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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 16 July 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 16 July 2002, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 

TUESDAY 16th JULY

1  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when his Department intends to establish an e-mail press release service similar to that previously provided by the former Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions.

 (70656)

2  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on how many occasions a local authority has put into the public domain the confidential draft of the local authority's corporate governance inspection by the Audit Commission prior to publication; and what action he intends to take against such local authorities.

 (69692)

3  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what action he is taking to restrict the erection of telecommunication masts in residential areas.

 (70159)

4  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will place in the Library the studies of licensing regulations in European and US cities made by her Department and the Home Office, in the course of preparing the White Paper 'Time for Reform', and since.

 (69289)

5  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the contribution made by volunteers in the field of sports coaching.

 (70666)

6  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to transfer MoD posts to DARA, Almondbank.

 (69282)

7  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the content was of the applicable regulation in force concerning the qualifying age for a private in the army to carry a weapon when engaged on general security duties in each year since 1994; and how (a) general security duties, (b) weapon, (c) engaged and (d) carrying are defined for the purposes of such regulation.

 (69286)

8  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the variation in maintenance costs between the engines on the Harrier GR8 and the GR8A.

 (70161)

9  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Israeli Government about their interest in the Joint Strike Fighter.

 (70165)

10  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the (a) Brazilian and (b) Argentinian governments about a possible sale of HMS Fearless.

 (70163)

11  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the re-tendering process for the engines for the A600M; what EU funding is available to (a) Pratt and Whitney and (b) Rolls Royce to assist with research and development of bids for the A600M engine project; and when he will announce the outcome of the re-tendering process for the A600M engines.

 (70162)

12  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to seek an inflight vectoring capability from Joint Strike fighters.

 (70166)

13  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will publish his review of ECGD funding for defence projects.

 (70160)

14  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilians are deployed on aircraft carriers; and how many were deployed in 1987.

 (70164)

15  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the damage to HMS Nottingham from collision with a rock off Australia.

 (69409)

16  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what action he will take to inform ex-servicemen demobbed in 1952 of entitlement to war benefit; and if he will make a statement.

 (70560)

17  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many places there were in each state grammar school in each English local education authority; what percentage this represented of the total number of secondary school places in these local authorities; and how many and what percentage of children was entered for the admission test for each of these schools in each of the last three years.

 (68172)

18  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils were not allocated the secondary school of their first, second and third preference in the last three years; and if she will make a statement.

 (70665)

19  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils who wanted co-educational secondary education were put in single sex schools in the last three years; and if she will make a statement.

 (70664)

20  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will review the funding formula for specialist schools in respect of the threshold of 1,200 pupils; and if she will extend the funding so that every child attracts the same funding.

 (70613)

21  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to correspondence from the honourable Member for Tiverton and Honiton concerning Mrs G. Gilbert, reference 163248.

 (70365)

22  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research she has commissioned and what assessment she has made of evidence on how high standards of farm animal welfare can be incorporated in an economically viable manner in her strategy for the future of farming.

 (70611)

23  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to improve safety on public footpaths and other rights of way that are (a) poorly lit, (b) in desolate areas and (c) in areas where crime is above average.

 (69410)

24  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps the Department has taken to open (a) more footpaths in the countryside and (b) more private land to the public.

 (69411)

25  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) discussions the Department has had with private landowners and (b) steps it has taken to encourage private landowners to open their land to the public.

 (69412)

26  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she last discussed the French beef ban with (a) the French Agriculture Minister, (b) the Scottish Executive, (c) the EU Commission and (d) the Prime Minister.

 (69283)

27  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received from NFU Scotland with respect to the defence of Scottish agricultural interests in the European Union.

 (69284)

28  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received from the Scottish Executive with respect to the defence of Scottish agricultural interests in the European Union.

 (69285)

29  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many invoices remain to be paid to contractors over work carried out on foot and mouth; how many contractors are owed money; how many companies are owed over (a) 10 per cent., (b) 20 per cent., (c) 30 per cent., (d) 40 per cent., (e) 50 per cent., (f) 60 per cent., (g) 70 per cent. and (h) 80 per cent. of invoices submitted to her Department; what the length of period is of unpaid invoices; how much has been paid on account of unpaid invoices; how many contractors have money paid on account; and what the percentage terms are per contractor.

 (70167)

30  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library the latest scientific advice that she has received on the justification for the 20 day rule on livestock movements.

 (70112)

31  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to review the 20-day standstill rules on animal movement; and if she will make a statement.

