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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 10 December 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Thursday 10 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 10 December, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Monday 14 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 10th DECEMBER
1  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the principal changes which he will be seeking in his discussions with EU ministers on CAP reforms.
(63340)
2  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much is spent annually by his Department on research programmes in Scotland; and what proportion of this funding will be transferred to the Scottish Parliament after devolution.
(63284)
3  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the programmes which it will be ultra vires for his Department to fund or have sole responsibility for after devolution; if he will list these programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(63286)
4  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list (a) by programme over £50,000 and (b) the total spending by his Department in Scotland on the identifiable spending areas detailed in Table 7.6A of the Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis 1997-98 (Cmnd 3601); which of these programmes will fall solely or jointly under the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament; and what arrangements are in place to transfer control of funds for these projects to the Scottish Executive or Parliament.
(63285)
5  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer about a possible tax on pesticides; and if he will make a statement.
(63452)
6  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects to make an announcement on the lifting of the export ban on beef derivatives with particular reference to tallow and gelatine.
(63344)
7  
  
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what are his principal objectives with regard to the forthcoming negotiations on the World Trade Organisation's Agreement on Agriculture; and if he will make a statement.
(63492)
8  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has in respect of the sale of uneviscerated turkeys.
(62924)
9  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the purpose of his visit to Welshpool on 7th December.
(63407)
10  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has made concerning the proposed suspension of the stabiliser for calculation of sheep annual premium payments.
(63495)
11  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list (a) the research programmes and (b) the activities undertaken in Wales and funded by his Department, and the total estimated annual expenditure on each in 1998-99; and what proportion of this funding will be transferred to the National Assembly for Wales when it has been established.
(63480)
12  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Employment over the establishment of a new television education channel.
(63316)
13  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will write in response to the questions tabled on 4th November by the honourable Member for East Surrey.
(63325)
14  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list (a) by programme over £50,000 and (b) the total of spending by his Department in Scotland on the identifiable spending areas detailed in Table 7.6A of the Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis 1997-98 (Cmnd 3601); which of these programmes will fall solely or jointly under the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament; and what arrangements are in place to transfer control of funds for these projects to the Scottish Executive or Parliament.
(63288)
15  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the programmes which it will be ultra vires for this Department to fund or have sole responsibility for after devolution; if he will list these programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(63289)
16  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much is spent annually by his Department on research programmes in Scotland; and what proportion of this funding will be transferred to the Scottish Parliament after devolution.
(63287)
17  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if it is his policy to urge UNESCO to place St. Hilda World Heritage Site on their in danger list.
(63392)
18  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date the Government expects UNESCO to announce whether they intend to add the World Heritage Site of St. Hilda to their in danger list.
(63393)
19  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of girls who give up sport upon leaving school.
(63432)
20  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received concerning the teaching of sport in schools.
(63441)
21  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what initiatives are planned by his Department to encourage more girls to become involved in sport.
(63433)
22  
  
Ms Jenny Jones (Wolverhampton South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff at the Radio Authority have been (a) suspended and (b) subsequently dismissed since July; and for what reasons.
(63437)
23  
  
