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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 15 April 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 15 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.
 


 
THURSDAY 15th APRIL
1  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the public appointments for which his Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies.
(80759)
2  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to his Department for written answer on a named day since May 1997; and what percentage of them received a substantive reply on that day.
(80726)
3  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will (a) list the members of internal drainage boards in England and Wales and (b) publish the register of interests for these members.
(81052)
4  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the total payment for land put into set-aside in England and Wales in 1998.
(80905)
5  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes made of the safety of the antibiotic-resistant gene in Novartis's genetically-modified food.
(80793)
6  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much the Government spent in 1998-99 on research into (a) organic farming and (b) biotechnology.
(80791)
7  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the safety of the antibiotic-resistant gene in Novartis's genetically-modified maize.
(80794)
8  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which (a) British fishing vessels, (b) British flagged fishing vessels and (c) British registered companies have a beneficial interest in the fisheries agreement with Mauritania.
(81085)
9  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in which African countries, other than Mauritania, British fishing vessels, British flagged fishing vessels and British registered companies have fisheries interests.
(81086)
10  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what studies his Department has carried out to determine the importance of sand eels as the prey of (a) salmon smelts and (b) sea trout smelts; and what was the conclusion of such studies.
(80876)
11  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the quantities of fish eaten by seals in the waters of the United Kingdom annually.
(80871)
12  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what has been the result of studies he has carried out into the effect of synthetic pyrethoids in (a) sheep dips and (b) sprays for plants on (1) aquatic insects, (2) soil invertebrates and (3) other animal life; what sums he has expended in each of the last five years on such studies; and what further work is being carried out to determine the effect on fish life in affected rivers and streams.
(80874)
13  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what studies he has carried out to determine the period which elapses before a river or stream's insect life recovers to its former levels after pollution by synthetic pyrethoids.
(80875)
14  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many times officials from his Department have met their opposite numbers in the US Government and US Embassy to discuss genetically-modified organisms and the biotechnology industry since 1st June 1998; and if he will list for each meeting the dates and locations; and the US department whose officials they met.
(81082)
15  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many times ministers in his Department met their counterparts in the US administration between 1st January 1998 and 1st June 1998, indicating the dates and locations of each meeting, the ministers involved and the name of the US counterpart.
(81083)
16  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many annual reports were produced by (a) government departments, (b) executive agencies and (c) non departmental public bodies, and at what total cost, in the last year for which figures are available.
(80857)
17  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to his Department for written answer on a named day since May 1997; and what percentage of them received a substantive reply on that day.
(80734)
18  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the public appointments for which his Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies.
(80751)
19  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the numbers of and salary bill for political advisers on the latest date for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.
(80114)
20  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to his Department for written answer on a named day since May 1997; and what percentage of them received a substantive reply on that day.
(80730)
21  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the public appointments for which his Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies.
(80755)
22  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 20, how many times Ministers in his Department met their counterparts in the US Administration between 1st January 1998 and 1st June 1998, indicating the dates and locations of each meeting, the Ministers involved and the name of the US counterpart.
(80822)
23  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on developments in Project Horizon.
(81044)
24  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the integration of the frigate 'Somerset' into a French-led naval group off Kosovo, with particular reference to the role of (i) the WEU, (ii) NATO and (iii) the St MaŽlo Accords in the formulation of this policy.
(81045)
25  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the public appointments for which his Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies.
(80753)
26  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to his Department for written answer on a named day since May 1997; and what percentage of them received a substantive reply on that day.
(80732)
27  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which weapons currently targeted on Yugoslavia contain depleted uranium.
(81087)
28  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the units of British armed forces deployed around the former Yugoslavia; and if he will make a statement.
(80927)
29  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the refugee camps built by British forces in Albania and the former Yugoslavia as a result of the current Kosovo crisis; and if he will make a statement.
(80925)
30  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the link between exposure to depleted uranium and the development of cancer in Gulf War veterans; and if he will make a statement.
(81048)
31  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 17, how many times Ministers in his Department met their counterparts in the US Administration between 1st January 1998 and 1st June 1998, indicating the dates and locations of each meeting, the Ministers involved and the name of the US counterpart.
(80824)
32  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a list of unclassified Defence Council Instructions which have been issued since 1st December 1998.
(80827)
33  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on which dates the nuclear weapon exercise Dimming Sun will be held; which government departments and organisations will be taking part in this exercise; whether the media will be invited to the exercise; and what will be the scenario of the exercise.
(80826)
34  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 8th March, Official Report, column 38, on CR gas, when the prescribed rules of engagement of the use of CR gas by the armed forces were formulated.
(80828)
35  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in selecting the contractor to manage the Atomic Weapons Establishment sites from April 2000; and what is the timetable for selecting the contractor.
(80825)
36  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the public appointments for which his Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies.
(80749)
37  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to his Department for written answer on a named day since May 1997; and what percentage of them received a substantive reply on that day.
(80736)
38  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what action his Department is taking to combat gambling by young people; and if he will make a statement.
