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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 16 July 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Thursday 16 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  Thursday 16 July, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Friday 17 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.
 


 
THURSDAY 16th JULY
1  
N  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will introduce a requirement for (a) pork and (b) bacon sold in the United Kingdom to be provided on a basis that meets British welfare regulations to ensure that United Kingdom animal welfare measures are not circumvented by import of meat from stall and tether units in Europe.
(50699)
2  
N  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will introduce measures to control MBM-fed (a) pork and (b) bacon imports which do not meet British traceability requirements to take account of BSE outbreaks in continental Europe.
(50700)
3  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list by area the number of herd breakdowns caused by bovine TB since January 1997.
(50666)
4  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what testing of badgers in TB affected areas is currently taking place.
(50667)
5  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons imports of sturgeon from Iran and caviar from the United Arab Emirates have been banned; what steps have been taken by his Department to have the bans lifted; and what compensation is available to United Kingdom fish merchants who have lost business as a result of the bans.
(50723)
6  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many civil servants in his Department (a) have a degree in science and (b) have held a position using that expertise.
(50897)
7  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 7th July, Official Report, column 499, how many copies of his address, An Integrated Strategy for Rural Affairs, were circulated with the draft title Towards a Ministry of Rural Affairs.
(50764)
8  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what specification governs the use of the terms traditional and free range when applied to turkeys; and to what extent these differ from the specification for the French term La belle rouge.
(50851)
9  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support he will give to outstanding sportsmen and sportswomen from Worcestershire.
(50921)
10  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many civil servants in his Department (a) have a degree in science and (b) have held a position using that expertise.
(50892)
11  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the number of overseas tours undertaken by the producing theatres in the region covered by Southern Arts, in the last 10 years.
(50732)
12  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what was the process whereby Lord Puttnam was appointed chairman of NESTA; who made the decision; what consultations were carried out; what are his terms of employment and salary; and what is his budget for staff and expenses.
(50737)
13  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received in respect of the UEFA decision to impose ownership restrictions on clubs taking part in UEFA competitions.
(50716)
14  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the latest statistics on the numbers of British people taking holidays (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad; and what is his estimate of the current spending difference.
(50744)
15  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the British Library has for the charging of readers fees for (a) commercial and (b) non-commercial users.
(50743)
16  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the directorships and other declarable interests in sports-related companies held by Sir Rodney Walker, Chairman of the UK Sports Council.
(50741)
17  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what studies his Department has (a) made and (b) evaluated relating to the use of RAF Northolt as a possible feeder or reliever airport for Heathrow Airport.
(51201)
18  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many flights other than RAF flights have used RAF Northolt in the last five years; and if he will list them by category.
(51203)
19  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what projections his Department have made of the use by general aviation traffic of RAF Northolt airport in the next three years.
(51202)
20  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to remove Trident nuclear warheads from Coulport for dismantling in order to implement the Strategic Defence Review; and what proportion of warheads are to be removed.
(50565)
21  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to reduce the number of Trident nuclear warheads currently deployed on Vanguard class submarines in order to implement the Strategic Defence Review; and what proportion of warheads are to be removed.
(50566)
22  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the fourth Trident submarine, Vengeance, is scheduled to carry out contractors' sea trials in Scotland.
(50567)
23  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which organisation he proposes to re-site in the Staff College buildings at Camberley; and if he will make a statement.
(50838)
24  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many fast jet pilots he estimates will leave on voluntary retirement before normal retirement age before EFA 2000 is in service; and if he will make a statement.
(50839)
25  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of regular soldiers were recruited from (i) former territorial army personnel, (ii) the public, including school leavers and (iii) former Army cadets in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(51029)
26  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many research and development contracts and agreements are currently being funded by his Department in universities; how many of these research projects are classified; and from which of his Department's research establishments these research projects have originated.
(51131)
27  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the metallurgy division at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston, was set up; what is the purpose of this division; how many series of technical papers or reports are currently being produced by this division; and what are the names of each series.
(51130)
28  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer on 24th June, Official Report, column 527, if he will list the functions which have been carried out in the underground part of the site at Spring Quarry, Corsham, since 1968.
(51132)
29  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the current security classifications of the newsletter produced for the staff of (a) the Army Base Storage and Distribution Agency, (b) the Army Training and Recruiting Agency and (c) the Defence Codification Agency; how often each newsletter is produced; and when each newsletter was first produced.
