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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 18 December 1997

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 18 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.
 


 
THURSDAY 18th DECEMBER
1  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much public money was spent to support beef farming in the last year for which figures are available.
(21757)
2  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many beef farmers there were in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland at the most recent date for which figures are available.
(21758)
3  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will take steps to ensure that imported beef supplied to schools meets the (a) meat safety and (b) animal welfare standards required of United Kingdom producers.
(21603)
4  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what response the Government has made to the recent statement by the Irish government with regard to the lifting of the world-wide moratorium on commercial whaling.
(21630)
5  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if his Department's estimates of the total costs of resolving the millennium compliance problem include costs relating to the embedded chip problem; and if he will make a statement.
(21565)
6  
N  
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action he will take to prohibit beef imports in cases of suspect documentation.
(21582)
7  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the backlog of animal carcases awaiting incineration; and what action the Government is taking under the over thirty month scheme to expedite the processing.
(21497)
8  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the approximate value of support provided by agricultural support funds of the European Community for (a) cereals and (b) livestock in the latest year for which figures are available.
(21688)
9  
  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what response his Department has (a) made and (b) plans to make to representatives from the National Institute of Agricultural Botany about the funding of complimentary national list trials for cereals.
(21682)
10  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will propose a system of deficiency payments for staple marketable crops and livestock produced in areas of climatic disadvantage to the European Commission.
(21687)
11  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the advantages of exempting beef from cattle born after 1st August 1996 from the ban on beef on-the-bone; and if he will make a statement.
(21598)
12  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the percentage risk of contracting CJD from consuming 1kg of beef on-the-bone sourced from cattle born after 1st August 1996; and if he will make a statement.
(21597)
13  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what millennium compliance problems have occurred to date in his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) other public bodies; and if he will make a statement.
(21560)
14  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what percentage of beef sold in the United Kingdom is sourced from cattle born after 1st August 1996; and if he will make a statement.
(21599)
15  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what external advice he sought when SEAC's recommendations were first notified to him.
(21610)
16  
N  
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action he will take to ensure that beef which is being imported from Europe is (a) free of BSE and (b) from a herd with no history of BSE.
(21583)
17  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he was first notified of SEAC's recommendations on beef on-the-bone.
(21608)
18  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what are the scientific purposes which have been accepted by the IWC as reasons for the hunting of whales.
(21655)
19  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what measures are in place to ensure that imported meats meet United Kingdom health standards, with particular reference to the provisions relating to deboning.
(21685)
20  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will provide additional money to councils to fund environmental health officers' inspection of butchers' shops, following the ban of beef on the bone.
(21675)
21  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the extent to which (a) the Norwegians and (b) the Japenese are exceeding their scientific quota catch.
(21631)
22  
N  
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he is taking to ensure that imported beef conforms to the criteria for United Kingdom domestic slaughter.
(21581)
23  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much farmers in other EU member states received in agri-monetary aid payments in the last year for which figures are available; and what proportion of this total has been funded by the UK.
(21609)
24  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what has been the average price of beef (a) on the world market and (b) in the United Kingdom in each quarter of each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(21759)
25  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much was spent from public funds in support of agriculture in (a) 1970-71 and (b) 1971-72 in 1996 prices in (i) pounds and (ii) ecus.
(21690)
26  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the total support for United Kingdom agriculture provided by the funds of the European Community in 1996 in (a) pounds and (b) ecus.
(21689)
27  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what mechanisms are used to decide between national and local priorities in arts funding.
(21678)
28  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has for a fundamental review of Government spending on the arts; and if he will make a statement.
(21613)
29  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proposals he has received from the Commission of the European Communities concerning harmonisation of legislation concerning television broadcasting and technology; what consultation took place prior to its publication; and what arrangements he has made for consultation on it in the United Kingdom.
(21691)
30  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what mechanisms he uses to allocate funding to those arts which his Department supports.
(21677)
31  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will review the arrangements for giving pensioners discounted licence fees during his comprehensive review of the BBC licence fee system prior to 2002.
(21614)
32  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff are employed in the Atomic Co-ordinating offices in London and Washington; what are their Civil Service grades; and what are the annual operating costs of each office.
(21829)
33  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the number of occasions since April 1996 on which United Kingdom officials have visited (a) CEA and (b) DGA facilities.
(21828)
34  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the arming-fusing-firing mechanism for the UK's Trident warhead is wholly owned by the UK.
(21823)
35  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the cost to the United Kingdom of engineering services provided at the Sandia National Laboratory for the development, evaluation, production and stockpile surveillance of the UK's Trident re-entry body system.
(21821)
36  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the projects on which his Department is working jointly with Sandia National Laboratory.
(21826)
37  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many gloveboxes are currently in store, awaiting treatment and disposal, at AWE Aldermaston.
(21832)
38  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many United Kingdom personnel are stationed in the US, and US personnel stationed in the United Kingdom, under the terms of the 1958 Agreement and the Polaris sales agreements, as amended for Trident.
(21830)
39  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what existing problems have been encountered in (a) his Department and (b) public bodies under the responsibility of his Department and (c) the armed forces as a consequence of the millennium computer problem; and if he will make a statement.
(21539)
40  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what margin of error is associated with his Department's estimate of a £200 million total cost for resolving the millennium computer problem; and if he will make a statement.
(21542)
41  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the operational military effectiveness of the United Kingdom armed forces is likely to be impaired by the millennium computer problem; and if he will make a statement.
