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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 20 April 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 20 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 20 April, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Tuesday 21 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.
 


 

Questions handed in between Thursday 9th April 1998 and Wednesday 15th April 1998 are marked thus ¶A
MONDAY 20th APRIL
1  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answers of 5th March, Official Report, column 728, 31st March, Official Report, column 506 and 7th April, Official Report, column 216, what assessment he has made of the discrepancy between the proportion of scientific staff who transferred from Torry, Aberdeen to York and the proportion of all staff in mobile grades which have transferred to York.
(39001)
2  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many responses he received to the consultation on the White Paper, A Food Standards Agency: a Force for Change; and of those how many were (i) broadly in favour of the proposals, (ii) broadly opposed to the proposals, (iii) in favour of including nutrition within the Agency's remit and (iv) in favour of the proposed funding arrangements.
(39013)
3  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he will take to ensure that the compostion of the Food Standards Agency reflects all sectors of the food industry.
(39016)
4  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will ensure that the remit of the Foods Standards Agency is limited to matters of food safety and does not include general public health issues.
(39017)
5  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what arrangements will be made within the Food Standards Agency to ensure the protection of commercially confidential material.
(39015)
6  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what powers the Food Standards Agency will have in respect of imparted powers.
(39014)
7  
N  
Mr Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to place research on animal health and welfare on the basis of a requirements document, similar to that for food research; and if he will make a statement.
(39195)
8  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received on the price of tups.
(39202)
9  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he is taking to assist developing countries with exports of fairly-traded bananas.
(39005)
10  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reason the EU questionnaire on the future of the Common Fisheries Policy was not addressed to member states' governments.
(39261)
11  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much rent will be paid by the British Cattle Movement Service in each of the first 15 years of its locations in Workington.
(39230)
12  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on how the Working Time Directive will affect the Scottish fishing industry; and when industry representatives will receive full details on these matters.
(39233)
13  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects to make an announcement on the future sale of green top milk in England.
(39260)
14  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much rent was assumed in his Ministry's cost benefit analysis on the location of the British Cattle Movement HQ for each of the first 15 years of the project for (a) Manchester, (b) Guildford and (c) Workington.
(39231)
15  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will place in the Library the details of his Ministry's cost benefit study undertaken to determine the site of the British Cattle Movement Service.
(39232)
16  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the criteria which he employed in determining the locations of the British Cattle Movement Service headquarters; and how each of the possible sites involved in the selection process was assessed against each of the site selection criteria.
(39229)
17  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on how the Working Time Directive will affect each category of shore fisherman.
(39234)
18  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the effects of the dumping at sea of material from the dredging of Harwich harbour on (a) the marine environment, (b) coastal fisheries and (c) lobster fisheries off the coast of Essex.
(38944)
19  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the dumping at sea off the Essex coast of material dredged from Harwich harbour.
(38943)
20  
  
Mr Tom King (Bridgwater):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what research his Department has conducted into the effect of (i) phosmet and (ii) other organophosphates on prion protein metabolism; and what plans he has to conduct further research.
(38602)
21  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the discrepancy between the recent movement of prices of milk (a) at the farm gate and (b) at supermarkets.
(38470)
22  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects the review of the United Kingdom legislation controlling the disposal of animal waste to be completed.
(38790)
23  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects the review of the Public Analyst Service in England and Wales to be completed.
(38804)
24  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects the review of the hill livestock compensatory allowance scheme to be completed.
(38799)
25  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects the review of the Home Grown Cereals Authority to be completed.
(38803)
26  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects the review of salmon and freshwater fisheries to be completed.
(38789)
27  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects the review of fishing vessel licensing to be completed.
(38802)
28  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects the review of the Milk Development Council to be completed.
(38814)
29  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects the review of the current rules on quarantine of imported pet animals to be completed.
(38810)
30  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects the review of arrangements for enforcing the rules on the welfare of animals exported live to the Continent to be completed.
(38801)
31  
N  
Mr Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough and Whitby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when the cattle tracing system is expected to start operating.
(38967)
32  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the current cost of (a) research into the cause of bovine TB related to badgers and (b) the experimental culling programme for badgers.
(38882)
33  
  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the American National Academy of Science and (b) representatives of the United States Government about the Academy's current investigation into the safety of vitamin B6.
(38886)
34  
  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if his draft Statutory Instrument on the retail sale of vitamin B6 supplement has been passed for comment to (a) the European Commission and (b) other member states of the European Union.
(38887)
35  
  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received from the United States government concerning freedom of trade as regards his proposed restrictions on the retail sale of vitamin B6 supplements.
(38883)
36  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when and for what purposes the organophosphate pesticide Fonofos, manufactured by Zeneca, was licensed; what warnings were given to users to prevent harmful effects to wildlife; and if he will make a statement on the information made available about the product.
(38428)
37  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Serious Fraud Office has the human and technicial resources to tackle successfully computer fraud.
(38979)
38  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what was the total cost to the public purse of the employment of Crown Communications by the Director of Public Prosections.
(38720)
39  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask Mr Attorney General, if he authorised the employment of Crown Communications by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
(38719)
40  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, as representing the Church Commissioners, what are the duties and responsibilities of the Church Commissioners in respect of Royal Peculiars, with particular reference to Westminster Abbey.
(38592)
41  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, as representing the Church Commissioners, if he will list by name and title (a) the Church Commissioners, (b) the Board of Governors of the Church Commissioners with their dates of appointment and retirement and (c) the membership of the Estates and Finance Committee of the Church Commissioners.
(38593)
42  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, as representing the Church Commissioners, to whom the Church Commissioners are (a) answerable on policy matters and (b) financially accountable; and if he will make a statement.
(38594)
43  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the preservation and display of sites of archaeological significance under new public buildings with particular reference to practices in Germany.
(37515)
44  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his letter of 24th March (C97/44817/15777), if he will make a statement on discussions at the Stockholm UNESCO Conference about the purloining of Iraqi antiquities.
¶A (39307)
45  
  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what policies his Department has to stimulate the development of public service digital terrestrial broadcasting.
(39011)
46  
  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Director General of the BBC concerning the Corporation's proposals to fund the converting of BBC Services into digital form by B Sky B.
(39056)
47  
  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Director General of the BBC concerning the corporation's commercial relationships with private companies.
(39057)
48  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the criteria which he used to allocate money to (a) the British Museum, (b) the Victoria and Albert Museum, (c) the Natural History Museum and (d) the Science Museum for the year 1998-99.
(38757)
49  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the criteria which he has used to allocate money for museums in 1998-99; and what plans he has to review those criteria.
(38756)
50  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the ship repair contracts awarded to each United Kingdom shipyard in each of the last five years.
¶A (39304)
51  
N  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to ensure that files relating to the Astra Group taken by Ministry of Defence Police from RAF Weathersfield and returned to the Receiver subsequent to the conclusion of the Scott Inquiry are made available for scrutiny by interested parties.
(38781)
52  
N  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the quantity and content of files relating to the Astra Group taken by Ministry of Defence Police from RAF Weathersfield and returned to the Receiver subsequent to the conclusion of the Scott Inquiry; and what assessment the Government has made of the relevance of this material to the conclusions of the Scott Inquiry.
(38780)
53  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contact Mr Stephen Kock had with DESO between 1985 and 1991.
(38862)
54  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what dates Iraqi military personnel entered the United Kingdom to attend training sessions at Astra Company training facilities.
(38861)
55  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the final offset proposals indicating the value of offsets proposed (i) in absolute terms and (ii) as a percentage of the contract made by the overseas suppliers who tendered for the contract to replace the Chieftain tank.
(39252)
56  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the export orders obtained for the Challenger II tank to date, indicating the value of (i) each order, (ii) offset commitments entered into as part of each order and (iii) export credits extended to support these orders.
(39271)
57  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department has provided to Vickers in marketing the Challenger II abroad.
(39270)
58  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what studies have been undertaken by his Department on the cost and benefits of offset obligations incurred by UK defence companies as part of export defence agreements.
(39251)
59  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the current expected cost to completion of the Challenger II programme and the change which represents in real terms over the original estimated cost of the programme.
(39269)
60  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the offset obligations incurred under the Al Yamamah (a) I and (b) II agreement with Saudi Arabia, (i) as a percentage of the sales agreed and (ii) in absolute terms.
(39248)
61  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, What estimate his Department has made of the relative economic benefits of purchasing (a) Challenger II and (b) the alternative proposed by each of the overseas contenders for the contract taking into account their offset proposals.
(39253)
62  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what offset targets are included in the Omani-British Offset Programme.
(39250)
63  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants who attended the Asian Aerospace 98 air show in Singapore, giving the costs of their attendance along with any other costs incurred by his Department in connection with the air show.
(39246)
64  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the value of the offset obligations which have been met to date under the Al Yamamah (a) I and (b) II agreement, the individual offset projects agreed and the value of the offsets credited to each project.
(39249)
65  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what complaints he has received about the conduct of the Ministry of Defence police concerning their enforcement of the Salisbury Plain by-laws on Saturday 4th April.
(38649)
66  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated regarding the causes of Gulf War Syndrome illnesses.
(38601)
67  
  
