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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 4 November 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 4 November 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.
 


 
1  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what consideration has been given to the setting of time limits between applications for planning permission by companies and individuals in a specified location.

 (78999)

2  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what evidence his Department has collated on the use of repeated applications for planning permission by companies and individuals in a specified location.

 (78998)

3  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he intends to publish draft regulations and draft consolidated legislation on the age strand of the consultation Equality and Diversity: The Way Ahead with a view to implementing the EU Equal Treatment Directive; and will he made a statement.

 (79411)

4  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will place a copy of the survey on the economics of park homes in the Library.

 (78908)

5  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what firm his Department has commissioned to gather data from individual householders about safety in the home; and if he will make a statement.

 (78909)

6  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the contracts which his Department has entered into with FD Services Limited.

 (78905)

7  Mr James Cran (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what impact changes in the local government formula grant will have on public services delivered by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

 (79166)

8  Mr James Cran (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of rural deprivation in the Local Government Formula Grant Review.

 (79167)

9  Mr James Cran (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what research has been undertaken by his Department into the impact of dispersal and settlement patterns on the cost of providing services in rural areas as part of the local government formula grant review.

 (79165)

10  Mr James Cran (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what account he has taken of the extra cost of providing services in rural areas in the Local Government Formula Grant Review.

 (79168)

11  
N  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what progress is being made in resolving the dispute concerning funding given to the Walton group for its regeneration of Exchange Flags, Liverpool.

 (78758)

12  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what responses relating to the local government finance consultation have been received from (a) Taunton Deane and (b) Somerset County Council.

 (79478)

13  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what response relating to the local government finance consultation has been received from Somerset County Council relating to education funding; and when it was received.

 (79477)

14  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what impact changes in the local government formula grant will have on public services delivered by (a) Taunton Deane Borough Council and (b) Somerset County Council.

 (79476)

15  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd October, Official Report, columns 389-90W, how he defines the word stakeholder; and if he will list the categories of stakeholders consulted.

 (79346)

16  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd October, Official Report, columns 389-90W, if stakeholders within the regional assembly can be individuals.

 (79348)

17  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, with reference to paragraph 9.21 of the Your Region, Your Choice White Paper, what account he has taken of the other views invited; and if he will publish the views submitted.

 (79347)

18  Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans the Government has to introduce compulsory letting of empty residential properties.

 (79039)

19  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what strategies his Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

 (79286)

20  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of new recruits to his Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

 (79308)

21  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the business organisations in the West Midlands with which he makes it his policy to consult on matters of relevance to the business sector.

 (79488)

22  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the administrative costs of (a) regional development agencies, (b) government offices for the regions and (c) regional chambers were, in each region, this year; what the projected costs are for the next financial year; and if he will make a statement.

 (79669)

23  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the introduction of the Sellers' Pack.

 (79680)

24  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on progress with the grading of local authorities under comprehensive performance assessment; and if he will make a statement.

 (79591)

25  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy that no local authority will receive less grant money in real terms under any proposals contained in the Local Government Finance White Paper adopted by the Government; and if he will make a statement.

 (79606)

26  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much affordable housing there was in each region in England and Wales in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (79682)

27  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much contaminated land was restored for beneficial use, broken down by local authority area, in England and Wales in each year since January 1997.

 (79596)

28  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many public service agreements have been entered into with local authorities in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

 (79593)

29  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the special advisers serving in his Department, and their salary bands; and if he will make a statement.

 (79605)

30  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will publish the (a) names and (b) qualifications of the review team undertaking the evaluation of the right to buy scheme.

 (79603)

31  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many fire appliances dedicated for training purposes there are in England and Wales, broken down by (a) fire brigade area and (b) local authority.

 (79675)

32  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the estimated cost is of the evaluation of the right to buy scheme being undertaken by the review team.

 (79604)

33  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many fixed penalty litter notices were issued in England and Wales, broken down by local authority area, since 1997.

 (79670)

34  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the executive agencies affiliated to his Department.

 (79684)

35  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many non-accidental vehicle fires there were, broken down by (a) fire brigade area and (b) local authority in England and Wales, in each year since January 1997.

 (79683)

36  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many applications have been (a) received and (b) approved for development on Green Belt land since 1997, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement.

 (79681)

37  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many incidents of arson there were, broken down by (a) fire brigade area and (b) local authority in England and Wales in each year since January 1997.

 (79674)

38  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the annual expenditure of the Government Office for London was, and how many full time employees or equivalent there were, in each year since its establishment; and if he will make a statement.

 (79597)

39  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many written representations he received in response to the Local Government Finance White Paper; and if he will make a statement.

 (79595)

40  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many applications have been approved under the Starter Homes Initiative since its introduction, broken down by local authority area.

 (79679)

41  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many discussions ministers have held with (a) Sir George Bain and members and officers of the Bain Inquiry since September and (b) representatives of the Fire Brigades Union since January; what was discusssed at each; when each took place; and who participated.

 (79588)

42  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what was the cost of the (a) Get out, stay out and call 999 campaign and (b) Fire kills campaign.

 (79599)

43  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many written representations he has received in the last 12 months expressing support for elected regional assemblies; and if he will make a statement.

 (79668)

44  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans his Department has to decentralise non-departmental public bodies that are affiliated to his Department and devolve their responsibilities to local authorities.

 (79667)

45  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will publish the evidence on which he based his statement that the right to buy scheme is being abused; and if he will make a statement.

 (79601)

46  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies affiliated to his Department.

 (79665)

47  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued since their introduction, broken down by local authority area; and if he will make a statement.

 (79592)

48  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many dwellings were transferred under large scale stock transfers in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority area; and if he will make a statement.

 (79678)

49  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) homeless priority acceptances, (b) people living in temporary accommodation, (c) people living in bed and breakfast accommodation and (d) children living in homeless households there were in each year since January 1997, broken down by region.

 (79676)

50  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the local authorities which have entered into public service agreements; and if he will make a statement.

 (79594)

51  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the level of empty (a) housing association and (b) council housing was in each local authority in England in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2001; and if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to reduce the level of empty (a) housing association and (b) council housing.

 (79677)

52  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many discussions ministers have held with (a) councillors, (b) devolved administrations and (c) the Mayor of London since May; what subjects were discussed at each; when they took place; and who participated.

 (79589)

53  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans his Department has to alter the number and scope of executive agencies affiliated to his Department; and if he will make a statement.

 (79587)

54  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the review of the right to buy scheme will be published.

 (79602)

55  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects the provisions in the Local Government Finance White Paper will be implemented; and if he will make a statement.

 (79600)

56  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions ministers and officials of his Department have held with members of the review team evaluating the right to buy scheme; what was discussed; when they were; and who the participants were.

 (79590)

57  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many equivalent full-time employees are employed in (a) non-departmental public bodies and (b) executive agencies affiliated to his Department.

 (79666)

58  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many convictions there were of those prosecuted in magistrates' courts in England and Wales, broken down by local authority area since 1997.

 (79663)

59  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list each overseas visit undertaken by himself and his ministers along with the cost of each trip.

 (79598)

60  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which of his Department's Public Service Agreements relate to fuel poverty reduction; and what progress has been made to date in achieving them.

 (79502)

61  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many respondents to the Consultation Paper on a Decency Standard for Social Housing supported the view that the proposed minimum standards required under the Thermal Comfort criteria were sufficiently rigorous; and how many took the opposing view.

 (79501)

62  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, where council tenants vote against the transfer of housing stock to an arm's length management organisation or other social landlord, how the local authority will access the debt write-off provisions offered by the Government.

 (79067)

63  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will estimate how many fuel-poor households who occupy dwellings that meet the Thermal Comfort criteria of the Decent Homes Standard; and how many households in this sector will remain fuel poor after all social housing complies with the standard.

 (75904)

64  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the timescale is for the full implementation of the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System; and what mechanisms exist to ensure compliance with its requirements.

 (79503)

65  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total debt was of each registered social landlord in England and Wales in the last financial year; what percentage of each debt was incurred through borrowing for council housing stock transfer; and from where the borrowing was obtained.

 (78916)

66  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the local housing authorities who have transferred council house stock amounting to fewer than 499 properties to a single alternative social landlord since 1988, and state in each case (a) the grant from Government to write off debt, (b) the total cost to the local authority in professional fees, (c) other relevant costs of the transfer and (d) the capital receipt.

 (78917)

67  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many local housing authorities have applied for a place on the LSVT programme for each year since 1993; and how many were successful.

 (78915)

68  Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will publish the report of the Activity-led Funding Sub-group for Education.

 (79333)

69  Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many representations he has received relating to the consultation on local government finance as it affects Stockport Metropolitan Borough.

 (79332)

70  Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of the local government finance consultation responses relating to the Stockport Metropolitan Borough have supported (a) each of the four published options for education funding and (b) a fifth option.

 (79331)

71  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to increase the powers of authority of the tribunal chairman and clerk to obtain facts and information in order to increase the parity between the appellant and the Valuation Office Agency in disputes.

 (79253)

72  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 28th October, Official Report, column 522W, on renewable energy, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Parliament about its revised planning guidance on renewable energy; and if he will make a statement.

 (79075)

73  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when each review undertaken in respect of the Fire Service will begin; and in each case, whether (a) the findings have been published and (b) they have been placed in the Library.

 (79402)

74  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the planning appeals and their location by local planning authority that have been dismissed on the grounds of health concerns in each of the last three years.

 (79042)

75  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many planning appeals his Department has decided on mobile phone masts and base stations; and what the outcome of the appeals were in each of the last three years.

 (79043)

76  Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many representations he has received from residents of (a) Cheshire and (b) Macclesfield constituency registering their response to his Department's review of revenue grant distribution; when he expects to announce his decision following his Department's consultation; and if he will make a statement.

 (79273)

77  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the membership is of the Interdepartmental Group on Sport; what actions have arisen out of the meetings of the group; and if she will place a copy of the minutes in the Library.

 (79222)

78  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the contribution sport can make to meeting the Government's social agenda; and how much investment the Government is making in sports' governing bodies for delivering this purpose.

