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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 19 November 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Thursday 19 November of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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 19th NOVEMBER
1  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action Her Majesty's Government is taking to protect horses from the risk of (a) damage and (b) disease as a result of artificial insemination by untrained people.
(60469)
2  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for North Thanet of 17th December 1997, Official Report, column 231, on quarantine, how many puppies and kittens were released from quarantine in the last year before they had been in quarantine for six months.
(60756)
3  
N  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the dates of meetings over the last year which he has held about genetically-modified organisms with (a) companies, indicating the name of the company in each case, (b) environmental non-governmental organisations and (c) English Nature.
(60604)
4  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which regulation represents the acquis communautaire as regards fisheries.
(60794)
5  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if the principle of relative stability will override the access arrangements to waters within the six and 12 mile limits if a new derogation is not secured to continue Article 6 of Regulation 3760/92.
(60793)
6  
  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make it his policy to consult with the pedigree societies to enable cattle passports to be used to register pedigree animals.
(60658)
7  
  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make it his policy to allow the MLC to use levy monies in support of generic advertising.
(60657)
8  
  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will ensure that his Department's computers handling the cattle passport scheme communicate with his Department's computers holding data on the relationship between the date of birth of a passported animal and that of the animal's mother in such a way as to permit the record of that date relationship to be included within the passport.
(60656)
9  
  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will introduce a temporary loan guarantee scheme for pig farmers.
(60661)
10  
  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action he proposes to take to regulate (a) the artificial insemination of horses by untrained people and (b) equine dentistry.
(60623)
11  
  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the cost of testing cattle for TB on farms which are adjacent to holdings where there has been a breakdown in TB free status in each of the last three years.
(60625)
12  
  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has held with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons with regard to regulating (a) the artificial insemination of horses and (b) equine dentistry; and what were the conclusions of those discussions.
(60624)
13  
  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing the badger control study proposed by Professor Krebs.
(60626)
14  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by non-departmental bodies in receipt of financial support from his Department.
(60531)
15  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received regarding the insemination of equines; what plans he has for measures to ensure that those who carry out this procedure are appropriately trained; and if he will make a statement.
(60764)
16  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list each series of research papers which his Department currently produces.
(60693)
17  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by non-departmental bodies in receipt of financial support from his Department.
(60523)
18  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the factors which led him to specify particular policy areas as suitable for discussions with the Right honourable Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed.
(60379)
19  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to make public the agenda and minutes of meetings with the Right honourable Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed arising from the agreement between the Prime Minister and the leader of the Liberal Democrats.
(60381)
20  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings he has held with the Right honourable Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed since 11th November; and how long each lasted.
(60434)
21  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by non-departmental bodies in receipt of financial support from his Department.
(60522)
22  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what factors led to his Department's intervention in the affairs of Allivane in relation to defence contracts.
(60814)
23  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the meetings officials from his Department have held with General Pinochet during his current visit to the United Kingdom.
(60464)
24  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the daily cost is of keeping non-RAF planes on stand-by for foreign governments at RAF Brize Norton.
(60462)
25  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the RAF and USAF bases in the United Kingdom that have been closed in the last five years or which are due to be closed under current plans; and what uses are being considered for each site.
(60648)
26  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the total planned expenditure on improvements to the TA centre in Stroud.
(60787)
27  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to relocate the two cadet forces currently situated at the TA centre in Stroud; and if he will make it his policy that monies accruing from the sale of the TA centre in Stroud are re-invested into local cadet forces.
(60790)
28  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to discuss new locations with the Army cadet force in Stroud.
(60784)
29  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to value the site of the TA centre in Stroud.
(60789)
30  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what monies have been expended in the last three years on improvements to the TA centre in Stroud.
(60786)
31  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the criteria by which it was decided to close the Stroud TA centre.
(60785)
32  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the total planned expenditure on improvements to the TA centre in Stroud, prior to notice being given of the decision to close it.
(60788)
33  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for consultation with the TA personnel in Stroud on his plans for their transfer.
(60783)
34  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the Army sites which have been disposed of in each of the last five years; with the dates of the disposal and the sums received by his Department.
(60752)
35  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on repairs, refits and maintenance of HMS 'Intrepid' in each of the last five years.
(60632)
36  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many operational days at sea have been undertaken by each of the Royal Navy's submarines, in each of the last five years.
(60630)
37  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many operational days (a) HMS 'Ark Royal' and (b) HMS 'Intrepid' have spent at sea in each of the last five years.
(60629)
38  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which of his Department's sites are currently on the market for disposal.
(60780)
39  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on repairs and maintenance on HMS 'Ocean' since her launch.
(60631)
40  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the parliamentary constituencies from which battalion headquarters are to be transferred leaving no Territorial Army presence.
(60757)
41  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future of the estate at Chorley 101 Battalion Headquarters, Lancaster House, Devonshire Road, Chorley after it has been closed.
(60760)
42  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the parliamentary constituencies out of which cadet forces will be transferred.
