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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 30 July 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Thursday 30 July of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on  Thursday 30 July, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Friday 31 July, see Part 2 of this Paper.

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 
THURSDAY 30th JULY
1  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c) (ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(53853)
2  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many (a) men and (b) women aged over 60 years were employed by (i) his Department and (ii) his Department's agencies on 1st January.
(53073)
3  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many (a) men and (b) women employed by (1) his Department and (2) his Department's agencies have contracts of employment which permit them to retire after their 60th birthday.
(53050)
4  
N  
Mr Michael Foster (Hastings and Rye):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make under 10 metre licences area specific.
(53602)
5  
N  
Mr Michael Foster (Hastings and Rye):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what has been the total catch at the port of Hastings in each quarter in the past four years.
(53605)
6  
N  
Mr Michael Foster (Hastings and Rye):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the number of under 10 metre licence holders now fishing in Area 7D which have no historic connection with the area.
(53601)
7  
N  
Mr Michael Foster (Hastings and Rye):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the extent of the practice of selling former over 10 metre licences together with the track records the vessels being temporarily shortened, and then re-registered as under 10 metre vessels; and how many prosecutions there have been in respect of this practice.
(53603)
8  
N  
Mr Michael Foster (Hastings and Rye):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will adjust the allocation of the quota between under 10 metre and over 10 metre vessels to take account of former over 10 metre registered vessels that have been re-registered as under 10 metre vessels without reducing their catching potential.
(53604)
9  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what are his Department's priorities in respect of the promotion of healthy eating.
(53589)
10  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what measures the United Kingdom will table at the next meeting of the International Whaling Commission in respect of the preservation of whale species.
(53617)
11  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the (a) promotion and (b) the implementation to date of a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic.
(53618)
12  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on what date and by what means the Parliamentary Secretary, the honourable Member for Scunthorpe, informed the Right honourable Member for North West Cambridgeshire that he would be in the North West Cambridgeshire constituency on ministerial business.
(53452)
13  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which of his Department's agencies have procedures to identify persistent enquirers for information.
(53949)
14  
N  
Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what by weight was (a) the actual catch of brown shrimp by Wash fishermen, in the Wash or off the Lincolnshire coast during the months August to December 1997 and (b) his estimate of the catch which would have been possible in the absence of the dredging and beach replenishment programme at Mablethorpe.
(53745)
15  
N  
Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will tabulate the catch of brown shrimp by (i) weight and (ii) monetary value made by Wash fishermen in the Wash or off the Lincolnshire coast, during the months August to December for each of the years 1993 to 1996 and the corresponding average data for these years.
(53744)
16  
N  
Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what evidence he has assessed on the stock level of brown shrimp in the North Sea in (a) 1997 and (b) the period 1993 to 1996; and if he will place such evidence in the Library.
(53743)
17  
N  
Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what offers of compensation have been made to (a) Wash fishermen and (b) those directly involved in processing brown shrimp, for loss of earnings as a result of his decision not to postpone the dredging and beach replenishment programme at Mablethorpe in 1997.
(53747)
18  
N  
Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he he made of the shortfall in income to (a) Wash fishermen and (b) those directly involved in processing the catch, which resulted from the difference in catch of brown shrimp in September to December 1997 and the average catch made in the years 1993 to 1996 when the difference is valued using relevant prices for (i) grade A and (ii) grade B brown shrimp.
(53746)
19  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what proposals he has to impose a unilateral ban on the use of growth promoters licensed by the European Union under Directive 70/524.
(53713)
20  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what proportion of United Kindom un-cured pork consumption is of imported meat; and from which countries those imports originate.
(53716)
21  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in which EU member states it is permitted to feed pigs meat and bone meal.
(53715)
22  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the volume of poultry meat imports from Italy has been in the last three years; and if all imports were processed at establishments approved by the Italian authorities under EC Directive 92/116.
(53712)
23  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what proportion of United Kingdom bacon consumption is of imported meat; and from which countries such imports originate.
(53714)
24  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on what date his Department received notification from the Welsh Language Board in relation to the need to prepare a Welsh language scheme; on what date his Department and the Board held consultations on such a scheme; when a scheme was formally submitted to the Board; and if it has been approved.
(53356)
25  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list those who have accompanied (i) him or his predecessor and (ii) his departmental Ministers on overseas visits since 1st January indicating (a) the venue of the visit, (b) the purpose of the visit, (c) the names of those involved, (d) the job of those involved, (e) the reasons why they were included in the visit and (f) the cost to public funds.
(53842)
26  
N  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received on farm incomes over the last 12 months.
(51690)
27  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask Mr Attorney General, if he will list the task forces and advisory groups composed of independent members which have been set up by his Department since 1st May 1997, indicating in each case (a) their remit, (b) their membership, (c) how many members are (i) scientists, (ii) engineers, (iii) small business people or representatives of small businesses, (d) any remuneration members receive for their services and (e) their budget.
(53285)
28  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what further steps he plans to take to assist the Crown Prosecution Service to bring successful prosecutions in rape cases, with particular reference to the gathering of evidence.
(53588)
29  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Attorney General, on what date his Department received notification from the Welsh Language Board in relation to the need to prepare a Welsh language scheme; on what date his Department and the Board held consultations on such a scheme; when a scheme was formally submitted to the Board; and if it has been approved.
(53352)
30  
N  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what representations he has received on his proposals for the reorganisation of the Crown Prosecution Service.
(51719)
31  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c) (ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(53857)
32  
N  
Mr Roger Casale (Wimbledon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many UK licensed television channels there are.
[R] (52138)
33  
N  
Mr Roger Casale (Wimbledon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many UK licensed television channels met the quota (a) for European works in Article 4 and (b) for independent productions in Article 5 of the Television Without Frontiers directive.
[R] (52139)
34  
N  
Mr Roger Casale (Wimbledon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which UK licensed television channels had a lower proportion of (a) European originating programmes and (b) independent productions in 1996 than 1995.
[R] (52140)
35  
N  
Mr Roger Casale (Wimbledon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to improve compliance with the Television without Frontiers quota requirements.
[R] (52141)
36  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) men and (b) women aged over 60 years were employed by (i) his Department and (ii) his Department's agencies on 1st January.
(53066)
37  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) men and (b) women employed by (1) his Department and (2) his Department's agencies have contracts of employment which permit them to retire after their 60th birthday.
(53042)
38  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 29th June, Official Report, column 59, if he will request the Chief Executive of English Heritage to answer questions 47396, 43400 and 47397 tabled by the honourable Member for the City of York on 24th June.
(53719)
39  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has held with the Chief Executive of English Heritage about the proposed relocation of its Ancient Monuments Laboratory to Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth, with reference to (a) potential job losses, (b) the accuracy of the figures in the Chief Executive's letter dated 21st July to the honourable Member for the City of York and (c) the need to consult widely before relocating.
(53608)
40  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to secure the future of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.
(53748)
41  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with sports governing bodies on measures for dealing with sports supporters who bring their sport, teams or country into disrepute.
(53596)
42  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what arrangement he is making for commemorating the Christian element of the millennium.
(53722)
43  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which of his Department's agencies have procedures to identify persistent enquirers for information.
(53952)
44  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list those who have accompanied (i) him and (ii) his departmental Ministers on overseas visits since 1st January indicating (a) the venue of the visit, (b) the purpose of the visit, (c) the names of those involved, (d) the job of those involved, (e) the reasons why they were included in the visit and (f) the cost to public funds.
(53834)
45  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what unplanned discharges of plutonium took place from Aldermaston in December 1997; with what consequences; and if he will make a statement.
(53432)
46  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c) (ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(53855)
47  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the stocks of tritium currently held by his Department.
(51683)
48  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the stock of plutonium and highly enriched uranium listed in the Strategic Defence Review included the armoury currently located in operational nuclear weapons.
(51684)
49  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the taskforces and advisory groups composed of independent members which have been set up by his Department since 1st May 1997 and in each case (a) their remit, (b) their membership, (c) how many members are (i) scientists, (ii) engineers and (iii) small business people or representatives of small businesses, (d) any remuneration members receive for their services and (e) their budget.
(53147)
50  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) men and (b) women aged over 60 years were employed by (i) his Department and (ii) his Department's agencies on 1st January.
(53064)
51  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) men and (b) women employed by (1) his Department and (2) his Department's agencies have contracts of employment which permit them to retire after their 60th birthday.
(53058)
52  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been charged to defence companies for the cost of overseas sales demonstrations by MoD teams in each of the last two years; and what percentage of the total cost of such demonstrations this represents.
(54167)
53  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidelines exist in his Department governing the publication of commercially confidential information; and what is his Department's definition of commercially confidential information.
(54164)
54  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 8th June, Official Report, column 422 on defence exports, if he will list the fixed percentage rates referred to in his reply and the factors governing their application.
(54404)
55  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many companies were involved in defence industry promotional events on board Her Majesty's ships engaged in Ocean Wave; what was the cost to his Department of defence industry promotional events staged during Ocean Wave; and what contributions towards these costs were provided by the defence companies involved.
