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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 10 February 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 10 February of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 10 February, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Wednesday 11 February, see Part 2 of this Paper.

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 
TUESDAY 10th FEBRUARY
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the engagements he undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of his duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28927)
2  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many contracts for public opinion research his Department has awarded since 1st May; if he will indicate the (a) purpose, (b) cost, (c) value and (d) duration of each contract; and which companies (i) bid for and (ii) were awarded each contract.
(28879)
3  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his policy for responding to letters received in the (a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language.
(28065)
4  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received regarding the increased payments to hill farmers announced on 22nd December; and if he will make a statement about his decision not to allocate the total compensation to the LFA.
(28735)
5  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action he has requested the EU Commission to undertake following the Italian Government's recent report on further fraud in the administration of milk quotas in Italy; and if he will make a statement.
(28854)
6  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the impact of a farmers' early retirement scheme on the overall level of production in the (i) livestock, (ii) arable and (iii) dairy sectors.
(28855)
7  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, to what extent the calculation of risk of mortality governs his approval of food for human consumption.
(28856)
8  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which locations were considered for the siting of the cattle passport centre; and if he will publish the results of the operating and capital cost analysis conducted in respect of the location exercise.
(28857)
9  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects to reply to the letter of 22nd December from the Right honourable Member for North West Cambridgeshire.
(28734)
10  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the potential evolution of a drug-resistant form of varroa; and if he will make a statement.
(28969)
11  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his Department's policy regarding the use of Apistan in eradicating varroa; what other treatment for varroa his Department has assessed; and if he will make a statement.
(28970)
12  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the extent of the varroa outbreak amongst bees in the UK; what steps he has taken to combat its spread; and if he will make a statement.
(28967)
13  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the effort limitation controls applied to pelagic fisheries in EU member states.
(28047)
14  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the resources dedicated by each EU member state to enforce the effort limitation controls for pelagic fisheries.
(28048)
15  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Attorney General, if he will list the engagements he undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of his duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28928)
16  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the engagements he undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of his duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28929)
17  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many contracts for public opinion research his Department has awarded since 1st May; if he will indicate the (a) purpose, (b) cost, (c) value and (d) duration of each contract; and which companies (i) bid for and (ii) were awarded each contract.
(28867)
18  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is his policy for responding to letters received in the (a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language.
(28066)
19  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the (a) target and (b) average length of time for his Department to answer letters from the public; and what proportion of letters are answered within the target period.
(28922)
20  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects to make a decision on the Victoria and Albert Museum extension.
(28869)
21  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects to make public the results of Sir Richard Eyre's review of the Royal Opera House.
(28868)
22  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what vacancies currently exist for appointments to be made by the Secretary of State to non-departmental public bodies.
(28850)
23  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what consultation takes place between the Secretary of State and the current trustees of non-departmental public bodies prior to the announcement of appointments by the Secretary of State.
(28831)
24  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects to publish the results of the current review of the Arts Council structure.
(28870)
25  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) notified vacancies and (b) vacancies arising through appointments expiring, currently exist for appointments to be made by him.
(28882)
26  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects to make a decision on the South Bank Centre redevelopment project referred to him by the Arts Council of England.
(28832)
27  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to implement the recommendations of the Nolan Committee on appointments; and what impact these measures have had on the time taken for appointments to be made.
(28851)
28  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what military units are currently based at RAF Chivenor; and what plans there are to transfer other military units to the base.
(28676)
29  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the engagements he undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of his duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28930)
30  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the number of army personnel, both staff and civilian, involved in the hunting of foxes with hounds on the defence estate.
(28912)
31  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many hounds are maintained at (a) the Salisbury Plain training area and (b) the Otterburn training area for the purpose of hunting foxes.
(28913)
32  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the cost to public funds of the use of army vehicles and equipment in connection with the hunting of foxes with hounds on the defence estate.
(28918)
33  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the number of reported injuries to (a) army personnel and (b) horses involved in the hunting of foxes with hounds on the defence estate in each of the last five years.
