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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 11 January 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Monday 11 January 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  Monday 11 January, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Tuesday 12 January, 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.
 


 
Questions handed in between Friday 18th December 1998 and Wednesday 6th January 1999 are marked thus ¶A
 



 
MONDAY 11th JANUARY
1  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the computer equipment transferred from the Government Whips Office to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in July 1998; and if he will estimate the (a) purchase cost and (b) current market value of the equipment.
(64544)
2  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department authorised the transfer of computer equipment from the Government Whips Office to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in July 1998; and on which date such authorisation was made.
(64545)
3  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which Ministers and officials in (a) the Government Whips Office and (b) the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food negotiated the (i) transfer date and (ii) purchase price of the computer equipment transferred from the Government Whips Office to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in July 1998; on what date such details were agreed; and if he will make a statement.
(64546)
4  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what remedial work has been carried out on behalf of his Department on the computer equipment transferred from the Government Whips Office to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in July 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(64547)
5  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which (a) Ministers, (b) civil servants, (c) advisers and (d) others were responsible for moving the computer equipment to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, from the Government Whips Office in July 1998; on what day the equipment arrived at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; and if he will make a statement.
(64548)
6  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the adequacy of computer equipment in his Department.
(64549)
7  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which members of his Department have been assigned the computer equipment which was transferred to his Department from the Government Whips Office in July 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(64550)
8  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if his Department's premises are being used to store documents removed from the Government Whips Office in July 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(64551)
9  
  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many reports the Joint Food Standards and Safety Group has so far made to Ministers; and when the next report is expected.
(64958)
10  
  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the current structure of the Joint Food Standards and Safety Group.
(64959)
11  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if all cattle born after 1st August 1996 will be eligible to enter the food chain.
(64698)
12  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many prosecutions of farmers for breaches in BSE controls there have been; and if he will list the specific breaches.
(64645)
13  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he intends to review the operation of the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995.
(64728)
14  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many notifiable cases of BSE there have been per month in the last two years.
(64644)
15  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to reduce the disincentives to tenants from moving from Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 tenancies to farm business tenancies under the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995.
(64731)
16  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many tenancies have been negotiated, in each year, since the coming into force of the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995.
(64727)
17  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what impact the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 has had on encouraging new entrants into the agricultural industry.
(64729)
18  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will amend the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 to allow landlords and tenants to agree that the provisions of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 will apply to the agricultural holding.
(64732)
19  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what impact the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 has had on tenancy progressions on tenanted estates.
(64730)
20  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of how many more animals will be included in the cull as a result of the addition of maternal transmissions.
(64646)
21  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the effect of natural predators on the levels of damage to agriculture caused by (a) rabbits, (b) voles, (c) rats and (d) mice; and if he will list the predators concerned in each case.
(65097)
22  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much he plans to award each of the regional flood defence committees in 1999-2000.
(65095)
23  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the grants awarded by his Department to the South West Regional Flood Defence Committee in each year from 1993-94 to 1998-99 by (a) amount and (b) percentage change over the previous year.
(65096)
24  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the outcome of the Fisheries Council held in Brussels on 17th and 18th December; and if he will make a statement.
(65071)
25  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what auditing of the Government's badger culling scheme has been carried out since 2nd December; and if he will make a statement.
(64837)
26  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects to appoint external auditors for the Government's badger culling scheme.
(64836)
27  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects to publish the research carried out by his Department's laboratories into levels of trace elements in the livers of badgers.
(64980)
28  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the Government's response to the recent decision of the Standing Committee of the Berne Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats to request the United Kingdom Government to postpone the randomised badger culling trial for one year.
(64801)
29  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he made of the research carried out by his Department's laboratories into the effect of trace element deficiencies in cattle resistant to TB, in reaching his decision to proceed with the cull of the badger population.
(64981)
30  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects to publish the preliminary findings into trace element deficiencies in cattle piloted in the epidemiological investigation survey during November.
(64845)
31  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the research on the use of electric plates to purify air in hen houses; and what plans he has to introduce a similar system in the United Kingdom.
(64844)
32  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the compliance of the proposed randomised badger culling trial with the United Kingdom's obligations under the Berne Convention.
(64802)
33  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of allegations of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians that some US vets have been pressurised to certify US beef for export as free from symptoms of central nervous system diseases in a manner contrary to EU regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(64830)
34  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his letter to the honourable Member for Stratford-on-Avon of 30th November listing details of ministerial flights, if the average cost of flights taken refers to the average cost per passenger.
(64734)
35  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement about the relationship between Forest Enterprise and the Parliamentary Secretary the honourable Member for Scunthorpe.
(65008)
36  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when the Parliamentary Secretary last met Mr Ken James; and if he will make a statement.
(64669)
37  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish a minute of the meeting between the Parliamentary Secretary the honourable Member for Scunthorpe and the Chief Executive of Forest Enterprise on 24th November.
(64979)
38  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects to send a substantive reply to the question from the honourable Member for New Forest West of 30th November regarding New Forest fox hounds.
(64740)
39  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on what authority the Parliamentary Secretary the honourable Member for Scunthorpe instructed Forest Enterprise to issue a formal warning to the New Forest Fox Hounds on 6th November.
(65007)
40  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on what dates the Joint Food Standards and Safety Group has met since it was established; and on what dates this group is scheduled to meet in 1999.
(65050)
41  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to end the practice of spreading condensate on grazing land.
¶A (65295)
42  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what proposals he has to increase protection for the basking shark through the Common Fisheries Policy; and if he will make a statement.
¶A (65272)
43  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what proportion of the Meat and Livestock Commission budget was spent on promoting British pork and bacon in each of the last three years.
(65120)
44  
  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the total cost of introducing retrospective changes to the superannuation scheme for civil servants so as to ensure that former and current civil servants are granted pension entitlements for the years they were designated as having permanent unestablished status solely on the basis of a hearing impairment.
¶A (65268)
45  
  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the total number of civil servants who have not yet reached retirement age who have at some point in their career been given permanent unestablished status solely on the grounds of a hearing impediment.
¶A (65267)
46  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if Liberal Democrat members of the Cabinet Joint Consultative Committee have been issued with security passes giving them access to secure areas in government buildings.
(64773)
47  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what representations he has received from the Right honourable Member for Berwick upon Tweed concerning the Government's pensions proposals; and if these will be discussed at the Cabinet Joint Consultative Committee.
(64774)
48  
  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee, whose decision it was to offer free Christmas lunches to parliamentary staff.
(65081)
49  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the annual budget will be for the departmental body QUEST .
(65236)
50  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to introduce universal free admission to museums and galleries by 2002.
(64648)
51  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the Girls in Sport briefing document prepared by Nike UK in conjunction with Mary Peters, CBE.
(64955)
52  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the benefits to young women and girls of participating in sport.
(65077)
53  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what contribution United Kingdom produced films have made to the annual balance of trade for each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(64913)
54  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what contributions have been made to the annual balance of trade by overseas companies using film production services in the United Kingdom, for each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(64914)
55  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of premises with a television licence for (i) colour and (ii) black and white televisions where there is more than one receiver and (b) how many of these contain (A) one to 10, (B) 10 to 20, (C) 20 to 50 and (D) more than 50 sets; and if he will estimate the extra revenue gained by the BBC if each set required a licence.
(65165)
56  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will extend the terms of reference of the Football Task Force to allow it to investigate the administration of professional football.
(65061)
57  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for High Peak and the honourable Member for Maidenhead of 8th December, Official Report, column 468, what replies he received from cable and satellite broadcasters following his request that they state their plans to make their services more accessible to viewers with hearing difficulties.
(65240)
58  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to allow religious organisations to obtain national broadcasting licences; and if he will make a statement.
(64839)
59  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what provision he has made in respect of archive collections in the context of the merger of the Museum and Galleries Commission and the Library and Information Commission.
¶A (65303)
60  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to support the creation of a permanent UN Volunteer Force.
(64957)
61  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what forces Her Majesty's Government has on stand-by for United Nations duty; how rapidly they can be deployed in an emergency; and what consideration he has given to improving their (a) training and (b) readiness.
(64956)
62  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if British cruise missiles have been used in the attack on Iraq.
(65160)
63  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons HMS 'Invincible' has been deployed to the Gulf.
¶A (65378)
64  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assurances he has received from the Government of Kuwait about the use of Kuwaiti air-bases for future bombing missions against Iraq.
¶A (65377)
65  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister of France about French participation in Southern Watch, based in Saudi Arabia; and if he will make a statement.
¶A (65374)
66  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on changes to the Strategic Defence Review decision to cancel the final tranche of Trident nuclear missiles; and what value of Trident missile components have been purchased from the USA since the Strategic Defence Review.
(65042)
67  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to store the warhead component separately from the missile delivery vehicles of the Trident nuclear system.
(65044)
68  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will rule out the use of nuclear weapons by UK forces in the Gulf.
(65043)
69  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to rule out a first-strike use of the UK's Trident missiles.
(65045)
70  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the arrangements for the provision of spare and replacement parts for the Trident nuclear missile system, indicating in how many cases there is a single supplier of spare or replacement parts.
(65041)
71  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the harrassment policy within DERA is applicable to other MOD employees; and if he will make a statement.
(65031)
72  
  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what key targets have been set for the Chief Executive of the Military Survey Defence Agency for 1998-99.
(65252)
73  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what investment has taken place in medical facilities at the RN Hospital Haslar in each of the last 10 years.
¶A (65300)
74  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses are employed at RN Hospital Haslar; and what are their specialisms.
¶A (65301)
75  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he had with the non-MoD users of the RN Hospital Haslar concerning his proposals for the hospital.
¶A (65299)
76  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what non-military organisations currently use the RN Hospital Haslar site.
¶A (65298)
77  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will name the officers and staff in Land Command who recommended the transfer of HQ 101 Battalion REME from Chorley to Queensferry.
(65025)
78  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will re-assess the number of TA centres to remain open in South Lancashire.
(65028)
79  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the assessments which are required to establish a full costing of the move of HQ 101 Battalion REME from Chorley to Queensferry which have not yet been prepared.
(65019)
80  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what account he took of the proportion of the strength of the TA which will remain after implementation of the Strategic Defence Review in (a) the North West of England and (b) North Wales, in his decision to transfer HQ 101 Battalion REME from Chorley to Queensferry.
(65024)
81  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has (a) to improve recruitment of officers in the North Wales TA and (b) to fill the existing officer vacancies in the North Wales TA.
(65021)
82  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consultations his Department had with North West and Isle of Man TAVRA on the move of HQ 101 Battalion REME from Chorley to Queensferry.
(65012)
83  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 7th December, Official Report, column 54, concerning the cost of transferring 101 REME Battalion HQ, if he will define significant financial costs.
(65016)
84  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department made of the possibility of moving a TA battalion HQ from South to North Wales during its consideration of the restructuring of the TA; and what estimate it made of the cost.
(65015)
85  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many elements of the financial assessment of the move of HQ 101 Battalion REME from Chorley to Queensferry had been costed prior to the decision being taken.
(65018)
86  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many officer vacancies exist in 101 Battalion REME in Chorley; and if he will estimate the number of officer posts in 101 Battalion REME that are likely to become vacant during 1999.
(65022)
87  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the net effect of the review of the Territorial Army on the number of (a) TA centres and (b) TA units in North Wales.
(65017)
88  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the strength of the TA prior to the Strategic Defence Review will remain after implementation of the Strategic Defence Review in (a) the North West of England and (b) North Wales.
(65023)
89  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the document on the future structure of the Territorial Army published on 17th November was sent to the printers; and how far in advance of that date the decisions announced therein were taken.
¶A (65314)
90  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date the final draft of the Ministry of Defence publication, Modern Forces for the Modern World: A Territorial Army for the Future was (a) approved by ministers, (b) approved by Commander in Chief Land and (c) sent for printing.
(65011)
91  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will refer back to Commander in Chief Land Command the decision to transfer HQ 101 Battalion REME from Chorley to Queensferry.
(65020)
92  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many new full-time jobs will be created in Queensferry as a consequence of the transfer of HQ 101 Battalion REME from Chorley to Queensferry.
(65026)
93  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what cost centres his Department plans to take account of when assessing the potential savings of moving HQ 101 Battalion REME from Chorley to Queensferry.
(65013)
94  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions in the last year RAF Leeming has put up a tour of their base as a prize in a charity auction; and for each occasion which charity or organisation was involved.
(64760)
95  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) direct and (b) indirect costs to public funds were incurred as a result of the Sportsman's Bash held in February hosted by RAF Alconbury.
(64829)
96  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions in the last year RAF Alconbury has hosted events for charities or other organisations; and if he will list the organisations concerned.
(64762)
97  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was in staff time of the tour organised at RAF Leeming in January as a prize in a fund-raising auction for the British Field Sports Society.
(64826)
98  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions in the last year the Royal Greenjackets have hosted breakfasts for charities or other organisations; and if he will list the organisations concerned.
(64761)
99  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate (a) the cost and (b) planned training days lost resulting from the re-opening of the public inquiry into his proposals for investment in improvements to the Otterburn ranges in Northumberland; and if he will make a statement.
(65048)
100  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the honourable Member for Stratford-on-Avon will receive a substantive reply to his question to which a holding answer was given on 2nd December.
(64733)
101  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the term average cost, with reference to flights taken by Ministers in his Department, refers to the average cost per passenger.
(64726)
102  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will place a copy of a table listing Ministerial flights on RAF aircraft in the Library.
(64725)
103  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the computer files and research material of the author Tony Geraghty have been seized by Ministry of Defence Police.
¶A (65368)
104  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list by age the numbers of men and women aged under 18 years in the armed forces.
(65004)
105  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to reduce his Department's payments to the Export Credits Guarantee Department.
(65000)
106  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consultations the Government has had with other governments on the subject of research and evidence of Gulf War Syndrome.
(64997)
107  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will provide a breakdown of the £42 million expenditure from his Department to the Export Credits Guarantee Department.
(64999)
108  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ex-service people have been diagnosed as suffering from Gulf War Syndrome to date.
(64996)
109  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he plans to take in respect of UK troop deployment following the announcement of the Under-secretary General of Peacekeeping at the United Nations that under 18 year-olds will not be included on UN peacekeeping missions.
(65010)
110  
  