(80907)
39  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the average length of time spent on the Gateway of the New Deal for 18 to 25 year olds by those (a) going directly into unsubsidised employment, (b) entering each of the New Deal Options subsequently chosen, (c) transferring to other benefits, (d) taking other options and (e) for whom no ultimate destination is known.
(81110)
40  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of those joining each of the options of the New Deal for 18 to 24 year olds in each month since January 1998 have had (a) no qualifications (b) foundation level qualifications, (c) NVQ Level 1, (d) NVQ Level 2, (e) NVQ Level 3, (f) NVQ Level 4 and (g) other qualifications.
(81093)
41  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the average length of time spent on the Gateway of the New Deal for 18 to 25 year olds by those (a) with no educational qualifications, (b) with Foundation Level qualifications, (c) with NVQ Level 1, (d) with NVQ Level 2, (e) with NVQ Level 3, (f) with NVQ Level 4, (g) with other qualifications and (h) who did not list any educational qualifications.
(81108)
42  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the average size of single teacher classes for Key Stage One pupils in January 1999 (a) in each local education authority and (b) in total; and what were the corresponding figures in January 1998.
(80684)
43  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list by local education authority how many acting heads and acting deputy heads there were in January 1999 and in each of the last three years in maintained schools in England and Wales, listing separately (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools.
(80676)
44  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much of the windfall tax allocation for the New Deal for 18 to 24 year olds was spent in 1998-99 in total; and what percentage of that total was spent on (a) administration of the scheme, (b) Gateway provision and (c) provision of options.
(80679)
45  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the average size of single teacher classes in primary schools in January 1999 (a) in each local education authority and (b) in total; and what were the corresponding figures in January 1998.
(80681)
46  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the average size of single teacher reception classes in primary schools in January 1999 (a) in each local education authority and (b) in total; and what were the corresponding figures in January 1998.
(80683)
47  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the cost of (a) the 3.5 per cent. pay award for all teachers and (b) the higher awards for head teachers announced in February 1999 will be in 1999-2000; and if he will list for the current year the pay increases due to head teachers and the dates on which they will become payable.
(80675)
48  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many pupils in (a) maintained secondary schools and (b) maintained primary schools in (i) England and (ii) Wales were in single teacher classes of 40 or more pupils (A) in January 1999 and (B) in each of the six previous years.
(80686)
49  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the local education authorities (a) in England and (b) in Wales whose aggregate schools budget will provide less funding in real terms per pupil in 1999-2000 than 1998-1999.
(80678)
50  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list by local education authority (a) how many Key Stage One and Key Stage Two pupils in maintained schools were being educated in the same class in January 1999 and (b) how many pupils were being educated in mixed year group classes in maintained primary schools in January 1999.
(80680)
51  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the average size of single teacher classes in secondary schools in January 1999 (a) in each local education authority and (b) in total; and what were the corresponding figures in January 1998.
(80682)
52  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the average size of single teacher classes for Key Stage Two pupils in January 1999 (a) in each local education authority and (b) in total; and what were the corresponding figures in January 1998.
(80685)
53  
  
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the initiatives taken since 1st May 1997 to help those over 50 years obtain employment.
(80790)
54  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many complaints have been made by New Deal clients on the 18-24 year old programme in each New Deal delivery unit (a) since 6th April 1998 for all areas and (b) since 1st January 1998 for the Pathfinder areas.
(80903)
55  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will pay the postal costs of voluntary bodies and registered charities requested to respond to Government consultation documents; and if he will make a statement.
(80923)
56  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the number per head of population studying with the Open University in (a) England and Wales, (b) Herefordshire, (c) the local education authority with the highest number of Open University students per head and (d) the local education authority with the lowest number of Open University students per head; and if he will make a statement.
(80929)
57  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many students from Herefordshire are currently in (a) full-time and (b) part-time (1) higher education and (2) further education; how many are studying with the Open University; and if he will make a statement.
(80928)
58  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the time limits on the existence of the education and employment action zones.
(80893)
59  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for each local education authority in England for the three most recent years for which information is available (a) the budgeted expenditure per pupil and (b) the total budgeted expenditure within (i) the aggregate schools' budget, (ii) the general schools' budget and (iii) the general schools' budget allocated to capital charges.
(80670)
60  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will state for each local education authority in England for the financial year 1999-2000 the budgeted expenditure per pupil (a) within the local schools' budget and (b) within the individual school's budget.
(80672)
61  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when were the deadlines for (a) the preparation of budgets under the fair funding system for their submission to his Department and (b) notifying schools of their budget share; and if he will list each local education authority in England that has failed to meet either of these deadlines.
(80674)
62  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will state aggregated by local education authority and for the three most recent years for which information is available (a) the total annual maintenance grant paid to grant maintained schools, (b) the total annual maintenance grant paid to grant maintained schools divided by the number of pupils, (c) the total of special purpose and other non-capital grants paid to grant maintained schools and (d) the total of special purpose and other non-capital grants paid to grant maintained schools divided by the number of pupils.
(80671)
63  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for each local education authority in England for the most recent year for which information is available the total budgeted expenditure (a) within the local schools' budget and (b) within the individual school's budget.