(54405)
56  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Infantry Export Support Team was created; what was its annual cost in each of the last two years; how much of this was funded by (a) DESO and (b) industry; and what other export support teams have been created.
(54418)
57  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 1st June, Official Report, column 103, on Indonesian army officers, if any Indonesian army officers being taught at non-military educational institutions in the UK as part of programmes provided on a private and commercial basis are being funded by United Kingdom defence companies.
(54417)
58  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the value of the countertrade and offset commitments entered into as part of the deal to lease Tornado aircraft to Italy; and what percentage of the value of the contract those commitments represent.
(54169)
59  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will assess the advantages of introducing a similar package to the Royal Navy Careers CD-ROM for all the armed forces.
(53801)
60  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what new initiatives he is taking to address the shortage of recruits in the Army
(53802)
61  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the proposed partnership with Norway in the inter-governmental buying agency Netma.
(53800)
62  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the timescale for the introduction of fibre optic camouflage on tanks.
(53807)
63  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the impact of partial privatisation of the Defence Intelligence Service on security.
(53804)
64  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what new initiatives he is taking to increase the number of recruits to the RAF.
(53803)
65  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Enhanced Surveillance Radar recently developed at the Defence Evaluation Research Agency; and what plans he has to use this technology in the armed forces.
(53806)
66  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what savings he estimates will accrue from the creation of (a) the Defence Transport and Movements Organisation and (b) the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency.
(53805)
67  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the minimum number of nuclear warheads deployed on each Trident submarine since HMS 'Vanguard' entered service.
(52815)
68  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions since HMS 'Vanguard' entered service more than 65 warheads were deployed on a Trident submarine at sea.
(52814)
69  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment's evaluation of whether short-term exposure to mustard gas causes (a) psychological disorders and (b) sexual dysfunction in the long term.
(54533)
70  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in appointing an independent scientist to review the trial reports of the germ warfare trials in the south of England which took place between 1964 and 1977; and if he will make a statement.
(54534)
71  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment's evaluation of whether short-term exposure to mustard gas causes bone marrow depression and the resulting immunosuppression in the long term.
(54539)
72  
N  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers are currently based in Scotland; and what was the (a) lowest and (b) highest level in the past five years.
(53279)
73  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which of his Department's agencies have procedures to identify persistent enquirers for information.
(53948)
74  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 27th July, Official Report, column 39, what factors led him to exclude the income from the ETC and the demilitarisation facility in his calculation of the income accruing to the ranges at Shoeburyness; and if he will make a statement.
(53822)
75  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 27th July, Official Report, column 39, for what reasons in his summary of the income accruing to the various ranges, he included in note 1 the SPI total of £600,000 within the income of the Eskmeals range and in note 3 deducted the SPI total of £6,244,000 from the total income of the Shoeburyness establishment; and if he will make a statement.
(53821)
76  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the total income accruing to the Shoeburyness and Eskmeals ranges in respect of all income raising activities in each of the past five years and separately identifying that part of the site income which stems from the strategic pricing initiative.
(53823)
77  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he intends to make a decision on the proposed transfer of work from Shoeburyness to Eskmeals.
(53824)
78  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date his Department received notification from the Welsh Language Board in relation to the need to prepare a Welsh language scheme; on what date his Department and the Board held consultations on such a scheme; when a scheme was formally submitted to the Board; and if it has been approved.
(53349)
79  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list those who have accompanied (i) him and (ii) his departmental Ministers on overseas visits since 1st January indicating (a) the venue of the visit, (b) the purpose of the visit, (c) the names of those involved, (d) the job of those involved, (e) the reasons why they were included in the visit and (f) the cost to public funds.
(53843)
80  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c) (ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(53862)
81  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many (a) men and (b) women aged over 60 years were employed by (i) his Department and (ii) his Department's agencies on 1st January.
(53071)
82  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many (a) men and (b) women employed by (1) his Department and (2) his Department's agencies have contracts of employment which permit them to retire after their 60th birthday.
(53048)
83  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his Answer of 24th July, Offical Report column 745, if he will publish (a) the budgeted figures for spending on the second wave of research and (b) the budgeted spending figures for 1998-99 for spending on the people's panel.
(53897)
84  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many rebuttal officers or civil servants with similar roles are currently employed in the Civil Service.
(53593)
85  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list those who have accompanied (i) him and (ii) his departmental Ministers on overseas visits since 1st January indicating (a) the venue of the visit, (b) the purpose of the visit, (c) the names of those involved, (d) the job of those involved, (e) the reasons why they were included in the visit and (f) the cost to public funds.
(53835)
86  
N  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many current school inspectors were former head teachers.
(53384)
87  
N  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what are the criteria for the appointment of school inspectors in respect of previous educational experience.
(53434)
88  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c) (ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(53863)
89  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the taskforces and advisory groups composed of independent members which have been set up by his Department since 1st May 1997 and in each case (a) their remit, (b) their membership, (c) how many members are (i) scientists, (ii) engineers and (iii) small business people or representatives of small businesses, (d) any remuneration members receive for their services and (e) their budget.
(53148)
90  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) men and (b) women aged over 60 years were employed by (i) his Department and (ii) his Department's agencies on 1st January.
(53051)
91  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) men and (b) women employed by (1) his Department and (2) his Department's agencies have contracts of employment which permit them to retire after their 60th birthday.
(53052)
92  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the proportion and amount of budget spent on management and administration costs by each training and enterprise council in 1997-98.
(54402)
93  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the (a) training achievements and effectiveness and (b) value for money of training and enterprise councils.
(54403)
94  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what will be the cost to public funds of the pilot schemes for the educational maintenance allowance.
(53613)
95  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will introduce legislation to allow the pilot schemes for educational maintenance allowances to proceed.
(53611)
96  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what will be the rate of the educational maintenance allowance.
(53616)
97  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if families of children involved in the pilot schemes for educational maintenance allowances will lose their entitlement to child benefit.
(53612)
98  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he proposes to start the pilot schemes for the educational maintenance allowance.
(53615)
99  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which areas he proposes to use as pilot areas for the educational maintenance allowance.
(53614)
100  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what action he is taking to ensure the recruitment of more teachers with particular reference to Greater London.
(53594)
101  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of life science graduates gain employment related to their field of study
(53223)
102  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received regarding the lowering of the school leaving age to 14; and if he will make a statement.
(53436)
103  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the cost of the number of advanced skills teachers to be appointed in the current year who will be paid at the top rate of £40,000.
(53895)
104  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which of his Department's agencies have procedures to identify persistent enquirers for information.
(53953)
105  
N  
Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the additional costs incurred by Norfolk County Council in supporting an above average number of small primary schools (a) in total and (b) per pupil in the primary sector.
(53718)
106  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, on what date his Department received notification from the Welsh Language Board in relation to the need to prepare a Welsh language scheme; on what date his Department and the Board held consultations on such a scheme; when a scheme was formally submitted to the Board; and if it has been approved.
(53355)
107  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list those who have accompanied (i) him and (ii) his departmental Ministers on overseas visits since 1st January indicating (a) the venue of the visit, (b) the purpose of the visit, (c) the names of those involved, (d) the job of those involved, (e) the reasons why they were included in the visit and (f) the cost to public funds.
(53846)
108  
N  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the projected completion date, and what was the original estimated date for completion of the A12 relief road between Leytonstone and Redbridge roundabout and what factors underlie the differences.
(53704)
109  
N  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what level of resources the Eastern Region RDA will receive; when it will be paid; and what conditions will be applied to its use.
(53583)
110  
  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the gross public expenditure in 1997 prices on capital investment in housing in England and Wales for each financial year from 1968 to 1997; and what were the levels of expenditure in 1997 prices for (a) local authority new build and acquisitions, (b) renovation of local authority housing stock, (c) private sector renovation, (d) housing association new build, (e) housing association rehabilitation, (f) low cost home ownership and (g) other in each of these years; and what are the projections for expenditure under each of these headings for each year between 1997-98 and 2001-02.
(54541)
111  
  
Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he has reached conclusions on his review of policy on environmental information for consumers, and on the Financial Management and Policy Review of the United Kingdom Ecolabelling Board; and if he will make a statement.
(54155)
112  
  
Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will be consulting on options for amending the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(54156)
113  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c) (ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(53864)
114  
N  
Mr Roger Casale (Wimbledon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the Government's policy towards the introduction of 20 mile per hour speed limits outside schools.
(52137)
115  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the task forces and advisory groups composed of independent members which have been set up by his Department since 1st May 1997 and in each case (a) their remit, (b) their membership, (c) how many members are (i) scientists, (ii) engineers and (iii) small business people or representatives of small businesses, (d) any remuneration members receive for their services and (e) their budget.
(53145)
116  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (a) men and (b) women employed by (1) his Department and (2) his Department's agencies have contracts of employment which permit them to retire after their 60th birthday.
(53053)
117  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the cost of the building lease for the (a) Crosby, (b) Norris Green, (c) Southport, (d) Garston and (e) St. Helens driving centres in the last year for which figures are available.
(53814)
118  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the long-term future of (a) Southport, (b) Norris Green, (c) Garston and (d) St. Helens driving test centres; how many years are left before the leases expire for each driving test centre; and what penalty clauses are associated with the leases.
