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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 15 October 2002

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


 

Questions handed in between Wednesday 25th September 2002 and Friday 4th October 2002 are marked thus¶A

Questions handed in between Monday 7th October 2002 and Thursday 10th October 2002 are marked thus¶B

TUESDAY 15th OCTOBER

1  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask the Advocate General, if she will make a statement on the devolution issues that have been raised with her in the past three years.

 (73707)

2  
N  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, in relation to communications data as defined in RIPA, how many officials from his Department he estimates will be authorised to seek access to communications data; how many times officials have sought access to such data from communications providers including Internet service providers under the Data Protection Act 1998 in the last year; and if he will make a statement.

 (74588)

3  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by his Department since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within his Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74689)

4  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to request parish councils to indicate how many of their parish councillors have been resigned in response to the introduction of the Model Code of Conduct for Parish Councils.

 (74229)

5  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will esimate for Huntingdonshire District Council the effects of each of the options set out in chapter 9 of Formula Grant Distribution: A Consultation Paper.

 (74228)

6  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the monthly running costs of the Millennium Dome were in the last six months.

 (73802)

7  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total cost of the Millennium Dome to public funds has been.

 (73801)

8  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effects of the change in property prices in Taunton since 1999; and if he will make a statement.

 (74110)

9  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many families there were in bed and breakfast accommodation in the last three years for which figures are available, broken down by local authority.

 (74203)

10  Jane Griffiths (Reading East): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures he proposes to introduce to prevent personation for the local elections to be held on 1st May 2003.

 (74760)

11  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the (a) national budgetary contribution to, (b) role of and (c) national representation to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities; when he last met representatives from that group; and if he has made representations on this body to the Foreign Office in the context of the Convention on the Future of Europe.

 (73861)

12  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average length of time was between an application for rehousing under the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme and nomination to a property in the last 12 months.

 (74151)

13  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what has been the annual rate of reletting of council housing stock in each year since 1972.

 (74261)

14  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many applicants are on the waiting list for a nomination to a property under the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme.

 (74150)

15  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what research his Department has undertaken into the impact of relets of council housing of the introduction of the Right-to-Buy scheme.

 (74262)

16  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) detatched houses, (b) semi-detatched houses, (c) terraced houses, (d) maisonettes and (e) flats have been sold by local authorities in London under the right-to-buy scheme since 1980.

 (74266)

17  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many council properties with (a) one bedroom, (b) two bedrooms, (c) three bedrooms, (d) four bedrooms and (e) five bedrooms or more have been sold by local authorities in London under the Right-to-Buy Scheme since 1980.

 (74265)

18  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme on easing pressure on social housing in London.

 (74152)

19  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many appeals against the valuation of a property being sold under the right-to-buy scheme have been submitted in London in each year since 1980; and how many of those appeals resulted in a reduction in the valuation.

 (74267)

20  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the popularity of the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme among older tenants in London.

 (74153)

21  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to require boroughs in London which have received above expected Approved Development Programme funding from the Housing Corporation to make a proportion of new lettings available to applicants from boroughs with lower than expected ADP funding.

 (74260)

22  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 16th May, Official Report, column 800W, what information his Department has collated on the levels of under-occupancy in social housing in each borough in London; if he will list the financial compensation package and cash incentives available from each local authority in London to encourage tenants to move from an underoccupied property to more suitably sized accommodation; what assessment he has made of the impact in London of the good practice guidance on managing underoccupation published by his Department in April 2001; and what further action he plans to encourage local authorities in areas of high demand to develop a strategy for addressing underoccupancy.

 (74155)

23  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the impact that the Rent Rebate Subsidy Limitation regulations have on a local authority's capacity to finance the revenue costs of concierge security schemes.

 (74148)

24  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to expand the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme.

 (74154)

25  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many and what size of properties were released by nominees from London boroughs to the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme in each year since 1979, broken down by region.

 (74149)

26  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many households in London are one or more bedrooms below the bedroom standard, broken down by local authority.

 (74145)

27  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total expenditure by his Department was on each estate action programme in the borough of Tower Hamlets since 1985; and what this was as a percentage of the total cost of each programme.

 (74146)

28  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what research he has commissioned into the Housing Health and Safety Rating System since July 2001; what the terms of reference are for that research; who is undertaking it; and when he expects it to be published.

 (74143)

29  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent assessment he has made of the size and type of accommodation suitable as an alternative to LA and RSL tenants underoccupying their current accommodation; and what measures he has taken to encourge LAs and RSLs in areas of high demand to ensure that this type of accommodation is included in new developments.

 (74156)

30  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to replace the current overcrowding standards; and if he will make a statement.

 (74144)

31  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of concierge security schemes on anti-social behaviour in local authority tower blocks.

 (74147)

32  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many families were living in bed and breakfast accommodation in (a) East Worthing and Shoreham and (b) West Sussex in each year since 1997.

 (73926)

33  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he last met the Director of the Homelessness Unit.

 (73927)

34  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will announce the resources allocation for the Pathfinder Renewal Project.

 (74248)

35  Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, where responsibility will lie for (a) police, (b) waste disposal and (c) fire services in new unitary authorities.

 (73354)

36  Joyce Quin (Gateshead East & Washington West): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the consultation on the White Paper on Regional Governance.

 (74098)

37  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what has been the average turnout for referenda held by local authorities to establish opinion on local issues.

 (74215)

38  Joan Ryan (Enfield North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to amend the planning legislation, regulations and guidance for (a) the building of new homes on land located within flood plains and (b) for existing buildings in areas prone to flooding; and if he will make a statement.

 (74609)

39  Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans his Department has to encourage the provision of more affordable housing in rural communities.

 (73831)

40  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to establish separate funding provision for (a) new social and affordable housing, (b) repair and regeneration of social sector stock, and (c) funding of housing market renewal; and if he will make a statement.

 (73944)

41  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent estimate he has made of the level of homelessness; how he defines a homeless person; and if he will make a statement.

 (74658)

42  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures he is taking to tackle homelessness in rural areas.

 (73988)

43  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what provision he will make to fire authorities spending above their SSAs when he revises the SSA formula for fire; and if he will make a statement.

 (73940)

44  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with local authorities about the Housing Mutual model to encourage housing transfer.

 (74515)

45  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to finalise the details of the service delivery agreement in respect of protection of valuable countryside around towns and cities; and if he will make a statement.¶B

 (74794)

46  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the rate of change was in house prices in the past five years, broken down by region.

 (73964)

47  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent action has been taken to address the housing shortages in (a) Glasgow and (b) the UK.

 (74419)

48  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) women and (b) members of ethnic minorities are in the Fire Service; and what targets have been set in this area.

 (73390)

49  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures are in place to ensure that the Fire Service has adequate resources and equipment.

 (73389)

50  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent measures have been taken to improve the quality and conditions of social housing in (a) Glasgow and (b) the UK.

 (74420)

51  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he plans to bring the firefighters working in the Retained and Volunteer Duty System up to the same standard of training and pay as their whole time counterparts.

 (73392)

52  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent action has been taken to ensure that (a) the right to buy is not abused and (b) people are able to have the option of buying their homes.

 (74421)

53  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the recent discussions with the Fire Brigades Union; and what conclusions have been reached.

 (73393)

54  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the pay levels are of members of the Emergency Fire Control Staff; and what proposals he has to bring wages in line with firefighters of equivalent rank.

 (73391)

55  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what archaeological surveys have been conducted by (a) her Department, (b) the County Archaeological Office and (c) English Heritage in respect of the sites identified for development as asylum accommodation centres; if the Government will publish the reports; and what further plans the Government has to commission such surveys.

 (74520)

56  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by her Department since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within her Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74674)

57  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many tourists visited Huntingdonshire in (a) 2001, (b) 2000 and (c) 1999.

 (74225)

58  Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding her Department provides to promote British culture abroad.

 (73913)

59  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what studies her Department has made of the links between physical activity and improved health.

 (73814)

60  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures her Department has considered recently to increase participation in physical activity amongst adults.

 (73816)

61  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what role her Department plans for (a) the private sector and (b) voluntary sports clubs in improving public health.

 (73815)

62  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what advice she has received from the Football Association about progress in concluding the financing of the proposed redevelopment of Wembley Stadium.

 (74298)

63  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many new playing fields have been created under the Green Spaces and Sustainable Communities project.

 (74301)

64  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what advice she has received from the Football Association about changes in costs, including legal and professional fees, of the proposed redevelopment of Wembley Stadium.

 (74300)

65  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the projects which have been funded under the Green Spaces and Sustainable Communities project.

 (74302)

66  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects the final contracts for the proposed redevelopment of Wembley Stadium to be concluded; and if she will make a statement.

 (74299)

67  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when work will commence on the construction of the Stonehenge Visitors Centre; and if she will make a statement.

 (72609)

68  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government will consider (a) satellite and (b) cable delivery platforms to implement the commitments regarding the extension of reception of the signal TG4 in Northern Ireland made by the Government in the Belfast Agreement in 1998.

 (74087)

69  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government has identified terrestrial delivery options from transmitters located in Northern Ireland in seeking to implement the commitments regarding the extension of reception of the signal TG4 in Northern Ireland made by the Government in the Belfast Agreement in 1998.

 (74086)

70  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she intends to include provisions in the Communications Bill to provide statutory implementation measures for the commitments regarding Irish language television production in Northern Ireland made by the Government in the Belfast Agreement in 1998.

 (74082)

71  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will provide for the establishment of an Irish language production fund in Northern Ireland in the Communications Bill to implement the commitments regarding financial support for such production in Northern Ireland as made by the Government in the Belfast Agreement of 1998.

 (74085)

72  Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding is provided by the Film Council to Screen South in 2002-03; what element of that funding is provided for (a) the salaries of Screen South staff and internal administration and (b) for direct support of appropriate activities in the region.

 (73356)

73  Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many representations he has received from honourable Members, other individuals and organisations in connection with the statutory ban on religious organisations holding several categories of broadcasting licence; and how many and what percentage of those representatives supported the continuation of such a ban.

 (73830)

74  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what limitations there are on the spectrum available to broadcasters allocated on new digital muliplexes; and if she will make a statement.

 (73943)

75  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons there are restrictions on the broadcast of religious music.

 (73985)

76  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons religious persons are limited in the broadcast licences for which they can apply.

 (73986)

77  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action her Department is taking to improve research into the incidence of problem gambling; and if she will make a statement.

 (74498)

78  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how sports clubs which are industrial and provident societies are able to secure charitable status.

 (73530)

79  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action her Department is taking to improve services to problem gamblers; and if she will make a statement.

 (74497)

80  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on her consultations with the BBC about amending the television licence fee regulations to protect the rights of people in sheltered accommodation when the social mix or level or warden cover change; and whether she plans to keep the current rules in force.

 (74710)

81  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she will have with Swale Borough Council about the future of Sittingbourne Football Club at Central Stadium, Sittingbourne.

 (73166)

82  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many private military companies he estimates exist in the UK; and how many UK nationals he estimates are employed by these companies.

 (73953)

83  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the 10 biggest contracts awarded, in terms of initial estimated total cost since 1st May 1997, and provide in each case (a) the expected completion dates on contracts being let and (b) the expected completion dates achieved.

 (73948)

84  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the budget of the Defence Intelligence Staff is; how many persons are employed in this section; what the aims and objectives of the DIS are; and if he will make a statement.

 (73955)

85  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the extent of US military assistance by forces resident in the UK to civilians in respect of (a) civil emergencies and (b) exchange and familiarisation of personnel.

 (74641)

86  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people in receipt of war disablement pensions were (a) receiving income support, (b) over retirement age and (c) in full-time employment in each of the last five years.

 (73969)

87  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance his Department has given in the last five years resulting from British nuclear testing in Kiribati.

 (73970)

88  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment has been made of the impact of his Department's policy on radar coverage and low flying upon the Government's policy to expand wind energy technology; and if he will make a statement.

 (73789)

89  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about his Department's plans for use and development of nuclear energy facilities; and if he will make a statement.

 (73788)

90  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by his Department since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within his Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74678)

91  Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans of the second world war have had nursing care paid by the War Pensions Agency in the last five years.

 (74253)

92  Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans of the armed services have made applications for skilled nursing care; and how many of these have been successful in the last five years.

 (74252)

93  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the total food purchased for the armed forces in the last 12 months was purchased overseas.

 (73804)

94  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many dwellings in the Taunton constituency were sold to Annington Homes; when the sale took place; how many dwellings are available for married soldiers; how many have been demolished; and how many have been sold.

 (74090)

95  Mr George Galloway (Glasgow, Kelvin): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) categories and (b) quantities of defence equipment have been purchased from Israel since 8th November 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (74250)

96  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what investigation was held into the death of Sapper Alfred Graham Manship of 26th Amphibious Regiment Royal Engineers in 1992 in Osnabruck, West Germany; how long the investigation took; when the investigation ended; who conducted the investigation; what the conclusion of the investigation was; and if he will make a statement.

 (73822)

97  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the period of time was between the discovery of the body of Sapper Alfred Graham Manship of 26th Amphibious Regiment Royal Engineers in 1992 in Osnabruck, West Germany and (a) a doctor being called to attend the scene and (b) a doctor arriving on the scene; and if he will make a statement.

 (73820)

98  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the weapon of Sapper Alfred Graham Manship of 26th Amphibious Regiment Royal Engineers was found to have been fired when examined after his death in 1992 in Osnabruck, West Germany; and if he will make a statement.

 (73821)

99  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the (a) cause, (b) circumstances and (c) coroner's verdict on the death of Sapper Alfred Graham Manship of the 26th Amphibious Regiment Royal Engineers in 1992 in Osnabruck West Germany.

 (73881)

100  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the result was of the post mortem conducted on Sapper Alfred Graham Manship of 26th Amphibious Regiment Royal Engineers after his death in 1992 in Osnabruck West Germany; and if he will make a statement.

 (73880)

101  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the First Conference of EU Military Schools and Academies on the theme of the military dimension of European integration, held at Coe­tquidan.

 (73863)

102  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the civilian recreational groups which have had access to the Army Training Estate, Salisbury Plain, since January; and if he will make a statement.

 (72611)

103  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the cost to date of ordnance clearance at RAF Chilmark; and when the site will be put on the market.

 (72613)

104  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in constituting a trust to manage RAF Chilmark; and if he will make a statement.

 (72614)

105  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the pallet of an anti-tank missile lost in the Bristol Channel recently has been found.

 (73313)

106  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what type of ammunition has been imported to the UK for the use of the army, and at what cost, over the last 12 months.

 (73314)

107  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what orders were issued and special arrangements made concerning conduct of service personnel from the Royal Irish Regiment during the marching season in 2002; how many soldiers were subject to disciplinary proceedings that related to inappropriate political activity during this period; and what the outcome was of proceedings.

 (74162)

108  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the procedure is in Northern Ireland for the investigation of a suspicious death or one from non-natural causes on military premises.

 (74167)

109  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the reasons were that underlie his decision to erect a new surveillance tower at Slievebracken Mount, Forkhill in July; what consultation he carried out with locally elected representatives and community organisations; and what the estimated cost is of this construction.

 (74168)

110  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what cost has been incurred by the legal representation of Soldier 'L' at the Saville Inquiry.

 (74475)

111  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the rules are governing the carriage and use of personal mobile phones by service personnel of all ranks on operational duties at home and overseas; and what sanctions are available to superior officers to enforce those rules.

 (74165)

112  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) cinematic, (b) heli-telly and (c) other moving image photographic film clips of events on Bloody Sunday (i) available at the time of the Widgery Inquiry and (ii) discovered since; in what conditions and where these photographs were stored; who was responsible for their safekeeping; and which of these items have been (A) produced for the Saville Inquiry, (B) lost and (C) destroyed.

 (74474)

113  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many baton log reports were filed in each month of the last two years; what information fields are to be filled in each by person involved in the compilation of a report leading up the chain of command to HQNI; which of those fields must be completed and which are optional; and if he will make a statement on the processes involved in the entry of data from baton log reports to (a) a centralised database and (b) other systems.

 (74166)

114  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason his Department is not represented at the Saville Inquiry.

 (74476)

115  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) service personnel broken down by regiment and (b) other members of his staff have visited Colombia ; what the purpose was of each visit; and what assistance he has provided the Colombian Government in the last 12 months.

 (74179)

116  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the rules are governing the consumption of alcohol and tobacco (a) on military premises, (b) in administration areas and (c) on operational duties.

 (74164)

117  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements he has made for an investigation into the circumstances of the deaths of Corporal John Gregory and Sergeant Robert Busuttil.

 (74163)

118  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who was responsible for the storage of photographs held by the Army legal team at the Widgery Inquiry; in what conditions and where these photographs were stored; when they will be produced for the Saville Inquiry; and what further photographs of Bloody Sunday are available.

 (74473)

119  Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many proposed windfarms have been objected to by his Department in the last two years; and if he will list them.

 (73342)

120  Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he objects to windfarms only if they interfere with the operation of RAF aircraft; and whether other nations are consulted prior to entering an objection to a windfarm.

 (73343)

121  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a replacement ship has been sent to cover the mission of HMS Nottingham.

 (73703)

122  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of procuring Trident missiles from the United States has been in each year since the procurement contract was initiated.

 (73558)

123  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Richmond Park of 8th July, Official Report, column 714W, on nuclear missile defence, whether the collaborative research and information exchange will involve nuclear-based technology.

 (73699)

124  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost of deploying British personnel in the United States as a result of (a) the United Kingdom purchase of nuclear weapons from the United States, (b) the United Kingdom testing of nuclear weapons in the United States and (c) other logistical requirements, including C3 expertise, of procuring nuclear weapons from the United States has been since 1972.

 (73559)

125  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, under which budget headings the projected expenditure on (a) the Trident programme, (b) Nuclear Warhead Stability Review, (c) nuclear waste disposal, (d) nuclear site security and (e) remediation of radioactively contaminated land and buildings on defence nuclear sites, as listed in tables 1 to 6 of CM 5412, Ministry of Defence Expenditure Plans 2002-04, published on 9th July, will be placed.

 (73569)

126  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what communications his Department has had with the Belgian Government since March 2001 in respect of the manufacture of lead test MOX assemblies for the United States Department of Energy.

 (73554)

127  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March 2001, Official Report, column 359w on strategic sealift, if he will place the advice of his accounting officer of 8th March 2001 in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (74653)

128  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March 2001, Official Report, column 359w, on strategic sealift, if he will list the reasons for his issuing a ministerial direction; and if he will make a statement.

 (74652)

129  Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what lessons he has learned from Operation Saif Sareea for the likely requirement for (a) additional medical personnel and (b) medical reservists to meet the UK's military commitments in 2002-03.

 (74645)

130  Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) regular service personnel and (b) reservists there are in the medical establishment in the British armed forces.

 (74651)

131  Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the performance of the Challenger I tank in extreme heat and desert conditions.

 (74647)

132  Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what performance criteria and testing procedures relating to possible use in extreme heat and desert conditions were utilised during the procurement processes for (a) the Challenger II Tank and its related AS90 self propelled gun, (b) items of military clothing, (c) C17 transport aircraft and (d) radio communication and information systems.

 (74649)

133  Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department had with the Department for Trade and Industry regarding the decision to license the export of beryllium to (a) India and (b) Iran in 2001.

 (74696)

134  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the SA-80 rifle; and whether it will continue in service.

 (74083)

135  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the common European Security and Defence policy.

 (73836)

136  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the threat posed to Britain by weapons of mass destruction.

 (73904)

137  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made to address the problems with (a) the Challenger 2, (b) AS90 and (c) suitability of personal equipment highlighted by the Saif Sareena 2 exercise.

 (74414)

138  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made to increase the numbers of (a) engineers, (b) signallers and (c) medical services in the armed forces.

 (74413)

139  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he plans a further exercise on the scale of Saif Sareea 2; and what recent exercises have taken place in different (a) geographical and (b) environmental conditions.

 (74415)

140  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what changes she plans to make to the level of London weighting to which teachers are entitled to address recruitment and retention problems.

 (74526)

141  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she will publish her review of student finance.

 (74688)

142  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she has completed evaluation of the pilot educational maintenance allowances.

 (74630)

143  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average extra cost is of a marginal student under the programme of widening access to higher education.

 (74669)

144  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she will be take to deliver the guarantee of a university place to those disqualified by inappropriate downgrading in A level examinations this year,

 (74692)

145  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much extra finance will be made available to higher education institutions to accommodate downgraded A level students; and whether maximum student numbers will be increased.

