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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 14 January 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Thursday 14 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  Thursday 14 January, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Monday 18 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.
 


 
THURSDAY 14th JANUARY
1  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to the letter of 30th September from the Minister for Fisheries and the Countryside to the honourable Member for Linlithgow concerning habitats, if he will make a statement on the action planned for sand dunes.
(65384)
2  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the criteria he will operate to allow unrestricted sale of dietary supplements.
(65758)
3  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the expected timetable for the UK regulatory authorities to consider the report being produced by the European Commission on the environmental and health effects of the insecticide Lindane; and if the report will be published.
(66015)
4  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the current number of pesticides approved for use in the UK; and how many have (a) full approval and (b) provisional approval.
(66011)
5  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what guidance he has given to the departmental Ad Hoc Export Advisory Committee on Vitamins and Mineral Supplements in the light of research commissioned by his Department on vitamin B.
(65757)
6  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment the Pesticides Safety Directorate has made of the safety of the use of pesticides in school grounds and playing fields.
(66009)
7  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many of the pesticides in use in the UK which have only provisional approval have had this status for (a) one to three years, (b) three to five years and (c) more than five years; and if he will make a statement.
(66010)
8  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which Minister is in overall charge of the UK's strategy for meeting the challenge of climate change and sinkage in coastal areas.
(66045)
9  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish his proposals for coastal protection co-ordination for the rest of the period covered by the Comprehensive Spending Review.
(66040)
10  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, by how much in percentage terms (a) the highest rate of grant for coastal defence work and (b) the normal rate of grant have been reduced since 1997.
(66042)
11  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will initiate a review of the Halcrow study on coastal defence.
(66043)
12  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which EU countries have implemented EU directive 95/29/EC on live animal transport; and what representations he has made to those which have not.
(65735)
13  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assistance is being provided for farmers to diversify and to generate income from new sources.
(65707)
14  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what incentives and support his Department is providing to farmers to pursue an agri-environmentally-friendly farming policy.
(65706)
15  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will ensure the removal of the subsidy provided to tobacco farmers in Europe.
(65705)
16  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what independent scientific research on genetically engineered crops the regulatory authorities in the United Kingdom and the EU have access to; and what are the arrangements for licensing such research.
(66016)
17  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what research his Department has funded into the engineering design of grain stores to enable grain to be safely stored without the use of added chemicals.
(66012)
18  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if agricultural crops engineered to contain biopesticides will be regulated as foods or pesticides; and if he will make a statement.
(66013)
19  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the member states of the European Union which have set maximum levels for mite contamination in food.
(66018)
20  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the amounts of pesticides used in grain stores in the UK.
(66014)
21  
  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many (a) live sheep and (b) live pigs were exported from (i) the United Kingdom and (ii) the port of Dover in 1998 for (1) slaughter, (2) further fattening and (3) breeding; and how many (x) live sheep and (y) live pigs in each of these categories were exported to each individual country of destination.
(65787)
22  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the recommendations in Professor Kennedy's report, Quarantine and Rabies--A Reappraisal, which would require primary legislation; and if he will make a statement.
(65502)
23  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects to publish a consultation paper relating to the Animal Health (Amendment) Act 1998; and when he expects the Act to come into force.
(65504)
24  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received on implementing the proposed changes to the quarantine laws by (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation; and if he will make a statement.
(65503)
25  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what controls are used to assess (a) competitiveness and (b) relative costs, and what measures he takes to limit those costs when purchasing printed matter from The Stationery Office.
(66093)
26  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will up-date last October's List of Ministerial Responsibilities.
(65773)
27  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what advice he has received from commercial broadcasters as to the ability of a digitally-broadcast education service to be self-financing.
(65687)
28  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to fund a digital broadcasting service to support the GCSE curriculum.
(65685)
29  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to inform digital television licence holders of his plans for a digital broadcast education service to support the GCSE curriculum.
(65695)
30  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the implications for BBC Education Services of the establishment of publicly-funded digital broadcast service to support the GCSE curriculum.
(65694)
31  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much National Lottery money has been paid for architects' and consultants' fees for each of the Millennium Landmark projects to date; and what is the forecast total cost of each project.
(65742)
32  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to create new incentives and grants to develop tourist attractions in the UK and create new jobs in the tourism industry.
(65717)
33  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of jobs in the North West depend on tourism.
(65713)
34  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the turnover from tourism in the UK in each year for the next five years.
(65721)
35  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support is given to the animation industry in the United Kingdom by his Department.
(65714)
36  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the costs to his Department of reducing the television licence for pensioners to £25; and if he will assess the benefits of introducing this measure.
(65716)
37  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the costs to his Department of reducing the television licence for pensioners to £40; and if he will assess the benefits of introducing this measure.
(65715)
38  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much revenue and what new grants have been made available to promote tourism in the North West in 1998.
(65718)
39  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much revenue was generated through tourism by overseas visitors in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what estimates he has made of projected turnover for the next five years.
(65712)
40  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what grants are available to promote the conversion of farmhouses for tourism in the North West.
(65719)
41  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimates he has made of the number of people employed in tourism.
(65720)
42  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will recognise the work of Charles Darwin in the Millennium Dome.
(66049)
43  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British Gulf War veterans have subsequently tested positive for depleted uranium poisoning having not exhibited symptoms during examination by Medical Assessment Programme physicians which indicated a requirement for a specific referral to another agency or organisation for depleted uranium testing.
(65974)
44  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the standard battery, of tests routinely carried out on Medical Assessment Programme patients does not include a specific test to detect depleted uranium.
(65973)
45  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he had with the BBC concerning the BBC's handling of the Iraq conflict; and if he will make a statement.
(65645)
46  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the home of Mr Tony Geraghty has been searched by MoD Police and his computer files and other material seized.
