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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 11 February 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 11 February of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 11 February, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Thursday 12 February, see Part 2 of this Paper.

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


 
WEDNESDAY 11th FEBRUARY
1  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee, what plans there are for the provision of simultaneous translation equipment in the House of Commons; what estimates he has made of the set-up costs; and if he will make a statement.
(28559)
2  
  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many farms, having how many sheep, in (a) the Lake District, (b) the Pennine Dales, (c) the North Peak, (d) the South West Peak, (e) the Shropshire Hills and (f) Dartmoor are eligible for ESA payments; and how many farms in each locality, having how many sheep, have joined the ESA schemes.
(29156)
3  
  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many farms, having how many sheep, are eligible to participate in the moorland scheme; and how many farms having how many sheep have joined the moorland scheme.
(29155)
4  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what progress is being made in abolishing the tobacco subsidy to EU growers.
(29051)
5  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the proportion of IACS forms received by his Department which contain initial errors and inaccuracies requiring further contact by his Department's officials.
(29197)
6  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what proposals he has, consequent on the High Court ruling that British Coal is liable for compensation payments to coal miners from 1947, to amend the Limitation Acts to enable such settlements to be pursued.
(28994)
7  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the scientific organisations which have been consulted about the composition of the Nesta Board.
(29048)
8  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have been employed in each of the last three years by the Royal Navy on coastal charts around Scottish territorial waters; what facilities for map making the Royal Navy maintains in Scotland; how many coastal survey charts have been produced by the Royal Navy for Scottish territorial waters in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(28550)
9  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will identify where in the National Asset Register his Department's agricultural holdings are listed.
(28737)
10  
  
