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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 30 October 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 30 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.
 


 

WEDNESDAY 30th OCTOBER

1  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, in the eventuality of a firemen's strike how many (a) Green Goddesses and (b) armed forces personnel will be stationed in (i) Essex and (ii) Mid Essex to provide fire cover and other services and where they will be stationed.

 (77138)

2  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, in the eventuality of a firemen's strike in Essex what specialist training armed forces personnel will receive to deal with fires and other emergencies; what duties armed forces personnel will be allowed to carry out; what duties that firemen carry out will not be performed by armed services personnel; and how many retained firemen are expected to carry on working and provide cover for fire fighting and other emergencies.

 (77139)

3  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the contingency plans to provide cover for accidents and fires in Essex if there is a firemen's strike.

 (77140)

4  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many fire stations there are in North East London; how many fire engines are located in them; how many Green Goddesses would be expected to cover the area in the event of these fire engines not being deemed to be available owing to a national strike of firefighters; and if he will make a statement.

 (78463)

5  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to give local authorities greater power to acquire empty homes compulsorily.

 (78437)

6  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which (a) ombudsmen and (b) other bodies are able to investigate complaints against the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal.

 (78467)

7  David Wright (Telford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what criteria will be used to define deprived areas in relation to the Post Office Urban Network Re-invention Programme.

 (78349)

8  David Wright (Telford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people were killed in domestic house fires in the last year, broken down by region.

 (78551)

9  Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many representations she has received about the case for village halls to win an appropriate share of Lottery funds; and if she will make a statement.

 (78444)

10  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what commitment she has received from the Mayor of London to provide support for the staging of the 2012 Olympics in London.

 (78565)

11  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish the Ove Arup report on the likely cost of a bid to stage the 2012 Olympics.

 (78566)

12  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what commitment she has received from the Chancellor of the Exchequer to provide public funds to support the staging of the 2012 Olympics in London.

 (78564)

13  Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the design of her Department's logo.

 (78346)

14  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will issue guidance to direct more funds from the National Lottery receipts to support projects for youth and young people, including the uniformed organisations, which create more facilities and organised opportunities designed to remove young people from the streets.

 (78479)

15  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 15th October, Official Report, column 540W, on military companies, how many private military companies he estimates provide forces for combat; and how many United Kingdom nationals in total he estimates are so employed.

 (77804)

16  Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) terms of reference, (b) membership and (c) date for final report are of the committee chaired by Lord Guthrie to examine the case for a service medal for veterans of the Suez Canal Zone campaign from 1951 to 1954.

 (78573)

17  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has had with the governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman concerning the operation of UK-owned and operated equipment of Israeli origin from their territories.

 (78465)

18  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who authorised the tug boats to be used to assist after the collision of the P&O ferry Pride of Portsmouth and HMS St Albans on 27th October; who was in control of the tug boats; and if he will make a statement.

 (78538)

19  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who made the decision to allow ferry ships to enter Portsmouth harbour on the 26th and 27th October in poor weather conditions; who was consulted; and if he will make a statement.

 (78510)

20  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment has been made of the potential value of the redeveloped Gunwharf and HMS Vernon site in Portsmouth against the disposal value; and if he will make a statement.

 (78514)

21  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Ministry of Defence has reserved the right to claw back money on the Gunwharf and HMS Vernon site in Portsmouth if the development brief is altered to bring about a substantial increase in the value of the site; and if he will make a statement.

 (78515)

22  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Ministry of Defence, in setting a figure for the disposal of the Gunwharf and HMS Vernon site in Portsmouth to Barclays Homes, took into account the Portsmouth City Council plan for the development of the site; and if he will make a statement.

 (78516)

23  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the sea trials of HMS St Albans to recommence; and if he will make a statement.

 (78509)

24  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the latest assessment is of the work needed to repair HMS St Albans; how long this work will take; who will pay for it; and if he will make a statement.

 (78511)

25  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether ferry services in and out of Portsmouth harbour were suspended on 26th and 27th October owing to dangerous weather conditions; who made the decision as to whether to suspend the services; and if he will make a statement.