(51133)
30  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the current security classifications of the newsletters produced for the staff of Royal Military Police (Army); how often each newsletter is produced; and when each newsletter was first produced.
(51129)
31  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer on 25th June, Official Report, column 569, on AWE, Aldermaston if he will place a list of the titles of the 25 reports produced by the Weapon Diagnostic Division of the Atomic Weapons Establishment in the Library, indicating the date on which each paper was produced.
(51136)
32  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer on 25th June, Official Report, column 569, if he will list the names of the 11 directorates which currently exist at AWE, Aldermaston.
(51134)
33  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer on 25th June, Official Report, column 569, on AWE, Aldermaston, if he will place a list of the titles of the 14 quarterly analysis reports produced by the Directorate of Quality Assurance at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in the Library, indicating the date on which each paper was produced.
(51135)
34  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if the operations of the company managing the Channel Tunnel will be covered by the proposed Freedom of Information Act.
(51213)
35  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what plans he has to reduce the level of bureaucracy affecting small business; and if he will make a statement.
(49375)
36  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what procedures are in place to assess the effectiveness of the investment of extra resources in beacon schools.
(50910)
37  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, on what basis beacon schools were selected; and what involvement local education authorities had in the process.
(50954)
38  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the impact of beacon schools on the planning of school admission limits and the managment of empty places in schools.
(50911)
39  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what research he has commissioned to identify (a) the minimum and (b) the optimum size of sixth forms in schools for the purpose of (i) maintaining a broad and balanced curriculum and (ii) achieving economies of scale.
(51144)
40  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list each maintained 11 to 18 school with a sixth form of fewer than 150 pupils, grouped by local authority.
(51145)
41  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much money local education authority schools in Worcestershire held in reserves (a) as a total amount (cash), (b) in real terms at 1998 prices and (c) as a percentage of the total available to be spent on schools in each year since 1991-92.
(50920)
42  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many civil servants in his Department (a) have a degree in science and (b) have held a position using that expertise.
(50893)
43  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps are being taken to explain the benefits of life-long learning to deaf people; and if a video in sign language and sub-titled has been commissioned.
(51143)
44  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how guidance interviews with deaf people will be conducted; and if the additional communication costs for interviewing deaf people will be provided centrally.
(51142)
45  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if a financial contribution to individual learning accounts over and above the £150 from the TEC will be made available to deaf participants to cover the cost of communication support; and what will be the maximum amount available through any such funds to individuals with special needs.
(51141)
46  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the cost of the fixed-price school meals provided by Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire education authorities for the most recent five years for which records are available.
(51125)
47  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the cost to local authorities of carrying out the audit of the supply of and demand for childcare set out in the Green Paper, Meeting the Childcare Challenge.
(50854)
48  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he expects to publish responses to the Green Paper, Meeting the Childcare Challenge.
(50855)
49  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he expects to publish final statutory instruments on the Education (Grammar School Ballots) Regulations.
(50860)
50  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many copies of the Green Paper, Meeting the Childcare Challenge, were (a) published and (b) distributed.
(50850)
51  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the regional conferences and workshops for partnership members and others which have been held as a follow-up to the Green Paper, Meeting the Childcare Challenge.
(50853)
52  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has (a) to introduce drug awareness lessons to students in primary schools and (b) to increase the time allocated for drug education in secondary schools; and if he will make a statement.
(50926)
53  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has for the future funding of drug education in secondary schools; and if he will make a statement.
(50925)
54  
  
Mr Brian White (North East Milton Keynes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many teachers have retired on the grounds of ill health in each six month period since 1995.
(51164)
55  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 9th June 1997, Official Report, column 317, if he will estimate when Peterborough will be served by direct Eurostar services.
(51148)
56  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement concerning the case of R V Bristol City Council ex parte Everett (The Times 21st May 1998) with reference to the implications for the health and safety of tenants whose properties may be structurally unsafe.
(50738)
57  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what amount is currently paid to the train operating companies in subsidy by the Government; and what controls are exerted by the Government on how this money is spent by the train operating companies.
(50668)
58  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals the Rail Regulator has to increase controls on Railtrack.
