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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Friday 27 February 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 27 February of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Friday 27 February, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

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

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


 
FRIDAY 27th FEBRUARY
1  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and what estimate he has made of the impact on employment levels in the fishing industry if the derogation on fishing vessels is not extended beyond 2002.
(31998)
2  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on the continuation of the permit system for the Common Fisheries Policy after 2002.
(31997)
3  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many works of art he has borrowed for use in his offices; which organisations he has borrowed these works from; what the insurance value is of these works; what guidance he received on the acquisition of these works; if the works have yet been removed for temporary public exhibition elsewhere; and if the works have been or will be replaced on a regular basis.
(31558)
4  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list each information, promotional, marketing and opinion survey contract, with its value, concluded by his Department and its agencies for the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-2001 and (e) 2001-2002.
(32021)
5  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 10th February Official Report, column 166, on Calshot Oyster Fisheries, if he will place copies of the advice from (i) the Department of Transport, (ii) the Deputy Harbour Master and (iii) Associated British Ports on the extension of the fishery into Thorn Channel in the Library.
(32024)
6  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what proposals he has to promote coppicing in the management of woodlands.
(32237)
7  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the outstanding issues requiring resolution in order to satisfy (a) the Standing Veterinary Committee, (b) the Commission, (c) the Council of Ministers and (d) other bodies directly involved in the process of the lifting of the ban on Northern Ireland beef exports, to the extent that they will support a recommendation to approve the Northern Ireland Certified Herd Scheme; and when he expects the matter to go before the Council of Ministers.
(31910)
8  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what will be the position of a fisherman who exhausts his effort allocation before he has caught his quota; and if he will make a statement.
(32182)
9  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, under what legislative power he will impose effort targets on producer organisations.
(32185)
10  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his estimated outturn for the financial year 1997-98 for each of the programmes listed in Annex 1: Cash Plan Table of his Ministry's Departmental Report 1997.
(31915)
11  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many people in England he estimates regularly drink unpasteurised milk.
(31911)
12  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which EU member states have been given credit against their MAGP targets, affecting beam trawlers, for a reduction in the overall beam length.
(32184)
13  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will be publishing his guidance note to producer organisations on the uptake of effort.
(32183)
14  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his oral Answer of 18th February, Official Report, column 1174, what urgent diary commitments obliged his Minister of State to cancel his attendance at the Hortex Exhibition; when the Minister informed the organisers of his decision to withdraw; and for what reasons no representative from his Department substituted on his behalf.
(31916)
15  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he plans to provide definitive guidance on the consumption and safety of oxtail soup; and if he will make a statement.
(31879)
16  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many counties in the South West of England he has visited since 1st May 1997.
(32064)
17  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many overseas countries he has visited since 1st May 1997.
(32065)
18  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many works of art he has borrowed for use in his offices; which organisations he has borrowed these works from; what the insurance value is of these works; what guidance he received on the acquisition of these works; if the works have yet been removed for temporary public exhibition elsewhere; and if the works have been or will be replaced on a regular basis.
(31557)
19  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list each information, promotional, marketing and opinion survey contract, with its value, concluded by his Department and its agencies for the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-2001 and (e) 2001-2002.
(32015)
20  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what account he will take of the conclusions of the investigation by the Director General of Oflot into whether Camelot remains a fit and proper body to run the Lottery in assessing its role as a sponsor of the New Millennium Experience and distributor of tickets for that event.
(32233)
21  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received about the England v Wales rugby union international on Saturday 21st February not being available live to viewers of terrestrial channels.
(31982)
22  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 16th February, Official Report, column 486, if he will place a copy of the Defence Export Services Organisation five year Strategic Plan in the Library.
(31319)
23  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the total deployment of (a) Navy, (b) RAF and (c) Army personnel and equipment around Iraq since the start of the current crisis.
(31486)
24  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total additional cost of deployment of service personnel and equipment in the Middle East has been to date.
(31487)
25  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what military personnel on non-NATO duties have been stationed in (a) Turkey and (b) Iraq in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(31490)
26  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will establish an Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objection for members of the British armed forces; and if he will make a statement.
(31675)
27  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many works of art he has borrowed for use in his offices and official residence; which organisations he has borrowed these works from; what the insurance value is of these works; what guidance he received on the acquisition of these works; if the works have yet been removed for temporary public exhibition elsewhere; and if the works have been or will be replaced on a regular basis.
(31556)
28  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list each information, promotional, marketing and opinion survey contract, with its value, concluded by his Department and its agencies for the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-2001 and (e) 2001-2002.
(32013)
29  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the contract control systems in use at RNAS Yeovilton; what changes in such systems have taken place in the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(31937)
30  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what sums have been recovered by his Department at RNAS Yeovilton following disclosure of irregularities in job booking practices in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(31939)
31  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what minimum standards of qualification have been set by the DEO(W) for EPO and PMO graded staff.
(31938)
32  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding the American government will provide for the removal of waste from the site of its previously occupied Scottish naval base.
(31964)
33  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many unscheduled stops there have been involving truck cargo heavy duty mark 2 vehicles since 1st March 1994; and if he will list the (a) dates, (b) location, (c) length of delay and (d) circumstances of each stop.
(32229)
34  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many exercises to test procedures for dealing with accidents involving nuclear weapons are to be held in 1998; when and where these exercises will be held; and what are the titles of these planned exercises.