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what key targets have been set for the Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre for 1998-99.
[Transferred] (65079)
111  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a list of the papers produced by the Radiation Physics Division of the Atomic Weapons Establishment in its Plasma Physics Notes and Radiation Physics Department Technical Notes series of papers which are currently unclassified, indicating the title of each paper and the date on which each paper was produced.
(65057)
112  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what dates the Local Liaison Committee of the AWE Committee (a) has met since 1st January 1997 and (b) plans to meet in 1999; and if the minutes of this committee are publicly available.
(65056)
113  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reports in the two series of reports produced by the Mathematical Physics Division of the Atomic Weapons Establishment are currently unclassified.
(65058)
114  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the cost of the pigmeat imported from outside the United Kingdom which was purchased for consumption by British Servicemen and women in each of the last three years.
(65121)
115  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many volunteers have taken part in the Millennium Volunteer Scheme to date; if he will publish a breakdown of volunteers by (a) gender and (b) ethnic group; and if he will make a statement on the number of people helped by the scheme.
(65239)
116  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the budget is for the Millennium Volunteer Scheme; how much has been spent to date broken down into (a) volunteer schemes and (b) administration.
(65238)
117  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if Millennium bugbusters who have completed a subsidised training course have an obligation to work in the United Kingdom.
(64821)
118  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to monitor the impact of the new student funding system on recruitment to higher education institutions of students studying engineering.
¶A (65294)
119  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, in what circumstances ex-Astra staff are eligible to apply for Civil Service vacancies.
(64697)
120  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on outstanding issues concerning ex-Astra employees.
(64696)
121  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidance his Department gives schools on the level of reserves which they should hold.
(64954)
122  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he has taken to assess the validity of league tables for state schools which include a value-added element.
(65078)
123  
  
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 Eastleigh Borough Council area since its inception; and how many took up each New Deal option.
(64753)
124  
  
