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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Friday 19 December 1997

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 19 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.
 


 
FRIDAY 19th DECEMBER
1  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what European Union funding is available for the provision of school milk in schools within the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(21889)
2  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what asessment he has made of the development by Enfer Scientific of a test for BSE antibodies in tissue samples taken from dead animals.
(21845)
3  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the estimated financial loss caused by fraud within each EU state, in respect of the Common Agricultural Policy.
(21887)
4  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much National Lottery money has been allocated to tourism-related projects in each of the last three years.
(22088)
5  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much Britain has received in European Union grants for tourism-related projects in each of the last three years.
(22021)
6  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will review the system of public funding of the BBC from the licence fee to include an assessment of the effects of its broadcasts on British exports.
(21701)
7  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Ministry of Defence establishments have been carrying out research into non-lethal weapon technologies since 1990.
(21884)
8  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will assess the effect on the overseas sales potential of Eurofighter of the questions put to the Minister for Defence Procurement by the BBC at the Dubai Air Show and broadcast on Panorama.
(21700)
9  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list in descending order the amount spent on the total defence budget per head in each United Kingdom region in 1995-96.
(22032)
10  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about the future anti-personnel scatterable mine project.
(21570)
11  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if there has been any modification of the contract to supply 29 volcano vehicle launched scatterable mine systems and associated equipment and munitions, due to enter service in 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(21571)
12  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British troops are at present stationed in Germany; and what is the estimated cost of this deployment for 1997.
(21890)
13  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to meet Gulf War veterans.
(22145)
14  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will take steps to provide financial assistance to women formerly employed in the Civil Service who lost their pension entitlement as a result of being paid lump sum gratuities from their accumulated pension contributions at their time of leaving; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (22106)
15  
  
Mr Lembit O£pik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what will be the total level of his Department's budget, in 1995-96 prices, for higher education in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99; if he will estimate what such figures would be for (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 1998-99 on the basis of the estimates of the gross domestic product deflator contained in the November 1996 Budget; and if he will make a statement.
(21110)
16  
  
Mr Lembit O£pik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many students currently in higher education have completed an access or foundation course.
(22104)
17  
  
Mr Lembit O£pik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list those access courses that are designed for entry to specific higher education courses.
(22102)
18  
  
Mr Lembit O£pik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the additional administrative responsibilities placed on current facilities and infrastructure in colleges in further education by recent schemes announced by Her Majesty's Government; what provision he has made for additional administrative responsibilities; and if he will make a statement.
(22108)
19  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which TECs have set (a) higher minimum levels of training allowance for non-employed trainees than the minimum permitted and (b) more than the 19.5 days per annum holiday; and if he will make a statement.
(22047)
20  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which body will be responsible for means testing EU applicants to United Kingdom universities in order to determine the level of their contribution to the tuition fees; how this will be administered; and how much it will cost.
(21848)
21  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the numbers and percentages of young people in Sunderland who are participating in youth training and the percentage who are receiving more than the minimum allowance from employers or training providers.
(22050)
22  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the relationship between tourism and jobs in rural areas.
(22020)
23  
  
Mr Lembit O£pik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the total number of students currently enrolled on (a) access and (b) foundation courses; and if he will make a statement.
(22101)
24  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to increase the minimum weekly training allowance for youth training.
(22046)
25  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if the revenue raised through the introduction of tuition fees will be used entirely to fund further and higher education by allowing the institutions which collect the money to spend it.
(21847)
26  
  
Mr Lembit O£pik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the purpose of access and foundation courses, and on their relationship to higher education.
(22103)
27  
  
Mr Lembit O£pik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what will be the total level of his Department's budget, in 1995-96 prices, for further education in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99; what such figures would be for (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 1998-99 on the basis of the estimates of the gross domestic product deflator contained in the November 1996 Budget; and if he will make a statement.
(22109)
28  
  
