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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 16 February 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 16 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 Monday 16 February, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Tuesday 17 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.
 


 
MONDAY 16th FEBRUARY
1  
N  
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what percentage of total BSE compensation payments has gone directly to producers.
(29229)
2  
N  
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what measures are being taken to ensure that meat imported to the United Kingdom is from animals fed on animal foods which are as safe as those now used in the United Kingdom.
(29236)
3  
N  
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he is taking to ensure that imported meat has been slaughtered under the same hygiene standards as those in the United Kindom.
(29237)
4  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many letters his Department has received since he announced the ban on beef on the bone objecting to that ban and the Government's policy relating to it.
(29732)
5  
N  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has for introducing regulations to ensure that only appropriate and food-compatible lubricants are used in food-handling machinery.
(28743)
6  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 10th February, Official Report, column 166, on Calshot Oyster Fisheries, what factors contributed to the length of time taken to complete the procedures necessary for the preparation of the draft order.
(29817)
7  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions his Department has held with (a) statutory agencies and (b) non-governmental organisations concerning synthetic pyrethroid sheep dips.
(29725)
8  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what evidence he has assessed of damage to the (a) aquatic and (b) soil environments from synthetic pyrethroid sheep dips; where this damage has occurred; what assessment he has made of its implications for fisheries and wildlife; and if he will make a statement.
(29728)
9  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what advice his Department gives to farmers on the disposal of synthetic pyrethroid sheep dips.
(29737)
10  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what testing was carried out before synthetic pyrethroid sheep dips were introduced with regard to its impact on (a) the aquatic environment, (b) the soil environment and (c) fisheries.
(29727)
11  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when the results of tests on ivermectin injectable products to replace synthetic pyrethroid sheep dips will be available; and if they will be published.
(29736)
12  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into alternatives to synthetic pyrethroid sheep dips and ivermectin injectables.
(29726)
13  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Office on the impact of the Government's devolution proposals on his Department's responsibilities.
(27983)
14  
N  
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to encourage overseas film-makers to use British studios and expertise.
(27703)
15  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures he is implementing to increase access and availability to the United Kingdom's museums and galleries; and if he will make a statement.
(29934)
16  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the cost to public expenditure of a free admissions policy to national collections in galleries and museums; and if he will make a statement.
(29937)
17  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he last met the Director of the National Gallery to discuss Government policy towards free admissions; and if he will make a statement.
(29935)
18  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the total number of visitors to the Victoria and Albert Museum for (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98.
(29936)
19  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what research he is conducting on the effects of admission charges on the overall number of visitors to galleries and museums; and if he will make a statement.
(29938)
20  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when Commissioner Patricia Scotland first met representatives of (a) the Asha Project, (b) the Swamanarayan Hindu Mission Project and (c) the Belgrave Bhaeno Project.
(29800)
21  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the Millennium Commission projects which Commissioner Patricia Scotland has visited which were led by the Asian communities and the date of each visit.
(29799)
22  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received on threats to the future of Macclesfield's museums following proposed cuts in local authority funding; and if he will make a statement.
(29943)
23  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the principal export markets for British military sales; and what is the Government's strategy for promoting exports to them.
