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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 19 November 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 19 November 2002, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 

TUESDAY 19th NOVEMBER

1  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of his Department and (b) visitors to his Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81859)

2  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the estimated cost is to his Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81878)

3  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the policy is of his Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81839)

4  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what impact changes in the local government formula grant will have on public services in (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire.

 (81169)

5  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) full-time and (b) full-time equivalent firefighters there were in (i) Chesham and Amersham and (ii) Buckinghamshire in each of the last five years.

 (81170)

6  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many units of affordable housing have been built in the Chesham and Amersham constituency in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (81171)

7  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what responses relating to the local government finance consultation have been received from (a) Chiltern District Council and (b) Buckinghamshire County Council.

 (81172)

8  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what impact changes in the local government formula grant will have on public services delivered by (a) Chiltern District Council and (b) Buckinghamshire County Council.

 (81173)

9  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what response relating to the local government finance consultation has been received from Buckinghamshire County Council in relation to education funding; and when it was received.

 (81174)

10  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many public service agreements have been entered into with local authorities covering the Chesham and Amersham constituency; and if he will make a statement.

 (81176)

11  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many incidents of arson there were in (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire in each year since January 1997.

 (81178)

12  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of spending by (a) Buckinghamshire County Council and (b) Chiltern District Council (i) has been financed by council tax payers in each year since 1st January 1996 and (ii) is to be financed by council tax payers in 2002-03.

 (81179)

13  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many incidents of arson there were in (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire in each year since January 1997.

 (81177)

14  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of her Department and (b) visitors to her Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81868)

15  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the policy is of her Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81848)

16  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the estimated cost is to her Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81887)

17  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she intends to publish the review of BBC News 24 conducted by Mr Richard Lambert; and if she will make a statement.

 (81660)

18  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what annual rental charges are paid to the Crown Estate for seabed rentals for ferry piers, ports and harbours operated by (a) Caledonian MacBrayne, (b) Shetland Islands Council, (c) Orkney Islands Council, (d) Lerwick Port Authority, (e) Scrabster Harbour Trust, (f) Ullapool Harbour Trustees, (g) Stornoway Pier and Harbour Commission, (h) Argyll and Bute Council, (i) Mallaig Harbour Authority, (j) Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, (k) Clydeport and (l) Aberdeen Harbour Board.

 (81964)

19  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of his Department and (b) visitors to his Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81863)

20  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the policy is of his Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81843)

21  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated cost is to his Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81882)

22  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, under what powers the Government has authorised the employment of members of Her Majesty's armed forces for fire fighting duties; and if he will make a statement.

 (81722)

23  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the role and mandate of UK defence attache«s posted overseas.

 (81107)

24  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel in the (a) Army, (b) RAF and (c) Royal Navy were sent the last Continuous Attitude Survey and encouraged to answer; what proportion of the service members in each service this represents; how his Department ensures that the sample group asked and who reply are representative of the services as a whole; what the differential response rate is in each service by rank; and if he will make a statement.

 (81106)

25  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the rationale is behind the target of 60 per cent. for members of the TA to achieve their bounty each year; and what the target was in each year since 1997.

 (81108)

26  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times establishment targets for the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) RAF have changed since 1998; and what the rationale was for the change each time.

 (81109)

27  
N  
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future of the Retired Officers scheme.

 (81662)

28  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list those companies who were consulted during the evaluation of options for refurbishment of the six ex-Republic of South Africa Puma helicopters; when he expects the (a) first aircraft to be available for service and (b) the final aircraft to be available for service; and if the evaluation included assessment of the costs of awarding the contract to Eurocopter compared with UK-based companies.

 (81663)

29  Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many companies employ (a) apprentices and (b) other recognised trainees within the engineering industry; what action he is taking about changes in the number of companies employing apprentices and other recognised trainees within the engineering industry; what action he is taking to encourage engineering companies to take on apprentices and other recognised trainees; and what incentives are available to young students who wish to start a career in engineering.

 (82044)

30  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the policy is of his Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81847)

31  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of his Department and (b) visitors to his Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81867)

32  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the estimated cost is to his Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81886)

33  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the postcodes in respect of which universities can claim extra payments for each student normally resident therein.

 (81819)

34  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much his Department has paid to universities in each of the last two years as special payments arising from the normal residence of students being in specified postcode areas.

 (81820)

35  Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): 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 (i) Chesham and Amersham and (ii) Buckinghamshire over the last year.

 (81191)

36  Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the secondary schools in (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire which conduct cognitive ability tests in year 7.

 (81181)

37  Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many newly qualified teachers in (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire were entitled to induction support in 2001-02.

 (81183)

38  Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of (a) the number and (b) the percentage of teachers (i) passing the threshold for performance-related pay and (ii) rising up the enhanced pay spine having passed the threshold in Chesham and Amersham and Buckinghamshire; and if he will make a statement.

