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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 17 December 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Thursday 17 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 17 December, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Monday 21 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 17th DECEMBER
1  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, what tonnage of waste paper from the Parliamentary Estate was recycled in the last financial year.
(64553)
2  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, which company is responsible for the recycling of waste paper from the Parliamentary Estate.
(64554)
3  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, how much money was raised from the sale of waste paper from the Parliamentary Estate in the last financial year.
(64555)
4  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what procedures are in place to ensure that EU inspectors visit the United Kingdom to complete the Date Based Export Scheme Agreement.
(64495)
5  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what progress has been made in encouraging EU inspectors to visit rendering plants to inspect the production of tallow in accordance with the Florence Agreement of 1996.
(64494)
6  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what proposals he was to improve traceability of dead stock, with particular reference to that (a) buried on farms, (b) sold to knackers' yards and (c) given to hunts.
(64496)
7  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the outcome of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels on 14th and 15th December; and if he will make a statement.
(64491)
8  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the current arrangements for the payment in euros of CAP farm subsidies for those member states which are not adopting the single currency.
(64634)
9  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, under what authority a payment was made by his Department to the Government Chief Whip's Office; and what the reasons were for the payment.
(64321)
10  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what payment has been made by his Department to the Government Chief Whip's Office; and what was the sum involved.
(64320)
11  
N  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what is the current strength of the Crown Prosecution Service in East Sussex.
(63020)
12  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what has been the total expenditure and the breakdown of expenditure in the Cabinet Office since May 1997 on (a) public opinion research, (b) television, radio and newspaper advertising, (c) direct mail and (d) publicity.
(64186)
13  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants took cases to an industrial tribunal last year.
(64303)
14  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which civil servants are not allowed to use the Industrial Tribunal Service as a last means of settling disputes.
(64338)
15  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what protection is available for industrial machinery to ensure processes of historical and cultural importance can continue.
(64473)
16  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent representations he has received on the future of John Boyd Textiles Ltd of Castle Cary and the historic horsehair looms used by that company.
(64474)
17  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to ensure that New Opportunities Fund support for healthy living centres addresses issues of social exclusion in rural areas.
(64472)
18  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria are used to assess applications for funding of healthy living centres from the New Opportunities Fund.
(64471)
19  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list those public art galleries and museums which allow items from their collections to be displayed in (a) hotels and (b) other places where the general public does not have an automatic right of access.
(64493)
20  
N  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the abandonment of the IT system being prepared by Data Sciences for the Defence Intelligence Staff, indicating the reasons for the abandonment; what is the breakdown of the costs incurred; for what reasons an off-the-shelf system was not ordered at the time of the original decision; and what estimates were made at that time of the costs of an off-the-shelf system.
(63717)
21  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if there are guide prices for oil established within the memoranda of understanding with states purchasing defence equipment from the United Kingdom with oil risings; and what measures are in place to protect defence contractors and public funds from variations in oil prices.
(64640)
22  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the countries with which there are government to government defence contracts paid for in oil in the last five years; and when the memoranda of understanding with those countries were signed.
(64636)
23  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many former Chatham Dockyard workers who were subjected to radiation have received compensation to date.
(64561)
24  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the contacts which took place between his Department and the Embassy of Chile about the security of General Pinochet during his visit to Britain in the autumn.
(64331)
25  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many hours per week (a) primary and (b) secondary school children (i) spend currently and (ii) spent in each of the last 10 years doing PE.
(64429)
26  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what forecast he has made of the amounts to be raised from the introduction of tuition fees over the planning period; and how much of that amount will be used for university funding.
(64431)
27  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to promote the take up of the University for Industry courses amongst prisoner inmates.
(64426)
28  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if the Government will re-introduce free milk at school for children in deprived communities.
(64430)
29  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the provision of physical education in (a) state and (b) private schools.
(64427)
30  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the number of hours spent by children doing PE (a) in inner city schools and (b) in suburban schools.
(64428)
31  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many graduate students of (i) nuclear and (ii) elementary particle physics there were at UK universities in (a) 1980, (b) 1985, (c) 1990, (d) 1995 and (e) 1998.
(63083)
32  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he has taken to ensure that those training to be teachers are fully equipped to present in schools the Government's counter-drugs strategy.
(64517)
33  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many bids were (a) received and (b) successful in each local education authority area for each competitive bidding process launched by his Department since May 1997.
(63979)
34  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of schools had an above average percentage of pupils scoring below the national average at Key Stage 2, level 4 in (a) reading, (b) writing and (c) numeracy; and how many of these schools are in education action zones.