(29196)
24  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research he has evaluated into the incidence of cancer in nuclear dockyard workers.
(29453)
25  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) past and (b) present Rosyth Dockyard employees have (i) made a claim for compensation and (ii) been awarded compensation under the Government's compensation scheme.
(29438)
26  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to publicise the health and compensation schemes available to Rosyth Dockyard workers.
(29441)
27  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what actions he has taken to speed up the handling of requests for nuclear dosage records held by his Department.
(29454)
28  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many nuclear dosage records in his Department are (a) known to be missing and (b) known to be incomplete.
(29455)
29  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) past and (b) present Rosyth Dockyard employees have had a full medical check under the Government's health check scheme.
(29439)
30  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what action he has taken to investigate the health of workers involved in nuclear work at Rosyth dockyards.
(29452)
31  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list military exercises in Europe in 1997 to show (a) British participation in major NATO exercises, (b) British national exercises involving forces from other nations, (c) exercises conducted in Europe with participation of British forces and (d) British participation in NATO/PfP exercises, in each case indicating the nations involved.
(29447)
32  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the defence expenditure of NATO countries in 1996 (a) as a percentage of gross domestic product (market price), (b) as total national defence spending, (US $m) and (c) per capita defence expenditure, (US $).
(29449)
33  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list each country where British armed forces are deployed by (a) service and (b) ship, unit or aircraft excluding loan service personnel, minor short-term training deployments and personnel in administrative and command posts overseas.
(29451)
34  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list exercises by British forces outside Europe in 1997 by country and by participants.
(29448)
35  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list defence equipment collaborative projects involving the United Kingdom at 1st April 1997 by country and by projects (a) in production or in service, (b) in the development phase and (c) in the study phase categorised as (i) naval equipment, (ii) land equipment, (iii) missiles, (iv) air systems and (v) other equipment.
(29450)
36  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received about the performance of the Army Medal Officer; what is the average time for dealing with applications concerning campaign medals; if he will make extra staffing resources available to the Army Medal Office; if he will introduce a fast track procedure for the processing of applications which takes account of the age and health of the applicant; and if he will make a statement.
(29785)
37  
N  
Ms Margaret Hodge (Barking):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the number of ad hoc Cabinet Committees established by Prime Ministers between the periods (a) June 1970 to February 1974, (b) February 1974 to May 1979, (c) May 1979 to November 1990, (d) November 1990 to May 1997 and (e) May 1997 to date.
(29442)
38  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what will be the impact of the New Deal for the young unemployed on the number of job club places available.
(29772)
39  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many lone parents in Bury North he estimates will participate in the New Deal (a) by 1st April and (b) in the course of 1998-99.
(29924)
40  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the extent of overpayment from public funds to training and enterprise councils in 1996-97 and each of the three previous years.
(29925)
41  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many long-term unemployed people in Bury North (a) under 25 and (b) over 25 years he estimates will participate in the New Deal (i) by 1st April and (ii) in the course of 1998-99.
(29930)
42  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for each local education authority in England, the average per capita spend from (a) capital and (b) revenue budgets for 1997-98 and each of the three previous years on pupils in (i) primary schools and (ii) secondary schools.
(29920)
43  
N  
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proposals he has to encourage co-operation between local colleges and high schools.
(28744)
44  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the division of funding between local and central government for the Literacy Initiative.
(29487)
45  
  
