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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Friday 20 March 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 20 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 Friday 20 March, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Monday 23 March, see Part 2 of this Paper.

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


 
FRIDAY 20th MARCH
1  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimates his Department has made of the value which might be achieved, on disposal of the Central Science Laboratory sites at (a) Sand Hutton, York, and (b) Colney Lane, Norwich.
(35408)
2  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 5th March, Official Report, column 728, what reasons underlie the difference between the £133,832,000 cost to his Department of constructing the new Central Science Laboratory at Sand Hutton, York, and its assessed value at 31st March 1997.
(35546)
3  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons overheads per employee in the Central Science Laboratory average £7,248 at Colney Lane, Norwich, and £17,378 at Sand Hutton, York.
(35402)
4  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons Central Science Laboratory employees have an average 16 square metres of office and laboratory floor area at Colney Lane, Norwich, and 35 square metres at Sand Hutton, York.
(35403)
5  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much income is projected to be received by the Central Science Laboratory in the 1997-98 financial year from research contracts based primarily at Colney Lane, Norwich from (i) his Department, (ii) other public sector agencies and (iii) private companies.
(35405)
6  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the projected non-scientific pay bill in the year 1997-98 at the Central Science Laboratory site at Sand Hutton, York.
(35406)
7  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 11th March, Official Report, column 255, if he will make a statement on the distinction between fee earning and other scientists.
(35545)
8  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will introduce labelling of pork sausages which contain beef in relation to BSE risks.
(35650)
9  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 9th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35679)
10  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 3rd February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35674)
11  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 27th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35663)
12  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 23rd February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35667)
13  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will place in the Library an economic impact study of the effects on each sector of UK agriculture of the EU Commission's latest CAP reform proposals under Agenda 2000.
(35632)
14  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 7th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35678)
15  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 20th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35669)
16  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 13th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35683)
17  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 5th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35676)
18  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 25th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35665)
19  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 17th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35672)
20  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 12th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35682)
21  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 11th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35681)
22  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 4th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35675)
23  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 26th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35664)
24  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 21st February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35668)
25  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 18th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35671)
26  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 10th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35680)
27  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 24th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35666)
28  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 19th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35670)
29  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 16th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35685)
30  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 6th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35677)
31  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 28th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35662)
32  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 2nd February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35673)
33  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for 14th February (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 and which individuals had meetings with Ministers and officials; and if he will provide this information for each of his Ministers.
(35684)
34  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimates he has made of the cost to the agrochemical industry of providing information to the public under the Food and Environmental Protection Act 1985.
(35559)
35  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many requests were made to his Department during 1997 to obtain evaluation documents on pesticides; and how many requests were made to view the underlying data.
(35563)
36  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what scientific information he uses to specify maximum pesticide levels in crops, food and feeding stuffs.
(35560)
37  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many pesticides approved for use prior to 1986 have been reviewed since that date; of those, how many have been rejected on review or had approvals restricted; and how many have not been reviewed.
(35557)
38  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what volume of agricultural pesticides was seized by inspectors during 1997; what volume was destroyed; and how many separate incidents this represented.
(35561)
39  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the cost to his Department of providing information to the public about agricultural pesticides; and what is the mechanism for recovering these costs from the public.
(35558)
40  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list each pesticide approved for use in agriculture, horticulture and food industries where the specified maximum residue level is (a) above, (b) the same as and (c) below that recommended by CODEX.
(35562)
41  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to implement the recommendations of the European Commission's Scientific Veterinary Committee in its 1997 report relating to the tail-docking of pigs; and if he will make a statememt.
(35848)
42  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 10th March to the honourable Member for West Dorset, Official Report, columns 164-5, by what date he has requested the Expert Group under Professor Bourne's chairmanship to provide advice on the timing and conduct of the culling experiment recommended in the Krebs report.
(35647)
43  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of recent evidence indicating the spread of TB related to badgers to new areas.
(35648)
44  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask Mr Attorney General, how many appeals against (a) sentence and (b) conviction were made to the Court of Appeal in each of the last three years; and how many of those were successful.
(35717)
45  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask Mr Attorney General, how many cases in each of the last three years were referred to the Court of Appeal to review apparently lenient sentences; and how many of those reviews resulted in stronger sentences.
(35718)
46  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to publish the Report of the Review Committee on Listed Events.
(35715)
47  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to extend the scheme of concessionary television licences to housing association properties housing both qualifying and non-qualifying residents.
(35837)
48  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the armed forces are from the ethnic minorities, broken down into percentage figures for (a) officers and (b) other ranks for each of the following categories (i) RN/RM, (ii) Regular Army, (iii) RAF, (iv) RNR/RMR, (v) Territorial Army and (vi) RAAF.
(35552)
49  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what stocks of anti-personnel mines the United Kingdom holds outside United Kingdom territories.
(35070)
50  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the number and total value of ex gratia payments made to ex-service personnel in respect of injuries they sustained during their service in the armed forces in each of the last 10 years.
(35720)
51  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria are used by the Ministry to determine whether ex gratia payments should be made to ex-service personnel who have sustained serious injuries during their service in the armed forces.
(35731)
52  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he intends to publish his review of the cases involving the execution of soldiers during the First World War; and if he will make a statement.
(35401)
53  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list all departmental committees of inquiry which have been established since May 1995, indicating the date of establishment and name of the chairman; and if he will separately identify those departmental inquiries which have been set up by ministers which have sought expert or lay opinion and which have been chaired by an individual outside government.
(35749)
54  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Citizen's Charter in raising standards in the public services.
(35743)
55  
  
Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the projected average age of secondary school teachers in 10 years' time; and what assessment he has made of trends in the average age over the next 10 years.
(35629)
56  
  
Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the average age of secondary school teachers in England and Wales.
(35630)
57  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what arrangements he is making to ensure that training available through further and higher education colleges and TECs is integrated with the skills strategies of the regional development agencies.
(35741)
58  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people are employed at each of the offices of the Funding Agency for Schools; and on what contractural terms.
(35544)
59  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to change the repayment schedules of existing student loans.
(35415)
60  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many applications from mature students were received in the year 1997-98; and how many there are for the forthcoming year.
(35413)
61  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what provision will be made for childcare for children of mature students whose spouses are in full-time work.
(35414)
62  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what targets he has set for the New Deal in the Colchester Employment Service District; and if he will estimate the cost of achieving them.
(35416)
63  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the ratio of mature students to non-mature students in higher education in each of the past five years; and what are the figures for the forthcoming year.
(35412)
64  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the participation in full-time and sandwich undergraduate study by (a) constituency and (b) socio-economic groups A and E in (i) 1985, (ii) 1990 and (iii) 1995.
(35723)
65  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many teachers in the Congleton constituency (a) applied for and (b) were granted early retirement due to ill health during 1997.
(35633)
66  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many teachers voluntarily left the teaching profession before retirement age in the constituency of Congleton during 1997.
(35634)
67  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many students at each grammar school in Sittingbourne left aged 16 years in each year since 1987.
(35615)
68  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the GCSE pass rate average for (a) all comprehensive schools and (b) all grammar schools; and if he will make a statement.
(35612)
69  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much money is currently spent on (a) coaches and (b) taxis to enable students in Sittingbourne and Faversham to attend the local grammar schools.
(35611)
70  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much money is currently spent on (a) coaches and (b) taxis in transporting (i) 11 to 16 and (ii) 16 to 18 year-olds from Sheppey to grammar schools off the island.
(35610)
71  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the cost of administration of the 11 plus in (a) Kent and (b) the constituency of Sittingbourne and Sheppey.
(35609)
72  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list grammar schools in England in order of places gained at Oxford and Cambridge for each year from 1987 to 1997.
(35614)
73  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list grammar schools in England in order of performance at (a) GCSE and (b) A level for each year since 1987.
(35613)
74  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will ensure that the choice of site for the London terminal for the rail link to the Channel Tunnel meets the needs of the North West and Northern regions.
(35742)
75  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to publish the findings of the English House Condition Survey 1996; and if he will publish a summary of its main findings.
(35710)
76  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for local authorities in each of the years 1994-95, 1995-96 and 1996-97 (a) the total number of statutory notices served under section 189 of the Housing Act 1985, (b) the total expenditure on grants made to owners of properties on whom section 189 notices were served, (c) the total number of statutory notices served under section 352 of the Housing Act 1985 and (d) the total expenditure on grants made to owners of properties on whom section 352 notices were served.
(35707)
77  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many local authorities own housing stock; and if he will list those which spend notional rent surpluses to meet the cost of housing benefit, indicating for each how much notional rent surplus is spent on housing benefit; what is the total number of council house tenants in each authority; and what is the total number who do not receive housing benefit.
(35640)
78  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many of the responses to the consultation document, Licensing Minicabs in London, advocated that private hire drivers in London should undergo a form of topographical training.
(35847)
79  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans the Government has to require applicants for licences as taxi drivers to pay for their own testing.
(35845)
80  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the statement by the Principal of the Public Carriage Office in February, that a map reading test will be a sufficiently rigorous check on topographical skills should licensing be introduced for private hire drivers, represents Government policy.
(35858)
81  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consultation processes the Public Carriage Office undertakes when it proposes to make changes to its operating procedures.
(35846)
82  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what process of consultation and policy development will be undertaken by the Public Carriage Office in developing topographical training and testing for licensed private hire vehicle drivers under his Department's proposals to license minicabs in London; and which organisations will be formally included in the consultation process; and if testing procedures for private hire vehicles will also apply to licensed taxi drivers.
(35877)
83  
  
