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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 5 March 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 5 March 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 5 March, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Friday 6 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.
 


 
THURSDAY 5th MARCH
1  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee, if he will list expenditure on the Family Room for each of the last five years.
(33334)
2  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the public engagements arranged by his Department which were carried out by the Parliamentary Secretary in the House of Lords since 1st June other than on Fridays and Saturdays.
(33296)
3  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will state his projections for the average level of subsidy per farm holding to be paid to (a) hill farmers, (b) dairy farmers and (c) cereal farmers for 1997-98.
(33293)
4  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimates his Department has made of the impact upon Central Science Laboratory research contract pricing of relocating Norwich scientific staff to York.
(32867)
5  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimates his Department has made of the impact on the continuity of food research contracts of a relocation of Norwich-based scientific staff to York.
(32869)
6  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the cost to his Department of constructing the new food research laboratory at Sand Hutton, York.
(32868)
7  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimates his Department has made of the proportion of Central Science Laboratory scientific staff who would transfer to York if requested to do so.
(32870)
8  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many of the appointments to public bodies which he has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33250)
9  
  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the means by which (a) Spain, (b) the Netherlands, (c) France, (d) Denmark and (e) Germany plan to achieve their MAGP IV objectives; if applications have been made to the European Union Commission for each of their schemes; what timespan the Commission has set for the implementation of each of the schemes; and if he will make a statement.
(33038)
10  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee, what the cost was of the new curtains installed in the Members' Tea Room.
(33040)
11  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 27th February, Official Report, column 388, how many works of art borrowed since 1st May 1997 for the offices and official residences of Ministers derived from (a) the National Galleries of Scotland and (b) Glasgow Museums and Galleries; what is the insurance value of these as registered with the Government Indemnity Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(33014)
12  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the level of Government grant-in-aid to (a) the English Tourist Board, (b) the Welsh Tourist Board, (c) the Scottish Tourist Board and (d) the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, per head of population; and what proportion of the total number of (i) overseas and (ii) domestic tourists in the UK, holiday in each tourist board area.
(33039)
13  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many of the appointments to public bodies which he has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33242)
14  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the amount of grant-in-aid to (a) the United Kingdom Sports Council and (b) the English Sports Council for the years (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 1998-99.
(33305)
15  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the total grant-in-aid awarded to the national governing bodies of sport and recreation in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98 and (c) 1998-99.
(33304)
16  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much National Lottery money was received by the governing bodies of sport and recreation in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98.
(33306)
17  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the responsibility for the millennium compliance of computer-reliant military equipment supplied by the United States of America lies with the vendors; and if she will make a statement.
(33314)
18  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of operational British nuclear weapons will be based in Scotland, including those on vessels based in Scotland, from 1st April.
(32050)
19  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 26th February, Official Report, column 376, if the 41 qualified lawyers who are employed as Army officers in the UK, the 15 in Germany and the five elsewhere work for the Adjutant General's Army Legal Service; and if he will make a statement.
(32947)
20  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the appointments to public bodies which he has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33245)
21  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what medical preparations and antidotes to germ and chemical weapons service personnel serving in the Gulf are required to take before going into combat.
(31124)
22  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the recent report of the United States Department of Energy's Albequerque operations office on the work of the Mason and Hanger Corporation on Trident weapons assembly for the United Kingdom.
(33110)
23  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his oral Statement of 27th November, Official Report, columns 1104-5, on how Government departments and their agencies are tackling the millennium compliance problem, when he expects to make his first quarterly report to the House.
(33336)
24  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many of the appointments to public bodies which he has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33241)
25  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what plans he has to improve the opportunities for employment and career development of disabled people in the Civil Service.
(33215)
26  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many (a) individuals, (b) companies, (c) campaign groups, (d) honourable Members of either House, (e) Members of the European Parliament and (f) government departments or agencies had responded to his consultation paper on freedom of information by the end of the consultation period; what proportions of each category responded by e-mail or participated in his on-line discussion forum; and if he will place in the Library (i) a list of respondents and (ii) copies of submissions not requesting confidentiality.
(33118)
27  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what factors determined the decision on whether to distribute material to schools on (a) the United Kingdom Presidency of the European Union, (b) the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting at Edinburgh, (c) the UK Chairmanship of G8 and (d) the UK chairmanship of other institutions.
(33015)
28  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many officials or individuals working within his Department on Year 2000 computer compliance have (a) given notice of their intention to leave or (b) left the Department in the last six months.
