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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 21 April 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 21 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.
 


 
WEDNESDAY 21st APRIL
1  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask Mr Attorney General, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for crimes committed in the areas covered by (i) Hammersmith and (ii) Fulham police stations for the years (a) 1994, (b) 1995 and (c) 1996.
(81685)
2  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish an annual estimate of the total costs of compliance with statutory regulations to (a) all United Kingdom businesses and (b) United Kingdom businesses with fewer than 100 employees.
(81645)
3  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to extend the Charter Mark award scheme.
(80321)
4  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what requirements he places on (a) contractors and (b) sub-contractors regarding ISO 9002 certificates.
(81642)
5  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many contractors currently employed by his Department do not have ISO 9002 certification.
(81643)
6  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, under what legal authority his Department may issue personal protection weapons in Northern Ireland; what safeguards prevent the misuse of such weapons; and how many such weapons have been reported (i) missing and (ii) stolen in the last five years.
(81138)
7  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the types of (i) public and (ii) private institution falling within his area of responsibility in which individuals aged under 18 years may be trained in the use of firearms; and if he will estimate the numbers of individuals receiving such training in each type of institution in each of the last five years.
(81136)
8  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the estimated weekly cost to the British Government of military operations in connection with Kosovo.
(81621)
9  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set up a co-ordinating committee to oversee liaison between the National Health Service and Defence Medical Services.
(80309)
10  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list by local education authority the expenditure per pupil at 1998-99 prices from aggregate schools budgets in (a) maintained primary schools and (b) maintained secondary schools in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 1998-99, giving the average percentage change from (1) 1996-97 to 1997-98 and (2) from 1997-98 to 1998-99.
(81648)
11  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what action he has taken to (a) increase the accountability of Ofsted school inspectors and (b) reduce unnecessary apprehension by teachers about inspections since 1st May 1997.
(81651)
12  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 18th March, Official Report, column 757, on Employment Service staff, how many of the young people taken on by the Employment Service from the New Deal are (a) subsidised and (b) unsubsidised; at what cost; and how many are involved in New Deal support functions.
(81641)
13  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the types of (i) public and (ii) private institution falling within his area of responsibility in which individuals aged under 18 years may be trained in the use of firearms; and if he will estimate the numbers of individuals receiving such training in each type of institution in each of the last five years.
(81137)
14  
N  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the training given to teachers for the delivery of drugs misuse education in schools.
(80313)
15  
N  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement about Government plans to supervise experiments on genetically-modified crops.
(80317)
16  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his Department's policy on the staffing of main stations (a) at night and (b) at other times; what discussions he has had with (i) train operators and (ii) the rail regulator on this issue; and if he will make a statement.
(81502)
17  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will discuss with (a) First North Western Trains and (b) other rail operators the effects of removing platform staff on passenger safety.
(81503)
18  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will seek a report from the rail regulator on the possible effect of the removal of platform staff from Warrington Central Station on the performance targets of First North Western trains.
(81504)
19  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with the rail operators on the need to ensure the safety of passengers travelling by train.
(81505)
20  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest draft of (a) the Inland Revenue self assessment computations form and (b) the Inland Revenue income tax calculations flowchart for 1999-2000.
(81704)
21  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to review the compatibility of the provisions of the Finance Acts passed since May 1997 with the Human Rights Act 1998.
(81701)
22  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list each of the possible direct tax rates for (a) individuals and (b) companies.
(81705)
23  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of businesses with fewer than 17 employees.
(81706)
24  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the real terms percentage increase in the VAT registration threshold since 1st May 1997.
(81702)
25  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of employees charged income tax on any taxable benefit arising from the provision of computer equipment by an employer in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99.
(81707)
26  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the public sector net cash requirement for (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000, (c) 2000-01, (d) 2001-02, (e) 2002-03 and (f) 2003-04.
(81703)
27  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 16th April, Official Report, column 387, on taxation, if he will publish the figures on the basis of the assumptions for household spending and council tax payment which were used in the Answer to the Right honourable Member for Edinburgh Central of 11th December 1996, Official Report, columns 190-202.
(81712)
28  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the outcome of the ECOFIN Council held in Brussels on 16th to 18th April; and if he will make a statement.
(81687)
29  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list in euros the value of the tax and duty imposed on (a) 100 grammes of rolling tobacco and (b) 200 cigarettes in each EU member state.
(81723)
30  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in what circumstances families with children and earnings of less than £235 a week will pay net income tax.
(81724)
31  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the treatment of maintenance payments for income tax, working family tax credit and disabled tax credit purposes.
(81725)
32  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what would have been the value to a basic rate taxpayer of the non-aged married couples allowance and the linked allowance in 1990 to 2000 if the allowance had been indexed every year since its introduction in 1990 and given at the basic rate of tax.
(81727)
33  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list in euros the value of the tax and duty imposed on a litre of (a) wine, (b) beer and (c) spirits at 40 degree strength in each EU member state.
(81728)
34  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the weekly family disposable income, after tax, national insurance, child benefit and maintenance payments are taken into account of (i) a lone parent with two children under 11 in receipt of maintenance payments of £40 a week, (ii) a lone parent with two children under 11 not in receipt of maintenance payments, (iii) a single-earner married couple with two children under 11 and (iv) a two earner married couple with two children under 11 earning in each case (a) £150 a week and (b) £250 a week and where the incomes of the two-earner couple are split in the ratio 80:20.
(81726)
35  
  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are being taken to ensure that (a) relevant intelligence information gathered by NATO in recent weeks is made available to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and (b) the tribunal receives adequate resources to enable it to carry out its work in respect of events in Kosovo.
(81649)
36  
  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will meet his counterpart in the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia to discuss the situation in East Timor.
(81709)
37  
  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement concerning reports of a massacre of Timorese people by armed civilians on 16th and 17th April.
(81710)
38  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the (a) nature, (b) length, (c) location, (d) means and (e) time of his communication with Hashim Thaqi of the Kosovo Liberation Army urging restraint.
(81653)
39  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the state of relations with the French Government over the Guernsey court case involving the French vessel 'La Confiance 2'; what representations he has received; and what is his policy on the jurisdiction over the waters concerned.
(81652)
40  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list, for each British post abroad which operates a pre-sift system for people applying for visit visas, how many people (a) were advised to withdraw their applications and (b) followed that advice, in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999 to the latest convenient date.
(81688)
41  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people in (a) Islamabad, (b) Karachi, (c) Bombay, (d) New Delhi, (e) Calcutta, (f) Madras, (g) Colombo, (h) Jamaica, (i) Barbados, (j) Russia, (k) Poland, (l) Zimbabwe, (m) Ghana, (n) Bangladesh, (o) Lagos and (p) Abuja (i) applied for, (ii) were granted and (iii) were refused entry clearance as visitors in (a) 1998 and (b) 1999 to the latest date for which figures are available.
(81686)
42  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what factors underlie the decisions on which posts abroad operate a pre-sift system in dealing with applications for visit visas.
(81689)
43  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) method and (b) criteria the External Reference Group which is leading work on the National Service Framework for Older People will use for consulting with older people.
(81655)
44  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his policy regarding the future of community health councils; and if he will make a statement.
(81708)
45  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what were the (a) development and (b) running costs of the NHS net in each of the last five years; what are the forecast costs for the next two years; and if he will make a statement.
(81644)
46  
  