 (79183)

79  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her Answer of 2nd July, Official Report, columns 260-1W, on recycling, if she will make a statement on how her Department defines sustainable procurement.

 (79349)

80  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what strategies her Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

 (79298)

81  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of new recruits to her Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

 (79311)

82  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 15th October from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Tony Bowyer.

 (79447)

83  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of Operation Sandcastle.

 (79549)

84  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is in respect of the interception of aircraft assumed to be hijacked entering UK airspace in the London area.

 (78598)

85  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list (a) the countries in which British armed forces are stationed and (b) those countries in which British armed forces observed the UN global ceasefire of 21st September 2001.

 (79157)

86  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to ensure the observance of the UN annual day of global ceasefire.

 (79158)

87  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance was received by his Department on the observance of the United Nation's International Peace One Day.

 (79163)

88  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what offensive operations were conducted by the Royal Air Force against military installations in Iraq on (a) 21st September 1999, (b) 21st September 2000, (c) 21st September 2001, (d) 20th September 2002 and (e) 22nd September 2002.

 (79159)

89  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures he took to ensure that Britain's armed forces observed the UN global ceasefire on 21st September.

 (79164)

90  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when an announcement will be made as to the successful tender for the Future Aircraft Carrier programme.

 (79271)

91  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the delay in training pilots for the Apache attack helicopter.

 (79578)

92  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the organisations involved have been unable to meet deadlines set for the training of pilots for the Apache attack helicopter.

 (79579)

93  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Future Aircraft Carrier programme.

 (79268)

94  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the organisations training pilots for the Apache helicopter have experienced delays in providing equipment and facilities.

 (79580)

95  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what penalties were written into the contract for late delivery of equipment and training of pilots for the Apache helicopter.

 (79581)

96  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many jobs he estimates will be created through the design and manufacture of the Future Aircraft Carriers in the UK.

 (79270)

97  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the private organisations training pilots for the Apache helicopter will be removed from the project.

 (79582)

98  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures he is taking to ensure that the timetable for training pilots for the Apache helicopter is brought forward.

 (79583)

99  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many orders have been received for the Eurofighter (Typhoon).

 (79272)

100  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what aircraft will be used for the Future Aircraft Carrier programme.

 (79269)

101  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed forces have retired from their employment on medical grounds in each year since their service in the Gulf war; and what the average annual rate of medical retirements has been in the last 10 years.

 (79530)

102  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government's policy is on the EU taking over operation Amber Fox without signing a prior accord with NATO.

 (79551)

103  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what strategies his Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

 (79289)

104  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of new recruits to his Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

 (79301)

105  Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye & Inverness West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the steps being taken by the Government to ensure that bids to build the replacement for the Invincible Class Carriers take account of UK dry dock facilities; and if he will make a statement.

 (78989)

106  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on home defence priorities and how they have changed since 11th September 2001.

 (76707)

107  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent in recruiting staff to his Department in (a) London and (b) the south east in each year since 1997.

 (78562)

108  Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many claims for war disablement pensions by (a) members of the Mercantile Marines and (b) other eligible branches of the armed forces in respect of skin cancer and other associated conditions have been (i) upheld and (ii) rejected by tribunals in each of the past 20 years for which figures are available.

 (79491)

109  Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications were made for war disablement pensions by members of the eligible branches of the armed forces, other than members of the Mercantile Marine, in each of the past 20 years for which figures are available; and of these, how many were (a) accepted and (b) rejected.

 (79492)

110  Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications for war disablement pensions were made by members of the Mercantile Marine in each of the last 20 years for which figures are available; and how many of these applications were (a) accepted and (b) rejected.

 (79462)

111  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many flight hours Government ministers have flown during each year since 1997-98 using the jets of 32 (The Royal) Squadron based at Northolt; and how many flight hours each Government department has utilised the jets of 32 (The Royal) Squadron each year since 1997-98.

 (79465)

112  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much per hour the RAF charges other Government departments for flying with 32 (The Royal) Squadron; and what proportion of this charge represents the operational costs of the Squadron at Northolt.

 (79464)

113  
N  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when a decision will be made as to where HMS Nottingham will be repaired upon its return to the UK from Australia; what the procurement process will be for the repair work that is needed to HMS Nottingham; and if he will make a statement.

 (77690)

114  Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of compensation offered to service personnel of other states who participated in UK nuclear tests.

 (79185)

115  Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list research projects his Department (a) has funded in the last five years and (b) is funding into the health outcomes of (i) service personnel who participated in UK nuclear tests and (ii) their offspring.

 (79188)

116  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the planned development of the Beacon School programme over the next five years.

 (79250)

117  Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students were attending a full-time degree level course or its equivalent in each year since 1990, broken down by local education authority.

 (79252)

118  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she will provide further details of the increased training of PE teachers in swimming and water safety announced on 17th October.

 (79277)

119  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps are being taken to ensure that schools provide sufficient curriculum time for school swimming in order to meet National Curriculum targets.

 (79276)

120  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what (a) the formula grant and (b) the spending per head in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in F40 authorities is in 2002-03.

 (79441)

121  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children fail to meet National Curriculum standards in swimming at age 11; what criteria will be used to select the areas for remedial swimming pilots as announced on 17th October; and what funding will be made available for this.

 (79278)

122  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what figures she collates on how many schools ask for parental contributions for curriculum swimming lessons.

 (79182)

123  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many letters were received in support of Option 5 from (a) constituents and (b) schools in the F40 authorities.

 (79440)

124  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans the Government has to consult student organizations on the outcome of the review of higher education.

 (79449)

125  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the introduction of top-up fees for some higher education institutions in other countries.

 (79450)

126  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential impact on student access to higher education of introducing top-up fees.

 (79451)

127  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many specialist schools were designated before 1st September 1997; how many such schools and what percentage of the whole were (a) city technology colleges and (b) grant maintained schools; and what the average percentage was of children in receipt of free school meals in (i) specialist schools designated prior to 1st September 1997 and (ii) city technology colleges and grant maintained schools designated as specialist schools before 1st September 1997.

 (77012)

128  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many secondary schools in England and Wales conduct cognitive ability tests in year 7.

 (79438)

129  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the secondary schools in West Sussex which conduct cognitive ability tests in year 7.

 (79434)

130  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on what the OECD PISA 2000 Survey is measuring.

 (79435)

131  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the conclusion in the OECD Report, Education at a Glance: Indicators 2002, relating to (a) the impact on school lessons of noise and disorder and (b) boredom among 15 year olds with lessons.

 (79433)

132  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the causes of the boredom suffered by British secondary school pupils in the classroom.

 (79436)

133  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what grants his Department plans to make to NGOs in 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.

 (79078)

134  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students left the A-level system one year into the course in each academic year since that ending in 1997.

 (79071)

135  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what money is planned to pass between the Department and (a) the European Social Fund and (b) the European Regional Development Fund in (i) 2002-03 and (ii) 2003-04.

 (79072)

136  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures he is taking to promote free milk in schools for children aged up to 11; and if he will list education authorities in the UK which provide free school milk for those aged up to (a) seven and (b) 11 years.

 (79224)

137  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what strategies his Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

 (79288)

138  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of new recruits to his Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

 (79299)

139  Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he will make a statement on the successor scheme to individual learning accounts.

 (79452)

140  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many square feet of office space are occupied by the Worcester office of the Learning and Skills Council; and how many square feet will be occupied by the Council in its new Worcester Office.

 (79481)

141  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the members of the board of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Council of the Learning and Skills Council, indicating (a) their place of residence and (b) those of them who represent or serve on local district, city or county councils.

 (79487)

142  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost is of the new office space to which the Worcester office of the Learning and Skills Council is moving; and when it will move.

 (79486)

143  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many staff are employed in the Worcester office of the Learning and Skills Council.

 (79485)

144  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students graduated from university and how many graduates gained employment in the region in which they graduated, broken down by region, in each year since 1995.

 (78556)

145  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of (a) pupils achieved five GCSEs or more grades A-C and (b) 17 year olds were in full-time education in each region in each year since 1995.

 (78555)

146  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent in recruiting staff to his Department in (a) London and (b) the south east in each year since 1997.

 (78557)

147  Mr George Stevenson (Stoke-on-Trent South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funds were made available for (a) new school building and (b) schools refurbishment in Stoke-on-Trent in each year since 1992.

 (79091)

148  Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what (a) the actual revenue spending per child at (i) primary and (ii) secondary level and (b) the standard spending assessments were in each local education authority in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

 (79334)

149  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if the Government will raise the repayment threshold for student loans.

 (79544)

150  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what evidence his Department has collated on the extent to which top-up fees for students will affect access to higher education.

 (79531)

151  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if his Department will reintroduce targeted maintenance support for those students from the poorest backgrounds.

 (79532)

152  Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will calculate (a) the amount spent per pupil on primary and secondary education by Cheshire County Council and (b) average amount spent per pupil on primary and secondary education by local authorities in England in the last financial year for which figures are available; what assessment he has made of the effect of the comparison of the resultant figures on educational provision in Cheshire; and if he will make a statement.

 (79275)

153  Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many representations he has received from residents of (a) Cheshire and (b) Macclesfield constituency registering their response to his Department's review of revenue grant distribution; when he expects to announce his decision following his Department's consultation; and if he will make a statement.

 (79274)

154  Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has received a copy of UNEP's Report, Global Environment Outlook 3; and if she will make a statement.

 (79082)

155  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the estimated total cost is of delivering a 10 year 70,000 solar PV roof programme, funded by 50 per cent. capital grants; and if she will make a statement.

 (79662)

156  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many roads used as public paths have been reclassified as footpaths following review of their usage in accordance with section 54 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

 (79382)

157  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government intends to bring forward statutory instruments to implement the part of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 that will reclassify roads used as public paths as restricted byways.