(50669)
59  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures the Rail Regulator proposes to ensure that Railtrack provides value for money over the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
(50670)
60  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many companies have expressed an interest in taking a stake in the National Air Traffic Services.
(51182)
61  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those organisations and individuals which have made representations to him about the use of Clause 33.3 in the Treaty of Canterbury.
(51168)
62  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what work (a) his Department and (b) the Civil Aviation Authority are carrying out to assess the possibility of (i) RAF Northolt and (ii) Redhill Aerodrome being used as feeder or reliever airports for Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.
(51175)
63  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (i) Eurotunnel, (ii) the Channel Tunnel Safety Authority, (iii) the French Government, (iv) the Kent Fire Service and (v) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding the use of Clause 33.3 in the Treaty of Canterbury.
(51169)
64  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list by bus company the subsidy paid by London Transport for franchised bus services operated in the London area for each of the last five years.
(51188)
65  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the working groups established by (a) his Department and (b) the Civil Aviation Authority to discuss airport capacity in the South East of England.
(51190)
66  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the names of (a) consultants and (b) legal advisers employed by London Transport to provide advice on the sale of London Underground and the estimated cost of employing each company.
(51189)
67  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the names of (a) consultants and (b) legal advisers currently employed or to be employed by (i) his Department, (ii) the Civil Aviation Authority and (iii) National Air Traffic Services to provide advice on the public-private partnership for National Air Traffic Services.
(51181)
68  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when (a) he or (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) his officials last met BAA plc to discuss airport capacity in the South East of England.
(51214)
69  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what conclusions were reached between Eurotunnel, the Kent Fire Brigade and the Channel Tunnel Safety Authority regarding the operation of a fire service by Eurotunnel in the Channel Tunnel.
(51174)
70  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many companies to date have expressed an interest in taking a stake in London Underground infrastructure.
(51193)
71  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of when Stansted Airport will become slot constrained.
(51167)
72  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many additional staff have been or are planned to be employed by (a) his Department, (b) NATS and (c) the CAA to deal with the proposed public-private partnership for the National Air Traffic Services.
(51215)
73  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the transatlantic routes that are currently served only by British Airways or American Airlines services.
(51198)
74  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each DVLA office the number of staff employed on enforcement duties, the number of cases handled and the estimated income generated in each of the last five years.
(51171)
75  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many additional staff have been employed by his Department to deal with the transfer of London Underground infrastructure to the private sector.
(51173)
76  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of driver and vehicle records have been found to be accurate in each of the last five years.
(51200)
77  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of slots at Heathrow Airport are used for regional air services.
(51150)
78  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many slots are operated by each airline at (i) Heathrow and (ii) Gatwick airports.
(51149)
79  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what actions his Department has undertaken since 1st May 1997 to reduce the incidence of car clocking.
(51177)
80  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the cost of introducing a mandatory mileage registration scheme for motor vehicles.
(51178)
81  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each of the last five years, the number of marine surveyors employed in each Marine Safety Agency office.
(51180)
82  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list by coastguard station for each of the last three months the number of days that the station was staffed below the minimum watch level.
(51179)
83  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (a) driver licence and (b) vehicle registration applications were received by the DVLA for each of the last five years.
(51199)
84  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what provision has been made for additional subsidies to be paid to London Underground to compensate for the additional costs of transferring infrastructure services to the private sector.
(51192)
85  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to come to a decision on the legal case involving the BEST Pension Scheme.
(51166)
86  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what will be the contractual basis on which London Underground staff will be transferred to the private sector for the purpose of the planned London Underground restructuring.
(51209)
87  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for (a) his Department, (b) its NDPB's and (c) its executive agencies, the target date for millennium compliance.
(51191)
88  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of the slots at Gatwick Airport are used for (a) regional air services and (b) charter services.
(51151)
89  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the percentage of slots (i) used for regional services at Heathrow airport and (ii) used for charter services at Gatwick airport in each of the last five years.
(51152)
90  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the computer system used by the DVLA was last upgraded; and what proposals he has for future developments to it.
(51172)
91  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what powers he has to prevent the advertising for sale of equipment designed (i) to warn of speed traps and (ii) to adjust odometers.
(51183)
92  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many civil servants in his Department (a) have a degree in science and (b) have held a position using that expertise.
