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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 27 January 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Wednesday 27 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  Wednesday 27 January, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Thursday 28 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.
 


 
WEDNESDAY 27th JANUARY
1  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, by how much the cost of meat inspection was increased in each 12 month period since the Meat Hygiene Service became operational; and what estimate he has made of cost to the industry for 1999.
(68127)
2  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, by what date the UK will be in full compliance with EU rules on meat inspection.
(68128)
3  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 21st January, Official Report, column 573, on fishing industry initiatives, which organisations within the British fishing industry put forward proposals for (a) the introduction of fixed quota allocation, (b) the limiting to registration and licensing of fishing vessels to the declaration of maximum continuous or permanently devoted engine power, (c) restrictive licensing for scallop dredging and (d) measures to assist the replacement or introduction of pelagic freezer trawlers.
(68151)
4  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 19th January, Official Report, column 454, on fisheries, if he will list those EU countries with which he has discussed the decentralisation of fisheries control to zonal committees within member states; which states indicated their support in principle; and if he will make a statement.
(68149)
5  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many abattoirs continue to operate under derogation for low throughput.
(68130)
6  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the average cost of meat inspection per animal in (a) large, (b) medium sized and (c) small abattoirs.
(68129)
7  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received regarding the increased distance meat animals travel to slaughter as a result of the closure of smaller abattoirs.
(68126)
8  
  
Mr John Heppell (Nottingham East):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, during what hours Ministry officials were in attendance for the transport of mink on 22nd December 1998 from Ponteland to Devon; and what charges were levied for their attendance.
(68145)
9  
  
Mr John Heppell (Nottingham East):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how long the mink transported on 22nd December 1998 from the mink factory farm at Ponteland remained in the lorry which transported them.
(68144)
10  
  
Mr John Heppell (Nottingham East):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, at how many mink factory farms the killing of mink was witnessed by Ministry officials over the past three months; how long officials were in attendance at each mink factory farm; and what methods were used to carrying out the killing, broken down by county in each case.
(68148)
11  
  
Mr John Heppell (Nottingham East):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many visits were made in 1998 to mink factory farms, by county, by Ministry officials (a) for animal welfare inspections and (b) to check compliance with the conditions of the Mink Keeping Regulations 1975 (as amended).
(68147)
12  
  
Mr John Heppell (Nottingham East):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many mink and fox fur factory farms there are by county in England and Wales.
(68146)
13  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list those (a) schemes and (b) initiatives which have been introduced by the public and the private sector during the last five years that have been aimed at improving quality standards in the horticulture and fruit industry.
(66496)
14  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he is taking to increase the acreage of orchards in England.
(68050)
15  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish the advice of the Chief Medical Officer on the safety of beef on the bone in each of the last three years.
(68060)
16  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has held with retailers about consumers' attitudes towards genetically modified food.
(68088)
17  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the current advice he has received from the Chief Medical Officer on the safety of beef on the bone.
(68059)
18  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish the information held by his Department on consumers' attitudes towards genetically modified food.
(68089)
19  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what information held by his Department about consumers' attitudes towards genetically modified food was released to (a) Monsanto, (b) Novartis and (c) other companies wishing to introduce genetic modification into Britain.
(68090)
20  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has held with the Minister for Science, about genetically-modified crops.
(68067)
21  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has held with English Nature about genetically-modified crops.
(68066)
22  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects to make a decision about the lifting of the ban on beef-on-the-bone.
(68105)
23  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has held with retailers about consumers' attitudes towards genetically-modified food.
(68062)
24  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish a list of the overseas visits made by the Right honourable Member for Copeland during his period as Minister of Agriculture Fisheries and Food giving details for each visit of (a) dates, (b) destinations, (c) methods of travel and (d) cost of hotels.
(68087)
25  
  