 (81186)

39  Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): 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) Chesham and Amersham and (B) Buckinghamshire.

 (81190)

40  Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what grants were made through the school improvement grant in (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire in 2001-02.

 (81185)

41  Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the projects to which his Department has allocated funding in (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire since 1st January 1997, indicating the amount in each case.

 (81187)

42  Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire had a cash budget cut this financial year.

 (81189)

43  Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what (a) the formula grant and (b) the spending per head in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in Buckinghamshire is in the year 2002-03.

 (81180)

44  Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers in (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire were entitled to a golden hello in 2001-02.

 (81182)

45  Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent through the Standards Fund on teaching assistants in (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire in 2001-02.

 (81184)

46  Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will ensure that no schools in (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire have a cash budget cut in the next financial year.

 (81188)

47  Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will consult (a) students and (b) parents of students living in Buckinghamshire on the findings of the review of higher education.

 (81192)

48  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many vehicles (a) she and (b) ministers in her Department have access to, broken down by vehicle type; what the annual operating costs were in each of the last three financial years; how much it costs to convert a car so that it is suitable for a government minister; and if she will make a statement.

 (82023)

49  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the policy is of her Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81835)

50  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the estimated cost is to her Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81874)

51  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of her Department and (b) visitors to her Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81855)

52  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what commitments concerning agricultural produce the Government has entered into as part of or in association with the trade agreement reached in October with Thailand.

 (81817)

53  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the CITES agreement reached in November on the sale of stocks of ivory.

 (81822)

54  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on increasing the amount of Thai food produce imported into the United Kingdom.

 (81818)

55  
N  
Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on applying to the European Commission for a share of the financial package to fight BSE and other animal diseases in the EU in 2003; and if she will make a statement.

 (81715)

56  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the policy is of his Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81891)

57  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated cost is to his Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81871)

58  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost of tax relief in Central London road user charges incurred in the financial years ending 31st March (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005.

 (81821)

59  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of his Department and (b) visitors to his Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81851)

60  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fully-trained Inland Revenue inspectors there were in (a) 1985, (b) 1990, (c) 1995 and (d) 2001; how many general grade inspectors there were in (i) 1985, (ii) 1990, (iii) 1995 and (iv) 2001; how many unfilled general and fully-trained inspector posts there were in each of the above years; and if he will make a statement.

 (82042)

61  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases were settled by the Large Business Office and Special Business Office in the last five fiscal years; and if he will make a statement.

 (82041)

62  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies were subjected to penalties by the Large Business Office and Special Business Office in fiscal year 2000-01; what the total levels of penalty were; and if he will make a statement.

 (82039)

63  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Inland Revenue has conducted an evaluation of the 1996 Spend to Save initiative; and if he will make a statement.

 (82040)

64  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the daily banking operations of UK high commissions and embassies in relation to the granting of visas; which currencies are accepted; what basis is used for calculating local exchange rates; which national or international banking institutions are used to hold accounts; which companies conduct audits; and what differences there are to such practices in (a) Afghanistan, (b) Albania, (c) Algeria, (d) Angola, (e) Argentina, (f) Azerbaijan, (g) Bangladesh, (h) Benin, (i) Bosnia-Herzegovina, (j) Botswana, (k) Burma, (l) Cameroon, (m) Chile, (n) China, (o) Colombia, (p) Congo Republic, (q) Democratic Republic of Congo, (r) Ivory Coast, (s) Cuba, (t) Egypt, (u) Eritrea, (v) Ethiopia, (w) India, (x) Indonesia, (y) Iran, (z) Israel, (aa) Kazakhstan, (bb) Liberia, (cc) Libya, (dd) Macedonia, (ee) Malawi, (ff) Malaysia, (gg) Mexico, (hh) Mozambique, (ii) Nigeria, (jj) North Korea, (kk) Pakistan, (ll) Philippines, (mm) Romania, (nn) Russian Federation, (oo) Rwanda, (pp) Sierra Leone, (qq) South Africa, (rr) Sudan, (ss) Syria, (tt) Tanzania, (uu) Turkey, (vv) Uganda, (ww) United States, (xx) Venezuela, (yy) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, (zz) Zambia, (aaa) Zimbabwe and (bbb) euro-zone countries.

 (81168)

65  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the policy is of his Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81893)

66  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of his Department and (b) visitors to his Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81853)

67  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the estimated cost is to his Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81872)

68  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the activities of Andrew Smith and Avient Air as referred to in para 55 of the UN Experts Panel report on the DRC.

 (81765)

69  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place in the last two years between British Government officials in (a) Zimbabwe, (b) other African countries and (c) the UK and (i) Mr Andrew Smith and (ii) other representatives of Avient Air with regard to (A) sales of military equipment and (B) other matters.

