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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 22 December 1997

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 22 December of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Monday 22 December, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Monday 12 January, see Part 2 of this Paper.

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 
MONDAY 22nd DECEMBER
1  
N  
Mr John Gunnell (Morley and Rothwell):    To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, what representations she has received relating to alterations in the post marks appearing on House of Commons mail.
(21654)
2  
  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what agreements with the Government of Argentina govern the importing of beef from that country; and if he will make a statement.
(22191)
3  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what measures the Government will take to ensure that the labelling of beef and other meat products identifies the country of origin.
(22357)
4  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on the basis of what current scientific advice he has distinguished between the infectivity with regard to BSE of bovine dorsal root ganglia and (a) peripheral nervous tissue in muscle adjacent to vertebrae and (b) other autonomic nervous system ganglia.
(20113)
5  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what mechanisms are used to ensure that beef imported into the UK from European countries is from animals which were less than 30 months old.
(22077)
6  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 17th December, Official Report, column 232, what method will be used by local authority staff to determine the age of bovine bones in butchers' shops and catering establishments.
(22140)
7  
  
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the studies undertaken or commissioned by the Government into genetically modified foods listing the organisations involved.
(22189)
8  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the licensing of genetically-modified crops for commercial planting.
(21798)
9  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to ensure that meat is labelled with the country of production.
(22076)
10  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will reintroduce the rendering subsidy.
(22356)
11  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the existing regulations on the labelling of meat with the country of origin as they relate to (a) the country where the animal was produced, (b) the country where the animal was slaughtered and (c) the country where the carcase was cut.
(22075)
12  
  
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North and Fleetwood):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the outcome of the Fisheries Council held in Brussels on 18th and 19th December; and if he will make a statement.
(22179)
13  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on his Department's mechanisms for reviewing policy in respect of genetically engineered crops.
(21788)
14  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what consultations his Department has held with supermarkets to ensure that beef and other meat products are properly labelled.
(22358)
15  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list, for each of the years since the signing of the Fontainebleau Agreement, the amount that the United Kingdom has saved in contributions to the EU arising from the terms of the treaty.
(22152)
16  
N  
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will take steps to encourage the procurement of British beef for (a) those serving in the Armed Forces, (b) hospital patients and (c) children taking school meals.
(21923)
17  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much Government and lottery money was allocated to cricket through (a) the Sports Council and (b) other mechanisms in each of the last five years.
(22255)
18  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much public money is planned to be spent on preparations for the 1999 Cricket World Cup.
(22258)
19  
N  
Mr Peter Snape (West Bromwich East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what consultations he held with the Arts Council before its announcement that capital Lottery projects, with the exception of four projects of national significance, were to be capped; if the C-Plex project in West Bromwich qualifies as such a project; and what criteria the Arts Council has used to define national significance.
(22139)
20  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the value to date of National Lottery funding of new and refurbished buildings in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland, broken down into (i) grants and (ii) matching funding.
(21709)
21  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the review into compensating service personnel for death or injury due to service will be completed.
(22244)
22  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will give the total costs broken down by category of maintaining the Falklands garrison in the last year for which figures are available.
(21648)
23  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of training new recruits to armed forces to meet the rate of resignations as a percentage of each armed forces total salary bill; and if he will make a statment.
(21650)
24  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Territorial Army infantry battalions and companies there were in each of the last 10 years; how many of each are planned for next year; and if he will make a statement.
(21652)
25  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list for each of the past five years the number of students who left the Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham before the completion of their degree courses, stating after which year of their course they left and for what reason.
(21710)
26  
N  
Mr Robert McCartney (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the employment options made available to Building Management staff on privatisation.
(21434)
27  
N  
Mr Robert McCartney (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what amounts, broken down by category, were spent by his Department on private finance initiatives in Northern Ireland prior to his decision to approve the exploration of PFI pilot schemes; and on whose authority such expenditure was incurred.
(21435)
28  
N  
Mr Robert McCartney (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what studies his Department has undertaken on the relative costs of employing (a) civilian and (b) military personnel in Northern Ireland, and on average salary differentials; and if he will make a statement on the factors which underlie decisions on this matter.
(21436)
29  
N  
Mr Robert McCartney (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what were the terms of reference for the PFI pilot schemes recently authorised in Northern Ireland.
(21437)
30  
N  
Mr Robert McCartney (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the security implications of removing the border checkpoint on the road outside Newry; what were the costs of its removal; and what estimate he has made of the cost of re-erecting it.
(21438)
31  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many servicemen and women are currently in receipt of income support; and if he will make a statement.
(21649)
32  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was (a) the ceiling on personnel numbers and (b) the actual strength of the Territorial Army in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(21651)
33  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Territorial Army centres there were in each of the last 10 years.
(21653)
34  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Minister for the Armed Forces will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Salisbury, dated 17th November, to him about the case of Lt. Colonel Keith Pople.
(21711)
35  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what has been the change in the number of non-departmental public bodies since 2nd May.
(21792)
36  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies which have been abolished since 2nd May.
(21791)
37  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the new non-departmental public bodies which have been (a) announced and (b) set up since 2nd May.
(21790)
38  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to remove HEFC grant from those universities which fail to collect the student fee element.
(22370)
39  
N  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what opportunities will be available for young unemployed people to take up work in the voluntary sector as part of the New Deal.
(20170)
40  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on his policy in respect of allowing certain employers exemption from the requirement to permit employees aged 16 or 17 years the right to time off for study or training.
(22371)
41  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the circumstances wherein it would be deemed unreasonable for a local education authority to provide a school lunch under the terms of Clause 103(2) of the School Standards and Framework Bill.
(21918)
42  
  
