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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 15 July 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 15 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.
 


 

MONDAY 15th JULY

1  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many units were disposed of and what the total value was of disposals by registered social landlords in each year since 1997.

 (70275)

2  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which government departments and agencies have (a) adopted and (b) not adopted the revised guidance on securing the better use of empty homes published by the DETR in 1999; and if he will make a statement.

 (70261)

3  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much money from (a) his Department and (b) other government departments has been granted to the Coalfield Regeneration Trust since February 2001.

 (70263)

4  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance he provides to local authorities regarding the provision of services to properties located on unadopted roads.

 (70398)

5  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance his Department gives to local authorities regarding the (a) provision and (b) size of children's play areas.

 (70399)

6  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance he gives to local authorities regarding the adoption of (a) unadopted and (b) un-made roads.

 (70397)

7  Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost was of publishing her Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

 (70474)

8  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received objecting to the term National Stadium being applied to the new Wembley site.

 (70242)

9  Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of publishing his Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

 (70475)

10  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 10th June, Official Report, column 736W, when the review of the in-service date with BAES Marine is expected to be completed; and if he will make a statement.

 (70129)

11  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many artillery hunting radars have been leased from Ericsson to fill the capability gap left by the delay in selecting a bidder; what the total cost was of leasing; and if he will make a statement.

 (70427)

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

 (70428)

13  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on (a) how many Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft he plans to purchase for the RAF, (b) how many aircraft there will be in each tranche to be ordered and (c) when confirmation for each tranche is planned to be completed; and what the equivalent plans were for Eurofighter procurement as at November 1998.

 (69862)

14  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the forecast cost of demonstration and manufacture phase as at 31st March (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and (f) 2002 for the (i) Tornado F3—weapon system upgrade (ii) Sea Harrier FRS1 to F/A2 conversions, (iii) Next Generation Anti-Armour Weapon and (iv) Eurofighter Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids.

 (69569)

15  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on members of the armed forces using mobile telephones for personal purposes on deployments and operations.

 (69524)

16  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) approved cost of assessment phase at initial gate, (b) actual cost of assessment phase, (c) approved cost of demonstration and manufacture phase at main gate and (d) approved in-service date at main gate for the (i) Tornado F3 - weapon system upgrade, (ii) Sea Harrier FRS1 to F/A2 conversions, (iii) Next Generation Anti-Armour Weapon and (iv) Eurofighter Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids.

 (69561)

17  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the forecast in-service date was as at 31st March (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and (f) 2002 for the (i) COBRA (Counter Battery Radar), (ii) Chinook MSH/HC2A, (iii) Chinook MSH/HC3, (iv) BR 90 Bridge Systems, (v) SHIELDER, (vi) Combined Arms Tactical Trainer and (vii) Medium and Light Utility truck.

 (69567)

18  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the forecast cost of demonstration and manufacture phase as at 31st March (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and (f) 2002 for the (i) E3D Sentry—Radar System Improvement Programme, (ii) Skynet 4 Stage 2 and (iii) Skynet 5.

 (69570)

19  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the forecast cost of demonstration and manufacture phase as at 31st March (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and (f) 2002 for the (i) Type 23 Frigate, (i) Single-role Minehunter, (iii) Sting Ray Torpedo, (iv) Sonar 2087 Type 45 Destroyer, (v) Seawolf Block 2; C-17, (vi) Auxiliary Oiler, (vii) Vanguard Class and (viii) Trident II.

 (69568)

20  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what showering and washing facilities are in place for British armed forces personnel serving in Afghanistan; when these facilities were installed; and whether hot water was available.

 (69521)

21  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) date of initial gate, (b) target date for main gate approval and (c) approved cost of assessment phase at initial gate for the (i) future Carrier-Bourne aircraft, (ii) future Carrier, (iii) Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System, (iv) Lightweight Mobile Artillery Weapon System (Gun) and (v) Microwave Landing System.

 (69554)

22  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) date of initial gate, (b) target date for main gate approval and (c) date of main gate approval for the (i) E3D Sentry - Radar System Improvement Programme, (ii) Skynet 4 Stage 2 and (iii) Skynet 5.

 (69558)

23  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) approved cost of assessment phase at initial gate, (b) actual cost of assessment phase, (c) approved cost of demonstration and manufacture phase at main gate and (d) approved in-service date at main gate for the (i) E3D Sentry—Radar System Improvement programme, (ii) Skynet 4 Stage 2 and (iii) Skynet 5.

 (69562)

24  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the operational status of HMS Bridport is; and when the vessel entered service.

 (69520)

25  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) date of initial gate, (b) target date for main gate approval and (c) date of main gate approval for the (i) Tornado F3 - weapon system upgrade, (ii) Sea Harrier FRS1 to F/A2 conversions, (iii) Next Generation Anti-Armour Weapon and (iv) Eurofighter Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids.

 (69557)

26  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the forecast in-service date as at 31st March (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and (f) 2002 for the (i) Tornado F3—weapon system upgrade, (ii) Sea Harrier FRS1 to F/A2 conversions, (iii) Next Generation Anti-Armour Weapon and (iv) Eurofighter Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids.

 (69565)

27  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the forecast in-service date as at 31st March (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and (f) 2002 for the (i) COBRA (Counter Battery Radar), (ii) Chinook MSH/HC2A, (iii) Chinook MSH/HC3, (iv) BR 90 Bridge Systems, (v) SHIELDER; Combined Arms Tactical trainer and (vi) Medium and Light Utility truck.

 (69563)

28  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) date of initial gate, (b) target date for main gate approval and (c) date of main gate approval for the (i) COBRA (Counter Battery Radar), (ii) Chinook MSH/HC2A, (iii) Chinook MSH/HC3, (iv) BR 90 Bridge Systems, (v) SHIELDER, (vi) Combined Arms Tactical Trainer and (vii) Medium and Light Utility truck.