 (78540)

26  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who advised the Ministry of Defence on the potential value of the Gunwharf and HMS Vernon site in Portsmouth; and if he will make a statement.

 (78512)

27  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to provide a combat helmet of the same standard of ballistics protection as the rest of NATO forces.

 (78462)

28  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what preparations will be made for the 60th anniversary of D Day; and if he will make a statement.

 (78419)

29  
N  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the forthcoming ARRC's exercise Arrcade Fusion in Germany.

 (77868)

30  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to amend the Armed Forces Pension Scheme to allow benefits to be paid to partners of service men and women killed on active service; and if he will make a statement.

 (78210)

31  Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list by country the manufacturing supply source of (a) boots and (b) berets used by United Kingdom armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

 (78574)

32  
N  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her policy is on educating children of immigrants separately for the first months after arrival in order to have their needs assessed.

 (77801)

33  
N  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance she has issued to schools on teaching English as an additional language.

 (77802)

34  
N  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what powers he has to make provision for the assessment of special educational needs of children living in accommodation centres.

 (77803)

35  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will introduce a system of bursaries for four-year bachelor of education degrees equivalent to those available for students on post-graduate certificates of education.

 (77892)

36  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he intends to reply in full to the letter to his predecessor dated 22nd August from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Geoffrey Walker.

 (78344)

37  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what amounts per pupil his Department paid to English local education authorities out of the standards fund in 2001-02.

 (78456)

38  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) average amounts paid to English local authorities and (b) actual amounts paid to Staffordshire local education authority per pupil were in respect of (i) educational standard spending, (ii) standards fund and (iii) other special and specific grants in each of the last three years.

 (78457)

39  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress he has made in increasing the use of modern apprenticeships.

 (78459)

40  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to provide free school bus services for secondary school students in Staffordshire living less than three miles from their schools.

 (78458)

41  Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if the Government will reintroduce targeted maintenance support for students from poorer backgrounds.

 (78521)

42  Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when the Government will publish its review of student funding.

 (78522)

43  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in Essex suffered a cash budget cut in this financial year.

 (78478)

44  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will adopt policies to ensure that no schools in Essex suffer a cash budget cut in the next financial year.

 (78477)

45  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he expects to achieve the equalisation of pay between further education college and sixth form college lecturers.

 (78476)

46  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils were permanently excluded from school in each local education authority in each of the last five years.

 (78475)

47  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which programmes are being funded by the Children's Fund; what the results have been so far; and what further evaluation is (a) underway and (b) planned.

 (78329)

48  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will support the European Commission's proposal that financial assistance should be given to farmers to help them adopt higher animal welfare systems.

 (77687)

49  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will support the European Commission's proposal to link the payment of Common Agricultural Policy subsidies to farmers with their compliance with animal welfare laws; and if she will make a statement.

 (77688)

50  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to revise the published consultation response on the practice of using pigswill.

 (78552)

51  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of responses received to the pigswill consultation were in favour of (a) continuing current pigswill arrangements and regulations, (b) altering current arrangements and regulations and (c) a ban on the use of pigswill.

 (78541)

52  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many responses she has received on the pigswill consultation from (a) operatives who provide a pigswill service and (b) owners of pig-rearing farms.

 (78533)

53  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of responses received to the pigswill consultation were in favour of (a) tightening controls, (b) maintaining current levels of control and (c) relaxing controls.

 (78542)

54  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she last met the head of agricultural departments of the retail banks and what was discussed; how often she has met the head of the agricultural departments of the retail banks in the last 12 months; and how often her predecessor met the head of the agricultural departments of the retail banks.

 (78487)

55  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list those who have expressed interest in her proposal for research into the economic contribution of sea angling.

 (77263)

56  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research she is undertaking into the environmentally safe disposal of waste tyres.

 (78472)

57  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what policies she intends to adopt (a) to utilise and (b) to dispose of waste tyres.

 (78471)

58  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of civil engineering uses for the environmentally safe use of waste tyres

 (78433)

59  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to improve the welfare of animals slaughtered by religious methods; and if she will make a statement.

 (78466)

60  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her estimate is of the stock pile of waste tyres in England in each of the last five years.