Ms Jenny Jones (Wolverhampton South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures are in place to monitor the conduct of those staff at the Radio Authority who award broadcast licences to local radio stations and monitor their compliance with the conditions of the licence.
(63436)
24  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimates his Department has made of the percentage of viewers which will be able to obtain access to independent television and digital terrestrial services (a) in England and (b) in Wales.
(63398)
25  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the acquisition by China of land-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles and long-range cruise missiles was taken into account in the Strategic Defence Review.
(62921)
26  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will state the salary, pension entitlement and present compensation rights for early termination of contract of the new head of the Defence Export Services Organisation from the Government, what top-ups to those provisions have been made by external sources; and which external sources are providing the top-ups.
(62922)
27  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the cost to his Department of the defence of the British soldiers convicted of causing the death of a Danish tour guide in Cyprus.
(63343)
28  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which regiments will be available to participate in the ceremonies for the opening of the Scottish Parliament; and what plans he has to ensure prominence is given to Scottish regiments and bands based in Scotland in the procession and ceremonies.
(63304)
29  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of the Medical Assessment Programme documents (reference MAP/102/22/1/Med pt 1) (a) DU Teleconference--Lt Col Graham, (b) DU Testing Protocol--Alan Casson, (c) Prime for 51 G EDTA--Dr R. Gabriel, (d) DU Information Pack--Alan Casson, (e) DU Testing of United Kingdom Gulf Veterans--Alan Casson, (f) Update--4 Sep 96--Lt Col Graham; what assessment the Medical Assessment Programme has made of the possible link between Gulf War Syndrome and depleted uranium poisoning; and if he will make a statement.
(63306)
30  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the cost (a) in total and (b) to public funds of establishing a new broadcast education channel.
(63322)
31  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the broadcasting companies with which he has had discussions over the establishment of a new education channel.
(63319)
32  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what discussions he has had with (a) the BBC, (b) Granada and (c) United News and Media over the establishment of a new education channel.
(63318)
33  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which grant maintained schools have been required to repay in full overpayment of annual maintenance grant identified following retrospective adjustments to their rateable assessments; and in which of these cases recovery of the money has been phased.
(63462)
34  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many grant maintained schools have had their annual maintenance grant for (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95 and (d) 1995-96 redetermined by reason of retrospective adjustments to their rateable assessments.
(63461)
35  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which grant maintained schools have not been required to repay the full overpayment of annual maintenance grant identified following restrospective adjustments to their rateable assessments; and what percentage of the overpayment has been required in each case.
(63463)
36  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the total annual maintenance grant overpaid to grant maintained schools in respect of each of the years 1992-93 to 1995-96.
(63464)
37  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to review the payment of annual salary increments to teachers in the context of his performance-related pay proposals; and if he will make a statement.
(63612)
38  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the programmes which it will be ultra vires for his Department to fund or have sole responsibility for after devolution; if he will list these programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(63301)
39  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list (a) by programme over £50,000 and (b) the total of spending by his Department in Scotland on the identifiable spending areas detailed in Table 7.6A of the Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis 1997-98 (Cmnd 3601); which of these programmes will fall solely or jointly under the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament; and what arrangements are in place to transfer control of funds for these projects to the Scottish Executive or Parliament.
(63300)
40  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much is spent annually by his Department on research programmes in Scotland; and what proportion of this funding will be transferred to the Scottish Parliament after devolution.
(63299)
41  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received concerning the teaching of sport in schools.
(63442)
42  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the Government's policy towards the use of temporary classrooms in schools.
(63444)
43  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many and what percentage of teachers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools are PE trained.
(63440)
44  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what progress has been made by the Sustainable Development Education Panel in identifying environmental key skills.
(63443)
45  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidance he will give to further education colleges on the use of hardship funds.
(63472)
46  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will review the range of assistance available to further education students out of access funds.
(63471)
47  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the proportions of each kind of assistance given to further education students out of access funds in the last financial year for which figures are available.
(63470)
48  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he intends to publish his response to the representations received by his Department in respect of his consultation paper regarding accountability in the governance of further education colleges.
(63469)
49  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many students in full-time post school education took up the disabled student's allowance in each of the last five years.
(63399)
50  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures the Government is taking to promote access to further and higher education for young people with special educational needs.
(63400)
51  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the Virtual Staff College for Senior Education Officers.
(63251)
52  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidance his Department has issued to schools on the provision of supply cover for advanced skills teachers while they are operating in schools other than those in which they are usually employed.
(63247)
53  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the recurrent cost of providing funding to guarantee all new teachers the reduced teaching load and programme of support referred to in the Green Paper, Teachers Meeting the Challenge of Change.
(63249)
54  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the schools which have been successful in bidding for advanced skills teacher status for a member of their staff.
(63253)
55  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much money has been allocated in each of the next three financial years for (a) the Standards Fund, (b) the New Opportunities Fund, (c) the Service Development Fund and (d) the Small School Support Fund.
(63250)
56  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what financial arrangements will need to be put in place between the schools concerned where an advanced skills teacher from one school is providing support, advice or training in another school.
(63252)
57  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many advanced skills teachers have been appointed to date to each salary band.
(63246)
58  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he expects to publish details of the proposed resources which are to be made available within the school improvement grant element of the Standards Fund for the replacement of headteachers in underperforming schools.
(63248)
59  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will report on progress being made by the Working Group on the Review of the Teachers' Pension Scheme; and when he expects it to report.
(62923)
60  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidance his Department has issued on the optimum size of sixth form classes.
(62506)
61  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the average size of sixth form classes in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Norfolk.
(62507)
62  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidance his Department has issued on the optimum size of a sixth form college so that it is able to provide an appropriate choice of subjects.
(62508)
63  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the standard spending assessments for education per pupil for each English local authority for 1999-2000.
(63255)
64  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the expenditure to be incurred this year by his Department on programmes or activities located in Wales as part of UK-wide programmes; and what will be the mechanism for supporting such expenditure when the National Assembly for Wales has been established.
(63478)
65  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in which year noise limits were first placed on individual aircraft taking off from Gatwick Airport; and when he expects these limits to be reduced.
(63453)
66  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the percentage of night flights at Gatwick by QC4 and QC8 aircraft (a) between October 1993 and September 1994 and (b) for the latest available 12 month period.
(63456)
67  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his estimate of (a) the passenger throughput of the Manchester second runway by 2008 and (b) the increase in passenger throughput at Gatwick airport up to 2008.
(63458)
68  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many night flights were permitted at Heathrow and Gatwick airports in the year October 1992 to September 1993; and how many are due to be permitted in the year October 1998 to September 1999.
(63454)
69  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the night flight noise point quota system at Gatwick in encouraging the use of quieter aircraft.
(63457)
70  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what were the number of night noise quota points used at Gatwick Airport (a) between October 1993 and September 1994 and (b) in the latest available 12 month period; and to what extent the number of noise quota points used is proportional to the volume of noise at night.
(63455)
71  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects the NATS system at Swanwick to be assessed as fit for purpose.
(63605)
72  
  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement about the delay in providing new trains on the London Underground Northern Line and what is the expected date when the trains will be operational; and if he will list the financial penalties imposed for the late delivery of the trains.
(63402)
73  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy to ensure that all letters from his Department and its agencies use the titles of addressees; and if he will make a statement.
(63460)
74  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much is spent annually by his Department on research programmes in Scotland; and what proportion of this funding will be transferred to the Scottish Parliament after devolution.
(63278)
75  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) by programme over £50,000 and (b) the total spending by his Department in Scotland on the identifiable spending areas detailed in Table 7.6A of the Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis 1997-98 (Cmnd 3601); which of these programmes will fall solely or jointly under the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament; and what arrangements are in place to transfer control of funds for these projects to the Scottish Executive or Parliament.
(63279)
76  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the programmes which it will be ultra vires his Department to fund or have sole responsibility for after devolution; if he will list these programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(63280)
77  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what advice he has given to the Environment Agency concerning the implications for the management of water levels on the Somerset Levels of (a) the EU Birds Directive, (b) the EU Habitats Directive, (c) the Water Resources Act 1991 and (d) the Land Drainage Acts.
(63394)
78  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what studies his Department has made to determine the proportion of private road and freight journeys which could be achieved on an equal basis by public transport.
(63357)
79  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assistance his Department gives to local authorities to enable them to help children between the ages of 16 and 18 years to enter into tenancies for homes of their own; and what guidance it gives local authorities on this subject.
(63468)
80  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the report by Pearn Kandola in relation to discrimination in his Department on grounds of (a) race and (b) gender.
(63351)
81  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what factors underlay the commissioning of a review of his Department's staff appraisal system by Pearn Kandola.
(63354)
82  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what were the findings of the report commissioned by his Department into his Department's staff appraisal system, undertaken by Pearn Kandola.
(63337)
83  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the report by Pearn Kandola into his Department's staff appraisal system identified the causes of the statistically significant differences in performance marking between ethnic minorities and whites.
(63349)
84  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what advice he has received from officials on the compliance of departmental staff appraisal systems with requirements to be non discriminatory.
(63353)
85  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the report by Pearn Kandola into his Department's staff appraisal system identified the causes of the statistically significant differences in performance marking between men and women in certain grades.
(63350)
86  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the cost of the study of his Department's staff appraisal system by Pearn Kandola.
(63355)
87  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on staff concerns relating to racial discrimination contained in the Pearn Kandola report into his Department's staff appraisal system.
(63348)
88  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish the report by Pearn Kandola into his Department's staff appraisal system.
(63352)
89  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he is taking on the findings of the study by Pearn Kandola into his Department's staff appraisal system.
(63356)
90  
  