 (74691)

146  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what meetings she has held since 1st September with Universities UK and higher education providers to discuss the implications of downgrading of A levels and the implementation of guaranteed places.

 (74694)

147  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of the workforce is covered by sector skills councils.

 (74634)

148  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average unit cost of capital to support increased student numbers is.

 (74670)

149  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the current research commissioned by her Department in the fields of further and higher education and vocational training.

 (74629)

150  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she plans to override the autonomy of selection by higher education institutions to fulfil her guarantee of a place for those students whose A levels were inappropriately downgraded.

 (74695)

151  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many educational maintenance allowances are available; and at what annual cost.

 (74631)

152  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of students whose downgrading in A level examinations cost them a place at university this autumn who will be (a) accommodated with a place this year and (b) in subsequent years.

 (74693)

153  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the role of the University of Industry in relation to other (a) providers and (b) strategic policy bodies in connection with vocational education.

 (74633)

154  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the work of the learning and skills councils and the local councils.

 (74632)

155  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on actions taken by (a) her Department, (b) other government departments and (c) education providers in connection with the introduction of disability rights to post-16 education.

 (74667)

156  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the implications of the admission of downgraded A level students to university for the admission of (a) other EU and (b) overseas students.

 (74666)

157  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 24th July, Official Report, column 1354W, when he will issue the published version of guidance on increased flexibility for 14 to 16-year-olds.

 (74743)

158  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to create a sector skills council for post-compulsory education.

 (74637)

159  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many national training organisations are in place.

 (74636)

160  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps were taken by her Department following the suspension of the individual learning account scheme to ensure that services provided to it by Capita plc and its subsidiaries would be provided to an acceptable standard.

 (74304)

161  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has for quality accreditation processes to ensure that all young people receive high quality one-to-one information, advice and guidance in schools, colleges and the workplace.

 (73743)

162  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the cost to schools of additional supply staff needed as a result of the failure to complete Criminal Records Bureau checks by the start of the school term.

 (74311)

163  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proposals she has to enable the Connexions Service to meet individual needs for guidance for young people arising from the Government's 14-19 policies.

 (73744)

164  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assurances (a) the Criminal Records Bureau and (b) Capita Plc gave that the backlog of applications would be cleared by the start of the school term; and if she will publish them.

 (74456)

165  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when her Department asked (a) the Criminal Records Bureau and (b) Capita Plc whether it would be possible to process applications by the start of the school term.

 (74457)

166  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the PFI projects in maintained schools which have been approved, giving the value of each.

 (74518)

167  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of teachers who have successfully applied for threshold but who are awaiting payment as a result of delays in government funding.

 (73742)

168  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proposals her Department has to reimburse schools the costs incurred as a result of delays by the Criminal Records Bureau in vetting staff before the commencement of the Autumn term.

 (74305)

169  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps are being taken to recover costs incurred by (a) schools and other educational institutions and (b) her Department as a result of failures by the Criminal Records Bureau and Capita plc to process applications prior to the start of the Autumn term.

 (74307)

170  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance her Department issued to (a) the Criminal Records Bureau and (b) Capita plc regarding the relative priority to be accorded to checks on (i) teachers with continuous records of employment in UK schools and (ii) new applicants to teach in UK schools.

 (74308)

171  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to consult (a) employers, (b) the CBI, (c) the Institute of Directors, (d) the Small Business Service and (d) sector skills councils on their role in delivering advice and guidance to young people.

 (73745)

172  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what procedures are in place to allow those repaying student loans to obtain up to date balances of the total sum owed.

 (74309)

173  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average per capita funding for 16-19 year olds in (a) schools and (b) sixth form colleges was in each of the last ten years; and what the projections are for the next three years following the Chancellor's spending review.

 (73914)

174  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many 16 to 19 year old students there were in (a) sixth form colleges and (b) further education colleges in each of the last three years.

 (73965)

175  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which local authorities have been the subject of a request for electoral reform services for the petition threshold figure under the education (grammar school ballots) regulations 1998 in 2001-02; and what threshold figure was calculated for each local authority.

 (73916)

176  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average percentage of pupils was obtaining five GCSE A*-C grades or above in (a) specialist schools designated before 1st September 1997, (b) specialist schools designated after September 1997 and (c) all schools in each of the last five years.

 (73968)

177  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children were excluded from state primary and secondary schools at each of the key stages in each of the last five years; and what percentage of each of these totals of exclusions children were recognised as being on the autistic spectrum.

 (73967)

178  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average per capita funding for 16-19 year olds in further education colleges was in each of the last 10 years; and what the projections are for each of the next three years.

 (73961)

179  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average per capita funding for schools was in each of the last 10 years; and what the projection is for the next three years.

 (73966)

180  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by her Department since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within her Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74675)

181  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of full-time students stayed in education in the Huntingdon constituency after the age of (a) 16 and (b) 18 years in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2001.

 (74224)

182  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will use her discretionary powers to award advanced status to Clitheroe Royal Grammar School.

 (73805)

183  Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what allocations of funding were made by the Greater Manchester Learning Skills Council to each of the boroughs under the Local Initiative Fund Scheme for 2001-02.

 (74190)

184  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) pupils, (b) teachers and (c) support staff there are in each school in the Taunton constituency at the end of the 2001-02 academic year; and if she will make a statement.

 (74092)

185  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average teacher to pupil ratio in (a) primary school and (b) secondary school classes in Taunton was in each year since 1996.

 (74091)

186  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what preparatory work her Department has done for the introduction of an English baccalaureate; and if she will make a statement.

 (74351)

187  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list when meetings took place between Ministers and officials of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, between 1st July and 31st August; and if she will place the minutes of each meeting in the Library.

 (74332)

188  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list contacts between her Department's officials and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority between 1st July and 31st August.

 (74353)

189  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many outstanding Criminal Records Bureau checks there were on childminder applicants in England and Wales on 23rd September.

 (74347)

190  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost is to a student of requesting a re-mark in an A-level exam with the (a) Oxford, Cambridge and RSA, (b) Edexcel and (c) Assessment and Qualifications Alliance boards.

 (74625)

191  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much extra funding will be provided to higher education institutions who have to take extra students in (a) this academic year and (b) future academic years as a result of exam re-marking.

 (74624)

192  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many qualified A-level examiners were employed by the (a) Oxford, Cambridge and RSA, (b) Edexcel and (c) Assessment and Qualifications Alliance boards (i) this year and (ii) in each year since 1997.

 (74622)

193  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the cost of ending the Curriculum 2000 exam systems; and if she will make a statement.

 (74352)

194  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students of the (a) Oxford, Cambridge and RSA, (b) Ed Excel and (c) Assessment and Qualifications Alliance boards had A-level papers re-marked (i) this year and (ii) in each year since 1997.

 (74620)

195  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students (a) sat A-level exams this year, (b) have completed a UCAS form and (c) have planned to defer their entry into higher education.

 (74626)

196  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many A-level papers of the (a) Oxford, Cambridge and RSA, (b) Edexcel and (c) Assessment and Qualifications Alliance boards were re-marked (i) this year and (ii) in each year since 1997.

 (74621)

197  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children under the age of five years are being taught in infant classes in primary education, broken down by local education authority.

 (74282)

198  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what consideration her Department has given to the provision of part-time teaching within a school environment at the beginning of the academic year for children who will not become five years old until the months of May, June, July and August.

 (74283)

199  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the local education authorities operating (a) a single fixed date of admission to reception classes and (b) a system of phased admission.

 (74280)

200  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of phased admission to reception classes on children born in May, June, July and August.

 (74281)

201  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department is taking to monitor the applications and spending decisions made under the Schools Access Initiative Fund, with particular reference to differing types of disability.

 (74140)

202  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department has taken to inform schools of the Schools Access Initiative Fund.

 (74139)

203  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much is to be allocated in each of the next three comprehensive spending reviews for electronic credits.

 (74133)

204  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she intends to reply to the letter regarding Pat McGuinness from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, addressed on 22nd April to the Home Secretary and copied by the Home Secretary's Office to her.

 (73720)

205  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement about the financial position of Salisbury College.

 (72610)

206  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if digital photographs of children are being used to identify them in schools.

 (73317)

207  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for what reason children's fingerprints are being taken in school libraries; if they will be stored securely; when they will be destroyed; and if she will make a statement on the system being used.

 (73318)

208  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much the Youth Parliament receives each year; and which minister takes lead responsibility for it.

 (73319)

209  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action she is taking to raise the educational standard of children in care.

 (73928)

210  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the definition which she uses of full-time education.¶A

 (74788)

211  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her reply to the honourable Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham of 9th July 2002, Official Report, column 820W, if she will list for each school the number of teachers; and if she will make a statement.

 (73718)

212  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if, in respect of those provisions in the Education Bill which permit individual bodies of school governors to make contracts for the supply of educational services to schools with firms outside the public services, she plans to issue guidelines to local authorities and governors as to procedures to be adopted; and if such bodies will be subject to inspection by other statutory bodies.

 (74284)

213  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the differentials between performance payments for teachers in schools and further education colleges.

 (73719)

214  Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many places on teacher training courses are set aside for training religious education specialists.

 (73347)

215  Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what figures she collates on the vacancies for trained religious education specialists in secondary schools.

 (73345)

216  Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research is being commissioned by the Department on levels of obesity amongst school children; and what assessment has been made as to how these vary in different types of school.

 (73348)

217  Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many places for religious education specialists at teacher training institutions are unfilled.

 (73346)

218  Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment is made by her Department of the pastoral care system in British universities; and how the Department monitors it.

 (73349)

219  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will amend the basic need criteria to facilitate the provision of primary schools within new neighbourhoods; and if she will make a statement.

 (74467)

220  Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what (a) her estimate of the aggregate of Training and Enterprise Council surpluses attributable to public funds is, (b) the amount paid over to public funds to date in respect of those surpluses is and (c) action her Department is taking to recover outstanding amounts in respect of each TEC.

 (74106)

221  Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will provide monthly loans payments to higher education students.

 (73971)

222  Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list in respect of each progamme transferred to the Learning and Skills Council (a) the agency previously responsible, (b) the total resources allocated in 2000-01, (c) the total resources allocated for 2001-02 and (d) the estimated costs of administering the programme in 2000-01.

 (74107)

223  Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the proportion of total expenditure on Government-funded programmes was represented by central administration costs in respect of each training and enterprise council for 2000-01; and to what extent the sums spent on central administration represented value for money.

 (74104)

224  Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much in each year from 1995-96 her Department consented to be transferred by training and enterprise councils between budget heads, showing for each budget head the total amount transferred out and the heads to which it was transferred.

 (74103)

225  Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance was given by her Department to Training and Enterprise on the virement of funds between the budgets allocated for work-based training for young people and adults, and those for central TEC administration in each year from 1995-96.

 (74102)

226  Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list (a) the total sums made available to training and enterprise councils and (b) the sums spent by TECs on work-based training for (i) young people and (ii) adults, and other Government-funded programmes, in each year from 1995-96.

 (74101)

227  Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many staff were (a) employed at the end of 1999-2000, (b) transferred to the Learning and Skills Council, (c) transferred to the Small Business Service, (d) transferred to Business Links, (e) transferred to other organisations and (f) made redundant by each TEC prior to 31st March 2001.

 (74105)

228  Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list (a) the total sums made available by her Department or its predecessors to training and enterprise councils for their central administration costs and (b) the amounts spent by TECs on central administration, for each year from 1995-96 to 2000-01.

 (74100)

229  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding is being provided to the teacher training agency to ensure additional supplementary courses are offered at primary level in PE equivalent to those offered for secondary PGCE courses.

 (73937)

230  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of PE teaching in primary schools.

 (73936)

231  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of primary school teachers are trained to teach an effective PE and sports curriculum; and if she will make a statement.

 (73942)

232  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what evidence and related to which dates the old comprehensive schools involved (a) headteachers following orders, (b) teachers working alone, (c) school performance failure unchallenged and (d) accountability work as stated in her document Education & Skills: Investment for Reform, 5th July; and from what dates that model is derived.

 (74108)

233  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many year 12 pupils are expected to be in full-time education in (a) September 2002 and (b) January 2003; and how many were in full-time education in (i) September 2001 and (ii) January 2002.

 (73708)

234  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools broken down by region, have internet access.

 (73843)

235  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which schools have received a special achievement bonus in the past five years, broken down by region.

 (73850)

236  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the report by the Better Regulation Taskforce regarding education.

 (73764)

237  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to introduce further bonuses to encourage improving school performance.

 (73848)

238  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what types of special achievement bonuses for schools are available; and what the criteria are for earning them.

 (73847)

239  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average assessment test scores for secondary school students have been over the last five years, broken down by region.

 (73851)

240  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if (a) pupils and (b) the parents of pupils can access information gathered by the Pupil Level Annual School Census.

 (73755)

241  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding the Government provides towards promoting internet access in schools in the last year in classrooms; and what programmes the Government funds that promote the use of the internet.

 (73846)

242  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what tests are used to assess whether secondary schools are improving; and if she will make a statement on the methodology of these tests.

 (73839)

243  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures are in place to improve the secondary education of students and the recruitment of teachers.

 (73838)

244  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the impact of rises in tuition fees on poorer people; and if a family with a large number of children wishing to attend university is entitled to a reduction in fees.

 (73384)

245  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which universities are allowed to set their own tuition fees; and what plans she has to extend the freedom for universities to set their own fees.

 (73383)

246  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much university tuition fees are; what they will be next year; and what plans she has to increase this amount.

 (73382)

247  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many successful prosecutions have been brought under the Protection Against Cruel Tethering Act 1988.

 (74055)

248  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent research her Department has evaluated regarding the spread of ragwort; and what action her Department has taken to (a) combat the spread of ragwort and (b) publicise knowledge of its spread.

 (74397)

249  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will ensure that the consultation process which follows the publication of the Ouse draft flood strategy is one which allows all sections of the community to comment.

 (73950)

250  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what specific criteria her Department proposes for the where possible clause to become applicable within the pledge to replenish fish stocks agreed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

 (74615)

251  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what further action the Government will undertake to eliminate subsidies to the fishing industry to reduce capacity as agreed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development; and by which year this pledge will need to be met to help achieve the 2015 millennium development goals.

 (74618)

252  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how the Government plans to develop the partnership agreed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development to increase the capacity of coastal developing countries to tackle and manage their fish resources; and by which year these partnerships will need to be fully operational to help achieve the 2015 millennium development goals.

 (74617)

253  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what ecological surveys have been conducted by (a) English Nature and (b) his Department in respect of the sites identified for development as asylum accomodation centres to determine the presence of protected species; if the Government will publish the reports; and what further plans the Government has to commission such surveys.

 (74521)

254  Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has made to implement the recommendation of the Anderson Committee that the question of compensation for communities accommodating emergency disposal sites should be researched.

 (73433)

255  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers have been declared bankrupt per month in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

 (74188)

256  Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of trends in farmers' suicides in the past 12 years; and how many such suicides have taken place per month in the last 12 years.

 (74189)

257  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether steps are being taken in the context of the review of the EU Common Agricultural Policy and Structural Funds to move towards a fairer funding distribution between urban and rural and agricultural interests.

 (73994)

258  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 22nd July, Official Report, columns 704-5W, on flood defences, on what basis her Department keeps financial records for expenditure incurred on flood defences in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

 (73656)

259  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to assist households on flood plains to obtain insurance cover from the end of this year; and if she will make a statement.

 (73655)

260  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions (a) have taken and (b) are due to take place between (i) her Department and (ii) the Government and the Association of British Insurers regarding insurance of householders on identified flood plains; and if she will make a statement.

 (73508)

261  Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the letter of 14th August, Ref 172597/JD to the honourable Member for Linlithgow, what monitoring has been done of the safeguards in the Protocol with Mauretania to protect fish resources off the West African Coast.

 (74196)

262  Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the letter to the honourable Member for Linlithgow of 14th August, Ref 172597/JD, what action she has taken during discussions on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy to seek a requirement that every bilaterial fisheries agreement should be accompanied by a rigorous stock assessment and conditional on an environmental and social impact assessment.

 (74197)

263  Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the letter to the honourable Member for Linlithgow of 13th July, Reference MC 172596/am, what information she has submitted to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea and its Advisory Council on Ecosystems about the proposal of Dr David Conover that big fish should be returned to the sea, in the interests of total biomass harvested.

 (74195)

264  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by her Department since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within her Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74684)

265  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding arrangements have been proposed to deal with disposal in the county of Cambridgeshire of (a) refrigerators and (b) tyres.

 (74222)

266  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what provision there is to provide support to (a) home owners, (b) farmers and (c) businesses whose properties have been or may in the future be subject to flooding in the Huntingdon constituency.

 (74223)

267  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the target is for domestic energy efficiency improvements.

 (74227)

268  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the agendas and minutes for meetings of the cross-departmental working group in fiscal arrangements for farm tenancies.

 (73912)

269  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the cross-departmental working group on fiscal arrangements for farm tenancies has been established.

 (73911)

270  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress is being made to allow farm tenants greater flexibility to diversify their income-earning activities on farms that they rent.

 (73910)

271  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress is being made in addressing issues relating to the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995, with particular reference to section 4 of that Act.

 (74047)

272  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how she will measure the success of the Organic Action Plan; and what funding is being made available for the introduction of the Organic Action Plan.

 (73355)

273  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent by the Government on foot and mouth preparations and exercises in (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000.

 (73803)

274  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps have been taken to vaccinate against a future foot and mouth outbreak.

 (73887)

275  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the spread of Cameraria Ohridella; and what action her Department is taking.

 (74199)

276  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of UK farmers received European Community grants of over (a) £100,000 and (b) £500,000 per annum in each of the last five years.

 (73980)

277  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of UK farmers do not receive European Union grants.

 (73865)

278  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total tonnage was of the (a) white water and (b) blue water fishing fleet of the UK in (i) 1972, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 2002; how many vessels there were; and how many personnel were employed at sea.

 (73858)

279  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what negotiating points have been linked to the 12 mile derogation negotiating parties.

 (73871)

280  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is towards the transfer of fish from a trawler at sea onto a storage vessel for transportation to port.

 (73860)

281  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total sum of grants by the European Union to farmers was in (a) the UK and (b) other EU member states in the last year for which figures are available.

 (73859)

282  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations her Department made to the Commonwealth for assistance from veterinary experts during the foot and mouth epidemic.

 (73862)

283  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of UK farmers received European Union grants of under £10,000 per annum in each of the last five years.

 (73864)

284  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many UK fisheries vessels there are in each port of anchorage; and what proportion of them are foreign-owned.

 (73869)

285  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her policy towards inclusion of the issue of fishing quota-capping in the next Intergovernmental Conference.

 (73823)

286  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate she has made of the size of the UK fishing workforce (a) within the fleet and (b) in dependent industries.

 (73868)

287  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department have made of the effect of the Communities Vibrations Directive on working times for the agricultural workforce; if such an analysis was made at the time of initial discussions in the Working Group; what cost-analysis took place prior to final agreement; and if she will make a statement.

 (73824)

288  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the status of negotiations on the 12 mile derogation, with particular reference to the timescale.

 (73870)

289  Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answers to the honourable Member of Gordon of 30th April, Official Report, column 665, what conclusions she has reached on the assessment of the effect of a plastic shopping bag levy on litter and waste reduction and on consumer behaviour.

 (73975)

290  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many litres of organic milk were produced in the UK last year.

 (73315)

291  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many organic producers there were in the UK in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02.

 (73316)

292  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what was her Department's (a) planned and (b) actual expenditure on services from the Central Science Laboratory in 2001-02.

 (74700)

293  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's planned expenditure is on the Central Science Laboratory in (a) the current financial year and (b) each of the next three financial years.

 (74701)

294  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the net income derived by the Central Science Laboratory in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02 from (i) her Department, (ii) each other relevant government department or agency and (iii) the private sector.

 (74702)

295  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what dates slaughters have occurred on dangerous contact premises since 30th September 2001; if she will list (a) the number of premises and animals involved on each occasion broken down by type, (b) the numbers tested, with details of the types of test carried out and the results on each occasion, (c) the locations of the disposal sites of carcasses and method of disposal and (d) the number of premises and animals that were additionally slaughtered out on other premises as a result of the identification of infection of premises relating to these activities; and if she will make a statement.

 (74699)

296  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many complaints about attempts to sell energy contracts in association with warm front grants have been received by (a) her Department, (b) Ofgen and (c) warm front contractors and subcontractors in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 (73828)

297  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the conversion rate for energy from people applying for a warm front grant has been in each of the last five years for which figures are available in (a) the Blackpool South constituency, (b) the Blackpool Unitary Authority area, (c) in each Government office region and (d) England.