(63980)
35  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many bids in respect of the initiatives in (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000 involving competitive bidding from local education authorities were (i) made and (ii) successful in each education action zone.
(63981)
36  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of schools had a smaller percentage of pupils gaining (a) five GCSEs at grades A* to C and (b) five GCSEs at grades A to G, in 1998 than in 1994; and how many of those schools are in education action zones.
(63982)
37  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the total value in each local education authority of the bids which were (a) received and (b) successful for each competitive bidding process launched by his Department since May 1997.
(64184)
38  
  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures his Department has taken since May 1997 to improve the provision of education in Staffordshire.
(64506)
39  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the cost implications of the restructuring of Kent's schooling system which would be required if grammar schools were to be abolished; and if he will place the breakdown of that estimate in the Library.
(64497)
40  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will initiate research into the reasons why school pupils in Northern Ireland achieve better results in GSCEs and A Levels than pupils in England.
(64525)
41  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of children in (a) England and (b) Northern Ireland attend grammar schools.
(64526)
42  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many places have been made available for specialist PE teachers on initial teacher training courses in each of the last five years.
(64715)
43  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report commissioned by ministers to assess the potential effects of cultivating genetically modified food in Britain; and if he will make a statement.
(64329)
44  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the publications issued by British Rail since 1st May 1997, indicating the total cost to British Rail of such publications.
(64469)
45  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in how many trials of genetically modified crops inspected in 1998 the regulations governing their planting have been found to have been broken; and if he will provide details in each instance.
(64468)
46  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of the repayment costs of the public/private partnership for London Underground will be covered (a) by government and (b) by the Greater London Authority from the revenues generated by congestion charges or parking levies.
(64572)
47  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what has been spent to date on legal, financial and other consultancy costs for the public/private partnership for London Underground.
(64573)
48  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment the Government has made of the advantages and disadvantages of establishing NATS as a non-profit making organisation.
(64570)
49  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the re-payment cost of the public/private partnership for London Underground.
(64571)
50  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what procedures will be in place to ensure that the proposed People's Question Time for the London Mayor and the Assembly of the Greater London Authority will be (a) publicised by means accessible to people with sensory disabilities, (b) in buildings which are accessible to disabled people and (c) equipped to offer communication support to deaf and hard of hearing people who might attend.
(64488)
51  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if church representatives who serve on local education committees, will be able to retain an executive role in any of the new political structures proposed in Modern Local Government--In Touch with the People, Cm 4014.
(64489)
52  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of 18 year olds hold (a) a provisional and (b) a full driving licence.
(64507)
53  
  
Mr Jamie Cann (Ipswich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the capital receipts initiative in Ipswich.
(64664)
54  
  
Mr Jamie Cann (Ipswich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action his Department has taken to maintain the size of the United Kingdom's merchant fleet.
(64528)
55  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will make an announcement on the outcome of the review of the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997.
(64443)
56  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, with which countries his Department has arrangements in place for the exchange of driving licences for a British equivalent.
(64439)
57  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects the holders of full Canadian driving licences will be able to exchange them for British equivalents; and if he will make a statement.
(64440)
58  
  
Mr Eric Clarke (Midlothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the Health and Safety Laboratory intends to publish its Annual Report and Accounts for 1997-98.
(64492)
59  
N  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when his Department was informed of the likelihood that the short-haired bumblebee is extinct; which other creatures in the United Kingdom his Department has assessed to be at serious risk of extinction; and what action he proposes to take.
(64333)
60  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if his rural action scheme will continue beyond 31st March 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(64671)
61  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many privately owned and rented properties were vacant in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in each of the last five years; and if he will estimate a vacancy rate for privately owned and rented properties in those years.
(64680)
62  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what (a) highway improvement and (b) major highway maintenance have been carried out along the A1 corridor from the Eighton Banks interchange north to the Scottish Border in the last three years; indicating the length in mileage and duration of the works involved.
(64681)
63  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the 24 hour traffic volumes at each interchange on the A1 route round Tyneside from the Metro Centre to North Gosforth including the New Tyne crossing (a) at the most recent available period and (b) three years earlier.
(64437)
64  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he intends to approve the revised master plan for the Northern Development Area, Newcastle, and its links to the strategic highway network before the outcome of the Tyneside multimodel transport study is made available.
(64438)
65  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to appoint a commission to examine town planning laws.
(64434)
66  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of steel and aluminium which is recycled (a) in the UK and (b) in the rest of the EU.
(64432)
67  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress the UK has made towards meeting its carbon dioxide reduction target agreed in Rio.
(64433)
68  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons the social services standard spending assessment for North Yorkshire has increased by 0.5 per cent. in the next financial year; and if he will make a statement.
