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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 19 February 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 19 February of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Thursday 19 February, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Friday 20 February, see Part 2 of this Paper.

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


 
THURSDAY 19th FEBRUARY
1  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what provision his Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if he will list the organisations used by his Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30022)
2  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what quantity of beef has been imported to Northern Ireland since the beef export ban; and from which countries.
(30682)
3  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if beef has been imported into Northern Ireland from non-EU countries since the imposition of the beef export ban on the United Kingdom.
(30683)
4  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will propose to the Council of Agriculture Ministers the adoption of the European Commission's proposals to strengthen Council Directive 93/119EC by laying down legally binding minimum stunning currents and requiring the servering of both carotid arteries; and if he will make a statement.
(30743)
5  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the European Union food surpluses in storage in the United Kingdom indicating the individual foods in storage.
(30572)
6  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 17th February, Official Report, column 606, what evidence he has evaluated to suggest that support for agriculture has been capitalised into the value of land.
(30736)
7  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received in respect of proposals by Codex, the World Health Organisation, to require bio-yoghurt to be renamed fermented milk product; and if he will make a statement.
(30566)
8  
  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the average time currently taken to process (a) red and (b) white meat export licences by Worcester Veterinary Field Service.
(30565)
9  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many beam trawlers are based at each English fishing port.
(30529)
10  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many British-registered foreign-owned fishing vessels there are at each English fishing port.
(30528)
11  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the amount of EU finance for fishing in the form of (a) decommissioning grants and (b) support for construction and rebuilding grants given to (i) the United Kingdom, (ii) Spain and (iii) the Netherlands for each year since 1990, together with the amount of nationally-funded support known to him.
(30486)
12  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 13th February, Offical Report, column 436, on meat imports, if he will provide a breakdown by country of the imports listed as other.
(30459)
13  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what measures the Government will take to implement the new EC directive on food labelling by 2000.
(30484)
14  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what measures the Government are taking to harmonise European terminology used on food labels.
(30485)
15  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will take steps to ensure that ingredients containing starch and modified starch indicate their specific vegetable origin if they are likely to contain gluten.
(30483)
16  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what measures the Government are taking to reduce the number of single ingredient foods exempted from listing.
(30482)
17  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the impact on competition within the British dairy industry of the Codex proposals on bio-yoghurt products.
(30705)
18  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received from (a) consumers and (b) retailers in respect of the Codex proposals on the labelling of bio-yoghurt products.
(30695)
19  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his policy on the potential redefinition of British yoghurt products containing fruit and/or nuts under Codex proposals.
(30696)
20  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has had with (a) EU countries and (b) the USA about the labelling of bio-yoghurt products.
(30699)
21  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received from (a) the Dairy Industry Federation and (b) the International Dairy Federation following the Codex proposals regarding the labelling of bio-yoghurt products.
(30694)
22  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will meet the honourable Member for Totnes and representatives of the Brixham Beam Trawler Fleet to discuss the Beam Trawler Effort Limitation scheme.
(30425)
23  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will institute an appeals system for fishermen dissatisfied with their days at sea allocation.
(30428)
24  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has had from (a) the Dutch Government, (b) the Spanish Government and (c) the French Government regarding the Beam Trawler Effort Limitation scheme.
(30426)
25  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will permit beam trawlers operating in Area 7 to fish for non-pressure stocks when their annual days at sea allocation has been exhausted; and if he will make a statement.
(30427)
26  
  
Mr John Townend (East Yorkshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 12th February, Official Report, column 374, on the system of national quotas, what type of derogation the system of national quotas constitutes.
(30692)
27  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what provision his Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if he will list the organisations used by his Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30023)
28  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what provision his Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if he will list the organisations used by his Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30018)
29  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list for each National Lottery fund distributor the (a) date, (b) nature, (c) details and (d) initiator of each voluntary agreement to bank up funds for distribution by another distributor.
(30780)
30  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the bodies distributing National Lottery funds to good causes.