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he has taken to ensure that all aircraft in public service are accessible to people with disabilities.
(63397)
91  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the (a) environmental benefits and (b) costs to rural businesses of a pesticide tax.
(63450)
92  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the impact of the inclusion of sparsity factors into standard spending assessments for each shire county (a) in total amounts and (b) as a percentage change.
(63391)
93  
N  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he intends to publish the explanatory notes to the Greater London Authority Bill.
(63305)
94  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the new proposals from Central Railway for opening a railway line between Liverpool and the Channel Tunnel.
(63475)
95  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the amount of extra taxation which will be received from motorists in the next three years as a result of the increases in fuel duties and the new taxes proposed in the White Paper, A New Deal for Transport.
(63473)
96  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what current use is made of the sea stores property at Yate, owned by the Property Services Agency; and what plans he has for its future use.
(63256)
97  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which UK-wide or Britain wide programmes will be the responsibility of his Department after the establishment of the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Parliament; and what is the forecast level of expenditure on such programmes in 1998-99.
(63481)
98  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimates he has made of the net gain or loss to the Exchequer consequent on changing the threshold for compulsory VAT registration.
(63401)
99  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the debt burden of each of the 10 poorest countries in the world.
(63338)
100  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what were in April the number and proportion of (a) male, (b) female and (c) all (i) full-time manual, (ii) full-time non-manual and (iii) full-time employees on adult rates earning less than (1) £181.40, (2) £241.86 and (3) £261.46 per week excluding overtime in (A) each county and unitary authority in England, (B) each unitary authority in Wales, (C) each London borough, (D) each unitary authority in Scotland, (E) Great Britain as a whole, (F) England as a whole and (G) each Government office region.
(63496)
101  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what area of residence, other than health authorities, statistics are collected on abortions performed by the NHS.
(63606)
102  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received about a possible tax on pesticides; and if he will make a statement.
(63451)
103  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the taxes in respect of which he receives monthly estimates of receipts from the Inland Revenue.
(61762)
104  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish his definition of the Barnett formula in the context of the establishment of the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Parliament; and what changes have been made to (a) the formula and (b) its interpretation as a result of those establishments.
(63482)
105  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on deaths and injuries in demonstrations in Indonesia on 13th and 14th November.
(63449)
106  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of British military equipment being used against demonstrators in Indonesia on 13th and 14th November; and if he will list the equipment involved.
(63448)
107  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to publish his White Paper on United Kingdom Overseas Territories.
(63488)
108  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if any officials in his Department saw a copy of Peter Penfold's letter of 30th December 1997 to Miss Grant prior to 6th April 1997.
(63269)
109  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to review the overseas price mechanism; and if he will make a statement.
(63082)
110  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom's relations with Belarus.
(63134)
111  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received about the freedom of individual Belarus MPs to conduct their duties and about their parliamentary immunity; and what representations have been made in this regard to (a) the Belarus President and (b) the OSCE.
(63133)
112  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the outcome of the General Affairs Council held in Brussels on 7th and 8th December; and if he will make a statement.
(63341)
113  
  
