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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 7 November 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 7 November 2002, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Thursday 7 November 2002, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Wednesday 13 November 2002 see Part 2 of this Paper.

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


 

THURSDAY 7th NOVEMBER

1  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to him from honourable Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii) two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old.

 (79942)

2  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his estimate is of the number of homeless (a) individuals and (b) families accommodated in (i) bed and breakfast and (ii) hostels in each London borough; and what advice he is giving borough councils on the use of such facilities.

 (79659)

3  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment has been made by his Department of the total development land owned by public authorities in each London borough; and what advice he gives on its disposal.

 (79630)

4  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what preparations he has made to ensure the safety and continuity of service to the public in Cambridgeshire in the event of a firefighters' strike; and what the cost is to the Department of these actions.

 (79566)

5  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with (a) the Countryside Agency and (b) the Home Office on the subject of match funding CREADEL II bids to INTERREG; if he will make a statement on the timing of the announcement of arrangements; and whether late bids will be accepted as part of the process.

 (80309)

6  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to bring forward legislation to ensure that homes in multiple occupation meet satisfactory standards, with particular reference to energy efficiency.

 (80007)

7  Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which urban councils not controlled by the Labour Party were represented at the Urban Summit on 31st October to 1st November.

 (80308)

8  Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which (a) district councillors and (b) officers from urban councils which are not controlled by the Labour Party were invited (i) to speak and (ii) to chair sessions at the Urban Summit of 31st October to 1st November.

 (80307)

9  Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of spending by (a) Hampshire County Council, (b) Fareham Borough Council, (c) English county councils and (d) English district councils is to be financed by council tax payers in 2002-03.

 (80303)

10  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what legislation is in force relating to overcrowding standards in housing; and when each provision came into force.

 (80092)

11  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library the location of the dwellings used under the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme.

 (80091)

12  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd October, Official Report, column 284W, on overcrowding, if it is his policy (a) to end the practice of counting living rooms as rooms available to sleep in, (b) to end the practice of not counting babies under the age of one and (c) to lower the age at which males and females should no longer be expected to have to sleep in the same room for the purposes of determining overcrowding.

 (80093)

13  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd October, Official Report, column 283W, on the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme, if he will commission research into (a) the capacity of seaside and country areas in South East England for an expansion of the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme and (b) the likely popularity and take up of the Scheme.

 (80090)

14  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the members of the Independent Review Commission examining the issue of firefighters' pay; how this membership has changed over the past two weeks; and if he will make a statement.

 (80237)

15  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the Independent Review Commission looking at firefighters' pay is expected to report; and if he will make a statement.

 (80238)

16  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the (a) regeneration initiatives and (b) publications launched by his Department at the Urban Summit in Birmingham; what the cost was of holding the summit; how many registered attendees and media representatives were present; whether a sustainability audit was done of the summit venue in advance of the decision to use the international convention centre; and if he will make a statement on matters learned at the summit; and what his next actions will be in relation to urban regeneration.

 (80364)

17  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 10th September; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website address of each were.

 (80279)

18  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to her from honourable Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii) two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old.

 (79941)

19  Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what conditions on development were laid down by her Department when it gave the former Queen Alexandra Hospital site in John Islip Street, Westminster, to the Tate Gallery; and what the purpose was of such conditions with respect to development on the site for (a) residential housing and (b) commercial offices.

 (80336)

20  
N  
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her Answer of 24th May, Official Report, columns 648-9W, how many visits have been conducted by each parliamentary adviser appointed by her Department and to where; and what visits have been conducted by advisers appointed subsequent to 24th May.

 (79975)

21  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the members of the British Board of Film Classification.

 (80225)

22  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she will announce the level of grant to (a) Sport England and (b) UK Sport for financial year 2003-2004; and if she will make a statement.

 (80342)

23  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what public consultations have been commenced by her Department in each month since 20th July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website address of each were.

 (80264)

24  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Film Council is taking to increase the number of films that are (a) subtitled and (b) audio-described.

 (80339)

25  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to him from honourable Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii) two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old.

 (79940)

26  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Kenyan nationals are locally employed in assisting the British Army to clear unexploded ordnance at the Archer's Post training ground in Kenya; and how much of the training ground has been cleared.

 (80219)

27  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has adopted guidelines to ensure that all unexploded munitions are cleared from foreign military training grounds used by British forces.

 (80289)

28  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to contract clearance of unexploded ordnance at foreign military training sites used by British forces to specialist firms with appropriate expertise.

 (80290)

29  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes there have been to the British Army's practice in clearing unexploded ordnance from foreign training grounds used by British forces since his Department's payment of compensation to the victims of British munitions in Kenya.

 (80291)

30  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what provision the British Army has made to educate Kenyan civilians who live and work near the military training ground at Archer's Post about associated dangers.

 (80292)

31  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much depleted uranium was used in bombing campaigns by UK forces in (a) Kosovo during the recent conflict, (b) Serbia during the conflict over Kosovo and (c) Afghanistan in 2001-02.

 (79695)

32  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what stocks of weapons containing depleted uranium are held (a) in United Kingdom bases and (b) by United Kingdom forces operating in Iraq.

 (79654)

33  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimates have been made of the cost of United Kingdom participation in national missile defence; and if he will make a statement.

 (79652)

34  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what UK facilities have been made available to NATO forces for out of area activities during the past year.

 (79646)

35  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations have been received from (a) research bodies and (b) peace campaigns concerning national missile defence; and if they will be published by his Department.

 (79657)

36  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much depleted uranium was used in bombing campaigns by United Kingdom forces in (a) the 1990-91 Gulf War and (b) bombing campaigns over Iraq since 1991.

 (79741)

37  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information he has collated on the effects of depleted uranium exposure on the (a) military personnel and (b) civilian population in Iraq since 1991; and if he will make a statement.

 (79655)

38  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions have been held with other NATO member states on the (a) cost, (b) timescale and (c) purpose of national missile defence.

 (79658)

39  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what negotiations have been undertaken with the representatives of nuclear test veterans; what compensation has been offered; what agreement has been reached; and if he will make a statement.

 (79656)

40  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations have been received from the government of Cyprus and members of the Cypriot public concerning the use of United Kingdom sovereign bases in Cyprus in preparation for a future conflict with Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

 (79650)

41  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF sorties over Iraq there have been (a) north of 30th parallel and (b) south of 30th parallel not covered by the no fly zone in the last year; and what the total volume of explosives dropped in each area was.

