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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 25 March 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 25 March of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 25 March, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Thursday 26 March, see Part 2 of this Paper.

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


 
WEDNESDAY 25th MARCH
1  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many staff are employed in Scotland by his Department, or executive agencies responsible to his Department; and where those staff are located.
(36212)
2  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much his Department has spent on developing vaccines to prevent bovine tuberculosis since 1985; and how much investment is planned for each of the next five years.
(36433)
3  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of badger control methods conducted in Eire.
(36430)
4  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what records are maintained of the number of non-target species caught in snares set for badgers under his Department's tuberculosis control scheme.
(36429)
5  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the estimated cost of the proposed badger culling experiment, broken down to show each constituent element for (a) 1998 and (b) each subsequent year of the proposed experiment.
(36431)
6  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many badgers were trapped under his Department's tuberculosis control scheme in each year since 1985 by (a) snares and (b) cage traps; and if he will indicate the number of animals which suffered injuries in (a) and (b).
(36432)
7  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask Mr Attorney General, how many people are currently employed by the Crown Prosecution Service, broken down to show the number of (a) lawyers and (b) civil servants, by grade.
(36305)
8  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the organisations that responded to the consultation exercise following the publication of the White Paper The People's Lottery.
(36384)
9  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the removal of books from the King's Library in the British Museum and their transfer to the new British Library in St. Pancras.
(36385)
10  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money his Department has spent on the digitisation of educational material for libraries in each of the last three years.
(36207)
11  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the responsibilities of the Great Britain Sports Council in Scotland.
(36115)
12  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the (a) location of, (b) running costs of, (c) salary costs of and (d) number of staff based at the head office of the Great Britain Sports Council, the percentage of total staff based (i) at head office, (ii) in London and (iii) in Scotland and the percentage of salary and running costs incurred in (1) London and (2) Scotland.
(36116)
13  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the (a) location of, (b) running costs of, (c) salary costs of and (d) number of staff based at the head office of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission; what percentage of total staff are based (i) at head office, (ii) in London and (iii) in Scotland; and what percentage of salary and running costs are incurred in (1) London and (2) Scotland.
(36123)
14  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the responsibilities of his core Departmental staff; and if he will list the (a) percentage of and (b) number of core staff based in London and the total salary bill and running costs for core staff.
(36126)
15  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the responsibilities of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission in Scotland.
(36122)
16  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the (a) location, (b) running costs and (c) salary costs of the head office of the Office of the National Lottery; what percentage of total staff are based (i) at head office, (ii) in London and (iii) in Scotland; what percentage of salary and running costs are incurred in (A) London and (B) Scotland; and if he will make a statement on the office's responsibilities in Scotland.
(36143)
17  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff are employed in Scotland by his Department, or executive agencies responsible to his Department; and where those staff are located.
(36216)
18  
  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if RAF/NATO military aircraft were engaged on an exercise over Northern England between 9.30 and 10.30 pm on 24th March 1997.
(36404)
19  
  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what complaints were received by the RAF concerning low-flying aircraft relating to 24th March 1997.
(36407)
20  
  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reported sightings of UFOs were received from the (a) public and (b) police from the South Yorkshire/Derbyshire area on 24th and 25th March 1997.
(36402)
21  
  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the RAF imposed an air exclusion zone around Howden reservoir on the morning of 25th March 1997.
(36408)
22  
  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if an RAF/NATO aircraft was responsible for the two sonic booms above Sheffield detected by Edinburgh University Siesmology Unit at 21.52 and 22.06 on 24th March 1997.
(36405)
23  
  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the regulations covering military aircraft breaking the sound barrier above (a) urban and (b) other areas.
(36406)
24  
N  
Mr Robert N. Wareing (Liverpool, West Derby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March, Official Report, column 48, on a veteran's unit, if he will make a statement on the discussions he had with the Secretary General of the Royal British Legion.
(36083)
25  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what financial provisions will be made available to public authorities to process applications for information, following the implementation of his Freedom of Information proposals.
(35776)
26  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what figure he plans to set as a disproportionate cost or diversion of resources under the Gateway provisions of his Freedom of Information proposals.
(35777)
27  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many staff are employed in Scotland by his Department, or executive agencies responsible to his Department; and where those staff are located.
(36213)
28  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures he is taking to help local education authorities achieve the 18 week target on drafting all statements for children with special educational needs.