(21544)
42  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the sludge solidification treatment facility at AWE Aldermaston to be completed and able to commence operations.
(21809)
43  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if repairs to the A91 plant at AWE Aldermaston have now been completed; and when he expects the plant to become fully operational.
(21804)
44  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the estimated costs, for each of the next 10 years, of decommissioning old buildings and equipment at AWE Aldermaston.
(21833)
45  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much intermediate-level and low-level nuclear waste that cannot be disposed of at Drigg is currently in store at AWE Aldermaston.
(21806)
46  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what public safety assessments have been made of buildings at AWE Aldermaston converted from their previous use to become nuclear waste stores.
(21805)
47  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the visits made by French officials to each United Kingdom atomic weapons establishments since October 1996.
(21827)
48  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are to construct further nuclear waste stores at AWE Aldermaston.
(21834)
49  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the current space storage capacity at AWE Aldermaston for nuclear waste designated for disposal at the NIREX deep waste repository.
(21807)
50  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the estimated annual arisings of (a) low-level waste that can be disposed of at Drigg, (b) low-level nuclear waste that cannot be disposed of at Drigg, (c) intermediate-level nuclear waste arising from normal operations, (d) intermediate-level waste arising from decommissioning, (e) low-level waste arising from decommissioning operations that can be disposed of at Drigg and (f) low-level waste arising from decommissioning operations that cannot be disposed of at Drigg, from AWE Aldermaston, in each of the years between the present and 2020.
(21808)
51  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the functions, bodies or units not covered by the £200 million estimated cost of dealing with the millennium computer problem in his Department and its associated public bodies; if this estimate covers the cost of dealing with the problem as it affects front-line military units; if it includes provision for dealing with the embedded chip problem; and if he will make a statement.
(21541)
52  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the monies which will be made available to his Department from the contingency reserve to ensure millennium computer compliance in the United Kingdom armed forces.
(21543)
53  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will give a breakdown of the £200 million cost of resolving the millennium computer problem in his Department and related bodies to show the estimated expenditure necessary, broken down by each agency or centre.
(21540)
54  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the joint working groups currently in operation as part of (a) the 1958 mutual defence agreement for co-operation on the uses of atomic energy for defence purposes, (b) the Polaris sales agreement and (c) the Trident sales agreement.
(21822)
55  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the projects on which his Department is working jointly with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
(21825)
56  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the size reduction facility at AWE Aldermaston to be completed and able to commence operations.
(21810)
57  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the research projects on which his Department is working jointly with Los Alamos National Laboratories.
(21824)
58  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his oral statement on Computers and the Century Date Change of 27th November, Official Report, column 1104, what margin of error is attached to the £370 million total cost estimated; and if this figure includes expenditure on resolving the embedded chip problem in all government departments.
(21548)
59  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what problems to date have been encountered across government as a consequence of the millennium computer compliance problem; and if he will make a statement.
(21551)
60  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what is his estimate of the total annual expenditure on information technology systems across (a) central government and (b) the rest of the public sector; and if he will make a statement.
(21549)
61  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what is his policy on the final date by which millennium computer compliance across the public sector should be completed; and if he will make a statement.
(21546)
62  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if millennium computer compliance problems in the public sector will be triggered on the date 9th September 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(21552)
63  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the dates in 1998 on which he intends to make his quarterly statement updating progress in dealing with the millennium computer compliance problem in the public sector; and if he will make a statement.
(21550)
64  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list those departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies who had not provided him with a completed, fully costed and prioritised plan for dealing with their millennium computer compliance problems by (a) 1st November and (b) 1st December.
(21553)
65  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the areas of the public sector for which he has responsibility for assessing and guiding the progress towards computer millennium compliance; and if he will make a statement.
(21547)
66  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will publish his Department's internal forecasts of the level of UK unemployment over the next two years; and if he will make a statement.
(21355)
67  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what millennium compliance problems have occurred to date in his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) other public bodies; and if he will make a statement.
(21561)
68  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what statistics his Department collates as to which countries supply beef to British schools.
(21602)
69  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what have been the destinations of (a) claimants leaving or completing project work and (b) claimants in the selected control areas broken down to show those (i) in full-time employment, (ii) in self-employment, (iii) in part-time employment, (iv) in full-time education or training course, (v) on another Government programme, (vi) unemployed and claiming jobseekers' allowance, (vii) unemployed and not claiming benefit, (viii) in receipt of another benefit and (ix) doing something else.
(21517)
70  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if his Department's estimates of the total costs of resolving the millennium compliance problem include costs relating to the embedded chip problem; and if he will make a statement.
(21562)
71  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many claimants have been referred to project work in each quarter since April 1996; and how many of these have had their benefit cut for (i) two weeks and (ii) four weeks for failure to attend or complete their work placement.
(21519)
72  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will provide a breakdown of expenditure expressed (a) in cash terms and (b) at September 1997 prices and the number of starts for each Government employment programme since 1987; and what are the projected figures for 1998-99.
(21520)
73  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many applications were (a) received and (b) granted from overseas doctors for work permits in the last year for which figures are available.
(21874)
74  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what advice he has issued to local education authorities about the inclusion of beef on the school menu.
(21605)
75  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the number of schools which have removed beef from the menu.
(21604)
76  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the number of railway officers visiting schools to educate children on the importance of safety near railway lines has been reduced in the last two years.
(21819)
77  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (a) children and (b) adults have been killed on railway lines in each year since 1992.
(21818)
78  
  
