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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 5 February 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 5 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 Thursday 5 February, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Friday 6 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.
 


 
THURSDAY 5th FEBRUARY
1  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to increase the Cornish land line quota.
(28178)
2  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if the requirement to remove bone from beef applies to animals killed on the farm for farmers' own consumption.
(27855)
3  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his estimate of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) his agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which he has responsibility, in (A) 1995-96, (B) 1996-97, (C) 1997-98 to date and (D) 1997-98 full year.
(26588)
4  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on external consultants in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year; and if he will also estimate the cost savings resulting from the employment of such consultants for each of the above years.
(26586)
5  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will make a statement.
(26590)
6  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what expenditure has been incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies (a) in 1996-97 and (b) since 1st May 1997 on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research; if he will list the surveys commissioned and the purpose of each; and if he will make a statement.
(26585)
7  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers and magazines in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will list the newspapers and magazines purchased or subscribed to on a regular basis.
(26589)
8  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will estimate the rates of absenteeism in his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(26587)
9  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his estimate of the cost of Ministerial overseas travel in his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98 to date.
(26591)
10  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his estimate of the cost of (a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year.
(27771)
11  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list those items valued at more than £25 stolen or lost from his Department since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(27773)
12  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the conferences held by his Department since 1st May 1997, giving in each case the (a) purpose and (b) estimated cost.
(27774)
13  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his current estimate of the expenditure of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on hospitality since 1st May 1997.
(27775)
14  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his estimate of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii)1997-98 to date.
(27772)
15  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list by grade the number of officials in his Department at grade 3 or above who have (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1st May.
(27457)
16  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd December, Official Report, column 493, in what areas he judged it necessary to invoke the Hague Preference on stocks at the last Fisheries Council; in which areas it could have been invoked and was not held to be necessary; and if he will press for an extension of the Hague Preference to other areas of the United Kingdom.
(27532)
17  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what advice or information he has received from Mr Simon Williams about his assessment of the enforceability of the ban on beef on the bone.
(27337)
18  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons the proposal for an export certified herd scheme in Northern Ireland did not include a measure to allow beef on the bone to be exported from herds with no record of BSE.
(27341)
19  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects to publish his advice on the interpretation and operation of his Beef on the Bone Order.
(27333)
20  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish the advice given to him by local environmental health officers about their assessment of the enforceability of the ban on beef on the bone.
(27339)
21  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, under what statutory authority any food found in a food retailer's premises is deemed intended for human consumption.
(27335)
22  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons the chemical CCC cannot be used by United Kingdom pear producers; and what investigations he is conducting in this matter.
(27343)
23  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many representations he has received from local environmental health officers concerning the enforceability of the ban on beef on the bone.
(27338)
24  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement listing the ways in which, as a result of the beef de-boning process, dorsal root ganglia could enter the food chain.
(27342)
25  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, under what statutory authority he has taken steps to ban the display of beef on the bone on a butcher's counter.
(27334)
26  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what specific matters affecting the export certified herd scheme in Northern Ireland were considered by the relevant EU Working Group meeting on 29th January.
(27340)
27  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what tests will be applied by environmental health inspectors to differentiate foreign beef bones from those coming from United Kingdom animals.
(27336)
28  
  
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the quarantine kennels which have (a) agreed and (b) not agreed to abide by the voluntary code of practice on welfare standards in quarantine kennels.
(27941)
29  
N  
Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will assess the contribution of the Indian restaurant sector to the economy; and if he will make a statement.
(25693)
30  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many butchers have been (a) cautioned and (b) prosecuted for selling beef on the bone; and if he will make a statement.
(28004)
31  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish comparisons of charges made to ensure public health in the slaughter process in the United Kingdom with those prevailing in other EU states.
(28114)
32  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is his estimate of the cost of (a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year.
(27751)
33  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is his estimate of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii)1997-98 to date.
(27752)
34  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers and magazines in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will list the newspapers and magazines purchased or subscribed to on a regular basis.
(26629)
35  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what expenditure has been incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies (a) in 1996-97 and (b) since 1st May 1997 on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research; if he will list the surveys commissioned and the purpose of each; and if he will make a statement.
(26625)
36  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is his estimate of the cost of Ministerial overseas travel in his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98 to date.
(26631)
37  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the rates of absenteeism in his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(26627)
38  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is his estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will make a statement.
(26630)
39  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on external consultants in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year; and if he will also estimate the cost savings resulting from the employment of such consultants for each of the above years.
(26626)
40  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is his estimate of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) his agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which he has responsibility, in (A) 1995-96, (B) 1996-97, (C) 1997-98 to date and (D) 1997-98 full year.
(26628)
41  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list those items valued at more than £25 stolen or lost from his Department since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(27753)
42  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the conferences held by his Department since 1st May 1997, giving in each case the (a) purpose and (b) estimated cost.
(27754)
43  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is his current estimate of the expenditure of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on hospitality since 1st May 1997.
(27755)
44  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list by grade the number of officials in his Department at grade 3 or above who have (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1st May.
(27464)
45  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the merger of the management and administration of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency land, sea and air ranges will take place.
(27695)
46  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his estimate of the cost of (a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year.
(27761)
47  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his estimate of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii)1997-98 to date.
(27762)
48  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his estimate of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) his agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which he has responsibility, in (A) 1995-96, (B) 1996-97, (C) 1997-98 to date and (D) 1997-98 full year.
(26635)
49  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will make a statement.
(26637)
50  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his estimate of the cost of Ministerial overseas travel in his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98 to date.
(26638)
51  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list those items valued at more than £25 stolen or lost from his Department since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(27763)
52  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers and magazines in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will list the newspapers and magazines purchased or subscribed to on a regular basis.
(26636)
53  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the conferences held by his Department since 1st May 1997, giving in each case the (a) purpose and (b) estimated cost.
(27764)
54  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on external consultants in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year; and if he will also estimate the cost savings resulting from the employment of such consultants for each of the above years.
(26633)
55  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the rates of absenteeism in his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(26634)
56  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what expenditure has been incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies (a) in 1996-97 and (b) since 1st May 1997 on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research; if he will list the surveys commissioned and the purpose of each; and if he will make a statement.
(26632)
57  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his current estimate of the expenditure of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on hospitality since 1st May 1997.
(27765)
58  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list by grade the number of officials in his Department at grade 3 or above who have (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1st May.
(27455)
59  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list which Ministers in his Department have made overseas visits and to which countries since 1st May.
(27812)
60  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his policy on digging out foxes on his Department's estate for purposes of fox control.
(27524)
61  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his policy on the gassing of foxes on his Department's estate.
(27525)
62  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his policy on snaring of foxes on his Department's estate.
(27526)
63  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his policy with regard to the use of shotguns as a means of fox control on his Department's estate (a) by day and (b) by night.
(27520)
64  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his policy with regard to the use of rifles for fox control on training areas currently in use on his Department's estate.
(27521)
65  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his policy on the control of foxes by (a) gassing, (b) snaring and (c) shooting on his Department's estate by personnel other than his Department's employees.
(27523)
66  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his policy with regard to the use of rifles (a) by day and (b) by night for the control of foxes on his Department's estate.
(27522)
67  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answers of 8th July, Official Report, column 422, and 28th January, Official Report, column 244, on military assistance provided to other countries, who is conducting the review; when the review started; and when he expects it to be completed.
(27979)
68  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the projected maximum offensive payload and range of the Eurofighter.
(28022)
69  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is maximum offensive payload and range of the Tornado GR7, the Tornado F3 and the Jaguar GR4.
(28023)
70  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what will be the cost of the Trident programme in the next financial year.
(28205)
71  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects that the Hyderabad and Meeanee Barracks at Colchester will cease to be required for military purposes and disposed of.
(27896)
72  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the dossier of information on the health effects of nuclear testing in the 1950s atomic test programme at Christmas Island, a copy of which has been sent to him.
(28201)
73  
N  
Mrs Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will increase small business representation on the Deregulation Task Force.
(25699)
74  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will estimate the rates of absenteeism in his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(26580)
75  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what expenditure has been incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies (a) in 1996-97 and (b) since 1st May 1997 on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research; if he will list the surveys commissioned and the purpose of each; and if he will make a statement.
(26578)
76  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what is his estimate of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) his agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which he has responsibility, in (A) 1995-96, (B) 1996-97, (C) 1997-98 to date and (D) 1997-98 full year.
(26581)
77  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what is his estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will make a statement.
(26583)
78  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what is his estimate of the cost of Ministerial overseas travel in his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98 to date.
(26584)
79  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers and magazines in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will list the newspapers and magazines purchased or subscribed to on a regular basis.
(26582)
80  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on external consultants in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year; and if he will also estimate the cost savings resulting from the employment of such consultants for each of the above years.
(26579)
81  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list by grade the number of officials in his Department at grade 3 or above who have (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1st May.
(27466)
82  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list those individuals or organisations who requested that their submission to the consultation document Your Right To Know, should not be published; and if he will indicate the reasons given by the submitting parties for the withholding from publication.
(28170)
83  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will ensure that departmental submissions to the White Paper on Your Right To Know, will be published on the appropriate web site on receipt.
(28171)
84  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what expenditure has been incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies (a) in 1996-97 and (b) since 1st May 1997 on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research; if he will list the surveys commissioned and the purpose of each; and if he will make a statement.
(26681)
85  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his current estimate of the expenditure of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on hospitality since 1st May 1997.
(27785)
86  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his estimate of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) his agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which he has responsibility, in (A) 1995-96, (B) 1996-97, (C) 1997-98 to date and (D) 1997-98 full year.
(26684)
87  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his estimate of the cost of Ministerial overseas travel in his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98 to date.
(26687)
88  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the conferences held by his Department since 1st May 1997, giving in each case the (a) purpose and (b) estimated cost.
(27784)
89  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will make a statement.
(26686)
90  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers and magazines in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will list the newspapers and magazines purchased or subscribed to on a regular basis.
(26685)
91  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his estimate of the cost of (a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year.
(27781)
92  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on external consultants in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year; and if he will also estimate the cost savings resulting from the employment of such consultants for each of the above years.
(26682)
93  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list those items valued at more than £25 stolen or lost from his Department since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(27783)
94  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the rates of absenteeism in his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(26683)
95  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his estimate of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii)1997-98 to date.
(27782)
96  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many nursery vouchers were taken up in schools which took part in the scheme.
(27940)
97  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list by grade the number of officials in his Department at grade 3 or above who have (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1st May.
(27458)
98  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the (a) overall education budget, (b) general schools budget and (c) aggregated schools budget for each local education authority in 1997-98.
(27541)
99  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the annual budget of the Qualifications Curriculum Authority.
(25784)
100  
  