Ms Fiona Jones (Newark):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to investigate the extent of pollution from mustard gas disposal at Spalford Woods, Nottinghamshire.
(39150)
68  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Adjutant General's revised paper on army standards and discipline; and if he will make a statement.
(38570)
69  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Royal Air Force Board of Inquiry found was the cause of each of the aircraft crashes (a) 13th April 1989--Jaguar, (b) 13th November 1990--Jaguar, (c) 18th March 1991--Canberra, (d) 27th May 1993--Hercules, (e) 26th August 1993--Chipmunk, (f) 1st September 1994--Tornado and (g) 1st June 1995--Harrier; if black boxes were fitted; and in each case if higher authority concluded that negligence had occurred.
(38984)
70  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many surveys have been conducted into the contamination of, and pollution from, the former chemical warfare filling and storage site at Barnham Heath in Suffolk since 1980.
(38599)
71  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what work is being carried out by his Department to analyse the chemical warfare mental incapacitant Agent 15; where this work is being conducted; and what is the scientific name of Agent 15.
(38606)
72  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what dates the programme officers and the requirements officers of the 1980 Memorandum of Understanding on chemical and biological defence between Britain, the United States of America and Canada have met since 1st January 1995; and where these meetings were held.
(38611)
73  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Gulf War veterans have been examined by the Medical Assessment Programme in connection with Gulf War Syndrome; and if he will give a breakdown of the illnesses identified by this programme.
(38604)
74  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the technical panels and action groups which have been active under sub-group E on chemical and biological defence of the Technical Co-operation Programme since 1st January 1995.
(38613)
75  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many International Task forces have been established under the 1980 Memorandum of Understanding on chemical and biological defence between Britain, the United States of America and Canada since 1st January 1995; and what subjects each of these task forces cover.
(38610)
76  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings of sub-group E on chemical and biological defence of the Technical Co-operation Programme have taken place since 1st January 1995; which countries took part in these meetings; where these meetings were held; and who represented the British government at each meeting.
(38612)
77  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will open for public inspection file classmark WO32/20163 held at the Public Record Office.
(38607)
78  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 13th March, Official Report, column 428, if he will list the titles of each survey at RAF Norton Disney and Riseley, indicating the dates on which each survey was completed, the agency which conducted each survey; and the current security classifications of each survey.
(38598)
79  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which scientific journals and other open publications staff from the defence microbiology division of the Chemical Defence Establishment (Porton Down) have published papers in 1995 and 1996; and if he will specify the titles of the papers and the date on which the papers appeared.
(38605)
80  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department stopped exposing service personnel at the defence nuclear biological and chemical centre at Winterbourne Gunner to mustard agent; and what health and safety guidelines applied to such exposure.
(38615)
81  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 26th November, Official Report, column 562, if HMS 'Dreadnought's' radiation dose levels were recorded prior to or after the defuelling process.
(38847)
82  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the nuclear-powered submarines which berthed at Chatham Dockyard for (a) refuelling and refitting, (b) refitting, (c) special docking, (d) dockings and essential repairs and (e) decommissioning whilst the refit facility was operational, giving the dates on which each boat was berthed and the estimated and measured collective radioactive dose transferred to the civilian workforce for each boat operation listed.
(38788)
83  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he has made with the reconstruction of dosage records for ex-Chatham Dockyard workers announced in June 1997.
(38786)
84  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were employed in total at Chatham Dockyard on the nuclear refit facility while the facility was operational.
(38787)
85  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Quality Management Group at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston was set up; what is the purpose of this group; how many series of technical papers or reports are currently being produced by this group; and what are the names of each series.
(38992)
86  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many WE177 bombs have so far been dismantled.
(38961)
87  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 16th March, Official Report columns 443-4, how many reports in the untitled series of papers produced by the Warhead Engineering Division of the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston are currently unclassified.
(38963)
88  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what dates the (a) Admiralty Board and (b) Army Board has met since 1st August 1997.
(38993)
89  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what types of vehicle were used to transport the WE177 bomb.
(38960)
90  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment at Porton Down drew up its strategy and proposed work programme for its research into Gulf War Syndrome; if this document has been approved by his Department; and if he will place a copy of this document in the Library.
(38929)
91  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the current security classifications of the newsletters produced for the staff of (a) the Army Technical Support Agency, (b) the Defence Transport and Movements Executive and (c) the Defence Medical Training Organisation; how often each newsletter is produced; and when each newsletter was first produced.
(38986)
92  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 16th March, Official Report, column 444, if he will place in the Library a list of the unclassified papers in the Hydrodynamics Department--Technical Reports, R Series, giving the title of each paper and the date on which each was produced.
(38987)
93  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when training for RAF pilots with the WE177 bomb was ended.
(38959)
94  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 16th March, Official Report column 444, if he will place in the Library a list of the unclassified papers in the Technical Memoranda series produced by the Chemical Technology Division of the Atomic Weapons Establishment, indicating the title of each paper and the date on which each paper was produced.
(38962)
95  
  
Mrs Llin Golding (Newcastle-under-Lyme):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what criteria organisations have to meet to be considered for inclusion in the Charter Mark Awards Scheme.
(38743)
96  
  
Mrs Llin Golding (Newcastle-under-Lyme):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what plans he has to extend the Charter Mark Awards Scheme to those organisations not currently eligible for consideration under the scheme.
(38744)
97  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list government (a) departments and (b) agencies which provide private medical insurance to staff.
(38650)
98  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received from parents of autistic children relating to the provision of special education; and what response he has made.
(38925)
99  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what were the start-up costs of opening the Sutton Job Club, Lewis Road, Sutton, in October 1997; when, and by whom, the decision was taken to close the Sutton Job Club; and what costs have been incurred in closing the club.
(39050)
100  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many clients have been interviewed in the Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire New Deal Pathfinder Area at the latest available date; and what percentage of that number have been allocated (i) unsubsidised jobs, (ii) subsidised jobs, and (iii) full-time education and training.
(38657)
101  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the combined budgets for TECs in England for 1998-99.
(39003)
102  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the 1998-99 budget for each TEC in the North West in the geographical area within which the North West Regional Development Agency will operate; and what is the total of these budgets.
(39004)
103  
N  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has for the provision of music in schools.
(37415)
104  
  
Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith (Wealden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will provide comparative calculations of the expected debt on graduation of a student entering an undergraduate course in the autumn of 1999 under (a) the Government's proposals and (b) the Dearing Committee's proposals, assuming receipt of a full maintenance grant.
(38737)
105  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the EU Labour and Social Affairs Council of Ministers meeting on 7th April.
(37182)
106  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if it is the Government's long-term policy that individual children with special educational needs should have a continuing legal entitlement to receive the special educational provision that their needs require.
(38429)
107  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what consultations his Department initiated prior to the development of the literacy strategy; and with which bodies.
(39151)
108  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if officials from his Department were involved in drafting the literacy strategy document recently circulated to schools.
(39152)
109  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 7th April, Official Report, column 227, on the Literacy Task Force, when it published the results of its study on the literacy strategy; and if it is currently providing advice to his Department.
(39203)
110  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures have been taken by each government department to implement the provisions of the employment code of practice issued in connection with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
(38758)
111  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures have been taken by each government department to implement the provisions of the goods, facilities and services code of practice issued under Part B of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
(38759)
112  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the members of the Disability Rights Task Force and the criteria governing their appointment.
(38870)
113  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the members of the Skills Task Force indicating the criteria governing their appointment.
[Transferred] (38869)
114  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what information his Department collates on the resources of United Kingdom universities and colleges.
(38879)
115  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will change the regulations which require that a person under the age of 25 be married at least two years before he or she can be deemed independent of his or her parents for grant or loan related purposes.
(39018)
116  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what support is available to mature students on access courses to higher education; and what plans he has to alter the current arrangements.
(39148)
117  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to introduce measures to prevent the use of waiver clauses which remove the rights of employees to redundancy or unfair dismissal claims, in the contracts of academic staff at publicly funded FE and HE institutions.
(39020)
118  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will introduce measures to prevent further and higher education institutions that receive the majority of their income from public funds from unilaterally downgrading staff to reduce budgets.
(39019)
119  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will meet the proposals for additional funding of higher education proposed by the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education for each of the years 1998-99, 1999-2000 and 2000-01.
(39147)
120  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, for each of the years 1988-89 to 1998-99, what has been the overall percentage annual increase in standard teachers' pay after the staging of awards has been taken into consideration.
(39025)
121  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will exempt students on four year B.Ed (Hons) courses from paying fees for the fourth year.
(39166)
122  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, for each of the years 1988-89 to 1998-99, what has been the overall annual percentage increase in the teachers' pension award.
(39026)
123  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the cost of exempting all students who have been accepted to Scottish universities from England, Wales and Northern Ireland for the fourth year of their tuition fees.
(39200)
124  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to allow mature students on access courses in colleges of further education to continue to receive jobseeker's allowance whilst attending access courses.
(39027)
125  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to allow mature students attending higher education courses who are in receipt of income support to retain their full benefit entitlement and access the full income contingent loan.
(39024)
126  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to allow mature students attending higher education institutions on undergraduate courses to access (a) grants and (b) loans in 1998 and 1999.
(39023)
127  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to amend the Social Security (Students) Regulations 1998 to allow students who for bone fide reasons take time out from their studies to have access to state benefits.
(39021)
128  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to review the decision of the TTA to re-direct in-service funding in the South West; and if he will publish the reasons underlying the re-direction.
(39022)
129  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what were the conclusions of the investigation into the recent railway accident at Glynde station; and what action has been taken subsequently.
(38714)
130  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the roadworks whose completion will benefit road access to the Millennium Dome, giving the expected completion date in each case.
(38718)
131  
  
