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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 7 July 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Tuesday 7 July 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 7 July, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Wednesday 8 July, 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 7th JULY
1  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, under which procedure the derogation permitting six and 12 mile fishing limits will be renewable, and if unanimity will apply.
(49328)
2  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what consultation the Advisory Group on Quarantine has had with disability organisations about prioritising quarantine reform in respect of guide dogs and hearing dogs.
(49290)
3  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has made to the European Union Agriculture Ministers about the rule prohibiting the distribution of surplus beef to pensioners who are not on income support; what steps he is taking to change the law to allow such distribution; and if he will make a statement.
(48957)
4  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on what date his Department was informed of the Swedish government's ban on the use of animal remains for foodstuffs to ruminants; what action was taken in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(49309)
5  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the yield from levying an additional 50 per cent. television licence (i) once per household on all households with (a) two and (b) three or more televisions and (ii) once per television on all households with (1) two or more and (2) three or more televisions.
(49269)
6  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress of the production of the Challenger 2 battle tank.
(49304)
7  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date he agreed with the US Defense Secretary to increase co-operation to combat chemical and biological weapons; for what reasons he has agreed to increase such co-operation; what are the objectives of the increased co-operation; and if he will list the areas of chemical and biological warfare which are covered by this agreement.
(49494)
8  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Chemical Defence Establishment field trial reports series of documents (a) started and (b) finished; how many documents were produced in this series; and how many of these documents are currently unclassified.
(49490)
9  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made by his Department in investigating the alleged chemical agent detections during the Gulf War on 19th to 21st January 1991 in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia; who is carrying out this investigation; when this investigation began; and when he expects this investigation to be completed.
(49491)
10  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a list of the titles of the unclassified papers produced in the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment technical paper series since January 1996.
(49493)
11  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures have been taken by his Department to ensure that defence systems will not be compromised by the millennium bug.
(49487)
12  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to ensure that funds allocated to schools via the National Grid for Learning are sufficient to cover the costs of necessary infrastructure, with particular reference to electric points and security systems.
(48087)
13  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what statistics his Department has collated on the effect of training on staff turnover rates in small and medium sized firms in the United Kingdom.
(48536)
14  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much was allocated through his Department to small and medium sized enterprises for training purposes in each of the five years up to 1997.
(48533)
15  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the role of training in encouraging the growth of small firms.
(48532)
16  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures his Department is taking to increase the availability of good quality training facilities in Coventry.
(48535)
17  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list Worcestershire's further education colleges, indicating their operating surpluses or deficits, for (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97 and (f) 1997-98.
(49473)
18  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures he has taken to involve the over-60s in lifelong learning.
(49428)
19  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what analysis he has undertaken of the 18-24 year olds on the New Deal programme who are not accounted for when they finish the Gateway.
(49429)
20  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if government funding will be provided to non-denominational schools for new classrooms in order to meet the target of class sizes of 30 or under for five to seven year olds.
(49292)
21  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many church primary schools in Chorley will benefit from government funding for new classrooms in order to reduce class sizes to 30 or under.
(49291)
22  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 30th June, Official Report, column 190, what steps he takes to ensure the precautionary principle is applied to the chemicals identified as having, or suspected as having, endocrine disruptive qualities.
(49204)
23  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the technical background advice on HFCs commissioned from March Consulting.
(49155)
24  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what reporting mechanism exists to ensure his views and those of the Environmental Minister are fully represented at meetings of IGGMOT.
(49157)
25  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent research (a) his Department and (b) the European Commission has commissioned into HFCs; and if he will place copies of the completed reports in the Library.
(49154)
26  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps his Department takes to inform the Department of Trade and Industry of the dangers presented by endocrine disrupting chemicals and their presence in consumer goods.
(49156)
27  
  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what savings are forecast from the proposed reduction in the number of administrative units for valuation tribunals.
(49470)
28  
  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what savings were (a) projected and (b) achieved from the previous amalgamation of the administration of neighbouring valuation tribunals.
(49471)
29  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 16th June, Official Report, column 131, if pipes and fittings which comply with the draft water industry specification for plastic sewage pipes will also be deemed acceptable for use in drainage systems which need to comply with the requirements of Part H of the Building Regulations.
(47759)
30  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 16th June, Official Report, column 131, if the draft water industry specification for plastic sewage pipes will be expected to comply with the requirements of Part H of the Building Regulations.
(47760)
31  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 16th June, Official Report, column 131, what are his reasons for accepting different specifications and requirements for pipes used in the construction of gravity sewers from pipes used in household drainage, with particular reference to water jetting resistance ranging from 1,900 to 5,000 pounds per square inch.
