House of Commons portcullis
House of Commons
Session 1997-98
Publications on the internet
The Order Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 6 April 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 6 April of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Monday 6 April, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Tuesday 7 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.
 


 
MONDAY 6th APRIL
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if it is his policy to apply the precautionary principle to the public availability of genetically manipulated foods.
(37519)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the powers and responsibilities of the Food Standards Agency in respect of (a) pesticide clearance and review of clearance, (b) pesticide usage, (c) clearance and usage of genetically modified crops and (d) clearance of genetically modified foods.
(37875)
3  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will encourage supermarkets to donate all edible surplus food to charity.
(37143)
4  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd March, Official Report, column 597, if he will list for the Central Science Laboratory sites at (a) Sand Hutton, York and (b) Colney Lane, Norwich the total office and laboratory floor area which his Department considers not capable of practical use.
(37984)
5  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many food research projects submitted to his Department for funding by the Central Science Laboratory in (1) 1996-97 and (2) 1997-98 which were (i) commissioned, (ii) deemed by the independent appraisal panel to be of sufficient quality to merit departmental funding and (iii) not deemed to be of sufficient quality to merit such funding were based primarily at (a) Sand Hutton, York and (b) Colney Lane, Norwich.
(37957)
6  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many Central Science Laboratory (a) scientists and (b) non-scientists in Norwich are in (i) mobile and (ii) non-mobile grades.
(37955)
7  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 25th March, Official Report, column 188, on the Central Science Laboratory, how many non fee-earning scientists are employed by the Central Science Laboratory at (a) Sand Hutton, York and (b) Colney Lane, Norwich.
(37827)
8  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the food science research contracts allocated by his Department in 1997-98, broken down by length of contract, value of contract and institution securing the contract.
(37965)
9  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 31st March, Official Report, column 504, what assumptions his Department has made of the redundancy costs for staff in non-mobile grades currently employed by the Central Science Laboratory in Norwich, if the Norwich laboratory were to be closed.
(37987)
10  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will state the net cash allocation initially agreed by his Department for the Central Science Laboratory for 1997-98 together with the final outcome cash allocation.
(37941)
11  
  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 5th March, Official Report, column 728, if the legal fees specified include the costs of litigation by the contractor over alleged changes of specification at short notice; and if he will list the costs and legal fees incurred.
(38150)
12  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many staff were employed by the Central Science Laboratory at (a) Slough, (b) Harpenden and (c) Worplesdon in January 1995; and how many were still employed by the CSL, at York, in January 1998, broken down (i) into (1) scientists and (2) non-scientists and (ii) into (A) mobile and (B) non-mobile grades.
(37766)
13  
  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment his Department has made of the implications of the case High Table Ltd versus Horst (1997) for redundancy payments for mobile staff employed by the Central Science Laboratory in Norwich in the event that such staff refuse to relocate to York; and what are the financial implications for the Central Science Laboratory.
(37949)
14  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the average cost of redundancy of a Central Science Laboratory, Norwich employee in a non-mobile grade; and by whom that cost will be borne.
(37952)
15  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the (a) current and (b) anticipated private sector tenants of the Central Science Laboratory at Sand Hutton, York, together with the annual rent payable.
(37947)
16  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what are the names of the specialists from the commercial sector appointed to advise him on how best to achieve a secure future for the Central Science Laboratory, as announced by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on 9th December 1996.
(37790)
17  
  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 31st March, Official Report, column 505, what is the status of the assurance given by his Permanent Secretary that an employment guarantee would be provided for five years for CSL staff relocating from Norwich to York; and what contingent liability his Department has assumed is needed to fund this commitment.
(37988)
18  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for the Central Science Laboratory sites at (a) Sand Hutton, York and (b) Colney Lane, Norwich the proportion of Central Science Laboratory work and income generated in 1997-98 from (a) research and development, (b) policy advice and surveillance and (c) technical support.
(37946)
19  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will set out the extent by which the Central Science Laboratory failed in 1996-97 to achieve its formal financial target of complying with PES budgetary controls and the supply estimates; and if he will set out the reasons for this failure.
(37963)
20  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 5th March, Official Report, column 728, what estimates he has made of the average downtime for scientific staff relocated from Norwich to York, including time spent decommissioning, moving and recommissioning equipment.
(38151)
21  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many staff, and how many scientists, were employed by the Central Science Laboratory at Torry, Aberdeen, in January 1995.
(37767)
22  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons his Department did not accept the view of the Prior Options Review, and the study by independent consultants, as set out by his Department on 9th December 1996, that consolidation of the Central Science Laboratory in York was likely to lead to (a) a breaking of beneficial scientific links with the Institute of Food Research and (b) a loss of business previously based at Central Science Laboratory, Norwich.
(37945)
23  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to link the proposed early retirement scheme for farmers with measures to assist young people to enter the industry.
(37953)
24  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his timescale for the introduction of an early retirement scheme for farmers.
(37954)
25  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to the letter of 4th December, Reference 109690, from the Minister of State, on quarantine regulations, what interim recommendations have been received from the Kennedy Committee, in relation to quarantine for pets; what discussions have taken place with the European Commission; and when he expects to bring forward proposals to amend quarantine rules.
(36526)
26  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the impact on the competitiveness of UK pig farming in Europe of the UK ban on farrowing crates.
(37575)
27  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what further evaluation he is making of the use of organophosphates; and when he will report on it.
(37589)
28  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he is taking to achieve the UK's objectives in the discussions on the Common Agricultural Policy.
(37577)
29  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what research he is undertaking on the presence of vinclozolin in wine, fruit and vegetables.
(37588)
30  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the costs to (a) farmers and (b) others accruing from pesticide use.
(37590)
31  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the impact on the competitiveness of UK pig farming in Europe of the UK's ban on bone meal feed for pig rearing.
(37576)
32  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what evaluation he has made of the effects of bromoxynil on infants.
(37587)
33  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the reasons advanced by the UK's EU partners for the maintenance of intervention in discussions on the Common Agricultural Policy.
(37594)
34  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many square miles of sea there are between (a) the baseline and the six mile limit where the six mile limit applies, (b) the baseline and the 12 mile limit where the 12 mile limit applies and (c) the baseline and the 200 mile limit or the median line where applicable.
(38167)
35  
  
Mrs Teresa Gorman (Billericay):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what research he has (a) commenced and (b) evaluated on the number of farmers who have contracted illness as a result of exposure to organophosphate pesticides.
(38230)
36  
  
Mrs Teresa Gorman (Billericay):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much the Government has spent in the last five years on research into the effects of pesticides based on organo-phosphorus compounds on the health of (a) cattle and (b) those working in the farming and horticulture industries.
(38201)
37  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will take into account the views of the American National Academy of Science prior to proceeding with restrictions on the retail sale of vitamin B6.
(38103)
38  
  
Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if the review of the arrangements for reporting surveys on veterinary residues in food has been completed; and if he will make a statement.
(38206)
39  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his policy in relation to the proposal of the MAFF Working Group that responsibility for flood and coastal defence should be transferred from local authorities to the Environment Agency.
(38070)
40  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if it is his policy to allow meat from Canadian pedigree friesians into the United Kingdom food chain.
(38065)
41  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd March, Official Report, column 499, what was the total amount of compensation paid in relation to BSE in the last five financial years; and if he will provide a breakdown of compensation payments by each sector of the food industry.
(37681)
42  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he is taking to encourage the establishment of farmers' markets.
(37744)
43  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the possible link between Lindane and incidents of breast cancer.
(38053)
44  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the projected expenditure of the Meat Hygiene Service from 1st April.
(38076)
45  
  