(35548)
29  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the figures in the Audit Commission's report on education services, in respect of Coventry local education authorities' performance in the processing of statements on special needs education against the Government's target period.
(35549)
30  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what redundancy arrangements have been made for the staff of the Funding Agency for Schools following the passage of the School Standards and Frameworks Bill.
(35941)
31  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the present number of employees of the Funding Agency for Schools in Darlington.
(35940)
32  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many young people entered Gateway services to date in each of the Pathfinder areas; what was the average duration of the Gateway period; and how many have been referred or placed on the (a) employment, (b) education and training, (c) voluntary sector and (d) environmental task force options.
(36346)
33  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many projects have been funded under the National Disability Development Initiative; how many have started; and what monitoring and evaluation is taking place.
(36351)
34  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what schemes are available in (a) England and Wales and (b) Scotland, to help people to return to work, who are aged between (i) 50 and 55, (ii) 55 and 60, and (iii) 60 and 65 years; and how many people in each group he estimates have gained employment (1) directly and (2) indirectly through these schemes in each year between 1994 and 1997.
(36306)
35  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people in the constituency of Wellingborough will be eligible for assistance through the New Deal in the current financial year.
(36435)
36  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much and what percentage of the total public expenditure on education in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000 was or is expected to be distributed by Central Government after a competitive bidding process by local authorities or other bodies.
(36221)
37  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much of the additional funding for public transport announced in the Budget will be available for ferry travel to and from offshore communities.
(36218)
38  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of the rural transport subsidy announced in the Budget will be available for ferry travel to and from offshore communities.
(36219)
39  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many staff are employed in Scotland by his Department; and where those staff are located.
(36248)
40  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many applications for the development of motorway service areas have been made since the 15 miles apart guidance was adopted; how many applications have been subject to a public inquiry; and how many of those were (a) approved and (b) refused.
(36307)
41  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Erith and Thamesmead of 14th November 1997, Official Report, column 697, if he will recalculate the figures on the gross cost of reducing local authority rents taking into account the benefit and tax changes made in the Budget.
(36356)
42  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to make a decision on his consultative paper on the High Court judgement in the case of Benson v Boyce (Private Hire Vehicles); and if he will make a statement.
(36419)
43  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to revise the mineral planning guidance for the extraction of aggregates.
(36436)
44  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out the UK's proposed target for carbon dioxide reductions under the Kyoto protocol before entering into negotiations with other European Union countries.
(36383)
45  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the members of the Honorary Advisory Panel on Driving and Diabetes, together with their qualifications.
(36401)
46  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the (a) location of, (b) running costs of, (c) salary costs of and (d) number of staff based at the head office of the BBA, the percentage of staff employed (i) at head office, (ii) in London and (iii) in Scotland, and the percentage of (A) salary and (B) running costs incurred in (1) Scotland and (2) London.
(36121)
47  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the transport projects of value greater than £10 million funded by public money in the area covered by the London Docklands Development Corporation; and what is the total cost for each project for each of the last five years.
(36096)
48  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the (a) location of, (b) running costs of, (c) salary costs of and (d) number of staff based at the head office of the Ordnance Survey; and what percentage of (i) salary, (ii) general administration expenditure and (iii) capital expenditure costs relate to (1) London and (2) Scotland.
(36118)
49  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the total estimated cost of the Department's transfer from Marsham Street.
(36124)
50  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the responsibilities of the British Board of Agrement in Scotland.
(36120)
51  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 18th March, Official Report, column 608, what percentage of his Core Policy and Administration Group is based in (a) London and (b) Scotland.
(36119)
52  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the (a) locations of, (b) running costs of, (c) salary costs of and (d) number of staff based at the head office of the (i) Commission for the New Towns, (ii) Countryside Commission, (iii) English Nature, (iv) English Partnership, (v) Environment Agency, (vi) Health and Safety Commission and Executive, (vii) Housing Corporation, (viii) Rural Development Commission, (ix) London Pension Fund Authority, (x) National Forest Commission, (xi) Local Government Commission for England, (xii) Local Government Residency Board for England and (xiii) Joint Nature Conservancy Committee; and if he will state the percentage of total (1) staff based in, (2) salary costs and (3) running costs for each body which relate to London.
(36117)
53  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the environmental health impacts of infiltration into public and private sewers; and if he will make a statement.
