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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 8 December 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Tuesday 8 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  Tuesday 8 December, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Wednesday 9 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.
 


 
TUESDAY 8th DECEMBER
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the financial incentives which presently exist to encourage tenant farmers to switch to organic production.
(62425)
2  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the charges made by meat hygiene authorities in each EU member state.
(63126)
3  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the EU countries which apply the discretionary standard charge abatement provided for in Council Directive 85/73/EEC (as amended).
(63124)
4  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects to make an announcement of future arrangements for the disposal of fallen stock.
(63139)
5  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the proposed restoration of grant aid for the calf processing scheme.
(63128)
6  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons his Ministry conducts inspections of milk production.
(63130)
7  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what criteria are used (a) to measure the performance of British livestock and (b) to classify carcasses of livestock.
(63140)
8  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to reverse the decline in farm incomes.
(63125)
9  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how regular are the inspections of plants in each EU country and outside the EU by the Office of Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection.
(63143)
10  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons the cost of food inspections is charged to farmers.
(63129)
11  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action was taken against those companies which attempted to export meat or meat products which failed to comply with national legislation concerning specified risk material during the first quarter of 1998.
(63142)
12  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list those agencies which are licensed to inspect food production establishments in third countries on behalf of the EC.
(63138)
13  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to ensure that reductions in prices paid to milk producers are passed on to milk consumers.
(63127)
14  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make it his policy to request information from the European Commission regarding the dates when each establishment producing meat in third countries which export to the UK was last inspected by or for the EU.
(63141)
15  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the total cost of the current BSE enquiry; and how many staff have been allocated to it.
(62950)
16  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidelines the Government has set in respect of the timescale for Ministers to (a) acknowledge and (b) reply to letters from honourable Members regarding (i) constituency business and (ii) other matters.
(63116)
17  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee, for what reasons smoking has been banned in the (a) Churchill Room and (b) Members' and Strangers' Dining Rooms; and for what reasons it is permitted in the Press Gallery Dining Room.
(62651)
18  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects to announce who will chair the independent review panel considering BBC funding.
(62949)
19  
N  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what requests his Department has received for the disclosure of papers dated between 6th November 1997 and 17th July 1998 relating to depleted uranium; what response he has given; if he has authorised investigations by MoD police relating to these papers; and if he will make a statement.
(63035)
20  
N  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to test Gulf War veterans for the effects of depleted uranium.
(63036)
21  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research he is undertaking on a relationship between Gulf War Syndrome and depleted uranium.
(63064)
22  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he was informed, before they took place, about recent searches of the homes of Gulf War Syndrome victims by his Department's police.
(63065)
23  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the (i) establishment and (ii) current strength of each of the regular Scottish infantry battalions; and if he will list each element of company strength or above currently serving in them.
(62542)
24  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the numbers of married quarters available to each service of the Armed Forces in Scotland by location; and how many are currently occupied by families.
(62541)
25  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if Scammel Commander tank transporters loaded with Challenger I and Challenger II tanks meet the regulatory requirements in (a) Holland and (b) Germany; how many infringements have been reported in 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(62072)
26  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance was offered by (a) Singapore rescue helicopters and (b) the Malaysian government, following the crash of a British military helicopter in the South China Sea off the east coast of Malaysia; and if he will make a statement.
(62079)
27  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which (a) ministers and (b) officials visited the DEXSA 1998 exhibition in South Africa.
(62081)
28  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what type of transporter the Challenger II tank used in the Whitehall Cenotaph parade on Sunday 15th November was brought into central London; how many axles it had; who owned it; and if he will make a statement.
(62082)
29  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the minimum number of axles permitted for United Kingdom civilian use under Category 3 of the authorisation of Special (General) Orders; if the Scammel Commander Military Transporter complies; and if Scammel Commander transporters carrying (a) Challenger I tanks and (b) Challenger II tanks are permitted to use public highways in the United Kingdom.
(62083)
30  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps the Government is taking to increase the amount of advice and information available to women from the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities on employment rights and opportunities.
(62282)
31  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people have entered the New Deal Gateway in the Southampton City Council area since its inception; and how many took up each New Deal option.
(63123)
32  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list all departmental papers circulated to schools since May 1997.