 (73829)

298  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with (a) Ofgem, (b) Energywatch and (c) other consumer and regulation agencies, about potential conflicts of interest when subcontractors promoting warm front grants (i) advertise for alternative energy suppliers on warm front promotional literature and (ii) set aside time to promote energy suppliers within warm front assessment interviews.

 (73879)

299  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the feasibility of separating promotion of and assessment for warm front grants from sales activity on behalf of energy companies.

 (73827)

300  Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what report was made by her official who travelled on board the ship with the sheep which were sent from Dover to the Continent on 15th July; and whether the Dutch authorities have confirmed that the sheep were transported in accordance with the route plan submitted to her Department.

 (73696)

301  Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in respect of the health certification carried out on the three consignments of live sheep exported from Dover to continental Europe on 21st July, how many of the sheep were rejected as unfit for the intended journey; where those sheep were taken; what problems were found in respect of the animals; what action was taken in respect of these problems; and what final destination address was given on the route plan for each of the consignments.

 (73695)

302  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what tonnage of the domestic waste collection was reused as a raw material in the manufacture of (a) plastic, (b) glass, (c) paper and (d) board in the last recorded 12 month period.

 (74573)

303  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of the total tonnage of waste was collected for recycling in the last recorded 12 month period; and what proportion of that was from (a) domestic and (b) industrial sources.

 (74576)

304  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which landfill site operators have submitted site conditioning plans; in each case (a) what classification they are seeking for their site, (b) for what capacity and (c) what substances; and which operators have not submitted plans.

 (73723)

305  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much tonnage was collected from segregated domestic waste broken down by (a) paper, (b) plastic, (c) glass and (d) metals in the last recorded 12 month period.

 (74574)

306  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what was the total tonnage of domestic waste collected in the last recorded 12 month period.

 (74575)

307  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what tonnage of collected segregated waste has been (a) landfilled and (b) fly-tipped in the last recorded 12 month period; and what proportion this is of the total waste collected.

 (74572)

308  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the honourable Member for Mid Bedfordshire will receive answers to written parliamentary questions 70950, 71005 and 71006, tabled for Answer on 19th July.

 (74577)

309  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance she provides on the timber procurement strategy.

 (74602)

310  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measurements she uses to monitor the change in levels of use of sustainable timber in public buildings.

 (74604)

311  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the steps that are taken to ensure that only sustainable timber is used on public projects.

 (74603)

312  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the change in the numbers of birds; and what steps are being taken to encourage the growth of the songbird population.

 (73556)

313  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the regulatory burdens that would arise from the implementation of European Commission Draft Instrument 7396/02, dated 21st March 2002, concerning the control of high-activity sealed sources; and if she will place a copy of the regulatory impact assessment in the Library.

 (73553)

314  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what incentive schemes are in place to (a) encourage farmers to avoid over-production, (b) increase the sustainability of farmers, (c) to make alternative use of surplus agricultural land and (d) extend the programme of crop growing for energy production.

 (73557)

315  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the level of her Department's funding for Horticulture Research International was in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

 (74661)

316  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement about the future financing of Horticulture Research International.

 (74660)

317  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures are being taken to ensure that the Countryside Agency's rural proofing checklist (a) is available to government departments and (b) informs policy decisions.

 (73989)

318  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will issue a consultation paper on the Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994; and if she will make a statement.¶B

 (74792)

319  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the external evaluation report of warm zones, if she will include North Staffordshire in this programme when it is brought into operation.¶B

 (74800)

320  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 23rd July, ref 70633, if she has applied to the European Court to intervene in the case.

 (73698)

321  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will outline the new strategy for sustainable food and farming in England.

 (73749)

322  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what cost analysis has been undertaken to assess how much the delays in testing for Bovine TB have cost the farming industry.

 (73840)

323  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations he has (a) received from and (b) made to the NFU; what was discussed; and when the next meeting will take place.

 (73842)

324  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what specific reforms in line with the Curry Report she estimates will be made possible by the Comprehensive Spending Review.

 (73779)

325  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken to support the dairy industry.

 (73756)

326  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the negotiations between the Government and outside contractors regarding the backlog of cattle TB testing.

 (73731)

327  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proposals were made by farming industry representatives regarding the softening of the economic impact on the herd movement restrictions as a result of bovine TB during the meeting with them on 27th June.

 (73741)

328  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food; and what progress they have made since their formation.

 (73736)

329  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the eligibility requirements are of the Agricultural Development Scheme; and what will be the number and value of the grants distributed.

 (73757)

330  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what she estimates the total cost has been of Bovine TB testing delays to farmers.

 (73837)

331  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the priorities are of the new Agricultural Development Scheme.

 (73758)

332  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to pay more than market value for cattle compulsorily slaughtered under TB control measures.

 (73733)

333  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of this Department's measures to tackle poverty in Paisley North.

 (73661)

334  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints of mis-selling of endowment policies by independent financial advisors have been made to the FSA in the last three years.

 (73666)

335  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are benefiting from (a) working families tax credits and (b) children's tax credits in Paisley North.

 (73663)

336  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were estimated to be (a) employed and (b) unemployed in (i) Paisley North, (ii) Renfrewshire and (iii) Scotland in each of the last two years.

 (73671)

337  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress was made on tackling global poverty at the recent G8 summit.

 (73665)

338  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the proportion of people with endowment mortgages who have policies which are unlikely to pay the original sum borrowed.

 (73664)

339  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress is being made through The World Bank and the IMF in tackling (a) global poverty and (b) land reform in developing countries.

 (73662)

340  
N  
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in centralised procurement of broadband networks for government use.

 (71405)

341  Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many commercial property valuation tribunal hearings are listed for hearing in 2004.¶B

 (74801)

342  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total annual cost to PEP investors of the reduction in the dividend tax credit in April 1999 in each subsequent financial year.

 (74493)

343  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) general and (b) single company PEP plans were in existence in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) 2001-02; and how many UK individuals had investments in PEPs in each year.

 (74488)

344  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the financial benefits accruing to the Inland Revenue as a result of the tax status of Mapeley Steps Limited.

 (74490)

345  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue the Treasury has received as a result of the decision to sell Inland Revenue buildings to Mapeley Steps Limited; and what was the value of alternative bids received.

 (74487)

346  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average annual cost to (a) each PEP plan and (b) each PEP investor of the reduction in the dividend tax credit to PEPs in April 1999 in the financial years (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02.

 (74492)

347  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when (a) he and (b) the Paymaster General were informed of the decision to sell Inland Revenue buildings to Mapeley Steps Limited; and when he was informed of the announcement by the Inland Revenue that the company was based in Britain.

 (74489)

348  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer in relation to communications data as defined in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, how many officials from (a) the Inland Revenue and (b) Customs and Excise he estimates will be authorised to seek access to communications data; and how many times officials have sought access to such data from communications providers such as Internet service providers under the Data Protection Act 1998 in the last year; and if he will make a statement.

 (74477)

349  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by his Department since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within his Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74688)

350  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions (a) ministers and (b) Treasury officials have met Mr Patrick Butcher, former Finance Director of London Underground, since 1997; and what was discussed at each meeting.

 (74444)

351  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with other departments on reducing (a) its level of early retirements and (b) the number of people leaving early on sickness or ill health grounds.

 (73713)

352  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost of preparing for entry into the euro for (a) central government, (b) local government, (c) business and (d) the UK economy.

 (73712)

353  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with representatives in local government on the subject of preparing for entry into the euro.

 (73711)

354  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to recharge each department for the costs of possible entry into the euro.

 (73709)

355  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on preparing for entry into the euro.

 (73710)

356  Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the revenue that would be lost to Her Majesty's Government if HM Customs were no longer able to stop any British citizen returning to the UK with cigarettes and alcohol on which no tax had been paid.

 (74343)

357  Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy for the time of death to appear on death certificates.

 (73419)

358  Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to require practitioners completing death certificates to include illnesses for which there is medical evidence rather than clinical suspicion.

 (73420)

359  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the economic impact on the UK of the harmonisation, in the EU, of taxes on diesel fuel at current fuel prices and taxation levels.

 (73825)

360  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many transsexual people have applied to have their birth certificates changed since the European Court of Human Rights ruling on 11th July on the case of Goodwin and I v UK.

 (73917)

361  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been paid in (a) subsidies, (b) grants, (c) tax reliefs and (d) other financial aid to (i) the farming industry, (ii) other rural recipients, (iii) the black community and (iv) the gay community in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (74613)

362  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has started the assessment of the five economic tests for membership of the euro; and if he will make a statement.

 (73976)

363  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to require mortgage lenders who operated a dual rate to compensate borrowers who took out loans at the higher rate.

 (74762)

364  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 20th June, Official Report, column 447W, if he will set out the Financial Services Agency's proposed powers post-2004 in relation to the regulation of mortgages and general insurances.

 (74241)

365  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assets are held in the United Kingdom by (a) the Government and (b) other public authorities based in Madagascar; on what grounds action has been taken to freeze such assets; what mechanisms are available for concerned parties to (i) make representations and (ii) appeal against his action; and what action has been taken by other European Union countries against accounts held by authorities in Madagascar.

 (74158)

366  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Office of National Statistics has to publish the results of the Census in Northern Ireland; and what the breakdown is of (a) the adult population and (b) children under 18 years of age in each parliamentary constituency by religious belief and perceived community origin.

 (74159)

367  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a document in respect of all acts of Parliament placing powers and obligations on Her Majesty's Government and other parties in the United Kingdom whose functioning would be affected by United Kingdom accession to the European currency, indicating in each case the section of each act concerned and that of the respective legislative instrument of the European Union.

 (74117)

368  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list each new obligation which would apply to the Government and others in the United Kingdom, on adoption of the Euro as a currency, stating in each case the treaty together with the party to which it would apply.

 (74118)

369  Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for (a) Scotland and (b) each unitary local authority area in Scotland the (i) weekly median earnings and (ii) the distribution of earnings for those earning (A) under the point below which 10 per cent. of earners fall and (B) the point above which 10 per cent. of earners exceed, broken down by (1) male manual, (2) male non-manual, (3) all male workers, (4) female manual, (5) female non-manual and (6) all female workers.

 (74312)

370  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer against which departmental budget the funding for the proposed Liabilities Management Authority, set out in CM 5552, Managing the Nuclear Legacy, will be attributed.

 (73564)

371  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to ensure that banking services are available to those living in rural areas.

 (73987)

372  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total quantity of Class A drugs targeted on the UK for financial year 2001¸02; and if he will make a statement.¶A

 (74778)

373  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answers of 24th July, Official Report, column 1197-9W, on the Commissioner for Public Appointments, (a) for which panel an additional candidate was put forward and (b) which bodies only have informal performance assessment systems in place; and if he will make a statement.

 (74279)

374  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Office of National Statistics will publish its joint letter with the National Audit Office concerning the accounting treatment of Network Rail; and if he will make a statement¶A

 (74769)

375  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date he expects to complete Her Majesty's Customs and Excise reviews of the compliance costs of (a) excise gambling regimes, (b) customs procedures for international trade, (c) hydrocarbon oils, (d) alcohol duties and (e) tobacco duties; and if he will make a statement.

 (74131)

376  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenues have been recovered by the Inland Revenue's special investigation section in each of the last five fiscal years; and if he will make a statement.¶B

 (74799)

377  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the data on (a) outputs and (b) resources underlying the report in the Customs and Excise Spring 2002 report (Cm 5427) on PSA 2000 target; and if he will make a statement.¶A

 (74782)

378  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what discount rate is used for public sector pension schemes in the accounts published for financial years (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.

 (74126)

379  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to public funds of fuel duty rebates and reduced rates of duty on (a) red diesel and (b) kerosene in the last three years; and if he will make a statement.¶A

 (74774)

380  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what improvements have been made to the collection of statistics published on 5th May 1998, Official Report, column 331; what plans he has to introduce new indices of indirect taxation; and if he will make a statement.

 (74556)

381  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff have moved out of employment of HM Treasury owing to reorganisation of the machinery of government as a result of the creation of, and changing of functions of (a) the Office of Government Commerce, (b) the Debt Management Office and (c) other Chancellor's departments and agencies since 1997; and if he will make a statement.¶B

 (74797)

382  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place a progress report on the Customs and Excise interactive data input and editing system for traders in the Library; and if he will make a statement.¶A

 (74780)

383  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will bring forward proposals on who should sign the whole of government accounts; and if he will make a statement.

 (74124)

384  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what amount of outstanding trader liabilities were written off by Customs and Excise in the latest year for which data is available; and if he will make a statement.¶A

 (74772)

385  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the yield of extending the base of employees' national insurance contributions to benefits in kind; and if he will make a statement.

 (74120)

386  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suspect VAT registrations have been refused under the programme to counter VAT missing trader fraud; how many missing trader registrations have been identified and cancelled since August 2001; what the value is of total injunctions secured since August 2001 against missing traders; and if he will make a statement.

 (74128)

387  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will publish the Customs and Excise survey of compliance cost for VAT registered businesses; and if he will make a statement.¶A

 (74776)

388  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide an update of his November 2001 estimate of the cost of VAT missing trader fraud; and if he will make a statement.

 (74130)

389  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place the results of the research programme on the dynamics of the UK and international drugs market undertaken by Customs and Excise in the Library; and if he will make a statement.¶A

 (74779)

390  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he had made of the quantity of red diesel consumed at United Kingdom airports; and if he will make a statement.

 (74122)

391  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will publish updated service delivery agreements; and if he will make a statement.¶A

 (74771)

392  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the legal consequences of the vacancy for the deputy governorship of the Bank of England; and if he will make a statement.

 (74119)

393  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if the National Audit Office will be invited to review the methodology for calculating VAT missing trader fraud; and if he will make a statement.

 (74127)

394  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the latest estimate of outstanding trader debt as defined in Spending Review 2000 PSA target one for Customs and Excise; and if he will make a statement.¶A

 (74775)

395  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 10th July, Official Report, column 1030W, on the Royal Mint, if he will make a statement on progress on the independent review.

 (74288)

396  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what studies his Department is undertaking of tax avoidance by captive insurance companies based in UK overseas dependent territories; and if he will make a statement.¶B

 (74798)

397  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a progress report on the Customs and Excise electronic self-service facilities for current internal based administrative processes; and if he will make a statement.¶A

 (74781)

398  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will publish the full results of the retrospective application of the revised Treasury technical note, How to Account for PFI Transactions; and if he will make a statement.

 (74125)

399  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what target Customs and Excise has set for illicit market share in the tobacco market by 2003¸04; and if he will make a statement.¶A

 (74773)

400  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of the inheritance tax cultural exemption scheme; and if he will make a statement.

 (74121)

401  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) percentage and (b) absolute reduction in VAT missing trader fraud since September 2000; and if he will make a statement.

 (74129)

402  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish outturn figures for the pilot system for VAT declarations over the Internet; and if he will make a statement.¶A

 (74777)

403  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the full year yield of a 50 per cent. tax rate on (a) gross incomes and (b) taxable incomes of more than £100,000 a year for financial years, (i) 2002-03 and (ii) 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.

 (74132)

404  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what evidence was presented by Customs and Excise officials to the Bank of England on 19th September 1988 that Manuel Noriega had been using the Bank of Credit and Commerce International to launder money.

 (74516)

405  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will disclose the names of those officials attending a working lunch on 19th September 1988 between Customs and Excise and Treasury officials; and if he will make a statement.

 (74517)

406  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to refocus the work of HM Customs & Excise, Cowes; and what he means by the term refocussing.

 (73915)

407  
N  
Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in centralised procurement of broadband networks for government use.

 (71401)

408  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what methodology was used to determine the targets in the Comprehensive Spending Review.

 (73770)

409  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received regarding the level of salaries of public servants; and what the outcomes were of those representations.

 (73835)

410  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average annual salary was, broken down by region and industry in the last 12 months.

 (73963)

411  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the trends in productivity growth; and what the latest productivity growth figures are.

 (73746)

412  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what role economic incentives have in respect of the targets in the Comprehensive Spending Review.

 (73769)

413  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the performance and role of the Financial Services Authority over the last 12 months.

 (73738)

414  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer which tax credit application forms (a) are available on the Internet for download and (b) can be filled in on a computer screen; and how many electronic application forms have been submitted over the Internet for each relevant tax credit during the last 12 months.

 (74728)

415  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the tax credit advertising campaign outlined in the Treasury press release dated 16th September is expected to cost, broken down into the costs of each element of the campaign.

 (74726)

416  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will identify the components of the line labelled Tax Credits in table A10 in the Comprehensive Spending Review document, Command Paper 5570; whether it includes all personal tax credit expenditure that is classified as negative taxation; and if he will make a statement on the reduction in the figure between 2002-03 and 2003-04.

 (74709)

417  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the new tax credit claim pack being sent to existing WFTC/DPTC and children's tax credit claimants and (b) other information available to prospective claimants, including leaflets NTC/1 and NTC/2.

 (74725)

418  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made on the commitment to end child poverty; what resources have been devoted to this commitment; and what achievements have been made.

 (74424)

419  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce standards against which the progress of the policies to end child poverty can be measured.

 (74426)

420  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what government assistance is available to companies that find it difficult to get affordable liabilities insurance.

 (74446)

421  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the (a) public, (b) private and (c) voluntary sectors in combining the effort to end child poverty.

 (74425)

422  Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if she will state the (a) number and (b) percentage of days lost to strike action in the (i) private sector and (ii) public sector in each year since 1997.

 (74385)

423  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli Government on the death of Sheikh Salah Shahada and others on 22nd July.

 (73380)

424  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times the revised certificate he signed last December with respect to Section 28 of the Data Protection Act 1998 has been used by the Intelligence Service and GCHQ in relation to (a) the right of access to personal data and (b) the disclosure of personal data to the Service or GCHQ; and if he will make a statement.

 (74481)

425  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many subject access requests have been received by the Intelligence Service and GCHQ since the right of access afforded by the Data Protection Act 1998 came into effect; how many of these requests were from data subjects who were not employed or contracted to the Service; and whether any request for access has resulted in personal data being obtained by data subjects.

 (74480)

426  Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what expenditure BIOT has undertaken on democratic representation of the Ilois people; and what is the current level of welfare spending.

 (74656)

427  Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Ilois people had UK passports issued to them under the terms of the Immigration and Nationality Act 1971; and how many were issued in (a) Mauritius, (b) the Seychelles, (c) London and (d) other places.

 (74657)

428  Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what applications he has received from the USA to construct new aircraft hangars on Diego Garcia; and if he will make a statement.

 (74654)

429  Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what arrangements are being considered by BIOT officials for the Ilois people to visit the Chagos Islands, including Diego Garcia; and if he will make a statement.

 (74655)

430  Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent descussions have been held at the UN concerning a referendum of Saharwi people on the future of the Western Sahara.

 (74662)

431  Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his statement of 23rd July, Official Report, column 960, if he will place in the Library details of his information about the similar amount to the $11 million paid on or about 23rd December 1988 paid 18 months before.

 (73716)

432  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by his Department since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within his Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74686)

433  Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome was of the General Affairs Council held on 23rd July; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.

 (73529)

434  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 16th August from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mohammad Aamrk Iqbal.

 (74562)

435  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 9th August from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr E. Stephen.

 (74563)

436  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the political situation in Madagascar; and what recent action has been undertaken by representatives of Her Majesty's Government to protect free elections and the furtherance of democracy and defence of democratic institutions in Madagascar.

 (74157)

437  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the future status of the British Indian Ocean Territory.

 (74191)

438  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what options are being considered by the Government after the expiration of the agreement granting the United States joint military use of Diego Garcia.

 (74193)

439  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the claims of Mauritius and the Seychelles to the Chagos Archipelago of British Indian Ocean Territory.

 (74192)

440  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library details of the representations made to the United Kingdom from en route countries in respect of the return shipment of rejected MOX fuel from Japan to Sellafield.

 (73552)

441  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the applications for the export of military equipment to (a) the United States and (b) Israel which have been turned down since May 1997.

 (73563)

442  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a further statement, with reference to the documents made public by the Australian Government in September 2000, on the attack at Balibo, East Timor on 16th October 1975.

 (73697)

443  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Nigeria about the decision under Sharia law to stone to death Amina Lawal.

 (74324)

444  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the dates were of the 16 ministerial level meetings held under the Brussels Process between November 1984 and February 1999.

 (73981)

445  Mr Michael Trend (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Mongolia over the case of Ms B. Khanddolgar, Editor-in-Chief of the UG newspaper, recently imprisoned for alleged slander; and if he will make a statement.