(65472)
47  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the letter of 3rd October 1998 (D/Min/DP/Jb3521/98/M) from the Minister of State for Defence Procurement to the honourable Member for Linlithgow, what progress was made in 1998 by his Department in reducing its use of controlled substances under the Montreal Protocol whenever acceptable alternatives were available, and to minimising emissions of materials where they must still be used; and if he will provide specific examples.
(65388)
48  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the Baghdad Museum of Natural History was hit by US and UK forces; and what is his assessment of the damage done.
(65681)
49  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the expenditure by his Department on paying journalists (a) as an asset, (b) as an assistant, (c) as on side, and (d) on a keep your eyes open basis, over the period from June 1997 to June 1998.
(65465)
50  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many technical support personnel are required to support the deployment away from existing RAF bases of flights of four or eight Tornado aircraft; and how many will be required for similar flights of Eurofighter aircraft.
(65754)
51  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the forecast service life of (a) Eurofighter and (b) Jaguar aircraft engines.
(65732)
52  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the crew number of the (a) Trafalgar and (b) Vanguard class of submarines.
(65739)
53  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the forecast service life for (a) Project Horizon and (b) Type 22 ships.
(65729)
54  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the total number of departmental personnel treated at NHS hospitals; how many operations were carried out on them; and what was the cost to his Department in each of the last five years.
(65780)
55  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the cash limit placed on work by his Department at the RN Hospital, Haslar in each of the last five years.
(65783)
56  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how frequently radiation surveys are undertaken at the entrance to reactor compartments during work on nuclear submarines at Rosyth dockyard.
(65726)
57  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what experiments have been carried out at the Royal Navy Physiological Laboratory in the last 12 months; what animals were involved; and what was the purpose of the experiments.
(65734)
58  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the cost of his Department's review of MoD medical services.
(65743)
59  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the forecast service life of (a) Harrier GR7 and (b) Jaguar aircraft airframes.
(65731)
60  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the forecast hull life of the (a) Astute and (b) Vanguard class of submarines.
(65738)
61  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many consultants, employed by his Department, (a) work and (b) are based for the majority of their time at the RN Hospital, Haslar.
(65779)
62  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what service life has been achieved to date and what is forecast for Canberra aircraft in service with the RAF.
(65733)
63  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the anticipated reactor life of the (a) Astute and (b) Swiftsure class of submarines.
(65741)
64  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the interval between major refits for HMS 'Ark Royal'.
(65730)
65  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses have been employed and by which Government department at the RN Hospital, Haslar in each of the last five years.
(65784)
66  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what instruments are used to monitor personnel leaving the reactor compartments of nuclear submarines at Rosyth dockyard.
(65737)
67  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of supervisors in the Health Physics Section at Rosyth dockyard are qualified to City & Guilds Part 1 Radiation and Safety Practice standards.
(65727)
68  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the forecast service life of each of the three aircraft carriers in service with the Royal Navy; and what will be the (a) design life and (b) design interval between major refits of the proposed replacement carriers.
(65910)
69  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the total cost for non-departmental work at the RN Hospital, Haslar and how many operations were performed on non-MOD personnel in each of the last five years.
(65781)
70  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the displacement of the (a) Swiftsure and (b) Trafalgar class of submarines.
(65740)
71  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the average time between major refits for (a) Type 22 and (b) Type 23 ships.
(65753)
72  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the budget for the refurbishing of his Department's Future Head Office.
(65627)
73  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many New Deal candidates have taken up appointments in his Department; what percentage they are of his Department's civilian workforce; and what their appointments are.
(65626)
74  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many patents are held by DERA; and what value his Department places on DERA's patent portfolio.
(65631)
75  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he intends to make a decision about the future of DERA.
(65630)
76  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he intends to publish a joint service guide to ethics and discipline for the armed forces.
(65628)
77  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage golden share his Department will maintain in the reorganised DERA.
(65632)
78  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the cost to public funds of establishing a digital broadcast service to support the GCSE curriculum in (a) year one, (b) year two and (c) year three of operation.
(65684)
79  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many bids have been received in response to the tender for the provision of digital broadcasting services to support the GCSE curriculum; and from which companies.
(65689)
80  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will place a copy of the tender document for the provision of digital broadcasting services to support the GCSE curriculum in the Library.
(65686)
81  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to encourage (a) schools, (b) individuals and (c) others to subscribe to a new digital broadcast channel to support the GCSE curriculum.
(65693)
82  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what advertising, subscription and sponsorship revenue sources will be permitted to the provider of digital broadcast services to support the GCSE curriculum.
(65691)
83  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which national curriculum subjects will be supported by a digitally-broadcast education service.
(65688)
84  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what role his Department has in the tendering process for the provision of digital broadcasting services to support the GCSE curriculum.
(65690)
85  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidance his Department gives on the maximum time which local education authorities should take to produce a statement of special educational needs; and what procedures are in place to measure compliance with this guidance.
(65785)
86  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the basis for the statement in the application and associated papers that the Employment Service supports the amended planning application made by Havering Borough Council for development on a site of special scientific interest at Rainham Marsh in Havering.
(65906)
87  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many non-EEA nurses have been given work permits for UK hospitals in each of the last five years; and how many of these are (a) for one year only and (b) for longer than one year.
(66053)
88  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment his Department has made of the performance of the Edison Project in running schools in the United States of America; what discussions he has held on its possible use to run schools in (a) education action zones and (b) other areas where those schools are deemed to have failed; what is his policy towards the use of profit-making organisations to run state schools; and if he will make a statement.
(65917)
89  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, for how many of the specific grants for education competitive bidding was required in (a) 1985, (b) 1992, (c) 1997 and (d) 1998.
(65511)
90  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list, for each annual programme of specific grants for education since 1992, whether the circulars issued were submitted for consultation.
(65512)
91  
  
Mr John McAllion (Dundee East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will place in the Library copies of the contents of Public Record Office file FS27/486 relating to the Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Contracting Industry.
(65766)
92  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment his Department has made of the phono-graphics method of teaching children to read, with particular reference to children with dyslexia.