(32209)
35  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the (a) mechanical problems with and (b) alterations made to truck cargo heavy duty mark 2 vehicles since 1st March 1994.
(32230)
36  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many exercises to test procedures for dealing with accidents involving nuclear weapons are to be organised on British territory by the United States government in 1998; when and where these exercises will be held; what are the titles of these planned exercises; and if his Department will participate in all of these exercises.
(32210)
37  
  
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 Naval Aircraft Repair Organisation, (b) the Defence Vetting Agency and (c) the RAF Signals Engineering Establishment; how often each newsletter is produced; and when each newsletter was first produced.
(32187)
38  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list each information, promotional, marketing and opinion survey contract, with its value, concluded by his Department and its agencies for the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-2001 and (e) 2001-2002.
(32017)
39  
  
Mr Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidance is provided within the National Curriculum on the teaching of waste awareness and the options for waste management provided by the waste hierarchy.
(32055)
40  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many works of art he has borrowed for use in his offices; which organisations he has borrowed these works from; what the insurance value is of these works; what guidance he received on the acquisition of these works; if the works have yet been removed for temporary public exhibition elsewhere; and if the works have been or will be replaced on a regular basis.
(31562)
41  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list each information, promotional, marketing and opinion survey contract, with its value, concluded by his Department and its agencies for the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-2001 and (e) 2001-2002.
(32014)
42  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many students applied for student loans in 1996-97; how many students who graduated in each year between 1989 and 1997 are in debt to the Student Loan Company; and if he will make a statement.
(30843)
43  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list by local education authority in England the percentage of pupils in (a) maintained schools, (b) voluntary-aided schools and (c) grant-maintained schools entitled to free school meals.
(30844)
44  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the average proportion of pupils in all schools, excluding the independent sector, in each local education authority, gaining five or more GCSEs at grades A to C.
(30845)
45  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many children at Key Stage 1 are in classes of 30 children or more.
(31855)
46  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of all year 6 (a) pupils, (b) boys and (c) girls attained (i) Level 2 or better, (ii) Level 3 or better, (iii) Level 4 or better and (iv) Level 5 or better in the Key Stage 2 English SAT test for (1) reading and (2) writing; and what was the national average level attained per pupil and by each gender in (A) 1996 and (B) 1997.
(31854)
47  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what has been the average class size in sixth form colleges in each council area in each of the last three years; and what estimates he has made for the next three years.
(31940)
48  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many A level subjects have been discontinued in sixth form colleges in each local education authority area in each of the last three years.
(31943)
49  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many compulsory redundancies have been imposed by sixth form colleges in each council area in each of the last three years.
(31941)
50  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if it is his intention to continue with the New Deal programme once the revenue from the windfall tax is exhausted.
(31857)
51  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the bodies accountable to him which pay private mileage rates proportionate to car engine size, setting out the rates payable in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(31683)
52  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to increase the information about planning requirements required to be given in response to house purchase searches in respect of listed buildings and buildings in conservation areas; and if he will make a statement.
(32096)
53  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his oral statement of 23rd February, Official Report, column 24, if his policy of a sequential approach to the location of new housing applies (a) forthwith, (b) in respect of current planning applications and (c) in respect of planning applicatons being considered at public inquiry.
(31777)
54  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many works of art he has borrowed for use in his offices; which organisations he has borrowed these works from; what the insurance value is of these works; what guidance he received on the acquisition of these works; if the works have yet been removed for temporary public exhibition elsewhere; and if the works have been or will be replaced on a regular basis.
(31555)
55  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he has taken following the failure of the database computer at Liverpool Coastguard Station on 31st January; and what action he intends to take to ensure that a full maintenance programme is in place.
(31948)
56  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list by coastguard station the dates on which the station has been staffed below the recommended watch level since 1st January.
(31950)
57  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the number of occasions telephone communications between the coastgard station on the Shetland Islands and the Scottish mainland have failed during the last 12 months.
(31949)
58  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list each information, promotional, marketing and opinion survey contract, with its value, concluded by his Department and its agencies for the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-2001 and (e) 2001-2002.
(32007)
59  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the level of the SSA on social services on elderly people in Oxfordshire.
(31992)
60  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what advice his Department has given to other departments about improving the environmental appraisal of their policies.
(31394)
61  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many prosecutions for unlawful destruction of hedgerows were initiated in 1997.
(32236)
62  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what length of hedgerow in England and Wales has (a) been destroyed in each year from 1992 to 1997 and (b) been created in each year from 1992 to 1997.
(32246)
63  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the reasons for giving the Ramblers Association and the Country Landowners Association, on 24th February, copies of the Consultation Document on its Right to Roam before it was available to honourable Members in the Vote Office.
(31849)
64  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the projected total revenue support grant for Essex as a percentage of the projected total standard spending assessment for Essex for the year 1998-99 and for each of the preceeding five years.
(31775)
65  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the projected total education standard spending assessment for Essex as a percentage of projected total SSA for Essex for the year 1998-99 and for each of the preceding five years.
(31776)
66  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for (i) Buckinghamshire County Council, (ii) Milton Keynes Borough Council, (iii) Aylesbury Vale District Council, (iv) Chiltern District Council, (v) South Buckinghamshire District Council and (vi) Wycombe District Council and for each major service block within each council (a) the standard spending assessment for 1997-98, (b) the SSA for 1998-99 and (c) the notional SSA for 1998-99 calculated on the basis of the 1997-98 SSA formula, but using the 1998-99 SSA control totals; and if he will express these figures in each case as (1) cash totals and (2) SSA per head of population in the relevant local authority area.