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the housing figures to be used by strategic planning authorities in the West Midlands for the period up to 2011 will be those contained in the Answer to the honourable Member for Dudley South of 4th December 1997, Official Report, column 288.
(35857)
84  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 4th March, Official Report, column 648, on the Kyoto Protocol, if he will list his objectives in respect of each of the outstanding issues.
(35616)
85  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if an environmental appraisal, using the guidance contained in Policy Appraisal and the Environment, has been undertaken to assess the environmental implications of the Planning for the Communities of the Future White Paper; and if he will place a copy in the Library.
(35645)
86  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what submissions concerning traffic management as a means of road traffic reduction he has received in respect of his consultation document, Developing an Integrated Transport Policy; and if he will place a copy of these in the Library.
(35637)
87  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment his Department has made of the use of increased journey times in urban areas as a means of discouraging travelling by private cars.
(35639)
88  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what environmental assessment his Department has made of the Regional Development Agencies Bill; and if he will place a copy in the Library.
(35644)
89  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the next meeting of Green Ministers will take place.
(35646)
90  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the pilot schemes being evaluated by his Department to monitor the effect of increased journey times in reducing the volume of private road traffic.
(35638)
91  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to encourage renewal of rolling stock and to reduce overcrowding on the Wharfedale, Harrogate and Calderdale lines.
(35745)
92  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the potential use of (a) referenda and (b) other forms of public consultation in determining support for the establishment of parish councils.
(35703)
93  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many applications for the setting up of parish councils he has (a) received, (b) approved and (c) rejected since 1st May 1997; and for what reasons.
(35699)
94  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in how many cases since 1st May 1997 he has revoked a planning consent; and if he will list them.
(35889)
95  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when plans by First Group plc to take over Great Western Holdings were submitted to the Director General of Passenger Rail Franchising; what powers the Director General has in such cases to prevent takeovers; what range of conditions he can impose on such takeovers; what are the duties of consultation of the Director General before determining such conditions; and if he will make a statement.
(35419)
96  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the total sums in bids for transport supplementary grant or credit approval for 1998-99 made by each local authority in England in each of the categories (a) major highway schemes elgible for TSG, (b) major highway schemes not TSG-eligible, (c) structural maintenance on carriageways, (d) structural maintenance on bridges, (e) major public transport projects, (f) minor works: packages, (g) minor works: non packages and (h) minor works: local safety schemes.
(35649)
97  
  
Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government will place a general discussion on VAT and tax harmonisation on the agenda of the Council of Ministers during its presidency of the EU.
(35624)
98  
  
Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account the Government will take of the views of the charitable sector expressed through the review of charities' taxation in future discussions with other EC states on VAT social reliefs; and if he will make a statement.
(35621)
99  
  
Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to reform the taxation of charities to take account of the representations of the Church of England in respect of VAT on repairs.
(35744)
100  
  
Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many submissions to his review of charity taxation were received by 1st December 1997.
(35622)
101  
  
Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the financial effect on UK charities of the phased withdrawal of tax credits on dividends over a five year period beginning in 1999.
(35623)
102  
  
Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the benefits of bringing the VAT treatment of church schools into line with that of those run by local education authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(35620)
103  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to publish the recent Customs and Excise Review of measures to combat the smuggling of beer.
(35721)
104  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what factors governed the length of time taken to answer the letter from the honourable Member for North Essex of 28th November relating to government policy on EMU.
(35417)
105  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to Table 3.3, Effects of Budget on number of families with high marginal deduction rates, in his Financial Statement and Budget Report (HC620), if he will publish equivalent figures for families facing marginal deduction rates of (a) 50 per cent. or more and (b) 40 per cent. or more.
(35528)
106  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will support the extension of the mandate of the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia.
(35069)
107  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will press for the appointment of more international monitors of human rights in Colombia.
(35068)
108  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many anti-personnel mines under the control of the government of the United States are held on United Kingdom territory.
(35071)
109  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Royal Cambodian government on human rights.
(35072)
110  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Colombian government on human rights.
(35073)
111  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the current human rights situation in Cambodia.
(35074)
112  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proposals the Government has to support the forthcoming elections in Cambodia.
(35075)
113  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken in respect of the request by the UN Secretary General's Special Representative to Cambodia in August 1997 for criminal investigations into cases of alleged torture and execution.
(35076)
114  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Government of Cambodia in respect of the coup by Hun Sen in July 1997.
(35077)
115  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government proposes to raise the issue of human rights in Cambodia at the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.
(35078)
116  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government intends to raise the issue of human rights in Colombia at the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.
(35079)
117  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the current human rights situation in Columbia.
(35080)
118  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to raise human rights issues at the forthcoming Asia Europe meeting in London; and if he will make a statement.
(35746)
119  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will seek UNSCOM'S permission to publish the names received from UNSCOM of British companies who supplied components of Iraq's (a) chemical and (b) biological warfare programmes.
(35849)
120  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representation the Government plans to make during the UN Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva concerning the current human rights situation in Turkey.
(35764)
121  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 16th March, Official Report, column 475, on making his Department more commercial, if he will list the 35 business leaders who have agreed to act as ambassadors for British business.
(35588)
122  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last discussed Tibet with the Chinese government; and what specific representations he made to them.
(35556)
123  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will (a) make a statement on the aims and (b) list the members of Panel 2000.
(35554)
124  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Minister of State met Mochtar Pakphan during his recent visit to Jakarta; and if he will make a statement.
(35553)
125  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from (a) honourable Members and (b) NGOs concerning his decision not to support this year's UNCHR resolution on China's record on human rights.
(35555)
126  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the new government of India concerning the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
(35547)
127  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the forty-second meeting of the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group.
(35564)
128  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 16th March, Offical Report, columns 474-7, what further representations he has received from Mr Wei Jingsheng since their meeting.
(35592)
129  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those countries invited to the second Asia-Europe Meeting in April, indicating which have (a) accepted and (b) refused.
(35590)
130  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on Britain's relations with Armenia.
(35756)
131  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the current human rights situation in Turkey; and what plans he has to express concern about human rights in Turkey in his statement to the forthcoming UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.
(35762)
132  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations the Government has made to the Turkish Government on human rights.
(35763)
133  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contacts his Department has had with organisations within Algeria which campaign for human rights.
(35705)
134  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards a peaceful settlement in Algeria.
(35709)
135  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what negotiations are in progress with the Venezuelan authorities concerning an extradition treaty between Britain and Venezuela.
(35868)
136  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to visit Venezuela.
(35870)
137  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he is considering for an exchange of prisoners between Britain and Venezuela.
(35869)
138  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the British Ambassador in Caracas last visited Mr Losely and Mr Miles.
(35873)
139  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is for the provision of practical help to those who suffer from ME.
(35874)
140  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated relating to the diagnosis and treatment of ME; and if he will carry out further research into this illness.
(35876)
141  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training programmes (a) have been carried out and (b) are planned to assist doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of ME.
(35875)
142  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the total number of outbreaks of food poisoning for each of the last three years, listed by known infective agent.
(35761)
143  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the food science research contracts allocated by his Department and its agencies in (a) 1994-95, (b) 1995-96 and (c) 1996-97 broken down by (i) length of contract, (ii) value of contract and (iii) institution securing the contract.
(35404)
144  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the number of treatment episodes per thousand of population in (a) London and (b) the rest of the United Kingdom.
(35410)
145  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the infant mortality rate in (a) London and (b) the rest of the United Kingdom.
(35411)
146  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the number of patients on NHS waiting lists per thousand of population in (a) London and (b) the rest of the United Kingdom.
(35409)
147  
N  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the expert group on cot deaths to publish its final report; what factors have led to the delay in publication; and if he will make a statement.
(34501)
148  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans there are to (a) expand permanent parking facilities at HM Prison Bristol and (b) return temporary parking places to their former use; and if he will make a statement.
(35752)
149  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the use of HM Prison Bristol as a Category A prison; what assessment he has made of the impact of the prison on local residential neighbourhoods; and what consultation was carried out with local residents.
(35750)
150  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what special arrangements are made at HM Prison Bristol in relation to its proximity to local schools; and if he will make a statement.
(35751)
151  
  
Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the (a) convictions, (b) length of sentences, (c) categorisation and (d) prison conditions for (i) Ms Samar Alami and (ii) Mr Jawad Botmeh.
(35716)
152  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will release the conclusions of the report of the Operation Countryman investigation.
(35698)
153  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many 15 year olds have been convicted under section 53 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 in each of the last five years; and of that number, how many who were not previously resident in secure units were placed by him in young offenders' institutions during the same period.
(35608)
154  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convicted 15 year olds were removed from young offenders' institutions to secure units after being reviewed under Paragraph 20 of the Prison Office Circular 38/92 in each of the last three years.
(35607)
155  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 25th February, Official Report, column 236, regarding police and judicial co-operation, if he will reprint the full version of the Answer in the Official Report.
(35635)
156  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he is taking to ensure that commercial activities undertaken by prisons do not compete unfairly with local enterprises; and if he will make a statement.
(35890)
157  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funds her Department has committed to the eighth European Development Fund; and if she will make a statement.
(35724)
158  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is giving the People's Republic of China; and if she will make a statement on the amount of funding provided.
(35729)
159  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is currently giving to Rwanda; and if she will make a statement.
(35747)
160  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proposals she will be making during the United Kingdom presidency of the European Union to safeguard the interests of Caribbean banana producers; and if she will make a statement.
(35760)
161  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is giving to Belarus.
(35730)
162  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on her policy towards the European Commission proposals for a new agreement on development partnerships with the ACP.
(35727)
163  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contribution her Department has made to privatisation projects in Africa.
(35728)
164  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to those European Union Member states who have not ratified the current LomeĢ IV bis Convention.
(35726)
165  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what have been the legal aid costs in the last three years arising from the cases of women seeking compensation for injuries caused by radiotherapy treatment after breast cancer.
(35708)
166  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many patients in each health board area were waiting for treatment under the NHS at January in each year since 1994 for (a) six months and under, (b) six to 12 months, (c) 12 to 18 months and (d) over 18 months.
(35700)
167  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what has been the total saving accrued since 1st May as a result of changes to administrative practices in the health service in (a) primary care, (b) secondary care and (c) the HSS Executive.
(35696)
168  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the expenditure in the primary care prescribed drugs budget broken down by (a) health board, (b) head of population, (c) practice category, (i) fundholding and (ii) non-fundholding, and (d) patient of (i) fundholding practices and (ii) non-fundholding practices.
(35702)
169  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what has been the (a) revenue and (b) capital expenditure in each of the last five years in (i) cash and (ii) real terms on social services in Northern Ireland.
(35733)
170  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what has been the (a) revenue and (b) capital expenditure in each of the last five years in (i) cash and (ii) real terms on health services in Northern Ireland.
(35732)
171  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many patients in each health board area were waiting for treatment under the NHS at January in each year since 1994 broken down by medical specialty.
(35701)
172  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to her speech to the Royal Geographical Society, if she will list the legal obstacles to employers recruiting directly from the long-term unemployed.
(35844)
173  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Prime Minister, what guidance is issued to Government departments on the need to conduct an environmental appraisal in respect of proposed legislation.
(35641)
174  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many pupils and full time equivalent teachers there were in Scottish (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) special schools in the state sector and in the last 10 sessions; how many there are in the current session; and what were the resultant teacher-pupil ratios in each year.
(35842)
175  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the measures relating to the work of secondary teachers in Scotland which his Department has implemented in the last 10 years.
(35838)
176  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the investment required to bring all housing in Scotland to an acceptable standard in terms of (a) eliminating dampness and condensation, (b) reaching a score of seven in the energy efficiency scale and (c) effecting urgent repairs.
(35841)
177  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what figure was allowed in (a) percentage and (b) cash terms, for wage rises in G.A.E., A.E.F. and capping limits to Scottish councils in 1998-99 and in each of the last 10 years; and what the actual increases were in respect of the wage levels for (i) teachers and (ii) other staff.
(35843)
178  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what investment from public funds has been made in repairs and improvements to houses in Scotland in each of the past 10 years broken down to show funding provided to (a) council houses, (b) Scottish Homes and housing association houses and (c) private houses.
(35840)
179  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what measures he is currently assessing relating to the work of secondary teachers in Scotland.
(35839)
180  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he expects the research study into the management of change in small schools to be completed; and if he will make a statement.