Mr John Townend (East Yorkshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what ruling the European Court of Justice has made concerning the Order of the President of the European Court of Justice, Case 246/89R--Commission v. the United Kingdom, Paragraph 26, at page 3132.
(38193)
46  
N  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many farming businesses in England went into bankruptcy during each of the financial years 1989-90 to date.
(37507)
47  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received on the influence of the Bilderberg group on world agricultural prices.
(37924)
48  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask Mr Attorney General, if the provisions in the Audit Commission Bill [Lords] relating to studies into the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of bodies subject to audit by the Commission permit (a) medical files containing health personal data processed by an NHS body to be used as part of a study into the economy, efficiency and effectiveness, (b) data matching studies with respect to any personal data held by a local authority and (c) medical files from one NHS body to be studied (i) in conjunction with similar files from another NHS body and (ii) in relation to files from a local authority.
(38171)
49  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask Mr Attorney General, if he will publish a list of the equipment stolen from (a) his office and (b) the offices of the Crown Prosecution Service in the last five years indicating the approximate value of each item stolen.
(37974)
50  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the current regulatory regime governing advertising during children's television programmes.
(38302)
51  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what was the outcome of discussions concerning the proposed international Millennium Greenwich Declaration.
(38299)
52  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many tourist information centres are currently operating in the United Kingdom; how many operate (a) all year round and (b) seasonally; and what plans there are to open new tourist information centres.
(37981)
53  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list those companies awarded contracts by his Department for the supply of computer hardware and software in each year since 1992 indicating the value of each contract.
(37976)
54  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the projects in Staffordshire which have been allocated funding by the Millennium Commission.
(37585)
55  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish draft statutory directions to the National Lottery distributing bodies.
(38115)
56  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list those organisations responsible for awarding National Lottery grants, indicating the categories of grant they cover and their contact telephone numbers and addresses.
(37253)
57  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects to make a final decision on the listing of A and B grade sporting events for terrestrial television.
(37917)
58  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received from women's boxing groups; and if he will make a statement.
(37916)
59  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the contracts undertaken by COMAX at DERA Pendine, the number of staff employed on each contract and the cost of each contract in 1997-98 and 1998-99.
(37906)
60  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list (a) the contracts awarded to COMAX by DERA, (b) the length of each contract, (c) the cost of each contract and (d) the number of staff employed on each contract.
(37905)
61  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what responsibility COMAX has for the payment of the costs of the Ministry of Defence Police at Pendine and other DERA bases; and what are the additional costs of that responsibility.
(37908)
62  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what were the total central administrative costs of DERA in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98; and what are the projected costs for 1998-99.
(37914)
63  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the central administration costs allocated to DERA Pendine (a) for 1996-97, (b) for 1997-98 and (c) projected for 1998-99.
(37907)
64  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 10th February, Official Report, column 192, what is the total acreage, excluding foreshore, of the Pendine range.
(37966)
65  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 27th March, Official Report, column 314-5, on the infantry; if he will list the peacetime establishments of each of the divisions listed.
(37931)
66  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) peacetime, (b) wartime and (c) estimated actual strength of the TA as a total and by individual corps, together with actual strengths for the infantry and yeomanry or such of this information as is readily available.
(38136)
67  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on current UK strategic lift capabilities.
(36257)
68  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to change force levels in the Middle East; and if he will make a statement.
(38327)
69  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the disposal of the four Upholder Class submarines.
(38328)
70  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will release the ships logs of vessels engaged in search operations in the Irish Sea on 24th March 1968 and the days following.
(37223)
71  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list for the last available year the (i) running costs (ii) salary costs of the head office, (iii) total and percentage of (a) staff, (b) salary costs and (c) runnings costs incurred at sites in (1) England and (2) Scotland and (iv) the total budget of the Hydrographic Office.
(37695)
72  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on alcoholism in the armed forces; and if he will place the results in the Library.
(38177)
73  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the future organisation and location of his departmental libraries and their collections.
(37608)
74  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on the disposal of books from his Department's libraries which are regarded as surplus to requirement.
(37607)
75  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will name the departmental committee responsible for advising him on the disposal of books and manuscripts from his departmental libraries.
(37605)
76  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the collections of books and manuscripts disposed of by his departmental libraries since 1994.
(37606)
77  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what quantity of (a) anthrax and (b) precursors for the production of anthrax is stored (i) in the United Kingdom and (ii) at United Kingdom bases abroad; and at how many locations in total UK-owned anthrax is stored.
(38073)
78  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the planned and actual strength of all arms of the Territoral Army in 1998.
(37742)
79  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what overseas training areas are available to the Army and Air Force for the current year.
(37743)
80  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list those civil developments which he assesses to have resulted from Government-funded military research and development since 1990.
(38332)
81  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out the different roles of the Defence Export Services Organisation and the Export Opportunities Service (Defence and Security).
(38331)
82  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if the proposed legislation on freedom of information will regulate the operation of (a) the No. 10 Press Unit and (b) the Strategic Communications Unit.
(37872)
83  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the options which will be included in the prior options review of Government agencies.
(38308)
84  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when the new guidance on market testing and contracting out will be published.
(38304)
85  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when he intends to publish the Freedom of Information Bill; and what factors underlie the length of time taken over its preparation.
(38123)
86  
  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many young people are eligible to sign up to the New Deal; how many businesses have signed up to support the New Deal; and what is the New Deal's total investment in the Hexham constituency.
(38166)
87  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many young people are eligible to sign up to the New Deal; how many businesses have signed up to support the New Deal; and what is the New Deal's total investment in the Mole Valley constituency.
(38161)
88  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the ratio of school psychologists to school pupils for each local education authority area.
(37958)
89  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the number of job vacancies in the (a) West Chelmsford parliamentary constituency and (b) Chelmsford Local Authority area in each of the last six months for which figures are available.
(37877)
90  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the areas of skill shortages in the Seaham and Peterlee areas.
(37912)
91  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list by school in the Easington constituency the number of pupils by age who have been (a) excluded and (b) expelled in (i) 1995, (ii) 1996 and (iii) 1997.
(37858)
92  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received from (a) industrialists and (b) other employers in the Seaham and Peterlee areas concerning skill shortages of the unemployed.
(37859)
93  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will publish a list of aggregated schools budgets for 1998-99 by local education authority.
(37761)
94  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the £1,300 grant to small firms for training employees in millennium compliance in respect of (a) how the firms apply, (b) what accredited courses qualify, (c) when the grant will be paid and (d) what firms will qualify; and if he will state the number of firms expected to apply for the grant.
(38060)
95  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many primary schools in England and Wales which were last inspected in 1994-95 are being inspected in autumn 1998; and what estimate he has made of the total cost of those inspections.
(37684)
96  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how the random sample of schools inspected in 1994-95 and to be re-inspected in autumn 1998 was chosen by Ofsted; what advice was given to Her Majesty's Chief Inspector on how to ensure a random, balanced sample of schools; and by whom that advice was given.
(37683)
97  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for each education authority the number of A-level successes (a) in total, (b) normalised against an index of social deprivation for the education authority catchment area and (c) normalised against an index of achievement at age 11 years for each education authority catchment area.
(38229)
98  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many pupils in each local education authority sat GCSE examinations in 1997; and of those how many sat (a) nine or more, (b) five to eight and (c) fewer than five GCSE examinations.
(38294)
99  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for each education authority (a) the prevalent type of secondary education offered and (b) the number of (i) secondary, (ii) grammar, (iii) secondary modern or high and (iv) comprehensive schools.
(38297)
100  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list, for each education authority the number of (a) A to C and (b) A to E GSCE grades achieved per 1,000 (i) in total, (ii) normalised against an index of social deprivation across the authority catchment area and (iii) normalised against an index of achievement by pupils in the authority catchment area at the age of 11 years.
(38296)
101  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures are being taken to promote use of the concept of value added amongst local education authorities and in schools and colleges; and if he will make a statement.
(38371)
102  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the economic development initiatives currently being funded by training and enterprise councils in Greater London from their accumulated reserves; and if he will make a statement.
(38372)
103  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the external bodies involved in the drafting of the literacy strategy; and if he will publish details of the research work on which the (a) concept and (b) details of the literacy strategy are based.
(37762)
104  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the external bodies who were consulted prior to the development of the literacy stratgey.
(37763)
105  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what action his Department will be taking to ensure that people with disabilities are offered the opportunity to re-train, under Government proposals announced on 30th March, to develop the information technology skills necessary to work to adapt systems for the year 2000.
(37583)
106  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to widen the scope of the open access project; and within what timetable.
(37582)
107  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many bids have been received to set up early years centres of excellence; how many bids it is intended to accept; when the winning bids will be announced; and if he will publish the criteria by which bids will be judged.
(37764)
108  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the local education authorities who have applied for support of mobile children under section 488 of the Education Act 1996 indicating the amount granted for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98 and (c) 1998-99.
(38058)
109  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he estimates every school student will have their own e-mail address.
(37943)
110  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the role of training and enterprise councils in facilitating training relating to exports.
(38122)
111  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many permanent exclusions there were from schools in Leicestershire in the last year for which figures are available.
(37918)
112  
N  
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 12th December 1997, Official Report, column 727, when the Environment Agency expects to be able to determine whether to pursue the prosecution of Pointons and Sons over the spreading of waste from their abbatoir in Cheddleton, Staffordshire.
(37940)
113  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what incentives exist to encourage the location of new landfill sites for (a) inert waste and (b) other wastes on rural brownfield sites.
(37521)
114  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact on the finances of local government of the increase in landfill tax; and if he will make a statement.
(37523)
115  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is his policy to apply the precautionary principle to the release of GMO into the environment.
(37518)
116  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) the Rail Regulator and (b) Railtrack take into account the potential growth in railfreight traffic when considering the allocation of access paths.
(37986)
117  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to publish the report of the work he has commissioned into the environmental costs of the quarrying of aggregates.
(37553)
118  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the money raised as a result of the increase in landfill tax will be used to assist the work of environmental groups in the same way that funds currently raised from the tax are.
(37552)
119  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the recent landfill tax increase on the incidence of fly-tipping within the countryside; what steps he is taking to help councils minimise this; and if he will make a statement.
(37522)
120  
  
