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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 7 May 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 7 May of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Thursday 7 May, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Friday 8 May, see Part 2 of this Paper.

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


 
THURSDAY 7th MAY
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what studies his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) otherwise supported which deal with the specific aspects of the quantity of herbicide use and its impact when used with genetically-modified herbicide-tolerant crops.
(40543)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he estimates genetically-modified herbicide-tolerant crops will be commercially available within the United Kingdom; and what labelling requirements will apply to such crops.
(40550)
3  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the potential impact on biodiversity, including the indirect effects on birds, of (a) genetically-modified herbicide-tolerant crops in general, (b) a crop of genetically-modified oil seed rape and (c) a crop of genetically-modified sugar beet; what proposals he has to monitor such impact; and if he will make a statement.
(40556)
4  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what advice he has received from the Government's statutory nature conservation adviser in respect of genetically-modified herbicide-tolerant crops; and if he will make a statement.
(40554)
5  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what studies his Department has conducted; and what assessment his Department has made of the potential change in farming systems resulting from the availability on a commercial basis of genetically-modified herbicide-tolerant crops.
(40555)
6  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the effect on the marine environment off the South Devon coast caused by scallop dredging.
(41141)
7  
  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Attorney General, how many reviews are currently in train in his Department; what is the cost to date of each review; and when each review is expected to report.
(41152)
8  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, as representing the Church Commissioners, what recent representations he has received concerning the implications of the Human Rights Bill [Lords] for religious organisations.
(41202)
9  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received in favour of making the care and repair of existing sports facilities eligible for lottery funding; and if he will make a statement.
(41134)
10  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions the Minister for the Armed Forces had at his recent meeting with representatives of the Scots Guards Association on the effect of the case of Guardsmen Fisher and Wright on the morale of the regiment.
(41227)
11  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what additional opportunities for training tank regiments are likely to occur with the proposed expansion of NATO to include Poland and Hungary.
(41224)
12  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) serving and (b) retired field marshals there are; and, in respect of the latter, what continuing duties or obligations they have.
(41223)
13  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what conclusions have been reached following the pilot of the central media monitoring unit; and if he will make a statement.
(40677)
14  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to paragraph 57 of the Report of the Working Group on the Government Information Services, what guidance has been given in respect of how bad news can be dampened down.
(40675)
15  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which recommendations of the Report of the Working Group on the Government Information Service have been (a) agreed and implemented, (b) agreed but not yet implemented and (c) dismissed; and if he will make a statement.
(40678)
16  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when the last internal VFM study into the Government Information Service was carried out; what were the results; and when the next study is planned.
(40676)
17  
N  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on progress in the Cornwall New Deal Pathfinder.
(40057)
18  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what resources he is making available for the reappraisal and updating of current NVQ standards.
(40054)
19  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what funding allocations for education, in addition to the revenue support grant, his Department has made since 1st May 1997 to (a) Shropshire County Council and (b) Telford and Wrekin Council.
(40551)
20  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the changes made to the Further Education Funding Council's funding methodology for 1998-99 and their intended impact on participation rates.
(40780)
21  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the average cost per head per year of full-time education in (a) the higher education sector and (b) the further education sector.
(41099)
22  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the average number of years of full-time equivalent post-school specialist learning provided per head of population for the age group 16 to 25 years in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) other EU countries.
(41105)
23  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many schools did not publish results for (a) Key Stage 2 tests and (b) Key Stage 3 tests in 1997.
(40941)
24  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many schools did not submit (a) papers and (b) results for (i) the Key Stage 2 tests and (ii) the Key Stage 3 tests in 1997.
(40940)
25  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many schools did not submit results of Key Stage 1 tests for moderation in 1997.
(40942)
26  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement regarding the role of A level examinations.
(40052)
27  
N  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to improve access for people with disabilities at further and higher education establishments.
(41093)
28  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to encourage the use of greenfreeze air-conditioning systems by (a) the Government and (b) the private sector.
(40549)
29  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what policy he will adopt in respect of the greenhouse gas HFC 134a at the Fourth Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention on Climate Change in Buenos Aires.
(40552)
30  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will re-activate the Newcastle diving registry records as a basis for a comprehensive database of divers.
(41128)
31  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action was taken by the Health and Safety Executive in response to the Offshore Technology Report, OTO 94 009 Neurological and Cerebrovascular Abnormalities in Divers, issued in August 1994, in respect of its findings relating to damage caused to the central nervous system by diving.
(41127)
32  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the development of pipelines for the movement of fluids and freight in the United Kingdom.
(41102)
33  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of all journeys made in Britain are (a) under one mile and (b) under four miles in length.
(41131)
34  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many professional divers he estimates there were in each year since 1979; and how many have had their medical certificates revoked or not reissued due to medical conditions directly attributable to diving.
(41130)
35  
  
