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Session 1998-99
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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 30 November 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Monday 30 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  Monday 30 November, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Tuesday 1 December, see Part 2 of this Paper.

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


 
MONDAY 30th NOVEMBER
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the activities of the United States government in promoting the interests of the genetically-modified food industry based in the United States of America; what pressure has been applied by the United States government to his Department directly or indirectly in this respect; and if he will make a statement.
(60931)
2  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects to receive further scientific advice on the public health risk from beef bones from the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee.
(61834)
3  
N  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to protect horses from unqualified people acting as equine dentists and supervising artificial insemination; and if he will make a statement on the regulation of this area.
(60970)
4  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what support he will give to the Kent and Essex Sea Fisheries Committee to replace their sea fisheries protection vessel; and if he will support their application for EU funding.
(61630)
5  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he plans to publish the draft bill to establish the Food Standards Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(61467)
6  
N  
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will introduce guidelines on the cultivation of oilseed rape in relation to its proximity to domestic dwellings.
(61510)
7  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what has been the total amount spent on severance payments to those who have resigned, retired or been dismissed from ministerial office since 1st May 1997, broken down by ministry.
(61516)
8  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list those areas of the United Kingdom which are unable to receive the full subscription services offered by ON digital through the digital terrestrial network.
(60968)
9  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the percentage of households which will be unable to receive digital terrestrial channels in the counties of (a) Northumberland and (b) Cumbria.
(60969)
10  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list those areas of the United Kingdom which are unable to receive the full range of free-to-air digital terrestrial channels.
(60967)
11  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the changes in departmental practices which would be required to comply with the planned Freedom of Information Act.
(61512)
12  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to offer teachers free flu injections; what estimate he has of the number of days off work which would be saved if such injections were available; and if he will make a statement.
(60929)
13  
  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will give details of the Government's plans to monitor the impact of the new funding system on recruitment to higher education institutions of various categories of student, including mature students.
(61932)
14  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received concerning the impact on external institutions of the FEFC's proposed merger of access and childcare funds; and what plans he has to ensure that external institutions are not disadvantaged by these changes.
(61926)
15  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many primary schools provide an audio tape library for dyslexic pupils.
(60964)
16  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what advice is offered by his Department to selective entry schools on making special provision for the needs of dyslexic children in entrance tests.
(61197)
17  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many children in each local education authority area are identified as being dyslexic in the most recently available figures.
(60952)
18  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the cost of screening all rising fives for dyslexia.
(60953)
19  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received on the ring fencing of special education funds for dyslexia.
(60957)
20  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will publish the amount spent per local education authority on (a) identifying children with dyslexia and (b) educational support for such children in the last year for which figures are available.
(60954)
21  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what monitoring of expenditure by local education authorities on dyslexia is undertaken by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(60956)
22  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the time allotted by each local education authority to dyslexic children for special help for each of stages one to five in the last year for which figures are available.
(60958)
23  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many secondary schools provide an audio tape library for dyslexic pupils.
(60962)
24  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will publish information held by his Department on the number of (a) further education and (b) university students, broken down by institution, who are diagnosed as dyslexic.
(60959)
25  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many primary schools provide computers with voice-driven software for dyslexic students.
(60961)
26  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what information he has on the number of unemployed people who are identified as dyslexic during a jobseeker's allowance interview.
(60965)
27  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the methods used by local education authorities to identify children with dyslexia; and if he will publish the guidelines.
(60949)
28  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his estimate of the amount of specialist help in terms of (a) cost and (b) time given to each dyslexic child through stages one to five.
(60955)
29  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many secondary schools provide computers with voice-driven software for dyslexic pupils.
(60963)
30  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the Employment Service's failure (a) to meet its target for placing unemployed people into work and (b) to stay within its planned unit cost of placing unemployed people into work in 1997-98.
(61074)
31  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list by region the number of staff employed by the Employment Service in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1995-96 and (d) 1994-95.