Mr Derek Foster (Bishop Auckland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received from organisations participating in the Environmental Task Force option of the New Deal on the effect of payment in arrears on their financial viability.
(29963)
46  
  
Mr Derek Foster (Bishop Auckland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the (a) standards and (b) enforcement of the environmental criteria for the New Deal Environmental Task Force.
(29961)
47  
  
Mr Derek Foster (Bishop Auckland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps are being taken to ensure that the Environmental Task Force option of the New Deal will offer participants work experience and training that will improve their employability.
(29962)
48  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to abolish partial selection in maintained schools.
(29984)
49  
  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to allocate funds towards providing special support to improve literacy amongst deaf or hearing-impaired children.
(29802)
50  
  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what additional resources he has allocated to ensure that the benefits of the Literacy Hour and the National Year of Reading are made available to deaf or hearing-impaired children.
(29790)
51  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he intends to take to encourage more women to undertake degrees in engineering and technology.
(29600)
52  
N  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which firm of headhunters are presently helping with recruitment for the vacant post of Director of Information in his Department.
(29582)
53  
  
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many young people have been assisted by the New Deal in the South Humber area.
(29927)
54  
N  
Mrs Gillian Shephard (South West Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list English local education authorities in order according to the numbers of failing schools each has, as identified by Ofsted inspectors.
(29581)
55  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of the recently announced access package for higher education is designed to benefit part-time students; and how this will be implemented.
(29980)
56  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many applicants for primary initial teacher training there were at each higher education institution for each of the last five years.
(29985)
57  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the impact of the announcement of the introduction of tuition fees on applications for university places in 1998.
(29977)
58  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to reform the 14 to 19 qualifications structure; and if he will make a statement.
(29982)
59  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the future availability of training and retraining for people in employment aged over 18 years.
(29989)
60  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to reduce the cost of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 SATs.
(29981)
61  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the advantages of introducing a baccalaureate structure into post-16 education.
(29983)
62  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to allow local highway authorities to set 20 mph limits within urban areas without reference to his Department.
(29603)
63  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will take steps to prevent the sale by British Rail of land in Newhaven.
(29446)
64  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many miles of motorway there are per 1,000 square kilometres (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) in other EU countries.
(29809)
65  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people currently hold driving licences in the United Kingdom; and what estimate he has made of the number of people eligible to hold a driving licence.
(29810)
66  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of the total land area of the United Kingdom is taken up by roads.
(29808)
67  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many calls the Vehicle Inspectorate dirty diesel telephone hotline received between (a) November 1996 and January 1997 and (b) November 1997 and January 1998
(29774)
68  
  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) the methodology and (b) the mathematical processes used to calculate the 1992-based household projections.
(29801)
69  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what monitoring of the impact of synthetic pyrethroid sheep dips on (a) the aquatic environment, (b) the soil environment and (c) fisheries (i) has been carried out and (ii) is planned by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(29724)
70  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what advice his Department has given to other government departments about the use of environmental appraisals in respect of new policy.
(29807)
71  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to combat air pollution with particular reference to ground level ozone.
(29815)
72  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he is taking to ensure the continuation of monitoring and research into the long-term effects and impact of oil spillages on the British coastline.
(29818)
73  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list each piece of research (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by his Department into the correlation between diabetes and road accidents.
(30035)
74  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the volume and value of (a) plastic, (b) paper, (c) glass and (d) other materials transported from waste recovery plants to the end user by (i) rail, (ii) road and (iii) sea in the last available year.
(29862)
75  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many prosecutions have been brought and convictions secured for assaults committed on trains in each year since 1990.
(29861)
76  
  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to test drivers suspected of being under the influence of illegal drugs.
(30155)
77  
  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the extent to which illegal drug use is a contributory factor to road accidents.
(30154)
78  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if his Department will review the appropriateness of the predict and provide approach to airport infrastructure planning and provision.
(29931)
79  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure safety standards are maintained in the light of delays with the new Air Traffic Control Centre at Swanwick.
(29960)
80  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will commission independent research into the economic value in terms of regional regeneration of the aviation industry to the United Kingdom.
(29929)
81  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if, following the consultation exercise on integrated transport policy, he will develop a long-term national aviation strategy for inclusion in the Transport White Paper.
(29932)
