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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 26 February 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 26 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 26 February, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Friday 27 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 26th FEBRUARY
1  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee, what is the timetable for the connecting up to the PDVN of the remaining parts of the Palace of Westminster.
(31534)
2  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he intends to prepare a forestry strategy for England.
(31837)
3  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons the Food Research Director of the Central Science Laboratory (Norwich) has been transferred to the position of Head of Environment, Fisheries and the International Science Division; and how he was informed of the decision.
(31385)
4  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 10th February, Official Report, column 166, what fishing activities are currently permitted in the area proposed for extension to the Calshot Oyster Fishery; what enforcement action has taken place in the last four years; and what is his assessment of its effectiveness.
(31730)
5  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd February, Official Report, column 550, how many representations from scientists he passed on to the Commitee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment on the subject of vitamin B6; and how many representations he did not pass on.
(31872)
6  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the total amount of compensation paid in relation to BSE in the current financial year; and if he will provide a breakdown of compensation payments by each sector of the food industry.
(31619)
7  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received from the Creative Taskforce and the Film Industry Review Group concerning the future of the London Film Commission.
(31528)
8  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which regions of Britain are served by a regional film commission.
(31530)
9  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to provide financial support to the London Film Commission.
(31529)
10  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received regarding the future of the London Film Commission.
(31527)
11  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what analysis his Department has made of the number of additional tourists to and from Europe, and the value of any additional inward tourism to the United Kingdom, that would arise from the introduction of a high speed Channel Tunnel rail link.
(31840)
12  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what projections his Department made of the impact on the United Kingdom tourist industry of the high speed Channel Tunnel rail link; and if he will make a statement.
(31839)
13  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations his Department has received regarding the future of the high speed Channel Tunnel rail link: and if he will make a statement.
(31838)
14  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that digital broadcasting does not rely on use of digital decoder technology controlled by a monopoly supplier.
(31746)
15  
N  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd February, Official Report, column 28, on the new opportunities fund, for what reason the Minister for Arts described the National Lottery Bill [Lords] as the statutory authority for the shadow accounts in his oral Answer of 16th February, Official Report, column 750.
(31484)
16  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether radioactive materials have ever been stored at RNAD Broughton Moor.
(31666)
17  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if a land quality statement has been issued in the case of RNAD Broughton Moor.
(31664)
18  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether RNAD Broughton Moor has ever been the subject of radiological contamination.
(31665)
19  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many bids were received by his Department for the land at Gunwharf, Portsmouth.
(31721)
20  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on the basis of what criteria his Department's land at Gunwharf, Portsmouth was disposed of.
(31722)
21  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the requirements of the proposed Millennium project for Portsmouth Harbour in considering bids for land at Gunwharf, Portsmouth.
(31723)
22  
  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British solidiers have been (i) injured and (ii) killed during training exercises in the United Kingdom in each year since 1992 to date.
(31740)
23  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his policy on the vaccination of HM forces against anthrax bacteria.
(31472)
24  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of (a) Navy, (b) Army, (c) Air Force and (d) other Ministry of Defence personnel (i) are fully vaccinated and (ii) have commenced a vaccination programme against anthrax bacteria; and if he will make a statement.
(31473)
25  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the consolidation of the Army, Navy and Air Force discipline acts.
(31474)
26  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many qualified lawyers are employed by Army Legal Servies (a) in the UK, (b) in Germany and (c) elsewhere; and if he will make a statement.
(31475)
27  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to make a statement about the results of an investigation into the theft of explosives from Dering Liner Camp, Brecon.
(30968)
28  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his answer of 16th February to the honourable Member for Carshalton and Wallington, Official Report, column 486, if he will list the Ministers who have the use of an official car in a category other than that to which they would normally be entitled.
(31663)
29  
N  
Mr Ian Cawsey (Brigg and Goole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many pupils living within the local education authority boundaries of (a) North Lincolnshire and (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire currently receive subsidised private education via the assisted places scheme; and how many will do so from 1st September.
(31465)
30  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much money has been allocated to each London borough education authority in 1997-98 for the repair and modernisation of school buildings.
(31658)
31  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the likely impact on recruitment of specialist teachers as a result of the recent reductions in the numbers of teacher training courses for teachers of maths.
(31751)
32  
  
Mr Patrick Hall (Bedford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many replies his Department has received from (a) schools and (b) individuals in Bedford and Kempston to the Green Paper, Excellence for All Children-Meeting Special Educational Needs.
(31759)
33  
  
