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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 22 July 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Wednesday 22 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  Wednesday 22 July, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Thursday 23 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.
 


 
WEDNESDAY 22nd JULY
1  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the total acreage of land in set-aside in the United Kingdom on 1st July 1998.
(51852)
2  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects to be able to make each of the three payments under the sheep annual premium scheme; and for what reasons no first payments have yet been made of the premium for 1998.
(51926)
3  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the progress of the cattle cohort cull, indicating (a) his original estimate of the number of animals to be slaughtered, (b) the number slaughtered to date and (c) the number remaining to be slaughtered; and if all of (c) have been identified.
(51927)
4  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will take measures to prevent the import of pig meat produced using rendered pig offal.
(52013)
5  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what defence projects are currently being undertaken with the government of (a) Belgium, (b) France, (c) Germany, (d) Italy, (e) Spain and (f) the United States of America; what are their durations; what are their total costs; and what percentage of work on the current defence projects being carried out with each government takes place within the United Kingdom.
(51929)
6  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to make an appointment for the head of the Smart Procurement.
(51928)
7  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will commission a study on a naval variant of the European Fighter Aircraft.
(51868)
8  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 29th June, Official Report, column 10, if compensation in excess of the £30 million will be sought for further delays in the delivery of the C-130.
(51869)
9  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to consult local authorities on the future of RAF Northolt.
(51863)
10  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the selection of candidates for training as millennium bug busters; who is responsible for their training; what is the standard and qualification they will obtain; and how they will be matched to job opportunities.
(51858)
11  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list those private and public organisations involved in UK Net Year; how many schools have so far been connected to the Internet in 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(51313)
12  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the total number of playing fields or parts of playing fields, the total acreage sold and the total revenues raised in each year since 1988.
(51942)
13  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the total number of maintained schools with swimming pool facilities in use in each year since 1988.
(51944)
14  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the total number of maintained schools with swimming pool facilities in each year since 1988.
(51943)
15  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will formally extend the consultation period until 31st December for the Fair Funding: Improving Delegation to Schools document.
(51936)
16  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what sums from the money allocated to his Department following the Comprehensive Spending Review will be used to remove asbestos from school buildings.
(51864)
17  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many teacher training courses have been withdrawn, or have suspended recruitment, broken down by subject, for 1998 starts.
(51820)
18  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the extent to which companies financed from public funds to provide career information are paying dividends to shareholders and cash transfers to parent companies; and if he will make a statement.
(51871)
19  
N  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what differences there are in the criteria he expects OFSTED to use in assessing EBD and non-EBD schools.
(51633)
20  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to the Government's announcement of 20th July on reasons to encourage cycling, when he will order the removal of the signs around his Department which forbid the leaving of bicycles attached to railings.
(51934)
21  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when vehicle inspectors received full guidance on checking procedures under regulations 46, 47 and 48 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, on seat belt installation standards in vehicles of eight or more passenger seats; when inspectors started checking such seat belt installations; and how many such vehicles have been inspected in line with the regulations since 1st July.
(51872)
22  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his policy towards levels of fines for companies that persistently pollute the environment; what discussions he has had with (a) other government departments and (b) outside bodies about the advantages of imposing higher fines on such companies; and if he will make a statement.
(51634)
23  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will provide a breakdown by collecting authority of the money collected under the unified business rate; and how it was redistributed via Government grant for each of the last three years.
(51315)
24  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will instruct OFWAT to review Southern Water's site selection procedures for sewage-treatment plants; and if he will make a statement.
(51874)
25  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement concerning recent increases in the number of complaints made to rail companies.
(51875)
26  
  
Mr Alan Keen (Feltham and Heston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish details of his public expenditure plans for his Department's environmental protection programmes.
(52015)
27  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people have received compensation for mesothelioma in each of the last 10 years; and what was the total amount of compensation received.
(51900)
28  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received with regard to spacing in the new format of vehicle registration plates; and if he will make a statement.
(51583)
29  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the NHS trusts in Wales which (a) have been prosecuted under health and safety legislation and (b) have received prohibition or improvement notes since 1991.
(51594)
30  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many reports under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1985 were received each year since 1991 in respect of NHS employees in Wales.
