Written answers

Friday, 10 March 2006

  • Trade and Industry

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State will reply to the letter of 12 January from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire.

    • Electricity Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what minimum (a) additional utilities infrastructure, (b) additional works to existing electricity supply infrastructure and (c) change in per...

      Gas Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government are taking to protect consumers from high gas prices; and if he will make a statement.

      Geothermal Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of geothermal energy to meeting (a) current and (b) future domestic energy requirements.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the recent WTO ruling on genetically modified crops.

  • Home Department

    • Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions there were between his Department and the Metropolitan police concerning the protests outside the Danish embassy on 3...

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further resources to protect the public against terrorism he plans to allocate.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Mineral Water

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many bottles of mineral water were purchased by the House of Commons in each of the last three financial years.

  • Transport

    • Air Transport Users Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the (a) independence and (b) efficiency of the Air Transport Users Council.

    • British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the terms of reference are of the review of the British Transport Police in relation to safety on trains and at stations.

      Bus Conductors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bus conductors there were in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of offering (a) free and (b) concessionary rail travel for senior citizens.

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which local authorities outside London and the metropolitan areas have provided free concessionary bus transport on a county basis.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the role is of the firm Linklaters in relation to work on the Crossrail project for his Department; and how much has been paid to this firm so far.

      Departmental Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) 0800, (b) 0845 and (c) 0870 telephone numbers for the public administered by (i) his Department and (ii) agencies which report...

      Discretionary Travel Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the discretionary travel schemes which have been adopted in each Passenger Transport Executive area in addition to the free off-peak...

      Evesham Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what involvement his Department has had in the provision of disabled access to the up platform at Evesham station; what assessment he has made of the...

      Government Car and Despatch Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many unelected people are provided with cars by the Government Car and Despatch Agency; and what the cost to public funds was in 2004–05.

      Infrastructure Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department will be contributing to the Community Infrastructure Fund in each of the next five years.

      Insecticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is mandatory for airlines to spray insecticide in the interior of aircraft cabins on flights arriving in the UK; what rules govern this...

      M5 (Junction 14)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons full traffic lights have been introduced at junction 14 on the M5; and what evidence his Department has collected of traffic flow...

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has any plans to reduce the annual subsidy given to Northern Rail.

      Queen's Birthday

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to celebrate Her Majesty's 80th birthday; what advice he has issued to his Department's executive agencies on...

      Road Improvements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timetable is for the additional £600 million announced on 15 February 2006 to be made available to help local authorities modernise and...

      Transport Provision (Forest of Dean)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) he, (b) Ministers in the Department and (c) his Department's officials have had recent discussions regarding the development of the (i)...

      Travel to School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary school children get to school by (i) walking, (ii) cycling, (iii) travelling by bus, (iv) travelling...

  • Defence

    • Lisbon Agenda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what policies his Department has adopted to assist the United Kingdom's fulfilment of the Lisbon Agenda criteria.

    • QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what factors influenced the decision to sell the initial stake in QinetiQ in 2002 to Carlyle, as opposed to other major bidders.

      Royal Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) actual strength is of the Royal Air Force, broken down by trade.

      Spring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Meteorological Office has changed the date on which spring is recognised as beginning.

      Ukho

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of potential conflicts of interest arising from the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office's (UKHO) acquisition of SevenCs, with...

      Ukho

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2006, Official Report, column 514W, on SevenCs, if he will make a statement on the relationship between the UK...

      Ukho

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2006, Official Report, column 514W, on SevenCs, what is his assessment of what the barriers to an open market in the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of children in poverty (a) whose parents were in work and (b) whose resident parent was in work lived in (i) lone...

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department has given to Jobcentre Plus on the support they should offer to young carers.

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have used the Post Office card account (POCA) in each year since it was introduced; how much the Post Office receives for each...

      Teenager Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those aged 16 to 19 years are living in poverty; what research he has conducted on levels in other EU countries; and if he...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) people aged 25 to 49 years, (b) women aged 50 to 59 years and (c) men aged 50 to 64 years have been unemployed for more than 18...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what resources have been deployed by her Department during the last three years to assess, monitor and measure the (a) level...

    • Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many of the UK vessels using bottom set gillnets and tangle nets in ICES areas VII e, f, g, h and j that are...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of capacity in landfill sites in England has been used in each of the last five years.

      Recycling (Herefordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets her Department has put in place to encourage Herefordshire council to recycle (a) domestic waste and (b)...

  • International Development

    • Commission for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what timetable he has set for the implementation of the recommendations of the Prime Minister's Commission for Africa.

    • Commission for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what mechanisms his Department has put in place to ensure that the recommendations of the Commission for Africa are fully implemented.

      Commission for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to implement the recommendation by the Commission for Africa on the use of assessments of how to...

