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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 16 February 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 16 February 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 Tuesday 16 February, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Monday 22 February, 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.
 


 
TUESDAY 16th FEBRUARY
1  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland and Lonsdale):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if the quarantine regulations will apply on their return to the sniffer dogs sent from the United Kingdom to assist in the search for survivors of the recent earthquake in Colombia.
(71504)
2  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will set out the conventions governing the propriety and cost of press releases issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies; and what is the total cost of the press releases issued since May 1997.
(71458)
3  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many press releases have been issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies in each of the years 1990 to 1998.
(71443)
4  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many press releases have been issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies in each of the years 1990 to 1998.
(71473)
5  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will set out the conventions governing the propriety and cost of press releases issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies; and what is the total cost of the press releases issued since May 1997.
(71474)
6  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his Answer of 10th February, Official Report, column 229, if he proposes to set a target end date for completion of the review of the work of the Joint Consultative Committee.
(71730)
7  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government will take to encourage physical exercise as part of its new after-school care programme.
(70295)
8  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press releases have been issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies in each of the years 1990 to 1998.
(71444)
9  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will set out the conventions governing the propriety and cost of press releases issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies; and what is the total cost of the press releases issued since May 1997.
(71459)
10  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to change the name of the English Tourist Board.
(71729)
11  
N  
Mr Robert N. Wareing (Liverpool, West Derby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to review the regulations in respect of the granting of concessionary television licences to elderly and disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(71386)
12  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his estimate of the proportion of the defence budget taken by (a) civilian and (b) armed forces salaries on (i) 31st March 2000, (ii) 31st March 1999, (iii) 31st March 1998 and (iv) 31st March 1997 and assuming future pay awards match the Government's inflation assumptions on (1) 31st March 2002 and (2) 31st March 2003.
(71672)
13  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of (a) the civilian and (b) the armed force salary bills in the financial year 1999-2000.
(71673)
14  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has had from South African police on the incident in May 1998 involving a cargo of military equipment flown from RAF Manston destined for South Africa which failed to reach its destination; and what his response was.
(71565)
15  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out the conventions governing the propriety and cost of press releases issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies; and what is the total cost of the press releases issued since May 1997.
(71460)
16  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many press releases have been issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies in each of the years 1990 to 1998.
(71445)
17  
N  
Mr George Galloway (Glasgow, Kelvin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the cost in each year of the enforcement of the no fly zones over the (a) North and (b) South of Iraq.
(71388)
18  
N  
Mr George Galloway (Glasgow, Kelvin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the legal authority for the imposition and enforcement of the no fly zones over the (a) North and (b) South of Iraq.
(71387)
19  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency published its report for 1998-99; and what was the cost of production of the report.
(71906)
20  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel were deployed on the jungle training exercises in Belize carried out between 1st April 1997 and 31st March 1998.
(71897)
21  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people are currently employed by the Defence Medical Training Organisation; and what was the figure at its inception.
(71909)
22  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the value of the air defence exercise in central Europe carried out between 1st April 1997 and 31st March 1998.
(71895)
23  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which countries had armed forces involved in the 15 training exercises in Cyprus carried out between 1st April 1997 and 31st March 1998.
(71894)
24  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the cost of the six armoured battlegroup exercises in Canada carried out between 1st April 1997 and 31st March 1998.
(71893)
25  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to set targets for the Defence Estate Organisation for 1999-2000.
(71905)
26  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the principal benefits of the jungle training exercise in Brunei carried out between 1st April 1997 and 31st March 1998.
(71896)
27  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which targets the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre did not meet in 1997-98; and what monitoring he has undertaken for those targets in 1998-99.
(71907)
28  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the in-service date for the 120 millimetre stretch programme replacement for the Challenger 2 CHARM ammunition system.
(71491)
29  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what risk assessment he has carried out or has received from the RAF of flights over the North Cotswolds to the North East of Staverton Airport in Gloucestershire; what information he has received from the RAF regarding the precautions they are taking to avoid mid-air collisions in that air space; what information the RAF supplies about its flights to the authorities at Staverton Airport; what minimum height above ground level is permitted for (a) RAF fighters, (b) Hercules transport planes and (c) Chinook helicopters; and if he will make a statement.
(71194)
30  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with personnel at RAF Innsworth, Gloucestershire, about plans to reduce the level of policing of the MoD area at Innsworth; and if he will make a statement.
(70892)
31  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans the Government has to close or scale down his Department's airfields at (a) Lyneham, (b) Boscombe Down and (c) Brize Norton; and what discussions he has had on the possible closure of these airfields.
(71580)
32  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on his Department's airfields in the south of England.
(71579)
33  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the implications are for (a) staffing and (b) resources at RAF Brize Norton of (i) replacing the fleet of VC-10s and Tristars and (ii) the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft programme; and if he will make a statement.
(71576)
34  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proposals he has for the future of RAF Brize Norton.
(71577)
35  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proposals he has under consideration for the transfer of staff and resources from RAF Brize Norton to Boscombe Down as a result of the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft programme.
(71578)
36  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the publications issued since 1st May 1997 relating to the New Deal, giving the total cost per publication and the numbers of each publication which have been produced.
(71493)
37  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many students have benefited from the exemption from tuition fees for Gap year students.
(71801)
38  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many art foundation course students are undertaking a course in 1998-99 who will subsequently undertake a degree course commencing in 1999 and will be liable to pay tution fees.
(71802)
39  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what has been the average salary of teachers in further education colleges for each of the last three years.
(69580)
40  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the current range of (a) starting salaries and (b) salaries at the highest point of the scale for teachers in further education colleges.
(69581)
41  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, following implementation of the School Teachers' Review Body's recommendations on salaries for secondary school teachers, what will be the pay differential between the salaries of secondary school teachers and further education college lecturers at the lowest, mid-point and highest points of the salary scale.
(69582)
