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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 10 June 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Wednesday 10 June of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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 10th JUNE
1  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, pursuant to her Answer of 18th May, Official Report, column 246, on recycling sacks, how many sacks were sent to be recycled in 1997-98.
(45416)
2  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many complaints his Department received in each of the last three years from members of the public relating to the crop oil seed rape.
(45296)
3  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his oral Answer of 4th June, Official Report, column 494, on antibiotics in animal feed and the recommendations of the Agriculture Committee, if he will seek to secure a EU-wide ban on the use of antibiotics in farming as growth promoters.
(45368)
4  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on protecting areas of environmental importance from coastal erosion.
(44464)
5  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his oral Answer of 1st June, Official Report, columns 3-4 on the Elgin Marbles, what assessment he has made of evidence that the Elgin Marbles were damaged whilst in the care of the British Museum.
(45369)
6  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many sports men and women the UK Sports Institute plans to cater for when it is fully operational.
(44734)
7  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how the programme of activities at the UK Sports Institute is planned to be structured.
(44731)
8  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has for the funding of the UK Sports Institute following the initial National Lottery grant.
(44739)
9  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when construction is planned to begin on the UK Sports Institute central site.
(44730)
10  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which body will have responsibility for the UK Sports Institute.
(44738)
11  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many regional centres there are planned to be in the UK Sports Institute network.
(44735)
12  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many contracts for the UK Sports Institute have been (a) put out to tender and (b) signed.
(44727))
13  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the criteria will be for the involvement of individual sports in the UK Sports Institute.
(44732)
14  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he will take to ensure the participation of sports men and women from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the UK Sports Institute.
(44736)
15  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he has identified sites for the network of regional centres for the UK Sports Institute.
(44733)
16  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the sports that (a) have agreed to participate in and (b) have been invited to participate in the UK Sports Institute.
(44726)
17  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how the budget for UK Sports Institute is planned to be distributed between the central site and the network of regional sites.
(44729)
18  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the relationship will be between the UK Sports Institute and (i) the English Sports Council and (ii) the Sports Councils for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
(44737)
19  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the budget for the UK Sports Institute is in the current financial year.
(44728)
20  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to review the by-laws in the Royal Parks relating to the control of dogs.
(45168)
21  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the cost of the RAF's involvement in policing the air exclusion zones over Northern and Southern Iraq in each year since 1992; and from what budget heading the cost of the operations has been met.
(44180)
22  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the cost of the Royal Navy's involvement in operations in the Persian Gulf in each year since 1992; and from what budget heading the cost of the operations has been met.
(44181)
23  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the cost of the Royal Navy's involvement in peacekeeping operations IFOR and SFOR; and from what budget heading the cost of the operations was met for (a) 1994-95, (b) 1995-96 and (c) 1996-97.
(44182)
24  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many joint WEU training missions the (a) Royal Navy, (b) British Army, and (c) RAF have participated in over the past five years; and if he will make a statement.
(44183)
25  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if it is the practice to allocate each ship in the Royal Navy an annual quota of fuel.
(44185)
26  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the average annual number of days spent on (a) exercises and (b) operations by an infantry soldier in each of the last 10 years.
(44186)
27  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the numbers and locations of UK armed forces' personnel stationed overseas.
(44187)
28  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the personnel numbers for (a) the full strength and (b) the current strength of each RAF squadron.
(44188)
29  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the personnel numbers for (a) the full strength and (b) the current strength of each Army regiment.
(44189)
30  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy vessels are below full crew complement; and by how many.
(44190)
31  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the cost of the RAF's involvement in operations in the Persian Gulf in each year since 1992; and from what budget heading the cost has been met.
(44191)
32  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proposals he has evaluated for a heavy lift aircraft for HM forces to be manufactured by the Airbus consortium.
(45277)
33  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment of the health effects of CR gas has been made by the senior medical officers of his Department since 1991; how many published and internal papers have been written by his Department's medical officers on this subject since 1991; and what are the current security classifications of these reports.
(45311)
34  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 12th March, Official Report, column 324, on riot control agents, for what reasons his Department is currently reviewing the quantity of CS which it holds; when the review started; who is carrying it out; and when it is expected to be completed.
