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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 29 January 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 29 January 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 Thursday 29 January, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Friday 30 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.
 


 
THURSDAY 29th JANUARY
1  
N  
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what checks have been carried out on imported beef and sheep meat to ensure it meets United Kingdom health standards since 1st January; how much imported meat has been denied access; and what was its origin.
(25041)
2  
N  
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the present backlog on the production of secondary yellow plastic tags for bull calves; and what is the deadline set by the Intervention Board for acceptance of bull calves wearing only one identity tag.
(25042)
3  
N  
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what tests are carried out on imported meat to ensure that substances banned for use on United Kingdom meat are identified.
(25043)
4  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he intends to set a date for the prohibition of the farming of mink for their fur.
(26278)
5  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list by weight the countries from which beef has been imported into the United Kingdom since 1st January.
(25677)
6  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 15th January, Official Report, column 254, in what circumstances firms would be permitted to contract privately with farmers to incinerate over thirty month cattle carcasses without reference to the Intervention Board Executive Agency.
(26246)
7  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much over 30 month beef was imported into the United Kingdom from (a) EU countries and (b) non-EU countries in each of the last six months.
(26689)
8  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what measures are being taken to ensure that imported beef is from BSE-free herds.
(26690)
9  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement about the inspection of imported beef.
(26688)
10  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much was paid by (a) the EU and (b) the UK to subsidise the tobacco growing and marketing industries in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(26472)
11  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the cost to an average family of the financial support paid to the farming industry in each of the last five years.
(26471)
12  
  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what policy he will adopt in respect of badger setts in areas not selected for culling under the Krebs experiment, where the setts in question pose dangers to users of the land due to undermining of the surface structure of fields.
(26410)
13  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the charges made to meat producers by the Meat Hygiene Inspectorate; and what plans he has to review their impact on meat producers' costs.
(26343)
14  
  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has had with the President of the Board of Trade on representations from United States senators about his proposed new restrictions on vitamin B6 supplements.
(26356)
15  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what data he has collated about plans by (a) Government departments, (b) agencies, (c) independent organisations, (d) local authorities and (e) churches to celebrate the millennium; and if he will make a statement.
(26496)
16  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent contacts the Government has had with the Official English Supporters Club.
(26492)
17  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress is being made on the compilation of the inventory of works of art held by the Sovereign.
(26487)
18  
N  
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria are used to determine the source of the meat eaten by British armed forces in the United Kingdom.
(25112)
19  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 32, how many of the 30 project licence applications submitted by DERA in respect of Porton Down since March 1995 have been (a) rejected by his Department and (b) amended.
(26282)
20  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the role of the RAF Tornadoes based in Saudi Arabia in respect of military operations in the Gulf.
(26283)
21  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what tests he has carried out on the dangers to humans resulting from the bombing of installations containing (a) Bacillus Anthracis (Cohn), (b) Bacillus Subtilis (Ehrenburg), (c) Clostridium botulinum Type A, (d) Clostridium Tetan, (e) Brucella abartus Biotype 3 and (f) Escherichia coli; and if he will place his evaluation in the Library.
(26285)
22  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what new assessment he has made of the role of Trident.
(26345)
23  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the percentage of the defence budget to be spent on (a) Trident and (b) Eurofighter in each of the next 12 years.
(26478)
24  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many former and serving submariners on nuclear submarines have been diagnosed as suffering from exposure to harmful radiation.
(26284)
25  
N  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what will be the level of public access to the contents of the database Agenda.
(26220)
26  
N  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what stage preparations have reached for the private sector-led New Deal Pathfinder areas.
(24187)
27  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to allow the extension of the use of agency staff to higher education institutions; and if he will make a statement.
(24190)
28  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to increase the accountability of TECs and training agencies for their spending.
(26494)
29  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to raise the standard of NVQs through stricter testing and examination of those taking them.
(26493)
30  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the number of teachers currently teaching English in secondary schools who do not have a first degree in that subject.
(26076)
31  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he intends to take in relation to speed limits on Lake Windermere.
(26221)
32  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the compliance cost assessment and the EU Fiche D'impact relating to the intended proposal for a council directive for the registration of persons sailing on passenger ships.
(26311)
33  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures the Government is taking to encourage development on brownfield sites in the North-West Region.