42  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the current average hourly rate for part-time teaching staff working in further education colleges (a) employed by agencies and (b) employed by further education colleges.
(69583)
43  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what has been the proportion of all teaching staff in further education colleges employed on the senior lecturer grade in each of the last five years.
(69724)
44  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of all teaching staff in further education colleges have been employed on part-time or pro-rata contracts in each of the last five years.
(69725)
45  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps the Government will take to reduce the geographical disparity in the ratio of youth workers to young people.
(70296)
46  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set up a Youth Work Ethics Committee to regulate the youth worker profession.
(70297)
47  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures the Government will take to ensure an adequate supply of youth workers.
(70298)
48  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for each of the years 1990 to 1998 the number of press releases issued by his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies.
(71485)
49  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what specific training will be given to personal advisers conducting interviews for the Single Work-Focused Gateway on advising people with learning disabilities.
(71584)
50  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the increased gross cost of upgrading Didbrook School following the proposed closure of Toddington School; if Gloucestershire County Council has indicated that it is to reconsider its decision to amalgamate the two schools on the basis of cost; and if he will make a statement.
(70893)
51  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the contingency plans presented to his Department by London Underground last month for access to the Millennium Dome, in the event of the Jubilee Line extension not being open on time.
(71419)
52  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what controls exist on the trade in endangered species between states of the European Union.
(71418)
53  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make an assessment of how his policy on investment in the railway infrastructure by Railtrack is affected by Railtrack's policy on dividend payments to shareholders.
(71494)
54  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how the best value regime will apply to the component parts of the GLA.
(71105)
55  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of GLA expenditure which will be (a) self-financed and (b) met by grants.
(71107)
56  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish an indicative budget for the GLA setting out (a) the component budgets, (b) any central support costs and (c) income from (i) grants, (ii) council tax and (iii) charges.
(71106)
57  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consultations and on what timetable his Department is undertaking to inform the preparation of the GLA first budget.
(71108)
58  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland and Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions his Department has held with (a) the Confederation of Burying Authorities and (b) the National Association of Memorial Masons regarding changes to legislation affecting funeral arrangements.
(71502)
59  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland and Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he proposes to reply to the letter from the National Association of Memorial Masons sent to him last November.
(71503)
60  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many school students there were in each local education authority that attracts standard spending assessment resources in each of the last five years; what are the estimated figures for 1999-2000; in what years changes in the definition of qualifying students took place; and if he will estimate the effect of these changes on the total numbers.
(71810)
61  
N  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if agreement has been reached with the Norwegian Government concerning the liability of British airlines to pay Norwegian aviation tax; and if he will make a statement.
(70940)
62  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to review the eligibility criteria for rebate of fuel duty in respect of bus services.
(71739)
63  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received urging him to include bus services within the fuel duty rebate where they are specifically designed to convey pupils to school.
(71740)
64  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many press releases have been issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies in each of the years 1990 to 1998.
(71446)
65  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out the conventions governing the propriety and cost of press releases issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies; and what is the total cost of the press releases issued since May 1997.
(71461)
66  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he plans to ensure that the air pollution targets set out in the National Air Quality Strategy will be met.
(71911)
67  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what were the average levels of air pollution affecting residential homes adjacent to (a) motorways, (b) major trunk roads and (c) minor trunk roads in South Cambridgeshire in 1997-98.
(71912)
68  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received on the departmental consultation document relating to night flights at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports; and if he will publish a breakdown by constituency of the reponses.
(71915)
69  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many journeys (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department made on the London Underground in the last six months.
(71913)
70  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to commission independent research into the effects of night flights on people living around Heathrow Airport.
(71922)
71  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the studies used in preparing the latest departmental consultation document on night flights at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports.
(71914)
72  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide data for each of the last 20 years on non-foreign direct involvement private capital inflows into the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement on their quantifiable effect on the balance of payments.
(71812)
73  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what difficulties have been encountered with the new electronic correspondence system in his Department; and to what extent they have been resolved.
(71732)
74  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will investigate reports that two British companies have transported arms in breach of UN embargoes on arms exports to Sierra Leone and the Congo.
(71566)
75  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Inland Revenue monitors (a) whether customers receiving the married couples tax allowances are living permanently together and if this is required before they receive the married couples tax allowance and (b) if customers receiving the additional personal tax allowance in respect of dependent children are living with those children, and if it is a condition of the tax allowance that those claiming it live with such children.
(71892)
76  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in what circumstances Customs and Excise are permitted to make a private arrangement with an individual caught smuggling rather than pursuing the full legal process.
(70816)
77  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals who were caught smuggling alcohol and tobacco (a) were given a final warning, (b) received a caution, (c) received a conviction and fine and (d) were imprisoned in each of the last three years.
(70817)
78  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many press releases have been issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies in each of the years 1990 to 1998.
(71456)
79  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out the conventions governing the propriety and cost of press releases issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies; and what is the total cost of the press releases issued since May 1997.
(71471)
80  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what significant inaccuracies there have been in HM Customs and Excise data relating to the value of arms exports to individual countries.
(71659)
81  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what factors underlie the significant inaccuracies found in HM Customs and Excise data relating to the value of arms exports to individual countries.
(71660)
82  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the activities of cheque-cashing companies in respect of the provisions of the Cheques Act 1992.
(71657)
83  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what regulatory mechanisms apply to the activities of cheque-cashing companies.
(71658)
84  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the Exchequer's average receipt from (a) a small and medium-sized enterprise and (b) a company with more than 100 employees arising from (i) the increase in the road fuel escalator to 6 per cent., announced in the 1997 Budget, (ii) the indexation of vehicle excise duty, announced in the 1997 Budget, (iii) the bringing forward of fuel duty increases, announced in the 1998 Budget, (iv) the increase in diesel duty differential, announced in the 1998 Budget, (v) the increase in duty on super-unleaded petrol duty, announced in the 1998 Budget and (vi) the increase in company car fuel tax, announced in the 1998 Budget.
