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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Friday 6 February 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 6 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 Friday 6 February, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Monday 9 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.
 


 
FRIDAY 6th FEBRUARY
1  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy towards the principle of relative stability.
(28122)
2  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the operation of his Department's policy regarding the application of relative stability (a) up to the end of and (b) beyond 2002.
(28119)
3  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the anticipated additional tonnage of (a) cod, (b) plaice, (c) saithe and (d) whiting that will be discarded from British-registered fishing vessels as a result of (i) recent changes in enforcement measures and (ii) the proposed restrictions on the landing of black fish.
(28123)
4  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has for a campaign to promote the sale of British farm products in supermarkets and local shops.
(28374)
5  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to encourage the public to support British farmers by buying British produce.
(28456)
6  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assistance he plans to provide to those rural communities which are dependent upon agriculture during the present farming crisis.
(28457)
7  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) his Department have had with the Ministry of Defence about the supply of British (i) beef and (ii) lamb to HM Forces; and if he will make a statement.
(28260)
8  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons he has postponed the implementation of the prohibition of green top milk; what is the nature of his review of green top milk; and if he will make a statement.
(27963)
9  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimates he has made of the cost of implementing the recommendations contained in the Krebs Report on badgers and bovine TB.
(28028)
10  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the cost of compensation payments to farmers for cattle infected with tuberculosis in each of the last five years.
(28030)
11  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list by county (a) the number of dairy herds, (b) the number of tuberculosis herd tests in 1997 and (c) the target intended for testing herds.
(28032)
12  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list by county the total number of herds affected by tuberculosis outbreaks in 1997, separately identifying those where no previous outbreak had been recorded for 10 years.
(28029)
13  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he proposes to take to assist poultry farmers in respect of increases in costs arising from the ban on the use of mammalian meat and bone meal in poultry feed.
(28031)
14  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what amount of Brazilian mahogany has been (a) acquired and (b) specified by his Department in (i) 1996 and (ii) 1997; and for what purpose.
(28381)
15  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he will take to ensure that additional payments are made to farmers who will receive less green pound compensation under the scheme of 3rd February 1998 than under the scheme of 22nd December 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(28263)
16  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will estimate how many farmers in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland will receive (i) additional, (ii) lower and (iii) the same level of compensation under the package announced on 3rd February 1998 compared to the package of 22nd December 1997; how many of these will lose (1) more than £5,000, (2) between £1,000 and £5,000 and (3) less than £1,000; and if he will make a statement.
(28262)
17  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will provide a breakdown for (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) Wales of the green pound compensation that was to be made available under the package announced on 22nd December 1997, and the new levels of compensation available for each nation under the green pound compensation package announced on 3rd February 1998; if he will state the differences between the figures under the two schemes in each case; if he will provide a breakdown of these figures for the hill livestock sector; and if he will make a statement.
(28261)
18  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for each year since 1987 the number of incidents where monitoring has shown that safe levels of lubricant in food processing have been exceeded.
(27957)
19  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the criteria that apply to (a) direct contact and (b) non-direct contact food lubricants in respect of animal fat content.
(27959)
20  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement about the (a) licensing, (b) safety and (c) toxicity of food lubricants.
(27961)
21  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list those lubricants licensed for direct contact with food.
(27958)
22  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list those lubricants (a) licensed for use and (b) known to be used in the food industry.
(27960)
23  
N  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the average net annual income for farmers in England from 1989-90 to date.
(28283)
24  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what amount of Brazilian mahogany has been (a) acquired and (b) specified by his Department in (i) 1996 and (ii) 1997; and for what purpose.
(28390)
25  
  
Sir Patrick Cormack (South Staffordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many projects allocated funds by the National Heritage Memorial Fund have not claimed their full grants; what is the total sum involved; and what percentage this represents of the money allocated.
(28512)
26  
  
Sir Patrick Cormack (South Staffordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the total sum allocated for heritage projects since the inception of the National Lottery; and how many projects have been assisted.
(28511)
27  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the date of publication for the Government's review of admissions policy to museums.
(28189)
28  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 133, if any of the nine international events will be staged in (a) the North West or (b) Lancashire.
(28454)
29  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 133, if he will list the locations for each of the successful bids for events to be held in the United Kingdom later this year.
(28455)
30  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, from what budget the financial settlement to Mr Peter Davis in respect of his resignation as Director General of the National Lottery will come.
(28601)
31  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what restrictions on public statements on his resignation were agreed to by Mr Peter Davis as part of his resignation settlement.