Mrs Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to bring roads which do not have 40 mph or less speed limits within the provisions of the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996.
(38325)
121  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the budget for London Underground's current radio advertising campaign.
(37857)
122  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of safety recommendations made over the past 10 years by his Department's Air Accidents Investigation Branch have been accepted by the Civil Aviation Authority.
(37855)
123  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of safety recommendations made over the past 10 years by his Department's Air Accidents Investigation Branch have led to changes to requirements relating to (a) procedures and (b) design.
(37856)
124  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of information supplied by local authorities to the Audit Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(38112)
125  
  
Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will publish his proposals for a new ethical framework for local government.
(38310)
126  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the present Nottinghamshire County Council Structure Plan was agreed by the Secretary of State; and what is the earliest date it could be reviewed.
(38233)
127  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if Kingston Borough Council was permitted to amend its UDP to enable the construction of flats in Canbury Gardens; and if he will make a statement.
(38124)
128  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received on the removal of tree preservation orders on poplar and chestnut trees in Canbury Gardens, Kingston; and if he will make a statement.
(37852)
129  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received on the cost of the planning inquiry, appeals and removal of trees in Canbury Gardens, Kingston.
(37853)
130  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if civil servants transferred to the regional development agencies will retain their Civil Service status.
(38303)
131  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what definition his Department uses of (a) brown field and (b) green field sites.
(37876)
132  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the increase in the number of shadow road toll schemes to be made under the private finance initiative arrangements.
(37862)
133  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to offer greater protection to sites of special scientific interest.
(37860)
134  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps have been taken by his Department in respect of the initiative proposed by Coventry City Council for the development of a local housing company under the stock transfer programme.
(37866)
135  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to undertake trials of the viability of an urban system of road user charging as a means of reducing urban congestion.
(37861)
136  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd March, Official Report, column 543, what was the outcome of the discussions between the dangerous substances industry, environmental agencies and his Department on accidents involving storage facilities and dangerous substances to which the Seveso II Directive applies; and if he will make a statement.
(36621)
137  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many United Kingdom-registered aircraft were inspected by the Federal Aviation Administration whilst in the United States of America; which airlines were involved; and what defects were found in the last year for which figures are available.
(37922)
138  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each of the next five years the Government subsidy to be paid to (a) Railtrack and (b) each train operating company.
(37919)
139  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 19th March, Official Report, column 626, how many counterfeit parts have been found on foreign-registered aircraft operating to or from the United Kingdom in the last five years.
(37920)
140  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the number of rampchecks undertaken on (a) United Kingdom-registered aircraft and (b) foreign-registered aircraft by the Civil Aviation Authority, indicating the airlines involved and the defects found in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(37921)
141  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 15th January, Official Report, column 261, on what basis clause 33.3 was initially included in the Channel Tunnel Treaty.
(38154)
142  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will increase the time allowed for provisional motor-cycle licence holders to pass their test, in respect of women who become pregnant before the expiry of the one year time limit.
(37975)
143  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the damage caused by acidifying pollutants in the United Kingdom.
(37868)
144  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he is taking to reduce levels of lead in drinking water.
(37687)
145  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to implement framework directive 89/391/EEC concerned with health and safety of the workforce.
(37591)
146  
N  
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what sanctions are available to local authorities to deal with organisations which fly post on (a) walls, (b) windows, (c) telephone equipment and (d) bus shelters, where the materials carry no imprint but identify the organisation and provide publicity for goods and services.
(38074)
147  
  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what targets he has set for the Highways Agency.
(38205)
148  
  
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many Government agencies have relocated from London to the regions in the last 10 years.
(38295)
149  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he intends to undertake a fundamental review of the Audit Commission for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(38311)
150  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the disability organisations which will be consulted as part of the review of guidance to local authorities on the designation of footways as shared use facilities.
(37826)
151  
  
Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port and Neston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he proposes to take to deal with incompetent builders.
(38368)
152  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will introduce a national scheme to provide accreditation for private landlords.
(37843)
153  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions his Department has had with Central Railways about the possible construction of a freight line from the Midlands to the Channel Tunnel.
(38105)
154  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations his Department has had from Central Railways about the possible construction of a freight line from the Midlands to the Channel Tunnel.
(38106)
155  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of whether the total cost of the proposed arrangements for the funding of London Underground set out in his oral statement of 20th March, Official Report, columns 1539-42 will be greater or less than the cost of continuing public support.
(38143)
156  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much contaminated soil has been removed from the Millennium Dome site; to which site it was moved; and what consultations took place prior to its removal.
(38126)
157  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 17th March, Official Report, column 543, if he will lay down mandatory minimum useable floor areas for houses and flats.
(38225)
158  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Wyre Forest of 20th January, Official Report, column 462, what action he proposes to take following receipt of advice from Counsel in respect of the Statement of Claim brought by the Trustee of the Bus Employees Superannuation Trust against his Department; when he proposes to take action; and if he will make a statement.
(38072)
159  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what regulations are in place for limiting noise levels in public places with particular reference to places of entertainment.
(38175)
160  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the procedures followed when a complaint is received alleging that a garage is issuing MoT certificates illegally.
(38117)
161  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what surveillance techniques are used in investigating garages suspected of irregularities in issuing MoT test certificates; and what training surveillance operatives receive.
(38118)
162  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will propose measures to the EU Environment Council to reduce waste incineration to the same extent as the agreed reductions in landfill; and if he will make a statement.
(38326)
163  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on planning application No. 98/0259 in respect of a proposed motorway service station at Ravenshaw in Solihull.
(37942)
164  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures are available (a) to British seafarers to protect themselves against piracy and (b) to the Government to protect seafarers against piracy; and what plans he has for further measures.
(38329)
165  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many rescue vehicles belonging to Her Majesty's Coastguard have had their bonnets overpainted yellow and had the words 'HM Coastguard' written on them in the last 12 months; and at what cost.
(36886)
166  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to receive a report from the Coastguard Agency on the response to the consultation document regarding the future strategy of Her Majesty's Coastguard; and if he will make a statement.
(36887)
167  
N  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement regarding his future policy concerning BAA plc's exemption as an entity under the Building Regulations under section 4 of the Building Act 1984.
(37554)
168  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason no green book was published with this year's budget.
(37520)
169  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been collected in fines from people who have been caught illegally reselling cheap duty paid tobacco bought in Belgium in each year since 1979.
(38306)
170  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from the casino industry on the proposed increase in gaming duty.
(38110)
171  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the impact on the profitability of British casino companies of the increase in gaming duty announced in the Budget.
(38108)
172  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the economic impact of the increase in gaming duty announced in the Budget.
(38109)
173  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the benefits of using a share of increased revenue of the insurance premium tax for a neighbourhood risk reduction fund for areas where a high proportion of residents have difficulty in affording home contents insurance.
(38173)
174  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of tax payers who are pensioners.
(38067)
175  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his Department's policy towards the publication in the Press of disclosures by former MI5 officers.
(37925)
176  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what further action is being taken to improve the accuracy and reliability of Labour Market Statistics; and if he will make a statement.
(38370)
177  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to increase the frequency and coverage of the Labour Force Survey; and if he will make a statement.
(38369)
178  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the Inland Revenue's definition of millennium conversion expenditure, with particular reference to whether the definition includes the development of new systems.
(37581)
179  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the creation of electronic cash, and on the criteria for bodies to be allowed to operate electronic cash systems.
(37765)
180  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the (a) net and (b) gross British contribution to the EU on a per capita basis for each of the last four years, indicating the savings resulting in (a) and (b) from the British rebate.
(36344)
181  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if people obtaining the disabled person's tax credit will be entitled to the same benefit payments as recipients of the disability working allowance.
(37842)
182  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the estimated financial impact of reductions in the number of Inland Revenue staff in 1998-99; what consultation with trades unions took place on this matter; and what assessment he has made of the impact of staff reductions on the Revenue's capacity to deal with self-assessment of taxation.
(38068)
183  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government plans to take to implement its policy of a stable and competitive exchange rate.
(37759)
184  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to publish the independent report on cross-border shopping.
(37982)
185  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made in discussions with the European Commission on harmonising taxation of energy products; and if the Government will continue to maintain a duty exemption on fuel for navigation in private pleasure craft.
(38111)
186  
  