(80673)
64  
  
Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many consortia led by disabled people received New Deal funding during the second tranche.
(80891)
65  
  
Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many organisations for disabled people have received New Deal funding.
(80890)
66  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many personnel there are on the payroll of his Department currently; what is the annual cost of that payroll; and what were the comparable figures on 30th April 1997.
(81084)
67  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd March, Official Report, column 196, how many times Ministers in his Department met their counterparts in the US Administration between 1st January 1998 and 1st June 1998, indicating the dates and locations of each meeting, the ministers involved and the name of the US counterpart.
(80823)
68  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 293, if he will list the expenditure by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies on (a) market research, (b) conferences, (c) direct mail, (d) advertising and publicity, (e) web sites, (f) hospitality, (g) salaries and relevant expenses of administrative staff and (h) external consultants and advisers which is included in the expenditure on education action zones..
(81152)
69  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which of the first-round education action zones have applied to vary the details of their original bids; and if he will set out the details of such variations.
(81144)
70  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the public appointments for which his Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies.
(80744)
71  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to his Department for written answer on a named day since May 1997; and what percentage of them received a substantive reply on that day.
(80741)
72  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to increase the fixed penalty levied on vehicles which fail to pass MOT emissions standards.
(81050)
73  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to establish a public interest company or trust for the London Underground.
(81117)
74  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the financial advice given to his Department and London Transport indicated that a public private partnership for London Underground represented best value.
(81116)
75  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 25th February, Official Report, column 404, on London Transport, what is the asset value of buildings held by London Transport.
(81115)
76  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on (a) train, (b) signal and (c) track failures in each year since 1994-95 for each line of the London Underground.
(81054)
77  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress he has made on the implementation of roadside vehicle testing schemes.
(81049)
78  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to allow (a) environmental health officers and (b) traffic wardens to undertake roadside emission testing without a police officer present.
(81051)
79  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the maintenance and investment budget for rolling stock, signalling and track in each year since 1994-95, for each line of the London Underground.
(81053)
80  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what advice he has issued to local authorities on the use of equipment to monitor compliance with national air quality objectives for particles.
(80783)
81  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consulations he has had with water companies and the Water Regulator about extending the scope of water metering to include homes which have undergone extensions and conversions since 1990.
(80904)
82  
  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what advice he has received from (i) English Nature and (ii) other agencies regarding the cull of the Ruddy Duck; what advice he has received as to the cost of the cull; if he has put the contract for the cull out to tender; and what plans he has to take powers of compulsory access to enforce the cull.
(80796)
83  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effects of the introduction of herbicide-resistant crops on vulnerable species of birds.
(80792)
84  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what resources are being made available from public funds in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01, and (iii) 2001-02 for economic development in the (a) North West, (b) North East and (c) Yorkshire and Humberside regions through (1) their regional development agencies and (2) other sources.
(81089)
85  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the value is of the commitments that have been entered into which are (a) legally binding and (b) agreed in principle by Government departments in the regions, English Partnership and other public bodies in relation to economic development in the (i) North West, (ii) North East and (iii) Yorkshire and Humberside regions for the years (1) 1999-2000, (2) 2000-01 and (3) 2001-02.
(81088)
86  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has had from each regional development agency concerning the budgets given to them by his Department; what his response has been; if he will list the regional development agencies with which his Department is in dispute over the budget allocation; what mechanisms he plans to introduce to enable regional development agencies to negotiate for their budgets in the future; what impact disputes between the regional development agencies and his Department on the budget allocation are having on the day-to-day running of the agencies; and if he will make a statement.
(80795)
87  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will pay the postal costs of voluntary bodies and registered charities requested to respond to Government consultation documents; and if he will make a statement.
(80920)
88  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress he has made on the introduction of city noise maps; what estimate he has made of the costs of such maps; who will be responsible for meeting such costs; and if he will make a statement.
(80668)
89  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to cap the prices charged by water companies which raise their charges by unjustifiable amounts; and if he will make a statement.
(80787)
90  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish the criteria which will be used to determine for capping purposes whether council tax rises are unjustifiable.
(80788)
91  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the names of the officials at his Department who are currently on secondment from private companies and the companies by which they are employed.
(81121)
92  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if in relation to the Monsanto field trials of genetically-modified sugarbeet approved to take place in Ruddington, Nottingham, he will set out details of (a) the pre-planting environmental audit of the area surrounding the field test site, (b) the sub-soil analysis of the field test site prior to planting, (c) the terms and timing set for impact assessments and (d) who will be responsible for the monitoring; (e) what steps he will take to ensure that the monitoring is independent of corporate genetically-modified crops interests.
(81075)
93  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps his Department has taken to implement the recommendation of the Bates Report on the PFI that it should conduct an urgent review into planning procedures.
(81122)
94  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of ways in which the biotechnology industry could use less exacting regulatory systems elsewhere in the EU in order to gain legal rights within the UK for (a) field trials (b) commercial growing and (c) produce distribution in respect of genetically-modified crops.
