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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 3 February 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 3 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 Tuesday 3 February, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Wednesday 4 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.
 


 
TUESDAY 3rd FEBRUARY
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in which regions or part of members states of the EU the sale of unpasteurised milk is banned.
(27189)
2  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many staff are currently engaged on enforcement of the Agricultural Wages Order; how many inspections were carried out; how many breaches of the Order were discovered; what was the annual value of wages below the minimum rates recovered for farmworkers in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (27183)
3  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what correspondence his Department has had with objectors to the extension of the Calshot Oyster Fisheries since 1st June; what was the nature of the correspondence; what are the bases for the objections; and if he will make the correspondence available to the Calshot Oyster Fishermen Ltd.
(27388)
4  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when his Department received the second application from Calshot Oyster Fishermen Ltd for extension of the Calshot Oyster Fishery Order submitted on 7th September 1996; and when his Department authorised newspaper advertising of it.
(27377)
5  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what factors underlay his Department's decision to remove a discretionary area from the Variation Order for the Calshot Oyster Fishery notified to Calshot Oyster Fisherman Ltd on 16th December 1994; and what representations he received in support of the removal.
(27361)
6  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the parliamentary constituencies which he defines as being rural and the criteria he uses for defining rurality; and if he will make a statement.
(27345)
7  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the cost of his Department's recent move from Whitehall Place West to Smith Square; and if he will make a statement.
(27150)
8  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask Mr Attorney General, if the Police Complaints Authority, in its investigation into the shooting of Diarmuid O'Neill, is required to take into account the findings of the European Court of Human Rights in McCann and others v UK.
(27417)
9  
  
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):    To ask Mr Attorney General, if he will make a statement on the extent to which trustees should be required to exercise duties and responsibilities before the Charity Commission exercises its discretion under the Charities Act 1993.
(27359)
10  
  
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what assessment he has made of the scrutiny carried out by the Charity Commissioners of the actions of the trustees of the French Convalescent Home with regard to the sale of the Home.
(27358)
11  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many grants made from National Lottery funds have been of amounts up to £25,000.
(27398)
12  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received on the extension of section four tourism grants to the North West region.
(24887)
13  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many individual test firings of large calibre guns for the purposes of proof and evaluation took place on United Kingdom ranges operated by the Defence Evaluation Research Agency and its predecessor in each of the last five years; and what is the projected number in the current year and in each of the next five years.
(27263)
14  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints about noise pollution have been received concerning (a) Pendine and (b) Aberporth ranges in each of the last five years.
(27259)
15  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the annual income for the proof and evaluation of large calibre gun firings to the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency and its predecessor in each of the last five years; and what is the projected income for the current year and each of the next five years.
(27261)
16  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the dimensions of the Sea Danger Area around the Eskmeals DERA test range.
(27266)
17  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints about noise pollution from the Eskmeals test range have been received in each of the last five years and this year to date.
(27267)
18  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the annual income for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency and its predecessor from the depleted uranium facility at Eskmeals in each of the last five years; and what is the projected income for the current year and each of the next five years.
(27262)
19  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the dimensions and total acreage of the Eskmeals range operated by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency.
(27264)
20  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what test, evaluation and research work is currently carried out at the Eskmeals DERA test range.
(27265)
21  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the dimensions of the Sea Danger Area around (a) Pendine and (b) Aberporth.
(27260)
22  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on potential linkage between illness and radiation exposure for workers at (i) Rosyth and (ii) Faslane; what is his policy on levels of compensation for workers who have radiation-related illnesses; and what medical checks he is undertaking in respect of these workers.
(26070)
23  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 18th December, Official Report, column 280, on Land Rovers, if he will list the planned changes in EU Regulations concerning exhaust emissions with which it would be difficult for the 110 series Army Landrover to comply; and what representations the Government has made to the EU about such exhaust emission regulations.
(27195)
24  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the average period availability of Type 22 frigates for operational service in each of the last five years.
(27386)
25  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to refit Type 22 frigates with less manpower-intensive equipment; and if he will make a statement.
(27364)
26  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what crew complement Type 22 frigates carried when first commissioned; and what complement they now carry.
