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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Friday 8 May 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 8 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 Friday 8 May, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Monday 11 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.
 


 
FRIDAY 8th MAY
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if the Novel Foods Regulation 258/97 requires food products containing oil extracted from genetically-modified soy-beans to be labelled to refer to the use of genetically-modified material.
(41191)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he is taking during the United Kingdom's Presidency to achieve consistency of labelling for genetically-modified foods across Europe under the Novel Foods Regulation 258/97; and if he will make a statement.
(41190)
3  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes is permitted to take into account (a) wider environmental considerations and (b) ethical considerations when considering applications.
(41192)
4  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if animals which have been involved in transgenic experiments are deemed substantially equivalent in terms of their permissability for inclusion in the food chain.
(41194)
5  
  
Mr Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 15th July, Official Report, columns 147-8, what further information his Department now has on dumping of radioactive waste at sea.
(41364)
6  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the number of United Kingdom farms which will be ineligible for CAP support under the Agenda 2000 proposals; and if he will estimate the equivalent number in each other EU member state.
(41358)
7  
  
Mrs Teresa Gorman (Billericay):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 8th April, Official Report, columns 233-4, on organophosphates, if he will list the organisations which received funding in the past five years and indicate which studies were co-funded by (a) education institutions, (b) charitable institutions and (c) private sector companies.
(41388)
8  
  
Mrs Teresa Gorman (Billericay):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many reports his Department has received of adverse effects from using organophosphate pesticides in each of the last three years.
(41382)
9  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the financing of the Food Standards Agency.
(41585)
10  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of awards made by (a) the Arts Council and (b) the London Arts Board have been directed towards black and minority ethnic groups in each year between 1987-88 and 1996-97.
(41359)
11  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take action to reduce the average number of minutes of advertising per hour on commercial television.
(41461)
12  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to ensure that the teaching of swimming is eligible for funding under the New Opportunities Fund.
(41454)
13  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will launch a national media campaign (a) to make children aware of water safety and (b) to encourage them to learn to swim.
(41452)
14  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria the Heritage Lottery Fund uses to decide whether an application has outstanding merit.
(41451)
15  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure equity of distribution between metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in the distribution of Heritage Lottery funds.
(41450)
16  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at which United Kingdom educational institutions, including military colleges, Indonesian army officers are currently being taught, how many officers are at each institution and to what units each is attached.
(41552)
17  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer on 16th February, Official Report, column 483, what was the nature of the exercises conducted by the Royal Navy with Indonesian forces in the South China Sea in 1997; and what was the cost of those exercises.
(41551)
18  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on fertility levels amongst service men who participated in the Gulf War.
(41502)
19  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the 130 decibel live firing limit on Salisbury Plains was established; how this figure was arrived at; with whom it was agreed; how often it has been breached in the past year; how many complaints have been received about live firing in the past year; and from whom.
(41181)
20  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the licences which he has rescinded since 1st May 1997 in respect of hunting with hounds on his Department's land; and if he will make a statement.
(41179)
21  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he decided to rescind the licence of the Royal Artillery Hunt; what consultation he had with (a) the general staff at HQ Land Command, Wilton and (b) the Royal Artillery Hunt; and when he will relicense the hunt.
(41180)
22  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the code name of the NATO exercise in Macedonia in September; when he decided to commit British troops; and when (a) he or (b) his officials consulted (i) ministers and (ii) officials in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
(41182)
23  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received from serving and retired military personnel cautioning against the expansion of NATO to include Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
(41587)
24  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd March, Official Report, columns 420-1, when he expects to issue guidance to departments and agencies to help them avoid unfair discrimination on the basis of age.
(41363)
25  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what evaluation he has made of the possibility of screening children excluded from school for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
(41197)
26  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received from parental support groups, LEAs and schools in response to the consultation document, Excellence for All Children: Meeting Special Education Needs, with specific reference to children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
(41209)
27  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of primary schools in the UK currently provide swimming and water safety skills; and what is the figure for other European Union countries.
(40943)
28  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of primary schools in Coventry provide teaching in swimming and water safety; and what was the level of LEA funding for this purpose in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands in each of the last five years.
(40944)
29  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much has been allocated for drug misuse education programmes in schools in each of the last five years.
(40945)
30  
N  
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for each local education authority in England (a) the number of maintained primary school places available, (b) the number of children attending maintained primary schools, (c) the number of maintained secondary school places available, (d) the number of children attending maintained secondary schools, (e) the proportion of available maintained primary school places which were unfilled and (f) the proportion of available maintained secondary school places which were unfilled for each of the last five years.
(41178)
31  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what were the achievement grades at (a) A-level and (b) GCSE in each of the science subjects in Norfolk schools in each of the years 1992 to 1997.
(41160)
32  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to increase the number of school students taking science subjects.
(41159)
33  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment his Department has made of the likelihood of individuals offered training in childcare, as part of the New Deal, subsequently achieving NVQ level 3 as a result of continued employer support after the initial six months of New Deal funding.
(41529)
34  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment his Department has made of the likelihood of individuals offered training in childcare, as part of the New Deal, achieving sufficient qualifications to work in that intended capacity for local authority social services or education departments.
(41528)
35  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will extend the New Deal arrangements for training to ensure that participants seeking qualifications for employment in childcare can continue beyond NVQ level 2.
(41530)
36  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if the confidential telephone hotline established for employees under the New Deal will be accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people through the provision of a textphone service and the training of hotline staff in the use of the Typetalk telephone relay service.
(41350)
37  
  