(64584)
69  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what factors were considered in calculating the estimate of locally-generated income from charges within the social services elderly domiliary care standard spending assessment.
(64577)
70  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact on social services of meeting the cost of funding those persons who have taken up places in a private capacity in a residential or nursing home but whose capital subsequently falls below £16,000.
(64582)
71  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the reasons are for no longer including those in residential care, nursing homes and long stay hospitals when counting the number of people aged 65 years or more for the purposes of calculating the social services elderly residential care standard spending assessment; what assessment he has made of the consequences of this change for local authorities with large numbers of elderly people in residential care, nursing homes and long stay hospitals; and if he will phase the change in over three years.
(64579)
72  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the councils for which the prediction under the standard spending assessment formula for the number of elderly people needing residential and nursing care in 1999-2000 is smaller than the prediction for 1998-99, indicating the difference in each case; and what steps he plans to take as a result.
(64580)
73  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the revised 1998-99 standard spending assessment base is for each local authority with reponsibility for social services, taking into account the absorption of the special transitional grant for social services and the early years grant for education; what his policy is on publishing revised bases; and if he will recalculate for each such authority the published growth in standard spending assessment on the basis of the formula for carrying forward the special transitional grant for 1998-99 and previous years.
(64574)
74  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons the calculation of the sparsity factor in the social services elderly domiciliary care standard spending assessment is made on an enumeration district basis.
(64575)
75  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which local authorities he consulted prior to the provisional standard spending assessment settlement concerning the decision not to include those in residential care, nursing homes and long stay hospitals when counting the number of people aged 65 years or over for the purposes of calculating the social services elderly residential care standard spending assessment; and what their responses were.
(64578)
76  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons the City of Westminster is to be allocated money for sparsity within the social services elderly domiciliary care standard spending assessment sub-block.
(64576)
77  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research he has undertaken into the predicted increase in demand for residential and nursing care for elderly people in (a) urban, (b) rural and (c) seaside areas in the next year.
(64581)
78  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many youth work posts were funded by local authorities in (a) 1998, (b) 1993 and (c) 1990.
(64513)
79  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many places have been made available by his Department as emergency shelters for the homeless over the Christmas period in each of the last five years for which figures are available showing the locations of those places.
(64309)
80  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many places have been planned by his Department as emergency shelters for the homeless over the forthcoming Christmas period and in what locations.
(64310)
81  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the total cash value of the standard spending assessment for personal social services in Worcestershire including any special transitional grant funding in (i) 1998-99 and (ii) the proposed settlement for 1999-2000.
(64406)
82  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his plans for a national minimum concessionary fares scheme.
(64482)
83  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 14th December, Official Report, columns 316-7, on rail punctuality, if he will list the punctuality statistics based on the Passenger Charter and the same statistics calculated without disregarding void days for the 12 months up to 14th November.
(64436)
84  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the protection of (a) sites and (b) areas of special scientific interest.
(64300)
85  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the impact of wind farms on the local environment.
(64343)
86  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has for fast-tracking planning permission for wind farms under the general permitted development orders.
(64340)
87  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to designate additional locations as special areas of conservation; and if he will make a statement.
(64718)
88  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the locations that he has designated as special areas of conservation since 1st May 1997.
(64717)
89  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what criteria he used to select locations to be designated as special areas of conservation.
(64716)
90  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what conditions will be imposed on water consumers who wish to change to a tariff-based system of charging.
(64542)
91  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans the Government has to agree criteria with the European Union for Objective 4 status relating to industries and areas adapting to industrial change.
(64510)
92  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he has produced written guidance for the creation of new public private partnership capital schemes; and when he expects to produce final written guidance for potential project sponsors.
(64678)
93  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if agreement has been reached with the Accounting Standards Board on the accounting presentation of PFI schemes in government; and if he will make a statement.
(64679)
94  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many British people moved to other parts of the EU in the last year for which figures are available; how many of them were of working age; and how many moved from the West Midlands.
(64479)
95  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the tax relief measures for film makers introduced in 1997; what plans he has for changes to these measures; and if he will make a statement.
(64451)
96  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of the United Kingdom's gross contribution to the EC budget for the latest available year was comprised of the proceeds of (a) agricultural levies and (b) customs duties; and what were the corresponding figures for the latest available years for (i) France, (ii) Germany and (iii) Italy.
(64642)
97  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is intended that the proposals for a directive on the taxation of savings as announced in the European Council Conclusions (Vienna 11th and 12th December) should involve an investigation of the differing income tax regimes of member states in respect of the taxation of savings and the differing rates of income tax thereon.
