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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 12 February 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 12 February of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Thursday 12 February, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Friday 13 February, see Part 2 of this Paper.

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


 
THURSDAY 12th FEBRUARY
1  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when Ivomec was first licensed for use in the United Kingdom.
(29416)
2  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the amount of public funding awarded to each sector of farming under BSE compensation.
(29251)
3  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what percentage of agricultural support has been allocated to countryside protection in each of the last five years.
(29254)
4  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what proposals his Department has for the use of set aside land.
(29252)
5  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received from other European Union countries on retirement packages for the agricultural sector.
(29250)
6  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to introduce measures to ensure that reductions in the prices received by farmers for their livestock are reflected in the prices charged in supermarkets.
(29261)
7  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what is his estimate of the total time and cost entailed in prosecuting those accused of cannabis offences in each of the past five years.
(29136)
8  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many films have been filmed in the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years.
(29354)
9  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many films have been produced in the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years.
(29424)
10  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many films have been financed in the United Kingdom in each of the past 10 years.
(29426)
11  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the impact on sport development of the removal of physical education from the core curriculum.
(29408)
12  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list those facilities in the (a) public and (b) private sector that have a current full-time requirement for MoD Police; and if he will list the current annual cost at each facility.
(29179)
13  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will meet representatives of the local community prior to any decisions being announced on the future of RNAD Broughton Moor, Cumbria.
(29068)
14  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) individuals and (b) organisations who have expressed an interest in developing the RNAD site at Broughton Moor, Cumbria.
(29066)
15  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he intends to announce his decisions on the future of RNAD Broughton Moor, Cumbria.
(29067)
16  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what surveys are being undertaken on the alternative disposal uses of Broughton Moor RNAD.
(29069)
17  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where NAAFI files and records are currently located which relate to the publicly funded messing contract.
(29288)
18  
  
Mr Terry Lewis (Worsley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many high level flights, by military aircraft, over Greater Manchester there were in each of the last six months.
(29255)
19  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many flying accidents have been recorded during low-altitude training in the last 10 years; and what measures are being taken to reduce the number of accidents.
(29358)
20  
N  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 12th January, Official Report, column 133, on the cost of decommissioning old buildings and equipment at AWE Aldermaston, when he expects to be able to provide the information.
(28226)
21  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will establish an Internet web site for information on studies undertaken into health problems of nuclear weapons test veterans.
(29273)
22  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what financial formula is being used to allocate the budget of the Careers Service (a) within London and (b) between the regions.
(29209)
23  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what responsibilities the Careers Service has under the New Deal for 18 to 24 year olds.
(29208)
24  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what discussions he has had with the Further Education Funding Council about the future role of the Association of Colleges.
(29301)
25  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many further education colleges there are in England; and how many teaching staff are employed in these colleges (a) full-time, (b) on short-term contracts and (c) as agency teaching staff.
(29427)
26  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many further education colleges were in deficit for the financial year 1996-97; what percentage of colleges this represented; and what were the equivalent figures for each of the four previous financial years.
(29420)
27  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what advice he has given to the Further Education Funding Council concerning the individual and collective responsibilities of the members of college corporations.
(29302)
28  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to increase the total number of students within further education colleges during the financial year 1998-99; how the increase will be allocated between different regions; what methods will be used to ensure that targets are achieved; what additional funding will be available to colleges for students; and what the impact will be on the average level of funding per student throughout the sector.
(29382)
29  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to ensure that the content of the National Grid for Learning is accessible and relevant to teachers in (a) further, higher and adult education and (b) workplace-based learning.
(29298)
30  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many redundancies of (a) teaching staff, (b) support staff and (c) management posts were notified by further education colleges in England in each of the last four years; and what estimate he has made of the likely reduction in each of these three categories during 1998-99.
(29300)
31  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the total number of further education colleges running a budget deficit for the current financial year; and if he will list the current estimated deficit of each of these colleges for (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99.
(29421)
32  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many students in further education colleges were engaged on franchised courses in each of the last four financial years; and what proportion of total students this represented in each case.
(29299)
33  
N  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the number of assaults made on teachers by (a) pupils, (b) parents and (c) others in the last academic year; what assessment he has made of the trends in those numbers; and what plans he has to tackle the problem of assaults on teachers.