Sir Peter Emery (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he plans to take to protect wildlife sites affected by abstraction and sewage effluent.
(41201)
36  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on Warrington's economic development of (a) building and (b) not building a new Junction 8 on the M62.
(40897)
37  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the level of traffic-related pollutants on the A49 in Warrington over the next five years (a) if a new Junction 8 is built on the M62 and (b) if no new junction is constructed.
(40896)
38  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of traffic flows on the A49 in Warrington over the next five years (a) if a new Junction 8 is built on the M62 and (b) if no new junction is constructed.
(40898)
39  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list, in order, the London boroughs by (a) percentage change and (b) cash terms change, in council rent collected for each of the last four years.
(41154)
40  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) income and (b) employment, in manufacturing industry in the United Kingdom of the abolition of internal European Union tax free sales in 1999, with particular reference to the Scotch whisky sector; and if he will make a statement.
(41171)
41  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the advantages to the United Kingdom of the abolition of internal European Union tax free sales in 1999.
(41174)
42  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that the abolition of internal European Union tax free sales will be on the agenda of the next ECOFIN meeting.
(41172)
43  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with European finance ministers regarding possible structural assistance to industries and areas which face a loss of business as a result of the abolition of internal European Union tax free sales; and if he will press for such financial assistance to be given.
(41173)
44  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact on patterns of tourism to and from the United Kingdom of the abolition of internal European Union tax free sales in 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(41170)
45  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to respond to the resolution of the Transport Ministers Council on 17th March calling on ECOFIN to ensure that a study is undertaken of the impact of abolition of duty free within the European Union.
(41222)
46  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date the Office of National Statistics first proposed that Cornwall should be considered as a NUTS 2 area in its own right for Eurostat purposes; and on what date his Department notified Eurostat that such a unit should be considered for structural fund purposes.
(41106)
47  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 24th April, Official Report, columns 721-2, which countries have (a) signed but not ratified and (b) signed and ratified (i) the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, (ii) the United Nations Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery, (iii) the International Labour Organisation Convention (No. 29) concerning forced labour and (iv) the International Labour Organisation Convention (No. 105) concerning the abolition of forced labour.
(40832)
48  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the relationship he proposes between community health councils and the new primary care groups.
(41112)
49  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes he is planning to the role and remit of community health councils; and if he will make a statement.
(41111)
50  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list by region the number of NHS bed days taken up by patients with diabetic foot complications in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(41139)
51  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list by region the number of (a) major and (b) below the knee amputations carried out in the NHS as a consequence of diabetes in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(41135)
52  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list by region the number of acute medical admissions as a result of diabetic foot complications in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(41138)
53  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made in meeting the 1989 St. Vincent's Declaration target in respect of half-limb amputations due to diabetic gangrene.
(41137)
54  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list by region the number of NHS specialist diabetic foot clinics.
(41136)
55  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list by region the number of recorded diabetic foot ulcers treated by the NHS in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(41140)
56  
  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the role of the General Practitioners Research Database in formulating policy in respect of (a) reducing waiting lists and (b) applying resources to where they are most needed.
(41221)
57  
  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to use the data contained on the General Practitioners Research Database to ensure that the use of NHS funds is based on scientifically-recorded data.
(41219)
58  
  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what programmes are in operation to categorise the information on drugs, treatment and medical procedures which is recorded on the General Practitioners Research Database to provide doctors and patients with information that is not currently available elsewhere.
(41220)
59  
  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to analyse the recorded data on the General Practitioners Research Database concerning the long-term results of treatments, drugs and medical procedures in order to inform doctors of the ongoing results of these treatments.
(41218)
60  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the law controlling air guns.
(41155)
61  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) teachers and (b) care staff are currently under investigation for retrospective allegations of sexual abuse of former pupils.
(41132)
62  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken to end the testing of cosmetics on animals; and if he will make a statement.
(41097)
63  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reduce the number of experiments conducted on animals in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(41098)
64  
  