Mr Bill Michie (Sheffield, Heeley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what are the amounts held in the accounts of Sheffield TEC.
(28233)
101  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many road traffic accidents have occurred at Goss Moor on the A30 during the last 10 years.
(28179)
102  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to ensure that local authorities prepare contingency plans for the provision of services to vulnerable groups in the event of the failure of computer systems to be millennium compliant; and if he will make a statement.
(28237)
103  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what has been the cost to public funds of the public inquiry into the appeal by White Rose Environmental against the enforcement notice of Dorset County Council Ref T/APP/C/97/C1245/646229/P6 and T/APP/C1245/A/96/275779/P6 regarding the clinical waste incinerator at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
(28183)
104  
  
Mr Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, to what extent the Government has participated in international monitoring of the implementation of the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy.
(27977)
105  
  
Mr Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps the Government has taken to meet its obligations under the Action Plan for 1996 to 2000 for the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy; what further action will be taken in the period to 2000; and if the Government will make an annual report on progress to the House.
(27976)
106  
  
Mr Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps the Government has taken in furtherance of (i) the Convention on Biological Diversity, (ii) the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, (iii) the Bonn Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, (iv) the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance and (v) the EU Habitats Directive.
(27975)
107  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his estimate of the cost of Ministerial overseas travel in his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98 to date.
(26659)
108  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers and magazines in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will list the newspapers and magazines purchased or subscribed to on a regular basis.
(26657)
109  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his current estimate of the expenditure of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on hospitality since 1st May 1997.
(27805)
110  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those items valued at more than £25 stolen or lost from his Department since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(27803)
111  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his estimate of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) his agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which he has responsibility, in (A) 1995-96, (B) 1996-97, (C) 1997-98 to date and (D) 1997-98 full year.
(26656)
112  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the rates of absenteeism in his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(26655)
113  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his estimate of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii)1997-98 to date.
(27802)
114  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will make a statement.
(26658)
115  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what expenditure has been incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies (a) in 1996-97 and (b) since 1st May 1997 on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research; if he will list the surveys commissioned and the purpose of each; and if he will make a statement.
(26653)
116  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the conferences held by his Department since 1st May 1997, giving in each case the (a) purpose and (b) estimated cost.
(27804)
117  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his estimate of the cost of (a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year.
(27801)
118  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on external consultants in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year; and if he will also estimate the cost savings resulting from the employment of such consultants for each of the above years.
(26654)
119  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps Her Majesty's Government has taken to implement the decision taken by the International Maritime Organisation in December 1997 to make mandatory the INF code for the safe carriage of irradiated nuclear fuel, plutonium and high-level radioactive waste in flasks on board ships; and if he will make a statement on the implications for the safety arrangements for such nuclear shipments of implementation of the INF code.
(27987)
120  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he or his Department has made of the effectiveness of Statutory Instrument 3031 (1993) in respect of the Trans-frontier Shipment of Radioactive Waste Regulations.
(28228)
121  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what quantities of radioactive waste have been returned to Spain since 1980 as a result of the processing of uranium-contaminated filter papers for the Spanish National Uranium Company; what forms of transport have been used for these shipments; how many such shipments have taken place; and what indication he has received as to plans by BNFL to increase the imports of such uranium residues.
(27990)
122  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what meetings ministers or officials of his Department have had since October 1997 to discuss the implications for the import and export of nuclear materials to and from the United Kingdom of the definition of radioactive waste adopted by the Government from EC Directive 92/3 (Euratom).
(27991)
123  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent estimate has been made by his Department or its non-departmental public bodies or consultants reporting to his Department of the number of radioactive packages (a) imported into, (b) exported from and (c) transported within the United Kingdom within the most recent year for which figures are available; and if he will outline the conditions under which any shipment of radioactive material has to be notified in advance to his Department.
(27988)
124  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Blaenau Gwent, of 4th November 1997, Official Report, column 147, concerning the International Atomic Energy Agency annual general conference, what indication he has received as to when the report on the transport of radioactive materials will be available from the International Atomic Energy Agency.
(28227)
125  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the total acreage of brown field sites available for development for (a) industry, (b) housing, (c) leisure and (d) reclamation in the district of Easington indicating the location of such sites.
(28245)
126  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the number of empty housing units in the district of Easington in (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997 (i) in total and (ii) by sector.
(28243)
127  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the total acreage of brown field sites and green field sites in the district of Easington proposed for housing development in the next five years indicating the location of such sites.
(28244)
128  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list by grade the number of officials in his Department at grade 3 or above who have (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1st May.
(27462)
129  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the agencies established in 1997 in the United Kingdom under the SAVE II programme; and if he will make a statement on the objectives of these agencies.
(27531)
130  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of licences granted to code system operators under the Telecommunications Act 1984.
(27942)
131  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the amounts of freight transported in England and Wales in 1996.
(28009)
132  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many alcohol-related accidents occurred in Wales in 1997; what percentage of total road accidents they represent; and if he will make a statement.
(27972)
133  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 15, what was the make, model and cost of the new official car acquired since 1st May; and for which Minister it has been acquired.
(27702)
134  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will instigate a review of the financial history of the Sheffield supertram project.
(28235)
135  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the progress made so far on the consultation process he announced following the loss of the fishing vessel 'Sapphire'; when this consultation began; how many officials in his Department have been involved in the consultation process; which organisations have been contacted; and when he expects the findings to be announced.
(27533)
136  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what inspections of Sellafield have taken place by Euratom inspectors since 1st May 1997.
(28173)
137  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will assess the advantages of creating a joint environmental bilateral inspectorate with the Irish Republic to monitor the activities at radioactive discharges from Sellafield.
(28172)
138  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to give local authorities a general power to introduce speed limits of less than 30 mph in residential areas and erect signs to indicate this zone; and if he will make a statement.
(27943)
139  
  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for (a) 1970, (b) 1980, (c) 1990 and (d) 1997 the volume of (1) highly active, (2) intermediate level and (3) low level radioactive waste stored at Sellafield.
(28276)
140  
  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans the Government has to construct a long-term underground storage facility for radioactive waste.
(28277)
141  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list those items valued at more than £25 stolen or lost from his Department since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(27728)
142  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on external consultants in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year; and if he will also estimate the cost savings resulting from the employment of such consultants for each of the above years.
(26572)
143  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what expenditure has been incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies (a) in 1996-97 and (b) since 1st May 1997 on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research; if he will list the surveys commissioned and the purpose of each; and if he will make a statement.
(26571)
144  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii)1997-98 to date.