Mr Jamie Cann (Ipswich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce regulations to lay down minimum quality standards for dentistry.
(63483)
114  
  
Mr Jamie Cann (Ipswich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision currently exists to ensure minimum standards of quality in NHS dentistry in the United Kingdom.
(63484)
115  
  
Mr Jamie Cann (Ipswich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what methods his Department records and evaluates complaints which arise in private dental practice.
(63485)
116  
  
Mr Jamie Cann (Ipswich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings he has had with the General Dental Council over the past twelve months and what was discussed.
(63486)
117  
  
Mr Jamie Cann (Ipswich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the proportion of dentistry services provided by corporate bodies in the United Kingdom; and if he will examine recent changes in that proportion.
(63487)
118  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the trend in the number of trainee general practitioners in the NHS over the past 12 months.
(63339)
119  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list (a) by programme over £50,000 and (b) the total spending by his Department in Scotland on the identifiable spending areas detailed in Table 7.6A of the Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis 1997-98 (Cmnd 3601); which of these programmes will fall solely or jointly under the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament; and what arrangements are in place to transfer control of funds for these projects to the Scottish Executive or Parliament.
(63294)
120  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the programmes which it will be ultra vires for his Department to fund or have sole responsibility for after devolution; if he will list these programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(63295)
121  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much is spent annually by his Department on research programmes in Scotland; and what proportion of this funding will be transferred to the Scottish Parliament after devolution.
(63293)
122  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to revise the current system of funding for NHS treatment and care services for HIV/AIDS.
(63608)
123  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will announce the outcome of the Stocktake Group on spending on HIV/AIDS and the allocations to health authorities for treatment and care services for HIV/AIDS.
(63607)
124  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the local authorities which have informed him about the number and percentage of men and women councillors; if he will give the number and percentage of men and women councillors in each case; and if he will list those local authorities which have not informed him.
(63254)
125  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of backdating the pension arrangements for widowers of female doctors so that they are in line with the pension arrangements for widows of male doctors.
(62509)
126  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will amend the pension rights of the widowers of female doctors to make them equivalent to the pension arrangements made for widows of male doctors.
(62510)
127  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the action which his Department is taking to increase public awareness of the availability of cancer services.
(63466)
128  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what response he has made to representations from GPs on cancer care services.
(63465)
129  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce, on a national basis, the scheme under which GPs receive support from an oncology nurse who liaises between the hospital and GP.
(63474)
130  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he met Professor Sir Magdi Yaqoub to discuss the future of Harefield Hospital; and if he will make a statement.
(63267)
131  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter dated 2nd November concerning constituents: reference POH(2)5608/16.
(63177)
132  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Prison Service establishments he or his Ministers plan to visit between 17th December 1998 and 11th January 1999.
(63396)
133  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much is spent annually by his Department on research programmes in Scotland; and what proportion of this funding will be transferred to the Scottish Parliament after devolution.
(63290)
134  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list (a) by programme over £50,000 and (b) the total spending by his Department in Scotland on the identifiable spending areas detailed in Table 7.6A of the Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis 1997-98 (Cmnd 3601); which of these programmes will fall solely or jointly under the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament; and what arrangements are in place to transfer control of funds for these projects to the Scottish Executive or Parliament.
(63291)
135  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the programmes which it will be ultra vires for his Department to fund or have sole responsibility for after devolution; if he will list these programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(63292)
136  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to uprate the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme tariff for inflation; and if he will make a statement.
(63389)
137  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received about changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(63390)
138  
  