(60758)
43  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list those parliamentary constituencies in which TA centres with cadets will be closed leaving no remaining TA presence.
(60759)
44  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by non-departmental bodies in receipt of financial support from his Department.
(60530)
45  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (i) Russia, (ii) France and (iii) China concerning year 2000 compliance of nuclear weapons systems.
(60810)
46  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Mid-Bedfordshire of 2nd November, Official Report, columns 414-5, on nuclear, chemical and biological weapons in the former Soviet Union how much financial assistance has been (i) provided to date and (ii) committed in the future, to the International Science and Technology Centre; and how much financial investment has been committed to studying options for the disposal of surplus defence plutonium in Russia; and which British experts are involved in this study and to what timetable they are working.
(60683)
47  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what studies have been commissioned by his Department into the potential millennium bug risk to the safety of (a) nuclear weapons and (b) command and control systems.
(60795)
48  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the projected cost of the nuclear weapon exercise Dimming Sun to be held in June 1999; what proportion will be paid for by his Department; what role US military forces will have in this exercise; and if the media will be invited to the exercise.
(60719)
49  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current security classifications are of the newsletters produced for the staff of (a) the RAF Personnel Management Agency, (b) the Logistic Information Systems Agency, (c) the Defence Dental Agency and (d) the Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre; how often each newsletter is produced; and when each newsletter was first produced.
(60771)
50  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what dates the Chiefs of Staff have met since 21st July; and if he will place in the Library a list of items discussed at each of these meetings.
(60722)
51  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what dates the Defence Council has met since 20th July; and if he will place in the Library a list of items discussed at each of these meetings.
(60723)
52  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 20th April, Official Report, column 468, what items were discussed at the meetings of (a) the Army Board in July 1997 and (b) the Admiralty Board in June 1997.
(60721)
53  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report arising out of the Diagonal Glance nuclear weapon exercise in September; what was the cost of this exercise; what proportion of the cost of the exercise is to be paid by his Department; and how many press releases were issued about the exercise.
(60720)
54  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when and for what reasons the Atomic Weapons Establishment Local Liaison Committee was set up; on what basis members are appointed to the committee; and if he will list the current members of the committee.
(60776)
55  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of the investigation by the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston into a plutonium contamination accident at the establishment on 4th July 1996.
(60775)
56  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate and Nuclear Safety Directorate of the Health and Safety Executive are next due to inspect the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston.
(60774)
57  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Radiation Physics Division of the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston was set up; what is the purpose of this division; how many series of technical papers or reports are currently being produced by this division; and what are the names of each series.
(60772)
58  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate and the Nuclear Safety Directorate of the Health and Safety Executive have inspected the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston since July 1997; and if he will place a list of the reports of these inspections in the Library, specifying the date on which each report was produced.
(60773)
59  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 24th July, Official Report, column 734, regarding the Atomic Weapons Establishment, if he will place in the Library a list of the papers produced by the Metallic Materials Business Area in the Director Technology Technical Reports series which are currently unclassified, indicating the title of each paper and the date on which each paper was produced.
(60777)
60  
N  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what progress has been made in securing employer involvement in the New Deal for the young unemployed.
(59113)
61  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what consultation he has had with the Anti-drugs Coordinator relating to his Department's guidelines on the exclusion of schoolchildren from schools as a result of the misuse of illegal drugs.
(60694)
62  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many initial teacher training places funded by his Department have not been filled by the Teacher Training Agency in each subject for the current year.
(59198)
63  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the initial teacher training course providers that have (a) added courses and (b) increased the number of places on offer on existing courses in each subject; and if he will list for each of (a) and (b) the number of places added for the funding years 1997-98 and 1998-99.
(59199)
64  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many new courses or new places on existing courses have been provided for 18 to 24 year olds undertaking education and training under the New Deal (a) nationally, (b) by delivery unit and (c) by New Deal option.
(59200)
65  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he is taking to improve standards of achievement in further and higher education.
(59120)
66  
  
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the percentage of women with a child aged between 10 and 15 years who (a) work full-time, (b) work part-time (c) are unemployed and (d) are economically inactive.
(60769)
67  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if the Government's proposed regulations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 relating to the access to goods, services and facilities will exempt minor alterations which do not substantially affect the fabric of the premises.
(60500)
68  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by non-departmental bodies in receipt of financial support from his Department.
(60529)
69  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate how many domestic animals were killed or injured on railway tracks in England and Wales in each of the last five years.
[R] (60501)
70  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many section 14 notices he has placed on planning applications in inner London boroughs during the last 12 weeks indicating the (a) dates, (b) applications and (c) boroughs concerned in each case.
(60509)
71  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the local authorities that have (a) formally notified his Department of their intention to change to and (b) have changed to a cabinet system of local government decision-making.
(60589)
72  
  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the dates since 1st May 1997 on which he made official visits to Dorneywood, indicating in each case the (a) purpose, (b) dates of the visit and (c) individuals who accompanied him; and if he will make a statement.
