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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 29 April 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 29 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 Wednesday 29 April, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Thursday 30 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.
 


 
WEDNESDAY 29th APRIL
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his policy in respect of the provision of subsidies by the EU to encourage the export of cattle from the EU to the Middle East.
(39971)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has made to the US Food and Drugs Administration in respect of their plans to redefine organic food; and if he will make a statement.
(39973)
3  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many and what percentage of the (i) paid and (ii) unpaid appointments which he has made to non-departmental public bodies since 1st May 1997 were women.
(39400)
4  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what proposals he has to secure an updating of the butterfat base to give a better representation of the milk quota.
(39866)
5  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will investigate the possibility of co-ordinating insurance policy premiums organised by, and for, vets.
(39867)
6  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has made to the United States Government regarding its proposal to redefine organic agriculture.
(39870)
7  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will investigate the fees charged by vets.
(39868)
8  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what percentage of the (i) paid and (ii) unpaid appointments which he has made to non-departmental public bodies since 1st May 1997 were women.
(39408)
9  
  
Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many projects applying for Lottery funds have been turned down because of inadequate matching funds.
(40240)
10  
  
Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what research his Department has conducted into (a) the number and (b) the type of projects that do not apply for Lottery funds because they cannot raise adequate matching funds.
(40241)
11  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what percentage of the (i) paid and (ii) unpaid appointments which he has made to non-departmental public bodies since 1st May 1997 were women.
(39410)
12  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when there will be a NATO military strategy review as outlined in MC 400-1; and if it will be a parallel process to the review of the Strategic Concept.
(40387)
13  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to consult Russia in the process of NATO's review of its Strategic Concept.
(40380)
14  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to revise the nuclear paragraphs of the current NATO Strategic Concept.
(40382)
15  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to table proposals on the review of NATO's strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(40381)
16  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list each of the countries in receipt of United Kingdom military assistance for each of the past 10 years and the annual cost of assistance to each country.
(40388)
17  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many and what percentage of the (i) paid and (ii) unpaid appointments which he has made to non-departmental public bodies since 1st May 1997 were women.
(39403)
18  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many and what percentage of the (i) paid and (ii) unpaid appointments which he has made to non-departmental public bodies since 1st May 1997 were women.
(39404)
19  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what progress is being made, with Britain's partners in the European Union, towards establishing an integrated approach to job creation measures across Europe.
(39788)
20  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures he will take to ensure that young people in care have their education, employment and training needs met.
(40114)
21  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment his Department has made of the IT skills of teachers of technology.
(40361)
22  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the schools which qualify for allocations from the New Deal for schools in 1998-99 for replacement or repair, indicating the new schools to be built.
(40208)
23  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what quantities of waste have been imported for disposal, broken down by type, and origin, for each year since 1983.
(39972)
24  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many and what percentage of the (i) paid and (ii) unpaid appointments which he has made to non-departmental public bodies since 1st May 1997 were women.
(39397)
25  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what tests of dioxin levels at the site of the former Avenue Cokeworks at Wingerworth in Derbyshire he has commissioned; and if he will make a statement.
(40172)
26  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects the location for the headquarters of the Regional Development Agency in the West Midlands will be announced.
(39784)
27  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will amend the Housing Act 1996 Code of Guidance with respect to youth homelessness strategies to make specific reference to meeting the particular housing needs of care leavers.
(40164)
28  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress his Department is making in identifying good practice among the Local Agenda 21 Groups.
(39871)
29  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has to review the Widdecombe definition of politically-restricted posts.
(39869)
30  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans the Government has for the management of the plutonium waste held in the United Kingdom; and what plans he has to fund research into its safe disposal.
(40184)
31  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on progress towards implementing the proposal in Planning for the Communities of the Future to establish a task force to examine the use of recycled land for housing.
(40243)
32  
N  
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on local authorities' reponsibilities when implementing national pay review body awards for chief executive officers.
(39979)
33  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 29th January, Official Report, column 327, if he will provide a revised figure for the representations received by his Department from residents of Fernhill Heath, Worcestershire.
(40163)
34  
  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many times the merchant vessel 'Rema' was inspected under port state control arrangements in the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the loss of the vessel.
(40350)
35  
  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what were the minimum certificate of competency requirements for the seafarers on the vessel 'Rema'; what was the issuing authority of those certificates of competency; and if the vessel complied with these on the day of her loss.