(61076)
32  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the planning assumptions on which each New Deal model, excluding the New Deal pilots for over 25s, are based, indicating the proportion of each client group that the Government would usually expect, in the absence of the New Deal, to leave jobseeker's allowance within six months of reaching (a) six months, (b) 12 months, (c) 18 months and (d) 24 months unemployment and the indicative information the Government has about the proportion of jobseeker's allowance leavers in each client group who, in the absence of the New Deal, would go into jobs.
(61079)
33  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he has set a target for the number of people to be placed on Work Based Training for Adults in 1998-99.
(61073)
34  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate how many of those leaving the New Deal for unsubsidised jobs remain in those jobs for more than (a) one month, (b) two months and (c) three months.
(61078)
35  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the Employment Service's failure to meet its target for 1997-98 for placing people on Training for Work.
(61075)
36  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the planning assumptions on which the New Deal pilots for over 25s are based, indicating the proportion of each part of the client group that the Government would usually expect, in the absence of the New Deal, to leave jobseeker's allowance within six months of reaching (a) 12 months, (b) 18 months and (c) 24 months unemployment and the indicative information the Government has about the proportion of jobseeker's allowance leavers who, in the absence of the New Deal, would go into jobs.
(61081)
37  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list, for the most recent year for which survey information is available, the percentage of A level grades which are forecast (a) correctly, (b) too low, (c) too high and (d) too high by two grades or more; and if he will list each by school type.
(61077)
38  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the percentage increase in pay settlements awarded by the CITB and ECITB for the next financial year.
(61631)
39  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the percentage increase in the levy charged to their in-scope companies by the CITB and ECITB for the next financial year.
(61632)
40  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he intends to respond to the findings of the Snowdon Survey on financial considerations relating to students with disabilities.
(61511)
41  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what factors are taken into account when classifying children as having moderate learning difficulties; what plans he has to review the statementing system; and if he will make a statement.
(61502)
42  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proposed expenditure for the University for Industry he expects to be included within the £40 million allocated within the Comprehensive Spending Review for start-up costs.
(61807)
43  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will place a copy of the business plan for the University for Industry in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(61825)
44  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if, where a child is admitted in the final term, as an agreed exception under the Regulations of the School Standards and Framework to a reception infant class that already has 30 pupils, it will be mandatory to reduce the class size maximum to 30 in the following year; and what advice local education authorities will be given on compliance with the legislation.
(61824)
45  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proposals he has to allow the University for Industry to be a direct provider of further education and higher education courses; and if resources for such provision will come directly from FEFC and HEFC budgets.
(61826)
46  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, from which budget head within his Department he plans to allocate future resources for the University for Industry.
(61809)
47  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what has been the total cost to date of setting up the Learning Direct Service; what will be the budget allocation for learning direct in each of the next three years; and where the resources will come from.
(61827)
48  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proposals he has to resolve the current dispute between FE staff and their employers.
(61810)
49  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the expected total income is from tuition fees from all undergraduates entering higher education institutions in 1998-99; what the level is of additional funding provided by his Department for higher education institutions in 1998-99; what the level of fundings is per undergraduate student in 1998-99 as a result of the introduction of tuition fees and additional funding from his Department; and what the level of funding was per undergraduate student in each of the previous five years.
(61813)
50  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the total number of qualified teachers who left teaching in each of the years 1992-93 to 1997-98 for reasons other than reaching the normal retirement age; and if he will provide an analysis of the reasons.
(61819)
51  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what level of resources was allocated by each local education authority to non-statutory adult education and training services in each of the years 1992-93 to 1997-98.
(61820)
52  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what additional resources he expects to allocate to the University for Industry in each of the years 2000-01 and 2001-02; and if these resources will be allocated from the Comprehensive Spending Review total for education.
(61808)
53  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what advice he has given to principals and vice chancellors during the current academic year on the collection of fees from non-UK EU students.
(61811)
54  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of the £19 billion allocated to education as a result of the Comprehensive Spending Review will be (a) direct government grant and (b) a permission for LEAs and other sector providers to borrow or raise funding from other sources; and if he will make a statement.
(61806)
55  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many non-UK EU students were expected to commence undergraduate studies at UK universities during the current academic year; and what was the estimated total amount of tuition fees to be collected from these students.
