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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 13 April 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 13 April of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 
TUESDAY 13th APRIL
1  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee, what plans the Committee has for arranging for power to be obtained for the House from renewable energy sources.
(80001)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on how many occasions processed potato importers have been found to have imported Monsanto's New Leaf potatoes or products derived from them; what quantity of material containing Monsanto's New Leaf potatoes has entered the food chain; and if he will make a statement.
(80104)
3  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer to honourable Member for Wellingborough of 18th March, Official Report, column 819, concerning representations from the US Government, what was the nature of the representations received on each of the three occasions; what was the response of his Department in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(80109)
4  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many fishing vessels from European Union countries have been caught illegally fishing in United Kingdom waters in each of the last three years; and if he will list the country of origin of each boat.
A (80640)
5  
N  
Mr Lawrence Cunliffe (Leigh):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action he proposes to take to encourage local authorities to combat the ragwort weed.
(78814)
6  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of (a) farmers' access to generic drugs for use with animals and (b) the current cost structure of dispensing drugs through veterinary surgeons.
(79877)
7  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many representations his Department has received on the calculation regarding the funding of the Food Standards Agency; and how many were in favour of the fixed £90 levy on food distributers.
(80037)
8  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the current status of agreements with New Zealand regarding the supply of dairy produce.
(79878)
9  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has had from (a) farmers and (b) farming organisations regarding funding proposals for the Food Standards Agency.
(79880)
10  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will introduce measures to ensure that the costs of the Food Standards Agency are not imposed upon farmers.
(79879)
11  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(80525)
12  
  
Mrs Eileen Gordon (Romford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the cost of fully implementing the Krebs Report.
(79867)
13  
  
Mrs Eileen Gordon (Romford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much has been spent on the (a) preparation and (b) implementation of the Krebs Report to date.
(79866)
14  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what decisions were taken at the meeting of the Ad Hoc Expert Advisory Group on Vitamins and Mineral Supplements on 21st January; and if the minutes of that meeting have been published.
(80636)
15  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects the European Commission to publish the Draft Directive on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements; and what policy objectives he will be seeking to pursue when responding to that Draft when published.
(80625)
16  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the declared outside interests of the members of the Food Advisory Committee.
(80630)
17  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what guidance he has given to the Ad Hoc Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals on the conclusion of the Agriculture Committee's Fifth Report of Session 1997-98 (HC 753) on Vitamin B6 that the Group should be asked to produce recommendations for a framework for deciding whether regulation of dietary supplements is necessary at all.
(80623)
18  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the legislative position in other European Member States on the availability of vitamin and mineral supplements; and what steps he is taking in advance of the publication of the forthcoming Draft EU Directive on such supplements to encourage other Member State Governments to accept the principles which underpin his Department's polices in this area.
(80626)
19  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the roles of the (a) Food Advisory Committee and (b) Ad Hoc Expert Advisory Group on Vitamins and Minerals in considering the safety of vitamin and mineral supplements.
(80629)
20  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the membership of the European Union's Scientific Committee for Food in relation to its work on the safety of vitamin and mineral supplements, indicating the scientific backgrounds and declared interests of members; and what are the Committee's terms of reference.
(80638)
21  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what outside interests have been declared by the members of the Ad Hoc Expert Advisory Group on Vitamins and Minerals.
(80628)
22  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what guidance he has given to the Ad Hoc Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals on those sections of the Agriculture Committee's Fifth Report of Session 1997-98 (HC 753) on Vitamin B6 which deal with the distinction between good and bad science.
(80637)
23  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the role and status of the Codex Alimentarius Commission; what progress has been made by that Commission in considering trade in dietary supplements; what his Department contributes to the discussions of that Commission; and what policy objectives are being pursued by his Department in that context.
(80627)
24  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what guidance he has given to the Ad Hoc Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals on those sections of the Agriculture Committee's Fifth Report of Session 1997-98 (HC 753) on Vitamin B6 which deal with the use of inappropriate safety factors when assessing supplement safety.
(80622)
25  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to review food safety legislation to give greater protection to the continued availability of vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements and blends; and if his Department has had any discussions with the European Commission on such matters.
(80624)
26  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the outcome of the Fisheries Council held in Brussels on 30th March; and if he will make a statement.
(79883)
27  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what information he has obtained regarding regulations affecting the sale of higher-dose vitamin and mineral supplements in other European Union member states.
(80222)
28  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list those members or advisers to the Food Advisory Committee who are involved currently with the European Commission Scientific Committee on foods in its work with vitamin and mineral supplements.
(80221)
29  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what funds under the Common Agricultural Policy will be available to assist farmers to manage land in environmentally sensitive ways.
(79904)
30  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in what ways his Department plans to provide support for farmers in managing land so as to increase biodiversity.
(79905)
31  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the possible liability of Women's Institute markets for the levy included in his proposals for the Food Standards Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(79613)
32  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 29th March, Official Report, column 507, on genetically-modified food substances, what steps are being recommended by his Department to establishments selling prepared food, who are required to disclose items containing genetically-modified ingredients.
(80050)
33  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what sanctions are imposed by the Marine Safety Agency on fishing vessels which are found to have underdeclared their engine capacity.
(80238)
34  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list each of the new responsibilities which he will assume when the signed Treaty of Amsterdam takes effect and for each (a) the likely effect on departmental staffing, (b) the bodies or persons in the European Union principally concerned and (c) the relevant section of that treaty and the consolidated treaties of the European Union and European Community.
(80420)
35  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much beef has been exported from Northern Ireland since the ban was lifted on 16th March 1998.
(80180)
36  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he had with small retailers prior to drawing up his proposals for the Food Standards Agency; what estimate he has made of the likely cost to each food retailer of the Food Standards Agency over the first five years of its operation; and if he will make a statement.
(80144)
37  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on schemes which promote industry-wide production systems in (a) agriculture and (b) horticulture to demonstrate the safety and traceability of the food produced.
(80244)
38  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action the Government is taking to facilitate the establishment of porcine-only rendering plants.
(80243)
39  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he is taking to encourage caterers in the public sector to source British pig products.
(80245)
40  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what analysis he has made of support from the Government of the USA for pig farmers in that country; and if he will make a statement on the implications of that support for United Kingdom producers.
(80246)
41  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the cost to each fisherman of installing satellite surveillance equipment on over 24-metre vessels; and what plans he has to provide grants towards their costs.
(80432)
42  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects to announce the next decommissioning scheme for beam trawlers; and by how many boats he intends to reduce the fleet.
(80431)
43  
  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the cost of an inspection by his Department of a fishing vessel (a) in port and (b) at sea.
(80429)
44  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the costs to (a) his Department of inspecting and (b) fishermen of filling in a logsheet and landing declaration.
(80430)
45  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the (a) medical and (b) public health implications of feeding livestock with bonemeal from UK-produced pig and poultry.
(80485)
46  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what quantity of United Kingdom pig, poultry and beef waste is exported from the United Kingdom for rendering in other countries.
(80487)
47  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made based on badger road-kills as to the extent of their tuberculosis infection.
(80486)
48  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what involvement Ministers have in the procedure by which the Forestry Commission issue hunting licences in the New Forest.
(80433)
49  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what involvement Ministers have in the process of issuing a hunting licence once the Forestry Commission have approved the terms of such a licence.
(80434)
50  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many videos his Department has received since 1st May 1997 depicting the activities of the New Forest hounds; and which Ministers have viewed them.
(80435)
51  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons it took from 1st June 1998, when the Forestry Commission approved a licence for New Forest fox hounds, until October 1998 for that licence to be issued.
(80436)
52  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects his Department's study into the links between TB in cattle and badgers to be published.
(80288)
53  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the suppliers of genetically-modified free maize.
(80558)
54  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received from UK honey suppliers regarding potential contamination of honey by genetically-modified material, with particular reference to (a) DNA and (b) proteins; and if he will make a statement.
(80555)
55  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions (a) he has had and (b) he plans to have with Brazil's Agriculture Minister in respect of genetically-modified free soya supplies to the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(80557)
56  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement in respect of measures to prevent contamination of honey by genetically-modified material.
(80556)
57  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the earliest possible date is for commercial planting in the UK of genetically-modified oil seed rape.
(80554)
58  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will estimate the share of the domestic retail milk market currently accounted for by imports; and if he will provide corresponding figures for each of the last 10 years.
(79939)
59  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many representations he has received from (a) honourable Members and (b) others on the issue of genetically-modified food; and what proportion of these representations called for a restriction on the development or sale of genetically-modified products.
(80211)
60  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list those members of advisory committees to his Department who have declared outside interests with (a) DiaDexus, (b) Cerebrus Ltd, (c) Cerebrus PLC, (d) Stanford University, (e) Human Genome Services Inc, (f) Glaxo Wellcome, (g) the Wellcome Institute, (h) Monsanto, (i) AgrEvo and (j) SmithKline Beecham.
(80129)
61  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask Mr Attorney General, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for incidents of incitement to racial hatred which took place in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in (i) 1997 and (ii) 1998.
(79875)
62  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(80526)
63  
  
Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask Mr Attorney General, how many cases of child abuse in respect of children aged (a) zero to four years, (b) four to six years and (c) six to 10 years have been forwarded by police forces to the CPS in the last five years; and of those how many (i) have been dropped by the CPS and (ii) were prosecuted in court.
(80088)
64  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what has been the total cost of services supplied to the Government by KPMG since 1st May 1997.
(80399)
65  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions since 1st May 1997 his Department has made available to the European Scrutiny Committee council working documents.
(80548)
66  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the occasions since 1st May 1997 when his Department has made available to the European Scrutiny Committee unofficial texts of draft European legislation.
(80541)
67  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(80524)
68  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list each of the new responsibilities which he will assume when the signed Treaty of Amsterdam takes effect and for each (a) the likely effect on departmental staffing, (b) the bodies or persons in the European Union principally concerned and (c) the relevant section of that treaty and the consolidated treaties of the European Union and European Community.
(80419)
69  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many black and other ethnic minority people are employed in the Civil Service in Wales; what percentage they are of all civil servants in Wales; how many are in each grade; and what percentage they are of each grade.
(80197)
70  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Government departments have been infected by the Melissa virus; and if he will make a statement.
(80225)
71  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to co-locate local and central Government services in one-stop shops; and if he will list the places where this has been done successfully in the North West.
(80223)
72  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government first indicated its intention to set up the Centre for Management and Policy Studies.
(80228)
73  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proposals the Government has to introduce changes to speed up the process of public inquiries.
(79888)
74  
  
Sir George Young (North West Hampshire):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which of the public services to which he referred in his oral statement on 30th March it is planned to have delivered 24 hours a day, and seven days a week, where there is a demand.
(80079)
75  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, as representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment he has made of the implications for the Commissioners of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(80536)
76  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he intends to transfer responsibility for any of his Department's sponsored museums to the Greater London Authority.
(80236)
77  
  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to introduce an independent monitoring process for television subtitling for deaf and hard of hearing people across all forms of television broadcasting, including cable and satellite.
(80081)
78  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the blind person's television licence discount was last uprated; and how its value in real terms has changed since that uprating.
(80394)
79  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(80537)
80  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what requirements (a) exist and (b) he plans to introduce for staff who work with junior footballers to have qualifications in (i) first aid and (ii) vocational training.
(79911)
81  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress he has made with his plans to oversee the development of personal injury insurance schemes by county football associations on a corporate basis.
(79909)
82  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he had made of the extent of compliance with the provisions of sections (a) 85 and (b) 88 of the Broadcasting Acts of 1990 and 1996 by the Radio Authority in its choice of successful bidders for selected area radio licences in the Solent/Mid-Hampshire area.
(79814)
83  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason he has not yet responded to the letter of 23rd January 1999 from four representatives of companies which had competed unsuccessfully for selected area radio licences in the Solent/Mid-Hampshire area.
(79815)
84  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list each of the new responsibilities which he will assume when the signed Treaty of Amsterdam takes effect and for each (a) the likely effect on departmental staffing, (b) the bodies or persons in the European Union principally concerned and (c) the relevant section of that treaty and the consolidated treaties of the European Union and European Community.
(80412)
85  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received regarding the establishment of a national sports endowment fund, from Lottery money, for sports funding.
(79200)
86  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what amount of interest has been generated from unallocated Lottery money by English Sport.
(79201)
87  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of the money allocated by the National Lottery to Sport England is unspent.
(79202)
88  
  