 (78470)

61  Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she is taking to improve funding arrangements for village halls; and if she will make a statement.

 (78435)

62  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will respond to the letter from the honourable Member for Leominster, of 9th August, concerning R E Williams and Sons.

 (78439)

63  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the long-term implications for public spending of the recent judgment on Bettercare by the Competition Commission.

 (78416)

64  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue he estimates would be generated by the taxation of the trading supluses of non-profit distribution health cash plan providers.

 (78496)

65  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the taxation of the trading surpluses of non-profit distributing health cash plan providers on the level of donations made by such bodies to the NHS and medical charities.

 (78495)

66  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received concerning proposed changes in the tax treatment of trading surpluses generated by non-profit health cash plan providers; what assessment he has made of the implications of the proposed changes for the level of voluntary donations made by this sector to the National Health Service and other health charities; and how many (a) non-profit health cash providers and (b) plan holders he anticipates will be affected.

 (78494)

67  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's policy is on action relating to countries named on the OECD's latest money laundering blacklist; and if he will make a statement.

 (78455)

68  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 17th October, Official Report, column 918W, on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, how many of the accesses to communications data in relation to Customs and Excise led to (a) the recovery of VAT and (b) the prosecution of individuals; how many of the accesses to communications data in relation to the Inland Revenue led to (i) the recovery of tax and (ii) the prosecution of individuals; how much tax was recovered; and how many individuals were prosecuted.

 (78436)

69  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what rate of interest the Government pays in the PFI schemes.

 (78418)

70  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what independent valuation was carried out on the Tax and Customs offices sold to Mapeley; and what it indicated the buildings were worth.

 (78537)

71  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much stamp duty has been paid by Mapeley on the purchase of Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise offices.

 (78518)

72  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the difference is between the amount the Inland Revenue will pay in rent each year to Mapeley and what it would have cost them if they still owned the buildings themselves.

 (78520)

73  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the members of Partnerships UK and their interest in companies involved in past privatisation projects in each case.

 (78517)

74  Mr Sio(r)n Simon (Birmingham, Erdington): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Royal Mint is benefiting from the contribution to overheads made on its monopoly circulating coin contract with the Treasury to price down overseas contracts in competition with the Birmingham Mint.

 (78343)

75  Mr Sio(r)n Simon (Birmingham, Erdington): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) statutory and (b) security issues preclude the Treasury from putting out to tender its requirement for (i) UK circulating coins and (ii) manufacture of blanks-for-sterling coins.

 (78338)

76  Mr Sio(r)n Simon (Birmingham, Erdington): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on what the (a) sales and (b) revenue forecasts for (i) UK and (ii) overseas coin sales the Capital Investment Programme for the Royal Mint in 1997 to 2000 was based.

 (78342)

77  Mr Sio(r)n Simon (Birmingham, Erdington): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings each of the Royal Mint's non-executive directors have attended in the last 12 months.

 (78340)

78  Mr Sio(r)n Simon (Birmingham, Erdington): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the (a) statutory, (b) economic and (c) security reasons preventing the Treasury from splitting its contract for circulating coins between manufacture, design and specification.

 (78347)

79  Mr Sio(r)n Simon (Birmingham, Erdington): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions the Royal Mint has bought in coin blanks in the last five years, and what the quantity has been in each of these cases.

 (78339)

80  Mr Sio(r)n Simon (Birmingham, Erdington): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the Royal Mint's fixed costs were covered by its Treasury contract for UK coin production in 2001-02.

 (78345)

81  Mr Sio(r)n Simon (Birmingham, Erdington): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer which joint ventures have been (a) concluded and (b) disbanded by the Royal Mint in the period since December 1999.

 (78341)

82  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy further to promote energy efficiency in (a) new buildings and (b) existing buildings.

 (78468)

83  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff there were in the Treasury's departments in each of the last five years.

 (78412)

84  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place the data on (a) outputs and (b) resources underlying the outcome target for tax processing work as reported in the Inland Revenue Annual Report (Cm5428) in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (78413)

85  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 22nd October, Official Report, column 218W, if he will list (a) the series of activities to enable the Inland Revenue to manage its records better and (b) the activities to enable the Inland Revenue to manage its records better which existed before the introduction of CR74; when the CR74 series of activities commenced; and if he will make a statement.

