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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 2 June 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 2 June 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 2 June, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Wednesday 3 June, 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.
 


 
TUESDAY 2nd JUNE
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what controls exist on the importation of chickens which have been fed on meat and bone meal.
(43218)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the maximum percentage of water allowed in chickens imported for sale.
(43219)
3  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons he is opposing an EU ban on driftnets.
(43220)
4  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the annual number of non-target species that would avoid death through trapping if an EU ban on driftnets were introduced.
(43221)
5  
  
Mr Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many sites of special scientific interest are covered by country stewardship schemes.
(44115)
6  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the progress of the consultative forum on whaling in respect of making permanent the existing moratorium on commercial whaling
(43429)
7  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the Irish proposals on commercial whaling.
(43430)
8  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what quotas of minke whales were granted to Norway and Japan over the past five years.
(43431)
9  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will introduce a compensation scheme for professional bee keepers whose hives have been subject to attack from the varroa mite.
(44089)
10  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the total real terms value of (a) staff car mileage claims paid and (b) staff rail fares paid; and what was the amount of staff car mileage for which reimbursement was made and the percentage change year on year, for each year since 1989-90.
(44082)
11  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much (a) oil, (b) gas and (c) electricity was purchased for the heating, lighting and powering of accommodation occupied by the Department within the United Kingdom in each year since 1989-90; and what was the total cost in real terms of each in each year.
(44087)
12  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what proportion of the Department's energy usage was from (a) renewable energy and (b) combined heating in each year since 1989-90.
(44079)
13  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what was the total real terms value of (a) staff car mileage claims paid and (b) staff rail fares paid; and what was the amount of staff car mileage for which reminbursement was made and the percentage change year on year, for each year since 1989-90.
(44080)
14  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much (a) oil, (b) gas and (c) electricity was purchased for the heating, lighting and powering of accommodation occupied by his Department within the United Kingdom in each year since 1989-90; and what was the total cost in real terms of each in each year.
(44085)
15  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the Department's energy usage was from (a) renewable energy and (b) combined heating in each year since 1989-90.
(44084)
16  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many women are currently serving in each of the three armed services.
(44117)
17  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British armed service personnel are currently stationed in Germany.
(44118)
18  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the new evidence he received on 19th May about the crash of Chinook helicopter ZD576 on the Mull of Kintyre; and if he will make a statement.
(43177)
19  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the wild boar population in (a) East Sussex, (b) Kent, (c) Dorset and (e) elsewhere in the United Kingdom; what is his policy in respect of these animals; and if he will make a statement.
(43217)
20  
  
Mr Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the number of sites of special scientific interest in the area covered by the Lancashire (Wigan) local team office of English Nature; how many new sites were (a) added and (b) removed in each of the last five years; how many of the sites were damaged in the last 12 months; how many of the sites were subject to meetings with the Environment Agency concerning (a) pollution, (b) coastal defences and (c) water table levels in the last year; and what steps are being taken in the area to identify new sites of special scientific interest in industrial and urban areas by the local team.
(44114)
21  
  
Mr Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many storm overflows allow untreated sewage to pass into the River Tame; if he will list the grid references of each overflow point; and how many are planned to be fixed by North West Water during each of the next five years.
(44112)
22  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the progress being made to move the Driving Test Centre in Beeches Road, Chelmsford, to an alternative site in the town; and if he expects the move to be completed prior to 31st December.
(43165)
23  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many miles of cycle lanes there are currently within the Greater London area.
(44120)
24  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with the London Borough of Wandsworth on its policy of providing affordable housing within the borough.
(44116)
25  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effect on weekend traffic conditions on the A49 and on Cromwell Avenue in Warrington of building a new Junction 8 on the M62.
(43385)
26  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to announce the preferred route for the Millennium Line.
(44088)
27  
N  
Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what he is doing to educate all road users to be aware of vulnerable road users, in order to reduce two-wheeler, horse-riding and pedestrian casualties.
(42334)
28  
N  
Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is his policy that steps to restrain motor car use should not apply automatically to powered two wheelers.
(42335)
29  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what reports he has received from his French counterpart, concerning her decision to halt movement of spent irradiated nuclear fuel transport flasks on 6th May; how many flasks of this type have been transported into the United Kingdom; and if he will place the safety of spent fuel transportation on the Agenda for the next European Environment and Transport Council meetings.
(44108)
30  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of reducing duty on the (a) brewing industry, (b) gross domestic product, (c) the retail price index, (d) the total duty collected and (e) levels of employment.
(44119)
31  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the Department's energy usage was from (a) renewable energy and (b) combined heating in each year since 1989-90.
(44081)
32  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much (a) oil, (b) gas and (c) electricity was purchased for the heating, lighting and powering of accommodation occupied by his Department within the United Kingdom in each year since 1989-90; and what was the total cost in real terms of each in each year.
(44086)
33  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the total real terms value of (a) staff car mileage claims paid and (b) staff rail fares paid; and what was the total amount of staff car mileage for which reimbursement was made and the percentage change year on year, for each year since 1989-90.
(44083)
34  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Great Grimsby, of 13th February, Official Report, column 406, on the Ponsonby rule, if he will provide the same information for those treaties laid before Parliament since 1st February.
(43300)
35  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will set out the arrangements by which articles 2(b), 3, and 4(1)a(i) of the Agreement between the United Kingdom and Japan for Co-operation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy (Cm 3948, May 1998) will be put into effect in respect of Tokai Mura magnox spent fuel reprocessed with magnox fuel from British Nuclear Fuel reactors, at Sellafield; what segregation arrangements will be made; and if Article 12(g) will cover commercial confidentiality in respect of contractors.
(44111)
36  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department's officials in Canada reported to his Department in London the allegations in the Toronto Globe and Mail of 31st July 1997 referred to by the honourable Member for North-East Fife on 18th May, Official Report, column 613.
(43617)
37  
  