(81076)
95  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 24th March, Official Report, column 240, on genetically-modified organisms, what was the name and position of the representative of the US State Department who made the representation to his Department.
(80835)
96  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many times officials from his Department have met officials from the US Government to discuss genetically-modified organisms and the biotechnology industry since 1st June 1998; if he will list the dates and locations of each meeting; and with which US Government department his officials met.
(80834)
97  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to seek powers to prevent the practice of charging rent premiums on assured shorthold tenancy renewals; and if he will make a statement.
(81143)
98  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the criteria for selection of members of the euro task forces.
(81046)
99  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the public appointments for which his Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies.
(80745)
100  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to his Department for written answer on a named day since May 1997; and what percentage of them received a substantive reply on that day.
(80740)
101  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the level of alcohol duty evasion in each of the last three years.
(81055)
102  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the value of seizures of alcohol smuggled into the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.
(81056)
103  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list and quantify the revisions/forecasting changes referred to in Table 2.5 of the Red Book.
(80865)
104  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the amount spent and to be spent in (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000 on advertising individual savings account by (i) the National Savings Bank, (ii) the Inland Revenue and (iii) other Government departments and agencies.
(80867)
105  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list and provide an explanation of the changes to the components of Annually Managed Expenditure referred to in paragraph 2.57 of the Red Book.
(80859)
106  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will define the expression poor literacy skills, used in paragraph 1.12 of the Red Book; and if he will provide comparable figures for (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997 and (d) 1998.
(80850)
107  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the assumptions used for the purposes of the calculations in paragraph 1.26 of the Red Book.
(80852)
108  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what market research and polling has been carried out into the working families tax credit.
(80886)
109  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which software house will be preparing the new government-supported standard payroll software for small employers and at what cost to (a) the Exchequer and (b) the user.
(80815)
110  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the civil servants who reviewed the Red Book to ensure its objectivity; and if he will publish the guidelines on which such judgements are made.
(80888)
111  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the total level of Government debt in cash terms in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-01, (f) 2001-02, (g) 2002-03 and(h) 2003-04.
(80889)
112  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the new opportunities referred to in paragraph 1.22 of the Red Book.
(80854)
113  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the number of married couples in which the eldest spouse turns 65 years after 5th April 2000 in the period (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02; and how many will pay income tax as a consequence of the loss of the married couples allowance.
(80877)
114  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the discount to be offered by the Government to taxpayers filing tax returns via the Internet.
(80819)
115  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the criteria to be used in determining whether the single currency is successful in accordance with paragraph 2.39 of the Red Book.
(80858)
116  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the figures used in preparing Chart 2.4 of the Red Book on the basis of (a) per cent. of GDP and (b) cash terms; and if he will estimate the effect of the same assumptions on the public sector net cash requirement over the same periods.
(80866)
117  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assumptions were used for (a) car mileages and (b) pension contributions in the calculations used in paragraph 1.26 of the Red Book.
(80851)
118  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list his official engagements for 9th and 10th March.
(80883)
119  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many productivity road shows have been held to date; how many people attended; what was the cost of the road shows; and how many people contributed to the productivity debate.
(80821)
120  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will recalculate the figures used in paragraph 1.26 of the Red Book taking into account his July 1997 Budget and using an assumption for private car use of 8,300 miles in an average 1600cc car.
(80855)
121  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the costs of (a) printing and (b) postage of sending a leaflet to every household informing them of tax and spending decisions.
(80856)
122  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the additional public expenditure items which the Government has announced for (a) Scotland and (b) Wales since January 1998.
(80884)
123  
N  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the level of vehicle excise duty for a 40 tonne lorry in the United Kingdom in 1998-99.
(79445)
124  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what means he plans to enable businesses which wish to use the euro in Britain to do so; what estimate he has made of the cost of such measures; what plans he has to make it possible for businesses which wish to use other currencies to do so; and if he will make a statement.
(80667)
125  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the annual cost of accepting the payment of taxes in euros.
(80669)
126  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures he is taking to restrict exports of crowd recognition devices for identifying individuals at rallies to countries identified as having limited human rights.
(81041)
127  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Commission staff will receive clearance, in accordance with 1999/218/EC (Official Journal L80, 25.3.99), for access to (a) confidential, (b) secret and (c) top secret material; what categories of information are covered; what is his policy thereto; what contribution to screening Government agencies will make, and at what cost; and if he will make a statement.
(81043)
128  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the criteria for selection of Ambassadors for British business.
(81038)
129  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to his Department for written answer on a named day since May 1997; and what percentage of them received a substantive reply on that day.
(80739)
130  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the public appointments for which his Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies.
(80746)
131  
  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 61, on Papua New Guinea, what issues were discussed with the High Commissioner at the meeting of 3rd March; what actions were requested of Her Majesty's Government; and what commitments were made on behalf of Her Majesty's Government.
(80878)
132  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visa applications from Chinese nationals for one-year study courses were made in each year since 1989; and what were the numbers (a) approved, (b) rejected and (c) subject to appeal in each year.