Mrs Sylvia Heal (Halesowen and Rowley Regis):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what initiatives his Department are developing to reduce car crime.
(63403)
139  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce video ID evidence as an alternative to the current identification procedure.
(63610)
140  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the regulations governing the use of (a) black gunpowder and (b) other explosives by historic re-enactment societies; and if he will make a statement.
(63609)
141  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total cost of identity parades in each year since 1993-94; and if he will make a statement.
(63611)
142  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the level of benefit fraud within the social security system; and what plans she has to tackle it.
(63176)
143  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, what proposals he has to set up a committee of both Houses of Parliament charged with undertaking a wide-ranging review of the House of Lords and to bring forward proposals for reform.
(63257)
144  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues regarding the transfer of funding for United Kingdom programmes operating in Scotland where sole or joint responsibility transfers to the Scottish Parliament or Executive; if he will list the projects he has identified as being within the sole or joint competence of the Scottish Parliament; and if he will make a statement.
(63302)
145  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has made to the Secretary of State for Defence concerning requests for regiments to participate in the ceremonies for the opening of the Scottish Parliament; and what steps he is taking to ensure prominence is given to Scottish regiments and bands based in Scotland.
(63303)
146  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if the (a) draft Toll Order for the Skye Bridge and (b) draft Assignation Statement were placed in the Library in 1991; and if he will make a statement.
(63320)
147  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what powers the devolved Scottish Parliament will have to alter the rules governing the amount of capital receipts from right to buy which local authorities must use to repay their capital debt.
(63323)
148  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what form of financial support has been made by the Scottish Office to Glasgow City Council to pay for a feasibility study into its proposed mass stock transfer initiative.
(63324)
149  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list (a) by programme over £50,000 and (b) the total of spending by his Department in Scotland on the identifiable spending areas detailed in Table 7.6A of the Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis 1997-98 (Cmnd 3601); which of these programmes will fall solely or jointly under the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament; and what arrangements are in place to transfer control of funds for these projects to the Scottish Executive or Parliament.
(63297)
150  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the programmes which it will be ultra vires for his Department to fund or have sole responsibility for after devolution; if he will list these programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(63298)
151  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much is spent annually by his Department on research programmes in Scotland; and what proportion of this funding will be transferred to the Scottish Parliament after devolution.
(63296)
152  
  
Ms Jenny Jones (Wolverhampton South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what were the arrears of child support payments owed by self-employed non-resident parents to children living in Wolverhampton on 30th September.
(63435)
153  
  