 (78576)

86  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 22nd October, Official Report, column 218W, on national insurance, how many letters have been sent to people that have been using incorrect national insurance numbers in the last (a) month, (b) six months and (c) year.

 (78575)

87  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the four Savings Gateway pilots.

 (78327)

88  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when (a) a Minister and (b) an official within his Department last visited Pitcairn Island.

 (77685)

89  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when a Governor of Pitcairn Island last visited the territory.

 (77686)

90  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman concerning the operation of UK-owned and operated equipment of Israeli origin from their territories.

 (78464)

91  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when a Government Car Service vehicle in which he was a passenger last travelled outside the exempted hours on bus lanes; and what exemption there is to rules about passenger cars using bus lanes in Central London for ministerial cars.

 (78488)

92  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the UK is taking to help the Afghanistan Government combat the production of opium.

 (78450)

93  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his latest estimate is of how much of Afghanistan's poppy fields have been destroyed in the last 12 months.

 (78449)

94  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when UK Visas will reply to the letter of 27th June from the honourable Member for Manchester Central, regarding Mr AM, reference NBI/1003564/7/8.

 (77533)

95  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to establish whether the gas used by the Russian Government to end the Moscow theatre siege contained neuro-paralytic agents.

 (78567)

96  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assurances he has (a) sought and (b) received that the gas used by the Russian authorities was not in violation of the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention.

 (78568)

97  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking, within the United Nations, to secure the right of unrestricted access of weapons inspectors to identify whether Russia has been acquiring undeclared weapons of mass destruction.

 (78569)

98  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the gifting of non-lethal military equipment to the Government of Nepal using funds from the Global Conflict Prevention Pool.

 (78206)

99  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on negotiations with the Government of Spain over the future sovereignty of Gibraltar.

 (78443)

100  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on negotiations with Chairman Arafat of the PLO regarding the intifada.

 (78441)

101  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Iranian Government regarding possible military action against Iraq.

 (78440)

102  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on relations between the United Kingdom Government and the Government of Zimbabwe.

 (78442)

103  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were waiting for in-patient treatment in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust on 31st March 1997; and how many months between 31st March 1997 and the latest available date the number has been below that level.

 (77137)

104  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has undertaken of the implications of the Competition Commission Tribunal Appeal Judgement Bettercare Group Limited v The Director General of Fair Trading on resources allocated by government to the purchase of residential care by statutory social services providers from the private sector.

 (76215)

105  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support he (a) gives and (b) intends to give the Lancashire Air Ambulance Service.

 (77893)

106  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money was allocated from health to education services to provide speech therapy to children with (a) moderate learning difficulties and (b) severe learning difficulties in each year from 1997 to 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (78371)

107  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children in Surrey aged (a) 0 to five, (b) five to 11, (c) 11 to 16 and (d) 16 to 18 years have been diagnosed as having (i) severe learning difficulties and (ii) moderate learning difficulties at the latest date for which figures are available.

 (78370)

108  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children aged (a) 0 to five, (b) five to 11, (c) 11 to 16 and (d) 16 to 18 years have been diagnosed with fragile-X syndrome at the latest date for which figures are available.

 (78368)

109  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children with severe learning difficulties received help from a speech therapist in each year from 1997 to 2001.

 (78369)

110  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost per patient of alcohol and drug rehabilitation on the NHS was in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

 (78532)

111  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been given alcohol and drug rehabilitation in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Strategic Health Authority area in each of the last five years; how many places are available in the authority area; and if he will make a statement.

 (78535)

112  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many alcohol and drug rehabilitation places are available on the NHS in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Strategic Health Authority; and if he will make a statement.

 (78536)

113  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are on alcohol and drug rehabilitation schemes on the NHS in the Hampshire and Isle Wight Strategic Health Authority area; how many are waiting for places; how many have been given places in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (78534)

114  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional resources have been allocated in this financial year for community equipment services; and how this has been allocated.

 (78572)

115  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of taking HRT long term on (a) the incidence of (i) breast cancer and (ii) osteoporosis and (b) the quality of life of women.