Mr John Townend (East Yorkshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 26th March, Official Report, column 278, if the Financial Secretary will in future keep a record of the number of letters sent to honourable Members which are not personally signed.
(38186)
187  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of Great Britain-based workers earned less than (a) £2, (b) £2.50, (c) £3, (d) £3.50 and (e) £4 per hour in April (a) 1996 and (b) 1997.
(38293)
188  
  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the role of Mr Hans Koschnick, as a special adviser to the European Commission in connection with the European Voluntary Service.
(37932)
189  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the first annual report into military exports will be published; and what areas it will cover.
(38116)
190  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list, for the most recent year for which figures are available, the number of pupils, whose parents/guardians are employed by the diplomatic service, attending private schools at public expense; and if he will list in order of number of pupils attending the schools involved.
(37944)
191  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to reply to the question tabled by the honourable Member for Mid Sussex on 24th March relating to compliance by Israel with UN Security Council Resolutions.
(37746)
192  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he made of progress towards (a) multi-party democracy and (b) protection of human rights in Kenya (i) prior to and (ii) since the Kenyan elections in 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(37985)
193  
N  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who is the United Kingdom representative on the United Nations Human Rights Committee; what representations he has made in response to the recent report by the committee about the Royal Ulster Constabulary; and if he will make a statement.
(37983)
194  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he will take to raise concerns over the rights of women with the government of Afghanistan.
(38330)
195  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the sums due to local authorities for the support of asylum seekers in the year 1997-98 under the National Assistance Act 1948, broken down by local authority.
(37967)
196  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the actual cost to local authorities of supporting asylum seekers in the year 1997-98, broken down by local authority area.
(37968)
197  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of visits and repeat visits to GPs in England occasioned by osteoporosis.
(37303)
198  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the projected number of osteoporotic fractures in England in the next 12 months and the number of (a)orthopaedic beds and (b) days of hospitalisation required to treat them.
(37331)
199  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the incidence of osteoporosis; and what estimate he has made of the cost of osteoporosis to the NHS in England in the last 12 months.
(37311)
200  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the total cost of treating accidents and other injuries in England in the last 12 months.
(37316)
201  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health authorities have an osteoporosis strategy in place; and if he will list them.
(37307)
202  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has evaluated into the correlation between osteoporosis and social deprivation; and if he will make a statement.
(37315)
203  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage and number of (a) accidents and (b) orthopaedic hospital admissions in England are directly attributable to osteoporosis.
(37324)
204  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of treating osteoporotic fractures in the last 12 months.
(37317)
205  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to implement the recommendation of the Advisory Group on the Ethics of Xenotransplantation in respect of the introduction of primary legislation to regulate xenotransplantation.
(37878)
206  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the financial impact on dispensing pharmacies of 90 day pay contracts for prescription drugs; and if he will make a statement.
(37378)
207  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the availability of respite care; and if he will make a statement.
(37610)
208  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research underlay the recent estimates of the Minister of State, Baroness Jay, relating to the cost of short-term care breaks based on a legally-based rights system.
(37609)
209  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the food science research contracts allocated by his Department and its agencies in 1997-98 broken down by (a) length of contract, (b) value of contract and (c) institution securing the contract.
(37951)
210  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make osteopathy a profession allied to medicine.
(38312)
211  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make osteopathy available on the NHS.
(38324)
212  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the number of general practitioners in Sunderland; and if he will make a statement.
(37864)
213  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce hospital waiting lists for patients in Sunderland; and if he will make a statement.
(37863)
214  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria he is using to evaluate IQ deficits in relation to the reduction in levels of lead in water.
(37580)
215  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list figures for the survival rates of (a) men and (b) women after their first heart attack.
(37869)
216  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if all the victims of nv-CJD have the same genetic change in the prion protein.
(37871)
217  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has evaluated into the correlations between the genetic changes in the prion protein of humans and the various routes of prion infection.
(37870)
218  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the total cost to the NHS of achieving millennium compliance.
(38061)
219  
  