 (79649)

42  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what expenditure has been incurred at (a) RAF Fylingdales and (b) Menwith Hill in connection with national missile defence; and if he will make a statement.

 (79694)

43  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussion his Department's officials have had in the last three years with (a) John Bredenkamp and (b) companies controlled by John Bredenkamp.

 (80331)

44  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service (a) family accommodation and (b) single living accommodation units were of (i) grade one, (ii) grade two, (iii) grade three and (iv) grade four standard in each year between 1997 and 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (80283)

45  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his French counterpart about the future of the A400M programme.

 (80016)

46  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the minimum number is of A400M aircraft that Germany must order, for the UK to continue supporting the A400M programme; and how long he is prepared to wait for the minimum number of German orders.

 (80013)

47  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the increasing costs of the A400M programme, based on a reduced number of German orders; and if he will make a statement.

 (80015)

48  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he last met the Defence Minister of Germany to discuss the A400M programme; and if he will make a statement.

 (80017)

49  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel took part in the ceremony for the State Opening of Parliament in 2001; and how many he estimates will take part in 2002.

 (79842)

50  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what indications he has received that Germany will order fewer than (a) 73 and (b) 60 A400M aircraft.

 (80014)

51  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many volunteer reservists have enlisted as sponsored reserves since the programme's inception; and what the recruitment targets were for sponsored reserves when the programme was introduced.

 (80293)

52  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel have been treated in the private sector under (a) the ATRA secondary healthcare initiative, (b) the Waiting List Initiative, (c) the Rapid Treatment Initiative and (d) psychiatric care in each month in 2002; and what the total cost was of that treatment.

 (80296)

53  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) officers and (b) personnel from other ranks received medical treatment in the private sector in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2002.

 (80297)

54  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the compensation due from BAE Systems for the slippage in the in-service date of the Nimrod MRA4.

 (80294)

55  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many C-17 aircraft are being leased; what plans he has to alter that number; and if he will make a statement.

 (80295)

56  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will answer the question of 22nd July from the honourable Member for Lewisham, Deptford.

 (79868)

57  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his statement in the debate on defence in the world on 17th October, Official Report, columns 503-4, how he plans to facilitate (a) public and (b) parliamentary discussion of ballistic missile defence and the future uses of RAF Fylingdales.

 (80366)

58  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the meaning of the phrase 'strengthen the arrangements for consequence management', in paragraph 27 of the Government response to the Defence Select Committee report on Defence and Security in the UK, HC 1230, Session 2001-02, in respect of the vulnerability of nuclear installations to terrorist attack.

 (80365)

59  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on technological and other appraisals of ballistic missile defence options, in each year since 1997.

 (80356)

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

 (80287)

61  Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the financial support from the New Zealand Government for the nuclear test veterans of that country to support research into the health impact of UK nuclear tests.

 (80286)

62  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 10th October; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website address of each were.

 (80265)

63  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (80363)

64  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he expects to be able to give Surrey County Council section 77 consent in respect of approval for sale of the former Bramwood County Primary School in Surrey.[R]

 (80234)

65  Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he will publish his annual grant letter to the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

 (80278)

66  Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the overall financial position of the higher education sector in each of the last three years; and how many institutions were in (a) surplus and (b) deficit in each of those years.

 (80317)

67  Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research he collates on the correlation between higher education expenditure and changes in Gross Domestic Product.

 (80337)

68  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many United Kingdom on-line-centres (a) have been and (b) are intended to be established in Scotland.

 (80062)

69  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to him from honourable Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii) two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old.

 (79939)

70  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will place in the Library the research analysis that led to his conclusion that a graduate had lifetime earnings £400,000 greater than non-graduates; from which period these data were gathered; whether the sum stated is gross or net of tax; and if he will estimate the sum (a) gross and (b) net of tax.

 (80065)

71  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will ensure that no schools in Cambridgeshire have a cash budget cut in the next financial year.

 (79567)

72  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will consult (a) students and (b) parents of students living in Cambridgeshire on the findings of the review of higher education.

 (79571)

73  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school days were lost owing to teachers being unable to gain clearance from the Criminal Records Bureau before the first day of this school year in (a) Cambridgeshire and (b) East of England.

 (79564)

74  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent on each (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil in (i) 2001-02 and (ii) 2002-03 in (A) Cambridgeshire, (B) Bedfordshire, (C) Hertfordshire, (D) Northamptonshire, (E) Norfolk, (F) Essex, (G) London, (H) Liverpool and (I) Birmingham.

 (79569)

75  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the projects to which his Department has allocated funding in the Huntingdon Constituency since 1997, indicating the amount in each case.

 (79565)

76  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in Cambridgeshire had a cash budget cut in this financial year.

 (79568)

77  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many representations his Department has received in connection with the funding of (a) schools and (b) school pupils in Cambridgeshire over the last year.

 (79570)

78  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the settlement reached in the case of Higginson v Cheshire County Council.

 (79973)

79  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance he has given to local education authorities on informing governing bodies of the outcome of legal actions involving the authority and past and present members of a school's staff; and if he will make a statement.

 (79974)

80  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd October, Official Report, column 383W, on LEA costs, what, in real terms, was (a) the total cash not devolved by each LEA to schools and (b) the total cash spent by the LEA on its staff and other overheads and administration, in each year from 1996-97 to 2002-03; what the annual real growth rate of such expenditure was in each LEA; and if he will make a statement.

 (80248)

81  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his estimate is of the gross administrative costs of his Department in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each year from 1995-96 to 2002-03; what the growth rate was of each category of expenditure in each year; and if he will make a statement.

 (80236)

82  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many staff have been employed by his Department in each year from 1995-96 to 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.

 (80235)

83  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 10th July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website address of each were.

 (80266)

84  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what amendment he intends to make to the School Governance (Constitution) Regulations to abolish the requirement for Criminal Records Bureau checks,

 (80037)

85  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school governors have (a) received and (b) not received a Criminal Records Bureau check.

 (80036)

86  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when his Department will publish guidance to registered bodies about the postponement of Criminal Records Bureau checks as set out in the announcement made on 1st November.

 (80020)

87  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the abolition of Criminal Records Bureau checks for school governors.

 (80038)

88  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many funding commitments were launched by her Department and across the Government following the publication of the Rural White Paper in November 2000, stating which (a) require bidding and (b) are linked to a set funding formula; and what total amount is available for each commitment.

 (79908)

89  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to her from honourable Members in the current Session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii) two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old.

 (79938)

90  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on the welfare of milking cows.