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 Hart District Council area since its inception; and how many took up each New Deal option.
¶A (65296)
125  
  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list all the local authority education authorities specifying in respect of each whether the chair of education is a man or a woman.
¶A (65316)
126  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he expects to announce the recipients of the DfEE/Pre-School Learning Alliance grants for playgroups.
(65046)
127  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to increase the quality of childcare provision for the over-eights and related health and safety aspects.
(65055)
128  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what research his Department has commissioned on parents' views of the quality and registration of childcare provision.
(65054)
129  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to extend the registration of childcare workers to those providing childcare for the over-eights.
(65052)
130  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the cost of bringing childcare provision for the over-eights into the registration system.
(65053)
131  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what data he has collated with respect to the incidence of special educational needs related to autism among children; and if he will list the numbers and percentage of such children by education authority area and for each of the last 20 years.
(64911)
132  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if the term average cost in respect of the costs of travel by ministers in his Department in RAF and privately chartered aircraft refers to the average cost per passenger.
(64775)
133  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list his Department's approved PFI projects together with the relevant local education authorities and the amount of finance involved in each case.
(65112)
134  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which local education authorities have requested funding for PFI projects additional to their original estimates.
(65189)
135  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set out the basis of the estimated annual running cost of the proposed Disability Rights Commission.
(65113)
136  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the number of people taken on under the New Deal by the trade unions.
(64748)
137  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assistance his Department will offer to local authorities in Cornwall to deal with problems arising from the total eclipse of the sun on 11th August 1999.
(65032)
138  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is his policy to require the provision of automatic train protection.
(64668)
139  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of track maintenance carried out by Railtrack.
(64662)
140  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the powers available to (a) his Department and (b) the Rail Regulator to control (i) frequency of service and (ii) fare costs on the Heathrow Express.
(64666)
141  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the numbers and locations of speed restrictions put in place by Railtrack for safety reasons at (a) 1st May 1996, (b) 1st May 1997 and (c) 1st May 1998 and those on the day responsibility was handed over from British Rail to Railtrack.
(64663)
142  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the European Council meeting in Vienna on 11th and 12th December in respect of the integration of environmental requirements into transport policy.
(64661)
143  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the implications for fair competition arising out of arrangements entered into by Railtrack and Virgin in respect of the West Coast main line.
(64667)
144  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of track and platform space at Paddington station.
(64665)
145  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the timing of the introduction of secondary sewage treatment at the new sewage works under construction at Yaverland, Sandown, Isle of Wight.
¶A (65273)
146  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what contribution he expects the electricity generation sector to make towards reducing CO‹of6›2 emissions by 2010, other than the reductions resulting from use of new CHP plant.
¶A (65333)
147  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimates he has made of the emissions of (a) CO‹of6›2, (b) SO‹of6›2, (c) NOx, (d) fine particulates, (e) black smoke and (f) radiation created by the use of coal as a fuel for electricity generation; and what reductions in these emissions would be achieved by the use of gas as an alternative to coal.
¶A (65332)
148  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are the respective roles of the Secretary of State, Rail Regulator and Franchise Director in resolving failures of coordination between Railtrack and rail franchisees.
(64929)
149  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what emergency powers he has to override Railtrack and rail franchisee managers where their activities pose a threat to safety and to the national economy.
(64930)
150  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what penalties have been imposed on (a) Railtrack, (b) South West Trains and (c) other franchisees as a result of failures of coordination between Railtrack and franchisees.
(64928)
151  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in reducing risks to professional drivers and other road users arising from the use of vehicles on the road for work purposes.
(64703)
152  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to promote management by employers of occupational road risk; and if he will make a statement.
(64706)
153  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has made to the Health and Safety Commission about managing the risks to which employees and other road users are exposed when vehicles are driven on the road for work purposes.
(64705)
154  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce regulations to reduce the risk of road accidents involving vehicles which are driven for work purposes.
(64702)
155  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of fatal and serious injuries which occurred in road traffic accidents involving one or more vehicles being driven for work purposes.
(64701)
156  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the system of enforcement of safety regulations relating to the safer system of work for professional drivers.
(64704)
157  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of health hazards on long-haul flights; and if he will make a statement.
(64744)
158  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement about the forthcoming financial management and policy review of Groundwork.
¶A (65312)
159  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what targets the Government has set for glass recycling; what progress has been made in achieving them; what is the recent trend in the proportion of glass being recycled; and if he will make a statement.
(64978)
160  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 16th December on London Transport, if he will list the contribution to the cost of the Jubilee Line Extension from (a) the private sector and (b) London Transport; and when London Transport expects to complete the cost review of the rephased programme.
(64952)
161  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the income was from practical driving tests in (a) 1990 to 30th June 1996, (b) 1st July 1996 to 31st December 1996 and (c) 1st January 1997 to date; and what it has been for theory tests since 1st July 1996.
¶A (63545)
162  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many practical driving tests were conducted in the periods (a) 1990 to 30th June 1996, (b) 1st July 1996 to 31st December 1996 and (c) 1st January 1997 to date; and what percentages were (i) passes and (ii) failures in each period.
¶A (65339)
163  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what effect the closure of driving test centres has had on waiting times for driving test appointments.
¶A (65343)
164  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the purpose is of check tests of approved driving instructors; and what effect such tests have had on pass rates since their introduction.
¶A (65367)
165  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people who have taken the theory test and passed have not applied to take a practical driving test; and what steps the DSA has taken to ensure that those who have passed the theory test apply for a practical driving test within two years.
¶A (65341)
166  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what factors were used by the Driving Standards Agency to determine acceptable distances for customers to travel to other driving test centres following the closure of their local facility.
¶A (65351)
167  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans the DSA has to reduce the period within which candidates who have passed a theory test are expected to take a practical test.
¶A (65344)
168  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discretion the Highways Agency has to compensate individual organisations for loss of trade as a result of highway works.
¶A (65270)
169  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what reductions in examiner staffing levels have occurred following driving test centre closures; what effect future closures will have on examiner staffing levels; and if redundancies are planned.
¶A (65362)
170  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what factors have resulted in changes in the criteria for the closure of driving test centres over the past 10 years.
¶A (65355)
171  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what service improvements have resulted from savings acquired from the closure of driving test centres; and what future improvements are anticipated.
¶A (65357)
172  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out the consultative process used by the Driving Standards Agency in areas affected by the closures of driving test centres.
¶A (65358)
173  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the consultative process prior to closure of driving test centres is used in all cases.
¶A (65350)
174  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are the current waiting times for driving test appointments in each region.
¶A (65361)
175  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what savings have resulted from the closure of driving tests centres in each year since the inception of the Driving Standards Agency; and what future savings resulting from closures of driving test centres have been planned for.
¶A (65356)
176  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps will be taken by the Driving Standards Agency to monitor demand in areas where test centre closures have occurred.
¶A (65353)
177  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many approved driving instructors left the register in the periods (a) 1990 to 30th June 1996, (b) 1st July 1996 to 31st December 1996 and (c) 1st January 1997 to date.
¶A (65346)
178  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many approved driving instructors have ceased to practise but whose licences still have a period to run in the periods (a) 1990 to 30th June 1996, (b) 1st July 1996 to 31st December 1996 and (c) 1st January 1997 to date.
¶A (65348)
179  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many approved driving instructors have been removed from the register since check testing was introduced.
¶A (65349)
180  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what further plans there are for the closure of driving test centres over the next five years apart from those already identified for closure in the next two years; and if he will list the centres affected.
¶A (65360)
181  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what factors have contributed to falls in demand for (a) practical and (b) theory driving tests in each of the regions, with particular reference to the effect the introduction of the theory test on demand; what assessment the Driving Standards Agency has made of future changes in demand for theory and practical tests; and what steps will be taken to meet changes in demand.
¶A (65352)
182  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many driving theory tests have been conducted since 1st July 1996, and how many and what percentage of these were (a) passes and (b) failures.
¶A (65340)
183  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many complaints about the check test have been received by the DSA since the test was introduced, broken down by (a) test centre and (b) the nature of the complaint; and what steps the DSA has taken in response to such complaints.
¶A (65373)
184  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what effect the proposed extended driving test will have on waiting times for customers.
¶A (65363)
185  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research is being carried out to identify reasons for falls in demand for theory and practical driving tests; and what results are available.
¶A (65365)
186  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is the Driving Standards Agency's intention to use the proposed log book as a means of regulating the teaching methods of approved driving instructors.
¶A (65366)
187  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many driving test centres have been closed since the inception of the Driving Standards Agency; in what parts of the country such closures have occurred; and what reasons for closure were given in each case.
¶A (65359)
188  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons the books on the theory driving test were produced in quick succession; and what steps were taken by the DSA to defray the costs of those customers who bought faulty material.
¶A (65372)
189  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what increases in the cost of the driving test are being proposed.
¶A (65364)
190  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects the Health and Safety Executive to publish the report of its investigation into the freight train derailment at Barry on 27th December 1997.
¶A (65265)
191  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of (a) the extent to which the proposed installation of digital technology for HM Coastguard will provide a fully-integrated service that is year 2000 compliant and (b) the adequacy of consultation with end users prior to introducing such new technology for HM Coastguard.
¶A (65264)
192  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many staff employed by the successor companies of the British Railways Board have been made redundant during each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (65188)
193  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of (i) men and (ii) women resident in Britain (1) in total and (2) between the ages of (a) 17 and 34 and (b) 35 and 60 years hold a current UK driver's licence.
(64764)
194  
  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list all local authority housing authorities specifying in respect of each whether the chair is a man or a woman.
¶A (65318)
195  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will define the criteria under which local authorities will be capped for excessive spending.
¶A (65285)
196  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received as a result of the consultation on best value from (a) local authorities, (b) contractors to local authorities, (c) trade unions and (d) others; if he will make a statement in respect of representations made by each of the above categories; and if he will place a copy of the representations received in the Library.
(65246)
197  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish a table indicating local authority transport capital expenditure allocations for 1999-2000 for existing commitments and new major schemes; and the equivalent figures for each of the previous eight years.
(65243)
198  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what powers he proposes to use in order to establish the proposed integrated transport commission; how many people he proposes to appoint to such a body; what interests will be represented; how he will make appointments to the body; when he proposes that it should first meet; and if he will make a statement.
(65244)
199  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what involvement private contractors have in the ongoing pilot schemes for the local authority best value programme; if he will list the contractors concerned; and if he will make a statement.
(65247)
200  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish a table showing total local authority capital expenditure allocations for transport for the year 1999-2000; and for each of the previous eight years.
(65242)
201  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what allocations his Department has made for bus priority schemes in Gloucestershire for each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(64828)
202  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what national guidelines are issued by his Department for the proper identification of disabled parking spaces.
(64976)
203  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent research his Department has carried out into the commercial viability of re-opening former railway formations for public use; and what plans the Government has to carry out an audit into the potential for such schemes.
(64915)
204  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many prosecutions for damage to sites of special scientific interest have been started under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(64827)
205  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will delay implementing regulations on taxi accessibility until the Government has (a) considered the representations which it has received and (b) undertaken a study into the economic effects of the regulations and their timing; and if he will make a statement.
(64975)
206  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will report on the progress of the Government's review of the legislation surrounding problems caused by leylandii trees; and when an announcement is expected to be made.
¶A (65277)
207  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what military issues will be considered in the scope of the re-opened public inquiry into the Otterburn ranges in Northumberland.
(65047)
208  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate (a) the duration of and (b) the cost to his Department of the re-opened public inquiry into the Otterburn military ranges in Northumberland.
(65049)
209  
  