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the cost of providing half price television licences for all pensioners over the age of (a) 70, (b) 75 and (c) 80 years.
(80269)
89  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department is giving to the moratorium on the import, export and manufacture of light weapons adopted by the Economic Community of West African States in October 1998.
(80504)
90  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the naval establishments in the United Kingdom.
A (80647)
91  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the military establishments in the United Kingdom that are due for closure in 1999.
A (80642)
92  
N  
Valerie Davey (Bristol West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if depleted-uranium weapons are being used by NATO in its current operations in Yugoslavia.
(79859)
93  
N  
Valerie Davey (Bristol West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what scientific research was commissioned by his Department following the use of depleted-uranium weapons in Iraq in 1991 to assess (a) the short and (b) the long-term effects on people and the environment; and to whom the result of the research has been made available.
(79858)
94  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(80535)
95  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the expected in-service date for the Hunt Class sonar upgrade; and what changes to the in-service date have taken place since the project's inception.
(80204)
96  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what security vetting is undertaken of staff employed by Building and Property Group Limited and their sub-contractors operating at his Department's establishments.
(80044)
97  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many existing Type 22 and Type 23 frigates will be equipped with the Merlin ASW helicopter.
(80206)
98  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the rules relating to the employment of sub-contractors at his Department's establishments under contracts with Building & Property Group Limited.
(80094)
99  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what humanitarian roles are being included in the staff target for the future escort planned to replace the Type 23 frigates.
(80205)
100  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many contracts his Department currently has with Building and Property Group Limited; what services are currently provided to each defence establishment by the Company; and what is the total value of the contracts.
(80045)
101  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the countries of origin of the fabrics manufactured for the production of garments under his Department's contracts in each of the last five years.
(79868)
102  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times the RAF has hired or leased Antonov 124-100's in each of the last 10 years.
(80470)
103  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the current role and future work of the Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Night Observation and Countersurveillance Centre at Larkhill.
(80017)
104  
N  
Alice Mahon (Halifax):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what key targets have been set for the Meteorological Office for 1999-2000.
(80383)
105  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the costs to the United Kingdom of current international action relating to the situation in Kosovo.
(79917)
106  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 15th March, Official Report, column 508, if he will state in each case (a) on what date the equipment listed was supplied and (b) its value.
(80456)
107  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the proportion of the arms and military equipment held by Yugoslavia which was acquired from (a) the United Kingdom and (b) other NATO member states.
(80241)
108  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the origin of the hits received by the Government web site section devoted to Yugoslavia (a) before and (b) since it was translated into Serbo-Croat; and what plans he has to translate it into Albanian.
(80239)
109  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was paid by his Department to each of the health trusts in which MDHUs operate for the treatment of military personnel in each of the last three years.
(80572)
110  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what initiatives he has taken to recruit and retain staff in the Defence Medical Services; and what have been the results.
(80570)
111  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what capital expenditure was (a) incurred by his Department and (b) undertaken by NHS trusts as a result of contractural arrangements with his Department, in setting up the Department's hospital units.
(80619)
112  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the Royal Hospital Haslar was not expanded to the number of beds specified in Defence Costs Study 15.
(80569)
113  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the members of the Committee which is considering the statement of requirement for a new Centre of Defence Medicine.
(80568)
114  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was (a) paid and (b) rebated to his Department by each of the health trusts in which MDHUs operate for the treatment of civilian personnel by the military in each of the last three years.
(80573)
115  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what attitude surveys have been undertaken amongst medical staff in the Defence Medical Services concerning the retention of a tri-service core hospital; and what were the results.
(80574)
116  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to seek international agreement to ban weapons of indiscriminate or mass destruction other than anti-personnel mines.
(80210)
117  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many attack missions against Yugoslavia have been flown by British aircraft in the two weeks up to 31st March; and what was the cost of them to the British public funds.
(80425)
118  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) bombs and (b) missiles paid for by British public funds have been used to attack Yugoslavia in the two weeks up to 31st March; and what was their total cost.
(80427)
119  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidelines his Department issues concerning retirement financial arrangements concerning retirement financial arrangements for principals of tertiary colleges.
(80215)
120  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he expects to receive the report of the most recent Further Education Funding Council inspection of Wirral Metropolitan College.
(80516)
121  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received about the retirement package for the retiring Principal of Wirral Metropolitan College.
(80214)
122  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, on how many occasions since 1st May 1997 his Department has made available to the European Scrutiny Committee council working documents.
(80545)
123  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list (a) those local education authorities in England which are budgeting to spend more in 1999-2000 than provided for in their education standard spending assessement, and (b) which of these authorities are proposing a budget increase for education in 1999-2000 which is less than the increase in their education standard spending provision compared with 1998-99.
(80499)
124  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the occasions since 1st May 1997 when his Department has made available to the European Scrutiny Committee unofficial texts of draft European legislation.
(80552)
125  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many work permits were granted during the last 12 months.
A (80644)
126  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the criteria for determining applications for change in status for small rural village schools.
(79876)
127  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(80531)
128  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will provide a breakdown by job centre of vacancies notified for postal workers in the last year for which figures are available.
(80453)
129  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will publish statistics on the (a) employment and (b) benefit position of those who have completed a six month New Deal for 18 to 25 year old option.
(80562)
130  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what statistical data he has collated on the destination of those who have completed a 12 month educational training option on the New Deal for 18 to 25 year olds.
(80563)
131  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if people joining the New Deal for 18 to 25 year olds are compelled to state their educational qualifications.
(80561)
132  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the reason for the fall in modern apprenticeship starts over the calendar year 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(79916)
133  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, to whom (a) the Green Paper on teaching and (b) the associated technical paper were distributed.
(80093)
134  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many students from Herefordshire are in receipt of grants for (a) full-time higher or further education and (b) part-time higher or further education; and if he will make a statement.
(80262)
135  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what spending his Department plans to allocate for (a) increased access to information and communication technology in schools, (b) more teaching assistants and (c) more office staff in the next four years.
(79906)
136  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the performance of EDEXCEL in handling examination papers; and if he will make a statement.
(79920)
137  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set out the criteria used to determine allocation to local education authorities from the National Grid for Learning Standards Fund.
(80387)
138  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many staff are employed within the Local Education Authority Support Division of his Department; and what is (a) the cost of that division in 1998-99 and (b) the budgeted cost for 1999-2000.
(80388)
139  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list each of the new responsibilities which he will assume when the signed Treaty of Amsterdam takes effect and for each (a) the likely effect on departmental staffing, (b) the bodies or persons in the European Union principally concerned and (c) the relevant section of that treaty and the consolidated treaties of the European Union and European Community.
(80418)
140  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he plans to issue his consultation paper on the future of the Youth Service; and if he will make a statement.
(80264)
141  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many state schools will not receive the full £2,000 book allowance announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Budget statement on 9th March, because they have fewer than 100 pupils on roll; and what estimate he has made of the extra cost of granting such schools the fixed £2,000 rather than the £20 per pupil currently allocated.
(79887)
142  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the money spent per primary age pupil (a) from local education authorities, (b) from central government and (c) in total (i) in 1996-97, (ii) in 1997-98 and (iii) estimated for 1998-99 for each local education authority ranked in order of total spend.
(80102)
143  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 16th February to the honourable Member for Kingston-upon-Hull West and Hessle, Official Report, columns 606-7, how he intends to secure public accountability in respect of the statutory powers and duties of Newhaven Port.
(80111)
144  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the applications submitted for section 56 grants since 1st January 1990, indicating in each case which were successful and how much was awarded.
(80096)
145  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reason the Special Grant Report (No. 45) (Metropolitan Railway Passenger Services Grant 1999/2000) does not cover a period of three years.
(79721)
146  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what factors underlie the scale of increase in the budget of British Rail in 1999-2000.
(79722)
147  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what (i) guidance and (ii) instruction has been given to Sir Alistair Morton in respect of his role in connection with PTEs in the period prior to the creation of a Strategic Rail Authority.
(79723)
148  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the role the Strategic Rail Authority will have in respect of passenger transport authorities.
(79724)
149  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he intends to publish a comprehensive list of (a) trial sites of genetically-modified crops in the United Kingdom in the year 1999-2000 and (b) details of genetically-modified crops intended to be grown at these trial sites.
(80103)
150  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his policy towards working time in the road transport sector, with particular reference to the current Commission proposals.
(80157)
151  
N  
Christine Butler (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he last met representatives of the road haulage industry; and if he will make a statement.
(78921)
152  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the estimated total number of disabled orange badges in circulation in each of the last 10 years.
(80200)
153  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to review eligibility criteria for disabled orange badges.
(80199)
154  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans the Government has to review eligibility for disabled orange badges in respect of people who are severely but temporarily disabled through (a) waiting for treatments and (b) prolonged treatment and recovery.
(80198)
155  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the public sector costs incurred on the Terminal 5 inquiry in respect of (a) attendance by civil servants, (b) the Government's legal costs and (c) tax relief accorded to BAA.
(80152)
156  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which psychiatric disorders have been accepted as valid criteria for the award of disabled orange badges.
(80201)
157  
  
Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress has been made towards the operation of a computerised database to hold details of all insured drivers and their vehicles.
(80473)
158  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will give details of the occasions since 1st May 1997 when his Department has made available to the European Scrutiny Committee unofficial text of draft Eruopean legislation.
(80501)
159  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on how many occasions since 1st May 1997 his Department has made available to the European Scrutiny Committee council working documents.
(80543)
160  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the Presidency draft of a council directive on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the response of workers to risks arising from physical agents connected to the Explanatory Memorandum submitted by his Department to the European Scrutiny Committee is subject to the confidentiality of Council proceedings.
(80588)
161  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has for the introduction of a national concessionary travel scheme for retired and disabled people.
(80226)
162  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what policy conclusions he has drawn from his discussions during his recent visit to the Indian Sub-Continent on policies relating to dams on rivers and the allocation of water between countries.
(79036)
163  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(80520)
164  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 8th February, Official Report, column 8, for what reason he has not published the new criteria on noise reduction and ring-fenced annual budget for the Highways Agency before the start of the financial year 1999-2000; and when he expects to do so.
(80519)
165  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the terms of reference of the Government's motorcycle advisory group will be.
(79928)
166  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of vehicles below 1100cc were first registered before 1992.
(79929)
167  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which non-governmental groups will be invited to join the Government's advisory group on motorcycling.
(79927)
168  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is currently undertaking to encourage the use of small motorcycles.
(79926)
169  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many submissions he received in response to the Government's Green Paper on Residential Leasehold Reform in England and Wales by 31st March.
A (80545)
170  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the terms of reference and areas of study are for the London to South West and South Wales study.
(80021)
171  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the terms of reference and areas of study are for the London to Reading multi-modal study.
(80022)
172  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the (a) highest and (b) lowest council tax at Band D for a council billing area, after transitional relief grant and council tax benefits in (i) Derbyshire, (ii) Lincolnshire (iii) Leicestershire, (iv) South Yorkshire and (v) Norfolk.
(80621)
173  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the allocation of PFI credits for the proposed Baldock by-pass.
(79788)
174  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in what circumstances a local authority may bid for the allocation of PFI credits in respect of more than one major transport project.
(79787)
175  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will visit Baldock to inspect traffic congestion on the A505 road.
(79789)
176  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if Hertfordshire County Council is limited to submitting only one major project bid for PFI credits; and if he will make a statement.
(79791)
177  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, to what extent the (a) population, (b) level of car ownership and (c) scale of transport problems in a highway authority area are taken into account in setting the number of major schemes per authority which will be approved for the allocation of PFI credits; and if he will make a statement.
(79786)
178  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he has travelled on the A505 road between Royston, Baldock and Letchworth in the past 12 months in his official capacity.
(79790)
179  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) the organisations and people who form the British Standards Technical Sub Committee PTI/2/1, (b) the dates on which the Committee has met to date in 1999 and (c) the planned meeting dates for the remainder of 1999.
(80466)
180  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what analysis has been made of motor vehicle engine wear and tear identified in Sweden since the introduction and use of lead replacement petrol.
(80469)
181  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what active chemical elements are being considered for use with a British Standard for lead replacement; what concentration of these chemical elements were recommended by the British Standard Technical Sub Committee; and what is the ranking of the performance of these elements relative to lead.
(80468)
182  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what advice will the Government will provide to the motoring public on the purchase of lead replacement petrol.
(80465)
183  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what has prevented the agreement of a British Standard for lead replacement petrol to date.
(80467)
184  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress is being made to agree a British Standard for lead replacement petrol; and if he will make a statement.
(80464)
185  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the traffic problems at the Plantation Lane section of the B5404 road at Hopwas; and what traffic calming measures he plans to put in place at this section of the road.
(79861)
186  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the traffic capacity of the B5404 road from Lichfield to Tamworth; and what is the current traffic flow, including the proportion of heavy goods vehicles.
(79860)
187  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many accidents have been reported on the Plantation Lane section of the B5404 road at Hopwas in each of the last 15 years; and how many fatalities have resulted.
(79862)
188  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 15th February, Official Report, column 436, on aviculture, if he will list the avicultural purposes for which the licences were granted and the specific conditions attached to each.
(80055)
189  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many birds bred or reared in captivity following the issuing of a licence have subsequently been sold with the approval of his Department in each of the last five years for which information is available; for what use these birds were sold; and what subsequent checks were carried out in respect of their welfare.
(79923)
190  
  
Mr Piara S. Khabra (Ealing, Southall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has held with Railtrack plc on extending electrification of the western main line from Southall to Reading and beyond, with particular reference to a connection for access to the Heathrow main line stations for trains originating from western England and South Wales.
(80437)
191  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what non-road solutions county councils should demonstrate they have considered when putting forward a request for funding for a village by-pass designed to reduce the volume of traffic passing through that village.
(80581)
192  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Elmet of 28th January, Official Report, column 335, on packaging waste, if he will provide details of the consultation process referred to in paragraph (viii); and when it will be concluded.
(80384)
193  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to enforce standards of service on the West Coast Inter City main line; and if he will make a statement.
(80276)
194  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list each of the new responsibilities which he will assume when the signed Treaty of Amsterdam takes effect and for each (a) the likely effect on departmental staffing, (b) the bodies or persons in the European Union principally concerned and (c) the relevant section of that treaty and the consolidated treaties of the European Union and European Community.
(80417)
195  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what advice he has received from IATA in relation to the impact of the millennium bug on airport and airline safety.
(80031)
196  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 29th March, Official Report, columns 467-8, on road accidents, if he will break down the number of road deaths in 1997 by borough council areas.
(80002)
197  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the setting of the standard spending assessment level for the planning period in respect of local authority road maintenance expenditure.
(80400)
198  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to carry out a study on the rail link between London and Cheltenham/Gloucester; what discussions he has had with (a) train operators and (b) Railtrack about this line and the services on it; what discussions he has had about providing a dual track from Swindon to Kemble; and if he will make a statement.
(80106)
199  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the level of tender prices for new and additional rural bus services in Bedfordshire funded by the rural bus service grant.
(80248)
200  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, whom he has consulted in the course of making his decision over the application by British Nuclear Fuels plc to operate a mixed oxide plutonium fuels plant at Sellafield; what matters are currently under consideration in respect of the application; and when he expects to make an announcement on the matter.
(80402)
201  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to paragraph 9.51 of his Department's Annual Report 1999, Cm 4204, what international work on the implementation of the convention on the safe management of radioactive waste and spent fuel has been supported by the United Kingdom.
(80203)
202  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will order an extraordinary audit of the activities of Kingshunt Parish Council in the Borough of Solihull.
(80421)
203  
N  
Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he is introducing to promote the increased transport of freight by rail.
(78818)
204  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he intends to reply to the letter of 20th August from the honourable Member for Rochford and Southend East about a traffic reduction initiative in Essex.
(79783)
205  
N  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received concerning the commission payable by mobile home owners to site owners on completion of the sale of a home.
(80099)
206  
N  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what review he has conducted of the working of the Mobile Homes Act 1983.
(80098)
207  
N  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he plans to take to ensure that mobile home owners have the right to choose the suppliers of public utilities to their homes.
(80100)
208  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the implications are of his announcement of revised household projection figures on 29th March for the need for new housing developments in (a) Stevenage, (b) Devon, (c) West Sussex, (d) East Sussex, (e) Hertfordshire and (f) West Midlands.
(80086)
209  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the proportion of pensioners who are, on his Department's definition, living in fuel poverty; and if he will provide separate estimates for pensioners aged (a) 65 to 69, (b) 70 to 79 and (c) 80 years or above.
(80095)
210  
  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what correspondence he has had with Ofwat concerning the non-publication of the condition and grade of critical sewers in (a) Southern Water, (b) North West Water, (c) North Surrey Water, (d) Thames Water, (e) South West Water, (f) South East Water and (g) Mid Southern Water areas following advice to Ofwat by these companies that the information is confidential.
(80444)
211  
  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his Department's definition of a critical sewer.
(80443)
212  
  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to give further guidance to Ofwat on developing absolute standards for the sustainability of sewerage networks; and what discussions he has had on this matter with the Director General of Ofwat.
(80442)
213  
  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the meeting between Water UK and the Local Government Association on tackling rat infestation of sewerage networks proposed in his Department's response to the Environment Sub-Committee's Report on Sewage Treatment and Disposal has taken place; and if he will make a statement.
(80445)
214  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will postpone the implementation of the proposed inspection charges under the Town and County Planning (Control of Major Accident Hazards) Regulations pending his comprehensive review of health and safety legislation.
(80281)
215  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the flat rate charges envisaged under the Town and Country Planning (Control of Major Accident Hazards) Regulations will apply regardless of the seniority and experience of the inspector undertaking the inspections on site.
(80279)
216  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those members of advisory committees to his Department who have declared outside interests with (a) DiaDexus, (b) Cerebrus Ltd, (c) Cerebrus PLC, (d) Stanford University, (e) Human Genome Services Inc, (f) Glaxo Wellcome, (g) the Wellcome Institute, (h) Monsanto, (i) AgrEvo and (j) SmithKline Beecham.
(80128)
217  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what would be the average council tax for each local authority in England if each authority's net revenue expenditure in 1999-2000 was set at the provisional capping level and, excepting the receipts from each authority's share of NNDR, had to be met entirely from council tax receipts.
(80277)
218  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Penrith and The Border of 22nd March, Official Report, column 100, on euro coins, what sanctions are to be applied in the case of the United Kingdom against those who damage or destroy the image of the euro; and what representations he has received on this subject.
(80178)
219  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the non-IT costs of the National Changeover Plan, with particular reference to informing business and the public.
(80397)
220  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 17th March, Official Report, column 658, on the European Central Bank, if he has been informed of the salary of the President of the Bank.
(80396)
221  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will reply to the letters from Ms Sue Owen which were sent to him on 28th January and 22nd March.
A (80651)
222  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will seek to reduce age discrimination by private medical insurance providers.
(80202)
223  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions since 1st May 1997 his Department has made available to the European Scrutiny Committee council working documents.
(80542)
224  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the occasions since 1st May 1997 when his Department has made available to the European Scrutiny Committee unofficial texts of draft European legislation.
(80549)
225  
N  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the average annual total tax liability of holders of 714 certificates for each of the last three years.
(79720)
226  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Bolton West of 23rd March, Official Report, column 201, if he will estimate the number of (a) claimants of housing benefit who are of working age, (b) claimants of the working families tax credit and (c) current claimants of family credit, and the number and percentage of claimants of current family credit and future working families tax credit who also claim housing benefit.
(80567)
227  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the local authority schemes that are being permitted to meet the funding costs of speed enforcement cameras from the money raised from fines and penalties.
(80139)
228  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria must be met for a local authority to be permitted to meet the funding costs of speed enforcement cameras from the money raised from fines and penalties.
(80140)
229  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 30th March, Official Report, column 667, on the Social Security Committee on which public interest grounds under paragraph (1) section (IV) of the Ministerial Code he declined to give the information requested by the honourable Member for Chingford and Woodford Green in the question answered on 19th March, Official Report, column 857.
(80145)
230  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(80521)
231  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that telephone inquiries in respect of the gift aid scheme are given information about smaller and regional charities.
[R] (80029)
232  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many workless households with dependent children there were in (a) 1979, (b) 1984, (c) 1989, (d) 1994 and (e) at the latest date for which statistics are available.
(79661)
233  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the percentage of live and stillborn births in the United Kingdom, where birth weight was (a) under 2,500 grammes and (b) under 3,000 grammes in each of the past five years.
(80392)
234  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the Inland Revenue Easter working procedure used in the Wye Valley region of the Inland Revenue.
(80253)
235  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is the Inland Revenue's policy to warn taxpayers that they are likely to issue a section 20 Taxes Management Act 1970 notice in circumstances where a taxpayer appeals against a section 19A Taxes Management Act 1970 notice for information.
(80256)
236  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Inland Revenue has paid in incorrect tax repayments as a result of processing errors since the introduction of self-assessment.
(80259)
237  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the Second Review of the Private Finance Initiative by Sir Malcolm Bates.
(79782)
238  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many section 9A Taxes Management Act 1970 inquiry notices relating to 1996-97 dated prior to 31st January were sent to taxpayers on or after 31st January.
(80251)
239  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what effect the introduction of a 10 per cent. income tax band will have on covenanted payments to charities made under existing arrangements by people who, after 5th April, pay a marginal income tax rate of 10 per cent.
(80141)
240  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what Inland Revenue review process takes place to ensure processing errors are detected.
(80258)
241  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Inland Revenue has to improve the presentation of statements of account for self-assessment purposes.
(80257)
242  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of Inland Revenue correspondence from taxpayers is (a) replied to and (b) replied to with a substantive reply within 28 days.
(80142)
243  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Inland Revenue regional offices offer the Easter working procedure.
(80254)
244  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion and how many Inland Revenue inquiries have been conducted under the Easter working procedure.
(80255)
245  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the Inland Revenue target for dealing with taxpayers' correspondence; and what is the procedure for opening and logging such correspondence.
(80143)
246  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of section 9A Taxes Management Act 1970 inquiry notices relating to 1996-97 were issued in January.
(80252)
247  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which department of the Inland Revenue is responsible for the collection of form P14.
(80584)
248  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the increased fuel duties imposed by his first two budgets on peak-hour traffic flows on (a) the M25 and (b) other motorways.
(80285)
249  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the increased fuel duties imposed in his 1999 Budget on peak traffic flows on (a) the M25 and (b) other motorways.
(80284)
250  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to publish a white paper on the future framework for official statistics.
(79903)
251  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue generation from the proposed increase in the stamp duty charge on all off-market transfers of tradeable securities; and what assessment he has made of the impact on the savings industry and smaller investors of the increase.
[R] (79937)
252  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the proposed increase in the stamp duty charge on all off-market transfers of tradeable securities; if this includes transfers into nominee registration, from 50p to £5; on what date the increase is planned to take effect; and what estimate his Department has made of the likely number of annual transfers to which this charge (i) would have applied in 1998-99 and (ii) will apply in 1999-2000.
[R] (79936)
253  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list national survival rates for all cancers for each year from 1992 to date.
(80271)
254  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list mortality rates of cancers for all types of cancer, in descending order, for each EU country.
(80273)
255  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list mortality rates for all types of cancers for each health authority.
(80272)
256  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list each of the new responsibilities which he will assume when the signed Treaty of Amsterdam takes effect and for each (a) the likely effect on departmental staffing, (b) the bodies or persons in the European Union principally concerned and (c) the relevant section of that treaty and the consolidated treaties of the European Union and European Community.
(80407)
257  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his policy on the exchange rate between sterling and the deutschmark.
(80404)
258  
  
