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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 17 February 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 17 February of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 17 February, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Wednesday 18 February, see Part 2 of this Paper.

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


 
TUESDAY 17th FEBRUARY
1  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his estimate of the average value of farm buildings and land in England and Wales; and what evaluation he has made of the correlation between the value of land and the level of farm subsidies over the past 20 years.
(29458)
2  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will consult (a) representatives of the fishing industry and (b) Spanish officials to co-ordinate informal repurchase of quota-hopping fishing vessels or their licences.
(29823)
3  
N  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what will be the average payment made from the £85 million compensation package, announced on 22nd December per (a) head of cattle and (b) beef farmer.
(29828)
4  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he is taking to regulate waste materials spread on UK farmland.
(30193)
5  
N  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which conditions of Camelot's licence govern the frequency of the National Lottery draws.
(29833)
6  
N  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the criteria by which he will assess proposals to run the National Lottery when the current licence expires.
(29834)
7  
N  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he proposes to request bids to run the National Lottery; and what meetings he has held with prospective National Lottery licencees other than Camelot.
(29835)
8  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will ask the Millennium Commission to increase the resources allocated to the 21st Century Halls for England Project.
(30036)
9  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will refit the former Royal Yacht 'Britannia' as a hospital ship for possible use in the Middle East.
(29607)
10  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many United Kingdom military personnel have (a) visited in an official capacity, (b) been stationed in and (c) been seconded to Bahrain in each of the last five years.
(29466)
11  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Bahrain service people have (a) visited and (b) attended training courses in Britain in each of the last five years.
(29468)
12  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent meetings have been held at Ministerial level with ministers in the Bahrain government; and what was discussed.
(29609)
13  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements are in place for the enrichment of uranium for defence purposes.
(29459)
14  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on the enrichment of uranium for the nuclear-powered submarine programme in (a) the United States of America and (b) the United Kingdom in each year since 1982; and if he will make a statement.
(29460)
15  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to complete the loading of the first core into the reactor of the fourth Trident submarine; and if he will make a statement.
(29461)
16  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the cost of the first fuel core for the reactor of the fourth Trident submarine; and if he will make a statement.
(29462)
17  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had regarding the maintenance of the United Kingdom's nuclear deterrence capacity beyond the lifetime of the Trident programme; and if he will make a statement.
(29463)
18  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures were taken to verify claims made by the Tomahawk land attack missiles manufacturers and the United States Department of Defense about its accuracy before procuring the missile.
(30170)
19  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what United Kingdom co-operation is planned with EUROFOR; what effect this organisation will have on the operational activity of Gibraltar; what linkage is currently under discussion between this body and the Eurocorps; and if he will make a statement.
(29825)
20  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what documents or speeches constitute the Foreign Policy Baseline against which the Strategic Defence Review can be assessed.
(29750)
21  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Taunton of 4th February, Official Report, column 703, on public appointments, what progress has been made by the public appointments unit towards increasing the proportion of individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds who are appointed to public bodies.
(30174)
22  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to the letter from the Minister for School Standards of 29th October, when he expects to receive the first recommendations of the Committee under the Chairmanship of Chris Parker on co-operation between various sectors of education; and if he will make a statement.
(27969)
23  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the companies which have announced their support for the New Deal.
(29693)
24  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he expects to publish the details of the agreement announced by the Prime Minister last year between the Government and Microsoft Inc. for the provision of software to schools.
(29488)
25  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what policy reviews are currently under-way within his Department.
(29530)
26  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many work places will be provided in 1998-99 under the employer agreements signed to date under the New Deal arrangements.
(29692)
27  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what description is used by his Department to identify the allowance to those aged under-25 years who participate in an education, an environment task force or a voluntary sector option of the New Deal; and what statutory basis governs this allowance.
(30042)
28  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if those who are disabled who take part in the Welfare to Work scheme will be guaranteed the national minimum wage.
(30050)
29  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the source of funding for the allowance for the under-26 year olds participating in an education, an environment task force or a voluntary sector option of the New Deal.
(30044)
30  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if the information about which local authorities had received financial support for reducing infant class sizes was made available to any honourable Members before the public announcement on 12th February.
(29829)
31  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will publish by university each course of study for which there has been a reduction in the numbers of applicants of over 25 per cent against last year's figures.
(30173)
32  
N  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps the Government has taken to fulfil its obligations under the Bonn Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals; what areas are outstanding; and if he will make a statement.