Mr John McWilliam (Blaydon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will review each of his Department's circulars issued to education authorities which are still in force; and if he will make a statement.
(22260)
43  
  
Mr John McWilliam (Blaydon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will ensure that Education Circular 23/94 is amended to require comments on objections to a change of a local education authority education scheme are sent to him as a matter of course and that local education authorities take serious consideration of objections.
(22259)
44  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set out, for each local education authority, in the most recent three years for which the information is available, the budgeted and actual expenditure by the Funding Agency for Schools on annual maintenance grant for grant maintained schools.
(22058)
45  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which local education authorities in England and Wales offer only a restricted paid meals service.
(21917)
46  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to exempt employers who offer in-house training for employees aged 16 and 17 years from the requirement to allow such employees time off for study or training; and if he will make a statement.
(22369)
47  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what will be the effect of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's proposal to move to a new system of public expenditure planning by 2001-02 on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Dearing Report relating to resource accounting.
(22373)
48  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he proposes to publish draft regulations governing the detailed application of the new rules for finance of students in further and higher education.
(21915)
49  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many additional childcare places he expects to become available under the Government's £300 million initiative in (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000 and (c) 2000-01.
(22367)
50  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on his policy concerning universities charging students for (a) laboratory fees, (b) library fees, (c) photocopying fees and (d) IT and internet fees.
(22368)
51  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which local education authorities in England and Wales do not offer a paid meals service.
(21916)
52  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the future of funding for modern apprenticeships.
(21957)
53  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what powers he has to stop rail franchise holders abolishing saver, super saver and other cut-price, walk-on tickets.
(22372)
54  
  
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will investigate the tendering process undertaken by Arun District Council for the sale of the Bognor Regis Centre to establish (a) that the highest tender was accepted and (b) that no undue influence was exerted on the council during the tendering process.
(22190)
55  
  
