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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 18 January 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Monday 18 January of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on  Monday 18 January, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Tuesday 19 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.
 


 
MONDAY 18th JANUARY
1  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will set out the number of incidents of harassment of Ministry abattoir inspectors by abattoir staff for each year over the last five years.
(66386)
2  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what rules or guidance his Department has to govern the (a) formal and (b) informal interaction between his civil servants and commercial lobbyists.
(66203)
3  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which of the changes referred to in his New Year message to fishermen were initiatives from the industry itself.
(66407)
4  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the prospects for decentralising the control of fisheries to zonal management committees within EU member states.
(66408)
5  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received from the agricultural industry on the re-introduction of free milk in schools.
(66069)
6  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will assess the benefits of reintroducing free milk in schools.
(66068)
7  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many confirmed BSE cases there were in each year between 1988 and 1998 in (a) Eire, (b) Portugal and (c) Switzerland.
(66561)
8  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what experiments have shown the presence of BSE infectivity in cattle feed.
(66506)
9  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many reported and confirmed cases of sheep scrapie there were in the United Kingdom in each year from 1989 to 1998.
(66500)
10  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the average figures for compensation paid to farmers for cattle each year between 1988 and 1998 that were (a) reported as suspect BSE cases and not subsequently confirmed as such, and (b) reported as suspect BSE cases and subsequently confirmed as such.
(66505)
11  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the procedures used in the current survey into sheep brains as discussed by SEAC on 9th November 1998; and if he will list how many have (a) been tested to date and (b) found to be diseased due to (i) sheep scrapie or (ii) BSE-like illness.
(66502)
12  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to test randomly the brains of slaughtered dairy cows for BSE.
(66503)
13  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the changes in (a) compensation levels, (b) legal requirements and (c) administrative procedures in the reporting and confirmation of sheep scrapie in the last 10 years.
(66501)
14  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what methods are available to confirm the diagnosis of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy using brain materials from slaughtered animals.
(66499)
15  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the percentage of suspected BSE cases that have been subsequently confirmed in each year from 1988 to 1998.
(66504)
16  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will place in the Library full copies of the responses received to the Government's current consultation process with farmers, with the analysis carried out of the responses by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(66365)
17  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the categories of persons eligible for distributed food, by country of distribution, sourced from intervention stocks designated for most deprived persons in the community according to 98/657/EC.
(66346)
18  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list by county the numbers of herd breakdowns to tuberculosis in each quarter of each of the last three years.
(66082)
19  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has held with Professor Bourne since the publication of the latest statistics on TB breakdowns.
(66081)
20  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many of the study areas required by the Krebs report to investigate links between badgers and bovine TB have (a) been identified, (b) been surveyed and (c) been announced, and in how many study areas the study has been (i) commenced and (ii) suspended.
(66080)
21  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to (a) restrict and (b) prevent the use of warfarin for pest control.
(66083)
22  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he anticipates that the Food Standards Agency will be in operation.
(66554)
23  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what support his Department is giving to the development of a United Kingdom biomass industry; and if he will make a statement.
(66620)
24  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will change inspection charges for abattoirs from hourly rates to charges based on throughput-headage payments.
(66159)
25  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the effect of increased inspection charges on small abattoirs.
(66158)
26  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what was the cost to the public purse of the conduct and arrangement of proceedings in the case of Councillor Frank Macgrath of Preston.
(66332)
27  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what rules or guidance his Department has to govern the (a) formal and (b) informal interaction between his civil servants and commercial lobbyists.
(66210)
28  
  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Attorney General, if he will list the chief Crown prosecutors for London and the 42 police areas who are currently in post; and if he will list those areas where appointments have not yet been made.
(66574)
29  
  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what are the salary bands for the Chief Crown Prosecutor for London and for each of the CPS areas.
(66573)
30  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask Mr Attorney General, when he expects to receive the report from the Director of Public Prosecutions regarding the conduct of the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to the case R v A Hacker and M Yeoman tried at the Plymouth Crown Court on 6th January concerning a domestic burglary in Salcombe; and if he will make a statement on the conduct of this case.
(66109)
31  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what rules or guidance his Department has to govern the (a) formal and (b) informal interaction between his civil servants and commercial lobbyists.
(66205)
32  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with (a) Her Majesty's Treasury and (b) the broadcasting industry about the privatisation of Channel 4.
(66196)
33  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what rules or guidance his Department has to govern the (a) formal and (b) informal interaction between his civil servants and commercial lobbyists.
(66208)
34  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money, other than from the National Lottery, has been raised for each Millennium Landmark Project to date.
(66161)
35  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much local government funding has been allocated to each Millennium Landmark project.
(66405)
36  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will ensure that Millennium Commission funding is made available to projects in each constituency; and if he will list those constituencies which have received funding to date.
(65986)
37  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many animated films were produced in the UK in each year for the past five years; and what was the total level of grants provided for UK-produced animations in each of those years.
(65990)
38  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the value of the North West Tourist Board.
(65988)
39  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has held on the establishment of a new quality rating system for hotels.
(65987)
40  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what grants are provided by his Department to aid development of the British film industry.
(65989)
41  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to ensure political balance on the Board of S4C.
(66062)
42  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom's bid to host the 2003 World Athletics Championships at Wembley.
(66618)
43  
  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel under 18 years of age have been court martialled in the last 10 years.
(66223)
44  
  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of those currently serving in the armed forces joined when under 18 years of age.
(66221)
45  
  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people under the age of 18 years currently serve in the armed forces; in which services; and with what duties.
(66225)
46  
  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel under 18 years of age are currently detained for breaches of contract or discipline at the Military Correctional Training Centre, Colchester.
(66222)
47  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what Mr Stephan Kock's duties were in connection with DESO between 1987 and 1992.
(65143)
48  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what documents relating to the activities of Mr Stephan Kock have been made available to NAO officials investigating defence contracts.
(65140)
49  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the relationship was between Mr Stephan Kock and regiments in the British Army in the period from 1968 to 1995.
(65136)
50  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role Mr Stephan Kock played in negotiating a special forces base in Malaysia in the period 1985 to 1988.
(65152)
51  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role Mr Stephan Kock played in negotiating, organising and promoting the Al Yamamah deal.
(65154)
52  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role Mr Stephan Kock played in the Oman defence deal of 1981.
(65155)
53  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which civil servants in his Department met Mr Stephan Kock to discuss matters relating to defence contracts with Malaysia in the period from January 1985 to the end of December 1988.
(65135)
54  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role was played by Mr Stephan Kock in advising Her Majesty's Government on the propellant and arms cartel run by the Swedish citizen Mr Karl Erik Schmitz.
(65133)
55  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role Mr Stephan Kock played in negotiating, organising or promoting the Jordan defence package.
(65153)
56  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what involvement Mr Stephan Kock had in the preparations for privatisation of Royal Ordnance between 1984 and 1987.
(65137)
57  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role Mr Stephan Kock played in the Indonesian defence deal of 1990.
(65156)
58  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what meetings Mr Stephan Kock had with Sir James Blyth of DESO to discuss defence sales.
(65144)
59  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the meetings which (a) Sir Peter Levene and (b) Sir Colin Chandler had in their Defence Procurement, Defence Sales and DESO roles with Mr Stephan Kock.
(65134)
60  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions took place between his Department's officials and representatives of the Scott Inquiry on the advisability of calling upon Mr Stephan Kock to give evidence to that inquiry (a) before, (b) during and (c) after the inquiry.
(65130)
61  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer to the Right honourable Member for North East Fife of 16th December, Official Report, columns 526-8, if he will provide a breakdown of the expenditure under the Defence Military Assistance Fund relating to Indonesia in each of the last three years, indicating separately the amounts used to support defence sales.
(66623)
62  
N  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if military training comes under Ministry of Defence regulations with respect to notice periods and payments.
(66065)
63  
N  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the status of military schools and the means by which students in such schools are able to leave before completion of their studies.
(66064)
64  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the main Defence Secondary Care Agency hospital sites with the number of clinical, professional and other whole time equivalent staff at each site, indicating in each case what decisions over the future of the site (a) have been taken and (b) are still under review; and if he will make a statement.
(66468)
65  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to appoint the next Chairman of the Independent Panel which oversees his Department's interactions research programme into Gulf Veterans' Illnesses.
(66578)
66  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what rules or guidance his Department has to govern the (a) formal and (b) informal interaction between his civil servants and commercial lobbyists.
(66204)
67  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the average time between major refits for Type 42 ships.
(66169)
68  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the forecast service life for Type 23 ships.
(66168)
69  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the interval between major refits for HMS 'Illustrious'.
(66167)
70  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what evaluation he has made of the use of space and the state of the equipment in COB2 building at the Portsmouth Naval Base.
(66178)
71  
  
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 Jaguar aircraft.
(66177)
72  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the forecast service life of Tornado GR4 aircraft airframes.
(66170)
73  
  
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 RN Base Faslane.
(66176)
74  
  
