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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 13 May 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 13 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 Tuesday 12 May, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Thursday 14 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.
 


 
WEDNESDAY 13th MAY
1  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the three most commonly used pesticides currently applied to land in the United Kingdom.
(41933)
2  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what statutory provision currently covers usage of pesticides on land.
(41929)
3  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what proportion of his Department's vehicles use (a) liquid petroleum gas and (b) compressed natural gas.
(42067)
4  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to convert his vehicle fleet to (a) liquid petroleum gas and (b) compressed natural gas.
(42068)
5  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what arrangements have been made for the issuing of flood warnings in Northamptonshire since March 1996.
(42057)
6  
  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask Mr Attorney General, if he will list all (a) oral and (b) written communications to and from his Department and (i) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (ii) the Ministry of Defence, (iii) the Department of Trade and Industry, (iv) Her Majesty's Treasury and (v) Her Majesty's Customs and Excise with regard to Sierra Leone and the export and import of arms since 1st January.
(42072)
7  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has for further Government support for the British film industry.
(41876)
8  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list those films which have received lottery funding indicating (a) how much lottery money each received, (b) their total budgets, (c) their release dates, (d) the number of screens on which they opened and (e) their takings to date.
(41802)
9  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when and where the next Royal Navy and British Army Equipment Exhibition will be held.
(41945)
10  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for changes to the present system of military law and courts martial.
(41813)
11  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the most recent major unit overseas training exercise; and what was its cost (a) without and (b) including air movement costs.
(41868)
12  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will extend (a) the size of the grant and (b) the length of time allowed for the individual refund scheme for military personnel to attend approved resettlement courses.
(41867)
13  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many foxes were taken in each of the last three years on his Department's land (a) by hunts, (b) by shoots and (c) by vermin controllers.
(41869)
14  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will require examination boards to produce certificates in Braille for blind candidates.
(42056)
15  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much money he has allocated to staffing in the Portsmouth District Employment Service to cover the implementation and future costs of (a) the New Deal and (b) the jobseeker's allowance.
(41934)
16  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will assess the risk to employees' health from occupational stress within the Portsmouth District Employment Service.
(41935)
17  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the planned cost of (a) the subsidised employment option, (b) the full-time education and training option, (c) the voluntary sector option and (d) the environmental task force option of the New Deal for the Young Unemployed per placement for the duration of each option; and if he will make a statement.
(41392)
18  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to review the range and quality of swimming instruction in primary schools; and if he will make a statement.
(41848)
19  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the United Kingdom's obligations to allow 40 tonne lorries onto the roads after 1st January 1999 apply to lorries other than those involved in carrying international traffic.
(41900)
20  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to allow 44 tonne lorries onto United Kingdom roads.
(41899)
21  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what costs have been incurred so far in strengthening bridges to accommodate 40 tonne lorries; and what estimate he has made of the costs of works yet to be undertaken.
(41902)
22  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will ensure that drivers of 40 tonne lorries will be required to demonstrate to enforcement officers that they are engaged in an international journey by producing appropriate documentation.
(41901)
23  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has to encourage the development of sustainable refrigeration technologies.
(41904)
24  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to implement the recommendations of the 4th Report of the British Government Panel on Sustainable Development published in February in respect of the use of hydrofluorocarbons.
(41903)
25  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts concerning hydrofluorcarbon emissions.
(41905)
26  
  
Mr Ian Cawsey (Brigg and Goole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each local authority (a) the amount collected as national non-domestic business rates, (b) the amount paid back to the local authority via government grant and (c) the net gain or loss in the current financial year.
(41906)
27  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the responsibility for the Coastguard Service will continue to rest with his Department after the conclusion of the Belfast Agreement; and what changes will be made to existing arrangements.
(40706)
28  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on progress by local authorities towards implementing the provisions of the Road Traffic Reduction Act 1997.
(41949)
29  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will review standard spending assessment formulae with a view to including incentives for local authorities to use vehicles which use liquid petroleum gas.
(41950)
30  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those local authorities which have adopted strategies to reduce air pollution by (a) five per cent., (b) 10 per cent., (c) 15 per cent., (d) 20 per cent. and (e) over 20 per cent.