Mr Tom King (Bridgwater):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will amend existing planning guidance planning authorities to ensure that the design and layout of new residential areas is more acceptable to existing communities; and if he will make a statement on the representations he has received on this subject.
[R] (22204)
56  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are the terms of reference and objectives of the Peat Working Group; what is its membership; and if he will make a statement.
(22264)
57  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many road-side tests on the quality of motor car exhaust systems have taken place since 1st January.
(22181)
58  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many public inquiries are currently outstanding on applications for the development of motorway service areas; and what is the estimated cost of these inquiries to (a) his Department and (b) local authorities.
(21907)
59  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to consult on ways of improving (a) the procedures for producing and (b) the content of regional planning guidance; and if he will make a statement.
(22151)
60  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which English regions have regional chambers in place; for how long each has been established; and whether their boundaries match those of the Government Offices of the Regions.
(22153)
61  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the causes of the rail crash at Wrexham General Station on 24th April and place copies of the relevant reports in the Library.
(21922)
62  
N  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he is taking to review the terms of reference of the rail regulator in respect of investment by the rolling stock companies; and if he will make a statement.
(22155)
63  
  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will release the research report proposing an update to the Index of Local Conditions.
(22221)
64  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how long the GLC Island Block remained empty while in public ownership following the abolition of the GLC; and when, and to whom, it was sold.
(22236)
65  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the consultants who are undertaking the independent assessment of the justification for the Sellafield MOX plant commissioning, ordered by the Environment Agency, will be assessing the potential for diversion of plutonium from the MOX plant and from the MOX fuel as part of their study.
(22073)
66  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will review the law which requires MOT testing stations to carry out full re-tests on vehicles re-presented; what assessment he has made of the degree of compliance with this law by testing stations; if he will review the charging and subsidies applied by test centres to re-test customers; and if he will make a statement.
(21912)
67  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how long the terms of appointment will be for members of RDA boards.
(22148)
68  
N  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons his Department's control total for housing for 1997-98 has fallen.
(21899)
69  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on how many occasions staff employed by Virgin Trains have visited schools to educate children about rail safety in the North West.
(22061)
70  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many drivers have been convicted of driving without a road-tax licence since 1st January.
(22182)
71  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many representations have been made to his Department regarding each scheme which is being considered as part of the Government's review of the roads programme; and in each case how many were (a) in support of and (b) opposed to the scheme.
(22254)
72  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many serious crimes have been recorded on the London Underground during 1997.
(22185)
73  
N  
Mr John McWilliam (Blaydon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will review each of his Department circulars issued to local authorities which are still in force; and if he will make a statement.
(21708)
74  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much his Department plans to contribute towards the cost of strengthening bridges in Gloucestershire.
(21911)
75  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will review the borders of the Government Offices of the Regions to reflect other regional organisations and groups.
(22150)
76  
N  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effect the fall in his Department's control total for housing will have on public housing expenditure in 1997/98.
(21898)
77  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will announce his decision on the future of the national advisory role of the Rural Development Commission.
(22149)
78  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library the terms of reference provided by the Environment Agency to the consultants who are undertaking the independent assessment of the justification for the Sellafield MOX plant commissioning.
(22071)
79  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the total funding provided by his Department for improvement of the Northern Line in 1997-98.
(22184)
80  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will ensure that the independent assessment of the justification for the Sellafield MOX plant commissioning, ordered by the Environment Agency, will, when completed, be placed in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(22074)
81  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each of the English regions the number of members of RDA boards whom he plans to appoint on the grounds of their expertise in rural affairs.
(22154)
82  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is his policy to publish (a) the remuneration given to members of RDA boards and (b) details of allowances which are claimed by board members.
(22147)
83  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what information was provided by sources other than BNFL to the consultants who are undertaking the independent assessment ordered by the Environment Agency of the justification for the Sellafield MOX plant commissioning.
(22072)
84  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed new office structures for Inland Revenue offices on (a) processing of self assessment tax returns, (b) mail clearance times, (c) clearance of CY-2 open cases, (d) the handling of telephone and fax enquiry calls, (e) the handling of debt and return management lists and (f) dealings with employer compliance system reviews.
(22232)
85  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account the Inland Revenue policy takes of levels of unemployment and social deprivation when considering the merger or closure of its offices.
(22231)
86  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his policy in respect of maintaining Inland Revenue offices in areas which produce high black economy yields.
(22229)
87  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will meet his counterparts in other EU member states to discuss the impact on independent retailers of tobacco in the United Kingdom of illegal sales of tobacco imported from Belgium.
(22225)
88  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend beyond seven years the period within which gifts between individuals are free of inheritance tax.
(22238)
89  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from the Government of France on his decision not to enter EMU in 1999.
(21177)
90  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the income which would be received by the Exchequer in the current year from taxation of those in receipt of incapacity benefit but exempt from taxation; and what would be the projected income for each of the next three years.
(22161)
91  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make representations to the relevant EU Commissioner on the impact on independent retailers of tobacco in the United Kingdom of illegal sales of tobacco imported from Belgium.
(22224)
92  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce a scheme to compensate independent retailers of tobacco for loss of revenue as a result of being undercut by illegal sales of tobacco imported from Belgium.
(22227)
93  
  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the measures being taken by (a) the Valuation Office and (b) the Valuation Office in the Bristol area to reduce the avoidance of business rates on outdoor advertising sites.
(22173)
94  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of (a) the likely long-term effects of an ageing population on the economy and (b) the steps which the Treasury will need to take in response.
(22063)
95  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy towards the taxation of social security benefits.
(22121)
96  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to discuss with the responsible authorities in the Channel Islands and in the Isle of Man the closer harmonisation of their respective tax regimes with that of the UK.
(22239)
97  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what factors underlie the Inland Revenue's offer proposal to close offices in the South East region.
(22230)
98  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the amount of revenue independent retailers lost as a result of being undercut by illegal sales of tobacco imported from Belgium in the last three years; and if he will commission independent research into this matter.
(22226)
99  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the economic benefits to the UK from the constitutional position of the Channel Islands in respect of their arrangements for determining their own tax laws.
(22240)
100  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made on the impact of the limiting of tax relief to £50,000 on investments in TESSAs and PEPs on retirement incomes.
(21914)
101  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many works of art, on which there is conditional exemption of inheritance tax by virtue of public access, are on the Inland Revenue's register; and what was the figure in 1992.
(22237)
102  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to receive the Customs and Excise Report into smuggling, cross-border shopping and excise duties; and if he will make a statement.
(22228)
103  
  