(32396)
29  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list all the contracts placed with external contractors by his Department in connection with Year 2000 computer compliance setting out (a) the name of the contractor, (b) the date the contract was placed, (c) the scope of the contract and (d) the date when the work is expected to be complete.
(32397)
30  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he expects system testing for Year 2000 computer compliance to be completed within his Department.
(32398)
31  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many of the appointments to public bodies which he has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33252)
32  
  
Mr Bill Michie (Sheffield, Heeley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what arrangements Training and Enterprise Councils have in place in respect of (a) monitoring and evaluation of their work in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, fairness to clients and value for money, (b) auditing of annual acounts by a public body and (c) public access to meetings of (i) TEC boards and (ii) other decision-making committees and panels; and whether the minutes of these bodies are available to the public.
(33216)
33  
N  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the number and surface area of business parks that have been built on (a) greenfield land excluding Green Belt, (b) Green Belt land and (c) recycled land in each of the last 12 years by (i) county and (ii) region in England.
(32855)
34  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the number of hectares of contaminated land in each of the last 12 years in each county and region.
(33035)
35  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will enable the Drinking Water Inspectorate to seek authorisation for a wider range of remedial works before a failure occurs.
(33034)
36  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will instruct OPRAF to carry out an urgent investigation into the recent performance of Great Western Trains, with particular reference to (a) punctuality and (b) overcrowding.
(33145)
37  
N  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions his Department has had with the Institute of Chartered Accountants to ensure that full disclosure of certified accounts is made by landlords to leaseholders under section 21 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985; and if he will make a statement.
(31131)
38  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to increase the number of hedgerows which are protected.
(32390)
39  
  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish regulations regarding the maximum height for boundary fences, walls or hedges between gardens.
(33147)
40  
  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will ensure that leylandii hedging is restricted to six feet in height when used to separate small gardens.
(33148)
41  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with (a) Railtrack and (b) Virgin Trains about improvements to services on the West Coast Main Line.
(32864)
42  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many of the appointments to public bodies which he has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33257)
43  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the cost of leasing the Jaguar 4.0i LWB for the use of the Deputy Prime Minister from the Government Car Service.
(32992)
44  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received on the planning application relating to the former Winchester to Southampton by-pass; and if he will personally review the planning application.
(33120)
45  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidance he has given to (a) local authorities and (b) other housing organisations concerning minimum standards for the (i) construction and (ii) renovation and (iii) size of rooms of dwellings.
(33133)
46  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure a consistent approach by local authorities towards the removal of obstructions from pavements with particular reference to goods for sale.
(33102)
47  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Basel Convention on transfrontier movement of hazardous waste, held in Malaysia in February.
(33111)
48  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent correspondence his Department's ministers have had with Swedish authorities acting on behalf of the Nordic Council of Environment Ministers concerning radioactive discharges from Sellafield and Dounreay; and what response has been received.
(33026)
49  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the number of non-governmental groups that have to date shown an interest in participating in the Environmental Task Force within the New Deal welfare to work programme; and what responses he has received from these organisations.
(33113)
50  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what contribution his Department plans to make to the Government's National Week of Science, Engineering and Technology on 13th to 22nd March, in respect of environmental and clean-technology research.
(33028)
51  
  
Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will support the future development of credit unions.
(33108)
52  
  
Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will encourage those major pension providers who have units dedicated to dealing with problems arising from mis-selling of personal pensions to make their expertise available to the independent financial adviser market.
(33109)
53  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the possible impact of the introduction of the Individual Savings Account on the older saver.
(32125)
54  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to allow older investors who have more than £50,000 in PEPs and TESSAs to transfer the whole value of their PEPs and TESSAs into an individual savings account.
(32126)
55  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which heavily indebted developing countries to which he referred in the Mauritius Mandate he estimates will have begun the process of debt reduction by the year 2000.
(33206)
56  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to United Kingdom banks of their involvement in the HIPC debt reduction agreement.
(33203)
57  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of 80 per cent. official debt write-off for (a) all the countries likely to benefit from the Heavily Indebted Poor Country Debt Agreement and (b) all eligible countries.
(33204)
58  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for each developing country the total stock of its outstanding debt owed to the United Kingdom on 31st December 1997.
(33205)
59  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the total debt owed to (i) the Government and (ii) Export Credit Guarantee Department, by developing countries, excluding Eastern European countries and the countries of the former Soviet Union.
(33202)
60  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the appointments to public bodies which he has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33256)
61  
  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received as to the effect on the taxation of partnerships of the Government's proposals to withdraw the cash basis practice for the taxation of professional businesses.