Mr David Lock (Wyre Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what decisions have been made as to flammability requirements for the exit ways for floor coverings for public buildings within Euro class B of the draft European Construction Products Directive concerning flammability classifications.
[Transferred] (65245)
210  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what work (a) is currently being undertaken and (b) is planned to upgrade the London Underground Piccadilly Line; what new trains will be provided in each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement.
(65065)
211  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the number of dwellings in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) Greater London and (c) the Edmonton constituency which are leasehold; how many of these in each case are former local authority accommodation; and how many of them are (i) houses and (ii) flats.
(65064)
212  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons (a) Herefordshire and (b) Worcestershire are not represented on the board of the West Midlands Regional Development Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(65111)
213  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what studies of appraisal systems have been carried out in his Department and the former Departments of Transport and Environment in the past five years.
(64921)
214  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the basis for the 4/5ths equality rule used by personnel management in his Department.
(64923)
215  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what internal specialist advice was used to help (a) draw up the specification and (b) evaluate the tenders for the study into the differential performance markings in DETR (C).
(64916)
216  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place DETR Centre's Guidance on Equal Opportunities in the Library.
(64927)
217  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if DETR (C) operates, formally or informally, a system of quotas for staff performance markings.
(64918)
218  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place a copy of his Department's Policy Appraisal for Equal Treatment in the Library.
(64867)
219  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many DETR (C) staff are in post in each DETR (C) building, excluding the Government Offices, broken down by (a) grade, (b) gender, (c) ethnicity, (d) part/full time working and (e) disability.
(64805)
220  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many standard-setting meetings took place as part of the 1998 appraisal round in DETR (C); what records are kept of the outcomes of such meetings; and if individual civil servants' performance markings are discussed in such meetings.
(64917)
221  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his Department's objectives are in providing performance-related pay.
(64922)
222  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what were the appraisal performance markings awarded to civil servants in 1998 in (a) each agency associated with his Department and (b) each traffic area office broken down by (i) grade, (ii) gender, (iii) ethnicity, (iv) part/full time working and (v) disability.
(64803)
223  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many civil servants in each grade in DETR (C), broken down by (a) gender, (b) ethnicity, (c) part/full time working and (d) disability, will be paid performance-related pay if it is agreed to make a second-stage payment based on performance markings arising from the 1998 appraisal round.
(64924)
224  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the Cabinet Office's 4/5ths rule used to check for potential adverse impact has been applied to civil servants' performance markings in the 1998 report round in each of his Department's agencies (a) MCA, (b) DVLA, (c) VI, (d) QEII, (e) PINS, (f) DSA, (g) VCA and (h) HA.
(64825)
225  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the performance markings for civil servants in DETR (C) in each grade were in 1998, broken down by (a) gender, (b) ethnicity, (c) part/full time working and (d) disability.
(64926)
226  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what equal opportunity training civil servants in DETR (C) received before the introduction of the present appraisal system.
(64919)
227  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what were in each grade the promotability markings awarded in the 1998 appraisal round for civil servants in DETR (C), broken down by gender, race and disability.
(64920)
228  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, where were in each of the last five years the performance markings of civil servants in the predecessor bodies to DETR (C), broken down by (a) grade, (b) gender, (c) ethnicity, (d) part/full time working and (e) disability.
(64925)
229  
  
Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the introduction of genetically modified crops on moth populations.
[Transferred] (65107)
230  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the total cumulative cost to his Department of ministerial use of RAF flights in the year to 1st May 1997.
(64737)
231  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the term average cost, with reference to flights by Ministers in his Department, refers to the average cost per passenger.
(64721)
232  
  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimates he has made of the cost of implementing and operating a tax on pesticides.
(65087)
233  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what criteria he used to select people to serve on the South West Regional Development Agency; how many people representing organisations in Gloucestershire were considered as suitable applicants under this criteria; and if he will make a statement.
(64813)
234  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he has taken to ensure that the particular interests of Gloucestershire are represented on the South West Regional Development Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(64848)
235  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people representing organisations in Gloucestershire expressed interest in serving on the South West Regional Development Agency; which organisations in Gloucestershire proposed people for membership; and if he will make a statement.
(64812)
236  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he has taken to ensure that the appointments he has made to the South West Regional Development Agency reflect the geographical spread of the area covered.
(64811)
237  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the average cost per mile of rail travel based on standard return fares in each EU country.
(64647)
238  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the percentage price increase for (a) peak and (b) off peak journeys for each of the privatised rail company areas in each year since privatisation.
(64651)
239  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will consider exempting accommodation provided wholly or predominantly for tourists from Houses in Multiple Occupation registration schemes.
(64833)
240  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the Houses in Multiple Occupation registration scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(64835)
241  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to ensure that Rural Action continues beyond its current funding cut off date of 31st March 1999.
(64831)
242  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to change the recovery targets under the packaging waste regulations for 1999.
¶A (65266)
243  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will provide a breakdown of the changes to the criteria for calculating the Social Services SSA block in the local government settlements for 1999-2000.
(65035)
244  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will propose the inclusion of the basking shark in Appendix II of CITES; and if he will make a statement.
¶A (65354)
245  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out the current timetable relating to CITES, indicating the deadlines for extending inclusion to the basking shark.
¶A (65342)
246  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the removal of the EU reservation in respect of the Bern Convention's listing of basking sharks in the Mediterranean.
¶A (65370)
247  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the phrase, historic levels, in paragraph 15 of the SINTRA statement issued by the ministerial meeting of the OSPAR Commission.
¶A (65292)
248  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has to reduce concentrations in the marine environment of man-made radioactive substances.
¶A (65293)
249  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, he will make a statement on the impact of the Barcelona Convention on the status of the basking shark.
¶A (65369)
250  
  