(60671)
73  
  
Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will announce the bathing water compliance results for 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(60801)
74  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish his Department's evaluation of the various bids for shortlisting for the prospective headquarters for London government.
(60782)
75  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what independent advice he sought on (a) value for money, (b) architectural merit and (c) social impact on neighbouring boroughs before making his decision on the shortlisting of prospective headquarters for London government.
(60781)
76  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in how many cases of vehicle licence fraud prosecutions (a) fines and (b) the maximum fine were imposed in the last year for which figures are available.
(60645)
77  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what planning assumptions the Government has made about the number and type of aircraft movements at the London airports in 15 years time.
(60644)
78  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects his Department to issue the first consultation draft of the airports policy.
(60643)
79  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the causes of disruption and delays on London Underground in the past year, with particular reference to shortages of spare parts.
(60743)
80  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many cases of vehicle licence fraud investigated by the DVLA proceeded to prosecutions in the last year for which figures are available.
(60647)
81  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many investigations were carried out into vehicle licence evasions (i) in total and (ii) as a percentage of the total number of licensed vehicles in the last year for which figures are available.
(60646)
82  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the Government's examination of the possibility of an extension of the standards of performance scheme will include consultation with (a) consumers', energy efficiency and environmental organisations and (b) the energy industry; and if he will place a copy of the accompanying paper in the Library.
(60650)
83  
N  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the dates of meetings over the last year, which he has held about genetically-modified organisms with (a) companies, indicating the name of the company in each case, (b) environmental non-governmental organisations and (c) English Nature.
(60603)
84  
N  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has for a certification scheme to regulate the commercial release of genetically-modified crops.
(60602)
85  
N  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to license commercial releases of genetically-modified crops in 1999; which genetically-modified crops will be released in that year; and what form the scientific evidence from the farm-scale trials will take.
(60605)
86  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he is taking to ensure that local authorities are prepared in respect of the millennium bug.
(60437)
87  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consultation his Department proposes to hold on new controls for the disposal to land-spreading of waste paper sludge; and if he will make a statement.
(60675)
88  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by non-departmental bodies in receipt of financial support from his Department.
(60528)
89  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the staffing and information technology available to the Rail Users Consultative Committees.
(60809)
90  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Stoke-on-Trent North, of 16th November, Official Report column 349, if he will list the authors of the representations on the Environment Agency decisions on Sellafield, and if they were in favour of or opposed to the recommendations; and what representations he received in the two months prior to the release of the Environment Agency documents concerning the Sellafield mox plant or discharge authorisations.
(60682)
91  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of landfill tax credit as a means of supporting projects beneficial to the environment; and if he will review the entitlement of local authority schemes to benefit from the credit.
(60698)
92  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to ensure that his Department's paper on an airport strategy will be published after the publication of the inspector's report on the Terminal 5 inquiry at Heathrow; and if he will make a statement.
(60751)
93  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd November, Official Report, column 306, on the punctuality of Great Western train services, if he will provide a breakdown of the total punctuality and cancellation payments made by the company to date between the three categories identified in his Answer.
(60621)
94  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list those organisations invited by the Standing Committee on Preparations for EMU to help to prepare an outline national changeover plan to the single currency.
(60633)
95  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on his proposed cross-party group of honourable Members to discuss euro preparations.
(60687)
96  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he intends to write to the Treasury Spokesmen of Opposition Parties in the House in relation to his plans to establish a cross-party committee to consider preparations for the euro; and if he will make a statement.
(60041)
97  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the total cost to public funds of the report on United Kingdom productivity which he commissioned from the consultants McKinsey and Company; what is the length of the main report submitted; and what is the cost per page.
(60649)
98  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the honourable Members and peers who have made representations to his Department on the ability of non-taxpaying individuals to reclaim the tax credit on dividends.
(60684)
99  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the terms of reference of the second review by Sir Malcolm Bates of the Private Finance Initiative.
(60686)
100  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will explain the phrase, the context of room for manouevre, used in paragraph A5 of the Pre-Budget Report.
(60685)
101  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the cost of meeting the United Kingdom's liability to pay up 5 per cent. of its shares in the subscribed capital of the European Central Bank.
(60792)
102  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations have been received by his Department and from whom, on the cost to the Exchequer in lost revenue from the parallel import of motor vehicles from the Republic of Ireland to the UK; and what calculations he has made of their effect on the loss of revenue to the Exchequer.
(60591)
103  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the (a) tonnage, (b) retail value, (c) excise duty content and (d) liability for VAT of (1) petroleum products and (2) diesel products subject to cross border smuggling into Northern Ireland for each year since 1995.
(60435)
104  
  
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths occurred through lead poisoning in each of the last 10 years.
(60804)
105  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the current number of centenarians by county.
(60495)
106  
  
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the percentage of families with dependent children which are (a) married couples (b) cohabiting couples and (c) lone parents, by each gender.