Mr Ian Taylor (Esher and Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what financial provision he will make available to local education authorities to meet the costs of (a) installing and (b) maintaining the National Grid for Learning in their area.
(41346)
38  
  
Mr Ian Taylor (Esher and Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what provisions have been made to monitor children's use of classroom computers when searching the Internet.
(41347)
39  
  
Mr Ian Taylor (Esher and Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what technological barriers have been developed by his Department in the introduction of the National Grid for Learning, to secure children from access and exposure to unsuitable and damaging Internet material.
(41345)
40  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will ensure that the standard of attainment reached by schools in respect of swimming and water safety is recorded in OFSTED inspections.
(41453)
41  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will ensure that funding given by his Department for swimming and water safety is used solely for those purposes.
(41445)
42  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will ensure that swimming and water safety are a statutory requirement of the core curriculum within the National Curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2.
(41449)
43  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what agreements have been reached in respect of the importation of toxic waste from South Africa for disposal by Rechem in South Wales; what quantities are involved; and if he will make a statement.
(41196)
44  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement in respect of the importation of toxic waste for incineration.
(41195)
45  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how the Government intends to proceed with regard to the role of the Local Government Commission in the event of a yes vote in the referendum on the Government's plans for a Greater London Authority.
(41387)
46  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to give effect to the Local Government Commission's recommendations for electoral arrangements in North Somerset.
(41527)
47  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many road accident fatalities there were in Coventry in each year since 1990.
(40946)
48  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures his Department is taking to improve enforcement of speed limits.
(40947)
49  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received in favour of a reduction in speed limits.
(40948)
50  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the aims of the Government at the Conference of the Parties to the Biodiversity Convention meeting in Bratislava.
(41455)
51  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the Government's policy towards the levels of freight transported internationally.
(41457)
52  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the recent World Trade Organisation ruling that a United States law protecting sea turtles is incompatible with world trade agreements.
(41458)
53  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each year since its creation the number of warning letters issued by HM Railway Inspectorate to Railtrack plc.
(41564)
54  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each year of its operation the number of incidents where drivers of trains using the Channel Tunnel have passed signals at red, broken down by (a) Eurostar, (b) freight and (c) car shuttle services.
(41558)
55  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each year since its creation prosecutions taken by HM Railway Inspectorate against Railtrack plc.
(41563)
56  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter issued by HM Railway Inspectorate to Eurotunnel as detailed in Paragraph 63 of the Annual Report of the Channel Tunnel Safety Authority 1996-97.
(41560)
57  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the main contractors employed by Railtrack to undertake maintenance work, and the names of any contractors or sub-contractors removed from any approved lists since the creation of Railtrack.
(41568)
58  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action (a) his Department and (b) the Civil Aviation Authority intend to take following the publication by the FAA that Bangladesh has been listed as not meeting international aviation safety standards.
(41556)
59  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report produced by the Rail Safety and Technology Working Group relating to signals passed at red in the Channel Tunnel.
(41559)
60  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each of the last five years the number of derailments officially notified to HM Railway Inspectorate and the train operating companies involved.
(41567)
61  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each year since its creation the number of occurrences where unqualified staff or contractors have been found undertaking work on railway property on behalf of Railtrack plc.
(41566)
62  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each year of its operation the number of incidents where trains have been routed on to tracks where works were in progress in the Channel Tunnel.
(41565)
63  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list air services operated by Bangladeshi-registered airlines operating to or from the United Kingdom.
(41557)
64  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each year of its operation the number of incidents involving staff working without protection on tracks in or approaching the Channel Tunnel.
(41561)
65  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many park and ride schemes his Department has (a) introduced and (b) drawn up since 1st May 1997.
(41590)
66  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the members of the three working groups on Walking Strategy, indicating how members were chosen, by whom and using what criteria.
(41581)
67  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those organisations from which he has requested nominations to serve on the proposed (a) London, (b) South East, (c) North East, (d) North West, (e) Yorks and Humber, (f) West Midlands, (g) East Midlands, (h) Eastern and (i) South West Regional Development Authorities, indicating the number of nominations he has sought from each organisation, the dates of the interviews, and those who will be present at the interview, who will select those appointed and how the chair and vice chair will be chosen.
(41582)
68  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many miles of cycle way have been introduced since May 1997; and what (a) encouragement and (b) support is given to local authorities to introduce cycle ways.
(41589)
69  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much money has been (a) given and (b) committed by the Countryside Commission to the Country Landowners' Association to assist with the CLA's Access 2000 project; if he will list the (i) numbers, (ii) size and (iii) location of sites involving new public access opened as a result of the expenditure; and if each new public access is (1) permanent, (2) free of charge and (3) paid for by (I) walkers and (II) a government-funded scheme.
(41548)
70  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the change in the level of the United Kingdom's carbon dioxide emissions in (a) quantity and (b) percentage terms in each of the last 10 years.
(41380)
71  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the likely increase in the United Kingdom's carbon dioxide emissions in (a) quantity and (b) percentage terms over the 10 years from the beginning of 1998.
(41381)
72  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance he has given to district councils, Department of Environment Planning and Road Services and Customs and Excise regarding control of diesel-only supply outlets reselling illegally-imported diesel fuel from the Irish Republic.
(41378)
73  
  
