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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 9 December 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Wednesday 9 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 9 December, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Thursday 10 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 9th DECEMBER
1  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his Department's policy for encouraging the competitiveness of the UK horticultural industry with regard to other EU countries, in relation to the production of flowers for sale in supermarkets; and if he will make a statement.
(63240)
2  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidelines he has issued to the Millennium National Bid Committee relating to the provision of information to applicants whose projects are not supported by the Committee.
(62581)
3  
  
Mrs Llin Golding (Newcastle-under-Lyme):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects to announce the appointment of the English Sports Council.
(63265)
4  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of units of accommodation for which there should be a television licence; how many licences were issued for (a) monochrome and (b) colour receivers; and how many people were reported for failing to possess a television licence in the last year for which figures are available.
(63314)
5  
N  
Dr David Clark (South Shields):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to involve the National Regional Poison Centres in the medical assessments of veterans of the Gulf War and their families.
(62957)
6  
N  
Dr David Clark (South Shields):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel who served in the Gulf War of 1991 have died whilst still serving in HM forces.
(62960)
7  
N  
Dr David Clark (South Shields):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to publish the interim epidemiological reports relating to Gulf War Syndrome sufferers.
(62956)
8  
N  
Dr David Clark (South Shields):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Gulf War veterans have died since the end of the war in 1991.
(62958)
9  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the number of complaints from members of the public about low-flying military aircraft in England and Wales in each of the last three years.
(63241)
10  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the British soldiers convicted of causing the death of the Danish tour guide in Cyprus have been dismissed from the Army; and if he will make a statement.
(63264)
11  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) chemicals used (i) for ground maintenance and (ii) in the training of troops in chemical warfare and (b) training activities that took place on each day between 1st and 9th September at Sunnybridge Army Field Training Centre.
(62654)
12  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) others on reforming the entry requirements for the armed services.
(63160)
13  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications to join the armed services have been refused in each of the last five years.
(63161)
14  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the review of teachers' pension arrangements and its impact on opportunities for early retirement.
(63230)
15  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to publish league tables weighted according to pupil performance at Key Stage Two.
(62582)
16  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what research he has commissioned on value-added models of performance league tables.
(62583)
17  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what research he has commissioned on the impact of socio-economic factors on school performance tables.
(62584)
18  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps the Government is taking to ensure local co-ordination between the Single Regeneration Budget and the New Deal.
(62343)
19  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to increase local powers (a) over job creation and training programmes and (b) to co-ordinate different publicly-funded regeneration and employment projects.
(62344)
20  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of schools have had an above average percentage of pupils scoring below the national average at Key Stage 2, level 4 in (a) reading, (b) writing and (c) numeracy; and how many of these schools are in education action zones.
(63312)
21  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list those schools in education action zones that (a) have been identified by Ofsted as failing and (b) are under special measures.
(63313)
22  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, of the initiatives in 1998-99 involving competitive bidding from local education authorities, including education action zones, and the equivalent initiatives from 1999-2000, how many bids by each of the education action zones were (a) made and (b) successful .
(63311)
23  
  