Mr John Horam (Orpington):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 16th December, Official Report, column 106, on finance for high tech start-ups, if he will list the membership of the high level group mentioned in the reply.
(22360)
104  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list each current statutory duty of the Bank of England, indicating how each is affected by (a) current obligations under Stage 2 of Economic and Monetary Union, (b) future obligations entered into by the United Kingdom after adherence to Stage 3 of Economic and Monetary Union and (c) the commencement of Stage 3 by other member states, not including the United Kingdom.
(22195)
105  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the total amount of (a) tobacco duties, (b) alcohol duties, (c) petrol duties and (d) other excise duties in each of the last 10 fiscal years expressed (i) in cash terms, (ii) at September 1997 prices and (iii) as a percentage of general Government receipts.
(22166)
106  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the estimated financial loss to the EU of duties foregone in respect of imports of Brazilian orange juice falsely labelled as made in Israel.
(22194)
107  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the total amount of (a) income tax, (b) capital gains tax, (c) corporation tax, (d) inheritance tax and (e) VAT paid for each of the last 10 fiscal years expressed (i) in cash terms, (ii) at September 1997 prices and (iii) as a percentage of general Government receipts.
(22160)
108  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 25th November, Official Report, column 479, for what reason Command Paper 3780 omits the text of the 15 protocols of the Treaty on European Union; and if he will publish a command paper to include current articles and protocols contained in the Command Papers 455 of 1988 and 2485 of 1994.
(22197)
109  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral Answer, Official Report, column 767, what progress he has made in arranging dialogue with the Arab League and the Organisation of African Unity in relation to the Scottish justice system and Lockerbie.
(20980)
110  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Report of the UN Delegation to Edinburgh in relation to assessing the Scottish legal system in relation to Lockerbie.
(20996)
111  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what undertakings were given by Israel at the meeting with EU officials on 28th November in respect of doubts concerning the validity of preferential certificates on imports labelled made in Israel; how these undertakings related to the suspension of enquiries concerning some manufactured goods; and how these undertakings differed from past assurances relating to goods now known to have been falsely described.
(22196)
112  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what were the figures for GDP per capita used by the Council of Ministers in its Luxembourg summit in respect of (a) Cyprus, (b) Hungary, (c) Poland, (d) Estonia, (e) the Czech Republic, (f) Slovenia, (g) Romania, (h) Slovakia, (i) Latvia, (j) Lithuania, (k) Bulgaria, (l) Turkey, (m) the Greek sector of Cyprus and (n) the Turkish sector of Cyprus.
(22178)
113  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list by month since May (a) the number of times VIP facilities at Heathrow Airport have been hired by Her Majesty's Government and (b) the total expenditure on VIP facilities at Heathrow Airport.
(22200)
114  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the treaty articles governing the operation of the European Council.
(22198)
115  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were waiting for operations at St. George's Hospital, Tooting on 1st December.
(22183)
116  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with health authorities and trusts on standards of health care for Aids patients.
(22169)
117  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines his Department issues to NHS trusts in respect of the sale of health care items normally issued free.
(21905)
118  
N  
Mrs Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the percentage of (a) the adult and (b) the child population registered with an NHS dentist, by health authority.
(21900)
119  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to give a substantive reply to the Question tabled by the honourable Member for Stratford-on-Avon on 10th December on tobacco advertising, to which a holding reply was given on 15th December; and for what reasons a holding reply was given.
(21908)
120  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that Aids patients have access to the most appropriate treatment regardless of where they live.
(22170)
121  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice her Department has issued to NHS trusts on the preparation of IT systems for the year 2000.
(22057)
122  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his Department's latest estimate of the number, and proportion, of people registered with a dentist in Coventry.
(21903)
123  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many, and which, mental health tribunals are currently inquorate.
(21910)
124  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which health authorities and trusts are not offering the full range of treatment and drugs to Aids patients.
(22171)
125  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when was the most recent review of the registration and inspection of privately-run nursing homes.
(22180)
126  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms he proposes to ensure that expensive drugs of proven clinical value are available on the basis of clinical need.
(21928)
127  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures his Department is taking to ensure that the nation's oral health is maintained.
(21902)
128  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the guidance given to regional chairmen in June on NHS board appointments.
(21909)
129  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the relative costs of treating an Aids patient (a) in hospital and (b) as an out patient.
(22172)
130  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what sums have been raised in fees and charges by each local authority social services department in the years (a) 1994-95, (b) 1995-96 and (c) 1996-97.
(22158)
131  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his latest estimate of the number of people who suffer from incontinence in Coventry.
(21904)
132  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will issue guidelines to independent retailers of tobacco on establishing whether a customer is aged over 16 years; and if he will encourage the introduction of an ID card system for young people wishing to purchase tobacco.
(22222)
133  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to have completed drafts of the regulations referred to in subsection 4 of section 115 of the Police Act 1997.
(22365)
134  
N  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to tackle the link betwen drugs and crime.
(20155)
135  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his review of his predecessor's decision to deny Mr Farrakhan permission to visit the United Kingdom.
(20304)