(28915)
34  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list by rank the number of army and civilian personnel who are involved (a) full-time and (b) part-time in maintaining stables of horses and kennels of hounds for the purpose of hunting foxes on the defence estate.
(28916)
35  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the cost to public funds of the maintenance of (a) stables of horses and (b) kennels of hounds for the purpose of hunting foxes on the defence estate.
(28919)
36  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many army personnel have (a) been hospitalised for more than 24 hours and (b) taken sick leave of more than three days following injuries sustained while involved in hunting with hounds on the defence estate in each of the last five years.
(28914)
37  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list by name those army units which maintain horses and hounds for the purpose of fox hunting on the army estate.
(28917)
38  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his policy for responding to letters received in the (a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language.
(28049)
39  
N  
Mr Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the timing of the privatisation of the Royal Haslar Hospital Laundry and Sterile Services.
[R] (28142)
40  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will publish (a) details of money paid by his Department to the Yes campaign for a London mayor, (b) details of meetings between Yes campaign officials and ministers, including names and dates and (c) details of contracts which his Department has with (i) individuals who hold positions on the Yes campaign and (ii) companies which employ individuals who hold positions on the Yes campaign.
(28833)
41  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the engagements he undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of his duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28931)
42  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many contracts for public opinion research his Department has awarded since 1st May; if he will indicate the (a) purpose, (b) cost, (c) value and (d) duration of each contract; and which companies (i) bid for and (ii) were awarded each contract.
(28877)
43  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the principal points of difference between the rights of access to information provided for at present under (a) the non-statutory Code of Practice on Open Government and (b) the statutory right of access to information on environmental matters contained in the Environment Information Regulations 1992.
(28924)
44  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the engagements he undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of his duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28933)
45  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will publish a White Paper on lifelong learning; and if he will make a statement.
(28722)
46  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many NVQs were awarded at each of the five levels in the 11 framework areas for vocational qualifications in each of the last three years.
(28199)
47  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for each local education authority in England, the total aggregated schools budget for the financial year 1997-98.
(28270)
48  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many posts have been created within the Standards and Effectiveness Unit in his Department; and what is his estimate of the cost of this unit in 1998-99.
(28197)
49  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the education SSA for North Yorkshire for (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99.
(28198)
50  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for each local education authority in England, the total number of pupils on the roll of maintained schools in its area for the financial year 1997-98.
(28269)
51  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many contracts for public opinion research his Department has awarded since 1st May; if he will indicate the (a) purpose, (b) cost, (c) value and (d) duration of each contract; and which companies (i) bid for and (ii) were awarded each contract.
(28878)
52  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his policy for responding to letters received in the (a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language.
(28056)
53  
N  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans the United Kingdom presidency has to follow up the conclusions of the Luxembourg Special Summit on Employment.
(26434)
54  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people are presently attending job clubs in Kingston-upon-Hull; how many jobs have been secured by people using job clubs (a) in total, (b) by gender and (c) by each year since the job clubs were established; and if he will list the estimated consequent fall in the number of clients.
(27966)
55  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many and which job clubs in Kingston-upon-Hull are (a) to be closed and (b) to have their staff or hours reduced as a result of the transferring of funds to the Welfare to Work scheme.
(27965)
56  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his oral Answer of 3rd February, Official Report, column 834, what plans he has to set departmental targets for (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants to reduce car mileage; and if he will make a statement.
(28921)
57  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the engagements which (a) he and (b) the Minister for Transport undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of their duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28945)
58  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the specialist hydrography departments which were consulted by the National Rivers Authority in formulating the recommendations on areas of high natural dispersion in 1994.
(28490)
59  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the expenditure by the Exchequer through central Government agencies in the current financial year, expressed in terms of money per estimated passenger mile, on (a) motorways, (b) railways and (c) ferries.
(28046)
60  
N  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral statement of 4th February, Official Report, column 1046, regarding the increase in the area of green belt land since 1st May 1997, if he will list (a) the location and size of the increase, (b) the area of green belt land on which planning permission and inspectors' approval has been given since 1st May 1997, (c) the percentage of total green belt land these figures represent and (d) the equivalent figures for the year prior to 1st May 1997.
