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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 17 October 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 17 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.
 


 

THURSDAY 17th OCTOBER

1  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what use he and his Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if he will identify for each research project the topics covered, the person or organisation carrying out the research, and the total cost; and if he will publish the research on his Department's website.

 (74995)

2  
N  
Andy Burnham (Leigh): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to address problems with flooding in areas of new housing development.

 (72362)

3  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the per capita central Government funding for local government expenditure has been for each London borough for the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

 (75109)

4  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the web site links associated with his Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if he will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (75586)

5  Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what level of rate support grant has been received by Cambridge City Council for the last five years at 2002 prices.

 (75007)

6  Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the Court of Appeal decisions in (a) R.v Brent London Borough Council and Others (b) R.v Oxfordshire County Council's Exclusion Panel and Another on planning guidance notes; and what plans he has to withdraw paragraph 98 of PPG8 so that local planning authorities may be able to take into account health affects and concerns relating to telephone masts.

 (75213)

7  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will publish the consultation paper on the seller's pack and reform of the home buying and selling system.

 (75462)

8  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what action he plans to take to deploy additional military resources to Somerset in the event of industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union; and if he will make a statement.

 (75632)

9  Martin Linton (Battersea): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what advice he has given to local planning authorities on planning approval for affordable housing developments and creating mixed communities.

 (75170)

10  Martin Linton (Battersea): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many homes for key workers, by London borough, have been built or are under construction through the Starter Home Initiative; and how many start-ups are expected in 2003-04.

 (75169)

11  Martin Linton (Battersea): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the classes of key workers that have benefited and stand to benefit from the Starter Home Initiative in London so far; and what decision he has made on which groups of key workers will benefit in the next round of funding.

 (75168)

12  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his estimate is of the amount of land required to accommodate the Government's housing targets by 2016.

 (74855)

13  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will publish the latest available figures in descending order for the average number of households per 1,000 in each local authority area which are accepted as being in priority need for housing.

 (74858)

14  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many dwellings he estimates are empty in each local authority area in Devon, broken down by (a) local authority, (b) RSL, (c) MOD, (d) other public sector and (e) the private sector; and how many of these are owner-occupied.

 (74857)

15  
N  
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his policy is on development on green belt land.

 (72377)

16  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will issue planning guidance to local authorities concerning the erection of mobile and static free-range poultry units.

 (72376)

17  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the schemes and initiatives sponsored by his Department and its agencies which are not the subject of national roll out, showing (a) the authorities or areas covered by the scheme and (b) the budget of the scheme in the last year for which information is available.

 (75677)

18  Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will require local authorities to publish lists of sites submitted to the National Land Use Database; and when he intends to issue such a requirement.

 (74980)

19  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what use she and her Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if she will identify for each research project the topics covered, the person or organisation carrying out the research, and the total cost; and if she will publish the research on her Department's website.

 (74988)

20  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the resources, role and responsibilities of regional development agencies in respect of tourism.

 (74870)

21  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the web site links associated with her Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if she will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if she will make a statement.

 (75588)

22  Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list by region the (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful bids for sport action zones.

 (75396)

23  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her policy is on the provision of Lottery funding to groups with a political agenda.

 (75621)

24  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, under what provision of the arrangements for managing the National Lottery grant finance was provided to the Community Empowerment Network.

 (75620)

25  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Chief Executive of Sport England about his decision to resign.

 (75194)

26  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects the Council of Sport England to have a full complement of members.

 (75195)

27  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received on the draft Performance and Innovation Unit report on the future of sport.

 (75197)

28  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects to appoint a new chairman of Sport England.

 (75196)

29  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions the Department will have with the football authorities and other Government departments about the racist abuse of members of the England football squad by Slovakian football fans in the recent international match between the two nations.

 (75207)

30  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how the development of Specialist Sports Colleges and School Sport Co-ordinator partnerships is contributing to increasing facilities available for swimming.

 (75819)

31  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her estimate is of the cost of refurbishing local authority swiming pools; and what resources are expected to be available over the next five years for this purpose.

 (75820)

32  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what research she has commissioned (a) on the effect of allowing children to gamble and (b) on the effect of lifting the ban on gambling by credit card.

 (75463)

33  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the schemes and initiatives sponsored by her Department and its agencies which are not the subject of national roll out, showing (a) the authorities or areas covered by the scheme and (b) the budget of the scheme in the last year for which information is available.

 (75667)

34  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what use he and his Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if he will identify for each research project the topics covered, the person or organisation carrying out the research, and the total cost; and if he will publish the research on his Department's website.

 (74999)

35  Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the outcome of Operation Antler into the activities of scientists at Porton Down.

 (74919)

36  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 19th September, Official Report, column 322W, on nuclear weapons accident exercises (a) what assessment has taken place of the exercises and (b) what recommendations have been put forward for the nuclear weapons accident exercises his Department held at (i) Convoy NAR team standardisation and (ii) RAF Station NAR team standardisation; and if he will make a statement.

 (75394)

37  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had in the last year, on the future of the Royal Military Music School, Kneller Hall, Twickenham; and if he will make a statement.

 (75115)

38  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the web site links associated with his Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if he will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (75587)

39  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, under what authority the West Midlands Fire Service is assisting one of the consortia bidding from the Defence Fire Services contract.

 (75085)

40  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he intends to announce the outcome of the study in the prioritisation of air base services including the Defence Fire Service.

 (75090)

41  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what use will be made of (a) Defence Fire Services and (b) RAF Fire Service in the event of a local authority firemen's strike.

 (75089)

42  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about Operation Fresco military assistance to the civil powers in the event of a local authority firemen's strike; and what effect this would have on military capabilities.

 (75083)

43  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what savings in costs are envisaged in the Fire Study 2000.

 (75092)

44  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the total cost to the public purse for each of the last five years of (a) the Defence Fire Service, (b) the RAF Fire Service and (c) the RN Fire Service.

 (75091)

45  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to ensure that the US Air Force is content with the proposed contractorisation of fire services at air bases in the UK.

 (75088)

46  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about the Defence Fire Services PPP and Fire Study 2000.

 (75086)

47  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which local authority fire services are assisting commercial companies in the preparation of bids for the privatisation of Defence fire services.

 (75084)

48  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what savings he anticipates as a result of the PPP on Defence Fire Services.

 (75093)

49  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the USAF about the privatisation of Defence Fire Services at US Air bases in the UK.

 (75087)

50  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects HMS Nottingham to return to its port of destination in the UK; if it will be repaired in the Naval facilities in Portsmouth; and if he will make a statement.

 (75446)

51  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, to ask the Secretary of State what has been the cost of salvaging HMS Nottingham since she ran aground, excluding costs of repairs to the ship once in dry dock in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

 (75447)

52  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the cost of flying home the crew from HMS Nottingham; and if he will make a statement.

 (75442)

53  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of berthing HMS Nottingham in Newcastle; and if he will make a statement.

 (75441)

54  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of bringing HMS Nottingham back to Britain on the heavy lift Swan; and if he will make a statement.

 (75438)

55  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of the accommodation for the crew of HMS Nottingham in Australia; and if he will make a statement.

 (75439)

56  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of towing HMS Nottingham from Lord Howe Island to Newcastle; and if he will make a statement.

 (75440)

57  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the re-instating of the headstones of the war graves situated in Belfast City Cemetery which were removed after being vandalised in 1979; and if he will make a statement.

 (75068)

58  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much plutonium owned by his Department has been (a) considered for export and (b) exported to the Valduc facility in France as part of a joint project with the United States Department of Energy and the Commissariat aČ L'Energie Atomique and Cogema in France, for test assemblies for plutonium MOX fuel rods, since 31st January 2000.

 (75459)

59  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the pension award made to the former Territorial Army medical auxiliary Shaun Rusling following illness he suffered after the Gulf War.

 (75461)

60  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his best estimate of the annual production capacity of chemical weapon agents at the Al-Muthanna establishment in Iraq in 1991.

 (75825)

61  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the schemes and initiatives sponsored by his Department and its agencies which are not the subject of national roll out, showing (a) the authorities or areas covered by the scheme and (b) the budget of the scheme in the last year for which information is available.

 (75668)

62  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what use she and her Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if she will identify for each research project the topics covered, the person or organisation carrying out the research, and the total cost; and if she will publish the research on her Department's website.

 (74987)

63  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if the study commissioned by the National Rates Advisory Group of the Learning and Skills Committee into the costs of disadvantage in post-16 education has been considered by the group.

 (75139)

64  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the web site links associated with her Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if she will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if she will make a statement.

 (75589)

65  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what changes there have been to the monthly average of (a) exclusions, (b) appeals and (c) successful appeals since the publication of the 2001-02 Education Bill.

 (75625)

66  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what legal powers she has to overturn a decision by an independent appeal panel.

 (75622)

67  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions her Department has had with the Community Empowerment Network.

 (75631)

68  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money her Department has spent on advertising in the Guardian in (a) the current and (b) the past financial year.

 (75629)

69  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many exclusions have been overturned on appeal in the last six months.

 (75624)

70  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the use of primates in research in British universities.

 (75630)

71  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she will introduce changes to the system of independent appeal panels.

 (75623)

72  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures will be taken over the next year to ensure that disruptive pupils are removed from classes in the run up to major exams.

 (75098)

73  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action is being taken to improve the efficiency of the way exam marks are related to pupils.

 (75097)

74  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people have been (a) arrested, (b) charged, (c) released without charge, (d) cautioned, (e) prosecuted, (f) acquitted, (g) convicted, (h) fined, (i) given a community service and (j) jailed in connection with abuse of individual learning accounts, in each quarter since October 2001; how many registered individual learning account providers have been referred to the Individual Learning Accounts Compliance Unit; and if she will make a statement.

 (74289)

75  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many cases of apparent abuse of individual learning accounts by providers have been referred to (a) the Individual Learning Accounts Compliance Unit (b) her Department's Special Investigations Unit and (c) the police; and if she will make a statement.

 (74290)

76  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money for individual learning accounts has been (a) claimed, (b) paid and (c) withheld or is in dispute in each month since August 2001; and if she will make a statement.

 (74291)

77  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many individual learning account providers currently have payments withheld; and if she will make a statement.

 (74292)

78  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when an announcement will be made on a successor scheme to the individual learning account.