(36203)
54  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 19th December 1997, Official Report, columns 349-50, if his Department classified those dwellings with water supplies with a lead concentration exceeding 50 g/litre, on the basis of information up to 1995, as being unfit for human habitation; what assessment he has made of the public health implications of such lead concentrations; and if he will make a statement.
(36199)
55  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of premises incorrectly connecting surface water drainage to foul only sewers; who has responsibility for securing remedial action by property owners in such circumstances; and if he will make a statement.
(36205)
56  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 19th December 1997, Official Report, columns 349-50, how and where he proposes to test drinking water for compliance with the proposed EC Drinking Water Directive; when he expects this Directive will come into effect; if standards will apply when water enters a property; what will be the impact of the directive on his Department's assessment of the future fitness of dwellings; and if he will make a statement.
(36201)
57  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the environmental health impacts of the leakage of sewage into the ground from public and private sewers; and if he will make a statement.
(36204)
58  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 19th December 1997, Official Report, columns 349-50, if he will ensure that future English House Condition Surveys indicate that figures for unfitness from the survey do not take account of lead in water; and if he will make a statement.
(36200)
59  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects (a) the results of the 1996 English House Condition Survey and (b) the Energy Supplement to the 1996 English House Condition Survey will be published; and if he will make a statement.
(36198)
60  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of the public sewers in England and Wales are (a) combined foul and surface water, (b) foul water only and (c) surface water only; and if he will make a statement.
(36202)
61  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 18th March, what is the total area of common land in each National Park on which payments are made under agri-environmental schemes; and under which schemes those payments are made.
[R] (35781)
62  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many tenants in England pay gross weekly rents in the ranges (a) £0 to £9.99, (b) £10 to £14.99, (c) £15 to £19.99, (d) £20 to £24.99, (e) £25 to £29.99, (f) £30 to £34.99, (g) £35 to £39.99, (h) £40 to £44.99, (i) £45 to £49.99, (j) £50 to £54.99, (k) £55 to £59.99, (l) £60 to £64.99, (m) £65 to £69.99, (n) £70 to £74.99, (o) £75 to £79.99, (p) £80 to £89.99, (q) £90 to £99.99, (r) £100 to £109.99, (s) £110 to £119.99, (t) £120 to £129.99 and (u) £130 or above, separately identifying figures for (i) local authority, (ii) housing association and (iii) private tenants and breaking (i) to (iii) down by standard region.
(36318)
63  
  
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how payments made by the Inland Revenue under the working families tax credit scheme will be classified for public accounting purposes; how they will be classified for the purpose of calculating the PSBR and the control total; and if he will make a statement on the rationale and analysis behind the proposed classification.
(36247)
64  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff are employed in Scotland by his Department, or executive agencies responsible to his Department; and where those staff are located.
(36215)
65  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the estimate by the Institute for Fiscal Studies relating to the cost of the proposed childcare tax credit, assuming full take-up of the benefit.
(36354)
66  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the effective annual increase in road fuel duty following the July 1997 and March 1998 increases.
(36357)
67  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the childcare tax credit will be accounted for as (a) tax foregone or (b) public expenditure.
(36309)
68  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the top rate of gaming duty is in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) France, (c) Germany, (d) Belgium, (e) the Netherlands and (f) the Republic of Ireland.
(36186)
69  
N  
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the progress of Mozambique in respect of the Heavily-Indebted Poor Countries Initiative.
(34645)
70  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for 1997 the gross (a) total United Kingdom mail order sales, (b) United Kingdom mail order sales split between agency sales and direct sales and (c) United Kingdom electronic home shopping market sales, expressing the gross figures in each case as a percentage of total non-food sales.
(36304)
71  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if couples will be able to opt to receive child care tax credits paid direct by the Inland Revenue to the non-employed mother.
(36358)
72  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out the basis on which (a) the £300 million for winter pressures in the NHS and (b) the £500 million additional NHS funding announced in the Budget were allocated between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
(36149)
73  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received since 1st January on extending the application of the higher rate IPT for travel insurance to the motor vehicle and electrical retail sectors; and what assessment he has made of the advantages of equalizing treatment of the travel, motor vehicle and electrical retail sectors.
(36114)
74  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend his proposal on higher rate IPT for travel insurance to the motor vehicle and electrical retail sectors.
(36113)
75  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral Answer from the Financial Secretary of 10th July 1997, Official Report, column 1062, when he intends to publish an environmental green book setting out the impact of policy changes contained in the financial Red Book.