Mr Patrick Hall (Bedford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how he intends to respond to concerns expressed by the Governors of St John's School, Kempston, about the proposals in the Green Paper, Excellence for All Children--Meeting Special Educational Needs, regarding (a) the legal status of statements of special educational needs and (b) a redefined role for special schools and the effect upon parental choice.
(31758)
34  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of schools scoring 100 per cent. in the latest SATs tests for 11 year olds were schools where 15 pupils or less took the tests.
(31386)
35  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list (a) the number of small primary schools which, over the past five years, have been classified by OFSTED as failing schools, (b) the number of small primary schools which have been given good reports by OFSTED over the past five years and (c) the percentage of all schools inspected represented by each of the above figures.
(31387)
36  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will ensure that A Level Turkish will continue to be available after 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(31656)
37  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many students in higher education have an A Level in Turkish.
(31655)
38  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people have gained an A Level qualification in Turkish in each of the past five years.
(31654)
39  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what action he is taking to consult with local education authorities and others regarding the arrangements for administering means-testing and student support provisions for higher education students from 1999-2000.
(31553)
40  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on his Department's initiatives for adult education in (a) the West Midlands, (b) Stourbridge and (c) the United Kingdom.
(31841)
41  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the time it takes for a typical applicant for a licence to pass the knowledge test to become a London taxi driver administered by the Public Carriage Office from the day of registration; what was the equivalent figure (a) five and (b) 10 years ago; and what plans he has to reform testing procedures.
(31765)
42  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many officials are employed by the Public Carriage Office; and if he will list their grades and salaries.
(31764)
43  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what targets have been set by the Public Carriage Office as to the number of licensed taxi drivers it intends to recruit in future years.
(31767)
44  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people are currently registered applicants on the knowledge examination to become a licensed taxi driver; and how many applicants there were in (a) 1970, (b) 1975, (c) 1980, (d) 1985, (e) 1990 and (f) 1995.
(31771)
45  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list each meeting which has taken place between his Department and the Public Carriage Office in the last year indicating its purpose.
(31768)
46  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the relationship between the Public Carriage Office and his Department indicating to whom the Principal Officer of the Public Carriage Office reports.
(31769)
47  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what annual reports the Public Carriage Office publishes; and if he will place copies of these in the Library.
(31834)
48  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many full-time examiners have been employed by the Public Carriage Office in each of the last 10 years.
(31766)
49  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans the Public Carriage Office has to recruit more examiners to test applicants to become a licensed taxi driver.
(31770)
50  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of new units of social housing that will be built in each of the next four financial years as a result of the capital receipts initiative.
(31471)
51  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to review the policy of large-scale voluntary transfer of council housing stocks.
(31468)
52  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he intends to announce his decision in relation to the planning application relating to Sainsbury's at Cockermouth.
(31727)
53  
N  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he has the power to reverse his decision to allow the building of 10,000 houses in the green belt near Stevenage.
(31479)
54  
N  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what means are available to enable him to reverse his decision to allow building on green belt land near Stevenage.
(31478)
55  
N  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on the basis of what unique connection to which traffic corridor he decided to allow building in the green belt near Stevenage.
(31481)
56  
N  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his oral statement of 23rd February, Official Report, columns 21-25, if he will set out the range of percentage reductions in housing provision allocation which he would be prepared to uphold.
(31483)
57  
N  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the savings in public money if he were to withdraw from the legal action brought by the West Surrey County Council and agree to reconsider his decision on housing in the county.
(31482)
58  
N  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the cost to public funds if he were to reverse his decision to allow the building of 10,000 homes near Stevenage in the least expensive manner.
(31480)
59  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his policy in respect of the development of new towns on greenfield sites; and what representations he has received on Eagle Star's proposals for Micheldever Station, Hampshire.
(31874)
60  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many leaseholders in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) each London borough, who bought their properties from local authorities under the Right to Buy scheme, have been required to contribute financially to the cost of improvement works carried out by local authorities to their properties in each of the last five years; and what has been the average amount leaseholders have been required to contribute to the cost of improvement works in (a) and (b).
(31651)
61  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assistance local authorities are able to offer to leaseholders who are unable to meet their share of the cost of improvement works; what additional assistance the Government proposes to offer; and if he will make a statement.
(31652)
62  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he last requested representatives of the British record industry to meet him; what was the purpose of the meeting; and who attended.
(31618)
63  
N  
Sir David Madel (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he proposes to take following representations made to him by the honourable Member for South West Bedfordshire in relation to the policy of South Bedfordshire District Council concerning the future of the Queensway Hall Dunstable; and if he will make a statement.
(31379)
64  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what new steps his Department is taking to increase the number of bathing waters in the Blackpool/Fylde coast area that comply with EU standards.
(31661)
65  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, under what statutory authority local authorities make a financial charge for sending out copies of district auditors' public interest reports.
(31744)
66  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is his policy, that where a local authority has refused permission for houses to be built on a greenfield site for use by local people, the local authority should not allow a gypsy or travellers' site to be established on that land.
(31890)
67  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the planning application for a gypsy site on land where permission to build houses has previously been refused at Chapel End Road, Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire.
(31891)
68  
  