136  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the numbers of (a) male prisoners held, (b) male deaths in prison and (c) male suicides in prison in each of the last 10 years; and how many in each of the categories in each year were (i) on remand and (ii) convicted prisoners.
(22117)
137  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will indicate which clauses in the Human Rights Bill [Lords] require the court to produce a decision on the morality of the conduct in any case in addition to its compliance with the bare letter of the law.
(21926)
138  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who determines the level of accommodation and support afforded to victims of crime who are being offered official protection; and on what guidance he relies for that determination.
(21939)
139  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the amount of money spent on the training of police drivers in each police authority for each year since 1991.
(21789)
140  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many witnesses to crime, receiving official protection, were housed in local authority accommodation in each of the past five years; and how many are currently in such accommodation.
(21934)
141  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the per capita cost of holding a (a) male and (b) female prisoner for each prison in England and Wales in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(22116)
142  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent on official protection of victims of crime in each of the past five financial years; and what is the budget for (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000.
(21937)
143  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many new private prisons are currently being built; and in each case what is the (a) expected date of opening and (b) planned prisoner population.
(22119)
144  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent on official protection of witnesses to crime in each of the past five financial years; and what is the budget for (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000.
(21936)
145  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he plans to issue guidance to assist the courts in reaching judgements on the morality of conduct in any case when interpreting the Human Rights Bill [Lords] should it become law.
(21925)
146  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to involve private companies in (a) consulting and (b) administration in respect of the prison workshops at HMP Garth and HMP Wymott; and if he will list the companies which have been invited to tender.
(22062)
147  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he plans to introduce provisions in the Crime and Disorder Bill for financial penalties on statutory agencies for failure to meet time limits in individual cases.
(21931)
148  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 24th November, Official Report, column 441, what report he has received from Commander David Venness in relation to investigations into the murder of WPC Fletcher.
(20161)
149  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons aged (i) under 15 years, (ii) under 16 years, (iii) under 17 years and (iv) under 18 years were being held in Lewes prison in each month between January 1994 and November 1997 inclusive.
(21439)
150  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 10th December, Official Report, column 586, on female deaths in prisons, how many prisoners in each category, in each year, were (a) on remand and (b) convicted.
(22122)
151  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list, by police force, the cost (a) in cash and (b) as a percentage of budget, of pension provision for each of the past five financial years, and in each case the budgets for (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99 and (iii) 1999-2000.
(21932)
152  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to prevent defendants personally cross-examining victims in the course of trials involving serious sexual offences.
(21921)
153  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) witnesses to crimes and (b) victims of crimes were offered official protection in each of the past five years.
(21938)
154  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the bodies which the Government deems to be public authorities in the Human Rights Bill [Lords].
(21927)
155  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the provisions in the Magistrates Courts Rules which may prevent or discourage magistrates from questioning defendants about the reasons for their behaviour before reaching a final decision on sentencing.
(21930)
156  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who determines the level of accommodation and support afforded to witnesses to crime who are being offered official protection; and on what guidance they rely for that determination.
(21940)
157  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list, by police force, the cost of sickness in each of the past five financial years and the cost to date in the current financial year.
(21933)
158  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many private prisons are currently in operation in England and Wales; and for each, when it opened, where it is located and what is its current prisoner population.
(22118)
159  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what considerations he bases his policy that the absence of written guarantees of freedom act as a serious threat to liberty.
(21924)
160  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many victims of crime, receiving official protection, were housed in local authority accommodation in each of the past five years; and how many are currently in such accommodation.
(21935)
161  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the outcome of the European Union Development Council Meeting on 28th November.
(22069)
162  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what terms Her Majesty's Government requires to be met before signing up to the Multilateral Agreement on Investment; and what safeguards Her Majesty's Government will require for developing countries.
(22431)
163  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made in assisting developing countries to phase out substances that deplete the ozone layer; and if she will make a statement.
(22065)
164  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what measures he will take under his legal aid reforms to ensure that removing the principle of loser pays all will not encourage unnecessary delays in the judicial process.
(22433)
165  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is his policy on the creation of a fast track procedure for certain types of civil cases; and what plans he has to modify the burden of proof which is carried by the plaintiff.
(22359)
166  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if initial investigations required to determine the chances of a case succeeding will be covered by the insurance policy, in circumstances where it is decided not to proceed with a case under his proposed reforms of legal aid.
(22434)
167  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what measures he intends to introduce under his legal aid reforms to ensure that fixing costs will not damage the prospects of injury victims winning cases.
(22362)