(65618)
93  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the number of supply teachers employed within each local education authority at the latest date for which information is available.
(65909)
94  
N  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proposals he has to discourage age discrimination; and if he will make a statement.
(64051)
95  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what recent representations he has received on age discrimination.
(64052)
96  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what information (a) his Department and (b) English Partnerships holds relating to contamination of land at Rainham Marsh in Havering; and if he will place such information in the Library.
(65901)
97  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if English Partnerships has made determination in respect of the suitability of land at Rainham Marsh in Havering for (a) development and (b) regeneration; and if he will place copies in the Library.
(65900)
98  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the potential for recycling waste oils.
(65892)
99  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons English Partnerships has made an application for planning permission on a site of special scientific interest at Rainham Marsh in Havering in identical terms to an application previously made by Havering Borough Council; and subsequently withdrew it.
(65902)
100  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is his policy that it be a requirement of all industry standards and the Building Regulations that sewerage and drainage pipes should not be split or otherwise damaged as the result of cleaning activities.
(65888)
101  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what powers English Partnerships possesses to (a) make and (b) support planning applications on land in respect of which he has not given directions or consent as to its suitability for (a) regeneration and (b) development.
(65904)
102  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much of the public and private sewerage network is currently subject to (a) infiltration and (b) exfiltration.
(65885)
103  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the necessary change in investment in the sewerage system following the inclusion of the condition of sewerage assets in the new sustainable development indicators.
(65886)
104  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will raise the standards for pipes used for underground drainage in the review of Part H of the Building Regulations to ensure they are not vulnerable to damage from (a) conventional rodding and (b) high pressure jetting.
(65890)
105  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the review of Part H of the Building Regulations will be concluded.
(65889)
106  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what (a) directions and (b) consents have been given to English Partnerships relating to the possible (i) regeneration and (ii) development of Rainham Marsh; and if he will place copies in the Library.
(65899)
107  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of burning waste oil.
(65891)
108  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if English Partnerships supports the amended planning application made by Havering Borough Council for development on a site of special scientific interest at Rainham Marsh in Havering; and if he will make a statement.
(65903)
109  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the water companies OFWAT has penalised for failing to meet their targets on flooding from sewers and collapses (a) between 1990 and 1995 and (b) from 1995 to date.
(65887)
110  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much of the waste oils produced in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the European Union are (i) recovered and recycled and (ii) burnt as fuel, as (1) a quantity and (2) a percentage in each case.
(65893)
111  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the latest draft of the proposed Used Oil Directive.
(65894)
112  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, by what means he plans to deliver his target of quadrupling cycling by 2012; and if he will make a statement.
(65679)
113  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to ban the import of all forms of asbestos; if he will list those members of the EU which have introduced such a ban; and if he will make a statement.
(66058)
114  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many gallons of water have been extracted by Thames Water from the River Darenth in each of the last five years; and how many gallons it is estimated will be extracted in each of the next five years.
(66008)
115  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his estimate of the number of unadopted roads in England.
(65896)
116  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his current estimate of the number of unadopted roads made up in each of the last five years, excluding newly-built estates.
(65897)
117  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the financial allocation made to local authorities for the making up of unadopted roads in the local government settlement 1999-2000.
(65898)
118  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of people who live on unadopted roads in England.
(65895)
119  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to publish his consultation paper on the treatment of contaminated land.
(66091)
120  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his plans to reduce UK emissions of carbon dioxide by 20 per cent. on 1990's total by the year 2010.
(66041)
121  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the proposals in his Integrated Transport White Paper which (a) require primary legislation, (b) require secondary legislation and (c) can be implemented under current legislation.
(66044)
122  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of new housing was built on greenfield sites in each year from 1992 to 1998.
(65759)
123  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he will require town and parish councils to take as part of his plans for the modernisation of local government.
(65772)
124  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what responses he has received to his consultation paper on a waste strategy, Less Waste More Value; what is the timescale for implementation of that waste strategy; what conclusions he has reached on the subjects of (a) waste minimisation and (b) recycling; and if he will make a statement.
(65769)
125  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what advice he has sought regarding the strategy to be pursued to achieve the Government's waste re-cycling targets for Greater London; how the Government intends to achieve these targets without placing greater reliance on landfill sites; what is his strategy regarding incineration and the development of CHP; and if he will make a statement.
(65771)
126  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what role he envisages for incineration in achieving his waste strategy for London; what plans he has to place a moratorium on the development or expansion of incinerator capacity; what advice his Department will issue to local authorities on (a) the scale of any future facilities and (b) the length of disposal contracts for incineration; and if he will make a statement.
(65770)
127  
  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much was paid (a) in total and (b) to individual bus companies under the bus fuel rebate scheme in each of the last five years.
(66017)
128  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 16th December, Official Report column 540, if he will make a statement on the way in which the Government will take into account future financial settlements with regards to the increased costs to local authorities of increased public access to the countryside.
(66057)
129  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to issue supplementary guidance to planning guidance on telecommunications masts under PPG(8).
(65616)
130  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to be able to announce his decision on the funding of noise amelioration measures on the A404(M) following the recommendation of the independent report commissioned by the Highways Agency.
(65615)
131  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he has taken to ensure that United Kingdom passenger aircraft are millennium compliant.
(65084)
132  
N  
Ms Sandra Osborne (Ayr):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish the report by Credit Suisse on the proposed public/private partnership for national air traffic services and assess its implications for the PFI contract for the new Scottish centre.
(65418)
133  
N  
Ms Sandra Osborne (Ayr):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the International Civil Aviation Organisation has agreed that the UK Government will continue to provide air traffic services for the Northern Atlantic operation in the event of a public/private partnership for national air traffic services.
(65419)
134  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how London Underground will be funded when the central government grant is phased out in 2000.
(66094)
135  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has following the case in the Queen's Bench Division between L.Benson and Copeland Borough Council to seek to restore the previous position whereby the spouse of a licence holder could use a private hire vehicle for any purpose other than for hire.