82  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd December, Official Report, column 222, on nuclear emergency plans, what payment W. S. Atkins received from the HSE for carrying out the review; for how many hours work; and if he will make a statement.
(29821)
83  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, of 22nd December, Official Report, column 471, when he expects to make a final decision to confirm the withdrawal of the practices which permit professional businesses to pay tax on profits on a cash basis.
(29580)
84  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, of 22nd December, Official Report, column 471, what representations he has received following the decision to withdraw the practices which permit some professional businesses to pay tax on profits worked out on a cash basis.
(29579)
85  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the employment consequences in the United Kingdom of the ending of the European duty free trade on 1st January 1999.
(29922)
86  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will update the estimate of the United Kingdom's net contribution to the European Community for 1998-99 on the same basis as the figure in Table 5.A4 of the Financial Statement and Budget Report 1997-98, page 123.
(29606)
87  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 10th February, Official Report, column 134, what was the last date after 1st May 1997, on which a minister in his Department resigned a company directorship; who was the relevant Minister; and if he will make a statement.
(29598)
88  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the policy of repatriation of (a) Euro coins and (b) Euro notes to the nation of origin upon United Kingdom accession to the Single Currency; what volume of currency he estimates would be repatriated in each year; and at what cost.
(29771)
89  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the technical difficulties involved in repatriating bank notes and coinage not printed or minted in the United Kingdom on accession to the Single Currency.
(29770)
90  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received regarding the review of the North Sea Fiscal Regime; and if he will publish the outcome of the review.
(29816)
91  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it a requirement that all persons holding the freehold title of land should inform the Land Registry of their nationality.
(29859)
92  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the VAT rules charged (a) on energy-saving items in each Northern EU country and (b) domestic energy consumption.
(29923)
93  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 30th January, Official Report, column 440, and 10th February, Official Report, column 144, to the honourable Member for Buckingham concerning the Schengen opt-in procedure, which Minister consulted the Irish Foreign Minister; and what reasons underlay the difference between the two answers.
(29766)
94  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his discussions with his counterparts from other European Union countries indicated variance in the recollection of events relating to Schengen opt-in procedures agreed at Amsterdam.
(29760)
95  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British subjects have been murdered abroad in the last 20 years; and in which countries.
(29762)
96  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the basis for his Department's statement that (a) 4000 tonnes of chemical weapons and (b) 600 tonnes of VX precursors are not accounted for in Iraq; and what assessment he has made of where the precursors were obtained from.
(29973)
97  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the basis for his Department's statement that 31,000 chemical weapons munitions are not accounted for in Iraq.
(29974)
98  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list each currently relevant United Nations resolution concerning Iraq and indicate the present state of compliance of the Iraqi government with each of them.
(29796)
99  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many postcards registering opposition to xenotransplantation he has received to date.
(29440)
100  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will include a national target for the reduction of childhood asthma in the Government's public health strategy, Our Healthier Nation.
(29968)
101  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February to the honourable Member for Sutton and Cheam, Official Report, column 511, if he will list the financial effects resulting from the Value Added Tax Order of 1st January.
(29767)
102  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the World Health Organisation has revised its statement of April 1996 that a link has not yet been proven between V-CJD in the United Kingdom and the effects of exposure to the BSE agent.
(29757)
103  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the deficits of each (a) health authority and (b) health trust for each of the last three financial quarters.
(29511)
104  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with other Ministers on the effect of unemployment and poor housing on inequalities in health.
(29597)
105  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action his Department is taking to promote research into inequalities in health; and if he will make a statement.
(29599)
106  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinics in England and Wales have restricted access to specialist family planning services on the grounds of age in each of the last five years.
(29857)
107  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce legislation to improve food labelling to assist sufferers of Coeliac's disease in identifying which processed foods are gluten free.
(29921)
108  
  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the NHS drugs bill has been taken by the biopharmaceutical sector in each of the last five years.
(29852)
109  
  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action the Government is taking to promote biotechnology in pharmaceutical development.
(29853)
110  
  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the proportion of total NHS spending taken by pharmaceutical products in each of the last five years; and what was the figure in cash terms for each year.
(29854)
111  
  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies for qualified nurses are currently notified (a) in England and (b) in the constituency of North Shropshire.
(29969)
112  
  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are currently undertaking training for nursing qualifications.
(29975)
113  
  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many qualified nurses are currently registered as unemployed and seeking work (a) in England and (b) North Shropshire.
(29970)
114  
  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he proposes to increase the number of qualified nurses in nursing homes.
(29972)
115  
  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has conducted into the effect on health of long-term use of (a) cannabis and (b) ecstasy.
(30153)
116  
  
