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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 21 July 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Tuesday 21 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 21 July, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Wednesday 22 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 21st JULY
1  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish an updated version of his 1998-99 cash expenditure plans as shown in Cm 3904 in the light of the publication of the Comprehensive Spending Review; and if, using the same format, he will publish equivalent data for the next two financial years.
(51228)
2  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he will take to protect barn owls in West Dorset against unintentional poisoning by pesticides.
(51671)
3  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many women he estimates regularly play cricket in England.
(51628)
4  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the possible locations for a national cricket centre of excellence; and what criteria will determine its location.
(51627)
5  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which Millennium sporting competitions his Department is assisting.
(51625)
6  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the proposals for a national cricket centre of excellence.
(51626)
7  
N  
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Defence Statistics 1998 will be published.
(51577)
8  
N  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the annual budget for the Eurofighter from 1997-98 to 2002-03.
(51757)
9  
N  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his target value for (a) the Defence Estate, (b) stocks of missiles and ammunition and (c) other stock-holding disposals for the current year and each of the next three years; and how this compares with income from asset disposals in each of the last three years.
(51758)
10  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 13th July, Official Report, column 22, on Departmental holdings, if he will also include in such consultations representatives of the Scottish and Welsh National Farmers Unions and the Farming Union of Wales.
(51227)
11  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the discussions his Department is having with the United States authorities regarding the Revolution in Military Affairs.
(51057)
12  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much money the United Kingdom has spent on the TRACER project to date.
(51061)
13  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the in-service date of the primary casualty receiving ship which he proposes to purchase.
(51065)
14  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will introduce longer tours of duty for officers overseeing defence projects under his Smart Procurement Policy.
(51076)
15  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the proposals which he has received from European companies on the restructuring of the European aerospace industry.
(51060)
16  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress of the MRAV project.
(51253)
17  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the McKinsey report into defence procurement.
(51072)
18  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future development of the Organisme Conjointe de Co-operation en Matie¨re d'Armament.
(51059)
19  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on progress on the Joint Strike Fighter.
(51073)
20  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress his Department has made on the replacement for the Combat Engineer Tractor.
(51069)
21  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when work will commence on new buildings at the Defence NBC Centre at Winterbourne Gunner; and what contingency plans have been made with police, fire and emergency planning authorities.
(51251)
22  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many multi-role armoured vehicles he intends to purchase.
(51255)
23  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress of Project Horizon.
(51064)
24  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress his Department has made on the Mobility 1, Protection 1 Armoured Personnel Carrier Project.
(51074)
25  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the letter of intent which he signed on 6th July with European defence ministers as part of his initiative on defence restructuring.
(51058)
26  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much money has been spent by the United Kingdom on the Joint Strike Fighter to date.
(51062)
27  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what options he is assessing for replacing RAF transport aircraft.
(51066)
28  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress his Department has made in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles.
(51161)
29  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress made by his Department on the Future Escort Project.
(51068)
30  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proposals he has for the future of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency.
(51070)
31  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress of the TRACER project.
(51250)
32  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Horizon New Generation frigates he intends to purchase.
(51254)
33  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the timetable for the procurement of the two new landing ship logistics vessels.
(51075)
34  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he intends to place a firm order for two further Astute Class submarines.
(51063)
35  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what options he is assessing for the Future Carrier-Borne Aircraft.
(51067)
36  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the in-service date of the four additional roll-on roll-off container ships he intends to purchase.
(51071)
37  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what international agreements he intends to negotiate to facilitate restructuring of the European defence industry.
(51252)
38  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the taskforces and other groups composed of independent members which have been set up by the Government since 1st May 1997, with in each case (a) their remit, (b) their membership, (c) how many members are (i) scientists and (ii) engineers, (d) any remuneration members receive for their services and (e) their budgets.
(49975)
39  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) subsidised and (b) unsubsidised jobs have been offered by employers to the Employment Service for the New Deal in Cornwall.
(51818)
40  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many New Deal clients have taken up voluntary sector placements or work on the environmental task force in Cornwall.