[R] (33031)
62  
  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the tax liability of a barrister (a) under the current practice and (b) under the potential future practice under the Government's proposals to withdraw the cash basis of taxation from professional businesses whose earnings correspond with each of the two examples given at Appendix B of the Bar Council's response dated 12th February.
[R] (33029)
63  
  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire of 22nd December, Official Report, column 471, on business profits, in what way the imposition of the catch up charge proposed in the Government's proposals to withdraw the cash basis of taxation for professional businesses (a) corrects an anomaly and (b) creates a level playing field for all businesses.
[R] (33200)
64  
  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the double taxation effect of the proposed catch up charge contained in the proposals to withdraw the cash basis of taxation for professional businesses.
[R] (33032)
65  
  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received as to the legality of the Government's proposals to withdraw the cash basis practice for the taxation of professional businesses, with particular reference to the provisions of the Equal Treatment Directive (76/207).
[R] (33030)
66  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 24th February, Official Report, column 132, on public borrowing targets, if the targets are binding on those states not entering Stage Three of Economic and Monetary Union.
(33211)
67  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy that countries which fulfil Maastricht criteria should lose cohesion funding.
(33289)
68  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who will bear the exchange costs relating to company taxes paid in Euros.
(33119)
69  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria have been adopted by (a) Her Majesty's Government and (b) the Commission of the European Community for determining that borrowing by national, regional and local governments and other publicly- funded bodies for investment which is to be included in those percentages of gross national product to be used as target figures for qualification for entry to Stage Three of Economic and Monetary Union.
(33209)
70  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy that no extra funding should be made available to EMU members to offset any impact of EMU on employment, wages and growth.
(33287)
71  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps during the United Kingdom Presidency to end the attempts retrospectively to fine importers of prawns from Iceland and the Faroes subsequently claimed by the European Commission to have originated in Russia.
(33288)
72  
N  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the report by the SIB into the administration of the Melton Medes (Fletchers) pension fund.
(31071)
73  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on relations with Iran; and what initiatives he proposes to improve relations between Iran and the EU during the presidency.
(33316)
74  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of the appointments to public bodies which he has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33255)
75  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of proposals (a) to increase the number of permanent members and (b) to make other alterations to the composition of the UN Security Council; and if he will make a statement.
(33292)
76  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will ask the United Nations to review those resolutions which remain unimplemented distinguishing between (a) those which are otiose and (b) those with a continuing relevance with a view to retabling the latter.
(33132)
77  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Indian Government concerning the missing hostage Paul Wells.
(33290)
78  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to use the UK presidency of the EU to draw attention to the human rights abuses in Kashmir; and what initiatives he is proposing to help secure a settlement of the dispute.
(33259)
79  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 24th February, Official Report, column 1911, on the basis of what advice he was able to give reassurances over the safety and liability of nuclear waste shipped through the Caribbean; if he will make a statement on the comments he made on this matter at a press conference in Nassau; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the Communique« of the Caribbean-UK ministerial meeting.
(33131)
80  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if Her Majesty's Government will be supporting at the forthcoming session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights a resolution identical or similar to that introduced by Denmark at the 53rd Session in Geneva headed, Situation of Human Rights in China; and if he will make a statement.
(32075)
81  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the UK will press for a resolution at the UN Commission on Human Rights which will urge the governments of Nepal and Bhutan to find a just and lasting solution to the refugee problem.
(33239)
82  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to offer non-Pay Review Body staff early pay increases in line with those covered by the PRB.
(32076)
83  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress in implementing his plans to make the insurers of those causing road accidents responsible for the NHS treatment costs of the accident victims.
(33115)
84  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce a fast-track compensation scheme for patients claiming compensation for medical negligence against the NHS.
(33116)
85  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many directors serve on National Health Trust Boards operating in (a) Doncaster and (b) Barnsley; and how many of those directors reside in the Barnsley East and Mexborough constituency.
(33207)
86  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many representations calling for financial assistance he has received on behalf of people with haemophilia infected with Hepatitis C through their NHS treatment.
(32049)
87  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assistance is currently available from his Department for people with haemophilia infected with hepatitis C through their NHS treatment; and what are his plans for future assistance.
(33281)
88  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the forecast (a) amount and (b) percentage level of interest liability at the end of 1997-98 for each NHS health trust in operational deficit at the end of the second quarter of the year.
