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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 2 December 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Wednesday 2 December of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on  Wednesday 2 December, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Thursday 3 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.
 


 
WEDNESDAY 2nd DECEMBER
1  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what changes the European Commission is proposing to the authorisations currently in force concerning the use of low-level antibiotics as growth promotors in animal feed; and if he will make a statement.
(62294)
2  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to review the over thirty months scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(62189)
3  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many holders of milk quota were not using that quota for their own production in (a) 1998-99, (b) 1997-98 and (c) 1996-97.
(62191)
4  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he is taking to encourage the establishment of marketing co-operatives in the agricultural sector.
(62190)
5  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the use of digestive enhancers in the poultry industry.
(61890)
6  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which sporting venues have received lottery funding for athletics in the past 12 months.
(62175)
7  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much lottery funding the sport of basketball has received over the last 12 months.
(62176)
8  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much lottery funding has been used to support sports coaches and trainers in the last 12 months.
(62177)
9  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the current estimated number of households which evade payment of a television licence in the Colchester constituency; and what plans he has to reduce the level of evasion.
(62188)
10  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to review the allocation of e-mail addresses to personnel for whom his Department is responsible; when he expects to extend this facility to defence attacheĦs; and if he will make a statement.
(62099)
11  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about the allegation that secrets of where NATO were prepared to strike during the recent crisis in Kosovo were passed to the Serbs; and what assessment he has made of the implications for UK forces.
(62096)
12  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the reports alleging corruption in the 1970s involving members of Her Majesty's Forces in Oman; and if he will make a statement.
(62296)
13  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he and his NATO counterparts have taken to seek to ensure that civilian control over the military is maintained and enhanced in Turkey; and if he will make a statement.
(62098)
14  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he intends to oppose German proposals put to the December meeting of the North Atlantic Council that NATO should adopt a policy of no first use of nuclear weapons; and if he will make a statement.
(61736)
15  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the figures were for military spending broken down into (a) nuclear and (b) non-nuclear spending in the most recent available year.
(61739)
16  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of the defence budget is dedicated to research in chemical warfare in the current financial year.
(61738)
17  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the estimated cost of the Defence Diversification Agency in the current financial year.
(61741)
18  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of the Defence Diversification budget was spent on non-military research in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(61742)
19  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what commission has been paid to agents for the sale of Royal Navy warships to Chile in the last 10 years.
(62054)
20  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what examination is made of the credentials of agents of (a) foreign governments and (b) arms-purchasing companies who deal with the Armed Services over the sale of equipment.
(62058)
21  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website search facilities have failed to allow access to enquirers.
(62066)
22  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the contract with CCTA for the construction of a memorial search facilities website, indicating penalty clauses applicable.
(62067)
23  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the journeys taken by members of the Cabinet in VC-10s of the RAF fleet since 1st May 1997 indicating in each case (a) the name of the minister, (b) the numbers of accompanying people, (c) the date, (d) their destinations, (e) the costs of the flight and (f) the identification number of VC-10s involved.
(62053)
24  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is (a) the reason for replacement and (b) the cost of the new body panels purchased for the CIK RAF VC-10 fleet.
(62094)
25  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the contracts with AIM Aviation (Jecco) Ltd which included (a) furnishings and (b) other equipment.
(62092)
26  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value was of the contract placed with AIM Aviation (Jecco) Ltd which included bed-settees for the RAF VC-10 fleet; how many bed-settees at what cost were included in the order; on what date the order for the bed-settees was placed with AIM Aviation (Jecco) Ltd; and if he will place a copy of the contract in the Library.
(62091)
27  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the orders for VIP equipment for the RAF VC-10 fleet which have been cancelled since 1st May 1997, indicating the contents of the orders.
(62093)
28  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the unposted list for Territorial Army officers is to be discontinued.
[R] (62179)
29  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the costs of compensating servicewomen who left the services as a consequence of pregnancy (a) in each year since 1990 and (b) in the coming financial year.
(62180)
30  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of secondary school pupils in each local education authority area were permanently excluded from school in 1997-98; and what proportion of all pupils were educated in pupil referral units or equivalent in that year.
(62100)
31  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will change the system of funding research at universities to encourage more co-operation between different institutions.
(61544)
32  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) reviewed into the link between management training and performance in SMEs.
(61551)
33  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) reviewed into the take up of competence-based management qualifications within SMEs.
(61550)
34  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the (a) Investors in People Standard, (b) Management Charter Initiative, (c) Management Standards and (d) Management NVQs for SMEs; and if he will make a statement.
(61549)
35  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what key criteria he intends to put in place to monitor the effectiveness of the code of practice on age diversity in employment.
(62178)
36  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the incentives available to train operating companies to provide services above the minimum standards set by their franchise.
(61896)
37  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the levels of air pollution around United Kingdom airports which can be ascribed to pollution from (a) aircraft and (b) motor vehicles.
(61893)
38  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the companies which currently discharge responsibilities undertaken by British Rail prior to privatisation.
(61899)
39  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons aviation emissions are not covered by international agreements on limiting greenhouse gases.
(61897)
40  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what responsibilities the shadow Strategic Rail Authority will have in respect of (a) train path allocation and (b) national timetables.
(61895)
41  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he is taking to help prevent the extinction of (a) the Tibetan antelope and (b) the gold snub-nosed monkey.
(61900)
42  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress the Government is making on helping to establish a voluntary scheme run by landlords and agents to cover rental deposits; and if he will make a statement.
(62298)
43  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will rebate the tax paid on fuel by Ring and Ride (Greater Manchester Accessible Transport Ltd.) on the same basis as that which applies to commercial bus operators.
(62101)
44  
  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he plans to implement the Local Government Commission Recommendations for Electoral Boundaries for Amber Valley and Derbyshire Dales before the local elections in May 1999.
(62226)
45  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received concerning the 24th October incident involving the 'Pacific Crane' vessel in the Irish Sea; what assessment he has made of the environmental issues raised; what correspondence he or his Department have exchanged and meetings he or his Department have had with British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. since the incident; and if he will make a statement.
(62270)
46  
  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to receive the report commissioned by his Department on community transport.
(62110)
47  
  
