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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 31 March 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 31 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 Tuesday 31 March, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Wednesday 1 April, 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.
 


 
TUESDAY 31st MARCH
1  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action he intends to take following the new evidence linking the development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs to the use of antibiotics as animal growth promoters.
(37270)
2  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the capital charge payable by the Central Science Laboratory on the laboratories at (a) Sand Hutton, York and (b) Colney Lane, Norwich, for the years (i) 1998-99, (ii) 1999-2000 and (iii) 2000-2001.
(37127)
3  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what length of continued employment would be guaranteed to scientists employed by the Central Science Laboratory relocated from Norwich to York; and by whom this guarantee would be offered and funded.
(37110)
4  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the financial transfers between his Department and the Central Science Laboratory for each of the years since the Agency was founded and those projected for 1997-98 and 1998-99.
(37112)
5  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the facilities at the Central Science Laboratory at Sand Hutton, York, for which his Department pays directly; and if he will specify the costs or projected costs in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98 and 1998-99.
(37113)
6  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will seek to ensure that at the next meeting of the Agriculture Council, an item will appear on the Agenda enabling a discussion to take place on a timetable of actions that will lead to the lifting of the beef export ban for Scotland, England and Wales.
(36806)
7  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what barriers remain to be lifted before the ban on British beef exports to Europe can be ended.
(36807)
8  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which member states of the European Union he has communicated with since the agreement to lift the beef ban for Northern Ireland was agreed, to establish in each case what that members state's current objections are to the lifting of the beef ban for the remainder of the United Kingdom.
(36808)
9  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the total annual contribution of cultural activities to gross domestic product in each of the last three years.
(37129)
10  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which theatres he has visited in the North West of England since May 1997.
(37281)
11  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on earnings generated from tourism from overseas visitors in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.
(37247)
12  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which piers he has visited in the North West of England since May 1997.
(37280)
13  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the procedures used by national museums and galleries in relation to stolen art treasures; and if he will review those procedures.
(37279)
14  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Mark Wright and James Fisher, currently serving life imprisonment (a) have been dismissed from the British Army and (b) receive wages or other payments from the British Army; and whether his Department has provided transport assistance to their families travelling to visit them in prison.
(37239)
15  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what inspections and safety checks are being made to ensure the Royal Yacht 'Britannia' is protected from (a) damage, (b) fire and (c) deterioration.
(37260)
16  
  
Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to announce the arrangements for the introduction of the revised vehicle registration year identifier system, and the format of the succeeding systems; and if he will make a statement.
(37286)
17  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what forecast his Department has made of how the number and extent of delays on London Underground will be reduced following the start of the new investment programme in 1998 and for each year over the next five years.
(37269)
18  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many delays to London Underground services have been caused by (a) broken rails, (b) signal failures, (c) obstructions on the track and (d) all causes in total, for each of the last five years.
(37271)
19  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the relative importance accorded to the need of motorists in reaching decisions about future motorway and trunk road provision has changed since 1st May 1997.
(37219)
20  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what instruction or guidance his Department has given to the Housing Corporation on the attribution by housing associations of service charges to (a) tenants in service accommodation and (b) other tenants.
(37115)
21  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what system of monitoring is in place to secure the most rapid possible completion of authorised roadworks in order to minimise disruption to traffic.
(37276)
22  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what sanctions have been applied against those found in breach of the 12 month rule for the co-ordination of roadworks.
(37275)
23  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what procedures apply in respect of the co-ordination of road work activity between repair, construction, cable and utility providers.
(37278)
24  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how often over the last 12 months a breach of the 12 month rule for roadworks has been reported; and what follow-up action was then taken.
(37277)
25  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what powers he has to influence the level at which housing associations set their rents; and if he will make a statement.
(37173)
26  
  
Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he intends to begin consultation on his proposals to reform vehicle excise duty; what form the consultation will take; and if he will make a statement.
(37285)
27  
  
Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he intends to begin consultation on his proposals for reforming company car tax; what form the consultation will take; and if he will make a statement.
(37287)
28  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many pensioners currently hold private medical insurance policies; and what the figure was in April 1997.
(37049)
29  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make resuscitation dummies eligible for exclusion from VAT; if he will provide incentives to charities to purchase resuscitation dummies; and if he will make a statement.
(37267)
30  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was derived from VAT on resuscitation dummies in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(37268)
31  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate how much was contributed to the Treasury by the casino industry through overseas earnings in the last year for which figures are available.
(36824)
32  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was received (a) through taxes on savings and (b) taxes on savings on people over retirement age in each of the last three years.
(36825)
33  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what amount was received by the Treasury from taxes and duties on the casino industry in the last year for which figures are available.
(36826)
34  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many anonymous donor insemination cycles are currently being performed for a single woman under the licensing control of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.
(37273)
35  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many frozen embryos are currently in storage in the United Kingdom.
(37272)
36  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is (a) the revenue generated by private work and (b) the proportion of the trust's annual revenue generated by private work in each year since 1990 by NHS trust.
(37131)
37  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list (a) the number of private beds and (b) the proportion of private beds to all beds for each NHS trust each year since 1990.
(37109)
38  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital (a) maternity units and (b) accident and emergency units in (i) the North West of England and (ii) England, have been (1) closed and (2) merged since 1st May 1997.
(37282)
39  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 24th March, Official Report, column 136, on what date his Department regularised the extra-statutory payments position as regards the NHS Centre for Coding and Classification; if the procedure required separate action with respect to Leicestershire Health Authority and the former Trent Regional Health Authority; and if he will place a copy of the documentation in the Library.
(37230)
40  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 24th March, Official Report, column 136, what consultation he has had with the internal and external auditors in relation to the audit trail at the NHS Centre for Coding and Classification with particular reference to the absence of the required direction from the Department to the former Trent Regional Health Authority and the Leicestershire Health Authority for the funding of the Centre; and if he will make a statement.
(37231)
41  
N  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what factors underlay the length of time taken to answer the letter of 20th January from the honourable Member for Montgomeryshire relating to the NHS provision of needles for insulin injection pen systems.
(36342)
42  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to NHS trusts to reduce waiting lists for essential medical care.
(37259)
43  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve the availability of care for those suffering from mental illness.
(37258)
44  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the road traffic offences for which the police, or other agents, are entitled to levy spot fines; and what plans he has to extend this to other such offences.
(37111)
45  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to announce the findings of the study he commissioned into section 11 of the Local Government Act 1966 in respect of the payment of grants to support members of ethnic minorities.
(37257)
46  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were prosecuted for driving a vehicle whilst uninsured for the last three years for which figures are available.
(37283)
47  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the breeding of cats at Hillgrove Farm, Witney, Oxfordshire, for the vivisection industry.
(37254)
48  
  
