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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 26 March 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 26 March of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Thursday 26 March, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Friday 27 March, see Part 2 of this Paper.

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


 
THURSDAY 26th MARCH
1  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee, what representations have been received on the air conditioning systems in the House.
(36323)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make it his policy to secure a reduction in the use of pesticide by (a) bulk, (b) concentration and (c) acreage covered; and if he will make a statement.
(36364)
3  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the US Government's public health policy regarding the daily usage of vitamin B6.
(36457)
4  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many establishments are licensed for quarantine purposes for each species of animal; how many individual places they hold; and what was the throughput of each establishment in the last year for which information is held.
(36392)
5  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if his Department collates statistics on the numbers of meetings (a) requested and (b) held with (i) Labour and (ii) Conservative honourable Members.
(36471)
6  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 19th March, Official Report, column 728, how many meetings were requested with Ministers by (a) Labour and (b) Conservative honourable Members in February; and how many were granted.
(36472)
7  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 18th March, Official Report, column 662, what percentage of staff in the (i) Legal Group, (ii) Economics and Statistics Group, (iii) Information and Technology Directorate and (iv) Finance Group, are based in central London.
(36129)
8  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, as representing the Church Commissioners, what guidance the Church Commissioners give to cathedrals on ethical investments.
(36252)
9  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answers of 9th March, Official Report, column 23, and 18th March, Official Report, column 610, if he will define (a) a government programme and (b) a government initiative.
(36324)
10  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the number of staff employed at the head office of the Royal Parks Agency; what percentage this represents of total staff; what the salary and running costs are of the head office; and what percentage of total salary and running costs this represents.
(36144)
11  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the (i) location of, (ii) running costs of, (iii) salary costs of and (iv) number of staff based at the head office of the (a) National Lotteries Charity Board, (b) Lottery Sports Fund, (c) Arts Lottery Fund and (d) Heritage Lottery Fund; and for each of these bodies what percentage of (1) staff, (2) salary costs and (3) running costs are based in (A) London and (B) Scotland.
(36127)
12  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will state the (a) percentage and (b) total amount of grant in aid awarded to museums and galleries in (i) London, (ii) England and (iii) Scotland.
(36130)
13  
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 Standards (a) Council and (b) Commission; if he will list the (i) location of, (ii) running costs of, (iii) salary costs of and (iv) number of staff based at the head offices of these bodies; what percentage of total staff are based (A) at head office, (B) London and (C) Scotland; and what percentage of salary and running costs are incurred in (1) Scotland and (2) London.
(36132)
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 the National Lottery regulator in Scotland.
(36133)
15  
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 and (c) salary costs of the head office of the Lottery Regulator; what percentage of total staff are based (a) at head office, (ii) in London and (iii) in Scotland; and what percentage of salary and running costs are incurred in (A) London and (B) Scotland.
(36134)
16  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what legal advice he has obtained on whether the UK would be in contravention of the Non-Proliferation Treaty if it were to replace or upgrade Trident warheads.
(36586)
17  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he has sought legal advice on whether the UK would be in contravention of the Non-Proliferation Treaty if it were to replace or upgrade Trident warheads.
(36585)
18  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the reforms to the police complaints and discipline procedures announced by the Secretary of State for the Home Office apply to the Ministry of Defence Police; and if he will make a statement.
(36442)
19  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will state the (a) percentage and (b) total amount of grant in aid awarded by his Department to museums and galleries in (i) London, (ii) England and (iii) Scotland.
(36131)
20  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the future reductions in spending which will arise at DERA in Shoeburyness in consequence of the management reorganisations.
(36386)
21  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the demand from the customers of DERA ranges for depleted uranium firings; and if he will make a statement on the extent to which these facilities have been used to date.
(36390)
22  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will contact the customers using the facilities at the firing ranges operated by DERA before coming to a decision on the transfer of work from Shoeburyness to Eskmeals.