 (70113)

32  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action the Government has taken to ameliorate the problem of (a) leylandii and (b) other rapid growing trees associated with neighbour nuisance.

 (69575)

33  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Mauritius) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70588)

34  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Madagascar) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70586)

35  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Angola) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70594)

36  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Comoros) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70592)

37  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the EU Advisory Committee on Community policy regarding forestry and forest-based industries is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70578)

38  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the EU Standing Committee on propagating material and plants of fruit genera and species is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70569)

39  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Co(r)te d'Ivoire) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70579)

40  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the EU Standing Committee on plant health is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70571)

41  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the EU Standing Committee for Foodstuffs is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70567)

42  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the EU Advisory Committee on the protection of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70575)

43  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Seychelles) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70582)

44  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Latvia) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70587)

45  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Senegal) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70583)

46  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Argentina) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70593)

47  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Guinea) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70591)

48  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the EU Standing Committee on feedingstuffs is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70572)

49  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Cape Verde) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70580)

50  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the EU Standing Committee on seeds and propagating material for agriculture, horticulture and forestry is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70570)

51  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the EU Standing Committee on agricultural statistics is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70581)

52  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the EU Committee for Community protection of plant variety rights is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70573)

53  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the EU Standing Committee on propagating material and ornamental plants is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70568)

54  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the EU Advisory Committee on waste management is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70577)

55  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Lithuania) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70585)

56  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Poland) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70584)

57  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Greenland) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement.

 (70590)

58  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from (a) local authorities, (b) retailers and (c) waste management companies about the impact of the revised European Waste Catalogue and Hazardous Waste list on the UK's disposal and recycling infrastructure.

 (70610)

59  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the new definitions of waste under the revised European Waste Catalogue and Hazardous Waste list require all end-of-life electrical products to be reclassified as hazardous waste.

 (70563)

60  
N  
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the development of a National Access Database; what funding she has made to the Countryside Agency to fund a feasibility study into a national access database; and when the feasibility study will be published.

 (70041)

61  
N  
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many parcels of land have been identified by the Forestry Commission for disposal in England; how many have been the subject of agreement offers to the local planning authority to secure continued access to the land; how many have been sold; and how many of those sold were subject to access agreements in each year since 1997.

 (70042)

62  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the statement by the Head of National Accounts at the Office for National Statistics publicised in a news release of 11th July on responsibility for deciding on classifications in the monitoring and control of public finances.

 (70514)

63  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the members of the Public Sector Classifications Committee; and if he will make a statement on the process by which they were selected.

 (70512)

64  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of the documents which have been studied by the Office of National Statistics in deciding on the classification of Network Rail.

 (70511)

65  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received about the role of the Crown Estates Commissioners in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

 (69287)

66  Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held on 12th July; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.

 (70624)

67  
N  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from companies in high-risk sectors on their ability to secure cover for mandatory employer liability insurance; and if he will make a statement.

 (69864)

68  
N  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether there are limits on the extent to which the devolved administrations can enter into contingent liabilities.

 (70040)

69  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the governments of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Egypt and Saudi Arabia concerning anti-semitism in the media in those countries; and if he will make a statement.

 (70169)

70  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the Saudi Ambassador and (b) the Saudi Government concerning recent statements made by the Ambassador relating to suicide bombing; and if he will make a statement.

 (70168)

71  Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the dates of meetings that have taken place between British and Spanish ministers under the Brussels Process since it was set in place.

 (70625)

72  
N  
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will add cystic fibrosis to the list of conditions exempt from prescription charges.

 (67339)

73  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 1st July to the honourable Member for Kingswood, Official Report, column 156W, on audiology services, what the new price of individual digital hearing aids purchased by the National Health Service is.

 (70349)

74  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the NHS immunisation statistics for England for 2001-02 will be published.

 (70355)

75  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will undertake research into the reasons underlying the increase in the number of children being looked after in residential placements in the South West since 1997.

 (70356)

76  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the former Health Centre premises in Saxon Square, Christchurch, are to be sold; and if he will make a statement about the reasons for the delay in the sale.

 (70358)

77  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason (a) the DfES, (b) his Department and (c) other relevant information records are searched in addition to the CRB's under the care standards regulations for checking nursing home owners and managers.

