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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 27 July 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Monday 27 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  Monday 27 July, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Tuesday 28 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.
 


 
MONDAY 27th JULY
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he intends to take following appeal court judgement (Regina vs Secretary of State for the Environment and MAFF ex parte Watson) in respect of current national seed listing trials deemed to be in breach of current regulation.
(52492)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons the requirements of the 1982 Seeds Regulations were not complied with in the matter which was the subject of Regina vs Secretary of State for the Environment and MAFF ex parte Watson.
(52495)
3  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, following the Appeal Court judgement (Regina vs Secretary of State for the Environment and MAFF ex parte Watson), what is the earliest date he expects genetically modified plant varieties to be available for commercial planting.
(52493)
4  
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, on his address to Action with Communities in Rural England, what other titles for the address were discussed (a) by Ministers and (b) with officials.
(52401)
5  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what environmental safeguards he will demand to ensure the viability of the lobster fishery off the North Essex coast.
(52482)
6  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the success of artificial lobster reefs off (a) Louisiana and (b) Hong Kong in relation to similar proposals by the Harwich Haven Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(52481)
7  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his assessment of the environmental impact of the Harwich Haven Authority's proposals to dump dredging material on the Tails of Rough in the North Sea; and if he will make a statement.
(52480)
8  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his assessment of the effects of the dumping of dredging material on the catch rate of lobsters off the North Essex coast.
(52483)
9  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much his Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figures are available.
(52882)
10  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the decision by major dairy companies not to submit bids in the Milk Marque July 1998 selling round.
(52553)
11  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on what occasions since 1st May 1997, (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have met companies or bodies engaged in the production, distribution or sale of genetically modified foods
(52465)
12  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to intervene in the current dispute between the dairy industry and Milk Marque.
(52647)
13  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what percentage of imports to the United Kingdom of cereal seed comes from the USA; and if he will make a statement.
(52771)
14  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many tonnes of British cereal seed were used in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(52773)
15  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on his policy regarding the use of British cereal seed in the United Kingdom.
(52772)
16  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received concerning the latest round of milk sales by Milk Marque.
(52472)
17  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will refer to the Office of Fair Trading the latest round of milk sales by Milk Marque and the decision by major milk processors not to enter bids.
(52473)
18  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list each current United Kingdom and EU scheme which will provide assistance to farmers in setting up marketing schemes together with the total sum available for each scheme and the minimum and maximum figures for individual application where applicable.
(52474)
19  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask Mr Attorney General, how much his Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figure are available.
(52894)
20  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, in what circumstances the existing sponsorship of the Rugby League Challenge Cup will continue.
(52719)
21  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Minister has for the creation of a national millennium youth games in the UK.
(52720)
22  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress he has made for finding a new sponsor for the Rugby League Challenge Cup.
(52718)
23  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many listed buildings there are in Staffordshire (a) in total and (b) by grade.
(51913)
24  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of Millennium Commission money has been allocated to (a) Staffordshire and (b) the West Midlands.
(51916)
25  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figures are available.
(52887)
26  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will (a) provide additional funding and (b) amend the procedures under section 3A of the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953, to allow English Heritage to fund the repair and replacement of church bells.
(52402)
27  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received about the training of dance and drama students; and if he will make a statement.
(52652)
28  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what new controls have been introduced by the Central Council for Physical Recreation to prevent a repeat of major fraud incidents.
(52914)
29  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what was the size of the CCPR's legal costs arising out of the recent fraud trial; and how these costs will be funded.
(52913)
30  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will reply to the letter of 5th June from the honourable Member for Christchurch on behalf of a Porton Down volunteer.
(52608)
31  
  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the performance of his Department's civilian management (Welfare) unit sections; and how many cases relating to (a) grievance and (b) disciplinary procedure took (i) six and (ii) twelve months of more to reach a conclusion in (1) 1996-97, (2) 1995-96 and (3) 1994-95.
(52831)
32  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what armaments and of what value have been sold by UK firms to the South Korean government over the last five years.
(52911)
33  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future role of the Royal Marine Reserve following the Strategic Defence Review.
(52762)
34  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figures are available.
(52884)
35  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how frequently he plans to undertake defence reviews; and if he will make a statement.
(52387)
36  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 15th July, Official Report, column 186, regarding the Atomic Weapons Establishment, if he will place in the Library a list of the titles of the research projects, specifying the university concerned, and the duration and value of each project.
(53159)
37  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the implications of the extent and nature of the biological warfare programme organised by South Africa's former apartheid regime, what were the conclusions of this assessment; when this assessment was started and finished; what action has been taken in the light of this assessment; and if he will make a statement.
(53087)
38  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made since 1990 of the implications of information being exchanged between Libya and the biological warfare programme organised by South Africa's former apartheid regime; what were the conclusions of this assessment; when this assessment was started and finished; what action has been taken in the light of this assessment; and if he will make a statement.
(53088)
39  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what investigations his Department has conducted into whether information from the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, Porton Down, was passed to the biological warfare programme organised by South Africa's former apartheid regime in the last 15 years; when this investigation was started and finished; what were the results of this investigation; what action has been taken in the light of this investigation; and if he will make a statement.
(53158)
40  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future of the West Indies Guard Ship.
(52655)
41  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he had during the period of the Strategic Defence Review, with local honourable Members concerning (a) submarine refit work at Rosyth and (b) the refit for HMS 'Spartan'.
(51957)
42  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the estimated cost of the refit being undergone by HMS 'Sceptre'.
(51956)
43  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the estimated de-commissioning date for each Swiftsure Class submarine.
(51964)
44  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Swiftsure Class submarines have undergone refits in the past five years; how much each cost; and where and when each was undertaken.
(51955)
45  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the estimated cost of the refit planned for HMS 'Spartan'.
(51963)
46  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the income achieved by the ranges at (i) Aberporth, (ii) Eskmeals, (iii) Kircudbright, (iv) Larkhill, (v) Pendine, (vi) West Freugh and (vii) Shoeburyness during the most recent annual period for which figures are available.