Mr Roger Stott (Wigan):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many railfreight grants have been awarded in the past six months; and what plans he has to improve the grant scheme.
(31762)
69  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the powers of the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority to levy charges on new unitary local authorities with particular reference to Southend-on-Sea.
(31477)
70  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy regarding toll roads.
(31667)
71  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, at what level of earnings an employer would pay more national insurance under the regime proposed in Mr Martin Taylor's letter of 19th February than is currently the case.
(31552)
72  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the employer national insurance charge would be under Mr Martin Taylor's proposals set out in his letter of 19th February in respect of weekly incomes of (a) £107, (b) £108 and (c) £109; and how this compares to current rates.
(31549)
73  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the employer national insurance charge would be under Mr Martin Taylor's proposals set out in his letter of 19th February in respect of weekly incomes of (a) £136, (b) £137, (c) £138, (d) £139, (e) £140, (f) £141, (g) £142, (h) £143, (i) £144, (j) £145, (k) £146, (l) £147, (m) £148, (n) £149, (o) £150, (p) £151, (q) £152, (r) £153 and (s) £154; and how this compares to current rates.
(31550)
74  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the amount of employer national insurance payable under Mr Martin Taylor's proposals in his letter of 19th February in respect of weekly incomes of (a) £188, (b) £189, (c) £190, (d) £191, (e) £192, (f) £193, (g) £194, (h) £195, (i) £196, (j) £197, (k) £198, (l) £199, (m) £200, (n) £201, (o) £202, (p) £203, (q) £204, (r) £205, (s) £206, (t) £207, (u) £208 and (v) £209; and what is the national insurance charge under current rates.
(31617)
75  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the additional cost of allowing all existing personal equity plans to continue alongside the new individual savings accounts without being counted towards the £50,000 limit on investments.
(31551)
76  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the readiness of the Inland Revenue to administer the mechanisms relating to taxation set out in the Scotland Bill, by the financial year 2000-2001.
(31384)
77  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what powers he will have to cap Scottish local authorities; and what criteria will determine the operation of capping.
(31476)
78  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the impact on employment levels in the utility industries of the windfall tax.
(29878)
79  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in what circumstances the rate of insurance premium tax is 17 per cent. on travel insurance.
(31531)
80  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the changes he has made to the way in which labour market statistics are presented each month.
(29899)
81  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the production cost of substituting euros for sterling; and what estimate he has made of the costs for business of altering machinery to accept euros.
(31526)
82  
N  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the changes which have been made to the way in which labour market statistics are presented each month.
(29902)
83  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visa applications have been (a) made, (b) refused and (c) granted on appeal at the British Consulate in Colombo, Sri Lanka in each of the last three years.
(31469)
84  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list by country the (a) number and (b) proportion of applications for visitors visas that were refused in each of the last five years.
(31662)
85  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what account Her Majesty's Government will take of US Government policy in determining its policy towards (a) lifting and (b) amending UN sanctions against Iraq.
(31763)
86  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria govern the (a) lifting and (b) amending of United Nations sanctions imposed against Iraq; and what factors will influence the timing of such action.
(31760)
87  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he is planning to support the return of constitutional government to Sierra Leone.
(31757)
88  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when a decision will be made on the application for entry clearance by Khaliq Zubair, Islamabad reference C0681.
(31532)
89  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when a decision will be made on the application for entry clearance by Shayad Arif, Islamabad reference E1921.
(31533)
90  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what grounds Osho Miatso was refused a UK visitors visa in 1985.
[R] (31726)
91  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if computers (a) serving NHS patient records and services and (b) providing salaries for NHS employees will be fully corrected to accommodate (i) the millennium change and (ii) 29th February 2000.
(31616)
92  
  
