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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 2 February 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 2 February 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 2 February, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Tuesday 3 February, 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 2nd FEBRUARY
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will take steps to prohibit the import of pigmeat from animals fed meat and bonemeal; and if he will make a statement.
(26396)
2  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how long on average it takes his Department to answer letters from honourable Members; what target date his Department sets; what percentage receive replies within the target date; and what assessment he has made of how long it takes to deliver a letter after it has been typed.
(27045)
3  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 209, for what reasons he has not made an assessment of the professional status or qualifications of those who have written to him about the proposed controls on food supplements containing vitamin B6; and if he will make a statement.
(26790)
4  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when the Minister of State will reply to the letter of 5th December from the Right honourable Member for Penrith and the Border on a constituency matter.
(27048)
5  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many farmers will be eligible to take part in the proposed early retirement scheme (a) nationally and (b) in Shropshire.
(27181)
6  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what criteria he uses to assess the relative merits of the advice from (a) the Committee on Toxicity and (b) other independent scientists who have made representations to the Ministry on the safety of vitamin B6; and if he will make a statement.
(26397)
7  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in which EU member states the sale of unpasteurised milk (a) has been banned at any time since 1968 and (b) is currently banned, with the dates concerned in each case.
(27049)
8  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many consignments of beef imported from other European Union member states were inspected between 1st and 22nd January to ensure that they did not contain specified risk materials and that their import certification was accurate, and in accordance with the Specified Risk Material Order 1997.
(27003)
9  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what guidance has been given to those authorities responsible for border inspection posts to inspect consignments of beef imported from outside the European Union for specified risk materials.
(27002)
10  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he will take to ensure that the Food Standards Agency levy will be structured in such a way as not to penalise disproportionately small food producers and retailers.
(27144)
11  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how long on average it takes his Department to answer letters from honourable Members; what target date his Department sets; what percentage receive replies within the target date; and what assessment he has made of how long it takes to deliver a letter after it has been typed.
(27034)
12  
  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what uses have been made of the monies allocated to the Public Library Development Incentive Scheme for 1997-98.
(27179)
13  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the cost to public funds of the governing bodies for sport.
(27127)
14  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many sports his Department recognises for the purpose of funding.
(27125)
15  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the (a) proportion of tickets available and (b) facilities for disabled supporters in each of the stadia in which Scotland and England will play their first round World Cup matches.
(27128)
16  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the governing bodies for sport indicating the number of places on each.
(27160)
17  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the chairpersons or chief executives responsible for the governance of sport, indicating those who have represented their country.
(27126)
18  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received on the use of the BBC's increase in licence fees.
(26425)
19  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will seek to ensure that the award of a franchise for creating a network of fibre optic links through South Cheshire and North Wales is conditional on the same proportion of homes in North Wales as in South Cheshire being offered the service; and if he will raise this matter with the Chairman of the ITC.
(27292)
20  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements will be made to provide ground-based and simulator training for the Army's Attack Helicopter air and ground crew.
(27241)
21  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long on average it takes his Department to answer letters from honourable Members; what target date his Department sets; what percentage receive replies within the target date; and what assessment he has made of how long it takes to deliver a letter after it has been typed.
(27042)
22  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many recruits to (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Army and (c) the Royal Air Force aged 16 to 18 years came from (i) a family background and (ii) local authority care for each year since 1990.
(26838)
23  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the average availability of Type 42 destroyers for operational service in each of the last five years.
(27176)
24  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the complement of crew carried by Type 42 destroyers (a) was when they were commissioned and (b) is currently.
(27177)
25  
  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if it is his policy to allow service personnel to occupy married quarters with a person other than a spouse; and if he will make a statement.
(27243)
26  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the results of the study called for by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch on the probability of a random mid-air collision.
(27250)
27  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many servicemen leaving the service early have given the activities of the Child Support Agency as one of their reasons for leaving.
(27093)
28  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd January, Official Report, column 719, what factors underlay his decision to designate exports of nuclear materials to the United States after 1979 as a matter covered by Category 1 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.
(27249)
29  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate he has made of the savings in (a) transport costs and (b) car mileage which will result from the introduction of electronic red boxes and the electronic transfer of the information contained in them.
(26395)
30  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how long on average it takes his Department to answer letters from honourable Members; what target date his Department sets; what percentage receive replies within the target date; and what assessment he has made of how long it takes to deliver a letter after it has been typed.
(27043)
31  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the type or specification of vehicles allocated to (a) secretaries of state, (b) ministers of state and (c) parliamentary under secretaries of state for their official duties; and if he will list any exceptions.
(27112)
32  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when he next intends to issue a progress report on the action taken by Government departments and agencies in eliminating year 2000 computer compliance problems.
(26983)
33  
  
Mrs Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has for re-training for work claimants of disability benefits who lose their entitlement.
(27256)
34  
  
Mrs Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on encouraging employers to employ disabled staff.
(27255)
35  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what information his Department collates on the average time taken and payment made for marking (a) GCSE examination and (b) A Level examination papers.