Mr Anthony D. Wright (Great Yarmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the outcome of the Second London Oceans Workshop.
¶A (65307)
251  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to ensure that the audio and Braille versions of the leaflet IR121 Income Tax and Pensioners is amended to include a reference to the blind person's tax allowance.
(64758)
252  
N  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what critera will be used to determine the eligibility of grandparents for the working families tax credit child care subsidy.
(63199)
253  
N  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures Her Majesty's Government is taking through the benefits system to support two-parent families with only one wage earner; and if he will make a statement.
(63190)
254  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what arrangements are in place to ensure that phase 2 of the personal pensions misselling review will complete its outstanding cases within the timescales set out in the review; and if he will make a statement.
(65062)
255  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 27th November, Official Report, column 23, for what reasons he was unable to provide the specific information requested.
(64722)
256  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on (a) the legislative base for, (b) the extent of and (c) the duration of (i) full, (ii) temporary and (iii) transitional exemptions in respect of VAT.
(64824)
257  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the European Commission (a) gave notice of and (b) commenced, infraction proceedings against Her Majesty's Government concerning the zero rating, or exemption from VAT of (i) building alterations and (ii) construction works; on what legal instrument such actions were based; and what papers relating to such proceedings have been made publicly available.
(64810)
258  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of additional sums which would be raised in the United Kingdom if the German proposal for alignment of business taxes were implemented on the basis of current German levels.
(64806)
259  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list, for the latest available year, the revenue obtained from VAT charges on (a) building alterations and (b) civil construction; and when VAT was introduced for each.
(64809)
260  
N  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of people who will gain from the introduction of the working family tax credit in the North West Region.
(63198)
261  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the taxation of lead-free petrol following the phasing out of four star petrol.
(64840)
262  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what happened to the senior British Drugs Liaison Officer who was detained in Peshawar, Pakistan, after being caught with three kilograms of heroin in his possession in his official vehicle in July 1995.
(65075)
263  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the provisions of the Value Added Tax (Sport, Sports Competition and Physical Education) Order to resolve the different VAT treatment of private and proprietary golf clubs.
(65161)
264  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the period which will be required for the UK economy to demonstrate sustainable convergence before entry into a single currency can take place.
(65098)
265  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of how many people will be eligible for the working families tax credit when it is fully operational.
(63189)
266  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take measures to ensure that (a) all arms transfers require legally binding end-use certification, (b) British embassies are required to check end-user documentation relating to the recipient country and (c) details of end-users relating to the granting or refusal of export licences are included in annual reports of strategic exports to Parliament.
(64535)
267  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the good governance work of the British Council and its contribution to an ethical dimension in foreign policy.
(65183)
268  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the (a) extent and (b) impact of reductions in the Government grant to the British Council between 1979 and 1996.
(65185)
269  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information he has on the progress being made by the British Council in appointing a new Director-General.
(65184)
270  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the benefit to Britain of the English language teaching and promotion undertaken by the British Council.
(65186)
271  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his plans for the British Council over the next five years.
(65182)
272  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of Qatar about the raid on Iraq.
¶A (65376)
273  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those UK companies known to be operating in Chechnya during 1998 with the goods and services which they have supplied to Chechnya.
(64796)
274  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place copies of the written communications between Granger Telecom and his Department during 1998 in the Library.
(64794)
275  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department was first informed of activities by Granger Telecom in Chechnya.
(64795)
276  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many prospective students on FCO scholarships or sponsorships were denied visas to visit the UK in the most recent year for which figures are available.
¶A (65278)
277  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the government of Sri Lanka regarding a resolution of the continuing conflict with the Tamil community; and if he will make a statement.
(65066)
278  
  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received about the case of Terence Arthur Indge concerning a road traffic accident in Abu Dhabi in 1991; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (65162)
279  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of the Faroe Islands over its whaling policy; and if he will make a statement.
(64838)
280  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the proliferation risks posed by the use of plutonium-mixed-oxide based nuclear fuels.
(64816)
281  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to set up a Committee on Human Rights to investigate human rights abuses abroad.
(65003)
282  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the series of notes and memoranda which are produced by the research analysts and economic advisers departments.
(65080)
283  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the human rights implications of the trial of Hillary Bome and Lina Tujano in Sudan; and if he will make a statement.
(64841)
284  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date the British Ambassador to Turkey wrote to the Maltese Government in respect of the extradition proceedings relating to the murder of Edgar Fernandes.
(65105)
285  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to ensure that the Maltese Government is acting expeditiously in respect of extradition proceedings relating to the murder of Edgar Fernandes.
(65106)
286  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions there have been and on what date between the British Ambassador to Malta and the Maltese Government on extradition proceedings relating to the murder of Edgar Fernandes.
(65159)
287  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the countries from which Her Majesty's Government has received letters or messages of protest concerning the bombing of Iraq.
¶A (65280)
288  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to incorporate the EU Code of Conduct on arms sales into UK law.
(64708)
289  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to publish detailed annual reports on arms exports; and if he will make a statement.
(64709)
290  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assistance his Department will offer to Cornwall in dealing with problems that may arise from the total eclipse of the sun on 11th August 1999.
(65034)
291  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial support is available to Scilly Islands residents travelling to mainland hospitals for specialist treatment and advice.
¶A (65274)
292  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the effect on mortality and morbidity rates which would result from annual reductions in emissions of (i) 425,000 tonnes of SO‹of6›2, (ii) 137,000 tonnes of NOx, (iii) 14,000 tonnes of fine particulates and (iv) 6,000 tonnes of black smoke; and what evaluation he has made of the estimates of mortality and morbidity given in quantification of the effects of air pollution on health in the United Kingdom (Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants, 1998).
¶A (65334)
293  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will initiate an inquiry into the caseload of the accidents and emergency ward at West Middlesex, with particular reference to the circumstances surrounding the death of a patient in the ward on 6th December.
(64931)
294  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to regulate the prescribing of Caverject and MUSE for NHS patients; and if he will make a statement.
(65076)
295  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the NHS Executive for London plans to allocate the capital budget for 1999-2000; and on what basis.
(64934)
296  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are (a) the proportion of sight disorders attributable to diabetic retinopathy and (b) the annual government expenditure on preventative and treatment facilities designed to alleviate this condition.
(64971)
297  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what analysis he has made of the effects of galanthamine hydrobromide on humans.
(65030)
298  
  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list all the local authority social services authorities specifying in respect of each whether the chair is a man or a woman.
¶A (65317)
299  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason his Department does not monitor waiting lists for outpatient contacts in audiological services; and what plans his Department has to collect centrally statistics on waiting times for audiological services, including GP direct referral for hearing test.
¶A (65269)
300  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if, in relation to paragraph 26.3 of the Mental Health Code of Practice for England, he will indicate (a) who takes the decisions on what would be in the child's best interest, (b) who the subsection is primarily aimed at and (c) for what reasons the subsection is drafted in wide terms.
(65181)
301  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research commissioned by his Department has been carried out into attention deficit disorder syndrome in the last three years.
(64910)
302  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines his Department has issued on the recognition of the symptoms of potential attention deficit disorder syndrome in (a) children and (b) adults.
(64909)
303  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many late cancellations there were for eye treatment (a) in the Wigan and Bolton Health Authority and (b) nationally in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what was the estimated cost to the NHS of these cancellatons in each case.
¶A (65276)
304  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data his Department has collated with respect to the incidence of autism in children; and if he will list the number of such children in each of the last 20 years.
(64912)
305  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the implementation of the Calman/Hine Report on the organisation and delivery of cancer services in the North London region; and if he will make a statement.
(65063)
306  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will break down the costs of all suspensions of senior medical practitioners on full pay for each of the last five years between (a) legal costs, (b) administration costs, (c) salaries paid to those on suspension and (d) any other costs.
(65250)
307  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS suspended senior medical practitioners have been (a) disciplined, (b) after investigations cleared of any allegations against them and (c) had any proceedings against them dropped, in each of the last five years; and how many of those personnel subsequently continued in the employment of the health authority or trust concerned.
(65251)
308  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the (a) longest, (b) shortest and (c) average period which the clinical trials of a prospective medicine took in the last five years.
(64932)
309  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nominations have been received in calendar year 1998 for non-executive posts on NHS boards, indicating (a) the percentage of nominations which have been for (i) women, (ii) people with disabilities and (iii) people from ethnic minorities and (b) the number of persons who have been appointed to non-executive posts on NHS boards and the percentage of those who are (1) women, (2) people with disabilities and (3) people from ethnic minorities.
(65038)
310  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the age weighting in respect of the elderly and its effect on revenue allocations for 1999-2000.
(64834)
311  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultations he has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) the Secretary of State for Social Security on Part 2 (1) of the report of the independent inquiry into inequalities in health chaired by Sir Donald Acheson.
(64814)
312  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to instruct the Medicines Control Agency to extend the consultation period for consultation document MLX 249.
(65177)
313  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Medicines Control Agency proposals set out in consultation document MLX 249 are modified to include a right of independent appeal against Medicines Control Agency decisions.
(65176)
314  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will extend the consultation period on the Medicines Control Agency's Document MLX 249.
(65259)
315  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about his plans to review the services available for the treatment of allergies under the NHS.
(65257)
316  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the length of time available to the public to respond to the Medicines Control Agency's paper XLX 249.
(65258)
317  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assistance the Government will offer to Cornwall in dealing with problems arising from the total eclipse of the sun on 11th August 1999.
(65033)
318  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claims for compensation are outstanding under each option in the large and small calibre firearms compensation schemes; what is the average amount of time taken to process a claim under each option; when he expects all claims under each category to have been completed; and if he will make a statement.
(64953)
319  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of the prison population was under the age of 21 years on 30th December.
¶A (65290)
320  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many recorded incidents there were in prisons in England and Wales of inmates causing self-harm in the last years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
¶A (65289)
321  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy as to the separation between juveniles and young adults who have been remanded in custody or sentenced to a period of detention.
¶A (65286)
322  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) boys and (b) girls up to the age of 16 are at present serving sentences in prisons in England and Wales.
¶A (65287)
323  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the education facilities that are available to young people of school age who are serving sentences in prisons in England and Wales.
¶A (65288)
324  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consideration has been given to introducing an independent licensing authority and regulatory framework for private security firms.
(64538)
325  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to enable the youth justice system to prevent offending by children and young persons.
(64537)
326  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what role private security firms will undertake as part of Crime and Disorder Act 1998 partnerships; and if he will make a statement.
(64539)
327  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has had from (a) the Runnymede Trust, (b) the Maimonides Foundation and (c) the Calanos Foundation about increased racist attacks following military action against Iraq.
¶A (65375)
328  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to legislate on the recommendations of the Law Commission, Legislating the Criminal Code: Involuntary Manslaughter.
(65187)
329  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the cost to East Sussex County Council of maintaining illegal immigrants who arrived at Newhaven Ferry Port in each of the last three years.
(64755)
330  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many citizens of Slovakia have sought political asylum in the UK in the last three months; how many applications have been accepted; and what were the figures in each of the last three years.
¶A (65263)
331  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants who arrived at Dover Ferry Port have been granted political asylum in each of the last 12 months.
(64752)
332  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants are currently being detained who arrived at Plymouth Ferry Port; and what were the equivalent figures for each of the last six months.
(64756)
333  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants who arrived at Poole Ferry Port have been refused entry and removed from the UK within seven days of arrival in each of the last 12 months.
(64751)
334  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many citizens of the former Yugoslavia are currently being detained in the UK as illegal immigrants; and what the figures were in each of the last three years.
¶A (65297)
335  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many citizens of (a) Bulgaria and (b) the Czech Republic have sought political asylum in the UK in the last three months; how many applications have been accepted; and what were the equivalent figures for each of the last three years.
(64754)
336  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the individuals and organisations that responded to the White Paper on Asylum and Immigration; and, for those who did not indicate that they did not wish their submissions to be published, when he intends to make those responses available.
(65073)
337  
  