Mr Lembit O£pik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the expenditure per student on capital projects within the further education sector for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98 and (c) 1998-99; and if he will make a statement.
(22113)
29  
  
Mr Lembit Opik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what will be the total level of his Department's budget, in 1995-96 prices, in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99; if he will estimate what such figures for (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 1998-99 would be on the basis of the estimates of the GDP deflator contained in the November 1996 Budget; and if he will make a statement.
(21954)
30  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what factors underlay the decision to reject the recommendations of the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education to retain maintenance grants for students.
(21849)
31  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many young people in Sunderland in receipt of youth training bridging allowance receive jobseeker's allowance.
(22051)
32  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what would be the present minimum weekly training allowance for youth training if it had been uprated in line with inflation since 1990.
(22049)
33  
  
Mr Lembit O£pik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if students in the full-time education and training option within the New Deal for those aged 18 to 24 years will have greater income than other students in further education.
(22112)
34  
  
Mr Lembit O£pik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the impact on per capita funding levels in further education of the measures contained in his announcement of 12th November.
(22111)
35  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what reports he has received from the Franchising Director on the performance of the West Coast Mainline since privatisation.
(22093)
36  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what negotiations he is currently undertaking with Asia Pacific airlines with a view to providing greater competition for the proposed BA-AA alliance on the transatlantic route; and if he will make a statement.
(21644)
37  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 4th December, Official Report, column 288, if the Minister for the Environment was consulted about the appointment of Mr Keith Taylor before the appointment was made.
(22026)
38  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure that Saudi Arabian Airlines can operate in summer 1998 in line with the slots allocated to them at the recent schedule co-ordination conference.
(21697)
39  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what has been the (a) number and (b) percentage of aborted landings at Heathrow in each of the last three years.
(21893)
40  
  
Mr John Townend (East Yorkshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the Minister for Local Government and Housing expects to reply to the letter from the honourable Member for East Yorkshire, relating to a meeting with the Right honourable Member for Haltemprice, the honourable Member for Beverley and Holderness and the honourable Member for East Yorkshire.
(21953)
41  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the additional bilateral air service rights for UK and foreign airlines to serve UK regional airports negotiated during 1997.
(21696)
42  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his review of open cast coal operations.
(22146)
43  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the occasions in the last three years when a full regional economic impact analysis, using all the factors identified in the CAA Paper, CAP 638, has been carried out in connection with bilateral air service negotiations involving routes to regional airports; and if he will name the routes involved.
(21698)
44  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans the Government has to review the property bands for the council tax to reflect changes in house prices since 1990.
(21886)
45  
N  
Mr Tony Baldry (Banbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the EU programme to compensate for fluctuations in the valuation of the green pound would come from United Kingdom funds; and what estimate he has made of the total cost which this would represent.
(21850)
46  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of people employed in the hotel and catering industry earn less than (a) £3, (b) £3.50, (c) £4, (d) £4.50 and (e) £5 per hour in (i) London, (ii) the rest of England, (iii) Scotland, (iv) Wales and (v) Northern Ireland.
(22089)
47  
N  
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what effect the Government's commitment to provide up to 1.25 billion dollars in financial support to Korea will have on the previously published figures for the public spending reserve for other contingencies which might arise in 1997-98 and 1998-99; and if he will make a statement on the adequacy of the provision he has made for the reserve.
(21707)
48  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 15th December, Official Report, column 1, if he will publish the figures for the cyclically-adjusted current balance as a percentage of GDP.
(21643)
49  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his Department's preferred method for companies to interface with the Inland Revenue for millennium computer compliance; and if he will make a statement.
(21892)
50  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received since May from the Republic of Kiribati concerning the need for environmental restoration on Christmas Island arising from United Kingdom nuclear tests.
(22030)
51  
  