(30777)
31  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what planning totals have been given on what dates to National Lottery fund distributors.
(30779)
32  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the (a) dates and (b) amounts and estimates of funds and limits to funds given or expected to be given to National Lottery fund distributors.
(30778)
33  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government guaranteed that National Lottery fund distributors would have £1.8 billion in total to give out.
(30781)
34  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will review the current system for the provision of subsidy for television licences for pensioners.
(30580)
35  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make the viability study for the Millennium Tower in Portsmouth Harbour available to local honourable Members; and if he will make a statement.
(30245)
36  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on future assistance from public funds for the Old Vic Theatre.
(30511)
37  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what provision his Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if he will list the organisations used by his Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30014)
38  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes in Government policy have taken place since 1st May 1997 in relation to compensation claims for exposure to asbestos from former service personnel; how many claims have been received in each of the last five years; what plans he has to extend the range of former employees eligible for compensation; and if he will make a statement.
(30737)
39  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his estimate of the cost per day of United Kingdom forces presently deployed in the Gulf.
(30569)
40  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the budget for the refurbishment of facilities at Devonport; and if he estimates the work will be completed within budget.
(30568)
41  
  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support he has received from Poland in respect of the United Kingdom's stance in relation to the crisis with Iraq.
(30559)
42  
  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his discussions with Poland's Minister of Defence.
(30558)
43  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will alter the payment of pensions to service widows who were widowed before 1973 to bring such pension policy into line with that for service widows widowed after 1973.
(30740)
44  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list those biological and chemical warfare agents evaluated by DERA to which there is no known antidote.
(30554)
45  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Special Adviser, Mr Bernard Grey signed the Official Secrets Act.
(30257)
46  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when each variant of the WE-177 bomb was withdrawn from service.
(30562)
47  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the construction projects and work conducted at RAF Menwith Hill since 1st January 1994 and paid for under the bilateral cost-sharing arrangement between the United Kingdom Government and the United States Government.
(30470)
48  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 628, how many press releases were issued before, during and after Exercise Senator 97; what information was given to local residents; how many members of the media were invited to attend the exercise; and how many of his Department's staff took part.
(30501)
49  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a list of the titles and subject matter of each of the unclassified Defence Council Instructions which have been issued since 1st December 1997.
(30469)
50  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 17th November, Official Report, column 66, what are the current security classifications of (a) the last three annual environment, safety and health reports, (b) the last four quarterly health and safety reports and (c) the last five monthly reports to the Environment Agency on discharges from AWE which have been produced by the AWE Directorate of Environment, Safety and Health.
(30564)
51  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the current security classifications of the newsletters produced for the staff of (a) the Defence Clothing and Textiles Agency, (b) the Defence Estate Organisation and (c) the Disposal Sales Agency; how often each newsletter is produced; and when each newsletter was first produced.
(30471)
52  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Warhead Hydrodynamics Division at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston, was set up; what is the purpose of this division; how many series of technical papers or reports are currently being produced by this division; and what are the names of each series.
(30563)
53  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what procedure has to be followed when a commanding officer of the West Indies guard ship and the United States Coast Guard officers on board wish to obtain permission to board a vessel they suspect of being involved in drug smuggling.
(30259)
54  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list (a) the number of requests to board vessels suspected of being involved in drug smuggling made by the commanding officer, (b) the number of requests agreed to, (c) the number of occasions when evidence of drug smuggling was found and (d) the quantities and types of drugs found in respect of the West Indies guard ship for each of the past three years.
(30260)
55  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what restrictions will be placed on Ministers' powers to withhold information relating to themselves under the terms of the Official Secrets Acts by the forthcoming legislation on freedom of information.
(30300)
56  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what provision his Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if he will list the organisations used by his Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30012)
57  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if the National Audit Office is subject to the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information; and if it will be subject to the proposed Freedom of Information Act.
(30467)
58  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what provision his Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if he will list the organisations used by his Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30009)
59  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what discussions his Department has had with the London Borough of Wandsworth on the provision of primary school places in the Tooting constituency with particular reference to the Furzedown area.