(47761)
32  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 16th June, Official Report, column 131, what plans he has to ensure that all plastic drainage and sewage pipes withstand cleaning by high pressure water jetting.
(47762)
33  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 16th June, Official Report, column 131, for what reasons pipes which comply with the draft Water Industry Specification for plastic sewers may have a water jetting resistance of 1,900 pounds per square inch; what account he took of (a) the maximum recommended pressures set out in the Code of Practice in determining this level and (b) the requirement of Part H of the building regulations to minimise the risk of blockage and leakage.
(47763)
34  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much has been spent to deal with problems of rough sleepers in each of the past five years in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Bristol; and what estimate he has made of the total numbers of rough sleepers in each location for each of those years.
(49183)
35  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what studies his Department has undertaken concerning the millennium compliance of the computer systems used in the operation of the Channel Tunnel, Le Shuttle and Eurostar; and if he will make a statement.
(49448)
36  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment his Department has made of the response by local authorities to the guidance given in Department of the Environment Circular 1/94 requiring local planning authorities to assess the need for gypsy accommodation in their areas; and if he will make a statement.
(49469)
37  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will revise the boundaries of his proposed regional development agencies to create an agency based exclusively on the counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Gloucestershire; and if he will make a statement.
(47629)
38  
  
Mr Peter Snape (West Bromwich East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the estimated cost of environmental protection works, including tunnelling provided for reasons of environmental protection, involved in phase two of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link between Ebbsfleet and Kings Cross.
[R] (49466)
39  
  
Mr Peter Snape (West Bromwich East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will review the costs and benefits of the environmental protection works associated with phase two of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, between Ebbsfleet and Kings Cross.
[R] (49467)
40  
  
Mr Peter Snape (West Bromwich East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will review the timescale of phase two of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link between Ebbsfleet and Kings Cross to assess ways in which it might be advanced.
[R] (49468)
41  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has made to Billiton plc regarding the social and environmental implications of their proposed Eastern Cape Zinc Refinery Project, South Africa.
(49426)
42  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consultations his Department has had with the Department of Trade and Industry regarding the current review of the OECD guidelines on multinational enterprises.
(49160)
43  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the total cost to the Exchequer of administering income tax in the last year for which figures are available; what was the cost 10 years ago; what trend is forecast for this cost; and if he will make a statement.
(49476)
44  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to taxpayers of employing tax accountants in the last financial year in respect of income tax collection; what was the figure 10 years ago; what trend is forecast for this cost; and if he will make a statement.
(49480)
45  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the cost of countering income tax evasion for the last year for which figures are available; what was the cost 10 years previously; what trend is forecast for such costs; and if he will make a statement.
(49481)
46  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what new action the Government is planning in respect of mortgage companies which specialise in attracting clients with poor credit ratings.
(49181)
47  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 29th June, Official Report, column 28, what assessment he has made of the percentage risk of default if the financial markets had issued a Channel Tunnel Rail Link guarantee.
(49444)
48  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if a prior options review will be undertaken at the Royal Mint.
(49423)
49  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what rent-free period applied under the lease of the new Wales office of the Bank of England at Scott Harbour, Cardiff Bay.
(49446)
50  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 30th June, Official Report, column 178, on the working families tax credit, if he will set out in each case the effect of the proposed reform on the number of people receiving (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit.
(49272)
51  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had, and with whom, on the negotiations for Cyprus's accession to the European Union; and if he will make a statement.
(49489)
52  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the Government has to launch a fundamental review of policy towards the European Union.
(49299)
53  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been made to the government of Iraq, following the recent incident over the Southern Iraq no-fly zone.
(49297)
54  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the recent statement by Chancellor Kohl on the implications for political union of the single currency.
(49303)
55  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on developments in EU policy towards Kosovo, following the recent mission by the US special presidential envoy.
(49296)
56  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the cause of the early departure from East Timor of the European Union Troika envoys.
(49300)
57  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of proposals for establishing a court of political auditors to scrutinise EU initiatives.
(49298)
58  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the progress of democratisation in Hong Kong under the guidelines set out in the Basic Law.
(49294)
59  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the rights of residents in Gibraltar to vote in elections to the European Parliament.
(49293)
60  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the average time which elapses between private treatment and tests being carried out in the NHS and the issuing of invoices in respect of such treatment.
(49479)
61  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date his Department first requested the Salford and Trafford Health Authority to withdraw its public consultation document on the future of children's health services; and on what grounds.
(49359)
62  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what grounds the Salford and Trafford Health Authority refused to withdraw its consultation paper on children's services when first requested to do so by his Department.
(49360)
63  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list all requests which his Department has made since 2nd May 1997 for health authorities to withdraw public consultation documents which have been issued in accordance with normal procedures; and in which of those cases (a) he has issued a legal direction and (b) he is considering issuing a legal direction.