(61812)
56  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if, where admission limits to infant schools are in excess of multiples of 30, his Department will insist on reduction or increases to admission numbers when agreeing local education authority development plans.
(61823)
57  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the current age limit is for students to have access to student loans; and what plans he has to increase the age limit during the next three years.
(61821)
58  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish, for each train operating company, the percentage of trains arriving at their destination more than three minutes early.
(61656)
59  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to be able to release highway authorities from the requirement to seek his Department's approval prior to introducing 20 mph limits on roads for which they have responsibility.
(60933)
60  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he or his Ministers held with (a) OPRAF and (b) Connex South Central before the decision was taken not to extend the latter's franchise.
(61654)
61  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish, for each train operating company, the percentage of (a) London commuter trains, Gatwick Express trains and short distance ex-regional railway trains, arriving at their destination between three minutes and four minutes 59 seconds late, (b) ex-Inter City trains and ex-Regional Railways long distance trains arriving at their destination between five minutes and nine minutes 59 seconds late and (c) Scotrail sleepers arriving at their destination between 10 and 30 minutes late for the latest available period.
(61657)
62  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate (a) the rate of road traffic growth which could be expected to occur between 1997 and 2002 if no action was taken to reduce this and (b) the rate of road traffic growth which is now expected to occur following government action to reduce road traffic growth.
(60927)
63  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the emissions of NOx from aircraft operating within United Kingdom airspace in each year since 1980.
(60930)
64  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish, for each month since its inception, the average time taken by National Rail Enquiries to answer a call; and if he will make a statement.
(61509)
65  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the recent Greenpeace report on the impact on the United Kingdom of emissions from French nuclear reactors; and if he will make a statement.
(60942)
66  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the accuracy of the information provided by National Rail Enquiries in respect of (a) timetable information and (b) price options.
(61508)
67  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will introduce targets for reductions in casualties among (a) cyclists and (b) pedestrians expressed in terms of casualties per mile travelled.
(60932)
68  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list, for each EU country, the percentage of rail track operated for passenger purposes which was electrified in (a) 1977, (b) 1987 and (c) 1997.
(61655)
69  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the charge of dangerous driving and the appropriateness of the criteria which must be met before such a charge can successfully be brought.
(60935)
70  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy to reduce the maximum time trains can be late whilst still being classified as punctual within the criteria set for the Passenger's Charter performance statistics.
(61658)
71  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is his policy to set targets for reductions in traffic levels (a) nationally and (b) for particular areas; and if he will make a statement.
(60928)
72  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons the application by Connex South Central to extend its franchise was refused; if he is prepared to consider an amended offer from the company; and if he will make a statement.
(61653)
73  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of measurable radioactivity recorded in southern England is attributable to emissions from French nuclear reactors.
(60943)
74  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reason the Chair of the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority will be required to work only two and a half days a week.
(61652)
75  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will assess the advantages of enabling receipts from landfill tax to be invested in the recycling infrastructure in the United Kingdom.
(61835)
76  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to increase the availability of (a) city diesel and (b) other low emissions fuels.
(61801)
77  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the current review of packaging regulations will cover the benefits for supermarkets from their back of store waste and the effects of such benefits on others in the packaging chain.
(61499)
78  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will announce the decision on the application to develop a golf course on the ancient woodland site at Penn, Buckinghamshire.
(61498)
79  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will confer upon charter trustees and town councils the powers contained in section 249 of the Local Government Act 1972 in respect to the conferring of honorary freedoms.
(61833)
80  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received in respect of United Kingdom airlines' access to the United States civil aviation market, with particular reference to rights of (a) cabotage and (b) ownership of United States airlines; and if he will make a statement.
(61795)
81  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if sparsity allowance is included in the social services standard spending assessment of county councils; and if he will make a statement.
(61829)
82  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the future levels of sparsity allowance for shire counties.
(61830)
83  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what account was taken of the accessibility of blocks of flats in the decision to extend part M of the building regulations to housing in October; and if he will make a statement.
(61651)
84  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to ban the use of four star petrol.
(61505)
85  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) the total profits of privatised water companies since 1990 and (b) the total investment in environmental improvements over the same period.
