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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 4 November 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Wednesday 4 November of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on  Wednesday 4 November, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Thursday 5 November, see Part 2 of this Paper.

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


 
WEDNESDAY 4th NOVEMBER
1  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will encourage EU Agriculture ministers to support a ban on battery cages for egg-laying hens.
(58293)
2  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the additional costs to UK consumers of an EU-wide ban on battery cages for egg-laying hens.
(58296)
3  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received concerning the proposed EU directive on the welfare of egg-laying hens.
(58295)
4  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish comparisons of the extent to which the United Kingdom and other EU countries use (a) veterinary surgeons and (b) meat inspectors in the public health inspection of the meat slaughter process.
(58449)
5  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish comparisons of the quality and cost of meat hygiene standards across the EU.
(58448)
6  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish comparisons of the different qualifications for (a) meat inspectors and (b) veterinarians involved in meat inspection in Britain and other EU countries.
(58450)
7  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish comparisons of the proportion of farm gate prices for meat in the United Kingdom and other EU countries that results from meat inspection.
(58451)
8  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish comparisons of the amounts of state subsidy given to farmers and abattoirs in EU countries for meat inspection.
(58447)
9  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish comparisons of charges made to ensure public health in respect of slaughter processing in the United Kingdom and in other EU states.
(58446)
10  
  
Mr Alan Johnson (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what arrangements exist to involve his Department in the negotiations being undertaken by the Department of Health on the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme.
(58324)
11  
N  
Mr John Butterfill (Bournemouth West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 29th October, Official Report, column 267, what assessment he has made of the impact of weekend charges for parking in the Royal Parks on (a) parking and (b) road safety in neighbouring streets where no charges are levied; and what representations he has received from residents.
(58225)
12  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will provide a breakdown, by local authority area in Scotland, of the grants awarded for each National Lottery good cause.
(58294)
13  
N  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the impact on cricket in Wales of the decision by the England and Wales Cricket Board to grant live television coverage rights to Channel 4.
(56598)
14  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Army (a) officers and (b) other ranks have been dismissed from the service or court-martialled in each of the last five years.
(58299)
15  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy personnel have left service on health grounds in each of the last five years.
(58284)
16  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the terms and conditions of the original transfer from the Rothschild family to the Government of land at Halton, Buckinghamshire, now occupied by RAF Halton; and if he will make a statement.
(58288)
17  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many secondary schools were in the maintained sector in (a) 1998 or the most recent available date, (b) 1988, (c) 1978 and (d) 1968.
(58345)
18  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many 11 to 18 year olds were in full-time state education in (a) 1998 or the latest available date, (b) 1988, (c) 1978 and (d) 1968.
(58346)
19  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was (a) the lowest and (b) the highest sum of money allocated per state (i) primary and (ii) other school pupil in full-time education in 1997-98.
(58290)
20  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many new junior schools, in which local authority areas, have been (a) started and (b) completed in each of the last five years.
(58285)
21  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the effectiveness of the A Level physics curriculum and exam in preparing students for degree courses in (i) physics and (ii) engineering.
(57946)
22  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures his Department is taking to increase the supply of science teachers.
(57944)
23  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the grades achieved at (a) GSCE and (b) A level in each science subject in (i) schools and (ii) further education colleges in Staffordshire in each of the last five years.
(57945)
24  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received concerning demands for payments by freeholders for retrospective consents relating to planning applications; what plans he has to investigate such cases; and if he will make a statement.
(57941)
