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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 22 February 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 22 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 Monday 22 February, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Tuesday 23 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.
 


 
MONDAY 22nd FEBRUARY
1  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, if the Committee will investigate whether the Chamber of the House could be made available to members of the European Youth Parliament for use when the House is not in session.
(72549)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he takes to ensure that novel foods for which patents are granted cannot then be classified as substantially equivalent, and vice versa.
(72569)
3  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on progress on the flood defence plans for Edgware and Burnt Oak.
(72296)
4  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list (a) those units in his Department and (b) the number of departmental staff which are concerned with preparing rebuttals of allegations in the media; and what is (i) the total cost of their work, including salaries, and (ii) the number of rebuttals issued since May 1997.
(71845)
5  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment his Department has made of the safety of imported genetically-modified ingredients reportedly used in the production of (a) pot noodles and (b) other food products on sale in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(72001)
6  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on reports that files on BSE controls between 1990 and 1995 are missing from his Department.
(72292)
7  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many schools are currently registered under the Food Premises (Registration) Regulations 1991.
(72236)
8  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many schools his Department estimates will be subject to the levy to fund the Foods Standards Agency.
(72238)
9  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list consents he has given, specifying under what legal authority, for cultivation of genetically modified crops for (a) research and (b) sale; and for each consent the name of (i) applicant, (ii) company and (iii) owner, if different, (1) the area of (A) enclosed and (B) open tillage of the crop, and (2) its location; the purpose of (x) research and (y) sale, together with any purchaser if known, and the period of permission.
(72563)
10  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the (1) sites in the United Kingdom where genetically-modified crops have been grown in breach of the licence conditions and (2) name of (a) the promoter and (b) owner of the (i) trial and (ii) materials in the trial and (c) any other (A) body and (B) person responsible for conducting such trials.
(72553)
11  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list (a) under which Sections of the (i) Environmental Protection Act 1990 and (ii) any other Act he has issued regulations concerning conditions to be met by applicants for cultivation of genetically-modified crops for (1) research and (2) sale, (b) the (A) dates, (B) numbers, (C) titles of any such regulations and (D) those which require approval by resolution of either House of Parliament and (c) what general exemptions from any part of any such regulations he has given to (x) which persons and (y) bodies and (z) for what reason.
(72560)
12  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he received the first draft of the Novel Foods Directive from the Commission of the European Community; what response he made and what interests he consulted; when signed explanatory memoranda were placed in the Vote Office; and what plans he has to make representations to the Commission of the European Union concerning the terms of the Directive.
(72205)
13  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the names of those he has nominated to the Advisory Committee to Her Majesty's Government on Releases of Genetic Material into the Environment, together with (a) their qualifications (b) details of relevant (i) public and (ii) private interests and (c) dates of appointment; if he will make a statement on the resources allocated to the Committee; and if he will set out the references to any of the Committee's published reports.
(72557)
14  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to the Answer given to the honourable Member for South East Cambridgeshire on 15th February, what separate items have to be inspected by the EU Commission before the export ban can be lifted; if the abattoirs which apply then will require a second inspection; when he will invite the Commission to carry out the inspections already required; and what remaining issues need to be resolved before that invitation is issued.
(72252)
15  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the services that KPMG have performed for his Department (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the corresponding period prior to 1st May 1997, indicating the remuneration made in each case.
(72002)
16  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what studies have been (a) commissioned by and (b) undertaken within his Department in respect of the specific safety of genetically-modified food for consumption by (i) pregnant women and (ii) children in their first year.
(72525)
17  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what research has been done by (a) his Department and (b) consultants to his Department into the possible effects of genetically-modified crops or plants on (i) how insects pollenate and (ii) the quality of soil.
(72527)
18  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will write to appropriate district councils and other relevant authorities outlining his Department's contingency plan for dealing with the release of large numbers of farmed mink.
(72280)
19  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many times Ministers in his Department have met their counterparts in the US Administration since 1st June 1998, indicating the dates and locations of each meeting, the Ministers involved, and the name of the US counterpart.
(71982)
20  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, who will represent his Department at the Biosafety Protocol meeting in Colombia; and if he will make a statement.
(72226)
21  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will place in the Library responses to his Department's consultation document on genetically-modified herbicide-resistant crops in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(72227)
22  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish all the advice which he has received from the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes since 1st May 1997.
(72234)
23  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what advice he has received from the Government's Chief Scientist about banning beef on the bone.
(72611)
24  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask Mr Attorney General, how many cases were referred to the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last three years; in how many cases court proceedings were recommended; and if he will make a statement.
(72548)
25  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list (a) those units in his Department and (b) the number of departmental staff which are concerned with preparing rebuttals of allegations in the media; and what is (i) the total cost of their work, including salaries, and (ii) the number of rebuttals issued since May 1997.
(71854)
26  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the services that KPMG have performed for his Department (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the corresponding period prior to 1st May 1997, indicating the remuneration made in each case.
(72003)
27  
N  
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, as representing the Church Commissioners, who holds the maintenance responsibility for the graveyard at the former Parish Church of High Hoyland, near Barnsley.
(70658)
28  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures his Department is taking to develop craft skills in the film industry.
(72215)
29  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the remuneration of the Beefeaters at the Tower of London.
(72221)
30  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to encourage the use of National Lottery funds to help (a) museums, (b) galleries and (c) libraries add to their collections.
(72021)
31  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received from the organisers of Landmark Millennium projects about the availability of private sponsorship; and if he will make a statement.
(72020)
32  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to improve the technical skills base of the film industry.
(72219)
33  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to encourage the provision of apprenticeships in the film industry.
(72216)
34  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many students are currently undertaking FT2 courses.
(72217)
35  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much additional money would have been available to (a) the Arts Council, (b) the Sports Council, (c) the Millennium Commission and (d) the Heritage Lottery Fund in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 1998-99 if the Government had not introduced the New Opportunities Fund.
(72175)
36  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of heritage projects for which National Lottery funding was applied for were rejected in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98 and (c) 1998-99 to date.
(72176)
37  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 8th February, Official Report, column 77, on the National Lottery Heritage Fund, if he discussed his Answer with the (a) former and (b) present Chairman of the Heritage Fund.
(72228)
38  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list (a) those units in his Department and (b) the number of departmental staff which are concerned with preparing rebuttals of allegations in the media; and what is (i) the total cost of their work, including salaries, and (ii) the number of rebuttals issued since May 1997.
(71851)
39  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the services that KPMG have performed for his Department (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the corresponding period prior to 1st May 1997, indicating the remuneration made in each case.
(72004)
40  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when authorising the closing of The Mall, what steps were made within his Department to conform to the code of practice for the co-ordination of street works published by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.
(72268)
41  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what encouragement his Department is providing to secure the making of large budget films in Britain.
(72323)
42  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Treasury concerning continued tax exemptions for British films.
(71749)
43  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Department for Education and Employment over the film education group proposed in A Bigger Picture.
(71742)
44  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of the English Sports Council's grant-in-aid was spent on (a) staff costs, excluding national centres, (b) administrative expenses, (c) publicity/promotions/communications, (d) grants to national governing bodies, (e) grants to the National Coaching Foundation, (f) sports science, (g) sports medicine, (h) national centres, (i) grants to other national sports bodies, excluding NGBs and (j) regional support in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99 and (iii) what are the provisional spending plans for 1999-2000 to 2001-02.
(71745)
45  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received from the film industry about (a) the Skills Investment Fund and (b) the definition of a culturally-British film.
(71746)
46  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much lottery money (a) was spent by the Arts Council in the last 12 months for which figures are available and (b) he expects the Arts Council to have at its disposal in each of the next three years for the British film industry.
(74747)
47  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings have taken place of the (a) Film Finance Forum, (b) Skills Investment Fund, (c) All Industry Fund, (d) Film Marketing Agency and (e) Film Action Committee.
(71748)
48  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the £15 million production costs limit for films, for tax purposes.
(72324)
49  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the predicted financial savings arising from the amalgamation of British Screen, the British Film Commission and the British Film Institute.
(71752)
50  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what studies were carried out which led to the decision to dispose of HMS 'Cromer'.
(71663)
51  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list (a) the cost of construction of HMS 'Cromer', (b) the cost of the cancelled refit of HMS 'Cromer' and (c) the cost of the short refit planned for HMS 'Cromer' for February to July.
(71676)
52  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to publish a consultation document following the review of arrangements for compensating service personnel and their dependants injured or killed during service.
(72250)
53  
  
Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what costs have been incurred in each of the last five years on (a) damages paid out and (b) solicitors' costs relating to members of his Department's civilian staff who have been dismissed following disciplinary proceedings, despite a recommendation following appeal that they should be reinstated and who have then won industrial tribunal cases for unfair dismissal.
(72319)
54  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list (a) those units in his Department and (b) the number of departmental staff which are concerned with preparing rebuttals of allegations in the media; and what is (i) the total cost of their work, including salaries, and (ii) the number of rebuttals issued since May 1997.
(71852)
55  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 15th February, Official Report, column 486, on ministerial visits, which honourable Members have been informed of a planned visit to their constituency by him in the last 12 months.
(72223)
56  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 4th February, Official Report, column 731, for what reasons the average number of flying hours for Tornado GR aircraft was lower in 1998 than in 1997.
(71981)
57  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the cost of the Ocean Wave deployment; what assessment he has made of the benefits and value of it; and what military tasks were not carried out because of the involvement of personnel in it.
(71939)
58  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 8th February, Official Report, column 21, for what reasons the average number of flying hours for Canberra aircraft was lower in 1998 than in 1997.
(71978)
59  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd November, Official Report, column 358, on the sale of HMS 'Vernon' in Portsmouth, on the basis of what advice he decided to withold the information on the sale; and on how many occasions since 1st November 1997 his Department has witheld information under that exemption.
(72203)
60  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many sites have been disposed of by his Department in each of the last three years; and in relation to which of the sites he has witheld information concerning the value of the receipts in an answer to a parliamentary question.
(71977)
61  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 8th February, Official Report, column 21, for what reasons the average flying hours for Tornado F3 aircraft was lower in 1998 than in 1997.
(71979)
62  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the purpose of the infantry exercise in Botswana between 1st April 1997 and 31st March 1998; and which units took part.
(72202)
63  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what targets he intends to set in the logistics area for the rationalisation of functions and processes on a defence-wide basis.
(72049)
64  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Strategic Defence Review, what criteria are to be set for (a) the Chief of Defence Logistics and (b) the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency for realising the benefits of SMART procurement in the logistics area.
(72048)
65  
N  
Mr Jim Marshall (Leicester South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to reduce overstretch in the armed forces.
(70700)
66  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the services that KPMG have performed for his Department (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the corresponding period prior to 1st May 1997, indicating the remuneration made in each case.
(72005)
67  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 4th February, Official Report, column 737, how many Indonesian military personnel are currently receiving training in the United Kingdom; at which locations they are stationed; and what is the cost to United Kingdom public funds of that training.
(71949)
68  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will explain the abbreviations and acronyms (a) QA 175, (b) PZT software, (c) MOD QAR, (d) 1700 Series, (e) DSD, (f) DTech, (g) QA 303's, (h) COSHH, (i) SED, (j) DPR, (k) DSAC, (l) NAMAS, (m) NAFEMS, (n) NSC and (o) MMS, referred to in unclassified AWE Company Security, Quality, Environment, Safety and Health Systems Analysis Reports, indicating in each case the function of the item to which they relate.
(72599)
69  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how his Department defines military personnel wastage.
(71929)
70  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the military personnel wastage rates for (a) Royal Navy (i) officers and (ii) other ranks, (b) Army (i) officers and (ii) other ranks and (c) Royal Air Force (i) pilot officers, (ii) non-pilot officers and (iii) other ranks for each of the years 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99 to date.
(71930)
71  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what dates the Defence Research Committee has met since 1st January 1998; and if he will place in the Library a list of items discussed at each of these meetings.
(71959)
72  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 11th January, Official Report, column 18, if he will place in the Library a list of the 130 reports in the two series of papers produced by the Mathematical Physics Division of the Atomic Weapons Establishment, indicating the title of each paper and the date on which each paper was produced.
(71960)
73  
N  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to make an announcement on the contract for the Astor system.
(70490)
74  
N  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the average age of OFSTED inspectors.
(72270)
75  
N  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the average length of time since an OFSTED inspector last taught in a school.
(72271)
76  
N  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make it his policy to ensure that all OFSTED inspectors periodically undertake some teaching in schools.
(72269)
77  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what arrangements are made to assist with public funds capital expenditure on pre-school provision.
(71966)
78  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many Jobfinder grants have been paid in each year since the introduction of the scheme.
(72184)
79  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will place in the Library copies of responses he received to the School Admissions Code of Practice Consultative Draft.
(71750)
80  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 15th February, Official Report, column 566, on ministerial visits, which honourable Members have been informed of a planned visit to their constituency by him in the last 12 months.
(72225)
81  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 1st February, Official Report, column 483, what plans he has to measure the present participation rate of three year olds in early education in Southampton in order to measure progress with his target to double that rate.
(71980)
82  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to provide nursery provision for three years old through the education SSA allocation; and if he will make a statement.
(72058)
83  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to extend the post-16 student support provision pilots onto a national basis; and if he will make a statement.
(72051)
84  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the parliamentary constituencies which he has allocated as education action zones broken down into (a) urban and (b) rural areas.
(72057)
85  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on comparisons between class sizes for A level subjects in sixth form colleges and school sixth forms.
[R] (72312)
86  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what progress he has made on the equalisation of funding in relation to 16 to 19 year old students in (a) school sixth forms and (b) sixth form colleges.
[R] (72311)
87  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received on the SSA level for the education provision in North Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement.
(72165)
88  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to visit North Yorkshire to discuss the SSA settlement for North Yorkshire County Council.
(72160)
89  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 1st February, Official Report, column 490, on failing LEAs, how many formal expressions of interest from organisations able to (a) perform LEA functions and (b) provide management consultancy services for LEAs had been received by 15th February.
(72508)
90  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make copies of his Department's magazine, Teachers, available in the Library.
(72239)
91  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he plans to issue draft regulations for consultation on private/public sector partnerships under section 128(1)(2) of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.
(72505)
92  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many copies of the magazine Teachers have been distributed to (a) teachers direct and (b) schools; what was the cost of producing the magazine; and what was the cost of distributing the magazine.
(72506)
93  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what advice his Department has issued to local education authorities on the use of genetically-modified foods in school meals services.
(72237)
94  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he intends to publish details of the position of specialist teachers in relation to his proposals to restructure teachers' salary scales.
(72507)
95  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the annual recurrent cost of reducing infant class sizes to a maximum of 30 pupils.
(72504)
96  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the services that KPMG have performed for his Department (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the corresponding period prior to 1st May 1997, indicating the remuneration made in each case.
(72006)
97  
  
Mr John Townend (East Yorkshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the impact that asylum seekers, both legal and illegal, have made on levels of employment and unemployment.
(72302)
98  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his answer of 10th February, Official Report, columns 271-3, if he will list by local education authority for the present and previous rounds of bidding for capital grants for class size reductions (a) the total value of bids and (b) the total value of capital expenditure grants made; and what is the total budget allocated by the Government for (i) capital and (ii) revenue expenditure on class size reductions.
(72559)
99  
  
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the funding made available in the 1999-2000 SSA for (i) a primary school with 250 pupils and (ii) a secondary school with 900 pupils in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) Staffordshire; and what factors underlie the differences in allocations between the two counties.
(72200)
100  
  
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the average annual cost of employing a school teacher in England.
(72201)
101  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what qualifications are required for appointment to the Northumberland National Park Committee, with particular reference to residence within England.
(71741)
102  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the implications of the precautionary principle enshrined in the Biosafety Protocol for the Government's policy on the planting of (a) trial genetically-modified crops and (b) commercial genetically-modified crops.
(72575)
103  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress he has made in meeting the commitment in paragraphs 3.73 and 3.74 of the Transport White Paper in respect of the creation of a national integrated journey timetable.
(72572)
104  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what role National Rail Enquiries will play in the one point of enquiry national public transport information system.
(72574)
105  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how the provision of a one point of enquiry national public transport information system is to be funded.
(72573)
106  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the Government strategy on sustainable development will be announced.
(72301)
107  
N  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his discussions with mortgage lenders and insurers on protection for home buyers.
(72509)
108  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 16th February, concerning Best Value, if the provision of services for the Greater London Assembly will be covered by the Best Value regime.
(72595)
109  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what transitional arrangements he plans to make in respect of staff employed by grant-maintained schools who serve as councillors on the local authority to which the school becomes accountable.
(72568)
110  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 15th February, Official Report, column 439, what representations he, or the Highways Agency, has received concerning the siting of individual signs.
(72625)
111  
  
Mr William Cash (Stone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects the Channel Tunnel Rail Link to reach Staffordshire specifically in relation to Eurostar passenger services and wider freight services.
(72339)
112  
  
Mr William Cash (Stone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what detailed plans are in place for (a) the provision of Channel Tunnel Rail Link Eurostar passengers services to Staffordshire and (b) the opening of rail freight routes on the West Coast Main Line through the Channel Tunnel.
(72340)
113  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement clarifying the relationship between Local Agenda 21 strategies and the planning process.
(72053)
114  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to ensure that local authorities' Local Agenda 21 strategies are integrated with unitary development plans.
(72047)
115  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from local authorities about the legal status of Local Agenda 21 strategies in the determination of local planning applications.
(72052)
116  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will indicate (a) how many and (b) what proportion of local authorities have adopted Local Agenda 21 strategies.
(72055)
117  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the statistics from the Department of Transport and Infrastructure at Imperial College, London, concerning the change in real terms in the costs of journeys by (a) public transport and (b) car in the past 20 years.
(71197)
118  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will revoke the decision of the Planning Inspectorate with regard to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 section 78 and Schedule 6 appeals by Fats & Proteins (UK) Ltd. application Nos. 97/01177/FUL and 97/01178/FUL.
(72231)
119  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if developing countries can withold agreement to import genetically-modified organisms on the basis of detriment to traditional methods of farming.
(72209)
120  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) those units in his Department and (b) the number of departmental staff which are concerned with preparing rebuttals of allegations in the media; and what is (i) the total cost of their work, including salaries, and (ii) the number of rebuttals issued since May 1997.
(71853)
121  
  