Mr David Hanson (Delyn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths have occurred by age and region in each of the last 10 years due to the volatile substance misuse of butane gas products.
(38146)
220  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what decision he had made on extending the appointment of existing members of the Board of the Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust beyond October 1998.
(37898)
221  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking to identify barriers to the use of cervical screening services by women living in areas of social deprivation.
(37685)
222  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are currently on the waiting list for special hospital places in England and Wales, broken down by county.
(37682)
223  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the Birth Control Trust publication, Abortion Provision in Britain; and if he will make a statement.
(38231)
224  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the total cost of referring East Kent patients for treatment outside East Kent in each year since East Kent Health Authority was set up; and what allowance has been made for the (a) current and (b) future years.
(38197)
225  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for the last full year for which data is available, if he will itemise expenditure outside East Kent by East Kent Health Authority according to the particular specialism or treatment category.
(38198)
226  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many East Kent patients, and at what cost, were referred for treatment outside East Kent during 1997 (a) in total and (b) by each of the district general hospitals.
(38196)
227  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in the last full year for which figures are available (a) what was the total cost to the NHS of medicines and treatments issued by prescription, (b) how much of this cost was recouped by prescription charges, (c) how much would be recouped if the prescription charge was levied only once for all the items which comprise a specific course of treatment purchased on a single prescription, (d) how much would be recouped if the retail price was paid by the patient whenever it was less than the prescription charge and (e) how much would be recouped if the changes set out in (c) and (d) were both implemented.
(38195)
228  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if it is his policy to establish targets for total months waited by patients; and if he will make a statement.
(38062)
229  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many, and what proportion of drugs in BNF chapter 2 dispensed in the latest year for which figures are available were (a) charged at point of dispensing, (b) paid for through a pre-payment certificate and (c) dispensed to patients exempt from charges.
(38066)
230  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what ways voluntary sector organisations will be involved in the operation of healthy living centres.
(38202)
231  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he has taken to implement the recommendations of the Calman Report on the provision of cancer services in the NHS (a) nationally and (b) in the North Thames region; and if he will make a statement.
(38377)
232  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the (a) total number of beds and (b) number of private beds in each health authority in the North Thames region of the NHS.
(38374)
233  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the (a) total number of beds and (b) number of private beds, in each region of the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(38373)
234  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 25th March, Official Report, columns 180-81, on the Access Committee for England, what factors underlie his Department's decision to end funding for ACE; when ACE was informed that funding would not be provided for the year 1998-99; and if the same procedures as used in the last two years for giving advanced warning of funding decisions by his Department were followed this year.
(37850)
235  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce single vaccine components of MMR.
(38141)
236  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to include midwives in the recommended structure of primary care groups.
(38194)
237  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to study the extent of damage to people's hearing from loud music in public places.
(38176)
238  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department will take to remove cash disincentives to breast units achieving breast cancer screening rates of more than 10 per cent. in women aged over 65 years.
(38149)
239  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what rate of take-up of breast cancer screening in women aged over 65 years current levels of funding can support.
(38155)
240  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set a target for reduction in breast cancer mortality in women aged over 65 years.
(38152)
241  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the uptake rate for breast cancer screening in women aged over 65 years.
(38153)
242  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to increase the uptake rate for breast cancer screening in women aged over 65 years.
(38148)
243  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of teenagers seek birth control advice on matters for which advice is available only from the family general practitioner.
(38282)
244  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance the Government has given on the availability of birth control advice to teenagers.
(38322)
245  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance the Government gives to district health authorities on the availability of birth control advice; and if it is the Government's policy that such advice should be available from a number of sources in addition to the family GP.
(38298)
246  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many wild-caught primates, broken down by species, are currently held in the United Kingdom for the purpose of animal research; and if he will indicate in each case the purpose of the procedures for which they are being used.
(37879)
247  
  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 17th February, Official Report, column 536, on circus animals, if he will list the species of the animals concerned.
(37913)
248  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to allow individuals on whom files are held by MI5 to see those files in cases where it is intended that such files be destroyed.
(37874)
249  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he intends to take to replace the health care centre at HM Prison Lewes.
(37873)
250  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the real terms change in his Department's budget between 1996-97 and 1998-99; and if he will make a statement.
(38286)
251  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the prisoners at Her Majesty's Prison Parc, Bridgend, are normally resident in England.
(38287)
252  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for the last day for which figures are available, how many and what percentage of prison places at (i) Her Majesty's Prison Altcourse and (ii) Her Majesty's Prison Parc were occupied; if he has updated his assessment of the cost incurred in respect of unused places since the prisons opened; and if he will make a statement.
(38285)
253  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with the Department of Education and Employment on the educational needs and funding of remand prisoners under school leaving age in Feltham Young Offenders Unit.
(38145)
254  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) suicides and (b) attempted suicides have occurred in Feltham Young Offenders Unit in each of the last five years.
(38156)
255  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long a prisoner in receipt of a licence including a curfew condition under sections 86 and 87 of the Crime and Disorder Bill [Lords], as amended on Report in the House of Lords will spend in custody when sentenced to a sentence of imprisonment of (a) three months, (b) four months and (c) eight months.
(38164)
256  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Barrow and Furness of 31st March, Official Report, column 465, if he will make a statement on the exceptional circumstances in which a prisoner convicted of an offence to which Part I of the Sex Offenders Act 1997 applies will be given early release from their sentences subject to a home detention curfew.
(38187)
257  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines exist on the decontamination of the area in the vicinity of use of CS spray.
(38172)
258  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons persons responsible for safeguarding national security need protection from the offence identified in Clause 54(5) of the Data Protection Bill [Lords] as provided for in the provisions in Clause 27(1) of that bill.
(38190)
259  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if, in respect of Clause 28(1)(c) of the Data Protection Bill [Lords], he will list examples of impositions which are similar to a tax or duty; if the provision is intended to apply to (a) council tax and (b) parking fines; and if he will make a statement.
(38189)
260  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if, in respect of the Data Protection Bill [Lords], the (a) national insurance number and (b) NHS number fall within a general identifier as defined in Schedule 1, Part II, paragraph 4; and if he will make a statement.
(38191)
261  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if, in respect of the Data Protection Bill, he will make a statement concerning the restoration of the exemption in Clause 28(4).
(38188)
262  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the expenditure by the Metropolitan Police in the operation to remove protesters from Carbury Gardens, Kingston, to enable the local authority to cut down trees; and of this, how much was borne by (a) the Metropolitan Police, (b) the Sheriff and (c) the local authority.
(37854)
263  
N  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are currently detained by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate; how many have been detained in each of the last five years; and at what annual cost.
(38163)
264  
N  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the daily average cost to public funds of detaining a person by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate.
(38162)
265  
N  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the people detained by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate have been detained for longer than three months in each of the last three years.
(38165)
266  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors underlie the number of staff at the Immigration Advisory Service, Scottish Office.
(38158)
267  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors underlie the proposed reduction in the number of staff at the Immigration Advisory Service, Scottish Office.
(37910)
268  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum cases are dealt with in the Immigration Advisory Service Office based in (a) Birmingham, (b) Cardiff, (c) Central London, (d) Gatwick, (e) Glasgow, (f) Hounslow, (g) Leeds and (h) Manchester.
(37911)
269  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the availability of free advice on immigration and asylum law in Scotland.
(38159)
270  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish a list of the equipment stolen from his Department in the last five years indicating the approximate value of each item stolen.
(37979)
271  
  
Mr David Hanson (Delyn):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of a ban on butane gas products sales to under 16 year olds on the mortality and prevalence rates of volatile substance abuse.
(38147)
272  
  
Mr David Hanson (Delyn):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with (a) retailers, (b) manufacturers, (c) local authorities, (d) police, (e) voluntary organisations and (f) other government departments with regard to the banning of the sale of butane gas products to under 16 year olds.
(38144)
273  
N  
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Criminal Cases Review Commission will conclude its consideration of the case of Mark Darren Day, convicted of murder on 26th March 1993 at the Central Criminal Court.
(37508)
274  
N  
Ms Beverley Hughes (Stretford and Urmston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 16th March, Official Report, column 516, if he will extend the review of the operations of the Internet Watch Foundation to include an assessment of the effectiveness of the current procedures of (a) the Metropolitan Police, (b) other police forces and (c) the National Criminal Intelligence Service, in responding to reports on potentially illegal child pornography from the IWF.
(37141)
275  
N  
Ms Beverley Hughes (Stretford and Urmston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 16th March, Official Report, column 516, who will undertake the review of the Internet Watch Foundation; what arrangements are being made to allow interested parties to submit their views to the review team; and if the report will be published.
(37142)
276  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of children aged under 16 years who have run away from home.
(37686)
277  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if slot machines in pubs fall under his Department's definition of hard gambling; what recent research on this subject his Department has evaluated; and if he will make a statement.
(38063)
278  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the UK Periodic Report to the UN Committee Against Torture to be completed; and if he will place the Report in the Library.
(37222)
279  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the titles of projects (a) undertaken and (b) completed by the Home Affairs Research and Statistics Directorate in the past six months, indicating which of these have been published and how their findings have been made available.
(37221)
280  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd December 1997, Official Report, column 559, what plans he has to publish the instructions to Immigration Service and Home Office staff on dealing with immigration cases.
(37964)
281  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many criminal investigations have been running for longer than 12 months at the latest date for which figures are available.
(38209)
282  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 5th March, Official Report, column 705, how many prosecutions have been mounted and convictions secured for the illegal persecution of the hen harrier since 1988.
(38211)
283  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of offences connected with domestic violence were prosecuted in the West Midlands Region; and in how many cases a conviction was achieved in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(38071)
284  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he last met the British Horseracing Board.
(37745)
285  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will commission research on the effects of pop music on criminal behaviour.
(38174)
286  
  