(64641)
98  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish figures for the total tax and social security contributions from 1997-98 to 2002-3 on the basis used in Table 4.5 of the July 1997 Red Book, HC 85.
(64638)
99  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the changes made to the responsibilities of the Paymaster General since publication of the list of Ministerial Responsibilities in October 1998.
(64490)
100  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr on 10th December, Official Report, column 298, on the European economy, if he will place a copy of the Government's progress reports on product and capital markets in the Library.
(64334)
101  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the changed assumption and calculation methods used in Table B9 of the Pre-Budget Report (Cm 4076), compared with Table 4.5 in the July 1997 Red Book, HC 85.
(64637)
102  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Clydesdale of 10th December, Official Report, column 297, on ECOFIN, if he will place copies of (a) the Code of Conduct Group first interim report to ECOFIN, (b) the EU Commission's first combined first annual report on the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Business Taxation and fiscal state aid, (c) the progress report for the EU Commission on work concerning the taxation of income from savings and a common system of taxation from interest and royalty payments between associated companies and (d) the draft mandate for a study on company taxation, in the Library.
(64335)
103  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what reasons underlie the deduction of income tax credits from the figure for net taxes and social security contributions in Table B9 of the Pre-Budget Report, Cmnd 4076.
(64639)
104  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to provide a substantive Answer to the question from the honourable Member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton on proposals from the Code of Conduct Group (Ref. 62330).
(64336)
105  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) prior and (b) continuing consultation he has had with the Government of Gibraltar in respect of discussions on taxation in the European Union Code of Conduct Group.
(64475)
106  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what link the Government has made between consideration of future tax regimes in Gibraltar and voting rights for citizens of Gibraltar in European parliamentary elections, as part of the discussions in the European Union Code of Conduct Group.
(64476)
107  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families, broken down by family income, are likely to receive both the working family tax credit and housing benefit.
(64674)
108  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate (a) the number of married couples entitled to child benefit whose combined taxable income exceeds the higher rate threshold where neither spouse pays higher rate tax and (b) the number of married couples entitled to child benefit whose combined taxable incomes are (i) less than £35,000, (ii) £40,000, (iii) £50,000 and (iv) less than twice the higher rate threshold, where one of the spouses is a higher rate taxpayer.
(64672)
109  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals paid income tax at the higher rate, and, of these, how many filed an income tax return, in the latest year for which figures are available.
(64684)
110  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 8th December, Official Report, columns 167-8, if the telephone system in his Department has the capability to record external numbers dialled from particular telephone extensions.
(64516)
111  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what export licences have been granted since 1st May 1997 for the export of landmines; if he will list the countries and the dates when the licences were granted; and how many landmines were included under each export licence.
(64523)
112  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka last visited the Jaffna area; whom he met; and what report he has submitted on his discussions and views regarding that meeting.
(64522)
113  
  
Mr David Curry (Skipton and Ripon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he has taken to support Kuwait in pressing for the return home of Kuwaiti (a) missing persons and (b) prisoners of war, or of their remains, from Iraq following the Gulf conflict.
(64583)
114  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the optimum mechanisms for multi-lateral environment projects, with particular reference to Finnish-Norwegian-USA-UK help to the Murmansk Region and Kola peninsula areas of the USSR, in respect of stabilising and rectifying armamental legacies of the Cold War.
(63109)
115  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to assist the UK nuclear industry to expand its bilateral funding to cover nuclear waste management and decommissioning in the Russian Federation.
(63108)
116  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on reports that the British Embassy in Madrid warned the Embassy of Chile in Madrid that Spain would be likely to apply for the extradition of General Pinochet if he travelled to the United Kingdom; when such warnings were given; and in what terms.
(64322)
117  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which of the Britons killed in Chechnya on 8th December were or had been employed by the British Government.
(64319)
118  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the contacts which took place between his Department and the Embassy of Chile about the security of Senator Pinochet during his visit to Britain in the autumn.
(64330)
119  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response his Department made to the request made in September to the British Embassy in Chile for Senator Pinochet to travel to the United Kingdom as an Ambassador by presidential decree on a special mission to the United Kingdom.
(64332)
120  
N  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what budget was allocated for the provision of self-propelled indoor/outdoor, non-attendent, electrical wheelchairs in the financial year 1997-98; what was the actual expenditure on electric wheelchairs in that year; and how many self-propelled indoor/outdoor, non-attendant, electric wheelchairs were issued in that year.
(64477)
121  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Christchurch on behalf of his constituent, Mrs King, dated 31st October, about exemption certificates for transport for medical treatment.
