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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 15 December 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Tuesday 15 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 15 December, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Wednesday 16 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 15th DECEMBER
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what matters were discussed at the meetings held between Ministers and Monsanto on (a) 29th June 1998 and (b) 15th July 1998.
(63385)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps the Government is taking to encourage supermarkets to maintain diversity of supply.
(63382)
3  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the weight of antibiotics used annually in farming; what is his policy in respect of this application; and if he will make a statement.
(63381)
4  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many prosecutions have taken place under the Welfare of Battery Hens Regulations 1987 since 1st May 1997.
(63380)
5  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many of his (a) Department's and (b) Agencies officials have been assaulted in the course of slaughterhouse inspections in each of the last five years; how many prosecutions followed the assaults; and what action his Department is taking to minimise the number of assaults.
(63379)
6  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many visits by MAFF personnel have been undertaken to intensive egg production units since 1st May 1997; and what percentage of these have been unannounced.
(63643)
7  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will take measures to prohibit the use of the term farm-fresh eggs to designate those eggs which originate from a battery system.
(63378)
8  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has had with supermarkets concerning the descriptions applied to eggs offered for sale to the public.
(63377)
9  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his policy in respect of routine visits to poultry farms to ensure minimum inspection requirements are met.
(63376)
10  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of intensive poultry units in England and (b) the average number of birds found within such units.
(63375)
11  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received on the EU moratorium on the use of the BST growth hormone in dairy cattle; and if it is his policy to maintain the moratorium.
(64224)
12  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the animal welfare implications of the proposed European Union ban on the use of zinc bacitracin; and if he will make a statement.
(64033)
13  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what consultations he has undertaken with (a) the manufacturers of zinc bacitracin, (b) poultry breeders and (c) farming unions about the European Commission's proposal to withdraw authorisation of zinc bacitracin; and if he will make a statement.
(64030)
14  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the consistency of the European Commission's decision to withdraw authorisation for zinc bacitracin and three other veterinary medicines with the precautionary principle of the Commission's guidelines for its implementation; and if he will make a statement.
(64026)
15  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make it his policy to resist the withdrawal of authorisation of any veterinary medicine unless he is satisfied that the alternative products available on the market are at least as safe for (a) animals and (b) humans; and if he will make a statement.
(64027)
16  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the offices or agencies under his control which will be subject to L.2 of Head L in Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998; how many people are currently employed in these offices; and what equal opportunities practices are adopted in these offices.
(63795)
17  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what arrangements he has made to notify (a) the Home Office, (b) the DTI, (c) the CBI and (d) the Library that Friday 31st December 1999 will be a public holiday.
(63708)
18  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the offices or agencies under his control which will be subject to L.2 of Head L in Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998; how many people are currently employed in these offices; and what equal opportunities practices are adopted in these offices.
(63793)
19  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what charges have been made and to which hunts for the use of MoD land since 1st May 1997.
(63634)
20  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the cost since 1st May 1997 of supplying military police to protect huntsmen on MoD land from potential activity by anti-hunt protesters.
(63638)
21  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the occasions since 1st May 1997 when his Departments' buildings have been used for purposes connected with hunting.
(63633)
22  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the MoD units which have hunt kennels on their land, indicating in each case the rent charged for the use of these kennels.
(63635)
23  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the occasions since 1st May 1997 when authorisation has been given for MoD land to be used for hunting; and if he will indicate those occasions when hunting occurred on land designated as a site of special scientific interest, giving for each occasion the location of the SSSI.
(63637)
24  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which MoD units permit their personnel to hunt during normal working hours, with particular reference to the Wednesday afternoon sports period.
(63636)
25  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated concerning the health effects on service personnel of depleted uranium shells used in the Gulf War.
(64225)
26  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list (a) total expenditure and (b) expenditure by programme by his Department in Scotland on areas covered by the exception under E.3 of Head E in Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998.
(63803)
27  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the offices or agencies under his control which will be subject to L.2 of Head L in Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998; how many people are currently employed in these offices; and what equal opportunities practices are adopted in these offices.
(63804)
28  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of his Department's Defence Sales Organisation visited Chile in each year since 1990.
(64022)
29  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many officers of the British armed forces of one star status or above visited Chile in each year since 1990.
(64013)
30  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many vessels of the Royal Navy, including ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, visited Chilean ports and naval bases during each calendar year since 1990.
(64015)
31  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the number of occasions upon which the Commander in Chief of the Chilean Army has visited the United Kingdom since 1990, the duration of each visit, and the officers of the British armed forces and officials of his Department's Defence Sales Organisation whom he met on each occasion.