(36389)
23  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the reductions in total spending at DERA in Shoeburyness in consequence of the transfer of work to Eskmeals; and what will be the additional costs involved in carrying out this work at Eskmeals.
(36388)
24  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the expenditure involved in operating the DERA range facility at Shoeburyness in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what savings in annual administrative costs have accrued from management reforms in respect of the facility and from the changes introduced in consequence of the first stage of the reorganisation of the ranges.
(36387)
25  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many staff are employed in Scotland by executive agencies responsible to his Department; and where those staff are located.
(36628)
26  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many staff are employed in Scotland by his Department, or executive agencies responsible to his Department; and where those staff are located.
(36626)
27  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the extra cost to (a) primary and (b) secondary schools of the changes to employers' national insurance contributions announced in the Budget.
(36084)
28  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list each anti-drug education programme in the past 18 years which he assesses to have resulted in measured reductions in drug use.
(36254)
29  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what education programmes in the past 18 years aiming to discourage smoking have resulted in a reduction in the use of tobacco.
(36250)
30  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many primary schools with year six pupils were inspected by OFSTED in 1996-97; and in what proportion of them their year six pupils' standards of attainment were assessed by inspectors on OFSTED's scale one to seven in all 11 subjects of the primary national curriculum together in inspection judgement recording forms.
(36494)
31  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, in what proportion of primary schools with year six pupils inspected by OFSTED in 1996-97 their year six pupils' standards of attainment in information technology were assessed by inspectors on OFSTED's scale one to seven in inspection judgement recording forms.
(36493)
32  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, in what proportion of primary schools with year two pupils inspected by OFSTED in 1996-97 their year two pupils' standards of attainment in information technology were assessed by inspectors on OFSTED's scale one to seven in inspection judgement recording forms.
(36492)
33  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many primary schools with year two pupils were inspected by OFSTED in 1996-97; and in what proportion of them their year two pupils' standards of attainment were assessed by inspectors on OFSTED's scale one to seven in all 11 subjects of the primary national curriculum together in inspection judgement recording forms.
(36491)
34  
  
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the total amount of Government funding allocated to Essex County Council for the purposes of education for 1998-99; and what amount the Council has budgeted to spend.
(36486)
35  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the future funding provisions for training and enterprise councils in England and Wales.
(36178)
36  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the principal reasons cited by students for failing to complete degree courses.
(36179)
37  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the level of grant provided to the Access Committee for England in the financial years (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98 and (c) 1998-99.
(36331)
38  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when the Disability Rights Task Force will report.
(36412)
39  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to reply to the letter of 4th February from the honourable Member for Reigate on behalf of his constituent Mrs A. M. Davidson.
(36489)
40  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to promote the use of canals for transport in England.
(36584)
41  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimates he has made of future growth in road traffic within the Greater London area.
(36583)
42  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from the Countryside Rights Association.
(36575)
43  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which (a) organisations and (b) individuals will be represented on the Rights of Way Review Committee.
(36574)
44  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what criteria govern the membership of the Rights of Way Review Committee.
(36573)
45  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are the terms of reference of the Rights of Way Review Committee.
(36576)
46  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many dwellings situated in the Green Belt in Hertfordshire he has given planning consent to on appeal since 1st May 1997.
(36362)
47  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the number of railway stations that opened (a) nationally and (b) in Shropshire for each year since 1979.
(36473)
48  
  
Mr Michael Mates (East Hampshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received regarding traffic congestion on the A3 at Hindhead; and if he will make a statement.
(36579)
49  
  
Mr Michael Mates (East Hampshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many cars pass through the single carriageway stretch of the A3 at Hindhead per day, in each direction.
(36577)
50  
  
Mr Michael Mates (East Hampshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (a) accidents and (b) fatalities occurred on the Hindhead stretch of the A3 last year.
(36578)
51  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the level of grant provided to the Access Committee for England in the financial years (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98 and (c) 1998-99.
(36332)
52  
N  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects the results of his Department's inquiry into the incinerator at Hillingdon Hospital to be published.