 (69555)

29  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the forecast in-service date was as at 31st March (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and (f) 2002 for the (i) E3D Sentry—Radar Improvement Programme, (ii) Skynet 4 Stage 2 and (iii) Skynet 5.

 (69566)

30  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the forecast in-service date as at 31st March (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and (f) 2002 for the (i) Type 23 Frigate, (ii) Single-role minehunter, (iii) Sting Ray Torpedo, (iv) Sonar 2087 Type 45 Destroyer, (iv) Seawolf Block 2, (vi) C-17, (vii) Auxiliary Oiler, (viii) Vanguard Class and (ix) Trident II.

 (69564)

31  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the repair of HMS Nottingham; and for how long he anticipates the ship will be out of service.

 (69519)

32  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what charges are made for (a) food and (b) accommodation for British armed forces personnel serving in Afghanistan.

 (69523)

33  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) date of initial gate, (b) target date for main gate approval and (c) date of main gate approval for the (i) Type 23 Frigate, (ii) single-role, (iii) Minehunter, (iv) Sting Ray Torpedo, (v) Sonar 2087 Type 45 Destroyer, (vi) Seawolf Block 2, (vii) C-17, (viii) Auxiliary Oiler, (ix) Vanguard Class and (x) Trident II.

 (69556)

34  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he list the (a) approved cost of assessment phase at initial gate, (b) actual cost of assessment phase, (c) approved cost of demonstration and manufacture phase at main gate and (d) approved in-service date at main gate for the (i) Type 23 Frigate, (ii) Single-role Minehunter, (iii) Sting Ray torpedo, (iv) Sonar 2087 Type 45 Destroyer, (v) Seawolf Block 2, (vi) C-17, (vii) Auxiliary Oiler, (viii) Vanguard Class and (ix) Trident II.

 (69560)

35  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what latrine facilities are in place for British armed forces personnel serving in Afghanistan.

 (69522)

36  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) approved cost of assessment phase at initial gate, (b) actual cost of assessment phase, (c) approved cost of demonstration and manufacture phase at main gate and (d) approved in-service date at main gate for the (i) COBRA (Counter Battery Radar), (ii) Chinook MSH/HC2A, (iii) Chinook MSH/HC3, (iv) BR 90 Bridge Systems, (v) SHIELDER, (vi) Combined Arms Tactical Trainer and (vii) Medium and Light Utility truck.

 (69559)

37  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many hours were booked for low flying broken down by (a) day flights, (b) night flights and (c) by NATO airforce within low flying areas 16 and 20T since 1995.

 (70325)

38  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the locations and dates of periods of covert monitoring of low-flying operations conducted by Royal Air Force police (a) with and (b) without Skyguard deployment since 1993 within Low Flying Area 16 and 20T.

 (70324)

39  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the military sites in West Sussex.

 (70038)

40  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment has been made of the cost to the defence budget of (a) opening a diagnostic and treatment centre at Haslar and (b) closing it in 2007.

 (69265)

41  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual running cost of the Royal Hospital Haslar was in the last year for which figures are available.

 (69263)

42  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what messing, accommodation and recreational facilities will be available for service personnel to be based at Queen Alexandra Hospital Cosham if the proposed expansion through a private finance initiative takes place.

 (69267)

43  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at what value the Royal Hospital Haslar is assessed.

 (69262)

44  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what messing, accommodation and recreational facilities are available to service personnel based at Birmingham hospitals.

 (69266)

45  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the financial arrangements are between the Ministry of Defence and the National Health Service relating to the Royal Hospital Haslar.

 (69264)

46  
N  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures he is taking to improve support for service personnel on their return to civilian life.

 (66976)

47  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps have been taken to (a) ensure that the Defence Medical Services are able to deal with the problems of servicemen whilst still in the armed forces and (b) make the DMS more approachable.

 (70130)

48  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps are being taken to help the ex-services Mental Welfare Society locate veteran rough sleepers in the UK.

 (70131)

49  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the reasons for the closure of the Duchess of Kent Psychiatric Hospital Catterick in April 2003; what will happen to the patients there; and if he will review the decision to close the hospital.

 (70133)

50  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service psychiatric hospitals there are in the UK; and what proposals there are to open more hospitals for servicemen.

 (70132)

51  Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost was of publishing her Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

 (70476)

52  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent on school transport per secondary pupil in each English local education authority in each of the last five years; and how many secondary pupils there were in each local authority.

 (68170)

53  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils in secondary education in England there were and; how many and what percentage of pupils were in fee paying (a) secondary and (b) primary schools, broken down by sex, in each of the last three years.

 (68171)

54  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 26th June to the honourable Member for Huddersfield, Official Report, column 910W, on training organisations, what payments were made to each NTO in each financial year since April 1997; and what the sector coverage was of each NTO in March.

 (70295)

55  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the (a) past, (b) current and (c) future funding of (i) HNDs and (ii) HNCs within apprenticeship training.

 (70296)

56  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with the TTA on the reduction in the number of designated recommending bodies for the graduate teacher programme; and if she will make a statement.

 (69863)

57  Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what training is required for teachers to deal with pupils diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia.

 (70156)

58  Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost was to the Student Loan Company to issue cheques to each student in higher education every term in each of the last five years.

 (70155)

59  Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action she is taking to assist adult students who have ADHD and dyslexia.

 (70157)

60  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many SCITT schemes have been funded; and how many graduate teachers they have yielded in each of the last three years.

 (70231)

61  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will give a breakdown of the average proportions of SCITT funding that are directed to the (a) HE partner, (b) school and (c) mentor.