168  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what arrangements will be made at the Millennium Experience for access by cycle and to protect storage of cycles; and what arrangements he has made for the design of the cycle shed.
(22192)
169  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what proposals he has for cycle ways to enable the public to cycle to the Millennium Experience from central London (a) via the North Bank and (b) via the South Bank of the Thames.
(22193)
170  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the dates and times of the last five full headcounts of prisoners in each prison in Northern Ireland indicating for each such count whether the prisoners were locked in their cells at the time or outside their cells.
(22175)
171  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many times she has (a) visited RUC Headquarters and (b) met the Chief Constable of the RUC.
(22176)
172  
  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the proposals to cut funding for preparatory schools in Northern Ireland were subjected to a policy appraisal and fair treatment analysis; and what were the results.
(22256)
173  
  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the impact of the proposed reductions in funding for preparatory schools in Northern Ireland upon the viability of such schools; and what were the findings of this research.
(22257)
174  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the factors in addition to the advice of the Life Sentence Review Board which led her to reach her decision on the cases of Guardsmen Fisher and Wright; and if she will make a statement.
(20981)
175  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the classes or groups of employers for which the Fair Employment Commission does not require that information about the religious and community background of its workforce be published below the level of the organisation as a whole; and what are the criteria which an employer has to meet to receive such status.
(22219)
176  
  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the proposed changes to the formula funding arrangements for voluntary grammar schools in Northern Ireland were subjected to a policy appraisal and fair treatment analysis; and what were the results.
(22252)
177  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she will take to ensure that persons she appoints to public bodies reflect the various communities, political party and religious denominations in Northern Ireland; to how many such bodies she makes appointments; and what is the statutory basis which requires her to ensure that her appointments reflect different groups and bodies.
(22218)
178  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what reports she has received on the time and method of the escape of Liam Averill from prison, other than the information given to the prison authorities by the person claiming to be the spokesman for the IRA in the prison.
(22203)
179  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the organisations for which the Fair Employment Commission only requires information on the religious and community background of the workforce as a whole.
(22220)
180  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the RUC stations which she has visited since she took up her present Ministerial responsibilities.
(22177)
181  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will list the Committees of the Privy Council, the number of times each has met since May and the quorum in each case.
(22262)
182  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will list the executive functions of the Privy Council.
(22261)
183  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 8th December, Official Report, column 408, if he will define the modernisation of the political system.
(20399)
184  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 12th December, Official Report, column 695, if he will make it his policy to assign lead responsibility for the promotion and co-ordination of bids by towns or cities in the United Kingdom to host an expo to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
(21920)
185  
  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will announce the composition of the United Kingdom delegation for the 1998 ordinary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
(22245)
186  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd December, Official Report, column 354, what assessment he has made of the limits of suffering by Iraqi children, consequent upon the imposition of a regime of sanctions, which are consistent with foreign policy based on ethical considerations.
(20982)
187  
N  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the advantages of using photovoltaic solar energy to power the lights on the Christmas tree at Downing Street; and what representations he has received on this subject.
(22060)
188  
N  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):    To ask the Prime Minister, if, when he next visits President Clinton, he will invite him to visit Scotland.
(22157)
189  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will take steps to improve the openness and accountability of the funding of further education colleges.
(22270)
190  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what additional resources will be allocated to colleges and universities to enable them to pursue the collection of fee income from students and parents who are reluctant to pay.
(22272)
191  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will establish a further education funding council to help to decide the allocation of grants to further education colleges.
(22269)
192  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list (a) the funds allocated to Cornton Vale Prison for each of the years 1988-89 to 1992-93 and (b) the allocations under each of the heads of spending into which the figures are broken down, for each of those years.
(22059)
193  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to extend the electronic tagging scheme for cattle from the Borders area to the rest of Scotland; and if he will liaise with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to extend the scheme elsewhere in the United Kingdom.
(22276)
194  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will request the Scottish Qualifications Authority to consider certificating pre-employment courses.
(22271)
195  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent representations he has received about the UN visit to inspect the Scottish legal system in relation to Lockerbie.
(21901)
196  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if the annual statistical return provided by schools to the Scottish Office includes figures for visiting specialist teachers in primary schools and for learning support teachers.
(22274)
197  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will co-ordinate and simplify the systems of financial and academic audit of further education colleges.
(22266)
198  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what language requirements his Department demands in respect of crews employed on ferries operating solely within United Kingdom waters.
(22168)
199  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he expects individual further education colleges to be notified of their Government funding for 1997-98 and 1998-99.
(22268)
200  
  
