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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 15 December 1997

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 15 December 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.
 


 
MONDAY 15th DECEMBER
1  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the quality of the meat imported into the United Kingdom from (a) the Republic of Ireland, (b) the Netherlands, (c) France, (d) Botswana, (e) Namibia and (f) Australia; how the regulations applying to meat from these countries differ from those applying to British beef; and if he will make a statement.
(20394)
2  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the risk of BSE being contained in meat imported into the United Kingdom from (a) the Republic of Ireland, (b) the Netherlands, (c) France, (d) Botswana, (e) Namibia and (f) Australia; and if he will make a statement.
(20396)
3  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the impact on British farmers of (a) the export ban on British beef and (b) the ban on the sale of meat on the bone.
(20397)
4  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the permitted uses of the organophosphate product Chlorpyrifos; and what assessment of the results of the US Government's research into its carcinogenic properties was taken into account when authorising these uses.
(20583)
5  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many licences for the manufacture and sale of organophosphate-based products have been withdrawn; and for what reasons.
(20584)
6  
  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what review he has carried out of the effectiveness of the National Meat Hygiene Service; and if he will make a statement.
(21033)
7  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, at which meetings of the fisheries and management committees were (a) proposals and (b) decisions made relating to the minimum size of legally caught plaice; and for what purposes these proposals and decisions were made.
(20970)
8  
  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if his Department plans to reduce the proportion of sea defence expenditure funded by public funds.
(21030)
9  
  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the average time taken by his Department to make arable area payments to farmers following receipt of final notification to the farmer by the relevant regional office of his Department.
(21027)
10  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the approximate weight and value of (a) the total fish catch of member states of the European Community, (b) fish consumption by member states, (c) total imports of fish from third nations and (d) exports of fish to third nations in each year from 1990 to 1996; and for each year what percentage (a) was of (b).
(20972)
11  
  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what financial support his Department (a) has given and (b) plans to give to IFAW.
(21028)
12  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what criteria he will use to judge when the ban on the sale of beef on the bone products should be lifted in the United Kingdom.
(20502)
13  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the representations he has received since he announced the ban on the sale of beef on the bone products; and how many of these representations were in favour of (a) the issuing of a warning on the possible risk from beef on the bone products and (b) a ban on sales of such products.
(20504)
14  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many full-time employees in his Department are paid at an hourly rate of between (a) £3.42 and £3.50, (b) £3.51 and £3.75 and (c) £3.76 and £4.
(20612)
15  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will estimate the risk to consumers of CJD infection from eating (a) 1kg of beef on the bone products and (b) 1kg of beef on the bone sourced from a Scottish beef herd.
(20503)
16  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he considered to ensure that all beef on the bone products are clearly identified and sold with suitable warnings of the risk of CJD infection; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of such measures as an alternative to the ban on the sale of beef on the bone products.
(20505)
17  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received concerning the licensing of the dietary additive Olestra.
(21001)
18  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the (a) discards and (b) legally-landed catches for each member state of the European Union in (i) tonnes and (ii) numbers of fish in each of the years 1992 to 1996.
(20971)
19  
  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will make a statement on the outcome of the Krebs Report.
(21099)
20  
  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which enforcement agencies will have responsibility for bovine bones in (a) butchers' shops, (b) cutting plants and (c) abattoirs.
(21097)
21  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the risk of contracting CJD from BSE contained in meat produced in (a) the Republic of Ireland, (b) the Netherlands, (c) France, (d) Botswana, (e) Namibia, (f) Australia and (g) the United Kingdom.
(20395)
22  
  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is Her Majesty's Government's policy on modulation.
(21029)
23  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to extend the Sportsmark scheme to primary schools.
(21018)
24  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the membership of the New Opportunities Fund.
(21023)
25  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if (a) the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts and (b) the New Opportunities Fund will be under direct control.
(21112)
26  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what directions he plans to give to the Lottery Advisory Panel under Clause 1 of the National Lottery Bill [Lords].
(21121)
27  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the cost of the project to develop his Department's corporate identity strategy; and how many officials from his Department it will involve.
(21113)
28  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the types of contravention of the conditions of the operator's licence which would lead to the imposition of a financial penalty under section 2 of the National Lottery Bill [Lords].
(21119)
29  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the membership of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.
(21024)
30  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the criteria by which the strategic plans which distributing bodies will be required to produce will be judged.
(21115)
31  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what monitoring his Department undertakes to ensure that arts funding provides value for money.
(21238)
32  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the scope and purpose of his Department's plan for tourism; and when it will be published.
(21017)
33  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the factors used in determining the level of spending on the arts.
(21237)
34  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assistance he has made available to the British Museum in 1997-98 and 1998-99 to enable it to avoid introducing admission charges in terms of (a) grant and (b) tax treatment; and if such arrangements are to be extended to other museums.
(21114)
35  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the actions taken by the Procurement Executive to implement smart procurement measures.
(21124)
36  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the current location of the wreckage of Chinook ZD576; what plans he has to dispose of it; and if he will make a statement.
(20818)
37  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the policy framework within which the United Kingdom defence industry can make decisions on how to restructure.
(21127)