(80784)
133  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd March, Official Report, columns 683-4, how many times Ministers in his Department met their counterparts in the US Administration between 1st January 1998 and 1st June 1998, indicating the dates and locations of each meeting, the Ministers involved and the name of the US counterpart.
(80817)
134  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for International Development concerning the reception of refugees in Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania, before NATO's offensive on Yugoslavia.
(80763)
135  
  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people with haemophilia infected with hepatitis C by contaminated blood products who are now suffering (a) chronic liver disease and (b) other significant health problems as a result of their infection.
(80909)
136  
  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimates he has made of the number of people with haemophilia who were infected with hepatitis C as a result of their NHS treatment before 1986 and the number of these who are alive today.
(80908)
137  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to his Department for written answer on a named day since May 1997; and what percentage of them received a substantive reply on that day.
(80731)
138  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the public appointments for which his Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies.
(80754)
139  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his estimate of (a) the annual number of early deaths and hospital admissions currently attributable to particle pollution, (b) the reduction in early deaths and hospital admissions by 2005, if the whole of the UK were to meet its current national air quality objective for particles and (c) the reduction in early deaths and hospital admissions by 2005, if the whole of the UK were to meet the proposed EC Air Quality Daughter Directive Stage 1 limit value for particles.
(80782)
140  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the average salary increase for all health professionals in the NHS in each of the last five years, expressed as a percentage.
(81059)
141  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he intends to revise the format of waiting list figures to reflect the period between general practitioner referral and entry onto consultant appointment waiting lists.
(81058)
142  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he issues to health trusts regarding delays between general practitioner referrals and entry onto consultant appointment waiting lists.
(81061)
143  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the total cost to the NHS in each of the past five years of methadone prescriptions; and from which companies they were purchased.
(80600)
144  
  
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the Support Fund for the Former British Child Migrants to become operational; how the fund will be administered; what conditions will apply to determine who will be eligible to receive funding; and when the central information index and website will become operational.
(81074)
145  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will pay the postal costs of voluntary bodies and registered charities requested to respond to Government consultation documents; and if he will make a statement.
(80922)
146  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people sought medical help as the result of body piercing in each of the past three years for which records are available; and if he will make a statement.
(80864)
147  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what powers a local authority has to revoke the ear piercing registration of a person convicted of a sexual assault; and if he will make a statement.
(80863)
148  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if a person registered for ear piercing is allowed to pierce other parts of the body; and if he will make a statement.
(80862)
149  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) legislation and (b) other regulations apply to those providing (i) ear piercing and (ii) piercing of other parts of the body; and if he will make a statement.
(80861)
150  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his policy on charging patients for their meals (a) in National Health Service hospitals and (b) in publicly funded nursing homes.
(81145)
151  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list details of reported cases, over the last five years, of allergic reactions to (a) homeopathic medicines, (b) herbal medicines and (c) vitamin and mineral supplements.
(81064)
152  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times ministers in his Department met their counterparts in the US administration between 1st January 1998 and 1st June 1998, indicating the dates and locations of each meeting, the ministers involved and the name of the US counterpart.
(81078)
153  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times officials from his Department have met officials from the US government to discuss genetically-modified organisms and the biotechnology industry since 1st June 1998; if he will list the dates and locations of each meeting; and with which US goverment department his officials had meetings.
(81077)
154  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to inform the public of the decision by the Committee on the Safety of Medicines on the safety of the third generation contraceptive pill.
(81035)
155  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to his Department for written answer on a named day since May 1997; and what percentage of them received a substantive reply on that day.
(80737)
156  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the public appointments for which his Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies.
(80748)
157  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of when the backlog of asylum casework in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will be cleared.
(80768)
158  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the scanning of existing files in the Immigration and Nationality Department onto computer is scheduled (a) to commence and (b) to be completed.
(80771)
159  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff were planned for the Telephone Caller Unit of the Immigration and Nationality Department under the reorganisation of caseworking; and what is the average number of staff currently manning the Telephone Caller Unit.
(80778)
160  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings he and Ministers in his Department have held with Siemens plc in connection with the reorganisation of caseworking in the Immigration and Nationality Department in the last year.
(80779)
161  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date it was planned that (a) the Public Caller Unit and (b) the Asylum Screening Unit would move from Lunar House to the Whitgift Centre; and when it is now planned that these moves will take place.
(80774)
162  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors underlay his decision to delay the move of the Public Caller Unit and the Asylum Screening Unit from Lunar House to the Whitgift Centre.
(80775)
163  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of when the Immigration and Nationality Department will return to the level of casework it was achieving prior to the implementation of new work arrangements and its relocation to new offices.
(80769)
164  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to provide additional storage space for files being dealt with by the Case Allocation Unit in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate.
(80772)
165  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the throughput of files by the Case Allocation Unit planned for in the new organisation of immigration and asylum caseworking; and what is the throughput achieved according to the most recent figures available.
(80773)
166  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the average daily number of (a) callers trying to make a call to the Immigration and Nationality Department, (b) calls made to that Department and (c) calls answered by the Telephone Caller Unit.