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into difficulties arising from the standardisation of insulin strengths.
(29782)
117  
  
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many admissions to accident and emergency departments of type 1 diabetics in a hypoglycaemic coma occurred in each year since 1987
(29778)
118  
  
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the benefits of standardising insulin strengths.
(29775)
119  
  
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has evaluated into the effect on the quality of life of patients who have reverted to animal insulin after using human insulin; and if he will make a statement.
(29781)
120  
  
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the advantages of allowing doctors to prescribe insulin at different strengths and types; and what assessment he has made of practices in other EU countries relating to the standardisation of insulin strengths.
(29777)
121  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions on which the Animal Procedures Committee has met (a) representatives from Imutran and (b) representatives from Novartis giving in each case the purpose and outcome of the meetings.
(29445)
122  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average response time to emergency calls by the police, per police force covering (a) urban and (b) rural areas, in each of the last four years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(29776)
123  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) fire officers and (b) retained fire officers were in post in each 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.
(29814)
124  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 29th January, Official Report, column 343, in what circumstances a police road block can be used in conjunction with other agencies investigating (a) benefit fraud and (b) illegal immigration; on how many occasions these operations have taken place; and if he will make a statement.
(29773)
125  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average amount of money spent per special constable in the last year for which figures are available; what is the average length of service of each special constable; what percentage of special constables were subsequently recruited as police officers in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(29813)
126  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to extend his proposals for local child curfews as set out in the Crime and Disorder Bill [Lords].
(29787)
127  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many special police constables there were for each 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.
(29812)
128  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 4th December, Official Report, column 299, if he will make it his policy to publish the average annual payment which will be paid to each private sector contractor for each child detained in a secure training centre when the contracts are confirmed; if he will list the criteria used to ascertain best value; and if he will make a statement.
(29811)
129  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the number of police officers per head of population in London relative to those in (a) New York and (b) Paris; and if he will make a statement.
(29786)
130  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions there have been for offences related to money laundering in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(29789)
131  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for which of the private finance initiative contracts entered into by his Department and its agencies there was a public sector comparator; if he will indicate whether the comparator was calculated before or after private sector bids were received; and if he will make a statement.
(29788)
132  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 30th January, Official Report, column 398, what estimate he has made of the number of police surgeons who are refusing to carry out intimate body searches (a) in Cheshire and (b) nationally.
(29275)
133  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his budget for defence of the civil community from nuclear attack and aid from his Department in the event of terrorist and other nuclear incidents in the current year; and if he will make a statement.
(29717)
134  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his budget for defence of the civil community from chemical and biological attack and for aid from his Department in the event of terrorist and other chemical and biological incidents in the current financial year; and if he will make a statement.
(29718)
135  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will allow those voluntary sector organisations which work with children but have no statutory obligation to obtain police vetting of potential employees and volunteers access to such vetting.
(29804)
136  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to pass funds raised from fines for speeding identified using a speed camera to the police forces concerned.
(29761)
137  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the anticipated cost of policing the Countryside Rally in London on 1st March.
(29860)
138  
N  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ensure the safety of British fans at the World Cup finals in France.
(27590)
139  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the benefits for non-OECD countries of the proposals in the current draft text of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.
(29917)
140  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which firms were invited to bid for the provision of pre-fabricated units for Montserrat.
(29988)
141  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which firm is managing the provision of prefabricated units for Montserrat.
(29992)
142  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress she has made in developing her policy of applying sanctions which are targeted at elites rather than ordinary people.
(29748)
143  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment on the ability of developing countries to pursue policies to (a) diversify their economy and (b) promote domestic industries.
(29954)
144  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department will take to include the views of government and non-governmental organisation experts from developing countries in its assessment of the impact of the MAI on developing countries.
(29953)
145  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he expects all land to be registered.
(29858)
146  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, pursuant to his Answer of 19th January, Official Report, column 432, on transport arrangements for the Millennium Experience, what discussions the New Millennium Experience has had with Scottish public transport providers.
(27982)
147  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what representations he has received from British theme park owners on the Millennium Dome project.
(29864)
148  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what plans he has to consult the Showmen's Guild on the Millennium Dome project.
(29863)
149  
N  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will make a statement on the ways in which the Millennium Experience project at Greenwich will reflect the Government's environmental priorities.
(27922)
150  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd December, Official Record, column 399, when he expects to make a statement on the membership and terms of reference for the junior board of the Millennium Experience.
(29783)