(53815)
119  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what factors led to the closure of Crosby Driving Test Centre.
(53812)
120  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the advantage of establishing regional driving test centres to replace existing test centres.
(53811)
121  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the income generated by the (a) Crosby, (b) Norris Green, (c) Southport, (d) Garston and (e) St. Helens driving test centres relative to the expenditure associated with the each test centre.
(53810)
122  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, following the introduction of a licensing scheme for private hire vehicles in London, if he will review the legislative provisions which prohibit any signage on private hire vehicles.
(54526)
123  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what responsibility OPRAF have to ensure that systems used by train operating companies are millennium compliant.
(54529)
124  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions his Department has had with OPRAF regarding the phasing out of mark 1 rolling stock.
(54520)
125  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library copies of correspondence between OPRAF and the Health and Safety Executive relating to the use of mark 1 rolling stock.
(54521)
126  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the airlines operating between Gatwick and the Channel Islands in each of the last five years.
(54528)
127  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the number of slots held by airlines at (a) Gatwick, (b) Heathrow and (c) Stansted in each of the last 10 years.
(54527)
128  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the ownership of the south-east of England airports will be considered as part of his Department's work on the aviation White Paper.
(54523)
129  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what factors underlie the increase in the time taken by applicants for the knowledge examination to progress from (a) initial talk to first appearance and (b) first appearance to becoming licensed.
(54524)
130  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how long the average waiting time was for the first appearance for the knowledge examination in (a) 1980, (b) 1985, (c) 1990, (d) 1995 and (e) 1997.
(54525)
131  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library copies of correspondence between his Department and the Health and Safety Executive relating to the use of mark 1 rolling stock.
(54522)
132  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to reply to the letter from Mr Moore of 15th April on the Vehicle Inspectorate.
(53915)
133  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will reply to the letters of 11th May and 1st July from the honourable Member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton regarding a constituent.
(53896)
134  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on what date he plans the elections for the Greater London Authority to take place.
(53586)
135  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are the Government's proposals for the route of the cross-channel rail link line from the coast to London.
(53591)
136  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 13th July, Official Report, column 15, what is the current projection of traffic flows on the M42 and M6 if the Birmingham Northern Relief Road is built.
(53730)
137  
N  
Mr Alan Johnson (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 24th June, Official Report, column 532, who was given access to the National Maritime Institute Report (Project 207001) on the 'Gaul' following its completion; and to whom it was distributed.
(52362)
138  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the cost of (a) providing and (b) erecting obelisks in memory of Teesside Development Corporation at sites in Teesside.
(53394)
139  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the structural problem identified in the Tees Barrage and ancillary works by external consultations appointed by the Teesside Development Corporation.
(53444)
140  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will ensure that the audit of the accounts of Teesside Development Corporation for the year ended 31st March includes a full financial and technical audit of the TDC' s activities over its lifespan and is made public.
(53360)
141  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the members of (a) the newly formed Teesside Environmental Trust and (b) its board and their former links with the Teesside Development Corporation.
(53446)
142  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the cost of the press and television advertising campaign that the Teesside Development Corporation undertook in the last six months of its life.
(53395)
143  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will investigate the links between former employees of Teesside Development Corporation, the Hartlepool Marina and the projected tall ships centre.
(53397)
144  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the current contractual obligations of the main contractors for the Tees Barrage.
(53393)
145  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will investigate the contractual agreements made between the Teesside Environmental Trust, the Teesside Development Corporation and Messrs H. J. Banks Ltd in the last three months of the Teesside Development Corporation's life.
(53445)
146  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will investigate the links between Mandale Properties Ltd. and former employees of Teesside Development Corporation.
(53396)
147  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will investigate the arrangements whereby the Teesside Development Corporation arranged loans from a merchant bank via intermediaries for the purposes of funding development at Middlesbrough Docks and at the Teesside Park Retail Centre; and if he will list the size of the loans.
(53359)
148  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will investigate the arrangements for (a) the market testing and (b) the disposal of remaining land within the Teesside Development Corporation's ownership at the Teessdale site and at Hartlepool Marina.
(53440)
149  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 21st July, Official Report, column 466, what research underlay his conclusions that no evidence exists to suggest a link between cabin air quality, flow rates and the spread of disease.
(53898)
150  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is his policy to prevent further quarrying on Dartmoor.
(53813)
151  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what he next proposes to review the options for the future of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.
(53315)
152  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what account he took in his proposals for applying the workplace parking taxation of the position of nursing staff who are charged for parking in hospital staff car parks.
(53437)
153  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will introduce arrangements to exempt (a) nursing staff and (b) teaching staff from workplace parking taxation.
(53465)
154  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will ensure the votes of the eight separate estates being balloted for the Poplar II HARCA will be counted separately.
(53972)
155  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which of his Department's agencies have procedures to identify persistent enquirers for information.
(53945)
156  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the results of the Poplar II HARCA ballot will be published estate by estate.
(53971)
157  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he proposes to ensure that the votes of leaseholders are given equal weight to those of tenants in the Poplar II HARCA ballot.
(53973)
158  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will introduce measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from new cars; and if he will make a statement.
(54159)
159  
N  
Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the advantages and disadvantage of upgrading the whole of the Core National Trunk Road Network (Cm 3950) to dual carriageway standards or better.
(53705)
160  
N  
Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish a map of the Core National Trunk Road Network (Cm 3950) showing sections (a) constructed to dual carriageway standards or better and (b) in current programmes designated for upgrading to such standards.
(53706)
161  
N  
Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each Shire County (a) in total and (b) by constituency (i) the number of miles of road identified as part of the Core National Trunk Road Network (Cm3950) and (ii) the percentage of such road mileage constructed or in programmes to be constructed to dual carriageway standard or better.
(53703)
162  
  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Fastship project.
(53964)
163  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what (a) environmental and (b) other appraisal methods were used by his Department when assessing the forecasts produced by MEL on the Birmingham Northern Relief Road in 1991.
(53958)
164  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on what date his Department received notification from the Welsh Language Board in relation to the need to prepare a Welsh language scheme; on what date his Department and the Board held consultations on such a scheme; when a scheme was formally submitted to the Board; and if it has been approved.
(53353)
165  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consultation he held with (a) local honourable Members and (b) local authorities before he announced his proposals to change the preferred direction for night flight approaches at Heathrow Airport.
(53346)
166  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what date he plans to reduce inflation to its target level.
(53433)
167  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by his Department an a named day under S.O. No. 22 (4) have been answered substantively on the named day since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(53453)
168  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c) (ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(53868)
169  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government will issue a statement on the ability of non-taxpayers to claim tax credits on dividend income.
(53969)
170  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Christchurch, of 23rd July, Official Report, column 652, on the ICL Pathway Project, what is the extent of the Government's commitment to the completion of the project.
(53454)
171  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the task forces and advisory groups composed of independent members which have been set up by his Department since 1st May 1997, indicating in each case (a) their remit, (b) their membership, (c) how many members are (i) scientists, (ii) engineers, (iii) small business people or representatives of small businesses, (d) any remuneration members receive for their services and (e) their budget.
(53282)
172  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) men and (b) women aged over 60 years were employed by (i) his Department and (ii) his Department's agencies on 1st January.
(53070)
173  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) men and (b) women employed by (1) his Department and (2) his Department's agencies have contracts of employment which permit them to retire after their 60th birthday.
(53047)
174  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to seek to improve the standard of banking regulation in Micronesia.
(53968)
175  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a breakdown of the £1 million initial information programmes budget for the Euro Preprarations Unit.
(53736)
176  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the main activities of the Euro Preparations Unit since December 1997.
(53741)
177  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the basis for his assumption that 20 per cent. of the working family tax credit is to be accounted for as tax foregone.
(53720)
178  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to ensure the impartiality of publications which are (a) published and (b) distributed in the United Kingdom with the aid of public funds, as part of the information campaign on the single currency.
(53731)
179  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the programme of the Standing Committee on Preparations for EMU in 1998-99.
(53737)
180  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a breakdown of the Euro Preparations Unit's programme of co-ordination with external organisations.
(53740)
181  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received about the nature of the European Commission document Talking about the Euro.
(53739)
182  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the estimated annual lost revenue resulting from VAT avoidance from schemes using the VAT grouping concessions.
(53721)
183  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 24th July, Official Report, column 750, how many of the 45 surveys referred to were published prior to the publication of the Comprehensive Spending Review; and how many of the surveys published after the publication of the Comprehensive Spending Review were more pessimistic than the assumptions used by the Treasury in the EFSR.
(53914)
184  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the publications produced by the Euro Preparations Unit since December 1997.
(53742)
185  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will enter into negotiations with the government of Guernsey to alter the United Kingdom's tax treaty with Guernsey so that the treatment of dividends from Guernsey companies is put on an equal footing with tax dividends from other EU countries.
[R] (53809)
186  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many approaches he has had from financial companies wishing to register as ISA providers.
[R] (53767)
187  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what mimimum target his Department has set for approved ISA providers to be reached before the new system goes live on 6th April 1999.