(28979)
34  
N  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the number of times the police were called to deal with incidents in schools in the last academic year; and what assessment he has made of the trend in the number of such incidents.
(28980)
35  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of teachers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools are male.
(29361)
36  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proposals involving school governors he has to improve school standards.
(29356)
37  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many representations he has received in support of the removal of local council representation on the boards of school governors; and if he will make a statement.
(29380)
38  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the numbers of student governors in colleges of further education; and if he will make a statement.
(29532)
39  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what factors underlay his decision not to produce a White Paper on lifelong learning; and if he will make a statement.
(29525)
40  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will abolish the 16-hour rule for the Jobseeker's allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(29531)
41  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of young people within the Gateway period for the New Deal have criminal records.
(29296)
42  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he plans to extend the New Deal to the older unemployed.
(29295)
43  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the per capita funding for those unemployed who (a) are and (b) are not included in the New Deal.
(29294)
44  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people claiming unemployment benefit are not eligible for inclusion in the New Deal.
(29293)
45  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people are currently studying courses relating to film production.
(29423)
46  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people were employed in the film industry in each of the last 10 years; and how many are currently employed.
(29425)
47  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much extra funding has been provided per pupil to (a) grant maintained schools and (b) maintained schools in the (i) primary and (ii) secondary sectors, since 1st May 1997.
(29271)
48  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which grant maintained schools have received extra funding from the FAS for urgent repairs since 1st May 1997; and in each case how much.
(29267)
49  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what total sum the FAS has distributed to grant maintained schools since 1st May 1997.
(29269)
50  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many grant maintained schools have received extra funding since 1st May 1997.
(29270)
51  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of (a) the fitness of the nation's schoolchildren, (b) measures within schools to improve fitness and (c) the effects of the proposed removal of physical education from the core curriculum.
(29407)
52  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the health implications of schools' dependence on outside toilets; and what priority he attaches to their removal.
(29405)
53  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if students beginning courses in 1999-2000 and beyond will be eligible to claim travel allowance on the same basis as at present.
(29211)
54  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, who will be responsible for administering the new hardship loan scheme; how much money in total has been allocated for this purpose; how much each individual student will be able to claim in the form of a hardship loan; if all students who apply will be given a hardship loan; when and how those who take out hardship loans will be expected to repay them; and if he will make a statement.
(29212)
55  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (a) cyclists and (b) pedestrians have been (i) killed and (ii) seriously injured by motor vehicles in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(29377)
56  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many pedestrians have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured by cyclists in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(29376)
57  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to carry out a review of the work of English Nature.
(29409)
58  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the total number of (a) incidents, (b) incidents requiring coordinating action and (c) false alarms or hoaxes handled by each of the maritime rescue coordination centres in 1996.
(29412)
59  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the total number of (a) incidents, (b) incidents requiring coordinating action and (c) false alarms or hoaxes handled by each of the maritime rescue sub-centres in 1996.
(29413)
60  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the cost of setting up the integrated coastguard communications system project.
(29414)
61  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people were diagnosed as suffering from mesothelioma in (a) 1993, (b) 1994, (c) 1995 and (d) 1996 in each (i) parliamentary constituency and (ii) local authority area.
(29235)
62  
N  
Sir Norman Fowler (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce executive mayors; on what time-scale; and if he will make a statement.
(29228)
63  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to make provisions for the establishment of a dog registration scheme by local authorities.
(29247)
64  
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 Gosport Borough Council in each of the last five years.
(27577)
65  
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 Gosport Borough Council area.
(27578)
66  
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 Gosport Borough Council area in each of the last five years.
(27579)
67  
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 Gosport Borough Council area in each of the last five years.
(27580)
68  
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 Gosport Borough Council area about housing needs in that area.
(27581)
69  
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 Gosport Borough Council area.
(27582)
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 Gosport Borough; and if he will make a statement.
(27918)
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 Gosport Borough Council; and what were the equivalent figures at the same time in each of the last five years.
(27919)
72  
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 Rushmoor Borough Council area in each of the last five years.
(28371)
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 (i) Havant Borough, (ii) Eastleigh, (iii) Test Valley Borough and (iv) New Forest District council areas in the last three years.