(26495)
34  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will call in the Wychavon Local Plan for determination; and if he will make a statement.
(26217)
35  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many recent representations he has received from residents of Fernhill Heath, Worcestershire concerning the Wychavon Local Plan; and if he will make a statement.
(26216)
36  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the number of empty housing units in Sunderland in (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997 (i) in total and (ii) by sector.
(26535)
37  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the cost per mile of constructing the M6-M65 link.
(26407)
38  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the cause of the recent pollution incident affecting a stretch of the River Darwen near Blackburn; and if he will make a statement.
(26406)
39  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what environmental assessment he has made of proposals for the removal of mineral deposits from the surface of the deep ocean bed.
(26489)
40  
N  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the cost of the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal Service has been in each year since its establishment, at 1997 prices.
(25778)
41  
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 impact on the rated enfranchisement of the establishment of the Leasehold Enfranchisement Advisory Service.
(25779)
42  
N  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what has been the cost of the Leasehold Enfranchisement Advisory Service in each year since its inception.
(25780)
43  
N  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to evaluate the effectiveness of the Leasehold Enfranchisement Advisory Service; and if he will make a statement.
(25781)
44  
N  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on government policy towards leasehold enfranchisement.
(25782)
45  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans the Government has for pilot projects in relation to United Kingdom carbon emissions permits following the Kyoto conference.
(26692)
46  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he plans to take during the United Kingdom presidency in respect of procedures relating to the marketing and release of genetically-modified organisms.
(26361)
47  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the corporation tax yield in the last financial year for which data is available, from companies in the ranges of profitability (a) under £300,000, (b) £300,000 to £600,000, (c) £600,000 to £1.5 billion and (d) above £1.5 billion.
(26710)
48  
  
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what changes have been made since May 1997 to the classification of items of Government-authorised expenditure for the purposes of producing (a) the control total, (b) the public sector borrowing requirement and (c) the reserve.
(26520)
49  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue cost of introducing individual savings accounts with no limit on the total amount that may be invested in such accounts.
(26350)
50  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many senior staff employed on short-term contracts with regulatory bodies established under the Financial Services Act 1986 are entitled to the full benefits of the public service final year salary pension scheme; and for what reasons they are so entitled.
(26484)
51  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what would be the cost of reducing duty on ultra low sulphur diesel to 2p per litre less than the duty on ordinary diesel.
(26353)
52  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of revenue lost to HM Treasury from the illegal sale of tobacco products in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(26539)
53  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much extra revenue would be raised between 6th April and 1st December 1998, over and above current plans, if tobacco duties were increased by 5 per cent. in real terms from the start of the 1998-99 financial year; and if he will give the same figures on the basis of the higher rates commencing in (a) May, (b) June, (c) July, (d) August, (e) September, (f) October and (g) November 1998.
(26351)
54  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the manpower and resources available to HM Customs and Excise to combat the illegal market in tobacco product supplies from outside the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(26537)
55  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what would be the revenue cost in (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000 of a 4 per cent. cut in spirits duty, commencing on 6th April 1999.
(26354)
56  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date the Chief Executive of the Personal Investment Authority gave notice of her resignation; on what date it took effect; what was the basis of her financial settlement with the Authority; and what would have been the saving to public funds if she had been paid within the strict terms of her contract.
(26486)
57  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the total number of deaths of children aged 13 to 16 years resulting from ingesting (a) heroin, (b) alcohol, (c) ecstasy, (d) speed, (e) glue, (f) Temazepam, (g) cannabis and (h) LSD in each of the last five years.
(26470)
58  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the progress of the tax law re-write project.
(26175)
59  
N  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what economic instruments are available to him to promote housing development on brownfield sites in preference to greenfield ones.
(26178)
60  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many landowners who have received conditional exemption from inheritance tax by virtue of public access to land have withdrawn from the scheme since its inception.
(26490)
61  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the percentage of pensioners who pay their fuel costs with pre-payment meters.
(26172)
62  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Turkish government following the arrest of the British Vice-Consul in Istanbul on 2nd September 1997; what response he has received; and if he will make a statement.
(26041)
63  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will set out the (a) rules and (b) guidance governing diplomats or consular officials giving evidence in court cases in foreign countries.