(31671)
67  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidance is issued to contractors in relation to the provision of warning signs and notice of junction closures when carrying out motorway roadworks.
(31772)
68  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much land in Wales previously owned by British Rail has been disposed of for (a) industries, (b) housing and (c) other developments since privatisation.
(32240)
69  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much land previously owned by British Rail has been disposed of for (a) industrial, (b) housing and (c) other developments in the United Kingdom since privatisation.
(32239)
70  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the proposals to improve access to open country apply to set-aside land.
(32098)
71  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of (a) changes in the population of birds of prey on grouse moorlands since 1990 and (b) the reasons for such changes.
(32211)
72  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what policies are applied by English Partnerships when deciding whether to fund development proposals affecting sites of special scientific interest; and if he will make a statement.
(32080)
73  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he intends to call in the proposed development in the Thames Marshes SSSI at Havering Riverside (Rainham Marshes) promoted and funded by English Partnerships.
(32081)
74  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those SSSIs that have been affected by development projects funded by English Partnerships; and if he will in each case set out the nature of the damage.
(32079)
75  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what SSSIs currently being considered as sites for developments are in part or wholly funded by English Partnerships.
(32078)
76  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which areas the Coalfield Task Force is examining in drawing up its programme of action.
(31852)
77  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assumptions about pit closures and mining job losses the Coalfield Task Force has made in planning its work.
(31859)
78  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much money will be spent in the next three years on the Coalfield Task Force's Action Programme.
(31853)
79  
  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the Government's policy towards the management of (a) high level, (b) intermediate level, (c) low level and (d) very low level nuclear waste.
(32082)
80  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the Government plans to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change.
(31987)
81  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those bodies classified as sludge producers that maintain registers for the purposes of the Sludge (Use in Agriculture) Regulations 1989.
(32186)
82  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the number of Welfare to Work receptions he plans to hold at 11 Downing Street in 1998, including the dates of the proposed receptions, how much each reception is budgeted to cost and who will be paying for each reception.
(31681)
83  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the Welfare to Work receptions he has held at 11 Downing Street since 1st May 1997, stating the dates of the receptions, how much each reception cost and who paid for each reception.
(31680)
84  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for each year since 1991 those medicines and medical equipment seized from passengers at airports, who were travelling to Baghdad via Amman; and if he will make a statement.
(31678)
85  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if medicines seized at Heathrow on 6th February from Amman-bound passengers will be returned to them.
(31677)
86  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what medical materials were seized at Heathrow airport on 10th February from passengers bound for Baghdad via Amman.
(31674)
87  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many works of art he has borrowed for use in his offices and official residence; which organisations he has borrowed these works from; what the insurance value is of these works; what guidance he received on the acquisition of these works; if the works have yet been removed for temporary public exhibition elsewhere; and if the works have been or will be replaced on a regular basis.
(31560)
88  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what funds Her Majesty's Treasury (a) has received and (b) expects to receive as a result of salvage claims on vessels listed in the report on the 'Sea Empress' incident.
(32002)
89  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list each information, promotional, marketing and opinion survey contract, with its value, concluded by his Department and its agencies for the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-2001 and (e) 2001-2002.
(32010)
90  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to initiate a review into the regulatory arrangements at Lloyd's of London in accordance with the terms of the recommendations of the Fourth Report of the Treasury Committee of Session 1995-96 (HC 224).
(31902)
91  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much of the 1996 underspend on the EAGGF fund is attributable to Britain.
(31914)
92  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what position was taken by Her Majesty's Government during the recent Council of Ministers discussion of the European Court of Auditors report; what conclusions were reached by the Council of Ministers; and if he will make a statement.
(31848)
93  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the assumptions underlying estimates that tax relief on PEPs and TESSAs was £800 million and £450 million in 1997-98 and would be £1,150 million and £550 million in 2001-01 if the current tax reliefs remained.
(32060)
94  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce legislation to repeal the prohibition under the Financial Services Act 1986 on an individual, who is not an authorised person and is not in the business of giving investment advice, from publicly expressing a view on the likely impact of full membership of EMU on the value of UK index-linked government stock.
(31731)
95  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by how much he estimates tax relief would be reduced as a result of applying annual and overall limits of £5,000 and £50,000 to PEPs and TESSAs if those schemes kept their current tax reliefs.
(32061)
96  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd February, Official Report, columns 60-61, if the rate of 6 per cent. VAT imposed by the Belgian government covers the purchase of energy-saving materials in Belgium; and what discussions he has held with his Belgian counterpart concerning the formal response received from the European Commission by the Belgian government following its decision to reduce the rate charged upon such goods.
(32189)
97  
N  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the total amount loaned by the UK to the governments of (a) Rwanda, (b) Zaire and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and (c) Mozambique under new loan agreements made since 1st January 1968; what is the total sum repaid to date by (a) to (c) to the UK in respect of these agreements in terms of (i) principal and (ii) interest; and what is the remaining sum due to be repaid as currently scheduled in terms of (1) principal and (2) interest.
(31773)
98  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are currently employed by (a) the Bank of England and (b) each of the central banks of each EU member state; what estimate he has made of the number to be employed by the proposed European Central Bank; at what location; and if he will make a statement.