Mr Tom King (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what work his Department is currently carrying out to develop policies to increase the re-use of current housing and other building stock.
(21778)
79  
  
Mr Tom King (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his recent decision regarding the West Sussex Structure Plan; and for what reasons he rejected the proposals made by the Examination in Public.
(21777)
80  
  
Mr Tom King (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of daily commuting journeys (a) to London, (b) to Birmingham and (c) to Bristol in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990 and (iii) the latest year for which figures are available.
(21772)
81  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what regulations governing the number of people permitted to travel on any one train apply on the West Coast mainline, and how they are enforced.
(21673)
82  
  
Mr Tom King (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the number of daily commuting journeys in England, of (a) up to 10 miles, (b) 10 to 25 miles, (c) 25 to 50 miles and (d) over 50 miles, for (i) 1975, (ii) 1980, (iii) 1985, (iv) 1990 and (v) the latest year for which figures are available.
(21779)
83  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has to reduce the number of planning appeals awaiting decision.
(21866)
84  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many planning decisions were called in and awaiting decision on 1st December.
(21865)
85  
  
Mrs Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the representativeness of councils chosen to pilot best value.
(21641)
86  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if his Department's estimates of the total costs of resolving the millennium compliance problem include costs relating to the embedded chip problem; and if he will make a statement.
(21567)
87  
  
Mr Tom King (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the total revenue, at 1997 prices, from (a) domestic rates in 1989-90, (b) the community charge in 1990-91, (c) the community charge in 1991-92 and (d) the council tax for the latest year for which figures are available.
(21774)
88  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the results of the wheel loss survey completed on 30th April will be published.
(21782)
89  
  
Mrs Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to inform those councils that did not become pilot councils of the progress of best value and of the experiences of pilot councils.
(21642)
90  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when later phases of the Joint Enforcement Data base initiative pilot scheme will be implemented.
(21784)
91  
N  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his latest estimate of the total cost of resolving the computer millennium problem in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) other public bodies for which he is responsible; what is in each case (i) expenditure incurred to date, (ii) expenditure planned for 1997-98, (iii) expenditure planned for 1998-99 and (iv) expenditure planned for 1999-2000.
(21530)
92  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons his Department did not allow Air Jamaica rights to operate passenger flights to Manchester Airport in 1996.
(21538)
93  
  
