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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 11 May 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 11 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 Monday 11 May, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Tuesday 12 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.
 


 
MONDAY 11th MAY
1  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action he is taking to (a) support Ivory Coast cocoa producers in efforts to deal with black pod disease and (b) support Brazilian cocoa producers in efforts to suppress the witches broom fungus and to preserve rainforests in which cacao trees grow; and if he will make a statement on the threatened world shortage of chocolate.
(41370)
2  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action he proposes to reduce the use of antibiotics in farming.
(41615)
3  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will provide a breakdown of the projects aided by the £.05 million grant aid provided by his Department towards the Agency's flood warning arrangements.
(41786)
4  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many studies commissioned or evaluated by his Department have been completed into the effectiveness of inland flood warning systems since March 1996.
(41788)
5  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 6th May, Official Report, columns 417-18, which local authority areas are covered by inherited arrangements for flood warnings.
(41784)
6  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many meetings his officials held with the Environment Agency to discuss the flood warnings systems (a) in March 1996 to March 1997, (b) in March 1997 to March 1998 and (c) since March 1998.
(41785)
7  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 6th May, Official Report, column 419-20, if he will list (a) the local authorities, (b) the value of the respective grants and (c) the title of the application for each of the applications by local authorities for capital grants for flood and sea defences set out in his Answer; and which of these applications were approved.
(41782)
8  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what flood warning dissemination plan has been developed for Northamptonshire since March 1998.
(41787)
9  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 6th May, Official Report, columns 419-20, if he will list (a) the local authority area, (b) the value of the respective grants and (c) the title of the application for the applications by the Environment Agency and the Inland Drainage Board from 1995 to 1997 set out in his Answer; and which of these applications were approved.
(41783)
10  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Chief Executive of regional orchestras; and if he will make a statement.
(41642)
11  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many regional orchestras have notified him that they have financial problems; and if he will make a statement.
(41643)
12  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to increase the funding of regional orchestras since 1997.
(41641)
13  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the NATO study on the costs of enlargement.
(41543)
14  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will ensure that higher education funding is not reduced following the introduction of tuition fees.
(41228)
15  
  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how he will ensure that the needs of three year old children are appropriately met in pre-school care.
(41660)
16  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many children were involved in Operation Charlie; over what period it was conducted; and how its value was assessed.
(41619)
17  
N  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the earnings of graduates relative to those of non-graduates; and what assessment he has made of the impact of gender on the earnings of graduates.
(41593)
18  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much is built into the budget assumptions for increasing the capitation grant for sheltered employment placements for 1999-2000.
(41780)
19  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much it would have cost to increase the capitation grant for supported employment placements by the same percentage as other benefit upratings for 1998-99.
(41781)
20  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much public money each New Deal Pathfinder area received from the Government between 1st January and 6th April; and if he will make a statement.
(40825)
21  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the beacon schools.
(41621)
22  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the saving resulting from the closure of the Maritime Rescue Subcentre in Liverpool.
(41574)
23  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will review the decision to close the Maritime Rescue Subcentre in Liverpool.
(41573)
24  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reason no operational reasons were given for the closure of the Maritime Rescue Subcentre in Liverpool.
(41570)
25  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his oral Answer of 8th April, Official Report, column 349, on nuclear deterrence, on what basis he asserted that the question asked by the honourable Member for New Forest East was not truthful; and for what reasons he has not replied to the letter from the honourable Member for New Forest East on this matter.
(41661)
26  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if ministerial advisers are elegible for consideration as members of the proposed regional development agencies; and what sources of advisers Ministers are using in respect of such appointments.
(41713)
27  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what data he has collated in respect of the recent safety test conducted on the modified NTL-II transport container used to ship irradiated spent nuclear fuel from Krummel Nuclear Plant in Germany and Sellafield; when he received this data; and what actions he has taken as a result of this test.
(41718)
28  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 30th March concerning a constituent, Ref PT/AG/PSO 7452/98.