 (70229)

62  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make it her policy to increase the number of schools involved in SCITT programmes.

 (70228)

63  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action she plans to ensure that schools and mentors receive an appropriate proportion of SCITT funding.

 (70230)

64  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers' markets have not re-opened since the foot and mouth crisis last year; where these markets are; and what information she has collated on the reasons why they have not re-opened.

 (70269)

65  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which ports allow animals into the UK through the PETS scheme; and if she plans to extend the number of ports in this scheme.

 (70268)

66  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will announce the results of the tests for Aujeszky's disease taken this month on a number of premises in Lancashire, Cheshire, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, West Sussex and Lincolnshire.

 (70267)

67  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average increase in mooring rates charged by British Waterways was for each region in England in each year since 1997.

 (70148)

68  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the terms of reference are of British Waterways Project Clearwater

 (70147)

69  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultation has been carried out by British Waterways on their latest review of mooring charges.

 (70150)

70  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criteria are applied by British Waterways in determining a market rent for residential and non-residential moorings.

 (70149)

71  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) highest and (b) lowest residential mooring annual charge in London was in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) 2001-02.

 (70144)

72  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what average price for (a) residential and (b) non-residential moorings was charged by British Waterways in each region in England in 2001-02.

 (70143)

73  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what forecasts have been made by British Waterways of the (a) number, (b) cost and (c) distribution of residential and non-residential moorings in London as a consequence of their review of licence and permit conditions.

 (70146)

74  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average percentage change has been in residential and non-residential mooring fees in London since 1997; and what average percentage change is planned for 2002-03.

 (70145)

75  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations her Department has received about the issue of the unsustainable bushmeat trade and its inclusion in the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

 (70302)

76  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to raise the issue of the unsustainable bushmeat trade at the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species.

 (70301)

77  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement about her Department's intention to include the issue of the unsustainable bushmeat trade in her preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

 (70300)

78  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has for the latest machinery for monitoring and checking bags to tackle the illegal trade of bushmeat into the UK.

 (70306)

79  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has made to the Department for International Development to establish a joint approach to tackling the unsustainable bushmeat trade.

 (70303)

80  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department plans to support Type 2 Initiatives arising from the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

 (70310)

81  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department has approached governments in countries in Central and West Africa to establish mechanisms to control the illegal international trade in bushmeat.

 (70305)

82  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received from Mr Clive Laurence from Ciel Logistics; and if her officials intend to meet him to discuss the illegal trade in bushmeat.

 (70308)

83  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department has plans to form a partnership with countries in Central and West Africa to tackle the trade in illegal meat imports.

 (70304)

84  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on those groups which are involved in illegally importing bushmeat into the UK.

 (70307)

85  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason the (a) Create and (b) Lightswitch grant regimes administered by the Energy Saving Trust were discontinued; and what will replace them with respect to schools.

 (70227)

86  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what waste products are produced when plastic products are disposed of by (a) incineration and (b) burial in landfill sites.

 (70258)

87  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the health effects on (i) humans, (ii) animals and (iii) plants caused by the disposal of plastic products.

 (70259)

88  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what controls are in place on the spraying of organic foods with chemicals by (a) wholesalers and (b) retailers.

 (70245)

89  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will introduce legislation to compel the use of biodegradable materials for packaging of goods.

 (70260)

90  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proposals she has for reducing householders' use of plastic products that are not biodegradable.

 (70257)

91  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what countryside stewardship schemes are available for small dairy farmers.

 (70246)

92  Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made of the egg industry's ability to pay the cost of implementing the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002.

 (70336)

93  Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has made to the EU in respect of the Doha Development Agenda negotiations in order to prevent loss of competitiveness in the UK egg industry from (a) increased domestic regulatory costs and (b) reducing barriers to trade.

 (70335)

94  Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to make compensation available to egg producers in respect of the capital cost of converting from egg production in cage systems to egg production in non-cage systems.

 (70334)

95  Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether UK procedures in this country will be permitted to continue using conventional egg laying cases until the EU deadline of 1st January 2012 as provided for by Council Directive 1999/74/EC.[R]

 (70337)

96  Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has made to the EU in respect of the Doha Development Agenda negotiations to prevent goods entering the UK that are produced by standards of hygiene and animal welfare lower than in the UK.

 (70338)

97  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to increase the numbers of vets employed by the State Veterinary Service.

 (70265)

98  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Fisheries Minister next intends to meet the Scottish White Fish Producers Association.

 (70333)

99  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of the revised European Waste Catalogue and Hazardous Waste List on UK business.

 (70272)

100  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to issue special waste carriers licences to transport end-of-life electrical items that have been reclassified as hazardous waste.

 (70273)

101  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, further to her Answer of 8th July 2002, Official Report, column 685W, on department-sponsored organisations, what plans she has to ensure that organisations sponsored by her Department are given their budgets prior to the beginning of the financial year.

 (70294)

102  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department gives to local authorities regarding the granting of planning permission on (a) flood plains and (b) areas considered at risk from flooding.

 (70411)

103  
N  
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much modulated match funds have been allocated to each devolved administration within the UK to fund the Rural Development Plan each year since the programme commenced.

 (69571)

104  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd January, Official Report, column 933W, when the research study by CBD Porton Down into the dose effect profiles for organophosphate sheep dips on brain electrical activity and sensitive behaviour indices in non-human primates will be completed.

 (69407)

105  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax incentives exist to encourage donations of medicines to developing countries by UK-based pharmaceutical companies.

 (70495)

106  Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of publishing his Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

 (70486)

107  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer which private companies received grants over £1 million from his Department in each of the last three years, indicating the (a) amount and (b) purpose.