(40349)
36  
  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will provide details of the last port state control inspection of the vessel 'Rema', listing the areas of deficiency; and what actions were taken by the vessel's owners to remedy the deficiencies.
(40354)
37  
  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the minimum manning requirements were for the vessel 'Rema'; and if the ship complied with these on the date of her loss.
(40352)
38  
  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on how many occasions the vessel 'Rema' was detained following port state control inspections in the past five years; and if he will list the dates of and reasons for the detentions.
(40351)
39  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will require local authorities to build new housing which is funded by capital receipts to those standards for accessibility which are proposed to be included in an extension of Part M of the building regulations.
(40336)
40  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will require local authorities to use a proportion of their capital receipts to renovate and refurbish existing housing stock to accessible standards.
(40337)
41  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to reduce waiting times for local authority disability facilities grants.
(40334)
42  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the average waiting time for a disabled facilities grant for (a) all applications, (b) council tenant applications, (c) housing association tenant applications, (d) private tenant applications and (e) owner occupier applications in the last year for which figures are available.
(40335)
43  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if, pursuant to his Answer of 24th April, Official Report, columns 707-8 on Great Western trains, he will assess the effects of calculating train punctuality statistics in terms of the proportion of passengers who are delayed.
(40245)
44  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of the (i) paid and (ii) unpaid appointments which he has made to non-departmental public bodies since 1st May 1997 were women.
(39407)
45  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to issue the regulations for the operation of ISAs.
(40244)
46  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons he has not applied to the EU for the discretion to apply a reduced rate of value-added tax for selected labour-intensive industries in respect of restoration and repairs of (a) churches and (b) historic buildings.
(39872)
47  
N  
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what additional yield was anticipated from skill-with-prizes machines following increases in amusement machine licences duty in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98; and what are the actual yields.
(39730)
48  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide a breakdown for each department, by accounting heading of the amount spent in the years 1995-96 and 1996-97 on central administration and associated expenditure as set out in Table 5.4 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 1997-98 (Cm 3601, March 1997); and if he will identify for each department and each accounting heading the amount of such expenditure defined as identifiable and non-identifiable in terms of allocation by geographic area of the UK.
(40095)
49  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what percentage of the (i) paid and (ii) unpaid appointments which he has made to non-departmental public bodies since 1st May 1997 were women.
(39406)
50  
  
Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what new exceptions there have been to the embargo on Argentina.
(40345)
51  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 26th March, Official Report, column 238, what factors underlay the selection of universities his Department's officials will visit; and what plans his Department's officials have to visit Exeter University.
(40203)
52  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which British posts abroad operate a pre-sift system for people applying for visit visas; and for each such post, how many people were (a) advised to withdraw their applications, (b) followed that advice, (c) pursued their applications and were refused visas and (d) pursued their applications and were granted visas in 1996 and 1997 to the latest available date.
(40242)
53  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people from (a) Jamaica, (b) Barbados, (c) India, (b) Pakistan, (e) Russia, (f) Poland, (g) Malaysia, (h) Zimbabwe, (i) Ghana and (h) Bangladesh, (i) applied for, (ii) were granted and (iii) were refused entry clearance as visitors in 1997 to the latest available date.
(40315)
54  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of the (i) paid and (ii) unpaid appointments which he has made to non-departmental public bodies since 1st May 1997 were women.
(39409)
55  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement regarding Warwick and Leicester Universities proposals for a joint medical school.
(39786)
56  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what strategies his Department is undertaking to tackle health inequalities in Coventry.
(39785)
57  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he will take to ensure that local authorities make appropriate arrangements to meet the housing needs of young people leaving care.
(40115)
58  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he will take to ensure that local authorities monitor the (a) accommodation arrangements, (b) educational attainment and (c) employment status of young people at the point they leave care.
(40113)
59  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will amend the Children Act 1989 to require that the responsibility for a young person placed outside his local authority area remains with the placing authority.
(40116)
60  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have died from contracting MRSA in hospital in the last 10 years.
(40177)
61  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to fund research into methods of controlling the spread of MRSA in hospitals.
(40175)
62  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents of MRSA there have been in each of the last 10 years.
(40309)
63  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to control the spread of MRSA in hospitals.
(40176)
64  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list, for each healthcare trust in the North West Region, (a) the number of healthcare assistants employed by that trust and (b) the percentage of the total workforce which that figure represents.
(39977)
65  
  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review the pre-payment certificate scheme for prescription charges in respect of those suffering chronic illness on low incomes.