 (80040)

91  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information on the work of Local Agenda 21 groups is received in her Department; and what efforts are made to consolidate their views.

 (79635)

92  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to circulate Local Agenda 21 groups on the Government's evaluation of the Earth Summit held in Johannesburg.

 (79636)

93  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her latest annual estimate is of the value of non-recyclable plastic waste used for (a) landfill and (b) incineration in each London borough.

 (79639)

94  Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the availability of Emtryl to UK game bird rearers.

 (80254)

95  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many regulations have been introduced in each year since 1992 related to agriculture.

 (80341)

96  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average farm incomes, by sector, were in each year since 1992 for farms within Shrewsbury and Atcham.

 (80340)

97  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place the tender documents for the biodiversity monitoring on the farm scale evaluations on sugar beet and fodder beet, the contracts for that work and related correspondence in the Library; if she will list the sites in England and Wales where releases of GM oilseed rape were made in 2000 and 2001 under the consent 98/R19/18; and if she will list the genetic transformation events in Aventis' spring oilseed rape released under the consent OO/R33/9 and other experimental release consents granted for this transformation under the GMO Deliberate Release Regulations.

 (80214)

98  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the list of prospective sites for the disposal of radioactive waste drawn up by NIREX.

 (80097)

99  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the outcome of the Climate Change Conference in New Delhi; and if she will place in the Library copies of (a) the United Kingdom submissions, (b) other nations' submissions relevant to UK policy and (c) the text of the final communique«.

 (80349)

100  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she received the latest annual report from the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee; what response she has made; and what plans she has to make changes to its membership.

 (80348)

101  Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the amount of ragwort growing in the UK; and if she will propose amendments to the Weeds Act 1959 to include commercial equine activities.

 (80333)

102  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what public consultations have been commenced by her Department in each month since 20th July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website address of each were.

 (80267)

103  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to him from honourable Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii) two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old.

 (79947)

104  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the groups recognised in Census 2001 with numbers of less than 700,000 as recorded in the 1991 Census; which groups other than Sikhs requested separate monitoring for the Census 2001 but were denied their request; and which groups recognised in law as distinct ethnic groups requested separate monitoring for the Census 2001 but were denied their request.

 (78212)

105  
N  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on recent measures he has taken to reduce Third World debt.

 (78234)

106  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultation he is undertaking on the introduction of a charge for plastic bags given out in shops; and if he will make a statement.

 (79638)

107  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice he took from health experts before deciding to change the personal allowance for tobacco imports.

 (80008)

108  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many purchasers he estimates since the inception of the scheme could have applied for relief from stamp duty on purchases of houses worth less than £150,000 but failed to.

 (80374)

109  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax revenue he estimates the Treasury saved last year through purchasers failing to apply for relief from stamp duty on purchases of properties worth less than £150,000.

 (80373)

110  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the European Commission regarding his proposed policy of abolishing stamp duty on commercial properties in rundown areas; and when he expects approval to be given.

 (80379)

111  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many commercial properties he estimates his proposed policy of abolishing stamp duty on commercial properties in rundown areas would apply to.

 (80376)

112  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what he estimates the total amount of stamp duty is that purchasers have saved from the abolition of stamp duty on houses worth less than £150,000.

 (80378)

113  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what provision he has made to encourage urban regeneration in the event that the European Commission rejects his proposed policy of abolishing stamp duty on commercial properties in rundown areas.

 (80377)

114  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate to how many purchases last year his proposed policy of abolishing stamp duty on commercial properties in rundown areas would have applied had it been in operation.

 (80375)

115  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications have been received for relief from stamp duty on houses worth less than £150,000.

 (80382)

116  Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 24th October, Official Report, column 429W, on small firms, what assessment he has made of the impact of the research and development tax credit for small firms.

 (80310)

117  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether account is taken in PFI and PPP contracts of whether bidders are based in tax havens; and what assessment is made in awarding such contracts of the competitive advantage given to such companies.

 (80216)

118  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ban companies based in tax havens from participation in government contracts.

 (80215)

119  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what renegotiation is taking place on the Inland Revenue Customs STEPS contract with Mapeley; and who initiated it.

 (80217)

120  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on stamp duty.

 (80212)

121  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much rent was paid by (a) Inland Revenue and (b) Customs for their offices in the last nine months of 2001; to which companies; and if he will give (i) the equivalent information for the first six months of 2002 and (ii) a forecast of the total for the next 10 years.

 (80220)

122  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 20th July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website address of each were.

 (80275)

123  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Inland Revenue regulations, as they relate to annuities, preclude an annuitant transferring from one provider to another; and what plans he has to change the regulations.

 (79968)

124  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of duplicate National Insurance payments made into personal pension plans triggered by the NIRS2 computer system; and if he will make a statement.

 (79951)

125  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many personal pension plans received duplicate National Insurance payments triggered by the NIRS2 computer system.

 (79952)

126  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of duplicate National Insurance payments that were recovered from personal pension plans that were triggered by the NIRS2 computer system.

 (79953)

127  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many personal pension plans were recovered from which duplicate National Insurance payments were triggered by the NIRS2 computer system; and what action his Department took to inform (a) individuals and (b) the managers of personal pension plans that duplicate National Insurance payments triggered by the NIRS2 computer system would be recovered.

 (79954)

128  
N  
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal incentives he has made available for the wider use of alternative fuels for motor vehicles.

 (78229)

129  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total value of grants in 2001-02 by (a) his Department and (b) non-departmental public bodies funded by his Department was to the (i) International Republican Institute, (ii) National Democratic Institute, (iii) Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, (iv) Hans Seidel Stifting and (v) Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

 (80229)

130  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support those (a) emotionally and (b) financially affected by the Bali bombing; what arrangements have been made to ensure that those British citizens in the building at the time of the bombing receive proper trauma care at the earliest possible moment; what his Department's position is concerning reimbursing those Britons present in the building who had to pay to come home early as a result of the attack; and if he will make a statement.

 (80228)

131  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many projects have been carried out by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, including the political party programme, in the Latin American region.

 (80226)

132  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of his Department's budget in 2002-03 will be spent on programmes concerned with the promotion of democracy; and if he will make a statement.

 (80230)

133  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to him from honourable Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii) two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old.

 (79937)

134  Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what further progress has been made in the case of Jonathan Lincoln Brown, a constituent held in Oman; and if he will make a statement.

 (80088)

135  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage Israel's ratification of the Biological and Toxic Weapons Convention; and if he will make a statement.