(28600)
32  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what amount of Brazilian mahogany has been (a) acquired and (b) specified by his Department in (i) 1996 and (ii) 1997; and for what purpose.
(28380)
33  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish details of the (a) consultations and (b) meetings which led to the awarding of the licence to run the National Lottery to Camelot.
(28599)
34  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of total annual savings resulting from spend to save decisions being delayed due to the Strategic Defence Review.
(28324)
35  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of Ministry of Defence (P E) projects have been delayed by the need to conform to annualised budgeting in each of the years 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96 and 1996-97.
(28322)
36  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of Ministry of Defence (P E) projects have incurred cost increases due to delay owing to annualised Ministry of Defence budgeting in each of the years 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, and 1996-97.
(28321)
37  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the annual foregone efficiency saving resulting from the delay to new construction at Ministry of Defence (P E) Abbey Wood caused by the Strategic Defence Review.
(28323)
38  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the value of new export contracts secured by the British defence industry between 1st May and 31st December 1997.
(28311)
39  
N  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the estimated cost of the proposed remote ammunition facility at Bull Point, Plymouth.
(27056)
40  
N  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the function of the proposed remote ammunition facility at Bull Point, Plymouth; if its design will allow for the other uses; and which other uses would be covered by Crown immunity.
(27057)
41  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 244, if he will make a statement on progress to date on his review into the release of details of military assistance provided to other countries; and when he expects the review to be completed.
(28495)
42  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his policy on the clearance of minefields in the Falkland Islands; and if he will make a statement.
(28222)
43  
  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list those schools in Northumberland with class sizes of over 30.
(28450)
44  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make it his policy to provide funding support for the compulsory training of gas installation industry employees.
(28462)
45  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on whether OFSTED has made a comparison between its judgments of inspected schools' performance and a corresponding value added assessment based upon longitudinal pupil records in those LEA areas where such value added data is available.
(28519)
46  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what were OFSTED's definitions for each school year from 1993-94 judgments in, inspection reports stating pupils' achievements of Key Stage 2, were (i) in line with national expectations, (ii) below national expectations, (iii) in line with national standards, (iv) below national standards, (v) in line with national norms, (vi) below national norms, (vii) in line with national averages and (viii) below national averages.
(28520)
47  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if it is part of the official remit of OFSTED to ascertain from inspection whether schools are satisfying the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum.
(28521)
48  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to establish equity of funding for all post-16 students.
(28471)
49  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what response he has made to the recommendation of the National Advisory Committee on Lifelong Learning on a common inspection framework for schools and further education colleges.
(28474)
50  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to establish a national framework for strategic planning of post-compulsory education at national, regional and local levels.
(28472)
51  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to improve the accountability of further education corporations to the communities in which their colleges are located.
(28473)
52  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the date of publication for the White Paper on Special Educational Needs.
(28216)
53  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the date of publication of the White Paper on Life Long Learning.
(28215)
54  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list each education action zone established since 1st May.
(28191)
55  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what additional funding he is making available to Shropshire Local Education Authority; and how the decision was announced.
(28451)
56  
N  
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many additional out-of-school childcare clubs have been started since he announced the Lottery-financed initiative to provide them.
(28259)
57  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what consultations his Department has undertaken on the Health and Safety aspects of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 as far as access to cinemas is concerned.
(28249)
58  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidelines his Department (a) issued before the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and (b) has issued since the passing of the Act concerning the access by disabled people to cinemas.
(28247)
59  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what information his Department has distributed to cinemas concerning the requirements placed upon them by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and the timescale within which those requirements must be satisfied.
(28248)
60  
  
Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the (a) amount and (b) proportion of overall budget spent by each training and enterprise council on administration, in (i) 1994-95, (ii) 1995-96 and (iii) 1996-97.
(28498)
61  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what amount of Brazilian mahogany has been (a) acquired and (b) specified by his Department in (i) 1996 and (ii) 1997; and for what purpose.
(28377)
62  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the 12 English local authorities, in each class, with the highest 1997-98 budget requirement over standard spending assessment in (i) cash and (ii) percentage terms.
(28256)
63  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the 30 English local authorities with the (a) worst and (b) best council house rent collection rates, (i) as a percentage of rent due net of benefit, (ii) as a percentage of gross rent due and (iii) as cash due, for the latest available year.
(28254)
64  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the 30 English local authorities with the (a) best and (b) worst council tax collection rates, (i) as a percentage of council tax due, and (ii) in cash terms for the latest available year.