(51585)
31  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the NHS trusts in Wales which have been found since 1991 to be in breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc, Act 1974; and if he will give details of the breaches.
(51595)
32  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with the petrol companies to encourage the sale of Auto LPG and CNG in petrol station forecourts.
(51862)
33  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make representations to South West Trains not to reduce the spaces available for passengers' bicycles.
(52014)
34  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the average annual benefit for households that include (a) a person on income support, (b) a person paying higher rate tax and (c) no person on income support and no person paying higher rate tax, of reducing VAT on domestic fuel.
(52036)
35  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost of reducing VAT on domestic fuel for, and estimate the benefit to (a) non pensioners, (b) pensioners on income support and (c) pensioners not on income support.
(52035)
36  
  
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what resources are being deployed by Customs and Excise to counter the illegal importation of petroleum products into Northern Ireland.
(51902)
37  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will allow a write down allowance of 100 per cent. in the first year for fleet operators converting a vehicle to gas power.
(51859)
38  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reduce duty on auto-LP gas to the European Union minimum of 6.8/kg for a period of not less than five years; and if he will make a statement.
(51857)
39  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what sum from the money allocated to his Department following the Comprehensive Spending Review will be used to remove asbestos from buildings within the National Health Service.
(51865)
40  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what were the total costs to the public purse of the work undertaken by the Independent Review Group into silicone gel breast implants.
(51674)
41  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many silicone gel breast implants were undertaken in the past five years by (a) the NHS and (b) the private sector.
(51676)
42  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the countries in which silicone gel breast implants have been banned.
(51677)
43  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what budget will be allocated for the monitoring and registration of women by the National Breast Implant Registry over the next five years.
(51675)
44  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has (a) conducted and (b) evaluated into the causes of mesothelioma; how much his Department has spent on researching mesothelioma in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(51899)
45  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on (a) the arrangements for consultation prior to and (b) the procedures for the setting up of a new medical school.
(51596)
46  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment his Department has made of the age of ambulances in United Kingdom NHS ambulance trusts; and if he will publish the results.
(51802)
47  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average prison population per 1,000 population in England and Wales (a) in each of the last five years and (b) on the last date for which figures are available.
(51870)
48  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Zimbabwe government on the production of asbestos in that country and on their policy towards the protection of (a) workers employed in that industry and (b) the surrounding environment.
(51866)
49  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to encourage the Venezuelan government to protect the Imtaca Reserve.
(51931)
50  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the export of credit guarantees offered in respect of the loans made to Sierra Rutile by the Commonwealth Development Corporation.
(51856)
51  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money is currently owed to the Commonwealth Development Corporation from the company Sierra Rutile.
(51854)
52  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will set out the mechanisms used by the Commonwealth Development Corporation to guarantee their loans to subsidiaries of multinational companies.
(51855)
53  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the enforcement procedures for orders made by small claims courts; and if he will make a statement.
(51849)
54  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will establish performance measures for small claims courts for the (a) implementation of orders and (b) response times to correspondence from the public.
(51850)
55  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he expects the Chief Clerk of Bow County Court to reply to the letter of 17th April 1998 from Ms Marian Temple, 43of17a Grove Park Road, Wanstead.
(51851)
56  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how much has now been committed by sponsors to the Millennium Experience; and how much of this is (a) in cash and (b) in kind.
(51941)
57  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 17th July, Official Report, column 329, if she will list the names of all the Lords-Lieutenant in Northern Ireland and the date when each was appointed.
(52012)
58  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 17th July, Official Report, column 315, if he will list the dates of appointment of the 10 longest serving Lords-Lieutenant.
(52010)
59  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what submission he received from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in advance of the Comprehensive Spending Review for Scotland; what level of grant-in-aid was sought for (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) 2001-02; what grant-in-aid provision there will be for each year under his proposals; and what assessment he has made of the level of grant-in-aid requested by the agency.
(51873)
60  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer of 17th July, Official Report, column 336, if he will list the name of each of Scotland's Lords-Lieutenant and the dates each was appointed.
