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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 23 March 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 23 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 Monday 23 March, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Tuesday 24 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.
 


 
MONDAY 23rd MARCH
1  
  
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley):    To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, if the Committee has concluded its review of smoking in the general areas; and if she will make a statement.
(35923)
2  
  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the food science research projects for which the Microbiology Group of the Central Science Laboratory bid in 1997-98 and which were deemed by the Independent Appraisal Panel to be of sufficient quality to merit his Department's funding.
(36037)
3  
  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what resources his Department has (a) paid and (b) intends to pay directly to the Central Science Laboratory in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 1998-99 in respect of the Microbiology Group, without going through the research tender and appraisal system.
(36038)
4  
  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts about amending the Sheep and Goatmeat Regime to enable farmers in the UK to claim support for the raising of cashmere goats; and if he will make a statement.
(36036)
5  
  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the demand for goatmeat in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(36035)
6  
  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what quantity of goatmeat was imported from New Zealand in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(36034)
7  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when farmers will receive payment for the grant up and running costs of the British Cattle Movement Service.
(35766)
8  
  
Mr John Townend (East Yorkshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if the European Court of Justice has overruled paragraph 26 of case C-246/89 Commission v United Kingdom.
(35916)
9  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what meetings he has had with the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to discuss his Department's progress towards millennium compliance.
(35428)
10  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many officials or individuals working within his Department on millennium compliance have (a) given notice of their intention to leave or (b) left his Department in the last six months.
(35430)
11  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, from which budgetary sub-head his Department will meet the cost of millennium compliance.
(35432)
12  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has had with his European counterparts with regard to the millennium compliance problem.
(35434)
13  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the estimated cost to his Department of (a) consultants and (b) contractors engaged by the Department to address millennium computer compliance problems; and if he will list them.
(35425)
14  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what guidance his Department is giving to agricultural businesses and farmers on the year 2000 computer compliance problem.
(35426)
15  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he last met Treasury Ministers to discuss the costs of millennium compliance in his Department.
(35427)
16  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many non-UK nationals are working on computer-related problems within his Department.
(35429)
17  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when all testing on year 2000 computer compliance will be completed within his Department.
(35431)
18  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if testing has been done on his Department's archive computer files for millennium compliance.
(35433)
19  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what proposals he has to lift the over thirty months scheme for cattle entering the food chain.
(35946)
20  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received requesting the lifting of the over thirty months scheme for cattle entering the food chain; and if he will make a statement.
(35945)
21  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many Ministerial policy reviews have been initated within his Department since 1st May 1997; and when they are expected to report.
(36072)
22  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the initiatives to be paid for from the New Opportunities Fund and the amounts they will receive during the lifetime of the current National Lottery operating licence.
(36065)
23  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the amount of money to be allocated to the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts during the lifetime of the current National Lottery operating licence.
(36067)
24  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money from the New Opportunities Fund will be used to fund the national childcare strategy during the lifetime of the current National Lottery licence.
(36066)
25  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many United States personnel have been based at (a) RAF Menwith Hill and (b) RAF Croughton in each year since 1987; and what was the maximum number present at one time in each year.
(35602)
26  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the purpose of the recent Tartan Strike exercise; which countries took part; how many (a) UK personnel and (b) US personnel were involved; who was the identified enemy; and if he will make a statement.
(35603)
27  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the functions undertaken at (a) RAF Croughton and (b) West Ruislip station.
(35604)
28  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 15th December, Official Report, column 6, if he will publish the results of his inquiries into dead animals found and analysed during the Gulf War; and if he will make a statement.
(35423)
29  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, columns 184-5, on Ministry of Defence Police, if he will ensure that sufficient information about transfers of personnel is published in the Force Orders to satisfy requirements of openness and scrutiny without disclosing details that are private to the individual officers.
(35917)
30  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures are being taken to maintain minimum noise output on the Eurofighter aircraft; and if he will make a statement.
(35949)
31  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of low-flying sorties over Powys were the result of overseas trade deals in 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(35919)
32  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of low-flying sorties over Powys were crewed by flight staff from other countries in 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(35918)
33  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel were medically discharged from the armed forces (a) between 1980 to 1989 and (b) since 1990.
(35897)
34  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost has been to his Department in each of the last 10 years of the charter of heavy lift cargo aircraft from civilian operators.
(34890)
35  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the types of civilian heavy lift cargo aircraft chartered by his Department over the last 10 years; their country of registration and the names of the air carriers by which they were operated.
(34891)
36  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many students expecting to begin Arts degree courses in autumn 1998 are currently studying for qualifying foundation courses; and what would be the total cost of exempting them from tuition fees during their higher education course.
(35853)
37  
  