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North and Fleetwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will give details of the 1999-2000 charging scheme for local air pollution control under Part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
(72364)
122  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of new house building starts to be made in 1999-2000 by (i) private developers, (ii) registered social landlords and (iii) local authorities and (b) the number of existing empty homes to be brought back into use in 1999-2000 by (x) private owners, (y) registered social landlords and (z) local authorities.
(72318)
123  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received on the SSA levels for (a) education provision and (b) social services provision in North Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement.
(72161)
124  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress there has been in the UK-US air services negotiations; and if he will make a statement.
(72162)
125  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received on the Singapore-UK air services agreement; and if he will make a statement.
(72163)
126  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to visit North Yorkshire to discuss (a) education and (b) social services SSA levels for North Yorkshire County Council.
(72158)
127  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what variations in flight paths and regulations of night flights have been made in the last two years over, or in relation to, flights above the (a) county boroughs of (i) Thurrock and (ii) Southend, (b) the county of Essex and (c) the London boroughs to the east of Central London; and when the relevant honourable Members were consulted.
(72147)
128  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, columns 253-4, on leaded petrol, what estimate his Department has made of the costs of the (a) engine adjustments and (b) lead replacement petrol to motorists.
(72327)
129  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list consents he has given, specifying under what legal authority, for cultivation of genetically modified crops for (a) research and (b) sale; and for each consent the name of (i) applicant, (ii) company and (iii) owner, if different, (1) the area of (A) enclosed and (B) open tillage of the crop, and (2) its location; the purpose of (x) research and (y) sale, together with any purchaser if known, and the period of permission.
(72562)
130  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) under which Sections of the (i) Environmental Protection Act 1990 and (ii) any other Act he has issued regulations concerning conditions to be met by applicants for cultivation of genetically-modified crops for (1) research and (2) sale, (b) the (A) dates, (B) numbers, (C) titles of any such Regulations and (D) those which require approval by resolution of either House of Parliament and (c) what general exemptions from any part of any such regulations he has given to (x) which persons and (y) bodies and (z) for what reason.
(72561)
131  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to the oral Answer by the Minister for the Cabinet Office of 10th February, Official Report column 308, on biotechnology and genetic modification of crops, what action Her Majesty's Government has taken in pressing (a) the European Commission, and (b) other EU institutions for enhanced statutory control; and if he will make a statement on the policy of Her Majesty's Government in respect of current (i) United Kingdom and (ii) Community legislation on those matters.
(72179)
132  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which parts of (a) the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and (b) the European Directive 90/220 concerning the growing of genetically-modified crops for purposes of research are administered by his Department; how many applications he has received for such cultivation and where the locations of such cultivations are publicly listed; what surveillance is undertaken by officers of his Department in respect of such activities; and what tests are applied by them in advising the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and his officials concerning applications to them for cultivation for market sales.
(72177)
133  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the (1) sites in the United Kingdom where genetically-modified crops have been grown in breach of the licence conditions and (2) the name of (a) the promoter and (b) owner of the (i) trial and (ii) materials in the trial and (c) any other (A) body and (B) person responsible for conducting such trials.
(72554)
134  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the names of those he has nominated to the Advisory Committee to Her Majesty's Government on Releases of Genetic Material into the Environment, together with (a) their qualifications, (b) details of relevant (i) public and (ii) private interests and (c) dates of appointment; if he will make a statement on the resources allocated to the Committee; and if he will set out the references to any of the Committee's published reports.
(72556)
135  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the terms of reference and membership of the Cabinet Committee on food standards; and if it will consider the adequacy and content of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and of Directive 90/220 of the European Community concerning rules for the growing of genetically-modified crops.
(72220)
136  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects Croydon Tramlink to be fully operational.
(71950)
137  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the additional costs to local authorities of having Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty within their boundaries; and if he will make a statement.
(72598)
138  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much funding (a) London First and (b) London First Centre has received from his Department per annum since 1992; and for what purposes the funding was specified.
(72164)
139  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many civil servants have been seconded from his Department to (a) London First and (b) London First Centre since 1992; and for what purposes.
(72168)
140  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what sums the Government Office for London has contributed towards the London First/Centre for Management of Traffic and the Environment study being undertaken by Halcrow Fox on road pricing.
(72169)
141  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the services that KPMG have performed for his Department (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the corresponding period prior to 1st May 1997, indicating the remuneration made in each case.
(72007)
142  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will investigate reports that car headlights are setting off migraine attacks.
(72517)
143  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, who will represent his Department at the Biosafety Protocol meeting in Colombia; and if he will make a statement.
(72229)
144  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish all the advice which he has received from the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment since 1st May 1997.
(72233)
145  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is his policy to exercise the British veto in relation to EU proposals to introduce a minimum withholding tax on income from non-resident savings and investments; and if he will make a statement.
(71675)
146  
  
Mr William Cash (Stone):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many representations he has received regarding the tax burden on business.
(72341)
147  
N  
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a full report of the questions asked and answers given in all the public opinion polls commissioned by the Treasury since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement on the policy objective of commissioning public opinion polls.
(72026)
148  
N  
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he intends to establish the new independent national statistical service; and if he will make a statement on the degree and nature of the independence that is proposed.
(72025)
149  
  
Valerie Davey (Bristol West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the cost of escorting prisoners in the 'Simon de Danser' case can be recovered from HM Customs and Excise by the Avon and Somerset Police on the same basis as additional costs incurred by the Ministry of Defence have been recovered.
(72285)
150  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proposals he has to permit citizens' advice bureaux to provide financial advice.
(72363)
151  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list (a) those units in his Department and (b) the number of departmental staff which are concerned with preparing rebuttals of allegations in the media; and what is (i) the total cost of their work, including salaries, and (ii) the number of rebuttals issued since May 1997.
(71857)
152  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of house price inflation since 1997 and the likely trend in 1999-2000.
(72316)
153  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of adults who live in households where there is at least one child aged under 16 years and also at least one higher rate taxpayer.
(71195)
154  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what would be the additional cost in a full year to the Exchequer of raising both rates of child benefit by £1; and by how much the net cost to the Exchequer would be reduced if the marginal increase was taxed at 40 per cent. for (a) recipients of child benefit who are higher rate taxpayers and (b) recipients of child benefit who either live as husband or wife with a higher rate taxpayer or pay higher rate tax themselves.
(71196)
155  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will benefit financially in the first year from the introduction of a national minimum wage in (a) the Northern Region, (b) Teesside area and (c) the constituency of Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.
(72174)
156  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many young people aged between 18 and 24 years were out of work and claiming benefit in the Cambridge travel-to-work area who had been unemployed in excess of six months, at (i) April 1997, (ii) April 1998 and (iii) October 1998.
(72365)
157  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of expanding the staff of the European Commission as proposed in the Commission's internal policy spending review; what grades of post are proposed; and if he will make a statement on (a) their purpose and (b) his Department's policy on the proposals.
(72530)
158  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 217, on the EU Code of Conduct Group, if he will list those taxes other than corporation tax and equivalent taxes due for consideration by the Group.
(72326)
159  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will deposit in the Library a copy of the ECOFIN agreed Report on Information Requirements in Economic and Monetary Union; and if he will make a statement.
(72286)
160  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Terms of Reference of the Fundamental Review of the Heavily Indebted Poor Country Initiative have been agreed; and if Her Majesty's Government will seek the integration of internationally agreed poverty reduction targets in a reformed HIPC Initiative.
(72193)
161  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Interim Committee of the International Monetary Fund has considered the report from the External Evaluation of the IMF's Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility; and which of the Report's findings Her Majesty's Government supports.
(72194)
162  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the Treasury's environmental appraisal on the effects of the policy to increase fuel duty by six per cent. per annum in real terms.
(72293)
163  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will indicate the levels of tax payable by way of duty and VAT on the current average price of a litre of (a) unleaded, (b) diesel and (c) leaded fuel in (i) the UK and (ii) each other EU state.
(72294)
164  
  