(65872)
136  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if Her Majesty's Government supports the application of the Biosafety Protocol's proposed procedures for Advanced Informed Agreement to agricultural commodities and commodities designated for processing, where such commodities contain genetically modified organisms or parts thereof; and if he will oppose any attempts in the protocol negotiations to exclude such commodities from the AIA procedures.
(66036)
137  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if Her Majesty's Government supports proposals to include provisions in the Biosafety Protocol to allow countries to take socio-economic considerations into account when reaching a decision on whether to grant advanced informed agreement to allow the proposed import of a GMO to proceed.
(65963)
138  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, whether his Department will support proposals to include provisions for a regime for strict liability within the Biosafety Protocol.
(65962)
139  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the appropriate measure of inflation for defining the inflation target; and if he plans to introduce an inflation target defined in terms of the harmonised index of consumer prices.
(65678)
140  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the UK oil tax revenues from 1999-2000 onwards assuming an oil price of 10 US dollars per barrel; and if he will make a statement.
(65701)
141  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what public consultation took place before setting the objectives and targets detailed in the departmental public service agreements; and if he will make a statement.
(65709)
142  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he has put in place to achieve his policy of reducing the differential between yields on German and British long-term government debt; what bench mark maturity and yield differential he is using for this target; and if he will make a statement.
(65677)
143  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to announce the new government spending plans for the years beyond 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.
(65711)
144  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is his policy to create an independent auditing process for the targets contained in the departmental public service agreements; and if he will make a statement.
(65708)
145  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the reasons for the planned departure of his Press Secretary, Mr Charles Whelan; and what is Mr Whelan's expected date of departure from the Treasury.
(65700)
146  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is his policy to introduce a 10 pence starter rate of income tax within the current Parliament; and if he will make a statement.
(65710)
147  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to adopt the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices as a target measure for inflation.
(66054)
148  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department will publish the final version of PFI Technical Note 1 on How to Account for PFI transactions.
(65501)
149  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will answer the letter dated 5th October 1998 from the Right honourable Member for Wells addressed to the last Paymaster General about the additional cost to the taxpayer of the funding method chosen for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
(65620)
150  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects his Special Adviser, Mr Charlie Whelan, to resign.
(65515)
151  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out the severance pay arrangements for his Special Adviser, Mr Charlie Whelan.
(65518)
152  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what safeguards he is putting in place to ensure that his Special Adviser, Mr Charlie Whelan, will not be able to make use of his knowledge of confidential policy matters when he takes up new employment.
(65513)
153  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Special Adviser, Mr Charlie Whelan, has access to confidential Budget policy papers.
(65514)
154  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the claim by Mr Scott Ritter that UNSCOM supplied information to five countries in return for intelligence from their sources; and if he will make a statement.
(66102)
155  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had with the BBC concerning the BBC's handling of the Iraq conflict; and if he will make a statement.
(65646)
156  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the cost of recent damage to the British Council offices in Damascus.
(65386)
157  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions he has made use of Chevening House; and how many of these occasions have included (a) official government business and (b) the reception of official visitors.
(66006)
158  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what prices were accepted by his Department for the British Ambassador's residence and associated property which were for sale by public tender on 2nd December.
(65683)
159  
  
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the British Consul in Yemen has been allowed to see the fifth British national detained; and if he will make a statement on the role of the Foreign Office regarding the detention of the five British nationals.
(66089)
160  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Guatemalan government concerning the legal case of Mr Bruce Harris; and if he will make a statement.
(65912)
161  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the situation in Sierra Leone.
(65699)
162  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on reports that information obtained by UNSCOM inspectors in Iraq was made available to the United States government; if any such information was made available to Her Majesty's Government; what enquiries he has made into such reports; and what discussions he has had with the US government concerning these reports.
(65696)
163  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what evidence he has obtained of British companies supplying weapons to (a) the Congo, (b) Uganda and (c) Liberia; and if he will make a statement.
(65698)
164  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what evidence he has obtained of possible breaches of the UN embargo on arms supplies to Sierra Leone; what investigation he has ordered into reports of such breaches; and if he will make a statement.
(65703)
165  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps have been taken by the Government to publicise the legal position on the supply of arms to Sierra Leone since the publication of the Legg Report; and if he will make a statement.
(65704)
166  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what evidence he has obtained of British companies supplying weapons to Sierra Leone; what investigation he has ordered into reports of such supplies; and if he will make a statement.
(65702)
167  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the situation in Kosovo.
(65682)
168  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the situation in Iraq.
(65697)
169  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will define the extent of British waters around Gibraltar.
(65505)
170  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of Spanish fishing boats based in Algeciras Bay.
(65510)
171  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many incursions into British waters around Gibraltar have been made by Spanish fishing boats in each of the last three years.
(65509)
172  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many arrests of Spanish fishermen unlawfully fishing in British waters around Gibraltar have been made in each of the last three years.
(65508)
173  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the definition of the status quo with regard to the activities of Spanish fishing boats in British waters around Gibraltar
(65507)
174  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what evidence he has evaluated of the use by Spanish fishermen in British waters around Gibraltar of unlawful fishing equipment.
(65506)
175  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people received ECT (a) with and (b) without consent in each of the last five years.
(65908)
176  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list all NHS trust and health authority appointments which were not made by the due date and which remained outstanding on 1st January.
(65768)
177  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he expects the findings of the Health Advisory Service 2000 Report, Not Because They are Old, are required to be reflected in service agreements for commissioning acute hospital services.
(65321)
178  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what initiatives he is taking to improve the recuperation and rehabilitation services available for older people.
(65323)
179  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the findings of the Health Advisory Service 2000 Report, Not Because They Are Old, will be reflected in the development of improvement programmes.
(65325)
180  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the timetable for National Health Service trusts to take action to ensure they have in place adequate resources and quality assurance systems for older people in hospital.
(65319)
181  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department's corporate governance agenda is to be implemented in relation to services for older people.