(26393)
36  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how long on average it takes his Department to answer letters from honourable Members; what target date his Department sets; what percentage receive replies within the target date; and what assessment he has made of how long it takes to deliver a letter after it has been typed.
(27041)
37  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list by local education authority (a) the percentage of their schools budget that is not delegated to schools, (b) the amount in (a) expressed in pounds per pupil and (c) the amount not delegated to schools allocated for special educational needs expressed in pounds per pupil; and what proportion (c) represents of (b).
(26833)
38  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what information will be provided by the planned ethnic monitoring of Employment Services New Deal clients.
(27242)
39  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the average cost of a current child care place; and what was the average cost in 1996.
(27077)
40  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many new child care places have been created since 1st May 1997.
(27076)
41  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many child care places were created by the out of school child care initiative in each of the years (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997.
(27075)
42  
N  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to the Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 91, what extra amount per pupil would be made available to schools if all local authorities held back the same percentage as Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.
(26853)
43  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the average amount spent per pupil in Shropshire relative to the national average for those of (a) primary and (b) secondary school age for each year from 1991-92 to 1996-97.
(27104)
44  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the pupil/teacher ratio in Shropshire for the (a) maintained nursery, (b) primary and (c) secondary sectors for (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 1998-99.
(27103)
45  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the pupil/teacher ratio for Shropshire for the (a) maintained nursery, (b) primary and (c) secondary sectors for each year since 1992.
(27105)
46  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the borough and district councils which comprise the Colchester District under the Welfare to Work New Deal proposals.
(27295)
47  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, who has been selected as the private sector Lead Partner in the Colchester District for the Welfare to Work New Deal proposals.
(27296)
48  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his estimate of the shortfall in trained personnel in the hotel and catering industry in the next three years.
(27092)
49  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he is taking to address skill shortages in the catering and hotel industries.
(27091)
50  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the percentage drop-out rate by students on full and part-time courses in (a) NVQ level 2 and 3 Food Preparation and Cooking, (b) BTEC National Diploma in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Operations and (c) advanced GNVQ Hospitality and Catering.
(27090)
51  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 89, on environmental placements under the New Deal, if he will publish the guidance relating to those New Deal tenders including an element to cover the cost of materials.
(27280)
52  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many tenders have been (a) submitted and (b) awarded for home energy efficiency programmes under the New Deal; and in each case what is the average cost for placement.
(27279)
53  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has for introducing international development into the National Curriculum.
(27172)
54  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, at what income level EU migrant workers resident in England and applying to a Scottish university for a four year degree will be means tested for eligibility for the fourth year tuition fee.
(26973)
55  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to pay the fourth year of tuition fees for eligible English and Welsh students beginning degrees at Scottish universities from 1998 onwards; and if he will make a statement.
(27046)
56  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposal he (a) advanced and (b) supported in respect of the maximum concentration of boron to be permitted in drinking water during discussion with EU partners on the Drinking Water Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(26823)
57  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his policy in respect of the terms of the amended EC Directive on Drinking Water as they relate to the powers given to exempt drinking water supplies (a) of less than 10 cubic metres of water per day and (b) serving 50 people or less from the terms of the directive; and if he will make a statement.
(26821)
58  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the pesticides for which he sought relaxation of the maximum concentrations permitted in drinking water during discussions with EU partners on the Drinking Water Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(26822)
59  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how long on average it takes his Department to answer letters from honourable Members; what target date his Department sets; what percentage receive replies within the target date; and what assessment he has made of how long it takes to deliver a letter after it has been typed.
(27040)
60  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the recent attempt by Westminster City Council to seek leave for judicial review over its proposed RSG settlement.
(27325)
61  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to revise planning guidance in respect of the development of back garden land in urban and suburban areas.
(26423)
62  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will give an estimate of the legal costs incurred in the recent court case brought by Westminster City Council against the Government over Westminster's proposed RSG settlement; and if he will make a statement.
(27324)
63  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of new housing developments on the supply of water from existing reservoirs and aquifers.
(27164)
64  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of new housing developments on the existing sewage disposal and treatment infrastructure.
(27152)
65  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to announce the outcome of consultation on the local government finance settlement; and if he will make a statement.
(27182)
66  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to ensure that ROSCOs do not over-charge rail operators.
(27101)
67  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to ensure that the public subsidy to the railways is devoted to improving services, with particular reference to the quality of the rolling stock.
(27102)
68  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to ensure that ROSCOs invest adequate amounts in improving the quality of rolling stock on the United Kingdom's railways.
(27100)
69  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to take an equity stake in the rail industry in return for Government subsidy.
(26564)
70  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what additional funds have been allocated to Shrewsbury and Atcham and Shropshire since 1st May out of his Department's budgets.
(27106)
71  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will issue guidelines on the use of added years for purposes of early retirement for local authority employees.
(26424)
72  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how long on average it takes his Department to answer letters from honourable Members; what target date his Department sets; what percentage receive replies within the target date; and what assessment he has made of how long it takes to deliver a letter after it has been typed.
(27028)
73  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children under five years of age there are in the United Kingdom; and what are the projections for such numbers in (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000.