(64023)
32  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which chiefs of staff of the British armed forces visited Chile from 1990 to date indicating the dates of the visit in each case.
(64014)
33  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what total expenditure his Department has incurred to date in the payment of claims for compensation by servicewomen required to leave the armed forces on grounds of pregnancy.
(64010)
34  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many aircraft of the Royal Air Force participated at the biennial Air Show at Santiago, Chile in March (a) 1990, (b) 1992, (c) 1994, (d) 1996 and (e) 1998.
(64016)
35  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received concerning the current range of engineering qualifications in further and higher education; and what work he has commissioned to review these qualifications.
(63551)
36  
  
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 (a) Fareham, (b) Gosport and (c) Test Valley Borough Council areas since its inception; and how many took up each New Deal option.
(64221)
37  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the provision of data for the subsidised employment option under the New Deal.
(64171)
38  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the progress of the education development plans.
(64170)
39  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the energy efficiency schemes being delivered under the New Deal for Young People.
(64226)
40  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list (a) total expenditure and (b) expenditure by programme by his Department in Scotland on areas covered by the exception under H.3 of Head H in Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998.
(63801)
41  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the offices or agencies under his control which will be subject to L.2 of Head L in Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998; how many people are currently employed in these offices; and what equal opportunities practices are adopted in these offices.
(63802)
42  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his policy is in respect of the maintenance of detrunked roads, where that maintenance is currently subject to a DBFO agreement.
(63557)
43  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the representations he has received which opposed the setting of specific targets to reduce road traffic volumes.
(63384)
44  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the Government's target for percentage reduction in emissions from aircraft; and what proportion of the Government's planned 20 per cent. reduction in carbon emissions this constitutes.
(63641)
45  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he will take to ensure that improvements carried out to stations on behalf of, and at the expense of, train operating companies are not subject to excessive charges by Railtrack.
(63631)
46  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what (a) discussions and (b) studies his Department is supporting in respect of the taxation of aviation fuel; and if he will make a statement.
(63642)
47  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 7th December, Official Report, column 36, what the reasons were for the size of the increase in the external finance requirement for the British Railways Board between 1996-97 and 1997-98.
(63905)
48  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce safety improvements to (a) the A26 Beddingham-Newhaven and (b) the A27 Lewes-Polegate.
(63558)
49  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what formula he will apply to determine the funding to be transferred to highway authorities in respect of detrunked roads.
(63383)
50  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of (a) staffing reductions and (b) dividend payments by Railtrack on the performance of its rail safety responsibilities.
(63645)
51  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his plans for introducing car parking charges for honourable Members within the parliamentary estate; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the financial incentives of the scheme.
(63632)
52  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his policy in respect of the issuing of carnet tickets by train operating companies.
(63644)
53  
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 percentage gains and losses to standard spending assessments for each district council arising from their enhanced population figures, ranked and numbered in descending order.
(63181)
54  
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 (a) proposed external funding included in education SSAs, (b) total proposed funding from other grants to LEAs and (c) combined amounts for (a) and (b) as sums per head of pupils in (i) shire counties, (ii) unitary authorities, (iii) Metropolitan authorities and (iv) London authorities ranked and numbered in descending order.
(63427)
55  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many and what percentage of schemes supported initially by section 180 and section 73 grants have continued to operate after the grants were tapered to 0 per cent. in each of the last five years.
(64215)
56  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received on his proposals with regard to local transport plans.
(63555)
57  
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) in total included in the 1999-2000 local government revenue finance settlement.
(64200)
58  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from local authorities on the Local Agenda 21 environmental strategies.
(63554)
59  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (i) the total provisional standard spending assessments for 1999-2000 for (a) Buckinghamshire County Council, (b) Aylesbury Vale District Council, (c) Chiltern District Council, (d) South Buckinghamshire District Council, (e) Wycombe District Council, (f) Milton Keynes Borough Council and (g) Thames Valley Police, indicating the amounts for each major service block within each authority and (ii) the amount of the SSAs as they would have been if calculated by the same formula as in 1998-99.
(64169)
60  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy to exclude pesticides used in horticulture from the proposed environmental tax on pesticides; and if he will make a statement.
(64031)
61  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimates he has made of the price elasticity of demand for different types of pesticides during his consideration of the proposed environmental tax on pesticides; and if he will make a statement.
(64032)
62  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) total expenditure and (b) expenditure by programme by his Department in Scotland on areas covered by the exception under (i) E.1, (ii) E.2 and (iii) E.3 of Head E in Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998.