(71664)
85  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the EU legislative-provisions which permit a reduction in the rate of VAT from 17÷ per cent. to five per cent.; and if he will make a statement.
(71000)
86  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what will be the relationship between the access to Social Fund grants and loans made available to recipients of family credit and that available to recipients of the working families tax credit.
(71505)
87  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, to which passported benefits recipients of (a) working families tax credit and (b) disabled persons tax credit will be entitled.
(71500)
88  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Spanish Foreign Minister's statement that he has breached an agreement made between them on Gibraltar in October 1998.
(71585)
89  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what understanding was arrived at between himself and the Spanish Foreign Minister over Gibraltar at their meeting in October 1998.
(71587)
90  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the current instructions issued by his Department to entry clearance officers on the admission of supply teachers on working holidaymaker visas, giving the date they were introduced and the criteria and reaons for their introduction.
(71442)
91  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many press releases have been issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies in each of the years 1990 to 1998.
(71447)
92  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will set out the conventions governing the propriety and cost of press releases issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies; and what is the total cost of the press releases issued since May 1997.
(71462)
93  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum was engaged in commercial production of medicines and drugs.
(71761)
94  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will introduce measures to amend the United Nations Act 1946 so that delegated legislation made under section 1 is subject to affirmative resolution in both Houses of Parliament.
(71824)
95  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the changes to (a) communication procedures and (b) intelligence procedures made in response to the Legg Report.
(71838)
96  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Liberia about the breaching of the UN arms embargo on Sierra Leone; and if he will make a statement.
(71817)
97  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the instances from 1st May 1997 to date where his Department has taken disciplinary actions against employees and the reasons for those actions.
(71831)
98  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on recent events in Zimbabwe.
(71820)
99  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he has investigated the delay in providing Mr Penfold with secure communications equipment after his move to Conakry; and what factors underlay the delay.
(71815)
100  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to change the methods used to assess intelligence from external agencies.
(71833)
101  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which categories Department's officials will be subject to the Working Time Directive.
(71834)
102  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what attempts have been made to improve Anglo-Sudanese diplomatic relations in the last year; and if he will list the formal contacts to this end between Her Majesty's Government and the Government of Sudan, and the results of these contacts.
(71758)
103  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what mechanisms exist within his Department to ensure ministers are properly briefed for parliamentary debates.
(71832)
104  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will ensure that UN arms embargoes will only be agreed to by the UK if he determines the authorising resolution to be clear and unambiguous.
(71822)
105  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer on 30th November 1998, Official Report, column 96, if Her Majesty's Government has supported resolutions or draft resolutions calling for an independent United Nations investigation of the al-Shifa factory site in Khartoum.
(71759)
106  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy of providing secure communications equipment to diplomatic missions forced to relocate through war or natural disasters.
(71814)
107  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who was the first person in his Department to have sight of a copy of the Foreign Affairs Committee report on Sierra Leone (HC 116 of Session 1998-99); and at what time and on what day it was seen.
(71829)
108  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what disciplinary action he is taking against his Department's employees who have been criticised in the recent Foreign Affairs Committee report on Sierra Leone (HC 116 of Session 1998-99).
(71830)
109  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received from Her Majesty's Ambassador to Sudan on whether the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum was a heavily-guarded military installation.
(71760)
110  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will respond to the Foreign Affairs Committee report on Sierra Leone (HC 116 of Session 1998-99).
(71818)
111  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of his officials working in the United Kingdom have worked more than (a) 50 hours, (b) 60 hours, (c) 70 hours and, (d) 80 hours in any one working week since 1st May 1997.
(71835)
112  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish his Department's guidelines for co-operating with select committees.
(71821)
113  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the impact on employment levels in his Department of compliance with the Working Time Directive.
(71816)
114  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish his Department's rules on contacts with military companies (a) as they were at 1st January 1998 and (b) as amended in line with his press release of 9th February 1999.
(71837)
115  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings he has held with (a) Zimbabwean officials and (b) human rights groups in relation to the torture of journalists by the army in Zimbabwe.
(71819)
116  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if Osama bin Laden had invested in the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum; and if he will make a statement.
(71762)
117  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what statements, relating to matters contained in the Foreign Affairs Committee report on Sierra Leone and his response to that report were released by representatives of his Department to the media prior to the publication of the report; and if he will place in the Library copies of these statements.
(71836)
118  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will introduce measures to amend the United Nations Act 1946 so that any sanctions order approved by a minister of his Department is brought to the attention of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
(71823)
119  
N  
Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Zimbabwe about allegations of torture and harassment of journalists in Zimbabwe.
(69726)
120  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, by what percentages the entry of the six current applicant countries for EU membership into the EU will increase (a) the EU's population and (b) the EU's GDP.
(71085)
121  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement about progress on EU enlargement under Agenda 2000.
(69579)
122  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the Belgium Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning the seizure at Antwerp on 7th February of consignments of weapons destined from Eritrea, being transported by a British company.
(71384)
123  
N  
Mr Michael Trend (Windsor):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been made to the European Commission since 1st February on the issue of Spain's treatment of Gibraltar; when they were made; and to whom.
(71713)
124  
N  
Mr Michael Trend (Windsor):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he proposes to take to ensure that Gibraltar driving-licence holders can enter Spain.
(71722)
125  
N  
Mr Michael Trend (Windsor):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if representations made to the Spanish Government on 10th February were made by (a) minister and (b) officials.
(71716)
126  
N  
Mr Michael Trend (Windsor):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his policy on the recently agreed Fisheries Agreement between Gibraltar and the Spanish Fishermen's Union.
(71725)
127  
N  
Mr Michael Trend (Windsor):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he intends in the event that the Spanish Foreign Minister refuses Gibraltar-bound civil airlines the right to overfly Spanish airspace.
(71723)
128  
N  
Mr Michael Trend (Windsor):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the dates of all his attempts to converse with the Spanish Foreign Minister to discuss Gibraltar in the past two weeks, indicating the means employed and the outcome of those attempts.
(71715)
129  
N  