(52338)
47  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies the Government has (a) established and (b) abolished since 1st May 1997.
(52569)
48  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much his Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figure are available.
(52892)
49  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will take steps to open to the public those dungeons at Lancaster Castle, which held the Pendle witches.
(52400)
50  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what arrangements are in place to harmonise legal requirements between New Deal trainees and those being trained with TEC or private sector funding separately identifying those relating to health and safety measures.
(52342)
51  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what further support he will offer to New Deal trainees in support of their Gateway activities after their intitial period has elapsed.
(52347)
52  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he is taking to minimise the bureaucratic burden on private sector employers participating in New Deal programmes, with particular reference to training contracts.
(52346)
53  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the New Deal partnerships which expressed an interest in leading a pilot for the New Deal for over 25 year olds; and what percentage of these has been invited to submit a full proposal for a pilot in their area.
(52778)
54  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what extra provision of funds there will be to the education sector following the Comprehensive Spending Review to address millennium computer compliance problems.
(52904)
55  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much his Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figure are available.
(52880)
56  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will commission an independent evaluation into the (a) effectiveness and (b) equity of admissions procedures to church schools with voluntary-aided status.
(52406)
57  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he expects to announce long-term arrangements for the funding of students of dance and drama; and if he will make a statement.
(52651)
58  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he is taking to instruct schools to incorporate in their prospectuses a statement of the extra-curricular opportunities offered by that school; and if he will make a statement.
(52650)
59  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many places at dance and drama schools are being supported by the interim funding scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(52649)
60  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what criteria he has set to judge the impact on educational standards of reducing infant class sizes to 30; and if he will publish these.
(52564)
61  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make it his policy to publish Key Stage 1 results together with average class sizes for all primary schools.
(52563)
62  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he intends to publish the regulations provided in Clauses (a) 68, (b) 69, (c) 84, (d) 85, (e) 86, (f) 87, (g) 88, (h) 93, (i) 99, (j) 100, (k) 102, (l) 107 and (m) 120 of the School Standards and Framework Bill.
(52570)
63  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much money has been provided in the budget for his Department set out in the Comprehensive Spending Review for performance related pay for teachers in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02.
(52254)
64  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will place in the Library the responses received by his Department as a result of the consultation on draft regulations on limiting infant class sizes.
(52567)
65  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he intends to publish the regulations provided for in Clauses (a) 9 , (b) 12, (c) 1 and 3, (d) 23, (e) 21, (f) 26, (g) 25, (h) 27, (i) 32, (j) 37, (k) 40, (l) 41, (m) 42, (n) 43 and (o) 64 of the School Standards and Framework Bill (HL 94).
(52568)
66  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what has been the nature and quantity of the material sent by his Department to schools concerning Economic and Monetary Union; what was its source, its publication and distribution cost; how it was funded; and if he will place a full set of the material in the Library.
(52717)
67  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will issue advice to secondary schools about informing pupils of the dangers to health of unprotected sex.
(52345)
68  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the level of per capita funding provided by the Government for students in higher education in each year from 1992-93 to 1997-98.
(51830)
69  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what level of per capita funding the Government plans for higher education students in each year from 1998-99 to 2001-02.
(51831)
70  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the level of per capita funding provided by the Government for students in further education in each year from 1992-93 to 1997-98.
(51832)
71  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what level of per capita funding the Government plans for further education students in each year from 1998-99 to 2001-02.
(51836)
72  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the provisions in the Transport White Paper which will assist disabled people to be able to use public transport over the next 12 months.
(52872)
73  
  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Ospar meeting in Sintra, Portugal.
(52713)
74  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the advantage of using the settlement size definition in measuring the sparsity of rural populations for the standard spending assessment in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(52351)
75  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the costs of providing domiciliary social services in sparse rural areas in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(52353)
76  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce further changes in area cost adjustments.
(52336)
77  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) the SSA per head of population and (b) the annual percentage increase in SSAs for each of the counties in the Eastern Region for each year since 1992-93.
(52356)
78  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those services provided by county councils which his Department denotes as incurring greater costs in sparsely populated areas.
(52357)
79  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessments he has made of the SSA per head of population allocated to Norfolk relative to other counties in the eastern region in each year since 1992-93; and if he will publish them.
(52331)
80  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list in order of sparsity the counties of England and Wales using (a) the definition of settlement size used by the Scottish Office and (b) the definitions of sparsity and super-sparsity used in the SSA formula for England and Wales.
(52354)
81  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what definition of rural sparsity is currently applied by his Department for rural transport purposes.
(52355)
82  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to ensure that the 1999-2000 SSA settlement does not penalise counties which historically have spent at relatively low levels.
(52337)
83  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those indications of need in the standard spending assessment formula which measure (a) population characteristics indicating eligibility for benefits and (b) actual take-up of benefits.
(52360)
84  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    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 characteristics of rural need separately identifying that relating to rural poverty; and if he will make a statement on his assessment of such research.
(52359)
85  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for St Ives, of 16th June 1997, Official Report, column 39, on council tax for mobile homes, if he will make a statement on progress with his discussions on possible changes to the existing structure of valuation bands.
(53085)
86  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he will take to monitor the subcontracting of services to operators from outside London, following the licensing of London's private hire vehicle industry.
(52832)
87  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he will take to ensure that following the licensing of private hire vehicles in London, private hire vehicles licensed to different criteria outside of London do not work predominantly in London.
(52833)
88  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the decibel noise levels at which noise protection funding has been made available since 1968.
(52896)
89  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, at what decibel level Government funding is available for noise insulation.
(52895)
90  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the plans for the A13 underpass development at Prince Regent's Lane.
(52834)
91  
  
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 trains operated by Virgin Rail classed as short trains.
(52768)
92  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will take steps to ensure that the Director of Rail Franchising uses his powers to the full extent to ensure that rail operators meet the targets set.