(60766)
107  
  
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the percentage of children who are in a household where the adult or adults with parental responsibility are (a) married, (b) co-habiting (c) single, (d) widowed, (e) divorced, (f) separated and (g) co-habiting with someone of the same sex.
(60765)
108  
  
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the percentage of households headed by a person who is (a) married, (b) co-habiting, (c) single, (d) widowed, (e) divorced, (f) separated and (g) co-habiting with someone of the same sex.
(60768)
109  
  
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the percentage of women with a child aged between five and nine years who (a) work (i) full-time and (ii) part-time, (b) are unemployed and (c) are economically inactive.
(60770)
110  
  
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the percentage of women with a pre-school child who (a) work (i) full-time and (ii) part-time, (b) are unemployed and (c) are economically inactive.
(60767)
111  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by non-departmental bodies in receipt of financial support from his Department.
(60537)
112  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the additional costs that will be incurred by independent financial advisers consequent upon phase 2 of the Financial Service Review of Pensions.
(60763)
113  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the proportion of those couples who will be entitled to the working families tax credit where the female partner is the principal earner.
(60539)
114  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, where a couple have opted that the working families tax credit is to be paid to a male earner, how a female parent with care will ensure that payment is transferred to her following the breakdown of the relationship; and if he will estimate the length of time such a transfer will take.
(60511)
115  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings have taken place between Ministers or officials and their Irish counterparts to discuss the smuggling of petroleum products into Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(60635)
116  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he is taking to tackle cross-border smuggling of petroleum products into Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(60638)
117  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many vehicles have been impounded by HM Customs and Excise for alleged smuggling of petroleum products into Northern Ireland; and what was the tonnage of fuel carried for each of the last three years.
(60637)
118  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons his Ministers have declined to meet the President and officers of the Petrol Retailers Association to discuss petroleum smuggling in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(60639)
119  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his Department's involvement with the European Information Association.
(60640)
120  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a breakdown of the current expenditure in the United Kingdom under EU budget lines (i) B3-300 and (ii) B3-301.
(60641)
121  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what instructions have been given to Her Majesty's Ambassador in Chile concerning the current position of General Pinochet.
(60467)
122  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the education facilities available to Greek Cypriot children who live in the Rizokarpaso area in occupied northern Cyprus; and if, when the British High Commissioner for Cyprus or one of his officials last visited this area, they visited the Greek Cypriot schools in the area.
(60703)
123  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the British High Commissioner to Cyprus, or one of his officials last visited the Rizokarpaso area in occupied northern Cyprus; and what report he has submitted on the findings of the visit.
(60704)
124  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in bringing to an end acts of repression against civilians by Serbian security forces in Kosovo; and what progress has been made in securing a political dialogue between the two sides.
(59443)
125  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the new constitutional basis and financial support system for the Commonwealth Institute; and if he will make a statement.
(60689)
126  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Commonwealth Institute on the future of the institute; and if he will make a statement.
(60690)
127  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by non-departmental bodies in receipt of financial support from his Department.
(60527)
128  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received concerning religious persecution in Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.
(60710)
129  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many reports on the purchase of advanced military hardware by drug gangs in Latin America have been compiled by his Department since January 1997; and what is their current security classification.
(60695)
130  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list each series of research papers which his Department currently produces.
(60692)
131  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the recent student demonstrations in Indonesia.
(60497)
132  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to update the regulatory framework for the chiropody profession.
(60517)
133  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to require health authorities and trusts to consult widely on proposals to introduce car park charges.
(60516)
134  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 16th November, concerning VAT Order SI 1997/2744, if he will make a statement on the effects of the VAT Order indicating when his officials will conclude their work on the administrative procedure.
(60515)
135  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 16th November, concerning VAT Order SI 1997/2744, if incontinence supplies are the subject of discussions with Treasury officials in the same way as certain renal and cancer drugs.
(60514)
136  
  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish details of the research which he has commissioned into the drug Beta Interferon, indicating from whom it has been commissioned, by when a report has been requested, and what the research will cost.
(60677)
137  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the estimated cost of training a nurse until fully qualified; and if he will make a statement.
(60705)
138  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what epidemiological evidence he has evaluated on the public health risks of excessive traffic noise.
(60697)
139  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the savings from NHS management costs, estimated by year for the period 1997 to 2002 and the targets for NHS management cost savings by year for the same period; how these savings are estimated; how much of these estimated savings (a) have been allocated and (b) will be available to be bid for by NHS organisations; and what other factors are taken into consideration when estimating savings from reducing NHS management costs.
(60498)
140  
  
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of lead poisoning were reported in each of the last 10 years.
(60803)
141  
  
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the average blood lead level for human beings in the United Kingdom for the most recent years for which data is available.
(60805)
142  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received regarding the level of possible general practitioner retirements during the next five years.
(60627)
143  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to undertake consultations regarding the possible level of general practitioner retirements during the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(60628)
144  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by each of the health trusts in England.