(30547)
60  
  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what sums were spent on entertainment and travel by (a) the Department for Education, (b) the Department of Employment and (c) the Department of Education and Employment for each of the financial years from 1992-93 to 1996-97.
(30742)
61  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what financial assistance is available for single parents in full-time education.
(30517)
62  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what arrangements are in place for communication support for young deaf users of British Sign Language entering the New Deal gateway with particular reference to the early stages.
(30680)
63  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will review the date of 31st March as the cut-off date for funding of nursery school entitlement for the summer term.
(30527)
64  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the use of the cut-off date of 31st March for the calculation of the funding for nursery school entitlement on (a) children born in April and (b) the number of children in playgroups and nursery schools in the summer term.
(30525)
65  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what administrative arrangements he plans to implement for the introduction of contributions towards tuition fees for higher education.
(30431)
66  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he proposes to alter the existing arrangements for the assessment and administration concerned with student grants currently operated by local education authorities.
(30430)
67  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the Government's recommended level of spending on education in Essex and the actual level of expenditure for each of the last four financial years.
(30702)
68  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the Government's recommended level of spending on education in Essex and the figure set by Essex County Council for the financial year 1998-99.
(30706)
69  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many hairdressers are at present being trained to NVQ standard in the United Kingdom.
(30578)
70  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many modern apprenticeships are currently being undertaken in the United Kingdom.
(30577)
71  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many hairdressers have been trained to NVQ standard in the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years.
(30576)
72  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many teachers were disciplined for using force against disruptive pupils in 1997.
(30481)
73  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received in respect of guidelines for teachers for the use of force in disciplining disruptive pupils.
(30479)
74  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which representatives of the teaching profession he has met to discuss the disciplining of disruptive pupils.
(30480)
75  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of (a) young unemployed and (b) long-term unemployed participants in the New Deal are expected to lack basic literacy and numeracy skills.
(30487)
76  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of (a) young unemployed and (b) long-term unemployed participants in the New Deal are expected to have a criminal record.
(30489)
77  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much expenditure on the New Deal for (a) young and (b) long-term unemployed people in 1998-99 is expected to be directed to raising basic literacy and numeracy skills; and how many participants are expected to benefit from such assistance, at what average cost per participant.
(30488)
78  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if in-house company training schemes which do not lead directly to an NVQ will be accepted as the training element in the private employment option for 18 to 24 year olds and the long-term unemployed under the New Deal.
(30493)
79  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if (a) jobmatch and (b) jobfinders grant will continue within the framework of New Deal.
(30492)
80  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many houses his Department owns, by county, which were originally subject to compulsory purchase or otherwise acquired to facilitate road-building schemes which (a) have definitely been cancelled and (b) are subject to the present Trunk Roads Review.
(30303)
81  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 16th February, Official Report, column 462, if he will take steps to ensure that the British Rail land for sale in Newhaven is sold only to a party with railway interests.
(30408)
82  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what provision his Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if he will list the organisations used by his Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30011)
83  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what provisions he has made within his Department for liaison between the planning and water directorates.
(30598)
84  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures the Government is taking to encourage water conservation in single-occupied homes.
(30592)
85  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he is taking to ensure that new homes make full use of water-efficient devices.
(30599)
86  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how his Department differentiates between areas within the United Kingdom which have adequate water resources and those areas with least water resources in determining housing need.
(30596)
87  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidelines the Government issues concerning the use of water-saving devices in delivering timed and measured supplies of water to gardens.
(30593)
88  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he is taking to give occupiers of new homes adequate incentives to ensure the efficient use of water.
(30600)
89  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions have taken place between his Department and local authority planning officers concerning the consideration of water resources in local planning issues.
(30595)
90  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with water companies and their representatives concerning the availability of water resources in determining future housing need.
(30594)
91  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the rate of house-building in (a) Scotland, (b) East Anglia and (c) Cornwall.
(30597)
92  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the current staffing level at each of the maritime rescue sub-centres.
