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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 4 February 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 4 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 Wednesday 4 February, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Thursday 5 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.
 


 
WEDNESDAY 4th FEBRUARY
1  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee, when he expects work to commence on the building of additional office accommodation for honourable Members.
(27636)
2  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list each major new computer system that (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost.
(27844)
3  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the impact of the ban on selling beef on the bone on consumer confidence.
(25354)
4  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of his Ministry's milk production figures; what is the current year's national milk quota; and what assessment he has made of how close to the target the level of United Kingdom milk production will be.
[R] (27705)
5  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the herds registered with the beef assurance scheme on a county basis.
(26837)
6  
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 28th November from the Right honourable Member for Penrith and the Border on a constituency matter.
(27053)
7  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when the Parliamentary Secretary will reply to the letter of 13th October from the Right honourable Member for Penrith and the Border raising concerns of constituents.
(27054)
8  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when the Parliamentary Secretary will reply to the letter of 25th September from the Right honourable Member for Penrith and the Border on a constituency case.
(27055)
9  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make it his policy that he and his Ministers personally read the letters sent to them by honourable Members on constituency matters.
(27666)
10  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many veterinary surgeons are employed by (a) his Department and (b) other public bodies, for animal inspection duties; and what proportion of these are (i) United Kingdom citizens, (ii) citizens of other EU countries and (iii) other nationals.
(27468)
11  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has had with the Belgian authorities on the incidence of BSE in that country, and the regulation of meat imports therefrom; and if he will make a statement.
(27470)
12  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what measures he proposes to take to regulate the export of beef and bonemeal from the United Kingdom to non-EU destinations.
(27510)
13  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Taunton of 26th January, Official Report, column 97, how many random checks were carried out on consignments of beef imported to the United Kingdom from EU and non-EU countries on each day since 1st January 1998 at ports in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland; and how many consignments failed to meet the Government's unilateral controls in relation to specified risk material.
(26862)
14  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will seek to prevent applicant countries for membership of the EU from enjoying the right to fish in EU waters other than EU waters for which they already have fishing rights after they have been accepted as members of the European Union.
(26566)
15  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what power exists within the treaties of the European Union to prevent applicant countries for membership of the European Union from fishing in EU waters other than those in which they currently have rights once they have joined the European Union.
(26567)
16  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask Mr Attorney General, if he will list each major new computer system that (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost.
(27851)
17  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list each major new computer system that (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost.
(27854)
18  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received urging the return to the UK of the original stuffed toys of the Winnie the Pooh stories.
(27921)
19  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the impact of the recent financial crisis in Far Eastern markets on tourism into the United Kingdom.
(27495)
20  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the impact on trends in the numbers of visitors to Britain from (a) South Korea, (b) Japan, (c) Indonesia, (d) Hong Kong, (e) Taiwan, (f) the rest of China, (g) Malaysia, (h) Thailand and (i) the Philippines of the recent economic problems in Asia.
(27511)
21  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received on the impact on tourism of a minimum wage.
(27685)
22  
  
Mr Tom Pendry (Stalybridge and Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to ensure that the UK Sports Council is equipped to perform the role envisaged in the document, Creating Excellence in British Sport.
(27677)
23  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make it his policy that he and his Ministers personally read the letters sent to them by honourable Members on constituency matters.
(27667)
24  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the total (a) income and (b) costs for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency ranges at (i) Pendine, (ii) Eskmeals and (iii) Shoeburyness in each of the last five years.
(27366)
25  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many attempts by hackers to breach security in his Department's computers were detected in 1996 and 1997; and how many of these were successful.
(27871)
26  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list each major new computer system that (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost.
(27837)
27  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 27, if Trident requires more warheads than Chevaline in order to maintain the ability of the United Kingdom's strategic deterrent to overcome anti-missile systems.
(26568)
28  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 27, for what reasons he decided that details of the number of warheads deployed on Trident should be covered by exemption 1 of the code of Practice on Access to Government Information relating to defence, security and international relations; and if he will make a statement.