Mr Giles Radice (North Durham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government intends to take (a) to allow firms based in the UK to make VAT payments in euros and (b) to allow Customs and Excise and the Inland Revenue to receive payments in euros; and if he will make a statement.
(71951)
165  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the services that KPMG have performed for his Department (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the corresponding period prior to 1st May 1997, indicating the remuneration made in each case.
(72014)
166  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish the guidance relating to the clearance procedures and the approach of the Revenue regarding transfer pricing under the legislation brought into effect on 1st July 1998; what advice he has issued to large companies with connected subsidiaries around the world; and if he will make a statement.
(72315)
167  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made on the impact of changes to tax relief on travelling and subsistence expenses on the British film industry.
(71743)
168  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the Registrar General's options paper on access to registration records to be published.
(72597)
169  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what scholarships are made available by his Department to students from the Argentine to study at British universities; and if he will make a statement.
(72545)
170  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the outcome of his discussion with the Indonesian Government on issues of the human rights in (a) East Timor and (b) Indonesia.
(72232)
171  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list (a) those units in his Department and (b) the number of departmental staff which are concerned with preparing rebuttals of allegations in the media; and what is (i) the total cost of their work, including salaries, and (ii) the number of rebuttals issued since May 1997.
(71858)
172  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met his colleagues from other member states of the European Union to discuss the present circumstances and future trading prospects of the Caribbean banana producers; and if he will make a statement.
(71421)
173  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the name and position of the official to whom the Chilean Embassy spoke on 15th October with regard to Senator Pinochet's travel arrangements.
(72278)
174  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the current state of negotiations regarding the extension of the derogation at European Union level for use of imperial measurements; which voting procedure will apply at the Council of Ministers; and which countries have already declared voting intentions.
(72529)
175  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 212, how many reports or proposals each group has produced since 1st May 1997; and if he will list them.
(72321)
176  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of occasions on which member states of the European Union have made use of their non-Treaty veto, established by the Luxembourg Compromise.
(72287)
177  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the honourable Member for Stratford-on-Avon will receive a substantive Answer to his question concerning ministerial use of RAF and chartered aircraft to which a holding Answer was given on 4th February (Ref. 69074).
(72297)
178  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the services that KPMG have performed for his Department (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the corresponding period prior to 1st May 1997, indicating the remuneration made in each case.
(72008)
179  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many parliamentary questions for written answer have been tabled to his Department in each session since May 1997; and how many have not been answered on grounds of disproportionate cost.
(71932)
180  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times Ministers in his Department have met their counterparts in the US government since 1st June 1998; and if he will list the (a) dates, (b) locations, (c) Ministers involved and (d) names of the US counterparts at each meeting.
(71983)
181  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the texts of the press briefings he or his Department gave on 8th February and before 8 a.m. on 9th February relating to the Foreign Affairs Committee report on Sierra Leone.
(72601)
182  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if (a) he, (b) other departmental ministers or (c) his officials have ever had access to (i) a draft report, (ii) a list of tabled amendments or (iii) other unpublished committee documents relating to the Foreign Affairs Committee report on Sierra Leone.
(72604)
183  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date and at what time (a) he, (b) other departmental Ministers and (c) his officials first had access to the Foreign Affairs Committee report on Sierra Leone.
(72602)
184  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the outcome of his recent meeting with the Foreign Minister of Spain.
(72213)
185  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response he gave and when to the letter of the Chief Minister of Gibraltar in January asking Her Majesty's Government to reject the Spanish proposals for joint sovereignity; and if he will publish his reply.
(72210)
186  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date and at what time he, a ministerial colleague, a special advisor or departmental official were first shown a copy of the Foreign Affairs Committee's report on Sierra Leone.
(72277)
187  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was his response to the Gibraltar House of Assembly's motion, of 17th December, calling on Her Majesty's Government to reject the Spanish proposals for joint sovereignity; and on what date his response was made.
(72212)
188  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he, a ministerial colleague, special advisor or departmental official were shown (i) a draft of or (ii) amendments to the Foreign Affairs Committee's Report on Sierra Leone.
(72275)
189  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's policy on self-determination for the people of Gibraltar.
(72214)
190  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information from the Foreign Affairs Committee's (a) report and (b) draft report on Sierra Leone was given to (i) him, (ii) a ministerial colleague, (iii) a special advisor or (iv) a departmental official before 8 a.m. on Tuesday 9th February.
(72276)
191  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the licence applications received since 1st May 1997 from the Genzyme Corporation, indicating which (a) involve the injection of cells from pigs into human brains and (b) have been submitted for consideration to UKXIRA.
(72571)
192  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the amounts of funding provided, by each authority area, for AIDS support for (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000.
(72308)
193  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the allocation of the AIDS support grant for 1999-2000.
(72309)
194  
  
Mr Martin Bell (Tatton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will request the COMA Panel to review the recommendations on sodium consumption set out in its 1994 report on Nutritional Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease.
(72320)
195  
  