Mr Dennis Canavan (Falkirk West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide resources for research into sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.
(44092)
38  
  
Mr Dennis Canavan (Falkirk West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set up an inquiry into sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.
(44093)
39  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial transitional support has been made available in the years (a) 1994-95, (b) 1995-96, (c) 1996-97 and (d) 1997-98 to London trusts, excluding the London teaching hospitals.
(43891)
40  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of harm caused to unborn babies from their mothers taking benzodiazapines during their pregnancy there have been in each of the last five years.
(44073)
41  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce a screening programme for chlamydia infection.
(42199)
42  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of adults with severe learning disabilities residing in (a) long-stay hospitals and (b) the community.
(44077)
43  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to (a) support research into ways of mitigating the effects of epilepsy and (b) meet representatives of groups representing epilepsy sufferers.
(44110)
44  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 9th December 1997, Official Report, column 542, on the case of Ayaz Sheikh, what further action has been taken; and on what date the Chairman of the Leicestershire Health Authority wrote to the honourable Member for Leicester East setting out action taken with regard to this matter.
(44091)
45  
N  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the provision of long-stay beds for the mentally ill in (a) the North West Region, (b) the county of Cheshire and (c) East Cheshire NHS Trust.
(42187)
46  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place a copy of the full accounts of the Association of Chief Police Officers for England, Wales and Northern Ireland for the last year for which the accounts are available in the Library.
(44096)
47  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which grades so entitled within the police service have refused to join (a) the Association of Chief Police Officers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and (b) ACPO Ltd.
(44098)
48  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the members of ACPO who became directors of ACPO Ltd informed their respective police authorities that ACPO was a limited company.
(44102)
49  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date his Department held consultative meetings on the Review of the Firearms Forms and Rules with (i) the British Medical Association and other professional medical representative bodies, (ii) the National Farmers Union (England and Wales), (iii) the National Farmers Union (Scotland), (iv) the Country Landowners Association (England and Wales), (v) the Country Landowners Association (Scotland), (vi) firearms clubs and associations, (vii) the British Deer Society, and the Deer Commission for Scotland, and (viii) the British Sports Association for the Disabled; when he plans to conclude the review of Firearms Forms and Rules; when he plans to implement the proposed new Forms and Rules; for what reasons the Home Office Note of the main issues raised at the meeting on 19th February to discuss the forms, was not sent to all consultees when requesting further written submissions; and when he intends to meet consultees to discuss these matters.
(44101)
50  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish on the same date, in the Welsh and English languages, the firearms and shotgun application forms and certificates that are currently under revision.
(44097)
51  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many copies of the Belfast Agreement were printed in (a) the English and (b) the Irish language; what was the cost of producing each version (i) in total and (ii) per copy; and what is the sale price.
(44094)
52  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Prime Minister, on what date he first became aware of the HM Customs and Excise investigation of allegations against Sandline.
(43622)
53  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many convictions there have been under section 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 for each year of its operation; if he will list the sentence imposed in each case; and if he will indicate those offences which relate to incidents involving fatalities.
(43605)
54  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was his Department's budget for primary and secondary education (i) in cash terms and (ii) in real terms in 1998-99 prices and (iii) as percentage of Scottish gross domestic product in each year since 1978-79; and how much was spent per (a) primary and (b) secondary pupil in Scotland in (1) cash terms and (2) real terms, in 1998-99 prices, in each of these years.
(43391)
55  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what percentage of homes in Scotland were (i) council owned and (ii) owned by publicly-financed bodies in each year since 1978-79.
(43393)
56  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was his Department's budget for the NHS (i) in cash terms, (ii) in real terms in 1998-99 prices and (iii) as a percentage of Scottish gross domestic product in each year since 1978-79; and how much was spent per head of population on the NHS in Scotland in (a) cash terms and (b) real terms, in 1998-99 prices in each of these years.
(43390)