(36321)
53  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many prosecutions there have been for unlawful levels of emission for goods vehicles in each of the last 15 years.
(36598)
54  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many local authority weighing stations for the checking of loading of goods vehicles are currently in operation.
(36597)
55  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many prosecutions there have been for overloading of goods vehicles in each of the last 15 years.
(36596)
56  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if she will list the (a) location of, (b) running costs of, (c) salary costs of and (d) staff numbers at the head office of the UK Ecolabelling Board; what percentage of staff are based in (i) London and (ii) Scotland; and what percentage of salary and running costs relate to (1) London and (2) Scotland.
(36128)
57  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people earn over £450 per week and what proportion this represents of the United Kingdom workforce; and what proportion of those earning over £450 per week earn (a) under £500, (b) under £550, (c) under £600, (d) under £650, (e) under £700, (f) under £750, (g) under £800 and (h) over £800.
(36361)
58  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families under the working families tax credit will have a marginal deduction rate of 50 per cent. or more; and how many currently have marginal deduction rates of 50 per cent. or more.
(36416)
59  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the total number of families who are eligible for the maximum childcare credit for (a) one child and (b) two or more children; and what proportion of these he estimates will take up the childcare credit for each of the first five years of its operation.
(36360)
60  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many possible rates of capital gains tax will apply following the changes proposed in the Budget.
(36322)
61  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd March, Official Report, column 567, if he will make a statement amending paragraph 3.32 of the Red Book to reflect those ranges of weekly earnings in which employers will pay higher employer's NICs in respect of employees earning between £81 and £450 a week.
(36441)
62  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in estimating the cost to the Exchequer of the proposed children's tax credit, what was the assumed take-up rate.
(36249)
63  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the additional cost to public funds of implementing the public sector pay awards in full in April in each of (a) 1996, (b) 1997 and (c) 1998, (i) in the NHS alone and (ii) across all public services affected.
(36625)
64  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will exempt charitable organisations offering door to door transport services to people with extra mobility needs, operating under section 19 licences, from fuel tax increases.
(36591)
65  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of fuel tax increases on charitable organisations, operating under section 19 licences, offering door to door transport services to people with extra mobility needs.
(36590)
66  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the fuel tax rebate to charitable organisations offering door to door transport services to people with extra mobility needs, operating under section 19 licences.
(36592)
67  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the amount paid by the Inland Revenue to couples who opt to receive working families tax credit paid direct to the non-employed mother will be classified in the public accounts as (a) public expenditure and (b) negative taxation.
(36365)
68  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of extra people who will be persuaded in each year to 2002 to move from dependency on out of work benefits into jobs by the changes in family credit/working families tax credit announced in the Budget.
(36367)
69  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in what circumstances couples who are unable to agree as to how working families tax credit should be paid will receive the credit (a) via the pay packet of the person in paid employment and (b) paid direct to the non-employed mother.
(36363)
70  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate in each year to 2001-02 the total value of payments of working family tax credits and child care tax credits which will be classified as negative taxation in the public accounts.
(36368)
71  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the value of working families tax credit which will be paid direct to non-employed mothers.
(36391)
72  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the extra costs incurred in the introduction of the disabled person's tax credit.
(36410)
73  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if there will be a childcare tax credit within the disabled person's tax credit.
(36411)
74  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the disability working allowance will cease to be paid.
(36409)
75  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, at what level the disabled person's tax credit will be paid.
(36414)
76  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of disabled people expected to benefit from the new disabled person's tax credit.
(36415)
77  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he proposes to introduce the disabled person's tax credit.
(36413)
78  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the change in growth rate over each of the next three years as a result of the measures contained in the Budget.
(36593)
79  
N  
Mr John Townend (East Yorkshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many letters the Financial Secretary has sent to honourable Members during the last two months; and how many she has personally signed.