(28255)
65  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the 30 English local authorities, in each class, with the (a) highest and (b) lowest (i) actual staffing levels and (ii) staffing levels per thousand of population.
(28252)
66  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the 12 English local authorities, in each class, with (a) the greatest outstanding debt and (b) the greatest outstanding debt per head of population.
(28251)
67  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the changes in (a) percentage and (b) actual terms in capping levels for the English police authorities in the next financial year.
(28258)
68  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the 30 English local authorities with the highest number of empty council houses (i) as a percentage of the total owned and (ii) in total.
(28253)
69  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the 12 English local authorities, in each class, with the greatest (a) increase and (b) decrease in (i) actual and (ii) percentage terms in their standard spending assessment for the coming financial year due to the change in treatment of debt outstanding in 1990.
(28250)
70  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the changes in (a) percentage and (b) actual terms in standard spending assessment for the English police authorities in the next financial year.
(28257)
71  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the Government's fulfilment of its obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity; and if he will make a statement.
(28315)
72  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment is made of the likely incidence of sham recovery, as defined by the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee, in its October 1997 report on the import and export of radioactive waste, when considering application from nuclear reprocessors to import spent nuclear fuel.
(28468)
73  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on participation in the international institutional arrangements for the implementation of the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy.
(28318)
74  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in what manner and with what frequency he will report to Parliament on the actions taken to meet the Government's obligations under the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy.
(28317)
75  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action the Government has taken to meet its obligations under the Action Plan for 1996-2000 for the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy.
(28316)
76  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to respond to the recommendation of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee that the Government should address the circumstances in which radioactive sources should be defined as wastes.
(28469)
77  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if HM Government has (a) made and (b) proposes objection to the contents of the draft Verwood, Three Legged Cross and St. Leonards and St. Ives Local Plan.
(28523)
78  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what forecast was made prior to construction of the cost of claims for purchase or compensation for landholders affected by the A31 Ashley Heath improvements.
(28526)
79  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what were the noise predictions made before construction started on the A31 Ashley Heath improvement in respect of the impact upon properties in St. Ives Wood; and what were the noise levels recorded after construction was complete.
(28524)
80  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the Government will direct East Dorset District Council to withdraw the Verwood draft local plan.
(28482)
81  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many claims for purchase or compensation have been made by householders in respect of the impact of the A31 Ashley Heath improvement; and how many have so far been settled, and at what cost.
(28525)
82  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will introduce a maximum period within which a local authority has to adopt a draft plan after completion of all stages prior to adoption; and if he will make a statement.
(28481)
83  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what additional cost has been incurred compared with budget forecasts as a result of errors made in the calculation of noise predictions in respect of the A31 road improvement at Ashby Heath.
(28479)
84  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will take steps to make the Index of Local Conditions more sensitive to rural poverty.
(28373)
85  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what meetings Ministers and officials have held with members of the Yes" campaign for a Mayor of London.
(28190)
86  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the Government funding for the Yes" campaign for a Mayor of London.
(28192)
87  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consultations he has held with the Countryside Commission over the future of Thame and Hatfield Moors; what advice the Commission gave; and if he will make a statement.
(28458)
88  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many units of social housing have been built in the Portsmouth City Council area in each of the last five years.
(27546)
89  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the total number of registered homeless people in the Portsmouth City Council area.
(27547)
90  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people have been accepted on to the homeless register of Portsmouth City Council in each of the last five years.
(27548)
91  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much money has been allocated by (a) his Department and (b) the Housing Corporation to support new social housing in the Portsmouth City Council area in each of the last five years.
(27549)
92  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received in the last three years from (a) public bodies, (b) voluntary organisations, (c) the private sector and (d) local associations in the Portsmouth City Council area about housing needs in that area.
(27550)
93  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many properties formerly owned by Government departments have been made available to (a) the council and (b) housing associations in the Portsmouth City Council area.
(27551)
94  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people are on the housing waiting list of the Portsmouth City Council; and what were the equivalent figures at the same time in each of the last five years.
(27552)
95  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people are on the housing transfer list of the Portsmouth City Council; and what were the equivalent figures at the same time in each of the last five years.
(27897)
96  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the number of properties that are underoccupied in Portsmouth; and if he will make a statement.
(27898)
97  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) the percentage of scheduled rail services cancelled or which failed to reach their final destination, (b) the percentage of scheduled rail services which ran to within 10 minutes of the scheduled arrival time and (c) the subsidy per 1,000 km of scheduled train mileage in (i) 1997 and (ii) 1992.
(28611)
98  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he has sought advice from the Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment for the purposes of the (a) Roads Review and (b) Integrated Transport White Paper.