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he knew of Lord Hoffman's and Lady Hoffman's involvement with Amnesty International when he announced his decision regarding the extradition of General Pinochet.
(65089)
338  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the (a) per capital funding and (b) the standard spending assessment for each local authority's fire and rescue services in 1999-2000.
(64846)
339  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many speed cameras have been installed in Gloucestershire; and how many prosecutions resulted from them in each of the last five years for which records are available.
(64817)
340  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made by the Police Complaints Authority in its investigation of the police inquiry into the murder of Michael Menson in January 1997; and when the report is expected to be completed.
(65067)
341  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many firearms have been surrendered under the terms of the Firearms (Amendment) Acts 1997; and what has been the cost to the Exchequer to date.
(65237)
342  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total cumulative cost to his Department of ministerial use of RAF flights in the year to 1st May 1997.
(64739)
343  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 9th December, Official Report, column 214, if the average cost of flights, with reference to flights by Ministers in his Department, refers to the average cost per passenger.
(64720)
344  
  
Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government expects to announce proposals to reform liquor licensing in England and Wales.
(65090)
345  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) late licensed premises and (b) licensed premises there are per 1,000 head of population for each county in Wales.
(64653)
346  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the compliance of the practice of placing women under the age of 18 years in adult jails with the UK's responsibilities under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
(65009)
347  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women aged 15, 16 and 17 years are currently imprisoned in adult women's prisons.
(65006)
348  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a list of unclassified papers produced in the made available series of papers by the Research, Development and Statistics Directorate since January 1997, specifying the title of each paper and the date on which it was produced.
(65060)
349  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a list of unclassified papers produced in the Briefing Notes series of papers by the Police and Reducing Crime Unit since January 1997, specifying the title of each paper and the date on which it was produced.
(65059)
350  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received concerning the prison placement of Mr Sandeep Bansall.
(65178)
351  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints were made about the service at IND in 1998.
(65168)
352  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on current practice concerning the return of passports to those who make applications.
(65167)
353  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports were lost by the Home Office in 1998 and what compensation was paid as a result.
(65166)
354  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when Mr Sandeep Bansall will be moved from Pentonville prison.
(65180)
355  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken by the prison authorities to place Mr Sandeep Bansall nearer his family.
(65179)
356  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the cost of the pigmeat imported from outside the United Kingdom which was purchased for consumption in prisons in each of the last three years.
(65118)
357  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the numbers of her Department's contracts which were available for tender to UK based managers in each year since 1994.
(64799)
358  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list, for the latest year for which figures are available, the names of UK based non-governmental organisations who acted as contractors or managers of her Department's projects, programmes and activities and the (a) number and (b) total value of contracts for each manager or contractor.
(64798)
359  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has received concerning the number of her Department's contracts whose management is available for tender to UK based non-governmental organisations; and if she will make a statement.
(64797)
360  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the amount of her Department's expenditure overseas which was misappropriated through corruption or fraud in recipient countries in each of the last three years; and what action her Department takes (a) to monitor such activities and (b) to ensure that consequent losses are minimised.
(64800)
361  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if the term average cost, with reference to flights by Ministers in her Department, refers to average cost per passenger.
(64724)
362  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what are the current arrangements for repayments of debts by Nicaragua and Honduras to the British Government.
¶A (65338)
363  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is the current amount of debt owed to Britain by Nicaragua and Honduras.
¶A (65337)
364  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans the Government has to provide long-term aid for the reconstruction of Nicaragua and Honduras after the period of the current emergency aid.
¶A (65336)
365  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what was the average level of debt write-off in (a) the Reading legal aid region and (b) nationally in the last year for which figures are available.
(65100)
366  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what was the average amount of legal aid granted for claims in (a) the Reading region and (b) nationally in the last year for which figures are available.
(65099)
367  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what protocols have been established (a) nationally and (b) in the Reading legal aid region on the length of time for which printouts showing the levels of client contribution should be kept.
(65102)
368  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is the annual cost of the Legal Aid Service in the Reading legal aid region.
(65241)
369  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what systems are in place (a) nationally and (b) in the Reading legal aid region to ensure that client overpayments of contribution are returned.
(65103)
370  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many people are employed by the Legal Aid Service (a) nationally and (b) in the Reading legal aid region.
(65248)
371  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what sums are spent on training in the Legal Aid Service (a) nationally and (b) in the Reading legal aid region.
(65249)
372  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what was the average level of non-collection of client contribution towards legal aid payment in (a) the Reading region and (b) nationally in the last year for which figures are available.
(65101)
373  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what arrangements have been made to monitor franchised legal aid firms (a) nationally and (b) in the Reading legal aid region.
(65104)
374  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make a statement on future funding for school books and library books in Northern Ireland.
(65109)
375  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make a statement on developments in promoting the Irish language.
¶A (65305)
376  
  
Mr John Hume (Foyle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many job losses there were in the constituency of Foyle in 1998.
¶A (65313)
377  
  
Mr John Hume (Foyle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in the Derry City Council area were in receipt of (a) income support, (b) jobseekers allowance and (c) incapacity benefit in (i) December 1997 and (ii) December 1998.
¶A (65311)
378  
  
Mr John Hume (Foyle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make a statement on the Government's strategy to ensure that the constituency of Foyle achieves its growth potential.
¶A (65310)
379  
  
Mr John Hume (Foyle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list for each ward in the constituency of Foyle the percentage of (a) people of working age in employment, (b) males of working age in employment, (c) females of working age in employment, (d) people unemployed, (e) males unemployed and (f) females unemployed, in (i) December 1997 and (ii) December 1998.
¶A (65347)
380  
  
Mr John Hume (Foyle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the average income for people in employment in the constituency of Foyle (a) in the constituency as a whole, (b) per ward, (c) per ward for males and (d) per ward for females in the most recent year for which figures are available.
¶A (65315)
381  
  
Mr John Hume (Foyle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many full-time higher education places are available to students in the Northern Ireland Western Education and Library Board area.
¶A (65308)
382  
  
Mr John Hume (Foyle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many full-time students, normally domiciled in the Northern Ireland Western Education and Library Board area, enrolled in higher education courses for the current academic year.
¶A (65309)
383  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the honourable Member for Stratford-on-Avon can expect to receive a letter concerning flights taken by Ministers in her Department.
(64723)
384  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was for each police division in Northern Ireland for (a) 1996, (b) 1997 and (c) 1998 up to the latest available date the number of incidents of robbery and attempted robbery from the dwellings of persons of pension age and above where violence was used or threatened, the number of persons who have been made amenable in the courts, the number of cases pending, the sums stolen and the value of goods stolen and the number of persons injured by the robbers.
(64763)
385  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of (a) the cost of setting up a new department of Government in Northern Ireland and (b) the annual running costs of each such department.
(64765)
386  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many planning applications have been submitted in the past year for major developments with particular reference to shopping complexes in the Newtownbreda Purdysburn and Saintfield Road area of South Belfast.
(65108)
387  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, at which locations student nurse training places are provided; how many of the places at each location have been filled by applicants; if there is a shortage of nurses in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.
¶A (65291)
388  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the cost of the pigmeat imported from outside the United Kingdom for consumption in schools, hospitals and prisons administered by her Department in each of the last three years.
(65119)
389  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the President of the Council, on what dates (a) the Ministerial Group on the Millennium Date Change (MISC4) and (b) the Sub-Group (MISC4(P)) have met; and what meetings are planned for the future.
(64822)
390  
  
Mr George Galloway (Glasgow, Kelvin):    To ask the Prime Minister, what public funds have been paid by Her Majesty's Government or anyone acting on its behalf into a bank or banks to Mr Dominic Lawson; for what purposes; and if he will make a statement.
(64973)
391  
  
Mr George Galloway (Glasgow, Kelvin):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the capacities in which Mr Dominic Lawson has been employed by Her Majesty's Government or any agency acting on its behalf; and if he will make a statement.
(64972)
392  
  