 (79194)

136  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the USA relating to the BTWC in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

 (79195)

137  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been made to the Government of Malaysia concerning the operation of the Internal Security Act and its compliance with international legal norms; and if he will make a statement.

 (79648)

138  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been made to the Government of Malaysia concerning the imprisonment of the former Deputy Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahiem; and if he will make a statement.

 (79647)

139  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent meetings have been held with the US Departments of (a) State and (b) Defence on the United Kingdom's contribution to national missile defence; and if he will make a statement.

 (79651)

140  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department's officials have had in the last three years with (a) John Bredenkamp and (b) companies controlled by John Bredenkamp.

 (80330)

141  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contacts his Department's officials have had with Oryx Natural Resources in the last three years.

 (80332)

142  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure that the Boundary Commission in Bermuda has properly discharged its duty to invite representations from the public relating to proposals to change Bermuda's electoral system.

 (79867)

143  Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been received by Her Majesty's Government from the Indian Government concerning the separate ethnic monitoring of British Sikhs in the United Kingdom.

 (80367)

144  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the sale by the wife of the Zimbabwe National Army Commander, of crops seized from Chakoma Estates in Goromonji to United Kingdom supermarkets; and if he will make a statement.

 (80061)

145  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the voluntary arrangements for security vetting of applications by scientists seeking work and studies in the field of biological research in postgraduate institutions applies equally to (a) NHS facilities and (b) all categories of scientific, medical, paramedical and ancillary staff.

 (80082)

146  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which UK postgraduate institutions whose work includes biological research comply with the voluntary arrangements for security vetting of applications by scientists seeking work and studies in such institutions; what percentage of them this represents; and which do not.

 (80079)

147  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applicants at biological research centres in (a) postgraduate institutes and (b) commercial laboratories and research facilities have been vetted under the voluntary security scheme and other schemes in (i) the past five years and (ii) the past two years; how many were refused; and if he will make a statement.

 (80080)

148  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the countries of origin were of scientists who had their applications for work, or study, in biological research rejected on grounds of security in the past five years.

 (80081)

149  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the open day held by his Department on 5th November as part of the String of Pearls Festival.

 (80358)

150  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether Her Majesty's Ambassador to Ireland sought information from (a) other government departments and (b) BNFL when preparing his letter on the safety and security of Sellafield, published in the Irish Independent on 1st November.

 (80096)

151  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which country first proposed an Anglo-French summit to take place in the last three months of this year.

 (79963)

152  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when a place for an Anglo-French summit in the last three months of this year was agreed.

 (79962)

153  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when and by whom it was suggested that an Anglo-French summit scheduled to take place in the last three months of this year should be postponed or cancelled; and if he will make a statement on current arrangements on the summit.

 (79961)

154  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 20th July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website address of each were.

 (80268)

155  Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss with the executives of the (a) British Council, (b) British Tourist Association and (c) BBC World Service ways in which they can work together overseas to create in each country or territory (i) a one stop call centre operation, (ii) a shared web site portal, (iii) a single brand identity and (iv) a back office support agency.

 (80304)

156  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact on the (a) diplomatic and (b) business role of the United Kingdom Consulates in California of the creation of five separate regional development agency offices in that state.

 (79921)

157  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department will publish guidance to registered bodies about the postponement of Criminal Records Bureau checks, as set out in the announcement made on the 1st November.

 (80027)

158  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what method he will use to amend the regulations to extend the time limit for existing employees of care homes to have their Criminal Records Bureau checks postponed.

 (80032)

159  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate how many (a) children and (b) vulnerable adults will be cared for by adults who had not received a Criminal Records Bureau check following the announcement of 1st November.

 (80022)

160  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on 24th May, Official Report, column 1197W, on hospital transport, if he will make a statement on the contribution of voluntary providers to acccident and emergency transport.

 (80041)

161  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 15th October, Official Report, column 810W, on care homes, which national providers he has written to regarding the failure to pass on free nursing care to residents.

 (80060)

162  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects (a) nurses supplied by agencies and (b) staff supplied by domiciliary care agencies will be required to have Criminal Records Bureau checks.

 (80034)

163  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is putting in place to ensure the protection of vulnerable adults following the postponement of Criminal Records Bureau checks for people who work with vulnerable adults.

 (80028)

164  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, purusant to his Answer of 21st October, Official Report, column 125W, on emergency readmission and delayed discharge, what changes to the methodology he has used when calculating the 2002-03 figures, compared to 2001-02 figures, for emergency readmissions.

 (80058)

165  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will write to the honourable Member for Sutton and Cheam regarding his Answer of 14th October, Official Report, column 481W, concerning the number of key targets set by his Department.

 (80018)

166  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long he expects the postponement of the implementation of the protection of vulnerable adults lists provided for in the Care Standards Act 2000 to last, as set out in the announcement on 1st November.

 (80021)

167  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of asylum seekers in each London borough who do not have access to a general practitioner; and if he will make a statement.

 (79640)

168  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many salaried (a) general practitioners and (b) dentists are employed in the Camden and Islington area.

 (79643)

169  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information is collated on the average age of general practitioners in Camden and Islington; and how many will reach retirement age before 2006.

 (79644)

170  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from hospital trusts and health bodies in the Camden and Islington area concerning the development of foundation hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

 (79642)

171  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's estimate is of the average number of patients allocated to each general practitioner in the Camden and Islington area.

 (79645)

172  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total expenditure on health advocacy work in Camden and Islington was in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (79660)

173  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information is collated by his Department of the changes since 1997 in the proportion of people suffering from (a) AIDS, (b) cancer and (c) chronic heart condition in Camden and Islington; and if he will make a statement.

 (79641)

174  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information is published by the Food Standards Agency for the (a) general public and (b) bakery trade on the safe handling of egg products from (i) the UK and (ii) overseas.

 (79818)

175  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the Food Standards Agency guidelines on importation of eggs and egg derivatives; and what the FSA's powers of inspection of imported egg products are.

 (79822)

176  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) investigations into cases of salmonella have been reported, (b) deaths have been reported in salmonella outbreaks and (c) prosecutions have followed reported cases of infection from salmonella in the last 12 months; and what the locations were of such cases in the last 12 months.

 (79820)

177  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safeguards are in place to ensure that the Food Standards Agency does not name companies before the source of an infection has been established.

 (79905)

178  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prosecutions were instigated by the Food Standards Agency for violations of health regulations in imported egg products in the last 12 months; and what the names and addresses were of the companies or businesses involved.