[R] (53769)
188  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent changes he has made to his estimate of future unemployment levels in UK manufacturing.
(53766)
189  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, under what circumstances he would consider taking control over interest rates from the Bank of England.
(53435)
190  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he proposes to announce the final regulations regarding the launch of ISAs.
[R] (53711)
191  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate how many ISA providers will be in place by April 1999.
[R] (53768)
192  
N  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Government departments were charged with drawing up the criteria in respect of the review of NUTS 2 statistical areas; and what criteria were used in each area.
(51838)
193  
N  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consultations were undertaken with Her Majesty's Government, by Eurostat in respect of the review of NUTS 2 statistical areas, with specific reference to Northumberland and Durham.
(51839)
194  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which of his agencies have procedures to identify persistent inquirers for information.
(53955)
195  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Spelthorne of 20th January, concerning Mr F. R. Cannings of Ashford, Middlesex, reference 1/03342/1998.
(53797)
196  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list those who have accompanied (i) him and (ii) his departmental Ministers on overseas visits since 1st January indicating (a) the venue of the visit, (b) the purpose of the visit, (c) the names of those involved, (d) the job of those involved, (e) the reasons why they were included in the visit and (f) the cost to public funds.
(53838)
197  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c) (ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(53867)
198  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his Department's policy towards the Irish government's recent initiative on global nuclear disarmament known as The New Agenda Coalition; and if he will make a statement.
(51680)
199  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his policy on the South African Conference on Disarmament's proposal to establish an ad-hoc committee on nuclear disarmament; and if he will make a statement.
(51681)
200  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to report to the participatory nation states of the Conference on Disarmament on the conclusions of the Strategic Defence Review; and if he will make a statement.
(51682)
201  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the taskforces and advisory groups composed of independent members which have been set up by his Department since 1st May 1997 and in each case (a) their remit, (b) their membership, (c) how many members are (i) scientists, (ii) engineers and (iii) small businesspeople or representatives of small businesses, (d) any remuneration members receive for their services and (e) their budget.
(53149)
202  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) men and (b) women employed by (1) his Department and (2) his Department's agencies have contracts of employment which permit them to retire after their 60th birthday.
(53054)
203  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) men and (b) women aged over 60 years were employed by (i) his Department and (ii) his Department's agencies on 1st January.
(53059)
204  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list (a) the value of financial support provided to United Kingdom companies attending, (b) those Ministers and other Government officials who attended and the cost of their attendance and (c) any other costs incurred by (i) his Department and (ii) DESO in connection with (1) IMDEX Asia 97, (2) the Paris Air Show 1997, (3) IDEF 97, (4) IMDEX 97, (5) the Underwater Defence Technology Conference and Exhibition, (6) the International Defense and Security Technology Fair, Brno, Czech Republic, May 1997, (7) the 3rd International Civil and Military Aerospace Exhibition, Prague and (8) the 3rd Central European Defense Equipment and Aviation Exhibition and Conference, Budapest.
(54168)
205  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to respond to the question from the honourable Member for Leyton and Wanstead, to which a holding answer was given on 29th June, concerning the public registers for which his Department is responsible.
(54023)
206  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussion he has had with the Turkish government on the overflying of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkish military aircraft; and if he will make a statement.
(54412)
207  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had and with whom in Northern Cyprus on the offer of President Clerides of Cyprus for Northern Cyprus to take part in the Cypriot team discussing that country's application for membership of the European Union.
(54416)
208  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions has he had with Turkish representatives on the offer made by President Clerides of the Republic of Cyprus to include Turkish Cypriots within the Cypriot delegation to discuss the application of Cyprus for membership of the European Union; and if he will make a statement.
(54413)
209  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Austrian government as holders of the presidency of the European Union on the application by the Republic of Cyprus for membership of the European Union; and if he will make a statement.
(54415)
210  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions has he had with the government of the Republic of Cyprus on their offer to Turkish Cypriot representatives in northern Cyprus to participate in the negotiating team representing Cyprus in their application for membership of the European Union.
(54414)
211  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on the European Commission document What exactly is Europe? A Classroom Guide to the European Union, published in November 1997.
(53732)
212  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funds have been allocated to implement the recommendations in the Legg Report.
(53870)
213  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when Mr Peter Penfold's position as High Commisioner to Sierra Leone will end.
(53871)
214  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the (a) costs and (b) nature of assistance currently being given by the Government to Sierra Leone.
(53872)
215  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the United Kingdom's financial contribution will be to the running costs of the International Criminal Court.
(53888)
216  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Legg Report if he will list the new instructions that will be given to those compiling and approving press lines.
(53874)
217  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those private military companies on which explicit guidance will be given to officials on handling their contacts with such companies.
(53873)
218  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the costs to date for the (a) Rwanda and (b) Yugoslavia tribunals.
(53887)
219  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who will appoint (a) the prosecutor and (b) the judges of the International Criminal Court.
(53889)
220  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to paragraph 3.20 of the Legg Report, what action he proposes to take in respect of the oral statement made by the Minister of State on 12th March, Official Report, column 841.
(53884)
221  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to paragraph 9.55 of the Legg Report, what action he proposes to take in respect of his oral statement of 12th May, Official Report, column 160, that the papers seen by the Minister of State in mid-April gave rise to no grounds for apprehension or concern on the part of the Minister of State.
(53880)
222  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what mechanisms Her Majesty's Government uses to police the sale of arms by UK-based companies under circumstances where those arms do not touch United Kingdom soil.
(53808)
223  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if it is his policy to enforce the Foreign Enlistment Act 1870.
(53799)
224  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how long applicants (a) who are being interviewed in July 1998 and (b) who applied in July 1998 have waited, or may expect to wait, for interview in the settlement queues in (i) Islamabad, (ii) Karachi, (iii) New Delhi, (iv) Bombay, (v) Madras, (vi) Colombo, (vii) Lagos, (viii) Abuja, (ix) Moscow and (x) Bogota.
(53962)
225  
N  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the combined capital value of the United Kingdom's diplomatic posts.
(53290)
226  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which of his Department's agencies have procedures to identify persistent enquirers for information.
(53947)
227  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British government has made to the government of Guinea-Bissau regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53654)
228  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Saint Kitts and Nevis regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53628)
229  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Kenya regarding that government's non-ratificiaton of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53641)
230  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Tuvalu regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53400)
231  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of San Marino regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53409)
232  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Djibouti regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53424)
233  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British government has made to the government of Andorra regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53662)
234  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British government has made to the government of Georgia regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53652)
235  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of the Cook Islands regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53426)
236  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Monaco regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53416)
237  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the governments of (a) Lebanon, (b) Lesotho, (c) Liberia, (d) Madagascar, (e) Malaysia, (f) the Maldives, (g) Mali, (h) the Marshall Islands, (i) Mauritania and (j) the Federated States of Micronesia regarding those governments non-ratification of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and on what dates in respect of each government.
(53878)
238  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Somalia regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53405)
239  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53425)
240  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Malaysia regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53637)
241  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of the United Arab Emirates regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53399)
242  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Samoa regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53627)
243  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of the Federated States of Micronesia regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53417)
244  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the governments of (a) India, (b) Indonesia, (c) Iran, (d) the Islamic Republic of Iraq, (e) Ireland, (f) Jamaica, (g) Japan, (h) Kazakhstan, (i) Kiribati and (j) the the Lao People's Democratic Republic regarding those governments non-ratification of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and on what dates in respect of each government.
(53877)
245  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British government has made to the government of Eritrea regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53651)
246  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British government has made to the government of Bhutan regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53658)
247  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Comoros regarding that government's non-ratificiaton of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53645)
248  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Nive regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53632)
249  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of the Marshall Islands regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53419)
250  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British government has made to the government of Dar-es-Salaam regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53660)
251  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the governments of (a) Mongolia, (b) Mozambique, (c) Myanmar, (d) Nauru, (e) Nicaragua, (f) Niger, (g) Nigeria, (h) Nive, (i) Oman and (j) Pakistan regarding those governments non-ratification of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and on what dates in respect of each government.
(53879)
252  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea regarding that government's non-ratificiaton of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53647)
253  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Equatorial Guinea regarding that government's non-ratificiaton of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53650)
254  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Qatar regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53410)
255  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of San Marino regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53626)
256  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Oman regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53412)
257  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Liechtenstein regarding that government's non-ratificiaton of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53639)
258  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of the United States of America regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53398)
259  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Palau regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53630)
260  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Palau regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53411)
261  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the governments of (a) Dar-es-Salaam, (b) Burkina Faso, (c) Central African Republic, (d) Camores, (e) Congo, (f) Cook Islands, (g) the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, (h) Djbouti, (i) Dominica and (j) the Dominican Republic regarding those governments non-ratification of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and on what dates in respect of each government.
(53875)
262  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Nauru regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53633)
263  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British government has made to the government of Brunei regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53659)
264  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Kiribati regarding that government's non-ratificiaton of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53640)
265  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Niger regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53414)
266  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Bahrain regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53428)
267  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Thailand regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53622)
268  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of the Holy See regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53423)
269  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the governments of (a) Andorra, (b) Angola, (c) Bahamas, (d) Bangladesh, (e) Barbados, (f) Belgium, (g) Bhutan, (h) Bolivia, (i) Botswana, and (j) Brunei regarding those governments non-ratification of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment of Punishment and on what dates in respect of each government.