(30500)
93  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the total cost (a) including and (b) excluding staffing costs of operating each of the maritime rescue sub-centres in 1996-97.
(30499)
94  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to implement the recommendations of the Fourth Annual Report of the Government Panel on Sustainable Development.
(30602)
95  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many heavy-goods vehicle drivers were stopped for a vehicle inspection during 1997.
(30698)
96  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people killed in road accidents in England and Wales during 1997, were found to be over the approved drink limit.
(30573)
97  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to improve public transport services in the south-west London area; and if he will make a statement.
(30570)
98  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 17th February, Official Report, column 604-5, what account he took of the studies quoted on (a) the influence of cannabis on car handling judgement and (b) instances where cannabis consumption made drivers more alert and cautious.
(30796)
99  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will take steps to reduce the amount of fats from catering outlets entering the sewerage system.
(30468)
100  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research he has commissioned into the protection of workers from white asbestos; what representations he has received from the Health and Safety Commission on such protection; and if he will make a statement.
(30733)
101  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will issue targets to local authorities on the cleaning of pavements.
(30776)
102  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the role of alternative fuels in promoting clean vehicle technology.
(30579)
103  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the (a) fatalities and (b) injuries on the roads in England and Wales broken down by (i) motorways, (ii) dual carriageways, (iii) town and city centres, (iv) other rural areas and (v) other residential areas in the last year for which figures are available.
(30409)
104  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (i) fatalities and (ii) injuries of school children walking to and from school in Essex occurred in (a) residential areas and (b) rural areas, in the last year for which figures are available.
(30311)
105  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the private finance that would be available for public sector housing if local housing authorities were to transfer their housing to public corporations.
(30552)
106  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what advice his Department has issued to local housing authorities regarding the formation of local housing companies.
(30553)
107  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the feasibility studies undertaken to improve the A49 between Shrewsbury and Ludlow.
(30784)
108  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (a) road traffic accidents, (b) resultant fatalities and (c) resultant injuries were recorded on the A49 between Shrewsbury and Ludlow for each year since 1977.
(30783)
109  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to change the qualifying age for taking a driving test.
(30526)
110  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to restrict the speed limit for newly qualified drivers.
(30549)
111  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many district auditors' public interest reports were published last year; and on which local authorities.
(30306)
112  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the impact on employment levels in (a) housing and (b) power generation, if the sulphur dioxide emissions target of 1.2 per cent. is to be met.
(30495)
113  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what powers he has to require the removal of pylons and transmission lines which no longer carry electricity.
(30556)
114  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many disused power stations are currently awaiting demolition.
(30555)
115  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those areas in the United Kingdom where flouride in water occurs naturally.
(30557)
116  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what role he proposes for the regional Development Agencies in the strategic planning of waste management.
(30575)
117  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library a list of (a) airlines and (b) other organisations which have been consulted by his Department for their views on international access to regional airports.
(30309)
118  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library all responses to his Department's consultation on international access to regional airports.
(30310)
119  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his assessment of the voluntary agreement reached between industry and his Department in 1996 on the reduction of hydrofluorocarbon emissions; what estimate he has made of its contribution to reducing UK greenhouse gas emissions up to 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(30531)
120  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to sign the Kyoto Protocol.
(30744)
121  
  
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley and Golders Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will introduce legislation (1) to provide for noise warnings to be displayed on (a) ghetto blasters, (b) hi-fi equipment and (c) personal stereos and (2) for dance events to be prohibited from playing music at levels above 85 decibels.
(30739)
122  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what provision his Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if he will list the organisations used by his Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30017)
123  
N  
Mr Gerald Bermingham (St. Helens South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the proposed income tax changes for professionals referred to in an Inland Revenue press statement of 22nd December 1997 will result in barristers being liable to pay income tax to the Government on fees due to the barrister by the Legal Aid Board before those sums have been received by the barrister from the Legal Aid Board.