 (79819)

179  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the procedures are for notifying catering and confectionery establishments of outbreaks of salmonella; and if he will make a statement.

 (79841)

180  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action was taken following the deaths from salmonella of residents of (a) Sandbach and (b) Crewe; and if he will place copies of the press notices issued by the Food Standards Agency relevant to these cases in the Library.

 (79866)

181  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what instructions are issued to port authorities by the Food Standards Agency for the control of disease in imported egg products; how many bakery firms use imported egg products; and what instructions he has issued to the bakery industry on the use of imported egg products.

 (79821)

182  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many officials of the Food Standards Agency are charged with carrying out health checks on imported eggs; how many such checks have been carried out in the last 12 months; and where such checks were made.

 (79817)

183  
N  
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 29th October, what steps he will take to ensure day surgery facilities remain in Lichfield following the proposed construction of a new hospital in the City of Lichfield.

 (79049)

184  
N  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were admitted to hospital through accident and emergency departments as a proportion of overall admissions for acute and elective care in each quarter since 1997.

 (79870)

185  
N  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients attending accident and emergency in each of the last four quarters had been referred by their GP; how many were self-referred; and how many were readmitted as emergencies within 28 days of discharge.

 (79903)

186  
N  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were admitted to hospital via accident and emergency departments in each quarter since 1997; and if he will make a statement on the underlying reasons for the trend.

 (79907)

187  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) funding and (b) expenditure was of Hampshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust was in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

 (80281)

188  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ambulances from the Hampshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust have been involved in road traffic accidents on the way to a call-out in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

 (80284)

189  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average call out time was for ambulances in the Hampshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

 (80282)

190  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the percentage increase in funding for the Hampshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (80285)

191  Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the progress made on establishing the NHS Bank; and how much money has been lent by the NHS banks.

 (80302)

192  Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many projects have been initiated under the Lift Scheme.

 (80305)

193  
N  
Mr John Horam (Orpington): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list his Department's health advisers.

 (79036)

194  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will answer questions 76287 and 75990 from the honourable Member for Yeovil; and if he will make a statement.

 (80239)

195  Martin Linton (Battersea): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what checks are required for home care staff employed by private companies and contracted by local authorities to work in residents' homes.

 (80288)

196  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions have been carried out for cleft lip and palate since 1990, broken down by length of gestation.

 (80232)

197  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letters of 9th July and 16th September from the honourable Member for Tonbridge and Malling regarding MRI scanning services in West Kent.

 (79909)

198  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 20th July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website address of each were.

 (80269)

199  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the maximum distance is that dental patients are expected to travel in order to receive treatment under the National Health Service.

 (80084)

200  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the extent to which payments to dentists within the National Health Service are set at a level which makes the provision of treatment commercially viable from the dentists' point of view.

 (80085)

201  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice is given to patients who are unable to identify a dentist to give them treatment under the National Health Service.

 (80087)

202  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what payments are made to dentists for the provision of preventative care.

 (80086)

203  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department will publish guidance to registered bodies about the postponement of Criminal Records Bureau checks as set out in the announcement made on the 1st November.

 (80026)

204  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to him from honourable Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii) two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old.

 (79943)

205  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research was undertaken by (a) his Department and (b) Capita to determine the (i) likely level of demand for Criminal Records Bureau checks and (ii) Criminal Records Bureau customers' preferred means of submitting applications for checks.

 (80024)

206  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated waiting times were in each of the last six months for (a) new care home staff, (b) registered care home providers, (c) managers of care homes, (d) foster carers and (e) adoptive parents who apply for a Criminal Records Bureau check.

 (80031)

207  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to publish the final report by Patrick Carter into the Criminal Records Bureau.

 (80035)

208  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recommendations have been presented to him by Patrick Carter in his interim report into Criminal Records Bureau checks; and if he will place a copy of the interim report in the Library.

 (80030)

209  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provision has been made in contracts and specifications to cover service failures by (a) Capita and (b) the Criminal Records Bureau that result in (i) postponing the inclusion of categories of person in the disclosure system and (ii) delays in processing disclosure applications.

 (80029)

210  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) planned time and (b) actual time taken was for each stage in commissioning the Criminal Records Bureau.

 (80025)

211  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Criminal Records Bureau checks have been delayed for (a) teachers and (b) classroom assistants in each of the last six months by (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three, and (iv) six months or more.

 (80039)

212  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many existing staff requiring Criminal Records Bureau checks will have the check postponed from March 2003 to 2004.

 (80033)

213  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate how many persons caring for (a) children and (b) vulnerable adults will now not have Criminal Records Bureau checks.

 (80023)

214  Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long it took on average over the last period for which figures are available to carry out Criminal Records Bureau checks on taxi drivers.

 (80318)

215  Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to grant dispensation to the member churches of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England to register under the Charities Act 1993 as individual charities making individual returns and submitting individual accounts.

 (80319)

216  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will amend the statutory Code of Practice on the Duty to Promote Race Equality so that it requires public authorities to monitor Sikhs separately.

 (78213)

217  Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people received a custodial sentence in 2001 for non-payment of the BBC licence fee.

 (80335)

218  Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what basis Sikhs are required to remove their kirpan when entering his Department's buildings.

 (80369)

219  
N  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug treatment places were available in each year since 1997, broken down by treatment type.

 (79572)

220  Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many public authorities are monitoring Sikhs as a separate ethnic group following the issue of the statutory Code of Practice on the Duty to Promote Race Equality.

 (80372)

221  
N  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total annual cost per drug treatment place, broken down by treatment type, is in 2002-03.

 (79573)

222  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent meetings ministers and officials in his Department have held with the United States administration Head of Homeland Security.

 (80355)

223  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 20th July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website address of each were.

 (80270)

224  Claire Ward (Watford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department will make a decision on the case of Mr Khawaja Badar Rauf, IND reference number R341351.

 (80299)

225  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) value of contract and (b) evaluation mechanism for successful delivery of contract are in the running of the CRB by Capita; and whether penalty charges are in place.

 (80057)

226  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total value of grants in 2001-02 made by her Department was to the (a) International Republican Institute, (b) National Democratic Institute, (c) Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, (d) the Hanns Seidel Stifting and (e) Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

 (80229)

227  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total value was of projects in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02 conducted by her Department in conjunction with USAID; and how many projects were conducted in each year.

 (80227)

228  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to her from honourable Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii) two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old.

 (79936)

229  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department's officials have had in the last three years with (a) John Bredenkamp and (b) companies controlled by John Bredenkamp.