(53869)
270  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the governments of (a) Equatorial Guinea, (b) Eritrea, (c) Fiji, (d) Gabon, (e) Gambia, (f) Ghana, (g) Grenada, (h) Guinea-Bissau, (i) Haiti and (j) the Holy See regarding those governments non-ratification of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and on what dates in respect of each government.
(53876)
271  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Indonesia regarding that government's non-ratificiaton of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53644)
272  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British government has made to the government of Benin regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53657)
273  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Oman regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53631)
274  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Myanmar regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53634)
275  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of the Syrian Arab Republic regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53402)
276  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Nauru regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53415)
277  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Sudan regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53404)
278  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of South Africa regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53623)
279  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Kazakhstan regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53421)
280  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Niue regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53413)
281  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Swaziland regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53403)
282  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British government has made to the government of Grenada regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53653)
283  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Sao Tome and Principe regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53408)
284  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Ireland regarding that government's non-ratificiaton of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53643)
285  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Singapore regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53624)
286  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Kiribati regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53420)
287  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Afghanistan regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53442)
288  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the governments of (a) Palau, (b) Papua New Guinea, (c) Qatar, (d) Rwanda, (e) St Kitts and Nevis, (f) St Lucia, (g) St Vincent and the Grenadines, (h) Samoa, (i) San Marino and (j) Sao Tome and Principe regarding those governments non-ratification of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and on what dates in respect of each government.
(53881)
289  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British government has made to the government of Angola regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53661)
290  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Djibouti regarding that government's non-ratificiaton of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53648)
291  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Brunei regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53427)
292  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the governments of (a) Trinidad and Tobago, (b) Turkmenistan, (c) Tuvalu, (d) the United Arab Emirates, (e) the United Republic of Tanzania, (f) Vanuatu, (g) Vietnam, (h) Zambia, (i) and Zimbabwe regarding those governments non-ratification of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and on what dates in respect of each government.
(53883)
293  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Turkey regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53621)
294  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53422)
295  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Vanuatu regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53619)
296  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Dar-es-Salaam regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53441)
297  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of the Federated States of Micronesia regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53635)
298  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Kazakhstan regarding that government's non-ratificiaton of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53642)
299  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Paraguay regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53629)
300  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British government has made to the government of Honduras regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53655)
301  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Saudi Arabia regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53407)
302  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of the Cook Islands regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53646)
303  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of the Marshall Islands regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53636)
304  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Mauritania regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53418)
305  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Dominica regarding that government's non-ratificiaton of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53649)
306  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the governments of (a) Sierra Leone, (b) Singapore, (c) the Solomon Islands, (d) South Africa, (e) Sudan, (f) Surinam, (g) Swaziland, (h) the Syrian Arab Republic, (i) Thailand and (j) Tonga regarding those governments non-ratification of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and on what dates in respect of each government.
(53882)
307  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British government has made to the government of Belize regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53656)
308  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Sao Tome and Principe regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53625)
309  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of the Solomon Islands regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53406)
310  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Lithuania regarding that government's non-ratificiaton of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53638)
311  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Tonga regarding that government's non-ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and on what dates.
(53401)
312  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official representations the British Government has made to the government of Tuvalu regarding that government's non-ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and on what dates.
(53620)
313  
N  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Israeli policy of house demolition in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
(53455)
314  
N  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Palestinian houses in the occupied Palestinian territories have been demolished since the Oslo Accords of 1993.
(53456)
315  
N  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations Her Majesty's Government has made to the Government of Israel on the demolition of Palestinian homes in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
(53457)
316  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent contacts there have been with (a) officials and (b) ministers of the Libyan government on the arrangements for a trial of suspects in the Lockerbie case in the Hague; and if it is his intention that discussions on this issue should continue.
(54066)
317  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the arrangements which would be acceptable to Her Majesty's Government for a trial of suspects of the Lockerbie bombing to take place in the Hague.
(54067)
318  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what options are currently under review to address the UN budget deficit.
(54025)
319  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement in respect of the USA's current membership of the UN General Assembly; what dues are currently owed by the United States of America to the UN; and what percentage of total arrears this constitutes.
(54024)
320  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times his ministers met Sir Thomas Legg whilst he was conducting his inquiry; and what was discussed on each occasion.
(53789)
321  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what legal advice he receives before signing warrants authorising security surveillance; and from whom.
(53825)
322  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many warrants authorising security surveillance he has signed since 1st May 1997.
(53827)
323  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy not to dispose of (a) the whole and (b) part of the Paris (i) Embassy and (ii) Residence buildings.
(53344)
324  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the summaries of the telegrams provided to members of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
(53795)
325  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the desk officers in his Department, indicating the countries for which they are responsible.
(53792)
326  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy not to dispose of (a) the whole and (b) part of the Tokyo (i) Embassy and (ii) Residence buildings.
(53347)
327  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list all those (a) who saw and (b) who were given a copy of the Legg Report prior to its publication.
(53793)
328  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if copies of the Legg Report were issued to journalists under an embargo prior to its official publication.
(53794)
329  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy not to dispose of (a) the whole and (b) part of the Bangkok (i) Embassy and (ii) Residence buildings.
(53345)
330  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he first received the Legg Report.
(53787)
331  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times he met Sir Thomas Legg whilst he was conducting his inquiry; and what was discussed on each occasion.
(53788)
332  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy not to dispose of (a) the whole and (b) part of the Vienna (i) Embassy and (ii) Residence buildings.
(53348)
333  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the average length of time taken by his Department in the current session to give substantive answers to written questions tabled for answer on a named day.
(53728)
334  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c) (ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(53856)
335  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the task forces and advisory groups composed of independent members which have been set up by his Department since 1st May 1997, indicating in each case (a) their remit, (b) their membership, (c) how many members are (i) scientists, (ii) engineers, (iii) small business people or representatives of small businesses, (d) any remuneration members receive for their services and (e) their budget.
(53289)
336  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) men and (b) women aged over 60 years were employed by (i) his Department and (ii) his Department's agencies on 1st January.
(53065)
337  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) men and (b) women employed by (1) his Department and (2) his Department's agencies have contracts of employment which permit them to retire after their 60th birthday.
(53041)
338  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to respond to the question from the honourable Member for Leyton and Wanstead, to which a holding answer was given on 29th June concerning the public registers for which his Department is responsible.
(54022)
339  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-United Kingdom citizens were treated by the National Health Service at St Thomas's Hospital between 1st May 1997 and 1st May 1998; and what was the total cost to the National Health Service.
(53886)
340  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of patients in England and Wales suspended from NHS surgical waiting lists at 30th June.
(53734)
341  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to make a response to the specific recommendations regarding strokes in the CSAG report published in June.
(53733)
342  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the relative position of Sandwell Healthcare NHS Trust in England and Wales in terms of (a) management costs as a percentage of total budget, (b) percentage of surgical cases handled as day cases and (c) costs per completed consultant episode.
(53735)
343  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths occurred in hospitals during the period between June and October, in each of the last 10 years.
(53749)
344  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on (a) preventing and (b) alleviating asthma in children; what national initiatives are targeted at children with asthma; and how much each of these initiatives costs.
(53358)
345  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential of information technology to provide the means for the ongoing training of qualified doctors.
(53224)
346  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has for the ongoing training of medical practitioners under the lifelong learning programme.
(53225)
347  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the clinical data on the long-term health effects on the victims of the nerve gas attacks on the Tokyo subway and Matsumato in 1994 and 1995; and if he will make a statement.
(54538)
348  
N  
Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the (a) benefits and (b) disadvantages of requiring a single prescription charge for patients whose illness or condition requires them to be prescribed two or more medicines or treatments; and if he will make a statement.
(52414)
349  
N  
Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the costs of requiring patients to pay a single prescription charge when their medical condition requires two or more medicines or treatments; and if he will estimate the costs in terms of (a) revenue foregone and (b) administrative costs incurred.
(52415)
350  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Green Paper, Our Healthier Nation, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on (a) the introduction of a universal adolescent hepatitis B vaccination programme and (b) the introduction of a universal meningitis vaccination programme.
(53885)
351  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of people in the United Kingdom who will be caring for parents and children or parents and grandchildren in 2015 by gender, age and employment status of carer; and if he will make a statement.
(54161)
352  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of people in the United Kingdom who are currently caring for parents and children or parents and grandchildren; and if he will provide this information by gender, age and employment status of carer.
(54160)
353  
N  
Christine Russell (City of Chester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Government will publish the responses to the consultation exercise held last year on Animal Tissue into Humans: Report of the Advisory Group on the Ethics of Xenotransplantation.
(53726)
354  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which of his Department's agencies have procedures to identify persistent enquirers for information.
(53944)
355  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance has been issued to health authorities on the provision of abortion services.