(51816)
41  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many New Deal clients have gone into full-time training or education in Cornwall.
(51817)
42  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of primary school children in Derbyshire are eligible for free school meals; and what was the figure in 1979.
(51082)
43  
  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) claimants were registered and (b) full-time equivalent staff were employed at each job centre in the East Midlands and Eastern Region of the Employment Service at the latest available date.
(51841)
44  
N  
Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to (a) review the operation of the nursery grants system and (b) replace yearly grants with termly grants; and if he will make a statement.
(51632)
45  
N  
Mrs Gillian Shephard (South West Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the charitable status of independent schools.
(51564)
46  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research he has evaluated into the impact of electromagnetic pulses from military craft on civilian airliners; and if he will make a statement.
(51090)
47  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will introduce regulations to give the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency increased powers to withdraw licences for the operation of reclamation processes for reasons relating to the protection of human health and the environment.
(51092)
48  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the occasions on which, and the locations where collapses of glass reinforced plastic tanks with PVC linings have been investigated by (a) the Health and Safety Executive and (b) the Environment Agency in the last 10 years; if he will publish their conclusions in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(51055)
49  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many businesses have been prosecuted successfully for breaches of environmental standards since 1990 in Derbyshire.
(51091)
50  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those incidents involving the leaking of chemicals from tankers broken down by leakages which occurred whilst the tankers were (a) at the point of origin, (b) in transit and (c) at the point of destination which have been investigated by (i) the Health and Safety Executive and (ii) the Environment Agency during the past 10 years, indicating the conclusions of such enquiries; and if he will make a statement.
(51056)
51  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will discuss with the Home Secretary the inclusion within the objectives for the police service of new targets for (a) reducing road accidents and (b) improving the operation of buses in congested areas.
(51812)
52  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will ensure that the Journey Times Survey 1998, inner and outer London, includes sample journeys by powered two wheelers.
(51813)
53  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the types of vessels required to carry survival suits for crew members; what regulations govern the provision of this equipment; and if he will make a statement.
(50847)
54  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement concerning the number of complaints made to rail companies.
(51669)
55  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the number of complaints made to Virgin Trains over the West Coast Main Line service.
(51668)
56  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will conduct an investigation into the transmission of disease through the air-conditioning systems of jet airliners.
(51672)
57  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will request the Audit Commission to investigate Dorset County Council's (a) social services funding and (b) expenditure on monies on an office in Brussels.
(51673)
58  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the statutory basis of already approved trials of genetically modified crops.
(51561)
59  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what criteria in respect of (a) safety and (b) compensation to passengers were adopted by his Department in the licensing process for the Heathrow Express.
(51796)
60  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what channels are available to members of the public wishing to complain about low-flying helicopters; and what action is taken once a complaint is received.
(51775)
61  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he received from the Office of the Rail Regulator concerning the licensing of the Heathrow Express.
(51776)
62  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce tax incentives for the works required by businesses to ensure the millennium compliance of their computer systems; and if he will make a statement.
(51811)
63  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Derbyshire currently earn less than the proposed national minimum wage, broken down by (a) gender, (b) age, (c) ethnic origin and (d) full or part-time employment.
(51054)
64  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to allow non-tax payers, of all ages, to continue to be able to reclaim a 10 per cent. tax credit on investment income from April 1999.
(51575)
65  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 9th July, Official Report, column 570, if the Government is assessing alternative options to the ICL Pathway Project.
(51497)
66  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the future of the ICL Pathway Project.
(51491)
67  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the European Commission to complete its investigation into price discrepancies for goods within the EU initiated at the York meeting of ECOFIN.
(51667)
68  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 9th July, Official Report, column 570, what representations he has received on the progress of the ICL Pathway Project.
(51490)
69  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 9th July, Official Report, column 570, which outside consultants the Government has employed to assist in the monitoring of the ICL Pathway Project.
(51498)
70  
N  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the total annual allocation for PFI schemes in (a) the current year and (b) the next three years; and if he will list the allocation to each department alongside the figure for capital spending by each department.