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 RN Base Faslane.
(66174)
75  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the forecast reactor life of the Trafalgar class of submarines.
(66173)
76  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the forecast hull life of the Swiftsure class of submarines.
(66166)
77  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the displacement of the Vanguard class of submarines.
(66172)
78  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the forecast service life of Harrier GR7 aircraft engines.
(66160)
79  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of supervisors in the Health Physics Section at RN Base Faslane are qualified to City and Guilds Part 1 Radiation and Safety Practice standards.
(66175)
80  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the crew number of the Astute class of submarines.
(66165)
81  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Joint Doctrine Centre will move to the buildings of the Staff College, Camberley.
(65919)
82  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answers of 15th December, Official Report, column 450, 7th December, Official Report, column 54, and 16th December, Official Report, column 523, if he will review the decision to transfer 101 Battalion REME (V) from Chorley to Queensferry.
(66070)
83  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the transfer of 101 Battalion HQ REME (V) from Chorley to Queensferry to begin; and what will be the timescale of the transfer.
(66071)
84  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which external body is responsible for auditing the financial decisions taken by Land Command.
(66072)
85  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the cost to date of (a) ordnance and chemical clearance and (b) other preparatory site work in connection with disposal of the former RAF Chilmark.
(65429)
86  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many items of metal have been excavated in land adjacent to the Defence Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Centre at Winterbourne Gunner; and how many were (a) buried ordnance, (b) ordnance containing liquid of military origin and (c) assorted non-ordnance items; and if he will make a statement.
(65430)
87  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will place in the Library a copy of the latest version of the memorandum of understanding between the MoD and the Child Support Agency.
(66063)
88  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with (a) the honourable Member for Berwick upon Tweed and (b) other Liberal Democrat honourable and Right honourable Members concerning the development of a common European defence policy.
(65818)
89  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the merits of an independent review of pay deductions made from officer prisoners of war and protected personnel during their incarceration in the Second World War.
(65158)
90  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date General Sir Charles Guthrie will retire from his appointment as Chief of the Defence Staff.
(65747)
91  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the names and current appointments of those senior officers who are being considered for the post of Chief of the Defence Staff.
(65745)
92  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will state his policy in respect of the application by Fijian veterans for compensation for the effects on their health of their exposure to atmospheric nuclear tests on Christmas Island.
(66428)
93  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will commission a re-assessment of the work of Dr Sue Rabbitt Roff, at the centre for medical education at Dundee University, on the causation of cancers in British atomic test veterans.
(66431)
94  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to establish whether any plutonium that has recently migrated through the groundwater from the nuclear test site in Nevada came from the underground detonation of British nuclear warheads.
(66432)
95  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on steps taken recently at the Vulcan naval reactor test establishment at Dounreay to enhance protection measures against earthquakes; and if he will estimate the cost of this work.
(66424)
96  
N  
Mr Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what policies he has to deal with veterans of the Falklands War who suffer from stress-related illness.
(65918)
97  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidance he has issued to local education authorities on good practice in providing time off for officers of teaching unions.
(65752)
98  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what rules or guidance his Department has to govern the (a) formal and (b) informal interaction between his civil servants and commercial lobbyists.
(66193)
99  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he proposes to make an announcement on the pilot areas for the education maintenance allowance.
(66231)
100  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what funds are available in his Department's budget for helping local education authorities faced with extra costs as a result of secondary school re-organisation following any ballot which ends selective education.
(66232)
101  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to extend grants given by the Arts and Humanities Research Board to institutions other than those receiving grants from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Department of Education (Northern Ireland).
(66234)
102  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people have entered the New Deal Gateway in the Unit of Delivery covering Havant Borough Council area since its inception; and how many took up each New Deal option.
(66367)
103  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people have entered the New Deal Gateway in the Unit of Delivery covering the New Forest District Council area since its inception; and how many took up each New Deal option.
(66368)
104  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people have entered the New Deal Gateway in the Unit of Delivery covering the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council area since its inception; and how many took up each New Deal option.
(66369)
105  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the members of his Department's working group on the reduction of bureaucracy, the date on which it was set up and the number of meetings it has held.
(65946)
106  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what criteria are used to determine how many and which schools will be involved in those consultation exercises which are conducted with a random selection of schools.
(65944)
107  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the sums of money that have been paid, to date, into each education action zone by the businesses involved in those zones.
(65945)
108  
  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the services that will be available to a disabled person attending an interview through the Single Work-focused Gateway announced on 13th January; and how these differ from those under the Single Gateway to Work announced in A New Contract for Welfare: The Gateway to Work (Cm 4102).
(66200)
109  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, on how many occasions over the past year his Department has given recipients 10 weeks, excluding school holidays, to respond to consultation documents.
(65940)
110  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 11th January, Official Report, column 97, if he will list the estimated costs for each of the proposed functions of the Commission which formed the basis of the estimated annual running cost of the Commission.
(66029)
111  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what criteria are used to determine which consultation documents should be sent to a limited number of schools rather than all schools.
(65943)
112  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received on the subject of outdoor education; what changes he proposes to make in the provision and funding of such education; and if he will make a statement.
(66485)
113  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 9th December, Official Report, column 194, over the four year period under consideration (a) how many driving instructors were accepted for registration, (b) how many of these were subsequently removed from registration within (i) six months, (ii) one year, (iii) 18 months, and (iv) two years, (c) what was the average period that those removed from the register had previously been registered, and (d) how many people paid examination fees to the Driving Standards Agency.
(65725)
114  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people are (a) registered as approved driving instructors, (b) hold trainee licences and (c) have applications for registration under consideration.
(65724)
115  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, from what date all Chapter 2 aircraft are currently planned to be banned from United Kingdom airports; and what proposals there are in (a) the UK and (b) the EU to review that date.
(66149)
116  
  
Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the forthcoming financial, management and policy review of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.
(66569)
117  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress has been made to ensure the safety of private rental deposits; and if he will make a statement.
(66436)
118  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his Department's current estimate for the (a) completion and (b) commissioning of the Jubilee Line Extension.
(66639)
119  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many London Underground stations operate an exit only policy between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Monday to Fridays; and what are the reasons for their doing so.
(66433)
120  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the amounts of compensation payable by London Underground as a result of the breakdown of the tube system on 12th January.
(66390)
121  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to review the operation of the Warsaw Convention in relation to air accidents as it applies to (a) United Kingdom-based airlines and (b) airlines using UK airports; and if he will make a statement.
(66394)
122  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what rules or guidance his Department has to govern the (a) formal and (b) informal interaction between his civil servants and commercial lobbyists.
(66215)
123  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many of the country's estuaries (a) have been and (b) are currently being investigated for barrage schemes.
(66371)
124  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many Government fleet vehicles currently run on (a) liquid petroleum gas and (b) naturally compressed gas.
(66073)
125  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what trials his Department has commissioned into the conversion of heavy goods vehicles and passenger service vehicles to liquid petroleum gas and naturally compressed gas.
(66074)
126  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will take steps to ensure that people are able to travel on the Westcoast Mainline without having to pre-book seats.
(66077)
127  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what initiatives the Government has taken for the conversion of local government vehicles to naturally compressed gas and liquid petroleum gas; and how many local authorities have taken advantage of this.
(66075)
128  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will issue national guidance on the paint colours to be used for cycle routes by local authorities.
(66117)
129  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on what occasions ministers in his Department have made journeys by aeroplane funded by third parties since 1st May 1997.
(66464)
130  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on what occasions ministers in his Department have made journeys in non-scheduled or private aeroplanes since 1st May 1997; and at what cost to public funds.
(66463)
131  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has for a compensation regime for farmers and agricultural producers to offset the effects of a pesticide tax.
(66229)
132  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the relative effectiveness of economic instruments over other measures designed to minimise pesticide use.
(66213)
133  
N  
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of bus operators receiving bus fuel duty rebate are using standard diesel fuel.
(66104)
134  
N  
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to encourage bus operators in receipt of bus fuel duty rebate to adopt ultra low sulphur diesel fuel.
(66105)
135  
N  
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much is spent annually through the bus fuel duty rebate in supporting bus operators using standard diesel fuel.
(66106)
136  
N  
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many bus operators are receiving bus fuel duty rebate.
(66103)
137  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the members of the working group on school transport; and if he will publish the remit of the group, its target deliverables and timetable for action.
(65936)
138  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate how many people will financially (a) benefit and (b) be worse off as a result of the introduction of water meters; if he will provide this information (i) for the population as a whole and (ii) for the population over state retirement age; and if he will make a statement.
(66382)
139  
N  
Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to amend the United Kingdom Management Plan for Exports and Imports of Waste.
(65804)
140  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what information he has received since May 1997 from (a) the Environment Agency and (b) Her Majesty's Customs and Excise, concerning interception of illegally imported radioactively contaminated metals; and what arrangements are in place to stop the recycling of imported contaminated metals.
(66430)
141  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will instruct local authorities to keep registers of all brownfield sites in their districts indicating (i) dormant, (ii) derelict, (iii)vacant, (iv) underused and (v) underutilised land in (a) public and (b) private ownership.
(66108)
142  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will issue planning policy guidance to local planning authorities to consider refusal of planning applications for greenfield site developments until they are satisfied that brownfield sites have been fully utilised.
(66107)
143  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will take steps to ensure that the benefits of wind power in terms of pollution are given greater weight by planning inspectors when considering planning applications for wind-farms.
(66329)
144  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many wind-farm projects have been refused planning permission in each of the last five years.
(66226)
145  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many wind energy projects have been built in the last three years.
(66227)
146  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reason yachts registered under the Merchant Navy Act 1884 must be re-registered every five years.
(66361)
147  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures his Department is taking to promote the uptake of the environmental management systems ISO14001 and Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).
(66626)
148  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action his Department is taking to improve the passive solar design of buildings; and if he will make a statement.
(66621)
149  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he proposes to take to ensure that information is made publicly available to enable a proper scrutiny of the environmental and public health performance of the water and sewerage companies; and if he will make a statement.
(66555)
150  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to publish the National Walking Strategy consultation document; and if he will make a statement.
(66335)
151  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will meet the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health to discuss its proposal that the Water Industry Act 1991 be amended to place a duty on water companies and OFWAT to operate in such a way as to protect public health and the environment.
(66556)
152  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the length of critical sewers in (a) grade 1, (b) grade 2, (c) grade 3, (d) grade 4 and (e) grade 5 by water and sewerage company.
(66557)
153  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what method is used by OFWAT to determine the adequacy of investment in the sewerage network by the water and sewerage companies; and if he will make a statement.
(66558)
154  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those water and sewerage companies which have met their targets on flooding from sewers and collapses (a) between 1990 and 1995 and (b) since 1995.
(66559)
155  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 12th January, Official Report, column 187, if his reference to historic levels relates to pre-1998 levels; and if it is his intention to reduce concentrations under paragraph 15 of the Sintra statement to pre-1998 levels by 2020.
(66560)
156  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to introduce a new tax on the rental of video cassettes.
(66194)
157  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimates he has made of the annual contribution to public funds of a tax on rented video cassettes of (a) 5p, (b) 10p, (c) 15p and (d) 20p.
(66195)
158  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of sterling's performance against the criteria set for membership of economic and monetary union by the European Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(66162)
159  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what matters or correspondence involving building societies were dealt with by the previous Paymaster General between 1st May 1997 and the date of his resignation.
(66445)
160  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to disclose what financial support he has received since 1st May 1997 for the development of his economic policies and the sources of that financial support.
(66448)
161  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on offshore trusts, with particular reference to trusts which will be exempt from new legislation.
(66447)
162  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what contact he has had with the Inland Revenue regarding the taxation position of the honourable Member for Coventry North West, the honourable Member's business interests and those offshore trusts connected with the honourable Member.
(66446)
163  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he was first informed of the loan by the previous Paymaster General to the previous Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.
(66457)
164  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the Ministers and officials in his Department with whom he discussed the loan by the previous Paymaster General to the previous Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and the dates on which he had such discussions.
(66461)
165  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he had about the loan by the previous Paymaster General to the previous Secretary of State for Trade and Industry with the Prime Minister; and on what date he first had such discussions.
(66459)
166  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he had about the loan by the previous Paymaster General to the previous Secretary of State for Trade and Industry with his adviser, Mr Charlie Whelan; and on what date he first had such discussions.
(66458)
167  
  