Mr Robert N. Wareing (Liverpool, West Derby):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what representations he has received in respect of possible private prosecutions being taken out against General Pinochet; what his response has been; and if he will make a statement.
(67970)
26  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what tendering procedure was used for the catering facilities in the vicinity of the Dome.
(68179)
27  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on progress in securing a sponsor for the Spirit Zone of the Dome.
(68178)
28  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps were taken by the NMEC to ensure that interviews for catering contracts were conducted by the same panel.
(68175)
29  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what provision there is for (a) Chinese food, (b) halal food and (c) kosher food at the Dome.
(68183)
30  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) black and (b) asian people serve on the Food Advisory Committee of the Dome.
(68182)
31  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many complaints have been received by the NMEC about the tendering procedure for catering contracts.
(68181)
32  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the membership of the Board of the NMEC and their remuneration.
(68180)
33  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the contract for legal advice to the NMEC was awarded to Sharpe Prichard and Co.; and what tendering procedure was used.
(68177)
34  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what has been the cost of legal advice given to the NMEC.
(68176)
35  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what external legal advice was taken by the NMEC before commencing the tenders procedure for catering contracts.
(68174)
36  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with senior officers of the Armed Services on their responsibilities in ensuring the welfare and protection of young children living with families in military bases; and if he will make a statement.
(68047)
37  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many children living in military-based accommodation have been the subject of reports by senior officers as to their welfare and protection in each of the last three years.
(67987)
38  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 20th January, Official Report, column 460, if he will make it his policy to carry out radiation surveys at the entrance to reactor compartments every 12 hours to coincide with shift patterns during work on nuclear submarines at RN Base Faslane.
(67955)
39  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to place in the Library a copy of the terms and conditions of the original transfer from the Rothschild family to the Government of land at Halton, Buckinghamshire.
(67950)
40  
  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to reply to the letter dated 29th September 1997, from the honourable Member for West Derbyshire, written on behalf of his constituent, Mrs Watt.
(67969)
41  
  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many appeals were made by (a) students and (b) schools to examination boards following the publication of A level examination results in August 1998.
(67962)
42  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what policies the Government is implementing to encourage carers to enter further and higher education.
(67971)
43  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his Department's policy on the acceptance by the Employment Service of job vacancies for public display from commercial employment agencies.
(67989)
44  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the marginal costs annually to the Employment Service of processing requests from commercial employment agencies for advertising job vacancies.
(67991)
45  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he intends to require the Employment Service to charge a fee to commercial employment agencies for advertising job vacancies on their behalf.
(67990)
46  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if a local authority is permitted to merge databases containing personal data which were originally collected for diverse functions, on the grounds that such a merger would improve the economy, efficiency or effectiveness of that authority; and if he will make a statement.
(68049)
47  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy with regards to the banning of the use of asbestos in the United Kingdom.
(67986)
48  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish the Derwent Report on the re-organisation of the Coastguard Service and the Marine Surveyors incorporation into the Marine Coastguard Agency.
(68055)
49  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the level of checks carried out by Railtrack on signal wiring.
(68057)
50  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the allocation of investment by Railtrack in signal wiring for the next three years; what action the Railway Inspectorate is taking to ascertain the safety of the existing system; and what actions have been undertaken to replace faulty signal wiring this year.
(68054)
51  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will call for a report from the Railway Inspectorate on the recent incident at Bow Junction
(68056)
52  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many representations he has received about the creation of the Marine Coastguard Agency; and how many representations opposed setting up the new body.
(68058)
53  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many miles of motorway were open at the end of (a) 1979 and (b) 1997.
(68125)
54  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what advice he received recommending that the final shortlist for consideration as the new headquarters for the Greater London Authority should have three proposals.
(67948)
55  
N  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he has received a Public/Private Partnership bid from Railtrack for the surface and sub-surface London Underground lines outside the criteria for the tender process.
(67923)
56  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the need for targeted economic assistance to areas which have high concentrations of retired persons.
(67256)
57  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will publish his consultation document on charity taxation.
(67907)
58  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department will publish regulations enabling unrelieved surplus advance corporation tax to be utilised by companies.
(67909)
59  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many incorrect tax demands have been issued by the Inland Revenue since 20th December 1998.
(67908)
60  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what price incentives the Government supports to encourage consumers to purchase energy efficient products.
(67966)
61  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received regarding progressive beer duty; and if he will make a statement.
(67946)
62  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will table a replacement VAT (Sport, Sports Competitions and Physical Education) Order.
(67954)
63  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the annual corporation tax revenue received from football clubs.
(67947)
64  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 14th January, Official Report, column 286, relating to VAT receipts, if he will indicate the amount of the £1.1 billion revenue relating to civil engineering projects.
(67972)
65  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on his Department's responsibilities in relation to building societies; and which Ministers have dealt with those responsibilities during the period since 1st May 1997.
(67330)
66  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he took to investigate the business background of the previous Paymaster General at the time of his appointment as Paymaster General.
(67331)
67  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the cost to the public purse of dealing with press enquiries regarding the private business affairs of the previous Paymaster General between 1st May 1997 and the date of his resignation.
(67325)
68  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the accuracy of unofficial Treasury press briefings regarding the business affairs of the previous Paymaster General prior to his resignation.
(67326)
69  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the accuracy of Treasury press releases and press briefings regarding the business affairs of the previous Paymaster General prior to his resignation.
(67327)
70  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times the inter-departmental working group on the environmental aspects of whole life costing has met; what progress has been made by the working group; when the working group will next meet; and what are the working group's future plans.
(68107)
71  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times he or his junior ministers have paid official visits to (a) the Czech Republic, (b) Poland, (c) Hungary, (d) Slovenia, (e) Estonia and (f) Cyprus since May 1997; and what was the purpose of each visit.
(67701)
72  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage the United States to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.
(67967)
73  
N  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the Government will promote proposals for a strengthened Biological Weapons Convention by the year 2000 at the forthcoming negotiations in Geneva.
(67158)
74  
  