(26569)
29  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 30, if he will list the factors which his Department takes into account when assessing the United Kingdom's deterrence requirements with regard to the destructive effect that would result from the use of a nuclear weapon.
(26570)
30  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department made of the (a) United States Navy exercise in January and June 1993 to test the accuracy of Tomahawk missiles and (b) the United States Defense Department publication Gulf War Air Power Survey findings in procuring Tomahawk missiles for Royal Navy submarines.
(27505)
31  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what complements of crew Type 23 frigates (a) carried when first commissioned and (b) carry currently.
(27508)
32  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans exist to reduce the complement of Type 23 frigates by refitting with less manpower-intensive equipment; and if he will make a statement.
(27887)
33  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the nominal pay loads, ranges, speeds and cargo space dimensions for (a) C130, (b) FLA and (c) C-17 transport aircraft.
(27507)
34  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what percentage the cost of Tomahawk missiles being purchased for installation in Royal Navy submarines differs from the latest batch of Tomahawk missiles being purchased by the United States government.
(27506)
35  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in what years Army personnel from 43 Command Workshop were ordered to dispose of low grade radioactive waste at Hillsea, Portsmouth; and what plans are available relating to the disposal.
(27881)
36  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the average availability of Type 23 frigates for operational service in each of the last five years.
(27504)
37  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to reduce the complement of Type 42 destroyers by refitting with less manpower-intensive equipment; and if he will make a statement.
(27883)
38  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to amend his Department's regulations relating to military and civil personnel being accompanied by their spouses on overseas tours of duty.
(27683)
39  
  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the advertised usage of (a) Merrivale Range, (b) Okehampton Range and (c) Willsworthy Range in the Dartmoor National Park for live firing in the year ended December 1997 expressed in number of days; and how many days' firing took place.
(27509)
40  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy that he and his Ministers personally read the letters sent to them by honourable Members on constituency matters.
(27668)
41  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what are the (a) assets and (b) annual income of the Duchy of Lancaster's Benevolent Fund; and which (i) individuals and (ii) organisations have received money from the fund since 1992.
(27630)
42  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what changes there have been since 1992 in respect of the treatment of the estates of people who die intestate in the Duchy of Lancaster.
(27629)
43  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the property owned by the Duchy of Lancaster which is (a) open to and (b) not open to the public.
(27631)
44  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) unemployed people aged under 26 years and (b) unemployed people out of work for over six months will be eligible for assistance under the New Deal in Exeter.
(27657)
45  
  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he expects to announce the conclusions of the consultation on special educational needs.
(27826)
46  
  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will publish the criteria for the New Deal money being awarded to schools where his Department prioritise the bids.
(27825)
47  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list each major new computer system that (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost.
(27852)
48  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if schools which have already opted out of the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Act 1991 will be able to continue to opt out of the requirements of that Act following the implementation of the School Standards and Framework Bill.
(26801)
49  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, for what reasons he uses data based on eligibility for, or uptake of, free school meals in setting achievement targets for primary and secondary schools.
(26802)
50  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, for what reasons the powers to be given to schools in education action zones to opt out of the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Act 1991 and of some of the requirements of the National Curriculum are not being extended to other schools.
(26803)
51  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the difference between the education budget and the general schools budget for each local education authority in the country; and how much of that amount was spent on service strategy and regulation activity in the last year for which figures are available.
(27500)
52  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of Portsmouth City Council's proposals to build a school on the site of the East wing of St. Mary's Hospital in respect of the adequacy of the size of the site for a school of the size proposed.
(27885)
53  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the contractual arrangement for the delivery of the New Deal services to provide Welfare to Work.
(27687)
54  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the gross cost of setting up mechanisms for the means testing of citizens of other EU member states to assess their eligibility to pay tuition fees.
(27718)
55  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make it his policy that he and his Ministers personally read the letters sent to them by honourable Members on constituency matters.
(27669)
56  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what contribution his Department has made to the formulation of schools packs distributed by the European Commission in the United Kingdom; and what discussions he has held with the European Commission on the issue.
(27369)
57  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the current pilot projects of the European Voluntary Service under way in the United Kingdom.