(28489)
61  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the companies which bid for each public opinion research contract awarded since 1st May 1997; and what was the value and duration of each contract.
(28876)
62  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his policy for responding to letters received in the (a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language.
(28050)
63  
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 East Hampshire District Council area in each of the last five years.
(27562)
64  
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 East Hampshire District Council area about housing needs in that area.
(27563)
65  
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 East Hampshire District Council area.
(27564)
66  
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 East Hampshire District Council area in each of the last five years.
(27565)
67  
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 East Hampshire District Council; and what were the equivalent figures at the same time in each of the last five years.
(27566)
68  
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 East Hampshire District Council area.
(27567)
69  
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 East Hampshire District Council in each of the last five years.
(27568)
70  
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 East Hampshire District; and if he will make a statement.
(27914)
71  
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 East Hampshire District Council, and what were the equivalent figures at the same time in each of the last five years.
(27915)
72  
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 (a) New Forest District, (b) Eastleigh Borough, (c) Havant Borough and (d) Test Valley Borough councils in each of the last five years.
(28148)
73  
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 Hart District Council area.
(28360)
74  
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 Hart District Council area, in each of the last five years.
(28361)
75  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place the first version of the report on the electoral system for the Greater London Assembly commissioned from Professor Patrick Dunleavy in the Library.
(28687)
76  
N  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will issue new planning guidelines to take account of the recent court decision involving North Yorkshire County Council on the subject of mines and minerals; and if he will make a statement.
(28675)
77  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will ensure that automatic train protection is introduced as soon as possible on high speed lines.
(28830)
78  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to ban the burning of hazardous composite waste fuels by industry.
(28968)
79  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will limit the charges vehicle manufacturers can levy to issue a certificate of compliance when importing vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
(28958)
80  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action his Department took to ensure that drivers of 3.5 ton vehicles were properly notified of the change in status of their vehicles to heavy goods vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
(28957)
81  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what studies his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) evaluated regarding the incidence of road accidents amongst young drivers in the first year after passing the test; and what comparisons it has made with the statistics for Northern Ireland following the introduction of probationer status there.
(28883)
82  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received on charging one-way tolls on the Severn Bridge; if he will review the policy of one-way tolls on the bridge; and if he will make a statement.
(28363)
83  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will introduce legislation to make parish councils statutory consultees when awards of goods vehicle operator licences are being considered.
(28364)
84  
N  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the levels of public investment in the constituencies of (a) Birmingham, Ladywood, (b) Liverpool, Riverside and (c) Tottenham for the last three years for which figures are available, excluding social security payments.
(27967)
85  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many and which councils have (a) written off and (b) not written off arrears of community charge in each of the last three years; and if he will assess what factors have led them to do so.
(28200)
86  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps were taken by his Department to ensure that the penalties imposed by the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations 1997 (SI 1997/2962) are consistent with those imposed by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and regulations under it.
(28686)
87  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the engagements he undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of his duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28940)
88  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many contracts for public opinion research his Department has awarded since 1st May; if he will indicate the (a) purpose, (b) cost, (c) value and (d) duration of each contract; and which companies (i) bid for and (ii) were awarded each contract.
(28881)
89  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his policy for responding to letters received in the (a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language.
(28054)
90  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the advantages of making the annual limits for ISAs divisible by 12.
(28727)
91  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what would be the estimated cost of tax relief on PEPs on the assumption that tax credits are not paid and single company PEPs are abolished.
(28728)
92  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what are the monthly limits for individual savings accounts for those contributing monthly by standing order.
(28726)
93  
N  
Mrs Teresa Gorman (Billericay):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he received on the advantages of minting a coin commemorating the United Kingdom Presidency of the European Communities.
(28732)
94  
N  
Mrs Teresa Gorman (Billericay):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the Ministers consulted over the creation of a 50 pence piece commemorating the United Kindom Presidency of the European Communities.