Mr Martin O'Neill (Ochil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost of (a) increasing the existing 40 per cent. first year capital allowance to 100 per cent. on a permanent basis and (b) the additional cost of extending these allowances to assets leased by SMES.
[R] (80495)
259  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd March, Official Report, column 205, on employment, what is the impact on employment of a 1 per cent. increase in employment costs stemming from government legislative requirements, unmatched by productivity changes.
(79915)
260  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd March, Official Report, column 205, on employment, if he will estimate the impact of a 1 per cent. increase in wages on employment levels from supply side pressures, where there is no compensatory increase in productivity.
(79914)
261  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to exempt renewable energy from an energy tax levied on business.
(79863)
262  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the effect on the (a) gross and (b) net contributions of each member state of the European Union of the changes to EU financing arrangements agreed at the Berlin summit.
(80015)
263  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the effect on the UK abatement of the exclusion of annual pre-accession expenditure for each of the next eight years.
(80014)
264  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost of reducing the level of duty on road fuel gas to (a) eight pence per kilogram and (b) zero.
(80016)
265  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the position of the Government at the meeting of the UN Commission for Human Rights on 22nd March in respect of China.
(79663)
266  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if budget line A-3021 of the European Communities budget is open to organisations which advance the idea of a non-federal Europe.
(80159)
267  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Penrith and The Border of 22nd February, Official Report, column 197, if he will list the range of common foreign and security policy issues covered by the proposed extension of the remit of the Joint Consultative Committee; and what documents will be available to members of the Committee.
(80179)
268  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Penrith and The Border of 18th March, Official Report, columns 759-60, concerning EU budget line B3-306, for what reason the Commission removed the prohibition in the amended Budget Line notes; and what is the basis for the statement that the Commission shares his Department's view of how such expenditure should be used.
(80177)
269  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department was informed in advance of the intended placement of the article by the honourable Member for Rotherham in Le Monde on 3rd March.
(80156)
270  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the speeches delivered at the SeĞminaire Franco-Britannique sur l'Euro by representatives of the British Government.
(80158)
271  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in Franco-British co-operation since the signing of the St. Malo Accord.
(80148)
272  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to deposit the agendas for the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy Working Groups in the Library.
(80149)
273  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the content of the reports received between 16th and 20th October from the British Embassy at Madrid, on the investigations into Senator Pinochet in Spain; and if he will make a statement.
(80406)
274  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Head of the Latin America and Caribbean Department plans to reply to the request by the Chilean Ambassador for assistance in obtaining return passage to Chile for Senator Pinochet.
(80163)
275  
  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria are applied by Her Majesty's Government in respect of any decision to intervene militarily in the internal affairs of sovereign states.
(80266)
276  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to assist in the conduct of free and fair elections in South Africa in June 1999.
(80217)
277  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the Government's written submissions to the three United Nations panels on Iraq.
(80514)
278  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will outline the Government's current policy in relation to the reports of the three United Nations panels on Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(80515)
279  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Chile about the prospective removal of the Lan Chile air link to the Falklands.
(80216)
280  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is giving to the moratorium on the import, export and manufacture of light weapons adopted by the Economic Community of West African States in October 1998.
(80503)
281  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had recently with the Indonesian Government regarding its proposal to grant independence to East Timor.
(80112)
282  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Indonesian Government about the activities of (a) the ABRI, (b) the Village Police and (c) the paramilitary militia in East Timor.
(80113)
283  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(80523)
284  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the US Government conerning the abolition of the death penalty; and if he will make a statement.
(80024)
285  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the sanctions imposed by the international community on Iraq have affected the supply of radioactive isotopes for the treatment of cancer there.
(80161)
286  
  
Ms Jenny Jones (Wolverhampton South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applications for visit visas for people travelling from India were received by the New Dehli Embassy between January and December 1998; and how many were refused.
(80058)
287  
  
Ms Jenny Jones (Wolverhampton South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applications for visit visas for people travelling from (a) Poland, (b) Russia, (c) Ukraine and (d) Latvia have been received by the relevant British embassies between January and December 1998; and how many were refused.
(79925)
288  
  
Ms Jenny Jones (Wolverhampton South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British citizens have been detained for interview by French immigration officials whilst travelling to the United Kingdom between January 1998 and February 1999.
(79924)
289  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of Slovakia regarding the United Kingdom's recent introduction of visa requirements for Slovak visitors to the UK.
(80057)
290  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when revised guidance will be issued to his Department's officials on contacts with private military companies.
(80393)
291  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list decision-making powers which have been restored to the United Kingdom from EU institutions since the Maastricht Treaty came into effect.
(80234)
292  
  
Sir Peter Lloyd (Fareham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to publish the annual report on human rights.
(80575)
293  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to announce in advance the agenda for the General Affairs Council where an agenda has been prepared in draft form.
(80018)
294  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for how many written parliamentary questions he has referred the interrogator to a previous answer since 1st May 1997; and if he will break this down by subject area.
(80451)
295  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will deposit in the Library a copy of his speech made at Milan on 2nd March.
(79938)
296  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if power supplies on St Helena are secure; and if he will make a statement.
A (80639)
297  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list each of his departmental responsibilities arising from the implementation of the Treaty of Amsterdam and the relevant sections of that Treaty and the consolidated treaties of the European Union and European Community.
(80405)
298  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list each of the new responsibilities which he will assume when the signed Treaty of Amsterdam takes effect and for each (a) the likely effect on departmental staffing, (b) the bodies or persons in the European Union principally concerned and (c) the relevant section of that treaty and the consolidated treaties of the European Union and European Community.
(80416)
299  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of British military equipment exported to Yugoslavia since 1989 on the present conflict.
(80160)
300  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the President of Peru on the release of prisoners found innocent by the Ad Hoc Commission.
(80080)
301  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the number of patients treated by the psychiatric sector of the NHS for the last five years; and if he will give a breakdown by ethnicity.
A (80661)
302  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 3, on restraint techniques, if he will publish the figures on deaths in mental health institutions held by the Mental Health Act Commission; and if he will provide a breakdown by ethnicity.
A (80664)
303  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 3, on restraint techniques, what guidance his Department has issued to trusts on what constitutes appropriate staffing levels and policies.
A (80663)
304  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made with the review of hospital discharge procedures; and if he will make a statement.
(80458)
305  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to make a statement on his policy proposals for the provision of Viagra by the NHS following the completion of his public consultation exercise.
A (80662)
306  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the occasions since 1st May 1997 when his Department has made available to the European Scrutiny Committee unofficial texts of draft European legislation.
(80553)
307  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions since 1st May 1997 his Department has made available to the European Scrutiny Committee council working documents.
(80546)
308  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department last reviewed the funding by local authorities towards the cost of people previously resident in their area who are in private residential or nursing home care; and if he will make a statement.
(80026)
309  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(80532)
310  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 5, on Mental Health Institutions (Deaths), if the Health Service Guidelines (92)8 issued in January 1992 include (i) guidance on the timescale and (ii) a maximum delay for the notification of relatives following the death of a patient in hospital.
(80560)
311  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 11th March, Official Report, column 373, on restraint techniques, if his Department has issued (a) guidelines and (b) advice to mental health units on the use of control and restraint techniques.
(80559)
312  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the (a) average waiting time and (b) number of patients on the waiting list at the North Staffordshire hospital for cardiac surgery.
(80585)
313  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the change in the number of patients on NHS waiting lists waiting 12 months or longer since 1st May 1997.
(80287)
314  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses (a) have been recruited to the NHS since the launch of his recruitment campaign on 1st February and (b) were recruited to the NHS during the periods (i) 1st February 1998 to 30th March 1998 and (ii) 1st February 1997 to 30th March 1997.
(80286)
315  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to reach a decision regarding the future of Brumby Hospital, Scunthorpe.
(80283)
316  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many representations (a) he and (b) the Medicines Control Agency have received in response to the Agency's consultation document MLX249; how many and what percentage of those representations opposed the proposals; and if he will make a statement.
(80632)
317  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review medicines licensing legislation to give greater protection to the continued availability of vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements and blends thereof; and what discussions he has had with the European Commission.
(80634)
318  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department has received a copy of the report commissioned by the European Commission on the market in herbal remedies; what discussions he has had with the European Commission on EU legislation in this area; and if he will make a statement.
(80635)
319  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list each of the years since 1969 in which vaccinations or revised vaccinations were introduced for mumps, measles and rubella.
(80032)
320  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for the last five years for which information is available the serious adverse reactions to vaccines containing components against mumps, measles or rubella; if he will list the trial products which have been withdrawn; and if he will make a statement.
(80035)
321  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date the new chair of the Guy's and St. Thomas's NHS Trust was (i) appointed and (ii) told of her appointment; on what date the Trust was told of her appointment; on what date information was given by the NHS of the name of the person appointed; how many and which honourable Members discussed the appointment with Ministers during March, indicating the dates of the discussions; and for what reason the honourable Member for North Southwark and Bermondsey was not invited to discuss the appointment with Ministers.
(80566)
322  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list vaccines licensed since 1st February 1987 for mumps, measles and rubella, or a combination of these, indicating for each product (a) the date on which a licence was granted, (b) the conditions for which it was licenced and (c) if the product licence is current.
(80036)
323  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what announcements have been made by his Department since 2nd May 1997 relating to vaccination against mumps, measles and rubella; and on which date each of these announcements was made.
(80033)
324  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who has been appointed to chair the Guy's and St. Thomas's NHS Trust from 1st April; how many shortlisted nominees were proposed by the regional office; how many others were Labour party members; and how many had served on NHS trust boards before 1st April as (i) chairmen and (ii) deputy chairmen.
(80564)
325  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many suspected adverse reactions to mumps, rubella and measles vaccines there were in the last five years for which figures are available.
(80034)
326  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the remit of the Medicines Control Agency is, with particular reference to areas of activity other than the licensing of medicines.
(80220)
327  
  
Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith (Wealden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what number of people with haemophilia and hepatitis C the assumptions are based on which his estimate of the cost of a financial assistance scheme is founded; if his estimate of the costs of such a scheme includes amounts of money for (a) payments for all and (b) a hardship fund; and how much he has assumed would be applied for each; over how many years such expenditure would be spread; what are the estimated costs in the first year; and what figure for first year start up costs he has included in his estimate.
(80463)
328  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision has been made for funding courses for general nurses not in employment to convert to Level One.
(80261)
329  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he has any plans to introduce a chief officer rank for the Ambulance Service; and if he will make a statement.
(80260)
330  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review the conditions attaching to the prescribing of wigs for patients receiving chemotherapy treatment.
(79908)
331  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what monitoring his Department carries out of the availability of specialist pressure-relieving equipment on the NHS in England.
(79913)
332  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes he has made to his Department's guidance ref. HSG(95)8 regarding the availability of specialist pressure-relieving equipment.
(79912)
333  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what conditions his Department attaches to the prescribing of wigs for (a) in-patients and (b) day-care patients receiving chemotherapy treatment.
(79907)
334  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if it is intended that county football associations and junior football clubs shall have access to the register to be established under the Protection of Children Bill when considering the appointment of staff to work with junior footballers.
(79910)
335  
N  
Mr David Lock (Wyre Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 30th March, Official Report, columns 656-7, on Lamotrogine, if he will list for each further evaluation undertaken or commissioned by the Medicines Control Agency in respect of Lamotrogine, (a) the name of the individual body who was instructed to carry out the further research, (b) the terms of reference of the research, (c) the cost of the research and (d) when and where the results of the research were or are planned to be published.
(80229)
336  
N  
Mr David Lock (Wyre Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 30th March, Official Report, column 657, on Lamotrogine, how many suspected deaths have been reported to his Department or the Medicines Control Agency arising out of or related to Lamotrogine.
(80230)
337  
N  
Mr David Lock (Wyre Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 30th March, Official Report, columns 656-7, on Lamotrogine, if he will list for each of the 35 enquiries referred to (a) the incident or event which gave rise to the enquiry, (b) the name and address of the person who generated the enquiry, (c) details of the nature of the enquiry and (d) the steps which (i) his Department and (ii) the Medicines Control Agency have taken in response to the enquiry.
(80231)
338  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what Government funding is available for publishing cancer information to (a) the public and (b) medical professionals.
(80274)
339  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has to publicise cancer care information on the Internet.
(80275)
340  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list each of the new responsibilities which he will assume when the signed Treaty of Amsterdam takes effect and for each (a) the likely effect on departmental staffing, (b) the bodies or persons in the European Union principally concerned and (c) the relevant section of that treaty and the consolidated treaties of the European Union and European Community.
(80415)
341  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department is giving to the sufferers of interstitial cystitis; how much funding his Department has donated in the last five years to research into the causes of interstitial cystitis; and what action his Department is taking to encourage research into the treatment of interstitial cystitis.
(80237)
342  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to promote and safeguard NHS dentistry in North East Lancashire; and if he will make a statement.
(80048)
343  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will issue new guidelines on the use of beta interferon in the NHS.
(80174)
344  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to remind hospital doctors of the necessity of washing their hands after examining patients.
(80047)
345  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the salaries paid to speech and language therapists in the NHS; who advises him on such salaries; what discussions he had with speech and language therapists before deciding on their pay settlement for 1999-2000; and if he will make a statement.
(80049)
346  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the Gloucestershire Health Authority of the pay award to all NHS employees for 1999-2000.
(80401)
347  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the projected expenditure in mid-Bedfordshire for 1998-99 on care for the elderly in Biggleswade and Steppingley hospitals; and what is the projected cost per head.
(80478)
348  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the retention and expansion of existing services and the development of new services, by the three relevant primary care groups, in relation to Biggleswade and Steppingley hospitals.
(80457)
349  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the compliance with the relevant registration standards of (a) nursing homes and (b) residential homes within mid-Bedfordshire.
(80481)
350  
N  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received about the proposed closure of Biggleswade and Steppingly hospitals from (a) health professionals and (b) others.
(80579)
351  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from mid-Bedfordshire general practitioners with regard to the review of Biggleswade and Steppingley hospitals.
(80460)
352  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide a breakdown of costs in relation to the services currently provided at Biggleswade and Steppingley Hospitals.
(80490)
353  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the financial impact on (a) Bedford Hospital and (b) other local acute hospitals of the (i) maintenance and (ii) development of services at Biggleswade and Steppingley Hospitals.
(80447)
354  
N  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide alternative (a) hospital care for elderly, infirm patients and (b) respite care in the catchment area of the Steppingly and Biggleswade Hospitals following closure of those hospitals.
(80577)
355  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the consultation process on the review of Biggleswade and Steppingley Hospitals.
(80446)
356  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the views of (a) general practitioners, (b) consultants and (c) other healthcare professionals towards the retention and development of continuing care facilities at Biggleswade and Steppingley hospitals.
(80475)
357  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the (a) frequency of visits and (b) costs of visits, by ambulance personnel to nursing homes and residential homes in Mid-Bedfordshire in cases where an elderly person fell and staff were unable to assist in the last year for which figures are available.
(80488)
358  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many frail elderly Mid-Bedfordshire residents are currently accommodated in acute hospitals.
(80482)
359  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will conduct (a) an audit of current provision of care and (b) a health needs assessment in relation to the review of Biggleswade and Steppingley Hospitals.
(80491)
360  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the projected income which would result from the sale of the Biggleswade and Steppingley Hospital sites.
(80489)
361  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the occupancy levels in nursing homes and residential homes within mid-Bedfordshire in the last year for which figures are available.
(80462)
362  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons Bedfordshire Health Authority has employed a consultant in connection with the review of Biggleswade and Steppingley hospitals.
(80459)
363  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the patient base at Biggleswade and Steppingley hospitals is comprised of people originating outside mid-Bedfordshire.
(80476)
364  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress in the review of acute care in Bedfordshire and the extent to which it informs the review of intermediate care.
(80474)
365  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the Option 9 proposals for Biggleswade and Steppingley hospitals in relation to the Government's (a) medium and (b) long-term plans for developing the NHS.
(80480)
366  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on government policy on the development of regional and sub-regional centres of clinical and medical excellence and the role of (a) local hospitals and (b) health resource centres in the context of the move towards regional and sub-regional concentration.
(80455)
367  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the projected expenditure in mid-Bedfordshire for 1998-99 on care for the elderly in nursing and residential homes; and what is the projected cost per head of this care.
(80479)
368  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the basis for Bedford Hospital NHS Trust's support for the withdrawal of services from Biggleswade and Steppingley Hospitals.
(80483)
369  
N  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the costs of closing Biggleswade and Steppingly Hospitals; and if he will make a statement.
(80576)
370  
N  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library the surveys commissioned by the area health authority into the viability of Biggleswade and Steppingly Hospitals.
(80578)
371  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the prospects for using the Biggleswade and Steppingley hospital sites as part of the healthy living centre programme.
(80461)
372  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what level of financial and human resources has the Government committed in support of the work of the International Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
(80484)
373  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the outcome of the evaluation of the Quality Protects management action plans submitted to his Department by local authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(80518)
374  
  
Jacqui Smith (Redditch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many medical negligence claims have (i) been brought and (ii) been successful against NHS practitioners in each of the last five years.
A (80648)
375  
  
Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when research projects (a) started and (b) concluded at Porton Down into the development of an acellular DTP vaccine; how much the research programme cost; and when and for what reasons the Government decided to purchase such vaccines in the United States rather than continue development in the UK.
A (80646)
376  
N  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the date of settlement of pharmacy remuneration negotiations for each year since 1994 and in each case the period covered; and when he plans to settle the next remuneration negotiations.
(80101)
377  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 18th March, Official Report, columns 803-4, which health authorities are to be compensated for the loss of free provision of MOD staff, indicating the amounts involved in each case.
(80618)
378  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision of intensive care beds there is in the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Health Authority area; and what estimate he has made of the changes in each of the next five years.
(80571)
379  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the reports he has commissioned into reducing waiting lists, including the dates when they were received.
(80280)
380  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money will be available to the accident and emergency departments at (a) Ashford, Middlesex Hospital and (b) St. Peter's, Chertsey Hospital in the financial year 1999-2000 in addition to the money allocated under his three year plan.
(80428)
381  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those members of advisory committees to his Department who have declared outside interests with (a) DiaDexus, (b) Cerebrus Ltd, (c) Cerebrus PLC, (d) Stanford University, (e) Human Genome Services Inc, (f) Glaxo Wellcome, (g) the Wellcome Institute, (h) Monsanto, (i) AgrEvo and (j) SmithKline Beecham.
(80127)
382  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will recommend to health purchasers that the new provisions for pooled budgets and lead commissioning be implemented in the case of multiple sclerosis patients.
(80596)
383  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of multiple sclerosis specialist nursing on patient care.
(80597)
384  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the extent to which purchasers develop care pathways for patients with neurological conditions.
(80595)
385  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the (a) professional and (b) lay members of the intercollegiate working party convened to set criteria for the restructuring or closure of maternity units; and what are its remit and terms of reference.
(80598)
386  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of the National Performance Framework on access to services for patients with neurological conditions.
(80594)
387  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the reduction in the number of animals required for procedures, for the last year for which figures are available, as a result of the use of alternatives to animal testing.
(80097)
388  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average amount of time per week spent in purposeful activity by young offenders, in each unit, at Feltham Young Offenders Unit, in each of the last three years.
(80020)
389  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on conditions at Feltham Young Offenders Institution.
(79882)
390  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average amount of time per day that young offenders were locked in their cells, in each unit, at Feltham Young Offenders Unit, in each of the last three years.
(80019)
391  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he intends to take following the publication of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons' report on Feltham Young Offenders Institution; and if he will make a statement.
(79881)
392  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the Right honourable Member for Penrith and The Border of 18th March, Official Report, column 722, on Europol, if he will provide a breakdown by category of the types of request submitted by the United Kingdom for information from Europol.
(80456)
393  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list, by Treaty Article, those elements of the Amsterdam Treaty in which, during the EU's Justice and Home Affairs Council of 12th March, he indicated a willingness to participate.
(80150)
394  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list those elements of the Schengen supplementary accords, copies of which his Department had not received at the time of the formal application to join elements of the Schengen system; and if he will make a statement on his plans to place them in the Library.
(80398)
395  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was (a) the time when (i) inappropriate material relating to Sergeant Virdi's case was created on the police computer system and (ii) Sergeant Virdi was recorded as acting as custody officer at Acton early on 24th December 1997, (b) the time when Sergeant Virdi was first (i) interviewed, (ii) cautioned, (iii) arrested, (iv) first and (v) last put under surveillance, (c) the time when inappropriate material was created on the police computer system in January 1998, and which officers were (i) interviewed, (ii) cautioned, (iii) arrested and (iv) put under surveillance; whether he received a report on the investigation and recording of the racial attack in 15th March 1998 in which Sergeant Virdi was an arresting officer; when and why Sergeant Virdi was reprimanded for maintaining his interest in the police activity relating to the racial attack; on which occasions Sergeant Virdi's senior officers used any independent element in investigating the events and complaints; what were the numbers and ranks of police officers involved in searching Sergeant Virdi's home on 15th April 1998, and the time taken in the search; what was the normal purpose and use of a POLSA search; and when and how material from Sergeant Virdi's locker at Hanwell was taken to the police station safe at Ealing.
(80631)
396  
  
Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many proceedings there have been at magistrates' courts for the offence of using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks in each of the past five years.
(80471)
397  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ban the LD50 animal test.
(80136)
398  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions have the non-animal alternative skin corrosivity tests been used for the purposes of testing household products since their validation by the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods in 1997.
(80133)
399  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the definition of household product used by his Department for the purposes of the statistics relating to scientific procedures on living animals.
(80135)
400  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the animal tests to judge the safety of household products, listed in Table 10a of the Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals in Great Britain 1997 were (a) photoirritation tests, (b) skin corrosivity tests, (c) LD50 tests and (d) fixed-dose procedure tests; and on which species of animal these tests were carried out in 1997.
(80130)
401  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions in 1997 fixed-dose procedure tests on animals were used as replacements for LD50 tests (a) for household products and (b) otherwise.
(80131)
402  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the animal tests for household products were for (a) finished household products and (b) ingredients for household products, in 1997.
(80132)
403  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions has the non-animal alternative photoirritation test been used for the purposes of testing household products since their validation in 1997.
(80134)
404  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many ethnic minority police officers are currently stationed at (a) Hammersmith and (b) Fulham police stations.
(79871)
405  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of stop and search were recorded for (a) 1997 and (b) 1998 by (i) Hammersmith and (ii) Fulham police stations; and how many of these led to arrest for each of the years.
(79873)
406  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many racially motivated assaults were recorded for (a) 1997 and (b) 1998 by (i) Hammersmith and (ii) Fulham police stations.
(79872)
407  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of incitement to racial hatred were (a) reported, (b) investigated and (c) the subject of arrest in (i) Hammersmith and (ii) Fulham police stations in (1) 1997 and (2) 1998.
(79874)
408  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many coroners are (a) women, (b) from ethnic minorities, (c) medical practitioners or former medical practitioners, (d) solicitors or former solicitors and (e) barristers or former barristers; how many coroners there are in total; and if he will make a statement.
(79802)
409  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(80527)
410  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for how long the Criminal Cases Review Commission has been considering the case of Mr John Kamara.
(80155)
411  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Criminal Cases Review Commission has taken to make progress on the case of Mr John Kamara since 22nd February.
(80154)
412  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Criminal Cases Review Commission expects to make a decision on whether to refer the case of Mr John Kamara to the Court of Appeal.
(80153)
413  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to tackle the backlog of work at Lunar House; and over what period.
(80395)
414  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to provide financial support to (a) rape crisis centres and (b) women's refuges in the UK.
(79900)
415  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes have taken place in the past 10 years in the proportion of prisoners suffering from (a) hepatitis, (b) HIV/AIDS and (c) TB.
(80250)
416  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many seizures of methamphetamine have been made by (a) police and (b) HM Customs, in the last 10 years; and what was the total quantity seized.
(79902)
417  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to allow needle exchanges in prison.
(80249)
418  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the proportion of (a) heroin and (b) cocaine seized in the last 12 months for which figures are available, with a degree of purity of (i) less than 20 per cent., (ii) 20 to 30 per cent., (iii) 30 to 40 per cent., (iv) 40 to 50 per cent., (v) 50 to 60 per cent. and (vi) 60 per cent. and above; and what quantity was seized in each band.
(79898)
419  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the proportion of amphetamines seized in the last 12 months for which figures are available, with a degree of purity of (a) less than 5 per cent., (b) 5 to 10 per cent., (c) 10 to 20 per cent., (d) 20 to 30 per cent., (e) 30 to 40 per cent., (f) 40 to 50 per cent., (g) 50 to 60 per cent., (h) 60 to 70 per cent. and (i) 70 per cent. and above; and what quantity was seized in each band.
(79901)
420  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will review homicide law as it relates to victims of domestic violence who kill partners who have abused them.
(80183)
421  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 31, on Prison Deaths (Notification), if the Follow Up To Deaths In Custody document includes (i) guidance on the timescale and (ii) a maximum delay for the notification of relatives following the death of a patient in hospital.
(80565)
422  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the advantages and disadvantages of maintaining British Summer Time throughout the year.
(79921)
423  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received regarding the effect on (a) the number of accidents and (b) mortality rates if British Summer Time were to be maintained throughout the year.
(79922)
424  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to the letter of 3rd February from the honourable Member for Aylesbury concerning his constituents Mr and Mrs Sutton and the Liverpool Nationality Office.
(79837)
425  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Kosovans have appealed for asylum in the United Kingdom per month since 1st January 1998.
(80448)
426  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24th March, Official Report, column 299, if he has requested UK participation in aspects of the Schengen Agreement under Article 4 of the Protocol.
(80108)
427  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to report to the House on the outcome of the Justice and Home Affairs Council of 12th March.
(80494)
428  
  
Alice Mahon (Halifax):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will decide whether to issue a second authority to proceed in response to the Spanish extradition request for Senator Pinochet.
(80227)
429  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list each of the new responsibilities which he will assume when the signed Treaty of Amsterdam takes effect and for each (a) the likely effect on departmental staffing, (b) the bodies or persons in the European Union principally concerned and (c) the relevant section of that treaty and the consolidated treaties of the European Union and European Community.
(80414)
430  
  
Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many successful prosecutions have been achieved in cases of child abuse in respect of children aged (i) zero to four years, (ii) four to six years and (iii) six to 10 years, in each of the last five years.
(80087)
431  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for tighter regulation of charity fund-raising; and if he will make a statement.
(80185)
432  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Charity Commissioners regarding bogus fund-raisers; and if he will make a statement.
(80186)
433  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will seek to provide the police with powers to confiscate takings from bogus charity collectors.
(80187)
434  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he is examining potential sites for a prison (a) in Colchester and (b) elsewhere in Essex.
(80517)
435  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people currently detained in prison are suffering from hepatitis; and what proportion of the prison population this figure represents.
(80209)
436  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the timetable for building a women's prison at Ashford, Middlesex.
(80426)
437  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions since 1st May 1997 her Department has made available to the European Scrutiny Committee council working documents.
(80544)
438  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the occasions since 1st May 1997 when her Department has made available to the European Scrutiny Committee unofficial texts of draft European legislation.
(80551)
439  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list those countries that are classified as poor countries which have had national overseas debts written off within the last 12 months.
A (80641)
440  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if she will make a statement.
(80539)
441  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answer to the honourable Member for Birmingham, Erdington, of 23rd April 1998, Official Report, column 680, on Swaziland, what efforts are being made by her Department to further participation by women in political institutions in Swaziland.
(79940)
442  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the withdrawal from Sri Lanka during the past three years of non-governmental organisations engaged in humanitarian work.
(80438)
443  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what advice she is currently giving to citizens of Montserrat contemplating returning to the island.
(80385)
444  
  
Sir Alastair Goodlad (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many citizens of Montserrat have returned to the island from (a) the United Kingdom and (b) elsewhere in the last 12 months.
(80386)
445  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the Court of Auditors reports into the MED programmes of the European Union; and if she will make a statement.
(80003)
446  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list each of the new responsibilities which she will assume when the signed Treaty of Amsterdam takes effect and for each (a) the likely effect on departmental staffing, (b) the bodies or persons in the European Union principally concerned and (c) the relevant section of that treaty and the consolidated treaties of the European Union and European Community.
(80413)
447  
N  
Mr Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance she plans to give to help (a) refugees from Kosovo and (b) the receiving nations.
(79612)
448  
  
Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will consult on allowing magistrates to impose a wider range of sentences on people convicted of driving without insurance.
(80472)
449  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what (a) formal and (b) informal sanctions may be applied in the event of a judge breaching the rules or the restrictions relating to commercial and non-commercial activities; and if he will make a statement.
(79798)
450  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many social security commissioners are (a) women, (b) from ethnic minorities, (c) solicitors or former solicitors and (d) barristers or former barristers; what is the total number of commissioners; and if he will make a statement.
(79792)
451  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many judges have been subjected to (a) formal and (b) informal sanctions for breaches of the rules restricting commercial and non-commercial activities in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(79797)
452  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, in what circumstances a High Court Judge is permitted to conduct personal (a) social and (b) commercial meetings within the Royal Courts of Justice.
(79801)
453  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what steps are taken on the appointment of (a) full-time and (b) part-time judges to bring to their attention the rules relating to the restrictions on commercial and non-commercial activities; and if he will make a statement.
(79793)
454  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time chairmen of employment tribunals are (i) women, (ii) from ethnic minorities, (iii) solicitors or former solicitors and (iv) barristers or former barristers; and what is the total number of (1) full-time and (2) part-time chairmen in post.
(79784)
455  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to review the restrictions on the commercial and non-commercial activities of judges; and if he will make a statement.
(79796)
456  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time judges have (i) non-commercial and (ii) commercial company directorships.
(79800)
457  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to extend the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and Race Relations Act 1976 to the appointments procedures for (a) QCs and (b) judges; and if he will make a statement.
(79795)
458  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to review the sanctions available in the case of a judge breaching the rules restricting commercial and non-commercial activities.
(79799)
459  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what restrictions apply to (a) full-time and (b) part-time judges in respect of (i) holding company directorships, (ii) holding shares in private limited companies, (iii) holding shares in public limited companies, (iv) being members of barristers' chambers, (v) being members of solicitors' partnerships, (vi) being members of commercial partnerships and (vii) having other commercial interests; and if he will make a statement.
(79804)
460  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(80529)
461  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many cases there have been in the last 10 years in which convicted murderers who have themselves been victims of abuse by those they have murdered have (a) had their abusive experience taken into account as a mitigating circumstance and (b) not been given a custodial sentence.
(80184)
462  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many female victims of alleged domestic abuse by their partners who have been prosecuted for murdering that partner have been (a) acquitted and (b) convicted within the last 10 years; and what range of custodial sentence they have been given.
(80182)
463  
  
Mr John McAllion (Dundee East):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will place copies of the following Public Record Office files in the Library, (a) group LAB, class 10, piece number 2539, (b) group FS, class 24, piece number 19, (c) group FS, class 27, piece number 486, (d) group LAB, class 10, piece number 3106, (e) group LAB, class 10, piece number 3150 and (f) group LAB, class 10, piece number 1715.
(80440)
464  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to her Answer to the honourable Member for Wirral South of 24th March, Official Report, column 283, what factors underlie her assessment that the impact of the euro on north-south relationships in the island of Ireland in the short term is likely to be limited.
(80176)
465  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if she will make a statement.
(80530)
466  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list each of the new responsibilities which she will assume when the signed Treaty of Amsterdam takes effect and for each (a) the likely effect on departmental staffing, (b) the bodies or persons in the European Union principally concerned and (c) the relevant section of that treaty and the consolidated treaties of the European Union and European Community.
(80411)
467  
  
The Reverend Ian Paisley (North Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money has been allocated to the Victims Liaison Unit; and how much has been spent and on what projects.
(80232)
468  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make a statement on the impact in Northern Ireland of the proposals in the Government's consultation paper, New and Renewable Energy--Prospects for the 21st Century.
(80240)
469  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the President of the Council, how many cases are currently under consideration by the Privy Council concerning the possible use of the death penalty in Commonwealth countries.
(80025)
470  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the President of the Council, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if she will make a statement.
(80538)
471  
  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will set out the remarks by the Parliamentary Secretary, Privy Council Office, in respect of the performance of parliamentary select committees and members of the Liaison Committee at his recent meeting with the Study of Parliament Group; and if she will make a statement.
(80382)
472  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with representatives of the United States Government on genetically-modified organisms since 31st July 1998; and if he will give the dates of these discussions.
(80107)
473  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what sorts of unforeseen circumstances were envisaged when adding that caveat to his statement that the United Kingdom will not join the Euro Zone during the present parliament.
(80165)
474  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Penrith and The Border of 8th March, Official Report, column 14, for what reason it would not be practicable to make systematic arrangements to place in the Library copies of articles which he writes for publication in overseas journals and newspapers.
(80181)
475  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, which minister is responsible for advising the Cabinet on whether the five economic tests for the United Kingdom participation in EMU have been met; and what consultation in respect of that advice will be undertaken.
(80175)
476  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what regulations or conventions exist to provide for the maintenance of political neutrality by European Commissioners in speeches targeted at a national audience in an area of domestic controversy.
(80164)
477  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the changes to EU working groups that are to be made upon final ratification of the Treaty of Amsterdam.
(80151)
478  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what staff have been tasked to monitor progress in passing the five economic tests for joining the euro.
(80147)
479  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, when (a) he and (b) representatives from his office, next plan to meet representatives of (i) the European Movement and (ii) the Federal Trust.
(80146)
480  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer to the honourable Member for Arundel and South Downs, of 31st March, Official Report, column 1080, on which public interest grounds under paragraph 1 section (IV) of the ministerial code the Chancellor of the Exchequer declined to give the information requested by the honourable Member for Chingford and Woodford Green in his question answered on 19th March, Official Report, column 857.
(80580)
481  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to exclude sufferers of cystic fibrosis from charges for medical prescriptions.
(80620)
482  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list those elements of the Social Chapter which have been covered by letters sent out by government departments inviting civil servants to waive their rights under them.
(80449)
483  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Prime Minister, if the will make a statement on progress made at EU level on (a) the Joint British-German statement on EU taxation, (b) the Joint British-Swedish statement on social inclusion and opportunity in Europe and (c) the Joint Anglo-Spanish statement on employment; and for what reasons each country was selected as the partner for a joint statement in this field.
(80046)
484  
  