(63805)
63  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the offices or agencies under his control which will be subject to L.2 of Head L in Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998; how many people are currently employed in these offices; and what equal opportunities practices are adopted in these offices.
(63806)
64  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) total expenditure and (b) expenditure by programme over £50,000 by his Department in Scotland on areas covered by each exception under Head D in Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998.
(63798)
65  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what extra funds his Department has given to London Underground since August 1998 for the provision of the new trains on the Northern Line.
(64112)
66  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) the number of train cancellations and (b) the punctuality performance on Northern Line services for each day since 1st November.
(64105)
67  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many complaints his Department has received concerning the service on the Northern Line since 1st September.
(64106)
68  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if charges levied in respect of (a) road pricing and (b) workplace charging will be subject to VAT.
(63640)
69  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of the money raised through (a) road pricing and (b) workplace charging will be hypothecated for public transport improvements.
(63639)
70  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Minister is currently responsible for reviewing the policy of abolishing tax credits for non-taxpayers; and if he will make a statement.
(64197)
71  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out the full remit of the new Euro-Preparations Committee; and if he will make a statement.
(63556)
72  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his oral statement of 9th December, Official Report, column 396, if he will make a statement on his definition of a harmful tax measure.
(64024)
73  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate unemployment rates over the next three years.
(64199)
74  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 8th December, Official Report, column 167, concerning MI6 personnel taking up private sector posts, how many cases have been (a) referred to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments and (b) subject to consideration by himself; and of those he has considered, how many he has (i) approved, (ii) rejected and (iii) deferred.
(63856)
75  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral statement of 1st December, Official Report, column 668, if he will take steps to seek to refer the Government of Iraq for breaches of the UN Convention on Genocide to the International Court in The Hague.
(64113)
76  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral Answer of 1st December, Official Report, column 668, what action he has taken in support of the INDICT campaign to date.
(64110)
77  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral Answer of 1st December, Official Report, column 668, if he will take action to indict Tariq Aziz, the Foreign Secretary of Iraq, for war crimes.
(64111)
78  
N  
Mr Ian Taylor (Esher and Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library the written advice his Department gave to British companies considering contracts in Chechnya.
(64168)
79  
N  
Mr Ian Taylor (Esher and Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) guidance, (b) advice and (c) assistance was (i) offered to and (ii) requested by the Chechen authorities in connection with the search for the four hostages.
(64167)
80  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will estimate the number of hours spent by the Commercial AttacheĢ in the British Embassy, Santiago, Chile since 1st May 1997 in assisting the sale of Airbus aircraft to LAN Chile.
(64025)
81  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for human health of the use of antibiotics in farming.
(63374)
82  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what preparations his Department has made and what discussions it has held with the pharmaceutical industry to ensure that the European Union directives relating to pharmaceutical packaging which come into force on 1st January 1999 will be implemented in the United Kingdom; and what assessment he has made of the industry's ability to comply with the regulations.
(64198)
83  
N  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many accident and emergency departments are planned to be refurbished during the coming financial year.
(62655)
84  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he has sought from the Public Health Laboratory Service about the European Commission's proposal to withdraw authorisation of zinc bacitracin as a veterinary medicine; and if he will make a statement.
(64028)
85  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the public health implications of a change by poultry producers from the use of zinc bacitracin to avilamycin; and if he will make a statement.
(64029)
86  
N  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has to reduce waiting times for operations in the NHS.
(62463)
87  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what are the limits on the information which the police can demand from service providers in respect of e-mail without the need to secure approval from him.
(63792)
88  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the legislative framework relating to the interception of signals connecting (a) mobile phones, (b) pagers and (c) interactive cable TV services.
(63559)
89  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the Charity Commissioners, indicating the term of office of each.
(63552)
90  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to whom the Charity Commissioners are accountable; and what plans he has to reform their lines of accountability.
(63553)
91  
  
Sir Peter Emery (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons were granted political asylum in the years (a) 1970 to 1979, (b) 1980 to 1989 and (c) 1990 to date.
(64235)
92  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much will be spent by the South East London Probation Service pilot for treatment and testing orders with regards to (a) Probation Service administration, (b) Probation Service officer posts, (c) research and (d) providers of treatment and rehabilitation.
(63704)
93  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the cost to Essex County Council of maintaining illegal immigrants who arrived at Harwich Ferry Port in each of the last three years.