Mr Alan Johnson (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle):    To ask the Prime Minister, when the Social Exclusion Unit will publish its report on, and recommendations for, reducing the numbers of teenage pregnancies.
(64832)
393  
  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, what is his policy towards the use of air miles awarded to Ministers who travel on official business paid for by public funds.
(65072)
394  
  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the ministerial visits undertaken to each South American and Caribbean country since 1997.
(64823)
395  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the measures proposed under paragraph 67 of the presidency conclusions of the Vienna European Council in respect of nuclear safety in the context of enlargement of the European Union.
(64815)
396  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the total number of life peers that have been created since 1st May 1997, indicating the number that subsequently took the (a) Conservative Whip, (b) Labour Whip, (c) Liberal Whip, (d) other party whips and (e) sit on the Cross Benches in the House of Lords.
(65029)
397  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Prime Minister, to what extent each of his objectives in undertaking the bombing of Iraq jointly with the United States of America in December has been met; and on what basis he will consider undertaking similar attacks in future.
¶A (65281)
398  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 15th December, Official Report, column 459, on ministerial visits to Latin America, if he will list the (a) 12 countries referred to and (b) the Ministers concerned.
(64736)
399  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what financial support is available to Scottish island residents travelling to mainland hospitals for specialist treatment and advice.
¶A (65275)
400  
  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many councillors are (a) men and (b) women in each local authority in Scotland.
¶A (65304)
401  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the total cumulative cost to his Department of ministerial use of RAF flights in the year to 1st May 1997.
(64738)
402  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his letter to the honourable Member for Stratford on Avon of 2nd December concerning ministerial use of RAF flights, if the term average cost refers to the average cost per passenger.
(64735)
403  
N  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proposals his Department has to work with other departments to support the New Deal for Communities.
(63206)
404  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many review claims have been (a) dealt with by the Disability Unit, (b) disallowed and (c) overturned on appeal, (i) since 1st January 1997 and (ii) since the current review has been in operation.
(64757)
405  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what are the Disability Unit's (a) published targets and (b) current target attainment levels for processing review claims for the disability living allowance.
(64759)
406  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the numbers currently below the lower earning threshold of national insurance and the number estimated in this category for each of the five decades following the introduction of the state second pension.
(65172)
407  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the grounds were for his decision not to make membership of occupational pension schemes compulsory for relevant employers.
(64936)
408  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate for each of the next five decades the numbers of pensioners who will have incomes above the minimum income guarantee and still remain eligible for income-related benefits.
(64950)
409  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will publish the data supporting the statement in paragraph 7 of the third chapter of A New Contract for Welfare: Partnership in Pensions that over a whole working life more people are experiencing periods on both lower and higher income.
(64943)
410  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assumptions he has made on the size of the rebates of those contracting out of SERPS for (a) a personal pension and (b) a stakeholder pension over the next five decades.
(65171)
411  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people earning between £9,000 and £20,000 are contributing to a pension above the compulsory minimum; and what is the distribution of these sums measuring the value of pension savings per annum in blocks of £250.
(64970)
412  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number and percentage of pensioners eligible for the Government's new income guarantee for all pensioners (a) at the inception of the scheme and (b) at 10 yearly intervals for the following five decades.
(64939)
413  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of private pensions which give poor value.
(64941)
414  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what will be, in each of the next five decades, the gross and net public expenditure costs of the proposals outlined in A New Contract for Welfare: Partnership in Pensions.
(64948)
415  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list over the next five decades the net impact on the employee national insurance contribution rates following the introduction of state second pensions.
(65170)
416  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he expects to bring forward proposals to help pensioners with incomes just above the income support level; and how many pensioners will be helped by such measures.
(64947)
417  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate how many (a) carers and (b) people with disabilities will (i) no longer be and (ii) remain dependent on means-tested benefits in retirement once the proposals in A New Contract for Welfare: Partnership in Pensions are fully operative.
(64818)
418  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimates he has made, for each of the next five decades, of the increased cost to the National Insurance Fund of the increased rebates advocated in A New Contract for Welfare: Partnership in Pensions.
(64949)
419  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the proportion of those whose earnings will move (a) below and (b) above the £9,000 threshold to stakeholder pension during the first decade of the scheme's life.
(65173)
420  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he expects those people whom he has forecast to benefit from the proposed stakeholder pension scheme to receive those benefits.
(64850)
421  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of pensioners retiring in each of the next five decades will be (a) totally dependent on means-tested benefits and (b) dependent upon means-tested benefits for part of their pensioner lives, if the proposals in New Contract for Welfare: Partnership in Pensions are not enacted.
(64977)
422  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number and proportion of workers who will qualify on grounds of low income for the new state second pension (a) at its inception and (b) at each 10 year interval for five decades after the scheme's introduction.
(64940)
423  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate how many members of the second state pension scheme will gain more in retirement than they earned in work.
(64945)
424  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to link the £9,000 entrance into stakeholder pensions to (a) earnings and (b) prices.
(65174)
425  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the minimum payment under the state's second pension once the scheme becomes fully operative.
(64944)
426  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the public expenditure costs for each of the next five decades of (a) SERPS and (b) the state second pension.
(65014)
427  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he expects to be able to bring forward proposals to assist those workers earning below the lower earnings level who are not covered by the reforms in New Contract for Welfare: Partnership in Pensions.
(64935)
428  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will break down into its constitution parts his £150 billion estimate for privatising current state pension provision.
(65175)
429  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he expects to bring forward the reforms outlined in paragraph 20 of the fifth Chapter of A New Contract for Welfare: Partnership in Pensions.
(64946)
430  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of personal pension holders who will transfer to stakeholder pensions; and if he will present this figure as a proportion of all personal pension holders.
(64951)
431  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many, and what proportion of, employers submitting evidence to the Pension Review called for the right to make the membership of occupational pension schemes compulsory.
(64937)
432  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of carers in each of the next five decades who will be credited in to the new state second pension.
(64852)
433  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate how many disabled people will qualify for credits for the second state pension in each of the next five decades.
(64851)
434  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what will be, in each of the next five decades, the proportion of (a) pension payments, (b) national insurance rebates and (c) tax benefits going to each decile group of the population (i) under the current arrangement and (ii) as a result of the reforms advocated in A New Contract for Welfare: Partnership in Pensions.
(64942)
435  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will break down into its constituent parts the £150 billion figure he has given for the privatisation of the state pension system.
(65005)
436  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the projected public expenditure costs of (a) SERPS and (b) the state second pension over each of the next five decades.
(65169)
437  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, in what ways, other than its link to earnings rather than prices, the new minimum income guarantee will differ from income support for pensioners.
(64938)
438  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the choice of the single nominated stakeholder pension scheme for whom employers will be compelled to pass employee contributions will be determined by a vote of all employees in the firm wishing to join a stakeholder pension scheme.
(64819)
439  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he expects to publish the consultation paper on occupational pension changes.
(64820)
440  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list those people who suggested abolition of the current pension system referred to in paragraph 36 of the summary of A New Contract for Welfare: Partnership in Pensions.
(64849)
441  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage of appeals submitted (a) for a paper hearing and (b) for an oral hearing to the Independent Tribunal Service were successful in each of the last three years; and in the case of paper hearings, if he will make it a duty of the Tribunal Service (i) to avail itself of the relevant information from the appellant's general practitioner and consultants or (ii) explain to the appellant that he should obtain this information for the tribunal.
(64660)
442  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what consultations are taking place regarding the replacement for the all work test for incapacity benefit; when the changes are planned to be introduced; and if he will make a statement.
(65068)
443  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many applications for disability living allowance were received by the Disability Benefits Unit in (a) 1996, (b) 1997 and (c) 1998; and what was the average length of time taken from the Unit receiving the application to the applicant being notified of the decision in each of the three years concerned.
(65039)
444  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the number of complaints referred to the Independent Case Examiner for the Child Support Agency indicating the number of complaints which have (a) been upheld and (b) resulted in compensation payments being made in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(65036)
445  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many individuals and organisations have responded to the consultation exercise on the Green Paper, Children First: a New Approach to Child Support.
(65037)
446  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, in how many cases disability living allowance has been awarded following an appeal to the Independent Tribunal Service (a) in respect of the care component of DLA, (b) in respect of the mobility component of DLA and (c) in respect of both the mobility and care components in the last three years for which figures are available.
(65040)
447  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what specific areas relating to industrial deafness the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council is reviewing; what progress is being made; and what other possible areas of industrial disease are being considered at present by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council.
(64974)
448  
  