Mr Martin Bell (Tatton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if proposals that (a) there should be quotas or targets for the number of statements issued by LEAs, (b) in some circumstances statements could be less detailed with regard to the specification of the provision required to meet a child's needs, (c) statements could be discontinued when specified outcomes had been achieved and (d) tribunals should have regard to LEAs' policies as well as children's needs, in the Green Paper on Special Educational Needs, were included in the draft prepared by his Department's officials and presented to the Special Needs Advisory Group on 2nd September 1997.
(29046)
11  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his Department's calculation of the proportion of all maintained primary schools with year 6 pupils first inspected by OFSTED in each school year from 1994-95 for which their rating on OFSTED's scale 1 to 7 in inspectors' official judgment recording form subject reports given for their year 6 pupils' comparative standards of achievement at Key Stage 2 in at least one of English, maths and science in the year of inspection is different from that rating they are assigned when all those schools are ranked by the average of the National Curriculum levels attained by their pupils in their Key Stage 2 SAT tests in each of English, maths and science for the same school year of inspection, and when each of these rankings is then partitioned into seven equal groups of schools from the highest scoring group one to the lowest scoring group seven, and each school is then rated by its group number; and if he will list the average level attained per pupil by each such group stated to three decimal places.
(28834)
12  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to discuss with Portsmouth City Council the provision of secondary school places to meet parental preferences.
(29157)
13  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what recent representations he has received from Portsmouth City Council concerning the provision of secondary school places in the city to meet parental preferences.
(29159)
14  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what professional qualifications are recognised for teachers of lipreading.
(29170)
15  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will take steps to end the prohibition on prospective students from applying to both Oxford and Cambridge universities in the same year.
(29167)
16  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the number of lipreading classes in operation in each of the last five years and the approximate number of students attending such classes.
(29169)
17  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many local education authorities provide lipreading classes which are free of charge to users; and how many charge for the service.
(29154)
18  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the effect of the insistence of the FEFC on accreditation of courses funded by them on the quantity of lipreading classes, and the number of students attending them.
(29166)
19  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will state in respect of Buckinghamshire County Council (a) the education SSA for 1998-99 and (b) what would be the education SSA for 1998-99, calculated on the weighting and composition of the SSA formula for 1997-98 (i) in cash terms, (ii) per head of population in Buckinghamshire and (iii) per child in full-time schooling in Buckinghamshire.
(28736)
20  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list those voluntary youth organisations in the New Deal pathfinder areas which are (a) providing opportunities to unemployed young people under the full-time employee options, (b) providing opportunities to unemployed young people under the voluntary sector options, (c) providing opportunities to unemployed young people under the Environmental Task Force option and (d) helping to support unemployed young people under the Gateway period of the New Deal.
(29198)
21  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people are employed by Ordnance Survey in Scotland, broken down by job category; what facilities for map making the Ordnance Survey maintains in Scotland; and if he will provide a breakdown of Ordnance Survey spending in Scotland as a ratio of overall spending in each year since 1990.
(28551)
22  
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 Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council area in each of the last five years.
(27570)
23  
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 Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council area.
(27571)
24  
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 Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council area in the last three years.
(27572)
25  
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 Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council area in each of the last five years.
(27573)
26  
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 onto the homeless register of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council in each of the last five years.
(27574)
27  
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 Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council area about housing needs for that area.
(27576)
28  
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 Basingstoke and Deane Borough; and if he will make a statement.
(27916)
29  
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 Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council; and what were the equivalent figures at the same time in each of the last five years.
(27917)
30  
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 (a) Eastleigh Borough, (b) New Forest District, (c) Havant Borough and (d) Test Valley Borough; and if he will make a statement.
(28149)
31  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are the total numbers of registered homeless people in the (a) Eastleigh Borough (b) New Forest District, (c) Havant Borough and (d) Test Valley Borough coucil areas.
(28150)
32  
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 Fareham Borough Council area.
(28368)
33  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the Social Services SSA for Buckinghamshire County Council for 1998-99 would be calculated on the basis of the composition and weighting of the SSA formula in 1997-98 (a) in cash terms and (b) per head of population in Buckinghamshire.
(28738)
34  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the Government will support the European Union's draft directive on strategic environmental assessment.
(29020)
35  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what environmental appraisal will be undertaken of the implications of the Integrated Transport White Paper.
(29019)
36  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many civil servants in (a) his Department and (b) other Government departments have been trained in environmental appraisal techniques since 1st May.
(29021)
37  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the guidance contained in Policy Appraisal and the Environment is currently that used by Government departments undertaking environmental appraisals.
(29022)
38  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the full-year annual cost of reducing the rate of value-added tax on hotel accommodation to (a) 8 per cent. and (b) 5 per cent. taking into account the revenue effect deriving from the elasticity of demand for this service; and if he will make a statement.
(28396)
39  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Inland Revenue and Customs officials are authorised to enter premises without a warrant.
(29047)
40  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research he has commissioned on the likely psychological impact of paying family credit through the pay packet as a working family tax credit; and if he will publish it.
(28976)
41  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if participants in each of the four New Deal options will be counted as unemployed for the purposes of the claimant count; and if they will fall within the Labour Force Survey measure of unemployment.
(28491)
42  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff he employs for the translation of inter-governmental documents; and what the forecast cost is for 1997-98.
(28556)
43  
N  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if, at the forthcoming EU-Russia Summit, he will raise the issue of the religious freedom legislation in Russia.
(28977)
44  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Truro and St. Austell of 1st July 1997 concerning electro-shock batons.
(28999)
45  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions on arms exports from Britain he held during his visit to South East Asia in 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(29119)
46  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that local views are fully considered in the consultation arising from the Turnberg Report.
(29056)
47  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the long-term capacity of Kingston Hospital.
(29055)
48  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that long-term fully-financed plans are in place for Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton before approving further reconfiguration of hospital services in South West London.
(29058)
49  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the short-term capacity of (a) St. George's Hospital Tooting and (b) Kingston Hospital, to take on extra in-patient work from Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton.
(29054)
50  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that no services are transferred from Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton until (a) alternatives have been put in place at neighbouring hospitals and (b) the necessary transitional finance is available.
(29057)
51  
  
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many days the Chair and each of the non-executive members of North Essex Health Authority spent on health authority business during (a) the financial year 1996-97 and (b) the present financial year to date.
(29125)
52  
  
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who was responsible for nominating the Chair and each of the non-executive members currently serving on the Board of the North Essex Health Authority.
(29124)
53  
  
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the interests of the Chair and non-executive members of the North Essex Health Authority.
(29123)
54  
  
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the expenses incurred by the Chair and each of the non-executive members of the North Essex Health Authority during the financial year 1996-97.
(29126)
55  
  
