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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 19 April 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 19 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.
 


 
MONDAY 19th APRIL
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he plans to grant any more applications for provisional seed certification under the non-statutory seed certification scheme.
(81263)
2  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his Department's definition of free range hens.
(81270)
3  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what advice he has received on the compatibility with Article 36 of the Treaty of European Union of placing restrictions on the import of pork products not produced to UK standards.
(81364)
4  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the effect on the amount of grant made under the organic aid scheme of recent changes in the definition of unimproved land for the purposes of the scheme.
(81272)
5  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what criteria are used to award suckler cow quota to (a) new entrants to suckler production, (b) existing producers wanting extra quota and (c) dairy farmers seeking to convert to suckler production; and what rules exist regarding minimum and maximum amounts which may be awarded.
(81373)
6  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what powers he has to limit the over-fishing of rivers; what discussions he has had with fishing clubs and river authorities about over-fishing of elvers and salmon; and if he will make a statement.
(81261)
7  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received about the proposed Meat Hygiene Service charges; which organisations have expressed concern about their impact; and if he will make a statement.
(81366)
8  
  
Mrs Llin Golding (Newcastle-under-Lyme):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what decisions he has taken on the recommendations on file preparation, case management and witness warning in the Report of the Review of the Crown Prosecution Service by the Right honourable Sir Ian Glidewell.
(81491)
9  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with other members of the European Union on developing a peacekeeping and crisis management policy.
(81428)
10  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on progress on the review of the War Pensions Scheme.
(81484)
11  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to remove the differences within the War Pensions Scheme as between former officers and other ranks.
(81485)
12  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) consultancy and (b) other contracts his Department has had with KPMG since 1st May 1997; and if KPMG is a prospective candidate for future contracts his Department is intending to let.
(81419)
13  
  
Mr Andy King (Rugby and Kenilworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes there have been to the plans for Territorial Army units and their locations contained in the Government publication, Modern Forces for the Modern World: A Territorial Army for the Future.
(81493)
14  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if under 18 year olds are currently being deployed in the UK armed forces in the former Yugoslavia.
(81437)
15  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the agenda for the forthcoming NATO summit on 24th to 25th April.
(81490)
16  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures he is taking to prioritise the targeting of Serbian units engaged in war crimes over other Yugoslav National Army units; and if he will make a statement on the prospects for a policy distinguishing between the two.
(81453)
17  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what weapons using depleted uranium have been sent with British military forces involved in the NATO military action against Yugoslavia; and what (a) depleted uranium shells and (b) other missiles using depleted shells have been used in the conflict.
(81582)
18  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out the basis on which some non-statutory liabilities are described as unquantifiable at page 23 of his Department's expenditure plans 1999-2000 to 2001-2002, Cm 4208.
(81576)
19  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment has been made of the environmental damage done to (a) Serbia, (b) Montenegro and (c) Kosovo as a result of the bombing conducted by NATO forces; and what assessment has been made of the environmental destruction perpetrated by Yugoslav forces.
(81580)
20  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the United Kingdom submissions for the NATO fiftieth anniversary meeting to be held in Washington on 23rd to 25th April; and if he will make a statement on the submissions made by (a) Germany and (b) Canada on the role of nuclear weapons within the NATO force structure.
(81573)
21  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out under which headings in his Departmental cash plans contained in Cm 4208, nuclear weapons (a) procurement, (b) deployment, (c) storage and (d) related maintenance activities are contained.
(81499)
22  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps have been taken by NATO military planners to ensure no bombs hit the RA Research Nuclear Reactor at Vinca near Belgrade; and what quantities of (a) nuclear fuel and (b) radioactive waste are held at the Vinca site.
(81581)
23  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received recently from Abolition 2000 in respect of NATO's nuclear weapon policy and the NATO review meeting due to be held on 23rd to 25th April in Washington DC.
(81574)
24  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made by Russia and the United States in ratification of the Start II Nuclear Arms Control Treaty.
(81478)
25  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of (a) his daily press briefing in London, (b) the daily battle damage assessment and (c) the daily NATO briefing in Brussels in respect of the military action against Yugoslavia, (i) for each day since the action began and (ii) for each day until the military conflict ends.
(81570)
26  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 5th March, Official Report, column 951, on Rainsford School, Chelmsford, when he expects to reach a decision on the appeal from Rainsford School, Chelmsford against the direction made by Essex County Council to admit a pupil, whose name has been sent to him, to that school.
(81069)
27  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the procedure under the New Deal for Young Unemployed for dealing with a person who disappears from an option and then returns to claim benefit.
(81363)
28  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the qualitative difference in terms of impact on the environment between the growing of genetically-modified crops (a) in farm-scale field trials and (b) on a commercial basis.
(81268)
29  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in respect of the £50 million allocated in the 1998 Budget for rural bus services, how much has been spent, how much has been allocated but not yet spent, and how many extra bus journeys have run as a consequence of this extra money.
(81264)
30  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the steps taken since 1st May 1997 to reduce total carbon dioxide emissions from the transport sector.
(81267)
31  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many genetically-modified animals, by species, have been exported in each year from 1990 to date, and to where.
(81262)
32  
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 rural transport partnership scheme.
(81265)
33  
  