 (78570)

116  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths there were from complications arising from fractured bones in each of the last five years.

 (78571)

117  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account he will take of rurality in his revised allocation formula for funding primary care trusts.

 (78460)

118  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines have been given to (a) pharmacists and (b) primary care trusts to ensure that biological drugs are kept within recognised safe temperatures during storage and transport to patients.

 (78491)

119  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to compel pharmaceutical companies who manufacture biological drugs to ensure their delivery to patients maintain the drugs within recognised safe temperatures at all times.

 (78492)

120  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure that biological drugs brought into the UK by parallel importers maintain their temperature integrity during transport.

 (78490)

121  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he intends to provide to patients regarding the safe (a) transport, (b) storage and (c) use of biological drugs.

 (78489)

122  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of those persons detained on immigration offences at Stranraer port were (a) outbound to Northern Ireland and (b) inbound from Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

 (78501)

123  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons were detained on immigration offences during each of the last three years at Stranraer and Cairnryan ports.

 (78500)

124  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons claimed asylum during each of the last three years in Northern Ireland.

 (78506)

125  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been paid to Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary in respect of costs incurred in processing asylum applications in each of the last three years.

 (78499)

126  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Immigration Service staff are based in Scotland; and how many of these are qualified to process asylum applications.

 (78498)

127  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what resources are available to process asylum applications at (a) Belfast port and (b) Larne port.

 (78504)

128  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum were made during each of the last three years at (a) Glasgow airport, (b) Edinburgh airport, (c) Rosyth port and (d) Stranraer Port.

 (78497)

129  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations his Department has made to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in respect of its preferred outcome for the police formula under the Formula Grant Distribution Consultation.

 (78508)

130  
N  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the projects to which his Department has allocated funding in the North Wales Police Authority area since May 1997.

 (77620)

131  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK citizens were given banning orders prior to England's international football match in Slovakia; and of these how many did not have a criminal conviction.

 (78524)

132  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on prisoner exchange arrangements between the UK and Australia.

 (78473)

133  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library his reply to the Statistics Commission correspondence on the release of management information following the meeting of the Statistics Commission of 25th September; and if he will make a statement.

 (78411)

134  Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made in writing off debt for Malawi; and if she will make a statement.

 (78445)

135  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of overseas aid provided by the UK is spent on (a) education and (b) health; what steps she is taking to increase this percentage; and if she will make a statement.

 (78523)

136  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the water security situation in the Palestinian Territories; and if she will make a statement.

 (78203)

137  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of her Department's budget she expects to be spent on basic education in the next three years.

 (78207)

138  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the impact fighting in the Ivory Coast is having on the World Food Programme's activities in the Western Sahel region.

 (78202)

139  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is providing to help small coffee producers in developing countries to diversify into alternative livelihoods.

 (78205)

140  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the 1901 Census website.

 (78513)

141  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the (a) role and (b) resources of the Police Service of Northern Ireland in apprehending those in contravention of immigration legislation.

 (78505)

142  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps will be taken to improve the financial position and conditions of service of full-time fire fighters in Northern Ireland.

 (78336)

143  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many public employees there are in Northern Ireland; and what percentage they represent of the overall workforce in Northern Ireland.

 (78335)

144  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list those persons who, since 1st May 1997, have acted as a non-official special envoy on his behalf in countries outside the UK.

 (77684)

145  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the visits undertaken since 11th March by Lord Levy in his capacity as special envoy, giving in each case the dates of the visit, the persons met, and the purpose of the visit.

 (77800)

146  Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with Ofgem about the state of preparedness of (a) electricity generation and (b) electricity distribution companies to cope with emergencies arising from severe weather conditions.

 (78554)

147  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when her Department and the Claimant Solicitor's Steering Group expect to agree a dust figure for the occupation of Strata Engineer in respect of relevant mining compensation claims.

 (78507)

148  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proposals her Department has for investment aid for the UK coal industry.

 (78451)

149  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the criteria are for applying the temporary operating aid scheme for the UK coal industry.

 (78452)

150  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to aid the UK coal industry when the temporary operating aid scheme ends.