(34892)
80  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the outcome of the meeting between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Baroness Symons, and the members of the Lockerbie relatives group on Monday 16th March; and what undertakings were given about the appointment of a person to co-ordinate relevant aspects of the circumstances surrounding the disaster, and investigations of how it happened.
(36495)
81  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department's review of military training assistance has been completed.
(36496)
82  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the total financial assistance provided to (a) the Commonwealth Institute and (b) the Westminster Foundation for Democracy; and if he will list the locations of the (i) head office and (ii) other buildings used by these bodies in the United Kingdom, providing a breakdown of (1) staff numbers, (2) salary costs and (3) running costs for buildings in (A) Scotland and (B) London.
(36190)
83  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the location of BBC World Service buildings in the United Kingdom, providing a breakdown of (a) staff numbers, (b) salary costs and (c) running costs for buildings in (i) London and (ii) Scotland.
(36192)
84  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the inward missions organised for foreign companies to the United Kingdom in 1996-97; which nations were involved in each; and what percentage of the missions included visits to sites in (i) London, (ii) England and (iii) Scotland.
(36188)
85  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the university and careers fairs attended by his Department's officials in 1996-97.
(36191)
86  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the capital projects funded by his Department in the United Kingdom for which cumulative costs have exceeded £1 million, indicating the percentage of projects in (a) Scotland and (b) England.
(36193)
87  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff are employed in Scotland by his Department, or executive agencies responsible to his Department; and where those staff are located.
(36627)
88  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the expenditure on anti-tobacco advertising in each of the past 18 years; and what is his estimate of the total (a) numbers and (b) percentages of smokers in each of those years among (i) adults and (ii) children.
(36255)
89  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what were the numbers of deaths from solvent abuse in each of the past 18 years; and how much was spent in each of those years on anti-drug use publicity and education.
(36251)
90  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) medical organisations and (b) Government-funded expert organisations he consulted prior to the Portman Group launching its campaign on sensible drinking.
(36485)
91  
  
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his policy on (a) the availability of post natal care and laying-in facilities and (b) the availability and provision of maternity units within community based hospitals.
(36487)
92  
  
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the criteria being used to allocate the additional funding made available by the Government to health authorities.
(36488)
93  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the cost of the use of public relations consultants to his Department since May 1997.
(36630)
94  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the cost of running his Department's press office since May 1997.
(36629)
95  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the level of grant provided to the Access Committee for England in the financial years (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98 and (c) 1998-99.
(36333)
96  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many private hospitals have been visited by Ministers in his Department since 2nd May 1997.
(36466)
97  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement in the role of the section within the Department of Health which deals with the independent health sector.
(36469)
98  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the expenditure on acute care in the private sector in each of the last three years.
(36465)
99  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the extent to which the use of private medical insurance impacts on costs to the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(36475)
100  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of (a) the cost of medical treatment paid for privately through medical insurance and (b) the impact of this on NHS costs per annum.
(36729)
101  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much is planned to be spent on acute care in the NHS in the current financial year.
(36468)
102  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his policy on encouraging more people to take out private medical insurance.
(36476)
103  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of patients treated privately in each of the last three years.
(36467)
104  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimates he has made of (a) the number of patients treated privately each year and (b) the impact of this on the size of NHS waiting lists.
(36730)
105  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial contribution the private sector makes to healthcare in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(36464)
106  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has made to the European Commission about the European Specialist Medical Qualifications Order 1995; and if he will make a statement.
(35438)
107  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the cases since 1980 of Metropolitan police officers applying to the industrial tribunal with claims of racial abuse or discrimination, giving the officer's rank, the dates of claim and of settlement or decision, the result, the award if any, the costs of the police, the costs of the claimant paid by the police, whether the officer was offered or accepted full reinstatement and whether the officer was reduced to half pay or no pay before the end of the case.
(36731)
108  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March, Official Report, column 16, which of the recommendations of the Deakins Commission report he plans to implement; and if there will be any divergence from the Government response outlined in Raising the Voltage.