(60532)
145  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by each of the health authorities in England.
(60533)
146  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by non-departmental bodies in receipt of financial support from his Department.
(60526)
147  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to regulate clinical perfusionists.
(60496)
148  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate how many people in each health region are currently waiting for an appointment with a consultant following referral by a general practitioner; if he will provide a breakdown of the length of time for which those people (a) have already waited and (b) are expected to wait; and if he will list for each region the waiting time being issued to new entrants to this waiting list for (i) orthopaedic consultants and (ii) consultants in all other major specialties.
(60538)
149  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the re-application process required of special constables who move to a new police area.
(60642)
150  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used in the determination of an extradition request (a) prior to the magistrates' court hearing and (b) after the court has granted the request.
(60588)
151  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what conditions were placed on General Pinochet's recent entry to the United Kingdom.
(60499)
152  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the extradition requests received concerning General Pinochet; and if he will make a statement.
(60466)
153  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions with the Chilean authorities were held by officials of (a) his Department and (b) the Immigration Service prior to the entry of General Pinochet to the United Kingdom from Chile.
(60465)
154  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to ensure that the Women's Land Army are represented in the parade in Whitehall in 1999's Remembrance Sunday service.
(60439)
155  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) domestic burglaries, (b) vehicle thefts and (c) thefts from a vehicle were recorded in (i) 1995, (ii) 1996 and (iii) 1997 in Staffordshire; and what were the clear-up rates for each offence.
(60244)
156  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average age of people convicted of (a) vehicle theft and (b) domestic burglary in Staffordshire in the last year for which figures are available.
(60245)
157  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which treaty articles, subsequent to the coming into force of the Treaty of Amsterdam, will provide powers enabling officials of the government to (a) question, (b) examine the belongings of, (c) search and (d) detain any persons possessing documents purporting to show that they are citizens of (i) the European Union and (ii) a state being part of the European Economic Area.
(60681)
158  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by non-departmental bodies in receipt of financial support from his Department.
(60525)
159  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if Kingston Prison is to be included in the initiative to instal televisions in prisoners' cells; and if he will make a statement.
(60791)
160  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list each series of research papers which his Department currently produces.
(60691)
161  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals he has with regard to the deposits to be paid by candidates standing for (i) constituency seats and (ii) list seats for the National Assembly of Wales; and what plans he has to set expenditure limits on the election campaigns of such candidates, with particular reference to the position of candidates who may appear on both the constituency and list nominations.
[R] (60715)
162  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by non-departmental bodies in receipt of financial support from her Department.
(60524)
163  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the progress towards the 2015 targets and the goals of the White Paper on International Development.
(60712)
164  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the current humanitarian crisis in Kosovo.
(60711)
165  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list her engagements up to 31st December.
(60708)
166  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the current project and programme commitments to (a) India and (b) Uganda by her Department and the amounts given to each.
(60709)
167  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 28th October, Official Report, column 202, if she will list the major partner countries which are monitored by her economic advisers.
(60592)
168  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the inter-departmental committees on which she sits; when they were established; and which other government ministers attend.
(60706)
169  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her oral Answer of 11th November, Official Report, column 359, what plans she has to encourage the more rapid disbursement of EC funds, with particular reference to those from the European Communities Humanitarian Office.
(60761)
170  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when the code of best practice for the management and support of aid personnel will be completed; and if she will place it in the Library on its completion.
(60707)
171  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the implications of current debt relief programmes for the 2015 poverty elimination targets; and if she will make a statement.
(60713)
172  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the 10 organisations which receive the greatest amounts of her Department's budget allocated to non-governmental organisations.
(60457)
173  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the objectives of the Development Policy Forum; what is the planned timescale; and what steps she will take to implement the representations received during these events.
(60714)
174  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the use of portable water purification pumps in the area affected by Hurricane Mitch in Central America.
(60586)
175  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the Chairman and other members of the Government's Working Party on Integrated Education and the organisations they represent.
(60463)
176  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations she has received from the Bar Council of Northern Ireland concerning the proposed role of members of the Bar appointed by the Attorney-General to represent parties excluded from hearings before tribunals under the National Security Certificate procedure; what replies she has sent; if she will make a statement; and if she will place the relevant correspondence in the Library.
(60438)
177  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by non-departmental bodies in receipt of financial support from her Department.
(60521)
178  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will deposit in the Library a copy of the speech he delivered at Po­rtschach; and what (i) minutes and (ii) notes were taken by (a) United Kingdom delegates and (b) the Council Secretariat.
(60779)
179  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he had with his Ministers prior to his decision to authorise armed action against Iraq on 14th November; and when.
(60651)
180  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has held with the Prime Minister of Spain concerning relations with (a) Chile and (b) the European Union; and if he will make a statement.