(45312)
35  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the (a) extent and (b) sources of the external nuclear threat to the United Kingdom.
(45038)
36  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his American counterpart concerning the residue of depleted uranium shells in Southern Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(45275)
37  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many ministers have published their e-mail addresses; and how many are now equipped with electronic red boxes.
(43523)
38  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the state of planning for Netd@ys Europe 1998.
(45294)
39  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the proposed paper on the EMU and Education proposed by the European Commission for preparation by the UK presidency.
(45272)
40  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what were the optional themes for 1997 Netd@ys projects; how many United Kingdom institutions submitted entries; and what were the final projects submitted by the UK.
(45295)
41  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the 1997 Young Consumer competition in schools financed by the European Commission.
(45271)
42  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many children at (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the West Chelmsford constituency were excluded from school in each of the past five years.
(44415)
43  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the initiatives planned or undertaken to promote awareness of the United Kingdom Presidency of the European Union among the young.
(45310)
44  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the Jean Monnet awards for 1998 in the United Kingdom.
(45304)
45  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the (a) primary and (b) secondary schools visited by the European Union Mobile Information Centre in 1997.
(45293)
46  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the total budget for capitation grants for disabled people in supported employment placements.
(45322)
47  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the financial implications of extending secondary comprehensive school education to 16 to 18 year olds.
(45165)
48  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representation she has received from Nunthorpe Secondary Comprehensive School on provision for 11 to 18 year old pupils.
(45164)
49  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many primary schools with fewer than 40 pupils there are in (a) England and (b) Norfolk.
(44644)
50  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the local education authorities which have reduced funding for music in schools in 1998-99.
(44481)
51  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many schools have been notified to his Department as being subject to proposals for closure since 1st May 1997; and if he will indicate their size.
(44490)
52  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on future funding of music in schools.
(44486)
53  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidance his Department has issued to local education authorities on the future of rural village schools.
(44485)
54  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on arrangements for the transfer of children on the assisted places scheme to another school (a) on compassionate grounds, (b) where there is a financial saving and (c) where there is an educational need.
(44491)
55  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the future position of grant maintained schools.
(44922)
56  
N  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate his Department has made of the average number of children in each pre-year 1 nursery class in maintained schools in the most recent year for which information is available.
(44985)
57  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to place the youth services provided by local authorities on a statutory footing.
(45169)
58  
  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the total mileage of cycle track adjacent to roads in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990 and (iii) 1997; and what estimate he has made of the mileage of cycle track needed in the United Kingdom to meet his road safety requirements.
(45375)
59  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many crashes occurred involving (a) road vehicles, (b) aircraft and (c) trains carrying radioactive material in the United Kingdom in 1997 and 1998 to date.
(44986)
60  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is the Government's policy not to limit the number of movements of radioactive material by air provided International Atomic Energy Agency standards are met.
(44959)
61  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 18th May, Official Report, column 219, on lorries, if enforcement staff are able to use the documentation carried by drivers to enforce the restriction on the use of 5 axle lorries weighing 40 tonnes to international traffic.
(45417)
62  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many spent fuel flasks sent to BNFL's Sellafield plant by United Kingdom or overseas customers in the last three years have had levels of surface contamination over the regulatory limit of 4 Bq/cm2; how many empty spent fuel flasks being returned from Sellafield to its customers have had levels of surface contamination above this limit; what levels of contamination have been detected in each of these flasks; which customers were involved; when he was first informed that regulatory limits were being exceeded; and what action he has taken.
(45036)
63  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what reasons underlay his decision to refuse Government bridging loans to support Objective 2 Structural Fund 1994-1996 programmes in the North East of England in the year 1998-99.
(44904)
64  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the benefits for Coventry and the West Midlands region, from the proposed Channel Tunnel Rail Link via Stratford.
(44723)
65  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what procedures are currently in place to ensure the safe transportation of mixed oxide plutonium within the United Kingdom.
(44724)
66  
  
Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library all government documentation relating to the first formal inquiry into the loss of the MV 'Derbyshire' regardless of whether it is legally privileged, and in particular the document entitled Derbyshire Statement of Facts Giving Rise to the Formal Investigation.