(27363)
27  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what sums his Department has expended on the purchase of (a) beef, (b) sheepmeat, (c) pigmeat, (d) poultry and (e) fish in each of the last three years or financial years and the current year to the latest available date; how much in each case has been spent on (a) United Kingdom produce and (b) imported produce; from which countries the imported food came; and what was the cost of the imports from each country.
(26805)
28  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to reach a conclusion on the issue of financial assistance for ex-service personnel who were affected by asbestos while serving in the Armed Forces prior to 1987.
(27312)
29  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what is his estimate of the value of empty Government properties in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.
(26402)
30  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what percentage of Government accommodation in (a) the SW1 postal district of London and (b) the remainder of the United Kingdom, is vacant; if he will estimate vacant space in square metres; and if he will make a statement.
(26403)
31  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his Department's calculation of the proportion of all maintained schools with 15 year old pupils first inspected in each school year from 1993-94 to 1996-97 that had statistically significant lesser point increases in their pupils' average total GCSE point scores compared with their average in the school year immediately preceding that of their inspection than the national average point increase for all maintained schools with 15 year old pupils for the same corresponding periods by (a) 1994, (b) 1995, (c) 1996 and (d) 1997, as applicable; and for each annual group of schools and each period, what was the average total point score of all their pupils for each school year from that immediately preceding that of inspection to 1997; what were the average point changes in all their pupils' scores in each of the four year periods as applicable, with all point scores stated to one decimal place; and how many schools there were in each group and what were their total number of 15 year old pupils in each of the years involved.
(27303)
32  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his Department's calculation of the proportion of all maintained primary schools with Year 6 pupils first inspected in each school year 1995-96 and 1996-97 that had point increases in the average of the totals of their pupils' point scores in their English, maths and science Key Stage 2 SAT tests together compared with their average for the school year immediately preceding that of their inspection that were statistically significantly less than the national average point increase for all maintained Year 6 pupils (a) by 1996 and (b) by 1997 for the same corresponding periods as applicable, when each pupils' subject score is calculated by awarding the same number of points as the National Curriculum level they attained; for each annual group of schools and each period, what was the average total point score of all their pupils together for these three subjects for each school year from that immediately preceding that of inspection to 1997; what were the average point changes in all their pupils' scores in each period as applicable; how many schools there were in each group; and what were their total numbers of Year 6 pupils in each of the three years involved.
(27309)
33  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what were the national Key Stage 2 SAT test average point scores, stated to one decimal place, of all maintained Year 6 pupils in (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997 in each of English, maths and science, and also of their totals for all three subjects together, when each pupils' subject score is calculated by awarding the same number of points as the National Curriculum level they attained; and what was the total number of pupils in each case.
(27304)
34  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his Department's calculation of the proportion of all maintained schools with 15 year old pupils first inspected in each school year from 1993-94 to 1996-97 that had statistically significant greater point increases in their pupils' average total GCSE point scores compared with their average in the school year immediately preceding that of their inspection than the national average point increase for all maintained schools with 15 year old pupils for the same corresponding periods by (a) 1994, (b) 1995, (c) 1996 and (d) 1997, as applicable, and for each annual group of schools and each period, what was the average total point score of all their pupils for each school year from that immediately preceding that of inspection to 1997; what were the average point increases in all their pupils' scores for each of the four periods as applicable; how many schools there were in each group and what were their total number of 15 year old pupils in each of the five years involved; and what was the national average GCSE point increase for all maintained schools with 15 year old pupils in each of the (i) 1993-94, (ii) 1993 to 1995, (iii) 1993 to 1996 and (iv) 1993 to 1997, with all point scores stated to one decimal place.
(27301)
35  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, for all those maintained primary schools with Year 6 pupils inspected by OFSTED for the first time since 1st September 1992 in each school year (a) 1993-94, (b) 1994-95, (c) 1995-96 and (d) 1996-97, what is his Department's calculation of the averages of the joint total English, maths, and science national Key Stage 2 SAT test point scores, stated to one decimal place, of all the pupils in each of these annual groups of schools for each school year from 1994-95 to 1996-97, as applicable, when each pupil's subject score is calculated by awarding the same number of points as the National Curriculum level attained; and what were the total numbers of schools in each group and of all their Year 6 pupils in each year since 1993-94 inclusive.