Mr Michael Trend (Windsor):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the dates of all the conversations he had with the Spanish Foreign Minister to discuss Gibraltar in the past two weeks; and if he will make a statement on these conversations.
(71714)
130  
N  
Mr Michael Trend (Windsor):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last discussed border restrictions and delays at the La Linea Frontier with the Spanish Government; and if he will make a statement.
(71717)
131  
N  
Mr Michael Trend (Windsor):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to respond to the Spanish proposals for joint sovereignty of Gibraltar, tabled on 10th December 1997.
(71718)
132  
N  
Mr Michael Trend (Windsor):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action Her Majesty's Government has taken to end restrictions on the rights of Gibraltarians to pass across their border freely.
(71721)
133  
N  
Mr Michael Trend (Windsor):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he proposes to discuss the recently agreed Fisheries Agreement between Gibraltar and the Spanish Fishermen's Union with the Spanish Foreign Minister.
(71724)
134  
N  
Mr Michael Trend (Windsor):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the residents of Gibraltar over Spanish proposals for joint sovereignty of Gibraltar, tabled on 10th December 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(71719)
135  
N  
Mr Michael Trend (Windsor):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what occasions the Spanish Foreign Minister has contacted (a) him and (b) his office about Gibraltar in the past two weeks.
(71720)
136  
N  
Mr Robert N. Wareing (Liverpool, West Derby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the numbers of Serbs displaced from their homes in Krajina; how many have since been permitted to return; what representations he has made to the Croatian authorities about the problem; and if he will make a statement.
(71321)
137  
N  
Mr Robert N. Wareing (Liverpool, West Derby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received in respect of the massacre at Bosanski Brod in 1992; if any persons have been indicted and brought before the Hague War Crimes Tribunal for their involvement; and if he will make a statement.
(71322)
138  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of those officials in his Department named in the Second Report of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Session 1998-99 (HC 116) have been promoted since 1st January 1998.
(71879)
139  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what changes within his Department (a) were made following the publication of the Legg Report and (b) he proposes to make following the publication of the second Report 1998-99 of the Foreign Affairs Committee (HC 116).
(71877)
140  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to establish why the error in the minute of a Meeting held on 3rd December 1997 was never reported to Sir Thomas Legg.
(71878)
141  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of (i) the number of doctors practising in the NHS who are overseas trained and (ii) the percentage they constitute of the medical workforce; what estimate he has made of the number who will retire in the next 10 years; and what assessment he has made of the impact this will have on the need for (a) overseas recruitment and (b) increased training places in the United Kingdom.
(71803)
142  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce parity in pay rises between NHS staff covered by the Pay Review Body and those outside the Pay Review Body, and if he will make a statement.
(71807)
143  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the average current starting salary for (a) a graduate nurse and (b) a graduate entrant Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer with a BSc degree.
(71809)
144  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the increase in pay between 1984 and 1998 for NHS staff covered by the Pay Review Body; and what was the pay rise for the same period for those NHS professional staff not covered by the Pay Review Body separately identifying (a) laboratory scientists, (b) technicians, (c) clinical psychologists, (d) pharmacists and (e) speech and language therapists.
(71806)
145  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (i) number and (ii) percentage of general practitioners in the NHS who are overseas trained; and what estimate he has made of the number who will retire in the next 10 years.
(71804)
146  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to change the national Framework Agreement of 1995 for NHS staff; and if he will make a statement.
(71808)
147  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of branded drugs prescribed by GPs in 1997-98 was prescribed by dispensing practices and what proportion by non-dispensing practices.
(71568)
148  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the average consultation rates of (a) a prescribing GP and (b) a dispensing GP.
(71572)
149  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of (a) all drugs and (b) branded drugs prescribed by GPs were prescribed by dispensing practices in 1997-98.
(71570)
150  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of drugs expenditure in 1997-98 was on branded drugs.
(71591)
151  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of drugs prescribed in 1997-98 was branded.
(71575)
152  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of drugs were prescribed in 1997-98 in hospitals and by GPs.
(71569)
153  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health authorities overspent their Family Health Services drugs allocations in 1997-98; and in those health authorities which overspent the allocation by over £1 million, what proportion of practices were (a) dispensing and (b) prescribing; what proportion of the overspend was attributable to each type of practice; and in each case what was the expenditure on branded drugs where a generic equivalent exists.
(71574)
154  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the total overspend in 1997-98 of health authority-administered Family Health Service drugs budgets.
(71573)
155  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the average list size of (a) a prescribing GP and (b) a dispensing GP.
(71571)
156  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) dispensing and (b) non-dispensing GPs there were at the latest available date.
(71567)
157  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list all appointments as (a) chairman and (b) non-executive director of (i) health authorities and (ii) trusts, made since 1st May 1997 where an elected member of a local authority has been appointed; and if he will give the party affiliation in each case.
(71667)
158  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list elected members of local authorities who have been appointed to serve on primary care groups stating (a) the party affiliation and (b) the (i) fee and (ii) allowances payable in each case.
(71668)
159  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each local authority (a) the amount of grant that will be payable in each year to support the National Carers Strategy, (b) the estimated number of carers and (c) the product of dividing (a) by (b).
(71104)
160  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action the Government has taken to promote healthier diets.
(70130)
161  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action the Government has taken to provide information in deprived areas on the recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables.
(70131)
162  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to require manufacturers of pre-packed and pre-cooked meals to reduce the levels of salt in their food.
(70132)
163  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out the conventions governing the propriety and cost of press releases issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies; and what is the total cost of the press releases issued since May 1997.
(71463)
164  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many press releases have been issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies in each of the years 1990 to 1998.
(71448)
165  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish a cost benefit analysis of (a) the use of complementary medicine in the NHS and (b) the use of drugs; and if he will make a statement.
(71921)
166  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each health authority the spending on holistic therapy projects for each year since 1992; and if he will make a statement.
(71918)
167  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to make osteopathy treatment available on the National Health Service; and if he will make a statement.
(71920)
168  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will seek to recover the cost of prescribing Viagra from those doctors who do so ahead of the Government's recommendations at the end of the consultation period; and if he will make a statement.
(71193)
169  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with health authorities regarding the prescribing of Beta Interferon; what medical advice he has received regarding the benefits of that drug; what percentage of health authorities prescribe this drug; and if he will make a statement.
(71192)
170  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what controls exist to regulate the interception by MI5 of signals from pagers.
(71492)
171  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ask the Active Community Unit to investigate the effect of the cost of criminal record certificates on the voluntary sector; and if he will make a statement.