(80780)
167  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visits he and his Ministers have made to the Immigration and Nationality Department at Croydon in the last year.
(80781)
168  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of those persons, including dependants, who entered the United Kingdom under special arrangements for vulnerable individuals from former Yugoslavia (a) in September 1992 and (b) between November 1992 and August 1995 have subsequently (i) voluntarily left the UK, (ii) remained in the UK and (iii) applied for settlement in the UK.
(80776)
169  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what change in the level of productivity was planned for in the reorganisation of caseworking in the Immigration and Nationality Department; and what level of productivity is currently being achieved.
(80777)
170  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by how much the backlog in the asylum casework of the Immigration and Nationality Department has grown (a) in the last year and (b) in the last three months for which figures are available.
(80770)
171  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff employed in the Immigration and Nationality Department have (a) resigned and (b) requested a transfer to another department in (i) the last six months and (ii) each of the last five years.
(80767)
172  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a list of all the documents (a) which have been made available for public consultation in respect of the Hillsborough disaster and (b) which have since been withdrawn.
(81111)
173  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will pay the postal costs of voluntary bodies and registered charities requested to respond to Government consultation documents; and if he will make a statement.
(80921)
174  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the names of the police operations which are directed towards disciplinary offences in the Cleveland Police.
(80798)
175  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish for the last six months Middlesbrough's monthly crime figures.
(80799)
176  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers are working on the (a) Lancet and (b) Redwood inquiries into Cleveland Police; and if he will make a statement.
(80797)
177  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times Ministers in his Department met their counterparts in the US Administration between 1st January 1998 and 1st June 1998, indicating the dates and locations of each meeting, the Ministers involved and the name of the US counterpart.
(80830)
178  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in which scientific journals and other open publications staff from the Police Scientific Development Branch (Sandridge) have published papers since January 1997; and on what date the papers appeared in each of the journals and publications.
(80831)
179  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the medically qualified members of the Animal Procedures Committee over the last 12 years.
(80765)
180  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to appoint more medically qualified members to the Animal Procedures Committee.
(80764)
181  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contingency plans he has to house Kosovan refugees in British seaside resorts; and if he will make a statement.
(80906)
182  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the public appointments for which her Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies.
(80757)
183  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to her Department for written answer on a named day since May 1997; and what percentage of them received a substantive reply on that day.
(80728)
184  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the main expenditure items in respect of aid to Cambodia for 1998-99.
(80887)
185  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is the estimated UK aid expenditure on Cambodia for (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000.
(80885)
186  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the additional British aid given to Albania and the former Yugoslavia as a result of the current Kosovo crisis; and if she will make a statement.
(80926)
187  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will estimate the number of refugees who have fled Kosovo in the past three weeks; and if she will make a statement.
(80924)
188  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 17th March, Official Report, column 671, on meetings with US counterparts, if she will list the dates and locations of her meetings with the head of USAID since 1st November 1998.
(80818)
189  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to his Department for written answer on a named day since May 1997; and what percentage of them received a substantive reply on that day.
(80738)
190  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the public appointments for which his Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies.
(80747)
191  
  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list which areas of expenditure in his Department in the non-criminal legal aid budget will be funded first when the criminal legal aid budget has been met; and if he will make a statement about how these areas have been determined.
[R] (81120)
192  
  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assumptions he has made about factors affecting the need for criminal legal aid with particular reference to (a) demographic trends, (b) economic trends, (c) social trends and (d) policy changes in arriving at the estimated expenditure on criminal legal aid for 1999-2000 and 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (81118)
193  
  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he has set a level of funding for (a) civil legal aid and (b) advice and assistance below which he does not consider it viable to reduce them for (1) 1999-2000 and (2) 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (81119)
194  
  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 30th March, Official Report, column 610, if he will publish such details of insurance products to support the use of conditional fees as are available to him.
(81146)
195  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the public appointments for which her Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies.
(80756)
196  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to her Department for written answer on a named day since May 1997; and what percentage of them received a substantive reply on that day.
(80729)
197  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will pay the postal costs of voluntary bodies and registered charities requested to respond to Government consultation documents; and if she will make a statement.
(80915)
198  
  
Mr Andrew MacKay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the cost of the Northern Ireland Assembly is drawn from the Northern Ireland grant; and what the costs of the Assembly (a) were in the 1998-99 financial year and (b) are projected to be in the 1999-2000 financial year.
(81037)
199  
  
Mr Andrew MacKay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the cost of policing civil unrest continues to be a charge against the Northern Ireland grant; and what the cost of this policing has been in the 1998-99 financial year.
(80914)
200  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list for the week ended Saturday 10th April the number of violent incidents involving paramilitary groups which took place in Northern Ireland, indicating how many involved (i) Loyalist and (ii) Republican groups.
(80912)
201  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list for the week ended Saturday 10th April the number of (a) punishment beatings and (b) punishment shootings which took place in Northern Ireland indicating how many in each category were committed by (i) Loyalist and (ii) Republican groups.