 (74293)

79  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will give special assistance to schools in Essex which are encountering difficulty in filling teaching staff vacancies.

 (75471)

80  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make it her policy to give London weighting to teachers' salaries in Castle Point.

 (75469)

81  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her policy is on collective acts of worship in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools; and if she will make a statement.

 (75477)

82  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many primary schools in Castle Point had class sizes of 30 or above in each of the last three years.

 (75470)

83  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will consider reintroducing targeted maintenance support for those students from the poorest backgrounds.

 (75161)

84  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to consult students on the review of student support.

 (75160)

85  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to increase the level of interest charged on student loans.

 (75159)

86  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to introduce top-up fees.

 (75154)

87  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans there are to increase the threshold at which students are required to begin repaying their student loans.

 (75162)

88  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the schemes and initiatives sponsored by her Department and its agencies which are not the subject of national roll out, showing (a) the authorities or areas covered by the scheme and (b) the budget of the scheme in the last year for which information is available.

 (75669)

89  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children of school age are being educated at home in (a) England, (b) East Sussex and (e) Eastbourne.

 (75151)

90  Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on what basis the ethnicity factor in the Additional Educational Needs allocates extra resources to all ethnic groups; if she will publish the evidence that her Department has used to assess need under the AEN factor; how many children receive increased funding from the ethnicity factor with the AEN; how much funding was distributed under the ethnicity factor to local councils in the years 2000-01 and 2001-02; and what her Department's estimate is for next year.

 (74957)

91  Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what impact her Department's new funding options will have on redistributing funding to areas with high rates of poverty and low levels of educational achievement.

 (74959)

92  Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her Department's estimate is of the number of children who have English as an additional language in schools.

 (74958)

93  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what use she and her Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if she will identify for each research project the topics covered, the person or organisation carrying out the research, and the total cost; and if she will publish the research on her Department's website.

 (74990)

94  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 19th September, Official Report, column 283W, on climate change, what costs are associated with the UK climate change scenarios; when the results will be published; if she will list the other projects that the UK Government is working on in other countries and the associated costs incurred; and if she will make a statement.

 (75215)

95  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the web site links associated with her Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if she will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if she will make a statement.

 (75590)

96  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Minister of State (Environment)'s letter 171977/JW of 16th September, what action has been taken to follow up issues about magnesium carbonate and carbon sequestration.

 (74448)

97  
N  
Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the Government's response to the European Commission's mid-term review of the Common Agricultural Policy.

 (72350)

98  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what evidence she has collated on a correlation between the growth of the badger population and a fall in hedgehog population in certain regions.

 (75081)

99  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had about the badger population in England.

 (75079)

100  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had about TB in hedgehogs.

 (75082)

101  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had about the hedgehog population in England.

 (75077)

102  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the badger population is growing faster in certain regions of the UK.

 (75080)

103  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what evidence she has that the hedgehog population has declined disproportionately in certain regions of England.

 (75078)

104  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the Four Area Badger Study carried out by the Republic of Ireland.

 (74865)

105  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the East Offaly Badger Removal Project.

 (74866)

106  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with her Irish counterpart about measures to control bovine tuberculosis.

 (74862)

107  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received concerning the redesignation of feta cheeses in the draft directive proposed by the European Commission designating Feta as a protected food name; and if she will intervene to prevent the Commission unilaterally adopting such a directive in the event of no qualified majority being achieved.

 (75647)

108  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what notification she has received from (a) Nirex, (b) the Environment Agency and (c) the Health and Safety Executive/Nuclear Installations Inspectorate in respect of concerns over fissile materials limits in intermediate level wastes being conditioned for packaging.

 (75458)

109  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the matters discussed and outcome of the world summit on sustainable development in Johannesburg; and if she will place in the Library copies of all documents submitted by the United Kingdom to the summit.

 (75460)

110  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action she is taking to discourage and prevent the export of live animals for slaughter abroad.

 (75473)

111  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to increase restrictions on the journey times for live animals for slaughter.

 (75479)

112  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimates she has made of the number of live animals exported from the UK for slaughter which are then returned to the UK for sale.

 (75474)

113  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with National Assembly for Wales ministers regarding the 20 day livestock movement regulations.

 (75165)

114  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of applications for the Over Thirty Month early casualty scheme (a) were able to provide sufficient evidence to satisfy the Intervention Board that they should receive the set rate of 85.6p.p.kg, (b) were paid the flat rate of £230 for their casualty animals and (c) are waiting to be paid.

 (75141)

115  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the schemes and initiatives sponsored by her Department and its agencies which are not the subject of national roll out, showing (a) the authorities or areas covered by the scheme and (b) the budget of the scheme in the last year for which information is available.

 (75670)

116  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many representations she has had urging her to tighten import controls on meat from (a) the Meat and Livestock Commission, (b) the NFU and (c) others.

 (75143)

117  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to spend the money raised by fining polluters on environmental improvements.

 (75144)

118  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what use he and his Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if he will identify for each research project the topics covered, the person or organisation carrying out the research, and the total cost; and if he will publish the research on his Department's website.

 (74998)

119  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the web site links associated with his Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if he will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (75579)

120  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to receive the report from Lord Penrose's enquiry into Equitable Life.

 (75397)

121  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason VAT is levied on digital hearing aids.

 (75616)

122  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has carried out of the levy on plastic bags introduced in Ireland.

 (75596)

123  Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the impact on Treasury revenues of the European Food Supplement Directive and the proposed European Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products; and if he will make a statement.

 (75815)

124  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the impact on the travel insurance industry of recent events in Bali.

 (74961)

125  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the 2/3 limit on pensions received by employees earning less than £25,000 per annum and belonging to final salary schemes with an accrual rate of 1/60 per year; and if he will make a statement.

 (74548)

126  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list which (a) software and (b) hardware is not able to access the Inland Revenue's online assessment forms.

 (75163)

127  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of online assessment users failed to send their information due to (a) technical incompatability or (b) website failure.

 (75164)

128  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what parts of the Customs and Excise estate have been sold, and to whom, since 1997.

 (75681)

129  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what parts of the Inland Revenue estate have been sold, and to whom, since 1997.

 (75683)

130  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what part of HM Treasury estate have been sold, and to whom, since 1997.

 (75682)

131  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what capital has been realised by the sale of the estates of each of HM Treasury and its agencies since 1997 and what is the estimated value of what remains.

 (75684)

132  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the schemes and initiatives sponsored by his Department and its agencies which are not the subject of national roll out, showing (a) the authorities or areas covered by the scheme and (b) the budget of the scheme in the last year for which information is available.

 (75675)

133  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he proposes to protect retired people in respect of equity release schemes.

 (75156)

134  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what interest rate is paid on sums collected in taxes in error and in advance.

 (75148)

135  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria are used to separate errors in tax returns from deliberate late payments; and what interest rates are applied to these different categories.

 (75147)

136  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer upon what criteria the interest rates for the late payment of taxes are determined.

 (75149)

137  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what use he and his Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if he will identify for each research project the topics covered, the person or organisation carrying out the research, and the total cost; and if he will publish the research on his Department's website.

 (74985)

138  Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what commitments and obligations made by Russia on acceding to the Council of Europe in 1996 remain outstanding.

 (75198)

139  Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in the case of Platon Obukhov, arrested in Russia in 1996 on charges of spying for Britain; what recent representations he has made for his release; and if he will make a statement.

 (74920)

140  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many telephone lines are dedicated to dealing with queries from the general public in the British Consulate-General in Istanbul.

 (75049)

141  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what checks are made on the response times of the Consultate-General in Istanbul to queries left through the visa enquiry line.

 (75048)

142  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has received regarding poor response times from queries left with the Consultate-General in Istanbul through the visa enquiry line.

 (75051)

143  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the average response time of the Consultate-General in Istanbul for messages left by members of the public through the visa inquiry line was in the most recent available year.

 (75050)

144  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the web site links associated with his Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if he will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (75591)

145  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which nation's troups were stationed in the UN base in the Lebanon on the border with Israel near Mount Dov on 7th October 2000 near to the site of the kidnap of Benny Avraham, Adi Avitan and Umar Souad.[R]

 (74875)

146  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures he has undertaken in respect of the kidnap of Elchanan Tenenbium.[R]

 (74874)

147  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will obtain a copy of the two video tapes in the possession of Taria Larsen of the UN showing the kidnap of Benny Avraham, Adi Avitan and Umar Souad on 7th October 2000.[R]

 (74872)

148  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the Syrian Government, (b) the Syrian Ambassador in London, (c) the Head of Hizbullah in respect of the kidnap of Elchanan Tenenbium; and what was the outcome of these discussions.[R]

 (74873)

149  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the conflict with the Taliban in Afghanistan has reduced the production there of opium; and if he will make a statement.

 (75421)

150  Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to secure the release of Dr Lesley McCulloch from detention in Indonesia; and if he will make a statement.

 (75679)

151  Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Argyll and Bute, dated 20th September, regarding Dr Lesley McCulloch.

 (75680)

152  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will refer the question of Gibraltar's constitutional standing to the International Court of Justice.

 (75102)

153  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what grounds he holds the integration of Gibraltar into the UK to be in contravention of the Treaty of Utrecht.

 (75104)

154  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if Gibraltar's special tax status is held to be a barrier to integration.

 (75103)

155  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken in response to the High Court judgment in 2000 upholding the special military status of Diego Garcia.

 (75105)

156  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department has met with political party leaders in Guyana recently to discuss the political situation there.

 (75108)

157  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the en route countries for the rejected plutonium MOX nuclear fuel returned to Sellafield from Japan in July to September; and which (a) made representations to United Kingdom embassies and (b) direct to her Majesty's Government opposing the shipment objecting to the shipment, entering their territorial waters.

 (75687)

158  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what attempts have been made by the United Kingdom to encourage the United States administration to agree to intrusive inspections of chemical sites in the US with regard to the International Chemical Weapons Convention.

 (75826)

159  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information was produced by UNSCOM to December 1998 that identified United Kingdom origin technology and material discoveries in production plants used for the manufacture of (a) chemical weapons or their pre-cursor agents, (b) biological weapons and (c) nuclear weapons or fissile material manufacture or processing.