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the amounts earned by the Chair and each of the non-executive members of North Essex Health Authority during the financial year 1996-97 for their duties on behalf of the Authority.
(29122)
56  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will investigate the system of consultants' merit payments within the NHS to ensure that it is fair.
(29165)
57  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the social services SSA and the level of special transitional grant for Buckinghamshire County Council in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99, expressed (i) in cash terms and (ii) per head of population in Buckinghamshire.
(28693)
58  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the National Health Service of the abolition of compulsory competitive tendering.
(29008)
59  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many sitting Labour councillors have been appointed to NHS trust and health authority boards in the latest round of appointments.
(29064)
60  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the budgetary structure of the primary care groups proposed in his recent White Paper on the NHS.
(29063)
61  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS employees are currently remunerated below (a) £4.26 per hour, (b) £4.00 per hour and (c) £3.75 per hour.
(29011)
62  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement regarding the powers of the proposed Commission for Health Improvement to intervene in the running of NHS trusts and the proposed primary care groups.
(29049)
63  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps health authorities will take to involve the public in (a) the proposed health improvement plans, (b) the proposed primary care groups and (c) NHS trusts following the introduction of proposals set out in his White Paper on the NHS.
(29061)
64  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to introduce new guidelines on information and educational materials relating to the Infant Formula and Follow on Formula Regulations of 1995.
(29014)
65  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the most recent statistics his Department has collated on waiting lists for cancer surgery; and what is his forecast for waiting lists in the first quarter of 1998.
(29013)
66  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to be able to calculate the costs to the NHS of any given level of a minimum wage.
(29052)
67  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of administering the organisational changes in the NHS outlined in his recent White Paper.
(29059)
68  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement regarding the proposed statutory obligations of NHS trusts to work in partnership with other trusts.
(29050)
69  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what forecast his Department has made of the numbers of patients waiting more than 12 months for treatment by July 1999.
(29010)
70  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement regarding his Department's policy on mergers of NHS trusts.
(29009)
71  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to change the current methodology for calculating NHS waiting lists.
(29015)
72  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his White Paper on the NHS if he will make a statement describing the proposed role of local authorities in the NHS structure.
(29062)
73  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials, have held since 1st May with individuals, groups or their representatives who have donated more than £5,000 to the Labour Party.
(29053)
74  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his Department's policies to ensure the existence of sufficient numbers of qualified doctors in the future.
(29065)
75  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of patients are currently served by general practitioner practices holding their own budgets.
(29007)
76  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many submissions he has received from doctors since 2nd May requesting an end to general practitioner practice level budgets.
(29006)
77  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement regarding the proposed powers of his Department over GPs who do not wish to relinquish control of their practice budgets, under the measures set out in his White Paper on the NHS.
(29060)
78  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on current methodology used in calculating health service waiting lists.
(29012)
79  
  
