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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Friday 13 February 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 13 February of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Friday 13 February, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Monday 16 February, see Part 2 of this Paper.

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


 
FRIDAY 13th FEBRUARY
1  
  
Mrs Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what research his Department has conducted into the relationship between the incidence of BSE in foreign countries and (a) the export of meat and bonemeal from Britain for use in animal feed and (b) the use of similar procedures in the production of meat and bonemeal for animal feed in those countries.
(29722)
2  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he plans to implement changes in the quarantine requirements for animals coming into this country before the end of 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(29743)
3  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what changes to the quarantine requirements for animals coming into the United Kingdom would require (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation.
(29721)
4  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons he intends to restrict the availability of vitamin B6.
(29383)
5  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the mechanism for calculating sheep annual premium payments at EU level in respect of the setting of the average market price in the EU; and if it will be his policy to direct higher levels of premium towards those parts of the Union with lower prices.
(29306)
6  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what studies his Department has undertaken concerning the incidence of meat and meat products from other EU countries which originated from non-EU countries but have been relabelled as of EU origin.
(29307)
7  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what checks are made on meat imports from other EU countries which originate from non-EU countries.
(29308)
8  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list each country from which (a) beef, (b) sheep meat, (c) pigmeat and (d) poultry meat was imported into the UK during 1997.
(29309)
9  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will allow the export of whole carcases of sheep over 12 months old.
(29310)
10  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what guidance he offers to farmers on altering the butterfat content of cow's milk by adjusting the feed content.
(29738)
11  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which rural areas in Wales he has visited in the last six months; and what plans he has to visit rural areas in the future.
(29681)
12  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list those categories of person entitled to concessionary television licences; if he will review the scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(292274)
13  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much English Heritage has spent on the restoration of historic (a) sites and (b) properties in each of the past five years.
(29741)
14  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much English Heritage has spent on maintenance of its historic (a) sites and (b) properties in each of the past five years.
(29742)
15  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what initiatives he has undertaken to encourage more female participation in sport; and what meetings he has had with (a) womens' groups and (b) the Minister for Women in this respect.
(29556)
16  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much National Lottery funding has been provided for the preservation of pleasure piers.
(29559)
17  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many pleasure piers have received public funding in each of the last 25 years.
(29560)
18  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure people living in Wales will be able to receive digital terrestrial television.
(29683)
19  
  
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will arrange for information to be published on the number of lottery tickets purchased each year in each constituency and district council area.
(29680)
20  
N  
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what restrictions in respect of hunting are placed on armed forces personnel in the United Kingdom.
(28631)
21  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his policy on setting snares for fox control in areas of his Department's estate where there is regular public access.
(29311)
22  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his policy on the use of rifles as a means of vermin control at night in areas of his Department's estate which are being used for military training at that time.
(29312)
23  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the Government's targets for reducing low flying by aircraft over Wales in the current year; and if his Department achieved its target for 1997.
(29594)
24  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what steps he is taking to increase confidence in the Government's handling of the millennium computer compliance problem.
(29509)
25  
N  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many Iraqi students are currently attending British universities; if he will list the subjects which they are studying; and what assessment he has made of the sources of their funding.
(29303)
26  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received on his proposals in the Green Paper, Excellence for all Children, Meeting Special Education Needs to end the current consent arrangements in respect of placing individual children with a statement at non-approved independent schools.
(29704)
27  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many EBD special schools there are in each local education authority area in England.
(29709)
28  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many primary schools have nurture groups for children showing early signs of emotional and behavioural difficulties with support from their local education authorities; and if he will list these local education authoirties and the amount of funding they provide for such groups.
(29707)
29  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many pupil referral units there are in each local education authority area in England.
(29710)
30  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he proposes to take to ensure that primary schools set aside time for physical education following recent changes in the core curriculum.
(29555)
31  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received from the National Coaching Foundation following the changes to the core curriculum relating to physical education.
(29558)
32  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) young people unemployed for more than six months and (b) people unemployed for more than two years he has assumed will participate in the New Deal in 1998-99, broken down by travel to work area or other suitable locality.
(29688)
33  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will provide a breakdown of patterns of expenditure in 1998-99 on (a) young and (b) long-term unemployed participants in the New Deal by travel to work area or other suitable locality.
(29689)
34  
  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he proposes to publish the revised guidance in WMP4; and if he will make a statement on its impact on rural areas.
(29547)
35  
  
