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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 16 December 1997

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 16 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.
 


 
TUESDAY 16th DECEMBER
1  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the risk of an individual developing new variant CJD from eating beef on the bone sold recently.
(20767)
2  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will place in the Library the findings of his Department's Risk Management Research Programme for the last five years.
(21195)
3  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 8th December (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(21284)
4  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 10th December (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(21282)
5  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 6th December (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(21285)
6  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will state the procedures and criteria applied by his officials when dealing with the release of puppies and kittens born in quarantine; and if he will make a statement.
(21166)
7  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 12th December (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(21280)
8  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what organisations he has consulted in connection with the proposed ban on the sale of bone-in beef.
(21197)
9  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 4th December (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(21287)
10  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 3rd December (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(21288)
11  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what advice his Department has given to butchers and local authorities responsible for waste collection on the disposal of waste cattle bones from butchers' shops following the ban on the sale of beef on the bone.
(21139)
12  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons there are no proposals in the CAP Agenda 2000 to pay premium on heifers bred for beef.
(21199)
13  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what further measures he is evaluating which would have the effect of restricting consumer choice in respect of meat and meat products.
(21196)
14  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the average age of cattle at slaughter from which beef is imported from (a) the Republic of Ireland, (b) the Netherlands, (c) France, (d) Botswana, (e) Namibia and (f) Australia.
(20714)
15  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 11th December (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(21281)
16  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action has been taken in other EU countries to regulate the sale of bone-in beef.
[R] (21040)
17  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the effect of the ban on bone-in beef upon catering establishments specialising in such products.
(21201)
18  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 9th December (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(21283)
19  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he intends to submit an application to the European Union on behalf of the United Kingdom for assistance under the agrimonetary compensation scheme.
(21163)
20  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 2nd December (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(21289)
21  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what proportion of home produced beef is from (a) steers, (b) heifers and (c) young bulls.
(21198)
22  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the degree of consensus within SEAC on (a) each of the recommendations made and (b) other advice given to his Department on bone in beef; and if he will list the areas of disagreement within SEAC.
(20771)
23  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 5th December (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(21286)
24  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what proposals to improve farm animals' welfare he has received from the Council of Ministers to be carried forward during the UK presidency of the EU.
(20977)
25  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding has been distributed by (a) the Millennium Commission, (b) the National Lottery Charities Board, (c) the National Heritage Memorial Fund, (d) the Arts Council and (e) the Sports Council to projects in, or associated with, (i) Wirral South constituency and (ii) the Wirral; and what is the average funding distributed per constituency (1) in the Wirral, (2) in Merseyside and (3) nationally by each of those bodies.
(21326)
26  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what was the average time taken by the Broadcasting Standards Commission to investigate and respond to complaints over the first six months of (a) 1996 and (b) 1997.
(20825)
27  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many Millennium Commission projects have been granted funding to date; how much funding has been granted to each project; and if he will provide a breakdown of these projects by regional location.
(21348)
28  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many complaints the Broadcasting Standards Commission investigated in the first six months of (a) 1996 and (b) 1997.
(20823)
29  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many Millennium Commission bids, which have been granted funding, have been submitted by (a) women's organisations, (b) Afro-Caribbean groups and (c) Asian groups (i) at Round 1, (ii) at Round 2 and (iii) at Round 3; and how many were rejected at each round.
(21346)
30  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list all of the programmes which have been the subject of complaints subsequently upheld by the Broadcasting Standards Commission since 1st January 1996.
(20826)
31  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will provide a breakdown of Millennium Commission bids which have reached the detailed appraisal review stage according to regional location indicating how many bids were submitted by (a) women's organisations, (b) Afro-Caribbean groups and (c) Asian groups.
(21347)
32  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list all the programmes about which two or more complaints have been made to the Broadcasting Standards Commission in the first six months of 1997.