(71864)
172  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the level of police contingency reserves in each police force on the last date for which figures are available; what is the level of reserves which the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy recommends police forces should hold; and if he will make a statement.
(71925)
173  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the categories of people he plans to exempt from charges for applications for (a) criminal conviction certificates and (b) criminal record certificates; and if he will make a statement.
(71863)
174  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average number of hours per day that prisoners were locked in their cells, in each of the last three years, in each (a) Prison Service establishment, (b) privately managed prison and (c) in total; and if he will make a statement.
(71924)
175  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what level of probation supervision those offenders released under the Home Detention Curfew scheme will be subject to; and if he will make a statement.
(71927)
176  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on the last date for which figures are available, how many former employees of his Department have taken new employment with companies involved in the provision of private sector criminal justice services which have contracts with his Department; if he will list those former employees by their position in his Department and their current position; and if he will make a statement.
(71928)
177  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals, excluding Irish nationals, serving prison sentences in the UK have (a) applied for repatriation to their home countries in the last two years, to complete their sentences and (b) had their applications granted; and if he will make a statement.
(71865)
178  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each of the last three years for which figures are available, how many incidents of violence were recorded (a) against NHS staff, (b) against school staff and (c) in total; and if he will make a statement.
(71862)
179  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to alter his Department's recommendation of £35 to £40 as a reasonable weekly allowance for au pairs working a maximum of 25 hours under rule 88 of the Immigration Rules.
(71735)
180  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to encourage members of the Afro-Caribbean community to register to vote in elections.
(70133)
181  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has for a public information campaign about the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998.
(70134)
182  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many working holidaymaker visas were issued to overseas teachers in the last three years for which figures are available.
(71440)
183  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many working holidaymaker visas are currently issued to overseas teachers; and how many of these are known to be staying in (a) London and (b) the rest of the United Kingdom.
(71441)
184  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many press releases have been issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies in each of the years 1990 to 1998.
(71449)
185  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out the conventions governing the propriety and cost of press releases issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies; and what is the total cost of the press releases issued since May 1997.
(71464)
186  
N  
Sir Norman Fowler (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the scale of abuse of the immigration system by those entering into marriages as a means of obtaining settlement in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(71654)
187  
N  
Sir Norman Fowler (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the towns and cities where accommodation will be provided for asylum seekers under the terms of the Immigration and Asylum Bill; what estimate he has made of the cost of such accommodation; how many places will be made available; what kind of accommodation will be provided; what standards will be required; and if he will make a statement.
(71670)
188  
N  
Sir Norman Fowler (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress in considering the cases of those applicants for political asylum who entered the country prior to July 1993 indicating how many cases had been (a) considered, (b) granted indefinite leave to remain and (c) personally interviewed; what checks are made on whether an applicant is a genuine refugee; and if he will make a statement.
(71671)
189  
N  
Sir Norman Fowler (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress his Department has made in considering the cases of those applicants for political asylum who made applications between 1st July 1993 and 31st December 1995.
(71669)
190  
N  
Sir Norman Fowler (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assumptions he has made as to when his proposed new system for supporting asylum seekers as set out in the Immigration and Asylum Bill will come into operation; how many staff will be recruited to operate the system and from where they will be drawn; what will the likely cost of the new system; what will be its budget; and if he will make a statement.
(71726)
191  
N  
Sir Norman Fowler (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the impact of the refurbishment works at Lunar House on the operation of the Immigration Service.
(71728)
192  
N  
Sir Norman Fowler (Sutton Coldfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will conduct checks at (a) Heathrow and (b) Dover, to determine how many political asylum seekers are now arriving in Britain without documents; and if he will make a statement.
(71727)
193  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each police authority (a) the number of names submitted to him for appointment as independent members to serve from April 1999, (b) the number of existing police authority members included in those names, (c) the number of names returned by him to the police authority concerned and (d) the number of existing members of police authorities included in the list returned by him.
(71191)
194  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will assess the first report of the New South Wales Attorney General's Department's Homosexual Advance Defences' Working Party; and if he will make a statement.
(71084)
195  
N  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long on average applicants (a) for leave to remain for a year on the grounds of marriage, (b) for indefinite leave to remain on grounds of marriage, (c) for indefinite leave to remain as a child of a parent or parents settled here, (d) for indefinite leave to remain as the parent of a child or children settled here, (e) for an extension of stay as a student, (f) for asylum when the person was recognised as a refugee, (g) for asylum when the person was granted exceptional leave to enter or remain, (h) for naturalisation as a British citizen on the grounds of residence, (j) for naturalisation as a British citizen on the grounds of marriage to a British citizen, (k) for registration of a minor as a British citizen, whose applications were decided at the end of (i) March 1997, (ii) June 1997, (iii) September 1997, (iv) December 1997, (v) March 1998, (vi) June 1998, (vii) September 1998 and (viii) December 1998 had waited since applying; and how long a person applying in January 1999 in each of these categories may expect to wait for a decision.
(71414)
196  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will set out the conventions governing the propriety and cost of press releases issued by her Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies; and what is the total cost of the press releases issued since May 1997.
(71465)
197  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many press releases have been issued by her Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies in each of the years 1990 to 1998.
(71450)
198  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department has provided or offered assistance (a) bilaterally and (b) through Operation Lifeline Sudan, to (i) the Government of Sudan, (ii) the rebel movement in Sudan and (iii) non-governmental organisations active in Sudan, for de-mining projects in Sudan.
(71768)
199  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when the facilities at Malakal, El-Obeid and Khartoum airports were first offered by the Government of Sudan as air transport centres for Operation Lifeline Sudan humanitarian relief flights; when Sudanese airport facilities started to be used by Operation Lifeline Sudan; for what reasons these internal Sudanese facilities were not used earlier by Operation Lifeline Sudan; and what are the estimated savings to Operation Lifeline Sudan of using El-Obeid and Khartoum airports.
(71686)
200  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the non-governmental organisations working in Sudan which have received funding from her Department, or its predecessor, over the past eight years; and what the level of funding for each was in those years.
(71765)
201  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many personnel within Operation Lifeline Sudan directly monitor food aid diversion.
(71789)
202  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what guidelines have existed for Operation Lifeline Sudan's procurement of food supplies for its emergency food aid programmes; and if Operation Lifeline Sudan is procuring food from within Sudan itself.