(50891)
93  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd July, Official Report, column 286, on what occasions since 1st January he has (a) issued press releases and (b) made public statements on a proposed Rural White Paper.
(50765)
94  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of local authority and housing association dwellings in Gloucestershire, by district, was earmarked for the elderly in the most recent five years for which records are available.
(51128)
95  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for the most recent five years for which records are available (a) the number of heavy goods vehicles tested and (b) the number of HGV test failures due to exhaust emissions.
(51126)
96  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which sites of special scientific interest in England will be affected by trunk road and motorway schemes for which preferred routes have been announced.
(51127)
97  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from local authorities covering the Maidenhead constituency on transport projects qualifying under the category of specific transport projects for which the Treasury recently allocated £500 million.
(50849)
98  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to announce details of the allocation of the £500 million for specific transport projects recently announced by the Treasury.
(50852)
99  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the costs of bringing an empty home back into a good standard of repair.
(51116)
100  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of residential properties in England which have been empty for a year or more.
(51118)
101  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what specific environmental and energy-saving criteria are included in standard (a) tender documents and (b) tender evaluation procedures in respect of Government contracts for (i) new building, (ii) renovation works and (iii) heating and lighting.
(51025)
102  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if his Department's negotiations for the construction of the CTRL will be concluded before LCR's review of the feasibility of regional Eurostar services is completed.
(51170)
103  
N  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will express the total revenue raised by the Treasury from road-user taxation, including vehicle excise duty, fuel tax and new vehicle tax as a proportion of the total amount spent on maintaining the road network in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(50885)
104  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his oral statement of 11th June, Official Report, column 1195, if he will make a statement on the process by which he will achieve the annual sale of £2.75 billion of local authority assets.
(50834)
105  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his oral statement of 11th June, Official Report, column 1195, if he will list the central government disposals from the National Asset Register which he plans for 1998-99 in order to achieve £1 billion revenue.
(50835)
106  
  
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what has been the British Government's contribution to lending to the IMF under the General Arrangements to Borrow for the purpose of providing support to the Russian government; and what effect such lending will have on the British Government's public accounts.
(50922)
107  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to exempt pensioners who do not currently pay tax from changes to arrangements for personal equity plans.
(50671)
108  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the cash value of the illegal drugs trade within the United Kingdom; and what assessment he has made of its impact on the United Kingdom economy.
(50658)
109  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil servants in his Department (a) have a degree in science and (b) have held a position using that expertise.
(50896)
110  
N  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received about competition in the financial securities sector.
(49370)
111  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 9th July, Official Report, column 577, if he will provide comparable figures for two earner married couples with (a) one child aged four and (b) two children aged four and six.
(51165)
112  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many United Kingdom citizens were members of a credit union for each of the last 10 years.
(50890)
113  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the total amount invested with credit unions for each of the last 10 years.
(50888)
114  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many credit unions were registered for each of the last 10 years.
(50889)
115  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (i) the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions, (b) Eurotunnel and (c) the French government regarding Clause 33.3 of the Treaty of Canterbury.
(51176)
116  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received concerning changes to the timetable for a handover to civilian rule in Nigeria.
(50719)
117  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to North Korea following the latest incidents involving infiltration into South Korean territory.
(50717)
118  
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 progress in inspecting Iraqi missile warheads alleged to contain traces of VX.
(50721)
119  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress is being made in negotiations on the development of an international agreement on biological weapons.
(50718)
120  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what developments there have been in discussions on the future status of land in the West Bank; and if he will make a statement.
(50720)
121  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consultations he has had with Britain's EU partners concerning the proposed deployment of missiles in Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
(50722)
122  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Syrian government on the subject of Alo–­s Brunner.
(50899)
123  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to assist the French Government to extradite Alo–­s Brunner for crimes against humanity; and if he will make a statement on the whereabouts of Alo–­s Brunner.
(50898)
124  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Streatham of 9th July, Official Report, column 580, to whom indemnities relative to the Sierra Leone arms investigation have been given.
(50858)
125  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the data on the use of Edgware Community Hospital Urgent Treatment Centre will be made available to the Independent Evaluation Team.
(50740)
126  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, to what medical and nursing protocols the Urgent Treatment Centre, Edgware Community Hospital, is currently operating.