(27073)
74  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the advantages and disadvantages of hypothecation of taxation.
(27163)
75  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people made use of the system of carry back, carry forward provisions for contributions to personal pension plans in each of the last three years for which figures are available, broken down by (a) sex, (b) the age groups 21 to 30, 31 to 40, 41 to 50 and 51 to 60 years, (c) marital status, (d) employment in the categories (i) working full-time, (ii) part-time, (iii) housewife and (iv) unemployed, (e) number of dependent children aged 0 to 4, 5 to 10 and 11 to 16 years and (f) socio-economic group; and what estimates he has made of future changes in these figures, with particular reference to the introduction of ISAs.
(27315)
76  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average amounts held in bank and building society accounts by United Kingdom citizens aged 21 to 60 years are, broken down by (a) sex, (b) the age groups 21 to 30, 31 to 40, 41 to 50 and 51 to 60 years, (c) marital status, (d) employment in the categories (i) working full-time, (ii) working part-time, (iii) housewife and (iv) unemployed, (e) number of dependent children aged 0 to 4, 5 to 10 and 11 to 16 years and (f) socio-economic group; and what estimates he has made of how these figures are expected to change in the future.
(27316)
77  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimates he has made of the cost to the Treasury of the tax exemptions under the proposed system of ISAs (a) in each of the 10 years following introduction and (b) according to (i) sex, (ii) the age groups 21 to 30, 31 to 40, 41 to 50 and 51 to 60 years, (iii) marital status, (iv) employment in the categories (1) working full-time, (2) part-time, (3) housewife and (4) unemployed, (v) number of dependent children aged 0 to 4, 5 to 10 and 11 to 16 years and (vi) socio-economic group; and if he will indicate the assumptions used to calculate the estimates.
(27319)
78  
  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the average weekly earnings (A) including and (B) excluding overtime for part-time workers in (a) Scotland, (b) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (c) Great Britain, broken down for men and women in (i) manual employment, (ii) non-manual employment and (iii) in total.
(27331)
79  
  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the proportion of full-time workers in (a) Scotland, (b) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (c) Great Britain with hourly gross earnings (A) including and (B) excluding overtime below (i) £6.61, (ii) £6.15 (iii) £4.61 and (iv) £3.80 broken down by (1) male manual (2) male non-manual, (3) all male workers, (4) female manual, (5) female non-manual, (6) all female workers, (7) all manual, (8) all non-manual and (9) all workers.
(27328)
80  
  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the percentage of workers on adult rates of pay in part-time employment whose hourly earnings (A) including and (B) excluding overtime pay are less than (i) £4.61 per hour, (ii) £6.15 per hour, (iii) £6.60 per hour and (iv) average weekly earnings in (a) Scotland, (b) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (c) Great Britain, broken down by (1) male manual, (2) male non-manual (3) all male workers, (4) female manual, (5) female non-manual, (6) all female workers (7) all manual, (8) all non-manual and (9) all workers.
(27330)
81  
  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the percentage of full-time workers in (a) Scotland, (b) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (c) Great Britain earning in gross (A) including and (B) excluding overtime less than (i) £249.97 per week, (ii) £233.13 per week and (iii) £174.85 per week broken down by (1) male manual (2) male non-manual, (3) all male workers, (4) female manual, (5) female non-manual, (6) all female workers, (7) all manual, (8) all non-manual and (9) all workers.
(27327)
82  
  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the average gross weekly earnings (i) including and (ii) excluding overtime for full-time workers in (a) Scotland, (b) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (c) Great Britain for (1) all manual, (2) all non-manual and (3) all workers.
(27326)
83  
  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for (a) Scotland, and (b) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland the (1) average weekly earnings, (2) weekly median earnings and (3) the distribution of earnings for those earning (a) under the point below which 10 per cent. of earners fall, (b) the point above which 10 per cent. of earners exceed, broken down by (i) manual, (ii) non-manual and (iii) all workers.
(27329)
84  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment Her Majesty's Government has made of the argument advanced by the Bank of England in the papers circulated at the symposium on 20th January on the application of regulations stemming from Article 109I of the Maastricht Treaty to the United Kingdom and their treatment by English courts; and if he will make a statement.
(26720)
85  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to use the forthcoming G8 summit in Birmingham to highlight the problems of developing country debt.
(27171)
86  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on progress to date in implementing the Highly Indebted Poor Countries Initiative.
(27170)
87  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the total amount collected by smaller quoted companies on behalf of the Government through PAYE during 1997 or the most recent year for which figures are available.
(27109)
88  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what contribution was made by smaller quoted companies in terms of (a) corporation tax paid, (b) employees' income tax paid and (c) national insurance contributions paid during 1997 or the most recent year for which figures are available.
(27108)
89  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the level of gross domestic product per capita for each of the English regions for each year since 1993.
(26793)
90  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how long on average it takes his Department to answer letters from honourable Members; what target date his Department sets; what percentage receive replies within the target date; and what assessment he has made of how long it takes to deliver a letter after it has been typed.