Mr Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent visits have been made by High Commission officials to the northern area of Sri Lanka; and what reports have been received following such visits.
(21897)
52  
N  
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the British Government conducts its relationship with Turkey on the basis that it is its policy to support Turkey in its application to be a member state of the European Union.
(21705)
53  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if primary care will continue to receive funding to collect activity data.
(21362)
54  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to paragraph 5.19 of the White Paper, The New NHS (Cm 3807), how the prescribing budget will relate to the unified budget; and if he will make a statement on the setting of the budget.
(21363)
55  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures will be followed in circumstances where the advice given by the proposed 24 hour telephone advice line, NHS Direct, is contrary to advice given by other 24 hour services funded by his Department.
(21364)
56  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what will be the impact of proposals in the White Paper The New NHS (Cm 3807) on the numbers of health authorities in isolated areas.
(21365)
57  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the impact of the proposals contained in the White Paper, The New NHS (Cm 3807) on geographical equity of access to (a) fertility treatments, (b) contraception and (c) abortion services.
(21366)
58  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to paragraph 3.9 of the White Paper, The New NHS (Cm 3807) if the single unified budget will be capped.
(21367)
59  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where the legal responsibility for advice given over the proposed 24 hour telephone advice line will lie.
(21368)
60  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, from which budget the resources to fund the proposed 24 hour telephone advice line will come.
(21369)
61  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the White Paper, The New NHS (Cm 3807) how freedom of referral according to patient need and choice will be maintained.
(21370)
62  
  
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many anti-depressants have been prescribed by community pharmacists in England in each of the last four years; and what proportion of these were SSRIs.
(21880)
63  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy not to implement the regulations which reduce from 24 months to 15 months the dental registration period.
(21645)
64  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the forecast case mix of the new University Hospital Trust PFI scheme in Birmingham.
(21430)
65  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate (a) the capital cost and (b) the revenue cost of the new PFI scheme at University Hospital Trust in Birmingham.
(21432)
66  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the current level of remuneration for (a) chairmen and (b) non-executive directors of (i) NHS health trusts, (ii) health authorities and (c) NHS Executive regional committees; what plans he has to review the level of remuneration; and if he will make a statement.
(22114)
67  
N  
Mr Dennis Canavan (Falkirk West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funds will be made available to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Health Service; and if he will ensure that the maximum proportion of such funds is used in ways which promote patient care.
(21703)
68  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that the new Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation introduces a factor to take account of particular problems faced by islands.
(21371)
69  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria the Government uses to measure the adequacy of NHS funding.
(21372)
70  
N  
Mr Robert McCartney (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding the Government has allocated to research into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; and if he will make a statement.
(21433)
71  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the levels of bed occupancy in the University Hospital Trust PFI scheme in Birmingham.
(21428)
72  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what factors underlie the acute bed admission assumptions made by the University Hospital Trust in Birmingham for the next year.
(21429)
73  
  
Mr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will issue guidance for doctors on the maximum length of time patients should be allowed to take SSRI anti-depressant drugs; and if he will make a statement.
(21881)
74  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the numbers of people who will be deregistered from dentists' lists in 1998 as a consequence of the implementation of the regulations reducing the dental registration period from 24 months to 15 months.
(21647)
75  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of acute beds at the University Hospital Trust in Birmingham for (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000.
(21431)
76  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to announce the names of the appointees for the remaining vacancies for non-executive directors on the board of City Hospitals Trust, Swindon; and if he will list the appointments made since October in respect of the chair and non-executive directors, indicating their (a) NHS experience, (b) previous service as non-executive and chair of an NHS trust or health authority, (c) present occupation, (d) home area or address, (e) term of appointment and (f) expected remuneration.
(22048)
77  
  