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what priority the Planning Inspectorate gives to planning applications on brownfield sites in former coalmining communities.
(38654)
132  
  
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the Coalfield Task Force will report on its programme of action.
(38656)
133  
  
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what priority his Department gives to employment creation measures in former coalfield communities.
(38655)
134  
N  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the relative involvement in injury crashes of drivers (i) known in advance and (ii) discovered afterwards to have diabetes.
(39167)
135  
N  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the numbers of drivers with diabetes, who (a) know and (b) don't know that they have the condition.
(39168)
136  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many homes in the Canning Town are will benefit from noise insulation offered by the Highways Agency to protect them against traffic-induced noise.
(39265)
137  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to protect residents in the Canning Town area from increased noise pollution as a result of changes to the A13.
(39262)
138  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are the projected increased noise levels in the Canning Town area as a result of the improvements to the A13.
(39264)
139  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much money has been made available for noise insulation for homes in the Canning Town area to protect them from increased traffic flows.
(39263)
140  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with the power generation and transmission industries regarding possible capital contributions by those industries towards the cost of maintaining a strategic highway network to the 45HB standard.
(39041)
141  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received for heavy industry regarding the ending of the system of designated routes for abnormal loads.
(39045)
142  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons the Highways Authority has ended the system of designated routes for abnormal loads; and what assessment he has made of the current arrangements.
(39044)
143  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the division of responsibility between his Department, the Highways Agency and appointed contractors for maintaining a network of road routes suitable for abnormal loads.
(39043)
144  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of the United Kingdom primary trunk road network is currently maintained to the 45HB standard.
(39040)
145  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has held with the power generation and transmission industries regarding the movement of abnormal loads on public roads.
(39046)
146  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what meetings he has had with representatives of the European Commission to discuss the adoption of the English regions for the purposes of producing European regional statistics; and if he will make a statement.
(39259)
147  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received regarding boundary changes of the English regions.
(39258)
148  
  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many deaths were caused by fires in buildings in (a) 1995 and (b) 1996.
¶A (39294)
149  
  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will introduce measures to limit the generation of toxic smoke and fumes from building products.
¶A (39296)
150  
  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many building fire deaths were caused by toxic smoke and fume inhalation in (a) 1995 and (b) 1996.
¶A (39295)
151  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has to develop economic instruments to support planning policy guidance.
(39000)
152  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 6th April, Official Report, column 2, if he will make a statement on the issues raised in the 306 letters received by his Department about rail services provided by Connex South Central.
¶A (39297)
153  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when planning permission was granted for the construction of the PVC spur road onto the A6 Chapel-en-le-Frith bypass.
(38977)
154  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what (a) legal and (b) other obstacles there are to the immediate construction of the PVC spur road onto the A6 Chapel-en-le-Frith bypass.
(38974)
155  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if his Department has been asked to provide funding towards the construction of the PVC spur road onto the A6 Chapel-en-le-Frith bypass.
(38975)
156  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what source of public funds are available to aid the construction of the PVC spur road onto the A6 Chapel-en-le-Frith bypass.
(38976)
157  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his policy on the re-opening of canals with the potential for recreational use; what sources of public funding are available for such projects; and if he will make a statement.
(38794)
158  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those member states which have obtained an exemption for insulin-dependent drivers from the EU Driving Licence Directive.
(39032)
159  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will reduce the unified business rate where the owner or proprietor lives on the premises in lieu of council tax.
(39031)
160  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will allow new businesses to pay 25 per cent. of the unified business rates in their first years, 50 per cent. in the second and 75 per cent. in the third year.
(39033)
161  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the Highways Agency used the same lane capacity calculation for the M25 in respect of the T5 spur road as it used in the proposals for widening the motorway between junctions 12 and 15; and if he will make a statement.
(38750)
162  
  
Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews (Medway):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each council in England the capital receipts (a) released in 1997-98 and (b) to be released in 1998-99, giving for each year the proportion used on new building and capital repairs and the number of homes involved in each case.
¶A (39281)
163  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what procedures his Department follows when considering an application to introduce a bye-law from (a) a district, (b) a borough, (c) a town and (d) a parish council; and what mechanisms his Department has for verifying the application.
(38734)
164  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to make parking restrictions outside school entrances mandatory, allowing local authorities powers of variation.
(39198)
165  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his assessment of the level of compliance with the legislation relating to safety restraints for children in the rear of motor vehicles; if he will take steps to monitor compliance with the legislation; if he will introduce legislation to make the fitting of child restraints in the rear seats of motor vehicles compulsory; and if he will make a statement.
(38931)
166  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans the Government has to provide funding for making buses accessible for people with disabilities.
(38760)
167  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans the Government has to set a deadline for all buses to be accessible for people with disabilities.
(38761)
168  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on encouraging implementation of the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 with reference to public transport for people with disabilities.
(38763)
169  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans there are to adapt London Underground stations to provide access for people with disabilities.
(38762)
170  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the timetable for the establishment of a Eurostar service from Birmingham to the Continent; and if he will make a statement.
(38619)
171  
N  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many applicants to the boards of regional development agencies are under the age of (a) 25 years, (b) 30 years and (c) 35 years; and if he will make a statement.
(38969)
172  
N  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he is taking to ensure that the boards of regional development agencies include young people; and if he will make a statement.
(38968)
173  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what expenditure his Department has incurred on the provision of a sleeping car service to run to Europe, via the Channel Tunnel, for the regions of Britain; and if he will make a statement.
(38618)
174  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how he will verify the accuracy of the Eurostar traffic forecasts submitted to him by those organisations bidding to (a) construct the Channel Tunnel rail link and (b) run the Eurostar franchise.
(39002)
175  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he requires the Environmental Statement submitted as part of an application for any project which will have an effect on transport volumes or patterns to include (a) an assessment of the number of journeys, by any means of transport, which are generated and saved, (b) an estimate of the projected distances of those journeys, and (c) an assessment of the total increase or reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases and other pollutants caused as a result.
(38980)
176  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his Department's policy towards the use of the Sandford Principle in protecting national parks.
(38981)
177  
  
Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the applicability and enforcement of county structure plans drawn up before the announcement of the Government's policy on the proportion of new dwellings to be on brownfield sites.
(38956)
178  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects the Ministerial Task Group on home buying to report.
(38825)
179  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects the Shipping Working Group assessing measures to assist the United Kingdom shipping industry to report.
(38827)
180  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to arrest the rising water table in London; what impact rising water levels are having on subterranean structures; and if he will make a statement.
(38747)
181  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what (a) percentage and (b) number of private cosmetic surgery clinics were inspected in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(39034)
182  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many insulin-dependent diabetics have been informed to date by the DVLA that they can no longer drive Group C and D vehicles; and how many the agency plans to contact before the end of 1998.
(39181)
183  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his oral Answer of 31st March, Official Report, column 1029, concerning the A380, what evidence underlay his statement that Devon County Council will require at least another two years work before a contract can be signed for a PFI scheme.
(38846)
184  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what evidence he has evaluated of leakage of toxic materials from waste dumped in porous limestone quarries.
(38873)
185  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps his Department is taking to classify mink as a pest.
(38878)
186  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has for new ways of taxing development land to promote balanced development between greenfield and brownfield sites.
(38872)
187  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps his Department is taking to control the spread of wild mink in the United Kingdom.
(38877)
188  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what evaluation his Department has carried out of the benefits of section 106 planning agreements.
(38871)
189  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has for making compensation available to home-owners affected by subsidence caused by limestone quarrying.
(38874)
190  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what investigations his Department has carried out on the effects of waste-tipping in limestone quarries.
(38875)
191  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received on the implications of the possible closure of the lifeboat station at Liverpool; and if he will make a statement.
(39012)
192  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will (a) impose restrictions on and (b) eliminate in the long-term the transportation of nuclear waste.
(39048)
193  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the additional revenue that will be raised in (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000, (c) 2000-01, (d) 2001-02 and (e) 2002-03 from excluding cars built after 1st January 1973 from the exemption of historic vehicles from road tax.
(38717)
194  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he is taking to help local authorities to meet the waste recycling targets of (a) 60 per cent. reduction of wastes going to landfill by 2005, (b) recovery of 40 per cent. of municipal waste by 2005, (c) 25 per cent. household waste recycled by 2000 and (d) 75 per cent. of local authorities actively promoting composting by 2000.
(38616)
195  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what public funds are available for the London Referendum Campaign; and who may apply for them.
(38738)
196  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has to set limits on election expenses for candidates for the London Mayoralty; and what statutory provision applies to the date on which election expenses are first incurred.
(38736)
197  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the health and safety standards achieved by private contractors providing building control services.
(38742)
198  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to ensure local authorities are able to compete on equal terms with the private sector for building control services contracts.
(38741)
199  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received in respect of the provision of building control services by private contractors.
(38740)
200  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons the original side road orders for the Leicester A46/47 link road scheme have been superseded by temporary closure side road orders; and what factors underlay the length of time taken between the posting of the side orders and commencement of work.
(38957)
201  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the supplementary credit approval awarded to Leicester City Council for the construction of the A46/47 link road scheme has been used (a) effectively and (b) within the time period allowed.
(38958)
202  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to change the regulations concerning the valuation arrangements for commercial properties which include domestic areas within the overall property.
(39199)
203  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his plans for improvements to the transport infrastructure in preparation for the opening of the Millennium Experience.
(37437)
204  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the (a) cost in 1998-99 and (b) full year cost of revalorizing (i) the non-aged personal allowance, (ii) the personal allowance for those between 65 and 74 years and (iii) the personal allowance for those aged 75 years and over.
¶A (39291)
205  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the full year cost of transferring from a married person to their earning spouse an unused personal tax allowance where the former cares for an elderly or dependent relative; and if he will give this figure both on the basis that the married couples allowance (a) is and (b) is not, also given in these cases.
¶A (39289)
206  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what amount the real value of the under 65 years married couples allowance will have fallen between 1990-91 and (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000 taking account of the reductions in the rate at which the allowance is given and assuming that the allowance is increased in 1999-2000 in line with inflation.
¶A (39293)
207  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the full year cost of giving all married people the option of transferring an unused personal tax allowance to their earning spouse; and if he will give this figure both on the basis that the married couples allowance (a) is and (b) is not also given in these cases.
¶A (39288)
208  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by how much the real value of the personal allowance will have increased between 1990-91 and (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000 assuming that it is increased in line with inflation in 1999-2000.
¶A (39292)
209  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the full year cost of transferring from a married person to their earning spouse an unused personal tax allowance where that person's youngest child is (a) under five, (b) under 11 and (c) under 16 years at the beginning of the tax year; and if he will give these figures both on the basis that the married couples allowance (i) is and (ii) is not, also given in these cases.
¶A (39290)
210  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd April, Official Report, column 622, what plans he has to improve the methods used for the environmental assessment of budget measures for future budgets.
(38823)
211  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the median age of the population at five-yearly intervals from 1971 to 2031.
(38722)
212  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much ABN Amro Rothschild was paid for handling the sale of the Government's stake in the Merseyside Docks and Harbour Company.
(38554)
213  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate how many employees currently earn more than £450 per week.
(39193)
214  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 12th February, Official Report, column 384, if he will publish for the survey of PEP/TESSA holders (a) the name of the company chosen to conduct the survey, (b) the cost of the contract and (c) the brief given to the opinion research company in respect of the people to be interviewed; and if he will place the results of the survey in the Library.
(38893)
215  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 8th April, if he will estimate the number of employees in respect of whom employers will pay higher NICs as a result of the measures announced in his recent Budget.
(39242)
216  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 12th February, Official Report, column 384, if he will publish for each of the omnibus surveys measuring characteristics of PEP/TESSA holders, amounts saved and savers' attitudes to tax-free savings accounts (a) the names of the companies involved, (b) the cost of each survey and (c) the brief given to each company in respect of the people to be interviewed; and if he will place the results of the surveys in the Library.
(38892)
217  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 12th February, Official Report, column 384, if he will publish the questions asked in each of the omnibus surveys into the characteristics of PEP/TESSA holders, amounts saved and savers' attitudes to tax-free savings accounts.
(38890)
218  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Green Paper on Welfare Reform, if the Government's definition of universal national benefits would cover disability living allowance (a) subject to taxation and (b) means-tested.
(38867)
219  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 1st April, Official Report, columns 554-5, on the working families tax credit, in estimating the cost of the working families tax credit, how many recipients of (a) the working families tax credit and (b) the childcare tax credit are assessed in the cost estimates for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.
(39235)
220  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 12th February, Official Report, column 384, if he will publish the questions asked in the survey of PEP/TESSA holders.
(38891)
221  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the (a) total and (b) yearly level of loan facilities provided by the European Investment Bank to the United Kingdom since 1993; and what are the corresponding figures for each other EU member state.
(38889)
222  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proposals he has to develop economic instruments to support planning policy guidance.
(38999)
223  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what briefings were given by Treasury Ministers on the funding of MI5; what meetings have taken place between Treasury Ministers and journalists at which MI5 was discussed; and which journalists were involved.
(39197)
224  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the timetable for the introduction of legislation to enable cash and fund-of-fund open-ended investment companies to be launched in the United Kingdom domestic market; and if authorisation of cash and fund-of-fund open-ended investment companies will be achieved in time for prospective ISA providers to promote such companies as an alternative to authorised unit trust schemes.
(38854)
225  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the Inland Revenue definition of millennium conversion expenditure used for taxation purposes; and to what extent the definition includes expenditure on the development of new systems.
(39153)
226  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the definition of workplace provision of childcare used by the Inland Revenue in determining whether contributions to childcare qualify as benefits in kind.
(39149)
227  
N  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of people aged (a) 21 years and under and (b) 25 years and under who earn less than (i) £3.50 per hour and (ii) £4 per hour; what percentage of the working population this represents; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (38966)
228  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to tackle tax evasion in the London Borough of Hackney.
(38646)
229  
  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what are the average weekly hours worked by (a) male and (b) female part-time workers, giving figures separately for married and unmarried workers.
(38858)
230  
  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what are the numbers and percentages of (a) male and (b) female employees who are classed as homeworkers; and what is the breakdown by (i) industry and (ii) occupation.
(38852)
231  
  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what are the average weekly hours of work for (a) male, (b) female, (c) full-time and (d) part-time workers, and their average hours of overtime work, giving figures separately for workers (i) with dependent children aged over five years, (ii) with dependent children aged under five years and (iii) with no dependent children.
(38851)
232  
  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) men and (b) women are employed under a flexi-time contract, giving figures separately for workers (i) with dependent children aged over five years, (ii) with dependent children aged under five years and (iii) with no dependent children.
(38848)
233  
  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) men and (b) women work only during school terms, giving figures separately for (i) those directly employed in education and (ii) other workers.
(38849)
234  
  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what are the number and percentage of jobs which are done on a job-share basis; and what percentage of job-shares are done by (a) men and (b) women.
(38853)
235  
  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of (a) male and (b) female employees worked part-time in (i) 1970, (ii) 1980, (iii) 1990 and (iv) the most recent available date; and what were their average hours of work.
(38859)
236  
  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentages of (a) men and (b) women with (i) dependent children over age five, (ii) dependent children under age five and (iii) no children, work (1) full-time and (2) part-time; and what are their average weekly hours of work.
(38856)
237  
  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will update the information in table 5 of Labour Market Trends, January 1997, volumn 105, no. 1, p.LFS5.
(38857)
238  
  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the breakdown of the numbers of (a) male and (b) female employees working part-time by (i) marital status and (ii) industry.
(38860)
239  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the key assumptions used in the model of Oxford Economic Forecasts.
(38888)
240  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the planned expenditure on anti-smuggling, set out at table 3, page 19 of HM Customs and Excise Departmental Report, 1998, (Cm 3918) is allocated to combat nuclear materials smuggling.
(38730)
241  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many instances of the smuggling into the United Kingdom of illicit nuclear materials have been detected since 1990.
(38726)
242  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the herbal stimulants that are (a) regarded as food products and are zero rated for VAT and (b) regarded as stimulants and are subject to the standard rate of VAT.
(38622)
243  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria are used to determine which herbal products are classed as food products and which as stimulants.
[Transferred] (38623)
244  
  