(28156)
33  
N  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps the Government has taken to fulfil its obligations under the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats; what areas are outstanding; and if he will make a statement.
(28157)
34  
N  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps the Government has taken to fulfil its obligations under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance; what areas remain outstanding; and if he will make a statement.
(28158)
35  
N  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps the Government has taken to fulfil its obligations under the European Union Habitats Directive; what areas remain outstanding; and if he will make a statement.
(28159)
36  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which medicinal drugs were detected in the Government's recent study of drug driving; and what percentage of medicinal drugs which can impair drivers' reactions could not be traced by the test used.
(29844)
37  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the number of prescriptions issued for medicinal drugs whose side-effects include performance impairment comparable to that of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
(29843)
38  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what drugs can be detected by the (a) Cozart and (b) Drugwipe tests; and how many and what percentage of the total of medicinal drugs which if taken in accordance with directions can reduce drivers' performance to a level comparable to that of 80mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood can be detected.
(29839)
39  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he made of simulator and epidemiological studies on links between illegal drugs and driving ability undertaken in (a) America, (b) Australia, (c) Canada and (d) Holland in reaching his decision on drug driving tests; and if he will make a statement.
(29847)
40  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in what percentage of the bodies of road fatalities in which traces of cannabis was detected in his recent test alcohol was also found.
(29840)
41  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his estimate of the percentage of the population who take cannabis at least once every 30 days; and what was the percentage of road fatalities who were found to have traces of cannabis in their bodies in his Department's recent test.
(29841)
42  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what criteria were used in deciding on the design of the new United Kingdom driving licence.
(29826)
43  
N  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his Department's latest estimate of outstanding poll tax payments to each local authority in England and Wales.
(29832)
44  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what level of revenue, inclusive of value-added tax, was received by his Department as a result of amusement with prizes machines in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(30000)
45  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which projects involving public investment of over £1,000,000 have received capital finance from the European Investment Bank; and for each project, if that investment is taken into account in calculations made (a) by Her Majesty's Government and (b) the European Commission, for national borrowing levels in respect of the criteria for qualification for membership of stage three of monetary union.
(30175)
46  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 4th February, Official Report, column 660, on Ministerial travel, for what reason he returned to London on 21st July by helicopter; where his ministerial car was on that day; and what was the cost of the flight.
(29608)
47  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent meetings have been held at Ministerial level with Ministers in the Bahrain Government; and what was discussed.
(29465)
48  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings the British Ambassador to Bahrain has had with (a) the government and (b) human rights groups to discuss human rights abuses; and if he will make a statement.
(29467)
49  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of recent reports of meetings between representatives of the governments of Iran and Iraq.
(29868)
50  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated regarding the Chinese judicial system.
(30219)
51  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to encourage the Chinese Government to implement legislation to allow non-governmental organisations to operate legally without a permit from governmental departments.
(30221)
52  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to encourage the Chinese Government to strengthen the powers of the National People's Congress and local government in China.
(30220)
53  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to encourage an independent judicial system in China.
(30218)
54  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of those aspects of his ethical foreign policy which will affect the conduct of the United Kingdom Presidency of the European Union.
(29830)
55  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards an inquiry at European Union level on the financing of Thessalonika as European culture capital.
(29827)
56  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps is he taking to ensure that British embassies present an approachable and accessible profile to individuals and businesses seeking to develop better trade links.
(30217)
57  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of needle exchanges in the community on the incidence of Hepatitis C in each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement.
(29845)
58  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his estimate of the incidence of hepatitis C in each of the past 10 years (a) in prison and (b) nationally; and if he will make a statement.
(29842)
59  
N  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will award ex-gratia payments to women suffering permanent, progressive, disabling injuries after radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer; and if he will make a statement.
(29867)
60  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the policy of a double prescription charge for hormone replacement medication; and if he will make a statement.
(30192)
61  
N  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on which date his Department received advice from Dr Sue Fisher on the possible social impact of Pronto.
(29836)
62  
N  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he received from (a) BACTA, (b) Littlewoods, (c) Camelot and (d) Scottish and Newcastle between 2nd May 1997 and 17th November 1997 in respect of on-line lotteries.
(29837)
63  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice he has received from the Gaming Board on (a) the legality and (b) the desirability of on-line lottery draws; and if he will place a copy of the advice in the Library.
(29996)
64  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned in respect of on-line lottery draws.