(71767)
203  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many of his staff monitor food aid diversion in Sudan.
(71799)
204  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will estimate the amount of food aid misappropriated by combatants in southern Sudan.
(71796)
205  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made on food aid diversion in Sudan at meetings of the Development Council/General Affairs Council in Europe.
(71794)
206  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what official reports she has received on food aid diversion in southern Sudan in the past 12 months.
(71792)
207  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has received from Operation Lifeline of the amount of food aid misappropriated by combatants in southern Sudan.
(71797)
208  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect on the population of the floods in Sudan in 1998, and the effectiveness of the response of the Government of Sudan and the international community to the floods.
(71685)
209  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff within the European Community Humanitarian Office monitor food aid diversion in Sudan.
(71800)
210  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has received from the European Community Humanitarian Office on the amount of food aid misappropriated by combatants in southern Sudan.
(71798)
211  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many sites in southern Sudan are currently served by Operation Lifeline Sudan; and how many were so served in (a) January 1998 and (b) January 1997.
(71766)
212  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had on food aid diversion in Sudan with her fellow development ministers in the European Union.
(71793)
213  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessement she has made of the amount of British aid to southern Sudan which has been misappropriated in order to purchase weapons and war material.
(71790)
214  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list all the agreements and arrangements made to date between Operation Lifeline Sudan and all parties to the conflict in order to facilitate relief operations and humanitarian assistance in affected parts of Sudan.
(71684)
215  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the efficiency, transparency and effectiveness of Operation Lifeline Sudan.
(71769)
216  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the work of food aid monitors within Operation Lifeline Sudan; how many monitors are in the field; and where they are based in southern Sudan.
(71791)
217  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will set out the conventions governing the propriety and cost of press releases issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies; and what is the total cost of the press releases issued since May 1997.
(71466)
218  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many press releases have been issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies in each of the years 1990 to 1998.
(71451)
219  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the reason for Judge Willis being removed from hearing the case of R. v. Sparkes at the Bristol Crown Court in 1996-97; what advice was afterwards given by the Lord Chancellor to those responsible for the removal; if an apology was given to Judge Willis; and if he will make a statement.
(71666)
220  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what controls exist in respect of the importation of those animals which are subject to the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 into Northern Ireland.
(71420)
221  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many punishment beatings there were in Northern Ireland between 1st May 1998 and 31st December 1998; and in respect of how many of these incidents, charges have been laid against the alleged perpetrators.
(71581)
222  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the conclusion of the first report from the Health Committee of session 1998-99 on the relationship between health and social services (HC74) in respect of the model of integrated health and social services operated by the Down Lisburn Trust; and what plans she has to encourage other trusts in Northern Ireland to adopt that model.
(71324)
223  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what information she has obtained on public attitudes in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the Republic of Ireland towards (i) decommissioning of arms and (ii) punishment beatings.
(71582)
224  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will set out the conventions governing the propriety and cost of press releases issued by her Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies; and what is the total cost of the press releases issued since May 1997.
(71467)
225  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many press releases have been issued by her Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies in each of the years 1990 to 1998.
(71452)
226  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Prime Minister, what role his Press Secretary had in the preparation and placing of Oskar Lafontaine's article in the Daily Telegraph on 11th February.
(71586)
227  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list those governments with which the United Kingdom government to government service and contract agreements allow for payments in oil; and for what dates such agreements were made.
(71811)
228  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the future relationship between ministers and parliamentary select committees.
(71825)
229  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the statement by the Foreign Secretary that the Foreign Affairs Committee report on Sierra Leone uncovered no evidence which was not contained in the Legg Report and if this statement will be included in the formal Government response to the report.
(71826)
230  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will review the access that the Foreign Affairs Committee has to appropriate intelligence material and witnesses from the Secret Intelligence Service.
(71827)
231  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will review the guidelines for the management of departments by ministers following the publication of the Foreign Affairs Committee Report on Sierra Leone (HC 116 of Session 1998-99).
(71828)
232  
  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he next intends to pay an official visit to Poland.
(71813)
233  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer of 9th February, Official Report, column 173, on education expenditure, if he will list the figures for 1996-97 and 1998-99 in 1997-98 prices.
(71475)
234  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer of 9th February, Official Report, column 172, on income tax and the Scottish Parliament, if he will estimate for (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03 the extra money which would be paid into the Scottish Consolidated Fund from a decision to raise income tax by one penny by the Scottish Parliament (i) gross and (ii) net of deductions.
(71476)
235  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list (a) by social services authority and (b) in total (i) the standard spending assessment for personal social services in 1998-99, (ii) the standard spending assessment for personal social services in 1999-2000, (iii) the difference between the standard spending assessment for personal social services in 1998-99 and 1999-2000, (iv) that difference expressed as a percentage of the 1998-99 figure, (v) the special transitional grant for 1998-99, (vi) the difference between the standard spending assessment for personal social services in 1999-2000 and the standard spending assessment for personal social services for 1998-99 combined with the special transitional grant for 1998-99, (vii) the difference between the standard spending assessment for personal social services in 1999-2000 and the standard spending assessment for personal social services for 1998-99 added to the special transitional grant for 1998-99 and expressed as a percentage of the 1998-99 figure and (viii) the indicative level of specific and special grants for 1999-2000.
(71318)
236  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list for each local authority (a) the amount of grant that will be payable in each year to support the National Carers Strategy, (b) the estimated number of carers and (c) the product of dividing (a) by (b).
(71102)
237  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the procedures adopted in Norway to deal with infectious salmon anaemic outbreaks.
(71439)
238  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will set out the conventions governing the propriety and cost of press releases issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies; and what is the total cost of the press releases issued since May 1997.
(71468)
239  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many press releases have been issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies in each of the years 1990 to 1998.
(71453)
240  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, in how many cases at (a) the Sheriff Court and (b) the High Court closed circuit television equipment has been employed in the examination of vulnerable witnesses in each of the past seven years; and if he will make a statement.
(70250)
241  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the sheriff courts which are equipped with closed circuit television; and if he will make a statement.
(70249)
242  
  