(20824)
33  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the tours of duty undertaken by members of the General Service Batallion since 1994 and those planned for the next two years indicating the numbers involved.
(20322)
34  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the duties of part-time members of the Royal Irish Regiment Home Service battalions.
(20324)
35  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what were the total salary costs for part-time members of the Royal Irish Regiment in the last year for which figures are available.
(20326)
36  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 6th November, Official Report, column 321, what were the total staffing levels of the Royal Irish Regiment in December 1997 (i) in total and (ii) broken down (1) into numbers of full-time and part-time, (2) by gender, (3) by perceived religious or community origin of each gender and (4) battalion.
(20328)
37  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason figures are not available for the perceived religious and community origin of serving members of the Royal Irish Regiment General Service Batallion.
(20323)
38  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will approximate to district council constituencies the field of operations of each battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment Home Service.
(20325)
39  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many part-time members of the Royal Irish Regiment are otherwise (a) employed and (b) unemployed; and if he will estimate the numbers of part-time members of the Royal Irish Regiment falling into each standard occupational category in their civilian roles.
(20327)
40  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 6th November 1997, Official Report, column 324, what was the overall strength in September (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997 of the Province Reserve Battalion and the Rural Reinforcement Battalion broken down into numbers fully committed to Northern Ireland and the numbers actually deployed there.
(20305)
41  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many patrols were carried out by each battalion stationed in Northern Ireland in the last month for which figures are available broken down by parliamentary constituency or other convenient geographical division.
(20306)
42  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Series 3 Land Rovers have now been withdrawn from service with the Army; and if they have been disposed of.
(21143)
43  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the British military presence in the Falklands Islands is excluded from the Strategic Defence Review.
(21203)
44  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 5th December, Official Report, column 383, concerning the West Indies Guardship, where and when discussions took place with the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development; and if minutes were taken at the meeting.
(21292)
45  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what provision is made for households evicted from armed forces' housing estates; and what liaison takes place with local authorities to ensure that families are properly re-housed locally with particular reference to those households whose head is (a) unemployed and (b) on income support.
(21325)
46  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the 110 Series Land Rover has an exhaust emission which meets current EU regulations.
(21148)
47  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in the last month for which figures are available how many Royal Irish Regiment patrols were (a) accompanied by the RUC and (b) unaccompanied.
(20287)
48  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received about exhaust emissions of Army Land Rovers.
(21147)
49  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many households on armed forces' housing estates have been served with notices of eviction in the current year; what estimate he has made of the figures for each of the next three years; and how many of these are in the categories (a) civilian or (b) irregular.
(21320)
50  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to extend the life of Series 3 Land Rovers.
(21144)
51  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Series 3 and (b) 110 Land Rovers are currently mothballed.
(21146)
52  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many 110 Series Land Rovers have been ordered by the Army; and how many have been delivered.
(21145)
53  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if the powers of Ministers to refuse to provide information requested in response to written parliamentary questions will be curtailed by the proposals included in the White Paper on Freedom of Information.
(21167)
54  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how long the consultation period in respect of the White Paper on Freedom of Information will last; and what target date he has for the introduction of a Bill to give effect to its provisions.
(21142)
55  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if information relating to the Sovereign and her family in respect of their public roles will be available to the public under the proposals set out in the White Paper on Freedom of Information; and if he will make a statement.
(21194)
56  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will carry out an assessment to establish whether the test of substantial harm in the White Paper on Freedom of Information could obviate the need for the blanket exemption proposed for the security services.
(21169)
57  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what proposals he has to allow honourable Members to challenge a refusal by a Minister to provide the information requested by means of a written parliamentary question.
(21168)
58  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to improve training and educational opportunities for seasonally unemployed individuals who do not qualify for the New Deal programme.
(21318)
59  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make it his policy that public spending on higher education should increase in line with the growth in gross domestic product.