38  
N  
Mrs Gillian Shephard (South West Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the cost of maintaining the premises at the former RAF Watton in the last year for which figures are available.
(20819)
39  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with (a) United Kingdom defence companies, (b) foreign-owned defence companies based in the United Kingdom, (c) foreign defence companies, (d) foreign governments and (e) the European Commission on the Government's role in facilitating international agreements to allow mergers or joint ventures to proceed.
(21126)
40  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the hourly rates payable to full-time employees in his Department in the range £4.03 an hour to £3.36 an hour; and how many people receive each hourly rate of pay as specified, in each region defined by the regional government offices.
(20606)
41  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd December, Official Report, columns 176-7, if he will list by regions defined by the regional government offices, the number of civilian staff paid at an hourly rate of (a) £3.36, (b) between £3.50 and £3.75 and (c) between £3.75 and £4.
(20653)
42  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 17th November, Official Report, column 71, if he will now publish the results of his enquiries into dead animals found and analysed during the Gulf War; and if he will make a statement.
(20900)
43  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about the future of Royal Ordnance, Bridgwater.
(21123)
44  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the working parties he has established on smart procurement through the National Defence Industries Council, including the terms of reference of each one, its chairman and members together with their companies or organisations; and when each working party (a) first met and (b) will report to Ministers.
(21125)
45  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his comprehensive review of the arrangements for compensating service personnel or their dependants and for the payment of death and invalidity pension benefits will (a) commence and (b) report to Ministers; when he expects to publish the results and the consultation document; if the review will consider the arrangements applicable to (i) civilian Ministry of Defence employees and (ii) private sector contractors' staff where death or injury was attributable to service supporting the uniformed military in training or on operations; and if he will make a statement.
(21122)
46  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his Answer of 11th December, Official Report, column 1193, on access to information concerning grants to farmers and landowners, if access to the nature and the amounts of grant or subsidy will be included.
(21249)
47  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the 10 oldest sets of public records which have not been released.
(21252)
48  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if a special adviser in his Department has made unauthorised disclosures of information regarding the Government White Paper on Freedom of Information.
(20880)
49  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the effect of currency turbulence in South East Asia on the numbers of assisted and self-financed students coming to Britain from those countries.
(20321)
50  
  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will appoint a representative of groups with learning disabilities to the Disability Rights Task Force.
(21100)
51  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will appoint a person with a learning disability to the Disability Rights Task Force.
(20560)
52  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many full-time employees in his Department are paid at an hourly rate of (a) £3.59, (b) between £3.60 and £3.75 and (c) between £3.76 and £4.
(20609)
53  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what are his Department's proposals in respect of the Equal Opportunities Commission's grant-in-aid budget for 1998.
(20998)
54  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if the income derived from tuition fees from medical students will be made available for medical school education.
(20967)
55  
N  
Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will call for a report on the Railtrack TOWS system in respect of (a) its safety and (b) noise pollution; and if he will make a statement.
(20154)
56  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of houses in the Craven District of North Yorkshire which have been made radon proof since the publication of the latest guidance on the subject by his Department.
(21106)
57  
N  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many representations he has received expressing concern about the introduction of the single vehicle approval test on the 1st January 1998; if he will delay the introduction of the test; and if he will make a statement.
(20709)
58  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has further to tax fertilisers, pesticides and other products applied to the land as a way of protecting the rural environment.
(21105)
59  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will conduct a review of the siting of verge safety fencing on trunk roads in Staffordshire.
(20556)
60  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will increase the threshold above which parish councils must have their accounts audited by the nominees of the district council.
(20896)
61  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to complete his Department's review of property transfer rules and house purchase practices.
(21022)
62  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what criteria are used by his Department in determining whether to grant transatlantic fifth freedom rights from regional airports.
(20813)
63  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many miles the Royal Train has travelled in the period January 1996 to date when carrying (a) the Queen, (b) the Prince of Wales and (c) other members of the Royal Family; and how many journeys were undertaken by persons in these categories.
(21109)
64  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library copies of all the bids by eligible local authorities in England for transport supplementary grant in 1998-99.
(20563)
65  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many discharges to water in excess of permitted limits have been identified by the Environment Agency for each month in 1997 to date; how many prosecutions have resulted; how many have been successful; how many are outstanding; and what penalties have been applied.
(20649)
66  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many accidents have been reported on the A38 between Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield in each of the last 15 years; and how many fatalities have resulted.
(20553)
67  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans the Government has to introduce charges for the use of cars within inner London.
(20557)
68  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many full-time employees in his Department are paid at an hourly rate of (a) £3.17, (b) between £3.17 and £3.50, (c) between £3.51 and £3.75 and (d) between £3.76 and £4.
(20604)
69  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the budget for the Energy Saving Trust in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98.
(20648)
70  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which of the previous government's road building schemes have been subjected to cost benefit analysis in the course of his Department's Roads Review.
(20558)
71  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will instruct his officials to open negotiations with the Malaysian Government in order to secure direct air services between Manchester and Kuala Lumpur before the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
(20816)
72  
  
Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what changes he proposes to make to the building regulations in England and Wales to improve fire safety in buildings.
(21092)
73  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the advantages and disadvantages of a mandate being given to the Commissioner of the European Union to negotiate bilateral air service agreements with other countries.
(20733)
74  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many dwellings are considered to be unfit for human habitation because the drinking water contains lead in excess of 50 Üfy4İmÜfy1İg/l due to the presence of lead pipework in the dwelling; and if he will make a statement.
(21257)
75  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of local government housing repairs take longer than four weeks to complete; and what steps the Government is taking to encourage local authorities to reduce that period.
(20976)
76  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research his Department has commissioned into the possible health effects of telecommunication masts transmitting microwaves.
(21250)
77  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many accidents have been reported on the A38 on or near the junction with the A5 at Weeford in each of the last 15 years; and how many fatalities have resulted.
(20554)
78  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of dwellings which will be considered to be unfit for human habitation when the standard for lead in drinking water at the tap is 10 Üfy4İÜof1İmÜfy1İg/l by the proposed Directive on Drinking Water; and if he will make a statement.
(21258)
79  
N  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the percentage of American cars currently being driven legally in the United Kingdom which would fail the proposed single vehicle approval test; and if he will make a statement.
(20710)
80  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans have been made to cope with the likely increase in the number of cars entering the Greenwich area to visit the Millennium Experience in 2000.
(21260)
81  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons his Department has not agreed to allow Air Jamaica rights to operate passenger flights to Manchester Airport.
(20814)
82  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidance his Department has issued on the minimum safe distance from telecommunication masts for (a) houses and (b) buildings housing animals in respect of microwave radiation.
(21251)
83  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what specific (a) quantified and (b) unquantified factors are used by the CAA to assess regional economic benefits in its economic analysis prepared before air service negotiations.
(20815)
84  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the guidelines which the Highways Agency follows in determining whether or not it conducts a cost benefit analysis for new road schemes; and what changes he has made to these guidelines since 1st May.
(20559)
85  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are the hourly rates of pay for full-time employees in his Department in the range of £4.39 an hour to £3.17 an hour; and how many people receive each such hourly rate of pay in each region defined by the boundaries of the regional government offices.
(20603)
86  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Wokington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what academic studies have been commissioned by Government Office London into alternative electoral systems for the election of a London Mayor and a London Assembly.
(20392)
87  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what criteria the Highways Agency uses to evaluate the siting of safety fencing on trunk roads.
(20555)
88  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the total sum of bids made in this year's bidding round for expenditure on local authority capital transport schemes for each of the next three years.
(20564)
89  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many offences against section 85(1) of the Water Resources Act 1991 were identified by the Environment Agency for each month of 1996 and 1997 to date; and for the same period how many prosecutions were brought; how many have been successful; how many are outstanding; and what penalties have been applied.
(20647)
90  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out his proposals on the London referendum campaign; if he will make a statement on the costs of (a) his Department's White Paper and (b) publicity campaigns in respect of the referendum; and if he will list the other costs to public funds incurred to date in respect of the proposals.
(20409)
91  
N  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the proposed single vehicle approval test with EU rules on the free movement of goods; what representations he has received from the Commissioner for Transport on the matter; and if he will make a statement.
(20708)
92  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many dwellings were considered unfit for human habitation in (a) the 1991 and (b) the 1996 English House Condition Survey due to the presence of lead pipework and the plumbosolvent nature of the water supplies; and if he will make a statement.
(21256)
93  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from parish councils regarding the choice of auditors for their accounts; and if he will make it his policy to allow parish councils to choose their own auditors from a nominated list held by the Audit Commission.
(20897)
94  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his estimate of the total capital receipts to be released to the borough of Bolton and over what period; and what proportion will be spent on housing.
(20990)
95  
  