25  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the number of motor coaches stopped by the police forces during the month of September for a vehicle condition check-up, how many (a) were found to have faults and (b) were refused permission to complete their journey, pending repairs to their vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
(58298)
26  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what sections of the railway track between (a) Carmarthen and Aberystwyth, (b) Pencader and Llandysul, (c) Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn and (d) Lampeter and Aberavon are no longer in public ownership; and what is the total mileage of those sections.
(58436)
27  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what happened to the (a) general furniture and (b) boardroom furniture which belonged to Teesside Development Corporation after the demise of the Corporation in April.
(58303)
28  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 31st March, Official Report, column 493, when he expects that the Green Paper on leasehold reform will be published.
(58473)
29  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, to what extent the Leasehold Valuation Tribunals Service is understaffed; and how many staff have (a) left the Leasehold Valuation Tribunals Service, (b) been redeployed and (c) been made redundant in the last year.
(58443)
30  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many appeals have been notified in respect of leasehold valuation tribunal decisions in the past year; what assessment he has made of the quality of the work of the tribunals; and if he will make a statement.
(58442)
31  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the budget for the leasehold valuation tribunals in each financial year since 1995; and what it will be for the year 1999-2000.
(58444)
32  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the average length of time before the cases of applicants to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal were heard (a) in the present financial year to date, (b) in 1997-98 and (c) in 1996-97.
(58437)
33  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will provide a breakdown of the backgrounds of the members of the leasehold valuation tribunals; what expertise is sought for appointments; and what training is given (a) on appointment and (b) subsequently.
(58445)
34  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the Green Paper on leasehold reform will address the question of social housing leaseholders.
(58438)
35  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, under the proposed amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Driving Licences) Regulation 1996, what assumptions underlie the estimate of the savings if the work were undertaken by opticians.
(58281)
36  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what fee is currently paid to the doctor or eye specialist when the Medical Advisor at the DVLA requests that a driver take a sight test to determine his fitness to drive.
(58282)
37  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what permissions are required before BNFL is allowed to transport radioactive material by road.
(58342)
38  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will reply to the letter of 3rd March from Councillor Peter Wyatt of Fiddler's Green, St. Peter's Quay, Totnes, concerning the increase of sewage emissions into the River Dart and the deteriorating water quality.
(57343)
39  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost to public funds of allowing a one-off facility for UK farmers to average their profits for income tax purposes over the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(57947)
40  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the repeal of section 255 of the Taxes Act 1988 on companies which have in issue fixed rate preference shares created before 6th April 1973.
(58349)
41  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if euro notes printed by the Bank of England at Debden, Essex display the Queen's head.
(58287)
42  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people under the age of 25 years have taken up farming as a career in each of the last 10 years; and what estimate he has made of the figure in the current year.
(58136)
43  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of recent reports concerning changes in the number of Indonesian troops in East Timor.
(58434)
44  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will sign the United Nations International Convention Against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries.
(58423)
45  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on Government policy relating to the use of mercenaries in armed conflicts.
(58431)
46  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce best practice in cancer treatment in the EU to the NHS.
(57791)
47  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussion he has had with the Foreign Secretary regarding support for (a) the WHO Tobacco Initiative and (b) the International Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
(57790)
48  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes he proposes to the NHS capitation formula.
(58343)
49  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spent with nursing agencies in 1997 or the latest year for which figures are available.
(58028)
50  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many associate specialist posts have been created in each hospital trust area in each of the last five years.
(58283)
51  
  