Mr Derek Foster (Bishop Auckland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans there are to increase the participation of the over-25 age group in the Environmental Task Force option of the New Deal.
(35909)
38  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list applications to run education action zones where the proposed zone crosses local education authority boundaries.
(36070)
39  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the private sector organisations which have applied to run education action zones.
(36069)
40  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list applications to run education action zones received from (a) local education authorities and (b) other organisations.
(36068)
41  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 13th March, Official Report, column 412, on access courses, what is the maximum time period for a realistic action plan leading to sustained employment; and if he will make a statement.
(35711)
42  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures he is taking to encourage the development of dry stone walling skills.
(36052)
43  
N  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the progress of the disability rights task force.
(34060)
44  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he is taking to preserve Bengali as a GCE A Level subject.
(35924)
45  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the extent to which the costs of individual components of the New Deal in England and Wales will differ from the costs for Scotland set out in Scottish Office evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee published on pages 138-9 of their Report on the New Deal (HC 335-II Session 1997-98).
(35867)
46  
  
Mr Derek Foster (Bishop Auckland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to increase the access to set-up funding for organisations acting as deliverers of the Environmental Task Force options of the New Deal to ensure adequate investment in infrastructure.
(35908)
47  
  
Mr Derek Foster (Bishop Auckland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd March, Official Report, column 479, if he will publish the set of environmental objectives developed by his Department, against which Environmental Task Force projects will be assessed.
(35951)
48  
  