 (80328)

230  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contingency plans the UN is making for the continued operation of the Oil For Food Programme in the event of war with Iraq.

 (80352)

231  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions her Department has had with the NFU regarding export subsidies under the Common Agricultural Policy.

 (80351)

232  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what response her Department has made to the food shortages in Mauritania.

 (80350)

233  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what public consultations have been commenced by her Department in each month since 20th July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website address of each were.

 (80271)

234  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (80362)

235  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, which of the (a) High Court and (b) Crown Court judges who hear rape trials are criminal law specialists; and of those who are not, by what means they have been selected as experienced to try rape cases.

 (80250)

236  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24th July, Official Report, column 1282W, on rape trials, what efforts are made by the Lord Chancellor to ensure that only those judges with appropriate experience and sensitivity at (a) High Court and (b) Crown Court level hear rape cases; how the experience and sensitivity of judges at each level are ascertained; what record is retained of how judges are selected according to these criteria; and how often the record is updated with regard to their trial performance.

 (80249)

237  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what training High Court judges undergo on appointment; and whether this training is compulsory.

 (80247)

238  Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what training for trying cases of rape and sexual assault is given to High Court judges (a) on appointment and (b) at a later date; and whether, in each case, this training is compulsory.

 (80246)

239  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will name the projects the departmental design champion has sponsored as part of the Better Public Buildings Initiative; and if he will make a statement on the extent of his personal input in respect of each.

 (80338)

240  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 20th July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website address of each were.

 (80272)

241  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he is taking to increase screening for children and adults in cases where a family member has been diagnosed as being diabetic.

 (80357)

242  
N  
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much the Independent Decommissioning Commission headed by General de Chastelain has cost since its establishment; and how many days have been worked by (a) General de Chastelain and (b) each of his colleagues.

 (79200)

243  
N  
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary about the extension to anti-social behavioural orders to Northern Ireland.

 (79198)

244  
N  
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will bring Northern Ireland legislation on gaming machines into line with that in the rest of the United Kingdom.

 (79199)

245  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) interim and (b) long-term measures will be taken to alleviate flooding in Newcastle, Co Down; and if he will make a statement.

 (80222)

246  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he is taking to support (a) employment and (b) inward investment in the Down area, with particular reference to Ballynahinch, Co Down.

 (80221)

247  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how long it took to process an application for disability living allowance in the last year for which figures are available; and what action he will take to reduce delays in processing such applications.

 (80223)

248  
N  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action will be taken to resolve the persistent severe flooding on the Ballydugan Road, Downpatrick.

 (79824)

249  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many patients are on waiting lists for surgery (a) at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald and (b) in Northern Ireland; and how many were on such lists 12 months ago.

 (80280)

250  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many thoracic and cardiothoracic surgeons are operating in Northern Ireland; what estimate he has made of how many (a) thoracic and (b) cardiothoracic surgeons are needed in Northern Ireland; and how many surgical excisions were carried out in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

 (80385)

251  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 10th July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website address of each were.

 (80273)

252  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the President of the Council, what plans he has to bring forward proposals to give further powers to select committees to take evidence on matters relating to European policy and European draft legislative proposals; and if he will make a statement.

 (80384)

253  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Prime Minister, how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to him from honourable Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii) two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old.

 (79948)

254  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions took place during his most recent meeting with President Bush about the United States national missile defence programme; what agreements were reached; and if he will make a statement.

 (79653)

255  Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Prime Minister, what consideration the House of Lords Appointment Commission has been asked to give to increasing the representation of Sikhs in the House of Lords.

 (80368)

256  Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Prime Minister, which government departments have put in place mechanisms to monitor the provision of public services to the British Sikh community.

 (80371)

257  
N  
David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the procedures under which he receives reports from civil servants on the performance of junior ministers.

 (79904)

258  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to her from honourable Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii) two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old.

 (79944)

259  John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimates her Department has made of the sectors which have contributed to the change in unemployment in Scotland in the last seven months.

 (80224)

260  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make a statement on the discussions between the Attorney General and the Director of Public Prosecutions about the prosecution of Paul Burrell prior to the decision to end the case; and when he first discussed the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions to end the case against Paul Burrell.

 (80059)

261  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Solicitor General, which Ministers signed Public Interest Immunity certificates in the case of Regina v Burrell; and which categories of information these certificates covered.

 (79843)

262  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Solicitor General, what plans she has to review the procedure for issuing public interest immunity certificates.

 (80095)

263  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of the United Kingdom's energy is generated from wind energy; and what percentage it will have to be if the Renewables Obligation is to be met in 2010.

 (80011)

264  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress made in implementing regional assessments and targets for renewable energy provision; and what effect they have on the planning and promotion at regional and local levels of on-shore wind farms.

 (80010)

265  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many applications to develop (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind farms her Department has received in each year since 1997; and how many of these have been approved.

 (80009)

266  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Totnes, of 22nd October, Offical Report, column 250W, how the £30 million Broadband Fund is being divided amongst the regions and devolved administrations.

 (80064)

267  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Harrow West of 17th October, Official Report, column 891W, what criteria are being used in the development of the United Kingdom wind speed database.

 (80063)

268  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to her from honourable Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii) two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old.

 (79945)

269  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many high-risk products/dual use pathogens and component materials related to the production of chemical and biological warfare capabilities have been refused export licenses to (a) Israel, (b) Egypt and (c) Sudan since the implementation of the her Department's Dual Use Items (Export Control) Regulations in 2001.

 (79196)

270  
N  
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the Government's policy toward internet access via powerline telecommunications.

 (78529)

271  
N  
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to minimise broadband interference caused by powerline telecommunications to high frequency radio transmissions by broadcasters and short range devices used by the police and Government agencies.

 (78530)

272  
N  
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the cost arising from broadband interference caused by powerline telecommunications to high frequency radio transmissions by broadcasters and short range devices used by the police and Government agencies.

 (78531)

273  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of relevant outstanding mining compensation claims she expects to be speeded by release of the first phase of the chronic bronchitis and emphysema pensions model on computer disk; and what proportion will have to await subsequent phases of the model for speedy resolution.

 (80320)

274  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what applications have been made in the last five years for licences for the export of (a) arms and (b) military supplies to the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and how many such licences were issued.

 (80327)

275  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many mining compensation claims resolutions she estimates are being held up by delays in releasing to solicitors the chronic bronchitis and emphysema pensions model on computer disk.

 (80321)

276  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been issued in the last 10 years for (a) arms and (b) military supplies to Zimbabwe.