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the cost to the NHS of anti-depressants prescribed in each of the last four years; and what proportion of this was attributable to SSRIs.
(21879)
78  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the statutory authority which permits the police to share personal data with local authorities and vice versa; and if he will make a statement.
(22129)
79  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will state for each year since 1992 the average period between the receipt of a passport application and the provision of a passport in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland.
(22022)
80  
N  
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress is being made in the implementation of each of the recommendations in the Action Plan Against Organised Crime adopted by the European Council in June.
(21706)
81  
N  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will publish the Instructions to Immigration Service and Home Office staff on dealing with immigration cases.
(21699)
82  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he has signed a certificate under the provisions of section 27 of the Data Protection Act 1984 with respect to those personal data which are used by the Security Service to help the police fight serious crime.
(22136)
83  
  
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North and Fleetwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many animals, of which species, have been used for military research under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 for (a) testing submarine escape mechanisms (b) training bomb disposal experts and (c) research into Gulf War Syndrome in the last five years; what is the nature of the procedures involved; and what is their severity rating.
(22037)
84  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 8th December to the Right honourable Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, Official Report, column 434, how many of the former 40 officials of his Department who have taken paid employment with private prison contractors after leaving his Department had responsibilities in relation to overseeing, managing or inspecting private sector contracts; if he will list the (a) contracts for which they had responsibility and (b) the dates those employees left his Department and the dates they started employment in the private sector.
(21585)
85  
  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list by police force the number of (a) constables, (b) sergeants and (c) other ranks in post on 2nd May.
(22090)
86  
N  
Mr David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he proposes to respond on behalf of Her Majesty's Government to the Home Affairs Committee's recommendations on freemasonry in the police and the judiciary.
(21816)
87  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons have been (a) killed and (b) injured by (i) legally owned handguns and (ii) handguns illegally owned or used in each police force area in England and Wales in each year since 1992; and for how many deaths and injuries it has not been determined whether the handgun used was legally or illegally held.
(21838)
88  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the timetable for claims under each of the options under the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 to be (a) approved and (b) paid out; and what consideration will be given to claims submitted late.
(22087)
89  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on Government policy towards access to criminal records with particular reference to (a) the availability of a criminal conviction certificate under section 112 of the Police Act 1997 and (b) enforced subject access.
(22133)
90  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many serious incident forms were completed in Campsfield House Detention Centre during (a) 1993, (b) 1994, (c) 1995 and (d) 1996.
(21345)
91  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Security Service will adopt the relevant sections of the Code of Practice on Data Protection published by the Association of Chief Police Officers in respect of those personal data which are used by the service to help the police fight serious crime.
(22137)
92  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many handguns were illegally taken from (a) firearms dealers, (b) police, (c) the armed forces, (d) members of the public, (e) a common carrier while in transit and (f) firearms clubs, for each year from 1992 to the latest available date and for each police force area; what was the largest number taken at any one time; and what were the descriptions of the firearms taken as recorded by the police.
(21839)
93  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many handguns taken from their legal owners in each year since 1992 in each police force area were subsequently recovered by the police; how many in each such area in each year are known to have been used in the commission of armed crime; and what percentage these figures represent of total thefts of handguns and of total crime in which handguns are known or believed to be used.
(21836)
94  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what investigation the Security Service has conducted into whether it holds personal data for purposes unconnected with a national security purpose.
(22135)
95  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the review into whether the Security Service should register under the Data Protection Act 1984 began; and when it is expected to be concluded.
(22134)
96  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 13th November to the Right honourable Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, Official Report, column 647, if he will make a statement on the Cabinet Office clearance procedure for former officials of his Department who wish to take employment with private sector contractors; and how many individuals are currently awaiting clearance.