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley and Golders Green):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many abortions were carried out on residents of the London Borough of Barnet in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many of these were (a) carried out in the NHS and (b) paid for by the NHS under an agency agreement.
[Transferred] (39052)
245  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has for the payment of tuition fees to be set against income for tax purposes.
(39028)
246  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will allow the payment of tuition fees for full-time undergraduates to be set against income for personal taxation purposes.
(39030)
247  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy that the international criminal court is independent of governments.
(39239)
248  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received concerning the establishment of an international criminal court.
(39238)
249  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 20th March, Official Report, column 771, concerning ambassadors for British business, if he will list the duties of each of the ambassadors.
(38895)
250  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with fellow members of the United Nations Security Council regarding the creation of an international criminal court.
(39241)
251  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Portsmouth North of 28th July 1997, Official Report, columns 65-6, what action has been taken to encourage EU member states to ban the export of electro-shock weapons, with particular reference to batons.
(39266)
252  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if it is his policy that the proposed international criminal court should have the authority to indict individuals without the threat of a national veto.
(39237)
253  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the United States of America and (b) the European Union concerning the proposed international criminal court.
(39240)
254  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the countries where the British Ambassador or High Commissioner is female; and how many ambassadors and High Commissioners are male.
(38894)
255  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to monitor whether British companies are manufacturing electroshock equipment in other countries to export them to third countries.
(39228)
256  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received regarding the situation of the hostages Camilla Carr and Jon James in Chechnya.
(38617)
257  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response he has had from the Spanish authorities to his representations over the incident of dangerous flying by a Spanish coastguard helicopter in Gibraltar waters on 13th March.
(38983)
258  
N  
Kali Mountford (Colne Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the outcome of talks between the EU and South Africa during the United Kingdom presidency.
(38652)
259  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many diplomatic staff members, in each grade, were on gardening leave on 31st March for each year since 1997; and for what reason staff were on gardening leave.
(38952)
260  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the governments of India and Pakistan concerning their ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
(38735)
261  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has held with GCHQ regarding its proposed re-siting; and if he will make a statement.
(38768)
262  
N  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the member states of the United Nations with which the United Kingdom does not have diplomatic relations.
(39172)
263  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to combat nuclear smuggling.
(38791)
264  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department established the voluntary vetting scheme to prevent the transfer of technology related to weapons of mass destruction in the higher education sector; and if his Department compiles an annual report on the operation of this scheme.
(38964)
265  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the work and proposed reporting arrangements of the review of prescribing, supply and administration of medicines.
(39227)
266  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the NHS element of health expenditure as a percentage of gross domestic product for the years 1968-69 to 1998-99.
[Transferred] (38723)
267  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to require hospital trusts to involve carers and patients in the production and signing-off of discharge plans.
(39054)
268  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to require hospital trusts to provide patients and their carers with a copy of their discharge plan.
(39051)
269  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the representations made by the Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Health Authority in their report, The River Runs Dry, concerning the impact of the current capitation formula on the allocation for 1998-99.
(39049)
270  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the final full year figures for (a) Merton and Sutton and (b) Wandsworth district health authorities for (i) the amount by which they were above or below target, (ii) the level of recurring overspend against allocation and (iii) the comparable figures for the new Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Health Authority.
(39053)
271  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his policy with regard to merging the functions of NHS trusts; how many trusts will be involved; and if he will make a statement.
¶A (39286)
272  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from GPs on the effect on the incomes of GPs of participating in primary care groups; and if he will make a statement.
¶A (39287)
273  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many appointments to local health authorities and NHS trusts have been temporarily extended until the end of June.
¶A (39285)
274  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of all tests for cervical cancers were false positives in the last year for which information is available; and how many unnecessary remedial procedures have been carried out in each of the past 10 years.
(38739)
275  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths and what proportion of all deaths of women aged over 40 years were from cervical cancer in each year since 1975; and what assessment he has made of the measurable effect of screening on the death rate.
(38764)
276  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the (a) number and (b) proportion of remedial procedures for dealing with suspected pre-cancerous cervical conditions that reduce the likelihood of future pregnancies in the patients treated.
(39160)
277  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the beneficiaries of the most recent section 64 allocations of funding; if he will list the criteria by which section 64 applications are judged; and when applications for the next round of section 64 funding will be invited.
(38798)
278  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his plans for early pregnancy units.
(39201)
279  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will instigate an immediate inquiry into age discrimination in the delivery of health services.
(38991)
280  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who will have the responsibility for the upkeep of the Devonshire Royal Hospital building in Buxton when it is no longer required as a hospital by Stockport Health Authority.
(38971)
281  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment the Government has made of the seriousness of the risk to health posed by increased bacterial resistance to antibiotics; and what measures are being taken to minimise this risk.
(38972)
282  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment of the health effects of CR gas sprays has been made by the medical officers of his Department since 1991; how many published and internal papers have been written by his Department's medical officers on this subject since 1991; and what are the current security classifications of the internal reports.
(38614)
283  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the indicators so far from the tests of the Tamoxifen drug in Britain.
(38945)
284  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the extra money promised for the NHS in the Budget will be given to the Watford and Mount Vernon NHS Trust to reduce waiting lists.
(38864)
285  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the setting up of a national council on health care priorities; and if he will make a statement.
(38716)
286  
N  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the guidelines for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Fund, separately identifying the (a) criteria for inviting bids, (b) factors to be considered in evaluating bids and (c) timescale for bidding and implementation; and if he will make a statement.
(39008)
287  
N  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the needs not currently met from existing provision in respect of children's and adolescents' mental health care; what proportion of these needs will be met by the CAMHS Fund; what measures he plans to meet these needs in areas where CAMHS Fund money is not allocated; and if he will make a statement.
(39007)
288  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for the continuation of the notional rent scheme for general practitioners.
(38766)
289  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the merit award system for hospital consultants.
(38754)
290  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will fund research for a vaccination against AIDS.
(38765)
291  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions were issued for benzodiazepine drugs in the last year for which figures are available; and at what cost.
¶A (39282)
292  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) ECG technicians, (b) orthotists, (c) prosthetists, (d) neuro-physiologists, (e) audiologists, (f) clinical biochemists, (g) clinical psychologists, (h) pharmacists and (i) physiotherapists are employed by the NHS in each grade; and for each grade how many of these are women.
(39029)
293  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many contracts there are currently between his Department and UK Detention Services; what was the starting date of each contract; what is the completion date for each contract; and if he will make a statement.
(38665)
294  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals were arrested and charged with false passport offences during 1997; how many of those were subsequently imprisoned; what was the average length of sentence; how many were subsequently detained on completion of their sentence; and if he will make a statement.
(38660)
295  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many warrants issued by magistrates courts for breach of a probation, community service or combination order are currently outstanding; what was the average period taken by the police to enforce such a warrant in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(38659)
296  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the public sector comparator against which the Prison Service has calculated the costs of the prisons built and managed under the private finance initiative at Bridgend and Fazakerley; what assumptions are used by the comparator; at what stage it was calculated; and if he will make a statement.
(38661)
297  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the Home Office circulars issued to (a) police forces, (b) police authorities and (c) the Association of Chief Police officers, in each of the last three years.
(38662)
298  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women received a custodial sentence for non-payment of a fine imposed for not paying for a television licence, in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(38746)
299  
N  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Gaming Act 1968 in controlling the gaming industry, with regard to the use of technology introduced since 1993.
(38784)
300  
N  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will order a review of the gaming and lottery industry.
(38785)
301  
N  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976 in achieving its purpose of keeping lotteries crime free.
(38782)
302  
N  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will update the advice to police authorities and chief constables on recruiting a multi-racial police service; and if he will publish it.
(39170)
303  
N  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish Dr Simon Holdaway's Home Office-funded report on why ethnic minority police officers were resigning prematurely.
(39169)
304  
N  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will implement the conclusions of the Home Office-funded report on the racialisation of the British police.
(39171)
305  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his policy on the practice of general practitioners charging their patients to verify an application for a postal vote.
(38930)
306  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the budgets given to the governors of each young offender institution in (a) London and (b) the South East for each of the last five years for which figures are available.
¶A (39298)
307  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many 15 and 16 year old young offenders were on remand in Feltham Young Offenders Institution for (a) two to three months, (b) three to six months and (c) over six months prior to conviction or acquittal during each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many currently on remand have spent more than three months awaiting conviction or acquittal.
¶A (39300)
308  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average time young offenders spend on remand in young offenders units prior to conviction or acquittal.
¶A (39299)
309  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what forecast he has made of the likely increase in revenue over each of the next five years as a result of the abolition of the family passport.
(38793)
310  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reduce the backlog on immigration nationality work at the Liverpool Nationality Directorate.
(38982)
311  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to change the nature of the work undertaken at the IND in Liverpool.
(38653)
312  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for the staffing of the IND at Liverpool for 1999-2000.
(38663)
313  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the current average number of prisoners held per prison in England and Wales.
(39161)
314  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the relationship between the levels of crime and the levels of unemployment over the last 17 years.
(39035)
315  
  
Mr John Heppell (Nottingham East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what statutory authority is provided to what bodies and under what circumstances to tow away abandoned cars.
(38745)
316  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the possible incapacitant agents which were assessed before the CS sprays were adopted for police use.
(38609)
317  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many published and internal papers have been written by his Department on the health effects of CR gas sprays since 1991; and what are the current security classifications of the internal reports.
(38608)
318  
  
Mr Bill Michie (Sheffield, Heeley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each (a) county council, (b) metropolitan district council, (c) unitary authority and (d) London borough council, the total amount of grant aid given to such authorities for emergency planning in each of the years 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and provision for 1998-99.
(39155)
319  
  