(49365)
64  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date his Department indicated to the Salford and Trafford Health Authority that a legal direction would be issued requiring the authority to withdraw its consultation on the future of children's services.
(49361)
65  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those health authority chairmen appointed on 30th June 1997 indicating their known political affiliation.
(49424)
66  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from health authorities which adjoin the Salford and Trafford Health Authority relating to the public consultation on the future of children's health services in Salford and Trafford; and on what dates the representations were received.
(49357)
67  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from members of the Salford and Trafford Health Authority in relation to the consultation on the future of children's health services; and on what dates.
(49358)
68  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions took place between his Department and the Salford and Trafford Health Authority between the date when the authority refused the Department's request to withdraw its consultation on the future of children's services and the date when a legal direction was issued by the Secretary of State requiring the withdrawal of that document.
(49356)
69  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the occasions on which his Department has asked health authorities to withdraw properly conducted public consultations during the 20 years prior to 1st July 1997; and on how many of those occasions the Department subsequently required compliance through the use of a legal direction.
(49355)
70  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Ynys Môn of 16th June 1997, Offical Report, column 20, concerning dementia research, how much in each of the last five years his Department has spent on dementia research; and how much is allocated in the current financial year.
(49329)
71  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Medicines Control Agency review of the impact of the Freedom of Information White Paper will be published.
(49307)
72  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 12th June 1997, Official Report, column 529, concerning the health problems of carers, when the study of carer burdens and associated costs in dementia care over time will be published.
(49330)
73  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 15th July 1997, Official Report, column 162, concerning dementia, what conclusions he has reached concerning national guidance on new medicines for Alzheimer's disease.
(49331)
74  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to encourage co-operation between pharmaceutical companies applying to license new drugs.
(49306)
75  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 12th June 1997, Official Report, column 529, concerning the health problems facing carers, when the results of his Department's research into outcomes of social care for adults will be published; and if he will make a statement about interim findings from the research.
(49332)
76  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to amend section 118 of the Medicines Act 1968.
(49308)
77  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 8th June, Official Report, column 464, what assessment he has made of the information supplied in the conference in the United States in June on the Swiss programme for using injectable heroin to reduce drug use and drug-related crime.
(49185)
78  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by his Department on research into ME in 1997-98; and what spending is planned for 1998-99.
(49460)
79  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to assume responsibility from the social services budget for the funding of individuals who need nursing home care.
(48958)
80  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his oral Answer of 30th June, column 139, if he will set out the conclusions of his officials' examination of Avon Health Authority's policy on beta interferon; and if he will make a statement on the action which follows from that examination.
(49273)
81  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter dated 8th June regarding primary care groups.
(49364)
82  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to bring forward legislation to give local authorities the power to license or not license hunting with hounds.
(47641)
83  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 25th June, Official Report, column 587, in respect of plans to reduce the risk of the spread of communicable diseases in prisons, if he will outline the criteria that the independent academic team based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will use to evaluate the success of the initiative; and if he will list the prisons in which the pilot scheme will take place.
(49488)
84  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children under the age of 14 have been murdered by their parents in England and Wales in each of the last three years.
(49477)
85  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many closed visits have taken place in prisons in England and Wales during the last 12 months.
(49478)
86  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have been prosecuted for misuse of CS sprays since January 1996.
(49492)
87  
  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has given to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner on the exercise in London of the powers available under Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.
(49495)
88  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to Billiton plc regarding the social and environmental implications of their proposed Eastern Cape Zinc Refinery Project, South Africa.
(49427)
89  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what consultations her Department has had with the Department of Trade and Industry regarding the current review of the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises.
(49158)
90  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will assess the advantages of removing the search fee relating to the Decree Absolute Index.
(49472)
91  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, pursuant to his Answer of 17th March, Official Report, column 602, what special technical measures are being taken, at what extra cost, to ensure the proposed air-conditioning system for the Millennium Dome does not leak HFCs into the environment in excess of 1 per cent.
(49240)
92  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, on what date the air-conditioning system for the Millennium Dome is planned to be installed.
(49153)
93  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what ethical criteria he applies in selecting potential sponsors for the Millennium Dome.
(49152)
94  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what will be the estimated cost of the published verbatim record of proceedings of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
(49462)
95  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will ensure that a verbatim record of proceedings of the Northern Ireland Assembly will be available (a) in the Vote Office and (b) on the Internet.
(49461)
96  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent on dealing with problems of rough sleepers in each of the past five years; and what estimates he has made of the total numbers sleeping rough for each of those years.