(27306)
36  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his Department's calculation of the proportion of all maintained schools with 15 year old pupils first inspected in each school year from 1993-94 to 1996-97 that had statistically significant absolute declines in their pupils' average total GCSE point scores compared with their average in the school year immediately preceding that of inspection by (a) 1994, (b) 1995, (c) 1996 and (d) 1997, as applicable; for each annual group of schools and each period, what was the average total point score of all their pupils for each school year from that immediately preceding that of inspection to 1997; what were the average point declines in all their pupils' scores in each of the four year periods as applicable, with all point scores stated to one decimal place; how many schools there were in each group; and what were their total number of 15 year old pupils in each of the five years involved.
(27307)
37  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his Department's calculation of the proportion of all maintained schools with 15 year old pupils first inspected in each school year from 1993-94 to 1996-97 that had point increases in their pupils' average total GCSE point scores compared with their average in the school year immediately preceding that of their inspection that were not statistically significantly different from the national average point increase for all maintained schools with 15 year old pupils for the same corresponding periods by (a) 1994, (b) 1995, (c) 1996 and (d) 1997, as applicable, and for each annual group of schools and each period, what was the average total point score of all their pupils for each school year from that immediately preceding that of inspection to 1997; what were the average point changes in all their pupils' scores in each of the four periods as applicable, with all point scores stated to one decimal place; and how many schools there were in each group and what were their total number of 15 year old pupils in each of the years involved.
(27302)
38  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his Department's calculation of the proportion of all maintained primary schools with Year 6 pupils first inspected in each school year 1995-96 and 1996-97 that had point changes in the average of the totals of their pupils' point scores in their English, maths and science Key Stage 2 SAT tests together compared with their average for the school year immediately preceding that of their inspection that were not statistically significantly different from the national average point increase for all maintained Year 6 pupils (a) by 1996 and (b) by 1997 for the same corresponding periods as applicable, when each pupils' subject score is calculated by awarding the same number of points as the National Curriculum level they attained; for each annual group of schools and each period, what was the average total point score of all their pupils together for these three subjects for each school year from that immediately preceding that of inspection to 1997; what were the average point changes in all their pupils' scores in each period as applicable; how many schools there were in each group; and what were their total numbers of Year 6 pupils in each of the three years involved.
(27308)
39  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, for all those maintained primary schools with Year 6 pupils that had not been inspected by OFSTED for the first time since 1st September 1992 in each school year (a) 1993-94, (b) 1994-95, (c) 1995-96 and (d) 1996-97, what is his Department's calculation of the averages of the joint total English, maths, and science national Key Stage 2 SAT test point scores, stated to one decimal place, of all the pupils in each of these annual groups of schools for each school year from 1994-95 to 1996-97, as applicable, when each pupil's subject score is calculated by awarding the same number of points as the National Curriculum level attained; and what were the total numbers of schools in each group and of all their Year 6 pupils in each year since 1993-94 inclusive.
(27305)
40  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidance his Department issues on the appropriate size of sites for new schools.
(27387)
41  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to implement recommendation 66 of the Dearing Report.
(26799)
42  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to encourage higher education institutions to review their teaching year in order to meet the needs of part-time students.
(26800)
43  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the performance of the Trustees of the Astra Group Pension Scheme; if he will make a statement on the timetable for producing the accounts of the Astra Group Pension Scheme for the years ended April (a) 1994, (b) 1995, (c) 1996 and (d) 1997; if he will review the actuarial valuation of the pension fund (i) before and (ii) after privatisation; and if he will make a statement on the privatisation.
(27139)
44  
  
Mr Stephen McCabe (Birmingham, Hall Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will issue guidance to schools on the use of permanent exclusion in cases where students are due to take GCSE examinations.
(27357)
45  
N  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many children are in year 2 in maintained schools; and how many of those children are in classes where a majority of the children belong to another school year.
(26858)
46  
N  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many children are in year 3 in maintained schools; and how many of those children are in classes where a majority of the children belong to another school year.
(26857)
47  
N  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many children are in year 1 in maintained schools; and how many of those children are in classes where the majority of the children belong to another school year.
(26860)
48  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the expenditure on education (a) in current prices and (b) as a percentage of United Kingdom gross domestic product in the relevant year in (i) 1968, (ii) 1979 and (iii) 1996-97.