[R] (30397)
124  
N  
Mr Gerald Bermingham (St. Helens South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the likely acceleration in the income tax and national insurance paid by persons affected by the proposed income tax changes for professionals referred to in an Inland Revenue press statement of 22nd December 1997 and of the amount of additional income tax and national insurance which will be so accelerated.
[R] (30395)
125  
N  
Mr Gerald Bermingham (St. Helens South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government plans to require one-off payments to be made in respect of the acceleration in the income tax and national insurance paid by persons affected by the proposed income tax changes for professionals referred to in an Inland Revenue press statement of 22nd December 1997.
[R] (30396)
126  
N  
Mr Gerald Bermingham (St. Helens South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has to introduce relief for professionals affected by the proposed changes parallel to the cash accounting scheme for VAT consequent upon proposed income tax changes for professionals referred to in an Inland Revenue press statement of 22nd December 1997.
[R] (30398)
127  
N  
Mr Gerald Bermingham (St. Helens South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the level of income tax which the Treasury will receive on a professional's profits over the course of a professional's career under the proposed income tax changes for professionals referred to in an Inland Revenue press statement of 22nd December 1997 relative to the current procedures.
[R] (30401)
128  
  
Mr John Cryer (Hornchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if future discussions in ECOFIN about tax harmonisation will include discussion of income tax rates.
(30603)
129  
  
Mr John Cryer (Hornchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his oral Answer to the honourable Member for Eastbourne of 12th February, Official Report, column 536, which areas of tax have been covered by discussions in ECOFIN regarding aspects of tax harmonisation.
(30693)
130  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the cost of retirement relief, in terms of lost capital gains tax receipts in 1996-97; and if he will estimate the net effect of (a) doubling and (b) halving the relief bands in the same year.
(29720)
131  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to give greater commercial freedom to public corporations to enable them to borrow private finance; and what assessment he has made of the potential additional resources that might be so accessed.
(30550)
132  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, where the net borrowing of public corporations is accounted for in (a) returns made to the EU Commission regarding the measure of fiscal deficit required by the Maastricht Treaty and (b) the public accounts.
(30551)
133  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if taxpayers required to fill in a self-assessed tax return who filed their return in time for the deadline but whose cheques are returned unpaid on first presentation will be liable for the penalty charge.
(30522)
134  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what evidence and analysis underlay his consent for the percentage public borrowing targets placed on members of the European Union.
(30561)
135  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the impact of the proposed multilaterial agreement on investment on levels of investment and growth rates in the UK and the EU; and if he will make a statement.
(30546)
136  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the total number of hairdressers in the United Kindom; and what proportion of the working population they represented in (a) 1979 and (b) 1997.
(30406)
137  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will seek to secure during the British Presidency of the EU the appointment of the EU/Tibet co-ordinator proposed in the recent resolution adopted by the European Parliament.
(30407)
138  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what provision his Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if he will list the organisations used by his Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30015)
139  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had, and with whom, on the case of Mr Azil Nadir; and if he will make a statement.
(30601)
140  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the languages into which the Baroness Symons' letter to honourable Members of 14th January was translated and the cost of the translations.
(30681)
141  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision his Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if he will list the organisations used by his Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30006)
142  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to publish his White Paper on a General Social Care Council.
(30584)
143  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the health authorities which currently make Aricept available on National Health Service prescription.
(30782)
144  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to reduce smoking amongst young people.
(30574)
145  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the NHS expenditure on services to drug users in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(30246)
146  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what trends he has identified in the incidence of TB in the United Kingdom in the last 10 years; if he will make extra resources available for the detection and treatment of TB; and if he will make a statement.
(30466)
147  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues concerning the ratio of staff to pupils expected in (a) private and (b) local authority nursery classes for three to five year-olds.
(30432)
148  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the names of the appointees to NHS trusts who have been dismissed in the last three years and the reasons for their dismissals; and if he will make a statement.
(30410)
149  
  
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley and Golders Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has commissioned, and at what cost, into the alleviation of tinnitus.