(31947)
99  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to secure the release of the Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima; what recent representations he has made to the Chinese authorities on this matter; and if he will make a statement.
(31689)
100  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to secure compliance with the outstanding UN resolutions in respect of Tibet.
(31687)
101  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the use of qualified majority voting as permitted under Article 34(2)(c) of the Treaty on European Union.
(32000)
102  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has undertaken with representatives of the rival groups in Sierra Leone; and if he will make a statement.
(31676)
103  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what monitoring of Turkey's armed activities in Iraq have been undertaken by FCO officials; and what representations have been made to the government of Turkey.
(31489)
104  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many works of art he has borrowed for use in his offices and official residence; which organisations he has borrowed these works from; what the insurance value is of these works; what guidance he received on the acquisition of these works; if the works have yet been removed for temporary public exhibition elsewhere; and if the works have been or will be replaced on a regular basis.
(31563)
105  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list each information, promotional, marketing and opinion survey contract, with its value, concluded by his Department and its agencies for the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-2001 and (e) 2001-2002.
(32009)
106  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the security of supply of Britain's gas imports over the next 25 years.
(32054)
107  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the estimated cost to the Exchequer of the United Kingdom holding the EU Presidency.
(31393)
108  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met the Vietnamese Foreign Minister.
(31976)
109  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations on the case of Mr Tich Sue he has made to the government of Vietnam.
(31977)
110  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if representatives of his Department have asked to review the General Secretariat's tapes of the Amsterdam Treaty in relation to the Schengen opt-in procedure; and which other bodies have done so.
(32235)
111  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he was first informed of the existence of tapes of the Amsterdam negotiations held by the General Secretariat of the European Council.
(32234)
112  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his recent visits to (a) Serbia, (b) Macedonia and (c) Albania; what assessment he made of the Albanian government's cooperation with the IMF and World Bank; and what representations he made regarding the treatment of Albanians in Kosovo and the Albanian minority in Macedonia.
(31960)
113  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the governments of (a) Yemen, (b) India, (c) Pakistan, (d) Bangladesh and (e) Sri Lanka regarding the present crisis in the Gulf.
(31959)
114  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the average waiting time for a Chinese passport holder to receive a United Kingdom visa from the Embassy in Beijing; and what percentage of applications were refused in the last available year.
(31958)
115  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria will be applied to determine whether the disease transmission risks associated with xenotransplantation are of a magnitude to rule out the commencement of clinical trials.
(31686)
116  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the ratio of dentists to population in the area of each health authority in the East Midlands.
(32001)
117  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review the Mental Health Act 1983; and if he will make a statement.
(32066)
118  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assumptions his Department makes in assessing the issue of pen needles on prescription of (a) the number of times each needle is likely to be used for repeat injections and (b) the likely conversion of people with insulin dependent diabetes from using a syringe to using a pen injection device if needles were prescribable.
(32056)
119  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action his Department has taken to ensure that doctors are aware of the contents of the leaflet Sheep Dipping published by HSE, VMD, MAFF and Department of Environment (9AS 29 (rev) 3/95 C250).
(32057)
120  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his Department's current estimate of the cost of making pen needles available on prescription.
(32084)
121  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department is reviewing whether to make pen injection devices available on prescription.
(32083)
122  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many works of art he has borrowed for use in his offices; which organisations he has borrowed these works from; what the insurance value is of these works; what guidance he received on the acquisition of these works; if the works have yet been removed for temporary public exhibition elsewhere; and if the works have been or will be replaced on a regular basis.
(31564)
123  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list each information, promotional, marketing and opinion survey contract, with its value, concluded by his Department and its agencies for the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-2001 and (e) 2001-2002.
(32020)
124  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the cost to each local authority in England and Wales of operating the Guardian ad Litem and Reporting Officer Service in each of the last three years.
(31945)
125  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has made to other departments to improve the delivery of health education in schools, with particular reference to sexual health.
(31991)
126  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will state (a) for each NHS trust and (b) nationally, of the nominations received from honourable Members and local authorities for non-executive positions on NHS trust boards, the numbers who are members of the (i) Labour, (ii) Conservative and (iii) Liberal Democrat parties.
(31851)
127  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the probability of an individual dying from drinking unpasteurised milk in England.
(31913)
128  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the probability of an individual suffering from food poisoning over the next 12 months.
(31912)
129  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review the availability of domiciliary eye examinations in special schools for children with learning difficulties; and if he will make a statement.
(31774)
130  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women used the contraceptive pill in each year since 1993.
(32089)
131  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review the advice given to doctors about appropriate prescribing of contraceptive pills containing, desogestrel and gestodene.
(32086)
132  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account he takes of previous membership of community health councils in considering appointments to the boards of NHS trusts and health authorities.
(32099)
133  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 25th February, Official Report, column 264, if he will make it his policy to collect information centrally on the number of board members of NHS trusts, ambulance NHS trusts and health authorities who prior to their appointment served on a community health council.
(32097)
134  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he received from the Medical Devices Agency about the 3M Capital Hip system.
(31978)
135  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the co-operation he has received from the suppliers of the 3M Capital Hip system.
(31981)
136  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve the coordination of surgeons, speech therapists and psychologists in the delivery of cleft lip and palate services.
(31984)
137  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those hospitals which used the 3M Capital Hip system.