(36400)
76  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he made of proposals that the EU Code of Conduct on arms sales should be reviewed annually and that each review should be made available to the public.
(35599)
77  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consultation he had with non-governmental organisations prior to the negotiations for the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Sales.
(35600)
78  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff are employed in Scotland by his Department, or executive agencies responsible to his Department; and where those staff are located.
(36211)
79  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the locations of the British Council (a) headquarters and (b) other buildings in the United Kingdom, providing a breakdown of (i) staff numbers, (ii) salary costs and (iii) running costs for each building in (1) London and (2) Scotland.
(36184)
80  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many care assessments were made during 1996-97 by local authority social services departments.
(36352)
81  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many disabled people currently receive direct payments from their local authority, by local authority area.
(36353)
82  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the resources available for kidney replacement therapy.
(36222)
83  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the evidence submitted to the Sensible Drinking Review has been published.
(36195)
84  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which organisations were involved in the consultation process for unit labelling of alcoholic products; and if he will separately identify those involved in the format and design of the labels.
(36206)
85  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of the management statement of the Microbiological Research Agency dated February 1995.
(36027)
86  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 21st July, Official Report, column 409, if he will make a statement about the quinquennial review of the Microbiological Research Authority.
(36028)
87  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the cost to date involved in starting and administering the NHS 50th Anniversary Internet site.
(36150)
88  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the cost at current prices of his Department's Information Division in 1996-97.
(36185)
89  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the cost of special advisers in his Department (a) in total and (b) on press and public relations activity since 1st May 1997; and what were the equivalent figures in real terms for 1996-97.
(36177)
90  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the purposes on which the £420 million extra NHS funding allocated in the Budget will be spent.
(36148)
91  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will remove prescription charges for eye-drops for those suffering from glaucoma.
(36176)
92  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will restore funding to the Access Committee for England.
(36175)
93  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he has taken to help victims of Sjogren's Syndrome; what research is currently being undertaken; and what treatment is available for patients in the North Essex Health Authority Area.
(36220)
94  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the number of children in the care of local authorities who have been refused as patients by general practitioners.
(36308)
95  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff are employed in Scotland by his Department, or executive agencies responsible to his Department; and where those staff are located.
(36217)
96  
  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what complaints were received by police forces relating to low-flying aircraft on 24th March 1997.
(36403)
97  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to extend the use of polygraph machines in criminal cases.
(36422)
98  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will increase in real terms the budget for research into alternatives to animal testing.
(36427)
99  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will outline his proposals relating to animal experimentation during the United Kingdom's presidency of the European Union.
(36428)
100  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cosmetic experiments were carried out in the United Kingdom on behalf of foreign companies during 1996.
(36425)
101  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will alter the terms of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 to allow publication of the names of companies commissioning cosmetic testing.
(36426)
102  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures exist for those falsely accused of rape to pursue compensation.
(36421)
103  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many cases polygraph machines have been used since 1992.
(36423)
104  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of the animal tests for cosmetics in 1996 were for non-legislative purposes.
(36424)
105  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff are employed in Scotland by her Department, or executive agencies responsible to her Department; and where those staff are located.
(36210)
106  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the projects for the improved provision of (a) primary and (b) adult basic education in Bosnia and Herzegovina funded by her Department.
(36313)
107  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what applications for mixed credits for projects in China her Department is considering; and if she will make a statement.
(36311)
108  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the programmes funded by her Department in China on (a) education, (b) health, (c) the environment and (d) economic and administrative reform, together with their costs for (i) 1996-97 and (ii) 1997-98.
(36312)
109  
N  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with the government of Jamaica regarding debt relief; and if she will make a statement.
(34642)
110  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what was (a) the total revenue raised by his Department through fees for civil work in each of the last two years and (b) the total expenditure of the court services for civil work in each of the last two years.
(36437)
111  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what was (a) the target percentage of the costs of civil courts to be recovered through fees and (b) the actual percentage of the costs of the civil courts recovered through fees in each of the last two years.
(36438)
112  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will publish quarterly full details of his proposals for the contents of the Millennium Experience exhibition and the dome, for public consultation and response.
(36174)
113  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what are the specifically Christian elements of the Millennium Experience.
(36173)
114  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what is the total floor space of the Millennium Experience Dome; and what proportion is presently (a) allocated to zones or themes already determined and (b) unallocated.