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 Winchester City Council area since its inception; and how many took up each New Deal option.
(63159)
24  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the outcome of the Education Council held in Brussels on 4th December; and if he will make a statement.
(63164)
25  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will require admission limits for infant Key Stage 1 schools to be limited to multiples of 30 in order to meet the class size regulations.
(63310)
26  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the percentage changes in (a) standard spending assessments and (b) revenue support grants for (i) shire counties and (ii) shire districts between the settlement for 1998-99 and the proposals for 1999-2000, ranked and numbered in descending order.
(63074)
27  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for 1999-2000 the proposed (a) revenue support grants and (b) standard spending assessments for (i) district councils and (ii) shire counties as a sum per head of their populations, ranked and numbered in descending order.
(63073)
28  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he takes to ensure that those qualifying as driving instructors will be equipped in most cases to meet the standards later operating in their check-tests; and if he will introduce an appeals system for those who fail their check-tests.
(63072)
29  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many driving instructors who have been removed from registration during the last four years following check-test failures have then sought re-qualification by taking the appropriate examinations; how many of these have been successful; and if he will make a statement.
(63075)
30  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate (a) the number of one and two person households which would benefit from water metering and (b) the amounts of saving foregone by them in each of the past two years, for the current year and for next year, distinguishing between (i) pensioner households and (ii) households including a person on income support or housing benefit.
(63242)
31  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy to require water supply companies to notify customers of the likely range of metered water charges.
(63243)
32  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy to require water supply companies to install meters without charge by December 1999 to one and two person households including a person on income support or housing benefit.
(63245)
33  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is his policy to allow landlords of short-term tenants to deny them the benefit of metered charges for water.
(63244)
34  
N  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the real terms percentage difference is between the SSAs for North Somerset Council for 1998-99 and 1999-2000.
(63069)
35  
N  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what amount, per capita, is allotted in external support grants for 1998-99 and 1999-2000 (a) as a national average and (b) for North Somerset Council.
(63071)
36  
N  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the real terms difference between the education spending in 1998-99 by North Somerset Council and the Education SSA for the same authority in 1999-2000 is, expressed as (a) cash and (b) a percentage.
(63070)
37  
N  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the 1999-2000 SSA for North Somerset Council would be if the real terms percentage increase were the same as the national average.
(63068)
38  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the Government will appoint a commission to re-examine standards for, and design of, family dwellings.
(62283)
39  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidance he has given to county councils on the setting up of retail outlets; and if he will make a statement.
(63315)
40  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the criteria used by the Highways Agency to determine the basis of need for a new motorway service area to be built.
(62902)
41  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) what representations he has received concerning the 24th October 1998 incident involving the 'Pacific Crane' vessel in the Irish Sea, (b) what assessment he has made of the environmental issues raised and (c) what (i) correspondence and (ii) meetings have taken place with British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. since the incident; and if he will make a statement.
(61969)
42  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the members of the Marine Biodiversity Specialist Sub Group.
(63237)
43  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the forecast payment from the European Union with regard to the Merseyside Objective I area for (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99; and if he will make a statement.
(63153)
44  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has (a) to encourage the growth of community finance initiatives to promote regeneration in poorer areas and (b) to ask banks to disclose information on their servicing of poorer areas.
(62284)
45  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the public engagements undertaken since 1st October by (a) him, (b) the Chief Secretary, (c) the Paymaster General, (d) the Financial Secretary and (e) the Economic Secretary.
(63239)
46  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which sections of HM Customs and Excise are currently using dog collars that administer electric shocks to the animals.
(63080)
47  
  
Mr Jamie Cann (Ipswich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his policy on emergency treatment fees in the NHS for road accidents.
(63163)
48  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to reform nursing agencies; what representations he has received on this subject; and how much NHS organisations paid for agency nurses in each of the last 10 years.
(63235)
49  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has held with the ambulance service regarding the introduction of rigid containers for dealing with clinical waste.
(63169)
50  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost to the NHS of making rigid containers for clinical waste mandatory.
(63162)
51  
  
Mr Anthony D. Wright (Great Yarmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he is taking to increase the number of qualified ME specialist consultants in the NHS.
(63229)
52  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will decide whether to issue an authority to proceed in response to the Spanish extradition request for Senator Pinochet.
(63335)
53  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd December, Official Report, columns 251-2, on Shapurji Saklatvala, when the security service expects to begin its review of its inter-war records in preparation for further releases.
(63236)
54  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will (a) list the recommendations made by the UN Committee Against Torture following its examination of the UK Periodic Report, (b) indicate what measures he will take in response, (c) place the observations and comments of the Committee in the Library, (d) list NGO submissions to the Committee concerning the UK report and (e) place these submissions in the Library.
(61965)
55  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list (a) how many public interest immunity certificates he has signed in each quarter since May 1997, (b) how many requests for such certificates have originated in each sub-division of his Department and (c) how many such certificates have been issued in the course of hearings of the criminal division of the Court of Appeal.
(61966)
56  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the outcome of the Justice and Home Affairs Council held in Brussels on 3rd and 4th December; and if he will make a statement.
(63165)
57  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many new police dogs were taken on by the police in each of the last five years; and what percentage of these dogs were found to be unsuitable for use as working dogs following the training period.
(63077)
58  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which fire service authorities are currently equipped with dog collars that administer electric shocks to the animals.
(63081)
59  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by whom the dog-training manuals used by police dog units are compiled; and how often they are updated.
(63078)
60  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were recruited to dog-handling sections in each of the last five years; and how many of these have left following the training period.
(63076)
61  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines have been issued to police dog units responsible for training dogs, since the recent case against four police officers from the Essex Police Dog Section.
(63079)
62  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in the study he has initiated into the processing of rape cases by the criminal justice system; and when he expects to publish the full report.
(63132)
63  
  