Mr Tom King (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps Her Majesty's Government has taken since 1st May, to (a) require and (b) assist local authorities to carry out and update studies which assess capacity for increasing the amount of housing on previously used land in their areas; what funds his Department provides for studies on this subject; and if he will make a statement.
(21771)
94  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the current phase of the Joint Enforcement Data base initiative pilot scheme will be completed.
(21783)
95  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he last met the Chairman of the Association of Town Centre Management.
(21867)
96  
  
Mr Tom King (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has had from, and what discussions Ministers have had with, the Environment Agency, regarding the impact of current and future new housing development on (a) sustainable water resources and supply, (b) problems of additional loading in sewage treatment works, (c) flood risk protection and (d) sustainable natural uses of flood plans in (i) England, (ii) the South West Region and (iii) Somerset.
(21773)
97  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the timetable for consultation on the EU Directive relating to special provisions for vehicles used for the carriage of passengers with more than eight seats in addition to the driver's seat and amending Directive 70/156/EEC.
(21632)
98  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, by what percentage the incidence of accidents reported on the West Coast mainline has changed since privatisation.
(21672)
99  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what additional financial support will be made available to local authorities to allow them to achieve millennium computer compliance; and if he will make a statement.
(21577)
100  
  
Mr Tom King (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to amend planning guidance to encourage a higher proportion of higher density new housing.
(21820)
101  
  
Mr Tom King (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he proposes to encourage people to (a) restore, (b) enlarge and (c) sub-divide existing homes; and what representations he has received on this issue.
(21775)
102  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (a) accidents and (b) faults have been reported on the West Coast mainline in each year since 1992.
(21671)
103  
  
Mr Tom King (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what increase is forecast in the number of formerly married men and women living alone as owner occupiers in the period 1991 to 2011; and what assumptions are made about their housing requirements and changes in their housing arrangements for the purposes of regional planning guidance for new housing.
(21770)
104  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what millennium compliance problems have occurred to date in his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) other public bodies; and if he will make a statement.
(21566)
105  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his estimate of the total cost to local authorities of achieving millennium computer compliance by 31st December 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(21545)
106  
  
Mr Tom King (Bridgwater):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the likely changes in the population of the United Kingdom up to 2050 assuming no further net immigration.
(21831)
107  
  
Mr Tom King (Bridgwater):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the unemployment percentage for each of the standard regions of England in (a) September 1981, (b) September 1985, (c) September 1989, (d) September 1993 and (e) September 1997.
(21781)
108  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his estimate of the costs of resolving the millennium computer problem include the costs relating to the embedded chip problem; and if he will make a statement.
(21556)
109  
  
Mr Alan Clark (Kensington and Chelsea):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to equalise the excise duty levied upon sparkling wine, still wine and fortified wine.
(21623)
110  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what millennium related computer problems have occurred to date at (a) the Inland Revenue and (b) the Treasury; and if he will make a statement.
(21555)
111  
  
Mr Tom King (Bridgwater):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what inter-departmental machinery exists to ensure that estimates of future internal migration in the United Kingdom accurately reflect current forecasts of regional employment prospects; and if he will make a statement.
(21780)
112  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the date at which the PAYE computer system at the Inland Revenue will become millennium computer compliant; and if he will make a statement.
(21554)
113  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the loan from the European Investment Bank to Railtrack for infrastructure improvement will count in the investment taken into account when calculating the percentage of gross national product deficits relating to Economic and Monetary Union convergence requirements; on what criteria this decision is based; and what rate of interest the Exchequer requires for comparable public investment.
(21686)
114  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the letters to honourable Members from the Financial Secretary to the Treasury have been signed by Ola Solaja on her behalf since 2nd May.
(21420)
115  
N  
Mr Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the case of Mr Mohammid Fazal who has applied for a visa to become a teacher at the Jarim Islamia Rizwia Mosque, Bradford; and what factors underlie the delays in processing his application.
(21500)
116  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of France towards establishing common principles for the licensing of arms exports as part of a European code of conduct.
(19869)
117  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when a decision will be made on the application for entry clearance by Arshad Khan at Islamabad High Commission, ref. D8342.
(21532)
118  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the approval of an export licence for the supply to the Netherlands of shotgun ammunition intended for use in Bosnia.
(21681)
119  
N  
Mr Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the case of Nasim Akhtar who has applied for a permit to join her husband Mr Mohammed Iqbal of Mountbatten Court, Bradford; and what factors underlie the delay in processing this application.
(21501)
120  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the application for entry clearance by Mohammed Aurangyeb, Islamabad ref. IMM/D7004, was referred to the Home Office for further enquiries; what is the nature of those enquiries; and when he expects them to be completed and a decision made.
(21531)
121  
  