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set an inflation target for the Bank of England cast in terms of the harmonised index of consumer prices, as recommended to him by the IMF in their annual Article IV assessment of British economic policy.
(66425)
168  
  
Mr David Curry (Skipton and Ripon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the concordats for regulating competition between (a) the regional development agencies in England and (b) the RDAs and equivalent bodies for Scotland and Wales.
(66184)
169  
  
Mr Ron Davies (Caerphilly):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if, for the purposes of calculating the specific comparability of the DTI and DETR (non local government) for the Welsh block for CSR, expenditure on nationalised industries was included in the calculation; if such decision represented a change in the practice applied in 1998-99; and what his assessment is of the impact of this decision on the Welsh block.
(66187)
170  
  
Mr Ron Davies (Caerphilly):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 11th January, Official Report, columns 20-21, on departmental expenditure, what was the specific comparability determined by the coverage of Welsh Office services for (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 1998-99 in each of (a) the DTI, (b) the DETR (non local government) and (c) the DFEE.
(66185)
171  
  
Mr Ron Davies (Caerphilly):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what changes have been made in the method of calculating the comparability percentage relevant for calculating the Welsh block in each of (a) the DTI, (b) DETR (non local government) and (c) the DFEE for the year 1999-2000 as compared to the year 1998-99.
(66186)
172  
N  
Sir Peter Emery (East Devon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what has been the monthly revenue raised by air passenger duty since its inception.
(66079)
173  
N  
Sir Peter Emery (East Devon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the annual cost for collecting air passenger duty (a) to the Treasury and (b) to individual airlines.
(66078)
174  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what rules or guidance his Department has to govern the (a) formal and (b) informal interaction between his civil servants and commercial lobbyists.
(66214)
175  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what addition there would be to government borrowing if all approved capital developments provided through PFI were to be financed by traditional government borrowing.
(66507)
176  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if Miller Dywidag Joint Venture is registered for the purposes of VAT.
(66338)
177  
  
Mr John McAllion (Dundee East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the beneficial taxation concessions granted to the Joint Industry Board for Electrical Contracting Industry by the Inland Revenue and referred to in their explanatory notes and rules (May 1969).
(66147)
178  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the reasons for which Sweden was excluded from early entry into Phase Three of Economic and Monetary Union.
(66387)
179  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list those (a) member states and (b) community bodies which (i) support and (ii) oppose Her Majesty's Government's position that UK accession to the single currency does not require prior participation in an exchange rate mechanism.
(66378)
180  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the taxes discussed by the EU Code of Conduct Group to date.
(66345)
181  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what will be the Estonian contribution for participation in the (a) Kaleidoscope, (b) Ariane and (c) Raphael Programmes; what was the cost of negotiating the level of the contribution; and if he will make a statement on the nature of United Kingdom participation in these negotiations.
(66348)
182  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide the Government's definition of harmful tax competition.
(66340)
183  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths where hypothermia was mentioned on the death certificate as the main or contributory cause of death took place in England and Wales in (a) 1997, (b) 1992, (c) 1987, (d) 1982 and (e) 1977 amongst those (i) of all ages, (ii) aged 60 to 74, (iii) aged 74 to 84 and (iv) aged over 85 years; what were the winter mortality rates for (1) the population as a whole, (2) people aged 60 to 74, (3) people aged 75 to 84 and (4) people aged 85 years and over; and what the percentage increase was in each group compared to non-winter deaths in 1997-98, 1992-93, 1987-88, 1982-83 and 1977-78.
(66381)
184  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress is being made on Phase 2 of the pensions review; and if he will make a statement.
(66230)
185  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money within the EU budget was spent on tackling fraud in each of the last 10 years.
(66123)
186  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money was received as a result of the United Kingdom's abatement in each year since it was established under the Fontainebleau agreement.
(66121)
187  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with other EU ministers about the tax status of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
(66125)
188  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action was agreed under the last British presidency of the EU to combat fraud.
(66124)
189  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what powers the Government has to influence the tax regimes of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
(66122)
190  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the dependent territories of each member state of the European Union which are tax havens.
(66126)
191  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the 2001 census will include a question to enable the calculation of the number of people living outside Wales who speak Welsh.
(66190)
192  
  
Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many household incomes of families in Doncaster Central will rise as a result of the introduction of the working families tax credit.
(66565)
193  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to apply VAT charged on garage labour for insurance repairs to insurance work carried out in garages which are owned by insurance companies; and if he will make a statement.
(66385)
194  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the subjects currently under discussion by common foreign and security policy working groups; and if he will make a statement on the nature of United Kingdom representation in each group.
(66150)
195  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what conclusions he has reached from his consideration of the Neill Committee's recommendations on the conduct of referenda, with particular reference to the distribution of European Community funds.
(66144)
196  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on German proposals to preface the European Communities Treaties with a Charter of Fundamental Rights.
(66139)
197  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what bilateral discussions there have been between the Belgian and UK governments concerning evidence being given by Mr Stephan Kock, Colonel Hardy, Colonel Jack and Mr Blane to the Belgian inquiry into the death of Mr Gerald Bull.
(65147)
198  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what advice Her Majesty's Government has given since 1989 to former directors of ASTRA about giving evidence to the Belgian police on the death of Mr Gerald Bull.
(65148)
199  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the officials in his Department who met Mr Stephan Kock to discuss matters relating to defence contracts with Malaysia in the period from January 1985 to the end of December 1988.
(65145)
200  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place between his Department and the Belgian government on arrangements for cooperation over the Belgian government's enquiry into the murder of Mr Gerald Bull.
(65146)
201  
N  
Mr Dennis Canavan (Falkirk West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the results of the examination of the United Kingdom's democratic and governmental structures which was carried out by the Council of Europe from June 1996 onwards.
(65326)
202  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the current political situation in Sri Lanka.
(66376)
203  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the current situation in Aceh, Indonesia, with particular reference to Operasi Wibawa '99.
(66627)
204  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to publish his White Paper on the United Kingdom overseas territories; and if he will make a statement.
(66625)
205  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent by the British Council in investment in infrastructure and information technology for each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(66235)
206  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on British Council work, funded by his Department, to support civil society, human rights and democracy in East and West Africa.
(66218)
207  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the French Foreign Minister about the latter's statement concerning the Butler report.
(65391)
208  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote democracy in (a) Saudi Arabia and (b) Kuwait.
(65474)
209  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what rules or guidance his Department has to govern the (a) formal and (b) informal interaction between his civil servants and commercial lobbyists.
(66202)
210  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the name, position and nationality of all EC officials who have been indicted on charges of fraud, dishonesty or maladministration, since 1990 together with details of the disciplinary action taken.
(66406)
211  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was discussed at the meeting which took place between Foreign Office officials and Granger Telecom personnel in August 1998.
(66111)
212  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance was given to the United Kingdom High Commissioner to Sierra Leone resident in Conakry between May 1997 and April 1998 by (a) EU embassies and (b) non-EU embassies; what messages were sent by the United Kingdom High Commissioner to Sierra Leone resident in Conakry between May 1997 and April 1998 to London via the German embassy in Conakry; and for what reason no confidential bag service was available to the UK High Commissioner to Sierra Leone resident in Conakry between May 1997 and April 1998.
(66384)
213  
  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department received each of the European Commission Enlargement Reports entitled Enlargement 98 in respect of (a) Poland, (b) Hungary, (c) Czech Republic, (d) Slovenia, (e) Estonia and (f) Cyprus.
(66119)
214  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list Commission officials suspended since 1990 on (i) full, (ii) half and (iii) no pay, stating in each case (a) the accusation, (b) the end result of the investigations concerned and (c) the severance pay where supplied.
(66321)
215  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what types of firearms are issued to employees of the European Commission; what performance enhancers are made available for these weapons; and what numbers are involved.
(66325)
216  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if reports submitted by the British Embassy in Madrid, to his Department, made reference to potential difficulties for Her Majesty's Government with respect to the presence of General Pinochet in British territory in connection with the work undertaken by Judge Garzo«n; how many reports submitted by the embassy referred to Judge Garzo«n's investigations; and if he will make a statement.
(66347)
217  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many reports were submitted by European Communities working groups during the United Kingdom presidency; and if he will list them.
(66374)
218  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which employees of the European Commission are entrusted with firearms; and under what authority those arms have been issued.
(66320)
219  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the purpose of firearms being issued to employees of the European Commission.
(66326)
220  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the age of the target audience for the European Commission booklet, The Raspberry Ice Cream War; what was the aim of the booklet; how many copies have been distributed in the EU; and if he will make a statement.
(66393)
221  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the implications for the United Kingdom of the resolution at the Franco-German meeting at Potsdam to establish a binational working group on national sovereignty.
(66344)
222  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the report submitted by the Commission at the General Affairs Council of 26th to 27th October 1998 concerning fraud allegations relating to the EC Humanitarian Office; and if he will list the corrected documents submitted.
(66379)
223  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the rules of engagement are for employees of the European Commission entrusted with firearms.
(66323)
224  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the secured storage facilities available for firearms possessed by the European Commission.
(66324)
225  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what training is available in firearms skills for employees of the European Commission.
(66322)
226  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will deposit in the Library a copy of all guidelines for Commission staff operating in (a) other member states and (b) the United Kingdom relating to (i) handling the media and (ii) maintaining political neutrality.
(66380)
227  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Joint Declarations of the St. Malo summit for (a) future co-location of embassies and (b) sharing of restricted information pertaining to local politics in African countries.
(66342)
228  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many working groups have been established at European Community level; what is the average number of meetings held each year; if he will list the 20 groups which met most frequently over 1998; and if he will indicate the level of United Kingdom participation at each of them.
(66364)
229  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will give permission to Horst Timmreck to visit St. Helena to reclaim his property.
(65791)
230  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has for diplomatic representation by Her Majesty's Government in Vanuatu.
(65792)
231  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has for the introduction of access to the Internet at reasonable cost by citizens of St. Helena.
(65789)
232  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what communications Her Majesty's Government has had with (a) the United States administration and (b) the Secretary General of the United Nations over the past year in respect of the use to which information obtained by (i) UNSCOM and (b) IAEA inspectors in Iraq has been put.
(66429)
233  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the allegations by former UNSCOM inspector, Scott Ritter, published in the Sunday Telegraph on 10th January.
(66476)
234  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the names of the persons appointed to represent Her Majesty's Government on the Anglo-German Working Group; and what are its terms of reference and the persons or bodies to whom it reports.
(65746)
235  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what legal factors he has to take account of with regard to the imposition of financial sanctions on Burma.
(66155)
236  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his replies of 8th December 1998, Official Report, column 185, if he will (a) list the latest figures for people waiting 12 months or more for hospital treatment in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area and (b) the latest figures for people waiting (i) 13 to 25 weeks and (ii) 26 weeks or more to see a consultant in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area.
(66130)
237  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish his response to the findings of the report, A Survey of Multiple Sclerosis Provision in England 1998-99, published by the Association for Quality Care in Health.
(66061)
238  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what were the average waiting times for out-patient appointments in neurology clinics in each of the last two years for which figures are available.
(66060)
239  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what rules or guidance his Department has to govern the (a) formal and (b) informal interaction between his civil servants and commercial lobbyists.
(66201)
240  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) Portsmouth NHS Hospitals Trust, (b) Portsmouth & SE Hants Health Authority and (c) others this year about the admissions and treatment of patients at Portsmouth hospitals; what actions he has taken; and what plans he has to visit hospitals in Portsmouth.
(65750)
241  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that assessments of a patient's mental health, with particular reference to possible psychotic conditions, have excluded known genetic diseases which share the same symptoms.
[R] (66148)
242  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about the role and responsibilities of the NHS Litigation Authority.
(66580)
243  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the names and remuneration of the members of the NHS Litigation Authority.
(66579)
244  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in how many cases since 2nd May 1997 the NHS Litigation Authority has recommended the discontinuance of alternative disputes resolution proceedings; and if he will make a statement.
(66582)
245  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his policy towards the use of alternative dispute resolution procedures to deal with allegations of negligence in the NHS.
(66581)
246  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the first and second quarter figures for 1998-99 for the number of patients aged (a) under 20, (b) 20 to 59 and (c) 59 to 74 years who were readmitted to hospital as an emergency within 28 days of discharge.
(66466)
247  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to extend all relevant targets outlined in the Green Paper: Our Healthier Nation, to include those aged 65 to 79 years.
(66336)
248  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide guidance to health and local authorities regarding the funding of nursing care as a result of the R-v-North and East Devon Health Authority, ex parte Pamela Coughlan judgement.
(66383)
249  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of general practitioner appointments with patients which will be lost each year as a result of general practitioner participation in the administration of primary care groups.
(65920)
250  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources he is making available to general practitioner surgeries to allow them to replace general practitioner time taken up in administration of primary care groups.
(65921)
251  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources he has made available for repaying the expenses of provisionally appointed members of primary care groups up to 1st April 1999.
(65922)
252  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he anticipates the Food Standards Agency begin giving guidance on health and diet.
(66575)
253  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to publish the Royal Commission's report into the funding of long-term care.
(66110)
254  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the proportion of all private beds in use at any specific time.
(66389)
255  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) private hospitals there are in England and Wales, (b) private beds there are in these hospitals and (c) private beds there are in NHS hospitals in England and Wales.
(66388)
256  
  
Dr Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East and Musselburgh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the membership of the Steering Group convened to develop the HIV/AIDS strategy.
(66577)
257  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to extend the powers of the Medicines Control Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(66362)
258  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the benefits of early diagnosis of deafness to language acquisition.
(66192)
259  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to promote the early diagnosis of deafness amongst children.
(66191)
260  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will implement a deafness screening programme for all children at birth.
(66328)
261  
  
Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the take-up by pensioners in Doncaster Central of free eye tests after their introduction; and if he will make a statement.
(66563)
262  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to announce his decision on the future of ear, nose and throat services in the West Pennine Health Authority area.
(66615)
263  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress he has made in reducing the replication of animal experiments already undertaken.
(64364)
264  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the latest six monthly report on terrorist threats to EU member states discussed at the Home Affairs Council on 3rd and 4th December; and if he will place a copy in the Library.
(66143)
265  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the mandatory life sentence for murder.
(66212)
266  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library the material held by the security services relating to the 1975 referendum on United Kingdom membership of the Common Market.
(66396)
267  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners are currently serving life sentences (a) in total and (b) by category of offence for which sentenced.
(66334)
268  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the proposed role of Europol in the establishment of Economic and Monetary Union, pursuant to the ECOFIN meeting of 19th May.
(66140)
269  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the nature of United Kingdom participation in Europol's work programme for 1999, as established at the Home Affairs Councils of 3rd and 4th December.
(66138)
270  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are made for compensation by single payment or pension for special constables injured in the course of their duties.
(65751)
271  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the current staffing level at Feltham Young Offenders' Unit; and if it is at full strength to cover all regimes.
(66444)
272  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reduce the length of time (a) young offenders and (b) juveniles spend on remand at Feltham Young Offenders Unit.
(66391)
273  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) juveniles and (b) young offenders had been on remand at Feltham Young Offenders Unit for (i) two to four weeks, (ii) four to six weeks, and (iii) eight weeks or more, (1) currently and (2) between October 1997 and October 1998.
(66397)
274  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provisions he has made for the conversion of prison accommodation to suit an elderly prison population.
(66441)
275  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many young offenders on remand at Feltham Young Offenders' Unit were locked in their cells for 22 hours or more on any day between July and October 1998.
(66399)
276  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the practice of doubling up on cell accommodation at Feltham is planned to end.
(66400)
277  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase the percentage of uniformed officers from ethnic minority communities at Feltham Young Offenders' Unit.
(66401)
278  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many patients sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 aged (a) 5 to 17 years and (b) 17 to 21 years were held in the health care centre at Feltham Young Offenders Unit between October 1997 and December 1998.
(66395)
279  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines his Department has issued on the medical assessment and examination of young offenders on induction into young offender units.
(66392)
280  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to authorise conversion of prisons or prison wings to cater for the needs of elderly inmates.
(66434)
281  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received about the Job Simulation Assessment Centre system of recruitment for the Prison Service.
(66435)
282  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department issues on the provision of information by police constabulary or police authorities on the costs to the public purse of major strategic police operations.
(66333)
283  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will investigate the reasons for the length of time taken between the initial report of the Police Complaints Authority into the police investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence and the decision of the PCA on what disciplinary action to take against officers still serving in the Metropolitan Police.
(66477)
284  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will review the procedures under which Metropolitan Police officers are able to take early retirement to avoid facing disciplinary action that is outstanding at the time of their retirement.
(66478)
285  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what rules or guidance his Department has to govern the (a) formal and (b) informal interaction between his civil servants and commercial lobbyists.
(66211)
286  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received about the proposed deportation of Mr Bavo Omoviola (H.O. Ref 0138995); and if he will make a statement.
(66327)
287  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what target he has set the Immigration and Nationality Directorate for replying to correspondence.
(66233)
288  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will announce his response to the consultation on modernisation of the Gaming Act 1968.
(66370)
289  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been made available for the Crime Reduction Programme in Flintshire; and if he will make a statement.
(66421)
290  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money has been made available for the Targeted Policing Scheme in Flintshire; and if he will make a statement.
(66422)
291  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the current system of criminal injuries compensation in so far as it relates to sexual offences; and if he will make a statement.
(65923)
292  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total amount paid in compensation for loss of earnings by the CICA and the CICB for each year from 1990 to the present.
(65924)
293  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of successful applicants for criminal injuries compensation received compensation for loss of earnings from the CICA, having been absent from work for at least 28 weeks, in each year from 1996 to 1998.
(65926)
294  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average time taken to settle claims for criminal injuries compensation by the CICA and its predecessor the CICB in each year from 1990 to the present.
(65925)
295  
N  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take action to regulate immigration advisers.
(64363)
296  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what resources he plans to make available to prisons to deal with the implications of his proposals for tougher sentences for burglars.
(65802)
297  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimates his Department has made of the impact on prison numbers of his proposed tougher sentences for burglars.
(65803)
298  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost has been of transporting and securing prisoners from HM prisons to NHS hospitals for medical examinations since 1st May 1997.
(65748)
299  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many whole-time equivalent police officers were stationed in each constabulary in Wales on (a) 30th April 1997, (b) 30th April 1998 and (c) 31st October 1998.
(66372)
300  
N  
Mr Anthony D. Wright (Great Yarmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress is being made in halving the time between serious youth offenders committing a crime and appearing in court.
(64357)
301  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee, if he will list the (a) average annual expenditure on overseas telephone calls per honourable Member and (b) greatest amount spent by an honourable Member in each of the last three years for which information is available; and what the annual administrative cost is of collecting payment for these calls.
(66567)
302  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of her Department's awards to students from sub-Saharan Africa for study in Britain are managed by the British Council.
(66219)
303  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what factors underlie her Department's policy for making awards to sub-Saharan Africans to study in Britain; and what assessment she has made of the benefits to (a) the students and (b) Britain.
(66224)
304  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many students from sub-Saharan Africa were in receipt of her Department's awards to study in Britian in (a) 1989-90 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available; what was the percentage change in awards; and if she will make a statement.
(66198)
305  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on British Council work, funded by her Department, to support civil society, human rights and democracy in East and West Africa.
(66199)
306  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will increase the number of her Department's awards to students from sub-Saharan Africa to study in Britain.
(66220)
307  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list those country strategies which have been prepared in consultation with ambassadors for British business; and if those consultees have business interests in the country assessed.
(66343)
308  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the rates of pay for people on St. Helena paid from government funds for the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(65790)
309  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action her Department is taking to support the development of credit unions; and if she will make a statement.
(66617)
310  
N  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has for the public registration of judges' interests; and if he will make a statement.
(65866)
311  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what rules or guidance his Department has to govern the (a) formal and (b) informal interaction between his civil servants and commercial lobbyists.
(66209)
312  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, for what reason the age of 40 years was decided upon as the minimum age for current legal advisers in magistrates courts to be exempt from the requirements of the Justices' Clerks (Qualification of Assistants) (Amendment) Rules 1998; and if he will similarly exempt all postholders, irrespective of age.
(66120)
313  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what rules or guidance her Department has to govern the (a) formal and (b) informal interaction between her civil servants and commercial lobbyists.
(66207)
314  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the medical grounds for abortion in Northern Ireland extend to (a) foetal abnormality and (b) rape, incest or sexual assault.
(64776)
315  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of conceptions in the latest year for which figures are available ended in recorded spontaneous abortion.
(64777)
316  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many of the abortions recorded in Northern Ireland in 1997-98 were classified as (a) spontaneous abortions and (b) induced or medical abortions.
(64778)
317  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will issue guidelines to general practitioners, obstetricians and gynaecologists (a) on the grounds under which termination of pregnancy may be carried out and (b) on referring women who qualify for a legal abortion under the terms of the Abortion Act 1967 to hospitals or clinics in those parts of the UK where the Act applies.
(64779)
318  
N  
Mr Ken Maginnis (Fermanagh and South Tyrone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many intensive care beds there were in each of the Golden Six hospitals in Northern Ireland at 31st December 1998.
(65947)
319  
N  
Mr Ken Maginnis (Fermanagh and South Tyrone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many beds were (i) allocated and (ii) vacant within (a) maternity, (b) gynaecology and (c) paediatrics at Craigavon Area Hospital on the 1st of each month between September 1998 and January 1999.
(65951)
320  
N  
Mr Ken Maginnis (Fermanagh and South Tyrone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many high dependency beds there are in each acute hospital in Northern Ireland; what was the percentage usage of these beds in each hospital in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will define the difference between high dependency and intensive care facilities.
(65949)
321  
N  
Mr Ken Maginnis (Fermanagh and South Tyrone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what factors underlay the delays in treatment at the orthopaedics unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital in December; and what was the average time taken to treat patients with fractures (a) on 21st December and (b) on 11th January.
(65950)
322  
N  
Mr Ken Maginnis (Fermanagh and South Tyrone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the average occupancy time for intensive care beds in Northern Ireland during 1998.
(65948)
323  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many appeals have been heard against the opinion of the medical practitioner of the Fire Authority for Northern Ireland under Article 61 of the Fireman's Pension Scheme Order (Northern Ireland) in each of the last five years in respect of (a) full-time firemen and (b) retained firemen; and in each year how many of the appeals found in favour of the firemen in each of the two categories.
(66443)
324  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what sums from the phase two programme administered by NIACRO have been expended in each of the last four years in respect of persons who have had to leave Northern Ireland because of threats from terrorist organisations; and how many of these departures were the result of pressure from (a) Loyalist and (b) Republican terrorist organisations.
(66568)
325  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the visits made to Northern Ireland in 1998 by the President of the Irish Republic and indicate (a) which were of a private nature and (b) which were official, showing in the latter case the (i) purpose of the visit and (ii) who issued the invitation.
(66440)
326  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many appeals under article 62 of the Fireman Pension Scheme Order (Northern Ireland) have been heard in each of the last five years in respect of (a) full-time firemen and (b) retained firemen; and in how many cases the appeal was decided in favour of the fireman.
(66442)
327  
  
Mr David Curry (Skipton and Ripon):    To ask the President of the Council, what proposals she has for parliamentary scrutiny of the regional development agencies.
(66188)
328  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he made of the extent to which there was a conflict of interest in the former Secretary of State for Trade and Industry having a loan from the honourable Member for Coventry North West at a time when his Department was investigating the business affairs of the honourable Member.
(66456)
329  
  
