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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 20 May 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 20 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 Wednesday 20 May, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Thursday 21 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 20th MAY
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action he is taking in respect of the plans by Iceland to resume whaling described as scientific whaling.
(42168)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action he is taking to influence the Norwegian and Japanese governments in respect of their whaling policy.
(42169)
3  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has made to European Commission officials dealing with the CAP about the levels of prices for products paid to British farmers.
(42485)
4  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to re-introduce the rendering subsidy.
(42487)
5  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to review the rules governing the way Milk Marque operates, with particular reference to the way it sells milk; and if he will make a statement.
(42481)
6  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received from farmers about the re-valuation of the green pound from 1999.
(42482)
7  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will assess the advantages of extending the right of farmers to cull diseased badgers; and if he will make a statement.
(42483)
8  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has had with farmers relating to diseased badgers.
(42484)
9  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what jurisdiction the Food Standards Agency will have over the production of foreign food imported into the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(42486)
10  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what fora exist for the discussion of farming issues between the Government, farmers and other connected parties; and what plans he has to create additional fora.
(42489)
11  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which are the first five applications he has received for National Seed Listing of genetically-modified varieties for which his Department will make a proposed listing decision; and when such decisions will be taken.
(42970)
12  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will publish his response to the discussion paper Weed Control of the Farm: Management of Genetically Modified Herbicide Tolerant Crops.
(42971)
13  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list each application received for National Seed Listing of genetically-modified varieties indicating the application number, the company name and the modified trait.
(42972)
14  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on his plans to ban fur breeding; and what estimate he has made of the cost of compensation to fur breeders.
(42968)
15  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations Her Majesty's Government has made to the governments of Norway and Japan to bring about an end to the whaling activities of these countries within the designated whale sanctuary in Antarctic waters.
(43090)
16  
  
Mr Tom Pendry (Stalybridge and Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what was the cost in 1997-98 of the discretionary rate relief for voluntary sports clubs in England and Wales.
(42911)
17  
  
Mr Hugh Bayley (City of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of (a) the documents sent by GOC 2 Division to GOC Land Command in support of retaining a Land Command Divisional Head Quarters in York rather than Edinburgh and (b) the papers submitted to the Executive Committee of the Army Board on the future divisional structure of Land Command.
(42903)
18  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the Royal Navy vessels which have (a) carried out and (b) attempted to carry out shore operations in Sierra Leone since May 1997; if he will make a statement on the operations concerned; and what involvement there was of private companies.
(42709)
19  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date notice was given to the crew of HMS 'Nottingham' to report for duty to prepare to depart for Sierra Leone; and on what date preparations were begun to load that vessel with humanitarian aid for that country.
(42711)
20  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the role of HMS 'Monmouth' in Sierra Leone since May 1997; what requests were received from that vessel with respect to acquiring additional (i) personnel and (ii) equipment for land operations; and if representatives from Sandline International were in contact with that ship.
(42710)
21  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the cost to Her Majesty's Government of providing training and assistance to the armed forces of (a) India, (b) Pakistan and (c) China in each of the last five years.
(43095)
22  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what key targets have been set for the Defence Bills Agency for 1998-99.
(43078)
23  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated regarding the use and threat of depleted uranium.
(43054)
24  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the advantages of remediating depleted uranium contaminated battlefields in Kuwait and Iraq.
(43051)
25  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will make an announcement on the award of the contract to replace Bulldog trainer aircraft.
(43022)
26  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list those authorised to use depleted uranium in the United Kingdom.
(43053)
27  
  
Mr Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his plans for the future procurement of (a) Merlin and (b) Astor from Lockheed Martin.
(42914)
28  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the (a) companies, (b) organisations and (c) individuals who have supplied government departments and executive agencies with information from focus groups and the fees paid in each case.
(43076)
29  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what guidance has been issued to government departments and executive agencies on the criteria to be employed in the (a) designing, (b) commissioning and (c) interpretation of the findings of focus groups.
(43077)
30  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the cost of increasing the capitation grant for supported employment placements by the rate of inflation between 1st April 1998 and 1st April 1999.
(42993)
31  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the cost of the capitation grant for supported employment placements in 1998-99.
(42989)
32  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people have had their benefits sanctioned under the New Deal for the Young Unemployed to date; what reasons have been given for the sanctioning; how many people his Department expects to sanction over the current financial year; and if he will make statement.
(42569)
33  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidelines his Department has issued to local education authorities on the content of education development plans.
(43036)
34  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, who is liable to pay the tuition fees if the relationship between the student and parent breaks down during the education tenure.
(43035)
35  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he expects to publish the document on local management of schools: framework for guidance of local education authorities.
(43033)
36  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he expects to implement further delegation of responsibilities from local education authorities to schools.
(43034)
37  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education will be formally awarded university status.
(42488)
38  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the number of applications he has received for work permits for chefs for each year since 1990 indicating the number of permits granted; what plans he has to review his Department's policy on the admission of chefs; and how many work permits for chefs are currently under consideration by his Department.
(43083)
39  
  