 (70262)

108  
N  
Alan Howarth (Newport East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much irrecoverable VAT was paid, in each of the last three years for which information is available, in respect of the activities of the university museums and galleries which have collections that have been designated by Resource as outstanding.

 (70039)

109  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of his reply to the letter from the FSA Consumer Panel on their report into basic bank accounts.

 (70266)

110  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the real rate of return on equity shares quoted on the London stock exchange has been since 1st May 1997.

 (70075)

111  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what methodology the Inland Revenue is using to assess the number of individuals claiming non-domicile tax status; what the cost is of such status; what other work is being undertaken as a result of the review announced in paragraph 5.83 of the 2002 Budget; and if he will make a statement.

 (70274)

112  Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost was of publishing his Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

 (70477)

113  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 8th July, Official Report, columns 650-2W, on export licences, with which countries the Government attaches importance to the maintenance of a strong and dynamic defence relationship.

 (70226)

114  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Turkish Government on their policy on human rights in Turkey; and if he will make a statement.

 (70270)

115  
N  
Geraint Davies (Croydon Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will review the type and level of hardware and training support given to Iranian law enforcers tackling drug smuggling on the Iran/Afghanistan border.

 (66986)

116  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what briefings his Department's environmental attache«s in countries in Central and West Africa have received on the bushmeat trade.

 (70311)

117  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how long his Department allowed for consultation of each consultation document it published in 2001 in (a) electronic and (b) printed form.

 (70453)

118  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether consultation documents published by his Department in 2001 carried the consultation criteria as recommended in the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultations.

 (70454)

119  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in what format his Department has published the results of its 2001 written consultations.

 (70455)

120  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many consultation documents published in 2001 in (a) electronic and (b) printed form his Department has monitored and evaluated in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultations.

 (70456)

121  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many complaints his Department has received about its 2001 consultations in (a) electronic and (b) printed form.

 (70457)

122  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which consultation documents published by his Department in 2001 were not made available as paper copies.

 (70458)

123  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has a designated consultation co-ordinator in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultations.

 (70459)

124  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department sought from the Government of Iraq and its representatives abroad concerning the (a) location of, (b) condition of and (c) justification for the retention of Kurdish prisoners in Iraq since April 1980; and if he will make a statement.

 (70432)

125  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what communications his Department had with the Government of Iraq and its representatives abroad between April 1980 and 2nd August 1990 concerning Kurdish prisoners in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

 (70431)

126  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken since 3rd April 1991 to gain information on Kurdish prisoners in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

 (70434)

127  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidance his Department provides to its personnel regarding statements made in the public press.

 (70036)

128  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's strategy is to secure the release of Kurdish prisoners in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

 (70430)

129  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps his Department has taken since 1st May 1997 to ensure the release of Kurdish prisoners in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

 (70433)

130  
N  
Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the constitutional position within Trinidad and Tobago.

 (68857)

131  Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of publishing his Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

 (70478)

132  
N  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 1st July, Official Report, column 156W, on audiology services, what the cost was to the NHS of purchasing each digital hearing aid under the previous contract; and what the cost is under the newly negotiated contract.

 (69518)

133  Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken by the Surrey and Sussex Health Authority to avoid manipulation of the waiting lists at hospitals in its area.

 (70343)

134  Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in (a) the Surrey and Sussex Health Authority area and (b) the rest of England have not had the treatment to address neurological conditions as recommended by their doctors.

 (70341)

135  Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what process is available to inform doctors and patients as to the state of the waiting lists for (a) neurophysiology and (b) MRI scanning in the Surrey and Sussex Health Authority area.

 (70342)

136  Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time neurologists there are per 100,000 of population in (a) the Surrey and Sussex Health Authority area and (b) the rest of England.

 (70339)

137  Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on the Association of British Neurologists' recommendation that there should be more full-time neurologists per 100,000 of population in (a) the Surrey and Sussex Health Authority area and (b) the rest of England.

 (70340)

138  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of encephalitis tick-borne infection were diagnosed in the UK in each year since 1997.

 (70345)

139  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he is taking to ensure public engagement in the recommendations made by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

 (70254)

140  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the agendas of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation in advance.

 (70252)

141  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to hold Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation meetings in public.

 (70255)

142  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation sub-committees and their members.

 (70253)

143  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to reform the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation; and if he will make a statement.

 (70248)

144  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) patient groups, (b) healthcare professionals, (c) public health consultants and (d) the pharmaceutical industry on the reform of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

 (70251)

145  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in the United States.

 (70256)

146  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the application to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation of the open principles of government.

 (70249)

147  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for public consultation on the process and composition of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

 (70250)

148  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to fill vacant dermatology positions in the NHS; and what plans he has to increase the trainee posts in dermatology.

 (69517)

149  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will answer the Question of 13th June from the honourable Member for Portsmouth South, reference 61670, on Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth; and if he will make a statement.

 (70429)

150  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additions have been made to the originally agreed Private Finance Initiative scheme for the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, which have affected the cost of the initiative; and if he will make a statement.

 (70426)

151  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 27th June, Official Report, column 1075W, on homeless people, what the reasons were for the delay in answering the Question.

 (70232)

152  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many remanded prisoners were transferred under the provisions of section 48 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each of the last six years, including the most recent year for which figures are available.

 (70239)

153  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the bed occupancy rate in acute wards in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each NHS trust was in each of the last six years, including the most recent year for which figures are available.

 (70240)

154  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answers of 25th April and 4th July, Official Report, columns 461W and 571W, if he will reconcile the statement that his Department does not collect statistics on the incidence of individual conditions with the statement that his Department collects and uses a wide range of data on morbidity according to the condition of interest and the context of the question to be answered; and if he will collect statistics on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

 (70396)

155  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 25th April from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Miss Irene Boyd.