(64219)
94  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the cost to Kent County Council of maintaining illegal immigrants who arrived at Dover Ferry Port in each of the last three years.
(64218)
95  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the cost to (a) Dorset County Council and (b) Poole Borough Council of maintaining illegal immigrants who arrived at Poole Ferry Port in each of the last three years.
(64220)
96  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department will issue guidance to police forces on the importance of recording on video interviews with criminal suspects whose first or preferred language is British Sign Language.
(64229)
97  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to issue guidance about improving communication between deaf people and the police following the research report by the Home Office Police Research Group, Police and Deaf People: A Lack Of Communication.
(64230)
98  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the offices or agencies under his control which will be subject to L.2 of Head L in Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998; how many people are currently employed in these offices; and what equal opportunities practices are adopted in these offices.
(63794)
99  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish the report by the National Audit Office into the construction of new headquarters for MI5 and MI6.
(63853)
100  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the contents of the National Audit Office report on the construction of the new MI6 building.
(63854)
101  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, further to his reply of 16th November, Official Report, column 371, if he will make a statement on what types of outside organisations Her Majesty's Government classes as relevant for inclusion in lists of recommended sources for further contact in official documents; and if he will consent to the listing of organisations opposed to closer European Union on Government-funded publications.
(64109)
102  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer to the honourable Member for Grantham and Stamford of 2nd December, Official Report, column 879, on age discrimination, what action the Government has taken to tackle age discrimination; and when he plans to introduce legislation on this matter.
(64019)
103  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer to the honourable Member for Maidenhead of 2nd December, Official Report, column 880, on the ban on beef exports, when agreement was reached that the export ban be entirely lifted.
(64018)
104  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer to the Right honourable Member for Yeovil of 2nd December, Official Report, column 877, on waiting lists, what has been the rise in the number of general practitioner referrals over the last six months; and from what source these figures have been derived.
(64011)
105  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer to the honourable Member for Stone of 2nd December, Official Report, column 874, on the constitutional position of the United Kingdom in relation to the EU, if he will list the essential interests to which he referred.
(64017)
106  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer to the honourable Member for Birmingham, Northfield, of 2nd December, Official Report, column 874, on the Rover Group, if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to assist Rover.
(64012)
107  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the countries of Latin America visited by members of Her Majesty's Government since 2nd May 1997, stating the name of each Minister, the purpose of each visit and the duration of each stay.
(64020)
108  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many prosecutions arose from non-payment of television licence fees in the last year for which figures are available; if he will estimate the number of such prosecutions against women; what was the average fine for non-payment; how many people are currently in prison for non-payment, and how many of these are women; and if evidence from television detector vans or hand-held detectors has been successfully used in any such prosecutions.
(62441)
109  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people have been found placements under the New Deal scheme in each constituency in Scotland.
(63428)
110  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the schemes for competitive bidding for central government funding by local authorities and voluntary organisations run by his Department in (a) 1998; (b) 1997 and (c) 1996, and the amounts of money involved and the number of successful and unsuccessful bids in each scheme in each year.
(63560)
111  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many staff are employed by the Scottish Office, the Scottish Sports Council, the Scottish Arts Council and other public bodies in connection with administration of the National Lottery; and what are the annual costs involved in administering and allocating grants within Scotland under the various National Lottery schemes.
(63855)
112  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the current average SERPS enhancement to the widow's pension and to widowed mother's benefits is for those whose husbands have remained contracted into SERPS; and what the average widow's benefit is for contracted-out occupational pension schemes.
(63951)
113  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many incapacity benefit paper appeals relating to the all-work-test were processed in the last four quarters for which figures are available; and what percentage was decided in the claimant's favour.
(63958)
114  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the total cost of running the New Deal for Lone Parents from July 1997 to 25th September 1998 has been, broken down by Employment Service regions; and how much of this was spent on (a) advertising, (b) personal advisers and (c) other Employment Agency services.
(63950)
115  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the annual savings are to date, including administrative costs, arising from the replacement of invalidity benefit by incapacity benefit; and what estimate he made of the savings which would arise from the change.
(63955)
116  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many incapacity benefit claimants have (a) failed the all-work test, (b) appealed against disallowance of the test, (c) had their benefit re-instated prior to the hearing of the appeal and (d) had their appeals upheld.
(63956)
117  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many new claimants there have been since July for (a) state pension, (b) state pension with a SERPS enhancement, (c) contribution-based jobseekers allowance, (d) incapacity benefit and (e) widow's benefit.