Mr Peter Snape (West Bromwich East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what studies his Department has undertaken on the environmental effects of operating Eurostar trains on the North London Line between Stratford and the link to St. Pancras.
[R] (62106)
48  
  
Mr Peter Snape (West Bromwich East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many of the environmental protection measures proposed for the second phase of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link between Ebbsfleet and St. Pancras are a specific requirement of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act 1997.
[R] (62107)
49  
  
Mr Peter Snape (West Bromwich East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received since 8th May 1997 from residents near the railway line between the Channel Tunnel and London concerning noise from Eurostar trains.
[R] (62109)
50  
  
Mr Peter Snape (West Bromwich East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate his Department has made of the value for money of the environmental protection measures included in design for the second phase of the Channel Tunnel Rail Line between Ebbsfleet and St. Pancras; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (62108)
51  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he still expects to receive a grant application shortly from Railtrack in respect of the piggyback rail-freight scheme.
(61634)
52  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is (a) the estimated annual revenue charge and (b) the number of firms and employees involved in the change from self-employed sub-contractor status to PAYE status in the construction industry.
(62221)
53  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of total taxation went towards military expenditure in the last year for which figures are available.
(61737)
54  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will seek to introduce a right conscientiously to object to paying taxes for military spending.
(61740)
55  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce tax incentives for companies giving money to fund universities and colleges.
(61543)
56  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in how many weeks the pound has been (a) within, (b) above and (c) below the ERM target since 1st January 1997.
(62300)
57  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the educational goods and computers which are not subject to VAT when bought by schools but are subject to VAT when bought for schools by education action zones.
(62299)
58  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was received in the last financial year from value-added tax on rents of beach huts.
[R] (62187)
59  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to retain duty free sales in the EU; and if he will make a statement.
(62102)
60  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the occasions on which the case of Mordechai Vanunu has been discussed with the Israeli government.
(62055)
61  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the meetings held with (a) General Pinochet and (b) his staff by the British Embassy in Santiago, Chile, in each of the past three years.
(62057)
62  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official facilities were afforded to General Pinochet during his current visit to Britain.
(62059)
63  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral statement of 27th November, Official Report, column 443, if he will list the five diplomatic posts he is closing.
(62060)
64  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list all (a) overseas and (b) UK properties (i) owned by his Department and (ii) leased.
(62064)
65  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral statement of 27th November, Official Report, column 443, if he will list his Department's (a) owned and (b) leased properties that are being sold.
(62062)
66  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the diplomatic posts that he has expanded since 1st May 1997, indicating the (a) number and (b) grades of the diplomats in post (i) on 1st May 1997 and (ii) currently.
(62061)
67  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representation he has made to Iran concerning (a) the six Baha'is who are under sentence of death, (b) the persecution of members of the Baha'i faith and (c) the recent execution of Mr Ruhu'llah Rawhani.
(62065)
68  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on which date the consulate in Lyons will be closed.
(62063)
69  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the rates of asthma among people living in the health authority areas covering (a) Gatwick and (b) Heathrow airports, relative to the national average.
(61894)
70  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been allocated to Investing in Dentistry up to 30th November; which health authority areas have applied for such funds to date; how much each has bid for; and how many applications have been successful in each health authority area.
(62103)
71  
N  
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the SEAC has been asked for its opinion as to the potential efficacy of pentosan polysulphate in treating nvCJD; and if he will make a statement.
