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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 3 December 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Thursday 3 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  Thursday 3 December, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Monday 7 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.
 


 
THURSDAY 3rd DECEMBER
1  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his e-mail address.
(62568)
2  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the progress of the attack rate experiment examining the dose of BSE-infected cattle-brain necessary to transmit BSE orally between cattle; and what evidence the experiments have produced on the relationship between the incubation period and the size of the dose.
(61558)
3  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans the Government has to give financial assistance to slaughterhouse owners.
(62320)
4  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the British pig industry; and what plans he has to assist pig farmers to increase their trade within the European Union.
(62322)
5  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans the Government has to give financial assistance to pig producers.
(62321)
6  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if the Forestry Commission has found that the New Forest Fox Hounds were in breach of their licence as a result of events on 3rd November.
(62247)
7  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is his e-mail address.
(62563)
8  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is his e-mail address.
(62566)
9  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what grant applications his Department has received from the Hinduja group of companies since 1st May 1997; and what grants have been paid.
(62240)
10  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has for the future of the Braille Grant; and if he will make a statement.
(62231)
11  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his e-mail address.
(62565)
12  
  
Mr Nigel Beard (Bexleyheath and Crayford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how music service funding will be protected in the proposed delegation of funding to schools scheduled for April 1999, with particular reference to the Bexley Centre for Music and Dance.
(62531)
13  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his e-mail address.
(62562)
14  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will provide extra help for dental students who are heavily in debt.
(62314)
15  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the British Dental Association's survey of dental students' debt.
(62313)
16  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what studies his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on (i) the effect of debt among dental students and (ii) the impact of this on their willingness to work in the NHS.
(62315)
17  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many secondary schools in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) England have more than 2000 pupils.
(62485)
18  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many claimants who have been eligible for the New Deal entered the gateway and then ceased drawing benefit when leaving the gateway after being offered a choice of options and did not go onto draw other benefits or go into education.
(62301)
19  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people have (a) entered the New Deal Gateway and (b) taken up each New Deal option in the Portsmouth City Council area since the New Deal's inception.
(62384)
20  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what research his Department has commissioned into the effect of art and music lessons in developing children's ability in other subjects; and if he will make a statement.
(62113)
21  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what research his Department has commissioned into the effect of studying information communications technology on developing children's ability in other subjects; and if he will make a statement.
(62114)
22  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what evaluation he has made of the studies referred to in the Green Paper, Excellence for all Children: Meeting Special Educational Needs, by the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre and the Manchester Metropolitan University relating to teaching methods for tackling dyslexia; and if he intends to publish the evaluations.
(62312)
23  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many graduates from (a) Oxford, (b) Cambridge, (c) London, (d) Warwick and (e) Sussex universities have been employed as secondary school teachers in grant maintained schools in (i) 1990, (ii) 1995 and (iii) the last year for which there are records.
(62376)
24  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, by whom the funding for any public inquiry held by an adjudicator to determine the outcome of proposals for a school organisation plan will be provided.
(62306)
25  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many teacher vacancies there were in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools at the latest date for which information is available by each local education authority.
(62304)
26  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he expects to appoint adjudicators under section 25 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998; and if he will publish the job description for such adjudicators.
(62305)
27  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what consultation he has had with the Industrial Tribunal Service since May 1997 regarding age discrimination; and when he expects to consult it regarding the draft code on age diversity in employment.
(62316)
28  
  
Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to prepare the Employment Service for the introduction of the National Minimum Wage in April 1999.
(62325)
29  
  
Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the objective of the Employment Service's computer terminal Open Access programme.
(62326)
30  
  
Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures the Employment Service is taking to promote the enforcement of the National Minimum Wage.
(62324)
31  
  
Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, for how long the pilot of the Employment Service Open Access programme has been running; and what plans he has to make the programme available nationally.
(62327)
32  
  
Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures he proposes to ensure that the Employment Service does not advertise jobs at a wage below the legal minimum.
(62323)
33  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what additional funding is available to schools to support the literacy and numeracy hours.
(62347)
34  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he expects the numeracy hour to be introduced in schools; and if he will ensure that teaching materials arrive in sufficient time for staff to be trained and organise resources.
(62348)
35  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what investigations he has conducted into the (a) lateness and (b) inaccuracy of some Key Stage Two, Three and Four data; and if he will make a statement.
(62356)
36  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of teacher morale; and if he will make a statement.
(62361)
37  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if his figures for the additional students expected in the further education sector by 2002 will be calculated on the basis of student enrolments.
(62547)
38  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if students registered with the University for Industry on courses up to and including Level 3 will count as further education enrolments.
(62550)
39  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the total amount the further education sector is expected to raise in efficiency savings in (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000; and if these sums are included in the announced increases in resources allocated to further education in each of those years.
(62548)
40  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many of the additional further education students planned for the year 2002 will be University for Industry enrolments.
(62546)
41  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to allow the use of local authority benefits data and Benefits Agency data to target Access resources for the recruitment of students to further education and higher education.
(62545)
42  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to allow the University for Industry to provide courses for students at levels 3 and 4; and how funding will be provided.
(62549)
43  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many of the grants awarded by the Energy Savings Trust for conversion to electric cars have been to (a) UK-based and (b) overseas-based companies.
(62385)
44  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many grants the Energy Savings Trust has approved for conversion to electric cars.
(62387)
45  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans his Department has to contract with the armed services to provide emergency cover over the millennium period; and what estimate he has made of the cost of that cover.
(62575)
46  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his e-mail address.
(62556)
47  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects the Health and Safety Executive report into the Mark 1 carriages to be completed and published.
(62572)
48  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reason the Government has decided not to issue an approved code of practice, covering issues raised in Circular 12/92 entitled Guidance to Local Housing Authorities on Standards of Fitness under section 352 of the Housing Act 1985; and if he will make a statement.
(62122)
49  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals the Government has to provide a statutory definition of multiple occupation houses following the Barnes v Sheffield City Council case; and if he will make a statement.
(62123)
50  
  
Mr Geraint Davies (Croydon Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to make an announcement on funding for the Nottingham Express Transit light rail scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(62530)
51  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the need for a national strategy to deal with the disruption caused to local communities when companies seek to lay water, gas, electricity and telecommunication services along essential transport routes.
(61313)
52  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the future of the Sussex Downs Conservation Board after 31st March 2001.
(62121)
53  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effects of the uniform business rate on small businesses.
(61305)
54  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the outcome of the Transport Council held in Brussels on 30th November; and if he will make a statement.
(62328)
55  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many swimming pools are currently operated by each local authority; and what were the corresponding figures (a) five years ago and (b) 10 years ago.
(62375)
56  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress has been made over the last five years (a) within his Department, (b) in conjunction with other government departments and (c) in conjunction with European bodies towards developing systems involving the use of new technology for safety-related road traffic law enforcement and the administration of penalties.
(62544)
57  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, by what means he plans to establish a national minimum concessionary fares scheme in 1999.
(62311)
58  
  
Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions his Department has had with rail operating companies concerning the provision of toilets with disabled access on trains.
(62362)
59  
  
Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with hackney carriage operators concerning the higher fares charged for the use of taxis with disabled access in many parts of the country.
(62382)
60  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many external members of the 18 policy action teams referred to in the Social Exclusion Unit report, Bringing Britain Together: A National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal, represent the interests of disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(62232)
61  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to extend the inspection regime for small and intermediate factories where responsibility for industrial emissions and air quality standards lies with local authorities.
(62536)
62  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to discourage illegal tipping.
(62535)
63  
N  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the housing developments of over 10,000 homes which his Department has approved for planning purposes since 1985 indicating (a) the date of approval and (b) the local planning authority.
(62070)
64  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the practice by Thames Water and Welsh Water of disconnecting domestic customers.
(62249)
65  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the Director General of OFWATs for not taking enforcement action against Welsh Water in respect of budget payment units and trickle-flow meters and delays in removing the remaining meters.
(62248)
66  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish in the Official Report the text of the letter sent to the honourable Member for Blaenau Gwent in response to the question on representations on Sellafield of 19th November, Official Report, column 835.
(62484)
67  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to release the report on the status of radioactive waste management at Dounreay prepared by the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee.
(62392)
68  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what levels of radioactive discharges have been notified from each site on the Sellafield complex in each of the last five years.
(62490)
69  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from British Gas plc concerning participation in a voluntary agreement relating to misleading environmental claims.
(62377)
70  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has further to reduce the duration of the driving ban that follows an epileptic fit; and if he will make a statement.
(62527)
71  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the extent of illicit recycling of asbestos into building materials; and if he will make a statement.
(62358)
72  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his e-mail address; and what is the e-mail address of the Chief Secretary of the Treasury.
(62559)
73  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what import duty rates apply to vehicles fuelled by (a) petrol or diesel, (b) electricity and (c) natural gas.
(62120)
74  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Options Paper on Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages will be presented by the Registrar General to Ministers, as stated in his Written Answer to the honourable Member for Tewkesbury of 30th June, Official Report, column 175, and when he expects to publish proposals for reform.
(62552)
75  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of live births were (a) under 2,500g, (b) 2,500 to 2,999g, (c) 3,000 to 3,499g, (d) 3,500 to 3,999g and (e) 4,000g and over in (i) Liverpool, (ii) Manchester, (iii) Sheffield and (iv) Leeds in (1) 1993, (2) 1994 and (3) 1995.
(62287)
76  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement about the effect of EU tax harmonisation proposals on British business.
(61308)
77  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received alleging age discrimination within his Department; and what response he has given.
(62494)
78  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Inland Revenue staff were required to retire before their contractual retirement age in each of the last three years.
(62495)
79  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the outcome of the ECOFIN Council held in Brussels on 1st December; and if he will make a statement.
(62329)
80  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of evidence submitted by HM Customs and Excise in April and May 1998 on the issue of smuggling of fuel oils.
(62238)
81  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what are the total returns for UK duty paid on motor fuel products in Northern Ireland for each quarter of 1996, 1997 and 1998 for which figures are available.
(62235)
82  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many petrol tankers have been impounded by HM Customs in each of the last five years.
(62234)
83  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what schemes he has evaluated to assist petrol retailers in Northern Ireland to cope with differential rates of excise duty in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
(62236)
84  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of fuel oil smuggling on retail sales of petrol in South East England.
(62237)
85  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average weekly gains from the introduction of the working families tax credit will be by decile of (a) benefit unit income and (b) household income.
(62244)
86  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the total amount raised in stamp duty on share transactions in each of the last five years.
(62276)
87  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the rate of stamp duty applied on share transactions in each member state of the European Union.
(62277)
88  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of stamp duty on share transactions on the volume of shares traded in (a) London and (b) Frankfurt.
(62278)
89  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his e-mail address.
(62557)
90  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assurances he has sought from the Chilean authorities that British participants in the forthcoming Scout Jamboree in Chile will be welcomed like other national groups.
(62204)
91  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what grant applications his Department has received from the Hinduja group of companies since 1st May 1997; and what grants have been paid.
(62242)