Mr Derek Foster (Bishop Auckland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps are being taken to increase the national profile of the voluntary sector and Environmental Task Force options of the New Deal.
(35927)
49  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the English Partnerships' funding allocations broken down by government office region, have been each year since their inception.
(35911)
50  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the Rural Development Commission funding allocations have been for each year since 1988, broken down by government office region.
(35912)
51  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how the success of RDAs will be (a) evaluated and (b) monitored (i) in general, (ii) with reference to rural areas and (iii) with reference to the environment; and who will be responsible for evaluating and monitoring the programmes and strategies of RDAs.
(35915)
52  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much money has been received through the single regeneration budget, by government office region, each year since its inception.
(35913)
53  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy to encourage RDAs to create strategies which relate specifically to rural areas.
(35914)
54  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the public inquiry into plans to build Junction 8 on the M62 will take place.
(35422)
55  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will require local authority housing services to include an empty homes strategy in their published housing strategies.
(35894)
56  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the risks posed to food safety by the use of treated sewage sludge on agricultural land.
(36061)
57  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the clearance of bracken on local biodiversity.
(36055)
58  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress is being made towards the target of 100 per cent. of sewage sludge being treated by 2002.
(36059)
59  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what changes he is considering to the 1996 Code of Practice for the Agricultural use of Sewage Sludge.
(36060)
60  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how he intends to promote the availability of low cost houses for rent in appropriate numbers in rural areas.
(36057)
61  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has for amendments to the Hedgerow Regulations 1997 in relation to matters not covered by the recent consultation.
(36054)
62  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the economic impact of the EC Groundwater Regulations on farmers in the tenth decile rank of income who use sheep dip.
(36050)
63  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the proportion of registered sheep dips in England which have a direct drain into watercourses.
(36049)
64  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what regulations govern the disposal of slaughterhouse waste on agricultural land.
(36063)
65  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effect on hedgerows of the MAFF proposals to give retirement grants to farmers whose land goes to a larger holding or to forestry.
(36056)
66  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has to reduce the environmental impact of poorly managed sheep dips.
(36051)
67  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will take measures to encourage the disposal of treated sewage sludge on agricultural land.
(36062)
68  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will publish the results of the consultation on the Review of Hedgerow Regulations 1997; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of hedges in rural areas which will be exempt from the regulations.
(36053)
69  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the rail companies which ban the conveyance of bicycles at any time on their trains.
(35968)
70  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the impact of the 1998-99 rate support grant on the provision of social services in rural areas.
(34065)
71  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to make a decision regarding air service access to regional airports.
(35424)
72  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the current regulations controlling the nature, size and location of highway signs in areas of outstanding natural beauty and National Parks; and if he will make a statement.
(35948)
73  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish figures for band D council taxes in England in 1998-99, showing (a) figures for each notifiable authority excluding parish precepts, (b) figures for each notifiable authority including parish precepts, (c) the percentage increase in council tax for each notifiable authority including parish precepts, (d) council tax for the area of each billing authority, (e) the percentage increase in council tax for the area of each billing authority and (f) equivalent figures for each class of authority.
(35660)
74  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide estimates of the amounts of (a) income tax, (b) NICs, (c) VAT, (d) other indirect taxes, (e) local taxes (i) paid by typical families in each year since 1995-96, and (ii) forecast to be paid in 1998-99 on a basis consistent with Table 13.7 of the Treasury Tax-Benefit Reference Manual.
(35235)
75  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out which measures relating to pensions in the Budget will (a) increase and (b) decrease the incomes of pensioners.
(35882)
76  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Ribble Valley of 9th March, Official Report, columns 1 to 4, on income tax, if he will provide equivalent information for Scotland; and if he will list the number and percentage of taxpayers paying income tax at the lower rate in England, Wales and Scotland.
(35598)
77  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of VAT income from repairs to historic and religious buildings in each of the last three years.
(35569)
78  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the date of the meetings of the standing committee chaired by the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness in Europe on United Kingdom preparedness for the introduction of the euro in the euro countries; if he will list the members of the committee and the interests which they have declared; and if he will place the minutes of the meetings in the Library.
(35572)
79  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many responses he has received to date from the Christian Aid Campaign on Third World Debt; and how much money has been received by his Department in furtherance of the campaign.
(35652)
80  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish his environmental assessments of Budget measures which were not included in Table 5.3 of the Financial Statement and Budget Report.
(36048)
81  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what are the figures for general government expenditure as forecast in the Budget of November 1996 for the years 1997-98 and 1998-99, revalued on the basis of the GDP deflator assumed in (a) the July 1997 Budget and (b) the March 1998 Budget.
(35865)
82  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the actual and estimated yield from duty on road fuel for the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000; and what the figure would be if the duty increased had been in line with the RPI.
(35866)
83  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the excise duty receipts for 1998-99 were projected to be in the July 1997 budget statement for (a) fuel, (b) alcohol and (c) tobacco; and what they are now projected to be.
(36074)
84  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the yield in 1996-97 and what is the latest estimate of yield in 1997-98 from (a) petrol duty, (b) derv duty, (c) vehicle excise duty, (d) VAT on petrol and derv sales and (e) VAT on vehicle sales.
(35966)
85  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out the methods by which Working Families Tax Credit will be assessed, indicating who will carry out each stage of this task; what estimate he has made of (a) how long this will take in each case and (b) how much extra cost will fall on the employer in each case.
(35891)
86  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what methods he will employ to maximise take-up of the working families tax credit; and what level of take-up he is aiming to achieve once the system is established.
(35770)
87  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the working families tax credit will make any distinction between married and cohabiting couples.
(35769)
88  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide a revised version of the information in Table 3.3 of the Red Book separately indentifying the marginal rates of each individual in a two-earner couple.
(35864)
89  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to Table 3.3 of the Red Book, how many people have a marginal deduction rate of 68.5 per cent. or more on current arrangements; and how many will have a deduction rate of 68.5 per cent. or more under his proposals.
(35862)
90  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he has taken to promote the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative.
(35851)
91  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 16th March to the Right honourable Member for Folkestone and Hythe, Official Report, column 551, if he will press for a commitment to freedom of expression to be added to the Harare Declaration.
(35859)
92  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the purpose of the Minister of State's meeting with the Ambassador of Israel on 18th March; and if he will make a statement.
(35850)
93  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the use of British-supplied equipment by the Indonesian Government during civil unrest in Surabaya, Indonesia, on 12th March.
(36020)
94  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) ministers appointed to and (b) those ministers' interests within the new Indonesian Cabinet.
(35910)
95  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the government of Canada concerning the subsidising of commercial seal hunts.
(35896)
96  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the compliance with his Department's ethical foreign policy of the sale of military, security and police equipment to Kenya.
(35969)
97  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the application of Mr B. M. H. Handa for a British passport was turned down at the British Embassy in Sanaa on 19th February 1998, (Embassy ref; 343/6APP5/95).
(35921)
98  
  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the (a) exemptions and (b) derogations from the Treaty on European Union permitted for member states and the legal bases in European Union law on which they are allowed.
(36073)
99  
  