(65320)
182  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review the workforce issues identified by the Health Advisory Service 2000 Report, Not Because They Are Old, with particular reference to staffing levels, skill mix, education and development, management arrangements and support systems.
(65322)
183  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the development of a National Service framework for the care of older people; and when the consultation will take place.
(65324)
184  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will carry out a review of the merits of integrating care of the elderly with acute medical services.
(65335)
185  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the current estimate of (a) the number of full-time nurses in post and (b) the number of unfilled nursing vacancies in (i) the North Thames Region, (ii) the South Thames Region, (iii) Ealing/Hounslow Health Authority and (iv) Richmond/Kingston Health Authority.
(66055)
186  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish data on the number of agency nurses currently employed, in relation to full-time establishments in (a) each hospital trust and (b) each health authority and region.
(66052)
187  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish data on nursing vacancies in relation to full-time establishments in (a) each hospital trust and (b) each health authority and region.
(66051)
188  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission trials to assess the efficacy of nutritional therapy in treating mental health problems.
(65975)
189  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking to ensure that doctors are aware of evidence linking nutrition and forms of mental illness.
(65976)
190  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to implement nutritional teaching for medical students, as proposed in the 1995 Health of the Nation document.
(65977)
191  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the membership of the Committee which determined the weighted capitation formula, indicating in each case the member's employer and whom the member represents.
(66101)
192  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the amount spent on private sector health care in each health authority area in the last year for which figures are available.
(66096)
193  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the level of price increases which the Royal London Hospital Trust has charged health authorities using its services (a) last year and (b) in the current year; what is the proposed increase for next year; what measures it is taking to achieve its three per cent. efficiency savings target; and if he will make a statement.
(66100)
194  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets for the reduction of sickness absence rates have been set for NHS trusts in England for the period to (a) 2001 and (b) 2003; and what account was taken in setting these targets of trusts' individual current sickness absence rates.
(65911)
195  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each health authority the average wage according to the market forces staff factor of the weighted capitation formula.
(66095)
196  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress made on the Government's report on the implementation of the United Nations convention on children's rights; and if he will make a statement.
(65255)
197  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the role of (a) children's rights commissioners, (b) children's ombudspersons and (c) independent officers for children in other European countries; and if he will publish the results.
(65256)
198  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to tackle recruitment problems in physiotherapy.
(66039)
199  
N  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many asylum seekers have required treatment for (a) nutritional disease, (b) psychological illnesses and (c) AIDS-related illnesses in the last three years.
(65470)
200  
N  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the cost to the NHS of treating asylum seekers in each of the last three years
(65469)
201  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what new funding will be made available in 1999-2000 for grants under the Opportunities for Volunteering scheme.
(66092)
202  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what investment his Department has made in facilities at the RN Hospital, Haslar in each of the last five years.
(65782)
203  
N  
Sir David Madel (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to make a decision on the proposal to merge the South Bedfordshire Community Health Care Trust and the Bedford and Shires Health Care Trust; and if he will make a statement.
(65516)
204  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the average pay levels for each nursing grade from 1992 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(66048)
205  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve the procedures for the establishment of new NHS dentists with particular reference to the length of time taken to reach a decision.
(66056)
206  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the number of (a) general and (b) acute NHS hospital beds (i) nationally and (ii) in Shropshire for each year from 1992 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(66050)
207  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the total number of nurse training places for each year from 1992 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(66046)
208  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the percentage pay increases to nurses for each year from 1992 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(66047)
209  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what Government funding is available for voluntary organisations that assist child abuse sufferers.
(65968)
210  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the United Kingdom suffer from (a) anglusia, (b) anosmia, and (c) both anglusia and anosmia; what research his Department (i) is conducting and (ii) has commissioned into the (A) cause and (B) treatment of these problems; and if loss of these senses is defined by his Department as a disability.
(65619)
211  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what respresentations he has recently received from (a) Right honourable and honourable Members and (b) others in relation to the Medicines Control Agency Consultation Document MLX 249; and how many of these representations (a) broadly supported and (b) broadly opposed the detail of the proposals.
(65723)
212  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the draft Statutory Instrument published on 6th November by the Medicines Control Agency in Consultation Document MLX 249 was at that time circulated to Right honourable and honourable Members; if he approved that draft Statutory Instrument; and if it is the intention of the Agency to seek implementation of that draft Statutory Instrument by 1st April.
(65722)
213  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that dentists engaging in cosmetic dentistry are skilled in the relevant techniques.
(65788)
214  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what initiatives the Government is undertaking to address problems faced by young carers.
(66059)
215  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ensure that the London Fire Brigade can meet any additional fire risk associated with the Millennium Dome.
(66090)
216  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each of the last five years (a) the number of individuals imprisoned following conviction on charges of false accounting, (b) the average sentence and (c) the longest sentence.
(65606)
217  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each of the last five years (a) the number of individuals imprisoned following conviction on charges of obtaining property by deception in cases of mortgage fraud, (b) the average sentence and (c) the longest sentence.
(65602)
218  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each of the last five years the number of offenders convicted of offences of obtaining property by deception involving mortgage fraud sentenced to community service.
(65605)
219  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each of the last five years the number of offenders convicted on charges of false accounting sentenced to community service.
(65604)
220  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each of the last five years (a) the number of individuals imprisoned following conviction on charges of false accounting in cases of mortgage fraud, (b) the average sentence and (c) the longest sentence.
(65603)
221  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each of the last five years the number of individuals convicted of offences of false accounting involving mortgage fraud sentenced to community service.
(65599)
222  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each of the last five years (a) the number of individuals fined following conviction on charges of obtaining property by deception in cases of mortgage fraud, (b) the average fine and (c) the highest fine.
(65600)
223  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each of the last five years the number of offenders convicted on charges of obtaining property by deception sentenced to community service.
(65601)
224  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions were brought for false accounting in each of the last five years; and how many of these related to instances of mortgage fraud.