(63060)
33  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many employees his Department had in May 1997; and how many it has currently.
(63067)
34  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many staff are employed in units of his Department established since May 1997.
(63059)
35  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much money the European Union is spending in the current year on providing literature about the EU in schools in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(62414)
36  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many rail fares have, since 1st January 1998, (a) increased by more than 5 per cent., (b) increased by 3 to 5 per cent., (c) increased by 0 to 3 per cent., (d) remained unchanged and (e) decreased.
(62889)
37  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many young persons' rail cards were issued in each of the last 10 years.
(62890)
38  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the timetable for the publication of the daughter documents of the White Paper on integrated transport.
(62417)
39  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to increase powers available to the rail users consultative committees; and if he will make a statement.
(62430)
40  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure that staff reductions by train operating companies do not lead to compromises in safety.
(62434)
41  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the circumstances under which franchise agreements with train operating companies can be renegotiated; which franchises have been so renegotiated; and if he will make a statement.
(62438)
42  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of persons of pensionable age currently have access to a concessionary fares bus pass.
(62419)
43  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to restrict lorry access by weight to non-trunk roads.
(62429)
44  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the implications for public accountability of the sub-contracting of services by train operating companies; and if he will make a statement.
(62433)
45  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the appropriateness of the criteria applied to train operating companies in respect of passenger service requirements; what plans he has to alter these; and if he will make a statement.
(62437)
46  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many casualties per kilometre travelled were recorded in (a) 1987, (b) 1992 and (c) 1997 in respect of (i) car, (ii) train, (iii) motorbike, (iv) bicycle and (v) air travel.
(62893)
47  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much was paid in compensation payments, and to how many individual passengers, by each train operating company in the last year for which figures are available.
(62894)
48  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the departments which, at the meeting of Green Ministers on 18th November, were represented by officials.
(62415)
49  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the meeting of Green Ministers on 18th November considered methods of (a) decreasing car journeys by Ministers and (b) making the cars made available to Ministers less polluting.
(62416)
50  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to promote through-ticketing between train and bus services.
(62891)
51  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the places where his Department wants road traffic levels to be reduced; and within what timescale it wants them to be reduced.
(62892)
52  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of (a) road, (b) rail and (c) water traffic can be attributed to the transportation of waste; and if he will make a statement.
(62428)
53  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the implications for rail services of the introduction of new coach services which could be assumed to seek to divert passenger traffic from parallel rail lines.
(62432)
54  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in what circumstances he can implement a reduction in subsidy to a train operating company in addition to that agreed in the franchise agreement.
(62436)
55  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of concessionary fare bus passes (a) currently issued and (b) which will be issued when the nationwide £5 bus pass is introduced; and if he will make a statement.
(62418)
56  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the extra cost to the public purse from the introduction of a nationwide concessionary fare bus pass at (a) £5 and (b) £10 assuming (i) a continuation of the present number of passes issued and (ii) his estimate of the increased number of passes which might be issued.
(62420)
57  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will allow the Strategic Rail Authority to retain revenue received from fines levied by that authority.
(62431)
58  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to receive the report on mark one rolling stock from the Health and Safety Executive.
(62435)
59  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many senior citizens' rail cards were issued in each of the last 10 years.
(62888)
60  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each local authority the increase in standard spending assessment (a) for education, (b) for social services and (c) overall, included in the 1998-99 local government revenue finance settlement.
(62886)
61  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each local authority, the 1999-2000 standard spending assessment (a) per five to 10 year old pupil and (b) per 11 to 15 year old pupil.
(62887)
62  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will continue to pursue any prosecutions under Air Carrier Liability Order 1998/1751 pending the outcome of IATA's appplication for judicial review of the order; and if he will make a statement.
(62944)
63  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the EC Transport Council of 30th November to 1st December.
(62943)
64  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment the Government has made of the implementation of Council regulation (EC) No. 2027/97 on air carrier liability following accidents in each member state; what assessment he has made of the level and nature of implementation in each member state; and if he will make a statement.
(62945)
65  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is the Government's intention to sell National Air Traffic Control Services in the financial year 1999-2000; and if he will make a statement.