(28731)
95  
N  
Mrs Teresa Gorman (Billericay):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the cost of producing the commemorative coin celebrating the United Kingdom Presidency of the European Communities; and how many such coins have been minted (a) in total and (b) as a proportion of all 50 pence pieces minted since the commemorative coin was first minted.
(28730)
96  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on barristers of his proposed cash basis tax reforms; and if he will postpone their implementation.
(28684)
97  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the proposed withdrawal of cash basis accounting practices available to professional businesses with particular reference to barristers, solicitors and accountants.
(28685)
98  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the response of taxpayers to the introduction of self-assessment; and if he will make a statement.
(28365)
99  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he took to ensure that taxpayers who (a) completed their self-assessment tax returns before 30th September 1997 and (b) before 31st January 1998 were aware that they had to make a payment on account for the tax year 1997-98 in addition to their 1996-97 payment; what are the penalties for failing to make a payment on account for 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.
(28366)
100  
N  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if Mr. C. Whelan is fulfilling duties formerly fulfilled by a career civil servant.
(28925)
101  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the engagements he undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of his duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28934)
102  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19th January, Official Report, column 439, to the honourable Member for East Worthing and Shoreham, concerning overseas visits by Ms Gaynor Regan, if the permission from the Prime Minister was given in writing in each case.
(28395)
103  
N  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports Her Majesty's Government has received of the terms of negotiations between Russian Foreign Minister Primakov and the Iraqi regime in the last six months; what reference was made to the prospect of the ending of sanctions in return for compliance with UN resolutions with particular reference to access for weapons inspectors; what agreement was reached; what consideration Her Majesty's Government gave to this; and if he will make a statement.
(28588)
104  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many contracts for public opinion research his Department has awarded since 1st May; if he will indicate the (a) purpose, (b) cost, (c) value and (d) duration of each contract; and which companies (i) bid for and (ii) were awarded each contract.
(28875)
105  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his policy for responding to letters received in the (a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language.
(28057)
106  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what initiatives he proposes to restrict the export of arms from the EU to the Great Lakes Region.
(28971)
107  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral Answer of 2nd February, Official Report, column 719, what progress has been made in tabling the draft Security Council resolution; and what is the current text of the resolution.
(28884)
108  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the numbers of native Chagossians at present in exile due to the existence on the Chagos Archipelago of a USA military base.
(28829)
109  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the engagements he undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of his duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28935)
110  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contracts for public opinion research his Department has awarded since 1st May; if he will indicate the (a) purpose, (b) cost, (c) value and (d) duration of each contract; and which companies (i) bid for and (ii) were awarded each contract.
(28871)
111  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his policy for responding to letters received in the (a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language.
(28058)
112  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his oral Answer of 5th February, Official Report, columns 229-30, if he will list, for each of the target headings listed in the Green Paper, Our Healthier Nation, the target reduction in mortality, expressed as a percentage, contained within the Green Paper and the corresponding target or targets, where sub-headings are applicable, for those headings within the White Paper, The Health of the Nation.
(28852)
113  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Turnberg Report, which he published on Tuesday 3rd February, was exactly the same as the text of the report originally submitted to him in November by Professor Turnberg.
(28674)
114  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the engagements he undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of his duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28936)
115  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many contracts for public opinion research his Department has awarded since 1st May; if he will indicate the (a) purpose, (b) cost, (c) value and (d) duration of each contract; and which companies (i) bid for and (ii) were awarded each contract.
(28872)
116  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his policy for responding to letters received in the (a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language.
(28055)
117  
N  
Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to restore the right of appeal to those who are refused visas when applying to visit close relatives.
(26456)
118  
N  
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Offical Report, column 637, if he will list the statutory requirements for British citizenship.
(28724)
119  
N  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of those under the age of 21 years in the Metropolitan Police area whose first offence is connected to cannabis were (a) charged, (b) cautioned, (c) convicted and (d) imprisoned in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(28725)
120  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to the letter from the Right honourable Member for North West Cambridgeshire of 18th December on behalf of Mr Turner.