Mr Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects the M66 Denton to Heaton Park motorway to be open; which contracts for it are running late and by how much; which contracts have been granted extensions and for what reasons; which contracts have overrun their cost estimates by how much and for what reasons; and when the number 3 Audenshaw reservoir will be back in use.
(21102)
96  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement about consultation on the reform of residential leasehold law.
(20968)
97  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he intends to make the Financial Services Authority responsible for giving advice to and monitoring the performance of financial institutions in relation to money-laundering; and what resources he will make available for this purpose.
(20122)
98  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 27th November, Official Report, column 658, on facilitating the use of the Euro, if he will introduce measures to require banks to remove exchange costs between Euro and Sterling.
(21094)
99  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the transfer of legal interest in the 2.95 million TransTec shares to the Orion Trust took place; and if they were stamped by the Stamp Office of the Inland Revenue.
(20914)
100  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Paymaster General guaranteed the payment of loans to (a) Stenbell Ltd and (b) Orion Trust.
(20964)
101  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, from how many establishments bingo duty was collected in the last year for which figures are available.
(20493)
102  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the advice given to the Paymaster General by Titmuss Samien Declient and Wilden Coe about the transaction between Orion Trust and Stenbell Ltd.
(20919)
103  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the circumstances surrounding the departure of Elizabeth Bukspan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
(20805)
104  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reduce the rate of VAT payable on the maintenance cost of churches and cathedrals which are listed as being of important historical and architectural significance.
(21002)
105  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when Stenbell (a) purchased the rights to 9,805,550 shares in TransTec plc, (b) exercised those rights and (c) sold the shares in TransTec to the Orion Trust.
(20924)
106  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how Stenbell Ltd financed the purchase and exercise of the rights to 9,805,550 shares in TransTec plc from Mr Geoffrey Robinson.
(20925)
107  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much bingo duty the Treasury received in each of the last 10 years.
(20491)
108  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are employed in bingo halls.
(20496)
109  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who was the beneficial owner of the 2.95 million TransTec shares prior to their transfer into the Orion Trust.
(20922)
110  
N  
Mr John Townend (East Yorkshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to reply to the letter for the honourable Member for Bridlington of 26th November concerning inheritance tax reliefs for small businesses and farms.
(20711)
111  
N  
Mr John Horam (Orpington):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will amend the Financial Services Act 1986 to permit small tranches of capital to be raised for (a) high technology and (b) other SMEs.
(20962)
112  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his working party on the Information Technology Implementation of European Monetary Union has assessed the need for the computer systems involved to be millennium complient; and if he will make a statement.
(20974)
113  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the financial crises (a) in Japan and (b) elsewhere in Asia on prospects for the UK's gross national product growth in 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(21103)
114  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what factors led the Paymaster General not to transfer into his blind trust, the legal title to the whole of the amount owing to him beneficially by Stenbell Ltd.
(20921)
115  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the Deed of Addition settling 2.95 million TransTec shares into the Orion Trust.
(20918)
116  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his current estimate of the total number of individuals who presently hold personal equity plans and tax exempt special savings accounts who will be affected by the new £50,000 limit on individual savings accounts; what margin of error is involved in this estimate; and if he will make a statement.
(20398)
117  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information is contained in the Commissioners of Customs and Excise's bingo duty returns on the total number of people playing bingo each week.
(20494)
118  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the shares in TransTec plc owned by Stenbell Ltd were offered to potential buyers other than the Orion Trust.
(20923)
119  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Orion Trust holds assets through a controlled body corporate.
(20920)
120  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which authority and what method will determine (a) the European Central Bank's initial share capital, (b) the percentage of shares to be subscribed by each initially participating national bank, (c) the currency in which such shares will be subscribed and (d) subsequent decisions relating to any further state joining the single currency.
(21255)
121  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what competence the Governing Council or Executive Board of the European Central Bank will have for requiring its component national central banks to apply common criteria or rules for licensing and supervision of their respective national banks and credit institutions.
(21225)
122  
N  
Mr Jeffrey Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the funds raised under the Christian Aid/Jubilee 2000 Coalition Campaign were applied to reduce the UK's bilateral debt owed by Tanzania; what conditions were attached to the award of funds; and what plans he has to allocate any future funds raised in this way to other countries.
(20774)
123  
N  
Mr Jeffrey Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the current value of funds received and distributed by HM Treasury through the Christian Aid/Jubilee; and if he will place in the Library a copy of HM Treasury's agreement with the Government of Tanzania relating to the use of these funds.
(20775)
124  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the total gross cost of the tax relief on the planned individual savings accounts in 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (20683)
125  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the revenue received from taxes and duties on gaming, gambling and lotteries consisted of bingo duty in each of the last 10 years.
(20492)
126  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his Department's estimate of the impact on the total taxes paid by business before April 2002 of the changes to (a) corporation tax, (b) the utilities tax, (c) the pensions tax and (d) the radio spectrum charges so far announced.
(20894)
127  
N  
Mr Jeffrey Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what factors he took into account in choosing Tanzania as the recipient of funds sent to the Treasury as part of the Christian Aid/Jubilee 2000 Coalition Campaign on debt cancellation; and what consultation his officials conducted with non-governmental organisations in (a) Tanzania and (b) elsewhere before deciding how to use these funds.
(20773)
128  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the transfer documents relating to the 2.95 million TransTec shares settled into the Orion Trust.
(20913)
129  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd December, Official Report, column 168, if he will make a statement on the treaty responsibilities of the European Central Bank in respect of the licensing and supervision of national banks and credit institutions in the event of UK entry into EMU in this regard and its consequent duties in respect of actions of national banks.
(21004)
130  
  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his proposals for the Middle East peace process during the UK presidency of the EU.
(21239)
131  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of those people in receipt of disability working allowance take advantage of the bi-annual eye test to which they are entitled; and if he will make a statement.
(21219)
132  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in respect of the Draft EU Directive on Tobacco Advertising if a regulatory appraisal was prepared pursuant to the Cabinet Office Guidelines, Regulation in the Balance; if a risk assessment and a compliance cost assessment were prepared in respect of the same directive and pursuant to the same guidelines; which minister read and signed the appraisal and assessments pursuant to the guidelines; if he will publish the regulatory appraisal compliance cost assessment and risk assessment in respect of the directive; and if all requirements of the guidelines were fulfilled in respect of this directive.
(20883)