(50739)
127  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health authorities currently prescribe the drug Riluzole for the treatment of motor neurone disease on the NHS.
(51019)
128  
  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to implement the increase to non-means-tested nursing student bursaries announced at the recent Royal College of Nursing Congress.
(51208)
129  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the five-year survival rates for (a) breast, (b) bowel and (c) lung cancer in (i) the United Kingdom and (ii) other EU countries.
(50919)
130  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the total number of (a) cancer, (b) respiratory, (c) geriatric and (d) gasto-intestinal consultants in the NHS.
(50918)
131  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the amount of funding his Department has provided to the Medical Research Council for cancer research in each of the last five years.
(50914)
132  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the recent taxol trials in the United States of America.
(50916)
133  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has commissioned to study the effect on humans of simultaneous exposure to organophosphates,carbonate and synthetic pyrethroid pesticides at low levels; and what conclusions were reached.
(50912)
134  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many civil servants in his Department (a) have a degree in science and (b) have held a position using that expertise.
(50894)
135  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has conducted on the role of organophosphates crossing the placenta of pregnant women and its impact on the blood/brain barrier.
(50915)
136  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Government funding has been provided for the Medical Research Council trial on the use of alpha-interferon in the treatment of melanomas.
(50917)
137  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines his Department has issued to health authorities regarding new drug treatments for (a) cancer and (b) ovarian cancer.
(50913)
138  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people (a) in total and (b) aged over state retirement age, were removed from their general practitioner list in 1997.
(51146)
139  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to issue new guidance for continence services.
(51020)
140  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for a public information campaign on the potential dangers posed by air guns.
(51026)
141  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the provisions in the Treaty of Canterbury that prevent the application of the Immigration (Carriers' Liability) Act 1987.
(51153)
142  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of national use of virtual reality simulations for operational command training in the fire service.
(50900)
143  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessement he has made of the national requirements for operational command training in the fire service.
(50902)
144  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of national trials of virtual reality operational command training in the fire service.
(50901)
145  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many duplicated experiments were carried out in 1997 under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
(51122)
146  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to announce a ban on the use of animals for cosmetic ingredient testing; and what is the timescale for a ban becoming operative.
(51121)
147  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors underlay the reduction in the proportion of non-legislative animal tests carried out for cosmetic purposes between 1995 and 1996.
(51120)
148  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the countries from which dogs were imported into the United Kingdom for experiments in 1996 and 1997, indicating the number from each country; how often his Department's inspectors visited these overseas breeding establishments under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986; and if the code of practice for breeding establishments is enforced in these non-United Kingdom establishments.
(51123)
149  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many animals were bred for scientific procedures but killed prior to use in any procedure in (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997.
(51124)
150  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in reviewing section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986; and what plans he has to amend it following the Government's freedom of information proposals.
(51207)
151  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will collate and publish the number of cosmetics experiments on animals carried out in the United Kingdom each year on behalf of foreign companies.
(51119)
152  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ensure that the Probation Service provides an equal level of service in urban and rural areas; and if he will make a statement.
(51028)
153  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department takes to help provide education facilities within the United Kingdom for young people from third world countries.
(50903)
154  
  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the block contracts for immigration/asylum legal aid to cover England and Wales will be awarded by the Legal Aid Board.
(50906)
155  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, pursuant to his Answer of 10th July, Official Report, column 679, on how many occasions his office received draft articles written by Mr Derek Draper for scrutiny prior to their publication in the press since 1st May 1997.
(50837)
156  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what is the total level of sponsorship funding for the Dome's contents which has been contractually agreed; and if he will list the sponsors and the sums involved.
(50736)
157  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, on what occasions he has met (a) Mr Derek Draper, (b) GPC Market Access representatives, (c) Mr Roger Liddle and (d) Lawson, Lucas Mendelsohn representatives in respect of his ministerial responsibilities.
(50734)
158  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, if he will list the lobbying firms to which he routinely faxes (a) press releases and (b) other information about his ministerial activities.
(50733)
159  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what insurance costs are being borne by the New Millennium Experience Company in respect of London City Airport.
(50742)
160  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, what criteria he uses to determine which lobbying firms should receive (a) solicited and (b) unsolicited information from his Department.
(50735)
161  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people are participating in the New Deal in Northern Ireland.