Mr William Cash (Stone):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the economic benefits arising from membership of the Single Currency which would outweigh the constitutional costs to the United Kingdom of membership of EMU.
(41344)
74  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from the Petrol Retailers Association about the illegal importation of petroleum products into Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(41549)
75  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the pump price per litre of (a) unleaded petrol and (b) derv in (i) Northern Ireland and (ii) the Republic of Ireland, indicating the percentage of duty and VAT in the total cost of each.
(41534)
76  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with HM Customs and Excise about the illegal importation of petroleum products into Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(41554)
77  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the estimated loss of revenue through the illegal importation of petroleum products into Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.
(41535)
78  
N  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much in debt service is expected to be paid by Mozambique, in US dollars, in each year from 1998 to 2002, following the recent agreement under the HIPC initiative, according to (a) the HIPC final document, and (b) the latest estimates.
(41207)
79  
N  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid in debt service by Mozambique, in US dollars, in each year from 1995 to 1997.
(41206)
80  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he will take to improve access to historic registration records.
(41349)
81  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will exempt from VAT charitable gifts from the National Association of Leagues of Hospital Friends to NHS hospitals; and if he will make a statement.
(41362)
82  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 24th July, Official Report, column 708, if he will make a statement on the use of Hawk aircraft in East Timor since 1983.
(41447)
83  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the abduction of Indonesian human rights activists by army units; and what representations he has made to the Indonesian authorities.
(41555)
84  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps have been taken to implement the six-point plan for co-operation on human rights with Indonesia announced in August 1997; and what are the estimated total costs of the plan.
(41537)
85  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to ensure the British and French proposals for a code of conduct governing arms transfers will give priority to the protection of human rights in Indonesia over the maintenance of a strong defence industry.
(41550)
86  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which countries are currently refused arms export licences as a consequence of the ethical foreign policy.
(41569)
87  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the delivery of British Aerospace Hawk 200 light multi-role fighters to Indonesia will commence.
(41448)
88  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received relating to the ability of Indonesian students to exercise their rights to freedom of assembly and expression; and what representations he has made to the Indonesian authorities on this matter.
(41562)
89  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will set up an independent inquiry into the allegations that a British firm or firms were involved in the supply of arms to Sierra Leone.
(41186)
90  
  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is Lord Whitty's salary in his capacity as Minister with Special Responsibility for the EU Presidency.
(41383)
91  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he was first informed of the allegations that a British firm or firms were involved in the supply of arms to Sierra Leone.
(41189)
92  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who is conducting the inquiries that have been established into the allegations that a British firm or firms were involved in the supply of arms to Sierra Leone.
(41184)
93  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the reports of the inquiries that have been established into the allegations that a British firm or firms were involved in the supply of arms to Sierra Leone will be published in full.
(41185)
94  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when officials in his Department first became aware that a British firm or firms were involved in the supply of arms to Sierra Leone.
(41188)
95  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of compliance with UN resolutions by British firms supplying arms to Sierra Leone.
(41187)
96  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what are the terms of reference of the inquiries that have been established into the allegations that a British firm or firms were involved in the supply of arms to Sierra Leone.
(41183)
97  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the Government's policy towards arms sales to Sierra Leone.
(41113)
98  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date Ministers in his Department were first informed that his Department had asked Her Majesty's Customs and Excise to investigate arms sales to Sierra Leone.
(41339)
99  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date his Department asked Her Majesty's Customs and Excise to investigate arms sales to Sierra Leone.
(41340)
100  
  
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Pakistan Government expressing concern about the death sentence passed on Ayub Masih for blasphemy.
(41385)
101  
  
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will monitor the case of Pakistani Christian, Ayub Masih, who was sentenced to death on 27th April at Punjab District Court for blasphemy.
(41384)
102  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evaluation his Department has made of (a) the effectiveness and (b) the side-effects of Ritalin; and what guidance it provides on prescribing the drug.
(41208)
103  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list by health authority the levels of prescribing of Ritalin (methylphenidate) in terms of (a) numbers of people and (b) cost in (i) 1993-94, (ii) 1994-95, (iii) 1995-96 and (iv) 1996-97.
(41203)
104  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was allocated to treatment programmes for drug misusers in Coventry in each of the last five years.
(40899)
105  
  