(27727)
145  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the Canadian scheme for special tax credits for low-income working families; and if he will make a statement.
(27688)
146  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his current estimate of the expenditure of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on hospitality since 1st May 1997.
(27730)
147  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers and magazines in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will list the newspapers and magazines purchased or subscribed to on a regular basis.
(26575)
148  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role Mr Gavyn Davies of Goldman Sachs has in the formulation of the Government's economic policy; and if he will make a statement.
(27694)
149  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the cost of (a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year.
(27726)
150  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) his agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which he has responsibility, in (A) 1995-96, (B) 1996-97, (C) 1997-98 to date and (D) 1997-98 full year.
(26574)
151  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the rates of absenteeism in his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(26573)
152  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the conferences held by his Department since 1st May 1997, giving in each case the (a) purpose and (b) estimated cost.
(27729)
153  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings he has had with Mr Gavyn Davies of Goldman Sachs in the last three months; what meetings are scheduled over the next three months; and if he will make a statement.
(27692)
154  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will make a statement.
(26576)
155  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the cost of Ministerial overseas travel in his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98 to date.
(26577)
156  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings with Mr Gavyn Davies of Goldman Sachs have taken place over the last three months at which one or more of his special advisers were present; and if he will make a statement.
(27693)
157  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the present arrangements for the taxation of bonus payments made to United Kingdom nationals by international banks operating in London but headquartered overseas in the light of recent cases.
(28230)
158  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd February, Official Report, column 570, how much the United Kingdom has made available for assistance to Asian countries through the international financial institutions to help them deal with economic instability; and what the extent of the United Kingdom's financial commitments is in this respect.
(28116)
159  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list by grade the number of officials in his Department at grade 3 or above who have (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1st May.
(27461)
160  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the sale of excess reserves of (a) gold and (b) foreign currency by central banks participating in the euro on (i) world gold prices and (ii) international exchanges.
(27528)
161  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of allowing married couples to transfer all or part of an unused personal tax allowance, at the basic rate, to the working spouse.
(28180)
162  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what grounds he has decided to exclude spending on the Welfare to Work scheme from the control total.
(28181)
163  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd January, Official Report, column 708, who was involved in the decision not to reduce VAT on church buildings.
(28010)
164  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the value of confiscated smuggled or bootlegged (a) tobacco and its products and (b) alcohol in each year since 1991.
(27935)
165  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what evidence Customs and Excise has obtained of tobacco and its products and alcohol originating in countries outside the EU being smuggled or bootlegged into the United Kingdom; if he will list the countries concerned; and what price differential there is between alcohol and tobacco and its products in those countries and the United Kingdom.
(27929)
166  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what methods are used to dispose of seized smuggled or bootlegged alcohol and tobacco and its products.
(27926)
167  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many WTE customs officers have been working on countering the smuggling or bootlegging of tobacco and alcohol in each year since 1991.
(27931)
168  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the current level of excise duty on (a) spirits, (b) wine, (c) beer, (d) tobacco and (e) tobacco products in (i) the United Kingdom, (ii) France, (iii) Belgium, (iv) South Africa and (v) the countries of South America.
(27930)
169  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions are planned in ECOFIN during the British Presidency to reduce the gap in excise duties on tobacco and alcohol between the United Kingdom and its continental partners.
(27928)
170  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his current estimate of excise duty foregone by the successful smuggling or bootlegging of (a) alcohol and (b) tobacco and its products in each year since 1991.
(27932)
171  
  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the Economic Secretary is not willing to meet the honourable Member in charge of the School Children's Clothing and Footwear (Value Added Tax) Bill to discuss its second reading on 6th February.
(27936)
172  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the litigation in the European Court of Justice on the use of framework arrangements in Northern Ireland; what discussions he has held with other departments on the implications for procurement procedure; and if he will place in the Library the Reasoned Opinion of the European Commission of 2nd May 1997 and the response by the Northern Ireland section of his Department of 25th May 1997.
(27701)
173  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assesss the advantages of exempting pensioners from fines resulting from the late completion of self-assessed income tax returns.
(28206)
174  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what are the minimum requirements concerning public access which have to be satisfied before a landowner can be granted conditional exemption from inheritance tax.
(27978)
175  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many legal abortions were performed in 1996 (a) with anti progesterone and (b) without overnight stay on women resident in each (i) health region and (ii) district health authority; and how many in each case involved (1) NHS hospitals, (2) NHS agency arrangements and (3) other purchasers.
(28002)
176  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce a top rate of tax for those earning over £40 million per year.
(28271)
177  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will announce a new contract for the Governor of the Bank of England.
(28241)
178  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what period he expects the United Kingdom would be required to keep the pound in a fixed relationship with the euro before the United Kingdom were to join the Economic and Monetary Union.
[R] (27815)
179  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consideration is being given by the European Union to the consequences of the failure of computer and safety systems controlling nuclear plants in the former eastern bloc to be millennium compliant.
(28246)
180  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 20th January, Official Report, column 466, what was the date of the response by the United Kingdom permanent respresentative to the Dutch permanent representative's letter of 16th July; and if he will make a statement on his meeting with the Dutch Minister for Europe and his Irish counterpart on 22nd July 1997.
(28238)
181  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his current estimate of the expenditure of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on hospitality since 1st May 1997.
(27800)
182  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what expenditure has been incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies (a) in 1996-97 and (b) since 1st May 1997 on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research; if he will list the surveys commissioned and the purpose of each; and if he will make a statement.
(26660)
183  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his estimate of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) his agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which he has responsibility, in (A) 1995-96, (B) 1996-97, (C) 1997-98 to date and (D) 1997-98 full year.
(26663)
184  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those items valued at more than £25 stolen or lost from his Department since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(27798)
185  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his estimate of the cost of Ministerial overseas travel in his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98 to date.
(26666)
186  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will make a statement.
(26665)
187  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the conferences held by his Department since 1st May 1997, giving in each case the (a) purpose and (b) estimated cost.
(27799)
188  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his estimate of the cost of (a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year.
(27796)
189  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will estimate the rates of absenteeism in his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(26662)
190  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers and magazines in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will list the newspapers and magazines purchased or subscribed to on a regular basis.
(26664)
191  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on external consultants in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year; and if he will also estimate the cost savings resulting from the employment of such consultants for each of the above years.
(26661)
192  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his estimate of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii)1997-98 to date.
(27797)
193  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list which Ministers in his Department have made overseas visits and to which countries since 1st May.
(27820)
194  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list by grade the number of officials in his Department at grade 3 or above who have (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1st May.
(27460)
195  
  