(52011)
61  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her oral statement of 17th July, Official Report, column 703, if she will estimate the respective contributions of (a) price reductions, (b) VAT reductions, (c) winter fuel payments and (d) other changes to the average lowering of pension fuel bills for single and for married pensioners (i) on income support and (ii) not on income support.
(52034)
62  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much money has been paid out in the winter fuel payment to pensioners; and how much is still owing.
(52008)
63  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is her Department's deadline for the clearance of all overdue winter fuel payments.
(51938)
64  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on the factors underlying the delays in paying out the winter fuel payment of £20.
(51939)
65  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how his Department determines the priorities for payment of the winter fuel payment.
(51937)
66  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the value of the backlog of the winter fuel payment to pensioners.
(51940)
67  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the additional annual cost of administering a one-off winter fuel payment.
(51822)
68  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the potential saving in administration costs if the winter fuel payment were to be combined with the Christmas bonus.
(51823)
69  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment she has made of the impact of rent caps for housing benefit purposes on rent levels.
(51803)
70  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the increases for the poorest pensioners will be a net increase; and if he will make a statment on the implications for housing benefit payments arising from increases.
(51821)
71  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what research her Department has evaluated on the causes and extent of fuel poverty; and if she will make a statement.
(51314)
72  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she expects to publish her Department's Competitiveness White Paper.
(50226)
73  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what progress she has made in setting up the Export Explorer programme; what assessment she has made of its value to small businesses; and if she will make a statement.
(50227)
74  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to implement the Telecom Data Protection Directive 97/66/EC; what assessment she has made of the likely effect on subscribers' privacy; what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the opt-out options for (a) political parties and (b) charities; and if she will list the types of organisations which she is considering under the opt-out scheme.
(50365)
75  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what were the results of the consultation on the Working Time Directive in respect of the inclusion of an explanatory code for the definition of working time; and if she will make a statement.
(51637)
76  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will include, within the legislation for the Working Time Directive, provision for an explanatory code for the definition of working time.
(51636)
77  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she intends to publish the results of consultations on the Working Time Directive.
(51635)
78  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many people were employed by the United Kingdom aerospace industry each year for the past five years.
(51932)
79  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many people within the Portsmouth area were employed by the United Kingdom aerospace industry in each of the last five years.
(51930)
80  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, following the Government's announcement of 20th July on measures to promote cycling in the White Paper, A New Deal for Transport, what plans she has to order the removal of the signs on the railings around her Department which forbid the leaving of bicycles.
(51935)
81  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many NHS employees in Wales have retired early on health grounds in each of the last five years.
(51584)
82  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which NHS trusts in Wales have access to an occupational health service; and which of those services are led by a consultant in occupational health.
(51587)
83  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps are being taken to ensure that the guidance, Occupational Health Services for NHS Staff (94)51, is being implemented in each NHS trust in Wales.
(51589)
84  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what duties the NHS Executive has to ensure that Welsh trusts meet the provisions of health and safety legislation.
(51591)
85  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if NHS trusts are required to include reports on their health and safety record in their annual reports.
(51593)
86  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps are being taken to protect staff against violence in health care premises in Wales; and what steps are being taken to make occupational health services available to staff in primary care in Wales.
(51586)
87  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many and what percentage of NHS staff in Wales have access to an occupational health service.
(51588)
88  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if health care purchasers are required to stipulate health and safety performance standards in their contracts with NHS trusts.
(51590)
89  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps the NHS Executive is taking to monitor compliance with health and safety legislation by NHS trusts in Wales.
(51592)
90  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his Answer of 17th July, Official Report, column 333, if he will list the names of all Lords Lieutenant in Wales and the dates each was appointed.
(52009)
91  
N  
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the development of clinical standards in Wales.
[Question Unstarred] (50273)
92  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he will take to eliminate the criminalisation of defamation throughout Europe.
[Transferred] (51933)
93  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) men and (b) women are currently training at medical schools to become doctors.
[Transferred] (51853)
94  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what has been his Department's expenditure on school education on the dangers of smoking during the last 12 months.
[Transferred] (51867)
95  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the number of deaths from mesothelioma in each of the last 10 years by health authority, region and nationality.
[Transferred] (51898)


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