(61805)
86  
  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many workers in the United Kingdom currently (a) earn under £8,000 per annum, (b) earn between £8,000 and £10,000 per annum, (c) earn between £10,000 and £12,000 per annum and (d) earn over £12,000 per annum.
(61933)
87  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is his policy to promote an OECD wide approach to tax policy co-ordination; and if he will make a statement.
(61072)
88  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is his policy to promote increased transparency in the decision-making processes of the European Central Bank; and if he will make a statement.
(61063)
89  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is his policy to oppose amendments to the (a) interpretation and (b) implementation of the European Growth and Stability Pact promoting greater flexibility towards budget deficits which result from high levels of net public sector investment; and if he will make a statement.
(61066)
90  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is his policy that there should be reporting of European Union national budget deficits to distinguish between (a) borrowing for net investment purposes and (b) borrowing to fund current expenditure; and if he will make a statement.
(61068)
91  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the full-year revenue yield of introducing a new 50 per cent. rate of income tax on taxable income of over £100,000 per annum.
(61196)
92  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to seek to co-ordinate savings and corporate taxation across European Union nations; and if he will make a statement.
(61071)
93  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is his policy to seek to end harmful tax competition within the European Union; what his policy is on determining what types of tax competition are harmful; and if he will make a statement.
(61065)
94  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is his policy to seek to increase co-ordination of budgetary and economic policies within EMU in order to promote growth and high employment; and if he will make a statement.
(61067)
95  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is his policy to switch the tax burden away from taxes on labour to taxes on capital; and if he will make a statement.
(61069)
96  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many extra savers he expects as a result of the introduction of the individual savings account.
(60945)
97  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his latest estimate of the number of additional savers expected as a result of the introduction of the individual savings account; and if he will make a statement.
(61070)
98  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on his plans for an Anglo-German working party on job creation and economic reform.
(61062)
99  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is his policy that the European Central Bank should adopt an inflation target; and if he will make a statement.
(61064)
100  
  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement about the smuggling of petroleum products into Northern Ireland from the Irish Republic.
(61925)
101  
  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the impact on the rate of economic growth in Northern Ireland of the smuggling of petroleum products from Irish Republic; and if he will make a statement.
(61924)
102  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for (a) each delivery unit for which the figures are available and (b) for each month from January to April 1998, the rate at which 18 to 24 year olds ceased jobseeker's allowance claims and went into jobs in non-pathfinder areas broken down by (i) men, (ii) women, (iii) people with disabilities and (iv) those from ethnic minority groups.
(61080)
103  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect which the eleven week limit to casual employment has had on small employers in the construction industry.
(61911)
104  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the costs of servicing the national debt in 1998-99.
(61815)
105  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what has been the total expenditure of the Government Hospitality Fund Advisory Committee for the purchase of wine since 1st May 1997; what is the average cost of each bottle purchased; and what percentage of wine purchased is of United Kingdom origin.
(60940)
106  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the oldest bottle of wine held for government hospitality purposes.
(61517)
107  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what has been the most expensive bottle purchased on the recommendation of the Government Hospitality Fund Advisory Committee for the purchase of wine since 1st May 1997.
(61515)
108  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the members of the Government Hospitality Fund Advisory Committee for the purchase of wine; how many times the committee has met since 1st May 1997; if its deliberations are a matter of public record; and if he will make a statement.
(60941)
109  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the recent military operations in the sub-district of Alas in East Timor.
(61791)
110  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place a copy of the report from the Government of Pitcairn Island on the disposal of asbestos waste near the island in the Library.
(61674)
111  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the replacement programme for office automation and telecommunications infrastructure will be completed.
(61677)
112  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reply he has given to the invitation from the Sudanese Government for a United Kingdom verification mission to examine the Al-Shifa factory site.
(61500)
113  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will set out the legal authority on which the Government plans to take military action against Iraq are based.
(61676)
114  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the Iraqi opposition groups that ministers have met over the past four weeks.
(61675)
115  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with the Government of the United States of America regarding the Ottawa Convention.