(32392)
89  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list (a) the amount and (b) the percentage level of interest liability and to whom that interest is payable for each NHS health trust in operational deficit at the end of the second quarter of 1997-98.
(32394)
90  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the forecast cost of savings required by each NHS health trust's recovery plans in each of the next three years.
(32391)
91  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the forecast (a) annual income, (b) expenditure and (c) operational surplus or deficit at the end of the year of 1997-98 for each NHS health authority based on their 1997-98 second quarter returns to the NHS Executive.
(32393)
92  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the forecast (a) annual income, (b) expenditure and (c) operational surplus or deficit at the end of the year of 1997-98 for each NHS trust based on their 1997-98 second quarter returns to the NHS Executive; and what is the forecast retained surplus or deficit for each trust at the end 1997-98 based on these returns and taking account of (i) profit or loss on fixed assets, (ii) net interest receivable or payable and (iii) public dividend payable.
(32395)
93  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if it is the policy of the Government that all children in special schools for children with learning difficulties should have free domiciliary eye examinations; and if he will make a statement.
(33041)
94  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the appointments to public bodies which he has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33247)
95  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he is taking to ensure that doctors and dentists whose first language is not English have to demonstrate proficiency in English before being allowed to practise.
(33291)
96  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those bids under the Investing in Dentistry initiative which were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful; and if he will make a statement.
(33260)
97  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will announce the list of projects costing over £25 million proposed by regional health authorities which will be allowed to go forward for PFI bids this year.
(32990)
98  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the findings contained in the paper by Dr Andrew Wakefield published recently in the Lancet on MMR vaccinations.
(33103)
99  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the ambulances and similar vehicles operated by Avon NHS Ambulance Trust are (a) under one year old, (b) under three years old, (c) under five years old, (d) under seven years old and (e) over seven years old.
(33286)
100  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak, of 2nd March, Official Report, column 466, on secure accommodation for juveniles, how many of the 460 place in local authority secure accommodation which he expects to be available by the end of 1998 were initially planned for after 1st May 1997.
(33319)
101  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his oral statement of 30th July, Official Report, column 341-44 on criminal justice, what estimate he has made of the likely change in the number of prison places required in England and Wales over the next 10 years.
(32863)
102  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made towards the introduction of a nursing-led service within the Prison Medical Service; and if he will make a statement.
(32866)
103  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the appointments to public bodies which he has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33253)
104  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to announce the appointment of the Vice-President of the British Board of Film Classification.
(33146)
105  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the expenditure on out- of-court settlements by police authorities in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available.
(33104)
106  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many representations he has received in favour of retaining closed lists in the proportional system for the European elections; and if he will list the organisations submitting such representations.
(32893)
107  
  
Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals he has to review legislation on knives; and if he will assess the advantage of banning knives with sharp points except when such knives are designated as for a specific and legitimate purpose.
(33105)
108  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make it her policy not to give development assistance to countries developing a ballistic missile capability and weapons of mass destruction which are not signatories to the Non- Poliferation Treaty.
(33129)
109  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make it her policy not to give development assistance to countries that sponsor terrorism.
(33130)
110  
  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list those United Kingdom NGOs currently in receipt of funding under the Phare and Tacis Democracy Programmes, together with the projects concerned and the level of funding.
(33303)
111  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many of the appointments to public bodies which she has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33249)
112  
  
Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on her Department's policy towards forestry projects.
(33106)
113  
  
Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department has given to the Indonesian government towards forestry programmes; and if she will take steps to offer assistance in respect of the recent fires in Borneo.
(33107)
114  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many magistrates sit on the Barnsley magistrates' bench; and how many of those magistrates reside in the Barnsley East and Mexborough constituency.
(33208)
115  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many magistrates sit on the Doncaster Magistrates' bench; and how many of those magistrates reside in the Barnsley East and Mexborough constituency.
(33261)
116  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many of the appointments to public bodies which he has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33254)
117  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list those paragraphs of Articles 1,2 and 3 of the Treaty of Amsterdam which relate to aspects of judicial proceedings in the United Kingdom and in each case the person, persons, or bodies who will be responsible for their implementation in the United Kingdom; and what consultation Her Majesty's Government had with them prior to 14th June 1997.
(33210)
118  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list in respect of each country that is a signatory to the Hague Convention on Child Abduction, the number of cases where the judicial or administrative authority of the requested state has (a) ordered the return of the abducted child and (b) declined to order the return of the abducted child when requested to do so by the UK Central Authority.