(26094)
49  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy to introduce a charge on car parking spaces provided by employers.
(27158)
50  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of additional dwellings required by 2018; and on what assumptions his estimate is based.
(27135)
51  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to maximise the use of brownfield sites for housing.
(25602)
52  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what actions he will take to encourage rail freight.
(25603)
53  
N  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the role of taxis in the Government's Integrated Transport Strategy.
(24999)
54  
N  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 12th January, Official Report, columns 3-4, on the site for the Millennium Experience, if he will list the pollutants found on the site during the reclamation work.
(25044)
55  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his estimate of the annual cost to (i) his Department, (ii) his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies and (iii) the Common User Estate, of their empty and under-utilised properties for (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 and (d) 1998-99; and if he will make a statement.
(26401)
56  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the organisations, local authorities and associations he and his ministerial colleagues have (a) met and (b) declined to meet to discuss representations concerning the provisional local government settlement for 1998-99.
(27283)
57  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what compensation has been paid in respect of the M11 Link Road construction, to (a) household and (b) commercial properties broken down by local authority area; and if he will make a statement on forecast future expenditure on compensation.
(27356)
58  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce a code of practice for developers involved in compulsory purchase agreements, in respect of the interests of the seller.
(26836)
59  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to review the present system of compulsory acquisition.
(26835)
60  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 18th November, Official Report, column 138, if he will make a statement on the work undertaken by his Department in cooperation with the Scottish Office on the preparation of the legislation in respect of Scottish devolution.
(25297)
61  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to the letter to the honourable Member for Linlithgow H/PSO/12079/97 from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, what reply he has received from the vehicle engineering section relating to sensors mounted on vehicles intended to detect the presence of ice and/or water on the road ahead; and if he will make a statement.
(25298)
62  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the benefits of a minerals extraction tax.
(27390)
63  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 15th December 1997, Official Report, column 39, when he expects to receive (a) the first and (b) the final version of the report on the electoral system for the Greater London Assembly, commissioned from Professor Patrick Dunleavy; and if he will place copies of both the first and final versions in the Library.
(27300)
64  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if mobile home dwellers are eligible for assistance under sections 76 to 78 of the Housing Grants and Regeneration Act 1996.
(27344)
65  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what account is taken of the number of blind people living within a local authority area in the setting of its SSA; and if he will make a statement.
(27348)
66  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will undertake a review of the provisions of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, governing the eligibility of ethnic groups living in caravans on local authority sites for home repair assistance under sections 76 to 78; and if he will make a statement.
(27347)
67  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the £168 million surplus arising from the break up of the National Bus Company in 1986, will be returned to the Bus Employees Superannuation Trust (BEST) for the benefit of BEST pensioners; and if he will make a statement.
(27391)
68  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 29th January, if he will place in the Library copies of all representations he has received from residents of Fernhill Heath concerning the adoption of the Wychavon Local Plan.
(27156)
69  
N  
Mr Ken Maginnis (Fermanagh and South Tyrone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Wakefield of 1st December, Official Report, columns 48-49, on driving licences for insulin-dependent diabetes sufferers, if he will list the scientific evidence which he assessed before reaching his decision.
(25783)
70  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish figures for every local authority in England showing the amount of revenue support grant which they would have received had their 1998-99 standard spending assessment increased by 5 per cent., compared with the adjusted SSA figure for 1997-98; and if he will show (a) in cash terms and (b) percentage terms how this differs from the actual amount of revenue support grant which they will receive in 1998-99.
(27186)
71  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish figures for every local authority in England showing the amount of revenue support grant which they would have received had their 1989-99 standard spending assessment increased by 13 per cent., compared with the adjusted SSA figure for 1997-98; and if he will show (a) in cash terms and (b) in percentage terms how this differs from the actual amount of revenue support grant which they will receive in 1998-99.
(27187)
72  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which ministers in his Department have held company directorships since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(26722)
73  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the monitoring by Customs and Excise of the introduction of the higher rate of insurance premium tax relating to the travel industry to reach its conclusions; if he will publish those conclusions; and if he will make a statement.
(27346)
74  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the Government's policy on the School Childrens Clothing and Footwear (Value Added Tax) Bill.