(31979)
138  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate how many 3M Capital Hip systems have been used by the NHS.
(31980)
139  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to extend local access to cleft lip and palate services.
(31985)
140  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has provided to local health authorities relating to expenditure on and provision of children's hospices.
(31973)
141  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve the delivery of cleft lip and palate services in the United Kingdom.
(31983)
142  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure the Animal Procedures Committee is giving full consideration to independent objections to the application for a project licence from Imutran before deciding whether to issue such a licence.
(31690)
143  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to amend the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 to bring circus permanent holding facilities within its scope.
(31688)
144  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 19th January, Official Report, column 387, what percentage of procedures for animal testing approved by his Department led to published research in each of the last 10 years.
(31748)
145  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to reply to the letter of 24th October 1997 from the National Anti-Vivisection Society; and if he will place a copy of the correspondence in the Library.
(31684)
146  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegally-held firearms, by category, have been handed in to the police in each of the last five years; if he will indicate how many were handed in as part of a firearms amnesty; and if he will make a statement.
(31955)
147  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Iraqi nationals are resident in the United Kingdom; what plans his Department has regarding their treatment in the event of hostilities between Britain and Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(31488)
148  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many works of art he has borrowed for use in his offices; which organisations he has borrowed these works from; what the insurance value is of these works; what guidance he received on the acquisition of these works; if the works have yet been removed for temporary public exhibition elsewhere; and if the works have been or will be replaced on a regular basis.
(31561)
149  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total value of seizures of heroin by (a) customs and (b) police in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage he estimates those figures represent of the totals of heroin consumed in the United Kingdom.
(31485)
150  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list each information, promotional, marketing and opinion survey contract, with its value, concluded by his Department and its agencies for the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-2001 and (e) 2001-2002.
(32011)
151  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people the police have successfully prosecuted each year since 1990 for the offences of (a) dangerous driving, (b) careless driving and (c) failing to exercise proper control of a vehicle; and what percentage of these were using a mobile phone while driving.
(31951)
152  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's policy is for the retirement age of staff contracted on the basis of casual employment; when the current policy was introduced; and what were the reasons for introducing the current policy.
(31600)
153  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of adult prisoners who are functionally illiterate; and if he will make a statement.
(32100)
154  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons resident in Pakistan whose asylum applications were determined in each of the last three years had to wait more than (a) five years, (b) six years, (c) seven years, (d) eight years, (e) nine years and (f) 10 years for them to be finally determined.
(32219)
155  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) prosecutions have been brought and (b) convictions secured for killing protected birds of prey in each year since 1990.
(32212)
156  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action she has taken to protect indigenous people and the wider environment in the area subject to forest fires in Indonesia.
(31682)
157  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many works of art she has borrowed for use in her offices; which organisations she has borrowed these works from; what the insurance value is of these works; what guidance she received on the acquisition of these works; if the works have yet been removed for temporary public exhibition elsewhere; and if the works have been or will be replaced on a regular basis.
(31566)
158  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list each information, promotional, marketing and opinion survey contract, with its value, concluded by her Department and its agencies for the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-2001 and (e) 2001-2002.
(32023)
159  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is currently giving towards the reduction of HIV in Africa; in which countries; and if she will make a statement.
(32092)
160  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of her Department's programme multilateral contributions was spent on the European Community in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98; what percentage is planned to be so spent in 1998-99; and in each case what are the sums involved.
(32090)
161  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what initiatives are currently being pursued by her Department consequent on the Fourth World Conference on Women Platform for Action agreed in Beijing in 1995; in which countries; and at what cost.
(32088)
162  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid is planned to be channelled through UN development agencies by her Department in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000; and what will be the sums involved.
(32091)
163  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what requests she has received since 1st January for assistance in Afghanistan; and if she will make a statement.
(32087)
164  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contribution her Department is currently making towards the eradication of polio from (a) India and (b) the rest of the world; and if she will make a statement.
(32093)
165  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what position Her Majesty's Government took at the meeting of donors in Dhaka on 23rd February on the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord; and what undertakings Her Majesty's Government made.
(31972)
166  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the implications for biodiversity of the current Uruguay Round measures on agriculture and trade-related intellectual property rights; and if she will press for the Fourth Conference of the Parties on Biological Diversity to make a full evaluation of this matter.
(31986)
167  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will press for the Convention on Biological Diversity to safeguard intellectual property rights pending completion of the WTO agreement on trade-related intellectual property rights in 1999.
(31989)
168  
N  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the total official debt owed by Mozambique; and what was the amount spent by Mozambique on (a) debt service, (b) health and (c) education, in terms of (i) US dollars, (ii) US dollars per capita, (iii) percentage of GNP and (iv) percentage of government expenditure in each of the last three years.
(31679)
169  
N  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the total official debt owed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and what was the amount spent by the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the former Zaire on (a) debt service, (b) health and (c) education, in terms of (i) US dollars, (ii) US dollars per capita, (iii) percentage of GNP and (iv) percentage of government expenditure, in each of the last three years.
(31669)
170  
N  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the total official debt owed by Rwanda; and what was the amount spent by Rwanda on (a) debt service, (b) health and (c) education in terms of (i) US dollars, (ii) US dollars per capita, (iii) percentage of GNP and (iv) percentage of government expenditure in each of the last three years.
(31670)
171  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if Her Majesty's Government will increase aid to Yemen to alleviate poverty.