Mrs Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will require NHS dentists to display prominently in their surgeries a list of (a) services and prices for treatment available on the NHS and (b) services available on the NHS dependent on the clinical advice of the dentist.
(21640)
122  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS trust boards in the North West hold their meetings in private.
(21683)
123  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he next plans to visit Northwick Park hospital, Kenton.
(21861)
124  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will call for a report on the care policy of Northwick Park hospital, Kenton.
(21862)
125  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the projected shortfall for (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99 for (i) hospital doctors, (ii) general practitioners and (iii) nurses.
(21359)
126  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of ensuring millennium computer compliance; and if he will make a statement.
(21525)
127  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each of the major acute PFI schemes prioritised by his Department since May, how much each relevant health trust paid for each of the last three years in annual capital charges to the Treasury.
(21402)
128  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was, for each of the 15 major acute PFI schemes prioritised by his Department since May, the actual and percentage charge in purchasers' annual revenue commmitment to the schemes between outline and full business case.
(21414)
129  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the number of staffed acute beds at NHS trusts with PFI developments prioritised by his Department since May (a) in 1996 and (b) projected upon completion of the scheme; and what is the percentage charge between the two in each case.
(21415)
130  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many elderly patients are currently in Northwick Park hospital, Kenton.
(21863)
131  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the recent report by Professor Mike Smith of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, on the issue of the millennium problem in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(21528)
132  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what monies will be made available to the NHS from the contingency reserve to ensure millennium computer compliance; and if he will make a statement.
(21523)
133  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will (a) list the capital cost in the Outline Business Case, (b) estimate the current cost and (c) give the percentage change between (a) and (b) for each of the major acute PFI schemes prioritised by his Department since May.
(21400)
134  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list each medical speciality and number of current vacancies for qualified doctors in it.
(21864)
135  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what millennium computer compliance problems have arisen to date within (a) his Department and (b) the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(21529)
136  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each of the major acute PFI schemes prioritised by his Department since May (a) the cost of renovating the existing facilities and (b) the current estimated cost of the PFI scheme.
(21399)
137  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of resolving the embedded chip problem in the NHS; what proportion of the NHS information technology systems budget he estimates this will represent; and if he will make a statement.
(21524)
138  
  
Mrs Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the implications of the NHS White Paper on NHS dentistry.
(21639)
139  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each lead consortium involved in each of the major acute PFI schemes prioritised by his Department since May will receive for the use of the new hospitals per year upon completion.
(21401)
140  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what risks to NHS patients will arise from (a) the millennium computer compliance problem and (b) the embedded chip problem; what steps he will take to ensure the safety of patients; and if he will make a statement.
(21526)
141  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce a model working plan for NHS trusts for dealing with the millennium problem and embedded chip problem; and if he will make a statement.
(21527)
142  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate by scheme the subsidies paid by his Department under the smoothing mechanism to the 15 major acute PFI schemes prioritised by his Department since May.
(21413)
143  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications were made for the vacant CRE Commission posts; and how many persons were shortlisted.
(21871)
144  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales were holding females aged (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 years of age on the last date for which figures are available.
(21601)
145  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will collate crime statistics by parliamentary constituency.
(21676)
146  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what will be the projected (i) untried and (ii) convicted unsentenced remand prison population on 1st January 1998.
(21537)
147  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many exclusion orders under the Licensed Premises (Exclusion of Persons) Act 1980 have been applied for and granted by the magistrate's courts in each year since 1997.
(21852)
148  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of those persons aged (a) 15 and (b) 16 years have been remanded (i) in adult prisons and (ii) in total, in each month in each of the last five years; and what was the average period of detention in each year.
(21600)
149  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) Black and (b) Asian people are employed in the Community Relations Unit.
(21872)
150  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what millennium compliance problems have occurred to date in his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) other public bodies; and if he will make a statement.
(21563)
151  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his visit to Northfields, Leicester.
(21873)
152  
  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of those arrested in relation to possible drug related offences whilst visiting prisons were (a) charged and (b) convicted of a criminal offence arising therefrom in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(21616)
153  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) boys and (b) girls aged under 18 years are currently in (i) prison and (ii) young offenders' institutions following (1) sentence and (2) remand into custody; and what is the projected under 18 prison and young offender institution population on 1st January 1998.
(21536)
154  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make road policing a national core policing objective.
(21680)
155  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department's estimates of the total costs of resolving the millennium compliance problem include costs relating to the embedded chip problem; and if he will make a statement.
(21564)
156  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the review of immigration policy on carer cases will be completed.
(21533)
157  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what date he expects to implement the recommendations of H.M. Chief Inspector of Prisons relating to (a) the provision of extra work places for prisoners, (b) additional funding for evening classes, (c) weekend drug testing and (d) additional places on drug-free wings at HM Prison, Acklington.
(21622)
158  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many babies have been held in prison units in each year since 1992; what was the average time each baby spent in prison in each year; what category of prisoner was each mother; and if he will make a statement.
(21535)
159  
  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) asylum appeals and (b) other immigration appeals are currently outstanding.
(21629)
160  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total female prison population, by category and in total, on 1st January for each of the last 10 years; what is the current female prison population, by category and in total; and what is the projected female prison population for 1st January 1998.
(21534)
161  
  