(21159)
60  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the cost of the National Testing System for fourteen year olds, (i) in total and (ii) broken down into costs for (a) printing, (b) postage of the test papers, (c) payments to the external markers and (d) fees charged by the company which processes the results, in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(21294)
61  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what additional assistance will be given to (a) veterinary and (b) architecture students, beginning degree courses in 1998 and later, towards the cost of tuition fees for the fourth and subsequent years of their courses.
(21157)
62  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he will appoint a person with a learning disability to the Disability Rights Task Force; and if he will make a statement on the rights of people with learning disabilities.
(21043)
63  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the numbers of students applying to universities for admission in 1998 broken down by parliamentary constituency.
(20506)
64  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he intends to announce the appointment of the chairman of the review committee that will examine the framework for determining pay and conditions of service for those in higher education.
(21162)
65  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to implement Recommendation 19 of the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education.
(21158)
66  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the advantages of extending the New Deal programme to those economically inactive individuals who are not officially registered as unemployed.
(21317)
67  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assistance will be given to students over the age of 50 years beginning higher or further education courses in 1998 towards the cost of living and tuition fees.
(21156)
68  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the Exchequer of the avoidance of the payment of business rates on outdoor advertising sites; and if he will make a statement.
(20715)
69  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he was notified that plutonium was being shipped from Sellafield in roll-on roll-off ferries; how many shipments and how much plutonium has been carried since October 1996; how much plutonium and how many shipments are planned in the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(20289)
70  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 10th December, Official Report, column 547, concerning signs at airports, if she will require those words which do require to be used to appear additionally in other languages.
(21141)
71  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the tax revenue to the Treasury if all assets held offshore by British citizens were taxable under United Kingdom law.
(21042)
72  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of British export business was conducted in (a) US dollars, (b) German marks, (c) French francs, (d) other EU currencies and (e) other world currencies in each of the last five years.
(21200)
73  
  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what would be the estimated loss of tax relief to the Treasury if all PEP investors were to make the full contributions currently permissible into private pension plans.
[R] (21350)
74  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the deadline for the submission of self assessment tax returns; and if he will make a statement.
(20712)
75  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in each of the last 10 financial years, how many people filled in income tax returns; and of those how many were (a) primarily self-employed and (b) pensioners.
(20993)
76  
  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the current average value of PEP plans into which the full maximum annual instalments have been made since inception.
[R] (21349)
77  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, to what extent the Paymaster General is inhibited from altering his involvement with the Orion Trust because of inside knowledge of planned changes in tax law; and if he will make a statement.
(20978)
78  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the use of insurance premium tax as a marketing promotion by insurance retailers competing with travel agents.
(20713)
79  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 10th December, Official Report, column 573, what steps she plans to increase the accuracy of the method used to calculate unemployment statistics.
(21140)
80  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government intends to take to persuade the United States of America to repeal the Helms-Burton legislation.
(21316)
81  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contingency plans he has in place for dependent territories in the Caribbean in the eventuality of other volcanic eruptions.
(21041)
82  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the status of the Falkland Islands is being considered as part of the Dependent Territories Review.
(21202)
83  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Commissioner for Pitcairn has had with businesses seeking to create employment on Pitcairn concerning the provision of Internet services to the island; and for what reasons the Commissioner has been seeking to acquire the domain name for Pitcairn from the designated manager.
(21045)
84  
  
Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applications for visitors' visas to the United Kingdom were received in the last 12 months at Lagos; and how many of these applications were refused.
(21332)
85  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 18th November, Official Report, column 103, what steps his Department has taken to inform other bodies of its support for the broad intentions relating to each United Nations text; and to what extent he has monitored the implementation of the principles contained in the texts.
(20329)
86  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Weston-Super-Mare of 10th December, Official Report, Column 596, on the DTI/FCO Export Forum, if he will make a statement on his plans to help United Kingdom companies export their goods abroad.
(21293)
87  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the Government's policy on Internet services for Pitcairn Island and other dependent territories; and if he will make a statement.