(36571)
109  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the criteria used to determine which asylum seekers will be sent to Category A prisons; and on what grounds asylum seekers are currently held in such prisons.
(36227)
110  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken (a) to identify good practice at Colchester YOI and (b) to disseminate it to other YOIs.
(36703)
111  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the reconviction rate for Colchester YOI to be ascertained; and what provisional estimate he has made of it.
(36708)
112  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his estimate of when the research carried out by Dr Kate Painter of Cambridge University into the experimental regime at Colchester Young Offender Institution will be published.
(36709)
113  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research his Department has commissioned or evaluated on the number of former inmates at Colchester YOI obtaining employment following the completion of their sentence.
(36706)
114  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of absconding have taken place at Colchester YOI.
(36707)
115  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of self-harm have been reported from the Colchester Young Offender Institution.
(36710)
116  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of (a) the inculcation of discipline and (b) the participation in constructive activity at (i) the Colchester YOI and (ii) other YOIs.
(36704)
117  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of young offenders at Colchester YOI have (i) taken part in and (ii) obtained certificates acknowledging competence in the short courses in (a) painting, (b) bricklaying, (c) motor mechanics, (d) animal husbandry, (e) carpentry and (f) other subjects offered as part of the regime.
(36705)
118  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many privately-run prisons there are in England and Wales; and if he will list them.
(36580)
119  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures are followed for the collation of the NCIS UK drugs prices list.
(36483)
120  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the proportion of (a) heroin and (b) cocaine seized in the last 12 months for which figures are available, with a degree of purity of (a) less than 20 per cent., (b) 20 to 30 per cent., (c) 30 to 40 per cent., (d) 40 to 50 per cent., (e) 50 to 60 per cent. and (f) 60 per cent. and above: and what quantity was seized in each band.
(36480)
121  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the proportion of amphetamines seized in the last 12 months for which figures are available, with a degree of purity of (a) less than 5 per cent., (b) 5 to 10 per cent., (c) 10 to 20 per cent., (d) 20 to 30 per cent., (e) 30 to 40 per cent., (f) 40 to 50 per cent., (g) 50 to 60 per cent., (h) 60 to 70 per cent. and (i) 70 per cent. and above; and what quantity was seized in each band.
(36479)
122  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what date has been set for the release of the 1996 drug arrest and seizure statistics.
(36482)
123  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have died in each of the past 18 years following heroin misuse; and how much was spent in each year to counteract (a) heroin misuse and (b) all illegal drugs misuse.
(36253)
124  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the average potency per unit seized in the last twelve months of (a) LSD and (b) ecstacy.
(36481)
125  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reduce the use of primates for research.
(36498)
126  
  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the South Yorkshire Police about the suspension of officers of the Firearms Branch of the force over recent weeks.
(36478)
127  
  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of firearms compensation claims are outstanding in the South Yorkshire area.
(36477)
128  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children are currently held in detention in connection with asylum applications; what are their nationalities; how many have been held for more than two months; and if he will list the detention establishments where they are held.
(36587)
129  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children who made applications for asylum at the port of entry in (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997 were subsequently detained.
(36589)
130  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children made applications for asylum at the port of entry in (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997.
(36588)
131  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 278, if the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis has completed his investigation of the leak to a journalist of targets of police raids on 21st November 1997; what were his conclusions; and if he will make a statement.
(36046)
132  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to grant (a) an amnesty and (b) exceptional leave to remain in the United Kingdom to those whose asylum appeals are still outstanding.
(36440)
133  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the (a) location, (b) running costs and (c) salary costs of the head office of the Charity Commission; what percentage of total staff are based in (i) head office, (ii) London and (iii) Scotland; and what percentage of salary and running costs are incurred in (A) London and (B) Scotland.
(36136)
134  
N  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many immigration adjudicators are currently employed by his Department; how many have been employed in each of the last five years; how many cases have been dealt with in each year; and what have been the administrative costs in each year.
(36320)
135  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what procedures he uses to ensure that appointments made in his Department observe principles of equal opportunity.