(52769)
93  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of his Department's audit entitled, Local Authority Progress on Implementing the Local Air Pollution Control Regimes; and what action he proposes to take based on the report's findings.
(52530)
94  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy that the issues of Antarctic Ocean pollution and sanctions against heavy polluters of the atmosphere are put on the Buenos Aires Summit agenda; and if he will make a statement.
(52489)
95  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he plans to take to ensure that local authorities publish the reasons for the non-enforcement of pollution control standards at particular industrial sites.
(52532)
96  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how the Government intends to achieve a 20 per cent. reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
(52491)
97  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the role of Nuclear Energy in the proposed reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.
(52488)
98  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will undertake to consult parish councils on the Rural Bus Challenge; and if he will make a statement.
(52485)
99  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to consult rural bus customers about the Rural Bus Challenge; and if he will make a statement.
(52484)
100  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are the implications of Her Majesty's Government's policy on the future of the coal mining industry for future emissions of carbon dioxide; and if he will make a statement.
(52486)
101  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy to ensure at the forthcoming Buenos Aires summit the implementation of the measures agreed on carbon dioxide production at the Kyoto Summit in 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(52490)
102  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of local authorities do not have an inspection policy or do not routinely inspect polluting factories in connection with air pollution control laws; and what measures he proposes to improve enforcement of air pollution control laws by local authorities.
(52535)
103  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to publish local authorities' enforcement policies with regard to the air pollution control laws.
(52533)
104  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of local authority authorisations in respect of air pollution control laws have not been reviewed to take account of new pollution concerns or technologies.
(52534)
105  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of his Department's audit entitled, Remedying the failures of local air pollution; and if he will make a statement.
(52531)
106  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to amend current arrangements for granting provisional motor cycle licenses within a two year validity period.
(52829)
107  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much his Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figure are available.
(52875)
108  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will take steps to legislate to minimise the level of permitted odour during the transport of offal to the site of incineration.
(52721)
109  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the annual cost of protecting sites of special scientific interest at risk from water abstraction, water pollution and groundwater contamination.
(52403)
110  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when his Department will publish the results of further research into the specific cost approach to the area cost adjustment within the standard spending assessment.
(52405)
111  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what target he sets for the length of time he takes to reach a decision after receipt of an inspector's report on a planning inquiry.
(52398)
112  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many decisions after receipt of planning inspector's reports have been delayed for longer than (a) three, (b) six and (c) nine months in the last three years.
(52399)
113  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consultations he will conduct with district and parish councils about the implementation of his proposals for nation-wide concessionary fares for pensioners; and if he will make a statement.
(52648)
114  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with representatives of the agricultural industries about his proposals for water extraction; and if he will make a statement.
(52645)
115  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he intends to take to ensure an effective transfer to the application to new dwellings of Part M of the Building Regulations (access and facilities for disabled people).
(52764)
116  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to extend the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to cover (i) domestic and (ii) international air travel.
(52461)
117  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 21st July, Official Report, column 467, if he intends to seek further advice on the legality of already approved trials of genetically modified crops.
(52475)
118  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to make available unused land-fill tax credits for environmental enhancement purposes.
[R] (52823)
119  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many incinerators in the United Kingdom have emitted levels of dioxins above the statutory level set by his Department in each of the past 10 years.
(52827)
120  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he will take to evaluate the effectiveness of the materials recycling facilities in use in the United Kingdom.
[R] (52821)
121  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what criteria his Department uses to evaluate the environmental and waste management activity of local authorities.
[R] (52822)
122  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what changes he is considering which will expedite the planning permission system for developers who wish to build on brownfield sites.
[R] (52825)
123  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the ministerial conference of the OSPAR Commission in Portugal.
(52752)
124  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to Paragraph 7 of the United Kingdom submission to the OSPAR Convention ministerial meeting in Sintra, on 20th to 24th July, if he has asked British Nuclear Fuels plc for an explanation for the measurement of technetium-99 discovered in lobsters reported to the Government by BNFL in May 1997.
(52777)
125  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what arrangements exist for the storage of technetium-99 concentrates at Sellafield; how many waste streams from reprocessing at Sellafield contain TC-99; and what long-term plans there are for the disposal of TC-99.
(52776)
126  
  
Mr Anthony D. Wright (Great Yarmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he supports the US proposal for establishing mandatory ship reporting systems to reduce ship strikes on endangered large whales; and if he will make a statement.
(52826)
127  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out for each year from 1998-99 to 2001-02 the increase in Personal Social Services in (a) cash terms, (b) real terms and (c) as a percentage adjusted for the amount provided in Special Transitional Grant in 1998-99 and subsequently increased in line with the Government's inflation assumptions.
(52609)
128  
  
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many late-filing penalty notices have been issued by the Inland Revenue to taxpayers due to submit 1996-97 self-assessment income tax returns; and how many of the penalty notices have proved (a) to be incorrect or (b) to be issued in error.
(52761)
129  
N  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he (a) has taken, and (b) plans to take, to discourage car use by his Department's employees.
(52407)
130  
N  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the current energy consumption of his Department; what targets have been set to reduce this level; and what plans there are for including energy efficiency performance figures in his Department's annual report.
(52408)
131  
N  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of his Department's waste is recycled at present; and what targets have been set for increasing this percentage in the future.
(52409)
132  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many representations he has received from charities about the abolition of the repayment of dividend tax credits; and if he will list the individual organisations, indicating how many (a) supported and (b) opposed the policy.
(52552)
133  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the forecast issued on 22nd July by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research; and what assessment he has made of the areas in which it diverges from his Department's Economic and Financial Strategy Report.
(52528)
134  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the per capita financial (a) contributions and (b) receipts of each EU member state for the last year for which figures are available.
(53081)
135  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to improve the competitiveness of United Kingdom firms.
(52394)
136  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children have been born to mothers under the age of 20 years in each year since 1990.
(52919)
137  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figure are available.
(52876)
138  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the level and value of tobacco smuggling into the United Kingdom.
(53093)
139  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the single currency on the CFA franc.