Mrs Teresa Gorman (Billericay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) guidance and (b) information his Department provides to general practitioners in farming areas on the symptoms and health risks associated with organophosphates; and if he will place a copy of this information in the Library.
(41379)
106  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list all National Health trusts which received more than 15 per cent of their income from extra contractual referrals in 1996-97, indicating the total amount of revenue from ECRs for each trust and the precentage this represents of total revenues.
(41538)
107  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are waiting to see a cancer specialist on referral from their general practitioner; and what is the average length of time they have been waiting to see a specialist.
(41540)
108  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list figures for those waiting for cancer surgery on (a) 1st May 1997 and (b) 1st May 1998 or the nearest convenient dates; and what are the waiting times for those who have been waiting for cancer surgery since 1st May 1997.
(41539)
109  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the reviews instituted in his Department since 1st May 1997; what is the estimated cost of the reviews; and which reviews have reported and when the others will be completed.
(41553)
110  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the new primary care commissioning groups will be able to use their budgets to purchase specialist services from independent providers.
(41542)
111  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines his Department issues on the maximum number of new patients annually a clinical oncologist should take on.
(41546)
112  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the level of staff in oncology departments over the next two years.
(41541)
113  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 6th May, Official Report, columns 421-22, if he will rank by health authority the number of tooth extractions per 1,000 persons aged under 18 years.
(41588)
114  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to review the safety and appropriateness of laser surgery to correct short sight.
(41586)
115  
  
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there have been for sending obscene material via fax machines in each of the last five years.
(41500)
116  
  
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what statutory provision governs the transmission of obscene and unsolicited faxes.
(41498)
117  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the review on the treatment of vulnerable and intimidated witnesses to be complete.
(41591)
118  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to eliminate fraud in respect of proxy voting.
(41584)
119  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the members of the Animal Procedures Committee, and their records of attendance for each of the meetings in (a) 1996, (b) 1997 and (c) 1998.
(41343)
120  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to publish members' attendances at future meetings of the Animal Procedures Committee.
(41342)
121  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to further fund Zimbabwean police and army training at United Kingdom establishments.
(41583)
122  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has received on the diverting of humanitarian aid to Bosnia to Swiss bank accounts.
(41459)
123  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will report on the outcome of the first meeting of the Development Awareness Working Group.
(41487)
124  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is currently providing to Mongolia.
(41356)
125  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of her Department's expenditure through non-governmental organisations in 1997-98 was applied to (a) the Joint Funding Scheme, (b) emergency relief, (c) volunteers and (d) other areas; and what are the comparable planned figures for 1998-99.
(41365)
126  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department spent under the Joint Funding Scheme in 1997-98; on how many projects; and what are the planned figures for 1998-99.
(41368)
127  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the bilateral development assistance programme was channelled through United Kingdom non-governmental organisations for development activities in 1997-98; and what is the planned figure for 1998-99.
(41366)