 (75824)

160  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the meetings held between Saddam Hussein and British Ministers since July 1979.

 (75685)

161  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) his United States counterpart and (b) his counterparts in the European Union in respect of seeking early release of Mordechai Vanunu.

 (75452)

162  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many United Kingdom nationals are working for the United Nations Monitoring Verification and Inspection Commission; and if he will list their qualifications.

 (75827)

163  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Sudan regarding the transparency of Sudan's oil revenues.

 (74888)

164  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in negotiating the allocation and distribution of oil revenues in the peace talks between the Government of Sudan and the SPLM.

 (74897)

165  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times he has overturned a decision by an ECO to refuse admission to the UK of an applicant.

 (75655)

166  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the ambassadors he has appointed since June 2001.

 (75657)

167  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many entry clearance operations he has visited since June 2001.

 (75656)

168  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Ugandan Government in respect of their closure of the monitor newspaper.

 (75008)

169  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to reply to the honourable Member for Nottingham North's letters of Friday 16th August and 8th August.

 (74869)

170  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what use he and his Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if he will identify for each research project the topics covered, the person or organization carrying out the research, and the total cost; and if he will publish the research on his Department's website.

 (74993)

171  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department is doing to improve its performance in providing replies to (a) letters and (b) questions from honourable Members.

 (74867)

172  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money his Department has spent on research into (a) breast cancer, (b) lung cancer, (c) prostate cancer and (d) leukaemia for each year since 1997.

 (75792)

173  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when a full review will be published on current progress in implementing the Government Prostate Cancer Programme issued in December 2000.

 (75807)

174  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning the efficiency of systems in place to report results from radiotherapy and X-rays.

 (75765)

175  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning the failure of radiology departments to record all results of diagnostic tests leading to investigations being unnecessarily repeated; and what representations his Department has received concerning the risks associated with increasing the radiation exposure of the patient due to repetition of diagnostic tests.

 (75751)

176  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning the transparency of cancer fund allocation within NHS health authorities in England and Wales.

 (75804)

177  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning the number of cancer patients awaiting radiotherapy treatment but not included on official NHS waiting lists.

 (75772)

178  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many radiographer vacancies there are for each NHS health authority; and what the figures were for each year since 1997.

 (75790)

179  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons patients awaiting diagnostic tests such as gastrointestinal endoscopy are excluded from national cancer waiting lists published by the NHS.

 (75770)

180  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning cancer departments (a) adopting on-call arrangements, (b) extending working hours during the week and (c) operating a 24-hour service.

 (75753)

181  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning the effectiveness of new systems for logging data relating to cancer treatment introduced under the NHS Cancer Plan; and if he will make a statement on these systems.

 (75784)

182  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning sub-standard radiotherapy equipment in the NHS; and what steps are being taken to ensure that radiotherapy equipment is (a) monitored and (b) maintained, and that machines identified for replacement are decommissioned and replaced when necessary.

 (75762)

183  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what processes are in place to inform men that they can ask their general practitioner about the PSA test and the issues that surround it.

 (75745)

184  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all patients have access to testing to ascertain whether they would benefit from a NICE-approved treatment.

 (75795)

185  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure greater transparency on how public money for cancer is spent.

 (75775)

186  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning the effectiveness of the Cancer Care Action Group in identifying and implementing improvements to the quality of care for patients.

 (75748)

187  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) total number and (b) proportion of suspected cancer patients being seen by a cancer surgeon within two weeks of referral by their GP, for each health authority; and what the figures were for each months since July 1997.

 (75782)

188  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the waiting lists for breast cancer were for each month since September 2000; and how many leukaemia patients were tested to ascertain their suitability for a NICE-approved treatment in each of these months.

 (75798)

189  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations have been received by his Department concerning the introduction of short-term waiting list initiatives in an effort to reduce radiotherapy waiting lists within the NHS; and if he will list the NHS health authorities from which such representations have been received.

 (75760)

190  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning access to cancer drugs and the postcode lottery of drug treatment since the introduction of the NHS Cancer Plan.

 (75778)

191  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning the health implications of working and living in the vicinity of a nuclear power station.

 (75793)

192  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning the state of radiotherapy equipment within the NHS.

 (75767)

193  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning (a) the failure of radiology departments to record all results of diagnostic tests leading to investigations being unnecessarily repeated and (b) the risks associated with increasing the radiation exposure of the patient due to the unnecessary repetition of such diagnostic tests.

 (75755)

194  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the waiting lists for breast cancer were for each month since September 2000; and how many (a) prostrate, (b) ovarian and (c) lung cancer patients were tested to ascertain their suitability for a NICE-approved treatment in each of these months.

 (75797)

195  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what linear accelerators are due for replacement within the next 12 months, broken down by health authority; and how many years they will have been in service when replaced.

 (75758)

196  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning (a) the harmful effect on patients of being treated by surgeons and physicians who are not specialists in their field and (b) the chances of such patients making a full recovery.

 (75773)

197  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost of (a) prostate, (b) lung, (c) ovarian and (d) leukaemia cancer services was in each year since 1997.

 (75810)

198  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the waiting list for breast cancer was for each month since September 2002; and how many breast cancer patients were tested to ascertain their suitability for a NICE-approved treatment for each of these months.

 (75796)

199  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for patients awaiting gastrointestinal endoscopy; and what the figures were for each month since July 1997.

 (75768)

200  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) lung, (b) breast, (c) prostate, (d) ovarian and (e) leukaemia cancer specialists there are within the NHS; and what the figures were for each year since 1997.

 (75786)

201  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures are in place to monitor uptake of treatment following its approval by NICE.

 (75802)

202  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the members of the Cancer Care Action Group and the organizations that they represent.

 (75747)

203  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning the introduction of a national standard method for calculating radiotherapy waiting times to enable waiting times to be directly compared between radiotherapy centres; and what plans he has to introduce such a national standard.

 (75749)

204  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce delays in obtaining NICE guidance for cancer treatments.

 (75800)

205  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning the cost of replacing sub-standard radiotherapy equipment in use within the NHS; and what the cost is for each NHS health authority.

 (75764)

206  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the number of people diagnosed with prostate cancer since 1992; and how this compares with other (a) Commonwealth and (b) EU countries.

 (75833)

207  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many gastrointestinal cancer patients are awaiting gastrointestinal endoscopy; and what the comparative figures were for each month since July 1997.

 (75776)

208  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning alleged correlation between instances of leukaemia clusters and nuclear power stations in the UK.

 (75794)

209  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when figures for the incidence of prostate cancer in the UK as a whole will be available.

 (75806)

210  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the number of people diagnosed with lung cancer since 1992; and how this compares with other (a) Commonwealth and (b) EU countries.

 (75834)

211  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many radiographers were employed within the NHS for each year since 1997.

 (75787)

212  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning the replacement of linear accelerators that have been in service for 11 years or more.

 (75756)

213  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that every cancer patient within the NHS receives treatment from surgeons and physicians who are specialists in their field; and by when he expects this target to be met.

 (75774)

214  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many radiographers are employed by each NHS health authority; and what the comparative figures were for each year since 1997.

 (75789)

215  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will give a breakdown of the component parts of the national cancer waiting lists as published by the NHS.

 (75769)

216  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning the cost of repeating diagnostic tests unnecessarily.

 (75752)

217  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures are in place to monitor the number of patients and the related cost associated with NICE approved treatments that enable comparisons with the pre-approval phase of the treatment and ensure that NICE guidance is being acted on.

 (75803)

218  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which health authorities have patients waiting for over 20 weeks from the time of referral following surgery to the time that radiotherapy treatment begins.

 (75761)

219  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning the number of patients undergoing treatment by surgeons and physicians who are not specialist in their field.

 (75779)

220  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will state, by health authority, the linear accelerators that (a) have been in service for more than 11 years, (b) the total number of years that they have been in service, and (c) the date that they are due for replacement.

 (75759)

221  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the number of people diagnosed with (a) breast cancer, (b) ovarian cancer, (c) leukaemia, (d) prostate cancer and (e) lung cancer since 1992; and how this compares with other (i) Commonwealth and (ii) EU countries.

 (75831)

222  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the NHS health authorities that measure waiting time (a) from the day radiotherapy treatment is prescribed and (b) from the time that planning and simulation is complete.

 (75750)

223  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning its target to introduce 1,000 new cancer consultants to the NHS by 2006.

 (75781)

224  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning the number of patients that have been denied treatment with specific cancer drugs, including Herceptin, owing to delays in obtaining NICE guidance.

 (75801)

225  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the Government make choices in prioritising the allocation of its cancer research funding to tumour specific areas; and how needs-based access to these funds is ensured.

 (75746)

226  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of child patients receive treatment for (a) testicular cancer and (b) acute leukaemia within one month of initial GP referral.

 (75777)

227  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning the success of the 'Education and Support Programme for District and Community Nurses in the Principles and Practice of Palliative Care'.

 (75808)

228  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to include figures for patients awaiting diagnostic tests in the national cancer waiting lists currently published by the NHS.

 (75771)

229  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cancer consultants there are (a) with the NHS and (b) broken down by health authority; and what the figures were for each year since 1997.

 (75780)

230  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning delays in obtaining NICE guidance on cancer treatments.

 (75799)

231  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what linear accelerators have been replaced since the introduction of the NHS Cancer Plan broken down by health authority; and how many years they had been in service when replaced.

 (75757)

232  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the NHS health authorities that are having to leave radiography equipment idle due to a lack of qualified radiographers.

 (75791)

233  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many radiographers have left the service of the NHS for each year since 1997, broken down by each NHS health authority.

 (75788)

234  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many proposals have been received for the 'Education and Support Programme for District and Community Nurses in the Principles and Practice of Palliative Care'; and what the source of these proposals was.

 (75809)

235  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to (a) adopt on-call arrangements, (b) extend working hours during the week and (c) operate a 24-hour service for cancer services within the NHS.

 (75754)

236  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the death rate is for (a) lung, (b) breast, (c) prostate, (d) ovarian and (e) leukaemia cancer patients within the NHS; and what the figures were for each year since 1997.

 (75785)

237  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning the number of linear accelerators in need of renewal within the NHS; and if he will list the NHS health authorities they belong to.