(52467)
140  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to answer Mr Eason's letter of 19th May regarding the McKinsey report.
(52722)
141  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what factors underlie the length of time taken to process the issue of a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode; what plans he has to reduce it; and if he will make a statement.
(52641)
142  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community to remove his ban on meetings between members of both Cypriot communities on the island.
(52388)
143  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consultations he has held with Turkey and Greece, as co-guarantor powers, over the ban imposed by the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community on meetings between members of both Cypriot communities on the island.
(52389)
144  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the meeting of the Council of Ministers in May, what further developments were reported in respect of the release from prison of four Turkish parliamentarians.
(52781)
145  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figure are available.
(52877)
146  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applications have been made at the British High Commission Visa Section in Dhaka for entry clearance by over-aged children who had previously been refused on the grounds of not being related as claimed but whose relationship has now been established by DNA testing since June 1989.
(52715)
147  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made since 1990 of the implications of information being exchanged between Libya and the biological warfare programme organised by South Africa's former apartheid regime; what were the conclusions of this assessment; when this assessment was started and finished; what action has been taken in the light of this assessment; and if he will make a statement.
(53103)
148  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the laboratory tests on the fresh samples of missile warhead fragments which were removed from Iraq earlier this year and are alleged to contain traces of VX nerve gas and VX stabiliser are expected to be completed.
(53104)
149  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications of the extent and nature of the biological warfare programme organised by South Africa's former apartheid regime; what were the conclusions of this assessment; when this assessment was started and finished; what action has been taken in the light of this assessment; and if he will make a statement.
(53102)
150  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the United Nations member states which have not ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
(52607)
151  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the proposals outlined by General Abubakar in his national broadcast on Tuesday 21st July.
(52755)
152  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received from British industry concerning the situation in Nigeria.
(52757)
153  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to assist with arrangements for the international monitoring of the forthcoming Nigerian elections.
(52758)
154  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to assist British industry in responding to the commercial and economic initiatives announced by the Nigerian Head of State on 21st July.
(52759)
155  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the restoration of air services between Nigeria and the UK by British Airways.
(52760)
156  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he proposes to make to French Customs officials over the case of Mrs Farrukh Sheikh of Leicester.
(52753)
157  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official contact the Government has had with the Head of State of Nigeria since the visit of the Minister of State.
(52756)
158  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the number of pharmaceutical graduates in the period to 2001.
(52871)
159  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to secure the provision of additional breast cancer radiologists.
(52870)
160  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 21st July, Official Report, columns 530-3, concerning backdating financial assistance for residential and nursing home placements, with which organisation his Department has consulted in drawing up the guidance to accompany the Community Care (Residential Accommodation) Act 1998.
(52276)
161  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 21st July, Official Report, column 529, concerning continence services, what advice or instructions he expects to issue to inform the next commissioning round.
(52274)
162  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 21st July, Official Report, column 529, concerning continence services, when his Department commenced its review of continence policy; and when he will publish his conclusions.
(52275)
163  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 21st July, Official Report, columns 530-3, concerning his Department's guidance, LAC (98)B, if he will make it his policy to amend the National Assistance Act 1948 to allow a resident placed by a local authority to fund the difference between what the authority is able to pay and more expensive placement.
(52277)
164  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children of asylum applicants were taken into care or otherwise became the responsibility of local authorities in the last year for which figures are available.
(52062)
165  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will respond to representations made on behalf of people infected with hepatitis C by blood products.
(53098)
166  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what extra provision of funds will be made available to the National Health Service following the comprehensive spending review to deal with the date change problem .
(53157)
167  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date the waiting list for transplant surgery exceeded 6000.
(52363)
168  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the work of the Committee on Dangerous Pathogens in relation to Xenotransplantation.
(52352)
169  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure that restrictive patents on beneficial medicinal techniques do not prevent the use of those techniques on patients in the United Kingdom.
(52897)
170  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 21st July, Official Report, column 526, regarding the cost of ensuring millennium computer compliance in the NHS, what factors underlay the length of time taken to answer the question tabled for Answer on 22nd June.
(52562)
171  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department is supporting into the treatment of osteoporosis.
(51959)
172  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the health authorities in (a) Staffordshire and (b) the West Midlands which have an osteoporosis strategy in place.
(51958)
173  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate for the last year for which figures are available, how many NHS patients suffered from osteoporosis, the number of fractures attributable to osteoporosis and the number of beds being used for osteoporitic fractures in (a) Staffordshire and (b) the West Midlands.
(51960)
174  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward proposals to require the registration of nannies.
(53150)
175  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists currently treat NHS patients; and if he will make a statement.
(53105)
176  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many reported cases there have been of the new antibiotic resistant tuberculosis; and if he will make a statement.
(52922)
177  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research the Government has commissioned recently into health risks of smoking in public places.
(52921)
178  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost to the National Health Service of smoking-related diseases in 1997-98 (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of the total health care budget; and if he will make a statement.
(52920)
179  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figures are available.
(52885)
180  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he expects to issue a consultation document covering the review of the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme.
(52471)
181  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he has received all papers relevant to the restructuring of health services in Worcestershire; and when he expects to reach a decision on the issue.
(52646)
182  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from carers and their representatives in Worcestershire about funding for social services; and if he will make a statement.
(52644)
183  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, from which budget the cost of employing the chief executives of the new Primary Care Group will be met.
(51915)
184  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account will be taken of rurality in the allocation of funds to the NHS.
(51917)
185  
N  
Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about the implications of the Comprehensive Spending Review for health authorities which have in 1998-99 a significant deficit on their current account, with particular reference to West Hertfordshire.
(51454)
186  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will issue guidance to the Director of Education in Devon concerning the advice that should be given to those families affected by the current hepatitis B health alert at Paignton Community College, Devon.
(52348)
187  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd July, Official Report, column 570, regarding ambulance ages, (a) on what date he initiated his informal assessment of ambulance ages, (b) how many ambulance trusts were involved in his informal assessment and (c) what was the cost of conducting his informal assessment.
