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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 18 March 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 18 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 Wednesday 18 March, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Thursday 19 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.
 


 
WEDNESDAY 18th MARCH
1  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 24th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35249)
2  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 20th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35253)
3  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 10th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35261)
4  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 23rd January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35250)
5  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 29th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35245)
6  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 8th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35263)
7  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 27th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35247)
8  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 16th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35256)
9  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 5th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35266)
10  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 2nd January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35268)
11  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 14th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35258)
12  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 17th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35255)
13  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 7th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35264)
14  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 26th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35248)
15  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 15th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35257)
16  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 28th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35246)
17  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 3rd January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35267)
18  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 13th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35259)
19  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 31st January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35243)
20  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 21st January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35252)
21  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 9th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35262)
22  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 6th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35265)
23  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 30th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35244)
24  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 19th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35254)
25  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 22nd January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35251)
26  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 12th January (a) which organisations he met, (b) which organisations and companies he visited and where they are located, (c) what regional visits have been made and whom he saw and (d) which Council of Ministers meetings were attended; which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35260)
27  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what are (a) the number of staff employed by, (b) the salary bill of, (c) the lcoation of offices used by and (d) the estimated administration costs in the current financial year of his Department's (i) Press and Information Service, (ii) Legal Service, (ii) Economic and Statistics Section, (iv) Information Technology Service, and (v) Financial Planning and Control Programme.
(34786)
28  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the total value of contracts sourced by his Department with (a) non-IT and (b) IT external consultants in (i) London and (ii) Scotland.
(34784)
29  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the (a) location and (b) costs of each refurbishment programme undertaken in each year since 1994 by (i) the Farming and Rural Conservation Agency, (ii) the Centre for Environmental, Fisheries and Agriculture Science, (iii) the Central Science Laboratory, (iv) the Veterinary Laboratory Agency and (v) the Pesticides Safety Directorate.
(34776)
30  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the (a) location of and (b) costs of each refurbishment programme undertaken by the Agricultural Development Advisory Service in each year from 1994 until privatisation.
(34781)
31  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for (a) the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Agriculture Science, (b) the Veterinary Laboratory Agency, (c) the Pesticides Safety Directorate, (d) the Veterinary Medicine Directorate, (e) the Farming and Rural Conservation Agency and (f) the Meat Hygiene Service (i) the location of the headquarters and (ii) other buildings used by it; what are the number of staff and its wage costs of the staff employed by each organisation at each site; and what are the estimated total receipts from MAFF for each organisation in the current financial year.
(34782)
32  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many staff are involved in the Ministers and Top Management Programme; where these staff are based; and what are the total salary bill and the administration costs for this programme.
(34783)
33  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the total area of set-aside land in the United Kingdom in (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997.
(34603)
34  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the total area by county, and the average payment per hectare in each of those counties, of set-aside land in (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997.
(34604)
35  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has receiving concerning a pardon for service personnel executed in the First World War; and if he will make a statement.
(35141)
36  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what appeal procedure will apply in respect of decisions reached by the Information Commissioner.
(35036)
37  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will make a statement on the procedures which will be put in place to ensure full public accountability of the work of the Information Commissioner.
(35032)
38  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what procedure and criteria will apply in respect of the appointment of the Information Commissioner; how long his or her term of office will last; and if he will make a statement.
(35035)
39  
N  
Mr Richard Shepherd (Aldridge-Brownhills):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list those countries with freedom of information acts which exclude from the scope of the legislation (a) the law enforcement functions of the police, (b) the law enforcement functions of the immigration service and (c) the security and intelligence services.
(35110)
40  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was (a) the total cost of home to college transport to local authorities in England and Wales for 16 years plus students in the year 1995-96 and (b) the cost of home to college transport to Essex County Council for 16 years plus students in the year 1995-96.
(35242)
41  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 12th March, Official Report, column 261, if he will enable the Drinking Water Inspectorate to seek financial authorisation for water companies from Ofwat to enable water companies to carry out remedial works which will prevent a breach of standards before that breach occurs.
(35299)
42  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust's Safe Stations Initiative; and if he will make a statement.