(60468)
181  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement of 16th November, Official Report, column 610, what support there is in (a) the Arab world, (b) Iran, (c) the Islamic world and (d) Asia for sustained bombing of Iraq if Saddam Hussein again obstructs the work of the UNSCOM inspectors.
(60730)
182  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of whether Baghdad received warning of an imminent attack, and from what source.
(60732)
183  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the collateral damage to civilian Iraqi people which would result from a military air strike against Iraq.
(60742)
184  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement of 16th November, Official Report, column 610, what the basis was for his statement about Iraqi propaganda being repeated in Britain.
(60733)
185  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement of 16th November, Official Report, column 610, what consultation he has had with international lawyers about attacking Iraq without further warning.
(60731)
186  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement of 16th November, Official Report, column 609, for what reasons there is to be no negotiation with Iraq.
(60729)
187  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement of 16th November, Official Report, column 611, what consultation he has had with international lawyers about removing a head of state.
(60735)
188  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement of 16th November, Official Report, column 608, what representations he has received from (a) Iran, (b) Jordan, (c) Saudi Arabia, (d) Syria, (e) other Arab states and (f) Israel about the risks to them from Iraq's behaviour.
(60728)
189  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the UNSCOM officials paid 180,000 US dollars a year or more.
(60740)
190  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement of 16th November, Official Report, column 614, what assessment he has made of the threat from pollution to Arab neighbours if missiles are unleashed against targets in Iraq.
(60739)
191  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement of 16th November, Official Report, column 608, if he will list the materials found at presidential sites by UNSCOM.
(60727)
192  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the recent statement by Mr Denis Halliday concerning oil for food arrangements in Iraq.
(60734)
193  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement of 16th November, Official Report, column 617, to which words of the UN Secretary General he was referring.
(60741)
194  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement of 16th November, Official Report, column 613, what evidence underlay his statement that money for the food programme has gone to elite people around Saddam Hussein; and whom he includes as members of that group.
(60738)
195  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement of 16th November, Official Report, columns 613-4, what is the nature of the support expressed by Arab states, and what measures they supported.
(60737)
196  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the reasons for establishing an Iraq media unit within Her Majesty's Government.
(60811)
197  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement of 16th November, Official Report, column 612, concerning the views of the international community, what evidence he has obtained that (a) the UN Secretary General, (b) Iran, (c) the Arab world, (d) Russia, (e) China and (f) France accept that next time Iraq obstructs the work of UN inspectors there will be no formal negotiation regardless of last minute pleas and letters.
(60736)
198  
  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Prime Minister, if the Iraqi government signified to the Secretary General of the United Nations its willingness to co-operate with the UNSCOM inspectors after the orders had been given by the Prime Minister to launch an attack; how long before the attack on targets in Iraq was due to commence, the communication from the Iraqi government was received by the United Nations; and what was the source from which the Iraqi government learned that an attack was imminent.
(60668)
199  
  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Prime Minister, which countries were aware that orders had been given to initiate an attack on targets in Iraq.
(60746)
200  
  
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to commemorate the contribution of those civilian women who worked directly to support the war effort in both world wars.
(60660)
201  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many honourable Members have been identified by the security services as a security risk.
(60433)
202  
  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many houses and flats were available for rent from (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations in (i) 1978 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available.
(60745)
203  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by non-departmental bodies in receipt of financial support from his Department.
(60520)
204  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement about the methodology employed by officials in calculating the figures which he has released indicating an excess of government spending over revenue raised in Scotland.
(60669)
205  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement about the proposals submitted by health boards and trusts for the further reduction of waiting lists in Scotland.
(60667)
206  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will appoint a representative of the Church of Scotland to the Scottish Parliament Consultative Steering Group.
(60670)
207  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how the extra funding announced for the Scottish Ambulance Service will be spent.
(60666)
208  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement about the number of patients currently awaiting a first appointment with a consultant in Scotland.
(60665)
209  
  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his current plans are for the A80 road between Glasgow and Stirling.
(60796)
210  
  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the number of PFI contracts in which the Government is engaged in Scotland and the annual expenditure to service each of these, over the full term of the contracts in cash and real terms.
(60797)
211  
  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the total amount of local authority housing debt in Scotland; and what would be the cost of redeeming that debt at the present day.
(60798)
212  
  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many copies of the Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland report have been printed for each edition since 1992; how many have been distributed for each edition; and what was the cost of publication for each edition.
(60799)
213  
  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many specific quotations have been attributed in the Scottish media to Scottish Office central administration civil servants since January.
(60800)
214  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps he is taking to recover from the supplier the costs incurred by the public purse as a consequence of the Contribution Agency's computer system failure.
(60750)
215  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what arrangements for compensation are being made for those affected by the failure of the Contribution Agency's computer system; and when and how they will be notified.
(60749)
216  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the Contributions Agency's computer system will be fully functional.
(60748)
217  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he plans to publish the housing benefit review.
(60680)
218  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the average annual salary of the personal advisers in the New Deal for Lone Parents is; and what the ratio of advisers to lone parents has been in each of the pilot areas.