(41462)
29  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the revenue effect on the Exchequer of reducing the rate of value added tax on accommodation from 17.5 per cent. to 8.0 per cent., taking into account any effects on the demand for United Kingdom tourism; and if he will make a statement.
(41161)
30  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the quarterly growth rate of the combined industrial, construction and agricultural sector of the United Kingdom economy in (a) the fourth quarter of 1997 and (b) the first quarter of 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(41162)
31  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the progress of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
(41163)
32  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if flying instructors registered with the Inland Revenue as training providers under the NVQ scheme will be able to continue to provide to existing clients training at a cost reduced by the standard rate of income tax beyond 30th June; and if he will make a statement.
(41351)
33  
N  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department will publish its Consultation Document on VAT Grouping; and if a copy will be placed in the Library.
(40784)
34  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 18th July 1997, Official Report, column 375, if he will provide a breakdown of the number of (a) non-taxpayers aged over 65 years and (b) all non-taxpaying individuals reclaiming tax credits on dividends in (i) 1995-96 and () 1996-97, in the categories (1) under £20, (2) £21 to £50, (3) £51 to £100, (4) £101 to £200 and (5) over £200 reclaimed.
(41637)
35  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 18th July 1997, Official Report, column 375, concerning tax credits on dividends, if he will provide figures for 1996-97.
(41635)
36  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 18th July 1997, Official Report, column 375, what is the estimated saving to the Exchequer of abolishing the repayment of dividend tax credits in respect of (a) all non-taxpaying individuals and (b) non-taxpaying individuals aged over 65 years.
(41638)
37  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals with no tax liability reclaimed a tax credit on dividends paid in (a) 1995-96 and (b) 1996-97; and what was the average amount re-claimed.
(41636)
38  
N  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much, in each year since 1990, has been raised by the amusement machine licence duty on (a) club machines and (b) amusement with prize machines; and how much he estimates will be raised in each category after the announced increases are implemented.
(41506)
39  
N  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in each year since 1990, how many (a) club machines and (b) amusement with prize machines were subject to amusement machine licence duty; and what estimate he has made of the impact of his proposed tax increases on the number of machines which will be operated in future years.
(41505)
40  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement about funding to continue HM Customs and Excise work to enforce legislation controlling wildlife trade; and what plans he has to expand this area of work.
(41623)
41  
N  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will publish his consultation paper on the North Sea fiscal regime; and if he will make a statement.
(41575)
42  
  
Mr William Cash (Stone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for New Forest West of 18th March, Official Report, column 611, for what reasons the Government will not incorporate Article K7 of the Treaty on European Union into United Kingdom law; and what the consequences of not incorporating Article K7 will be for the implementation of the Treaty of Amsterdam in the United Kingdom.
(41753)
43  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the results of his Department's provision of training for Indonesian police officers; and what is the estimated cost to his Department.
(41662)
44  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assurances he has received from the Indonesian Government regarding the end use of British-made water cannon; and what representations he has made to the Indonesian authorities regarding the recent use of water cannon.
(41544)
45  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what mechanisms are in place to monitor the end use of British-made military equipment in Indonesia, separately indentifying those relating to water cannon.
(41545)
46  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which body has final jurisdiction in respect of the interpretation of framework decisions taken under the proposed Article K6.2(b) and (c) of the Treaty of Amsterdam where Her Majesty's Government under Article K7 does not accept a preliminary ruling of the European Court of Justice.
(41507)
47  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will indicate for each island belonging to British Overseas Territories in the Anegada Passage if it is (a) both rat and cat free and (b) possesses (i) a pier and (ii) an airfield.
(41627)
48  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action was taken by Ministers following publication of the article, Britain holds talks with hired killers, in The Observer on 8th March.
(41576)
49  
  
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has for visits by himself or other Foreign Office representatives to East Timor during the United Kingdom tenure of the EU presidency; and what plans he has to investigate human rights abuses in that country.
(41719)
50  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many officials or diplomats in his Department have been cited in allegations that at least one official or diplomat had dealings with Sandline International in connection with the supply of arms and aid to Sierra Leone in contravention of a United Nations embargo.