(21038)
88  
  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the earliest date on which Turkey may be admitted as a full member of the EU; and if he will make a statement.
(21312)
89  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if it is the Government's policy to seek to regulate or control domain names on the Internet in respect of United Kingdom dependent territories; and if he will make a statement.
(21039)
90  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if constitutional change, other than as provided for in the Treaty of Utrecht, in the status of Gibraltar is a matter solely for the decision of Her Majesty's Government and the Government of Gibraltar.
(21044)
91  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of patients who will be de-registered from their dentists, as a result of the new regulations relating to the de-registering of patients who have not visited their dentist within the last 15 months (a) in total and (b) in Cornwall, in (i) numerical and (ii) percentage terms.
(21323)
92  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received in response to the de-registering of patients who have not visited their dentist within the last 15 months; and if he will make a statement.
(21322)
93  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he intends to take to encourage patients to register with their dentists before the Government regulations relating to patients who have not visited their dentist within the last 15 months are enforced.
(21324)
94  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list (a) those health trusts which charge VAT for meals they provide as part of a meals on wheels service and (b) those that do not.
(21137)
95  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects appointments to all vacant chairmen and non-executive posts in NHS trusts in Buckinghamshire to be made; and if he will make a statement.
(20820)
96  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department issued guidance to opticians giving clarification of general ophthalmic services procedures; to what extent the measures it contains are enforceable; what estimate he has made of the regional impact of the procedures on take up of (a) eye tests and (b) free eye tests for those on benefits; and in what areas the advice differs from previous guidance issued by his Department.
(20926)
97  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the risk associated with eating each type of food linked with fatal cases of food poisoning, infection or allergic reaction on which his Department collates data.
(20768)
98  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the National Institute for Clinical Excellence can compel local purchasers to buy drugs and treatments of proven effectiveness.
(20821)
99  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, where the legal responsibility for unaccompanied minors detained in immigration detention centres rests.
(20655)
100  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what are the arrangements to secure the accountability of, and to monitor the actions of, private security personnel working in immigration detention centres, with particular reference to the custody and care of unaccompanied minors.
(20659)
101  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will suspend the licence granted to Huntingdon Life Sciences to breed beagles.
(21333)
102  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on prison policy and rules relating to the (a) issue of and (b) payment for telephone cards and access to and use of prison telephones for contact with close relatives outside the jurisdiction; and how many minutes and how many calls are permitted each week for prisoners who are (i) on remand and (ii) on trial.
(20337)
103  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what submissions he has received from (a) the legal representatives of Roisin McAliskey and (b) others concerning her proposed extradition; and if he will make a statement.
(20284)
104  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the principal purposes of the draft Additional Protocol to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons approved by the European Committee on Crime Problems in June 1997 and indicate the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards the draft.
(20286)
105  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the protection and care of unaccompanied minors in Campsfield House Immigration Detention Centre is the responsibility of the Oxfordshire Child Protection Committee.
(20657)
106  
  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) statistics his Department collates and (b) estimates he has made in respect of the number of (i) applications for leave to apply for judicial review in immigration and asylum cases that were received in the Queen's Bench Divisional Court indicating which (1) were allowed, (2) were refused and (3) lapsed and (ii) substantive applications for judicial review in immigration and asylum cases that were disposed of by the Divisional Court indicating those applications that were (A) allowed, (B) dismissed and (C) withdrawn in (x) 1996 and (y) 1997; and if he will list the proportion of applications in which his Department conceded the matters at issue prior to the court hearing.
(21321)
107  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many family telephone calls and of what duration Brian McHugh was permitted to make in (a) September, (b) October and (c) November 1997.
(20332)
108  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the differences in prison regime for prisoners in each class of risk assessment within the Category A band separately indicating the conditions for those prisoners presently held in HMP Belmarsh who continue to occupy cells previously designated as a special secure unit.