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will publish his decision on whether to allow Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council to determine the planning application for retail stores on the Parkway/Poplar Way site at Catcliffe, South Yorkshire, for Sterling Capital Securities plc; and if he will make a statement.
(81480)
34  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which honourable Members have made representations to his Department in relation to the proposed transfer of the Sale West Race Course Estate, located in the Altrincham and Sale West constituency.
(81255)
35  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    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, columns 335-7, by what date consultation with EU member states relating to his proposed amendments to the packaging waste regulations is planned to begin.
(81389)
36  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) the members appointed to the Board of the Countryside Agency, (b) the date of their appointment, (c) their salaries and (d) their other occupations.
(81149)
37  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research his Department has commissioned on the effects on biodiversity of the increased use of herbicides in farming.
(81253)
38  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to change the base of water rates calculated from the rateable values of its 1990 list to more recent valuations.
(81486)
39  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he will take pursuant to the publication of Railtrack's Network Management Statement to facilitate fulfilment of the proposed investment programme.
(81356)
40  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what (a) consultancy and (b) other contracts his Department has had with KPMG since 1st May 1997; and if KPMG is a prospective candidate for future contracts his Department is intending to let.
(81420)
41  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are the key criteria for the renegotiation of passenger rail franchises; and if he will make a statement.
(81362)
42  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the purpose of the rail summit next Spring, indicating the date on which it will be held.
(81354)
43  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will next publish an assessment of the National Cycling Strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(81358)
44  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what has been the growth in (a) freight and (b) passenger volumes on the railways since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(81355)
45  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will introduce legislation to give council tax rebates to elderly people living alone.
(81271)
46  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish the agenda for the forthcoming EU Environment Ministers meeting on 23rd to 25th April; and if he will make a statement on his priorities for the meeting.
(81489)
47  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment his Department has made of the benefit of the Rural Action for the Environment scheme; and what support will be made available for the continuation of this scheme in 1999-2000.
(81392)
48  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in each of the last five years, what proportion of vessels travelling coastwise between ports and harbours in the United Kingdom were (a) registered in the United Kingdom, (b) registered in member states of the (i) European Community and (ii) European Economic Area and (c) registered under flags of convenience; and what weight of cargo was so carried.
(81429)
49  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of cargo vessels, not carrying passengers, travelled between members states of (a) the European Economic Area and (b) the European Union in each of the last five years which were not registered in one of the members states; and what (i) formal and (ii) informal agreements exist between those states prohibiting use of their (1) ports and (2) harbours by vessels registered under flags of convenience with inferior safety standards to those set by the member states.
(81435)
50  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to announce the interim location of the Greater London Authority.
(81575)
51  
  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the cost per mile of running a 40 tonne goods vehicle in (a) the UK, (b) Belgium, (c) France, (d) Holland, (e) Germany, (f) Italy, (g) Luxembourg, (h) Portugal, (i) Spain and (j) Austria.
(81459)
52  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to make a statement on the review concerning the proposed 10 mph speed limit on Lake Windermere.
(80810)
53  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the average level of emissions per mile from cars of (a) under 1100 cc, (b) 1101-1500 cc, (c) 1501-2000 cc, (d) 2001-3000 cc and (e) over 3000 cc.
(81257)
54  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the meetings his Department has had with the lobbying firm GJW since 1st May 1997.
(81583)
55  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made on the impact of improving energy efficiency in buildings on helping the Government to achieve its target for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
(81457)
56  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to increase the use of energy efficiency measures in (a) new and (b) existing buildings.
(81456)
57  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made on the possible level of energy savings to be achieved by improving the energy-efficiency of buildings.
(81454)
58  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the percentage of the country's energy used to heat and light buildings in the UK.
(81455)
59  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what criteria he will employ in appointing new members of the Advisory Committee on Releases into the Environment.
(81387)
60  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, by what method it is his practice to inform Parliament of changes in membership of the Advisory Committee on Releases into the Environment.
(81388)
61  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, by what method he announced the change in membership of the Advisory Committee on Releases into the Environment.
(81407)
62  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will announce the new members of the Advisory Committee on Releases into the Environment.
(81406)
63  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to change the fixed profit car scheme in respect of the relationship between engine size and mileage rates.
(81269)
64  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many company cars travelled (a) more and (b) less than 18,500 miles in the last year for which figures are available.
(81266)
65  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of UK vehicle excise duty rates on the competitiveness of the UK haulage industry, with particular reference to the rates of duty for (a) 40 and (b) 41 tonne articulated lorries.
(81359)
66  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) consultancy and (b) other contracts his Department has had with KPMG since 1st May 1997; and if KPMG is a prospective candidate for contracts his Department is intending to let.
(81421)
67  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to reply to the letter from the honourable Member for North Essex of 6th March concerning the road haulage industry and the Budget.
(81361)
68  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what investigations he carried out into the levels of emissions from cars of under 1100 cc before reducing the vehicle excise duty on those vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
(81258)
69  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library calculations on a regular basis of the savings ratio disaggregated by income group.
(81458)
70  
N  
Mr Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement about the proposed arrangements for transferring people from disability working allowance to the disabled person's tax credit.
(79767)
71  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the honourable Members to whom, since 1st October 1998, his Department or the Office for National Statistics, have provided information about restrictions on public access to the census returns for 1921, 1951 and 1961, indicating what information was provided.
(81565)
72  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list (a) the dates when the Government of the United Kingdom recognised the independence of new states which were parts of the former state of Yugoslavia, (b) what conditions were imposed on their recognition, (c) whether the conditions were imposed in concert with the then other members of the European Community and (d) the dates of such decisions taken by the Council of Ministers.
(81434)
73  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 31st March, Official Report, column 692, on the Western European Union, on which dates the French and Greek Governments deposited instruments of ratification of the Treaty of Amsterdam; and on which day it will come into force.
(81443)
74  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those topics to which subsidiarity cannot apply, being wholly within the sole competence of the European Union.
(81430)
75  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings have been held between (a) United Kingdom Ministers, (b) British diplomats and (c) other parties acting on behalf of the United Kingdom with President Slobodan Milosevic since he assumed the presidency of Yugoslavia; on which date the meetings were held; and what matters were discussed in each case.
(81578)
76  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment has been made of the proposals put forward by (a) South Africa, (b) Egypt, (c) Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Norway, collectively, (d) Canada and (e) Group of 21 to the United Nations current Conference on Disarmament, in respect of nuclear disarmament; what support has been given by Britain to each proposal; and what proposals on nuclear disarmament have been submitted to the United Nations current Conference on Disarmament by the United Kingdom.
(81569)
77  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) Conservative, (b) Liberal Democrat and (c) Labour councillors have been appointed to primary care group boards.
(81390)
78  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the NHS trust and health authority appointments which were not made by the due date and which remained outstanding on 1st April.
(81391)
79  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out the client groups that will be covered by the joint investment plans that health authorities and social services departments will be required to produce during 1999-2000.
(81252)
80  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received regarding geographical inequality in renal provision; and what measures he plans to address the problem in the next three years.
(81439)
81  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received regarding the establishment of a national renal service framework; and if he will make a statement.
(81441)
82  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the projected increase in the next three years in the number of kidney patients (a) nationally, (b) regionally and (c) in Bexley and Greenwich District; and what steps he intends to take to meet such increases in demand.
(81440)
83  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received advocating the establishment of a transplant commission to review the organ procurement system; and if he will make a statement.
(81442)
84  
  