Mr Martin Bell (Tatton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what studies his Department has assessed which indicate health outcome benefits from a reduction in the dietary sodium intake of the general population.
(72325)
196  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of the overall Family Health Service drugs expenditure is accounted for by dispensing general practitioner practices.
(72622)
197  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his written Answer of 16th February, if he will give the total amount of annual fees which is payable to (a) Labour, (b) Liberal Democrat, (c) Conservative and (d) independent councillors appointed to NHS trusts or health authorities since 1st May 1997.
(72623)
198  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his written Answer of 16th February, if he will list the numbers of councillors of each political party appointed to each NHS trust or health authority since 1st May 1997.
(72624)
199  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to conclude his appraisal of the inquiry into the East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust.
(72303)
200  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the results of his appraisal of the inquiry into the East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust will be made public.
(72304)
201  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area have been waiting (a) 13 to 25 weeks and (b) more than 26 weeks to see a consultant at the latest date for which figures are available.
(72154)
202  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the current arrangements for consulting on and drawing-up contracts for the provision of neurological services.
(72565)
203  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his officials will commence work on drawing up a compendium of good practice on the commissioning of neurological services; and when it will be published.
(72564)
204  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if, in considering the cost effectiveness of beta interferon, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence will be allowed to consider social care and social security costs and lost tax revenues as well as health-related costs.
(72567)
205  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what timescale he will expect the National Institute on Clinical Excellence to work to in drawing up advice on the role of beta-interferon.
(72566)
206  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to amend family law to give birth relatives access to information about adopted members of their family.
(72041)
207  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many schoolchildren by (a) age and (b) health authority are awaiting the services of an occupational therapist at the Sunderland, Hartlepool and Durham Hospital Trusts following a recommendation from an educational special needs assessment; and what was the average waiting time in the last year for which figures are available.
(72322)
208  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of children under 16 years of age suffering from asthma in (a) England and Wales and (b) Sheffield Health Authority area.
(71965)
209  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list (a) those units in his Department and (b) the number of departmental staff which are concerned with preparing rebuttals of allegations in the media; and what is (i) the total cost of their work, including salaries, and (ii) the number of rebuttals issued since May 1997.
(71850)
210  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what joint finance monies and project funding are being provided to district health authorities and local authority services by his Department in the current year to improve the range and quality of day care and other facilities for the mentally ill.
(72584)
211  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data he has collated as to how many people discharged from hospital following a main diagnosis of schizophrenia psychoses and subsequently taken by the police under the Mental Health Act to hospital have been refused admission in the last year for which figures are available.
(72580)
212  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental illness hospital beds have been (a) opened and (b) closed in each health authority in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available.
(72579)
213  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research projects his Department is funding in the current year to test the effectiveness of community care for people suffering from schizophrenia psychoses.
(72291)
214  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent in England and Wales in the last year on the care and treatment of patients suffering from schizophrenia; and what percentage that figure represents of total expenditure on (a) mental and (b) all health services.
(72578)
215  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he has obtained as to how many people discharged from mental illness hospitals in England in the last year after a main diagnosis of schizophrenia psychoses, having been proved vulnerable homeless, subsequently became voluntary homeless.
(72581)
216  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what expenditure has been authorised in (a) the current and (b) the next financial year in each health region for improved mental health training for general practitioners and others responsible for providing primary care; and if he will make a statement.
(72586)
217  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the voluntary organisations in the mental illness field which receive departmental grants, stating the amounts.
(72583)
218  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on directly-commissioned mental illness research in 1997-98; how much has been budgeted for 1998-99; and what each figure represents as a proportion of expenditure on the Health Service Research Programme.
(72585)
219  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has budgeted to be spent in (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000 on continuing mental health projects; and if he will make a statement.
(72582)
220  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many current occupants of National Health Service hospital and unit beds had a main diagnosis of schizophrenia psychoses in the last year for which figures are available.
(72587)
221  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirements there are for members of primary care group boards to register outside interests.
(72600)
222  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the extra monies for carers announced on 8th February will be paid (a) through local authorities, (b) direct to carers or (c) by other means.
(70894)
223  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much per carer for years (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02 will be provided by the £140 million additional funding for England announced on 8th February, (a) in England, (b) in South West Hertfordshire and (c) in Hertfordshire.
(70895)
224  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the services that KPMG have performed for his Department (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the corresponding period prior to 1st May 1997, indicating the remuneration made in each case.
(72009)
225  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to establish a national register of carers for the elderly.
(72150)
226  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued on recommended procedures for ensuring a high standard of care when employing a carer for an elderly relative.
(72151)
227  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what vetting procedures and guidelines his Department recommends are required with regard to the employment of carers for the elderly.
(72152)
228  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list each of the research projects (a) conducted and (b) sponsored by his Department into the health implications of genetically-modified food.
(72526)
229  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many caesarean sections took place in each of the last five years in England; and what they were in each year as a percentage of all deliveries.
(72540)
230  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the average cost to the NHS of (a) a caesarean section and (b) a vaginal delivery.
(72539)
231  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in how many health authorities in England, and which ones, the rate of caesarean sections exceeds the WHO recommended rate.
(72538)
232  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what clinical guidelines his Department has given to obstetricians in assessing when a caesarean section is appropriate.
(72537)
233  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times Ministers in his Department have met their counterparts in the US government since 1st June 1998; and if he will list the (a) dates, (b) locations, (c) ministers involved and (d) names of the US counterparts at each meeting.
(71984)
234  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he has received from professional bodies on the use of silicone breast implants.
(72523)
235  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to publish a strategy for people with learning disabilities.
(72520)
236  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for mother and baby units for the mentally ill.
(72521)
237  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to publish his plans for long-term nursing care.
(72592)
238  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the safety of silicone breast implants.
(72522)
239  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he has received from his scientific advisers on the long-term effects on the human body of silicone breast implants.
(72524)
240  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements exist for monitoring the continuing personal suitability of trainee doctors for their future rule throughout the full period of their training.
(72307)
241  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of serious assaults reported to the police in England and Wales in 1998 resulted in charges being laid against the alleged perpetrators.
(72022)
242  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ensure that police statistics on sexual abuse offences identify the nature of the relationship between victim and offender.
(72050)
243  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the prisoners released on home detention curfew on or after 28th January are subject to supervision.
(72352)
244  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what prison risk assessment on inmates eligible for release on home detention curfew is carried out prior to a request for a probation home circumstances report; and if any advice has been given to clarify procedures.
(72358)
245  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provisional conclusions from the research of Dr Kate Painter into the experimental regime at Colchester Young Offenders Institute are available; and if he will publish them.
(72607)
246  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many female prisoners convicted of offences involving possession, supply or trafficking of controlled drugs were serving sentences of (a) less than three months imprisonment, (b) three to six months imprisonment, (c) six to 12 months imprisonment and (d) more than 12 months imprisonment.
(72359)
247  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners released subject to home detention curfew have been returned to custody; and how many so returned to custody had been subject to supervision.
(72361)
248  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many female foreign nationals are serving sentences for drug related offences.
(72360)
249  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice has been issued to prison governors concerning the arrangements for probation supervision of persons released on home detention curfew.
(72357)
250  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many female prisoners are serving sentences for (a) theft and handling, (b) fraud and forgery and (c) other offences; and if he will give a breakdown of these categories into sentences of (i) three months, (ii) three months to six months, (iii) six months to 12 months and (iv) more than 12 months.
(72368)
251  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what home circumstances reports have been requested in respect of potential release on home detention curfew where prisoners have convictions for (a) sexual offences, (b) arson and (c) offences of violence.
(72369)
252  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate (a) the number of prisoners discharged to the care of mental hospitals in each of the last three calendar years, (b) the average length of each discharge and (c) the numbers of prisoners discharged to each receiving hospital; and if he will make a statement on the financial arrangements between prisons and hospitals for such discharges.
(72609)
253  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the rules are concerning the rights of prison officers employed in prisons in England and Wales to take in cigarettes, alcohol, food and other items for prison inmates; and if he will make a statement.
(72546)
254  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what private outside purchases paid for by the prisoners are being approved and made by prison officers at prisons in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(72547)
255  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what restrictions on hours of work apply to au pairs; and if he will make a statement.
(71969)
256  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to issue updated guidance on the employment and status of au pairs.
(71968)
257  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the immigration status of au pairs; and if he will make a statement.
(71967)
258  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list (a) those units in his Department and (b) the number of departmental staff which are concerned with preparing rebuttals of allegations in the media; and what is (i) the total cost of their work, including salaries, and (ii) the number of rebuttals issued since May 1997.
(71849)
259  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of those people convicted of crimes in England and Wales in (a) 1998 and (b) each of the previous two years had previously been admitted to National Health Service mental illness hospitals and units with a main diagnosis of schizophrenia psychoses.
(72290)
260  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many young offenders appeared before youth courts and were convicted for the first time in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(71086)
261  
N  
Mr David Lock (Wyre Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when Mr Nigel Locke of Vine Street, Kidderminster, can expect to receive compensation for the hand guns he has surrendered as required by law; and if he will make a statement concerning the reason for the delay in making payment to Mr Locke.
(72367)
262  
N  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the implications for access to the social security benefits system of where asylum seekers seek refuge.
(72019)
263  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if honourable Members and their staff who give immigration advice or perform immigration services are exempt persons under the meaning of Clause 63(4)(a) or (b) of the Immigration and Asylum Bill 1999.
(72148)
264  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) (i) religious and (ii) other bodies and (b) individuals have been invited to take part in the Review of Sex Offences.
(72343)
265  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list those (a) bodies and (b) individuals who have been invited to meet regularly with his Department's officials as part of the Review of Sex Offences.
(72350)
266  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for each of years 1987 to 1997, what was the number of notifications for the offence of indecency between males.
(72344)
267  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the closure date for submissions to the Review of Sex Offences is likely to be extended.
(72349)
268  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) bodies and (b) individuals have been consulted to date as part of the Review of Sex Offences.
(72346)
269  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Review of Sexual Offences will be considering raising the ages of consent for sexual activity.
(72347)
270  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for each of the years 1987 to 1997 of those convicted of the offence of buggery, in how many cases the victim or other party to the offence was aged (a) under 14, (b) 14 to 17, (c) 18 to 20, (d) 21 to 40, (e) 41 to 64 and (f) 65 years and over, giving in each age group the number who were (1) male and (2) female.
(72345)
271  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, of those convicted of (a) indecent assault on a male, (b) indecency between males and (c) buggery in each of the years 1987 to 1997, for each of the age groups (i) under 14, (ii) 14 to 17, (iii) 18 to 20, (iv) 21 to 40, (v) 41 to 64 and (vi) 65 years and over, how many were sentenced to immediate custody.
(72342)
272  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if (a) bodies and (b) individuals who have not been invited to meet regularly with his Department's officials as part of the Review of Sex Offences will have any further opportunity to contribute to the Review after the closure date for submissions.
(72348)
273  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for each of the years 1987 to 1997, what were the numbers of (a) prosecutions, (b) convictions and (c) cautions for (1) indecency between males and (2) buggery; and in each of the categories what were the numbers of those persons who were aged (i) under 14, (ii) 14 to 17, (iii) 18 to 20, (iv) 21 to 40, (v) 41 to 64 and (vi) 65 years and over.
(72338)
274  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the services that KPMG have performed for his Department (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the corresponding period prior to 1st May 1997, indicating the remuneration made in each case.
(72010)
275  
  