(32059)
172  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is the Government's response to the recent appeal of the United Nations World Food Programme regarding North Korea.
(32058)
173  
N  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list by computer system, the contractors employed by (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility, for work on major computer systems commissioned between (i) 1993-94 and (ii) 1997-98.
(31856)
174  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list each information, promotional, marketing and opinion survey contract, with its value, concluded by his Department and its agencies for the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-2001 and (e) 2001-2002.
(32008)
175  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is his policy on the operation of magistrates' courts committees.
(32217)
176  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many (a) magistrates and (b) magistrates' courts' clerks in Wales are (i) male and (ii) female.
(32218)
177  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the magistrates' courts that (a) have been closed and (b) are scheduled to be closed in each of the counties of Wales since 1990; and if he will make a statement.
(32216)
178  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what guidance he has issued to county magistrates' committees on the allocation of cases where the nearest convenient magistrates' court for a locality is in another county.
(32180)
179  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, on how many occasions police witnesses have been called at Swadlincote Magistrates' Court in each of the last five years.
(32179)
180  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment he has made of the reasons which have led to the transfer of cases to other courts from Swadlincote Magistrates' Court over the last five years; and if he will estimate the number of cases transferred on account of each reason.
(32177)
181  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many cases have been tried at Swadlincote magistrates' court in each of the last five years.
(32101)
182  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what guidelines are available to county magistrates' committees to define the appropriate geographical distance and elapsed travel time from an individual's locality to the magistrates' court at which his case is to be heard.
(32178)
183  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how many engagements he undertook in January which required official transport.
(31778)
184  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, whom he has appointed as creative director of the Millennium Dome; and who has overall creative responsibility for the Dome.
(31968)
185  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what assessment he has made of public reaction to the Millennium Dome to date.
(31965)
186  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will estimate the cost of the giant sculptures that will appear in the Millennium Dome.
(31969)
187  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what responsibilities he has for millennium projects outside London.
(31970)
188  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how many companies from (i) the North West Region and (ii) Chorley have received contracts in respect of work for the Millennium Dome.
(32051)
189  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will discuss the contents of the smaller Dome with the North West region Showmen's Guild and theme park owners.
(31967)
190  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how many jobs the construction of the Millennium Dome has created to date; and how many jobs it will create when open.
(31971)
191  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will make a statement on the contents of the smaller Millennium Dome; how it will be funded; and when the decision was taken to build it, and by whom.
(31966)
192  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, when he began discussions with Camelot concerning possible sponsorship of the New Millennium Experience.
(32232)
193  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what (a) the BAA, (b) the Corporation of London, (c) Tesco, (d) British Telecom, (e) BSkyB, (f) Manpower, (g) British Airways and (h) Camelot will receive in return for their sponsorship of the New Millennium Experience.
(32231)
194  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made to date regarding the request for extradition of Finbar Ross from the United States of America.
(31996)
195  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will provide comprehensive advice on the potential dangers of exposure to organophosphate users and on appropriate protective equipment when using organophosphate products.
(31993)
196  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will provide guidance to doctors on the known chronic effects of organo-phosphate poisoning.
(31994)
197  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will ensure that licensing of organophosphates is not carried out by bodies relying exclusively on research data supplied by chemical companies.
(31995)
198  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the future European Structural Funds regime for Northern Ireland.
(31946)
199  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many works of art she has borrowed for use in her offices; which organisations she has borrowed these works from; what the insurance value is of these works; what guidance she received on the acquisition of these works; if the works have yet been removed for temporary public exhibition elsewhere; and if the works have been or will be replaced on a regular basis.
(31567)
200  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list each information, promotional, marketing and opinion survey contract, with its value, concluded by her Department and its agencies for the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-2001 and (e) 2001-2002.
(32019)
201  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reasons she proposes to repeal the requirement on Northern Irish courts to consider the religious persuasion of a child before placing him or her in a custodial institution.
(31622)
202  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is the current capital expenditure allocated to (a) integrated schools, (b) Catholic schools and (c) state schools; and what percentage of the pupil population they represent.
(31632)
203  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she has undertaken (a) a policy appraisal and (b) a fair treatment analysis of the proposed changes in criminal law legislation regarding children.
(31623)
204  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the cost of official journeys outside Northern Ireland by the (a) Secretary and (b) Chief Executive of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland in terms of (i) travel, (ii) subsistence and (iii) entertainment paid from official funds or for which reimbursement was claimed in (1) 1995, (2) 1996 and (3) 1997.
(31634)
205  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what independent complaints mechanism will be available to children and concerned adults complaining of maladministration or unfair treatment under the proposed Criminal Justice (Children) (Northern Ireland) Order.
(31629)
206  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the interests (a) declared and (b) registered by members of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland.
(31637)
207  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the judgement and the court papers in the David Adams case have been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
(31631)
208  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) Catholic and (b) Protestant children are currently in each training school; and what were the figures in each of the previous five years.
(31641)
209  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) Catholic and (b) Protestant children were held in Lisnevin at the time of each disturbance there in 1994; how many of each group were prosecuted and convicted arising out of the disturbances; and how many were transferred to the Young Offenders Centre, Hydebank.
(31626)
210  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what arrangements are in place to authorise or reimburse personal expenditure by the (a) Secretary and (b) Chief Executive of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland.