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 the four reports despatched by the British Embassy in Madrid to his Department relating to Judge Garzo«n's investigations into Chile.
(67956)
75  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times he or his junior ministers have paid official visits to (a) the Czech Republic, (b) Poland, (c) Hungary, (d) Slovenia, (e) Estonia and (f) Cyprus since May 1997; and what was the purpose of each visit.
(67699)
76  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations via the British Embassy in Ankara to the Turkish Government to request that the death penalty will not be used against the suspect accused of murdering Edgar Fernandes.
(68169)
77  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the recent meeting with the Muslim Council of Britain
(67960)
78  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his recent meeting with the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India.
(67958)
79  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the meeting between Baroness Symons and the Turkish Ambassador on 7th January in respect of the Edgar Fernandes case; what was the result of that meeting; and what action his Department has taken since then.
(68170)
80  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to announce which post will be used as a pilot for the recording of entry clearance interviews.
(67957)
81  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to announce the name of the new British High Commissioner to Bangladesh
(67961)
82  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to visit India.
(67959)
83  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the entertainment budgets for each of his Department's posts abroad in the last financial year.
(68171)
84  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evaluation he has made of the clinical trials regarding the use of Aricept in treating patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
(67993)
85  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under what circumstances the drug Aricept is currently available by prescription for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
(67992)
86  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to start the consultation process on the proposed merger of acute hospital trusts in Leicester; who will be consulted; when he proposes to give his final approval for the proposal; and if he will make a statement.
(67951)
87  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent advice he has been given by the Chief Medical Officer about the risks of (a) smoking and (b) Viagra.
(68103)
88  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent advice has been given by his Department to the public about the risks of (a) smoking and (b) Viagra.
(68104)
89  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the prisons from which prisoners are to be released on home detention curfew on 28th January and the number of prisoners to be released in each case.
(67426)
90  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the property owned by the Metropolitan Police Force which is currently for sale; what representations he has received on such sales; and if he will make a statement.
(68048)
91  
  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland and Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations his Department has made in the last 12 months (a) through Interpol and (b) through other means to the French Ministry of the Interior concerning the handling of deaths of British citizens in France; and if he will make a statement.
(68132)
92  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with police forces on their responsibility for bringing to the attention of local social services departments their concerns for the welfare and protection of children who might be at risk; and if he will make a statement.
(67988)
93  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for the establishment of an independent electoral commission which would have responsibility for the provision of practical assistance to the elderly and those with disabilities in using polling stations.
(67257)
94  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in improving access to polling stations for people with physical impairments.
(67258)
95  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) proportion and (b) number of young offenders were (i) white, (ii) black, (iii) Asian and (iv) other in each of the last five years.
(68095)
96  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many assaults have been committed in each of the past five years by (a) white individuals against black individuals and vice versa, (b) white individuals against Asian individuals and vice versa and (c) Asian individuals against black individuals and vice versa.
(68094)
97  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what categories of recorded crime were most frequently committed by each of the following ethnic groups (a) white, (b) black, (c) Asian and (d) others, in each of the last five years.
(68065)
98  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will assess the benefits of introducing a category of racially-motivated crime in crime statistics.
(68064)
99  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the proportion of persistent young offenders who are (a) white, (b) black, (c) Asian and (d) other in the last year for which figures are available.
(68093)
100  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the elements of the Government's strategy for preventing youth crime which have been specifically targeted at ethnic minorities.
(68092)
101  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many street robberies were carried out (a) in total and (b) by each ethnic group in each of the last five years.
(68063)
102  
  