(51760)
71  
N  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend Tables B14, B15, B16 and B17 in the Budget 98 Red Book to include plans for the next three years.
(51761)
72  
N  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out his reasons for his decision to allow local authorities to reinvest most proceeds of asset sales and his reasons for continuing to limit reinvestment of the proceeds of council housing and associated land.
(51759)
73  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, If he will issue guidence on the consistent completion of death certificates, when the death occurred in hospital, in respect of the contributory and principal causes of death.
(49899)
74  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has been made of the interaction between possible private sector involvement in National Savings' operational services and changes to its financial products.
(51809)
75  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd July, Official Report, column 331, on pensions mis-selling, what factors underlay his decision that the mis-selling of personal pensions was not a matter solely for the relevant regulatory body.
(51581)
76  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department has made any financial contribution to the Foreign Policy Centre since its establishment.
(51791)
77  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to provide no financial assistance to the Foreign Policy Centre.
(51792)
78  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received concerning a possible phased withdrawal of Indonesian forces from East Timor.
(51774)
79  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what direct discussions his Department has had with the SPLA in Southern Sudan.
(51772)
80  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Comprehensive Spending Review, if he will list the range of reforms and efficiency improvements referred to in the chapter on his Department.
(51560)
81  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Comprehensive Spending Review, if he will list the outdated premises referred to in the chapter on his Department.
(51558)
82  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Comprehensive Spending Review if he will list the assets worth £90 million referred to in the chapter on his Department.
(51559)
83  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the health risks faced by homeless people.
(51085)
84  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what statistics he collects on the provision of scanners within the NHS.
(51095)
85  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to health practitioners concerning the treatment of homeless people; and if he will make a statement.
(51084)
86  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many stroke units there are in the NHS; and where they are located.
(51077)
87  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people in residential and nursing homes who find that their capital has fallen below £16,000 before the responsible Social Services Department has completed an assessment; and what estimate he has made of the savings that accrue to local authorities as a result of not backdating in these cases.
(51571)
88  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if, in drawing up the National Careers Strategy, he will make it his policy to ensure that the Government's commitment to family-friendly policies cover those who care for adults.
(51763)
89  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of his Department's guidance, LAC(98)8, on people in residential care who wish to fund a more expensive placement than the local authority would fully fund.
(51573)
90  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reasons underlie the differences between the guidance his Department issued concerning the boundaries of primary care groups and that issued by the Secretary of State for Wales.
(51569)
91  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 7th July, Official Report, column 454, concerning section 118 of the Medicine Act, what factors led him to conclude that the need for repeal or amendment of the section should be assessed after the introduction of freedom of information legislation.
(51582)
92  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons his Department issued circular LAC(98)8 to replace the guidance set out in LAC(92)27.
(51572)
93  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role the reference group will play in the development of the National Careers Strategy; and when its membership and terms of reference will be published.
(51762)
94  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to issue national or draft guidance on continence services.
(51580)
95  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to issued national or draft guidance in respect of chiropody services.
(51574)
96  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to require social services departments to backdate financial assistance for residential and nursing home placements to the date the person applied for an assessment or the date their capital reduced to £16,000 whichever is the sooner.
(51570)
97  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Christchurch dated 12th June concerning cycstic fibrosis.
(51492)
98  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Christchurch dated 1st June about prescription costs.
(51495)
99  
  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the cash amounts allocated to research and development in the NHS for (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-01 and (e) 2001-02.
(51842)
100  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many motorists were (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted for offences relating to the illegal use of bus lanes in the last year for which figures are available; and what were the figures for 1990.
(51087)
101  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times CS gas has been used by police forces; in how many cases medical attention was required; and how many incidents led to police disciplinary measures.
(51083)
102  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drivers have been (a) stopped for and (b) convicted of offences arising from excessive exhaust emissions in (i) the Metropolitan Police area and (ii) England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available.
(51079)
103  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the experimental schemes involving video cameras placed in buses to film those illegally using bus lanes; in which areas they are located; and if he will make a statement.