 (79379)

158  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many roads used as public paths have been reclassified as bridleways following review of their usage in accordance with section 54 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

 (79381)

159  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many roads used as public paths have yet to have their usage reviewed by the relevant surveying authority in accordance with the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

 (79380)

160  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many roads used as public paths have been reclassified as byways open to all traffic following review of their usage in accordance with section 54 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

 (79383)

161  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has undertaken to investigate funding of door-step recycling schemes.

 (79020)

162  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what changes have taken place in the (a) gross and (b) net incomes of the (i) top and (ii) bottom deciles of farmers in each year since 1990.

 (79406)

163  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what changes have been made in the 20 day rule on animal movements since its introduction; and if he will make a statement.

 (79405)

164  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of compensation payments made in the foot and mouth epidemic are estimated to have been in excess of the market value of the animals destroyed; and what steps the Department is taking to recover excessive payments.

 (79407)

165  Barbara Follett (Stevenage): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will be publishing the water policy document for England.

 (79448)

166  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions her Department has had with (a) the European Commission, (b) the French government and (c) other EU member states regarding the possible impact of (i) pair trawling for bass and (ii) industrial fishing methods upon the wider marine environment and the conservation of cetaceans.

 (79021)

167  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the weight and value of cod discarded in each of the fish management areas in the seas around the UK as a result of an unintentional by-catch of over quota cod in each year from 1997 to 2002.

 (79022)

168  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the total allowable catch of cod available for each of the fisheries management areas for which cod quotas apply has been caught by each of the member states entitled to catch cod around the seas of the United Kingdom (a) in each of the last five years for which figures are available and (b) so far this catching year.

 (79024)

169  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department has estimated the total weight and potential value of fish discarded by UK fishing vessels as a result of the unintentional by-catch of over quota fish.

 (79023)

170  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the budget is for 2002-03 of the vital villages initiative; and what the future projections for this figure are.

 (79062)

171  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the next review of the Countryside Agency's funding will be.

 (79061)

172  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the budget for the Countryside Agency is for 2002-03; and how it is allocated amongst the Agency's main projects.

 (79060)

173  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the subsidy from the European Union aims to provide free school milk for children aged up to (a) seven and (b) 11.

 (79225)

174  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support and assistance she is providing to dairy farmers.

 (79226)

175  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the European subsidy to provide milk for all school children up the the age of 11; and how many education authorities in the UK take advantage of the European Union subsidy to provide school milk.

 (79223)

176  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with (a) dairy farmers and (b) representatives from supermarket chains regarding the price of milk.

 (79228)

177  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the decision by supermarkets to increase the purchase price of milk from farmers by 2 pence a litre.

 (79227)

178  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she has taken to encourage supermarket chains to increase the purchase price of milk from dairy farmers.

 (79229)

179  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what strategies her Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

 (79297)

180  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of new recruits to her Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

 (79312)

181  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what are the objectives, terms of reference and timescale of Lord Haskin's review of her Department and its agencies.

 (78911)

182  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to amend the financial provision for the Countryside Agency.

 (78912)

183  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects (a) the new DEFRA inspection team and (b) sniffer dogs to be deployed at Heathrow.

 (79175)

184  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an amendment to the 20 day standstill rule in the event of livestock being brought to feed for a period ranging from three to 12 months where the bid price is not reached to enable the producer to take the livestock home and to prevent cattle and sheep from being slaughtered.

 (79437)

185  Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many live sheep were exported from Dover on the (a) ALDA-K and (b) Caroline to continental Europe on 29th October; when and where health certification was carried out in respect of the sheep; how many of the sheep were rejected as unfit for the intended journey (i) during inspection for health certification purposes and (ii) at Dover docks, and to where those sheep were taken; and what the address was of the final destination given on the route plan for each of the consignments.

 (79005)

186  Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11th April, Official Report, column 585W, on illegal meat imports, what progress has been made towards implementing the action plan; and if she will make a statement.

 (79554)

187  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the accuracy of data held by the BCMS; and if she will make a statement.

 (79281)

188  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much meat was (a) produced in the UK, (b) consumed in the UK and (c) imported into the UK in the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.

 (79240)

189  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to increase the money for modulation to UK farms from the UK; and if she will make a statement.

 (79234)

190  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many extra staff have been appointed to detect illegally imported meat at ports of entry to the UK since the outbreak of foot and mouth disease; and if she will make a statement.

 (79283)

191  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about increasing the tax incentives offered to producers of bio fuels; and if she will make a statement.

 (79235)

192  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she plans to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board; and if she will make a statement.

 (79244)

193  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to provide match funding for microlisation; and if she will make a statement.

 (79231)

194  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with farmers about fly tipping and landfill taxes; and if she will make a statement.

 (79238)

195  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to require the computers at the RPA and the BCMS to be made compatible; and if she will make a statement.

 (79318)

196  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the Environment Agency regarding the cleaning of water courses; and if she will make a statement.

 (79237)

197  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what encouragement the Government is giving to young people to enter farming; and if she will make a statement.

 (79242)

198  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to increase the rate of TB testing in Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement.

 (79314)

199  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement about (a) the areas included and (b) the exclusion of river water in the nitrate vulnerable zone scheme; how it will be policed; and how many extra forms will be generated by it.

 (79243)

200  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of how up to date the information held by the British Cattle Movement Service is; and if she will make a statement.

 (79320)

201  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of support given to farmers in other countries to enable and encourage them to care for the environment and countryside; and if she will make a statement.

 (79241)

202  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much paperwork is involved in the agri-scheme; how easy it will be to access, what account the scheme will take of work already done; how it will be funded; and how it will be policed.

 (79245)

203  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what investigation she has made of delays in sending out claims forms by the British Cattle Movement Service; and if she will make a statement.

 (79280)

204  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with EU farm ministers about capping; what steps she is taking to increase the capping levels for UK farms; and if she will make a statement.

 (79233)

205  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to increase the checks made at ports of entry to the United Kingdom of illegally imported meat; and if she will make a statement.

 (79319)

206  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the interim assessment she has made of the cause of TB in cattle.

 (79316)

207  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions there have been for the illegal importing of meat in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.

 (79282)

208  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many new cases have been reported of TB on farms in Gloucestershire in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.

 (79315)

209  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to review the 20 day standstill rule; and if she will make a statement.

 (79317)

210  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with EU farm ministers about the equalization of farm modulation across the EU; and if she will make a statement.

 (79232)

211  Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has for the disposal of fallen stock after April 2003; and if she will make available a free service of collection and disposal.

 (79264)

212  Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what additional measures have been taken to comply with the new rules and regulations which come into effect from 1st January 2003 regarding illegal import of meat and dairy products; and how much additional funding has been allocated to policing the rules and regulations.

 (79263)

213  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what resources are expected to be expended on domestic energy efficiency improvements over the next three years through (a) the Warm Front Programme, (b) the Energy Efficiency Commitment, (c) capital budgets of local authorities and (d) Registered Social Landlord energy efficiency programmes.

 (79511)

214  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding (a) was available for the Warm Front scheme in 2001-02 and 2002-03 and (b) will be available in 2003-04; how such funding relates to the annual budgets set out in the statement of 30th November 2000, Official Report, column 765; and if she will make a statement.

 (79508)

215  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in how many cases private sector landlords have been obliged to repay costs of heating and insulation installations as a result of properties that have benefited from Warm Front no longer being occupied by eligible tenants.

 (79505)

216  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which of her Department's Public Service Agreements relate to fuel poverty reduction; and what progress has been made in achieving them.

 (79514)

217  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what training is undertaken by individuals providing advice to households under the Warm Front scheme; and what formal qualification verifies that the adviser is a skilled and competent person.

 (79509)

218  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research has been carried out into the match between fuel poverty and eligibility for Warm Front assistance; and if she will make a statement.

 (79506)

219  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on establishing a common definition of fuel poverty for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 (79513)

220  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made of the administration costs incurred by the two Warm Front scheme managers in terms of (a) cost effectiveness and (b) efficiency programmes.

 (79510)

221  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate how many households would be taken out of fuel poverty if their properties were to be improved by the average SAP rating achieved by Warm Front and Warm Front plus assistance.

 (79512)

222  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many households are eligible for (a) Warm Front grants and (b) Warm Front plus grants; and by how many these numbers would be increased if there were to be 100 per cent take up of the qualifying benefits.

 (79507)

223  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the United Kingdom spent on assistance to agriculture in the last year for which figures are available; and what assistance was provided from EU sources.

 (79260)

224  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the benefit accruing to agriculture from the exemption of agricultural buildings from the payment of local rates.

 (79261)

225  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the expenditure within the EU on the subsidising of exports of surplus agricultural production for which figures are available in the last year; and how much of the total comes from (a) EU and (b) national funding.

 (79258)

226  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the additional weekly expenditure for the average family in purchasing food in consequence of the difference between EU and world prices in the most recent annual period for which figures are available.

 (79259)

227  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many persons were employed in the farming industry in each of the past 10 years.

 (79262)

228  Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the procedures adopted by the EU if spending on agriculture in any year appears to be likely to exceed the budgetary estimates.

 (79257)

229  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what further progress she has made on increasing access to water for non-powered craft; and if she will make a statement.

 (79076)

230  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action the Government is taking to stop imports of Brazilian mahogany.

 (79000)

231  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will increase the Social Fund budget, with particular reference to (a) the Community Care Grant and (b) the Budgeting Loan budgets.

 (79214)

232  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the new contractor will be required to provide (a) an employer contributed final salary pension scheme for all employees and (b) a pay and conditions system that guarantees equal pay for equal value, including for sub-contracted staff, when the contract for providing IT services to the Inland Revenue is awarded.

 (79453)

233  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the new contractor will be subject to periodic independent reviews of performance when the contract for providing IT services to the Inland Revenue is awarded.

 (79459)

234  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the new contractor will be required to ensure that the service remains (a) unified, (b) accountable and (c) within the United Kingdom under the Inland Revenue's tendering process for IT services.

 (79457)

235  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether employees will be entitled to join a trade union recognised to negotiate on pay, conditions, pensions, career development and related issues when the contract for providing IT services to the Inland Revenue is awarded.

 (79458)

236  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the processes the Government follows to appraise companies on its tender list for their record with respect to the code of practice on age discrimination.