(52529)
188  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 13th May, Official Report, column 149, regarding ambulance ages, what estimate he made of the cost of providing the information which was requested.
(52571)
189  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what are the estimated costs to date of the police investigation into alleged corruption at Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.
(52339)
190  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the per capita expenditure by the police authorities in East Midlands.
(53079)
191  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 20th July, Official Report, columns 383-4, concerning the British Crime Survey, what timescale has been set for the feasibility study being undertaken by the Office of National Statistics.
(52278)
192  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to facilitate the further use of (a) computers and (b) other forms of information technology in the processing of asylum claims.
(52061)
193  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of asylum seekers made in-country applications for asylum in each of the last 10 years.
(52079)
194  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he has introduced revised targets for the length of time taken to complete different stages in the asylum process following the Comprehensive Spending Review.
(52082)
195  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (i) asylum caseworkers and (ii) special adjudicators are currently employed in the processing of asylum claims and the determination of asylum appeals; and what assessment he has made of the impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review on these numbers.
(52083)
196  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average length of time currently taken to determine an appeal against an asylum refusal.
(52093)
197  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial support he proposes to make available to asylum applicants who (a) make an in country application for asylum and (b) appeal against a negative asylum decision; and at what rate of payment.
(52066)
198  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applicants have appealed against a negative asylum decision in each of the last five years; and what proportion of asylum applicants receiving a negative decision appealed.
(52081)
199  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to change the rights of appeal for asylum seekers who have come through (a) EU member states, (b) the USA, (c) Switzerland and (d) Norway.
(52065)
200  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce changes in the processing of asylum claims and the rights of appeal of asylum applicants from the White List countries.
(52084)
201  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if additional benefits will be made available to asylum seekers presently in receipt of benefit as a result of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
(52086)
202  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will give a breakdown of the support costs for asylum seekers transferred to his Department under the Comprehensive Spending Review.
(52087)
203  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Caernarfon of 20th July, Official Report, column 380, on asylum seekers, if he will list the more efficient working practices referred to in the Answer; and if the plans for computerisation of casework are those plans in respect of which the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State undertook to write to the honourable Member for Hertsmere in his Answer of 7th May, Official Report, column 452.
(52222)
204  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average length of time taken to determine an asylum application from (a) a port of entry asylum applicant and (b) an in-country asylum applicant, according to the most recent figures available.
(52153)
205  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to change the eligibility of in-country asylum applicants for housing.
(52085)
206  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much compensation has been paid as a result of the ban on the ownership of handguns to date.
(52830)
207  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the staff and overhead costs have been to date of operating the compensation scheme for owners of handguns; and what estimate he has made of the total costs.
(52791)
208  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the education budget for each London prison in 1998-99.
(52782)
209  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff vacancies for prison officers there were in each London prison on 1st July.
(52784)
210  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the refurbishment of A and B wings at Wandsworth Prison; and when this work is planned to be completed.
(52786)
211  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for future work projects for Wandsworth Prison.
(52783)
212  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women held in each London prison on 20th July were classified as category A inmates.
(52785)
213  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inmates there were at each London prison on 20th July.
(52787)
214  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the average time taken to process applications to his Department on (a) Form ELR, (b) Form FLR (m), (c) Form FLR (s), (d) Form FLR (o), (e) Form SET (m), (f) Form SET (f), (g) Form SET (o), (h) Form AN and (i) travel document applications.
(52779)
215  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the Holloway remand pilot scheme for women prisoners.
(52639)
216  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average cost per prisoner of mandatory drug testing; and what impact the programme has had on expenditure on the drug rehabilitation service.
(52637)
217  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ensure that the induction processes for new prisoners in women's prisons distinguishes first offenders from repeat offenders.
(52638)
218  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the use of ex-drug addicts and ex-prisoners in Downview, Pentonville and Coldingley for counselling prisoners; and what plans he has to extend the system to women's prisons.
(52659)
219  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons his Department does not collect the totals of neuroleptic drugs used in prisons; and if he will make a statement.
(52241)
220  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) suicides and (b) deaths from other causes of women prisoners in each of the last five years have been associated with (i) illegal drugs and (ii) medicinal drugs.
(52640)
221  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to (a) receive and (b) publish the report on the suicides of prisoners at Norwich Prison.
(52763)
222  
N  
Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how often the Criminal Cases Review Commission reviews the order of priority of cases referred.
(51478)
223  
N  
Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used to determine the order of priority for cases referred to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
(51479)
224  
N  
Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, of cases so far referred to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, how many (a) have been reviewed and concluded, (b) are currently under active review and (c) are still be to investigated.
(51480)
225  
N  
Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the annual budget for the Criminal Cases Review Commission in 1998-99; and how many staff are employed to carry out its work.
(51481)
226  
N  
Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the total number of cases referred to date to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
(51482)
227  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures his Department has taken to reduce the incidence of crime against (a) property and (b) the person since 1st May.
(51914)
228  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figures are available.
(52879)
229  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many over-aged children from Bangladesh who had previously been refused an entry clearance visa on the grounds of not being related as claimed but whose relationship has now been established by DNA testing have since been granted entry clearance under the policy change of June 1989; and in how many cases refusal has been maintained.
(52714)
230  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions in the last year, police forces have used pepper sprays.
(52464)
231  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance is issued to police officers in respect of the use of pepper spray at close quarters.
(52463)
232  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the implications of the extent and nature of the biological warfare programme organised by South Africa's former apartheid regime; what were the conclusions of this assessment; when this assessment was started and finished; what action has been taken in the light of this assessment; and if he will make a statement.
(53089)
233  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research (a) his Department and (b) the Police Scientific Development Branch have carried out to analyse the concentrations of CS and CS sprays which have been purchased by police forces since 1996; when this research was carried out; what were the results of this research; and if he will place the results of this research in the Library.
(53152)
234  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 16th June, Official Report, column 173-4, on CS spray, if he will place in the Library copies of the documentation of the competitive national tendering process managed by the Metropolitan Police on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers on the purchase of CS sprays.