 (69408)

78  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the EU Committee on the approximation of the laws, regulation and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (70602)

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

 (70574)

80  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the EU Committee on the Community action programme on injury prevention is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (70598)

81  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the EU Committee for the implementation of the Decision to set up a network for the epidemiological surveillance and control of communicable diseases is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (70596)

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

 (70565)

83  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the EU Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme on health monitoring in the framework of the action plan for public health is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (70600)

84  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the EU Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme on pollution-related diseases in the framework of the action plan for public health is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (70603)

85  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the EU Committee on the action programme on rare diseases in the framework of the action plan for public health is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (70595)

86  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the EU Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme on health promotion, information, education and training is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (70599)

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

 (70564)

88  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the EU Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme for the prevention of AIDS and certain other communicable diseases is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (70597)

89  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the EU Committee for the implementation of the Community action plan to combat cancer is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 (70566)

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

 (70601)

91  
N  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken to develop (a) cottage hospitals and (b) GP surgeries in advance of the re-organisation of acute services in East Kent.

 (70360)

92  
N  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to make a decision on the re-organisation of acute hospitals in East Kent.

 (70361)

93  
N  
Mrs Marion Roe (Broxbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letters from the honourable Member for Broxbourne of 19th April, 16th May, 14th June and 11th July relating to correspondence from Mr Hugh McKinney of Cert.

 (70435)

94  
N  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients claim to have Gulf War Syndrome; and what funds are available in 2002-03 for research into its cause and cure.

 (67805)

95  
N  
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the 46 hospitals in England referred to in table 1 on page 16 of the recent report from the Royal College of Physicians entitled Isolated Acute Medical Services.

 (70158)

96  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for the implementation of section 31A, Part 4 of the Police Reform Bill.

 (70363)

97  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Passport Agency will respond to the letter of 27th February from the honourable Member for Christchurch, concerning the case of Mr Bevis and Miss Biddiscombe.

 (70351)

98  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Chief Executive of the Integrated Casework Directorate (Nationality) will respond to the letter of the honourable Member for Christchurch sent on 17th June.

 (70350)

99  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the (a) central and (b) local government contracts with Capita whose performance was reviewed by his Department prior to awarding that company the Criminal Records Bureau contract.

 (69275)

100  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what further renovations are planned to transform Dungavel Detention Centre into a removal centre; what the estimated cost is; and from which budget line such renovation costs will be met.

 (69281)

101  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many special constables there were in Buckinghamshire in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 (68523)

102  
N  
Mr Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the impact of the use of urine samples for detection of illegal drugs on the types of drugs used by prisoners; and what plans he has to change his policy of mandatory drug-testing.

 (70359)

103  Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provision is planned for HIV-positive mothers in the new asylum seekers accommodation centres.

 (70561)

104  Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the maternity grant is available to asylum seekers who are mothers living in emergency accommodation.

 (70562)

105  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what change there has been in the levels of crime in each category in the Avon and Somerset Police Authority between 2000-01 and 2001-02.

 (69207)

106  
N  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement about the asylum application of a constituent the name of whom has been communicated to him.

 (70362)

107  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what initiatives her Department has taken in 2002 in connection with education projects within the Commonwealth.

 (70614)

108  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what provision is being made financially to support the voluntary and community sector when EU peace funds cease to be accessible after 2006.

 (70620)

109  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will introduce sanctions against those political parties whose paramilitary wings are found guilty of (a) smuggling and (b) counterfeiting goods in the United Kingdom.

 (70663)

110  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the future job security of those employed in the voluntary and community sector after EU funding ceases in 2006.

 (70621)

111  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken to (a) identify and (b) prosecute those paramilitary and other individuals involved in the (i) smuggling and (ii) counterfeiting of goods in Northern Ireland.

 (70662)

112  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent representations she has received about the role of the Crown Estates Commissioners in Scotland.

 (69288)

113  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of households in the Huntingdon constituency have access to broadband lines.

 (70558)

114  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the report by Professor Higgs commissioned by the Government on corporate governance issues will be published.

 (70557)

115  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how long she estimates it will take to process the compensation claims by ex-miners who are suffering from vibration white finger, chronic bronchitis and emphysema; what steps she is taking to speed up the processing of claims; what plans she has to simplify and speed up the medical assessments required in compensation claims; and how many claimants have died while awaiting compensation.

 (69573)

116  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many claims by (a) ex-miners and (b) widows of families of ex-miners suffering from vibration white finger, chronic bronchitis and emphysema have been processed; and how many still await to be processed, broken down by nation and region of the UK.

 (69574)

117  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will review the bus service operating tolerance guidelines introduced on 2nd April.

 (70364)

118  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the members of Network Rail will be appointed.