 (79377)

237  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his borrowing plans for the remainder of the financial year.

 (78990)

238  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what procedures his Department has in place to monitor other Government departments' performance in relation to their agreed public service agreement.

 (79077)

239  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations his Department has received from British Energy requesting exclusion from the Climate Change Levy; and if he will place in the Library the minutes of meetings with British Energy on this subject.

 (79019)

240  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to introduce the necessary legislation regarding Pool Re' insurance cover to include the Government's new definition of terrorism.

 (79017)

241  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent meetings his Department has had with the Department of Trade and Industry regarding a merger of British Energy with BNFL; and if he will place the minutes in the Library.

 (79014)

242  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent meetings his Department has had with the Department of Trade and Industry regarding British Energy; and if he will place the minutes in the Library.

 (79013)

243  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the state of the public finances; and if he will make a statement.

 (78991)

244  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Government's discussions with the commercial insurance sector regarding commercial cover being available in respect of the area not covered by Pool Re' where commercial exclusion is absolute; and if he will make a statement.

 (79016)

245  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent meetings his Department has had with (a) the Finance Director and (b) the former Chief Executive of British Energy; and if he will place the minutes in the Library.

 (79015)

246  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assumptions he has made regarding the costs of asbestos-based liability claims against Her Majesty's Government over the next 20 years.

 (79018)

247  Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many agency agreements HM Customs and Excise have in place with private companies whereby Customs are paid to police intellectual property rights on behalf of the companies in question.

 (79038)

248  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of new recruits to his Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

 (79306)

249  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what strategies his Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

 (79293)

250  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer to parliamentary question 76938, if he will provide separate figures for deaths caused by (a) crack cocaine and (b) cocaine in each of the last five years.

 (79384)

251  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent in recruiting staff to his Department in (a) London and (b) the south east in each year since 1997.

 (78561)

252  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has commissioned regarding VAT relief for charities; and if he will publish the results of this research.

 (79101)

253  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent research his Department has commissioned into money laundering in the UK; and if he will publish the results of this research.

 (79102)

254  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total amount of tax relief for charities has been since 1997; and how much was relief on (a) income tax, (b) corporation tax, (c) capital gains tax, (d) inheritance tax and (e) stamp duty.

 (79092)

255  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of shares given in Gift Aid was in the last tax year.

 (79105)

256  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he plans to visit the London Stock Exchange.

 (79108)

257  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations his Department has received regarding regulatory issues and the bankruptcy of KPNQWest.

 (79107)

258  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what Britain's net contribution to the European Union was in the last year (a) including and (b) excluding the budget rebate.

 (79097)

259  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of the measures to allow sports clubs to claim council tax rate relief through becoming registered charities; and if he plans to amend these regulations.

 (79110)

260  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's projected income from stamp duty on share transactions is for (a) the current financial year and (b) each of the next three financial years; and what income has been received in each financial year since 1997.

 (79099)

261  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been contributed annually to the charitable sector (a) overall and (b) through the Gift Aid scheme, since the scheme's introduction; what these sums are as proportions of the total turnover of the charitable sector; and what the total cost is to his Department of the tax refunds resulting from the Gift Aid scheme.

 (79111)

262  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has commissioned regarding the transfer of currency across national boundaries using electronic technology; and if he will publish the results of this research.

 (79100)

263  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the Gift Aid scheme tax relief for charitable donations; and if he will make a statement.

 (79094)

264  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the Payroll Giving scheme providing tax relief for charitable donations; and if he will make a statement.

 (79093)

265  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations his Department has received regarding a compensation package for investors who have lost money due to market abuses relating to split capital investment trusts.

 (79106)

266  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to increase the level of saving in the UK economy.

 (79095)

267  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received regarding the impact of Treasury policy on the performance of (a) the FTSE 100 and (b) the all share index with particular reference to international competitiveness.

 (79109)

268  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from the Financial Services Authority regarding the alleged practice of spinning by investment banks; and if he will make a statement.

 (79096)

269  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the level of charitable donations since the abolition of the minimum limit on donations through the (a) Payroll Giving scheme and (b) Gift Aid scheme.

 (79110)

270  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what research his Department has commissioned into bank charges for the transfer of currency across national boundaries in the European Economic Area.

 (79101)

271  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his European counterparts regarding the future of the Stability and Growth Pact.

 (79136)

272  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his colleagues in the European Council of Finance Ministers regarding a review of the terms of the Stability and Growth Pact.

 (79103)

273  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the amount of tax forgone as a result of tax allowances granted to charities in England and Wales in (a) the last financial year and (b) each of the previous six financial years.

 (79135)

274  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to prevent suspended shares being given as part of the Gift Aid scheme.

 (79104)

275  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations his Department has received regarding the optimum level for landfill tax.

 (79098)

276  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by the Government in each year since 1997-98 on chartering business jets as a result of the RAF's jets in 32 (The Royal) Squadron being unavailable or unsuitable.

 (79463)

277  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to simplify the claim form for working families tax credit; and if he will make a statement.

 (79230)

278  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason gross domestic product estimates for the countries and regions of the United Kingdom are two years behind United Kingdom gross domestic product estimates.

 (79325)

279  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government is taking to decrease disparities in regional gross domestic product per capita; and which Minister is in charge of these efforts.

 (79322)

280  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when gross domestic product estimates will be made for each country and region of the United Kingdom for 2000.

 (79324)

281  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the gross domestic product per capita was of each country and region of the United Kingdom in (a) the most recent year and (b) each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

 (79323)

282  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what barriers exist to prevent domestic fuel being zero-rated for VAT; and if he will make a statement.

 (79497)

283  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 23rd October, Official Report, column 352W, on VAT, for what reason he is unable to give a publication date; and if he will make a statement.

 (79517)

284  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 15th July, Official Report, column 65W, on inflation, if he will estimate the cost of measuring such differences; and if he will make a statement.

 (79516)

285  Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce fiscal incentives to encourage consumers to purchase and use combined electric and petrol engine powered vehicles.

 (79409)

286  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the strategy for a national financial advice network; and if this will include the contribution made by (a) credit unions and (b) friendly societies in providing advice to the financially excluded.

 (79399)

287  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the recommendations of PAT 14 have been achieved.

 (79395)

288  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what role he plans for the Friendly Society Movement in increasing savings for those on low incomes.

 (79393)

289  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likelihood of less affluent consumers buying financial products without face to face advice.

 (79397)

290  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made with the Sandler Review.

 (79400)

291  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the success of the pilots for the Savings Gateway.

 (79396)

292  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department has done to support (a) credit unions and (b) friendly societies since 1997.

 (79394)

293  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the contribution tax free financial products make to the quality of life for the less affluent; and if he will make a statement.

 (79398)

294  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent meetings have been held between the Treasury and Thalidomide Action Group UK on the tax status of beneficiary payments from the Thalidomide Trust.

 (79356)

295  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many discretionary trusts there are in the UK.

 (79353)

296  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money the Government has paid into the Thalidomide Trust since 1973; how much tax the Government has collected from payments from the Thalidomide Trust to thalidomide victims; what tax rate is applied to payments to thalidomide victims from the Thalidomide Trust; and if he will estimate the uptake of tax reclaim under the previous fiscal system by thalidomide victims who pay tax on money from the Thalidomide Trust.

 (79354)

297  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much direct compensation the Government has paid to thalidomide victims since 1972.

 (79355)

298  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Serbian counterpart regarding deliveries of Yugoslav arms to Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

 (79553)

299  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what strategies his Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

 (79290)

300  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what percentage of new recruits to his Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

 (79302)

301  Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many deaths of UK nationals have been notified to his Department (a) in Greece and (b) on the island of Rhodes in the last 12 months.

 (78993)

302  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the activities of those UK companies and persons based in the UK which have been criticised by the UN for breaking sanctions in respect of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 (78851)

303  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the activities of Das Air.

 (78845)

304  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what investigations his Department had carried out into sanctions-breaking by (a) UK companies and (b) British-based persons in respect of the supply of spare parts for British Aerospace Hawk jets of the Zimbabwe Defence Force to the Democratic Republic of Congo, prior to the publication of the UN Panel of Exports' report on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth of the DRC.

 (78855)

305  Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department has collated regarding the Thai authorities' destruction of international aid destined for persecuted groups in Burma; and if he will make a statement concerning the Government's response to this situation.

 (79006)

306  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's relations with Uzbekistan with particular reference to human rights and religious freedom.

 (76657)


307  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent in recruiting staff to his Department in (a) London and (b) the south east in each year since 1997.

 (78563)

308  Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Singapore regarding the imprisonment of the leader of the Singapore Democratic Party, Dr Chee Soon Juan.

 (79012)

309  Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has held with the government of Singapore regarding freedom of speech and human rights issues.

 (79011)

310  
N  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will grant veterans the right to receive and wear the Soviet Polar Region Medal.

 (79066)

311  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met the President of Namibia; whether he discussed the present land situation in Zimbabwe; what other matters were discussed; what plans he has to assess the need for a legal programme of land resettlement in Namibia; and if he will make a statement.

 (78804)

312  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received about the Namibian Government's plans to pass emergency legislation to make it illegal for foreigners to own land; what his Department's policy is; what plans he has to discuss these issues with (a) his European counterparts and (b) members of the Southern African Development Community; and if he will make a statment.

 (78805)

313  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 21st October, Official Report, column 38W, on the International Criminal Court, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the United States on a bilateral agreement with the United States regarding the exemption of US citizens from the ICC.

 (78800)

314  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many cases of prevention of access to children of British Nationals living in Germany have been reported to each of the British consulates in Germany in the last five years; and in what proportion of these cases the problems have been solved.

 (79519)

315  Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent of human rights abuse in Zimbabwe; if he will list the human rights abuses perpetrated in Zimbabwe that have been (a) reported to and (b) investigated by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

 (79327)

316  Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of food supplies in Zimbabwe; what steps he has taken to monitor the future availability of adequate food supplies for the population of Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

 (79326)

317  Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the prospects for foreign investment in Zimbabwe.