(61828)
116  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to introduce freedom of information legislation on St. Helena.
(61466)
117  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from his Bulgarian counterpart concerning the visa requirement for Bulgarian nationals wishing to visit the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(61818)
118  
N  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of British abortion statistics; and if he will make a statement on how they are compiled.
(61673)
119  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements the Government has put in place to ensure that patients referred to hospital trusts without a contract from their health authority or primary care group are accepted as referrals by those trusts.
[R] (61800)
120  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS general practitioners have been found to be in breach of paragraph 43 of their terms of service for issuing a private prescription to patients on their list for each of the last 10 years.
[R] (61798)
121  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many medical negligence cases have been settled out of court in each of the last three years; and how many of the medical practitioners who have accepted medical negligence through an out of court settlement have been referred to the General Medical Council.
[R] (61799)
122  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clerical and administrative staff were employed by the National Health Service on (a) 30th September 1985, (b) 30th September 1990, (c) 30th September 1995 and (d) 30th September 1996.
(60944)
123  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the use of hydrolysed DNA assay testing for the early detection of cervical cancer in tandem with the present smear test.
(61530)
124  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to be able to announce proposals to alter child labour legislation in the United Kingdom.
(60950)
125  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the representations received on the future of child labour legislation in the United Kingdom.
(60951)
126  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what departmental funding is made available for research programmes into the causes of dyslexia; and what expenditure is planned for 1999-2000.
(60966)
127  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research information is held by his Department on the causes of childhood dyslexia; and if he will make a statement.
(60960)
128  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the current average waiting times in each health authority in England are for (a) investigative and (b) interventional cardiac surgery.
(61942)
129  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients waiting for cardiac surgery in the last five years have died before the procedure was carried out.
(61941)
130  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients (a) are waiting for cardiac surgery, (b) have been waiting more than six months for cardiac surgery and (c) have been waiting more than 12 months for cardiac surgery in each health authority.
(61946)
131  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with cardiac disease or illness in each of the last five years; and how many of those people have died as a result of that disease or illness.
(61945)
132  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (i) emergency and (ii) elective cardiac operations were carried out by the NHS in England in each of the last five years.
(61943)
133  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the amounts spent by the NHS in each of the last five years on the prevention of cardiac diseases.
(61944)
134  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will request Suffolk Health Authority to reconsider their proposals to close the Bartlett Hospital, and to review the provision of hospital care in (a) Felixstowe and (b) the surrounding area.
(61973)
135  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will announce a decision on the Bartlett Hospital in Felixstowe.
(61972)
136  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the relationship between income during pregnancy and a child's (a) health in early years and (b) long-term health prospects.
(61735)
137  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the local authorities in (a) England and Wales and (b) Scotland showing the number of councillors on each who are (i) men and (ii) women.
(61729)
138  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that doctors are obliged to detail in writing the potential adverse consequences and dangers arising from a cosmetic surgical procedure.
(61816)
139  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what standard spending assessment has been allocated to Gloucester County Council for the provision of care services in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99 and (d) 1999-2000.
(61506)
140  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what care services local authorities are required to provide; what assessment he has made of the level of care services provided by Gloucestershire County Council; what steps he is taking to improve care facilities; and if he will make a statement.
(61507)
141  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to regulate the destruction of unwanted animals bred for use in experiments.
(60936)
142  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to reduce the numbers of animals bred for use in experimentation but subsequently discarded without being so used.
(60938)
143  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it a requirement for those holding project licences under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 to publish details of the number of surplus animals killed each year.
(60937)
144  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the number of animals bred each year for possible use in experimentation but subsequently discarded without being so used.
(60939)
145  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average penalty applied to a person convicted of accidentally killing another whilst in charge of a motor vehicle.
(61501)
146  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of dangerous driving in the last year for which figures are available.
(60934)
147  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions public funds have been used to pay the debts of (i) staff messes and (ii) staff clubs, in Prison Service establishments; and what was the total amount so spent in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(61906)
148  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) staff messes and (b) staff clubs in prison service establishments have closed in each of the last five years.