Mr Andy King (Rugby and Kenilworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the status is of a section 6(b) note in health records.
(81492)
85  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to set up the working party on sexual health strategy.
(81070)
86  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the Social Exclusion Unit to report its findings on the investigation into teenage pregnancies.
(81071)
87  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if emergency contraception will be available in the health shop scheme.
(81072)
88  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 17th December 1998, Official Report, columns 726-7, if he will make a further statement on the Government's policy in respect of proposals discussed at the meeting in Brussels of the European Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance as they relate to the interception of communications.
(81274)
89  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) probation officers and (b) probation service officers retired, per service, in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(81558)
90  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment takes place by probation officers in preparation for a home detention curfew; and if he will make a statement.
(81561)
91  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total number of fire engines (a) in each fire brigade and (b) in total, (i) in each of the last three years and (ii) on the last date for which figures are available.
(81556)
92  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average age of (a) probation officers and (b) probation service officers in each of the last three years.
(81560)
93  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total level of funding for each probation service in each of the last three years and the real terms change in funding levels over that period; and what is the planned real terms change in funding for 1999-2000.
(81559)
94  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the appropriateness of anti-terrorism measures taken in public places; and if he will make a statement.
(81438)
95  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are employed (a) directly and (b) indirectly by the Prison Service in the three prison establishments in Portland.
(81254)
96  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress he has made on developing a Braille template to enable blind people to vote in person and unaided.
(81066)
97  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department has spent in each of the last five years on the making of grants to local authorities for the purpose of improving access to polling places; and how much he expects to spend in the current year.
(81067)
98  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many local authorities in each of the last five years have (a) applied for and (b) received grants for the purpose of improving access to polling places; and what was the average amount of grant paid to a local authority in each year.
(81068)
99  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to exercise his discretion regarding the proposed extradition of Augusto Pinochet following the most recent decision of the judicial committee of the House of Lords.
(81365)
100  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to publish the report on the study initiated by his Department into the processing of rape cases by the criminal justice system; and if he will make a statement.
(81436)
101  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set up an inquiry into the circumstances of (a) the recent departure of the former Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Force with particular reference to the role of (i) senior management of the Police Force and (ii) the Cleveland Police Authority and (b) the former Deputy Chief Constable's subsequent appointment as Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands police force; and if he will make a statement.
(81488)
102  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average time spent in prison on remand by those (a) under the age of 25 years and (b) of all ages; what percentage of those people are found guilty and given custodial sentences; what is the average age of remand prisoners; what plans he has to review the system of remand; and if he will make a statement.
(81260)
103  
  