133  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people he estimates will be de-registered from NHS dental practices in the UK during 1998, as a result of the reduction in registration period from 24 to 15 months.
(20997)
134  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if continence care will be included in the first tranche of services to be covered by the national service frameworks announced in the White Paper, The New NHS.
(20561)
135  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individuals underwent a routine bi-annual eye examination in (a) each of the three years before 1989 and (b) each of the three years after 1989; and if he will make a statement.
(21223)
136  
  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what comparative studies his Department has made of the cost effectiveness of recruiting midwives from overseas compared with employing midwives currently on the register in the United Kingdom but not practising.
(21035)
137  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS trusts and health authorities have implemented the NHS Executive recommendation for a minimum F Grade for midwives; and if he will list them.
(21034)
138  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to reply to the letter of the honourable Member for Spelthorne dated 28th October concerning Mrs M. Stanford of Sunbury-on-Thames.
(20680)
139  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to encourage pharmaceutical companies to apply for a Home Office licence to research and trial cannabis and cannabis derivatives for medical use.
(21108)
140  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the death rate from injuries or illnesses relating to (a) motor car accidents, (b) smoking, (c) alcohol and (d) eating BSE infected beef.
(20393)
141  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the setting up of health action zones includes provision for developing woman-centred midwifery care as set out in the guidelines of Changing Childbirth.
(21245)
142  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people on income support or family credit take advantage of the bi-annual eye test to which they are entitled; and if he will make a statement.
(21221)
143  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of recipients of jobseekers allowance take advantage of the recommended and free bi-annual eye test to which they are entitled; and if he will make a statement.
(21224)
144  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking in conjuction with the Revenue authorities to monitor the amount of income NHS employees receive from non-NHS sources.
(21020)
145  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if, following the changes set out in his White Paper, The New NHS, NHS trusts will still be able to retain funds generated by the sale of assets for the sole use of the trust concerned.
(20734)
146  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his policy on the provision of travel vaccines from the National Health Service
(20999)
147  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will (a) list the national paybands for full-time staff in his Department which would represent an hourly rate of £4 or less and (b) list by region as defined by the regional government offices the numbers of staff paid at these rates.
(20607)
148  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what methods his Department uses to monitor the level of private work undertaken by NHS consultants.
(21019)
149  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the UK received vaccination for travel abroad on the National Health Service in each of the last five years; and what was the cost to public funds.
(21000)
150  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the measures announced by the Government to tackle violence, discrimination and stress in the NHS will address the particular problems and risks encountered by midwives in the community.
(21247)
151  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review the arrangements for the funding and allocation of study leave for the continuing professional development of midwives.
(21246)
152  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of those people whose income is just above social security benefit levels as defined by a means test take advantage of the bi-annual eye test to which they are entitled; and if he will make a statement.
(21220)
153  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how carers and care-users will be able to ensure that they obtain the consistency and quality in the availability of services covered by national service frameworks announced in the White Paper, The New NHS.
(20562)
154  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time staff in his Department are paid at an hourly rate of (a) £3.65, (b) between £3.66 and £3.75 and (c) between £3.76 and £4.
(20608)
155  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of young people (a) under the age of 16 years and (b) aged between 16 and 19 years who are in full-time education take advantage of the bi-annual eye test to which they are entitled; and if he will make a statement.
(21222)
156  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking to encourage consultants who draw a full NHS salary to limit the amount of private work which they undertake.
(21248)
157  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will meet representatives of the BMA to discuss its report on the therapeutic uses of cannabis.
(21107)
158  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the number of British-based stallions commanding a fee of £10,000 or more.
(21180)
159  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential public order consequences of the year 2000 problem.
(20973)
160  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the percentage of keep and training fees recoverable through prize money in the principal horse racing countries.
(21190)
161  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much special grant will be paid to the Dorset Police Authority towards the cost of the policing of the Conservative Party Conference in Bournemouth in October 1998.
(20566)
162  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the overall costs and overall income of racing horse owners in the United Kingdom.
(21186)
163  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful attempts to smuggle class A or B drugs into prisons were discovered in the most recent year for which figures are available; how many criminal prosecutions followed; and what penalties were imposed.
(20963)
164  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the costs and returns to the owner of a horse winning three Class E races.
(21181)
165  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the effects of replacing betting duty on turnover with charging duty on gross profits.
(21184)
166  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate Britain's place in the world rankings of returns to race horse owners.
(21191)
167  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will meet the Al Maktoum family to discuss the future of racing and the bloodstock industry.
(21307)
168  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the economic effects of (a) doubling the returns and (b) halving the losses of race horse owners.
(21188)
169  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the number of jobs in (a) motor racing and (b) the racing and bloodstock industries, excluding betting.
(21179)
170  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the ratio of overall income to overall costs of race horse owners in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan.
(21187)
171  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the percentages and amounts of betting duty levy put to prize money during each of the past 20 years.
(21183)
172  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will review gambling legislation and taxation.
(21185)
173  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from (a) Thames Valley Police and (b) others about the attack on a Sikh boy in Slough on 24th November; what steps he is taking to combat racist attacks; and if he will make a statement.
(21193)
174  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time employees are paid at the rate of £3.84 an hour in his Department.
(20605)
175  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Certificate of Designation for Huntingdon Life Sciences was amended on 23rd May to allow the breeding and supply to other licensed establishments.
(21253)
176  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his policy in respect of the detention of youths aged 15 to 17 years within adult prisons.
(20679)
177  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the increase in prize money required to (a) double the returns and (b) halve the losses of race horse owners.
(21189)
178  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the returns to race horse owners in (a) Britain, (b) Poland, (c) Mauritius and (d) Greece.
(21192)
179  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been convicted for perverting the course of justice and given a custodial sentence in each year since 1987; and what was the average length of sentence.
(21104)
180  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what he expects to reply to the letters of 31st July, 18th September and 12th November from the honourable Member for Sutton and Cheam concerning Cherny Ntamntambo.
(20707)
181  
  
Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the temporary accommodation in which breeding beagles are housed at Huntingdon Life Sciences at Occold meets the recommendations of the code of practice for the housing and care of animals in designated breeding and supplying establishments when the licence was granted.
(21037)
182  
  
Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the Certificate of Designation for Huntingdon Life Sciences was amended to allow the breeding of dogs before planning approval to build kennels had been granted.
(21036)
183  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the number of horses in training for racing.
(21182)
184  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St. Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the report by the Police Complaints Authority on their investigation of the complaints against the Metropolitan Police concerning the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
(21031)
185  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many full-time employees in his Department are paid at an hourly rate of between (a) £3.30 and £3.50, (b) £3.51 and £3.75 and (c) £3.76 and £4.
(20610)
186  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list those insurance companies and brokers with whom he has held discussions about his proposals to reform the legal aid system since 18th October.
(20682)
187  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what national arrangements exist for the public registration of an individual's (a) will, prior to death, (b) enduring power of attorney and (c) advance directive.
(20969)
188  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list those insurers who have to date agreed to support the Lord Chancellor's reforms of the civil justice system; and if he will provide insurance for litigants acting under conditional fees arrangements.
[Transferred] (20681)
189  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what was the cost to public funds of the libel case brought by Mr Jonathan Aitken against The Guardian newspaper.
(21259)
190  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, when he plans to answer the written questions tabled by the Right honourable Member for Horsham on 20th November which remain unanswered.
(21111)
191  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how much money has been raised for the Millennium Exhibition by the International Management Group.
(21263)
192  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, for what reasons the Advisory Committee on Advertising was not consulted over the appointment of M&C Saatchi in respect of the Millennium Experience.
(21117)
193  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what progress has been made in the process of decontaminating the Millennium Exhibition site at Greenwich; and what steps he has taken to ensure public safety.
(21015)
194  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what targets in respect of (a) numbers of visitors and (b) revenue he has set for the Millennium Exhibition.
(21118)
195  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how much private sector money has now been pledged in sponsorship for the Millennium Exhibition.
(21021)
196  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how many people will make up the junior board for the Millennium Experience; what it will do; how it will be chosen; and what its budget will be.
(21013)
197  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what studies he has commissioned into the likely displacement impact of the Millennium Experience on other tourist attractions in London during the millennium year.
(21016)
198  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will make a statement on his plans for a junior board or junior council for the Millennium Experience.
(21014)
199  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what contingency plans he has made in respect of time and cost overruns for the Millennium Exhibition.
(21120)
200  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what plans he has for the Millennium Dome to be dismantled after 2000 and taken around the country.
(21116)
201  
  
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made to date in the consultations with interested parties, with particular reference to future TSN values and methods of allocations and funding for grounds.
(21229)
202  
  
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what are the costs of the current DENI capital building programme for (a) the controlled, (b) the maintained, (c) the integrated and (d) the voluntary grammar school sector; and in each case if she will list the approved schemes and their values.
(21032)
203  
  
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proposals DENI has for further research on aspects of the Coopers and Lybrand report.
(21231)
204  
  
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is DENI's timetable for the implementation of full commonality in the LMS Formula.
(21228)
205  
  
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the funding of administration costs of the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools will be subject to the same economies and constraints as are applicable to the headquarters costs of education and library boards.
(21265)
206  
  
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if DENI's proposal that the premises factor in the LMS Formulae should relate solely to the area of the premises will be implemented for 1998-99.
(21226)
207  
  
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many full-time, non-teaching employees of the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (a) there are currently and (b) there were in 1993-94.
(21267)
208  
  
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the (a) Coopers and Lybrand report proposal that the social deprivation factor in the LMS Formula should quantify objectively the extra costs likely to be incurred by schools in educating pupils from socially deprived backgrounds and (b) the cost per pupil of that proposal.
(21230)
209  
  
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proposals she has to introduce arrangements by which the views of controlled schools can be represented to her and to the DENI analogous to the arrangements available to the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools.
(21308)
210  
  