(62942)
66  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the costs to the Government so far of the case brought by IATA against the UK Government concerning the implementation of EC regulation 2027/97; if he will estimate the likely total cost to the UK taxpayer; and how long he estimates the case will take to resolve.
(62946)
67  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what exceptions he plans to make to the proposed ban on the sale of four-star petrol; if disabled drivers will receive financial help in replacing or converting their cars; and if he will make a statement.
(63062)
68  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he has taken to ensure that local government computers are millennium compliant; how much money has been allocated to this; what percentage of this has been given to Taskforce 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(62409)
69  
N  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to announce the decision on funding from English Partnerships for the Huddersfield Canal Project.
(63066)
70  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to reform company car taxation so as to remove the incentive to increase business mileage.
(62423)
71  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the length of the current economic cycle.
(62439)
72  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which elements of his proposed working families tax credit he was advised required primary legislation.
(62952)
73  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has carried out to establish in how many and what percentage of cases military equipment exported since 1st May 1997 under an export licence has been used for (a) internal repression and (b) other human rights abuses; and if he will make a statement.
(62424)
74  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he takes to ensure that former MI6 personnel who take up private sector posts do not utilise information gained whilst employed by MI6 for the advantage of their new employers.
(62426)
75  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what has been the total expenditure on wine for government hospitality purposes since 1st May 1997; what is the average cost of each bottle purchased; and what percentage of wine purchased is of UK origin.
(62422)
76  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if telephone records exist that could enable the tracing of external telephone calls from particular extension numbers in the Foreign and Commonweath Office to external numbers on 28th and 29th April.
(62440)
77  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what are the Government's current guidelines on relationships with mercenary companies; and when he will announce new guidelines.
(62080)
78  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will name the diplomat criticised in the Ombudsman's recent report relating to maladministration in connection with a visa application by a UK businessman; and for what reasons his Department did not take the action recommended by the Ombudsman.
(62948)
79  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the resignation of Sir David Gore-Booth from the Diplomatic Service.
(62947)
80  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the present members of the St. Helena Government.
(63063)
81  
  
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to China regarding the deaths of prisoners at Drapchi Prison in May who had chanted slogans during a visit by EU ambassadors.
(63137)
82  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Saudi Arabia calling for it to expel Idi Amin from its territory.
(63097)
83  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the latest figures for people waiting (a) 13 to 25 weeks and (b) 26 weeks or more to see a consultant in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area.
(62646)
84  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the latest figures for people waiting 12 months or more for hospital treatment in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area.
(62645)
85  
N  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS trusts in England (a) have and (b) have not implemented the Government's recommendation to ensure that midwives working as the lead professional are awarded the minimum F-grade salary.
(62951)
86  
N  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, may expect replies to his letters to Ministers in his Department dated 20th August, 29th September and 29th October with regard to Mr Peter Welbourne of 51 Mackenzie Street.
(63058)
87  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list by health regions how many reported occurrences there were of MRSA in each of the last 10 years.
(62867)
88  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the risks presented to (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) other hospital staff and (d) visitors by MRSA.
(62863)
89  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many legal cases there have been against hospitals in each of the last 10 years, as a result of patients becoming infected by MRSA.
(62869)
90  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of future therapeutic problems likely to occur as a result of MRSA, GRAM-negative bacilli and enterococci becoming resistant to available antibiotics.
(62865)
91  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of the MRSA in each of the last three years.
(62868)
92  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to health authorities in addition to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (1994) in respect of MRSA.
(62864)
93  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to develop community-based approaches to the prevention and transmission of MRSA.
(62862)
94  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to make MRSA a notifiable disease.
(62866)
95  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to ensure that hospitals' computers are millennium compliant; how much money has been allocated to this; what percentage of this has been given to Taskforce 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(62411)
96  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to health authorities about providing IVF treatment on the NHS; how many health authorities provide such treatment; what plans he has to require health authorities to provide such treatment; and if he will make a statement.
(63061)
97  
  
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the recorded incidence per 1,000 population of (a) motor neurone disease, (b) multiple sclerosis and (c) Alzheimer's disease was at five-year intervals during the last 30 years.
(63136)
98  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to publish the code of practice on the welfare of xenotransplantation source animals; what groups, companies and individuals he has consulted on this code; and if he will make a statement.