 (70515)

119  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with London Underground management on the strikes called by the RMT union for 17th and 18th July.

 (70508)

120  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place a copy of the Network Rail directors' incentive plan in the Library.

 (70516)

121  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, to whom potential applicants to serve as members of Network Rail should apply; and if he will make a statement.

 (70509)

122  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects the members of Network Rail to approve the appointment of directors.

 (70510)

123  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish reports and accounts for Network Rail for the period between its inception and the date on which it becomes a private sector company in the national accounts.

 (70513)

124  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the Government has done since 1997 to convince people to use methods of transport apart from the car.

 (69527)

125  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many miles of new road have been constructed since 1997.

 (69526)

126  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much has been spent on road maintenance in the UK in each year since 1997.

 (69525)

127  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent progress has been made with the plans for new toll roads and motorways.

 (69529)

128  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many more buses there are on UK roads since 1997; and what improvements in bus travel have been made.

 (69528)

129  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) public resource expenditure, (b) private resource expenditure and (c) private investment is provided under the 10 Year Plan for road maintenance by (i) local authorities and (ii) the Highways Agency, (A) at today's prices and (B) at outturn prices.

 (70651)

130  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his reply of 9th July, Official Report, column 807W, on special purpose vehicles, if he will list the possible opportunities identified to which he refers; and if he will make a statement.

 (70638)

131  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the total cost of safety case work undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive in relation to the (a) re-letting and (b) extension of train operating franchises has been since 7th June 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (70643)

132  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many freight services used the Channel Tunnel in each month since January.

 (70658)

133  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the (a) contractors and (b) sub-contractors involved in accident investigation into the Potter's Bar crash under the supervision of the Health and Safety Executive.

 (70652)

134  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his reply of 2nd July, Official Report, column 208W, on safer stations, if he will list those train operating companies which are committed to seeking accreditation to which he refers; what steps have been taken; and when full accreditation is likely to be granted.

 (70642)

135  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his reply of 10th July, Official Report, column 982W, on the Strategic Rail Authority and Rail Regulator, if he will list the type or nature of the occasions on which it is deemed approporiate for him and other departmental ministers to meet the (a) Chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority and (b) Rail Regulator.

 (70639)

136  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what work has been conducted by and for his Department and predecessor department to update the findings of the report entitled 'Road Safety Strategy: Current problems and future options'; and if he will make a statement.

 (70659)

137  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the locations on Highways Agency roads where there are variable speed limits.

 (70646)

138  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his reply of 19th December 2001, Official Report, columns 524-5W, on rail delays, if he will place copies of the latest updated information in the Library.

 (70637)

139  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place a copy of the Roads 2/92 Circular in the Library.

 (70648)

140  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what work is being undertaken in his Department by the division responsible for European and International Business; and if he will make a statement.

 (70655)

141  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what (a) discussions, (b) correspondence and (c) representations his Department has had with (i) the European Commission, (ii) the Council of Transport Ministers and (iii) Members of the European Parliament regarding the February 2002 Draft EU Public Service Requirement Regulation; and if he will make a statement.

 (70649)

142  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the new trunk road and bypass schemes which (a) have been given approval and (b) are awaiting approval after being part of a multi-modal study.

 (70618)

143  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what occasions press releases have been released on behalf of (a) his Department, (b) the Highways Agency and (c) the Health and Safety Executive by the Government News Network North East since 7th June 2001; and if he will place copies of such press releases in the Library.

 (70653)

144  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research and contract work has been conducted for the Highways Agency since 7th June 2001 by (a) W S Atkins, (b) Amey and (c) Balfour Beatty; and if he will make a statement.

 (70660)

145  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place copies of the progress reports relating to the July 2000 European Commission Proposal for Regulation of Public Service Requirements (a) produced and (b) received by his Department in the Library.

 (70650)

146  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what guidance and directions have been given by his Department to the (a) British Transport Police, (b) Health and Safety Executive and (c) railways industry, regarding vandalism on the railways; what plans there are to update such guidance; and if he will make a statement.

 (70647)

147  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his reply of 3rd July, Official Report, column 359W, on road maintenance, if he will (a) list the ways in which his Department is working with local authorities and (b) provide a definition of an efficient management system.

 (70641)

148  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the role is of the division in his Department responsible for European and International Business; if he will list the responsibilities of the posts within the division; and if he will make a statement.