(29993)
65  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date he first received advice from the Gaming Board in respect of on-line lotteries.
(29999)
66  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from (a) the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and (b) the Director General of Oflot concerning rapid on-line lottery draws.
(29994)
67  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list those organisations consulted by the Gaming Board in respect of on-line lotteries who later advised him.
(29998)
68  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date his Department received advice from Dr Sue Fisher on the possible impact of Pronto.
(29997)
69  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of hepatitis C there were among prison inmates in each of the last 10 years in each prison in Britain.
(29838)
70  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce needle exchanges in prisons to reduce the spread of Hepatitis C.
(29846)
71  
  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date the decision to suspend compensation payments to handgun owners in the South Yorkshire police constabulary area was made; and for what reasons honourable Members and the relevant shooting organisations were not informed of that decision.
(30216)
72  
  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the circumstances leading to the suspension of compensation payments to handgun owners in the South Yorkshire police constabulary area; and when he expects payments will be resumed.
(30215)
73  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what input his Department has in the restructuring of the Schengen Information System.
(29824)
74  
N  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of young people in the Metropolitan Police area who were suspected of an offence connected to cannabis were (a) charged, (b) cautioned, (c) convicted and (d) imprisoned in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(29956)
75  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) representations he has received and (b) assessment he has made of the cost in respect of the possible introduction of smart ID cards; and if he will make a statement on the Government's policy in respect of the introduction of such cards.
(30194)
76  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations on human rights she has made to the government of Sierra Leone.
(30198)
77  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of bilateral programme development assistance will be devoted to (a) non-project technical co-operation, (b) CDC exchequer advances, (c) emergency aid, (d) mixed credits, (e) financial aid, (f) programme aid and (g) technical co-operation excluding mixed credits in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 1998-99.
(30196)
78  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what are her Department's cash plans for (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99 and (iii) 1999-2000 in respect of (a) total DFID resources, (b) planning resources, (c) resource allocations for bilateral country programmes broken down by continent, (d) other bilateral allocations, (e) multilateral allocations, (f) aid administration, (g) running costs, (h) RTA and CDC and Crown Agents borrowing and (i) unallocated contingency reserves.
(30203)
79  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which states her Department has assisted anti-corruption activities during the current financial year; and what are her plans for 1998-99.
(30199)
80  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance programmes her Department is currently funding in Russia.
(30200)
81  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of programme bilateral developmental assistance, excluding emergency assistance, will go to (a) upper middle income groups, (b) lower middle income groups and (c) low income groups in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 1988-99.
(30195)
82  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list those countries in which her Department is currently providing support for enterprise development.
(30201)
83  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of her Department's budgets for (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000 will be devoted to (i) bilateral and (ii) multilateral assistance.
(30202)
84  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of programme developmental assistance will go to (a) Africa, (b) the Pacific, (c) America, (d) Europe and (e) Asia in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 1998-99.
(30197)
85  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will publish the results of research by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies into the fixed costs regime.
(29995)
86  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what volume of work was undertaken in (a) Ludlow and (b) Oswestry County Courts in each year since 1980
(30180)
87  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what unused capacity is available at (a) Ludlow and (b) Oswestry County Courts.
(30185)
88  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what volume of work was undertaken in (a) Shrewsbury and (b) Telford County Courts in each year between 1980 and 1989.
(30181)
89  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the factors which are taken into account in consideration of the proposed closure of a county court by the Court Service.
(30183)
90  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will undertake a feasibility study into extending the Shrewsbury Crown and Magistrate's courts to include provision for the County Court.
(30182)
91  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the average volume of work undertaken by county courts in each year since 1980.
(30184)
92  
N  
Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will ensure (a) that his announcement about the (i) specific contents and (ii) sponsorship of the Millennium Dome project is made to Parliament in the first instance and (b) that all future announcements are made to Parliament in the first instance where they concern substantial amounts of public and National Lottery money.
(29870)
93  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what tape recordings were made of the Amsterdam Treaty summit.
(29694)
94  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Pendle of 11th February, Official Report, column 271, if he will list by district the number of butchers who have been (a) cautioned and (b) prosecuted for selling beef on the bone; how many cases have been referred to procurators fiscal in each district; what advice he has issued to procurators fiscal concerning the public interest in pursuing prosecution for selling beef on the bone; and if he will make a statement.