Ms Beverley Hughes (Stretford and Urmston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to tackle the problems of (a) sexual harassment and (b) women's safety in public places.
(81711)
47  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when and with whom he expects the Medicines Control Agency to consult about revisions to the proposals in its consultation document MLX 249.
(81650)
48  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will initiate an urgent inquiry into the levels of nursing staff at the Eastbourne District General Hospital and their effect on standards of patient care; and if he will make a statement.
(81657)
49  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has commissioned into (a) refusal and (b) delay of treatment for patients aged over 50 years in the NHS on grounds of their age; and if he will make a statement.
(81658)
50  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) reports, (b) investigations and (c) arrests there were of crimes committed in the areas covered by (i) Hammersmith and (ii) Fulham police stations for the offence of incitement to racial hatred for the years (a) 1994, (b) 1995 and (c) 1996.
(81684)
51  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average time recorded by the IND offices in Croydon for response to inquiries made to them by (a) telephone and (b) in writing for the months of (i) January, (ii) February and (iii) March.
(81683)
52  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases there have been for the years (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999 to date of the IND offices in Croydon losing passports lodged with them.
(81682)
53  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will (a) provide for all candidates in local elections free post for election addresses, (b) have the same polling times for local elections as for parliamentary elections and (c) review the guidance given to the media so that the names of candidates in local elections, who are members of local councils, can be given when they are making important statements on behalf of their local authorities.
(81130)
54  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many legally registered firearms have been (a) reported stolen, (b) found to be missing and (c) otherwise separated from (i) private and (ii) public owners in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage that represents of the total number of legally held weapons.
(81134)
55  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the types of (i) public and (ii) private institution falling within his area of responsibility in which individuals aged under 18 years may be trained in the use of firearms; and if he will estimate the numbers of individuals receiving such training in each type of institution in each of the last five years.
(81135)
56  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the level of the charge to the Scout Association for use of the Criminal Records Bureau for the purpose of vetting volunteers; and what plans he has to review those charges.
(81623)
57  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, which members of his Department had discussions with GJW on (a) how many occasions and (b) what dates concerning the wish by Cape plc to amend the Access to Justice Bill [Lords] to ban foreign employees of British companies obtaining legal aid; how many officials were involved; what undertakings were given; what plans he has to introduce amendments to the Bill that will meet the wishes of Cape plc; and when he informed other Ministers of Cape plc's representations.
(81151)
58  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many legally registered firearms have been (a) reported stolen, (b) found to be missing and (c) otherwise separated from (i) private and (ii) public owners in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage that represents of the total number of legally held weapons.
(81131)
59  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the names of approved firearms clubs giving (a) the estimated membership of each, (b) the parliamentary constituency in which its premises are located and (c) the (i) number and (ii) types of weapons reported (1) stolen and (2) lost from each club in the last five years.
(81132)
60  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many legally held firearms there are in Northern Ireland (a) in total and (b) of each type.
(81133)
61  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the extent of collateral damage caused by NATO forces in Yugoslavia and of the percentage of bombs and missiles which miss their targets.
(80616)
62  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Prime Minister, what is his estimate of the total number of deaths of (a) Albanians due to war crimes and (b) combatants since NATO bombing began.
(81654)
63  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Prime Minister, what requests the Government has received for the systematic identification of specific Yugoslav units perpetrating war crimes.
(81656)
64  
N  
Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth and Horncastle):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(81275)
65  
  
Mrs Marion Roe (Broxbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 24th March, Official Report, column 270, on product liability, what plans he has to collate and publish details of cases concerning product safety; and if he will make a statement.
(81681)
66  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he plans to meet representatives of the banking community to discuss their charging practices.
(81646)
67  
N  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if the National Assembly for Wales will have the power to (a) modify and (b) lift the ban on beef sold on the bone; and if he will make a statement.
(81622)
68  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to establish links between the Government Intranet and the European Parliament equivalent.
[Question Unstarred] (80318)
69  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what evidence his Department has evaluated of the charging practices of United Kingdom high street banks with particular reference to small business customers.
[Transferred] (81647)


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