(20334)
109  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on how many times Brian McHugh has been strip searched while on remand in HMP Belmarsh.
(20336)
110  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what record is maintained of the number of occasions on which remand prisoners are unable to appear in court as a result of injuries sustained on route; if he routinely receives reports of such injuries; and to whom trial judges report concerns in such cases.
(20333)
111  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what circumstances family visits for remand prisoners previously held in the Special Secure Unit at HMP Belmarsh and currently on trial is permitted in respect of the use of (a) the visitors' children's room and (b) children's books, crayons or toys.
(20335)
112  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what separate accommodation is provided for unaccompanied minors detained in immigration detention centres.
(20656)
113  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects Sir Donald Acheson to complete his review of the effect on prisoners' health when detained in a special secure unit; and if he will make a statement.
(20283)
114  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons currently serving a prison sentence in England and Wales will be subject upon completion of their sentence to an expulsion or deportation order to (a) Ireland, (b) states that are party to the European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons and (c) elsewhere.
(20285)
115  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of 18th November, Official Report, column 103 if the Prison Service was notified of the Government's support for the broad intentions of the UN texts; and if he will make a statement on their implementation.
(20338)
116  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied minors have been detained in Campsfield House, Oxfordshire, in each month of 1997 (a) under Immigration Act powers and (b) under other legislation.
(20658)
117  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports she has evaluated on the circumstances surrounding the current tender for the machinery to monitor and control the supply of electricity to the City of Hyderabad in India; and if she will make a statement.
(21008)
118  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how she ensures that overseas tenders for which her Department are preparing are conducted in such a way as to ensure (a) value for money and (b) that all tenders have an equal chance of winning the contract.
(21007)
119  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to withdraw payment of aid to Zimbabwe.
(21204)
120  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the extent to which the system of allowing export duty payable on aid contracts in India gives all those tendering an equal opportunity.
(21009)
121  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many actions have (a) been issued and (b) proceeded to trial with a value of between £10,000 and £15,000 in each of the last three years, broken down into personal injury, other negligence, debt claims, housing claims and other claims; and what data he has collated on the average costs of these claims.
[R] (21275)
122  
  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what estimate he has made of the potential savings accruing from the removal of money and damages claims from the scope of legal aid.
(21314)
123  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what research his Department (a) has carried out, (b) has commissioned and (c) plans to carry out and publish concerning the effect of the extension of the use of conditional fee agreements and the withdrawal of legal aid for money claims on solicitors' firms; and at what cost.
[R] (21278)
124  
  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what estimate he has made of the impact on (a) the volume of legal aid certificates and (b) legal aid expenditure of the increase in the small claims limit made in January 1996.
(21319)
125  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the research that has been commissioned or received into small claims, with special reference to research (a) following up the concerns expressed in the National Audit Office survey relating to unrepresented litigants and (b) concerning how many and what types of litigants and what types of case are unable to proceed without legal help or legal aid.
[R] (21279)
126  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the factors that underlay the Lord Chancellor's decision to recommend an increase in the small claims limit to £5,000.
[R] (21205)
127  
  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what (a) monitoring and (b) research his Department has undertaken into the impact of the increase in the small claims limit from January 1996 on housing cases.
(21315)
128  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, in each year or part year since the small claims limit increased to £3,000, how many claims have (a) been issued and (b) proceeded to a hearing with the small claims court, broken down by (i) personal injury, other negligence, debt, housing and other, and (ii) by value of the claim in the bands (1) under £1,000, (2) £1,000 to £3,000, (3) £3,000 to £5,000, (4) £5,000 to £10,000 and (5)£10,000 to £15,000.
[R] (21271)
129  
  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many applications to have housing cases rescinded from the small claims procedure have been granted since the introduction of the higher small claims limit in January 1996.