(40180)
66  
  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make the prescription charge exemption scheme for patients with chronic illnesses available to those who suffer from acute rheumatic arthritis.
(40178)
67  
  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the criteria for access to the prescription charge exemption scheme for long-term illness; and when he next expects to review the types of illnesses which qualify for exemption.
(40179)
68  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines his Department has issued or intends to issue on the written information that can be made available by manufacturers on infant formula.
(40312)
69  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department maintains a register of types of prosthesis, including information on the criteria for suitability of particular products within any category of prosthesis.
(40311)
70  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children under 10 years have had tooth extractions carried out in each health authority over the past 12 months; and what proportion had the extractions carried out under general anaesthetic.
(40305)
71  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons he did not include targets for oral health in his Green Paper, Our Healthier Nation.
(40306)
72  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make diagnosed Sjogren's Syndrome sufferers eligible for free dental and prescription costs.
(40355)
73  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has held with (a) the St. John Ambulance Brigade, (b) the Red Cross and (c) other relevant voluntary organisations in respect of the cost of new ambulances; and what financial assistance the Government proposes to give to the voluntary sector.
(40356)
74  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the costs of the dispensing of medicines by rural GP practices in the last year for which figures are available.
(40317)
75  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many members he expects there to be on primary care groups; and what competences will be represented on them.
(40316)
76  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the extent to which health action zones will reduce waiting times for occupational therapy assessments and adaption services.
(40338)
77  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the NHS plans to issue national guidance on the treatment of incontinence.
(40190)
78  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultations he has had with pharmacists and other health retailers on the possible future supply of continence pads through the retail sector; and when these meetings were held.
(40198)
79  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what level of funding his Department has given to voluntary organisations providing support for incontinent people in each year since 1990-91.
(40191)
80  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has undertaken into the number of incontinent people in the UK seeking advice and products outside the NHS.
(40192)
81  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funds have been allocated to improved continence services from the winter funding budget, following his Department's press release of 14th October 1997.
(40193)
82  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of the (i) paid and (ii) unpaid appointments which he has made to non-departmental public bodies since 1st May 1997 were women.
(39405)
83  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to implement section 9 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997.
(40212)
84  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions have been recorded under section 38 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 since the commencement of that Act.
(40186)
85  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if references to imprisonment in section 9 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 include (a) detention in a young offender institution and (b) detention and training.
(40188)
86  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the Parole Board has exercised its powers in relation to the release on licence of prisoners under section 37(5) of the Criminal Justice Act 1991.
(40187)
87  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what reviews his Department has carried out of the maximum sentence of custody which can be imposed by (i) a magistrates' court and (ii) a youth court.
(40185)
88  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many young persons aged over 18 years and under 21 years were held in adult prison accommodation at the most recent available date.
(40189)
89  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discretion exists to allow new information to be considered by the appeal tribunal in immigration cases.
(40205)
90  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average length of time between the original request for leave to remain in the United Kingdom and the appeal stage in immigration cases.
(40201)
91  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce the proposed new fire safety legislation following the publication of the 1996 fire statistics; and if he will specify a timetable for its introduction.
(40204)
92  
  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what conditions about early release have been agreed with the Irish government in respect of the proposed transfer of Paul Magee, convicted in 1993 of the murder of Special Constable Glenn Goodman.
(40332)
93  
  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he intends to recommend to the Irish government that Paul Magee, convicted in 1993 of the murder of a police officer, should serve a minimum term of imprisonment following his proposed transfer to a prison in Ireland.
(40333)
94  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase the maximum sentence for causing or encouraging the prostitution of girls under the age of 16 years; and if he will make a statement.
(39978)
95  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ask the Prison Service to make a report to him on the use by prisoners of small claims court procedures; and if he will make a statement.
(40118)
96  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 20th April, Official Report, column 515, if he will list the issues at stake in the 10 cases heard at small claims courts in Long Lartin prison in the last year.
(40162)
97  
  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce legislation to remove the prohibition on Church of England and Roman Catholic priests standing for election to Parliament.
(40246)
98  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) Malaysians, (b) Jamaicans, (c) Barbadians, (d) Zimbabweans, (e) Ghanians, (f) Bangledeshis, (g) Indians, (h) Pakistanis, (i) Russians, (j) Poles, (k) United States citizens and (l) Canadians were (i) granted leave to enter the United Kingdom as visitors and (ii) refused leave to enter the United Kingdom in 1997 to the latest available date.