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if there have been any new exceptions to the arms embargo on Argentina.
(28232)
196  
  
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd July 1997, Official Report, column 605, whether he will make any changes to the nationality rules for applicants for employment with the intelligence and security services.
(28231)
197  
N  
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 increase in pre-accession aid announced in the Presidency conclusion of the Luxembourg European Council of 12th to 13th December 1997.
(27519)
198  
N  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards meeting the Dayton Agreement with respect to Bosnia.
(25682)
199  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what use has been made by the British presidency of the European Union of interactive video conferencing; what responses have been received to date; what has been the cost to public funds to date; and what plans he has to make further use of video conferencing in this area.
(28204)
200  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will establish an independent inquiry into the activities of (a) British banks and (b) subsidiaries of foreign banks based in Britain in the funding of the sale of British manufactured military or military capable technology to Iraq since 1980.
(28168)
201  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the number of items of British manufactured technology found by United Nations Special Commission inspectors at Iraqi sites used for the preparation or manufacture of (a) chemical, (b) biological and (c) nuclear weapons of mass destruction; and if he will place in the Library the most recent UNSCOM report to the UN Security Council.
(28169)
202  
N  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidance (a) the EC and (b) Her Majesty's Government have given to importers in respect of the geographical limits of the trade preference given under the EC/Israel agreement.
(27199)
203  
N  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd January, Official Report, column 718, when the importers into the EC of Brazilian orange juice mislabelled as Israeli, will be required to repay the lost duty.
(27200)
204  
N  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd January, Official Report, column 718, if (a) the EC and (b) Her Majesty's Government have informed those importers who imported at a preferential rate Brazilian orange juice mislabelled as Israeli, that they are liable to repay any lost duty.
(27198)
205  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the UK government is taking to bring to the attention of the Algerian government its reponsibilities to protect the lives of its civilians.
(27993)
206  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to expedite action by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings in Algeria.
(27994)
207  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the policy of the Government in relation to the future progress of the EU-Algeria Partnership Agreement with particular reference to Algeria's commitments under the humans rights clause in that agreement.
(27992)
208  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many black and Asian persons have been recruited to the Foreign Office since 1st May 1997.
(27949)
209  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list for each mission sent by the European Union to (a) India, (b) Nepal, (c) Sri Lanka, (d) Pakistan, (e) Afghanistan, (f) Bangladesh and (g) other South Asian countries (i) who was on the delegation, (ii) who led the delegation and (iii) what were the activities of the delegation.
(27948)
210  
  
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what structures for parliamentary scrutiny and accountability in member states are contained in the UK proposals for an EU code of conduct on arms sales.
(28175)
211  
  
Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to raise awareness amongst health professionals of interstitial cystitis, with particular reference to problems in diagnosis.
(28113)
212  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his current estimate of the expenditure of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on hospitality since 1st May 1997.
(27760)
213  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the rates of absenteeism in his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(26600)
214  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his estimate of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii)1997-98 to date.
(27757)
215  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will make a statement.
(26603)
216  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those items valued at more than £25 stolen or lost from his Department since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(27758)
217  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the conferences held by his Department since 1st May 1997, giving in each case the (a) purpose and (b) estimated cost.
(27759)
218  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what expenditure has been incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies (a) in 1996-97 and (b) since 1st May 1997 on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research; if he will list the surveys commissioned and the purpose of each; and if he will make a statement.
(26599)
219  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers and magazines in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will list the newspapers and magazines purchased or subscribed to on a regular basis.
(26602)
220  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his estimate of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) his agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which he has responsibility, in (A) 1995-96, (B) 1996-97, (C) 1997-98 to date and (D) 1997-98 full year.
(26601)
221  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his estimate of the cost of (a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year.
(27756)
222  
  
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of meningitis have been reported in the Northumberland Health Authority area since 1991.
(28208)
223  
  
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff were employed by the Northumberland Ambulance Service in each year since 1991.
(28210)
224  
  