 (78453)

151  Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Chorley, of 22nd October, Official Report, column 248W, on the Small Business Service, which of the targets to be achieved by 31st October have been met.

 (78434)

152  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the Government has to extend the TRIPS implementation deadlines for all developing countries.

 (78204)

153  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his plans in respect of the Beddingham level crossing on the A27; and whether his plans will include options for consultation with the public.

 (77689)

154  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has for money allocated to but not spent through the Rural Bus Challenge in 2001-02.

 (77954)

155  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what extra funding his Department will commit to phase 3 of the Manchester Metrolink extensions following the recent tenders.

 (78417)

156  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what procedures exist to check the driving documents of overseas drivers entering the UK to see if they are involved in outstanding road traffic offences from previous visits; and if he will make a statement.

 (78525)

157  Mr Anthony D. Wright (Great Yarmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish figures for the punctuality and reliability of rail services operated by (a) Central trains and (b) Wales and Borders trains through Telford Central station over the last 12 months.

 (78348)

158  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many married women since June 1997 have had claims for incapacity benefit disallowed on the grounds that they did not, in respect of one of the last three years before making a claim, pay before the relevant time contributions of a relevant class from which the earnings factor is not less than 25 times the lower earnings limit for that year.

 (78209)

159  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many persons have been found to have been claiming benefits pending an asylum application in the UK and Eire at the same time in each of the last three years.

 (78502)

160  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the extent of fraud perpetrated by those claiming benefits in Eire and the UK simultaneously whilst pursuing an asylum application.

 (78503)

161  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the overall cost of (a) benefits fraud and (b) the agencies and actions taken to discover, prevent and prosecute benefit fraud in the last year for which figures are available.

 (78469)

162  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of pensioners received part of their income from means-tested social assistance, benefits and income support in each of the last five years; and what his estimate is for this figure for the next five years.

 (78474)

163  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost was of the Pay 2002 information pack circulation; and if he will make a statement in respect of targeting information to recipients

 (78337)

164  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if benefit and tax credit recipients who opt to receive payment via a Universal Bank basic account will be able to access their money over the counter at any post office branch.

 (78553)

165  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 15th October, Official Report, column 643W, on winter fuel payments, on what basis he has estimated the one-off cost of paying backdated winter fuel payments for 1997-98 to 2001-02 to British citizens living within the European Economic Area to be less than the future annual cost.

 (78482)

166  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what income sources his Department includes when measuring progress towards the Government's target on increasing the balance of spending on pensioners' incomes that comes from the private sector, as outlined on page 103 of the 1998 Green Paper on pensions, Command Paper 4179; and what the figures were for each of these income sources in each year since 1998.

 (78331)

167  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pension schemes have started the winding up process in each year since 1997; and how many pension scheme members have been affected in each year as a result, broken down into (a) pensioners and (b) people who had not retired when the winding-up began.

 (78333)

168  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff were employed in the Benefits Agency in the last year for which figures are available; how many staff are expected to be employed in (a) Jobcentre Plus, (b) the Pension Service and (c) each of the other bodies that are replacing the Benefits Agency, once they are fully introduced; and if he will make a statement on how the overall reduction in staff will be managed.

 (78332)

169  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the employment initiatives that are in place, who is eligible for each initiative, what help is offered in each case, and which schemes will be affected by the Minister for Social Exclusion's statement of 16th October.

 (78328)

170  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have opted to defer receiving their basic state pension in each year since 1988; and what the average length of time is for which people have chosen to defer their pension.

 (78334)

171  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Cabinet Office, whether commissions for focus group research by Government departments are subject to competitive tender.

 (78415)


172  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of severe disablement allowance aged under 20 years on 16th April 2001 have been automatically transferred to incapacity benefit; and how many of these are estimated to have previously claimed (a) free prescriptions, (b) free dental treatment, (c) free eye tests, (d) other healthcare benefits and (e) other passported benefits.

 [Transferred]   (78330)

173  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he has recently taken to encourage (a) Grenada, (b) Nauru, (c) St Vincent and the Grenadines and (d) the Cook Islands to comply with the OECD anti-money laundering system; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (78454)




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