57  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his Department's budget was for council and other publicly financed housing (i) in cash terms and (ii) in real terms, in 1998-99 prices and (iii) as a percentage of Scottish GDP each year since 1978-79; and how much was spent per council tenant and publicly financed housing tenant in Scotland in (i) cash terms and (ii) real terms, in 1998-99 prices, in each of these years.
(43392)
58  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which grades so entitled within the police service have refused to join the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland.
(44099)
59  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on what dates his Department held consultative meetings on the Review of the Firearms Forms and Rules with (i) the British Medical Association and other professional medical representative bodies, (ii) the National Farmers Union (England and Wales), (iii) the National Farmers Union (Scotland), (iv) the Country Landowners Association (England and Wales), (v) the Country Landowners Association (Scotland), (vi) firearms clubs and associations, (vii) the British Deer Society, and the Deer Commission for Scotland and (viii) the British Sports Association for the Disabled; when he plans to conclude the review of firearms forms and rules; when he plans to implement the proposed new forms and rules; for what reasons the Home Office, Note of the main issues raised at the meeting on 19th Feburary to discuss the forms, was not sent to all consultees when requesting further written submissions; and when he intends to meet consultees to discuss these matters.
(44100)
60  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will place a copy of the full accounts of the Association of Chief Police Officers for Scotland for the last year for which the accounts are available in the Library.
(44095)
61  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people of working age without disabilities received benefit payments and at what total cost in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990 and (iii) the latest date for which figures are available.
(43949)
62  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many reviews have been initiated by his Department since 1st May 1997; how many of these have reported; and what the cost of these reviews has been to date.
(44002)
63  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people of working age received disability benefit payments and at what cost in (a) 1980, (b) 1990 and (c) the latest date for which figures are available.
(43950)
64  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people in Warrington North in receipt of job seekers' allowance have submitted claims for incapacity benefit over the past 12 months; and what perentage of those claims have been disallowed because the applicant had insufficient national insurance contributions.
(43387)
65  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the average time taken to deal with claims for incapacity benefit submitted by people in receipt of the job seekers' allowance in Warrington North constituency in the latest period for which figures are available.
(43386)
66  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many Benefits Agency offices or their equivalent had one or more benefits advisers on the premises (a) in 1979 and (b) currently.
(43388)
67  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what changes have been made to import controls on fireworks since November 1996; and what plans she has for further changes.
(43389)
68  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what was the total value of sales of tobacco products sold in the United Kingdom by each category of tobacco product in the last year for which figures are available.
(44076)
69  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps Companies House have taken to ensure that the directors of ACPO Ltd comply fully with the disclosure requirements of Companies Act Form 288a.
(44103)
70  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of (x) the current traffic flows and (y) the (i) high and (ii) low predictions of traffic flow on the M4 from (a) Newhouse to Magor, (b) Magor to Coldra, (c) Coldra to Caerleon, (d) Malpas to Tredegar Park, (e) Tredegar Park to Castleton and (f) Castleton to Coryton in (1) 2000, (2) 2005, (3) 2010, (4) 2015 and (5) 2020.
(44075)
71  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will estimate the total of (a) benzodiazapines, (b) prozac, (c) neuroleptic drugs and (d) sleeping pills which were prescribed in Wales in each of the past 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(44074)
72  
  
Mr Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list for each magistrates court in Greater Manchester for the last available 12 month period (a) the total amount of fines imposed, (b) the percentage of that money collected, (c) the amount of fines written off as uncollectable and (d) the criteria used for writing that money off; and if he will list for Stockport and Tameside courts (i) the number of attachment of earnings orders issued by each court to collect (1) fines and (2) reparation orders and (ii) the number of orders made by each court to deduct fines and other money from social security payments.
[Transferred] (44113)
73  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, whether the Directors of ACPO Ltd are being considered for prosecution for non-compliance with the Companies Acts in respect of (a) their appointments as directors of ACPO Limited and (b) the contents of their Memorandum and Articles of Association.
[Transferred] (44104)
74  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what was the level of subsidy provided to S4C Welsh Television Channel, for the 1997-98 financial year.
[Transferred] (44109)


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