Mr Bill Michie (Sheffield, Heeley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made by the working group under the auspices of the Confidential Enquiry into Stillbirths and Deaths in Infancy in preparing guidance on the management of shoulder dystocia; and when this guidance will be available.
(29233)
80  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to raise awareness of the hepatitis C virus; and if he will make a statement.
(29002)
81  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people with haemophilia in the United Kingdom infected with the hepatitis C virus; and if he will make a statement.
(29003)
82  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has commissioned in respect of the hepatitis C virus; and if he will make a statement.
(29004)
83  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are estimated to have died as a result of being infected with hepatitis C as a result of their NHS treatment; and over what period of time.
(29026)
84  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations of Women in Prison: A Thematic Review by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons.
(29199)
85  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the appropriateness of custodial sentences for the majority of women offenders.
(29200)
86  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the wings or units within the Prison Secure Estate containing 15 or 16 year old young persons on remand which have been visited (a) by himself and (b) by other Ministers in his Department.
(29121)
87  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if Clause 27 of the Data Protection Bill [Lords] applies to those personal data processed by the Security Service which are intended to assist the police in relation to serious crime; and if he will make a statement.
(29116)
88  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 29th January, Official Report, column 342, concerning the compliance costs questionnaire in relation to data protection, if he will publish aggregate statistics relating to responses made by (a) local authorities, (b) Government departments, (c) large manufacturers, (d) small manufacturers, (e) financial institutions, (f) charities, (g) marketing organisations and (h) retailers, for each of the questions Q2 to Q8, Q10 to Q12, Q15, Q18, Q20 to Q23 and Q27 to Q31, indicating the breakdown between manual data and computerised data.
(29117)
89  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if, in relation to the Data Protection Bill [Lords], he will ensure that the Data Protection Commissioner is empowered to enforce the rights granted to data subjects by Clause 12 of the Data Protection Bill [Lords]; and if he will make a statement.
(29042)
90  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the compliance of measures in the Data Protection Bill [Lords] with the requirement for a definition of consent set out in Article 2(h) of Directive 95/46/EC; and if he will make a statement.
(29041)
91  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce data protection measures to ensure that any information concerning fair obtaining is given to the data subject, in advance of any processing by the data controllers, and if he will make a statement.
(29040)
92  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list those cases, with respect to the lawful processing of sensitive personal data under Schedule 3 to the Data Protection Bill [Lords], where the Secretary of State has used Article 8(4) of Directive 95/46/EC to specify additional exemptions; if he will list the reason for each exemption; and if he will indicate the nature of the suitable safeguards which are intended to protect the data subject.
(29115)
93  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the protection afforded to the media in the Data Protection Bill [Lords].
(29044)
94  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to (a) Recital 10 of Directive 95/46/EC and (b) the exemptions in the Data Protection Act 1984 relating to crime and taxation, if he will make a statement on Clause 28(4) of the Data Protection Bill [Lords] in respect of (a) the UK's obligations towards Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention and (b) the lessening of protection afforded to data subjects.
(29043)
95  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the cost to the police of protecting Hillgrove Farm in Witney in 1997.
(28997)
96  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the current status is of the Firearms Consultative Committee; how many times it has met during the last two years; and what plans he has regarding future meetings of the committee.
(28983)
97  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, as representing the House of Commons Commission, what translation (i) facilities are available and (ii) staff are employed in the House of Commons on (a) a permanent basis and (b) an ad hoc basis; and what the forecast running costs are for 1997-98.
(28558)
98  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff she employs in the translation of inter-governmental documents; and what the forecast cost is for 1997-98.
(28557)
99  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support the British Government is contributing to the land reform programme in the Philippines.
(29118)
100  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will introduce a statutory code of practice in respect of the provisions in the Audit Commission Bill [Lords] which permit the Commission to datamatch personal data in the name of economy, effectiveness and efficiency; and if he will make a statement.
(29114)
101  
N  
Mr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if, when she last met the representatives of political parties, they discussed the concept of a Council of the Isles.
(26865)
102  
N  
Mr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what information she has received from Northern Ireland Electricity anent the laying of undersea electricity cables to link Scotland with a convertor station at Ballantrae; and if she will make a statement.
(28886)
103  
N  
Mr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent representations she has received anent the land-based sector of the electricity cables network between Scotland and Ballantrae; and if she will make a statement.
(28885)
104  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make a statement on the percentage of children in Northern Ireland who attend grammar schools.
(26886)
105  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd February, Official Report, column 582, for what reasons a record was not kept of the registered letter sent to him on 17th August, and sent by fax that day at 10.52 a.m. by Mr Graham Horwood of 66 St. Andrews Road, Shoeburyness; and if he will review the procedures for dealing with mail from the general public.
(29005)
106  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will transfer responsibility for the Welsh Consumers Council from the Department of Trade and Industry to the Welsh Office; and if he will make a statement.
(28989)
107  
  
Mrs Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will estimate by health authority the number of patients who will be de-registered from their dentists as a result of the new regulations in (a) numerical and (b) percentage terms.
(29160)
108  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will take steps to protect the residents of Invergordon from environmental pollution by operators at the Cromarty Firth Port; and if he will make a statement
(29225)
109  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the level of water charges in current prices and the percentage annual change for each region of Scotland for each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(28553)
110  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the current proposed price changes for water services in Scotland; and when he will complete his examination of water charges submitted by the water authorities.
(28555)
111  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many representations he has received concerning employment issues at West Dunbartonshire Council; and what discussions he has had with (a) COSLA, (b) West Dunbartonshire Council and (c) Unison concerning the procedures for terminating the contracts of senior council officials..
(28590)
112  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the level of investment in water services in current prices and the percentage annual change, in Scotland, by region, for each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(28554)
113  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what guidelines he has issued with reference to safeguarding the non-political status of senior council officials; what is the role of councillors in respect of the termination of employment contracts for senior council officials; and what guidelines he has issued regarding the termination of employment contracts for senior council officials.
(28589)
114  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what role he has in respect of breaches of (a) the National Code of Local Government Conduct and (b) the Conditions of Service for Chief Officials of Local Authorities (Scotland).
(28591)
115  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list for each unitary local authority the number of council houses affected by (a) dampness and (b) condensation at 31st March 1996.
(28982)
116  
  
Mrs Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what provision her Department makes to help those entering work in the period between benefits payments ending and the first wage payment being received.
(29161)
117  
  
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people failed to attend an Independent Tribunal Service hearing in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what is the cost of each hearing.
(29226)
118  
  