(41243)
51  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list all the meetings that have taken place between Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Spicer and (a) the current British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, (b) himself or other ministers and (c) other officials or diplomats of his Department, stating (i) the dates when they took place, (ii) who was present, (iii) at whose request the meetings took place, (iv) where they took place and (v) what was discussed.
(41229)
52  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what help given by the current British High Commissioner in respect of the successful counter-coup in Sierra Leone led him to congratulate the High Commissioner to Sierra Leone for giving such help.
(41234)
53  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contacts (a) he, (b) his ministers and (c) his officials or diplomats have had with Sandline International concerning the supply by that company of arms and aid to Sierra Leone.
(41238)
54  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date (a) he and (b) his ministers were told about the allegations that at least one diplomat had had dealings with Sandline International in connection with the supply of arms and aid to Sierra Leone in contravention of a United Nations embargo.
(41242)
55  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date officials in his Department first became aware of allegations that at least one official or diplomat had had dealings with Sandline International in connection with the supply of arms and aid to Sierra Leone in contravention of a United Nations embargo.
(41245)
56  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the provision of arms and aid to Sierra Leone by Sandline International was contrary to United Nations resolution 1132.
(41230)
57  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the use of a picture of the current British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone on T-shirts being sold in that country.
(41232)
58  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list all the meetings that have taken place between Sandline International and (a) the current British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, (b) himself or other ministers and (c) other officials or diplomats of his Department, stating (i) the dates when they took place, (ii) who was present, (iii) at whose request the meetings took place, (iv) where they took place and (v) what was discussed.
(41235)
59  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what are the terms of reference of his departmental enquiry into the allegations that at least one diplomat had dealings with Sandline International in connection with the supply of arms and aid to Sierra Leone in contravention of a United Nations embargo; who will be conducting it; when it will start work; and when will it finish.
(41237)
60  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) formal and (b) informal approaches were made by Sandline International to (i) him, (ii) his ministers and (iii) officials or diplomats in his Department regarding the supply of arms and aid to Sierra Leone.
(41239)
61  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date (a) he and (b) his ministers were first told that the allegations that at least one diplomat had had dealings with Sandline International in connection with the supply of arms and aid to Sierra Leone in contravention of a United Nations embargo had been referred to HM Customs and Excise.
(41241)
62  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date officials in his Department referred the allegation that at least one official or diplomat had had dealings with Sandline International in connection with the supply of arms and aid to Sierra Leone in contravention of a United Nations embargo to HM Customs and Excise.
(41244)
63  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date and for what reasons he decided to hold an internal departmental enquiry into the allegations that at least one diplomat had had dealings with Sandline International in connection with the supply of arms and aid to Sierra Leone in contravention of a United Nations embargo.
(41231)
64  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to publish the report and findings of the internal departmental enquiry into the allegations that at least one diplomat had dealings with Sandline International in connection with the supply of arms and aid to Sierra Leone in contravention of a United Nations embargo.
(41236)
65  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when (a) he and (b) his ministers were first told of the allegations made in the Observer in March that at least one diplomat had had dealings with Sandline International in connection with the supply of arms and aid to Sierra Leone in contravention of a United Nations embargo; and what action he or they then took, and when.
(41240)
66  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he has appointed a civil service rebuttal officer in his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(41165)
67  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list (a) the cost of establishing and (b) the annual running cost of his communication planning unit; for what reason the unit is to be financed from public funds; and if he will make a statement.
(41164)
68  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the next set of quarterly waiting lists statistics; and if he will make a statement.
(41166)
69  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had about the office of Children's Rights Commissioner as part of the work leading up to the United Kingdom's response to the United Nations Committee on Children's Rights; and if he will make a statement.
(41369)
70  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial transitional support was available to London teaching hospitals in 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1997-98.
(41571)
71  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the weighted capitation formula, and the market forces factor, will be reviewed for London.