(61679)
72  
N  
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of persons who have been inoculated with blood or blood products over the past three years in the United Kingdom.
(61681)
73  
N  
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the cost of an oral course of pentosan polysulphate as prophylaxis against nvCJD.
(61680)
74  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact on the retail price of aspirin of changes in the maximum quantities available over the counter at pharmacies.
(62295)
75  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training schemes are supported by his Department for the training of police and prison officers employed in the services in Kenya; and if he will make a statement.
(62183)
76  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisons in England and Wales currently have prisoners held two to a cell designed for one.
(62184)
77  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on reducing the level of illegal drug use in prisons in England and Wales.
(62185)
78  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison officers are currently suspended from duty due to allegations which have been made against them by prison inmates at prisons in England and Wales.
(62181)
79  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to make a final decision on the application of Mr Farrakhan to visit the United Kingdom.
(62285)
80  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what responses he has received to the third report of the Home Office Working Group on Confiscation.
(61552)
81  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the performance of courts enforcing confiscation and money laundering laws.
(61553)
82  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the involvement of the police in enforcing current confiscation and money laundering laws; and if he will estimate the cost to each police force in 1997-98 of this activity.
(61555)
83  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the value of assets seized from criminals by courts in each year since 1992.
(61554)
84  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the pilot project on the introduction of new-style security passes for prison staff; and from what date it is proposed that wearing the new-style passes is to be mandatory.
(62225)
85  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the impact of recent development in Zimbabwe's land resettlement programme on the provision of aid by her Department.
(61891)
86  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what rules govern the use of form S03 by the RUC to request additional information; what protection exists to protect vulnerable witnesses against its misuse; and if she will estimate how many S03 forms are completed and by how many individuals each year.
(62269)
87  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the number of people in Northern Ireland who will benefit from the introduction of the minimum wage.
(62261)
88  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will place a copy of the judgement in the judicial review case of Floyd and Palmer in the Library; and if she will ensure that the provision of reading and writing materials for suspects held under counter- or anti-terrorist legislation is dealt with in the review of legislation presently in progress.
(62264)
89  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been paid during each of the last 10 years in compensation to persons wrongly convicted; and what was (a) the highest, (b) the lowest and (c) the average sum awarded.
(62267)
90  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will (a) list designated police stations and their approximate location, (b) indicate the number of interview rooms currently available in each and (c) estimate and break down the cost of fitting one room in each station with video recording equipment, indicating capital costs for equipment, building works (alterations), installation and running costs for the first year and subsequent years.
(62262)
91  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what response has been made by the RUC Chief Constable to the request of the Independent Commissioner for the Holding Centres that he be given copies of court papers served in the course of judicial review cases involving the holding centres.
(62265)
92  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she has taken to make available the published guidelines on compensation for miscarriages of justice to interested parties.
(62268)
93  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people whose convictions have been quashed over each of the last 10 years have (a) applied for and (b) received compensation.
(62266)
94  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she received a report on the outcome of consultations between the Police Authority and the Independent Commissioner for the Holding Centres on the role of lay visitors' access to suspects detained under emergency legislation; and if she will make a statement.
(62263)
95  
  