(26043)
64  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the British Vice-Consul in Istanbul will be permitted to give evidence to a Turkish court regarding incidents in Istanbul on 2nd September 1997.
(26042)
65  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what part he played in the consideration of appointing Ms Gaynor Regan as his diary secretary.
(26184)
66  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what briefing his Department issued to the press on the nature of the appointment of Ms Anne Bullen.
(26214)
67  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) special advisers, (b) task force members and (c) review body members his Department employs; what are the total salaries and benefits of (a) to (c); and what was the equivalent cost prior to 1st May 1997.
(26177)
68  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he made a payment in respect of the use of a government flight by Ms Gaynor Regan when she accompanied him on his trip to Dublin in November.
(26219)
69  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he took to appoint Ms Gaynor Regan as his diary secretary.
(26192)
70  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what restrictions have been placed on Miss Anne Bullen in respect of making public statements on the termination of her employment as his diary secretary.
(26190)
71  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what compensation was paid to Miss Anne Bullen on the termination of her employment as his diary secretary; and for what reasons.
(26189)
72  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the employment of Miss Anne Bullen as his diary secretary was terminated; and for what reasons.
(26186)
73  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what part was played by the Permanent Under Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the appointment of a successor to Miss Anne Bullen as his diary secretary.
(26188)
74  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions took place between him and officials at his Department about the employment of Ms Gaynor Regan as his diary secretary; and if he informed them of the nature of his relationship with her.
(26187)
75  
N  
Mrs Anne McGuire (Stirling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent on (a) official foreign travel and (b) incidentals for (i) spouses and (ii) partners of the previous two Secretaries of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in each year of their tenure.
(26316)
76  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when and by whom the Permanent Secretary of his Department was informed of the intention to replace Miss Bullen as Diary Secretary with Ms Regan.
(26313)
77  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what occasions since 1st May 1997 he planned for his Diary Secretary to accompany him on official business.
(26310)
78  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many private office staff in (a) his and (b) other Ministers' private offices changed after the election; and in how many cases this was at the instigation of the Minister.
(26309)
79  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the public service employment status of Miss Bullen.
(26312)
80  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Permanent Secretary sanctioned the dismissal of Miss Bullen.
(26318)
81  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the termination contract of Miss Bullen contained a requirement not to discuss the circumstances of her dismissal in addition to Official Secrets Act requirements.
(26314)
82  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what factors led to the dismissal of his Diary Secretary.
(26315)
83  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action was taken following the meeting between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton and the honourable Member for Sunderland South on 5th November.
(26404)
84  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to review the current price of a permanent settlement visa for the United Kingdom.
(26170)
85  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received, and what assessment his Department has made, of human rights violations in Kenya.
(26704)
86  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the Government's ethical approach to international relations will be applied to the combatting of reported human rights violations in (a) Kenya and (b) Algeria.
(26703)
87  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what negotiations and meetings he has had with other EU members regarding human rights violations in Kenya and Algeria.
(26705)
88  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to co-ordinate policy objectives with the Department For International Development.
(26344)
89  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Kenyan authorities in respect of reported human rights violations; and if he will make a statement.
(26701)
90  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for February; and if he will list major European Union events for the next six months.
(26532)
91  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will report on the outcome of the General Affairs Council held on 26th to 27th January in Brussels.
(26533)
92  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funds are available from the European Commission to (a) the United Kingdom Government and (b) other organisations within the United Kingdom for information projects on (i) the EU and (ii) the euro; and if he will make a statement.
(26521)
93  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the effect of recent events in Algeria on the Euro-Mediterranean Process under the United Kingdom presidency of the European Union.
(26522)
94  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate the Government has made of the numbers of social care staff working (a) in residential and nursing homes for the elderly, in both the public and private sectors, (b) in residential homes for children, (c) as paid care assistants in the community and (d) as paid domestic child care.
(26706)
95  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the change in the last 10 years in the totals of (a) women and (b) men under the age of 24 years who are smokers of tobacco; and if he will make a statement.
(26474)
96  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the percentage of young people who have used an illegal drug by the time they have reached the age of 24 years.
(26480)
97  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, the deaths of how many people have been found to have been caused by failures of NHS care in each of the past six years.
(26479)
98  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the numbers of cannabis users who (a) first use tobacco cigarettes as a gateway to cannabis and (b) use cannabis as their first gateway drug.