Mr Allan Rogers (Rhondda):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the level of payment of Christmas bonuses to recipients of the state pension in the various member states of the European Union.
(65069)
449  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the amounts of unclaimed benefits in each Welsh constituency for each of the following (a) income support by (i) pensioners and (ii) non-pensioners, (b) housing benefit by (i) local authority and (ii) private tenants, (c) council tax benefit by (i) local authority tenants, (ii) private tenants and (iii) owner occupiers, (d) family credit by (i) couples and (ii) single parents, (e) disability living allowance and (f) attendance allowance.
(64659)
450  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list (a) by constituency and (b) by county the number of pensioners that have not taken up their income support entitlement in Wales in the last year for which figures are available.
(64657)
451  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the amount of unclaimed benefit by (a) local authority and (b) constituency in Wales in each of the past 10 years.
(64655)
452  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the total amount spent on welfare benefit advice in Wales in each of the past 10 years; and if he will estimate the amount of additional benefit claimed as a result of this expenditure in each of the past 10 years.
(64658)
453  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what instructions have been given to the Benefits Agency and other related agencies to expedite claims for benefits from victims of Gulf War Syndrome.
(64998)
454  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, in relation to North Staffordshire Benefits Agency, how many persons pension contributions have not been processed due to delays arising from the changeover of the computer dealing with retirement pension rights; what the reason is for the further projected delay in the changeover of the computer; what is the new projected date for the new computer to be in full working order; and what arrangements he has put in place to cover the period during which the computer is inoperative; how these arrangements have worked; and if he will make a statement.
¶A (65371)
455  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate, on the basis of the Family Resources Survey, and pooling years of data, the number of benefit units which contain at least one employee whose net earnings is in each £5,000 band up to £30,000 and above, indicating separately the figures for (i) lone parent families, (ii) two parent families with one child, (iii) two parent families with two children and (iv) two parent families with three or more children, providing within each category separate figures for those in (a) firms of up to 25 employees and (b) firms of 25 employees or more.
(64780)
456  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, on what take up rate for the stakeholder pension the figures of (a) £0.7 billion lost in lower National Insurance contributions through contracting out and (b) the extra state support of an initial £500 million are based.
(65235)
457  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the proportion of pensioners who will be dependent on income support in 2050 (a) on present policies and (b) under his proposed pensions policies.
(64707)
458  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps are taken to ensure access for disabled people to buildings used to hold disability living allowance independent tribunal service hearings.
¶A (65261)
459  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will indicate (a) what has been the total cost to date, including legal costs, of devising a compensation scheme for miners suffering from chronic bronchitis emphysema, (b) when he expects a scheme to be operative and (c) what is the number of cases currently formally lodged with solicitors.
(64700)
460  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will state (a) what has been the cost to date, including the legal costs, of devising a compensation scheme for miners suffering from vibration white finger, (b) when he expects a scheme to be operative and (c) what is the number of cases currently informally lodged with solicitors.
(64699)
461  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make it his policy that arms brokering is made subject to licensed approval under the same criteria as those contained in the EU Code of Conduct.
(64536)
462  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what amount of export credit guarantees are outstanding for Indonesia (a) for defence-related equipment and (b) for other goods.
(64533)
463  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the countries for which licences have been given for military and dual use goods since 1st May 1997, indicating the types of goods concerned.
(64532)
464  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export licences have been applied for and granted since 1st May 1997 for military and dual use goods; and how many licences were refused.
(64531)
465  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will ensure that the licensed production of arms by British companies requires that (a) deals to license arms production overseas have to pass the same checks as direct exports, including parliamentary reporting and (b) exports via UK licensed products overseas must require UK export licences.
(64534)
466  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to simplify the process of registration of patents in the United Kingdom.
(64643)
467  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on his Department's work to develop the UK as a high-productivity, high-skill knowledge economy.
¶A (65284)
468  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the number of people employed in the United Kingdom motor vehicle and parts industry (a) on the last date for which figures are available, (b) 10 years ago and (c) 20 years ago.
(64843)
469  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of government expenditure in each EU country has been on scientific research for each year since 1986-87.
(64842)
470  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made by the OFT in its investigation into competition in food retailing; and if he will make a statement.
(65074)
471  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make representations to the EU Commission concerning the reduction in population covered by assisted areas in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(65163)
472  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will consult with local authorities on revising UK assisted areas.
(65164)
473  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received on the level of funding from the regional development agencies for rural areas.
(65110)
474  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the term average cost, with reference to flights taken by Ministers in his Department, refers to the average cost per passenger.
(64719)
475  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he plans to lay national minimum wage regulations before the House of Commons.
(64766)
476  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received requesting an exemption for religious communities from the national minimum wage.
(64767)
477  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received from the home shopping industry in relation to consumer credit agreements; and if he will make a statement.
¶A (65306)
478  
N  
Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the implications of the introduction of parental leave for families on low incomes.
(63203)
479  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the Government has to review licensing requirements for strategic arms exports.
(65002)
480  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the Government has to legislate to implement the recommendations of the Scott Report.
(65001)
481  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if ministers in his Department will meet a deputation representing the British Activity Holiday Association.
(65260)
482  
  
Mr Allan Rogers (Rhondda):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many of the newly appointed members of the Higher Education Funding Council (Wales) are resident in Wales.
(65070)
483  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the the numbers in employment in Wales in each year since 1979.
(65092)
484  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the dates of the visits by the office of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools to Bedlinog Junior, Bedlinog Infants and Graig Bedlinog Infants schools to advise on the exercise of his powers under sections 35(1) and 167(1) of the Education Act 1996.
(64769)
485  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate his Department has made of the number of 16 and 17 year olds who are (a) in employment and (b) unemployed but have not qualified to NVQ level 2.
(64746)
486  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the dates upon which his professional advisers on school building visited Bedlinog Infants, Bedlinog Junior and Graig Bedlinog Infants schools in consideration of the exercise of his powers under sections 35(1) and 167(1) of the Education Act 1996.
(64768)
487  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) manufacturing and (b) service jobs created in Wales since May 1997; and how many jobs have been lost in the same period.
(65091)
488  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate his Department has made of the number of young people against whom sanctions have been taken for failure to comply with the New Deal.
(64745)
489  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of each of the current class sizes in (a) Bedlinog Junior, (b) Bedlinog Infants and (c) Graig Bedlinog Infants schools, Merthyr Tydfil; and what estimate he has made of each of these class sizes following the proposed reorganisation of the schools.
(64771)
490  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the financing of the Government's Investing in Young People strategy.
(64747)
491  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the teacher/pupil ratios at (a) Bedlinog Junior, (b) Bedlinog Infants and (c) Graig Bedlinog Infants schools; and what estimate he has made of the pupil/teacher ratio after the proposed reorganisation of the schools.
(64770)
492  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the counties in Wales that operate welfare rights units.
(64654)
493  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the counties that have independent welfare rights organisations.
(64652)
494  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will estimate the amount of public funds spent per 1,000 of population on welfare rights services for each local authority in Wales.
(64656)
495  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects to announce the outcome of the review of the adequacy of preventive controls over water pollution from oil and petrol storage installations in Wales.
(64933)
496  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assistance he plans to provide to homeless people in Wales over winter.
(64804)
497  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what, under the current arrangements made by the Welsh Office for the tenancy of Crickhowell House in Cardiff, are (a) the length of the lease and its final year, (b) the current rent and the provisions for review, (c) the repairing and other responsibilities of the lease and (d) the financial liability other than the rent at the commencement or termination of the lease.
¶A (65283)
498  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations his Department has made to the European Commission regarding economic indicators other than unemployment being used when determining which areas qualify for Objective 2 status.
(64749)
499  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is for each county in Wales the percentage increase in external support for revenue programmes from 1998-99 to 1999-2000.
¶A (65302)
500  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will estimate the total cost to local government in Wales in 1999-2000 of the 2 per cent. increase in employees' pension contribution rates; and if he will make a statement.
¶A (65262)
501  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the financial benefits to Wales of economic indicators other than unemployment being used to determine which areas qualify for Objective 2 status.
(64750)
502  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if the arrangement originally entered into by the Welsh Office for the lease of Crickhowell House, Cardiff, were in line with Treasury rules for the leasing of such property; what study was undertaken of comparable buildings in the area; and what rents were sought for leases of such alternative options.
¶A (65282)
503  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Health and Safety Executive regarding public safety at the Millennium Exhibition in Greenwich.
[Transferred] (64649)
504  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what arrangements have been made for the disposal of waste generated by the Millennium Exhibition at Greenwich.
[Transferred] (64650)
505  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if Liberal Democrat members of the Cabinet Joint Consultative Committee received briefings on the green paper on pensions before its contents were disclosed to honourable Members.
[Transferred] (64772)
506  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what provision will be made inside the Millennium Dome for the sale of books.
[Transferred] (64808)
507  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to include a display relating to the history of trade unions in the United Kingdom in the Millennium Dome.
[Transferred] (64807)
508  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what legislative authority the Environment Agency has to market-test or contract-out its flood defence emergency and routine maintenence functions.
[Transferred] (65094)
509  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what instructions (a) the Minister and (b) the Environment Agency has issued on the question of market-testing or contracting out aspects of its flood defence work.
[Transferred] (65093)
510  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimates he has made of the number of foreign language students visiting the UK who outstay the residence rights under the terms of their visas; and what investigations he has made of this matter.
[Transferred]¶A (65279)
511  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what training employees of the Independent Tribunal Service receive to ensure that they are aware of the special needs of people with a disability.
[Transferred]¶A (65271)


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