Mrs Teresa Gorman (Billericay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average age at which police officers retire on invalidity pensions.
(37284)
49  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what timescale he has agreed with the Chief Inspector of Prisons for the publication of reports following a visit to (a) a prison and (b) a detention centre.
(37120)
50  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to publish the report of the Chief Inspector of Prisons relating to his unannounced visits to (a) Tinsley House in August 1997 and (b) Campsfield House in October 1997.
(37122)
51  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the report of the Chief Inspector of Prisons to Featherstone Prison in 1996 was not published.
(37124)
52  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from (a) the Immigration Service and (b) the Chief Inspector of Prisons regarding (i) the content and (ii) the date of publication of the Chief Inspector of Prisons' report on Campsfield House Detention Centre.
(37125)
53  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract between Group 4 and the Immigration Service for the running of Campsfield House.
(37121)
54  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from the Immigration Service regarding (a) the content and (b) the date of publication of the Chief Inspector of Prisons' report on Tinsley House Detention Centre.
(37123)
55  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information the French authorities have provided to him about the proportion of tickets which will be checked against identification at the turnstile during the forthcoming World Cup.
(37166)
56  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects claim ref. HER 10750 to be settled under the firearms compensation scheme.
(36672)
57  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many previously licensed handguns have not yet been handed in following the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997.
(37274)
58  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the timeframe for settlement of outstanding claims for compensation made under the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997.
(37289)
59  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the number of claims and payments relating to compensation paid to former owners of handguns obliged to hand in their weapons under the terms of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997.
(37288)
60  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of domestic violence were reported to the police in the West Midlands Region in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(37245)
61  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he was first notified of the Iraqi threat to infiltrate British ports with the anthrax virus.
(37255)
62  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his policy towards the establishment of (a) maximum and (b) minimum sentences for repeat convicted drug dealers.
(37256)
63  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the purpose is of the Development Awareness Working Group; and if she will list the members.
(37167)
64  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what assessment he has made of the total economic impact of the Millennium Dome on the greater Greenwich area.
(37246)
65  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the impact of a minimum wage in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.
(37266)
66  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make a statement on the average (a) annual income and (b) hourly rate of pay in Northern Ireland.
(37264)
67  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of those employed in Northern Ireland earn less than £4 per hour; and if she will make a statement.
(37265)
68  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the total sum of public money involved in the preparation and presentation of the application for millennium funding towards the proposed Scottish National Gallery project; and if he will make a statement.
(37128)
69  
N  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the criteria for deprivation payments to GPs, with particular reference to the criteria used to decide the percentage of a GP's list attracting deprivation payments; and what reviews he has undertaken or plans of the criteria relating to that percentage.
(36716)
70  
N  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the current level of deprivation payments to GPs; and what increases in that level are planned.
(36717)
71  
N  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what sums will be paid as deprivation payments to GPs in the (a) West Fife, (b) Central Fife and (c) North-east Fife localities in the forthcoming financial year.
(36718)
72  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer of 17th March, Official Report, column 576, for what reasons the Cairngorm Partnership stipulates that members of its advisory board appointed by local authorities should be the convenor of the local authority.
(37108)
73  
N  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what factors determine which method of payment is used for the winter fuel payment.
(37126)
74  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she intends to develop and publish for consultation a definition of fuel poverty.
(37130)
75  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what proportion of (a) official tonnage figures and (b) official figures for the value of sales of completed ships in the UK are attributable to oil-rig construction over the last two years.
(37119)
76  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on UK shipbuilders of a cessation of all shipbuilding aids in the EU (a) in the absence of ratification by the USA of the OECD shipbuilding agreement and (b) in the presence of such ratification.
(37117)
77  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what percentage by (a) tonnage and (b) value of ships completed by UK shipbuilding yards have had as their prime competition an EU shipbuilding yard over the last five years.
(37116)
78  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the cost per job of the SIF subsidies for UK shipbuilding over the last two years.
(37118)
79  
N  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to encourage local authorities to support the renovation of buildings for housing in inner cities; and if he will make a statement.
[Question Unstarred] (35445)
80  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the sums required to be raised by the four South Yorkshire authorities in the year 1998-99 as a result of the debts accumulated by South Yorkshire Super Tram.
[Question Unstarred] (35449)
81  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has received in relation to nuisance calls, originating from telephone-sales organisations in possession of equipment that allows them to make multiple calls; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (37114)


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