Geoff Hoon: Following the advice of the security service and the Metropolitan Police given in the joint review of security at the Palace of Westminster, the concrete blockers around the perimeter will shortly be replaced with more effective steel barriers. Current vehicle access arrangements will remain unchanged. These measures were approved by the Joint Committee on Security on 4 July, and are made...
Anthony Steen: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will issue first aid equipment including treatment for burns to all areas where constant boiling water cisterns have replaced kettles on the Commons estate.
Mr Howard Flight: To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee what steps have been taken since 16 June to protect hon. Members, peers and their staff against spam e-mails; and if he will make a statement.
Michael Fabricant: To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee (1) if he will make a statement on the reliability of electronic door pass readers on the Parliamentary Estate; (2) what percentage of results given by electronic pass readers on the Parliamentary Estate over the last 12 months were false negatives; (3) if he will propose the replacement of the electronic pass reader system with...
Anthony Steen: To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee what health and safety guidance led to the decision to remove kettles from communal facilities for hon. Members and office staff in outbuildings on the Parliamentary estate.
Graham Allen: To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee if she will take steps to arrange for second class franked parliamentary envelopes in formats other than window envelopes to be made available to hon. Members.
Norman Baker: To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee if he will make representations to the Director of Catering Services to implement a strategy to minimise food miles.
Norman Baker: To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee if he will make representations to the Director of Catering Services to increase the percentage of food sourced organically.
David Drew: To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee what evaluation has been carried out of the effectiveness of the work undertaken by the Parliamentary Data and Video Network from a system based around Citrix to one using broadband for remote users.
David Drew: To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee how many (a) complaints and (b) positive comments he has received since the system of connection to the Parliamentary Data and Video Network moved from Citrix to broadband for remote users, with particular reference to (i) access problems, (ii) speed and (iii) protection from spam.
David Drew: To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee how many hon. Members (a) use and (b) do not use the Parliamentary Data and Video Network.
Mr Tom Cox: To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee what requirements were stipulated to contractors working on the refurbishment of Bellamy's cafeteria with respect to (a) hours of work, (b) noise levels of works and (c) dust levels; and if he will make a statement on when the work will be finished.
Peter Hain: The Speaker has raised with me his concern, and that of other Members, about the number of "I will write" replies to parliamentary questions, and the inaccessibility of the subsequent responses. The matter was also raised by the Public Administration Committee in its report on "Ministerial Accountability and Parliamentary Questions" [Third Report, HC355, paragraph 29]. Following discussion...
Peter Hain: During the final stages of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill in May, a procedural difficulty arose in the House of Lords. Contrary to the intention of this House, it appeared to the House of Lords that a message from the Commons amounted to a "double insistence" in respect of one Lords amendment. In such circumstances, a Bill is normally lost. However, as this was clearly not the wish...
Norman Baker: To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee if he will for environmental reasons replace the sturdy plastic bags provided with purchases in the Debate cafeteria, with paper bags.
Michael Fabricant: To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee what plans the Parliamentary Communications Directorate has to speed up the procedure for logging onto the virtual private network for remote access to the Parliamentary Data and Video Network; and when he expects an improved service to be in place.
Norman Baker: To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee what percentage of (a) fruit and (b) vegetables available for sale within the House are (i) organic and (ii) sourced within the UK.
Michael Fabricant: To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee if the Parliamentary Communications Directorate will (a) provide information to hon. Members about services available and (b) update computers to permit centrally provided lap-top personal computers to be enabled to dial-up local numbers when abroad to access an internet service provider in order to use the web-based Outlook facility.
Michael Fabricant: To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee what further steps are to be taken by the Parliamentary Communications Directorate to limit the amount of spam e-mails received by hon. Members, peers, and their staff; and if he will make a statement.
Alistair Darling: An independent review of the first three years of the safety camera programme's operation 2000–01 to 2002–03, carried out by University College London and PA Consulting Group which I am publishing today, concluded that safety cameras significantly reduced speeding and collisions, and had cut deaths and serious injuries at camera sites by 40 per cent. These findings are based on the large...