(51086)
104  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answers of 28th April, Official Report, column 96 and 7th May, Official Report, column 452, when he expects the casework programme system to be used to deal with asylum casework.
(50974)
105  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received about provisions contained in the Crime and Disorder Bill [Lords] relating to maximum sentences in magistrates' courts.
(49901)
106  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what percentage of county courts in Derbyshire provide (a) wheelchair access, (b) disabled toilet facilities and (c) facilities for persons with seeing and hearing disabilities.
(51089)
107  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list for each magistrates' court in Derbyshire for the last year for which figures are available (a) the total amount of fines imposed, (b) the percentage of that money collected, (c) the amount of fines written off as uncollectable and (d) the criteria used for writing that money off.
(51094)
108  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list for each court in Derbyshire, for the last year for which figures are available, how many (a) attachment of earnings orders were issued to collect (i) fines and (ii) reparation orders and (b) orders were made by each court to deduct fines and other money from social security payments.
(51093)
109  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make a statement on the number of prison officers currently employed by the Northern Ireland Prison Service.
(51081)
110  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people are currently held in jail in Northern Ireland; how many are remand prisoners; and how many of each are held for scheduled offences.
(51080)
111  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many applications have been received by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in the current year for relocation due to intimidation; and what were the figures for each of the previous five years.
(51078)
112  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the main sources of energy for power generation in Northern Ireland, indicating the percentage of the market supplied by each source.
(51088)
113  
N  
Mr Brian Sedgemore (Hackney South and Shoreditch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proposals she has to devolve policy as regards the application of the Abortion Act 1967 to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
(51566)
114  
N  
Mr Brian Sedgemore (Hackney South and Shoreditch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proposals she has to devolve policy on abortion from the United Kingdom Parliament to the Northern Ireland Assembly; and if she will make a statement.
(51567)
115  
N  
Mr Brian Sedgemore (Hackney South and Shoreditch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proposals she has for the Northern Ireland Assembly to exercise powers, functions and rights of debate as regards policy on abortion in Northern Ireland; what powers, functions and rights of debate on policy will be reserved for the United Kingdom Parliament; and if she will make a statement.
(51565)
116  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Prime Minister, what was the basis for the statement made on his behalf by his Chief Press Officer concerning ministerial responses to invitations to appear on Newsnight.
(51814)
117  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the work of the Social Exclusion Unit on the provision of furnished accommodation.
(51447)
118  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the likely timescale for the reform of the House of Lords.
(51446)
119  
  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the Government's transport policy in Scotland.
(51819)
120  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of new regulations and attendant financial penalties in respect of the sheep annual premium scheme and hill livestock compensatory allowances, on (a) future percentage lambing yields and (b) future stock improvement progress; and if he will make a statement.
(51442)
121  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many (i) farmers and (ii) crofters have been found in breach of maintaining adequate stock level records following the introduction of the revised guidelines and associated penalties in respect of the application of the Sheep Annual Premium Scheme and the Hill Livestock Compensatory Scheme Allowance; what is the total amount of subsidy clawed back and penalties imposed to date; and if he will make a statement.
(51185)
122  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the current level of outstanding debt owed by each local authority in Scotland and the annual cost of servicing this debt.
(51756)
123  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the amount of money that each local authority in Scotland will be able to spend on non-housing capital for each year between 1998-99 and 2001-02 as a result of the abolition of the rule requiring local authorities to use 50 per cent. of non-housing capital receipts to redeem debt.
(51670)
124  
N  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer of 14th July, Official Report, column 139, on his plans for allocating total expenditure within his responsibility, if he will give a breakdown of the figure for other environmental services.
(51562)
125  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment she has made of the availability of (a) stationery and (b) printed forms at Benefits Agency offices; and if she will make a statement.
(51563)
126  
N  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many lone parents in Kilmarnock and Loudoun were on income support in the periods (a) May 1995 to 1996, (b) May 1996 to 1997 and (c) May 1997 to 1998.