Christine Russell (City of Chester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to improve services for victims of crime and witnesses.
(72146)
276  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to prevent or control the opening of shops on Christmas Day.
(72606)
277  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times Ministers in his Department have met their counterparts in the US Administration since 1st June 1998, indicating the dates and locations of each meeting, the Ministers involved, and the name of the US counterpart.
(71964)
278  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library the guidelines for the police on the use of personal issue, hand-held CS aerosol incapacitants.
(71963)
279  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list all accommodation for female prisoners and females on remand showing (a) location, (b) nominal capacity, (c) actual number of inmates on 1st January (i) 1997, (ii) 1998 and (iii) 1999 and (d) the forecast number of inmates on 1st January (x) 2000 and (y) 2001.
(72306)
280  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of the 1999-2000 income of the Metropolitan Police will come from the areas that will be transferred out of the Metropolitan Police District on 1st April 2000; and what percentage of (a) the total income and (b) the total amount paid by council taxpayers this represents.
(71931)
281  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of the 1999-2000 income of the Metropolitan Police will come from the Borough of Spelthorne; and what percentage of (i) the total Metropolitan Police income and (ii) the total amount paid by local authorities this represents.
(71940)
282  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will set out the responsibilities of the Crown Agents in respect of the administration of (i) debt relief grants and (ii) other aid matters on behalf of the Japanese Government; and if she will make a statement.
(72577)
283  
N  
Christine Butler (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made within the EU on the introduction of the Zina Law in Pakistan.
(72511)
284  
N  
Christine Butler (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what regard she has taken of the Zina Law's effect on Pakistan's human rights record when deciding the level of bilateral aid for that country from the UK.
(72510)
285  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial assistance was made available in 1998 to other countries for landmine clearance in those countries; and if she will make a statement.
(72558)
286  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list (a) those units in his Department and (b) the number of departmental staff which are concerned with preparing rebuttals of allegations in the media; and what is (i) the total cost of their work, including salaries, and (ii) the number of rebuttals issued since May 1997.
(71848)
287  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 15th February, Official Report, columns 427-8, on ministerial visits, which honourable Members have been informed of a planned visit to their constituency by her in the last 12 months.
(72224)
288  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on her Department's policy towards the European Investment Bank Third World loan packages, with particular reference to environmental impact assessments.
(72288)
289  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the role of Ambassadors for British Business in the work of her Department; and how many such Ambassadors she has met since 1st May 1997.
(72289)
290  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the services that KPMG have performed for his Department (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the corresponding period prior to 1st May 1997, indicating the remuneration made in each case.
(72015)
291  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the projects her Department is supporting concerning street children in Casa Alianza, Honduras.
(72519)
292  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what steps he is taking to encourage wider social representation in the judiciary.
(70657)
293  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will (a) list the public inquiries calculated by (i) Government departments and (ii) local authorities over the last three years which were chaired by QCs, (b) list the name of the QC in each case and (c) indicate the fee paid to the QC for his or her services.
(72515)
294  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the article in The Lawyer magazine of 15th February, indicating that the Bar Council is prepared to meet the cost of administration of the QC system.
(72516)
295  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the alternatives to conditional fee agreements and legal aid available to finance personal injury actions.
(71975)
296  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what was the average age of a QC on appointment in each of the last five years.
(72612)
297  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the insurance companies who offer after-the-event legal expenses insurance (a) in conjunction with conditional fee agreements and (b) on a stand-alone basis; and if he will make a statement.
(71973)
298  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many QCs have had that distinction withdrawn in each of the last 10 years; and in each case, for what reason.
(72613)
299  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the research projects which his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) plans to undertake, into after-the-event legal expenses insurance; and if he will make a statement.
(71972)
300  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list (a) those units in his Department and (b) the number of departmental staff which are concerned with preparing rebuttals of allegations in the media; and what is (i) the total cost of their work, including salaries, and (ii) the number of rebuttals issued since May 1997.
(71847)
301  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 15th February, Official Report, column 457, on ministerial visits, which honourable Members have been informed of a planned visit to their constituency by him in the last 12 months.
(72222)
302  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment he has made of the numbers of mortgage repossession cases (a) commenced and (b) executed since 1997 and of the likely trend in such numbers in 1999-2000.
(72317)
303  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what timetable he has set for public consultation on the introduction of commonhold.
(72314)
304  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what discussions his Department has had with (a) Ministers in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and (b) others on the preparation of a consultation document on the introduction of commonhold.
(72313)
305  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what representations he has received from the Scriveners Company concerning proposals to amend Scriveners' jurisdiction.
(72159)
306  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the services that KPMG have performed for his Department (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the corresponding period prior to 1st May 1997, indicating the remuneration made in each case.
(72011)
307  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list (a) those units in his Department and (b) the number of departmental staff which are concerned with preparing rebuttals of allegations in the media; and what is (i) the total cost of their work, including salaries, and (ii) the number of rebuttals issued since May 1997.
(71846)
308  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will publish for the week ended Saturday 13th February the number of violent incidents involving paramilitary groups which took place in Northern Ireland, indicating how many involved (a) Loyalist and (b) Republican groups.
(72550)
309  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will publish for the week ended Saturday 13th February the number of (a) punishment beatings and (b) punishment shootings which took place in Northern Ireland, indicating how many in each category were committed by (i) Loyalist and (ii) Republican groups.
(72551)
310  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what special help will be made available to organisations which have used Action for Community Employment in order to help them adjust to the loss of funding.
(72544)
311  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Work Track Programme; and if she will make a statement.
(72543)
312  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many trainees are (a) on the new Work Track Programme and (b) what was the average number of trainees in each month on the Action for Community Employment scheme in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(72542)
313  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will publish waiting lists for hospital treatment and consultant appointments monthly.
(72351)
314  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make it her policy to oppose Sinn Fein members taking up ministerial jobs in Northern Ireland before a start is made on decommissioning their arms and explosives.
(72605)
315  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the President of the Council, what changes she intends to make to the 1998-99 cash and running cost limits for the Privy Council.
(72366)
316  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the President of the Council, when the then Select Committee on European Legislation reported on proposals from the European Commission to regulate the growing of genetically-modified plants for research and sale, when such proposals were considered in standing committee and on the floor of the House; and what resolutions were passed.
(72180)
317  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Prime Minister, what action he has taken to establish an international test day for the millennium compliance of computer systems; and if he will make a statement.
(72156)
318  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 15th February, Official Report, column 521, concerning Iraq, if he will seek to have the work of the Security Council's panel on the humanitarian situation in Iraq expedited.
(72503)
319  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his visits to Wales over the past four months, and the cost of these visits.
(72254)
320  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list for each Royal Commission established since 1969 the date of the establishment; what deadline was set for their report; and when they reported.
(72204)
321  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 15th February, Official Report, column 522, what proportion of the reforms under the Simpler Legislation for the Internal Market programme were criticised by his Government.
(72626)
322  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer to the honourable Member for Totnes of 10th February, Official Report, column 321, on commercial fishing of mackerel, what assessment he has made of allegations of fishing by EU member states' vessels in the conservation box.
(72153)
323  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Totnes of 19th January, Official Report, column 395, if the reduction of fishing effort includes decommissioning of fishing boats.
(71926)
324  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Prime Minister, on what date and at what time (a) he, (b) other departmental Ministers and (c) his officials first had access to the Foreign Affairs Committee report on Sierra Leone.
(72603)
325  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Prime Minister, what response he made to the petition presented in December, calling on Her Majesty's Government to reject the Spanish proposals for joint sovereignity.
(72211)
326  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish the representations he has received during the last six months on genetically modified crops.
(72206)
327  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he has been present at meetings between members of the Government and representatives of the companies promoting genetically-modified crops.
(72235)
328  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on what date he received information from Dr Pusztai in respect of work he had been undertaking at the Rowett Institute in Aberdeen involving experiments with rats and genetically-modified potatoes; and if he will place a copy of it in the Library.
(72570)
329  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer of 10th February, Official Report, column 280, if he will estimate the total expenditure on all forms of travel by his Department, its agencies and public bodies for (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98, (d) 1998-99, (e) 1999-2000 and (f) 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(71751)
330  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if the costs for (a) line management time, (b) teaching time spent on commercial activities, (c) non-summable teaching time, (d) in-service training, (e) costs for premises not used for summable teaching activity and (f) administration staff costs not related to summable teaching staff activity are included in the staff cost per weighted sum shown on pages 44 and 45 of the Further Education in Scotland 1997 Report.
(71955)
331  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, in what year funding in respect of bursaries was classed as income for further and higher education colleges.
(71937)
332  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps he is taking to ensure that Unit Costs Data Form BMU submissions by incorporated colleges are (a) accurate and (b) submitted on a comparable basis.
(71935)
333  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the public funds available to further and higher education colleges as income.
(71938)
334  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the amount each further and higher education college has acquired from his Department's budget in terms of (a) recurrent grant-in-aid, (b) bursaries, and (c) restructuring and capital costs in each year since incorporation in (i) cash terms and (ii) real terms at 1998-99 prices.
(72039)
335  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if the costs for (a) teaching non-staff costs related to non-summable teaching activity, commercial activity and line management, (b) other premises costs for premises not used for summable teaching activity and (c) other administration costs not related to summable teaching activity are included in the non-staff cost per weighted sum shown on pages 44 and 45 of the Further Education in Scotland 1997 Report.
(71956)
336  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the Gaelic-medium units in Scottish primary schools and the number of pupils studying them in each year since 1985.
(71674)
337  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the (a) internal and (b) external auditing arrangements for the Unit Cost Data Form BMU submitted by incorporated colleges.
(71936)
338  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what (a) guidelines and (b) penalties apply to spending by incorporated colleges of grant allocation on (i) non-teaching staff, facilities and equipment and (ii) teaching staff, facilities and equipment.
(71934)
339  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list (a) those units in his Department and (b) the number of departmental staff which are concerned with preparing rebuttals of allegations in the media; and what is (i) the total cost of their work, including salaries, and (ii) the number of rebuttals issued since May 1997.
(71844)
340  
N  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the effect the Working Time Directive will have on the provision of emergency medical and fire services on the smaller islands of Argyll and Ayrshire.
(72262)
341  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what employment procedures were followed during the recent dismissal of Dr Pusztai from the Rowett Institute.
(71952)
342  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he expects to receive the annual reports of the Rowett Institute for the years 1997 and 1998.
(71953)
343  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make publicly available all the research documentation concerning the experiments carried out with genetically-modified potatoes at the Rowett Institute.
(71954)
344  
N  
Mr Nigel Griffiths (Edinburgh South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will place in the Library the papers relating to Dr Pusztai's research released by the Rowett Research Institute.
(72362)
345  
N  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on what date he will cease to be responsible to the UK Parliament for those matters devolved to the Scottish Parliament.
(72514)
346  
N  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the arrangements will be in respect of accountability to Parliament for matters which are currently his responsibility but which are to be devolved under the Scotland Act 1998, between 6th May and 1st July.
(72513)
347  
N  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on what date the Scottish Executive will take responsibility for those matters currently the responsibility of his Department which are to be devolved under the Scotland Act 1998.
(72512)
348  
N  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much has been granted by the Foundation for Sports and Arts in Scotland over the past five years.
(72267)
349  
N  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much the Scottish Sports Council has invested over the past five years as a percentage of its total expenditure in (a) Glasgow and (b) Scotland's other cities.
(72266)
350  
N  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what government funding has been given or is planned to be given to Scottish football over (a) the past 20 years and (b) the next three years.
(72272)
351  
N  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many members of the Scottish Sports Council there are; when each was appointed; and by which Secretary of State for Scotland each was appointed.
(72263)
352  
N  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many staff are employed by the Scottish Sports Council; and where they are based.
(72274)
353  
N  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much grant money was given or is planned to be given to (a) Scottish sports in total and (b) each sport in Scotland over (i) the past three years and (ii) the next three years.
(72273)
354  
N  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much has been invested in Glasgow under the Talented Athlete Programme (a) in each sport and (b) as a proportion of the total spent in Scotland on the programme.
(72264)
355  
N  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much has been given to Scottish football teams by the Foundation for Sports and Arts in the last five years.
(72265)
356  
  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what guidance he has given to businesses in central Edinburgh on the potential impact of (a) the interim location of the Scottish Parliament in the Assembly Rooms, (b) the new parliament building at Holyrood on its completion, (c) the estimated completion date of the new building and (d) the estimated date of transfer of the parliament from the Assembly Rooms to Holyrood; how often he gives local business such guidance; and if he will make a statement.
(72299)
357  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when his Department received the research dossier on GMO research into potatoes from Dr Pusztai of the Rowett Research Institute; when the Minister for the Cabinet Office requested copies of the work submitted to his Department under contract by Dr Pusztai; which other Government departments or research units have received copies; and on what dates.
(72528)
358  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many caesarean sections took place in Scotland in each of the last five years; and what they were in each year as a percentage of all deliveries.
(72534)
359  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, in how many health authorities in Scotland, and in which ones, the rate of caesarean section exceeds the WHO recommended rate.
(72533)
360  
  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many deaths, where hypothermia was mentioned on the death certificate as the main or contributory cause of death, took place in each (a) region and (b) parliamentary constituency of Scotland in 1997, amongst those (i) of all ages, (ii) aged 60 to 74, (iii) aged 74 to 84 and (iv) aged over 85 years; what were the winter mortality rates in each of those areas for (1) the population as a whole, (2) people aged 60 to 74, (3) people aged 75 to 84 and (4) people aged 85 years and over; and what the percentage increase was in each group in each area compared to non-winter deaths in 1997-98.
(72593)
361  
  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many deaths, where hypothermia was mentioned on the death certificate as the main or contributory cause of death, took place in Scotland in (a) 1997, (b) 1992, (c) 1987, (d) 1982 and (e) 1977 amonst those (i) of all ages, (ii) aged 60 to 74, (iii) aged 74 to 84 and (iv) aged over 85 years; what were the winter mortality rates for (1) the population as a whole, (2) people aged 60 to 74, (3) people aged 75 to 84 and (4) people aged 85 years and over; and what the percentage increase was in each group compared to non-winter deaths in 1997-98, 1992-93, 1987-88, 1982-83 and 1977-78, respectively.
(72594)
362  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will place in the Library the full research findings of Dr Pusztai in respect of genetically-modified food.
(72208)
363  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many United Kingdom civilians employed in war-related work have received war pensions for asbestosis since 1969; and what factors led to their award.
(72000)
364  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the sum required to purchase an annuity of (a) £116 per week rising in line with average earnings for a couple aged 65 years with £75 rising with average earnings for a survivor and (b) £65 per week, rising in line with average prices for a female aged 50 years.
(72610)
365  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list changes made to the proposals in the Green Paper, A New Contract for Welfare: Support in Bereavement and Support for Disabled People, as a result of the consultations he undertook.
(72187)
366  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list for the latest available year the value of benefits paid by his Department to claimants in the (a) Liverpool and (b) Wirral areas.
(72185)
367  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people have claimed housing benefit and council tax benefit extension period for each year since the introduction of the concession.
(72189)
368  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many Back to Work bonuses have been paid in each year since the introduction of the scheme.
(72186)
369  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate from the PENSIM simulation the numbers of pensioners eligible for the minimum income guarantee (a) under current arrangements and (b) if the Government's proposals on pensions are implemented in (i) 2000, (ii) 2010, (iii) 2020, (iv) 2030 and (v) 2040.
(72192)
370  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the numbers of individuals who will lose entitlement under his changes to incapacity benefit and the numbers who as a result will claim means-tested assistance.
(72191)
371  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the numbers of individuals who will lose entitlement under his changes to widows' benefits and the numbers who as a result will claim means-tested assistance.
(72190)
372  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what advice his Department provides upon request to individuals with SERPS pensions with regard to the change of conditions of the pension on the death of a spouse from April 2000.
(72018)
373  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list (a) those units in his Department and (b) the number of departmental staff which are concerned with preparing rebuttals of allegations in the media; and what is (i) the total cost of their work, including salaries, and (ii) the number of rebuttals issued since May 1997.
(71855)
374  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will release the report of the Social Security Advisory Committee concerning luncheon vouchers and other vouchers.
(72281)
375  
N  
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps he has taken to ensure that all medical evidence submitted by his Department in tribunal cases is legible; and if he will ensure that all such evidence is typewritten.
(70659)
376  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the change in the number of people claiming incapacity benefit (a) in the six pilot areas of the New Deal for Disabled People and (b) in control areas.
(72356)
377  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he expects to publish the final figures of cases under the Benefit Integrity Project following its conclusion on 31st March.
(72355)
378  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many of the men with SERPS entitlements who retired between 1986 and 1996 he estimates may have made financial arrangements on the basis of the incomplete information included in DSS leaflets NP45 and NP46 published between 1986 and spring 1996.
(72045)
379  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many widows and widowers he estimates will not be able to claim incapacity benefit on the basis of their spouses' contributions as result of the changes proposed in the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill.
(72353)
380  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he plans to write to all the men with SERPS entitlements who retired between 1986 and 1996 whose decisions may have been affected by the incomplete information provided in DSS leaflets NP45 and NP46 between 1986 and spring 1996; and if he will compensate all those who have been affected.
(72064)
381  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much he estimates it would cost to extend the payment of bereavement allowance from six months to (a) one year, (b) two years, (c) three years, (d) four years and (e) five years.
(72282)
382  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many widows currently receive incapacity benefit on the basis of their husband's contributions; what is the total cost of the payments; and what is the average payment received.
(72354)
383  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the number of men with SERPS entitlement who retired between 1986 and 1996.
(72044)
384  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the services that KPMG have performed for his Department (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the corresponding period prior to 1st May 1997, indicating the remuneration made in each case.
(72012)
385  
  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the cost of paying the full entitlement to SERPS to widows/widowers whose spouse dies on or after 6th April 2000 based on the deceased contribution record to 5th April 1996.
(72552)
386  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate on the basis of the figures provided by the Government Actuary the weekly income which could be purchased via an indexed annuity by (a) a man and (b) a woman, aged 65 years with an accumulated sum of £10,000 from a stakeholder pension if that annuity was intended to last (i) for a fixed period of 10 years and (ii) until death.
(72182)
387  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 11th February, Official Report, column 378, on stakeholder pensioners, if he will provide corresponding estimates of income as a percentage of the minimum income guarantee for (i) 10 years and (ii) 15 years after retirement.
(72183)
388  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 11th February, Official Report, column 379, on pensions, if he will provide a breakdown of the total package between (i) the minimum income guarantee, (ii) winter fuel payments, (iii) free eye tests and (iv) concessionary travel, and indicate in each case how the expenditure is phased over the three year period.
(72040)
389  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what data sources are available to him which would enable him to assess long-term trends in the living standard of widows over pension age relative to other groups of people over pension age.
(71958)
390  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the effects of his over-indexation of income support rates for pensioners on the number of pensioners receiving (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit in 1999-2000.
(71957)
391  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consultations he has had with his French energy counterpart on the Millennium-readiness of French nuclear power stations and on contingency plans and other related safety issues; and if he will make a statement.
(72155)
392  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if an internationally agreed standard for year 2000 compliance for computer systems has been agreed and published; and if he will make a statement.
(72157)
393  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if juvenile employees working part-time on paper rounds are subject to the holiday pay provisions of the working time regulations.
(72024)
394  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the average connection charge levied on domestic consumers by electricity suppliers.
(72541)
395  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 16th February, Official Report, column 662, concerning postal charges, what representations he has received concerning the financial effects of the charges on the publishers of periodicals.
(72596)
396  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reasons Chapters E and F were omitted from the publicly released European Commission Note from Directorate General I to the Article 113 Committee on Investment and the WTO; and if will make a statement.
(72056)
397  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the position of Her Majesty's Government following the joint statement by the European Commission and Japan calling for investment to be included in the Millennium Round of WTO negotiations.
(72043)
398  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the membership of the Article 113 Committee of Directorate General I of the European Commission.
(72042)
399  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement clarifying the (a) status and (b) decision-making process of Article 113 Committee of Directorate General I of the European Commission.
(72054)
400  
  