(28152)
74  
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 (i) Havant Borough, (ii) Eastleigh Borough, (iii) Test Valley and (iv) New Forest District council areas about housing needs for each area.
(28153)
75  
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 (i) Havant Borough, (ii) Eastleigh, (iii) Test Valley Borough and (iv) New Forest District council areas in each of the last five years.
(28154)
76  
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 (a) transfer and (b) waiting lists of the (i) Havant Borough, (ii) New Forest District, (iii) Test Valley Borough and (iv) Eastleigh Borough councils; and what were the equivalent figures at the same time in each of the last five years.
(28155)
77  
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 Rushmoor Borough Council area.
(28370)
78  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the projected increase against current levels in freight use of the Channel Tunnel once the high-speed rail link is opened.
(29495)
79  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what noise and pollution alleviation measures for residents in London will be required for those proposing to construct the high speed Channel Tunnel rail link.
(29497)
80  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (a) passenger and (b) freight trains per day are projected to use the high-speed rail link.
(29498)
81  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what projects his Department is funding to restore land previously used for industry to its natural state.
(29374)
82  
N  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his oral statement of 5th February, Official Report, column 1258, on Derbyshire's local government settlements, what plans he has to redress the effects of the discrimination in recent settlements which he has identified.
(29142)
83  
N  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his oral statement of 5th February, Official Report, column 1258, on local government settlements for Derbyshire, what assessment he has made of the level of discrimination in local government settlements for those counties whose standard spending assessments are lower than Derbyshire.
(29141)
84  
N  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his oral statement of 5th February, Official Report, column 1258, on local government settlements for Derbyshire, on what evidence he based his statement that there were difficulties in financing Derbyshire for some years under the previous administration.
(29140)
85  
N  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many planning permissions were granted on appeal or following call-in by the Secretary of State for major out-of-town retail developments (a) between January 1988 and April 1997 and (b) since 1st May 1997.
(29210)
86  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each year since 1995 those sites specified in authorisations issued under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 to receive low level radioactive waste, indicating the annual volume and isotopic content of wastes received at each site and the origin of such wastes; and if he will make a statement.
(29418)
87  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were diagnosed as suffering from asbestosis in 1996 in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area.
(29234)
88  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are currently paying income tax at (a) the basic rate and (b) higher tax rates in each county of England and Wales.
(29480)
89  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the amounts received by the Exchequer in each of the last five years from (a) vehicle excise duty and (b) excise duty on (i) leaded petrol, (ii) unleaded petrol and (iii) diesel, broken down by receipts from (A) Scotland, (B) England, (C) Wales and (D) Northern Ireland.
(28067)
90  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the total quantity of agreed (a) trading tax losses and (b) capital losses in (i) technology companies and (ii) biotechnology companies, in the last year for which figures are available.
(29411)
91  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many invoices sent to the Inland Revenue were not paid within (a) 30, (b) 40, (c) 50 and (d) 60 days in the period since 1st May 1997.
(29186)
92  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the proposed system of advanced payments of corporation tax had been in force, how many companies would (a) have benefited and (b) have been disadvantaged if their size had been determined using previous years' profits rather than an accurate estimate of current year profits in each of the last three years.
(29192)
93  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many representations he has received from (a) private pensions companies and (b) local authorities on the impact on pension fund contributions of abolishing advance corporation tax credits for pension funds; and if he will make a statement on the content of those representations.
(29206)
94  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate how much the income tax take will be (a) as a percentage of gross domestic product and (b) in cash terms in each year from 1997-98 to 2002-03 on current taxation plans; and how much of this is attributable to the abolition of dividend tax credits.
(29194)
95  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households currently in receipt of family credit would experience a shift in net income to the principal wage earner if family credit were replaced by a working families tax credit payable through the pay packet to the principal earner.
(29187)
96  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the latest year for which figures are available, how many companies had profits in the large, medium and small categories as defined for the new system of advance payments of corporation tax.
(29193)
97  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households would pay extra tax in excess of (a) £90, (b) £100, (c) £180 and (d) £400 if child benefit were taxed as income of the principal earner in a household.
(29190)
98  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the tax burden as a percentage of gross domestic product in each year from 1997-98 to 2002-03 on current taxation plans.