(26475)
99  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the advantages of the electronic monitoring of the confused elderly in residential homes as an alternative to the use of anti-psychotic drugs.
(26485)
100  
  
Mr Douglas Hogg (Sleaford and North Hykeham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists practice in Lincolnshire; and what is the average number of people registered with each dental practitioner (a) in Lincolnshire and (b) nationally.
(26542)
101  
  
Mr Douglas Hogg (Sleaford and North Hykeham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the availability of NHS dental services in Lincolnshire.
(26541)
102  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to consider the addition of (a) asthma and (b) other chronic conditions to the list of those whose sufferers are exempt from NHS prescription payments.
(26346)
103  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimates for staff reductions were included in the business case for the new computer system at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate; and what revisions have been made to take account of the delays in the programme for installation.
(26074)
104  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 633, on the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, how many compulsory redundancies he expects to be required at the Directorate offices at Croydon in the years 1998-99 and 1999-2000.
(26075)
105  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that the destruction of files by MI5 will not (a) destroy material of historical importance and (b) prevent instances of error by MI5 from emerging.
(26277)
106  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will amend Section 10(1) of the Interception of Communications Act 1985 to require a separate warrant for each line intercepted.
(26279)
107  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to complete his review into providing information relating to the number of individuals on whom MI5 holds files.
(26280)
108  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the study of the experimental regime at Colchester Young Offenders Institution carried out by Dr Kate Painter of Cambridge University's Institute of Criminology.
(26307)
109  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made and what further action is planned in respect of measures to enforce zero tolerance of criminal activity.
(26483)
110  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the percentage of rapes in 1997 which involved the drug Rohypnol.
(26469)
111  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what were the costs of policing the state opening of Parliament in each of the last five years; and how many police manpower hours were used.
(26477)
112  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the changes in the numbers of (a) cautions for cannabis possession or dealing, (b) prosecutions for cannabis possession or dealing, (c) fines for cannabis possession or dealing and (d) prison sentences for cannabis possession or dealing in each of the past 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(26482)
113  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) cautions for cannabis possession or dealing, (b) prosecutions for cannabis possession or dealing, (c) fines for cannabis possession or dealing and (d) prison sentences for cannabis possession or dealing there were in each of the past 10 years.
(26481)
114  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of the total number of prisoners in the United Kingdom are known to be drug addicts.
(26540)
115  
N  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the future of Section 11 funding to support the teaching of English.
(24215)
116  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ensure that sufficient police surgeons are available in each area of the country to carry out intimate body searches on those suspected of carrying illegal drugs.
(26079)
117  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the new prison planned for Winwick will be designed to hold category A prisoners if necessary.
(26077)
118  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Prison Service to ensure the quality of on-site medical services in privately-run prisons.
(26078)
119  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to recover the sums outstanding under the Immigration (Carriers Liability) Act 1987.
(25945)
120  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate how many asylum seekers are at addresses not known to the authorities.
(25947)
121  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the current weekly cost to the Exchequer of those in the United Kingdom whose asylum appeals are outstanding.
(25950)
122  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the amount of charges (a) levied and (b) recovered under the Immigration (Carriers Liability) Act 1987 in relation to offences under that Act at each airport in the United Kingdom for each of the last 10 years.
(25952)
123  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the number of asylum seekers whose addresses are unknown to the authorities who are claiming and are receiving state benefits.
(25949)
124  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce the compulsory taking of naltrexone for criminals who are drug addicts; and if he will make a statement.
(25951)
125  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if it is his policy to allow airlines which owe charges under the Immigration (Carriers Liability) Act 1987 to continue to use United Kingdom airports.
(25944)
126  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what charges were outstanding under the Immigration (Carriers Liability) Act 1987 on 1st January in each of the past 10 years.
(25946)
127  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he proposes to take to discover the whereabouts of asylum seekers whose whereabouts in the United Kingdom are not known to the authorities.
(25948)
128  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many outstanding unpaid claims there were for compensation under the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 on 21st January.
(26218)
129  
  
Kali Mountford (Colne Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list those countries from which he considers people need not claim political asylum.
(26347)
130  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what investigation he has made into the use of chief constables' discretion in relation to keeping on full pay those police officers who have been injured in the course of carrying out their duties.