 (79329)

318  Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) representations he has received from and (b) assessment he has made of the activities of the Matebeleland Development Assembly in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

 (79328)

319  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the cost of free provision of lifelines through the NHS.

 (78994)

320  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial assistance is available to older people for the purchase of lifelines through the NHS.

 (79050)

321  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time it took to get through to NHS Direct was over (a) the last month for which figures are available and (b) the previous six months.

 (77141)

322  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nurse, (b) doctor and (c) consultant vacancies there were at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford at the latest available date.

 (77142)

323  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nurse, (b) doctor and (c) consultant vacancies there were in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust at the latest available date.

 (77143)

324  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress made in GP recruitment in the last 12 months.

 (77144)

325  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average length of time was that an individual stayed in (a) residential care and (b) nursing care in England in the last 12 months.

 (77145)

326  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimates his Department has made of the number of people who have had to sell their homes to pay for long-term care (a) over the last 12 months and (b) in each of the last five years.

 (77146)

327  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residential nursing home beds were available in each social service area in England (a) at the latest available date, (b) in October 2001 and (c) in October 1997.

 (77147)

328  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds in (a) Greater London and (b) Essex were occupied by delayed discharge patients (i) at the latest available date and (ii) in each of the last four quarters.

 (77148)

329  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimates his Department has made of the change in the number of the elderly in England over the next 30 years; and how this will affect the requirement for residential and nursing care.

 (77149)

330  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many emergency re-admissions of people aged 75 and over within 28 days of hospital discharge occured in (a) the last quarter for which figures are available and (b) the previous four quarters.

 (77150)

331  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications for care homes staff have been (a) received and (b) processed by the National Care Standards Commission in each month since April.

 (79410)

332  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his oral statement on 23rd July, Official Report, column 869, concerning services for older people, for what reasons he estimates there was a reduction in the number of households receiving home care over the last five years.

 (78914)

333  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his oral statement on 23rd July, Official Report, column 869, on older people's services, how many extra care home places will result from the plans he announced in each of the next three years.

 (78913)

334  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish further details of the physical activity pilot projects announced in May; and when the £2.5m funding for the projects is to be made available.

 (79184)

335  Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Government research funding was given to the Institute of Ophthalmology at Moorfields NHS Trust in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement on the reasons underlying the change.

 (79172)

336  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Government will publish its response to the Health Committee's Third Report of Session 2001-02 on Delayed Discharges.

 (79584)

337  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his formulation of foundation status for hospitals has involved consideration of a voucher system for patients or GPs.

 (79246)

338  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many three star trusts have indicated an interest in becoming foundation trusts.

 (79247)

339  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to announce which 12 NHS trusts have been chosen to be foundation trusts.

 (79248)

340  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to reduce the waiting time for treatment for alcohol abuse; and if he will make a statement.

 (79375)

341  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths from alcohol abuse of (a) women and (b) men there were in each year from 1997 to 2001.

 (79376)

342  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation has been undertaken with people with Fragile X syndrome and their families in connection with the Valuing People White Paper.

 (79373)

343  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the results of the separation of support for drug and alcohol reduction strategies; and if he will make a statement.

 (79374)

344  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of ambulance response times to category A calls by the East Midlands Ambulance Trust in (a) the county of Rutland and (b) the Melton Borough Council area were achieved within eight minutes in the last period for which figures are available; for those responses which took longer than eight minutes, how long it took for the ambulance to respond; and if he will make a statement.

 (78752)

345  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training General Practitioners receive in diagnosing fibromyalgia; and what assessment he has made of the impact of the proposal to use nurses to diagnose fibromyalgia in specialised pain clinic programmes on the equality of treatment of fibromyalgia patients.

 (79461)

346  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much research money the Government is committing to the study of the physiology and genesis of fibromyalgia.

 (79460)

347  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Government payments for nursing care in England are transferable if a resident moves to a home in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) another EU Country.

 (79454)

348  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what right of appeal care home residents have against funding decisions taken by (a) the NHS and (b) Social Services.

 (79455)

349  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what conditions are applied to payments of (a) attendance allowance and (b) payments towards nursing care.

 (79456)

350  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase funds to hospices (a) in the UK and (b) in Lancashire.

 (79577)

351  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will make an announcement on the future of community health council staff.

 (79527)

352  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what strategies his Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

 (79291)

353  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of new recruits to his Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

 (79303)

354  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 25th September from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms J. Hamnett.

 (79446)

355  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to ensure that funding, made available to ease the burdens in accident and emergency departments, is reaching the front-line to (a) allow innovative schemes to continue and (b) give accident and emergency departments the opportunity to introduce new ways of working.

 (79267)

356  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to implement the recommendations of the Reforming Emergency Care document in respect of addressing the recruitment and retention difficulties in accident and emergency departments.

 (79266)

357  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the suspension of national BCG vaccination programmes.

 (78848)

358  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the suspension of BCG vaccination programmes in schools.

 (78849)

359  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has made to the European Commission about the export from member states to the United Kingdom of beef to which spinal cord is attached.

 (79176)

360  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases there have been in the last two years where imported beef has been detected with spinal cord or other specified risk material attached; and if he will publish an analysis of these cases by country of origin.

 (79174)

361  Laura Moffatt (Crawley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has had from (a) Crawley Borough Council and (b) Horsham District Council regarding the financial appraisal of a new hospital on the Pease Pottage Site.

 (79493)

362  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the strength of Vitamin B6 when used for (a) countering heart disease and (b) female hormone control, following the Food Standards Agency's report on safe maximum dosages; and if he will make a statement.

 (79330)

363  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the Food Standards Agency in terms of assessing the safety of imported meat.

 (79279)

364  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review the Over-30-Months Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

 (79239)

365  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which of his Department's Public Service Agreements relate to fuel poverty reduction; and what progress has been made to date in achieving them.

 (79499)

366  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has (a) carried out and (b) funded into excess winter mortality in other European Union countries.

 (79498)

367  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th October, Official Report, column 498W, on biotechnology research projects, what proportion of (a) the medical research council's £362 million of research and development spending and (b) the Department of Health's £510 million research spending shown in Table 3 Looking Forward (Cm 5338) goes into biomedical research.

 (79515)

368  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Supervisory Board for Children's Services will be appointed at the Central Manchester and Manchester Childrens University Hospitals NHS Trust.

 (79249)

369  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost was of the severance packages to the chief executives of the NHS trusts that were dissolved before the formation of the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust; and if he will list the cost for each chief executive.

 (78755)

370  
N  
Mr John Taylor (Solihull): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will acknowledge the letter written to him by the honourable Member for Solihull dated 2nd October; and if he will cause substantive responses to be made to the cases of Graham Cotton and Brian Clayton both of Solihull (P01013296 and P01014870).

 (78759)

371  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he is taking to assist those with overseas dental qualifications who are not refugees qualify to practise dentistry in the United Kingdom.

 (79001)

372  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking to assist refugees with dental qualifications to practise in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

 (79003)

373  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are waiting to sit each part of the international qualifying exams to practise dentistry in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

 (79002)

374  Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research his Department has commissioned into the causes of myalgic encephalomyelitis.

 (79186)

375  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the clear-up rate by police force was for burglaries in (a) urban, (b) rural and (c) suburban areas in each year since 1979.

 (78757)

376  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average clear-up rate by police force was in each year since 1979.

 (78756)

377  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to amend the law to allow the police to confiscate sealed alcohol containers from under age drinkers.

 (79412)

378  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the events leading up to the outbreak of fire at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre on 14th February, with particular reference to the reasons why sprinklers had not been fitted at the centre, formed part of the inquiry of Stephen Moore into the incident; and if he will make a statement.

 (79254)

379  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list witnesses interviewed by Stephen Moore in respect of his inquiry into the Yarlswood fire of 14th February.

 (79255)

380  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the application by Mrs Mariana Carr for British citizenship, Ref. C1059748, will be dealt with.

 (78910)

381  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what request for assistance he has received from the FBI concerning the links of a UK moslem cleric with James Ujaama, under arrest and indicted in Portland, Oregon concerning an alleged terrorist training camp.

 (79526)

382  Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ensure that the National Policy Plan for England and Wales includes the requirement for road safety to be a priority responsibility for police forces.

 (79533)

383  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) Operation CHARLIE and (b) other anti-drugs education programmes in reducing drug use in those who took part in them in each of the past five years.

 (79404)

384  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his most recent assessment is of the progress made in achieving Government targets on drugs use and harm announced in 1998.

 (79403)

385  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance has been given to judges and magistrates on the enforcement of drug treatment and testing orders in relation to prison overcrowding.

 (78599)

386  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to introduce monitoring of disability-related crimes.

 (79169)

387  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of new recruits to his Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

 (79304)

388  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what strategies his Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

 (79287)

389  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will rank police forces in order of the number of police officers per thousand population in each force area.

 (79145)

390  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the reasons underlying (a) recruitment, (b) retention and (c) retirement trends amongst officers and civilians employed in the Thames Valley Police.

 (79139)

391  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he is taking to encourage police officers serving in the Thames Valley force not to transfer to other forces.

 (79138)

392  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many civilians are employed by each police force.

 (79144)

393  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian police employees were recruited by Thames Valley Police in the most recent period for which figures are available; how many left Thames Valley Police during that period; and if he will make a statement.

 (79141)

394  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers transferred out of Thames Valley Police in each year from 1998-99 to date.

 (79140)

395  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will rank police forces in order of expenditure per thousand population in each police force area.

 (79143)

396  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of expenditure in each police force is financed by council tax.

 (79142)

397  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many civilians per thousand population are employed by each police force.

 (79137)

398  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had about the provision of (a) a floating asylum accommodation centre with possible suppliers of such facilities and (b) core and cluster asylum accommodation centres with the Refugee Council; and if he will make a statement.

 (79484)

399  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason he has delayed submitting the notification of the proposed development of an asylum accommodation centre at Throckmorton to Wychavon District Council; and if he will make a statement.