(31932)
119  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list (a) the number of unresolved cases of child abduction from the United Kingdom, (b) the countries in which the children concerned are believed to be residing and (c) the number of children concerned in each country.
(31933)
120  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if it is his Department's policy that legal aid should be provided under the terms of Regulation 14 (1) of the Civil Legal Aid (General) Regulations 1989 to overseas citizens whose governments fail to provide legal aid on the same terms to UK citizens in child abduction cases; and if he will make a statement.
(32074)
121  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, for what reasons he has assessed the granting of legal aid to be inappropriate in claims for compensation.
(33144)
122  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how many of the appointments to public bodies which he has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33240)
123  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many of the appointments to public bodies which she has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33243)
124  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many of the appointments to public bodies which he has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33258)
125  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the number of hectares of contaminated land in each of the last 12 years in each county and region.
(33036)
126  
N  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the number and surface area of business parks that have been built on (a) greenfield land excluding Green Belt, (b) Green Belt land and (c) recycled land in each of the last 12 years by (i) county and (ii) region in Scotland.
(32853)
127  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many representations calling for financial assistance he has received on behalf of people with haemophilia infected with Hepatitis C through their NHS treatment.
(32048)
128  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many of the appointments to public bodies which he has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33246)
129  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what investigation the Chairman of the Scottish Ambulance Service NHS Trust has made of concerns raised about management practices in the service; what conclusions and recommendations he has reached; and if he will make a statement.
(33282)
130  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many houses were built by (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations in each of the last five years.
(33212)
131  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent representations he has received regarding administrative burdens on the police; and if he will make a statement.
(33214)
132  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the incidence and geographical distribution of deaths in Scotland from asbestosis and related diseases for the last five years.
(33213)
133  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make a statement about progress on the action being taken to ensure the millennium compliance of computer systems involved in the issuing of benefits and pensions; if contingency plans are being prepared; and if local departmental offices will be open on 3rd January 2000.
(33320)
134  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if her Department is represented at meetings of the International Social Security Association to discuss the millennium compliance of computer systems; if best practices are being shared internationally; and if she will make a statement.
(33313)
135  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, on what date the present £15 earnings disregard for people who qualify for the disability premium within income support was introduced; what increases reflecting inflation have been made to this sum; if inflation adjustments will be considered for future periods; and if she will make a statement.
(33335)
136  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what discussions she has had with the Child Support Agency on delays in paying maintenance to a parent with care when a payment from an absent parent has been received.
(32865)
137  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many of the appointments to public bodies which she has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33248)
138  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, on what date she expects to hold the EU Conference to tackle the Millennium Bug.
(33312)
139  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what action she has taken or plans to take to ensure the millennium compliance of the computer systems involved in providing an uninterrupted supply of electricity and gas; if she has agreed or arranged for contingency plans; and if she will make a statement.
(33315)
140  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the timetable for compliance with the Amending Voice Telephony Directive.
(33235)
141  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to ensure that the actions required to comply with the Amending Voice Telephony Directive are in line with OFTEL's proposals.
(33231)
142  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is her Department's definition of fixed public phone services.
(33233)
143  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the Government's policy in respect of Article 8 of the Amending Voice Telephony Directive.
(33234)
144  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to consult with disabled people and disability organisations in respect of the Amending Voice Telephony Directive.
(33232)
145  
  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 9th February, Official Report, column 90, on export licences, what percentage of applications for export licences were processed by the Export Control Organisation according to their stated aims in the four week period beginning 9th January.
(33218)
146  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what quantity of alkylphenolic substances was discharged by the offshore oil and gas industry in each of the last five years; and what assessment he has made of the reliability of the figures.
(32387)
147  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the current voluntary Offshore Chemicals Notification Scheme.
(32389)
148  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what quantity of individual or total phthalates was discharged by the offshore oil and gas industry in each of the last five years; and what assessment he has made of the reliability of the figures.
(32388)
149  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans he has for statutory regulation of the offshore oil and gas industry's discharges.
(32650)
150  
N  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she expects the Low Pay Commission to report its recommendations on the introduction of the national minimum wage.
(31127)
151  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many of the appointments to public bodies which she has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33251)
152  
N  
Kali Mountford (Colne Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has received from business about the development of her policies to improve business performance.
(31140)
153  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what support her Department is making available for companies wishing to exhibit at the ET'98 convention on environmental technologies at the NEC Birmingham in June.
(33114)
154  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assistance BNFL provided to the state authorities in Louisiana in respect of proposals to build a uranium enrichment plant in the state.