(21313)
130  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, in each year or part year since the small claims limit was increased to £3,000, how many applications were made to rescind the automatic reference to arbitration; and how many of these were granted, broken down by the type of case and the value of the claim.
[R] (21276)
131  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when Professor Baldwin's research into the small claims courts will be published; and what were the terms of reference of his work.
[R] (21277)
132  
N  
Mr Andrew MacKay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what account her Department took of the Museums Association Code of Practice for Museum Governing Bodies in the preparation of the draft Museums and Galleries (NI) Order 1997.
(21134)
133  
N  
Mr Andrew MacKay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the Northern Ireland Museums Council was consulted on the preparation of the draft Museums and Galleries (NI) Order 1997.
(21133)
134  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what fluoride compounds are added to public water supplies in Tandragee and Bangor; in what concentration; and by whom they are supplied.
(20063)
135  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the risks to health arising from fluoridation of water supplies.
(20065)
136  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans there are to (a) extend and (b) cease the fluoridation of water supplies in Northern Ireland.
(20067)
137  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) households and (b) residents receive fluoridated public water supplies in (i) Tandragee and (ii) Bangor.
(20069)
138  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been charged in relation to public order offences arising from incidents at (a) Portadown Town Centre, (b) Drumcree Church, (c) Brownstown Road, Portadown and (d) Garvaghy Road, Portadown, in each of the last five years.
(20071)
139  
N  
Mr Andrew MacKay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, in relation to the draft Museums and Galleries (NI) Order 1997, what representations were received from the Museums and Galleries Commission on the subject of powers to override trusts or conditions which prohibit or restrict the disposal of objects donated to museums and galleries.
(21132)
140  
N  
Mr Andrew MacKay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what costs have been incurred in advertising for personnel for the Museums Institution for Northern Ireland prior to its being given parliamentary approval.
(21131)
141  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the individuals and organisations that commented on the draft Museums and Galleries (NI) Order 1997.
(21136)
142  
N  
Mr Andrew MacKay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what account her Department took of the guidance in the Department of National Heritage Review of Museum Policy in the preparation of the draft Museums and Galleries (NI) Order 1997.
(21135)
143  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations she has received in relation to fluoridation at Tandragee and Bangor.
(20064)
144  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment has been made of the impact of fluoridation on the (a) dental and (b) general medical health of the population of Tandragee and Bangor.
(20066)
145  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what basis Tandragee and Bangor were selected as the location for the fluroidation of public water supplies.
(20068)
146  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the Water Service commenced adding fluoride compounds to public water supplies at Tandragee and Bangor; and what public consultation preceded such action.
(20070)
147  
N  
Mr Andrew MacKay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the advice of the Museums and Galleries Commission was sought (a) before preparation of the draft Museums and Galleries (NI) Order 1997, (b) during the consultation stage on the draft Order and (c) following the representations received on the draft Order.
(21130)
148  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to continue the policy of the Prime Minister promoting increased domestic procurement of agricultural produce; and what plans he has to audit the levels of domestic procurement.
(21164)
149  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans the Government has during the United Kingdom presidency of the European Union to secure the survey promised by the Commission of the potential number of job losses that will arise from the ending of the trade in duty free goods.
(21165)
150  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if teaching quality assessment will continue in Scotland after 1998.
(21152)
151  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the short fall in the number of NHS nurses in each specialty in Scotland, by health board area, on 1st December.
(21160)
152  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to establish a Scottish Forum for Higher Education to advise him on the strategic direction of higher education in Scotland.
(21154)
153  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many vacant NHS posts there are currently in Scotland, by health board area, for (a) hospital doctors, (b) general practitioners and (c) nurses; and what these numbers were at the same time in 1996.
(21161)
154  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proposals the Action Group on Scottish Education has made to (a) raise education standards and (b) reduce truancy levels in Scottish schools.
(21150)
155  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he plans to fill the post of Chief Scientific Officer for Scotland.