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many appeals were heard by his Department against proposals put forward by North Essex Health Authority between 1979 and 1997.
(58425)
52  
  
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the occasions when appeals against health authority proposals were upheld by his Department between 1979 and 1997.
(58429)
53  
  
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many appeals were made to his Department following proposals put forward by each health authority between 1979 and 1997.
(58430)
54  
  
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the occasions when facilities at Clacton and Harwich hospitals were retained following a successful appeal against North Essex Health Authority proposals between 1979 and 1997.
(58427)
55  
  
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the facilities at Clacton and Harwich hospitals that were the subject of reviews carried out by North Essex Health Authority between 1979 and 1997.
(58428)
56  
  
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the lengths of time taken by his Department to determine each appeal against proposals put forward by North Essex Health Authority between 1979 and 1997.
(58426)
57  
  
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many reviews were conducted by North Essex Health Authority between 1979 and 1997.
(58424)
58  
N  
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the role for (a) health visitors and (b) school nurses in delivering the objectives set out in the White Paper, The new NHS: Modern, Dependable.
(58258)
59  
N  
Mr Robert N. Wareing (Liverpool, West Derby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action Her Majesty's Government is taking to fund research into the possible connection between the consumption of milk and Crohn's Disease; and if he will make a statement.
(57671)
60  
N  
Mr Robert N. Wareing (Liverpool, West Derby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of Crohn's Disease have been registered during each of the past five years, indicating the age distribution of such cases.
(57672)
61  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the courts which have sentenced a young person to a period of detention in a secure training unit since April.
(58466)
62  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many young persons have been sentenced to a period of detention in a secure training unit since April; and if he will make a statement.
(58463)
63  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement about pay differentials between health care staff in the Prison Service and the National Health Service.
(58460)
64  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many local authorities have applied to introduce a local child curfew; and if he will make a statement.
(58457)
65  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the proposal to introduce targeted policing in 20 specific areas; what arrangements will be made for maintaining policing levels in other areas; and if he will make a statement.
(58462)
66  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to create a new position for the overseeing of the health care services for young offenders in custody; and if he will make a statement.
(58461)
67  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total number of recorded criminal offences committed by people serving prison sentences in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(58456)
68  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the contract points requirements have been exceeded at the Medway secure training centre; and if fines (a) have been levied and (b) are being considered.
(58471)
69  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the average number of ex-servicemen and servicewomen serving prison sentences during the past year; and if he will make a statement.
(58472)
70  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if figures are available for the re-offending rates of young people released from each young offender institution; and if he will make a statement.
(58458)
71  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the range of offences committed by young persons sentenced to a period of detention in a secure training unit since April.
(58465)
72  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) assaults on staff and inmates and (b) acts of indiscipline there have been by young persons at the Medway secure training centre since its opening.
(58468)
73  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many young people have absconded from the Medway secure training centre since its opening.
(58467)
74  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage and number of prisoners, at the latest available date, had previously served a non-custodial sentence; and if he will make a statement.
(58455)
75  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the total staff complement at the Medway secure training centre.
(58470)
76  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the (a) conviction rate and (b) clear up rate (i) for each category of crime and (ii) on average (1) at the last available date and (2) in each of the previous two years; and if he will make a statement.
(58459)
77  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff have resigned or been dismissed from the Medway secure training centre since it opened.
(58469)
78  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons had been sentenced to a period of detention in a secure training unit but were waiting for a place at the latest available date.
(58464)
79  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals have received permission to enter or remain in the UK under the concession introduced in October 1997 for people in relationships.
(58339)
80  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce Protocol Four of the European Convention on Human Rights.
(57792)
81  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to legislate to control religious cults.
(58440)
82  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set up an inquiry into religious cults with a view to creating an acceptable framework for their operations.
(58441)
83  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many representations he has received in the past year from honourable Members on behalf of constituents with family members who belong to religious cults.
(58439)
84  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the members of the Independent Commission on the Voting System spent on foreign travel.
(58350)
85  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what class the members of the Independent Commission on the Voting System travelled abroad by air on Commission business.
(58352)
86  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the cost to the British Exchequer of General Pinochet's police protection (a) since his arrival in the United Kingdom to date and (b) since the warrant for his arrest was issued to date.
(58347)
87  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the estimated cost to date of the Independent Commission on the Voting System to the British Exchequer.
(58351)
88  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to the European Commission about assistance to Afghanistan; and if she will make a statement.
(58344)
89  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the percentage of the population of England and Wales eligible for green form advice and assistance (a) with no contribution and (b) with a contribution, in each of the last 10 years.
(58322)
90  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the percentage of the population of England and Wales eligible for (a) criminal legal aid and (b) civil legal aid (i) with no contribution and (ii) with a contribution, in each of the last 10 years.
(58321)
91  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the percentage of people in receipt of (a) family credit and (b) housing benefit, entitled to civil legal aid (i) with no contribution and (ii) with a contribution, in each of the last 10 years.
(58323)
92  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many abortions were carried out in Northern Ireland in the latest year for which figures are available.
(56669)
93  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many abortions were performed by each health and social services board in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(56670)
94  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what grounds abortion can be performed in Northern Ireland (a) in the first and second trimester and (b) in the third trimester of pregnancy.
(56671)