(61905)
149  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Prison Service is directly liable for debts occurring in (i) staff messes and (ii) staff clubs in prison service establishments; and if he will make a statement.
(61907)
150  
N  
Ms Hazel Blears (Salford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the funding to be made available for policing in Greater Manchester in 1999-2000.
(61107)
151  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department (i) collects and (ii) publishes on the trafficking of women for sexual purposes in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the rest of the EU and (c) wider Europe.
(61533)
152  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contribution his Department makes to the work of the European Network of Policewomen; what is the composition and role of the network; and what is the estimated annual cost to public funds of United Kingdom participation in it.
(61532)
153  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the percentage of the (a) female and (b) male prison population who are dyslexic in each of the past 10 years.
(60946)
154  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his Department's estimate of the number of current young offenders who are dyslexic; and what estimate he has made of the number in each of the last five years.
(60947)
155  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what specialist help is available to dyslexic prisoners by the Prisons Education Department; and if he will make a statement.
(60948)
156  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to make a statement on Scotland Yard's continuing investigation into the case of WPC Fletcher.
(61088)
157  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what involvement his Department has in the efforts to combat the trafficking in women for sexual purposes in (a) the EU and (b) wider Europe.
(61531)
158  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he gives to the police regarding decisions on whether to prosecute offending motorists or to require them to undertake driver improvement schemes; what percentage of offending motorists (a) were prosecuted and (b) took part in these schemes in (i) Gloucestershire and (ii) the United Kingdom in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(61504)
159  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the total cost of all the options of (a) the high calibre handgun compensation scheme and (b) the low calibre handgun compensation scheme; and what were the associated staff costs in each case.
(61633)
160  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the outcome of the review of the commercial sale of electoral registers by the Working Party on Electoral Procedures.
(61802)
161  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list Government expenditure on mine clearance for each year since 1992, broken down by country.
(61794)
162  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the amount spent on (a) humanitarian mine clearance, (b) commercial mine clearance, (c) military initiative mine clearance, (d) mine awareness and (e) research and development for mine clearance by Her Majesty's Government in each year since 1992.
(61792)
163  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the organisations to which the Government has given money for the purpose of mine clearance in each year since 1992; and in each case the amount received by each organisation.
(61793)
164  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will publish (a) details of those schools presently under consideration as major capital expenditure projects by the Department of Education for Northern Ireland, (b) the estimated cost at each school and (c) the date on which DENI accepted that each school satisfied the criteria for category 1, 2 or 3 status.
(61837)
165  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what level of funding will be made available by the Department of Health and Social Services in 1999 to provide a regional support office in Northern Ireland for myalgic encephalomyelitis sufferers and their carers.
(61836)
166  
  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the terms of the contract established by the Western Education and Library Board in 1998 for the purchase of petroleum products in the Irish Republic.
(61919)
167  
  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is the policy of the Government on the purchase by Government departments and agencies in Northern Ireland of petroleum products in the Republic of Ireland.
(61920)
168  
  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many representations she has received in 1998 about the smuggling of petroleum products into Northern Ireland from the Irish Republic; and if she will make a statement.
(61923)
169  
  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many successful prosecutions for environmental pollution there have been by the Health and Safety Executive against operators of illegal gas and oil retailing points in Northern Ireland.
(61921)
170  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) punishment beatings and (b) punishment shootings took place in Northern Ireland in the weeks ending (i) 14th November, (ii) 21st November and (iii) 28th November; and how many in each category in each period were committed by (1) Loyalists and (2) Republicans.
(61838)
171  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the statement by Mr Denis Halliday, the former United Nations Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Iraq, in Middle East International of 13th November, a copy of which has been given to him, that the policy of the United Kingdom and United States of America towards Iraq is incompatible with the Charter of the United Nations.
(61694)
172  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people in Scotland had been waiting for more than (a) three, (b) six, (c) 12 and (d) 18 months for a response from an Independent Tribunal Service appeal, in the year ended 31st August (a) 1998 and (b) 1997.
(61918)
173  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants have (a) received and (b) been refused the back-to-work bonus.