 (74510)

446  Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Strategic Export Controls Report 2001.

 (74664)

447  Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps (a) have been taken since 1991-92 and (b) are being taken to ensure the compliance of Iraq with Paragraph 30 of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 687; and if he will make a statement.

 (74665)

448  Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department had with the Department for Trade and Industry regarding the decision to license the export of beryllium to (a) India and (b) Iran in 2001.

 (74698)

449  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what refreshment provisions are available to members of the public at the British Embassy in Sri Lanka.

 (74114)

450  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Afghanistan Government's strategy for its fight against drugs; and what the UK's role was in the development of this strategy.

 (73786)

451  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pusuant to his Answer of 21st June, Official Report, column 633W, on Malcolm Rennie and Brian Peters, when the families of Brian Peters and Malcolm Rennie were informed of the report by HM Vice-Consul in Jakarta on the men's funeral service.

 (73422)

452  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Indonesian authorities over the conduct of General Wiranto during the East Timorese ballot in 1999.

 (73423)

453  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 21st June, Official Report, column 633W, on Malcolm Rennie and Brian Peters, whether information from interviews conducted by James Dunn in 1977 regarding the deaths of Malcolm Rennie and Brian Peters has been passed to the families.

 (73421)

454  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received in favour of the use of solvent detergent-treated transfusion plasma produced from United States of America plasma; and if he will make a statement.

 (74057)

455  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information (a) PCTs and (b) strategic health authorities are required to provide to his Department in respect of the risk sharing scheme for MS drug therapies.

 (73309)

456  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place for the management and independent inspection of the Frozen Embryo bank; and how many mismatches have been (a) claimed and (b) verified in the last year.

 (74761)

457  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will undertake an interim review to assess progress in implementing the risk sharing scheme for drug therapies for MS; and if he will make a statement.

 (73357)

458  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide funding to allow all NHS patients to access virus-inactivated plasma; and if he will make a statement.

 (74060)

459  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason the Government did not decide in 1998 to stop the use in transfusions of fresh frozen plasma derived from UK donors; and if he will make a statement.

 (74061)

460  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the success of the risk sharing scheme for the MS drug therapies since its inception.

 (73310)

461  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make the reporting of adverse incidents associated with transfusions in the NHS mandatory.

 (74058)

462  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what system of audit was set up alongside the risk sharing scheme for MS drug therapies announced in February.

 (73308)

463  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to reduce the mortality and morbidity levels associated with fresh frozen plasma.

 (74059)

464  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Government stars were awarded to hospitals within the NHS trusts whose boundaries include the proposed asylum accommodation centre sites; and how many such stars were awarded to hospitals covering the short-listed asylum accommodation centre sites not chosen.

 (74522)

465  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the contracts to manufacture vaccines awarded to Powderject by his Department over the past two years, stating in each case what vaccines were to be supplied, when the order was placed, what the value of each contract was, where each vaccine was to be manufactured and whether the order was put out to a full competitive tender.

 (74235)

466  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which company was awarded the contract to produce anti-tuberculosis vaccines for his Department last March; how much the value of that contract came to; and whether the cost represented a significant increase on previous contracts to manufacture similar vaccines.

 (74234)

467  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what preparations his Department has made with respect to purchasing further doses of smallpox vaccine, subsequent to the contract awarded to Powderject.

 (74233)

468  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role Impfstoffwerke Dessau Tornau is to play in the manufacture of the smallpox vaccine which will be supplied to the Government by Powderject.

 (74232)

469  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make available at reasonable cost ambulatory and/or liquid oxygen to those with respiratory difficulties likely to benefit.

 (74640)

470  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to make more asthma nebulisers available on prescription.

 (74639)

471  Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when a health minister last made an official visit to Worthing West; and if a Minister will visit Worthing West to discuss general practitioner services.

 (74768)

472  Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the average general practitioner list in Worthing West.

 (74766)

473  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to publish his Department's new code of practice on confidentiality and consent for people working in the National Health Service.

 (73753)

474  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the discussions between his officials and the Multi-faith joint First National Working Group in relation to advice and information for hospital chaplains.

 (73750)

475  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the findings of the Patient Information Advisory Group with regard to the work of hospital chaplains.

 (73754)

476  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were waiting (a) for inpatient treatment in the last two available quarters and (b) over 13 weeks for an outpatient appointment in the last three months in the Middlesex Hosptial Trust area.¶A

 (74791)

477  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimates his Department has made of the total cost to social services departments of the recent decision by the Competition Commission Appeal Tribunal on social services department funding of care home placements.¶A

 (74789)

478  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he will issue to social services departments in England on abiding by the recent Competition Commission Appeal Tribunal decision on social services department funding of care home placements; and if he will make a statement.¶A

 (74790)

479  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the recent report into the preparation of the Social Services Inspectorate report on children's services in the London Borough of Haringey.

 (74435)

480  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for each month since NHS Professional commenced operations, how many people were awaiting payments; how much was owed (a) on average and (b) in total; and what the average length of wait for a payment was.

 (74433)

481  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out the GCSE exam performance of looked-after children in 2002.

 (74436)

482  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has given to the Social Services Inspectorate concerning the role of inspected social services departments assisting service users and carers in completing questionnaires distributed as part of a Social Services Inspectorate inspection.

 (74434)

483  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out the steps his Department has taken and plans to take to identify and remove incompatibility between NHS and social service information systems.

 (74427)

484  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide Government support for Tinnitus research.¶A

 (74785)

485  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evaluation he has made of the measures (a) available and (b) required to prevent, treat and manage cases of chronic hepatitis C infection.

 (73896)

486  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ask the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition to review evidence on the effects of folic acid in lowering homocysteine and reducing cardiovascular disease.

 (73893)

487  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what responsibility the Food Standards Agency has with respect to informing Government policy on the fortification of flour with folic acid.

 (73894)

488  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects of fortifying flour with folic acid on (a) the occurrence of birth defects and (b) the incidence of cardiovascular disease in other countries.

 (73895)

489  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will make a decision on his policy on the fortification of flour with folic acid.

 (73892)

490  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average amount paid to Her Majesty's Government from the prescription charge was for each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

 (73714)

491  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what studies his Department has commissioned on the impact of mercury in vaccines and its effect upon children; and if he will make a statement.

 (73787)

492  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by his Department since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within his Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74680)

493  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there are for (a) nurses and (b) doctors in the Huntingdon constituency.

 (74320)

494  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residential care home places for elderly people were closed in the Huntingdon constituency during the last 12 months.

 (74221)

495  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many users of oxygen therapy there are in Huntingdonshire.

 (74231)

496  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to deal with medical problems associated with growth hormone deficiency.

 (73351)

497  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) the Pituitary Foundation, (b) the Royal College of Physicians and (c) the Society for Endocrinology on the subject of growth hormone deficiency.

 (73352)

498  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the average cost of treatment for individuals suffering from growth hormone deficiency in the last year for which figures are available.

 (73353)

499  Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many private care homes do not comply with the equivalent standard of care provided by public authorities; if he will specify the improved conditions he has now abandoned; and if he will encourage local authorities to re-open or open premises providing after-care services for the elderly.

 (74469)

500  Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to answer the correspondence from the honourable Member for Crewe and Nantwich, referred to him by the Prime Minister, concerning Dr Chai Patel and his membership of advisory committees; and if he will list those committees.

 (74342)

501  Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set a national target for reduction of epilepsy deaths.

 (74052)

502  Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many neurologists and paediatric neurologists with a specialism in epilepsy there are in the UK.

 (74051)

503  Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Home Office is being consulted on the Action Plan to address the findings in the National Audit of Epilepsy-Related Death on the adequacy of post-mortem investigations.

 (74050)

504  Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to address the information and support needs for bereaved families affected by SUDEP and other epilepsy deaths.

 (74048)

505  Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to address the findings in the epilepsy deaths report on the adequacy of post-mortem investigations.

 (74049)

506  Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many unfilled individual vacancies there were at 1st April for (a) general practitioners, (b) practice-based and district nurses, (c) health visitors, (d) NHS chiropodists, (e) dental practitioners treating NHS patients, (f) dental nurses and (g) NHS dental hygienists in the Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust area.

 (74258)

507  Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the average NHS patient list size for (a) general practitioners and (b) dental practitioners, broken down by each primary care trust in England.

 (74257)

508  Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioners (a) took early retirement and (b) left for other reasons from primary care practice in Sunderland in each year since 1998.

 (74259)

509  Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) female and (b) male GPs took up their first post in the NHS since 1998; what available number of GP training places there were in each year since 1998; what special measures were taken locally to recruit GPs since 1998; broken down by each health authority/PCT in the Northern and Yorkshire areas; and if he will make a statement.

 (74256)

510  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies for general practitioners there were in the Taunton constituency in each year since 1996; and if he will make a statement.

 (74089)

511  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds have been blocked in Somerset hospitals in each month in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002.

 (74112)

512  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nursing posts there are at the (a) Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust and (b) South Somerset NHS Trust which have been vacant for three months or more.

 (74111)

513  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans her Department has to tackle obesity.

 (74056)

514  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice his Department has given to pharmacies to have epipens available to treat anaphylactic attacks.

 (73900)

515  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirements there are for pharmacies to have epipens available to treat anaphylactic attacks.

 (73899)

516  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice his Department has given to (a) nursery and (b) primary schools about special measures for children susceptible to (i) anaphylactic shocks and (ii) other allergies.

 (73897)

517  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the availability in (a) schools, (b) chemists, (c) restaurants and (d) doctor's surgeries of epipens to treat anaphylactic shocks.

 (73898)

518  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of whether percutaneous coronary interventions with bare stents increased after the National Institute for Clinical Excellence completed its appraisal of stents in May 2000.

 (74216)

519  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the cost of readmitting patients who have restenosis after revascularisation.

 (74218)

520  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department has set targets for the reduction of restenosis following stenting in revascularisation.

 (74217)

521  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of women benefiting from treatment for breast cancer (a) before and (b) after publication of the most recent NICE guidance; and if he will make a statement.

 (74213)

522  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on the availability of taxanes; and if he will make a statement.

 (74214)

523  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of food poisoning were contracted during a hospital stay in each of the last five years, broken down by trust.

 (74202)

524  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received regarding the mechanisms in place to ensure equitable uptake for new treatments for Alzheimer's; and if he will make a statement.

 (74208)

525  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to ensure that health economic data used by NICE is accurate, reliable and up-to-date; and if he will make a statement.

 (74209)

526  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on taxanes for breast cancer for the most recent financial year available, broken down by (a) health authority and (b) health trusts; and if he will make a statement.

 (74212)

527  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review the prescription charging system.

 (74198)

528  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent in the last 12 months on Alzheimer's treatments; how many patients benefitted from Alzheimer's treatments in that period broken down by (a) health authority and (b) health trust; and if he will make a statement.

 (74207)

529  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are in mixed sex wards, broken down by trust.

 (74201)

530  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will apply the obligatory safety monitoring and other patient safeguards which are standard for licensed pharmaceutical products to fresh frozen plasma and methylene blue-treated fresh frozen plasma.

 (74204)

531  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the reliability and accuracy of health economic data used by NICE in its appraisals; what mechanisms exist to review the reliability and accuracy of the data; and if he will make a statement.

 (74210)

532  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on the credibility and clarity of NICE guidance; and if he will make a statement.

 (74211)

533  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the usage rates of the NHS walk in centres; and if he will make a statement.

 (74200)

534  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much state subsidy the National Blood Authority has received over the past three years; if he will publish its full consolidated accounts in the future; and if he will make a statement.

 (74206)

535  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will announce his decision regarding the funding for the provision of non-UK plasma; and if he will make a statement.

 (74205)

536  Jane Griffiths (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are in place to prevent the transmissions of West Nile Fever in blood purchased from the United States for use in the UK.

 (74756)

537  Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 15th July, Official Report, column 121W, if he will make it his policy to collect this data.

 (73817)

538  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total running cost has been of the NHS Clinical Governance Support programmes.

 (73344)

539  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish his consultation paper on organ transplantation.

 (74237)

540  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the supply of transplantation surgeons in the United Kingdom (a) at present and (b) if targets for increased transplant activities are met.

 (74238)

541  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he has given NICE in respect of his policy of enhancing patient choice in the context of NICE appraisals of modes of dialysis.

 (74240)

542  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the progress towards the United Kingdom's transplants target of 2,500 transplants per annum by 2005-06.

 (74236)

543  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he has received about the viability of existing NHS hospitals providing open transplant surgical facilities.

 (74239)

544  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the (a) background and (b) intentions of the strategic leadership of the Clinical Governance Board programme led by the NHS Governance Support Team.

 (73350)

545  Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason methylene blue-treated fresh frozen plasma is being advocated for use in children and others by the National Blood Service; and what assessment he has made of its safety.

 (73932)

546  Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS trusts are required to transfuse anaemic cancer patients at the haemoglobin levels recommended by the British Committee for Standards in Haematology, following the publication of the Health Service Circular 2002/009, Better Blood Transfusion; Appropriate Use of Blood.

 (73958)

547  Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how he plans to ensure that clinicians provide patients with full information about treatment options available to them.

 (73941)

548  Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS trusts are required to give patients information on (a) the alternatives to transfusion and (b) the standards of transfusion in advance of receiving treatment following the publication of the Health Service Circular 2002/009, Better Blood Transfusion; Appropriate Use of Blood.

 (73959)

549  Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason there has been a delay in publishing the report on the future of neo-natal services in England; and when it will be published.

 (73935)

550  Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of blood donors who will be removed from the blood donor base if recipients of blood are banned from donating blood.

 (73931)

551  Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS hospitals have received delivery of new surgical instrument decontamination equipment as a result of the commitment of the £200 million at the start of 2001.

 (73979)

552  Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in the procurement rounds organised by the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency for new surgical instrument decontamination equipment since the commitment of £200 million at the start of 2001.

 (73978)

553  Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made with regard to spending the money announced at the start of 2001 to upgrade hospital decontamination facilities.

 (73977)

554  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health inspectors are available to check imports through the ports of (a) Southampton, (b) Bristol, (c) Portsmouth, (d) Poole, (e) Weymouth, (f) Bournmouth Airport and (g) Southampton Airport; and if he will make a statement.

 (72521)

555  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the financial position of the Salisbury Alcohol and Drugs Advisory Service; and what the waiting time is for an appointment.

 (72615)

556  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals in England have had PFI funding in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02.

 (73726)

557  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to him from honourable Members remain unanswered; broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii) two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old.

 (73918)

558  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what capacity his special advisers are involved in drafting answers to parliamentary questions tabled by honourable Members.

 (73921)

559  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he next plans to visit a hospital in Europe.

 (73920)

560  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he last visited a children's hospice; and what plans he has to do so this year.

 (73919)

561  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the planned cost is of administrative and support staff for the North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire NHS Health Authority in 2002-03.

 (74328)

562  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received concerning the Nursing and Midwifery Council's proposals to introduce compulsory insurance.

 (74330)

563  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of administrative and support staff in NHS organisations within the North Yorkshire Health Authority area in 1996-97; and what the planned cost is of administrative and support staff for (a) Hambleton and Richmondshire Primary Care Trust, (b) Craven, Harrogate and Rural District PCT, (c) Selby and York Primary Care Trust, (d) Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale PCT, (e) Harrogate Health Care Trust, (f) South Tees Hospital NHS Trust and (g) York Health Services NHS Trust in 2002-03.

 (74327)

564  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the rules are governing the consumption of alcohol and tobacco (a) on hospital premises, (b) in patient areas and (c) in emergency services staff areas.

 (74160)

565  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the operating cost was of the compulsory mobilisation of reserve forces doctors employed by the NHS on 16th May.

 (73930)

566  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the pilot scheme to refer NHS patients overseas for elective surgery.

 (73780)

567  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd July, ref 68035, what quality checks are in place for elective operations performed abroad under contract to the NHS.

 (73781)

568  Lembit O­pik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Nursing and Midwifery Council concerning their processing of registration applications from non-EU qualified nurses with special reference to the efficient process of applications for registration; and if he will make a statement.

 (74081)

569  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of sick days taken in each of the last five years for which figures are available as a result of illness arising from overweight and obesity; and what his strategy is for addressing this problem.

 (74459)

570  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total amount of Government funding has been for research and development into issues related to overweight people and obesity in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 (74458)

571  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many representations he has received in the past 12 months about obesity matters from (a) honourable and Right honourable Members, (b) organisations and (c) members of the public.

 (74463)

572  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information is given on the database of weight management services developed by his Department; and how many times it has been updated since it was created.

 (74460)

573  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for newspaper, television and radio campaigns concerning obesity, weight loss and healthy living.

 (74462)

574  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many financial directors were employed in the National Health Service in (a) 1979 and (b) 1997 and are now employed in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii) the UK.

 (73567)

575  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were receiving treatment with drug therapies for beta interferon in Essex on 5th May; and how many patients are now being treated with these therapies.

 (73513)

576  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what appeal procedures are in place to enable MS patients who have been denied a place on the beta interferon pilot to challenge that decision.

 (73511)

577  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of progress in implementing the risk-sharing scheme in relation to beta interferon; and if he will make a statement.

 (73514)

578  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what controls he intends to use to prevent consultants who do not agree with the wider use of beta interferon from preventing their qualifying MS patients from entering the pilot.

 (73512)

579  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what audit procedures are in place to ensure that local implementation takes place of the risk-sharing scheme involving drug therapies for beta interferon that he announced earlier this year.

 (73515)

580  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress is being made in making beta interferon available for MS sufferers by (a) primary care trusts and (b) hospital trusts serving patients in Essex.

 (73510)

581  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to reply to Mr J. A. Gibson's letter of Chiltern Drive, Barton on Sea, of 27th July, regarding the Access to Health Records Act 1990.

 (74659)

582  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the availability of funding for child and adolescent psychotherapists in South West Hampshire.

 (73938)

583  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many child and adolescent psychotherapists are practising in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight; and what funding is being made available for training posts.

 (73939)

584  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms his Department has put in place to remove the variations between trusts in the standard of structure and content of patient records.

 (73908)

585  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures are in place to enable a person to access patients' records made before 1st November 2001.

 (73906)

586  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many requests to access patient records were made in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001 under the Data Protection Act 1998.

 (73907)

587  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many requests were made to access health records for deceased persons in each year since the Access to Health Records Act 1990 came into force.

 (73908)

588  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many representations have been received by the Information Commissioner on access to patients' records being refused in each year since 1990.

 (73905)

589  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the projected lifetime cost is of implementing the booked admissions programme.

 (73324)

590  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the NHS IT programme, Delivering 21st Century IT support, to reach the OGC gate three investment decision.

 (73325)

591  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the NHS IT programme has passed its Gate Zero Gateway Review by the Office of Government Commerce.

 (73332)

592  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what formal assessment he has made of the relationship between size and risk in the successful procurement and delivery of NHS IT projects; and if he will publish such assessments and its supporting evidence.

 (73333)

593  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the e-Envoy's office will be involved in managing implementation of the NHS IT programme, Delivering 21st Century IT support.

 (73328)

594  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the e-Envoy's office will be involved in managing implementation of the NHS IT programme identified by the OGC as necessary following its Gate Zero Gateway Review.

 (73329)

595  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action plan his Department has to implement corrective actions identified by the Office of Government Commerce as necessary following its Gate Zero Gateway Review; and if he will place a copy of the plan in the Library.

 (73336)

596  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department had with potential preferred service providers before the Government announcement on NHS IT policy; and if he will list the potential preferred service providers with which such discussions were held.

 (73337)

597  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what clinical benefits are expected from the electronic transfer of prescriptions programme.

 (73326)

598  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total expected cost of implementing the NHS IT programme, Delivering 21st Century IT support is, for each year between 2003 to 2009, in terms of (a) current baseline spending and (b) additional investment.

 (73327)

599  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library the data underlying his Department's value for money scores in relation to the 1998 public service agreements; and if he will make a statement.¶A

 (74770)

600  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made the consequences for existing NHS IT suppliers of the preferred service provider model for NHS IT procurement; and if he will publish it.

 (73334)

601  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he has given to NHS trusts and PCTs relating to potential planning blight in the purchasing and installation of IT systems following the Government announcement on NHS IT policy on 12th June.

 (73335)

602  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he has received on the preferred services provider model for NHS IT procurement; and if he will make a statement.

 (74285)

603  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has agreed with the Office of Government Commerce an action plan to implement corrective actions to the NHS IT programme identified by the OGC as necessary following its Gate Zero Gateway Review.