Mr Keith Darvill (Upminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects the Office of Fair Trading to implement the recommendations of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission made in December 1997 on the display of travel company ownership links on the fascias of trading premises and sales brochures.
(72016)
401  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, to what extent the cost of board, lodging and similar incidentals is taken into account in the regulation of the terms and conditions applying to the employment of au pairs; and if he will make a statement.
(71976)
402  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the application of the national minimum wage to au pairs.
(71970)
403  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to issue guidance to those employing au pairs on the implications of the national minimum wage.
(71971)
404  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list (a) those units in his Department and (b) the number of departmental staff which are concerned with preparing rebuttals of allegations in the media; and what is (i) the total cost of their work, including salaries, and (ii) the number of rebuttals issued since May 1997.
(71856)
405  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the investments made by industry over the last five years in research by publicly and jointly-funded laboratories into genetically-modified foods and crops.
(72038)
406  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects to receive the report of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission on the supply of raw milk in Great Britain; and if he will make it his policy (a) to publish that report and (b) to undertake a public consultation on its recommendations before he makes a decision on them.
(72310)
407  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if articles of precious metal which have been hallmarked in Spain may be offered for sale in the United Kingdom without being further hallmarked in the United Kingdom; and if he will place in the Library illustrations of the Spanish hallmarks.
(72588)
408  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if all the European Economic Area states have amended their laws to permit articles hallmarked in the United Kingdom to be sold in their states; and if he will make a statement.
(72590)
409  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if articles of the 10 carat gold standard hallmarked in Ireland may be placed on the market in the United Kingdom; and what assessment he has made of the consequences for British competitiveness of such marketing.
(72589)
410  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what cost compliance assessment has been made for Directive 98/70/EC.
(72532)
411  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the simpler legislation for the Internal Market Initiative applies to single market legislation which does not take the form of European Community directives; and what measures exist to simplify legislation currently in force outside of the single market field.
(72531)
412  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the post offices that have been automated to take payment cards under the BA PoCL scheme.
(72023)
413  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many civil servants have been seconded from his Department to (a) London First and (b) London First Centre since 1992; and for what purposes.
(72166)
414  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much funding (a) London First and (b) London First Centre has received from his Department per annum since 1992; and for what purposes the funding was specified.
(72167)
415  
N  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the inward investments to Wales since 1992 to which the Invest in Britain Bureau contributed.
(72295)
416  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the services that KPMG have performed for his Department (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the corresponding period prior to 1st May 1997, indicating the remuneration made in each case.
(72013)
417  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many parliamentary questions for written answer have been tabled to his Department in each session since May 1997; and how many have not been answered on grounds of disproportionate cost.
(71933)
418  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the export licence applications for military exports to Indonesia which have been refused in the past five years.
(72017)
419  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answers to the honourable Member for Blaenau Gwent, 15th February, Official Report, column 451 and the honourable Member for Stroud, 18th January, Official Report, columns 364-5, if he will set out what proportion of the costs for physical protection of transporting plutonium fuels will be borne by Japan and the United Kingdom respectively; and if he will indicate what proportion of the United Kingdom's costs will be borne by the public purse.
(72608)
420  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Working Time Directive on the film industry.
(71744)
421  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library a copy of the KPMG report on British Nuclear Fuels Ltd.
(72591)
422  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times Ministers in his Department have met their counterparts in the US Administration since 1st June 1998, indicating the dates and locations of each meeting, the Ministers involved, and the name of the US counterpart.
(71962)
423  
  