(80913)
202  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list for the week ended Saturday 3rd April the number of violent incidents involving paramilitary groups which took place in Northern Ireland, indicating how many involved (i) Loyalist and (ii) Republican groups.
(80910)
203  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list for the week ended Saturday 3rd April the number of (a) punishment beatings and (b) punishment shootings which took place in Northern Ireland indicating how many in each category were committed by (i) Loyalist and (ii) Republican groups.
(80911)
204  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for each NHS trust how many beds in each of their hospitals are dedicated as long-stay for elderly people; and how many this represents per 100,000 population in (a) each trust area and (b) the area served by each hospital.
(80873)
205  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many times Ministers in her Department have held meetings with members and officials in the US administration since 1st June 1998, indicating the dates and locations of each meeting, the ministers involved at each meeting and the US Department involved in each meeting.
(80868)
206  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to her Answer of 4th March, Official Report, column 825, on CS sprays, for what reasons the Royal Ulster Constabulary has not been issued with CS sprays.
(80870)
207  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to her Answer of 4th March, Official Report, columns 825-6, if CR gas has been issued to the Royal Ulster Constabulary since 1969.
(80869)
208  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the President of the Council, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to her Department for written answer on a named day since May 1997; and what percentage of them received a substantive reply on that day.
(80735)
209  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will list the public appointments for which her Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies.
(80750)
210  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions the Government is having with the President-nominate of the European Commission on use of his veto in the selection of fellow commissioners.
(81039)
211  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list those areas for which EU funding has been reduced as a consequence of the Berlin Summit.
(81042)
212  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what measures the Government is planning to mark final ratification of the Treaty of Amsterdam.
(81040)
213  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list those UK-appointed members of euro task forces whose views on UK participation in the single currency are known to the Government.
(81047)
214  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of total staff costs for No. 10 Downing Street in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99 and (d) 1999-2000, indicating separately the costs for (i) private secretaries, (ii) Policy Unit staff, (iii) Press Office staff, (iv) Strategic Communications Unit staff, (v) support staff and (vi) political office staff; and if he will make a statement.
(80115)
215  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the civil servants who worked in No. 10 Downing Street, broken down by department, on (a) 1st April 1998 and (b) 1st April 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(80059)
216  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on staffing levels in the Strategic Communications Unit.
(80060)
217  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 13th April, Official Report, columns 2-3, for what reasons the determining factor on any Government decision underpinning membership of a single currency is whether the economic case for the United Kingdom joining is clear and unambiguous rather than the constitutional and political implications of that decision.
(81147)
218  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 13th April, Official Report, column 1, how many overseas visits he made between 1st May 1997 and 3rd March 1999; what was the average cost per head for each accompanying official; and if he will list the number of occasions on which his Chief Press Secretary and Chief of Staff travelled abroad without the Prime Minister in the same period, giving the costs of each visit.
(81142)
219  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to his Department for written answer on a named day since May 1997; and what percentage of them received a substantive reply on that day.
(80733)
220  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the public appointments for which his Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies.
(80752)
221  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the Government's plans for allocating the Unallocated Capital Modernisation Fund monies as set out in Table 1.4, page 16, of the Scottish Office Departmental Report, CM 4215, March 1999.
(80291)
222  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list which local authority areas in Scotland are providing a lower level of education funding per primary school pupil in real terms in 1999-2000 than in 1998-1999.
(80677)
223  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will pay the postal costs of voluntary bodies and registered charities requested to respond to Government consultation documents; and if he will make a statement.
(80917)
224  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list up to the latest available date (a) each instance of Infectious Salmon Anaemia, (b) its location, (c) the date reported to his Department and (d) if in wild or farmed salmon, in seatrout or other salmonoid; and what measures he has taken, or is taking, to (i) control and (ii) eliminate the condition; and if he has determined how ISA was introduced to Scottish waters.
(80872)
225  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer of 8th March, Official Report, columns 57-8, on CS sprays, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report arising out of the evaluation of the trial with CS sprays.
(80816)
226  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the public appointments for which his Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies.
(80758)
227  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to his Department for written answer on a named day since May 1997; and what percentage of them received a substantive reply on that day.
(80727)
228  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps have been taken towards establishing a criminal intelligence database for fraud investigation in the Benefits Agency and local authorities.
(81090)
229  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the report of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate into Area Directorate 3 of the Benefits Agency, with particular reference to (a) improving staff compliance with operating procedures and (b) encouraging co-operation between the Agency and local authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(81112)
230  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what has been the result of his Department's investigation into the nature and extent of identity fraud.
(81092)
231  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will pay the postal costs of voluntary bodies and registered charities requested to respond to Government consultation documents; and if he will make a statement.
(80919)
232  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 18th March, Official Report, column 793, how many times Ministers in his Department met their counterparts in the US Administration between 1st January 1998 and 1st June 1998, indicating the dates and locations of each meeting, the Ministers involved and the name of the US counterpart.
(80829)
233  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of his plan to limit charges for stateholder pensions with the need for those purchasing such pensions to be given proper advice.