(31635)
211  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will identify the (a) qualifications, (b) gender and (c) perceived religious composition of staff at each grade in each training school.
(31624)
212  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the amounts of personal expenditure claimed by and reimbursed to the (a) Secretary and (b) Chief Executive of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland in (i) 1993-94, (ii) 1994-95, (iii) 1995-96, (iv) 1996-97 and (v) 1997.
(31636)
213  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make a statement on how the open training schools are classified for use for certain religious groups and the date on which such classifications or changes in classifications were made under the Children and Young Persons (Northern Ireland) Act 1986.
(31625)
214  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what disciplinary steps have been taken by the Chief Constable of the RUC against those RUC officers who assaulted David Adams whilst in custody following his arrest; and if they are still serving officers.
(31630)
215  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps the Police Authority for Northern Ireland is taking to prepare for its meetings to be held in public in line with procedures and practices implemented by police authorities elsewhere in the United Kingdom.
(31638)
216  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the number and purpose of official journeys outside Northern Ireland undertaken by the (a) Secretary and (b) Chief Executive of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland in (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997.
(31633)
217  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what research has been undertaken by her Department into bullying, (a) secretarian and (b) other, in training schools.
(31627)
218  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what research has been undertaken by her Department into the likely impact of mixing Catholic and Protestant children in the manner proposed by the Criminal Justice (Children) (Northern Ireland) Order.
(31628)
219  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will introduce the rules for disclosure of Masonic membership of persons involved in the criminal justice administration of England and Wales proposed by the Secretary of State for the Home Department to the Northern Ireland criminal justice administration; and if she will introduce similar rules relating to membership of the (i) Orange Order and (ii) other similar organisations.
(31621)
220  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is her estimate of the number of persons who took part in each of the two processions to Belfast city centre on 22nd February.
(31903)
221  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many persons were employed by the Housing Executive (a) five and (b) 10 years ago; and what were the numbers at the latest available date.
(32251)
222  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if any notice was given to the police under public order legislation in regard to the two processions held to Belfast city centre on 22nd February.
(31904)
223  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many persons have been recruited to permanent posts by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in each of the last five years.
(32249)
224  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what have been the percentage pay increases for each level of management in the Housing Executive in each of the last five years.
(32250)
225  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what files have been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions as a consequence of the two processions held in Belfast on 22nd February.
(31905)
226  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she expects to visit the RUC divisional headquarters in Coleraine.
(31907)
227  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many persons have been employed by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive at its basic level of secretarial/management employment in each of the last five years; and how many of the posts were (a) temporary and for what periods and (b) permanent; how many employees in each category were (i) male and (ii) female; and how many in each category and gender were (1) Roman Catholic, (2) Protestants and (3) others.
(32247)
228  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is her estimate of the cost of a new police station in Coleraine.
(31906)
229  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she expects the Police Authority to decide to begin work on a new police station in Coleraine.
(31908)
230  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many posts at each level in the Housing Executive management structure have been filled by (a) external applicants and (b) persons already in the employment of the Executive in each of the last five years.
(32248)
231  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the standard of the accommodation available to the RUC in Coleraine.
(31909)
232  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pupils were enrolled in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary and grammar schools in each of the past five years.
(31953)
233  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pupils were enrolled in each of the (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) grammar schools in the constituency of Strangford in each of the past three years.
(31954)
234  
  
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make a statement on the issue of age-related registration numbers for (a) vintage cars and (b) other vintage vehicles.
(32062)
235  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make a statement on recent inward investment to Northern Ireland from (a) Japan, (b) South Korea, (c) Taiwan, (d) Hong Kong, (e) China and (f) Singapore.
(31962)
236  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make a statement on her policy on toll roads.
(31961)
237  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Council, how many and what percentage of written parliamentary questions asked in the current Session have received a holding answer, broken down by Department.
(31850)
238  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the President of the Council, how many works of art she has borrowed for use in her offices; which organisations she has borrowed these works from; what the insurance value is of these works; what guidance she received on the acquisition of these works; if the works have yet been removed for temporary public exhibition elsewhere; and if the works have been or will be replaced on a regular basis.
(31568)
239  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many works of art he has borrowed for use in his offices and official residence; which organisations he has borrowed these works from; what the insurance value is of these works; what guidance he received on the acquisition of these works; if the works have yet been removed for temporary public exhibition elsewhere; and if the works have been or will be replaced on a regular basis.
(31554)
240  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many works of art he has borrowed for use in his offices and official residence; which organisations he has borrowed these works from; what the insurance value is of these works; what guidance he received on the acquisition of these works; if the works have yet been removed for temporary public exhibition elsewhere; and if the works have been or will be replaced on a regular basis.
(31559)
241  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list each information, promotional, marketing and opinion survey contract, with its value, concluded by his Department and its agencies for the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-2001 and (e) 2001-2002.
(32018)
242  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many works of art she has borrowed for use in her offices; which organisations she has borrowed these works from; what the insurance value is of these works; what guidance she received on the acquisition of these works; if the works have yet been removed for temporary public exhibition elsewhere; and if the works have been or will be replaced on a regular basis.
(31569)
243  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment she has made of the service provided by ICL to introduce the computerised social security system into post offices.
(32006)
244  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the target date for all post offices to be connected to the computerised social security system.
(32005)
245  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what progress her Department is making with the introduction of the computerised social security benefits system in post offices.