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many managers have been seconded to implement the new NHS structures in Scotland.
(71887)
243  
  
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many fixed penalties were imposed by Scottish courts last year in (a) Scotland as a whole and (b) each individual sheriffdom, broken down by offence; and what was (i) their total value and (ii) the total amount of money recovered.
(71872)
244  
  
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many full time nurses are employed by the NHS in Scotland.
(71867)
245  
  
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people in (a) Scotland and (b) each individual sheriffdom last year were charged with (i) one to three, (ii) four to five, (iii) five to 10 and (iv) more than 10 fixed penalty offences.
(71874)
246  
  
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, in how many cases where a fixed penalty was imposed civil diligence was initiated in 1998 in (a) Scotland as a whole and (b) each individual sheriffdom; how much money was so recovered; and if he will make a statement on the steps he is taking to recover the amount owing from fines.
(71873)
247  
  
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will place in the Library a list of those holding commissions as temporary sheriffs on 15th January, including details of when each of the temporary sheriffs was first appointed.
(71886)
248  
  
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what percentage of nurses who have completed nursing training in Scotland since May 1997 have then taken up a nursing job in the NHS in Scotland.
(71866)
249  
  
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many nurses have been (a) recruited and (b) trained in Scotland since May 1997.
(71875)
250  
  
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much money listed by each NHS trust in Scotland has been directed into the Waiting List Initiative.
(71889)
251  
  
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many hospital beds there are per 1,000 of the population in Scotland.
(71869)
252  
  
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland's Report to him on the Second Statutory Review of Electoral Arrangements, in how many local authorities (a) detailed counter-proposals were lodged against the Commission's draft proposals, by (i) political parties, (ii) individuals and (iii) community groups, (b) the Commission agreed to hold a local hearing and (c) the Commission's draft proposals were amended subject to local hearings.
(71890)
253  
  
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland's Report to him on the Second Statutory Review of Electoral Arrangements, in which local authority areas consultants were engaged (a) to complete, (b) to validate and (c) to examine the local authorities' initial proposals to the Commission; and what was the cost of such work to the Commission.
(71891)
254  
  
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what indicators have been used to measure value for money gained from funds directed towards the waiting list initiative in Scotland.
(71871)
255  
  
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many temporary sheriffs held commissions on 15th January; and of these, how many were (a) solicitors, (b) advocates, (c) female, (d) under the age of 40 (e) 60 to 64 and (f) 65 years of age or over.
(71888)
256  
  
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland's Report to the Secretary of State for Scotland on the Second Statutory Review of Electoral Arrangements, in how many local authorities amendments to the draft proposals of the Commission were incorporated in the Commission's final recommendations to the Secretary of State.
(71885)
257  
  
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much of the money spent to reduce waiting lists in Scotland over the last year was allocated specifically for that purpose.
(71870)
258  
  
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much money has been directed towards reducing waiting list figures in the last three months in Scotland.
(71884)
259  
  
Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the average percentage of beds occupied in Scottish hospitals.
(71868)
260  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what are the criteria he has applied (a) in selecting the areas in which solicitors will receive an enhanced fixed payment for summary criminal legal aid cases and (b) in determining the level of the enhanced payment.
(71860)
261  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received from the Scottish Legal Aid Board about the number of solicitors who will continue to register for criminal legal aid work in Caithness following the introduction of fixed fees for summary criminal legal aid cases.
(71861)
262  
  