(30738)
150  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many young people in higher education have (a) contracted meningitis and (b) died as a result of meningitis, in each of the last five years.
(30491)
151  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Government is spending on raising awareness of the risks and symptoms of meningitis among students.
(30490)
152  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the report of the Consultative Seminar on Standards and Regulation of Immigration Advice undertaken by the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct and the figures on representation for March 1997 from the Chief Adjudicator of the Immigration Appellate Authority.
(30734)
153  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions on which the Animals Procedures Committee has met groups or individuals opposed to (a) xenotransplantation and (b) vivisection; and if he will make a statement.
(30302)
154  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provision his Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if he will list the organisations used by his Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30010)
155  
N  
Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the changes in the level of delivery of probation services in Birmingham prisons in the last two years; and what plans he has for further changes.
(29871)
156  
N  
Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to provide additional funding for sex offenders' treatment programme courses.
(29872)
157  
N  
Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the criteria for selection for sex offenders' treatment programmes for prisoners.
(29873)
158  
N  
Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what account is taken of previous convictions in providing convicted sex offenders with access to sex offenders' treatment programme courses.
(29874)
159  
N  
Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what are the reoffending rates for prisoners who have previously completed sex offenders' treatment programme courses.
(29875)
160  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many social workers are employed in each of the London prisons.
(30571)
161  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the appeals procedure in respect of over-lenient sentences.
(28782)
162  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will assess the advantages of setting up an Electoral Commission to recommend reforms in the conduct of elections.
(30700)
163  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to encourage a higher turn out of voters in elections.
(30703)
164  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to use technology to improve the registration of voters.
(30697)
165  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reform the law relating to election (a) candidates, (b) agents, (c) expenses and (d) offences.
(30701)
166  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the implications of Articles 29 to 42 of the Treaty on European Union as amended by the Amsterdam Treaty for police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters; and what information he has made available to Parliament and the public on this subject.
(30523)
167  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultations he has had with police authorities on the consequences for their operations and duties of Articles 29 to 42 of the Treaty on European Union as amended by the Amsterdam Treaty; and if he will place in the Library the records of those consultations.
(30524)
168  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he gives to judges on whether a case coming to trial could be heard by a judge without a jury.
(28784)
169  
N  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish a list of the submissions received in response to the publication of the draft Lotteries (Frequent Draws) Bill and place in the Library copies of those submissions that are marked as being for publication.
(30305)
170  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement about the future of the site of the former Ashford (Middlesex) Remand Centre.
(30261)
171  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what provision her Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if she will list the organisations used by her Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30007)
172  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how she proposes to inform the public about the impact of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment on developing countries.
(30589)
173  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the capacity of the governments of developing countries to control the potentially adverse impacts of foreign investment under the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.
(30583)
174  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the level of aid to East African countries in 1997.
(30475)
175  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she next plans to visit India.
(30477)
176  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of aid to East Africa is being used to finance government-sponsored (a) public health projects and (b) education projects.
(30476)
177  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the level of British aid to India.
(30478)
178  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what were the specifications for (a) the bed, (b) the dining table, (c) the curtains and (d) the carpets ordered for the Lord Chancellor's accommodation in the Palace of Westminster.
(30301)
179  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many contractors undertaking work on the Lord Chancellor's accommodation have been required to sign a contract which refers to the Official Secrets Act and for what purpose; and when this policy was begun.
(30297)
180  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is his policy in respect of the use of the Official Secrets Act to cover contracts for refurbishment work.
(30296)
181  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what provision his Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if he will list the organisations used by his Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30020)
182  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the £5 fee for making a statutory declaration was last amended; and if he will make a statement.
(30308)
183  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list those Government records of the 1960s relating to Gibraltar that have not been released after 30 years; and if he will indicate the reasons for not releasing them.
(30399)
184  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will provide a breakdown of the costs of the refurbishment of the Lord Chancellor's rooms in the Palace of Westminster.
(30460)
185  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, which firms have signed contracts to provide commercial sponsorship for the Millennium Dome; and how much they have each pledged.