(29183)
99  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that copies of all the responses to the individual savings account consultation process are placed in the Library.
(29185)
100  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what would be the loss in revenue resulting from an increase in the single person's income tax allowance of (a) £50, (b) £100, (c) £150, (d) £200 (e) £250 and (f) £300; and how many people would be taken out of tax in each case.
(29184)
101  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the impact of the tax changes announced in the July 1997 Budget on the annual disposable income of (a) an individual on average earnings and (b) a married couple on average earnings with a £50,000 mortgage.
(29195)
102  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what has been the total revenue received from the film industry in each of the past 10 years.
(29370)
103  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what management procedures have been introduced in his Department to ensure that the new environmental policies being developed by the Treasury are communicated (a) internally to all branches of his Department involved in policy formulation and resource accounting, (b) to ministers and officials of other Government departments and (c) to chief executives of non-departmental public bodies and nationalised industries.
(29272)
104  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of total income to the Treasury resulting from a three pence per litre increase in tax on vehicular fuel.
(29491)
105  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the total income to the Treasury resulting from (a) a 6 per cent., (b) an 8 per cent. and (c) a 10 per cent. annual increase in tax on vehicular fuel per annum in each year for the next five years.
(29490)
106  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the impact on employment of changes in the petro-currency status of the national currency upon the United Kingdom's accession to the euro zone, with particular reference to periods of international crisis.
(28742)
107  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made on behalf of British women and children banned from the USA under trade-related legislation.
(29289)
108  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many United Kingdom women and children have been banned from the USA under the Helms-Burton legislation.
(29290)
109  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of world trade agreements and national trade-related legislation which enables countries to bar spouses and their children from entry.
(29292)
110  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the country of origin of the advanced missile guidance parts intercepted by Jordan in late 1995 on the way to Iraq; and through which other countries they had passed prior to reaching Jordan.
(29286)
111  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what are the alternative civilian uses of the four plants in Iraq which have been used to produce chemical warfare munitions; what characteristics of these plants make them suitable for chemical weapons; and if these are necessary for the civilian uses.
(29287)
112  
  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd February, Official Report, column 544, if he will list the primary and secondary legislation brought forward to implement the judgments in each of the cases cited in his Answer.
(29501)
113  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those UN resolutions which have not been fully complied with since 1968.
(29381)
114  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 9th February, Official Report, columns 36-7, on weapons inspections in Iraq, if he will list the British manufacturers of equipment found by inspectors in Iraq; and, in each case, itemise the equipment found and the number of the export licence.
(29279)
115  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what communications he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about (a) the payment of private school fees for the children of HM diplomatic personnel out of public funds and (b) the provision of return air flights to and from the United Kingdom to the children of HM diplomatic personnel in posts overseas out of public funds.
(28984)
116  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the cost to the Exchequer in the current financial year of (a) providing return air flights to and from the United Kingdom out of public funds to the children of diplomatic personnel posted overseas and (b) the payment of school fees out of public funds for the children of HM diplomatic personnel.
(28985)
117  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the letter to the honourable Member for Walsall North of 19th January (ref. no. 303198), for what reasons entry clearance has not yet been issued to Mr Nazakat Ali.
(29072)
118  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the disparities in life expectancy for those suffering from breast cancer in (a) the UK, (b) France and (c) the USA.
(29128)
119  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the (a) total number and (b) percentage of the population aged (i) under 15 years, (ii) under 20 years and (iii) under 25 years who are likely to become tobacco smokers in the next five years as a result of (1) peer pressure, (2) advertising and (3) other reasons.
(29129)
120  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of each variant of CJD were identified in 1997; and how many resulted in death.
(29417)
121  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to implement changes to the National Health Service appeals procedure.
(29257)
122  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on Southampton Community NHS Trust's arrangements for the disposal of three sites, currently occupied by the Lymington Hospital, to a preferred bidder and PFI partner.
(29360)
123  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost to public funds of disposing of NHS real estate by a system of preferred bidders as against sale on the open market.
(29359)
124  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the (a) process and (b) timetable for considering health action zone bids.
(29406)
125  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of (a) the fitness of the nation's schoolchildren and (b) the effects of the proposed removal of physical education from the core curriculum.
(29404)
126  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to protect asthma sufferers from the effects of passive smoking (a) at work and (b) in public places.