(35127)
43  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are the outstanding arrears for each London borough with respect to (a) domestic rates, (b) community charge, (c) council tax and (d) rents.
(35211)
44  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action the Civil Aviation Authority is taking following reports on incidents involving electronic equipment interfering with flight equipment.
(34751)
45  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 4th March, Official Report, columns 643-45, on coastguard stations, for what reasons watch levels at (i) Aberdeen and (ii) Stornoway coastguard stations have been persistently below assessed levels; and what measures he has put in place to address the problem.
(34753)
46  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library details of the outstanding 5 per cent. of bugs that cannot be rectified in the new en-route centre computer system at Swanwick.
(34732)
47  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library copies of the reports produced following internal audits of the Swanwick NERC computer system since the start of the project.
(34733)
48  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on how many occasions UK-registered aircraft have been found to contain counterfeit parts in each of the last five years; and if he will list the airlines involved.
(34752)
49  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which stretches of motorway are subject to cyclical closures for maintenance; how frequent these closures are; at what time of day they occur; and what estimate he has made of the average extra journey time of diverted vehicles.
(35129)
50  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it a requirement in law to provide visual information inside and outside buses, tubes and coaches to assist deaf people travelling; and for what reasons he is proposing a voluntary code.
(34840)
51  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which substitutes for Chrysotile the EU Scientific Committee on Toxicology, Ecotoxicology and the Environment identified on 11th February as being more hazardous than Chrysotile.
(35300)
52  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with countries that have bans on Chrysotile concerning the lifting of such bans on the basis of the report by the EU Scientific Committee on Toxicology, Ecotoxicology and the Environment.
(35301)
53  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many members there are on the EU Scientific Committee on Toxicology and Ecotoxicology and the Environment; and how many of them are specialists in asbestos-related illness.
(35302)
54  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what toxicological effects other than those of Chrysotile were considered at the 11th February meeting of the EU Scientific Committee on Toxicology, Ecotoxicology and the Environment; and if he will make a statement.
(35303)
55  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are (a) the number of staff employed in (b) the salary bill for and (c) the administration costs of his Core Policy and Administration Group.
(34779)
56  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the (a) location of, (b) maintenance costs of, (c) number of staff employed at and (d) salary bill for the headquarters of (i) the Driving Standards Agency, (ii) the DVLA, (iii) the Highways Agency, (iv) the Coastguards Agency, (v) the Marine Safety Agency, (vi) the Vehicle Certification Agency, (vii) OPRAF, (viii) the Office of the Rail Regulator and (ix) the Vehicle Inspectorate.
(34780)
57  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are (a) the number of staff employed at, (b) the salary bill for and (c) the administrative costs of (i) the Marine Accident Investigation Branch and (ii) the Air Accident Investigation Branch at each office in (1) London, (2) the South East of England and (3) Scotland.
(34777)
58  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are (a) the number of staff employed by, (b) the salary bill for and (c) the administrative costs of each traffic area office in (i) London, (ii) the South East of England and (iii) Scotland.
(34778)
59  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish figures on government investment in social housing, giving the numbers of beds for each year since 1994-95 in (a) London and (b) the United Kingdom.
(35128)
60  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the total area of common land in England; and what is the total area of common land over which the public has rights of access by (a) statute and (b) individual access agreements.
[R] (34605)
61  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the total area of each national park and within those national parks the total area of (a) common land and (b) common land covered by agri-environmental schemes.
[R] (34606)
62  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his policy in respect of the environmental impact of his Budget.
(35033)
63  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account he took of the Pre-Budget Report of the Environmental Audit Committee Session 1997-98, HC 547 in framing the proposals for his Budget.
(35034)
64  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was his response to the request by the General Synod to lower the rate of VAT on repairs to historic and religions buildings.
(35060)
65  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received since 22nd December 1997 concerning the alteration of the basis on which members of professions are taxed on their income; and which of these expressed opposition to the proposed changes.
(34608)
66  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of his proposal to alter the basis on which members of professions are taxed on their incomes on (a) members of the Faculty of Advocates and (b) solicitors' firms in Scotland.