Mr Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many female prisoners have been held in Scotland in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) length of sentence, in the categories (i) three months or less, (ii) three to six months, (iii) six to 12 months, (iv) 12 to 24 months and (v) more than 24 months, (b) type of offence and (c) age, in the categories (1) under 16, (2) 16, (3) 17, (4) 18 to 21, (5) 22 to 25, (6) 26 to 30, (7) 31 to 40, (8) 41 to 50, (9) 51 to 60 and (10) over 60 years.
(22364)
201  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the number of places likely to be offered and the number of likely applicants for places in the New Deal and welfare to work programmes in each area within Scotland.
(22253)
202  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer of 10th December, Official Report, column 625, on Cornton Vale Prison, if he will provide a breakdown of expenditure by budget category for each year.
(22115)
203  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what allowance for uncollected fee income is built into the calculations about college and university finances.
(22361)
204  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will phase in the changes in the method of calculating the funding of further education colleges, so that they will not take full effect until August 1999.
(22267)
205  
N  
Mr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement as to the outcome of his recent discussions with European Commissioner Flynn anent the delayed ESF payments to training agencies and providers in Strathclyde and elsewhere in Scotland.
(22066)
206  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the additional expenditure which will have to be made by (a) health boards and trusts, (b) further education colleges and (c) universities in Scotland in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99 and (iii) 1999-2000 as a result of the changes in the rules governing advanced corporation tax on pensions.
(22376)
207  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide figures showing the band D council tax increase in the next financial year for each local authority in Scotland (a) in cash terms and (b) in percentage terms, based on the assumption that all councils spend at the provisional capping limit.
(22273)
208  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what action is being taken to assist victims of violence and abuse in close relationships and domestic situations.
(22421)
209  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what measures she will be taking in the course of the Government's pension review to provide a more flexible decade of retirement for pensioners aged 55 to 65 years.
(22064)
210  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what were the (a) projected savings and (b) actual savings for each year since inception of incapacity benefit; and what are the projected savings in each of the next three years.
(22165)
211  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment she has made of the impact of the withdrawal of lone parent benefits on those fleeing domestic violence.
(22374)
212  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many and what proportion of lone parents are receiving regular payments of child maintenance in (a) Coventry and (b) Coventry South.
(21794)
213  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment she has made of the length of time it takes to review cases in which disability living allowance has been withdrawn.
(22056)
214  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the savings in the current year from restricting statutory maternity pay to earnings of (a) £15,000, (b) £20,000, (c) £25,000, (d) £50,000 and (e) £100,000; and what would be the projected savings in (i) 1998-99 and (ii) 1999-2000.
(22163)
215  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she has considered excluding sufferers from multiple sclerosis among the categories of disabled people already excluded from the current review programme of disability living allowance claims; and if she will make a statement.
(22375)
216  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the total outstanding debt to the CSA from absent parents in (a) Coventry and (b) Coventry South.
(21795)
217  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list for the eight pilot new deal for lone parents schemes from July 1997 to 15th December 1997 how many (a) letters were sent out to lone parents, (b) lone parents attended interviews or booked interviews, (c) lone parents agreed to continue to participate following an interview, (d) lone parents found jobs following agreement to participate, (e) lone parents failed to respond to the initial letter sent to them and (f) lone parents declined to participate following an interview with a personal adviser.
(21853)
218  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list for each year since 1991-92 the number of claimants of (a) disability living allowance (care), (b) disability living allowance (mobility) and (c) attendance allowance; and for each year what was the total expenditure broken down between benefit payments and administration costs expressed (i) in cash terms and (ii) at September 1997 prices.
(22159)
219  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what representations she has received from the Disabled Drivers Association regarding the Mobility scheme.
(21913)
220  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will expedite the review of the case of Mrs N. L. Underwood of 82 Juniper Road, Christchurch in respect of disability living allowance.
(22067)
221  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans she has to ensure that cold-weather heating cost payments for the elderly will be paid in time to meet the needs of pensioners whose charges are met through pre-payment key meters; what regulations will apply to the payment of cold-weather heating allowances; and if she will make a statement.
(21906)
222  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people are claiming (a) disability benefit and (b) lone parent benefit in Spelthorne.
(22202)
223  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people are claiming (a) disability benefit and (b) lone parent benefit in (i) Coventry and (ii) Coventry South.
(21793)
224  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what progress is being made in conjunction with the Child Support Agency in ensuring that lone parents receive regular maintenance payments.
(21796)
225  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what have been the amounts of (a) employers' national insurance contributions and (b) employees' national insurance contributions expressed (i) in cash terms, (ii) at September 1997 prices and (iii) as a percentage of total Government receipts in each of the last 10 fiscal years.
(22164)
226  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what would be the cost of a maintenance disregard of (a) £5, (b) £10, (c) £15 and (d) £20 for lone parents in receipt of income support in the current year; and what are the projected costs for (i) 1998-99, (ii) 1999-2000 and (iii) 2000-01.
(22162)
227  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many and what proportion of lone parents are receiving regular payments of child maintenance in Spelthorne.
(22201)
228  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proposals her Department has for measures to protect the welfare of lone parents in those cases where maintenance debt has been considered irrecoverable by the CSA.
(21797)
229  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what has been the total budget of her Department for each year since 1987-88 split between benefit payments and running costs expressed (a) in cash terms, (b) at September 1997 prices and (c) as a percentage of total Government expenditure.
(22167)
230  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the Child Support Agency expects to reply to the letter of 27th October from the honourable Member for Aylesbury relating to case 1012119700.
(21919)
231  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has received on the provision of EU assistance to Johnson & Johnson for its move from New Milton to the Republic of Ireland.
(22265)
232  
N  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she expects to announce his decision on the Monopolies and Mergers Commission report relating to First Bus operations in Glasgow; and if she will make a statement.
(22120)
233  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what action her Department is taking to promote the second phase of the Citizens First campaign launched by the European Commission on 25th November.
(22199)
234  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when the coal mining trade unions were informed of the proposed new arrangements to the Concessionary Fuel Agreement; and when the consultation period will end.
(22233)
235  
  
Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what progress has been made on the plans to merge Magnox Electric with British Nuclear Fuels; and if she will make a statement.
(22363)
236  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what evidence has been obtained by her or her Department of quantities of plutonium being unaccounted for at (a) Sellafield and (b) Dounreay.
(22070)
237  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, on what statutory basis he has decided to change existing entitlements to concessionary fuel as set out in the 1983 Concessionary Fuel Agreement.
(22234)
238  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many letters the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Competition and Consumer Affairs has sent to honourable Members since his appointment; how many of the letters he signed personally; and how many of the letters were sent with a facsimile of his signature.
(22186)
239  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what was the cost of the Mineworkers' Concessionary Fuel Scheme for (a) 1995-96 and (b) 1996-97 and what is the projected cost for 1997-98; what is the projected cost of the scheme for the first year of operation based on the new arrangements; how many beneficiaries will be detrimentally affected by the new arrangements; and what is the projected saving to public funds of the new arrangements.
(22275)
240  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 12th December, Official Report, column 730, what estimates she has made regarding the proportion of pensioners who will use the extra finance allocated in the Chancellor's pre-budget statement to reduce existing fuel bills.
(22366)
241  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if the Government will seek an amendment to the Multilateral Agreement on Investment to include the right of people adversely affected by multinational action abroad to take legal action against the multinational in their home country.
(21929)
242  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 25th November, Official Report, column 510, what representations have been made by trade and business associations (a) within the United Kingdom and (b) within the EU requesting further community legislation on (i) road and rail passenger transport, (ii) measuring instruments, (iii) gas liberalisation and (iv) electronic commerce; and what representations have been published by (1) Her Majesty's Government and (2) the EU Commission.
(22174)
243  
  
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what restrictions are placed upon British Coal by the Government to ensure that compensation claims are settled within a set budget.
(22188)
244  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, for what reasons the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Small Firms, Trade and Industry did not include a salutation and a signature on her letter of 11th December to the honourable Member for Christchurch in response to his to the Secretary of State of 13th November concerning Mr John Reid.
(22068)
245  
  
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what budgetary constraints are placed upon British Coal to settle multiple compensation claims within a set of financial limits.
(22187)
246  
  
Mr Andy King (Rugby and Kenilworth):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will announce the terms of reference for the review on the approval of new power stations which was announced by the Prime Minister on 3rd December.
(22263)
247  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of crimes associated with the illegal resale of tobacco bought in Belgium; how many people HM Customs and Excise have arrested for such activity since 1993; if he will commission independent research into this matter; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (22223)
248  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to reduce grant in aid to the Equal Opportunities Commission.
[Transferred] (22235)
249  
  
Mr Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of Admiral Lord Nelson.
[Notice originally given for Monday 12th January] (22156)


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