(27157)
75  
N  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of people of working age who are economically inactive who are aged (a) 25 or under, (b) 26 to 45, (c) 46 to 54, (d) 55 to 59 and (e) 60 to 65 years who are (i) available for work, (ii) long-term sick/disabled, (iii) looking after family home, (iv) carers, (v) students, (vi) early retired and (vii) other.
(26185)
76  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the total reduction in annual tax revenue, if the personal tax allowance was increased to £10,000.
(26528)
77  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what use is made of (i) computer-aided personal interviewing and (ii) remote telephone or postal interviewing in (a) the Family Expenditure Survey, (b) the Family Resources Survey, (c) the British Household Panel Survey, (d) the New Earnings Survey, (e) the General Household Survey, (f) the Social Attitudes Survey and (g) other government surveys.
(26086)
78  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government expects to publish the conclusions of the Office of National Statistics review of unemployment statistics.
(27185)
79  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date his Department's officials were first informed of the use of chemical weapons at Halarja in Iraq.
(26399)
80  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date the existence of a biological warfare programme organised at Salman Park in Iraq was first drawn to the attention of his Department's officials.
(26400)
81  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many United Kingdom diplomatic staff from ethnic minorities hold overseas postings.
(27397)
82  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what position Her Majesty's Government's representative to the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers will adopt on human rights in Turkey with particular reference to Turkish parliamentarians who are imprisoned, when the Committee of Ministers next meets.
(27407)
83  
N  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 136, what proposals are under consideration for changes in the note-keeping procedures of the EU presidency to address the problems noted in his evidence to the Foreign Affairs Commmittee on 4th November (Q18) HC305-i of Session 1997-98.
(27196)
84  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the engagements he fulfilled between 8th and 13th October 1997.
(27192)
85  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list on how many occasions he has used a helicopter on United Kingdom internal flights, the points of embarkation and disembarkation in each case and apart from the crew the names of those who accompanied him since 1st May.
(27193)
86  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Gosport of 19th January, Official Report, column 438, on ministerial travel, what factors required him to be in the United Kingdom on 9th to 12th October in order to make effective use of his time.
(27194)
87  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the conclusions of the 14th January meeting of state parties to the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
(27413)
88  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many euro information centres operate in the United Kingdom; what was their operational budget for 1997; and what role Her Majesty's Government has in respect of preparing the contents of the material distributed.
(27378)
89  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to British Dependent Territories in the Caribbean on legislation outlawing homosexuality.
(27362)
90  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what negotiations he has entered into with the Venezuelan government in respect of concluding a prisoner exchange agreement; what timescale he has set for the conclusion of an agreement; and if he will make a statement.
(27381)
91  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what dates microbiologists Doctor Nasser el-Hindawi and Doctor Tharner Abdul Rahman were invited to the United Kingdom; to what extent they were party to discussions on (a) anthrax, (b) gas gangrene, (c) botulism toxin, (d) brucellosis and (e) rabbit foot and tetanus; and by whom they were invited.
(26398)
92  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what initiatives he will bring forward on the issue of childrens' affairs during the United Kingdom Presidency of the European Union.
(27396)
93  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to announce Aids Support Grant allocations to local authorities for the next financial year.
(27376)
94  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists practice in West Sussex; what is the average number of people registered with each NHS dental practitioner in (a) West Sussex and (b) nationally; and what is the current average waiting time for routine dental treatment with NHS dentists in West Sussex.
(27138)
95  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the availability of NHS dental services in West Sussex.
(27137)
96  
  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to establish an alternative health register; and when.
(27360)
97  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he last met national officers of the Prison Officers Association; and what issues were discussed.
(27399)
98  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in each of the last 12 months how many Czech and Slovak asylum seekers arrived at Dover; and how many applied for asylum (a) in their own right and (b) as dependants.
(27382)
99  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in each of the last 12 months how many of the Czech and Slovak asylum seekers who applied at Dover subsequently withdrew their applications.
(27383)
100  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in each of the last 12 months how many of the Czech and Slovak asylum seekers who applied at Dover were (a) granted refugee status, (b) granted exceptional leave to remain and (c) refused.
(27384)
101  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Czech and Slovak asylum seekers who, having applied at Dover and were refused asylum, have (a) appealed against the decision and (b) had their appeal determined; and what has been the outcome of the appeals which have been determined.