 (70347)

156  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the holding reply dated 1st July to Written Question 291 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, when he intends to reply to the letter from the Right honourable Member dated 23rd May with regard to Mr J. Greenhalgh.

 (70348)

157  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many organs were made available for transplant in each of the regional retrieval zones in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001; what the population estimate is for each retrieval zone; and if he will make a statement.

 (69272)

158  Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department had with Glaxo-SmithKline about their decision to cease production of single rubella vaccine.

 (70292)

159  Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if it is the aim of his Department to encourage ways of improving the use of pesticides to minimise residues to the extent that they are not detectable at the point of sale.

 (70141)

160  Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research his Department has undertaken on the causes of (a) ADHD and (b) dyslexia.

 (70153)

161  Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department defines dyslexia as (a) a medical and (b) an educational/learning disorder.

 (70154)

162  Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Department is taking to treat diagnosed (a) children and (b) adults with (i) ADHD and (ii) dyslexia.

 (70152)

163  Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with (a) ADHD and (b) dyslexia.

 (70151)

164  
N  
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve paediatric (a) occupational, (b) physiotherapy and (c) speech and language therapy services in Morecambe and Lunesdale.

 (68939)

165  
N  
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when Morecambe Bay NHS Primary Care Trust will lift its temporary recruitment freeze on speech and language therapists.

 (68938)

166  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about the meaning of accredited training in relation to Minimum Standard 9\7 for homes for older people and Minimum Standard 20\10 for homes for younger adults.

 (70314)

167  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will issue guidance to determine what constitutes regular contact with service users in respect of Care Home Regulations.

 (70318)

168  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what investigations his Department made regarding the capacity of the Criminal Records Bureau to process requests for disclosure before he made his regulations for care home standards.

 (70312)

169  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the availability of qualified staff before implementing Regulation 19(5)(b) in respect of care homes.

 (70315)

170  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the Care Home Regulations make no reference to a requirement for a business and financial plan as specified in the National Minimum Standard for homes for older people 34.5.

 (70317)

171  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under what circumstances the moment (a) when an employee is confirmed in post, (b) when a provisional offer of a job is given and (c) any offer of employment is given will be the trigger for a registered person to seek a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure; and if he will make a statement.

 (70313)

172  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what must be contained in a business and financil plan as specified in National Minimum Standard for older people 34\5.

 (70316)

173  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how often registered persons will be required to review Criminal Records Bureau disclosures in respect of employees and other affected persons in connection with the Care Home Regulations; and if he will make a statement.

 (70320)

174  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the occupational groups the members of which will be considered as persons having regular contact with service users in connection with the Care Home Regulations; and if he will make a statement.

 (70319)

175  Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has conducted into the effects an over-65 age recommendation for pneumococcal vaccination would have on the health of people in Wyre Forest.

 (70223)

176  Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many over-65 year olds have received the pneumococcal vaccination in Wyre Forest in the past five years.

 (70224)

177  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost is of the proposed Private Finance Initiative expansion of Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

 (69268)

178  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the financial arrangements are between the NHS and the Ministry of Defence relating to the cost of running the Royal Hospital, Haslar.

 (69270)

179  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the latest annual running cost was of Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

 (69269)

180  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the National Health Service will be of (a) opening a diagnostic and treatment centre at the Royal Hospital Haslar and (b) closing it in 2007.

 (69271)

181  Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of publishing his Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

 (70479)

182  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to prevent convicted paedophiles from changing their name by (a) deed poll and (b) other legal routes.

 (70037)

183  Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the length of time set by him an applicant for indefinite leave to remain in the UK should normally be required to wait for their application to be considered; and what information about the progress of the application is provided to the applicant during this period.

 (70142)

184  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been refused entry to the United Kingdom because of concerns that they would be sexually exploited in each of the last five years.

 (70282)

185  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there have been of people living in the United Kingdom for offences connected with the trafficking of women in each of the last five years; and of these, how many have been (a) convicted, (b) sentenced to imprisonment and (c) fined or deported.

 (70120)

186  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women in prisons in England and Wales are serving a life sentence for sexual offences.

 (70279)

187  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the policy is of the Metropolitan Police in combatting the trafficking of people into the London area for work in the sex industry.

 (70285)

188  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police authorities in the United Kingdom have a vice unit.

 (70284)

189  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women serving a prison sentence have their children with them in prison; and how many children are living with their mother in prisons in England and Wales.

 (70277)

190  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) male and (b) female prison inmates under the age of 21 years were serving a prison sentence in England and Wales on 1st July.

 (70276)

191  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what policies there are to assist people who have been trafficked into the UK; what financial support is given by the Government to promote such policies; and if he will make a statement.

 (70287)

192  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there is a specific offence in United Kingdom law on the trafficking of human beings; and if he will make a statement.

 (70121)

193  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many number one governors in prisons in England and Wales are women; and in which prisons they are in place.

 (70221)

194  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women from an ethnic minority background hold the rank of prison governor in prisons in England and Wales.

 (70127)

195  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women have been sent to prison in the United Kingdom for living on the earnings of, or for controlling, a prostitute in each of the last five years.

 (70283)

196  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of trafficking of people for the purpose of sexual activities have been investigated by police authorities in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.

 (70286)

197  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women are registered on the Sex Offenders Register.

 (70281)

198  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) male and (b) female prison inmates are held in vulnerable prisoner units in prisons in England and Wales.

 (70280)

199  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) boys and (b) girls aged under 15 years have been cautioned by police officers in the Metropolitan Police Authority for being involved in prostitution in the last 12 months.

 (70271)

200  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women are serving a life sentence in prisons in England and Wales.

 (70278)

201  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 26th June, Official Report, column 886, on the meeting with the French Interior Minister, if he will make a statement on the use of biometric techniques in establishing more secure methods of passport control.