(28452)
99  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will install speed cameras in South Newton on the A36(T); and what additional traffic management measures he will introduce there.
(28120)
100  
  
Mr Tony McNulty (Harrow East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will announce his decision on whether to call in the proposed ASDA development in Wealdstone, Harrow.
(28565)
101  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to ensure that the stretch of the Thames Path between Greenwich and the site of the Millennium Dome is tidied up and lit more effectively.
(28485)
102  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if radioactive material, whose destination is Sellafield, is routinely carried by aircraft whose flight paths cross Lancashire.
(28505)
103  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what independent scientific advice he has sought in respect of the optimum size of a waste to energy facility which will not undermine the potential for mechanical recovery of recyclables.
(28459)
104  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to choose a recycling route for waste management in place of incineration.
(28509)
105  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to encourage Railtrack and train operators to take responsibility for the packing waste generated by their retail activities.
(28483)
106  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what independent scientific advice he has evaluated on the quality of emissions from energy to waste facilities.
(28508)
107  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received on accelerating public inquiry procedures for waste incineration at waste to energy plants.
(28507)
108  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure that each local authority regularly receives the option of establishing a properly balanced waste management strategy.
(28460)
109  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research his Department has undertaken into the safety aspects of people buying alcohol from garages and petrol stations when driving.
(28325)
110  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what amount of Brazilian mahogany has been (a) acquired and (b) specified by his Department in (i) 1996 and (ii) 1997; and for what purpose.
(28388)
111  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress has been made on the public consultation on the Third Report on the Committee on Standards in Public Life Third (Cm 3702) announced by the Prime Minister on 8th July 1997.
(28313)
112  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received about the delay in introducing the Eurostar through service from Manchester to the Channel Tunnel; and if he will make a statement.
(28330)
113  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is his policy that a revised contract for the construction of a high speed rail link from the Channel Tunnel will continue to require (a) completion of the route in one phase, (b) termination at St Pancras with a direct link to the West Coast Main Line and (c) availability of the route for freight; and if he will make a statement.
(28335)
114  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when proposals to reform the Housing and Local Government Act 1989 relating to politically restricted posts will be brought forward; and if he will make a statement.
(28314)
115  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what criteria he will use in awarding the revised contract for the construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
(28604)
116  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what meetings he has had with Railtrack to discuss its involvement in the construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
(28602)
117  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many incidents there were in 1997 of power failure aboard trains (a) nationally and (b) in the Connex South Central region.
(28607)
118  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many incidents of electricity failures there were on Railtrack-owned track in 1997.
(28606)
119  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he had received in respect of Railtrack's interest in the construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
(28603)
120  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to tighten the regulatory regime under which Railtrack operates.
(28605)
121  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 648, if he will list the (i) trade associations, (ii) public agencies, (iii) organisations and (iv) individuals who have contributed to the production of the report on alcohol and tobacco smuggling, cross border shopping and fraud currently being prepared by HM Customs and Excise; and if he will make a statement.
(28527)
122  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 648, if the conclusions of the report on alcohol and tobacco smuggling, cross border shopping and fraud currently being prepared by HM Customs and Excise, and the views of independent retailers of tobacco on the subject of illegal re-sale of tobacco, imported from Belgium, will be considered in preparing his Budget statement.
(28580)
123  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, columns 647-8, on tobacco smuggling, if he will list the factors which account for the increase in the amount of tobacco smuggled, seized by HM Customs and Excise year on year since 1993; and what plans he has to set targets in conjunction with his EU counterparts to reduce the amount of tobacco smuggled.
(28528)
124  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 648, if he will publish the original timetable for the publication of the report on alcohol and tobacco smuggling, cross border shopping and fraud currently being prepared by HM Customs and Excise; and if he will make a statement.
(28517)
125  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate HM Customs and Excise has made of the effect on the level of cigarette smuggling of the recent price increase.
(28510)
126  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the complement of established civil servants in the National Investigation Service of Customs and Excise; and what are the current numbers.
(28477)
127  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the total budget of the National Investigation Service of Customs and Excise for the current financial year; and what is the anticipated end of year outturn figure.
(28475)
128  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Paymaster General intends to take legal action against Business Age relating to the article about him on Friday 30th January.
(28038)
129  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if, following the setting of a minimum wage, the public sector will buy goods and services from overseas companies paying their employees less than the United Kingdom minimum wage.
(28127)
130  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what amount of Brazilian mahogany has been (a) acquired and (b) specified by his Department in (i) 1996 and (ii) 1997; and for what purpose.