(27039)
91  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date Ms Anne Bullen's contract of employment was due to end; on what date she was dismissed; and how many months severance pay she was given.
(27071)
92  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) verbal and (b) written warnings were given to Ms Anne Bullen concerning her performance prior to her dismissal.
(27070)
93  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the United Kingdom proposals for an EU Code of Conduct on Arms Sales include a system for parliamentary scrutiny and accountability in member states.
(26972)
94  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Zimbabwe in respect of violations of its Declaration of Rights agreed at Lancaster House on any property or interest of property.
(26956)
95  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress he is making in agreeing on EU code of conduct on arms sales during the United Kingdom's presidency of the EU; and when he intends to publish the code.
(26962)
96  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Kenya in respect of recent reports of violence.
(26975)
97  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has held with the Department for International Development concerning aid provision to Zimbabwe during the United Kindgom's presidency of the EU.
(26960)
98  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to raise the proposed seizure of land by the Government of Zimbabwe with his fellow EU foreign ministers during the United Kingdom's presidency.
(26961)
99  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received concerning Her Majesty's Government's proposals to provide training assistance to the Indonesian police force.
(26955)
100  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what are his priorities for the EU-South Africa trade talks during the United Kingdom presidency; and if he will make a statement.
(26974)
101  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will visit Algeria.
(26976)
102  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the French Government concerning his proposed EU code of conduct on arms sales; and if he will make a statement.
(26963)
103  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has during the United Kingdom presidency of the EU to promote arms control measures.
(27252)
104  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what defence exports to (a) Malaysia, (b) Thailand, (c) Indonesia and (d) Singapore have been from ECGD cover in each of the last five years; what were the terms of the guarantees; what was the equipment for; and if he will make a statement.
(27173)
105  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral Answer of the Prime Minister of 28th January, Official Report, column 342, what was the expenditure of his Department on entertaining from (a) 1st May 1997 to 1st February 1998 and (b) the equivalent period in 1996-97.
(26854)
106  
N  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the occasions on which Her Majesty's Government has been obliged to bring forward (a) primary legislation and (b) secondary legislation, in order to comply with the United Kingdom's treaty obligations to keep its domestic law in conformity with the European Convention on Human Rights.
(27078)
107  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons he did not ask his Principal Private Secretary to appoint his new diary secretary.
(26969)
108  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those officials who submitted advice on the possible appointment of Mrs Regan as diary secretary.
(26966)
109  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many requests for meetings he has received since 1st May 1997 from (a) foreign ambassadors and high commissioners and (b) British ambassadors and high commissioners; how many of these respectively he has turned down; and if he will name the countries affected in each case.
(26856)
110  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions in the last five years the Permanent Secretary has taken charge of the appointment of ministers' diary secretaries.
(26964)
111  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which (a) officials or (b) special advisors issued briefings to the media on the dismissal of Miss Anne Bullen.
(26967)
112  
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 factors taken into account in appointing non-career civil servants.
(26970)
113  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what advice he received from (a) the Prime Minister and (b) his officials on the possible appointment of a Ms Regan as his diary secretary.
(26968)
114  
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 role of the Permanent Secretary on the appointment of diary secretaries.
(26965)
115  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to discuss the activities of Malaysian logging companies in the Brazilian rainforest areas with the Malaysian government.
(27094)
116  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list each of the European Council meetings to be chaired by the appropriate ministers under the United Kingdom presidency which will be open (a) in full or (b) in part to the media and general public.
(27141)
117  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what has been Her Majesty's Government's response to the Egyptian government over its complaints about the presence of dissidents in London.
(26978)
118  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has for public consultation on the OECD's multilateral agreement on investment; and if he will make a statement.
(27113)
119  
N  
Mrs Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate by health authority area the number of patients who will be de-registered from their dentists as a result of the new regulations in (a) numerical and (b) percentage terms.
(26851)
120  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements exist for central recording of patients requiring elective surgery who are excluded from hospital waiting lists because there is little likelihood of their treatment.
(26510)
121  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long on average it takes his Department to answer letters from honourable Members; what target date his Department sets; what percentage receive replies within the target date; and what assessment he has made of how long it takes to deliver a letter after it has been typed.
(27038)
122  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the terms of reference given to officials in their review of VAT charging on continence pads supplied by the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(26971)
123  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 204, if he will estimate the number of (a) kidney dialysis machines, (b) intensive care cots for premature babies and (c) intensive care units which cannot be repaired or replaced before 31st December 1999.
(26721)
124  
  
Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to be able to make an announcement with regard to the claim for recompense by haemophiliacs infected with Hepatitis C as a result of treatment with contaminated blood products.
(27169)
125  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase support from his Department for the ME Association.
(27253)
126  
  
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to ensure that the measures taken by the Government to extend equity of service provided in areas covered by individual health authorities is not used by individual health authorities as an occasion to level down available services.
(27244)
127  
  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who has the ultimate responsibility for determining whether the accident and emergency departments at the (a) Alexander Hospital in Redditch and (b) Kidderminster General Hospital close.
(27159)
128  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much additional Government money is available to Shropshire Health Authority for establishing extra NHS dentists.