(30512)
186  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what commercial sponsors of the Millennium Dome will receive in return for their money.
(30513)
187  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what provision her Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if she will list the organisations used by her Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30016)
188  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list in respect of each Northern Ireland Minister the (a) nights which they have spent in Northern Ireland since 1st May 1996, (b) arts events in Northern Ireland attended, (c) education and sports events in Northern Ireland attended, (d) voluntary sector events in Northern Ireland attended and (e) events relating to the tackling of unemployment in Northern Ireland attended.
(29850)
189  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the President of the Council, what data she has collated concerning childcare provision in other parliaments.
(29849)
190  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the President of the Council, how many honourable Members have used up all of their office cost allowance to date.
(30307)
191  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, what restrictions are placed on Ministers' powers to withhold information relating to themselves under the terms of the Official Secrets Acts; and what arrangements he has made to monitor the effectiveness of those restrictions.
(30299)
192  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, under what circumstances Ministers have the power to require members of the public to agree to abide by the terms of the Official Secrets Act; and what steps he takes to ensure Ministers do not abuse this power for personal reasons.
(30295)
193  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, what provision his Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if he will list the organisations used by his Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30008)
194  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 16th February, Official Report, columns 471-2, if he will list the costs of the repairs and refurbishments at No. 11 Downing Street by subhead in each year since 1993-94.
(30560)
195  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what provision his Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if he will list the organisations used by his Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30019)
196  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will assess the advantages of setting up an electoral commission to report to the Scottish Parliament on measures to reform local government elections.
(30704)
197  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the potential environmental implications in respect of private water supplies associated with the withdrawal of the rendering industry support scheme; what discussions he has had with SEPA on the issue; and if he will make a statement.
(30548)
198  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the number of British-registered foreign-owned fishing vessels at each Scottish fishing port.
(30497)
199  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many beam trawlers are based at each Scottish fishing port.
(30530)
200  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what provision her Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if she will list the organisations used by her Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30005)
201  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will define a universal benefit; and if her definition covers a benefit which is taxed or means-tested.
(30446)
202  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of (a) males aged 65 and (b) females aged 60 years were in receipt of income support or supplementary benefit in each year since 1968 for which statistics are available.
(30498)
203  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans she has to allow individuals whose benefits are suspended under the Benefits Integrity Programme to continue to receive payments until an appeal is satisfactorily determined.
(30445)
204  
  
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 80 years or above in each year for which the Pensioners Incomes Series has been constructed; and how many pensioners were in each category.
(30735)
205  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will obtain a copy of the Households Below Average Income data of 1961-91, from the Data Archive at Essex.
(30304)
206  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what factors governed the timing of restoring the full disability benefit to Mrs Carol Preston of Stockport.
(30254)
207  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what factors led to the decision that Miss A Steed (ref: DB502640) should no longer be able to lease a car under the motability scheme.
(30256)
208  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many officials were involved in the decision to end the motability scheme originally awarded to Miss A Steed because of the severe disability of her young daughter (ref: DB502640).
(30252)
209  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if disciplinary action is to be taken against officials responsible for the original decision to reduce the disability benefits for Mrs Carol Preston of Stockport.
(30255)
210  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which officials from the Benefits Agency have seen Miss A Steed (DB502640) to assess in person the need for her to have the renewal of her motability scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(30251)
211  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what measures she will take to avoid the recurrance of situations similar to that in which Mrs Carol Preston of Stockport had her benefit reduced.
(30258)
212  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what consideration was given to the applicant's bringing up a severely disabled child in determining the application by Miss A Steed (ref: DB502640) for a renewal of the motability scheme.
(30253)
213  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what provision her Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if she will list the organisations used by her Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30013)
214  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what research she has undertaken on the possible effects of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment on regional development policies within the United Kingdom.
(30585)
215  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to consult British companies in respect of competition from foreign companies that are exempted from the provision of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.
(30591)
216  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the exemptions from the proposed provisions of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment sought by members of the OECD.