Mr Bill Michie (Sheffield, Heeley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list his Department's capital expenditure on emergency planning activities in 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and provision for 1998-99 including capital grants to other bodies; and if he will make a statement about the purpose of the expenditure.
(39158)
320  
  
Mr Bill Michie (Sheffield, Heeley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list (a) current and (b) capital expenditure on the Emergency Planning College in 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and provision for 1998-99.
(39157)
321  
  
Mr Bill Michie (Sheffield, Heeley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list his Department's grants to the Women's Royal Voluntary Service for (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 and provision for 1998-99; and if he will make a statement.
(39154)
322  
  
Mr Bill Michie (Sheffield, Heeley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list his Department's current expenditure on Home Office emergency planning activities, excluding any costs related to the Emergency Planning College in 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and provision for 1998-99 under the following headings (a) personnel and staffing costs, (b) premises costs, (c) telecommunications costs, (d) equipment storage and maintenance costs, (e) publicity and publications costs and (f) other costs.
(39156)
323  
  
Mr Bill Michie (Sheffield, Heeley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what income his Department has received in 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1997-98 and expects to receive in 1998-99 from the disposal of (a) land and property and (b) equipment, formerly used or held for emergency planning or civil defence purposes; and if he will make a statement.
(39159)
324  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women have been sentenced to custodial sentences in Wales in the first three months of 1998.
(38948)
325  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women were sentenced to custodial sentences in Wales in 1997 and in each of the previous 10 years.
(38947)
326  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will call for a report from the Chief Constable of Merseyside on (a) the disciplinary action against officers involved in the Eddie Gilfoyle case recommended by the Police Complaints Authority, (b) the date on which Merseyside Police received the PCA report, (c) the date set for disciplinary hearings and (d) the reason for the delay.
(38831)
327  
N  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to increase voter turnout for (a) local elections and (b) general elections among young people; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (38970)
328  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to publish the review on prison service drug strategy.
(38808)
329  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the review of measures to deal with anti-social behaviour to be completed.
(38807)
330  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the review of community fire safety to be completed.
(38806)
331  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the review of measures to deal with protection of communities from known sex offenders to be completed.
(38818)
332  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the review of the future role of local civil protection in England and Wales to be completed.
(38829)
333  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the review of prison nursing services to be completed.
(38811)
334  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to publish the review on the firefighters pension scheme.
(38809)
335  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the review of government proposals for youth justice to be completed.
(38816)
336  
N  
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to publish the review of public entertainment licensing.
(38824)
337  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for the most recent year for which figures are available, broken down by month, the numbers of unlicensed firearms entering the United Kingdom, excluding the Province of Northern Ireland.
(39038)
338  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases to date have been brought against Her Majesty's Government in respect of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997, in (a) the European Court of Justice and (b) the European Court of Human Rights.
(39036)
339  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unlicensed firearms he estimates are in current circulation in the United Kingdom, excluding the Province of Northern Ireland.
(39037)
340  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will meet lay members of the General Synod of the Church of England to discuss the implications of the Human Rights Bill [Lords].
(38928)
341  
N  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many service firefighters there are in each fire authority; and how many of these are women.
(38651)
342  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the agencies in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the European Union responsible for monitoring, intercepting and prosecuting in respect of incidences of alleged nuclear smuggling.
(38733)
343  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisons have access to Sky television sports channels for prisoners.
(38940)
344  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisons (a) he and (b) his Ministers have visited since 1st May 1997.
(38935)
345  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to address the informal industrial action by the Prison Officers' Association.
(38933)
346  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to visit Maidstone Prison.
(38937)
347  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answers of 15th January, Official Report, column 285, and 2nd February, Official Report, column 516, when a decision about the future of in-cell television will be made.
(38965)
348  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on further implementation of the Learmount Report.
(38936)
349  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many 15 and 16 year olds were held on remand in (a) Her Majesty's prisons and (b) young offender institutions on (i) 1st April 1997 and (ii) 1st April 1998.
(38934)
350  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum appeals were still awaiting resolution on (a) 1st April 1997 and (b) 1st April 1998.
(38939)
351  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications were still awaiting resolution on (a) 1st April 1997 and (b) 1st April 1998.
(38938)
352  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee, what assessment he has made of the level of millennium compliance within the parliamentary estate.
(38917)
353  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which countries her Department conducted participatory poverty assessments in 1997-98; and in which it plans to in 1998-99.
(39187)
354  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which countries in 1997-98 governance problems interrupted her Department's programme support.
(39186)
355  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions her Department's officials have held with the government of Zimbabwe about land reform; and if she will make a statement.
(39165)
356  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she will publish the results of her Department's survey of the extent of poverty in Central and Eastern Europe.
(39183)
357  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with which central banks her Department has held discussions concerning the introduction of legislation for the regulation and supervision of micro-finance institutions.
(39182)
358  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which countries her Department proposes to promote replication of the Shanghai Municipal Financial Reform Project in 1998-99.
(39184)
359  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the members of her Department's Land Tenure Group.
(39180)
360  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which countries her Department provided support to banking supervisory and regulatory authorities in 1997-98; and what plans she has for such support in 1998-99.
(39185)
361  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has held on proposals for a new international development act; and if she will make a statement.
(39188)
362  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which countries her Department is currently funding civil service reform projects; and at what estimated cost.
(39178)
363  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which Caribbean countries her Department is currently providing assistance to combat drug smuggling; and at what estimated cost.
(39177)
364  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is the estimated cost of her Department's support for the pilot land reform programme in the Republic of South Africa.
(39179)
365  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to fund the Centre for Humanitarian Aid's Moscow newspaper, BEZDNA.
(38600)
366  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what help and assistance she is giving to the Government of Indonesia to contain and extinguish forest fires.
[Transferred] (38978)
367  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aspects of the support her Department gives under the (a) TACIS, (b) PHARE and (c) other assistance programmes to Eastern European and former states of the Soviet Union, is aimed at combating the smuggling of nuclear materials from these countries to (i) the United Kingdom and (ii) the EU.
(38724)
368  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what meetings officials in her Department (a) have had and (b) plan to have with NGOs to discuss the use of manual vacuum aspiration for elective abortions in refugee camps.
(38639)
369  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations her Department has recently received about the use of manual vacuum aspiration for performing abortions in refugee camps; whether her Department issues guidance to refugee workers about complications arising from the use of such techniques in refugee camps and other non-sterile environments; and if she will make a statement.
(38636)
370  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the principal causes of mortality in order of prevalence in those refugee camps to which her Department provides assistance.
(38642)
371  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the extent of the compliance of the distribution of post coital contraception in refugee camps with the terms of the safety information provided by the manufacturers; and if she will make a statement.
(38644)
372  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what was the United Nations' budget for the health needs of refugees, per refugee, for (a) the emergency phase and (b) the post-emergency phase of refugee situations in each of the last 10 years; and what are the projected figures for the next three years.
(38641)
373  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the rate of maternal mortality from (a) acute respiratory infection, (b) diarrhoeal disease and (c) measles, as a proportion of total mortality in those refugee camps to which her Department provides assistance.
(38643)
374  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding from independent sources was received by the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees in each of the last 10 years; and what assessment she has made of the extent to which such sources are also involved in funding population control activities.
(38640)
375  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what consultations she has had about the provisions of the forthcoming field manual to be published by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the United Nations Population Fund on the subject of reproductive health in refugee situations; and what response she made.
(38637)
376  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the health implications of the use of manual vacuum aspiration for elective abortions in refugee camps; and if she will make it her policy that manual vacuum aspiration for elective abortions should not be used in such circumstances.
(38638)
377  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make it her policy to support programmes to protect women in refugee camps from pressures to use inappropriate post-coital and abortion techniques; and if she will make a statement.
(38645)
378  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what was, for the last five years for which figures are available, the proportion of the total legal aid bill incurred in (a) Counsel's fees and (b) QCs' fees; what was the proportion of the legal aid bill in each of the last five years spent on white collar fraud trials; and if he will make a statement.
(38796)
379  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, in respect of the car park at the Millennium Dome, how many spaces there will be for (a) orange badge holders, (b) VIPs and (c) others; and what charges will be payable in each case.
(38713)
380  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what steps he is taking to ensure the proposed car park at the Millennium Dome is not used by commuters wishing to use the proposed underground station nearby.
(38715)
381  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what rights the New Millennium Experience Company has acquired over Surfball.
(38621)
382  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what expenditure has been undertaken by the New Millennium Experience Company on the development of Surfball; and which organisations have been consulted.
(38620)
383  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what steps he has taken to provide opportunities for the demonstration of British environmental technologies and expertise at the Millennium Experience Dome at Greenwich; and what discussions he has had with other Ministers on such matters.
(38729)
384  
  
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will allocate capital funding for the provision of accommodation for the Play Resource Warehouse, Belfast.
¶A (39306)
385  
  