(29260)
127  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from (a) parents and (b) doctors concerning a possible link between vaccinations, antibiotics and brain damage in children.
(29259)
128  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 38, if he will list the number of racial incidents in 1996-97, by police force per head of population.
(29489)
129  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the legislation in respect of the welfare protection afforded to circus animals.
(29133)
130  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the video produced by Animal Defenders on the treatment of animals in circuses, a copy of which has been sent to him.
(29132)
131  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to ban the use of animals in circuses.
(29131)
132  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the benefits to the Prison Service of access to the web site, Penal Lexicon; and if he will make a statement.
(29415)
133  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are currently held in category A prisons.
(29182)
134  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many 15 and 16 year olds remanded to adult prison accommodation on a subsequent court appearance were (a) found not guilty of all charges and (b) sentenced to a non-custodial sentence in the most recent years for which figures are available.
(29258)
135  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been cautioned for possession of cannabis (a) once, (b) twice and (c) three or more times, by police force region, in each year since 1986.
(29249)
136  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what are the totals and percentage of those accused of (a) possession of and (b) dealing in cannabis who were (i) found not guilty, (ii) fined and (iii) imprisoned in each of the past five years in each police area.
(29139)
137  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of those fined for cannabis offences in the past four years were fined (a) the maximum the law allows, (b) 50 per cent. or less of the maximum and (c) 10 per cent. or less of the maximum.
(29135)
138  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prescriptions were issued per 100 prisoners in British jails for (a) tranquilisers and (b) other medicinal drugs in each of the last five years.
(29127)
139  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total cost in police time of detaining, arresting and prosecuting all those cautioned, prosecuted or convicted of offences involving cannabis in each of the past five years.
(29138)
140  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total annual cost of imprisonment of those convicted of possessing or dealing in cannabis in each of the past five years.
(29137)
141  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will give for (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the Netherlands, (i) the number of heroin addicts per 1,000 of the population, (ii) the average age of heroin addicts, (iii) the number of deaths from ecstacy, (iv) the number of deaths from glue sniffing and (v) the number of cannibis users per 1,000 of the population, in each of the past five years.
(29134)
142  
  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will consult the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs on a proposal to reschedule flunitrazepam as a class B drug.
(29524)
143  
N  
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many current prison inmates are known to have previously been in care as children or young people; what proportion of the prison population this represents; and if he will make a statement.
(27269)
144  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of CCTV on the crime rate in neighbouring areas.
(29364)
145  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what statistical evidence his Department has collated on the impact on crime levels of the introduction of CCTV.
(29365)
146  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if, to constitute a public authority for the purposes of the Human Rights Bill [Lords], a body must (a) receive public money and/or (b) fulfil a statutory responsibility and/or (c) have on the governing body one or more persons appointed by the Government.
(29171)
147  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if a body which (a) receives public money, and/or (b) fulfils a statutory responsibility and/or (c) has on its governing body one or more persons appointed by the Government is automatically a public authority for the purposes of the Human Rights Bill [Lords].
(29172)
148  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure a full investigation into circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Ricky Reel.
(29494)
149  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received concerning the death of Mr Ricky Reel.
(29492)
150  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many racial attacks were reported in each police area in January 1998.
(29493)
151  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, in what capacity he gave his Florence lecture in January; at what public expense; and what consultations he had with representatives of the Foreign Office beforehand.
(28741)
152  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he has discussed the matters raised with Commissioner Liikanen during his recent meeting with (a) Ministers from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and (b) representatives of the Prime Minister's Office.
(28740)
153  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, in what capacity he recently met Commissioner Liikanen; what matters were discussed; at whose request the meeting took place; from which Department the civil servants present came; and if he will make a statement.
(28739)
154  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, to what extent his ministerial responsibilities cover relations with (a) the European Union and (b) the European Commission.
(28835)
155  
N  
Mr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to place the Policy Appraisal Fair Treatment guidelines on a statutory basis; and if she will make a statement.
(28627)
156  
N  
Mr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to meet representatives of (a) the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights, (b) the Fair Employment Commission, (c) the Equal Opportunities Commission and (d) the Commission for Racial Equality before she publishes her response to the Employment Equality Review; and if she will make a statement.