 (73330)

604  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many corrective actions to the NHS IT programme were identified by the Office of Government Commerce as necessary following its Gate Zero Gateway Review; and if he will list them.

 (73331)

605  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the projected lifetime cost is of implementing the electronic transfer of prescriptions programme.

 (73323)

606  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ringfence grants to fund purchases of wheelchairs and other community equipment.

 (74502)

607  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what further action he is taking to improve the quality of, and reduce waiting times in, accident and emergency services at Northwich Park Hospital.

 (74501)

608  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking to improve services to get those who have chronic diseases but are of working age back to work.

 (74503)

609  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his response is to the Audit Commission's, Assisting Independence - Fully Equipped 2002; and if he will make a statement.

 (74513)

610  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he has taken to ensure that funding given to health authorities, hospital trusts, primary care trusts and social services to improve community equipment services, prosthetics departments and wheelchair services has increased capacity in all areas.

 (74512)

611  Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact upon the NHS of the call-up of military reservists during the Gulf War; and how many (a) nurses, (b) GPs, (c) medical consultants and (d) other health care professionals were subject to call-up as reservists.

 (74648)

612  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on (a) funding and (b) progress with medical research into fluoridation and (i) cancer rates and (ii) hip fractures.

 (74249)

613  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the progress of plans to register and inspect nursing agencies and residential family centres.

 (73727)

614  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the four projects that are directly related to generating and testing new vaccine candidates and make a statement on the Government's involvement in each.

 (73732)

615  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) UK and (b) EU legislation is in force regarding GM foods.

 (73857)

616  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the proliferation of drug-resistant bacterium.

 (73844)

617  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what organisations the Government fund that conduct research into drug resistant bacterium; and if he will list the annual amounts.

 (73841)

618  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the honourable Member for Spelthorne will receive a reply to his enquiries of the Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust of 5th March on behalf of Mr T Dartnell, a constituent, about his late wife.¶B

 (74803)

619  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the honourable Member for Spelthorne will receive a reply to his letter dated 22nd August in relation to correspondence with the Surrey and Sussex Health Authority dated 17th April about Mr G Smith, a constituent.¶B

 (74802)

620  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide financial assistance to people who cannot afford asthma medication.

 (73660)

621  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what bereavement counselling is available to parents who have lost a child.

 (74399)

622  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assistance the Government has given to the National Asthma Campaign in raising awareness of the effects of asthma.

 (73657)

623  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) information, (b) support and (c) services are available to (i) people with brain injury, (ii) their families and (iii) carers.

 (74422)

624  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has gone into research into the causes of asthma; and how much has been allocated to financing drug treatment in each of the last five years.

 (73659)

625  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines he issues to ensure that (a) parents are given a full explanation and (b) care and consideration is taken when death of a child occurs during surgery.

 (74400)

626  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions the Department has had with charities and the voluntary sector to provide and improve the quality of support, activities and facilities for people with brain injury.

 (74423)

627  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children have been diagnosed with asthma in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 (73658)

628  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on raising awareness of breast cancer since 1997; what progress has been made in cutting the number of deaths from breast cancer since 1997; and what care is available to people who suffer emotionally from the removal of a breast after treatment for breast cancer.

 (74406)

629  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have applied for asylum in Scotland in the last 12 months.

 (73692)

630  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have applied for work permits in Scotland in the last 12 months.

 (73678)

631  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for work permits have been rejected in the last 12 months.

 (73679)

632  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have had applications to remain in Scotland rejected in the last 12 months.

 (73677)

633  John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support will be made available from public funds for asylum seekers whose applications have taken more than six months to determine and who are unable to take up employment as a result of the recent withdrawal of the employment concession.

 (74255)

634  John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers whose applications have taken more than six months to determine have taken advantage of the concession to take up employment in each of the past three years; what estimate he has made of the resulting impact on public funds; and if he will make a statement.

 (74254)

635  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how he will respond to the widespread public belief found in Improving Public Attitudes to the Criminal Justice System, Home Office Research Study 245, that prison was the most effective sentence for reducing crime.

 (73783)

636  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he will take to alter public perception found in Improving Public Attitudes to the Criminal Justice System, Home Office Research Study 245, that crime was increasing.

 (73782)

637  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he will take in response to the finding of Home Office Research Study 45, Improving Public Attitudes to the Criminal Justice System, that overall knowledge of the criminal justice system among the general public was poor.

 (73785)

638  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he will take in response to the finding in Improving Public Attitudes to the Criminal Justice System, Home Office Research Study 245, that the provision of simple factual information about crime and sentencing had an impact on confidence in the criminal justice system.

 (73784)

639  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places will be provided in the further asylum accommodation centres proposed by his Department.

 (74509)

640  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines he has set in terms of numbers for the level of pressure on local authorities' housing for those authorities not to be considered suitable locations for an asylum accommodation centre; and what the level of pressure on local authorities' housing is in each of (a) the proposed accommodation centre sites and (b) the other sites short-listed but not chosen.

 (74646)

641  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which sites for proposed asylum accommodation centres his ministers have visited; and when these visits were made.

 (74523)

642  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contact his Department has had with the Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council regarding the potential impact of establishing an asylum seeker accommodation centre at RAF Turnhouse on council services in Edinburgh.

 (74184)

643  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with the Director of Education of the City of Edinburgh Council regarding the provision of educational facilities for asylum seekers in RAF Turnhouse.

 (74185)

644  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Scottish Executive will have the final decision in the consideration of planning permission for an asylum seeker accommodation centre at RAF Turnhouse.

 (74183)

645  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to identify potential sites for asylum seeker accommodation centres other than those already announced as under consideration.

 (74182)

646  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with the Director of Social Work of the City of Edinburgh Council regarding the provision of social services for asylum seekers at RAF Turnhouse.

 (74187)

647  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with the Director of Housing of the City of Edinburgh Council regarding the provision of housing facilities for asylum seekers (a) during their stay in and (b) after their departure from RAF Turnhouse.

 (74186)

648  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation his Department has had with the Chief Constable of the Lothian and Borders Police regarding the policing of the area near to an asylum accommodation centre at RAF Turnhouse.

 (74181)

649  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what compensation will be made available to people living close to sites of asylum seeker accommodation centres.

 (74180)

650  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on recent developments in the field of prison education.

 (74643)

651  Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will visit the shopkeepers in East Preston, West Sussex, to discuss armed robberies at retail premises.

 (74765)

652  Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many armed robberies have been recorded in East Preston, West Sussex, in the past two months.

 (74764)

653  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences involving acts of vandalism were committed by young people between the ages of 11 and 16 years in the last year for which figures are available.¶B

 (74793)

654  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were in post in (a) Hertsmere and (b) Hertfordshire (i) on 1st May 1997, (ii) on 1st May 2001 and (iii) according to the most recent figures available.

 (74454)

655  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many antisocial behaviour orders have been made in respect of residents of (a) Hertsmere and (b) Hertfordshire in each year since the inception of the orders.

 (74455)

656  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in relation to communications data, how many Immigration Service officials he estimates will be authorised to seek access to communications data and how many times officials have sought access to such data from communications providers such as Internet service providers under the Data Protection Act 1998 in the last year; and if he will make a statement.

 (74483)

657  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in relation to communications data, how many times (a) the Security Services and (b) each police force sought access to such data from communications providers such as Internet service providers in the last year; and if he will make a statement.

 (74482)

658  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the code of practice in relation to communications data; which public authorities will be able to have access to communications data; if he will make a statement on the support he has obtained from telecommunications companies for the concept of a voluntary code of practice to govern the access to communications data; whether he intends to use statutory powers to place access to communications data on a statutory footing; and if he will make a statement on the collective statement made by Data Protection Commissioners with regard to his proposals for the retention of communications data.

 (74584)

659  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in relation to personal data linked to fingerprints or DNA stored on national police computers, whether the personal data are marked to identify those personal data which are associated with individuals who are not criminals or who are not suspected of any criminality; and if he will make a statement concerning compliance with the Third and Fifth Data Protection Principles in relation to these personal data.

 (74484)

660  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the revised certificate he signed last December with respect to section 28 of the Data Protection Act 1998 has been used by the Security Service in relation to the disclosure of personal data to the Service; and if he will make a statement.

 (74583)

661  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what circumstances a police officer can take (a) fingerprints and (b) DNA samples from those stopped for motoring offences.

 (74586)

662  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library the response of the Information Commissioner to his consultation concerning his recent proposals for ID/entitlement cards; and if he will make a statement.

 (74485)

663  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals have personal data relating to fingerprints or DNA stored on national police computers; and what percentage of these records relate to individuals who are (a) not criminals and (b) not suspected of any criminality.

 (74585)

664  Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his latest estimate is of the cost to his Department of changeover to the euro; and if he will make a statement.

 (73694)

665  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by his Department since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within his Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74685)

666  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will review the UK Public Records to identify alleged or indicted Nazi war criminals living in the UK.

 (74745)

667  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what improvements have been made in international collaboration and exchanges of information between government authorities, law enforcement agencies and archive centres on alleged or indicted Nazi war criminals since 1997.

 (74746)

668  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what new measures have been taken since 1997 to ensure that alleged or indicted Nazi war criminals (a) have not visited and (b) are not now in the UK.

 (74744)

669  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contacts he maintains with government agencies in Eastern Europe and South America about alleged or indicted Nazi war criminals living in the UK.

 (74751)

670  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria his Department follows for (a) initiating deportation proceedings under the Immigration Act 1971 and (b) initiating denaturalisation proceedings under the British Nationality Act 1981.

 (74750)

671  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many violent crimes were recorded in Cambridgeshire in each of the last three years.¶A

 (74783)

672  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate (a) the total funding given by him to Cambridgeshire Police in each of the last three years and (b) the real terms change in this support in each of those years.¶A

 (74784)

673  Julia Drown (South Swindon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the time limits on early clearance certificates placed in passports abroad start from when the visa is granted and is given an early clearance certificate stamp.

 (73793)

674  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum were received at Stranraer port during each of the past five years.

 (73795)

675  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum have been (a) approved and (b) rejected in respect of Zimbabwean nationals since 1st January 2000.

 (73796)

676  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what facilities for processing asylum applications are available at Stranraer port.

 (73794)

677  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the number of cases of rape that went unreported in (a) Lancashire and (b) the north-west of England in the last 12 months.

 (73866)

678  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the number of cases of rape that went unreported in Wales in the last 12 months.

 (73867)

679  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of rape were reported in (a) Wales, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West of England in the last 12 months.

 (73813)

680  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign visits have been made by special advisers in his Department in the last 12 months; and what the (a) destination and (b) cost of each visit was.

 (73886)

681  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action she plans to take to help protect female students from rape.

 (73799)

682  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the number of drug dealers in the London Borough of Brixton in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001 and (d) 2002.

 (73884)

683  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) racially motivated, (b) violent, (c) street and (d) drug-related crimes were reported in (i) Lancashire and (ii) the North-West of England in the last 12 months.

 (73885)

684  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the handling of the application for indefinite leave to remain by Irena Iotova Nikolova (C1059475) of Taunton.

 (74326)

685  Jane Griffiths (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the climate change impact will be of the refrigerant to be used in the air conditioning in his Department's new building in Marsham Street.

 (74757)

686  Jane Griffiths (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people resident in Reading East became UK citizens in 2001.

 (74759)

687  Jane Griffiths (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which refrigerant will be used in the air conditioning in his Department's new building in Marsham Street.

 (74758)

688  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many doctors have been subject to investigation for erroneous completion of (a) death certificates and (b) cremation forms (i) in each health authority and (ii) in England and Wales in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

 (73883)

689  Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to require a practitioner other than the signatory to the death certificate to sign a cremation form.

 (73416)

690  Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what penalties are incurred by erroneous completion of (a) death certificates and (b) cremation forms.

 (73417)

691  Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce a requirement for post mortem examination when there is insufficient evidence relating to the nature of the illness suffered to complete a death certificate satisfactorily.

 (73418)

692  
N  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd July, Ref 56636, if there is a backlog in the National Asylum Support Agency dealing with correspondence; and what the average deviation is from the last three and 10 working day targets.

 (73929)

693  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 5th August from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Sulayman Yunes.

 (74569)

694  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 12th August from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Sard Aram Aziz.

 (74568)

695  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 13th August from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms S. Mohammed.

 (74567)

696  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 5th August from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Amanat Vilah.

 (74566)

697  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 22nd July from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs Ifra Raja.

 (74565)

698  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 25th July from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Kourosh Jahanshahi.

 (74564)

699  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 24th June from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Amir Chaudhry.

 (74561)

700  Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason Ronald Biggs was permitted to marry whilst serving a prison term.

 (73424)

701  Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are applied to investigate whether a marriage by a prisoner to a foreign national is for an ulterior purpose.

 (73425)

702  Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what effect the marriage of a prisoner to a foreign national has on the rights of (a) the marriage partner and (b) existing children to (i) remain in the United Kingdom, (ii) hold a British passport and (iii) obtain British citizenship.

 (73533)

703  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much he spent last year on public awareness campaigns about distraction burglaries.

 (73922)

704  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many caseworkers were employed at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in Croydon in each year since 1997.

 (73925)

705  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many distraction burglaries took place last year; and what steps he is taking to inform elderly, disabled and infirm people about bogus house-callers.

 (73924)

706  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many special constables were serving in (a) Sussex police and (b) Highdown division in each year since 1997.

 (73923)

707  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation there has been on the revised rules under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000 (Information) Order 2002; and what estimate he has made of (a) the additional time it will take for airlines to collect the data from passengers and (b) the potential delays caused by this procedure.[R]

 (74084)

708  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the rules are governing the consumption of alcohol and tobacco (a) on police premises, (b) in administration areas, (c) by police officers on duty outside police premises, (d) by staff on prison premises, (e) by prison officers on duty outside prisons, (f) by staff on fire service premises and (g) by fire staff on operational duties outside prisons.

 (74269)

709  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements he has made for the prompt and effective medical treatment for the leg injury sustained prior to his arrest by Mr Aiden Hulme, now a prisoner at Her Majesty's Prison, Belmarsh.

 ( 754270)

710  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on action taken following the recent Prison Service report on strip searching; what assessment he has made of technological developments that might replace routine strip searching; what his estimate is of the cost of replacing strip searching by metal detectors at Her Majesty's Prison, Holloway; what guidance he has issued on Prison Service policy and minor changes in procedures; what research he has commissioned to explore further changes in strip searching procedures; and what arrangements he has made for the statistical recording and monitoring of strip searches.

 (74268)

711  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with prison governors concerning implementation of the European Court of Human Rights' judgement on the protection of the right to a fair trial in relation to internal disciplinary procedures; and what measures he has taken for the adjustment of procedures to prevent violations.

 (74271)

712  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the outcome was of the North Wales Police investigation into the effectiveness of the use of a plastic baton round on 27th February; and at what distance from the target the baton round was discharged.

 (74177)

713  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the progress made in the Hilda Murrell murder investigation.

 (73717)

714  Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many roadside checks were carried out by each police force during the last 12 months for the purposes of (a) speed, (b) use of seat belts and child restraints, (c) vehicle safety and roadworthiness and (d) influence of alcohol or drugs.

 (73432)

715  Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimates he has received from the Metropolitan Police of the numbers of people present in and near the Mall on each day of the Jubilee celebrations.

 (73434)

716  Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the UK police forces which have a dedicated traffic enforcement division, how many officers there were in the divisions; and what these figures were as a percentage of the force strength.

 (73427)

717  Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the UK police forces which have disbanded their dedicated traffic divisions in the last 10 years.

 (73428)

718  Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many roadside checks undertaken by the Vehicle Inspectorate have had to be cancelled over the last 12 months owing to lack of police resources, broken down by police force.

 (73431)

719  Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of the safety camera initiative on the numbers of police officers employed on speed enforcement duties in those areas where it has been implemented.

 (73430)

720  Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the budget for traffic enforcement was in each police force for the last 10 years; and what each figure was expressed as a percentage of the force budget.

 (73429)

721  Joyce Quin (Gateshead East & Washington West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had in relation to air weapons including (a) minimum age for possession of such weapons and (b) a licensing system.

 (74099)

722  Mr David Rendel (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes have been recorded as having taken place at motorway service stations in West Berkshire in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) type of crime and (b) crimes occuring at Burghfield, Chieveley and Membury service stations separately; and what the overall figures is as a proportion of total crimes of each category in West Berkshire.

 (74251)

723  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long after the issue of a banning order for travelling to an overseas football match a relevant reason remains a consideration for the maintenance of the banning order.

 (74466)

724  Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how pregnant women who are seeking asylum are informed of their eligibilty for the maternity grant; and how many claimed the grant in the last 12 months.

 (73973)

725  Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how asylum seekers are informed how to claim the £50 one-off payment to which they are entitled after six months; and what proportion claimed this in the last 12 months.

 (73972)

726  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what part designers and contractors play in the Home Office Action Plan for Better Public Buildings.

 (74354)

727  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the backlog in asylum applications was at the end of each of the last 10 quarters for which figures are available.

 (74451)

728  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of illegal refugees entering Britain in each of the last five years.

 (74486)

729  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what policies he is planning to improve racial harmony in Britain.

 (74445)

730  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of refugees who have (a) entered Britain illegally, (b) remained in Britain after being refused asylum and (c) been given exceptional leave to remain in Britain after their asylum application has failed in each of the last five years.

 (74395)

731  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the measures taken to deter bogus asylum seekers in the last two years by the EU.

 (74450)

732  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many clandestine entrants into the United Kingdom were detected (a) on entry and (b) in the country in each month since March 2001.

 (73982)

733  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what penalties have been incurred by Capita on the Criminal Records Bureau contract; and if he will make a statement.

 (74123)

734  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much (a) street crime and (b) burglary was committed in each year since 1996 in Harrow; and how much street crime was committed in each year since 1996 in London.

 (74582)

735  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the level of street crime changed in (a) Harrow and (b) London between January and the end of August.

 (74580)

736  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes were committed in each year since 1996 in Harrow.

 (74581)

737  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much Government grant has been received by the Metropolitan Police to house officers under the Government's Starter Homes Initative.

 (74505)

738  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is towards sales of section houses and other residential accommodation owned by the Metropolitan Police.

 (74506)

739  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many section houses and other residential accommodation owned by the Metropolitan Police are for sale; and if he will make a statement.

 (74507)

740  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Metropolitan Police officers have been housed under the Government's Starter Homes Initative.

 (74504)

741  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to letters from the honourable Member for the Isle of Wight dated 6th February, 18th March, 1st May, 9th May and 24th June concerning an application dated 20th June for leave to remain on the basis of a subsisting relationship.

 (73704)

742  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of staff at HMP 4 YOI Ashfield in post one year ago remain in post at the latest date for which figures are available.

 (74449)

743  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes are planned in relation to (a) the annual pay formula used by firefighters and (b) the pay formula that police forces use.

 (73740)

744  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that deactivated guns are not reactivated.

 (73854)

745  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has given, and what legislation is in place, regarding illegal parking.

 (73834)

746  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people failed to comply with the conditions associated with their temporary immigration status in each year since 1997; and how many were reprimanded as a result.

 (73739)

747  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons have been temporarily admitted to the UK in each year since 1997; and what sanctions are used in the event of non-compliance with the conditions associated with their temporary status.

 (73747)

748  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to modify the systems for tracking illegal immigrants.

 (73777)

749  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will provide a breakdown of young offenders by (a) types of offence and (b) length of sentence in the last 12 months.

 (73765)

750  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the co-ordination between organisations in response to any terrorist attack.

 (73849)

751  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons have entered the UK for the purposes of (a) visiting, (b) study, (c) economic activity, (d) family reunion and (e) humanitarian protection in each year since 1997.

 (73748)

752  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes involving firearms occurred in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02.

 (74109)

753  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the recent National Crime Intelligence Service report.

 (73852)

754  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's role has been since 1997 in deactivating guns; if he will make a statement on the process of deactivating guns; and where such guns are stored once deactivated.

 (73855)

755  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of those convicted in the last 12 months were young offenders.

 (73856)

756  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received regarding capacity in prisons; and what plans he has to increase prison capacity.

 (73768)

757  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to prevent rape and related crimes against women and to promote rehabilitation after the crime has occurred.

 (73845)

758  Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans the Commission has to cap the subsidy for catering over the period of the Three Year Strategic Plan.

 (73759)

759  Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the Commission is planning to reduce the annual subsidy for catering set out on page 16 of the 24th Annual Report of the Commission.

 (73760)

760  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what future plans she has to help tackle HIV/AIDS in Southern African countries.