(36315)
115  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will ensure that British beef is offered at all meals served in connection with meetings of the Council of Ministers during the remainder of the UK Presidency.
(36319)
116  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to assist schools in poorer areas to raise matching funds so as to be able to take advantage of lottery funding.
(34775)
117  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many staff are employed within Scotland by his Department, or executive agencies responsible to his Department; and where those staff are located.
(36214)
118  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the salary and running costs of his core Department and the percentage of these costs which are incurred in (a) Scotland and (b) London.
(36125)
119  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the (a) location of and (b) public assistance given to urban development corporations in Scotland since their establishment.
(36097)
120  
N  
Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the average time taken for claimants to receive benefit.
(35782)
121  
N  
Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the average time taken for claimants to receive incapacity benefits.
(35783)
122  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many staff are employed in Scotland by her Department, or executive agencies responsible to her Department; and where those staff are located.
(36208)
123  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many and what proportion of people in receipt of disability living allowance aged between 18 and 65 years have earnings from employment.
(36347)
124  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many disabilty living allowance awards of (a) the lower rate of the mobility component and (b) the lower rate of the care component were made in each year since 1992.
(36348)
125  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many awards are currently being paid from (a) the Independent Living (Extension) Fund and (b) the Independent Living (1993) Fund.
(36349)
126  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many life awards of disability living allowance are currently in payment.
(36350)
127  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate the cost of providing (a) milk tokens and (b) free school meals to family credit recipients (i) in cash terms and (ii) as a percentage of the total family credit budget.
(36245)
128  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many persons given extended exceptional leave to remain were wrongly refused benefit in the last 12 months; and what was the cost of correcting such decisions.
(36246)
129  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proposals she has to reduce the assumed interest on savings in respect of granting housing benefits.
(36355)
130  
  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will amend the Social Security Benefits (Student Loans and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 1990 to enable students not in receipt of loans to be assessed on their income in order that they may be eligible for free dental and prescription services.
(36434)
131  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what reviews she has undertaken to assess the advantages and disadvantages of a minimum length of employment in respect of protection against unfair dismissal.
(35779)
132  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to ensure that workers dismissed for taking part in a legal strike have a right to (a) reinstatement and (b) compensation.
(35778)
133  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what measures her Department is proposing to take to protect brand manufacturers from look-alike products.
(35775)
134  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will ensure that an independent agency, has the responsibility for defining the constituency boundaries of trade union ballots.
(35780)
135  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many staff are employed in Scotland by her Department, or executive agencies responsible to her Department; and where those staff are located.
(36209)
136  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will limit the powers of a commercial company to close a supermarket on financial grounds if its closure would adversely affect the amenities of the local community.
(36420)
137  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has received on regulation of the home shopping market.
(36316)
138  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of (a) the impact of electonic home shopping on agency and direct sales, (b) the need for protection against unfair sales pressures in the homes of consumers in respect of home shopping and (c) future price movements in the home shopping market.
(36317)
139  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the total amount of inward investment in the UK for each of the past 10 years and the figures for British investment overseas, separately identifying the figures to and from (a) EU and (b) other countries.
(36314)
140  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the number of Wales-domiciled students studying on four-year courses at Scottish universities; and if he will make a statement.
(36197)
141  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his current estimate of the cost of financing tuition fees for the fourth year of study for Wales-domiciled students studying (a) full-time and (b) part-time at Scottish universities; and if he will make a statement.
(36196)
142  
N  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (a) school-leavers and (b) mature students (i) applied for, (ii) were offered and (iii) accepted places on degree courses, by university, in Wales in (1) 1995, (2) 1996 and (3) 1997.
(36045)
143  
N  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list, by university, how many mature students have applied for places on degree courses in Wales in 1998.
(36043)
144  
N  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list, by university, how many school-leavers have applied for places on degree courses in Wales in 1998.
(36044)
145  
N  
Mr John Cryer (Hornchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Iraq; and if she will make a statement.
[Question Unstarred] (34635)
146  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the cost of aligning the employee national insurance contribution lower earnings limit with the income tax personal allowance set out in paragraph 3.31 of the Financial Statement and Budget Report.
[Transferred] (36310)
147  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convicted murderers placed under hospital orders under the terms of the Mental Health Act 1983 have been released under supervised discharge to the local authority area in which they resided prior to their conviction.
[Transferred] (36223)


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