(28626)
157  
N  
Mr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the organisations and other interested parties which have been consulted anent her response to the recommendations of the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights; and if she will make a statement.
(28628)
158  
  
Mr Andrew MacKay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will instigate an independent external inquiry into the Maze Prison.
(29395)
159  
  
Mr Andrew MacKay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she expects the Maze Prison inquiry will be concluded.
(29394)
160  
  
Mr Andrew MacKay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will publish in full the findings of the Maze Prison inquiry.
(29393)
161  
N  
Mr Ken Maginnis (Fermanagh and South Tyrone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what contact either she or her officials have had with the South African government concerning processes for the release of political prisoners; what assessment she has made of the applicability of such processes to Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.
(29073)
162  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the President of the Council, what information she has collated on (a) sitting hours and (b) times of main votes of other parliaments.
(29355)
163  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he had with President Clinton regarding the effects of the Helms-Burton Act on United Kingdom citizens and their families.
(29291)
164  
  
Mrs Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people in each Scottish health board area were removed from NHS dentists' registers as a result of missing a registration period in each year since 1992.
(29369)
165  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what procedures he followed in the appointment of a consultant to report on the opportunities for Gaelic broadcasting in the digital era; what criteria were used for selecting the person appointed; how many candidates were considered for the position; what is the consultant's remit; what access the consultant has to commercially sensitive information; what timescale and fee the consultant has been given; and if he will make a statement.
(29213)
166  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations have been made to him regarding a possible conflict of interest in the appointment of a consultant to undertake a report on the opportunities for Gaelic broadcasting in the digital era; and if he will make a statement.
(29214)
167  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide more funds to voluntary organisations whose work contributes to combating social exclusion.
(29070)
168  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment has been made of the likely cost of (a) clearing the site and (b) clearing asbestos from the site at Holyrood before construction can commence on the new Parliament building.
(29499)
169  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the total financial support from his Department to farm watch and rural watch schemes in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(29244)
170  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the total number of (a) retained and (b) all fire officers per force, by sex and age group, in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(29256)
171  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the total number of special police constables, per police force, by sex and age group, in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(29242)
172  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many (a) police houses and (b) police stations there were in each police force area, in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what proportion of police stations were operating on a part-time basis in each year, in each force.
(29245)
173  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the cost to public funds of each special constable; what is the average length of service of a special constable; what percentage of special constables are subsequently employed by the police; and if he will make a statement.
(29241)
174  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the number of farm watch and rural watch schemes (a) in each area and (b) in total; what is the estimated average number of people involved in each scheme; what steps his Department takes to encourage individuals to join the schemes; and if he will make a statement.
(29243)
175  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer of 9th February, Official Report, column 22, what assessment he has made of the factors underlying the disparity in the proportion of the Scottish Bar who are QCs as against those in (a) the Northern Ireland Bar and (b) the Bar in England and Wales.
(29428)
176  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the treatment of war disablement pension made by each local authority in Scotland in calculating residential care assessments.
(29285)
177  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many prisoners in Scottish prisons are currently studying for (a) a higher education qualification, (b) a further education qualification and (c) higher grade or standard grade examination qualifications.
(29027)
178  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the membership of the committee set up to review the handling of grant applications by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland; when the review committee will meet; and when the review committee will publish its findings.
(29176)
179  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what factors underlay the decision to give the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council the responsibility for deciding the annual intake figures for teacher training courses.
(29178)
180  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if students beginning courses in 1999-2000 and beyond will be eligible to claim travel allowance on the same basis as at present.
(29173)
181  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people applied to Scottish further and higher education institutions for entry in (a) 1996, (b) 1997 and (c) 1998; and how many of these were from (i) Scotland, (ii) England, (iii) Wales, (iv) Northern Ireland, (v) other EU countries and (vi) the rest of the world.
(29177)
182  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if students beginning courses in 2000 who are over the age of 50 years will be able to take out a student loan under the new arrangements.
(29174)
183  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, who will be responsible for administering the new hardship loan scheme; how much money in total has been allocated for this purpose; how much each individual student will be able to claim in the form of a hardship loan; whether all students who apply will be given a hardship loan; when and how those who take out hardship loans will be expected to repay them; and if he will make a statement.