(54078)
356  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the dates on which meetings have taken place between (a) Ministers and (b) officials and (i) the British Medical Association, (ii) Action on Smoking and Health, (iii) the Health Education Authority, (iv) the Tobacco Manufacturers Association, (v) representatives of tobacco retailers and (vi) trade unionists representing tobacco workers, in connection with the preparation of proposals that may be contained in the prospective White Paper on tobacco control.
(53727)
357  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date his Department received notification from the Welsh Language Board in relation to the need to prepare a Welsh language scheme; on what date his Department and the Board held consultations on such a scheme; when a scheme was formally submitted to the Board; and if it has been approved.
(53357)
358  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Spelthorne dated 2nd June, concerning Mrs W. Pockett of Sunbury-on-Thames, reference POH(4)5430/17.
(53798)
359  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those who have accompanied (i) him and (ii) his departmental Ministers on overseas visits since 1st January indicating (a) the venue of the visit, (b) the purpose of the visit, (c) the names of those involved, (d) the job of those involved, (e) the reasons why they were included in the visit and (f) the cost to public funds.
(53850)
360  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c) (ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(53865)
361  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sexual abuse offences were committed within the family by (a) natural parents and (b) step parents in each of the last five years.
(54072)
362  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the task forces and advisory groups composed of independent members which have been set up by his Department since 1st May 1997, indicating in each case (a) their remit, (b) their membership, (c) how many members are (i) scientists, (ii) engineers, (iii) small business people or representatives of small businesses, (d) any remuneration members receive for their services and (e) their budget.
(53286)
363  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women aged over 60 years were employed by (i) his Department and (ii) his Department's agencies on 1st January.
(53060)
364  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women employed by (1) his Department and (2) his Department's agencies have contracts of employment which permit them to retire after their 60th birthday.
(53055)
365  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his oral statement of 27th July, Official Report, columns 35 to 38, what estimate he has made of the cost of establishing new national machinery to plan and co-ordinate provision for asylum seekers.
(54388)
366  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his oral statement of 27th July, Official Report, columns 35 to 38, what estimate he has made of the number of asylum seekers who will receive leave to enter or remain and who applied for asylum (a) before 1st July 1993 and (b) between 1st July 1994 and 31st December 1995.
(54389)
367  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his oral statement of 21st July, Official Report, column 921, if he will give a breakdown of the funding transferred to his Department from other departments for the support of asylum seekers; and what assumptions he has made about the number of asylum seekers who will be in receipt of such support in that period.
(54386)
368  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to provide central Government funding to local authorities for the (a) social services, (b) health and (c) education costs incurred by asylum seekers.
(53725)
369  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what statutory authority determines the United Kingdom's ability to return asylum seekers who have travelled to the United Kingdom through safe third countries directly to their country of origin.
(53724)
370  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his oral statement of 27th July, Official Report, columns 35-53, what external legal advice he has sought on the applicability of the provisions of the Dublin Convention as they relate to those of the Geneva Convention concerning asylum seekers.
(53723)
371  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he anticipates that the review group looking into abuse of trust in the context of sexual relationships with people aged under 18 years will report.
(53916)
372  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with which sponsors of the Age of Consent amendment to the Crime and Disorder Bill [Lords], he held discussions prior to 28th July.
(53932)
373  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects his review of discriminatory provisions of existing sexual offences laws to be complete; with whom the review group is consulting; and when it commenced its deliberations.
(53917)
374  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Option C compensation for firearms remain outstanding in the Avon and Somerset Police Authority area.
(53430)
375  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he next proposes to review future options on the Passport Office in Newport, Gwent.
(53280)
376  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress was made by the Sussex Constabulary in the recruitment of more police officers from ethnic minorities in the last year for which figures are available.
(53439)
377  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress was made by the Sussex Constabulary in the recruitment of more women constables in the last year for which figures are available.
(53438)
378  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd July, Official Report, columns 617-18, what assessment he has made of the means available to the Lancashire Police Authority to fund the shortfall between the estimated cost of policing the Labour Party Conference in 1998 and the special grant made available to it under the Police and Magistrates' Court Act 1994.
(54077)
379  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd July, Official Report, columns 617-18, what estimate he has made of the shortfall between the estimated cost of policing the Labour Party Conference in 1998 and the special grant made available to the Lancashire Police Authority.
(54076)
380  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how he plans to develop better relationships between the police and (a) inner city and (b) ethnic minority communities.
(53963)
381  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what data his Department has collated on the average time spent by prisoners on remand in custody awaiting trial over each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(54027)
382  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each police force in England the number of officers who routinely patrol on a bicycle.
(54408)
383  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the number of police officers in each of the police authorities in Wales for each of the last five years and the projections for the next three years.
(54540)
384  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which of his Department's agencies have procedures to identify persistent enquirers for information.
(53950)
385  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons have been convicted for voluntarily engaging in homosexual acts involving persons of between 16 and 18 years of age in each of the years since 1994.
(53970)
386  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date his Department received notification from the Welsh Language Board in relation to the need to prepare a Welsh language scheme; on what date his Department and the Board held consultations on such a scheme; when a scheme was formally submitted to the Board; and if it has been approved.
(53350)
387  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list those who have accompanied (i) him and (ii) his departmental Ministers on overseas visits since 1st January indicating (a) the venue of the visit, (b) the purpose of the visit, (c) the names of those involved, (d) the job of those involved, (e) the reasons why they were included in the visit and (f) the cost to public funds.
(53836)
388  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passengers arriving at Heathrow Airport in each month since 1st May 1997 have sought asylum upon arrival; what was their country of origin; and how many of them remain in the United Kingdom.
(53826)
389  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Spelthorne, dated 28th May, concerning Mr S. Wolf of Shepperton, reference 10766/98.
(53786)
390  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will meet Spelthorne Borough Council to discuss Surrey County Council's proposed changes to their provision of fire services in the borough.
(53790)
391  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the proposed strike action by the staff of Surrey Fire and Rescue Service; and if he will hold talks with Surrey County Council and the Fire Brigade Union.
(53791)
392  
  
Mr Mike Wood (Batley and Spen):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional resources will be provided to local areas piloting the youth justice provisions set out in the Crime and Disorder Bill [Lords].
(53965)
393  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if she will indicate in (c) (ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies her Department currently is responsible for.
(53861)
394  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the relative efficiency of different NGOs in the delivery of United Kingdom aid.
(54074)
395  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the task forces and advisory groups composed of independent members which have been set up by her Department since 1st May 1997, indicating in each case (a) their remit, (b) their membership, (c) how many members are (i) scientists, (ii) engineers, (iii) small business people or representatives of small businesses, (d) any remuneration members receive for their services and (e) their budget.
(53287)
396  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) men and (b) women employed by (1) her Department and (2) her Department's agencies have contracts of employment which permit them to retire after their 60th birthday.
(53046)
397  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) men and (b) women aged over 60 years were employed by (i) her Department and (ii) her Department's agencies on 1st January.
(53069)
398  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what are the current plans of Her Majesty's Government for increasing support for the democratic process in (a) Nigeria and (b) Sierra Leone.
(53592)
399  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list those who have accompanied (i) him and (ii) his departmental Ministers on overseas visits since 1st January indicating (a) the venue of the visit, (b) the purpose of the visit, (c) the names of those involved, (d) the job of those involved, (e) the reasons why they were included in the visit and (f) the cost to public funds.
(53845)
400  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c) (ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(53866)
401  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many (a) men and (b) women employed by (1) his Department and (2) his Department's agencies have contracts of employment which permit them to retire after their 60th birthday.
(53049)
402  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many (a) men and (b) women aged over 60 years were employed by (i) his Department and (ii) his Department's agencies on 1st January.
(53072)
403  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is the amount awarded in legal aid, to date, to those pursuing legal action against Earls Court Ltd., co-organisers of the Pink Floyd concert at Earls Court; and if he will make a statement.
(54411)
404  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is the amount awarded in legal aid, to date, to those pursuing legal action against Harvey Goldsmith Entertainments Ltd., co-organisers of the Pink Floyd concert at Earls Court; and if he will make a statement.
(54410)
405  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is the amount awarded in legal aid, to date, to those pursuing legal action against Arena Promotional Facilities Ltd., co-organisers of the Pink Floyd concert at Earls Court; and if he will make a statement.
(54409)
406  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is the total amount awarded in legal aid, to date, to those pursuing legal action against David McCullum Ltd., in connection with the Pink Floyd concert at Earls Court; and if he will make a statement.
(54158)
407  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what are the proportions of (a) judges, (b) Queen's counsel, (c) other members of the Bar and (d) pupil barristers who are (1) women, (2) black, (3) Asian and (4) of other ethnic minority origin.
(53587)
408  
  
Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many members of staff on (a) a full-time and (b) a part-time basis are employed to deal with telephone enquiries to the Legal Aid Board for the South East Region.
(54065)
409  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, which of his Department's agencies have procedures to identify persistent enquirers for information.
(53951)
410  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what steps he is taking to modernise the court environment.