(27154)
129  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for routine testing of pregnant women for HIV.
(27248)
130  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to encourage the international effort to test existing AIDS vaccines.
(27246)
131  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 11th December, Official Report, columns 692-3, on public appointments when he expects the information to be available.
(27278)
132  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to issue guidance on the prescription of Aricept for Alzheimer's sufferers; and if he will make a statement.
(27116)
133  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the benefits for Alzheimer's sufferers from the drug Aricept; and if he will make a statement on the availability of Aricept in the United Kingdom.
(27115)
134  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects his Department's joint research with the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions into the effects of opencast mining on health to be made available; and if he will make a statement.
(27117)
135  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect on asylum applicants of his decision to withdraw special funding to the Immigration and Advisory Service and the Refugee Legal Centre in 1998-99.
(27168)
136  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the dates of recorded attempted suicides in Lewes Prison since 1st January 1997.
(26826)
137  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many animals by species not subjected to a licensed procedure under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 have been culled in each year since 1980 so that their tissues can be used for medical research; and if he will make a statement.
(26824)
138  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to publish the Inspector's Report into Lewes Prison; and if he will make a statement.
(26825)
139  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long on average it takes his Department to answer letters from honourable Members; what target date his Department sets; what percentage receive replies within the target date; and what assessment he has made of how long it takes to deliver a letter after it has been typed.
(27037)
140  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many handguns have been surrendered under the Firearms Amendment Acts; how many have been (a) destroyed and (b) disposed of by other means; and if he will list each of those means.
(26565)
141  
N  
Mr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to accommodate asylum and immigration detainees in Scotland in premises other than HM Prisons; and if he will make a statement.
(25218)
142  
N  
Mr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the privately-owned detention centres used for the accommodation of asylum and immigration detainees in terms of (a) size and (b) ownership and location; and if he will make a statement.
(25215)
143  
N  
Mr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detention centres are used to house asylum and immigration detainees; and if he will make a statement.
(25217)
144  
N  
Mr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received concerning the use of prisons to accommodate asylum and immigration detainees in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(25216)
145  
N  
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals he has for the Family Court Welfare Service; and if he will make a statement.
(25488)
146  
N  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what right of appeal to the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg will be available (a) to the Government and (b) to a public body under the provisions of the terms of the Human Rights Bill in the event of an adverse judgement against them in the House of Lords.
(27005)
147  
  
Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences relating to the employment of children were recorded for each year since 1990; and what were the average penalties imposed for each type of offence.
(27119)
148  
  
Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on trends in crime in rural areas; and what measures the Government is taking to tackle crime in rural areas.
(27120)
149  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of cats being illegally shot with air weapons have been reported to the police in (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997.
(27134)
150  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have been (a) killed and (b) injured in attacks with air weapons in each year since 1988.
(27133)
151  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce modifications to the law to empower police to take positive steps to arrest and convict child abusers who entrap children into prostitution.
(27175)
152  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with chief constables on ways in which police forces can more effectively protect children from abusers who entrap them into prostitution.
(27174)
153  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter of 24th October from the honourable Member for Rochford and Southend East about his constituent Mr Jonathan Edwards and the final payment under the Firearms Compensation Scheme, and to the further letters on the same issue sent on 5th November and 16th January.
(27162)
154  
N  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 347, by how much he has increased the amount planned for expenditure on the police for 1997-98.
(26850)
155  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each police authority in England the cost of the extra employers' pension contributions those authorities will have to make as a result of the abolition of the tax credits to pension funds.
(26834)
156  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how long on average it takes her Department to answer letters from honourable Members; what target date her Department sets; what percentage receive replies within the target date; and what assessment she has made of how long it takes to deliver a letter after it has been typed.
(27036)
157  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office concerning United Kingdom aid to Zimbabwe.
(26954)
158  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to impose conditions on United Kingdom bilateral aid to Zimbabwe similar to those attached to the most recent EU aid package.
(26959)
159  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office concerning the provision of training assistance to the Indonesian police force.
(26951)
160  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the conditions attached to the EU aid programme to Zimbabwe.
(26952)
161  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with her fellow EU ministers concerning EU aid to Zimbabwe.
(26953)
162  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with representatives of the (i) World Bank and (ii) IMF concerning (a) loans, (b) United Kingdom bilateral and (c) EU aid to Zimbabwe.
(26958)
163  
  
Mr Bill Michie (Sheffield, Heeley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the Government is doing to implement the goals of the World Summit for Children relating to providing access to safe sanitation for people in Sub-Saharan Africa.
(27299)
164  
  
Mr Bill Michie (Sheffield, Heeley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made by the Government in the Council of Donor Agencies at the Microcredit Summit, in drawing up an institutional plan for reaching the objectives of the Summit.
(27298)
165  
N  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will give details of (a) trade preference agreements, (b) debt relief and (c) aid currently being made available by Her Majesty's Government to (i) Trinidad and Tobago, (ii) Jamaica and (iii) Belize.
(26563)
166  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the World Bank regarding the destruction of the Brazilian rainforest.