(29175)
184  
N  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will itemise total expenditure on each of the disability benefits in the United Kingdom in (a) 1979-80 and (b) 1996-97, at 1996-97 prices, with the corresponding numbers of recipients; and if she will list, with dates, the legislation between 1979 and 1997, inclusive, other than annual upratings, which affected those numbers and costs.
(29207)
185  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) terminally-ill people receiving payments under Special Rules, (b) paraplegics, (c) quadriplegics, (d) people who are both deaf and blind, (e) double amputees and (f) people who fall within the Benefits Agency's definition of severe mental impairment have been mistakenly included in the Benefits Integrity Project to date.
(29181)
186  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many of the disability living allowance awards re-examined as part of the Benefit Integrity Project up to 31st December have been referred to a fraud officer; and of those how many have been (a) recommended for prosecution, (b) prosecuted for fraud and (c) cleared of fraud.
(29180)
187  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what consultations there have been in respect of CSA office changes with (a) customers, (b) their representatives, (c) customer support and advice groups and (d) other local interested parties.
(29263)
188  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when honourable Members were informed of the planned changes in CSA offices in their constituencies; what representations she has received from them; and what plans she has to re-examine the proposed changes.
(29264)
189  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment she has made of the impact of the proposed closure of Child Support Agency offices on (a) customers' transport costs and (b) civil service administrative costs.
(29268)
190  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans the Child Support Agency has to reduce the number of offices from which customers can be dealt with by (a) telephone, (b) personal interview and (c) visits to their home address.
(29262)
191  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment she has made of the impact of the proposed closure of Child Support Agency offices on other agencies in local areas with particular reference to citizens advice bureaux.
(29265)
192  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of pensioners are entitled to receive income support.
(29357)
193  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of retiring pensioners were entitled to income support in the last year for which figures are available.
(29367)
194  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of retiring pensioners were entitled to income support or its equivalent on retirement in (a) 1996, (b) 1995, (c) 1990, (d) 1985, (e) 1980, (f) 1975 and (g) 1970.
(29371)
195  
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 Gosport Borough Council area.
(27583)
196  
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 Rushmoor Borough Council area.
(28372)
197  
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 (a) Havant Borough, (b) Eastleigh, (c) New Forest District and (d) Test Valley District council areas.
(28151)
198  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make a statement on the policy of the Government in respect of sections 111 and 112 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 as amended by sections 13 and 14 of the Social Security Administration (Fraud) Act 1997 with particular reference to the duties of local authority social workers.
(29246)
199  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate the loss of revenue from raising the starting level of employers' national insurance contributions to the same level as income tax for a single person.
(29191)
200  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, in how many households currently in receipt of family credit the principal earner is (a) a man and (b) a woman; and in each case what is the average amount of family credit paid per week.
(29188)
201  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, in how many households in receipt of family credit there are two adults; and in how many of those the benefit is paid to the man.
(29189)
202  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what research her Department has commissioned into the correlation between social class and (a) illness and (b) mortality rates; and if she will make a statement.
(29368)
203  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) medical appeal and (b) social security appeal tribunals have been held in each of the last five years (i) in the Northern Region and (ii) in total; and if he will give a breakdown of their outcomes.
(29482)
204  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the total cost of medical appeal tribunals in each of the last five years in (a) the Northern Region and (b) the United Kingdom.
(29400)
205  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the total cost of social security appeal tribunals in each of the last five years in (a) the Northern Region and (b) the United Kingdom.
(29402)
206  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will review the disability benefits assessment made in respect of Mrs Carol Preston of Stockport.
(29205)
207  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people have had their disability benefit reduced in the last 12 months.
(29202)
208  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will review the procedures under which those with acute disabilities have their benefit reduced.
(29203)
209  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the Government's policy towards disability benefits for those with acute disabilities.
(29201)
210  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, in how many cases in the last five years officials involved in assessing claims for disability benefit have been disciplined for reducing or refusing such claims.
(29204)
211  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the current situation in connection with concessionary coal allowances to miners and their families.
(29071)
212  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if, in assessing the future export market for MOX fuel, she will evaluate projections by independent experts, with particular reference to the international MOX assessment final report of November 1997.
(29500)
213  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the gross domestic product of each county in England in each year since 1977.