Mr Paul Clark (Gillingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of a fast rail link from the Channel Tunnel to the north via Ebbsfleet, Stratford and St. Pancras on levels of road freight transport.
(43096)
40  
N  
Mr David Curry (Skipton and Ripon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the meetings which he has held to discuss biotechnology with (i) Greenpeace, (ii) Green Alliance, (iii) the Genetics Forum, (iv) Friends of the Earth, (v) Gene Watch, (vi) the Genetic Engineering Network, (vii) the Soil Association, (viii) the Consumers Association, (ix) Monsanto, (x) Zeneca and (xi) AgrEvo.
(42774)
41  
  
Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of public money disbursed to assist families and relatives of victims was provided (a) to individual victims and families, (b) to family support groups and (c) collectively in respect of the (i) Piper Alpha disaster, (ii) King's Cross fire, (iii) 'Marchioness' disaster, (iv) Clapham rail crash and (v) MV 'Derbyshire', (first public inquiry); and by what method the allocations were determined.
(42982)
42  
  
Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what provisions were made out of public funds in respect of costs to (a) commission expert evidence and (b) challenge expert evidence put by another party at the public enquiries into the (i) Piper Alpha disaster, (ii) King's Cross fire, (iii) 'Marchioness' disaster, (iv) Clapham rail crash and (v) loss of the MV 'Derbyshire' (first inquiry); what was the outturn cost to public funds of such assistance for each inquiry; and how were costs agreed, verified and disbursed.
(42980)
43  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, to what extent the additional costs to local authorities of millennium compliance were built into the 1998-99 local government finance system.
(43084)
44  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the additional costs to local authorities of ensuring that IT and embedded systems are millennium compliant.
(43085)
45  
N  
Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will encourage (a) powered two-wheel vehicle usage in employers' Green Commuter Plans as part of the Integrated Transport Policy and (b) parking schemes which encourage commuters to use two-wheeled vehicles rather than four-wheeled ones.
(42327)
46  
N  
Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the relative environmental impact of powered two-wheel vehicles over other motorised transport.
(42328)
47  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to announce the date of the elections to the Greater London Authority.
(42977)
48  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he is taking to improve health and safety on farms.
(42789)
49  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many fatal accidents there were involving tractors and how many of those involved children in the last 12 months for which records are available.
(42773)
50  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with the TGWU rural workers section on improving health and safety records on farms.
(42790)
51  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will review the (a) membership, (b) remit, (c) scope and (d) operation of the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment.
(42988)
52  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 30th April, Official Report, column 179, how many of the consents for the release of the GMOs were under (a) standard, (b) stream-lined, (c) fast-track and (d) any other procedures.
(42990)
53  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the procedure for appointing members to the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment.
(42987)
54  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, under which procedure GMO release consent 95/R13/6 was granted.
(42991)
55  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons his Department does not require the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and its contractors to apply for release consents under Part VI of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in respect of national list trials of genetically-modified seeds.
(42992)
56  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to encourage the purchase of energy-efficient domestic appliances; and what contribution he estimates this encouragement will make to reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
(43038)
57  
N  
Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reduce rates of vehicle excise duty on powered two-wheel vehicles; and if he will set a zero rate for vehicles with engines under 50 cc.
(42329)
58  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the duty lost to the Inland Revenue as predicted by the model used by Oxford Economic Forecasts to assess changes in duty on the brewing industry.
(42969)
59  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the confidential sections of the Bingham Report into the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International; and when he proposes to publish these clauses.
(43079)
60  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the role of his Department was in drafting United Nations Security Resolution 1132; what representations his Department made to ensure clarity of definition in determining the target of the embargo; and when the possiblity of misinterpretation was first brought to his attention.
(42712)
61  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to sign the Convention on Minority Languages.
(41427)
62  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what factors his Department is taking into account in the relocation of GCHQ.
(42491)
63  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department received telegrams from the British High Commissioner for Sierra Leone warning that Sandline might breach the arms embargo.
(42602)
64  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Minister in his Department approved the terms of the Sierra Leone (United Nations Sanctions) Order 1997 before it was laid before Parliament.
(42601)
65  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department communicated the terms of the Sierra Leone (United Nations Sanctions) Order 1997 to the British High Commissioner for Sierra Leone.
(42603)
66  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the file of Mr Sanjiv Kumar Nandra, ref IMM/ECR/98/S, whose wife resides in Burfield Street, Leicester will be passed to London.
(43082)
67  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, to what extent problems over cervical screening arrangements in the NHS contributed to the retirement of Mr Edward Pearson as Chief Executive of the Kent and Canterbury NHS Trust.
(42290)
68  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if Mr Edward Pearson, Chief Executive of Canterbury and Kent NHS Trust, has been questioned by his Department on his role in problems that arose in the area of cervical screening in Kent.
(42291)
69  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if Mr Edward Pearson, former Chief Executive of the Kent and Canterbury NHS Trust, received a full pension entitlement on his retirement in June 1997.
(42292)
70  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if Mr James Bird, former chairman of the Kent and Canterbury NHS Trust, received any consideration on his retirement as chairman.
(42293)
71  
  
Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to support the national Fit For Business campaign.
(43058)
72  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the gross cost of drugs to the NHS in actual and percentage terms for the last year for which information is available; and what is the estimated expenditure in the current year.
(43031)
73  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department takes to ensure the NHS receives value for money in relation to the purchase of drugs.
(43029)
74  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms exist to assess, monitor and regulate price increases in drugs used by the NHS.
(43030)
75  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the increase in the price of slow sodium tablets per 100 to the NHS between March and May 1998 in actual and percentage terms.
(43032)
76  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health authorities currently carry out 18 months old developmental checks on children; and how many do not.
(42975)
77  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance has been issued by his Department to health authorities regarding developmental checks on young children.
(42976)
78  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has received for the closure of the Watford and St. Vernon hospital.
(42645)
79  
  
Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of public money disbursed to assist families and relatives of victims was provided (a) to individual victims and families, (b) family support groups and (c) collectively in respect of (i) the Hillsborough disaster and (ii) Stephen Lawrence's murder; and by what method the allocations were determined.
(42983)
80  
  
Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provisions were made out of public funds in respect of costs to (a) commission expert evidence and (b) challenge expert evidence put by another party at the public enquiries into (i) the Hillsborough disaster and (ii) Stephen Lawrence's murder; what was the outturn cost to public funds of such assistance for each inquiry; and how costs were agreed, verified and disbursed.
(42981)
81  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many appeals are currently outstanding against a refusal of an asylum claim by persons who have been granted exceptional leave to remain in the United Kingdom.
(42979)
82  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has held with the governments of (a) Jersey and (b) Guernsey about incorporating the European Convention on Human Rights into the law.
(42986)
83  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the purpose of the visit to Jersey made by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, the Lord Williams of Mostyn.
(42978)
84  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the representations he has received on the case of Mr Sukhvinder Singh Gill, Ref S474991; if he will meet honourable Members with an interest in the case to discuss those representations; and what action he proposes on the case.
(43080)
85  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drivers have been banned from driving for one year for drink-related offences in the last year.
(43081)
86  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what initiatives her Department is taking to relieve developing countries' debt during the United Kingdom presidency of the European Union; and if she will made a statement on how she is taking these forward.
(43092)
87  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will calculate the total amount (a) of aid given to developing countries by the United Kingdom and (b) received from these countries by the United Kingdon in debt service in 1997.
(43091)
88  
  
Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what provisions and at what cost were made out of public funds in respect of costs of legal representation for the families and relatives of victims at the public enquiries into the following tragedies (a) Piper Alpha, (b) Hillsborough, (c) King's Cross, (d) the 'Marchioness', (e) the Clapham rail crash, (f) the MV 'Derbyshire', (first inquiry) and (g) Stephen Lawrence's murder; and in each case how the costs were (i) agreed, (ii) verified and (iii) disbursed.
(42974)
89  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 12th May, Official Report, columns 69-70, on deaf jurors , for what reasons palantypists are not available for deaf jury members; and if his Department will permit deaf people carrying out jury service to be allowed a palantypist where this is their preferred means of communication support.
(42909)
90  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what will be the annual running cost of adopting the PFI proposal of Derbyshire Magistrates' Court Committee relative to maintaining the status quo; and how this cost is to be funded.
(43027)
91  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list those urban communities of greater than 30,000 population which are more than 60 minutes travel by public transport from the nearest magistrates' court administered by the magistrates' court committee of that county.
(43025)
92  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what factors may be taken into account by sponsoring authorities when they consider proposals from county magistrates' court committees for reorganisation of courts.
(43026)
93  
  