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what applications the Department of Education, Northern Ireland has received from the Play Resource Warehouse in Belfast for capital funding for new premises.
¶A (39305)
386  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many businesses employ 10 or more people in Northern Ireland; how many businesses that employ 10 or more people are members of the CBI in Northern Ireland; on what basis she has assessed that the CBI in Northern Ireland is representative of business opinion on Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.
(39196)
387  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the President of the Council, what estimate she has made of the cost of electronic voting in the House.
(38471)
388  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will list the benefits and the monetary value of benefits granted to each opposition party, including details for both Houses of Parliament and both Short Money funding and other allocations, with special reference to (a) salaries of the Official Opposition Leader and whips, (b) salaries and costs of civil servants attached to the Official Opposition Whips' Office, (c) the provision of a car and driver to the Leader of the Opposition and (d) the supply of newspapers and other services to the Official Opposition Whips' Office for (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 1998-99.
(38950)
389  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Prime Minister, when the report dealing with Al Yamama that was made available to the Chairman of the Committee of Public Accounts was made available to officials in the (a) Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (b) Ministry of Defence and (c) Home Office.
(38863)
390  
N  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list those who worked in No. 10 Downing Street, giving their job titles, on (a) 1st April 1998 and (b) 1st April 1997.
(38474)
391  
N  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list with job titles each political appointment with (a) No. 10 Downing Street and (b) the Cabinet Office since 2nd May 1997.
(38472)
392  
N  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 6th April, Official Report, column 72, if he will identify the precise references in the Ministerial Code to partners and officials.
(38571)
393  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he last met the (a) Editor of The Times, (b) Editor of The Sun, (c) Editor of The Sunday Times, (d) proprietors of The Daily Mirror Group, (e) Editor in Chief of The Daily Mirror, (f) Editor of The Independent, (g) proprietors of Guardian Newspapers, (h) Editor of The Guardian, (i) Editor of The Observer, (j) Proprietor of The Daily Telegraph, (k) Editor of the Daily Telegraph, (l) Editor of the Sunday Telegraph, (m) Proprietor of the Daily Mail, (n) Editor of The Daily Mail, (p) Editor of the Mail on Sunday, (q) Proprietor of Express Newspapers, (r) Editor of the Daily Express, (s) Editor of The Sunday Express and (t) Editor of The Evening Standard.
(38795)
394  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 6th April, Official Report, column 73, if he will list the occasions on which he has promoted and supported British companies abroad.
(38553)
395  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, if the submission of a draft white paper to the full cabinet for consideration and approval is a matter determined by the sponsoring Minister; and what factors are taken into consideration in determining if the drafts are so submitted.
(39256)
396  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many white papers published since May 1997 have been considered and approved by the full cabinet prior to their publication.
(39255)
397  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, if the proposed White Paper on industrial relations and employment law will be considered and approved by the full cabinet prior to publication.
(39257)
398  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 6th April, Official Report, column 68, when the government review on quangos will be completed.
(38815)
399  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the members of the Security Vetting Appeals Panel indicating the criteria governing their appointment.
(38868)
400  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his discussions with Premier Zhu Rongji; and if he will review the mechanisms by which UK-China relations are conducted.
(38822)
401  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer of 12th March, Official Report, column 292, and the subsequent letter from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, if Highland and Island's Enterprise's appraisal of the proposed funicular railway on Cairngorm assessed the likely increase in (a) the number of tourist days and (b) visitor expenditure.
(38597)
402  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer of 12th March, Official Report, column 292, and the subsequent letter from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, if he took into account the contents of HIE's economic appraisal in approving the expenditure by HIE on a funicular railway on Cairngorm; and what independent assessment of this appraisal his Department sought.
(38596)
403  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer of 12th March, Official Report, column 292, and the subsequent letter from Highlands and Islands Enterprises what was the projected impact on the winter and summer businesses of (a) Aonoch Mar, (b) the Lecht and (c) Glen Shee, identified in the economic appraisal of the proposed funicular railway in Cairngorm.
(38595)
404  
N  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many children have been excluded from school in each academic year since 1990-91.
(39176)
405  
N  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list Scottish Development Agency-funded environmental improvement projects in each Scottish constituency.
(39175)
406  
N  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what action he is taking to improve facilities for sport in schools.
(39173)
407  
N  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many physical education teachers were employed by local education authorities in each year since 1979.
(39174)
408  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what information he has received from SEPA in respect of their recent assessment of the total radioactive inventory put into (a) the access shaft and (b) the storage silo at Dounreay.
(38884)
409  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her Answer of 26th March, Official Report, columns 276-7, on the Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board, what is the remit of the research the board has been commissioned to undertake on deafness in children and young adults; and on what date it is expected (a) to start and (b) to be completed.
(38951)
410  
N  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what initiatives her Department is undertaking to involve the private sector in Benefits Agency business; which companies are involved; which areas of Benefit Agency core business are affected; when the results are expected; and if she will make a statement.
(38990)
411  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her Answer of 7th April, Official Report, column 223, which of the contracts listed was awarded on the basis of a single tender.
(39254)
412  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list all the welfare profiles being compiled by her Department.
(38865)
413  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list the advertisements taken out (a) on poster sites, (b) in newspapers, (c) on radio and (d) on television to publicise the National Benefit Fraud Hotline since 1st May 1997.
[Transferred] (39194)
414  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the purpose of the survey of the income levels of recipients of disability living allowance; and what is the cost of conducting the survey.
(38866)
415  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her Answer of 7th April, Official Report, column 223, if she will publish (a) the brief given to each company in respect of the people to be interviewed, (b) the questions asked and (c) the results of each of the surveys listed.
(39247)
416  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the estimated average extra employer national insurance contribution per employee in respect of employees earning over £450 per week that employers will have to pay as a result of the proposals announced in the Budget.
[Transferred] (39192)
417  
  