 (80326)

277  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what applications for arms export licences have been made by (a) John Bredenkamp and (b) companies controlled by John Bredenkamp, and for which destinations in the last five years; and which of these applications for licences were granted.

 (80324)

278  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what applications for export licences have been received in the last five years for (a) arms and (b) military supplies to Zimbabwe.

 (80325)

279  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what applications for export licences have been made by BAE Systems/the British Aerospace group, and for which destinations, in the last five years for (a) Hawk aircraft and (b) spare parts for Hawk aircraft.

 (80323)

280  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions her Department's officials have had in the last three years with (a) John Bredenkamp and (b) companies controlled by John Bredenkamp.

 (80329)

281  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been issued, when and for which destinations, for (a) Hawk aircraft and (b) spare parts for Hawk aircraft in the last five years.

 (80322)

282  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will introduce banding of renewable obligation certificates under the Renewables Obligation; and if she will make a statement.

 (79950)

283  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the estimated cost is of delivering a 100,000 solar PV roof programme funded by 50 per cent capital grants by 2010; and if she will make a statement.

 (79949)

284  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much capital grant funding is available from 2002 to 2006 for the (a) offshore wind, (b) biomass and (c) solar PV industries as a result of the Comprehensive Spending Review; and if she will make a statement.

 (80213)

285  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the purpose, agenda and attendance of each workshop held with stakeholders on the energy White Paper; and if she will make a statement on the outcomes of each.

 (80346)

286  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what interest rate was attached to the recent loan made to British Energy; and what contingencies have been put in place in the event that British Energy is unable to repay the loans.

 (80345)

287  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what communications she has had with the European Commissioner Monti in respect of the loan provided to British Energy.

 (80383)

288  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the public consultation on the proposed revisions to civil nuclear security arrangements; how many responses were received; and if she will place copies of them in the Library.

 (80094)

289  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what additional resources have been made available to her Office of Civil Nuclear Security following the terrorist attacks of 11th September 2001.

 (80344)

290  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the (a) technical feasibility and (b) cost of converting the dry store for spent magnox fuel at Wylfa into a hardened sub-surface storage vault.

 (80347)

291  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the proposals put forward by the European Commissioner de Palacio to the Commission on 6th November concerning the harmonisation of nuclear reactor safety and radioactive waste management across the EU.

 (80343)

292  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the public consultation held on the proposals for a nuclear liabilities management authority; how many responses were made to the consultation; and if she will place copies of consultation submissions in the Library.

 (80098)

293  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer to the honourable Member for Morley and Rothwell of 31st October, Official Report, column 989, if she will define what the (a) commercial and (b) competitive bases are for supplying public services under the GATS agreement.

 (79906)

294  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what public consultations have been commenced by her Department in each month since 10th September; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website address of each were.

 (80274)

295  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (80361)

296  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the (a) start date, (b) planned completion date, (c) current expected completion date, (d) planned cost and (e) current estimated costs are of the IT system to support the Post Office Card Account.

 (79956)

297  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether Horizon swipecard software will be used to support the Post Office Card Account.

 (79923)

298  
N  
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will set up an inquiry into the response of the electricity industry to the situation in Herefordshire caused by the storms of 26th and 27th October.

 (79980)

299  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many copies of the (a) main document and (b) summary of the (i) National and (ii) regional consultation documents on Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom have been issued in hard copy as a result of each exhibition which has taken place to promote the consultation.

 (78810)

300  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the cost to his Department has been of (a) the exhibitions promoting the consultation documents on the Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom and (b) the printing costs relating to the publication of the consultation documents.

 (78811)

301  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many responses had been recieved by 28th October to (a) the consultation document, Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: A National Consultation (b) each of the regional consultation documents on the Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom, for each region (i) in total and (ii) for each region.

 (78812)

302  
N  
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many copies of the (a) main document and (b) summary of the consultation documents (i) Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: A National Consultation, (ii) Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: North of England, (iii) Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: South West, (iv) Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: Midlands, (v) Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: Wales and (vi) Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: South East have been (A) issued in hard copy and (B) downloaded from the website.

 (78813)

303  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to him from honourable Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii) two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old.

 (79946)

304  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what mechanisms there are to allow the Government to monitor, regulate and ensure the security of the transport of dual-use pathogens (a) within the UK, (b) within the EU and (c) from the UK to third countries.

 (79197)

305  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what information is collated by his Department on average traffic speed in central London between 07.00 and 18.30 in each of the past five years; and what estimates he plans to make on the impact of congestion charging from February 2003.

 (79637)

306  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to re-open the railway line from Matlock to Buxton; and if he will make a statement.

 (79632)

307  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to bring into use the railway line from Bletchley to Bicester; and if he will make a statement.

 (79631)

308  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimates he has made of the (a) number of regular cyclists and (b) number of cycle miles travelled in Greater London in each year since 1997.

 (79633)

309  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to change the number of train operating companies in the South West.

 (80313)

310  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the status of the Wessex franchise, with particular reference to its interaction with the Great Western franchise.

 (80311)

311  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with members of the South Western Assembly on the subject of (a) the Wessex franchise and (b) the Great Western franchise.

 (80312)

312  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects to (a) complete and (b) publish his response to the Central Railways proposed freight line.

 (79823)

313  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will name the projects the departmental design champion has sponsored as part of the Better Public Buildings initiative; and if he will make a statement on the extent of his personal input in respect of each.

 (80334)

314  Helen Southworth (Warrington South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what data is collated by his Department on the incidence of motorway traffic accidents involving left-hand drive heavy goods vehicles; and what proportion of accidents involved the vehicle changing lanes.

 (80210)

315  Helen Southworth (Warrington South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will commission research on safety aspects of the use of left-hand drive heavy goods vehicles on motorways, with particular reference to resolving problems resulting from their blind spots.

 (80209)

316  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the B003 Allen Report on the electrification of the Uckfield line through Edenbridge.

 (79910)

317  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 20th July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website address of each were.

 (80276)

318  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (80360)

319  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the levels of prosecution following investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into deaths and major injuries of (a) the public and (b) workers.

 (80245)

320  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to increase the proportion of (a) dangerous occurrences and (b) major injuries investigated by the Health and Safety Executive.

 (80241)

321  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the recent change in the annual number of Health and Safety Executive inspections.

 (80244)

322  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the reasons underlying differences between Health and Safety Executive areas in the level of (a) investigation, (b) inspection and (c) prosecution.

 (80243)

323  Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects pensioners to receive the winter fuel allowance this winter.