(30586)
217  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to take into account the views of government and non-governmental organisation experts from developing countries in assessing the impact of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment on developing countries.
(30588)
218  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will seek to delay the finalisation of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment negotiations until the Department for International Development's assessment of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment's impact on poor countries has been completed.
(30587)
219  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what research her Department has undertaken to investigate the means whereby (a) workers, (b) consumers and (c) others affected by the activities of foreign investors can bring disputes to the Multilateral Agreement on Investment dispute settlement mechanism.
(30590)
220  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment the Government has made of the impact on civil liberties of the provisions of the Protection from Strife clause of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.
(30581)
221  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what forms of social protest will be prohibited under the Protection from Strife clause of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.
(30582)
222  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she expects to announce a determination relating to the application by BT to be allowed to carry television signals over BT telephone lines.
(30404)
223  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what proposals she has to regulate the bundling of satellite television channels carried by cable television systems.
(30405)
224  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she expects to bring foward proposals for the regulation and development of broadcasting telecommunications and data.
(30403)
225  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what was the average sulphur dioxide content per tonne of coal burnt in power stations for the period 1st January 1997 to 31st December 1997; what quantity of coal was burnt; and if he will estimate the amount of (a) deep mined and (b) opencast mined coal that would have been burned in this period if the target for sulphur dioxide emissions had been 1.2 per cent.
(30496)
226  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, on what basis the defence forces have been categorised as exempt from the minimum wage.
(30521)
227  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she will publish the results of government discussions about handling inward investment policy between departments.
(30400)
228  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, on what date the final detailed agreement was signed for the cover and the loan from ECGD for the most recent batch of Hawk jets to Indonesia.
(30443)
229  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what recent representations she has made to the Chancellor concerning the level of business taxation.
(30520)
230  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what estimate she has made of the effect on net returns on capital employed from accelerated corporation tax payments in the next four years.
(30519)
231  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the ECGD total cover value and the total loan for Hawk jets supplied to Indonesia.
(30442)
232  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many Hawk jets remained to be delivered to Indonesia on 1st May 1997.
(30444)
233  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what estimate she has made of the impact of the increases in corporation tax on net profits of UK business over the next four years.
(30518)
234  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the average time taken in handling export licences.
(30429)
235  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps she is taking to promote international co-operation in scientific research.
(30474)
236  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on her Department's budget for scientific research in the current year.
(30472)
237  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when representatives from her Department last met the Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council.
(30473)
238  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what provision his Department makes for childcare facilities for staff; what subsidy is provided for (a) nursery places and (b) holiday playschemes; if he will list the organisations used by his Department for childcare; and if childcare vouchers are made available to staff.
(30021)
239  
N  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on (a) the (i) recurrent and (ii) capital funding and (b) target student numbers for further education in Wales set out in (1) December 1996 and (2) December 1997; and if he will make a statement on the efficiency gains per student in real terms over this period.
(30269)
240  
N  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to alter the level of funding for further education in (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000.
(30250)
241  
N  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many colleges of further education in Wales are categorised as (a) financially unsatisfactory, (b) marginal and (c) satisfactory; and what were the equivalent figures in February 1997.
(30249)
242  
N  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps she has taken to improve digital telephone reception in Scotland.
[Transferred] (30402)
243  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the impact of the current decline in farming incomes upon the United Kingdom tractor production and export market; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (30567)
244  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to change the arrangements for personal taxation to encourage donations to the arts.
[Transferred] (30514)
245  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the impact on the levels of imports of foreign coal if the 1.2 per cent. sulphur dioxide emissions target is to be met.
[Transferred] (30494)
246  
  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many explanatory statements following refusal of applications by entry clearance offices in British Missions overseas have been (a) received and (b) despatched to the Independent Appellate Authority for listing of appeals; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (30741)
247  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, to what depth the site of the Millennium Dome has been cleared of contaminants.
[Transferred] (30516)
248  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what contaminants were present on the Millennium Dome site.
[Transferred] (30515)


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