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for each of the past five years, how many and what proportion of crimes were committed by offenders who were (a) white, (b) black, (c) Asian and (d) other.
(68096)
103  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will assess the advantages and disadvantages of putting CID officers into uniform for part of the working week.
(68052)
104  
  
Mr Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of progress on millennium compliance for the emergency services in Hampshire.
(68131)
105  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to visit the PEO of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate at Lunar House.
(67953)
106  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the prisons he has jurisdiction for, setting out (a) the number of places the prisons were originally built for, (b) the number of inmates currently in each prison and (c) the percentage overcrowding.
(67952)
107  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he had with the Commission for Racial Equality on the drafting of the From Murmur to Murder document.
(68184)
108  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of her Department's budget was paid to United Kingdom non-governmental organisations in 1997-98.
(68068)
109  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking in response to the humanitarian crisis in Sudan.
(68099)
110  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department's budget in the financial year 1999-2000 includes any expected proceeds from the sale of the Commonwealth Development Corporation.
(68086)
111  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures the Commonwealth Development Corporation will take to increase its return to investors following the introduction of the public/private partnership arrangements.
(68102)
112  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the need for post-trauma counselling in Rwanda.
(68101)
113  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian needs arising in Somalia.
(68100)
114  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the 10 UK based non-governmental organisations which received the greatest amounts of money from her Department in the year 1997-98.
(68085)
115  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people were employed directly by her Department on (a) 1st September 1998 and (b) 1st January 1999.
(68084)
116  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to support the recent initiative of the German Chancellor on debt relief for developing nations.
(68098)
117  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total annual cost to her Department is of its office in Nairobi; and if she will break down the figures into (a) staff and (b) other costs.
(68097)
118  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his policy on whom he invites to Chequers for official engagements.
(67322)
119  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his policy towards Ministers who are found to have misled the public.
(67328)
120  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many ministerial visits have been made to each South American and Caribbean country by each Government Minister since 1st May 1997.
(67332)
121  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his policy towards Ministers who are found to have misled him.
(67329)
122  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, what the Government's policy is with regard to employees who are found to have made false or misleading declarations on (a) internal documents and (b) external documents when seeking loans.
(67286)
123  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy with regard to the prosecution of those who commit business and personal fraud.
(67319)
124  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, what briefings he has received from civil servants or Ministers on the former Paymaster General and Maxwell pensions.
(67320)
125  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the current procedures for resolving disputes between Ministers in his Government.
(67321)
126  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, what total costs borne by the public purse have been for security, administration and other costs related to his overseas holidays since 1st May 1997.
(67323)
127  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 27th January.
(66296)
128  
N  
Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth and Horncastle):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 27th January.
(67398)
129  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many times he has paid official visits to Cyprus since May 1997; and what was the purpose of each visit.
(67702)
130  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer on 16th November, Official Report, column 582, on woodland areas, if the Geulan Forest has been offered for sale; and if he will make a statement.
(68152)
131  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when the special segregation unit at Saughton prison was completed; how much it cost; how many prisoners it is designed to accommodate; how many staff will work there; when he expects it to be in operation; and if he will make a statement.
(67497)
132  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the local authorities which have bid for new housing partnership funding for the period 1999-2002, detailing for each authority (a) if the bid is a feasibility study of stock transfers, how many dwellings are covered by the study and (b) if the bid is for actual transfers of homes, how many dwellings the authority plans to transfer, if funding requirements are met in full.
(67499)
133  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the income to be raised by fees paid by students at Scottish universities and colleges in the current year and each of the next five years.