 (79483)

400  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to employ independent consultants to assess the effectiveness of asylum accommodation centres that are opened as part of the initial trial of such centres.

 (79480)

401  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to invite contractors to tender for the construction and operation of the trial asylum accommodation centres.

 (79482)

402  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent in recruiting staff to his Department in (a) London and (b) the south east in each year since 1997.

 (78560)

403  Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter of 23rd July from the honourable Member for Woking, regarding Mr Sage, acknowledged by him on 25th July 2002 under reference 15358/2.

 (79010)

404  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many registered charities there are in (a) England and Wales, (b) Northern Ireland and (c) Scotland.

 (79112)

405  
N  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to assist gap year students from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia to obtain visas to work in boarding schools in the UK for the year starting January 2003.

 (78600)

406  Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many bids were submitted for funding in the second round of the Recovered Assets Fund; how many of these were recommended for funding; how the selection of bids was made; and if he will make a statement on when the next round of bidding will begin.

 (79536)

407  Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will announce the first Director of the Assets Recovery Agency, established under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

 (79537)

408  Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to replace the application forms for foreign nationals wishing to apply for leave to remain in the United Kingdom.

 (79538)

409  
N  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the follow-up studies into the long-term effects on persons sprayed with CS spray have been commissioned; what the specification for these will be; and if the studies will look at susceptible groups including those being treated with neuroleptic drugs.

 (77691)

410  Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to ensure that lay observers panels are provided with the training, information, access and support that they require to be able to fulfil their statutory obligations under section 81(1)(b) of the Criminal Justice Act 1991.

 (79069)

411  Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the safety of and conditions for offenders kept in court cells and transported in prison vans in London is being monitored while inspections by the Greater London Lay Observers Panel are suspended.

 (79068)

412  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make a statement on the arrangements made to ensure honourable Members have access to the House at all times.

 (78754)

413  Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has received a copy of UNEP's Report, Global Environment Outlook 3; and if she will make a statement.

 (79081)

414  Mr Tony Colman (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action her Department has taken to encourage the establishment of multi-party democracy in Uganda following the passing of the Political Parties and Organisations Act on the 2nd July.

 (78986)

415  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of new recruits to her Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

 (79309)

416  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what strategies her Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

 (79296)

417  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether those organisations undertaking the clearance of unexploded bomblets following the use of cluster bombs in Afghanistan have the financial and technical resources necessary to maintain current clearance rates.

 (78850)

418  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on overcrowding in the refugee camp in Lira, Uganda; what discussions her Department has had with non-governmental organisations working in the camp; what assessment her Department has made of the vulnerability of women as a result of the sleeping arrangements in the camp; how much aid her Department will give to Uganda in 2002-03; what plans her Department has to give aid to the refugee camp in Lira; and what assessment her Department has made of (a) starvation and (b) health levels of the refugees in the camp.

 (79541)

419  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what permanent representation her Department has with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

 (79149)

420  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial support her Department has provided to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in each of the last five years; and what support her Department will provide in the next three years.

 (79151)

421  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is providing to Sudanese refugees who have recently fled the Biringi refugee settlement from north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

 (79146)

422  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on (a) the UN Report on child soldiers in hostilities and (b) the Government's position on ratifying the Optional Protocol to the 1990 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to forbid children under 18 years being used in hostilities.

 (79542)

423  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the safety of Sudanese refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 (79147)

424  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she last met the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and when she next intends to do so.

 (79148)

425  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what meetings of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development she has attended; and what meetings of the bank she plans to attend.

 (79150)

426  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with UNICEF over reports of child soldiers fighting in hostilities in the world; and what discussions her Department has had with the governments of (a) Burma, (b) Cambodia, (c) the Philippines, (d) Indonesia, (e) East Timor and (f) Papua New Guinea over reports by the UN of the use of child soldiers in their countries.

 (79543)

427  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what percentage of new recruits to his Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

 (79307)

428  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what strategies his Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

 (79292)

429  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much has been spent in recruiting staff to his Department in (a) London and (b) the south east in each year since 1997.

 (78559)

430  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many cases of prevention of access to children of British Nationals living in Germany have been reported to the Child Abduction Unit in the last five years.

 (79518)

431  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 24th October, Official Report, column 476W, if it is his policy for academic selection to form part of a modern education system.

 (79321)

432  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Education and Skills regarding the future of selective education in Northern Ireland.

 (79251)

433  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 24th October, Official Report, column 476W, on selective schools, what his estimate is of the level of public support for the retention of grammar schools in Northern Ireland.

 (79313)

434  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the report of the inter-Departmental Group on Personal Care will be completed; when he expects to publish the report; and what public consultation he plans on its findings.

 (79439)

435  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been seized in Northern Ireland by the Assets Recovery Agency since its formation.

 (79422)

436  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people are employed by the Assets Recovery Agency in Northern Ireland.

 (79423)

437  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the terms and conditions are of the appointment of Professor Ronald Goldstock as an advisor to the Secretary of State on organised crime; and what his remuneration is.

 (79415)

438  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken to ensure that the electoral process in Northern Ireland is accessible to those with serious sight loss.

 (79426)

439  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he intends to make Operation Clean-up a permanent project.

 (79432)

440  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which public bodies contributed to operation clean-up in 2002; and how much money each body provided.

 (79431)

441  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many independent tribunals of inquiry are being held into events in Northern Ireland; and what the latest estimate is of their cost to (a) the Northern Ireland Office and (b) other Northern Ireland departments.

 (79419)

442  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what impact he estimates the Organised Crime Task Force has had on (a) the illegal drug trade and (b) the misuse and smuggling of hydrocarbon oils in Northern Ireland.

 (79418)

443  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the effects were of Operation Clean-up in Northern Ireland.

 (79428)

444  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the funding is for financial year 2002-03 of the Northern Ireland arm of the Assets Recovery Agency.

 (79427)

445  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funds have been allocated specifically for tackling organised crime in Northern Ireland.

 (79417)

446  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the membership is of the Organised Crime Task Force in Northern Ireland.

 (79416)

447  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations he has received in respect of the provision of official data about those with serious sight loss in Northern Ireland.

 (79425)

448  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in Northern Ireland suffer from (a) serious sight loss and (b) blindness.

 (79424)

449  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has for the system to replace the 11 plus examination in Northern Ireland.

 (79421)

450  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many representations have been received in respect of the proposals on the future of the Mater Hospital, Belfast.

 (79420)

451  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to introduce postalisation of gas prices in Northern Ireland.

 (78801)

452  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he received the Quigley review of the operation of the Parades Commission; when he transmitted the report to the (a) Government of Ireland, (b) Northern Ireland political parties, (c) members of the Parades Commission, (d) Loyal Orders and other marching organisations and (e) principal residents' groups; what the recommendations of the report are; and when he plans to put it into the public domain.

 (78985)

453  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what level of electricity was generated in Northern Ireland from renewable energy in the last year for which figures are available.

 (78996)

454  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to encourage offshore wind farms (a) within the 12 mile territorial limit and (b) outside the 12 mile territorial limit; and if he will make a statement.

 (79058)

455  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he is taking to encourage greater deployment of combined heat and power; and if he will make a statement.

 (78984)

456  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he is taking to facilitate energy-embedded generation; and if he will make a statement.

 (79057)

457  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many representations in each of the last five years he has received recommending an increase in the speed with which planning applications for wind farms are considered.

 (78997)

458  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he is taking to encourage improvements in the energy efficiency of buildings in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

 (79059)

459  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he is taking to encourage the development of electricity from (a) wind power, (b) photovoltaics, (c) biomass and (d) other renewable sources of energy.

 (78995)

460  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Prime Minister, what email address members of the public may use to contact him.

 (79661)

461  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Prime Minister, what progress has been made with his offer to convene a peace conference between Israel and the Palestinians.

 (79044)

462  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Prime Minister, what guarantees he has obtained from his Indian counterpart in the course of recent discussions that BAe Systems Hawk aircraft will, if purchased by India, only be used for training purposes.

 (78853)

463  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Prime Minister, what percentage of the time he spent in discussions with his Indian counterpart at Chequers on 19th October was spent (a) lobbying for the purchase of BAe Systems Hawk aircraft and (b) on other matters.

 (78854)

464  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Prime Minister, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Banff and Buchan of 4th July on nuclear power.

 (78802)

465  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if she will make a statement on the impact of regional gross domestic product disparity of skills migration.

 (79494)

466  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many legal claims of discrimination are estimated to have been made as a result of anti-discrimination regulations introduced since 1997.

 (78992)

467  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate her Department has made of the costs to business of the regulations introduced by the Government since May 1997.

 (79079)

468  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to business of the draft regulations to outlaw discrimination on the grounds of (a) sexual orientation and (b) religion.

 (79073)

469  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new regulations were imposed on UK businesses in each year since 1997-98.

 (79074)

470  Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what figures she collates on how many UK-based petroleum geologists and geophycisists are working in (a) the UK and (b) abroad.

 (79162)

471  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, who holds the contracts to provide the IT system to run the post office card system for ACT.

 (79152)

472  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support and assistance she is providing to the manufacturing sector in the North West.

 (79575)

473  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the number of engineers educated in the UK who were working abroad in each of the last five years.

 (79574)

474  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures she is taking with the Department of Education and Skills to increase the number of graduates in the engineering sector.

 (79466)

475  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people were employed in the manufacturing sector in the North West in each of the last five years.

 (79576)

476  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures she is taking to promote British engineering.

 (79545)

477  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of new recruits to her Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

 (79310)

478  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what strategies her Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

 (79295)

479  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her Department will do to analyse the response of the electricity industry to supply problems experienced as a result of the storms of 27th October; what plans she has to meet representitives of the electricity industry and discuss what lessons can be learnt as a result of supply problems following the storms of 27th October; and if she will make a statement on the performance of electricity companies in handling power supply problems in Norfolk following the storms of 27th October.

 (78846)

480  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement about complaints from members of the public relating to information provided by electricity supply companies about reconnections of supply following the storm on 27th October.