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many wheelchair vouchers have been issued using the sums distributed to health authorities since April 1996; and what the target number of wheelchair vouchers for the four year programme is.
(35920)
100  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evaluation he has made of the scope for extending direct payments to include over 65 year olds.
(35880)
101  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients aged 75 years and over, by region, were readmitted to hospital within 28 days of their discharge in each quarter since April 1996.
(35597)
102  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms he will use to implement the NHS White Paper's recommendation that GP consortia use boundaries coterminous with social services.
(35879)
103  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for continuing special transitional grant into 1999-2000.
(35878)
104  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to reinstate supplementary credit approval for the development of information systems for community care.
(35881)
105  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the spending per head in each health authority area and in England as a whole in the last year for which figures are available.
(35565)
106  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the spending on care of the elderly per resident of pensionable age in each social services authority and in England as a whole in the last year for which figures are available.
(35566)
107  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what levels of immunisation against TB have been achieved in each of the last three years.
(36017)
108  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of (a) TB and (b) drug resistant TB have been reported in the UK in each of the last three years.
(36014)
109  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will instigate an inquiry into age discrimination in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(35774)
110  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he plans to make students pay the full cost of vaccinations required for overseas visits.
(35893)
111  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has for issuing guidelines to general practitioners in relation to prescribing lipid limiting drugs for those with above average cholesterol levels.
(35773)
112  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what regulations govern the maximum age at which ambulances are considered to be suitable for general use; and if he will make a statement.
(35772)
113  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of his proposal for local child curfews with the European Convention on Human Rights; and if he will make a statement.
(36047)
114  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of TB have been identified in each of the last three years among (a) those seeking asylum in the UK and (b) those seeking permanent settlement in the UK.
(36019)
115  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what levels of TB immunisation have been identified in (a) those seeking asylum in the UK and (b) those seeking permanent settlement in the UK in each of the last three years.
(36018)
116  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to reply to the letter dated 17th November 1997 concerning Mr and Mrs Utting from the honourable Member for North Wiltshire.
(35771)
117  
  