(21584)
97  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what minimum educational qualifications are required of new recruits for training as prison officers in (a) the Prison Service and (b) each of the contractually managed prisons operated by the private sector; and if he will make a statement.
(21572)
98  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each year since 1992 the number of (a) passports lost and (b) other official documents lost, in the passport offices of (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland.
(22023)
99  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons aged over 65 years (a) had their application to remain in the United Kingdom refused, (b) were ordered to be deported and (c) were deported, in each of the last five years.
(21843)
100  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to establish the whereabouts of asylum seekers in the United Kingdom whose addresses are not known to the authorities.
(21844)
101  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claims for compensation he received under the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 under claim options A, B and C in the month the legislation took effect and in each subsequent month until the deadline occurred; how many claims in each category were received late; how many claims for compensation under each of the options have been (a) approved and (b) paid out in each of the months since the Act took effect; and for each figure what percentage of the total this represents.
(22086)
102  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many racially motivated crimes in the Greater London area have been reported during 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(21888)
103  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what was the total expenditure on legal aid in relation to personal injury actions for the three most recent years for which figures are available; and how much in each year can be attributed to (a) medical negligence cases and (b) other cases, indicating each type of case.
(21695)
104  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what was the total number of legal aid certificates in personal injury cases in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many of these in each year related to (a) medical negligence cases and (b) other cases, indicating each type.
(21694)
105  
N  
Mr Robert McCartney (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the controlled primary schools in the North Down constituency, specifying in each case the spare capacity in terms of pupil numbers.
(21424)
106  
N  
Mr Robert McCartney (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to consult parents concerning preparatory schooling funding; and if she will make a statement on the consultation undertaken and the amount of correspondence received to date.
(21426)
107  
N  
Mr Robert McCartney (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of preparatory school pupils attend establishments that are not categorised as Catholic for fair employment statistical purposes.
(21425)
108  
N  
Mr Robert McCartney (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what account was taken of the Policy Appraisal and Fair Treatment guidelines in the decision to review Preparatory Department funding; and if she will make a statement.
(21427)
109  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many meetings of the EU Council of Ministers the Secretary of State for Scotland will chair during the United Kingdom presidency.
(22043)
110  
N  
Mr Ken Maginnis (Fermanagh and South Tyrone):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many letters he has received opposing the visits of IRA Army Council members to Downing Street on 11th December.
(21702)
111  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Prime Minister, if it is the policy of Her Majesty's Government to refer all proposals for and the detail of primary legislation to (a) Cabinet, (b) Ministerial Cabinet committees and (c) other Cabinet committees and sub-committees.
(21895)
112  
N  
Mr Tony Baldry (Banbury):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement of 15th December, Official Report, column 33, if he will make a statement on how the Government will ensure that the policing of the import ban is appropriate.
(21846)
113  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the most recent refurbishments of the living accommodation at No. 11 Downing Street; what was its total cost; when it was carried out; what was the tendering process; if he will list the companies to which contracts were awarded; and what was the country of origin of fixtures and fittings.
(22024)
114  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for the Crown Office.
(22034)
115  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, at how many meetings of the EU Fisheries Council he has (a) spoken for and (b) been lead minister on behalf of Her Majesty's Government since 2nd May.
(22025)
116  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement about the Government's policy on a judicial appointments board for Scotland.
(22035)
117  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many times he has met the Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Food to discuss the Scottish fishing industry since 2nd May.
(22038)
118  
N  
Mr Dennis Canavan (Falkirk West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what funds will be made available to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Health Service; and if he will ensure that the maximum proportion of such funds is used in ways which promote patient care.
(21704)
119  
  