(41572)
72  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many users of (a) cannabis, (b) ecstasy and (c) heroin are in contact with drugs treatment services.
(41617)
73  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he proposes to reduce the use of antibiotics within the health service.
(41616)
74  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a full copy of the recruitment and retention survey of 100 trusts referred to in Department of Health press release 98/136 of 9th April.
(40949)
75  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for the most recent year available and each of the preceding 10 years how many (a) NHS staff and (b) NHS qualified nursing staff, received early retirement payments from the NHS Pensions Agency, broken down to show the age distribution of the recipients at the time that they were granted early retirement.
(40950)
76  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money (a) his Department and (b) the NHS plan to spend on marking the 50th anniversary of the NHS.
(40951)
77  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has given to NHS trusts on the procedures they should follow in order to check that all applicants for nursing posts are registered nurses.
(41116)
78  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he intends to take to ensure that those practising as psychotherapists subscribe to a recognised code of practice and ethics.
(41118)
79  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to prevent nurses who are struck off the register from obtaining posts as health care assistants.
(41119)
80  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he intends to take to ensure that those practising as psychotherapists are trained by, and registered with, a reputable body.
(41117)
81  
N  
Mrs Marion Roe (Broxbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to take forward the strategy set out in the green paper, Our Healthier Nation, on alcohol; and what is his Department's timetable for producing this strategy.
(41508)
82  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in respect of how many people Dudley Health Authority currently provides continence services; and what budget it has allocated to continence care in real terms in each year since 1990-91.
(41750)
83  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received about the proposal to relocate the District Training Centre for probationer constables in Durham away from the North East; what factors underlay this proposal; and if he will consult with local parties on this matter.
(41467)
84  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the extent of unsupervised gatherings of children aged under 10 years at night.
(41210)
85  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ensure that anti-social behaviour orders are not used improperly.
(41211)
86  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the current numbers and percentages of the prison population using (a) cannabis, (b) ecstasy and (c) heroin.
(41639)
87  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the current level of repeat offending for drug offences involving (a) possession of cannabis, (b) dealing in cannabis, (c) possession of ecstasy, (d) dealing in ecstasy, (e) possession of heroin and (f) dealing in heroin.
(41618)
88  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the numbers and percentage of the total population aged under 25 years that use (a) cannabis and (b) heroin (i) on a regular basis and (ii) occasionally.
(41612)
89  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for (i) the Convention of the European Police Office (Europol Convention), European Communities No. 12 (1995) CM 3050 and (ii) the Protocol to that Convention concerning Privileges and Immunities of its Organs and Staff, European Communities No. 12 (1997) CM 3767 (a) which members of the European Union have ratified it and (b) when it came into force, and in respect of (ii) for what reasons privileges and immunities apply to its staff, members of its Management Board and Financial Committee, and its Financial Controller, when they have ceased serving in those capacities.
(41233)
90  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ratify Protocol 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights..
(41754)
91  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received on visitors' visa applications and the introduction of an appeal procedure.
(41594)
92  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his timetable is for the introduction of an appeal procedure in relation to visitors' visa applications; and if he will make a statement.
(41595)
93  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, for what social and developmental purposes the Crown Agents Foundation will use profits derived from the Crown Agents; and under what guidelines.
(41747)
94  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many joint ventures the British Investments in South Africa scheme helped and at what cost to her Department during 1997-98.
(41744)
95  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to the International Monetary Fund in connection with the recent external review of the external structural adjustment facility; and if she will make a statement.
(41745)
96  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will publish the Commonwealth Development Corporation's new code of conduct.
(41746)
97  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made in connection with a possible increase in the capital of the African Development Bank; and if she will make a statement.
(41749)
98  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is currently providing in Sierra Leone.
(41751)
99  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what was the financial contribution made by her Department to UN agencies during 1997-98; and what is the planned figure for 1998-99.
(41748)
100  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what consultations her Department has held or plans to hold with ICF Kaiser on the scope of their environmental assessment of Sombrero Island in the Caribbean; and if she will make a statement on the scope and content of the assessment.