(62427)
99  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the average penalty applied to a person convicted of (a) manslaughter and (b) murder in each of the last five years.
(62421)
100  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reform the system of trial by jury.
(61249)
101  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of pre-July 1993 asylum applicants with a criminal conviction resulting in a sentence of less than 12 months imprisonment who will benefit from the backlog procedure.
(63057)
102  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd December, Official Report, column 249, if every case involving the commission of a criminal offence by an asylum seeker is notified to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate.
(63098)
103  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reform the law relating to the mounting of private criminal prosecutions.
(61261)
104  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to ensure that police stations' computers are millennium compliant; how much money has been allocated to this; what percentage of this has been given to Taskforce 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(62410)
105  
N  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has in respect of future humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.
(63056)
106  
N  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what representations he has received about the proposed closure of Worthing County Court; and if he will make a statement.
(61250)
107  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the total costs of the State Opening of Parliament.
(62214)
108  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many schools have outside toilets (a) in each education authority and (b) in Scotland.
(62648)
109  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many (a) pupils and (b) full-time equivalent teachers there were in each education authority in (i) primary schools and (ii) secondary schools; and in each case what the pupil-teacher ratio (1) was in 1997 and (2) is currently.
(62649)
110  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the average per capita spending (a) in each education authority and (b) in Scotland in (i) primary schools and (ii) secondary schools on (1) books, (2) computer equipment and (3) other education materials and equipment in the most recent three years for which figures are available.
(62647)
111  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many acute beds were available in each health board area in Scotland in each year since 1990-91.
(63131)
112  
N  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the total sum paid to local authorities in Wales for the last complete financial year to enable them to discharge their obligation to pay council tax benefit to eligible claimants.
(62503)
113  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to separate bursaries from income when assessing an applicant's entitlement to family credit; and if he will make a statement.
(62413)
114  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he expects to publish the results of his research on (a) work incentives and intermediaries, (b) attitudes towards housing benefits and (c) take-up of income support among older citizens; and if he will, in each case, place a copy of such results in the Library.
(62872)
115  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, under what statutory authority he can amend (a) the taper, (b) the rates of credit and (c) the structure of the childcare subsidy within the family credit system.
(62953)
116  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the take-up rate of war pensions.
(62873)
117  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what would be the effect of the introduction of an age addition of £3 in the basic state pension for those aged between 75 and 79 years and £5 in the basic state pension for those aged over 80, and corresponding increases in the rates of premiums for means-tested benefits on (a) gross benefits expenditure, (b) net benefits expenditure and (c) income tax revenues.
(62870)
118  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what would be the effect of the introduction of an age addition to the basic state pension of £5 per week for those aged between 75 and 79 years and £10 per week for those aged over 80, on (a) gross benefits expenditure, (b) net benefits expenditure and (c) income tax revenues.
(62871)
119  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the sponsorship obtained for the Millennium Dome by (a) the International Management Group and (b) the New Millennium Experience Company by (i) name of sponsor and (ii) the amount secured.
(62650)
120  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which sponsors of the Millennium Dome have been recruited through the services of the International Management Group.
(63113)
121  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, in respect of which of the sponsoring companies of the Millennium Dome a success fee has been paid to the International Management Group.
(63115)
122  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date and for what reason the contract between the New Millennium Experience Company and the International Management Group was terminated.
(63114)
123  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans there are for a review of the level of import levy on American sugar.
(63122)
124  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he has taken to ensure that companies are able to ensure the millennium compliance of their computers; how much money he has spent on this; what percentage of the money has been given to Taskforce 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(62412)
125  
N  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was spent by each health authority in Wales on public consultation documents on their services in the last year for which figures are available.
(62505)
126  
N  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which company has been awarded the contract to build the A5/A55 dual carriageway across Anglesey; and if he will give the starting date for the work.
(62504)
127  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received on his proposal to reduce the number of honourable Members for Scottish constituencies; and if he will make a statement.
[Question Unstarred] (61270)
128  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he last met representatives of the Education Institute of Scotland to discuss the implementation of Higher Still.
[Question Unstarred] (61288)
129  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what steps are being taken to extend rights of audience before the courts for solicitors and employed barristers.
[Question Unstarred] (61251)


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