(35695)
181  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the primary schools earmarked for closure in each education authority, the number of pupils currently in attendance in each and the distance from the nearest school.
(35704)
182  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what environmental appraisal of the Scotland Bill has been produced; and if he will place a copy in the Library.
(35642)
183  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make it her policy to pay increases in income support child personal allowances on the child's 11th and 16th birthday.
(35722)
184  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make a statement on the impact of millennium award grants made (i) as cash payments to the individual, paid (a) as a one-off grant, and (b) as a regular series of payments and (ii) in other ways, on (A) income support, (B) job seeker's allowance, (C) family credit, (D) housing benefit and (E) council tax benefit.
(35418)
185  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the food science research contracts allocated by the BBSRC in (a) 1994-95, (b) 1995-96 and (c) 1996-97, broken down by (i) length of contract, (ii) value of contract and (iii) institution securing the contract.
(35407)
186  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many applications for licences for the export of (a) paramilitary, (b) security and (c) police equipment to Indonesia have been (i) granted, (ii) refused and (iii) revoked since 13th November 1997; and of those separate totals, if she will state the individual export licence category for each of them.
(35719)
187  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what initiatives her Department has taken to promote markets for British environmental technologies (a) within the United Kingdom and (b) abroad.
(35754)
188  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the recent report of Valuplast on the extent of recovery and recycling of plastics.
(35758)
189  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what recent initiatives have been taken under the auspices of the Environmental Technology Best Practice Programme to provide educational and technology support materials to assist companies to reduce costs through waste reduction.
(35757)
190  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will ask the Council for Science and Technology to investigate the technical, economic, environmental and security status of plutonium used as a nuclear fuel.
(35759)
191  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, on the ability of devolved executives to establish new discriminatory measures (a) to secure desired environmental standards and (b) to control foreign land ownership.
(35617)
192  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, in what instances it is (a) permissible and (b) her policy for (i) the Government and (ii) local authorities to discriminate against a foreign investor.
(35618)
193  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will seek to amend the current draft text of the Multilaterial Agreement on Investment in respect of compensation for expropriation of an investment.
(35619)
194  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what estimate she has made of the likely increase in domestic energy consumption resulting from the introduction of digital television.
(35725)
195  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what environmental appraisal will be undertaken to assess the environmental implications of her reviews of (a) renewable energy and (b) utility regulation.
(35636)
196  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the future of the uniform business rate in Wales.
(35736)
197  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the prospects for the oil and gas industries in the waters around the coastline of Wales.
(35735)
198  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many meetings he has had since taking office, with leaders of farmers' organisations.
(35734)
199  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many ASSI Doman employees at the Castle Cement Site, Buckley, who were made redundant, have been found jobs; and if he will make a statement.
(35740)
200  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many Kimberley Clark employees at the Deeside Industrial Park who were scheduled for redundancy have been found jobs; and if he will make a statement.
(35739)
201  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (i) men, (ii) women and (iii) children there were on the NHS waiting lists in Wales at the latest available date.
(35737)
202  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what progress the WDA has made in finding a new tenant for the Optec D.D. factory in Buckley.
(35738)
203  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the names and addresses of each of the consultancy companies who have advised or are advising him on the National Assembly for Wales location project; if each consultancy contract was publicly tendered; what is the expected cost of each contract; and on what date each contract commenced and, where relevant, finished.
(35591)
204  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will place in the Library the documents pertaining to the net present value comparisons of the alternative sites and buildings for the National Assembly of Wales.
(35593)
205  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his current estimate is of the percentage of the population of working age currently in employment; and what that percentage is for each employment service district and for each county or county borough in Wales.
(35627)
206  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his current estimate is of the percentage of the (a) male and (b) female population of working age currently in employment; and what the percentages are for each employment district and for each county and county borough in Wales.
(35628)
207  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the agreed number of modern apprenticeship places in each training and enterprise council area for 1998-99.
(35626)
208  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what environmental appraisal of the Government of Wales Bill has been produced; and if he will place a copy in the Library.
(35643)
209  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the use of unemployment figures to determine regional eligibility for EU structural funds.
(35625)
210  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how she will protect the benefit entitlement of the low paid following the aligning of the starting point at which employees pay national insurance contributions with the single personal allowance.
[Transferred] (35589)
211  
  