(27089)
167  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with her G7 counterparts on the deforestation in the Brazilian rainforests.
(27084)
168  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what new proposals she has to prevent the destruction of the Amazonian rainforest.
(27085)
169  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the International Monetary Fund regarding the misuse of funds allocated to regulate the logging of the Brazilian rainforest.
(27088)
170  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what new initiatives her Department is taking to open up markets in Europe for products which emanate from the Amazonian regions from enterprises other than logging.
(27097)
171  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will take steps to ensure that the funding that (a) the United Kingdom and (b) other EU governments provide to Brazil to regulate the logging companies in the Amazonian rainforest is not directed to other purposes.
(27095)
172  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contribution her Department is making towards the international effort to test existing AIDS vaccines.
(27247)
173  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how long on average it takes his Department to answer letters from honourable Members; what target date his Department sets; what percentage receive replies within the target date; and what assessment he has made of how long it takes to deliver a letter after it has been typed.
(27035)
174  
N  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, under what provisions of the Legal Aid Act 1988 the Government proposes to withdraw legal aid from civil claims for money or monetary compensation.
(27004)
175  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the names of those sitting on advisory committees for the appointment of magistrates in Wales.
(27111)
176  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what steps he will take to ensure that the culture of Welsh people is represented within the Millennium Dome.
(27143)
177  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how long on average it takes her Department to answer letters from honourable Members; what target date her Department sets; what percentage receive replies within the target date; and what assessment she has made of how long it takes to deliver a letter after it has been typed.
(27032)
178  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the community groups with whom her Department has had contact since 1st May and indicate the amount of any public funding given to each such group (i) directly and (ii) via NILVA.
(26795)
179  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many members of the Police Authority are perceived to be a member of each Northern Ireland political party.
(26794)
180  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to amend the Water and Sewerage Service (Northern Ireland) Order 1973 in order to empower the Water Service to enter third party land for the purposes of laying a private supply pipe; and if she will make a statement.
(27122)
181  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions in the last two years a landowner has notified her Department that he is unable to obtain water due to the refusal of a third party to allow the Water Service to enter for the purposes of laying a private supply pipe.
(27123)
182  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if officials in her Department will meet the Ulster Farmers' Union to discuss the ability of the Water Service to lay private water supply pipes across a third party's land without the third party's consent.
(27124)
183  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reasons the written Question on licensed firearms, tabled by the honourable Member for Strangford on 22nd January, for answer on 28th January was not answered on that day; and if she will make a statement.
(27098)
184  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to her Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 172, on fourth year fees for eligible Northern Irish students, what factors are being considered in the ministerial discussion; and when she expects to announce a decision.
(26796)
185  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the President of the Council, what specific powers she plans to allocate to the new Anti-Drugs Tsar.
(24644)
186  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the President of the Council, how many honourable Members claimed additional costs allowance of more than £500 and less than the maximum in 1996-97.
(27322)
187  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the President of the Council, what was the cost of administering the additional costs allowance in the last year for which figures are available.
(27323)
188  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the President of the Council, how many honourable Members claimed (a) additional costs allowance and (b) London weighting in 1996-97.
(27321)
189  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will ensure that the Minister responsible for co-ordinating the green ministers is a member of the Cabinet.
(26788)
190  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to rationalise departmental responsibilities for animal issues to achieve better policy co-ordination.
(26786)
191  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will set out departmental responsibilities for biotechnology issues; and what steps he takes to ensure (a) cross-departmental co-ordination and (b) that environmental aspects are fully taken into account.
(26787)
192  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many (a) officials and (b) security staff accompanied him on his trip to the Seychelles.
(27151)
193  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Prime Minister, how long on average it takes his Department to answer letters from honourable Members; what target date his Department sets; what percentage receive replies within the target date; and what assessment he has made of how long it takes to deliver a letter after it has been typed.
(27044)
194  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the living accommodation provided out of public funds to members of the Government; and to whom it has been granted.
(26791)
195  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 342, what was the total cost of Government hospitality between 1st May 1997 and 1st February 1998; and what was the figure for the equivalent period in 1996-97.
(26855)
196  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list those Ministers provided with official residential accommodation in London.
(27320)
197  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to assist women aged over 50 years back into employment.
(27047)
198  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 67, relating to the letter sent to him by Mr Graham Horwood of 66 St. Andrews Road, Shoeburyness, on 17th August, when the letter was forwarded to the Minister for Science, Energy and Industry; and when a reply was sent by that Minister to Mr Horwood.
(26509)
199  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how long on average it takes his Department to answer letters from honourable Members; what target date his Department sets; what percentage receive replies within the target date; and what assessment he has made of how long it takes to deliver a letter after it has been typed.
(27033)
200  
  
Mr John McAllion (Dundee East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what progress has been made with implementing the route action plan for the A90 agreed by his Department in 1989, with particular reference to (a) grade separated junctions and (b) the installation of central reserve safety fencing.
(27087)
201  
  
Mr John McAllion (Dundee East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the number of fatalities and seriously injured involved in accidents on the A90 in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(27086)
202  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the cost to public funds of the governing bodies for sport in Scotland.