 (78847)

481  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she will take in accordance with European legislation to allow cigarette lighter refills to be limited to a 25ml can size.

 (79585)

482  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the business organisations in the West Midlands with which she makes it her policy to consult on matters of relevance to the business sector.

 (79490)

483  Ann McKechin (Glasgow, Maryhill): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the recent Quinquennial Review of Citizens Advice Scotland.

 (79401)

484  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been spent in recruiting staff to her Department in (a) London and (b) the south east in each year since 1997.

 (78558)

485  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will use the Company Law Review to ensure that companies assess the impact of social and environmental issues on their businesses.

 (79051)

486  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of the Prime Minister 16th October, Official Report, column 310, what discussions her Department has held regarding social responsibility with (a) business and (b) groups representing civil society, the environment, labour standards and human rights and (c) other organisations.

 (79170)

487  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, in what ways she has encouraged companies to report on the social and environmental implications of their activities.

 (79055)

488  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the merits of companies' reportings of environmental and social impacts of their activities.

 (79056)

489  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many of the FTSE 350 companies have reported on the environmental and social implications of their activities since January; and what assessment she has made of the quality of these reports.

 (79054)

490  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she plans that subclauses 75(2)(d)-(e) of the Draft Clauses contained in Modernising Company Law (Cm. 5553) would require the reporting on all significant environmental, social and community impacts of a company covered by this section, were these clauses to be enacted.

 (79171)

491  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how the Government will ensure that its corporate policies on social and environmental responsibility of companies help meet its sustainable development targets.

 (79053)

492  Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress she has made on introducing new pay scales for the Insolvency Service; and what recent discussions she has had with the Treasury about their introduction.

 (79063)

493  Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she plans to publish her response to the PB Power Report, Concept Study—Western Offshore Transmission Grid, published in February.

 (79529)

494  Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the maximum time is that Consignia can take to deliver a parcel to an address within the United Kingdom without being in breach of its targets.

 (79528)

495  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what investigations she has made into the fluctuations in power in homes in Gloucestershire following the restored supplies; and if she will make a statement.

 (79352)

496  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the preparations which were made to counter the potential problem of cuts in power supply to homes in Gloucestershire, following gale warnings; and if she will make a statement.

 (79351)

497  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement about the time taken to restore power to houses in Gloucestershire.

 (79350)

498  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which of her Department's Public Service Agreements relate to fuel poverty reduction; and what progress has been made to date in achieving them.

 (79500)

499  Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to encourage the development of (a) combined electric and petrol engine and (b) hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles.

 (79408)

500  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many cases were referred to the employment tribunals in Shrewsbury for dispute resolution from Stoke-on-Trent in each of the last five years.

 (79009)

501  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will revise the map advising those travelling to the employment tribunal in Shrewsbury to include details of how to arrive by car and by public transport from Stoke-on-Trent.

 (79008)

502  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make provision to enable employment tribunal cases to be heard in North Staffordshire; and if she will make a statement.

 (79007)

503  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make it her policy to require the regulator to ensure that BT reduces the trigger thresholds for converting telephone exchanges to ADSL.

 (78760)

504  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what advice is being given to UK companies involved in the (a) extraction and (b) trading of Sudanese oil.

 (79444)

505  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans her Department has to promote the suspension of (a) oil extraction and (b) the trading of Sudanese oil pending the signing of a sustainable peace agreement in the Sudan.

 (79445)

506  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the contracts for government work held by Capita.

 (78808)

507  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many industrial tribunals involving Capita have taken place in the last five years.

 (78807)

508  
N  
David Wright (Telford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions she has had with PowerGen over the future of coal-fired power stations in England, with particular reference to Ironbridge Power Station.

 (78753)

509  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many bicycles were carried by train by each train operating company in each year since 1996.

 (79672)

510  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many bicycle spaces were provided on the railways (a) at the latest available date and (b) in 1996; and how many bicycles were carried by train by each train operating company in each year since 1996.

 (79671)

511  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which train operating companies have increased the number of bicycle spaces on board their rolling stock since 1996.

 (79673)

512  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will set out the nature and extent of the financial contribution by the Strategic Rail Authority to the package of measures to increase security at the Freęthun Rail Freight Yard; and if he will make a statement.

 (78907)

513  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he intends to amend the Road User Charging (Enforcement and Adjudication) (London) Regulations 2001, pursuant to the Government undertaking to the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments of 19th October 2001.

 (78906)

514  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the sub-contracts entered into as part of the London Underground Public Private Partnership by (a) Bechtel, (b) Jarvis, (c) Amey, (d) Balfour Beatty, (e) W. S. Atkins, (f) Bombadier Transportation, (g) Thames Water, (h) Seeboard, indicating the (i) value and (ii) purpose of these sub-contracts; how many of these sub-contracts are with the above companies and connected businesses; and how much these contracts are worth.

 (79535)

515  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his estimate is of the number of unregistered cars being driven; what plans he has to strengthen the law requiring registration and increasing penalties for non-registration; and if he will make a statement.

 (79115)

516  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list for (a) Bechtel, (b) Jarvis, (c) Amey, (d) Balfour Beatty, (e) W.S. Atkins, (f) Bombadier Transportation, (g) Thames Water and (h) Seeboard, how much investment they have made into the London Underground Public Private Partnership to date; how much they are expected to invest and over what timescale; and how much (i) has been paid to them from public funds and London Underground Limited to date and (ii) is expected to be paid to them over (A) 7÷ years and (B) 30 years of the contracts they are involved in.

 (79539)

517  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list each contract agreed in the London Underground Public Private Partnership with (a) Bechtel, (b) Jarvis, (c) Amey, (d) Balfour Beatty, (e) W. S. Atkins, (f) Bombadier transportation, (g) Thames Water and (h) Seeboard, indicating in each case the (i) value and (ii) purpose of the contract.

 (79474)

518  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects to transfer responsibility for the London Underground Public Private Partnership to the Mayor of London and Transport for London; whether he expects to set conditions on the transfer; and if he will make a statement.

 (79475)

519  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the estimated value to the London Underground is of investment via the Public Private Partnership by (a) Bechtel, (b) Jarvis, (c) Amey, (d) Balfour Beatty, (e) W. S. Atkins, (f) Bombadier Transportation, (g) Thames Water and (h) Seeboard over (i) 7÷ years and (ii) 30 years of the contracts they are involved in; whether this estimated value includes the profit element from these contracts to these companies; and if he will set out how this estimated value is calculated.

 (79540)

520  Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations his Department has made to the Mayor of London in relation to his plans to appeal about the PFI on London Undeground to the European Courts.

 (79534)

521  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many senior civil servants are seconded from his Department, in each case listing the (a) location, (b) duration to date and planned duration of the secondment and (c) source of the salary in the secondment post.

 (79161)

522  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many individuals have been seconded to senior civil servant positions in his Department, in each case listing (a) from which organisation, (b) duration to date and planned duration of the secondment and (c) source of current salary in the secondment post.

 (79160)

523  Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the Government opposes EU proposals to introduce a presumption of guilt on the part of the motorist in all cases of motorist/cyclist accidents.

 (79037)

524  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what percentage of new recruits to his Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

 (79305)

525  Andy King (Rugby & Kenilworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the total cost was of the Department for Transport exhibition at the village of Church Lawford on 29th to 30th October regarding the Midlands New Site Option contained in the National Consultation on the Future of Air Transport in the UK.

 (79473)

526  Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list those persons who have the right to direct that a stretch of motorway be closed to traffic in England and Wales; what criteria need to be applied in each case; and what (a) safeguards and (b) guidelines exist to ensure that such closure decisions are properly made before implementation.

 (79132)

527  Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, for what reason the southbound carriageway of the M1 motorway was closed on 6th October; and who authorised the closure.

 (79134)

528  Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what criteria there are on installing roadside speed cameras on stretches of road which have a bad safety record in advance of safer stretches of highway.

 (79133)

529  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, further to his Answer of 29th October, Ref 78170, if he will list appointments he has made to trust port boards since January 2000 involving representatives of local authorities.

 (79155)

530  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the reliability and punctuality of train services between Worcester and Birmingham via Droitwich Spa and Hartlebury.

 (79489)

531  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the state of faults on the UK NATS website; and when the faults will be rectified.[R]

 (79443)

532  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many deaths there were involving motorists on the hard shoulder of (a) motorway and (b) dualled trunk carriageways for which the Highways Agency is responsible in (i) 1997, (ii) 1999 and (iii) 2001; and if he will make a statement.[R]

 (79064)

533  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received from UK pilots who have to log onto the Swedish air traffic service in order to obtain UK NOTAM for safety and time critical information owing to faults on the UK NATS website.[R]

 (79442)

534  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the local public exhibition of the revised proposals for improvements to the A21 Tonbridge to Pembury stretch is due to be held.

 (79413)

535  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what obligations there are on public transport providers to provide access for passengers with disabilities.

 (79052)

536  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many planning authorities have included (a) new and (b) re-opened railways in their local transport plans in the last two years.

 (79088)

537  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will request the SRA to conduct a feasibility study into extending the railway from the quarry outside Grassington into the town itself.

 (79083)

538  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will commission an assessment of the feasibility of re-opening the Colne-Skipton railway.

 (79085)

539  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent advice he has given to the (a) SRA and (b) planning authorities concerning the safeguarding of disused railway track beds.

 (79086)

540  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much has been spent in each of the past five years in (a) feasibility studies into the possible re-opening of disused railway lines and (b) re-opening closed lines.

 (79087)

541  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the state of the railway track in East Lancashire; and if he will make a statement.

 (79089)

542  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the estimated cost per week is of re-opening a closed railway where the trackbed is in good condition.

 (79084)

543  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on how he intends to implement the EU Bio-fuel Directive.

 (72936)

544  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how he is ensuring improvements in off-peak frequency of bus services.

 (79080)

545  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects to make a decision on the proposed public service obligation on the Inverness to Gatwick route.

 (79090)

546  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the latest quarterly figures are for incidents of violence against staff in Job Centre Plus offices.