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many principals and vice-principals of maintained schools who took early retirement from teaching, are currently employed, full-time or part-time by the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools.
(21269)
211  
  
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the perceived religious affiliations of non-teaching employees of the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools were last monitored by the FEC.
(21266)
212  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many full-time employees in her Department are paid at an hourly rate of between (a) £3.27 and £3.50, (b) £3.51 and £3.75 and (c) £3.76 and £4.
(20613)
213  
N  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the impact on Northern Ireland of the adoption of the euro by the Republic of Ireland.
(20772)
214  
  
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what are the perceived religious affiliations of present, non-teaching employees, of the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools.
(21268)
215  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list those gifts received by (a) the Queen and (b) other members of the Royal Family from heads of state during 1997 which have been given to the nation, indicating their estimated value.
(20812)
216  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Prime Minister, who represented the Government at the British Ugandan Asian Service at Westminster Abbey.
(21178)
217  
  
Mr John Home Robertson (East Lothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on what date the Controller of Audit's Special Report 97/2 on East Lothian District Council was submitted to (a) the Accounts Commission and (b) East Lothian Council.
(20987)
218  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many full-time employees in his Department are paid at an hourly rate of between (a) £3.25 and £3.50, (b) £3.51 and £3.75 and (c) £3.76 and £4.
(20614)
219  
  
Mr John Home Robertson (East Lothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list instances in each of the last five years where the Controller of Audit has made a special report in circumstances where the authority in question had an audit certificate which was unqualified in respect of the matters raised in the report.
(21003)
220  
  
Mr John Home Robertson (East Lothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when the Controller of Audit requested the opinion of senior counsel concerning his Special Report 97/2 on East Lothian District Council; when that opinion was received at the Controller's office; and when information about that opinion was sent to the Chief Executive of the East Lothian Council.
(20986)
221  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the number of United Kingdom fishing vessels which currently regularly work in fisheries (a) one day or less, (b) two days and (c) three days or more sailing time from ports (i) in the north east of Scotland and (ii) on the west coast of Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(20650)
222  
  
Mr John Home Robertson (East Lothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the public local inquiries conducted by the Accounts Commission arising from special reports by the Controller of Audit for each year since 1992, giving the cost of each inquiry.
(20989)
223  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received concerning the exemption of the fishing industry from the Working Time Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(20652)
224  
  