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made to date in respect of the application to the United States authorities for the extradition of Finbarr Ross to Northern Ireland to answer charges related to the collapse of International Investments Ltd. (Gibraltar).
(62105)
96  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his most recent discussions with President Clinton on Iraq, in relation to the precise objectives of potential military action.
(61461)
97  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, who appointed David Shayler to the Security Services; and if he will make a statement on the procedure by which he was recruited.
(61940)
98  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the impact on indigenous species of trees of the import for planting of seeds of those same species.
(61898)
99  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to reintroduce a local authority programme to enable more domestic water lead pipes to be replaced.
(61536)
100  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will ensure that funding levels for Care in the Community meet the economic charge per room which housing associations and other providers have to charge to meet the registration standards set for staffing, food and buildings and their loan charges.
(61538)
101  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to support open learning courses as an alternative to existing training schemes.
(61540)
102  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to persuade professional bodies and the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council to co-operate in creating a single set of exams in each field which will satisfy both the professional body's and the universities' requirements.
(61542)
103  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the total value of the water rates relief allowed to the various categories of properties entitled to it in the latest year for which figures are available.
(61546)
104  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide assistance to the water boards to enable them to change from a system of charges to commercial properties based on rateable value to one based on volume.
(61548)
105  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will extend the domestic sewage transitional relief beyond the three years originally specified.
(61557)
106  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has for an early review of Care in the Community funding levels.
(61537)
107  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what has been the expenditure on Care in the Community in each council area in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98; and what is budgeted for 1998-99.
(61539)
108  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to assist councils, universities, colleges and development and training agencies in the North East of Scotland to invest in employment creation in order to offset the future decline in the North Sea oil and gas industry.
(61541)
109  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will require councils to provide in-service training to train teachers to identify children with learning difficulties as quickly as possible and to adopt systems which achieve an early follow up in respect of each child identified.
(61545)
110  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the impact of the current system of licensing private and industrial sewage discharges by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency on the Government's efforts to meet its pollution targets.
(61547)
111  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much has been spent by each Scottish council in grants for the replacement of lead water pipes in domestic property in the most recent years for which figures are available; and how much was spent by the previous district and islands councils for the last full year before these grants ceased to be ring-fenced.
(61556)
112  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the impact on the Scottish economy of the closure of the Royal Ordnance factory at Bishopston.
(62258)
113  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussion he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry regarding the Scottish contribution to the Millennium Experience.
(62256)
114  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he will publish the findings of the consultation exercise concerning reform of SSSIs and national parks.
(62255)
115  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to devolve the Government's powers in respect of broadcasting to the Scottish parliament.
(62257)
116  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many concordats remain to be published; and if he will make a statement.
(62186)
117  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence regarding the closure of the Royal Ordnance factory at Bishopton.
(62259)
118  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received and what consultation he has undertaken regarding the imposition of a pesticide tax; what assessment he has made of the effects and levels of pesticide taxes in other European Union states; and what plans he has to introduce a pesticide tax.
(61892)
119  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of children in families on (a) supplementary benefit or income support and (b) income-based job seeker's allowance for (i) 1997 and (ii) 1998, and for each year these as a proportion of all children in the UK.
(62104)
120  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on the reasons for the low number of initial interviews carried out under the New Deal for lone parents compared with the number of initial interviews requested.
(62013)
121  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the United Kingdom Government regards competition in United Kingdom utilities as fair when it involves competition between a British plc responsible to its shareholders and an overseas state owned company.
(62193)
122  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans his Department has to ensure two-way trade on the Anglo-French electricity interconnector.
(62192)
123  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what direct representations he has made to the French Government calling for the speeding up of reciprocal changes to the French electricity market.
(62220)
124  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, who was present and what was discussed at his meeting with British Aerospace on 14th November.
(62005)
125  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, who was present and what was discussed at his meeting with British Aerospace on 21st October.
(62004)
126  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the application made to use the island of Sombrero, near Anguilla, as a rocket launch site; what assessment he has made of the likely effect on wildlife on the island; and if he will make a statement.
(62097)
127  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what Government grants or assistance has been requested by the Lear Corporation since 1996.
(62293)
128  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much financial assistance has been provided to date by his Department and by government bodies in Wales to L G Industries for the proposed semi-conductor investment at Newport, Gwent.
(62223)
129  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what procedures his Department has in place to ensure that L G Industries repays any financial assistance received from his Department and from governmental bodies in Wales for the proposed semi-conductor investment at Newport, Gwent, if the proposed investment does not go ahead.
(62224)
130  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what quality control measures he plans to put in place for the design and construction of the National Assembly.
(62260)
131  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the financial support given by the Government for veterinary research for each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (62112)
132  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to increase the provision of electric wheelchairs; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (62297)
133  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the outcome was of the Development Council held in Brussels on 30th November; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (62222)
134  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applications for entry visas made in Sri Lanka for entry into the United Kingdom have been (a) granted and (b) refused in the last 12 months.
[Transferred] (62182)


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