(28733)
121  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the engagements she undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of her duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28944)
122  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many contracts for public opinion research her Department has awarded since 1st May; if she will indicate the (a) purpose, (b) cost, (c) value and (d) duration of each contract; and which companies (i) bid for and (ii) were awarded each contract.
(28873)
123  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is her policy for responding to letters received in the (a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language.
(28060)
124  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement about the future of the Phare and Tacis democracy programmes.
(28853)
125  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the engagements he undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of his duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28937)
126  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is his policy for responding to letters received in the (a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language.
(28051)
127  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17th November, Official Report, column 57, on the European draft convention concerning harmonisation of court documents and procedures, what changes of Rules of Court will be required; with whom discussions took place in March and April 1997; what parliamentary procedure will govern the ratification of revised Rules of Court; and what discussions he (a) has held and (b) proposes to hold on their implementation; and with which bodies.
(28948)
128  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will list the engagements he undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of his duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28932)
129  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will list the fluoro-carbon gases, as regulated under the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, that will be utilised in the air conditioning equipment for the Millennium Experience; and if he will make a statement.
(28140)
130  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if the entry price for the Millennium Dome will exceed £10.
(28923)
131  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what plans are being made for disabled access to the Millennium Dome.
(28141)
132  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she will publish the results of the Government's review of long-term unemployment in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.
(28624)
133  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is her policy for responding to letters received in the (a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language.
(28061)
134  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures she is taking to establish equality of opportunity in the RUC in terms of sexual orientation; and if she will make a statement.
(28952)
135  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she expects the RUC's working party on the implications of sexual orientation in the RUC to report its work; and if she will make a statement.
(28950)
136  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the equal opportunities policy statement of the RUC contains an explicit reference to sexual orientation; and if she will make a statement.
(28951)
137  
N  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the levels of public investment in the constituencies of (a) Belfast West, (b) Foyle and (c) Belfast South for the last three years for which figures are available, excluding social security payments.
(27964)
138  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the President of the Council, what is her policy for responding to letters received in the (a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language.
(28062)
139  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, what factors led him to decide that (a) the Minister for Transport should have a Cabinet post and (b) the Minister for the Environment should not have a Cabinet post.
(28926)
140  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the engagements he undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of his duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28938)
141  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Prime Minister, if, under paragraph 69a of the Ministerial Code, Cabinet Ministers may take their spouses or permanent partners overseas at their own expense on official visits without his written permission.
(28949)
142  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Prime Minister, what is the cost to public funds of taking Mr Gavyn Davies to Washington for meetings with the US Administration; and if he will make a statement.
(28367)
143  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Prime Minister, for what reasons the announcement of the appointment of the next Governor of the Bank of England has been delayed; and if he will make a statement.
(28394)
144  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Prime Minister, what is his policy for responding to letters received in the (a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language.
(28052)
145  
N  
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list those Ministers who in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest have assigned to other Ministers responsibility for part of their portfolios, and list the areas of each Minister's responsibility which have been so assigned.
(28723)
146  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the engagements he undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of his duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28939)
147  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the expenditure by the Exchequer is in the current financial year, expressed in terms of money per estimated passenger mile, on (a) motorways, (b) railways and (c) ferries.
(28045)
148  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many contracts for public opinion research his Department has awarded since 1st May; if he will indicate the (a) purpose, (b) cost, (c) value and (d) duration of each contract; and which companies (i) bid for and (ii) were awarded each contract.
(28874)
149  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is his policy for responding to letters received in the (a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language.
(28053)
150  
N  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the levels of public investment in the constituencies of Glasgow (a) Maryhill, (b) Shettleston and (c) Springburn for the last three years for which figures are available, excluding social security payments.
(27968)
151  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list the engagements she undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of her duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28943)
152  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is her policy for responding to letters received in the (a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language.
(28063)
153  
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 East Hampshire District Council area.
(27569)
154  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what has been the bill for housing benefit payments in each of the last five years in the Hart District Council area.
(28362)
155  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the engagements she undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of her duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28942)
156  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on delays in the application process for export licences for defence equipment made by British companies.
(26439)
157  
N  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on delays in the application process for export licences for defence equipment made by British companies.