(41624)
101  
  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to provide for the basic needs of the urban poor affected by the economic crisis in Indonesia.
(41743)
102  
  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department will take to assist in ensuring an adequate food supply in Indonesia following the shortfall in this year's rice crop.
(41742)
103  
  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the court centres to which (a) he and (b) the Lord Chancellor have paid official visits since 1st May 1997, and the date of each such visit.
(41714)
104  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps have been taken to establish an independent Environmental Protection Agency in Northern Ireland.
(41620)
105  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to her Answer of 6th May, Official Report, columns 412-3, on prisoners, if she will list for each of the years from 1998 to 2002 and for the following five years the number of prisoners in each category expected to be released who are serving life or other indeterminate sentences.
(41712)
106  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what has been the average price paid to the producer for a (a) 400 kilogram and (b) 350 kilogram deadweight beef steer in each month of the last five years for which figures are readily available.
(41658)
107  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to her Answer of 6th May, Official Report, columns 412-3, on prisoners, if she will list or estimate for the 781 prisoners in custody who had been convicted of scheduled offences, how many had no connection with terrorism; of those how many will be eligible for release in (a) 1998, (b) 1999, (c) 2000, (d) 2001, (e) 2002 and (f) in the following five year period; and how many of those in each year are serving life or other indeterminate sentences.
(41715)
108  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to her Answer of 6th May, Official Report, columns 412-3, on prisoners, if she will list for each of the years from 1998 to 2002 and for the following five years by the categories shown the average number of years served at the expected date of release.
(41716)
109  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the prisoners convicted of terrorist offences who have been transferred to prisons in Northern Ireland from Great Britain in the last three years, indicating (a) the date of transfer, (b) the date of sentence, (c) the length of sentence, (d) the crimes for which convicted, (e) the organisation to which they claimed allegiance and (f) the date of release under the rules governing such release in (i) Great Britain prior to the recent agreement, (ii) Northern Ireland prior to the recent agreement and (iii) under the terms of the recent agreement.
(41717)
110  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the papers published by her Department in relation to salmon and sea trout in each of the last 10 years indicating which originated from work carried out at Bushmills.
(41659)
111  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if beef exports to the European Union have been resumed; what assistance is being given to the beef industry to regain markets in Europe; and if she will make a statement.
(41622)
112  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the President of the Council, what assessment she has made of the impact on ecstasy use of the Sorted campaign.
(41613)
113  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the President of the Council, what estimate she has made of the average age of those in the United Kingdom first using (a) cannabis, (b) ecstacy, (c) heroin and (d) cocaine.
(41610)
114  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the President of the Council, how many and what percentage of those aged under 25 years she estimates have used (a) cannabis, (b) ecstasy, (c) heroin and (d) cocaine.
(41611)
115  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the President of the Council, what is the budget under the direct control of the United Kingdom Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator.
(40262)
116  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Prime Minister, what is the purpose of the Strategic Communications Unit; if he will list the unit's employees; if he will estimate the annual cost of the unit; and if he will make a statement.
(41115)
117  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Social Exclusion Unit on rates of homelessness in Coventry.
(41212)
118  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment Her Majesty's Government has made of the relevance of the evidence of Mr James T. Thurman to the investigation into the Lockerbie bombing; and if he will discuss that evidence with the relatives of the victims.
(41577)
119  
  
Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the work of the Social Exclusion Unit on school exclusions and truancy.
(41752)
120  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the criteria used by the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency in drawing up their list of ports proposed for designation.
(41353)
121  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what targets he has set for delivering deaf awareness training to general practitioners; and if he will make a statement.
(41633)
122  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what progress has been made in upgrading the A848 Salen to Tobermory Road since 1992; when the upgrade is expected to be completed; and if he will make a statement.
(41631)
123  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what resources have been made available for the provision of services for young deaf adults in each year since 1987; and if he will make a statement.
(41634)
124  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the current length of waiting lists for the provision of (a) a hearing test and (b) a hearing aid in each Scottish health board area.