(27385)
102  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has (a) taken and (b) intends to take to comply with the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of (i) McCann and others v UK and (ii) Murray v UK.
(27410)
103  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long each transfer of prisoners to the Republic of Ireland has so far taken to complete; if he will list the stages in the transfer operation for which he is responsible; and what targets he has set for each stage and for the total average transfer time.
(27409)
104  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners expressed an interest or applied for a transfer to the Republic of Ireland (a) between 1st November and 31st December 1996 and (b) in 1997; and how many of these transfers have been completed.
(27408)
105  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners expressed an interest or applied for a transfer from the Republic of Ireland to the United Kingdom (a) between 1st November and 31st December 1996 and (b) in 1997; and how many of these transfers have been completed.
(27411)
106  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects a final settlement of compensation to be made to Judith Ward.
(27414)
107  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for prisoner transfer to the Republic of Ireland have been withdrawn or resolved without a transfer.
(27412)
108  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the setting of tariffs for Eddie Bolton, Harry Duggan, Joe O'Connell and Hugh Doherty.
(27415)
109  
N  
Mr Clifford Forsythe (South Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what were the annual traffic census figures for 1992 to 1997 on (a) Mallush Road from the junction with Hydepark Road to Bernice Road, (b) Hydepark Road, (c) Park Road, (d) Bernice Road and (e) Sealstown Road.
(27136)
110  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of votes were cast for each political party in the May 1997 elections for Belfast City Council; what proportion of council seats was won by each political party; what proportion of council committee chairs and vice-chairs has been allocated to each political party; what is the proportion of council members in each party nominated to outside authorities; and what is the proportion of council members in each party represented on partnership boards.
(27401)
111  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps have been taken to interview the potential witnesses who came forward in response to a public appeal by Christy Walsh published in The Irish News on 1st July 1996.
(27400)
112  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will place the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of the Judiciary in the Library.
(27405)
113  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations she has received on extending the statutory remit of the SACHR in line with the Paris Principles endorsed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993; and if she will make a statement.
(27404)
114  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many prisoners currently serving (a) a determinate sentence and (b) a life sentence in each paramilitary faction are due to be released in each year until the last is released.
(27394)
115  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she plans to respond to the 1996-97 report of the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights.
(27403)
116  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what are the staffing levels of the RUC in each Belfast sub-division broken down by (a) gender and (b) perceived religious/community origin.
(27402)
117  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many republican and loyalist prisoners have time left to serve of (a) one year or less, (b) two years, (c) three years, (d) four years, (e) five years, (f) six years, (g) seven years, (h) eight years, (i) nine years, (j) 10 years, (k) 11 years, (l) 12 years, (m) 13 years, (n) 14 years, (o) 15 years, (p) 16 to 20 years, (q) 21 to 25 years, (r) 26 to 30 years, (s) 31 to 35 years, (t) 36 to 40 years and (u) over 40 years.
(27395)
118  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what, for life sentence prisoners released in the past 25 years, was the average time served in prison for (a) Republican, (b) Loyalist and (c) other prisoners.
(27393)
119  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what medical examinations of Danny McNamee have been conducted since his transfer to HMP Maze; and what medical conditions were identified.
(27441)
120  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Republican, Loyalist and other life sentence prisoners have been released on licence in each year since 1970; and how many in each category have subsequently (a) been arrested (b) had their licence revoked or (c) been reconvicted for a similar offence.
(27392)
121  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the cost of increasing the size of the Family Expenditure Survey sample to allow for accurate family expenditure statistics disaggregated to a Northern Ireland geographical level.
(26092)
122  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Prime Minister, what evidence underlay the press briefing by his official spokesman that Ms Anne Bullen's appointment was a political one.
(27282)
123  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the occasions in the last 10 years on which the Prime Minister has travelled abroad to meet heads of state or government and been accompanied by (a) the Foreign Secretary, (b) the Home Secretary and (c) other Ministers.
(27155)
124  
N  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has received from other member states concerning note-keeping procedures at European Council meetings.
(27258)
125  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will establish a central contingency fund which Government departments may draw on to address the millennium computer compliance problem.
(27285)
126  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will give overall responsibility for overseeing the millennium computer compliance problem in both the private and public sector to one minister.