Mr Brian White (North East Milton Keynes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to what extent educational achievements are taken into account when considering the early release of prisoners; and what plans he has to incorporate a compulsory educational element into some sentencing.
(38283)
287  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what role her Department is undertaking in the promotion of education for children in developing countries.
(38134)
288  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of her Department's budget was spent on youth training and education in developing countries in each of the five years up to 1997.
(38135)
289  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is her Department's policy on aid to the tobacco sector.
(37977)
290  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to her EU counterparts about converting Community funding into direct budget aid.
(38338)
291  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of United Kingdom net development assistance has been (a) bilateral and (b) channelled through multilateral development institutions, the EU and the Commonwealth in 1997-98; and what will be the comparable figure in 1998-99.
(38379)
292  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with her counterparts in Southern African countries other than the Republic of South Africa about the proposed trade and development agreement and free trade area.
(38336)
293  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what effect the establishing of the joint service for the implementation of community aid to developing countries will have on her Department's aid management.
(38339)
294  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representation she has made to the World Bank, IMF, regional development banks and other OECD aid donors about the increasing share of international aid accounted for by the EU and its member states and the decreasing share accounted for by others; and if she will make a statement.
(38378)
295  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress her Department has made towards negotiating a bilateral trade and development agreement including a free trade area with the Republic of South Africa; and if she will make a statement.
(38337)
296  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in respect of which countries Know How Fund support will be (a) reduced or (b) discontinued in 1998-99.
(38192)
297  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 4th March, Official Report, column 679, if he will list the groups and individuals his officials consulted informally about the possible appointment of a judicial appointments commission.
(38226)
298  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what factors he took into account in deciding to consult informally rather than formally on the possible creation of a judicial appointments commission.
(38208)
299  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what has been the longest interval between the close of a trial and the delivery of the written judgement of the court since 1987.
(38207)
300  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans the Court Service and the Legal Aid Board have to implement Welsh language schemes.
(38080)
301  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Pontefract and Castleford, of 24th February, Official Report, column 204, (a) what undertakings were given to the four founding partners in return for their agreement to be sponsors and (b) what further sponsors have been confirmed since 24th February.
(37517)
302  
N  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what plans the Government has to lift the health and safety restrictions on the insulation material proposed for the Millennium Dome so that it will not have to reach the present standards of wind resistance.
(37689)
303  
N  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will make a statement on the problems faced by the contractor for the covering of the Millennium Dome with regard to wind resistance.
(37694)
304  
N  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what arrangements for compensation for the original contractor for the covering of the Millennium Dome have been made; and what sum is involved.
(37691)
305  
N  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will make a statement on the arrangements for seeking a new supplier for the covering of the Millennium Dome; when the previous contractor was informed of his failure; and what assessment he has made of the degree of compliance with the provisions of the EU regulations on tendering.
(37692)
306  
N  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if the original contract for the covering of the Millennium Dome is still valid.
(37693)
307  
N  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if the new contractor for the covering of the Millennium Dome is on schedule with his work.
(37688)
308  
N  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, for what reasons the original contractor for the Millennium Dome covering was not invited to supply the preferred environmentally-friendly covering.
(37690)
309  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the total cost of treating accidents and other injuries in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
(37322)
310  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the projected number of osteoporotic fractures in Northern Ireland in the next 12 months and the number of (a) orthopaedic beds and (b) days of hospitalisation required to treat them.
(37334)
311  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the number of visits and repeat visits to GPs in Northern Ireland occasioned by osteoporosis.
(37306)
312  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the cost of treating osteoporotic fractures in the last 12 months.
(37323)
313  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the incidence of osteoporosis; and what estimate she has made of the cost of osteoporosis to the NHS in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
(37314)
314  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many health boards have an osteoporosis strategy in place; and if she will list them.
(37310)
315  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of (a) accidents and (b) orthopaedic hospital admissions in Northern Ireland are directly attributable to osteoporosis.
(37327)
316  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is the religious composition of (a) the work force in the Seagate Technology factories in Limavady and Londonderry and (b) residents in the travel-to-work area in which each Seagate Technology factory is located.
(38199)
317  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make it her policy to support the creation of an all-Ireland tourist authority.
(37978)
318  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much her 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.
(38049)
319  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many badgers were trapped under the tuberculosis control scheme in each year since 1985 by (a) snares and (b) cage traps; and if she will indicate the number of animals which suffered injuries in (a) and (b).
(38052)
320  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, 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.
(38050)
321  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what records are maintained of the number of non-target species caught in snares set for badgers under the tuberculosis control scheme.
(38051)
322  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the reasons for the revocation of licences for each of the 18 former life sentence prisoners for whom this is applicable.
(37181)
323  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the members of the Life Sentence Review Board, indicating their profession, qualifications and perceived religious/community background and the declarations of interest each has registered.
(37175)
324  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if medical records of those persons killed and wounded on Bloody Sunday will be made availabe to Lord Saville's inquiry.
(37177)
325  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will place the report on HMP Maze by Martin Narey in the Library.
(37179)
326  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what dates the two life-sentence prisoners released on licence were subsequently reconvicted for scheduled offences; and what their present position is as regards sentence.
(37180)
327  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many times, and on what dates, the Life Sentence Review Board has met in the last three years; and how many cases it has considered on each occasion.
(37174)
328  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what date the Independent Commission for Police Complaints completed its investigation into the death of Mr Jim Stokes; and what were its findings.
(37176)
329  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will place a copy of the document, Women Seen and Heard, in the Library.
(37178)
330  
  
Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what performance targets have been set for the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland in 1998-99.
(38203)
331  
  
Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what performance targets have been set for Land Registers of Northern Ireland in 1998-99.
(38204)
332  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the work programme completed by the Strategic Communications Unit since its launch on 14th January.
(37514)
333  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the names of newspaper proprietors he has met in 1998, indicating the dates and venues of the meetings.
(38107)
334  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Prime Minister, what is his policy on the recruitment and appointment of permanent secretaries; in what circumstances open competition is used; and if he will make a statement.
(37915)
335  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list (a) the foreign leaders he has contacted on behalf of businessmen since 1st May 1997, (b) the contracts involved and (c) the dates of the conversations.
(37578)
336  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Prime Minister, what is the cost to date of the reviews set up by the Government since 1st May 1997; and if he will list each review.
(38078)
337  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has received on millennium computer compliance issues.
(37960)
338  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has received from (a) trade union leaders and (b) business leaders in respect of the Fairness at Work White Paper.
(37959)
339  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Prime Minister, what meetings he has had with other heads of government to discuss the issues of millennium compliance.
(37961)
340  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Prime Minister, which representatives of the British Government will be present at the celebrations to mark the 50th Anniversary of Israel.
(37962)
341  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the cost of treating osteoporotic fractures in the last 12 months.
(37321)
342  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the total cost of treating accidents and other injuries in Scotland in the last 12 months.
(37320)
343  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the projected number of osteoporotic fractures in Scotland in the next 12 months and the number of (a) orthopaedic beds and (b) days of hospitalisation required to treat them.
(37333)
344  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the number of visits and repeat visits to GPs in Scotland occasioned by osteoporosis.
(37305)
345  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what percentage and number of (a) accidents and (b) orthopaedic hospital admissions in Scotland are directly attributable to osteoporosis.
(37326)
346  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many health authorities have an osteoporosis strategy in place; and if he will list them.
(37309)
347  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the incidence of osteoporosis; and what estimate he has made of the cost of osteoporosis to the NHS in Scotland in the last 12 months.
(37313)
348  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what evaluation he has made of the effects of ivermectin on salmon fish farming.
(37586)
349  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what were the totals for Scottish councils collectively in 1998-99 and in each of the last 10 years for (a) grant-aided expenditure, (b) aggregate external finance and (c) actual expenditure, or budgeted expenditure where the actual expenditure is not yet known; and what were the totals expressed at constant prices.
(38157)
350  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what NHS provision is available in the Edinburgh area to support sufferers from ME; and what plans he has to increase that provision.
(38309)
351  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will review the capital allocations to the Fire Service in the current year, with particular reference to Lothian and Borders.
(37926)
352  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much has been spent to date on the development and promotion of Higher Still; how much it is planned to spend in 1998-99 and 1999-2000; on what the money has been spent or will be spent; how many FTE staff have been employed on it in each year; and what estimate he has made of the total amount of staff time devoted to Higher Still in each year.
(37927)
353  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what costs have been incurred to date by the Highland Council in respect of its consultation process over rural school closures; and if he will make a statement.
(37573)
354  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what account local authorities are required to take, when considering rural school closures, of affected communities already having been included in the Rural Regeneration Programme; and if he will make a statement.
(37574)
355  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if all details supplied by farmers for IACS purposes are treated by his Department as confidential documents.
(36398)
356  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what measures he proposes to ensure that farm documents supplied for IACS purposes are not supplied by SOAFD to the wrong farms; and how many incidents or disclosure of IACS details have been made by SOAFD to the wrong farms since the scheme was introduced.
(36399)
357  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the safeguards to prevent the importation of (a) PCB contaminated and (b) other chemically-toxic waste from outside Scotland for landfill disposal in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(36522)
358  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will review the licences of operators who have, without authorisation, dumped (a) PCB contaminated and (b) other chemically-toxic waste in landfill sites in Scotland.
(36523)
359  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will ban the (a) importation and (b) landfill disposal of (i) PCB contaminated and (ii) other similar chemically-toxic waste in Scotland.
(36524)
360  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what powers are available to SEPA to prevent landfill disposal of PCB-contaminated and other similar chemically-toxic waste in Scotland.
(36525)
361  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is his Department's policy in relation to the proposal to build a funicular railway in the Cairngorms; and if he will make a statement.
(38125)
362  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many admissions were made to the accident and emergency department of each Scottish hospital in (a) November, (b) December, (c) January and (d) February during (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98.
(37797)
363  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people in Scotland had been waiting over (a) one, (b) three, (c) six and (d) 12 months for cancer surgery in the year ended 31st March; and what was the total number of people in Scotland treated or waiting for cancer treatment in the same period.
(37792)
364  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will state for each local enterprise company in Scotland the (a) names, (b) dates of appointment and (c) party affiliations of the non-executive directors who have (i) been appointed since 1st May 1997 and (ii) resigned since 1st May 1997.
(37795)
365  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was NHS expenditure in Scotland by trust on services to drug users in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(37798)
366  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people in Scotland had been on waiting lists for NHS treatment for (a) 0 to 3 months, (b) 3 to 6 months, (c) 6 to 9 months, (d) 9 to 12 months and (e) over 12 months on (i) 31st March 1998, (ii) 30th September 1996, (iii) 30th June 1996, (iv) 31st March 1996, (v) 30th September 1995, (vi) 30th June 1995 and (vii) 31st March 1995.
(37791)
367  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will state for each NHS trust and health board the (a) names, (b) dates of appointment and (c) party affiliations of the non-executive directors who have (i) been appointed since 1st May 1997 and (ii) resigned since 1st May 1997.
(37796)
368  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list by trust (a) the number of shifts worked by agency nurses and (b) the cost of employing agency nurses for the financial year 1997-98.
(37794)
369  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many nurses were recruited by each trust in (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98; and how many nurses left each trust (a) due to retirement, (b) to work for a nursing agency and (c) for other reasons in each of those years.
(37793)
370  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the sums paid in income support benefit to asylum seekers in (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97 and (f) 1997-98.
(37970)
371  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the sums paid in housing benefit to asylum seekers in (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97 and (f) 1997-98.
(37971)
372  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the number of asylum seekers claiming income support benefit in the years (a) 1992-93, (b) 1994-95, (c) 1995-96, (d) 1996-97 and 1997-98.
(37969)
373  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many cases are awaiting hearing before the Disability Appeal Tribunal; and what is the average time between an appeal to a disability tribunal being received and the hearing date.
(38075)
374  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many recipients of each of the various components of disability living allowance there are in the Seaham and Peterlee areas.
(37897)
375  
N  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants of incapacity benefit are suffering from pneumoconiosis and emphysema in the areas covered by the Seaham and Peterlee Benefits Agency offices.
(37909)
376  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list the average length of time taken to hear appeals from people whose incapacity benefit has been withdrawn under the all-work-test in the Seaham and Peterlee areas; and how many appeals remain outstanding.
(37865)
377  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioners in Sunderland received (a) £50, (b) £20 and (c) £10 winter fuel payments in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(37973)
378  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps she is taking to ensure that pensioners in Sunderland are in receipt of the benefits to which they are entitled; and if she will make a statement.
(37972)
379  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Minister approved the issue of Benefit Integrity Project questionnaires on and after 6th May 1997.
(37928)
380  
N  
Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what (a) the original savings assumptions were and (b) the current savings assumptions are the for the Benefit Integrity Project in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99 and (iii) 1999-2000.
(37930)
381  
N  
Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what factors were taken into account in the revision of savings assumptions, for the Benefit Integrity Project for (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000.
(37929)
382  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many New Deal advisers for lone parents will be in post on (a) 6th April 1998 and (b) 1st October 1998; and, of those, how many will be recruited from (i) the Benefits Agency, (ii) the Employment Service and (iii) elsewhere.
(38104)
383  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many appeals are currently being processed under the new procedures relating to the Child Support Agency.
(37067)
384  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of staff at the CSA have as their primary function the tracing of absent parents.
(37066)
385  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make the tracing of absent parents the primary objective of the CSA.
(37068)
386  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make a statement on the launch of the project to introduce magnetic stripe cards for the payment of benefit; and what are (a) the revised launch date, (b) the timetable for installing the system in post offices, (c) the reasons why chip cards were not included in the project and (d) the anticipated reduction of fraud as a result of the project.
(37760)
387  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the review being undertaken by officials concerning the treatment of income from personal loan repayment protection insurance cover for those claiming jobseeker's allowance will be completed; and if she will make a statement.
(37824)
388  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the practice of treating payments from personal loan repayment protection insurance policies as income for the purposes of calculating jobseeker's allowance payments commenced; what treatment will be given to any lump sum payments made by lenders and insurers to individuals whose jobseeker's allowance has been reduced with regard to benefits disregards and personal taxation; and if she will make a statement.
(37825)
389  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what research was undertaken by the Disability Allowance Board for the report, The Future of Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance; and if he will place a copy of this research in the Library.
(37841)
390  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the number of DWA forms that were returned because they arrived too early, separately identifying the costs of (a) staff time and (b) postage; and if she will make a statement.
(38114)
391  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many disability working allowance renewal forms were returned to claimants because they arrived too early during February and March; and if she will make a statement.
(38113)
392  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what would be the effect on public expenditure of raising the state pension age to 67 years for both men and women.
(38200)
393  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people with multiple sclerosis who are claimants of the higher rate of the mobility component of the disability living allowance, and assessed as being (a) totally unable to walk, (b) virtually unable to walk and (c) in a condition where the exertion required to walk would constitute a danger to life or be likely to lead to a serious deterioration in health.
(37900)
394  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people who are claimants of disability living allowance are in (a) receipt of lifetime awards and (b) renewal awards; and how many in each category are people with multiple sclerosis.
(37899)
395  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants of attendance allowance have multiple sclerosis.
(37901)
396  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what formula is used by Transco to assess the need to replace gas pipes; and if she will make a statement.
(37379)
397  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what will be the impact of her Department's policy on concurrent powers for the utility regulators and the Office of Fair Trading on the organisation which will make the final decision on investigations concerning the utility markets.
(37386)
398  
N  
Dr Michael Clark (Rayleigh):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what progress has been made towards setting a British standard for (a) additived lead replacement fuels and (b) over-the-counter additives for use when leaded fuels are phased out.
(37990)
399  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the food science research contracts allocated by the BBSRC in 1997-98 broken down by (a) length of contract, (b) value of contract and (c) institution securing the contract.
(37950)
400  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the food science research contracts allocated by (a) the Economic and Social Research Council, (b) the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, (c) the Medical Research Council and (d) the Natural Environment Research Council in (i) 1994-95, (ii) 1995-96, (iii) 1996-97 and (iv) 1997-98, broken down by (1) length of contract, (2) value of contract and (3) institution securing the contract.
(37948)
401  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the private sector partnerships currently being undertaken in her Department and its agencies.
(38305)
402  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will introduce legislation to replace the Advertising Standards Authority with a statutory body.
(38301)
403  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the basis of her Department's calculations of the costs per job created in cases where Government support is sought.
(37867)
404  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many exceptions were made in 1997 to cost per job limits on regional selective assistance; and if she will list these exceptions.
(38228)
405  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what statistics her Department collates relating to petrol prices throughout the United Kingdom; what analysis it makes of regional trends; and if she will publish this information.
(38381)
406  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 11th March, Official Report, column 235, if she will list the average levels of regional selective assistance by region for (a) full and (b) intermediate development areas as a percentage of the project's capital cost.
(38210)
407  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 4th March, Official Report, column 638, if she will make a statement on the cost per job limits on regional selective assistance imposed by the Government indicating any (a) regional variations and (b) variations according to development area status.
(38227)
408  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what action she will take to put pressure on the European Commission to reduce discrepancies betweeen prices for cars in the United Kingdom and other EU countries.
(38064)
409  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what armaments have been licensed for export to Indonesia since 13th November 1997.
(38127)
410  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what action she is taking to investigate the use of predatory pricing in the airlines industry; and if she will make a statement.
(38376)
411  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the total amount of inward investment by region in the United Kingdom for each of the past 10 years.
(38380)
412  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to introduce minimum standards of corporate governance; and if she will make a statement.
(38375)
413  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on the European Commission's stance on the United States proposal to exempt international trade on the Internet from customs duties; and if the Government will be pursuing this issue through the World Trade Organisation.
(37584)
414  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on action against junk E-mailers, known as spammers.
(37579)
415  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what recent representations she has received from trade officers in British embassies in (a) Japan, (b) Germany, (c) South Korea and (d) the USA, on the impact of the current level of the sterling exchange rate and its effects on (i) British exports to that country and (ii) inward investments from that country to Britain.
(36343)
416  
  
Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list each (a) scheme, (b) initiative and (c) programme funded by (i) her Department, (ii) the Office of Science and Technology and (iii) the research councils, which have as an objective the building of partnerships between industry and academia.
(38284)
417  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what discussions she has had with (a) management and (b) trades unions over her plans to give greater commercial freedom to the Post Office.
(38142)
418  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she received on the impact of the level of sterling on manufacturing when she visited the Caravan Exhibition.
(37696)
419  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what factors underlay the delay in the appointment of consultants to review energy sources for power generation.
(37699)
420  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the recent TUC forecast of the level of job losses in the manufacturing industry.
(37700)
421  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what estimate she has made of the cost of employing International Mining Consultants Ltd. to review energy sources.
(37697)
422  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, for what reasons the review of energy sources was not conducted by the Energy Division of her Department.
(37698)
423  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has for the future financing and organisation of the Post Office; and if she will make a statement.
(38232)
424  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what was the export per capita of each of the standard regions in (a) 1979, (b) 1987 and (c) the latest available year.
(38120)
425  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the present value of United Kingdom exports to (a) India, (b) Pakistan and (c) Indonesia.
(38119)
426  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what has been the value of exports to India in each of the last 20 years.
(38121)
427  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list by date the overseas trips undertaken by the Minister for Trade since 18th November 1997.
(37828)
428  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to promote the adoption of the European Commission draft White Paper on Renewable Energy; and if she will make a statement.
(37902)
429  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to promote the target for the installation of solar roof and facade systems in the EU set out in the European Commission draft White Paper on Renewable Energy; and if she will make a statement.
(37903)
430  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to ensure that the renewable energy target for the EU set out in the European Commission draft White Paper on Renewable Energy is developed into achievable goals for each member country.
(37904)
431  
  
Mr Ian Taylor (Esher and Walton):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to withdraw the case against the European Commission challenging the Commission's funding of research projects on the budget line B3-4104.
(38333)
432  
  
Mr Ian Taylor (Esher and Walton):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what contingency plans the Government has for alternative funding of UK research projects on which the European Commission has signed agreement but not made any payments, if the judgement by the European Court of Justice is not in the European Commission's favour.
(38334)
433  
  
Mr Ian Taylor (Esher and Walton):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when the European Court of Justice is expected to give its final judgement with regards to the court case between the Government and the European Commission on funding of research projects on the budget line B3-4104.
(38335)
434  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the operations and influence on world trade of the Bilderberg Group.
(37923)
435  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the total cost of treating accidents and other injuries in Wales in the last 12 months.
(37318)
436  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many health authorities have an osteoporosis strategy in place; and if he will list them.
(37308)
437  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what percentage and number of (a) accidents and (b) orthopaedic hospital admissions in Wales are directly attributable to osteoporosis.
(37325)
438  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the number of visits and repeat visits to GPs in Wales occasioned by osteoporosis.
(37304)
439  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the cost of treating osteoporotic fractures in the last 12 months.
(37319)
440  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the incidence of osteoporosis; and what estimate he has made of the cost of osteoporosis to the NHS in Wales in the last 12 months.
(37312)
441  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the projected number of osteoporotic fractures in Wales in the next 12 months and the number of (a) orthopaedic beds and (b) days of hospitalisation required to treat them.
(37332)
442  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the percentage discount on council tax applied to second homes for each local authority area in Wales.
(37956)
443  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when the Welsh Development Agency obtained outline planning approval for the site known as Parc Ty Gwyn; and if he will publish (a) the outline and (b) the full planning approval for the site.
(37748)
444  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what was the total cost of connecting utilities to Parc Ty Gwyn.
(37749)
445  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what restrictions have been placed on the possible uses of units on the Parc Ty Gwyn site.
(37754)
446  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many industrial units have been built at Parc Ty Gwyn; and at what total cost.
(37751)
447  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if will make a statement on the economic, social and environmental impact of the disposal of the Parc Ty Gwyn site on the town of Llanrwst and the surrounding area.
(37755)
448  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when the Welsh Development Agency acquired the site known as Parc Ty Gwyn, Betws Road, Llanrwst; and for what price.
(37758)
449  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will name the organisations which have expressed an interest in purchasing unsold units at Parc Ty Gwyn; and what is the price of each unsold unit.
(37757)
450  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what consultations he has had with the Countryside Council of Wales on the disposal of Parc Ty Gwyn; and if he will make a statement.
(37756)
451  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many full time equivalent jobs (a) have been and (b) are forecast to be established at Parc Ty Gwyn.
(37750)
452  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of the acquisition cost of Parc Ty Gwyn was paid by the Welsh Development Agency, and which other bodies and organisations contributed to the acquistion.
(37747)
453  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the role of the district valuer in the acquistion, development and disposal of the site known as Parc Ty Gwyn.
(37753)
454  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many industrial units at Parc Ty Gwyn have been sold; to whom each was sold; and at what price.
(37752)
455  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how he proposes to improve rural transport services; and if he will make a statement.
(38128)
456  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many times he has met representatives of water authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(38130)
457  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what initiatives he has taken to enhance road safety in Wales.
(38133)
458  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to reduce traffic congestion on the A550 at its intersection with roads at the English border; and if he will make a statement.
(38131)
459  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the level of inward investment for the year 1997.
(38288)
460  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his estimate of the amount of European Union funds which would be lost to Alyn and Deeside in the event of the loss of Objective II Status.
(38289)
461  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the (a) organisations and (b) individuals he has consulted concerning the Social Exclusion Unit; and if he will make a statement.
(38291)
462  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the provision of traffic calming measures in Wales.
(38132)
463  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on what principles he is basing his review of his trunk road programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(38129)
464  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what amount of council house sales receipts he has assumed for 1998-99 in Alyn and Deeside; and if he will make a statement.
(38292)
465  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects the new National Health Service trusts to begin their work; and if he will make a statement.
(38290)
466  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what records are maintained of the number of non-target species caught in snares set for badgers under his Department's tuberculosis control scheme.
(38056)
467  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, 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.
(38055)
468  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, 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.
(38054)
469  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, 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).
(38057)
470  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the local education authorities in Wales who applied for support to educate mobile children under section 488 of the Education Act 1996 indicating the amount granted for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98 and (c) 1998-99.
(38059)
471  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list by hospital the number of beds (a) made available since 1st May 1997 and (b) removed between 1st January 1992 and 1st May 1997.
(38069)
472  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on financial support to small scale abattoirs in rural Wales.
(38077)
473  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will take steps to encourage Welsh Office officials (a) to visit and (b) to acquire further knowledge of the regions of Wales.
(38079)
474  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the importance to local communities of a bilingual postmark.
(37881)
475  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will introduce measures to offset the reduction in payments in agricultural subsidies due to the increase in the value of the green pound.
(37880)
476  
N  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many farming businesses in Wales went into bankruptcy during each financial year since 1989-90.
(37506)
477  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment he has made of the current regulatory safeguards on the use of PVC in toys for small children.
[Transferred] (38300)
478  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the perinatal death rate of children born to teenage mothers (a) living in the Wakefield District and (b) in England as a whole.
[Transferred] (38323)
479  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children were born to teenage mothers in the Wakefield District (a) in 1980 and (b) in the last year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (38281)
480  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been collected in fines from independent retailers for selling tobacco to those aged under 16 years in each year since 1979.
[Transferred] (38307)


Contents, today's questions
 
House of Commons home page Houses of Parliament home page House of Lords home page search page enquiries

© Parliamentary copyright 1998
Revised 6 April 1998