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered mental nurses were employed by Northumberland Health Authority in each year since 1994; and what was the percentage change in each year.
(28211)
225  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the future of Barts Hospital; and when he expects to make a statement on his decision.
(27372)
226  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information on the needs of (a) rough sleepers, (b) the homeless and (c) bed and breakfast and hostel residents is used in the calculation of the needs of each health district.
(27371)
227  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the district health authorities which provide to NHS trusts earmarked funding for the prescription of the drug Beta Interferon; and if he will make a statement.
(28021)
228  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the effectiveness of Beta Interferon in the treatment of patients with multiple sclerosis; and if he will increase the resources available to district health authorities to fund the provision of Beta Interferon to patients with multiple sclerosis.
(28020)
229  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients with multiple sclerosis in each district health authority he estimates might benefit from the provision of Beta Interferon.
(28019)
230  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list by grade the number of officials in his Department at grade 3 or above who have (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1st May.
(27454)
231  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions are planned in the Health Council during the British Presidency on the effect on the health of the residents of the member states of differentials in excise duty on tobacco and alcohol.
(27927)
232  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence he has evaluated of changes in the level of consumption of alcohol and tobacco by under-age youngsters; and what assessment he has made of the causes of those changes.
(27925)
233  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 12th January, Official Report, columns 155-6, if he will publish the full text of (a) the guidance given to regional chairmen in June on NHS board appointments and (b) the guidance given by regional chairmen to council leaders in June when requesting nominations for NHS board appointments, together with accompanying documentation in each case.
(27811)
234  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his oral Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 139, how many acres of land in Colchester are planned to be disposed of by (a) the Department of Health, (b) the Regional Health Authority, (c) North Essex Health Authority, (d) Essex Rivers Healthcare Trust, (e) North Essex Mental Health Trust and (f) New Possibilities Health Trust.
(28005)
235  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his oral Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 139, if he will invite the three NHS trusts in the Colchester constituency to merge their property and estate portfolios.
(28006)
236  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to answer the letter from the honorable Member for Totnes of 15th December concerning Michael Ashley of Southdown College, Mill Lane, Brixham, and his treatment for haemophilia.
(27813)
237  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the requirement on general practitioners to maintain manual notes on patients so as to allow more efficient alternatives.
(28115)
238  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will require those establishments given project licences under the Animals (Scientific Procedure) Act 1986 to keep full records of animals bred for experimentation and subsequently destroyed or sold on without being so used.
(27542)
239  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the practice of MI5 of withholding all information from persons on whom records are held in respect of non-security matters; and what data protection requirements apply to MI5 in this respect.
(27543)
240  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his estimate of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii)1997-98 to date.
(27787)
241  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his estimate of the cost of Ministerial overseas travel in his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98 to date.
(26680)
242  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his current estimate of the expenditure of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on hospitality since 1st May 1997.
(27790)
243  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will make a statement.
(26679)
244  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on external consultants in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year; and if he will also estimate the cost savings resulting from the employment of such consultants for each of the above years.
(26675)
245  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list those items valued at more than £25 stolen or lost from his Department since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(27788)
246  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers and magazines in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will list the newspapers and magazines purchased or subscribed to on a regular basis.
(26678)
247  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the conferences held by his Department since 1st May 1997, giving in each case the (a) purpose and (b) estimated cost.
(27789)
248  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the rates of absenteeism in his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(26676)
249  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what expenditure has been incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies (a) in 1996-97 and (b) since 1st May 1997 on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research; if he will list the surveys commissioned and the purpose of each; and if he will make a statement.
(26674)
250  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his estimate of the cost of (a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year.
(27786)
251  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his estimate of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) his agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which he has responsibility, in (A) 1995-96, (B) 1996-97, (C) 1997-98 to date and (D) 1997-98 full year.
(26677)
252  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the current weekly cost of keeping a youngster in a secure unit.
(27937)
253  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the age of the youngest (a) male and (b) female being kept in a secure unit for young offenders in England and Wales, on 1st February.
(27939)
254  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) males and (b) females were held in secure units for young offenders in England and Wales, as of 1st February.
(27938)
255  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list by grade the number of officials in his Department at grade 3 or above who have (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1st May.
(27463)
256  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has held with the Department of Transport over use of the new format driving licence as an identity document; what representations he has received on this issue; and if he will make a statement.
(27527)
257  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions have resulted from the installation of speed cameras in the Dyfed Powys Police area; and what estimate he has made of their effect on the number of accidents on the roads concerned.
(27974)
258  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral Answer of 2nd February, Official Report, column 709, if he will specify those areas of local government activity which will show resource savings as a result of the implementation of statutory duties on local authorites as contained in the Crime and Disorder Bill [Lords], and estimate the amount of savings in each case.
(27945)
259  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penal institutions (a) regularly, (b) occasionally and (c) never allow drug-detecting dogs to roam during prison visit sessions.
(27513)
260  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the time elapse after which it is not possible to detect heroin in prisoners using present drug detecting equipment.
(27512)
261  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the results and dates of the last three mandatory drug tests in each penal institution in England by (a) numbers tested, (b) the number of tests found positive and (c) the percentage of positive tests.
(27517)
262  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the results and dates of the last three random drug tests in each penal institution in England by (a) numbers tested, (b) the number of tests found positive and (c) the percentage of positive tests.
(27516)
263  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the 250 firms of immigration advisors, including the 40 firms of solicitors, he referred to as unscrupulous in his oral Answer to the honourable Member for Dudley North of 2nd February, Official Report, column 704.
(27944)
264  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list, by each penal institution in the country the number of people charged with supplying drugs to prisoners and the number found guilty in the last year for which figures are available.
(27515)
265  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penal institutions have (a) more than three, (b) three, (c) two, (d) one and (e) no dogs trained to detect drugs.
(27514)
266  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many legal cases have been brought against the Government over the non-payment or late payment of compensation claims for surrendered handguns; and what was the outcome in each case.
(27697)
267  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many compensation claims arising from the surrender of handguns before (a) 1st August 1997, (b) 1st September 1997, (c) 1st October 1997 and (d) 1st November 1997 were not paid by 1st February 1998.
(27696)
268  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will review the powers of the courts to retrieve stolen property where it has inadvertently been returned to the offender and not to the owners.
(27996)
269  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents there have been in the past year where the police have returned stolen property to the offender and not to the owner of the property; and what action has been taken to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.
(27995)
270  
  
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what medical advice he has received in relation to the use of gas canisters by the police since their introduction.
(28161)
271  
  
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the use by the police of metal retractable batons.
(28166)
272  
  
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessments of injuries sustained by members of the public he has evaluated since the introduction of CS gas canisters.
(28163)
273  
  
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessments of injuries sustained by the public his Department has evaluated since the introduction of new-style retractable metal batons.
(28165)
274  
  
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the use of CS gas canisters by the police.
(28164)
275  
  