Mr John Home Robertson (East Lothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the special reports by the Controller of Audit submitted to the Accounts Commission in each of the years 1992-93 to 1996-97, giving (a) a brief description of each and (b) the final decision of the Accounts Commission in each case.
(20988)
225  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many mixed-sex NHS wards there were in Scotland on (a) 1st November, (b) 1st May, (c) 1st November 1996 and (d) 1st November 1995.
(20061)
226  
  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many staff making personal visits to people in receipt of disability living allowance as part of the Integrity Project have a recognised medical qualification.
(21098)
227  
N  
Mrs Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is her policy on disability benefits.
(19084)
228  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will publish figures showing the level of the basic pension and SERPS addition for men and women on (a) average full-time earnings for their sex, (b) half average earnings and (c) earnings of £40 a week, and its equivalent as a proportion of average earnings in later years, expressed in today's prices and as a percentage of average earnings in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 2015-16, (iii) 2025-26 and (iv) 2035-36, based on the assumption of (1) price indexation and (2) earnings indexation.
(20809)
229  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her Answer of 2nd December, Official Report, column 204, how many full-time employees are paid at the lowest hourly rates listed, in each of the regions defined by the regional government offices.
(20654)
230  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate the percentage of women retiring in (a) 1998, (b) 2015, (c) 2035 and (d) 2045 who will be entitled to a full category A retirement pension.
(20808)
231  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans she has to improve incentives to work for disabled people.
(21005)
232  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans she has to increase awareness of existing disability benefits amongst people with sensory disabilities.
(20706)
233  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants in the benefits area relating to the Hendon constituency are in receipt of housing benefit; how many of these are in (a) private houses, (b) local authority housing and (c) housing association housing; and if he will indicate in respect of each category (i) the highest amount paid, (ii) the average figure, (iii) the median figure and (iv) the upper and lower quartile figures.
(20817)
234  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what are the estimated savings which will arise from the changes to invalidity benefit and the introduction of incapacity benefit in 1998-99.
(21096)
235  
  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many cases have been reviewed to date as part of the Disability Living Allowance Integrity Project by (a) personal interview and (b) written assessment.
(21101)
236  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans she has to investigate the extent of and reasons for the underclaiming of disability benefits amongst disabled people (a) in general and (b) by each main type of disability.
(20705)
237  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate the percentage of claimants of (a) SSP and (b) the lower rate of short-term incapacity benefit who go on to receive (i) the higher rate of short-term incapacity benefit and (ii) long-term incapacity benefit.
(20811)
238  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many and what percentage of applications for widows benefits are refused on the grounds of an insufficient contribution record.
(20810)
239  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the total number of housing benefit claimants for the benefit areas covering (1) Regent's Park and (2) Kensington North; how many of the claimants are (a) local authority, (b) housing association and (c) private tenants; and if he will list the (i) highest, (ii) average, (iii) median and (iv) upper and lower quartile payment figures for (a) to (c).
(20975)
240  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 9th December, Official Report, column 533, on invalidity benefit, what estimate she has made of the amounts and the proportion of the savings in (a) 1995-96 and (b) 1996-97 on invalidity benefit which have been made in each Welsh benefit district.
(21095)
241  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants in receipt of family credit have total earnings below the lower earnings limit for national insurance contributions; and how many of these are (a) women and (b) lone parents.
(20806)
242  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many households in each local authority area register will be receiving council tax benefit if each local authority raises its expenditure to the provisional capping limit announced in the local government settlement on 2nd December.
(20565)
243  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many and what proportion of claimants of (a) unemployment benefit, (b) sickness benefit and (c) maternity allowance received the standard rate, three quarter rate and the half rate of benefit, broken down by gender, in the last full year for which statistics are available.
(20807)
244  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make a statement on her proposals to reform disability benefit.
(21006)
245  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the forecasts relating to the employment consequences arising from the implementation of a minimum wage contained in representations evaluated by her Department.
(20911)
246  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral Answer of 10th December, Official Report, columns 1002-3, when she expects to announce the Government's proposals relating to the long-term energy requirements of the country.
(20912)
247  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the implications of the European Parliament and Council Directive on Common Rules for the Development of Community Postal Services and the Improvement of Quality of Service for the Post Office, and on the timetable for transposing the directive into United Kingdom law.
(21110)
248  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will raise objections in the Competition Directorate over French subsidies to Toyota.
(20916)
249  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many staff are working on millennium computer compliance at her Department (a) for her Department's systems and (b) to educate business.
(20917)
250  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if the Government intervened over the coal contracts with power stations for 1998.
(20882)
251  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if it is government policy to accept the conclusions of the Low Pay Unit in full when it reports.
(20902)
252  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on the multilateral agreement on investment.
[Transferred] (20704)
253  
  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, by what procedures her Department ensures that the grants which they award to small toy producers to exhibit at trade fairs are spent completely in the interests of the recipient by the British Toy and Hobby Association.
(21264)
254  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the Government's policy towards the proposed extension of the Working Time Directive to include the fishing industry and other currently exempt professions.
(20651)
255  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the Government's forecast of changes in employment levels in the British steel industry over the next year.
(20893)
256  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, who are the trustees of her blind trust for research expenses; and if she will publish its trust deed.
(20892)
257  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what estimate she has made of the relative costs of generating power (a) from coal in an old power station running at base load and (b) a new gas power station operating at peak times.
(20895)
258  
  
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what were the number of crown post offices, the types and numbers of other main offices, the number of sub post offices, the number of crown offices closed and the number of closed offices converted into each type of other main office or sub post office in each year since 1989.
(21270)
259  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what impact the proposed changes to corporation tax will have on forecast net returns on capital in each of the next four years.
(20879)
260  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when the decision was made to extend coal contracts with power stations by three months.
(20881)
261  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the advantages and disadvantages of exempting disabled people from her minimum wage legislation.
(20901)
262  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will establish the extent to which the French offered abatement of social and employment regulations for the projected new Toyota car factory.
(20915)
263  
  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what factors underlay her decision not to seek amendment to the decision by the Office of Fair Trading to release Inntrepreneur from its undertakings given on the recommendation of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.
(21093)
264  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has received concerning the impact of current levels of sterling on (a) manufacturing and (b) exporting.
(20898)
265  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what guidance the Government has issued to companies wishing to build new gas powered electricity plants.
(20899)
266  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Rydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate his Department has made of the number of starts allocated in 1996-97 to each TEC in Wales for modern apprenticeships; and what proportion of these starts had been used at the last available date.
(21026)
267  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement concerning the market for beef produced in Wales.
(21244)
268  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what will be the change in each TEC budget for 1998-99.
(20985)
269  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he proposes to publish his plans for further road building schemes; and if he will make a statement.
(21241)
270  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what expenditure under the welfare to work New Deal will be allocated to Wales in 1998-99.
(20983)
271  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many students are applying to university colleges in Wales for 1998 admission, broken down by constituencies in Wales.
(21240)
272  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to meet TUC Wales to discuss the minimum wage; and if he will make a statement.
(21243)
273  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many full-time employees in his Department are paid at an hourly rate of between (a) £3.30 and £3.50, (b) £3.51 and £3.75 and (c) £3.76 and £4.
(20611)
274  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects the new River Dee bridge to be open to traffic; and if he will make a statement.
(21242)
275  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Rydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the number of starts which will be allocated to each TEC in Wales for modern apprenticeships in 1998-99.
(21025)
276  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the programmes for TECs in Wales which will receive a reduced allocation in 1998-99.
(20984)
277  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate how many homes could be assisted under the home energy efficiency scheme for £380 million over two years.
[Transferred] (21254)


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