(27368)
58  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of use of Jean Monnet Chairs as a means to further European integration.
(27367)
59  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proposals he has for application for European Union (a) funds and (b) material for schools educational projects.
(27370)
60  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to monitor the quality of NVQ provision in the workplace.
(27709)
61  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what advice has been given by IBM to the Civil Aviation Authority on the work required to ensure that core air traffic management systems will be millennium compliant; and if he will make a statement.
(27872)
62  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will introduce changes in the procedures used by the Driving Standards Agency on the use of check-tests on driving instructors to ensure that in cases where more than one check is required these are undertaken by separate inspectors who operate independently.
(27051)
63  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will introduce changes in the appeal procedure for driving instructors who have failed their check-tests to ensure that it is (a) fully independent of the Driving Standards Agency and (b) provides driving instructors with full rights and facilities in presenting their appeals.
(27052)
64  
  
Mr Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which sections of the Environmental Protection Act 1995 have not come into force; and when he expects to bring them into force.
(27448)
65  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 29th January, Official Report, column 326, on nursery voucher funding and revenue support grant, if he will list for each LEA the (a) amount at Band D council tax that would have to be paid as a result and (b) amount that this represents per capita.
(27422)
66  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the most recent road research evidence evaluated by his Department on the impact of traffic calming measures, with particular reference to road humps, on road deaths and injuries in (a) roads subject to calming and (b) surrounding road systems.
(27474)
67  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the percentage failure rate in 1997 for car driving tests; and of the total failed, what percentage were attributed in whole or part to (a) speeding and (b) driving too slowly.
(27475)
68  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he is taking to ensure that low-level radioactive waste disposed of in landfills or by incineration or recycling under European Commission Council Directive 96/29/Euratom does not create a health hazard.
(27473)
69  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list each major new computer system that (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost.
(27842)
70  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to make a statement on future integrated transport policies.
(27431)
71  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the total payment of money to London and Continental CAP Railways to date; and if he will list and value each of the assets transferred to them.
(27432)
72  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each year since 1990 the total expenditure for each London borough on construction of (a) local authority, (b) housing association and (c) co-operative housing and in each case the estimate for 1998-99.
(27429)
73  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are his projections for the next five years of (a) local authority, (b) housing associations and (c) co-operative housing provision for each London borough.
(27430)
74  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what Government financial help is available to local authorities in England and Wales to encourage tree-planting schemes within their areas.
(27635)
75  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will announce his decision on whether to call in the proposed Copthall Stadium development, Mill Hill.
(27828)
76  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how frequently the Vehicle Inspectorate are carrying out vehicle checks at Portsmouth and Poole following consultations with the ferry companies; and what is the difference in the level of checks since last year.
(27708)
77  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to amend building regulations to limit the height to which hedges and trees around residential property may be allowed to grow.
(27503)
78  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of land on the proposed route of the A625/A57 Mottram Tintwistle by-pass is currently in the ownership of the Highways Agency.
(27447)
79  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    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, column 48 on driving licences for insulin dependent diabetics, if he will establish a compensation scheme for those insulin dependent diabetics who were previously employed as drivers of vehicles in Category C1.
(26191)
80  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent representations he has received on the structure of regional development agencies.
(27686)
81  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on levels of investment planned by (a) Railtrack and (b) the private train operators in 1998.
(27638)
82  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the current (a) drink-drive limits and (b) penalties for the member states of the European Community.
(27354)
83  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will commission research into detecting impairment in drivers other than impairment caused by the presence of substances taken by the driver.
(27351)
84  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will establish a successor to the Blennerhassett review on drinking and driving with the remit to consider effects on society as well as road safety considerations.
(27353)
85  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the scientific evidence which indicates that reducing the limit for drivers from 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood to 50 milligrams will have a significant effect on road safety.
(27352)
86  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what has been the alcohol content of drivers killed in road accidents where the content is (a) under the legal limit, (b) marginally over the legal limit and (c) substantially over the legal limit in each of the last five years.
(27350)
87  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from local authorities on the adequacy of funding for (a) outstanding maintenance work on local authority roads and (b) improvement of transport infrastructure to meet current needs.