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what level of funding will be provided for the electrically-powered indoor/outdoor wheelchair scheme after the year 2000.
(31720)
93  
  
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been distributed to health authorities in respect of the wheelchair voucher scheme since April 1996; and how much will be distributed in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.
(31725)
94  
  
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vouchers have been issued under the electrically powered indoor/outdoor wheelchair scheme since April 1996; and what is the target number of vouchers for the four year programme.
(31724)
95  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to end the policy of allowing social services departments to (a) sell and (b) transfer management of council-owned care homes for the elderly.
(31467)
96  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the likely impact on the recruitment of nurses and midwives in the NHS of the recent pay award and the timescale of its implementation.
(31752)
97  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 13th February, Official Report, column 432, if he will introduce measures to require social services to backdate financial assistance for elderly people living in residential or nursing homes who did not claim assistance immediately their savings fell below £16,000 because they were unaware that assistance was available.
(31873)
98  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 17th February, Official Report, column 553, for what reasons he did not publish the exact number of submissions received; and if he received written submissions from doctors requesting an end to general practitioner practice level budgets.
(31653)
99  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the method used for distributing resources to local victim support schemes from the national fund.
(31647)
100  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of domestic violence were reported in the Greater London area during 1997.
(31657)
101  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding was made available by his Department for dealing with domestic violence during 1997.
(31719)
102  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he will take in the event of military action being taken against Iraq to prevent (a) agents of the Iraqi government entering the United Kingdom and (b) chemical or biological warfare substances being imported illegally into the United Kingdom.
(30842)
103  
N  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many remand prisoners died in custody in the years 1992 to 1997.
(31640)
104  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the space allowance for cats kept at Hillgrove Farm.
(31644)
105  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if Hillgrove Farm has a Named Veterinary Surgeon.
(31643)
106  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many project licences issued under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 involve interference with either organs of special sense or the brain of cats; and of those how many were carried out on (a) conscious cats, (b) decerebrate cats and (c) cats under terminal anaesthesia, in the last available year.
(31646)
107  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inspections have Home Office inspectors made at Hillgrove Farm in Oxfordshire in the last 12 months; and how many of these visits were unannounced.
(31642)
108  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many project licences issued under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 that are currently in force and involve the use of cats have (a) mild severity bandings, (b) moderate severity bandings, (c) substantial severity bandings and (d) unclassified severity bandings.
(31645)
109  
N  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average length of suspension police officers experienced whilst under disciplinary investigation broken down by police authority in the last five years.
(31589)
110  
N  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will request a copy of the report prepared by the Humberside Police into the handling of the Fleming case; and if he will place it in the Library.
(31586)
111  
N  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ensure that investigatory reports into the running of police authorities are made public.
(31587)
112  
N  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many investigations have been undertaken by outside police authorities into other authorities in each of the past five years; and what was the estimated cost of each investigation.
(31592)
113  
N  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the handling of grievances made by serving police officers by police authorities; and what steps he intends to take to ensure that there is consistency across police authorities.
(31588)
114  
N  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers currently have been suspended from operational duties for (a) less than six months, (b) six to 12 months, (c) 12 to 18 months, (d) 18 months to two years and (e) more than two years.
(31591)
115  
N  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the current average cost of keeping a police officer suspended from duty for a year.
(31590)
116  
  
Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to develop European policy on microcredit during the UK Presidency of the European Union.
(31761)
117  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which countries her Department is supporting projects to improve the quality of service in reproductive health care.
(31754)
118  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on her Department's current support for health and population projects in India.
(31756)
119  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which countries applications for mixed credits are currently under consideration; if she will list the projects; and if she will make a statement.
(31842)
120  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what applications for mixed credits for development projects have been approved by her Department since 1st May 1997.
(31843)
121  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which countries her Department is supporting projects for the improved provision of primary and adult basic education.
(31755)
122  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is giving to research into the causes of mortality in Russia; and if she will make a statement.
(31753)
123  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid she has given to help with the effects of the floods in Peru; and if she will make a statement.
(31889)
124  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many representations he has received concerning the imprisonment of Guardsmen Fisher and Wright; how many were answered by him; and how many were referred to the Northern Ireland Court Service.
(31729)
125  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what is the cost per square metre of the fabric covering the Millennium Dome.
(31620)
126  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how long exhibitors will be contracted to keep their exhibits in the Millennium Experience; and if arrangements will be made for them to be exhibited in other parts of the country afterwards.
(31649)
127  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what provision will be made in respect of Britain's role in Europe in the Millennium Experience.
(31648)
128  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what is the life span of the plastic interior of the Millennium Dome; and how stable the colour is.
(31846)
129  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if the Church of England will be required to pay for its exhibits in the Millennium Experience; and if other religions will be required to participate on the same basis.
(31650)
130  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what estimate he has made of the additional tourist revenue which will be generated by the Millennium Experience.
(31878)
131  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will list the companies making contributions to the Millennium Experience, the sum committed by each and the fee payable on each to McKinsey & Co.; and what is (a) the total committed so far and (b) the sum still to be raised.
(31847)
132  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, which faiths besides Christianity will be represented in the Spirit Level of the Millennium Experience.
(31877)
133  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, pursuant to the document, Time To Make a Difference, what was the basis of the statement that Grimsby and Ghana are located on the prime meridian.
(31875)
134  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, for what reasons the exhibition zones (a) Trans Action, (b) Shared Ground, (c) Atmosphere, (d) Time to Talk and (e) UK @ Now have not yet been displayed; and who is to sponsor them.
(31876)
135  
N  
Mr Robert McCartney (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many British civil servants and at what grades are attached to the Anglo-Irish Secretariat at Maryfield.
(31313)
136  
N  
Mr Robert McCartney (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is the maximum weekly fee per participant payable to a lead partner acting as a provider in the New Deal Environmental Task Force Option; and for what reason it differs from the maximum payable in England and Wales.
(31314)
137  
N  
Mr Robert McCartney (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to her Answer of 12th February, to the honourable Member for Kingston upon Hull North, Official Report, column 320, on what authority the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights has provided advice on issues beyond those set out in their statutory remit.
(31315)
138  
N  
Mr Robert McCartney (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of the recently appointed new members of the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights have been members of the SDLP; and which of the new appointees were self-nominated and which had not responded to the advertised request for nominees.
(31316)
139  
N  
Mr Robert McCartney (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what factors led to her recent decision to appoint as Under-Secretary in her Department a candidate not proposed by the Appointments Board convened for that purpose; which individuals in which Civil Service positions constituted that board; and if she will make a statement.
(31317)
140  
N  
Mr Robert McCartney (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many offices of what square footage have been taken up by the Decommissioning Body; from which budget the expenses and salaries of the members and staff of that body are paid; how many of her Department's staff at what grades are employed on this issue; and at what annual cost in salaries.
(31318)
141  
  
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many applications for postal and proxy votes were received for the mid Ulster constituency in the 1997 parliamentary election; how many of these applications were rejected; and for what reasons.
(31660)
142  
  
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what investigations the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland carried out after the 1997 parliamentary election to assess the validity of postal and proxy votes cast; and how many of the postal and proxy votes cast in the mid Ulster constituency, following these enquiries, were considered to be potentially fraudulent.
(31659)
143  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what are the (a) approved enrolment numbers, (b) numbers currently enrolled and (c) numbers used by DENI on 31st October 1997 for the purpose of school funding for (i) Down High School, (ii) Grosvenor Grammar School, (iii) Hunter House, (iv) Knockbuda High School, (v) Methodist College, Belfast, (vi) Newtownbreda High School, (vii) RBAI, (viii) Victoria College and (ix) Wellington College.
(31668)
144  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Prime Minister, on what basis he stated that Greenwich is the place where the millennium begins.
(31845)
145  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the projected Band D council tax levels for 1998-99.
(31382)
146  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the amount by which the 1998-99 revenue support grant has changed in relation to the 1997-98 figure as a result of the discontinuation of the pre-school voucher scheme in the 1998-99 academic year for each unitary and island authority in Scotland.
(31392)
147  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much each unitary and island authority in Scotland has saved as a result of the spend to save scheme in 1997-98.
(31380)
148  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the current level of non-housing debt and the cost of servicing such debt in each unitary and island authority in Scotland; and what were the equivalent figures 12 months ago.
(31466)
149  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list for each unitary and island authority in Scotland the current level of uncollected (a) community charge and (b) council tax income.
(31381)
150  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if computers involved in the distribution of state pensions will be fully corrected to accommodate (a) the millennium change and (b) 29th February 2000.
(31615)
151  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans she has to end the policy of not paying residential care allowance to people in council-owned and non-residential homes.
(31470)
152  
  