(51723)
411  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list those who have accompanied (i) him and (ii) his departmental Ministers on overseas visits since 1st January indicating (a) the venue of the visit, (b) the purpose of the visit, (c) the names of those involved, (d) the job of those involved, (e) the reasons why they were included in the visit and (f) the cost to public funds.
(53837)
412  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if she will indicate in (c) (ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies her Department currently is responsible for.
(53859)
413  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) men and (b) women aged over 60 years were employed by (i) her Department and (ii) her Department's agencies on 1st January.
(53067)
414  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) men and (b) women employed by (1) her Department and (2) her Department's agencies have contracts of employment which permit them to retire after their 60th birthday.
(53044)
415  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she expects to respond to the question from the honourable Member for Leyton and Wanstead, to which a holding answer was given on 29th June, concerning the public registers for which her Department is responsible.
(54021)
416  
N  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to meet members of the families of Guardsmen Fisher and Wright or their representatives; what requests she has received on this matter; and what was her response.
(53598)
417  
N  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what occasions (a) she and (b) her officials have met members of the family of the late Mr Peter McBride or their representatives; and on what occasions (i) the case of Guardsmen Fisher and Wright and (ii) the death of Mr Peter McBride were discussed.
(53597)
418  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which of her Department's agencies have procedures to identify persistent enquirers for information.
(53943)
419  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of the additional funding for the NHS announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review will be made available to Northern Ireland; and on what basis it has been calculated.
(54157)
420  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what guidance she plans to issue to the Benefits Agency on its forthcoming obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to produce generic benefits information and information on individual benefits in a range of formats which blind and partially-sighted people can access.
(54069)
421  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the difficulties which blind and partially-sighted people experience in obtaining access to information on benefits.
(54068)
422  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what effect the recent events at Drumcree had on the availability of theatres at the Ulster Hospital for emergency casualties; and if she will make a statement.
(54071)
423  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list those who have accompanied (i) her and (ii) her departmental Ministers on overseas visits since 1st January indicating (a) the venue of the visit, (b) the purpose of the visit, (c) the names of those involved, (d) the job of those involved, (e) the reasons why they were included in the visit and (f) the cost to public funds.
(53848)
424  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the President of the Council, what progress he has made in proposals for announcing the annual parliamentary timetable in advance.
(53590)
425  
N  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will assess the factors which led to an increase in the cost of lords lieutenant in England over the past 10 years.
(53278)
426  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list those who have accompanied (i) him and (ii) his departmental Ministers on overseas visits since 1st January indicating (a) the venue of the visit, (b) the purpose of the visit, (c) the names of those involved, (d) the job of those involved, (e) the reasons why they were included in the visit and (f) the cost to public funds.
(53840)
427  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c) (ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(53854)
428  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the task forces and advisory groups composed of independent members which have been set up by his Department since 1st May 1997, indicating in each case (a) their remit, (b) their membership, (c) how many members are (i) scientists, (ii) engineers, (iii) small business people or representatives of small businesses, (d) any remuneration members receive for their services and (e) their budget.
(53281)
429  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many (a) men and (b) women aged over 60 years were employed by (i) his Department and (ii) his Department's agencies on 1st January.
(53063)
430  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many (a) men and (b) women employed by (1) his Department and (2) his Department's agencies have contracts of employment which permit them to retire after their 60th birthday.
(53057)
431  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what factors underlie the number of telephone interceptions sanctioned by him and his predecessors since 1985.
(53431)
432  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the proposed grant-in aid for the Scottish Tourist Board for each of the next five years.
(53458)
433  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received regarding the pig industry; what steps he is taking to address the concerns of the industry; and if he will make a statement.
(53451)
434  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which of his Department's agencies have procedures to identify persistent inquirers for information.
(53942)
435  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list those who have accompanied (i) him and (ii) his departmental Ministers on overseas visits since 1st January indicating (a) the venue of the visit, (b) the purpose of the visit, (c) the names of those involved, (d) the job of those involved, (e) the reasons why they were included in the visit and (f) the cost to public funds.
(53849)
436  
  
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants of incapacity benefit who have been required to undertake the all work test.
(53961)
437  
  
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants of incapacity benefit have not satisfied the requirements of the all work test in the opinion of the Benefits Agency Medical Services Medical Officer.
(53966)
438  
  
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants of incapacity benefit who have appealed against decisions of the Benefits Agency Medical Services Medical Officer that they did not satisfy the requirements of the all work test have had their appeals upheld after (a) an oral and (b) a paper hearing.
(53967)
439  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c) (ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(53858)
440  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the task forces and advisory groups composed of independent members which have been set up by his Department since 1st May 1997, indicating in each case (a) their remit, (b) their membership, (c) how many members are (i) scientists, (ii) engineers, (iii) small business people or representatives of small businesses, (d) any remuneration members receive for their services and (e) their budget.
(53284)
441  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) men and (b) women aged over 60 years were employed by (i) his Department and (ii) his Department's agencies on 1st January.
(53062)
442  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) men and (b) women employed by (1) his Department and (2) his Department's agencies have contracts of employment which permit them to retire after their 60th birthday.
(53043)
443  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the total cost to the Social Security budget of claims by asylum seekers in the years (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98.
(53585)
444  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he will reply to the Local Government Association representations on the Draft Weekly Benefit Savings Subsidy Guide.
(53267)
445  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will require retrospective introduction of weekly benefit savings for the 1997-98 financial year.
(53274)
446  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if weekly benefit savings will be made available to local authorities whose tenants abandon properties.
(53269)
447  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what incentive he will provide for local authorities to detect housing benefit fraud.
(53273)
448  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will permit local authority housing benefit officers to assess the possibility of malicious allegations before referring housing benefit fraud allegations to fraud teams.
(53268)
449  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for what reasons subsidy to local authorities will be lost if housing benefit (a) ceases and (b) is reduced before a designated fraud officer becomes involved.
(53272)
450  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what factors underlay his decision to withdraw the offer of extra subsidy to local authorities to detect housing benefit fraud.
(53277)
451  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will allow local authorities to secure abandoned properties to prevent vandalism before a fraud team investigates and for the weekly benefit saving to be protected until the investigation is concluded.
(53270)
452  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for what reasons housing benefit claims are to be classed as fraudulent based on the balance of probabilities.
(53275)
453  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many veterans to date have been awarded war pensions for illnesses arising out of their service in the 1991 Gulf War.
(54535)
454  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many veterans who have been awarded war pensions for illnesses arising out of their service in the 1991 Gulf War are suffering from (a) post-traumatic stress disorder, (b) irritable bowel syndrome, (c) chronic fatigue syndrome, (d) irritable bladder, (e) asthma, (f) respiratory disorders and (g) signs and symptoms of ill-defined conditions; and how many of these have been awarded pensions for suffering two or more of these conditions.
(54536)
455  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many veterans diagnosed with Gulf War syndrome have been refused war pensions.
(54537)
456  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for how long the computer which regulates the payment of widow's pensions has been operating at less than 100 per cent. efficiency; and if he will estimate for how long this is likely to continue.
(53447)
457  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to pay interest to widows who have not received their full pension entitlement on time as a result of computer problems.
(53450)
458  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many widows have not received their full pension entitlement (a) at all and (b) on time as a result of computer problems; and if he will estimate in each case how many more are likely to be affected before the fault is resolved.
(53449)
459  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will provide a breakdown of the estimated expenditure of the £178 million budget for the New Deal for Disabled People which is not accounted for by funding of (a) innovative schemes and (b) personal advisers.
(53891)
460  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what would be the estimated cost to his Department of raising the earnings disregard for people on long-term incapacity benefit to (a) £20 and (b) £25.
(53817)
461  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, to what extent care homes are targeted in his Department's measures to combat benefit fraud.
(53820)
462  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many of confirmed cases of benefit fraud among residents of care homes there were in 1997-98.
(53818)
463  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what measures his Department is taking to combat benefit fraud among residents of care homes.
(53819)
464  
  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) single pensioners, (b) pensioner couples, (c) adults and (d) lone parents in (i) Scotland and (ii) the UK as a whole have an income less than half of average income.
(54387)
465  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many lone parents in Scotland had their benefit reduced as a result of the removal of the lone parent premium and lone parent rate of child benefit.
(53738)
466  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioners in Scotland do not claim the income support to which they are entitled; and how many of those do not receive benefit payments to which they are entitled of between (a) £1 and £10, (b) £10 to £20, (c) £20 to £30, (d) £30 to £40, (e) £40 to £50 and (f) £50 and over.
(53707)
467  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the extension of the winter fuel payment scheme beyond next winter will include separate (a) £10, (b) £20 and (c) £50 payments per pensioner household depending on the rules of entitlement; and what will be the administration cost per payment.
(53710)
468  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants of disability living allowance in Scotland have had their benefit reduced or stopped under the Benefits Integrity Project; and how much money was saved as a result.
(53729)
469  
  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate his Department has made of the average savings in benefit expenditure for each unemployed claimant of benefits who gains full-time employment.
(53959)
470  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what delays were involved in (a) administering and (b) issuing child benefit payment books; how many child benefit payments due were not received as a result of the delays; and if these payments have now been made.