 (75763)

238  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of non-listed cancer patients require (a) diagnostic X-ray examinations, (b) ultrasound investigations for gynaecological and obstetric problems, (c) mammograms for breast canceer and (d) CT scans; and what plans he has to introduce these patients to the national cancer waiting lists published by his Department.

 (75766)

239  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the number of people diagnosed with leukaemia since 1992; and how this compares with other (a) Commonwealth and (b) EU countries.

 (75832)

240  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received concerning the effectiveness of the peer review teams introduced under the NHS Cancer Plan.

 (75783)

241  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures are in place to ensure that funds awarded for cancer services within NHS health authorities in England and Wales are distributed accordingly and not allocated to other areas of health care.

 (75805)

242  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 19th September, Official Report, column 350W, if he will set out his definition of frictional discharge.

 (75811)

243  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will recommend that the Draft Mental Health Bill be considered a special standing committee.

 (74876)

244  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research is being undertaken relating to the physical causes and treatment of CFS/myalgic encephalomyelitis; and if she will make a statement.

 (75135)

245  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the web site links associated with his Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if he will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (75584)

246  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the children's hospices broken down by region; and if he will make a statement.

 (75117)

247  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether borrowing by NHS foundation trusts will be backed up by Treasury guarantees.

 (74550)

248  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS foundation trusts will have other income streams in addition to standard NHS funding from the Treasury.

 (74551)

249  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS foundation trusts will be able to develop services for private patients in addition to existing pay beds in their particular hospitals or clinics.

 (74552)

250  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the members of the Foundation Trust Consultative Group.

 (74553)

251  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans there to award, (a) Northamptonshire and (b) Norfolk and Norwich NHS trusts foundation trust status.

 (74554)

252  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of his departmental officials are involved in work on foundation status for NHS trusts.

 (74555)

253  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the safety of fresh frozen plasma and methylene blue treated plasma; and if he will make a statement.

 (75004)

254  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for all plasma products to be evaluated by NICE.

 (75005)

255  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the proportion of patients requiring transfusion plasma who received only virus inactivated products in the past year.

 (75002)

256  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to submit all blood and blood derivative products available in the United Kingdom to the Medicines Control Agency.

 (75003)

257  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review the use of methlyene blue treated fresh frozen plasma in children.

 (75006)

258  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the results and conclusions of the consultation on Specialised Services Commissioning by PCTs and strategic health authorities will be made available.

 (74962)

259  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when patients in Epsom and Ewell will receive digital hearing aids from the NHS.

 (75628)

260  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the average daily number of (a) general and acute, (b) acute, (c) day only, (d) mental illness, (e) learning disability and (f) maternity beds open overnight in England in (i) 1979 and (ii) 1990-91 to 1995-96.

 (75635)

261  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS ambulances have been (a) de-commissioned, (b) sold, (c) lost, (d) vandalised and (e) stolen in each year for the last six years in (i) England and (ii) each NHS region.

 (75646)

262  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS of agency nurses was in each of the last six years in (a) England (b) each NHS region.

 (75637)

263  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the percentage smoking rates in each year since 1990 in (a) England and (b) each NHS region for (i) all adults, (ii) non-manual groups and (iii) manual groups.

 (75640)

264  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the annual expenditure per person under the age of 18 on mental health services in (a) England, (b) each NHS region and (c) each health authority in each of the last six years.

 (75633)

265  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the average daily number of available beds in wards open overnight in all specialities in England in (a) 1979 and (b) 1990-91 to 1995-96.

 (75634)

266  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the whole-time equivalent number of qualified district nurses in (a) England, (b) each NHS region and (c) each health authority in each of the last six years.

 (75644)

267  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many entered training to be a district nurse in England in each of the last six years.

 (75643)

268  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the smoking percentage rates among women during pregnancy in each year since 1990 in (a) England and (b) each NHS region.

 (75638)

269  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for an appointment in mental health for patients under the age of 18 in (a) England, (b) each NHS region and (c) each health authority was in each of the last six years.

 (75645)

270  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average European age-standardised mortality rate from suicide per 100,000 working-age adults was in (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000.

 (75636)

271  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the data available on death rates from (a) suicide and (b) undetermined injury in each year since 1996.

 (75641)

272  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many district nurses retired in (a) England, (b) each NHS region and (c) each health authority in each of the last six years.

 (75642)

273  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the smoking rates among children in each year since 1990 in (a) England and (b) each NHS region.

 (75639)

274  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has considered the case for a cross departmental strategy at national, regional and local level for joined-up action and funding to improve physical activity levels.

 (75210)

275  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has considered the case for primary care trusts having physical activity co-ordinators within their public health teams.

 (75209)

276  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department is doing to encourage improved health and preventative health programmes through increased physical activity.

 (75208)

277  Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the impact on the NHS Budget of the European Food Supplements Directive and the proposed European Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products; and if he will make a statement.

 (75816)

278  
N  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for the reform of labelling requirements for food products.

 (72343)

279  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received concerning cross-charging for bed blocking; what estimate he has made of the impact on social services Department budgets of such cross-charging; what estimate he has made of the change in services provided by social services departments as a result of funds lost to cross charging; and if he will make a statement on the measures he is taking to increase capacity for acute hospital care.

 (74966)

280  Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultations the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation has made with regard to its review of the Your NHS Funding Formula.

 (75140)

281  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on staffing levels at Oldchurch Hospital, Romford.

 (75106)

282  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the funding availabe for medical related degrees.

 (75094)

283  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the (a) number of residential care homes that have closed and (b) number of residential care home beds lost in Torbay in each of the past five years for which figures are available.

 (74854)

284  Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the statistics on the incident rate of breast cancer for (a) Lincolnshire and (b) each county in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years for (i) men and (ii) women.

 (74922)

285  Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the death rate from breast cancer in (a) Lincolnshire and (b) each county in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years for (i) men and (ii) women.

 (74923)

286  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what experiments have been conducted using the release of radio-xenon gas from Harwell Atomic Energy Research Laboratories.

 (75688)

287  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking to ensure that psychiatric patients in the community take their medicines.

 (75480)

288  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the English hospital trusts that fall under two or more PCTs.

 (75478)

289  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assistance is made available by each health authority to patients travelling for treatment.

 (75200)

290  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the health authorities in England which indicate populated islands, showing the expenditure per person on those islands to assist with travel for treatment.

 (75201)

291  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the schemes and initiatives sponsored by his Department and its agencies which are not the subject of national roll out, showing (a) the authorities or areas covered by the scheme and (b) the budget of the scheme in the last year for which information is available.

 (75671)

292  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding is made available to health authorities which include populated islands to recognise and assist with the costs of patients' travel for mainland treatment; and what the criteria are for the allocation of such funds.

 (75199)

293  Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the new funding formula will take into account the number of people who have private medicine when assessing need.

 (74956)

294  Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the new pay and conditions package will encourage surgeons to increase the number of operations that they carry out for the NHS.

 (74955)

295  Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's assessment is of the likely financial and staffing implication for the new building criteria for new hospitals.

 (74954)

296  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by the NHS on NHS magazines, briefings and literature in 2001-02.

 (75142)

297  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what use he and his Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if he will identify for each research project the topics covered, the person or organisation carrying out the research, and the total cost; and if he will publish the research on his Department's website.

 (74994)

298  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made since June 2002 in the determination of the suitability of RAF Turnhouse for an asylum seeker accomodation centre.

 (75066)

299  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which Government agencies are responsible for tackling money laundering in the UK.

 (75076)

300  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what impact the Future Development of Air Transport consultation document has had on the consideration of RAF Turnhouse as an asylum seeker accommodation centre.

 (75065)

301  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what response his Department has made to the Department of Transport's Future Development of Air Transport consultation document regarding the options to expand Edinburgh Airport on land being considered for an asylum seeker accommodation centre.

 (75064)

302  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money, attained through the proceeds of corruption in developing countries, has been confiscated by the National Confiscation Agency each year since 1999.

 (75074)

303  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evidence he has collated of variations between different police force areas in England and Wales in (a) recorded instances of rape, (b) recorded instances of domestic violence, (c) the clean up rate of recorded instances of rape and (d) the clean up rate of recorded instances of domestic violence.

 (75069)

304  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with (a) his European counterparts and (b) senior police officers regarding tackling child prostitution; what proposals were examined; and if he will make a statement.

 (75113)

305  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the web site links associated with his Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if he will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (75583)

306  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many items have been lost once deposited at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

 (75114)

307  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will give a breakdown of the statistics for recorded crime in Hertfordshire by type of offence (a) on 1st May 1997, (b) on 1st June 2001 and (c) according to the most recent statistics which are available

 (75398)

308  Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the findings of the investigation into the Criminal Records Bureau; and what changes he proposes to implement.

 (75019)

309  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what protocols are in place for cleaning handcuffs used on different prisoners (a) in prisons and (b) by police forces.

 (74963)

310  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how may apprehended clandestine immigrants have claimed to have entered the UK via Portsmouth ferry port but have been apprehended elsewhere in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (75449)

311  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with cross channel ferry companies concerning the improved detection of clandestine immigrants entering the UK; and if he will make a statement.

 (75451)

312  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how may apprehended clandestine immigrants who have claimed to have entered the UK via Portsmouth have sought asylum in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (75448)

313  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken to improve the detection of clandestine immigrants coming to the UK via (a) St. Malo, (b) Caen, (c) Le Havre and (d) Cherbourg; and if he will make a statement.

 (75443)

314  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he has discussed with his French counterpart the proposal of placing British officials in French cross-Channel ports to assist in detecting clandestine immigrants coming to the UK via France; and if he will make a statement.

 (75444)

315  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he last met his French counterpart to discuss improving the situation concerning clandestine immigrants coming to the UK via Cherbourg, St. Malo, Caen and Le Havre; and if he will make a statement.

 (75445)

316  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many clandestine immigrants have entered the UK via Portsmouth ferry port in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (75450)

317  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action will be taken to stop racist football fans from Slovakia travelling to England for the European Championship qualifier.

 (75206)

318  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made into investigations by his Department into what evidence other than conviction, injunction or police caution could be taken into account to allow women who are not British citizens facing domestic violence to remain in the UK if their marriage breaks down within the two-year probationary period.