Ms Patricia Hewitt (Leicester West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women who are British Overseas citizens have been admitted for settlement under the quota voucher system in each year since quota vouchers were introduced.
(41148)
65  
  
Ms Patricia Hewitt (Leicester West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women British Overseas citizens would qualify for admission to the United Kingdom for settlement, if women were treated in the same way as men under the quota voucher system.
(41150)
66  
  
Ms Patricia Hewitt (Leicester West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what circumstances a woman who is a British Overseas citizen can be admitted for settlement under the quota voucher system.
(41147)
67  
  
Ms Patricia Hewitt (Leicester West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the advantages of treating women British Overseas citizens in the same way as men under the quota voucher system.
(41149)
68  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 26th November 1997, Official Report, column 542, on firearms compensation claims, when all compensation claims made under the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 under (a) options A and B and (b) option C, will be complete.
(41225)
69  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the findings of the Environmental Resources Management Report of March 1997, Evaluation of Environmental Performance of EC Programmes in Developing Countries.
(41108)
70  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she has taken to ensure that European Commission development assistance is spent in an effective and efficient way and that environmental and social procedures are improved and implemented.
(41109)
71  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he intends to publish his annual report on judicial appointments.
(41226)
72  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if the Living Island within the Millennium Dome will provide information in respect of climate change.
(40544)
73  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what weight of the gas HFC 134a he expects to be used in the proposed air conditioning system in the Millennium Dome.
(40545)
74  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will meet representatives of (a) York UK and (b) Combined Power Service Ltd. to discuss air-conditioning systems for the Millennium Dome.
(40546)
75  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what instructions he has given to the New Millennium Experience Company regarding the type of air-conditioning to be used in the Millennium Dome.
(40547)
76  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what assessment was made of the air-conditioning systems used by (a) the National Portrait Gallery and (b) the National Trust before deciding which system to use in the Millennium Dome.
(40548)
77  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will list the steps being taken to minimise release to the atmosphere of the gas HFC 134a from the proposed air-conditioning system within the Millennium Dome; and what weight of gas he expects will be released for each year of operation of the Dome.
(40553)
78  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what plans he has to exhibit United Kingdom engineering excellence in the Millennium Dome; and if he will make a statement.
(41103)
79  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what account her Department takes of criminal records consisting solely of homosexual activity engaged in prior to 1982, where such activity has been decriminalised, in determining (a) security clearance and (b) employment within the RUC; and what changes to regulations have taken place since 1994.
(41156)
80  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, in what circumstances (a) non-criminal homosexual activity and (b) sexual orientation would debar a candidate from security clearance to become an RUC officer; and what changes in the regulations have ocurred since 1994.
(41157)
81  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she expects the first release of prisoners under the terms of the Belfast Agreement.
(41126)
82  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps a member of a licensed gun club in Northern Ireland wishing to carry his licensed firearm through other parts of the United Kingdom to compete abroad in competitions would be required to take; and if she will make a statement about the movement of licensed firearms for sporting competitions.
(41142)
83  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Prime Minister, for what reasons he agreed to the French rescue of Credit Lyonnais.
(41096)
84  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the progress of the Boundaries Commission in respect of the 1999 local authorities elections.
(41200)
85  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what criteria are being used to determine the distribution of the strategic fund element of the recurrent grant-in-aid funding for Scottish colleges in 1998-99.
(40895)
86  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the level of the fixed element cost of the grant-in-aid funding for Scottish colleges in 1998-99; and what was the level in financial years (a) 1993-94, (b) 1994-95, (c) 1995-96, (d) 1996-97 and (e) 1997-98.
(40893)
87  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list for each NHS trust in Scotland the projected deficits or surpluses itemised in the monthly monitoring returns as at 31st December 1997, indicating the total of the projected deficits or surpluses.
(40937)
88  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list each NHS trust which carries out cervical cancer smear tests, indicating for each (i) the name of the software package used for the smear test call-and-recall system, (ii) the name of the company which provided that software package, (iii) the company responsible for maintaining and testing the software package and (iv) the date of the most recent independent testing of the software package.
(40894)
89  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list each current private finance initiative project in the health sector and for each list (a) the estimated capital cost, (b) the date or projected date of approval of the Outline Business Case, (i) by the Scottish Office and (ii) by the Treasury, (c) the date or projected date of approval of the Full Business Case (1) by the Scottish Office and (2) by the Treasury, (d) the date or projected date of contract signature and (e) the date or projected date of construction completion; and if he will place the outline and full business cases in the Library.
(40936)
90  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the total cost of the building to house the Scottish Parliament, broken down into the costs of (a) securing the land, (b) construction of the debating chamber and associated administrative offices, (c) construction of offices for members and (d) equipping and furnishing it.
(41110)
91  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the length of time during which the Scottish Parliament will have to meet in temporary premises; and what is the (a) cost of renting this facility and (b) capital cost of adapting, furnishing and equipping this facility.
(41101)
92  
N  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants have had (a) disability living allowance and (b) incapacity benefit withdrawn in each of the past five years.
(40892)
93  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people are currently in receipt of income support mortgage interest in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the United Kingdom; and what proportion of these claims are calculated on the basis of the standardised interest rate.
(40654)
94  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate the cost of applying the lender's interest rate to all income support mortgage interest claimants.
(40656)
95  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans she has to revise the current system of assessing income support mortgage interest claims.
(40655)
96  
  