(61913)
174  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what would be the total payment in widow's benefits to a woman, without dependent children, widowed at the age of 45 years who claims the benefits until she becomes eligible for the state pension, including the widow's payment, the graduated widow's pension between 45 and 54 years and the full widow's pension.
(61691)
175  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many new claims for disability living allowance and attendance allowance were made in each month between September 1996 and September 1998.
(61692)
176  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many of the representations from disability groups received by the Government during the consultation period before it proposed its changes to disability benefits advocated the abolition of severe disablement allowance.
(61695)
177  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, whether sanctions will be imposed on lone parents if, under the proposed single gateway to benefit, they agree to have an interview in order to qualify for benefit, but then fail to attend that interview; and what form those sanctions will take.
(61693)
178  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the Government expects to publish its response to the submissions made on the Green Paper on Welfare Reform.
(61797)
179  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the total amount paid out in social fund maternity grant was in the last year for which figures are available; and how many people received the social fund maternity grant.
(61731)
180  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many babies were born in families which were (a) already in receipt of family credit and (b) qualified for family credit as a result of the baby's birth in each of the last three years.
(61732)
181  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the average payment is per week for a lone parent on income support with (a) one child, (b) two children and (c) three children.
(61730)
182  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) men and (b) women are in receipt of family credit with (i) one child, (ii) two children, and (c) three children.
(61733)
183  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the average weekly income is for families in receipt of family credit broken down between the amount received in (i) pay and (ii) family credit for a two-parent family with (a) one child, (b) two children and (c) three children.
(61728)
184  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many families are in receipt of family credit with (a) one child, (b) two children and (c) three children.
(61734)
185  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what are the achieved levels of accuracy of the CSA for each region.
(61449)
186  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the average amount of time taken between referral of a case for assessment by the CSA, the making of a maintenance assessment, and the first maintenance sum paid, for each region.
(61452)
187  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for each region what is the current backlog of cases at the CSA; and how many of those have been outstanding for over one year.
(61446)
188  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many children in families where the parent with care receives means tested benefits are in receipt of maintenance from the non resident parent, for each region.
(61451)
189  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for each region, what are the levels of outstanding debt in the CSA; and what percentage of that debt is classed as unrecoverable.
(61448)
190  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the current backlog of cases within the CSA is expected to be cleared, for each region.
(61447)
191  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage of debt balances calculated by the CSA contain errors, for each region.
(61450)
192  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the current rate of non-compliance with payment of maintenance assessments by the CSA, for each region.
(61445)
193  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what savings the Government expects as a result of the transfer of the SERPS element of the widow's pension to payment under the widowed parent's allowance.
(61457)
194  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if his Department will provide a breakdown of the savings expected as a result of the changes to widows' benefits.
(61456)
195  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate how many widows and widowers will be eligible for means tested benefits following withdrawal of the bereavement allowance after six months.
(61459)
196  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what account he has taken of any rise in unemployment in forecasting expenditure on social security benefits over the next three years.
(61454)
197  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many widows and widowers his Department estimates will be entitled to the bereavement allowance; and how many will have the benefit withdrawn after six months when the allowance is introduced in 2001.
(61458)
198  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what factors underlie the forecast reduction in social security spending in the pre-Budget report.
(61455)
199  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate what the lower and upper capital limits for income support would be in April 1999 if they had been uprated by (a) prices and (b) the higher of earnings or prices since introduction.
(61460)
200  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many parents with care on means tested benefits are currently subject to a reduced benefit direction of 40 per cent. as a result of a non co-operation with the Child Support Agency.
(61444)
201  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the average time taken to transfer collected maintenance to parents with care, for each region.
(61453)
202  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he expects the backlog of cases caused by the failure of the Contributions Agency computer to be cleared; and if he will make a statement.
(61936)
203  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he expects the NIRS 2 computer system at the Contributions Agency to be operational; and if he will make a statement.
(61935)
204  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to promote global standards on tobacco advertising.
(61912)
205  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list his planned itinerary for his cancelled trip to Brazil.
(61527)
206  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the individuals he met during his visit to the United States.
(61525)
207  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the meetings he has held with the British Council relating to the promotion of trade and industry abroad.