 (75821)

319  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the outcome of investigations by his Department is into possible changes into immigration rules affecting women fleeing a violent relationship to ensure foreign spouses fleeing domestic violence are not excluded from crisis accommodation and have access to all support services.

 (75822)

320  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the outcome of discussions between his Department and the Department for Work and Pensions is as to whether DWP regulations regarding access to public funds might be relaxed in order that foreign spouses fleeing domestic violence may benefit.

 (75823)

321  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 Ullah.

 (74860)

322  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress his Department has made in the last 12 months in breaking up and/or bringing criminal charges against members of organised gangs who smuggle people into the UK; and if he will make a statement.

 (75406)

323  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he has considered the prospect of floating coastal accommodation centres for asylum seekers and the cost and other implications thereof; and if he will make a statement.

 (75405)

324  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress is being made to establish a system enabling the Home Office to identify the whereabouts of every asylum seeker during the period from application to final determination.

 (75435)

325  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress is being made towards placing at French ports (a) British Immigration officials and (b) machinery capable of detecting illegal entrants in vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

 (75436)

326  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to improve (a) the quality and (b) the speed of initial decisions in asylum applications.

 (75418)

327  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the pre-clearance checks programme operating at Prague Airport will be extended to other airports in Europe or elsewhere; and if he will make a statement.

 (75425)

328  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Czech Romanies have, in each of the last three years, (a) applied for asylum in the UK, (b) been granted asylum and (c) been removed having failed to achieve asylum status.

 (75407)

329  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his part in progress on common asylum and immigration policies in the EU.

 (75408)

330  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in relation to the fire at Yarlswood on 14th and 15th February 2002, how many detainees are unaccounted for.

 (75402)

331  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of asylum support is, including unaccompanied minors (a) in the last 12 months for which figures are available, (b) estimated for the current financial year and (c) estimated for the period 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.

 (75433)

332  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the latest estimated cost is of (a) building and (b) staffing the proposed pilot accommodation centres for asylum seekers.

 (75431)

333  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the latest estimated cost is of the Yarlswood fire; and what proportion is anticipated to be borne by the Exchequer.

 (75432)

334  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he proposes to start his support package to help asylum seekers to return voluntarily to Afghanistan; what he anticipates will be the cost in the first six months of its operation; and if he will make a statement.

 (75411)

335  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detention places for illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers exist and what plans he has to increase these over the next 12 months.

 (75426)

336  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how may applications for asylum from Iraq were received in the first two quarters of 2002; how many were rejected; how many are subject to appeal; and how many removals have taken place.

 (75412)

337  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he anticipates that the first pilot accommodation centre for asylum seekers will become operational.

 (75429)

338  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what negotiations he has had with insurers concerning insurance cover for (a) Yarlswood and (b) the proposed pilot accommodation centres for asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement.

 (75430)

339  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the net cost is in a full year of substituting contract and agency staff to undertake work in removal centres that previously was undertaken by detainees; from what budget the extra cost is taken; what proposals he has for giving financial incentives to detainees to assist in the running of removal centres; what factors he considered before deciding to prevent detainees from working; and if he will make a statement.

 (75422)

340  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the library the results of his research to examine asylum reception policies and practice of Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany; and if he will make a statement.

 (75401)

341  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to ensure that those released from Oakington Reception Centre pending appeals have a duty to report daily or weekly to the police or other authorities.

 (75399)

342  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of those charged with violent disorder arising out of the Yarlswood incident have been convicted and sentenced.

 (75400)

343  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the French Government about identifying in France those asylum seekers who might have a valid claim in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

 (75427)

344  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list each site which he is considering as a possible accommodation centre for asylum seekers.

 (75410)

345  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the progress of discussions with the UNHCR and others concerning the new gateway for those seeking to settle in Britain.

 (75428)

346  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are being held in prison service accommodation; and if he will make a statement.

 (75423)

347  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons have been detained without charge under the recent anti-terrorism legislation, and in each case (a) what access to legal advice has existed, (b) whether criminal charges are anticipated, (c) the length of time spent in custody and (d) whether bail applications have been made; and if he will make a statement.

 (75424)

348  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much it cost to run the National Asylum Support Service in the last 12 months.

 (75434)

349  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) amendments and (b) new clauses he has introduced to the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (i) in the Commons between 2nd Reading and the commencement of Committee stage, (ii) in the Commons during Committee stage, (iii) in the Commons during Report stage and (iv) subsequently.

 (75409)

350  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what efforts he has made to renegotiate the bilateral agreement with France relating to the return of illegal entrants to France; and if he will make a statement.

 (75415)

351  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the number of failed asylum seekers in the UK.

 (75416)

352  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he has officials placed at Brussels Station to ensure that passengers who wish to enter the UK have the correct documentation; and if he will make a statement.

 (75403)

353  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is the practice of his officials to search the luggage of all passengers boarding Euorstar at Waterloo Station; and if he will make a statement.

 (75404)

354  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of failed asylum seekers who were removed from the UK in the last 12 months were (a) in detention prior to removal and (b) at large prior to removal.

 (75413)

355  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what affect the decision in the Ahmadi case has had on his asylum policy; and if he will make a statement.

 (75414)

356  Mr George Mudie (Leeds East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been directed to Leeds, broken down by each Leeds constituency.

 (75001)

357  Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Home Office staff have taken (a) periods of sick leave of over one month and (b) early retirement because of work related stress and depression since 1992.

 (75205)

358  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the level of violent crime in the London Borough of Havering.

 (75107)

359  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding is being made available to community groups in order to encourage young people to steer clear of crime in North East London.

 (75100)

360  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost is to public funds of the 24 hour police guard outside the Chinese Embassy in London.

 (75095)

361  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the reasons for providing a 24 hour police guard outside the Chinese Embassy in London; and what the costs to public funds are estimated to be.

 (75096)

362  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will issue guidance on policing in areas where children frequently play.

 (75099)

363  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will undertake a review of his policy on capital punishment.

 (75101)

364  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to the letter of 19th June from the honourable Member for Torbay regarding Mrs Shyla Selvasenthil.

 (75000)

365  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Torbay of 18th June concerning Mr Elias Massif Bousaleh.

 (74856)

366  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the ratio of staff to prisoners was in each English prison on 1st January (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002.

 (74924)

367  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to reduce overcrowding of prisons.

 (74927)

368  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to segregate non drug addicts from drug addicts in prisons.

 (75466)

369  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he makes of the number of prisoners who adopt a drug habit whilst in prison.

 (75467)

370  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when (a) child murderers and (b) sex offenders, who have been convicted abroad and who subsequently return to the Untied Kingdom, will have their details recorded on the sex offenders' register and be monitored and controlled in the same way that would occur if they had been convicted in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

 (74925)

371  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to reduce violence by prisoners against prisoners.

 (74928)

372  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to increase the time police officers can spend on the streets rather than dealing with paperwork.

 (74926)

373  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking (a) to segregate inmates on first prison sentence and (b) to reduce recidivism among first time prisoners.

 (74929)

374  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will increase the segregation of prisoners in order to reduce (a) recidivism and (b) prison drug use.

 (75464)

375  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of those convicted for murder since 1972 have subsequently reoffended on release; and if he will make a statement on the nature of the crimes committed on reoffending.

 (74547)

376  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what opportunities are available to those claiming asylum to change (a) caseworkers and (b) counsel allocated to them.

 (75482)

377  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assistance is afforded to asylum seekers to prepare their cases when they are unfamiliar with the English language; and if he will make a statement.

 (75483)

378  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received about the case of Rebka Fessenhale who is claiming asylum; and if he will make a statement.

 (75481)

379  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the schemes and initiatives sponsored by his Department and its agencies which are not the subject of national roll out, showing (a) the authorities or areas covered by the scheme and (b) the budget of the scheme in the last year for which information is available.

 (75672)

380  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times in 2002 he has overturned the decision of a CIO to remove a person from the UK.

 (75648)

381  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were arrested in 2002.

 (75649)

382  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons have complained to the Parliamentary Ombudsman about delays in the IND.

 (75660)

383  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the backlog of asylum cases at the IND is.

 (75650)

384  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons have been forceably removed from the UK in (a) August, (b) September and (c) October.

 (75595)

385  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the advertised salary is for the new head of IND.

 (75661)

386  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to whom honourable Members should write in IND on immigration matters.

 (75659)

387  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons applied for the post of Head of IND; and how many were (a) men, (b) women and (c) from ethnic minorities.

 (75658)

388  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made in reducing street crime in Sussex.

 (75157)

389  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reach a decision on the case of Ms Yana Figurova (Ref. No. F1025919).

 (75158)

390  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the use of funding allocated to racial equality services by the Commission for Racial Equality in Scotland is monitored for effectiveness.

 (74977)

391  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will provide a breakdown of how the money allocated to racial equality services by the Commission for Racial Equality in Scotland has been spent in each of the last five years.

 (74976)

392  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanisms have been put in place by the Commission for Racial Equality in Scotland to ensure that all CRE funded providers of racial equality services have achieved the quality standards that are required of local racial equality councils.

 (74975)

393  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money has been spent on racial equality services by the Commission for Racial Equality in Scotland in each of the last five years.

 (74979)

394  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the breakdown of spending is in each of the areas of Scotland served by a racial equality council.

 (74978)

395  Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion in percentage terms of applications for political asylum in the United Kingdom have met the criteria established in the Geneva Convention on refugees in the last five years.

 (74916)

396  Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of appeals lodged in the United Kingdom against the refusal of an application for political asylum have been upheld in the last five years.

 (74917)

397  Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make a statement on the total cost of the works to install new security infrastructure in New Palace Yard, carried out during the summer adjournment.

 (74953)

398  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what use she and her Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if he will identify for each research project the topics covered, the person or organisation carrying out the research, and the total cost; and if she will publish the research on her Department's website.

 (74997)

399  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of the United Nations Consolidated Appeal for the Southern African Famine has been funded.

 (75053)

400  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on progress towards the diversification of farming in southern Africa.

 (75058)

401  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress is being made towards the creation of a universal representative set of indicators for the determination of good governance in developing countries.

 (75071)

402  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which countries she estimates, on current projections, will exit the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative with unsustainable debt.