Mr David Curry (Skipton and Ripon):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the draft concordats drawn up to govern relations between the Government and the executives of (a) the Scottish Parliament and (b) the National Assembly for Wales.
(66189)
330  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will seek to hold discussions with the government of Iran about the consequences of military action against Iraq for the strength of the position of Saddam Hussein.
(66465)
331  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he will reply to the letter from the Religious Society of Friends in Britain of 17th December concerning military action against Iraq.
(65473)
332  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, for what reasons he agreed to the decision to act quickly against Iraq before the period of Ramadan.
(65389)
333  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he was consulted by the United States about its decision to bomb Iraq.
(65390)
334  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list those articles he has written for foreign newspapers since becoming Prime Minister.
(66375)
335  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list those occasions since 1st May 1997 when he has visited New York, listing his mode of transport to and from the United Kingdom.
(66363)
336  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Prime Minister, if the Government endorsed at the Heads of Government meeting at Portschach the principle of the United Kingdom joining Eurocorps.
(66427)
337  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the consequences of the Franco-British summit at St. Malo on the development of a shared African policy particularly in relation to (a) intelligence matters, (b) the ethical foreign policy and (c) arms supplies to governments-in-exile.
(66341)
338  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the areas of co-operation with the Liberal Democrats through the Joint Cabinet Consultative Committee system where he intends to use their contributions to develop policy.
(65816)
339  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the advantages and disadvantages of involving honourable Members from the Liberal Democrat Party in the development of Government policy on matters relating to access to the countryside.
(66404)
340  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to extend the remit of the Joint Cabinet Consultative Committee to involve (a) the honourable Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed and (b) other Liberal Democrat honourable and Right honourable Members in the development of Government policy on environmental issues.
(66403)
341  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on what date in 1990 Mr Stephan Kock was interviewed for a firearms offence in Scotland; and in what circumstances.
(65123)
342  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what police protection has been provided for the home of Mr Stephan Kock at public expense; and when such protection was provided.
(65122)
343  
N  
Mr Dennis Canavan (Falkirk West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will publish the report of the inquiry into alleged misappropriation of public funds by senior management of Central Scotland Healthcare Trust.
(65983)
344  
  
Mr Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is his estimate of the costs, over and above current subsidies, of providing free bus travel for all pensioners in Scotland.
(66171)
345  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on how many occasions the Director of the Public Defence Solicitors' Office has met the Chief Executive of the Scottish Legal Aid Board since his appointment; if those meetings were minuted; and if he will place a copy of any minutes or notes from the meetings in the Library.
(65794)
346  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many clients have been referred to the Public Defence Solicitor's Office since its establishment, broken down by month; and how many (i) interviews with clients have been conducted, (ii) intermediate diets have been carried out on behalf of clients and (iii) trials have been conducted on behalf of clients.
(65955)
347  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will give details of (a) the salary of the Public Defence Solicitor, (b) the salaries of each of his deputies, (c) the administrative staff costs of the Public Defence Solicitors' Office, (d) the rental costs of the office and (e) the other outgoings of the office.
(65793)
348  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the letter of 6th October from the Minister for Agriculture, the Environment and Fisheries to the honourable Member for Linlithgow, what expert advice and recommendations he has received from Scottish Natural Heritage concerning the re-introduction of beavers into Scotland; and what action he proposes to take.
(65392)
349  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the NHS salary bill for nurses in Scotland in each of the last 10 years, (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of the total NHS salary bill.
(65521)
350  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many whole-time equivalent (a) bank, (b) agency and (c) contract nurses were employed, and at what cost, in each of the NHS health trust areas in Scotland for each of the last 10 years.
(65520)
351  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what rules or guidance his Department has to govern the (a) formal and (b) informal interaction between his civil servants and commercial lobbyists.
(66206)
352  
  