Mr Keith Hill (Streatham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the Metropolitan Police Policing Plan.
(36071)
118  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what definition his Department applies to hard and soft gambling; and if his Department defines slot machines as a form of hard gambling.
(35765)
119  
  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what existing sources of free competent legal representations are available to destitute asylum appellants ineligible for benefits to pursue appeals against refusal of refugee status.
(35904)
120  
  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the success rate for asylum appellants at appeals hearings before the Immigration Appellate Authority who are (i) legally represented and (ii) unrepresented in the latest period for which figures are available.
(35907)
121  
  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provision he has made to ensure that destitute asylum appellants who are ineligible for benefits can afford to pay for legal representation on their appeals against refusal of refugee status.
(35905)
122  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his proposals require that police officers involved in a police complaints investigation must register membership of the Freemasons.
(35926)
123  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many British-based aid agencies are currently undertaking work in Afghanistan; and if she will name them.
(35712)
124  
  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will now extend legal aid to cover the cost of legal representation at appeal hearings for destitute asylum appellants ineligible for benefits on appeal against refusal of refugee status.
(35906)
125  
N  
Mr Ken Maginnis (Fermanagh and South Tyrone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she intends to agree to a political settlement involving those parties with paramilitary links without those parties and the paramilitary organisations with which they are linked being committed to the Mitchell Principles and demonstrable progress being made along the parallel track which deals with disarmament.
(35657)
126  
N  
Mr Ken Maginnis (Fermanagh and South Tyrone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the purpose of the recent one-day conference on policing held in the Galgorm Hotel; how many were involved; what was the respective appointment of each; who organised the seminar; and if two-tier policing was on the agenda.
(35654)
127  
N  
Mr Ken Maginnis (Fermanagh and South Tyrone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the purpose of the visit to the Harlem or Bronx districts of New York of those involved in policing in Northern Ireland; how many were involved; what was the respective appointment of each; who sponsored the visit; and what was the total cost involved.
(35653)
128  
N  
Mr Ken Maginnis (Fermanagh and South Tyrone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will ask the Chairman of the Northern Ireland Talks Process to prepare and present a statement for the 23rd March session of the talks outlining the extent to which he is satisfied that the International Commission's criteria for a parallel track approach has been met by all parties at the negotiating table.
(35658)
129  
N  
Mr Ken Maginnis (Fermanagh and South Tyrone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to what extent the organisation Mediation Network is a government sponsored or assisted body; and what financial or other support it receives from the Northern Ireland Office.
(35655)
130  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what functions the Northern Irish Privy Council currently performs.
(35596)
131  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the President of the Council, what criteria will be used in considering the appointment of members of the Scottish Parliament to be members of the Privy Council.
(35594)
132  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the President of the Council, what representations she has received on the need for a Scottish Privy Council; and if she will make a statement.
(35595)
133  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what initiatives he proposes to develop relations with Iran during the British Presidency of the EU; and if he proposes a Presidency visit to Tehran at political director level.
(35852)
134  
N  
Mr Ken Maginnis (Fermanagh and South Tyrone):    To ask the Prime Minister, if discussions with the Irish Republic's Taioseach and officials from both the Northern Ireland Office and Dublin's Department of Foreign Affairs and Justice have taken place concerning the establishment of an international commission on policing in Northern Ireland.
(35656)
135  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what percentage of children were on free school meals in each local education authority area and in Scotland as a whole in the last year for which figures are available.
(35568)
136  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the spending on care of the elderly per resident of pensionable age in each social work authority area and in Scotland as a whole in the last year for which figures are available.
(35567)
137  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the spending per head in each health board district and in Scotland as a whole in the last year for which figures are available.
(35570)
138  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the spending per student in (a) primary and (b) secondary education in each education authority and in Scotland as a whole in the last year for which figures are available.
(35571)
139  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd March, Official Report, column 581, on Gaelic broadcasting, when he received the consultants' report on Opportunities for Gaelic Broadcasting in the Digital Era; if he will publish the report; and if he will make a statement.
(35651)
140  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what progress is being made in the review of services for people with learning disabilities; what are the terms of reference of this review; and if the voluntary sector will be consulted in the course of the review.
(35233)
141  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what progress is being made by colleges of further education on the production of disability statements.
(35234)
142  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many cases of (a) TB and (b) drug resistant TB have been identified in Scotland in each of the last three years.
(36015)
143  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what immunisation rates for TB have been achieved in each of the last three years.
(36016)
144  
  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to meet the Scottish Cashmere Producers Association to discuss the EU Sheep and Goatmeat Re«gime; and if he will make a statement.
(36033)
145  
  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on progress in implementing the recommendation of the Scottish Affairs Committee in its Third Report of Session 1995-96 (HC 629) on allowing individual farmers to choose support for deer or goats as an alternative to sheep under the EU Sheep and Goatmeat Re«gime.
(36031)
146  
  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many manufacturing sector jobs Locate in Scotland has attracted in each of the years since it was established to the City of Glasgow council area.
(36032)
147  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to introduce guidelines for the siting of sewage plants in residential areas; and if he will make a statement.
(35944)
148  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, for what reasons his Department sets aside grant relief to domestic customers in respect of sewerage charges.
(36041)
149  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps have been taken to reduce the delays in the processing of student award applications by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.
(35902)
150  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the number of houses affected by dampness in Scotland.
(35898)
151  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many community service orders were imposed in (a) Glasgow and (b) Scotland, in 1997.
(35900)
152  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what measures are being taken to improve treatment for drug addicts in prisons in Scotland.
(35899)