(67501)
134  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the documents published by the Scottish Office since May 1997 indicating which were sent unsolicited (a) to all Scottish honourable Members and (b) to selected honourable Members.
(67496)
135  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the social exclusion projects currently in operation in Scotland indicating for each (a) the number of people benefiting, (b) the Government's financial contribution and (c) the total cost.
(67498)
136  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the income to be raised by fees paid by students resident in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for their attendance at the fourth year or subsequent years of first degree courses at Scottish universities or colleges in the current year and each of the next five years.
(67500)
137  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer of 18th January, Official Report, column 358, on the Skye Bridge Toll Order, if a copy of the Assignation Statement was made available for inspection with the Order from 26th June to 7th August 1992.
(67968)
138  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he expects Scottish Natural Heritage to bring forward detailed proposals to widen access to the countryside in Scotland.
(68051)
139  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list for each year since 1979 the proportion of (a) the total population and (b) lone parent families in receipt of (i) income support and (ii) supplementary benefits.
(68108)
140  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will calculate the current proportion of the total population in receipt of one or more of the main income-related benefits.
(68091)
141  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will update his estimates, based on the Family Resources Survey 1996-97 of receipt of means-tested benefits and liablity for income tax among pensioners consistent with his Answer of 5th November 1997, Official Report, columns 249-50.
(68150)
142  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what mechanisms exist to assess the toxicity of, and to approve the use of, the ingredients of aerosol spray products used in the domestic environment.
(67910)
143  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures the Government is taking to ensure that the new entrants to the electricity supply market will promote energy efficiency in the domestic sector.
(67963)
144  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures the Government is taking to ensure that the liberalised energy market delivers higher energy efficiency in the domestic sector.
(67964)
145  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Goverment is taking to encourage electricity companies to supply electricity from renewable energy sources beyond their obligations under the Non Fossil Fuel Obligation.
(67965)
146  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement about the regulatory procedures which must now be followed in respect of the proposed merger between BAT Industries and Rothmans International.
(67949)
147  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish all his Department's internal documents relating to the loan by the honourable Member for Coventry North West to his predecessor.
(67333)
148  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the lobby companies and their clients that had access to his predecessor in his official capacity at meetings in the Department or at specially-arranged meetings between July and December 1998.
(67324)
149  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on Government policy on football clubs buying media rights to football coverage.
(67334)
150  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which papers relating to BSkyB's take-over of Manchester United were brought to the attention of his predecessor; and what meetings his predecessor attended with (a) BSkyB and (b) Manchester United's management.
(67287)
151  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what arrangements will be made to make available in the United Kingdom the annual report on the EU code of conduct on arms sales.
(68110)
152  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to extend the principles of the EU code of conduct on arms exports to non-EU nations.
(68106)
153  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times he or his junior ministers, or predecessors in the post, have paid official visits to (a) the Czech Republic, (b) Poland, (c) Hungary, (d) Slovenia, (e) Estonia and (f) Cyprus since May 1997; and what was the purpose of each visit.
(67700)
154  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received from UK businesses in respect of the US Government proposal to impose tariffs on UK cashmere goods; what was the total value of UK cashmere goods exported (a) in total and (b) to the US in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(68172)
155  
N  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has received since the meeting of the Welsh Grand Committee on 16th December concerning the Tir Gofal agri-environmental scheme.
(66269)
156  
N  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the funding of projects to improve the environment of Wales for 1999-2000.
(66277)
157  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people have found work as a result of the New Deal for the Disabled.
[Transferred] (67259)
158  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the terms of reference of the Advisory Committee on releases into the environment were last reviewed.
[Transferred] (68061)
159  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what estimate he has made of the date by which the Thames Barrier will no longer fulfil its primary function; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (68053)


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