(25872)
131  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Police Federation and ACPO on the variations in the way officers injured while carrying out their duties are treated by chief constables.
(25874)
132  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to ensure that police officers injured while carrying out their duties are not placed under financial pressure to return to work, while still unfit.
(25873)
133  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been waiting for (a) more than one year, (b) more than three years and (c) more than five years for an initial decision on their asylum applications.
(26711)
134  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many posts were abolished in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in the 1996-97 financial year; and how many job losses are planned for the 1997-98 financial year.
(26516)
135  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consideration he has given to re-investing the projected efficiency savings from the computerisation of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in order to eliminate the backlog of asylum applications.
(26518)
136  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people currently awaiting a decision upon their application for British citizenship have been waiting more than a year since their application form was received by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate.
(26517)
137  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what efficiency savings, expressed as a percentage, he expects to result from the computerisation of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate.
(26515)
138  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the total value of compensation claims made under option C for the surrender of handguns; and how many claims are outstanding.
(26341)
139  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what commitment the Government has made in terms of the percentage of GNP to which the International Development budget will be increased during the next five years.
(26700)
140  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the titles of those files from 1967 which were not released on the 1st January for public scrutiny (a) in whole and (b) in part.
(26276)
141  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how many journalists accompanied him on his recent visit to Disney World in the United States; and what was the total cost to public funds of their accompanying him.
(26179)
142  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will estimate the reduction in the cost of the Millennium Dome if it had been built on a green field site.
(26724)
143  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many times each Minister at the Northern Ireland Office stayed overnight in Northern Ireland between 1st July and 31st December 1997.
(26348)
144  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, for what reason he does not identify budget heads separately for MI5, MI6 and GCHQ within the Cabinet Office (Security and Intelligence Services) Class XVIII Vote 2.
(26281)
145  
  
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish an updated list of members of Cabinet committees; and if he will arrange to keep up to date the web-site list of membership of those committees.
(26519)
146  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will state, for the purpose of authorisation of ministerial travel, the definition of partner.
(26691)
147  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Prime Minister, what clear public interest was served by the visit of Miss Geraldine Daly when accompanying the honourable Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North to Luxembourg.
(26247)
148  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he gave written permission to the honourable Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North to take Miss Geraldine Daly to an EU meeting in Luxembourg.
(26248)
149  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Prime Minister, if (a) he or (b) his office were consulted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the possible appointment of Ms Regan to the Foreign Secretary's Private Office.
(26308)
150  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Prime Minister, if his office was consulted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the terms of the agreement which terminated Miss Bullen's appointment.
(26317)
151  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the categories of persons who since 1st May are no longer the subject of security service interest.
(26409)
152  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many local government staff in Scotland are restricted from standing for the Scottish Parliament elections in 1999 under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (a) on grounds of salary levels in excess of £25,000 per annum and (b) on other grounds.
(25680)
153  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many representations he has received on extending patients' rights of access to medical records held by hospitals and general practitioners.
(25678)
154  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the rights of patients to gain access to medical records held by hospitals and general practitioners.
(25679)
155  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the administrative costs of the additional fuel payments to pensioners in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99.
(26468)
156  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the percentage of cases in which errors have been made by the Child Support Agency; and if she will make a statement.
(26473)
157  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the cost of increasing the basic pension, widows' benefits and long-term incapacity benefit in April 1998 in line with prices; and what would be the additional cost of increasing them in line with average earnings.
(26467)
158  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) special advisers, (b) task force members and (c) review body members her Department employs; what are the total salaries and benefits of (a) to (c); and what was the equivalent cost prior to 1st May 1997.
(26176)
159  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when she will publish her proposals to reform the Child Support Agency; and if she will make a statement.
(26408)
160  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many persons living in council tax bands F, G and H were consulted before regulations restricting council tax benefit to the amount applicable to a Band E property were laid.
(26174)
161  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage of the winter fuel supplement she estimates will be paid after 28th February.
(26171)
162  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many lone parents were consulted before (a) regulations abolishing the lone parent benefit premium were laid and (b) the Social Security Bill was published.
(26173)
163  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people are currently receiving any element of disability living allowance; and how many are receiving (a) the care component and mobility component at any level, (b) the care component only and (c) the mobility component only.
(26405)
164  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans she has to apply best value criteria to the awarding of contracts for provision of accommodation and office services for her Department.