Mrs Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of repossession orders which have been made in the last six months because of arrears caused by the difference between the standard mortgage interest rate and the actual interest rate levied by building societies.
(29723)
36  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent studies (a) his Department and (b) the Civil Aviation Authority have commissioned into the economic value of the aviation industry to the United Kingdom.
(29706)
37  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will assess the advantages of imposing an annual noise limit on aircraft movements at each of the main United Kingdom airports.
(29752)
38  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many flights at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick and (c) Stansted arrived or departed within the night quota period but were not counted against this quota in the last three years; and for what reasons.
(29705)
39  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment on the powers of regional development agencies.
(29663)
40  
N  
Sir Norman Fowler (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the final cost of the Jubilee Line extension; and if he will make a statement.
(29484)
41  
N  
Sir Norman Fowler (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the problems causing delay in the construction of the Jubilee Line extension.
(29486)
42  
N  
Sir Norman Fowler (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects that the Jubilee Line extension will be in operation; and if he will make a statement.
(29485)
43  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the function of the Sustainable Development Unit.
(29437)
44  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to encourage a reduction in the amount of container refuse distributed by fast food outlets.
(29701)
45  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much compensation has been paid to British hauliers following the French lorry drivers' dispute in 1997.
(29388)
46  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the procedures for consultations on proposals arising from the housing spending review.
(29669)
47  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to announce the outcome of the housing spending review.
(29668)
48  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd December 1997, Official Report, columns 433-4 on the Peat Working Group, for what reasons no non-governmental conservation organisation is a member of the group.
(29670)
49  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidelines his Department issues relating to beach (a) hygiene and (b) safety.
(29543)
50  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of beaches in the United Kingdom fail to comply with EU standards.
(29545)
51  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he proposes to make beaches cleaner.
(29544)
52  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 4th February, Official Report, columns 641-2, if he will make a statement on the ethical and wider public interest considerations which he wishes to be taken into account in the revision of Directive 90/220/EEC on the deliberate release of genetically-modified organisms; and if he intends to press for a requirement to show a need for the genetically-modified organism.
(29712)
53  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his assessment of the timetable for the revision of Council Directive 90/220/EEC; and if he will make a statement.
(29713)
54  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 4th February, Official Report, columns 641-2, if he will list the Government's concerns about the current procedures relating to the marketing and release of genetically-modified organisms as laid down in Council Directive 90/220/EEC.
(29711)
55  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what investigations of Novartis genetically-modified maize he has commissioned; and if he will make a statement.
(29714)
56  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people each week in the United Kingdom contribute to conceptions that are terminated legally and deliberately in the United Kingdom.
(29673)
57  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how frequently, after what delays, and with what precision he publishes information on changes in (a) inflation, (b) unemployment, (c) benefit claimants, (d) the balance of trade, (e) the numbers taking up smoking and (f) the numbers involved in conceptions that are terminated legally and deliberately.
(29674)
58  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if provision will be made for the continued circulation of Scottish banknotes on the accession of the United Kingdom to the single currency.
(29763)
59  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 5th February, Official Report, column 777, if he will commission research on the effect of the sale of excess reserves of (a) gold and (b) foreign currency by central banks participating in the euro on (i) world gold prices and (ii) international exchanges.
(29765)
60  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received regarding the imposition of a pollution tax on fast food companies.
(29699)
61  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the amount of potential annual revenue foregone as a result of overseas employers paying tax-free bonuses to United Kingdom-based employees' off-shore accounts.
(29551)
62  
N  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what would be the cost of revalorising the non-aged personal allowance; and what increase in (a) the non-aged married couple's allowance and (b) the additional personal allowance could be achieved for such a sum.
(28986)
63  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the need to co-ordinate decisions on the outcome of the comprehensive spending review, in respect of (a) housing spending, (b) mortgage interest tax relief, (c) stamp duty, (d) housing benefit, (e) income support, (f) capital gains and (g) council tax; and if he will make a statement.
(29546)
64  
  