(45264)
67  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what legal requirements employers of merchant seamen were required to fulfil in June 1991 when instructing employees on sick leave to return to work offshore.
(45034)
68  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what Health and Safety Executive regulations, relating to record keeping, were in force in May 1991 in respect of the transfer of sick merchant seamen to oil platforms in the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea.
(45037)
69  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on amendments made since 1986 to Merchant Shipping Notice No. 1536 and Merchant Shipping Notice No. 1331 in respect of diseases of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum.
(45035)
70  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what legal requirements merchant shipping employees on sick leave were required to fulfil in June 1991 when returning to work offshore after instructions from their employer.
(45033)
71  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy towards the relaunch of the European Communities eco-label award system.
(45324)
72  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received about the upgrade of the West Coast Mainline from rail users in Northampton.
(45317)
73  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consultation there has been with rail users in Northampton over the proposed upgrade of the West Coast Mainline agreed by the Rail Regulator.
(45318)
74  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact on Northampton's train services of the West Coast Mainline upgrade agreed by the Rail Regulator.
(45320)
75  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what access trains serving Northampton will have to the fast lines on the West Coast Mainline following the upgrade agreed by the Rail Regulator.
(45319)
76  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many of the fast lines on the West Coast Mainline will be devoted to Virgin Rail Services following the upgrading agreed by the Rail Regulator.
(45321)
77  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what date is specified for completion of the entire line in LCR's contract to build the CTRL.
(45409)
78  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are the terms of Railtrack's option to build the second phase of the CTRL through London.
(45410)
79  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many representatives of government there will be on the Board of LCR and the Eurostar management company; and if their rights, duties and responsibilities will be the same in company law as the private sector directors.
(45403)
80  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 8th June, Official Report, column 413, about correspondence with the honourable Member for New Forest East, on how many occasions he has responded to a letter from an honourable Member by way of a written answer to a parliamentary question tabled in pursuance of an answer to that letter.
(45265)
81  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Rough Sleepers Initiative in tackling the problem of homelessness in Greater London; and what plans he has further to improve the initiative.
(45298)
82  
  
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):    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 Eden; if he will list their locations; and what proposals North West Water has made to improve the situation over the next five years.
(45372)
83  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will rank each local authority in England in terms of the amount spent on winter road maintenance per mile for (a) trunk and (b) other roads for the latest year for which figures are available.
(45327)
84  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much council tax is currently raised from second-home owners.
(44488)
85  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on proposals for reducing the number of road signs in rural areas.
(44482)
86  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement regarding the future development of the mobile telecommunications industry in rural areas.
(44484)
87  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the impact of the 50 per cent. reduction in council tax for second-home owners.
(44487)
88  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps his Department is taking to protect areas of outstanding natural beauty from overdevelopment; and if he will make a statement.
(44478)
89  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the restrictions on the use of fibre optic traffic signs.
(44483)
90  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the sites of special scientific interest in the United Kingdom distinguishing those which are in (a) England and (b) Norfolk.
(44489)
91  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects work on the M5 around the Avon Bridge to be completed; and if he will make a statement.
(45163)
92  
N  
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the respondents to his consultation paper, Access to Open Country, indicating what arrangements have been made for these comments to be viewed by the public.
(44645)
93  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will (a) backdate to 1st January the application of the decision to make the ban on certain C1 licence holders who have insulin-treated diabetis subject to annual health checks, (b) introduce a similar provision for new drivers and those recently diagnosed and (c) review the legislation to ensure parity of treatment for all groups affected by the ban.
(45263)
94  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has to legislate to prevent cars being rebuilt from remnants of vehicles involved in accidents.
(45161)
95  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received in relation to British Waterways' intention to increase the costs of the permanent cruising licence from 1st August; and if he will make a statement.
(45395)
96  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he plans to publish the six-monthly reports on preparations for joining EMU; when the first such report is due; and if he will make a statement on the outline national changeover plan.
(45303)
97  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the money supply level of the euro relative to the total of the combined currencies of those countries merging for the euro; what forecast he has made of trends in the overall money supply level following the introduction of the euro; if he expects international demand for the euro to be met by an increase in money supply; and if he will make a statement.