(40307)
99  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the police forces in England and Wales have an IT security strategy; and what action his Department is taking to encourage the development of such strategies.
(40360)
100  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the changed arrangements for embarkation control at United Kingdom ports and airports, with particular reference to (a) the manning of closed circuit television monitors, (b) the training of staff to monitor CCTV equipment, (c) which categories of immigration officers are being trained to monitor CCTV equipment, (d) how many immigration officers have been re-deployed as a result of the changes and (e) how many of these have been seasonal immigration officers.
(40310)
101  
N  
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce legislation to give greater powers to the police to evict travellers who are occupying private land against the wishes of the owners of the land.
(40165)
102  
  
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions since it opened, and on what dates, Park Prison, Bridgend, has called upon neighbouring prisons for help with disturbances; which prisons responded sending how many prison officers and at what cost; and on how many occasions Park Prison has reciprocated.
(40390)
103  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many and what percentage of the (i) paid and (ii) unpaid appointments which she has made to non-departmental public bodies since 1st May 1997 were women.
(39396)
104  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on assistance given by her Department to Indonesia.
(40183)
105  
N  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the level of Government aid to Rwanda.
(39066)
106  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what procedures are used by her Department to assess the economic efficiency and environmental and social impact of projects funded which fall below the one million ecu value threshold where approval by the ALA Committee is required.
(40342)
107  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what procedures are used by her Department to assess the economic efficiency and environmental and social impact of Stabex projects.
(40343)
108  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when the European Development Fund is due to be replenished; and how much the UK will be contributing.
(40341)
109  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what are the (a) percentage and (b) amount of the UK's financial assistance to developing countries administered through (i) the European Commission and (ii) the European Development Fund in (1) the past two financial years and (2) the present financial year.
(40340)
110  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on aid provision for Pakistan.
(39063)
111  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many and what percentage of the (i) paid and (ii) unpaid appointments which his Department has made to non-departmental public bodies since 1st May 1997 were women.
(39398)
112  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will review the small claims court procedure as it operates in respect of prisoners serving custodial sentences; and if he will make a statement.
(40117)
113  
  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will review whether legislation is needed to clarify, for contracts and other legal purposes, the definition of the terms (a) millennium, (b) eve of the millennium and (c) similar phrases.
(40314)
114  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, when negotiations between NMEC and Koch Hightex over compensation are expected to be completed; and if he will make a statement.
(39970)
115  
N  
Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what plans he has to incorporate within the Millennium Dome testimony to Britain's philosophical tradition.
(40102)
116  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what percentage of the (i) paid and (ii) unpaid appointments which she has made to non-departmental public bodies since 1st May 1997 were women.
(39395)
117  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she plans to publish the consultation paper on the proposed changes to the firearms laws in Northern Ireland.
(40199)
118  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been on waiting lists in (a) Belfast South and (b) Northern Ireland, for continence pads from the NHS for more than (i) one month, (ii) three months and (iii) six months.
(40196)
119  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what level of funding her Department has given to voluntary organisations providing support for incontinent people in each year since 1990-91.
(40195)
120  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have claimed incapacity benefit in each year since 1990-91 on the grounds of incontinence.
(40197)
121  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many and what percentage of the (i) paid and (ii) unpaid appointments which he has made to non-departmental public bodies since 1st May 1997 were women.
(39402)
122  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 29th April.
(39226)
123  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 29th April.
(40182)
124  
N  
Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth and Horncastle):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 29th April.
(39787)
125  
  
Mr Hugh Bayley (City of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many new public service jobs he estimates will be created in Scotland for those who will be employed by (a) the Scottish Parliament and (b) the Scottish Executive.
(40202)
126  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many and what percentage of the (i) paid and (ii) unpaid appointments which she has made to non-departmental public bodies since 1st May 1997 were women.
(39401)
127  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people have claimed incapacity benefit in each year since 1990-91 on the grounds of incontinence.
(40194)
128  
  
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many disabled living allowance claimaints in the area of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council or the related DSS offices are presently in receipt of life-time awards of disabled living allowance.
(40200)
129  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will suspend the internal restructuring of the Child Support Agency pending the outcome of the review; and if she will make a statement.
(40181)
130  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the current ratio of New Deal for lone parents advisers to lone parents participating in the scheme; and what ratio is envisaged when the pilot becomes a nationwide scheme.