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish a Home Office business plan for 1999-2000.
(81479)
104  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to take steps to enable refugees from Kosovo to accept temporary work on the land in the United Kingdom; and if she will make a statement.
(81566)
105  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many refugees from Kosovo she expects will be given shelter in the United Kingdom; and if she will make a statement.
(81564)
106  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what equal opportunities impact assessment under the Government guidelines set out in Policy Appraisal for Equal Treatment has been made of the Access to Justice Bill; if he will publish the assessment; and if he will make a statement.
(81555)
107  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list for this year's appointments to Queen's Counsel (a) the average and (b) the highest number of unsuccessful previous applications made by applicants.
(81481)
108  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, for this year's appointments to Queen's Counsel (a) what was the total number of applications, (b) what was the number of successful applicants and (c) of (a) and (b), how many were (i) women, (ii) from ethnic minorities, (iii) below the age of 38 years, (iv) over the age of 50 years and (v) solicitors.
(81482)
109  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list for this year's appointments to Queen's Counsel (a) the highest figure and (b) the average figure given as the gross fee income (i) by successful applicants for Queen's Counsel, (ii) by unsuccessful applicants for Queen's Counsel and (iii) by all applicants for Queen's Counsel.
(81483)
110  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what representations he has received from (a) Gloucestershire County Council and (b) other parties opposing the proposed closure of Stow-on-the-Wold Magistrates Court; when he expects to make a final decision on the future of that court; and if he will make a statement.
(81259)
111  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement about future rights of audience in the higher courts of (a) members of the Crown Prosecution Service, (b) the proposed Community Legal Service and (c) the proposed Criminal Defence Service.
(81571)
112  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment he has made of the value for money of duty solicitor schemes.
(81568)
113  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has for the future of existing duty solicitor schemes; and what steps he intends to take to ensure the continuation of 24-hour cover for criminal defendants.
(81567)
114  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the honourable Members with whom, since 1st October 1998, the Lord Chancellor's Department or the Public Record Office have corresponded concerning public access to the 1921, 1951 and 1961 census returns, indicating the contents of the correspondence.
(81557)
115  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, where the grounds for a 100-year closure period for decennial census returns are set out.
(81562)
116  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been paid in grants from peace and reconciliation funding by district partnerships to (a) victims groups, by district council area and (b) prisoners groups, by district council area.
(81256)
117  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make a statement on her meeting with Mr Param Gumanaswamy; and if she has agreed to establish a formal inquiry into the death of Mr Pat Finucane.
(81124)
118  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the cost to her Department of the original trial of Lee Clegg in 1993.
(81125)
119  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children has a gastroenterology service to care for patients with liver disease.
(81497)
120  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases of biliary atresia have been identified in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(81496)
121  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she plans to make Canadian driving licences exchangeable for Northern Ireland driving licences.
(81494)
122  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Kasai operations have been carried out by the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children on babies suffering from biliary atresia each year for each of the last five years; how many such procedures have been successful; and how many children on whom the procedure has been used are alive with their own livers.
(81495)
123  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the President of the Council, pursuant to her Answer of 13th April, Official Report, column 29, if she will list the Commonwealth countries from which appeals and applications for leave to appeal in cases concerning the death penalty have been submitted; and if she will make a statement.
(81579)
124  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the President of the Council, how many early day motions have been debated since 1st May 1997.
(81386)
125  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of (a) the Europol report to European interior and justice ministers on a connection between the KLA and Albanian drugs gangs and (b) the German Federal Police Agency report on KLA involvement in heroin trafficking for the acquisition of arms.
(81418)
126  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he expects to reply to (a) the letter from the honourable Member for North Essex concerning Reeves Transport Services Ltd and (b) the letters he has received from Reeves Transport Services Ltd.
(81360)
127  
  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the outcome of his summit discussions with the Spanish Prime Minister in relation to Gibraltar during the weekend of 10th and 11th April.
(81577)
128  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the contracts offered by the Government to KPMG since 1st May 1997.
(81452)
129  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Prime Minister, what instructions he has given to Ministers and civil servants about their influence on public opinion towards (a) the European Union and (b) British membership of the euro.
(81431)
130  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Prime Minister, what instructions he has given about the media presentation of (a) issues concerning the European Union and (b) British membership of the euro.
(81433)
131  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the membership and terms of reference of all ministerial committees dealing with European policy.
(81432)
132  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to introduce safeguards in respect of the welfare of people with diagnosed mental illness in his benefits review process.
(81357)
133  
  