92  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports Her Majesty's Government has received of the use of nerve agents by Iraqi forces during (i) the Iran-Iraq war and (ii) the attack on Halabja; and when the first such reports were received.
(62513)
93  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of reports that funds meant for Far East prisoners of war were retained by the Swiss government after the war; and if he will make a statement.
(62310)
94  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response Her Majesty's Government has made to the Holy See in respect of the appeal by the Holy See's permanent observer at the United Nations, that all nuclear weapons states should eliminate their nuclear stockpiles.
(62391)
95  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had concerning the Middle East Peace Process; with whom; and if he will make a statement.
(62197)
96  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what means the funding formula for health authorities in South West England takes account of the number of older people resident in them.
(62386)
97  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the National Health Service has to contract with the armed services to provide emergency cover over the millennium period; and what estimate he has made of the cost of that cover.
(62576)
98  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his e-mail address.
(62555)
99  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 27th November, Official Report, column 26, concerning services for people with brain injuries, when the draft guidance will be ready for consultation.
(62200)
100  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the mechanism for the allocation within London of the £378 million capital budget for London's National Health Service will (a) take into account the levels of activity of accident and emergency departments, (b) take into account the effect on such accident and emergency departments of the closure over the last decade of nearby ones and (c) provide a compensation element for the relatively small increases in the annual settlements affecting some London health authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(62514)
101  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much, in each of the last three years, Wellhouse NHS trust (a) recovered from insurance companies for the cost of treatment and (b) spent on treating road accident victims.
(62288)
102  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the percentage of patients who achieve return of spontaneous circulation at the point of admission following (a) cardiac arrests and (b) heart attack having been delivered to (i) Stafford General Hospital , (ii) Burton District General Hospital and (iii) Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield by the Staffordshire Ambulance Service for each of the last two financial years.
(61902)
103  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision he plans to make for pre-pregnancy care of women of childbearing age, following the Acheson Report concerning inequalities in health.
(62286)
104  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account he took of the closure of other local health services in considering the proposal to close the Bartlett Hospital in Felixstowe; and what assessment he made of the overall impact of the proposed closures.
(62317)
105  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for routine appointments at ENT clinics in (a) England and Wales and (b) Portsmouth.
(62489)
106  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the average length of the time taken, by region, by his Department to pay independent pharmacists for the cost of medicines dispensed.
(62068)
107  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the North West Lancashire, Morecambe Bay and South Cumbria, East Lancashire, and South Lancashire health authorities have not agreed a policy to fund an expansion of the renal unit at the Royal Preston Hospital; and if he will make a statement.
(61743)
108  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what amount was spent per head of population on renal services in each health authority area in England in the year for which he has the most up-to-date data.
(61744)
109  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the savings to the NHS budget which could be made by implementing the recommendations in the report, Improving the Health of the NHS Workforce; and if he will make a statement.
(62116)
110  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received concerning a compulsory registration system for operating theatre practitioners; and if he will make a statement.
(62115)
111  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that staff working in special hospitals understand their role within the complaints system.
(62118)
112  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action his Department is taking to improve the methods for selecting and training staff who work with newly-admitted patients in special hospitals.
(62117)
113  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his proposals for increasing nurses' pay.
(62491)
114  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his estimate of the numbers of United Kingdom citizens currently suffering from reflex sympathetic disorder; how many are registered disabled; and what research the NHS has conducted into (i) the causes of and (ii) potential cures for the disorder.
(61901)
115  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will rank by English health authority those areas with the poorest dental health.
(62532)
116  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many persons diagnosed as having MS have their continuing health care managed by a neurologist in association with their general practitioner; and if he will make a statement.
(62533)
117  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received regarding the regulation of clinical perfusionists; and if he will make a statement.
(62360)
118  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for funding the Diana nurses beyond the initial three year period; and if he will make a statement.
(62245)
119  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his e-mail address.
(62561)
120  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to contract with the armed services to provide emergency cover over the millennium period; and what estimate he has made of the cost of that cover.
(62573)
121  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes in the arrangements for (a) deporting persons subject to deportation orders and (b) locating and removing illegal immigrants are planned to be made in the period from 1st December 1998 to 1st March 1999.