151  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many jobs in Northern Ireland she estimates are (a) directly and (b) indirectly dependent on the oil and gas industry.
(29851)
152  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the impact of past increases in taxation on the total number of oil and gas related jobs in Northern Ireland.
(29797)
153  
  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many female non-teaching primary school principals there are in (a) the South Eastern Education and Library Board area and (b) the Borough of Lisburn.
(29945)
154  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what monitoring of the impact of synthetic pyrethroid sheep dips on (a) the aquatic environment, (b) the soil environment and (c) fisheries (i) has been carried out and (ii) is planned by her Department; and if she will make a statement.
(29730)
155  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what advice her Department gives to farmers on the disposal of synthetic pyrethroid sheep dips.
(29729)
156  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which members of the Police Authority were (a) employees, (b) former employees, (c) directors and (d) shareholders of Rothmans International plc, its parent or subsidiary companies between 1983 and 1989.
(29965)
157  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which estate agents and surveyors were involved in the identification and sale of the Seapark Complex at any stage; to whom commissions were paid; and what was the amount.
(29964)
158  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many applications to the Social Fund were dealt with by each office of the Social Security Agency in the Southern Region in each financial year since the Fund was established.
(29035)
159  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are taken to provide professional training and guidance to (i) social workers, (ii) youth workers, (iii) teachers and (iv) others in the requirements of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995.
(29028)
160  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what resources were made available to each health and social services trust, and each education and library board, for the implementation of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, in each year since the Order was enacted.
(29029)
161  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she made of the advantages of centralising Social Fund activity in the Southern Region in the Newry Social Security office, (a) exclusively and (b) in conjunction with one or more other offices.
(29030)
162  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what are the projected costs for the administration of the Social Fund in the Southern Region, under the plans to centralise on two sites.
(29031)
163  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what were the administration costs of the Social Fund in each Social Security Agency office in the Southern Region in the last available year.
(29032)
164  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which social security offices in the Southern Region were subjected to a PAFT analysis, as part of the current assessment of delivery of Social Fund services in the region.
(29033)
165  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many civil servants currently on the list of transfer applicants, have indicated Newry as their preferred location for employment.
(29034)
166  
N  
Mr Seamus Mallon (Newry and Armagh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people are employed by the Social Security Agency on the Social Fund, in each office in the Southern Region.
(29036)
167  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he discussed the Capers Jones report to President Clinton urging postponement of the single currency during his recent visit to the USA; and if he will make a statement.
(29856)
168  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will place a paper in the Library setting out the authority under international law which underpins his policy towards Iraq.
(29749)
169  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to publish an annual poverty report to measure the performance of the Social Exclusion Unit.
(29822)
170  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many registered epileptics there are in Scotland in each health board area.
(29944)
171  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what percentage of cases granted legal advice and assistance in 1996-97 proceeded to court.
(30148)
172  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what were the categories of case in which civil legal aid was (a) refused and (b) refused after offers in 1996-97.
(30150)
173  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many sudden deaths in epilepsy there have been in Scotland in each of the last 10 years, by health board area.
(29947)
174  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, in how many cases in 1996-97 in (a) the Sheriff Court and (b) the Court of Session, were all parties in the action funded by the Scottish Legal Aid Board; and if he will break down these cases by type.
(30152)
175  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what Lottery funding has been received by the Scottish Sports Council in each year since the inception of the National Lottery; what proportion of those funds were directed towards projects to develop football facilities for the under-12s; and if he will make a statement.
(29967)
176  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what percentage of small claims cases in 1996-97 involved legal representation.
(30147)
177  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many alcohol-related road accidents occurred in each of the last five years in Scotland; what percentage of total accidents they represent; and how many deaths resulted.
(29949)
178  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what resources his Department makes available for the treatment of epilepsy, broken down by health board area; and if he will express the figures as a percentage of each health board's expenditure.
(29948)
179  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the hours of time off in lieu owed to prison officers for each month of 1997, indicating what percentage of those hours are owed for more than (a) one month, (b) three months and (c) six months; and if he will make a statement.
(29940)
180  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people have suffered radiotherapy injuries after breast cancer in Scotland, by health board area.
(29939)
181  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the activities which relate to the term professional fees as it appears in Notes to the Accounts, No. 11 of the Scottish Legal Aid Board Annual Report, 1996-97.
(30151)
182  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the current provision of soccer facilities for those under 12 years of age in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(29941)
183  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what projections he has made of the prison population of Scotland in each year to 2003; and if he will indicate the basis on which the projections are made.
(29942)
184  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proportion of the Scottish Legal Aid Board's expenditure in the year 1996-97 was attributable to judicial reviews of its decisions; and how many such judicial reviews took place.
(30149)
185  
  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received from (a) Glasgow Caledonian University and (b) others regarding the continuation of the orthoptic degree course at Glasgow Caledonian University.
(29971)
186  
  