 (81764)

70  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, at how many missions his Department's telecommunications network has installed both telephone systems and network connections; and if he will make a statement.

 (82035)

71  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the maximum period of time that his Department's communications would be disrupted in the event of the failure of Global Crossing to continue in operation; and if he will make a statement.

 (82036)

72  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what interruptions of service his Department's telecommunication network has had in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

 (82037)

73  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will incur financial penalties in the event of Global Crossing becoming bankrupt; and if he will make a statement.

 (82038)

74  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of the recruitment drive to recruit foster carers.

 (82034)

75  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many foster families were recruited in each of the last five years.

 (82033)

76  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place a copy of the Quarter 2 2002-03 emergency readmission and delayed discharge figures for over 75s in the Library.

 (81720)

77  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what fee levels for social workers the General Social Care Council will charge; what revenue will be generated from such fee levels; and if he will make a statement.

 (81718)

78  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many foster carers were (a) single and (b) couples in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (82032)

79  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what checks he will put in place to ensure NHS trusts correctly represent data on hospital-acquired infections once the Public Health Laboratory Service is abolished.

 (81717)

80  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many foster parents have been recruited in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 (81105)

81  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what form he collects statistics on the number of children waiting to be referred to the CAHMS; and what the figures are for the last two years for which figures are available.

 (81719)

82  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) care home inspectors are employed and (b) vacancies there are in each region for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

 (82022)

83  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of his Department and (b) visitors to his Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81860)

84  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the policy is of his Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81840)

85  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated cost is to his Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81879)

86  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when digital hearing aids will be available to patients of Blackpool Victoria Acute Health Trust.

 (81101)

87  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure adequate supplies of single component MMR vaccinations for those parents (a) whose children have already started a course of such vaccinations and (b) who wish their children to start a course of such vaccinations.

 (82020)

88  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in NHS units in Chesham and Amersham waited longer than (a) four and (b) 24 hours in accident and emergency in each of the last 12 months; and what proportion they were of the total.

 (81199)

89  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many acute beds there were in (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire in each year since 1st January 1996; and how many he expects there to be in the next 12 months.

 (81198)

90  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress on reducing waiting lists at NHS units in the Chesham and Amersham constituency.

 (81195)

91  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress on cancelled operations and appointments at NHS units in the Chesham and Amersham constituency in the last 12 months.

 (81194)

92  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff were employed to carry out the administration for NHS services for residents of (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire in 1997; how many are employed now; and if he will make a statement.

 (81197)

93  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average bed occupancy rate was at NHS units in Chesham and Amersham in each of the last six years since 1st May 1996.

 (81200)

94  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress on visiting times for accident and emergency services at NHS units in the Chesham and Amersham constituency.

 (81193)

95  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total running costs of NHS organisations serving (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire were in 1997; what the totals are now; and if he will make a statement.

 (81196)

96  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the (a) distance and (b) journey time that patients should travel as a maximum to reach (i) a general dental practitioner, (ii) a general medical practitioner, (iii) an emergency dentist and (iv) an accident and emergency unit.

 (81895)

97  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the Criminal Records Bureau to be able to cope with demand sufficiently to implement the criminal record checks as part of the Protection of Vulnerable Adult lists.

 (81721)

98  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department was informed of the collapse of Regina v Paul Burrell; and if he will make a statement.

 (81716)

99  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated cost is to his Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81873)

100  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the policy is of his Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81834)

101  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of his Department and (b) visitors to his Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81854)

102  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 26th September from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Mohammad Tavs.

 (82019)

103  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of police officers who will be removed from normal duties to escort Green Goddesses during the duration of the firefighters' strike; and what estimate he has made of the cost to police authorities of this additional responsibility in terms of overtime, cancelled rest days and non-availability for routine activity.

 (81666)

104  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the policy is of the Commissioner in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81890)

105  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the estimated cost is to the Commissioner of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81889)

106  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the policy is of her Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81836)

107  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the estimated cost is to her Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81875)

108  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of her Department and (b) visitors to her Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81856)

109  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the estimated cost is to the Lord Chancellor's Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81870)

110  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the policy is of the Lord Chancellor's Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81892)

111  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of his Department and (b) visitors to his Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81852)

112  
N  
David Burnside (South Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list by month since April the shooting incidents attributed to the Provisional IRA in Northern Ireland.

 (81103)

113  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of his Department and (b) visitors to his Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81861)

114  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the estimated cost is to his Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81880)

115  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the policy is of his Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81841)

116  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions will be held with the Irish Government regarding the loss of 200 jobs in the fertiliser industry in North Belfast; and what action will be taken to ensure that all staff statutory requirements are met in respect of pension fund, redundancy payments and the issuing of statutory notices of employment.