Mr Eric Clarke (Midlothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many applications have been made for medical examinations relating to Vibration White Finger; and how many applications for industrial injuries disablement benefit have been (a) approved and (b) refused following medical examinations.
(31728)
153  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make a statement on her Department's child care strategy.
(31067)
154  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the estimated reduction in employers' contributions to the National Insurance Fund for 1997-98 and each subsequent year up to 2000-01 resulting from the 0.2 per cent. reduction in the contribution rate in April 1997.
(31598)
155  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what national insurance contribution rate would be required in 2003-04 if the basic retirement pension and linked benefits were increased to the same proportion of average earnings as in 1980, with corresponding increases in the lower and upper earnings limits.
(31595)
156  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the (i) maximum and (ii) expected amount of Treasury grant to the National Insurance Fund for 1997-98 and each subsequent year for which the grant is payable.
(31597)
157  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the expected cost of (a) the basic retirement pension and (b) linked benefits in (1) 1998-99, (2) 1999-2000 and (3) 2000-01, assuming upratings in April 1999 and 2000 in line with (i) prices and (ii) average earnings; and in each case what rate of Class 1 national insurance contributions this would imply in each of those years.
(31596)
158  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will publish her current estimate of national insurance contribution rates for 2000-01 and later years.
(31599)
159  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps she intends to take to ensure that officers from the Benefits Agency are trained in dealing with stroke victims.
(31388)
160  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the three step increases in employers' national insurance were eliminated and this was financed by raising the standard rate of NIC to 12 per cent., how many employees would be liable to (a) higher and (b) a lower marginal rate of contribution on employment than at present.
(31391)
161  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many additional households would become eligible for family credit if the taper were reduced from 70 pence to 50 pence for each £1 of income.
(31390)
162  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans she has to reclassify state retirement pension as a daily benefit.
(31594)
163  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate the total saving in each of the last 10 years as a result of the state retirement pension being classified as a weekly instead of a daily benefit in (a) Dumfries and Galloway and (b) Scotland.
(31593)
164  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will create an independent body to regulate the communications sector.
(31066)
165  
N  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement about her plans to promote fairness at work.
(29876)
166  
  
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the military, security and police transfers from the UK to Kenya with particular reference to (a) tear gas and (b) plastic bullets.
(31743)
167  
N  
Mr John McAllion (Dundee East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has recently received relating to trade union recognition.
(29905)
168  
  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on progress towards building an international rail freight terminal in South East Wales.
(31747)
169  
  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many patients who failed to turn up for appointments with consultants at (i) Ysbyty Gwynedd, (ii) Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and (iii) Ysbyty Maelor in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(31741)
170  
  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list those areas, by unitary authority, where air quality breached the limits set by his Department during 1997.
(31742)
171  
  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what measures he is taking to improve the statutory procedures for the appointment of consultants at NHS hospitals in Wales.
(31739)
172  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what special financial assistance he is giving to Machynlleth following the closure of the Merchant Designs Manufacturing plant in the town; and if he will make a statement.
(31900)
173  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what guidance he has given to the Development Board for Rural Wales in respect of the search for a new buyer for the former Merchant Designs Manufacturing plant in Machynlleth; and if he will make a statement.
(31899)
174  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has in respect of redundancy payments for the former employees of Merchant Designs Manufacturing in Machynlleth; and if he will make a statement.
(31896)
175  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will visit Machynlleth to assess the impact on local residents of the closure of the Merchant Designs Manufacturing factory; and if he will make a statement.
(31898)
176  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to recover the money paid by Powys TEC to Merchant Designs Manufacturing for employee training; and from whom.
(31893)
177  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the potential for attracting new jobs to Machynlleth; and if he will make a statement.
(31894)
178  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much public money was paid in respect of the Merchant Designs Manufacturing plant in Machynlleth; and if he will make a statement.
(31895)
179  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what communication he has had from the receiver concerning the money given to Merchant Designs Manufacturing for employee training by Powys Tec; and if he will make a statement.
(31892)
180  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what involvement his Department has in investigating the financial arrangements of Merchant Designs Manufacturing in relation to the factory in Machynlleth; and if he will make a statement.
(31897)
181  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the impact of the New Deal measures in Cumbria.
[Question Unstarred] (29885)
182  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much of the current expenditure on family credit would be reclassified as negative taxation if converted into an equivalent working families tax credit.
[Transferred] (31389)
183  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment on the United Kingdom fishing industry.
[Transferred] (31844)
184  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the notified cases of food poisoning associated with (a) raw milk and (b) pasteurised milk in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (31870)
185  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the current level of funding from his Department under section 11 for the employment of teachers.
[Transferred] (31745)


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