Mr Nigel Griffiths (Edinburgh South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement about the forthcoming policy and financial management review of the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.
(66484)
353  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if the draft Skye Bridge Toll Order or the actual Order were made available for inspection in accordance with the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984; and if he will make a statement.
(66339)
354  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he expects to publish the revised Agricultural Business Improvement Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(66452)
355  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what response the Minister for Agriculture, the Environment and Fisheries has given to the request of independent smolt producers for a meeting to discuss the impact upon the Scottish salmon industry of infectious salmon anaemia.
(66453)
356  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what parts of the Representation of the People Acts apply to the Scottish Parliament elections for the purpose of broadcasting in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(66180)
357  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on his action to promote inward investment to Scotland; and if he must seek the approval of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry before making any offer to a potential investor.
(66135)
358  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the emergency declared at the Hunterston B nuclear plant on 27th December.
(66426)
359  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list for each project of over £10,000 the programmes funded by (i) Scotland Against Drugs and (ii) the Drugs Challenge Fund in 1997-98 indicating the programmes of over £10,000 which have been commissioned under these headings in financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000; what is the total proposed budget for (a) SAD and (b) the Drugs Challenge Fund for each of the next three financial years; what are the running costs; and what percentage of total funds will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65939)
360  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will detail by project of over £10,000 the moneys made available to local authorities under the spend to save programme for 1997-98; what projects have been earmarked for funding in (i) 1998-99 and (ii) 1999-2000, and how much funding has been allocated to each; what is the proposed total budget for the spend to save programme for each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65935)
361  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a breakdown of allocations of money over £10,000 made under the New Futures Fund in the financial year 1997-98; if he will list the allocations over £10,000 already made under this programme for financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000; if he will give (a) the amount allocated to running costs and (b) the total funds available for each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65800)
362  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a breakdown of all allocations of money over £10,000 made under the rough sleepers initiative in the financial year 1997-98 indicating allocations over £10,000 already made under the initiative for financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000; what is the total available under the initiative for each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65953)
363  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list for each project of over £10,000 the programmes (a) funded from the Mental Health Development Fund in 1997-98 and (b) commissioned by his Department to be funded from the Mental Health Development Fund in (i) 1998-99 and (ii) 1999-2000; what is the total proposed budget for such projects for each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of this he estimates will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65932)
364  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a breakdown of all allocations of money over £10,000 for research projects into crime, the causes of crime, the prison system, the police or the criminal justice system; if he will give the allocations over £10,000 already made for such research projects for financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000; if he will give the total funds available for each of the next three financial years for such projects; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65812)
365  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a breakdown of all allocations of money over £10,000 made under the Local Care Partnership scheme in the financial year 1997-98; if he will list the allocations over £10,000 already made under this scheme for the financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000; if he will give (a) the amount allocated to running costs and (b) the total funds available for each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65811)
366  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a breakdown of all allocations of money over £10,000 made under the Social Inclusion Partnerships in the financial year 1997-98; if he will state the allocations over £10,000 already made under this programme for the financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000; if he will give (a) the amount allocated to running costs and (b) the total funds available for each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65808)
367  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the current amount of his Department's emergency reserve or contingency fund; and what amount he proposes it should be in each of next three financial years.
(65813)
368  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a breakdown of projects receiving assistance under the New Opportunities Fund in the current financial year; what funds have already been earmarked (a) in total and (b) by project where already allocated for the next three financial years; and what percentage will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65796)
369  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will give the percentage of the NHS performance pool money announced by his Department on 18th March 1998 for NHS trusts which met waiting list targets which has been allocated; if he will give the value of such money distributed to each health trust; what criteria were used to make awards; and if he will publish the target levels for waiting lists for each health trust and the actual current level of waiting list.
(65807)
370  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a breakdown of all allocations of money over £10,000 made under the Empty Homes Initiative in the financial year 1997-98; if he will give the allocations over £10,000 already made under this programme for financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000; if he will give (a) the amount allocated to running costs and (b) the total funds available for each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65801)
371  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a breakdown of allocations of money over £10,000 made from the Challenge Fund in the financial year 1997-98, indicating allocations over £10,000 already made from the fund for financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000; what is the total available under the fund for each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65952)
372  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the current building projects in the NHS, with the exception of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, of value greater than £100,000; which of these involve PFI contracts and what is the PFI share of the cost of each project; what will be the (a) annual cost and (b) total cost to the public purse of each of these projects over the next five years, stating the amounts to be paid under PFI contracts; if he will list the property transfers made as part of the PFI contracts in each case; which of these buildings will be in public ownership; and if he will make a statement.
(65933)
373  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list by project of over £10,000 the moneys made available to local authorities for school rationalisations for the financial year 1997-98; what projects have been earmarked for funding in financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000; how much funding has been allocated to each; what is the proposed total budget for school rationalisations for each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65930)
374  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the transport projects of over £100,000 for which contracts have been signed which will require public funds in each of the next three financial years; what will be the annual cost of each of these projects for each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of proposed spending on (a) road, (b) rail, (c) air, (d) sea and (e) other transport for this period has thus been allocated.
(65928)
375  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a breakdown of allocations of money over £10,000 made under the New Housing Partnership in the financial year 1997-98 indicating allocations over £10,000 already made under the New Housing Partnership for financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000, and further indicating (a) the amount allocated to running costs and (b) the total funds available for each of the next three financial years.
(65954)
376  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a break-down of all allocations of money over £10,000 made under the non-custodial offenders services scheme in the financial year 1997-98; if he will give the allocations over £10,000 already made under this scheme for the financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000; if he will give (a) the amount allocated to running costs and (b) the total funds available for each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65795)
377  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list those projects which have been allocated funding from the Millennium Festival Fund (a) in the current financial year, (b) for 1999-2000 and (c) for 2000-01; what is the total monies available from the fund in each of these years; and what percentage will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65805)
378  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a breakdown of all allocations of money over £10,000 made under the New Deal for Communities in the financial year 1997-98; if he will give the allocations over £10,000 already made under this programme for financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000; if he will give (a) the amount allocated to running costs and (b) the total funds available for each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65799)
379  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list for each project of over £10,000 the moneys he has provided to (a) local authorities, (b) other groups and (c) projects commissioned by his Department for energy efficiency projects in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99 and (iii) 1999-2000; what is the total proposed budget for energy efficiency projects for each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65937)
380  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a breakdown of all allocations of money over £10,000 made under the Innovation Fund for Child Health in the financial year 1997-98; if he will give the allocations over £10,000 already made under this programme for financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000; if he will give (a) the amount allocated to running costs and (b) the total funds available for each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65814)
381  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a breakdown by (a) local authority and (b) policy objective of the money made available for childcare projects in financial years 1992-93 to 1997-98; what money has been allocated for childcare by policy heading and local authority in financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000; what are the proposed total amounts to be made available for child care over each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65927)
382  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a breakdown of allocations of money over £10,000 made under the modernisation programme for the NHS in Scotland announced on 5th November 1998 for financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000; and if he will give the total funds available for each of the next three financial years.
(65810)
383  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a breakdown by (a) local authority and (b) policy objective or project over £10,000 of the money made available through the Excellence Fund to support children's learning in financial year 1997-98; what moneys have been allocated by policy objective or project or by local authority under the Excellence Fund in financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000; what are the proposed total amounts to be made available under this heading for each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65929)
384  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a breakdown detailing the value of grants of projects or groups receiving assistance by way of EU and Scottish Office grants to the fishing industry and the fish processing industry in the current financial year, individually and in total; what funds have already been earmarked (a) in total and (b) by project where already allocated for the next three financial years; and what percentage will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65797)
385  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a breakdown of all allocations of money over £10,000 made under the Business Growth Fund in the financial year 1997-98; if he will give the allocations over £10,000 already made under this programme for financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000; if he will give (a) the amount allocated to running costs and (b) the total funds available for each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65809)
386  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list broken down by year and amount for each of the next three financial years those projects of value greater than £50,000 which have been allocated funds from the money announced by press release by his Department on 17th March 1998; and what percentage of the money remains unallocated.
(65806)
387  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what NHS properties have been sold to Consort Healthcare and for what amounts; who carried out the valuation of the properties and at what sums they were valued; what Government body or bodies were involved in the transactions; what assessment he made of the advantages of selling the properties on the open market and for what reasons he decided not to; if he will publish details of the transactions; and if he will make a statement.
(65519)
388  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a breakdown detailing the value of grants made to higher education establishments for the purchase of new research equipment in the current financial year, individually and in total; what funds have already been earmarked (a) in total and (b) by project where already allocated for the next three financial years; and what percentage will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65798)
389  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list in total and by project of over £50,000 the money made available to each local authority for school upgrade and refurbishment projects in real terms in financial years 1992-93 to 1997-98, indicating the allocations already made in the current financial year, and those earmarked for 1999-2000, in total and by project of over £50,000 for school upgrades and refurbishments; what is the total budget available for school upgrades and refurbishments in the next three financial years; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65938)
390  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will detail by project of over £10,000 and in total, the assistance given to Scottish businesses for research and development in 1997-98; what projects have been earmarked for funding in (i) 1998-99 and (ii) 1999-2000, and how much funding has been allocated to each; what is the proposed budget for research and development assistance for each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65934)
391  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list for each project of over £10,000 the education research programmes commissioned by his Department in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000; what is the total proposed budget for education research projects for each of the next three financial years; and what percentage of this will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
(65931)
392  
N  
Mr Joe Ashton (Bassetlaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many old age pensioners who have become eligible for their benefit since 1st October have not received their pension, and for what reason; and what explanation, or notification, has been given to them as to when they may expect to be paid.
(66467)
393  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the total value of monies collected from absent parents contributions to maintenance from prescribed social security benefits which have been retained by the Child Support Agency to cover the cost of assessment and collection fees in each year since the Child Support Agency was established.
(66479)
394  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the average time taken to recognise failure by a Child Support Agency enforcement officer to obtain payment of assessment from an absent parent and to issue court proceedings to recover outstanding arrears and establish regular payments.
(66480)
395  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is his policy on whether (a) lump sums paid as part of pensions on retirement and (b) capital sums held as part of approved personal plans before annuitisation will be subject under the minimum pensions guarantee to the savings limits and tariff income schedule regimes of existing income support.
(66454)
396  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the numbers of pensioners who would be entitled to (a) existing income support and (b) the future minimum pension guarantee if (i) a pension disregard of (1) £10 per week and (2) £20 per week were introduced and (ii) if the disregard were confined to pension income paid to widows and widowers.
(66460)
397  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if, pursuant to the Answer given to the honourable Member for Birkenhead on 12th January, Official Report, column 152, he will state (a) the assumptions about the growth of the minimum income guarantee relative to prices and earnings and (b) the number and proportion of state second pensioners who will be receiving the pensioners' minimum income guarantee in the years up to 2050.
(66469)
398  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the savings in income support or minimum pensioner income guarantee payments each year after 1st April 1999 till 1st April 2007 arising from the introduction of pensions splitting.
(66462)
399  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the capital resources assessment rules accompanying the minimum pension guarantee have been decided; and which existing income support capital resources rules will be revised.
(66455)
400  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, on what date the agreement with the Post Office not to redirect benefit payments came into operation for each region of the country.
(66127)
401  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he expects to publish the findings on the pilot studies on income support take-up.
(66128)
402  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what rules or guidance his Department has to govern the (a) formal and (b) informal interaction between his civil servants and commercial lobbyists.
(66217)
403  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the changes made to the mileage rate payable to (a) appellants, (b) companions, (c) witnesses and (d) unpaid representatives in tribunal hearings since 1st January 1979, indicating the date and amount of change in each case.
(66482)
404  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the changes made to the mileage rate payable to (a) tribunal members and (b) tribunal staff since 1st January 1979, indicating the date and amount of change in each case.
(66483)
405  
N  
Mr David Lock (Wyre Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is his Department's policy on the confidential transfer of information on the names of persons in receipt of means-tested benefits from his Department to individual education authorities solely in order to permit the education authority to establish the number of children in its area who qualify for free school meals.
(65815)
406  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what discussions he has had with (a) the Right honourable Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed and (b) other Liberal Democrat honourable and Right honourable Members concerning the development of government policy on pensions.
(65817)
407  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the amount of compensation likely to be paid to personal pension providers by the Contributions Agency, as a result of delays in implementing the NIRS II system.
(65991)
408  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what are the estimated costs to the Contributions Agency associated with clearing the current backlogs which have occurred as a result of delays in implementing the NIRS II system.
(65992)
409  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will extend Direction 25 of the Social Fund to include 16 to 18 year olds who are on a youth training placement.
(66156)
410  
  
Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many families in Doncaster Central will receive the increase in child benefit, effective from April 1999.
(66564)
411  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what appraisal he has made of the implications of the expansion of power generation through combined cycle gas turbines not fitted with automatic governor response for the security of the national grid network.
(65985)
412  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will announce the Government's response to the recent consultation exercise on consumer representation in the gas and electricity industries.
(65984)
413  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make it his policy to disclose all the papers relating to investigations undertaken by his Department into the business affairs of serving Government Ministers.
(66450)
414  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps were taken by his predecessor to ensure that the business affairs of the honourable Member for Coventry North West were investigated by his Department without ministerial involvement.
(66451)
415  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what investigations Her Majesty's Government has carried out into the affairs of Casalee.
(65127)
416  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, in what role Mr Stephan Kock represented Her Majesty's Government in his dealings with Mr Gerald Bull and the Space Research Corporation.
(65149)
417  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what dealings representatives of Her Majesty's Government have had with Casalee.
(65128)
418  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which civil servants in his Department met Mr Stephan Kock to discuss matters relating to defence contracts with Malaysia in the period from January 1985 to the end of December 1988.
(65138)
419  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions took place between his Department's officials and representatives of the Scott Inquiry on the advisability of calling upon Mr Stephan Kock to give evidence to that inquiry (a) before, (b) during and (c) after the inquiry.
(65131)
420  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what investigations Her Majesty's Government has carried out into the affairs of Armscor.
(65125)
421  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions have taken place since 1992 between representatives of Her Majesty's Government and Mr Stephan Kock over the dealings of Messrs Allivane in defence contracting between 1989 and 1992.
(65124)
422  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what role was played by his Department in sponsoring dealings in defence matters between Mr Stephan Kock and Sir Thomas Legg.
(65142)
423  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which government-sponsored delegations to Russia between 1990 and 1995 included Mr Stephan Kock.
(65157)
424  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what role has been played by Mr Stephan Kock in conjunction with representatives of Her Majesty's Government in arranging, promoting or negotiating arms supply to China.
(65139)
425  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, in what role Mr Stephan Kock represented Her Majesty's Government when he negotiated credit for Iraq.
(65151)
426  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the role of Her Majesty's Government official was in (a) sponsoring and (b) participating in discussions between Mr John Bredenkamp and Brigadier Julius in connection with the affairs of (i) Allivane and (ii) Casalee.
(65129)
427  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what dealings representatives of Her Majesty's Government have had with Armscor.
(65126)
428  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what role was played by his Department in sponsoring dealings on defence contracting matters between Mr Stephan Kock, Mr Roy Barber and Mr Dennis Robertson of Stoy Hayward.
(65141)
429  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consideration was made by his Department's inspectors of the advisablity of bringing legal proceedings against Mr Stephan Kock as a director of Astra.
(65132)
430  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, in what role Mr Stephan Kock represented Her Majesty's Government when advising Societeˇ Generale de Belge, GECHEM and Warburgs during the negotiations by Astra to purchase PRB.
(65150)
431  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many licences have been granted for the export of military and paramilitary goods to Sri Lanka for the last five years, in each case listing the categories under which the licences were issued.
(66377)
432  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many applications for the export of (a) paramilitary, (b) security and (c) police equipment to Indonesia have been (i) granted, (ii) refused and (iii) revoked since 10th May 1998; and if he will indicate the export licence category in each case.
(66616)
433  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what arrangements have been made to enable the National Audit Office to examine the purchase by the Post Office of German Parcels.
(66020)
434  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the details of the purchase of German Parcels by the Post Office will be supplied to the Committee of Public Accounts.
(66019)
435  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the Comptroller and Auditor General has given his agreement to the decision not to publish details of the purchase of German Parcels by the Post Office.
(66022)
436  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reasons details of the purchase of German Parcels by the Post Office have not been published.
(66023)
437  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library the Treasury Minute of Approval in respect of the purchase of German Parcels by the Post Office.
(66021)
438  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what rules or guidance his Department has to govern the (a) formal and (b) informal interaction between his civil servants and commercial lobbyists.
(66216)
439  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he has taken to ensure that the telephone network in Lancashire is millennium compliant, with particular reference to emergency calls.
(66025)
440  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the Government's progress in achieving 10 per cent. of the country's energy from renewable sources.
(66076)
441  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what financial assistance and grants are available from his Department to engineering companies in South Lancashire.
(66028)
442  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what financial assistance the Government has provided to small businesses to assist them in preparing for (a) the euro and (b) the millennium bug.
(66024)
443  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much Government funding has been given to overseas companies in the last 10 years for the establishment of factories in the United Kingdom that have closed in the first three years of operation or never opened.
(66026)
444  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assistance his Department offers to indigenous British industries that wish to expand their operations.
(66027)
445  
N  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the official trading status of Miller Dywidag Joint Venture.
(66337)
446  
  
Mr John McAllion (Dundee East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if, following the dissolution of the Joint Industry Board for the Electrical Contracting Industry and its voluntary de-registration as a trade union in 1991, a successor body with similar objectives has re-registered as a trade union or registered as an employer's association.
(66146)
447  
  
Mr John McAllion (Dundee East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the Joint Advisory Board for the Electrical Contracting Industry was granted permission by ministers to operate an industry scheme of redundancy payments; and if he will make a statement.
(66145)
448  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proposals he intends to submit to the European Commission on the designation of new assisted areas for regional selective assistance.
(66132)
449  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact of the acquisition of German Parcels on (a) the Post Office's net cash generation and (b) the level of overall public borrowing.
(66153)
450  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will require Siemens to repay their start-up grant.
(66134)
451  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if his Department is investigating alleged improprieties in the actions of London and Bishopsgate Investments in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
(66624)
452  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the cost to the Post Office of the acquisition of German Parcels.
(66154)
453  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which minister has primary responsibility for ensuring that England, Scotland and Wales do not compete against one another for inward investment.
(66137)
454  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what limits the Government has set on Post Office expenditure on acquisitions this year and next; and what is his current forecast of the Post Office contribution to the public sector's revenues.
(66228)
455  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what roles the Secretaries of State for Scotland and Wales and he play in encouraging inward investment in England, Scotland and Wales.
(66131)
456  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what change in the proportion of the working population covered by assisted areas status is now anticipated under the European guidelines on regional aid published in March 1998.
(66151)
457  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when details of the Concordat on Inward Investment will be published.
(66152)
458  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will give details of the proportion of EU structural funding proposed for rural areas under the European guidelines on regional aid published in March 1998.
(66142)
459  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish the results of his consultations carried out with regions from which regional aid is to be withdrawn.
(66141)
460  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish the new map for regional selective assistance to be proposed to the European Commission.
(66133)
461  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions he has had with consumer groups about price competition in the white goods sector.
(66576)
462  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the findings of his Department's survey on the prices of washing machines in retail outlets.
(66571)
463  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to ensure competition and choice for consumers purchasing electrical appliances.
(66572)
464  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what further steps he is taking to introduce competition in the market for white goods.
(66570)
465  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will refer the proposed merger of BAE and GEC Marconi to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.
(65749)
466  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the meeting between EC Competition Commissioner Karel Van Miert and the German Finance Minister, Oskar Lafontaine on 7th January, on the proposals of the German presidency relating to the introduction of industrial energy taxes.
(66423)
467  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he plans to publish the findings of the Renewable Energy Review; and if he will make a statement on targets for renewable energy generation beyond 2010.
(66197)
468  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what renewable energy schemes in the United Kingdom have been part or fully funded by (a) European Community energy programmes and (b) the European Investment Bank.
(66622)
469  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures his Department is taking to promote domestic renewable energy expertise to overseas markets; and if he will make a statement.
(66619)
470  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the purposes of the proposed Competition Bill will include the creation and encouragement of competition in the United Kingdom in the defence industries.
(66330)
471  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of EU policy on defence industrial company mergers with his approach to competition matters in the United Kingdom.
(66331)
472  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what initiatives he is taking to improve bus services in (a) urban and (b) rural areas, with particular reference to Flintshire.
(66410)
473  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what measures he proposes to help senior citizens to use buses; and if he will make a statement.
(66419)
474  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what initiatives he has taken to promote best value in Local Government; and if he will make a statement.
(66438)
475  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is the (a) current and (b) proposed budget of each division in Wales of the Welsh Development Agency.
(66439)
476  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on his policy concerning the building of combined heat and power stations.
(66409)
477  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (a) starts and (b) completions of Housing Association homes there have been in Flintshire in each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement.
(66418)
478  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the amount of money realised from sales of council houses by Flintshire County Council.
(66417)
479  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on progress in the co-operation between Flintshire County Council and the North Wales Police Authority following the enactment of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
(66420)
480  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what initiatives he is taking to ensure improved road safety in the vicinity of schools in Queensferry, Shotton and Connah's Quay; and if he will make a statement.
(66411)
481  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on his policy on traffic calming.
(66412)
482  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, in what ways he plans to assist Flintshire County Council to repair and modernise its housing stock; and if he will make a statement.
(66416)
483  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what progress he is making in his strategy to combat drugs abuse in (i) Wales and (ii) Flintshire; and if he will make a statement.
(66437)
484  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to increase the diversity of job opportunities outside the M4 and A55 corridors.
(66398)
485  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what parts of the Representation of the People Acts will apply to the Welsh Assembly elections for the purpose of broadcasting in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(66181)
486  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on his action to promote inward investment into Wales; and if he must seek the approval of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry before making any offer to a potential investor.
(66136)
487  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the public funding for rural and urban bus services in each county of Wales over the next three years.
(66179)
488  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many whole-time equivalent nurses were employed in Wales on 30th April 1997.
(66497)
489  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will estimate the savings which will result from health trust reorganisation in each of the first three years after implementation.
(66366)
490  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many whole-time equivalent nurses are currently employed in Wales.
(66498)
491  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what financial provision he has made for informing the public about (a) the voting system for elections to the National Assembly for Wales and (b) general information about the Assembly; and if he will make a statement.
(66481)
492  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he is taking to safeguard the future of small abattoirs in Wales.
(66157)
493  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he is taking to encourage more people to enter the nursing profession.
(66373)
494  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects to publish the consultation paper on the disqualification of persons from membership of the National Assembly for Wales under section 12 of the Government of Wales Act 1998.
(66163)
495  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on nursing staff recruitment in the NHS in Wales.
(66164)
496  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the (a) current situation and (b) forecast position in 12 months, with regard to midwife recruitment.
(66183)
497  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to allow private companies to take over the running of schools in Wales.
(66182)
498  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will set out the basis on which it was decided that National Lottery funding for ICT for teachers should not be made available to (a) the independent sector, (b) special schools, (c) assistant teachers and (d) teachers on maternity leave.
[Transferred] (65941)
499  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when it was decided that vouchers for ICT training for teachers in schools funded by the National Lottery should be paid to local education authorities and not headteachers.
[Transferred] (65942)
500  
  
Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many young unemployed people aged 18 to 25 years in Doncaster Central have to date gained new skills from their participation in the New Deal programme.
[Transferred] (66562)
501  
  
Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of those who will benefit from the national minimum wage are resident in Doncaster Central.
[Transferred] (66566)


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