(27132)
203  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the governing bodies for sport in Scotland; and how many places there are on each.
(27131)
204  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many sports his Department recognises for the purpose of funding.
(27129)
205  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the chairpersons or chief executives responsible for the governance of sport in Scotland; indicating those who have represented their country.
(27130)
206  
  
Mrs Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what criteria the Benefit Integrity Unit uses when deciding which claimants will be re-assessed.
(27257)
207  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how long on average it takes her Department to answer letters from honourable Members; what target date her Department sets; what percentage receive replies within the target date; and what assessment she has made of how long it takes to deliver a letter after it has been typed.
(27030)
208  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what advice (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) other Ministers in the Treasury received from civil servants on the consistency of the proposed winter fuel payments for pensioners campaign with the Civil Service rules on Government advertising; and if she will make a statement.
(26792)
209  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps are taken by her Department to ensure consistency in the conduct of Benefit Integrity Project interviews and assessments.
(26422)
210  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what has been the Exchequer subsidy to the National Insurance Fund for each of the last 10 years.
(26852)
211  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when she expects to publish her Department's proposals on pensions policy; and if she will make a statement.
(27006)
212  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the total cost of non-means tested benefits in 1996-97; and what estimates he has made of the costs of means tested benefits in 1997-98 separately identifying (i) the cost of payments to customers and (ii) the cost of administration.
(26981)
213  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her Answer of 21st January, Official Report, columns 565-6 what is the average age of lone mothers included in each survey used for the table on Lone Mother Labour Participation.
(27114)
214  
N  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list (a) the building societies used in the calculation of the standard rate of interest, (b) their current rate of interest and (c) the current standard rate of interest used to calculate income support for mortgage interest; and if she will publish the rate of interest which would apply based on the interest rates of the top 20 mortgage lenders.
(26957)
215  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Women last met; and when it will next meet.
(27050)
216  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what instructions concerning the frequency of visits by benefits officers to recipients of disability living allowance have been issued by her Department since 1st May 1997.
(27180)
217  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioners will still be due to receive this year's winter fuel payments after March 1998.
(27072)
218  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what will be the impact on the timetable for winter fuel payments of the need to send out new payments to those pensioners whose first payments were wrongly dated.
(27069)
219  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioner claimants of income support there are broken down by (a) sex, (b) marital status and (c) socio-economic group; and what estimate he has made of future trends in these figures and on what assumptions.
(27318)
220  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 107, on disability benefits, if she will list the benefits which (a) have been reviewed and (b) are still subject to review.
(27281)
221  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if cold weather payments would have been triggered for (a) Orkney and (b) Shetland for the period 17th to 20th January if the wind chill factor had been incorporated into the recorded or forecasted temperatures.
(26084)
222  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, who will represent the interests of Wales on the Cabinet Committee on Welfare Reform.
(27149)
223  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the number of people formerly receiving incapacity benefit whose cases have been evaluated under the Benefits Integrity Scheme and who are (a) continuing to receive incapacity benefit, (b) in full-time employment, (c) in part-time employment and (d) receiving some benefit other than incapacity benefit which they were not receiving at the time of the evaluation.
(27165)
224  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what measures he will take to increase the level of take up of social security benefits in Wales.
(27145)
225  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much (a) attendance allowance remained unclaimed by disabled people, (b) income support remained unclaimed by pensioners and (c) social security payments remained unclaimed in Wales in the last year for which figures are available.
(27146)
226  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will provide a break-down of family credit recipients by gender in the last year for which figures are available.
(26251)
227  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what has been the change in the number of children claiming disability living allowance since 1983.
(27099)
228  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is her policy in respect of the importation of spent nuclear fuel for reprocessing; and if she will make a statement.
(26982)
229  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the total volume of reprocessed spent nuclear fuel exported for each year since 1990 broken down to show (a) high level, (b) intermediate level and (c) low level waste indicating countries of destination.
(26980)
230  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the total volume of spent nuclear fuel imported for reprocessing for each year since 1990 broken down to show (a) high level, (b) intermediate level and (c) low level waste, indicating countries of origin.
(26979)
231  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how much extra coal will be burnt in April to June 1998 in British power stations as a result of the Government's recent action in response to the expiry of coal contracts with generators.
(26832)
232  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how long on average it takes her Department to answer letters from honourable Members; what target date her Department sets; what percentage receive replies within the target date; and what assessment she has made of how long it takes to deliver a letter after it has been typed.
(27031)
233  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the benefits of allowing small firms to charge interest on moneys owed by late payers.
(26828)
234  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will amend Part III of the Fair Trading Act 1973, to extend the definition of unfair conduct to actions which may not amount to a civil or criminal offence but still oppress and mislead the consumer.
(26830)
235  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to protect micro-firms against the practices of larger debt holding companies.
(26829)
236  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she plans to bring forward legislation based on the Green Paper regarding small firms charging interest on their debts.
(26827)
237  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will remove the condition of persistence of unfair practice, in respect of prosecutions of rogue traders.