(45418)
98  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what rôle he will have in respect of the deliberations of the committee responsible for the Euro on its total money supply level; and if he will make a statement.
(45419)
99  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what arrangements are in place to require those involved with securities and investments to disclose suspicious activity to law enforcers; and if he will make a statement.
(45415)
100  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the projects, departments, agencies and partners of Government whose expenditure is recorded in the public accounts solely on the basis of contingent liabilities.
(44722)
101  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when, and under what authority, the Office of National Statistics was given the duty of determining the allocation of expenditure to the PSBR.
(44720)
102  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has made to the Accounting Standards Board on the proper presentation of risks and liabilities of Private Finance Initiative schemes.
(44719)
103  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the guidance on the basis of which the Office of National Statistics determines whether expenditure incurred by or on behalf of the Government and any of its agents or partners is to be part of the public sector borrowing requirement.
(44721)
104  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate for the latest available year of the external sales ratio to GDP and the export ratio to GDP of (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland.
(45370)
105  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the proportions of the expected yield arising from the proposed abolition of the foreign earnings deduction to be paid by media and entertainment personalities with very high incomes.
(44642)
106  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of those claiming foreign earnings deduction earned (a) less than £40,000 per annum, (b) between £40,000 to £50,000 per annum, (c) £50,000 to £60,000 per annum, (d) £60,000 to £75,000, (e) £75,000 to £100,000 and (f) above £100,000 per annum, in the latest year for which figures are available.
(44641)
107  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of those claiming the foreign earnings deduction were people considered by the Treasury to be very high-earning individuals in the latest year for which figures are available.
(44643)
108  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his policy towards small businesses which are in arrears with VAT; and on what grounds he is prepared to accept a schedule of repayments.
(45406)
109  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the factors taken into account when reducing the forecast revenue figures from excise between July 1997 and March 1998.
(45401)
110  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the reduction in excise revenue caused by the decline in popularity of alcopops in the period to March 1998.
(43402)
111  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the increase in excise revenue due to warm weather in the summer of 1997.
(45408)
112  
  
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from oil companies concerning duties on ultra-low sulphur diesel since his Budget on 17th March.
(45299)
113  
  
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenues which will be obtained by the Treasury under the new definition of ultra-low sulphur diesel in the Finance (No. 2) Bill; and how this compares with the revenues that would be received if no changes were made.
(45300)
114  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Personal Investment Authority Ombudsman Bureau about the charge of £500 made on companies against which complaints are made and investigated.
(44921)
115  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the amount in billions of pounds at 1997-98 prices accounted for by General Government Expenditure on Services from 1979-80 to 1997-98, broken down by the current classification of sponsor department.
(45425)
116  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total forecast cost is of the present refurbishment of the British Embassy in Tehran; and if he will list the works being undertaken and their specifications.
(44960)
117  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to ensure political impartiality in the Journalists in Europe project concerning European integration; and if he will make a statement.
(45273)
118  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish a breakdown of costs for People's Europe '98.
(45269)
119  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for South West Devon of 7th April, Official Report, column 203, on the European Communities Budget, if he will estimate the United Kingdom share of the funding for the European Women's lobby for 1997; and if he will make a statement on his Department's policy towards the funding by the Commission of lobby groups.
(45314)
120  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 6th May, Official Report, column 414, if the European flag will fly from government buildings on Europe Day when the United Kingdom no longer holds the European Union Presidency.
(45323)
121  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations Her Majesty's Government has made to the new regime in Indonesia concerning (a) civil rights and (b) the United Kingdom's trading policy with Indonesia.
(45315)
122  
  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many reports his Department has received in each of the past five years of cases of food poisoning originating in unlicensed bed and breakfast establishments in England and Wales.
(45374)
123  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what pathogens were sold and at what price to the American Type Culture Collection in Rockville, Maryland, by his Department's installations between (a) 1st January 1980 and 31st December 1984 and (b) 1st January 1990 and 31st December 1997.
(44184)
124  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the key business targets for the Medicines Control Agency for 1998-99.
(45278)
125  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the new Model Byelaw on the Employment of Children will be published.
(45301)
126  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children he estimates are in homeless households; and if he will make a statement.