(27284)
127  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he expects to answer the letters from the Right honourable Member for Folkestone and Hythe dated 22nd and 28th January.
(27268)
128  
N  
Mr Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much has been paid in capital charges by the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in each of the last five years; and what will be the unitary charge to the private sector in each of the next 20 years under the PFI scheme for the new Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
(27096)
129  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer of 10th December, Official Report, column 627, if he will estimate how many individuals made complaints against the police in 1996-97.
(27416)
130  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the cost of increasing the size of the Family Expenditure Survey sample to allow for accurate family expenditure statistics disaggregated to a Scottish geographical level.
(26093)
131  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans she has to implement each of the recent recommendations made by the Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board.
(26426)
132  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many winter fuel payments of (a) £50 and (b) £20 have so far been paid; and how many of the payments were wrongly dated.
(26798)
133  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list the number of cold weather payments triggered in the current financial year by (a) weather station and (b) total value.
(26797)
134  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make a statement on her appearance before the Women's Rights Committee of the European Parliament; and if she will place in the Library a copy of her address to the EP Committee.
(26984)
135  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the average length of time an attendance allowance appeal is on the waiting list before being heard by the disability appeals service; what percentage of such appeals succeed; and what estimate she has made of (a) the regional variations in appeal waiting time and (b) the regional variations in appeal success rates.
(27379)
136  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans she has to reduce the waiting times for attendance allowance appeals before the Disability Appeals Service; and if she will make a statement.
(27380)
137  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many recipients of disability living allowance whose benefit has been reduced or disallowed as a result of the Benefit Integrity Project have appealed; and how many have had their benefit increased on review, differentiating between those cases dealt with by special review and those dealt with by normal action.
(27191)
138  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will provide figures for the outcome of cases dealt with under the Benefit Integrity Project, differentiating between those cases dealt with by special review and those dealt with by normal renewal action.
(27190)
139  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate the number of people who are (a) claiming benefits fraudulently and (b) not claiming benefits to which they are entitled in (i) Great Britain and (ii) Scotland.
(26091)
140  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate the administrative costs of the introduction of the job seeker's allowance, separately identifying staff time.
(26085)
141  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many income support claimants there were in the last available quarter in (a) the Tayside Benefits Agency District Office area, (b) the Perth and Kinross Council local authority area, (c) the Dundee City Council local authority area and (d) Tayside North parliamentary constituency, in the client groups (i) disabled, (ii) lone parent and (iii) pensioner.
(26087)
142  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate the annual ratio between workers and pensioners in the United Kingdom for each year up to 2030; and if she will make a statement.
(26088)
143  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list the government and government-commissioned research into the factors affecting take-up of benefits specifically in rural areas, listing those who undertook the research and when.
(26089)
144  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list the Government measures designed specifically to encourage take-up of benefits in rural areas.
(26090)
145  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people received industrial injury benefit; and what was the average amount received by each person (a) in Great Britain and (b) on the most disaggregated, regional level in the last year for which figures are available.
(27375)
146  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if the conclusions of the Review Panel on Electricity Trading announced on 28th January to report by July 1998 will be taken into account in her Department's implementation of its commitment to introduce electricity competition by September 1998.
(27184)
147  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many compensatory (a) refunds and (b) free searches have been given to subscribers to the new on-line Companies House information system since its inception.
(27313)
148  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on European Commission proposals to reduce the maximum coverage of structural funds eligibility to 40 per cent. of European Union population.
(27310)
149  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the impact of European Commission proposals to continue access to the Cohesion Fund, for those countries currently with such access, which join the single currency system.
(27311)
150  
N  
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will place in the Library copies of all the bids to be the site for the Assembly for Wales.
(27188)
151  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimates his Department has made of the average level of council tax increases in 1998-99.
[Question Unstarred] (24890)
152  
N  
Mr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to modify the regulations concerning the installation of fire-fighting and safety equipment on (a) merchant vessels and (b) fishing vessels.
[Question Unstarred] (24929)
153  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, what was the number of House of Commons passes issued to research assistants working for honourable Members at 1st January 1998.
[Transferred] (27406)
154  
  
Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ensure local authorities adopt best practice in their measures to tackle domestic violence.
[Transferred] (27374)


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