Ms Patricia Hewitt (Leicester West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, under what circumstances child benefit is payable to an adult other than the mother of the child for whom the benefit is paid.
(41151)
97  
  
Ms Patricia Hewitt (Leicester West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, in how many cases in 1997-98 child benefit was paid to the father.
(41144)
98  
  
Ms Patricia Hewitt (Leicester West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, under what circumstances child benefit is payable to a father in respect of a child for whom he has a residence order.
(41143)
99  
  
Ms Patricia Hewitt (Leicester West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, in how many cases child benefit was paid to both parents in respect of children subject to a shared residence order in 1997-98.
(41146)
100  
  
Ms Patricia Hewitt (Leicester West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what provision is made to ensure that child benefit is payable to both parents in cases where a child is the subject of a shared residence order under the Children Act 1989.
(41145)
101  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential for extracting plutonium from exported MOX fuel for use in the production of nuclear weapons; and if she will make a statement.
(40328)
102  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will adopt a plutonium dispersal strategy.
(40329)
103  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what initiatives the Government is taking to promote United Kingdom engineering design during its Presidency of the EU.
(41104)
104  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the European Patent Directive on Biotechnology.
(41016)
105  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what estimate she has made of the potential cost to public funds of tax reliefs for the decommissioning of oil platforms in the North Sea over the next 10 years.
(41124)
106  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many oil platforms there are in British waters; what is the estimated date of decommissioning for each; what decommissioning options are currently being considered for each oil platform in operation in British waters; and what is the Government's preferred option for disposing of oil platforms in British waters.
(41123)
107  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is Her Majesty's Government's policy towards the disposal of oil platforms at sea.
(41125)
108  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement about the proposed transfer of sheep grazing rights in order to plant trees on common land in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
(40938)
109  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement about proposals to purchase sheep grazing rights on common land for planting trees in order to obtain a nature woodland planting grant in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
(40939)
110  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will immediately investigate plans to transfer common land grazing rights in order to create areas of tree planting in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
(40935)
111  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is the estimated amount of additional money being made available to each Welsh health authority in 1998-99 to deal with rising waiting lists.
(41176)
112  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is the estimated budget for (a) the New Deal and (b) Welsh Training and Enterprise Councils in 1998-99; and if he will make a statement on the (i) actual and (ii) percentage change in these figures relative to those in 1997-98.
(41175)
113  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will review the guidelines issued to local government in Wales on the recycling of domestic and commercial waste products as regards (a) the extent of recycling and (b) improving facilities for recycling, particularly in rural areas.
(41107)
114  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what percentage of the capitation money available to the Health Service in Wales was allocated to the North Wales Health Authority in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99; and what proportion of the change in the total funding available to the North Wales Health Authority between those years was accounted for by the change in capitation finance.
(41100)
115  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the annual per capita petrol consumption in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) Germany, (c) Holland, (d) Sweden and (e) the USA.
[Transferred] (41133)
116  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the potential effects on (a) the number of routes, (b) the cost, (c) the frequency and (d) employment provided in the United Kingdom of (i) continental ferry services and (ii) continental air passenger services of the abolition of internal European Union tax free sales in 1999; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (41169)
117  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which optional provisions under UN and Council of Europe human rights agreements he is reviewing possible UK accession to; which reservations to human rights treaties he is assessing the advantages of lifting; to which additional conventions he is assessing the advantages of acceding; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (41153)


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