(53155)
235  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a copy of the aerosol incapacitants guidelines governing the use of CS spray by police officers.
(53154)
236  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made since 1990 of the implications of information being exchanged between Libya and the biological warfare programme organised by South Africa's former apartheid regime; what were the conclusions of this assessment; when this assessment was started and finished; what action has been taken in the light of this assessment; and if he will make a statement.
(53090)
237  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many contracts or agreements have been commissioned by his Department with the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency of the Ministry of Defence since January 1996; and what was the duration, nature and value of each.
(53153)
238  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 16th June, Official Report, columns 173-4, on CS spray, what studies his Department has undertaken into the concentrations of CS in CS sprays which are used by police officers in the United States of America; and what conclusions were drawn from them.
(53151)
239  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department or the Police Scientific Development Branch are aware of, or have been informed of, any research carried out by police forces to analyse the concentrations of CS in CS sprays which have been purchased by police forces since 1996; when this research was carried out; who carried out this research; what were the results of this research; and if he will make a statement.
(53156)
240  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to implement the measures outlined in the Government's response to the Third Report of the Home Affairs Committee Session 1996-97, on Freemasonry in the Police and Judiciary; if he will set his proposed timetable for any remaining steps; and if he will make a statement.
(52917)
241  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what targets his Department has set for the percentage of voluntary workers working in contact with vulnerable groups, who will have had their records screened by the police; and if he will make a statement.
(52775)
242  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to provide greater assistance to voluntary organisations and charities when they wish to screen the police records of their personnel; and if he will make a statement.
(52774)
243  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he proposes to renew the lease for the prison at Lancaster Castle when it expires in 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(52476)
244  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take measures to allow the public to visit those dungeons at Lancaster Castle which held the Pendle Witches.
(52478)
245  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget he has allocated for informing the public of new voting systems to be used for (a) the European Parliament elections and (b) the elections to the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly.
(52828)
246  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action his Department is taking to increase public awareness of the new electoral systems which will be used in (a) European Parliament elections and (b) elections for the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly.
(52824)
247  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many outstanding cases of racial discrimination brought against police forces are awaiting a hearing by industrial tribunals; how many in each case were brought by (a) officers and (b) civilians; and if he will provide a breakdown by police force.
(53094)
248  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines have been issued to Customs officials in respect of the treatment of Muslim women wearing veils.
(53080)
249  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of racial discrimination against police forces have (a) been settled out of court and (b) been won by civilian and officer applicants in the last five years; how many in each were brought by (i) officers and (ii) civilians; and if he will provide a breakdown by police force.
(53095)
250  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what inquiries were made in respect of criminal convictions in Bahraini courts before the decision was taken to grant refugee status to Sheikh Ali Salman, Hamaz Ali Jasim Kadhem and Sayed Haider Hasan Ali; with what result; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (52558)
251  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the decision was made to grant refugee status to Sheikh Ali Salman, Hamaz Ali Jasim Kadhem and Sayed Haider Hasan Ali; what were the grounds for their applications; what supporting evidence was produced; and what information was sought from the Bahraini authorities.
[R] (52557)
252  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of 6th June 1995, Official Report, column 37, and the Answer of the President of the Board of Trade on 15th June 1998, Official Report, column 98, in relation to the Cikampek to Padalarang toll road project in Indonesia, what expenditure has been (a) allocated and (b) incurred by her Department to date; what impact assessment has been made of the delay to the project on the effectiveness of her Department's support for the project; and if she will place in the Library copies of the project appraisal, monitoring and evaluation reports to date.
(52900)
253  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 8th July, Official Report, column 533, concerning the 150/500 KV sub-stations project in Indonesia, what plans there are to reinstate the project; what assessment has been made of the project's (a) achievements and (b) value for money; and if she will place in the Library copies of the project appraisal, monitoring and evaluation reports completed to date.
(53027)
254  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on her visit to Lanyhou during her official tour of China.
(52349)
255  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the environment agreements with China, entered into during her recent official visit.
(52350)
256  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figures are available.
(52891)
257  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department has provided to treat or help the victims of Halabja in northern Iraq following the chemical weapons attack by Iraqi military forces on the town in March 1988; what work her Department has funded to monitor the long-term effects of the chemical weapons on the residents of the town since the attack; and if she will make a statement.
(53091)
258  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list recipient projects of the United Kingdom aid budget to India in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99; and if she will make a statement.
(52468)
259  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the organisations which received more than £500,000 from the Overseas Development Administration in 1996-97.
(52469)
260  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of access for aid agencies to refugees along the Guinea-Sierra Leone border.
(52470)
261  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many women magistrates have been appointed since 1st May 1997.
(52654)
262  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many women have been appointed to the County and Crown Court bench since 1st May 1997.
(52653)
263  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many women are employed in the Lord Chancellor's Department at each Civil Service grade.
(52642)
264  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many judicial appointments there have been since 1st May 1997 to (a) the Judicial Committee of the House of Lords of Lords of Appeal in Ordinary, (b) the Court of Appeal, (c) the High Court, (d) the County or Crown Court Bench, (e) the Queen's Bench Mastership, (f) the Chancery Division Mastership and (g) the District Judiciary.
(52643)
265  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much his Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figures are available.
(52878)
266  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what steps he has taken to implement the measures outlined in the Government's response to the Third Report of the Home Affairs Committee, Session 1996-97, on Freemasonry in the Police and Judiciary; if he will set out his proposed timetable for the remaining measures; and if he will make a statement.
(52918)
267  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how much his Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figures are available.
(52893)
268  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been awarded resettlement grants each year since 1972 to relocate to avoid the troubles in Northern Ireland; what was the average resettlement grant; what criteria govern eligibility for such a grant; and if she will make a statement.
(52770)
269  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much her Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figures are available.
(52889)
270  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the organisations her Department has assessed to be responsible for each terrorist incident in July.
