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Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers qualified in each region in England in 2004/05; and how many of those who qualified in each region are not working in teaching.
Robert Walter: The last two weeks have been a sad time for my constituency as a result of Government defence policy. In fact today is a sad day, because at midnight last night the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, which goes back to 1685, ceased to exist. We wish all the men well in their new incarnation in the Rifles. Of more impact have been the Government announcements of 17 January that the Metrix...
Robert Walter: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Robert Walter: I just want the hon. Gentleman to be aware that the Ministry of Defence has spent £100 million in the last four years on creating precisely such facilities at the Defence College of Communications and Information Systems at Blandford, which now will be abandoned.
Robert Walter: Will the Secretary of State give way?
Robert Walter: The Secretary of State has outlined the achievements and we commend them, but the poppy crop has not decreased; in fact, it has increased. The United States announced last week that it is committing another $10 billion to military and development support in Afghanistan. The Secretary of State for International Development has estimated the poppy crop to be worth some $600 million. Could we...
Robert Walter: indicated assent.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many permanent staff were employed by each primary care trust in England on (a) 30 September 2006 and (b) 31 December 2006.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department has put in place to provide support for the displaced Karen people on the border between Burma and Thailand.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much Defence Estates allocated for improvements to service families' accommodation at Blandford Camp in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006; and how much has been allocated for 2007.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many newly appointed chairpersons of merged primary care trusts established on 1 October 2006 (a) are members of the Labour Party and (b) have previously been elected as Labour councillors.
Robert Walter: The Secretary of State will be aware that the Defence College of Communications and Information Systems is located in Blandford in my constituency. The South West of England Regional Development Agency estimates that the economic footprint of the military presence at Blandford is nearly £300 million a year, so the impact of any move will be significant. The Ministry of Defence has spent...
Robert Walter: If that announcement is made at 12.30 pm, it will have a devastating impact on my constituency. Will the Minister confirm that the Welsh Assembly Government, through the Welsh Development Agency, have made available £100 million for infrastructure to support the Metrix bid? Does he agree that if the contract, worth up to £16 billion, is awarded to south Wales, it will enhance Labour...
Robert Walter: A few minutes ago, in answer to a question from my right hon. Friend the Leader of the Opposition about criminal records exchange, the Prime Minister said that before 2006 there was no system across Europe for the exchange of criminal records. Can he explain why, in 2001, the Government negotiated a protocol to the 1959 Council of Europe convention on the exchange of records, but have neither...
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers qualified in 2005-06; and how many of those who qualified in that year have not secured teaching jobs.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of staff who have been (a) made redundant, (b) redeployed and (c) offered early retirement as a result of the amalgamation of strategic health authorities; and what estimate she has made of the costs of this action.
Robert Walter: The Home Secretary outlined the situation up until the time of the agreement in 2005 in the European Union and tried to reassure the House that the stricter regime put in place after that, with a single national authority in each member state, would lead to the problem being much easier to control. The original situation occurred under a Council of Europe convention involving 46 member...
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of Natural England's budget has been allocated to the Species Recovery Programme; and how much English Nature allocated to the programme in 2005.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that the budget allocated to the Species Recovery Programme will be sufficient to ensure the continued funding of programmes to reverse the decline in numbers of England's animals, plants and fungi.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much raw organic milk was sold in the UK in each of the last five years; and how much was imported from EU countries in each year; (2) what incentives his Department provides to dairy farmers to produce raw organic milk for the UK market.