(28382)
131  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 30th January, Official Report, column 439, which member states United Kingdom officials approached on the issue of Schengen opt-in procedures; and what exchange of documents took place.
(28513)
132  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral Answer to the honourable Member for Wrexham of 25th November, Official Report, column 755, when the agreement was reached that an amendment to Schengen opt-in procedures should be submitted in writing; if that agreement applied only to Schengen amendments; to whom the amendment would be submitted; and on what evidence he stated that no document was submitted.
(28221)
133  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 30th January, Official Report, column 438, if he will list those occasions where his political advisers undertook overseas visits at public expense; and what was the cost of and reason for each visit.
(28516)
134  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 30th January, Official Report, column 439, for what reasons Coreper discussed the opt-in procedure to Schengen on each occasion; at whose instigation; and on what dates.
(28515)
135  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral Answer to the honourable Member for Wrexham of 25th November, Official Record, column 754, for what reason it was agreed that an amendment to Schengen opt-in procedures could only be accepted if submitted in writing; and for what reason the subsequent change to the treaty did not follow this procedure.
(28220)
136  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his meeting at Denver with the Dutch Foreign Minister concerning the opt-in procedures for Schengen countries.
(28571)
137  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 30th January Official Report, column 440, if his Department has seen the documentary evidence submitted to the investigation on the circumstances surrounding the opt-in of Schengen applicant states.
(28219)
138  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 30th January, Official Report, column 439, for what reasons he consulted the Irish Foreign Minister on the issue of the Schengen opt-in procedure; if any joint approach was agreed; if there was agreement on the version of events; and if he will make a statement.
(28514)
139  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the nature and format of the Friends of the Presidency Group; when that body was founded; who were its members on 27th June; and what is its present make-up and mandate.
(28194)
140  
  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, from what budget the cost of the flight which Mrs Regan took from Heathrow to Edinburgh on 9th October was originally met.
(28331)
141  
  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what, and how many, files (a) were held in May 1997 and (b) are currently held by the Secret Intelligence Service and GCHQ concerning the Minister without Portfolio; and if they are planned to be destroyed.
(28593)
142  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to provide information to those under 18 years old on the European Union and its institutions.
(28375)
143  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what offers of assistance have been (a) received, (b) discussed and (c) accepted from the government of Argentina to assist British troops with mine clearance in the Falkland Islands.
(28224)
144  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions ministers or officials have had with the government of Argentina about clearance of mines in the Falkland Islands; and if he will make a statement.
(28223)
145  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what has been the average processing time of applications by non-EEA national family members applying for EEA permits since 1st February 1997.
(28300)
146  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many EEA family permits have been granted to non-EEA family nationals since 1st February 1997.
(28290)
147  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many non-EEA family member nationals have applied for EEA family permits since 1st February 1997; and how many were refused.
(28297)
148  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what amount of Brazilian mahogany has been (a) acquired and (b) specified by his Department in (i) 1996 and (ii) 1997; and for what purpose.
(28378)
149  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received over the decision of the US state of Texas to execute Karla Tucker.
(28572)
150  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on relations between Britain and Sri Lanka.
(28592)
151  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on British policy towards the civil conflict in Sri Lanka.
(28574)
152  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he made representations to the United States in respect of the execution of Karla Tucker; and if he will make a statement.
(28573)
153  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the charge upon public funds that will be made to mark the 50th year of the National Health Service.
(28608)
154  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the proportion of private beds in (a) each PFI contract approved and (b) each PFI contract being planned; and how many private and NHS beds there are in these contracts.
(28308)
155  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assumption concerning private sector income has been made in (a) each PFI contract approved and (b) each PFI contract being planned.
(28309)
156  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to commission further research on (a) the health impact of low level radiation and (b) the health effects of internal radiation.
(28467)
157  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the impact of low level radiation on genome stability.
(28466)
158  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to issue guidance on the standards of care for patients with multiple sclerosis.
(28118)
159  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list (a) the names, (b) the appointing authority and (c) the terms of office of the members of Barnet Community Health Council.
(28306)
160  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the date of publication for the Green Paper, Our Healthier Nation.
(28214)
161  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the date of publication for the White Paper on Long-Term Care.
(28217)
162  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the date of publication for the Utting Report.
(28218)
163  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to deal with shortfalls in GP recruitment; and if he will make a statement.
(28288)
164  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact on non-medical staff requirements of the implementation of GP commissioning; and if he will make a statement.