(65612)
225  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each of the last five years (a) the number of individuals fined following conviction on charges of false accounting, (b) the average fine and (c) the highest fine.
(65613)
226  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals were convicted of false accounting in each of the last five years; and how many of these related to instances of mortgage fraud.
(65610)
227  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals were convicted of obtaining property by deception in each of the last five years; and how many of these related to instances of mortgage fraud.
(65611)
228  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list, for each of the last five years (a) the number of individuals fined following conviction on charges of false accounting in cases of mortgage fraud, (b) the average fine and (c) the highest fine.
(65614)
229  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each of the last five years (a) the number of individuals imprisoned following conviction on charges of obtaining property by deception, (b) the average sentence and (c) the longest sentence.
(65607)
230  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions were brought for obtaining property by deception in each of the last five years; and how many of these related to instances of mortgage fraud.
(65609)
231  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each of the last five years (a) the number of individuals fined following conviction on charges of obtaining property by deception, (b) the average fine and (c) the highest fine.
(65608)
232  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list each derogation from Article 8 of the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC which he plans to provide to the Commission pursuant to Article 8(6) of that Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(65981)
233  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list (a) the uses made of the Electoral Register for non-electoral purposes and (b) those bodies which have indicated to his review of the use of the Electoral Register for non-electoral purposes that they access the Register; and if he will make a statement.
(65967)
234  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to ensure that all reasonable steps are being taken by the security service to ensure that, when processing personal data for the purpose of assisting the police, the data are processed in a way compatible with section 29 of the Data Protection Act 1998.
(65980)
235  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of criminal conviction certificates which will be issued per year; and what plans he has to introduce a code of practice governing the use of such certificates.
(65965)
236  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is government policy to encourage the use of the criminal conviction certificate in the assessment of candidates for employment.
(65966)
237  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the practice of enforced subject access to police records for purposes which are not related to employment; and if he will make a statement.
(65964)
238  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the cost of providing police protection at Chevening House, Kent in the last year for which figures are available; and what is the additional daily cost when the Foreign Secretary is in residence.
(66007)
239  
N  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been found to be requiring NHS treatment on arrival in the United Kingdom in the past three years.
(65468)
240  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received concerning the time taken to process applications for the renewal of visas for foreign nationals currently living in the United Kingdom; and what steps he has taken to reduce the time.
(65728)
241  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many citizens of Slovenia are currently being detained in the UK as illegal immigrants; and what were the equivalent figures for each of the last three years.
(65736)
242  
  
Mr Andy King (Rugby and Kenilworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will legislate to ensure that all greyhound tracks are required to subscribe to a national registration scheme.
(65877)
243  
  
Mr Andy King (Rugby and Kenilworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will implement a betting levy on greyhound races to be used in establishing a national monitoring authority to supervise races in respect of animal welfare issues.
(65876)
244  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many British citizens entitled to vote in British elections currently live overseas.
(66098)
245  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will exempt adult volunteers working in youth organisations from paying the fee required by the Criminal Records Bureau for checks on full-time employees working with young people.
[R] (65871)
246  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list by each police authority area how many breathalysed drivers were deemed to have exceeded the legal limit between Christmas and the New Year in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(65873)
247  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many probation officers are currently in training.
(65764)
248  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the prospects for a national shortage of qualified probation officers based on current projections of annual turnover, natural wastage and numbers in training.
(65786)
249  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many probation officers were in training in each year from 1990 to the latest year for which figures are available.
(65765)
250  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many compensation claims have been made to each police force in England for firearms reloading presses indicating the number (a) approved and (b) paid.
(65775)
251  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claims for compensation have been received to date for (a) Lee Progressive and (b) RCBS Firearms reloading presses; and how many have been (i) approved and (ii) paid.
(65776)
252  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on the future use of impeachment.
(65774)
253  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the extra costs to police forces in England and Wales of policing millennium celebrations; and what plans he has to provide additional resources to meet those costs.
(65883)
254  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the Government's responsibilities to people recruited through the Inter University Council as regards pensions and superannuation.
(65115)
255  
N  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what has been the total cost of providing legal aid to asylum seekers in (a) asylum cases, (b) criminal cases and (c) other cases in the past three years.
(65467)
256  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what powers he has to reduce the closure period of official decennial census records; what representations he has received requesting the reduction of the closure period of official decennial census records; and if he will instruct the Public Record Office to reduce the closure period of official decennial census records to 75 years.
(65913)
257  
N  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what representations he received from Derbyshire Dales District Council about the closure of magistrates courts in West Derbyshire before he made his decision.
(65438)
258  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many students are enrolled at Clifton Special Care School, Bangor; if a nurse is available in the school; and if she will make a statement.
(65960)
259  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the number of retired teachers who subsequently returned to teach for limited periods in primary schools for the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement about opportunities for recently trained teachers.
(65959)
260  
  
Miss Melanie Johnson (Welwyn Hatfield):    To ask the President of the Council, what plans she has for the Standing Committee on Regional Affairs.
(65972)
261  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list (a) the dates on which Cabinet meetings have taken place since 1st September 1998 and (b) which of those meetings were attended by (i) the Minister of Transport and (ii) the Minister for the Environment.
(65517)
262  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he had with the Bahraini Head of State about (a) democracy and (b) human and civil rights in that country during his recent meeting; and if he will make a statement.
(65914)
263  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the Russian Prime Minister about his statement concerning the bombardment of Iraq.
(65387)
264  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, if the phrase used by his official spokesman on 21st December 1998 concerning the intellect of the Right honourable Member for Folkestone and Hythe was used with his authority.
(65680)
265  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 15th December, Official Report, columns 458-9, on special advisers, if he will list the assumed or equivalent Civil Service grade of each of the listed special advisers.
(65916)
266  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the assumed or equivalent Civil Service grades of each of the special advisers employed in his Office.