(27886)
88  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many drivers involved in a car accident had a blood alcohol reading of between 50 mg and 80 mg per 100 ml in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(27486)
89  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the locations of privately-owned land which has been opened up to public access since 1996 as a result of a voluntary access agreement with a member of the Country Landowners Association.
(27484)
90  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy that he and his Ministers personally read the letters sent to them by honourable Members on constituency matters.
(27670)
91  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce legislation to require owners to maintain their properties in a reasonable and safe state of repair.
(27711)
92  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to require that the monies payable to a lender, under a mortgage indemnity guarantee scheme, are set against any outstanding debt owed by the mortgagee.
(27287)
93  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what evaluation his Department has made of the report and recommendations of the National Consumer Council on insurance law reforms, published in May 1997, in respect of mortgage indemnity policies.
(27286)
94  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what evaluation his Department has made of the financial consequences to mortgagees where the mortgagor sells a property for under the market value.
(27288)
95  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) short run and (b) long run price elasticity of demand is assumed by the Treasury in its analysis of the impact of tax changes in respect of (i) cigarettes, (ii) beer, (iii) wine, (iv) spirits, (v) petrol, (vi) domestic gas, (vii) domestic electricity and (viii) domestic energy as a whole.
(27476)
96  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list each major new computer system that (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost.
(27850)
97  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the effect on the income of charities of the increase in the number of foreign income dividends since July 1997.
(27721)
98  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the likely change in the capital structure of companies following the reform of advance corporation tax.
(27723)
99  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many representations he has received critical of the proposed £50,000 limit on ISAs.
(27724)
100  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new (a) TESSA and (b) PEP schemes have been opened since 2nd December 1997.
(27725)
101  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies have paid foreign income dividends since 2nd July 1997.
(27720)
102  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the effect on revenue from ACT consequential on the abolition of foreign income dividends in July 1997.
(27719)
103  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the effect on companies with seasonal profits of a move to quarterly payments of corporation tax.
(27722)
104  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the cost to the Treasury last year of maintenance allowance in relation to income tax.
(27492)
105  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which ministers in his Department have attended meetings in connection with policy on competition.
(27681)
106  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the £50,000 limit on transfer of funds from PEPs and TESSAs to the new ISAs.
(27640)
107  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy that he and his Ministers personally read the letters sent to them by honourable Members on constituency matters.
(27675)
108  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer to the Right honourable Member for Penrith and The Border, of 29th January, Official Report, column 388, when he informed his Principal Private Secretary of his intention to appoint Ms Regan as his diary secretary.
(27365)
109  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list each major new computer system that (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost.
(27839)
110  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have been held with the government of Sudan concerning human rights and the armed conflicts in the south of the country; and if he will make a statement.
(27437)
111  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have been held with the government of Uganda concerning human rights and the armed conflict in the north of the country; and if he will make a statement.
(27436)
112  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions have been held by his Department with representatives of the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make a statement.
(27434)
113  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he plans to hold to encourage the development of diplomatic relations with Taiwan, Republic of China.
(27634)
114  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of the Ukraine on its policy of carrying out executions.
(27632)
115  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he plans to have with the Government of Kenya to help that country develop its electoral system.
(27633)
116  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of the Ukraine on the matter of human rights.
(27491)
117  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to introduce a central database of accredited arms dealers from whom the Government purchases equipment.
(27884)
118  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what policies he proposes to implement to make the Government's arms policy more transparent and accountable; what external advice he has received; and if he will make a statement.
(27882)
119  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information was given to him after 21st May to cause him to conclude that it would not be right to appoint Gaynor Regan as his diary secretary.
(27420)
120  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information was given to him by officials at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about Gaynor Regan after 21st May.
(27421)
121  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 30th January, Official Report, column 440, on his private office, what factors led him to revise his opinion that Gaynor Regan was an obvious candidate for the post of diary secretary between 21st May and 30th May.
(27419)
122  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the priorities of the British Presidency of the Council of Ministers in respect of Gibraltar.
(27639)
123  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures he proposes to secure the completion of a single market; and to what timetable.