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will publish his spending plans for mental health services in Scotland in the next three years; and if he will make a statement.
(29928)
187  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what monitoring of the impact of synthetic pyrethroid sheep dips on (a) the aquatic environment, (b) the soil environment and (c) fisheries (i) has been carried out and (ii) is planned by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(29733)
188  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the impact of the incidence of demonstrations at Stranraer on (a) the timing and (b) the scale of the additional financial support, announced in respect of Scottish hill farming on 22nd December; and if he will make a statement.
(29758)
189  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what advice his Department gives to farmers on the disposal of synthetic pyrethroid sheep dips.
(29731)
190  
  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the total number of (a) male and (b) female students in each constituency in Scotland who are in receipt of an award from the Scottish Student Award Agency.
(29793)
191  
  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the effects of anti-knife legislation ; and if he will make a statement.
(30049)
192  
  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the ESRC Health Inequalities Programme conducted by the University of Bristol; and if he will make a statement.
(29792)
193  
  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to introduce US-style drug courts; and if he will make a statement.
(30048)
194  
  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to improve health in the City of Glasgow; and if he will make a statement.
(29791)
195  
  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received about school closures in the City of Glasgow; and if he will make a statement.
(29794)
196  
  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received about the completion of the M74 in the City of Glasgow; and if he will make a statement.
(29795)
197  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what public funds have been spent in the preparation of the Hyundai site in Dunfermline, broken down by major items within the expenditure total.
(29512)
198  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the budget available to mental health services in Scotland in the (a) current and (b) previous financial year.
(29866)
199  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the number of NHS trusts in existence (a) on 1st May 1997 and (b) at present.
(29855)
200  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to (a) increase the number of staff employed by, and (b) improve staff training in the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.
(29715)
201  
  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he plans to announce proposals for restructuring health boards and trusts in Scotland.
(29951)
202  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, for what reasons the number of staff employed by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland has been reduced over the last four years.
(29768)
203  
  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the future status of Stracathro Hospital with particular reference to future service and staff levels.
(29952)
204  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will take steps to ensure that from 1998 all students applying to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland will have their applications processed within 21 days of receipt; and if he will make a statement.
(29716)
205  
  
Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the average debt of an absent parent at the time when the first Child Support Agency maintenance assessment decision was issued in the last year for which figures are available.
(29784)
206  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the number of people in Warrington North who have declined to participate in the New Deal and who are owner-occupiers.
(29601)
207  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what measures she is taking to ensure that the Child Support Agency provides an effective system to deal with complaints and queries in the Teesside area.
(29946)
208  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will increase the number of staff employed by the Child Support Agency in the Teesside area.
(29933)
209  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many calls have been received on the benefit fraud hot line in each month since it was established.
(29719)
210  
  
Mr John McAllion (Dundee East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if being registered blind is considered a secondary disability; and if she will make a statement.
(29966)
211  
  
Mr John McAllion (Dundee East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants in receipt of (a) higher mobility rate of disability living allowance and (b) the highest care rate of disability living allowance have to date been subjected to the Benefits Integrity Programme in (a) Dundee, (b) Scotland and (c) the United Kingdom; how many in each category have had their benefit reduced as a result; and what is the total saving in each category.
(29986)
212  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what would be the current value of lone parent benefit and lone parent premium if they had been uprated in line with other benefits since April 1995; and how much lone parents benefit would currently be worth if it had been uprated in line with earnings since its introduction.
(29979)
213  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the number of lone parents in Wales whose income will be reduced because of proposed changes to lone parent benefit.
(29959)
214  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many lone parents in Wales who claim (a) income support and (b) housing benefit will have a lower level of income compared to present claimants after April as a result of the abolition of lone parent premium.
(29990)
215  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many lone parents in Wales who claim council tax benefit after April will lose income as a result of the abolition of the parent premium.
(29991)
216  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will ensure that statistics relating to the Benefits Integrity Project distinguish between (a) reviews of life awards and (b) renewal claims of disability living allowance.
(29691)
217  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her Answer of 9th February, Official Report, columns 75-76, on the Benefit Integrity Project, if it is her policy to re-examine all benefit reductions made to date under the Benefits Integrity Project on the basis of evidence provided solely by the claimant; if she will require the additional evidence to support a decision to include an independent medical test where requested; and if she will make a statement.
(29759)
218  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will provide details of the pilot schemes being launched in April designed to encourage pensioners to claim the income support to which they are entitled.
(29605)
219  
  
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the health of incapacity benefit claimants.
(29780)
220  
  
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what records her Department maintains in respect of incapacity benefit claimants by reference to (a) the type of illness or disability of the claimant and (b) the type of functional incapacity on which their claim is based, other than those set out in the 1997 Social Security Statistics.
(29779)
221  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what government assistance is available to (a) firework manufacturers and (b) firework retailers to help them dispose of recently banned firework stocks.
(29444)
222  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what advice she has offered to traders holding stocks of fireworks which have become illegal to sell.
(29443)
223  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she plans to impose an extra levy on utility bills to cross-subsidise lower income consumers.
(29390)
224  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the exemptions tabled by the United Kingdom as part of the draft texts of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment and place in the Library copies of the exemptions tabled by other OECD countries.
(29926)
225  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the powers of the dispute settlement mechanisms contained within the draft texts of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment to deal with contraventions of the OECD guidelines for multinational corporations.
(29918)
226  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the implications of the OECD guidelines for multinational corporations on the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.
(29919)
227  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what consultations have been held with small and medium-sized businesses about the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.
(29978)
228  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps the Government will take to ensure that reservations under the Multilateral Agreement on Investment are binding and effective.
(29950)
229  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make it her policy not to sign the Multilateral Agreement on Investment unless it contains binding labour standards.
(29955)
230  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the legal opinion given to the Canadian Government on reservations under the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.
(29958)
231  
  
Mr David Hanson (Delyn):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if the Government plans to amend the legislation giving employees the right to be informed and consulted through representatives in the event of a collective redundancy or the transfer of a business undertaking betwen employers.
(29976)
232  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to regulate door to door selling by gas suppliers.
(29602)
233  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if (a) payments in kind and (b) board and lodging where living on the premises is a condition of employment, will be taken into account when assessing income for purposes of applying the minimum wage.
(29805)
234  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if volunteer workers who receive board and lodging but no other remuneration for their work will continue to be regarded as volunteers and not employees for purposes of the application of the national minimum wage.
(29806)
235  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to the Answers of 3rd February, Official Report, column 611 and 9th February, Official Report, column 95, if her Department will withdraw the statement that the BEUA are advisers to the Right honourable Member for Wokingham.
(29604)
236  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much money released by the abolition of the assisted places scheme will be used to reduce class sizes in infant schools in the next school year.
(29803)
237  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what monitoring of the impact of synthetic pyrethroid sheep dips on (a) the aquatic environment, (b) the soil environment and (c) fisheries (i) has been carried out and (ii) is planned by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(29735)
238  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what advice his Department gives to farmers on the disposal of synthetic pyrethroid sheep dips.
(29734)
239  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he is taking to encourage more freight to be transported by rail in Wales.
(29865)
240  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he is taking to promote the Welsh music industry.
(29819)
241  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how she proposes to protect existing jobs and promote increased long-term investment in the United Kingdom oil and gas industry.
[Transferred] (29798)
242  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress is being made on introducing an international tax on aircraft fuel.
[Transferred] (29987)
243  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (a) road and (b) rail accidents have been reported during the past five years in which toxic chemicals have been part of the cargo; and what assessment he has made of the environmental effects of these accidents.
[Transferred] (29820)


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