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what medical advice his Department obtained prior to introducing the use of CS canisters by the police.
(28162)
276  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the current cost per week of keeping an inmate in a (a) high security prison, (b) a normal security prison, (c) an open prison and (d) a young offenders' institution.
(28239)
277  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what projections he has made of the prison population in each year to 2005.
(28013)
278  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy that asylum seekers should have a right to legal representation at appeal hearings.
(28185)
279  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial provision he is making to ensure that asylum appellants may receive legal representation for their appeals.
(28186)
280  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessement he has made of the effect on asylum appellants of his withdrawal of special funding from (a) the Immigration Advisory Service and (b) the Refugee Legal Centre.
(28187)
281  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have successfully appealed against the refusal of asylum since 1992.
(28184)
282  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department intends to accept MPC valuations for handguns compensation.
(28281)
283  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister intends to answer the letters from the honourable Member for Truro and St. Austell on behalf of Mr and Mrs Capell, 8 Wedgewood Road, St. Austell, dated 27th November and 22nd December.
(27953)
284  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the anticipated average period from receipt of claims for payment of compensation for handguns surrendered (i) under section (a), (ii) under section (b), (iii) under section (c) and (d) for .22 handguns.
(28280)
285  
N  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd February, Official Report, column 529, on expenditure on police, by how much his proposals for the overall spending of police authorities for 1998-99 increase the proposed budget under the previous administration's spending plans.
(27814)
286  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what special arrangements are available to help women's prisons which do not share a site with a men's prison to accommodate their requirements for maternity leave among prison officers.
(28007)
287  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is her current estimate of the expenditure of her Department, its agencies and non departmental public bodies on hospitality since 1st May 1997.
(27735)
288  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is her estimate of the expenditure of her (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on external consultants in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year; and if she will also estimate the cost savings resulting from the employment of such consultants for each of the above years.
(26647)
289  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is her estimate of the cost of (a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis, in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year.
(27731)
290  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is her estimate of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non departmental public bodies, in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii)1997-98 to date.
(27732)
291  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is her estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by her Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if she will make a statement.
(26651)
292  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will estimate the rates of absenteeism in her (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98 to date; and if she will make a statement.
(26648)
293  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the conferences held by her Department since 1st May 1997, giving in each case the (a) purpose and (b) estimated cost.
(27734)
294  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is her estimate of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) her Department, (ii) agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which she has responsibility, in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year.
(26649)
295  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is her estimate of the cost of Ministerial overseas travel in her Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98 to date.
(26646)
296  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list those items valued at more than £25 stolen or lost from her Department since 1st May 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(27733)
297  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is her estimate of the expenditure of her Department on newspapers and magazines in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if she will list the newspapers and magazines purchased or subscribed to on a regular basis.
(26650)
298  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list by grade the number of officials in her Department at grade 3 or above who have (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1st May.
(27452)
299  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list which Ministers in her Department have made overseas visits and to which countries since 1st May.
(27821)
300  
  
Mr Bill Michie (Sheffield, Heeley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to recognise and support development education at a local level.
(28234)
301  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what was the overall level of EU aid to (a) India, (b) Nepal, (c) Sri Lanka, (d) Pakistan, (e) Afghanistan, (f) Bangladesh and (g) other South Asian countries in each of the last three years.
(27947)
302  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with his EU partners, concerning aid to (a) India, (b) Nepal, (c) Sri Lanka, (d) Pakistan, (e) Afghanistan, (f) Bangladesh and (g) other South Asian countries.
(27946)
303  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will estimate the rates of absenteeism in his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(26669)
304  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is his current estimate of the expenditure of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on hospitality since 1st May 1997.
(27795)
305  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is his estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will make a statement.
(26672)
306  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is his estimate of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii)1997-98 to date.
(27792)
307  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is his estimate of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) his agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which he has responsibility, in (A) 1995-96, (B) 1996-97, (C) 1997-98 to date and (D) 1997-98 full year.
(26670)
308  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers and magazines (a) in 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will list the newspapers and magazines purchased or subscribed to on a regular basis.
(26671)
309  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list those items valued at more than £25 stolen or lost from his Department since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(27793)
310  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on external consultants in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year; and if he will also estimate the cost savings resulting from the employment of such consultants for each of the above years.
(26668)
311  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what expenditure has been incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies (a) in 1996-97 and (b) since 1st May 1997 on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research; if he will list the surveys commissioned and the purpose of each; and if he will make a statement.
(26667)
312  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the conferences held by his Department since 1st May 1997, giving in each case the (a) purpose and (b) estimated cost.
(27794)
313  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is his estimate of the cost of (a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year.
(27791)
314  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is his estimate of the cost of Ministerial overseas travel in his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98 to date.
(26673)
315  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list by grade the number of officials in his Department at grade 3 or above who have (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1st May.
(27459)
316  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what volume of work was undertaken in (a) Shrewsbury and (b) Telford county courts each year since 1990.
(27934)
317  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what spare capacity there is in Telford County Court.
(27933)
318  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what (a) number and (b) percentage of members of the judiciary and other consultees who were asked for an opinion on the suitability of applicants for silk, declined to express an opinion in the last year for which figures are available.
(28176)
319  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how many times he has visited the Millennium Dome Project site in Greenwich since 2nd May 1997.
(28024)
320  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how he intends to involve a representative selection of young people in the Millennium Dome project.
(28229)
321  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how many meetings he has had with the Prime Minister since 2nd May 1997.
(28026)
322  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how many meetings he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer since 2nd May 1997.
(28025)
323  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how the eight year old consultant on the Millennium Dome was appointed; how many other applicants were considered; and what criteria were used for the appointment.
(28027)
324  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how many press briefings he has attended since 2nd May 1997.
(28015)
325  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how many meetings he has had with the Secretary of State for Health since 2nd May 1997.
(28014)
326  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what assessment his Department has made of the advantages of installing photovoltaic solar cells in the Millennium Dome; and what proposals there are to use photovoltaic technology (a) in the Millennium Dome and (b) in the Millennium Experience exhibition.
(28202)
327  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is her estimate of the cost of (a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis, in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year.
(27741)
328  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is her estimate of the cost of Ministerial overseas travel in her Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98 to date.
(26610)
329  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will estimate the rates of absenteeism in her (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98 to date; and if she will make a statement.
(26606)
330  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is her estimate of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non departmental public bodies, in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii)1997-98 to date.
(27742)
331  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is her estimate of the cost of Ministerial overseas travel in her Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98 to date.
(26604)
332  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is her estimate of the expenditure of her Department on newspapers and magazines (a) in 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if she will list the newspapers and magazines purchased or subscribed to on a regular basis.
(26608)
333  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list those items valued at more than £25 stolen or lost from her Department since 1st May 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(27743)
334  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the conferences held by her Department since 1st May 1997, giving in each case the (a) purpose and (b) estimated cost.
(27744)
335  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is her estimate of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) her Department, (ii) agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which she has responsibility, in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year.
(26607)
336  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is her estimate of the expenditure of her (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on external consultants in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year; and if she will also estimate the cost savings resulting from the employment of such consultants for each of the above years.
(26605)
337  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is her estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by her Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if she will make a statement.
(26609)
338  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is her current estimate of the expenditure of her Department, its agencies and non departmental public bodies on hospitality since 1st May 1997.
(27745)
339  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list by grade the number of officials in her Department at grade 3 or above who have (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1st May.
(27451)
340  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which district councils have submitted Section 31 Reviews to the Fair Employment Commission.
(27954)
341  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which district councils did not neet the requirements of the Fair Employment (NI) Act 1989 in respect of affirmative action and outreach programmes in the recent monitoring reviews; and what action will be taken in respect of them.
(27955)
342  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what factors underlay the delays in effecting inter-jurisdictional transfers of prisoners between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.
(27544)
343  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list those items valued at more than £25 stolen or lost from his Department since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(27808)
344  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Prime Minister, what is his estimate of the cost of (a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year.
(27806)
345  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Prime Minister, what is his current estimate of the expenditure of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on hospitality since 1st May 1997.
(27810)
346  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the conferences held by his Department since 1st May 1997, giving in each case the (a) purpose and (b) estimated cost.
(27809)
347  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Prime Minister, what meetings he has had with Mr Gavyn Davies of Goldman Sachs in the last three months; and if he will make a statement.
(27689)
348  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Prime Minister, what is his estimate of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii)1997-98 to date.
(27807)
349  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Prime Minister, if Mr Gavyn Davies of Goldman Sachs will be part of the Government team visiting the United States of America this week; in what capacity he will be attending the talks in Washington; and if he will make a statement.
(27691)
350  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Prime Minister, what contact there has been between the No. 10 Downing Street Policy Unit and Mr Gavyn Davies of Goldman Sachs over the last three months; and if he will make a statement.
(27690)
351  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Prime Minister, what guidelines he has issued about the granting of diplomatic immunity to Ministers on overseas visits.
(27254)
352  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the (a) officials and (b) industrialists who accompanied him on his recent visit to Japan; and if he will list those (i) Ministers, (ii) officials and (iii) industrialists his delegation met during the visit.
(28240)
353  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is his estimate of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii)1997-98 to date.
(27767)
354  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is his estimate of the cost of Ministerial overseas travel in his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98 to date.
(26645)
355  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers and magazines in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will list the newspapers and magazines purchased or subscribed to on a regular basis.
(26643)
356  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is his estimate of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) his agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which he has responsibility, in (A) 1995-96, (B) 1996-97, (C) 1997-98 to date and (D) 1997-98 full year.
(26642)
357  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is his estimate of the cost of (a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year.
(27766)
358  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the conferences held by his Department since 1st May 1997, giving in each case the (a) purpose and (b) estimated cost.
(27769)
359  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is his estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will make a statement.
(26644)
360  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what expenditure has been incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies (a) in 1996-97 and (b) since 1st May 1997 on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research; if he will list the surveys commissioned and the purpose of each; and if he will make a statement.
(26639)
361  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is his current estimate of the expenditure of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on hospitality since 1st May 1997.
(27770)
362  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will estimate the rates of absenteeism in his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(26641)
363  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on external consultants in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year; and if he will also estimate the cost savings resulting from the employment of such consultants for each of the above years.
(26640)
364  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list those items valued at more than £25 stolen or lost from his Department since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(27768)
365  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list by grade the number of officials in his Department at grade 3 or above who have (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1st May.
(27456)
366  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the projected annual budget of the Scottish representative office in Brussels; and under whose instructions it will operate.
(27518)
367  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list those items valued at more than £25 stolen or lost from her Department since 1st May 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(27748)
368  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is her estimate of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) her Department, (ii) agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which she has responsibility, in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year.
(26621)
369  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list the conferences held by her Department since 1st May 1997, giving in each case the (a) purpose and (b) estimated cost.
(27749)
370  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate the rates of absenteeism in her (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98 to date; and if she will make a statement.
(26620)
371  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is her estimate of the cost of Ministerial overseas travel in her Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98 to date.
(26618)
372  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is her estimate of the cost of (a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis, in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year.
(27746)
373  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is her estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by her Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if she will make a statement.
(26623)
374  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is her estimate of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non departmental public bodies, in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii)1997-98 to date.
(27747)
375  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is her estimate of the expenditure of her Department on newspapers and magazines in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if she will list the newspapers and magazines purchased or subscribed to on a regular basis.
(26622)
376  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is her estimate of the expenditure of her (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on external consultants in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year; and if she will also estimate the cost savings resulting from the employment of such consultants for each of the above years.
(26619)
377  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is her current estimate of the expenditure of her Department, its agencies and non departmental public bodies on hospitality since 1st May 1997.
(27750)
378  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd December, Official Report, column 465, for the period 23rd July 1997 to 23rd January 1998, how many (a) letters were sent out to lone parents, (b) lone parents attended interviews or booked appointments, (c) lone parents agreed to continue to participate following an interview, (d) lone parents found jobs, (e) lone parents failed to respond to the initial letter sent to them and (f) lone parents declined to participate following an interview with a personal adviser.
(27540)
379  
  