(40214)
131  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assumptions about the rate of response to initial letters to lone parents underlay the budgeting for the Parent Plus pilots; and what has been the actual response rate to initial letters under the New Deal for lone parents.
(40209)
132  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will ensure that the Child Support Agency updates the common inquiry system when there are changes in the level of child maintenance due to a lone parent receiving income support; and if she will make a statement.
(40207)
133  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make it her policy to ensure that home visits remain a major feature of the New Deal for lone parents when it becomes a nationwide scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(40206)
134  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage of all lone parents who have received an initial letter under the New Deal for lone parents' pilots have moved from income support into paid employment; if she will provide similar figures for (a) lone parents with mortgages, (b) lone parents in rented accommodation and (c) lone parents who are non-householders; and if she will make a statement on the role of housing tenure in determining the likelihood of moving off welfare and into work.
(40213)
135  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the average time taken between an application by the Benefits Agency to the Child Support Agency for child maintenance to be paid direct to a lone parent following a move off income support and implementation of that request; and if she will make a statement.
(40211)
136  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the effect on the number of home visits under the New Deal for lone parents of the move to a nationwide scheme under the primary responsibility of the Employment Service.
(40210)
137  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if the Government support the Dutch government's proposals to use human volunteers to test the hazards of soft PVC toys; and if she will take steps to ensure that this testing does not delay emergency restrictions in the EU on the marketing of soft PVC toys.
(39976)
138  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if the Government will support proposals from other EU member states for emergency measures to restrict the marketing of soft PVC toys.
(39974)
139  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if the Government will require retailers and manufacturers to withdraw soft PVC toys for infants.
(39975)
140  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many and what percentage of the (i) paid and (ii) unpaid appointments which she has made to non-departmental public bodies since 1st May 1997 were women.
(39399)
141  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many (a) routine and (b) unnannounced visits her Department's inspectors have made to British companies to verify the company's compliance with the requirements of Open Individual Export licences covering the export of military, security or police equipment since 1996; if she will provide details of action taken against companies or individuals found in contravention of the OIEL procedures; and if such information will form part of the Annual Report to Parliament on arms exports.
(40386)
142  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what human rights considerations were taken into account when (a) refusing and (b) granting the ML1 licences to Indonesia.
(40389)
143  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the specialised equipment for military training licensed for export to Indonesia within the 3 ML14 export licences and the specific military unit that received the equipment.
(40384)
144  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she intends to insert information on the number of small arms and other military, security and police equipment contained within each export licence granted into the Annual Report.
(40385)
145  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to improve the transparency of arms exports.
(40383)
146  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what percentage of companies in each Government office region he estimates are undertaking measures to prepare themselves for the introduction of the European single currency.
(39782)
147  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many employees are covered by European Works Councils in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the UK.
(39783)
148  
  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will introduce legislation to indemnify those selling cruises, holidays and other services advertised (a) to celebrate the millennium and (b) using similar terms, which refer to dates one year ahead of the arithmetical millennium.
(40313)
149  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on the licensing of trusted third parties.
(40362)
150  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the meeting between her Department and the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions, to discuss MAI on 21st April.
(40174)
151  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, on what date the Office of National Statistics informed her of its support for new NUTS 2 maps for (a) Cornwall and (b) Wales; and on what date her Department proposed to Eurostat the adoption of these new definitions.
(40358)
152  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if local education authorities will be required to submit bids for individual projects funded by the new money for education announced in this year's budget.
(40308)
153  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on what date the final proposal of the Welsh Office for a new NUTS 2 map for Wales was submitted to the Office for National Statistics; and if he will make a statement on the time taken to draw up this submission.
(40359)
154  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his current estimate of the cost to the Welsh Office budget of the LG project during the present financial year; and what was the original estimate.
(40363)
155  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what progress has been made in enforcing the payment of fines levied as a consequence of the prosecutions in respect of the Ramsgate walkway disaster of 14th April 1994; and what he intends to do to ensure the compliance of the Swedish companies, Fartygsentreprenader A.B. and Fartykonstrukioner A.B., with the sentences imposed on them.
[Transferred] (40339)
156  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what was the total amount of structural funds paid by the European Union to Wales in 1997-98; what effect these payments had on rebates payable to the United Kingdom under the provisions of the Fontainebleau Agreement; and what was the total of matching funds from central government funds in order to secure these structural funds.
[Transferred] (40357)


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