(27682)
124  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the names of any treaties, as defined by the Vienna Convention, agreed to by the United Kingdom and enforced under the powers contained in the European Communities Act 1972, section 2(2)(a).
(27888)
125  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy that he and his Ministers personally read the letters sent to them by honourable Members on constituency matters.
(27671)
126  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) applications have been put forward for and (b) discussions held concerning receiving European Union monies for informing United Kingdom nationals about the European Union since 1st May 1997.
(27418)
127  
  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his French counterparts on the admission of Nigeria to la Francophonie.
(27824)
128  
  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons his criticism of the note keeping at Amsterdam was directed at the presidency rather than the General Secretariat of the Council.
(27890)
129  
  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if material pertaining to the discussions on the voting procedure on opting into the Schengen Area by opt out states will be listed in the new register of Council documents.
(27891)
130  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list each major new computer system that (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost.
(27843)
131  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consideration his Department is giving to the establishment of a children's commissioner for the United Kingdom.
(27637)
132  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he will assess the advantages of recommending a reasonable level of photocopy charges to be paid by patients seeking access to their records under the Access to Health Records Act 1990; and if he will make a statement.
(27827)
133  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funds he will make available to general practitioners to enable them to retain staff who would otherwise be made redundant when GP fundholding is ended; what funds he will make available for those staff to be employed by the Primary Care Group or health authorities; where the funds will come from; and if he will make a statement.
(27197)
134  
N  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the health services which have been market-tested or notified to his Department and won by the private sector indicating (a) the location and (b) the organisation winning the tender.
[R] (27332)
135  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy that he and his Ministers personally read the letters sent to them by honourable Members on constituency matters.
(27672)
136  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the system of NHS payments to pharmacists for dispensing prescriptions; and if he will make a statement.
(27472)
137  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths in the UK have been attributed to (a) consumption of nuts and nut products and (b) BSE in each of the last 10 years.
(27680)
138  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the level of NHS payments to pharmacists for dispensing prescriptions.
(27471)
139  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what legal advice he has received regarding the compatibility of the Anti Social Behaviour Orders proposed in the Crime and Disorder Bill [Lords] with the European Convention of Human Rights; and if he will publish it.
(27679)
140  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 12th January, Official Report, columns 66-7, on the Crime and Disorder Bill [Lords], if he will make a statement on the compatibility of the proposed legal procedure for the Anti Social Behaviour Order in the Bill with Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
(27678)
141  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list each major new computer system that (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost.
(27840)
142  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what are his plans for the extension of Section 11 funding for schools with ethnic minorities; and if he will make a statement.
(27706)
143  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum were received from Algerian nationals in each month since October; and, of these, how many have had their applications (a) granted, (b) refused but been allowed to remain and (c) refused and been removed from Britain.
(27438)
144  
  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have died in police cells over the last 10 years in each of Wales's police forces.
(27442)
145  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to announce the tariffs for (a) Eddie Butler, (b) Hugh Doherty, (c) Harry Duggan and (d) Ire O'Connell.
(25479)
146  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he has issued advice to chief constables in respect of the allocation of police resources to target drinking drivers.
(27349)
147  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy that he and his Ministers personally read the letters sent to them by honourable Members on constituency matters.
(27673)
148  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list each major new computer system that (a) her Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under her responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost.
(27853)
149  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what current and planned aid programmes her Department has established for the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if she will make a statement.
(27435)
150  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will review the statutory time limit on the right of mortgagors to pursue shortfall debts after judgement.
(27423)
151  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list each major new computer system that (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost.
(27838)
152  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many honorary appointments as QCs have been made in each year since 1992; and what criteria are used to select them.
(27836)
153  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many solicitors applied for silk in each year since 1995; and what percentage were successful.
(27834)
154  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment he has made of the advantages and disadvantages of a unified legal profession.
(27831)
155  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the reasons (a) which require solicitor QCs to wear wigs in court and (b) prohibit solicitor advocates from doing so.
(27829)
156  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make it his policy to interview candidates for silk.
(27830)
157  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many solicitor QCs have been appointed in each year since 1995; and what criteria are used to select them.