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants who appealed to the Independent Tribunal Service had their appeal for (a) income support, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) jobseeker's allowance and (d) disability living allowance, (i) turned down and (ii) accepted in the two most recent years for which figures are available.
(29227)
119  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many of her officials are authorised to enter premises without a warrant.
(29045)
120  
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 Fareham Borough Council area.
(28369)
121  
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 Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council area.
(27575)
122  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what are the latest percentage estimates based on funds held in all forms of financial and saving institutions of those households with (a) no savings and (b) savings (i) up to £2,000, (ii) between £2,000 to £5,000, (iii) £5,000 to £7,000, (iv) £7,500 to £10,000, (v) £10,000 to £20,000, (vi) £20,000 to £40,000, (vii) £40,000 to £60,000, (viii) £60,000 to £100,000 and (ix) over £100,000.
(28975)
123  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her Answer to the honourable Member for Gravesham of 6th February, Official Report, columns 813-4, on the jobseeker's allowance, if she will revoke the Jobseeker's Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I. 1998 No. 71) made on 15th January.
(29018)
124  
N  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many people suffered accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in the home in each of the last five years; how many of these died as a result; what steps are currently being taken and what measures are planned to reduce the number of such cases.
(28978)
125  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many people are employed by the British Geological Survey in Scotland, broken down by job category; what facilities for map making the British Geological Survey maintains in Scotland; and if she will provide a breakdown of British Geological Survey spending in Scotland as a ratio of overall spending in each year since 1990.
(28552)
126  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many items of each type of defence equipment were exported to (a) Malaysia, (b) Thailand, (c) Indonesia and (d) Singapore over the last six years.
(29162)
127  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what factors underlay the decision to grant Indonesia an ECGD guarantee for five years' credit on defence exports.
(29158)
128  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will take steps to abolish standing charges on domestic energy supplies and telephones.
(29168)
129  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will convene a meeting of Ministers of her Department, the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, the Treasury and the Department for International Development to discuss the Multilateral Agreement on Investment in advance of the meeting of OECD Ministers on 16th and 17th February.
(29024)
130  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many meetings of officials from her Department have attended meetings on the subject of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment at which there were (a) only officials from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, (b) only officials from the Department for International Development, (c) only officials from the Treasury and (d) officials from the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, the Department for International Development and the Treasury.
(29025)
131  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what environmental appraisal will be undertaken in respect of the award of contracts to renewables developers under the Fifth Round of the Non Fossil Fuel Obligation.
(29017)
132  
  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if the deadline of 1st January 2000 set by the European Union for the implementation of carrier pre-selection will be achieved in the United Kingdom.
(29001)
133  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the arms for which licences for export to the Philippines have been granted in the past five years.
(29120)
134  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the sum which the Government has taken from the coal miners' pension funds (a) in total and (b) attributable to miners living in Wales; on what basis the money was transferred; when the actuarial advice was given to the Government concerning the proportion of the pension fund which needed to be withheld; and if she will make a statement.
(28992)
135  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans the Government has to transfer money from the staff pension scheme of British Coal workers; what consultations she has undertaken concerning those proposals; and if she will make a statement.
(28993)
136  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what functions he exercises in England.
(29023)
137  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much additional money he will make available to local authorities in 1998-99 to enable them to subsidise local bus services; and if he will make a statement.
(28998)
138  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the locations and size of Forestry Commission land sold in Wales since 1st May 1997.
(29231)
139  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has made to the European Commission concerning the future of EU aid to the poorer regions in the United Kingdom as a result of the new definition of eligibility for Objective 2 funds.
(28995)
140  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will place in the Library the guidelines and terms of reference issued by his Department to the consultants who assisted with the recruitment of the Chief Executive of the Welsh Development Agency.
(28990)
141  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd February, Official Report, column 533, on inward investment to Wales, if he will list the criteria he uses to determine the areas of Wales which need most help.
(29000)
142  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will undertake a study of the future needs of air services and airports in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(28996)
143  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many applicants there were for the post of Chief Executive to the Welsh Development Agency when the present incumbent was appointed; how many were interviewed; and how many of those interviewed withdrew their application prior to an appointment being made.
(28991)
144  
  
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is the normal practice in his Department in relation to consulting the author of a private and confidential letter to his Department about giving copies of it to third parties.
(29232)
145  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what estimate her Department has made of the value of the global environmental services market; and what measures she has undertaken to promote the interests of United Kingdom companies in this sector.
[Transferred] (29016)
146  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many children were (a) killed and (b) injured in road accidents (i) during school hours and (ii) whilst travelling to and from school in the latest period for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (29164)
147  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many children were killed in road traffic accidents (a) in total, (b) by drivers whilst speeding and (c) by drivers under the influence of (i) alcohol and (ii) drugs in the latest period for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (29163)


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