The Reverend Ian Paisley (North Antrim):    To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he received from Garvaghy Road Residents Chairman, Mr Brendan McKenna, on police protection for the solicitor, Mrs Rosemary Nelson; and what action he took in response.
(80233)
485  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he expects to announce his considered response to the report of Lord Jenkins of Hillhead on electoral systems.
(80224)
486  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 10th March, Official Report, column 228, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer's oral statement of 27th October, Official Report, columns 583-88, if he will set out the constitutional and political implications of the United Kingdom joining the European single currency.
(80247)
487  
  
Mr Dennis Canavan (Falkirk West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list for each local authority area, the number of pre-school child minding places available and express the figure as a percentage of the total number of pre-school children in the area.
(80218)
488  
  
Mr Dennis Canavan (Falkirk West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what regulations or guidelines he has issued regarding child-minders and premises for child minding, with particular reference to the number of children and the number of child minders who can be accommodated on any premises.
(80219)
489  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(80528)
490  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many claims for the payment of (a) European Regional Development Fund and (b) Social Fund grants in Scotland dating from (i) before 1994, (ii) 1994, (iii) 1995, (iv) 1996, (v) 1997 and (vi) 1998 are still unpaid; and what is the total sum involved for each year.
(79919)
491  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what national guidelines are available to local authorities to help them to calculate the probable volume of traffic from a proposed development.
(79918)
492  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many staff in his Department are involved in processing the payment of (a) European Regional Development Fund grants and (b) Social Fund grants.
(79934)
493  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if his Department pays out grants under EU funds before receiving the money from the EU.
(79935)
494  
  
Mr Nigel Griffiths (Edinburgh South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what categories of expenditure are included under (a) general pharmaceutical services and (b) non-cash limited pharmacists' remuneration for the year 1999-2000.
A (80665)
495  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list each of the new responsibilities which he will assume when the signed Treaty of Amsterdam takes effect and for each (a) the likely effect on departmental staffing, (b) the bodies or persons in the European Union principally concerned and (c) the relevant section of that treaty and the consolidated treaties of the European Union and European Community.
(80410)
496  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a breakdown of the ethnic origin of police officers in each rank in each force in Scotland.
A (80650)
497  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the overseas companies by sector which located business in Glasgow in (a) 1997 and (b) 1998 and the total number of jobs created in each category as a result.
(80007)
498  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will estimate the number of patients with multiple sclerosis in each health board area who would benefit from the provision of beta-interferon in Scotland.
(80010)
499  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with health boards regarding the prescription of beta-interferon; what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the effectiveness of beta-interferon in the treatment of patients with multiple sclerosis in Scotland; and if he will increase the resources available to health boards to fund the provision of beta-interferon to patients with multiple sclerosis.
(80009)
500  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what measures he is taking to reduce the incidence of coronary heart disease in Scotland.
(80006)
501  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much funding has been allocated to support research into the causes and treatment of multiple sclerosis in each of the last three years.
(80011)
502  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many patients suffering from multiple sclerosis were prescribed beta-interferon by each health board in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997 and (d) 1998.
(80008)
503  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by the Scottish Office in respect of racial and cultural awareness training for police officers since May 1997.
A (80649)
504  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the specialist breast cancer units in Scotland.
(80005)
505  
  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many offenders have been given drug treatment and testing orders in each month since implementation of the orders; how many drug treatment centres are available in each local authority area; and if he will make a statement.
(79870)
506  
  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many police officers there were (a) in each force and (b) in total on the last date for which figures are available.
(80105)
507  
  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list those Prison Service establishments which have drug-free wings or units; and if he will make a statement.
(80110)
508  
  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to allow private companies to undertake functions currently undertaken by police officers.
(80042)
509  
  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much public money was spent on CCTV projects in each of the last three years; what is the expected expenditure on CCTV projects over the next two years; and if he will make a statement.
(80039)
510  
  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on his Department's research into the Hamilton Child Safety Initiative.
(79931)
511  
  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many (a) men and (b) women received prison sentences for fine default in each of the last five years; what was the average length of sentence; what was the average amount of fine which was outstanding; what was the average cost of imprisonment and other cost to the public; and if he will make a statement.
(79930)
512  
  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the real terms change in funding for the police, excluding expenditure on police pensions, in each of the last three years; and what is the expected real terms change in spending over the years of the comprehensive spending review (a) excluding pensions and (b) in total.
(80040)
513  
  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the ethnic breakdown is of police officers in each force in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(79932)
514  
  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the prison population was (a) in each Prison Service establishment and (b) in total on the last date for which figures are available; and if he will list those establishments which were officially overcrowded.
(79864)
515  
  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many reviews and inquiries have been announced on areas within the responsibility of the Scottish Home Department since 1st May 1997; what is the completion date or expected completion date in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(80041)
516  
  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the estimated cost is of a drug treatment and testing order per offender; what the average cost is of a custodial sentence in such cases; and if he will make a statement.
(79933)
517  
  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what action his Department will take if police forces do not achieve targets for efficiency gains; and if he will make a statement.
(80043)
518  
  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the average number of hours per day that prisoners were locked in their cells in each of the last three years (a) per prison establishment, and (b) in the Prison Service as a whole; and if he will make a statement.
(80038)
519  
  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the policy of zero tolerance for particular crimes; what proposals he intends to implement which are based on zero tolerance approaches; and if he will make a statement.
(79869)
520  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if the allocation of cover for the recently announced transitional funding for the Highlands and Islands will be made through the Scottish Block.
(80091)
521  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proportion of the structural funds in each year since 1974 were (a) allocated for cover to the Scottish Office DEL and its previous equivalents through the Scottish Block arrangement; and (b) applied using specially negotiated agreements; and for those years where specially negotiated agreements were reached if he will list (i) that amount allocated for cover to the DEL and its previous equivalents under these agreements and (ii) the proportion this represented of the total structural fund cover.
(80090)
522  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list (i) the total European structural fund allocation to Scotland in each year since 1974 in cash and real terms and (ii) the share of the overall UK structural fund allocation that this amount represented in each year.
(80089)
523  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the issues on which the Government has undertaken advertising campaigns in Scotland since it came to office; and how much it has spent on each campaign.
(80054)
524  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the new (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Scotland on which construction has started since 1st May 1997, indicating the expected cost of each school.
(79834)
525  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the total estimated expenditure on school building maintenance in Scotland in each of the next three years, indicating the amount estimated to be spent by each Scottish local authority in each year.
(79831)
526  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the total capital expenditure on school textbooks in Scotland for each year since 1992; and if he will list the amount spent in each Scottish local authority area for each year.
(79832)
527  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the amounts the Government has spent on (a) opinion polling, (b) focus groups and (c) advertising in Scotland or related to Scottish Office responsibilities since it came to office.
(80051)
528  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the total estimated capital expenditure on school library book stock in Scotland in each of the next three years; and if he will list the amount estimated to be spent by each Scottish local authority for each year.
(79818)
529  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will estimate the total amount it would cost in current cash terms effect all school building maintenance outstanding on 1st May 1997 in Scotland, indicating the amount for each Scottish local authority area.
(79829)
530  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the total estimated capital expenditure on school textbooks in Scotland in each of the next three years; and if he will list the amount estimated to be spent by each Scottish local authority for each year.
(79816)
531  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the issues on which the Government has hired opinion poll organisations to test Scottish public opinion since it came to office; and how much it has spent testing public opinion on each issue.
(80052)
532  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the total capital expenditure on the school library book stock in Scotland for each year since 1992; and if he will list the amount spent in each local authority area for each year.
(79817)
533  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the new (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Scotland on which the Government expects construction to start during the next three years, indicating their expected starting dates and the expected cost of each school.
(79835)
534  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the issues on which the Government has consulted focus groups in Scotland since it came to office; and how much it has spent consulting on each issue.
(80053)
535  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list in (a) cash terms and (b) real terms the total capital expenditure on school building maintenance in Scotland for each financial year since 1992; and if he will list the amount spent in each Scottish local authority area in each year.
(79830)
536  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the new (a) primary and (b) secondary schools completed in Scotland since 1st May 1997, indicating the cost of each individual school.
(79833)
537  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list capital expenditure in (a) cash terms and (b) real terms on building new (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in Scotland for each year since 1992.
(79828)
538  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what representations he has received about the need to extend to new industries arrangements for monitoring for noise exposure.
(80028)
539  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many disabled people up to the age of 21 years are currently receiving state benefits due to their disability.
(80027)
540  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his letter ref. POS (3) 3019/18 of 26th January, what reports she has had on scientific evidence relating to noise-induced sensorieural hearing loss.
(80586)
541  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many appeal committee chairmen are (a) women, (b) from ethnic minorities, (c) solicitors or former solicitors and (d) barristers or former barristers; what is the total number of chairmen; and if he will make a statement.
(79803)
542  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 30th March, Official Report, column 623, on social security committee reports, for what reason he is unable to indicate on what occasions ministers have discussed with honourable Members the contents of (a) draft reports, (b) reports prior to their issue and (c) embargoed copies of reports.
(80092)
543  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people in Eltham have completed an appeal against an alteration in their disability living allowance in 1998-99; and how many have resulted in (a) reinstatement, (b) complete withdrawal, (c) an increase, (d) no change and (e) a reduction in each component.
(80498)
544  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people in Eltham have had a change in their disability living allowance entitlement in the last year; how many have resulted in (a) a reduction, (b) withdrawal and (c) no change; and how many have gone to appeal.
(80497)
545  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(80522)
546  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the average cost of an appeal against changes in disability living allowance entitlement for 1998-99; and if he will make a statement.
(80496)
547  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the pension savings which will be needed to purchase an annuity equivalent to the difference between the value of the minimum income guarantee and passported benefits, and the value of the basic pension, in 15 years' time, assuming that the basic pension is raised in line with prices, the minimum income guarantee is raised in line with earnings, and that yields on Government bonds remain the same as at present.
(79785)
548  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list each of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate inspections which have been initiated since the establishment of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate, giving the dates (a) that they were commissioned, (b) the inspections started, (c) they were completed and (d) he received the completed reports.
(80389)
549  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answers of 25th February, Official Report, columns 434-5 and 25th March, Official Report, column 388, on the payment card trial, what factors underlie the discrepancy between the figure of £17 million for estimated total savings and the figure of £68,000 for savings already received.
(79657)
550  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of the pensioner incomes coming from the state in 2050, as predicted in the Green Paper, Partnership in Pensions, will be delivered via means-tested benefits.
(80391)
551  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of prosecutions for benefit fraud were prosecuted under the Theft Acts in each year since 1992-93.
(79794)
552  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many individuals in the Fraud Strategy Directorate had less than (a) one, (b) two, (c) five and (d) 10 years' direct experience of counter-fraud work before their appointment to the Directorate.
(80390)
553  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 26th March, Official Report, column 440, on SERPS, for how long records of enquiries about SERPS entitlement are retained before destruction.
(79658)
554  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on the advice given by his Department on the legislative changes brought about by the Social Security Act 1986 to the state earnings-related pension scheme.
(79943)
555  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will review the changes brought about by the Social Security Act 1986 to the state earnings-related pension scheme which will take effect on 6th April 2000.
(79899)
556  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the arrangements made by Sema/Nestor for recruitment under contract of sessional doctors to provide services under the Benefits Agency Medical Services contract.
(80282)
557  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 25th February, Official Report, column 706 on lone parents, how many lone parents receive income support (a) broken down by local authority area and (b) broken down by constituency.
(79813)
558  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list each of the new responsibilities which he will assume when the signed Treaty of Amsterdam takes effect and for each (a) the likely effect on departmental staffing, (b) the bodies or persons in the European Union principally concerned and (c) the relevant section of that treaty and the consolidated treaties of the European Union and European Community.
(80409)
559  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) widowers and (b) widows he expects to be entitled to bereavement allowance in (i) the first full year of implementation and (ii) 2020.
A (80655)
560  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he will make an announcement concerning compensation for widows who were misadvised by his Department on the halving of entitlement to their husband's additional pension after 5th April 2000.
A (80659)
561  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to set up pilot projects in respect of the administration of housing benefit and council tax benefit; and if he will make a statement.
A (80660)
562  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants he expects to be entitled to the premium in income related benefits for widowed people over the age of 55 years in (i) the first full year of implementation and (ii) 2020.
A (80653)
563  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) widowers and (b) widows he expects to be entitled to the bereavement payment in (i) the first full year of implementation and (ii) 2020.
A (80656)
564  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the estimated increase in the number of income support claimants as a result of the replacement of the widows pension by the bereavement allowance in (i) the first full year of implementation and (ii) 2020.
A (80658)
565  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) widowers and (b) widows he expects to be entitled to widowed parents allowance in (i) the first full year of implementation and (ii) 2020.
A (80652)
566  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the estimated cost of (a) the proposed £10 disregard of widowed parents allowance in calculating entitlement to income related benefits and (b) the proposed premium for widows and widowers aged over 55 years in income related benefits in the first full year of implementation.
A (80657)
567  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) widowers and (b) widows he expects to be entitled to both widowed parents allowance and income support in (i) the first full year of implementation and (ii) 2020.
A (80654)
568  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the proportion of (i) pensioner couples, (ii) single male pensioners, (iii) single female pensioners and (iv) pensioners in total aged (a) 65 to 69, (b) 70 to 74, (c) 75 to 79 and (d) 80 years or above who are in receipt of income from an occupational pension; and if he will list for each group the mean and median amounts received.
(80422)
569  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the income sources which his Department has included in the category of investment income for the purpose of the Pensioner Incomes Series; and if he will provide a breakdown of the contribution of each to total investment income of (a) newly-retired pensioners, (b) all pensioners aged under 75 years, including newly-retired pensioners and (c) all pensioners aged 75 years or above.
(80423)
570  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will provide data on the earnings levels of (a) all pensioners, (b) newly retired pensioners and (c) pensioners aged 75 years or over, in a format consistent with Tables VI and VII of the Pensioner Incomes Series, based on the 1995-96 Family Resources Survey.
(80424)
571  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of a faster implementation of his proposals for pension reform.
(79865)
572  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the High Level Symposium on Trade and the Environment in Geneva on 15th and 16th March.
(79662)
573  
N  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Government review of renewable energy will be published.
(80267)
574  
N  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the minimum targets for the Government's renewable energy policy.
(80268)
575  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the occasions since 1st May 1997 when his Department has made available to the European Scrutiny Committee unofficial texts of draft European legislation.
(80550)
576  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what will be the allocation for (a) structural funds and (b) cohesion funds in the EU in 2000 expressed in 1999 prices; and what percentage of EU-15 GDP in 2000 this will represent.
(80590)
577  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish the assisted areas map at the same time as it is submitted to the European Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(80592)
578  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 31st March, Official Report, column 803, on structural funds, when he expects to be able to indicate what the EU structural fund allocation to the United Kingdom will be in each of the years 2000 to 2004.
(80593)
579  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 31st March, Official Report, column 803, on EU structural funds if he will express the sum of 11,990 million euro in sterling, indicating the rates of exchange used.
(80591)
580  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions since 1st May 1997 his Department has made available to the European Scrutiny Committee council working documents.
(80547)
581  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will produce an updated explanatory memorandum for the European Scrutiny Committee in relation to the draft End of Life Vehicles Directive.
(80540)
582  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the assisted areas map was submitted to the European Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(80589)
583  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many licences were (a) granted and (b) refused between 3rd August and 31st December 1998 for the export of military or police goods to (1) Angola, (2) Chad, (3) the Democratic Republic of Congo, (4) Namibia, (5) Uganda and (6) Zimbabwe; and if he will specify the number of licences granted in each of the categories set out under Part III of Schedule 1 to the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1994.
(80502)
584  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the tonnage of chrysotile asbestos imported into the United Kingdom in 1998; and if he will list the countries and the quantity involved.
(80004)
585  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to reduce uncertainty among scientists about the rules for submission and resubmission of applications for the Wellcome Trust funds from the Joint Infrastructure Fund.
(80162)
586  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(80534)
587  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when Royal Mail sought his approval to increase the mailing price of the Presstream service; and what account he took in giving his approval of earlier guarantees from Royal Mail about stability of prices.
(80030)
588  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many export licences for the export of military equipment to Sri Lanka have been refused in each of the last five years.
(80439)
589  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he plans to announce measures to assist (a) the fine print industry and (b) other industries in respect of action taken by the US Government as a result of the banana dispute.
(80023)
590  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of the proposals in Consultation Document MLX249 published by the Medicines Control Agency; if the proposals represent Government policy; and if he will make a statement.
(80633)
591  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the preparedness of the insurance industry to provide the relevant professional indemnity insurance to consultants employed on millennium compliance projects.
(80056)
592  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make it his policy to ensure any reference of supermarkets to the MMC includes a request that the investigation considers the commercial relationships between supermarkets and (i) farmers and (ii) growers.
(80583)
593  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects to publish his decision on the MMC report on the market for milk.
(80582)
594  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list each of the new responsibilities which he will assume when the signed Treaty of Amsterdam takes effect and for each (a) the likely effect on departmental staffing, (b) the bodies or persons in the European Union principally concerned and (c) the relevant section of that treaty and the consolidated treaties of the European Union and European Community.
(80408)
595  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects to publish the reviewed assisted areas map; and if he will make a statement.
(80265)
596  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 9th February, Official Report, columns 202-3, on export licences to Indonesia, for what reason the number of ML1 standard individual export licences listed for 1997 and 1998 was fewer than the number reported in the Answer to the honourable Member for Cynon Valley of 8th April 1998, Official Report, columns 345-6.
(80012)
597  
N  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the 10 companies in receipt of the highest level of export credit guarantees for the financial year 1997-98, indicating the amount of cover given for each company and listing the projects for which the cover was given.
(80116)
598  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what additional resources are to be made available to him to implement the Government's proposals for the future of the teaching profession.
(80441)
599  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he had made of the cost to date to public funds of the Euro Task Force for Wales.
(80084)
600  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects the Euro Task Force for Wales to complete its work.
(80085)
601  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, from whom he sought advice on the appointment of the members of the Euro Task Force for Wales.
(80083)
602  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, from what budget the salary of Mr J. Casterton, the Manager of the Euro Task Force for Wales, is paid.
(80082)
603  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement about the eligibility for Objective 2 and Objective 3 funding for Wales following the Berlin European Summit.
(80235)
604  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of the Macpherson Inquiry recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(80533)
605  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will ensure that future percentage changes in the level of the salaries of members of the National Assembly will be linked to changes in the level of (a) the national minimum wage and (b) the basic state pension.
(80587)
606  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he plans to publish the report of the Inquiry into Navigation on the River Wye; and if he will make a statement.
(80263)
607  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list each of the new responsibilities which he will assume when the signed Treaty of Amsterdam takes effect and for each (i) the likely effect on departmental staffing, (ii) the bodies or persons in the European Union principally concerned and (iii) the relevant sections of that Treaty and the consolidated treaties of European Union and European Community.
(80403)
608  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what total NHS expenditure on mental health services in Wales was by health authority in the last year for which figures are available.
(80192)
609  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he last met representatives of the (i) black and (ii) other ethnic minority communities to discuss mental health treatment.
(80195)
610  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what percentage of the total NHS budget in Wales was allocated to mental health services in each of the last three years.
(80194)
611  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of inequalities in mental health treatment affecting members of the (i) black and (ii) other ethnic minority communities in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(80189)
612  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what advice he has given to Welsh health authorities regarding mental health treatment for members of (i) black and (ii) other ethnic minority communities.
(80196)
613  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will estimate the percentage of dentistry in Wales which is carried out on the NHS.
(80193)
614  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the rates of (a) schizophrenia and (b) depression among (i) Afro-Caribbeans and (ii) the population other than Afro-Caribbeans in Wales.
(80190)
615  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many mental health patients were treated on the NHS in Wales over the last five years.
(80191)
616  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the major advances in treatment which have been implemented in mental health since 1995.
(80188)
617  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will set out the reasons for his decision to approve six additional wind turbines at Cemmaes B; and if he will make a statement.
(80452)
618  
  