(32003)
246  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many post offices she plans to be connected to the computerised social security system in the next 12 months; and how many are currently connected.
(32004)
247  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list each information, promotional, marketing and opinion survey contract, with its value, concluded by her Department and its agencies for the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-2001 and (e) 2001-2002.
(32016)
248  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when she expects to offer a date for a DLA review to N. T. Lawless (ref YR 983555A), which was requested on 3rd December 1997.
(31673)
249  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when her Department expects to reply to the letter dated 20th September 1997, from N. G. Wells of Applegarth, Water End Road, Beacons Bottom, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, which was forwarded to her from HM Treasury on 6th October 1997.
(31672)
250  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the new procedural instructions dealing with review procedures within the family credit unit were implemented; who issued the instructions; and what arrangements are in place to ensure that the Family Credit Customer Services are informed of them.
(31952)
251  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her Answer of 24th February, Official Report, column 209, on the take-up of benefits, if she will list take-up rates of each benefit by benefit area office.
(32238)
252  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what account was taken of the barriers to employment faced by lone parents with disabled children in receipt of the carer's premium when deciding to abolish the lone parent premium for income support.
(31858)
253  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for what reasons the standard interest rate used for income support mortgage interest payments excludes lenders who are not building societies.
(31881)
254  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her Answer of 24th February, Official Report, column 217, relating to social security expenditure, if she will express the figures in 1996-97 prices using the gross domestic product deflator; and if she will provide figures for the years after 1996-97 for which departmental public expenditure plans exist.
(31882)
255  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, on what dates her Department has met representatives of Imutran; and what matters were discussed.
(31685)
256  
  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the possibility that the Multilateral Agreement on Investment may lead to an increase in litigation.
(32094)
257  
  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential for increased power to be given to large multinational companies through the MAI.
(32095)
258  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many works of art she has borrowed for use in her offices and official residence; which organisations she has borrowed these works from; what the insurance value is of these works; what guidance she received on the acquisition of these works; if the works have yet been removed for temporary public exhibition elsewhere; and if the works have been or will be replaced on a regular basis.
(31536)
259  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list each information, promotional, marketing and opinion survey contract, with its value, concluded by her Department and its agencies for the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-2001 and (e) 2001-2002.
(32012)
260  
N  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 22nd December, Official Report, column 522, when she expects to announce her decision on the Monopolies and Mergers Commission report relating to First Bus operations in Glasgow; and if she will make a statement.
(31901)
261  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when the report on audit failures at Levitt Group of Companies will be published.
(31963)
262  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees in her Department earn less than £4.45 per hour.
(31990)
263  
  
Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the (a) amount and (b) proportion of overall budget spent by each Business Link on administration in (i) 1994-95, (ii) 1995-96 and (iii) 1996-97.
(32085)
264  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when the Government will announce its conclusions on the Sulphur Protocol, and its impact on the coal industry.
(31880)
265  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has received about the Multilateral Agreement on Investment; and if she will make a statement.
(31975)
266  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what action her Department is taking in the development of technology transfer to developing countries under the auspices of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
(31988)
267  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what departmental guidelines are issued regarding her officials returning telephone calls from members of the public.
(31956)
268  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what advice and facilities are available to British businesses regarding the Rajin-Sonbong Free Economic and Trade Zone in North Korea.
(31957)
269  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many works of art he has borrowed for use in his offices; which organisations he has borrowed these works from; what the insurance value is of these works; what guidance he received on the acquisition of these works; if the works have yet been removed for temporary public exhibition elsewhere; and if the works have been or will be replaced on a regular basis.
(31565)
270  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list each information, promotional, marketing and opinion survey contract, with its value, concluded by his Department and its agencies for the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-2001 and (e) 2001-2002.
(32022)
271  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many people are employed by the Welsh Development Agency abroad, indicating in which (a) countries and (b) cities; and if he will make a statement.
(32215)
272  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many people are employed by the Welsh Development Agency in North Wales; in which locations; and if he will make a statement.
(32214)
273  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many people are employed by the (a) Welsh Development Agency, (b) Mid Wales Development Corporation and (c) Land Authority Wales; and how many in each body are engaged in administrative work.
(32213)
274  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent financial developments in the economies of the Far East on Far Eastern owned industries in Wales.
(32220)
275  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the effect on Her Majesty's Government's policy on the rural economy in Wales.
(32208)
276  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the current security classification of the annual report produced by the Army Prosecuting Authority.
[Transferred] (32188)
277  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what has been the total cost to public funds of holding industrial tribunals in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (31999)
278  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list for each nuclear power station in the United Kingdom her estimate of (a) the current life expectancy and (b) the costs of decommissioning.
[Transferred] (32063)
279  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures Her Majesty's Government is taking to assist with (a) landmine clearance, (b) landmine stockpile destruction and (c) recovery and rehabilitation of survivors of landmine injuries.
[Transferred] (32181)
280  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to improve the integration of services with local authorities in the delivery of statements of special educational need.
[Transferred] (31974)
281  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions a court requested use of the Guardian ad Litem and Reporting Officer Service from each local authority in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (31942)
282  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the average cost incurred by the Guardian ad Litem and Reporting Officer Service in each local authority area for work on behalf of courts in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (31944)
283  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much land previously owned by British Rail has been disposed of for (a) industrial, (b) housing and (c) other developments in Scotland since privatisation.
[Transferred] (32241)


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