Mr Tom Pendry (Stalybridge and Hyde):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the benefits to organisations with both travel and insurance interests of the different rates of insurance premium tax levied on travel insurance.
(29537)
65  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many ambassadors speak (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) more than four foreign languages.
(29740)
66  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the level of sickness amongst entry clearance officers in Bombay.
(29564)
67  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to reduce the waiting times in (a) Bombay and (b) New Delhi for applicants for settlement.
(29574)
68  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to meet the Venezuelan Ambassador to Britain.
(29570)
69  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applicants were interviewed prior to Mr Limbert Spencer's appointment as an adviser on minority issues to his Department; and how many were of Asian origin.
(29662)
70  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the enlargement of NATO.
(29577)
71  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date, at what salary, and with what job description, Mr Limbert Spencer was appointed as an adviser on minority issues to his Department.
(29661)
72  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) allowances and (b) holidays entry clearance officers in Bombay receive.
(29563)
73  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action has been taken by the British Ambassador to Venezuela concerning the cases of Paul Loseby and James Miles.
(29568)
74  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the advantages of India becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
(29575)
75  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the level of staffing of entry clearance officers in Bombay.
(29561)
76  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the USA to repay its UN debt.
(29576)
77  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the current salary levels of entry clearance officers in Bombay.
(29562)
78  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent action he has taken with regard to the transfer of convicted persons between Britain and Venezuela; and what requests have been made by the Venuzuelan government for the return of convicted Venezuelan prisoners held in Britain.
(29569)
79  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to reply to the letter of 2nd December from the honourable Member for South Suffolk regarding his constituent, Mr Reginald Clarke.
(29384)
80  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what professional advice he has taken on the minimum effective expenditure on an advertising campaign intended to reduce significantly the numbers of teenagers who start and continue to smoke cigarettes; from whom he has taken it; what changes in policy and spending he made as a result; and if he will make a statement.
(29675)
81  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in how many district health authority areas the drug Aricept is available on prescription at public expense.
(29571)
82  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the cost of National Health Service prescriptions relating to diabetes in 1997.
(29536)
83  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure the continuity of production and supply of essential drugs currently manufactured outside the United Kingdom in the years covered by millennium computer compliance problems.
(29506)
84  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with non-UK based companies who provide essential drugs and services to the National Health Service about their millennium compliance status.
(29507)
85  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which health authorities currently fund homoeopathic treatments (a) through contracts with service providers and (b) as extra contractual referrals.
(29753)
86  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have received homoeopathic treatment on the NHS over the last five years and how many in each year in each health authority.
(29754)
87  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent each year over the last five years by each health authority on homoeopathic treatment and how much as a proportion of their total budget.
(29755)
88  
N  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with tuberculosis have been detained against their will in each of the last 10 years; when each person was detained, where they were held, and for how long.
(29503)
89  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance the Government gives to health authorities on the use of and funding of homoeopathic treatments; and if he will make a statement.
(29756)
90  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of health authorities in areas whose water supply is not fluoridated have requested their water company to fluoridate the water supply; and how many companies have refused.
(29573)
91  
N  
Mrs Marion Roe (Broxbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the new Chairman of the Whittingdon Hospital NHS Trust was appointed; and if he will make a statement.
(29502)
92  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many secure mental health units there are in the United Kingdom; and how many patients are in each.
(29541)
93  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on guidelines for security in secure mental health units.
(29539)
94  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many escapes there were from secure mental health units in 1997.
(29538)
95  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received in respect of the Arnold Lodge secure mental health unit in Leicester since April 1997.
(29542)
96  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he proposes to increase security at secure mental health units.
(29540)
97  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to increase spending on health education following the recent Green Paper.
(29590)
98  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how frequently, after what delays, and with what precision, he publishes information on the number of people convicted for the first time of a standard list offence.
(29672)
99  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the manpower level at each police station within each London borough; and what were the figures three years ago.
(29708)
100  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to commission research into the use of (a) tape recording and (b) video cameras for the purpose of recording interviews carried out by immigration officers.
(29666)
101  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will install closed circuit television cameras at the arrival gates and passport control areas of British airports.
(29665)
102  
  