(41951)
31  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in what circumstances it is permitted to proceed with road-widening schemes where the consequential PM10 pollution levels exceed 50 microgrammes per cubic metre of air as a 24-hour running average; and if he will make a statement.
(41791)
32  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce a comprehensive requirement for secondary treatment to be provided for significant sewage discharges to high natural dispersion areas; and what estimate he has made of the cost.
(42033)
33  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimates his Department has evaluated from (a) North West Water and (b) Ofwat of (i) the total cost and (ii) the impact of average annual household bills in the period 2000 to 2005 of meeting EU bathing water standards on the Fylde coast.
(42037)
34  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidance he will be giving the Director General of Water Services under the periodic review of water price limits to apply from 1st April 2000, on (a) the scope for water companies to transfer the costs of meeting mandatory EU bathing water standards onto their customers and (b) the Government's priorities for improvements in water and environmental quality.
(42035)
35  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of North West Water's record in meeting mandatory EU bathing water standards along the Fylde coast; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of their recent bathing water improvement scheme in this area.
(42034)
36  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what undertakings he has received from North West Water that the latest investment programme to improve bathing water quality along the Fylde coast will result in compliance with EU Directive standards; and what reports he has received from the Environment Agency on this matter.
(42054)
37  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what reports he has received from the Director General of Water Services, under part of the periodic review of water price limits for the period 2000 to 2005, on the scope for further improvements in efficiency by North West Water to offset the cost of meeting EU bathing water standards on the Fylde coast.
(42036)
38  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects the Fuel Poverty Working Group to report its findings; what plans he has to make the group's conclusions publicly available; and what opportunity there will be for external agencies and individuals to respond to the group's findings.
(41907)
39  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the impact on Exchequer revenue of the one per cent. reduction in the main rate of corporation tax after taking into account the introduction of quarterly corporation tax payments.
(41847)
40  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans Customs and Excise have to interview the Secretary of State for International Development or officials of her Department in the course of their investigation into possible breaches of the UN Security Council Resolution 1132 concerning Sierra Leone.
(41944)
41  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HM Customs and Excise personnel were employed (a) in countering smuggling of alcohol and tobacco products and (b) in total, on (i) 31st December 1996, (ii) 31st December 1997 and (iii) the most recent date for which figures are available.
(41871)
42  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the meeting of the EU Committee on Harmful Tax Competition held on 8th May.
(42052)
43  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the internal guidelines in use by his Department on 7th May 1997 on the manner of responding to written Parliamentary questions.
(41954)
44  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 8th April, Official Report, columns 241-2, on the taxation of savings, if he will break down the total yield from taxes on savings for the last three years into the yield from (a) bank and building society interest and (b) dividends.
(41371)
45  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the levying of VAT on Piper alarms; and if he will assess the advantages of exempting such alarms from VAT.
(41932)
46  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of Ambassadors for British Business sit on government committees.
(42055)
47  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) European Council and (b) European Commission (i) directives, (ii) regulations and (iii) decisions there were in 1997.
(41956)
48  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the inquiry he announced on 6th May concerning Sierra Leone will cover the role of Ministers and civil servants in the Department for International Development.
(41937)
49  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings were held between Government representatives and Sandline during the period of exile of President Kabbah of Sierra Leone; who was present at such meetings; where and when they were held; what was their purpose; and what was discussed at them.
(41799)
50  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings were held between Government representatives and President Kabbah of Sierra Leone while the President was in exile; who was present at such meetings; where and when they were held; what was their purpose; and what was discussed at them.
(41800)
51  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance was offered by the Government to President Kabbah of Sierra Leone during his period of exile.
(41801)
52  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral statement of 12th March, Official Report, column 844, on what basis he concluded that the article which appeared in the Observer on 8th March was ill-informed.
(41810)
53  
N  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the current state of voter identification being undertaken by the United Nations Mission for a Referendum in Western Sahara; and what plans he has to provide a UK military contingent or other logistical support to MINURSO.