Mr John Cryer (Hornchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claimants are awaiting the determination of appeals against loss of reduced earnings allowance.
(81427)
134  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on proposed improvements to the situation of those mature students who have recently forfeited housing benefits.
(79851)
135  
N  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps he is taking to increase the take-up of occupational pensions.
(79743)
136  
  
Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will announce his decision on Scottish Power's application to construct and operate an open cycle gas turbine generating station at Holybourne, Hampshire.
(81487)
137  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 30th March, Official Report, column 571, on export controls, what estimate he has made of the length of time which it will take the governments of (a) Algeria and (b) Jordan to repay the debt arising from Export Credits Guarantee Department claims for sales to defence buyers.
(80941)
138  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if (a) tear gas and (b) plastic bullets are covered by the export control regime.
(81273)
139  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what quantities of plutonium contaminated wastes were (a) stored and (b) disposed of at (i) Sellafield and (ii) Dounray in each of the last three years.
(81498)
140  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 25th January, Official Report, column 28, if he is now in a position to make an announcement about the removal of wealth warnings from radio advertisements.
(81572)
141  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what provision his Department advises local authorities to make with respect to gifted children at state schools.
(81584)
142  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what initiatives the Government has announced with respect to gifted children.
(81585)
143  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) grants and (b) subsidies are available to the two current Thorne Lighting plants, at Hereford and Spennymore; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (81563)


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