 (80089)

324  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the departmental computer error affecting the entitlement to the winter fuel payment of residents in separate tenement flats at the same street number has been rectified.

 (80083)

325  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of his staff at (a) Avon House Jobcentre, Salisbury, (b) Amesbury Jobcentre and (c) Summerlock House, Salisbury were (i) threatened, (ii) verbally abused and (iii) physically assaulted in 2001; on how many occasions the police were called; and how many prosecutions followed.

 (80300)

326  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees there are, broken down by function at (a) Avon House Jobcentre, Salisbury, (b) Amesbury Jobcentre and (c) Summerlock House, Salisbury; and what plans he has to change the number of jobs, broken down by function, at each location.

 (80301)

327  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on how the rapid re-claim facility for housing benefit will operate; and what targets have been set for the time taken to process these claims.

 (80256)

328  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of gainers in the housing benefit reform pilot areas are likely to benefit from the removal of housing benefit restrictions other than the local and single reference rents.

 (80259)

329  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what means information will be made publicly available about (a) the size and boundaries of localities determined by the Rent Service to calculate the standard local housing allowance in the housing benefit reform pilot areas and (b) what the average rent is by size of dwelling in those localities.

 (80251)

330  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how mobility within and between neighbourhoods of differing housing quality and cost will be monitored in the housing benefit reform pilot areas; whether the pre-1996 housing benefit restrictions are being repealed in the housing benefit reform pilot areas; and how much he estimates the gainers in the housing benefit reform pilot areas will benefit.

 (80253)

331  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how he plans to measure the impact on the supply of quality housing in the housing benefit reform pilot areas.

 (80260)

332  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how he will identify those vulnerable people he intends to safeguard in the housing benefit reform pilot areas; and what form these safeguards will take.

 (80262)

333  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how he plans to monitor whether rent is being negotiated in the housing benefit pilot areas; and if he will monitor the effectiveness of (a) the elderly, (b) lone parents, (c) ethnic minority groups and (d) people with disabilities in such negotiations.

 (80261)

334  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review the effect of the operation of non-dependent deductions in the housing benefit reform pilot areas.

 (80258)

335  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what reasons underlay his decision on the length of the period before landlords can begin receiving housing benefit directly if a tenant gets into arrears; and what assessment he has made of the impact of his decision on possession cases in shorthold tenancies.

 (80255)

336  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether housing benefit will continue to be paid four weeks in arrears in the housing benefit reform pilot areas.

 (80257)

337  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the the number and size of localities used to determine local reference rents and standard local housing allowances in the housing benefit reform pilot areas will be monitored following the Rent Offices (Housing Benefit Functions) (Amendment) Order 2001.

 (80252)

338  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the level of investigations by the Health and Safety Executive into deaths and major injuries of (a) the public and (b) workers.

 (80242)

339  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the take up of stakeholder pensions.

 (78222)

340  Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are claiming (a) unemployment-related and (b) sickness-related benefits in each local authority in Wales.

 (80240)

341  Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints and queries have been dealt with by the Child Support Agency in each of the last five years; how many absent parents were no longer contactable in each of these years; how many maintenance accounts held by the agency were in arrears in each of these years (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) in Durham; and what the outstanding amounts were (i) in the United Kingdom and (ii) in Durham.

 (80233)

342  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 10th June; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website address of each were.

 (80277)

343  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.

 (80359)

344  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees in defined contribution occupational pension schemes receive an employer contribution into their pension of (a) 0, (b) less than 3 per cent., (c) 3 to 3.9 per cent., (d) 4 to 4.9 per cent., (e) 5 to 5.9 per cent., (f) 6 to 6.9 per cent., (g) 7 to 9.9 per cent. and (h) 10 per cent. or higher (i) in total and (ii) broken down by (A) industry group, (B) whether in the public or private sector and (C) employer size.

 (79958)

345  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees with personal pension plans receive an employer contribution into their pension of (a) 0, (b) less than 3 per cent., (c) 3 to 3.9 per cent., (d) 4 to 4.9 per cent., (e) 5 to 5.9 per cent., (f) 6 to 6.9 per cent., (g) 7 to 9.9 per cent. and (h) 10 per cent. or higher (i) in total and (ii) broken down by (A) industry group, (B) whether in the public or private sector and (C) employer size.

 (79959)

346  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 28th October, Official Report, column 649W, on child maintenance, what proportion of parents with care on income support and income-based jobseekers' allowance received maintenance for their children in (a) 1997 and (b) at the most recent date for which figures are available.

 (79924)

347  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 28th October, Official Report, column 632W, on post offices, what alternative methods he is assessing to pay benefit recipients who cannot be paid directly into an account.

 (79925)

348  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees in defined benefit occupational pension schemes receive an employer contribution into their pension of (a) 0, (b) less than 3 per cent., (c) 3 to 3.9 per cent., (d) 4 to 4.9 per cent., (e) 5 to 5.9 per cent., (f) 6 to 6.9 per cent., (g) 7 to 9.9 per cent. and (h) 10 per cent. or higher (i) in total and (ii) broken down by (A) industry group, (B) whether in the public or private sector and (C) employer size.

 (79957)

349  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report made to him on housing benefit at Swale Borough Council.

 (77920)

350  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact of Swale Borough Council's housing benefit procedures on homelessness in Sittingbourne and Sheppey.

 (79919)

351  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Cabinet Office, when he will reply to the honourable Member for New Forest West's letter of 24th September regarding Mr Douglas Alexander.

 (80218)

352  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Cabinet Office, what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 10th July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website address of each were.

 (80263)


353  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many statutory organisations affiliated to his Department have independent offices outside the remit of the United Kingdom Embassy in (a) the USA and (b) California.

 [Transferred]   (79922)

354  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the impact of the introduction of Supporting People on whether a community care assessment will be required for residents living in a leasehold sheltered housing scheme in order for its Department to meet the costs of its scheme manager and allied arrangements defined as having related support as part of their income support.

 [Transferred]   (80019)

355  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to encourage urban regeneration.

 [Transferred]   (80381)

356  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many of the recommendations by Lord Rogers of Riverside's Urban Task Force have been implemented.

 [Transferred]   (80380)

357  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list Government statements and publications that demonstrate how adoption by the United Kingdom of the euro would alter the Government's power to manage the economy.

 [Transferred]   (80211)

358  Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department will have in place means to monitor Sikhs separately with respect to (a) employment and (b) the provision of public services.

 [Transferred]   (80370)




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