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, as representing the House of Commons Commission, when the Commission expects the House to become a non-smoking building.
(21693)
162  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which non-governmental aid organisations have notified her Department that they are working in Irian Jaya.
(21423)
163  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will raise the situation of the population of Irian Jaya with the Indonesian authorities with particular reference to problems relating to food distribution on the island.
(21422)
164  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what humanitarian aid the United Kingdom gives to North Korea.
(21684)
165  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to assist the population of Irian Jaya.
(21421)
166  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many applications there were for silks in (a) 1996 and (b) 1997; and how many were successful.
(21855)
167  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many visits he has made to legal aid practices in England and Wales since his appointment.
(21856)
168  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, which judges are responsible for education and training in each of the circuits.
(21854)
169  
N  
Jacqui Smith (Redditch):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will list the overseas visits he has made, indicating the dates and purpose of the visits in each case.
(21580)
170  
  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what has been (a) the annual cost since its introduction of the Animal Health Computer System in Northern Ireland and (b) the approximate cost per movement in the latest financial year.
(21761)
171  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to continue the SPARD programme for improvements on farms after 1999.
(21637)
172  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many vacant positions there were in each of the last five years for (a) hospital doctors, (b) general practitioners and (c) nurses.
(21360)
173  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is the projected shortfall for (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99 for (i) hospital doctors, (ii) general practitioners and (iii) nurses.
(21361)
174  
  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she plans to introduce charges to farmers, auctioneers or abbatoirs for the Animal and Public Health Information System; and what the scale of those charges will be.
(21764)
175  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she is taking to ensure that the export ban on Northern Ireland produced beef is removed.
(21628)
176  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will estimate the number of staffed acute beds in use for each of the last 10 years.
(21405)
177  
  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is the (a) capital cost and (b) annual cost of the Animal and Public Health Information System and the approximate cost per livestock movement.
(21763)
178  
  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the savings to the Veterinary Service of the Department of Agriculture by the introduction of the Animal Health Computer System.
(21762)
179  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will initiate proposals for a quarterly meeting with (a) the Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality and (b) other organisations representing the Black and Asian Community.
(21869)
180  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to meet the Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality.
(21868)
181  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Prime Minister, what guidance he has issued to government departments concerning the recruitment and retention of Black and Asian staff.
(21870)
182  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Prime Minister, what are the objectives, budget and staffing levels of the Social Exclusion Unit.
(21679)
183  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the projected shortfall for (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99 for (i) hospital doctors, (ii) general practitioners and (iii) nurses.
(21358)
184  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will estimate, by scheme, the subsidies paid by his Department under the smoothing mechanism to the three major acute PFI schemes prioritsed by his Department since May.
(21407)
185  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will estimate for each of the major acute PFI schemes prioritised by his Department since May, the financial and percentage change in the purchasers' annual revenue commitment to PFI hospital schemes between outline and full business case.
(21410)
186  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many tonnes of meat, bonemeal and tallow are in store in Scotland as a consequence of the actions taken by the Government as a consequence of BSE; what different options are being used to dispose of them; what are the costs per tonne associated with each disposal option; what other disposal options have been considered and rejected; what other disposal options are still being considered; and how long he estimates that it will take to dispose of the stored amounts of meat, bonemeal and tallow completely.
(21841)
187  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list for each of the acute PFI schemes prioritised by his Department since May, how much each relevant health trust paid for each of the last three years in annual capital charges to the Treasury.
(21408)
188  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will estimate the number of staffed acute beds in use for each of the last 10 years.
(21403)
189  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list for each of the major acute PFI schemes prioritised by his Department since May, how much each lead consortium involved will receive per year for the use of the new hospitals upon completion.
(21412)
190  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to require (a) supermarkets and (b) other retail outlets to notify customers of the country of origin and age of the animals in the case of all fresh and frozen meat sold by them.