Mr Tom Pendry (Stalybridge and Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the cost in 1997-98 of mandatory rate relief for voluntary sports clubs in Northern Ireland.
(42910)
94  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will raise Japan's continued whaling with Emperor Akihito during the latter's forthcoming visit.
(42170)
95  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, by whom the decision was taken to release the recent letter from President Kabbah to the press; who was consulted; and when.
(42708)
96  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Prime Minister, for what reasons he has not yet replied to the question from the honourable Member for Gordon on No. 10 Downing Street staff costs, tabled on 27th April (40221); and if he will make a statement.
(42891)
97  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many Government departments currently have responsibilities for the affairs of former service personnel.
(43055)
98  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will assess the advantages of having the affairs of former service personnel dealt with by a single Government department; what representations he has received on this matter; and if he will make a statement.
(43056)
99  
N  
Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth and Horncastle):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th May.
(42395)
100  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he expects to receive the Fairweather/Skinner report on Women in Jail; and if he will make a statement.
(42124)
101  
  
Mr Tom Pendry (Stalybridge and Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the cost in 1997-98 of discretionary rate relief for voluntary sports clubs in Scotland.
(42912)
102  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if Lord Cullen's recommendation for the development of a Scottish vocational qualification in respect of work with children has now been fully implemented; and if he will make a statement.
(42419)
103  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the review of pensions will assess the advantages and disadvantages of freezing pensions for expatriates; and if he will make a statement.
(41482)
104  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will consult the World Alliance of British Expatriate Pensioners before the pensions review is concluded.
(41483)
105  
  
Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what measures she will take to ensure that poorer families gain from the benefits of competition in the electricity industry, with particular reference to those using prepayment keys.
(43057)
106  
  
Mr Paul Clark (Gillingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the impact on small businesses of a fast rail link from the Channel Tunnel to the north via Ebbsfleet, Stratford and St. Pancras.
(43093)
107  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has received concerning the award of the contract to replace the Bulldog trainer aircraft.
(43023)
108  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential benefits to United Kingdom industry of the contract for the replacement of the MoD's Bulldog trainer aircraft.
(43024)
109  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has for further protection of consumers regarding the buying and selling of static caravans.
(42913)
110  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will review the legislation governing fly tipping.
[Transferred] (42490)
111  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14th May, Official Report, column 181, how many children involved in Operation Charlie (a) received the specific tuition and (b) were used for comparison; and how many hours tuition the children received.
[Transferred] (42901)
112  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14th May, Official Report, column 181, if the review of the value of Operation Charlie recommended further investigation.
[Transferred] (42902)
113  
  
Mr Paul Clark (Gillingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact on investment of a fast rail link from the Channel Tunnel to the north via Ebbsfleet, Stratford and St. Pancras.
[Transferred] (43094)
114  
  
Mr Paul Clark (Gillingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the total cost to the Government of (a) continuing the Channel Tunnel rail link as proposed under the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act 1996, including the incorporation of the Ebbsfleet and Stratford international stations, (b) opting for an upgraded link to Waterloo and (c) delaying the project.
[Transferred] (43028)
115  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the Commissioner for Ireland's proposal to end the 12 year moratorium on commercial whaling; and what representations he has made on this subject.
[Transferred] (43052)
116  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the estimated cost of developing beaches round the Millennium Experience site; how many beaches are to be developed; and what will be their composition.
[Transferred] (42984)
117  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of PhDs in science subjects were awarded to women in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (42915)
118  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of (a) MScs and (b) BScs were awarded to women in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (42916)
119  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many women currently hold professorships in the sciences.
[Transferred] (42917)
120  
  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if it is his policy to seek to ensure that EU member states can introduce restrictions on exports in order to protect the health and welfare of animals.
[Transferred] (42985)
121  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will introduce legislation to require minimum standards of energy efficiency for domestic appliances.
[Transferred] (43037)


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