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what powers the CSA possesses to follow up cases in respect of absent parents who have moved to a different country; and what plans he has to review them.
(63395)
154  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, to how many written parliamentary questions on the Millennium Experience he has responded since assuming responsibility for the New Millennium Experience Company; and in how many cases he has issued holding replies.
(63321)
155  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the occasions since 1st May 1997 on which Ministers in his Department have taken flights in chartered private aircraft; what were the relevant origins and destinations; what was the cost to public funds on each occasion; and what were the reasons such a mode of travel was authorised.
(63336)
156  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what studies his Department carried out into the impact of a pesticides tax on the costs of small and medium-sized distributors of such products.
(63268)
157  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many nine digit telephone numbers in the 0800 range have (a) been issued, (b) remain available to be issued and (c) are currently in use; and when the full range is expected to be in use.
(63467)
158  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much is spent annually by his Department on research programmes in Scotland; and what proportion of this funding will be transferred to the Scottish Parliament after devolution.
(63281)
159  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the programmes which it will be ultra vires for his Department to fund or have sole responsibility for after devolution; if he will list these programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(63283)
160  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list (a) by programme over £50,000 and (b) the total spending by his Department in Scotland on the identifiable spending areas detailed in Table 7.6A of the Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis 1997-98 (Cmnd 3601); which of these programmes will fall solely or jointly under the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament; and what arrangements are in place to transfer control of funds for these projects to the Scottish Executive or Parliament.
(63282)
161  
  
Ms Jenny Jones (Wolverhampton South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many shipments of mixed oxide fuel were made between 1st January and 30th November from Sellafield (a) by air and (b) by sea.
(63438)
162  
  
Ms Jenny Jones (Wolverhampton South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures are being taken to incorporate arms brokerage within arms trade regulations covering United Kingdom companies.
(63434)
163  
  
Ms Jenny Jones (Wolverhampton South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many licences were granted to United Kingdom companies to export small arms between (a) 1st January and 30th June 1997, and (b) 1st July 1997 and 30th September 1998.
(63439)
164  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the official trading status of Miller Civil Engineering Ltd.
(63317)
165  
  
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he plans to take to persuade EU partners to include among the EU's objectives for the next round of World Trade Organisation negotiations the need to revise the rules of the WTO and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade to take greater account of animal welfare standards; and if he will make a statement.
(63490)
166  
  
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he plans to take to ensure that EU producers are not placed at a competitive disadvantage in respect of imports from countries with lower animal welfare standards; and if he will make a statement.
(63489)
167  
  
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations he has received regarding the impact on animal welfare measures of the rules of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the World Trade Organisation; and if he will make a statement.
(63491)
168  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many coal miners were made redundant in each year from 1979-80 to 1997-98.
(63345)
169  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the average redundancy payment made to coal miners made redundant in each year from 1979-80 to 1997-98.
(63347)
170  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much of the British Coal Corporation's exceptional restructuring costs listed in the Answer to the honourable Member for Teignbridge of 11th November, Official Report, column 223-4, was spent on redundancy payments in each year from 1979-80 to 1997-98.
(63346)
171  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reasons it is not normal departmental policy to disclose the names of firms participating in competitive tendering for departmental projects.
(63493)
172  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects to publish the KPMG report on BNFL.
(63494)
173  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much expenditure is forecast to be incurred by his Department in Wales in 1998-99 as part of UK-and Britain-wide expenditure programmes; and what provision will be made in relation to this expenditure once the National Assembly of Wales has been established.
(63479)
174  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much the Government plans to spend on public information about the National Assembly.
(63405)
175  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many ministerial visits to schools in the Monmouth constituency have taken place since 3rd September 1998.
(63406)
176  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what measures he is taking to encourage local education authorities to allow beef to be served in schools in Wales.
(63404)
177  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what consultation he has initiated relating to future funding of United Kingdom programmes located in Wales which are currently outside the provisions of the Barnett formula; and if he will make a statement.
(63477)
178  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what provision he has made for additional expenditure over the next three years on NHS mental health services in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(63476)
179  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will give approval for the North Wales Health Authority to go ahead with its proprosal to build a new community hospital at Porthmadog to serve eastern Dwyfor and northern Meirionnydd.
(63445)
180  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his latest estimate is of (a) capital and (b) current expenditure in Wales in the current financial year on the National Health Service; what the planned figures are for 1999-2000; and what the figures were for actual spending in each of the last three years.
(63446)
181  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress HM Customs and Excise has made on its assessment of the recent British Tourist Authority report on the implication of a reduced VAT rate on hotel accommodation and other tourism-related services.
[Question Unstarred] (61757)
182  
N  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he is proposing to improve the tax position of pensioners.
[Question Unstarred] (61778)
183  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if it his policy that Ireland should retain its Objective I status when the zones for EU aid are re-drawn.
[Transferred] (63178)
184  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the level of duty required on landing fees at (a) Heathrow and (b) Gatwick to balance the supply and demand for slots.
[Transferred] (63459)
185  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received about the murder of three aid workers in the Nuba mountains in June; and if he will place them in the Library.
[Transferred] (63447)


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