(52765)
271  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many petrol bomb and arson attacks there have been over the last 12 months in the Ballymoney area; and which were assessed to be of (a) Loyalist and (b) Republican origin.
(52767)
272  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many members of the security forces, including the Royal Irish Regiment, have received threats to their life since July 1997; and from what alleged source.
(52766)
273  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to allow students with statements of special educational needs to have their statements met with appropriate funding in integrated schools in Northern Ireland.
(51833)
274  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to allow students with assessed needs to be allowed free school meals whilst attending integrated schools.
(51834)
275  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what financial support her Department plans to offer the University of Ulster to support the Springvale Project.
(51835)
276  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has for the further development of the integrated schools sector in Northern Ireland.
(51837)
277  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the President of the Council, how much his Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figures are available.
(52886)
278  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Prime Minister, how much his office spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) mainframe, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figures are available.
(52899)
279  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions on 25th June telephone calls were made from No 10 Downing Street to the mobile phone number supplied to him in the letter from the honourable Member for Pendle of 22nd July.
(52479)
280  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to give a substantive answer to the question from the honourable Member for Pendle concerning the business relationships notified to him by Mr Roger Liddle (Ref. 49655).
(52395)
281  
N  
Mr Charles Clarke (Norwich South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list in order of sparsity the local authorities in Scotland using (a) the definition of settlement size used by his office and (b) the definitions of sparsity and super-sparsity used in the SSA formula for England and Wales.
(52358)
282  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figures are available.
(52883)
283  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if local department officials administering the revised guidelines and associated penalties pertaining to the sheep annual premium scheme and the hill livestock compensatory allowances are eligible for bonus/performance related payments based on savings achieved; and if he will make a statement.
(52551)
284  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the decision by major dairy companies not to submit bids in the Milk Marque July 1998 selling round.
(52556)
285  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on possible funding for the Aberdeen Marine Laboratory proposed investigation over the effects of fish farm discharges on sea lochs.
(52550)
286  
  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will publish the terms of reference of the task force appointed to review aspects of the Freshwater and Salmon Fisheries Act 1976 and list its members.
(52901)
287  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many car spaces are planned to be provided for the new Scottish Parliamentary building; to whom these spaces will be made available; and how much they will cost to provide.
(53101)
288  
  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much money will be allocated to the renovation and new building of housing in the council and social housing sector over the period of the Comprehensive Spending Review; what proportion of this funding has been set aside for debt commutation; and what will be the criteria for that commutation.
(52915)
289  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her Answer, 29th June, Official Report, columns 118-9, concerning the Benefit Integrity Project when the Chief Executor of the Benefits Agency will be in a position to set out a firm start date for the exercise.
(52610)
290  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her Answer of 21st July, Official Report, columns 495-96, concerning liable relatives, if she will review the application of Paragraph 4(b) of the Code of Open Government Practice to such cases.
(52279)
291  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is her Department's policy on the imposition of tariffs on trade over the Internet.
(52903)
292  
  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate she has made of the net public expenditure cost for introducing a common minimum pension age of 60 years.
(52912)
293  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her Answer of 23rd June, Official Report, column 493, if she will list the specific amounts she calculated for individual elements in computing the total amount of personal allowance for council tax relief.
(52527)
294  
  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what would be the effect on Treasury revenue (a) in 1998-99, and (b) in a full year, of raising the national insurance ceiling to the same level as the higher rate tax band.
(52916)
295  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the estimated average cost of (a) a review of a DLA application and (b) an appeal against a DLA award.
(52780)
296  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much her Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figures are available.
(52888)
297  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage of the figure of fraud in disability living allowance set out in the Annex to her report, Beating Fraud is Everyone's Business, she estimates to result from errors by recipients.
(52566)
298  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the NIRSII system started operations on 13th July; and what compensation her Department has (a) sought and (b) received for delays involved.
(52341)
299  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much money was paid to British Gas on behalf of low income gas users in the last year for which figures are available in the form of interim payments; how many overpayments were made; how much of the overpayment has been recovered; and to what other companies interim payments are made on behalf of low income customers.
(52343)
300  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what progress has been made in automating Social Security benefit payments at post Offices by ICL.
(52384)
301  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment she has made of the problems faced by small and medium sized companies in the administration of pension schemes in respect of the millennium bug.
(52340)
302  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make a statement on the future of the benefit smart card scheme.
(52385)
303  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage of (a) single male pensioners, (b) single female pensioners, (c) married pensioners and (d) all pensioners who are aged (i) 60-64, (ii) 65-69, (iii) 70-74, (iv) 75-79 and (v) 80 years or older are in a household with income below half the national average where income is measured (1) before housing costs and (2) after housing costs.
(52386)
304  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what would be the impact on the housing benefit budget over each of the next five years if registered rent increases were limited to (a) the RPI, (b) the RPI plus one per cent., (c) the RPI plus five per cent. and (d) the RPI plus 10 per cent. relative to existing spending plans.
(52496)
305  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what are the normal office hours of senior civil servants in her Department.
(52565)
306  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what records are kept of the times at which Ministers start work in her Department each day.
(52561)
307  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, which Ministers in her Department have keys to her Department's offices.
(52560)
308  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, which Ministers in her Department have a mobile phone paid for by her Department; and how much money has been spent by her Department in respect of each such mobile phone in the most recent quarter.
(52559)
309  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what estimate she has made of the number of rigs and other major installations currently operating in the United Kingdom Continental Shelf which are likely to be retired within the next five years; what is the cost of the decommissioning; what extra cost will be entailed by a requirement that their top sides be dismantled onshore; and if she will make a statement on the United Kingdom's policy on these matters following the OSPAR meeting.
(52344)
310  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will publish the Permanent Secretary's letter of apology to the honourable Member for Edinburgh South.
(52716)
311  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many export licences have been issued in each year since 1996 for exports to Indonesia by Alvis plc, indicating in each case the ML or PL list number of the equipment covered.
(52754)
312  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what was the total cost of the Foresight Initiative in each of the last three years.