(26431)
158  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is her policy for responding to letters received in the (a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language.
(28064)
159  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 4th February, Official Report, column 666, if she will indicate the cost of the (a) refunds, (b) free screens and (c) free searches given to subscribers to the new on-line Companies House information system; and if the cost has been refunded to Companies House by ORT.
(28920)
160  
  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many condensing gas boilers were fitted in houses in the UK (a) in 1980, (b) in 1990 and (c) at the latest available date.
(28974)
161  
  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what was, for each member country of the European Community, (a) the installed capacity of combined heat and power, (b) total electricity generation capacity and (c) CHP as a percentage of total electricity generation capacity, at the latest available date.
(28973)
162  
  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what was the total installed capacity of combined heat and power schemes in Britain (a) in 1970, (b) in 1980, (c) in 1990 and (d) at the latest available date; and what are the Government's targets for (i) 2000 and (ii) 2010.
(28972)
163  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the engagements he undertook in the United Kingdom in the course of his duties during January indicating in each case which were accessed by (a) car, (b) train, (c) aeroplane and car, (d) aeroplane and train and (e) other means.
(28941)
164  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many contracts for public opinion research his Department has awarded since 1st May; if he will indicate the (a) purpose, (b) cost, (c) value and (d) duration of each contract; and which companies (i) bid for and (ii) were awarded each contract.
(28880)
165  
N  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is the predicted total growth in the private household population in Monmouthshire over the period 1998 to 2016 (a) as a percentage and (b) as a numerical value.
(28146)
166  
N  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is the predicted total growth in the all-Wales private household population over the period 1998 to 2016 (a) as a percentage and (b) as a numerical value.
(28143)
167  
N  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, in what circumstances a unitary authority would be permitted to provide for substantially less new housing than is predicted in the Welsh Office household apportionment.
(28145)
168  
N  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what are the projected annual net migration rates into Wales for the private household population for each of the years 1990-91 to 2019-20.
(28144)
169  
N  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what are the projected annual private household numbers for the county of Monmouthshire each year from 1994 to 2019-20.
(28147)
170  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his policy for responding to letters received in the (a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language.
(28059)
171  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate how many companies would have to pay more in employer National Insurance contributions if the Government were to increase the rate of employer NICs on incomes above (a) £465, (b) £500, (c) £600, (d) £700, (e) £750, (f) £800, (g) £900 and (h) £1,000 a week; and in respect of how many employees they would have to pay more.
[Transferred] (28688)
172  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate the cost of increasing the amount an employee may earn before his employer pays National Insurance contributions from £62 a week to (a) £70, (b) £75, (c) £80, (d) £85, (e) £90, (f) £95 and (g) £100 a week.
[Transferred] (28689)
173  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate the revenue which would be raised by increasing the rate of employer National Insurance contributions on incomes above (a) £1,000, (b) £900, (c) £800, (d) £750, (e) £700, (f) £600, (g) £500 and (h) £465 a week from 10 per cent. to (i) 12 per cent., (ii) 15 per cent., (iii) 20 per cent., (iv) 25 per cent. and (v) 30 per cent.
[Transferred] (28690)
174  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate the cost of abolishing the 3 per cent. band of employer National Insurance contributions.
[Transferred] (28691)
175  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate how many companies would have to pay less in employer National Insurance contributions if the Government were to increase the amount an employee may earn before his employer is liable to pay NICs from £62 a week to (a) £70, (b) £75, (c) £80, (d) £85, (e) £90, (f) £95, (g) £100 and (h) £110 a week; and in respect of how many employees they would have to pay less.
[Transferred] (28692)
176  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in what proportion of road deaths he estimates alcohol is a contributing factor; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (28953)
177  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of road accidents and deaths are caused by (i) excessive lorry driver hours, (ii) tachograph interference and (iii) defective lorries; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (28954)
178  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the penalties for tachograph interference; and how many incidences of such interference have been recorded in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (28955)
179  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what Government publicity has been issued on the subject of tachograph interference; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (28956)


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