(21803)
191  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if his Department's estimates of the total costs of resolving the millennium compliance problem include costs relating to the embedded chip problem; and if he will make a statement.
(21569)
192  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what millennium compliance problems have occurred to date in his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) other public bodies; and if he will make a statement.
(21568)
193  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if, for each of the major acute PFI schemes prioritised by his Department since May, he will (a) list the capital cost in the outline business case, (b) estimate the current cost and (c) state the percentage change.
(21411)
194  
  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what acreage of (a) Scotland and (b) Perthshire is included in set-aside schemes; what is the current cost to public funds of set-aside schemes in (a) and (b); and what percentage of land under farming in Scotland is included in set-aside.
(21638)
195  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will estimate (a) the number in 1996 of, (b) the number projected upon completion for and (c) the percentage change in staffed acute beds at NHS trusts subject to PFI developments prioritised by his Department since May.
(21409)
196  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list for each of the three major acute PFI schemes prioritised by his Department since May (a) the cost of renovating the existing facilities and (b) the current estimated cost of the scheme.
(21406)
197  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list the criteria for eligibility for claims under the family credit childcare disregard; and for each of the last three years (a) how many families made claims against the disregard, (b) what was the total expenditure, (c) what were the average and the median claims, (d) how many claims were made for care of children aged (i) under one year, (ii) between one and four years and (iii) of school age, (e) how many families claimed for help with child care costs for more than one child and (f) what was the average proportion of total family expenditure on childccare which was offset by family credit childcare disregard.
(21835)
198  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many benefits claimants have had benefit withdrawn as a consequence of acting as a school governor since 1990; and of these, how many have had each benefit concerned withdrawn in each year.
(21811)
199  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the number of claimants in (a) Sutton and (b) Greater London, who are currently claiming disability allowance for (i) mobility awards and (ii) care awards, for (1) arthritis, (2) muscle/bone/joint disease, (3) blindness, (4) stroke-related disability, (5) learning difficulties, (6) other mental health causes, (7) epilepsy, (8) deafness, (9) malignant disease, (10) chest disease, (11) back ailments, (12) heart disease, (13) Parkinson's Disease, (14) Diabetes Melitus, (15) renal disorders, (16) Aids, (17) skin diseases and (18) other reasons.
(21670)
200  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what millennium compliance problems have occurred to date in her (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) other public bodies; and if she will make a statement.
(21558)
201  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proposals she plans to introduce to ensure a sufficient number of trained doctors to carry out medical examinations in the Yorkshire Regions for chronic bronchitis and emphysema; and if she will make a statement.
(21627)
202  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the average length of time applicants in the Normanton constituency waited for medical examinations for respiratory diseases (a) for the six months from January to June, and (b) from July to December 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(21625)
203  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if her Department's estimates of the total costs of resolving the millennium compliance problem include costs relating to the embedded chip problem; and if she will make a statement.
(21559)
204  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage of claimants responding to the Benefits Integrity Project questionnaire had their (i) award maintained, (ii) higher rate maintenance reduced to medium rate maintenance, (iii) higher rate maintenance reduced to lower rate maintenance, (iv) higher rate maintenance reduced to nil, (v) middle rate care reduced to lower rate care and (vi) middle rate care reduced to nil.
(21636)
205  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is her estimate of the total amounts received by persons resident in Wales for the latest available year in respect of (a) disability living allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) industrial injuries disablement benefit; and what these are as a percentage of the total UK amounts in each case.
(21615)
206  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what advice she has received from the Benefits Agency Medical Services in the Yorkshire Region concerning the delay in applicants receiving medical examinations for respiratory diseases; and if she will make a statement.
(21624)
207  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many receipients of each of the main disability benefits have had their benefits (a) reduced and (b) stopped, as a result of the Benefits Integrity Programme; and what proportion of these recipients are over pension age.
(21521)
208  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, on which disability living allowance claim form the Benefit Integrity Project questionnaire will be based.
(21634)
209  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what action she intends to take to promote efficiency in the Yorkshire office of the Benefits Agency Medical Services; and if she will make a statement.
(21626)