(41632)
125  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what progress has been made towards introducing a weekend ban on prawn and scallop fishing off the west coast of Scotland; what measures are being taken to preserve stocks; and if he will make a statement.
(41640)
126  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many applications to the Child Support Agency for maintenance assessment have been outstanding for more than (a) six months, (b) 12 months and (c) 18 months; and if he will make a statement.
(41352)
127  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what use is made of the Yield Analysis Statistical System in each Contribution Agency region and office.
(41463)
128  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, on what dates each of the monthly statistics for the Benefit Integrity Project for each month since November 1997 were placed in the Library; and when the next monthly statistics will be available.
(41504)
129  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans she has to extend the widows pension to women aged under 45 years; what estimate she has made of the cost of that extension; and if she will make a statement.
(41629)
130  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many women were widowed aged under 45 years in each of the last three years; what percentage of these received (a) the widowed mother's allowance and (b) widows pension and in each case at what cost; and if she will make a statement.
(41630)
131  
  
Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell and Wishaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will publish for each Great Britain local authority, a breakdown, for each of the last five years, of housing benefit overpayment, in terms of (a) numbers, (b) amounts for each category of claimant and fraudulent errors and (c) (b) expressed as a percentage of (a).
(41653)
132  
  
Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell and Wishaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will publish for each Great Britain local authority, a breakdown, for each of the last five years, of weekly benefit savings for (a) thresholds, (b) claimed savings, (c) amount of additional subsidy claimed and (d) amount of subsidy penalty applied.
(41652)
133  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to review current policy on the reprocessing of nuclear waste.
(41167)
134  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of (a) the economic benefits and (b) the safety implications of (i) dry storage and (ii) reprocessing of nuclear waste.
(41168)
135  
N  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps she has taken to establish the precise financial status of North West London TEC and the proposed withdrawal of its partnership contribution to Business Link London North West; and what effect such withdrawal may have on the future viability of the Business Link.
(41465)
136  
N  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what action she will take to safeguard the sums paid by her Department to North West London TEC as pump priming funding for Business Link London North West in a view of the TEC's withdrawal of its previously committed partnership contribution for 1998-99 as partial matched funding for her Department's funds.
(41466)
137  
N  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will publish (i) the committed partnership contributions, (ii) the actual contributions made, (iii) the funding disbursed by her Department and (iv) the generated income of Business Link London North West for the fiscal years (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98 and (c) that projected for 1998-99.
(41464)
138  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what consultations her Department has held or plans to hold with ICF Kaiser on the scope of their environmental assessment of Sombrero Island in the Caribbean; and what alternative sites for building a rocket launching pad have been considered.
(41625)
139  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he plans to announce the results of the review into planning policy for opencast coal in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(41645)
140  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will conduct a full review of Minerals Planning Guidance Note 3, on coal mining and colliery spoil disposal, in conjunction with the present review of energy policy in Wales.
(41644)
141  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many representations he has received concerning his plans to restructure NHS Trusts in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(41648)
142  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many times he has met the Wales TUC to discuss (a) inward investment and (b) the prospects for industry in Wales.
(41647)
143  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what new funding he proposes for the playgroup movements in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(41651)
144  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects to appoint the Standing Orders Commission in preparation for the opening of the Assembly for Wales.
(41650)
145  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he last met the CBI to discuss (a) inward investment and (b) the prospects for industry in Wales.
(41646)
146  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to involve parents in formulating policies for children with special needs; and if he will make a statement.
(41649)
147  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment the prior options review of the Next Steps agencies for the Patent Office has made of the advantages of the agencies expanding their work into areas of activity undertaken by (a) trade mark agents and (b) patent agents.
[Transferred] (41614)
148  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to conserve the Sombrero black lizards of the Sombrero Island, Anguilla.
[Transferred] (41628)
149  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what consultations her Department has held or plans to hold with ICF Kaiser on the scope of their environmental assessment of Sombrero Island in the Caribbean; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (41626)


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