(64442)
122  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the Medicines Control Agency to decide whether to exempt 75mg strength aspirin from restrictions on pack sizes; and if he will make a statement.
(64441)
123  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what costs were incurred by York District Hospital NHS Trust as a result of the stay of Mr Barry Horne from 24th November to 10th December and subsequently.
(64449)
124  
  
Mr Alan Johnson (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are being treated for interstitial cystitis; what estimate he has made of the cost of their treatment; and what research is currently taking place on this illness.
(64562)
125  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the criteria for approving healthy living centres; and when the first healthy living centres will be approved.
(64543)
126  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the Government proposes to alter the process of (a) approving new NHS dentists and (b) allocating the relevant funds to health authorities.
(64541)
127  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on population screening of men for prostate cancer.
(64339)
128  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the annual cost to the National Health Service of screening all men above the age of 30 years for prostate cancer.
(64341)
129  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the cost to the National Health Service of (a) a PSA blood test, (b) screening for cervical cancer and (c) screening for breast cancer.
(64337)
130  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the use of national guidelines to protect patients' pocket money from unscrupulous nursing home owners.
(64301)
131  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the annual cost to the National Health Service of screening women for (a) cervical cancer and (b) breast cancer.
(64342)
132  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish his response to the seventh report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology of Session 1997-98, Resistance to Antibiotics and their Antimicrobial Agents (HL81).
(64407)
133  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the cause of the delay in publishing the Department's report on farming stress and suicide, prepared by the University of London Department of Psychiatry; and if he will make a statement.
(64304)
134  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the current waiting time for fitting hearing aids at Medway NHS Trust; and if he will make a statement.
(64511)
135  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the two vacant posts for audiology technicians at Medway NHS Trust are expected to be filled; and if he will make a statement.
(64512)
136  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy towards the proposals discussed at the recent meeting in Brussels of the European Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in respect of the interception of communications.
(64470)
137  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was to his Department of its contributions towards Operation Angel in North West England.
(64509)
138  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost was of Operation Angel in the North West of England to (a) the Government and (b) public bodies financed through the council tax.
(64508)
139  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase the accountability of the Charity Commission.
(64560)
140  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 8th December,Official Report, column 107, what plans he has to require courts to notify the Immigration and Nationality Directorate when someone subject to immigration control is convicted of an offence resulting in a sentence of (a) imprisonment of less than 12 months and (b) a community service order.
(64688)
141  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if asylum seekers who applied between 1st July 1993 and 31st December 1995 and who have convictions for offences resulting in a sentence of (a) imprisonment of less than 12 months and (b) a community service order will be eligible for the process of determining asylum applications set out in paragraph 8.30 of Fairer, Faster and Firmer--A Modern Approach to Immigration and Asylum.
(64685)
142  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to ascertain which asylum seekers whose applications were made before 31st December 1995 have convictions for offences resulting in a sentence of (a) imprisonment of less than 12 months and (b) a community service order.
(64687)
143  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of the decision taken by Brent Council to place asylum seekers in Chapeltown, Leeds; and if he will visit Chapeltown.
(64686)
144  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what animal welfare organisations have been asked to advise police forces in the United Kingdom as to the training procedures that should be followed in police-dog training; and if he will make a statement.
(64521)
145  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with police authorities in the United Kingdom on the training of police dogs, with particular reference to measures to ensure that no cruelty takes place during training; and if he will make a statement.
(64527)
146  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect on prison inmates of the education programmes provided; and what estimate he has made of the re-offending rate of former inmates who have done well on the courses.
(64478)
147  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his present policy on introducing needle exchanges in prisons.
(64318)
148  
N  
Sir Norman Fowler (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if it is his policy to increase the strength of the police service; and if he will make a statement.
(64405)
149  
N  
Sir Norman Fowler (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for political asylum have been made to date in 1998; how many were made in the same period in 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(64326)
150  
N  
Sir Norman Fowler (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out the strengths of each individual police force in England and Wales on (a) 1st May 1979, (b) 1st May 1997 and (c) the latest available date in 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(64328)
151  
N  
Sir Norman Fowler (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements he has made for collecting up-to-date figures on the strengths of individual police forces; at what frequency such information is requried; and if he will make a statement.
(64325)
152  
N  
Sir Norman Fowler (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to ensure that all those applicants for political asylum given indefinite leave to remain in this country are genuine political refugees; and if he will make a statement.
(64324)
153  
N  
Sir Norman Fowler (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what circumstances applicants for political asylum who are judged not to be geniune may be given indefinite leave to remain in the country; and if he will make a statement.