Mr John Home Robertson (East Lothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the retention of five per cent. of arable area payments due to farmers; and when he expects to complete the payments due for 1997.
[R] (22143)
120  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the cost to public funds of abolishing the nursery voucher scheme in Scotland.
(22041)
121  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what role he will have on fisheries matters during the United Kingdom presidency of the European Union.
(22045)
122  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the recommendations made by Sir Stewart Sutherland about improved teacher training as they relate to Scotland.
(22095)
123  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many handguns were taken illegally from (a) firearms dealers, (b) police, (c) the armed forces, (d) members of the public, (e) a common carrier while in transit and (f) firearms clubs, in each year since 1992 in each police force area in Scotland up to the latest available date; what was the largest number taken at any one time; and what were the descriptions of the firearms taken as recorded by the Police.
(21840)
124  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how soon after supplying the necessary information to the Student Awards Agency applicants for places at Scottish colleges and universities will be notified of the amount they or their parents will have to contribute towards their fees.
(21877)
125  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many times he has visited Orkney and Shetland since 2nd May.
(22039)
126  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proposals he has to raise standards in Scottish secondary schools.
(22036)
127  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many times he has met representatives of Scottish fishing and fish-farming industries since 2nd May; if he will list the bodies concerned; and if he will make a statement.
(22040)
128  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what criteria determined the appointment of the chairpersons of the three Scottish water authorities.
(22042)
129  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many persons have been (a) killed and (b) injured by (i) legally held handguns and (ii) handguns illegally owned or used in each police force area in Scotland in each year since 1992; and for how many deaths and injuries it has not been determined whether the handgun used was legally or illegally held.
(21837)
130  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will ensure that the funding of further education colleges does not decrease in 1999-2000 because of changes in accounting for fees relating to the summer term 1999.
(21876)
131  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what involvement he has had in determining the United Kingdom's priorities in fisheries during the United Kingdom presidency of the European Union in the first half of 1998.
(22044)
132  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement about the resources available to Locate in Scotland.
(22033)
133  
  