(41773)
54  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what liaison took place between the British consultate and the Turkish authorities on the disappearance of Edgar Fernandes; what subsequent liaison has taken place; and at what level.
(42104)
55  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Egyptian authorities to further the investigation into Edgar Fernandes's death.
(42107)
56  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to recover Edgar Fernandes's passport.
(42106)
57  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the circumstances of Edgar Fernandes's death; and what representations he has made to the Turkish authorities on this matter.
(42105)
58  
  
Mr Robert N. Wareing (Liverpool, West Derby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Association of British Civilian Internees in respect of their treatment by Japanese forces during the Second World War; what recent discussions he has had on these matters with his Japanese counterparts; and if he will make a statement.
(42071)
59  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff in the National Health Service (a) are and (b) are not employed on terms set by pay review bodies; and if he will make a statement on the annual pay rises for 1998-99 to be awarded to each group of workers.
(41479)
60  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Newport West of 5th May, Official Report, columns 352-3, if he will list the hospitals in rank order of their incidence of MRSA.
(41512)
61  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the mortality rates among renal patients in Chorley and South Ribble Health District relative to those in other health districts in the North West Region.
(42049)
62  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of renal dialysis provision at Chorley and South Ribble General Hospital.
(42050)
63  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for the provision of renal services in each of the health districts in the North West Region; and what plans he has to review this provision.
(42051)
64  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists in Bolton treated NHS patients in (a) 1997, (b) 1996, (c) 1995, (d) 1994 and (e) 1993; and how many dentists treated only private patients in each of those years.
(41895)
65  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the potential savings to the NHS for treating asthma and other breathing-related illnesses from a reduction in air pollution levels of (a) five per cent., (b) 10 per cent., (c) 15 per cent., (d) 20 per cent. and (e) over 20 per cent.
(41947)
66  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each local authority the total cost and the cost per head of treating asthma and other breathing-related illnesses for each year since 1992.
(41946)
67  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each local authority area, the number of emergency admissions of patients suffering from asthma and breathing-related illnesses for each year since 1992.
(41948)
68  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 5th May, Official Report, column 354, what factors will determine the timing of the announcement of his decision on the hospital closure programme proposed by Cornwall and Isle of Scilly Health Authority.
(41943)
69  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many bogus doctors have been discovered (a) in private practices, (b) working as general practitioners in the NHS and (c) as hospital doctors in each year since 1990; and if he will make a statement.
(42069)
70  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals were charged with (a) possession of a false instrument and (b) attempting to obtain services by deception; how many were subsequently sentenced to a term of imprisonment; and what was the average sentence length in the last year for which figures are available.
(41816)
71  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the advantages of harmonising licensing hours across continental Europe.
(42038)
72  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what directions he has given to police authorities on the conversion of vehicles in existing fleets to (a) liquid petroleum gas and (b) compressed natural gas.
(42066)
73  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps (a) the Police and (b) his Department are taking to investigate the death of Edgar Fernandes.
(42101)
74  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will review the police investigation into the death of Edgar Fernandes.
(42102)
75  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on the circumstances of Edgar Fernandes's death.
(42103)
76  
  
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will provide a breakdown of the staff, transport and subsistence costs incurred on each occasion other prisons had to provide staff to support Parc Prison, Bridgend; what effect this had on staffing levels at the prisons which provided staff; how many prison officers are employed at Parc and at each of the prisons which provide staff in proportion to the number of prisoners; and if Parc's staffing level was at full complement at the time of each occasion when other prisons provided staff.
(42070)
77  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what meetings she or her officials have had with representatives of Sandline International since May 1997.
(41940)
78  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to the government of Sudan about the opening of relief corridors in Bahr al Ghazal since 9th March; and if she will make a statement.
(41872)
79  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) British aid to Sierra Leone was delivered by and (b) deliveries of British aid to Sierra Leone were assisted by Sandline International or organisations hired on behalf of Sandline International.
(41941)
80  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contacts officials in her Department have had with representatives of Sandline International.
(41939)
81  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she was informed of possible breaches of the UN Security Council Resolution 1132 concerning Sierra Leone.