(36439)
136  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the salaried appointments he has made which have not been advertised.
(36443)
137  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, which county courts are under review for closure.
(36594)
138  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list those county towns in England which do not have county courts.
(36595)
139  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will place in the Library a copy of his speech to the 1998 Newspaper Conference Annual Luncheon on 23rd March.
(36369)
140  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the confidence building measures undertaken to encourage the Unionist community in Northern Ireland since the commencement of the current talks process.
(36711)
141  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many beds will be provided following the redevelopments at (a) Law Hospital and (b) Hairmyres Hospital.
(36728)
142  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimates he has made of the increase in travel time from East Kilbride to hospital in the case of an obstetric emergency following the transfer of services from Bellshill Hospital to Law Hospital.
(36719)
143  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if the site of the new Edinburgh Royal Infirmary is undermined by old mine workings.
(36724)
144  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is his estimate of the cost of refurbishing and redeveloping (a) Law and (b) Hairmyres hospitals.
(36727)
145  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received about a potential increase in morbidity as a result of the relocation of obstetric services from Bellshill to Law Hospital.
(36720)
146  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the limitations on the height of the new Edinburgh Royal Infirmary as a result of discoveries during the surveying undertaken there.
(36722)
147  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is his estimate of the costs of building the new Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
(36726)
148  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the impact of the cost of the new Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on primary health care funding in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
(36723)
149  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many beds are currently planned for the new Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
(36725)
150  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the total of (a) GAE, (b) AEF and (c) actual expenditure for each Scottish council for each of the last 10 years for (i) provision in respect of primary schools, secondary schools, special schools and support services, (ii) nursery education and (iii) community education; and in each case what is the budgeted figure for 1998-99.
(36631)
151  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many farmers and crofters have entered (a) an environmentally sensitive area scheme and (b) the Countryside Premium Scheme; and in each case how many participants have taken up options relating to (i) arable field margins, (ii) beetle banks, (iii) conservation headlands and (iv) extensive cropping since January 1997.
(36699)
152  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to introduce a scheme available to land managers, irrespective of their agricultural status, to encourage biodiversity, access and amenity; and if he will make a statement.
(36698)
153  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the number of land managers in Scotland excluded from entering agri-environment schemes because they are not registered holders of agricultural land; and if he will make a statement.
(36700)
154  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will give a breakdown of his expenditure plans for each year from 1994-95 to 1999-2000 in cash and real terms at 1997-98 prices, indicating changes announced since the publication of Serving Scotland's Needs, setting out the cumulative spending planned for 1998-99 to 1999-2000 under each item in real terms and the total cumulative spending assuming that spending is maintained at 1997-98 real term levels; and if he will indicate the difference between the two cumulative totals.
(36098)
155  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the responsibilities of the Charity Commission in Scotland.
(36135)
156  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will amend Regulation 171f of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 to enable those in receipt of incapacity benefit to serve without penalty on the Mental Health Act Commission.
(36366)
157  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many members of the Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board are (a) deaf and (b) have a professional specialism in deafness.
(36226)
158  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many of the dossiers examined by the Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board since 1992 relate to people with a hearing impairment.
(36224)
159  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many studies commissioned for the Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board related to the needs of severely and profoundly deaf people; and how many recommendations from these reports have been implemented by her Department.
(36225)
160  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many disabled people living in the Greater London area were awaiting appeals against reductions in (a) incapacity benefit and (b) disability living allowance on 1st March.
(36582)
161  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many complaints were received in 1997 against the workings of the Child Support Agency.
(36701)
162  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps she (a) has taken and (b) will take to ensure that changes to national insurance contributions contained in the Budget will not reduce the rebate for contracted out occupational pensions.
(36359)
163  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps the Government is taking to maximize take-up by eligible pensioner households of winter fuel payments.
(36474)
164  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the proportion of pensioner households which will take up their entitlement to winter fuel payments.