(65915)
267  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many United Kingdom nominations his office received for New Year and Birthday Honours in 1998; and how many United Kingdom honours were awarded in (a) the 1998 Birthday List and (b) the 1999 New Year List.
(65905)
268  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the timescale for the clean-up of the area within two kilometres of the outfall pipe of UKAEA Dounreay; what action has been taken by UKAEA to identify the source of the escaped irradiated nuclear fuel fragments; what action has been taken by UKAEA to clear Sandside beach of all such fragments; when the fishing restriction in this area will next be reviewed by SEPA; what is the nature of SEPA's monitoring of the specified area; what monitoring is carried out on the land and sea adjacent to the specified area; and what scientific advice he has been given, and from whom, regarding the risk to humans on Sandside beach from direct contact with radioactive particles from UKAEA Dounreay.
(65051)
269  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what resources he is providing for the Organic Aid Scheme in Scotland in the current financial year.
(65647)
270  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which NHS trusts and health boards are currently connected to the NHSnet; when he expects every NHS trust and health board to have a link to the NHSnet; what future resources will be required to (a) complete and (b) support this service; and what resources have been allocated to this project (i) this year and (ii) in each of the next three financial years.
(65762)
271  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if full use of the NHSnet requires (a) GP practices and (b) NHS trusts connected to the NHSnet to have compatible software and hardware; and which companies have supplied the hardware and software for the project.
(65763)
272  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he expects all GP practices in Scotland to have a link to the NHSnet; what resources have been allocated to this project (a) this year and (b) in each of the next three financial years; what resources will be required to (i) complete and (ii) support this service; and what is the estimated cost saving over the next five years.
(65760)
273  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many and what percentage of GP practices are currently connected to the NHSnet.
(65761)
274  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will ensure that, in making arrangements for dealing with asylum seekers, his Department holds discussions with organisations expert in the provision of (a) social welfare, (b) housing and (c) legal advice to (i) Vietnamese boat people and (ii) Bosnian refugees.
(65254)
275  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if, in the implementation of the proposals in the Asylum Seekers White Paper, he will ensure the retention of the partnership arrangements between the Scottish Office, COSLA and local authorities for supporting asylum-seekers while their applications are being considered.
(65116)
276  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Home Office regarding the proposals in the White Paper on Asylum Seekers to disperse asylum seekers outside London.
(65117)
277  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he expects to issue revised details and guidelines in respect of the Agricultural Business Improvement Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(65644)
278  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many child psychiatrists are currently employed in the NHS in Scotland.
(65879)
279  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement about the availability of psychiatric services for young people, with particular reference to rural areas.
(65878)
280  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the hospitals in Scotland which have acute beds and in each case the number of (a) intensive care beds, (b) high dependency beds and (c) other acute beds.
(65082)
281  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is his estimate of the average net cost to public funds of the social security payments made to each unemployed person included in the monthly claimant count for the latest year for which figures are available.
(65648)
282  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if it is the Government's eventual aim to have the basic state pension increased in line with average earnings.
(65882)
283  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans the Government has to replace the London Organised Fraud Investigation Team with a new anti-fraud body.
(65445)
284  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what progress has been made towards developing a public communication strategy for fraud and welfare reform.
(65457)
285  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on the measures taken to strengthen the vetting procedures for staff involved in issuing national insurance numbers.
(65462)
286  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what progress has been made on the creation of a comprehensive performance measurement framework for fraud and anti-fraud activity.
(65441)
287  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the results have been of the Government's exploration of risk-management techniques to analyse benefit processing in order to shape anti-fraud policies.
(65454)
288  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the code of practice for data-matching between different agencies, mentioned in the Green Paper, Beating Fraud is Everyone's Business, paragraph 5.2.7 was published.
(65449)
289  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many reports have been completed by the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate; how many have been submitted to ministers; and how many have been published.
(65450)
290  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, on what dates the ministerial group established to oversee anti-fraud strategy, announced in the Green Paper, Beating Fraud is Everyone's Business, has met.
(65461)
291  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of debt owed by fraudsters to his Department is currently being recovered; what is the average length of time between successful prosecution and recovery of debt; and what the equivalent figures were for each of the previous five years.
(65439)
292  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the Government has come to a conclusion on the value of investing in a national intelligence system to counter serious fraud.
(65447)
293  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what progress has been made on the development of a national framework for the use of sanctions by agencies involved in social security administration; and when the Government plans to publish the framework.
(65443)
294  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the Government plans to repeat the research aimed at benchmarking public attitudes to benefit fraud, as set out in the Green Paper, Beating Fraud is Everyone's Business, paragraph 4.18.
(65458)
295  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many local authorities have implemented the new verification framework to protect against housing benefit fraud; and how many authorities he expects to implement it in the near future.
(65453)
296  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what recent changes have been made to the rules governing replacement of lost Giro cheques.
(65446)
297  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what conclusions have been reached by the Government in its review of benefit funding arrangements with regard to security against fraud.
(65459)
298  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps have been taken to implement methods of cross-checking records within the National Insurance Recording System; and whether the delays in respect of NIRS2 have affected the timetable for implementation.
(65464)
299  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on the results of the Benefits Agency trials of new performance indicators to measure anti-fraud activity.
(65442)
300  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps have been taken to implement plans to improve the security culture of staff with particular reference to relating performance appraisal and performance-related pay to security.
(65456)
301  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many local authorities have taken up the Government's offer of computer terminals to provide access to Benefits Agency data, set out in the Green Paper, Beating Fraud is Everyone's Business, paragraph 8.5.
(65451)
302  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on the progress made so far on implementation of the personal details computer system for the Benefits Agency.
(65452)
303  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what new steps the Government intends to take to combat landlord housing benefit fraud; and what research it is undertaking or plans to undertake into this problem.
(65463)
304  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many small-scale frauds have been prosecuted, and how many prosecutions have been successful, since the publication of the Green Paper, Beating Fraud is Everyone's Business in July; and what the equivalent figures were for each of the previous five years.