 (66745)

202  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what he estimates to be the social and economic costs in the most recent year for which figures are available of illegal drugs in (a) Wales and (b) Lancashire.

 (70322)

203  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the most recent figures are for the proportion of crime that is drug related in (a) Lancashire, (b) the North West of England and (c) Wales.

 (70321)

204  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) arrested and (b) convicted of drug dealing in (i) Lancashire, (ii) the North West of England and (iii) Wales in the last year for which figures are available.

 (70323)

205  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what format his Department has published the results of its 2001 written consultations.

 (70503)

206  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether consultation documents published by his Department in 2001 carried the consultation criteria as recommended in the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultations.

 (70502)

207  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has a designated consultation co-ordinator in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultations.

 (70501)

208  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many consultation documents published in 2001 in (a) electronic and (b) printed form his Department has monitored and evaluated in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultations.

 (70504)

209  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints his Department has received about its 2001 consultations in (a) electronic and (b) printed form.

 (70505)

210  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which consultation documents published by his Department in 2001 were not made available as paper copies.

 (70506)

211  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long his Department allowed for consultation on each consultation document it published in 2001 in (a) electronic and (b) printed form.

 (70500)

212  Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether businesses that have lost money as a direct result of the failure of the Criminal Records Bureau to meet its published Service Standards will be entitled to compensation.

 (70238)

213  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions relating to the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products from retail outlets to underage persons there were in the last five years in the UK.

 (70406)

214  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he gives to individual police forces regarding priorities in law enforcement.

 (70410)

215  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many road traffic accidents were recorded by each police force on unadopted roads over the past five years.

 (70401)

216  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average (a) number and (b) proportion of each police force was employed in speed enforcement on roads in the last five years.

 (70409)

217  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been applied by UK local authorities in the last year.

 (70404)

218  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions relating to the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products from retail outlets to underage persons there were in the last five years in the UK.

 (70403)

219  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions relating to the sale of alcohol to underage persons (a) by retailers and (b) from licensed premises there were in the last five years in the UK.

 (70402)

220  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions relating to the use of mobile speed cameras there were for each police force in the last five years.

 (70408)

221  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions relating to the use of fixed-site speed cameras there were for each police force in the last five years.

 (70407)

222  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions relating to the sale of alcohol to underage persons (a) by retailers and (b) from licensed premises there were in the last five years in the UK.

 (70405)

223  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers police forces have in respect of road traffic offences carried out on unadopted roads.

 (70400)

224  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons applied for political asylum in 2001; how many of those applicants came to the UK from France; and how many of the asylum seekers who came to the UK via France in 2001 had first applied for asylum in France.

 (69273)

225  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers he has to return asylum seekers to France who have already applied for asylum in that country.

 (69274)

226  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the provisions relating to domestic violence have been applied to allow a foreign national who has married a UK citizen to remain in the UK despite the break-up of that marriage due to domestic violence.

 (70035)

227  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much cannabis a person would have to possess to be able to arrest them for dealing in the drug.

 (70137)

228  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cautions a person will be allowed to receive for possession of cannabis.

 (70138)

229  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many road deaths are estimated to be a result of the influence of cannabis in each of the last three years.

 (70136)

230  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent improvements have been made to speed up the process of application for passports and renewing passports.

 (70134)

231  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to ensure that cannabis is not (a) used and (b) dealt near schools and other places where children are present.

 (70140)

232  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which class A and B drugs are to have sentences for dealing and possession increased; and what the new sentences will be.

 (70139)

233  Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the recent warning by the United Nations on the number of people in Angola facing starvation.

 (70236)

234  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to aid the economy of Burundi; and if she will make a statement.

 (70264)

235  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the (a) World Bank and (b) IMF policy towards states in the Great Lakes region.

 (70328)

236  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information her Department has collated in respect of the recent numbers of extra-judicial killings by the Burundian army; and if she will make a statement.

 (70327)

237  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information she has collated in respect of the humanitarian situation in the Sud-Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if she will make a statement.

 (70329)

238  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the importance of economic factors in respect of the continuing violence in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 (70330)

239  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations her Department has made to (a) the Government of Rwanda and (b) the Rassemblement Congolais pour la Democratie - Goma on the importance of maintaining peace and security in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 (70331)

240  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential for political conflict arising from a shortage of water in northern Africa; and if she will make a statement.

 (70492)

241  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure medicines donated to developing countries are (a) properly labelled and (b) written in the language of the recipient country.

 (70497)

242  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with her counterparts in European Union countries on the World Health Organisation appeal for additional resources to help combat starvation in southern Africa.

 (70494)

243  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what impact a lack of decent transport facilities has had on the supply of clean drinking water to people in sub-Saharan Africa.

 (70491)

244  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure adequate storage facilities for clean water in sub-Saharan Africa.

 (70490)

245  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what records her Department keeps of the (a) quantity and (b) type of medicines donated by UK drugs companies to developing countries.

 (70499)

246  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money the Government has spent on HIV/Aids prevention and treatment programmes in developing countries in each year since 1997.

 (70493)

247  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the impact the donation of free medicines from drug companies has had on local drugs markets in developing countries.

 (70498)

248  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what guidelines exist to ensure that medicines donated by UK drugs companies to developing countries are suitable for the needs of the recipient country.

 (70507)

249  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to prevent the donation of expired and nearly expired medicines to developing countries.

 (70496)

250  Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost was of publishing her Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

 (70480)

251  
N  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on progress towards international development targets.

 (68762)

252  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her oral Answer of 26th June, Official Report, column 866, what the result is of her enquiries into the use of landmines by Afghan cultivators to protect poppy crops; and if she will make a statement.