(53082)
313  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what is the current participation level of small medium-sized enterprises in the Foresight Programme.
(52910)
314  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what role her Department is playing in the development of Internet technologies for small and medium-sized businesses.
(52907)
315  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her Answer of 24th June 1997, Official Report, columns 448-9, how many information packs on the Year 2000 problem have been circulated to small businesses to date.
(53086)
316  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what extra provision of funds will be allocated to her Department following the Comprehensive Spending Review to address the millennium computer compliance problem.
(52905)
317  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what financial assessment she has made of the outcome of the Foresight Programme.
(53084)
318  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what representations her Department has received from small and medium sized businesses on the current level of the pound.
(52902)
319  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what systems are in place to measure the performance of the Foresight programme.
(53083)
320  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps her Department are taking to help small and medium-sized enterprises prepare for the introduction of the single currency.
(53092)
321  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what role Business Links will play in respect of combating the millennium compliance problem.
(52908)
322  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help Business Links provide the comprehensive business information relating to trading conditions and economic circumstances required for exporting to EU countries.
(52909)
323  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what research her Department has evaluated on the number of computer programmers available to combat the millennium compliance problem.
(52906)
324  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the impact on the United Kingdom science base and the competitiveness of the United Kingdom's science-based industries of the burden of regulation on applications for research and development projects involving animals.
(50701)
325  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, on what occasions during the last 12 months she has been consulted by the Secretary of State for the Home Department about the impact on the United Kingdom science base and the competitiveness of the United Kingdom's science-based industries of proposed measures relating to the regulation of research and development projects involving animals.
(50702)
326  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what action she is taking to oppose measures taken by the European Commission to impose duties on grey cloth imported from countries outside the European Union.
(52477)
327  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she expects to conclude her deliberations on the issue of dismissed miners.
(52751)
328  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will make a statement about the future of the London art market.
(50789)
329  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will assess the implications for a competitive market of recent mergers among package holiday providers.
(52873)
330  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June, Official Report, column 563, from the honourable Member for Hampstead and Highgate, if she will make a statement on the acquisition by Stagecoach of a shareholding in Virgin Rail.
(52874)
331  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what assessment she has made of the impact of management costs on the competiveness of UK firms.
(52392)
332  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what research her Department has evaluated into the proportion of output costs represented by the salaries of company directors in (a) the UK, (b) other EU countries, (c) Japan and (d) the USA.
(52393)
333  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps her Department is taking to improve the competitiveness of UK firms.
(52390)
334  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what research her Department has evaluated into the competitiveness of UK firms, with particular reference to their funding, management and production functions.
(52391)
335  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how much her Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figures are available.
(52881)
336  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans she has to refer the consequences of the major dairy companies' refusal to submit bids in the July 1998 Milk Marque selling round to the MMC; and if she will make a statement.
(52555)
337  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will limit the negative EFL of the Post Office to a maximum of a figure equivalent to 50 per cent. of the Post Office's post-tax profits.
(52404)
338  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she has now closed the Margaret Beckett Research and Administration Trust.
(52335)
339  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what mechanisms prevent the Scottish and Welsh Offices from competing against (a) each other and (b) her Department for inward investment.
(52597)
340  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what further steps she is planing to promote competition for gas customers.
(52600)
341  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what proportion of EU structural funding for the United Kingdom will go to rural areas in (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000.
(52596)
342  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how much EU structural funding rural areas of the United Kingdom received in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997.
(52595)
343  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when she expects to announce the conclusions of her review of the pool price for electricity.
(52602)
344  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she has completed her discussions on the co-ordination of inward investment; and when she expects to announce her conclusions.
(52598)
345  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what external forecasts on job losses in the gas industry resulting from the moratorium on gas-fired power status she has evaluated.
(52601)
346  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how much European regional aid the UK received in each of the last five years; and how much is forecast in the next three.
(52603)
347  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her oral statement of 25th June, Official Report, column 1169, when she expects to announce the conclusions of her Department's energy review.
(52636)
348  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when the Concordat on Inward Investment will be published.
(52599)
349  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what has been the average time taken by her Department to provide a substantive reply to a written question tabled for answer on the first available named day since 1st May 1997.
(52334)
350  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will set out the number of withdrawals of nuclear materials from safeguards that have been notified to the relevant authorities under the 1978 United Kingdom-EUROTOM-IAEA tripartite safeguards agreement since it entered into force; how many were permanent withdrawals; what quantities and types of nuclear material were involved in the permanent withdrawals; and if she will provide details of the purpose to which the materials involved in the permanent withdrawals were put in each case.
(53096)
351  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will state the Government's policy towards substantially above the inflation rate salary increases for senior directors, managing directors and chairmen in the private sector.
(52466)
352  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what changes have been made over the past 10 years in the predictions of traffic flows in the years 2000 to 2010 on the M4 between Tredegar Park interchange and the Coldra.
(52196)
353  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department spent on IT technology itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figures are available.
(52890)
354  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the decision by major dairy companies not to submit bids in the Milk Marque July 1998 selling round.
(52554)
355  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make it his policy not to make appointments which will be the responsibility of the National Assembly for Wales for periods substantially beyond its establishment.
(52397)
356  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make it his policy to postpone whenever possible taking decisions on matters which will be the responsibility of the National Assembly for Wales.
(52396)
357  
  
Sir Raymond Powell (Ogmore):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many car spaces are planned for the new Welsh Assembly building; to whom these spaces will be made available; and how much they will cost to provide.
(53099)
358  
  
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what internal and external reviews have been established by him; and what is the remit, starting and concluding date of each.
(53097)
359  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures and precautions were taken to avoid genetic pollution through cross-pollination to adjacent crops when the ACRE committee were approving licences of all the GMO trial plots that are currently licensed.
[Transferred] (52494)
360  
  
Mr Tony Clarke (Northampton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce legislation to ban hunting with hounds.
[Transferred] (52898)
361  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children in (a) 1990 and (b) 1998 were born at home; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (52923)


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