 (73693)

761  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial assistance her Department is providing to the countries of Southern Africa affected by severe drought.

 (73673)

762  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent action she has taken to help promote education for girls in developing countries.

 (73675)

763  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the outcome for heavily indebted countries of the recent G8 summit.

 (73674)

764  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the achievement of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in further debt cancellation in the developing world; and how this will relate to the 2015 millennium development goals.

 (74597)

765  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the agreement made on trade at the World Summit on Sustainable Development will relate to the 2015 Millennium Development goals.

 (74528)

766  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the achievement of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in addressing commodity prices; and how this will relate to the 2015 millennium development goals.

 (74608)

767  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the specific target reached on water and sanitation at the World Summit on Sustainable Development will relate to existing policies on the 2015 millennium development goals.

 (74607)

768  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessments he has made of the achievement of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in addressing commodity prices; and how this will relate to the 2015 millennium development goals.

 (74598)

769  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial target has been set for the Solidarity Fund on poverty in poorer countries agreed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development; how the Government intends encouraging voluntary contributions to the fund; and whether these will be from (a) business and (b) civil society.

 (74527)

770  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when the Anglo-France è100 million fund to guarantee business ventures in developing countries agreed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development will be established; for how long it will operate; how businesses will be seconded; to whom it will be accountable; and how the fund will relate to the 2015 Millennium Development goals.

 (74524)

771  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will press for the immediate suspension of debt repayments under the HIPC initiative for (a) Malawi, (b) Mozambique and (c) Zambia.

 (74525)

772  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the level of food security is in (a) Mozambique, (b) Angola, (c) Zambia, (d) Zimbabwe, (e) Malawi and (f) Swaziland; and if he will make a statement.

 (74614)

773  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the Government plans to implement the Accord on Patents for drugs in poorer countries, with particular reference to HIV/Aids drugs; and how this will relate to the recent Doha developments on patented drugs.

 (74606)

774  Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assistance (a) the UK and (b) the EU has provided to tackle famine in Southern Africa; and if she will make a statement.

 (74755)

775  Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department has given in the last five years to (a) education and (b) health projects in Kiribati.

 (73974)

776  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if, as a result of the G8 talks, she estimates that the UK will be on target to meet the millennium development goals; and if she will make a statement.

 (73568)

777  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the letter to the honourable Member for Linlithgow of 25th February, what discussions she has had with the Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Campaign the FAO and the Inter-African Bureau of Animal Resources on Tsetse control and eradication programmes; and if she will make a statement.

 (74194)

778  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by her Department since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within her Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74683)

779  Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli, Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if the United Kingdom is on target to meet its millennium development goals.

 (74141)

780  Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list her Department's total expenditure to (a) UNFPA for 2001-02, (b) WHO (Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98, (iii) 1998-99, (iv) 1999-2000, (v) 2000-01 and (vi) 2001-02, (c) UNICEF (SRH) for (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98, (iii) 1998-99, (iv) 1999-2000, (v) 2000-01 and (vi) 2001-02, (d) UNAIDS for 2001-02, (e) IPPF for 2001-02, (f) MSI for (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98, (iii) 1998-99, (iv) 1999-2000 and (v) 2001-02, (g) Population Concern for (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98, (iii) 1998-99, (iv) 1999-2000, (v) 2000-01 and (vi) 2001-02, (h) IFH for (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98, (iii) 1998-99, (iv) 1999-2000 and (v) 2001-02, (i) bilateral aid by sector health (health and population)-including project, programme, technical, grants, humanitarian aid and CDC investments 2001-02 and (j) bilateral aid for sexual and reproductive health and rights, including project, programme, technical, grants, humanitarian aid and CDC investments for (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98, (iii) 1998-99, (iv) 1999-2000, (v) 2000-01 and (vi) 2001-02.

 (74246)

781  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what means the European Court of Auditors has of examining the accounts of disbursing bodies of aid to developing countries in the relevant receiving states.

 (74275)

782  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide a breakdown of the funding in (a) euros and (b) sterling equivalents, given by the Government in the last financial year in overseas aid, indicating the percentage and total of each that was expended (i) directly, (ii) through United Nations agencies, (iii) through other international bodies, (iv) through the European Union and (v) through other means.

 (74274)

783  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what guidelines exist concerning the manner in which instructions are given to the UK Executive Director as to how to exercise the UK's votes on the Board of the International Finance Corporation or on the Board of other of the World Bank Group institutions; if she will place such material in the Library; and if she will make a statement.

 (74578)

784  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if, when carrying out her functions as Governor of the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, she has sole responsibility for instructing the UK Executive Director as to how to exercise the UK's votes on the Board of the IFC; which other departments are involved in this role; and if she will make a statement.

 (74579)

785  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's strategy is for providing humanitarian relief to the people of Iraq.

 (74333)

786  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the performance of the oil for food programme in providing humanitarian relief for the people of Iraq.

 (74335)

787  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what preparations her Department has made to deal with the humanitarian consequences of possible war in Iraq.

 (74338)

788  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what arrangements are in place for consultation between her Department and the Ministry of Defence before any plans for war against Iraq are agreed.

 (74340)

789  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the obstruction of humanitarian relief and levels of human rights abuses committed by Saddam Hussein against the Iraqi people.

 (74337)

790  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department provides to (a) refugees, (b) women and (c) children in Iraq, broken down by region.

 (74336)

791  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with colleagues in (a) the European Union, (b) the United States and (c) the UN of the humanitarian impact of a possible war in Iraq.

 (74339)

792  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which UN agencies her Department supports are working in Iraq; and what level of financial commitment her Department makes to these programmes.

 (74334)

793  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on her Department's decision on funding a hospital project to treat the victims of biological and chemical weapons attacks in Kurdistan.

 (74557)

794  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the changes she will make in her Department's (a) policies and (b) spending plans in response to the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

 (74341)

795  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when special measures direction providing that wearing of wigs and gowns be dispensed with whilst a vulnerable or intimidated witness gives evidence, available under section 26 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, will be available in all areas.

 (73522)

796  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when special measures direction providing for a video recording of an interview of a vulnerable or intimidated witness to be admitted as that person's evidence-in-chief, available under section 27 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, will be available in all areas.

 (73521)

797  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when special measures direction providing for examination of a vulnerable or intimidated witness to be conducted through an interpreter, available under Section 29 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, will be available in all areas.

 (73527)

798  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when special measures direction providing for cross examination of a vulnerable or intimidated witness to be video recorded and admitted as evidence, available under Section 28 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, will be available in all areas.

 (73528)

799  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when special measures direction providing for vulnerable or intimidated adult witnesses to use TV link facilities, available under Section 21 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, will be available in all areas.

 (73526)

800  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when special measures direction providing for the witness to be provided with such a device as the court considers appropriate to enable questions or answers to be communicated to or by the witness despite any impairment which the witness has or suffers, available under Section 30 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, will be available in all areas.

 (73525)

801  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when special measures direction providing for the exclusion of the public from court whilst a vulnerable or intimidated witness gives evidence, available under Section 25 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, will be available in all areas.

 (73523)

802  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when special measures direction providing for vulnerable or intimidated adult witnesses to give video recording of their evidence, available under Section 23 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, will be available in all areas.

 (73524)

803  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what guidance has been issued to departments relating to the retention of e-mails for possible future submission to the Public Record Office.

 (73954)

804  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the total UK figure is for outstanding fines imposed by magistrates' courts.

 (74612)

805  
N  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what percentage of people have chosen not to have their electoral registration details sold for use by any person for any purpose; what steps he has taken to ensure that electoral registration officers can identify unauthorised use by those who have access to the closed version of the full register; and if he will make a statement.

 (74587)

806  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by his Department since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within his Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74687)

807  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to review the supervision of complaints against solicitors by the OSS.

 (74748)

808  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to reform the appointment register for Queen's Counsel.

 (74749)

809  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 17th July, Official Report, column 412W, on the Public Guardianships Office, if he will make a statement on the level of customer complaints about the Public Guardianship Office.

 (73890)

810  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment she has made of the facilities required adequately to house witnesses seperately from those charged and appearing before street crime courts.

 (73724)

811  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what progress he has made on reorganisation of magistrates' courts in Wiltshire; and if he will make a statement.

 (72612)

812  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the rules are governing the consumption of alcohol and tobacco (a) on Court Service premises, (b) in administration areas and (c) by staff on duty outside Court Service premises.

 (74161)

813  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when she expects to make a decision on the appeal by Thurrock Council about the Private Finance Initiative Scheme for magistrates courts in Essex; and whether progress can be made with proposals for a new court house in Colchester in the meantime.

 (73381)

814  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what steps are being taken, following the judgement in the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Christine Goodwin v the United Kingdom, to ensure that domestic law complies with Articles 8 and 12 of the European Convention on Human Rights in respect of transsexual people.

 (73516)

815  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by his Department since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within his Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74690)

816  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what additional financial and staff resources will be put in place to ensure the provision of the statutory electoral identity card prior to the elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly on 1st May 2003.

 (74286)

817  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the terms of reference are of the Law and Order Task Force; what its membership is; how frequently and where it will meet; what resources have been made available to it over the next two years; what body will provide its secretariat and staff; and what decisions the Task Force has made.¶B

 (74795)

818  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recommendations were made by Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary following completion of his review into the performance of the PSNI Special Branch.

 (74175)

819  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the Register of Interests of Members of the Ulster Scots Agency and (b) guidelines issued to members concerning the avoidance of conflict of interest.

 (74172)

820  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) instructions were drawn up for and (b) safeguards were used by PSNI officers in the Newtownabbey area to protect against right to privacy violations in the use of DNA analysis to re-examine forensic evidence collected in unresolved murder investigations; what the results were of these examinations; and what his assessment is of this experiment.

 (74170)

821  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the objectives are of the Criminal Justice Web Site; what steps he has taken to publicise its launch; how many media outlets reported the event; and how many hits were made in the first month.

 (74169)

822  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what costs were incurred by the Parades Commission in the organisation of conferences in the financial year ending 31st March; what the costs were of each event; what the advertising costs were; how many people attended each; if he will breakdown the attendance of each by (a) perceived community background and (b) gender; and what assessment has been made by the Commission of these events.¶B

 (74796)

823  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what remuneration is payable to (a) the chair and (b) other members of the Ulster Scots Agency; what expenses have been claimed by (i) the chair and (ii) other members of the Agency in each year since its formation; and what the cost was of the visit by the Agency to the United States in March.

 (74171)

824  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many incidents and attacks on Fire Service and Ambulance Service personnel and vehicles have been recorded in each month since January; and what measures he has taken to protect staff of the emergency services.

 (74176)

825  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will place in the Library a copy of the force order governing procedures that govern the use of firearms by police officers.

 (74174)

826  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions (a) he and (b) the North-South Ministerial Council has received (i) advice and (ii) representations from the Ulster Scots Agency.

 (74173)

827  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Irish Republicans who have been charged with terrorist-related activity since 1972 have been members of Sinn Fein.

 (74277)

828  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the President of the Council, what percentage of honourable Members have used the facility of a visit to an EU institution in each of the years for which figures are available; and what steps he has taken to encourage greater take up of this facility.

 (73725)

829  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the reports produced by the Intelligence and Security Committee, excluding annual reports to him.

 (73957)

830  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Prime Minister, when he expects to give a substantive reply to the letter from the Right honourable Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed of 26th March about policy announcements to Parliament.

 (73902)

831  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will take steps to ensure that the Treasury Minister to whom he has referred for reply letters to him from the Right honourable Member from Manchester, Gorton dated (a) 9th July with regard to Ms S. Nutter and Ms L. Roberts, (b) 17th July with regard to Mr S. Pennells and Dr V. Hay, (c) 22nd July with regard to Rev Canon Peter Vowles, (d) 4th July with regard to Ms H. Andrews, (e) 29th July with regard to Ms K. Fletcher and (f) 30th July with regard to Ms C. Mitchell and Ms N. Flanagan replies; and if he will request explanations from Her Majesty's Treasury for its delay in responding to these letters.

 (74627)

832  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will instruct the Secretary of State for Health to reply to the letter to him dated 27th May from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr A. Battersby; and if he will request an explanation from that Secretary of State for the delay in replying to that letter.

 (74628)

833  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Prime Minister, what studies and initiatives have been undertaken since he appointed a patriotism envoy; and at what cost.

 (74263)

834  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the (a) engagements undertaken by the honourable Member for Leeds West since his appointment as unofficial faith envoy; and (b) articles and interviews authorised by the envoy; and what initiatives are planned in the next two months.

 (74264)

835  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Prime Minister, how many peerages have been created since May 1997.

 (73903)

836  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had about (a) the future of British Energy and (b) the future of nuclear power generation in the United Kingdom.

 (74392)

837  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Prime Minister, when he was first informed that there were concerns about the financial viability of British Energy.

 (74391)

838  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what action has been taken against employers in Paisley North who have failed to pay the national minimum wage.

 (73680)

839  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if she will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by her Department since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within her Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74677)

840  Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when she expects to publish proposals under section 12 of the Scotland Act 1998 to ensure MSPs are entitled to a free copy of the electoral register.

 (73721)

841  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps she is taking to ensure that rail freight services between Scotland and the continent via the Channel Tunnel will recommence their operation.

 (73730)

842  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps she is taking to help eliminate fuel poverty in Scotland.

 (73729)

843  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make a statement on the nature of the cases dealt with in the casework directorate at (a) Birmingham, (b) London and (c) York.¶A

 (74786)

844  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Solicitor General, if she will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by her Office since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within her Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74673)

845  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many households have access to broadband services in (a) Paisley North and (b) the UK, expressed as a percentage of the population.

 (73676)

846  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she expects to reply to the letter of 25th July from the honourable Member for Nottingham North regarding Nottingham S.M.E.E. Ltd. of Annon Court, Nottingham.

 (74741)

847  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she takes to ensure that the conduct of BNFL and its subsidiaries is consistent with government policy, with particular reference to employment practices.

 (73951)

848  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what policy applies to the provision of (a) entertainment and (b) gifts to (i) staff, (ii) ministers and officials and (iii) others by BNFL and its subsidiaries.

 (73945)

849  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the reasons underlying the change in the percentage of energy used derived from renewable sources in the last 12 months.

 (73949)

850  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what account she has taken of the events of 11th September 2001 in formulating her policy on the number of movements of radioactive material.

 (73952)

851  Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many licence applications for the export of beryllium to Iran have been made in each year since 1997; how many applications have been granted; what quantity and value of beryllium has been exported to Iran in each year; what undertakings were sought about end-use; and what end-use monitoring has been undertaken.

 (74740)

852  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the outcome of her meetings with enforcement authorities, industry representatives and others, to discuss improved enforcement of the Furniture and Furnishing (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988, indicating the dates of those meetings and the organisations represented at them.

 (73752)

853  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will publish the results of her Department's review of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 and the submissions which were made to that review.

 (73751)

854  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make it her policy that a similar amount of money to that received by UK regions in 2000 to 2006 would be made available by national government for comparable purposes if EU regional policy was renationalised.

 (73993)

855  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the Government will bring forward proposals for a stronger urban dimension to future EU regional policy.

 (73991)

856  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the Government's policy is towards re-nationalisation of parts of the EU Structural Funds post 2006.

 (73992)

857  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the Government's policy is towards the development of a stronger EU regional policy for (a) new and (b) current member states after 2006.

 (73995)

858  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what risk assessment has been made of the safety of (a) oil refineries, (b) chemical industry installations and (c) power stations should they continue to operate during a national firefighters' strike; and if she will make a statement.

 (74529)

859  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of (a) oil refining capacity and (b) oil product storage capacity would be protected from fire hazard by appliances operated by the industry in the event of a national firemen's strike; and what percentage would fail to meet safe operating standards in the event of such a strike.

 (74443)

860  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many days' supply are available in the UK of (a) petrol, (b) diesel and (c) aviation fuel.

 (74437)

861  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions have taken place in the last three months with (a) the European Commission and (b) the IEA about a common approach to oil stocks and supply in the event of a conflict in Iraq; and if she will make a statement.

 (74438)

862  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate the Government has made of the levels of stocks of refined petroleum products required to meet (a) private consumer and industrial demand and (b) Government use in an orderly manner in the event of a crude price spike consequent upon a conflict in Iraq; and if she will make a statement.

 (74439)

863  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has held in the last three months with (a) the oil industry, (b) the road haulage industry, (c) UK emergency services and (d) representatives of business organisations about the secure supply of fuels in the event of an oil price spike consequent upon a conflict in Iraq; and if she will make a statement.

 (74440)

864  Ross Cranston (Dudley North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the position of British Energy.¶B

 (74804)

865  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by her Department since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within her Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74676)

866  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which sub-Post Office branches in the Huntingdon constituency will have cash machines installed by April 2003.

 (74220)

867  Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 22nd July, Official Report, column 775W, on mineworkers' pension funds; if she will made a statement on the timetable for completion of the review.

 (73797)

868  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the progress with increasing the share of renewable energy sources in the UK's electricity production in the last 12 months.

 (73811)

869  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the UK will meet the target of 5 per cent. of electricity to be generated by renewable sources by 2003.

 (73810)

870  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which post offices Consignia is planning to close in the Taunton constituency; and if she will make a statement.

 (74088)

871  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which areas of responsibility held by (a) South East England Regional Assembly and (b) Surrey Learning and Skills Council fall within her Department's areas of activity; what their key functions are; from where they draw funding; what their total annual budget is; and what assessment she has made of the value for money they deliver in those areas covered by her Department.

 (73378)

872  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the remit is of (a) Business Link Surrey, (b) an Enterprise Hub, (c) Manufacturers' Advisory Service South East, (d) a Regional Centre for Manufacturing Excellence, (e) the Small Business Service, (f) South East England Development Agency, (g) South East Framework for Regional Employment & Skills Action, (h) Surrey Economic Partnership, (i) Workforce Development Group, (j) Surrey Sustainable Business Partnership and (k) Surrey Training and Enterprise Council; what their key functions are; from where they draw funding; what their total annual budgets are; and what assessment she has made of the value for money they deliver.

 (73377)

873  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of households have access to broadband services in Portsmouth South; and if she will make a statement.

 (73873)

874  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions her Department has had with the Post Office on its artifacts collection; and if she will make a statement.

 (73340)

875  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions her Department has held with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport regarding the future of the Post Office Museum; and if she will make a statement.

 (73341)

876  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Post Office has indicated to her Department that it will make its collection of historic artifacts previously displayed in the National Postal Museum available to view by the public; and if she will make a statement.

 (73339)

877  Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many former miners from the north Somerset coalfield have (a) applied for and (b) received compensation awards.

 (73426)

878  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the level of faults found in Microsoft products used by the UK Government in the last five years.

 (73826)

879  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 16th August from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr T. Walsh.

 (74570)

880  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many companies were set up in Somerset; and how many went into liquidation, in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02.

 (73312)

881  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the wholly owned subsidiaries of the Post Office in (a) France, (b) Germany, (c) Austria, (d) the Netherlands, (e) Denmark and (f) Ireland and those partially owned but controlled in Sweden and the (i) cumulative losses or profits from each over the period of such holdings in these enterprises and (ii) total contributions they made to Her Majesty's Treasury.

 (74115)

882  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which directives of the European Commission have come into effect since July 2000 reducing reserved areas, or price monopoly, of the Royal Mail and Post Office services; what consent was given by ministers at the relevant ministerial councils; and what reports were made to Parliament relating to them.

 (74116)

883  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will introduce legislation to regulate the activities of companies offering cash and other prizes which can be claimed only by expensive phone calls of several minutes' duration; and if she will make a statement.

 (74464)

884  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has for speeding up safety checks on nuclear reactors.

 (74080)

885  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has for the development of nuclear energy.

 (74079)

886  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the effect that recycling has had on the pulpwood industry over the last five years.

 (74571)

887  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to reform the system of licensing new nuclear reactors; and if she will make a statement.

 (74078)

888  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she takes to ensure that the country of origin of stone imports is known.

 (74600)

889  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on each of the sponsored projects put forward by each Government department as rethinking construction demonstration projects.

 (74601)

890  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her best estimate is of the transfer value of (a) Thorp and (b) SMP, if set in place under CM5552, Managing the Nuclear Legacy.

 (73561)

891  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of the projected Nuclear Liabilities Bill is accounted for by the need to clean up and remediate radioactively contaminated land at nuclear sites.

 (73562)

892  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, with reference to paragraphs 4.8 to 4.10 of Cm 5552, on managing the nuclear legacy, if she will make it her policy not to appoint current employees of BNFL to the Liabilities Management Authority board.