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many Social Fund applications for (a) grants and (b) loans have been turned down by local benefits agencies in Blyth Valley since 1994.
(28213)
380  
  
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many families are on (a) income support and (b) family credit in Blyth Valley.
(28207)
381  
  
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the estimated level of social security fraud in Blyth Valley benefits agencies in 1996-97.
(28212)
382  
  
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many Social Fund funeral payments were awarded in Blyth Valley in each year since 1990.
(28209)
383  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list by grade the number of officials in her Department at grade 3 or above who have (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1st May.
(27450)
384  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many lone parents who have obtained work through the New Deal for Lone Parents scheme are aged (a) between 21 and 25, (b) between 26 and 30, (c) between 31 and 35, (e) between 36 and 40 and (f) over 40 years of age.
(27699)
385  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many lone parents through the New Deal for Lone Parents (a) have been sent letters, (b) have obtained employment and (c) of those who obtained employment were in full-time employment on 1st February.
(27698)
386  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Welfare to Work policies on people suffering from brain injuries.
(27952)
387  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what research she has commissioned into the employment propsects of people suffering from brain injuries.
(27950)
388  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what recent representations she has received from individuals and organisations concerning disability benefits for people suffering from brain injuries.
(27951)
389  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make a statement on the meetings of 17th December between her Minister and (a) the Social Affairs Commissioner in Strasbourg and (b) Members of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee in the European Parliament.
(27700)
390  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate the saving to the Exchequer from unclaimed income support in respect of pensioners; how much has been spent by her Department directly on advertising income support entitlement to the elderly; and if she will make a statement.
(27894)
391  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make a statement on the basis on which estimates of the annual cost of benefit fraud are made.
(27923)
392  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what would be the cost in 1998-99 of paying the full mortgage interest costs of income support recipients from the first day of a claim.
(28017)
393  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what would be the saving in public expenditure in (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000 and (c) 2000-01 if income support assistance with mortgage interest costs were not available until (i) 12 months and (ii) 18 months, into an income support claim.
(28016)
394  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what would be the cost to the Exchequer of introducing a mortgage benefit scheme which treated low income homebuyers not on income support in the same way as low income renters are treated under the housing benefit system.
(28018)
395  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will list the gross domestic product of Cornwall for each year since 1968.
(28177)
396  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is her current estimate of the expenditure of her Department, its agencies and non departmental public bodies on hospitality since 1st May 1997.
(27780)
397  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will estimate the rates of absenteeism in her (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98 to date; and if she will make a statement.
(26594)
398  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the conferences held by her Department since 1st May 1997, giving in each case the (a) purpose and (b) estimated cost.
(27779)
399  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is her estimate of the cost of Ministerial overseas travel in her Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98 to date.
(26598)
400  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list those items valued at more than £25 stolen or lost from her Department since 1st May 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(27778)
401  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is her estimate of the expenditure of her Department on newspapers and magazines in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if she will list the newspapers and magazines purchased or subscribed to on a regular basis.
(26596)
402  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what expenditure has been incurred by her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies (a) in 1996-97 and (b) since 1st May 1997 on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research; if she will list the surveys commissioned and the purpose of each; and if she will make a statement.
(26592)
403  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is her estimate of the cost of (a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis, in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year.
(27776)
404  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is her estimate of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) her Department, (ii) agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which she has responsibility, in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year.
(26595)
405  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is her estimate of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non departmental public bodies, in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii)1997-98 to date.
(27777)
406  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is her estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by her Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if she will make a statement.
(26597)
407  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is her estimate of the expenditure of her (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on external consultants in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year; and if she will also estimate the cost savings resulting from the employment of such consultants for each of the above years.
(26593)
408  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the future of the KONVER programme; and what alternative funding the Government will make available to help those made redundant from defence related industries when the KONVER programme ends.
(27539)
409  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when the Minister for Science, Energy and Industry plans to reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Easington dated 6th January concerning a reduction in concessionary coal entitlement for retired, redundant miners and widows of miners; and if she will make a statement.
(27956)
410  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list by grade the number of officials in her Department at grade 3 or above who have (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1st May.
(27453)
411  
  