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley and Golders Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what new guidelines he plans to issue in respect of women prisoners applying for admission to the mother and baby unit in Holloway Prison.
(63171)
64  
  
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley and Golders Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what are the current guidelines for women prisoners to apply for admission to the mother and baby units in (a) Styal, (b) New Hall and (c) Askham Grange prisons.
(63170)
65  
  
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley and Golders Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a copy of the procedure on public interest disclosure operated by Rebound for staff at the Medway Secure Training Centre.
(63173)
66  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the number of (a) refugees and (b) asylum seekers currently residing in the areas administered by (i) East Sussex County Council, (ii) Eastbourne Borough Council and (iii) Wealden District Council.
(63231)
67  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers or refugees are currently residing in council or housing association accommodation in Eastbourne Borough.
(63232)
68  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people currently residing in Eastbourne have applied for asylum in the United Kingdom.
(63233)
69  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, which of the Land Registry offices his latest accommodation review has revealed as surplus to current requirements; and what action he now proposes to take with regard to them.
(62895)
70  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what analysis his Department or the Land Registry has undertaken on the future of the Land Registry office in Lytham.
(62897)
71  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he is currently acting on a request from the Treasury to review the property portfolio of office accommodation currently used by the Land Registry.
(62899)
72  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he last assessed the office accommodation requirements for the Land Registry; and if he will make a statement.
(62901)
73  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, which Land Registry offices in the North West have sufficient spare capacity in terms of space or people to enable them to take on the work currently conducted by the Lytham Land Registry.
(62896)
74  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the operational future of the Land Registry office in Lytham (a) in the next 12 months, (b) in the next three years and (c) in the next five years.
(62898)
75  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the cost of operation per employee of each of the Land Registry offices.
(62900)
76  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list (a) the number of cases the Special Immigration Appeals Tribunal has heard since its inception, (b) how many of these appeals have been successful and (c) how many cases are pending.
(61967)
77  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the assessment of the responses to the housing and policy review consultative document, Building on Success, has been completed; what further provision will be made relating to the safety and quality of houses in multiple occupancy in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.
(63238)
78  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to amend liquor licensing arrangements in respect of New Year's Eve celebrations for the Millennium, covering opening hours for 31st December 1999 and 1st January 2000; and if she will make a statement.
[R] (63277)
79  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list (a) how many public interest immunity certificates she has signed in each quarter since May 1997, (b) how many requests for such certificates have originated in each sub-division of her Department and (c) how many such certificates have been issued in the course of hearings of the criminal division of the Court of Appeal.
(61968)
80  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list (a) the steps she is taking to increase public confidence in police complaints procedures, (b) the measures taken to assure complainants that they may supply information confidentially and without fear of intimidation and (c) in cases where an interview is required to obtain further information, what choices are offered to a complainant with regard to (i) the time, date and location of interview, (ii) the gender of interviewer and (iii) whether a non-uniformed or civilian interviewer is preferred.
(61970)
81  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many certificates have been issued under section 42 of the Fair Employment (NI) Act 1989 in each year since its enactment.
(61971)
82  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what advice she has received from the Chief Constable of the RUC on (a) UVF, (b) IRA and (c) UDA involvement in serious assaults carried out since 1st May 1998.
(63168)
83  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the RUC has evidence to indicate IRA involvement in the killing of Andrew Keorney in Belfast in July 1998.
(63167)
84  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been forced by intimidation to leave their homes in Northern Ireland since 1st May 1998; and if she will make a statement.
(63172)
85  
N  
Dr David Clark (South Shields):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the current limits are on the borrowing powers of Scottish Enterprise.
(62954)
86  
N  
Dr David Clark (South Shields):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many classified roads cross from Scotland to England.
(62955)
87  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the (a) landing capabilities and (b) designated sites associated with his announcement of expansion to the Highlands and Islands air ambulance service; and if he will make a statement.
(63309)
88  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how the sustainable development indicators announced by the Deputy Prime Minister on 23rd November will be applied to Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(62786)
89  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many applications were received by his Department for grants for use in 1999 under the Countryside Premium Scheme; and how many of these applications were successful.
(62785)
90  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the forecast payment from the European Union with regard to the Highlands and Islands Objective I area for (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99; and if he will make a statement.
(63152)
91  
N  
Dr David Clark (South Shields):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the policy is of the War Pensions Agency on the seven year rule towards Gulf War veteran claimants.
(62959)
92  
  