 (73551)

893  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether civil safeguarded magnox plutonium from British reactors has been used in MOX fuel sent to Japan.

 (73566)

894  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the assets and liabilities allocated to the proposed Liabilities Management Authority will be (a) subject to safeguards and (b) actively safeguarded by Euratom and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

 (73565)

895  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what policies she has to increase gas storage facilities.

 (74297)

896  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what policies she has to expand the pan-European gas transmission network to improve UK access to imported gas; what estimate she has made of the cost of expanding the network; and if she will make a statement

 (74356)

897  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the constituencies where there are (a) operational and (b) potential bulk gas storage facilities suitable for transmission into the National Grid.

 (74325)

898  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make it her policy to consult the people of Canvey Island on the provision of (a) new and (b) re-furbished gas storage facilities on Canvey Island.

 (74331)

899  
N  
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what responses have been received on the PIU Energy Review; and when the expected White Paper will be published.

 (71407)

900  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to increase hydroelectric storage facilities to meet the increase in renewable energy generation.

 (74355)

901  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her latest estimate is of the number of post offices and sub post offices that are likely to close over the next three years; and if she will make a statement.

 (74494)

902  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what policies she has to meet the estimated demand for gas from 2005 onwards.

 (74357)

903  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, in which constituencies there are (a) operational and (b) potential liquified gas unloading facilities for the importation of liquefied gas by sea; and what plans she has to utilise these facilities.

 (74358)

904  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures have been taken to ensure that disposable nappies containing tributyl tin are excluded from UK markets; and if she will make a statement.

 (73990)

905  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will exempt registered social landlords who are housing associations registered and regulated by the Housing Corporation under the Housing Act 1996 from proposals to extend administration provisions to industrial and provident societies.

 (73984)

906  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what involvement her Department had in evaluating the completed trials of publicly-accessed IT systems in Leicestershire post offices for their potential to help roll out e-government; and if she will make a statement.

 (71410)

907  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the value of export credit assistance given by her Department and associated non-departmental public bodies for renewable energy projects was in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

 (74499)

908  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action her Department is taking to increase access to export credit assistance for overseas renewable energy projects; and if she will make a statement.

 (74500)

909  Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what factors underlay the decision to license the export of beryllium to (a) India and (b) Iran in 2001.

 (74697)

910  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when in 2002 the inclusion of environmental criteria in respect of European procurement policy was discussed by her Department and the European Commission; and if she will make a statement.

 (74054)

911  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd July, ref 70369, what definition she gives to the materials that are to be transported from Japan to Sellafield.

 (73700)

912  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the reply dated 23rd July, ref 70369, what future use she plans for the material being transported from Japan to Sellafield.

 (73702)

913  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many shipments of nuclear materials from which she believes reusable materials may be recovered are expected to be made by sea to Sellafield within the next two years.

 (73507)

914  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the rate of (a) small business and (b) venture capital growth has been over the past five years, broken down by region.

 (73833)

915  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress the joint DTI-Treasury chaired group has made on the (a) analysis and (b) response to the auditing and accounting issues raised by recent corporate failures.

 (73737)

916  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of electricity is derived from renewable sources.

 (73891)

917  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on small business growth in the last 12 months.

 (73962)

918  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations she has received on the European Regulation on International Accounting Standards.

 (73771)

919  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on government policies to encourage venture capital in the UK.

 (73832)

920  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the progress of the Government towards meeting its target of acquiring 10 per cent. of power from renewable sources.

 (73766)

921  Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether a Your Guide service will be rolled out nationally following a pilot of the concept in Leicestershire and Rutland between July 2001 and March 2002.

 (74663)

922  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many shipments of nuclear waste have entered the UK for processing and disposal since 1997; where each shipment originated from; and how much money was received for the taking in of each shipment.

 (74595)

923  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the impact on British Nuclear Fuels Limited of British Energy being placed in administration.

 (74373)

924  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what reports her Department has received from the Financial Services Authority into British Energy; and if she will place a copy of such reports in the Library.

 (74374)

925  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if it is her Department's policy to seek to require any successor body to British Energy to enter into a contract for reprocessing waste with British Nuclear Fuels Limited.

 (74372)

926  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how she determines whether a letter from (a) a member of the public and (b) an honourable Member receives a reply personally signed by (i) her, (ii) other ministers in her Department and (iii) her officials.

 (74592)

927  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) homes and (b) businesses in the United Kingdom have broadband Internet access by (i) cable modem and (ii) ASDL; and if she will make a statement.

 (74386)

928  Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will publish the terms of the financial facility granted to British Energy that is due to expire on 27th September.

 (74377)

929  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many and what percentage of (a) first and (b) second class letters and packages were lost in each of the last five years.

 (74394)

930  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) meetings and (b) discussions have taken place between her Department and shareholders in British Energy at which British Energy has been discussed.

 (74368)

931  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) meetings and (b) discussions between her Department and British Energy have taken place in which (i) the relationship between British Energy and British Nuclear Fuels Limited and (ii) the Climate Change Levy were raised.

 (74367)

932  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when her Department was first made aware of the statement to the Stock Exchange made by British Energy on 5th September 2001.

 (74365)

933  Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the impact on the Government's policy of managing the nuclear legacy of British Energy being placed into administration.

 (74382)

934  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when her Department was first informed that there were concerns about the financial viability of British Energy.

 (74364)

935  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will publish the Energy White Paper.

 (74363)

936  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on how many sub post offices have closed in (a) gross and (b) net terms in each month since 1997.

 (74590)

937  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the income received by British Nuclear Fuels Limited from its reprocessing contract with British Energy.

 (74371)

938  Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the costs in this financial year to British Energy of the Climate Change Levy.

 (74378)

939  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the advisers or consultants retained by her Department since 1st June 2001, stating for each adviser or consultant (i) the purpose, (ii) the length and (iii) the cost of their retention.

 (74589)

940  Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of (a) the number and (b) the percentage of unionised workers in the (i) private sector, (ii) public sector and (iii) in total in each year since 1997.

 (74407)

941  Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the (a) dates and (b) purpose of (i) meetings and (ii) discussions ministers in her Department have had with the European commissioners for (A) Transport and Energy, (B) Competition, (C) Enterprise and Information Society, (D) Internal Market, (E) Taxation and Customs Union, (F) Economic and Monetary Affairs, (G) Trade, (H) Health and Consumer Protection, (I) Education and Culture and (J) Employment and Social Affairs since June 2001.

 (74381)

942  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the publications produced by her Department since 25th February, stating for each the (a) number of copies produced and (b) cost of production.

 (74754)

943  Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she expects to receive the plans for the restructuring of British Energy required under European Union rules governing state aids.

 (74380)

944  Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she expects to present her proposals for the restructuring of British Energy to the European Commission.

 (74379)

945  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the overseas visits made by (a) ministers and (b) officials in her Department since 8th June 2001, stating for each the (i) cost and (ii) purpose.

 (74591)

946  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when (a) she and (b) the Minister for Energy have (i) met and (ii) spoken to (A) the Chairman and (B) the directors of (1) British Energy and (2) British Nuclear Fuels Limited since 1st June 2001; and what the nature of each discussion was.

 (74369)

947  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the Government's progress towards the target of the United Kingdom having the most extensive and competitive broadband market in the G7 by 2005.

 (74387)

948  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the role of nuclear power in energy production over the next 50 years.

 (74362)

949  Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the financial results of Consignia in each of the last five years.

 (74384)

950  Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on discussions between her Department and Ofgem since 1st August.

 (74383)

951  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the licences agreed by her Department since 2nd May 1997 for the export of material to (a) Iran and (b) India, stating for each licence (i) what it was for and (ii) what checks were made to establish whether it could be used for arms production.

 (74393)

952  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) meetings and (b) discussions between her Department and third parties have taken place at which the future of members of the board of British Energy has been discussed.

 (74366)

953  Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the impact on the Government's (a) expenditure and (b) liabilities in the event of British Energy being placed in administration.

 (74376)

954  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on her Department's policy towards the sale of British Energy's North American assets.

 (74375)

955  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the form in which (a) questions and (b) comments from third parties made to her Department by (i) telephone, (ii) e-mail, (iii) fax, (iv) letter and (v) other means are collated.

 (74388)

956  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the cost to the (a) private and (b) public sectors of the proposed European Agency Workers Directive.

 (74519)

957  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the (a) banks and (b) other companies in the financial sector with which her Department has had discussions about British Energy in the last 12 months.

 (74370)

958  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the agreements and protocols banning the sale of Beryllium to which the United Kingdom is a signatory.

 (74390)

959  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the occasions on which a licence has been granted by the Government for the export of Beryllium since 2nd May 1997, stating for each licence (a) the country to which export was granted and (b) the quantity of the export.

 (74389)

960  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans the Department has to consult local residents in Southend West on Cliffe Airport.

 (74511)

961  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what consultations his Department has held with Southend Borough Council with regard to the new airport at Cliffe.

 (74508)

962  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many miles of new railway have been constructed since 1997.

 (73956)

963  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment has been made of the level of use of European Union-assisted ferry port facilities in the United Kingdom.

 (73398)

964  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps are taken to prevent a distortion of competition between existing ports in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic when applications are submitted for funding to the European Union and Her Majesty's Government from port authorities in the United Kingdom.

 (73399)

965  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects to receive the latest report and advice from the SRA on Central Railways; and when it will be published.

 (74442)

966  Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the concrete surface of the M25 between junctions 8 and 9 is to be replaced with quieter materials.

 (74441)

967  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the rail operating companies that provide accommodation for cycles on (a) peak and (b) off-peak journeys; what the average number was of cycles carried per rail journey in 2001; what plans the Government has to increase the number of cycles carried by rail operators; and if he will make a statement.

 (73531)

968  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what guidance the Government is giving to local authorities in respect of Freedom travel passes for blind people who are not of retirement age; and if he will make a statement.

 (74287)

969  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to undertake an assessment of the road and public transport infrastructure in London and the South East of England before the house building programme announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review begins; and if he will make a statement.

 (73509)

970  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to plant foliage on the central reservations of UK motorways.

 (74611)

971  Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has for statutory consultation between local authorities and rail authorities.

 (73792)

972  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by his Department since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within his Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74681)

973  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the future of the Thameslink 2000 project.

 (74747)

974  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the proposals concerning Alconbury Airfield set out in the national consultation, the Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: South East, will be capable of being progressed in the event of him determining in favour of the planning application of ADL concerning the Alconbury Airfield.

 (74226)

975  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to encourage the initiation of the train service between Huntingdon and Oxford.

 (74219)

976  Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the financial status of the NATS; when he expects the CAA to make a decision on the funding of NATS; what NATS have asked Her Majesty's Government to contribute; and if he will make a statement.

 (74468)

977  Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the proposed changes affecting the Vehicle Inspectorate and the Traffic Area Network are; if he will list the organisations consulted; if he will give the timetable for the integration of the computer systems of the two organisations, with the estimated cost; and if he will make a statement.

 (74345)

978  Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the 48 hour average working week restriction will apply to drivers of large freight vehicles; if operators can require drivers to work more than 48 hours without having to sign an opt-out agreement to EU Regulation 3820/85; and if he will make a statement.

 (74344)

979  Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many rail operating companies have achieved their targets for passenger services in the last 12 months; how many have been fined for non-compliance; how many franchises have now been continued; and how many operating companies are complying with the terms of their original franchises in relation to payments to the S.R.A.¶A

 (74787)

980  Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make it his policy that the proposed Severnside International Airport will not be subject to consultation as a possible new airport.

 (74053)

981  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many arrests were made by British Transport Police in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001.

 (73808)

982  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much has been given to Virgin Trains as compensation for the late completion of the West Coast main line upgrade.

 (73812)

983  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) officers and (b) other staff there were in the British Transport Police in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999 and (iv) 2000; and how many there are now.

 (73809)

984  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the total cost to public funds is of the West Coast Mainline rail line upgrade to date.

 (73798)

985  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to tackle crime on the railways.

 (73807)

986  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) reliability and (b) punctuality of rail services between Taunton and (i) London, (ii) Aberdeen, (iii) Plymouth and (iv) Penzance.

 (74093)

987  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many transport (a) surveys and (b) studies underway cover Taunton.

 (74094)

988  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects new trains to be deployed on the Paddington to Bristol line in sufficient numbers to ensure that all Paddington to Taunton services use high speed train sets.

 (74095)

989  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which of the timetable steps outlined in the Delivery of Improvements over the Life of the Plan memorandum published at the time of the publication of the 10 Year Plan have been met.

 (73379)

990  Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will take action to ensure that the benefit of compensation paid to Virgin Trains in respect of delays caused by failure of Railtrack infrastructure are passed to the passengers who have endured those delays.

 (73818)

991  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the timetable for each stage until the opening of the A303(T) Stonehenge improvement scheme, with specific reference to the (a) Countess Road flyover and (b) Chicklade bypass; and if he will make a statement.

 (72616)

992  Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will include in his consultation on airports a proposal for an international air transport hub in Scotland.

 (73722)

993  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will give the grid references of the site identified to the South East of Worcester as a possible site for a new West Midlands airport.

 (74752)

994  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the extension of the Thames Trains franchise.

 (74753)

995  John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what measures he has taken to improve the security arrangements of private companies operating at the UK's airports.

 (74737)

996  John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many graves at Harmondsworth Church will need to be exhumed if the third runway is permitted at Heathrow Airport.

 (74735)

997  John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what measures he has taken or has planned for improving the arrangements for the security vetting of staff working in secure areas within the UK's airports.

 (74738)

998  John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions have taken place between his Department and the British Airports Authority on the possible investment by BAA in National Air Traffic Services.

 (74739)

999  John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the levels of compensation will be for those residents affected by the possible construction of a third runway at Heathrow (a) if their homes are demolished and (b) if their homes are affected by (i) noise and (ii) air pollution.

 (74736)

1000  John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent action he has taken to review the security arrangements at UK airports.

 (74763)

1001  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether he has exercised his powers under Section 218(2) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 to change the format of the General Lighthouse Fund's accounting records; what Accounts Direction he has issued to the General Lighthouse Fund on generally accepted accounting practice and additional disclosure requirements; and whether these requirements will be applied in the 2002 GLF Report and Accounts.

 (73394)

1002  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the annual financial contribution in euros has been from the Irish Government under the terms of an agreement reached in 1985 for the sharing of certain costs incurred by the Commissioners of Irish Lights in the Republic of Ireland.

 (73395)

1003  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made in discussions between the General Lighthouse Authorities and the Ministry of Defence on the transfer to the GLAs of the MoD's navigation buoys in the UK waters; and if he will make it his policy that the residual costs to the GLAs of maintaining the buoys be met by the MoD if the transfer takes place.

 (73397)

1004  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, into which of the north/south implementation bodies established as part of the British-Irish Agreement the Commissioners for Irish Lights has been incorporated.

 (73396)

1005  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many accidents occurred on the A21 between (a) Lamberhurst and Flimwell and (b) Tonbridge and Pembury between January and June.

 (73338)

1006  Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the proposed A556M.

 (74429)

1007  Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what consideration he has given to making Junction 20 of the M6 multi-directional.

 (74428)

1008  Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the closure of the West Coast main line next year on Wilmslow.

 (74432)

1009  Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with Railtrack and Network Rail on opening the branch railway line from Styal to Manchester during the closure of the West Coast main line next year.

 (74430)

1010  Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the persons and organisations consulted before his announcement that the West Coast main line will close next year.

 (74431)

1011  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many road accidents have been attributed to the use by (a) car, (b) bus, (c) taxi, (d) coach drivers and (e) cyclists of a hand held mobile phone in each of the last three years, (i) in total and (ii) as a proportion of the total number of journeys by that group.

 (74244)

1012  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many road accidents have been attributed to the use by tourist coach drivers of a hand held microphone in each of the last three years (a) in total and (b) as a proportion of the total number of journeys by this group.

 (74245)

1013  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the Cliffe airport option cross-wind runway flight path would over-fly (a) Canvey Island and (b) Hadleigh.

 (74073)

1014  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what new rail links he plans for the proposed Cliffe airport option.

 (73520)

1015  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the additional houses needed under the Cliffe airport option is over and above the targets for new house building set the Government for South Essex and North Kent.

 (74074)

1016  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will issue his white paper on airport capacity in the South East.

 (74296)

1017  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, at what stage the road link between the A130 Benfleet and the Cliffe airport option would be built if that option goes ahead.

 (74072)

1018  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, at what point he estimates the proposed Benfleet Tunnel Crossing, connecting Essex with the possible Cliffe airport, will go underground (a) on the mainland near Sadlers Farm, (b) on North Canvey near Waterside Farm and (c) on South Canvey near Thorney Bay.

 (73571)

1019  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, where the rail connection between the Tilbury, Southend line and the possible Cliffe airport option would be sited.

 (74071)

1020  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the shortest distance is from the outer edge of the Cliffe airport option to each of the nearest communities.

 (74077)

1021  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans there are for a new Thames road and rail crossing as part of the Cliffe airport option strategic infrastructure development.

 (73518)

1022  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how often he estimates use would be made of the Cliffe airport option cross-wind runway if that option is adopted.

 (74070)

1023  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the species of birds and other wildlife that would be adversely affected by the Cliffe airport option.

 (74076)

1024  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the impact of the Cliffe Airport proposal on (a) flood risks, (b) sea defences and (c) ground water levels for (i) Essex and (ii) Canvey Island; and on what (A) evidence and (B) studies and models his estimates are based.

 (74295)

1025  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the estimated time scale for the planning, building and commissioning of the Cliffe airport option.

 (73517)

1026  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what controls would be necessary to protect the Cliffe airport from birds; and what the (a) range and (b) extent of these controls is.

 (74075)

1027  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, in which constituencies the 162,000 additional houses required by the Cliffe airport option would be built.

 (74065)

1028  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the proposed Benfleet tunnel crossing, associated with the Cliffe airport option, would be part of an outer M25 infrastructure; and if he will make a statement.

 (73715)

1029  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will estimate the number of additional houses that would be needed if the Cliffe airport option is adopted as (a) two runways and (b) four runways.

 (74066)

1030  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the spoil from the Shellhaven port Thames dredging operations will be used to build up the platform needed for the full four-runway airport in the Cliffe option.

 (74064)

1031  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what strategic road infrastructure he plans as part of the proposed Cliffe airport option; and if this would form part of a new outer M25 project.

 (73519)

1032  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he plans to permit night use of the Cliffe airport option cross-wind runway.

 (74063)

1033  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what analysis he has made of the change in flooding risk to Canvey Island and Benfleet, if the Cliffe airport platform is built in the Thames.

 (74069)

1034  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what models have been tested to predict the changes in (a) ground water and flood levels and (b) hydrographic flaws, around and in Canvey Island and Benfleet, resulting from the Cliffe airport option.

 (74068)

1035  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his policy is on the fifth runway, with a flight path over Canvey Island and Leigh on Sea, included in the Cliffe Airport proposal.

 (74294)

1036  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many lanes he expects the proposed Benfleet Tunnel crossing, associated with the Cliffe airport option, would have in each direction.

 (73570)

1037  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will identify the previously developed land that would be used to provide additional housing in the event of the Cliffe airport option being adopted.

 (74067)

1038  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the estimated cost is of the plans to add a new airport and increase the number of runways in the UK.

 (73728)

1039  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what arrangements are in place to review the effectiveness of the 10-year plan for transport.

 (73763)

1040  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the level of National Air Traffic Services debt levels; and if he will make a statement.

 (73734)

1041  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when railway tracks and signals will be upgraded to allow Virgin to operate its tilting train.

 (73853)

1042  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the change in the number of complaints to the Rail Passengers Council in the last 12 months.

 (73735)

1043  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many merchant ships were UK owned and registered in each year since 1997.

 (73386)

1044  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had with rail companies on (a) the modernisation of trains and (b) the extension of services through the night.

 (74470)

1045  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many people were employed in the UK shipping industry in each year since 1997.

 (73387)

1046  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent changes have been made to public transport in the United Kingdom to ensure better access for disabled people.

 (74471)

1047  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what measures the Government has taken since 1997 to help increase the amount of UK-flagged tonnage in the merchant shipping industry.

 (73385)

1048  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions have taken place with NUMAST on (a) the health and safety of British seafarers and (b) the state of the UK shipping industry.

 (73388)

1049  Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he has held discussions with the Welsh Assembly Government about whether supplementary business rates could be introduced in Wales.

 (73791)

1050  Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on including in the Local Government Bill clauses relating to national non-domestic rates in Wales.