(26538)
165  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans she has to ensure access to disability benefit for sufferers of benzodiazipene drug addiction.
(26536)
166  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to increase trade union rights to recognition; and if she will make a statement.
(26182)
167  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what estimate she has made of additional compensation to coalminers in the light of the recent legal judgement on respiratory disease; and if this can be accommodated within planned totals for departmental spending.
(26183)
168  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what estimate she has made of the level of commercial losses to private sector firms arising from the delay in implementation of electricity deregulation; and if they will be compensated.
(26181)
169  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she intends to implement simultaneous and reciprocal deregulation of domestic gas and electricity supplies; and if she will make a statement.
(26180)
170  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what guidelines are issued to (a) the Meteorological Office, (b) Companies House and (c) the Ordnance Survey to ensure that they engage in only fair competition with private information providers who are also their customers.
(26707)
171  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what proposals the Government has for supporting and promoting British inventors.
(26708)
172  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 22nd December, Official Report, column 512, if she will list the equipment covered by the categories (a) ML5, (b) ML9, (c) ML10, and (d) ML11.
(24611)
173  
N  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Competition Bill [Lords] on the examination of anti-competitive practices within the newspaper industry.
(24433)
174  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she received a copy of the signed agreement reached by the Paymaster General with the power generators.
(26534)
175  
  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential impact on global free trade agreements of the proposed new European Directive on dietary supplements; and if she will make a statement.
(26359)
176  
  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the impact on global free trade agreements of the proposed new restrictions on the retail sale of vitamin B6; and if she will make a statement.
(26358)
177  
  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she was consulted by the Minister for Food Safety about the United Kingdom response to the European Commission Consultation Document on Dietary Supplements; and if she will make it her policy to promote the removal of barriers to trade in such supplements (a) within Europe and (b) globally.
(26355)
178  
  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she was first consulted by the Minister for Food Safety on his announcement of new restrictions on the retail sale of vitamin B6 supplements.
(26360)
179  
  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what recent representations she has received from (a) senators in the United States of America and (b) other sources within the United States of America about barriers to free trade in the context of proposed new restrictions on the retail sale of vitamin B6 supplements; what was the nature of these representations; and what response she has made.
(26357)
180  
N  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the impact of the introduction of the Social Chapter on the level of employment in the United Kingdom.
(24193)
181  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to protect the community pharmacies following the growth of out of town shopping centres.
(26696)
182  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what new measures he is adopting to improve standards of literacy.
(26694)
183  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many community pharmacies there are; and if he will make a statement on his policy on community pharmacies.
(26693)
184  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the role of community hospitals.
(26699)
185  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on prescription fraud.
(26697)
186  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what further measures he proposes to tackle waiting lists; and if he will make a statement.
(26698)
187  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement of the future of the pharmaceutical price regulation scheme.
(26695)
188  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the EU Regulations contained in Directive 96/79 contained in Official Journal, C, 6th December 1997, No. 335 with regard to workers employed in the animal rendering industry; and if he will make a statement on the implementation of these regulations.
[Transferred] (26245)
189  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the signed memoranda sent by Ministers to the Select Committee on European Community Legislation relevant to Community documents on genetic modification of plants, indicating for each the document's title and the date when signed, and the date of the Councils of Ministers meetings when the Community documents were considered.
[Transferred] (26342)
190  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures the Government is taking in advance of the World Cup 1998 to ensure that crowd trouble at the event is avoided; what estimate he has made of the number of British fans who will travel to France for the World Cup; and how many tickets are available to English football fans for the World Cup games.
[Transferred] (26491)
191  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he is taking to protect the coastline from the rising sea levels forecast in his document on climate change.
[Transferred] (26488)
192  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many more vehicles now run on ultra-low sulphur diesel than in April 1997.
[Transferred] (26352)
193  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to incorporate the Government's objectives, as set out in the White Paper, Eliminating World Poverty, in the forthcoming Paris Club meetings.
[Transferred] (26702)
194  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications by Turkish Cypriots for entry into the United Kingdom have been submitted in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (26349)
195  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number and the percentage of the total of those mis-sold personal pensions who have now (a) died, (b) been fully compensated for their financial loss, (c) been partially compensated and (d) not been compensated.
[Transferred] (26476)


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