 (66746)

253  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which consultation documents published by her Department in 2001 were not made available as paper copies.

 (70472)

254  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many complaints her Department has received about its 2001 consultations in (a) electronic and (b) printed form.

 (70471)

255  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in what format her Department has published the results of its 2001 written consultations.

 (70469)

256  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many consultation documents published in 2001 in (a) electronic and (b) printed form her Department has monitered and evaluated in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultations.

 (70470)

257  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has a designated consultation co-ordinator in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultations.

 (70473)

258  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether consultation documents published by her Department in 2001 carried the consultation criteria as recommended in the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultations.

 (70468)

259  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how long her Department allowed for consultation on each consultation document it published in 2001 in (a) electronic and (b) printed form.

 (70467)

260  Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the cost was of publishing his Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

 (70482)

261  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many complaints have been made about the standard of service in the Public Guardianship Office in 2001.

 (70241)

262  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many consultation documents published in 2001 in (a) electronic and (b) printed form his Department has monitered and evaluated in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultations.

 (70463)

263  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many complaints his Department has received about its 2001 consultations in (a) electronic and (b) printed form.

 (70464)

264  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, which consultation documents published by his Department in 2001 were not made available as paper copies.

 (70465)

265  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, in what format his Department has published the results of its 2001 written consultations.

 (70462)

266  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how long her Department allowed for consultation on each consultation document it published in 2001 in (a) electronic and (b) printed form.

 (70460)

267  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, whether his Department has a designated consultation co-ordinator in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultations.

 (70466)

268  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, whether consultation documents published by his Department in 2001 carried the consultation criteria as recommended in the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultations.

 (70461)

269  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Law Society in handling complaints with reference to the reserve powers that are contained in the Access to Justice Act 1999.

 (70243)

270  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what proposals he has for reforming the regulation of legal services.

 (70244)

271  Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost was of publishing his Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

 (70483)

272  
N  
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the national flag of the United Kingdom will be contained within the new identity cards recently announced by the Government to counter election fraud in Northern Ireland.

 (68940)

273  Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst): To ask the President of the Council, pursuant to his Answer of 7th May to the honourable Member of Vale of Clwyd, Official Report, column 74W, on Members' pensions, when the statutory instrument to give effect to the recommendations of the SSRB will be tabled.

 (70293)

274  Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West): To ask the President of the Council, if he will make a statement on E-democracy.

 (68012)

275  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Prime Minister, if his working group on forestry in preparations for the world summit on sustainable development has examined mechanisms for tackling the unsustainable trade in bushmeat.

 (70309)

276  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Oral Answer to the honourable Member for Blackpool South of 10th July, on visitor costs to seaside resorts, to what consultation he referred; and which options cover the question raised.

 (70297)

277  Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West): To ask the Prime Minister, what action he has taken to establish a cross-government sustainable energy unit.

 (70225)

278  
N  
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has received about implementing the recommendations of the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food; and if he will make a statement.

 (69572)

279  Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost was of publishing her Department and its predecessor's annual report for each of the past five years.

 (70484)

280  Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Solicitor General, what the cost was of publishing her Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

 (70481)

281  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Solicitor General, what proportion of allegations of rape made to the police were brought to trial by the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last five years.

 (68798)

282  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Solicitor General, what proportion of rape cases brought to trial by the Crown Prosecution Service resulted in the conviction of the accused in each of the last five years.

 (68799)

283  Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost was of publishing her Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

 (70485)

284  Tony Cunningham (Workington): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make it her policy to take into account the cumulative effect of large numbers of wind farms in areas of outstanding natural beauty when considering planning applications.

 (70247)

285  Valerie Davey (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress is being made on the scheme announced on 17th January to award one-off lump sum payments to members of the Mineworkers Pension Scheme on the lowest pensions.

 (70299)

286  Valerie Davey (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the future of government policy to the coal industry and the imminent expiry of the ECSC treaty.

 (70298)

287  
N  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures she plans to take in response to the Commission's Action Plan for Better Regulation presented to the Seville European Council.

 (70103)

288  
N  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures the Small Business Service is taking to ensure that regulations do not impose unnecessary burdens on small businesses.

 (70100)

289  
N  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of (a) the Better Regulation Task Force and (b) the Ministerial Panel for Regulatory Accountability in strengthening the systems which control the regulatory burden.

 (70099)

290  
N  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has (a) made to and (b) received from the Commission of the European Union regarding the implementation of the recommendations of the Mandelkern Report on better Regulation; and if she will make a statement.

 (70102)

291  
N  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the action which the Regulatory Reform Action Plan (a) has taken and (b) proposes to take for better regulation and reform across Whitehall, local government and health authorities.

 (70101)

292  
N  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of export credit guarantees in 2001 was for environmental technology or services exports.

 (69413)

293  Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what information she collates about the concentration of ownership in (a) regional morning and (b) regional evening newspapers; and if she will make a statement.

 (70135)

294  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer by Chancellor of the Exchequer of 5th July, Official Report, column 628W, when she will lay the relevant regulations before Parliament.

 (70078)

295  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions she has had with the Ofgem board about the development of renewable energy in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

 (70235)

296  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the levels of remuneration for members of the Ofgem board.

 (70234)

297  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the terms of reference are of the Downstream Oil Industry Forum; who the members of the forum are; when the first meeting of the forum will be; who will chair the forum; and if she will make a statement.

 (70326)

298  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assistance has been given to the textile and clothing industry since 1997; what measures are in place to help the textile and clothing industry develop faster and more environmentally-friendly techniques; and what proposals her Department has to support the exports of the textiles and clothing industry's products.

 (70128)

299  Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects the M25 between junctions 7 and 8 to be resurfaced.