  • Treasury

    • Departmental Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many call centres were run by his Department and its agencies in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06 to date; and how many...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Financial Secretary will reply to the letter of 23 December 2005 from the hon. Member for North-West Leicestershire on the classification and use...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Economic Secretary will reply to the letter of 15 December 2005 from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire (PO Ref: 5/00563/2005).

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Paymaster General will reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire (HMT Ref: 3385N 05/06).

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which 100 electoral wards have the lowest registration levels; (2) how many electoral wards in the UK have registration levels below 80 per cent.

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the cost to public funds of the Iraq war.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely impact on private pension savings of the taxation changes which will come into force in April 2006.

      Population Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the assumptions underlying the Office for National Statistics' population projections.

  • Health

    • Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there are for NHS audiology posts.

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people in Luton South who are (a) paid and (b) unpaid carers for relatives.

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the choose and book referral system will be available to all general practitioners.

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition she uses of the term indirectly bookable service; how it differs from an integrated patient administration systems solution; and how many...

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's estimate is of the costs to date of the choose and book computer system; what range of estimates she has received on the total final...

      Cognitive and Behavioural Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will estimate the cost of (a) training and (b) funding 10,000 cognitive and behavioural therapists to work in the NHS.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the compliance of primary care trusts to paragraphs 6.42 and 6.43 in the Health White Paper, "Our Health, Our Say".

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many minor injuries units there have been in community hospitals in England in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

      Community Pharmacies (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community pharmacies in Peterborough constituency have (a) opened and (b) closed since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South of 14 December 2005, Official Report, column 2134W, on dentistry, whether there is a...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made with the registration and education of denturists and clinical dental technicians.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from (a) denturists and (b) patients of denturists regarding the reforms introduced by the Dentists Act (Amendment)...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) salaried general dental practitioners and (b) community dental services dentists work in dental access centres; and what guidance she has...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of the proposed changes to the NHS dental contract on the level of NHS funding dentists will receive.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children and (b) adults are registered with an NHS dentist in (i) Kingston and Surbiton, (ii) South West London and (iii) London.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department has issued on the new NHS dentistry contracts.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there are in (a) Kingston and Surbiton, (b) South West London and (c) London; and how many in each area are (i) accepting new...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that more NHS dentists operate in Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the availability of NHS dentists in Hampshire.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there were in each (a) local authority area and (b) primary care trust in Hampshire in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2005.

      Departmental Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice her Department issued to (a) strategic health authorities and (b) primary care trusts between July and October 2005 on the differences between...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many fatalities of diabetes patients there have been since January 2004 where the long-acting insulin analogue, Lantus, has been suspected to be a...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that there are adequate numbers of diabetic nurses.

      Emergency Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were referred by general practitioners to accident and emergency, casualty and minor injuries clinics in the (a) Bedfordshire...

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate of the total cost of liability to the NHS to settle possible future equal pay claims has been made following the recent equal pay settlement...

      European Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect of the European working time directive on recruitment in the NHS; and if she will make a statement.

      European Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with (a) members of the European Commission and (b) representatives of other member states of the European Union regarding...

      Health Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what additional funding was made available to the east end of London during the existence of the health action zone covering that area; (2) when...

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect of permitting unregistered patients to attend general practitioners as described in paragraph 3.34, of the...

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is expected to make arrangements for standardising practice patient surveys as described on paragraph 3.57 of the White Paper, Our Health, Our Care,...

      Hospital Referrals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were referred to hospital by GPs in the (a) Bedford, (b) Bedfordshire Heartlands and (c) Luton Primary Care Trust in each year since the...

      Laser Eye Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines her Department issues relating to laser eye surgery.

      Laser Eye Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of laser eye surgery have resulted in complications in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of the total...

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what is her assessment of the effectiveness of macular degenerative care; and if she will make a statement; (2) what funding has been directed...

      Medical Staff (Sexual Offences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many doctors were struck off the Register by the General Medical Council for sexual offences in each year since 1997; (2) what the average...

      Missed Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost to the NHS of missed appointments with hospital consultants in each of the past five years.

      NHS Authorities/Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what interest rate is charged to NHS authorities and trusts for cash support; and what the rate was in each of the past four years; (2) how much...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget was for NHS Direct in each year since its inception; and what the projected budgets are for the next three years.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff are employed by NHS Direct.

      NHS Employees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the retirement age is for employees of the national health service.

      NHS Finance Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will compile and publish a detailed analysis of how the increased investment in the NHS has been spent in each year of the current comprehensive...

      NHS Financial Deficits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the potential effect on local health service provision of attempts to minimise the 2005–06 financial deficit in the...

      NHS Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure on pay of (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) staff in the NHS has been in each financial year since 1997–98 in (i) real and...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent on temporary NHS (a) staff, (b) doctors and (c) nurses, in each (i) strategic health authority and (ii) Government office region...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultants, (b) doctors, (c) nurses and (d) dentists from Lesotho were working in the health service in each of the last 20 years; and if...

      Optometrists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to extend the role of optometrists in primary eye care.