(27835)
158  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what contingency plans he has formulated to ensure that visitors can get to the Dome if the completion of the Jubilee Line is delayed.
(27485)
159  
  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, pursuant to his Answer of 29th January, Official Report, column 331, on Club of Three meetings which of his Ministerial responsibilities led to his presence at the meeting; and from which department attending civil servants came.
(27889)
160  
  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, in what capacity he attended the British-Spanish Tertulias in Cambridge in November; what public expenditure was incurred by his participation; and if he will make a statement.
(27892)
161  
  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, under what arrangements (a) he and (b) his office report to other ministers on meetings he holds with their EU counterparts; and if he will list those meetings arranged at the instigation of his office.
(27893)
162  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list each major new computer system that (a) her Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under her responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost.
(27848)
163  
N  
Mr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she expects to publish the discussion paper on the future composition of the Police Authority; and if she will make a statement.
(27007)
164  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will estimate the gross cost of setting up mechanisms for the means testing of citizens of other EU member states to assess their eligibility to pay tuition fees.
(27717)
165  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many barristers in Northern Ireland are QCs; and what percentage of the Northern Ireland Bar this represents.
(27832)
166  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the President of the Council, what steps she is taking to ensure that Government initiatives are announced in the House before being released to the Press.
(25364)
167  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Prime Minister, what advice has been issued to strategic industries and Government departments on drawing up contingency plans in the event of the failure of computer systems to be millennium compliant; and if he will make a statement.
(27869)
168  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Prime Minister, what initiatives he is taking with other governments to tackle the problem of the millennium compliance of computer systems.
(27870)
169  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list each major new computer system that (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost.
(27841)
170  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish the composition of the Departmental Spending Review steering groups set up as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
(27490)
171  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, on which dates since 1st May he met representatives of the Country Landowners Association; and what matters were discussed.
(27487)
172  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 29th January, Official Report, column 307, if the Data Protection Registrar will require MI5 to register files held on individuals and to make them available to them.
(27483)
173  
N  
Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth and Horncastle):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 4th February.
(25681)
174  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many people the Government estimate to be socially excluded; and if he will break down the figures by age group and sex.
(27714)
175  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list each major new computer system that (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost.
(27847)
176  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will estimate the gross cost of setting up mechanisms for the means testing of citizens of other EU member states to assess their eligibility to pay tuition fees.
(27715)
177  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many advocates are QCs; and what percentage of the Scottish Bar this represents.
(27833)
178  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what powers, and under which statutory provisions, the Scottish Office has which enable it or its agencies to help firms located in Scotland to develop export markets overseas.
(27641)
179  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many lone parents will be eligible for assistance under the New Deal in Exeter.
(27656)
180  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list the numbers of people in respect of the Benefit Integrity Programme (a) assessed to date by postal questionnaire, (b) assessed to date by interview, (c) in (a) who have had their disability living allowance reduced, (d) in (b) who have had their disability living allowance reduced, (e) in (c) who have appealed against the reduction, (f) in (d) who have appealed against the reduction, (g) in (e) who have succeeded in their appeal and (h) in (f) who have succeeded in their appeal.
(26511)
181  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list each major new computer system that (a) her Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under her responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost.
(27845)
182  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will publish all submissions to the Pensions Review; and when he expects to make a statement on future pensions policy.
(27433)
183  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is her estimate of the average proportion of income of people in work per quartile of income spent on (a) national insurance, (b) occupational pension, (c) SERPS and (d) individual private pensions.
(26861)
184  
  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the average length of time taken by the Child Support Agency to process repeat claims.
(27499)
185  
  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many calls to the Child Support Agency's helpline over the past 12 months have been attributable to delays in dealing with claims; and what has been the cost of dealing with such calls.
(27497)
186  
  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many complaints about the operation of the Child Support Agency have been received from people in the Warrington North constituency over the past 12 months.
(27498)
187  
  
Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell and Wishaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many callers (a) in person and (b) by telephone, made use of the Benefit Agency offices in (i) Lanark, (ii) Carluke, (iii) Larkhall and (iv) Wishaw over the last 12 months.