Mr Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list for each of the last five years the percentage of (a) money awarded as research grants and (b) actual grants to former polytechnics and colleges of higher education by each of the national research councils in relation to the total monies allocated as research awards to higher education institutions.
(63174)
93  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which countries have asked for a rescheduling of Export Credits Guarantee Department loans or interest in 1998; in respect of what sums the rescheduling has been requested; what the dates of such requests were; and if such requests have been agreed.
(62918)
94  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when an export licence for the export to China of designs for a military aircraft engine now known as the WS9 turbofan was granted.
(62920)
95  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list those nations of the Arabian peninsula, the Middle East and Central Asia in which ECGD (a) short term and (b) long term and project cover (i) is not currently available but is under review and (ii) is currently available and the dates on which such cover was agreed.
(62917)
96  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when export licences for a stand-off weapon known as the Black Shahine were granted.
(62919)
97  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the outcome of the Internal Market Council held in Brussels on 7th December; and if he will make a statement.
(63166)
98  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Stratford-on-Avon of 7th December, Official Report, columns 70-1, for what reasons the Minister of State was required to return from Liverpool to London for an urgent meeting.
(63308)
99  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will establish an inquiry into the performance of Royal Mail postal services in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.
(63150)
100  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what measures his Department has taken to encourage local authorities in Wales to repay debt.
(62653)
101  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much money was allocated in the 1998-99 standard spending assessment to each local authority in Wales to repay capital debt.
(62652)
102  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on his plans for the appointment of a new chair to the Welsh Arts Council.
(63155)
103  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects the Community Support Framework, associated with Wales' bid for Objective I funding for the Western Wales and Valleys NUT2 area, to be completed; and what progress has been made in preparatory work for the Framework.
(63151)
104  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what has been the range of the capital grant made by the Welsh Office to support salaried National Health Service dentists in Wales since the introduction of the scheme; and what repayment provisions apply if the dentists subsequently leave the NHS.
(63148)
105  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will take steps to avoid the closure of the A487 across the Cob at Porthmadog, during rebuilding of the retaining walls; and what arrangements he has made for the alternative routing of trunk road traffic during the rebuilding.
(63175)
106  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the role of the Welsh Office in respect of the appointment of members of the Board of S4C; and what is his policy in respect of such appointments.
(63158)
107  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what progress has been made in addressing the issues raised in the report of the Welsh Office Social Services Inspectorate in August 1998 on the problems of Disability Wales; and what plans he has for the future funding of Disability Wales.
(63149)
108  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many salaried dentists have been employed in Wales since the Welsh Office set up its emergency scheme to maintain the availability of the NHS dental service; and of these how many (a) are currently working within the NHS dental service, (b) have transferred to provide a private dental service and (c) have ceased to provide a dental service in Wales.
(63157)
109  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers or refugees are currently living in emergency accommodation within the Eastbourne Borough.
[Transferred] (63234)
110  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money allocated to the United Kingdom for specific Objective I projects since 1994, has been (a) returned and (b) renegotiated for later use, because of the failure of agreed projects to materialise in the agreed time.
[Transferred] (63154)
111  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on (a) the definition of the conditions laid down by the European Union in respect of Objective I structural funding, requiring an undertaking by the recipient member state government to a substantial commitment to substantial spending over the whole period in delivering an agreed programme within the Community Support Framework and (b) the United Kingdom Government's interpretation of that definition.
[Transferred] (63156)
112  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the controlled delivery method of drug importation into the United Kingdom as a means of combating drug crime.
[Transferred] (63266)
113  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has to ensure that the same regulations apply to children's homes which house three or fewer children, as to homes with four or more children.
[Transferred] (63147)


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