(28289)
165  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to respond to the letter from the honourable Member for Mid Worcestershire of 9th December concerning the future of Evesham Community Hospital; and if he will make a statement.
(28609)
166  
N  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve the quality of cervical cancer screening following the recall by Lincoln County Hospital of women whose smear test results were incorrectly reported.
(28034)
167  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations of female circumcision were carried out in the NHS in (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997.
(28486)
168  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what amount of Brazilian mahogany has been (a) acquired and (b) specified by his Department in (i) 1996 and (ii) 1997; and for what purpose.
(28386)
169  
  
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence he has assessed on the use of Nytol in conjunction with Ecstasy; and if he will make Nytol a prescription only drug.
(28499)
170  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people on average were employed in the EC group of the Immigration and Nationality Department between 1st February 1996 and 31st January 1997; and how many are currently employed in the group.
(28292)
171  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken in the UK to give legal effect to the right of Turkish workers as regards residence and employment in accordance with Article 6 (3) of the Association Council Decision 1/80 adopted under the Turkey/EC Association Agreement 1963 and its Protocol.
(28291)
172  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken in the UK to give legal effect to the decision of the European Court of Justice in the cases of Vander Elst [1994] ECR 1-3803 on the rights of third country national employees of service providers based in another member state to provide services in the UK.
(28302)
173  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for residence documents or endorsements by third country national spouses of Community nationals exercising Treaty rights have been refused on the basis that the Secretary of State considered the marriage to be one of convenience since 1st February 1997.
(28293)
174  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the length in time of residence documents or endorsements given to third country national spouses of EC nationals exercising Treaty rights who have been granted ILR.
(28305)
175  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate how many EC nationals have exercised Treaty rights of residence in the UK since 1st February 1997.
(28307)
176  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for residence permits for EC nationals exercising Treaty rights have been issued for a period of less that five years in the last five years.
(28295)
177  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the average time for consideration of applications for (a) residence documents for EU nationals and (b) residence documents or evidence of residence made by third country national family members of EC nationals exercising Treaty rights in the United Kingdom since 1st February 1997.
(28299)
178  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for residents' documents by (a) EC nationals and (b) third country national family members of EC nationals exercising Treaty rights have been (i) made and (ii) granted since 1st February 1997.
(28304)
179  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for (a) EEA family permits and (b) residence permits or leave to remain as the spouse of an EEA national exercising Treaty rights have been refused on the grounds that the entry clearance officer took the view that the marriage was one of convenience since 1st February 1997.
(28294)
180  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many letters have been sent to European Community nationals in the United Kingdom advising them that they are no longer considered to be exercising Treaty rights and should therefore leave the United Kingdom since 1st February 1997.
(28298)
181  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-EEA family members who arrived in possession of entry clearance holding an EEA family permit have been refused entry by immigration officers at the British port of entry since 1st February 1997.
(28296)
182  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports or identity documents purported to be issued by a member state presented by passengers on arrival in the UK have been the subject of inquiries with the authorities of the member state to determine (a) the document's genuineness and (b) that issue to the holder was correct since 1st February 1997.
(28301)
183  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to disclose all representations received from members of the Government relating to the destruction of files held on them by the security service.
(28037)
184  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons it is not his policy to specify the total numbers of representations received from (a) honourable Members and (b) other individuals in respect of the destructions of security service files.
(28121)
185  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd February, for what reasons it is not his policy to give information about any representations he has received from honourable Members, Ministers or from other sources in relation to the destruction of files held by the security service.
(28036)
186  
  
Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will include the loss of light due to high hedges as a category of neighbour nuisance in the Crime and Disorder Bill [Lords]; and if he will make a statement.
(28518)
187  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers police officers have to intervene to prevent contractors removing a vehicle in circumstances where the police believe no offence has been committed.
(28504)
188  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria govern the issue of licences to sell alcohol to garages and petrol stations.
(28310)
189  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research his Department has undertaken into the behaviour of people when buying alcohol from garages and petrol stations.
(28326)
190  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what amount of Brazilian mahogany has been (a) acquired and (b) specified by his Department in (i) 1996 and (ii) 1997; and for what purpose.
(28379)
191  
  
Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many flats and houses are empty on the Wormwood Scrubs site; for how long they have been empty; and what plans exist for their future use.
(28392)
192  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many, and what percentage of prisoners (a) nationally and (b) in Leicestershire are (i) of Asian origin and (ii) of Afro Caribbean origin.
(28578)
193  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the total number of prisoners in (a) Leicestershire and (b) each individual prison in Leicestershire.