(45209)
127  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children at risk from sexual or physical abuse were on child protection registers on 1st June.
(45211)
128  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children in England he estimates ran away from home last year; and if he will make a statement.
(45210)
129  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many expressions of interest have been received for the disposal of Health Services Accreditation.
(45412)
130  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the terms of the contract between the Kings Fund and the NHS to provide Health Quality Services; and to whom the surveyors are contracted.
(45411)
131  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether National Audit Office criteria for the disposal of a state-owned function apply to Health Services Accreditation.
(45413)
132  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Health Service Guidelines NHS Trading Agencies: Future Arrangements No HSC(94)54 Annex B by Price Waterhouse on the disposal process applies to Health Services Accreditation.
(45414)
133  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Health Service Quantity surveyors are wholly employed by the National Health Service and seconded to the survey; how many days a week on average they work for the survey; what are their qualifications; and how many of them there are.
(45405)
134  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health trusts and authorities will be surveyed by the Health Quality Service survey; and if the survey will be extended to private sector hospitals.
(45404)
135  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the budgeted cost to the NHS of the Health Quality Service surveyors.
(45407)
136  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements he has agreed to implement the Calman/Hine recommendations for cancer services in the North Thames Region of the National Health Service.
(45297)
137  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date and where the inquest into the death of Theresa Claybrooke-Tuck will be held.
(45358)
138  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors and nurses are currently working in community hospitals.
(44479)
139  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has given to health authorities on the closure of community hospitals.
(44480)
140  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to promote awareness and understanding of myalgic encephalitis amongst doctors and the general public; what help is offered to people who suffer from the illness; and if he will make a statement.
(44923)
141  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will instruct trust boards to publicise which consultants have discretionary points.
(45274)
142  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the cost of emergency contraception on the National Health Service in each of the last five years.
(43489)
143  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the cost of abortions in the first trimester to the National Health Service in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(43490)
144  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, following the recent review of expenditure, if he will list the reductions in funding for complementary and alternative medicine services by category and amount broken down by (a) homeopathy, (b) acupuncture and (c) therapeutic touch in the East London City Health Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(45136)
145  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has given to health authorities on the circumstances in which they can make ex-gratia payments to patients whose health has suffered as a result of medical treatment; and if health authorities are entitled to make such payments to women who have suffered permanent injury after having been in receipt of radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer.
(45266)
146  
  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports his Department has received in each of the past five years of cases of death or injuries caused by fire in unlicensed bed and breakfast establishments.
(45373)
147  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals were serving a prison sentence in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and what percentage were serving prison sentences for drug offences.
(45158)
148  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his officials have approved the strategic technologies electronic tag system; and if it is currently in use.
(45397)
149  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the outcome of the test on the strategic technologies electronic tag system.
(45396)
150  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if any offenders who have been tagged during the current trials have had an allergic reaction to the conductive loop tag system; and what research has been carried out into the cause.
(45400)
151  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders who have been electronically tagged during the current trials have removed the tag without setting off the tamper alert mechanism; and what system was used.
(45399)
152  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research his officials have conducted into the reliability of the conductive loop electronic tag system.
(45398)
153  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the manufacturers of CS spray devices which have been evaluated for use by police forces by the police scientific development branch since 1994; for what reasons the police scientific development branch recommended the purchase of CS sprays produced by SAE Alsetex; and how many police forces are currently purchasing stocks of CS sprays from SAE Alsetex.
(45309)
154  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the police forces which (a) have and (b) have not issued CS sprays to officers.
(45306)
155  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research has been conducted by the police scientific development branch since 1995 into the safety and effectiveness of reducing the strength of CS in CS sprays currently issued to police officers; when this research was carried out; what are the current security classifications of reports resulting from this research; and if he will place copies of the results of this research in the Library.
(45307)
156  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reduce the strength of CS in CS sprays currently issued to police officers to below five per cent.; and what assessment he has made of the safety of the current strength.
(45308)
157  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research has been commissioned by his Department from the DERA since July 1997 into alternative solvents for CS sprays and for what reasons; when this research was commissioned; what are the current security classifications of the reports resulting from this research; and if he will place copies of this research in the Library.