Mr John Home Robertson (East Lothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the cost to public funds of grant aid by Historic Scotland for harling the walls of Bankton House, Prestonpans, using lime mortar in (a) 1994 and (b) 1997; and what estimate was made of the cost of the same work if cement were to be included in the mortar.
(22144)
134  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the occasions on which the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for agriculture has (a) attended and (b) spoken at meetings of the European Council of Ministers regarding the ban of the export of beef from Scotland.
(21646)
135  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on which PFI schemes in Scotland construction work has started; and on which schemes which have not yet started the legal and financial work has been completed.
(21878)
136  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many medical advisers are currently employed by the War Pension Agency; and what are their functions.
(21882)
137  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants have successfully claimed a benefit by passing an all work test in each year since that test was introduced; and what estimate she has made of the number of such claimants who have earnings from work.
(22094)
138  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many regional consultants are currently appointed by the War Pension Agency.
(21883)
139  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what progress has been made by her Department with respect to the production of a code of practice governing the relationship between data matching and data protection.
(22130)
140  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the average weekly gross council tax of family credit recipients; how many have weekly gross council tax bills of (i) up to £3.99, (ii) £4-£7.99, (iii) £8-£11.99, (iv) £12-£15.99, (v) £16-£19.99 and (vi) £20 or above; and how many in each of these categories are also receiving council tax benefit.
(21787)
141  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment she has made of the Code of Practice on data matching published by the Audit Commission.
(22131)
142  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the average weekly gross rent of people in rented accommodation in receipt of family credit; how many have weekly gross rents of (i) up to £9.99, (ii) £10-£19.99, (iii) £20-£29.99, (iv) £30-£39.99, (v) £40-£49.99, (vi) £50-£59.99, (vii) £60-£69.99, (viii)£70-£79.99 and (ix) £80 or above; and how many in each of these categories are also receiving housing benefit.
(21786)
143  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate how many pensioners aged between 65 and 75 years have postponed purchasing an annuity until after the age of 65 years.
(22055)
144  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claims has so far been assessed under the Disability Benefits Integrity Review; and how many claims have been (a) set aside, (b) reduced and (c) increased (i) in total and (ii) by region.
(22053)
145  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the recognition of therapeutic work was withdrawn from the benefits system; and how many claimants had established an entitlement to earnings from therapeutic work at that point.
(22054)
146  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she plans to maintain the present establishment of Child Support Agency field officers working from Benefits Agency offices in Elgin, Wick and Inverness; and if she will make a statement.
(21842)
147  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list for each non means tested benefit (a) the number of people currently receiving the benefit and (b) if it is taken into account for claims of (i) income support, (ii) housing benefit, (iii) council tax benefit and (iv) assessment of tax; and if he will indicate the date from which each benefit was taken into account in respect of (i) to (iv).
(22082)
148  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the average weekly mortgage interest of homebuyers in receipt of family credit; and how many have weekly mortgage interest costs of (i) up to £9.99, (ii) £10-£19.99, (iii) £20-£29.99, (iv) £30-£39.99, (v) £40-£49.99, (vi) £50-£59.99, (vii) £60-£69.99, (viii)£70-£79.99 and (ix) £80 or above.
(21785)
149  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the data matching authorised by the Social Security Administration (Fraud) Act 1997 has commenced.
(22132)
150  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, on what date Euratom Safeguards Inspectors made their first visit to Sellafield.
(22138)
151  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to extend recognition under the Communities (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 1991 to organizations without a Royal Charter.
(21885)
152  
  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Mon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the special support which will be made available to students who choose medicine or dentistry as a second degree.
(22141)
153  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he will take to press for the restoration of Objective 2 Status to Alyn and Deeside; and if he will make a statement.
(22100)
154  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, in what ways he proposes to make his Department more open.
(22098)
155  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will provide a breakdown of the unitary authorities of Wales according to political affiliation.
(22031)
156  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has received concerning the impact of the Welsh Assembly on the future management responsibility for the information group of the Welsh Health Common Services Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(21814)
157  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the number of students who dropped out of higher education courses in (a) 1995-96, and (b) 1996-97; and what estimate he has made of the cost of each such drop out.
(21896)
158  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what will be the impact on the Welsh Assembly of the proposals in the White Paper on Open Government; and if he will make a statement.
(22097)
159  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will provide a breakdown of the amount of money spent per pupil in each of the key stages in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Wales.
(22028)
160  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proposals he has to retain the information group of the Welsh Health Common Services Authority as a single entity after the establishment of the Welsh Assembly; and when he proposes to make a statement about the future of the groups.
(21815)
161  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the coastal towns in Wales whose sewage receives ultra-violet treatment; and if he will list those towns for which ultra-violet treatment is proposed.
(22027)
162  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proposals he has evaluated for the restoration of full development area status for Alyn and Deeside; and if he will make a statement.
(22099)
163  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Stoner Report into the latest proposals for horizontal groundwater drainage wells in the areas affected by the impoundment of the lake behind the Cardiff Bay Barrage.
(21813)
164  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the future of town and community councils with particular reference to his proposals for the Welsh Assembly.
(22096)
165  
  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Mon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if the income derived from tuition fees from medical students will be devoted to medical school education.
(22142)
166  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what consultations he is undertaking in relation to the future of the Information Group of the Welsh Health Common Services Authority as regards linkage with a health authority or the Welsh Assembly.
(21812)
167  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were employed in the hotel and catering industry at the latest date for which figures are available, broken down into the categories of (a) restaurants and cafes, (b) pubs and bars, (c) nightclubs, (d) hotels and (e) other tourist accommodation, and the percentage of the total in each category.
[Transferred] (22019)
168  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people in Sunderland aged 16 and 17 years are in receipt of income support.
[Transferred] (22052)
169  
  
Mr Lembit Opik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what will be the total level of his Department's budget in 1995-96 prices, for (a) further and (b) higher education in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 1998-99; if he will estimate what such figures would be for (1) 1997-98 and (2) 1998-99 on the basis of the estimates of the GDP deflator contained in the November 1996 Budget; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (21955)
170  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) financial, (b) food and (c) medical aid has been given by Her Majesty's Government to Sri Lanka since 1st January.
[Transferred] (21891)
171  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the note by the head of the EU delegation in Suva to the British High Commissioner dated 24th January 1996, concerning a list of points of action by the Kiribati Government on environmental restoration on Christmas Island.
[Transferred] (22029)
172  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what indices the Government intends to use to measure poverty in Britain, with particular reference to rural poverty.
[Transferred] (21894)
173  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will give a breakdown of magistrate benches in Wales according to declared political allegiance.
[Transferred] (22107)


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