(63953)
118  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many incapacity benefit appeals relating to the all-work-test were heard in the last four quarters for which figures are available; and what percentage were decided in the appellant's favour where the appellant (a) attended the hearing but was not represented, (b) was represented but did not attend, (c) attended and was represented and (d) did not attend and was not represented.
(63957)
119  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioners have, as a result of the shut-down of the new national insurance computer, been underpaid by (a) 1p to £1 per week, (b) £1 to £10 per week and (c) £10 to £100 per week.
(63952)
120  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people between the ages of 20 and 25 years do not have the required national insurance contribution record to qualify for incapacity benefit (a) under the current system and (b) under the changes proposed in Support for Disabled People (Cm 4103).
(63949)
121  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, by what date those who have been underpaid as a result of the shut-down of the new national insurance computer will receive the full payments to which they are entitled.
(63954)
122  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will place in the Library the report on research into why some pensioners do not claim income support.
(63703)
123  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of current claimants of severe disablement allowance are women.
(64223)
124  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is his estimate of the number of people currently working who have not paid sufficient national insurance contributions to qualify for incapacity benefit.
(64222)
125  
  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate (a) the numbers of families in receipt of family credit, (b) their average net pay and (c) the earnings of their partners comprising (i) a male as the main earner and (ii) a female as the main earner with (1) one child, (2) two children, (3) three children and (4) four or more children under eight years of age.
(64228)
126  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much the Benefits Integrity Project has cost to administer for (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998 to date.
(64009)
127  
  
Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many case DLA case files were mislaid or lost prior to their referral to the Independent Tribunal Service in the last 12 months; and how many of these related to claimants who are mentally ill.
(64216)
128  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the offices or agencies under his control which will be subject to L.2 of Head L in Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998; how many people are currently employed in these offices; and what equal opportunities practices are adopted in these offices.
(63800)
129  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list (a) total expenditure and (b) expenditure by programme by his Department in Scotland on areas covered by the exceptions under (i) D.5 of Head D and (ii) F.1 of Head F in Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998.
(63799)
130  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter dated 27th October to the Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency regarding a constituent (ref. 6432).
(64008)
131  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on his policy on the sanctioning of combined heat and power plants, with particular reference to distributed heating schemes.
(64108)
132  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the Institute of Personnel Development: Study No. 22, Impact of People Management Practices on Business Performance; and if he will make a statement.
(64107)
133  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if ministers of religion are persons qualifying for the national minimum wage.
(63709)
134  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many applications to industrial tribunals in respect of pensions claims have been abandoned since 1994 because the claimant has died.
(64233)
135  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many industrial tribunal claims initiated in 1994 still await a hearing.
(64231)
136  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects the backlog of claims to industrial tribunals in respect of pension rights for part-time workers to have been dealt with.
(64234)
137  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many industrial tribunal claims relating to part-time workers' pension rights have been initiated since the European Court of Justice decision of September 1994; and how many have been settled.
(64232)
138  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what sums his Department spent on the civil aerospace research and development programme in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(64245)
139  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to promote British civil aerospace research and development; and if he will make a statement.
(64243)
140  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what are his Department's (a) current and (b) planned levels of spending on the civil aerospace research and development programme; and if he will make a statement.
(64244)
141  
  
Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the inward investment projects in the North West which have (a) commenced operation and (b) been announced since May 1997.
(64217)
142  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list (a) total expenditure and (b) expenditure by programme over £50,000 by his Department in Scotland on areas covered by each of the exceptions under heads (i) C and (ii) D in Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998.
(63796)
143  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the offices or agencies under his control which will be subject to L.2 of Head L in Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998; how many people are currently employed in these offices; and what equal opportunities practices are adopted in these offices.
(63797)
144  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many officials of his Department visited Chile in each year since 1990.
(64021)
145  
N  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the total amount spent on administration by each health authority in Wales in the last year for which figures are available.
[R] (63705)
146  
N  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his Answer of 8th December, Official Report, column 184, on the A5-A55 dual carriageway, what is the name of the preferred bidder.
(63707)
147  
N  
Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones (Ynys Môn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many administrative staff are employed by North Wales Health Authority.
[R] (63706)
148  
  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the numbers of families who will be eligible for the working families tax credit, and their average net pay, comprising (a) a male as the main earner and their partner and (b) a female as the main earner and their partner, with in each case (i) one child, (ii) two children, (iii) three children and (iv) four or more children under eight years of age.
[Transferred] (64227)
149  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received concerning the level of import levy on American sugar; for what reasons it is set at its current level; and when the level was last changed.
[Transferred] (64236)


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