(21153)
156  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list for each person he has appointed since taking office (a) the office to which he has appointed them, (b) the period of office for which they have each been appointed, (c) their political party allegiance and (d) the date of appointment.
(21290)
157  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if it is his policy to encourage the creation of sixth-year colleges in Scotland to teach subjects at advanced higher level.
(21149)
158  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what additional assistance will be given to (a) veterinary and (b) architecture students beginning degree courses at Scottish institutions in 1998 and later towards the cost of tuition fees for the fourth and subsequent years of their courses.
(21155)
159  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assistance will be given to students over the age of 50 years beginning higher or further education courses in Scotland in 1998 towards the cost of living and tuition fees.
(21151)
160  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what uniform rate of employer national insurance contributions would be required on earnings above the lower earning limit to maintain current employer NICs revenues, if employer NICs were to be abolished on the slice of earnings below the LEL.
(20992)
161  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many of the people who will receive reduced council tax benefit under the proposed restrictions will be (a) renters, (b) owner-occupiers with mortgages and (c) owner occupiers who own outright.
(20991)
162  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if recipients of disability living allowance who receive a questionnaire under the Benefits Integrity Programme are entitled to see a copy of their initial claim form; and what publicity his Department provides in respect of these arrangements.
(20822)
163  
N  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps she is taking to secure continued structural fund support for the regions from the European Union.
(19398)
164  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the businesses visited since 1st May by the Minister of State, the honourable Member for Makerfield, and the dates.
(21138)
165  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how much coal, gas, oil and electricity has been imported into the United Kingdom in the calendar years 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997; and how much she estimates will be imported in 1998, 2008 and 2018; and for each of these years, what estimate she has made of the cost of the imports of each of these energy sources.
(21274)
166  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the management performance of the Joint European Torus undertaking in respect of the European Fusion Project at Culham, with particular regard to the use of public funds and the consequences for future energy policy.
(21170)
167  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will examine the case for supporting the heat exchanger recently invented by Bristol University within the Government's space programme.
(21128)
168  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many complaints concerning telephone fraud her Department has received in each of the last three years.
(20965)
169  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what research her Department has commissioned into the use of coal as a clean source of energy; and how much money the Government is planning to spend on this research.
(21291)
170  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will place copies of all the responses to the Green Paper on Improving the Payment Culture in the Library.
(21129)
171  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the known extent of the United Kingdom's indigenous sources of coal, gas and oil; and what is her estimate, based on present consumption levels,of when each will run out.
(21272)
172  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will establish a public inquiry into domestic telephone fraud.
(20966)
173  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the relative efficiencies of coal-fired, gas-fired and oil-fired electricity power stations; and if she will make a statement.
(21273)
174  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of his proposals in the local government settlement on local authority pension provision.
[Question Unstarred] (19399)
175  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston-upon-Hull North):    To ask Mr Attorney General, if he will place in the Library the written observations drafted on behalf of the UK Government and submitted to the European Court of Justice in case C-409/95 between Helmut Marschall and Land NordRhein-Westfalen.
[Transferred] (20290)
176  
N  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to increase the 21 day time limit in Scotland for an appeal under section 100 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
[Transferred] (21236)
177  
N  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many driving licence holders have had their licences revoked under section 92 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 in each of the past five years.
[Transferred] (21232)
178  
N  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many persons applying for a driving licence have had a licence refused under section 92 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 in each of the past five years.
[Transferred] (21234)
179  
N  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many driving licence holders who have had their licences revoked under section 92 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 have appealed under section 100 against the revocation of a licence in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (21233)
180  
N  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many persons who have applied for a driving licence and have had a licence refused under section 92 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 have appealed under section 100 against the refusal of a licence in each of the past five years.
[Transferred] (21235)
181  
N  
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the impact of his proposed reforms of non-departmental public bodies and agencies on the economy in Wales.
[Question Unstarred] [Welsh Grand Committee] (19383)


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