 (70344)

300  Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the overall manning level of air traffic controllers at Swanwick has been, expressed as a percentage of optimal manning levels since its opening.

 (70126)

301  Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much time has been lost to flight delays in the London Flight Information Region in each month since January 1999.

 (70124)

302  Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many overload reports have been made by air traffic controllers in the London Flight Information Region in each month since January 1999.

 (70123)

303  Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the full establishment of air traffic controllers in the London Flight Information Region has been in each month of the past three years; and what the current establishment of air traffic controllers is.

 (70122)

304  Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much time has been lost to absenteeism by air traffic controllers in the London Flight Information Region in each month since January 1999.

 (70125)

305  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 28th June to the honourable Member for Bath, Official Report, column 880W, on the Silverstone Bypass, if he will (a) place his letter of direction in the Library, (b) state the component reasons of the wider national interest that justified his decision and (c) state the category of direction; and if he will make a statement.

 (70237)

306  Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the cost was of publishing his Department and its predecessor's annual report for each of the past five years.

 (70487)

307  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the estimated costs were in 2001-02 of the new system of bereavement benefits under the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999, broken down by gains or losses to (a) widowers, (b) widows and (c) those without dependent children.

 (69200)

308  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many bereavement payments were made to (a) widows and (b) widowers in 2001-02; and what the total cost was.

 (69195)

309  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many self-employed people receive the full basic state pension; and what percentage of the total this is.

 (69196)

310  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of (a) men and (b) women had contributed to national insurance for under 25% of the years required to receive the full basic state pension in the latest 12 months for which figures are available.

 (69197)

311  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of (a) men and (b) women receive the full basic state pension.

 (69198)

312  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the take-up and cost of widowed fathers who have claimed the new widowed parents allowance over the last 12 months.

 (69199)

313  Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost was of publishing his Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

 (70488)

314  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were (a) awarded and (b) refused (i) disability living allowance, (ii) attendance allowance and (iii) incapacity benefit on initial application in each of the last 10 years.

 (70076)

315  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were awarded (a) disability living allowance, (b) attendance allowance and (c) incapacity benefit on (i) review of initial application and (ii) appeal of initial application in each of the last 10 years.

 (70077)

316  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff were employed by local authorities to investigate suspicions of fraud involving housing or council tax benefit in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2000-01.

 (69861)

317  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action is being taken to examine the records in the National Insurance record system to check whether they might relate to bogus identities; and how many records have been checked and over what time period.

 (69857)

318  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many successful prosecutions for fraud involving housing or council tax benefit were undertaken by local authorities in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2000-01.

 (69859)

319  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many prosecutions for fraud were undertaken by staff employed by his Department and its agencies in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2000-01; and how many of these were successful.

 (69858)

320  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many records on the National Insurance record system, relating to bogus identities, were notified to via his Department's National Identity Fraud Unit in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02.

 (69860)

321  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the value would be of the 25 pence age addition to the retirement pension if it had been increased in each year since its introduction in line with (a) prices and (b) average earnings.

 (70233)

322  Mr Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings & Rye): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners in the Hastings and Rye constituency who will benefit from (a) the guaranteed credit and (b) the savings credit when the pensioner credit provisions take effect in April 2003.

 (70332)

323  
N  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will amend the Child Support (Maintenance and Special Cases) Regulations 1992, Schedule 1 Part II Para 7, to exclude working families' tax credit awards from the assessment of child support maintenance.

 (70097)

324  
N  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take measures to allow the payment of child benefit to continue beyond 12 weeks when parents choose to have a child educated in a country outside the European Economic Area without the written approval of the school which the child previously attended; and if he will make a statement.

 (70098)

325  
N  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received about the inclusion of working families' tax credit awards in the assessment of child support maintenance.

 (70096)

326  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 11th June from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Miss G. Persse.

 (70346)

327  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 26th June, Official Report, column 1058W, to the honourable Member for the Isle of Wight, on benefits (payment methods), in what order customers of particular benefits will be transferred to payment via automated credit transfer.

 (70413)

328  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of benefits in (a) Roxburgh and Berwickshire and (b) Tweedle, Ettrick and Lauderdale there are, broken down by the method of payment.

 (70416)

329  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of benefit recipients receive payments via bank or building society accounts or girocheque broken down by benefit type.

 (70414)

330  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people receive their (a) state pension, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) disability living allowance and (d) invalid care allowance via automated credit transfer and encashment of girocheques broken down by constituency.

 (70415)

331  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place a copy of his reply to the letter from the FSA Consumer Panel on their report into basic bank accounts in the Library.

 (70412)

332  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action is being taken to mitigate the risk presented by the modernisation of benefits payments by his Department.

 (70422)

333  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at what level the stability of the assumption that universal banking services will be established on time has been identified in process stage 1 of the DWP Risk Management Framework.

 (70417)

334  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at what level in the risk ranking and evaluation of process stage 2 of the DWP Risk Management Framework, the controllability of the risk concerning the modernisation of payments and controlling the potential for escalation is considered to be.

 (70419)

335  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to whom the modernisation of benefits payments is risk-assigned.

 (70424)

336  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what contingency plans are in place for April 2003 should the Universal Bank not be established on time.

 (70423)

337  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which minister in his Department is responsible for monitoring the risk presented by the modernisation of payments.

 (70421)

338  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if, in the risk ranking and evaluation of process stage 2 of the DWP Risk Management Framework, the modernisation of payments risk is considered a red, amber or green risk.

 (70418)

339  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the modernisation of payments is considered a risk managed at strategic level.

 (70420)

340  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been made of the risk presented by the modernisation of payments in process stage 1 of the DWP Risk Management Framework were the assumption to turn out wrong.

 (70425)

341  Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Cabinet Office, what the cost was of publishing his Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

 (70489)



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