(27651)
188  
  
Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell and Wishaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many local offices the Benefits Agency has closed after approval by the relevant Minister over the last 12 months.
(27653)
189  
  
Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell and Wishaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list the criteria used by (a) the Benefits Agency and (b) Ministers to assess the viability of local offices.
(27652)
190  
  
Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell and Wishaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many local offices the Benefits Agency has sought Ministerial approval to close in the past 12 months.
(27655)
191  
  
Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell and Wishaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many local offices her Department's Ministers have given the Benefits Agency approval to close in the past 12 months.
(27654)
192  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make it her policy that she and her Ministers personally read the letters sent to them by honourable Members on constituency matters.
(27676)
193  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the average residual income of disability living allowance claimants would be if disability living allowance were removed.
(27662)
194  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants of disability living allowance in the Stoke-on-Trent area are currently in work.
(27661)
195  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many fraudulent disability living allowance claims have been uncovered by the Benefits Integrity Project to date.
(27664)
196  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants of disability living allowance in the Stoke-on-Trent area receive (a) the higher and (b) the lower rate of the mobility component.
(27660)
197  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants of incapacity benefit would qualify for means-tested benefits if incapacity benefit were withdrawn.
(27665)
198  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what definition of needy is being used in the current benefits review.
(27663)
199  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many representations she has received from (a) honourable Members and (b) others, since 1st May in support of re-establishing the link between pensions and average earnings; and if she will make a statement.
(27479)
200  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what measures have been introduced to indicate the millennium compliance of computer products for sale; and if they are subject to independent certification.
(27877)
201  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on progress in her Cabinet Group to ensure that computer systems are millennium compliant.
(27873)
202  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what controls her Department has on the use of the Action 2000 millennium computer compliance logo; and if she will make a statement.
(27874)
203  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the nature of the service to callers using the Action 2000 telephone hotline to obtain advice on millennium compliance of computer systems.
(27876)
204  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what requests she has received from Action 2000 for more staff and an increase in budget; and if she will make a statement.
(27875)
205  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if her Department's initiatives to encourage awareness and action to ensure the millennium compliancy of computer systems take account of 2000 being a leap year; and if she will make a statement.
(27880)
206  
N  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure that public sector computer systems involved in the introduction of European Monetary Union are millennium compliant.
(25376)
207  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has during the British presidency of the EU, to propose the suspension or postponement until after 2001 of EU directives which would impede progress on the implementation of the action necessary to ensure the millennium compliancy of computer systems.
(27879)
208  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to commission independent research into the consequences for business and public services of the need for computer systems to be millennium compliant.
(27878)
209  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what estimate she has made of the cost to public funds of the referral of retail price maintenance of over the counter medicines to the Restrictive Practices Court by the Office of Fair Trading; and if she will publish this estimate.
(26804)
210  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list each major new computer system that (a) her Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under her responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost.
(27849)
211  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 656, how much has been paid out by the Export Credits Guarantee Department to British defence contractors in default of payment for defence exports to Thailand in each year since 1990.
(27426)
212  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 656, how much has been paid out by the Export Credits Guarantee Department to British defence contractors in default of payment for defence exports to South Korea in each year since 1990.
(27427)
213  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 656, how much has been paid out by the Export Credits Guarantee Department to British defence contractors in default of payment for defence exports to China in each year since 1990.
(27425)
214  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 656, how much has been paid out by the Export Credits Guarantee Department to British defence contractors in default of payment for defence exports to Malaysia in each year since 1990.
(27424)
215  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 656, how much has been paid out by the Export Credits Guarantee Department to British defence contractors in default of payment for defence exports to Singapore in each year since 1990.
(27428)
216  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many times the Ministerial Committee on the year 2000 computer problem has met.
(25373)
217  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans he has to ensure that annual inspections of 33kV power lines are carried out by electricity companies.
(27496)
218  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many representations her Department has received from independent electrical retailers and trade bodies in respect of the Government's competition policy.
(27684)
219  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what guidance she gives to exporters concerning the payment of commissions to secure contracts in the Middle East.