128  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department spent on the Volunteer Programme in 1997-98; how many volunteers were sent; to how many countries; and what are the planned figures for 1998-99.
(41367)
129  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when Mr Peter Pursglove was employed by the Crown Agents; and on what terms he was seconded to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
(41348)
130  
  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list (a) the sums of money and (b) the proportions of the total legal aid budget for each of the last five years for which figures are available taken up by (i) personal injury cases, (ii) contractual disputes, (iii) judicial review cases, (iv) criminal cases and (v) family law cases.
(41503)
131  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many petrol stations have closed in Northern Ireland in (a) 1997 and (b) in 1998 to date.
(41532)
132  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she had held with the RUC about the illegal importation of petroleum products into Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.
(41533)
133  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations she has received from the Petrol Retailers Association about the illegal importation of petroleum products; and what response she made.
(41531)
134  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action she is taking to prevent the illegal importation of petroleum products into Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.
(41536)
135  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, what steps are being taken to ensure that software used by the security services obtained from outside the United Kingdom does not contain trapdoors, allowing unauthorised access to sensitive information.
(41193)
136  
  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list for each local health board area the sums allocated to provide continence services in each area for the last three years for which figures are available, listing the amounts as a percentage of each board's primary care budget.
(41446)
137  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage of households in each (a) borough and (b) constituency in London was (i) on income support and (ii) paying tax at the higher rate in 1996-97.
(41361)
138  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what progress has been made towards the improvement of decision-making procedures under the Benefits Integrity Project.
(40781)
139  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of present levels of disability benefits in offsetting the additional cost of disability.
(40782)
140  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what representations she has received from disability organisations calling for a guaranteed minimum level of income to ensure equality between disabled and non-disabled people; and if she will make a statement.
(40783)
141  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make a statement on the conference of EU Ministers for Women on Childcare in Belfast on 5th and 6th May; if she will place in the Library a list of those who attended and copies of those speeches made in English; and what plans she has to publish a transcript of the conference including translations of speeches made in other languages.
(40463)
142  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans she has to establish a body to work alongside Government in accordance with the principles of consultation with disabled people outlined in the green paper, A New Contract for Welfare; if a significant part of that body will be drawn from among disabled people; and what timescale she proposes.
(41357)
143  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what action her Department is taking to increase the take up of unclaimed social security benefits.
(41592)
144  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what action is being taken by Her Majesty's Government to protect legitimate petrol and diesel fuel retailers in Border areas and throughout Northern Ireland from disadvantageous trading conditions arising from (a) the difference in value of sterling and the punt, (b) fuel duty differentials between the United Kingdom and the Irish Republic and (c) bulk fuel deliveries into Northern Ireland from the Irish Republic.
(41389)
145  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 29th April, Official Report, column 151, what is the total value of Export Credits Guarantee Department claims made by manufacturers, but not recovered from the courts of (a) Venezuela, (b) Jordan, (c) Kenya, (d) Egypt and (e) Algeria.
(41460)
146  
  