Mr John Townend (East Yorkshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new jobs he expects will be created by small businesses over the next 12 months.
(72298)
424  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, who will represent his Department at the Biosafety Protocol meeting in Colombia; and if he will make a statement.
(72230)
425  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what has been the cost to date of tackling the meningitis outbreak in the Bro Taf Health Authority area.
(72258)
426  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will estimate the cost of advertising information relating to the meningitis outbreak to the public in Wales during the recent outbreak.
(72253)
427  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he last had discussions with the National Meningitis Trust.
(72260)
428  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the meetings he has had with representatives of the Ford Motor Company since he became Secretary of State; and if he will make a statement.
(72256)
429  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what extra resources have been provided to the Bro Taf Health Authority to meet the cost of the meningitis outbreak.
(72259)
430  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the meetings he has had with trade unions over the last six weeks in his official capacity.
(72255)
431  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he last had discussions with the Meningitis Research Foundation.
(72261)
432  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will estimate the cost of the opening ceremony of the National Assembly for Wales.
(72251)
433  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what action is being taken to educate people in South Wales about meningitis.
(72257)
434  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list (a) those units in his Department and (b) the number of departmental staff which are concerned with preparing rebuttals of allegations in the media; and what is (i) the total cost of their work, including salaries, and (ii) the number of rebuttals issued since May 1997.
(71859)
435  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what was the cost over the last year of the over 30 month scheme in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(72034)
436  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on after-school child care places and activities.
(72032)
437  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the training provided by TECs; and if he will make a statement.
(72037)
438  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the effect of the 1999-2000 revenue support grant on the provision of educational services in Flintshire.
(72028)
439  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on teacher morale.
(72033)
440  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his estimate of the number of (i) higher and (ii) further education students in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(72035)
441  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on class sizes in infant schools.
(72030)
442  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will indicate (a) how many and (b) what percentage of nursery age children are in nursery education in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(72027)
443  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many New Deal graduates have found permanent jobs; and if he will make a statement.
(72036)
444  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the impact upon Wales of the Social Exclusion Unit.
(72829)
445  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many employers are involved in the New Deal for the (i) young unemployed and (ii) long-term unemployed; and if he will make a statement.
(72031)
446  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, in how many health authorities in Wales, and in which ones, the rate of caesarean section exceeds the World Health Organisation recommended rate.
(72535)
447  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many caesarean sections took place in Wales in each of the last five years; and what they were in each year as a percentage of all deliveries.
(72536)
448  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement about the future use of the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay.
(72279)
449  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Cornwall North of 10th February, Official Report, column 285, on research into the production of genetically-modified grasses for grazing, what procedures would need to be adopted under what legislation for the production of such crops for (a) research, including legal grazing by animals and (b) sale for grazing; and what powers he has to prohibit such activity.
[Transferred] (72181)
450  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when proposals for a directive concerning the regulations for growing and sale of genetically-modified crops were first received by his Department from the European Commission; what observations were made by his Department prior to publication of the draft directive and on what evidence these observations were based; on what dates relevant explanatory memoranda were signed by ministers and placed in the Vote Office; and if he will publish the terms of such memoranda in the Official Report.
[Transferred] (72178)
451  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if (a) the local community and (b) farmers living in the locality of the genetically-modified crops that have marketing consent are required to be informed of the presence of those crops.
[Transferred] (72173)
452  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the sites and the area each covers which are proposed to be planted with each of the genetically-modified crops that have marketing consent; and when they will be planted.
[Transferred] (72171)
453  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the genetically-modified crops which have received marketing consent; and to which company each belongs.
[Transferred] (72170)
454  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the release of the genetically-modified crops that have marketing consent will be recorded in the public register of GMO releases.
[Transferred] (72172)
455  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the applications he has received for commercial planting of genetically-modified crops since 1st May 1997.
[Transferred] (72207)
456  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received regarding the introduction of a levy on the copying onto tape of television programmes and music CDs; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (72218)
457  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to regulate the use of au pairs for childcare; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (71974)
458  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the functions of the Export Guarantees Committee, indicating the departments and agencies represented, the chairmanship and the number of times the committee has met since 1st January 1998.
[Transferred] (71961)
459  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will require the instruction to say nothing, given to Dr Pusztai by his superiors at the Rowett Institute in Aberdeen, to be lifted forthwith.
[Transferred] (72576)
460  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the names of the members of the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment, indicating their involvement with (a) the biotech industry and (b) companies with an interest in growing gene crops on a trial basis.
[Transferred] (72305)
461  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when his Department's review of renewable energy will be published.
[Transferred] (72300)
462  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received concerning the effect on migraine sufferers of the use of intense white lights on car headlights.
[Transferred] (72518)
463  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, in the pilot areas for the New Deal for Disabled People (a) how many initial interviews with personal advisers have been booked, (b) how many initial interviews with personal advisers have taken place, (c) how many disabled people have agreed to participate in the New Deal following an initial interview and (d) how many people obtained jobs following participation in the New Deal.
[Transferred] (72372)


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