95  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the differences between the draft code of practice on audio recording of police interviews with terrorist suspects and those which apply elsewhere in the United Kingdom
(58319)
96  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many new teacher posts have been created in each of the last five years in the secondary phase.
(58292)
97  
N  
Dr Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East and Musselburgh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people with AIDS died in (a) Scotland and (b) each health board region of Scotland in (a) 1988, (b) 1997 and (c) 1998 at the latest available date.
(56984)
98  
N  
Dr Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East and Musselburgh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the cumulative number of people with AIDS who died in (a) Scotland and (b) each health board region of Scotland in (i) 1988, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 1998 at the latest available date.
(56985)
99  
N  
Dr Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East and Musselburgh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people diagnosed with AIDS and not known to have died there were in (a) Scotland and (b) each health board region of Scotland in (i) 1988, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 1998 at the latest available date.
(56986)
100  
N  
Dr Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East and Musselburgh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people were newly diagnosed HIV positive (i) by probable means of transmission and (ii) in total in (a) Scotland and (b) each health board region of Scotland, for each year from 1988 to 1997, and for 1998 at the latest available date.
(56987)
101  
N  
Dr Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East and Musselburgh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the cumulative number of people who had been diagnosed HIV positive (i) by probable means of transmission and (ii) in total in (a) Scotland and (b) each health board region of Scotland, for each year from 1988 to 1997, and for 1998 at the latest available date.
(56988)
102  
N  
Dr Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East and Musselburgh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the cumulative number of people who had been diagnosed HIV positive and not known to have died (i) by probable means of transmission and (ii) in total in (a) Scotland and (b) each health board region of Scotland, for each year from 1988 to 1997, and for 1998 at the latest available date.
(56989)
103  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of children in the UK living in families dependent on supplementary benefits or income support in each year since 1979, and for each year these as a proportion of all children in the UK.
(58297)
104  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of people who have ceased to receive incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance and who are drawing the disability working allowance who will gain a two year cover to return to benefit should they be forced to give up their job because of ill health.
(58302)
105  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the number of claimants who will lose eligibility to the severe disablement allowance under his proposals set out in Support for Disabled People; and if he will break down this total between male and female claimants.
(58301)
106  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people will lose eligibility for the modernised incapacity benefit for each of the first five years after the reform is introduced.
(58304)
107  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants will be affected by his proposed claw-back of incapacity benefit from those with private insurance cover in the first five years after the reform is introduced.
(58291)
108  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the level of benefits repaid to the Compensation Recovery Unit as a result of the Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) Act 1997.
(58408)
109  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what changes there have been in the speed with which settlements of personal injury cases are made since the passage of the Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) Act 1997.
(58410)
110  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what representations he has received about the working of the Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) Act 1997.
(58413)
111  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what were total repayments to the Compensation Recovery Unit in the current year and each of the five previous years.
(58409)
112  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many cases of repayments of benefit to the Compensation Recovery Unit involving asbestos-related diseases there were in the past five years; and what were the levels of those repayments.
(58411)
113  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will provide a breakdown of the levels of repayment to the Compensation Recovery Unit in each of the past five years.
(58412)
114  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on Pledge 2000.
(58320)
115  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received concerning demands for payments by freeholders for retrospective consents relating to planning applications; what plans he has to investigate such cases; and if he will make a statement.
(57942)
116  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the rescheduling of Indonesia's debt to the United Kingdom.
(58433)
117  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if Indonesia has resumed payments on its debt to the United Kingdom since it negotiated a rescheduling of this debt with the Export Credits Guarantee Department.
(58432)
118  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the rescheduling agreement with Indonesia on its debt repayments to the United Kingdom contains provisions relating to future loan guarantees for military equipment.
(58435)
119  
N  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the steps available to an employee to seek redress against an employer who (a) refuses to implement the Working Time Directive and (b) seeks to avoid meeting the employee rights contained in the Working Time Directive.
(57718)
120  
N  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to ensure (a) the Working Time Directive is implemented in full by employers and (b) employees are informed about their entitlement under the Working Time Directive.
(57719)
121  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to mitigate the impact of the new EC crash test standards on the costs of UK-based motor manufacturers.
(57789)
122  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the future European Structural Funds regime for Staffordshire.
(57943)
123  
  
Mr Alan Johnson (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what arrangements exist to involve his Department in the negotiations being undertaken by the Department of Health on the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme.
(58325)
124  
N  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the level of (a) current and (b) predicted teacher shortages for the next five years in the (i) primary and (ii) secondary sectors in Wales.
(56574)
125  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what was the total allocation of funding for housing renovation grants made available to each district council and unitary authority in Wales for each of the years 1990 to 1998; and what was the proportion of the allocation spent in each case.
(58348)
126  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects an announcement from the Office of National Statistics on GDP levels in the NUTS II areas of Wales.
(56581)
127  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what has been the number of fatal accidents within the construction industry in England and Wales in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (58326)
128  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people and from which countries had visitors' visa applications rejected by UK officials in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (58286)
129  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were registered as unemployed in each constituency in Scotland (a) in May 1997 and (b) at the most recent available date.
[Transferred] (58341)
130  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were in (a) full-time and (b) part-time employment in each constituency in Scotland (i) in May 1997 and (ii) at the most recent available date.
[Transferred] (58340)


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