Mrs Teresa Gorman (Billericay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the percentage of fire service call outs which were due to road traffic accidents in each of the last five years.
(29548)
103  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the PA Consultancy has been asked to recommend whether his Department should (a) continue with its current timetable for the awarding of the planned PFI contract for providing information technology services, (b) award the contract several months earlier than currently proposed or (c) discontinue the PFI.
(29389)
104  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to draw the attention of parents to the ease with which children can obtain access to pornographic material on the Internet; and if he will make a statement.
(29744)
105  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if (1) the Advertising Standards Authority, (2) the Association of British Travel Agents, (3) the Automobile Association, (4) the Bar Council, (5) the BBC, (6) the Broadcasting Standards Council, (7) British Airways, (8) the British Medical Association, (9) British Midland, (10) British Railways Board, (11) the British Tourist Authority, (12) BT, (13) Cable and Wireless, (14) Cambridge Water Company, (15) the Charity Commission, (16) the Church of England, (17) the Church of Scotland, (18) the Confederation of British Industry, (19) the Defence Research Agency, (20) the Financial Services Authority, (21) the Football Association, (22) the Gaming Board for Great Britain, (23) the General Dental Council, (24) Great Western Trains, (25) the Independent Television Commission, (26) the Law Society, (27) the London Stock Exchange, (28) London Weekend Television, (29) the Millennium Commission, (30) National Express, (31) the National Heritage Memorial Fund, (32) National Power, (33) National Savings, (34) the National Trust, (35) the Newspaper Society, (36) the Office for Standards in Education, (37) the Office of Electricity Regulation, (38) the Office of Telecommunications, (39) the Press Complaints Commission, (40) the Prince's Trust, (41) PowerGen, (42) the Radio Authority, (43) Railtrack, (44) Ridge Parish Council, (45) the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster, (46) the Royal Opera House, (47) the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, (48) the Rugby Football Union, (49) Southern Electric, (50) the Sports Council, (51) Stagecoach, (52) Transco, (53) United Utilities, (54) the Universities and Colleges Admissions Scheme, (55) the University of Cambridge, (56) Virgin Trains and (57) Yorkshire Water are organisations (a) whose acts or omissions it is intended should be able to be challenged and (b) which perform functions of a public nature under the Human Rights Bill [Lords].
(29529)
106  
N  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects Part III of the Charity Act 1992 to be implemented; and if he will make a statement.
(29304)
107  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons have applied to become members of the Race Relations Forum.
(29565)
108  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to appoint the new commissioners to the Commission for Racial Equality; and how many persons applied to be commissioners in the latest round.
(29566)
109  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions during the past six months his Department has been unable to reply to letters from honourable Members within one month of receiving them; what assessment he has made of the adequacy of his departmental performance in replying to enquiries by honourable Members; and if he will make a statement.
(29595)
110  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if it is his Department's policy always to answer either by way of an acknowledgement or a substantive reply every letter received from the general public; and on how many occasions during the past six months his Department has found it necessary to reply to members of the general public that it has been unable to trace original letters about which follow-up enquiries are being made.
(29552)
111  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to ensure that flows of foreign direct investment benefit poorer countries and contribute to development.
(29690)
112  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will make a statement on the effect that high wind speed will have on the construction of the Millennium Dome.
(29702)
113  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what safety restrictions relating to wind speed have been imposed by the Health and Safety Executive to protect employees working at the Millennium Dome site in Greenwich.
(29703)
114  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, when the first meeting of the junior board for the Millennium Experience is scheduled; and if he will publish the agenda.
(29557)
115  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will give responsibility for answering questions on the numbers and trends in the numbers of terminations performed under the Abortion Act 1967 to the Department of Health.
(29678)
116  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Prime Minister, how often, and to which part of government, reports are made by places licensed to carry out terminations under the Abortion Act 1967.
(29679)
117  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will appoint one Minister with overall responsibility for overseeing the millennium computer compliance problem.
(29505)
118  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if the year 2000 problem was discussed at the meetings between President Clinton and the Prime Minister; and if he will make a statement.
(29504)
119  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he last met representatives from the National Pensioners Convention.
(29572)
120  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to set up a Ministry of Rural Affairs following the reorganisation of MAFF; and if he will make a statement.
(29739)
121  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 6th February, Official Report, column 806, if he will publish the cost to public funds of his trip to Japan when it is available.
(29527)
122  
N  
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which Scottish fox destruction societies have had their government grants cancelled.
(28629)
123  
  