 (75060)

403  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the (a) Serious Fraud Office, (b) National Criminal Intelligence Service and (c) Financial Services Authority regarding a sharing of expertise in the development of institutions to tackle corruption and money laundering within developing countries.

 (75075)

404  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial aid has been given to the national governments of (a) Mozambique and (b) Botswana from (i) her Department, (ii) the European Union and (iii) the World Bank, in each year since 1999; and what efforts are being made to ensure that such aid is used effectively for the benefit of those in extreme poverty.

 (75070)

405  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken to ensure that short term food aid in southern Africa does not damage local food markets.

 (75056)

406  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to the US Government calling for them to raise overseas development assistance to 0.7 per cent. of GNI.

 (75059)

407  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to (a) European Union countries and (b) other foreign donors calling for increased funding for the United Nations Consolidated Appeal for the Southern African famine.

 (75054)

408  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial aid has been given to the national government of Namibia from (a) her Department, (b) the European Union and (c) the World Bank every year since 1999, and what efforts are being made to ensure that such aid is used effectively for the benefit of those in extreme poverty.

 (75052)

409  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much debt has been repaid by (a) Malawi, (b) Mozambique and (c) Zambia under the HIPC initiative so far this year.

 (75055)

410  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the latest food aid requirements of (a) Zimbabwe, (b) Malawi, (c) Zambia, (d) Angola, (e) Mozambique, (f) Lesotho, (g) Swaziland and (f) Nambia.

 (75057)

411  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when her Department's study of the linkages between wildlife and poverty will be completed; and what the terms of reference of the study are.

 (74877)

412  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the web site links associated with her Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if she will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if she will make a statement.

 (75581)

413  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what programmes the UK is supporting in Nepal for enhancing water supply and sanitation; and if she will make a statement.

 (75112)

414  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the food insecurity in Nepal has improved in recent months; whether she expects a humanitarian crisis in the mid and far west regions of Nepal to materialise; and if she will make a statement.

 (75111)

415  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding the UK Government is providing to Nepalese authorities for a HIV/Aids strategy; and if she will make a statement.

 (75110)

416  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her letter to the honourable Member for Linlithgow of 15th September, when she will publish the results of the Working Group on Access to Medicines for the Poor.

 (74447)

417  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of each division's budget has been spent on flights in each year since 1999.

 (74900)

418  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with the (a) IMF and (b) World Bank regarding the curtailment of a starter pack scheme for smallholder farmers in Malawi.

 (74883)

419  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the return of displaced persons to Rwanda.

 (74895)

420  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Government of Malawi regarding plans about the decision to scale down the Universal Starter Pack programme.

 (74884)

421  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's budget has been for flights, broken down by division, in each year since 1999.

 (74901)

422  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's assessment is of the change in opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan in the last 12 months; and what steps her Department is taking to reduce this cultivation.

 (74887)

423  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the estimated amount of food aid required by the World Food Programme is; and how much has been distributed to (a) Zambia, (b) Zimbabwe, (c) Malawi, (d) Mozambique, (e) Lesotho, (f) Swaziland and (g) Angola.

 (74880)

424  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of children she estimates are enrolled in (a) private education and (b) state funded education in Rwanda; and what efforts have been made to increase state funded education in Rwanda.

 (74889)

425  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her assessment is of the effectiveness of Food for Work programme in Malawi; and how many beneficiaries she estimates this has reached, since January 2002.

 (74879)

426  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessments her Department has made regarding the adequacy of shelter and food supplies for the returning population in Rwanda.

 (74894)

427  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of progress being made in Rwanda to achieve the 2015 targets for universal primary education.

 (74892)

428  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list, by donor country, the contributions made to (a) the World Food Programme and (b) the UNHCR donor appeals for Afghanistan.

 (74878)

429  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the financial assistance committed by donor countries for the first year of the reconstruction of Afghanistan has been disbursed since January 2002, broken down by donor country.

 (74885)

430  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what advice is given to her Department's staff when booking flights with regard to (a) price and (b) budget.

 (74899)

431  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what guidance she has given concerning the repatriation and re-integration of soldiers and ex-fighters to Rwanda from the DRC.

 (74890)

432  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the UNHCR regarding the repatriation of refugees to Afghanistan; and if she will make a statement.

 (74886)

433  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's estimate is of the percentage of UK aid spent on HIV/AIDS programmes in Rwanda.

 (74891)

434  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans are in place to ensue that smallholder farmers in Malawi have access to adequate seed and fertiliser for the 2002-03 agricultural season.

 (74882)

435  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions have taken place with the Government of Rwanda concerning access to food, water and shelter for refugees and internally displaced persons in Rwanda.

 (74893)

436  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Government of Malawi regarding the cholera control programme; and what plans are in place to implement a sanitisation programme.

 (74881)

437  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of UK assistance is spent on (a) care workers, (b) nurses, (c) medical centres and (d) HIV/AIDS programmes in Botswana.

 (74898)

438  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's assessment is of the progress of reproductive health care in medical centres in Botswana.

 (74896)

439  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the Lord Chancellor will reply to the letter of 17th September from the honourable Member for Nottingham North on the legality of action on Iraq.

 (74983)

440  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the web site links associated with his Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if he will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (75577)

441  Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many assaults there have been on (a) justices of the peace, (b) district judges, (c) district judges (magistrates courts), (d) circuit judges, (e) Crown Court judges, (f) High Court judges and (g) court staff in England and Wales whilst sitting or working in court or during private room appointments in each of the last five years for which records are available.

 (74960)

442  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if she will make it her policy to refer to transsexual people rather than transsexuals in Government documents and in material that will form Parliamentary records.

 (75744)

443  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the circumstances in which asylum applicants from abroad will be entitled to advice from lawyers who would be publicly funded to travel abroad to take instructions and give advice.

 (75417)

444  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the schemes and initiatives sponsored by his Department and its agencies which are not the subject of national roll out, showing (a) the authorities or areas covered by the scheme and (b) the budget of the scheme in the last year for which information is available.

 (75673)

445  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he next intends to visit Germany.

 (75653)

446  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will defer implementation of the decision of the former education minister of Northern Ireland to abandon the current 11 plus transfer arrangements, until such time as a suitable and broadly acceptable alternative transfer procedure has been decided.

 (75465)

447  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the web site links associated with his Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if he will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (75575)

448  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he will take to stem the loss of experienced Northern Ireland police officers.

 (75067)

449  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the President of the Council, what use he and his Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if he will identify for each research project the topics covered, the person or organisation carrying out the research, and the total cost; and if he will publish the research on his Department's website.

 (74984)

450  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the President of the Council, if he will list the web site links associated with his Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if he will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (75578)

451  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will propose changes to Standing Order No. 13 to extend his power to make representations to the Speaker for the earlier meeting of the House in certain circumstances to all honourable Members.

 (74871)

452  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will bring forward proposals to make it a requirement for Parliament to be consulted on the use of his power under Royal Prerogative to take the country to war; and if he will make a statement.

 (75214)

453  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Prime Minister, what use he and his Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if he will identify for each research project the topics covered, the person or organisation carrying out the research, and the total cost; and if he will publish the research on his Department's website.

 (74996)

454  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the web site links associated with his Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if he will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (75585)

455  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will direct HM Treasury to reply to the letters from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, which he sent the Department for response with regard to Ms E. Harding and Mrs I. O'Neill.

 (74861)

456  Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Prime Minister, how many government sponsored official histories are in preparation; when each was commissioned; who the authors are; what the estimated dates of completion are; and what the estimated cost in each case is.

 (74921)

457  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Prime Minister, what the basis is of the assertion at page 17 of his dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction that Saddam Hussein is determined to retain the weapons of mass destruction that the dossier discusses.

 (75830)

458  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make an exception from the rule covering non-disclosure of information from Cabinet committees and sub-committees under Part II of the code of practice on access to Government information to permit details of progress made at meetings of the Cabinet sub-committee ENV of green ministers to be given to Parliament on a more regular basis than its annual report to the Environmental Audit Committee.

 (75455)

459  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Prime Minister, for what reasons honourable Members were not provided with copies of his dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction before the day it was debated in Parliament.

 (75686)

460  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will meet a group of Royal Navy and Merchant Navy Russian convoy veterans to discuss the offer of a campaign medal made by the Russian Government.

 (75472)

461  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to meet M Giscard d'Estaing to discuss the Convention on the future of Europe.

 (75662)

462  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if she will list the web site links associated with her Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if she will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if she will make a statement.

 (75592)

463  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, in the last year of which her Department had responsibility for health in Scotland, what funding was made available to health authorities which include populated islands to recognise and assist in meeting patients' costs of travel for mainland treatment; what assistance was made available by each health authority to patients travelling for treatment; and if she will list the health authorities which included populated islands, showing their expenditure per person on those islands on assistance with travel for treatment.

 (75218)

464  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Solicitor General, what use she and her Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if she will identify for each research project the topics covered, the person or organisation carrying out the research, and the total cost; and if she will publish the research on her Department's website.

 (74991)

465  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make it her policy to publish her advice to HMG on the legality of action against Iraq; and if she will make a statement.

 (75817)

466  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Solicitor General, if she will list the web site links associated with her Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if she will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if she will make a statement.

 (75582)

467  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what use she and her Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if she will identify for each research project the topics covered, the person or organisation carrying out the research, and the total cost; and if she will publish the research on her Department's website.

 (74989)

468  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she intends to respond to the letter of 10th July from the honourable Member for Nottingham North about Mrs M. Lynch.

 (74868)

469  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what information she has collated regarding the effect of the Data Protection Act 1998 on the dissemination of personal details for the distribution of unsolicited mail.

 (75152)

470  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she has plans to make the dissemination of personal details for the distribution of junk mail dependent upon specific permission of an individual.

 (75153)

471  Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the 10 most successful commercial applications of research programmes funded by the European Union's first five framework programmes for research and development.

 (74915)

472  Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many women pensioners the National Coal Board are waiting for their equal pay status to be reflected in their pensions; and what percentage of women pensioners this represents.

 (74902)

473  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 14th February, Official Report, column 529W, on Corus, how much of the aid that was announced in May 2001 to provide suport to communities affected by Corus redundancies has been spent in respect of each of the projects listed; and if she will make a statement.