210  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of the growth in expenditure on disability benefits since 1979 is attributable to recipients who are (a) above pension age, (b) within five years of pension age and (c) children.
(21522)
211  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the estimated saving in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000 from the introduction of incapacity benefit.
(21576)
212  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many cases of fraud have been reported as a result of the Benefits Integrity Programme.
(21635)
213  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the estimated budget for the year from 1st May for (a) travel and (b) other office costs and expenses for her private office.
(21766)
214  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how much has been spent on refurbishing and refurnishing (a) ministerial offices in her Department and (b) her official President's apartment.
(21765)
215  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps the Government took to persuade the electricity companies to buy more coal, with special reference to regulatory and other measures.
(21776)
216  
N  
Mr Piara S. Khabra (Ealing Southall):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will request ACAS to invite Barclays Bank and the unions representing Barclays staff to use its conciliation services to help resolve the current dispute; and if she will make a statement.
(19799)
217  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the arms for which licences for export to (a) Turkey, (b) India, (c) Pakistan, (d) Algeria, (e) Angola, (f) Nigeria, (g) Syria, (h) Egypt, (i) Kenya, (j) Ethiopia and (k) Eritrea have been granted since 1st May.
(20994)
218  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the arms for which licences for export to (a) Turkey, (b) India, (c) Pakistan, (d) Algeria, (e) Angola, (f) Nigeria, (g) Syria, (h) Egypt, (i) Kenya, (j) Ethiopia and (k) Eritrea have been denied since 1st May, indicating the grounds for refusal in each case.
(20995)
219  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many official functions of her Department she has held in her official apartment since 1st May.
(21767)
220  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a single Minister responsible for ensuring public sector millennium computer compliance, across all public sector bodies; and if she will make a statement.
(21499)
221  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Gedling, of 2nd December, Official Report, columns 163-4, if she will arrange for the Report on the Guidelines for the Management of Civil Plutonium to be placed on the Department's internet site.
(21674)
222  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to visit (a) Abu Dhabi, (b) Dubai and (c) Oman.
(21859)
223  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many country desks there are in her Department.
(21858)
224  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 16th December, on secondees from the private sector, what has been the cost to public funds of the 113 placements.
(21857)
225  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what proportion of the public sector she estimates will be fully millennium computer compliant by 31st December 1999; and if she will make a statement.
(21498)
226  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has received concerning Diamond Cable Communications (UK) Ltd.
(21860)
227  
N  
Mrs Liz Blackman (Erewash):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps she is taking to improve the competitiveness of British industry.
(19876)
228  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when her Department will decide its future policy on new gas-fired power stations.
(21769)
229  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if a Minister of her Department was present at the meetings held by the Paymaster General with the electricity and coal industries on 15th December.
(21768)
230  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many vacant positions there were in each of the last five years for (a) hospital doctors, (b) general practitioners and (c) nurses.
(21356)
231  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will estimate the number of staffed acute beds in use for each of the last 10 years.
(21404)
232  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is the projected shortfall for (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99 for (i) hospital doctors, (ii) general practitioners and (iii) nurses.
(21357)
233  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on Launch Aid.
[Question Unstarred] (19889)
234  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants who have had benefits sanctions imposed for failure to attend or complete work placements under project work have applied for hardship payments; and how many of those have been successful.
[Transferred] (21518)
235  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list those Government Ministers with apartments in Admiralty House; if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of providing this accommodation to Ministers; what factors require Ministers to occupy these apartments; and if he will set out the basis on which they have been allocated to individual Ministers.
[Transferred] (21760)
236  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the Government's objectives for territorial employment pacts.
[Transferred] (21851)
237  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action is being taken by Her Majesty's Government to advocate to governments of the member states of the European Community proposals to limit judgements of the European Court in respect of the (a) liability of national governments to provide retrospective compensation and (b) national time limits concerning initiation of cases.
[Transferred] (21692)
238  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what training has been provided to district office visiting staff undertaking Benefit Integrity Project visits.
[Transferred] (21633)


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