(64323)
154  
N  
Sir Norman Fowler (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of the financial settlement for the police on the strength of the police service; and if he will make a statement.
(64327)
155  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice he received in respect of Mr Barry Horne before Mr Horne was transferred from Full Sutton Prison to York District Hospital on 24th November.
(64448)
156  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what further advice he received about Mr Barry Horne's medical condition prior to his readmission to York District Hospital on 13th December.
(64458)
157  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what costs have been incurred by his Department as a result of the hunger strike recently undertaken by Mr Barry Horne.
(64450)
158  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what were the reasons for the transfer of Mr Barry Horne back to Full Sutton Prison from York District Hospital on 10th December.
(64459)
159  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his policy with regard to the use of juries in criminal trials.
(63016)
160  
N  
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the cost to public funds to date incurred in connection with the detention of Senator Pinochet; and if he will itemise those costs.
(64264)
161  
  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received about the level of crime in Staffordshire.
(64505)
162  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will seek powers to allow a judge discretion not to abandon criminal trials where a defendant's criminal record is revealed, prior to verdict, by a co-defendant or witness; and if he will make a statement.
(63022)
163  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people, at the most recent convenient date, were detained in (a) prisons and (b) immigration detention centres under Immigration Act powers alone; and, of these, how many were detained (i) on arrival and (ii) after enforcement action.
(64514)
164  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ban flights by police helicopters in London between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
(64540)
165  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to increase the access of third world countries to the principal trading markets of the world; and if she will make a statement.
(64524)
166  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action her Department has taken to promote good town planning in the cities of the third world.
(64400)
167  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will increase UK Government activity in generating TACIS projects.
(63110)
168  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what has been the total expenditure and the breakdown of expenditure in the Cabinet Office since May 1997 on (a) public opinion research, (b) television, radio and newspaper advertising, (c) direct mail and (d) publicity.
(64185)
169  
N  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many men who were designated the father and subject to a maintenance court order have been subsequently proven not be be the father by DNA testing.
(64408)
170  
  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, how long the Legal Aid Board takes to process non-urgent applications.
(64676)
171  
  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if solicitors receive acknowledgement letters in response to legal aid applications, and are kept informed of progress in consideration of the applications.
(64677)
172  
  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the Corporate Information System of the Legal Aid Board.
(64675)
173  
N  
Mr Ken Maginnis (Fermanagh and South Tyrone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much capital expenditure on what dates and for what purposes has been made at (a) the South Tyrone Hospital and (b) the Craigavon Area Hospital since April 1991.
(64265)
174  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many and what percentage of people working for the European Commission are British.
(64401)
175  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Prime Minister, what percentage of people in the higher European Commission Civil Service positions are British.
(64402)
176  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans the Government has to (a) introduce legislation relating to fox hunting and (b) provide opportunities for legislation relating to fox hunting.
(64483)
177  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received about the BBC's Six o'clock News in Scotland; what response he has made; and if he will make a statement.
(64455)
178  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list (a) in total and (b) by project over £50,000 the amount of EU funding given to mining or former mining areas in (i) Fife, (ii) Ayrshire and (iii) East Lothian over the past five years.
(64456)
179  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what are the expected costs up to the end of the financial year 1999-2000 of replacing, upgrading and maintaining security, heating and ventilation and lighting control systems in the Scottish Office building at Victoria Quay; what changes there have been in those estimates over the last 18 months; and what has been the annual cost of these since the building opened.
(64457)
180  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps he plans to take to limit increases in the abuse of heroin.
(64315)
181  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide additional resources to fund a public awareness campaign on the dangers of heroin abuse.
(64316)
182  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of heroin abuse in the Lothian and Borders Police Board Area.
(64312)
183  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the total expenditure for the provision of emergency Christmas shelters for the homeless over the past five years in Scotland; and what estimate he has made of the resources to be made available for the purpose during Christmas.
(64308)
184  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many places have been planned by his Department as emergency shelters for the homeless over the forthcoming Christmas period and in what locations.
(64307)
185  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the level of resources available to the police in the Lothian and Borders Police Board area to combat heroin abuse.
(64317)
186  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many places have been made available by his Department as emergency shelters for the homeless over the Christmas period in each of the last five years for which figures are available, showing the locations of those places.
(64306)
187  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the powers provided by the misuse of drugs legislation to law enforcement agencies in respect of heroin abuse.
(64314)
188  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what guidance has been made available to the courts on a consistent sentencing strategy for heroin users and dealers.
(64313)
189  
N  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will take steps to compensate owners of vehicles which are forced to use the Tarbert-Portavadie ferry service when the A83 is closed for repair during weekends in February and March 1999.