Dr Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East and Musselburgh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the anonymised programme of HIV surveillance in Scotland, setting out for each survey currently in operation or planned the (a) location, (b) targeted populations, (c) clinical reasons for initial collection of specimens, (d) number of specimen collection venues, (e) annual specimen numbers and (f) most recent prevalence data.
(71910)
263  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, ‹dc10›pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Gordon of 9th February, Official Report, column 170, on Scottish Enterprise, if he will ensure that a copy of the letter from the Chairman of Scottish Enterprise is placed in the Library.
(71325‹dc0›)
264  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the amount spent by Scottish Enterprise on graduate placement schemes in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(71385)
265  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what surveys of customer satisfaction have been carried out by (a) the Benefits Agency, (b) the Employment Service and (c) the Child Support Agency since 1992; and if he will place copies in the Library.
(71652)
266  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the numbers of single parents claiming income support since 1994, broken down into those claimants who are (a) single, (b) widowed, (c) separated and (d) divorced; and if he will also list the number of children of single parents in each of these categories.
(71416)
267  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate (a) the proportion of the working age population and (b) the number of people of working age, with (i) an occupational pension and (ii) a personal pension; and if he will give the same estimates for each year from 1992.
(71651)
268  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if widowers who become eligible for widowed parent's allowance or bereavement allowance will have payments based upon their own, or their spouse's national insurance contribution record; and if he will estimate the annual costs of making benefit payments based on the best of either their own of their spouse's record.
(71415)
269  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate (a) the proportion of the working population and (b) the number of people of working age who have (i) an occupational pension and (ii) a personal pension and who are only paying in levels of contributions equal to or lower than their National Insurance rebates.
(71653)
270  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will break down the estimated savings to be made on changes to incapacity benefit into those from (a) the clawback on occupational payments and (b) the introduction of new contributory rules.
(71417)
271  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will set out the conventions governing the propriety and cost of press releases issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies; and what is the total cost of the press releases issued since May 1997.
(71469)
272  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many press releases have been issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies in each of the years 1990 to 1998.
(71454)
273  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to ensure the provision of (a) suitable training for interviewers to handle sensitive the special requirements of the physically and mentally disabled, (b) measures to ensure full disabled access to all buildings in which claimants will be interviewed and (c) a sufficiently flexible time limit requirement for attending interviews to meet the needs of claimants with particular disabilities before the implementation of his welfare reform proposals relating to the disabled.
(71583)
274  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what representations he has received on the interview and single gateway for lone parent families; and if he will make a statement.
(71711)
275  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what representations he has received on the interview and single gateway for disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(71712)
276  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the representations which his Department has received objecting to the proposed Multilateral Agreement on Investment; and if he will make a statement.
(71320)
277  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consultations (a) his Department and (b) the Royal Mail undertook with the Periodical Publishers Association concerning changes to postal charges announced on 14th January; and what notice was given of the proposed changes.
(71109)
278  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the drafting of the National Minimum Wage Regulations was completed.
(71734)
279  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date he will publish detailed guidance on the National Minimum Wage Regulations.
(71737)
280  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received in response to the consultation on the draft National Minimum Wage Regulations.
(71738)
281  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the estimated date of commencement for the National Minimum Wage Regulations.
(71736)
282  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what factors underlie the delay in laying before the House the National Minimum Wage Regulations.
(71731)
283  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date he intends to lay the National Minimum Wage Regulations.
(71733)
284  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many press releases have been issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies in each of the years 1990 to 1998.
(71455)
285  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will set out the conventions governing the propriety and cost of press releases issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies; and what is the total cost of the press releases issued since May 1997.
(71470)
286  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, (a) how many defence export licence applications have been withdrawn since 1st May 1997 and (b) if he will estimate the total value of the goods to which they related.
(71839)
287  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many export licence applications were refused by the Export Control Organisation during each of the four week periods used by his Department since March 1998.
(71841)
288  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many applications for arms export licences were outstanding on 4th January.
(71843)
289  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of applications for export licences were processed by the Export Control Organisation in accordance with their targets as to time in the four week periods in (a) July 1998, (b) September 1998 and (c) January 1999.
(71842)
290  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many export licence applications were processed by the Export Control Organisation in each of the four week periods used by his Department since March 1998, broken down by (a) those circulated to other Government departments and (b) those not circulated.
(71840)
291  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will designate the Ystradgyn Cair area in Powys as having assisted area status under derogation 92/3c.
(71323)
292  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received over the take-over of CityFlyer Express by British Airways; and if he will make a statement.
(71655)
293  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received on the liberalisation of the airline industry and on the potential exploitation of monopoly positions at certain British airports.
(71656)
294  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what meetings his Department have had with Global Services and JMT Charlesworth Ltd; what were the terms of the grants made to these companies over the past two years; and if he will make a statement.
(71805)
295  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list (a) the licence applications for military exports to Indonesia which have been refused in the past five years and (b) the reasons for the refusals.
(71923)
296  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what studies his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) funded on the technical feasibility of British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. conditioning German spent nuclear fuel and German nuclear waste currently held at Sellafield for final disposal in Germany; and what studies have been undertaken into the commercial opportunities for the company in Germany for undertaking such conditioning.
(71919)
297  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussion he has had with British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. on the conditioning of German spent fuel and German waste currently held at Sellafield for final disposal in Germany; and if he will make a statement.
(71916)
298  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with the German Government on final disposal in Germany of German spent fuel and German nuclear waste that is currently held at Sellafield by BNFL.
(71917)
299  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list for each local authority (a) the amount of grant that will be payable in each year to support the National Carers Strategy, (b) the estimated number of carers and (c) the product of dividing (a) by (b).
(71103)
300  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list (a) by social services authority and (b) in total (i) the standard spending assessment for personal social services in 1998-99, (ii) the standard spending assessment for personal social services in 1999-2000, (iii) the difference between the standard spending assessment for personal social services in 1998-99 and 1999-2000, (iv) that difference expressed as a percentage of the 1998-99 figure, (v) the special transitional grant for 1998-99, (vi) the difference between the standard spending assessment for personal social services in 1999-2000 and the standard spending assessment for personal social services for 1998-99 combined with the special transitional grant for 1998-99, (vii) the difference between the standard spending assessment for personal social services in 1999-2000 and the standard spending assessment for personal social services for 1998-99 added to the special transitional grant for 1998-99 and expressed as a percentage of the 1998-99 figure and (viii) the indicative level of specific and special grants for 1999-2000.
(71319)
301  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will set out the conventions governing the propriety and cost of press releases issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies; and what is the total cost of the press releases issued since May 1997.
(71472)
302  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many press releases have been issued by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies in each of the years 1990 to 1998.
(71457)
303  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will designate through the planning process the site of the Lucas SEI factory of Ystradgynlais in Powys as dedicated for manufacturing purposes.
(70999)
304  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the institutional changes within the EU, with particular reference to relations between national parliaments, following the coming into effect of the Amsterdam Treaty.
[Question Unstarred] (69432)
305  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the average annual fuel bill for (a) privately owned motor vehicles, (b) company cars and (c) commercial vans and lorries.
[Transferred] (71665)
306  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate how many women reported domestic violence for the years (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98, indicating the methodology used in his estimate.
[Transferred] (71782)


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