(60744)
219  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the benefits which a person with disabilities will be entitled to if under the new form of the all work test he agrees to make himself available for limited types and limited amounts of work; and to what extent payment of those benefits will be dependent on his taking any job which is suitable for his capabilities.
(60725)
220  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, in what circumstances, under the single gateway to benefit, attendance at the interview with a special adviser will not be a condition of receiving benefit.
(60699)
221  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many of the total number of lone parents who obtained employment through the New Deal for Lone Parents between July 1997 and September 1998 have subsequently left employment to claim income support.
(60702)
222  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people who have been awarded incapacity benefit since April 1995 and who do not have income from an occupational or private pension also receive one or more of income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit.
(60701)
223  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people who have been awarded incapacity benefit since April 1995 also receive one or more of income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit.
(60700)
224  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he last met the representatives of the mortgage protection insurance industry to discuss products to meet the needs of people to protect their homes; and with what results.
(60717)
225  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his oral statement of 28th October, Official Report, column 339, if he will indicate the levels of (a) health insurance and (b) pension income thresholds that would lead to dis-entitlement of payment of incapacity benefit.
(60590)
226  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by non-departmental bodies in receipt of financial support from his Department.
(60519)
227  
  
Joan Ryan (Enfield North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants for incapacity benefit who are from ethnic minority backgrounds have been found fit for work following examination by a BAMS doctor .
(60655)
228  
  
Joan Ryan (Enfield North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants for incapacity benefit have (a) been found fit to work following an examination by a BAMS doctor and (b) have had this decision overturned on (i) appeal and (ii) reviews.
(60654)
229  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 9th November, Official Report, column 319, on means-tested benefits, if he will estimate how many of those listed will be receiving, (a) income support alone, (b) income support and either housing benefit or council tax benefit alone, (c) working families tax credit alone, (d) housing benefit alone, (e) council tax benefit alone, (f) working families tax credit and either housing benefit or council tax benefit and (g) any other combinations of these benefits.
(60593)
230  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on the estimate by NatWest Life that 20 per cent. of those currently of working age can expect to be comfortable in old age; and if he will list the policies which he has to ensure that those who are currently unemployed will not require support from means-tested benefits in old age.
(60664)
231  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the additional number of (a) men and (b) women who will receive means tested benefits as a result of the abolition of severe disablement allowance for adults.
(60510)
232  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to review the rules under which compensation payments following personal injuries are offset against certain social security benefits.
(60688)
233  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 16th November, Official Report, column 396, on problems with the NIRS2 computer system, if he will provide corresponding figures for the basic state pension.
(60594)
234  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if his estimate that lone parents who take paid employment as a result of the New Deal programme and who are £40 per week better off takes account of the value of those passported benefits which are available only to those on income support.
(60513)
235  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the amount of money currently paid to post offices for handling payments of family credit; and if he will make a statement on the implications of the loss of such payments following the introduction of the working families tax credits.
(60512)
236  
  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will introduce measures to promote the growth of electronic commerce, including digital purchases, with particular reference to software, video, audio and intellectual property.
(60679)
237  
  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the agreements that the Millennium Experience Company has entered into with foreign financial backers which will exclude the display of examples of British culture and industry in the Millennium Dome.
(60754)
238  
  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the guidelines used by the Millennium Experience Company in determining (a) approaches to potential financial backers of the Millennium Dome displays, (b) acceptance of financial backing for the Millennium Dome displays, (c) the relevance of proposed displays put forward by potential financial backers to British culture and industry and (d) preferences among proposals from potential financial backers which promote exclusively British culture and industry.
(60747)
239  
  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will establish a development corporation to encourage Internet-based trading companies, including those facilitating digital purchases, to locate in the UK.
(60678)
240  
  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what instructions he has given to the Millennium Experience Company on exclusive franchising arrangements with private sector financial backers that would prevent the display of examples of British culture and industry.
(60753)
241  
  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proposals the Millennium Experience Company has to ensure that private sector financial backing does not mitigate against the Millennium Dome being a showcase for British culture and industry.
(60755)
242  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many meetings he has had since his appointment with (a) British Airways, (b) British Airports Authority, (c) British Telecom, (d) British Aerospace, (e) the Ford Motor Company, (f) GEC, (g) Camelot, (h) Thames Water, (i) BSkyB, (j) Marks and Spencer, (k) McDonalds and (l) Tesco; and if civil servants were present.
(60432)
243  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action the Government plans to take to strengthen through international fora the obligations and responsibilities of multinational companies in respect of (a) environmental and (b) labour standards.
(60663)
244  
N  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list those companies which have indicated to the Government a desire to see a multinational agreement on investment in place.
(60606)
245  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 4th November, Official Report, column 583, on European structural funds, if he will make a statement on the negotiations within the European Union regarding the European structural funds regime for the West Midlands Region.