 (75437)

474  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether pre-tax (a) electricity and (b) gas prices were above or below the EU/G7 median for 2001; and if she will make a statement.

 (75129)

475  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much the advertising campaign for the increase in the minimum wage run in association with the Inland Revenue costs; if she will be running an assessment of the success of the campaign; and if she will make a statement.

 (75118)

476  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the United Kingdom's foreign direct investment share of the EU was in 2001; and if she will make a statement.

 (75123)

477  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations she has received from independent petrol retailers to investigate competition in the petrol retail industry; and if she will make a statement.

 (75136)

478  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, by what percentage (a) greenhouse gas and (b) CO2 emissions in 2001 differed from those of 1990 ; and if she will make a statement.

 (75126)

479  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans her Department has to include industrial kitchen equipment within the EU WEEE directives and restrictions on use of substances covering electrical and electronic equipment; and if she will make a statement

 (75133)

480  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the web site links associated with her Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if she will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if she will make a statement.

 (75580)

481  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she expects the study commissioned by the office of the e-Envoy and DTI on making the UK the best place to trade electronically by the end of the parliament to be published; and if she will make a statement.

 (75121)

482  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of electricity was generated from renewable resources in 2001; and if she will make a statement.

 (75124)

483  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of single market directives had been transposed by September; and if she will make a statement.

 (75130)

484  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she expects the 5 per cent. target of renewable energy contribution to electricity supplies to be reached; and if she will make a statement.

 (75125)

485  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 4th December 2001, Official Report, column 145W, on export credits, if she will list the 63 poorest developing countries referred to; and if she will make a statement.

 (75217)

486  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much was allocated to small firms throughout the United Kingdom using the Research and Development tax credit in financial years (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02; and if she will make a statement.

 (75119)

487  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) interruptions there were per 100 customers and (b) minutes were lost to electricity power supply interruptions in 2001-02; and if she will make a statement.

 (75128)

488  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which EU member states have included industrial kitchen equipment within the current EU WEEE directives and restrictions on the use of substances; and if she will make a statement.

 (75134)

489  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 19th September, Official Report, column 170w, on SMEs, when she expects the figures for 2001 to be made available; and if she will make a statement.

 (75216)

490  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she expects the estimates for 2001 (final) and 2002 (provisional) figures from the Office for National Statistics for the number of high growth business start ups to be available; and if she will make a statement.

 (75120)

491  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps have been taken to monitor the implementation and impact of the car pricing order; if a progress report will be published; and if she will make a statement.

 (75137)

492  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what costs were incurred relating to the British Pavilion at Expo 2000; and if she will make a statement.

 (75122)

493  Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to publish the Greeenfield Report.

 (74918)

494  Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will assess the impact on research and development of the European Food Supplement Directive and the proposed European Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products; and if she will make a statement.

 (75814)

495  Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will assess the impact on the retail sector of the European Food Supplement Directive and the proposed European Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products; and if she will make a statement.

 (75813)

496  
N  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the EU directive introduced on reducing further emissions of gases from coal and oil-fired power stations and the implications for electricity prices.

 (72349)

497  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of households in the Torbay constituency have access to broadband lines; and if she will make a statement.

 (74859)

498  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the meetings ministers and departmental officials have had with British Energy since 1st August; and if she will place in the Library a copy of the financial agreement concluded with British Energy in September.

 (75689)

499  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the non-military uses of uranium for which the metal is used in the United Kingdom.

 (75835)

500  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether Andersen Accountants were chosen as prospective advisers on the restructuring of BNFL prior to the company's role in the collapse of Enron becoming known.

 (75456)

501  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which reprocessing plant at Sellafield has the technical capacity to dissolve the unirradiated MOX fuel en route from Japan to Sellafield.

 (75453)

502  Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will publish the Greenfield Report on women in science.

 (74964)

503  Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will publish her responses to the recommendations in the Greenfield Report.

 (74965)

504  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the schemes and initiatives sponsored by her Department and its agencies which are not the subject of national roll out, showing (a) the authorities or areas covered by the scheme and (b) the budget of the scheme in the last year for which information is available.

 (75674)

505  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assistance her Department is giving to the liquidator of BCCI so that the liquidation can be concluded.

 (75663)

506  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many petrol stations in Scotland sell liquid petroleum gas, broken down by local authority area.

 (74968)

507  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many businesses in Scotland are authorised to carry out conversion of vehicles to enable them to use liquid petroleum gas.

 (74971)

508  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to increase the number of businesses in Scotland able to carry out conversions to allow vehicles to run on liquid petroleum gas.

 (74969)

509  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many vehicles have been converted to use liquid petroleum gas in each of the last two years.

 (74974)

510  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what targets her Department has for the number of vehicles to be converted to run on liquid petroleum gas by the end of the current financial year.

 (74770)

511  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what grants are available for individuals to convert vehicles to run on liquid petroleum gas.

 (74973)

512  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the locations are of the businesses in Scotland authorised to carry out conversion work on vehicles to enable them to use liquid petroleum gas.

 (74972)

513  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what use he and his Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if he will identify for each research project the topics covered, the person or organisation carrying out the research, and the total cost; and if he will publish the research on his Department's website.

 (74992)

514  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many responses have been received in response to the Future Development of Air Transport consultation document, broken down by region.

 (75047)

515  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what timetable has been set for publishing an Aviation White Paper following the end of the Future Development of Air Transport consultation.

 (75062)

516  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what consideration was given to the evaluation of RAF Turnhouse by the Home Office for an asylum seeker accommodation centre in the formulation of options for the expansion of Edinburgh Airport as outlined in the Future Development of Air Transport consulation document.

 (75063)

517  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many copies of the consultation documents, Future Development of Air transport in the United Kingdom: Scotland, were requested by (a) telephone, (b) e-mail and (c) letter; and how many such documents were issued in total.

 (75061)

518  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his oral answer to the honourable Member for Altrincham and Sale West of 15th October, Official Report, columns 162-3, if additional slots will be provided for domestic flights between London and Manchester during periods when the West Coast Main line is closed.

 (75204)

519  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the Government's target for growth in rail freight is over the next 10 years.

 (75012)

520  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps are being taken by the Strategic Rail Authority to increase rail freight.

 (75013)

521  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what data he has collated on (a) forecast traffic levels and (b) actual traffic levels since their opening of the (i) A5190 at Burntwood, (ii) Newbury, (iii) A130, Rettendon turnpike to Howe Green, (iv) Silverstone and (v) Ashby bypasses (A) on the bypass concerned and (B) on other roads in the area, including the impact on town centres.

 (75014)

522  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research (a) has been conducted since 1997 and (b) is planned by or for his Department comparing forecast and actual traffic levels for (i) the building of new roads and motorways and (ii) the widening of existing roads and motorways; and if he will place the documentation in the Library.

 (75015)

523  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether guidance to local authorities on introducing the work place parking levy and road user charging schemes will supercede guidelines already adopted by individual authorities; and what assessment has been made of the impact on local authorities of changes to guidelines where guidelines on work place parking levy and road user charging schemes have already been adopted.

 (75016)

524  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the process for consultation on the draft guidance to local authorities on introducing the work place parking levy and road user charging schemes.

 (75017)

525  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received about the guidance to local authorities on introducing the work place parking levy and road user charging.

 (75018)

526  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list those ports, sub-divided by type, which do not meet the standards of the Port Marine Safety Code; what assessment his Department has made of those which do not meet this standard and what steps have been taken as a result; what further steps are planned; and if he will place the assessments in the Library.

 (75009)

527  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the (a) bypass, (b) road widening and (c) other new road schemes which have been completed since 1997.

 (75011)

528  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he intends to publish an updated version of the 10 Year Plan; and when he intends to publish an updated version of Table A3 published in the plan.

 (75010)

529  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the web site links associated with his Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if he will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (75576)

530  Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what precedents there are for his Department's paying compensation to people in the UK in connection with disturbance from flying activities in the last five years.

 (75395)

531  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his Department projects the level of traffic in the United Kingdom to be by 2004-05; and how this was calculated.

 (75610)

532  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations have been received from and discussions have taken place with the railway industry on the forthcoming Third Railway Package of the European Commission; and if he will place copies in the Library.

 (75594)

533  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what submissions have been made by his Department to the (a) European Commission and (b) European Parliament with regard to the Directive on the Interoperability of Trans-European Rail Transport being discussed within the European Parliament; and if he will place copies in the Library.

 (75597)

534  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects to publish findings of research into putting cycling into journey planners; and what steps are being taken to act upon these findings.

 (75598)

535  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many people are employed by (a) the Health and Safety Commission, (b) the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Council and (c) the Rail Passengers Council; what the annual budget of each has been for each year since 1997-98 and its projected budget for the next financial year; and if he will make a statement on the role and terms of reference of each.

 (75609)

536  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what changes have been made to legislation with regard to revenue raised from bus lane enforcement since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (75607)

537  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what submissions have been made by his Department to (a) the European Commission and (b) the European Parliament on the Directive on Safety, Licensing and Levying of Charges Certification of Community Railways being discussed within the European Parliament; and if he will places copies in the Library.

 (75619)

538  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research has been conducted and is planned by and for his Department into the (a) environmental and (b) economic benefits of the use of water-diesel emulsion fuels in public transport veicles; and if he will place copies in the Library.

 (75848)

539  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment has been made by (a) his Department and (b) the Strategic Rail Authority of the likely effects of the forthcoming Enterprise Bill upon the railway industry; and what plans there are to respond to them.

 (75616)

540  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the Government's Code of Practice on Written Consultation applies to multi-modal studies; and if he will make a statement.

 (75604)

541  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the computerisation of the compliance and local bus registration systems under the auspices of the Transport Area Network was introduced; what changes there have been to the timetable for introduction and nature of this scheme; and what assessment has been made and is planned of its progress.

 (75618)

542  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his Department projects the level of rail passenger (a) journeys, (b) kilometres and (c) passengers in the United Kingdom will be by 2004-05; and how these figures were calculated.

 (75602)

543  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the Strategic Rail Authority will publish the findings of a feasibility study on real time train movements; and what steps it and his Department are taking to act upon these findings.