(33117)
155  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assistance her Department provided to British firms to help them participate in the ENVITEC Environmental Protection and Waste Management Technology Trade Fair held in Du­sseldorf in March.
(33027)
156  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment her clean car task force has made of the research into wet collectors and coalescent filters conducted by Ford and PCME.
(33112)
157  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many people have been waiting for longer than 18 months for treatment in (a) the Taff Vale and (b) the Gwent Health Authority area.
(33238)
158  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many jobs have been created or safeguarded in Wales through assistance from public funding in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98; what is the estimated number for 1998-99; and how many of these jobs were created or safeguarded as a result of negotiations commenced after 1st May 1997.
(33283)
159  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to allow local authorities to set the level of the non-domestic rate for their areas.
(33318)
160  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was spent from public funds on training how many people (a) in Wales and (b) in connection with LG companies in 1996-97; and if he will estimate expenditure and numbers in respect of (a) and (b) in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 1998-99.
(33285)
161  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the latest CBI Wales Industrial Trends Report.
(33284)
162  
  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many people have been waiting for longer than 12 months for treatment in the (a) Taff Vale, (b) Gwent, (c) Dyfed Powys and (d) Iechyd Morgannwg Health Authority areas.
(33237)
163  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the number of hectares of contaminated land in each of the last 12 years in each county by region.
(33037)
164  
N  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is the number and surface area of business parks that have been built on (a) greenfield land excluding Green Belt, (b) Green Belt land and (c) recycled land by authority in Wales in each of the last 12 years.
(32854)
165  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the number of schoolchildren from England receiving education in Welsh schools.
(33280)
166  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the cost to each council which put forward a bid for the site of the National Assembly for Wales of that bid.
(33279)
167  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many jobs were secured through assistance provided from public funds in 1996-97; how many he estimates will have been so secured in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99; and of those how many will be as a result of negotiations begun after 1st May 1997.
(33278)
168  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing Welsh language road signs in (a) Monmouthshire, (b) Denbighshire, (c) Flintshire and (d) Newport in the last available year.
(33277)
169  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the inward investment and trade missions sponsored by his Department in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98 and those planned for 1998-99 and the orders and jobs secured and expected to be secured by each.
(33276)
170  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many non-career civil servants were appointed to his Department between 1st May 1996 and 30th April 1997.
(33275)
171  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many people have been waiting for in-patient treatment for longer than (i) 12 and (ii) 18 months in the North Wales Health Authority area.
(33307)
172  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many people have been waiting for in-patient treatment for longer than 18 months in the (a) Dyfed Powys and (b) Iechyd Morgannwg Health Authority area.
(33308)
173  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many of the appointments to public bodies which he has made since 1st May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list.
(33244)
174  
  
Mr Allan Rogers (Rhondda):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is the current financial position of each NHS trust in Wales.
(33295)
175  
  
Mr Allan Rogers (Rhondda):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is the projected end of year financial position of each NHS trust in Wales.
(33294)
176  
N  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the provisions in the draft Multilateral Agreement on Investment which emphasise the responsibilities and duties of foreign investors.
[Question Unstarred] (31138)
177  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the cost of acquiring the Jaguar 4.0i LWB for the use of the Deputy Prime Minister and the subsequent cost of conversion to an alternative fuel system.
[Transferred] (32991)
178  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those establishments which have received a licence to carry out investigations into genetically-modified organisms.
[Transferred] (33217)
179  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been made by (a) Her Majesty's Government and (b) NATO, in respect of the status of nuclear weapons in the list of weapons covered by the proposed international criminal court.
[Transferred] (33262)
180  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of fluoride retention on human health; and what plans he has for an indemnity for water companies required to introduce fluoride into the water supply.
[Transferred] (33033)
181  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the sources of (a) borrowed funds and (b) capital funds for the extension of the Jubilee Line; what sums relate to agreements with private developers entered into as part of the initial construction agreements; and what parts of such borrowing (i) count and (ii) do not count against the borrowing ceilings for public fund investment required in respect of the convergence criteria for entering the third stage of Economic and Monetary Union.
[Transferred] (33236)
182  
  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the likely effect on the availability of High Street solicitors of the Government's proposals for the withdrawal of the cash basis practice for the taxation of professional businesses.
[Transferred][R] (33317)
183  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the location and method of disposal of the contaminated soil removed from the Greenwich Millennium Experience site, indicating the tonnage involved; and what was the total cost to public funds of the site clearance.
[Transferred] (33201)


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