Ms Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what statutory provision covers changes to a public electricity supplier's licence in the event of a takeover bid for a regional electricity company.
(28160)
412  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what checks will be made on businesses before Millennium Safe logos are issued to them for use on their products.
(27819)
413  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, upon what basis the Millennium Safe logo will be issued to businesses.
(27816)
414  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what organisation is issuing the Millennium Safe logo; and how many have so far been issued.
(27818)
415  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps will be taken to prevent the Millennium Safe logo being used by businesses which are not millennium compliant.
(27817)
416  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the extension of working time controls to sectors excluded from the Working Time Directive.
(27529)
417  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on her Department's support for clean coal technology.
(25721)
418  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what proportion of bad debts ECGD is assuming on its Asian risks; and what was the corresponding figure in May 1997.
(27860)
419  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what was the average premium rate for Indonesian ECGD cover (a) before and (b) after the December 1997 risk assessment.
(27856)
420  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if the latest Hawk jet order was granted ECGD cover before the December 1997 re-assessment of Indonesian risk.
(27859)
421  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many submissions her Department has received expressing the view that differentials will be restored in whole or part following the imposition of a minimum wage.
(27895)
422  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when the last ECGD risk assessments were made for Singapore; and what changes were made to the premium rates as a result.
(27858)
423  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what proportion of total Asian ECGD risk is sovereign risk.
(27857)
424  
  
Mr Malcolm Savidge (Aberdeen North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, which nuclear waste storage facilities at Dounreay have been assessed to be unsafe; what is the estimated cost of clearing these up; which of these are still having waste added to them; and if she will estimate the effect of this on those costs.
(27998)
425  
  
Mr Malcolm Savidge (Aberdeen North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will assess the desirability of suspending particular categories of operations at Dounreay.
(27999)
426  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the arms for which licences for export to (a) Morocco, (b) Somalia, (c) Western Sahara, (d) Uganda, (e) Mozambique, (f) Zimbabwe, (g) Zambia, (h) Botswana, (i) Nambia and (j) Liberia have been granted since 1st May 1997.
(28000)
427  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the countries to which goods covered by Category PL5001 under Export of Goods (Control) orders have been exported since 1st May 1997.
(28001)
428  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has received on the bid by Nomura International for the Energy Group plc, with particular reference to matters relating to documentation.
(28236)
429  
  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will call in the plan to operate a mox plant at Sellafield.
(28275)
430  
  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the financial consequences of recovering plutonium from spent nuclear reactor fuel.
(28278)
431  
  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the forecast demand for the mixed plutonium and uranium oxide fuel from the mox plant at Sellafield; and which countries (a) have signed contracts and (b) expressed interest in contracting for the purchase of fuel.
(28272)
432  
  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if it is her Department's normal practice to write off the capital cost of construction of a plant when considering its future viability; and what assessment she has made of the adoption of this practice by PA Consulting in its report on the mox plant at Sellafield.
(28279)
433  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what expenditure has been incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies (a) in 1996-97 and (b) since 1st May 1997 on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research; if he will list the surveys commissioned and the purpose of each; and if he will make a statement.
(26611)
434  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list those items valued at more than £25 stolen or lost from his Department since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(27738)
435  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his estimate of the cost of (a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year.
(27736)
436  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his estimate of the cost of Ministerial overseas travel in his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98 to date.
(26617)
437  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the conferences held by his Department since 1st May 1997, giving in each case the (a) purpose and (b) estimated cost.
(27739)
438  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on external consultants in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98 to date and (iv) 1997-98 full year; and if he will also estimate the cost savings resulting from the employment of such consultants for each of the above years.
(26612)
439  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his estimate of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers and magazines in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will list the newspapers and magazines purchased or subscribed to on a regular basis.
(26615)
440  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his estimate of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii)1997-98 to date.
(27737)
441  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his estimate of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) his agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which he has responsibility, in (A) 1995-96, (B) 1996-97, (C) 1997-98 to date and (D) 1997-98 full year.
(26614)
442  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his current estimate of the expenditure of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on hospitality since 1st May 1997.
(27740)
443  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will estimate the rates of absenteeism in his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies, for (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(26613)
444  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will make a statement.
(26616)
445  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list by grade the number of officials in his Department at grade 3 or above who have (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1st May.
(27465)
446  
  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has received on the impact on Wales of reform of European Union structural funds.
(28167)
447  
  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many new homes are planned in each of the unitary authorities in 1998.
(28242)
448  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what measures he is taking to reduce the suicide rate of farmers in rural Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(28008)
449  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many cases of alleged racism regarding the Welsh language have been reported to the Commission for Racial Equality during the past five years; how many have been acted upon; and if he will make a statement.
(27973)
450  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he is taking to reduce the waiting times in casualty units in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(27970)
451  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many teachers in each local education authority in Wales have had their employment terminated during the past year.
(28011)
452  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what has been the change in the level of education expenditure by each local education authority in the last year against the previous year.
(28012)
453  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many cases of meningitis have been reported in Wales during the past three years; what proportion of these cases were students; and if he will make a statement.
(27971)
454  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to expand provision for information technology in Welsh schools.
(28174)
455  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has received on the impact of the changes in the distribution formula for the Welsh Office's funding of local government in Wales from the poorest unitary authorities, with particular reference to social deprivation and council tax income; and what further consideration he is giving to this matter.
(27997)
456  
  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the average price obtained by farmers in Wales for (a) lamb, (b) beef and (c) milk for each year since 1990.
(28274)
457  
  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the average net annual income from 1989-90 to 1996-97 of (a) dairy farmers, (b) beef farmers, (c) sheep farmers and (d) farmers in less favoured areas in Wales.
(28273)
458  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what percentage of businesses her Department anticipates will fail to be millennium compliant by 2000; and what assessment she has made of the impact of single currency demands on programmers on millennium compliance.
[Transferred] (27530)
459  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what attempts are made by Her Majesty's Government to assess the adequacy of disposal facilities and plans for radioactive waste management in countries using United Kingdom reprocessing facilities in advance of approving applications for the import of spent nuclear fuel for reprocessing under contracts which include a return-to-sender commitment covering radioactive waste arising from reprocessing.
[Transferred] (27989)
460  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the meeting he attended in January in Latvia with heads of European governments on environmental policy co-ordination.
[Transferred] (28203)
461  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide a comparative list of district health authorities, or combinations of district health authorities, as constituted before and after 1st April 1996.
[Transferred] (28003)
462  
  
Ms Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will raise with the IMF the percentage of Nicaraguan families headed by unwaged women in respect of the negotiations of the Structural Adjustment Fund.
[Transferred] (28117)
463  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the redistribution of income between couples if family credit is replaced by the proposed working families tax credit paid to the principal earner.
[Transferred] (28182)


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