(27488)
220  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will commission research into the amount paid in commissions by United Kingdom industry and commerce to secure contracts in the Middle East.
(27489)
221  
N  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what discussions she has held with EU partners in relation to the problems associated with millennium computer compliance.
(25357)
222  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make it her policy that she and her Ministers personally read the letters sent to them by honourable Members on constituency matters.
(27674)
223  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what measures are in place to prevent excessive charges by landlords to commercial tenants for electricity and gas supplies; what plans she has for additional protection of commercial tenants; and if she will make a statement.
(27469)
224  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to introduce legislation requiring the National Registry of Internet Domain Names to investigate each attempted registration for possible use by dealers to obstruct the company whose trademark the registered Domain Name is related to.
(27710)
225  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list each major new computer system that (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost.
(27846)
226  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what measures he has instituted to reduce the incidence of truancy; and if he will make a statement.
(27648)
227  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what skills training older unemployed people entering the New Deal will receive; and if he will make statement.
(27647)
228  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many out-of-school clubs there are; and if he will make a statement.
(27649)
229  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his estimate of the number of people currently suffering from diabetes; and if he will make a statement.
(27650)
230  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many students are currently in teacher training; and how many of them are men.
(27644)
231  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what extra support he has given to local educational authorities in Wales to meet literacy targets.
(27643)
232  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many people with learning difficulties will have places in the New Deal; and if he will make a statement.
(27645)
233  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many apprenticeships he estimates the New Deal will provide in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(27646)
234  
  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many children in Wales currently receive a Welsh language medium education.
(27443)
235  
  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what action he is taking to improve (a) public awareness of and (b) treatment of prostate cancer.
(27494)
236  
  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he intends taking to protect town centre shopping facilities in Wales.
(27445)
237  
  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on current blood stocks at the Welsh Blood Service.
(27444)
238  
  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many homes were deemed unfit for human habitation in Wales last year.
(27493)
239  
  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the future of the Welsh Joint Education Committee.
(27446)
240  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will estimate the gross cost of setting up mechanisms for the means testing of citizens of other EU member states to assess their eligibility to pay tuition fees.
(27716)
241  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what procedure he intends to follow in designating locations in Wales, away from the main meeting place of the Assembly, where meetings can occur; and if plenary meetings of the Assembly will take place in these centres.
(27480)
242  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much rent his Department currently receives from Crickhowell House in Cardiff; and if he will make a statement.
(27481)
243  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proposals he has to upgrade north-south road communications within Wales; what plans are being developed to accelerate such a programme following the establishment of the National Assembly; and if plans to upgrade north-south road communications will be material to his decision on the location of the National Assembly's permanent home.
(27642)
244  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will estimate the cost of relocating the Welsh Office from Cardiff to Swansea; and if he will make a statement.
(27482)
245  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has received from the Workers Educational Association in North Wales, concerning the financial difficulties facing the WEA; what response he has made to them; if he will provide assistance to them; and if he will make a statement.
(27477)
246  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what powers the Welsh Development Agency has to assist companies in Wales to develop export markets; and if he will make a statement.
(27478)
247  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what are his plans for the extension of Section 11 funding for schools with ethnic minorities; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (27707)
248  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people aged 18 to 24 years are estimated to be neither in work, nor in education and training, nor in receipt of Job Seeker's Allowance; and how many of these receive other benefits.
[Transferred] (27713)
249  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much additional money pensioners in Exeter have received as a result of winter fuel payments.
[Transferred] (27658)
250  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioner households in Exeter will receive (a) £50 and (b) £20 in winter fuel payments.
[Transferred] (27659)
251  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the cost of training 50,000 child-minders under the New Deal; which organisations will be expected to carry out such training; and how many participants are expected to be (a) young people unemployed for more than six months, (b) single parents and (c) others.
[Transferred] (27712)
252  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to support students with disabilities with the costs directly associated with their disabilities on postgraduate legal practice courses.
[Transferred] (27502)
253  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to extend the mandatory disabled student allowance to postgraduate students who are not registered for PGCE qualifications.
[Transferred] (27501)


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