      Oxygen Deliveries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the introduction of the new integrated home oxygen delivery service; what agencies in her Department are responsible for...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will answer Questions (a) 31444 and (b) 31445 tabled on 21 November 2005 by the hon. Member for Falmouth and Camborne, on dentists.

      Patient Care (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the availability of drugs for patients with moderately severe to severe Alzheimer's disease in Peterborough; (2)...

      Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many new vacancies have been created for physiotherapists in the last 12 months; and how many of these vacancies were for newly-qualified...

      Primary Care Trusts (Expenditure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure per (a) weighted and (b) unweighted head was in each primary care trust in 2004–05; and what estimate she has made of the...

      Prisoners (Mental Health)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the treatment which is offered to prisoners with mental health problems.

      Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has commissioned on the impact on people's health of (a) obesity and (b) the availability of NHS dentists; and if she will...

      Queen's Birthday

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans her Department has to celebrate Her Majesty's 80th birthday; what advice she has issued to her Department's executive agencies on celebrations...

      Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will extend the time available to Royal Shrewsbury hospital to repay its existing debt.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of chlamydia levels in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Strategic Health Authority in the latest period for which an estimate is...

      Tooth Decay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of children in (a) the area covered by North Kirklees Primary Care Trust and (b) each primary care trust in England suffered...

      Tooth Decay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates she has made of the number of (a) children and (b) adults with tooth decay in (i) Kingston and Surbiton, (ii) South West London and (iii)...

      Training (Nurses/Doctors)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of training (a) a nurse and (b) a doctor was in 2004–05.

      Welsh Patients (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make representations to the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales Government on ensuring that funding for Welsh patients using...

      Working with Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) local authorities, (b) social service departments and (c) children's services departments can employ an individual to work in the health...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Minister of State will reply to the letter of 30 January from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire .

    • Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister in what circumstances he advises councils whose large scale voluntary transfer or arm's length management proposals are rejected on a tenant's ballot to hold a...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what evidence was provided to him by Sefton Council on the conduct of its tenants' ballot in August; and what assessment he made of whether such evidence...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what arrangements exist (a) to service and (b) to repay debt on council housing; and what the implications are of the number of units sold under right to buy for...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total income from stock transfer of council housing to registered social landlords has been to date; and for what purpose this income has been allocated.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) rental income from council-owned homes, (b) management allowance and (c) major repairs allowance (i) was in each year since 1997 and (ii) is...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will respond to the Audit Commission's report on financing council housing, with particular reference to (a) ending negative subsidy on individual local...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the survey by ORC International on his Department's staff.

      Euro

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2006, to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman), Official Report, column 1618W, on the euro, how much producing the...

      Euro

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which (a) agencies and (b) other bodies for which his Department is responsible have been asked to produce a high level plan for the introduction of the euro; and...

      Euro

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's high level plan on the introduction of the Euro; and on what date the most recent version was published.

      Euro

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance his Department has given local authorities on preparing for the introduction of the euro.

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was provided to local authorities to support borrowing on their housing revenue accounts in each year since 1997.

      Local Area Agreements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether local area agreements are voluntary for local authorities.

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what discussions he has had with (a) local government employers and (b) the relevant trades union on a resolution to the dispute about proposed changes to...

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect of the abolition of dividend tax credits on local authority pension schemes.

      Queen's Birthday

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans his Department has to celebrate Her Majesty's 80th birthday; what advice he has issued to his Department's Executive agencies on celebrations for the...

      Social Exclusion Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been committed to maximising the take-up by entitled applicants of the schemes that come under the umbrella of the Social Exclusion Unit, with...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Prime Minister how much has been spent on (a) 10 Downing Street, (b) 11 Downing Street, (c) Carlton House, (d) Government House in Pimlico and (e) Chequers in each year since 2000.

    • Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last met victims' families and survivors of the 11 September 2001 attacks.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many Cabinet committees the former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the right hon. Member for Darlington (Mr. Milburn), (a) chaired and...

    • Government Communications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will publish figures for the total spend by his Department on (a) public relations and press offices and (b) advertising in each year since...

      Government Communications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 849W, on Government communications, how many (a) press officers and (b) public...

      Government Communications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 849W, on Government communications, how much of the press office staff costs for...

      Government Communications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 849W, on Government communications, what the reasons were for the increased...

      Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for what reason the Government have not accepted requests to limit by legislation the power to deliver by the scope of Part 1 of the Legislative...

      Websites

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what were the running costs of the Cabinet Office website in (a) January and (b) February.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Compensation Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many claims for compensation against his Department were (a) lodged and (b) brought to a conclusion in each year since 1996.

    • Larry Zaitschek

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) on how many occasions his Office has made contact with the US Administration regarding the extradition of Larry Zaitschek; (2) what...

      Private Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of his private office was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many deaths were caused by joyriding in Northern Ireland in each of the last 30 years.

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents is in his Department by April 2008, in order to meet his Department's...

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