Mr John McAllion (Dundee East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the dismissal procedure agreements made by employers and trade unions and substituted for industrial tribunals under the terms of the Employment Protection (Consolidation) Act 1978.
[Transferred] (35697)
212  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people (a) under 25 years old, (b) in receipt of other benefits and (c) in total were in receipt of housing benefit broken down by (i) rent allowances and (ii) rent rebates in each of the past 10 years; and if she will estimate the equivalent figures for the next three years.
[Transferred] (35706)
213  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will publish a breakdown of the individual items of expenditure making up the increase in the Social Security Central Total from the 1997-98 Estimate to the planned 1998-99 total as set out at Table B18 of the Financial Statement and Budget Report.
[Transferred] (35631)
214  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people Britain has extradited, and to which countries, in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (35872)
215  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the countries with which Britain has an extradition treaty.
[Transferred] (35871)
216  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many circus accidents involving (a) lions, (b) tigers and (c) other wild animals have been reported in each year since 1990.
[Transferred] (35748)
217  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what calculation he has made of the volumes of low level and intermediate level radioactive wastes that will be stockpiled in the United Kingdom by 2010.
[Transferred] (35755)
218  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many submissions from (a) the United Kingdom, (b) other European Union countries and (c) other countries were made to the public consultation on the Sellafield MoX plant before the submission period closed.
[Transferred] (35753)


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