 (79070)

547  
N  
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what process he went through to satisfy himself of the solvency and fitness for purpose of the company Outset Ltd, before it was contracted to deliver services to disabled people in the Bedfordshire area under New Deal; whether he has investigated its liquidation; and whether he intends to compensate disabled people who may have suffered loss through its failure.

 (79256)

548  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will (a) review the operation of community care grants; and (b) introduce a system of grants for particular life events and needs, available to anyone on a low income.

 (79216)

549  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on his policy on the future availability of Social Fund loans and their extension to a wider group of people on low incomes, with particular reference to (a) providing support to families with children and (b) combating social exclusion.

 (68221)

550  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures are being taken to require Social Fund staff to ensure that applicants are properly advised on the type of payment most helpful to them.

 (79177)

551  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will change the eligibility criteria to enable people whose sole income is contributory benefit such as incapacity benefit or contribution based jobseeker's allowance to apply for help from both the discretionary and the regulated Social Fund.

 (79215)

552  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will ensure that those in contact with the recently bereaved are able to give those people accurate information about the Social Fund funeral payments.

 (79212)

553  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review the arrangements for access to Crisis Loans.

 (79208)

554  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review the operation of the rules that require the liability of family members not on a qualifying benefit to be considered when application for a funeral grant is made.

 (79211)

555  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will increase the amount of grant available for funeral expenses in the funeral payment from the Social Fund.

 (79180)

556  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review the arrangements for the granting and collection of Crisis Loans, with particular reference to accessibility in rural areas.

 (79181)

557  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will abolish the qualification period of 26 weeks for Budgeting Loans.

 (79213)

558  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will (a) increase the maximum possible budgeting loan and (b) review the treatment of outstanding loans.

 (79220)

559  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review the rules that require family members not on qualifying benefits to pay for funerals, rather than receiving help from the Social Fund.

 (79179)

560  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will introduce a fast-track scheme to provide interim advance payments to people who appear to have made a valid claim for benefit from the Social Fund.

 (79217)

561  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will ensure that regular statements are issued showing the outstanding balance on budgeting loans.

 (79218)

562  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will ensure that, from April 2003, people who qualify for maximum child credit and/or who qualify for Working Tax Credit are eligible to apply for grants from the regulated Social Fund, with particular reference to (a) Sure Start Maternity Grants and (b) Funeral Grants.

 (79207)

563  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will change the eligibility criteria to allow people who qualify for the maximum child credit and working tax credit to apply for help from both the discretionary and the regulated Social Fund.

 (79178)

564  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will ensure that the Social Fund continue to provide (a) loans and (b) an improved system of grants.

 (79206)

565  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will amend the repayment formulae to allow the option of more modest repayment rates.

 (79219)

566  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will implement the recommendation of the Social Fund Commissioner for his Department to put in place a system to manage the quality of advice given to people and the appropriateness of application forms issued by office staff.

 (79209)

567  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review the guidance and training for social fund staff administering funeral payments.

 (79210)

568  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will raise the benefit rates for working age adults.

 (79205)

569  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will introduce a fast-track scheme to provide interim advance payments to people who appear to have a valid claim to benefit.

 (79187)

570  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money has been paid as winter fuel allowance to UK citizens living abroad since the allowance was introduced.

 (79156)

571  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in which countries UK citizens entitled to receive the winter fuel allowance can reside and receive the allowance.

 (79065)

572  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will estimate the (a) net cost of linking pensions to earnings and (b) surplus in the National Insurance Fund in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2010.

 (79362)

573  Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have had their housing benefit restricted to below the level of rent payable as a result of the local reference rent; and how many of those people have only one room for their exclusive use in each of the last five years.

 (79479)

574  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what date each disability benefit switches to payments via ACT.

 (79154)

575  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what provisions he plans to introduce for disability claimants to claim their benefits via ACT.

 (79153)

576  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what strategies his Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

 (79294)

577  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of new recruits to his Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

 (79300)

578  Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to introduce improvements to (a) statutory maternity pay and (b) maternity allowance.

 (79586)

579  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which benefits he intends to transfer from cash payments to direct bank transactions in April 2003; and of these (a) what proportion of recipients he expects will opt to continue receiving payments in cash and (b) what saving his Department will make in the cost of making payments.

 (79414)

580  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the reforms of the CSA will be fully implemented.

 (79004)

581  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made in developing improvements to the Fuel Direct scheme; what the purpose of an improved scheme will be; and by what date a revised scheme is likely to be in place.

 (79495)

582  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which of his Department's Public Service Agreements relate to fuel poverty reduction; and what progress has been made to date in achieving them

 (79496)

583  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid in overpayment of (a) retirement pension, (b) widow's benefit, (c) bereavement benefit, (d) incapacity benefit and (e) jobseeker's allowance and to how many claimants, as a result of incorrect NIRS2 calculations.

 (79368)

584  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases are waiting for a review triggered by an NIRS2 calculation.

 (79357)

585  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) retirement pension, (b) widow's benefit, (c) bereavement benefit, (d) incapacity benefit and (e) jobseeker's allowance cases are waiting for a review triggered by a NIRS2 calculation.

 (79366)

586  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been underpaid in (a) retirement pension, (b) widow's benefit, (c) bereavement benefit, (d) incapacity benefit and (e) jobseeker's allowance payments and to how many claimants as a result of incorrect NIRS2 calculations.

 (79369)

587  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of (a) income support, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) invalid care allowance, (d) bereavement benefit and (e) severe disablement (i) new claimants in Jobcentre Plus areas have had a claim refused as a result of work focused interview non-attendance and (ii) existing caseload claimants in Jobcentre Plus areas have had their benefit reduced as a result of failure to attend a repeat work-focused interview, under The Social Security (Jobcentre Plus Interviews) Regulations 2001.

 (79372)

588  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the average child support maintenance assessment under the new scheme for (a) all, (b)employed and (c) unemployed non-resident parents for (i) one, (ii) two and (iii) three or more qualifying children, based on the most recent scan of the Child Support Computer System.

 (79365)

589  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the average (a) weekly amount and (b) percentage change in child support maintenance assessment under the new scheme for (i) all, (ii) employed and (iii) unemployed non-resident parents for (1) one, (2) two and (3) three or more qualifying children, based on the most recent five per cent. scan of the Child Support Computer System.

 (79358)

590  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) income support, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) invalid care allowance, (d) bereavement benefit and (e) severe disablement allowance claimants have had (i) a new claim refused as a result of work focused interview non-attendance and (ii) benefit reduced as a result of failure to attend a repeat work-focused interview, under The Social Security (Jobcentre Plus Interviews) Regulations 2001.

 (79371)

591  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid in arrears of (a) retirement pension, (b) widow's benefit, (c) bereavement benefit, (d) incapacity benefit and (e) jobseeker's allowance; and to how many pensioners, as a result of incorrect NIRS2 calculations.

 (79367)

592  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average (a) underpayment and (b) overpayment for (i) retirement pension, (ii) widow's benefit, (iii) bereavement benefit, (iv) incapacity benefit and (v) jobseeker's allowance is as a result of incorrect NIRS2 calculations.

 (79370)

593  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the (a) percentage and (b) number of non-resident parents who will see (i) an increase and (ii) a decrease in their child support maintenance assessment under the new scheme, based on the (A) five per cent. scan of the Child Support Computer System that was conducted in August 2000 and (B) the most recent five per cent. scan of the system.

 (79363)

594  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what average payment made in child support maintenance by the non-resident parent under the CSA system is for (a) one child, (b) two children and (c) three or more children, based on the most recent five per cent. scan of the Child Support Computer System.

 (79360)

595  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 24th October, Official Report, column 487W, on contributions to non-state pensions, if he will estimate for each four year period for (a) all people, (b) men and (c) women the percentage of members of each quintile group who contributed to a non-state pension in at least three out of four years.

 (78806)

596  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid in compensation for Child Support Agency maladministration in each of the last five years; and how many cases have been involved.

 (79361)

597  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average child support maintenance assessment is for (a) all, (b) employed and (c) unemployed non-resident parents for (i) one, (ii) two and (iii) three or more qualifying children.

 (79364)

598  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the change in the child support maintenance compliance rate that will result from the new scheme reforms.

 (79359)

599  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Cabinet Office, what categories of gallantry honour are awarded by the United Kingdom.

 (79547)

600  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Cabinet Office, how many gallantry honours have been awarded, and how many of those awarded posthumously, in each of the past 10 years for which records are available.

 (79548)

601  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Cabinet Office, how many posthumous gallantry honours have been awarded to (a) non-UK citizens, (b) UK citizens for acts of gallantry outside the UK and (c) non-UK citizens who had previously been citizens of the UK in the last 10 years.

 (79546)

602  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Cabinet Office, if he will ensure that a reference number and, where appropriate, the name and address of the constituent concerned is given in correspondence with honourable Members from Government departments.

 (79040)


603  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action is intended to be taken against the (a) British-registered and (b) British-based persons listed by the UN as having violated the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises in respect of their activities in relation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 [Transferred]   (78852)

604  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to ban the import of meat from abattoirs which have exported to the United Kingdom beef to which spinal cord and other specified risk material has been attached.

 [Transferred]   (79173)

605  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what criteria British Energy will have to meet in order for them to gain an extension to their loan agreement with the Government.

 [Transferred]   (78987)

606  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, under what terms the Government loan was agreed with British Energy; and whether these terms are under review.

 [Transferred]   (78988)

607  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the pesticides and pest repellent chemicals that have been withdrawn from use in commercial products following EU directives in the last five years; and what the reason was for their withdrawal in each case.

 [Transferred]   (79378)

608  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the NATO operation in the Bosnian entity of Republica Srpska related to the sale of military equipment to Iraq.

 [Transferred]   (79550)

609  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures she is introducing to secure the future of (a) independent television broadcasters and (b) local programmes in Northern Ireland.

 [Transferred]   (79429)

610  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what role ITV will be required to play in sustaining local programming under the new ITV Charter for the Nations and Regions.

 [Transferred]   (79430)



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