(65440)
305  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what conclusions the Government has reached as a result of its review of data protection legislation, mentioned in the Green Paper, Beating Fraud is Everyone's Business, paragraph 5.2.7; and what further possibilities for data-matching beyond his Department have been identified.
(65448)
306  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many benefit fraudsters have been punished to date by administrative penalties; and how many have been given formal cautions.
(65444)
307  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the development of common core skills and training for fraud investigators has been completed; and when the Government plans to implement the further principles of good practice and continuous learning and development for investigators set out in Beating Fraud is Everyone's Business, paragraphs 7.6 and 8.4-5.
(65460)
308  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the Government plans to publish the results of its review of the most commonly broken benefit rules, mentioned in the Green Paper, Beating Fraud is Everyone's Business, paragraph 5.1.8.
(65455)
309  
N  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what has been the cost of benefit payments to asylum seekers in the last three years.
(65466)
310  
N  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many asylum seekers have been found guilty of benefit fraud in the last three years
(65471)
311  
  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list for each quarter since May 1997 the number of lone parents claiming income support; and if he will estimate the number of lone parents who will be claiming income support for each of the next four quarters.
(65767)
312  
  
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the percentage of people receiving income support who pay their gas costs with prepayment meters.
(65969)
313  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many British citizens live in countries in which their British state retirement pension is (a) uprated annually and (b) not uprated annually.
(66097)
314  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the competition policy implications of the establishment of a publicly-funded digital broadcast service to support the GCSE curriculum.
(65692)
315  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on his policy on takeovers of sporting organisations by media organisations.
(65634)
316  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on his policy towards large-scale mergers in the United Kingdom defence industry.
(65617)
317  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the current number of proposed mergers.
(65629)
318  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which papers relating to BSkyB's takeover of Manchester United that were brought to his predecessor's attention and details of the meetings he attended with either BSkyB or Manchester United management will be published.
(65643)
319  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to encourage competition in the United Kingdom defence industry.
(65625)
320  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what papers relating to British retailers wishing to sell branded products at discount prices were brought to the previous Secretary of State's attention.
(65642)
321  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if any papers relating to BSkyB's proposed takeover of Manchester United were brought to his predecessor's attention.
(65641)
322  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if it is his intention to introduce reform of the electricity pool system by the first half of the year 2000.
(65633)
323  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the quantity of small arms for which export licences were granted in each of the last five years in respect of (a) China, (b) Zambia, (c) the Sudan and (d) Serbia and Montenegro.
(65884)
324  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what information he has collated about Iraqi exports of (a) dates, (b) wheat and (c) other products.
(65385)
325  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will implement the Horizon Programme throughout the network of Post Office Counters.
(65881)
326  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people are employed by government departments and agencies to assist in supporting and promoting defence exports; and at what cost.
(66038)
327  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people are employed by government departments and agencies to assist in supporting and promoting exports of medical and pharmaceutical equipment; and at what cost.
(66037)
328  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the consequences of the introduction of Social Chapter legislation for employment in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(64054)
329  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what sums of money have been invested by the Government since May 1997 in (a) Scotland and (b) the United Kingdom as a whole, into (i) the nuclear industry, (ii) the coal industry, (iii) the oil and gas industries and (iv) the renewable energy industry, in each case including funds for research and development.
(65083)
330  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what guidelines have been issued to the manufacturing and retail industries regarding the millennium bug; what steps have been taken to ensure that new products are millennium compliant and are labelled as such; and if he will make a statement.
(65085)
331  
  
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to review the standing charges for gas consumers who use prepayment metres.
(65970)
332  
  
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will estimate the percentage of pensioners who pay their domestic gas costs with prepayment meters.
(65971)
333  
  
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will estimate the percentage of gas consumers in England and Wales who use (a) electronic token, (b) coin and (c) mechanical token prepayment gas meters.
(65961)
334  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Small Firms was appointed; when he received his first red box; and when he first went to his departmental office.
(65624)
335  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Science and Technology was appointed; when he received his first red box; and when he first went to his departmental office.
(65621)
336  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he was appointed; when he received his first red box; and when he first went to his departmental office.
(65623)
337  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Consumer Affairs was appointed; when he received his first red box; and when he first went to his departmental office.
(65622)
338  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to participate in updating, expanding and promoting the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's guidelines for multinational enterprises.
(65978)
339  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans his Department has to simplify procedures for grid access for small renewable generating companies.
(65778)
340  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list Her Majesty's Government's objectives in the proposed Millennium Round of trade negotiations.
(65979)
341  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will establish a Government task force to promote renewable energy.
(65777)
342  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many cracks have appeared in nuclear power stations in each of the last 20 years; and how many have been repaired.
(65744)
343  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to ensure full consultation with Parliament, relevant non-governmental organisations and the public over developments in the proposed Millennium Round of trade negotiations.
(65982)
344  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many nurses there were in (a) 1980 and (b) 1990; and if he will make a statement.
(66035)
345  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what initiatives he proposes in his policies for long-stay care hospitals.
(66034)
346  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what extra resources he has provided for the NHS since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(66031)
347  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on nurses' pay.
(66030)
348  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what new money is scheduled for the NHS in the forthcoming financial year; and if he will make a statement.
(66032)
349  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many hospital beds there were in (a) 1979 and (b) 1991; and if he will make a statement.
(66033)
350  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is the estimated annual cost of the proposal to allow unlimited free public transport in Wales to people of pensionable age; from what sources those costs would be met; and if he will make a statement.
(65907)
351  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the yield from levying a 10p tax on each rental of a video cassette.
[Transferred] (66099)
352  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, for what reasons the courts and other authorities are not able to take action when one parent takes unilateral action in preventing the other parent from having contact with their child.
[Transferred] (65880)
353  
  
Mr Andy King (Rugby and Kenilworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will establish a national compulsory dog registration scheme.
[Transferred] (65875)
354  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list by each police authority area how many people were killed in road accidents between Christmas and the New Year in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (65874)


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