 (75606)

544  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations have been received from, and what discussions have been had with, (a) the bus industry, (b) local authorities, (c) Transport for London, (d) passenger transport executives and (e) the Treasury on the role of water-diesel emulsion fuels in public transport vehicles.

 (75608)

545  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment has been made by or for his Department on changes in the accident rate on roads with speed cameras; and if he will place copies in the Library.

 (75603)

546  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many road signs have been (a) vandalised, (b) stolen, (c) replaced, (d) lost and (e) erected belonging to the Highways Agency in each year since 1997.

 (75818)

547  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what submissions have been made by his Department to the European Commission with regard to progress on the implementation of the First Railway Package; and if he will place copies in the Library.

 (75605)

548  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he intends to publish a report on progress in reducing road traffic levels as specified in the Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) Act 1998.

 (75613)

549  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the research projects which have been, are being, and are planned to be conducted by and for his Department related to Transport Direct.

 (75612)

550  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research has been conducted and is planned by or for his Department on the benefits of slipformed concrete barriers on motorways and other Highways Agency roads.

 (75601)

551  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment is made by or for his Department of the performance of (a) the Northern Lighthouse Board and (b) the Health and Safety Commission including performance targets; what reports have been published on its performance; and if he will place copies of such reports that are not readily available in the Library.

 (75600)

552  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what changes have been made to the timetable for the development and introduction of the TAN21 self service online service for road hauliers to update operators' licences; what the reasons for the changes were; and what costs were incurred as a result of these changes.

 (75593)

553  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the research contracts relating to the TAN21 self service online service for road hauliers to update operators licences; and if he will place copies in the Library.

 (75617)

554  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what submissions have been made by his Department to (a) the European Commission and (b) the European Parliament on the Directive on European Rail Agency Interoperability and Safety being discussed within the European Parliament; and if he will place copies in the Library.

 (75611)

555  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment has been made by his Department of the performance of the Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment Sustainable Development Education Panel, including performance targets; what reports are produced on its performance; an if he will place copies of such reports not readily available in the Library.

 (75615)

556  Martin Linton (Battersea): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had on Heathrow Airport rail links with (a) the Strategic Rail Authority and (b) interest groups.

 (75203)

557  Martin Linton (Battersea): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he has received the business case for the southern extensions of the East London Line from the Strategic Rail Authority; and if he will make a statement.

 (75172)

558  Martin Linton (Battersea): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the progress of franchise negotiations between London and South East commuter operators and the Strategic Rail Authority.

 (75171)

559  Martin Linton (Battersea): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of rail links between Waterloo and Heathrow Airport; and what support the Government plans to make available to private companies to use (a) existing tracks and (b) new tracks in order to connect Waterloo and Clapham Junction to Heathrow Airport.

 (75202)

560  Martin Linton (Battersea): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the fares incentive adjustment payment mechanism which applied to journeys operated by South West Trains Ltd.

 (75167)

561  Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment was made of the cost of using (a) Omega, (b) other private distribution companies and (c) the Royal Mail to deliver The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: A National Consultation Document; and what assesment has been made of the reliability of the service provided.

 (74904)

562  Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many copies of, The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: A National Consultation Document — Midlands, have been distributed.

 (74907)

563  Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many letters he has received (a) in support of and (b) in opposition to the proposal for a new airport between Rugby and Coventry.

 (74906)

564  Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the total cost was of producing The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: A National Consultation Document.

 (74903)

565  Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many requests there have been for, The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: A National Consultation — Midlands.

 (74908)

566  Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the cost was of employing NOP to guage public opinion on The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: A National Consultation Document.

 (74905)

567  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the International Atomic Energy Agency Transas Mission to the United Kingdom this year in respect of the transport of nuclear materials.

 (75454)

568  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the new road schemes under consideration by his Department.

 (75664)

569  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 progress made since 1st January 1998 on the reduction of road congestion.

 (75468)

570  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the new road schemes which the Highways Agency has (a) agreed and (b) under consideration.

 (75665)

571  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he plans to propose a Harbour Revision Order to reconstitute the Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority; and if he will make a statement.

 (74549)

572  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will issue advice to local authorities on the implementation of lower speed limits; and if he will make a statement.

 (75211)

573  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the schemes and initiatives sponsored by his Department and its agencies which are not the subject of national roll out, showing (a) the authorities or areas covered by the scheme and (b) the budget of the scheme in the last year for which information is available.

 (75676)

574  
N  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what measures are in place to ensure zero sulphur fuels are available within the UK.

 (72378)

575  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the South Coast Multi-modal Study.

 (75155)

576  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action he is taking as a result of the increase in 2001 in the number of people killed and seriously injured on roads in Herefordshire.

 (75145)

577  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how often the Civil Aviation Authority carry out safety checks on low cost airlines.

 (75146)

578  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will take steps to require airlines to accept and refund customers who return air tickets within a specified period of time.

 (75193)

579  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the web site links associated with his Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if he will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (75574)

580  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what use he and his Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if he will identify for each research project the topics covered, the person or organisation carrying out the research, and the total cost; and if he will publish the research on his Department's website.

 (74986)

581  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many inspectors, excluding trainees are employed by the Field Operations Division of the Health and Safety Executive in (a) Scotland, (b) Yorkshire and the North East, (c) the North West, (d) the Midlands, (e) Wales and the West, (f) London and the South East and (g) the Home Counties; and if he will make a statement.

 (75138)

582  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many accidents were (a) reported to and (b) investigated by the Field Operations division of the HSE in (i) 1998-99, (ii) 1999-2000, (iii) 2000-01 and (iv) 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.

 (75131)

583  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the web site links associated with his Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating whether they are live, dormant or closed; what the start up costs were for each site listed; what the operating costs were in each year since start up for each site; which company hosted each site; what assessment takes place for each site; which company does the assessment; if he will place the assessment reports in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (75573)

584  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the change in the number of fatal injuries in the construction industry in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02.

 (75132)

585  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what would be the cost of increasing the basic state pension by £14 per week for single pensioners with full contribution records and £22 per week for pensioner couples with full contribution records, detailing separately the resulting increased taxation revenues and savings on means tested benefits expenditure.

 (75475)

586  Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will assess the impact on employment in the (a) research and development, (b) manufacturing, (c) wholesale and (d) retail sectors of the European Food Supplement Directive and the proposed European Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products; and if he will make a statement.

 (75812)

587  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the schemes and initiatives sponsored by his Department and its agencies which are not the subject of national roll out, showing (a) the authorities or areas covered by the scheme and (b) the budget of the scheme in the last year for which information is available.

 (75678)


588  Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the studies and research used in support of the claim made in Chapter 1, 1.1 of his Department's publication using the Planning Process to Secure Travel Plans that (a) a 30 per cent. modal shift in transport is a possibility and (b) that 10 to 20 per cent. has been achieved.

 [Transferred]   (74981)

589  Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what scope for modal shift has been identified in each of the multi-modal studies that have reported to date.

 [Transferred]   (74982)

590  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will set out the technical basis for the assertion made at page 19 in the dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction that chemical or biological weapons could be deployed within 45 minutes of an order to do so.

 [Transferred]   (75829)

591  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Prime Minister, what the basis is for the assertion at paragraph 30, page 30 of the dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction that Saddam Hussein remains committed to developing longer-range weapons.

 [Transferred]   (75828)

592  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what mechanisms exist to monitor whether end-use commitments entered into by countries importing military equipment and material from the United Kingdom are kept; and how many instances have come to his attention since May 1997 of military equipment sold to one country that has subsequently been sold on to a third country.

 [Transferred]   (75690)

593  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to change the law governing the labelling of (a) lemon curd and (b) mincemeat.

 [Transferred]   (74863)

594  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the labelling of (a) lemon curd and (b) mincemeat.

 [Transferred]   (74864)

595  Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proposals he has to bring forward legislation relating to the control of high hedges and trees.

 [Transferred]   (75166)

596  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will include sustainability as a criteria to be considered during the application process for funding from the Community Fund for public buildings.

 [Transferred]   (75150)

597  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what restrictions exist on the rights of citizens from an EU country to work in any other EU country.

 [Transferred]   (75627)

598  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations have been received by HM Government in respect of safety and security concerns expressed in regard to the shipment of rejected plutonium MOX fuel from Japan to Sellafield; and what the cost is of the security provisions in place to protect the nuclear cargo.

 [Transferred]   (75457)

599  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Solicitor General, what plans she has for the expansion of the role of the Serious Fraud Office to cover corruption and money laundering.

 [Transferred]   (75072)

600  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to reduce the levels of smuggling of heroin from Afghanistan.

 [Transferred]   (75419)

601  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with ministers concerning opium production in Afghanistan and its likely effect on the availability of heroin in Britain; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (75420)

602  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what contingency plans he has in the event of strikes in the Fire Service during the winter of 2002-03.

 [Transferred]   (75476)

603  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to raise child abduction issues in an EU forum.

 [Transferred]   (75651)

604  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what efforts are being made to channel money, attained through the proceeds of corruption in developing countries and confiscated through the National Confiscation Agency, back to the country of origin.

 [Transferred]   (75073)

605  Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the Court of Appeal decisions in (a) R. v. Brent London Borough Council and others and (b) R v. Oxfordshire County Council's Exclusion Panel and Another on the necessity for Government guidance notes to be compliant with statute and the Human Rights Act 1998; and what future role she envisages for guidance notes.

 [Transferred]   (75212)

606  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24th July, concerning the case of Goodwin and I v. UK, Official Report , column 1308W, if he will list the several departments which have incurred costs in this case.

 [Transferred]   (75743)

607  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many children were abducted from the UK in October.

 [Transferred]   (75654)

608  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to raise the case of Catherine Meyer in an international forum.

 [Transferred]   (75652)

609  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many petro-chemical and biotechnology plants in the United Kingdom have the technical capacity for dual civil/military use.

 [Transferred]   (75836)

610  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, by what percentage SO2 emissions in 2001 differed from 1980 levels; and if she will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (75127)

611  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are employed by the Health and Safety Executive; what its annual budget was for each year since 1997-98; what its projected budget is for next year; and if he will make a statement on its role and terms of reference.

 [Transferred]   (75614)

612  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what are the (a) current and (b) potential future funding opportunities for local authorities to offer home to school transport for those currently not entitled to free transport under the Education Act 1996.

 [Transferred]   (75599)



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