(51022)
162  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will estimate the amount by which DHSS spending in Northern Ireland would increase in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02 and (d) 2002-03 if the real annual rate of increase were the same as the average rate of increase over the period 1978-79 to 1997-98.
(51024)
163  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the President of the Council, how much is to be spent in 1998-99 on prevention and treatment services for drug abuse; and how much is planned to be spent on these services in each of the next three years.
(51117)
164  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the oral statement by the Minister for Education of 13th July, Official Report, column 155, if he will place in the Library the legal advice he received that European students from the United Kingdom may be charged more for university fees in Scotland than mainland continental EU students.
(50907)
165  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the external legal advice his Department received on university fees in Scotland.
(50908)
166  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, in what circumstances his Department discloses the contents of external legal advice which it has received.
(50909)
167  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many whole-time equivalent NHS consultants there are in post in occupational health, and how many of these are (i) full and (ii) part-time in (a) each health board and (b) Scotland.
(51110)
168  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many NHS employees were killed or injured at work in (a) each health board and (b) Scotland in each year since 1991.
(51101)
169  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many unfilled NHS consultant or approved training posts there are in occupational health in (a) each health board and (b) Scotland.
(51114)
170  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many NHS employees have retired early on health grounds in the last five years in (a) each health board and (b) Scotland.
(51099)
171  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list those NHS trusts which have access to an occupational health service, and which of those services are led by a consultant in occupational health.
(51111)
172  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list his duties in respect of the safety of (i) staff employed in the NHS, (ii) patients and (iii) visitors to NHS premises.
(51105)
173  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many working days were lost through sickness, ill health or injury by NHS staff in (a) each health board and (b) Scotland in the last year for which figures are available; and what was the estimated total cost of those lost days.
(51102)
174  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if health care purchasers are required to set health and safety performance standards in their contracts with NHS trusts.
(51108)
175  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many reports under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1985 were received in each year since 1991 in respect of NHS employees in (a) each health board and (b) Scotland.
(51100)
176  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if NHS trusts are required to include reports on their health and safety records in their annual reports.
(51104)
177  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many medical and nursing staff have worked in occupational health in the NHS in the last five years for which figures are available in (a) each health board and (b) Scotland; and what were the grades of those employees.
(51115)
178  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps the NHS Management Executive in Scotland is taking to monitor the compliance with health and safety legislation of NHS trusts.
(51097)
179  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps have been taken to ensure that NHS trusts have adequate arrangements for recording accidents at NHS premises; what encouragement is given to staff to report accidents; and what steps the NHS Management Executive in Scotland has taken to improve the safety performance of NHS trusts.
(51103)
180  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps are being taken to make occupational health services available to staff working in primary care.
(51113)
181  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the NHS trusts which have been found, since 1991, to be in breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 indicating in each case the nature of the breaches.
(51107)
182  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the NHS trusts which (a) have been prosecuted and (b) have received prohibition or improvement notices under health and safety legislation since 1991.
(51106)
183  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what responsibility the NHS Management Executive in Scotland has for ensuring that trusts meet the provisions of health and safety legislation.
(51109)
184  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many and what percentage of NHS staff have access to an occupational health service in (a) each health board and (b) Scotland.
(51112)
185  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps are being taken to protect staff against violence on health care premises.
(51098)
186  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) men and (b) women are in receipt of state retirement pension in the United Kingdom.
(50953)
187  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) men and (b) women over the age of 100 years are in receipt of the state retirement pension in the United Kingdom.
(50905)
188  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much each London borough council spent in the provision of disabled facilities in homes in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98.
(50904)
189  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the number of compensation payments from the Child Support Agency for each of the last four years; and what were the total amounts paid.
(51139)
190  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will list the reviews in which the future of the income support residential allowance is being considered; and when she expects each of these reviews to be completed; and when she expects to announce their conclusions.
(51137)
191  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many compensation payments from the Child Support Agency have been awarded in each of the last four years of (a) under £250, (b) £251 to £500, (c) £501 to £1,000, (d) £1,001 to £2,000, (e) £2,001 to £3,000 and (f) £3,001 to £5,000.
(51140)
192  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will set out the terms of reference of each of the reviews in which the future of the income support residential care allowance is being considered.
(51138)
193  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what funding her Department has provided in the current financial year for research into improving the provision and effectiveness of women's refuges.