(34607)
67  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the priority accorded to compliance with the Maastricht fiscal convergence criteria in determining his Department's (a) fiscal and (b) economic policies.
(35207)
68  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is his policy to observe the requirements of the EMU stability pact in the period before joining EMU.
(35213)
69  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the extent to which the United Kingdom is in compliance with each of the Maastricht fiscal convergence criteria.
(35206)
70  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many persons committed suicide by taking an overdose of (a) paracetamol since 1996 and (b) other non-prescription drugs in each year since 1992.
(35208)
71  
N  
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what time scale he has given for health authorities to provide all under 16 year olds and new patients requiring the synthetic version of blood product Factor VIII with this treatment; and what advice he has given to those authorities which previously restricted its availability because of budgetary constraints.
(34957)
72  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the total capital expenditure by leagues of hospital friends on capital projects for the National Health Service in financial years (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997; and for each year what was the value added tax paid for those projects by (i) the NHS Executive, (ii) NHS Trusts and (iii) the leagues of friends.
(34838)
73  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the current average time taken for the Metropolitan Police to amend and return the firearms certificates.
(35239)
74  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for British citizenship by (a) naturalisation on the grounds of residence, (b) naturalisation on the grounds of marriage, (c) registration as an adult and (d) registration as a child were made in (i) 1994, (ii) 1995, (iii) 1996, (iv) 1997 and (v) 1998 to the latest convenient date; and what was the average length of time taken to deal with each application in each of the years listed.
(35130)
75  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many United Kingdom citizens have been prosecuted and convicted of commiting an offence on board a commercial airliner in each year since 1990; and if he will make a statement.
(35195)
76  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners per 1,000 population there are in England; and what assessment he has made of the factors underlying the differences in the number of prisoners per 1,000 population in (a) England and (b) Scotland.
(35193)
77  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 9th March, Official Report, column 25, if Pakistan falls within her category of countries diverting limited resources into excessive military expenditure.
(35241)
78  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 9th March, Official Report, column 25, if it is her policy that sponsoring terrorism in other countries is not a bar to countries receiving development assistance from the United Kingdom.
(35240)
79  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimates she has made of the impact of sanctions on (a) child mortality and (b) child malnourishment in Iraq since 1990.
(34958)
80  
  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is giving to the work of the UN Special Representative on Child-Headed Households.
(35203)
81  
  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the assistance her Department is providing to projects in Burundi.
(35205)
82  
  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is giving to child-headed households in developing countries; and if she will make a statement.
(35204)
83  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March, Official Report, column 22, if he will list those societies and groups which have made written requests to visit the Lord Chancellor's official residence; if he proposes to accommodate these requests; what his policy is in respect of future requests; and if he will make a statement.
(35031)
84  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what records he keeps of complaints made by him in his official capacity to media organisations and individual journalists on their reporting and commentary on (a) the Millennium Dome and (b) other Government business; and how many such complaints have been made since 2nd May 1997.
(35106)
85  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will make a statement on the role of (a) photography, (b) art, (c) popular music, (d) radio and (e) television in displays in the Millennium Experience.
(35212)
86  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what plans he has for the use of the Welsh language in the Millennium Dome.
(35131)
87  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will arrange for remand prisoners charged with (a) murder and (b) other serious offences to be held in custody other than at HMP Maze.
(35194)
88  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions Her Majesty's Government has had with the Chinese over their interpretation of recent UN Resolutions, in relation to authorising the commencement of military action, undertaken in the name of the United Nations against targets in Iraq.
(34318)
89  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he last met Rupert Murdoch; where that meeting occurred; and what was discussed.
(35061)
90  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if the Scottish Parliament will have the power to create exemptions on matters covered by the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.
(35143)
91  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to implement the recommendation contained in the Third Report of the Scottish Affairs Committee of Session 1995-96 (HC 629) to extend to cashmere goat farming the same support as is given to sheep farming.
(35142)
92  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to meet representatives of teachers of English to discuss the assessment procedure proposed for Higher Still English.
(35190)
93  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received expressing concern about the content and assessment procedures proposed for Higher Still English; and what response he has made to them.