(81114)
234  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the implications of the growing use of tracker pension funds for the economy; and what account he has taken of such an assessment in designing his stateholder pension scheme.
(81113)
235  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the public appointments for which his Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies.
(80760)
236  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to his Department for written answer on a named day since May 1997; and what percentage of them received a substantive reply on that day.
(80743)
237  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the value of trading over the Internet in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.
(81060)
238  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the annual budget of the Small Business Service over each of the next five years.
(81063)
239  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what budget has been allocated to Local Support Centres for (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000.
(81062)
240  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to make representations to the European Community on standardising late payment of commercial debt regulations across the Community.
(81057)
241  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the outcome of the Consumer Affairs Council held in Brussels on 13th April; and if he will make a statement.
(80762)
242  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will pay the postal costs of voluntary bodies and registered charities requested to respond to Government consultation documents; and if he will make a statement.
(80918)
243  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the extent of world-wide over-production in (a) steel, (b) petrochemicals and (c) other manufacturing industries; and if he will make a statement.
(80892)
244  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the individuals seconded to his Department from the oil and gas industry since 1st May 1997.
(80848)
245  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the individuals seconded from his Department to the oil and gas companies or firms contracting for oil and gas companies since 1st May 1997.
(80849)
246  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 13th April, Official Report, column 94, when he will publish the MMC report on the supply of raw milk.
(81109)
247  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times ministers in his Deparment met their counterparts in the US Administration between 1st January 1998 and 1st June 1998, indicating the dates and locations of each meeting, the ministers involved and the name of the US counterpart.
(81081)
248  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much extra training the armed United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority police who will accompany the shipment of MOX fuel from Barrow to Japan have been given; when this extra training was undertaken; what the cost was of the extra training; and if he will make a statement.
(81080)
249  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many armed United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority Police will accompany each shipment of MOX fuel from Barrow to Japan; what weapons they will be armed with; when the first shipment is expected to leave Barrow; and if other countries will be informed in advance of the movements of these shipments through their jurisdictions.
(81079)
250  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the public appointments for which his Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies.
(80761)
251  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to his Department for written answer on a named day since May 1997; and what percentage of them received a substantive reply on that day.
(80742)
252  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will meet Shotton Town Council to discuss the impact of out-of-town retail outlets upon the town's retail outlets; and if he will make a statement.
(80844)
253  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many extra nurses he has recruited; and if he will make a statement.
(80842)
254  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many primary care groups are operative in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(80837)
255  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the level of NHS dentistry in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(80838)
256  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what response he proposes to make to the Royal Commission's Report on Long Term Care.
(80839)
257  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many beds are currently blocked in each of the district hospitals in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(80841)
258  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his policy on complementary medical services.
(80840)
259  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will set up a working party to examine the impact of out-of-town retail outlets upon town shopping areas; and if he will make a statement.
(80843)
260  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (a) Green Belt and (b) green barrier areas there are in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(80845)
261  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the number of new jobs created since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(80846)
262  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the consequences of CAP reform in Wales for the (a) beef, (b) sheepmeat and (c) dairy sectors.
(80847)
263  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what (a) guidance and (b) new money he has given to primary care groups.
(80836)
264  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will pay the postal costs of voluntary bodies and registered charities requested to respond to Government consultation documents; and if he will make a statement.
(80916)
265  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the centres of enterprise to be endowed under the science enterprise challenge scheme.
[Transferred] (80813)
266  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which organisations were approached to submit a tender for the contract to produce the Modernising Government logo; and where the tender for the contract was advertised.
[Transferred] (80880)
267  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for what reason the £100 winter allowance will not be paid through the basic state pension; and what is the additional cost of paying it separately.
[Transferred] (80853)
268  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Modernising Government logo was tested on the public; and how much this research cost.
[Transferred] (80882)
269  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the bids for the £50 million university challenge scheme referred to in paragraph 3.59 of the Red Book.
[Transferred] (80814)
270  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the annual running cost of the Small Business Service.
[Transferred] (80820)
271  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what criteria were specified for the design of the Modernising Government logo.
[Transferred] (80881)
272  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what was the cost of developing the Modernising Government logo.
[Transferred] (80879)
273  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the (a) expected and (b) actual receipts from council tax for each year since the council tax was introduced.
[Transferred] (80789)
274  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many representations he has received on the Government's non-ratification of the Optional Protocol of the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
[Transferred] (80833)
275  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government intends to ratify the Optional Protocol of the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (80832)
276  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the speed of the disaster relief response to events in Kosovo; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (80786)
277  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make it his policy to set up in partnership with NGOs a permanent disaster relief contact point.
[Transferred] (80785)
278  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what regulations govern the minimum age at which a person can (a) be tattooed, (b) have their ears pierced and (c) have other parts of the body pierced.
[Transferred] (80860)
279  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of National Insurance numbers are found on routine inspection to be bogus.
[Transferred] (81036)
280  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made on developing methods of cross-checking records within the National Insurance Recording System.
[Transferred] (81091)
281  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to introduce a minimum wage for carers.
[Transferred] (80766)


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