(51631)
127  
N  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate the number of lone parents in Kilmarnock and Loudoun who have taken up in-work benefits in the periods (a) May 1995 to 1996, (b) May 1996 to 1997, (c) May 1997 to 1998 and (d) May 1998 to July 1998.
(51630)
128  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when she will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Christchurch dated 20th March about winter fuel payments.
(51493)
129  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to the Answer of 9th July, Official Report, column 640, how many post offices have been paying child benefit by payment card for more than three months; and if she will estimate the savings which have accrued.
(51499)
130  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when she will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Christchurch dated 27th April about overpayment of winter fuel rebates.
(51494)
131  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much was allocated under the Social Fund in the form of (a) loans and (b) community care grants in each of the last five years in (i) Coventry and (ii) the West Midlands.
(51445)
132  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of the Social Fund has been taken up by administration costs in each of the last five years.
(51443)
133  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment she has made of the levels of fraud in applications to the Social Fund; and what measures are proposed to eliminate fraud.
(51444)
134  
N  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make a statement on the outcome of the review of Social Fund provision for victims of disasters, with special reference to flood victims in Northampton.
(51162)
135  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if letters to honourable Members in the name of the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency are signed personally by her.
(51568)
136  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if there is an agreed international standard for year 2000 compliance for computer systems; and if she will make a statement.
(51810)
137  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many power projects contracted under the NFFO are at the planning approval stage; and what is the generation capacity of these projects.
(51764)
138  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list for each NFFO round the types of generation which were awarded contracts and the number of plants (a) awarded contracts and (b) currently generating in each band.
(51769)
139  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how much electricity is currently being generated by projects contracted under the NFFO.
(51766)
140  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will estimate the savings in CO‹of6›2 emissions from the use of (a) all power stations and (b) biomass power stations contracted under the NFFO.
(51767)
141  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many of the proposed power stations which have secured contracts under the NFFO have been refused planning permission by the relevant planning authority.
(51768)
142  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many power stations contracted under the NFFO above 7.5 mega watts are now in the course of construction; and where they are located.
(51765)
143  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, which projects which have secured NFFO contracts are currently receiving EU THERMIE support; and in each case for what amounts.
(51770)
144  
N  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what was the total value of receipts from the sale of surplus assets by the Post Office in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98.
(51579)
145  
N  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many potential purchasers of Post Office surplus properties who subsequently defaulted on the contract to buy were subject to legal action by the Post Office in 1996-97.
(51578)
146  
N  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the total estimated value of Post Office surplus properties currently on the market.
(51576)
147  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she was informed that the European Court of Justice was to make the ruling which it has made in the Silhouette case.
(51662)
148  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the options available to British retailers and consumers in response to the rules of the ECJ in the Silhouette case.
(51665)
149  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations she made to the European Court and to the European Commission on behalf of British consumers prior to the ECJ ruling in the Silhouette case.
(51666)
150  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 9th July, Official Report, column 640, when, and for what reasons, the plans for an implementation date of 1999 for the ICL Pathway Project were changed; and if she will make a statement.
(51496)
151  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what action she is taking to prevent foreign manufacturers from setting the prices that British consumers have to pay for designer goods.
(51664)
152  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what action she is going to take in response to the ruling of the European Court of Justice in the Silhouette case on the pricing and distribution of designer goods; and if she will make a statement.
(51663)
153  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement on the aerospace sector in Lancashire.
(51629)
154  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will list the United Kingdom companies involved in the exploration for oil in Southern Sudan.
(51773)
155  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he has taken to ensure that his Department receives advice from the Urban Task Force chaired by Lord Rogers.
(51815)
156  
N  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he next expects to visit Irvine to discuss local employment prospects.
[Question Unstarred] (49926)
157  
N  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many representations he has received (a) in support of and (b) opposing the policy of introducing tuition fees for students.
[Question Unstarred] (49928)
158  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department was first informed of the impending famine in Southern Sudan by (a) the Sudanese Government and (b) other sources.
[Transferred] (51771)


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