(36470)
165  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate is produced by her Department's Policy Simulation Model of the number of people in each income decile who are currently building up second tier pension entitlements by means of (a) occupational pension schemes, (b) other private second tier pensions and (c) SERPS; how many of each group are paying income tax at the (i) 40 per cent., (ii) 23 per cent., (iii) 20 per cent. and (iv) 0 per cent. rate; and what is the mean and median contribution in each case for each type of second tier provision.
(36484)
166  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many lone parents have taken advantage to date of the maintenance bonus scheme on return to work; and how much has been spent on the scheme in each year for which it has been in operation.
(36228)
167  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure that Merseyside will retain Objective 1 status with funding levels comparable with other Objective 1 regions of Europe.
(36490)
168  
  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many export licence applications were refused by the Export Control Organisation during each of the four-week periods used by her Department from 5th April 1997 to that commencing on 7th February 1998.
(36599)
169  
  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the total number of export licence applications processed by the Export Control Organisation in each of the four-week periods used by her Department from 5th April 1997 to that commencing on 7th February 1998, broken down into (a) those circulated to other Government departments and (b) those not circulated.
(36712)
170  
  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 11th March, Official Report, column 234, what is the average length of time taken by the Export Control Organisation to process export licence applications that are circulated to other departments.
(36702)
171  
  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what percentage of applications for export licences were processed by the Export Control Organisation in accordance with their targets as to time in the four week periods beginning (a) 3rd May 1997 and (b) 7th February 1998.
(36497)
172  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list (i) the companies involved in and (ii) the locations of trade and fairs or exhibitions (a) supported and (b) organised by her Department in 1996-97.
(36189)
173  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the outward missions organised by her Department in 1996-97 and the companies involved in each.
(36187)
174  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on Government policy on trade union recognition in the workplace.
(34911)
175  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proposals he has to enhance and develop the roles of rural schools.
(36683)
176  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his estimate of the number of (a) male and (b) female (i) long-term and (ii) young unemployed in the constituency of Alyn and Deeside.
(36682)
177  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what evidence has been submitted by his Department to the Low Pay Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(36461)
178  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many rural schools have been closed in each of the local education authorities of Wales since 1990; and if he will make a statement.
(36684)
179  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the impact of a minimum wage in Wales.
(36463)
180  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his assessment of the quality of cooperation between social service departments and health authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(36459)
181  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what initiatives he proposes to address (i) solvent and (ii) drugs abuse.
(36681)
182  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the prospects for the steel industry in Wales.
(36462)
183  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, in what ways he expects local education authorities in Wales to participate in the New Deal.
(36680)
184  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many brownfield sites he has identified in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(36527)
185  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much money was allocated to Wales from the EU's structural funds in each year since 1990; and if he will make a statement.
(36460)
186  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to provide public money to support the work of the Football Association of Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(36679)
187  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to support the work of the Football Association of Wales Football in the Community Charitable Trust in the future; and if he will make a statement.
(36678)
188  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he is planning to take to encourage general dental practitioners to set up practice in areas of rural Wales where there is a shortage of NHS dentists.
(36673)
189  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will increase the grant offered to dentists to set up in areas lacking NHS provision.
(36674)
190  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what financial provisions he will make to assist the Football Association of Wales to complete the works required by the Taylor Report in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(36676)
191  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will introduce bursaries for dental students on condition that such students agree to provide NHS services to areas of need for a set period after they have qualified; and if he will make a statement.
(36675)
192  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what public money was given in 1997-98 and in each of the three previous years to the Football Association of Wales to support the work of the Football Association of Wales Football in the Community Charitable Trust; and if he will make a statement.
(36677)
193  
N  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to help unemployed people over the age of 25 years from benefits into work.
[Question Unstarred] (34922)
194  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment's (COT) 1978 report conclusions regarding vitamin B6.
[Transferred] (36458)
195  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has commissioned into possible transmission of TB from badgers to humans; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (36721)
196  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) men and (b) women are registered disabled in England and Wales.
[Transferred] (36581)


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