(30051)
95  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her Answer to the honourable Member for Tayside North, of 9th February, Official Report, column 76, relating to the disability living allowance, in what ways the additional evidence will be collected; and if those who have had their benefits removed will be entitled to have their cases reassessed on the basis of the additional evidence.
(30046)
96  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list the CSA collection service figures for the amount of uncollected maintenance owing for each month since April 1994 indicating the amount attributable to (a) type A interim and (b) other assessments.
(30043)
97  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many payment accounts at the Child Suport Agency collection service were (a) pre-CSA arrangements, and (b) CSA assessments, at the end of each month since April 1994.
(30041)
98  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, in what proportion of cases where a parent with care is on income support a benefit saving arises due to (a) a pre-CSA child maintenance agreement, and (b) a CSA assessment.
(30040)
99  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimates her Department has made of future social security expenditure on benefit payments to the (a) elderly, (b) sick and disabled, (c) family, (d) lone parents, (e) unemployed, and (f) widows and others.
(30053)
100  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimates her Department has made of (a) future social security expenditure and (b) future underlying rates of growth.
(30052)
101  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list the total expenditure by her Department on (a) benefits and (b) administration as a proportion of general government expenditure and as a proportion of gross domestic product for each year since 1979.
(30156)
102  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list the growth rate in expenditure by her Department in real terms and the underlying growth rate for each year since 1979.
(30157)
103  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will review the current arrangements for the suspension of benefits during the period in which a government agency is appealing against a decision to award benefit to a claimant; how many claimants currently have their benefits suspended pending an appeal; how many claimants have had their benefits (a) upheld and (b) rejected following appeal by a government agency in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(29464)
104  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage of those registering for social security benefits did so within one month of being eligible in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(30177)
105  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for what reasons the time period for claims for social security benefits is being reduced to one month; and if she will make a statement.
(30176)
106  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what are the forecast financial savings, from reducing the registration period for benefits claims; and if she will make a statement.
(30178)
107  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her Answer of 9th February, Official Report, column 75, if she will list the categories of additional evidence which will be taken into account by adjudication officers involved in the Benefits Integrity Project; and if she will make a statement.
(30159)
108  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list the amount spent on television advertising in 1998 for (a) benefits which require a claim to be registered, (b) the automatic winter fuel payment to pensioners and (c) other automatic benefits; how many television slots for advertisements for each of the above categories of benefits were purchased for broadcast in the periods (i) 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., (ii) 5.00 p.m., to 11.00 p.m.,and (iii) 11.00 p.m. to 9.00 a.m.; for what reasons benefits were advertised which claimants receive automatically; and if she will make a statement.
(30158)
109  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the median income of (a) single pensioners, (b) married pensioners and (c) all pensioners who (i) had reached state pension age within the previous five years and (ii) were aged 75 years or above in each year since 1974; and how many pensioners were in each category.
(29831)
110  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many men receive family credit payments; and if he will express this figure as a proportion of all family credit payments.
(30039)
111  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people claimed family credit; how many people are estimated to be entitled to family credit but have not claimed it; what was the total amount of family credit payments paid; and what was the estimated value of unclaimed family credit in the last year for which reliable data are available.
(30037)
112  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the average value of a weekly family credit payment; and what is the average estimated value of weekly family credit payments to which people are entitled but which they do not claim.
(30038)
113  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Truro and St. Austell, 10th June 1997, Official Report, column 415, concerning radioactive material, if a date has been set for the return of the material.
(29869)
114  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the procedures available for member states to request a European Commission investigation into (a) the impact on business of the abolition of intra-EU duty free and (b) the levels of spirit duty in EU states; whether it is her policy to request such investigations; and if she will make a statement.
(29457)
115  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the Pieda Report on the impact of the abolition of duty free sales on the Scotch whisky industry; and if she will make a statement.
(29456)
116  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Monopolies and Mergers' Commission enquiry on the operation of Transco.
(30189)
117  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has received on the cost of the use of mobile telephones.
(30190)
118  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when officials from her Department last met the General Manager of Transco East Midlands.
(30187)
119  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on the costs of the use of mobile telephones.
(30191)
120  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she last met the Chief Executive of Transco.
(30186)
121  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what consultations officials from her Department have had with representatives of Transco over the reorganisation of the operational structure of Transco East Midlands.
(30188)
122  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the public safety implications of Care in the Community.
[Transferred] (30204)
123  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many murders have been committed by people treated under the Care in the Community policy; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (30205)


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