(62228)
122  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been convicted of offences punishable with imprisonment in the last year for which figures are available.
(62212)
123  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how he plans to ascertain whether or not the considerations to be taken into account in dealing with asylum applications made between 1st July 1993 and 31st December 1995 apply to the cases of individual asylum seekers; and if he plans that each such applicant will be interviewed.
(62229)
124  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the incidence of offending amongst asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement.
(62211)
125  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he proposes to establish guidelines as to the considerations to be taken into account in dealing with asylum applications mades between 1st July 1993 and 31st December 1995 as outlined in paragraph 8.30 of Fairer, Faster and Firmer.
(62208)
126  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what account will be taken of delays in dealing with their asylum claim caused by the actions of the asylum seekers themselves as regards applicants (a) before 1st July 1993 and (b) from 1st July 1993 to 31st December 1995, in determining the eligibility of such an asylum applicant for indefinite leave to remain under paragraph 8.29 of Fairer, Faster and Firmer.
(62233)
127  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how he proposes to ascertain in the case of each individual applicant whether or not the presence of pre-July 1993 asylum applicants is conducive to the public good.
(62207)
128  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been (a) excluded and (b) deported from the United Kingdom as a result of the commission of crime in another country in the last year for which figures are available.
(62206)
129  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the offences which amount to serious criminal offences for the purposes of determining the eligibility of pre-1st July 1993 asylum applicants for indefinite leave to remain under Para 8.29 of Fairer, Faster and Firmer--A Modern Approach to Immigration and Asylum.
(62230)
130  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applicants have been ordered to be deported as a result of the commission of criminal offences in the United Kingdom in the last year for which figures are available.
(62205)
131  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how he plans to ascertain in the case of individual pre-July 1993 asylum seekers whether or not their presence is conducive to the public good.
(62213)
132  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how he plans to ascertain the considerations to be taken into account in dealing with asylum applications made between 1st July 1993 and 31st December 1995; and if he plans that each such applicant will be interviewed.
(62209)
133  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are currently taken to discover if asylum seekers have a criminal record prior to claiming asylum in the United Kingdom; and what plans he has to introduce new checks so as to ascertain if asylum seekers have criminal records.
(62210)
134  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the refurbishment of Lunar House on the Immigration Service over the next three months.
(62227)
135  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reported drug offences have taken place in prisons in England and Wales since 1st January.
(62378)
136  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the current prison population; and what it was in each of the last five years.
(62380)
137  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the present annual cost of keeping an inmate in a prison in England and Wales.
(62379)
138  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list, by offence, the number of gun-related crimes committed between (a) July 1995 and July 1996, (b) July 1996 and July 1997 and (c) July 1997 and July 1998.
(62194)
139  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total budget for the Animal Procedures Committee in each of the last five years; and what proportion of the budget in each year was allocated to sponsor research on alternatives to animal experimentation.
(62389)
140  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to delete the LD50 test from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's list of regulatory safety tests.
(62488)
141  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many animal procedures inspectors were (a) budgeted for and (b) in post in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(62487)
142  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each of the last three years (a) the number of accesses to each index of the police national computer and (b) the maximum and minimum number of entries in each index; and what is the current number of entries.
(62319)
143  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to implement each of the recommendations made in the Animal Procedures Committee interim report on the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
(62486)
144  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that animals are used in scientific procedures only where justified; and what additional restrictions have been introduced since 1st May 1997.
(62388)
145  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons were (a) arrested for and (b) charged with offences contrary to section 1 of the Criminal Attempts Act 1981 or section 3 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 at (i) Heathrow Airport and (ii) Gatwick Airport in each financial year since 1993-94.
(62390)
146  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy regarding the availability of narcotics of the proposal of Green Bohemia to sell absinthe.
(62569)
147  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made over the last five years (a) within his Department, (b) in conjunction with other government departments and (c) in conjunction with European bodies towards developing systems involving the use of new technology for safety-related road traffic law enforcement and the administration of penalties.
(62543)
148  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of road traffic offenders were sentenced to (a) a re-test and (b) an extended re-test for the offences of (i) causing death by dangerous driving and (ii) dangerous driving in each of the last three years.
(62551)
149  
  
Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many project licences issued under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 that are currently in force and involve the use of drugs have (a) mild, (b) moderate, (c) substantial and (d) unclassified security banding.
(62374)
150  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of HM prisons currently provide complementary medical services for prisoners; how many others have requested such provision; and if he will make a statement.
(62198)
151  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the security arrangements for Augusto Pinochet following (a) his arrest and (b) his removal to another place of residence.
(62119)
152  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what grant applications her Department has received from the Hinduja group of companies since 1st May 1997; and what grants have been paid.
(62241)
153  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action her Department is taking to support the provision of micronutrients to developing countries.
(62359)
154  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is his e-mail address.
(62560)
155  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will establish designated courts to deal with environmental issues.
(62537)
156  
  
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of reciprocal enforcement of maintenance orders; and if he will make a statement.
(62357)
157  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans her Department has to contract with the armed services to provide emergency cover over the millennium period; and what estimate she has made of the cost of that cover.
(62571)
158  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the current state of the Peace Process; and if she will make a statement.
(62196)
159  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Prime Minister, what is his e-mail address.
(62558)
160  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list each overseas trip paid for out of public funds by members of the No. 10 Policy Unit since 1st May 1997, indicating in each case the (a) individuals involved, (b) destination, (c) purpose and (d) cost; and if he will make a statement.
(62095)
161  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will appoint a chief engineering adviser to the Cabinet with responsibilities separate from those of the Chief Scientific Adviser.
(61903)
162  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the areas of responsibility of the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Cabinet.
(61904)
163  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans his Department has to contract with the armed services to provide emergency cover over the millennium period; and what estimate he has made of the cost of that cover.
(62574)
164  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is his e-mail address.
(62564)
165  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the cost of treatments for Aids-related conditions over the next financial year.
(62529)
166  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is his e-mail address.
(62567)
167  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans his Department has to contract with the armed services to provide emergency cover over the millennium period; and what estimate he has made of the cost of that cover.
(62577)
168  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will review the provision of Benefits Agency services in New Milton.
(62318)
169  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the administrative cost would be of (a) paying an additional 40p per week on the state pension and (b) paying a £20 winter fuel bonus to all pensioners once per year.
(62243)
170  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the source for her estimate in her Answer of 16th November, Official Report, column 1592, that in 50 per cent. of couples receiving family credit the main earner is female.
(62246)
171  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is his e-mail address.
(62554)
172  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans his Department has to contract with the armed services to provide emergency cover over the millennium period; and what estimate he has made of the cost of that cover.
(62578)
173  
N  
Christine Butler (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the relationship between science spending and industrial productivity.
(60971)
174  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received regarding the late payment of EU TACIS fund invoices submitted by British companies.
(62069)
175  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what grant applications his Department has received from the Hinduja group of companies since 1st May 1997; and what grants have been paid.
(62239)
176  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what aspects of the Millennium Dome he discussed with Mr S. P. Hinduja and Mr G. P. Hinduja at his meeting on 6th October.
(62203)
177  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on his response to the latest representations of the British Libya Interest Group.
(61462)
178  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on support for small businesses in London.
(61303)
179  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much his Department provided for research and development on civil aerospace in each of the last five years; and if he will make it his policy to increase the amount provided.
(62373)
180  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the cost of (a) first class and (b) second class postage in each of the last 20 years, adjusted to 1998 prices.
(62309)
181  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures he is taking to ensure that the utilities achieve millennium bug compliance by the year 2000.
(62201)
182  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what emergency measures are in place to provide back-up for the utilities in case of computer failures caused by the millennium bug.
(62202)
183  
N  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has held with representatives of the Amalgamated Engineers and Electrical Union about transportation to the Millennium Dome.
(61335)
184  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the average daily number of visitors to the Millennium Dome.
(61330)
185  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many homes in each United Kingdom region have 2 in 1 meters; and if he will make a statement.
(62273)
186  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on (a) the use of 2 in 1 metering by Swalec and Welsh Water and (b) the Director General of Electricity Supply's view that Swalec should take all reasonable steps to discontinue use of these meters.
(62272)
187  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the specifications of the wastes to be returned to Germany under the agreement between the German and United Kingdom governments on the treatment of irradiated German origin spent nuclear fuel by BNFL, dated 21st March 1991, Cm 1639 were agreed to be satisfactory; and if he will place in the Library copies of subsequent exchanges of notes on the repatriation arrangements for radioactive wastes arising from reprocessed German fuel.
(62492)
188  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what payments (a) BNFL and (b) UKAEA make to the Government to meet the costs of applying safeguards to the companies' nuclear facilities and operations; and what was the total cost of the application of nuclear safeguards in the United Kingdom in the last year for which figures are available.
(62493)
189  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he has taken to promote new green technologies and businesses.
(62383)
190  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has for sporting activities to take place in the Dome.
(62199)
191  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Government will announce the fee to be charged to businesses under the proposals in the Competition Bill.
(62195)
192  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his e-mail address.
(62553)
193  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans his Department has to contract with the armed services to provide emergency cover over the millennium period; and what estimate he has made of the cost of that cover.
(62570)
194  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is the total value of (a) all PFI applications per unitary authority in Wales to date and (b) PFI schemes approved per unitary authority to date.
(62370)
195  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the value is of PFI credits approved for each unitary authority in Wales.
(62366)
196  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is the average time taken for the appraisal of PFI schemes in Wales.
(62368)
197  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assumptions he has made about the workload of the National Assembly for Wales up to autumn 1999 in planning his work in 1999.
(62365)
198  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the notional value is of Government credits for PFI apportioned to Wales.
(62367)
199  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the criteria applied in considering PFI schemes for approval in Wales.
(62372)
200  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many PFI schemes are currently under review in Wales.
(62369)
201  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many PFI schemes have been approved for each unitary authority in Wales.
(62371)
202  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the levels of disconnections by Welsh Water; and if he will encourage those water companies that do not have them to establish charitable or hardship funds.
(62250)
203  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which housing associations in Wales (a) do and (b) do not participate in mutual aid development on their estates.
(62274)
204  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many housing association development workers are employed by each housing association in Wales.
(62275)
205  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what action he is taking in response to the report of the Commission for Racial Equality about the treatment of ethnic minority people in Wales.
(62528)
206  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the management of the Welsh Development Agency following the recent resignations of senior staff.
(62363)
207  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he has taken to ensure that the Welsh Language Board monitors Welsh language schemes effectively.
(62364)
208  
N  
Yvette Cooper (Pontefract and Castleford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, If he will make a statement on the response by business to legislation on the late payment of interest.
[Question Unstarred] (61307)
209  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons have been prosecuted and convicted of illegal tipping in each year since 1995.
[Transferred] (62534)
210  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to improve the advertising of access to private works of art for which the owner receives tax relief for providing such access; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (62381)
211  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the quarterly levels and changes in the United Kingdom employed labour force since 1990, identifying separately (a) employees in employment, (b) armed forces and (c) self-employment, with a breakdown of these categories by (i) full-time and part-time and (ii) sex.
[Transferred] (62308)
212  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of heroin that enters the United Kingdom via Turkey.
[Transferred] (62512)


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