(51147)
194  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many officials work in the women's unit of her Department.
(50875)
195  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will publish the representations made by the Minister for Women to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on women in public appointments prior to publication of his recent report, Quangos: Opening the Doors.
(50856)
196  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment the Women's Unit has made of the impact of the implementation of the Part-Time Working Directive on the number of part-time jobs in the UK.
(50859)
197  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what guidance she plans to issue to the Benefits Agency on its forthcoming obligations under the Disabilty Discrimination Act 1995 to produce generic benefits information and information on individual benefits in a range of formats which blind and partially sighted people can access.
(50923)
198  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment she has made of the difficulties which blind and partially-sighted people have in obtaining access to information on benefits.
(51023)
199  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what would be the cost of increasing the amount of maintenance disregarded for family credit, disability working allowance, housing benefit and council tax benefit purposes to (a) £20 and (b) £25 per week.
(50887)
200  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help small to medium-sized enterprises prepare for the introduction of a single currency.
(49387)
201  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of (a) the contribution of the UK aerospace industry to the UK economy and (b) the role played in the past 10 years of the biennial Farnborough Airshow in securing business for the industry.
(51194)
202  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what measures she will take to ensure that fuel poverty does not increase as result of the introduction of competition into the gas and electricity supply industries; and if she will make a statement.
(50927)
203  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, who will have responsbility for investigating cases of carbon monoxide poisoning following the introduction of competition into the domestic gas market.
(50928)
204  
N  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps her Department has taken to establish the factors underlying differences in the retail price of identical models of new cars as between the United Kingdom and (a) other EU countries and (b) the USA; and if she will make a statement.
(50857)
205  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the impact on United Kingdom trade with Libya of sanctions against that country.
(49435)
206  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the introduction of the licensing of motor dealers in some Scottish regions; and what plans she has to extend the scheme to other regions.
(51206)
207  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to extend the powers of trading standards officers to enable them to carry out forecourt inspections of motor dealers.
(51205)
208  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what action she has undertaken since 1st May 1997 to improve consumer protection in respect of the sale of used cars.
(51204)
209  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will initiate an investigation of selective distribution in the designer goods sector.
(51216)
210  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will take steps to ensure that United Kingdom consumers continue to benefit from high street retailers importing branded goods from outside the EU on a parallel basis.
(51217)
211  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what action she is taking to monitor the electrical goods market to ensure that price fixing is not occurring.
(51218)
212  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has for the future of the Pathway initiative for the electronic payment of social security benefits through sub-post offices.
(50924)
213  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many civil servants in her Department (a) have a degree in science and (b) have held a position using that expertise.
(50895)
214  
N  
Mr Giles Radice (North Durham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she will publish her Department's inspectors' inquiry, set up in April 1992, into the circumstances of the flotation of Mirror Group Newspapers plc; and what is the current state of progress with the report.
(50836)
215  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what was the aggregate net deficit of the Welsh health authorities and hospital trusts on 31st March; and what estimate he has made of the likely aggregate net deficit on 31st March 1999.
(51232)
216  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what cost-benefit analysis was undertaken prior to the proposal to establish a single NHS trust for Gwent; and if he will publish that analysis.
(51196)
217  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the estimated total expenditure in its first year of operation and the population to be served by each proposed new NHS trust in Wales.
(51197)
218  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many health economists are employed by each health authority in Wales.
(51195)
219  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to promote the provision of bus services in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(51210)
220  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the prospects for further inward investment in Wales.
(51212)
221  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on progress in Wales in the provision of nursery and pre-school places under his childcare strategy.
(51211)
222  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has for future Government funding for the strategic development scheme in Powys; and if he will make a statement.
(51027)
223  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to grant British citizenship to citizens of British Overseas Territories.
[Transferred] (50886)
224  
  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee, what was the cost of the Parliamentary Data and Video Network in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (51021)
225  
  
Mr Lawrence Cunliffe (Leigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many expressions of interest he has received from prospective buyers of the Tote.
[Transferred] (51018)
226  
  
Sir Peter Lloyd (Fareham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for how long those who have applied in the Philippines for settlement in the United Kingdom as the wife of a British citizen have had to wait on average for a decision in the last year.
[Transferred] (51230)


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