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will legislate to prevent the sending of unsolicited faxes.
(41501)
147  
  
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what powers she has to prevent the misuse of fax machines for transmitting unsolicited material.
(41499)
148  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many export licences for the sale of weapons to Sierra Leone were granted in the last 12 months.
(41177)
149  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what changes to guidelines on arms sales have been made by her Department to reflect the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's ethical foreign policy.
(41158)
150  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on his Department's efforts to promote the sale of beef produced in Wales.
(41488)
151  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how he proposes to eliminate skills shortages in skilled manufacturing industry in Wales.
(41492)
152  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what new monies he has released to colleges of further education in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(41495)
153  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with dairy producers concerning the price of milk; and if he will make a statement.
(41490)
154  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessments he has made of the importance of hill farms to the rural economy in the uplands of Wales.
(41489)
155  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how he expects the New Deal to assist those in Wales with disabilities; and if he will make a statement.
(41496)
156  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how he proposes to create more jobs in rural Wales.
(41491)
157  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what monies he has given to preschool playgroups in Wales; and if he will make a statement on his policy towards playgroups.
(41497)
158  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the operation of the jobseeker's allowance in Wales.
(41494)
159  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will increase the proportion of money available under the New Deal for the long-term unemployed who are over 25 years old.
(41493)
160  
N  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will place in the Library copies of the correspondence between his Department and the Chair of the Corporation of Gwent Tertiary College in the last six months.
(41205)
161  
N  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects to reply to the questions from the honourable Member for Blaenau Gwent (38900, 38899) relating to ESF funding for Gwent Tertiary College.
(41204)
162  
  
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many credit cards have been issued by Gwent Tertiary College; who has been issued with a credit card; for what purpose credit cards were issued; and what was the annual cost to Gwent Tertiary College for the use of the credit cards in the last year for which figures are available.
(41386)
163  
  
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is the current teacher to student ratio in school sixth forms in Gwent; and what were the figures in (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997.
(41484)
164  
  
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is the current student to teacher ratio in Gwent Tertiary College; and what were the figures in (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997.
(41547)
165  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action the Government is taking to investigate possible violations of arms sanctions in respect of Sierra Leone.
[Transferred] (41114)
166  
  
Mr Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how much has been paid to employees of insolvent employers through the provisions of sections 63 to 65 of the Employment Protection Act 1975 and successive acts incorporating those provisions in each year since 1976.
[Transferred] (41360)
167  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proposals he has for allowing free public access to the records of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths.
[Transferred] (41341)


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