(45305)
158  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to establish a forensic science inspectorate; and if he will make a statement.
(45359)
159  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many thefts from the offices of honourable Members have been recorded in (i) 1991, (ii) 1992, (iii) 1993, (iv) 1994, (v) 1995, (vi) 1996, (vii) 1997 and (viii) 1998.
(45326)
160  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what proportion of the legal aid bill in 1996-97 and 1997-98 for personal injury cases was for cases won by the plaintiffs and resulted in the expenditure on legal aid being recovered from the defendants at the conclusion of the proceedings.
(45166)
161  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what proportion of the legal aid bill, in 1996-97 and 1997-98 for personal injury cases was liable to VAT and resulted in a revenue to the Treasury.
(45167)
162  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reason she attended a question and answer session at the European Parliament on the Northern Ireland peace agreement.
(45292)
163  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will make a statement on trends in the use of secondary legislation.
(43512)
164  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the President of the Council, what plans she has to refer matters to the Standing Committee on Regional Affairs under Standing Order No. 11.
(45313)
165  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, which ministers were consulted on the decision by Sir Thomas Legg QC to advertise for witnesses to the Sierra Leone investigation in a national newspaper; and if he will make a statement.
(45270)
166  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the oral Answer from the Secretary of State for Scotland of 19th May, Official Report, column 718, if he will review the Government's policy of not disclosing details of discussions between the office of the Lord Advocate and US officials.
(44905)
167  
  
Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell and Wishaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will publish for each Scottish local authority for each of the last two years, the number of housing benefit overpayments and the number and percentage of those which were fraudulent errors.
(45267)
168  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans she has to amend the Social Security Attendance Allowance Regulations 1991, to allow attendance allowance to be paid to people paying the full cost of their care in local authority homes; and if she will make a statement.
(45276)
169  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the amount in billions of pounds at 1997-98 prices, of social security benefit spending from 1979-80 to 1997-98, broken down into the client groups (a) elderly people, including pensions, (b) the sick and disabled, not including pensioners, (c) family support, (d) unemployment and (e) widows.
(45424)
170  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what the population is of each UK region currently receiving Objective 1 structural funds from the European Union.
(45302)
171  
  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what discussions her Department had with the Office of Fair Trading concerning the publication of A Guide to the Major Provisions of the Competition Act 1998.
(45170)
172  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps she has taken to ensure that no plutonium from the United Kingdom has been used in the production of nuclear weapons in developing countries.
(44725)
173  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the projects funded in 1997 in the United Kingdom under European Communities budget lines B5-100 and B5-102.
(45325)
174  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what new proposals she has to improve transparency in respect of the health risks arising from nuclear power stations.
(43511)
175  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his estimate of public sector employment as a percentage of private sector employment in (i) 1970, (ii) 1975, (iii) 1980, (iv) 1985, (v) 1990 and (vi) 1995 in Wales.
(45371)
176  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many local government boundary reviews being carried out under the current review process (a) have been completed and (b) are awaiting completion; when each of the outstanding reviews is due to be completed; and if the 1999 unitary council elections within all unitary authorities will take place within the new local government boundaries.
(43491)
177  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what sums were allocated by his Department to private sector renovation grants for the financial years (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98.
(43492)
178  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what was the level of spending by each local authority in Wales on (i) renovation grants, (ii) disabled facility grants, (iii) home repair grants, (iv) common parts grants, (v) conversional grants and (vi) empty home grants or their equivalent for the financial years (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98.
(43493)
179  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many local authority houses in Wales were assessed to be unfit for human habitation (a) in total and (b) by local authority in 1997.
(43494)
180  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will publish the gross domestic product per head for 1996, for each of the new unitary authorities which are being used by his Department for economic policy purposes.
(45162)
181  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what provisions are being made for the needs of rural areas within the Social Exclusion Inititative of his Department.
(45160)
182  
N  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he has evaluated the responses to his consultation on Crown Copyright in the Information Age; and if he will make a statement.
[Question Unstarred] (43520)
183  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the sub-contracting of the pastoral supervision role of the European Voluntary Service to third parties; and if he will list the agencies his Department has approved for this purpose.
[Transferred] (45316)


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