(26831)
238  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 10th December, Official Report, column 596, what percentage of applications for export licences were processed by the Export Control Organisation according to their stated aims in the four week periods beginning (a) 15th November 1997 and (b) 13th December 1997.
(26977)
239  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she expects to reply to the question from the honourable Member for Chesham and Amersham of 20th January relating to membership of the Ministerial Group on the Year 2000 problem.
(27074)
240  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement about the application by British Aerospace for launch aid for the Airbus 340X.
(27297)
241  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has received about errors in conversion tables in the DTI publication, The Redenomination of Share Capital in Euros: a DTI Consultation Paper; and if she will make a statement.
(26784)
242  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans her Department has to investigate the circumstances leading to Hollis Industries Plc going into receivership.
(27001)
243  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what reasons underlay the selection of publications to be recommended by her Department's Millennium Hotline, with particular reference to Year 2000 Solutions for Dummies; and if her Department requested royalties in respect of the publications recommended.
(26785)
244  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, to what extent the amount of coal burned will increase in the second quarter of 1998 as a result of the agreement reached by the Paymaster General with the power generators.
(26783)
245  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what quantities of plutonium separated from Swedish spent fuel have been reprocessed to date at Sellafield; and when this fuel was reprocessed.
(27142)
246  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer to the honourable Member for Truro and St. Austell of 10th June, Official Report, column 415, on radioactive wastes, what progress has been made with the negotiations between BNFL and ENEL on the return of reprocessed Magnox radioactive wastes; and if she will place in the Library a copy of the exchange of letters between the United Kingom and Italian Governments on the option to return wastes to Italy.
(27245)
247  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many contracts, covering what quantities or mixed-oxide nuclear fuel, have been signed to date to make use of the MOX demonstration facility at Sellafield.
(27166)
248  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will convene a meeting of representatives of her Department, the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, the Treasury and the Department for International Development, to discuss the multilateral Agreement on Investment in advance of the High Level meeting of OECD Ministers on 16th and 17th February.
(27277)
249  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if there will be a consultation process in respect of investigations into remuneration of insolvency practitioners.
(27294)
250  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the progress of Mr Justice Ferris's working party on remuneration of insolvency practitioners.
(27293)
251  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to extend non-fossil fuel obligation support to wave power in the United Kingdom; and if she will make a statement.
(27118)
252  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has received about the removal of wealth warnings from radio advertisements relating to financial services products and consumer credit; and if she will make a statement.
(27107)
253  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how long on average it takes his Department to answer letters from honourable Members; what target date his Department sets; what percentage receive replies within the target date; and what assessment he has made of how long it takes to deliver a letter after it has been typed.
(27029)
254  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many qualified nurses are employed in (a) trusts and (b) private health establishments.
(27271)
255  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many ancillary staff are employed in the NHS in Wales.
(27272)
256  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what measures he has taken to improve the morale of nurses.
(27270)
257  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many female GPs practice in the NHS in Wales.
(27273)
258  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many hospitals have closed since 1st May 1997.
(27274)
259  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he make a statement on his proposals for playgroups in Wales.
(27276)
260  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many hospitals have been closed since 1979; and if he will make a statement.
(27275)
261  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his estimate of the number of starts for modern apprenticeships in 1998-99 (a) in total and (b) in each TEC area within Wales.
(27083)
262  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, for what reasons powers for the regulation of the railways will not be devolved to the Welsh Assembly; and what assessment he has made of the impact of this on the Government's plans for an integrated transport policy.
(27178)
263  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what additional funding to local authorities will be provided to ensure computer millennium compliance.
(27153)
264  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he is taking to ensure the wider geographical spread of inward investment in Wales.
(27148)
265  
N  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, What plans he has to deal with criminal anti-social behaviour in neighbourhoods.
[Question Unstarred] (24631)
266  
  
Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many employees aged under 16 years were (a) killed and (b) injured at work in each year since 1990.
[Transferred] (27121)
267  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many people were employed directly by smaller quoted companies in (a) 1992 and (b) 1997; and what proportion of the total private sector working population this represented at each date.
[Transferred] (27110)
268  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the numbers of (a) young unemployed and (b) long-term unemployed expected to participate in welfare to work schemes in 1998-99, broken down by travel-to-work area.
[Transferred] (27167)
269  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many women over the age of 60 years are solely reliant on half state pensions.
[Transferred] (27251)
270  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many United Kingdom citizens (a) own personal pensions and (b) are members of occupational pension schemes, broken down according to (i) sex, (ii) age groups 21 to 30, 31 to 40, 41 to 50 and 51 to 60 years, (iii) marital status, (iv) employment in the categories (1) working full-time, (2) part-time, (3) housewife, (4) unemployed, (v) number of dependent children aged 0 to 4, 5 to 10 and 11 to 16 years and (6) socio-economic group; and what estimates she has made of how these figures will change in the future.
[Transferred] (27317)
271  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much money he estimates will be saved in Wales by the abolition of the internal market in the NHS; and how much of this sum will be spent on building community hospitals in Wales.
[Transferred] (27147)


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