Mr Allan Rogers (Rhondda):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what process of consultation was used in the appointment of people to local health groups in Wales.
(79885)
619  
  
Mr Allan Rogers (Rhondda):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the appointees to the local health groups in Wales.
(79886)
620  
  
Mr Allan Rogers (Rhondda):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what consultations have taken place on the membership of and appointments to community health councils in Wales.
(79884)
621  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the impact in Wales of the proposals in the Government's consultation paper, New and Renewable Energy--Prospects for the 21st Century.
(80242)
622  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the planning appeals in Wales since May 1997, in regard to which the Secretary of State for Wales has overturned the recommendation of the inspector; and if he will he make a statement.
(80493)
623  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he has taken to review (a) the level of business rate which is paid by supermarkets in Wales and (b) the basis on which their liability to uniform business rate is calculated.
(80208)
624  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the instances on which he has used his powers under the Local Government Act 1988 to confer exemptions from non-domestic rating liability.
(80492)
625  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will issue an order, under section 2 of the Water Industry Act 1991, to require water supply undertakers in Wales to review their charging policy towards single person households with unmetered billing.
(80207)
626  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what consultations he has undertaken concerning the level of the uniform business rate charged on Wales in respect of its impact on small shops in town centres; and if he will make a statement.
(80213)
627  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many orders he has made under the provisions of section 2 of the Water Industry Act 1991 with regard to the services provided by water undertakers for elderly people; and if he will make a statement.
(80212)
628  
  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make it his policy not to permit the storage of nuclear waste at Trecwn in Pembrokeshire.
[Transferred] (80173)
629  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the cost of reducing vehicle excise duty on gas-fuelled vehicles to £20.
[Transferred] (80013)
630  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on his Department's contribution to the Food and Agriculture Organisation meeting in Rome; and if he will deposit ministerial speeches made in the forum in the Library.
[Transferred] (80450)
631  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place in the Library a copy of the rules which provide that working documents of the European Union in relation to draft legislation are the subject of confidentiality and cannot be disclosed for parliamentary scrutiny in member states.
[Transferred] (80500)
632  
  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will commission a public inquiry into events surrounding the recent flooding of the River Derwent in North and East Yorkshire.
[Transferred] (80270)
633  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the height above sea level of the weather stations at (a) Ashover, Derbyshire, (b) Buxton, Derbyshire, (c) Slaidburn, Lancashire, (d) Emley Moor, West Yorkshire and (e) Sheffield Dore; and what is the average height above sea level for the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency.
[Transferred] (80278)
634  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the number of (a) men and (b) women, living in England and Wales who are at present unemployed and are aged (i) 50 to 55 years, (ii) 55 to 60 years and (iii) 60 to 65 years.
[Transferred]A (80643)


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