(41942)
82  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to the government of Sudan about restrictions on flights to Bahr al Ghazal since 9th March; and if she will make a statement.
(41873)
83  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has held with (a) UNICEF, (b) the Red Cross and (c) representatives of the World Food Programme about humanitarian assistance for Sudan; and if she will make a statement.
(41870)
84  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she expects to announce the results of her review of the aid programme to Malawi; and if she will make a statement.
(41952)
85  
  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is his estimate of the total value of legal charges standing to the benefit of the Legal Board, and of the notional or actual interest earned on that total, for the last five years for which figures are available.
(41897)
86  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, in what ways the Millennium Dome will demonstrate environmentally-friendly British technology.
(41930)
87  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what steps he is taking to encourage cheap and concessionary travel to major millennium projects and events.
(41480)
88  
N  
Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth and Horncastle):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 13th May.
(41355)
89  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission, if he will estimate the additional funding required to extend NAO access to the accounts and internal accounting documents of private limited companies.
(41931)
90  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the development and financing of the new Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, and what representation he has received on the concerns of health care associations regarding future health care provision in the Edinburgh area.
(41808)
91  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will invite trade unions and professional associations representing NHS staff to interview companies short-listed as PFI partners.
(41809)
92  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list by fire service board in Scotland, (a) the level of the capital expenditure budget, (b) the number and capital cost of fire appliances acquired and (c) the average age of the fleet of fire appliances for financial years (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) 1997-98.
(41815)
93  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list by fire service board in Scotland, (a) the level of the capital expenditure budget and (b) the number and capital cost of fire appliances expected to be acquired for the current financial year.
(41814)
94  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people appointed to (a) the Scottish Office and (b) quangos were (i) females, (ii) males, (iii) from ethnic minorities and (iv) registered disabled in (1) 1995-96, (2) 1996-97, (3) January to April 1997 and (4) since 1st May 1997.
(41811)
95  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if, in respect of the financial years 1996-97 and 1997-98, he will list for each housing authority in Scotland (a) the total amount of unpaid rent from housing authority tenants and (b) the proportion of unpaid rent from housing authority tenants in relation to the total rental income.
(41478)
96  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what analysis her Department has made of the long-term effect of Economic and Monetary Union on the integration of the social security schemes of participants.
(41955)
97  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what matters were covered by the public interest immunity certificates used in connection with the disqualification proceedings against Mr. Gerald James and the directors of Astra Holdings.
(41874)
98  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many full-time equivalent positions within her Department are currently occupied by people working on (a) millennium and (b) single currency compliance requirements.
(41928)
99  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the effects of European Monetary Union on the motor vehicle retail sector.
(42047)
100  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the pricing structure for the sale of motor vehicles in the UK relative to that in other EU countries; and what plans she has to review the pricing structure for the sale of motor vehicles in the UK.
(42046)
101  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the export from the UK of second-hand cars which do not meet environmental standards in the UK.
(42048)
102  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement about her Department's plans to ensure adequate protection of consumers purchasing their funerals in advance.
(42053)
103  
  
Mr Robert N. Wareing (Liverpool, West Derby):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she had received in respect of the future of resale price maintenance in the field of over-the-counter medicines; what proposals she has to safeguard the position of local pharmacies and to protect the supply of such medicines to consumers; and if she will make a statement.
(42108)
104  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what was the total public cost of (a) Treasury solicitors and (b) others in connection with the disqualification proceedings against Mr Gerald James and the directors of Astra Holdings.
[Transferred] (41875)
105  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will assess the advantages of introducing separate regulation for food produced from land treated with pesticides; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (41936)
106  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when British aid was first delivered to the towns of (a) Bo, (b) Kenema and (c) Makeni in Sierra Leone by HMS 'Cornwall'.
[Transferred] (41938)
107  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the Government will legislate to provide in the election for the Mayor of London for the option of voting for 'none of the above' candidates and for a further round of nominations and voting, if those voting in that way constitute the largest vote.
[Transferred] (41896)
108  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his policy towards the proportion of the total London electorate required to vote in the elections for a mayor and assembly for the result to be binding.
[Transferred] (41898)
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Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he intends to implement part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (41953)


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