(61514)
208  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the individuals met by the then Minister without Portfolio during his ministerial trip to Brazil.
(61523)
209  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to carry out his planned visit to Brazil.
(61526)
210  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish the itinerary of the visit by the then Minister without Portfolio to Brazil in June.
(61518)
211  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list his expenses on overseas trips.
(61520)
212  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the itineraries for his overseas visits in the current year.
(61513)
213  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list his planned overseas visits.
(61522)
214  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the expenses incurred by the then Minister without Portfolio on his visit to Brazil.
(61524)
215  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the (a) itineraries for and (b) expenses incurred in his visits to the United States.
(61529)
216  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date and for what reasons his planned trip to Brazil in November was cancelled.
(61519)
217  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what issues the then Minister without Portfolio discussed with the British Council in Rio de Janeiro during his visit.
(61521)
218  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the expenses incurred during his trip to Brazil in 1998.
(61528)
219  
  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made to date in establishing a European Union task force on renewable energy; if its membership and initial meeting date have been agreed; and if he will make a statement.
(61934)
220  
  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures he proposes to ensure future participation by United Kingdom companies in the projected market increase for software and other digital product sales over the Internet.
(61832)
221  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the staff changes by grade in the export control organisation since 3rd May.
(61930)
222  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of applications for export licences were processed by his Department within 20 days for the period 13th July to date.
(61929)
223  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many of the applications for export licences which were outstanding on 24th June (a) have been granted, (b) have been refused and (c) are still outstanding.
(61928)
224  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many export licence applications awaiting decisions between 24th June and 23rd November had been waiting for (a) up to 20 days, (b) up to 40 days, (c) up to 60 days and (d) more than 60 days.
(61927)
225  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many export licence applications were refused by the Export Control Organisation during each of the four week periods used by his Department from 29th May to date.
(61931)
226  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to require the Office of Fair Trading to review producer-wholesaler trading and the rights of producers with regards to the agricultural industry.
(61937)
227  
N  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will meet his European counterparts to discuss the European Directive on End of Life Vehicles.
(61061)
228  
N  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will ensure that special steel is given an exemption from the European Directive on the lead content of end of life vehicles.
(61060)
229  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the annual United Kingdom production of animal growth promoters in each of the past 10 years; and what percentage was exported.
(61817)
230  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what guidelines exist regarding (a) telephone sales calls and (b) inducing residents to call high-cost telephone numbers in order to claim prizes offered through unsolicited mail (i) in the United Kingdom and (ii) from abroad; and if he will make a statement.
(61503)
231  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the number of people likely to benefit from the introduction of the national minimum wage in each parliamentary constituency.
(61804)
232  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what were the results of the public consultation following publication of the White Paper on Strategic Export Controls; and if he will make a statement.
(61814)
233  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what action he has taken to refund to the claimants for prescription payment certificates the additional amounts due to them following the acceptance by the Treasury Solicitor in Case No. LIC01071 between R. M. Wordley and the Welsh Office (Treasury Solicitor Ref. L96/8316H JBM/LS) of Mr Wordley's interpretation of Regulation 9 of S.I., 1989, No. 419 as amended.
(61831)
234  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many rheumatologists are employed by the Dyfed Powys Health Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(61915)
235  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what resources his Department provides to Dyfed Powys Health Authority for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis; and if he will make a statement.
(61914)
236  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the average provision of rheumatologists per hundred thousand people is for Welsh health authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(61916)
237  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to review the current provision of care for sufferers from arthritic conditions; and if he will make a statement.
(61917)
238  
N  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he proposes to bring forward measures to regulate immigration advisors.
[Question Unstarred] (61092)
239  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the advantages of introducing necessary user rebates in respect of fuel duties paid by the disabled and their carers.
[Transferred] (61796)
240  
  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many litres of (a) road gasoline and (b) road diesel fuel duty was paid in each quarter of (i) 1996, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 1998 to date.
[Transferred] (61922)
241  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the number of people likely to benefit from the working family tax credit in each parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom.
[Transferred] (61803)
242  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received on the negotiations on the bilateral air transport relations between the United States and the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (61790)


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