 (70654)

149  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on what occasions since 7th June 2001 he has asked the chief executives of the (a) Highways Agency, (b) DVLA, (c) DSA, (d) Maritime and Coastguard Agency, (e) Vehicle Certification Agency and (f) Vehicle Inspectorate to write to an honourable Member in response to a Parliamentary Question; under what guidance such decisions are made; and if he will make a statement.

 (70645)

150  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list new (a) government funded and (b) other agency funded trunk road and bypass schemes which have been given approval and the expected start date in each case.

 (70612)

151  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place a copy of the speech made by the Minister for Transport on 20th June to the annual rail freight conference in the Library.

 (70644)

152  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the local authority road schemes which have been provisionally accepted by his Department for funding.

 (70619)

153  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when his Department intends to establish an e-mail press release service similar to that previously provided by the former Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions.

 (70657)

154  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his reply of 10th July, Official Report, column 975W, on traffic forecasts, from whom his Department has commissioned work; what the scope of this work is; what the cost of work commissioned is; and what the timetable for this work is.

 (70640)

155  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the responsibilities of (a) the office of the Rail Regulator and (b) the office of the international rail regulator; and if he will make a statement.

 (70661)

156  Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of the 10th July, Official Report, column 981W, on London Bridge railway station, if he will define the intended output given in his Ten Year Plan for additional capacity at London Bridge, at paragraph 6.72, page 71; and if he will make a statement.

 (70559)

157  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what pilot schemes he will run to ensure that information and procedures given to benefit recipients will have been fully tested prior to the April 2003 deadline; and if he will make a statement.

 (70556)

158  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has to persuade banks, which have not already done so, to offer cheque clearing facilities at post offices without charges; and if he will make a statement.

 (70555)

159  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the Christchurch constituency are eligible for the minimum income guarantee; and how many are in receipt of it.

 (70354)

160  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost of council tax benefit paid in (a) Christchurch Borough and (b) East Dorset was in each of the last five years.

 (70353)

161  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost of housing benefit paid in (a) Christchurch Borough and (b) East Dorset was in each and of the last five years.

 (70352)

162  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of retirement pension in the Christchurch constituency receive payment of their benefit (a) directly into their bank accounts and (b) through local post offices.

 (70357)

163  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of applicants who have been refused disability living allowance on grounds of ability to work who have subsequently managed to gain employment in each of the last five years.

 (69280)

164  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the estimated administration costs are of the state pension credit in each of the next five full financial years; and what percentage this represents in each of the next five full financial years of the total estimated cost of the state pension credit.

 (69276)

165  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to review the operation of the disability living allowance, in particular the methods for resolving contradictions between medical reports provided by GPs and departmentally approved doctors.

 (69278)

166  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to review the operation of the Social Fund as far as access thereto on the part of 16 and 17 year olds is concerned; and if he will make a statement.

 (69279)

167  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to review the operation of the social fund with respect to those benefit recipients whose income is marginally above the basic income support level; and if he will make a statement.

 (69277)

168  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of how long it will take to transfer existing cases to the new Child Support scheme for calculating maintenance payments made by non-resident parents.

 (69530)

169  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many existing cases need to be transferred to and how many new cases have been assessed under the new Child Support scheme.

 (69531)

170  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the average sum in maintenance paid by non-resident parents under the Child Support scheme which existed prior to April; and how many of these will see their payments (a) increased and (b) decreased under the new Child Support scheme, with an average calculation made of increase and decrease.

 (69532)

171  Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli, Pembrokeshire): To ask the Minister for Women, how many financial sector employers in the (a) public and (b) private sector have carried out pay reviews with a view to ensuring equal pay since 2000.

 (70615)

172  Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli, Pembrokeshire): To ask the Minister for Women, what the take-up has been of equal pay questionnaires by women within the financial services sector.

 (70617)

173  Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli, Pembrokeshire): To ask the Minister for Women, how many fair pay champions have been nominated to spread best practice in the financial services sector.

 (70616)

174  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the EU Advisory Committee on the control and reduction of pollution caused by the discharge of hydrocarbons and other dangerous substances at sea is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (70576)

175  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many suicides of (a) women and (b) men occurred in prison in England in the (i) last six years and (ii) most recent year for which figures are available.

 [Transferred]   (70609)

176  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what checks are carried out to ensure that foreign workers engaged (a) in contracts at UK power stations and (b) on ferry services with the United Kingdom are not being exploited while employed within the United Kingdom to the disadvantage of British workers.

 [Transferred]   (70623)

177  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether EU companies which obtain major contracts within the United Kingdom are required to pay their employees the minimum wage while working here.

 [Transferred]   (70622)



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