 (82043)

117  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate how many people have been forced from their homes by (a) Loyalist and (b) Republican paramilitary organisations (i) since the signing of the Belfast Agreement and (ii) during the year 2002; and if he will make a statement.

 (82017)

118  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what advice he has received from the chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland about the effectiveness of the ceasefire of (a) Loyalist and (b) Republican paramilitary organisations; and if he will make a statement.

 (81898)

119  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate how many (a) murders, (b) shootings, (c) beatings and (d) other crimes have been committed by (i) Loyalist and (ii) Republican paramilitary organisations (A) since the signing of the Belfast Agreement and (B) during the year 2002; and if he will make a statement.

 (81897)

120  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much and what percentage of the total budget for Northern Ireland will be directly allocated to research and development in universities in Northern Ireland.

 (82028)

121  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when a decision will be made on the location of the new maternity hospital for Belfast.

 (82024)

122  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to give Northern Ireland an improved research base; and how he plans to achieve this.

 (82031)

123  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the waiting time is for the processing of applications for adaptations to homes for disabled people; and what is being done to speed up the process.

 (82026)

124  
N  
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will raise compensation for increasing security at the homes of Northern Ireland Prison Officers whose details were discovered, by the police, to have been leaked to the Provisional IRA.

 (81110)

125  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the Government's long term spending plans for creating a knowledge-based economy in Northern Ireland.

 (82029)

126  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he is taking to support inward investment in the Strangford area, in particular (a) Newtownards and (b) Killyleagh.

 (82025)

127  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action is being taken to ensure the livelihoods of fishermen are safeguarded.

 (82027)

128  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Prime Minister, whether the Lord Chancellor is entitled to be a member of (a) the Judicial Pensions Scheme and (b) the Ministerial Pensions Scheme; and if he will make a statement as to how the two schemes inter-relate in respect of the Lord Chancellor.

 (81896)

129  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Prime Minister, whether Her Majesty's Government has a uniform definition of rural and urban.

 (81894)

130  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of her Department and (b) visitors to her Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81865)

131  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the estimated cost is to her Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81884)

132  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the policy is of her Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81845)

133  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Solicitor General, how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of her Department and (b) visitors to her Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81850)

134  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Solicitor General, what the estimated cost is to her Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81888)

135  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Solicitor General, what the policy is of her Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81849)

136  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Solicitor General, what discussions she has had with the Attorney-General, the Home Secretary, the Lord Chancellor and the Deputy Prime Minister about the legal aspects of the fire dispute and the implications of trade union legislation when there is a risk to life.

 (81661)

137  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the Government's policy is on the responsibility of employment agencies to interview and assess those responding to job advertisements, where the advertisement is published (a) in a newspaper and (b) on the internet; and if she will make a statement.

 (82021)

138  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of her Department and (b) visitors to her Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81866)

139  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the policy is of her Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81846)

140  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the estimated cost is to her Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81885)

141  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what studies her Department has made of the possible effects of the European Commission's Chemicals Policy Review on the international competitiveness of (a) the UK chemical industry itself and (b) the rest of UK manufacturing industry.

 (81102)

142  
N  
Jim Knight (South Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress is being made to increase access to higher bandwidth broadband in rural areas.

 (81361)

143  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how and in what way SEEDA has allocated its broadband funds; and what SEEDA's criteria are in allocating funds for broadband provision in the poorest wards in Kent.

 (81766)

144  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of his Department and (b) visitors to his Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81858)

145  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the policy is of his Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81838)

146  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the estimated cost is to his Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81877)

147  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will state the reasons why he has placed a summary of the Booz Allen Report on the electrification of the Uckfield line through Edenbridge in the Library and not the entire Report.

 (81104)

148  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the policy is of his Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81842)

149  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the estimated cost is to his Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81881)

150  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of his Department and (b) visitors to his Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81862)

151  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the policy is of his Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81837)

152  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of his Department and (b) visitors to his Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81857)

153  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the estimated cost is to his Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81876)

154  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to find the lost papers sent to his Department last July concerning the claim of Mrs Noreen Cooper of Brixham; and if he will make a statement.

 (81965)

155  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Cabinet Office, how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of his Department and (b) visitors to his Department within the proposed Central London Road User Charging Zone.

 (81864)

156  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Cabinet Office, what the estimated cost is to his Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17th February 2003 to 31st March 2003, and (b) 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004.

 (81883)

157  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Cabinet Office, what the policy is of his Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

 (81844)


158  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the business organisations in (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire with which she consults on matters of relevance to the business sector.

 [Transferred]   (81175)

159  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued since their introduction in (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (81177)

160  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the cost of replacing Ministry of Defence Green Goddesses with an equivalent number of modern fire appliances.

 [Transferred]   (81723)

161  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much Government funding for investment in university research and development each part of the United Kingdom receives (a) in absolute terms and (b) in proportion to its population.

 [Transferred]   (82030)




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