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what representations he has received from the Canadian government concerning the situation of British expatriate state pensioners living in Canada who do not receive any uprating of their pensions.
(38727)
418  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what representations she has received from lawyers on proposals to remove actors from Class 1 national insurance contributions.
(38932)
419  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of social security appeals tribunals were (a) attended by the appellant and/or a representative and (b) unattended; and what was the success rate for (i) attended and (ii) unattended appeals in each of the last four quarters.
(38973)
420  
N  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, in which years each of the war pensions for former service personnel who participated in the nuclear tests programmes in Australia and the South Pacific and developed leukaemia, or the widows of such personnel, were awarded.
(38648)
421  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the cost to public funds of the increase in national insurance rebates on appropriate personal pensions to compensate for the impact of lost investment income as a result of the removal of ACT credits on dividends on UK equities.
(38792)
422  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what consultations she has had with representatives of the insurance industry concerning the treatment of payments under loan protection insurance policies for recipients of job seeker's allowance; what instructions she is issuing to Department of Social Security staff concerning these payments; and if she will make a statement.
(38896)
423  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what provision has been made under the Government's welfare-to-work scheme for the transport requirements of people with disabilities when taking up options under the New Deal.
(38779)
424  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans she has for reforming the Benefits Integrity Project; and if she will make a statement on the review of the gateways into disability living allowance and attendance allowance.
(38949)
425  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what has been the expenditure on benefits to lone parents for each year since 1979; and what is the forecast expenditure for each year up to 2000 (a) in terms of annual real growth, (b) in cash terms and (c) as a proportion of social security expenditure.
(38996)
426  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the report of the Pensions Provision Group will be published.
(39163)
427  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate her Department has made of the levels of benefit fraud for each benefit, excluding housing benefit, for each year since 1979.
(38997)
428  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the percentage (a) in numbers and (b) in value of disability benefits paid to those persons over retirement age.
(38998)
429  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the report of the Pension Education Working Group will be published.
(39162)
430  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many lone parents with children aged under five years there are (a) in total and (b) in Scotland for each year since 1979; and what are the forecasts for each year up to the year 2000.
(39039)
431  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the number of lone parents currently claiming (a) income support and (b) family credit who have a child aged (i) under 11, (ii) 11 to 15 and (iii) 16 to 18 years.
(38647)
432  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will provide the figures in table 6 of her latest Departmental Report for (a) contribution-based JSA, (b) income-based JSA and (c) income support separately for each client group, and identifying lone parents separately in each case.
(38941)
433  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list the main factors behind the decline in the number of people receiving widows' benefits between 1992-93 and 1998-99.
(38942)
434  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her Answer of 2nd April, Official Report, column 670, for what reason her Department's family resources survey does not contain reliable information on pensions; and what plans she has to conduct research into the pension scheme membership of individuals at different income levels.
(38473)
435  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 25th February, regarding a constituent, Ref: 4/3644/25.
(38850)
436  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when she will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Walsall North of 10th March, Ref:5/3644/27.
(38752)
437  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list the total number of pensioner winter fuel payments issued (a) in error and (b) in duplicate.
(39189)
438  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list the total (a) number and (b) cost of pensioner winter fuel payments issued which have subsequently been cashed which were issued (i) in error and (ii) in duplicate.
(39190)
439  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many complaints her Department has received regarding the issuing in error of pensioner winter fuel payments.
(39191)
440  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she hopes to conclude the Government's review of coal contracts and related matters.
(39006)
441  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure that the freedom of the Post Office to enter into domestic joint ventures does not give rise to unfair competition with other service providers.
(38988)
442  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the progress of (a) Companies House, (b) the Radio Communications Agency, (c) the Patent Office and (d) the Employment Tribunal Service towards receiving Investors in People Awards.
¶A (39283)
443  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 6th April, Official Report, column 61 on utility markets, if the utility regulators will be given the same level of investigatory powers as the Office of Fair Trading under the Competition Bill.
(38664)
444  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the status of (a) Companies House, (b) the Radiocommunications Agency, (c) the National Weights and Measures Laboratory, (d) the Patent Office and (e) the Employment Tribunal Services with regard to their accreditation with Investors in People.
¶A (39284)
445  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will strengthen the legal protection for investors against frauds commonly known as whisky scams.
(39164)
446  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what has been the cost of the investigation into the activities of Mr Gerald James in relation to his employment by defence contractors.
(38897)
447  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if commissions were paid by BMARC to companies owned by or connected to Her Majesty's Government.
(38898)
448  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has received regarding predatory pricing of national newspapers.
(37424)
449  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many British defence companies have received public funds to attend Asian Aerospace 98 in Singapore; and what was the total amount of public funding involved.
(39244)
450  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to (a) ban or restrict the importation of goods which have been made with forced labour and (b) to increase public knowledge and awareness of such goods and their origins.
(39236)
451  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 27th November 1997 to the honourable Member for Newport West, Official Report, column 645, on export credits, if she will list the defence exports specifying (i) type of equipment, (ii) exporting company, (iii) customer in recipient country and (iv) year of defence sale which were underwritten by ECGD and for which claims have been made by manufacturers but not recovered from the governements of (a) Venezuela, (b) Jordan, (c) Kenya, (d) Egypt and (e) Algeria.
(39268)
452  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when the Omani British Offset Programme was agreed; and if he will list specific defence sales agreements which it contains.
(39243)
453  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer to the honourable Member for Newport West of 27th November 1997, Official Report, column 645, if she will list the assessments made by (a) ECGD and (b) other relevant agencies on the risks of extending the export credits against which claims have been made by manufacturers and not recovered from the governments of (i) Venezuela, (ii) Jordan, (iii) Kenya, (iv) Egypt and (v) Algeria.
(39267)
454  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the total amount of public funds extended by her Department to companies attending defence trade shows for each year since 1990.
(39245)
455  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the allocation of Objective 1 Funding per head in Merseyside for the current funding period; and what is the average figure for all European Objective 1 areas.
(38989)
456  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will enter into discussions with the Home Office on the provision of a scheme for retailers to hand in fireworks which have become illegal to sell, to be operated by the fire brigades.
(38721)
457  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what comment she has made of the effect on British industry of substituting the 20 per cent. reduction in the greenhouse gases specified in the Kyoto Protocol for the Government's target for the 20 per cent. reduction in carbon dioxide.
(38955)
458  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessments he has made of the risk to the integrity of United Kingdom power supplies as a result of the reduction in available routes for the movement of abnormal loads to and from power stations and National Grid main transformer locations around the United Kingdom.
(39042)
459  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the principal EU regulations and directives which affect the London art market; and what further measures are anticipated.
(37416)
460  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the division of responsibility within government in respect of negotiations relating to the Multilateral Agreement on Investment; who has represented the UK Government during the negotiations; through which international fora negotiations are being conducted; and when she estimates a final text will be agreed.
(38885)
461  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to increase the funding, over the next four years, to agencies which examine near earth objects; and if he will make a statement.
(38954)
462  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the total Government provided funding for research into near earth objects in 1998-99; and if he will make a statement.
(38953)
463  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she expects the review of energy sources for power generation to be completed.
(38826)
464  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she expects the review of clean coal technology to be completed.
(38828)
465  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she expects the review of electricity trading arrangements to be completed.
(38830)
466  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what estimate he has made of the number of independent booksellers (i) in 1987 and (ii) at the current date; and what assessment he has made of the impact on the traditional book trade of the growth of new retail outlets.
(38748)
467  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has made to the regulators of utilities with respect to call-out charges.
(38767)
468  
  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what are the number and percentage of employers employing part-time workers, broken down by size of firm; and what are the number and percentage of firms in which (a) at least 25 per cent. and (b) at least 50 per cent. of the workforce is part-time.
(38855)
469  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the present value of her Department's contracts with the National Engineering Laboratory.
(38876)
470  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what contribution her Department made to the budget of the Overseas Trade Board in the last financial year.
(38880)
471  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what contribution her Department made to the budget of the Export Forum in the last financial year.
(38881)
472  
N  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what recent information she has received from the UKAEA in respect of the adequacy of the storage capacity for radioactive waste at Dounreay.
(38901)
473  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make it her policy to place on the agenda of the next European Energy Council meeting the issue of measures to combat nuclear materials and technology smuggling.
(38728)
474  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what matters relating to the smuggling of nuclear materials were raised at the recent G8 Energy Summit in Moscow; and what decisions were taken on this matter.
(38725)
475  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has received regarding the development of a National Business Agency.
(38797)
476  
  
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many Treasury ex-gratia payments in relation to claims under the provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996 have been made.
(38927)
477  
N  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the oral statement of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for School Standards in the Department of Education and Employment of 24th March, Official Report, columns 398-9, if he will make a statement on the accessibility of Welsh-medium nursery education in all parts of Wales.
(37145)
478  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the dates when the appointments of the members of the Board of the Dyfed-Powys Health Authority are due to terminate.
(38658)
479  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the prospects for the Welsh sheepmeat industry.
(39277)
480  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what initiatives he has taken to encourage increased investment in the railway service in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(39280)
481  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his estimate of the amount of (i) milk and (ii) associated dairy products imported into (a) Wales and (b) the United Kingdom in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(39276)
482  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has received concerning the dairy industry in Wales.
(39274)
483  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his estimate of the number of non-farming jobs dependent upon the dairy industry in Wales.
(39275)
484  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the proposals for the dairy industry in Wales.
(39273)
485  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects the restriction on the export of Welsh beef to be lifted; and if he will make a statement.
(39278)
486  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on how many occasions he has discussed the dairy industry with leaders of the farming unions.
(39272)
487  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is the extra amount of council house sales receipts made available for the current and the next financial year; and if he will make a statement.
(39279)
488  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many appointments he has made to Welsh non-departmental public bodies since 1st May 1997; how many of the appointments were (a) men and (b) women; how many existing appointees hold more than one post; and if he will list them.
(38753)
489  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many Black and Asian people have been appointed to Welsh quangos since 1st May 1997.
(38946)
490  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if his Department's lease of Crickhowell House is conditional on the whole building being signed-off as defect-free.
(38783)
491  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how the action plans for endangered species and habitats prepared by Forest Enterprise would be taken forward and adapted in Wales under the separate exercise of forestry functions in England, Scotland and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(38626)
492  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if an order under subsection 1(1)(b) in Schedule 6 to the Government of Wales Bill could exempt Forestry Commissioners in Wales from applying the recently agreed UK Forestry standard; and if he will make a statement.
(38627)
493  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if, following the proposed separation of functions in relation to Wales, the Forestry Commission will (a) produce a framework document and supporting corporate plan for Wales and (b) address nature conservation objectives and targets previously agreed on a Great Britain basis; and if he will make a statement.
(38625)
494  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the requirements which could be disregarded by Forestry Commissioners in Wales subject to a order under subsection 1(1)(b) in Schedule 6 to the Government of Wales Bill; and if he will make a statement.
(38624)
495  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects the review of economic regulation in Wales to be published.
(38805)
496  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects the Wales New Deal Advisory Task Force to report.
(38926)
497  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects the review of the number and share of NHS trusts in Wales to report.
(38813)
498  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects the strategic review of the Welsh trunk road programme to report.
(38819)
499  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects the National School Standards Task Force to report.
(38800)
500  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects the review on the National Curriculum in Wales to report.
(38817)
501  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects the review of the Welsh childcare strategy working group will be published.
(38812)
502  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the level of literacy rates within each county and county borough in Wales.
(38603)
503  
N  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the amount of ESF funding received by Gwent Tertiary College for each individual project for the period 1995 to 1997, together with the amount each project has already received from the college.
(38899)
504  
N  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if all the ESF funding received by Gwent Tertiary College for each project in the 1995 to 1997 period has been used for the purpose intended.
(38900)
505  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the differences in priorities in respect of the implementation of the New Deal in Wales relative to other parts of the United Kingdom.
(38732)
506  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the implementation of the work of the Environmental Task Force in Wales.
(38731)
507  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow)‹bj538›what studies he has evaluated into the archaeological significance of the site of the Millennium Experience.
(37516)
508  
N  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to publish his White Paper on the UK strategy to meet the target of 20 per cent. reduction on carbon dioxide emissions in 1990.
[Transferred] (38985)


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