(64263)
190  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proportion of his Department's staff will be redeployed in the Scottish Parliament; and how many new staff are being recruited for the Scottish Parliament.
(64454)
191  
  
Mrs Liz Blackman (Erewash):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will implement a clawback mechanism so that ex-employees from businesses which have gone into liquidation have access from the date of their redundancy to jobseekers allowance and other benefits.
(64518)
192  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, on what date the Contributions Agency computer system for the self-employed became inoperable.
(64447)
193  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many amendments to the records of the self-employed have not been entered on the computer of the Contributions Agency; and what action is being taken to compensate those whose benefits have not been paid as a result.
(64444)
194  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the details relating to Mrs Talat Robjant will be entered on the Contributions Agency computer system.
(64445)
195  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will amend the advice given to doctors on when to make a report on form DS1500 so that they can take the initiative in informing patients or their representatives of the special benefit rules for the terminally ill.
(64305)
196  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many applications for maternity benefit from the self-employed are (a) outstanding and (b) have been paid late as a result of the failure of the Contributions Agency computer system.
(64446)
197  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he will publish his review of the introduction of the new Council Tax Benefit Regulations.
(64693)
198  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he plans to make a statement on how many council tax benefit claimants have been affected by the introduction of the Council Tax Benefit Regulations.
(64692)
199  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of pensioners will be dependent on means tests, once the Partnership in Pensions is fully operative.
(64682)
200  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate how many carers would benefit and at what cost if the rules of invalid care allowance were changed to include carers who were providing a total of at least 35 hours care per week to one or more individuals who were in receipt of the relevant levels and types of benefit.
(64410)
201  
N  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many men who have made maintenance payments under the court order system have requested a reimbursement following a DNA test that proved they were not the biological father; and in how many of these cases the payments have been reimbursed.
(64466)
202  
N  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many men who have made maintenance payments through the CSA have requested a reimbursement following a DNA test that proved they were not the biological father; and in how many of these cases the payments have been reimbursed.
(64465)
203  
N  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans his Department has to review the guidelines in respect of reimbursement for men who have made maintenance payments and subsequently been proved, following a DNA test, not to be the biological father.
(64467)
204  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many appeals there have been against findings made under the Benefits Integrity Project in the last year for which figures are available.
(64691)
205  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many civil servants will be redeployed following the cancellation of the Benefits Integrity Project.
(64689)
206  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the Benefits Integrity Project's cancellation will come into effect; and if he will make a statement.
(64690)
207  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate (a) how many children are living in households which have below half average income and (b) how many children live in households headed by (i) a married couple, (ii) a cohabiting couple and (iii) a lone parent; and if he will break down the figures between (A) two working parents, (B) one working parent and (C) no working parent families.
(64673)
208  
  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will ensure that ex-employees of a firm going into receivership are able to receive jobseeker's allowance and other payments from the date of their redundancy while they await their claim for redundancy payment and compensatory payment in lieu of notice to be processed, with the introduction of a clawback mechanism, if appropriate.
(64565)
209  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many responses were received by the deadline of 4th September to his invitation for comments on the Director General of Fair Trading's advice on the proposed alliance between British Airways and American Airlines.
(64713)
210  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reason he has delayed announcing a final decision on approval of the alliance between British Airways and American Airlines beyond the Autumn as announced in a Departmental press release of 8th July.
(64714)
211  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the export to South Africa of British Aerospace Gripen fighters and Hawk aircraft and GKN Westland Maritime helicopters will be supported by export credit guarantees.
(64498)
212  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what licences have been issued for the export of British Aerospace Gripen fighters and Hawk aircraft, and GKN Westland Maritime helicopters to South Africa.
(64499)
213  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps are being taken to ensure that all nuclear installations worldwide are fully millennium-compliant; and what contingency plans are in place in the event of multiple nuclear emergencies overseas.
(64453)
214  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he has taken to ensure that all UK nuclear installations are fully millennium-compliant; and what contingency plans are in place in the event of a millennium-related nuclear emergency.
(64452)
215  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he has taken to encourage students to take up postgraduate courses in nuclear physics.
(63387)
216  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of students who have gained postgraduate qualifications in nuclear physics who then took up employment abroad; and if he will make a statement.
(63386)
217  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make it his policy to promote an expanded bilateral Russian/UK agreement covering nuclear liability and taxation.
(63107)
218  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he received the KPMG report on the future of BNFL; and when he expects to be in a position to make a statement on the report.
(64569)
219  
  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action he can take against company directors who operate a savings club for employees but do not open a separate savings account so that employees' savings are protected if that firm goes into liquidation.