(60251)
246  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he plans to provide a substantive reply to the question tabled by the honourable Member for South Cambridgeshire on 3rd September (ref. 55424) on a planning application by the Wellcome Trust.
(60456)
247  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what provision there will be in the Millennium Dome for public toilets for women and men, including disabled people, and for babies' changing and feeding rooms.
(60676)
248  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if his proposals for trades union recognition in workplaces are conditional upon those employees indicating separately that they wish the unions to represent them in collective bargaining with management.
(60380)
249  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library copies of the submissions on the Fairness at Work White Paper from companies and business organisations.
(60762)
250  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by non-departmental bodies in receipt of financial support from his Department.
(60518)
251  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of the plutonium reprocessed from spent fuel discharged from BNFL's Calder Hall and Chapel Cross reactors is under safeguards.
(60778)
252  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the current review of the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises.
(60587)
253  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what procedures he has in place to ensure continuous risk assessment and monitoring to prevent serious oil pollution incidents in UK waters arising from oil extraction activities; and if he will make a statement.
(60808)
254  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received on the effect of prevailing weather conditions in the Atlantic Frontier on oil exploration activities.
(60806)
255  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to introduce revised criteria for dealing with requests for noise mitigation on existing trunk roads built before current standards were introduced.
(60696)
256  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with representatives of Laings concerning the completion of the Millennium Stadium.
(60458)
257  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will review the decision on the site for the Welsh Assembly.
(60460)
258  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Leader of Cardiff County Council concerning the use of Cardiff City Hall as the site of the Welsh Assembly.
(60459)
259  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he intends to announce the results of his review of health trust mergers.
(60461)
260  
  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many cases of testicular cancer have occurred in Wales in (a) each of the last three years and (b) during the period 1985 to 1988.
(60802)
261  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement about the level of training provided in each health authority for general practitioners in breast cancer follow up.
(60609)
262  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what were the (a) planned and (b) actual housing starts made by housing associations in each of the last four years for which figures are available.
(60620)
263  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what (a) number and (b) percentage of (i) doctors, (ii) nurses and (iii) administrative staff involved in providing breast care services have received training in communication skills.
(60614)
264  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many cases of prostrate cancer have occurred in Wales (a) in each of the last three years and (b) during the period 1985 to 1988.
(60619)
265  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list by tumour site the cancer (a) survival and (b) death rates in the last year for which figures are available.
(60608)
266  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list by local authority the spending per pupil in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(60615)
267  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the number of (a) new jobs created and (b) existing jobs protected since May 1997 by the provision of financial support from his Department.
(60618)
268  
  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the additional funding he has made available to farmers since May 1997 to cover the costs of food safety and public assurance measures which would otherwise have been met by the agricultural sector.
(60716)
269  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement about Welsh involvement in the HELIOS programme of the European Union since its inception.
(60617)
270  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what percentage of women receive the triple assessment for breast cancer recommended in Improving Outcomes in Breast Cancer.
(60607)
271  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the location of multi-disciplinary breast cancer teams working with a written protocol as a benchmark to manage co-ordinated care.
(60610)
272  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what percentage of test results for breast cancer patients are available within five working days.
(60613)
273  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list his policies which are aimed at promoting better working relationships between (a) his Department and the voluntary sector and (b) local government and the voluntary sector.
(60616)
274  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement about the involvement of general practitioners in each health authority in developing local arrangements for the follow up of primary breast cancer patients.
(60611)
275  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many trusts which provide a breast cancer service have (a) a written communications policy and (b) a protocol for communication with patients.
(60612)
276  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by each of the health trusts in Wales.
(60535)
277  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by non-departmental bodies in receipt of grant aid from his Department.
(60536)
278  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal arrangements by each of the health authorities in Wales.
(60534)
279  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much money (a) the Welsh Office (b) Tai Cymru and (c) local authorities invested in improving housing stock in Wales in (i) 1996, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 1998; and what is the projected figure for 1999.
(60659)
280  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what response he plans to make to the recommendation of the Boundary Commission on the configuration of county council wards in (a) the Tremadog and Beddgelert areas and (b) the Talysarn and Nantlle area of Gwynedd.
(60724)
281  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many successful prosecutions there have been in 1998 for smuggling petroleum products into Northern Ireland.
[Transferred] (60436)
282  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the defence equipment exported to Saudi Arabia by Allivane under export licence 1A/4650/87.
[Transferred] (60812)
283  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if export licence number 1A/4650/87 was granted to Allivane for the supply of defence equipment to Saudi Arabia.
[Transferred] (60813)
284  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ban flights by police helicopters in London between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
[Transferred] (60634)
285  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many successful prosecutions there have been in each of the last three years for smuggling petroleum products into Northern Ireland.
[Transferred] (60636)
286  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment his Department has made of the benefits of a public-private partnership approach to reducing the number of mortgage repossessions.
[Transferred] (60718)
287  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will review his policy in respect of health and safety measures on oil production vessels; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (60807)


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