(35192)
94  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will assess the benefits of providing financial start-up assistance to a residential college for arts and crafts.
(35140)
95  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to tighten the rules governing waste disposal in Scotland.
(35191)
96  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps he is taking to ensure that the methods of assessment proposed for Higher Still will maintain the educational standards currently expected of fifth and sixth year secondary pupils.
(35214)
97  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps are being taken to ensure that winter fuel payments for 1997-98 at £20 are reaching those single pensioners in tenement homes, where a single house number covers several separate households; and what monitoring her Department will undertake to ensure payments reach such pensioners.
(35298)
98  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what reforms will be made to the distribution system for winter fuel payments for next year, to ensure that the £20 sum reaches those who qualify.
(35297)
99  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many single pensioners awarded a £10 Winter Fuel Payment have subsequently appealed and been granted a further £10, in (a) Glasgow, Pollok, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) in the United Kingdom.
(35296)
100  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate how many single people aged over 60 years would become eligible for income support if the applicable amount, including the pensioner premium, was £100 assuming (a) no change in capital limits and (b) an upper capital limit of £16,000 and lower capital limit of £10,000.
(33522)
101  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate the cost of increasing the applicable amount, including the pensioner premium, for income support for single people aged over 60 years to £100 assuming (a) no change in capital limits and (b) an upper capital limit of £16,000 and lower capital limit of £10,000.
(33523)
102  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what (a) percentage and (b) number of single pensioners have a total income of at least £100 per week from (i) all sources, (ii) sources not including the state pension and (iii) sources not including any state benefits.
(33524)
103  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what (a) percentage and (b) number of pensioner couples have a total income of at least (i) £200 per week, (ii) £160 per week and (iii) £140 per week from (1) all sources, (2) sources not including the state pension and (3) sources not including any state benefits.
(33525)
104  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate how many couples aged over 60 years would become eligible for income support if the applicable amount, including the pensioner premium was (a) £200, (b) £160 and (c) £140 assuming (i) no change in capital limits and (ii) an upper capital limit of £16,000 and lower capital of £10,000.
(33520)
105  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate the cost of increasing the applicable amount, including the pensioner premium, for income support for couples aged over 60 years to (a) £200, (b) £160 and (c) £140 assuming (i) no change in capital limits and (ii) an upper capital limit of £16,000 and lower capital of £10,000.
(33521)
106  
N  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many cases of (a) fraud, (b) customer error and (c) departmental error have been identified by the Benefits Integrity Project; of those cases in which fraud is suspected how many have been referred to the Benefit Fraud Investigation Service; and what estimate her Department has made of the number in which there is a realistic prospect of a conviction.
(35109)
107  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many parliamentary questions she has answered since 1st May 1997 (a) in total and (b) which have taken more than four weeks to respond to.
(34839)
108  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many times the Taskforce on Vertical Agreements has met since its inception.
(35209)
109  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what action she is taking to require car manufacturers to make available new right-hand drive cars to United Kingdom citizens elsewhere in the European Union.
(34772)
110  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what action she intends to take to remove trade barriers which prevent United Kingdom car buyers purchasing right-hand drive cars elsewhere in the European Union.
(34771)
111  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will use the UK's presidency of the European Union to ensure that new car buyers from the UK are given the right to buy a car in any country within the Union.
(34773)
112  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what estimate she has made of the future costs to the Exchequer of signing the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.
(35107)
113  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the effects on United Kingdom local government of signing the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.
(35105)
114  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the effect on British sovereignty of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment; and if she will make a statement.
(35108)
115  
N  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on developments on greenfield sites in Wales.
(33453)
116  
N  
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the future of European structural funds in Wales.
[Question Unstarred] (33437)
117  
N  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the progress of the New Deal in Wales.
[Question Unstarred] (33441)
118  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what are his proposals for extending youth services throughout Wales.
[Question Unstarred] (33442)
119  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much housing benefit fraud was detected in each London borough in (a) 1990-91, (b) 1991-92, (c) 1992-93, (d) 1993-94, (e) 1994-95, (f) 1995-96 and (g) 1996-97; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (35210)


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