Mr John McAllion (Dundee East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the number of fatalities and serious injuries arising from accidents on the Perth-Dundee section of the A90 in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(29554)
124  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment the Minister for Women has made of the report of the Royal College of Midwives entitled, Domestic Abuse of Pregnant Women; what plans she has to bring it to the attention of (a) the police and (b) other relevant professionals; and if she will make a statement.
(29682)
125  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will revoke the Jobseeker's Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 71) which were laid before the House on 23rd January.
(29436)
126  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans the Government has to reduce the disability living allowance and which groups representative of disabled persons she has consulted.
(29510)
127  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make a statement on the relationship between the War Pensions Agency payments, mobility supplement and constant allowance, and disability living allowance.
(29385)
128  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many disability living allowance assessment forms have been sent to war pensioners in receipt of (a) the War Pensions Agency mobility supplement and (b) the war pensions constant allowance.
(29386)
129  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for what reasons disability living allowance assessment forms were sent out to war pensioners in receipt of (a) the War Pensions Agency mobility supplement and (b) the war pensions constant allowance.
(29387)
130  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has received on the impact on employment in the tourist industry in the South West Region of the introduction of a minimum wage.
(29745)
131  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what new information and advice will be offered under the planned expansion of Action 2000's telephone helpline service.
(29746)
132  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will pass questions tabled to her Department regarding Action 2000 to Action 2000; and if she will request them to reply to honourable Members.
(29747)
133  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many claims for unfair dismissal from the Radio Communications Agency have been taken before industrial tribunals; what were the outcomes; and what compensation has been paid.
(29676)
134  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the promotion criteria within the Radio Communications Agency; what probation term successful candidates have to complete before they are eligible for promotion; what changes in this policy there have been since agency status was established; and what consultations were held with the trade unions on these policies.
(29677)
135  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, to what extent the responsibilities of transnational corporations will be defined and clarified in the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.
(29664)
136  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she has proposed exemptions for United Kingdom local authorities under the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.
(29667)
137  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if Action 2000 is being set up as an independent company.
(29508)
138  
  
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she proposes to announce her decision in respect of the application by the National Grid to construct new overhead power lines across North Yorkshire.
(29550)
139  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list visits abroad by her Department's ministers since 18th November.
(29526)
140  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the estimated total cost to the public sector of millennium compliance.
(29528)
141  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she expects to answer the questions from the honourable Member for Wokingham tabled for Answer on 29th October (reference 13046 and 13042).
(29535)
142  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 253, if she will make a statement on the procedures (a) for selecting newspapers to which press releases are sent in the vicinity of (i) the disqualified director's private address and (ii) the address of the failed company, (b) for the timing of the press release, before or at the end of any stay period and (c) on the extent to which the disqualified director is advised on these matters, including being sent a copy of the release.
(29549)
143  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has received regarding the activities of Centrica.
(29553)
144  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what are the estimated costs for businesses of complying with the requirement that all employees be informed of the level of the minimum wage on pay-slips and other company documentation.
(29687)
145  
N  
Mr Anthony D. Wright (Great Yarmouth):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to encourage the oil and gas industry to invest in recommissioning offshore platforms.
(29305)
146  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has received on the difference between the carcase price for beef and lamb paid to farmers and the price charged by retailers.
(29591)
147  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects to be able to announce the locations of regional centres within Wales at which there may be held meetings of the regional committees of the National Assembly and occasional full committee meetings or plenary sessions of the National Assembly; and if these centres will be equipped with video conferencing equipment in time to be fully operational by May 1999.
(29596)
148  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what evaluation he has made of the dangers of driving on narrow, winding, rural roads and the possibility of reducing speed limits on such roads.
(29593)
149  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to define the objectives of any possible military action against Iraq.
[Transferred] (29578)
150  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many road deaths were attributable to drink driving in the last year; and in how many of those cases the driver was above the 80 milligram limit by a factor of two or more.
[Transferred] (29764)
151  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to amend the law relating to the rights of access to their children of violent and abusive parents; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (29700)
152  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to deal with problems arising in the issuing of visitors' visas.
[Transferred] (29567)
153  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many pensioners, and what percentage, pay tax in each tax band; and how many, and what percentage, pay no tax.
[Transferred] (29671)
154  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing all year round cover with emergency tugs for the Western approaches to the Pembrokeshire coastline.
[Transferred] (29686)
155  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the total cost of the clean up operation following the 'Sea Empress' disaster; and what estimate he has made of the cost of the disaster to (a) the fishing industry in the area and (b) the local tourist industry.
[Transferred] (29685)
156  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to reassess the situation in respect of low flying aircraft in Wales following the recent accident in Italy.
[Transferred] (29592)
157  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the dangers of oil spills, during the summer months, on the coastline of Pembrokeshire.
[Transferred] (29684)


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