(53708)
471  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioner households in Scotland (a) were entitled to receive the winter fuel payment, (b) received their winter fuel payment by (i) January, (ii) February and (iii) March 1998, (c) received incorrect winter fuel payments and (d) received duplicate winter fuel payments.
(53709)
472  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which of his Department's agencies have procedures to identify persistent enquirers for information.
(53956)
473  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, on what date his Department received notification from the Welsh Language Board in relation to the need to prepare a Welsh language scheme; on what date his Department and the Board held consultations on such a scheme; when a scheme was formally submitted to the Board; and if it has been approved.
(53351)
474  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list those who have accompanied (i) him or his predecessor and (ii) his departmental Ministers on overseas visits since 1st January indicating (a) the venue of the visit, (b) the purpose of the visit, (c) the names of those involved, (d) the job of those involved, (e) the reasons why they were included in the visit and (f) the cost to public funds.
(53844)
475  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he expects to reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Spelthorne, dated 16th May, concerning Mr R. A. Weedon of Ashford, Middlesex, reference 3/3642/14.
(53796)
476  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans he has to regulate vanity publishers.
(53429)
477  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what steps he has taken to ensure that conflicts of interest do not arise in cases where political advisers are not paid out of public funds.
(53600)
478  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he proposes to include the display of odds by on-course bookmakers within the scope of legislation implementing the EC Directive 98/6EC on Consumer Protection in the Indication of Prices of Products Offered to Consumers.
(53717)
479  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c) (ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(53852)
480  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will list the nuclear facilities within his Department's responsibility which are currently (a) under international safeguards and (b) not subject to international safeguards.
(51678)
481  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will place in the Library a copy of the 93 + 2 Additional Protocol Safeguards Agreement reached between the United Kingdom, Euratom and IAEA; and if he will make a statement.
(51679)
482  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will list the taskforces and advisory groups composed of independent members which have been set up by his Department since 1st May 1997 and in each case (a) their remit, (b) their membership, (c) how many members are (i) scientists, (ii) engineers and (iii) small businesspeople or representatives of small businesses, (d) any remuneration members receive for their services and (e) their budget.
(53146)
483  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many (a) men and (b) women employed by (1) his Department and (2) his Department's agencies have contracts of employment which permit them to retire after their 60th birthday.
(53056)
484  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, how many (a) men and (b) women aged over 60 years were employed by (i) his Department and (ii) his Department's agencies on 1st January.
(53061)
485  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will make a statement on the operation and cost of the Export Promoter Scheme in each year since 1990.
(54162)
486  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will list (a) the value of financial support provided to United Kingdom companies attending, (b) those Ministers and other Government officials who attended and the cost of their attendance and (c) any other costs incurred by his Department in connection with (i) IMDEX Asia 97, (ii) Paris Air Show 1997, (iii) IDEF 97, (iv) IMDEX 97, (v) the Underwater Defense Technology Conference and Exhibition, (vi) the International Defence and Security Technology Fair, Brno, Czech Republic, (vii) the 3rd International Civil and Military Aerospace Exhibition, Prague and (viii) the 3rd Central European Defense Equipment and Aviation Exhibition and Conference, Budapest.
(54165)
487  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will list the support provided by his Department to the Export Opportunities (Defence and Security) Service operated by the Defence Manufacturers Association and the Association of Police and Public Security Suppliers in the last year for which figures are available.
(54166)
488  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will list the value of the joint venture funding support provided in each of the last two years to United Kingdom companies attending overseas trade fairs exhibiting military, security, police and paramilitary services or products.
(54406)
489  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if non-defence companies are eligible for Joint Venture Funding.
(54407)
490  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will list the funds extended by his Department under the Trade Fair Support Scheme in each year since 1990.
(54163)
491  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will refer the issue of the ownership of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen airports by the same company to the MMC.
(54519)
492  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will list those organisations that (i) opposed and (ii) supported the ownership of the three south-east of England airports by the same company during the last MMC investigation of this issue.
(54518)
493  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what reviews are currently being carried out in respect of (a) the Radio Communications Agency, (b) Companies House, (c) the Patent Office, (d) Employment Tribunals Agency and (e) ACAS; and if he will indicate their remit.
(53276)
494  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will make a statement on the Governments' policy on business competitiveness.
(54070)
495  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when he accepted the invitation to speak to a meeting, organised by GPC Market Access, on the policy agenda of the Labour Party Conference, the European Union and other matters.
(53609)
496  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what was the advertising budget for each of the privatisations since 1979.
(54542)
497  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, which of his Department's agencies have procedures to identify persistent enquirers for information.
(53954)
498  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will make it his policy to ensure no additional financial resources are provided to BNFL to subsidise the programme of liquid radioactive waste treatment required at Sellafield following decisions agreed at the Ministerial meeting of the Ospar Convention in Sintra.
(54400)
499  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Bury North of 9th July, Official Report, column 631, when he expects the transport of spent fuel from Germany to Sellafield will resume.
(54419)
500  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what research he has evaluated into low energy electromagnetic fields associated with cellular telephones and telecommunication masts; and if he will make a statement.
(53960)
501  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, on what date his Department received notification from the Welsh Language Board in relation to the need to prepare a Welsh language scheme; on what date his Department and the Board held consultations on such a scheme; when a scheme was formally submitted to the Board; and if it has been approved.
(53354)
502  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will list those who have accompanied (i) him or his predecessor and (ii) his departmental Ministers on overseas visits since 1st January indicating (a) the venue of the visit, (b) the purpose of the visit, (c) the names of those involved, (d) the job of those involved, (e) the reasons why they were included in the visit and (f) the cost to public funds.
(53839)
503  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c) (ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(53860)
504  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the task forces and advisory groups composed of independent members which have been set up by his Department since 1st May 1997, indicating in each case (a) their remit, (b) their membership, (c) how many members are (i) scientists, (ii) engineers, (iii) small business people or representatives of small businesses, (d) any remuneration members receive for their services and (e) their budget.
(53283)
505  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (a) men and (b) women employed by (1) his Department and (2) his Department's agencies have contracts of employment which permit them to retire after their 60th birthday.
(53045)
506  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (a) men and (b) women aged over 60 years were employed by (i) his Department and (ii) his Department's agencies on 1st January.
(53068)
507  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Parliamentary Under Secretary's letter of 30th June, if he will list the other paediatric cardiac surgery units with which the University Hospital of Wales unit will be linked pending the replacement of the current paediatric cardiac surgeon and cardiologist.
(53610)
508  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what consultations he has had with the Chairman of the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation in relation to the switching of corporation funds from developing Hamadayad Park, Cardiff to the Gwent Wetland Reserve, Newport.
(53584)
509  
N  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the appointments procedure for senior posts in the National Assembly; if he will list the membership of the appointing panels, indicating external assessors and grades of civil servants; and if he will make a statement.
(53607)
510  
  
Mr Allan Rogers (Rhondda):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what contracts (a) his Department and (b) other public bodies in Wales have awarded to the lobby company, Political Context or its Cardiff-based offshoot, Welsh Context.
(54530)
511  
  
Mr Allan Rogers (Rhondda):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what meetings he and any of his ministers or advisers have had with principals of the lobby company, Political Context or its Cardiff-based offshoot, Welsh Context; what were the dates of those meetings; who was present at those meetings; and what were the subjects discussed at those meetings.
(54532)
512  
  
Mr Allan Rogers (Rhondda):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what contracts (a) his Department and (b) other public bodies in Wales have awarded to the public relations company, Morgan Allan.
(54531)
513  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which of his Department's agencies have procedures to identify persistent enquirers for information.
(53946)
514  
N  
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if paragraph 69 of Fair Funding: Improving Delegation to Schools gives local education authorities the power to compel schools with surpluses to participate in loan schemes.
(53893)
515  
N  
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on how many occasions since 1968 the Secretary of State for Wales has used his powers to delay the implementation of the proposals of the Local Government Boundaries Commission.
(53892)
516  
N  
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on how many occasions brewers have won planning appeals in Wales since April 1996; and if he will indicate which planning authority lost each appeal and when.
(53894)
517  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list those who have accompanied (i) him and (ii) his departmental Ministers on overseas visits since 1st January indicating (a) the venue of the visit, (b) the purpose of the visit, (c) the names of those involved, (d) the job of those involved, (e) the reasons why they were included in the visit and (f) the cost to public funds.
(53847)
518  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Department will have prime responsibility for administering the children's fund.
[Transferred] (53890)
519  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what plans he has to introduce measures for the protection of the British music industry against CD piracy over the Internet.
[Transferred] (53595)
520  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the effect of the current exchange rate on overseas pensions.
[Transferred] (54401)
521  
  
Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list all UK legislation currently in force regarding the health and safety of children and young people at work.
[Transferred] (54075)
522  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve counselling services to children and young people who are victims of sexual abuse.
[Transferred] (54073)
523  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to amend legislation to allow the elderly in long-term care to use any capital they have which is wholly disregarded by the means tests to make up the difference in cost between the care which their authority is prepared to arrange and the care they choose.
[Transferred] (53957)
524  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on progress in implementing the Government's family-friendly policies.
[Transferred] (54026)


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