(28575)
194  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many suicides there were in Leicestershire prisons in 1997.
(28576)
195  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of suicides in British prisons.
(28577)
196  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department has provided to Papua New Guinea to relieve the effects of the drought and prevent starvation; and if she will make a statement.
(28610)
197  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what amount of Brazilian mahogany has been (a) acquired and (b) specified by her Department in (i) 1996 and (ii) 1997; and for what purpose.
(28387)
198  
N  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he intends to reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Kingston and Surbiton dated 31st October 1997 concerning the case of Regina v Kelly and Thompson; and if he will make a statement on the reason for the delay in replying.
(28035)
199  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, where members of the public can obtain access to comprehensively indexed collection of determinations by immigration adjudicators.
(28303)
200  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what estimate he has made of the number of QCs who are non-practising.
(28503)
201  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is the greatest number of unsuccessful applications made for silk by a barrister in the last 10 years.
(28500)
202  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many High Court judges had their applications for silk rejected at their (a) first, (b) second and (c) third attempt.
(28506)
203  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is the shortest time a barrister has practised at the bar before taking silk in the last 10 years.
(28502)
204  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what was the greatest number of applications for silk made by an individual who has taken silk in the last 10 years.
(28501)
205  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many summonses for non-payment of a television licence have been heard at (a) Colchester and (b) Harwich magistrates' courts in the past 12 months.
(28579)
206  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what amount of Brazilian mahogany has been (a) acquired and (b) specified by his Department in (i) 1996 and (ii) 1997; and for what purpose.
(28391)
207  
N  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what studies (a) the Government and (b) the National Millennium Experience Company have undertaken on the impact of the Millennium Dome exhibition on other visitor attractions, with particular reference to those that do not benefit from central government grants; and if he will make them available to those attractions.
[R] (27289)
208  
  
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the RUC has established a forensic link between the gun used in the attempted murder of Mr Jackie Mahood and a gun used in previous shootings; and if she will list the shootings and the organisation believed to be responsible.
(28522)
209  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what amount of Brazilian mahogany has been (a) acquired and (b) specified by her Department in (i) 1996 and (ii) 1997; and for what purpose.
(28389)
210  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Council, what plans the Government has to restore Cabinet salary differentials over junior ministers; and over what timescale.
(28193)
211  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the Ministers, officials and others who accompanied him on his visit to Washington on 4th to 7th February, indicating the reasons why each attended, the itinerary of each and their travel and other expenses.
(28188)
212  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 4th February, Official Report, column 668, if he will ensure that the output of the Media Monitoring Unit is be placed in the Library, as soon as it is produced.
(28465)
213  
N  
Mr John Home Robertson (East Lothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he expects to reply to the Question tabled on 17th December from the honourable Member for East Lothian relating to Bankton House.
(27962)
214  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proposals he has to proceed with the boundary review for Scottish local authority elections; and if he will make a statement.
(28124)
215  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what amount of Brazilian mahogany has been (a) acquired and (b) specified by his Department in (i) 1996 and (ii) 1997; and for what purpose.
(28385)
216  
N  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the average net annual income for farmers in Scotland from 1989-90 to 1996-97.
(28282)
217  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the average length of time between the Child Support Agency receiving an application and a maintenance award being made (a) in all cases and (b) in cases where the absent parent is an absent parent to more than one parent with care.
(28596)
218  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what measures she proposes to take in cases where the absent parent is an absent parent to more than one parent with care, and when the second parent with care makes application to the CSA before the first parent with care's application is processed.
(28597)
219  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if, in a case where two parents with care make application to the Child Support Agency, with respect to the same absent parent, the first parent with care is given priority over the second.
(28598)
220  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what has been the total bill for housing benefit payments in each of the last five years in the Portsmouth City Council area.
(27545)
221  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) current and (b) future pensioners own personal pension plans.
(28476)
222  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the percentage take up for each benefit; and what would be the additional cost, by each benefit, if there were full take up.
(28560)
223  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what amount of Brazilian mahogany has been (a) acquired and (b) specified by her Department in (i) 1996 and (ii) 1997; and for what purpose.
(28383)
224  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make it her policy to introduce tighter restrictions on the sale of second-hand gas appliances.
(28569)
225  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, for what reasons Her Majesty's Government has agreed to exempt military plutonium in the United Kingdom from safeguards applied by the International Atomic Energy Agency's guidelines for the management of plutonium.