(49184)
97  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the legislative provisions that are required to be enacted prior to the entry into force of the 10th April 1998 Agreement between the British and Irish governments; if she will list the legislative measures required to implement provisions of the Multi-Party Agreement; and what is the proposed timetable for consultation and publication of draft legislation.
(48468)
98  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list those self-help groups, organisations and agencies offering assistance to victims of the conflict and their families funded by her Department; how much public funding each body has received in each of the past five years; and how much is earmarked to each for the current year and each of the next three years.
(48469)
99  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the total budget for assisting victims and their families in (a) each of the last five years, (b) the current year and (c) each of the next five years.
(48470)
100  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what research has been commissioned and what estimate her Department has made of the future expenditure that might be required to support the victims of the conflict and their families.
(48471)
101  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what consultation preceded allocation of the additional £5 million victim support fund announced by the Prime Minister in May; when this money will be distributed, and to whom.
(48472)
102  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is her policy towards the provision of statutory and voluntary sector services for victim support; and what measures she is planning to promote this policy.
(48473)
103  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he plans to publish the annual report on the achievement of the Government's aims and objectives before the summer adjournment.
(49305)
104  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much has been spent to deal with problems of rough sleepers in each of the past five years; and what estimate he has made of the total numbers sleeping rough for each of those years.
(49182)
105  
N  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the membership of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of Scotland, indicating who appoints them and to whom they are responsible.
(49270)
106  
N  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on levels of government funding to the Scottish Museums Council since 1993; and what assessment he has made of its performance.
(49271)
107  
N  
Mr Terry Davis (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what targets have been established by her Department for the Child Support Agency.
(49363)
108  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 7th May to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, copied to her Department, regarding savings and council tax benefit, (Ref. 3/3644/31).
(49295)
109  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what recent advice her Department has issued to toy retailers in respect of toys containing phthalates.
(49203)
110  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will list the monies that have been made available to each of the regions of the United Kingdom from each of the European Union's structural funds in each of the last three years.
(49482)
111  
N  
Mr James Cran (Beverley and Holderness):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what are the reasons for delays in processing claims by her Department's Redundancy Payments Service from former employees of the ABI Group who are seeking payments under the Employment Rights Act 1996.
(48807)
112  
N  
Mr James Cran (Beverley and Holderness):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her letter of 11th May, when her Department's Redundancy Payments Service will complete its scrutiny of claims for payments under the Employment Rights Act 1996 from former employees of the ABI Group.
(48808)
113  
N  
Mr James Cran (Beverley and Holderness):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when her Department's Redundancy Payments Service received from the Receiver the redundancy payment forms relating to former employees of the ABI Group who are seeking payments under the Employment Rights Act 1996.
(48809)
114  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what measures her Department is taking to raise awareness among businesses of the range of Government funding available to small and medium size enterprises for training purposes.
(48534)
115  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will place in the Library a copy of the Government's response to the EU Commission communication dated 14th March relating to proposed changes in the rules and procedures for public procurement of IT equipment, software and services.
(49447)
116  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the cost of the audit for millennium compliance purposes of the computer systems used in container ships, and at container ports and freight depots.
(49449)
117  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if her Department's inspector's report into the conduct of Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare in respect of share dealing carried a recommendation.
(49431)
118  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will seek the agreement of Ms Morgan Thomas to make public details of the evidence she gave to the Department's inspectors investigating the conduct of Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare in respect of share dealing.
(49433)
119  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many investigations were conducted into alleged insider dealing in Anglia TV shares; when each investigation started and finished; and how many persons were interviewed in each case.
(49362)
120  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, on how many occasions Mr Roger Kaye QC and Mr Hugh Aldous FCA have been contracted to act as inspectors investigating alleged insider dealing.
(49432)
121  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what encouragement she is giving for the creation of innovation strategies in each English region.
(47622)
122  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the current review of the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises.
(49159)
123  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she has made to Billiton plc regarding the social and environmental implications of their proposed Eastern Cape Zinc Refinery Project in South Africa.
(49425)
124  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much has been spent on dealing with problems of rough sleepers in each of the past five years; and what is his estimate of the total numbers sleeping rough for each of those years.
(49205)
125  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if the defects liability period on Crickhowell House is still extant.
(49445)
126  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd July, Official Report, columns 255-56 what guidelines have been issued to non-departmental bodies which he sponsors in relation to the time taken to respond to requests for assistance from the Parliamentary Commissioner under the Code of Practice on Requests for Government Information; what action he plans to take in respect of the length of time taken by bodies to supply information to the Parliamentary Commissioner; and if he will make a statement.
(49463)
127  
N  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much European Social Fund money was paid to Whitbread Brewers in 1996 for the World Class Manufacturing Project by Gwent Tertiary College.
(49430)


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