(29481)
214  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she expects to reply to the questions, tabled on 14th January, from the honourable Member for Ribble Valley, relating to the oil industry.
(29248)
215  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will ensure that local and national consumer organisations have an opportunity to make representations in the event of a bid for the Energy Group plc and Eastern Electricity by (a) Nomura International and/or (b) Texas Utilities.
(29496)
216  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans exist for the decontamination and restoration of the second nuclear waste shaft at Dounreay; and what estimate the Atomic Energy Authority has made of the costs.
(29283)
217  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what progress has been made in developing a waste management and disposal strategy for the sodium in the heat exchange systems at the fast reactors at Dounreay; which consultants have been used; and what estimates have been made of the likely final costs.
(29281)
218  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what data she has (a) collated and (b) plans to obtain on whether British companies were responsible for selling Agent 15 or its constituents to Iraq since 1968; and what export licences have been issued for the sale of glycollates to Iraq.
(29280)
219  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, concerning how many underground shafts in which radioactive materials have been disposed of the Government has been provided with information by the management of the nuclear power development establishment at Dounreay; and when the information was provided.
(29297)
220  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has received concerning the activities of Transco.
(29533)
221  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will make a statement on British Government support for the new Mumbai airport project; which British companies are involved in the project; and what discussions have taken place with the Indian authorities.
(29422)
222  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps she is taking to (a) increase competition and (b) ensure fair pricing in the gas supply market.
(29534)
223  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the progress to date on the reconvening of the Tableware Strategy Group.
(29419)
224  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the GDP of each county in Wales since 1977.
(29483)
225  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what talks he has had with NorthWest Rail in respect of services on the Wrexham-Bidston Railway; and if he will make a statement.
(29433)
226  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he proposes to announce his strategic roads programmes for Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(29430)
227  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when the Optec DD factory at Buckley will close and with how many redundancies; and if he will make a statement.
(29435)
228  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the progress of the New Deal in Wales.
(29429)
229  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his estimate of the number of manufacturing redundancies announced in 1998 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(29432)
230  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of progress in introducing playgroups in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(29431)
231  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what initiatives (i) he and (ii) the Welsh Development Agency will take to find a new tenant for the current Optec DD factory at Buckley, Flintshire; and if he will make a statement.
(29434)
232  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what CCTV projects are proposed for Wales during the next 12 months.
(29366)
233  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what initiatives he is taking to reduce the number of jet ski-related accidents in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(29378)
234  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what measures he is taking to improve local health services in Wales.
(29379)
235  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to improve mobile phone reception within Wales.
(29362)
236  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much will be raised in the present financial year from the windfall levy.
[Question Unstarred] (27215)
237  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions have been recorded for instances of cruelty to animals within circuses for each year since 1980; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (29130)
238  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what targets he has set for lowland forestry; and to what extent these targets are being met.
[Transferred] (29253)
239  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evaluation he has made of the Dalton Report.
[Transferred] (29363)
240  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proposals he has to improve public transport communications between North and South Wales.
[Transferred] (29373)
241  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proposals he has to increase the use of public transport in West Wales.
[Transferred] (29372)
242  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what statutory provisions govern the responsibility of health authorities for decisions on water fluoridation.
[Transferred] (29399)
243  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will ask the Chairman of COMARE to re-open his enquiry into the causes of leukaemia near Dounreay following the disclosure of a second subterranean shaft containing nuclear waste at Dounreay.
[Transferred] (29282)
244  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the treatment of war disablement pension made by each local authority in calculating residential care assessments.
[Transferred] (29284)
245  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many vaccine damaged children are excluded from the vaccine damage scheme (a) due to the 80 per cent. disablement threshold and (b) because their application was made over six years after the vaccination date.
[Transferred] (29266)
246  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on article K7.6 of the Amsterdam Treaty.
[Transferred] (29375)
247  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he expects to take to remove gas bullets from residential areas; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (29398)
248  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of safety risks of gas bullets stored near Gloucester Road in Cheltenham.
[Transferred] (29396)
249  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the safety record of the range gas storage methods.
[Transferred] (29397)
250  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what has been the total revenue earned by the film industry from exports in each of the last 10 years.
[Transferred] (29410)


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