(28470)
226  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many safeguards visits, involving how many person hours, were made respectively by safeguards inspectors from (a) Euratom and (b) the International Atomic Energy Agency to plants operated by (i) British Nuclear Fuels plc and (ii) the UK Atomic Energy Authority in 1997.
(28497)
227  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the arms for which export licences have been granted since 1st May 1997 to (a) Saudi Arabia, (b) Yemen, (c) Oman, (d) United Arab Emirates, (e) Qatar, (f) Bahrain and (g) Kuwait.
(28630)
228  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 4th February, Official Report, column 662, on payments due on arms sales to far eastern countries, if she will list (a) the countries involved, (b) the currencies involved and (c) the amounts involved, where payments may be due in a currency other than sterling or US dollars.
(28531)
229  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will assess the advantages of increasing the level of the fossil fuel levy with a view to encouraging renewable energy services.
(28320)
230  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what proposals she has to end the current system of dual registration for customers and generators in advance of full de-regulation.
(28319)
231  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 162, on research and development, what research her Department is assisting in Lancashire; and if she will list the assisted projects in Chorley.
(28453)
232  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the compatibility of paragraph 114 of the Ministerial Code with the membership of her blind trust for research expenses.
(28126)
233  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd February, what factors led the Minister for Competition and Consumer Affairs to describe the BEUA as advisors to the right honourable Member for Wokingham.
(28125)
234  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment the Government has made of the impact of a minimum wage of £4 an hour on employment in the context of its evidence to the Low Pay Commission.
(28128)
235  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what amount of Brazilian mahogany has been (a) acquired and (b) specified by her Department in (i) 1996 and (ii) 1997; and for what purpose.
(28376)
236  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what safeguards for local authorities and Government departments and agencies she has (a) sought and (b) achieved to date in relation to potential claims of discrimination arising under the Multilateral Agreement on Investment currently being negotiated.
(28328)
237  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has made to the OECD on the participation of developing nations in the Multilateral Agreement on Investment; and if she will make a statement.
(28327)
238  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she has (a) sought and (b) achieved the inclusion of a national interest exemption for United Kingdom public bodies from the Multilateral Agreement on Investment currently under negotiation; and if she will make a statement.
(28329)
239  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what discussions she has had recently with business in the West Midlands regarding the availability of skilled engineers.
(28529)
240  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what discussions she had during her recent visit to Land Rover regarding the recruitment of skilled engineers; and if she will make a statement.
(28530)
241  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the level of trade between Britain and Sri Lanka.
(28594)
242  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what contracts were signed during the visit of the Prince of Wales to Sri Lanka.
(28595)
243  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will take steps to have St. David's Day declared a bank holiday in Wales.
(28033)
244  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his policy concerning (a) green barriers and (b) green belts.
(28616)
245  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he proposes to continue granting permissions for the establishment of wind farms; and if he will make a statement.
(28615)
246  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the commercial airfields in Wales in order of activity; and if he will make a statement.
(28612)
247  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the home energy efficiency scheme.
(28614)
248  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his policy concerning (a) house building on brownfield sites and (b) out-of-town shopping centres.
(28613)
249  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what amount of Brazilian mahogany has been (a) acquired and (b) specified by his Department in (i) 1996 and (ii) 1997; and for what purpose.
(28384)
250  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what evidence he has assessed on the campaigning activities of senior civil servants for the location of the National Assembly.
(28312)
251  
N  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd February, Official Report, column 532, what information he has collated on the net annual income for farmers in Wales during (a) 1996-97 and (b) the current financial year.
(28284)
252  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number and location of artificial earths.
[Transferred] (28484)
253  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to review the appropriateness of current training and assessment courses for CORGI registration by gas installers.
[Transferred] (28463)
254  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received concerning training and assessment for gas installation industry employees; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (28461)
255  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy to review the current methods of certification and public identification of degree of competence of gas installation workers.
[Transferred] (28464)
256  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will commission an Office of National Statistics research paper on all aspects of independent retailing in the United Kingdom.
[Transferred] (28478)
257  
  
Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the steps he intends to take to promote best practice in eradicating domestic violence across Europe during Britain's Presidency of the EU.
[Transferred] (28449)
258  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to meet industry representatives, gas suppliers and other Government departments to discuss the adequacy of current legislation and HSE criteria in controlling the non-registered and DIY gas installers.
[Transferred] (28568)
259  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received concerning a review of the gas installation industry.
[Transferred] (28566)
260  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the relationship between gas-related health and safety incidents, and the professional qualifications of the installation operatives.
[Transferred] (28570)
261  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to initiate a review of the gas installation industry.
[Transferred] (28567)


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