(64563)
220  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the use of wind farms as an alternative to conventional power plants.
(64344)
221  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the loss to the Treasury from the revised Post Office external finance limit in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-2001 and (c) 2001-2002.
(64411)
222  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Minister for Science has taken to divest himself of his investments in (a) Diatech Ltd and (b) Innotech Investments Ltd.
(64504)
223  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the impact of the proposed Post Office changes on public spending totals in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-2001 and (c) 2001-2002.
(64404)
224  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what restrictions will be placed on the Post Office's permitted scope for the acquisition of overseas companies under his proposals for its future.
(64403)
225  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action he has taken to ensure that no conflict of interests arises in the consideration of matters relating to biotechnology by the Minister for Science.
(64409)
226  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will issue an export licence before Christmas to enable the shipment of a Landrover loaded with medical equipment given by the people of Kingsbridge, South Devon, to Tanzania to be used by the Nzega District Hospital.
(64435)
227  
  
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley and Golders Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many directors of quoted companies have asked his Department to investigate the events leading to receivership in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(64633)
228  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the oral Answer from the honourable Member for Neath of 9th December, Official Report, column 306, if he will set out the basis of his calculation for the figures of £1.5 billion to £2 billion to which West Wales and the Valleys could be entitled.
(64635)
229  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he signed the traffic order as part of the process of closing and pedestrianising Holywell High Street, Holywell, Flintshire.
(64694)
230  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will estimate aggregate government spending in Wales in each year between 1992-93 and 2001-02.
(64502)
231  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on equalising capitation for all schools.
(64487)
232  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will estimate Wales's contribution to the EU budget during the next six year period.
(64500)
233  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his policy is on the funding of foundation schools.
(64530)
234  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the appointments of officials to the National Assembly made to date; and if he will estimate, in each case, their annual cost.
(64503)
235  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his estimate is of (a) the number of people who will be employed by the National Assembly and (b) the total cost of their employment to public funds.
(64529)
236  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will estimate government revenues derived from sources in Wales in each year between 1992-93 and 2001-02.
(64501)
237  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much the advertisement, which was produced by the Women's Unit and aimed at preventing women within a family from being assaulted by a male member of that family, cost to produce; and under which departmental budget head the cost will fall.
[Transferred] (64302)
238  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the total expenditure for the provision of emergency Christmas shelters for the homeless over the past five years; and what estimate he has made of the resources to be made available for the purpose during Christmas.
[Transferred] (64311)
239  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the estimated annual cost would be of extending free school meals (a) to all children, (b) to all children under 11 years, (c) to all children whose parents are in receipt of working families tax credit and (d) to children under 11 years whose parents are in receipt of working families tax credit.
[Transferred] (64683)
240  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make a statement on the selection procedure for (a) the Drug Czar and (b) his Deputy.
[Transferred] (64695)
241  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if it is a condition of the contract between Action 2000 and Data Dimensions Inc. that Data Dimensions Inc. shall not promote its own millennium compliance methodology product and associated courses; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (64711)
242  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps have been taken to avoid conflicts of interest among those who provide advice to the public on behalf of Action 2000.
[Transferred] (64712)
243  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what tendering process preceded the award by Action 2000 of a contract to Data Dimensions Inc. for the development of a database of providers of software products for millennium compliance; and on what date the contract was completed.
[Transferred] (64710)
244  
  
Mrs Liz Blackman (Erewash):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures he is taking to improve the efficiency of the Redundancy Pay Services Department offices in processing redundancy claims.
[Transferred] (64519)
245  
  
Mrs Liz Blackman (Erewash):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the average time taken by each Redundancy Pay Services Department office to process claims for redundancy payment in the last year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (64515)
246  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had on the provision of social services in the London Borough of Wandsworth; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (64520)
247  
  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will change the rules for compensatory payments in lieu of notice in cases where a firm becomes insolvent so that the ex-employee is paid the full amount to which they would have been entitled if they had been made redundant by a firm which was not insolvent.
[Transferred] (64564)
248  
  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the average time taken by the Edgbaston Redundancy Pay Services Department office to process claims for redundancy payment; and what is the equivalent time for each other office.
[Transferred] (64568)
249  
  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will instruct Redundancy Pay Services Department offices (a) to process claims for employees made redundant by a business or the Official Receiver as soon as the office makes the individual calculation and (b) not to wait for a whole batch of calculations for that business to be completed before making any individual payments.
[Transferred] (64566)
250  
  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will take measures to ensure that all Redundancy Pay Services Department offices process immediately the claims of employees made redundant by the Official Receiver when their firm becomes insolvent.
[Transferred] (64567)


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