153  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the number of vacant dwellings in Scotland.
(35901)
154  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, in how many cases mobility allowance related benefits have been withdrawn in the last 12 months for which general figures are conveniently available.
(34319)
155  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will review, in conjunction with disabled groups, the forms and letters issued under the Benefits Integrity Project.
(35229)
156  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will provide disability awareness training to adjudication officers involved in the Benefits Integrity Project.
(35230)
157  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will establish refresher training courses on disablement issues for visiting officers involved in the Benefits Integrity Project.
(35231)
158  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will establish a disability benefits taskforce to include disabled groups in her departmental review of disability benefits and the Benefits Integrity Project.
(35232)
159  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her Answer of 13th March, Official Report, column 394, what rate of real increase in average earnings is assumed in her estimate that Class 1 National Insurance contribution rates would stay constant if pensions and linked benefits were uprated by earnings in April 1999.
(35925)
160  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make a statement on procedures by which a contract for security services in her Department was awarded to Group 4; and what assessment she made of the application of TUPE regulations to this contract.
(36024)
161  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for what reasons disability benefit restored on appeal is not backdated to the time of the refusal of benefit; and if she will make a statement.
(36087)
162  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the mortgage interest payment arrangements are for people claiming benefits and paying an endowment mortgage; and if she will make a statement.
(36075)
163  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what guidance the Government has issued to encourage full claiming of benefits; and if she will make a statement.
(36103)
164  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the value of unclaimed benefit since 1st May 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(36104)
165  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage of men subject to orders for payment have not been traced by the CSA; and if she will make a statement.
(36102)
166  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment she has made of the amount of money that will not be claimed as a result of the change in backdating benefits following a successful appeal; and if she will make a statement.
(36088)
167  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the final fortnight for which family credit payments will be due.
(35860)
168  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, on what statutory authority the Benefits Agency Office advertises winter fuel payments to pensioners.
(35767)
169  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what were his reasons for withdrawing and subsequently reinstating disability living allowance for Mrs G. Archer of 7 Queen's Road, Brixham; and for what reasons the core component of the allowance has not been reinstated.
(35435)
170  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when she expects the case of Mr Collings of 11 Barton Way, Paignton, to be heard by a new tribunal.
(35436)
171  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the percentage of the total winter assistance payments which (a) have been made and (b) have been made incorrectly to date.
(35421)
172  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what efforts her Department is taking to ensure payment of the winter assistance to pensioners to pensioner households in (a) tenement blocks and (b) blocks of flats.
(35420)
173  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if it is her policy to maintain the contributory principle in the benefit system for the long term.
(36022)
174  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the costs of raising the starting point for employee NICs from £64 per week to £81 per week.
(35768)
175  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is her estimate of the number of pensioners who are entitled to income support but who do not take it up; and, of those, how many are (a) receiving either housing benefit or council tax benefit and (b) receiving neither housing benefit nor council tax benefit.
(36023)
176  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many lone parents will be (a) better off, (b) unaffected and (c) worse off in total as the overall result of the increases in child benefit and related benefits planned for November 1998 and April 1999, the proposed Working Families Tax Credit and the cuts in benefits for lone parents already announced; and what is the average gain of those who are better off and the average loss of those who are worse off.
(35854)
177  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many single parents are in receipt of family credit; how many of those are claiming the childcare disregard; and what is their average of expenditure on childcare.
(35863)
178  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the sensitivity of manufacturing output to exchange rate changes.
(35659)
179  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to the Minister for Science, Energy and Industry's letter of 18th February to the honourable Member for Linlithgow, what is the result of the contact with Caledonian University on helping British companies exploit Delft Flight simulator technology; and if she will make a statement.
(34122)
180  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her letter of 8th December to the honourable Member for Linlithgow, concerning the concordat on inward investment, what are the principles on which the proposed concordat will be founded.
(34774)
181  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the application and implementation of the harmonised mandatory control system for the use and reduction of the discharge of offshore chemicals with particular reference to the operation of the CHARM model.
(35903)
182  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what export controls her Department exercises over the supply of military, security and police equipment to Kenya.
(35895)
183  
  
Mr David Lock (Wyre Forest):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what proposals have been put forward by Russia to (a) restrict and (b) limit the export from the EU to Russia of carpets and associated products; and what assessment she has made of the impact of such restrictions on the United Kingdom carpet industry.
(35950)
184  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will introduce additional controls on the mergers of supermarket companies; and if she will make a statement.
(35947)
185  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will estimate the proportion of registered sheep dips in Wales which have a direct drain into watercourses.
(36064)
186  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the cost of raising the lower earnings limit for employee national insurance contributions from £64 per week to £81 per week, within the new structure of National Insurance set out in the Budget.
[Transferred] (35861)
187  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered child minders there are at the present time.
[Transferred] (36138)
188  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what measures he plans to take to promote the use of dry stone walls on farms.
[Transferred] (36058)
189  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what effect the changes announced in his Budget will have on the income of the National Insurance Fund for 1999-2000.
[Transferred] (35922)
190  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the yield in 1996-97 and what is the latest estimate of yield in 1997-98 from (a) fuel duty and (b) vehicle excise duty broken down by (i) cars, light goods vehicles and taxis, (ii) motorcycles, (iii) buses and coaches, (iv) goods vehicles over 3.5 GVW and (v) other vehicles.
[Transferred] (35967)


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