 (73790)

1051  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by his Department since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within his Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74679)

1052  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what targets have been set for the roll out of broadband internet access in Wales.

 (73800)

1053  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the costs of his Department's press officers were in each year since 1997.

 (74062)

1054  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many hits the website of his Department has had in the last 12 months; and what the cost is of (a) construction and (b) maintenance of the site.

 (73806)

1055  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unemployed 16 to 18 year olds are registered in Paisley North; and if he will list the actions being taken to assist them into employment.

 (73667)

1056  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many absent parents have refused to co-operate with the CSA since 1997.

 (73669)

1057  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases the CSA has handled in Paisley North since 1997.

 (73668)

1058  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number of pensioners eligible for benefits and entitlements in (a) Paisley North, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK

 (73705)

1059  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many deductions from earnings orders have been made in Paisley North by the CSA since 1997.

 (73670)

1060  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the latest estimate is of unclaimed benefit in (a) Paisley North, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK.

 (73672)

1061  Mrs Irene Adams (Paisley North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have found permanent employment as a result of New Deal for (a) long-term unemployed 25 plus, (b) lone parents, (c) disabled people and (d) 50 plus, in each year since these schemes have been introduced.

 (73706)

1062  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many stakeholder pensions have now been taken out; and what their distribution is by convenient income bands of (a) the participant, (b) their spouse and (c) their parents.

 (74642)

1063  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on recent developments in the New Deal for Disabled People, with particular reference to (a) client participants and (b) recruitment and continuity of providers.

 (74671)

1064  Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the entitlement to passported help available to claimants who have received the higher rate of incapacity benefit for over 12 months.

 (73888)

1065  Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effects of recent changes to the long rate incapacity benefit.

 (73889)

1066  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of those employed in benefits offices were over 55 years old in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (74313)

1067  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many officers in his Department and officers authorised by him he estimates will be permitted to seek access to communications data as defined in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; how many times his Department or such officials sought access to such data from communications providers including Internet service providers under the Data Protection Act 1998 in the last year; and if he will make a statement.

 (74478)

1068  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by his Department since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within his Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74682)

1069  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals have been assisted in the Taunton One Stop offices since their opening.

 (74096)

1070  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of disability living allowance aged (a) over 18 years, (b) 16 to 18 years and (c) below 16 years there are in the Taunton constituency.

 (74097)

1071  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason disability living allowance and carers allowance are not available to the parents of children with nut allergies.

 (73901)

1072  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number of pensioners eligible for benefits and entitlements in Portsmouth South; and if he will make a statement.

 (73875)

1073  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 1st July, Official Report, column 96W, on disability living allowance, how many applicants whose initial claim for disability living allowance was rejected in Portsmouth South appealed against the rejection in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (73996)

1074  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many deductions from earnings orders have been made in Portsmouth South by the CSA since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (73876)

1075  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applicants for disability living allowance were (a) granted, (b) unsuccessful, (c) granted on appeal and (d) granted on review in the Portsmouth South constituency in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (73882)

1076  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases the CSA has handled in Portsmouth South since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (73878)

1077  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were estimated to be (a) employed and (b) unemployed in (i) Portsmouth South and (ii) Hampshire in each of the last two years; and if he will make a statement.

 (73874)

1078  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of unclaimed benefits and entitlements in Portsmouth South; and if he will make a statement.

 (73877)

1079  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will extend the one day impairment awareness courses for decisions makers in the Disability and Carers Service which cover mental health and learning disabilities to other impairments.

 (74135)

1080  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if a course on deaf awareness will be developed for decisions makers in the Disability and Carers Service.

 (74136)

1081  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on funding under the Access-to-Work Scheme to prelingually deaf people who need language support at work in connection with reading and writing English.

 (74134)

1082  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when information about disability living allowance will be made available in sign-language video format.

 (74137)

1083  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it the policy of his Department to ensure that every deaf person who needs assistance with completing a disability living allowance or attendance allowance claim form and who cannot access the telephone form completion service is entitled to a home visit instead.

 (74138)

1084  
N  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 24th July, Ref 54230, in what circumstances it is not appropriate to follow Cabinet Office guidance; and whether there have been written consultations carried out by his Department when it has not been appropriate to do so.

 (73933)

1085  
N  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 24th July, Ref 54230, what assessment he made of whether it was appropriate to follow the guidance in relation to the consultation in the pensions statement; and if he will make a statement.

 (73934)

1086  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with pensioner organisations about developing initiatives to encourage the take-up of the proposed state pension credit.

 (73311)

1087  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council's review of the schedule of occupational diseases for which benefits are paid will be published.

 (74247)

1088  Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applicants for attendance allowance in (a) the Argyll & Bute constituency, (b) Scotland and (c) the United Kingdom (i) were granted on first application, (ii) were rejected on first application, (iii) appealed against rejection of first application, (iv) were granted on review and (v) were granted on appeal in each of the last five years.

 (73322)

1089  Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 1st July, Official Report, column 96W, on disability living allowance, if he will give the same information for (a) the Argyll & Bute constituency and (b) Scotland.

 (73320)

1090  Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 1st July, Official Report, column 96W, on disability living allowance, how many applicants whose initial claim for DLA was rejected in (a) the Argyll & Bute constituency, (b) Scotland and (c) the United Kingdom appealed against the rejection in each of the last five years.

 (73321)

1091  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what restrictions there will be on Post Office customers collecting (a) child benefit, (b) pensions and (c) other benefits at post offices; and which bank accounts will not be accessible via the Post Office.

 (74361)

1092  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when Post Office accounts will be available.

 (74360)

1093  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to allow applicants to open a Post Office account (a) in person at post office counters and (b) in writing.

 (74359)

1094  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that Jobcentre Plus services are available throughout rural areas.

 (73983)

1095  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his advertising campaign on rights to inherited SERPS, for what reason there are special rates for women born in a particular four month period, as set out in the footnote to these advertisements.

 (74452)

1096  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the possibility of making private and company pensions compulsory.

 (73767)

1097  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who have made a claim for the basic state pension have been asked to complete form BF195 on the status of their marriage during the last 12 months; how many of these people have been allowed to make a claim as a married person; and how many complaints have been received about the form.

 (74721)

1098  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women reached state pension age in each year between 1995 and 2000 and (ii) are expected to reach state pension age in each year between 2006 and 2010.

 (74722)

1099  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which benefit application forms (a) are available on the Internet for download and (b) can be filled in on a computer screen; and how many electronic application forms have been submitted over the Internet for each relevant benefit during the last 12 months.

 (74727)

1100  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of benefit claimants receive their benefits by automated credit transfer, broken down by parliamentary constituency, at the latest date for which figures are available.

 (74720)

1101  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place a copy of the new Child Support Agency Charter in the Library.

 (74718)

1102  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to adopt the recommendation in his Department's Research Report 172, Social Fund use amongst older people, to establish a separate Social Fund for minimum income guarantee claimants as part of the new Pension Service.

 (74731)

1103  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the income-related benefit take-up figures for 2000-01 will be released.

 (74733)

1104  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when and how the announcement to pay winter fuel payments to some people who have moved to a country within the European Economic Area was made; what steps his Department is taking to contact people who may be affected by the change; and what estimate has been made of the (a) annual and (b) one-off costs of the policy.

 (74711)

1105  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what organisations are represented on the Department's Partnerships Against Poverty Group; and what sub-groups have been established.

 (74719)

1106  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the process for filling the five vacancies for Disability Rights Commissioners that will occur in April 2003.

 (74732)

1107  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 15th July, Official Report, column 114W, on state pensions, if he will increase the basic state pension increments paid to pensioners who retired before April 2002 so that they maintain their original proportionate value as outlined in Benefits Agency literature.

 (74742)

1108  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the telephone helplines run by his Department and its agencies, including (a) the relevant telephone numbers and (b) how many calls each helpline has received in each of the last 12 months.

 (74729)

1109  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to increase the (a) amount and (b) quality of support for the Educational, Training and Employment scheme employees.

 (74405)

1110  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent measures have been taken to (a) modernise the Child Support Agency and (b) make it more efficient.

 (74416)

1111  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much funding has been given to the Child Support Agency in each year since 1997.

 (74417)

1112  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures are in place to ensure that an absent parent pays child maintenance; and what action is taken if they do not make the necessary payments.

 (74418)

1113  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what Government services are available for people with drug problems who are seeking work.

 (74401)

1114  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps have been taken to ensure that people recovering from drug problems are ready to enter a working environment.

 (74402)

1115  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government has taken to encourage more employers to join the New Deal scheme.

 (74404)

1116  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what benefits are available for those in work and still dependent on drugs to ensure that they do not relapse.

 (74403)

1117  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Cabinet Office, what was (a) the total cost of the People's Panel, (b) the title, client and value of each project undertaken using the panel and (c) the amount paid to MORI under their contract with the Department in respect of the panel in each financial year from 1998-99 to 2000-01.

 (74496)

1118  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the work of the People's Panel.

 (74495)

1119  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Cabinet Office, if he will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by his Office since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within his Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies.

 (74672)

1120  Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh): To ask the Cabinet Office, for what reason the Government reduced the Civil Defence Grant budget for emergency planning in 2002.

 (73776)

1121  Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh): To ask the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to prevent local authorities from spending emergency planning funds on other areas.

 (73775)

1122  Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh): To ask the Cabinet Office, what schemes the Government intends to implement to increase public knowledge and awareness with regard to emergency planning; and if he will make a statement.

 (73774)

1123  Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh): To ask the Cabinet Office, what new methods are planned to ensure effective communication between the emergency services in the event of a substantial disaster.

 (73762)

1124  Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh): To ask the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to establish a review on local authority spending in the area of emegency planning.

 (73761)

1125  Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh): To ask the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that the emergency services have sufficient resources needed to deal effectively with the consequences of a substantial disaster.

 (73773)

1126  Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh): To ask the Cabinet Office, what resources the Government is allocating to emergency planning over one period covered by the Comprehensive Spending Review, broken down into annual budget totals.

 (73772)

1127  Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the impact of the EU Fixed Term Workers Directive on the employment of Special Advisers, with particular reference to the provision that fixed term contracts will become permanent after four years.

 (73819)

1128  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Cabinet Office, what recent resources have been provided for the CCS for central co-ordination and direction.

 (74410)

1129  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Cabinet Office, what recent steps have been taken to bring Government departments together to take co-ordinated action in event of a terrorist attack.

 (74409)

1130  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Cabinet Office, what recent changes have been made in the areas of counter-terrorism and civil contingencies in event of a terrorist attack.

 (74408)

1131  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Cabinet Office, what the responsibilities are of the Intelligence and Security Co-ordinator at the Cabinet Office.

 (74411)

1132  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Minister for Women, what estimate she has made of the level of new conventional electricity generating plant needed to back up the anticipated increase in wind turbine and other climate-dependent renewable energy sources.

 (74398)

1133  
N  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the proposals for charter airline operators to provide mass data on all passengers carried on their planes.

 [Question Unstarred][Transferred]   (71421)

1134  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd July, ref 70369, what materials, and in what quantity, can be recovered and re-used from the material to be transported from Japan to Sellafield.

 [Transferred]   (73701)

1135  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what quantities of depleted uranium have been exported to the United States in each year since 1997.

 [Transferred]   (73560)

1136  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the European Council Resolution 2002/C119/05 on the establishment of national systems for surveillance and control of the presence of radioactive materials in the recycling of metallic materials in member states, in respect of its application to the United Kingdom.

 [Transferred]   (73555)

1137  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which members of the Government are scheduled to attend the Commonwealth Games; and what the estimated cost is of their visits.

 [Transferred]   (73778)

1138  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many movements of spent nuclear fuel occurred in each year from 1997 (a) by air within UK airspace, (b) by sea within UK waters, (c) by rail and (d) by road.

 [Transferred]   (73946)

1139  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much (a) low level, (b) intermediate level and (c) high level radioactive material was in storage in each year from 1973 to date.

 [Transferred]   (73947)

1140  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action has been taken against employers in Portsmouth South who have failed to pay the national minimum wage; and if she will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (73872)

1141  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if a comprehensive UK-wide assessment has been carried out to identify brownfield sites with sufficiently consistent wind speeds suitable for wind farms.

 [Transferred]   (74514)

1143  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the sector skills councils (a) established prior to April, (b) established subsequently and (c) currently in formation.

 [Transferred]   (74635)

1144  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what mechanism she intends to use to guarantee places at universities for students whose exam marks are upgraded as a result of re-marking.

 [Transferred]   (74623)

1145  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost to the Saville Tribunal was of the temporary relocation of proceedings in London.

 [Transferred]   (74178)

1146  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) teaching and (b) non-teaching staff who had received Criminal Records Bureau clearance prior to the start of the school term were subsequently checked and found to be unfit for work with children.

 [Transferred]   (74306)

1147  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of those subjected to checks by the Criminal Records Bureau as a result of their employment in schools have contested the factual basis of information disclosed about them as a result of such checks; what steps need to be taken by a person who contests such information; and what action he proposes to take in respect of cases where the information disclosed about individuals is found to be incorrect.

 [Transferred]   (74453)

1148  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his latest estimate is of the time for each Criminal Records Bureau check on (a) teachers and (b) classroom assistants in England and Wales.

 [Transferred]   (74349)

1149  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the Criminal Records Bureau to have completed its backlog of checks on (a) teachers and (b) classroom assistants in England and Wales.

 [Transferred]   (74348)

1150  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many outstanding Criminal Records Bureau checks there are on (a) teachers and (b) classroom assistants in England and Wales.

 [Transferred]   (74350)

1151  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his latest estimate is of the time taken for each Criminal Records Bureau check on childminder applicants in England and Wales.

 [Transferred]   (74346)

1152  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what further representations the Government will make to meet its pledge at the World Summit on Sustainable Development to encourage other governments to ratify the International Maritime Organisation convention.

 [Transferred]   (74616)

1153  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations the Government will make on a timetable to phase in a substantial increase on renewable energy agreed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development; and how this will relate to the 2015 millennium development goals.

 [Transferred]   (74619)

1154  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what was the cost to the Vehicles Inspectorate of operating the Smoky Vehicle Hotline was in each of the past four years; what the estimated cost is for the present year; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (74704)

1155  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many complaints about smoky vehicles have been made to the Smoky Vehicle Hotline (a) in each of the past four years and (b) during 2002.

 [Transferred]   (74706)

1156  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many vehicles were inspected by the Vehicles Inspectorate (a) in each of the last four years and (b) during the current year to date because of an unsatisfactory response by the licensed operator to a letter from the Inspectorate following a complaint to the Smoky Vehicle Hotline.

 [Transferred]   (74705)

1157  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of meat hygiene regulations on the availability in British shops of oxtail from beasts reared in the UK.

 [Transferred]   (74703)

1158  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government's planned expenditure is on training in the meat and poultry sectors in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (74734)

1159  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many licensed operators were written to by the Vehicles Inspectorate (a) in each of the last four years and (b) during 2002 following complaints reported to the Smoky Vehicle Hotline.

 [Transferred]   (74707)

1160  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the sustainable certification of the construction materials (a) stone, (b) steel and (c) timber.

 [Transferred]   (74605)

1161  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she is taking to prevent imports of steel from Eastern European countries which are produced in inefficient plants with highly pollutant side effects.

 [Transferred]   (74599)

1162  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Prime Minister, what role he played in the appointment of Arnab Banerji as the Prime Minister's adviser on financial matters; and what formal mechanisms are in place for liaison between Dr Banerji and the Treasury.

 [Transferred]   (74491)

1163  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to ratify the European Convention on Cybercrime.

 [Transferred]   (74278)

1164  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what refreshment provisions are available to members of the public when attending the Immigration and Nationality Department in Croydon.

 [Transferred]   (74113)

1165  Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the population are over (a) 75 years and (b) 85 years in (i) Worthing West, (ii) England and (iii) the UK.

 [Transferred]   (74767)

1166  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many healthy living centres have been opened in the United Kingdom; when the (a) first and (b) last ones were opened; and what plans she has for further such centres.

 [Transferred]   (74461)

1167  Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) nurses, (b) GPs, (c) medical consultants and (d) other health care professionals working for the NHS are subject to military call-up as reservists in the event of military action.

 [Transferred]   (74650)

1168  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many organisations, broken down by region and nation, have been approved for registration or exemption by the office of the Immigration Service Commissioner.

 [Transferred]   (74142)

1169  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Solicitor General, in what circumstances the Attorney-General has allowed an application to the High Court for a new inquest in each year since 1997; on how many occasions permission for an application has been granted; how many applications have been successful; how many inquest verdicts were subsequently upheld or amended; and what equivalent arrangements are in place for inquests in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

 [Transferred]   (74276)

1170  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) car, (b) bus, (c) taxi, (d) coach drivers and (e) cyclists have been prosecuted for offences involving the use of a hand held mobile phone in each of the last three years.

 [Transferred]   (74242)

1171  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many tourist coach drivers have been prosecuted for offences involving the use of a hand held microphone in each of the last three years.

 [Transferred]   (74243)

1172  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the Performance and Innovation Unit report on the review of sport.

 [Transferred]   (74303)

1173  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made on each of the 75 conclusions in the Performance and Innovation Unit report, Winning the Generation Game: Improving Opportunities for People Aged 50-65 in Work and Community Activity, published in April 2002.

 [Transferred]   (74730)

1174  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what rules are in place to govern the safe transfer of nuclear waste between countries.

 [Transferred]   (74594)

1175  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with (a) the nuclear industry and (b) other departments regarding the safe disposal of nuclear waste.

 [Transferred]   (74593)

1176  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most recent annual cost was in tax forgone of superannuation and other pension tax reliefs; and what proportion of this was to the benefit of higher-rate taxpayers.

 [Transferred]   (74644)

1177  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many apprentices (a) started and (b) completed their apprenticeships in the years commencing 1st May (i) 1996, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 2002.

 [Transferred]   (74329)

1178  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to make an announcement on the Penrose Report into the affairs of Equitable Life Assurance; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (74465)

1179  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many married women paying the reduced rate of National Insurance contributions opted to pay the full rate in each year since 1977.

 [Transferred]   (74723)

1180  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many married women who have paid reduced rate National Insurance contributions opted to buy back past years to increase their benefit entitlement, in each year since 1977.

 [Transferred]   (74724)


1181  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when the Transparency Initiative on corporate anti-corruption in developing countries announced at the world summit on sustainable development will be introduced; how many corporations have indicated a willingness to comply; how many firms will have to refuse to comply before the initiative becomes compulsory; and at what stage delisting of corrupt corporations from the stock exchange would be sanctioned.

 [Transferred]   (74596)

1182  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) teaching and (b) non-teaching staff have been subject to Criminal Records Bureau vetting; and (i) how many and (ii) what percentage of each category failed.

 [Transferred]   (74310)

1183  Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will issue advice to British nationals residing in the islands of (a) Martinique, (b) Guadeloupe and (c) Reunion on the rationale of paying winter fuel payments to them.

 [Transferred]   (74560)

1184  Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he was advised by the European Commission that the Government was obliged to pay winter fuel payments to British residents in the overseas territories of the EU; what legislation governs this requirement; and if he will list the cost of such payments, broken down by current overseas territory of the EU.

 [Transferred]   (74558)

1185  Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on his policy for paying the winter fuel payment to British residents in (a) French Guiana and (b) Guyana; and if he will make a statement on how to determine the location of British nationals who reside for part of the year in each country.

 [Transferred]   (74559)

1186  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many National Insurance number applicants have waited four months or more for an interview in each of the last 24 months; and what the average time between a person's original application for a number and a number being issued was in each year since 1992.

 [Transferred]   (74708)

1187  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, in relation to the recent proposals published by the Government in relation to amendment of the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, if he will identify the source that suggested each of the proposals in the publication; and if he will make a statement as to his plan of action and timetable with respect to these changes.

 [Transferred]   (74479)

1188  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department has taken to simplify the application process for accessing funding from UK European Structural Funds programmes; and what discussions her Department has had with UK and European partners on the simplification of the application process for accessing funding from UK Structural Funds Programme.

 [Transferred]   (74396)

1189  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the risk to the UK of a terrorist attack; what counter-measures he has proposed; and what improvements have been made to strategic co-ordination and direction by central government.

 [Transferred]   (74412)

1190  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to create a sector skills council for the voluntary sector.

 [Transferred]   (74638)

1191  
  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) Civil Service posts and (b) departments have been devolved from London and the South East to other regions since 1997.

 [Transferred] Unstarred   (71402)

1192  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance he gives to local authorities on collecting revenue from telecommunications masts.
 [Transferred] Unstarred   (73960)



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