weymouth should the search and rescue helicopter at Portland be moved to Lee-on-Solent.

 [Transferred]   (69072)

372  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether an application was made by Harvey Logistics/Harvey Military Supplies in 2001 for the export of mortar bombs and parts of mortar primers to Namibia.

 [Transferred]   (68811)

373  Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Cabinet Office, what his policy is on the inclusion of Civil Servants within national pay scales.

 [Transferred]   (68894)

374  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used to determine which asylum seekers from Zimbabwe are allowed to stay in Great Britain until the new elections in Zimbabwe; and when they will be required to return to Zimbabwe.

 [Transferred]   (69005)

375  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes are planned to the criteria relating to asylum seekers from Zimbabwe.

 [Transferred]   (69007)

376  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) conceptions, (b) maternities and (c) abortions have been recorded for girls (i) over 16 and (ii) in each age cohort under 16.

 [Transferred]   (69004)

377  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visa applications to travel to the UK have been refused by the British High Commission in Zimbabwe in the last six months for which figures are available.

 [Transferred]   (69082)

378  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will order a new inquiry into the death of Helen Smith in Jeddah in May 1979.

 [Transferred]   (68886)

379  Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of unemployment is in each government office region.

 [Transferred]   (68900)



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